2015 Films: A
A Mercedes for Sierra Leone (Germany, 4 minutes)
Directed by: Robert Fuhrmann
Written by: Robert Fuhrmann
Cast: Rocky Rockson, David Bredin
Two friends, Tommy and Ibrahim, decide to play a game of chess after work. Tommy tells Ibrahim of his plans to get back to his home country of Sierra Leone so that he can realize his dream of becoming a businessman. However, Ibrahim is in need of a car, specifically Tommy's Mercedes, and runs into a bit of a problem when his friend won't sell.
A New York Pair (United States , 0:13:22)
Directed by: Christophe Averlan
Written by: Molly Montgomery, Charles Warburton
Cast: Charles Warburton, Molly Montgomery
A young couple begin to wonder if they have to choose between love and ambition in such an unforgiving city.
A Private Matter (Australia, 0:25:00)
Directed by: Kate Halpin
Written by: Kate Halpin
Cast: Giselle Van Der Wiel, Bianca Bradey, Cain Thompson, Norah George.
A reserved young woman burdened with a weighty secret returns to her rural hometown accompanied by her outgoing partner in order to spend the weekend with her conservative family, with disastrous consequences.
A Smile for Bow (US, 0:53:00)
Directed by: Robert Corna
Bow is a little girl from Thailand, who was abandoned at birth. She has HIV and was born with disfiguring fetal alcohol syndrome. Our dream came true when our foundation could offer Bow a chance to come to the U.S. for a few reconstructive facial surgeries and now she can smile again.
A Warm Spell (Japan , 0:25:00)
Directed by: Toshimichi Saito
Written by: Toshimichi Saito
Cast: Shinnosuke Fukushima, Makiya Yamaguchi, Wakana Matsumoto, Taiju Nakane, Yasuo Maeyama, Mayu-u Hanabusa
On a windy winter day in the Japanese countryside, people gather to attend a funeral where they recover the sense of connection between brothers, strangers, the bereaved and the deceased.
A, B, C, or D? (United States, 9 minutes)
Directed by: Jing Wen
Written by: Jing Wen
Cast: Chris Moss, Corey Bangi, David Edelstien, Bill Rains
A, B, C, D are the answers of the items in our school test, yet they seemingly mirror the different choices we encounter in our lives. What should we choose at every corner? Which one can direct us to success? The thing is, no matter what we choose, we should have a good attitude going forward in life and in a way, that in itself could be more important than the choices we can make.
Ace (Australia, 7 minutes)
Directed by: Nick Hunter
Written by: Prudence Vindin
Cast: Prudence Vindin, Emma Leonard, Karina Warwick, Andrew Cutcliffe, Lesley Hancock, Larry Emdur, Katherine Marie Richardson, Nick Hunter Annella Wheatley, Tricia Youlden, Christian Vindin, Alex Stock, Rhiannon Dwyer, Tanya McMillan, Rachel Harker, Shane Hay, Marcus Leopold, Noah Susskind, Zippy Susskind, Lulu Meskin.
Kate is seeing a psychologist to try and make sense of her life and her dating world. The psychologist gives terrible to no advice. Kate forges ahead and goes on a date with a conceited banker. Whilst trying to escape from his house quickly the next morning, Kate ends up hitting her psychologist with her car. Kate carries on with her day and works her babysitting job. The young girl she babysits is having trouble with a bully at school. Kate gives her charge advice and in doing so finds some clarity in her own life.
Acollective - Breakapart (Israel, 3 minutes)
Directed by: Noam Sharon and Tal Zagreba
A music video based on the very trendy sleeve-face pictures where well known album covers throughout the decades come to life. The video was featured in DIY magazine, Line of best fit, CLASH and more.
Acoustic Space (United States , 0:15:00)
Directed by: Anthony Marinelli
Written by: Anthony Marinelli
Cast: Joseph Cassese, Alison Parks, Rick Schneider
'Acoustic Space' is a short film about how technology has changed the way we communicate. What Marshall McLuhan once described as a 'global village,' has become a society, if not a world, of people erroneously believing technology is bringing them closer together when in fact it is driving them further and further apart. It tells the story of a couple at an elegant restaurant having dinner together.
However, the idea that they are together is debatable as the film explores how the intersection of human connectivity and interpersonal communication has been impacted by technology. Michael and Arlene are humorously engaged in a mutually extended attempt to communicate but are unable to have a conversation because their cell phones are continuously interrupting their ability to be present.
