BALLOON

(2019)

HOW CAN A BOY GROW UP TO BE "SUPER" IN THE AGE OF TOXIC MASCULINITY?

For fourteen-year-old Sam, surviving the brutal battlefield of junior high has always meant to stay below radar. But all that changes after he becomes the target of a viral video. He’s pressured to “hit back,” but Sam isn’t so sure—even if he does have superpowers.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

HOLLYSHORTS

WINNER Grand Prix / Oscar-Qualifying

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Audience Award + Jury Special Mention

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Best Narrative Short Film

AFI FEST

Award Winners Showcase

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FEST

World Premiere + NOMINEE Best Student Short Film

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

FINALIST Best Narrative Short Film

COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS

NOMINEE Best Drama

CINE GEAR EXPO

WINNER Best Student Short Film

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS HERITAGE AWARD

NOMINEE Best Cinematography

THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Best Narrative Short Film

FILMQUEST

WINNER Best Ensemble Cast

COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO

NOMINEE Best Comic Book Short Film

HIGHLIGHTS

Jonah Beres as “Sam”

Jaylin Ogle as “Adam”

Paul Scheer as “Officer Hart”

Jonah Beres as “Sam”

STARRING

PAUL SCHEER


“Officer Hart”



 

JONAH BERES


“Sam”



JAYLIN OGLE


“Adam”

CARSON SEVERSON


“Jason”


DAVID GURROLA

“Tyson”


BIANCA LOPEZ


“Mrs. Brody”

JIM HANNA


“Coach Colella”



JACY KING


“Connie”



ERIC TIEDE


“Derek”

TEAM

JEREMY MERRIFIELD

Writer-Director

DAVE TESTA

Co-Writer

CHRISTINA CHA

Producer

MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT

Executive Producer

KATE CHAMURIS


Associate Producer


ALEX PEURYE


Line Producer


MATTHEW HENDERSON


Associate Producer


FRANCES KROON


Cinematographer

JERRY MARSINI


Production Designer
 

BOWEI YUE


Editor


ALI HELNWEIN


Composer


DEBBY ROMANO, CSA


Casting Director

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