2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

Thursday, March 17
2:45PM - 4:15PM

Alamo Lamar B
1120 S Lamar Blvd


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The strange but true story of how Japanese racehorse Haru Urara became a nationally celebrated symbol of perseverance while enduring a losing streak of epic proportions. Director and artist Mickey Duzyj traveled to Japan to uncover the story behind the horse's unlikely rise to fame, and presents this animated short as the answer to how an undersized horse who vowed to "Never Give Up" became known as The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere.

Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Country: United States
Language: Japanese
Year: 2016
Runtime: 18min

Director: Mickey Duzyj

Executive Producer: Erik Rydholm, Connor Schell, Libby Geist, John Dahl

Producer: Mona Panchal, Yuka Uchida, Shaun Alperin

Cinematographer: Nobutaka Shirahama

Editor: Casimir Nozkowski

Sound Designer: Greg Smith

Music: Terry Dame

Additional Credits: Animator: Naoko Hara, Art Assistant: Kyle Stecker


Mickey Duzyj is an artist and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. His directorial debut was the Emmy-nominated ESPN animated short The Perfect 18 (2014) about an IT manager’s perfect game of Putt-Putt golf.

Distributor: ESPN

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