Valediction is a narrative short film written and directed by Dustin Kahia. The film premiered at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival on April 28, 2014. Valediction — which means the act of bidding farewell — follows the story of a grieving husband, played by Sam Page, who tries to find closure when his young wife suddenly dies (Italia Ricci). The film is stacked with an impressive cast which also includes James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Bonnie Bartlett (St. Elsewhere), and Eyal Podell.
Valediction is Kahia’s second short film. His first short film, "Masterpieces," was shown at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival.
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Autumn McAlpin of the Orange County Register wrote, "The 15 minute film showcases beautiful cinematography and a proficient cast—with Podell and Ricci’s performances particularly good." Bryan Thompson of CinemaBeach concurred with McAlpin's remarks about Kahia's film, "His film is wonderfully shot and beautifully acted, including fine talent as Sam Page and James Avery. " Bask Magazine called the cast, "outstanding."
Won: Audience Award, The Human Condition — Dustin Kahia