Oct
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles (Special Selection: New Italian Cinema)

The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles

Sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

(Special Selection: New Italian Cinema, 115 mins)

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Diego, a car salesman (Luca Argentero); Claudio, a failed store owner (Stefano Fresi); and Fausto, a watch pitchman (Edoardo Leo), are three unlikely partners thrown together by circumstance when they make a last minute decision to buy an old property and turn it into an agro-tourism inn. Anyone who has ever dreamed of leaving that 9-to-5 day job in pursuit of the bucolic life of the countryside will admire the comic antics of the four innkeepers—and the young woman who can cook and decorate circles around them. Based on Fabio Bartolomei's book Giulia 1300 E Altri MiracoliThe Legendary Giulia is a heart-warming comedy about two serious subjects: the drive to do at least one thing that is beautiful and meaningful in one’s life and the courage it takes to resist the violence and pressure of criminals, by any means necessary. 

Director: Edoardo Leo began his career as an actor on stage, screen, and television, becoming well-known to Italian audiences for his role in the sitcom Un Medico in Famiglia. A crucial event in his career was his encounter with director Claudio Fragasso, who directed him in TV movies such as Operazione Odissea and Blindati, and in his first leading role in La banda (2001). 18 Years Later (Special Mention at the Rome Independent Film Festival, 2010 and N.I.C.E’s City of Florence Award, 2010) marked Leo's directorial feature film debut. He also wrote and directed Out of the Blue (2013). In 2014 he starred in the box-office hit I Can Quit Whenever I WantThe Penguin Move and wrote the script for Remember Me?

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Island Earth, screening with: Paintbrush Harvest
Oct
15
4:45pm 4:45pm

Island Earth, screening with: Paintbrush Harvest

Island Earth 

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 3 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Daniel Perlaky (producer)

Synopsis: A rich tale of a young indigenous scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the inner workings of GMO chemical companies and traditional Hawaiian elders reveals ancient values that can save our future.

Director: Cyrus Sutton

Cyrus Sutton grew up in Southern California and divided his time between the coast and mountains, Sutton's inventive approach to filmmaking became the basis of the outdoor surf website Korduroy.tv. Growing up near the ocean and participating in water sports, he sought to use cinematography to document the surf culture around him and on his travels. His career has been well documented by various national publications such as Surfer Magazine. Cyrus says he was lucky enough to find what he wanted to do at a young age and have worked to make it his life. It's been a crazy journey which has allowed him to settle on four acres in the Columbia River Gorge east of Portland, Oregon. These days he's working on film projects and providing media and marketing services for Guayaki Yerba Mate, Reef, Adorama Camera Retailers, Hydroflask and Manda Naturals.


Screening with:

Paintbrush Harvest

(Documentary Short, 9 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Caudia Ballard (co-producer, editor)

Synopsis: Renowned Ashland artist Betty LaDuke's recent work honors farmworkers as they plow, prune, weed and harvest our food. This 10- minute documentary, set in Southern Oregon, provides a glimpse into Betty's creative process and the people she so colorfully captures. Betty’s work reminds us of the timeless and universal process of growing food and flowers.

Director: Katherine Roselli (K-rose Productions) reinvented herself as a documentary filmmaker in her early 60s , collaborating with editors to create short films that have been shown in film festivals around the country. Her most successful collaborations have been with Claudia (Storyline Pictures. ) Claudia has been an editor for commercial videos and documentaries for the past 10 years winning numerous awards. They meshed their roles in creating Paintbrush Harvest, working from past footage and photos provided by renowned Ashland artist Betty LaDuke, and were delighted to produce a film that sheds light on the people who harvest our flowers and food.

 

 

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Change: Spirit of Action Shorts Program
Oct
15
4:45pm 4:45pm

Change: Spirit of Action Shorts Program

Change: Spirit of Action Shorts Program

Program run time: 96 mins


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Arrested (Again)

(Documentary Short, 4 mins)

Synopsis: Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?

Director: Dan Goldes

Dan Goldes' first film, "ub2", about language related to HIV, was an official selection of 37 U.S. and international festivals, while his second, "Equal Justice Under Law", about the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality decision, played at 20 festivals around the world. Dan is currently in production on "5 Blocks", a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and has served on the screening committees of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Festival. He is currently in the incubator program at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center.


The Draft and The Vietnam Generation

(Documentary Short, 48 minutes)

Scheduled to attend: Beth Sanders (director); Mike Rothkin (featured in the documentary)

Synopsis: What would you do if your government ordered you to fight a war you opposed? Millions faced that dilemma during the Vietnam War. Featuring ordinary Americans, including Santa Cruz’s own Mike Rotkin, who tell their own stories of opposition to the draft, this engaging new documentary reveals the individual moral decision making that fueled a powerful movement against an unjust war.

“At a moment when resistance again to state wrongs is on the rise, this film is a wonderful reminder of the bravery, costs, and necessities for such a stance.” — Professor Susan Reverby

Director: Director/Producer Beth Sanders’ past works include Fear and Favor in the Newsroom, a documentary on self-censorship within the American press narrated by Studs Terkel, and Making the News Fit which examines American press coverage of the war in El Salvador. Beth currently lives in Seattle.


Women's March

(Documentary Short, 30 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Mischa Hedges (director), Lillian Dignan (impact producer), Iliani Matisse (producer)

Synopsis:  WOMEN’S MARCH is a story about democracy, human rights, and what it means to stand up for your values in America today. On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. That same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world. Shot on location in five U.S. cities, the film explores several women’s motivation to march. For some people, it was their first time marching. For others, it was the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard. It grew into the largest one-day protest in American history.

Director: Mischa is Founder and Chief Storyteller at TrimTab Media. He brings over a decade of experience producing award-winning documentaries, commercials and online videos. Women’s March is his fifth documentary film production.


Between Wagons and the Moon

EarthVision Short (14 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Brian Oh (director)

Synopsis: A Colombian-American musician, La Muna resides in Nogales, Sonora along the US-Mexico border where she writes songs about migrants and deportees she meets.

Director: Brian Oh was born in Illinois, USA, raised in South Korea and spent time living in Germany as a teenager. Dropping out of college in South Korea, he moved to Chicago to pursue his film studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Soon after graduating from the school, he moved to New York City and has worked on several short films, documentary, music videos and multi-media projects and shown his works to several screenings and exhibitions.

