2012 Films: T
Teens Like Phil (Second session) (USA, 20 mins.)
Directed by: Dominic Haxton and David Rosler
Written by: Cherise Pascual, David Rosler, Cherise Pascual
Inspired by the alarming increase in real life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, TEENS LIKE PHIL tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and one of his classmates, Adam, who brutally bullies him. The film explores the complicated and painful circumstances surrounding this relationship in an effort to better understand the roots of the bullying epidemic.
Tenesa (Russia, 26 mins.)
Directed by: Natasha Novik
Written by: Andrey Migacyov
Anastasiya Sapozhnikova, Liliya Razakova, Ruslan Askerov, Sergei Yepishev, Sergey Ushkevich, Vilma Kutaviciute, Vitaliy Khaev, Vyacheslav Chepurchenko, Yasha Polyakov
A cart is rolling along the endless road with no-one on aboard, with no horse or engine, or even sails...just the wheels turning by themselves. There are different people it rolls by, there are different reactions it leaves behind.
The Call (second session) (USA, 10min)
Directed by: Stephen Messer
Written by: Richard F. Russell & Felice Bassuk
Ryan Newman, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Menahem Zilberman, Jake Tellkamp, Caroline Langford, Ailey Marler, Asher Moore
What if everything that mattered could be grasped by answering a call?
Could a single call connect memories, silence suffering, instill hope? Could it transform contempt into compassion?
On a perfect beach a young teenage girl answers that call.
The Chronicles of Elijah Sincere (USA, 19min)
Directed by: Dan Curry
Written by: Valentine Whittaker
Andrew Scott, Baiyu Chen, Brett Davis, Chris Gunome, Christopher Gentle, Dan Stowell, Jimmy Debello, Ken Scott, Krista Ayne, Michael Tucci
A mysterious young woman exacts her revenge on the men that raped her years ago.
The Darkness is Close Behind (U S A, 20:00)
Directed by: Sheena McCann
Written by: Sheena McCann
Caleb Hunt, Kai Caster, Barbara Fisher, Bonnie Shipston, Deb Owen, Holly Hawkins, Maika Monroe, Neil Sandilands
A teenage boy anxiously watches over his meth cook father and his little brother - but his vigilance is wearing thin.
The Flying Saucer Song (USA, 8min)
Directed by: Riley Gibson
A single shot, word for word, historical recreation of the 1974 song by John Lennon and Harry Nilsson.
The Hour of Living (Switzerland - United Kingdom , 1 hr. 52 mins.)
Directed by: Sebastian Michael
Written by: Sebastian Michael
Andrea Spolarics, Charlotte Heinimann, Christoph Schwegler, Dan Absalom, David Wade, Gary Grant, Pepe Belmonte, Sam Fordham, and Sebastian Michael.
Theo is on a quest. He finds among his mother's belongings a Super-8 film, in which his dad looks really happy, and a little in love. Maybe a lot. But not with Theo's mother. Theo never really knew his dad and now that his mum is also gone, he's intrigued to find out who else there was in his father's life. His quest leads him into the past, and to Switzerland, high up into a remote Alpine valley. There he finds George, who has been living as a recluse for a decade. For George, Theo's dad was the love of his life. As the two men meet and get to know each other, their lives slowly start to make sense...
The Last Prank (USA, 7 mins.)
Directed by: Richard Schall
Written by: Raina Volin and Richard Schall
Joan Chak, Johnny Etienne, Les Degen, Rachel Margolin, Richard Schall
On the night before a garage sale, two best friend puppets decide to rehash the good old days and prank the family that lives in the house before they are both sold and separated.
Directed by: Kurt Miller
Bill Johnson, Chris Waddell, Howard Krepack, Jeff Berkus, Jenn Berg, Jim Martinson, Matt Feeney, Mike May, Nicole Marx, Rick Finkelstein, Robert Redford, Ryan Latham, Ryan Miller, Traci Anne Taylor, Warren Miller, Wyndham May
In 2004 Rick Finkelstein was paralyzed in a ski accident on Aspen Mountain. With a severed spine and severe internal trauma, he wasn't expected to live. Six years, nine surgeries, and a lifetime of rehab later, cameras captured his dramatic return to Aspen. Even with the latest gear, expert coaching, and mentorship from the sport's pioneers, Rick faced a daunting challenge with many risks and no guarantees.
