• Pancakes

    Directed by Kai Torres
    USA | 13 minutes |

An adolescent girl has trained herself to function within the walls of a dysfunctional home, but when forced to face reality she must choose between the love she has for her mother and her own well-being.

In competition for Best Student U.S. Short

film synopsis

film details

Director: Kai Torres
Producers: Maria Lavelle
Screenwriter: Kai Torres
Cinematographers: Lorena Duran
Editor: Will Mayo
Music: Luis Torres
Cast: Izabel Mar, Ellen Toomey, Denny Dale Bess, Alicia Guzman, Amanda Guzman
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2019
Running Time: 13 minutes
Awards: Sound Editing Award, NYU First Run Film Festival
Contact Email: knt250@nyu.edu
Website: https://www.instagram.com/pancakes_movie/

director biography

Kai Torres is a Puerto Rican American Filmmaker, MFA candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and recipient of the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellowship 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Communications from The University of Virginia in 2015. She then worked as an Associate Producer on “Who’s Next,” a documentary directed by Emmy Award-Winning Producer Nancy Charney. In 2016, she made her directorial debut with “Return” a short film that explores trauma, and the people left behind to pick up the pieces, while constantly being pushed by society to move on. Return became part of her submission to NYU, where she continues to pursue her passion and tell important stories on the big screen. Her recent directing credits include the short films “Mr. Edelman”, “Be Clear”, “One” and “Pancakes”.

2020 ShortFest Archive