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AMERICAN FOLK LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 99 min. WRITER: David Heinz DIRECTOR: David Heinz PRODS: Matt Miller, Fiona Walsh, Samantha Sanders, Aaron Downing CAST: Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth, Krisha Fairchild, David Fine, Bruce Beatty, Elizabeth Dennehy
Two strangers, both folk musicians stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after 9/11. A story about the kindness of strangers and the power of music.
MISSING IN EUROPE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 77 min. WRITER: Jenny Paul DIRECTOR: Tamar Halpern PRODS: Rick Benattar, Milos Dujkalic, Michael Moran, Ivana Panic, Fernando Szew, Nigel Thomas, Kaila York CAST: Miranda Raison, Emmett J Scanlan, Sophie Robertson
Cyber security expert Sara Woods arrives in Belgrade, Serbia to attend a conference and check on her daughter, Karissa, who is studying abroad. When Karissa and her classmate Lara go clubbing and disappear into thin air, Sara is certain they’ve been abducted. Utilizing her hacking skills and following clues Karissa leaves behind, Sara starts to uncover a major sex trafficking ring. Even worse, it seems the local police are in on it. With nobody to trust, Sara uses every tool at her disposal to locate Karissa before she’s sold to the highest bidder and disappears forever.
AUSTIN FOUND WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 104 min. WRITERS: Brenna Graziano, Will Raée DIRECTOR: Will Raée PRODS: Robert Ruggeri, Danny Costanzo, Mary Pat Bentel, Gary Ousdahl CAST: Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Craig Robinson, Kristen Schaal, Jon Daly, Patrick Warburton, Chris Parnell, Jaime Pressly, Ursula Parker
A Texas mother who is fed up with her mundane lifestyle enlists her outlaw of an ex-boyfriend and his former prison buddy to join her in a shockingly outrageous scheme that's sure to make her and her 11 year old daughter instant celebrities.
CASSIDY RED WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min. WRITER: Matt Knudsen DIRECTOR: Matt Knudsen PRODS: Brooks Yang, Matt Knudsen CAST: Abby Eiland, David Thomas Jenkins, Jason Grasl, Jessy Knudsen, Gregory Zaragoza, Rick Cramer, Lola Kelly
Cassidy Red is a western fable chronicling the struggle of “Joe Cassidy”, daughter of a prostitute and a gunslinger. When she is led to believe that her lover, Jakob has been murdered by Tom, her scornful ex-fiancée, Joe she seeks vengeance. But when she returns to her hometown at the edge of the Arizona Territory, she not only finds Tom to have installed himself as the local sheriff, she also discovers Jakob alive and incarcerated. Soon the lovers are back together but behind bars. Awaiting execution, they must escape, shoot their way out of town, or face the hangman's noose at dawn.
CHANCE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 94 min. WRITER: Kenny Young DIRECTOR: Kenny Roy PRODS: Phil James CAST: Will Cannon, Peppur Chambers, Eddie Goines, Kenny Young, Alan Naggar, Joe Grubbs
In the brutal world of underground dogfighting, dogs are trained and forced to fight to the death. Chance is a pit-bull puppy with a peaceful heart and an imaginative mind. Unfortunately, Chance is soon torn from his happy home and purchased by a cruel dogfighting owner. As Chance grows to young adulthood, he manages to hold on to his values despite the fact that he will eventually have to enter the ring of death. Unwilling to betray his peaceful beliefs, Chance plots to escape the yard. Chance soon discovers that the outside world can be just as harsh, as he finds himself even deeper in the bloody world of dogfighting. To stay alive, Chance is forced to betray his own beliefs and fight his own kind. To find redemption, must challenge the system that is causing his own kind to self destruct.
ELIZA SHERMAN’S REVENGE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 80 min. WRITER: Gregory Fitzsimmons DIRECTOR: Gregory Fitzsimmons PRODS: Gregory Fitzsimmons, Jackie Geary CAST: Jackie Geary, Kristen Miller, Kiva Jump, Mageina Tovah, Larry Bates, Jamison Haase, Mike Rock
Newly endowed with special powers, Eliza Sherman lures her old nemeses to the Hollywood Hills under the guise of a birthday party for '80s heartthrob Richard Grieco. Her plans to punish them go repeatedly awry as her powers prove to be no match for fate. She must conquer her ego and stop screwing up the space-time continuum if she wants to finally win the heart of her one true love. A scrappy pitch-black comedy.
GRIEF WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 82 min. WRITER: Senda Bonnet DIRECTORS: Kevin Renwick, Chris Mammerarelli PRODS: Kevin Renwick, Robert N. Klieger, Chris Mammerarelli CAST: Kevin Renwick, Jackie Moore, Sean Russel Herman, Ken Gamble, Nathan Kehn, Nelson Cheng
After the sudden loss of his young son, Kyle Harden tortures himself day-after-day by returning to his once happy home where he, his wife, and son, all lived. Today he will end the suffering -- Today he will be reunited with his son -- Today will prove to be the hardest day of Kyle Hardens life as he comes face-to-face with his inner demons in an effort to 'pull the trigger' as he slips further and further into a psychological wormhole of love, loss, and self-exploration to answer the real question... 'Do I deserve to live?'
GAME DAY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 101 min. WRITER: John Susman DIRECTOR: John Susman PROD: Stuart Wolf, John Susman CAST: Elizabeth Alderfer, Romeo Miller, Fyvush Finkel, Chris J. Johnson, Jürgen Hooper, Amy Holland Pennell
A basketball-savvy teen reluctantly agrees to coach a brilliant but self-centered tech whiz who has lost everything when her startup goes bust and personal life is left in ruins. Discovering that success at her new job depends on becoming a team player in the office and on the company's, up till now, all-male basketball team, she enlists his help in a desperate attempt to save her job and her future–an experience that ultimately changes both of their lives forever. With original music by Romeo Miller and Master P.
HOLDEN ON WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 102 min. WRITER: Tamlin Hall DIRECTOR: Tamlin Hall PRODS: James Cooney, Tamlin Hall, Jamie Roberts CAST: Matthew Fahey, Ross Thomas, Steve Ellis, Kelly Finley, Greg Thompson
No longer your average boy-next-door, Holden Layfield weaves audiences through his harrowing tale in this film set in the early 1990s. After succumbing to a secret battle with mental illness, Holden evolves from a beloved, small town Georgia football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet.
IMITATION GIRL LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 83 min. WRITER: Natasha Kermani DIRECTOR: Natasha Kermani PRODS: Forrest McClain, Tim Wu, Claudia Murdoch, Alastair Murdoch CAST: Lauren Ashley Carter, Neimah Djourabchi, Sanam Erfani, Marsha Stefanie Blake, Catherine Mary Stewart, Lewis Black, Adam David Thompson
A mysterious being arrives on Earth and takes the shape of a young woman. Taken in by Iranian immigrants, a brother and sister living in the American Southwest, the Imitation forms an understanding of the strange species around her, and as she learns more about her new body and her companions, she comes to appreciate the beauty and the sadness of her new world. At the same time, Julianna, Imitation’s world-weary earthly double, knows both glitz and grit working as an entertainer in New York City, where her fraying life and relationships now threaten her dreams for an audition that might finally set her on a happier path. On learning of Julianna’s existence, Imitation heads to New York, where only by sacrificing themselves to each other can the cosmic twins complete a full portrait of a woman.
INHERITANCE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min. WRITER: Tyler Savage DIRECTOR: Tyler Savage PRODS: Dash Hawkins, JP Castel, Chase Joliet, Tyler Savage CAST: Chase Joliet, Sara Montez, Dale Dickey, Drew Powell, Jim Ortlieb, Krisha Fairchild, Ashley Spillers, Alex Dobrenko, Tim Abell, Vincent Van Horn
Ryan has just inherited a $2 million beach house on the central California coast from his biological father, a man he’s never known and thought long dead. Arriving in the charming town with his pregnant fiancé, Ryan’s curiosity about his father soon leads him into an introspective investigation. As a looming family presence tightens its grip on him, Ryan detaches, pushing away his adoptive family and expectant fiancé. When he finally discovers the horrifying truth about his birth parents, he might be too late to stop himself from repeating a similar pattern…
JIMMY THE SAINT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min. WRITER: Branden Morgan DIRECTOR: Branden Morgan PRODS: Branden Morgan, Bruce Witkin, Jason Leibsla, Chris Emerson CAST: Zach Hursh, Anne Solenne, Brandon Breault, Jeff Murray, Christine Lakin
When a bagman for the Russian mob falls for a fresh-off-the-boat prostitute, the only way to ensure their freedom is to fight for it. Jimmy The Saint offers an unflinching look at the lucrative and dangerous sex trade that claims the lives of anonymous innocents everyday. With a talented cast of newcomers, JIMMY THE SAINT is a powerful film experience that will stay with you long after the final fade-to-black.
LANDING UP WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 98 min. WRITER: Stacey Maltin DIRECTOR: Dani Tenenbaum PRODS: Stacey Maltin, Jessica Kingdon, Marzy Hart, Nikolai Metin CAST: Ben Rappaport, Stacey Maltin, E’dena Hines, Dov Tiefenbach, Theodora Woolley, Jay DeYonker
CHRISSIE is young, wild, and living on the streets. She and her best friend CECE use their youth and good looks to their advantage, playing a con game with strangers to put a roof over their heads while all the time fantasizing about having enough money to score their dream apartment. When Chrissie meets DAVID, a funny, genuine guy who works his way into her heart, she falls for him and must decide whether to confess the real circumstances of her life or continue her carefully crafted lie at all costs; even the cost of someone’s life.
