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Praxis refers to practical application, and it is a term often paired in opposition to theory.  Theory is an idea and praxis is about bringing the idea into reality.  Praxis Film Festival celebrates filmmakers who bring ideas to life on the big screen.

The 2014 Praxis Film Festival screened 31 films from around the world.  We also held our first Audience Award competition.  The Praxis audience cast ballots for their favorite films in the categories of Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Animation Short, and Student Short film.  The winner in each category is listed below:

Audience Award for Narrative Feature: Jimmy (Mark Frieburger, Director)

Audience Award for Narrative Short:  Crescendo (Alonzo Alvarez Barreda, Director)

Audience Award for Documentary Feature:  Si Parla Italiano (Shannon Swan, Director)

Audience Award for Documentary Short:  Herd in Iceland (Lindsay Blatt, Director) 

Audience Award for Animation Short:  Sleight of Hand (Michael Cusack, Director)

Audience Award for Student Film:  Haenyeo – Women of the Sea (Directors: Kevin Sawicki, Alex Igidbashian, and Daye Jeong of Drexel University) 

Check out the list of films screened at the 2014 Praxis Film Festival.  The festival brings quality films to the Wayne Community College and Paramount Theatre venues.  Submit a film, see a film, be a part of Praxis!

2014 List of Films  

Blue  Blue – A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.  Director:  Katelyn Bianchini, Los Angeles.  Screening Friday, January 31st,  3:45pm (8 min) at The Paramount.

 

Brew Your OwnBrew Your Own – A short documentary following amateur home brewer Zach Boylston as he explores the craft beer movement locally in Wilmington, NC.  Director:  Zack Boylston, UNCW.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10am (11 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.  

 

CatchCatch – A boy will go to great lengths to spend time with his father.   Director:  David Henrie, Los Angeles.  Screening Friday, January 31st, 3:45pm (10:37 min) at The Paramount.    

 

 

Crescendo1Crescendo – A series of events turn a fateful moment into an extraordinary outcome; a woman’s life and  the world itself are never the same.  Director:  Alonso Alvarez Barreda, Mexico.  Screening Friday, January 31st, 5:50pm at The Paramount & Saturday, Feb 1st, 8:00pm (11 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.    

Death and the Robot-1Death and the Robot – Two lonely souls, bored of their safe havens, venture into new worlds and share an encounter that will nurture a friendship and an everlasting legacy.  Director: Austin Taylor, NC School of the Arts. Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (12 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

Leave a messageDejad un mensaje después de la señal (Leave a message after the tone) – After months of absence, David comes back to his old house. What he thought would be a quiet and regular first day back home turns out to be a plunge into memory.  Director:  Andrea Monzani, Italy.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 8:00pm (12 min) at The Paramount.    

Death Work-1Death Work – For cemetery caretakers, grounds-keeping is more than just a job, it is a way to minister to those who have lost loved ones.  Director:  Angela Aguayo, Illinois.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 2:45pm (8 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

 

Ember-2Ember – A fire spirit, Ember, is sent to warm a man caught in a blizzard.  But an accident causes Ember to leave in shame. Director:  Trey Buongiorno, University of Central Florida, Orlando.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (9 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

Entre chien et loupEntre chien et loup – A classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time:  a crime takes place along a river’s edge and is witnessed by a fisherman.  It is a story of flight, then fight.  Director:  Novat Antoine, France.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 2:45pm (12 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

FreedomFreedom – Historical and personal, ‘freedom’ is a documentary short by young filmmaker, Luke Broyles. Moving and relevant, it’s a personal glimpse of bravery and a life changing walk-to-freedom during the Hungarian Crisis of 1956. Director:  Luke Broyles, Indiana.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st. 10:00am at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

GaiasporaGaiaspora – On a distant planet, a father desperately struggles to restore his shattered world and reunite with his son.  Director:  Matthew Mann, University of Central Florida, Orlando.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 5:45pm (12 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

GREEN FORESTGreen Forest –  ‘Green Forest’ offers a light-hearted glimpse into the world of amateur beekeeper and mother Jennifer Horan.   Director:  Zoe VanDerPloe, UNCW.   Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (8 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.

Women of the Sea-1Haenyeo: Women of the Sea – Haenyeo refers to the women free-divers of Jeju Island, South Korea who for centuries have collected sea food without the use of scuba equipment. This short documentary sheds light on a unique matriarchal culture that has changed little since the 19th century. Directors:  Kevin Sawicki, Alex Igidbashian, Daye Jeong, Drexel University, Philadelphia.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (12 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

HankandAsha-1Hank and Asha – In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a young New York filmmaker begin an unconventional romance through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. Director:  Jeff E. Duff, NY.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 8:00pm (72 min) at The Paramount. 

Herd In IcelandHerd in Iceland –  Every September, in a breathtaking tradition that unites the country, pure bred horses are rounded up by local farmers and herded across the beautiful, rugged Icelandic terrain.  Director:  Lindsay Blatt, NY/Iceland.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 2:45pm (28 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

Infinite-04_DwayneMartin_919-368-2723Infinite – Infinite is a short story of trying to fit into a world that doesn’t seem to have a place for you. Though you may not be able to see your place in the world, you still have a place in the universe.  Director:  Dwayne Martin, NCSU.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (2 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

Inside-1Inside – A robot goes on an adventure in hope to repair a toy.   Director:  Junjie Ji, NCSU.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (4 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

 

JimmyJimmy – A gripping drama about boy who is asked to testify as a witness in a criminal trial even though he is thought of as “slow.” Director:  Mark Freiburger, Writer/Producer:  Gary Wheeler, NC.  Screening Friday, January 31st, 4:00pm (95 min) at The Paramount. 

