Directed by Jonathan Rome
After his girlfriend dumps him over voicemail, Johnny yearns for happiness and meaning. He believes he’s found this when he sees a smiling balloon in a park. With a new meaning for his happiness, Johnny takes it on a journey to the literal highest point in his life.
Rome was raised in the small town of Salinas, CA and has been a big name of his hometown becoming a successful filmmaker, published author, revered poet, and inspiration to many youths before turning 18. Rome graduated from Everett Alvarez High School in May of 2018 and intends to attend film school in LA and continue making films no matter what life throws at him.
Production Assistant: Yvette Tazarez, Paul Zarate
Writer, Director of Photography, Editor: Jonathan Rome
SPECIAL EVENTS, SHORTS PROGRAMS / 86 minsThe FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH shorts program celebrates works by media makers of Asian descent under the age of 21. Those in this category are in competition for the One to Watch Award.