Dances With Films 2017 Line-Up Announced

Dances With Films 2017 Line-Up Announced

Dances With Films 2017 Line-Up Announced
DANCES WITH FILMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH A BOLD LINEUP OF TRULY INDEPENDENT FILMS

The unstoppable festival, for two decades a champion of independent filmmakers, takes over the TCL Chinese Theaters June 1-11 with 74 world premieres, 36 west coast premieres, and opening and closing night films from DWF alumni.

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 10, 2017) – The fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) announced today its 2017 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for its 20 annual edition. Opening the festival on June 1 are two alumni projects: filmmaker David Heinz’s modern musical, AMERICAN FOLK in its Los Angeles debut and the world premiere of Tamar Halpern’s intellectual thriller, MISSING IN EUROPE. Another DWF alumni project, AUSTIN FOUND, by director Will Raée, closes the festival with its world premiere on June 11.

Tickets and passes will be available for sale on Friday, May 12 at http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/ or thru the festival’s own site: https://danceswithfilms.com.

The festival, proving itself to be unstoppable after 20 consecutive years, is widely recognized asthe premiere showcase of innovative independent cinema in the U.S., presenting amazing, undiscovered talent to an industry audience in Hollywood. DWF will run June 1-11, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA at the TCL Chinese Theaters, located at: Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.

“We consider ourselves a true festival of discovery,” said festival co-founders Michael Trent and Leslee Scallon. “Our aim is to showcase films that have unique voices from the indie scene, stories that bring a touch of magic to the screen. We have discovered a great many of them over these last two decades, so we are excited to present this year’s slate of knock-out talent.”

The final lineup features more than 160 titles, chosen from a record 2,100 submissions from all over the globe. The juried narrative competition section includes 16 features, 13 of which are world premieres, and nearly three-dozen shorts. DWF also has a category for groundbreaking short and feature documentaries, provocative genre fare in the Midnight section, and the most exciting music videos and dance-themed films from the indie scene in the Downbeats section. The Fusion section brings together a multitude of additional features and shorts.

Notable Dances With Films alumni who first gained notice at the festival include: Gina Rodriguez, Bryan Cranston, Will Scheffer, Mark V. Olsen, Jesse Eisenberg, Mike Flanagan,and John Hawkes, among others.


OPENING NIGHT

AMERICAN FOLK
LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 99 min.
WRITER: David Heinz
DIRECTOR: David Heinz
PRODS: Matt Miller, Fiona Walsh, Samantha Sanders, Aaron Downing
CAST: Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, David Fine, Bruce Beatty, Elizabeth Dennehy

Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after9/11. A story about the kindness of strangers and the power of music.

MISSING IN EUROPE
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 77 min.
WRITER: Jenny Paul
DIRECTOR: Tamar Halpern
PRODS: Rick Benattar, Milos Dujkalic, Michael Moran, Ivana Panic, Fernando Szew, Nigel Thomas, Kaila York
CAST: Miranda Raison, Emmett J Scanlan, Sophie Robertson

Cyber security expert Sara Woods arrives in Belgrade, Serbia to attend a conference and check on her daughter, Karissa, who is studying abroad. When Karissa and her classmate Lara go clubbing and disappear into thin air, Sara is certain they’ve been abducted. Utilizing her hacking skills and following clues Karissa leaves behind, Sara starts to uncover a major sex trafficking ring. Even worse, it seems the local police are in on it. With nobody to trust, Sara uses every tool at her disposal to locate Karissa before she’s sold to the highest bidder and disappears forever.

CLOSING NIGHT

AUSTIN FOUND
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 104 min.
WRITERS: Brenna Graziano, Will Raée
DIRECTOR: Will Raée
PRODS: Robert Ruggeri, Danny Costanzo, Mary Pat Bentel, Gary Ousdahl
CAST: Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Craig Robinson, Kristen Schaal, Jon Daly, Patrick Warburton, Chris Parnell, Jaime Pressly, Ursula Parker

A Texas mother who is fed up with her mundane lifestyle enlists her outlaw of an ex-boyfriend and his former prison buddy to join her in a shockingly outrageous scheme that’s sure to make her and her 11 year old daughter instant celebrities.

COMPETITION FEATURES

CASSIDY RED
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min.
WRITER: Matt Knudsen
DIRECTOR: Matt Knudsen
PRODS: Brooks Yang, Matt Knudsen
CAST: Abby Eiland, David Thomas Jenkins, Jason Grasl, Jessy Knudsen, Gregory Zaragoza, Rick Cramer, Lola Kelly

Cassidy Red is a western fable chronicling the struggle of “Joe Cassidy”, daughter of a prostitute and a gunslinger. When she is led to believe that her lover, Jakob has been murdered by Tom, her scornful ex-fiancée, Joe she seeks vengeance. But when she returns to her hometown at the edge of the Arizona Territory, she not only finds Tom to have installed him self as the local sheriff, she also discovers Jakob alive and incarcerated. Soon the lovers are back together but behind bars. Awaiting execution, they must escape, shoot their way out of town, or face the hangman’s noose at dawn.

CHANCE
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 94 min
WRITER: Kenny Young
DIRECTOR: Kenny Roy
PRODS: Phil James
CAST: Will Cannon, Peppur Chambers, Eddie Goines, Kenny Young, Alan Naggar, Joe Grubbs

In the brutal world of underground dogfighting, dogs are trained and forced to fight to the death. Chance is a pit-bull puppy with a peaceful heart and an imaginative mind. Unfortunately, Chance is soon torn from his happy home and purchased by a cruel dogfighting owner. As Chance grows to young adulthood, he manages to hold on to his values despite the fact that he will eventually have to enter the ring of death. Unwilling to betray his peaceful beliefs, Chance plots to escape the yard. Chance soon discovers that the outside world can be just as harsh, as he finds himself even deeper in the bloody world of dogfighting. To stay alive, Chance is forced to betray his own beliefs a nd fight his own kind. To find redemption, must challenge the system that is causing his own kind to self destruct.

ELIZA SHERMAN’S REVENGE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 80 min.
WRITER: Gregory Fitzsimmons
DIRECTOR: Gregory Fitzsimmons
PRODS: Gregory Fitzsimmons, Jackie Geary
CAST: Jackie Geary, Kristen Miller, Kiva Jump, Mageina Tovah, Larry Bates, Jamison Haase, Mike Rock

Newly endowed with special powers, Eliza Sherman lures her old nemeses to the Hollywood Hills under the guise of a birthday party for ’80s heartthrob Richard Grieco. Her plans to punish them go repeatedly awry as her powers prove to be no match for fate. She must conquer her ego and stop screwing up the space-time continuum if she wants to finally win the heart of her one true love. A scrappy pitch-black comedy.

GRIEF

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 82 min.
WRITER: Kevin Renwick
DIRECTORS: Kevin Renwick, Chris Mammerarelli
PRODS: Kevin Renwick, Robert N. Klieger, Chris Mammerarelli
CAST: Kevin Renwick, Jackie Moore, Sean Russel Herman, Ken Gamble, Nathan Kehn, Nelson Cheng
After the sudden loss of his young son, Kyle Harden tortures himself day-after-day by returning to his once happy home where he, his wife, and son, all lived.
Today he will end the suffering–
Today he will be reunited with his son–

Today will prove to be the hardest day of Kyle Hardens life as he comes face-to-face with his inner demons in an effort to ‘pull the trigger’ as he slips further and further into a psychological wormhole of love, loss, and self-exploration to answer the real question… ‘Do I deserve to live?’

