2013 Films

311:Koko Ni Ikiru (USA, Japan, 1hr 20min)

Directed by: Kyoko Gasha

Cast:

Fusako Kimagai

How do you recover from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown that, in the span of a few minutes, wipe out members of your family, the town where you live and all that you own? Is a return to anything like 'normal' possible? '311:In the Moment' captures the experience of loss on a massive scale by telling very intimate stories of some of the survivors of the March 11 disasters in Northeast Japan. We see the power of nature to completely destroy pieces of civilization, but we also see the power of human will to overcome and endure horrific disaster.

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A Man of the World (USA, 18min)

Directed by: John Fingal O'Donnell

Written by: Stuart Matranga

Cast:

Anna Lodej, Denise Jaxon, Edward Asner, Michael Perri

A young man about to ship off to Vietnam, visits his father to discover how he survived the holocaust in order to find the hope necessary to survive his own.

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A Measure of The Sin (USA, 1hr 16min)

Directed by: Jeff Wedding

Written by: Jeff Wedding

Cast:

Allyce Wix, Cody Cheyenne, Dale Rainey, Katie Groshong, Starina Johnson, Stephen Jackson

Every childhood is normal...to the child who lives it. For Meredith that means an enchanted seclusion that is shattered when she is deprived of her mother. Desperate and alone, Meredith must join a household with other women and their children, a sinister man who controls every facet of her existence, and a vicious bear that only she can see. As life in this world becomes increasingly strange and frightening, Meredith realizes that she must flee, even though she fears she has not learned enough to survive on her own.

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Directed by: Sophia Kruz

Written by: Anna Prushinskaya

Cast:

Audra McDonald, Brad Ziffer, Brett Hyberger, Dale Reeves, Daniel Belnavis, David Gates, David Kennedy, Denise Fleener, Ernestine Ruben, Eric Storhok, Frank Ascione, Gilberto Gil, Ines Storhok, Jerry Blackstone, Jim Lankford, Joanne Navarre, John W. Reed, Joshua Bell, Kenneth Fischer, Mark Clague, Mary Sue Coleman, Melissa Golliday, Michael Kondziolka, Michael Quinn, Olivia Hernandez, Pamela Lewis, Phyllis Herzig, Richard Lesueur, Sara Billmann, Stephen Schram, Steve Van Beckum, Susan Fisher, Susan Jones Williams, Valery Gergiev, Wadad Abed, Willis Patterson, Zack Taylor

Hill Auditorium, a building incredible not only due to its rich history and remarkable acoustics but also due to its function as a cultural incubator for the arts community in southeastern Michigan, has united a diverse community of music enthusiasts for 100 years. Through concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews, this documentary will provide historical context for UMS performances in Hill Auditorium while highlighting the evolving community function of the venue.

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Adam (USA, 27min)

Directed by: Augustin Doublet

Written by: Augustin Doublet

Cast:

Aisha Reid, Alfredo Guenzani, Anna-Nora Bernstein, Annabel Graham, Marcus Grant, Natasha Murrey, Nicholas Pelzer, Princy Thomas, Rich Meiman, Sam Quartin, Stefanie Clouse, Vivian Huerra

When Coco, a young borderline model pickpockets Adam a streetwise kid from Bushwick, while he performs a three-card Monte scam, she triggers an odd and charming journey in Brooklyn.

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After Life (USA, 5 min)

Directed by: P.J. Bracco

Written by: P.J. Bracco

Cast:

Camryn Monteforte, Nadia Serantes

Young woman suffering from the untimely loss of her lover, tries to meet him half way to the after life. 


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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Alice Diz (Brazil, 1hr 16min)

Directed by: Beto Roa

Written by: Beto Roa

 


Daniel is a lonely young man who, through the Internet, gets involved with Alice, an unknown woman. Even without ever seeing her, he falls in love obsessively. They talk every day on Messenger, and even when he's not on the computer, Daniel feels connected to her.


However, his life collapses when he discovers Alice's secret. The revelation of a surprising fact makes Daniel get in desperation. A series of events starts to unravel, leading the characters into unknown paths.


 

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Directed by: Richard Polonetsky

Cast:

Gary Null

Gary Null PhD explores the truth about Gulf War Syndrome, a horrific condition affecting thousands of soldiers and their families and the disturbing secrets that the government is hiding from the public. You'll hear the truth from doctors, scientists, military analysts and the veterans who are still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty while the government denies any accountability for this illness. Dr. Null also reveals the epidemic of homelessness affecting our American veterans today. Shockingly, thousands of veterans are mired in poverty, suffering with physical and psychological illnesses and are living on the streets and in the woods throughout America. See the tragic story of these men and women and the few dedicated people who are committed to helping them. 

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An American Terror (USA, 1hr 25min)

Directed by: Haylar Garcia

Written by: Haylar Garcia

Cast:

Brian Thompson, Graham Emmons, Joe Ablanalp, Louise MacDonald, Taylor Hulett

Josh wakes each day to a series of Hells. Between uncaring parents and bullying at school he has little to live for. After a brutal event and ensuing humiliation of an on line video, Josh and his friends decide to take revenge by staging a massacre at the homecoming dance. Searching for weapons, they find a man who perpetuates a far more murderous darkness than even their plot might suggest. Trapped in his lair, and finding a kidnapped girl from the opposite clique, the boys learn a lot about each others character and their own. Even if Josh can rescue the captive cheerleader, he must still lead them both out in time to stop his friend from completing the pact to massacre their school.

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Awakened (USA, 107 minutes)

Directed by: Joycelyn Engle, Arno Malone (Co-Directors)

Written by: Joycelyn Engle & Christopher Capwell

Cast:

JULIANNE MICHELLE as Samantha,  STEVEN BAUER as Lucas,  EDWARD FURLONG as Thomas,  JOHN SAVAGE as Jack, SALLY KIRKLAND as Harriet,  STELIO SAVANTE as Benny

Samantha Winston (Julianne Michelle), a 22 year old woman, returns to her home town after 14 years in search of answers to her mother’s untimely death. She is convinced that her father, Jack Winston (John Savage), murdered her mother. In a quest for vengeance, Samantha uncovers an evil and devastating truth.

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Directed by: Michael Cerminara

Written by: Michael Cerminara

A cat floats helplessly through space, tethered to balloons as his life flashes before his eyes.

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Bind (USA, 13min)

Directed by: Kris Byrnes

Written by: Kris Byrnes

Cast:

Anna Orlova, Audrey Kovar, David Harrell, Helene Eidsvag, John Hardin

A young woman living in a repressive dystopian society faces a difficult choice whether to give birth and raise a child in the crumbling world around her or risk her health and freedom for a dangerous illegal procedure.

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Bishtar Az Do Saat (Iran, 15min)

Directed by: Ali Asgari

It's 3 AM. a boy and a girl are wandering in the city.

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Cafe Cafe (Canada, 1hr 20min)

Directed by: Patrick Downing

Written by: Alain Mercieca

Cast:

Alain Mercieca, Caroline Braun, Eric Amber, Glyn Jones, Gordon Skilling, Joe McLean, Maite Sinave, Nick Brazao, Sandi Armstrong


Set in Montreal's run down, low income, anglophone community of St. Henri. CAFe CAFe is a romantic comedy of errors. 


