BALLOON

(2019)

CAN A BOY-BECOMING-A MAN ACTUALLY 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

WINNER Grand Prix / Oscar-Qualifying

NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Audience Award
WINNER Jury Special Mention

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

WINNER Best Narrative Short Film

AFI FEST

Award Winners Showcase

PALM SPRINGS SHORTS FEST

WORLD PREMIERE
NOMINEE Best Student Short Film

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

NOMINEE Best Narrative Short Film

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

FILMQUEST

WINNER Best Ensemble Cast

COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO

NOMINEE Best Comic Book Short Film

HIGHLIGHTS

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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