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  • -Guys, it is time to kick off the first ever

  • "Tonight Show" film festival. Here we go!

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -"Tonight Show Film Festival."

  • -I'm super excited about this. We teamed up with Samsung

  • to find some of the best rising creators out there.

  • We got a ton of submissions

  • and narrowed them down to 10 finalists

  • and gave each of them a new Samsung Galaxy

  • S21 Ultra 5G phone. There you go right there.

  • And we asked them to use it to make a short film for us

  • based on the theme, "A Different Focus."

  • This phone, by the way, is unbelievable.

  • It's got 8K video.

  • That's, like, the highest quality available on any phone.

  • It's got a really cool director mode feature.

  • Can you just see all those lenses

  • on this back? Look at that thing.

  • So, the director mode, if you do that,

  • you can just, like, bleep blurp

  • through all the different cameras and stuff.

  • You could really make a movie on this thing.

  • And every night this week, we're going to air a short film

  • created by one of our finalists

  • using this phone starting right now.

  • Tonight's film was created

  • by Pete Scalzitti, from Rockport, Texas.

  • They've been hit hard by the storms down there,

  • and Pete made this film in the middle of it all.

  • No running water. Everything was shut down.

  • His wife actually had to go and get the props

  • because nothing arrived in the mail,

  • and everything broke, apparently.

  • But he used it and made it part of his film, and we loved it.

  • That's one of the reasons why we loved it.

  • So here it is, the debut of "Moon Dog," by Pete Scalzitti.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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  • [ Dog grumbling ]

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  • [ Reverse signal beeping ]

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  • [ Barking ]

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  • [ Dog growling ]

  • [ Sad music plays ]

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  • [ Inspirational music plays ]

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  • [ Grinding ]

  • [ Dramatic music plays ]

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  • [ Triumphant music plays ]

  • [ Dog barks ]

  • [ Dog grumbles ]

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  • -Tonight's film was created

  • by Shady Mawajdeh, from Valrico, Florida.

  • He's always loved films and making films,

  • and his hope is to inspire others with the work he creates.

  • He says the film we're about to see tonight

  • is about a man who has the entire world

  • as his stage for one minute, but he doesn't know what to say.

  • So he says everything.

  • Here is the debut of "American Made,"

  • by Shady Mawajdeh.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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  • -Ladies and gentlemen, "American Made."

  • [ Applause ]

  • [ Piano playing ]

  • My parents came into this country

  • to make a change with the change that they had.

  • I am the son of success, so for me, it was never bad.

  • I'm on "Fallon," Mama. The world is my stage.

  • I don't know what to say, but it moves with or without me.

  • I've been dreaming of this all my life.

  • I'm feeling like I'm slipping through the cracks.

  • The second hand is about to hit the minute.

  • This is the real game, not the scrimmage.

  • So let me say this before I hit my limit.

  • I am...

  • Arab American, American born,

  • born and raised in the U.S.A.,

  • a child of immigrants,

  • immigrants who became citizens.

  • American made.

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  • -Tonight's film was created by Margo Akopov.

  • She is a college student, from Burbank, California.

  • When her campus shut down because of COVID-19,

  • she was upset about missing her senior year, understandably,

  • and having to move back home.

  • But she decided to focus on the positive --

  • that she was safe and she was healthy

  • and she was with her loved ones.

  • So with this film, she wants to challenge everyone to think

  • of something positive that's come from the past year.

  • Here's the debut of "Over the Hills and Far Away,"

  • by Margo Akopov. [ Applause ]

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  • [ Piano plays ]

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  • Tonight's film was created by Michael Hopkins,

  • who lives in Sedona, Arizona.

  • He loves movies and stop-motion animation.

  • And he says if he can make you laugh or cry or both,

  • then he's done his job.

  • The film was inspired by growing up with his dad,

  • and it's about taking the time to pay attention

  • to the ones you love.

  • Here's the debut of "Dear Dad," by Michael Hopkins.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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  • [ Guitar plays ]

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  • [ Keys clacking ]

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  • [ Telephone rings ]

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  • [ Keys clacking ]

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  • [ Dog trills ]

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  • [ Button clicks, motor whirring ]

  • [ Dog barks ]

  • [ Birds chirping ]

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  • Now it's time to show our last film.

  • It was created by Whit B. Lauren.

  • She lives in Southern California.

  • She's been creating films ever since she was a little kid,

  • especially science fiction.

  • Obviously, we're in quarantine, so she made

  • this whole film in her garage.

  • Super impressive.

  • Here is the debut of "Prophecy," by Whit B. Lauren.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

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  • [ Dramatic music plays ]

  • [ Coughing, clock ticking ]

  • [ Gasps ]

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  • -I know you don't remember recording this video.

  • Defying time at accelerated speeds

  • has a way of warping your brain.

  • And I needed you to remember why you were there.

  • Welcome to time travel. This is how you got there,

  • and this is how you're going to get back.

  • Now I need you to focus, because you aren't in the past.

  • You're in the future.

  • I had a dream about something that could happen,

  • and I needed to see if it's true.

  • You are in the year 2026.

  • You need to observe, and you need to record.

  • And if what I dreamt is true...

  • you need to come back and warn everyone.

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-Guys, it is time to kick off the first ever

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