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FORT MYERS— The Fort Myers Film Festival is proud to announce the official selections for their second annual event to be held March 21-25, 2012.

"The festival has a reputation for supporting Southwest Florida filmmakers while maintaining an international and edgy swagger," founder Eric Raddatz said. "We are proud to have 77 films in the lineup this year from all over the world including Canada, Poland, Taiwan, Argentina, Italy, India, United Kingdon, Japan, Iceland, Germany while dozens of films that made it were shot right here in Southwest Florida. The films are entertaining, inspiring, funny, silly, thought provoking, deep and meaningful. I'm really proud of the programming we have this year. You will love this film festival."

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FORT MYERS FILM FESTIVAL 2012 PROGRAMMING (* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING)

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WEDNESDAY

7 P.M.

OPENING RED CARPET GALA AT THE BARBARA B. MANN

Rusted Pyre * (14m, Canada)

FRENCH IMMERSION * (98m, Canada)


THURSDAY

4 p.m.

WEST IS WEST (103m, United Kingdom)


7 p.m.

Mambo Man: The documentary of ‘Cuban Pete’ Aguilar” *


FRIDAY

1 p.m.

Bus to Somewhere * (17m, India, Japan)

Technically Crazy * (86m, U S A)


3p.m.

Coffee & Pie (15m, U S A)

Secret Club (3m, U S A) **

Cheese! (4m, U S A) **

The Environmentalist (7m, Canada)

PYSKESSA (10m, United Kingdom, France)


4:30 p.m.

Adrift (4m, U S A)

Garrett (2m, U S A)

Lemonade Stand * (7m, U S A)

Why We Fight (7m, U S A)

Snap * (22m, U S A)

Yield (20m, U S A)


6 p.m.

Garden Therapy * (3m, U S A)

Boats (4m, U S A)

Dawn * (7m, U S A)

Knife * (17m, U S A)

Live outside the Box (4m, Taiwan) **

So Long * (3m, U S A)

GOOD MEN (12m, U S A) **


7:15 p.m.

The Dance (8m, Canada)

A Finger, Two Dots Then Me * (8m, U S A)

Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik (10m, Germany) **

Salt and Vinegar (4m, United Kingdom)

I Was A Parade * (4m, U S A)

Legacy (22m, Iceland)


8:30 p.m.

No Connection (3m, U S A)

Hitting On Destiny (24m, U S A)

Remedy * (30m, U S A)

Loves Me Not * (19m, U S A)


10 p.m.

Bathing & the Single Girl (11m, U S A) **

The Barbed Wire Dolls (8m, U S A)

Sisyphus (29m, U S A)

CO RAZ ZOSTALO ZAPISANE (Written in Ink) (12m, Poland) **


11 p.m.

Tag und Nacht (101m, Austria) **


SATURDAY

12 p.m.

Roadmap to Apartheid (95m, U S A)


2 p.m.

CAPTAIN FIN * (15m, U S A)

Wally’s Mission on Mars (82m, U S A) **


2 P.M at the Alliance for the Arts

Kaziah the Goat Woman (27m, U S A)


4 p.m.

Grounded (8m, U S A) **

CRUST * (1m, U S A)

Slouch (2m, United Kingdom)

Memory * (2m, U S A)

AWRY * (15m, U S A)

SEE * (13m, U S A)

Runway (20m, Australia) **


5:30 p.m.

The Cheater * (8m, U S A)

Four of a Qind * (5m, U S A)

Bubblegum Smackers (17m, U S A)

Declaración (4m, Argentina)

First Showing * (4m, U S A)

Drone (18m, U S A)

Reluctant Vampire (20m, U S A)


7:15 p.m.

The Power Of Two (93m, U S A)


9:00 p.m.

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters * (92m, U S A)


10:45 p.m.

Dolls for Strangers * (13m, U S A)

108.1 FM Radio (15m, Italy)

Stalker (3m, U S A)

BLACKTREE (12m, Italy, U S A)

Agoraphobia * (40m, U S A)


SUNDAY

11:15 a.m.

The Cleaning Lady (10m, U S A)

The Unseen * (9m, U S A)

Journey to Jamaa (42m, U S A)


12:30 p.m.

