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Saturday, October 27 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Against the Grain

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Producer/Director/Writer - Elias Mael

Executive Producer - Mayon Denton

Exact Running Time -87:00

Country of Production - U S A

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Isaiah Johnson, an inner-city kid from Oakland, California, has an opportunity to attend an elite University. In his first year of college, he struggles to maintain his grades, attempts to remain loyal to his troubled childhood friends, and valiantly tries to capture the heart of his dream-girl. But when he arrives at a crossroad, he's forced to choose between his past and his future.

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Elias Mael

Director/Writer, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Elias Mael honed his storytelling skills at the prestigious UCLA school of Theater, Film, and Television where he concentrated in directing/screenwriting. While in the program he directed numerous short films that gained notice among the faculty, in particular his thesis film, “They... Read More →

Saturday October 27, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
The Montalban 1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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