Hudson Valley International Film Festival

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HVIFF 2015 Schedule 

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Savior (Non Competition)  
(Directed by Charles Marinaro)
Narrative Feature

Friday, August 14

Time: 08:00 PM-10:00 PM


The story follows a troubled homeless young man in his journey into the crime world. The man struggles to become relevant as a petty criminal and is forced to become ruthless. The crime world is survival of the fittest, so the man must cheat the game and reset the rules. As this man rises to power, old family demons resurface, causing a domino effect of chaos and tragedy. Anyone associated, involved with the man on any level is in jeopardy, for the law and the streets are at odds.

Girl in Argentine Landscape (Non Competition) 
(Directed by Rich Embardo)
Show

Saturday, August 15

Time: 6:00PM 

Theater 6

**First come first serve seating available for Day/Weekend Pass holders**



"Girl in Argentine Landscape" is an autobiographical coming-of-age tale about one girl’s metamorphosis from “big dork” to “bad ass.”  


An illustrious overachiever and daughter of intellectuals, Naomi longs to experience life beyond straight A’s and extracurricular excess.  So she leaves her native New Mexico for a full-fledged Argentine adventure, where she discovers her big-haired and big-mouthed alter-ego, Carmen Mercedes.  However, her new identity is threatened by her impending return.  She then faces a final challenge:  leaving her geeky baggage back in Argentina and bringing Carmen Mercedes home in its place.


"Girl in Argentine Landscape" was originally mounted as a part of “Miles from Myself,” an evening of solo shows directed by Rich Embardo at Hollywood’s National Comedy Theatre.  There it received critical acclaim (LA Weekly, “Pick of the Week”) and earned Naomi an LA Weekly Theater Award nomination for best solo performance.  She subsequently toured with the show to Chicago's Single File Festival (Anthenaeum Theatre), the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (Barnsdall Gallery Theatre), and screened a subtitled video-version on the big screen in Argentina.    

Carnival Knowledge  (Non Competition) 

(Directed by Rich Embardo)
Show

Saturday, August 15

Theater 6

**First come first serve seating available for Day/Weekend Pass holders**


Five million men in Los Angeles…  She only needs one to work.

"Carnival Knowledge" is a critically acclaimed, comic, carnal romp, replete with hilarious, kinky capers peppered with surprising poignancy. The audience is taken on a rough but thrilling ride through the twists and turns of the roller-coaster that is the search for one’s soul mate… only to discover that maybe love is easier to find than it seems. 


Set on a carnival midway, this award-nominated solo performer chronicles her own dizzying dating history by depicting a freak show full of suitors:  a touchy-feely yoga teacher; a furry in a chicken-suit; a touring Argentine football team; a dangerous, hot-headed hunk;  and the list goes on.  Her hysterical--though sobering--perils and pitfalls of playing the dating game ultimately lead her to rethink her strategy in the quest to find “the one.” 


**Q&A Session with Naomi Grossman and photo/autograph opportunity to follow screening**

Girl on the Edge
(Directed by Jay Silverman)
Narrative Feature

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 10:00 AM-11:45 AM


Girl on the Edge is the award-winning powerful true story of a troubled teenager who falls victim to an online predator. Unable to cope with the trauma, Hannah becomes self destructive, and her parents make the heartbreaking decision to send her away to an alternative healing center in the wilderness. With it's unconventional approach to therapy, and with the help of an eclectic staff and horse named Betsy, Hannah begins to learn that the path to recovery is sometimes the one less traveled.

States of Grace
(Directed by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman)
Documentary Feature

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 10:10AM-11:25AM

The profound transformation of a Bay Area family lies at the heart of this poignant documentary about resilience and the healing power of community and spiritual practice. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering HIV/AIDS specialist, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awoke with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered.

Upstairs 

(Directed by Joseph Spadaro)

T.V Pilot

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 10:20AM- 10:42AM

Joe, Matt, Sarah and Francine are four guys in their twenties. They all live in Brighton, a wonderful sea-side town looking the ocean, where they attend the local university. Each of them has his own peculiar personality, as witnessed by their different choices for what concerns their studies, and through their education and backgrounds, that will become apparent little by little as the story progresses.