Pique * (15m, U S A)

Ordinary Joe * (79m, U S A)


2:15 p.m.

The Secret Friend (15m, Brazil, U S A)

Your Adoring Public (4m, U S A) **

Goodbye Brother (8m, U S A)

Other (15m, U S A)

My Brother Greg (3m, Germany) **


3:15 p.m.

My Mind (4m, U S A) **

The Pact * (75m, U S A)


5 p.m.

A Schizophrenic Love Story (98m, U S A)


7 p.m

AWARDS CEREMONY AT BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE

Sunshine (14m, U S A)

 

 

ABOUT THE FILMS

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The Unseen * (9m, U S A)

dir. by Daniel Gregory

The Unseen is a short film dealing with a young girls confrontation with a life or death decision, and the supernatural battle that rages around her.

Strictly Local

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Journey to Jamaa (42m, U S A)

dir. by Michael Landon Jr.

Journey to Jamaa is the true and deeply moving account of the difficult and often dangerous journey two orphaned children are forced to make to find their only remaining family.  With their mother's last dying wish to guide them and nowhere else to turn, young Margaret and Derick set out on a journey across Africa that will touch your heart.  Produced by World Vision and directed by award winning producer Michael Landon Jr., Journey to Jamaa is a poignant and inspiring story where tragedy and hardship ultimately lead to the discovery of hope, family... and the very heart of God.

Alternative/Spiritual/Diversity

 

The Cheater * (8m, U S A)

dir. by Will Wallace

An interactive short where a woman sitting in the audience catches her boyfriend cheating on her in a film.  As it begins, the audience is unaware of the woman's participation and when the 'reveal' occurs, everyone in the theater is along for a live, unpredictable, comedic, romantic and surprising ride!

sub. by Megan Kiniry

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Rusted Pyre * (14m, Canada)

dir. by James Cooper

Rusted Pyre follows Ginny (Samantha Somer Wilson) and Sally (Brooke Palsson) as they venture out in the middle of Winter a ways out of town to endure a rite of passage in a secluded, abandoned old car. The girls having told no one where they are, enjoy a night of drinking and smoking up as  they wait for the dark to take over as they begin to share a ghost story that turns in to a power struggle.

Alternative/Spiritual/Diversity

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

CO RAZ ZOSTALO ZAPISANE (Written in Ink) (12m, Poland) **

dir. by Martin Rath

Written in Ink is a documentary about hope. The compelling story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven't had any contact for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?

Shorts

 

Pique * (15m, U S A)

dir. by Moe Lynch

One man's decision is hazardous to him and his loved ones.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

 Technically Crazy * (86m, U S A)

dir. by Greg Shouse, Dan Riddle

Technically Crazy is a simple story about two very complex characters.  A sixteen year old, bipolar, runaway named Jay breaks into the house of a retired former cop named Bill, just as he is on the verge of committing suicide.  What follows is a spirited push and pull interaction that continues with intense and humorous results.  It's about how these two move from distrust to understanding and come to realize that even though they might drive each other crazy, technically or otherwise, they need each other.  Together they help fix what is broken in the other.

Full Length Features

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Other (15m, U S A)

dir. by Daniel DelPurgatorio

Patrick is a brilliant doctor, locked in an obsessive race to alter his own grim prognosis.  During a series of unconventional experiments, he discovers a scientific loophole unlike anything he had ever imagined.  In pursuit of this dark prize, Patrick will risk everything to ensure his experiment to the end.... even it means accepting the sinister results.

Shorts

 

Wally’s Mission on Mars (82m, U S A) **

dir. by Lisa Mills

A retired rocket scientist who worked on the Apollo engineering team now believes that sending humans to Mars is not a very good idea.  Follow Wally Nelson to Kennedy Space Center and Washington, DC as he tries to convince astronauts, space administrators and politicians that spending money on solutions to world peace is a much better idea.  This film traces the history of the Apollo program through Nelson's point of view and is one of the first films released about the end of the Space Shuttle Era.

Documentaries

 

Roadmap to Apartheid (95m, U S A)

by Ana Nogueira

Ana Nogueira is a white South African and Eron Davidson a Jewish Israeli. Drawing on their first-hand knowledge of the issues, the producers take a close look at the apartheid comparison often used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their film breaks down the rhetorical analogy into a fact-based comparison, noting where the analogy is useful and appropriate, and where it is not. There are many lessons to draw from the South African experience relevant to conflicts all over the world. This film is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today.

