2015 Fest Films

120 Days Documentary Feature
Director: Ted Roach Runtime:1:19:03 USA
Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily and paying a $5,000 bond, a North Carolina immigration judge offers him 120 days to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife and two daughters in the United States to continue their education. Miguel has 120 Days to work hard, save money and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or risk changing his name and disappearing back into another U.S. city illegally to keep his family together.

24HR Records
Director: Brad Cash Runtime: 0:12:00 USA
24HR Records is a web series that hand picks a team of musicians, locks them in a studio, and asks them to write and record three complete songs in twenty-four hours. The artists we select have never met until they walk in the door, sharing nothing but a desire to push their creative limits farther than they ever thought possible. We capture whatever our artists have to give in twenty-four hours – no more, no less. Each episode is a collision of talent, stress, and creative freedom without any rules or guidelines save a time constraint. 24HR Records has set out to discover new avenues for artists to collaborate and captures their creative process on record, photograph, and film.

A Chronicle of Love – 3 p.m. Friday, Showboat Majestic
Director: arijit singh Runtime: 2:00:00 India
Chronicle of love is a film of life and a journey, which is a constant process since the beginning.In a small town in West Bengal, there are some ordinary people living a regular life. Life changes. Life becomes stagnant. Everyone is like a dead clock. One fine day the weather changes.The whole environment gets into an aura with heavenly breeze. Life becomes easy just like a miracle. All the people get hopeful, being able to come out of the stagnancy and move on happily. Most important thing is they realize their purpose in life.The loop of the journey begins again. The whole world is divided into classes; either by caste or by money, but are we really different from each other? We all have the same problems, similar set of minds, similar emotions and way of reacting to things. Our tears and smiles are no different from each other. The difference we have created among us is an illusion created by our own mind. We are not different people. We are one human race in this world. We are one class, one nation. Our language can be different, or skin can be different, but we are not different from each other. There is only one thing that can make other things right is love. Love can destroy all the barriers and make us realize that we are similar binaries with different patterns and combinations. Love is constantly telling us- Lets be together, Lets stop all the odds. Lets love. Let there be light.

A FEW DAYS WITH YOU
Director: FREDERIC Kofman Runtime: 0:29:47 France
Emma and Louis do not know but we cimmun fear of loneliness. They will discover that they have been raised in the same house and children by the same person, Denise.

A Man of God
Director: Matthew Herbertz Runtime: 0:16:25 USA
A fugitive priest seeks shelter with a small family in an old farmhouse where he must conceal his true identity or face the ultimate punishment.

A Tree in The Sea
Director: Shahir Zag Runtime: 0:18:37 United Arab Emirates
The last traditional fisherman of Fujairah fishes illegally in a marine reserve to keep a promise he made 65 years earlier.

AKRON
Director: Brian O’Donnell & Sasha King Runtime: 1:26:53 USA
Benny and Christopher, University of Akron freshmen, meet playing football and begin a relationship. They fall in love supported by their family and friends. As their love for each other grows, a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light. This revelation tests their own love and Benny’s close-knit family. Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as its backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey that examines both his own feelings and his family’s ability to come to terms with the past.

Allow Me
Director: Hal Carlton-Ford Runtime: 0:09:30 USA
A wife, to get her husband’s attention, tells a white lie. A short film about the role of truth in a relationship.

Amelia’s Letter
Director: Neil Oseman Runtime: 0:13:00 United Kingdom
Amelia receives a letter from her publisher. Over one hundred years later its legacy still haunts writers who visit her Lodge. Gordon discovers the letter and thinks there is a story to be told. It would be better for him if he didn’t try and tell it.

Bad Moon Rising
Director: Runtime: 1:47:00 Japan
A Striking film that reaches the deep hidden side of human being.A middle-aged man who’s been exhausted with nursing his mother, Keiji.Because the factory he works has gone bankrupt, Keiji loses his job and at last he kills his beloved mother. On the way he takes the body of his mother to her native place, he meets a young woman, Towako, who’s been falling down at the middle of a mountain road and their sorrowful and mysterious journey starts. Towako has lost all her memories of one period of time. She looks for her disappeared family so intently and Keiji snuggles up to her. They draw closer to each other and Keiji sees the image of his mother in Towako. The body of Keiji’s mother is loaded in the back of the car during their journey goes…The journey reaches an unexpected ending…..A Beautiful and heartrending theme song sinks into the scenes and greatly shakes the heart of the audience.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin. Documentary short
Director: Runtime: 0:28:00 India, USA
Blue Like Me is a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Benjamin’s art fuses world religions with eastern myths and western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. Blue Like Me travels with Siona to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. The story of India’s Bene Israel community goes back two millennia. A small group of Jews fled their homeland and were shipwrecked on the Western shores of India. Over the next 2,000 years, they adopted local customs and became a unique part of India’s cultural mosaic. Blue Like Me uses interviews from the artist, art critics, and Jewish historians to paint a picture of Siona’s work. Animated sequences bring Siona’s characters to life, and allow the audience to step into her fanciful world. The film explores a major underlying theme: Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world.” Benjamin paints blue figures because, in her words, “The color blue has become a symbol of being a Jewish woman of color.” Many of her figures strike classical poses inside eastern miniature frames, while pop art bubbles sprout from their mouths.The film’s latter half moves to Mumbai to explore her Bene Israel community and asks one of the central questions in her art: “What Does

Bob et les sex pistaches.
Director: Runtime: France
BOB and the SEX PISTACHIOS, a musical tribute to the rockers around the world who dream of fame. Son of a punk, Bob born, grows, creates rock bands. Stories of guitars, friends, girls and teen problems. His dream is to become a rock star, to play on the biggest stages of the world, Bob dream big and in technicolor! And success shows up, Bob tries to survive between concerts, travel, where pretentious agents and stupid TV shows, Bob never hesitates to distribute slaps. Bob is a rebellious and pure rocker, and his dream is bigger than life…

breakage. Narrative short
Director: Steve Parys Runtime: 0:12:11 USA
A friend’s enthusiasm about her new boyfriend causes Ally Kent to revisit her own relationship with Frank Brown, the love of her life.

Breaking In. Narrative short
Director: Adepero Oduye Runtime: 0:04:43 USA
One afternoon in Sunset Park, another black boy gets broken in by the NYPD. This directorial debut by Adepero Oduye (PARIAH, 12 YEARS A SLAVE) was shot by Daniel Patterson (GUN HILL ROAD) and stars Kareem Farmer in his first film role.

charlie. Narrative short
Director: Shawn Ryan Runtime: 0:22:00 USA
No one ever listened to Charlie, until he stopped talking.’charlie’ is the story of a young man who goes hysterically mute when choosing to leave his abusive past behind. It’s Christmas Eve and he stumbles upon the Sanderson family who takes him in as their own. Charlie begins to bloom in this loving environment where perfect strangers have taken him in as one of their own. Starring Shawn Ryan (Bones), Jim O’Heir (Parks and Rec), Mo Collins (MADtv), and Golden Globe Nominee Andrea Marcovicci.

CI: A TEDD Talkumentary. Documentary short
Director: Martin Sweeney Runtime: 0:20:00 USA
Real-life Silicon Valley innovator Michael Fertik plays Michael Fertik, a start-up superstar attempting to top his past success with a game changing TEDD talk in this satirical mockumentary concert film. Fertik’s revelatory TEDD talk explains the concept of CI or counterintuition, a simple trick that promises to help anyone unleash their inner-innovator and disrupt their conventional lives. Fertik’s stupefying talk is interwoven with intimate, Errol Morris-style interviews of Fertik and his real-life investors, David Cowan and Mike Maples, and remote interviews with fans attending TEDD’s annual once in a lifetime event.

