SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2016
The Showroom Cinema
707 Cookman Avenue
10:18-11:35 Documentaries and Animations
Invasive Species (Kristin Middleton/Max Dinardo/Josh Tritini, NJ) A dishwasher’s world is over run by insects. (1:43)
Daydreamer (Elizabeth Ferek /OR) brings this inner dreamworld to the screen through the eyes of a little girl. Robots, rockets and brightly colored landscapes come to life through the lens of an old helmet. (1:20)
Elevator (Thomas Holcombe/NJ) Sometimes the elevator doors don’t open. This is what happens inside that elevator car. (3:00)
Evolution and Devolution (K. Andrew Murphy/NJ) a hallucinatory stop motion short about the nature of expanding consciousness. (3:27)
Zodiac Run (Gabriel Silva/USA) A very persistent mouse runs in a race against several other animals of the Chinese zodiac. (2:25)
Let’s Be Practical (Madison Lovely/OH) About a boy who takes control of his grandfather’s bedtime story and makes a more ‘realistic’ version by adding a cynical and depressing ending to the ‘happily ever after’ one told by his grandfather. (4:00)
Obsolescence (Andrea Cristini/Italy) Osolescence of technology and how it menace to erase entire generations’ memories from history. (2:48)
Ginger and Snapper (D.C. Douglas/CA) A post-apocalyptic story about a lonely gamer girl and a misunderstood zombie. Starring Lacey Chabert and 12 other voice actors who have all been heard in the zombie-centric video game franchise, ‘Resident Evil.’ (5:00)
My Faith My Life (Chasity Cagle/CA) Nicola Herman is a Jehovah’s Witness. This is her story of her journey to maintain her faith in public schools and in American culture. (5:01)
A Silent Epidemic (Emily Croke/RI) A silent killer that claims millions of lives each year. Take a look inside of the world of those who have been left behind. (11:16)
Sol (Abraham Polinsky/MA) Solomon Polinsky is an 84 year old jewelry maker who fled from the Soviet Union in 1990. The short takes you through his extremely intricate process, mixed in with parts of his life story and how he sees himself and his legacy as he approaches the end of his life. (10:52)
For the Kids of Paarl (S. Kramer Herzog /CA) Award winning filmmaker S. Kramer Herzog’s “Kids of Paarl” takes a harshly real view of the Kids themselves as victims of situations out of their control, they become victims of economic stress & victims of political injustice. (7:10)
“Together in Love” Rockumentary (Kimberly Anderson /CA) This is a true story about two of the nicest and most interesting people on planet earth. How Kimberly L. A. and Tommy St. John met, became friends, fell in love, and came together musically. (9:22)
The Denver Bread Company (Gareth Burghes/OH) Twenty years ago, baker Greg Bortz started a small bread bakery in the worst part of town. Built on the pillars of flour, water, salt, and yeast their old world baking technique has made a lasting impression on generations of people. (10:52)
11:50-1:12 International Set
The Killer Cigarette (Robert Verdina/Switzerland) Every day, 11 billion of cigarettes are lighten in the world. Smoking kills…but not always in the same way. (2:23)
Brothers (Juha Lilja/Sweeden) A short movie to describe the world from kid’s perspective. (3:20)
Silence (Elena Brodach/Russia) A love story that everyone dreams (3:33)
Bubbles Dance (Isabel Sulger Buel/Switzerland) Will there be a connection after she’s gone? (4:25)
Innocent (Angela Buckingham/Germany) A thief steals for her livelihood but she is not guilty. (5:30)
In Memory of My Daughter (Bruno Viana/Brazil) A man that attends art therapy sessions to overcome a recent trauma in his life. (5:35)
Confession (Khushnuda Shukurova/Tajikistan) a love confession of a humble village girl, Tatiana Larina to a noble young man, Eugene Onegin. (3:48)
Light It Up (Car Tam/United Kingdom) A boy attempts to fulfil his dream. (4:57)
Candela (Julio Suárez/Spain) The decision of a girl who will mark his future (3:28)
RCP 5 (Garry Miley/Ireland) Based on a Roald Dahl short story, a young man accepts a bet that he can strike a match ten times in a row. If he succeeds, he wins a bike. But if he loses…(11:30)
Awakenings (Bhargav Saikia /India)The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities. (13:19)
Fatum (Radoslaw Pietruczuk/Poland) During the night journey on a long-distance train Adam meets a mysterious person who will change his life for ever. (21:45)
Contradictions (Oxana Yatsenko/Russia) A woman sits in her car feeling blue when she is distracted by a man who tries to make her feel better. (4:13)
Deal? (J. Hanna /CA) A public defender tries to convince his client to take a reduced sentence plea deal (4:10)
Blush (Corey Kloos/MO) When Simon catches the eye of the prettiest girl at the bar, he must find the courage to approach her. (3:28)
The Pen and I (Michael Worth/CA) A woman’s passi (7:00)
Fat Burner (Debbie Higgins/NJ) Charles “rushes” over to show Zach his latest invention and then along comes Lori in this fast paced comedy. (7:21)
Promise Me (Kevin Machate /CA) is an emotionally charged social drama in which a once flourishing woman, now at the end of her life, struggles to ensure that her recently reconciled son does not make the same mistakes that she did. (8:02)
Time (Kenneth McKinney /TN) A father struggles to hold together his family after a great loss. (8:24)
Roller Coaster (Bradley Hawkins/PA) A young actress encounters ‘Murphy’s Law’ while on the way to a potentially career-making audition. (15:26)
Fugue (Jay Patel/NJ) A blue collar family man undergoes a violent and drastic change after an accident at work alters his personality. (15:00)
Over Again (Marc Pannia/CA) In the blink of an eye, Sam circles back to memories as his relationship falls apart. While living in the past, will he miss what’s right in front of him? (4:00)
A New York Love Story (Patrick Ortman/CA) A woman who’s crushed by the loss of her love, It is a very personal exploration of her psychological journey. (6:00)
Starry Night (Josh Bennett/GA) Two estranged brothers reunite under apocalyptic conditions. (5:19)
Ella at the Library (Olivia Saperstein/NY) When a type A student discovers she is missing a crucial book for her dissertation, she is forced to confront a tough-as-nails librarian. (8:21)
He Said What Now? (Brooke Jacoby/NY) This film takes real pick up lines used on women from online dating sites and uses them in a speed dating setting. (6:52)
Boy Meets Boy (Jonathan MacPherson/Canada) Honest, true and raw. Vincent is searching for love in his isolated perfect life. He turns to online dating sites to meet the One! (9:56)
Hannah (Bounroeun Lor/CA) A mild mannered man tries to overcome his fear of asking a coworker out. (7:32)
Once We Were Slaves (Dallas Jenkins /CA) The story of an influential event 2000 years ago from the viewpoint of two people who had a unique perspective (27:00)
Some Kind of Utopia (Cambria Magnuson/CA) Student film documentary Constituting America Best College Short Film (6:00)
Bittersweet Romance (J. Hanna/CA) Two lovers abandon their romance to and immediately reflect on the choice they have made….(1:24)
Webseries: The Webseries (Marc GIacomi /NY) A bunch of actors sitting around talking about creating a Web Series, but never actually creating a Web Series. (4:45)
Comic Potential (Ross Carey/Ireland) A young woman from the small Irish town of Bantry decides to become a superhero, only to discover that Bantry is not the exactly the most action-packed town for a superhero. (14:39)
Meeting Matt Damon (Frieda de Lackner/CA) A woman’s dream to have coffee with Matt Damon comes true, sort of. (8:20)
A Box Came to Brooklyn (Jason Cusato/NY) A life long Brooklynite struggles to convince his ridiculous neighbors that a mysterious box left in the middle of their street doesn’t prove one of them is a terrorist. (26:19)
Mannish Boy (Ryan Tonelli /Canada) Set in the 1970’s, 21 year-old Bobby Mayhill struggles to find guidance as his older brother Tommy serves a six year sentence for assault on a police officer. (14:46)
Last Words (Paul Kelly/NY) At the Daughters of Lot Actors Home, Miss Larson confounds Nurse Jenkins by weaving the last words of the famous and infamous into a coded language that she hopes will be decoded into understanding and connection. (18:00)
Adhesive Love (Giancarlo Orellana /NY) Eric tries to deconstruct his relationship with Rebecca after he discovers that she has been unfaithful to him. (18:00)
The Showroom Cinema
707 Cookman Avenue
10:10-12:03 Student Block
Boy’s Don’t Cry (Kyle Murphy/NJ) Boys don’t cry, student film. (4:04)
Druckknopf (Matt King-Max Dinardo-Evan Franco-Courtney Aptaker, NJ) 3:41
Deja Vu (Sean Cuddihy, CJ Cuccia, Mike West, Kaylin Iannone, NJ) 5:00
