As many of you already know, we’ve launched a new film initiative entitled INTERPRETATIONS to support aspiring filmmakers. In a nutshell, you make a short film of no more than 3 minutes using the same script we provide (get all the info here). To help us launch, we commissioned several filmmaker friends to make their own shorts using our script and we’ll be featuring each one of them (including a few words from the filmmakers themselves) over the course of the next two weeks.

Today we present Represent by fellow Offender and Academy Award® nominated writer Iris Yamashita and starring/choreographed by Phillip “PacMan” Chbeeb (So You Think You Can Dance):

My original reaction when asked to contribute a film to the INTERPRETATIONS project was to reject it out of fear and lack of experience. However, I decided I needed to take on the challenge in order to promote the spirit of the program, which is to encourage emerging filmmakers to take a chance. As I did not go to film school or even dabble in shooting home movies, trying to make a short film in a month’s time with a small budget was a daunting task, but the amazing cast and crew who volunteered their time and talents helped make it happen. Our lead actor/dancer/choreographer, Phillip (PacMan) Chbeeb was particularly phenomenal. Being a writer, the most interesting part of the project was coming up with a story idea using the given four lines of dialogue that might reflect myself in some way. I think the story of Represent continues that theme of overcoming your doubts and taking a chance in something.


Iris Yamashita is a Japanese American screenwriter who was nominated for an Academy Award® for her screenplay, Letters From Iwo Jima. Currently, she is working with K5 International and Convergence Entertainment on an original script, The Three Lawrences, to be directed by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Four Feathers).

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For more information on how to get involved with INTERPRETATIONS, click here.

You can also see the commissioned shorts on our YouTube Channel. Not all the films are up yet so keep your eye out for new ones and subscribe to our channel be the first to see them all.


  1. I like the surprise twist 😉 Very beautifully written and choreographed!