Counterfeiters, an innovative short film by Laguna Niguel's Bryce Hirschberg that was filmed in one continuous shot, makes its television debut tonight.
Fine Cut: KCET's Annual Festival of Student Films, a five-week series that showcases documentaries, comedic, dramatic and animated shorts by student filmmakers, presents Counterfeiters at 9 p.m. Suzanna Guzmán hosts the program on channel 28.
Hirschberg, who hails from Aliso Viejo High School, made Counterfeiters through the film and television department at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), which is where he graduated from in 2012. The film follows a group of college dropouts who come up with a simple way of counterfeiting money. When they get too greedy, things go awry. Here's the trailer:
"New" Counterfeiters Trailer
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Counterfeiters received the Best Picture Award in the LMU School of Film and Television's 2012 Film Outside the Frame Festival, as well as Best Experimental Film at the California Film Awards. Hirschberg had worn out carpets leading to award podiums by then. His 2011 short film Baer received the Best Period Piece award at the 2011 AOF International Film Festival, the Best Student Film award at International Vegas Cine Fest, an honorable mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and the Special Jury Prize at the California Film Awards.