Documentaries

 

Grounded (8m, U S A) **

dir. by Kevin Margo, Barrett Meeker

One astronaut's journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Shorts

 

Knife * (17m, U S A)

dir. by KAREN Whitaker

Stephanie thinks her husband Terry is cheating on her with Karen..That night they attend a party at Karen's house. The guests begin to play 'spin the knife', asking  questions to whomever the knife lands on. They take a break and eventually Stephanie notices her husband and Karen are gone. She goes searching for him and spies Terry in a bedroom passionately kissing  a man at the party-NOT Karen. She escapes to a bathroom, becoming unhinged. Rejoining the game, she is hallucinating, becoming  insane as the game resumes  The knife lands on terry and the question' what % gay are you?' is asked-Terry becomes defensive. When he wont answer the question, Stephanie grabs the knife off the table and plunges it into him.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

AWRY * (15m, U S A)

dir. by Dale Metz

An innocent slumber party spirals into a nightmare of revelations as three teen girls discover the consequences of their words and actions.

Strictly Local

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Loves Me Not * (19m, U S A)

dir. by Ewa Pazera, Rebecca Hodges

Helena, a beautiful and caring young woman, initiates intimacy with her deeply troubled lover, Jan, after a bizarre argument. Jan's physical power and roughness causes Helena to have a flashback of a haunting event from her past. Traumatized and confused, Helena must now choose between Jan and her freedom.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Dolls for Strangers * (13m, U S A)

dir. by Ken Cohen

After his sister's mysterious leg paralysis, Tony searches for an explanation by making voodoo dolls for people, hoping to see similar results

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Remedy * (31m, U S A)

dir. by Pat Mitchell

A Intel agent and his team are sent to extreme distant grounds to kill a familiar target he'd missed before.

Strictly Local

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Lemonade Stand * (7m, U S A)

dir. by Rusty Rayner

A short comedy about 2 kids and their competing lemonade stands.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

SEE * (13m, U S A)

dir. by Dale Metz

The world looks different to Taylor. She has a unique ability to SEE the world in ways that many people take for granted. An afternoon at the ocean turns into an adventure of discovery and tribulation.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Reluctant Vampire (20m, U S A)

dir. by Michael Greischar

Claire is a nurse with a secret -- she's a vampire. To hide her identity, she takes a job at a local blood clinic so she can steal samples and avoid hurting anyone. When her evil nurse nemeses catch her drinking a sample, Claire must decide between being outed at work, and accepting herself for who she is.

Shorts

 

Tag und Nacht (101m, Austria) **

dir. by Sabine Derflinger

Why not work for an escort service and make a lot of money?She's already had plenty of bad sex, but was never paid for it. Lea employs this iron-clad argument to win over her best friend, Hanna. They then plunge into an adventure between day and night.

Full Length Features

 

Hitting On Destiny (24m, U S A)

sub. by Chase Friedman

Hitting On Destiny tells the story of a wannabe hit man, Vinny, who gets an existential wake-up call from his no-bullshit guardian angel, forcing him to rethink the implications of his new-found profession. It's not until he meets his latest mark, a stripper named Destiny, that he is able to realize he just might be capable of redemption.

Shorts

 

WEST IS WEST (103m, United Kingdom)

dir. by Andy De Emmony

Sequel to the internationally acclaimed and successful film EAST IS EAST,WEST IS WEST is the coming of age story of both 15 year old Sajid and of his father, 60 year old George Khan. Sajid, the runt of the Khan litter, is deep in pubescent crisis under heavy assault both from his father's insistence on tradition, and from the fierce bullies in the schoolyard. In a last attempt to sort him out, his father packs him off to Mrs Khan No 1 and daughters in the Punjab, the family he had abandoned 30 years earlier. It is not long before Ella (Mrs Khan No 2), with a small entourage from Salford, swiftly follows to sort out the mess, past and present.