Painted Cranes (Maria Dragone, Sage Levine, Charlotte Larish, Lisa Merola, Andrew Bergstrand, NJ) A student gets some help with her school work. (3:21)
Whiteboard Voodoo (Brian Gross,, Matt Lawrence, Mike Mullee, Sean Kenny, Katie Cartie, NJ) (3:00)
Do You Want to Play? (Joe McCloud/CA) Every night a father tucks his daughter into bed. Every night she hears bumps in the night. Tonight, those bumps become something much more sinister. (3:22)
Wound – A Film Diary (Lauren Loesberg/NJ) A result of the usage of film as a therapeutic outlet. This film is about my relationship with ambition and the pressure I feel from both myself and society. (2:37)
With God (Lauren Loesberg/NJ) After her grandfather’s death, an introspective teen undergoes a religious crisis. (3:30)
Man Up (Lauren Loesberg/NJ) In this adaption of true events, several teenage girls experience sexism for the first time. (7:44)
Treasure Map (Jerry Keselman/Fredric Lehne/NJ) A woman and a girl search through the woods for something hidden and lost long ago. (6:48)
Never Been Sicker (Claire Fishman/NJ) A withdrawn girl, tortured by a phobia of vomiting, struggles to get her college roommate kicked out after discovering she is bulimic. (14:59)
The Girl in Pieces (Raul Hernandez/NJ) A lesbian young woman struggles to find her place in a homophobic town. (10:00)
One Last Talk (Ehud Sopher/NJ) If you had one last talk…what would you say? (11:12)
Inspired (Maggie Kaszuba /NJ) A high school basketball player, Sam, struggles to understand the way life works. She is brought down by constant negatives, and even though people reach out to her, she struggles to see their efforts. (19:47)
Separation (Andrew Schwarz /NJ) A recently divorced family, comprised of a mother, father, and little girl, struggles to assimilate to their new lives. The girl, Abigail, resorts to surprising alternative methods to cope. (15:30)
12:22-2:01 A Mix of Some Comedy SetCoffee Shop Conversations (Kimberly DiPersia/NY) A comedic series of vignettes in a coffee shop, capturing moments in the lives of patrons and employees. (1:57)
Lucky Day (Janine Sides /CA) Meet Ted: a successful bank president with a no frills day-to-day and an ideal woman by his side that exudes the term “trophy wife.” Somewhere in between this morning’s coffee and newspaper, though, Ted’s world is flipped upside down when he’s taken hostage by Dean, who just so happens to be his wife’s secret lover. Starring Jerry Mathers (7:48)
Dark Specter (Bruce Nachsin /CA) A villain must confront his greatest challange (5:57)
Introducing Parker Dowd (Lauren Ashely Carter/NY) A dark comedy about a struggling actress who loses a role to her dog and must watch him skyrocket to celebrity as she descends into vengeful madness. (15:39)
Mother of the Week (Lee Davis/NY) STACEY (Jennifer Jiles), a 40-something career woman has it all together- with the invaluable help of her children’s perfect (inside and out) nanny, MARISA (Lexi Zettle), whom the three kids love, and Stacy’s husband TIM (Mark Lobene) doesn’t mind looking at either. When Marisa takes a week vacation, Stacey is happy to prove herself and reassert her own role as Mom and sexy wife. (22:08)
The White Spruce (Mark Serao /NJ) It’s Christmas Eve and Guy is working the last shift at the Baumstein Christmas Tree Farm and just wants to get home when someone happens to show up – the girl of his dreams and she needs his help. She wants to Guy to save her the last White Spruce on the farm. (25:26)
The Last Taxi Driver (Debra Markowitz /NY) A disgruntled taxi driver refuses to give up his chosen career, even when most of the inhabitants left are zombies. (14:19)
(Im)moral (Rachel Breitag /CA) is a comedic look at what the cost of success is. Lars is an unemployed working actor who’s girlfriend, Ava, is a high profile defense lawyer. After a tiff Ava blurts her frustration with Lars lack of income. (9:30)
2:26-4:20 Mature Comedy Set
Oh Deer (Dane Eckweiler/NY) A man and deer cross paths on a dark night. (:25)
It’s All About Me (Kelsey O’Brien/Kim Graham/NY) Two lifelong friends explore sex, art and the new American Dream as they start their own wine business while keeping the focus where it counts: on them. (5:00)
Mystery Weight (Craig April/USA) A comedy short about a man who sets out to lose weight. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he’s gaining! (2:39)
Syrah (Mike Holt/NY) Two best friends are taken on an adventure by the Metro PCS version of Siri. (3:53)
Mixed Signals (Humberto Guzman/NY) A NJ couple goes through some mixed signals between them (5:35)
Lets Stay Together (Anthony Greene/USA) Will shows up at his ex-girlfriend Fiona’s house asking for one more chance after screwing up one too many times. (3:23)
Peggy and the Plan B (Lindsay Rootare/NY) A simple purchase of Plan B spirals out of control. (4:27)
Bill (Joey Mosca/NJ) Sometimes Demons Have Bad Days. (13:23)
Mammary Gland Malfunction (Robyn Laliberte/Canada) A quirky teenage virgin is faced with an unusual high school nightmare when her boobs start lactating. (11:15)
Flat Brim (Tom Bentey/NJ) On his 30th birthday, a mysterious, suburban spirit bring Mike Tingley a message. (14:31)Raising the Dead (Drew Chiminec/NJ) is a dark comedy short film about a guy in his mid-20s who returns from years of volunteering abroad to find out that his mom and brother told everyone he was dead. (32:00)
Marathon Mouth (Chris Capaci/NJ) “Marathon Mouth” is a short film centered around a 50 year old playboy firmly entrenched in the singles scene down the Jersey Shore. The movie follows “Casey” through a few weeks of his life as he hits on everything that moves while having fun with his two best friends. (23:00)
4:40-6:32 Last Set
Sender (Don Arangio/NY) After a series of unsettling dreams, Adam receives a mysterious package in the mail. His dreams and reality clash. Is he lost in a nightmare, a parallel universe, or a moment in time? (5:00)
Mother’s Day (Jeff Tan/USA) A tragedy forces a mother and son to finally come together and one must find the strength to say goodbye. Starring Melissa Leo and Gabriel Furman (7:00)
We Know You Have a Choice (Eric Simonson/CA) A successful career woman meets her match when she takes on the complexities of technology and so called “customer service”. (11:45)
Fragile Storm (Dawn Fields/CA) a scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about why she’s really there. (10:00)
A Way Out (Jason Tostevin /OH) When aging gangster Vick risks it all to quit the life, he discovers his young protege has been keeping a secret of his own — one that plunges them both into a deadly cat and mouse game over the course of one car ride. (13:45)
We Remember (John Gallagher/NY) After a night of debauchery, Anders has no idea what to expect when he is summoned to his estranged father’s death bed. (14:00)
Stand Up Guy (Lee Kolinsky /NY) When Roman is released from 15 years of prison, he seeks out to confront his old friend Angelo in order to take back his family business. (9:55)
Hide the Sausage (Joe Benedetto /NY) Eddie “The Sausage” Zambri gets released from prison after serving 8 years. He must avoid all the wrong people, stay out of sight, make amends with his daughter, and then leave the country forever. (22:19)
Leaving (Debra Markowitz/NY) Emily Hemming has a family and life she adores. After leaving her family behind, her husband, Paul takes her back time and time again, while counselor Bertrand tries to convince her to put their feelings first, before her own. (9:40)
The Coin (Fabien Martorell /CA) Kathryn Morris portrays an indignant mother who radiates negativity onto her cherubic young son. For no apparent reason, she scolds him from the car and into the liquor store, where she orders him to sit and wait on the cold concrete floor. Alas, the boy is saved by the presence of a homeless man, Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). He utters words of wisdom and hands the kid a “magical quarter…” (8:13)
911 Kingsley Street
Rumblings (J. Hanna/CA) A slightly shady politician and an even shadier reporter meet on a pedestrian bridge to discuss the current climate. (2:17)
The Chase! (Kim Kutner/CA) A woman is chased by a mysterious man, only to find out things may not be what they seem. (3:22)
First Love (Nicolas Raganato/CA) Daniel, a ten-year-old student wants to give his valentine card to his girlfriend Sammy, but the evil teacher Ms. Ruth takes it away threatening the kids to tell their parents. (5:49)
Goodnight Olivia (Gracie Curry/KY) While a father tells his daughter a bedtime story, he realizes that beyond the people we love is the choice made to love them. (7:45)
Henry and the Violin (Justin Pigeon/NY) A widower finds companionship in an unlikely place. (6:17)