Soar 

(Directed by Alyze Tzue )

Animation Short
Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 10:50AM-10:56AM

A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.

All About The Dollar

(Directed by Karan Chhatwal)

Short Film Drama, Thriller

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 11:05AM-11:26AM


When a 23-year-old unemployed college graduate spends his days illegally selling prescription pills in his local town to pay off his loans, he is trapped further and further in a scheme run by a local, reputable doctor with seemingly no way out. When is it finally enough?

Picking Up the Pieces 

(Directed by Joshua Tebeau)

Documentary

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time:11:35am-12:03pm


The film explores the perspectives of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors as they rebuilt their lives after the Second World War. Answering the question, “How do you “live” after surviving the Holocaust?” the film builds a nuanced and complex portrait of the survivors’ struggles through the lens of key universal questions about Belief in God, Forgiveness, Home, Jewish identity and Memory. Nine survivor’s voices are interwoven together and merge into a choral ensemble telling the previously untold story of the efforts of child survivors to build normal and productive lives from tragic beginnings. Child survivors are now the last living witnesses of the Holocaust. Their struggle, bittersweet reflections, hope and energy are poignant and uplifting testament to the human spirit.


TALKIN’ TO A PRETTY BLONDE GIRL

(Directed by Scott Gordon Bleicher)

Music Video

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 11:50am-11:55am


This is a character exploration, a trek to the depths of the self. A fascinating and private transformation, both physical and emotional, bookended by a bathroom mirror and a wholly different soul in contemplation, and to contemplate, on either end.

This is a descent, and then a phoenix.

This is Sunshine's story.

(Featuring Sunshine McLean. Music by Our Wild America.)

Something Better Comes Along

(Directed by Mark Loriot Mazzeo )

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 12:00pm - 1:06pm


Listless millenials muse over unrequited love on their way to self discovery in this character driven suburban neorealist story.


Waterless

(Directed by Marc I. Daniels)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 12:03pm-1:03


A young man becomes afflicted with a disease so rare that there is no record of it anywhere in world history. He is allergic to water. When a special secret research division of the U.S. Government gets wind of this, they aggressively offer to take this man "under their wing" for an indefinite period of time until a cure is found. As he resides comfortably for a number of years in a heavily secured facility with Level 4 visitation privileges, a question soon arises. Are the intentions of the government to help him...or themselves?

Dreamers Among us

(Directed by Ilene Cutler)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time 1:08pm -11:14pm


Explore the stories of six young people who came to the United States in different ways all sharing a common thread- wanting to go to college. Without passage of the NY DREAM Act their opportunities are limited. The documentary made by youth with adult filmmakers, explores their struggle and quest for equal rights.


Hoops

(Directed by Natalie Malizia)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 12:20pm -12:33pm


A man intends to propose to his girlfriend on the kiss-cam at a basketball game, but when he loses the ring, she's left with a cheesy, wet surprise and a crispy onion ring.

Brood of Vipers

(Directed by Cameron Goad)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 12:20pm -12:33pm


A troubled man reflects on his actions as he starts down a dark path.

Clan

(Directed by Sean Tracy)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 1:00pm -1:19pm


The apocalyptic survival drama, written and directed by Sean Tracy, takes a look at a plausible apocalyptic scenario - the power goes out, servers go down, and there's no communication from federal or state agencies. In effect, no one knows why the power has gone out, or if and when it will come back on. The story follows the Jessup family from rural New York, faced with this lack of information and their need to survive. CLAN takes a look at how quickly things can go wrong – and right – when basic necessities like running water and electricity are gone.

The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer's Together

(Directed by Barbara Klutinis)

Documentary

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 1:05pm-1:58pm


An ode to memory: Couples affected by a partner's recent diagnosis of Early Alzheimer's come to terms with their changing roles. Prominent Alzheimer's medical experts offer their perspectives on diagnosis, the nature of the disease, helpful attitudes in caring for loved ones, stigma, support for caregivers, clinical trials, and overall healthcare concerns.