When our hero (Vlad) meets the girl of his dreams (Vanessa) he quickly sets about making one bad choice after another.


If women are crazy and men are dumb, then CAFe CAFe is a romantic misadventure of hilarious comedic truth.


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Calling (Japan, 50 min)

Directed by: Ryutaro Nakagawa, Yoichi Emoto (co-director)

Written by: Ryutaro Nakagawa

Cast:

Alan Koji, Kaoru Haito, Takashi Fujimura, 

A cleaning man's wife lost her sanity; a smile buried in oblivion. During the scorching mid-summer of Shinjuku, Tokyo, a glimpse of a new life crosses the man's eyes; a dream of becoming a painter. But he continues to devote himself to his wife by giving up his dream. One day, they headed deep into a forest, the man believing in the moment of when her smile would reappear again.

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Cecilia's Birthday (USA, 16min)

Directed by: Adonis Williams

Written by: Adonis Williams

Cast:

Andhy Mendez, Denise Garcia, Edgar Jimz, Joey Lindicy, Natalie Toro, Rimayri Perez, Rosie Berrido, Samantha Lee Torres, Suzette Banzo

Teenage Cecilia's excitement about her birthday is crushed when her mother turns it into a party for her own friends and ignores all her daughters' requests for what she wants. The older brother captures all his sister's disappointments on his new camcorder. Seven years later, as an adult, Cecilia finds the tape of her party, revealing to us something her brother kept a secret and reflects on how it impacted on who she's become.

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Celui Qui Pleure a Perdu (France, 1hr 15min)

Directed by: Marion LeFeuvre

Cast:

Delphine Montaigne, Marjorie Ciccone, Matthieu Longatte, Pierre Bechet, Thiébaut Viel

And if you can see again a dead person?

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Directed by: Alon Shai

Written by: Alon Shai

Cast:

Charlie Megira, Oren Hamel

In a chaotic world where its always dark,a mysterious group of switchblade punks are summoned by cult leader Charlie Megira,- an eccentric prophet who preaches 'the truth' with his shiny guitar about the real god - ELVIS


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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Directed by: Kun-I Chang, co-director: Shihwen Lin

Written by: Kun-I Chang, Shihwen Lin

Coffee & Fried Chicken was born on April, 7th, 2012. When K, the black monkey who loves fried chicken, and W, the white rabbit who lives on coffee, exchanged their vows. K designed the monkey & rabbit characters as the body doubles for themselves, and together they share their story with friends and families through the two characters. This is the story of the first year of their life.

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Dear Life (Australia, 8 min)

Directed by: Daniel Monks

Written by: Daniel Monks

Cast:

Amanda McGregor, Max Cullen, Melissa Jaffer, Timothy Monley

An elderly man captures Death and tries to kill him so that he can live forever.

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Deflated (USA, 5min)

Directed by: Dustin Shroff

Written by: Dustin Shroff

Cast:

Carson Trinity Haverda, Greg Baglia

A snapshot of a boy's gender crisis.

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Detasamentul Orb (Romania, 28 min)

Written by: Vlad Fenesan

Matthew is a 23 years old young man who likes to spend his time doing nothing else than sleeping. He has no purpose in life, being a complete ignorant to everything around him. He lives with his mother, who tries her best to persuade him to get a job and make something of his life. After one fight, he finally decides to take the interview at the military unit his mother has arranged for him.

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DoronCoron (Japan, 3min)

Directed by: Yuichi Ito

 


DoronCoron is a boy made of dirt that came alive in an unexpected way.


After leaving his town, DoronCoron meets various kinds of creatures throughout the year, communicates with them, then returns to the soil eventually.


 

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Duette - Lover's Lane (USA, 4min)

Directed by: Naeem Munaf

Written by: John Redlinger, Naeem Munaf

Cast:

Angela Yi, Peggy Phan, Tex Sirisawat

This music video captures the lost feeling after a relationship ending with great visuals and music.


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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El Camaleon (USA, 16min)

Directed by: Israel Gutierrez

Written by: Coletta Preacely-Garcia

Cast:

April Seba, Jean Paul San Pedro, Louie Olivos Jr

Scarred by his tragic past, Jaime must decide whether to continue his newfound lifestyle or abandon his pregnant wife, reverting to his violent ways when someone from the recesses of his childhood returns.

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El Delirio del pez Leon (Puerto Rico, 4min)

Directed by: Jose Enrique Rivera Rivera

Inspired by the Lionfish plague, this neo-noir film tells a story about greed and hierarchy in the Caribbean reefs.

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El Duelo (USA, 5 min)

Directed by: Jennifer Nicole Stang

Cast:

Alastair Wilson, Javier Gutierrez, Jennifer Nicole Stang, Mario Gonzalez

A day in the life of El Javi, guitarist and songwriter.


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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Esthetic Education (Ukraine, 38min)

Directed by: Sofiko Abanoidze

Cast:

Louis Franck

'Esthetic Education' is a documentary short film about famous Ukrainian rock band.

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European Surf Journal (Portugal, USA, 53min)

Directed by: Peter Sterling

European Surf Journal is a great new surf film all about surfing in Europe. There are many rarely filmed locations. This film features the best waves and surfers from 10 European countries.

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Fate! It is what it is. (Australia, 24 minutes)

Directed by: Rob LoBosco

Written by: Rob LoBosco

Cast:

Carla Bonner, Rob LoBosco, Thomas Kay

We come together for a reason, to learn a vital life lesson - whatever journey fate takes you on, it is what it is!

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Flashback (USA, 7min)

Directed by: Steve Petersen

Written by: Steve Petersen

Cast:

Judy Levitt, Karla Osella, Shannon Murray, Tom Biagini, Walter Koenig

Star Trek original cast member Walter Koenig (Chekov) stars in this science fiction short as Dr. Joseph Griffin. An inventor who has created a device that allows people to relive their fondest memories. However, he uses it to relive his greatest regret.

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Foreign Eye in the Storm (USA, 1hr 8min)

Directed by: Angelique Papadelias

Cast:

Angelique Papadelias, Lisa Perez

As Hurricane Sandy approached New York and New Jersey, communities braced themselves for the unknown as the fierce storm surge mounted into a trail of destruction, causing loss of life and tragic memories for all the people who remain to tell their story. 
A feature documentary, captured through the eyes of a foreigner, and dedicated to all the victims of the storm.

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Directed by: Jeremie Seguin

Written by: Jeremie Seguin

Cast:

Hakim Bouaich, Florie Vialens

A young man died and find himself in a strange and dark place with a worrying creature opposite him. But a girl, his girlfriend seen in his last remembers before he died, come to deliver him.

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Gold (France, Isreal, 4 min)

Directed by: Uzi Amir

Written by: Sharon Holzman

Cast:

Sharon Holzman

The clip is a satire on Israel and Israeli culture. singer\ Songwriter Sharon holzman embodies some of the news tv personas - main anchor, field reporter, Israeli army officer and the weather forecaster. Everything takes place in an atmosphere of nonsense but obvious social criticism.


