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Efrain (film)

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Directed byMatthew Breault
Produced byA.J. Goodrich
Kai-Ting Tiffany Wu
Written byAlex George Pickering
StarringIvan Angulo
Daniel Edward Mora
Ana Maria Lagasca
Matthew Rimmer
Craig Barnett
Music byRob Gardner
CinematographyAdam Goral
Francisco Kosterlitz
Edited byKatherine Lo
Julian Vlcan
Release date
Running time
14 minutes
CountryUnited States

Amazon.com Logo.png Search Efrain (film) on Amazon.Efrain is a 2010 American drama short film directed by Matthew Breault and written by Alex George Pickering, starring Ivan Angulo, Daniel Edward Mora, and Ana Maria Lagasca. The film played in over 40 film festivals around the world,[1] winning "Best Short Film" at the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival, "Honorable Mention" at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards,[2] the FotoKem Gold Award at USC's First Look 2011 Directors Guild of America event, and was featured in both The Hollywood Reporter's “25 Best Film School Ratings” article in 2011[3] and Variety's 2012 "Showcases Let Students Shine" article.[4] The film also appears in the 7th episode of season two of the KQED PBS program Film School Shorts.[5]


The coming-of-age story of a 10-year-old Mexican American boy, Efrain, who is traveling with his parents through Texas to their new home in Chicago. On their way, they are pulled over by a Texas State Trooper. When the situation spirals out of control, in an instant Efrainʼs life is changed forever.[6]


  • Ivan Angulo as Efrain
  • Daniel Edward Mora as Aaron
  • Ana Maria Lagasca as Maria
  • Matthew Rimmer as Officer Collins
  • Kevin Ruiz as Boy at Gas Station
  • Craig Barnett as Man at Gas Station
  • Scott Carino as Officer Rivers
  • Jose Angulo as Father at Gas Station
  • Maria Brassero as Mother at Gas Station
  • Emily Conway Williams as Woman at Gas Station


The film was produced through the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts M.F.A. program. Matthew Breault was selected to direct based on a script written by Alex George Pickering, with John Watson serving as head faculty advisor.[1]


Efrain premiered at USC's Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre in December 2009. It went on to play at over 40 film festivals,[1] including USC's First Look 2011 Directors Guild of America event, where it won the FotoKem Gold Award and was subsequently featured in The Hollywood Reporter's “25 Best Film School Ratings” article.[3] The film was also an official selection of the 8th Annual Vail Film Festival,[7] the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival,[8] and the 2012 Champs-Élysées Film Festival.[9]

The film was featured in the KCET PBS series Open Call in April 2012.[10]

The film also appears in episode 7 of season two of Film School Shorts.[5]


  • Honorable Mention at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards[2]
  • Best Short Film at the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival[11][12]
  • Faculty Award Winner for Sound at USC's First Film 2011[13]
  • The FotoKem Gold Award at USC's First Look 2011 Directors Guild of America event[3]
  • Outstanding Achievement in Casting for Casting Director Billy DaMota[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Efrain (2011) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-23
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2010 (I) Winners". www.thelamovieawards.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "The 25 Best Film Schools Rankings | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  4. Sullivan, Michael; Sullivan, Michael (2012-04-19). "Showcases let students shine". Variety. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Efrain | Film School Shorts". PBS LearningMedia. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  6. Pickering, Alex George (2020-12-01). "'Efrain' is Streaming on KQED PBS Film School Shorts". agpickering. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  7. Magazine, MTN Town (2011-04-01). "Vail! VAil! VAIL! 8th Annual Vail Film Festival". Mountain Town Magazine. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  8. "Newport Beach Film Festival 2011 : WWJD". newportbeach.festivalgenius.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  9. Bogert, Aaron; Bogert, Aaron (2012-04-26). "Inaugural Champs Elysees Festival Sets Lineup; Donald Sutherland to be Honored". IndieWire. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  10. "USC Cinematic Arts | School of Cinematic Arts News". cinema.usc.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  11. "Home". San Antonio Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  12. "2010 San Antonio Film Festival: Official Lineup". Underground Film Journal. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  13. "AWARDS | Alex George Pickering". agpickering. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  14. Efrain - IMDb, retrieved 2020-11-24

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