Saturday NOVEMBER 5th

FAMILY Shorts Program – 10:00am – Charleston Music Hall


Romantic Comedy (25 mins.) USA/France
Director/Writer: John Gray
Producers: Ian Sander, Kim Moses, and Nichelle Protho for Sander/Moses Productions
Cast: Tyler Ritter and Margot Luciarte

Synopsis: Work-obsessed Ethan is visiting Paris to speak at a conference at the Marriott Hotel Champs Élysées. The gorgeous but mischievous Margaux tricks Ethan into following her string of clues throughout the city—forcing him to explore, imagine, and literally see the magic of Paris through her eyes. Is his guide is real, or a mystical muse with magical powers that give him a glimpse of a life that seems like a dream? In the end, he finds out.


Drama/Family (23 mins.) USA, World Premiere
Directors: Mike Manasewitsch and Mark Teich
Writer: Colin Key
Producers: Colin Key, Diana Lote and Yvette Lenhart
Cast: Kirsten Key, Colin Key, Jim McKeny, Mark Teich, Gabriela Giulumian, Nina Bartula and Jacques Buckingham

Synopsis: A small-town accountant discovers life doesn’t always go by the numbers when his daughter’s birthday wish forces him to confront a painful loss.


Comedy (19 mins.) USA/Dubai, East Coast Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Daniel “Malakai” Cabrera
Cast: Caine Sinclair, William Spencer, Freida Pinto, Darin Toonder, Ali Al Sayed, Colin Cowie, Toltek VanKlein, Daniel Ilabaca, Ben Jenkin, Mathymagarasegaran Balakrishnan, Max Salberg, Micah Hollinger, Malik Imran and Josue “Beastmode” Figueroa

Synopsis: Marriott’s two intrepid bellmen Christian and Gage embark on their second kinetic adventure, this time set in Dubai. When Laila loses a valuable flash drive essential to her business presentation, Christian and Gage go to amazing lengths to retrieve it, despite the efforts of the “biobots” inadvertently programmed to thwart them. 


Animation/Adventure (2 mins.) USA, World Premiere
Directors: Joel Clement and Mike Moloney
Writers: Andy Greenaway, Joel Clement and Elliot Nordstrom
Producers: Al Perkinson, Meredith Roach, Marlena Villery and Tom Bromwich

Synopsis: Is there more to life than just cutting leaves? Costa Sunglasses commissioned this story to inspire you to explore your world and live a richer life.


Short Documentary (8 mins.) USA, SC
Director: Faith Cox

Synopsis: This short documentary shares the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer in a series of three vignettes. Each story takes a closer look at these incredible animals and how they impact the lives of those around them. 


Short Documentary (5 mins.) USA, World Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Barbara Tranter
Cast: Rustin and Teresa Gooden    

Synopsis: Entrepreneurial couple parlays a natural resource into a fantastic company that supplies one of the basics of life: SALT.


Animation (6 mins.) Australia, SC Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Galvin Scott Davis
Cast: Kate Winslet

Synopsis: A bullied little girl, Buttercup Bree discovers that her love of Daisy Chains unlocks a power that brings life to the darkness of the playground.

SHORTS Program – 12:00pm – Charleston Music Hall


Documentary (26 mins.) UK, SC Premiere
Director: Joshua Shelov
Writer: Minter Dial II
Producers: Minter Dial II and Eastwood Allen
Cast: Victor Dial, Margy Wooding, Minter Dial II and Amber Steele

Synopsis: Hailing from Laurens, South Carolina, son of a senator and married to an aspiring actress, Lt Minter Dial survived 2.5 years as a Japanese POW in the Philippines, only to be killed in the most gruesome conditions. His dying wish, to get his Annapolis ring to his wife, was only made 17 years after his death. The Last Ring Home documents the ring’s magical journey and the impact that it has had on so many people along the way.


Drama/Thriller (22 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Brian C Miller Richard
Writers: Hunter Burke and Nick Lavin
Producers: Chris Haney and Brian C Miller Richard
Cast: Hunter Burke, Teri Wyble and Johnny McPhail

Synopsis: With his marriage on the rocks, Game Warden Henri Judice is forced to investigate a mysterious call-out deep in the Louisiana swamp before a devastating hurricane tears through the area.


Drama (15 mins.) South Korea, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Jayil Pak
Producer: James Shin
Cast: Ye-Ji Won

Synopsis: An affluent housewife chooses to leave her husband along with her hopelessly repetitive lifestyle. The question is: Should she take her two daughters with her or leave them behind? Based on a real-life incident involving a Korean mother and her children, Jubu explores the bleak world of women suffering from depression, who struggle to find purpose in their cripplingly mundane lives.