Around the Corner (Anne Marie Chu Fong/NJ) Thriller short from Jersey City about a family and a daughter. (5:44)
Happy Family (Mark Stolzenberg/FL) is a quirky comedy about a childless, mature married couple who rather late in life decides to adopt an adult child. (18:53)
Searching for Harmony (Joe Reggio/NJ) The struggles of songwriting are encapsulated in this short film about a local musician’s attempt to write a song for an upcoming open mic night. (9:00)
Buying Bouquets (Evan Yee/NY) A disillusioned ‘romantic’ tries to win back the love of his life by teaming up with a flower shop owner to perform grand gestures of love. (9:52)
The Radio (Michael Boylan/NJ) A timid boy receives love advice from his recently deceased uncle through a vintage transistor radio. (31:50)
My First Love (Mylissa Fitzsimmons/CA) You never forget your first love. (3:21)
Danger Around the Corner (Larry Rosen/NJ) A foreign invasion has taken over the region. Groups of survivors are the resistance hiding and fighting. The film focuses on Keeley and West who have taken refuge in a building. There are explosions and gunfire outside but they connect on a deeper level. For a short while, they are able to forget about the danger around the corner. (5:00)
Busk (Will Lee/SC) Busk tells the story of a street performing couple who finds their strained relationship exacerbated by their lack of success. (6:39)
Feast at the Beach (Bobby Guarino/NJ) One hell of a party…. ( 11:20)
How Chris Mazzetti Got His Swag Back (Greg McManus /NY),After being dumped by his girlfriend for being too irresponsible, a lazy pot smoker named Chris Mazzetti tries to prove her wrong and win her back. (13:10)
Who is Riley Oakes (Ron Devitt/Canada) Two high school slackers stumble upon a discarded set of old reel-to-reel tapes, labeled ‘Riley Oakes’. When they listen to the voice on the tapes they discover the Riley uses music to overcome a disability and decide to find him as part of a school project. (19:26)
50/50 (Matt Senatore /OH)When the daughter of a rich business man is kidnapped he is instructed to pay a ransom of $3,000,000. Little do the kidnappers know, they bit off more than they can chew. (19:37)
Tyrfing (Stephen Polakiewicz /MA) Norse folklore whisper of the cursed sword TYRFING, doom to all who wield it and death to all who face it. Safeguarding the honor of his beloved, a valiant viking duels a berserk raider who commands the damnable steel. (15:20)
Restitution (Nino Aldi /CA) A woman invites a distraught stranger into her home to lend a helping hand. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as one of them harbors a dark secret. (15:00)
Leak (Michael Zayac/NJ) While disposing of the body of his murder victim, Peter’s plans become complicated by an unexpected visit from an overzealous plumber. (5:16)
Selfie Inflicted (Elica Sholler/Australia) In a world obsessed with everything Selfie and cell phone, a young man earns a photo bombing lesson from an old crone. (6:21)
Attack of the Killer Chickens (Genoveva Rossi/NJ) Its the dawn of a new age. . .a chicken age! (6:23)
The Abducted (Larry Rosen, NJ) A killer has a group of abducted girls. One escapes, then the others try as well. He has simple rules: “If you try to escape, you die.” (6:00)
The Kill Club (Maurice Paramore/NJ) A psychotic teenager lives inside an underground secret society full of rejects, known as “The Kill Club.” Anything can happen in the club, but one thing is for certain, you either die or live long enough to become a killer. (23:33)
When the Night Falls (Ed Bergtold /NJ) A washed up minor league baseball player gets out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, only to find all hell breaking loose around him and the ones he loves. (14:58)
Good, Bye (Larry Rosen, NJ) Jaime and Felicia are drugged and wake up in different places. Each is joined by someone that helps them figure out where they are and why. (9:30)
Chateau Sauvignon: terroir (David E. Munz-Maire/NY) follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. (13:10)
Sweet Hollow (Sean Lee/CA) Emily is driving down a deserted road in the middle of the night to visit her sister, but when her car breaks down and a handsome stranger offers to give her a ride, Emily begins to realize there is more to her new friend and Sweet Hollow Road than she ever could have imagined. (10:27)
Anywhere But Here (Larry Rosen, NJ) Belle wakes up to discover her kidney has been taken and she is locked in an unknown room. Along with another captive, Keira, they reveal their pasts and try to figure out why they are there. (9:00)
It is Really Over (Larry Rosen. NJ) Celebrating her newly being single, Daisy’s friends have a drinking bender. While drunk, they call and torment Daisy’s ex… which could have dire consequences. (7:00)
4:28-6:27 Last Set
Thin Blue Line (Larry Rosen/NJ) Two undercover cops recount a drug bust gone wrong (5:30)
A Pill for Two (Larry Rosen/NJ) Jade has issues with anger and dealing with her feelings. Whether in group or with her boyfriend, she always feels everyone is against her. So she finally decides to confront her mother about the root of her problems. (6:49)
Think Twice (Eliaz Rodriguez/IL) Will Tess’ “double vision” be the end of Tony or will he save the day by proving his identity? (6:57)
Organs of Opportunity (Seregon O’Dassey/NJ) Med school students Kate and Steven find a creative way to pay off their bills. (10:00)
Ploy (Julius B. Kelly/NJ) Detective Dennis Reynolds’ partner Detective Angel Delgado was murdered five years ago, and he is aware who executed his partner in cold blood. The man was never brought to justice and continues to roam the streets to this day. (21:12)
The Run (Kaixiang Zhang/NY) A high speed chase leads to a full-on brawl between two special agents and those that would thwart their mission. (5:00)
Trouble for a Smoke (Matthew Tompkins/Canada) Set in the American South in the late 1880s, a convicted felon being transported to his execution must convince the two lawmen escorting him. (13:07)
The Kidnapping of a Fish (Philip A Ramos/NY) A mild mannered man is kidnapped and is forced to figure out if his new girlfriend is the cause. (25:00)
Knights of New Jersey (Michael Hadley/NJ) A comedic, behind-the-scenes look at the daily grind and petty politics faced by a troupe of Renaissance Faire actors. (22:00)
Award Ceremony to follow at Porta at 7:35pm
The Schedule of Films
Theater 1 10:05am-10:50am
Coffee (Kevin McNulty, TN) “Coffee” is a satirical look at consumerism and how most people don’t really care where their products come from as long as they work, are cheap or taste good. This film looks at one such product; coffee. (4:24 minutes)
Tethered (Kevin McNulty TN) ‘Tethered’ is the story of one brave red balloon that sees the oppression for what it is and must find the courage to take a stand showing its fellow balloons the power has always been inside them. (5:43 minutes)
Helena’s Dream (Heloise Magny, Canada) Helena is a little girl who suffers from cancer and who is fighting this crucial disease in her hospital room. (6:00 minutes)
Anya (Damien O’Connor, Ireland) Twenty years in the life of a Russian orphan. (5:30 minutes)
I Need My Monster (Richard Marrujo, CO) When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe” How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his Monster? (11:06 minutes)
The Urge II: It lies Within (Chris Angus, Canada) During a bizarre series of events a vampire discovers that harmless forest creatures, and even his own body, have turned against him. (8:00 minutes)
Breaking the Ice (James Beavers) (UK) A penguin spends its life alone on an ice shelf, nothing much happens until one day he gets an unexpected visitor. (5:12 minutes)
Doc Block 11:15-12:54
In Treatment (Working Toward the Cure) (Theresa DeSalvio, NJ ) ‘In Treatment (Working Toward the Cure)’ Artist Theresa DeSalvio painted her series of the same title during her treatment for Hodgkins Lymphomain 2013. (5:00 minutes)
San Quentin Inside– (S. Kramer Herzog, CA) Presents a rare inside look at sports in prison. (5:37 minutes)
NJ 350–(Leslie Lello, NJ) New Jersey celebrates 350th years of existence by highlighting the innovations that came out of the state. (10:00 minutes)
Ryan Mathews (Leonard Kamerling, Alaska) Basically Me Ryan Matthews is an accomplished artist with Asperger’s Syndrome. Since childhood he has been perfecting the expression of his singular subject: TRAINS. Ryan talks about the evolution of his work and his journey from isolation to the vision of a bright future expanding before him. (10:00 minutes)
A Cup of Coffee-(Cody Broadway, NY) This is a four year journey, that takes you inside the life of Cambodian native Toro Vaun. (15:53 minutes)
