Go Fish

Two friends ponder the unknown future of their relationship after one decides to drop out of college.

  • James Francis Ginty
    Created Sleep Transmissions
  • James Francis Ginty
  • Derek Manansala
  • Silvina Herrera
    Key Cast
    "The Girl"
  • Juan Pablo Sanchez
    Key Cast
    "The Boy"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - USC School of Cinematic Arts
Director Biography - James Francis Ginty

James Francis Ginty is an award winning filmmaker currently studying Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His debut short film - Created Sleep Transmissions (2022) - won the Traverse City Film Festival's audience award for best short film and was invited to premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF)...an invitation that was turned down in solidarity with the people and nation of Ukraine. Ginty is also an actor, who attended the Juilliard School of Drama and has appeared in numerous films, television shows and theater productions. He is of Irish descent - and holds dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland.

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Director Statement

Made for a budget of $500 as part of graduate level course work at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, this little short film was inspired by the age old tradition in art and cinema of depicting life as “real” and “truthful” - while including a healthy amount of cheeky humor woven throughout a story anchored by a deep human connection. The aim of this project was to tell a seemingly benign and simple story about two friends playing cards - while under the surface currents that will forever change their lives are in fact swirling about. Evoking a color palette inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period and a storytelling style inspired by Earnest Hemingway’s novellas...along with a bit of tongue-in-cheek satire relating to student filmmaking and limited production resources…this ambitious endeavor does not seek to “entertain” audiences through traditional means of “instant gratification” and "shiny attractions" - but rather endeavors to plant a subtle seed of truth for the audience to consider about the lives and relationships of students on a large university campus during the COVID-19 Pandemic Era of the early 2020s. What comes next in the character's lives is anyone's guess, or as they both say multiple times to each other throughout the film…Go Fish.

- James Francis Ginty (Director)