2015 Films: S
Salvation (Austria , 0:30:00)
Directed by: Mark Gerstorfer
Written by: Mark Gerstorfer
Cast: Daniel Helmer, Sarah Kleiner, Klemens Marschall
Andreas loves filming anything that will come in front of his camera lens. He especially takes joy in shooting videos, in which he and his friends Clemens and Dina pretend to kill themselves. When Andreas massively exaggerates and carelessly throws himself on the subway tracks just to shock his best friend, Clemens has had enough and quits their friendship. Andreas seeks refuge in Dina's company but overlooks her real intentions.
Directed by: Samuel B. Russell & Brian Russell
Written by: Samuel B. Russell
Sam and his friends go back to college and have to figure out how to live together.
Sand Castle (USA, 0:14:19)
Directed by: Rob Feld
Written by: Tina Fine
Cast: Producer: Tina Fine
A young girl wants to build a sand castle, but not just any sand castle, it has to have special meaning. However, her efforts are continually thwarted when her sister breaks it and her and her mother won't return to the beach. After some boys crash into it, the young girl finally gets a break. The boys help her and she builds an amazing castle, but the biggest challenge is the ocean. It will reclaim her castle and because of that, the young girl learns a final lesson about letting go, taking control and that nothing is forever.
Schnell und Billig (Fast and Cheap) (Germany, 4 minutes)
Directed by: Philipp Glauner
Written by: Philipp Glauner, Martin Bohm
Cast: Stefan Nagel, John Eicke
FAST AND CHEAP is a four minute fake industry commercial for the fictitious demolition company AIT. Company boss Müller (Stefan Nagel) is giving a tour around the construction site on which giant robots perform the hard work. While Müller discusses the economic advantages of these modern work slaves, we learn that not all of his promises are made of gold.
Originally filmed in stereoscopic 3D, the fake commercial FAST AND CHEAP is a satire about modern work circumstances and about ruthless capitalism which declasses the human being to a disposable work product. The short film was shot over the course of four days in the ruins of an old coal-fired power station near Dessau (eastern Germany). The robots were brought to life in post by world champion mime John Eicke via motion capture.
Self Medicated: a film about art (United States, 1 hour 33 minutes)
Directed by: Ethan Minsker
Written by: Ethan Minsker
Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might.
“Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy.
Serenity (United States, 5 minutes)
Directed by: Jack Dunphy
Written by: Jack Dunphy
An animated memoir recounting first love, addiction, losing one's virginity, and turning to pizza in times of crisis.
Sergei Deych - Prelude in g# minor Op.32 No. 12 by S. Rachmaninoff (USA, 3 minutes )
Directed by: Daniil Deych
A young girl awakens in the beautiful, yet terrifying forest that is filled with music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The desire to learn where the music is coming from, sets her off on the journey through the thicket of the woods. Only she quickly discovers that greenery around her also brings the great struggle and despair and that in order to leave the forest, she first must overcome a number of obstacles.
Shadowboxing (US, 0:35:00)
Directed by: Joshua Durham
Written by: Joshua Durham and John Patrick Hayden
Cast: JOHN PATRICK HAYDEN, MISSY WAALANDS, ROB MORGAN, MICHELE RAFIC, SUTTON CRAWFORD, ELIJAH BLACK, ROGER CASEY
An aspiring boxer must face the shadows that haunt him before he can step into the ring.
Show Business (USA, 1 hour 25 minutes)
Directed by: Alexander Tovar
Written by: Alexander Tovar
Cast: Alexander Tovar, Amelia Meyers, Jillian Johnston, Andrew Hawkes, Megan Rosati, Robert Maffia.
Therapy won't even scratch the surface for Guy who believes he has to choose between having a happy life and being a successful screenwriter.
Sic (Canada, 9:00)
Directed by: Joshua Hinkson
Written by: Joshua Hinkson
Cast: Joshua Hinkson, Steven Roberts
After a year a part, lifelong friends Wyatt and Elijah reconnect. Elijah, a committed family man is confronted by an anxious drug fueled Wyatt and a provocative secret polarizes the two friends as they struggle to reconcile their feelings of love, regret and humiliation.
Sin Frontera (Without Boundary) (United States, 28 minutes)
Directed by: Iz Gutierrez
Written by: Iz Gutierrez
Cast: Eduardo Enrikez, Brenda Romero, Rafael Cobos
Inspired by true events, Monica (Brenda Romero) and Gabriel (Eduardo Enrikez) are an engaged couple on the verge of a relationship breakdown when they are unexpectedly torn apart by an unjust law and controversial government practice. After Gabriel is deported to a dangerous city, they both remember how they fell in love and make a vow to rekindle their romance in order to prevail over a corrupted and complex government policy. They discover a way to reunite through an unconventional method. Love will transcend any boundary.
Sincerely, Daniel (USA, 4 minutes)
Directed by: Malisa Eckhardt
A high school teenager desperately tries find a way to connect with his crush, but fate doesn’t seem to be helping him out. This movie is the 2015 National 5th Place Film in the USA’s leading high school film competition The 10 Day Film Challenge. Awards for the film include being named the NJ State 2nd Place Film, NJ State and National Winner of the Audience Choice Award.
Snow Boat (United States, 6 minutes)
Directed by: Mirror Su
Written by: Samantha Aguiar
A man lives a lonely life in a cold, harsh ice world which he never plans to leave. One day the sun comes out and threatens to melt everything he holds dear. He builds a boat out of ice to escape the sun's wrath, setting out on a voyage of destruction and rebirth.
Some Guys Are Bigger Than Others (USA, 0:19:35)
Directed by: Geoff Celis
Jim, is a 'Morissey' fan who is trying to convince his friends he can wrestle. When his friends Kenny and Devin secretly bring him to an amateur Lucha Libre competition, Jim is forced to enter. Not knowing Spanish, combined with not knowing how to wrestle Jim finds that survival maybe harder than he anticipated. His only saving grace seems to be when 'El Jefe' a Morissey fan himself, notices that Jim is wearing a 'Morissey' shirt.
Sometimes the Blues (US, 0:22:40)
Directed by: Neha Hirve
Written by: Neha Hirve and Sarafina Maiara