Completely Normal. Documentary
Director: Runtime: USA
Matt Sesow was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 10, 1966 and is the second of three siblings. In 1974 at the age of 8, he was playing a game of ‘spud’ in an airfield near his home and was struck by a landing airplane. Matt’s arm was severed by the propeller and reattached at the hospital. He lost his dominant left hand.And so his journey begins. In 1981, Matt went to Newcastle, England, participating in the Disabled Olympics on the U.S. team. In 1988 with a scholarship from the Mensa Society, he earned a BS in computer software engineering. After graduating, Matt moved to Washington D.C. and worked for IBM.In 1994 he began painting inspired by his trauma and reflecting on the events of the times. Short films by Sesow were shown by the Washington Project for the Arts and was selected for the D.C. Psychtronic Film Society exhibition. Matt has traveled and painted in every continent, met Dana Ellyn, his ‘forever girlfriend,’ who is also an artist of distinction. Together, they created the 31 Days in July project. On February 5, 2010 (during a historic blizzard in D.C.) they married.Matt paints and creates obsessively and has completed thousands of paintings. His work has been shown in numerous prestigious exhibitions and received many awards. He travels extensively across the U.S. and internationally for his shows and to paint.

Everything’s Alright
Director: Sandeep Rampal Balhara Runtime: 0:23:45 Poland
Daniel’s phantasmagoria of opulence and serenity, breaks into doldrums when buried secrets of his past, overcast his existence. Circumstances trigger concoction of desire and guilt, which compels him to introspect his sexuality. At this juncture, Daniel fails to differentiate homosexuality from paedophilia.

From Fat To Finish Line. Documentary feature
Director: Lauren Hogarth Runtime: 1:38:00 USA
From Fat To Finish Line follows the inspiring journey of 12 formerly obese people who team up to run a 200 mile Ragnar Relay Race from Miami to Key West, FL. Once virtual strangers the team bonds through the ups and downs of weight loss and the challenges of running. The film examines the trials, obstacles and triumphs that occur when tackling big goals like losing weight and reaching for victories like crossing finish lines.

Girl on the Edge. Narrative feature
Director: Jay Silverman Runtime: 1:45:00 USA
Based on a true story, GIRL ON THE EDGE is a powerful drama from the writer of BLUE VALENTINE and the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of A&E’s THE CLEANER following the journey of a young girl struggling with post-traumatic stress, the toll that it takes on her family, and how she finds the strength to overcome it in the most unlikely of places. HANNAH GREEN–a seemingly normal teenager with a tragic past–is targeted, manipulated, and victimized by an online predator through a dating app, triggering repressed memories and opening old wounds. After the heinous crime, Hannah tries to cope with her trauma in unhealthy ways and her behavior becomes increasingly self-destructive. Despite their best efforts, neither her father JAKE nor her stepmother ANNE are able to give their daughter the help she desperately needs, so they’re forced to make one of the most difficult decisions a parent can; they send Hannah hundreds of miles away to a Residential Treatment Center called Maheo Academy. Still in denial about what happened to her, and feeling betrayed by Jake and Anne, Hannah initially resists the transition to Maheo, and refuses to cooperate with the program, which uses unconventional techniques like equine therapy and social horticultural therapy to heal and empower the troubled girls who reside there. Though she lashes out at her peers and the staff alike, Hannah eventually finds a kindred spirits in her roommate CRYSTAL, the matriarchal ESTHER, the youngest counselor ARIEL, the sage-like HANK, and especially a rescue horse with its own history of abuse named BETSY. Meanwhile, Jake grapples with the separation from his only daughter, and can’t help but feel as though he’s abandoned her. Unable to express his guilt and self-loathing emotionally, Jake takes it out on anybody he feels contributed to Hannah’s pain and suffering, including the boy who solicited her online, the tech guru who designed the dating app which introduced them, and even his own wife Anne, from whom he withdraws emotionally, putting a strain on their marriage. For Hannah’s sake, Anne is able to convince Jake to stop dwelling on a past he can’t reverse, and focus on being a better father to Hannah in the present now that she needs him more than ever. Just as Hannah is becoming adjusted at Maheo and coming to terms with her demons, a figure from her past unexpectedly arrives one day, and her presence threatens to reverse all of Hannah’s progress.

God Is A Dog Narrative short
Director: Diq Diamond Runtime: 0:17:50 USA
After losing his wife, writer/poet Simon Gazdi (Rod Martin) would have been lost without his best friend Akua (God in Hawaiian), a spatial lab mix, at his side. Together they live in a one room Jungalo in the mountains of Hawaii where each morning Simon writes. For years, each afternoon the two would hike to a near by river which they affectionately refer to as “The Spot”. However, due to Simon’s failing health the two have not been to the The Spot for some time.

Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm Documentary short
Director: Susanne Lenz-Gleißner Runtime: 0:26:0 Germany
‘We have the situation where the book has become something that’s reading you instead of you reading the book,’ says Jaron Lanier, winner of the 2014 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. What is the value of the book in the digital age? A film team visits Germany, where Gutenberg invented the printing press, and the United States, the hub of digital innovation. A transatlantic journey from Seattle to Los Angeles, New York, Mainz, Weimar, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. Jaron Lanier, historian Michael Knoche, Jeff Jarvis, media expert, Yvonne Hofstetter, artificial intelligence expert and the authors Daniel Suarez und Marc Elsberg reflect on the future of the book, the current debate over the power of giant online companies and at the future of digitalization.

Inside Peace. Documentary feature
Director: Cynthia Fitzpatrick Runtime: 1:16:50 USA
Four years in the making, Inside Peace is a feature documentary that focuses on three compelling characters who were incarcerated at Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, Texas. There they embarked on a journey of change by enrolling in the Peace Class, one of the few self-improvement programs offered in prisons across the country that are not faith-based, but instead concentrates on the individual’s inner strength and self-worth.Trinidad, David and Jake grew up in neighborhoods with the same multi-layered deprivation that produces most of the offenders in the United States: lack of education, poverty, joblessness, unstable family lives and exposure to the criminal element. All three had come to identify with the hardened exteriors they developed as coping mechanisms and presented to the world: A brutal street fighter, Trinidad was feared inside and out of jail. David was a small-time drug dealer who fended for himself on the streets as a teenager trying to get by. Born into a family of heroin addicts, Jake used and abused drugs from an early age. None of them was ever taught or realized he had the capacity to make positive choices in life.While the news sensationalizes violence and tragedy, and television networks pump out ‘behind-bars’ reality shows, Inside Peace provides a window into the hearts and minds of men doing hard time who choose to break the cycle of crime. With a supporting cast of fellow inmates, prison officials, experts and family members, the film takes the viewer down the trio’s difficult road as they integrate in their lives on the outside, the personal peace, self worth and dignity discovered at the Peace Class.The road becomes most treacherous when the three are released from jail as they try to negotiate a world filled with conflict, rejection and hostility. Faced with these familiar roadblocks, they must avoid the temptation to return to their old ways that led to failure and imprisonment in the first place.

Jacob’s Paradox. Narrative short
Director: Michael Peake Runtime: 0:36:00 USA
Plum Street Productions is producing another film after a successful release of THE GOOD FIGHT. Teaming up with award-winning Director/Writer, Michael Peake of HANDFUL OF PENNIES and Co-Director, David James of CONSCIOUS – to produce this Sci-Fi Drama about a man’s exploration into the morality of time traveling. Plum Street Productions, with continued mission to create original content for Cincinnati, by Cincinnati – is excited to have this collective mix of talent from our local film community.Jacob’s Paradox is a gripping story about Professor of Quantum Physics, Jacob Matthews, who is faced with this question: How far would you go to change the past? After suffering the loss of his murdered wife, Sarah, Jacob’s life begin to tailspin out of control. Unable to perform his duties, he’s asked to take a leave of absence from his position with the University. Soon after, Jacob locks himself in his home, shut off from the outside world. There, in his solitude, he begins a dangerous and maddening journey to go back and save his beloved Sarah.