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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Gota de Sangue (USA, 11 minutes)

Directed by: Joao Pacca

Written by: Andre Mello

Cast:

Andre Mello, Isabela Arede

A heartbroken man revisits his failed relationship as he tries to find a way out of his pain.

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Halfway to Hell (aka THE SCOURGE) (U S A, 1 hour 43 min)

Directed by: Richard Friedman

Written by: James Brannon

Cast:

 

Alexandra Fulton, Carl Crudup, Eric Aude, Genesis Ochoa, Linda Lodge, Lombardo Boyar, Michael Emery, Sara Castro, Tim Dezarn, Vince Lozano, Zahn McClarnon

 

It was a neighborhood just like any other...until one day...seven desperate men on the edge move in...and nothing will ever be the same!

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Heart - The Common Humanity (USA, 45 minutes)

Directed by: Kenneth Lundquist, Jr.

'HEART - The Common Humanity' follows humanitarian aviator Luken Hartlage through his recalling of working in and around Kabul, Afghanistan for the United Nations. The people, culture, and daily life of his experiences lead him along the most fascinating journey in the heart of southeast Asia. This documentary eschews the stereotypical American-hating Afghan terrorist to provide an intimate view of several poor, gracious citizens of a nation that has been serially invaded since ancient times.

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HomeMade (Isreal, 18 min)

Directed by: Lior Sagi

Written by: Lior Sagi

Ahuva is convinced that her recently arrested son is innocent. She is committed to clearing his name, until cold facts of the case force her to acknowledge his deeds.

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Horror Story (USA, 3min)

Directed by: Naje Lataillade

Cast:

Alisa Bruck, Tom Sokol

Hip Hop artist (and public school teacher) Tom Sokol wrote this song while expecting his first child, exorcising his worst fears for the future.


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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House is Burning Down (USA, 5min)

Directed by: Spookie Daly

Written by: Angy

Music Video for the track "House is Burning Down" by Angy.


The Playwright Celtic Pub


732 8th Ave  New York, NY 10036


8 th Ave. between 45 and 46 streets.

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Il Neige Sur Acapulco (France, 8min)

Directed by: Aurélien Drach

Written by: Aurélien Drach

Cast:

Jérémy Banster, Alice Pol, Deborah Grall, Jeanne Bourneaud, Sebastien Lalanne

Last evening in Mexico for a group of friends... before returning to Paris.

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iLove (Argentina, Russian Federation, USA, 13min)

Directed by: Luis Enrique Rivera Cuyar

Written by: Philippos Desyllas

Cast:

Cathryn Dodge, Coleman Moore, Samantha Sembler, Solomon Chertok

The story tells about two Iphones in love who are separated because their owners broke up, so using different apps gadgets start manipulating ex-couple to make them meet again.

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Indoor (UK, 16 minutes)

Directed by: Adam Townley

Written by: Adam Townley

Cast:

Alfie Righelato, Charlie Platt, Katie Miller

An eleven year old boy uses the discarded objects he finds around the windswept seaside community he has just arrived at to make a kite.

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Into the Woods (USA, 17min)

Directed by: Samuel Besser

Written by: Samuel Besser

Cast:

Gianni Marino, Giullian Gioiello, Josh Greenwald, Olivia Ross, Paul Carpinelli

 


When the loss of the relationship that meant everything to him begins to affect the lives of his friends, Joey is plunged into a journey that carries him through the darkest reaches of his hopes and fears. He must struggle in order to return home with some semblance of closure that will allow him to move forward with his life. And as the saying goes, every journey begins with a single swig of absinthe.


Made in part for the now defunct class 'Sight & Sound: Film' at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, this short is dedicated to all those things in life that we must sometimes, sadly, leave behind.


 

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Just Add Water (France, United Kingdom, Thailand, 5min)

Directed by: Luc Janin, Franck Janin (Co-directors)

Set in Thailand in April 2010, the confrontations between anti-government protesters and the army are intensifying. Violence emerges at a time normally reserved for the Songkran festival, an annual explosion of happiness.

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Killing the Dog (USA, 1hr 25min)

Directed by: Conor Stratton

Written by: Conor Stratton

Cast:

Aviv Porath, Bruce Lemon, Claire Tyers, Coco Medevitz, Culley Johnson, David Gelles, David Geudelekian, David Sosnow, Dy Maximillian, James Stratton, Jessy Holtermann, Josh Evans, Lauren McCune, Matthew Klein, Michael Thomas Murray, Paul Szent-Miklosy, Sutton Crawford, Vi Flaten

A human story about inhuman people.

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Kiss (United Kingdom, 12min)

Directed by: Mat Johns

Written by: Mat Johns

Cast:

Clay Whitter, Gerard Leavy, Jay Hobday, Rick Carter, Sarah-Jane Shaw, Serena Ryan, Suzanne Elizabeth Prince, Tom Egan, Una Love

How much for your services?


A short film about loss and the relentless attempts to fill the gap left. The film follows Rob and Charlotte, two lost causes whose paths cross during one lonely night. The film explores the affects of hidden truths and how we are ushered through life without anyone knowing what we've been through.

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L'Effet (Canada, 87 minutes)

Directed by: Jocelyn Langlois

Written by: Catherine Allard

Cast:

Catherine Allard, Jocelyn Langlois

What if the earth were to be plunged into a total energy vacuum. If all the world's engines, batteries, airwaves and electricity stopped working. How would we react. What would be the reaction of a mother, a child, an elderly person. Or of a desperate woman, separated from her lover by a continent.

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L'Incognita (Italy, 22min)

Directed by: Enrico MUzzi

Written by: Enrico Muzzi

Cast:

Aurore Martignoni, Gianluca Lai, Matteo Cotugno, Silvano Cavallina

A middle-aged man loses his job and can no longer manage to get back on track again. 

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La Fille Du Martin (Canada, 1hr 22min)

Directed by: Samuel Thivierge

Written by: Samuel Thivierge

Cast:

Catherine Michaud, Samuel Thivierge, Nathalie Cavezzali, Symon Michaud, Kristian Hodko, France Pilotte, Christian Cardinal, Anne Paradis, Caroline Pilote, Gaétane Boulianne, Jean Drolet, Jessy Dupont, Pierre-Francois Bouffard, Réal Thivierge, Réal Jr. Thivierge, Suzie King

 


A young women meets an undisciplined ex-classmate... and romance flourish witch embark them in an adventure that will put their life in peril.


