2019 FILM SCHEDULE

*Tentative Schedule - films are subject to change  

 

 

Free Feature Doc| 11/8 @ 3:00PM

Undeterred tells the story of the build up of enforcement along the US/ Mexico border, how it has affected and changed life in one small town and how local residents have organized to push back and resist those changes.

 

Director: Eva Lewis
Producer: Eva Lewis


Year: 2019
Length: 1:16:25
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/8/19

 

Opening Night Film + Party | 11/8/19  @ 7:00PM

Catch and Release

Catch and Release Is a powerful drama that explores and humanizes the abortion controversy by taking the anti-abortion agenda to a frightening new battleground.

 

Director: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert

Writer: Dominique Cardona, Laurie Colbert
Producer: Laurie Colbert, Jennifer Mesich, Naomi McCormack, Paul Lee, Rechna Varma

Key Cast: Laurence Leboeuf, Nancy Palk, Aidan DevinePeter Mooney


Year: 2019
Length: 1:19:00
Country: Canada
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/8/19

Brunch + Short Block One | 11/9/19 @ 10:30AM

Please note, food and drinks are not included. Food will be available for purchase.

 

Little Comfort: A woman braved the outside world and her aversion to social interaction for a cup of coffee and a series of encounters lead her to do some good and take the first step to feel whole again.

 

Director: Nicole Maupin

Writer: Kevin Guzewich
Producer: Haley Margolin, Kevin Guzewich, Nicole Maupin

Key Cast: Vanita Kalra, Kelsey Hainlen, Brian Ish, Kevin Guzewich, Rose Pedone

 

Year: 2018

Length: 12:43
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

Separation Celebration

Separation Celebration: A partner confesses something that cracks the foundation of trust. A throuple unravels as one partner prioritizes themselves over the others. Casual interest turns to rejection for two text messaging-ing daters. A marriage is stuck between hard work and letting go.

 

Director: Amanda Madden

Writer: Amanda Madden
Producer: Amanda Madden, Samantha Panger

Key Cast: Synead Nichols, Noah Keyishian, Poppy Liu, Nessa Norich, T. L. Thompson, Claire Fort, Rudy Roushdi, Brian Goodheart, Evan Garrett


Year: 2018
Length: 16:29
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

'Salma' follows the inspiring story of a Hijabi Muslim Canadian as she explores different facets of her identity as a stand-up comic and a biomedical engineer - two very niche and male-dominated industries

 

Director: Leila Almawy
Producer: Leila Almawy

Key Cast: Salma Hindy


Year: 2019
Length: 10:32
Country: Canada
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

Material Girl: An unconfident, young girl loses herself is trying to impersonate a powerful pop star. However, when her borrowed identity is taken from her, she must remember that her own style is what makes her truly special.

Director: Jenna Spurlock

Writer: Jenna Spurlock
Producer: Jimmy Calhoun


Year: 2019
Length: 3:19
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

May Flowers: A misunderstanding occurs when Jimmy goes to pick up an order for his boss at May Flowers. Little did he expect how the tables would turn.

 

Director: Marianna Phung

Writer: Rong Fu
Producer: Edward Mark Jeanveau, Julius Cho

Key Cast: Connie Wang, Timothy Ng, Rong Fu, Julius Cho, Wilex

Year: 2018
Length: 6:33
Country: Canada
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown: When a woman experiences a miscarriage, she arrives at her grandmother's door seeking a witness to her profound grief. As the two women struggle to find their way through this devastating loss, the ancient power of sisterhood is revealed in the sacred bond they share.

 

Director: Anna Jones

Writer: Desirée Matthews
Producer: Desirée Matthews, Julia Kennelly, Karine Benzaria, Kim Greenberg

Key Cast: Desirée Matthews Matthews, Olympia Dukakis


Length: 15:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

Bradley Whitford: Emotional Stuntman: When actors are asked to draw on dark and powerful emotions, their safety becomes a concern. One of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood is Bradley Whitford. Perhaps best known for his roles in 'Get Out', 'The Post', and the hit TV series 'The West Wing,' Bradley is also the industry's most distinguished Emotional Stuntman.

Director: Amy Landecker

Writer: Bradley Whitford, Matt Mayer 
Producer: Alex Parks, Hans Sahni, Rob Hatch-Miller, Kate Lilly

Key Cast: Bradley Whitford, Gildart Jackson

Joshua Malina.

