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In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.
Director/Producer: QIU Yang
Producer: LI Yi
Key Cast: LI Shuxian
A Chinese manicurist in Miami attempts to describe feelings she doesn't have the
Written, Directed, Animated By Alexa Lim Haas
Produced By Taylor Shung, Ben Cohen, & Brett Potter
Voice By Mengda Zhang
Arlo Alone is a futuristic drama that follows Arlo, a young woman, as she comes to terms with her own loneliness in a world where in-person contact has become a rarity.
Starring Grace Glowicki
Directed by Nicole Dorsey
Written by Katrina Saville
Produced by Karen Harnisch, Cia Mellegers
Cinematography by Barry Parrell
Director: Erica Sheu
A Short History reflects on the collective memory and identity crisis of a nation on a small island in Asia. It tells a fable by a children’s book narration. The diptych projection shifts back and forth between two reels of 16mm found footages that have no direct image of the island.
TWO SOUTH TEXAS DRIFTERS COME AT ODDS WHEN ONE WANTS TO LEAVE TO SEARCH FOR HIS ESTRANGED MOTHER.
15MIN 16MM SHORT FILM
Cast: Felix Solis, Raúl Castillo, Naomie Christelle Antoine
Crew: Producers: Rachel Ecklund - Screenwriters: Miguel Alvarez - Cinematographer: Naiti Gámez
Rachel, a former Brooklynite has persuaded her boyfriend to take a stab at farming on his
family’s abandoned sheep ranch. But the dream of self-reliance reveals itself to be a
harsher reality and strains their relationship. When a sheep dies under their watch, Rachel
becomes determined to deal with the remains and in doing so, prove her worth.
Cast: Meryl Jones Williams, Dan Pfau, Julie Eccles-Benson
Director: Marina Michelson
Screenwriter: Marina Michelson
Producers: Devin Shepherd, Nora Unkel, Simran Mahal, Marina Michelson, Meryl Jones
In the diverse and progressive small town of Highland Park, NJ, a
disturbing piece of art is found in a primary school, and a group of student
filmmakers try to solve the mystery of who created it and why it was publicly
displayed for almost forty years. A film by the Highland Park African-American
Produced & Edited by John Hulmehttp://hpaahp.com
When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner,
Ana, a single mother stuggling with her move and Seydou, a young man passsionate about dance
intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.
DIRECTOR: Zoel Aeschbacher
SCREENPLAY: Zoel Aeschbacher
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Robert-Jan
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Dino Franco Berguglia
A garden-center employee fears his possible infertility. While the pregnancy wish of the love of his life is growing, shame starts to take a hold on him. He senses them growing apart. Nourished by the artificial arena he makes a very unusual decision and swallows his pride in order to let their love overcome.
Director: Noël Loozen
Screenplay: Joeri Kloppert, Noël Loozen
Producer: Halal Pictures: Gijs Kerbosch
Crime doesn’t pay when you’re made out of clay.
Winner of the ISFF 2018 Futures Program - High School Films
Directed by John Tuohy, Red Bank Regional High School
A local sushi bar becomes the stage for a spicy reckoning when two inept robbers take a gamble with defiant patrons, and their own uncertain future.
Written & Directed by Ken Lin
Producers: Veronica Reyes-How, Sibyl Santiago, Ken Lin
Cinematographer: Roland Lazarte
CASt: Jun Suenaga, Veronica Reyes-How, Sibyl Santiago, Sara Kim, Ken Linhttps://www.californiarollfilm.com
Josue, an illegal Brazilian immigrant living in Boston, is unhappy with how
much money he has been able to save since his move. He is recently married and his
wife stayed back in Brazil. They made a plan that Josue would stay in America for three
months in order to make some money so they could start their life together.
His planned return date is almost here. One morning, while cleaning a school, he finds a
book of Fernando Pessoa poems. He reads a poem which inspires him to take control
of his life and to buy a car.
Josue buys this car without telling his wife, who becomes very angry. She
thinks the car means that Josue will stay in American and won’t be back so soon. The
two have a fight on the phone. Josue’s roommate gives him a CD with Brazilian music
for his new car. Lonely and upset, Josue takes his car to a car-wash to think things
over. There, Josue is insulted by an attendant over a misunderstanding. While sitting in
his car, Josue puts on the CD he got as a gift and is transported back home for a few
minutes while listening to Brazilian music.
