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Short Film Screenings

Lots and lots of my directing and acting students have made or appeared in short films. We love to screen them, and schedule as many of these evenings as we can manage. We call it (informally) the Weston Studio Randomly Scheduled, More-or-Less Ongoing Festival of Shorts. We've had high quality films and full houses for every screening, it's been quite glorious!

If you have taken class with Judith, and want to show your short film at one of our screenings, write to John at john@judithweston.com. We do not pre-screen the films—anyone who has taken class with me, either as an actor or a director, can have their short film shown. The only limitations are the logistics of scheduling. We set it up in groupings of five or six short films, with each whole evening lasting about an hour or 75 minutes. We have projection equipment for DVD, PAL, HDTV and an 8 x 6 feet screen.

Here's a list of the films we've shown so far—and those that are scheduled for upcoming screenings. (Full cast and crew credits are not included here—the only personnel listed are those that have been participants in Judith's classes.) And here are some PHOTOS from these wonderful events!

9/11/14
A program of short films, including:
“One Armed Man” directed by Tim Guinee
“Aban and Khorshid” featuring Bobby Naderi and Mojean Aria
“The Bridge Partner” written and directed by Gabriel Olson
“La Carnada” written and directed by Josh Soskin and produced by Grace Jackson

8/20/13
A program of short films, including:
"Meet My Rapist" directed by Jessie Kahnweiler
"Angela Wright" written by and featuring Genevieve Farrell
"Best Sport" directed by Deja Prem
"Boats Against the Current" directed by David Anderson
"Countdown to Death!" directed by Craig Ouellette
"V-Card" directed by Barry Gribble written by and featuring Sophia Medley. Also featuring Myko Olivier
"A Minute Forever" directed by Laura Manchester, written by and featuring Netta Most

3/19/13
A program of short films, including:
"Broken" directed by Alexa-Sascha Lewin, and featuring Dominic Rains, Rey Goyos and Christine McGraw
"They're With Me" directed by Rachel Fleischer, featuring Susan Morgenstern
"Piano For Three Hands" directed by Valerie Edwards, featuring Camille Natta
"First Halloween" directed by Andrew Patrick Ralston, featuring Jay Lewis and Brian Konowal
"Penny" directed by Benj Thall
"Rations" directed by Craig Ouellette
"David Sedaris's The Learning Curve" directed by Phil McCarty, featuring Jay Lewis

12/4/12
A program of short films, including:
"Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscop" directed by Eric Tozzi
"Take a Mulligan" directed by Vince Duque
"Intelligence" directed by Phil Kaufmann
"Making Friends" featuring Christine DiTillio
"Closer Apart" directed by Jacquelyn Frohlich and featuring Lia Chapman and Susan Ateh
"Sea Meadow" directed by Lily Baldwin
"We're Having Sex" directed by Michael Callahan and featuring Brandon Bales
"Time and Love" directed by Bo Price

3/13/12
A program of short films, including:
"Onion" directed by Juha Hippi
"Erika & Sally" directed by Hanna Andersson
"Lucky Boy" directed by Thor Gold
"Diversion" directed by Chris Folkens
"Deadbeat" directed by Brenda Lee Lau
"The Romantic" directed by Steven Nevius
"The Light Dances Across The Sky" directed by Kajsa Ribbing and written by Kenny Hargrove
"Moving Takahashi" directed by Josh Soskin

5/3/11
A program of short films, including:
"Kiddo" directed by Michael Callahan
"The Big Deal" directed by Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley
"Supermarket Superhero" directed by Jake Viramontez and featuring Jenna Macari
"The Farm" directed by Jon Hill
"Death In Charge" directed by Devi Snively
"Eye Lift" directed by Roy Cohen

2/10/11
A program of short films, including:
"Casual Fridays" directed by Danny Kastner and featuring Christine and Robert DiTillio. Co-created by David Jackson Willis
"Rain" directed by Eric Watson and featuring James Oliver
"Dog/People" directed by Karen Aschenbach
"7 O'Clock" directed by Kinan Kotrash
"Niche" directed by Paul Emami
"Refresh" directed by David Orr
"Bluff Island Rescue Service" written by Stephanie Hubbard

11/12/10
"Like Dandelion Dust", directed by Jon Gunn

7/15/10
A program of short films, including:
“Licking Our Wounds” directed by Wendy Dallas
“Lonely_Saturday_31” directed by Craig Ouellette and featuring Jessica Lancaster
“Q” featuring Steven Lee Allen
“The Honeysting” directed by Alexa-Sascha Lewin
“Kubler-Ross" directed by Michael Carberry
“Casualties” featuring Jeff Elam
“The Worst Magician in the World” directed by David Jackson Willis

