Watch: Kayla Galang’s Short ‘When You Left Me On That Boulevard’
“It’s not like he was trying to be weird or creepy or anything…” An award-winning short film is available to watch online after playing at festivals all year long. When You Left Me On That Boulevard is an indie dramedy short film made by Kayla Galang, a Filipino filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. It’s written and directed by Kayla and speaks to her own experience growing up. The film won the top award, the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival back in January at the start of this year, then went on to win the Special Jury Award for Vision at the 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival in March. Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their auntie’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006. The film’s cast includes Kailyn Dulay, Melissa Arcaya, Elle Rodriguez, Whitney Agustin, Gina May Gimongala, Allan Wayne Anderson. Ah yes, nothing like high school friends and boredom.
Thanks to Vimeo Staff Picks for the tip on this short. Brief intro via Vimeo: “Teenager Ly and her cousins get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at their Auntie Pinky’s house in southeast San Diego in 2006.” When You Left Me On That Boulevard is a short film that’s both written and directed by Austin, TX-based Filipino filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang – you can view more of her work on her Vimeo page or visit her official website or follow her on IG @nannerisms. Produced by Samantha Skinner, Alifya Ali, Udoy Rahim, David Oconer, and Kayla Abuda Galang. Featuring cinematography by Rajinee, and sound design by Will Kurzner. This short received the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and also won a Special Jury Award for Vision at the 2023 SXSW Film & TV Festival. For more info on the film, head over to Vimeo or Kayla’s site. To watch even more short films, click here. What did you think?