Category Archives: Short Films

Pañuelo Official Trailer

Posted by Rina Svet:

Pañuelo is the story of Junior who, devastated by the loss of his father, abandons his love of photography, and begins to hang with the wrong crowd. His single mother Olga, and younger sister Daisy, try desperately to bring him back into the safety of the family that loves him.

Pañuelo was directed by Abel Castro, shot by Chris Cazavilan, and edited by Rina Svet as a thesis film for The School of Visual Arts.  It premiered at the 2010 Dusty Film Festival.

I spent most of my thesis year at SVA working on Pañuelo.  Unlike most of our thesis productions which were shot in the fall and edited in the spring, Pañuelo was shot during the summer of 2009 so I had plenty of time to edit it in the fall before starting work on my other thesis projects.  It’s a good thing too, because Pañuelo needed plenty of work!  The initial cut was over 40 minutes long and by the time we were done with it the final cut was around 20 minutes.  It was the first long short film I’ve ever really worked on and it was certainly an adventure.  Not to mention it gave me plenty of opportunities to brush up on my Spanish!

Pañuelo editing carried on well into the spring where it shared its editing hours with my other two projects (Vanity and Zombies Are Our Friends) and it was really my baby for most of that year.  Seeing it on the big screen at the Dusty Film Festival was really an amazng experience!  And editing this trailer for it was a really fun side project, so I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed editing it!

The Widow’s Tea

Guest post by Nishell Falcone:

The Widow’s Tea is an experimental short film shot in 2009. Original vision by cinematographer Nishell Falcone and director Sydney Del Monte, it was inspired in part by Japanese and American folklore. The film follows the story of an curious and innocent girl drawn to the Widow’s lair by a seemingly innocuous picnic among the dead. Be careful to not become ensnared by the Widow’s web.

The Widow’s Tea was edited by Rina Svet while studying at SVA.


Here’s a moving new poem from our friend Beau Sia, one of the stars of SlamNation.

Notes from Beau Sia:

“if u want to help support our work, one way is to download the audio here.

this is a poem i wrote. a video eyad zahra made. music that dawen created and played beautifully in order to give the piece an emotional depth i am moved by. please check out dawen and eyad’s other work. it’s pretty rad stuff. many thanks to a.r.t., lien, and you for taking the time to listen to what i have to share.”