LORE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 87 min. WRITERS: Christian Larsen, Brock Manwill DIRECTORS: Brock Manwill, Christian Larsen PRODS: Brock Manwill, Christian Larsen, John Matthews, Polina Gorbacheva CAST: Lyndsey Lantz, Max Lesser, Sean Wei Mah, Victor Gage
Ann, convinced that God is leading her, embarks on a journey to find her missing son in a remote wilderness with the help of her estranged husband, Rich and John, a Native American who is familiar with the area. As they venture deep into the forest, they witness strange and frightening occurrences that challenge the reality they thought they knew. They hope to put an end to their nightmare, but this could be just the beginning.
THE MIDNIGHTERS WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min. WRITER: Julian Fort DIRECTOR: Julian Fort PRODS: Adam Carl, Julian Fort CAST: Leon Russom, Gregory Sims, John Wesley, Stuart McLean, Costa Ronin, Eve Mauro, Larry Cedar, Charles Dierkop
Expert safecracker Victor Lustig has just been released from prison after a thirty-five-year stretch. Now an old man all Vic wants to do is pick up some money long owed to him and live out his days in peace, quiet and comfort. When his old co-conspirator Louis breaks the news that the cash in long gone, Vic’s retirement plan goes up in smoke. It isn’t until Victor gets a surprise visit from his long lost son Danny that his future begins to become clear. It seems that Danny has followed in Vic’s footsteps, and has gotten himself in heavy debt to dangerous Russian gangsters Orion and Vadik. Now Vic's got a choice to make: accept his new life playing out the string in a world he no longer understands… or risk his life by utilizing every bit of his old street skills to save the son he never knew.
THE MEANING OF LIFE WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 90 min. WRITER: Cat Hostick DIRECTOR: Cat Hostick PRODS: Russ De Jong, Cat Hostick, Rona Leon CAST: Tyler Shaw, Sergio Di Zio, Sadie Munroe, Jean Yoon, Dan Lett, John Boylan, Krista Morin, Jake Raymond
A starving musician Finn Faber (Tyler Shaw) gets a temporary job as a therapeutic clown at a hospital entertaining sick kids. He is assigned a 9 year-old leukemia patient: Sophia Hill (Sadie Munroe). Finn soon learns that Sophia coming into his life was no coincidence, but an important lesson he needed to learn before making a big step forward in life.
ONE LESS GOD WORLD Premiere | Australia, 2017, HD, 133 min. WRITER: Lliam Worthington DIRECTOR: Lliam Worthington PRODS: Maren Smith, Joel Hagen, Lliam Worthington, Nelson Lau CAST: Joseph Mahler Taylor, SukhRaj Deepak, Mihika Rao, Kabir Singh, Kieran Kumar, Nathan Kaye, Martelle Hammer, Reilly O'Byrne-Inglis, Igor Kreyman, Joseph J.U. Taylor, Quentin Yung, Jan Langford-Penny, Nicole Fantl, Philip R.K. John, Nicolas Scot Francois, Rhavin Banda
In 2008, a band of young Islamic militants from Pakistan lands in Mumbai, their primary target, the iconic Taj Mahal hotel. With Indian forces unable to regain control, for 4 days the guests must battle to survive as the terrorists seek to drive them from hiding. The harrowing events that follow will come to be known as India’s 9/11 and one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in history. Yet more than a tale of monsters and men, this is a story of our shared humanity at the dark crossroads to which we have now stumbled. Inspired by true events.
TATER TOT & PATTON WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 92 min. WRITER: Andrew Kightlinger DIRECTOR: Andrew Kightlinger PRODS: Adam Emerson, Dohui Kim, Ryan M. Hall, Sean Covel CAST: Jessica Rothe, Bates Wilder, Forrest Weber
A wayward millennial escapes to her Uncle's South Dakota ranch, unhinging his placid boozer life.
TOMORROW, MAYBE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 84 min. WRITERS: Jace Daniel, Roy Kirk 1st, Robert Blanche DIRECTOR: Jace Daniel PRODS: Jace Daniel, Roy Kirk 1st, Robert Blanche, David Brownlow CAST: Robert Blanche, Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis, Brian Sutherland
Determined to redeem himself upon his most recent release from prison, a father (Robert Blanche) reconnects with his daughter (Bethany Jacobs), who might not be so willing if her life wasn't suddenly falling apart.
ALL I WANT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 91 min. WRITERS: West Liang, Melissa Center DIRECTOR: West Liang PRODS: Melissa Center, West Liang, Giselle Gilbert, Howard Ginsburg, Ira Wagner, Leah Wagner, Ciel Turich CAST: Melissa Center, ￼Drew Rausch, Josh Casaubon, Rebecca Larsen, Jonathan Chase, Laura Mann, Susan-Kate Heaney, Bruce Lemon, Renee Threatte, Akemi Look, Giselle Gilbert, ￼Drew Brooks, Kate Mines, Molly Kidder, Jorge-Luis Pallo, Camille Mana, Garrett Coffey, Vivian Bang, Bryce McBratnie
An ensemble drama that explores the anxiety of modern love and life among friends in Los Angeles.
BEING BLACK ENOUGH or (HOW TO KILL A BLACK MAN) WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 92 min. WRITER: Devin Rice DIRECTOR: Devin Rice PRODS: Jacqueline Corcos, Devin Rice CAST: Devin Rice, Bruce A. Lemon, Jr, Marcus Ajose, Matthew-David Smith, Joshua Walker, Danielle Jaffey, Jacqueline Corcos, D.J. Hale, Mark Ridley, Peter DiVito, Gina Jackson
A Young Black Man, raised in a White neighborhood, ridiculed for not being "Black Enough" decides to go to the hood to hang out with his gangster cousin and discover what it really means to be "Black." He eventually faces the harsh reality of gang violence, drugs and police confrontation.
D-LOVE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 97 min. WRITER: Dave Rogers DIRECTOR: Elena Beuca PRODS: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Billy Howerdel, Elisabetta Tedla, Veronica Radaeli, John Chidwick CAST: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Dharmakaya, Billy Howerdel
Stefania is working a job she has hated for years. Her husband, Dan, hasn’t worked in years. They have just landed at Los Angeles airport, returning from Europe, and having one of the worst days of their lives. Stefania is approached by a vagabond - Ditlev, who asks her for a ride to one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the wanderer, but her husband Dan, decides to take him home with them. How will this affect the couple? The director invites you on a 3 day journey, seen through Stefania’s eyes, to view and discover that desired change doesn’t always come in the package that we want or expect.
DEVIL’S WHISPER WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 85 min. WRITERS: Oliver Robins, Paul Todisco, Adam Ripp DIRECTOR: Adam Ripp PRODS: Manjoj Punjabi, Mark Stolaroff, Liam Finn, Adam Ripp CAST: Luca Oriel, Tessie Santiago, Marcos Ferraez, Rick Ravanello, Luna Maya, Alison Fernandez, Jasper Polish, Coy Stewart, Justin Tinucci, Benjamin A. Hoyt
15 year-old Alejandro Duran, who comes from a religious Latino American family, aspires to be a Catholic priest. But when Alex discovers a mysterious box, passed down from his grandparents, he unwittingly unleashes a demonic spirit bent on possessing him. Alex must find a way to defeat this ancient demon, which has been tormenting children since the dawn of man, before it destroys him and everyone he loves. On the surface Devil's Whisper is a supernatural horror film about demonic possession but at its core it's a psychological thriller about repressed memories, childhood trauma and the cycle of abuse.
ESPIONAGE TONIGHT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 85 min. WRITER: Rob Gordon Bralver DIRECTOR: Rob Gordon Bralver PRODS: Amy Child CAST: Joe Hursley, Greg Davis Jr., Ganna Bogdan, Said Taghmaoui, Alexie Gilmore, Joseph Gatt, Chasty Ballesteros, Lynn Whitfield, Sean Astin
In a time of widespread disillusionment and distrust of our government, a reality TV show about spies is created to win back the faith of the American public. Audiences go undercover on missions around the globe and see real world effects from the narrative the showrunners create. As the first season unfolds, we wonder – how much is real and how much is propaganda? Our charismatic host “Swamp Fox” leads us down the rabbit hole the show runners create, and it becomes impossible to distinguish fact from fiction as the lines blur between reality, television, and movies in an age when everything is on camera.
THE FIRST OF MANY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Pamela Guest DIRECTOR: Elizabeth and Pamela Guest PRODS: Elizabeth and Pamela Guest CAST: Elizabeth Guest, Lawrence Michael Levine, Kristin Slaysman
In 1971 young actress goes on her first audition with surprising, life changing results.
THE MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 99 min. WRITERS: Richard Schenkman, Eric D. Wilkinson, Emerson Bixby DIRECTOR: Richard Schenkman PRODS: Richard Schenkman, Eric Wilkinson CAST: David Lee Smith, Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Akemi Look, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, William Katt, Michael Dorn
Following ten years after the cult sci-fi favorite “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth”, 14,000 year-old John Oldman is now comfortably hiding in plain sight as a college professor in Northern California. However his existence comes crashing down when he realizes that not only is something finally causing him to age, but a group of devoted students have discovered his deepest secret, putting his life in grave danger and potentially destroying the world’s most popular religion.
