DELIVERY - A Thriller Short Film
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DELIVERY - A Thriller Short Film

A drifter takes a job as a delivery driver for a seedy organization and ends up having a killer first night. ITP was ecstatic to work with writer and director Nate Ellis on the short film DELIVERY as a promo piece for his feature script of the same title. We created a comprehensive plan to crowdfund the film, run a manageable production, then screen the film internally and in Los Angeles venues where cast, crew and friends could see their work brought to life on the big screen. After a successful $4,000 Indiegogo campaign we filmed for two nights in Santa Paula, fueled by tacos and Nate's infectious on-set passion, then took the film into four weeks of post. The film's World Premiere on the big screen was at the 2019 LA Shorts Festival and finished with a bang at the 2019 Sherman Oaks Film Festival, where it was one of four featured films in their “Kickass Spotlight.” We are excited to finally share the film online! ABOUT THE PROJECT Delivery explores themes of loneliness, regret and redemption in the wake of personal tragedy. The film was a labor of love to bring together a story that would have emotional impact while bringing to life a new and fun character in the action and revenge genre. We were able to pool limited resources and a great crew together to produce what audiences found to be a very fast, entertaining and emotionally impactful thriller film. ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Nathan Ellis is a former Army Captain, military aviator and highly decorated combat veteran currently repped as a writer / director at LBI Entertainment. He received an MFA in production from USC and believes his time in service was an invaluable component in his development as an artist. He is an Academy Nicholl Fellowship top 50 semifinalist and award-winning filmmaker with a passion for character-driven stories about relevant and meaningful subject matter.
Palante / Cuban Short Film
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Palante / Cuban Short Film

'Palante' came to fruition as part of a 10-day master class and workshop in Cuba with acclaimed director Werner Herzog as our teacher, or as he liked to be called: "Mi Coronel." As one of his soldiers of cinema and the only filmmaker of Cuban-American descent, I saw this as a chance to return to my father’s homeland—the one he had forsaken since the mid-1950s because of political reasons—to tell an authentic story from my culture. Sixty years later, I saw Cuba through my own eyes and not as a tourist, but as a filmmaker, and that’s why it meant so much to me. With an immense amount of pressure to share a story worth telling, while at the same time making my family and fellow Cubans proud, I dedicated myself to making my short-film ‘Palante’ a success. ‘Palante’ was born out of a similar sacrifice I had endure by moving to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams and the aspirations of a better life. The film’s title and theme was inspired by my Cuban grandmother, Aleida, who would always console me with the words of “¡Pa’lante, Pa’lante!” which means keep moving forward. Shot in the colorful town of San Antonio de los Baños, I let the environment tell the story. As we follow Estrella and her grandfather, we get a glimpse of the impoverished lifestyle many Cubans have had to endure in their day to day life for decades; lack of resources, broken, tarnished buildings and walls etc. Captured mostly through wide angle and handheld camera, I focused on highlighting the beauty and resilience of Cuban culture in contrast to that of their surroundings in each frame. Winner: Grand Jury Prize Award - Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival 2018 Winner: Best Director - Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival 2018 Winner: Best International Short Film - Official Latino Film Festival 2017 Winner: Audience Award - Gainesville Latino Film Festival Winner: Best Short Film Script - Premios Latino, España Winner: Best Direction - Premios Latino, España Official Selection: Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival Official Selection: Official Latino Film Festival 2017 Official Selection: San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2017 Official Selection: Gainesville Latino Film Festival 2017 Official Selection: Short to the Point September 2017 Official Selection: Feminist Border Film Festival 2018 Official Selection: Cine Miami Fest 2018 Official Selection: Cuban International Film Festival 2018 Official Selection: Chicago Latino Film Festival 2019 Official Selection: I'm Not Going to Move to LA Film Festival 2019 Official Selection: Chicago Latino Film Festival 2019