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ITWIFF 2018 Film Schedule

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Salem and Halima have no news of their son who has left illegally for Italy. They live in agony. The film is set in southeast Tunisia, Ahmed sells smuggled diesel oil on the road to Libya. One day, he decides to be smuggled overseas to Italy. For months there has been no word from him. Conflicting stories circulate concerning the fate of their only son.

Director: Sarra Abidi

Writer: Sarra Abidi
Producer: Ali Ben Abdallah
Year: 2017
Length: 01:30:00
Country: 
Tunisia

Language: English 

Venue: New Women  Space

Date: 11/9/18

BENZINE

Saayeh in her 30's seeking for her dreams in today's Tehran.

 

Director: Ghazaleh Soltani

Writer: Ghazaleh Soltani

Producer: Ghazaleh Soltani
Year:  
Length: 1:16:00
Country: Iran 
Language: Persian

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

WANDER ABOUT ME
KEPT
HIT ME UP
DON'T SCHMUCK IT UP
DARE
THE WEDDING SCENE

When an austere teacher gives her pregnant student advice about her future, she doesn't realize how close to home the consequences will be.

 

Director: Dilara Senbilgin

Writer: Dilara Senbilgin
Producer: Natalie Simpkins
Year: 2018
Length: 10:58
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

A naive teenager thinks she has a chance at young love, until her first kiss goes further than expected.

 

Director: Michelle Martinez

Writer: Michelle Martinez
Producer: Michelle Martinez
Year: 2017
Length: 14:25
Country: United States
Language:English 

Premiere Status

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

2 millennial reporters rewrite the playbook on life, love, & career on and off the ice.

 

Director: Sam Reetz

Writer: Sam Reetz, Juliet Picard
Producer: Sam Reetz, Juliet Picard
Year: 2018
Length: 08:35
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

In 2038, where driving becomes banned, two siblings rebel against the government to save their family’s most precious thing: their car..

 

Director: Manuela Vasquez

Writer: Manuela Vasquez, Laura Fernanda
Producer: Julian Bueno
Year: 2018
Length: 8:47
Country: United States
Language:English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

The Wedding Scene is a comedic short film about rewriting and revolting against harmful gender stereotypes. Set behind the scenes of an indie movie during the pivotal wedding scene, the actors get "cold feet" on behalf of their one-dimensional characters and have to figure out a way to speak now... or forever hold their peace

 

Director: Dan Levy Dagerman

Writer: Savannah Kopp
Producer: Savannah Kopp, Amy Argyle, Selina Ringel
Year: 2018
Length: 10:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

VERONICA
GROWN
STONED

Veronica decides to become her most authentic self by becoming someone else. Literally.

 

Director: Reiko Aylesworth

Writer: Tanya Perez
Producer: Tanya Perez, Reiko Aylesworth, Scott Coscia
Year: 2018
Length: 11:23
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

A couple goes on a romantic bushwalk, but the man they meet on the way spoils their plans.

 

Director: Isabelle Whitington, Aidan Keogh

Writer: Aidan Keogh, Isabelle Whitington
Producer: Aidan Keogh
Year: 2018
Length: 6:20
Country: Australia
Language: English

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Draped in the culturally capricious backdrop of Miami, a chaste, digitally dependent twenty-something is forced to coexist with his promiscuous problematic cousin.

 

Director: Edson Jean

Writer: Edson Jean, Joshua Jean-Baptiste, Maria Corina Ramirez
Producer: Blake Behnam
Year: 2018
Length: 22:32
Country: United States
Language: English

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

WE CARRY IT WITHIN US

Four American Afro Caribbean women address the legacy of slavery, the memory of the Danes, the sale of the US Virgin Islands and the current relationship to the U.S. and Denmark.

 

Director: Helle Stenum

Writer: Helle Stenum
Producer: Helle Stenum
Year: 2017
Length: 1:06:00

Country: Denmark

Language: 

Venue:  Wythe Hotel

Date: 11/10/18

Moksha is a film that follows three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy that mountain biking can give to women across the Himalayas. Follow these young women as they compete in mountain bike races across the Asian continent, claim titles as the first female MBLA certified mountain bike guides in Nepal, and most importantly witness the impact these women leave as role models for other Nepali women and girls.

 

Director: Francesca Weikert, Taylor Killian

Writer: Francesca Weikert
Producer: Taylor Killian, Jennifer Killian
Year: 2018
Length: 25:41
Country: United States, Nepal
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith anymore. Leaving the ultra-orthodox world she lost all her children, whom she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a daycare center watched by Rabbinical social workers. 