 

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Woodsrider, screening with: Marshall
Oct
15
4:45pm 4:45pm

Woodsrider, screening with: Marshall

Woodsrider

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 12 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Cambria Matlow (Director) and Sadie Ford (subject)

Synopsis: Tucked in the trees of Oregon’s Mount Hood, an introspective young snowboarder camps alone, anticipating a winter of adventure and self-renewal in this experimental, moody documentary.  Tenacious, 19-year old Sadie Ford operates within the poetic persona of a searching pioneer. Her footsteps track over the town of Government Camp’s mountain landscape, her dog Scooter her only constant companion.  Deep among the Douglas firs Sadie snowshoes to build her nestled tentsite, a place she feels more at ease than anywhere with four walls.  Riding sessions and house parties in town provide breaths of social interaction and connection, but otherwise she chooses to spend time in solitude.  Sadie’s simple quest for joy is tempered by melancholy when increasingly warm temperatures on the mountain cause rain to replace snow, and the winter season grows shorter.  Striking a youthful yet elegiac tone, WOODSRIDER is a meditative film about identity, home, and the way that human experience echoes that of the natural world.

 

Director: Cambria Matlow received the inaugural 2016 Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award to write a feature length narrative script for an environmental fable about Mexican women set in the high desert during the Rogue River Wars (1855-56) in Southern Oregon. Her latest feature film, WOODSRIDER, is an immersive documentary portrait of a female snowboarder on Mt Hood, slated to premiere on the festival circuit in 2017. BURNING IN THE SUN (2010), about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa, was her directorial debut. The film was selected for IFP’s Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen in festivals worldwide, including Rooftop Films, FICMA Barcelona, New York African Film Festival and Addis Int’l Film Festival, eventually winning the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin. Cambria’s films seek meaning in moments of stillness and value the emotional experiences created from atmosphere and mood. Small interactions and environmental realities reveal personal and political truths. Her work has been awarded grants and artist residencies from LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, the Puffin Foundation, and NW Documentary. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University. She anticipates earning her Masters in Essay Documentary from EICTV in Cuba in 2018.


Screening with:

Marshall

(Narrative Short, 13 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Ben Judkins (director, D.P, editor), Dylan Hutchinson-Enos (actor & writer), Sophia Zaklikowski (writer), Kai Killion (score), Lucas Heinel (sound).

Synopsis: "Marshall" is a fictional short film aimed at understanding the balance an individual must find between the natural world and the manmade, concrete world. It questions and studies our relationships with ourselves, with our families and communities, with material objects, and with urban humanity and nature. The film is divided into four chapters, each symbolic of an element (water, land, fire, and wind), audio-visually representative and connected to the human experience. It functions as a meditative and self-reflective film for the viewer, grappling with what is most important to us as human beings.

Director: Ben Judkins was a recipient of the 2016-2017 UCSC Dean's award for his short film "Marshall". With a camcorder in one hand and a skateboard in the other, Ben began creating entertaining videos at the age of eight and there's no stopping in sight. He's currently working on several new film projects featuring water, wilderness and wanderlust.

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Between Worlds; Screening with: Frans Lanting: The Evolution of Life
Oct
15
2:30pm 2:30pm

Between Worlds; Screening with: Frans Lanting: The Evolution of Life

Between Worlds 

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 5 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Brad Kremer (Director), Andres Amador (Star), Christopher Frey (Executive Producer), Philippa Frey (Associate Producer), Troy Alexiadis (Motion Graphics), Baine Secuya (Editor)

Synopsis: Between Worlds' is a documentary that follows the first-of-its-kind collaboration of two award-winning artists using two different mediums and two vastly different relationships with time, coming together for the creation of a singular vision. One is renowned for his expansive works of beach art that are lost to the elements shortly after completion, while the other attempts to capture these works in an entirely new way with his own stylistic approach to photography. It is a story that explores art from different perspectives and the challenges of meeting 'Between Worlds' to create something new and original.

Director: Brad Kremer is an award-winning director, producer, and cinematographer based in San Francisco. He began his career in film-making in action sports where he produced and directed many of snowboarding’s most influential films. Nike once described Brad as a "legendary filmmaker.” Brad has won over 100 industry awards under his direction, including three Movie of the Year awards, a 2013 National Gold ADDY award for his short film for Nike set in Montafon, Austria and an Emmy in 2014.


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Frans Lanting: The Evolution of Life

(Documentary Short, 22 mins)

Attending: Steven Kochones (director); Frans Lanting (subject); Christine Eckstrom (subject)

Synopsis: Embark on a dazzling journey through time via the remarkable images of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting and his epic “LIFE” project, which presents a stunning interpretation of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. The film also recounts Lanting’s own evolution from natural history photographer to visual chronicler of life on the planet.

Director: Steven Kochones is a film director specializing in award-winning non-fiction films. Since 2009, he has directed 16 documentaries about photography and photographers, including the critically acclaimed "Who Shot Rock & Roll," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at 25 other festivals, earning four awards. His music documentary "Country: Portraits of an American Sound," was released in 2017 on Netflix, iTunes and other premium outlets. Kochones has also tackled gritty and global subjects, such as "The War Photographers" and "Water: Our Thirsty World," produced in association with National Geographic.

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Toad People; Screening with: Return of Harbor Porpoises to San Francisco Bay
Oct
15
2:30pm 2:30pm

Toad People; Screening with: Return of Harbor Porpoises to San Francisco Bay

Toad People

(EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film, 1 hr 16 mins)

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Synopsis: Toad People is a story about hope, community and the struggle to save the western toad. The documentary showcases families in different regions of British Columbia, working to save species at risk in their backyards.

Director: Mike McKinlay was born in North Vancouver and raised in the Okanagan Valley. During his 15 years as a cameraman/DP, Mike’s film subjects have varied; from non-fictional narrative to wildlife and environmental awareness films, Mike has had the opportunity to work within both the corporate and documentary world. Some of his most recent clients have included National Geographic, the National Film Board of Canada, Wilderness Committee, Nature Trust of BC and the Pacific Wildlife Foundation. Mike is also a professional skateboarder. Isabelle Groc is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer, focusing on environmental science, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, marine mammals and ecosystems. She has also worked as the Species at Risk Project Coordinator for the Wilderness Committee since 2010. Her work has appeared in many publications, including National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife. Isabelle has produced videos for National Geographic, and she co-directed and wrote ten short films on BC’s species at risk with Mike McKinlay. A fellow of the Explorers Club, she has travelled to remote places to raise the profile of many little-known, elusive and under-appreciated threatened species, aiming to inspire concern and action for their conservation. She is inspired by the Western toads’ tenacity and gentleness.