GAME DAY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 101 min.
WRITER: John Susman
DIRECTOR: John Susman
PROD: Stuart Wolf, John Susman

CAST: Elizabeth Alderfer, Romeo Miller, Fyvush Finkel, Chris J. Johnson, Jürgen Hooper, Amy Holland Pennell

A basketball-savvy teen reluctantly agrees to coach a brilliant but self-centered tech whiz who has lost everything when her startup goes bust and personal life is left in ruins. Discovering that success at her new job depends on becoming a team player in the office and on the company’s, up till now, all-male basketball team, she enlists his help in a desperate attempt to save her job and her future – an experience that ultimately changes both of their lives forever. With original music by Romeo Miller and Master P.

HOLDEN ON

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 102 min.
WRITER: Tamlin Hall
DIRECTOR: Tamlin Hall
PRODS: James Cooney, Tamlin Hall, Jamie Roberts

CAST: Matthew Fahey, Ross Thomas, Steve Ellis, Kelly Finley, Greg Thompson

No longer your average boy-next-door, Holden Layfield weaves audiences through his harrowing tale in this film set in the early 1990s. After succumbing to a secret battle with mental illness, Holden evolves from a beloved, small town Georgia football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet.

IMITATION GIRL

LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 83 min.
WRITER: Natasha Kermani
DIRECTOR: Natasha Kermani
PRODS: Forrest McClain, Tim Wu, Claudia Murdoch, Alastair Murdoch
CAST: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Sanam Erfani, Marsha Stefanie Blake, Catherine Mary Stewart, Lewis Black, Adam David Thompson

A mysterious being arrives on Earth and takes the shape of a young woman. Taken in by Iranian immigrants, a brother and sister living in the American Southwest, the Imitation forms an understanding of the strange species around her, and as she learns more about her new body and her companions, she comes to appreciate the beauty and the sadness of her new world. At the same time, Julianna, Imitation’s world-weary earthly double, knows both glitz and grit working as an entertainer in New York City, where her fraying life and relationships now threaten her dreams for an audition that might finally set her on a happier path. On learning of Julianna’s existence, Imitation heads to New York, where only by sacrificing themselves to each other can the cosmic twins complete a full portrait of a woman.

INHERITANCE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min.
WRITER: Tyler Savage
DIRECTOR: Tyler Savage
PRODS: Dash Hawkins, JP Castel, Chase Joliet, Tyler Savage
CAST: Chase Joliet, Sara Montez, Dale Dickey, Drew Powell, Jim Ortlieb, Krisha Fairchild, Ashley Spillers, Alex Dobrenko, Tim Abell, Vincent Van Horn

Ryan has just inherited a $2 million beach house on the central California coast from his biological father, a man he’s never known and thought long dead. Arriving in the charming town with his pregnant fiancé, Ryan’s curiosity about his father soon leads him into an introspective investigation. As a looming family presence tightens its grip on him, Ryan detaches, pushing away his adoptive family and expectant fiancé. When he finally discovers the horrifying truth about his birth parents, he might be too late to stop himself from repeating a similar pattern…

JIMMY THE SAINT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min.
WRITER: Branden Morgan
DIRECTOR: Branden Morgan
PRODS: Branden Morgan, Bruce Witkin, Jason Leibsla, Chris Emerson
CAST: Zach Hursh, Anne Solenne, Brandon Breault, Jeff Murray, Christine Lakin

When a bagman for the Russian mob falls for a fresh-off-the-boat prostitute, the only way to ensure their freedom is to fight for it. Jimmy The Saint offers an unflinching look at the lucrative and dangerous sex trade that claims the lives of anonymous innocents everyday. With a talented cast of newcomers, JIMMY THE SAINT is a powerful film experience that will stay with you long after the final fade-to-black.

LANDING UP

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 98 min.
WRITER: Stacey Maltin
DIRECTOR: Dani Tenenbaum
PRODS: Stacey Maltin, Jessica Kingdon, Marzy Hart, Nikolai Metin
CAST: Ben Rappaport, Stacey Maltin, E’dena Hines, Dov Tiefenbach, Theodora Woolley, Jay DeYonker

CHRISSIE is young, wild, and living on the streets. She and her best friend CECE use their youth and good looks to their advantage, playing a con game with strangers to put a roof over their heads while all the time fantasizing about having enough money to score their dream apartment. When Chrissie meets DAVID, a funny, genuine guy who works his way into her heart, she falls for him and must decide whether to confess the real circumstances of her life or continue her carefully crafted lie at all costs; even the cost of someone’s life.

LORE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 87 min.
WRITERS: Christian Larsen, Brock Manwill
DIRECTORS: Brock Manwill, Christian Larsen
PRODS: Brock Manwill, Christian Larsen, John Matthews, Polina Gorbacheva
CAST: Lyndsey Lantz, Max Lesser, Sean Wei Mah, Victor Gage

Ann, convinced that God is leading her, embarks on a journey to find her missing son in a remote wilderness with the help of her estranged husband, Rich and John, a Native American who is familiar with the area. As they venture deep into the forest, they witness strange and frightening occurrences that challenge the reality they thought they knew. They hope to put an end to their nightmare, but this could be just the beginning.

THE MIDNIGHTERS

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min.
WRITER: Julian Fort
DIRECTOR: Julian Fort
PRODS: Adam Carl, Julian Fort
CAST: Leon Russom, Gregory Sims, John Wesley, Stuart McLean, Costa Ronin, Eve Mauro, Larry Cedar, Charles Dierkop

Expert safecracker Victor Lustig has just been released from prison after a thirty-five-year stretch. Now an old man all Vic wants to do is pick up some money long owed to him and live out his days in peace, quiet and comfort. When his old co-conspirator Louis breaks the news that the cash in long gone, Vic’s retirement plan goes up in smoke. It isn’t until Victor gets a surprise visit from his long lost son Danny that his future begins to become clear. It seems that Danny has followed in Vic’s footsteps, and has gotten himself in heavy debt to dangerous Russian gangsters Orion and Vadik. Now Vic’s got a choice to make: accept his new life playing out the string in a world he no longer understands… or risk his life by utilizing every bit of his old street skills to save the son he never knew.

THE MEANING OF LIFE

WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 90 min.
WRITER: Cat Hostick
DIRECTOR: Cat Hostick
PRODS: Russ De Jong, Cat Hostick, Rona Leon
CAST: Tyler Shaw, Sergio Di Zio, Sadie Munroe, Jean Yoon, Dan Lett, John Boylan, Krista Morin, Jake Raymond

A starving musician Finn Faber (Tyler Shaw) gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown at a hospital entertaining sick kids. He is assigned a 9 year-old leukemia patient: Sophia Hill (Sadie Munroe). Finn soon learns that Sophia coming into his life was no coincidence, but an important lesson he needed to learn before making a big step forward in life.

ONE LESS GOD

WORLD Premiere | Australia, 2017, HD, 133 min.
WRITER: Lliam Worthington
DIRECTOR: Lliam Worthington
PRODS: Maren Smith, Joel Hagen, Lliam Worthington, Nelson Lau

CAST: Joseph Mahler Taylor, SukhRaj Deepak, Mihika Rao, Kabir Singh, Kieran Kumar, Nathan Kaye, Martelle Hammer, Reilly O’Byrne-Inglis, Igor Kreyman, Joseph J.U. Taylor, Quentin Yung, Jan Langford-Penny, Nicole Fantl, Philip R.K. John, Nicolas Scot Francois, Rhavin Banda.

In 2008, a band of young Islamic militants from Pakistan lands in Mumbai, their primary target, the iconic Taj Mahal hotel. With Indian forces unable to regain control, for 4 days the guests must battle to survive as the terrorists seek to drive them from hiding. The harrowing events that follow will come to be known as India’s 9/11 and one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in history. Yet more than a tale of monsters and men, this is a story of our shared humanity at the dark crossroads to which we have now stumbled. Inspired by true events.