 

Director: Katharina Woll

Writer: Katharina Woll
Producer: Markus Kaatsch

Dana Gal
Year: 2017
Length: 23:00
Country: Israel
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy, Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

 

Director: Yasmin Mistry

Writer: Maxine Trump, Kimberly DiPersia
Producer: Yasmin Mistry, Kimberly DiPersia
Year: 2018
Length: 9:32
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

When Marlise died, the battle for her life began.

62 DAYS tells the story of Marlise Muñoz, a brain-dead pregnant woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against her wishes.

 

Director: Rebecca Haimowitz

Writer: Rebecca Haimowitz
Producer: Rebecca Haimowitz

Executive Producer: Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker
Year: 2017
Length: 28:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

62 DAYS
FOR A BETTER LIFE
EXIT
MOKSHA
SHE DID THAT

An extension of the popular, online lifestyle destination known as In Her Shoes, founder Renae Bluitt’s first cinematic project, 'She Did That.,' explores the passionate pursuits of four fly, female entrepreneurs. Taking an intimate peek inside their lives, each woman shares a powerful testimony as to how true grit and perseverance sets the stage for ultimate success.

 

Director: Renae Bluitt

Writer: Renae Bluitt, Trizonna McClendon

Executive Producer: Renae Bluitt

Supervising Producer: Ayana Barber
Year: 2018
Length: 01:12:46
Country: United States 

Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel

Date: 11/10/18

THE CRYING OF TANBUR

A psychological drama is based on the true story, that tells about the story of the Tajik family in the early 90s in Tajikistan, which, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, plunged into a civil war.

 

Director: Anisa Sabiri

Writer: Anisa Sabir
Producer: Joseph Proto, Smita Proto
Year: 2018
Length: 25:00
Country: Tajikistan
Language: Persian, Russian

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

SWITCH
TEST OF COURAGE
OLD HABITS DIE HARD
ROOMMATING
WILD WOMAN
REEL WOMEN SEEN

When a young girl wakes up after a head injury and does not recognize anything or anyone around her, she begins to uncover the sinister and frightening truth. 

 

Director: Nicole Ludowese

Writer: Nicole Ludowese
Producer: Rachel Svatos, Morgan Gullett
Year: 2018
Length: 19:57
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

During WWII, a bunch of children, with 11-year old Anton and his younger brother Rudi in the middle, meet up at a wall at the cementery. They regulary have tests of courage. As it is Rudi´s turn, he makes his way, armed with a knife, to the grave of a child murderer, where the night ends in terror.

 

Director: Rena Dumont

Writer: Rena Dumont
Producer: Rena Dumont
Year: 2016
Length: 19:28
Country: Germany, Czech Republic
Language: German

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Roommating is a comedy about two roommates, one is broke, the other is broken-hearted. They pretend to be married and go to marriage counseling together, as part of a study to make money, so that he can pay the rent and she can move on in her relationships. Through the experience, they uncover their issues with one another, and their lives change in ways they had never expected.

 

Director: Alexandra Dell

Writer: Alexandra Dell
Producer: Alexandra Dell, Colin Foster, Banu Debre, Kris Arnold, Banu Debre
Year: 2018
Length: 6:56
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

REEL WOMEN SEEN tells the story of the realities faced by women in the film and TV industry yet simultaneously depicts the necessary, possible and achievable ways to transform them. The story is set in common TV backdrops – from a police procedural to a sitcom (complete with laugh track), to a medical drama, to a webisode series. One continuous narrative unfolds through a series of brief parodies, ending with resolve for change. 

 

Director: Amanda Tapping

Writer: Elvira Kurt
Producer: Heather Allin, ACTRA National Women's Committee
Year: 2017
Length: 7:48
Country: Canada
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Wild Woman is an animated poem to mankind which invokes current world issues such as drone-strikes and religious persecution in a plea for empathy. Scenes transform and melt as the animator also explores her personal struggle of becoming a mother and identifying as such in our current social and political climate.

 

Director: Vanessa Sweet, Nic Sweet

Writer: Vanessa Sweet
Producer: Vanessa Sweet
Year: 2018
Length: 3:41

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

As a recovering alcoholic, Eve, an investigative journalist, wants to start a new life: sober and away from her demons. When she meets a Russian Private Investigation Agent at a secret bar one last time to exchange classified information, something is about to happen that is far more dangerous.