4/28/10
A program of short films, including:
“Love Stinks” directed by Josh Soskin featuring Donal Thoms-Capello
“Third Shift” directed by Bruce Guido
“The Last Supper” directed by Tarique Qayumi
“God Damn King Kong” co-written and featuring Brendan O’Malley
“30-Love” directed by Allison Beda

3/4/10
A program of short films, including:
"The Sirens" directed by Sarah Adina Smith featuring Christine McGraw and Liz Laird
"Kate Wakes" directed by Jasmine Kosovic
"Side Effects" directed by Liz Adams
"The Moment" directed by Insung Hwang
"Life Death Etc." directed by Deja Prem
"Il Destino" directed by Fanny Veliz
"The Staircase" directed by Hanna Andersson
"Swan Lake In America" directed by David Jackson Willis

1/18/10
A program of short films, including:
"In The Middle" directed by Robert Rippberger
"Deadline" directed by Craig Ouellette, featuring Alexandra Nowak and Jeff Elam
"Dish" directed by Brian Harris Krinsky, featuring Gabriel Romero
"The Artist" directed by Donna Wheeler
"Followed" directed Cole Barager
"No Kids No Cry" directed by Jeremiah Ocañas, featuring Fanny Veliz

9/21/09
A program of short films, including:
“Gandhi at the Bat” directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm, featuring Donal Thoms-Cappello. Including an additional teaser, featuring Courtney Graff Lamb and Allan Rabinowitz
“Teaparty” directed by Allison Beda
“The Gift Wrapper” directed by Daniela De Carlo, featuring Kelly Doherty
“Sacrament” directed by Craig Ouellette
“Best Laid Plans” directed by Catherine Oyster, featuring Johanna Watts, Jordan Engle, and Stephen Spiegel.
“Why Don’t You Dance?” directed by Glenn Ripps.

6/13/07
A program of short films, including:
“Controlling Interest” directed by Wayne Rawley featuring Alyssa Bostwick
“The Night Girl” directed by Noah Harpster
“Grace” directed by Camille Cellucci
“The Box” directed by Joel Sadilek
“Losing Lusk” directed by Vance Malone

6/1/07
A program of short films, including:
“Muertas” directed by Ryan Piers Williams
“Scene” directed by Stephanie Argy
“A Death In The Woods” featuring Kathryn Hansen
“Bullets & Butterflies” directed by Robin Acutt

12/1/06
A program of short films, including:
"The Enfolding" directed by Miklos Phillips
"Louder Than Words" directed by Glenn Ripps
"Dead Ronnie" directed by Greg Swartz, featuring Courtney Lamb (also the writer of the film), Chip Sickler, Adam Noble, Robert DiTillio, Christine DiTillio
"Mothers Be Good" directed by Lynne Moses
"Something True" directed by Thor Gold

4/28/06
A program of short films, including:
"Ties That Bind" directed by Angela E. Gibbs, featuring Starletta DuPois
"In Order Of Appearance" directed by Michael Ruscio
“Wear Something Nice” directed by Camille Cellucci
"Stealing Innocence" directed by Nancy Stein

12/16/05
“Anne B. Real,” written by and co-starring Antonio Macia

7/22/05
A program of short films, including:
"Incontinent Wildness" featuring Robert DiTillio
"Greenwald’s Amazing Garden Tonic" featuring Robert DiTillio
“Betsy” directed by Greg Swartz
"Help Me, Oprah" directed by David Jackson Willis, featuring Chip Sickler
“The Meeting” directed by Michaela von Schweinitz, featuring Melissa Timme and Joel King
"The 3 Body Problem" directed by Tamara Maloney
“Waiting” directed by M.F. McDowell, featuring Kathryn Avery-Hansen
“False Promises” featuring Eric Peter-Kaiser

3/11/05
A program of short films, including:
"Down Dog" directed by Richard Roll
"Uncivil War" featuring Joel King
"Room Service" featuring Joel King and Carolyn Bielskis
"soap and roses" directed by Rae Shaw

2/5/05
"My Date with Drew," co-director Jon Gunn

9/24/04
A program of short films, including:
"Living in Walter's World" directed by Phil Kaufman featuring Ethan "Johnnie" Phillips
"Renaissance Girl" directed by David Willis
"Caruthers" directed by Bruce Muller
"The Mistress" featuring Mikael Forsberg
"What Happened During the Cuban Missile Crisis" directed by Charlie McNamara