Marta Cunningham, Melora Hardin


Year: 2018
Length: 12:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

March 8: A celebration of womanhood.

Director: Carolina Melis

Animator: Miriam Palopoli
Producer: Carolina Melis Studio


Year: 2019
Length: 1:00
Country: Italy
Language: Italian

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

Bookends, a film spanning from the beginning to the end of Maggie and Chase’s relationship as told through the voicemails they leave to one another and all of the moments in between.

Director: Rebecca Rajadnya

Writer: Rebecca Rajadnya
Producer: Patricia Yi, Rebecca Rajadnya

Key Cast: Layla Koshnoudi, Nate Wise


Year: 2019
Length: 14:56

Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

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Meeting the Other Woman is as much about love as about hate and unanswered questions about a relationship going terribly wrong. Joan Peterson finds out about Kimberly Stewart, the mistress of her husband when he is killed by her in front of their home.

 

Director: Marieke Niestadt

Writer: David Lambertson
Producer: Marieke Niestadt, Ellen Utrecht

Key Cast: Lotte VerbeekAmy Motta


Year: 2019
Length: 13:40
Country: Netherlands/United States
Language: English 

Venue: Alamo Drafthouse

Date: 11/9/19

 

Short Block Two| 11/9 @ 3:00PM

PAOLA Y LUCIA

Paola Y Lucia: Paola, an Ecuadorian woman living in Spain, is a psychologist and Spanish immigrant. Her good friend, Lucia, is Equatorial Guinean-Spanish, and the only Black woman presenter in the whole country. Both activists and feminists, they share their goals to shift public mindsets of Black people in the Spanish-speaking world.

 

Director: Oluwaseun Babalola

Producer: Oluwaseun Babalola


Year: 2019
Length: 12:55
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Tristan & Kelly

Tristan & Kelly: On a dark night, in a small British hamlet, Kelly, a young American backpacker, and Tristan, a struggling British jobseeker, unexpectedly collide. Grappling with fear, frustration, and attraction, Tristan & Kelly’s violent introduction sets off a series of events that change both of their lives forever.

 

Director: Sarah Ann Masse, Nick Afka Thomas

Writer: Sarah Ann Masse
Producer: Sarah Ann Masse

Key Cast: Toby Sebastian, Sarah Ann Masse, Nick Afka Thomas


Year: 2019
Length: 15:00
Country: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Beep Bop Symphony: When spring arrives, two cherubs, Beep, the bright trumpeter, and Bop, the suave drummer, are eager to use their musical talents to help a sprout grow. But when faced with the other’s differing methods, the two find themselves engaged in a melodic and elemental showdown that expands further than either of them anticipated.

 

Director: Hannah Leung
Producer: Zach Gray, Christin Smolinski


Year: 2019
Length: 3:06
Country: United States, 
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Sweet Blight: After eight years, Celisse confronts her assailant...once best friend... and her daughter's father. Can her daughter Maya, Celisse's SWEET BLIGHT, help her find beauty through tragedy.

 

Director: Carlos Moreno Jr.

Writer: Carlos Moreno Jr.

Producer: Luella Hill, Chong Un Kim, Carlos Moreno Jr.

Key Cast: Jason Paul Field, Luella Hill


Year: 2016
Length: 10:59
Country: United States, 
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Tuesday Nights: On a Tuesday morning in New York City, a woman signs her divorce papers with an expensive pen and a bottle of tequila. Then, the day begins. “Tuesday Nights” is a six-episode series (each episode runs between 6-10 mins long) and takes place over 24-hours, through the eyes of one woman, portrayed by five.

 

Director: Joe Bandelli

Writer: Celine Song, Leah Nanako-Winkler, Jeremy Tiang, Harrison David-Rivers, Laura Zlatos 
Producer: Shiva Kalaiselvan, Joe Bandelli

Key Cast: Daphne Rubin-Vega, Michelle Wilson,

Victor Williams, Julia Joyce-Barry, Shiva Kalaiselvan


Year: 2019
Length: 
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage: A daughter born on the other side of the water, returns delving into an ancient cascade of memory, myth, and magic.

Director: Régine Romain

Producer: Régine Romain, WaWaWa Diaspora Center, Trinity Media


Year: 2016
Length: 10:31
Country: Benin/ Belize, Benin, Haiti, United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Leaving Therapy: A self-proclaimed “victim” and a neurotic therapist get trapped in a room together. If they ever make it out, they’ll both need therapy.