TATER TOT & PATTON

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min.
WRITER: Andrew Kightlinger
DIRECTOR: Andrew Kightlinger
PRODS: Adam Emerson, Dohui Kim, Ryan M. Hall, Sean Covel
CAST: Jessica Rothe, Bates Wilder, Forrest Weber

A wayward millennial escapes to her Uncle’s South Dakota ranch, unhinging his placid boozer life.

TOMORROW, MAYBE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 84 min.
WRITERS: Jace Daniel, Roy Kirk 1st, Robert Blanche
DIRECTOR: Jace Daniel
PRODS: Jace Daniel, Roy Kirk 1st, Robert Blanche, David Brownlow

CAST: Robert Blanche, Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis, Brian Sutherland

Determined to redeem himself upon his most recent release from prison, a father (Robert Blanche) reconnects with his daughter (Bethany Jacobs), who might not be so willing if her life wasn’t suddenly falling apart.

FUSION FEATURES

ALL I WANT
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 91 min.
WRITERS: West Liang, Melissa Center
DIRECTOR: West Liang
PRODS: Melissa Center, West Liang, Giselle Gilbert, Howard Ginsburg, Ira Wagner, Leah Wagner, Ciel Turich

CAST: Melissa Center, Drew Rausch, Josh Casaubon, Rebecca Larsen, Jonathan Chase, Laura Mann, Susan-Kate Heaney, Bruce Lemon, Renee Threatte, Akemi Look, Giselle Gilbert, Drew Brooks, Kate Mines, Molly Kidder, Jorge-Luis Pallo, Camille Mana, Garrett Coffey, Vivian Bang, Bryce McBratnie

An ensemble drama that explores the anxiety of modern love and life among friends in Los Angeles.

BEING BLACK ENOUGH or (HOW TO KILL A BLACK MAN)

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 92 min.
WRITER: Devin Rice
DIRECTOR: Devin Rice
PRODS: Jacqueline Corcos, Devin Rice
CAST: Devin Rice, Bruce A. Lemon, Jr, Marcus Ajose, Matthew-David Smith, Joshua Walker, Danielle Jaffey, Jacqueline Corcos, D.J. Hale, Mark Ridley, Peter DiVito, Gina Jackson

A Young Black Man, raised in a White neighborhood, ridiculed for not being “Black Enough” decides to go to the hood to hang out with his gangster cousin and discover what it really means to be “Black.” He eventually faces the harsh reality of gang violence, drugs and police confrontation.

D-LOVE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 97 min.
WRITER: Dave Rogers
DIRECTOR: Elena Beuca
PRODS: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Billy Howerdel, Elisabetta Tedla, Veronica Radaeli, John Chidwick
CAST: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Dharmakaya, Billy Howerdel

Stefania is working a job she has hated for years. Her husband, Dan, hasn’t worked in years. They have just landed at Los Angeles airport, returning from Europe, and having one of the worst days of their lives. Stefania is approached by a vagabond – Ditlev, who asks her for a ride to one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the wanderer, but her husband Dan, decides to take him home with them. How will this affect the couple? The director invites you on a 3 day journey, seen through Stefania’s eyes, to view and discover that desired change doesn’t always come in the package that we want or expect.

DEVIL’S WHISPER

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 85 min.
WRITERS: Oliver Robins, Paul Todisco, Adam Ripp
DIRECTOR: Adam Ripp
PRODS: Manjoj Punjabi, Mark Stolaroff, Liam Finn, Adam Ripp
CAST: Luca Oriel, Tessie Santiago, Marcos Ferraez, Rick Ravanello, Luna Maya, Alison Fernandez, Jasper Polish, Coy Stewart, Justin Tinucci, Benjamin A. Hoyt

15 year-old Alejandro Duran, who comes from a religious Latino American family, aspires to be a Catholic priest. But when Alex discovers a mysterious box, passed down from his grandparents, he unwittingly unleashes a demonic spirit bent on possessing him. Alex must find a way to defeat this ancient demon, which has been tormenting children since the dawn of man, before it destroys him and everyone he loves. On the surface Devil’s Whisper is a supernatural horror film about demonic possession but at its core it’s a psychological thriller about repressed memories, childhood trauma and the cycle of abuse.

ESPIONAGE TONIGHT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 85 min.
WRITER: Rob Gordon Bralver
DIRECTOR: Rob Gordon Bralver
PRODS: Amy Child
CAST: Joe Hursley, Greg Davis Jr., Ganna Bogdan, Said Taghmaoui, Alexie Gilmore, Joseph Gatt, Chasty Ballesteros, Lynn Whitfield, Sean Astin

In a time of widespread disillusionment and distrust of our government, a reality TV show about spies is created to win back the faith of the American public. Audiences go undercover on missions around the globe and see real world effects from the narrative the showrunners create. As the first season unfolds, we wonder –
how much is real and how much is propaganda? Our charismatic host “Swamp Fox” leads us down the rabbit hole the show runners create, and it becomes impossible to distinguish fact from fiction as the lines blur between reality, television, and movies in an age when everything is on camera.

THE FIRST OF MANY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Pamela Guest
DIRECTOR: Elizabeth and Pamela Guest
PRODS: Elizabeth and Pamela Guest
CAST: Elizabeth Guest, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kristin Slaysman

In 1971 young actress goes on her first audition with surprising, life changing results.

THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 99 min.
WRITERS: Richard Schenkman, Eric D. Wilkinson, Emerson Bixby
DIRECTOR: Richard Schenkman
PRODS: Richard Schenkman, Eric Wilkinson
CAST: David Lee Smith, Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Akemi Look, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, William Katt, Michael Dorn

Following ten years after the cult sci-fi favorite “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth”, 14,000 year-old John Oldman is now comfortably hiding in plain sight as a college professor in Northern California. However his existence comes crashing down when he realizes that not only is something finally causing him to age, but a group of devoted students have discovered his deepest secret, putting his life in grave danger and potentially destroying the world’s most popular religion.

THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING

LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 73 min.
WRITERS: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robinson
DIRECTOR: Blake Robbins
PRODS: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, Jeff Johnson, Dan Koetting, Kevin Waller, Maggie Grace
CAST: Maika Monroe, Mark Webber, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, Logan Miller, Justin Chatwin, Brad Carter, Aaron Poole and Bonnie Bedelia

When a young woman in the Midwest learns her parents’ killer has been released from jail, rumblings in her small town suggest he may be innocent. She begins questioning the police investigation and witnesses, and uncovers her own family secrets to piece together the shocking truth. Based on the bestselling novel The Scent Of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard.

THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 86 min.
WRITERS: Caleb Smith, Brandon Moore
DIRECTORS: Caleb Smith, Brandon Moore
PRODS: Terrence Malick, Alexander Zdzislaw Golubiewski, Jaime Galagher
CAST: Rane Jameson, Leif Steinert, Caleb Smith

When an online journalist exposes widespread police corruption, he soon finds himself a target of the violent vigilante movement he unwittingly inspired.

MIDNIGHT FEATURES

AWAKEN THE SHADOWMAN
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 83 min.
WRITERS: Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Skyler Caleb, James Zimbardi
DIRECTOR: J.S. Wilson
PRODS: Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Skyler Caleb, James Zimbardi, Anthony C. Ferrante
CAST: James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, Jean Smart, Emily Somers, Andrea Hunt, Robert R. Shafer, Grace Van Dien, Raam
Weinfeld, Carlos Pratts, Sophie Labelle, Casey Kramer

After the mysterious disappearance of their mother, estranged brothers reunite and discover an unknown supernatural force.

CENTRAL PARK
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min.

