LAMA Spring 2015 Winners & Selections.

Best Narrative Short

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Short

“Powerful Medicine: Simply Magic”

Dir. by Mwita Chacha

1st Place Winners


Dir. by Mark Atkins


Dir. by Mike Stern Sterzynski

A random group of people wake up on an Island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot to harvest their organs.

The plot starts in Los Angeles and from there it moves on to Poznan. Main character of the movie is Sophia. Her life in is in tatters. Sophie’s child died in a tragic accident. Her husband, not coping with the feeling of guilt, left home and never came back. She is alone and is not planning future. Few years after her huband’s dissaperance, Sophie recieves a strange phone call. Man with an eastern accent informs her, that he knows where her husband is. He gives her tips what to do to find him and than the voice in the phone fade away...

Audience Award

“Coming To Terms”

Dir. by David Bertran

Kevin Spencer has enjoyed a successful 30-year career touring the world with one of the largest theatrical illusion productions in the U.S. He is also a believer in the power of the arts to impact the quality of people's lives. That belief has taken him down some interesting paths working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Those of us without disability often have misconceptions about those with different abilities. We tend to think they are different - they're not. They have hopes and dreams just like we do but their futures are often molded by the attitudes and perceptions we have about them. This film gives a powerful and compelling voice to several individuals who share their successes in overcoming the impossible.

Best Documentary Feature

Best Animation

Best International Film

“Twin Lotus”

Dir. by Yucheng Zhao

“Switch Man”

Dir. by Hsun-Chun Chuang &   Shao-Kuei Tong

“Born Warriors Redux”

Dir. by Vincent Giordano

In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin...

Born Warriors Redux follows the indigenous Burmese sport of Lethwei (bare-knuckle fighting) as it faces an unusual series of challenges stemming from the opening of Myanmar (Burma) to the outside world. Lethwei is an ancient sport that once prepared men for combat and served as a rite of passage into manhood. Today, the sport is a symbol of prowess and strength for the people of Myanmar, who for decades have been beaten down and stripped of their pride and dignity by a brutal military dictatorship. This fascinating first-hand account of Lethwei was shot on location throughout Myanmar.

The dramatic story of two twin sisters that were separated when they were 7 years old when their parents took different paths in the 1930s pre revolutionary China during the Japanese occupation of the 20th Century and got reunited 15 years later during the Chinese Civil War between the communist of Mao and the Chinese Nationalist.

When they met against, one of the sisters is the leader of the communist-party student movement and the other one is married to a Nationalist Party colonel. They could not have developed more different backgrounds. So when they meet, will they remember their sweet childhood together or the hate to each other’s backgrounds will prevail?

Best Experimental

Best Student Film

“Coming To Terms”

Dir. by David Bertran


Dir. by John Taschner

Having to face the death of their father, Eddie and Sally try to do their best in understanding the concept of death. At their tender age of 8 and 10, they fully rely on their religious father's teachings. When life in Heaven seems ideal, the kids make a decision that nobody could have expected.

A dystopian action thriller. In response to the Ebola Virus outbreak, health pills are provided to citizens by the government to help maintain health. A young woman decides to stop taking the pills. She encounters special agents and futuristic efforts to control her choice. A powerful story of suspense and action that journeys into a surprising future.

Best Music Video

Best Script

“Dance Of The Blessed Spirits”

by Matt Pacini

“You Can Run”

Dir. by Jordan Rader

A man inherits a Civil War era mansion in Georgia that is haunted by the ghosts of the slaves who were murdered by his great grandfather - Confederate General James Longstreet.

'You Can Run' is a western narrative music video following the protaganist and singer, The Little Miss. The music video story is about the internal stuggle of good versus bad and accepting and integrating those aspects of the self.

Best Director


Dir. by Mark Atkins

Best Actor

Matthew Swanson

“Death To Cupid”

Best Actress

Natalie Burn


Best Cinematography


Dir. by Mike Stern Sterzynski

Best Costume Design

Twin Lotus

Dir. by Yucheng Zhao

Best Editing

Death To Cupid

Dir. by Joe Gonzales

Best Original Score

Coming To Terms

Dir. by David Bertran

Best Production Design


Dir. by Mike Stern Sterzynski

Official Selections, Category “Best” and Honorable Mention Winners

Awkward Expressions Of Love

Dir. by Trilby Glover

Death To Cupid

Dir. by Joe Gonzales

Here’s Jane

Dir. by Bobby Hewitt & JoLane Lentz

My Krazy Ex

Dir. by Adam Bain

The Parting Shot

Dir. by Bobby Grubic

20/20: Search For Independence

by Harold Brown


by Joey Kent & Suzanne Peyton

Blue River

by Spencer Pool

The Dead S.I.T.E.

by Gregory Wolk


Category Winners

Honorable Mention

Stage IV:

Living With Cancer


Los Angeles

Movie Awards


Dir. by Mariana Conde & Mariana Conde

“Caught Inside”

Dir. by Dwight Thompson

“Chuck Ransom”

Dir. by Arian Harandi

“Daddy Come Home”

Dir. by Mendel Katz & Yisrael Dubov


Dir. by Thanos Kermitsis

“Jaysin Voxx 'Hands on Me'”

Dir. by Carlos Hurtado


Dir. by Nancy C. Mejia

“The Courier”

Dir. by J.Mackye Gruber

“The Equation of Life”

Dir. by Gerry Orz

“The Stop”

Dir. by Marc Ruiz

“Two and a Quarter Minutes”

Dir. by Joshua Ovalle

Official Selections