Director: Steven Levine

Writer: Claire Burns, Jessie Jolles

Key Cast: Claire Burns, Jessie Jolles

 
Length: 20:06
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Oríkì

Oríkì: When out of the blue and with zero preparation Otiti learns that she will be going to university in Europe, she is shocked. She has questions that her mother cannot answer. When it dawns on her that her mother has lied to her, Otiti rebels in a way neither she nor her mother could ever have predicted.

Director: Nk'iru. Njoku

Writer: Nk'iru. Njoku
Producer: Nk'iru. Njoku, Bose Oshin

Key Cast: Yemisi Fancy, Efe Mayford-Orhorha, Paul Utomi, Shirley Oke Ofou 


Year: 2019
Length: 18:44
Country: Nigeria
Language: Other

Venue:UnionDocs

Date: 11/10/19

Short Block Three | 11/9 @ 5:30PM

 
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ME 3.769: A Pubescent Latina looks forward to her maturing body, but must soon cope with the sexual misconduct of someone she trusts.

 

Director: Elaine Del Valle

Writer: Elaine Del Valle
Producer: Elaine Del Valle, 

Debbie Esko-Gold, Randy Valdes, Tara Holmes, Taryn Kosviner, Elizabeth Mitchelle 

Key Cast: Samantha Lopez, Rodolfo Salas, Vanessa Elise, Elizabeth Danielle Pujadas


Year: 2018
Length: 9:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Game

Game: A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team once they discover a secret?

 

Director: Jeannie Donohoe

Writer: Jeannie Donohoe
Producer: Joey Horvitz

Key Cast: Rick Fox, Nicole Williams, Tye WhiteJamie McShaneCharles Parnell,

Dominique Columbus


Year: 2017
Length: 15:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

If I Told You: When you’re as spontaneous and courageous as Vera, you have plenty of incredible stories to tell, but her most life-altering story proves the most difficult to believe.

Director: Dominique Nieves

Writer: Dominique Nieves

Producer: Dominique Nieves

Key Cast: Dominique Nieves, Amilcar Javier, Bryce Craver


Year: 2019
Length: 4:27
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Shebbie's Live Life Series: Shebbie Jacques travels the world on a journey of self-discovery.

 

Director: Justin Edelman

Producer: Shebbie Jacques


Year: 2019
Length: 4:28
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

VAL: Mixes live-action and animation to tell the story of a New York artist and her young teen daughter as they face the reality of a zero dollar bank balance. 

 

Director: Valentine Aprile

Writer: Valentine Aprile
Producer: Valentine Aprile, Sarah Donnelly 

Key Cast: Valentine Aprile, 

Onata Aprile, Crystal Durant, Jonathan Forte


Year: 2019
Length: 14:15
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Don't Yell For Help: A first date goes wrong when a woman grows suspicious about the man she's with. Is her date capable of hurting her? Is someone following her? Or is fear all in our minds? A modern short film about the lives of women and the little things we do to protect ourselves from being assaulted on a daily basis.

 

Director: Irena Murphy

Writer: Irena Murphy
Producer: Irena Murphy

Key Cast: Irena Murphy, Lucas Coleman, Pamela Horton, Allyson Reilly, James Elden Sauer


Year: 2018
Length: 14:22
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

The Cunning Man

The Cunning Man is inspired by a real Cunning Man, John Harries (c.1785 - 1839). It's an enchanted tale of compassion in the face of callous greed.

 

Director: Zoë Dobson

Writer: Ali Cook
Producer: Ali Cook, Ross Williams

Key Cast: Simon Armstong, Ali Cook, Ian Kelly, Charlotte Jo Hanbury


Year: 2019
Length: 12:54
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English 

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

Roland. A lunge into Your Face: Roland is responsible for the security in the prefabricated building "Südblock" at Kottbusser Tor in Berlin. He shows us his territory and explains his profession. The portrait shows him not only as security but also as a "ticking time bomb" and father.

Director: Paula Stoll

Writer: Paula Stoll
Producer: Paula Stoll


Year: 2017
Length: 13:00
Country: Germany
Language: German

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

See You Tomorrow: This day should have been an ordinary one for a married couple, a taxi driver, a nurse, a casting director, and three childhood friends. Their daily lives intertwine in the streets of Paris. They have nothing in common and yet their destinies will be linked at the end of the day.

