Friday NOVEMBER 4th


- BLOCK ONE -
SHORTS Program – 5:00pm – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL


VOICES OF GRIEF, HONORING THE SACRED JOURNEY

Documentary Short (40 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Deb Collins
Writer: Lise Bennett Naugle
Producers: Kathy Sparnins and Deb Collins

Synopsis: A fresh perspective on the many ways we navigate successfully through grief or companion others along their journey. Wisdom from contemporary authors, grief experts, and spiritual teachers is woven through personal stories of loss to explore the roles of compassion, community, and connection in this sacred journey.


MAI (NEVER)

Drama (20 mins.) Italy, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Giulio Poidomani
Producers: Isabella Roberto and Giulio Poidomani
Cast: Flavia Ripa, Alessandro Gangi and Ilaria Ambrogi    

Synopsis: On a quest to reconcile with her lover, Anna, Claudia travels to Sicily. Coldly rejected, she wanders through the old town. Later that evening, a handsome man named Sandro approaches Claudia. Eager to lose herself in a conventional romance in which she can openly express love, Claudia slips into a fantasy. 


THE SIBLING CODE

Comedy (7 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Roberta Marie Munroe
Writer: Stacey A. Davis
Producer: Roberta Marie Munroe and Stacey A. Davis
Cast: Amy Okuda, Amy Hill and Jonathan Lisecki

Synopsis: Two adult siblings, who act like children, have to make a tough decision after a tragic event. 


BLUEBERRY

Romance (9 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Mary Rachel Dudley
Producer: Susan Gallagher
Cast: Chloe Keiffer and Charles Harrelson

Synopsis: Love is forever.


IT HIT UPON THE ROOF

Fiction (3 mins.) Iran, US Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Teymour Ghaderi
Cast: Matin Ebadi

Synopsis: A young boy is home alone with his sick mother. He does not want the rain from the leaking roof to get her wet or wake her.


BERNIE AND REBECCA 

Comedy/Romance (15 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Melissa Kent
Writer: John F. Harris
Producers: Mary Pat Bentel and Melissa Kent
Cast: Brianna Barnes and Kyle Davis

Synopsis: After a blind date, Bernie and Rebecca imagine a future life together, but it’s not the perfect marriage with angelic kids, a big house, and white-picket fence…


- BLOCK TWO -
SHORTS PROGRAM – 7:00PM – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL


UNDER PRESSURE

Drama (34 mins.) Austria, East Coast Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Lilli Schwabe
Cast: Karin Lischka, Jan Mixsa, Gabi Schuchter, Julia Zborowska, Norman Shetler, Tess Werner, Anna Schwabe, Nadine Petrea, Katrin Graf and Heinz Rank u.a.

Synopsis: Clara, an aspiring gynecologist, is supporting her patients, no matter if they are bringing a child into the world or having an abortion. But with the increasing pressures of daily life, her duties in the clinic suddenly seem insurmountable, and her family life is slipping away.


A BEAUTIFUL DAY

Drama Thriller (21 mins) USA
Director: Phedon Papamichael
Writers: Casey Cannon and Angeliki Giannakopoulos
Producers: Casey Cannon, Angeliki Giannakopoulos, and Phedon Papamichael
Cast: James Brolin, Frances Fisher, Rick Rossovich, Michael J. Gonzales, Kelly Tighe, Tommy Villafranca, David Edelstein, Iris Svis, Juju-Journey Brener and Cooper Layne

Synopsis: Gene gets up day-after-day and follows the same monotonous routine that he has lived since the death of his wife ten years earlier. He is aging fast from illness and loneliness and has given up on the future. Today, however, he awakens with a new determination to end the life he has known. Today, there is a new resolve that will change the course of everything.


THE SHOELACE

Short Film/Poetry (3 mins.) USA
Director/Producer: Christopher Castigione
Writer: Charles Bukowski 

Synopsis: A retelling of Charles Bukowski's 1984 poem, “The Shoelace.” When a poet finds himself caught up life's trivialities, he must confront his anxiety, or enter the madhouse.


