The Wind Phone

A Film by Kristen Gerweck

Synopsis

Inspired by true events, THE WIND PHONE intimately follows the emotional journeys of seven strangers. Each is drawn to the same remote and eerie phone booth on a Japanese cliffside, although their conversations couldn’t seem more different. Whereas one caller seeks forgiveness for a fatal transgression and another grapples with a twisted betrayal, others’ motivations are not clear at first. It is not until one of the callers extends a consoling hand to another, that we begin to understand that they are all connected by one harrowing reality.

Director

  • Picture of Kristen Gerweck © Kristen Gerweck

    Kristen Gerweck

    Kristen received her J.D. from UCLA Law School. She practiced law in both New York and California before transitioning into entertainment with studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. Kristen’s first short film EAST RAMADI, which she wrote and directed, was chosen as one of five films to screen at the Cannes Emerging Film Showcase in 2016. It was picked up for distribution by A Contracorriente Films to screen in European theaters alongside LAND OF MINE (2017 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Feature). Most recently, she received a development deal with Fullscreen for an original series she created, wrote and was attached to direct surrounding the modern world of East LA gangs. Kristen is represented by Artists First.

Awards + Festivals

  • 29th CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Silicon Valley, USA)March 5, 2019
  • 43rd CLEVELAND INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)March 27, 2019
  • 8th JULIEN DUBUQUE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dubuque, IA, USA)April 28, 2019
  • *NOMINEE BEST SHORT FILM*
    10th NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 5, 2019
  • HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - SPRING SEASON (Finalist, Carson, CA, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 10th TOKYO LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan)May 27, 2019
  • 8th NEW YORK SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 31, 2019
  • 17th ONE SHOT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yerevan, Armenia)June 5, 2019
  • *BEST SHORT FILM DRAMA* *BEST PERFORMANCE BY A FULL CAST* *BEST SCREENPLAY* *OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY* *OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR* *OUTSTANDING ACTING MEGUMI KABE*
    4th FILM INVASION LOS ANGELES (Official Selection, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA)June 7, 2019
  • *BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM*
    1st ATHENS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athens, Greece)June 12, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • 10th ANNUAL ATLANTA SHORTSFEST (Official Selection, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)July 11, 2019
  • 23rd LA SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)July 17, 2019
  • 26th OPENEYES FILMFEST MARBURG (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 24, 2019
  • 2nd INDY SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)July 25, 2019
  • 8th HOLYWOOD SERBIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boljkovci, Serbia)July 26, 2019
  • 11th MALTA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valetta, Malta)August 1, 2019
  • 34th ALPINALE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Nenzing, Austria)August 6, 2019
  • 43rd OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 8, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 4th STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ballymahon, Co. Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2019
  • 15th MONTERREY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Monterrey, Mexico)August 15, 2019
  • 4th FARM FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)August 29, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019
  • 4th ADIRONDACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Glens Falls, New York, USA)October 17, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Kristen Gerweck
Screenplay
Kristen Gerweck
Producer
Linda C. Riedmann
Director of Photography
Jon Keng
Art Direction
Scott Nystrom
Costume Design
Toni Caserta
Sound
Destiny Farrant
Editor
Minh Hieu Bui
Sound Design
This Is Sound Design

Cast

Eiko
Megumi Kabe
Reo
Hitoshi Masaki
Mayu
Yukina Takase
Suzuki
Miho Ando
Kaito
Hiroshi Watanabe

Details

Running Time
15:52 min
Shooting Format
Digital 4K (RED)
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1.85
Sound
5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCER

Linda C. Riedmann

+1 (310) 913 4524

linda.c.riedmann@gmail.com
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6932316/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-c-riedmann-9a155a52/
Instagram: its.leeenda

DIRECTOR

Kristen Gerweck

+1 (310) 415 7604
kristengerweck@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/windphonefilm/
https://www.facebook.com/windphonefilm