THE SCENT OF RAIN AND LIGHTNING LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 73 min. WRITERS: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robinson DIRECTOR: Blake Robbins PRODS: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, Jeff Johnson, Dan Koetting, Kevin Waller, Maggie Grace CAST: Maika Monroe, Mark Webber, Maggie Grace, Will Patton, Logan Miller, Justin Chatwin, Brad Carter, Aaron Poole and Bonnie Bedelia
When a young woman in the Midwest learns her parents' killer has been released from jail, rumblings in her small town suggest he may be innocent. She begins questioning the police investigation and witnesses, and uncovers her own family secrets to piece together the shocking truth. Based on the bestselling novel The Scent Of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard.
THE SPEARHEAD EFFECT WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 86 min. WRITERS: Caleb Smith, Brandon Moore DIRECTORS: Caleb Smith, Brandon Moore PRODS: Terrence Malick, Alexander Zdzislaw Golubiewski, Jaime Gallagher CAST: Rane Jameson, Leif Steinert, Caleb Smith
When an online journalist exposes widespread police corruption, he soon finds himself a target of the violent vigilante movement he unwittingly inspired.
AWAKEN THE SHADOWMAN WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 83 min. WRITERS: Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Skyler Caleb, James Zimbardi DIRECTOR: J.S. Wilson PRODS: Woodrow Wilson Hancock III, Skyler Caleb, James Zimbardi, Anthony C. Ferrante CAST: James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, Jean Smart, Emily Somers, Andrea Hunt, Robert R. Shafer, Grace Van Dien, Raam Weinfeld, Carlos Pratts, Sophie Labelle, Casey Kramer
After the mysterious disappearance of their mother, estranged brothers reunite and discover an unknown supernatural force.
CENTRAL PARK WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 87 min. WRITER: Justin Reinsilber DIRECTOR: Justin Reinsilber PRODS: Melissa Chamberlain, Justin Reinsilber, Rachel Brenna CAST: Justiin A. Davis, Ruby Modine, Malika Samuel, Grace Van Patten, Guillermo Arribas, Deema Aitken, Marina Squerciati, Michael Lombardi, Charles Borland, David Valcin, Nicole Balsam, Justin Reinsilber
Central Park is a feature-length horror/thriller from writer/director Justin Reinsilber. Set in present day New York City the film centers around six high school juniors. Collectively they have done everything there is to do, know it all better than everyone else, and mean the world to each other. When one of their fathers is implicated in a Bernie Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme, the gang rallies around their friend. To blow off some steam, they set out for an epic night in Central Park. Little do they know the consequences of his crimes will go far beyond his client's bank accounts.
CHARLIE VS GOLIATH WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 80 min. DIRECTOR: Reed Lindsay PRODS: Reed Lindsay, Nicolas Rossier, Kim Borba, Phillip Landrum, Ronica Reddick, Anthony Weldon
Former Catholic priest Charlie Hardy is 75 years old and has no money or political experience. But none of that dissuades this 21st-century Don Quixote from running for the US Senate in his home state of Wyoming. Charlie’s courage to take a principled stand against money in politics attracts a ragtag group of young volunteers and together they jump aboard a 1970 Crown school bus, campaigning across the Wild West state in a bid to shake up this country's political establishment.
GREEN STANDARD, THE Los Angeles Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 75 min. DIRECTORS: William Rosenfeld, Jacob Strunk PRODS: William Rosenfeld, Jacob Strunk
Last year, lawmakers brought a petition before the DEA to loosen federal restrictions on cannabis. It was swiftly rejected, maintaining the plant's Schedule I classification alongside heroin and PCP on the stated basis of it having "no accepted medical use". Enter THE GREEN STANDARD: a people's account of pot, prejudice, and the fight against prohibition. Filmed throughout the U.S., TGS reveals the surprising highs and uncomfortable lows of the men, women, and children on all sides of the issue. From the refugee families of Colorado battling for their kids' lives to anti-legalization activists decrying the movement as greed-fueled hype, America's evolving perceptions of marijuana use are revealed, alongside criminalization's untold societal costs.
THE LAUGHTER LIFE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 76 min. DIRECTOR: Juliet Werner PRODS: Juliet Werner, Jeff Werner
From “Daily Show” producer Juliet Werner, "The Laughter Life" follows a week in the professional life of the young comedians who write and star in "Studio C,” a popular sketch comedy television show with a strong following on YouTube. But theirs is not your typical comedy success story, as the cast and crew behind the program are practicing Mormons living in Provo, Utah. And the network producing their show is run by the LDS Church. The film explores the tension inherent in creating "clean" comedy that will satisfy both the demands of the network and the cast's desire to generate a funny final product. “The Laughter Life” takes audiences to a world few have visited and demonstrates the unifying power comedy.
RESISTANCE IS LIFE WEST COAST Premiere | Turkey/USA, 2017, HD, 73 min. DIRECTOR: Apo W. Bazidi PRODS: Apo W. Bazidi, Goran Zaneti
From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, an 8-year-old girl, EVLIN, characterizes the resistance of her homeland. Her heroes, the Kurdish female fighters, are defending the city of Kobane against the onslaught by ISIS militants. The power of the human spirit emanates through Evlin as she shows us that hope and resilience prevail even in the most tragic of circumstances. Evlin takes us on a journey that introduces the many different faces of the resistance on both sides of the border and provides a unique look at the extraordinary spirit behind the first major victory against ISIS.
TO THE MOON AND BACK WEST COAST Premiere | USA/Russia, 2016, HDV, 85 min. WRITER: Susan Morgan Cooper DIRECTOR: Susan Morgan Cooper PROD: Susan Morgan Cooper FEATURING: Jessica Long, Miles Harrison, Carol Harrison, Bill Browder, Gene Weingarten, Boris Altshuler, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ben Cardin
The political murder of a Moscow lawyer and the cancellation of 259 pending American adoptions have a deep , insidious connection in this emotional expose.To the Moon and Back connects the dots from Russia's warehousing of abandoned and special needs children to the cross border dealings of a billionaire investment banker to one American family's tragedy. The film explores how Russian political corruption is linked to the accidental death of one adopted child and becomes Putin's reason behind the Adoption Ban.
ALFRED J HEMLOCK WORLD Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 14 min. WRITERS: Melissa Lyons, Edward Lyons DIRECTOR: Edward Lyons PRODS: Robert Raymond, Melissa Lyons, Edward Lyons, Lucas Newton, Aaron Bush, Tim Creswell CAST: Renaye Loryman, Tristan Mckinnon, Christian Charisiou
When Emily is abandoned in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock. After reaching the depths of her despair she finds strength that she never suspected she had.
ALL THE MARBLES CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 17 min. WRITERS: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler DIRECTOR: Michael Swingler PRODS: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler CAST: Cole Sand, Carl Petersen, Helen Sadler, Christopher Franciosa, Micah Fitzgerald
In a magical world where marbles are as precious as gold, a boy named Jamison wins the most cherished marble of them all. When a villainous bully named Wolf cruelly snatches his prize trophy, the boy challenges him to an epic marble battle that could cost him much more than he expected.
AWOL WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min. WRITERS: Rene Yi, Paul J. Meredith DIRECTOR: Paul J. Meredith PRODS: Paul J. Meredith, Patrick Stephen, Rene Yi CAST: Patrick Stephen, Henry Mark
AWOL tells the story of a Vietnam soldier who chose flight over fight, only to find himself up against harsh terrain and relentless homesickness. He must face the fact that in war, there are no winners.
BLUES WITH ME NORTH KOREA Premiere | South Korea, 2016, HD, 25 min. WRITER: Lee Han-jong DIRECTOR: Lee Han-Jong PROD: Han Dal-ho CAST: Han Jung-hyun, Kim Kyung-ik, Nam Tae-woo
Seung-shik, a construction worker loses his daily job just because he is not on the list. To make things worse, he is not going to get paid for the work he did a week before. To get to the bottom of this absurd situation, he visits his foreman to his office.
BOY IN THE DARK WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Jason Ragosta DIRECTOR: Jason Ragosta PRODS: Rebecca Ahn, Julie Chow, Richard Enriquez, Marisa Garay CAST: TonyBoy Marin, Robert Matas, James Ted Harvey, Nani Strides, Tony Aldrich, Jayson Fabre
Boy In The Dark tells the story of Jake, a boy both blessed and cursed with an extraordinary imagination. Blessed in that he is able to lose himself in the drawings of creatures and places that populate his sketch book. Cursed, because he is plagued by a gruesome Night Terror, that emerges from the darkness each and every night. Jake discovers that if he is to survive, he must protect what he creates, and that there are bargains to be struck with those who truly rule the night.
BURYING AMBER WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 8 min. WRITER: Alix Angelis DIRECTORS: Alix Angelis, Vincent Cardinale PRODS: Vincent Cardinale, Thomas Marchese, Alix Angelis CAST: Alix Angelis
Lori must deal with the end of a relationship in a way she didn't expect.
CONFECTION NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2016, HD, 33 min. WRITER: Lauren Bensted DIRECTOR: Ed Rigg PROD: AJ Leon CAST: Perry Millward, Esther Smith, Tony Way
Set in a sleepy English seaside town, ‘Confection’ is a comedy about a not-quite-grown-up who finds himself accidentally catapulted into the thick of a very grown-up situation.
