Short Stack: Lost & Found

In friendship, one size fits all. Five short films explore the whimsical, comforting, and transformative powers of the bonds of friendship, from a fairground odyssey and a comic book obsession to identity, loneliness, and loss.

Independent Lens
Premiere Date
December 27, 2005
60 minutes

Dong Hyeuk Hwang

Dong Hyeuk Hwang was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. After he graduated from the Seoul National University with a B.A. in communications, he wrote and directed numerous short films including Our Sad Life and A Puff of Smoke. Moving to Los Angeles, he continued to make films, completing two shorts Heaven & Hell and Desperation. He recently graduated Show more from the University of Southern California with a M.F.A. in Film Production. His short film Miracle Mile has been screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards, including DGA Student Award and Student Emmy Award. Show less


Christina Piovesan

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Christina Piovesan moved to Los Angeles in 2000, where she earned an M.F.A. degree in film production from the University of Southern California. While at USC she produced half a dozen award-winning short films that have screened at festivals worldwide. She was recently honored with a Student Emmy Award from the Academy Show more of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as producer on Miracle Mile. After graduation, Piovesan worked on the busy desk of senior television literary agent Ann Blanchard at the William Morris Agency (WMA). She left WMA to work in development for producers Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo at Roundtable Entertainment. She also contributed on the development of the feature comedy Superfan at Revolution Studios. Piovesan is currently developing several feature film projects with the intent of producing them under her fledgling production banner First Generation Films in the coming year. Show less


Keith Bearden

Keith Bearden is an award-winning screenwriter, journalist, television writer, and producer. He was head writer on VH1’s long running Where Are They Now?, has co-produced segments for the Independent Film Channel’s Split Screen and written specials for the Children’s Television Workshop. His previous 16mm short, Inertia, was called “odd and Show more hilarious” by the Seattle Times and was given four stars in Film Threat. He has written about film and pop culture for publications as varied as Gourmet, Time Out, the Seattle Weekly, Slant, and Psychotronic. Show less


Brad Buckwalter


Chris Newberry

Chris Newberry is a graduate of Northwestern University, the holder of a master's degree from Goldsmiths College at the University of London and the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant. His 1998 short film 20/20 Vision enjoyed a national festival run after earning a Best of the Fest Award at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Show more Festival. The film also received national media attention when its featured player, wrestling-star-turned-pop-culture-icon Jesse “The Body” Ventura, was elected governor of Minnesota. Newberry, who lives in Minneapolis, is in postproduction for his fifth short film, Sweet Caroline, and is developing long-form projects. He also works in commercial production and design. Show less


Angelique Midthunder

Angelique Midthunder began her career in the film industry on a whim when she answered an ad in the paper for a “girl who can gallop a horse bareback.” This open call landed her a lead role in a Japanese feature film. From there, Midthunder went on to travel extensively in Japan, working as an actor, dancer, and model. Upon returning to the U.S., Midthunder Show more turned her sights to casting; enjoying the experience of selecting characters and watching scenes brought to life. For seven years Midthunder worked booking talent for movies such as Tigerland, Jeepers Creepers, Hidalgo, and for major television networks including NBC, HBO, and FOX, focusing on a combination of creative selection and cultural realism in her work. Most recently, Midthunder started her own production company and has taken on the task of producing a series of public service announcements for wild horse preservation featuring a host of celebrities. Show less


Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been directing and producing animation films since 1984 — independently, commercially, and for the National Film Board of Canada. On the strength of his first auteur film, Tako, Fukushima was invited to the National Film Board’s Animation Studio in 1990. Two years later, he completed the award-winning animated documentary, Minoru: Memory of Exile. Show more Fukushima has also taught at Concordia University in Montreal. His credits range from abstract animation to kid’s animation to documentaries, interactive web productions and more. His recent productions include the Animation Hothouse project and the experimental cNote by veteran filmmaker Chris Hinton. Fukushima’s current productions include a CG short on adoption and vegetables and HA’Aki, an interactive installation and film co-production with Habitat. His short film, A Monster’s Calling, appeared on Independent Lens in 2004. Show less


Shira Avni

Born in Petakh Tikvah, Israel in 1974, Shira Avni was raised in Montreal. An incorrigible doodler with a flair for puppet making, Avni was destined to turn her talents to animation. She graduated from Concordia University in 1998 with a B.F.A. in animation. Her student work earned her the Dean’s Award in 1997 and the Cinema Prize the following year. Her first Show more film, 48 Second Blues, won Best Animated Video at the Montreal World Film Festival’s student competition in 1997. Show less

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The Film

In friendship, one size fits all. These five short films explore the whimsical, comforting, and transformative powers of the bonds of friendship, from a fairground odyssey and a comic book obsession to identity, loneliness, and loss.Agora by Chris Newberry

In Agora, an eight-year-old girl wanders lost amid oblivious adults and bizarre attractions at the Minnesota State Fair. When she serendipitously meets a younger boy who is also lost, they hatch a clever plan to find their parents.John and Michael by Shira Avni

The animated short film John and Michael is about two men with Down Syndrome who share an intimate, loving relationship that extends even beyond death.Miracle Mile by Dong Hyeuk Hwang

James, an aloof Korean American gypsy cab driver, helps his fare, Jiyoung, a young Korean woman, search for her brother, who was adopted by Americans 20 years earlier.

The Raftman’s Razor by Keith Bearden

Using live action and animation, The Raftman’s Razor tells the story of two 15-year-old misfits who become obsessed with a comic book called The Raftman.Reservation Warparties by Angelique Midthunder

A 10-year-old Lakota boy asks his uncle if he has ever seen a dead body. The question sparks a conversation about the uncle’s role in a close friend’s death.