The Chapman Shorts

An hour-long program that provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a short film or documentary is conceived and made. The films are screened during each episode, allowing viewers to appreciate the film’s journey from start to finish.

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Chapman Shorts - 'Kate So Far'

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Family is what you have when you've lost everything else...A girl from Maine, Kate, moves to California with her sister after their mother passes away. As she tries to adapt to the culture clash of moving cross country, she also has to mend the relationship with her sister, who she hasn't spoken to in years. Jim Doti and Martha Bathal interview Chapman Professor Ross Brown and Heather Schlossnagle on how the idea for this award-winning show developed and the process it took to produce.

Chapman Shorts - 'Fetch' and 'Itsy Bitsy'

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An ice fishing trip gone to the dogs... Jim Doti and Adrienne Brennan interview writer/director David May on his films "Fetch" and "Itsy Bitsy". "Fetch", a light-hearted father/son and man’s best friend story explores the dangers of ice fishing, and the horror-comedy about a couple's struggle to get back a ring from a clever crawler, "Itsy Bitsy". May's work has been screened in over 50 film festivals including the Montreal film festival and Cannes.

Chapman Shorts - 'Living in Limbo'

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Imagine growing up a proud American to one day find out you were brought into this country as an immigrant. You’ve dedicated your life to your academics, then come to realize an opportunity of going to your dream university will remain just that, a dream. Hosts Jim Doti and Eve Kornyei talk to Viktoria Ershova, director of “Living in Limbo,” a compelling documentary about the predicament of undocumented immigrant children in America and the controversial law that could change their lives.

Chapman Shorts - 'Notre Joie, Notre Vie'

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Produced as part of the "Destination: Africa 2009 International Documentary Scholarship Program", "Notre Joie, Notre Vie" brings awareness to the human trafficking epidemic Cameroon, West Africa has faced within the last four years. It highlights the lives of four individuals, who against all odds, have fought against this pernicious trade and with the help of the Global Welfare Association (GLOWA) have restored their dignity.

Chapman Shorts - 'The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives' and 'Bon Appetit'

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An action comedy that takes you behind the scenes of Ace Mulligan's perilous and not-always-successful mission to stop the bad guys, get the girl, and save the day, Justin Lutsky's "The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives" shows that even action heroes need a second shot . Jim Doti and co-host Phil Case discuss "The Action Hero's Guide to Saving Lives" and "Bon Appetit", a comedy about a waiter who saves the day when an evening of fine dining unexpectedly turns into a hostage situation, with Chapman Alumni, Justin Lutsky.

Chapman Shorts - The Cameroon Documentaries

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In an effort to promote social awareness and global citizenship, Chapman University students travelled to West Africa to document the stories of the people of Cameroon. Host Jim Doti and Co-host Martha Bathal interview two of the creators, Hannah Taylor and Matthew Prouty and executive producer, Jeff Swimmer on their experience in West Africa and the process of creating these eye-opening films. “Eye to Eye” explores the inspiring ways that activists in Cameroon are attempting to head off the looming extinction of the Cross River Gorilla and other primates.

Chapman Shorts - 'Husk'

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A film to make anyone weary of cornfields and abandoned roads, Writer/Director Brett Simmons talks to Hosts Jim Doti and Eve Kornyei about "Husk" a horror short, featured at Sundance, about 4 men who get stranded by a cornfield and face a wicked scarecrow. "Husk" is the first Chapman produced film to be featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

Chapman Shorts - 'Last Page' and 'Small Avalanches'

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The adventures of a man dealing with writer's block...writer/director Kevin Acevedo talks to hosts Jim Doti and Adrienne Brennen about "The Last Page" the story of Jason, a screenwriter who tries to take his mind off of his current writer's block by going on an adventure that will give him more than enough material to finish his script. Doti and Brennen also interview Gillian Munro, writer/director of "Small Avalanches", the story of a mature 13-year old girl who is threatened by an aggressive older man.