WRITER: Justin Reinsilber
DIRECTOR: Justin Reinsilber
PRODS: Melissa Chamberlain, Justin Reinsilber, Rachel Brenna
CAST: Justiin A. Davis, Ruby Modine, Malika Samuel, Grace Van Patten, Guillermo Arribas, Deema Aitken, Marina Squerciati, Michael Lombardi, Charles Borland, David Valcin, Nicole Balsam, Justin Reinsilber

Central Park is a feature-length horror/thriller from writer/director Justin Reinsilber. Set in present day New York City the film centers around six high school juniors. Collectively they have done everything there is to do, know it all better than everyone else, and mean the world to each other. When one of their fathers is implicated in a Bernie Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme, the gang rallies around their friend. To blow off some steam, they set out for an epic night in Central Park. Little do they know the consequences of his crimes will go far beyond his client’s bank accounts.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

CHARLIE VS GOLIATH
WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 80 min.
DIRECTOR: Reed Lindsay
PRODS: Reed Lindsay, Nicolas Rossier, Kim Borba, Phillip Landrum, Ronica Reddick, Anthony Weldon

Former Catholic priest Charlie Hardy is 75 years old and has no money or political experience. But none of that dissuades this 21st-century Don Quixote from running for the US Senate in his home state of Wyoming. Charlie’s courage to take a principled stand against money in politics attracts a ragtag group of young volunteers and together they jump aboard a 1970 Crown school bus, campaigning across the Wild West state in a bid to shake up this country’s political establishment.

GREEN STANDARD, THE

Los Angeles Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 75 min.
DIRECTORS: William Rosenfeld, Jacob Strunk
PRODS: William Rosenfeld, Jacob Strunk

Last year, lawmakers brought a petition before the DEA to loosen federal restrictions on cannabis. It was swiftly rejected, maintaining the plant’s Schedule I classification alongside heroin and PCP on the stated basis of it having “no accepted medical use”. Enter THE GREEN STANDARD: a people’s account of pot, prejudice, and the fight against prohibition. Filmed throughout the U.S., TGS reveals the surprising highs and uncomfortable lows of the men, women, and children on all sides of the issue. From the refugee families of Colorado battling for their kids’ lives to anti-legalization activists decrying the movement as greed-fueled hype, America’s evolving perceptions of marijuana use are revealed, alongside criminalization’s untold societal costs.

THE LAUGHTER LIFE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 76 min.
DIRECTOR: Juliet Werner
PRODS: Juliet Werner, Jeff Werner

From “Daily Show” producer Juliet Werner, “The Laughter Life” follows a week in the professional life of the young comedians who write and star in “Studio C,” a popular sketch comedy television show with a strong following on YouTube. But theirs is not your typical comedy success story, as the cast and crew behind the program are practicing Mormons living in Provo, Utah. And the network producing their show is run by the LDS Church. The film explores the tension inherent in creating “clean” comedy that will satisfy both the demands of the network and the cast’s desire to generate a funny final product. “The Laughter Life” takes audiences to a world few have visited and demonstrates the unifying power comedy.

RESISTANCE IS LIFE

WEST COAST Premiere | Turkey/USA, 2017, HD, 73 min.
DIRECTOR: Apo W. Bazidi
PRODS: Apo W. Bazidi, Goran Zaneti

From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, an 8-year-old girl, EVLIN, characterizes the resistance of her homeland. Her heroes, the Kurdish female fighters, are defending the city of Kobane against the onslaught by ISIS militants. The power of the human spirit emanates through Evlin as she shows us that hope and resilience prevail even in the most tragic of circumstances. Evlin takes us on a journey that introduces the many different faces of the resistance on both sides of the border and provides a unique look at the extraordinary spirit behind the first major victory against ISIS.

TO THE MOON AND BACK

WEST COAST Premiere | USA/Russia, 2016, HDV, 85 min.
WRITER: Susan Morgan Cooper
DIRECTOR: Susan Morgan Cooper
PROD: Susan Morgan Cooper

FEATURING: Jessica Long, Miles Harrison, Carol Harrison, Bill Browder, Gene Weingarten, Boris Altshuler, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ben Cardin.

The political murder of a Moscow lawyer and the cancellation of 259 pending American adoptions have a deep, insidious connection in this emotional expose. To the Moon and Back connects the dots from Russia’s warehousing of abandoned and special needs children to the cross border dealings of a billionaire investment banker to one American family’s tragedy. The film explores how Russian political corruption is linked to the accidental death of one adopted child and becomes Putin’s reason behind the Adoption Ban.

COMPETITION SHORTS

ALFRED J HEMLOCK

WORLD Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 14 min.
WRITERS: Melissa Lyons, Edward Lyons
DIRECTOR: Edward Lyons
PRODS: Robert Raymond, Melissa Lyons, Edward Lyons, Lucas Newton, Aaron Bush, Tim Creswell
CAST: Renaye Loryman, Tristan Mckinnon, Christian Charisiou

When Emily is abandoned in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock. After reaching the depths of her despair she finds strength that she never suspected she had.

ALL THE MARBLES

CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 17 min.
WRITERS: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler
DIRECTOR: Michael Swingler
PRODS: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler
CAST: Cole Sand, Carl Petersen, Helen Sadler, Christopher Franciosa, Micah Fitzgerald

In a magical world where marbles are as precious as gold, a boy named Jamison wins the most cherished marble of them all. When a villainous bully named Wolf cruelly snatches his prize trophy, the boy challenges him to an epic marble battle that could cost him much more than he expected.

AWOL
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min.
WRITERS: Rene Yi, Paul J. Meredith

DIRECTOR: Paul J. Meredith
PRODS: Paul J. Meredith, Patrick Stephen, Rene Yi
CAST: Patrick Stephen, Henry Mark

AWOL tells the story of a Vietnam soldier who chose flight over fight, only to find himself up against harsh terrain and relentless homesickness. He must face the fact that in war, there are no winners

BLUES WITH ME

NORTH KOREA Premiere | South Korea, 2016, HD, 25 min.
WRITER: Lee Han-jong
DIRECTOR: Lee Han-Jong
PROD: Han Dal-ho
CAST: Han Jung-hyun, Kim Kyung-ik, Nam Tae-woo

Seung-shik, a construction worker loses his daily job just because he is not on the list. To make things worse, he is not going to get paid for the work he did a week before. To get to the bottom of this absurd situation, he visits his foreman to his office.

BOY IN THE DARK

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Jason Ragosta
DIRECTOR: Jason Ragosta
PRODS: Rebecca Ahn, Julie Chow, Richard Enriquez, Marisa Garay
CAST: TonyBoy Marin, Robert Matas, James Ted Harvey, Nani Strides, Tony Aldrich, Jayson Fabre

Boy In The Dark tells the story of Jake, a boy both blessed and cursed with an extraordinary imagination. Blessed in that he is able to lose himself in the drawings of creatures and places that populate his sketch book. Cursed, because he is plagued by a gruesome Night Terror, that emerges from the darkness each and every night. Jake discovers that if he is to survive, he must protect what he creates, and that there are bargains to be struck with those who truly rule the night.

BURYING AMBER

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 8 min.
WRITER: Alix Angelis
DIRECTORS: Alix Angelis, Vincent Cardinale
PRODS: Vincent Cardinale, Thomas Marchese, Alix Angelis
CAST: Alix Angelis

Lori must deal with the end of a relationship in a way she didn’t expect.

CONFECTION

NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2016, HD, 33 min.
WRITER: Lauren Bensted
DIRECTOR: Ed Rigg
PROD: AJ Leon
CAST: Perry Millward, Esther Smith, Tony Way

Set in a sleepy English seaside town, ‘Confection’ is a comedy about a not-quite-grown-up who finds himself accidentally catapulted into the thick of a very grown-up situation.

CROSSING FENCES

WEST COAST Premiere | USA/Germany, 2017, HD, 14 min.
WRITER: Annika Pampel
DIRECTOR: Annika Pampel
PRODS: Justin Prentice, Nina Rausch

CAST: Nina Rausch, Christian Wolf, Philippe Brenninkmeyer

In a communist East Germany in 1974, a young couple attempts to escape into the West, seeking freedom, by using a handmade boat to cross the Baltic Sea. The fight for their lives begins when they get discovered and they try to escape decades of imprisonment or being executed on the spot.

