Join us for SmashCut CineFest 2019. Movie tickets are FREE. We will be premiering five new short films as well as hosting a special screening of the 2017 short film Tank Man in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. The event will be held on Thursday, July 25th at Downtown Independent at 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the screening will begin at 7:00pm. Admission to this event is free.

Parking will be offered at 220 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90012 on a first-come, first-served basis.


6:30pm – Doors Open

7:00pm – Screening Begins

8:30pm – Q&A Discussion

9:30pm – After-Screening Reception at The Continental Club. Cocktails and appetizers will be served.

Join us for the After-Screening Reception!

After the screening, join us at the Continental Club, a 3 minute walk, for a night of celebration! Over cocktails and appetizers, spend the evening rubbing shoulders with the filmmakers and fellow movie lovers. After-Screening tickets are $25.

Films Featured at SmashCut CineFest 2019:

June 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the violent suppression of the student protests in Tiananmen Square. In honor of this important milestone we present a special screening of Tank Man, a film created by Robert Anthony Peters and Curt Chatham in the TN film lab in 2017.

Tank Man (15 mins) 
Who is the man who stood up to those tanks in Tiananmen Square? He is the poster child for defiance in the face of a totalitarian regime and yet we still don’t know who he is. In Tank Man, for perhaps the first time, we imagine who he was and what led him to meet his destiny that day.

Fellows: Robert Anthony Peters, Curt Chatham


If Tehran Could Scream (15 mins)
Based on a true story, this film was shot on location in Tehran, Iran. If Tehran Could Scream takes us into a country shrouded in secrecy, following the story of a female, Iranian rock singer. In a world where women are told how to dress, act and think, following her dream is a crime. Will our heroine leave her family and her homeland to pursue life as a rock and roll singer, or will the pressures of the fundamentalist regime ultimately silence her voice?

Fellow: Farbod Ardebili

Sporeling (10 mins) 
In this fully animated comedic TV pilot, we meet a lonely planetary scientist (an Indiana Jones type) who stumbles upon a new form of alien life in a zone forbidden by The Authority. When a nosey bureaucrat shows up to hassle him about his lack of permits, she is confronted with the decision to report his discovery, which will be incinerated as a danger by the Authority policy, or join him in trying to protect and preserve this incredible new life form.

Fellows: Kjell Boresma, Nick Rueda-Sabater

Crystal City (13 mins) 
During WW2, the US government forced thousands of Japanese, Italians and Germans into internment camps. This film follows the story of a burgeoning young love between a German American girl and a young Japanese American boy in an internment camp who may soon see themselves shipped out of the only country they’ve ever known and forever kept apart.

Fellows: Amanda Devine, Geoffrey Mark, Rachel Mullins

Crosswinds (13 mins) 
A drama set along the U.S.- Mexico border inspired by the poem “The Grand Inquisitor” penned by the great Fyodor Dostoyevsky in his most famed work- The Brothers Karamazov. If Jesus came back tomorrow, how would the government react? Would he be perceived as a threat? What would government agents do when they find him? More pointedly, what would this say about our society? These are the ideas brought to life in Crosswinds.

Fellows: Atom Jones, Harrison Reishman

Teleios Act (11 mins) 
Teleios Act is a thriller that transports us to a possible future where the “Teleios Act” governs reproductive rights. All children diagnosed with a possible pre-natal disability are required to be terminated regardless of parental choice. Our heroine confronted by this horrifying situation ironically was the face of the campaign that got the Act passed.

Fellows: Evan Matthews, Rachel Mullins

*Film line-up subject to change

SmashCut CineFest is the exclusive event that concludes participation in the TalNexus Film Lab.  These private, invite-only screening events are held in various cities across the United States to give audiences a sneak peak at the remarkable short films produced entirely by the filmmakers enrolled in the film lab.  Often times, a SmashCut CineFest screening is the first time the filmmakers get to witness how an audience reacts to their film, and then get the opportunity to interact with them afterwards.

Each screening event is accompanied by an exclusive reception afterwards where audiences get the chance to mingle with the filmmakers, industry insiders and allies of TalNexus to learn more about the themes represented in the films, how the films were made and the inspiration behind them, what may lie next for the writers, directors, and producers.

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SmashCut CineFest

SmashCut CineFest has been held in these cities, with more to come!

  • Los Angeles, CA
    • 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • San Francisco, CA
    • 2016, 2018
  • Washington, D.C.
    • 2016, 2017
  • New York City, NY
    • 2016, 2017