Screening with:

Return of Harbor Porpoises to San Francisco Bay

(EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Short Film, 9 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Jim Sugar

Synopsis: By the end of World War II in 1945, San Francisco Bay had become a dead body of water. Stringing a large net across the Bay to trap Japanese and German submarines also prevented large predators such as porpoises, dolphins, whales and sharks from entering or leaving the Bay.

Director: Jim Sugar worked as a photographer for National Geographic for 22 years. He traveled extensively, both in the U.S. and around the world, producing more than 30 stories. He has won the NPPA Magazine Photographer of the Year Award and was a runner-up in the White House News Photographers Photographer of the Year competition. He has illustrated two entire books for the National Geographic Book Division. He has won numerous awards for individual photographs and for various Art Director’s awards for his photo illustrations. He said he has mastered many aspects of photography including photojournalism, lighting, and now digital imaging. He says mastering post-production digital workflow has presented his biggest challenge in photography. Sugar has been a working photographer since he was an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. In addition to still photography, he shoots and edits digital video. His films Swimming in a Dream, and Swimming: Mind, Body, Spirit have been screened at five film festivals. He is married and lives in Mill Valley, California.

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An Evening of Eternity; Screening with: Albedo Absolute
Oct
15
2:30pm 2:30pm

An Evening of Eternity; Screening with: Albedo Absolute

An Evening of Eternity 

(Student Feature, 1 hr 25 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Constantin Maier (director)

Synopsis: Jonas, the young owner of a vinyl record store, stumbles into a mysterious tavern by chance one evening. The tavern is detached from time and people from all kinds of different eras meet there. He falls in love with a Jazz singer, Eva Elana, from the 60s. But the time between the two will become their greatest enemy...

Director: Constantin Maier was born in 1991 in Hanover, Germany and started very early to go after his passion to make films. At the age 13 he completed his first big cartoon film after two years of work. From then on he made many short films and in 2016 he completed his first feature film "An Evening of Eternity". Since 2011 he studies in the filmclass at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover.


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Albedo Absolute 

(Narrative Short, 15 mins)

Synopsis: The fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent’s warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.

Director: Vlad Marsavin’s film career began producing the documentary Mama, I’m Going to Kill You (2013), which chronicled abuses in Russian orphanages. The documentary won the 2014 Amnesty International Jury Award and compelled the Russian government to change abusive practices in the Russian orphanage system. In 2014, Marsavin completed an autobiographical animated film, Sebastian. Film won Best Short Film at the Black Hills Film Festival and screened in more than sixty film festivals worldwide. Albedo Absolute is Marsavin’s first live action film. Having completed the film, the director turns his attention to his debut feature film, currently in production.

 

 

 

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The Bay of Life,  screening with: Back to Camp
Oct
15
12:00pm12:00pm

The Bay of Life, screening with: Back to Camp

The Bay of Life, screening with: Back to Camp

Documentary Feature, 60 mins

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Synopsis: Renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting's film celebrates the Monterey Bay, his home ground for the past 30 years. Frans explores images and stories about the Monterey Bay region--one of the hottest hot spots for biodiversity in North America, according to The Nature Conservancy.  

The Bay's natural richness is due to an unusual combination of microclimates onshore and physical features offshore, and Frans's presentation will tie together terrestrial and marine environments to show the dynamic linkages between them. He portrays the Monterey Bay the way he has profiled exotic ecosystems on other continents, but with a personal perspective embedded in the story.  His images feature a remarkable cast of characters, from mountain lions and condors to sea otters and elephant seals, in a place that represents a unique convergence of land and sea, where endangered endemics mix with cosmopolitan migrants.

Director: Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world–and never turned back. For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.

CHRIS ECKSTROM is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. For the past twenty-five years she has worked with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. Her stories have appeared in National GeographicAudubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and other international publications. Her National Geographic Traveler story about Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel.

Back to Camp

Documentary short,  9 mins

Synopsis: At 40 years old, Ashley finds herself at mid-life and questioning the meaning of all that came before it. Feeling empty, confused and uncertain how to move forward in her life she decides to go back to the one place that never changes, but always changes you...Summer Camp.

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Director: Ashley Mosher

Ashley says...I’ve been a storyteller my whole life…but I never knew it. It took living 42 years, having 5 careers and two marriages to fully admit it. With 2 short films, a handful music videos, and having supported one National Geographic feature film, Holy (Un)Holy River, under my belt, I embrace it. My first two films, Love Biscuit and Back to CAMP, have been screened in festivals, won some awards, and have hopefully inspired many more people then that, but this isn’t what makes me a storyteller.

At 36, I made a huge shift from the linear life of an elite athlete to the non-linear life of an artist.  I began creating live music videos of high profile artists for our non-profit, Feed Them With Music. I was self-taught and knew just enough to throw myself into the fire. There was no other choice really, people were starving around the world and needed food. My role was to find a way to inspire others to do the feeding.

Today, my work is determined by my own desire to nourish our world. Each project I create depicts the breadth of my life experiences, as well as those of who or what I am capturing. I love that life is at once both complex and incredibly simple. What is true for me is that nothing is of greater importance than being in alignment with our true self, which is an intricate and tricky endeavor.  However, there is only one path to revealing our Truth…Love. Love is born from vulnerability, uncertainty…a NOT knowing. And I don’t know much…maybe that’s why I can’t help but create. I am seeking answers and, I suppose, that’s what truly makes me a storyteller.

 

 

 

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Water Makes Us Wet
Oct
15
12:00pm12:00pm

Water Makes Us Wet

Water Makes Us Wet

Documentary Feature, 1 hr 20 mins

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12 pm, 1 hr 20 mins

Test Screening

Scheduled to attend: Beth Stephens (director), Annie Sprinkle (director), Keith Wilson (producer), Sandy Stone (narrator), Josh Tuthill (animator), Alessia Cacchet (Editing assistant), Donna Harraway (interviewee), Jordan Freeman (aerial photography)

Synopsis: With a poetic blend of curiosity, humor, sensuality and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Travel around California with Annie, a former sex worker, Beth, a UCSC art professor, and their dog Butch, in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit, as they explore water in the Golden State. Along the way, Annie and Beth interact with a diverse range of folks including performance artists, biologists, water treatment plant workers, scholars and others, climaxing in a shocking event that reaffirms the power of water, life and love. Narrated by Sandy Stone.