Barefoot

(Directed by Galih Sakti)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 1:30pm -1:43pm



During colonial times in Java, a Dutch boy named Vincent makes friends with a mysterious native girl in the forest near the Dutch plantation. The girl always sings a beautiful, yet sad song, and has never worn any shoes. She becomes Vincent's only friend. At home in the plantation Vincent talks about how happy he is to have this new friend. Every night before bed he sings the alluring song to himself as a lullaby. His father, Hendrik, a Dutch military officer, worries about the boy's sympathetic behavior to the natives.


The Beautiful Ones

(Directed by Jesse V. Johnson)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 2:00pm -3:30pm


A retelling of Romeo and Juliet set within the Los Angeles underworld.

The Edge of the Wild

(Directed by Gail Mallimson)

Documentary

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 2:10pm -3:10pm


For over 30 years, residents of the small town of Brisbane, California just south of San Francisco, have fought to save rare butterflies on private land planned for luxury housing. This epic battle between private property rights and the survival of a species has resulted in a major shift in national environmental policy. The Edge of the Wild tells the story of this struggle both past and present, through the eyes of a life-long resident of Brisbane who is determined to save the last population of these butterflies before they are gone forever.

Jack is Pretty

(Directed by Jarek Zabczynski )

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 2:20pm-2:46pm


Amid the chaos and instability of growing up with neglectful parents, and enduring the taunting of a bully, a little girl strikes out on her own to find order, happiness, and an understanding of the world around her. As the dangers surrounding her come closing in, her world brightens when she finds the solace of friendship and love with an old, discarded Jack In The Box.

OH CRAPPY DAY

(Directed by Jon Lance Bacon)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 2:55pm -3:12pm


On a blind date with a charming young woman, a film student struggles to keep his OCD on the down low.

Separation

(Directed by Andrew Schwarz)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 3:20pm -3:38pm


A recently divorced family, comprised of a mother, father, and little girl, struggles to assimilate to their new lives. The girl, Abigail, resorts to surprising alternative methods to cope.

PROLIX

(Directed by Eric Ward)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 3:30pm -3:47pm


An elaborate dessert is prepared on the final night of a marriage.

Annulment

(Directed by Bryan Stumpf)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 3:35pm-3:55pm


A recently divorced couple must 'make nice' and get along to survive hordes of zombie-like humans, infected with a deadly pandemic.

KETTLE

(Directed by Jabari Clarke-Pennegan)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 3:45pm-4:05pm


A woman holds a man hostage, in this dangerous game of cat and cat...

Lover's Game

(Directed by Danielle Earle)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 3:55pm-5:53pm


Vincent and Annabella are a wealthy couple living in New York City. They want to have a child, but discover that children will never be a possibility. Soon, their ambitions of family has an effect on their marriage. Then one day, Annabella meets a painter named Gillian; a seductive, exotic lesbian painter, who changes her whole perspective on her future and her life with Vincent.


Their friendship grows strong after Anna offers Gillian an opportunity to showcase her artwork. Their relationship leads to a love affair, which causes a roll coaster of emotions; betrayal, seduction and eventually causes Anna to reach her breaking point.

1.7 Alpha

(Directed by Quanah Jay Hicks)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 4:00pm-5:36pm


With her social life seemingly at a crossroads, a young woman seeks solace in her new friend's peculiar perspective of the world they live in.

Dancing with Nureyev

(Directed by Abraham Heisler)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 4:20pm-4:35pm


Guided and inspired by the tangible spirit of the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev, an impetuous young ballerina struggles to achieve her first professional breakthrough.

ON FLYING WATER

(Directed by Dominique Monfery)

Animated Short

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 4:40pm-4:42pm


This film is a metaphore of life, with drops born at dawn and dying at sunrise. the drops are personalized, a visual metaphor of human and animal's life. they all fight, die, win, etc. but they are treated as animals or any other characters.


In a little park. At dawn, the sun heats a lake. The dew awakens and dozens of water drops gather together at the heart of a spider web. The water's weight stretches out toward a public bin. One of the drops falls in the bin and disintegrates in a vessel liquid. That's the panic, among the drops, they all try to climb up on the the spider web. A little drop cuts one of the web's threads, and as a trampoline, the drops are propelled on an electric cable. The sun continues to rise, heats them, until they boil. 