A Portrait of Abuse (Alex Chianese, NY) This documentary short film tells the inspirational story of Alexander Chianese, a child sexual abuse survivor who has learned to cope with his traumatic past through his artwork. (20:00 minutes)
Dyslexia Word Blindness (Virginia Orzel, NY) Dyslexia: Word Blindness, gives a brief overview of what dyslexia is and for a moment shows the audience how a dyslexic sees a printed page. (6:00 minutes)
I Remember Momi –(S. Kramer Herzog, CA) S. Kramer Herzog’s true story about his father’s best friend (Momi Kaufman), who became his surrogate father, what he taught him about life and how to live life on life’s terms. (13:31 minutes)
Eye of the Storm--(S. Kramer Herzog, CA) The documentary was shot during the hours leading up to the 2005 execution of Crips founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams at San Quentin State Prison. (15:00 minutes)
Some International films 1:18-2:38
La Monedita (Ecuador) (Gonzalo Mejia-Ordono) A foreign coin is taken on an adventure, passing from hand to hand it encounters situations where its appreciated much more than its monetary value. (4:51 minutes)
Une balada `a la mer-(France) (Damien Stein) A ride towards the sea is the odyssey of a small animated character who decides to go out to face the city and the nature to free his goldfish. (3:00 minutes)
Bemuse (South Africa) (Kyle van Tonder) Jade awakes to find herself alone in a dark barn as the sounds of an ensuing battle echo in from outside. (5:00 minutes)
Head to Head (France) (Lisa Reznik) An illuminating portrayal of the intellectual connection between existentialist philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre and their vow of essential love (14:00 minutes)
Here with Me (UK) (Pete Riski) A troubled man arrives in a remote forest with the sole intention of ending his life, but when a stranger intervenes, he’s forced to confront the tragic events that drove him here in the first place. (11:29 minutes)
The Struggle of Libations (Ireland) (Erin Mullally) A man undertakes a night-long odyssey across Dublin as he questions his only meaningful relationship – the one he maintains with his ever loyal post-work pint. (8:00 minutes)
February 28th (Russian Federation) (Diana Galimzyanova ) Guarded and aloof cancer survivor is trying to return to the normal life and forget the horrors of the defeated disease that are still haunting her. She finds a new job but it seems that she has nothing in common with other people.
Socially withdrawing herself, she is stuck inside her own world filled with despair and flashbacks. (12:00 minutes)
El beso del astronauta (Spain) (Marius Conrotto) A young couple in bed are a matter for discussion: With the light on or off? Truths or lies?-(8:00 minutes)
When the Sun Sets (Colleen Cassingham, TX) Through a mosaic of personal narratives, the film offers Moroccans a chance to represent themselves as they wish, to tell stories of their lived experiences. The film suggests an alternative narrative to the exotic, romanticized myth that characterizes many Westerners’ imaginations of ‘the East.’ (14:00 minutes)
Theater 1 3:02-4:42
Therapy– (Ken Oyegun, NJ) Ready to confront her darkest memories, Jacqui finds herself in the office of Dr. Barnes, a man who may have dark memories of his own. ( 10:53 minutes)
Acceptance (Gene Gallagher, NJ) Acceptance is a short film about a mother’s struggle with her son’s Aspergers diagnosis. (26:00 minutes)
Escape from Garden Grove, NJ) When a teenage girl makes a shocking discovery, she devises a plan to kidnap her grandmother and take her to Belgium. If only the bus would come. If only Grandma (14:00 minutes)
Mirror (Nick Coppola, CA ) A woman is consumed in an abnormal world in which she experiments with her future self with a mirror which reveals the future. (9:00 minutes)
Conversations with a Cigarette (Russell Brown, CA) A cat and mouse game ensues when a man faces his greatest enemy: A Cigarette. (18: minutes)
Sophia (Jaime Lee, NJ) After finding a bracelet with the engraving ‘Sophia’ in her husband’s pocket, Sam spends a day to make sense of it before confronting her husband. (15:00 minutes)
Avarice (Scott McEntire OH) When Daddy died, he left Ronald with a diary that holds the combination to a locked hest full of treasure. The problem is that Daddy left the map to the location of that chest with Ronald’s estranged brother, Merle. (7:19 minutes)
Theater 1 later 5:06-6:36 Savage Hero (Dan Dieffenbach, CA) 2 years after the World Trade Centers went down, A 9-11 Widow is confronted by a NYFD Batallion chief who has just found out she did something, in his eyes, as unforgivable on September 10th, 2001. (9:37 minutes)
Consolation Prize (Todd Kipp) (Canada) A delusional deadbeat dad living on an inherited wasteland of wrecked cars and trucks, tries to connect with his son over a surprise weekend visit. (10:00 minutes)
Straight (Edward Kruglik, NY) A female with a heroin addiction trying to get her life, family, and relationship in order (29:30 minutes)
Maxine (Michael Manes, NY ) A mature, adult themed experimental film about a man reminiscing about an old lover as he prepares to leave behind his beloved NYC. (19:00 minutes)
Capsized (Brandon M. Freer, IL) Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship. (13:00 minutes)
Red Deception (Judith Coppinger, AL ) Chiu Lan is under suspicion after the death of a top pharmaceutical executive. (10:00 minutes)
6:55 Last Showing two theaters to 8:41
Must Hurry-the premiere (Jeffrey Sutton, NJ) When ya gotta go… (3:43 minutes)
Jennifer Lawrence is Coming (Justin Dec, CA) Follows a week in the lives of two eager roommates as they wait for an old friend to drop by their home for dinner. It just so happens that old friend is Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and when it comes to blowing people off, she gives them the performance of a lifetime. (4:13 minutes)
The Doughnut Dance (Jason Knade, IL) Things take an interesting turn at a cafe when only one doughnut remains. (3:00 minutes)
Floating Sunflowers (Francisco Solorzano, NY) Sometimes, life inspires art, but sometimes…art inspires life June (Anna Chlumsky), a still-life painter, whose creative spirit has been handcuffed by the recent loss of her father. Meanwhile, we meet Henry (Francisco Solorzano), a fiction author, who is caught in an emotional winter of his own. Unable to tap into his creative spirit, Henry’s only respite is to pay tribute to his recently deceased fiancé, by casting sunflowers adrift into a pond in Central Park: an exercise that only proves to tether him tighter to his pain. (12:00 minutes)
Truckin’ (Diane Newman, CA) Two women reunite after their awkward adolescent years are over. In a bitter food truck war, they come to terms with their childhood differences. (10:00 minutes)
Boats (Justin Dec, CA) BOATS Hot off the success of Cars and Planes, a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing… Boats. But is it the story they care about or is it something el$$e…? Starring Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation, twitter.com/JimOHeir), Kevin Wu, Taylor Miller (Magic City, twitter.com/TayMilz), Denver Milord (Jack Reacher), and Clancy McLain (from Dos XX’s Most Interesting Man in the World Campaign, clancymclain.com). (6:00 minutes)
Unbelief (Fabien Martorell, CA) Unbelief is the story of two men meeting in a park. It’s Christmas Eve. Kane is an assassin, on his way to do a job which means more to him than the usual killings he is paid to do. This time it’s personal… (13:00 minutes)
Somebody’s Mother (Mandy Fabian, CA) Maggie’s pristine Christmas holiday is hijacked when her sexually liberated mother brings an unexpected visitor home to meet the family. (12:36 minutes)
The Gunfighter (Eric Kissack, CA) A weary gunfighter walks into a bar, looking for a drink. What he finds instead is a building full of raunchy people, and an audible, bloodthirsty narrator. (8:50 minutes)
Hypothetically (Peter Zin, NY) Two “could be” mob-types go to a restaurant to discuss “business.” But they do so in such non-committal terms it becomes a verbal joust with many comedic turns and rhyme schemes that keep the audience guessing: “Are these guys for real?” (6:00 minutes)
Alienated (Paul Borghese, NY) Man is paid to do a job but he’s interrupted by his complete belief in his connection with aliens. (21 minutes)
The Job Interview (Fern Lopez, NY) Man is giving a woman an intense interview with a twist starring Jack Mulcahy. (4 min)
Theater 2 Student Films 10:15-11:56
The Emotional Dimensions of the James River (Michelle Marquez) This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience. (3:00 minutes)
Hair Lockets (Claire Fishman NJ) A young woman fights the memories of her failed relationship through the imagery of her hair. (3:43 minutes)
