"When facing desperate economic insecurity at his house, a talented teen-aged artist has to make a choice that could change his life forever."
Director: Sarah Conley Producer: Diego Sardi Running time: 11:31 minutes Format: Full HD Release date: February 2016 Language: English
Octavio, a talented teen-aged artist, lives with his mother in an impoverished neighborhood while his father is in jail. Octavio spends his time drawing with his friend Stevie, a young kid who looks up to him. Since the financial situation at Octavio’s house is getting too complicated, his mother asks him to find a job to help her to pay the rent.
Octavio lands his first job in a used bookstore managed by a cynical boss who doesn’t trust him. In the countdown to being evicted, Octavio doesn’t see a solution other than to rob the store where he lives. As soon as he finds the perfect opportunity to commit the robbery, he will need to decide between taking the money and understanding how his action would affect his future.
This short film was created with the support of:
CHIARTS - The Chicago High School for the Arts is the first and only public high school for the fine and performing arts in Chicago. It aims to promote the diversity of arts in the city. It’s a high school that works in order to promote the sense of community, leadership and the developing in arts among their students that come from diverse backgrounds.
The auditions for the actor who plays the main role of Pushed took place at CHIARTS in order to contribute with the organization's goal of increasing the opportunities for their students of fulfilling their artistic development and to be able to meet the talented artists of CHIARTS.
RAVENSWOOD USED BOOKS - The short film was shoot in Ravenswood Used Books, a charming and stunning bookstore of Chicago, Il who open their doors to this project.
WRITER/DIRECTOR - Sarah Conley is a MFA Cinema Directing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. She is drawn to stories that promote independent thinking and strip the audience of ideology, prejudice, and assumptions. She makes films about everyday people that struggle with everyday things such as economic insecurity and prejudice. She aims to represent the people that often get left off screen, live lives that are anything but glamorous, and get into situations that are relatable but rarely depicted.
PRODUCER - Diego Sardi is a MFA in Creative Producing candidate at Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in rural Uruguay. While pursuing his Bachelors in Communications at the University of Montevideo, developing story ideas and having them come to life on film became his passion. Producing films became his calling. He graduated in 2012, with studies in film producing and organizational communication. After graduating he received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his graduate studies on film producing at US.