The Apple Tree

(Directed by Scott Storm )

Animated Short

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 4:50pm-5:09pm


A destitute young boy discovers that the natural world near his home is in jeopardy, and acts to put things right at all costs.

At the End of the Line

(Directed by Robert Kerr)

Music Video

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 5:45pm -5:50pm


A short film about the Kindertransport program in 1939, saving thousands of young Jewish lives from the talons of Nazi Germany. Told through archival images and music.

WILDLIKE

(Directed by  Frank Hall Green)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 6:00pm-7:38pm


Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts are to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somehow, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the last frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of a spectacular Alaska landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship. Mackenzie and Bartlett prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary. Returning to civilization, Mackenzie is once again at risk of capture by her uncle as he hounds with manipulative calls and messages. When Bartlett finally discovers her alarming secret, he must make a bold choice to take real responsibility for Mackenzie and help her escape her traumatic past and return home.

Oblivion season

(Directed by Abbas Rafei)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 6:10pm -7:44pm


An ex-prostitute starts a new life by marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed before. Now she is the prisoner of her loved one and to earn her freedom she should fight with the masculine society.

SPIT BOYS

(Directed by Anthony J. Puglia)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 6:20pm -6:35pm


A mob film that follows James Callera, his cousin Mikey and a slew of other characters who make the drama complete. Upon leaving the family at the age of 18 James finds himself in the midst of a war overseas. Meanwhile, back at home, following the death of his father, Mikey takes over as head of the family. James returns from the Marine Corps to find himself in the middle of another war. With chaos afoot and his cousin at the head of the family, circumstances with a rival gang have gone awry. Now after fighting one war, he must now fight another. This time the war is on his own turf, and this war he has not been trained to fight.


Love & A Lug Wrench

(Directed by Jeffrey Fleisig)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 6:45pm -6:54pm


Pete’s absurdly desperate plan to win over his dream girl is everyone else’s nightmare in this tale of forbidden love and misguided affection.

Parallel Chords (overture)

(Directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 7:05pm -7:18pm


Parallel Chords (overture) is the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality.

Too Fast, Paris

(Directed by Guillaume Karoubi)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 7:40pm -7:51pm


A man in love is lost within the twists and turns of his very own perception of reality.

Flowers

(Directed by Sabina Sattar)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 7:50pm -7:59pm


A boy falls in love with a deaf and mute girl and has to find a way to communicate his feelings for her.

Dirty Beautiful

(Directed by Tim Bartell)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time: 8:00pm-9:35pm


David is a young, struggling writer very alone in the world. Kat is a lost soul recently left homeless by her ex. Both survive on the fringe of life. So when Kat storms into David’s life and throws out the crazy idea that they become an instant couple, David impulsively agrees and moves her into his tiny apartment.


After some wild ups and downs, they make their home into a cave. A safe haven away from the world. But their retreat is fueled as much by drinking and escape as affection. When fantasies of children and a “normal” life compete with their bohemian ways, things turn ugly. Out of their cave, in the sober light of day, can David & Kat’s love survive?


Poverty Inc.

(Directed by Gary Null)

Documentary

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time: 8:05pm -9:56pm


The Great Recession of 2008 proved that Wall Street and Washington’s promises of rising wages, upward mobility and job security were little more than empty rhetoric that paved the way to broken dreams, soup kitchens and homelessness for millions of American citizens. Six years later, the ranks of economically disenfranchised Americans continue to swell. Currently, the US ranks fourth highest in wealth inequality among 140 nations. Fifty million Americans live below the poverty line and 17 million live on less than $2 a day. These staggering figures bring into sharp focus the fact that the War on Poverty, declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson, has been a dismal failure. 


Examining the influence of corporate globalization and exposing the destructive nature of our modern financial system, Poverty, Inc. offers a sobering look into how the predatory economic policies instituted by America’s new elite class have contributed to the nation’s descent into Third World status. Engrossing in-depth interviews with some of the world’s finest economists, progressive politicians, investigative reporters and philosophers, as well as the voices of America’s downtrodden reveal the terrifying threats posed by unregulated capitalism and corporate power. Poverty, Inc. is a timely wake-up call for those seeking hard-hitting answers on the economic realities facing our country and world today.