The Black Room (John General NJ) A look at the darkened place everyone goes to. (3:00 minutes)
The Music Box (Michael Cross, AL ) During a routine sweep of the ghetto, a Nazi commandant discovers a little girl hiding in the shadows of an apartment. After teasing the child with food, the commandant discovers that she is not what she appears to be in a terrifying conclusion. (4:15 minutes)
Apocalypse Dreams (Tom Kaspereen, NJ) A young man tries to make the most of his disappointing day, unaware that something is going to change his life forever. (5:00 minutes)
Dystopia (Patrick Y. Lee, Canada) Within a bleak dystopia, the leader of a rebel group faces an inner struggle between his obsession of an ideal society and the woman he loves. (Canada) (5:12 minutes)
The Session (Shane O’Neill and Dylan McCormick, NJ) A young man must seek treatment from his psychiatrist. (5:29 minutes)
Dead Flowers (Jessica N. Dotson NJ) A man lures a boy to his home after the boy is terrorized by bullies. (12:00 minutes)
5 To Places (Zach Morrison, NJ) It’s five minutes before curtain at a small community theater, and all hell breaks loose when the lead actor breaks his leg. The film is one continuous shot. (5:00 minutes)
Nights Like This (Kevin Nguyen NJ) After a few awkward moments like on any first date, Spencer and Lisa begin to warm up to one another. They soon realize though that this date is similar to previous relationships they’ve respectively and try to let go of the past in order to make room for something potentially new. (11:00 minutes)
Spirit of Negation (Alexander Kuribayashi NJ) In this Gothic Western set during the US Civil War, a boy tries to escape the eternal whirlwind of power and violence. (15:00 minutes)
Unexpected Twist (Jim Mauro, NJ) Fresh out of college, two friends attempt to write a screenplay to help them break into the business. The problem is Martin wants to create something with artistic value and Aron only wants to make the next blockbuster hit. Will they create a great piece together? Or will it be nothing more than ridiculous and unexpected twists? (9:00 minutes)
Eli Over Darkness (James Bachelor, CA) Eli, a teen in the punk scene, struggling with depression and loss, learns to accept mortality and embrace life with the help of family and friends. (20:00 minutes)
Happy People (Brian K. Millard NJ) Happy has never had a meaningful relationship because he refuses to grow up or take anything in his life seriously. Alissa has spent so much time taking care of others that she’s forgotten what it is to be herself and to be young and to have fun. A chance encounter leads to an unlikely relationship as the mismatched pair try to figure out what it truly means to be “Happy People.” (30:00 minutes)
Growth Spurt (Jason Downs, NY) Johann is a typical business man, who has lost touch with life outside of the big city. Terra is a free spirit, unplugged and off the grid, whose existence revolves around her self sustained botanical garden. Circumstances merge their paths and Terra invites Johann into her paradise. What ensues is a quirky, comical and endearing adventure that you can’t help but get lost in. (14:30 minutes)
Secondary Education (Jon Truei, NY) Three high school students are forced to make up a chemistry test during after school detention. Over the course of the afternoon, they discover that their Chemistry teacher, Eugene Yamamoto, has been leading a secret double life as a crime-fighting Power Ranger. A hybrid throwback to the educational after school specials of the 90s and the Japanese Tokusatsu genre. (11:00 minutes)
Casandra (Guy-Roger Duvert) (France) Two thieves infiltrate a besieged medieval city, in order to retrieve an artifact. They thought they had nothing to lose. They were wrong… (14:17 minutes)
Tiny Things (Laura Savia, NY) Two sisters butt heads when one, heavily pregnant, busies herself with all the pastel colored preparations a baby shower inspires and the other, dripping with sarcasm, can’t help but poke fun at the ritual. A story about the mystery surrounding an unborn child, the nervous consumerism it rouses and the human tendency of clinging to tangible tiny things when the hugeness of what’s unknown is too much to bear. (13:37 minutes)
The Brief-Case (Vijay Adireddy NJ) On the night of their first anniversary, a couple celebrates, however, a briefcase gets caught in the middle. (10:00 minutes)
Hands to the Sky (Kimberly Townes, NJ) An urban journey about the bond of two brothers that celebrates the power of individuals living “on the spectrum.” (16:00 minutes)
Theater 2 2:35-4:22
Bear (Steven Weinzierl NJ) A sharply dressed man, named Frankie, talks with his colleague Kenny at a seventies style diner in the inner city. Through subtle descriptions in the two men’s conversation, we slowly learn that their day to day business operations are perhaps more than a little fraudulent. (6:00 minutes)
Dangerous Games (Claude Bauschinger NJ) With his father being held hostage, a man is compelled to comply with the demands of a ruthless big pharma affiliate seeking to prevent the cure for cancer from being released. (6:00 minutes)
Mourning on Charlotte Street (Frank Calo-NJ) A true and tragic story about Nic’s uncle and father on the hard streets of the Bronx in 1954. Why did fate hand Nicky Santoriello, an honor student such a tragic death (15:00 minutes)
Meet Mario (D.J. Higgins, MA) Meet Mario… a 27 year old PhD student in Italian Literature. Mario was born in Italy and moved to the United States at the age of 14. His father, Marshall, was stationed in Naples, Italy for 25 years where he met Mario’s mother, Catarina. After the death of Catarina, Marshall and Mario move to New York and dispel stereotypes. Let’s just say that Mario’s not your “average” Italian (or is he?). Come join us on a wild ride where culture, spirituality and hypocrisy collide! (10:00 minutes)
The Man from the City (Elias Plagianos, NY) A mysterious businessman visits a small town with questionable intentions as he contemplates leaving his big city life behind. Starring SAG award winner Robert Clohessy ( Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Wolf of Wall Street ) and Sean Young ( Blade Runner, Ace Ventura, No Way Out).. (11 minutes)
One Armed Man (Tim Guinee, NY) ) A wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery, in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama. (27:00 minutes)
When the Gun Goes Down (Ali Eldin NJ) In 1894 Darling Duke Lynch slipped the noose at Blackwater. With the help of an old man named ‘Shaky’ they must travel the countryside and learn how to survive before the lawcatches up to them. With harsh weather and bandits at their back there is much to learn when the gun goes down. (33:00 minutes)
Theatre 2 4:45-6:35
Love Thy Neighbor (Mika Boorem, CA) A troubled wife waits for the return of her husband from Afghanistan. The neighbors are watching. (15:00 minutes)
Arrangement (Doug Cannon, NJ) A woman is confronted for her evils by a mysterious stranger posing as a contract killer. (15:00 minutes)
The Magic Bracelet (Jon Poll, CA) The movie is about a bracelet with a mysterious past and mystical powers that link two teenagers, best friends -one with a cheese obsessed dog and the other with a life threatening illness – and their families. (19:00 minutes)
6 Letter Word (Lisanne Sartor, CA) An unlikely mom is forced to confront her son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns. (17:00 minutes)
What Cheer (Michael Slavens, NY) After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan (Richard Kind) ignores his overwhelming grief only to be faced with the unavoidable What Cheer? Brigade, a 20-piece punk marching band that floods his world with boisterous, interminable song. (17:00 minutes)
The Walk (Aaron Wolf, CA) Soon after the death of his father, Danny, a young Jewish boy growing up in late 1980s Brooklyn, meets an older Jewish man, Alfred, outside the local synagogue. The two quickly strike up a friendship as Alfred imparts life lessons during their walks through the neighborhood, to and from Temple. Over twenty years later, Danny will learn a whole new lesson he never saw coming. (19:35 minutes)
6:50-8:39 last SCreenING
Same as Theater 1 Last Screening
Theater 3 1st showing 94 10:29-11:40
Good Morning (Rachel Troche, PA) A man, a woman, and a gun…each with their own secrets. (5:00 minutes)
Communication Breakdown (Thomas Rondinella-NJ) A short comedy that explores a marital spat in a unique way. (6:00 minutes)
Puppet Apocalypse (Scott Meaney, NY) When Alien Space Puppets invade the New York area, two best friends look to the news, loved ones, and the military to find answers. The two struggle to understand the event and what it all means. Is this the end of mankind? Has the whole world gone to felt? (15:00 minutes)