 

Director: Leah Faye Caddigan

Writer: Lea Pfandler,  Pavel Shatu

Producer: Lea Pfandler,  Pavel Shatu
Year: 2018
Length: 4:51
Country: United States 

Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/10/18

Two young women find themselves completely drawn to each other but one fears the repercussions of society in 1978 Brooklyn. 

 

Director: Christie Conochalla

Writer: Lisa Tedesco
Producer: Lisa Tedesco
Year: 2017
Length: 15:52

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

After losing her job, Valerie (Valynn Turkovich) relapses into bulimia. It takes the newfound friendship of an oddball woman named Jacey (Kate Hughes) to help her find the way back to recovery.

 

Director: Brandon C. Lay

Writer: Brandon C. Lay

Producer: Kate Hughes, Brandon C. Lay

Year: 2018

Length:39:00

Country: United States

Language: English

Venue: Wythe Hotel

Date: 11/11/18

The end of 2017 presents a new awakening in the acceptance of sexual harassment and abuse allegations in the home, arts, media, and politics. 

 

Director: Kaye Tuckerman

Writer: Ari Groover

Producer: Kaye Tuckerman
Year:  2017
Length: 6:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

Smack. Crunch. Splat. Two lovers are headed to the altar and small creatures are dying along the way. Predestination or coincidence? Creatures of God is a dark comedy that explores the obsessiveness of humans to find meaning in the random events that happen in our lives.

 

Director: Sandy Parker

Writer: Sandy Parker
Producer: Trey Burvant
Year: 2016
Length: 14:51
Country: United States Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

Director: The Halliday Twins

Writer: The Halliday Twins
Producer: The Halliday Twins
Year: 2018
Length: 1:30

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

SOMETHING STRANGE ABOUT THE PICTURE
Something Strange About The Picture
CREATURES OF GOD
PERMISSION
BING PURGE
AUGUST IN THE CITY
OPENING NIGHT MIXER

Come and mingle with filmmakers and film lovers at our open bar Opening Night Mixer on November 10, 2018, at 7:00P

Open Bar Reception followed by a day of screenings. 
Complimentary drinks and light fare will be served. 

THE UNKNOWN
ERIN'S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS

Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls follows Erin Hallard, a spunky, headstrongtwelve year-old girl in her attempt to woo the coolest girl in school, Sydni Hunter. Erin’s plan is to ask Sydni to the annual spring fling with the help of her best friend and partner in crime, Liz Johnson. However, as Erin becomes wrapped up in her mission to get Sydni to go to the dance with her, it starts to put a strain on her friendship with Liz as Liz begins to feel less important in Erin's life.

 

Director: Julianna Notten
Screenwriter: Julianna Notten

Producer: Madeline Lemire, Claire Allore
Year: 2017
Length: 14:50
Country: Canada
Language: English

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

The Unknown is a story about the women who go missing and are never found. Loved ones and those close to the women are left wondering, did they leave? Did something bad happen to them? Are they dead? We just never know.

 

Director: Maria Palacio

Writer: Maria Palacio
Producer: Ronissha Marksman
Year: 2017
Length: 5:00

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

A LAND SHAPED BY WOMEN
I AM THE ONLY ONE
PASSAGE TO WOMANHOOD

The two Snowboard World Champions Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) and Aline Bock (GER) are honored to announce the release of their latest film project « a land shaped by women. The movie is an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about: snowboarding and surfing. On the road, they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset of living in a country with a rich history in gender equality.

 

Director: Anne-Flore Marxer

Producer: Anne-Flore Marxer, AFM Establishment, Aline Bock
Year: 2018
Length: 26:00

Country: France, Iceland
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

I Am the Only One is a personal documentary that follows 16-year-old Aicha Cherif as she reconciles a fractured relationship with her mother. When Aicha was one, there were rumors in Guinea that she would be stolen to undergo female genital mutilation.

 

 

Director: Aicha Cherif

Writer: Aicha Cherif
Producer: Aicha Cherif
Year: 2018
Length: 10:55
Country: United States Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

Trans women in Malaysia are buoyed and continue to be unsettled by the landmark court decision recognizing their rights to be themselves. Four women stand their ground, to not succumb into marginalization while painting their own portrayal of womanhood.