Music Video (6 mins.) USA, East Coast Premiere
Director: Frank Leeman
Writers: Emily Miller and Frank Leeman
Producers: Emily Miller and Emily Miller Productions
Cast: Lukas Andersen, Tara Sheena-Wakely and Gillian Jarvis

Synopsis: This is a dream-world story, where one man's big ego leads him astray. In his search for clarity and forgiveness, he travels, looking for a symbolic solution. Only when he returns to his own world does he discover that he must reveal his true self for love.


Comedy (16 mins.) UK, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Lewis Rose
Producer: Daphnee Hocquard
Cast: Amir Boutrous, Andy Linden, Sajid Varda, Waj Ali, Waleed Akthar and Daniel Kramer

Synopsis: A kosher butcher who loses his job cannot find work; therefore, he pretends to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butcher.


Drama (11 mins.) USA, East Coast Premiere
Director/Writer: Megan Park
Producers: Megan Park, Erick Varillas and Katie Boland
Cast: Madeleine McGraw and Stephanie Rothenberg

Synopsis: Having lost her father to suicide in college, Lucy has a dream on the eve of her wedding where she reconnects with herself at age six. Given a window to “change” her history, she comes to some poignant realizations about herself and her past.

SHORTS PROGRAM – 2:00pm – Charleston Music Hall


Drama (20 mins.) Australia/Greece, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Antonis Tsonis
Producer: Tia Spanos Tsonis
Cast: Panos Natsis, Yannis Papadopoulos and Daphne Patakia

Synopsis: When Leon’s best friend Ari shares tragic news about his battle with cancer, unemployed and desperate to help, Leon secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for more cancer treatments. Against the backdrop of contemporary Athens, Greece, Leon’s actions to save his best friend have irreversible consequences.


Short Documentary (7 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Denise McGill 

Synopsis: Descendants of slaves are under pressure to sell the land that has been in their families for generations. Farmers and fishermen on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, use hard work and common sense to preserve their pristine coastline for their children. 


Drama (11 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer/Producer: Skinner Myers
Cast: Eddie Diaz, Alonso Alvarez, Moah Pollas, Martinez, Link Ruiz and Ernesto Cornejo 

Synopsis: A Mexican street kid confronts the harsh realities of the border between the United States and Mexico as he attempts to assist an abducted American teenager.


Drama (15 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Robert Kirbyson
Writers: E.R. Womelsduff and Robert Kirbyson
Producers: Ron Allchin, Barbara Nicolosi and Dick Lyles
Cast: Lee Meriweather, Max Gail and Christopher Emerson

Synopsis: In a seemingly utopian future, the time has come for Beth and David to decide if their lives are still worth living.  


Documentary Short (7 mins.) USA
Director/Writer: Joe Clark
Producer: Ken Beale
Cast: Leo Twiggs

Synopsis: A short tribute commentary film on the artist’s series of paintings on the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The film describes the art of Twiggs, but most importantly the grace shown by the church in the aftermath of the attack. 


Short Fiction (22 mins.) Spain, SC Premiere
Director: Kevork Aslanyan
Writers: Kevork Aslanyan and Georgi Merdzhanov
Producers: Toma Waszarow and Anna Stoeva
Cast: Ovanes Torosyan, Petyo Cekov, Keti Raykova, Tsvetomira Daskalova, Ivan Matev, Silva Petrova, Lyudmila Daskalova, Ana Topalova, David Torosyan, Dimitar Katsarov and Toma Waszarow    

Synopsis: In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father Atanas. But one day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change Constantine's life forever.


Sci-Fi (9 mins.) Argentina, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Federico Heller
Producer: German Heller
Cast: Marcela Sandra Ballesteros, Steve Kisicki, Ivan Steinhardt, Agustin Olcese, Raymond Lee and Nicole Apstein

Synopsis: In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.



Top 10 finalists screening of South Carolina Young Filmmakers Projects, with Awards ceremony and brief Q&A with the young filmmakers. The South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project is a joint effort between the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, encouraging high school students to be creative, get outside and film!  Visit for more information.


Works-in-progress screening of the latest Indie Grants short films, with Q&A with the filmmakers. The Indie Grants is a joint effort between the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, teaming up high-quality South Carolina scripts and stories with top production professionals as training opportunities for Trident Tech film students. The program has an impressive track record among film festivals and the independent film industry, with accolades from Sundance, Austin Film Fest, Stiges Film Festival, DragonCon, LA Film Fest, Charleston International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Mediera Film Festival, Cucalorus, and more. The only program of its kind in the nation. Visit for more information.

ESCAPE (Work In Progress)

Drama (12 mins.)
Director:  Rebecca Pryce
Writer:  Fred Cageo
Producer:  Trident Technical College Film Program
Cast:  Donald Clark and Elizabeth Mears

Synopsis:  The portrait of an under-developed young man, whose evasion of responsibility results in misfortune.