CROSSING FENCES WEST COAST Premiere | USA/Germany, 2017, HD, 14 min. WRITER: Annika Pampel DIRECTOR: Annika Pampel PRODS: Justin Prentice, Nina Rausch CAST: Nina Rausch, Christian Wolf, Philippe Brenninkmeyer
In a communist East Germany in 1974, a young couple attempts to escape into the West, seeking freedom, by using a handmade boat to cross the Baltic Sea. The fight for their lives begins when they get discovered and they try to escape decades of imprisonment or being executed on the spot.
DEEP PLAYA SUNRISE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Josh Yeo DIRECTOR: Josh Yeo PRODS: Josh Yeo, Seth Bunting, Chris Pitcher, Kris Kish, Arin Pitcher CAST: Chris Holz, Rachel Emma Pringle
This whimsical story is a blend the senses, as we follow a medically discharged combat vet, on his first trip to Burning Man, as he searches the "Playa" for hearing-aid batteries. **One of the first and only narratives approved by Burning Man governing body, Black Rock City, LLC.
A DIMLY LIT ROOM WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min. WRITER: Thad Nurski DIRECTOR: Thad Nurski PRODS: Janice Fung, Nick Foss, Thad Nurski CAST: Benjamin Hjelm, Jamie VanDyke
In a dimly lit room, Asher meets Persephone. What she wants, what she threatens, and what she has to offer are the clues Asher has to go on in order to solve the riddle in front of him and save his life. If he cannot figure out what is going on and what to do about it, it could be his end.
DOLL WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 20 min. WRITER: Cory Pratt DIRECTOR: Cory Pratt PRODS: Cory Pratt, Josh Prosser CAST: Yang Miller, Annie Ganousis, Tim Ashby
Smitten with his co-worker, a timid janitor struggles to connect with her and harbors a big secret...he performs his nightly duties in a fetish rubber suit.
EXPOSURE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 15 min. WRITER: Mary Jeanes DIRECTOR: Mary Jeanes PROD: Ivo Huahua CAST: Antonina Vargas, Michael D. Finley
On Erin’s first outdoor climbing trip, her reckless boyfriend gets himself trapped high on a cliff. As time slips away and he falls into a severe hypothermic state, they realize help will not arrive in time. Erin risks her life in an attempt to rescue him before it’s too late.
FIRST NIGHT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 10 min. WRITER: Rafael Pablo Salinas, Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby DIRECTOR: Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby PRODS: Ornella Jaramillo, Rafael Pablo Salinas, Daniel Andrés Gómez Bagby CAST: Brittany Ann Falardeau, Bryan Dechart, Sean O’bryan
Joey is woken up in the middle of the night by a damsel in distress. Realizing he is in danger, Joey takes matters into his own hands to protect himself. His plan backfires, leaving him in a world of pain.
THE FACELESS MAN WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITERS: Sara O’Reilly, Jeremy Foley DIRECTOR: Jeremy Foley PRODS: Sara O’Reilly CAST: William O’Leary
An offbeat fable about a disillusioned man who discovers his face has transformed into a mirror and must venture out into the world to reclaim his identity.
FLOWER WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 15 min. WRITER: Ché Walker DIRECTOR: Ché Walker PRODS: Ché Walker, Luke Paddington, James McCormick CAST: Montana Roesch, Barry Primus, Mattia Bartoli, Austin Iredale
A young sex worker is tested to her limits by three very different clients.
THE GOOD MACHINE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 12 min. WRITER: Michael Craft DIRECTOR: Michael Craft PRODS: Scott Riehs, Michael Craft CAST: Jessica Park, David Rysdahl
A young woman struggles with her boyfriend’s addiction to a virtual reality device that allows him to interact with his dreams. She attempts to help him let go of his compulsion, but he resists. Working at her job at the library, and catching the train to and from work, she has her own dream, a life together with her boyfriend, free from addiction.
JOUSKA WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min. WRITER: Wynter Rhys DIRECTOR: Wynter Rhys PRODS: Wynter Rhys, Mumukuba CAST: James Pinto II, Alissa Gustafson, Curtis McGann, Eric Bayne, Keenyn Rhys
An elderly man grapples with the guilt of what he's done in the strange, whimsical land of his subconscious
HERBIE WORLD Premiere | France, 2016, HD, 20 min. WRITER: Ralph Bismargi DIRECTOR: Ralph Bismargi PROD: Ralph Bismargi CAST: Matt Vladimery, Laura Woody, Tiffany Hofstetter, Jim Sheppard, Zelda Rittner, Sebastian Marx, Ralph Bismargi
Herbie Spoon, a naïve and emotionally imbalanced 30-year-old, dreams of becoming a successful life coach who inspires people and offers them guidance. His master plan: to start out by making YouTube videos with the help of his filmmaker friend, GINNIE. The only problem is that he keeps messing up during the shoot. Instead of a series of clips with him offering good advice, we end up with a bunch of hilarious outtakes… that he does not find funny. Will he eventually succeed or is he on the wrong path? Herbie is not only a behind-the-scenes look at a quirky young man struggling to make it. It is a story that takes us on a journey towards self-discovery and embracing who we are.
THE KNACKERMAN WEST COAST Premiere | UK, 2016, HD, 18 min. WRITER: Tom Shrapnel DIRECTOR: Tom Shrapnel PROD: Rebecca Wolff CAST: Donald Sumpter, Adam Long
An aging Knacker, responsible for the disposal of dying horses, must face his own mortality and in doing so entrust responsibility to the next generation.
LA SIRENA WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 24 min. WRITER: Rosita Lama Muvdi DIRECTOR: Rosita Lama Muvdi PROD: Daniel Leighton CAST: Jordan Monaghan, Kelsey Reinhardt, Darrel Cherney, Vera Cherny
LA SIRENA is psychosexual fairy tale about Mia, a woman in a small fishing village who is having an affair with Hector, a married fisherman. On the day Hector threatens to end the affair, Mia discovers a mysterious woman, Mara, washed up on shore, naked and with a hook lodged into her ribcage. After Mia brings her home to heals her wound, Mara tells her that a fisherman tried to stab her in the heart. With suspicions that Hector might have been involved, Mia is forced to confront Hector, surrendering to her own inner monster to avenge her broken heart.
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LEMON WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Timothy Michael Cooper DIRECTOR: Timothy Michael Cooper PRODS: Simon TaufiQue, Surina Jindal CAST: Jennifer Westfeldt, Noah Bean, Jenn Lyon, Finn Douglas
Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.
LIMBUS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min. WRITERS: Lee Peterkin, Candace Janée DIRECTOR: Lee Peterkin PROD: Bill Lucia CAST: Vinicius Vieira, Candace Janée
During the winter months in their cabin, Alex and Vera experience strange occurrences that are seemingly nonsensical. Nevertheless, the veil of surreality becomes lifted through a visceral and sobering revelation.
LOVE IS SHIT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 20 min. WRITER: Keith Schneider DIRECTOR: Keith Schneider PRODS: Katherine LaVictoire, Myko Olivier, Keith Schneider, Vince Tanzilli CAST: Katherine LaVictoire, Nanrisa Lee, Myko Olivier, Ryan Shoos
When two couples discover the unevenness of their relationships, a chain of events leads to a more simple understanding for some, and heartbreak for others.
MIRIAM IS GOING TO MARS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min. WRITER: Michael Lippert DIRECTOR: Michael Lippert PROD: Brittany Wagner CAST: Ann Sonneville, Nathaniel Buescher
A woman with schizophrenia attempts to escape a psychiatric hospital by signing up for the first human mission to Mars.
oRaNgEdReAmS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min. WRITER: Jessica Liu DIRECTOR: Jessica Liu PRODS: J. Graciano, Jessica Liu CAST: Evelyn Warner, Shay Backe, Riley Jimenez, Jordan Franco, Andrew Lutheran, Kimberly Cohen
A sixth grade girl, who spends the majority of her time exploring early 2000s pop culture through her internet connection and dreaming of becoming a pop superstar, receives a reality check when she meets up with some friends, including her crush, at the mall.
RAHOWA WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2016, HD, 23 min. WRITER: Charlie Hamilton DIRECTOR: Charlie Hamilton PRODS: Charlie Hamilton, Diego Guijarro CAST: Sam Duffy, Austin Duffy, Jorrin Bruns
After a brutal attack that leaves him injured and his girlfriend in the hospital, a young, impressionable skinhead must decide what direction the fallout goes.
REQUIRES REVIEW NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | Australia/Sweden, 2016, HD, 6 min. WRITER: Joshua Belinfante DIRECTOR: Joshua Belinfante PROD: Joshua Belinfante CAST: Johan Lenhoff, Björn Lindqvist
Björn Lindqvist is the world’s best town planner. He isn’t changing the world, he’s just trying to improve it.
SOUL CANDY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min. WRITER: Jennifer Rapaport DIRECTOR: John Stimpson PRODS: John Stimpson, Geoffrey Taylor, Jennifer Rapaport CAST: Kallie Tabor, Erica Derrickson, Dario Sanchez
With a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac twist, Siri, a shy bookworm, convinces her extroverted sister, Kaya, to talk to with the cute bookstore clerk while she tells her what to say via text messages. When the ruse is up, the young couple bonds over author David Foster Wallace.
STILL HERE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Teresa Decher DIRECTOR: Kholi Hicks PRODS: Morgan Pichinson, Teresa Decher CAST: Teresa Decher, Kevin Joy, Michelle Ortiz
Still Here explores the cycles of unstable relationships through a couple following the days after their recent break-up.