Directors: Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle have been partners and collaborators for fifteen fertile years. Their Ecosex Manifesto launched a movement and officially added the E to GLBTQI. Their award winning documentary film about coal mining in Beth’s home state West Virginia, Goodbye Gauley Mountain—An Ecosexual Love Story now available on Netflix & iTunes. For the past year, their films and art projects have been presented in the prestigious art exhibition, Documenta 14, in Germany. 

 

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 Land of the Little People, Screening with Sansei Dream
Oct
14
9:15pm 9:15pm

Land of the Little People, Screening with Sansei Dream

Land of the Little People

(Narrative Feature 1 hr 23 mins)

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Synopsis: Four young kids who live in a village of military officers families, form a small gang. An old abandoned army base, located in the surrounding fields, turns into their camp. A war begins and most men are drafted. When the kids return to their camp they discover two soldiers who deserted their units, using their camp as a hideout. Ruthless struggle develops between the groups, and the soldiers, who sought refuge from the war outside, find themselves in another war, which turns to be as dangerous and bloody.

Director: Born in Israel, Yaniv is a graduate student from the MFA program at the Film Department, Tel-Aviv University. His short film EVEN KIDS STARTED SMALL, about school children taking over the school, was official selection of the CINÉFONDATION, Cannes Film Festival. He filmed for six years a documentary about a military company of reserve soldiers in the IDF, which was made into the award winning documentary THE ALPHA DIARIES. LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE is his first narrative feature, which like his previous works deals with the traumatic process of becoming a child-soldier in a violent militaristic society.

Screening with:

Sansei Dream

(Social Justice Short, 6 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Gabriel Veenendaal (director); Mallory Veenendaal (wardrobe)

Synopsis: After the sudden passing of his mother, a young sansei farmer learns the truth about her dark past. As previously undiscovered truths unravel, he internalizes her troubled history through a subconscious dream state.

Director: Gabriel Veenendaal has been making films since 2001. Since that time, his work has screened across competitions, festivals, streaming platforms and over the air broadcasts including: The United Nations Headquarters in New York City, The Los Angeles Film Your Issue Awards, and a private screening of short film Innocence Lost [Director, Editor], during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

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Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood
Oct
14
9:15pm 9:15pm

Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood

Bobby Khan’s Ticket to Hollywood 

(Narrative Feature 1 hr 31 mins) 

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Scheduled to attend: Atif Mirza (director) Tarun Shetty (lead actor / producer) Lak Rana (actor) Yalda Sadiq (production manager) Deema Mauladad (actor) Brian Swineheart (actor) Sana Nazim (makeup) Mike Tsirklin (actor)

Synopsis: A Bollywood actor comes to Hollywood to "make it" and discovers that fame is not all it's cracked up to be.

Director: Atif Mirza has been making creative content for over ten years. He was made short films, commercials, music videos, and a feature length comedy. He also works for a Bollywood tv show - which inspired the character of Bobby Khan.

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Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia; Screening with: The Ascent
Oct
14
9:15pm 9:15pm

Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia; Screening with: The Ascent

Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 30 mins)

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Synopsis: An agoraphobic man and female Marine struggle to escape their personal prisons.

 

Director: Alex D'Lerma got his start in show business as a radio personality at the age of seventeen. His popular show got him on the air in Los Angeles where he trained and worked as an actor and filmmaker. In 2006 he founded "The Cinema Gym" Acting & Directing for camera workshop and "The Looping Walla Group." Mr. D'Lerma teaches acting and directing at his Cinema Gym in Burbank and periodically for UCLA Extension. His latest feature film "Fear, Love, and Agoraphobia" is scheduled for release in 2016.


Screening with:

The Ascent

(Local Short, 9 mins)

Synopsis: A young woman returns to a centuries-old redwood grove -- the site of a long-ago environmental protest -- to face her past, 250 feet in the air.

Director: Sorrel Brae (director/writer) is an award-winning filmmaker and director of commercials for major American brands, including GE, Toyota, Mizuno, and the National Football League, among many others. He won the Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions festival, along with many other awards. His short films “The Trial of Barnaby Finch,” “A Film By Vera Vaughn,” and “Love and Stuff” have screened nationally and internationally, at the New York Shorts Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, the International Festival of Cinema and Technology, and beyond. He was born and raised in Arcata, California.

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Nat Bates for Mayor
Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nat Bates for Mayor

Nat Bates for Mayor

(Documentary Feature, 75 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Bradley Berman (director) and Eric Weiss (director)

Synopsis: Nat Bates For Mayor tells the story of the outrageous 2014 mayor’s race in Richmond, home to California's second largest refinery. Chevron spent more than $3 million to back 83-year-old African-American stalwart Nat Bates. Bates makes a Faustian bargain with the city’s corporate behemoth to preserve the long-standing but waning power of Richmond’s African-American working-class community. It’s black against white. It’s David versus Goliath. Is Nat Bates the savior or stooge? The movie is a wacky ride with some of the most entertaining political characters you'll ever meet.

Director: Bradley Berman writes mostly about cars, for publications such as The New York Times. Eric Weiss was the associate publisher of Mother Jones magazine and now teaches English to refugees in San Francisco. Nat Bates For Mayor is their first movie.

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Infinity Baby
Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Infinity Baby

Infinity Baby; Screening with (External)

Narrative Feature, 1 Hr, 20 mins

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Synopsis: A dissection of contemporary life and relationships, Infinity Baby involves babies that don't age, emotionally stunted men, and a unique technique for breaking up with unwanted girlfriends. Owing to a genetic mix-up involving stem cell research, the recently founded Infinity Baby, run by the garrulous Neo, is able to offer a service for aspiring parents who never want to leave the baby bubble -- infants that do not age. Ben, a serial monogamist who says he wants to find the right woman but is always looking for the next one, and his half-competent pals Larry and Malcolm, are hired to market the service to those keen to nurture. While Ben swipes through his smart phone looking for the next partner, Malcolm and Larry consider taking on the maintenance of one of the timeless toddlers.

Director: Robert Byington

Robert "Bob" Byington grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a major in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Byington directed his first film Shameless in 1996, and followed up with Olympia in 1998, which played on opening night of the South by Southwest Film Festival. He then entered a decade long "God-imposed" hiatus before directing his next three films RSO (Registered Sex Offender) (2008), Harmony and Me (2009) and Somebody Up There Likes Me(2012).

Screening with: (External)

Local Short, 7 mins

Scheduled to attend: Brandon E. Lee (director, writer, producer, actor), Jonatan Garibay (composer), Luis Berumen Lopez (cinematographer), David Wallace-Goldstein (digital effects), Robert Cardinal (art director), Aaron Monajjemi (actor)

Synopsis: A highly insecure artist encounters a strange man while out during a night of introspective drinking.