LETTER TO GOD

Drama (17 mins.) USA/Azerbaijan, SC Premiere
Director: Maria Ibrahimova
Writers: Maria Ibrahimova; Based on a short story by Marian Belenkiy
Producer: Emin Ibrahimov
Cast: Yuri Baliev, Metanet Eres, Nigar Gulmahmudova, Maria Ibrahimova and Rena Ibrahimova

Synopsis: Letter to God is a film about the power of faith—irrespective of belief or religion. A lonely widower discovers that he is dying, and after a series of mysterious encounters, decides to do the only thing he can think of: write a letter to God.

 


BALLON

Drama (7 mins.) USA
Director: Alexis O. Korycinski
Writer: Julia Cox
Producers: Saray Deiseil, Jenniffer Castillo, Alexis O. Korycinski, Brian Korycinski, Jenifer Madson, Grace Alpert, Hillary Nadworny, Monica Bermudez, Sussanah Hicks Eldridge, Diana Putzer, and Susan Tunney
Cast: Shelby Rabara, Caitlin Carver, Caitlin Kinney, Emrhys Cooper and Laura Fremont

Synopsis: A professional ballerina caught in the cycle of all night partying and cocaine fueled rehearsals must confront her drug addiction when she crumbles during an important audition.


POOR GEORGE

Comedy/Drama/Sci-Fi (21 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Jim Harris
Cast: Michael Dempsey, Brian Doyle-Murray and Taylor Cole

Synopsis: George lives in two worlds. One perfect, his dream world, the other, his mundane real life, a living hell. Taking drastic measures, he enacts his plan to be in his dream world forever with his perfect girl, Dora. But that world is not all as it seems. He soon learns there’s a fine line between dreams and nightmares. Be careful what you wish for.


- BLOCK THREE -
SHORTS PROGRAM – 9:00PM – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL


INVITEE (THE GUEST)

Drama (39 mins.) Russia, SC Premiere
Director/Producer: Alexander Volkovskiy
Writer: Kirill Kuznetsov
Cast: Artem Kazmin, Elena Medvedeva, Polina Olemskaya and Vadim Pozharsky 

Synopsis: Aglaia, the expert on rare books, is visitng her distant relatives to find something valuable in their library. She meets their twelve-year-old son, Dima, who doesn't speak. Gradually penetrating in everyday family life, Aglaia understands what can help Dima speak…


AGATHA

Horror/Thriller (9 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Timothy Vandenberg
Producer: John Marchioni
Cast: Louise Byers, Jessica Farmer and Penny Skohut

Synopsis: Young Sophie has been hired to bring food every night to a mysterious old woman who is locked in an attic. Is the old woman a prisoner? Is she dangerous? Each night, as Sophie completes her task, her curiosity draws her closer and closer to what might be her last meal. 


MY LUCHADOR  

Drama (13 mins.) USA
Director/Writer: Shea Sizemore
Producers: Vanna White and Chip White
Cast: Cedric Guthrie and Rachel Jeffreys

Synopsis: An aging Luchador pounds his life away at a corporate keypunching job. His wife, a successful executive, helps him find his way back to his purpose.


BON VOYAGE

Live Action Short (22 mins.) Switzerland, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Marc Wilkins
Producer: Joël Jent
Cast: Stefan Gubser, Annelore Sarbach, Jay Abdo, Amal Omran, Hala Elula, Amed Ali, Abdusalam Mutaj Shagaj Nur, Abdinuv Yusuf, Erkan Aydogan, Tugba Dogan, Sahverdi Ali, Osman Muslu, Abdülhamit Basibüyük and Mehmet Öztürkoglu

Synopsis: During a holiday cruise a sailing yacht encounters a sinking refugee boat.


SEAGULLS

Drama/Coming of Age/Short (14 mins.) Scotland/UK, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Martin Smith
Producer: Sarah Drummond
Cast: Mikey Hoc, Kathleen McDermott, Ali McBride, Connor Hamilton and Mark Woolner

Synopsis: When a young showman visits a new town he struggles to fit in. Seagulls follows Ryan as he attempts to bond with a group of local boys. The film explores the subtle differences in the lives of these teenage boys and how cultural bonds that are deeply ingrained are never far from the surface.


LOS ANGELES 1991

Drama (10 mins.) USA, East Coast Premiere
Director: Macgregor
Writers/Producers: Zacarias, Macgregor and Tim Hyten
Cast: Chirs Conrad, Victor Ho, Jah Shams, Zach Telles and Gordon Capps

Synopsis: Los Angeles 1991 follows four different characters in the midst of racial tensions just before the riots of '92.