Summer of ‘69.

(Directed by Ellen Steves)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time: 8:20pm -9:01pm


This film is based on the urban legend that The Manson Family recorded all their misdeeds with Super-8 cameras. With a new twist on an old story, we follow Charles Manson and his disciples through the fateful summer that would end in a spree of cold-blooded killings. Shot in the outskirts of Eastern Washington, this film is the collaborative effort of boom! theater company, based out of Brooklyn, NY.

Darker

(Directed by Alex Torres)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time 9:10pm - 9:19pm


When a young man identifies someone in a crime, the perpetrators' mysterious guardian begins terrorizing him. The good Samaritan ultimately realizes the stranger's revenge is even more sinister than he had imagined.

Milking It

(Directed by Fredgy Noël)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time 9:25pm-9:35pm


Milking It, is a dark romantic comedy--a story that follows a presumably motherless woman in her early 30s who seduces men with the sole purpose of befriending their moms.

The King of Trickery

(Directed by Thea Naerdal)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time 9:40pm-9:54pm


When a young boy's magician father dies during his performance, the boy strives to forget about all that is magic.

JOHNNY WALKER

(Directed by Kris De Meester)

Feature Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 1

Time 10:00pm -11: 24pm


A washed up Hollywood director is trapped in a remote castle by his own fears until the arrival of a mysterious woman offers him possible salvation. Inspired by Dostoevsky's 'Notes from the Underground', Johnny Walker attempts to answer the burning question: Is living a long life vulgar, immoral or just plain bad manners?.

The Neighborhood That Disappeared

(Directed by Mary Paley)

Documentary

Saturday, August 15

Theater 2

Time 10:10pm -11:43pm


In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany, New York. An arrangement made by first term Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and longtime Albany Mayor, Erastus Corning the 2nd, displaced almost eight per cent of the City's diverse population, razed more than.

The Buffalo Killer

(Directed by John Waterfall)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time 10:20pm-10:52pm


On a warm summer night a spasm of violence robs young Marin of her father. The killer, a masked man in red, escapes into the night and is seemingly lost into memory. Years pass and Marin grows into a closed off self sufficient young woman who spends her days wandering. On a fateful evening a wounded stranger, Jeremiah, sneaks into her home seeking shelter from a pursuant law man. Intrigued Marin uncovers that Jeremiah knew her father but before she can discover more he vanishes. She wakes the next morning with an aggressive U.S. Marshall at her doorstep demanding the whereabouts of her former guest. Unwilling to cooperate Marin leaves the Marshall frustrated and seeking her own answers journeys into the rocky countryside to find them. Upon finding Jeremiah the two lonely people begin to bond over their shared isolation.


Test

(Directed by Jay Lifton)

Short Film

Saturday, August 15

Theater 3

Time 11:05pm-11:14pm


A seemingly unremarkable man spends a day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Through his day he interacts with the odd, detached employees of the facility, guiding him from section to section, obscuring the intentions or duration of the test.

ALTO

(Directed by Mikki del Monico)

Feature Film

Sunday , August 16

Theater 1

Time 10:00am -11:14pm


A lesbian mob comedy...enough said?


An improbable love, the mob and family traditions gone awry all pave the way to laughter in this character rich story that explores uncharted territory. When unlikely worlds collide, we ultimately end up with... Two girls. One gun. The Mob. Because coming out to family is hard, but coming out to FAMILY is funny!


Still living at home with her mother and sister, engaged to the RIGHT boy from a good Italian family, Frankie’s life seems to be going down a very “traditional” path...until she discovers a dead body in the trunk of a rental car, messing up a perfectly good New Jersey gig for her band.


Meanwhile, her sister - who can’t get enough of anything Mafia, including being obsessed with the cult phenomenon hit TV show MOB HIT - sees an open door, and she's determined to go through it – right to the funeral.


At the wake, Frankie and Heather meet two people for whom the Mafia isn't a television show. Nicolette Bellafusco manages wedding bands and also happens to be the sophisticated daughter of Caesar “The General” Bellafusco, a new Brooklyn don. Heather is captivated by Caesar. Nicolette is captivated by Frankie. And Frankie can’t wait to get the hell away from it all. That, however, is easier said than done.