DEEP PLAYA SUNRISE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Josh Yeo
DIRECTOR: Josh Yeo
PRODS: Josh Yeo, Seth Bunting, Chris Pitcher, Kris Kish, Arin Pitcher
CAST: Chris Holz, Rachel Emma Pringle

This whimsical story is a blend the senses, as we follow a medically discharged combat vet, on his first trip to Burning Man, as he searches the “Playa” for hearing-aid batteries. **One of the first and only narratives approved by Burning Man governing body, Black Rock City, LLC.

A DIMLY LIT ROOM

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.
WRITER: Thad Nurski
DIRECTOR: Thad Nurski
PRODS: Janice Fung, Nick Foss, Thad Nurski
CAST: Benjamin Hjelm, Jamie VanDyke

In a dimly lit room, Asher meets Persephone. What she wants, what she threatens, and what she has to offer are the clues Asher has to go on in order to solve the riddle in front of him and save his life. If he cannot figure out what is going on and what to do about it, it could be his end.

DOLL

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 20 min.
WRITER: Cory Pratt
DIRECTOR: Cory Pratt
PRODS: Cory Pratt, Josh Prosser
CAST: Yang Miller, Annie Ganousis, Tim Ashby

Smitten with his co-worker, a timid janitor struggles to connect with her and harbors a big secret…he performs his nightly duties in a fetish rubber suit.

EXPOSURE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 15 min.
WRITER: Mary Jeanes
DIRECTOR: Mary Jeanes
PROD: Ivo Huahua
CAST: Antonina Vargas, Michael D. Finley

On Erin’s first outdoor climbing trip, her reckless boyfriend gets himself trapped high on a cliff. As time slips away and he falls into a severe hypothermic state, they realize help will not arrive in time. Erin risks her life in an attempt to rescue him before it’s too late.

FIRST NIGHT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 10 min.
WRITER: Rafael Pablo Salinas, Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby
DIRECTOR: Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby
PRODS: Ornella Jaramillo, Rafael Pablo Salinas, Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby
CAST: Brittany Ann Falardeau, Bryan Dechart, Sean O’bryan

Joey is woken up in the middle of the night by a damsel in distress. Realizing he is in danger, Joey takes matters into his own hands to protect himself. His plan backfires, leaving him in a world of pain.

THE FACELESS MAN

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.
WRITERS: Sara O’Reilly, Jeremy Foley
DIRECTOR: Jeremy Foley
PRODS: Sara O’Reilly
CAST: William O’Leary

An offbeat fable about a disillusioned man who discovers his face has transformed into a mirror and must venture out into the world to reclaim his identity.

FLOWER

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 15 min.
WRITER: Ché Walker
DIRECTOR: Ché Walker
PRODS: Ché Walker, Luke Paddington, James McCormick
CAST: Montana Roesch, Barry Primus, Mattia Bartoli, Austin Iredale

A young sex worker is tested to her limits by three very different clients.

THE GOOD MACHINE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 12 min.
WRITER: Michael Craft
DIRECTOR: Michael Craft
PRODS: Scott Riehs, Michael Craft
CAST: Jessica Park, David Rysdahl

A young woman struggles with her boyfriend’s addiction to a virtual reality device that allows him to interact with his dreams. She attempts to help him let go of his compulsion, but he resists. Working at her job at the library, and catching the train to and from work, she has her own dream, a life together with her boyfriend, free from addiction.

JOUSKA

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.
WRITER: Wynter Rhys
DIRECTOR: Wynter Rhys
PRODS: Wynter Rhys, Mumukuba
CAST: James Pinto II, Alissa Gustafson, Curtis McGann, Eric Bayne, Keenyn Rhys

An elderly man grapples with the guilt of what he’s done in the strange, whimsical land of his subconscious

HERBIE

WORLD Premiere | France, 2016, HD, 20 min.
WRITER: Ralph Bismargi
DIRECTOR: Ralph Bismargi
PROD: Ralph Bismargi

CAST: Matt Vladimery, Laura Woody, Tiffany Hofstetter, Jim Sheppard, Zelda Rittner, Sebastian Marx, Ralph Bismargi

Herbie Spoon, a naïve and emotionally imbalanced 30-year-old, dreams of becoming a successful life coach who inspires people and offers them guidance. His master plan: to start out by making YouTube videos with the help of his filmmaker friend, GINNIE. The only problem is that he keeps messing up during the shoot. Instead of a series of clips with him offering good advice, we end up with a bunch of hilarious outtakes… that he does not find funny. Will he eventually succeed or is he on the wrong path? Herbie is not only a behind-the-scenes look at a quirky young man struggling to make it. It is a story that takes us on a journey towards self-discovery and embracing who we are.

THE KNACKERMAN

WEST COAST Premiere | UK, 2016, HD, 18 min.
WRITER: Tom Shrapnel
DIRECTOR: Tom Shrapnel
PROD: Rebecca Wolff
CAST: Donald Sumpter, Adam Long

An aging Knacker, responsible for the disposal of dying horses, must face his own mortality and in doing so entrust responsibility to the next generation.

LA SIRENA

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 24 min.
WRITER: Rosita Lama Muvdi
DIRECTOR: Rosita Lama Muvdi
PROD: Daniel Leighton
CAST: Jordan Monaghan, Kelsey Reinhardt, Darrel Cherney, Vera Cherny

LA SIRENA is psychosexual fairy tale about Mia, a woman in a small fishing village who is having an affair with Hector, a married fisherman. On the day Hector threatens to end the affair, Mia discovers a mysterious woman, Mara, washed up on shore, naked and with a hook lodged into her ribcage. After Mia brings her home to heals her wound, Mara tells her that a fisherman tried to stab her in the heart. With suspicions that Hector might have been involved, Mia is forced to confront Hector, surrendering to her own inner monster to avenge her broken heart.
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LEMON

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Timothy Michael Cooper
DIRECTOR: Timothy Michael Cooper
PRODS: Simon TaufiQue, Surina Jindal
CAST: Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, Jenn Lyon, Finn Douglas

Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.

LIMBUS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min.
WRITERS: Lee Peterkin, Candace Janée
DIRECTOR: Lee Peterkin
PROD: Bill Lucia
CAST: Vinicius Vieira, Candace Janée

During the winter months in their cabin, Alex and Vera experience strange occurrences that are seemingly nonsensical. Nevertheless, the veil of surreality becomes lifted through a visceral and sobering revelation.

LOVE IS SHIT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 20 min.
WRITER: Keith Schneider
DIRECTOR: Keith Schneider
PRODS: Katherine LaVictoire, Myko Olivier, Keith Schneider, Vince Tanzilli
CAST: Katherine LaVictoire, Nanrisa Lee, Myko Olivier, Ryan Shoos

When two couples discover the unevenness of their relationships, a chain of events leads to a more simple understanding for some, and heartbreak for others.

MIRIAM IS GOING TO MARS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min.
WRITER: Michael Lippert
DIRECTOR: Michael Lippert
PROD: Brittany Wagner
CAST: Ann Sonneville, Nathaniel Buescher

A woman with schizophrenia attempts to escape a psychiatric hospital by signing up for the first human mission to Mars.

oRaNgEdReAmS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.
WRITER: Jessica Liu
DIRECTOR: Jessica Liu
PRODS: J. Graciano, Jessica Liu
CAST: Evelyn Warner, Shay Backe, Riley Jimenez, Jordan Franco, Andrew Lutheran, Kimberly Cohen

A sixth grade girl, who spends the majority of her time exploring early 2000s pop culture through her internet connection and dreaming of becoming a pop supers tar, receives a reality check when she meets up with some friends, including her crush, at the mall.

