These filmmakers are trying to resurrect a dead genre.

The Flower of Battle is an adventure comedy short film, made for fans of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, ZORRO, and classic Hollywood swashbucklers.

It’s premiering at the Academy Award qualifying LA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Locations near where classic swashbucklers were filmed, exciting sword fights, plus a score recorded by a full live orchestra help bring this classic genre alive.

Poster art by Emily Toriello

Poster art by Emily Toriello

The Filmmakers

Written & Directed by Gedaly Guberek and Reuben Guberek

Reuben and Gedaly Guberek are brothers from Encinitas, CA. They grew up on Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Warcraft III, and choreographing lightsaber fight videos.

Gedaly has directed & acted in dozens of theatrical productions from “Sweeney Todd” to “Twelfth Night. He's produced and edited content for large brands. Gedaly also runs, a popular DaVinci Resolve news outlet and Working.Actor, an all-in-one career resource for actors.

Reuben graduated from USC Film School focusing on writing and directing; his thesis film "Foodfellas" was distributed nationally on PBS Film School Shorts. He co-wrote, directed, and produced his own micro-budget feature film, which won Audience Choice Award at Scumdance.

Photo by Charly Charney Cohen

Photo by Charly Charney Cohen

Cinematography by Pearce Healey

Pearce Healey is a cinematographer with over ten years of experience in shooting narrative shorts and features. After growing up in St. Louis, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

His work on “One to One” was featured on Short of the Week and screened at the Austin Film Festival. He has two upcoming feature films, titled “Inhabitants” and “Winner” which are slated for release by the end of 2023.

He is excited to share his work on “The Flower of Battle” with the LA Shorts audience!

Original Score Composed by Nikhil Koparkar

Nikhil Koparkar is an award-winning composer and performing artist who creates scores and songs for Film, Television and Gaming.

In 2023, he wrote the official main theme for Riot Games’ League Of Legends - Lunar New Year Campaign, which is featured in all their videos, in-game, as well as the foundation for other composers’ music

He currently works as an additional writer for composer Lorne Balfe at 14th Street Music, writing and arranging music on TV shows like the acclaimed HBO fantasy series, His Dark Materials, the BBC drama, Sherwood and the Hulu docu-series, Victoria’s Secret: Angels & Demons.