Join Hands: The Life and Art of Matt Sesow. Documentary feature
Director: Leslye Abbey Runtime: 1:15:18 USA
Matt Sesow was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 10, 1966 and is the second of three siblings. In 1974 at the age of 8, he was playing a game of ‘spud’ in an airfield near his home and was struck by a landing airplane. Matt’s arm was severed by the propeller and reattached at the hospital. He lost his dominant left hand.And so his journey begins. In 1981, Matt went to Newcastle, England, participating in the Disabled Olympics on the U.S. team. In 1988 with a scholarship from the Mensa Society, he earned a BS in computer software engineering. After graduating, Matt moved to Washington D.C. and worked for IBM.In 1994 he began painting inspired by his trauma and reflecting on the events of the times. Short films by Sesow were shown by the Washington Project for the Arts and was selected for the D.C. Psychtronic Film Society exhibition. Matt has traveled and painted in every continent, met Dana Ellyn, his ‘forever girlfriend,’ who is also an artist of distinction. Together, they created the 31 Days in July project. On February 5, 2010 (during a historic blizzard in D.C.) they married.Matt paints and creates obsessively and has completed thousands of paintings. His work has been shown in numerous prestigious exhibitions and received many awards. He travels extensively across the U.S. and internationally for his shows and to paint.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Documentary feature
Director: Matt D’Avella Runtime: 1:18;25 USA
Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less debt, less discontent. A life with fewer distractions. Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. A life of passion that is unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you.What you?re imagining is an intentional life. Not a perfect life?not an easy life?but simple life.’Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,’ a feature-length documentary from the popular simple-living duo The Minimalists, examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life.From minimalist architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life?not an easy life?but simple life.About The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known to their 4 million readers as ?The Minimalists,? are bestselling authors and international speakers who write and speak about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their books include ‘Essential: Essays by The Minimalists,’ ‘Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life,’ ‘As a Decade Fades: A Novel,’ and ‘Everything That Remains: A Memoir.’ They have been featured in TIME magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, ELLE, Details, The Atlantic, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, and on the TODAY show, CBS This Morning, ABC, NPR, CBC, BBC, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at TheMinimalists.com.

Myanmar Year Zero. Documentary short
Director: Carole Wilson Runtime: 0:11:38 USA
The spirit of peace and reconciliation is put to test during the tumultuous transition from a military regime to a fledgling democracy in Myanmar (Burma). Using a chorus of prominent freedom leaders to tell the story, they describe their country as it undergoes major transformations politically, economically and spiritually. They address the results of surprising reforms following the 2011 general elections that inaugurated greater freedom of press, the opening of trade with the international community, and the release of many political prisoners in 2012.The documentary is conceived as an emotional journey into a country suddenly entering the modern world after being sealed off from the international community for 50 years. Time will tell if recent developments mark the first steps toward real liberalization and national reconciliation, or if the influence of the military and its cronies will prevail. The filmmakers had unique access to leading figures in the struggle for freedom, many of whom had just been released from prison in the 2012 amnesty or allowed to return from exile. It is a unique view of Myanmar as it stands at a critical juncture. The well being of its people hang in the balance; the world needs to know their story now.As Suu Kyii states in the film, (quote) The kind of democracy that evolves in Burma must be in line with the aspirations of our people. We always say that our great strong point is that because we are so far behind everyone else, we can also learn which mistakes we can avoid! (end of quote).Soe Myint, editor of Mizzzima says, “I think we will see many ups and downs, many challenges like in many other transitions. But if we do not lose sight that we are going to work under the framework of national reconciliation, I think we could succeed. We will succeed.”

‘On a Technicality’. Narrative short
Director: ? Runtime: 0:21:30 USA
Five friends have known each other since grade school. Now in their 50’s, they meet for breakfast weekly at the local deli. After one of their peers dies suddenly, they enter into an unconventional secret bet based on each choosing a relative who is ‘last to die.’. The ‘loser’ has to buy breakfast for his friends once his ‘mark’ suffers his or her demise. However, something happens to one of the friends, something that really tests and demonstrates the importance of lifelong friendship.

OYLER. Documentary feature
Director: Amy Scott Runtime: 0:56:59 USA
OYLER, a documentary film by Amy Scott, produced in association with American Public Media’s ‘Marketplace,’ tells the story of a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods. Before 2006, almost no one from Lower Price Hill finished high school, much less went to college. The neighborhood is Urban Appalachian—an insular community with roots in the coal mining towns of Kentucky and West Virginia. The local Oyler School only went through 8th grade. After that, rather than ride the bus out of the neighborhood for high school, most kids dropped out.Under Principal Craig Hockenberry’s leadership, Oyler School has transformed into a “community learning center,” serving kids from preschool through 12th grade. Oyler is open year-round, from early morning until late at night. The school provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and sends hungry kids home with food on weekends. Students can walk down the hall to access a health clinic, vision center, and mental health counseling. ​Based on the award-winning ‘Marketplace’ radio series ‘One School, One Year,’ OYLER takes viewers through a year at the school, focusing on Hockenberry’s mission to transform a community, and on senior Raven Gribbins’ quest to become the first in her troubled family to finish high school and go to college. We’re there for the setbacks, as two murders close to home and a worsening heroin problem erode the school’s progress, and as distant bureaucracies threaten Principal Hockenberry’s job. We also see the triumphs, as Raven reunites with her father—a recovering addict—and gets recruited by an out-of-state college that could be her ticket to a better life.OYLER tells a gripping story of individuals fighting for change in a unique American community, but it also takes on one of our country’s most pressing challenges—the persistent achievement gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Roughly half of the children in U.S. public schools today come from low-income families, and a debate is raging over how to help more of them succeed. Oyler School’s approach—combining academic, health, and social services under one roof—is catching on around the country. But does it work? At a time of growing inequality in our society, OYLER is a vital contribution the national conversation about how to fix—and assess—our ailing public schools.

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys Documentary Feature
Director: Brian Stillman Runtime: 1:07:23 USA
When Star Wars landed in theaters, it introduced audiences to a galaxy filled with heroes and villains, robots and space ships, and a dizzying variety of alien life. But when the lights came up, they all disappeared… Unless you had the toys, in which case, the adventure never had to end!In backyards, playgrounds, basements, and bedrooms, Star Wars toys helped kids re-enact scenes from the movies, or create entirely new dangers for Luke Skywalker and his friends to face. They were lusted after on holidays and birthdays, swapped with great cunning on the school yard, and carefully collected like fine treasures. Like no toys before them, the action figures, space ships, play sets, and props were a phenomenon that swept the nation with as much force as the film that inspired them. Along the way they transformed both the toy and movie industries by creating a new form of licensing deal that earned the companies and people behind them billions of dollars, and still holds sway over the industry. Plastic Galaxy is a documentary that explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it examines the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

Positively Beautiful Narrative Feature
Director: Diveena Cooppan Runtime:1:01:55 South Africa,USA
Five strangers facing shame and potential death from AIDS form an unlikely friendship that transforms them from ordinary citizens to extraordinary activists. They struggle against stigma and fear; suicide and isolation. Fifteen years later, against all odds, they are still alive. Their friendship becomes a remarkable story: a quiet victory of meaningful, beautiful lives in a rapidly evolving South Africa. South Africa’s epidemic is the largest in the world with 5.6 million people infected with HIV. Despite the availability of treatment there are still almost 1,000 AIDS deaths everyday. The disease is steeped in stigma and discrimination. Out of shame and fear of persecution, many delay treatment or stop taking medication. These five friends share the intimacies of their lives in the hope of slowly breaking the stigma by helping people understand what it actually means to live with HIV.At the height of the epidemic and amidst a controversial political response, Nomfundo meets Thembi, Khaya, Ntuthu and Zanana. They form an empowering network for people living with HIV. As friends and family die from AIDS, they fight harder. Their friendship gives strength in their daily struggles: of having children, fighting cancer, and being lesbian in South Africa. Through the prism of their friendship, the film explores the struggle of living with HIV in an ever-changing South Africa, considers how people find hope in adversity, and emphasizes the need to change the negative ways that societies respond to an incurable disease. Nomfundo is openly lesbian in a largely homophobic community, and must confront the dual stigmas associated with her sexuality and HIV status. Her family does not approve and she lives in constant fear of “corrective rape”, a hate crime that targets lesbian women in an attempt to “rectify” their sexual orientation. Despite these difficulties Nomfundo chooses to defy her family and her community. Her strength is further tested when she is diagnosed with breast cancer and must begin life saving treatment complicated by her HIV status. She relies on her friends and her faith in God to help her through yet another difficulty that life presents, wondering when it will ever end. Her friends are simultaneously going through their own journey and it seems that every celebration is closely followed by another challenge. Zanana celebrates the birth of her second son but has to take him for HIV tests to determine if he has acquired the disease from her. Ntuthu and Thembi both have children and have been through the agonizing process of testing their child. They share their experiences of having a baby while openly HIV positive as they face judgment from family, community members and health professionals alike. Many think that HIV positive women should be sterilized to prevent further pregnancies and health professionals actively push sterilization forms onto mothers while in labour. In the course of the film Zanana takes her son for his final test and we discover his HIV status. Life is never easy; HIV can make it far harder. Yet, these friends share a powerful optimism. Positively Beautiful shows the beauty of their lives, the strength of their friendship, and their hopes for the future. It challenges the traditional image of AIDS in Africa and shows a country of nuance, courage, and wonder. Blending the intimate experiences of these five friends with their bold personalities and the natural beauty and divergent landscapes of South Africa, the film gives an intimate insiders’ perspective of their country. Positively Beautiful is a story about life, love and friendship in South Africa in the age of HIV, one that is both complex and inspiring.