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Enter The Faun

(Directed by Daisy Wright and Tamar Rogoff)

Documentary

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time 10:10 a.m – 11:17 a.m


The unlikely collaboration between a veteran choreographer and a young actor with cerebral palsy delivers astonishing proof that each and every body is capable of miraculous transformation. As Tamar Rogoff trains Gregg Mozgala to dance in her performance, they discover that her lack of formal medical training and his fears and physical limitations are not obstacles, but the impetus for her choreography and their unprecedented discoveries. “Enter The Faun” is the story of a joyous, obsessed journey towards opening night. It challenges the boundaries of medicine and art, as well as the limitations associated with disability.

Ambitions 

(Directed by Daniele Sestito)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time 10:20am 10:31am


A day in the life of a family who live their lives the way they have to and not exactly the way they want to.

You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory

(Directed by Jack Kyser)

Documentary

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time 10:35am 10:55am


Charlie, a socially inept young man, compulsively confesses every detail of his anti-social behavior to his mother, Hazel, with whom he still lives in Harlem. When his mother asks him to finally move out of her apartment, Charlie is forced to confront his greatest fears - losing his only life witness and living in a world without his only friend and confidante.


The Great Flood

(Directed by Michael Mallis)

Animated Short

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time 11:00am -11:08am


An animation told through the perspective of a religious fundamentalist. All of mankind is punished with a great flood except for one old man with a boat full of zoo animals.

Pretty Boy

(Directed by Cameron Thrower)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time 11:25am -11:57am


Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to "fix" his questionable homosexuality. Aside from acceptance, "Pretty Boy" is about confidence, finding an inner strength, and being who you are meant to be. to edit text

The Dash

(Directed by Chris Raffaele)

Feature Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time 12:00pm -1:30pm


After the death of his Mother a struggling playwright moves back home with his bitter angry Father and slowly turns into him.

In the Image

(Directed by Judy Montell)

Documentary

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time 12:10pm -1:10pm


Academy Award nominated filmmaker Judy Montell and Emmy Scharlatt is a cinematic portrait of four Palestinian women on the West Bank-- young women who spend time with their friends and families, mothers too fearful to allow their children to play outside, siblings who witness their brother murdered by the IDF-- but fearless in their commitment to human rights and peace. It is sixty minutes long.

METTLE

(Directed by Jonny Hodgetts)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time 12:20pm -12:31pm


A homeless man who, with one good deed, overcomes the demons of his past.

HAPPY RETIREMENT

(Directed by Ben Niu)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time 12:40pm -1:00pm


A man, newly retired wants to keep working but his wife will not allow it. 

In Transit

(Directed by Justin Van Voorhis)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time 1:10pm -1:35pm


Two unique individuals, Arthur and Jennifer, cross paths one fateful day at a bus station at a time when they have both have found themselves unsure of where their roads are heading.

 THE PERFECT COLOR

(Directed by Justin Halstead)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time: 1:20pm-1:50pm


Love. Obsession. Paint.

OUR PEOPLE

(Directed by

Albert Kahn)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time: 1:40pm -1:47pm


A young Jewish man must choose between tradition and true love when his rabbi father forbids further contact with his secret love interest, a young black woman.

VALLEY INN

(Directed by Kim Swink)

Feature Films

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 1:55pm-3:54pm


Valley Inn tells the fish-out-of-water story of Emily Mason, a New Jersey college student who finds herself stationed a thousand miles from home in a hot, dusty, dying small southern town, selling books door-to-door for the summer. Through a series of misadventures in “The Bookfield” and her growing friendships with the uniquely comical and endearing residents of Hindsville…like wise and witty Penny Rivers (who secretly frets over the future of her beloved Valley Inn Café since the new highway by-pass re-routed traffic right around "Downtown" Hindsville) and no-nonsense waitress Althea; “The Don Juan of Hindsville,” Gary Noble, a charming ex-rodeo champ just a bit past his prime; 17 year old barrel racer, Callie Anders, who’s gunning for the title “Rodeo Queen,” her unscrupulous father who will do anything to see his daughter wear that crown and his trophy-wife Olivia, an ex-rodeo queen who eases life’s little disappointments with a little Jack Daniels; and Lee Dickson, who seems un-ambitious to the highly motivated Emily (but a good “Book Woman” should know, you can’t judge a book by its cover)…Emily soon discovers what it means to follow your heart.

