Ryan Hutchison, Alexander Chilupe, Samantha Hudzik have been selected as film grants recipients in OFFF 2018. Ryan and Alex are the co-directors of the short narrative The Story of Jinji, and Sam is the director of the short narrative Before I Break. The schedule of the grant ceremony will be notified soon.
The story of Jinji by Ryan Hutchison, Alexander Chilupe
This story is about a weak-minded child under the tyrannical rule of his father. Throughout the story, Jinji begins to question his father. He is also jealous of his twin brother Amec. The two brothers may have been born together, but they are very different. Jinji is soft, quiet, and questions his father’s every order. His father is constantly testing his sons by giving the brothers various tasks. Amec accomplishes his tasks perfectly and without question, while Jinji is unsure and often messes things up. His father sees him as a failed nuisance, but still worthy of his love. Meanwhile, Amec is cold, steadfast, and efficient. He speaks only when spoken to, and fully trusts in his father’s will and ambition. He is perfection in his father’s eyes. Jinji has only one friend to help him through his issues with his father - Dr Marsh, his school’s guidance counselor. They have many sessions in which JInji discusses his problems at home, where they come to the conclusion that the father’s control over Jinji’s life is what is ultimately the problem. Slowly, Jinji gains the confidence to stand up to his father, but will he have the courage to finally confront his father and become his own man?
Before I Break by Samantha Hudzik
Olivia Curtis has been the poster gal for cancer treatment. She has followed every rule her doctors set for her, kept herself as healthy as she can, and done her best to keep up a good attitude through the whole ordeal. But seven months into her treatment, she learns that despite her best intentions, she’s only getting worse. Olivia suddenly finds herself feeling frustrated, lonely and hurt as she begins to realize that her battle may be an uphill one. She sits in the hospital with her sister Irene, the only one she’s allowed to stay in her life throughout the treatment process, and experiences flashbacks of when times were better. She sees a time when she wasn’t sick, when she could just be herself with her two closest friends, Adam and Phoebe. Olivia made the choice months ago to keep Adam and Phoebe uninvolved in her life while going through treatment, so they wouldn’t have the burden of seeing her deteriorate. But now that she realizes she may end up dying, her human need for those she bonded with comes into conflict with her moral compass. Olivia then faces a choice: should she bring Adam and Phoebe back into her life at the risk of causing them pain, or should she live out whatever time she has left on this earth lonely and scared?