Prick Narrative Short 9/19 4:30PM Showboat Majestic
Director: Lisanne Sartor Runtime: 0:08:00 USA
When Tony breaks into his last house of the day, he’s late for a sex date with his new wife, Lola, who calls him to argue. During their argument, the nanny and kids of the house come home, forcing the burglar to hide in the closet. As first the nanny and then the married couple enter the bedroom, the burglar discovers secrets about all of them that explode in their faces and teaches the burglar just how good he and his wife really have it.

Queen City Dreams Narrative Short
Director: Josh Hamester Runtime: 0:20:35 USA
An observation of the hopes and realities for three young men–Sean, Talon and Chris–as their band strums toward distinction.
Queen City Dreams is a 20 minute University of Cincinnati student made film. Josh Hamester and Riley Itskin spent 3 months shooting with a small band in the middle of Colerain as they progressed on recording their first DIY(do it yourself) album. The story follows Sean, Talon and Chris as they struggle with battling time between their obligations and their hobbies.

Right Footed Documentary Feature
Director: Nick Spark Runtime: 1:22:00 USA
Right Footed tells the story of Jessica Cox, a 29-year-old disabled woman who, over the course of the film, transforms from a speaker and mentor into a disability activist and leader working on a global level. Despite a childhood full of enormous mental and physical challenges, we see how a young Jessica earned a college degree and two Taekwondo black belts, learned to drive a car and, incredibly, became the first person in the world to pilot a plane — using her feet. Jessica’s achievements launch her career as a public speaker and, as the film begins, she has begun to mentor children with disabilities. Fueled by relentless personal drive and strong personal faith, her mission is to tell her story and spread the idea that ‘disability does not mean inability’. We see her mentoring disabled children and their families in ways that are beautiful, moving and effective. Soon an important opportunity presents itself, as Nobel Prize winning NGO Handicap International sends her to Ethiopia to promote inclusion of people with disabilities. Ethiopia is a place where those born with a disability are marginalized, denied an education, and viewed as cursed. Jessica appears in the media and does her best to debunk these beliefs, and works one-on-one with children to encourage them to attend school. After returning from Africa, Jessica begins to wonder whether she might make a larger impact through political advocacy. She questions how much love and personal connection can really achieve. How many people do you have to touch to really change the world? Despite a previous disinterest in politics, Jessica transforms herself into a disability advocate — working with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including those disabled as a result of their injuries, and lobbying Senators in Washington D.C. on behalf of a major disability treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Based on the Americans With Disabilities Act, a piece of legislation that directly benefited Jessica when she was growing up, the CRPD represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to extend civil rights to the disabled globally.The documentary is both a portrait of Jessica’s unexpected journey as she becomes a disability activist and a very personal story — spanning over two-and-a-half years of her life during which time she gets married and begins a new life with her husband Patrick while also taking care of her mother Inez who is stricken with cancer. The film also reveals much about Jessica’s religious faith and the reasons that she does not see herself as a victim of her condition.Right Footed is about the power of human will, and examines how much one individual’s life can affect people on a macro level. It is also story about perseverance — the perseverance and fortitude of Philippine immigrant mother Inez and how she passed that capacity on to her daughter Jessica, who has overcome her limitations beyond her mother’s wildest dreams. Born under tragic circumstances, Jessica’s story is also about our ability to heal from a great trauma, and the power of transformation — about how one person was able to convert the greatest disaster that befell her, into one of her greatest assets.Shot in the USA, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Right Footed examines how one person’s determination and indefatigable effort can produce enormous change both for themselves and people all over the world; worldwide over one billion people are considered disabled. Jessica’s journey is a story about the power of faith and strength of will that will challenge the way you think about what it means to be ‘disabled’.

Ron Taylor – DR. BASEBALL
Director: Drew Taylor Documentary Short Runtime: 0:16:48 Canada
DR. BASEBALL is the story of an 11-year major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life. After visiting field hospitals, Ron devoted the rest of his life to medicine, enrolling in Medical School at 35 and eventually becoming the team physician for the Toronto Blue Jays. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the course of their father’s life.

Searching For Home, Coming Back From War Documentary Feature
Fri., 9/11 Showboat Majestic. 5:30PM
Director: Eric Christiansen. Runtime: 1:46:09 USA.
In ‘Searching For Home, Coming Back From War,’ we take a generational look at several veteran’s very personal experiences of going to war and then returning home as profoundly changed people. From WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, we tell our veteran’s stories through the lens of three pillars: The Truth, The Healing and The Hope. These three pillars structure and define how our story is told. The TruthThe unexpurgated, raw, truthful, personal view of what happened. The gradual build up or the sudden point of ‘trauma’, followed by the reality of helplessness and fear often accompanied by a ‘disembarkation’ involving shutting down emotionally and physically as to avoid and possibly suppress the intensity of the feelings and/or fear generated from the trauma. This phase is also marked by increasing isolation, real and imagined. Dealing with ‘The Truth’ is a necessary precursor to motivate (through discomfort and pain) the individual to seek healing.The HealingA process of information gathering accompanied by a continuing building of awareness. The crux of the healing process is a moment of clarity, not just intellectually, but a shift in the veteran’s inner most being. A deeper understanding of what has happened occurs with a willingness on the veteran’s part to admit there is a problem. This is followed by the understanding that the person is not alone and others have traveled this path. This catharsis is ideally followed by searching out and engaging in a path/program of recovery. The HopeA period of healing and recovery that could last the rest of one’s life. This phase is highlighted by working with others with the same affliction(s). The ultimate proof of recovery is the shift to an outward focus of helping others. Passing the healing on.’Searching for Home, Coming Back From War’ captures, up close and personal, the trials and successes of veterans struggling with issues of grief, trauma and guilt. Some for as many as 60 years, across boundaries of age, background and experience. Unprecedented access will allow the viewer to personally witness the veteran’s hidden wounds, disturbing memories, and, finally the hope of recovery for these brave soldiers. You’ll watch as older vets receive the validation they’ve missed as they reach out to help younger vets. ‘Searching for Home’ uncovers the real and often devastating impact of PTSD first-hand and chronicles how its victims can indeed be transformed through intervention, therapy, generational support and encouragement. Most important, ‘Searching for Home”will resonate with the viewer by again and again confirming and celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.Our heroes include:A WW II Veteran, Bennie Jeffries a B -52 Gunner. He shares his experiences as a tail gunner and the love for his wife Twyla and how her commitment to their relationship helped him cope. A Korean Veteran, ‘Fat Cowboy’ who found a way to heal his trauma from war by talking to fellow veteran’s in a safe environment. First he had to get past his resistance. He tells his fellow vets, ‘I spent 40 years trying to forget my (experiences in Korea) and now you want me to rehash it again?’ A Vietnam Vet, JR Franklin, who, after a profound healing process, has dedicated his life to helping other veteran’s understand what they are going through and how to navigate the VA and other resources to get the help they need. An Iraq war medic, Bryan, who was on the fast track to becoming a doctor before the war and how his experience in war has derailed that dream. How will he move forward? Apache Jay: A Native American and Iraq war veteran who has tapped into the deep roots of his Native American heritage and ceremonies to heal himself and help others. Kenny Bass: An Afghanistan war veteran who has helped formed a nonprofit called ‘Battle Buddies’ which provides service dogs to veterans that need support. This has proven to be a great catalyst for healing and hope. Sandra Lee an Iraq war veteran sexually assaulted while serving in Iraq. Her nightmare did not end there as she was the victim, along with her unit, of an IED attack while on patrol. See how this trauma has effected her life upon returning to The United States. These are just some of the stories we follow to weave a universal picture of the trauma of war and the resiliency of the human spirit for those that survive.

