Jesse is creative and seldom at a loss for words. But how can she confess to her best friend that she is in love – with her, no less? Should she act it out with finger puppets? No, too silly. Write a love letter? Maybe. Or should she just tell her? With great compassion and a dash of irony, the film depicts the emotional world of a teenager in love and torn between fierce determination and fear of disappointment.
by Nate Trinrud
with Kimia Behpoornia, Sara Young Chandler, Samantha Dilday
USA 2017 English 14’ Colour


  • Kimia Behpoornia (Jesse)
  • Sara Young Chandler (Roxanne)
  • Samantha Dilday (Evelyn)


Director Nate Trinrud
Screenplay Alyssa Lerner
Cinematography Elma Li, Heath Harris
Editing Steven Markowitz, Taylor Buckingham
Music Michael Paraskevas, Alyssa Lerner, Birdluck
Sound Design Hao Chen, Lydia Lane
Sound Hao Chen, Lydia Lane
Production Design Hayley Trafzer, Shange Zhang
Make-Up Ying Calvert, Yiwen Zhang
Casting Kara Sullivan
Assistant Director Kevin Patrick Crone
Producers Xiaoyuan Xiao, Benjamin Paulides

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University of Southern California

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Nate Trinrud

Born in the small town of Rock Island, Illinois, a sleepy railway junction on the banks of the Mississippi River, he trained as an actor at Northwestern University in Illinois before completing a master’s degree in film and television production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Pop Rox is both his graduation film as well as his feature debut.


2017 Pop Rox; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018