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GONE

In Pflugerville, Texas, a community is faced with the challenge of unprecedented devolvement. As housing developers and commercial companies start to inch closer and closer to the farmland, the farmers are forced to wonder how long it will be until their way of life will disappear. Most of the farmers are left with land that has been used for farming over multiple generations. To them, the thought that a housing community would be built on the land they have farmed makes them despondent. Once the land is built on, there is no getting it back. It is gone forever.

  • Kyle Ward
    Director
  • Kyle Ward
    Producer
  • Brandon Masi
    Key Cast
  • Erica Masi
    Key Cast
  • Meredith Masi
    Key Cast
  • Barbara Hees Masi
    Key Cast
  • Christopher Masi
    Key Cast
  • Walter Randig
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 12, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - John Marshall High School
  • SXSW
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    March 12, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Western Film Festival
    Coleman, Texas
    United States
    April 23, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Hill Country Film Festival
    Fredericksburg, Texas
    United States
    June 2, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    July 23, 2022
    Midwest Premiere
    Official Selection / High School Audience Choice Award
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    August 4, 2022
    San Antonio Premiere
    Official Selection / Best San Antonio High School Filmmaker Award
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    Breckenridge, Colorado
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Colorado Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lake Travis Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Official Selection / Best High School Student Film
  • Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival
    Galveston, Texas
    United States
    September 17, 2022
    Official Selection / Best Student Award
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita, Kansas
    United States
    September 30, 2022
    Kansas Premiere
    Official Selection / Best Emerging Student Documentary Short
  • GTX Film Festival
    Georgetown, Texas
    United States
    October 1, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Heartland International FIlm Festival
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    October 9, 2022
    Encore Screening
  • El Paso Film Festival
    El Paso, Texas
    United States
    October 15, 2022
    Official Selection
  • All American High School Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    October 22, 2022
    New York Premiere
    Official Selction
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival
    Savannah, Georgia
    United States
    October 29, 2022
    Georgia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Naples International Film Festival
    Naples, Florida
    United States
    October 29, 2022
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Rockport Film Festival
    Rockport, Texas
    United States
    November 11, 2022
    Official Selection
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    November 20, 2022
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
  • YoungArts Film Honorable Mention
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    December 6, 2022
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key
    New York, New York
    United States
    January 26, 2023
  • NESA Cinema's Outsiders Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    January 27, 2023
    Best Documentary & Best Cinematography
  • UIL State Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    February 22, 2023
    Documentary State Champion
  • Boulder International Film Festival
    Boulder, Colorado
    United States
    March 3, 2023
    Best Documentary - Teen Short Film Competition
  • American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
    Cannes
    France
    May 25, 2023
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • deadCenter Film Festival
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    United States
    Oklahoma Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kyle Ward

Kyle Ward is a high school filmmaker based in San Antonio. At 17, his directional debut short film “GONE” was accepted into SXSW 2022 as well as many notable festivals around the country. He went on to win multiple awards including the Audience Choice Award at the Indy Shorts International Film Festival and Best San Antonio High School Filmmaker Award at the San Antonio Film Festival. He has been recognized by prestigious organizations including the YoungArts foundation. Along with interning and programming for the San Antonio Film Festival, he also serves as a screener for the Indy Shorts International Film Festival. Kyle strives to volunteer in the community by making films for non-profits and community services. He plans to attend film school and continue to tell emotionally motivated films.

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Director Statement

I directed this film, GONE, after I started to see how development started to affect the daily lives of people around the world. My cousin’s own farmland in Pflugerville, Texas where development has become the focus. The question has started to come up, what happens once the farmland is taken over by developers? Family farms are the backbone of the agriculture economy in the United States, but once it’s taken away, our daily lives change forever. The goal of this film is not to change the development that is happening but to raise awareness for ongoing issues that are happening at a rapid rate.