RAHOWA

WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2016, HD, 23 min.
WRITER: Charlie Hamilton
DIRECTOR: Charlie Hamilton
PRODS: Charlie Hamilton, Diego Guijarro
CAST: Sam Duffy, Austin Duffy, Jorrin Bruns

After a brutal attack that leaves him injured and his girlfriend in the hospital, a young, impressionable skinhead must decide what direction the fallout goes.

REQUIRES REVIEW

NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | Australia/Sweden, 2016, HD, 6 min.
WRITER: Joshua Belinfante
DIRECTOR: Joshua Belinfante
PROD: Joshua Belinfante
CAST: Johan Lenhoff, Björn Lindqvist

Björn Lindqvist is the world’s best town planner. He isn’t changing the world, he’s just trying to improve it.

SOUL CANDY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.
WRITER: Jennifer Rapaport
DIRECTOR: John Stimpson
PRODS: John Stimpson, Geoffrey Taylor, Jennifer Rapaport
CAST: Kallie Tabor, Erica Derrickson, Dario Sanchez

With a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac twist, Siri, a shy bookworm, convinces her extroverted sister, Kaya, to talk to with the cute bookstore clerk while she tells her what to say via text messages. When the ruse is up, the young couple bonds over author David Foster Wallace.

STILL HERE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Teresa Decher
DIRECTOR: Kholi Hicks
PRODS: Morgan Pichinson, Teresa Decher
CAST: Teresa Decher, Kevin Joy, Michelle Ortiz

Still Here explores the cycles of unstable relationships through a couple following the days after their recent break-up.

SUBTEXT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 9 min.
WRITER: Chris Valenti
DIRECTOR: Chris Valenti
PRODS: Michelle Loucadoux, Chris Valenti, We Make Movies
CAST: John Bigham, Michelle Loucadoux, Chris Valenti

A misfired text message creates an awkward but silent battle on a first date.

TAIL

WORLD PREMIERE | Australia, 2016, HD, 9 min.
WRITERS: David Gannon, Troy Larkin, Carl J. Sorheim, Nathan Strauss
DIRECTOR: Carl J. Sorheim
PRODS: Lisa Fineberg, Thanassi Panagiotara, Carl J. Sorheim, The Cameralla
CAST: Lisa Fineberg, J.R. Reyne, Nathan Strauss

Skye (Lisa Fineberg) makes a living as children’s entertainer Chaise the Mermaid, all the while harbouring a crush on her boss, Mark the Pirate (J.R. Reyne). Her best buddy and co-worker Jay–Punch the Parrot–(Nathan Strauss) doesn’t think much of Mark, and might just be crushing a little on Skye…
Tail is a romantic comedy fable that pays homage to love and big, gorgeous 1980s cheese ball entertainment.

THIS IS THAT NIGHT

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 14 min.
WRITER: Jonathan Marballi
DIRECTOR: Matt Braunsdorf
PROD: Jonathan Marballi
CAST: Jonathan Marballi, Kris Wiener

“This is That Night” is a romantic comedy telling the story of a new couple who are about to hit a turning point in their relationship. Kris invites Jon over for their fourth date, where they end up talking and laughing all day. When they come to the realization that everything is going so well, the pressure to keep the momentum going brings everything to a halt.

THREE SKELETON KEY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 11 min.
WRITER: Andrew Hamer
DIRECTOR: Andrew Hamer
PROD: Marcus Mizelle
CAST: Dan White, Robert Fleet, Paul Rae, Greg Perrow

Set in 1921, an American lighthouse crew on the small island of Three Skeleton Key become unnerved when a ship ignores their beacon, running aground on the reefs surrounding the island. They soon discover that something is on board the ship, and it’s not human.

MEGRIM

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.
WRITER: Stuart Valberg
DIRECTOR: Stuart Valberg
PRODS: Sania Jhankar, Joan Cassin, Matt Dorris, Leslie Risak, Stuart Valberg
CAST: Pascal Yen-Pfister, Max Rhyser

An Artist and a Subject. The Artist wants to create his masterpiece; The Subject doesn’t want to die.

MISCAST

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.
WRITER: Matt Katzenberger
DIRECTOR: Carsten Kurpanek
PRODS: Paul Santos, Nina Daniels

CAST: Nina Daniels, Brea Bee, Kade Pait

On Halloween night, office worker May gets caught in a battle between good and evil when her new co-worker April reveals herself as a real witch by turning her office party into a bloodbath with a spell. “Miscast”, starring Nina Daniels, Brea Bee, and Kade Pait, is a darkly funny fantasy horror-thriller in “witch” nothing is as it seems.

NIGHT BEFORE, THE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 9 min.
WRITER: Alex Razzaghi
DIRECTOR: Alex Razzaghi
PRODS: Kim Pettiford, Du’ana Speights
CAST: Chelsea Wallace, Tom Berklund, Kim Pettiford, Brenda Arteaga-Walsh, Morgan Michaels, Phrederic Semaj

In 1994, a group of roommates are having dinner at their West Hollywood home. It’s a real good time until they discover that somebody wants them dead, somebody close and unexpected. The motive is unknown but it’s later clear that the killer may have been possessed by an uncontrollable object that will transcend one to commit ruthless murders.

PAUL’S BAD DAY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 2 min.

WRITER: Phil Bucci
DIRECTOR: Phil Bucci
PRODS: Phil Bucci, Sara Fletcher
CAST: Jordan Wall, Ashandra McConnell, Paul Valtierra, Glen Warren

Paul wakes feeling not quite his usual self. As he begins his day every step reveals he has a growing problem that there is only one solution for.

SHALLOW WATER

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 19 min.
WRITER: Sandy Collora
DIRECTOR: Sandy Collora
PRODS: Sandy Collora, Eric S. Dow, Dale Pearson
CAST: Lisa Roumain, Kurt Carley, Jason Liles

A woman on a tropical island encounters more than she bargained for when she finds out she’s the lone survivor of her kayaking and fishing expedition…

SPEAK NO EVIL

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.

WRITERS: Connor Vera, Dave Vera
DIRECTOR: Matthew Serrano
PRODS: Dave Vera, Mya Kratzat
CAST: Jeremiah Brown, Dave Vera, Lydia Lee, Carson Preusse, Julia Pacific

A man wakes up in a dark garage with his mouth grotesquely sewn shut, two mysterious figures tied up next to him and one thought on his mind. Get out.

STALL

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min.
WRITERS: Andrew Daniel, John D Harding
DIRECTOR: Andrew Daniel
PROD: Kenneth Leslie
CAST: John D Harding

Desperation leads to despair when the night takes an unforeseen dark turn for a man out “looking” for adventure.

SUBCULTURE

LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 9 min.
WRITER: Jason Kartalian
DIRECTOR: Jason Kartalian
PROD: Jason Kartalian
CAST: Jillian Christi, Raymond Morris, Jed Rowen

In SUBCULTURE, psychiatric session turns in a very twisted direction. A woman, Ivy leads a man named Julius into a dungeon where every his every desire is met. Julius meets some interesting people down in the dungeon that become obstacles that get in the way of his desires. He finds himself in an existential crisis of his own making.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

HAND-CUT SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.
DIRECTOR: Griffin Hammond
PROD: Griffin Hammond

From chainsaw to cocktail, this beautiful 5-minute documentary tracks the journey of clear, artisan ice into the hands of New York City bartenders.

HARD ASSES DON’T TWERK: BECAUSE BEING A WOMAN IS NASTY

WORLD Premiere | Brazil, 2017, HD, 31 min.
DIRECTORS: Thales Banzai, Camila Cornelson
PRODS: Thales Banzai, Camila Cornelson

The documentary portraits the reality of the Psychology & Dance group, BDNT, created in South Brazil by the student Jade Quoi. Through intimate conversations with Jade and the class members – some of them that took part of group since its formation and others that just got there – their transformation process and search for acceptance is exposed, showing how these girls stopped being victims of a predominantly sexist society and started to act in a more independent and satisfactory way.