Seven Ways From Sunday Documentary Short
Director: Robert Sickels Runtime: 0:07:30 USA.
Somewhere along the way, most of us reach a point in life at which we come to terms with who we are and how and where we fit into the varying communities in which we live. Part and parcel with this understanding comes a level of comfort and confidence. And every once in a while, often when we least expect it, in what would otherwise be the most mundane of circumstances, somebody randomly interacts with us in a way that forces us to gaze upon ourselves through the lens of how others see us and that can forever alter our perception of how we fit into the world. Through an innovative blend of documentary audio and mixed media visuals, Seven Ways From Sunday compellingly chronicles a series of these unexpectedly startling moments of personal revelation, resulting in a powerful meditation on how seemingly fleeting moments of human contact can have profound long-term repercussions.
Somewhere along the way, most of us reach a point in life at which we come to terms with who we are and how and where we fit into the varying communities in which we live. Part and parcel with this understanding comes a level of comfort and confidence. And every once in a while, often when we least expect it, in what would otherwise be the most mundane of circumstances, somebody randomly interacts with us in a way that forces us to gaze upon ourselves through the lens of how others see us and that can forever alter our perception of how we fit into the world. Through an innovative blend of documentary audio and mixed media visuals, Seven Ways From Sunday compellingly chronicles a series of these unexpectedly startling moments of personal revelation, resulting in a powerful meditation on how seemingly fleeting moments of human contact can have profound long-term repercussions.

SIDESHOW OF THE ABSURD
Director: Jane C. Wagner Documentary Short. Runtime: 0:15:00 USA
Inspired by nostalgia for early 20th-century carnivals and freak shows, SIDESHOW OF THE ABSURD is a cinematic exploration of a whimsical and fantastical exhibition by artist Pamela Joseph.While the notion of spectacle-driven sideshows typically invoke a repugnant rejection of ‘the other’, Joseph celebrates ‘difference’ as a source of strength. The female, in particular, is provocatively presented as multi-faceted curiosity: idolized mother/lover, vilified sexual predator/prey, and giver/recipient of pleasure and pain. These seemingly incongruous roles are embraced with irreverence, humor and respect for the dignity of ‘the other’, regardless of gender.With Joseph’s countenance and alter ego enigmatically woven into many of the pieces, audiences are invited to challenge convention, (re)define our role in the world and question our investment in the perception of

Sing The Blues Narrative Feature
Director: Joseph T. Spence. Runtime: 1:00:34 USA
Sing The Blues is the story of Travis Preston, an aging artist and troubadour who as a teenager in the eighties was considered by many in the music industry to be the ‘Next Big Thing.’Now 25 years later he continues to write and play music in spite of an industry that has left him behind and in spite of his struggle to even survive. After receiving a call that his former bass player Adam has died, he borrows a car from his father and sets out for Nashville to play for the celebration of life gathering. At the gathering, he reconnects with his other band-mates and is forced to confront the reason for Adam’s death and his own uncomfortable past.
Sing The Blues is the story of Travis Preston, an aging artist and troubadour who as a teenager in the eighties was considered by many in the music industry to be the ‘Next Big Thing.’Now 25 years later he continues to write and play music in spite of an industry that has left him behind and in spite of his struggle to even survive. After receiving a call that his former bass player Adam has died, he borrows a car from his father and sets out for Nashville to play for the celebration of life gathering. At the gathering, he reconnects with his other band-mates and is forced to confront the reason for Adam’s death and his own uncomfortable past.
Sing The Blues is the story of Travis Preston, an aging artist and troubadour who as a teenager in the eighties was considered by many in the music industry to be the ‘Next Big Thing.’Now 25 years later he continues to write and play music in spite of an industry that has left him behind and in spite of his struggle to even survive. After receiving a call that his former bass player Adam has died, he borrows a car from his father and sets out for Nashville to play for the celebration of life gathering. At the gathering, he reconnects with his other band-mates and is forced to confront the reason for Adam’s death and his own uncomfortable past.

Split End Narrative Short
Director: Edward Shieh Runtime: 0:05:40 USA
Created for the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout from brief to finish under the theme of ‘The Color of My Hair.’ Tachie is young, single, and bored with her social life. She even considers turning blonde. But when Tachie caters a party for a beautiful couple, she finds the charismatic husband uninhibited and also looking for something new.

Stella Walsh Documentary Short
Director: Rob Lucas Runtime: 0:14:30 USA
Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. She had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors and fans from around the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had ambiguous gender.Even during her autopsy it was difficult to classify Walsh as either mfemale. A 1980 genetic test determined that she had XY chromosomes is some cells, but other cells with X, but not a complimentary X or Y. The news of her death and sexual development disorder became a hot topic in the sports world, casting doubt on her many achievements. While Stella had many supporters, she also had past competitors who felt that her medals were earned by a man posing as a woman.Despite her detractors, the fact remains that Walsh was an extraordinary athlete who proved that no matter who or what you are, all people should excel in their daily lives and deserve respect. This documentary explores the life of Stella, her death and her gender controversy through interviews with friends, trainees, members of the media, and a geneticist as well as photos and archival footage from years of in-depth research.
Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. She had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors and fans from around the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had ambiguous gender.Even during her autopsy it was difficult to classify Walsh as either male or female. A 1980 genetic test determined that she had XY chromosomes is some cells and other cells with X, but not a complimentary X or Y. The news of her death and sexual development disorder became a hot topic in the sports world, casting doubt on her many achievements. While Stella had many supporters, she also had past competitors who felt that her medals were earned by a man posing as a woman.Despite her detractors, the fact remains that Walsh was an extraordinary athlete who proved that no matter who or what you are, all people should excel in their daily lives and deserve respect. This documentary explores the life of Stella, her death and her gender controversy through interviews with friends, trainees, members of the media, and a geneticist as well as photos and archival footage from years of in-depth research.

Stink! Documentary Feature
Director: Jon J. Whelan Runtime: 1:30:37 USA
Stink!’ is a first-person story about one father’s absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid’s pajamas – and why no one will tell him what they are. From the halls of Congress to the aisles of your local supermarket, director Jon Whelan confronts the secret culture of cheap and toxic chemicals that permeate our everyday products.
Not long after director Jon Whelan’s wife, Heather, dies from breast cancer and he’s left to care for their two young daughters, he buys the girls pajamas from the retail giant Justice – a lifestyle brand for tween girls. When they open the package, a chemical odor overwhelms them. Since there is no warning label and no mention of what chemicals might be on the garments, he calls Justice to find out what chemicals they might use. But no one will tell him. What follows is an offbeat, who-done-it documentary film that takes Whelan into the world of toxic chemicals used in everyday products, and through the culture of secrecy that surrounds those chemicals. Part investigative reporting, part mystery, and part corporate espionage, “Stink!” lifts the veil of secrecy over the thousands of common chemicals used in our everyday products – chemicals that are linked to a host of serious health concerns, from asthma and obesity to infertility and birth defects – even cancer. Throughout the film, Jon’s wife Heather, helps guide him along the journey, as he recalls her own quest to live a healthy and informed life.
Stink! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be.But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design.Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, “Stink!” takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress.Follow Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry.You won’t like what you smell.

