Thursday NOVEMEBR 5th
- BLOCK ONE -
Documentary Program – 3:00pm – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL
Documentary (6 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Ryan Peterson
Producer: Ryan Peterson and Travis Rummel
Synopsis: An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multibillion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the Aug 4, 2014, catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mt. Polley Mine in BC's Fraser River watershed.
THE STORY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE STAR
Documentary (75 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Justin Johnson
Producer: Erik Beck
Cast: Richard Miller
Synopsis: In the spirit of American Movie, Double Digits introduces us to inspiring, fifty-year-old YouTuber Richard Miller as he directs himself and his cast of dolls and action figures in the weirdest zero-budget feature films you've never seen. His threshold for success? More than nine views.
- BLOCK TWO -
Shorts Program – 5:00pm – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL
WITHOUT A DOUBT
Fantasy (6 mins.) Southeast Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Gerald Guthrie
Synopsis: Without a Doubt is a digital animation that illustrates one variation on the seventeenth- century philosopher Renè Descartes's view of the world. This time-based visual metaphor draws together Descartes's understanding of geometry, expressly the invention of the Cartesian coordinates (X, Y, Z), and his most famous statement, “I think, therefore I am,” to present an introspective dimension within our own understanding.
Drama (5 mins.) Southeast Premiere
Director/Writer: Odepero Oduye
Producer: Esther de Rothschild
Cast: Kareem Farmer, Chris Distefano, Joseph Gonzalez, Paul Bomba and Scott Johnsen
Synopsis: One afternoon in Sunset Park, another black boy gets broken in.
Family/Drama (15 mins.)
Director/Writer: Adam Nelson
Producers: Timothy Cella, Henry Drayton, Adam Nelson, Carolyn Shannon and Lauren Skillen
Cast: Jan Harrelson, Ashlee Heath and Matthew Rossitch
Synopsis: In the early 1960s, as America ushers in a new era of exploration and adventure, a father embarks on an ambitious deep-sea expedition to find solace in the shadow of his young son's looming death.
THE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW
Drama (18 mins.) Greece, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Mario Garefo
Cast: Michalis Giannatos, Dimitris Imellos and Maria Kitsou
Synopsis: A man intrudes into rich people’s dinners claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow, which curiously enough, is a female figure.
HOW TO LOSE HER
Drama/Romance (12 mins.) World Premiere
Director/Writer: Derek Eaker
Producers: Michelle Chang and Alejandra Trevino
Cast: Autumn Harmon, Elijah Silva and Ashley Sullivan
Synopsis: A teenage boy takes us through the loss of his first love.
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDWEST
Drama (22 mins.) SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Dustin Whitehead
Producers: Steve Brian, Dustin Whitehead
Cast: Tyler Ross, Allan Whitehead, Bridget Haight, James Lusk, Kate Cornelius-Schechter and Stephanie Hawks Peter
Synopsis: Somewhere in the Midwest is a coming-of-age drama about a young man at odds with his parents’ divorce.
COPS AND ROBBERS
Comedy (12 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Marco Ragozzino
Writer: Eddie Alfano
Producers: Marco Ragozzino and Eddie Alfano
Cast: Eddie Alfano and Tim Bagley
Synopsis: Eddie is frustrated. He's a “typecast” actor, playing a cop in over a dozen films and TV shows. In a bold act of defiance against his agent, Eddie takes drastic measures to land his dream role: a homicidal psycho killer. But can Hollywood see Eddie as anything more than the kind, lovable guy he is?
- BLOCK THREE -
FEATURE PROGRAM – 7:00pm – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL
PAPA DANS MAMAN (DAD IN MUM)
Family/Comedy (6 mins.) France, SC Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Fabrice Bracq
Cast: Elea Masina-Janot and Mathilde Mallah
Synopsis: The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents' door. Two young sisters are asking questions...
KEEP IN TOUCH
Comedy/Drama/Romance/Music (106 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Samuel Kretchmar
Writers: Michael Covino and Samuel Kretchmar
Producer: Michael Covino
Cast: Gabbi McPhee and Ryan Patrick Bachand
Synopsis: A man attempting to track down his childhood love discovers that she was killed in a car accident many years prior. His search leads him to her younger sister, an aspiring musician who bears a striking resemblance.
- BLOCK FOUR -
SHORTS PROGRAM – 9:00pm – CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL
Animation (4 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Bill Plympton
Producer: Wendy Cong Zhao
Synopsis: A gullible man goes on a quest to find a mysterious, destructive monster, only to arrive at an unexpected revelation.
Dark Comedy/Fantasy (12 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Amber Benson
Writer: David Greenman
Producers: Amber Benson, Megan Lee Joy and Jessica Sherif
Cast: David Blue, Eugene Byrd, Megan Lee Joy, Dove Meir, Emme Rylan and Jessica Sherif
Synopsis: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Amber Benson comes this twisted, darkly comedic, genre-bending tale of revenge—a revenge of the worst kind—Shevenge! The film follows Sam, Taylor, and Charley as they embark on a journey of revenge and empowerment while seamlessly jumping into their favorite genres of film and television.
Dark Comedy/Fantasy (12 mins.) Serbia, SC Premiere
Director: Rajko Ristanovic
Writer: Ivan Stancic
Producer: Andrijana Krcmar
Cast: Branko Cvejic and Vladislav Mihailovic
Synopsis: A chance encounter between two men with a shared point in the past. A game of destiny or cosmic justice? This time the balance of power has shifted. Is it time to settle the score? Screenplay is based on the short story “Razor” by Vladimir Nabokov.
Horror/Thriller (13 mins.)
Director: Alexi Ty Wang
Writer: Tyler Washburn
Producers: Anthony Argento and Ricardo Vilar
Cast: Richard Cerqueira and Tim Weinert
Synopsis: A suspense short story that tells the story of Allan Ross who, after a car accident, wakes up in a hospital missing his arm. Only to realize that the hospital he’s staying at is hiding something more horrific and unsettling than just first aid.
Comedy/Drama (17 mins.) World Premiere
Directors: Joe Ahern and Dylan Tanous
Writer: Dylan Tanous
Producers: Dylan Tanous and Joe Ahern
Cast: Joe Ahern, Nicholas Daly Clark, Jennifer Holmes and Zelda Williams
Synopsis: When Cole learns that his Burning Man fling is pregnant with his child, he takes a road trip with his best friend to reunite with a girl he barely knows and meet her mother.
TOM IN AMERICA
Drama (17 mins.) Brazil/USA, SC Premiere
Director: Flavio Alves
Producer: Roy Wol
Cast: Sally Kirkland, Alex Kruz, Jacques Mitchell, Burt Young, Dawn Young
Synopsis: For fifty years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael's long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along. With long-held mysteries thrust into the open, the foundation of their marriage and the path of their golden years is suddenly rocked. Now they must redefine their future and decide if it is one their love can survive.
SEE YOU SOON
Comedy (2 mins.) World Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer/Cast: Steve Yager
Synopsis: A widower is desperate to join his wife in the afterlife.
Drama/History (14 mins.) SC Premiere
Director: Alexis Korycinski
Writer: Julia Cox
Producers: Saray Deiseil, Vin Di Bona, Jonneke Grisham, Alexis Korycinski, Brian Korycinski and Jenifer Madson
Cast: Walter Fauntleroy, Bailey Noble and Molly Quinn
Synopsis: It's 1976, and petite eighteen-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes in The Haircut.