Director: Brandon E. Lee was born and raised in nearby San Jose. Throughout his childhood, he frequently gravitated towards film and television. He joined the Boy Scouts, and eventually earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. In 2014, he began studying Film at UC Santa Cruz. He hopes to go on to have a successful career in directing and acting.

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June Falling Down
Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

June Falling Down

June Falling Down

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 55 mins)

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Scheduled to Attend: Rebecca Weaver (writer/director/actor), Chris Irwin (producer/camera/sound)

Synopsis: After traveling aimlessly for the first year after her father's death, June returns to Wisconsin for her best friend Harley's wedding. Once home, she confronts the rush of memories of her father's cancer and the fact that Harley has moved on, after having loved her for years without her loving him back. As she falls back into her small town and her mom and brother she left behind, June finds herself unable to let Harley go and forget what might have been. But eventually she must move forward, no matter how painful.

 

Director: June Falling Down marks Rebecca Weaver's feature film debut. She previously wrote/directed/acted in two short films, Winter Guest and Cam Companion. She studied theater at Northwestern University and dramatic literature at New York University. Raised in Wisconsin, she currently resides in Los Angeles and is writing her next feature.

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November; Screening with And The Moon Stands Still
Oct
14
4:45pm 4:45pm

November; Screening with And The Moon Stands Still

November 

(Narrative Feature, 120 mins)

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Synopsis: In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans’ requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?

Director: In his 48 years of existence, Rainer Sarnet has directed five films, lived with three women, accumulated about ten friends, passionately loved Fassbinder and directed theatre plays by Przybyszewski, Gorky, and Jelinek. He mostly writes his own scripts but usually bases them on literary classics. He is captivated by the different facets of the human soul.


Screening with:

And The Moon Stands Still

(Animated Short, 10 mins)

Attending: Yulia Ruditskaya (Director)

Synopsis: The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance.

Director: Born in Minsk, Belarus. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Graduated from the Department of Design at Belarusian State University (Minsk) and School-Studio of Animated Film “SHAR” (Moscow). Since 2003, Yulia has worked as а director, animator, illustrator and motion designer for independent projects for brands, musicians, and non-profit clients with her focus in the animated short film. Yulia has been teaching animation classes and workshops.

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4 Wheel Bob; Screening with: Pittari
Oct
14
4:45pm 4:45pm

4 Wheel Bob; Screening with: Pittari

4 Wheel Bob

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 12 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Tal Skloot - Director, Bob Coomber -subject

Synopsis: 4 Wheel Bob tells the story of Bob Coomber, an intrepid adventurer who sets out to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the 11,845 foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada.
For Bob in his wheelchair, this adventuring is fraught with danger. He must deal continually with altitude sickness and the threat of diabetic coma, not to mention possible fatal or crippling falls in the steep terrain.
This story of overcoming immense obstacles will inspire us to look at our own self-imposed limitations and perhaps reach beyond what we think is possible.


 
Director: Tal Skloot is a skilled producer, cameraman and editor with a credit list of twenty feature length documentaries and narrative films that have won multiple Emmy awards, been broadcast nationally on PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS and appeared in numerous national and international film festivals. Tal is a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) and is an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University and the Diablo Valley College film department.


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Pittari

(Animated Short, 4 min)

Synopsis: A horned creature's destructive rampage is halted by a stubborn adversary. Loosely based on Tom Robbin's depiction of Tanuki, a Japanese mythical creature known for his mischief, "Pittari" is scored to an old phonographic gospel recording to help illustrate a relentless resistance to the creatures gritty penetration.

Director: Animator Patrick Smith is known for his bizarre hand-drawn interpretations of human emotions and identity. His formative years were spent as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney, and other major studios in New York and Los Angeles. "Pittari" is his seventh independent short.

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Agents of Change
Oct
14
4:45pm 4:45pm

Agents of Change

Agents of Change 

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 5 min)

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Synopsis: From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, the struggle continues with the protest in and around Ferguson, Missouri and the nationwide student-led movement, including the I, Too, Am (Harvard, UCLA, Michigan, etc) campaigns, which according to the Boston Globe lay bare the "the racial tensions on campuses today, raising questions about inclusiveness, identity and racial stereotyping." Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

 

Directors: Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson

Abby Ginzberg has been producing award-winning documentaries about race and social justice for the past 30 years. She is the co-producer and co-director of Agents of Change, which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and won the Jury and the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary. Abby attended Cornell during the time depicted in the film.

Her feature award-winning documentary, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014) won a Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world. It has won four audience awards for Best Documentary. It also won an Outstanding Achievement Humanitarian Award from the Global Film Awards. It will be broadcast on public television later this spring and a segment will be broadcast on Independent Lens in April, 2016.

Her work as a documentary filmmaker took her to the Academy Awards in 2012 with a short documentary film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was the Consulting Producer. The Barber premiered at Sundance in 2011 and won numerous awards for Best Short Documentary at film festivals across the US.

Abby’s documentaries, Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey and Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (about an African American and Latino judge) have aired on public television and been screened at film festivals across the United States and abroad and won numerous awards, including a Silver Gavel and CINE Golden Eagle for Soul of Justice.

Her short films, Cracking the Habit and recovering lives, uncovering hope, have been critical in helping to document model programs for both adult and juvenile drug courts, as well as other successful programs for at-risk youth. She has also documented the innovative work of cities in combatting the HIV epidemic with films about Oakland, Miami and the Bronx. She produced Turning the Tide Together for the Opening Session of the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, DC.

She is the President of the Berkeley Film Foundation, which has awarded over $900,000 in grants to documentary filmmakers; is on the Boards of the Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, The Impact Fund and the Yale Law School Visual Advocacy Project. She was selected as a Gerbode Foundation Fellow in 2008. Frank R. Dawson is an Associate Dean, and former Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. Frank is also a Producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, a Company originally formed to develop and produce television series, movies for television, and cable television features in association with CBS Entertainment Productions. Currently, NuHouse develops projects independently. He is the Co-Producer/Director of the documentary film, Agents of Change.

Frank’s prior experience as a media executive and producer includes having served as Director of Comedy Development and Director of Programming at Universal Television. He served as Universal's production executive on the NBC dramatic series, "Miami Vice". During his six year tenure at the CBS Television Network, Frank supervised the development of network series scripts and coordinated production of various comedy and drama television projects. As a partner in the media company, “2002 Communications”, Frank was a producer of Tavis Smiley’s first television talk show series Pilot.