Tripped Up (John Busch, NY) Tom meets a beautiful folk singer named Claire at his local coffee shop. But his romantic ambitions face a challenge when he tries to convince his eccentric roommate to play wing man for him at her performance later that evening. (8:00 minutes)
Dunes Atlantic (Christopher Petton, NJ) A middle-aged diner owner and a young drifter meet by chance and form an unlikely bond over the course of one night, as they wander the sidewalks and deserted dunes of a small beach community. (15:00 minutes)
Affliction (Prabal Chakraborty-NJ) A relationship drama about an independent-minded woman whose life is changed when she realizes that her stance of keeping her daughter away from her divorced husband is causing her daughter more harm than good. (14:00 minutes)
Sunday Best (Ryan O’Regan, NJ) A man at a religious crossroads stays home to watch Sunday football rather than go to church. In doing so, he winds up spending the day with other like-minded football fans; a collection of demigods and religious prophets. (19:00 minutes
Theater 3 Horror/Thriller 11:55-1:41
Blood Drops of Love -(Larry Rosen, NJ) When Brooklyn breaks up with Jason because he cheated on her, he takes it harder than expected…. with a deadly vengeance (7:00 minutes)
Melon Head (Andy Fortenbacher, CA) Gordon is a timid and lonely man that wants nothing more than the attention of Wendy and frequents the laundromat where she works just so he can be close to her. Wendy, on the other hand, has very little interest in Gordon. Gordon is convinced that if he takes Wendy on the most terrifying date of her life, he’ll finally win her attention and her heart. (13:53 minutes)
Faceless –(Vitaly Tomachevski, NJ) A killer is on the loose in the town of Elmora. Two people are about to run into him, but his motives aren’t what you think. (11:00 minutes)
Boarding House (Walter Charles Gorey, TX ) During the 1930s depression era, a young, pregnant woman seeks refuge in a remote boarding house. She feels safe until the inhabitants and events become increasingly bizarre – transcending reality and time – and putting her unborn child in danger. (20:00 minutes)
Little Fish (Louis Bottino, NJ) A beautiful teenage girl is abducted by a deranged fisherman looking for one good catch. Will she survive or become another one of his trophies? (16:00 minutes)
Imprisoned Souls (Jay Palmieri, NJ) The year is 1951. Jeanne Wray and her three Children live in an isolated cabin deep within the woods. And, Upon receiving a foreclosure letter, Jeanne takes drastic measures to make sure she and her family will NEVER leave their home. She soon sacrifices herself & the children, binding their souls to the land for eternity. Now, Present Day, a group of curious College Kids decide to explore the rumored haunted forest. And, what they discover will haunt their souls forever. (24:00 minutes)
Arnold the Killer Clown (Larry Rosen, NJ) A group of girls think it would be funny to invite over a clown to make fun of. What they don’t anticipate is how he will react to it. It will be deadly. (13:40 minutes)
Theater 3 third showing 1:55-3:40
Voyage (Shaughn Cameron Canada) While the family relaxes along a secluded beach, their youngest son scavenges the nearby forest, assembling a mighty vessel in search of adventure. (4:00 minutes)
Love Life, Dream Big, Be Positive (Jon Poll, CA) Documentary on the making of the Make a Film Project, The Magic Bracelet, which fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away of Mitochondrial disease just after her 15th birthday and some of her final words to her mom were, “Promise to take care of my film.” (22:00 minutes)
The Magic Bracelet (Jon Poll, CA) The movie is about a bracelet with a mysterious past and mystical powers that link two teenagers, best friends -one with a cheese obsessed dog and the other with a life threatening illness – and their families. (19:00 minutes)
Failure Groupies (Mandira Chauhan NJ) A comedy that follows a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired when they fail a group project. (12:00 minutes)
Four Eyes (Conor Byrne, NY) A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses. (13:00 minutes)
Zugswang (Yolanda Centeno, CA) Zugzwang in German means obligation to move. Life and chess are not so different. There is a moment in life where you know you have to make a decision, but the best thing to do would be not to make any move. But… you must. We simply call this being screwed. In chess, they call it Zugzwang. (8:00 minutes)
95 Decibels (Lisa Reznik, CA) A powerful story that explores the emotional obstacles parents face when they get an unexpected diagnosis for their child. (27:00 minutes)
Theater 3 third show 3:55-5:28
Max’s Floor Waxes (Will Rossiter, FL) Max, an Eastern European owns a small business called, ‘Max’s Floor Waxes’ and is presented with an irresistible advertising opportunity by a suave Ad-Man. (4:00 minutes)
Surrender (Tjardus Greidanus, CA) is a short film about a woman, Lena Hendricks, whose unhappy marriage inexplicably changes who she is and how she responds to the world around her. (8 minutes)
Guest House (Aaron Wolf, CA) Depressed and downtrodden after having lost his job and fiancé on the same day Lance Wesley moves back into his parents’ Guesthouse where he spent his youth. As he fights constantly with his frustrated and patient-less father, relics from his past pay him a visit. Will his past propel him forward? (27:00 minutes)
Diwali Dream Garage (Johnny Pik, NY) With Austin’s life going nowhere and his pipe dream of becoming a legendary stuntman on hiatus for the last 27 years he confesses to his best friend Reggie that there is something about his past he can’t remember and has been haunting him recently. (16:00 minutes)
The Burning Tree -(Keith Chamberlain, NJ) What seems to be a simple father/son hike reveals dark and deadly secrets. (11:00 minutes)
Pillow Talk (Eddie Bernard, NY) Eric and his younger wife Diana have grown apart, but when he suspects her of cheating, he begins to descend into madness. What is real, and what is not? (11:52 minutes)
Backstage (Deanna Saltzman) A post-grad actress, Katie Young, quickly discovers that life beyond school and suburbia is not all it’s cracked up to be, and nothing is ever handed to you. Through the help of family and friends, she learns that you may not always get what you want, but you get what you need. (15:00 minutes)
The Bench (Debbie Higgins, NJ) In the style of Edgar Allen Poe, ‘The Bench’ is a tonal poem about love, remembrance, death and eternity, and how it affects one man’s life. (6:00 minutes)
Bound for greatness (Jimmy Gadd, CA) Darren, who lives with Aspergers, has gone throughout his life not truly connecting with anyone. Seeking the comforting sounds of crashing waves one blustery day, he happens upon a girl nursing a broken bird.…(26 minutes)
The Midlifers (Thomas M Baldinger, Jeff Seesselberg, NJ) Wade Smiley, a recently widowed, socially awkward nerd with a gambling problem and Chuck Lucky, a narcissistic sociopath and self-diagnosed sex addict, are lifelong best friends, each in the midst of a midlife crisis. Their friendship is put to the test when Chuck gets dumped and invites himself to move into Wade’s one bedroom apartment on the same night that Wade finally attempts to break the ice with his attractive, but attached, neighbor, Cassandra. How is Wade going to overcome all of these obstacles when everyone in his life knows he’s probably the “shyest and not so confident” kind of guy? (30 minutes)
Zizi and Honeyboy (Brett Donowho, NY) The controversial world renowned trend forecaster and best-selling author Gerald Celente experiences an absolute fall from grace that takes him to a dark, confusing and unfamiliar place. The only person he has around him is his Zizi, or ‘Aunt’ in Italian. Over small talk and an impressive home cooked dinner, Gerald’s mood turns darker, but Zizi’s unhampered spirit carries Gerald, subtly teaching him the power of the human spirit and ultimately, teaching him about.
Schedule of Films
Student Block 10:10 am in Room 1 The Showroom
Sheltered Love-(Directed by Alex Italics)
In blissful 1950s suburbia, a lovestruck bobbysoxer and her no-good-nik boyfriend seek refuge from her overprotective and hot-headed father.
Love in Colors-
Melody-(directed by Zack Morrison)
A story about a brother’s love for his sister, and how music and art can transcend disability and communication boundaries.
“Two teens, Luke and Emily, spend a lazy day wandering through suburbia while trying to capture a perfect picture on a Polaroid camera.”
