6:30pm FRIDAY, September 27th — Opening Night Short Films

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(Narrative, United States, 4 minutes)

Hecklers at a fast food drive-thru meet their match.

RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older


Director: William J. Stribling

William J. Stribling has seen “Weird Al” Yankovic in concert 16 times and counting. Perhaps less importantly, he works in Los Angeles as a director and screenwriter.

He directed the award-winning films Bear with Us, Down in Flames: the True Story of Tony “Volcano” Valenci, Lies I Told My Little Sister, Beyond Belief, The Archetypes, and Break A Leg, all of which enjoyed successful film festival runs.

Bear with Us, which he co-wrote and co-produced with Russ Nickel, spent a year garnering awards on the festival circuit before securing distribution with Comedy Dynamics in 2017. Bear with Us stars Christy Carlson Romano and Cheyenne Jackson, and is currently streaming and on DVD.

Stribling and Nickel are currently in post-production on a comedy/sci-fi series they created for Adaptive Studios called Stellar People, starring Rory Albanese (multiple Emmy-winning writer/producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

For the YouTube channel Shipwrecked Comedy, Stribling directed Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party (series), The Case of the Gilded Lily (short), and American Whoopee (short).

Stribling is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with degrees in Film & TV Production and Dramatic Literature. He also has a masters in screenwriting from Chapman University.