The first half of the film takes place in darkness. Only a lighter and a flickering fluorescent light pierce the black. In these phases of light, we see that we are in a martial arts studio bathroom with Sam (16), his younger brother Leo (13), Sam’s secret crush Rafa (15), and their martial arts coach Novik (27). As the boys smoke, we unravel that Sam has been sexually abused by Coach Novik (a fact which is unbeknownst to Leo and Rafa). As Sam pursues Rafa, he can't seem to untangle himself from Coach Novik.

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Daniel Antebi




Director: Daniel Antebi
Executive Producer: Andrew Hutcherson
Producer: Casey Bader, Reid Hannaford, Nicole Quintero Ochoa
Screenwriter: Daniel Antebi
Cinematographer: Matthew Ballard
Editor: Daniel Antebi
Production Designer: Griffin Stoddard
Sound Designer: Bobb Barito
Principal Cast: Josh Lerner, Benicio Franqui, Alex Kramer, Griffin Santopietro
Additional Credits: Production Designer: Griffin Stoddard, Casting Director: Joey Montenarello, Colorist: Damien Van Der Cruyssen, Post Producer: Nathan Niamehr, Make up Artist: Justine Sierakowski, Gaffer: Seth Margolies, 1st AD: Ramsee Chand, Sound Mixer: Richard Baldomero, Script Supervisors: Sarah Nocquet, Ruth Geye, Color Producer: Megan Rumph


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Drama, Experimental, LGBTQ, Romance, Thriller
Screening in: Shorts Program 1
Screening Section: Narrative Shorts Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Short
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 7 mins