Friday, February 6, 2015 – Moffatt Auditorium Wayne Community College
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Narrative Short films
The Unclean (Iran); Bahram Ark, Director. Because his faith considers dogs to be unclean, a Muslim man must choose: commit a sin or help an injured dog?
Run (Scotland); Peter Mackie Burns, Director. Tor’s run through her city was more than she anticipated.
Severo (Brazil); Danilo Baracho de Assis Silva, Director. Severino has dreams of playing soccer for the national team, but the opportunities he has been given in life already dictate his future.
Balkoni (Kosovo) ; Lendita Zeqiraj, Director. An entire village reacts to a boy dangling from a balcony in this one-shot tour de force.
Democracia (Spain); Borga Cobeaga, Director. The owner of a company proposes a daring plan for keeping worker morale high.
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Free Time for LUNCH. Student groups will be selling food in the Atrium area.
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Narrative Short Films and Q&A with Filmmaker
Curio Shop: A Post-Apocalyptic Western (USA); Edward Anderson, Director. Oliver and John are two lonely survivors in a post-apocalyptic frontier where everything is broken … even time. When Oliver fashions a bizarre weapon for John, it opens a surrealistic Pandora’s Box with no clear way out.
One Armed Man (USA); Tim Guinee, Director. CW Rowe owns a profitable cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin’s machinery. On a normal day, Ned goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But one day becomes anything but a normal day.
The Walk (USA); Alonso Alvarez Barreda, Director. In the harshness of the Arizona desert a father and his son will be forced to decide between making their dream come true or saving a life. Q&A with The Walk Filmmaker Alonso Alvarez Barreda.
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Documentary Short Films
Born in Adana (Canada); David Hovan, Director; A moving story of Armenian persecution in Turkey in 1915, and the survival of only a remnant of a family line.
Godka Circle (Spain); Àlex Lora & Antonio Tibaldi, Directors; a mesmerizing observation of the lives of ordinary women living in an extraordinary place (Somali).
Sawdust (USA); Leo Mahoney, Director; This short documentary, gives the viewer a brief glimpse into the art of wood sculptor Ken Packie. Q&A with Leo Mahoney.
3:30 pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Animated Short Films
Me + Her (USA); Joseph Oxford, Director; in a faraway world, tucked away in a small fold of land behind an enormous willow tree, exists the tiny city of Cardboard.
Where do cars come from? (Israel); Noam Sharon, Director; An amusing answer to the question.
The Amautalik (Canada); Neil Christopher, Director; A neglected orphan and a kind little girl encounter one of the most dangerous land spirits from Inuit folktales – the Amautalik.
In Capricious Hands (USA); Stephan Larson, Director; Stuck living in a dark box, life is pretty bleak and boring. And then a window appears…
LAMI (France); Christopher Defaye, Director; La is a shy little blue boy. He sings alone until he discovers that singing with friends becomes melody.
The Orphan & The Polar Bear (Canada); Neil Christopher, Director; a polar bear adopts an abandoned boy and teaches him how to survive (based on Inuit folklore).
Royal Migration (USA); Yun Chen, Director; a marching group of caterpillars blindly follow the leader without thinking where they are heading.
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Narrative Short Films
Charlie & Hope (USA); Gary Allen, Director. The day that Charlie is to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Hope is offered an unexpected opportunity that may leave him behind.
Evolution (Germany); Georg Jungermann, Director. What would you do if you were asked not to open something, but then left alone with it for days?
Love at First Sight (UK); Mark Playne, Director. A heart-warming story of a lonely young man’s attraction to a woman he sees watering her flowers on a balcony across the street.
Flowers (UK); Sabina Sattar, Director. A young man falls in love with a young woman who callously rejects his babbling invitation to go out with him. Undaunted, he creatively attempts to win her affection.
Donut Dance (USA); Jason Knade, Director. Things take an interesting turn at a small cafe when only one doughnut remains.
Money Box (USA); Muzappar Osman, Director. A young man gets from a vending machine more than he set out to buy
Boy Wonder (USA); Zach Brewer, Director. A young boy works to buy an action figure of his favorite superhero. After witnessing a classmate being bullied, he learns it doesn’t take superpowers to be a hero.
Delusions of Grand Jury (USA); Stavros Stavropolous, Director. A passerby criticizes the show of a street performer puppeteer, Henry. The judgment forces Henry to choose which one of his puppets will live and which one will have to die. It’s up to the puppets to save their own skin.
6:45 pm – 8:00pm Free Time for Dinner
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm OPENING NIGHT – Narrative Short & Feature Films
Beneath Water (UK); Charlie Manton, Director. After the death of her brother, Daisy’s mother withdraws from life. Daisy urges her mother to open up, leading to shocking allegations.
Wildlike (USA); Frank Hall Green, Director; Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, and is betrayed by her uncle. She flees her uncle’s grasp to find her mother, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she encounters an unforgiving terrain and a hiker who reluctantly comes to her aid. Together they make their way through a beautiful wilderness, one that enables them to believe again in the idea of family. This film captures the breathtaking vistas of Alaska’s terrain.