Written and Directed by:
Two years ago, Connected was created, a documentary about four adorable seven
and eight year-old girls that discuss how technology affects their lives. The
charming and funny young ladies explain how iPhones, iPads, and LeapPads
inform and dominate their lives.
Now, two years later, and two years older, we go back to find how their views on
technology have changed. Connected: The Future looks at each girl to see if they
are really connected with their technology. They all love their selfies, but as one
girl noted in Connected, “too much technology isn’t good for the brain”. Do the
girls still feel the same way about their devices?
Director, Producer, & Editor: Alexa Payesko
Director of Photography: Nicolas Lopez
Sound Mixer: Brenda Salazar
Production Assistant: Tatiana Rivera
After being abused and leaving her husband, Smita must find herself another apartment. She has the money, a respectable means of earning, and she keeps to herself. She is the ideal tenant - except for one glaring flaw. She is a middle-class Indian woman without a husband. Will Smita find her space? Is there any hope for liberation - both societal and sexual?
Writer, Director & Editor: Reema Sengupta
Producer: Surekha Sengupta
Cinematographer: Harshvir Oberai
An elderly man is unable to accept that he is made to retire and his life takes a
dramatic turn, when he realises that he cannot finish the work of his life.
Director Linda Dombrovszky
Screenplay György Somogyi
Producer Ferenc Szohár, CINEMART KFT
Director: Julie Orlick
Abstraktion of the minds' eye, screaming shadows within yourself whilst being stuck in the Berlin winter. Starring Bridge Markland of Le Pustra's Kabarett de Namenlosen.
After finding out he is dead, Charlie has a chance to make good on a past regret.
Dennis Cahlo - Director, Writer, Producer, and also portrays the lead character Charlie
CJ Cullen - as Mr. O'Halloran, and also served as a Producer
Katie Vincent - as Veronica
Katrina Eugenia - as Vanessa The Angel Waitress
Christian Moran - Sound & Camera Operator
Dennis Cahlo, Anthony DeLioncourt, & Christian Moran - Cinematography
Director: Lauren Cook
Dot Matrix is a sound and image composition of two 16mm film tracks, made by hand in a darkroom, without digital intervention. The projectors become instruments that read the images as waveforms. Colorful and fun circles are menacing when played back as sound.
Director: Sasha Waters Freyer
Ancient flowers and animal desire. The past rises up – a mirage, but I can't bury it deep enough. Fever season of magic, madness: adolescence. It's their turn now, our willing sacrifice. dragons & seraphim fuses original film footage of three generations of family shot on a hand-cranked Bolex camera, with 16mm nature films and the home movies of strangers that optically re-printed frame by frame. Sound design by Stephen Vitiello; poem "Childless" by Michael Morse.
At night Elisa, 9, scratches herself raw, which drives her mother insane. However rather than to see
this as a sign that something is wrong, she demands Elisa stop. Does the mother's anger provoke
further scratching, or is it the other way around? The little family begins to break apart and Elisa's
mother clumsily attempts to keep their life in order, but it has gotten out of control. An undefinable
force is splitting them apart.
Director: Kristina Kean Shtubert
Screenplay: Ines Berwing (in collaboration with Kristina Kean Shtubert)
DoP: Nicola Alice Hens
Producers: Margarita Amineva, Kristina Kean Shtubert, Nicola Alice Hens
Susanne Wuest, Anastasia Triller
Director: Robert Orlowski
Diaristic expressions from March to June and the metamorphosis of visual perception, energy, and emotion.
Director: Holly Fisher
Ghostdance for a New Century is a re-imagining of a 16mm silent film of 1978, inspired by the Native American dance performed especially in the 1890’s to encourage renewal and prosperity; or from another point of view, to drive out the white man and bring back the buffalo. This new work is a single multi-layered, evolving digital canvas, rich in desert reds with pale whites overlapping with fragments of a child’s running shadow interlaced. Music is an original piece LENS, written and performed live when possible by composer/cellist Ha-Yang Kim. As a film/video fusion, Ghostdance for a New Century is a meditative landscape, literal and/or metaphoric –– set between a eulogy for an unspoken past and a plea for attention to an unmapped future….
Struggling with New York living, Dana Schapiro decides to move, saying goodbye to a neighborhood that can barely remember who she is....
