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THE MAN WITH THE WESTERN HAT
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THE MAN WITH THE WESTERN HAT
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Cinder Chou

United States, 2016, 13min
Format: Digital (screening) - Full HD (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:   Kerri Kenny, Carl Li, Stephanie Iscovitz, John Emmett Whitney, Grant Parker
Crew:   Producers: Stephanie Blackwood, Christina H. Choe, Stephanie Iscovitz, Melinda Ziyadat - Screenwriters: Cinder Chou
Email:  cinderchougmail.com

synopsis
Anna encounters the handsome cowboy who appears to have stepped from the screen and onto the streets of Brooklyn. She soon discovers he may not be the hero she expected.

director
Cinder Chou is a Taiwanese-American writer / director / producer based in New York City. In her work, she is interested in exploring the mundane and the surreal, and the intersection of these two worlds. Her experience working in Production on independent feature films and network TV for the last 7 years has afforded her a keen understanding of what it takes to pull a project together. Most importantly, she has learned what not do is as valuable as learning what to do, e.g. Don't: Drive trucks under low bridges (unless you want to see what a massive sardine can looks like in person). Do: Look up commercial driving routes. She has 20 credits to her name, including acclaimed indie hits Sleepwalk With Me, While We're Young, and Shame. Her short, What Happened To Susan, screened at the Big Apple Film Festival in 2015 and at the Winter Film Awards in 2016. Her short film script, AM / FM, was selected as a quarter finalist for the Creative Film Awards 2015. Her Game of Thrones family motto would be "Small Yet Mighty"
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filmmaker's note
The Man In The Western Hat is inspired by the uniquely Brooklyn experience of questioning whether what you are seeing is real or not. In the concrete jungle where all types of people live and breathe, the man with the western hat steps from the screen and enters the real world. One woman is faced with an indistinguishable reality that will challenge her very merit and self. Anna encounters a man dressed as a cowboy. He looks and is dressed remarkably like the handsome hero from the western, Ain’t Yeller, a film she’s stolen from the neighborhood punk. When the cowboy first appears to Anna, she’s in the midst of an awkward conversation with Maggie, the young woman with whom we see Anna on a date at the beginning of the film. It’s not that Anna isn’t attracted to Maggie or doesn’t want to pursue it further. Rather, she’s afraid of dealing with the potential seriousness of her feelings. The cowboy appears as a welcome distraction and an escape from the situation at hand. When she sees the cowboy turn from hero to villain, Anna knows what she must do. With a courage she never knew existed, she is inspired to take control of her life. Sometimes all we need is a little magic.

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