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A burned-out teacher is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes from retirement when she is

confronted by a desperate man from her past.  When she discovers a beloved student of hers is in danger, her life is turned upside down with minutes.

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A burned-out teacher is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes from retirement when she is

confronted by a desperate man from her past.  When she discovers a beloved student of hers is in danger, her life is turned upside down with minutes.

Mrs. Debra Nickel (Loretta Devine) is packing up her classroom, and her life dedicated to an urban Northern California community. She’s been at the same elementary school for forty-three years.  She’s tirelessly served her disadvantaged community and sacrificed to give her neighborhood kids the love and attention they deserve. But she's worn, and her time has come, so she thinks, to an end. She’s one day away, 1440 minutes (the number of minutes in one twenty-four hour period) from retiring and moving out of the area. But things don't go as planned.

Her life gets turned upside down by Jose, (Jeremy Ray Valdez), who interrupts her plans. Jose and Mrs. Nickel go way back, and now he is on parole, but has found himself  backed in a corner. He has come to beg her to do the one thing he can’t do for himself: take care of his son, Jesse.  Jesse lives with a foster family, and Jose has uncovered some secrets that he has no power to change. Jose desperately confronts Mrs. Nickel to decide the fate of her son, which would change her future.

What will she decide? How will that impact Jesse? What will become of Jose?
This may be a short film, but 1440 and Counting is an intense drama that points out that the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” isn’t always clear, and our life's impact isn't always instantly revealed. Sometimes the results of our giving take decades, even a lifetime to come to life, and everything can change within minutes, but every minute is worth something.

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Biographies


 

BIOGRAPHIES

Biographies


 

BIOGRAPHIES

Cast & CREW

Actress Loretta Devine has created some of the most memorable roles in theatre, film and television. Devine first captured national attention in the role of Lorrell, one of the three original “Dreamgirls” in Michael Bennett’s classic award-winning Broadway musical. Film roles soon followed including a poignant turn as a single mother opposite Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Gregory Hines in “Waiting to Exhale” which earned her a NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress. Devine also won an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Penny Marshall’s “The Preacher’s Wife.” Devine was featured in the Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” “Death at a Funeral” with Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Danny Glover and “For Colored Girls” directed by Tyler Perry. On television, she had a two season run in her recurring role as Adele on the hit ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.”in which she also won an Emmy. She is currently starring in NBC's THE CARMICHAEL SHOW.

Actor Jeremy Ray Valdez starred alongside Benjamin Bratt the 2010 independent hit, "La Mission" which garnered accolades and success including a 2010 IMAGEN Award for "Best Supporting Actor,” and was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Valdez has had recurring roles on television shows including ER, and Veronica Mars, and guest starring roles on The Closer, NCIS, 24, CSI: NY, The Mentalist, and Boston Public (starring Loretta Devine).

Writer/Producer/Director Tony Gapastione is originally from Chicago, Tony has been acting in theater, commercials, and film for over twenty-five years. He’s written and produced a few short films, but this is his directorial debut, in which he raised $40,000 through Kickstarter. He wrote this piece and filmed it (with lots of help) within his Northern California community (Redwood City and East Palo Alto). He's been married for eleven years to his wife and they have three daughters.

Producer Ola Soler (Formerly Pojda) moved to California to study film from Polan.  As a student  she excelled in creating, organizing, and editing projects while multi-tasking her studies and involvement in numerous creative endeavors. She quickly rose to the challenge of being a founding member of SonCity Media and has produced corporate videos, documentaries, and short films amidst being involved in producing various other media projects of her own. She adores working with people and engaging in local community activities. Her husband is a photographer and cinematographer, and they wed June, 2015, and await their daughter's birth in April 2016.

Director of Photography Matthew A. Mayotte is a San Francisco Bay Area native, Matthew has always held in high value art and aesthetics.  Fascinated from a young age by cinema and story, Matthew followed his pursuit of the greatest way to tell story; through moving image.  Rooted in the likes of vintage Italian and French auteurs and invested in today’s modern filmmaking movements, Matthew grows his own cinematic voice from commercials, music videos, feature-length theatrical documentary, to exploratory short format art; using visionary intuition and advancing technology.

Editor David Holechek co-leads Duality Filmworks and has credits on HBO's Family Tree, FX's The League, A&E's Wahlburgers, Animal Planet's Pit Bulls and Parolees to name a few.  With a passion for television and independent film, the brothers have worked on hundreds of hours of programming.  They've won over fifty awards including the CINE Masters Series award, the Heartland Institute Crystal Heart, A&E Indie Films Finalists, a half dozen Telly Awards, and over forty film festival awards among others.

Composer John W. Snyder is an active composer and pianist in Los Angeles. He has received numerous academic and composition honors, including UCLA’s Henry Mancini Award, an honor by the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his song cycle Dark Things, and induction into the Wheaton Scholastic Society. He has also scored numerous films, documentaries, and commercials for clients such as Capitol Records, Chevy, VW, the Affordable Care Act, Disney, Lenovo, and many others. Snyder holds degrees from Wheaton College, IL (B.M., summa cum laude) and UCLA (M.M.).

Sound Designer Matthew Waters is known for his work on HBO’s Game of Thrones in which he won an Emmy. His sound credits include work on films like Life as a House and The Butterfly Effect, and Sundance TV's original show: Rectify.

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Screenings


Screenings


SCREENINGS 2015-2016

April 11|  Saturday |  10am | Cinema At The Edge Film Fest (CATE) | Santa Monica, California

June 13 | Saturday | 2pm | Black Film Fest (SFBFF) | San Francisco, California

June 24 | Wednesday | 7pm | Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Fest | Las Vegas, Nevada

July 18 | Saturday | 2pm | SF Frozen Film Fest | San Francisco, California

August 8| Saturday | 3pm |  Silicon Valley FOG Festival | San Jose, California

August 13 | Thursday | 7pm | Windrider Bay Area Film Forum | Menlo Park, California

September 25 | Friday | 5pm | UrbanWorld Film Festival | New York City, New York

September 26 | Saturday | 7pm | Elgin Short Film Festival | Elgin, Illinois

September 28 | Monday | 8pm | Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood | Sherman Oaks, Ca

September 30 | Wednesday | 6pm | The Frank Art Gallery, Neighbor Film Fundraiser | Redwood City, Ca

October 3 | Saturday | 3-9pm | Nebula Creatives | Chicago, Illinois (FREE).

October 8 | 1:15pm | Long Beach Indie International Film Festival | Long Beach , California

October 24 |  Saturday | 6:15pm | San Jose International Short Film Fest | San Jose,  California

2016

January 16 | Saturday | 1:15pm | Irvine International Film Fest | Irvine, California

February 6 | Saturday | 12:15pm | Pan African Film and Arts Festival | Rave Theater | Los Angeles | California

February 7 | Sunday | 8:45pm | Pan African Film and Arts Festival | Rave Theater | Los Angeles | California

February 10 | Wednesday | 1:20pm | Pan African Film and Arts Festival | Rave Theater | Los Angeles | California

March 6 | Sunday |  4pm | Pasadena Film Festival | Pasadena | California

April 1-3 | Day TBA | Time | TBA | Interurban Film Festival | Denison, Texas.

July 22-19 | Rwanda Film Festival | Rwanda, Africa

September 17 & 21 | 12pm & 1pm |Greater Cleveland Urban Festival | Cleveland, Ohio

September 28 - October 2 | Montreal Black Film Festival | Montreal Canada

October 13 | 7pm | Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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2017

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