Directed by the Austin-based Lisa Belcher, the Hong Kong-shot short drama The Gift focuses on a 12-year-old boy who is subjected to bullying when he starts a new school. Played by Luke Seybold, Bobby Parker carries everywhere with him a wrapped gift he received as an infant from his father. This draws the attention of the school bully, who forces Bobby to choose between his loyalty to his father and his group of new friends. The Gift represents the directorial debut of Lisa Belcher, who adapted the short with Harry Oram from a story by Lisa Belcher’s brother, Steven Wayne. Lisa Belcher moved back to Austin after making The Gift in Hong Kong and shot the short Every Tuesday. The Gift will screen 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane, before Trippin’ to the Altar, during the Austin Revolution Film Festival. It also will screen 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the DoubleTree Austin’s The Carlo Rodriguez Theater during the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
Aired: Sept. 15, 2016
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