Rocket

Rocket tells a bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950's dirt track racing. With a legacy traditionally passed down from father to son, Annie Pankratz strives to build a destiny all her own.

  • Brenna Malloy
    Director
  • Sarah Hulsman
    Producer
  • Brenna Malloy
    Writer
  • Ian Hock
    Writer
  • Lizzie Clarke
    Key Cast
  • Cameron Diskin
    Key Cast
  • Danny Downey
    Key Cast
  • Lexi Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Lacey Hannan
    Key Cast
  • Pamela Adamic
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Student Academy Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    September 19, 2016
    Narrative Category Winner - Bronze
  • Director's Guild of America
    Beverly Hills, CA
    United States
    September 21, 2016
  • London Motor Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    Best Drama Film & Best Student Film
  • Route 66 Film Festival
    Springfield, IL
    United States
    November 5, 2016
    Illinois Premiere
    Best Student Film
  • ISFVF Beijing
    Beijing, China
    China
    October 20, 2016
    China Premiere
    Audience Award
  • UCFTI Film Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Grand Prize
  • LA Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    September 5, 2016
    Los Angeles Premiere
  • Catalina Film Festival
    Avalon, CA
    United States
    October 1, 2016
    Catalina Premiere
  • New People Cinema
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    October 15, 2016
  • The Roxy Hotel
    New York, NY
    United States
    October 8, 2016
  • ​CineMAiubit Film Festival
    Bucharest
    Romania
    December 7, 2016
    Romania Premiere
  • Hollyshorts Monthly Screenings
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    January 19, 2017
    Audience Award Winner
  • Dam Short Film Festival
    Boulder City, NV
    United States
    February 9, 2017
    Nevada Premiere
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    Beaufort, SC
    United States
    February 16, 2017
    South Carolina Premiere
  • Sedona International Film Festival
    Sedona, AZ
    United States
    February 18, 2017
    Arizona Premiere
  • Richmond International Film Festival
    Richmond, VA
    United States
    February 27, 2017
    Virginia Premiere
    Individual Merit Award - Best Director
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    United States
    March 17, 2017
  • Ozark Foothills Film Festival
    Locust Grove, AR
    United States
    April 15, 2017
    Arkansas Premiere
  • Vail Film Festival
    Vail, Co
    United States
    March 31, 2017
    Colorado Premiere
    Best Student Film
  • Artemis WOMEN IN ACTION Film Festival
    Santa Monica, CA
    United States
    April 21, 2017
    Best Drama Short
  • River Bend Film Festival
    Goshen, IN
    United States
    April 6, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Oneota Film Festival
    Decorah, IA
    United States
    March 10, 2017
  • Bare Bones Film Festival
    Muskogee, OK
    United States
    April 19, 2017
    Oklahoma Premiere
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    United States
    March 22, 2017
    Chapman University Showcase
  • Emerge Film Festival
    Auburn, ME
    United States
    March 27, 2017
    Maine Premiere
  • Vilmos Zsigmond Film Festival
    Szeged
    Hungary
    May 10, 2017
    Hungary Premiere
  • Festival of Nations
    Lenzing
    Austria
    June 6, 2017
    Austria Premiere
  • Hoosier Dance International Film Festival
    Kokomo, IN
    United States
    June 9, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
    Best Narrative Short
  • Albuquerque Film and Music Experience
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States
    June 10, 2017
    New Mexico Premiere
    Nominated Best Actress, Nominated Best Short
  • ​Durban International Film Festival
    Durban
    South Africa
    July 14, 2017
    South Africa Pemiere
  • Macon Film Festival
    Macon, GA
    United States
    July 21, 2017
    Georgia Premiere
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Cape Cod, MA
    United States
    July 31, 2017
    Massachusetts Premiere
  • Long Beach International Film Festival
    Long Island, NY
    United States
    August 2, 2017
    Long Island Premiere
  • Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival
    Jerome, AZ
    United States
    September 9, 2017
    Arizona Premiere
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    United States
    September 16, 2017
    North Carolina Premiere
  • South Dakota Film Festival
    Aberdeen, South Dakota
    United States
    September 22, 2017
    South Dakota Premiere
  • Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival
    Houston, TX
    United States
    September 29, 2017
    Texas Premiere
    Best of Festival
  • Lake Charles Film & Music Festival
    Lake Charles, LA
    United States
    October 6, 2017
    Louisiana Premiere
  • Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
    Grenada, MS
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    Best Afterglow Award
  • F3: Frankly Film Fest
    Piquo, OH
    United States
    October 7, 2017
    Piqua Premiere
  • Heartland International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    October 17, 2017
    Indiana Premiere
  • Sanford International Film Festival
    Sanford, ME
    United States
    October 18, 2017
  • Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival
    Twin Falls, ID
    United States
    October 20, 2017
    The Ginny Award (For Inspiration, Creativity, and Imagination)
  • Rivers Edge International Film Festival
    Paducah, KY
    United States
    November 3, 2017
    Kentucky Premiere
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, Texas
    United States
    November 10, 2017
    Fort Worth Premiere
  • Coronado Island Film Festival
    Coronado, CA
    United States
    November 9, 2017
    San Diego Premiere
    Audience Choice Screening
Director Biography - Brenna Malloy

Brenna Malloy was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She graduated from the University of San Francisco after earning a BA in Media Studies with a minor in Theater. During this time, Brenna also had the opportunity to travel abroad to Drama Centre London, where she spent two terms studying acting and directing and cultivating her passion for visual storytelling. At Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Brenna continued her education by earning an MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in directing. As a director, Brenna prides herself on her attention to subtle storytelling detail, her focus on performance, and passion for bringing female characters with depth to the big screen. She endeavors to tell stories close to the heart, while at the same time aiming to reach a wide audience with each film. Her thesis film "Rocket" has won a 2016 Student Academy Award, an Individual Merit Award for Best Director at the Richmond International Film Festival, awards in China, the UK, and multiple festivals in the United States.

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Director Statement

To me, racing has always been about the senses. The roar of the engines, the smell of the gasoline, the taste of the dirt in the air, and the spectacle of danger. My perspective of racing has always been as a spectator, never as someone behind the wheel. Not many young girls have had the opportunity to race. This was my opportunity to explore the complex emotions of not only a driver, but of a woman racer in the 1950s. It is my hope to share this cinematic experience with others and encourage this new generation of women to go further than experiencing what they love as a spectator.