 

Director: Pauline Mabille

Writer: Pauline Mabille
Producer: Didier Fraisse


Year: 2019
Length: 18:47
Country: France
Language: French

Venue: UnionDocs

Date: 11/9/19

 

Short Block Four| 11/10 @ 12:10PM 

The Loving of Caridad: The Loving of Caridad follows one woman through a cycle of abuse and trauma as she exits the foster care system, haunted by a history of sex trafficking. Now she is at a crossroads and must piece together her past, present and future in search of the elusive thing so many of us take for granted: home.

Director: Lisa Hornak

Writer:Lisa Hornak
Producer:Lisa Hornak, 

Key Cast: Caridad Johnson, James Anderson, Erica Thompson


Year: 2019
Length: 30:55
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Jane

Jane: A loving mother & wife has a secret life as a hitwoman for women who have been sexually assaulted and cannot live their life freely as their attacker lives his.

 

Director: Jessica Michael Davis

Writer: Jessica Michael Davis
Producer: Jessica Michael Davis

Key Cast: Jessica Michael Davis, Vin Demilio, Tori Tatum


Year: 2019
Length: 5:48
Country: United States
Language: English

Brooklyn Premiere 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

The Blessing

The Blessing: When a timid, Midwestern boy decides to propose to his girlfriend, he has to go through her immigrant, Chinese mother first.

Director: Liann Kaye

Writer: Liann Kaye
Producer: Liann Kaye

Key Cast: Ryan D. Wright,  Yoko Hyun


Year: 2019
Length: 5:42
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

The Christmas Bull: Is a darkly comic, ‘Tis the Season tale, about a young lad and his retribution for bad behavior; a bit of an antidote for the TV Christmas ads! It lives on the edge of fantasy but never disappears from its slightly twisted contemporary English village setting. Think Santa Claus meets Roald Dahl in a League of Gentleman-esque world.

Director: Rosie Jones

Writer: Leo Whetter
Producer: Rosie Jones

Key Cast: Victoria Yeates, Jamie Baughan, Sam Clemens, Tom Grigg


Year: 2018
Length: 9:55
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Breaking Ground: Mary, a paleontologist’s assistant, finds herself working at the hands of an incompetent and misogynistic paleontologist named Mr. Collins on the Jurassic Coast of England. She receives a little help from an unexpected source to help prove her worth.

 

Director: Tara Norton, Ellie Morlino, Alex Shaulis
Producer: Ringling College of Art & Design

Key Cast: Lauren Cox, Glen McCready


Year: 2019
Length: 4:11
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

FOBia

FOBia: An Indian FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) Kay, arrives in America to go to business school only to be informed by her neighbor Bina (also Indian...but very different from Kay..because..you know.. all immigrants are not the same) that her roommate ran off to be a Hollywood star.

Director: Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke

Writer: Priya Mohanty
Producer: Karla Huffman, Peter Dolan

Key Cast: Priya Mohanty, Alex Dauphin, Madhura Jugade, Joe Lino


Year: 2019
Length: 26:55
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Starvation

Starvation: A hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about being the big bad wolf of the story. She has to flee when everybody accuses her to violence and murder. She faces the danger of getting killed.

Director: Zahra Rostampour

Writer: Zahra Rostampour
Producer: Zahra Rostampour

Key Cast: Hamed Pourkerman


Year: 2018
Length: 7:12
Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Control: Two women reflect on their fight for reproductive rights after receiving backyard abortions in the 1970's.

Director: Abby Dunn

Writer: Abby Dunn
Producer: Paige Farrow


Year: 2018
Length: 8:16
Country: Australia
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

 

Pretty Dead: The world’s preeminent corpse duty actress inspires others to work one heartbeat from stardom.

Director: Inga Moren Tapias

Writer: Janet Guillet, Valarie Peterson
Producer: Allison C. Hanes, Wynona Barbera, 

Key Cast: Penelope Thomas


Year: 2018
Length: 8:14
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Midnight Mind

Midnight Mind: Hear the rain falling down – streams on the windows. Feel the clouds rolling by – grey against your midnight mind.” These are the opening lyrics to the song and music video for “Midnight Mind.” This piece was composed and performed by filmmaker and musician, Mara Katria (who likewise wrote/directed/edited the film) and features J. 