Experimental Documentary (4 mins.)
Writer/Director:  Josh Yates

Synopsis:  A reflexive audiovisual threnody inspired by the individual and collective trauma stemming from last year's devastating flood event.  Home movie and traditional media coverage are distorted through analog modulation and 16mm hand-processing techniques, paired alongside improvisational dialogue inspired by oral histories conducted by the filmmaker.


PILGRIMS (Work In Progress)

Drama (10 mins.)
Director:  Jonathan Guggenheim
Writer:  Cory Howard
Producers:  Jonathan Guggenheim, Cory Howard, Brad Jayne, Brad Land and Peter Simonite
Cast:  Gwydion Lashlee-Walton, Sabri Irizarry and Taylor Kowalski  

Synopsis:  After a tragedy involving his girlfriend Alice, 16-year-old Terry Webber struggles through the aftermath in rural South Carolina.  A new reality he has no compass to navigate.  Based on the novel Pilgrims Upon the Earth by Brad Land.

ISLE OF PALMS (Work In Progress)

Drama (13 mins.)
Director:  John Barnhardt
Writer:  Joe Worthen
Producers:  Brad Jayne and Joe Worthen
Cast:  Sean Michael Weber, Ben VanderMey and Terry Serpico

 Synopsis:  A young man is sent on a sun-washed quest to buy drugs from the mysterious Hugo Bereft. 


Casting and Conversation with Avy Kaufman
Co-Presented by the SC Film Commission

With over 200 credits to her name including such films as The Sixth Sense, Brokeback Mountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Life of Pi, Avy built and earned her reputation over the years with many great films. She started her career in 1987, and has worked with directors Ang Lee, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg and Ira Sachs. We are honored that will she join us at the Charleston Music Hall, sharing invaluable insight and experience gained throughout her successful career. Rodney Rogers of Pure Theatre will bring a thoughtful and interesting line of conversation and questions, followed by an open Q&A session with attendees.

RSVP is not required, but space is limited. Free Event.



Short (25 mins.) Poland, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Bartosz Kruhlik
Producer: Magdalena Widuch
Cast: Michał Włodarczyk, Małgorzata Witkowska, Dariusz Siastacz, Waleria Gorobets, Józef Pawłowski, Zdzisław Wardejn, Magdalena Celówna-Janikowska, Anna Sarna, Juliusz Romanowski, Przemysław Predygier and Yuma The Dog

Synopsis: 1. Structural or functional evolution of an organism toward higher survivability. 2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress. 3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.


Horror/Fantasy (22 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director/Writer: Ryan Spindell
Producers: T. Justin Ross and Ben Hethcoat
Cast: Caitlin Custer, Ben Hethcoat, Mike Nelson, Alison Gallaher and Bradley Bundle

Synopsis: A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out…or do you?


Documentary (13 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Michael D. Ratner
Producers: Michael D. Ratner, Eric D. Cohen, Roman Gackowski, Matthew Hirschhorn, and Sean Paulsen
Cast: Sean Penn, Douglas Brinkley, Warren Hinckle, John Walsh and Ralph Steadman

Synopsis: The lasting legacy of the 1970 Kentucky Derby has nothing to do with the winner, Dust Commander. Its true impact came from the assignment that “Scanlan's Monthly" gave to a 32-year-old writer from Louisville named Hunter S. Thompson.


Action Comedy (2 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Director: Jim Ford
Writer: Rob Lathan
Producer: Ryan Convery
Cast: John Mason and Jim Ford

Synopsis: A stuntman shocks a salesman with his unusual way of test driving a car.


Fiction/Domestic Drama (11 mins.) Greece, SC Premiere
Director: Chris Moraitis
Writers: Chris Moraitis and Katerina Filiotou
Producer: Christos Liakouris
Cast: Roberto Grosu, Maria Mandalinou and Vasilis Risvas

Synopsis: Dimitris is the only child of a rich family. The only person that took care of him, his grandma, is dead. Now his only companion is his pet guinea pig. When Dimitris’s parents decide a cruel future for him, he “cripples” the purest side of himself in order to survive.


Drama (12 mins.) USA, SC Premiere
Directors/Producers: Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead
Writer: Kate Wetherhead
Cast: Andrew Samonsky and Kate Wetherhead

Synopsis: A woman renovates her country house in solitude with only an online handyman for guidance. One job—installing a celing fan—proves more difficult than she expected.


Horror/Thriller/Comedy/Romance (10 mins) USA, East Coast Premiere
Director/Writer: Matthew Graves
Producers: Matthew Graves and Andy Harper
Cast: Greg Earnest, Meaghin Burke and Johnny McPhail

Synopsis: Deep beneath a cold dark forest lies Barry whose world is a dusty coffin and a cherished locket from his dear wife, Mary. He has come to terms with his present situation but strange new noises are coming from outside his solitary home.