Director: Daniel Jaffe
Writers: Daniel Jaffe, Michelle Uranowitz
Stars: Pierre Barthelemy, Robert Bolchune, Nikita Chaudhry
In this mockumentary, a voice director and producer are in search of the
video game industry’s best screams of terror to portray innocent bystanders in the
latest release of Grand Theft Auto (GTA). While some voice actors are more talented
than others, no one takes the art of sound design more seriously than these guys.
This project takes an in-depth look at studio voice and sound recording and the
unspoken madness that unfolds behind the scenes.
Directed by Trevor Hembling & Arshum Rouhanian
Written and Edited by Trevor Hembling
Directors of Photography by Danny Welch & Arshum Rouhanian
Produced by Trevor Hembling & Arshum Rouhanian
Starring: Trevor Hembling, Savarone Ammann, Anna Perez, Jacob Boyle, Brandon Egert, Jasmine Nadim, Gabe Schwartz
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Mariama Diallo – writer/director
Valerie Steinberg – producer
Charlotte Hornsby – director of photography
Kara Young – Cami
Taliah Webster – Eve
Madeline Weinstein – Rebecca
Trae Harris – Janice
Jermaine Crawford – Damon
In the fall of 2001, fifteen year-old Brinda learns some hard lessons on a day full of firsts.
Directed by Swetha Regunathan.
Nick calls a suicide hotline...only to be put on hold. (This is a real thing that actually f**king happens). Moments later, he discovers his next door neighbor, Cassy, has also been put on hold by a suicide hotline. Misery finds company, and through milky wine, terrified vandalism, and a confrontation with a shirtless bro who has GREAT pecs, they lean on each other to find ways out of their own heads.
Directed By: Jesse D. Turk and Jon Zucker
Written By: Jon Zucker
Produced By: Jesse D. Turk
Cast: Nick Skardarasy, Amanda Idoko, Alexander MacNicoll, Sierra Katow, Hannah Pearlman
I HEART NY is a short film about Milton Glaser——the creator of the iconic I Heart NY symbol——and his enduring love for New York City, through its many phases, crises, and complications.
Starring: Milton Glaser (@miltonglaserinc)
Director: Andre Andreev (@andreandreev)
Producer: Tara Rose Stromberg (@zortianographer)
Production Company: Dress Code (@dresscodeny)
One girl’s epic quest to make it to brunch.
Story by Allison Andresini and Gillian Holmes
Directed by Allison Andresini
Starring Gillian Holmes
Original Score by Ryan Yannalfo
Director: Aimee Norwich
Light as a Feather is an exploration of the beauty of nature and the horrible things we do to it. Direct animation on 16mm found footage.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the most dangerous place in the world to be a pregnant mother. In rural villages, women turn to traditional birth attendants to bring their children into the world. This short documentary follows one local Mama, Gertrude Nakanwagi, who has dedicated her life to saving lives in the heart of Uganda.
Run time: 7 minutes
directed by: Nicholas Brennan
produced by: Samson Ntale
Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother and spends his days learning piano while she makes his coffee and washes his socks. It is an easy life, but not a good one. Their unhealthy co-dependence is about to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.
Directed and Animated by: Chintis Lundgren
'Marie's Crisis' introduces a broader audience to the institution that is Marie's Crisis, New York's storied sing-along (showtunes ONLY!) piano bar. The film explores this unique, theater-driven New York institution, its meaningfulness to its patrons and staff, and its importance as one of New York’s earliest openly Gay bars -- predating even Stonewall. We also delve into the history of the building, including the site’s Landmark status for being the location where American (and French) Revolutionary figure, Thomas Paine, died, and explore why Marie's Crisis has and continues to be a home for misfits, musical theatre lovers and tourists alike.
Director: Michael Vecchio
Producer: Bill Augustin
An underachiever named Tracy participates in a self-help program. Will she succeed?
Writer & Director - Kevin Vu
Director of Photography - Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll
Erin Neufer as Tracy
Patty Aicher as Cathy and Kathy
Filmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind... including a stack of VHS dirty movies.
Directed by: Charlie Tyrell
Produced by: Julie Baldassi
Narrated by David Wain.
My dad taught me how to pack.
Director / Writer: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Producer : Nidia Santiago & Edwina Liard
Co-producer: Jean-Louis Padis
Poem written by: Ron Koertge
Voice: Albert Birney
A young couple's romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap in this stop-motion animated comedy.
