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SID
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SID
 
World Premiere

Director: Joshua Almario

United States, 2015, 15min
Format: Digital (screening) - RED (shooting)
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative
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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
Email:  josh_almarioyahoo.com

synopsis
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.

director
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. 
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filmmaker's note
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". 

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