Pandemic Bread & The Kill Floor
Director: Carlos Avila, Zeinabu Davis Run Time: 50 min. Rating: Unrated Release Year: 2023 Language: English, Tagalog, Spanish
Starring: Becca Godinez, Claire Simba, Jaime Zevallos, Michele Greene, Miguel Najera, Princess Punzalan
Tagline: These two acclaimed short films by award-winning filmmakers Zeinabu Davis (Pandemic Bread) and Carlos Avila (The Kill Floor) take intimate and expressive approaches to exploring the impact of the global pandemic on diverse communities. These films explore how the pandemic’s grip on our lives upended both daily rituals and work in unprecedented ways. Through these portraits of essential workers, we see and feel relationships forged and also relationships shattered. Through their work in these films, Davis and Avila continue to explore their decades-long examination of race, class, and identity.
Pandemic Bread: This short dramatic film is about a Filipino interpreter taking an end-of-life call with a doctor and an elderly woman diagnosed with COVID in her quarantined hospital room. This is a story of resilience, agency, and hope told through the eyes of the interpreter who bakes bread to relieve stress during the call.
The Kill Floor: When the Covid-19 pandemic engulfs a meatpacking plant in his rural hometown, a young Latinx reporter returns to uncover the urgent and deadly circumstances threatening the plant’s workers – including his father.
Awards and Recognition for both films to date:
The Kill Floor, Best Drama, LA Shorts Fest, July 2023; Best in Show & Audience Award, Loma Film Festival, August 2023
Pandemic Bread, nominated for Best Narrative Short, BlackStar Film Festival – August 2023
San Diego Connections for both films:
Pandemic Bread involves a unique collaboration with the San Diego Filipino community, UCSD students, and film professionals. By coming together to creatively express COVID-related experiences, this film offers an artistic vehicle of catharsis to aid in collective healing. Pandemic Bread will make its San Diego premiere at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in November 2023.
The Kill Floor had its World Premiere at the highly regarded San Diego Latino Film Festival in March 2023. Also, one of ‘The Kill Floor’s’ co-stars is ten year-old Carlos Solorzano from Chula Vista, California.
Directors: Zeinabu Davis, Carlos Avila | Run Time: 50 min. | Release Year: 2023
Language: Pandemic Bread: English and Tagalog (with English & Tagalog Subtitles)
The Kill Floor: English and Spanish (with English Subtitles)
Starring: Pandemic Bread: Becca Godinez, Claire Simba, Princess
The Kill Floor: Jaime Zevallos, Miguel Najera, Michele Greene
Saturday, November 18th: 7:00, 8:30
Ticket Prices: $10 Regular