|Cast: ||Erik Wagenman, Dan Doohan, Madeline Hoover, Ken Takemura, Beth Barry, Eric Bott, Scott Schewe, Mary Ann Vasaturo, Steve Dillard|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Gerard Elmore, Mike/jan Fukuda, Aki Almario, Wcit Foundation, Bei Almario, P Gregory Frey, Jess Johnston - Producers: Shelby Tahara - Screenwriters: Joshua Almario - Cinematographer: Matthew Ergina - Editor: Dane Stiwell - Composer: Rayshaun Thompson, David James St-hill
Sid is a sardonic psychological thriller about a victimized high school student who struggles to maintain his sanity when his childhood imaginary friend resurfaces after years of suppression and offers gruesome advice on how to deal with the school bully.
Award-winning filmmaker, Joshua Almario,
was born in Guam and raised on the island
of O "ahu, Hawai'i. He recently earned a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Creative Media with an emphasis
in digital cinema in the Academy for Creative
Media at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.
Josh’s love for filmmaking began in high school with
simple YouTube skit videos, that soon turned into a
freelance profession as a director and cinematographer
of music videos for local, Hawai’i based, artists
such as I.A., Angry Locals, and Jordan T., as well as
several music artists from the mainland such as Paul
Kim (American Idol semi-finalist), Arden Cho (MTV’s
Teen Wolf), and Tuft’s Beelzebubs (featured on Glee).
His most recent short film, Alex, won 1st place
at the July 2014 Showdown in Chinatown and he
looks forward to producing more short-length narrative
works to be screened in various film festivals
across the globe.
Sid, at it’s most basic level, is a story about
bullying, but what makes this different is the
perspective that the story is seen through. With
the help of dynamic characters, I have created a
world that is crossed between reality and fantasy.
This film was inspired by an acting exercise from a
theater class I took a year ago at the University
of Hawai`i at Manoa and it required each pair of
students to perform the same dialogue, but in
different contexts. Two of my classmates performed
the dialogue scene as a person talking to his
conscience/imaginary friend. This exercise inspired me
to think about what it must seem like to hear or see
things that no one else could, especially since we live
in a society where so many people are quick to judge
one another for acting in ways outside of the norm.
Due to the dark nature of this film and the tragic
twist at the end, Sid may not be the best at bringing
attention to anti-bullying efforts, but I feel as
though this film will be a great opportunity to experience
a different perspective that will shed some
light into the minds of those we deem "crazy".