Adapted from his festival award winning One Act stage play, Anthony Marinelli has written the screenplay and directed this short with his attuned ear for cleverly written dialogue, and acute awareness for cinematic nuance, complimented by the complexity of the characters he developed to tell this story with fine actors who truthfully and wonderfully bring them to life.As the film plays out, any viewer living in this modern age will undoubtedly see aspects of themselves or people they know reflected on screen in this new reality: how we communicate and relate continues to be changed with each new swipe, tap, text, email, vibration, and ring tone alert.
Advanced Doodling (United States, 10 minutes)
Directed by: Mike Cantor
A "Making Of" movie about itself, Advanced Doodling is a stop-motion odyssey that blurs the line between art and art-making.
After Lilly (United States, 00:9:50 )
Directed by: Aaron Webman
Written by: Jack Quaid
Cast: Jack Quaid, Tory Stolper, Alexandra Olson, Becca Murray, Casey Fitzgerald, Dylan McCollum, Jason Ellefson, Kelly Walker, Marty Abbe-Schneider, Natalie Turpin, Nick Williams, Sheldon Coolman, Willie Warren Jr.
When Tyler (Jack Quaid, 'The Hunger Games') attends a friend's birthday at a trendy bar, his imagination runs wild as every girl he aims to flirt with becomes Lily (Tory Stolper), his ex girlfriend.
Alekto (Switzerland , 0:23:00)
Directed by: Thomas Kaufmann
Written by: Michael Mehring
Cast: Beate Malkus, Ecki Hofmann, Christian Govetosa, Steph Stiefel, Pema Shitsetsang, Bojan Busikovic, Tsepel Wangyetsang, Mirjam Turnheer, Markus Heitzmann, Rafi Kirder, Nico Bokardo, Fausto Sammali
Policewoman Julia Forward (Beate Malkus) is kidnapped by the Alekto Corporation and is being transported in a Body Transport Unit from Earth. Distraught and unaware of where she is, she awakens in a clearing surrounded by dense forest. Primitive armed warriors surround her and begin to close in. A chase proceeds, but she is unable to flee and is subsequently captured. She is taken to a stone age community, caged like an animal, and becomes their prisoner. Here she meets their depraved leader and space traveller, Olsndot (Ecki Hofmann), the only human that she can communicate with. Tentatively he begins to trust her and finally reveals important information about the Corporation. Julia’s world, as she knows it, is destroyed.
Alekto is a science fiction short film which invokes questions about conspiracy theories and the entire evolution of man. An earthling is kidnapped into space, discovering parallel dimensions that she could have never imagined.
Alive and Well (USA, 0:13:11)
Directed by: Andrew Duncan
Written by: Mercedes Segesvary
Cast: Natalie Newman, Hakim McMillan, Geri Brown
A seemingly happy interracial couple in Brooklyn struggles to save their future when an anonymous intruder upends both their lives.
Amontillado (France , 0:14:00)
Directed by: Carolina Gomez
Written by: Carolina Gómez
Cast: Alexis Desseaux, Jean-Louis Tribes
Paris, 2015. On the hunt for a precious Sherry, two wine connoisseurs venture down into a cellar, but what they find is more than what they bargained for.
And The Rest is History (... und der Rest ist Geschichte) (Germany / USA, 1hr 28mins)
Directed by: Niko Kuehnel
Written by: Niko Kuehnel
Cast: Michael Kinzer, Ulrich Jungblut, Heike Zwetz, Isabelle Stolzenburg.
Two shady guys in dark suits. A mysterious girl out of nowhere. A gloomy figure in a parking garage. All of them looking for the same thing: A black folder from New York. All of them seem to think that it is Tim who can lead them to it and help them understand its contents.
For a few days Tim thought his girlfriend leaving him would be the most drastic event in his life for a while. However, he suddenly discovers that there is something very strange going on around him and he better figure out what it is, or perhaps he may already know more than he thinks.
Written by: Antonio Manuel Chavira
"After plunging back in time to save his relationship, Steve is faced with what a huge jerk he is."
Ante Mortem (United States, 5 minutes)
Directed by: Marco Shalma
Written by: Marco Shalma
Cast: Hannah Cheek, Rob Robinson
A dark and fickle tale of greed, mud and wife-beaters that digs deep into the souls of those who are left grieving on a bright, brisk day. A twisted plot that leaves you with a goddamn good story you can't tell anyone. Ever
Antichrist feat. Jona Weinhofen & Martin Mentzoni - 'Rockstar' (Norway , 4 minutes )
Directed by: Fredrik Waldeland