Balloon Animal


California Theatre, San Jose Wed, Aug 17, 2022 9:15 PM
Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Thu, Aug 18, 2022 5:00 PM
Pruneyard Cinemas #4 Fri, Aug 26, 2022 3:00 PM
Pruneyard Cinemas #2 Tue, Aug 30, 2022 2:15 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):87
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Katherine Waddell
Ilia Volok
Michael David Wilson
Danielle Baez
Erin Rae Li
Director:Em Johnson
Executive Producer:Katherine Waddell
Gene Hasek
Lillian Todd
Producer(s):Monica O'Hara
Ruvi Leider
Screenwriter:Em Johnson
Cinematography:Megan Stacey
Music By:Alexa Borden
Connor Cook
Editor:Greg F. Tuzin


A young performer is stuck under the harsh demands of her father and their community's expectations. During a night out to let loose and have some fun with her friends, she meets a young man with whom she quickly forms a bond, forcing her to question everything she has known.

Circus performer Poppy Valentine has grown up in her family's traveling circus, never dreaming of life outside its confines. However, now in her mid-20's, she feels weighed down by responsibilities and expectations, and begins questioning if this is the life for her. Accompany Poppy on her explorations foraying beyond what has been her world so far, into small town America. Curiosity, independence, and love clash with the protectiveness and expectations of her family and community. Will she find the happiness she has been spreading all her life?

U.S. PREMIERE. Join the illustrious cast and filmmaking team for a special experience during the first Cinequest screening. Enjoy the electricity of being one of the first people to enjoy this fantastic artistic achievement and take your film experience to another level via the post screening Q&A session. Make sure to share your experience with others via social and the in-person Cinequest social experiences at our Beer/Wine Garden and Patrons & Artists Lounge. Cinequest is much more than a's experiencing great films, artists, and community.