 

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Directed by: Christine Dakin

Written by: Christine Dakin

The personal poetics of a Martha Graham dancer; what a dancer creates and learns in a life of practice, imagination, performance and teaching. American and Mexican dancers and musicians, contemporary and folkloric, show the unique work of dancers and universals of dance with imagery and visual metaphor, making connections to the arts, folkloric dance and the natural world through Graham’s technique which they share. Original music by New York musicians Pat Daugherty (pianist, composer NY Electric Piano) and Scott Morehouse (percussion), with Mexican colleagues Eduardo González (composer, pianist) and Pedro Palacios Gómez (percussion). Dancers Heidi Stoeckley (Martha Graham Dance Company), Samuel Roberts (Alvin Ailey Company), Sergio Pérez Morales, Raul Almeida (Ballet Nacional de Mexico), Adriana León, Alejandro Vera (Univerdanza), Viviana Nava (Ballet Folklorico University of  Colima)

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Las Percepciones Contradictorias (Spain, Vietnam, 14 min)

Directed by: Cesar Espada

Written by: Cesar Espada

Cast:

Carlos Vera, Eugenio Martinez, Quan Tuan Le

Two men have a philosophical discussion about the meaning of 'a contradictory perception' on top of a mountain overlooking a valley until we find out what they are actually waiting for and decide to experience a real contradictory perception. Philosophy carried out to its most cruel consequences.

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Leave it on the Track (USA, 1hr 20min)

Directed by: Benjamin Pascoe

Cast:

'Rali Perez, Adam Anderson, Ajani Rhythm, Alexa Buxkemper, Alisha Ogle, Allen Griffith, Ana Merizalde, Anne Sharp, Antonio Gonzales, April Lowery, April Ritzenthaler, Ashley Langford, Ashley Zelisko, Audra Hobbs, Benjamin Pascoe, Beth Rountree, Brandis Stockman, Brent LeVelle, Camille Cline, Cara Bennett, Carl Goines, Jr., Cathy Mumm, Charles Pascoe, Cherish Villareal, Chloe Trueheart, Corey Gusnokski, Danyelle Eddy, Elizabeth Patrick, Emily Pascoe Valdez, Fritz Blaw, Gregory Carpenter, Guy Robinson, Gynae Davalos, Heather Roach, Heidi Walker, Houston Ritcherson, Irie Wonder, J. Craig Wheeler, J. Robinson Wheeler, Jaimie Lee Goines, Jennifer Keyser, Jessie Swanson, Jonny Stranger, Julie Hunter, Kalleen Nutting, Karla Williams, Kate Wissman, Katrine Nordstrom, Kerri St. Aubin, Kristin West, Kristina Montez, Lady Libertine, Lana Butler, Leigh Anne Fagin, Mandy Reynolds, Mandy Lord, Mark Hawkins, Melissa Arcaro, Melissa Gworek, Meredith Killough, Michael Dalmon, Michael Martin, Michelle Broussard, Mike Whitely, Mikii Carroll, Monique Lalonde, Nadia Kean, Natalie Schiro, Natalie Price, Nikki McBurnett, Olivia Vernon, Rebecca Young, Sally Pike, Samantha Armbruster, Shauna Salustri, Shawna Benson, Sonya Ramos, Stella Maxwell, Suzanne Gamewell, Tim Murphy, Troy Twibell, Valeri Abrego-Liszewski, Wesley Page

From the league that sparked the reemergence of Roller Derby comes an all-new documentary feature that focuses on the women involved in one of the greatest championship bouts the sport has ever produced. The Hellcats and the undefeated Cherry Bombs leave it all on the track as they compete for pride, glory and a place in Roller Derby history...not to mention the most prestigious award that TXRD has to offer, the Ann Calvello Cup.

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Let Us Begin (USA, 14 minutes)

Directed by: W. Brandon Bray

'Let Us Begin' chronicles the re-calibration of the Porter family, after their lives are interrupted by Debbie Porter's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Lucky Story (USA, 15min)

Directed by: Anais LaRoca

Written by: Anais LaRoca, Kristen Buckels

Cast:

Alice Jankell, Julian Shatkin, Kristen Buckels, Randi Senderowitz

A young single mom and her eccentric 10 year old son get thrown a little luck when they win a $7000 lottery. They believe their prayers have been answered but soon discover that the money may not be the answer to all of their problems.

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Mauro C'ha Da Fare (Italy, 1 hour 28min)

Directed by: Alessandro di Robilant

Cast:

Carlo Ferreri, Evelyn Famà, Andrea Borrelli, Cettina Bonaffini, Massimo Leggio

 


Mauro is 33, he has two degrees at university and no future. He lives in a small town under the volcano Etna with his parents. He tries hard to enter as a teacher at the university but the job is given to a goon with strong connections. On top of that his girlfriend Laura leaves him for another guy.


Unable to use his talents, Mauro gradually starts 'loosing it', and starts behaving strangely and developing maniac depressive manias.


 

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Menschen (USA, 28 min)

Directed by: Sarah Lofti

Written by: Sarah Lofti

Cast:

Alex Riegelmann, Alex Gray, Brandon Eaton, Christopher R. Gray, Connor Long, Cougar Littlefield, Dan Cheatham, Daniel Roach, Dennis Thompson, Greg Kyle, Harold Schyberg, Irene Leonard, Jason Bowen, Jason Smith, Justin Vaughan, Mike Newman, Miles Wartes, Nick Piche, Norman Lorscheid

During the last week of WWII, an Austrian captain takes a developmentally disabled boy under his wing and brings the loyalty of his men to the test.

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MooseDate.com (USA, 4 min)

Written by: Samantha Friedman

Cast:

Steve Ritter

Moose Date.com is a comedic 3D animated short. Morris, a large and slightly overweight clumsy moose, is getting ready for a date with a female moose he met on the Internet. Following tips he reads in Moose Health, Morris tries to spruce himself up in time for his date. Between wardrobe changes and other failed attempts to improve his look, the computer rings with new messages and suggestive pictures, each time making Morris both more excited and panicked.

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Mother's Milk (USA, 1hr 35min)

Directed by: Edward Pionke

Written by: Edward Pionke

Cast:

Bree Michaels, Casey Chapman, Dennis Rowe, Jaden Klein, Jamie Bragg, Jeannie Giannone, Laura Taylor, Mackenzie Wiglesworth, Nicole Keating, Robert McConnell, Scott Anderson, Vanessa Hughes

Claude is a university statistics professor with a dark side. Kim is the young woman he kidnaps to satisfy his dysfunctional needs. In this unconventional thriller, tenderness develops between a psychopath and his captive. The simmering plot boils over as they move inexorably to a climax that will forever change each of their lives.

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Music City USA (U S A, 80 min)

Directed by: Chris McDaniel

Written by: Chris McDaniel

Cast:

Chris McDaniel

Nashville, a city currently based on music, wasn't always called Music City. Find out how this printing and Insurance mecca became the music capital of the world, and see how the devastating flood of 2010 tried to get them down, but thanks to this thriving music community, a city was reborn. Resilience in the form of the artists, entertainers and musicians that put the MUSIC in MUSIC CITY.

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Mute (China, 11 minute)

Directed by: Ling Zhou

Written by: Ling Zhou

Cast:

Hongqing Zhou, Jiaji Huang, Xuefang Zhou, Yongzhong Song

This short narrative film depicts a small town woman's life in rural China and her quiet, sensual relationship with the town barber.

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No Respires (Spain, 2min)

Directed by: Ricky Merino

Written by: Ricky Merino

Cast:

Ricky Merino

A boy with a peculiar obsession tries to break his own record.

