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Catching Fireflies



USA, 2014, HD - Color - 19’40’’

DIRECTED BY:
Lee Whittaker

CAST:
Gianna Gomez, Carlotta Elektra Bosch

SCREENPLAY:
Lee Whittaker

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Elie Smolkin

EDITING:
Chris Witt

MUSIC:
Yuichiro Oku

SOUND:
Kevin Burke

PRODUCER:
Lee Whittaker

PRODUCTION:
Shattered Image Films

STORY DESCRIPTION:

9 year old Latina girl, Isabella strives to survive skid-row with her heroine addict mother, Sofia in a cardboard house in downtown Los Angeles. Her whimsical imagination proves a solid companion while dealing with her mothers addiction. A local cook teaches her, “If you catch a firefly in the night sky, then your wishes come true.” Isabella runs through to catch her wish of hope and save her mother.





Isabella, ragazza sudamericana di 9 anni, lotta per sopravvivere con la madre Sofia, tossicodipendente, in una casa di cartone nel centro di Los Angeles. La sua capricciosa immaginazione si dimostra una valida compagnia mentre si occupa della dipendenza della madre.


Un cuoco locale le rivela: "Se catturi una lucciola nel cielo notturno, i tuoi desideri si realizzano." Isabella tenta così di afferrare il suo desiderio di speranza e salvare su madre.


DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Lee Whittaker, after two decades of being behind the lens as an action director and on such films as Fast and Furious 5, Jurassic Park, and Pearl Harbor, Lee found himself in Mumbai, India where a situation with homeless children spawned a life changing moment and became the inspiration for “Catching Fireflies”, his film debut as director. While Mr. Whittaker still travels the world as a second unit action director, he now has a clear eye toward "being the difference" when it comes to addressing social causes like our world's 100 million homeless children who live on the streets. Lee is currently in development on a feature length version of “Catching Fireflies”.





Lee Whittaker, dopo due decenni passati dietro l'obiettivo come action director in film quali “Fast and Furious 5”, “Jurassic Park” e “Pearl Harbor”, a Mumbai ha visto dei bambini senza tetto e ciò ha generato in lui un’epifania, un momento che gli ha cambiato la vita e che è diventato l'ispirazione per “Catching Fireflies”, il suo debutto cinematografico come regista.


Nonostante viaggi per il mondo come second unit action director, Lee sta attualmente a una versione di “Catching Fireflies” in lungometraggio.






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