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Kelly is waiting for that perfect moment to go all the way. For Ego, there's no waiting -- he's hitting the road tonight for LA. Meanwhile, Kelly is trapped at home with her family who would love to have Ego gone for good. Her older brother harshly judges her; her overbearing mother wants to dress her up in pink for the family party, then seizes her cell phone. All the while, Kelly's heart and mind are racing as she desperately needs to know: what about love
Stuck living with his parents, and with his life going nowhere fast, a serious case of writer's block is the least of Trevor's concerns. When he is sent by his mother to run a very important errand, the thirty-something slacker must face humiliation and failure, just so his mother can feel fresh.
When punk-rockers take over a house on a quiet block in Los Angeles, a socially explosive conflict between neighbors begins to brew. The new arrivals' lifestyle of loud music, all-night street parties, outdoor sex antics, and weekly dodgeball games becomes more than some of the neighboring residents can bear. Guillermo, the quiet family man next door, finally responds by building a 10-foot high cinder block wall between his property and the offending 'Drunk Tank.' What is this wall? A buffer? A line separating two visions of the community? Two interpretations of our life in America? These questions are not answered in this video, but simply raised, making the viewer aware of a revealing slice of life in this city.
Born and raised in Chicago, Karen Glienke graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A in Geography. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a Research Project Manager in Gerontology at UCLA, and later became a middle school English teacher in LAUSD. Her first film was the 2005 award-winning documentary Punk Wall, which led to her pursuing a masters degree in film directing at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Opening up to fiction filmmaking, her narrative directing credits include the shorts Orbiting and previous Spotlight Winner Wild Like Ego, which also won the Best Director (Short Film) award at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009. 88 Miles to Moscow is Karen’s graduate thesis film. Her work explores family dynamics, coming-of-age struggles and relationships through characters, young and old, with different and often clashing cultural backgrounds. Karen lives in Hollywood with her son, Miles.