The Water’s Edge-
Jack and Tommy only have each other and the world and the woods are full of dangerous men.
A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism (Directed by Alexandra Jackman)
A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism is a primer on how individuals can better relate to those with Autism. The goal of the film is to help typically developing teens learn about Autism and thus increase acceptance of their autistic peers.
Block 2: Documentary Block 10:25am Room 2
Sugar Shack (Directed by James Boo, Ian Parker)
Sugar Shack is a documentary short about a small maple farm in Rigaud, Quebec. In a little over 13 minutes, our film tells the story of the French Canadian lumberjacks, businessmen, and lovers of maple — and what it takes to preserve and celebrate the culture of sugaring off in the North.
My Time with the English Tourist (Directed by John Dunstan)
An urban nature lover, John Dunstan documents his early morning walks with Tommy, his English bulldog. Set amidst reclaimed natural habitat skirting Jersey City and Bayonne, against the dramatic backdrops of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, The film creates a visual poem with a few surprises.
The Last American Shoemaker (Directed by Joseph Eulo)
The Last American Shoemaker is the story about the Pursuit of an American Dream, and the effect globalization on one of the worlds oldest crafts.
Hjörleifur Directed by: Stephen Hunt
In the verge of young adulthood, 14-year old Hjorleifur recounts 4 pivotal memories that have advanced his liberation from cerebral palsy. Hjorleifur’s eloquent narrative carries with it the voice of his mother and father as he spends time at home and at summer camp. The images and words of Hjorleifur convey a unique and inspiring perspective on the nature of disability and of burgeoning independence.
The Birdman of St. Pete (Directed by Cheryl Allison)
A mini-documentary about one man’s desire to make a difference…one fish at a time. Stephen Cox aka The Birdman can be found in St. Petersburg, FL along Bayshore Drive every single day with one goal in mind – to catch fish. He catches an average of 30 fish a day to feed the pelicans who are the unintended victims of the Pier closing.
A Stroll Through The Park An Asbury Symphony Directed by: Sage Seb
Cameras follow street artist Shepard Fairey through Asbury Park, NJ as he creates art for the All Tomorrow’s Party music festival.
Block 3 11:00pm Room 3-Music Lab across the street
Cherchez La Femme-(directed by Chris J. Cullen) Non-competition screening
Jane Be Jane-(directed by David Salowe/Meghan Kaltenbach)
A recent college graduate needs to decide to move forward in life or return home to face her past.
Poison (directed by Maurice Paramore)
Poison is a story about a army soldier who comes home from a traumatic war experience to find out his best friend is on drugs. Even though he is dealing with his own issues he tries to get his friend off drugs
Little Bag of Happiness (Directed by: Nidhi Kathuria)
Nicole is a happy, cheerful and an extrovert girl driving her car in a countryside. Abbey is almost same age as Nicole, walking aimlessly on the road and is about to get hit by Nicole’s car.
Block 4 room 1 11:35am Some NJ Comedy Shorts
How She Became My Ex (directed by Corey Snowden)
Have you ever heard the expression it’s better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all? Well unfortunately for Glenn, he’s learning this the hard way. His soon to be ex-girlfriend Erica has begun to sway and their once powerful connection has come to an end.
Sitter (directed by Jennifer Harrison)
Alison loves her life – she’s got twin daughters, an amorous husband, and a babysitter who keeps it all running like clockwork. But when her sitter, Tracy, starts talking about moving across the country with her boyfriend, Alison knows she needs to act if she wants to keep her perfect, easy life.
The Best/Worst Student Film (directed by Omar Portilla)
An overzealous student filmmaker sets out to make the best student film ever, for all the wrong reasons, in order to impress a girl that is way out if his league.
The Exploration of Cole as Led by the Prepubescent Sandy
Directed by: Jim Mauro
Cole is at the bottom of his life. Living on his sisters couch, his life is going no where. One day Sandy, a 12 year old girl, appears at his door and tells him he is going to die. Cole brushes it off until her other predictions come true and he begins to wonder if she may know his future. It doesn’t help that he is the only one who can see her.
Trip (Directed by: Ryan O’Regan)
A young man named Ron takes an internal, drug-induced journey with his own subconscious in the attempt to get over his ex-girlfriend.
Block 5 11:55 am Room 2 Foreign Block
The Nihilists (Directed by: Johannes Persson) Sweden
A woman runs through the forest. A rifle shot echoes and barely misses her head. A neatly dressed man consults a map when a young woman shows up. What at first glance looks like two people connected by forbidden love turns out to be wrong. They share another secret.
The Help (directed by Oliver Yan) China
n the early morning, an old man hit by a car is lying on the ground. Soon one by one, passersby form a crowd but nobody would dare to touch him. When a deaf girl tries to help, she is kindly stopped by everyone else. More bystanders come as time goes by, but the old man is still down and alone. At that moment, Ann, an American girl who is heavily pursued by a middle-aged Chinese guy Mike who is newly divorced, happens to pass walk by and sees this scene on the street.
Junggesellin (Directed by: Anna Linke)
At a friend’s bachelors party in the next bigger city the last bachelorette Stefanie doesn’t find a man, but instead a woman, whom she finds even more fascinating …
Boule à Facettes (Directed by: Donon Marion)
Camille is beautiful, sparkles but suffers, suppressing her past. Thibault, her partner, will finally crack and send her to a psychiatric hospital. After a violent struggle inside herself, Camille will finally understand the action of her partner, who never ceased to love her.
Andromeda (Directed by: joachim huveneers)
Andro has been trained since his early days to become a cold blooded assassin. He has been trained by a corps of other assassins and hit men from a secret society. The leader of this organization is known as ‘Anubis’. to prevent any murderer of this society to live instinctively Anubis decides to kill every hit man at the age of 28. by conditions Andra picks up this valuable information and needs to find a way to live with this whether he likes it or not.
Block 6 12:50pm room 3 Comedy Block
FAT ASS (directed by Claire Fishman)
Tali is your average high schooler, in all senses of the word. She is obsessed with the scale, and her best friend’s pet name towards her, ‘fat ass,’ isn’t helping either. With prom right around the corner, she is poisoned with the idea of being too fat for her prom dress, and sets out to lose the weight – by any means necessary.
Hanging Charlie (directed by Alex Zingaro)
Things are not going well for Charlie, and he is literally at the end of his rope. Several of his suicide attempts have failed, and he is dealt an even deeper blow of being forced to move out of his buddy’s apartment. Enter Cam and Cat Dean, entrepreneurs of ‘Living on the Edge,’ who promise him a guaranteed out of his life.
Cubical Life (directed by Joshua Waterstone)
Cubical Life is an Experimental Short that rhythmically explores environment and sound scape through a found-object score. A woman, self described as an, ‘Office Drone’ searches to find meaning beyond the humdrum of a 21st century computer job. During the course of the film she experiences a perspective shift, which makes her reevaluate her view of the job, of herself, and of her life.
The Friend of My Friend is Apparently Not My Friend Directed by: Keith Chamberlain
This is a comedic short film that explores how people define friendship in the age of social networking and how one man confuses the quantity of his friends with the quality of his friends.
Digs (directed by Richard Endacott)
Tom is a struggling actor and Jen is the star paleontology student he’s secretly admired for months. To land the leading role in the college musical, Tom interns with the campus police and is paired with the oddball Officer Bobbie. When rare fossils are discovered on campus and then stolen, the clues point to Jen as the thief. With Jen and the excavation in danger from the real thieves, Tom finds he’s can’t just pretend to be a cop, he’s got to act like one.
Lucky Day (directed by Brian Pollock)
Donald, an every day working man, is living through the worst day ever. He decides to hang himself but before his last breath realizes he won the lottery. Did he escape in time? Did this horrible day become him LUCKY DAY?
Listen (directed by Nick Loud)
Struggling to connect with women in Los Angeles, a young man tries to strike up a conversation with a girl in his building. She too has been having problems meeting men and both must combat the bad dating advice they have received in order to actually connect.
BLOCK 7 1:45 PM ROOM 2
Portals (directed by Jeffrey Sutton)
Charlie’s workweek is over but, his weekend adventure just begins when he finds an interesting looking seashell in the middle of the sidewalk without an ocean around for miles. He brings it home to use as a decorative piece on his dresser. Little does he know, this seashell is much more than it seems.
