Cinequest 2017 Shorts: ‘Remembrance’

Indulge this quick hit with full disclosure — a former student of mine, already a talented filmmaker when I knew her, has created a short science fiction film that has gotten a lot of attention at Cinequest. “Remembrance” has earned 19-year old director and co-writer Madison Campione an internship at┬áCannes┬áthis summer, where she will work either at a production company or television studio.


Watching her short, it’s not hard to see why she’s getting the attention. Dealing with identical twins, a murder mystery, and an experimental technology to “read” memories, it’s a fast-paced little film with the potential to be expanded. Scenes alternate between straight-forward and borderline hallucinatory as Campione plays with the sequence of events. Her father Troy serves as cinematographer, giving everything a silvery patina that makes lead actress Selena Moreno look like a classic movie star, though her attitude is completely modern.

Playing as part of the “College Short” program at Cinequest, “Remembrance” is an impressive debut, and a reminder that in the Cinequest shorts, you’ll find little gems today that can lead to classics tomorrow.

“Remembrance” screens:

Wednesday, March 9 at 9 p.m. at Century 20 in Redwood City

Friday, March 10 at 10:15 p.m. at Century 20 in Redwood City

Saturday, March 11 at 3:50 p.m. at Century 20 in Redwood City

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at