OFFICIAL SELECTION: The Slum Dwellers

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Jockin is from the Indian slums. He came up with an idea to organize those marginalized communities to improve conditions for themselves. It’s like a Slum Dwellers union. Now they are in over 30 countries. Here’s how it looks in Kenya.

Key Crew: Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley

You can view The Slum Dwellers at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

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gabriel_headshotDirector’s Biography

Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.

Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature Less, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.

He shot and acted in How To Cheat which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.

In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.

He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Right Here or Over There

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After several years, young Lily finally returns home. However, her parents seem to be quite indifferent to the arrival of their daughter. What has happened? Stuck between a father who is haunted by his memories and a mother who is torn apart, Lily is looking for redemption. Will she attain it?

Key Crew: Mabille Pauline, Mabille Bernard

Key Cast: Anaelle Corlin, Chantal Barion, Erik Stouvenaker

You can view Right Here or Over There at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.

profilDirector’s Biography

Right Here or Over There is my first short movie as scriptwriter and director. I am totally self-taught and it hasn’t been simple. This short was a huge challenge for me. There are mistakes but i learn of it and I will make better in my next projects.

Official Selection – I Am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project

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poster-i_am_borderline I Am Borderline uses the experience of multiple characters to portray
the realities and struggles of living with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
BPD is one of the most stigmatized and wildly misunderstood mental health
disorders, this film aims to help increase awareness, decrease stigma,
and create empathy and understanding for the BPD community.
A psychotherapist at Wright Institute Los Angeles, this is Betsy Usher’s directorial debut. Along side cinematographer Thom Kuo, I Am Borderline, hopes to create a positive change in the BPD community.

Key Crew: Betsy Usher, Thom Kuo, Doug Usher, Tommy Dill & Lily and the Lion, Jared Pecht, Dina Goldman, Brant Anderson, Michele Gomes

Key Cast: Jeff D’Agostino, Lucy Walsh, Josh Goldman, Danielle Keaton, Amanda Gardner

You can view I Am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project at the 4th annual Pictoclik Film Festival in San Francisco Nov. 5th. For the complete lineup and tickets click here.
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headshot-1015901_4601732376376_1452499373_oDr. Betsy Usher (Writer/Director/Producer)

Director and writer, Dr. Betsy Usher is a clinical psychologist at Wright Institute Los Angeles, specializing in borderline personality disorder and other mental health issues. Recently, Dr. Usher has taken on writing and directing short films in order to bring more awareness on mental health issues to the community. Dr.Usher’s directorial debut, “I Am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project” won Art With Impacts June 2016 mental health film competition. Since then, “I Am Borderline” has been admitted into numerous film festivals including: Awareness Film Festival: Los Angeles, REEL Recovery Film Festival: New York, Los Angeles CineFest, Monkey Bread Film Fest, Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, and Voiceless International Film Festival. Dr. Usher is currently working on a short film “The Voices of Warriors” a film based on sexual assault against women.

In association with Wright Institute Los Angeles

 Pictoclik’s 4th Annual Film Festival

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2016 SHORT FILM LINEUP

“Balloon” Vis Vitalis | Thriller Suspense
“Milkmaid” Agnes Baginska | Horror Suspense
“First Love” Danish Renzu | Drama Romance
“No.16, Da An Road” Joanne Lin | Animation
“The Slum Dwellers” Gabriel Diamond | Documentary
“I am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project” Betsy Usher | Drama
“Right Here or Over There” Pauline Mabille | Drama
“Jewish Blind Date” Anaelle Morf | Romance Comedy
“The Man from Death” Eric Lim | Action Adventure
“I’m Another One” Tony Paulley | Documentary

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