An immigrant grandfather is faced with raising his 16 year old grand daughter due to a tragic car accident that takes the life of his only son and his wife.

Starring Pepe Serna from Scarface, Silverado, Postcards from the Edge
And Izabella Alvarez from Euphoria, Westworld, The Casagrandes and The Republic of Sarah

Director Biography – Kayvon Derak Shanian

Kayvon Derak Shanian AKA- Kevin Derek is an award-winning filmmaker . He has studied under the tutelage of some of the best in the business beginning at Columbia College in Hollywood, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Motion Pictures.

Kayvon produced and directed the documentary Empty Hand about four competitors who train to fight against their toughest rivals as they struggle to become the next National Karate Kid Champion; it premiered at DOC NYC. His film The Real Miyagi, winner of 7 international film awards, starring Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Micheal Jai White, depicts the life of the greatest karate master of our generation. It is available on Amazon Prime and on NETFLIX worldwide.

His recent feature documentary, Make America Laugh Again, opened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles with favorable reviews, also winning the Audience Award at CINEQUEST. Make America Laugh Again also qualified for the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. In 2021, Kevin revisits Mr. Miyagi, this time with a documentary about the prolific actor behind the character, Pat Morita, with More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story. Now available on all VOD Platforms. 100% on rotten tomatoes

Personally, Kayvon has dedicated his life to the art of Karate and holds a Black Belt in three deferent styles. The two-time TELLY Award winner is currently the Festival Director for the Irvine International Film Festival. Last year 11 of the festival’s Official Selections were shortlisted for Academy Awards, with nine Oscar nominations between them. Seven-time Emmy winning actor Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Academy Award-winning director John G. Avildsen (Rocky), Oscar-Nominated Director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond). Oscar-Winning Actor Martin Landau ( Ed Wood) all of whom received Lifetime Achievement Awards at IIFF.

Director Statement

Thank you for taking the time to consider my first narrative short.

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