Written & Directed by Emily Ann Hoffman
Produced by Sean Weiner
Zoe Voiced by Chet Siegel
Eli Voiced by Jonathan Randell Silver
Sexy V.O. by Ronald Alexander Peet
Director: Basim Magdy
A muted voice travels from deep beneath the surface like an eruption. It speaks of its might and our disillusioned reality. It speaks of its ancestors, their ghosts and the cosplay games they play while conversing about the unreachable islands on an alien abducted moon.
This is the place where sunsets look like frozen fireworks trapped inside a magic lamp. This is the endless road paved with turquoise humility.
This is my enigmatic lover whose fate is forever intertwined with mine.
83 year old John Arnao, a 23 year veteran of the NYPD, uses his love and skills from a lifetime of woodworking to craft beautiful works of art. In a world where everyone uses social media and technology to pass the time, this is the way John chooses to use his while leaving his legacy behind.
Directed by: Allyssa Agro
Starring: John Arnao
In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend.
Director: Paloma Baeza
Cinematography: Jonathan Muschamp
Screenplay: Paloma Baeza
Producer: Ser En Low
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Joseph May
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
Film by Shunsaku Hayashi
Music by Jack Stevens
Rescate is a gritty documentary about the heroics of the Rescate Ambar volunteer Paramedics and their leader Reynaldo Ortiz as they rush to provide medical attention to the countless number of motor vehicle accidents in the Dominican. Rampant drunk-driving, perilous roadways have led the Dominican Republic to be ranked as one of the most dangerous countries to drive in the world. With zero government funding and only donated equipment, the Rescate Ambar team is a ragtag group who must fend for themselves as they rescue and protect the entire north coast of the Dominican.
Director & Editor // Mark Bone
Cinematographer // Mark Bone & Matti Haapoja
After a very famous airplane arrives at Palm Beach International Airport, an otherwise ordinary stretch of Florida highway attracts an avid cluster of excited onlookers and selfie-takers. In the ensuing spectacle, these curious Americans reveal the qualities they may share with the plane’s huuuge-ly notable passenger.
Directors: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Producers: Maida Lynn, Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Director: Dawn George
An examination of three weeds - dandelion, coltsfoot, and goldenrod and each weed’s direct effects on film stock via hand-processing with eco-processing techniques. The film reveals not only the visual characteristic of each plant but also of filmic qualities that each plant imparts on the film stock.
Chandler is an emerging porn star and self-described sexual deviant trying to make it big in Toronto. Meaghan is a socially attuned empath and aspiring actor making experimental art films in LA. They both happen to have cerebral palsy, and they’re sick of society’s normative standards of beauty getting in the way of their dreams. A raw, intimate portrait of two people’s distinct journeys on their first attempts to shift the social perceptions of sexuality and disability.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer: Paul Stavropoulos
Featuring: Meaghan Ryan Coates & Chandler Borland
Maryam Henderson-Uloho spent thirteen years in prison, six of which were in solitary confinement. After her release in 2013, she lived as a squatter on the streets of New Orleans and sold found items on street corners to get by. That's when the lightbulb went off and Maryam's journey to help other ex-offenders, especially women like her, began.
Directed by: Mohammad Gorjestani
Creative Directors: Sean Conroy, Malcolm Pullinger, Ashley Rodholm
Producers: Erick Kwiecien, Taylor Feltner
Production Company: Even/Odd Films
“So You Like the Neighborhood” is a dark comedy about a girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and then evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, all in the same day. When she goes to drown her sorrows at a nearby bar, she befriends some locals who offer to help her with the eviction. They just so happen to be former mafia members and by 'help,' they mean something rather more nefarious. Things quickly spin out of control when she impulsively agrees to meet with a mafia hit man about 'eliminating' her ex-boyfriend and landlord. It is a dark comedy and true story.
Shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, and Winner of the 2018 National Board of Review Student Grant, the film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. It stars Tony Nominee and star of Get Shorty and Billons, Sarah Stiles.
Written & Directed by Jean Pesce
Sarah Stiles, Carmine Raspaolo, Ernest Mingione, Vince Bandille, Corey Sullivan, Matt Hopkins, Matt Casuccio
Ellie, a smart and successful restaurant critic, has her life turned upside down when she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As her condition worsens, she joins a support group where she meets Dan; an encounter that has unexpected results.
Writer & Director: Nick Hatton Jones
Producer: Nellie McQuinn
You have probably heard of the phrase "To think outside of the box"?