Sunflower Narrative Short
Director: Edward Choi Runtime: 0:17:33 USA
Sunflower is a short film about an old man named Charles, who reminisces about life through memories at a hospital.

The Art of Richard Thompson Documentary Short. Fri 9/18
Director: Bob Burnett. Runtime: 0:21:45 USA
Richard Thompson has a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist on his mantelpiece. For a cartoonist, that’s like winning an Oscar. Richard Thompson is admired, if not revered, by his peers. He first reached a wider audience with his weekly feature ‘Richard’s Poor Almanac’ in The Washington Post. His daily cartoon ‘Cul De Sac’ was syndicated in 2007.Thompson was forced to stop drawing in 2012 due to Parkinson’s disease.

The Art of Walking Barefoot Documentary Feature. Mon 9/14
Director: Matthew Cline Runtime: 1:21:07 Thailand/USA
The Art of Walking Barefoot explores the inspirational lives of three children in Thailand whose futures hang in the balance as potentially tragic circumstances come to a critical threshold. Dan’s life on the streets provides him with a sense of freedom. But he also sees a dangerous future if he stays. Surviving on his own since he was a small child, he now faces a decision of two paths; choose a frightening unknown alternative or continue living on the streets, where the dehumanizing ways to survive are beginning to seduce him. Which path will Dan choose?The slums of Thailand have a prolific impact on the people who live there. For Dtum and his little sister, Am, it is the only life they have ever known. After a life with his grandmother of begging for money from tourists and skipping school, Dtum, Am and their parents are offered a new life. What will their desire for a better future lead them to decide?For one young, abandoned girl, life has gotten better and the world has opened up to her. May enjoys going to school and being the quintessential adolescent girl with a bright future. But it is now all in jeopardy. Being born into poverty, May lacks essential documents that will permit her to continue with school. To remedy this, she must endure dealing with deep wounds. It is a terribly unfair and agonizing time for a young girl to have to go through. Will it be worth it?
Screening 9/14 • Assumption Gallery

The Dangle Narrative Short
Director: Michael E. Ravich. Runtime: 0:19:40 USA
When down on his luck American spy Tom Ryder comes face to face with the world’s greatest mercenary in 1975 Moscow he decides to take matters into his own hands… but she has other plans.
The year is 1975, and Tom Ryder has made too many mistakes. This American spy is given one last chance in Moscow to prove his worth to the agency when Boss reluctantly assigns him a mission of the utmost importance. He must complete a routine exchange with a known enemy operative… But she is The Red Mantis, the world’s greatest mercenary, and she has plans of her own.
The year is 1975, and Tom Ryder has made too many mistakes. This American spy is given one last chance in Moscow to prove his worth to the agency when Boss reluctantly assigns him a mission of the utmost importance. He must complete a routine exchange with a known enemy operative… But she is The Red Mantis, the world’s greatest mercenary, and she has plans of her own.

The Poet of Havana. Documentary Feature
Director: Ron Chapman Runtime:1:37:00 Canada
Enter the world of internationally renown Cuban musician Carlos Varela…singer, song-writer, lyricist, one of the most influential and well-loved artists of his time as he celebrates his 30th anniversary in poignant performances. Discover his cultural, political and social significance. How he was influenced by his country, politics and people, and how he has influenced them in return. His struggle for individual freedoms, and his efforts to build bridges between Cuba, the United States, disenfranchised Cubans, and the people of the world.Shot in Havana, with unique access, exclusive interviews, stunning concert and insider back-stage moments. Varela is joined by international stars, his friends, Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique, Juan and Samuel Formel, Diana Fuentes, X Alfonso, Alexander Abreu and more.

The Terms of Service Narrative Short
Director: Sam Patton. Runtime: 0:10:46 USA
The Terms of Service’ is a noir about a guy trying to find out who’s been stealing his Netflix
East Hollywood. A body lies in the street clutching a shattered, bloody iPhone. Flashback to the night before, when our hero Guy (that’s his name) discovers that some crook has been using his Netflix sans permission. Rating things even. Ruining his taste profile. With the help of his pal Max, Guy sets out to UN-share the password, if you know what I mean. Can they catch the culprit who’s been violating ‘The Terms of Service’?

Tunnel Vision Narrative Short
Director: Joseph Kraemer. Runtime: 0:15:45 USA
Sarah and Brandon are jaded ex-lovers who must reunite after Brandon discovers that he suffers from a rare eye disorder that is causing him to gradually go blind. Faced with the dilemma of how to spend his last days with his fading vision, he convinces Sarah to drive him back to the places from their shared past so he can see them – and her – one more time. Tunnel Vision explores the struggle between vision and blindness – both literal and metaphorical – that all people must face when confronting their past.

Two Lines Narrative Short
Director: Illoyd Campos Runtime: 0:14:13 France
Two units are fighting, at the end only one Palestinian and Israelian soldier will stand face to face…they will die together hands in hands, even in their differences they will die as brothers, sharing the same love, same blood.

Yellow Stars of Tolerance  Documentary Short
Director: Curt Fissel Runtime: 0:27:30 USA
YELLOW STARS OF TOLERANCE documents a project to preserve yellow stars that were painted during the Holocaust in World War II on a synagogue exterior wall in Normandy, France to terrorize the local Jewish community. The intent of the recent preservation project is to serve as a testament to that terrible chapter of history and as a reminder of the dangers of intolerance. The documentary opens at the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy in June 2014, where US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande extol the virtues of justice and liberty for which the Allies fought and died during the war. In the spirit of the values celebrated at the D-Day anniversary events, the program then moves to the ceremony for the preservation of the stars held a few days later in the Normandy town of Elbeuf. An historical section follows, describing he waves of Jewish history in this area that was formerly a center for the global wool manufacturing industry, explaining the presence of the synagogue.While today the Jewish community is virtually gone from Elbeuf, the stars remain to tell their story. And sadly, the recent, tragic increase in anti-Semitism in France finds an outlet at this wall, giving the story current significance.

A Dark Night at the Wrong House. Narrative Comedy Short Horror Sept 19
Director: Tyler Meyer Runtime : USA
One night in an old, dark house, a young boy is visited by a vengeful spirit.

A Way Out Narrative Short Horror
Director: Jason Tostevin Runtime: 0:13:45. USA
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.

Actor For Hire Narrative Feature
Director: Marcus Mizelle Runtime: 1:30:30 USA
Being a BALD, out of work actor and desperate to be seen, Jesse discovers the power of persona in the form of a cheap wig. Wearing a part to play the part can be hairy business in this industry satire where status, celebrity, and friendship are all on the line.

Appalachia – Mountaintop to Moonscape. Documentary Short.
Director: Alan Gignoux Runtime: 0:13:05 USA
Appalachia is the poorest region of the United States, earning the region the nickname,” America’s Colony,” while the giant coal companies have earned the nickname, “King Coal.”
King Coal has extracted the coal by using some of the most ruthless methods in what has been called, “Capitalism’s Dark Side.” Today, the coal companies have found an even better way to extract the coal, just blow up the mountains without a care for reclamation.

At-Risk Sumer Documentary Feature
Director: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. Runtime: 1:23:00. USA
An award-winning young adult author puts her life into storage and embarks on a self-funded, unconventional book tour across America to workshop writing with at-risk youth at not cost to their programs for three months.