Flights (directed by Jeffrey Sutton)
Calvin returns home from his usual long day at work to find that the elevator in his apartment building is out of order. His journey to reach his sixth floor apartment becomes more complicated when he realizes that it is not his steps that will bring him home, but his choices along the way that ultimately determine his fate.
Cellophane (directed by John Morgera)
After a string of bad dates Natalie finally meets the guy of her dreams. But she soon finds out there are more layers to his personality than she ever could have imagined.
Personal Day (directed by Philip Jessen)
‘Personal Day’ is the story of two disgruntled office workers who, by complete coincidence, choose the same day to bring guns to work and ‘resign’.
The Long Wait (directed by Wolfgang Bodison)
After over twenty years of silence, a desperate woman seeks revenge against the man who ruined her life, and in the process, discovers that she’s not the only one who’s had to endure a devastating burden.
No Messages (directed by Cian McGarrigle from Ireland)
No Messages is a slice-of-life short comedy following Dave, a beleaguered Irish barman, over the course of one long day. As he waits for an important phone call Dave has to put up with advice from his hungover boss and the pub’s irritating regular (aptly named The Cock) as well as dealing with the nagging suspicion that he has no idea where the hell his life is going. But sometimes when you’re drifting aimlessly, that much-needed kick up the arse can come when you least expect it.
Happy Birthday (directed by: John Gebhart)
It’s our hero’s 27th birthday and not only does she have to deal with a pesky passive-aggressive narrator, but some seemingly innocuous birthday presents that turn out to be down right dangerous. The quest for the ultimate present is on! But, there’s always a catch…
Block 8-Horror Block
Psychology of Madison (directed Ruben Rodriguez)
Madison fears that she will never experience true love. True love the emotion of strong affection and personal attachment escape her. Why can’t she feel kindness, compassion and affection like everyone else? Is she broken? Is she even human? Why can’t she feel? All Madison knows is pain and emptiness. What is love?
Death Follows (directed by Carmela Hayslett)
A young woman is vulnerable to her terrible impulse to kill at any given moment with an inability to control it. She becomes suspicious when she’s not held accountable for her actions.
Red Winter (directed by Ben Daniele)
Red Winter is a psychological thriller set in the beautiful, yet chilling hills of North Carolina. Stanton awakes in the middle of a mountainous forest, badly injured, and completely oblivious as to how he got there. As he journeys through the forest, we journey into his mind, as he faces his deepest fears, and darkest secrets.
Gouge (directed by Briana Bleecker)
GOUGE is a thriller following up and coming model Vita. Returning home from a photo shoot in the mountains, a detour takes Vita down a dirt road, where she stumbles upon a stoic Native American woman selling jewelry. Vita’s vanity and greed get the better of her, and she steals a turquoise necklace from the old woman. The next morning, she wakes to find her right eye slightly swollen. She chalks it up to a night of partying, until she receives horrifying visions. Over the next two days, Vita’s eye continues to fester, as her mental state reaches a breaking point.
Gasmask (directed by Pablo Bonelli)
A scavenger in a ravaged wasteland comes across an abandoned house deep in the woods. He discovers a family living there that doesn’t take kindly to strangers. After an initial confrontation, they invite him in for food, but nothing is as it seems ???
A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism (see block 1 for description)
Exit (directed by monika kolodziej)
A young woman taking care of her sick father gets a job offer three thousand miles away but now has to convince her selfish sister to take on the responsibility.
Brunch (directed by Jackie Massar)
A fun. quirky comedy about three self-involved siblings on a quest to save their parents from their ‘excruciatingly-boring retired lives’. They’re in for quite the surprise when they discover it’s the very opposite.
Sky Blue Collar (directed by Derek Frey)
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what’s more important: how we make a living, or who we’re living for.
Gift From God (directed by William Kee)
Montgomery, a bereaved old man, recounts the life of his murdered grandson. The time has come for revenge, and it’s going to be nasty.
Billy’s A Kiid (directed by JulianRamirez)
Billy is excited about his date with Stacy, but after things go sour he decides to try and win her over by copying what he sees in the movies.
BLOCK 10-Some Lost Loves
My Daphne (directed by Sandi Gisbert)
How much do parents influence who their children will become? A stressed-out single mother is forced to see what her parenting choices will lead to, when her young daughter transforms into a teenager and then an old woman over the course of one argument.
Rose, Mary and TIme (directed by Hardeep Giani)
The film is a story of second chances. Barney is married – unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago – she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shop keeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her… but life isn’t always as easy as that.
Tammy (directed by Ante Novakovic)
A son comes to realize his mothers independence has manifested unexpectedly while coming home to visit her on what he believes to be a typical Sunday meal.
So Little Time (directed by Chuck Gloman)
Seeing her boyfriend off to World War II, she promises to meet him in the same spot every year. Never aging, she finally meets up with him again after 75 years.
BLOCK 11 Gangsters and Time Travel
A Day of Work (directed by Chris J. Cullen)- None competition screening
Defective (directed by Gerard Mendez)
Inspired by the comic book styles of Frank Miller, this Modern-Noir short film transports the audience into the dark side of the financial district. In this city greedy businessmen are corrupt and take great pride in diminishing women. Unfortunately, the very few successful females with the might to make a difference have been turning dead, hanging upside down and exsanguinated. Rumors of a serial killer terrorize the city, but someone has figured out his profile. How far will he go before he finds a moment of sanity?
Traveler (directev by Ron Hurley)
A soldier from the future is intercepted by the FBI on his mission back to the past so he can change the outcome of World War 2.
A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Travelling Future Self Directed by: Pornsak Pichetshote
In an off-beat drama questioning faith, fidelity, and love, ‘A Conversation about Cheating with My Time-Traveling Future Self’ follows a guy who travels urgently back in time to tell himself one thing: that his life will get better if he cheats on his girlfriend.
BLOCK 12 Some Nominated Short Films Block
The Long Wait
Masque (directed by Robert Hatch)
Aging prizefighter, henchman and gambler Colorado McBride’s dark past is mirrored in his malevolently scarred face. Double-crossed and left for dead by his treacherous partner, Masters, he finds compassion in the arms of Grace, a widowed country woman, and in the art of a mysterious Mask Maker whose skills proffer a mythical journey of restitution.
The Proposal (directed by Jason Silva)
‘The Proposal’ is a heart-wrenching and awkward performance of a boy and a girl who give eyebrow raising proposal speeches, presumably to each other.
Walls (directed by Jack Roberts)
Sometimes it takes a life time to become an overnight sensation. Jay deals with the death of his best friend and his pending rise to stardom. On the verge of his career taking off, Jay sits down and tells all to an erudite reporter, Henry.
One Safe (directed by Gaetano Naccarato)
Viducci is a bounty hunter who work informally for the mafia of Singapore. His new mission is to kill a corrupt politician in France.
Harry Grows Up (directed by Mark Nicelsburg)
New York is a tough place to find love. Especially for an eighteen-month-old who lives on his own.
Dolls (directed by Kelly Holmes)
George and Tabitha are playing sadistic games in the playroom. As the power struggle seesaws, George removes Tabitha from the dolls house and pretends she is his prize toy, but Tabitha has other games in mind.
Words Can’t Describe (directed by Diego Gonzalez)
Words Can’t Describe tells the story of a mime who has spent countless years training to become a unionized member of the Performing Mimes Guild, but fails the admittance exam. Depressed, and on his own, without any striped shirts or white paint to fulfill his life. One day, while waiting for the bus, he comes across a girl, who immediately captivates his attention. Trying to approach her, the mime comes to the horrifying realization that years of mime training has led him to lose his voice. If he is to approach the girl of his dreams or even be capable of carrying on a normal life without miming, he must find a way to regain his voice once again before it is too late.
Sundays (directed by Julien Perrotet)
Andy, a young man who tries to rebuild a broken relationship with his father. The strong bond they had once shared was shattered with the death of Andy’s mother and the subsequent and unresolved grief which drove them apart. Many years later Andy has started a family of his own. He has married the love of his life, Bella, and she is expecting their first child. With persistence and love, Bella convinces Andy to visit his father.
The Cell (directed by Ben Hyland)
Morning After Mirabelle (directed by
The Impending Storm (directed by AJ Frank)
Love and Hate Relations: The Altercation (directed by Chris J. Cullen) Non-competition
The Devil and Red Wine (directed by Maurice Paramore)
The Last Gentleman
Out to Lunch (directed by Nic Reader)
Two Sides of Love (directed by Tom Baldinger)
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