• Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut
Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut

» Showcasing the storytellers of tomorrow

Each year, Dodge College's annual Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Screening promotes a selection of top student projects from the previous year as determined by a panel of distinguished alumni and industry representatives. 

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Admission to this event is free with registration. 

Films screenings are made possible in part through a grant awarded by the Leo Freedman Foundation. Dodge College thanks the foundation for its continued support of our student filmmakers.

About the Films

misfits poster

When they learn their friend has kidnapped a cop on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination, two sisters and leaders of the Black Panther Party must set aside their differences to navigate one of the most turbulent nights in history.

Key Crew

Writer/Director- Ciani Rey Walker
Producer: Jerry Hu 
Production Designers: Taylor Johnston & Micaela Edwards
Cinematographer: Alexa Cha 
Editor: Belen Franco 
Sound Design: Matt Temple 
Production Sound: Tori McJunkin 

when the sun sets poster


A young, black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist, younger brother may be in danger when he doesn't return after school.

Key Crew

Writer / Director: Phumi Morare
Producer: Christine Cho
Cinematographer: Sherry Yingying Qian
Editor: Mojtaba Mirshekari
Sound Designer: Andree Lin

identity crisis photo


A cyborg named Scott is looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, but not all is well in this futuristic city when he finds his own picture on a wanted poster.

Key Crew

Creator: Natalie Nichols
Composer: Nick Kendig
Sound Designer: Colette Grob 

poho poster


One woman in the farming community of Gujarat, India attempts to find Peace of Her Own amidst economic struggle, climate pressure and patriarchal oppression.

Key Crew

Director/Producer/Editor: Brynne McKee 
Producer: Kylie Miller 
Cinematographer: Jordan Prieto-Valdes 
Field Producer: Kaustubh 'Vick' Singh 

out of stock poster


In 1973, the host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, made a joke that toilet paper was going out of stock. By the next day, stores across the country were completely sold out.

This is the story of the first day of the toilet paper crisis.


Key Crew

Director: Bryan Taira
Producer: Mariah Hall
Screenwriters: Meg Greene & Alex Schultz
Cinematographer: Enrique De la Garza
Production Designer: Connie Ticho
UPM: Jerry Hu
Editor: Alex Joyce
Sound Designer: Tori McJunkin

nearsiders poster


Max and Alan, treasure hunters in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, get caught in a breakneck chase for earth's most delicious devourable.  

Key Crew

Director: Wyatt Hall and Kaz Fantone
Created By: Ryan Trumpler
Produced By: Matthew Pinkney
Original Soundtrack By: Robert Mai
Sound Design By: Jino Jang
Max: Marisol M. Gonzales
Alan: Sule H. Murray
BoomYell: Edward Pinkava

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