6/25/04
A program of short films, including:
"Potosi Rd." directed by Deepika Daggubati
"From All Of Us" directed by Jennifer Pulver
"Max" directed by Jim O'Keeffe
"Kilgore Canyon" featuring Joel King

6/11/04
"Adrift" directed by Tom Curran

5/28/04
"Judy Berlin" cinematographer Jeff Seckendorf

5/21/04
"Benjamin Splits" directed by Seth Jaret featuring Ruthie Frank,
Bernard Van Bilderbeek, Margo Hara, Augi Caimi and Christopher Backus
"Aerobic Dreams" directed by Juan Carlos Saizan featuring Max Bretos and Bernard Van Bilderbeek

5/7/04
A program of short films, including:
"The Handkerchief" directed by Amanda Mears
"Boomerang" directed by Jennifer Farmer
"Ice Cream Man" directed by Jennifer Pulver
"A Single Rose" directed by Hanelle Culpepper featuring Sonya Maddox
"Touched by an Atheist" directed by David Willis

4/16/04
"Death: A Love Story" directed by Michelle Le Brun

4/9/04
A program of short films, including:
"Parallel Passage" directed by Mandi Riggi
"Double Trouble" directed by Thor Gold featuring Mary Pringle
"Bad Assassin" directed by Dono Knowlton
"The Crux" directed by Jeff Seckendor

3/5/04
A program of short films, including:
"Love/Hate" directed by Gary Abramson featuring Todd Malta, Heather Levenson, Melissa Timme, Amanda Sickler, Mary Pringle
"Home" directed by Nancy Deren featuring John Hoskins
"Kiss Me" directed by Michaela Von Schweinitz
"Western Avenue" directed by Sumi Yang Reeves
"True Love" directed by David Willis featuring John Burton, Jr., Dorka Hegedus, Zsuzsa Holp
"To Kill a Child" co-directed by Bjorne Larson

2/6/04
A program of short films, including:
"The Flood" directed by Ryan Williams featuring Dave Clark and Morgan Vukovic
"Robber" directed by Karen Aschenbach
"Blue Caviar" directed by Mikael Forsberg
"After Love" directed by David Willis featuring Tom Beckett
"Family Tree" directed by Vicky Jenson featuring Dave Clark and Ethan Phillips

1/30/04
"Extreme Walking" directed by Wayne Pere

1/16/04
"The Snow Queen" directed by Paivi Hartzell

  • "Judith taught me how to communicate with actors in a completely new way, and what I learned from her has had a huge influence over both my work and my life. She is an incredible communicator, a gifted teacher, and a remarkable human being. I can't recommend her classes highly enough for directors and actors who want to bring more emotional truth to their craft."

    JULIUS RAMSAY, director, THE WALKING DEAD
  • "All the scary transformative moments I've had in your class really paid off. And I can never begin to thank you for all that you've done for me. I'm simply not the same person I was when I started my journey with you."

    ANDREA TOYIAS, Voice Director, Blizzard Entertainment, WORLD OF WARCRAFT / DIABLO / STARCRAFT
  • “I really wanted to thank you because I know that I could have not done it without the knowledge I got from you. You will always be one of the greatest teachers I've ever had and I'm truly proud to be one of your students. Thank you for teaching me to love my actors.”

    TANEL TOOM, writer-director, THE CONFESSION (nominated for Academy Award, Live Action Short Film, 2011)
  • “I took a seminar with an acting teacher named Judith Weston. I learned a key insight to character. She believed that all well-drawn characters have a spine, and the idea is that the character has an inner motor, a dominant, unconscious goal that they’re striving for, an itch that they can’t scratch. I took to this like a duck to water.”

    ANDREW STANTON [from his Feb 2012 TED Talk] writer-director, WALL-E, FINDING NEMO, A BUG’S LIFE; writer, TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2, TOY STORY 3
  • "Directing my first movie would have been impossible without Judith's book, 'Directing Actors.' Her insights taught me how to audition actors, how to cast intelligently, how to rehearse. When production began, I cribbed a set of Weston reminders on to a 3-by-5 index card, and kept it in my shirt pocket every single day of shooting. She saved me."

    BILLY RAY, writer-director, SHATTERED GLASS, BREACH; writer, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, THE HUNGER GAMES, STATE OF PLAY, FLIGHTPLAN
  • "Judith, you're the one that gave me the tools for success with actors!"