SUBTEXT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 9 min. WRITER: Chris Valenti DIRECTOR: Chris Valenti PRODS: Michelle Loucadoux, Chris Valenti, We Make Movies CAST: John Bigham, Michelle Loucadoux, Chris Valenti
A misfired text message creates an awkward but silent battle on a first date.
TAIL WORLD PREMIERE | Australia, 2016, HD, 9 min. WRITERS: David Gannon, Troy Larkin, Carl J. Sorheim, Nathan Strauss DIRECTOR: Carl J. Sorheim PRODS: Lisa Fineberg, Thanassi Panagiotara, Carl J. Sorheim, The Cameralla CAST: Lisa Fineberg, J.R. Reyne, Nathan Strauss
Skye (Lisa Fineberg) makes a living as children’s entertainer Chaise the Mermaid, all the while harbouring a crush on her boss, Mark the Pirate (J.R. Reyne). Her best buddy and co-worker Jay – Punch the Parrot – (Nathan Strauss) doesn’t think much of Mark, and might just be crushing a little on Skye… Tail is a romantic comedy fable that pays homage to love and big, gorgeous 1980s cheese ball entertainment.
THIS IS THAT NIGHT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 14 min. WRITER: Jonathan Marballi DIRECTOR: Matt Braunsdorf PROD: Jonathan Marballi CAST: Jonathan Marballi, Kris Wiener
"This is That Night" is a romantic comedy telling the story of a new couple who are about to hit a turning point in their relationship. Kris invites Jon over for their fourth date, where they end up talking and laughing all day. When they come to the realization that everything is going so well, the pressure to keep the momentum going brings everything to a halt.
THREE SKELETON KEY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 11 min. WRITER: Andrew Hamer DIRECTOR: Andrew Hamer PROD: Marcus Mizelle CAST: Dan White, Robert Fleet, Paul Rae, Greg Perrow
Set in 1921, an American lighthouse crew on the small island of Three Skeleton Key become unnerved when a ship ignores their beacon, running aground on the reefs surrounding the island. They soon discover that something is on board the ship, and it's not human.
TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 24 min. WRITERS: Christina Eliopoulos DIRECTOR: Christina Eliopoulos PRODS: Elizabeth Kinder, Alex Laviola, Adam Thomson, Eve Grace Penoyer CAST: Joe Cortese, Azhy Robertson, Stephen Badalamenti, Janis Dardaris, Tara Murtha, Mark Gindick, Katherine Sigismund
Yianni is the star and celebrated host of TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT, the talk show that plays in his own beautiful but fractured mind. On one fateful day, Yianni who suffers from dementia, wanders out of his house and comes to the aid of a lonely and lost little boy.
WARM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 16 min. WRITER: Sean Wang DIRECTOR: Sean Wang PRODS: Nick De Bellis, Sean Wang, Jon Jon Wong, Fahad Manzur CAST: Bradley Bundlie, John Cusack, Carl Ryan Wendling, Daniel Donovan
It's summer in the suburban jungle of Warm Springs, CA. Naive and impressionable, six year old Ryan wants nothing more than to be accepted by his older brother, Van, and his two friends Kevin and Richie; to Ryan, Van and his friends are gods. In reality, the three boys aren’t much brighter than Ryan, searching for trouble just to pass the time in the blistering summer. When Van, Kevin, and Richie steal some fireworks and sneak off one day to go set them off, Ryan forces them to bring him along — and their recklessness combined with Ryan’s overeagerness to grow up places Ryan in harm’s way.
WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH WEST COAST Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 16 min. WRITER: Karen Pearlman DIRECTOR: Karen Pearlman PRODS: Lyn Norfor, Richard James Allen, Karen Pearlman CAST: Leeanna Walsman, Richard James Allen, Marcus Graham
Inspired by a true story, "Woman with an Editing Bench" celebrates Elizaveta Svilova, the editor of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 masterpiece "Man with a Movie Camera" (#1 on the "Sight and Sound" list of Best Documentaries of all time). By referencing Svilova’s own kinetically exhilarating montage style, “Woman with an Editing Bench” reveals her fierce tenacity and fleet thinking as she dodges the bureaucracy and sustains revolutionary filmmaking in spite of Stalin’s oppression. "Woman with an Editing Bench" is “a beautifully realised and brilliant homage to Svilova and a celebration of the art of film editing”, Lawrie Silverstrin, ASE, Australian Screen Editors Guild Newsletter, September 2016.
ALWAYS WITH YOU WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 9 min. WRITER: Hugo C. Domenech DIRECTOR: Hugo C. Domenech PRODS: Terence Lee, Josh Libitsky CAST: William Knight, Melanie Friedrich, Russell Bradley Fenton, Jen Kerner
ALWAYS WITH YOU tells the story of newly widowed Jeff Evans as he struggles to find the joy in life without his cherished wife, Carol. Drowning in sadness, Jeff fails to maintain the garden, which was once Carol's pride and joy and was the long-standing source for many of their happy memories. Jeff accidentally discovers a lost roll of Super 8 film and is swiftly transported to another place and time with filled happy and joyous memories of his beloved Carol in her precious garden.
BUCKETS CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 14 min. WRITER: Julia Jones DIRECTOR: Julia Jones PRODS: Julia Jones, Zachary Gobetz, Sophia Harvey, Jacob Bittens CAST: Olivia Nikkanen, Wolfgang Novogratz, Martin Harvey, Chuck McMahon
A girl learns the brutal sacrifices it takes to satisfy her love.
BUTTERCUP WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 12 min. WRITER: Megan Brotherton DIRECTOR: Megan Brotherton PRODS: Megan Brotherton, Elizabeth Bates CAST: Megan Brotherton, Elizabeth Bates
Maggie needs her best friend today more than ever, but never expected she'd actually show up.
CANDIDATE, THE No Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 6 min. WRITERS: Robin McDonald, Blaire Baron DIRECTOR: Michael Hilf PRODS: Blaire Baron, Robin McDonald CAST: Blaire Baron, Robin McDonald, Will Gressman
The Candidate goes through a rigorously impossible vetting process to determine if he is The One for someone's very specific agenda.
CLEANERS LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 19 min. WRITER: R. E. Keith DIRECTOR: R. E. Keith PROD: R.E. Keith CAST: Adam Huss, Jesse Boyd, Craig Robert Young, Darren Darnborough, Sara Maraffino
Two teams of hitmen vie for a deadly target together despite hating and undermining each other every step of the way. Best in Show meets the professional in this dark action romp.
EFFIE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min. WRITER: Eric Kneler DIRECTOR: Miguel Duran PRODS: Miguel Duran, Eric Kneler CAST: Kevin Fernandez, Rose Liston, Philip Rossi
A young boy works up the courage to ask out the girl of his dreams. Things don't go as planned.
FREDERICK WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 16 min. WRITER: Josh Mann DIRECTOR: Traci Hays PRODS: Josh Mann, Boman Modine, Daniel Hartz, Ed Marek, Michael Staenberg, Joseph Adolphe, Chris Witt CAST: James Morrison, Josh Mann, Lexi Johnson, Kerry Knuppe, Marcus Henderson
Frederick is the story of a high profile painter and art gallery owner, who suffers from intense “artist’s block.” However, his passion reignites when he has an idea for a new controversial project. To his surprise, he receives an unexpected visit from an intimidating yet oblivious policeman, Detective Marks, who interrogates him about the disappearance of several young fashion models. Frederick and Marks play a game of cat and mouse, culminating in a mysterious yet frightening exhibition. A story about an eccentric creative man with a slew of tricks up his sleeve, Frederick determines to make a difference in the world.
THE HOBBYIST WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 9 min. WRITER: George R. Vatistas DIRECTOR: George R. Vatistas PRODS: David E. Munz Maire CAST: Robert W. Smith, Daniel Mitura
A seemingly ordinary man seeks out a sagacious druggist in search of an undetectable poison, but winds up getting more than he bargained for. Based on the 1961 short story by Fredric Brown.
HOLLYWOOD AND SUNSET WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 15 min. WRITERS: Clinton Cornwell, Elizabeth Hirsch-Tauber DIRECTOR: Clinton Cornwell PRODS: Clinton Cornwell, Elizabeth Hirsch-Tauber CAST: Elizabeth Hirsch-Tauber, Rachel Amanda Bryant, Jas Sams, Caitlin Randolph
Zombie sharks. Sleazy directors. Bragging redheads. Spaghetti. Just another day for struggling actor Audrey as she figures out what to do with her life.
A HORROR STORY WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 11 min. WRITER: James Zimmerman DIRECTOR: Philip Donohue PRODS: Philip Jessen, James Zimmerman, Philip Donohue CAST: James Zimmerman, Kate Huffman, Jemuel Morris, Laura L. Thomas, Stephanie Lalanne
Estranged from his wife, a man attempts to save his marriage at their friends' annual Halloween Party.
KID GAMBLED WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 15 min. WRITER: Alex Familian DIRECTOR: Alex Familian PRODS: Simona Kessler, Alex Familian CAST: Jacob Melton, Fred Melamed, Jack Begert, Connie Ennis, Keanush Tafreshi
In the suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada an anxious 15 year old reluctantly smokes weed and agrees to steal beer from a gas station— all to impress his hooligan friends and a girl that he likes.
LA STREET RACE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 1 min. WRITER: Clay Westervelt DIRECTOR: Clay Westervelt PRODS: Clay Westervelt, Kyle Hardy, Russ Matthews CAST: Monique Parent, Shawn Diddy
Not since "American Graffiti" has a film captured so authentically the state of modern drag racing in Los Angeles.
