Rita

An introverted teenager named Erwin meets Rita, a free spirited actress. Just as their quirky relationship starts to bring him out of his shell, Erwin realizes that Rita is not the person she appears to be.

  • Will Nordstrom
    Director
    In The Trees, ƒORTE
  • Will Nordstrom
    Writer
    In The Trees, ƒORTE
  • Cleo Maloney
    Key Cast
    "Rita"
  • Tuck Gesner
    Key Cast
    "Erwin"
    Puget Sound, ƒORTE
  • Will Nordstrom
    Producer
    In The Trees, ƒORTE
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    200 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:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Harvard-Westlake
  • Westflix
    Hollywood
    United States
    March 20, 2020
    WINNER: FOUNDERS AWARD
  • Moorpark Film Festival
    Moorpark, CA
    September 25, 2021
    WINNER: JURY AWARD BEST FILM
  • All American High School Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    October 11, 2020
    NOMINATION: MAVERICK AWARD
  • Arlington International Film Festival
    Watertown, Massachusetts
    United States
    November 14, 2020
    GRAND JURY AWARD: BEST NARRATIVE
  • PixelsGARAGE

    AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
  • Screen Test Student Fest
    Schaumburg, IL
    United States
    April 17, 2020
    WINNER: BEST ACTRESS
  • Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    August 4, 2020
    FINALIST
  • Clean Shorts Film Festival
    Choctaw, Oklahoma
    United States
    April 4, 2020
    Nominee: BEST HIGH SCHOOL
  • New York World Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 3, 2020
    FINALIST
  • Student Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 31, 2020
    SEMI-FINALIST
  • Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla, CA
    April 7, 2020
    AWARD OF MERIT
  • New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA)
    New York
    United States
    Semi-Finalist BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • The IndieFEST Film Awards
    La Jolla, CA
    United States
    February 4, 2020
    WINNER: AWARD OF MERIT
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio
    United States
    August 4, 2020
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
    San Luis Obispo
    United States
    March 22, 2020
  • Scout Film Festival
    Boston
    April 18, 2020
  • SPLICE Film Festival

    United States
    June 20, 2020
  • Jersey Shore Film Festival
    Deal, NJ
    United States
    June 27, 2020
  • The Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival
    Victoria, TX
    United States
    May 23, 2020
  • Central Film Festival
    Springfield, MO
    United States
    April 3, 2020
  • IUPFF
    Indiana, PA
    United States
    April 3, 2020
  • KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
    Santa Fe
    United States
    March 14, 2020
  • San Bernardino Valley College International Film Festival
    San Berdardino, CA
    United States
    April 23, 2020
  • Breckenridge Film Festival
    Breckenridge, CO
    United States
    September 17, 2020
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    United States
    November 7, 2020
  • Covellite International Film Festival
    Butte, Montana
    United States
    October 10, 2020
  • Urban Mediamakers Festival
    Lilburn, GA
    United States
    October 12, 2020
  • Red Rocks Film Festival
    St George, UT
    November 7, 2020
Director Biography - Will Nordstrom

Will's films IN THE TREES and ƒORTE were official selections to over 65 film festivals and won 25 Awards & Honors.

He starred in his older brother Jack's films, PUGET SOUND, THE PARTY and OLD BLOO, which went on to have great success on the film festival circuit.

Will is also a musician and songwriter, composing the scores for his own films. Will has released albums of original songs on Apple Music and Spotify under the name Will Barrett.

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Director Statement

Phantom Thread should have won a bunch of Oscars.