IMPACT POINT, THE
WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min.

DIRECTOR: Sydney Guthrie
PRODS: Sydney Guthrie, Emilia Wint

The Impact Point dissects the controversy that has grown increasingly prominent in women’s freestyle skiing as injury rates have skyrocketed.

IRREGULARS

LOS ANGELES Premiere | Italy, 2015, HD, 10 min.
WRITERS: Fabio Palmieri, Cyrille Kabore
DIRECTOR: Fabio Palmieri
PRODS: NotWorkingFilms, Paola Pontelli

FEATURING: Cyrille Kabore

Against a tellingly hypnotic factory backdrop, a refugee encapsulates the global immigration crisis in his own wrenching words. Each year 400.000 people from Africa, As ia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.

MANMADE WATERS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 23 min.
DIRECTOR: Dustin Elm
PRODS: Erik Alskog, Alexander Polunin

In response to declining fish populations, the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has pioneered an experimental aquaculture program to “restock the ocean” with California White Sea Bass. MANMADE WATERS follows the son of a professional fisherman as he explores the program alongside his father, a loyal supporter of Hubbs with personal ties to its management. His investigation ultimately leads us to ask whether we can solve a manmade problem with a manmade solution.

MELTING STARS

WEST COAST Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 15 min.
DIRECTOR: Kate Green
PROD: Kate Green

Starfish were dying by the millions and marine biologists were witnessing an epidemic that was the largest observed species die-off of human history. Melting Stars follows the clues on this marine mystery.

MIRACLE IN MALIBU
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER: Karen Keagy Shaver
DIRECTOR: Karen Keagy Shaver
PRODS: Karen Keagy Shaver, Matthew Shaver
FEATURING: Mighty Under Dogs, Jean Pierre Pereat, AKA “Peli”, Timothy Hazelip, Kristopher Cornish, Todd Cornish, Peggy LaBlanc

Watermen Jean Pierre Pereat, and Timothy Hazelip from the ‘Mighty Under Dog’ organization, introduce the benefits of surf therapy to a father of a teen with Autism at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California.

OFFERING, THE

WEST COAST Premiere | Peru, 2016, HD, 7 min.
DIRECTORS: Billy Silva, Guille Isa
PRODS: Darrell Hartman, Oliver Hartman

Three artists in the highlands of Peru make an ancient spiritual offering to the spirits of the earth in exchange for strength and guidance.

DOWNBEATS ALIENTOLOGISTS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 18 min.
WRITER: Tyler Rabinowitz
DIRECTOR: Tyler Rabinowitz
PRODS: Tyler Rabinowitz, Nicole Quintero, Debbie Walters, Madeline Stephenson, Jamie Sweeney
CAST: Danny Gardner, Macy Sullivan, Kurt Csolak

When Earth no longer exists, a neighboring civilization is now studying the human artifacts that float around in Earth’s place—like paleontologists who study the ancient Egyptians. This is the story of a curious alien with a dream of being a space explorer that has been diminished by his nightmarishly closed-minded co-workers, and how this dream emerges from the rubble again upon his discovery of tap shoes, a jukebox, and ultimately humanity’s creative spirit.

DANCING DAY

No Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 4 min.
WRITER: Tytus Bergstrom
DIRECTOR: Tytus Bergstrom
PROD: Tytus Bergstrom
CAST: Tytus Bergstrom

Fantasy about playing hooky from work and the surprising events that follow when leaving the house.

DANCIN’ THE CAMERA

UNITED STATES Premiere | Netherlands, 2016, 16mm, 9 min.
WRITER: Pieter-Rim de Kroon, Marije Nie
DIRECTOR: Pieter-Rim de Kroon
PRODS: Annemiek van der Hell
CAST: Marije Nie

A love story between a tap dancer, a piano player and a 1922 hand cranked motion-picture camera .The old camera is camera, character and stage. Seduced by the rhythms of the camera mechanics, the tap dancer jumps into the magical world of analogue black-and-white film where her dreams seam infinitely possible. In the end she finds out there is something that matters even more. A tribute to tap dance and the magic of film – a classic and unique combination.

DENISE
NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2016, HD, 7 min.

WRITER: Kenneth O’Toole

DIRECTOR: Kenneth O’Toole
PRODS: Kelly-Marie Kerr, Darren Bada
CAST: Iain Dootson, Nolan Robba

An elderly drag queen sparkles her way through time, reminiscing on her glory days.

DON’T FEED THE PARTY ANIMAL

No Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.
DIRECTOR: Evan Younger
PRODS: Evan Younger, Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman

CAST: Barton Cowperthwaite, Jordan Clark, Adam Hyndman

A music video for the band Miracles of Modern Science. In a 1950s nightclub, a wallflower longs to be the life of the party and win over the cutie across the dance floor – but how can he compete with the suave crooners onstage and her beefcake boyfriend?

EVERYBODY

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.
DIRECTOR: Benjamin Roberds
PROD: Katie Gregg
CAST: Allen Rowell, Sienna Chandler, William Tokarsky, Joelle Re Arp Dunham

A whirlwind story of cowboys, possession, murder, dance routines and the FBI.

FLOR
“HOLD ON”

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 3 min.
WRITERS: Justus Meyer, Sam Miller
DIRECTORS: McCoy | Meyer
PRODS: Joe Martinez, Sam Miller
CAST: Angelina Capozzoli

Young orphan Amelia lives in an airplane hangar, where she cares for her only friend- her father’s yellow bi-plane, in hopes of one day taking to the skies.

GODSPEED & GUNS
NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 7 min

WRITERS: Christina Rubino, Frankie Nasso
DIRECTOR: Frankie Nasso
PRODS: Frankie Nasso, Christina Rubino, Jerry Farley
CAST: Christina Rubino, Dolores Rubino, Dale Smith, Johnny Philippidis

“Godspeed and Guns” is a rockabilly psycho-thriller inspired by the unbreakable camaraderie of “Thelma & Louise” and the urban-meets-western genre-blending of Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.” Christina Rubino and her loving sister, Dolores, venture on a dangerous road trip that proves to be overrun with violent men. Christina’s alluring voice assures that she and Dolores are the danger, as they kill every rapist and abusive man they encounter. Dolores’ mental disconnect expands when the police find the pickled heads of their victims. They are imprisoned in an insane asylum that tears at their sisterhood until Dolores is completely unhinged. Inside Dolores’ disturbed mind reveals Christina is a schizophrenic hallucination that she created during her abusive childhood.

THE HARD ROAD TRIO – WHISKEY IN A GLASS

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min.
DIRECTOR: Orlando Martos
PRODS: Orlando Martos, Juan Ramirez
CAST: Julia Gallegos, Kasey Page

The Hard Road Trio, a bluegrass/folk band performs the song “Whiskey in a Glass”. The lyrics and video tell a tale of two former lovers who, when running into each other at an underground high stakes poker game, trigger memories of their former relationship. It is a relationship filled with addiction, passion, and hostile toxicity. When the poker stakes escalate, will they fall back into their old habits? or will they find the strength to step away?

JOHNNY CLEGG – TAKE MY HEART AWAY
No Premiere | South Africa, 2016, HD, 5 min.

WRITER: Jaron Clegg
DIRECTOR: Jaron Clegg
PROD: Jaron Clegg
CAST: Nhlakanipho Ntenjwa

A young African boy, who lives in an informal settlement that borders an international spaceflight launch site, is infatuated with space travel. The boy’s dream is to fly amongst the stars, far away from his destitute township life. One day, the boy sees an opportunity to sneak on board a space shuttle as a stowaway.

THE JOHNSONS FT. BRYCE VINE
“JUICE”
WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.