    KAREN GAVIOLA, director, SONS OF ANARCHY, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, NCIS, BLUE BLOODS, CSI:MIAMI, CASTLE, PRIVATE PRACTICE, LOST, GHOST WHISPERER, PRISON BREAK, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, NYPD BLUE
  • “Judith Weston taught me how to listen – what she called ‘listening with your whole body.’ She taught me about the power and the magic of the subconscious world. She showed me doors and windows and portals into creative possibilities I scarcely knew existed. Her wisdom changed the way I write, the way I direct actors – and, with no exaggeration, the way I look at life.”

    MARK FERGUS, co-writer: CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN; director: FIRST SNOW
  • "Judith Weston is a great teacher. She's inspired me to be interested in people more than concepts, behavior more than attitudes, process more than results. In her classes I've learned to ask more questions, to trust what is happening, and to always be willing to dig deeper. She is the kind of teacher who makes me excited about taking chances." 

    NORMAN BUCKLEY, director, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, RIZZOLI & ISLES, THE FOSTERS, THE CLIENT LIST, SWITCHED AT BIRTH, GOSSIP GIRL, CHUCK, MELROSE PLACE, 90210, THE O.C.
  • “You've taught me the essential tools so I could carry on with the visions that haunt me day and night and to embrace the process which I will continue to learn. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

    DEJA PREM, writer/producer/director/actor, at Green Coco Production
  • “Your workshop was wonderful in letting me know that many of the things I am already doing are the correct way of dealing with actors and taught me other things that add to that knowledge. And your patience and unbridled energy and passion for what you teach is more than admirable, it is inspiring. So thank you once again for this wonderful experience, one I will never forget and that will continue to help me on this path on which I am forever learning about new and wonderful things.”

    MICHAEL TRIM, director, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, WEEDS, PARKS AND RECREATION
  • "Judith Weston is not a drama teacher, she is an art teacher. She understands that at the heart of great drama is a powerful mystery. What she shows you in her workshops and her book are simple and effective tools that help you get deeper and deeper into that rich, complex and surprising place."

    DAVID JACOBSON, writer-director, DOWN IN THE VALLEY, DAHMER
  • “In your classes I learned to love actors and acting. The experience opened for me the secret door to the magic I witnessed when actor and material find each other in just the right way. What I once thought were 'happy accidents' and performance miracles are now the kernels of creativity I relentlessly pursue with an actor finding a performance. You helped me find that part I could play in the process and how to capture it.”

    FRED TOYE, director, THE GOOD WIFE, PERSON OF INTEREST, RIZZOLI & ISLES, FRINGE, CHUCK, CSI:NY, LOST, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, GHOST WHISPERER, CHUCK
  • “Judith Weston gave me the greatest gift you can give to a first-time director - she gave me confidence in my ability to work with actors. I will be forever grateful for her extremely hands on and applicable advice for directing actors and I know I will use it for the rest of my career. She has a contagious love of the process and an unbelievable understanding of human emotion. I would not be where I am today if it had not been for her.” 

    SHANA FESTE, writer-director, ENDLESS LOVE, COUNTRY STRONG, THE GREATEST
  • "Judith's method is wonderful because it is practical. She has given me numerous tools to solve problems on the set and to earn the trust of actors. Her classes and her book are invaluable resources to any director."

    LAWRENCE TRILLING, director, MASTERS OF SEX, PARENTHOOD, PUSHING DAISIES, DAMAGES, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, NIP/TUCK, MONK, SCRUBS, INVASION, ALIAS, FELICITY
  • "Every time I step on a set, I think of what Judith taught me. Every time I begin a project, I review a notebook I kept during the years I studied with her. Every time I'm in rehearsal, I'm using her techniques. Every time I'm in a bind within a scene, I go back to the foundation she gave me. I didn't go to film school. I sat in Judith Weston's workshops, took everything she said to heart, then went out and started telling my stories. I'm so grateful for that path - and for her."

    AVA DuVERNAY, director, SELMA (2015 Golden Globe nominee for Best Film, and Best Director), SCANDAL, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (winner of the Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival and the I
  • "Judith's ideas and principles are incredibly useful when it comes to giving clear, actionable direction to actors. To anyone aspiring to direct, I would recommend making her classroom one of your first stops."

    LEV L. SPIRO, director, MODERN FAMILY, UGLY BETTY, WEEDS, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, ARLI$$, THE O.C., EVERWOOD, GILMORE GIRLS
  • "Everything you taught me was more than useful. I am deeply grateful."

    ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU, director, BIRDMAN, BIUTIFUL, BABEL, 21 GRAMS, AMORES PERROS