First Look Online Screening: 2022 Project Involve Short Films


First Look Online Screening: 2022 Project Involve Short Films

You are invited to watch an online screening of the 2022 Project Involve short films in our Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room, powered by Vision Media. Film Independent is proud to present these six short films, which are the culmination of the most recent edition of Project Involve.

As our longest-running Artist Development program, Project Involve has provided vital and impactful support to filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds for nearly thirty years. We’re proud to be a leader in the ongoing fight to build a more inclusive and equitable industry.
The 2022 Project Involve Short Films and Fellows are:


A soon-to-be father finds himself haunted by an ominous presence as the birth of his child nears.

Director: Hannah Bang
Producers: Trent Nakamura, Jera Wang
Writer: Justin Omori
Executive Producer: Danni Xin
Cinematographer: Gemma Doll-Grossman
Editor: Christopher Ma


Libby, a young Latina refugee, journeys through a magical desert and encounters Humpty guarding a massive wall dividing the land. She must find a way to get over the wall for a chance at a better life.

Writer/Director: Javier Barboza
Producers: C.A. Barrow, Trent Nakamura
Executive Producer: Danni Xin
Cinematographer: Garland McLaurin
Editor: Skylar Zhang

No Vows, No Cows

A mother wrestles with the harsh reality that the future she plotted for her daughter might not actually come to pass.

Director: San-San Onglatco
Producer: Joyce Liu Countryman
Writer: Tumelo Tladi
Executive Producer: T’Essence Minnitee
Cinematographer: Phillip Jackson
Editor: Lucia Wang


On the eve of their departure from their working-class neighborhood, a young musician and child of Afro-Latinx immigrants, realizes what it means to leave their community, much like their parents did, in pursuit of their dreams.

Director: Jaime Castañeda
Producers: Ebony Elaine Hardin, Takara Joseph
Writer: Jeanette Lim
Executive Producer: T’Essence Minnitee
Cinematographer: Akina Van de Velde
Editor: Calvin Chin

The Bluest Hour

With their newborn fighting for his life in the hospital, a young couple is sent home to rest, only to find themselves in a different fight—for the survival of their relationship.

Director: Logan Jackson
Producers: Ebony Elaine Hardin, Rui Xu
Writer: Danielle Ellen
Executive Producer: Eboni Robinson
Cinematographer: Lidia Nikonova
Editor: Marcus Heleker

The Words of Cayetano

A writer having an existential crisis must journey deeper into himself and struggle with the beasts and muses of his own imagination.

Writer/Director: Jesus Celaya
Producers: Jera Wang, Rui Xu
Executive Producer: Eboni Robinson
Cinematographer: Michael Tanji
Editor: Skylar Zhang

Registration Information

Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this event starting at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 13. | Registration is free; one registration per individual.

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How to Watch

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