KEVIN CONNER 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
FESTIVAL PRoGRAMMER

"I am constantly amazed by the power of storytelling and its ability to produce emotion. Compassion, joy, wonder, laughter, and heartbreak- I believe you can find these in all of the over 250 selections in this year's festival. But here are a scattering that stick out in my mind as providing a range of feelings that are particularly delightful to bask in."

KEVIN'S PICKS

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED 
Yue Ma - 23 | California
Powerful Grit
"The recipe for the perfect cocktail: an episode of Mad Men, a dash of sci-fi, and a whole bucket of Bloody Mary mix. Best served cold & paired with a side of revenge."

ICARUS
Tom Teller - 21, Michelle Evans - 21, Nico Aguilar - 22 | California
Cinematic Journey 
"Rumor has it Elon Musk founded SpaceX after he saw the visuals and effects in this one. Even if that's not 100% true, you'll want to hop on the next space shuttle after watching."

HIGH-GLOW RETRO 
Alex Morsanutto - 23 | Connecticut
Happy Hour Shorts 
"Get on your dancing shoes and powder blue suits. You won't be able to stop smiling through this dorky trip of neon lights and groovy tunes."

DOUG & WALTER 
Samuel Morris - 23 | Switzerland
The Last Laugh 
"Deadbeat outlaws meet The Big Lebowski. In Switzerland. Need I say more?"

ALL MEN MAY CRY 
Johnny Chang - 23, Neema Sadeghi -19, Dian Qi - 23, Aaron Bonnema - 18 | California
Closing Night: American Dreams 
"I know I did."