Frank Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Radio from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, where he has been inducted into the school's professional gallery of distinguished alumni.

 

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Visionaries: Innovation and Creativity Shorts Program
Oct
14
2:30pm 2:30pm

Visionaries: Innovation and Creativity Shorts Program

Visionaries: Innovation and Creativity Shorts Program

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Washed Away

(Documentary Short, 16 mins)

Synopsis: There are many days that Brandon Anderton cannot get out of bed. But on the days he can, he creates sand mosaic masterpieces only to see them enveloped by the tides hours later. He captures the scope and beauty of his art from a drone he flies overhead. In the hours while he is creating his art, his chronic pain fades into the background and sometimes vanishes all together, only to return with a vengeance after so many hours on his feet.

Director: Dana Nachman (Director / Writer / Producer) Nachman’s 2015 film “Batkid Begins” was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries “Witch Hunt,” which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; “Love Hate Love,” which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and “The Human Experiment,” which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals. She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, and more than a dozen Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals. Nachman’s films have also been seen on various television networks, including MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network and PBS. In addition to her film work, Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University. Born and raised in New York, Nachman graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a dual degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from NYU in Broadcast Journalism.

“Batkid Begins” premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and has since been honored at film festivals across the country, winning Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Cinequest, Omaha, Dallas, Ashland, and Rincón International Film Festivals. Additionally, it has been an official selection at the Bentonville and Chicago Critics Film Festivals and received the Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award and the Common Sense Media Seal and the Dove Foundation Seal.


Litterbugs

(Narrative Short, 15 mins)

Synopsis: Ero defeats the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship.

Director: Peter Stanley-Ward is an award-winning filmmaker with several short films as well as a zero budget feature in his repertoire. In 2010 he co-founded Treehouse Digital, a ‘Story Laboratory’ specialising in high concept family entertainment. Peter currently has several family feature films in development with Mighty Atom Entertainment and Ingenious Media, and a tween television series ‘Tales From The Web’ with Executive Producer Tim Patterson (former Nickelodeon VP, Director of Programming) of Larkshead Media. Peter is represented by Jane Villiers at Sayle Screen.


Assisted Mobility

(Student Short, 17 mins)

Synopsis: I use an electric longboard to explore the space between walking and a wheelchair. Physical disabilities are as diverse as the people living with them. Shouldn't assistive devices be too?


Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano

(Documentary Short, 26 mins)

Synopsis: Six legendary film composers each write an original piece for a classic pianist to perform.

Director: Forsyte has worked on over 50 features and television films starting out as an electrician and gaffer for Robert Altman and the Coen brothers. She has shot numerous feature films including Naked in New York, produced by Martin Scorcese. In 2009, she helmed “Freeloaders” a comedy produced by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and directed by Dan Rosen.

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Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise
Oct
14
2:30pm 2:30pm

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise

Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 27 mins) 

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Scheduled to attend: Jennifer Townsend (director), Sarah Ferrier (editor)  

Synopsis: A powerful, award-winning documentary, Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise dives off the edge, into the truth of women’s experience in the world. Clips from Thelma & Louise serve as a catalyst for intimate stories by viewers who were impacted by the film in 1991 and wrote letters about it. Today the same women and men connect past and present, asking what, if anything, has changed in the way women are treated by the world.  

Director: Jennifer Townsend came to filmmaking in her mid-70’s, after several careers which included law and commercial real estate. Her fascination for the depth and breadth of the human experience drew her to documentaries. She is self-taught and says her 'learning curve' never curves; it keeps going straight up. Jennifer began with a series of short films called ‘Old Folks at Home.’ She discovered a talent for making her subjects feel comfortable and safe. ‘Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise’ is her first feature film. Jennifer’s wish is to continue making films until she reaches 'a ripe old age.'

 

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The Modern Jungle; Screening with: Pushing Myanmar
Oct
14
2:30pm 2:30pm

The Modern Jungle; Screening with: Pushing Myanmar

The Modern Jungle

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 11 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Rosario Sotelo (Cinematographer)

Synopsis: The Modern Jungle is a portrait of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, don Juan, who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. Juan’s neighbor Carmen lives simply, in harmony with the land her martyred husband paid for with his life. THE MODERN JUNGLE documents their struggles and encounters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film.

Director: Saul Kak is an artist, activist, speaker of Zoque, and member of this thousand- year-old culture. Kak's paintings have exhibited widely across the Americas. He also produces performance, video, and documentary to bring attention to the plight, rights, and struggles of his people.

Charles Fairbanks grew up in Nebraska and wrestled at Stanford, where he studied Art and STS. The founding professor of Media Arts at Antioch College, Fairbanks has also taught videoarte and cel-phone videography in Mexico. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and the Wexner Art Center’s Film/Video Studio Program.


Screening with:

Pushing Myanmar

(Documentary Short, 11 mins)

Synopsis: Documenting the emerging skateboard community in Yangon and the positive change the first international standard skatepark had on the youth there.

Director: James Holman is an award-winning director, cinematographer and editor based in Queenstown, New Zealand. Over the past 10 years, James has developed a wide range of skills and has experience working in diverse environments. This has included working on all 7 continents for documentary, broadcast, branded and web content. He regularly works as a cinematographer and director. James understands video production and the potential power and reach it has for organisations and businesses. The work James has produced has featured on BBC World and CNN World News, The Washington Post, USA Today and hundreds of other websites. Altered Focus: Burma (2009/11) was the first of it’s kind out of Myanmar and lead to a “Best Independent and Emerging Film-Maker” award whilst our follow-up “Youth of Yangon” has featured at four film festivals around the world and included a “Best Documentary” nomination. James bases himself in Queenstown, New Zealand and works for clients across the world.

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The Last Smile
Oct
14
12:00pm12:00pm

The Last Smile

The Last Smile

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 27 mins )

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Scheduled to attend: Shankey Srinivasan (director), Jeevan Zutshi (Executive Producer), Kristine Lowe (Producer)

Synopsis: A bereaved father wants to know what happened to his son, even if that means going up against a multi-billion dollar company. His grief drives him to seek justice. His love drives him to defend lives and the private detective he consults, will stop at nothing to exploit the malicious underbelly of the company responsible for the loss. Peek behind the curtain shrouding the politics of health industry in this noir-style film set in modern America. Inspired by true events, THE LAST SMILE examines a broken system filled with corruption and greed that underlies the unregulated health supplement industry.