LAND OF HAPPY DREAMS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 15 min. WRITER: Josh Auter DIRECTOR: Josh Auter PRODS: Melanie DiPietro, Leo Olivia, Christine Auter, Josh Auter CAST: Briana Marin, Presley Moore, Donnie Smith, Roland Ruiz
Misty, a single mom of limited means, knows she can't control the circumstances that affect her life-but she can control how she responds to them. With her daughter Olivia battling a rare blood disease that requires frequent transfusions, she knows she has to take drastic measures. When her own body can no longer keep up with the demand, she must seek an alternative solution. And through this we learn, there is nothing Misty won't do to save her daughter.
MIRIAM’S BALLOONS WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 10 min. WRITER: Dan Czerwonka DIRECTOR: Dan Czerwonka PRODS: Dan Czerwonka, Amy Larsen CAST: Gracie Miller, Raquel Startz, Blayne D. Smith, Lindsay Heath, Dan Czerwonka
Life hangs by a thread as a young angel of death risks everything to save her only friend.
NO HONKIE No Premieres | USA, 2016, HD, 2 min. WRITER: Crafty St. James DIRECTOR: Crafty St. James PROD: Crafty St. James CAST: Ellie Araiza, Crafty St. James
A man gets caught taking a picture of his ****!
THE OTHER PLACE NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 18 min. WRITER: Lee Amir-Cohen DIRECTOR: Lee Amir-Cohen PRODS: Ashley Bua, Ashley Eberbach CAST: Lee Amir-Cohen, Amanda Maddox, Cameron Diskin, Shoshana Bush
Two limp bodies with sacks concealing their faces, a revolver in hand, and pacing in an unknown synagogue. This is the scene The Brother (Lee Amir-Cohen), a mobster plagued by retrograde amnesia, ‘wakes up’ to after emerging from a blackout state. He beckons the help of an alluring female figure obscured by shadows, The Fiancé (Amanda Maddox). The Brother unveils one cover, only to find his Brother-In-Law (Cameron Diskin)— a savant-like district attorney— broken and bruised. After the unmasking, The Fiancé reminds The Brother that his In-Law brokered a deal with the FBI to turn him in. His In-Law argues otherwise. Within The Brother’s hazy world, facts prove difficult to obtain, pushing him to employ sadistic methods in an attempt to gain answers. However, the answers to those questions shift from one second to the next. And the harder he tries to navigate his fragmented memories and the accounts of his family members, the further he sinks into the abyss of doubt and disbelief.
PANIC ATTACK! LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min. DIRECTOR: Eileen O’Mara PROD: Eileen O’Mara
Do you ever wonder "did I leave the coffee on?" or "what if I give birth to Satan's baby?" This animated short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.
REACH WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 6 min. WRITER: Kelsey Sante, Ryan Kerr DIRECTOR: Kelsey Sante PRODS: Kelsey Sante, Ryan Kerr, Christopher Campa CAST: Abigail Phelps, Alex Dauphin
After an unsuccessful evening at a house party, Hannah loses herself in the depths of her anxiety disorder. To find a way out she must find the courage to reach out.
THIRTEEN WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Sasha Sibley DIRECTOR: Sasha Sibley PRODS: Sasha Sibley, HSH Shadow Dragu-Mihai CAST: Jolene Andersen, Mason Moghimi, Iyad Hajjaj
A female U.S. operative is captured by ISIS and between being tortured and interrogated, finds herself in a tent alone with one of the militants, who it turns out is only thirteen years-old. Soon her maternal instincts begin to kick in as she tries to save him at all costs.
THE WASTE LAND WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Guillermo Ortiz Pichardo DIRECTOR: Brian Brooks II PRODS: Eric Baird, Scott Sullivan CAST: Conner Scott, Carla Betz, Cece Paige, Hunter Jackson
When a 16-year-old outcast is bullied, he pleads with his parents to change schools, but his father tells him he needs to stand up for himself. While read "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot, the poem's meaning begins to distort his reality. Ignored and betrayed by those around him, he illegally purchases a gun to deal with the mounting pressures in his life.
WILDFLOWERS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, 16mm, 18 min. WRITER: Mark Lammerding DIRECTOR: Mark Lammerding PRODS: Deva B. Anderson, Wrenn Woods CAST: Wrenn Woods, Lexi Johnson, Zac Titus
Two sisters embark on a petty crime-filled road trip through the rural south, leading them to a chance encounter with an enigmatic stranger.
WINK WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 15 min. WRITER: Monika Petrillo DIRECTOR: Monika Petrillo PROD: James Baumgartner CAST: Caitlin Brandes, Michael Chandler
A lonely and slightly repressed housewife discovers an unusual way to spice up her afternoon.
2AM CALIFORNIA Premiere | Australia, 2016, HD, 16 min. WRITER: Huseyin Hassan DIRECTOR: Huseyin Hassan PROD: Huseyin Hassan CAST: Mark Kenfield, Nichola Jayne, Akira Bradley
A middle aged man Alex awakens in his quarters to find a white rabbit beside his bed who then suddenly hops through a closed door. Scared and fascinated by how the rabbit got into his room and out through a closed door Alex gets up and leaves his room to follow the rabbit. Once he opens the door and steps out into the hallways of the asylum very unusual and supernatural events begin to unfold right in front of OUR eyes.
ATLAS WORLD LOS ANGELES Premiere | Canada, 2017, ProRes, 7 min. WRITER: Morgana McKenzie DIRECTOR: Morgana McKenzie PROD: Morgana McKenzie CAST: Nève Guénette, Mia Guertin-Crête, Dea Telo, Janine Smith
A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld. -- An authorized music video for “Atlas World” (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.
BLOOD RED WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 8 min. WRITER: Rolando Bugarin DIRECTOR: Rolando Bugarin PRODS: Rolando Bugarin, Carlos Carballeda Jr., Javier Montoya CAST: Jamilka Gonzalez, Maria Elena Heredia, Carlos Carballeda Jr.
A mysterious girl in a red hood walks the streets at night avenging the victims the city has swallowed up.
COLD PROCESS WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 11 min. WRITER: William Pisciotta DIRECTOR: William Pisciotta PRODS: Bill Pisciotta, Zach Franklin, Shannon Franklin CAST: Zach Franklin, Shannon Franklin, Walter Gass
An inside look at the Porter and Porter Cosmetics Company.
CUNNILINGUS KING, THE No Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 5 min. WRITERS: Shannon Burkett, Jayce Bartok DIRECTOR: Jason Bartok PRODS: So You Wanna Productions, Shannon Burkett CAST: James Carpinello, Ron Jeremy, Jenny Maguire, Erik Heger
In August of 2011, Shannon Burkett was diagnosed with Paget’s disease, a rare form of breast cancer and she did what anyone who is diagnosed with breast cancer would do: She wrote a rock musical about porn. “The Cunnilingus King” is a hilarious music video of one of the songs from that musical and it centers around a despondent former aspiring rock star who has a very special talent. The video stars Broadway sensation James Carpinello (Saturday Night Fever, Rock of Ages), Ron Jeremy (star of over 2,000 porn films, legend) and a giant puppet tongue.
G-4 WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 24 min. WRITER: Anna Biani DIRECTOR: Anna Biani PRODS: Anna Biani, Steven Berez, Nana Johnson CAST: Anna Biani
What happens when the desire for gold and riches becomes ingrained? A story of Gluttony and enslavement, G-4 is the dance between Light and Darkness–the meeting of the innocent and the monster to challenge a break from victimhood to oneness. G-4 is a surrealist piece, a trance-like healing experience, guiding the audience back to their heart, and ultimately to freedom.
HIDDEN DAYLIGHT WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 18 min. WRITER: John Rice DIRECTOR: Adrienne Lovette PRODS: John Rice, Elod Zoltan Filyo CAST: John Rice, David Rey, Ella Jane New
In this haunting thriller, we follow a distraught businessman after his wife is abducted by the sadistic Hacksaw Killer. In desperation, the businessman turns to a blind psychic who can see through the killer's eyes. As their strange meeting unfolds, the psychic envisions the night of the kidnapping and provides vital clues to help the businessman solve the mystery... but the answers he seeks may come at a deadly price.
HOW2KILL WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min. DIRECTOR: Kevin Lee Loader PRODS: Sean McCarthy, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jacob Rangel, Sean O’Hare
A lonely boy receives a mysterious doll just in time for his birthday. The boy quickly realizes his new 'friend' might have brought a few sinister friends of his own to the party, and he soon finds himself battling demonic terrors unleashed upon his house.
MEGRIM WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITER: Stuart Valberg DIRECTOR: Stuart Valberg PRODS: Sania Jhankar, Joan Cassin, Matt Dorris, Leslie Risak, Stuart Valberg CAST: Pascal Yen-Pfister, Max Rhyser
An Artist and a Subject. The Artist wants to create his masterpiece; The Subject doesn’t want to die.
MISCAST WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min. WRITER: Matt Katzenberger DIRECTOR: Carsten Kurpanek PRODS: Paul Santos, Nina Daniels CAST: Nina Daniels, Brea Bee, Kade Pait
On Halloween night, office worker May gets caught in a battle between good and evil when her new co-worker April reveals herself as a real witch by turning her office party into a bloodbath with a spell. "Miscast", starring Nina Daniels, Brea Bee, and Kade Pait, is a darkly funny fantasy horror-thriller in "witch" nothing is as it seems.