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O Homem que Matou Deus (Brazil, France, 20min)

Directed by: Noe Vitoux

Written by: Noe Vitoux

Cast:

Noe Vitoux, Xidut Arowa

Wem Tom , a young Indian, from an amazonian tribe, realizes that there is no game left in the forest and decides to go white man hunting...

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Obit (USA, 11min)

Directed by: Brian Tolle

Written by: Geetha Reddy

Cast:

Anna Fenerty, Carl Holvick-Thomas, George Maguire, Sandra Fish, Tom Swift

As his daughter writes an obituary, a man struggling with dementia is overwhelmed by memories and escapes from his world into ours.

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Directed by: Morihiko Hasebe

Written by: Morihiko Hasebe

Cast:

Clayton Jacobson, Kaori Takakuwa, Ko Inoue, Morihiko Hasebe, Suginami-ku, Ronald Jacobson, Shanti Snyder, Shiro Go

An old chef OGIWARA IKUZO had difficulties in owning his deserted Sushi shop. His quiet life with daughter was suddenly sucked into the maelstrom, after he got a headhunt call from the Global Sushi-Go-Round network.

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Oh, My Bag! (USA, 22min)

Directed by: Seong Bong Lee

Written by: Jiyoon Shin

Cast:

Jonghoon Han

The story is about a Korean student who comes to New York to experience a new life. but his plans are derailed as he looses his luggage. as soon as he reaches New york.While looking for his luggage he realizes that sometimes it is important to loose something to find better things...

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OMG (Canada, 10min)

Directed by: Siobhan Devine

Written by: Roslyn Muir

Cast:

Gabrielle Rose, Loretta Walsh, Matreya Fedor

OMG is an inter-generational short film about 14-year-old emo-goth Kaylee who thinks she is the top of the food chain when it comes to being misunderstood. After a monster fight with her parents over her texting habit Kaylee runs away to her understanding grandma's house. All is going well until Kaylee's cell phone battery runs out.

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Pablo's Villa (Australia, 7 minutes)

Directed by: Matthew Salleh

Cast:

Pablo Novak

In 1985, Pablo Novak watched as the picturesque holiday town of Villa Epecuen was submerged. Everybody abandoned the town, except for Pablo. Now, over 23 years later, this modern day Atlantis has finally re-emerged, and what remains of it has become Pablo's home, and a place for his memories.

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Paper Cutouts to Steel (USA, 29min)

Directed by: Arturo L. Garza

Cast:

Carmen Lomas Garza

"Paper Cutouts to Steel" traces the vision and creative process by which Chicana artist Carmen Lomas Garza's delicate tissue paper cutouts become two-story steel murals that celebrate culture and transform an old motel into architecture award-winning transitional housing in a houston barrio.

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PHIN (USA, 1hr 28min)

Directed by: Patrick Chapman

Written by: Timothy Chapman

Cast:

Brandon Stacy, Eric Frentzel, Erin Patrick, Jackson Bond Jr., Kevin Sullivan, Meredith Shanks, Robert Younis, Barrie Wild, Jeannie Fedorak

Sam, a struggling artist, has one opportunity to impress a dealer and his assistant. However, an unexpected visit from his brother, Phin, who suffers from frontal lobe damage, pulls all of them into a night of constant delusions. 

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Play (Canada, 1 hr 19min)

Directed by: Alec Toller

Written by: Kelly McCormack

Cast:

Caitlin Driscoll, Coner Bradbury, Danny Pagett, Gwen Cumyn, Kelly McCormack, Kristian Bruun, Peter Higginson , Robb Wiggin, Roger Bainbridge, Suzette McCanny, Tim Walker

When the opening night of a new play goes horribly awry, the actors are forced to frantically improvise the plot onstage. Clashing egos, tested friendships and a series of disastrous misunderstandings combine to create the most offensive, shocking and accidental piece of theater ever to debut in front of a live audience.

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Playing Through (USA, 13 min)

Directed by: Paul Wagner

Written by: John Harris

Best friends Paulie and Harry are enjoying a leisurely round of golf on the local links. Their slow pace of play, however, frustrates the group behind them. When a ball is hit at Paulie from behind, a breach of etiquette quickly escalates into a dangerous conflict. Trapped in a sand bunker, the two close friends confront their adversary as well as long-standing issues with their own relationship.

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Plumas (Spain, 8 minutes)

Directed by: Quike Frances

Written by: Quike Frances

Cast:

Eugenio Barona

A hunter goes out of home, with a pair of eggs, searching for his next trophy.

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Poor Heart (USA, 4min)

Directed by: Ben Phillippo

Written by: Ben Phillippo (story)

Cast:

Cara Campanelli, Matt Phillippo

Beware the song of the siren... The spirit of an earlier era is a awakened in this haunting music video.

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Puzzle (Romania, 1hr 30min)

Directed by: Andrei Zinca

Written by: Andrei Zinca

Cast:

Adrian Titieni, Dan Nutu, Ioana Pavelescu, Skovran Tunde

A middle-aged man fed up with his marriage embarks on a torrid affair with a sultry young artist, while a blind, old writer defies the odds and reconnects with the enduring love of his life.

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Rabbit Stories (USA, 2hr 11min)

Directed by: Kirsten Russell

Written by: Kirsten Russell

Cast:

Bill Weeden, Camila Gibran, Daniel Vespa, Kirsten Russell, Marc Bonan, Natalie Zampella, Susanna Raeven, Tom Brangle


Meet Ted and Kate, a miserable suburban couple who destroy the last of their marriage battling for the affections of a secondhand motorcycle in a bazaar love triangle. Then there's Mac and Lila who fall in love through Plexiglas as Mac counts his final days on death row. And last but not least, there's Nadine, who endures a torturous and ridiculous spiritual purification process by ashram cult members in hope of settling an old score with her long lost father...the cult leader. Love is painful, beautiful, heart-crushing, life-altering but mostly...love is weird.


Lives and loves intersect in meaningless ways, soul mates come as strange bedfellows, and in the end love is a lot of things, but mostly...love is weird.


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Rain (Australia, 15 minutes)

Directed by: Henry Boffin

Written by: Henry Boffin

Cast:

Dan Eady, Jack Henry, Jacob Worth

In a future world where there is no water left on the Earth an old man and a young boy struggle to survive.

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Directed by: Gary Null

Written by: Gary Null

Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs exposes the massive public health dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The film features the world's leading Scientists, Physicians, Professors, Politicians, Attorneys and Environmental Activists who reveal the frightening truth surrounding the vast use of GMOs in our food supply. You'll see the deception and deep layers of corruption being perpetuated against the public at large by the world's largest and most powerful Biotechnology Companies, Chemical Companies, Agricultural Companies and Governments.

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Seventeen Hours in (USA, 14 minutes)

Directed by: Ivo Raza

Written by: Ivo Raza

Cast:

Aniela McGuiness, David Lipper, Jennifer Dawson, Kathrin Rein, Will McLean

After Liz receives news that she has breast cancer, she hooks up with Kevin, who is heartbroken because his girlfriend dumped him. They comfort each other and decide to explore a mutual fantasy with someone who turns out to be a con with a violent partner. Then Kevin's girlfriend decides to come back.

