Los Angeles Festival Premiere

LIVE ACTION | United States | 14 MINUTES | English, Tohono O’odham, Spanish



Set in southern Arizona, twenty miles from the Mexico border on the Tohono O’odham Nation, a six-year-old Indigenous girl (Amaya Juan) discovers a Hispanic migrant her age who has lost her father while traveling through the Tohono O’odham tribal lands into the United States.


Directed by Jefferson Stein

Jefferson Stein is a filmmaker from Texas based in Los Angeles. His short film, TUMBLE DRY LOW, screened at Seattle, Maryland, and Tallinn Black Nights and was selected for the Shoot New Directors Showcase. It premiered on Short of the Week and garnered 2.5 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the most-watched dramatic shorts on the platform. His follow up, BURROS, produced by Film Independent Spirit Award winner Liz Cardenas (7 Days, Never Goin’ Back, A Ghost Story), was awarded a Film Independent fiscal sponsorship, premiered at Tribeca 2021, won Best Narrative Short at Santa Fe IFF, Sidewalk, Arizona, and New York ICFF, qualifying for the Live Action Short Oscar® at the 95th Academy Awards®. His debut feature script set in the same world as BURROS, MAN IN THE MAZE (I’ITOI), was a 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting quarterfinalist.


Jefferson Stein


Liz Cardenas, Russell Sheaffer, Jefferson Stein, Douglas Riggs


Jefferson Stein


Cole Graham


R. Brett Thomas


Amanda Jones

Executive Producer

Camillus Lopez, Larry ‘Bear’ Wilson


Amaya Juan, Zuemmy Carrillo, Virgina Patricio, Rupert Lopez

Program Eight


Saturday, November 19

Screening: 12:00 to 1:25pm

Q&A With Filmmakers
Jefferson Stein, Liz Cardenas, Larry ‘Bear’ Wilson

Lumiere Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


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