Director: Mara Katria

Producer: Mara Katria

Key Cast: Mara Katria, J. Jeff Ungar


Year: 2019
Length: 5:51
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

I AM

I Am: On her way home from a field hockey practice young student Viola (Vi) gets into a traffic accident with her bike. After getting up after the fall she goes to her boyfriend Kik for help. But Kik, who is at work as a night porter, behaves strangely. Then the rain begins to fall and that rain seems to hold a secret. Now Vi starts to asks herself: ‘Where are you?’.

Director: Mirella Muroni

Writer: Mirella Muroni
Producer: Mirella Muroni

​Key Cast: Joy Wielkens, Wieger Wobbe Windhorst, Helen Kamperveen


Year: 2018
Length: 15:45
Country: Netherlands
Language: Dutch 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Her Turf

Her Turf: The Untold Story about Three Female Football Refs: This short documentary follows three female football referees as they claim access to a powerful role in a male-dominated industry.

Director: Shantel Hansen

Producer: Shantel Hansen, Dean Blandino


Year: 2018
Length: 17:57
Country: United States
Language: English

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Wanderlust

Wanderlust: An animated short film about a suitcase who wants to go out and explore beautiful Paris, but is trapped inside with his workaholic owner. This is a charming musical with explorations in unique textures.

Director: Angelique K Smith, Regina K Cicone

Producer: Ringling College of Art and Design


Year: 2019
Length: 2:53
Country: United States
Language: English

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Primary Needs: Sol works in a bar as a singer. She dreams of becoming a great artist. 

 

Director: Mariana Azcárate

Writer: Mariana Azcárate
Producer: Leonor Azcárate, Mariana Azcárate, Sergio Donis, Andrés Klimek

Key Cast: Dánae Vergara Atrián, Guillermo López, Roberto Alon


Year: 2019
Length: 29:59
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish 

Venue: Firelight Studios

Date: 11/10/19

A Little Break: On vacation with her cousin in a coastal Normand village, 16-year-old Charlotte meets a young man. He’s older, and he’s not really available. But it’s summer. And Charlotte is looking for romance.

Director: Louise Groult

Writer: Louise Groult
Producer: Anne-Laure Berteau

Key Cast: Jeanne Disson, Cloé Lastère, Julien Bouanich, Baptiste Carrion-Weiss, Charles Guerand


Year: 2018
Length: 24:40
Country: France
Language: French

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Short Block Five| 11/10 @ 2:10PM

 

Short Block Six | 11/10 @ 4:15PM

All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk: After a contentious race last fall, the runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desirée Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women. The winner of this election would take office as the first female mayor of New Orleans and the city’s fourth black mayor.

Director: Angela Tucker
Producer: Jolene Pinder


Year: 2018
Length: 20:00
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Trainwreck: A sleepwalker accompanied by a strange entity is compelled along his path. They must pass through spectral portals and multiple dimensions...to meet a dark end. Set to the music of French ethereal darkwave duo 'Machine est mon Coeur'.

Director: Bianca Calandra

Writer: Bianca Calandra
Producer: Bianca Calandra

Animator: Bianca Calandra


Year: 2018
Length: 4:53
Country: France
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Ghost Town is an interview-format comedic talk show that explores the modern dating phenomenon of “ghosting” and what it means for any human navigating the world of love, sex, and…abandonment. Comedian and host--Savannah DesOrmeaux--interviews NYC up-and-comers about their unique experiences with the pervasive dating trend.

Director: Savannah DesOrmeaux, Madison Seely

Producer: Madison Seely

Key Cast: Savannah DesOrmeaux, Andrew Barbato


Year: 2018
Length: 7:46
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Daughters of Solanas: A group of friends innocently become followers in a cult—things go beyond their power.

Director: Angele Cooper

Writer: Karen Cecilia, Chantel Simpson
Producer: Dymond Green, Katina Medoff, Tracy Sayre

Key Cast: Alexis Floyd, McKenzie Mayle, Malinda Logan, Rebbekah Vega-Romero


Year: 2019
Length: 9:10
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Esther: A husband plots to kill his wife with his mistress, but their plans take a turn when unsettling mysterious events occur that night.

 

Director: Montana Mann

Writer: Montana Mann
Producer: Emily Vere Nicoll, Hannah James, Montana Mann, Andre James Champagne

Key Cast: Hannah James, Emily Vere Nicoll, Danny Fischer


Year: 2018
Length: 10:30
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

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Pozole: La gringa killed her Nana.