 

Director: Inaya Graciana Yusuf

Producer: Inaya Graciana Yusufn
Year:  2018
Length: 30:00

Country: United States,  Malaysia
Language: English, Malay

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

A family is torn apart when a teenage girl attends the Women's March in DC without telling her born-again Christian mom.

 

Director: Oriana Oppice

Writer: Jane Barbara
Producer: Oriana Oppice, Jane Barbara
Year: 2018
Length: 14:29

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

The Amytal Therapy is a thriller/drama about Lauren, a psychiatrist, living in New York, with a small group of patients under her care. Some of them are seeking therapy, voluntarily; others are court-assigned sex offenders. 

Director: Valentina Caniglia

Writer: Filippo M. Prandi

Producer: Filippo M. Prandi, Valentina Caniglia

Amine Mihoubi


Year: 2017
Length: 13:54
Country: United States 

Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

ACID WAVE
LEIA'S ARMY
The Amytal Therapy

A story told in reverse. A family BBQ has a dark and mysterious beginning

 

Director: Jessica Janos

Writer: Jessica Janos
Year: 2016
Length: 5:00
Country: United States
Language:English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

DAILY BREAD
MY MECHANICAL FRIEND
ANDROMEDA
THE DISENCHANTMENT OF A YOUNG ADULT
The Disenchantment of a Young Adult and a Wild Child
THE BOX

In a WWII internment camp in Indonesia, Jeanne and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease, and starvation.

 

 

Director: Ruby Challenger

Writer: Ruby Challenger, 

Jonathan Wald, Ella Carey
Producer: Ruby Challenger
Year: 2018
Length: 15:00

Country: Australia
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

ANDROMEDA is a sci-fi short film about an android who, through her friendship with a little girl, becomes alive.

 

Director: Emily Dean

Writer: Emily Dean

Producer: Adam Bradshaw, Emily Dean
Year:  2018
Length: 15:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

When Hazel runs away into Prague’s wintry, dizzying, fairytale-esque nightlife, Rachel finds her. But the euphoria of their rekindled sisterhood shatters as the two talk…

 

Director:Caryn Waechter, Hannah Roze

Writer: Hannah Roze, Shannon Spangler
Producer: Leah Meyerhoff, Nora Unkel, Devin Shepherd
Year: 2017
Length: 11:59
Country: United States
Language:English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

The happy life of a Syrian kid alters instantly with the sudden war and he finds himself in a state of struggle. The war changes not only lives, but also the role of his box; first as a carefully built toy house, then as a place to take shelter in a refugee camp with full of dangers and finally as a boat that sails for a journey towards hope.

 

Director: Merve Cirisoglu Cotur

Writer: Merve Cirisoglu Cotur
Producer: Merve Cirisoglu Cotur
Year: 2016
Length: 6:48

Country: Turkey, United Kingdom
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

Ophelia is happy on her own, but the people around her don’t believe that a woman can ever be truly content by herself.

 

Director: Hollie Seidel

Writer: Hollie Seidel, Lincoln MacVeagh 

Producer: Hollie Seidel
Year:  2017

Length: 23:46
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

Crowdfunding to Build
Independence
Our cornerstone class clearly lays out the
steps toward a successful crowdfunding
campaign, as well as a career-long action
plan most likely to create a lasting,
flourishing, direct relationship with your
audience. You’ll learn how to find your
audience, structure your crowdfunding
campaign, pick the right goal and
incentives, and much more.

 

Christina Raia is a NYC-based writer and director, Founder of @congestedcat 

Productions, and the Crowdfunding Director at @seedandspark 

 

 

SEED&SPARK

In the turmoil of an ugly breakup, Camille, unbridled and creative, seeks the help of her straight-laced and polite sister, Elena.

In these sisters we find the “good girl” who politely follows the rules, and the “bad girl” who follows her heart in defiance of them. Over the course of seventy-two hours, we see the dualistic challenge many women face; it seems there is no safe way to play your cards. Either way, you're the bitch.

 

Director: Emmy Harrington

Writer: Emmy Harrington
Producer: Emmy Harrington, Dava Krause

Year: 2017
Length: 1:15:00

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Wythe Hotel 

Date: 11/11/18

TWO LITTLE B*TCHES
Award Ceremony

Celebrate strong female voices in cinema and mingle with filmmakers and film lovers at our open bar Award Ceremony on November 11, 2018, at 6:30P

 

 

Open Bar Reception followed by a day of screenings. 
Complimentary drinks and light fare will be served.