Director: Shankey Srinivasan is an award winning Indian-American filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. He moved from India to US to pursue higher studies and received degrees in Film Production and Electrical Engineering. His films have played at prestigious events around the world and won awards in competition.

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Prodigy; Screening with Backup Plan
Oct
13
9:15pm 9:15pm

Prodigy; Screening with Backup Plan

Prodigy

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 18 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Brian Vidal (co-writer, co-director), Alex Haughey (co-writer, co-director), Howard Vidal (executive producer)  

Synopsis: A psychologist engages a dangerous, young genius in a battle of wits -- unaware of the supernatural power the girl possesses, or that her life hangs in the balance.

Co-Directors Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal's story is a classic "director meets director" tale. They met at USC 10 years ago where they discovered a mutual passion for filmmaking, mirth-making & sandwich-making. After a decade of friendship and collaboration, they decided to take their relationship to the next level... embarking on their first feature film together. Prodigy is that film.


Screening with:

Backup Plan

(Narrative Short, 6 mins)  

Scheduled to attend: Ryan Gallagher (director)  

Synopsis: A man performs a routine back up on his brain only wake up weeks later in a different body and accused of a heinous crime. Meanwhile a political battle rages over the ethics and limitations over the government's ability to access our brains.

Director Ryan Gallagher was born in Phoenix, AZ, raised in Newton, MA, and educated in Santa Cruz, CA, where he studied Film and Music. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he works as a software engineer and makes short films when he can. He has directed over 10 award winning short films. His films focus on the future intersections of technology and humanity.  

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Black Cat; Screening with: Hallucinalien; Unlikely Temptations
Oct
13
9:15pm 9:15pm

Black Cat; Screening with: Hallucinalien; Unlikely Temptations

Black Cat 

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 25 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Peter Pardini (director/writer), Katherine Muise (actress/executive-producer)

Synopsis: When a near-decade old murder case involving a movie star threatens to reopen, adult child Duke Moody decides to make a true crime documentary, financed by his mother.

Director: Peter Pardini has found success directing the official documentary about the history of the legendary rock group Chicago, Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago, which aired on CNN on New Year's Day to #1 ratings. He has also made several short films and his 2011 feature film following Chicago's 2011 World Tour played in over 500 theaters around the country.


Screening with:

Hallucinalien 

(Local Short, 5 mins)

Synopsis: When an employee misses three days of work, he has to have an explanation. Not saying it's aliens...but aliens. Will his story stand up to scrutiny, or be written off as a hallucination? Directed by

Director: Davis Banta has a background in film, theater, and improv comedy. He studied film and Digital Media at UCSC, and graduated in 2009. He co-founded his theater company, SideReal Productions in 2013.

 

Unlikely Temptations

(Narrative Short, 9 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Cory Reeder (director)  

Synopsis: After thirty nine days and nights wandering the desert, Jesus suffers the ungodly challenge of the Devil's most bizarre and tantalizing temptations.  

Director: Raised in Southern California, Cory Reeder has written, directed and proded a variety of films. Most recently the award winning short film BEST FRIEND captured the attention of executives at CBS, FOX and ABC for its focus on diversity and inclusion.

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Friday the 13th - Narrative Shorts Program
Oct
13
9:15pm 9:15pm

Friday the 13th - Narrative Shorts Program

Friday the 13th - Narrative Shorts Program

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Running Condition

(Narrative Short, 15 mins) 

Synopsis: When a mysterious recluse experiences first love, his carefully constructed world quickly begins to destabilize.


Kong's

(Narrative Short, 10 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Ian Schiller (Director), Thomas Nores (Co-Writer), Potentially - Molly Salz (Producer), Andy Olson (Gaffer)

Synopsis: When a low criminal makes his move against an old friend, it thrusts him into the deep end of a criminal world where his next move could be his last.

Director: Ian Schiller is a Director living in Santa Cruz, California. He’s intrigued by characters living outside the margins of normal. He’s known for arresting evocative imagery. Kong’s is Ian’s short narrative film Directorial debut.


World War Anywhere

(Narrative Short, 14 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Scott Antifave (Director)

Synopsis: An attack on the city thrusts a couple into a fight for their lives.

Director: Scott is a writer/director with experience in all aspects of production. As a 1st Assistant Camera with the International Cinematographers Guild Chapter 669, he spends day in and day out making films and TV for audiences worldwide. Utilizing the skills learned from working with professionals whose resumes span from "Game of Thrones" to "Streets of Fire", Scott applies this knowledge to every project he undertakes.


Frederick

(Narrative Short, 15 mins)

Synopsis: Frederick is the story of a high profile painter and art gallery owner, who suffers from an intense version of artist's block. However, his passion reignites when he has an idea for a new controversial project. To his surprise, he receives an unexpected visit from an intimidating yet oblivious policeman, Detective Marks, who interrogates him about the disappearance of several young fashion models. Frederick and Marks play a game of cat and mouse, culminating in a mysterious yet frightening exhibition.

Director: Traci Hays developed her directing sensibility under the mentorship of Larry Moss (acting coach), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius) and Randal Kleiser (Grease). Her recent directing credits include the Web Pilot, Seer, Produced by MyTeeVee, the TV Pilot, Alive Again, Produced by Legacy Films and Media, the documentary Ecstasy Lives out of Balance, produced for the County of Santa Clara, and a short 1800s period film, Lions Among Men starting Johanna Watts (American Warship) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, The Spectacular Now). In addition, Lions Among Men was selected in the TOP 10 for DGA Student Film Awards. Growing up on classic musicals in San Jose, California, Traci developed her taste as an artist through various theater productions. This love for the arts blossomed into filmmaking after taking her first filmmaking class in high school. Traci earned her B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University.


Alfred J Hemlock

(Narrative Short, 14 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Edward Lyons (Producer, Co-Writer, Director) Melissa Lyons (Producer, Co-Writer)

Synopsis: When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock.

Director: Edward has a degree in English from Sydney University and a Master of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney. His first short film, 'Can I Call You', was sold to ‘Fangoria’ magazine. In 2013 the Australian Writers' Guild honoured him with an AWGIE nomination for his screenplay 'Drive-By'. His previous short film, the award winning ‘A Man On The Edge’, screened in over 50 international festivals.


Wandering Soul

(Narrative Short, 13 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Josh Tanner (writer/director), Jade van der Lei (writer/producer)

Synopsis: A Viet Cong soldier stationed in the claustrophobic tunnels of Cu Chi during the Vietnam War finds himself haunted by the ghost of a fallen comrade after the burial ceremony is compromised.