Alternative/Spiritual/Diversity

 

FRENCH IMMERSION * (98m, Canada)

dir. by Kevin Tierney

FRENCH IMMERSION is a bilingual comedy about five Anglos from different parts of Canada, actually four Anglos and one New Yorker, who come to a remote town in Northern Quebec in order to learn French. The language school is run with an iron fist and one rule: NO ENGLISH. Think of it as summer camp for Adults. A very strict summer camp. Students who sneak off to a bar to speak a little English quickly find out that everyone in town is a spy. By the time the two weeks is up neither they nor the town will ever be the same. Starring Gavin Crawford, Fred Ewanuick, Olunike Adeliyi, Martha Burns , Karine Vanasse, Robert Charlebois, Pascale Bussires.

Full Length Features

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Coffee & Pie (15m, U S A)

dir. by Douglas Horn

A couple must come to term with the fact that theirs is a love that could never be.

Alternative/Spiritual/Diversity

 

Salt and Vinegar (4m, United Kingdom)

dir. by Cameron Fraser

Taylor, a heavy and heart-broken young man, is the kind of guy who never gets the girl. But Penny... Penny might be different. When she falls for another guy, a comfort-eating Taylor  throws his weight around to teach his love rival a lesson. Salt and vinegar flavoured snacks might be savoury, but revenge is sweet.

Shorts

 

Runway (20m, Australia) **

dir. by Tony Ferrieri

George's life is all about straight lines. The world is full of curves. (Especially women.)

Shorts

 

Kaziah the Goat Woman * (27m, U S A)

dir. by Amy Duzinski Janes

Embroiled in a war where the US government has forbid us to view our fallen soldiers, one woman, armed with a paintbrush and a herd of pregnant goats,  has found a way to make sure these faces are seen and never forgotten. Painting over 600 portraits as gifts for the families, a quirky Kaziah faces death on a daily basis and is forced to reconcile her own fragile existence with 'gravel in her gut and spit in her eyes'.

Documentaries

* Presentation to family of portrait by Kaziah of fallen soldier afterward

 

Bathing & the Single Girl (11m, U S A) **

dir. by Christine Elise McCarthy

A raw & irreverent comedic look at the unspoken horrors of dating - and bathing with -  younger men.

Shorts

 

PYSKESSA (10m, United Kingdom, France)

dir. by Duncan, Kirran Bruce

This is a story of how a little girl's innocence and imagination can distract her from a harsh and lonely reality. But only for so long.

Shorts

 

A Finger, Two Dots Then Me * (8m, U S A)

dir. by David Holechek

'A Finger, Two Dots Then Me' is a spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by renowned modern poet Derrick Brown. The film takes a dramatic look at death, life and love through the eyes of Brown, a beat poet who has performed around the world for the last decade both as a headliner and with bands such as the Flaming Lips and the Cold War Kids.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Agoraphobia * (40m, U S A)

dir. by Lamont Couch

A loving home bound couple suffering from Agoraphobia, must deal with their worst fears, as the place that was their sanctuary, now becomes panic zone.

Full Length Features

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

The Environmentalist (7m, Canada)

dir. by Jacob Bond

(Lead Actor), Greigh Laschuk (Supporting), Zen Hunter (Supporting), Quynh Mi (Supporting),

A darkly comic tale about a man who is trying to save theworld from environmental devastation before it is too late.

Shorts

 

So Long * (3m, U S A)

dir. by Charles Frisby

A recently widowed woman deals with the loss of her husband and finds closure.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Live outside the Box (4m, Taiwan) **

dir. by Shu-Hsuan Lin

The leading character Simon is a workaholic without any social contact. Gradually his world becomes smaller and smaller and even at the very end, there is nothing left in his world but only his work. This severe impact finally wakes him up and now Simon has to find the right way to bring his life back before everything is too late...

Short Shorts

 

Why We Fight (7m, U S A)

dir. by Dustin McLean

When the girl he loves seems to lack confidence in him, Jack joins the military to prove his worth to her. Once embroiled in the fight to win World War II it becomes apparent she was right. Jack is a coward. Faced the with the possibility of dying in battle, Jack decides to make sure he gets sent home. All it takes is one bullet to the foot. But is he brave enough to do that?