NIGHT BEFORE, THE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 9 min. WRITER: Alex Razzaghi DIRECTOR: Alex Razzaghi PRODS: Kim Pettiford, Du’ana Speights CAST: Chelsea Wallace, Tom Berklund, Kim Pettiford, Brenda Arteaga-Walsh, Morgan Michaels, Phrederic Semaj
In 1994, a group of roommates are having dinner at their West Hollywood home. It's a real good time until they discover that somebody wants them dead, somebody close and unexpected. The motive is unknown but it's later clear that the killer may have been possessed by an uncontrollable object that will transcend one to commit ruthless murders.
PAUL’S BAD DAY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HDV, 2 min. WRITER: Phil Bucci DIRECTOR: Phil Bucci PRODS: Phil Bucci, Sara Fletcher CAST: Jordan Wall, Ashandra McConnell, Paul Valtierra, Glen Warren
Paul wakes feeling not quite his usual self. As he begins his day every step reveals he has a growing problem that there is only one solution for.
SHALLOW WATER WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 19 min. WRITER: Sandy Collora DIRECTOR: Sandy Collora PRODS: Sandy Collora, Eric S. Dow, Dale Pearson CAST: Lisa Roumain, Kurt Carley, Jason Liles
A woman on a tropical island encounters more than she bargained for when she finds out she's the lone survivor of her kayaking and fishing expedition…
SPEAK NO EVIL WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. WRITERS: Connor Vera, Dave Vera DIRECTOR: Matthew Serrano PRODS: Dave Vera, Mya Kratzat CAST: Jeremiah Brown, Dave Vera, Lydia Lee, Carson Preusse, Julia Pacific
A man wakes up in a dark garage with his mouth grotesquely sewn shut, two mysterious figures tied up next to him and one thought on his mind. Get out.
STALL WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 10 min. WRITERS: Andrew Daniel, John D Harding DIRECTOR: Andrew Daniel PROD: Kenneth Leslie CAST: John D Harding
Desperation leads to despair when the night takes an unforeseen dark turn for a man out "looking" for adventure.
SUBCULTURE LOS ANGELES Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 9 min. WRITER: Jason Kartalian DIRECTOR: Jason Kartalian PROD: Jason Kartalian CAST: Jillian Christi, Raymond Morris, Jed Rowen
In SUBCULTURE, psychiatric session turns in a very twisted direction. A woman, Ivy leads a man named Julius into a dungeon where every his every desire is met. Julius meets some interesting people down in the dungeon that become obstacles that get in the way of his desires. He finds himself in an existential crisis of his own making.
HAND-CUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min. DIRECTOR: Griffin Hammond PROD: Griffin Hammond
From chainsaw to cocktail, this beautiful 5-minute documentary tracks the journey of clear, artisan ice into the hands of New York City bartenders.
HARD ASSES DON’T TWERK: BECAUSE BEING A WOMAN IS NASTY WORLD Premiere | Brazil, 2017, HD, 31 min. DIRECTORS: Thales Banzai, Camila Cornelson PRODS: Thales Banzai, Camila Cornelson
The documentary portraits the reality of the Psychology & Dance group, BDNT, created in South Brazil by the student Jade Quoi. Through intimate conversations with Jade and the class members - some of them that took part of group since its formation and others that just got there - their transformation process and search for acceptance is exposed, showing how these girls stopped being victims of a predominantly sexist society and started to act in a more independent and satisfactory way.
IMPACT POINT, THE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 13 min. DIRECTOR: Sydney Guthrie PRODS: Sydney Guthrie, Emilia Wint
The Impact Point dissects the controversy that has grown increasingly prominent in women's freestyle skiing as injury rates have skyrocketed.
IRREGULARS LOS ANGELES Premiere | Italy, 2015, HD, 10 min. WRITERS: Fabio Palmieri, Cyrille Kabore DIRECTOR: Fabio Palmieri PRODS: NotWorkingFilms, Paola Pontelli FEATURING: Cyrille Kabore
Against a tellingly hypnotic factory backdrop, a refugee encapsulates the global immigration crisis in his own wrenching words. Each year 400.000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.
MANMADE WATERS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 23 min. DIRECTOR: Dustin Elm PRODS: Erik Alskog, Alexander Polunin
In response to declining fish populations, the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute has pioneered an experimental aquaculture program to “restock the ocean” with California White Sea Bass. MANMADE WATERS follows the son of a professional fisherman as he explores the program alongside his father, a loyal supporter of Hubbs with personal ties to its management. His investigation ultimately leads us to ask whether we can solve a manmade problem with a manmade solution.
MELTING STARS WEST COAST Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 15 min. DIRECTOR: Kate Green PROD: Kate Green
Starfish were dying by the millions and marine biologists were witnessing an epidemic that was the largest observed species die-off of human history. Melting Stars follows the clues on this marine mystery.
MIRACLE IN MALIBU WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min. WRITER: Karen Keagy Shaver DIRECTOR: Karen Keagy Shaver PRODS: Karen Keagy Shaver, Matthew Shaver FEATURING: Mighty Under Dogs, Jean Pierre Pereat, AKA "Peli", Timothy Hazelip, Kristopher Cornish, Todd Cornish, Peggy LaBlanc
Watermen Jean Pierre Pereat, and Timothy Hazelip from the 'Mighty Under Dog' organization, introduce the benefits of surf therapy to a father of a teen with Autism at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California .
OFFERING, THE WEST COAST Premiere | Peru, 2016, HD, 7 min. DIRECTORS: Billy Silva, Guille Isa PRODS: Darrell Hartman, Oliver Hartman
Three artists in the highlands of Peru make an ancient spiritual offering to the spirits of the earth in exchange for strength and guidance.
ALIENTOLOGISTS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 18 min. WRITER: Tyler Rabinowitz DIRECTOR: Tyler Rabinowitz PRODS: Tyler Rabinowitz, Nicole Quintero, Debbie Walters, Madeline Stephenson, Jamie Sweeney CAST: Danny Gardner, Macy Sullivan, Kurt Csolak
When Earth no longer exists, a neighboring civilization is now studying the human artifacts that float around in Earth’s place—like paleontologists who study the ancient Egyptians. This is the story of a curious alien with a dream of being a space explorer that has been diminished by his nightmarishly closed-minded co-workers, and how this dream emerges from the rubble again upon his discovery of tap shoes, a jukebox, and ultimately humanity’s creative spirit.
DANCING DAY No Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 4 min. WRITER: Tytus Bergstrom DIRECTOR: Tytus Bergstrom PROD: Tytus Bergstrom CAST: Tytus Bergstrom
Fantasy about playing hooky from work and the surprising events that follow when leaving the house.
DANCIN’ THE CAMERA UNITED STATES Premiere | Netherlands, 2016, 16mm, 9 min. WRITER: Pieter-Rim de Kroon, Marije Nie DIRECTOR: Pieter-Rim de Kroon PRODS: Annemiek van der Hell CAST: Marije Nie
A love story between a tap dancer, a piano player and a 1922 hand cranked motion-picture camera .The old camera is camera, character and stage. Seduced by the rhythms of the camera mechanics, the tap dancer jumps into the magical world of analogue black-and-white film where her dreams seam infinitely possible. In the end she finds out there is something that matters even more. A tribute to tap dance and the magic of film – a classic and unique combination.
DENISE NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2016, HD, 7 min. WRITER: Kenneth O’Toole DIRECTOR: Kenneth O’Toole PRODS: Kelly-Marie Kerr, Darren Bada CAST: Iain Dootson, Nolan Robba
An elderly drag queen sparkles her way through time, reminiscing on her glory days.
DON’T FEED THE PARTY ANIMAL No Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min. DIRECTOR: Evan Younger PRODS: Evan Younger, Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman CAST: Barton Cowperthwaite, Jordan Clark, Adam Hyndman
A music video for the band Miracles of Modern Science. In a 1950s nightclub, a wallflower longs to be the life of the party and win over the cutie across the dance floor – but how can he compete with the suave crooners onstage and her beefcake boyfriend?
EVERYBODY WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min. DIRECTOR: Benjamin Roberds PROD: Katie Gregg CAST: Allen Rowell, Sienna Chandler, William Tokarsky, Joelle Re Arp Dunham
A whirlwind story of cowboys, possession, murder, dance routines and the FBI.
FLOR “HOLD ON” WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 3 min. WRITERS: Justus Meyer, Sam Miller DIRECTORS: McCoy | Meyer PRODS: Joe Martinez, Sam Miller CAST: Angelina Capozzoli
Young orphan Amelia lives in an airplane hangar, where she cares for her only friend- her father's yellow bi-plane, in hopes of one day taking to the skies.
GODSPEED & GUNS NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 7 min. WRITERS: Christina Rubino, Frankie Nasso DIRECTOR: Frankie Nasso PRODS: Frankie Nasso, Christina Rubino, Jerry Farley CAST: Christina Rubino, Dolores Rubino, Dale Smith, Johnny Philippidis
"Godspeed and Guns" is a rockabilly psycho-thriller inspired by the unbreakable camaraderie of "Thelma & Louise" and the urban-meets-western genre-blending of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill." Christina Rubino and her loving sister, Dolores, venture on a dangerous road trip that proves to be overrun with violent men. Christina's alluring voice assures that she and Dolores are the danger, as they kill every rapist and abusive man they encounter. Dolores' mental disconnect expands when the police find the pickled heads of their victims. They are imprisoned in an insane asylum that tears at their sisterhood until Dolores is completely unhinged. Inside Dolores’ disturbed mind reveals Christina is a schizophrenic hallucination that she created during her abusive childhood.