Director: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

Writer: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

Producer:  Jenn Garcia,  WeTransfer, Maegan Simpson

Key Cast: Ana Isabel Dow, Monica Sanchez, Mike Salazar, Peter Quintana, Jessica Hinojos


Year: 2019
Length: 10:06
Country: United States
Language: English 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Oblivion

Oblivion: Mehrbanoo tries everything to make her husband’s life, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, worth living. Rental issues and the absence of their children and grandchildren take their toll in this sensitive portrayal.

Director: Fatemeh Mohammadi

Writer: Hossein Amiri, Pedram Pour Amiri, Mohammad Davoodi

Producer:  Fatemeh Mohammadi, Iranian Youth Cinema Society (IYCS), Iranian Young Cinema Society (Tehran Branch)

Key Cast: Maryam Boobani, Mohsen Ghazimoradi


Year: 2018
Length: 15:00
Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of
Language: English, Persian

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

How Far

How Far: An intense psychological thriller about bystander effect, gender inequality, and rape in America after a bus ride home for the holidays goes terribly wrong.

Director: Alexis Ostrander

Producer:  Edward Liguori, 

​Madeleine Woolner


Year: 2018
Length: 11:01
Country: United States
Language: English

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

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Qui Vive: August 1914. Germany invades Belgium and terrorizes the population. Despite being pregnant, Louise is taking care of the farm, her young boy and the crops. While the front rumbles a few kilometers away from her home, a man turns up at the farm in the middle of the night

 

Director: Anaïs Debus

Writer: Anaïs Debus
Producer: Laurent Denis

Key Cast: Laura Fautré, Mohammed Sanouji


Year: 2019
Length: 19:41
Country: Belgium
Language: French 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

 

Closing Night Film + Award Ceremony| 11/10 @ 6:15PM

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Doing Money: A young Romanian woman is snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland and used as a sex slave in a series of pop-up brothels. Her shocking true story offers a tense and thought-provoking thriller exposing how, in modern Britain, slavery can hide in plain sight.

 

Director: Lynsey Miller

Writer: Gwyneth Hughes
Producer: Alex Cooke, Mike Dormer

Key Cast: Anca Dumitra, Cosmina Stratan, Tom Glynn-CarneyAlen Leech, Alex Secareanu, Dragos Bucur, Voica Oltean, Alina Serban


Year: 2018
Length: 1:27:00

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English, Romanian 

Venue: Firelight Studio

Date: 11/10/19

Screenplay Competition 11/8/19 @ 5pm

Circle of Illumination: Simon, a shy introvert, and Rosie, a bon vivant, have been best friends since Kindergarten. After Rosie dies, Simon receives e-mails from Rosie’s account with detailed instructions as to how to spread her ashes throughout Europe. The problem is: Simon only has two weeks to visit four countries. Will Simon overcome his fears and carry out his best friend’s wishes in time? We follow Simon on an epic quest that turns out to be as challenging as it is illuminating.

Writer: Trisha DiFazio
Pages: 121

Country: United States

Language: English

The Silo: The only thing smaller than the prairie town of Sylvan Lake, are the minds of the people who live there. Except for seventeen-year-old artist, SAM SIMCHUK. When she tries to solve the forty-year-old mystery behind the ghost she befriends, Sam's forced to choose between chasing her dreams, defending her friend or saving her mother's life.

Writer: Talie Melnyk
Pages: 93

Country: United States

Language: English

The Bliss Killer: She'll try to suppress her inner killer, in order to be the perfect woman.

A woman (20's) wants to be the Norman Rockwell picture-perfect vision of a woman (as her mother always wished she'd be) -- you know, 1950's a perfectly pretty domestic version of a woman. However, to be that she has to suppress who she really is, which is, Ted Bundy'esque sociopath and broke. We evolve from poverty and gross in the pilot, to earning money as a killer and starting to take on a very "Betty Draper" 1950's like idyllic persona. But to maintain that persona, she'll have to kill some people along the way to afford her perfect "Rockwell life".

Writer: LeLe Park
Pages: 70

Country: United States

Language: English

ACHE: Are we unmoving stones, or can we wake up and drive?

Writer: LeLe Park
Pages: 29

Country: United States

Language: English

The Dream Jumper's Promise: A Maui dive shop owner whose husband has disappeared is being haunted by dreams and must turn to the one man she doesn't trust to help her--an old boyfriend who claims he can enter dreams to find her husband.