DIRECTORS: Eric McCoy, Justus Meyer
PROD: Joe Martinez
CAST: Julia Rose, Bruce Liberty, Michelle Zarlenga, Kristine Veta, Abhay Walia

The Johnson Boys wander into an ominous speakeasy, and things get a little weird…

LOVE AND BREAKFAST

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min.
DIRECTORS: KC Monnie
PROD: KC Monnie
CAST: KC Monnie, Morgan Larsen

With our phone addictions, and hectic schedules, communication is truly, a dying art. It is so important to make time to be present for one another. Even if it’s just for a 30 minute breakfast. Listening to what someone has to say, or being brave enough to let someone hear what you are going through, even if it’s embarrassing or imperfect, is so rare with our technological distractions.

MY ETERNITY

CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min.
WRITER: Jonathan Martin
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Martin
PRODS: Jonathan Martin, John Miller AFB Artist Management
CAST: Elle Flannery, Sandi Jones, Nick Metos, Rachel Domingo, Liz Longsderff, Parker Cracroft

Four teens, with the help of a Medium, embark on a seance to conjure the spirit of someone they once wronged. They’ll soon wish they hadn’t as the spirit gets her bloody revenge.

ON THE ROAD

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min.
WRITER: Joi Olympia
DIRECTORS: Adam Ritchie, Joi Olympia
PROD: Sceneworks Studios
CAST: Jakob Karr, Ryan Steele, Joi Olympia

On the Road is the 5th movement within the song cycle, ‘Hotel Chelsea,’ created by Joi Olympia. It was inspired by the traveling stories of historic artists who passed through the Chelsea Hotel, including JoniMitchell, Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Patti Smith, and Jack Kerouac. Joi played guitar, bass, percussion, and violin on her album to weave together their beloved tales into something personal. Recorded and engineered in her home in Brooklyn. The video and song are influence by Jack Kerouac and his time spent writing the classic, America novel: On the Road.

ONE MORE DANCE

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min.
WRITER: Jenn Page
DIRECTOR: Jenn Page
PRODS: Jenn Page, Jenna Edwards, Rima Shideler

CAST: Raymond Revel, Patrick Gorman, Iris Karina, Savannah Liles, Bryson Pitts

An elderly man’s wife suffers from Alzheimer’s and as he is losing her he reminisces about the first time they danced. Will he get one more dance with her before she passes?

THE OTHER SIDE

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 4 min.
WRITER: ULLLIIK, Mary Schwegman
DIRECTOR: Erika David-Marsh
PRODS: Ryan Michael Connolly, Erika Davis-Marsh, Juliette Beneich, Cassandra Jones
CAST: Caitlin Sweetser, Peter Dorn, Lisa Ermel

Bookish Alice doesn’t quite fit in when a magical book transports her to a strange place. She follows a very late, handsome stranger to a wondrous tea party that may change her life.

PLAINS

WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 29 min.
DIRECTORS: Alexandra Palmer, Kelsey Alexander
PRODS: AKP Film and Media, Jessica Rotter, Alex K. Palmer, Alexandra Palmer, Kelsey Alexander, Jena Willard
CAST: Makenzie Murdock, Jessica Rotter

PLAINS is a short dance film caught somwhere between reality and a dream, spoken through movement. Filled with an aching sense of emptiness and loneliness, a free-spirited young woman leaves her home and embarks on an epic search for something to fill an unexplainable void she feels. Magical and mysterious lights, inspired by the Marfa lights, act as a beacon to what it is she so desperately desires. The melodies of PLAINS give life to the storyteller who acts as the woman’s spiritual guide. Seen in the natural beauty of the sweeping plains and stars all around, the songstress and the mysterious lights are one in the same, guiding the young woman back to the home she was once so anxious to leave. Ultimately, the woman learns to embrace the life and relationships she has been given, accepting that even when she may feel ‘lonely’ she is never truly alone.

PERSECUTA

No Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 2 min.
DIRECTOR: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
PRODS: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
CAST: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
A powerful new dance scene from the Lombard Twins.
PRINCESS BRIDE A WATCHMAN’S TALE
WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min.
WRITERS: Jeremiah Kaufman, Norman Kaufman
DIRECTORS: Jeremiah Kaufman
PRODS: Jeremiah Kaufman, Norman Kaufman
CAST: Noa Galil, Jeremiah Kaufman, Ella-Diana Brester

A fleeing Prince finds himself on a Medieval quest to rescue the Princess Bride and her beautiful maidens, held captive atop Mt. Arbel.

RED

NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2017, HDV, 9 min.
WRITER: Min Reid
DIRECTOR: Min Reid
PRODS: Derrick Boudwin, Cami Boudwin, Min Reid
CAST: Adam Templar, Michele Belgrand

With Dementia and Alzheimer’s now the biggest cause of death in England and Wales, Award winning director, Min Reid, felt compelled to write a script from the caretaker’s point of view. Inspired by American Artist Derrick Boudwin’s version of ‘Red’, a Taylor Swift song, Min Reid applied the lyrics to her interpretation of Alzheimer’s and the agony of losing a loved one to this brutal disease. Always keen to push the boundaries, Min created a music video that doubles up as a trailer for the full length film titled ‘For The Love of Fred’. Using poignant scenes, mainly without dialogue, set to emotive music. Within the music video, Min breaks with tradition and takes the audience back into the memory of the main character Fred, remembering when he proposed to his now Alzheimer’s wife… we then see a scene with dialogue in the middle of a music video. #RememberThePerson

REPAIRations! – THE MUSICAL

Los Angeles Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 14 min.
WRITER: Courtney Miller
DIRECTOR: Courtney Miller
PRODS: Tracy Sabeti, Sandra Evers-Manly, Charlie Meyers
CAST: Clifford McGee

REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860’s), end of segregation (1960’s), and President Obama’s inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the “American Pie”.

THE RIVER

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 6 min.
WRITER: David S. Marfield
DIRECTOR: David S. Marfield
PROD: Adana Gardner
CAST: Auni Hovanesian, Hillary Smith, & Donovan Bullen

Trapped in an attic of dull stagnation, Auni discovers an instrument that allows her to transport herself to a place of vibrant beauty. “The River” is Auni’s meditation on the tension between past and future, between the walls we create around ourselves and transcendence. It’s a look into the moment of hesitation that comes before any real transformation.

STRACONY

WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 7 min.
WRITER: Luis Miguel Villarreal
DIRECTOR: Luis Miguel Villarreal
PRODS: Luis Miguel Villarreal, Blanca Elena Farias, Fernanda Alvarez Gastelum
CAST: Theodore Khoury, Robyn Gerry, Jeff Gonek

A young man is being seduced by a male and a female dancer, who are fighting for his love. The young man’s homosexual attraction awakes by the caress of the dancer as he slowly shifts his attention and desire from the woman to the other man.

STUNG

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min.
WRITER: Larry Ziegelman, Terry Ziegelman
DIRECTOR: Larry Ziegelman
PRODS: Larry Ziegelman
CAST: Zoquera Milburn, Jaron Bellar, David Weiner

In this dark, twisted story, a heart-broken ex-boyfriend pines away for the girl he still loves even after she begins a new relationship.

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 7 min.
WRITER: Miles Windsor
DIRECTOR: Freddy Rodriguez
PRODS: Miles Windsor, Doug Strahm
CAST: Miles Windsor, Bobby Dellaroco

“You’ll Never Know” is a modernized arrangement of the 1940’s Academy Award Winning song of the same name previously covered by the great vocalists of yesteryear. This latest rendition by Australian crooner Miles Evan Windsor brings back the classic style while embracing an alternative direction for this timeless song. The music video is a tribute to true love. A man yearns for his lover before a heartbreaking performance on stage. “You’ll Never Know” is an instant classic filled with passion, and heartbreak, but most importantly it evokes a time long past.

 

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