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Shelter (USA, 97 minutes)

Directed by: Adam Caudill & Wrion Bowling

Written by: Adam Caudill & Wrion Bowling

Cast:

Carlos Garcia, Jeffery Green, Joyce Hshieh, Michael Lane, Sarah Street

One Room. Five Strangers. No Escape.


After stumbling onto a bomb shelter during panicking alarms- an ominous disaster forces five strangers to wait out nuclear winter in a secret underground bomb shelter. With limited supplies and nowhere else to go, they struggle against the clock, uncertain if they'll survive until it's safe to return to the surface.

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Silent Wave (United States, 15 min)

Directed by: Sudeep Kanwal

Written by: Sudeep Kanwal & Daniel Miska

Cast:

CHRISTIAN THOM, JENNA D’ANGELO, PRECIOUS CRUZ-DYSON, JOHN LARKIN, KAREN BROWN, CHARLES DUSKO, KUBRICK CROCE, MORRIS MANDELL, ANGELA DEA CROCE

Adam and Rachel Harris had been separated for several months, yet for some reason Adam continues his daily ritual of watching her from he afar. Several months after the tragic death of their son, Adam continues his downward spiral, losing his job and his coherence. As Rachel attempts to move forward, Adam can only look to the past. With his son’s fatal accident occurring on Adam’s watch, it only serves to drive the wedge between Adam and Rachel further apart. Their differing modes of grieving isolate the once happy couple. Adam continuously tries to win his wife and his former life back while struggling to come to terms with his new reality.

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Spaghetti fur Zwei (Germany, 19min)

Directed by: Matthias Rosenberger

Written by: Betina Dubler, Federica Kitamura-De Cesco

Cast:

Johannes Silberschneider, Mia Aegerter, Stefan Rutz, Toks Korner,

... when losers win.

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Sparkle Island (USA, 48min)

Directed by: Valerie Jensen

"Sparkle Island" is a heartwarming adventure story about a group of actors trying to save their beloved theater. When an evil developer tries to knock the theater down, a kindly old pirate gives the group a map of Sparkle Island where the sparkliest sparkles that ever sparkled were buried in the sand. They embark on a journey that will bring them face to face with dangerous waters, thrilling wilderness, and actual pirates! "Sparkle Island" stars actors with developmental disabilities.

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Directed by: Jesse White

Cast:

Audrey Saunders, Brian Miller, Dale Degroff, Eben Freeman, Jim Meehan, Julie Reiner

Charting the cocktail's return to prominence, Spirit Guides places the camera in front of the people directly responsible for changing the way New Yorkers drink.

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Stoned (USA, 13min)

Cast:

Mary Linehan, Ryan Daley

Valerie is a woman addicted to narcotics, and after discovering that her boyfriend Jim has hidden some pills from her, Valerie decides to cause her an abortion and tries to convince Jim to take the baby out of her.

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Storybook Wedding (USA, 7 min)

Directed by: Mark Bethune

Written by: Mark Bethune

A groom's plan to accuse his bride-to-be of marrying him only for his money backfires when she reveals the only reason he is rich is because of her loving attention over the years, making true on the saying, 'behind every successful man is a smart woman.

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Directed by: David Scheve

Written by: David Scheve

Cast:

Essra Mohawk, Scherrie Payne, Susaye Greene

An adult Socio-Political spoof of Schoolhouse Rock. Original SHR cast member Essra Mohawk and Supremes Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene give us a musical History lesson about the Struggle for Gay Rights and the famous Gays and Lesbians (some surprising) whose contributions have helped shape our society.


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Sweet Surrender (USA, 15 minutes)

Directed by: Bornila Chatterjee

Written by: Michelle Rosenfab

Cast:

Maya Lord, Melissa Zeigler, Mitch McCoy

Graduate student, Harmony, is going through a difficult time. She broke up with her boyfriend, she has a crazy roommate, and she can't seem to complete her thesis. However, through her struggle, she finds help from an unexpected friend.

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Swingers (USA, 4min)

Directed by: Anthony Laura

Written by: Anthony Laura

Cast:

Jason Zednick, Megan Schmitt

A young and lonely girl meets an attractive young man while sitting on the swing set. As they begin to have fun together, the girl begins to notice something peculiar.

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Switch (Japan, 1hr 20min)

Directed by: Naoki Suzuki

Written by: Naoki Suzuki

Cast:

Junko Suzuki, Kazuo Murakami, Momoko Suzuki, Tomiko Irie

The human genome is said to contain as much information as 3,200 volumes of 1,000 page books, with 1,000 characters on each page. However, it has been proven through various research that in the course of our lifetimes, only a percentage of this information is used. The global biotechnology authority, Dr. Kazuo Murakami, has this to say: 'If we could switch on these dormant genes, it would open up infinite possibilities for humanity.' So how can we flip this on switch? This is a documentary following Dr. Murakami's research into what can happen when people are in distress.

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The Assistant (USA, 10min)

Directed by: Dave Hill

Written by: Dave Hill

Cast:

Cammie York Hall, Jason Klavenga, Rob Lindsay

A disgruntled photographer's assistant pretends to be his boss when a young actress arrives early for her photo shoot.


 

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Directed by: Erica Fabri

Written by: Erica Fabri

Cast:

Erica Fabri, Robin Andre, Sandeep Rehal

'The Baxter Street Blues' is a short film based on the poem by the same name by poet, Erica Miriam Fabri. It was produced by the music / poetry / film-making - duo 'The Robin & The Lady Poet.' Starring: Erica Miriam Fabri, Robin Andre and Sandeep Rehal.

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The Cyclist (USA, 10min)

Directed by: Morgan Krantz

Written by: Morgan Krantz

Cast:

Luke Baybak, Riccardo LeBron, Shannyn Sossamon

After a lackluster date, Harry (Luke Baybak) gets a second chance to impress Hannah (Shannyn Sossamon) when she discovers her bicycle has been stolen. Based on the short story by Jessica Garrison (Flaunt Magazine, Dollar Dollar Books) and further inspired by The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt, The Cyclist is a darkly comic tale concerned with what it really means to get to know someone.

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Directed by: Matt Twomey

Written by: Matt Twomey

Cast:

Alan J. Schwartz

At the height of the Cold War in 1961, seven young guys set out from New York City on a 23,000-mile goodwill mission through Central and South America aboard a surplus Army amphibian known as a “Duck.” They faced harrowing terrain and angry students, but the biggest hurdle was a water-crossing to Colombia. Hostile seas and people threatened to sink them; unlikely heroes fought to keep them afloat.

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The German Who Came to Tea (United Kingdom, 9min)

Directed by: Kerry Kolbe


After a century on earth, which memories really matter?


For Annie Day, who turned 100 in May 2012, it's the day her young son Brian brought a German Prisoner of War to Christmas dinner almost 70 years ago which marked the start of an enduring lesson in love, loss and acceptance.


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The Gift (United Kingdom, 15min)

Directed by: Andrew Griffin

Written by: Andrew Griffin

Cast:

Davie McKay, Gary Lewis, Kate Dickie, Lorraine Stanley

The stork of mythology can be both a deliverer of babies and a harbinger of misfortune. When such a bird nests beside the home of a married couple, it brings with it strange offerings and tragic consequences.