THE HARD ROAD TRIO - WHISKEY IN A GLASS WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min. DIRECTOR: Orlando Martos PRODS: Orlando Martos, Juan Ramirez CAST: Julia Gallegos, Kasey Page
The Hard Road Trio, a bluegrass/folk band performs the song "Whiskey in a Glass". The lyrics and video tell a tale of two former lovers who, when running into each other at an underground high stakes poker game, trigger memories of their former relationship. It is a relationship filled with addiction, passion, and hostile toxicity. When the poker stakes escalate, will they fall back into their old habits? or will they find the strength to step away?
JOHNNY CLEGG - TAKE MY HEART AWAY No Premiere | South Africa, 2016, HD, 5 min. WRITER: Jaron Clegg DIRECTOR: Jaron Clegg PROD: Jaron Clegg CAST: Nhlakanipho Ntenjwa
A young African boy, who lives in an informal settlement that borders an international spaceflight launch site, is infatuated with space travel. The boy's dream is to fly amongst the stars, far away from his destitute township life. One day, the boy sees an opportunity to sneak on board a space shuttle as a stowaway.
THE JOHNSONS FT. BRYCE VINE “JUICE” WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min. DIRECTORS: Eric McCoy, Justus Meyer PROD: Joe Martinez CAST: Julia Rose, Bruce Liberty, Michelle Zarlenga, Kristine Veta, Abhay Walia
The Johnson Boys wander into an ominous speakeasy, and things get a little weird…
LOVE AND BREAKFAST WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 3 min. DIRECTORS: KC Monnie PROD: KC Monnie CAST: KC Monnie, Morgan Larsen
With our phone addictions, and hectic schedules, communication is truly, a dying art. It is so important to make time to be present for one another. Even if it's just for a 30 minute breakfast. Listening to what someone has to say, or being brave enough to let someone hear what you are going through, even if it's embarrassing or imperfect, is so rare with our technological distractions.
MY ETERNITY CALIFORNIA Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min. WRITER: Jonathan Martin DIRECTOR: Jonathan Martin PRODS: Jonathan Martin, John Miller AFB Artist Management CAST: Elle Flannery, Sandi Jones, Nick Metos, Rachel Domingo, Liz Longsderff, Parker Cracroft
Four teens, with the help of a Medium, embark on a seance to conjure the spirit of someone they once wronged. They’ll soon wish they hadn’t as the spirit gets her bloody revenge.
ON THE ROAD WORLD Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min. WRITER: Joi Olympia DIRECTORS: Adam Ritchie, Joi Olympia PROD: Sceneworks Studios CAST: Jakob Karr, Ryan Steele, Joi Olympia
On the Road is the 5th movement within the song cycle, 'Hotel Chelsea,' created by Joi Olympia. It was inspired by the traveling stories of historic artists who passed through the Chelsea Hotel, including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Patti Smith, and Jack Kerouac. Joi played guitar, bass, percussion, and violin on her album to weave together their beloved tales into something personal. Recorded and engineered in her home in Brooklyn. The video and song are influence by Jack Kerouac and his time spent writing the classic, America novel: On the Road.
ONE MORE DANCE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 5 min. WRITER: Jenn Page DIRECTOR: Jenn Page PRODS: Jenn Page, Jenna Edwards, Rima Shideler CAST: Raymond Revel, Patrick Gorman, Iris Karina, Savannah Liles, Bryson Pitts
An elderly man's wife suffers from Alzheimer's and as he is losing her he reminisces about the first time they danced. Will he get one more dance with her before she passes?
THE OTHERSIDE WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 4 min. WRITER: ULLLIIK, Mary Schwegman DIRECTOR: Erika David-Marsh PRODS: Ryan Michael Connolly, Erika Davis-Marsh, Juliette Beneich, Cassandra Jones CAST: Caitlin Sweetser, Peter Dorn, Lisa Ermel
Bookish Alice doesn’t quite fit in when a magical book transports her to a strange place. She follows a very late, handsome stranger to a wondrous tea party that may change her life.
PLAINS WORLD Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 29 min. DIRECTORS: Alexandra Palmer, Kelsey Alexander PRODS: AKP Film and Media, Jessica Rotter, Alex K. Palmer, Alexandra Palmer, Kelsey Alexander, Jena Willard CAST: Makenzie Murdock, Jessica Rotter
PLAINS is a short dance film caught somwhere between reality and a dream, spoken through movement. Filled with an aching sense of emptiness and loneliness, a free-spirited young woman leaves her home and embarks on an epic search for something to fill an unexplainable void she feels. Magical and mysterious lights, inspired by the Marfa lights, act as a beacon to what it is she so desperately desires. The melodies of PLAINS give life to the storyteller who acts as the woman's spiritual guide. Seen in the natural beauty of the sweeping plains and stars all around, the songstress and the mysterious lights are one in the same, guiding the young woman back to the home she was once so anxious to leave. Ultimately, the woman learns to embrace the life and relationships she has been given, accepting that even when she may feel 'lonely' she is never truly alone.
PERSECUTA No Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 2 min. DIRECTOR: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard PRODS: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard CAST: Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
A powerful new dance scene from the Lombard Twins.
PRINCESS BRIDE A WATCHMAN’S TALE WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2017, HD, 6 min. WRITERS: Jeremiah Kaufman, Norman Kaufman DIRECTORS: Jeremiah Kaufman PRODS: Jeremiah Kaufman, Norman Kaufman CAST: Noa Galil, Jeremiah Kaufman, Ella-Diana Brester
A fleeing Prince finds himself on a Medieval quest to rescue the Princess Bride and her beautiful maidens, held captive atop Mt. Arbel.
RED NORTH AMERICAN Premiere | United Kingdom, 2017, HDV, 9 min. WRITER: Min Reid DIRECTOR: Min Reid PRODS: Derrick Boudwin, Cami Boudwin, Min Reid CAST: Adam Templar, Michele Belgrand
With Dementia and Alzheimer's now the biggest cause of death in England and Wales, Award winning director, Min Reid, felt compelled to write a script from the caretaker’s point of view. Inspired by American Artist Derrick Boudwin’s version of ‘Red’, a Taylor Swift song, Min Reid applied the lyrics to her interpretation of Alzheimer’s and the agony of losing a loved one to this brutal disease. Always keen to push the boundaries, Min created a music video that doubles up as a trailer for the full length film titled 'For The Love of Fred'. Using poignant scenes, mainly without dialogue, set to emotive music. Within the music video, Min breaks with tradition and takes the audience back into the memory of the main character Fred, remembering when he proposed to his now Alzheimer’s wife... we then see a scene with dialogue in the middle of a music video. #RememberThePerson
REPAIRations! - THE MUSICAL Los Angeles Premiere | USA, 2016, HDV, 14 min. WRITER: Courtney Miller DIRECTOR: Courtney Miller PRODS: Tracy Sabeti, Sandra Evers-Manly, Charlie Meyers CAST: Clifford McGee
REPAIRations! is a story about the power of optimism against forces that are seemingly more powerful than yourself. It follows the story of a man named Isaac who lives during the end of slavery (1860's), end of segregation (1960's), and President Obama's inauguration in 2008. Through song and dance, we see how Isaac navigates through an ever changing America as he discovers what he needs to do to get his slice of the "American Pie".
THE RIVER WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 6 min. WRITER: David S. Marfield DIRECTOR: David S. Marfield PROD: Adana Gardner CAST: Auni Hovanesian, Hillary Smith, & Donovan Bullen
Trapped in an attic of dull stagnation, Auni discovers an instrument that allows her to transport herself to a place of vibrant beauty. “The River” is Auni’s meditation on the tension between past and future, between the walls we create around ourselves and transcendence. It’s a look into the moment of hesitation that comes before any real transformation.
STRACONY WORLD Premiere | Canada, 2017, HD, 7 min. WRITER: Luis Miguel Villarreal DIRECTOR: Luis Miguel Villarreal PRODS: Luis Miguel Villarreal, Blanca Elena Farias, Fernanda Alvarez Gastelum CAST: Theodore Khoury, Robyn Gerry, Jeff Gonek
A young man is being seduced by a male and a female dancer, who are fighting for his love. The young man’s homosexual attraction awakes by the caress of the dancer as he slowly shifts his attention and desire from the woman to the other man.
STUNG WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 4 min. WRITER: Larry Ziegelman, Terry Ziegelman DIRECTOR: Larry Ziegelman PRODS: Larry Ziegelman CAST: Zoquera Milburn, Jaron Bellar, David Weiner
In this dark, twisted story, a heart-broken ex-boyfriend pines away for the girl he still loves even after she begins a new relationship.
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WEST COAST Premiere | USA, 2016, HD, 7 min. WRITER: Miles Windsor DIRECTOR: Freddy Rodriguez PRODS: Miles Windsor, Doug Strahm CAST: Miles Windsor, Bobby Dellaroco
"You'll Never Know" is a modernized arrangement of the 1940's Academy Award Winning song of the same name previously covered by the great vocalists of yesteryear. This latest rendition by Australian crooner Miles Evan Windsor brings back the classic style while embracing an alternative direction for this timeless song. The music video is a tribute to true love. A man yearns for his lover before a heartbreaking performance on stage. "You'll Never Know" is an instant classic filled with passion, and heartbreak, but most importantly it evokes a time long past.