Foreign Sounds

A young couple, who have just moved in together, has their relationship tested when they take opposing stances in response to the sounds of their neighbor's domestic dispute.

  • Eric Shahinian
    Director
  • Eric Shahinian
    Writer
  • Sola Fasehun
    Producer
  • Anne-Marie Agbodj
    Key Cast
  • Connor Hines
    Key Cast
  • Snezhana Chernova
    Key Cast
  • Dave Bobb
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Cannes Short Film Corner
    Cannes, France
    May 21, 2015
  • Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, Rhode Island
    August 7, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Grand Prize: Best Student Film
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale
    Silver Award in College Competition
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, Nevada
    February 10, 2016
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Atlantic City, NJ
    April 2, 2016
    NJ Premiere
  • The Ridgewood Guild Film Festival
    Ridgewood
    United States
    April 21, 2016
    Best Student Film
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
    Long Beach Island
    June 11, 2016
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    September 22, 2016
  • Northeast Film Festival
    Teaneck
    United States
    September 9, 2016
  • Princeton Independent Film Festival
    Princeton
    United States
  • Yosemite International Film Festival

    Honorable Mention
  • Socially Relevant Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    March 16, 2017
    NY Premiere
  • Brightside Tavern Film Festival
    Jersey City
    United States
    March 3, 2017
    Won Best Student Director, Nominated for Best Student: Cinemtography, Best Actress, Best Actor
  • StudentCuts

    Slovenia
  • Hang onto Your Shorts! Film Festival
    Asbury Park
    United States
    May 20, 2017
  • L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    May 27, 2017
    West Coast Premiere
    Nominated for Best Film
  • Short to the Point

    Romania
  • Crime/Mystery Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
  • Hamilton International Film Festival

    United States
    July 27, 2017
Director Biography - Eric Shahinian

He is a writer/director currently pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University. His short films have screened in domestic international film festivals including the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Cannes Short Film Corner. Most recently, his short film "Foreign Sounds" won the grand prize for best student film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Eric Shahinian enjoys writing slice-of-life, character-driven dramas with a naturalistic aesthetic. Common themes that he explores in his work are interpersonal tensions, miscommunication, loneliness, and conflicts in beliefs and identity. He is passionate about creating complex characters with a rich inner-life and is eager to continue honing his craft and deepening his understanding of storytelling.