DRAWING A BLANK

(Directed by Ryan Wermich)

Feature Films

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time: 2:00pm-3:25pm


Waking up in a hospital with no memories to rely on, Candice Bruno teams-up with another amnesia patient, Jace Haden, on a surprising escapade to rediscover their pasts. Running into rival mafia families and escaping a frantic FBI unit, the two unlikely friends realize they're fighting the wrong enemy. Revealing clues not only lead them to a growing attraction for each other, but expose a bigger threat that looms. Side by side in an unbridled adventure, they stumble upon the key that unlocks a corrupt scheme as well as their once failed memories.

Found

(Directed by Dawn Fields)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time pm 2:20pm -2:34pm


A young man resurfaces after ten years to unburden his soul and seek forgiveness for an unspeakable crime.

Broken Jam

(Directed by Emanuele Michetti)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 2:45pm - 3:00pm


An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Through a day, this story shows the difficulty maintaining a romantic, cohabiting relationship, suffering with mental disease.


 THE PRICE

(Directed by Edward Chow)

Animated Short

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 3:10pm -3:13pm


King and Country is about a young soldier who discovers his enemy is a man like he is. The work is realized through the graphic style of propaganda posters.

SUPINE BY ORACLE MC

(Directed by Benn Veasey)

Music Video

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time: 3:35pm -3:38pm


A short music video for Oracle MC's song 'Supine'.

THE MORNING AFTER

(Directed by Shanra Kehl)

Feature Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time: 4:00pm -5:18pm


The Morning After is a feature film that consists of 8 vignettes that are intercut throughout the film. Eight individuals wake up next to someone and need to decide if they should stay or if they should go.


 LORDS OF BSV

(Directed by Maria Soccor)

Documentary

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time: 4:10pm -5:29pm


In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - a natural 'pressure cooker' for emerging talent, George Adams creates a new dance form called, Brukup, whom a group of young men and women follow like a religion. This dance form revived by BSV members Blackie and Poba, has evolved as dancers use the foundation of the Brukup movement to enhance their free form and mutation style of dance. Desperately trying to escape the street life, Brukup is the one thing that keeps them all together and saves them from the tough urban streets of the 'Stuy'. Keeping kids off the streets by showing them how to turn anger into the art of dance, they are a family. They are: The Lords of BSV.

Born Warriors Redux

(Directed by Vincent Giordano)

Documentary

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 4:20pm-5:06pm


Born Warriors Redux follows the indigenous Burmese sport of Lethwei as it faces an unusual series of challenges stemming from the opening of Myanmar (Burma) to the outside world. Lethwei is an ancient sport that once prepared men for combat and served as a rite of passage into manhood. Today, the sport is a symbol of prowess and strength for the people of Myanmar, who for decades have been beaten down and stripped of their pride and dignity by a brutal military dictatorship. This fascinating first-hand account of Lethwei was shot on location throughout Myanmar.

BANDITO

(Directed by Parker Hill)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 5:15pm -5:30pm


A coming-of-age drama about Jamie, a young boy who stows himself away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist.

September Sketch Book

(Directed by Ronnie Cramer)

Animated Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 1

Time: 5:25pm -5:33pm


SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

Tiny Things

(Directed by Mara Kassin)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 3

Time: 5:40pm-5:54pm


Two sisters butt heads when one, heavily pregnant, busies herself with all the pastel colored preparations a baby shower inspires and the other, dripping with sarcasm, can't help but poke fun at the ritual. As the party kicks off and women get frantic about baby gear one sister is compelled to reveal the darker source if her cynicism bringing the festivities to a screeching halt.

The Baptizm of Joshua Cohen

(Directed by Robert Caudy)

Short Film

Sunday, August 16

Theater 2

Time: 5:45pm-5:59pm


Come hell or high water ten year-old Bobby O'Byrne will do whatever it takes to save his friend Joshua Cohen from eternal damnation