BLACKOUT Narrative Short
Director: Ronin Lee Runtime: 0:22:41 USA
While enjoying an atypical day and pondering the biggest decision of his life, a basketball phenom is ruthlessly murdered sending his older brother on a downward spiral of rage and hopelessness

Blood On The Coal Documentary Feature
Director: Jeff Bird Runtime: 1:43:00 Australia
Written in the blood of mineworkers and their families, BLOOD ON THE COAL tells the story of Australia’s Queensland coalfields – one of the world’s largest energy resources and for 150 years a bitter industrial battleground.
A story of struggle and tragedy, the film features harrowing underground disasters, heroic rescues and traces a history of strikes, industrial turmoil and the current push by global mining giants to destroy regional communities and replace local mineworkers with a subservient workforce.
The film underscores the ongoing values of mateship, community spirit and unity in the face of powerful opposing forces. BLOOD ON THE COAL puts injustice on the record, bears witness to the human cost of mining and reveals how ordinary workers and their families pay the ultimate price for corporate greed and government neglect.

Bread and Butter Narrative Feature
Director: Liz Manashil Runtime: USA
Amelia Karinsky is 30 and obsessed with her virginity. “Bread and Butter” chronicles how she learns that independence is more important than a mismatched romance.

Bugged Narrative Short Dark Comedy
Director: Marcos M Vaz Runtime: 0:11:00 USA
A man find himself stranded in his apartment with a creature that defies his way of life.

Candyman Narrative Short 9/18/2015 Horror/camp sat night at Expo
Director: Will Elliot & Mac Blake Runtime:0:02:30. USA
A comedic short about the summoning of a delicious stranger.

Desire Narrative Short
Director: Scott Thierauf Runtime: 0:09:08
USAA small robot is born and sets out into the world, happily performing his simple tasks. Suddenly, in a small but profound way, the world as he knows it changes. What follows is a downward spiral of jealousy, resentment and unrestrained desire.

Drowning Into Air Narrative Short
Director: Lyna Zerrouki Runtime: 0:11:08. USA, Algeria
Raphael Cevant, a young, French, best-selling author, is trapped. Confined to his New York City hotel suite, he grapples with his disillusionment and his publisher’s insistent demands for a manuscript. Isolated from the world, Raphael’s descent into solitude gets materialized following the call of a mysterious lover.

Dusk Narrative Feature
Director: Michael Maney Runtime: 1:30:15 USA.
John Whitmore wakes to find himself in the midst of a real-life nightmare. His wife, Anne, disappeared from their bed overnight and a recorded ransom message now remains in her place. This mysterious recording instructs Whitmore to contact a man named David who will escort John to a cabin deep within the woods, where he will be reunited with Anne – in exchange for his life savings.

While riding in David’s rusted RV, Whitmore attempts to piece together the events of the previous evening, but instead, he begins to question the entire situation.

Told through fragments of the past that shatter the present, ‘Dusk’ explores the darkest recesses of the mind as John attempts to survive a night of chaos, deceit and paranoia.

Generation Right Documentary Feature
Director: Michelle Coomber. Runtime: 0:41:00 United Kingdom
Generation Right pieces together the story of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as the longest serving UK Prime Minister of the 20th century. It charts the deeply felt divisions British society experienced during her time in office, and the effect Thatcherism has had on both Britain and the world today.

Golden Shot Narrative Short
Director: Gokalp Gonen Runtime: 0:08:40. Turkey
Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that.

Heat Wave Narrative Short
Director: Russ Russo Runtime: 0:10:00 USA
Kiowa Gordon (Twilight Saga’s Embry Call, SundanceTV’s The Red Road) stars in this tale of friends who awaken in a Los Angeles heat wave to find one of their own dead. Anxious with amnesia, they must decide what to do before the heat wave becomes a living hell.
Heat Wave, a modern-day morality play inspired by the 1960’s The Twilight Zone show, is about consequences of life and death.

Legends of Appalachia: The Ace Miller Story. Documentary Feature.
Director: Blake McKinney, Doug McDaniel. Runtime: 1:20:00. USA
Legends of Appalachia: The Ace Miller Story, is a Miller-family authorized feature documentary film about East Tennessee boxing legend Jerry “Ace” Miller, who coached Big John Tate to the world heavyweight championship title in 1979 in apartheid South Africa following Muhammad Ali’s retirement. The film will also broaden the lens to explore Miller’s 40 years of work in developing Golden Gloves in Knoxville and his legacy to the Knoxville community.
The film is told from the perspective of Miller’s granddaughter, BreAnna Miller Farley, a waitress at Litton’s restaurant in Knoxville with two children. Farley will interview surviving members of Tate’s Hillbillies, and other notable trainers, coaches, supporters, and friends of the Miller family.

Love Between the Covers Documentary Feature
Director: Laurie Kahn Runtime: 1:23:00. USA
Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year — outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.

Mike Garcia and The Cruz Narrative Short
Director: Christopher Guerrero. Runtime: 0:1 7:05. USA
Mike Garcia, a punk rocker, student and IT specialist at a University in Santa Cruz, California is ,entrusted with the Chancellor’s laptop containing dubious secrets. When a group of anarchists steal it to expose the truth, Mike must get it back or risk being kicked out of school. After seeking the help of his Gothic gamer room mate Susan, Mike is catapulted into weirder and weirder situations exacerbated by Ryan, a hipster ecstasy dealer, and Vanessa, a tough as nails derby girl. Can Mike keep this rag-tag group sober up enough to get the laptop back in time?

My Mom’s Motorcycle Narrative Short
Director: Douglas Gautraud. Runtime: 0:06:19. USA
A look into how objects can connect us to people places and ideas.

Opening Documentary Feature. 9/14/2015 afternoon.
Director(s): Thomas Deshays, Benoit Tanguy. Runtime: 1:05:00. USA, France
A century ago, Paris set the pace for the international art world. Today, New York is where art careers are launched. What caused this shift? Art is timeless. How can this city of short term profit have so much influence on the world of art? Is it really a good environment for artists? Since only a few are able to make a living with their talent so how do the rest survive?

Over The River Narrative short
Director: Gabe Weiss, Runtime: 0:03:28. USA

Pechorin Narrative Feature
Director: Roman Khrushch. Runtime: 1:36:46. Russian Federation
Based on the Russian classic Mikhail Lermontov novel “The Hero of Our Time”.
All events shown as they are reflected in the mind of the dying hero, as a series of irrevocable mistakes and interpreted anew: it is either reconsideration or repentance. Recollections make main hero torment himself over his own past pretenses that seem ridicules now agonize and despair over his perfect indifference to everything except himself, see the horrible aspect of killing his friend, a greenhorn and a show-off. The final action of an intelligent and outstanding man is judging oneself without mercy.

Poverty Inc. Documentary Feature
Director: Gary Null, Runtime: 1:51:00. USA
The Great Recession of 2008 proved that Wall Street and Washington’s promises of rising wages, upward mobility and job security were little more than empty rhetoric that paved the way to broken dreams, soup kitchens and homelessness for millions of American citizens. Six years later, the ranks of economically disenfranchised Americans continue to swell. Currently, the US ranks fourth highest in wealth inequality among 140 nations. Fifty million Americans live below the poverty line and 17 million live on less than $2 a day. These staggering figures bring into sharp focus the fact that the War on Poverty, declared 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson, has been a dismal failure.

Prism Narrative Short
Director: Ben Brown Runtime: 0:14:55 USA
A mentally unstable man has kidnapped 3 people, believing one of them to be a god.

Rain Narrative Short.
Director: John Flynn Runtime: 0:13:23. USA
A social worker visits the home of an autistic janitor to ask him questions about his job performance. The conversation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that he may have information about a missing autistic boy.

SOAR Documentary Short
Director: Matthew J Grcic Runtime: 0:12:19. USA
Over 6,000 birds are found dead in Chicago every year from window strikes. SOAR, Student Operation for Avian Relief, is a Loyola University Chicago initiative to minimize bird window collisions on campus. This film shows what initiatives Chicago and Loyola are taking to save migratory birds from preventable deaths.

Spiritus Documentary Short
Director: Matthew Spaull Runtime: 0:26:00. USA
The story of Fr. James Callan and Corpus Christi Church in Rochester, NY.