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Directed by: BJ Golnick

Written by: BJ Golnick

Cast:

Brittney Leighton, Matt Stauter

With the back drop of the Florida Everglades, The lead singer of The God Damn Hustle falls for a woman that will destroy every member of his band, literally.


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The Hidden Hand (USA, 1h 20min)

Directed by: James Carman

 


The EBE award-winning feature documentary, 'The Hidden Hand,' examines the phenomena surrounding UFOs, Extra Terrestrials, alien abduction, and the US secret military cover-up of supposed E.T. contact and back-engineering of alien technology. The film incorporates interviews with military insiders like astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, and Col. John Alexander. It also interviews UFO experts like hypnotherapist, David Jacobs, and those who claim to have had actual E.T. contact.


Narrative scenes are interspersed throughout the film to shape the concepts of the film from complimentary viewpoints, weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction into a new world view that may shocking and eye-opening for the viewer.


 

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The Janitor (USA, 16 min)

Directed by: Mark Battle

Written by: Mark Battle

Cast:

Michael Coppola, Wayne Shore

A 'hitman cleaner' faces a moral dilemma when he is ordered to finish a botched job.

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The Naked Leading the Blind (Belgium, 16 min)

Directed by: Wim Vanacker

Written by: Wim Vanacker

Cast:

Mika Ela Fisher

 


A dissection of the human condition on a hot summer’s day blurred by alcohol, late night television and smoldering spirituality. "... and suddenly everything became clear to him." Words filled with wonder and possibility. There are consequences as a result of such sudden awakenings. Love and marriage. Serve and observe. Open your eyes and you will see. Love through a blind man’s eyes.


 

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Directed by: Sergio LoDolce

Written by: Sergio LoDolce

Confused by his girlfriend's sudden enthusiasm in the relationship, a frustrated geneticist finds out that his clone has been secretly keeping her happy in ways that he never could.

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The Puzzled (USA, 5min)

Directed by: Christar Kei Yan Wan

Cast:

 

Alvin Yuen, Gabe Isserlis, Iskander Musaev, Jacky Bhojwani, Jennifer Mori, Mayank Bindal, Miguel Mirasol, Nola Ennis, Paul Kwok, Rachel Foley, Sandie Zhang

 

A guy is trying to propose to his girlfriend. However, he must go through a puzzle of eight split screens to get to her.

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The Sudden Pianist (USA, 30min)

Directed by: Richard Anderson

Cast:

Michael Hersch


The Sudden Pianist is the remarkable story of composer and pianist Michael Hersch. While much has been written about Hersch's gifts as a composer, his astonishing abilities at the piano have been witnessed by few, as he shuns most public performances. Filmmaker Richard Anderson has created an intimate portrait, shedding light on this aspect of Hersch's music making with never before seen or heard footage of Hersch performing his own work at the piano - from his debut to the present day. There are also rare interviews throughout with Hersch. The film is a moving journey into the mind of one of America's most unique artists.


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The Suitcase (Australia, 11 minutes)

Directed by: Natassha Amalia

Written by: Steven Tandy

Cast:

Alexander Moller, Amy Price, Ben Howell, Daniel O'kane, Erwann LeGal, Gaynor Harris, James Ness, Jamie Tax, Joanne Booth, Justin Johnstone, Maddison Sullivan, Mark Gambino, Matthew Naqvi, Merril Hogan, Miro Okuniwicz, Shane Mosely, Tom Hayes, Troy Wheeler

'The Suitcase' tells the story of a suitcase that travels through the hands of various owners. The story tells how such an object has its own story behind it, the story that we, the owners, never know.

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The Treehouse (USA, 11 min)

Directed by: A.J. Sheeran

Written by: A.J. Sheeran

Cast:

Jacqueline Scislowski, Joshua Hunter Magers, Kristen Mack

After his mom's funeral, a boy encounters the odd girl next door, who insists they journey through space to find a planet for departed souls.

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The Waves (Pakistan, 8min)

Directed by: Usman Riaz

Written by: Usman Riaz

A piano tuner goes about his business while an old man tries to uncover the bizarre secret of two marooned soldiers out at sea.

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Towers (USA, 1hr 11min)

Directed by: Jet Wintzer

Written by: Carlos Garcia De Dios, Dave Sable, Jet Wintzer

Cast:

Angela Washell, Jet Wintzer, Lauren Ashleigh

 

 


When the human race can no longer feel happiness, peace or joy due to mutations caused by radiation from cell phones and towers, humanity becomes virtually extinct.


In this post apocalyptic indie rock fantasy, two girls miraculously find each other in a psychedelic haze whilst traveling the barren American landscape searching for the world's last DJ broadcasting via Ham radio.


Jane survived in a bunker under her Amish farm. She transforms into a glorious indie hipster cruising the highways and back roads of America searching for life and pills. 


Petal hid out in the deep woods of Oregon, where her folks lived as survivalist hippie pot farmers. Each day she puts a gun to her head, until Jane's voice suddenly comes through on the CB. 


 

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Transgender Tuesdays (USA, 1 hr 2 min)

Directed by: Mark Freeman

Cast:

Veronica Klaus

 


They came for the hormones and stayed for the health-care.


In the 'bad old days' transgendered folks usually mistrusted the health care system, and often faced life-and-death situations without any help. But 18 years ago a team of HIV providers at a clinic in San Francisco and trans activists from every ethnicity broke the mold They opened the country's first Primary Care clinic opened specifically for transgendered people. The warm narratives of these 12 pioneering patients provide the film's beating heart, revealing some harrowing places they have been. Yet by the film's end their stories provide a sense of victory and hope for future generations, proving this can and should be the standard across the continent.


 

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Trespasses (USA, 12min)

Directed by: Vanita Shastry

Written by: Vanita Shastry

Cast:

Gregory Linington, Joey Honsa, Laura Campbell, Maury Miller, Neil MacFarlane, Patrick Quinlan, Shadae Lamar Smith, Tara Sands, Tim McManus

An ex-IRA member-turned-informer lives in hiding, fearful of being caught. When the love of his life tries to reunite with him, his intense paranoia destroys them both.

