BALLOON

(2019)

CAN A BOY EVER BECOME A "SUPER MAN?"

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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. Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity is narrow.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

HOLLYSHORTS

OSCAR-QUALIFYING
WINNER
Grand Prix

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Audience Award
WINNER Special Jury Mention

AFI FEST

Award Winners Showcase

PALM SPRINGS SHORTS FEST

WORLD PREMIERE
NOMINEE Best Student Short Film

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

NOMINEE Best Narrative Short Film

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Best Narrative Short Film

CANNES LION FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY

WINNER Young Director Award

WINNER Special Jury Award

COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS

WINNER Best Drama

WINNER Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award

CINE GEAR EXPO

WINNER Best Student Short Film

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS

NOMINEE Heritage Award for Cinematography

THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Best Narrative Short Film

COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO

NOMINEE Best Comic Book Short Film

HIGHLIGHTS

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Jonah Beres as “Sam”

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Jaylin Ogle as “Adam”

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Paul Scheer as “Officer Hart”

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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