Rick's friend, witness to the crash: 'It wasn't until later that I completely broke down. You realized that it's just so fragile.'
Robert Redford (narrator): 'Our movement started with the word never. 'You'll never walk again... You'll never see... You'll never live to age five.' Never? Our heroes refused to accept that word.
The Pact (USA, 75 mins.)
Directed by: Matt Toronto
Written by: Aaron Toronto, Jordan Toronto, Matt Toronto
Aaron Toronto, Arlo Tobin, Janni Anderson, Jenn Losey, Jonathan Burns, Jordan Toronto, Kira Hawkins, Neil Brookshire, Nika Ericson,
Their love lives in shambles, two brothers make a pact: No women for a year! The pact holds them under an almost magical spell as they take turns trying, but failing to break it.
The Social Group (USA, 19 mins.)
Directed by: Jean Rheem
First formed in 2002, Linda's autism social group has been meeting every Friday for the past 10 years. While the film celebrates their decade-long friendship, it also brings into light the looming inevitability of having to grow up. The film reveals a glimpse of each member's humanity beyond their diagnosis of autism as they come together to prepare their first Thanksgiving meal.
The Turn (United Kingdom, 20 mins.)
Directed by: Christian Krohn
Written by: Christian Krohn
Tim Bentinck, James Phelps
Stanley Kovack (Tim Bentinck) is an aging stand up comedian living in London. After a lifetime of easy successes and failed promises, he is left with little more than the memories of his auspicious beginnings.
As he stands on the ruins of his personal life and in the last throws of his career, Stanley finds an opportunity for fame and success. He meets Morris (James Phelps), a young stand up comedian at his creative peak and on the verge of comedic triumph.
Theresa is a Mother (USA, 1 hour 42 minutes)
Directed by: C. Fraser Press & Darren Press
Written by: C. Fraser Press
Amaya Press, C. Fraser Press, Charles Anthony Burks, Edie McClurg, Elaine Bromka, Maeve Press, Matthew Gumley, Richard Poe, Robert Turano, Schuyler Iona Press and Violet Krumbein
Theresa McDermott has chased her 'ideal' life as an urban-dwelling, punk-ish singer/songwriter to it's very end. She's broke, facing eviction and happens to have three kids she's raising alone.
To Them Thats Gone (Second Session) (USA, 105 mins.)
Directed by: Andrew McKay and Co-Directed By John McKay and William Gardiner
In the summer of 2008, a small group of civilians ran 4,000 miles across America. They called themselves Run for the Fallen, and their mission was to run one mile for every service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. They did not run for or against the war, refusing any political affiliation. Jon Bellona, 26, founded the Run in memory of his best friend and college roommate, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary, of Dallas, PA, who was killed in action in 2005, at age 24. The team also included Mike's fiancée, sister, and other friends. TO THEM THAT'S GONE tells the story of this inspiring and historic memorial.
Trailer Park Jesus (USA, 1hr. 19min.)
Directed by: Sean Gerowin
Written by: Sean Gerowin
Brent Henry, Danie Coleman, Garret Smith, Shanna Forrestall, Burton Tedesco, Casey McMurray, Chantal Koerner, Greg Swanson, Holly Ladnier, Jeremy Frey, Kara Mann, Kim Collins, Mandi Turner, Mike Dardant, Nikki May, Patrick Mizell, Rebecca Hollingsworth, Reginald Mack, Robert Douthat, Stephan Bernick, Thomas Kennedy, Tracey Davenport, Zac Cino
Trailer Park Jesus looks forward to blessing New York with some Peace, Love & Hallucinogens.
Turtle Hill, Brooklyn (U S A, 1:20:00)
Directed by: Ryan Gielen
Written by: Brian Seibert, Ricardo Valdez
Brian Seibert, Ricardo Valdez
TURTLE HILL, BROOKLYN is a funny, sincere, slice of life about a couple just trying to figure it out. Mateo and Will invite their friends over for Will's 30th birthday. After a few surprise visitors, they get through the day, but realize that doubting your partner isn't nearly as scary as doubting yourself.