LAMA Summer 2015 Winners & Selections

Best Narrative Short

Best Narrative Feature

Best Documentary Short

“Jogos Indigenas”

Dir. by Thiago Frade & Alexandre Magno

1st Place Winners


Dir. by Chris Livingston

“Off The Record”

Dir. by Lijie Feng

A buddy comedy set in a struggling fitness club where mayhem ensues when a new owner arrives with the grand scheme to save the gym by turning it into a reality show.

An American Journalist uses every chance to gather first-hand News materials from a terrible rioting in Urumqi, China, leading her into a struggle in her decision on whether or not to report its gruesome details.

Audience Award

“Shadow Theory”

Dir. by Kristian Hanson

JOGOS INDÍGENAS is a documentary about the event held in Cuiabá, where 1600 gathered representatives of 48 Brazilian indigenous ethnic groups, and representations of other 18 countries. The movie uses images and sounds in a sensorial language to tell a story of celebration and beauty. It is not a simple insight of sports practice, but portrays the diversity of indigenous peoples, the strength of their cultures, customs, languages, dances, music and songs, paintings and ornaments and the thrill of watching and participating in this meeting in a cultural and anthropological dive. Enjoy the experience

Best Documentary Feature

Best Animation

Best International Film

“The Autumn Of Zao”

Dir. by Nikolaus Roche-Kresse

“The Present”

Dir. by Jacob Frey

“One Hundred Mules Walking The Los Angeles Aqueduct ”

Dir. by Bruce Dickson

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

One Hundred Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct (Artist’s Cut, 2015) is a documentary of a journey with a string of one hundred mules, that drew a line, between Los Angeles and a major source of its water in the Eastern Sierra.

This one-month meditation and artwork was undertaken by Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct on Nov. 5, 2013. Mules were an important component of the labor force that made the building of the aqueduct possible. This artist action paid homage to the quiet dignity of the mule and the patient pace of its progress across the western epic landscape.

Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, The Autumn of ZAO is a hymn to dream, life and childhood.

Best Experimental

Best Student Film

“Cease Fire”

Dir. by Darrell Langolf Jr.

“Shadow Theory”

Dir. by Kristian Hanson

Amongst the hell of World War I, a temporary cease fire has been issued causing both the Germans and American troops to work together or starve. James Winston, a seasoned veteran, finds his fellow comrade injured on the outskirts of no mans land. In order to save his life, Winston must seek out help with the most unlikely individual, a stern German soldier named Hans Stucher.

While battling her own demons, Detective Olson is determined to catch a sadistic killer. The only clues left behind are the victim's bloody remains and the sole survivor, a 17 year old boy. While they try to determine why the boy's family was targeted, the boy begins to question human nature, and the evil that could be lurking deep inside us all

Best Music Video

Best Script


by Anthony Mezza

“Can’t Say No”

Dir. by Michael Makara

An elite security firm gets more than they bargained for when they uncover a failed Cold War plot that has just become a modern day nightmare for the city of New York.

"Can't Say No" is a visually stunning, other-worldly music video for the band REBEL HOUSE RADIO. This video was directed and edited by Michael Makara who has created pre-visualization for big budget films such as Transformers and the Narnia Trilogy. This visually dazzling music video follows a man who is madly in love with someone who only reciprocates his feelings when it is convenient for her, leading us through a fantastical voyage into his psyche fueled by his intense emotions. Complete with high end Red Dragon camera work, top notch CGI, and even underwater shots, this video explodes off the screen from the very first note.

Best Director


Dir. by Chris Livingston

Best Actor

Allen Theosky Rowe

“Off The Record”

Best Actress

Wei-Yi Lin

“When Mom Visits”

Best Cinematography

Cease Fire

Dir. by Darrell Langolf Jr.

Best Costume Design

Cease Fire

Dir. by Darrell Langolf Jr.

Best Editing

Legend Of The Mantamaji

Dir. by Eric Dean Seaton

Best Original Score

The Autumn Of Zao

Dir. by Nikolaus Roche-Kresse

Best Production Design

Off The Record

Dir. by Lijie Feng

Official Selections, Category “Best” and Honorable Mention Winners

Legend Of The Mantamaji

Dir. by Eric Dean Seaton

Mansions On The Moon

Dir. by Steve Nguyen & Choz Belen

When Mom Visits

Dir. by Chiung-wen Chang

Heidegger In Ruins

by Jeffrey Van Davis

Life Is But A Dream

by David Earle


by David Hall


by Michael Phillip Cash

The New Dark Ages

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