Shorts

 

The Power Of Two (93m, U S A)

dir. by Marc Smolowitz

THE POWER OF TWO is a feature documentary that tells the remarkable story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life.  Inspired by their 2007 memoir, the film offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis, survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation.  Featuring expert interviews, archival footage and deeply personal testimony from the twins and others whose lives have been impacted by organ transplantation from the U.S. and Japan, the film provides unprecedented insight into the personal and societal aspects of this modern medical miracle affecting millions worldwide.

Documentaries

 

The Dance (8m, Canada)

dir. by Pardis Parker

A romantic comedy with no dialogue, from award-winning filmmaker Pardis Parker, starring Evany Rosen (Picnicface, Roller Town), with cinematography by Christopher Porter (Brokeback Mountain).

Shorts

 

Ordinary Joe * (79m, U S A)

dir. by Carlo Gennarelli

Meet Joe Sciacca, a beer drinking, blue-collar roofer and Vietnam War veteran from Long Island, New York. Contrary to appearances this 'Ordinary Joe' has a life purpose that proves to be anything but mundane. Driven by complex motives, Joe annually returns to Vietnam, traveling its back alleys and country roads seeking out the poor, diseased and disabled, delivering to them his own brand of aid and hope. By adopting a 'do-it-yourself' attitude this brash New Yorker has become an unlikely champion to a far away and seemingly forgotten people.

Documentaries

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Declaración (4m, Argentina)

dir. by Hernan Touzon Lentini

Yamila is not sure about the way to declare his love to a boy. Her friend, Malena, will try to help her and something will happen in between.

Shorts

 

Snap * (22m, U S A)

dir. by DONALD REYNOLDS

A bullied student fights back against an older bully.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters * (92m, U S A)

dir. by Adam Cornelius

'Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters' tracks down the top world-record-holding Tetris players as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship.   Witness the Masters as they reveal their secrets, recount their decades-long obsession with the game, and enter the transcendental state required to reach the highest levels known as the 'Ecstasy of Order'.

Documentaries

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

The Pact * (75m, U S A)

dir. by Matt Toronto

Their love lives in shambles, two brothers make a pact: No women for a year!  The pact holds them under an almost magical spell as they take turns trying, but failing to break it.

Full Length Features

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

My Mind (4m, U S A) **

dir. by Jason Harrington

My Mind celebrates the power of imagination and mind.  Beautifully mixing hand-drawn and digital animation, it follows the journey of a butterfly girl born from the imagination.  Her flight takes us across oceans, through cities and we watch her as she 'places the sun upon the horizon' and balances on the arm of a record player which soulfully scratches out the melancholic rhythm of an acoustic guitar. As she transcends the confines of the mundane and dances upon the clouds, we are reminded of the joy of our own creativity and the power of our minds.

Short Shorts

 

GOOD MEN (12m, U S A) **

Preview Premiere

dir. by brian connors

GOOD MEN is a 12 minute short drama about two elderly Jewish men ( Ed Asner and Mark Rydell ) who get into a serious argument over the controversial circumstances surrounding the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center.

Shorts

 

The Secret Friend (15m, Brazil, U S A)

dir. by Flavio Alves

Veteran actress Viola Harris (Deconstructing Harry, 1997) gives an indelible performance alongside Siobhan Fallon (Men in Black, 1997) and others in this poignant and subtly playful film.An elderly widow, Anna Marshall (Harris), lives in isolation following the death of her beloved husband. With no friends and an estranged son, Anna is a senior citizen alone in the world

Shorts

 

CRUST * (1m, U S A)

dir. by Perry Wilson

In 2010, CRUST was conceived for a more distinctive reason than your average film. As the brainchild of cinematographer, Perry Wilson, CRUST was made for the visually oriented viewer. With no dialog, CRUST takes the audience on an exploration of human psychosis and the change in personality and actions when underlying issues can no longer remain hidden, even issues that may seem so insignificant. CRUST is a minute long film that will leave the audience wanting more, adding the feeling of dissatisfaction to the already uncomfortable situation.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Yield (20m, U S A)

dir. by Sean Davis

As a killer targets the city's destitute, a homeless man is approached by a stranger whose offer may not be as generous as it seems.'