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Twiharder (USA, 81 minutes)

Directed by: Giorgio Caridi

Written by: Christopher Sean Friel, John Gearries

Cast:

Aaron Misakian, Alejandra Gomez, Alexandria Lowe, Alferdo Madura, Allison Jo Carlson, Amanda Calvillo, Anna Wilensky, Atheanna Ritchie, Athena Stamikinley, Barbara Brogi, Brian Ventura, Brie Bernstein, Brooke Pearl, Chris Avila, Chris Ventura, Christina Ebert, Christopher Sean Friel, Clint Keepin, Coleen Bosler, Denise Molina, Doan Nguyen, Edgar Aguirre, Emily Sarah , Gino Giambanco, Giorgio Caridi, Gordon Vasquez, Gregory Mantell, Jabari Patterson, Jabin Bravo, Jalisco Wayne, Jennifer Bravo, Jocelyn Aguirre, John Gearries, Jordan Van Vruken, Joseph Getright, Josh Cruze, Kaitlyn Le, Katherine Kate, Kevan Hill, Kym Jackson, Laura Niles, Lawonna Rashad, Liz Locke, Markell Fitzgerald, Melody Friel, Michael Adrian, Natsuko Sakurai, Nay nay Kirby, Nolborto Aguirre, Patrick Friel, Patrick Soria, Raya Reaves, Richie Million, Riley Jo Downing, Rozie Bala, Samantha Nguyen, Sammy Jack, Scott Roughgarden, Scott Ganyo, Selena Gomez, Serena Vo, Stephanie Beltran, Tanya Zoeller, Tara Hunnewell, Tatiana Corso, Tracy Perez, Vanessa Salgado, Veronica Garcia

The Twilight Saga continues to grow amongst the angsty teens of our society. So it was inevitable that another amazing spoof was unleashed unto the content starved Die Hard Twilight fans. Twihards of the world be ready for another great satire, for the best Spoof known to man, for the greatest and most desirable content of Vampires, Werewolves and Female actresses falling madly in love. TWIHARDER HAS COME!

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Twist & Blood (Poland, 30min)

Directed by: Kuba Czekaj

Written by: Kuba Czekaj

Cast:

Adam Florczyk, Arkadiusz Janiczek, Emilia Stachurska, Henryk Niebudek, James Fordham, Leszek Malec, Maciej Plenia, Maria Maj, Monika Kwiatkowska-Dejczer, Patryk Wrona, Robert Grabowski, Wojciech Urbaniak, Zbigniew Paterak

A young boy is ridiculed by his peers for being overweight. His parents want to slim him down at any cost, but he has found a way to relieve the pressures of his family and friends.

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Unforgettable Fire (USA, 57 minutes)

Directed by: Michelle Regina Iacobelli

Cast:

Anthony Russo

This film explores the personal lives and challenges of the members of one of the longest running U2 tribute bands in the world. The audience sees the members morph from their daily routine into rock star doppelgangers by getting a glimpse of the band at home, jobs, and on stage mimicking one of the most established and popular bands in the world; U2.

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Vanished (USA, 12 min)

Directed by: Simon Beckman

Written by: Simon Beckman

Cast:

Cameron Richardson, Mark Rolston

 

A secret research facility has been completely annihilated when a special ops team comes to the rescue. Keaton, a hard-nosed investigator, tries to reconstruct what has happened when one sole survivor is discovered.
Alex, shell-shocked and wounded, cannot remember much, still Keaton is relentless. He needs to find out what she knows right now to avoid an even greater disaster.

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Vaseline (USA, 7 min)

Directed by: Funk Brothers

Written by: Funk Brothers

Cast:

Brandon Jenner, Emilio Rivera, Emilio Roso, Erica Braun, Gregg Shore, Jody Jaress, Leah Felder, Mary Wells

When musicians Brandon and Leah approached the Funk Brothers about directing their music video everybody knew it was going to be aces-high, so they strapped on the chaps and saddled up for a wild one. The result is a western-based narrative that brings a gritty yet vivid contemporary look and a visual style that echoes the song's emotional appeal. Shot in one day on location at Melody Ranch, the video showcases Emilio Rivera (Traffic, Sons of Anarchy) as 'Chumpero,' a roaming gunslinger who feasts his eyes upon the beautiful 'Violet,' played by the band's own Leah Felder. Realizing the danger that looms, the 'Bartender,' played by Brandon Jenner, must make an attempt to save her.


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Directed by: Maria Luskay

Written by: Louis Guarneri

This year's filmmaking team ventured to Magdalena Bay, an 870 square mile haven for whales, dolphins, sea birds and five species of sea turtles tucked along the Pacific coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula north of the tourist hub of Cobo San Lucas, Mexico. The documentary chronicles how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other extractive activities depleting the region's rich natural resources are now testing with a economic model, one build around conservation and sustainable tourism. The short film provided an intimate portrait of those working to balance economic advancement with environmental protection and striving to create a better life for both the community and endangered sea turtles.

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Waiting For Godot (United States, 5min)

Directed by: Caitlin Pashalek

Written by: Caitlin Pashalek

Cast:

Janina Gavankar, Cory Enemy

A high-art music video for Janina Gavankar's single 'Waiting for Godot'.
Gavankar plays two sides of the same person, fighting with each other as they find themselves lost in a vast plane.


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West Encounters East (USA, Brazil, Japan, 1hr)

Directed by: Stella Holmes

Written by: Linda J. Corley, Stella Holmes (Co-Writers)

West Encounters East explores the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation through the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, descendants of a century-old diaspora that has given São Paulo, Brazil, the largest Japanese population outside Japan. 

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Wet Behind The Ears (USA, 1hr 30min)

Directed by: Sloan Copeland

Written by: Sloan Copeland

Cast:

Doug Roland, Jessica Piervicenti, Margaret Keane Williams, Rebecca Boughton

 


What do you do if you just graduated college? Well, most people would say it's time to get a job. But in a country where more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed, it's more likely that the end of college means moving back in with your parents...


Join Samantha Phelps on her journey into the job market, where minimum wage or jail time seem to be the only options. Wet Behind the Ears takes a comical look at joblessness and adjusting to the real world in a way that will resonate with an underemployed generation.


 

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Who Cares? (Brazil, 1hr 33min)

Directed by: Mara Mourao

Written by: Mara Mourao

Cast:

Rodrigo Santoro

WHO CARES is a 92-minute High Definition feature documentary about social entrepreneurs around the world. People who are making changes, bringing solutions, generating huge social impact and most of all, inspiring people to do the same. A film that searches the world for brilliant people with simple solutions to the hard global issues. The goal of WHO CARES is to inspire people around the world, especially young people from ages 14 years-old up, to learn more about, become excited by and want to be engaged in the social entrepreneurship revolution. We want this film to encourage, inspire and spark a global movement of changemakers. The movie mixes interviews, images of their social work and computer graphics creating a very dynamic feature. 

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Wild Things (South Korea, 4 min)

Directed by: Dee Shin

Written by: Dee Shin

A young artist finds himself stuck between the comfort of home and the lure of adventure.
'Wing Things' is a music video for the music track 'Blackwind' by Patrick Watson.


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World Fair (United States, 25 min)

Directed by: Amanda Murray

In 1939, on the heels of the Great Depression, millions of people traveled to a former ash dump in Queens, New York, to catch a fleeting glimpse of a better future. WORLD FAIR is a short documentary that weaves together the stories of former fairgoers, now in their eighties and nineties, with archival Kodachrome footage, transporting viewers to the futuristic and hopeful realm of the 1939 New York World's Fair. WORLD FAIR brings to life the memories contained in photographs and home movies, in illustrations, and in the objects we collect and save.

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[escape] (USA, 29min)

Directed by: David Conte

Written by: David Conte

Cast:

David Farrington

[escape] is a short psychological thriller centered on a man who has prepared for the worst, and now has to deal with it. It's a character study that explores the psyche of a man who finds himself inside of his perfectly safe shelter after surviving a catastrophe, and the journey he goes through as he begins to remember what brought him there in the first place.

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