One of the most notable shorts was the identity-searching Iconoclast by Alex Haney. A mixed-race, trans and Jewish teenager desperately tries to figure out how to come to terms with his true self and how to go about presenting said self to the world. Sharp, striking and fast paced this 6.00 min short is memorable for its warped visual reality. Haney draws upon Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” and creates a deeply touching film about feeling trapped behind the glass of a self that you no longer recognise.

Jasmine Onstad, Izzy Moore and Emily TaylorNouse

A Visually Stunning Film From Director Alex Haney - Iconoclast, directed by Alex Haney, is an official selection of the Oregon Short Film Festival 2018. The judges were impressed with the emotional rollercoaster of this story. The visuals and edit help the viewer get a better understanding of what the main character is going through mentally. "Iconoclast" has been nominated for Best Film Editing , as well as, Best Drama Film.

Oregon Short Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Written & Directed by: Alex Haney
Filmed, Edited, & Produced by: Nicole Rodriguez

Uri: Malik Adjuia Smith-Thompson
Fisher: Jack-Henry Day
Anka: Kadina De Elejalde
Sterling: Derek Shaun
Professor Kalovar: Eileen Woods
Celia: Constance Brantley
Reflection: Chris Dennis

Music Composed & Performed by: Carter Watson
1st Assistant Director: Matthew Carierei
2nd Assistant Director / Boom Operator: Robert Carieri
Production Design: Johanna Ramm
Set Designer: Anya Kolesnikoff
Wardrobe Designer: Cherie Carter
Makeup Artist: Shannon Delijani
Makeup Assistant: Peyton Mergele
1st Assistant Camera: Mary Coates
2nd Assistant Camera: Brendan Bennett
Set Photographer: Valentina Povolo
Script Supervisor: Sarah Shaffer
Stunt Coordinator: Michael Hofstein

Production Assistants: Ana Solimano, Pierson Carlsen, Lauren Collette, Alexandra Winschel, Llily Norris, Victoria Perez, Kristijana St. Clair, Ocean Reed, Sophia Winnikov, Sadie Cibula
Producer: Siena Oberman
Visual Effects & Credit Design: Alex Haney
Location Scout: Minnie Schedeen
Set Builders: Anya Kolesnikoff, Marcus Emery, Murad Yasin, Javier Storch, Aidan McCullough, Johanna Ramm, Ana Solimano, Brendan Bennett, Nate Cohen
Sound Design: Alex Haney

Iconoclast

Written & Directed by Alex Haney
USC School of Cinematic Arts

A mixed-race African-American, Jewish, and gay teenager struggles to find himself as living visions of his internal battle threaten to tear his world apart.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Diversity in Cannes Showcase 2017

COURT MÉTRAGE

Cannes Short Film Corner 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Oscar-qualifying Calgary International Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

FINALIST: BEST STUDENT FILM

Student World Awards August 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Oregon Short Film Festival 2018

NOMINATION – BEST DIRECTOR

Oregon Short Film Festival 2018

NOMINATION – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Oregon Short Film Festival 2018

SECOND PRIZE WINNER

USC Libraries Wonderland Award 2017

AWARD OF RECOGNITION – LGBT (STUDENT)

Accolade Global Film Competition May 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

NFFTY – National Film Festival For Talented Youth 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Filmchilla 2017

MONTHLY CATEGORY WINNER: LONG SHORTS

BFFF Berlin Flash Film Festival August 2017

OVERALL WINNER – EXPERIMENTAL

BFFF Berlin Flash Film Festival Annual Event 2017

CATEGORY FINALIST, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alternative Film Festival Winter Edition 2017

BEST STUDENT FILM

FROSTBITE International Indie Fest October 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Level Ground Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival 2017

SEMI-FINALIST

Los Angeles CineFest November 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Deltas of Charlotte Foundation Legacy of Black Women Film Showcase 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

#WeGotFilms Student Stories Competition 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

25 Under 25 Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Manchester Lift-Off Online Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

SpringOut! Middle Tennessee LGBT+ Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Pordenone International Film Fest 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

CINEMQ Shanghai Queer Collective 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

GLITTER Oklahoma LGBTQ Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Kaleidoscope LGBTQ Film Festival 2018

3RD PLACE WINNER

Audience Awards LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Josiah Media Festival 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

FRAME LIGHT: Short Focus 2018

SEMI-FINALIST

The Film Empire’s Diversity Filmmakers Mentorship Competition 2018