Shorts

 

A Schizophrenic Love Story (98m, U S A)

dir. by Glenn Levy

A 20 something schizophrenic hermit consults his three delusions: Mary Mother of Jesus, Einstein, and a vampire for love advice when his quirky new neighbor Lily shows up with frozen yogurt and secrets of her own

Full Length Features

 

No Connection (3m, U S A)

dir. by Ben Jendras

Desperate for a respite from the constant bombardment of information through modern channels of communication, a man goes on a journey to find the fabled land of 'no connection'.

Short Shorts

 

First Showing * (4m, U S A)

dir. by Kirk Drummond

Creativity is a journey - A journey of highs and lows, of limitations and breakthroughs and of absolute resolve to reveal to oneself, and the world, a unique and outward expression of an inner idea or emotion.First Showing is a symbolic reflection of what all of us, as creative minds, experience when revealing ourselves through our work. This film expresses that in a very literal way.The film was conceived, written, shot and edited in less than 12 hours. As part of a film workshop, our crew of five first time filmmakers were giving three items of direction: A theme: 'Second Chances;' an object: screwdriver; and a key line: 'This can't be happening.' With that, our team created this story.

Strictly Local

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

SUNSHINE (14m, U S A)

dir. by Franco Parente

A visual interpretation of a husband's mindset brought on by the repetitiveness of caring for his ailing wife.

Shorts

 

The Barbed Wire Dolls (8m, U S A)

dir. by Eli Vazquez

Four beautiful blood crazed assassins are brought together by a drug lord to discuss his next target, little do they know the next target is them.

Shorts

 

Bubblegum Smackers (17m, U S A)

dir. by Lindsay Garvin

Kids, Trenchcoats, Film Noir. Bubblegum Smackers is a short film shot in the style of Film Noir starring only children.Theme plays a big role from there names to the objects around them.

Shorts

 

Adrift (4m, U S A)

dir. by Nicholas Vedros

What's the worst secret you keep?

Shorts

 

Your Adoring Public (4m, U S A) **

dir. by Rachel Carey

Two women run into a famous celebrity during their morning jog.... if they could only remember his name.

Short Shorts

 

Drone (18m, U S A)

dir. by Harrison Heller

Haskell is a top-scoring gamer recruited into the U.S. Air Force as a predator drone pilot. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, the system he trusted begins to unravel before his eyes.

Shorts

 

Bus to Somewhere * (17m, India, Japan)

dir. by Jesse Veverka

A down and out traveler in India decides he has to do whatever it takes to get out of town.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Boats (4m, U S A)

by Adam Muchortow

A fable about a boat that finds himself unfulfilled after experiencing the world, until one day a female boat is sent his way.

Short Shorts

 

Slouch (2m, United Kingdom)

dir. by Adam Howard, Jake Starling

One man's journey to reach the unattainable.

Short Shorts

 

Secret Club (3m, U S A) **

dir. by Ben Kadie

The film tells the story of Kyle who is bored of boring high school and its equally boring clubs until, listening to the morning announcements, he hears about the mysterious Secret Club.15-year-old writer/director Ben Kadie achieved stunning authenticity by filming in an actual high school with authentic high school students. The day after filming, Ben went on a Spring break visit to LA, where he edited the film's hundreds of clips in a Chinatown hotel. The result is a 197-second film too fun to be kept secret.

Short Shorts

 

Garden Therapy * (3m, U S A)

dir. by Don Cupo

Sharon, a lovely forty-something, while relaxing in her garden is constantly interrupted by her nagging boyfriend, Billy.  However, she perseveres; managing to create a flower garden that is the envy of her friends and neighbors - but at what cost?  Don Cupo's Garden Therapy stars Sharon Walters and features David Buchman, Cheryl Bryant, and Bob Walters.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

108.1 FM Radio (15m, Italy)

dir. by Giuseppe Capasso, Angelo Capasso

A driver, a hitchhiker and a radio program. A night trip between suspicion and paranoia.