Director: Josh Tanner is an Australian writer/director. In 2013, he co-wrote and directed short film THE LANDING, a period drama/Sci-Fi, which won Best Short Film at the Sitges International Film Festival, qualifying it for the 2015 Academy Awards®. The film went on to win fifteen awards at international festivals before a successful online release, gaining Vimeo Staff Picks and receiving over 300,000 views. Josh is currently in development for feature versions of both THE LANDING and WANDERING SOUL, and is represented by The Gotham Group in Los Angeles.

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The Master Cleanse
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 21 mins)

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Synopsis: The Master Cleanse centers on a heartbroken man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover that the course releases more than everyday toxins and traumatic experiences. The emotional baggage of the retreat participants transforms into creatures. Johnny Galecki stars as Paul, a regular guy whose life has stalled some years after his fiancee jilted him. After seeing an ad for a nature retreat promising to heal broken people for free, his response is not "avoid this frightening cult" but "may I attend your informational session?"

Director: Bobby Miller is a filmmaker known for making comedies that are secretly kind of sad. His short film "Tub" and feature debut "The Master Cleanse" also add horror, fantasy, and little creatures to the mix. The films' world premiered at Sundance and SXSW respectively.

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George: A Love Letter to a Cold City; Screening with: State of Emergency Motherfucker!
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

George: A Love Letter to a Cold City; Screening with: State of Emergency Motherfucker!

George: A Love Letter to a Cold City

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 11 mins)

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Synopsis: George is left behind at a Minneapolitan gas station by an interstate bus. What follows is a night of encounters with well-meaning strangers, low-level criminals, and an eager freelance tour guide. Unable to make a real human connection and constantly subject to the mischief of Luck, George tries to scrounge together enough money to buy a ticket out of town.

Director: Aswar Rahman (born March 14, 1994) is a Bangladeshi-American independent filmmaker. Rahman has written and directed six feature-length films and is the founder of Cineapolis, a filmmaking organization dedicated to increasing feature production in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2015, Rahman formed the Cineapolis coalition with actors and crew from the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization embarked on a dense production schedule of six films, all written and directed by him. Achilles (2015), Salone (2016), and The Best of India, Late at NIght (2016) are considered Cineapolis' first volume of productions. Rahman lives in Uptown Minneapolis.


Screening with:

State of Emergency Motherfucker! 

(Narrative Short, 5 mins)

Synopsis: This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police are used to it! Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren't even paying attention to it anymore the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if Samy did get some on Valentine's.

Director: Sebastien is a Belgian director who started his career as a 1st AD before directing himself. Director for 3 years, he has already made many commercials, music videos and shorts films and has an international career. His short films Family for Sale in 2015 and Pink Velvet Valley in 2016 have been nominated in various festivals (Palm Springs, BFI London, etc). Most recently he has finished up a new short film called « State of emergency motherfucker ! », a satire about the state of emergency.

 

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Bigly Yellow; Screening with: Emerald Ice
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bigly Yellow; Screening with: Emerald Ice

Bigly Yellow 

(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 2 mins)

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Scheduled to attend: Nigel Deans (Director) & Toby Oliver (Advisor)

Synopsis: Come on a 21 year journey where the twin gods of creation and destruction hold hands. A musical prodigy at 15 and playing with Australia’s best, jazz trumpeter, trombonist and composer Simon Kent is as talented as he was troubled as he endures a life long battle with mental health issues. A distorted tour through the private rehearsal spaces and hospital hallways of a musician on the fringe, into a land of sliding night shadows, slithering and peaked with bent notes, creative highs, babies and lithium smoothed breakdowns. Where life is jazz.

Director: Nigel Deans, was born in Christchurch New Zealand, raised in the Wimmera wheat planes of Victoria Australia, and studied Film at Swinburne/VCA Melbourne. Nigel made several short films while working on Bigly Yellow, which has taken 20 years to complete, his first feature film, co-directed and co-produced with Nubar Ghazarian.


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Emerald Ice 

(Local Short, 15 mins)

Attending: Jesseca Ynez Simmons (Director), Noemi Zarate (Actress)

Synopsis: Emerald Ice is a cinematic journey exploring the mind of the American poet Diane Wakoski. Narrated by the poet herself, the audience assumes the side of the reader as facts of the author’s life weave through enigmatic, fantastical and fractured stories.

Director: Originally from the Strawberry capital of the World: Watsonville, CA, Jesseca Ynez Simmons is a filmmaker and artist currently based in Chicago, IL. She received her BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, followed by an MFA in Documentary Media from Northwestern University. Jesseca was a finalist for the 2016 American Society of Cinematographer's Vilmos Zsigmond Award for her thesis film EMERALD ICE and a 2015 Southern Exposure Film Fellow for the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, AL. Jesseca currently holds the Filmmaker in Residence position at Northwestern University.

 

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Kuleana
Oct
13
4:45pm 4:45pm

Kuleana

Kuleana

(Narrative Feature, 1 hr 35 mins)

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Synopsis: A Vietnam vet must rediscover the Hawaiian warrior within to protect his family, defend their land, and clear his father's name. Kuleana, written and directed by Brian Kohne, is unquestionably the work of a filmmaker who deeply loves the culture and people of Hawaii. And anyone who’s had the opportunity to visit Maui will likewise be entranced, as the film serves up the island’s beauty along with a densely layered story that Kohne has constructed. The film is set in two time periods. The first is 1959, prior to Hawaii’s official statehood, but when opportunistic real estate developers were already moving in to destroy paradise in the name of the almighty dollar. A parallel storyline is set 15 years later. What ties the two time periods together are the main characters. We’re first introduced to Nohea (Moronai Kanekoa) and Kim (Sonya Balmores) as children, but then they are reunited as adults to confront the demons from their past. The score is a combination of native music by Willie K. Kahaiali’I and Johnny Wilson and period tunes. 

 

Director: Hawaii’s Brian Kohne is an award-winning music producer (BAREFOOT NATIVES, WILLIE K) and independent writer/director/producer (GET A JOB, KULEANA). The San Jose State graduate (Art and Radio/TV/Film) returned home to Maui in ’05 from Silicon Valley having excelled as national director of sales and marketing, in corporate video, sports broadcasting, and as senior user interface architect for an interactive television corporation. Kohne is active on the festival circuit with his latest motion picture KULEANA, a feature mystery/drama slated for initial theatrical release in the islands, and is principal of both MALAMA PONO PRODUCTIONS and HAWAI’I CINEMA INC, an island-based marketing/publicity company.

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