“A Dog’s Story” is an absurdist short that tells the tragi-comic tale of an old dog who contemplates his bleak future after being laid off from his security job. The Dog has made a slide presentation of his current predicament and how he got here — an all-too-frequent story that many of us have also experienced in this new competitive economy where jobs are being replaced by automation and being too old can leave you marginalized.
Ever have a bad hair day? Where you should’ve stayed in bed? In Paris, city of lights and rain, Polly, an American in Paris, struggles with clogged toilets, heartbreak, STDs, bad therapy, a handgun surprise, mastering the French subjunctive and the police. But there’s always Hope. The cat. But can even Hope survive?
Project Title (Original Language):Hope is French
Genres:Comedy, Dark Comedy, France
Runtime:15 minutes 26 seconds
Completion Date:October 12, 2018
Country of Origin:France
Film Language:English, French
Shooting Format:MIRRORLESS CAMERA Sony A7RIII
Victoria Sampson is an award-winning producer/writer/director, film and sound editor. With over 201 Sound credits, including sound editing on Academy Award winning films for Sound, “Speed” and “The River,” she has also won 4 Golden Reel Awards and an Emmy for her sound work.
Since 1992, Victoria also created and taught Post Production Sound for Directors and Editors at UCLA, USC, Video Symphony, AFI and often guest lectures at colleges and universities.
•Victoria is a member of:
•AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Sound Branch since 1988) Also serves on the Museum’s Sound committee
•MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) •Women in Film,
•Women in Media
•LA Sound Sisters
•Victoria is a graduate of the AFI’s acclaimed 6th Cycle of the Directing Workshop for Women. She was selected as one of twelve out of 600 applicants to direct a short film, her award-winning “Last Chance Saloon.”
•She has written, directed, produced and edited three award winning 30+ minute short films, one of which is “Click Three Times” which was written, directed and edited by Vickie and stars ISABEL SANFORD (from TVs “The Jeffersons”) “Click” played in over 50 festivals and won over 30 awards both nationally and internationally, including the Russian Disability Film Festival.
•Vickie has directed over a dozen commercials, some on spec for Current.com and some were commissioned. Her 30 second PSA for Women In Film (“I Wanna Be…”) for the Down Syndrome and Research Foundation, won a Telly and a Gold Aurora Award.
•Victoria also wrote a 30 second PSA, “Saddles for Soldiers” for Women in Film’s PSA program. She won the Grand Prize in Harley Davidson’s contest for women filmmakers with her 2 minute written and directed ad, “Her Need for Speed.”
•She is a founding member and an Emeritus Board member of The Alliance of Women Directors – the only organization devoted exclusively to women directors.
•She recently produced, directed and edited the award-winning film “Shelby’s Vacation,” a 35 min short about dealing with the baggage in your life.
•Victoria is attached to direct a feature film “Revolutionist” starring Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Dennis Haysbert, Sally Kirkland, Beth Grant, Lou Ferrigno, Katharine Kramer and Erica Hubbard.
•In 2016, Victoria and Wendy Fishman created Echo Creek Films so they can continue making films that make a difference.
•She is co-producing a paranormal thriller feature film, “Small Whispers” written by her producing partner, Wendy Fishman, with Laura Vandervoort attached as the lead.
•Vickie just directed an 8 min short “You Drive Me Crazy” about a GPS who drives a cheating husband off the road. Currently in post-production! Coming soon!
•Vickie wrote and will direct a short film “See Me” a drama based on a true story of a transgender woman’s suicide attempt and the aftermath it creates.
•Upcoming shoot: a short mockumentary “Love Is…” a film that challenges our perceptions and assumptions about love.
Her IMDB page is: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0760222
Links to some of her work:
Commercial Directing Reel: https://vimeo.com/243765916
Grand Prize Winning 2 min short HER NEED FOR SPEED
Doritos Contest Entry: BABY CAN’T WAIT (30 seconds)
Link to Shelby’s Vacation 35 minutes: https://vimeo.com/208263222 Password: shelby2017
I like films that challenge people – make them think, laugh, wonder, and talk afterward! You Drive Me Crazy came out of a real incident that Wendy (the writer) and I experienced using WAZE to get to a screening. I was listening to WAZE and Wendy told me “Don’t listen to that. Just go up to Sunset and turn right!” I insisted that I HAD to listen to the WAZE lady! And we just exaggerated it from there. How far until technology takes us over? This is a funny and scary exploration of that question!
Thanks to his father who is a French music composer, Antoine discovered the magic of cinema during his childhood and has always wanted to take part to the movie industry. Writer of a first novel published in 2015, he has already directed two short films which got selected in more than thirty countries. Ten minutes tops is its third comedy. It has been already been screened in Sacramento, Oaxaca and Bienne Film Festival amongst others in a few months. In parallel of his short film activity, Antoine works in the advertising field.