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Episodic storylines. Complex characters. 
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This film intentionally sparks conversation around individuals’ relationships to violence. The short provides a unique angle on violence within a specific group of characters. While race and gender are easily identifiable, other key labels such as sexual orientation and socio-economic status of these individuals are not clear in the first short. Lines are crossed — some identifiable, others to be explored in future narratives with these characters. 

     (9:26mins, premiered October 2016) 

Film Fervor Podcast reports When Kids Grow Up is "outstanding!"

Hear Marissa Labog speak about this film at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Showcase:

Recognition & Awards


Los Angeles Womens Independent Film Festival Winner

  • Best Acting, Marissa Labog


HollyShorts Winner

  • Audience Choice Award


Artemis Film Festival Winner

  • Best Action Film 


Fresno State Asian Pacific Islander Film Festival Winner

  • People's Choice Award

Dereel Film Festival Winner

  • Best Action Film 

California Women's Film Festival Nomination ​

  • Best Acting, Marissa Labog​​


UP Productionz is actively looking for producers, production companies, and development executives to support expanding this short film into a series.

Feel free to inquire here.

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