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Contender (2015)

About This Project


When her father inexplicably leaves, a 10-year-old girl must venture into New York City to find a way to provide for her ailing mother and young brother.



Ali is a 10-year-old girl growing up in the struggling community of upper Manhattan. Raised by her father on the classic films of Sinatra and Brando, she is determined to rise above her impoverished conditions and become the next King of New York. But when her father inexplicably leaves, Ali must venture out into the city, the weight of providing for her ailing mother and young brother resting on her alone.



Sumaya Bouhbal……………….Ali
Travis Wolfe…………Zane
Erica Trumpet…….Mama
Jaime Olaya………………Baker
Jacqueline King-Howell…….Pam



AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Short Film – New York City Downtown Short Film Festival



New York City Downtown Short Film Festival
COMMFFEST Toronto – Global Community Film and Arts Festival



Writer/Director: David Scala
Producers: David Scala, Katherine Paige
Director of Photography: David Potvin
Production Sound: Joseph John Accardi
Assistant Camera: Robert Agulo
Script Supervisor: David B. Jacobs
Sound Editor: Sven Rethemeier
Coloris: Justin Levine
Picture Editor and Sound Designer: David Scala
Production Assistant: Rachel Petzinger
Grips: Andrew Aprahamian, Alexander Watkins-Lopez
Drivers: Ryan Decker, Colin Peer, Kyler Puckett



Drama, Short Film

8 minutes

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