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm Narrative Short Films – Late night Friday night
Grafters (USA); Nicholas J. DeMicco, Director. Kurt, an expert car-thief, has his life suddenly complicated by an offbeat romance and professional competition, complications that speed him towards a dangerous intersection where his ethics and his chosen career collide.
Electric Indigo (Belgium); Jean-Julien Collett, Director. Indigo grew up in a family with two fathers who loved the same woman: her mother. Her fathers’ decision to raise the girl together seemed a good one until the day her mother returned to the home to get her.
The Fire (USA); Cody Michaels, Director. A young boy must travel through the unknown wilderness to find the house his father grew up in and died protecting years before. Along the way he discovers the importance of family and his true purpose in life
Check Out (Italy/Israel); Federico Di Liddo, Giacomo Maragliulo, and Yoni Ronn, Directors; A couple meet for the first time on a river bank in a forest where people go to end their lives. They seem to make a connection. But is it enough to keep them from “checking out”? This film is based on a “check out” forest that exists in Japan. (Back Stage)
Monster (USA); Alan Rask, Director. After moving into this old house, a little girl is frightened to sleep alone in her new room. Is there a monster under the bed?
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Screenings Downtown The Paramount Theatre
10:00 am – 10:30 am Narrative Short Film
The Walk (USA); Alonso Alvarez Barreda, Director. In the harshness of the Arizona desert a father and his son will be forced to decide between making their dream come true or saving a life. (Second Screening) Q&A with The Walk Filmmaker Alonso Alvarez Barreda.
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Narrative Short Film & Narrative Feature Film
Satan Has a Bushy Tail (UK); Louis Paxton, Director. Grandfather believes a squirrel in his yard is possessed and enlists his grandson to help him get rid of it. Hilarity ensues. To see the fundraising pitch that resulted in this film, click here.
Back to the Garden (UK); Jon Sanders, Director. It is a year since the death of an inspirational theatre director and teacher, and his widow is struggling to come to terms with her loss. Their close friends come to spend the weekend with her to offer their support and to celebrate his memory in an entertaining and moving performance before they scatter his ashes in the garden. BACK TO THE GARDEN is both a meditation on love and loss and an evocation of the joys and sorrows of later life, and these themes are explored with humor and tenderness by the improvising cast.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Free Time for Lunch Downtown
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Narrative Short Film & Documentary Feature Film
Severo (Brazil); Danilo Baracho de Assis Silva, Director. Severino has dreams of playing soccer for the national team, but the opportunities he has been given in life already dictate his future. (2nd Screening)
Coming Back to the Hoop (USA). Jane Pittman, Director. Jane Pittman, a promising basketball star at her small town high school, ran off the court during a holiday tournament game and never returned to the court until 43 years later. ‘Coming Back To The Hoop’ is a film about the transformative power of basketball and the healing it brings when you connect with something larger than yourself and then give yourself over to the team. Q & A with Hoops’ Jane Pittman
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Narrative Short Film & Documentary Feature Film
The Bravest, The Boldest (USA); Moon Molson, Director. Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter news regarding her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain’t tryin’ to hear it.
Stray Dog (USA); Debra Granik, Director, & Victoria Stewart, Producer. Ron “Stray Dog” Hall is a Vietnam War veteran who lives in Southern Missouri where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park. With Stray Dog as our guide, we experience the restlessness of ex-warriors as they try to make peace with what they can’t change and weather the incomprehension of those who have never been to war. Q & A with Ron “Stray Dog” Hall.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner Downtown (Foundation Reception)
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm CLOSING NIGHT
Announcement of Audience Award Winners & Closing Remarks
Musical Star! (UK); Louis Paxton, Director. Jimmy hates musicals. But his aversion to the melodic art runs far deeper than mere dislike. In order to save the world from a tuneless future, Jimmy is forced to confront a buried childhood trauma… MUSICAL STAR! is a charming, entertaining short comedy for everyone who’s ever loved or hated musicals. MUSICAL STAR! is a tale of magic, optimism and childhood trauma that dares to ask the question: When everything’s so crappy, what’s wrong with being happy?
Blackbird (Scotland); Jamie Chambers, Director. Young Scottish ballad singer Ruadhan despairs as the fabric of his quaint hometown erodes. The town’s fading glory is there for all to see. There are no fish in the sea, no jobs, and the young generation is leaving for the cities. Even worse, as the elders pass away, their songs die with them. Ruadhan’s desperate attempts to save the town’s connection to song spiral out of control until it is Ruadhan himself who needs saving. Blackbird is a film haunted by the songs and traditions of the past, and features legendary Scottish performers Norman Maclean and Sheila Stewart alongside up and coming talent, adding to the film’s authenticity and soulfulness. Q&A with lead actor Andrew Rothney.