Writer: Kim Hornsby
Pages: 106

Country: United States

Language: English

Day of the White Rabbit: Inspired by our SXSW AFS Shortcase selected short Mother's Day, Day of the White Rabbit is a narrative feature that travels through richly stylized decades to tell the story of Jane as she returns home to come to terms with her mother's imminent death. As Jane and her husband stay in her childhood home, every room brings an onslaught of memories that invite her to reexamine the disillusions past she has been living with for years.

Writer: Janet Travis, Elizabeth Tabish
Pages: 72

Country: United States

Language: English

The Venusian Chronicles: The story is about Dr. Ishi Banesa, a mild-mannered linguist passing as a human, whose ancestors came from Venus. His life’s mission is to help save Earth from the same fate that destroyed Venus. When astronauts discover an ancient spaceship wreck on the Moon, Ishi fears his mission will be derailed and he and his grandmother will be discovered and harmed. To complicate matters the Dean has threatened his job if he doesn't publish his works soon, works that will out him. He also feels an increasing need to tell the truth to his grad assistant, who is falling in love with him. But when "Space Alien Vigilantes" start harassing and killing innocent people, mistaking them for space aliens, Ishi can no longer hide his identity. With time running out, Ishi must reveal his identity and divert the danger to himself, or more innocent people will be killed. But will that thwart his plans to help save Earth from runaway warming?

Writer: Lynn Vincentnathan
Pages: 111

Country: United States

Language: English

THE ENTERPRISE:  In 1982, Atlanta's head crime boss uses his top barbecue joint to front his drug empire and evade a federal prosecutor in a city rife with corrupt politics, racial tension, and distinctly idiosyncratic culture. A Southern-fried "Sopranos" inspired by true events.

Writer: Marisa Forrest
Pages: 65

Country: United States

Language: English

SKYFOXES: A former Navy pilot-turned-plane thief recruits an all-female crew to steal a US fighter jet for international gangsters

Writer: Marisa Forrest
Pages: 119

Country: United States

Language: English

Queen of Newburgh: inspired by the true story of her journey as a bad-ass, vivacious, twenty-year-old striving to live her best life in a tough Afro-Caribbean neighborhood upstate New York. After a series of heartbreaks and hard-learned lessons, Ronnie goes from believing Newburgh is to blame for her problems, to understanding, she has the power to change her life from within.

Writer: Lisa Cole & Veronica "Ronnie" Moody
Pages: 82

Country: United States

Language: English

Dead Viking Rehab: A dead Viking with anger management issues is assigned to guardian angel duty. His task — find a man for his modern granddaughter to marry.

Writer: Dana Hammer
Pages: 116

Country: United States

Language: English

Bubbly Brown Sugar tells the story of two soulmates meeting in their dreams and their parallel journeys to finding each other in real life.

Writer: Tamala Baldwin
Pages: 115

Country: United States

Language: English

Surrogate: If you want a dog, you need a license. How come you don’t need one to have a baby?

In the world of Surrogate, you do. Only one in five get one, and a huge industry has sprung up around perfecting your parenting skills; you want the best for your child, right?

Writer: Stacey Williams
Pages: 105

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

HEDY: Following her husband’s disappearance in Russia during World War II, Hedy needs to fight for her own survival and the well-being of her children in war-torn Vienna. HEDY is the true story of a young, loving and strong mother - a true lioness - who goes to great length to raise her children in one of the darkest times of modern history. It is a film about love, family bonds and deep-seated wounds that can only be healed through the grace of forgiveness.

Writer: Natalie Alison
Pages: 120

Country: Austria

Language: English

Daughters Of God: Two women journey toward peace in opposite ways: One by abandoning Islam and the other, by finding it.
Zainab is a medical student who has a big problem. She is Muslim but also a lesbian. One day after making love to her girlfriend Michelle, she goes home to find out that her parents have arranged a marriage for her. Not only that, but she later gets caught having an intimate phone conversation with Michelle. Before getting beaten up, Zeinab decides to run to her girlfriend. This means abandoning both the family and the faith that do not accept her for who she really is.

Writer: Maza White
Pages: 10

Country: New Zealand

Language: English

Angie, Baby: 

Teen boys go missing and some believe that Angie, the daughter of cursed California coastal farmland, is to blame.

Writer: Thersa Richardson
Pages: 111

Country: United States

Language: English

Flying Bird's Diary: The diary of a determined 19th c. Native American woman propels her people’s dying language and ancient beliefs a century into the future.

Writer:  Melissa Tantaquidgeon
Pages: 111

Country: United States

Language: English

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