Well this is a film about such a box and the flat-headed creatures that live inside of it. Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day when a new baby boy starts to grown in the middle of the Box! This baby is very different from other flat-headed inhabitants of the Box. He's happy, lively and curious. As the baby grows bigger and bigger, the flat-headed neighbours are becoming more and more annoyed with him.
Until one day when he literally grows over their heads...
Story, director, animator etc...: Dušan Kastelic
Music and Sound Design: Mateja Starič
Producer: Dušan Kastelic
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A grieving mother latches on to a magical surrogate for her lost child. But small miracles come with big consequences.
Directed by: Alan Lougher
Written by: Matias Caruso
Produced by: Richard D’Angelo, Chloe Hyeonjeong Na
CAST: Perri Lauren, Sean Meehan, Tony Hutaj, Dan Berkey
Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.
Randall Christopher, producer, writer, director, art, animation
Mark Pinter, voice of Zvi Aharoni
Spencer Rabin, original score, producer
Jared Callahan, producer
When the dad next-door walks out, five-year-old Toby discovers that parents leave.
As the shock hits, the entire room catapults skywards, morphs in mid-air and lands as
a different space. The rooms keep pace with Toby's volatile emotions as home life
spirals out of control in the divorce boom of the 1970s and 80s. Forty years on,
kaleidoscopic scraps of memory still cling to the walls; and Toby clings to these
fragments, trying to piece together the full story.
The makers of The Bigger Picture bring their life-size murals off the wall, into the
vortex of their hybrid 2D/3D world.
Directed, Written and Animated by: Daisy Jacobs
Co-directed by: Christopher Wilder
Producer: Elliott Tagg and Geof Morgan
Cinematographer: Max Williams
Cast: Ben Aldridge, Paterson Joseph, Scott Handy, Christine Kavanagh, Emrhys cooper, Benedick Blythe
Nineteen-year-old Kirill hangs out on the rooftops of apartment blocks, where his
brazen stunts have earned him the nickname “Russian Spiderman.”
Runtime: 15 minutes
Director: Geoffrey Feinberg
Producer: Jelena Goldbach, Geoffrey Feinberg
A sheltered Indian couple visits their son in the U.S. for the first time and bungles their apartment rental, ending up in close quarters with their hosts, a gay couple and their dog.
Director: Alex Faoro
The Melody of Decomposition is a super 8mm non-narrative film composed of footage I gathered over the course of 8 months between 2017 and 2018. The different locations include a reservoir, for which I have a particular lineal affection, a cemetery in the Bronx where my ancestors are buried, and a slaughterhouse in upstate New York. Consequently, the film explores themes of family, death and the loss of innocence. In doing so it creates a concentrated rhythm and familiar cyclical patter of movement; both of which result in a subconscious pursuit of the inevitable.
A Georgia doctor helps execute inmates by lethal injection despite the medical profession’s ban of
physician involvement in executions. Personally against capital punishment, he sees his work as providing end of life care to the condemned.
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Lauren Knapp
Starring: Dr. Carlo Musso, Teresa Musso
A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled
man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment, where he faces his demons
as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, ten
Director: Sherren Lee
Writer: Jesse LaVercombe
Producers:Charlie Hidalgo, Sherren Lee
Prince Amponsah, Jesse LaVercombe
A couple on a bus are helping to save historic Los Angeles one crime scene at a time.
Director / Producer: Nicholas Coles
Editor/Co-Producer: Sara Newens
Featuring: Richard Schave & Kim Cooper
Alistair and Samir meet five different times, but it is only when they meet as old men that they can finally put their prejudices aside and meet as friends. This film champions friendship and compassion over separation and distrust.
DIRECTOR/WRITER – Marcus Markou
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS – Milicia Kastner & Andrew Markou
PRODUCERS – Sara Butler & Sophie Andrea Mitchell
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – Christopher Fergusson
a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel.
Director : Frédéric Carpentier
Scenario, Script : Frédéric CARPENTIER, Eduardo SOSA SORIA
If you missed out on the chance to tell someone how you
feel, would you try again?
*Winner of the 2018 ISFF Futures Program
Directed by Abigail Karl
“Weekends” is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980's Toronto.
Two criminals kidnap a man's wife. When they call with the ransom demands, they are very surprised by his demeanor.
Directed by: Jim Ford
Produced by: Ed Gutierrez
JIM FORD, ED GUTIERREZ, RYAN CONVERY, LAURA MARKIS