THE CHICKEN Short Film Competition 2020


Following the program, AFI Festivals Programmer Malin Kan leads a conversation between filmmakers Neo Sora (THE CHICKEN), Claudia Vernis (THERE’S CAKE), Keisha Rae Witherspoon (T), Kathy Esquenazi Mitrani (RUBBED IN PINK), Ariane Boukerche (THEY SALIVATE) and Mitch Mcglocklin (FOREVER), Jacqueline Lentzou (THE END OF SUFFERING).

On an unseasonably hot day in November, a Japanese immigrant in New York City and his visiting cousin decide to butcher a live chicken for dinner.

Screens as part of SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Based between Tokyo and New York, Neo Sora is a Japanese-American filmmaker and translator. Since graduating from Wesleyan University with Film Studies and Philosophy degrees, Neo has directed short films, documentaries and video artworks. A Tokyo Talents lab alumnus, Neo is in development for his debut feature film, EARTHQUAKE.

Albert Tholen


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Neo Sora

Screenwriter: Neo Sora

Producers: Albert Tholen, Kenta Koga, Joao Pereira-Webber, Jackson Segars, Jane Ji

Director of Photography: Bill Kirstein

Editors: Albert Tholen, Daniel Witkin

Production Designer: Jane Ji

Cast/Featuring: Junshin Soga, Taiju Nakane, Sandra Maren Schneider

Running Time (minutes): 13

Languages: English, Japanese