The 13th Step Documentary Feature
Director: Monica Richardson. Runtime: 1:19:14. USA
Recently the subject of CBS’s 48 Hours, The 13th Step is a feature-length documentary that exposes the secret, long-hidden truth about the world’s most famous alcohol recovery group: the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. This film explores a little-known aspect of A.A.’s benign image: in the past few decades, the worldwide group has become a haven for sexual predators and violent criminals. Like abusive priests in the Catholic Church and pedophiles in the Boy Scouts, A.A., too, has attracted convicted sex offenders who are protected by the institution formed to help society’s most vulnerable: problem drinkers people trying to change their lives. In fact, A.A., whose success rate is in the single digits, has in fact harmed more people than it has helped. It has dictated beliefs – and misconceptions – in American society, government, and medical and legal establishments about alcohol abuse, dependency, rehab and healing for over 50 years. But what exactly goes on in those meetings? Filmmaker Monica Richardson, a leader in protecting vulnerable members who left A.A. after 36 years, has used her unprecedented access to members, leadership and victims to gain unforgettable footage that documents the horrific abuse that occurs within rogue A.A. groups, and how they continue their destructive practices to the present day. “The 13th Step” is the “BlackFish” of the recovery world, a $12 billion industry. It shows for the first time the deadly 13th Step that must be stopped before more children are molested, young men abused, and women are raped and killed.

The Amateur (or Revenge of The Quadricorn). Narrative Feature. Sat 9/19
Director: Carlton Sugarman Runtime: 1:26:10. USA
“The Amateur” is a gritty, naturalistic musical drama exploring the chaotic journey of artistic pursuit in contemporary Los Angeles. Joey takes his music very seriously. The rest of his life, not so much. “The Amateur” tells the tale of a broke — and sometimes broken — artist navigating the LA music scene. Riding the highs and nursing the hangovers, his journey leads him through various experiences, both personal and professional, that shed a new light on the things that really matter. This film captures a moment in the history of enigmatic Los Angeles – a city pulsing with an art and music scene that is currently one of the hottest, most fertile, and experimental in the world. The Amateur leads you into underground LA exploring what it is to live the life of an artist – a life that isn’t always seen in the glare of Hollywood.

Local filmmaker & actor Evan

The Business of Staying Young. Documentary Feature.
Director: Wojciech Lorenc. Runtime:1:10:30. USA
“The Business of Staying Young” follows Mr. Jack Cione who, at 88, directs fellow retirement home residents in a Las Vegas style production of “Arcadia Follies”. Mr. Cione reflects on his show business past which includes owning a dozen of successful nightclubs in Honolulu and producing controversial shows such as the first nude male “The Naked Waiters” in 1972. In the process of making Arcadia Follies this legendary impresario, director, and producer learns about the impact his latest endeavor has on the lives of participating seniors.

The Competitor Documentary Short
Director: Runtime: 0:09:05 USA
14-year-old, Gabe Puthoff, inspires Xavier’s 2011-12 basketball team through his grit and determination.

The Gospel According to Charlie. Documentary Feature
Director: David Bussan Runtime: 0:56:41. USA
The Gospel According to Charlie concerns the gay, outsider artist Charlie Van Ness. Over the course of eight years, we see Charlie’s journey from creating whimsical heart, lip, star, and penis-shaped sculptures out of fiberglass and resin to creating installation art to carving mythical stories into hundreds of stone tablets. The documentary is the story of Charlie’s personal transformation as he grapples with the intent of his artistic expressions and the purpose of his life. How can Charlie’s evolution as an artist be explained? What demons drive him to destroy over thirty years worth of his artistic output? Director David Bussan’s narration guides us through scenes and his observational commentary acts as a counterpoint to Charlie’s life on his brother’s farm.

The Line Narrative Short
Director: Ali Nikkhouy Runtime: 0:02:18. Malaysia
A talk in the house of a man who behaves strictly.

The Marquee on Main Street. Documentary short.
Director: Chester Lampman Runtime: 0:35:51 USA
The Marquee on Main Street is a documentary that explores the historic single screen cinema experience by weaving a story of rediscovery with profiles of several independent neighborhood movie theaters. The film celebrates their histories, examines their challenges, and highlights the people that keep them going. All in an effort to prove that these often overlooked community treasures still have much to offer the movie going public. After all, one screen is all you really need.

The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove Documentary Short
Director: John Richard Runtime: 0:12:52. USA
The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove is a short film about the life of an early 20th century Danish immigrant named Hans Hansen, as told by his son, 96 year old Walter Hansen. Hans emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1899 and built a farm out of the native timber he found alongside a marginal piece of land on the Cedar River near West Branch, Iowa. Within Walter’s soft-spoken historical narrative, emerge themes of masculinity and the dynamics of a father-son relationship forged under the harsh conditions of the early Midwestern settlement and the American immigrant experience.

The Veteran Hour Narrative Short. USA
Director: Hamlet Sarkissian. Runtime: 0:23:01
Three different hours from Veteran’s life.

Think Ink Animated Narrative Short
Director: Wally Chung Runtime: 0:06:30
An animated film about outcasts and acceptance, a la psychology inkblots.

UNDER Cincy Showcase. Narrative short
Director: Tyler Harris Runtime: 0:14:50.
Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Undying Love Narrative Short Sat 9/19
Director: Joe Kidd Runtime: 0:14:02. USA
A romantic comedy about zombies finding love online.

WILDLIKE Narrative Feature
Director: Frank Hall Green. Runtime: 1:38:00 USA
Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts are to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somehow, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the last frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of a spectacular Alaska landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship. Mackenzie and Bartlett prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary. Returning to civilization, Mackenzie is once again at risk of capture by her uncle as he hounds with manipulative calls and messages. When Bartlett finally discovers her alarming secret, he must make a bold choice to take real responsibility for Mackenzie and help her escape her traumatic past and return home.

WINTER LIGHT. Narrative Short
Director: Julian Higgins Runtime: 0:28:30. USA.
When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana.
Producer Louise Henderson attending from LA

Wintersreise Narrative Short
Director: Susanne Boeing. Runtime: 0:26:00 Germany
Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.
Walter still lives in the house of his wife who passed away recently. Everything remains him of her. His son will begin to work abroad soon and he insists on taking Walter with him. Just then a final diagnosis is confirmed. Walter will lose his sight because of recurrent brain metastases. Secretly he agrees with a board and care home. He invites his friends to say good-bye and leaves his dog to the neighbor. He dissolves his private library and starts to box. He leads his son to believe that he will move with him. Walter knows that his ending belongs to him alone.

Within Sat 9/12 5pm Narrative Short
Director: Robert Joseph Butler Runtime: 0:17:00 USA
Within’ is a drama about Jacob, a hopeless Detroit romantic looking for love in the digital era. After miserable dates, he looks for life’s meaning through a series of philosophical readings on synchronicity. But Jacob can’t seem to get anything right. His life goes on a downward spiral that includes being disconnected from society and even family, being trapped at his dead end job at a coney island, and failing to find the right woman. Eventually Jacob has a brief encounter with a stranger visiting Detroit who can ultimately allow Jacob to discover a renewed purpose to his life.
Within’ is a drama about Jacob, a hopeless Detroit romantic looking for love in the digital era. After miserable dates, he looks for life’s meaning through a series of philosophical readings on synchronicity. But Jacob can’t seem to get anything right. His life goes on a downward spiral that includes being disconnected from society and even family, being trapped at his dead end job at a pizzeria, and failing to find the right woman. Eventually Jacob has a brief encounter with a stranger visiting Detroit who can ultimately allow Jacob to discover a renewed purpose to his life.
Within’ is a drama about Jacob, a hopeless Detroit romantic looking for love in the digital era. After miserable dates, he looks for life’s meaning through a series of philosophical readings on synchronicity. But Jacob can’t seem to get anything right. His life goes on a downward spiral that includes being disconnected from society and even family, being trapped at his dead end job at a pizzeria, and failing to find the right woman. Eventually Jacob has a brief encounter with a stranger visiting Detroit who can ultimately allow Jacob to discover a renewed purpose to his life.

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