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The Hour of All Things

Visually rich and poetically sculpted, a diverse cast of eight actors collectively portray "Nic" in a search for understanding in an increasingly divisive world. Filmed collectively on iPhone by nine directors during the pandemic, "The Hour of All Things" is a lyrical summons to light, peace and prosperity.

“Best Long Form Human Rights Film”
The Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift

“The Discovery Award for Narrative Feature"
TheatreLive Online Film Festival

**** Brief Synopsis ****

Determined to overcome a childhood fear of the world, Nic joins a peaceful march for justice, held in solidarity with other countries. When Nic's day of activism is violently interrupted by a police raid that consumes them in tear gas, Nic struggles with escalating fear that ultimately leads to an awakening of socio-political purpose — one that resonates with recent real-life injustices that have galvanized the country.

"The Hour of All Things" was created by a shuttered Los Angeles theater company during the height of the 2019/2020 global pandemic. The script is based on a play of the same name, published in a 2017 anthology of work by Caridad Svich (2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement).

  • Martha Demson
  • Erith Jaff-Berg
  • Barbara Kallir
  • Edgar Landa
  • Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.
  • Jeff Liu
  • Matthew McCray
  • Armando Molina
  • Jon Lawrence Rivera
  • Caridad Svich
  • Matthew McCray
  • Tony Abatemarco
    Key Cast
    "Nic 4"
  • Richard Azurdia
    Key Cast
    "Nic 1"
  • Melina Bielefelt
    Key Cast
    "Nic 2"
  • Hannah Priscilla Craig
    Key Cast
    "Nic 5"
  • Donna Simone Johnson
    Key Cast
    "Nic 8"
  • Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.
    Key Cast
    "Nic 6"
  • Julianna Stephanie Ojeda
    Key Cast
    "Nic 3"
  • Ryun Yu
    Key Cast
    "Nic 7"
  • Katrina Coulourides
    Production Design
  • Kaitlin Chang
  • Matthew McCray
  • Gahyae Ryu
    Sound Editing
  • Matthew McCray
    Film By
  • Caridad Svich
    Original Song, "Rumor of Faith"
  • Joshua Duron
    Original Song, "Rumor of Faith"
  • Matthew McCray
    Original Song, "Rumor of Faith"
  • Clarianna Swaggard
    Original Song, "Rumor of Faith"
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Social Justice, Political, Drama, Theatrical, Experimental, Ensemble
  • Runtime:
    53 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
    Award Winner
  • TheaterLive Online® Film Festival
    Narrative Feature, Nominee
Director Biography - Martha Demson, Erith Jaff-Berg, Barbara Kallir, Edgar Landa, Bruce A. Lemon, Jr., Jeff Liu, Matthew McCray, Armando Molina, Jon Lawrence Rivera

MATTHEW McCRAY is the Founding Artistic Director of award-winning theatre company Son of Semele. For THE HOUR OF ALL THINGS he was a producer, editor and led the directing team. Directing credits include works at Deaf West, LA Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, Musco Center for the Arts, Lewis Family Playhouse, Rogue Machine, Son of Semele and more. In addition to many regional nominations and awards he received the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for his direction of OUR CLASS. He has directed musicals, plays and theatrical concerts throughout the SoCal region. Member SAG/AFTRA, SDC, AEA.

ERITH JAFFE-BERG is a Professor of theatre at the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California at Riverside. Her research focuses on the commedia dell’arte and performances by minority groups in Early Modern Italy. She is currently completing a book on the Jewish contribution to sixteenth and seventeenth-century theatre in Northern Italy. For her work, Prof. Jaffe-Berg has been awarded a UC Humanities Research Institute fellowship, a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant as well as a grant from the Canadian embassy.

BARBARA KALLIR works as a director, producer, and designer. Barbara recently directed the documentary portion of HINDSIGHT 2020 for the Los Angeles Womens’ Theatre Festival. This is her second time working with Caridad, having also directed Svich’s diasporic romance, ARCHIPELAGO, for Son of Semele Ensemble in 2017. Film work includes Second Unit Direction on the Charles Burnett film, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER, and on Roger Corman’s WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II. Barbara is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s Directing program (CAFTS), and an Alumnus of the Director’s Lab West. She is an associate member of SDC, and a member of IATSE 728.

EDGAR LANDA is an actor/director and creates fights & violence for theaters large and small. He serves on the faculty for the USC School of Dramatic Arts and is the resident fight director for the school. Recent directing credits include: AS YOU LIKE IT, MACBETH and THE TEMPEST (Thin Air Shakespeare – Jackson Hole, WY); CAMINO REAL (USC); IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO and THE OFFENDING GESTURE (Son of Semele Ensemble). Edgar is a long-time collaborator of Son of Semele Ensemble. He is a proud member of Stage Directors & Choreographers and Actors Equity Association.

BRUCE LEMON is a storyteller born and raised in Watts, CA. As a child, his father made him write stories and read them aloud in the hallway as punishment for lies and mischief. He’s still in trouble. Recent credits: Actor in the short film HALLELUJAH, an Official Selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Director of THE ANONYMOUS LOVER at the LA Opera. Associate Artistic Director/Ensemble with Cornerstone Theater Company, Co-Artistic Director of Watts Village, Company member of Illyrian Players and Collaborative Artists Bloc.

JEFF LIU is a writer and director for theater, film and web, also a Resident Dramaturge for the Ojai Playwrights Conference. His productions include Paletas de Coco by Franky D. Gonzalez (Ars Nova ANTFest and Latino Theater Company’s Re:Encuentro 2021), the LA premiere of Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, as well as the world premieres of The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas, Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler, and The Golden Hour by Philip W. Chung. He also adapted the Pulitzer nominated play Yellow Face by DHH for the YOMYOMF Network on YouTube.
ARMANDO MOLINA serves as Artistic Director of Company of Angels, and most recently directed THIS LAND by Evangeline Ordaz at Company of Angels, MY MANANA COMES by Elizabeth Irwin at The Fountain Theater, THE LONG ROAD TODAY by Jose Cruz Gonzalez at South Coast Rep., among others. Armando received national recognition from the NEA and the Theater Communications Group as a recipient of their Career Development Program for Directors. He co-founded Latins Anonymous, the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Group. He was a member of Cornerstone Theater Company Ensemble. Also co-founded The Platform, a political cabaret that explored post riot Los Angeles as a community in crisis.

JON LAWRENCE RIVERA is the recipient of the first Career Achievement Award from Stage Raw, he recenlty directed the following world premieres: A HIT DOG WILL HOLLER by Inda Craig-Galván, SOUTHERNMOST by Mary Lyon Kamitaki, BABY EYES by Donald Jolly, LITTLE WOMEN by Velina Hasu Houston, BILLY BOY by Nick Salamone, BLOODLETTING by Boni B. Alvarez (also at Kirk Douglas Theatre), @THESPEEDOFJAKE by Jennifer Maisel and many more. He is the founding artistic director of Playwrights’ Arena. Other awards: NY Fringe Award and LA Weekly Award.

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