Shorts

 

Four of a Qind * (5m, U S A)

dir. by Angelo Campanile

What happens when four poker players try to cheat to win the same hand of Texas Hold‚ using the same trick? A duel - or better - with a rather uncertain outcome, to say the least.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Garrett (2m, U S A)

dir. by Jesse Kiewiet

A morbidly amusing story told in rhyme. Garrett is a boy who finds life tedious, and resolves to end it all. However, to his chagrin, he proves to be indestructible

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Memory * (2m, U S A)

dir. by Hung-Yi Yeh

A boy tries to retrieve a jar of glass marbles from a secret location in his grandmother's house before his family cleans the house out after the grandmother has passed away.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

Legacy (22m, Iceland)

dir. by Einar Thorsteinsson

Karl, a skipper on a fishing boat, longs for a son to carry on the family legacy; fishing and soccer. When his dream is finally within reach, Karl must challenge family and friends who are weary of this delicate father and son relationship.

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CAPTAIN FIN * (15m, U S A)

dir. by Kevin J. O’Neill

'Treasure is where you find it.' Longshoreman Frank Gunner was arrested for manslaughter in 1975 after hekilled a man in a bar fight. He was sentenced to life in prison withoutparole. During his stay behind bars, Hank wrote letters to his daughterHannah and his wife Carol. Carol made the decision to protect Hannah bykeeping the letters from her. After two years of being ignored, Hankeventually gave up on his family. He began turning his thoughts into travels.

Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

The Cleaning Lady (10m, U S A)

dir. by Tom Brandau

'The Cleaning Lady' deals with the turmoil that took place in Baltimore shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. It's the story of an ordinary woman caught in the middle of an extraordinary historical event and made a prisoner of circumstances beyond her control.

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Sisyphus (29m, U S A)

dir. by Joel Pincosy

Prescott Federal Sanatorium, hallowed institution, the best minds from the best schools around the country are assembled in its halls.  Projects?  Oh, never mind about the work they are doing.  I don't have to tell you that it's important.  The work of our government and the best hopes of our people are invested in the operations of this magnificent facility.  It happens that every day there are scientists, doctors, technicians, professors all entering the front door.  They pass through some of the tightest security you can imagine and make their way to various projects, most of which I cannot divulge, and which you should probably not be curious about.

Shorts

 

I Was A Parade * (4m, U S A)

dir. by Steven Levy

A story about a boy and his balloons.

Short Shorts

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

 

My Brother Greg (3m, Germany) **

dir. by Philipp Enders

Greg hates flies. Morning after morning, those little brats bring him a new nightmare. Four short episodes, which change between humor and scare, tell us of the effect these wrong-headed day-breaks have on our protagonist. Mostly they end in one of Greg's temper tantrums. Yet, his brother, the narrator of the film, plays a role as important as Greg himself. His voice is as tender as if he were telling us a bedtime story and the plot almost seems like episodes of a personal diary that are revised over and over again. The viewer cannot avoid assuming, that this ominous brother has made up the whole story.

Short Shorts

 

Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik (10m, Germany) **

dir. by Anna Linke

In remembrance of the Lumiere Brothers: Karin works in a metal factory where she spends day after day, performing the same monotonous tasks. When a new worker begins his job in the factory, it seems to be the end of this drab life. He not only likes Karin but also the strange metal figurines she secretly builds before her workday starts.

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Goodbye Brother (8m, U S A)

dir. by JoDa Hodge

My brother Nate captured the last 2 weeks of his life on camera.Now, using that home security footage, I perform a psychological autopsy on him, my best friend, leaving me alone to take care of two aging parents.Most importantly, his passing taught me the lessons of Love & Knowledge, the only events that matter in Life.

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Stalker (3m, U S A)

dir. by Damien Patrik

A man is being stalked in downtown Denver ... by himself.

Short Shorts

 

Cheese! (4m, U S A) **

dir. by Damien Patrik

3 fun loving college girls and a camera. Say cheese!

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BLACKTREE (12m, Italy, U S A)

dir. by Maria Pia Fanigliulo

Claudia is a 25-year-old woman working in real estate. No perspectives, no ambition, Claudia sees her own life passing by, surrounded by a cloudy careless NYC. One day, she gets an elegant office suit which shakes her life: its pocket 'spits' endless $20 bills. Blinded by greediness, Claudia finds out where her mysterious income comes from, before getting fully enslaved by it.

Short Shorts

 

Dawn * (7m, U S A)

dir. by Tim Ritter

Strictly Local

* Q&A w. cast/crew ATTENDING

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