 

Mobile in Black and White-2Mobile in Black and White – This documentary offers an alternative take on how race remains a fundamental issue in American life, but also that it doesn’t require assignments of guilt or blame, only understanding, commitment, and action. Director:  Robert Gray, Alabama.   Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 1:00pm (91 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

MuscleShoals-2Muscle Shoals – Muscle Shoals is the home of FAME Studios and its indefatigable founder, Rick Hall, as well as an endless list of classic recordings by artists ranging from Otis Redding to Bob Dylan to the Black Keys. How and why history was made here is illuminated by the hit-making producers, the remarkable and unpredictable session musicians known as the Swampers, and an array of musical luminaries.  This film traces the myriad obstacles and prejudices facing Hall and artists alike as the label evolves from striving to thriving and back again.  Director:  Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, NY/Alabama.   Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 8:00pm (111 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.  

Rab da VaastaRab da Vaasta… –  A not-so-typical customer walks into a barber shop and demands a shave from a small time barber with a traumatic past.   Director:  Chakravarty Devulapalli, India.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 2:45pm (11 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

Real Change-1REAL CHANGE – In Seattle, Washington, REAL CHANGE exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice. This film follows four homeless individuals as they navigate life in Washington State and consider what homelessness in America means today.  Director:  Adam Becker, Seattle.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 10:00pm (9 min)  at The Paramount. 

RegioneCaecorum-1Regione Caecorum (‘In the Land of the Blind’) – An evening of speed dating turns the tables on ability — and disability.   Director:  Drew Goldsmith, Wisconsin.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (3 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

ShortTerm12_2Short Term 12 – Grace is a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason. The arrival of a new intake throws Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – into unforeseen confusion.  While the subject matter is complex, this film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.  Director/Writer:  Destin Daniel Cretton, Los Angeles.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 10:00pm (96 min) at The Paramount. 

Si Parla ItalianoSi parla Italiano (We speak Italian) – Post World War 2 Australia flung open its doors to anyone willing to come and European migrants flocked from their war-torn homeland.  One in six of these were Italians with the promise of a better life.  Narrated by Anthony LaPaglia and told by the pioneers of Lygon Street, ‘Lygon Street – Si parla Italiano’ explores the unique circumstances that fostered an Italian scene that exploded and transformed a country’s way of living.  Director:  Shannon Swan, Australia.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 4:00pm (90 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

Sleight of Hand-1Sleight Of Hand – This is a stop-motion film about illusions. A Man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, when sometimes it’s better not to know.  Director:  Michael Cusack, Australia.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 5:45pm (10 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

SzukajacGwiadzSzukajac gwiazd – A Film based on a short story by Marek Hlasko. It tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who is in love with a Jewish girl hiding nearby during World War II. They can meet each other only at nights. To change it the boy comes up with an idea that turns out to be perilous.  Director:  Filip Luft, Poland.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 1:00pm (16 min) at The Paramount. 

Tala-2Tala – Tala is a young Filipino domestic worker living with a bourgeois family on the north shore of Montreal. As she runs through her daily chores, dealing with the eccentricities of her employers, an unexpected phone call puts her at great risk of getting fired. Shot in a single long take and inspired by the current ‘Live-In Caregiver’ program of the Canadian federal government, ‘Tala’ tells a story of subtle oppression and re-empowerment. Director:  Pier-Philippe Chevigny, Canada.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (13 min) at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

No Name Painting-2The No Name Painting Association – In the 1970s, thirteen young artists defy Mao’s regime during China’s Cultural Revolution. In 2011, the now-middle-aged group of Chinese artists gathered in New York City for an exhibition of works they made in the early seventies, during the dark days of the Cultural Revolution. This was the first Western showing of the early works of the artist’s collective known as the ‘Wuming’ or ‘No Name’ group. Their stay in New York culminated in an afternoon of painting in Central Park, an event that reflected their artistic beginnings as free artists.  Director:  Joe Griffin, China/NY.   Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 5:45pm (23 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.   

The Other HandThe Other Hand – A pair of lovers are like a pair of hands. They go through seasons of life together. Temperature of love changes like the temperature of seasons. But what remain the same, is that they are always connected.  Director:  Didi (Siyu) Wang, Canada.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 5:45pm (2 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

TuSerasUnHommeTU SERAS UN HOMME – Leo is 10 and wise beyond his years. A solitary dreamer who seeks refuge in books. When the carefree 20-year-old Theo steps into his life, it forces Leo out of his shell.Despite their age difference, the two becomes best friends, helping each other face up to their responsibilities.  But not everyone approves, and Leo’s father tries to break up the friendship. Theo reacts by whisking Leo away to the seaside where he nearly loses control of situations.  Director:  Benoit Cohen, France.  Screening Friday, Jan 31st, 1:00pm (87 min) at The Paramount. 

Vacant Seat still 2 Vacant Seat – In 2012, Stockton, California– a city of 300,000 people 80 miles east of San Francisco– became the largest city in the country ever to go bankrupt. Now there’s an open seat on Stockton’s beleaguered City Council, and the city is accepting applications.  ‘Vacant Seat’ is a personal and funny glimpse into life, government and civic pride in a bankrupt city.  Director:  Adam Grossberg, UC-Berkeley, California.  Screening Saturday, Feb 1st, 10:00am (26 min)  at Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium. 

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