Long Island International Film Expo 2007
July 11 – 19, 2007
32 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:00 pm
4000 is a documentary about the Center for Tobacco Control located in Great Neck, New York. The center’s main purpose is to help people stop smoking. The documentary discusses how to overcome the addiction to cigarettes, what treatments are out there as well as testimony of successful patients that broke their addiction. The documentary is named 4000 because Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins.
Director/Producer: Michael Arbouet
7 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
Duncan Welles, a highly skilled sniper and paid assassin becomes haunted by his past, as he waits for his next target to arrive, on his last day on the job
Director: PJ Germain
Producer: Rashida Germain
1918: A SHORT FILM
15 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
Two Boston boys finally have a shot to go to the World Series with the Sox, but a series of mishaps take them on a wrong turn…
Writer/Director/Producer: Jay Burke (1st Project)
30 MINUTES-THE HMO
11 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:00 pm
When we go undercover to find out why an HMO refuses to pay its claims, we discover the customer reps are all children with adult voice disguising headsets.
Writer/Director/Producer: Harry Freedman
AN AMERICAN OPERA
91 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:00 pm
When EVERYONE believes they are doing RIGHT, how can so much go WRONG? In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, America suffered the worst domestic animal crisis in its history. Tens of thousands of house pets were left to perish in neighborhoods all across the gulf when the owners were forced to evacuate without their pets. Contains adult language, situational violence.
Director/Producer: Thomas McPhee
AN OPEN DOOR
19 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
As her world falls apart, Michelle Watson must convince her husband that the price of keeping their marriage together is worth the cost of keeping a secret between them.
Director/Writer: Sean Jourdan
Producer: Amy Rising
12 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:00 pm
A fantastic view from the future of Poland. Joy and pain go hand in hand when an angelic being is delivered the box of eternity and subjected to the fateful decision of the gods.
Writer/Director/Producer: Martin Gauvreau (1st Project)
113 Minutes DV Cam Monday, July 16, 2007 7:00 pm
What if everything we’ve been told about AIDS is wrong? What if HIV were not the virus that causes AIDS? That the antibody test was completely flawed? That the drugs given for it cause symptoms indistinguishable from AIDS? That AIDS is the most popular, profitable disease ever? This is an in-depth, uncensored, unexpurgated documentary that lets dozens of quality voices go on the record to share their views on AIDS.
Director: Gary Null
ALMIGHTY BEER, THE
2 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
A priest tells his psychiatrist about his private life. The priest is depressed, but wine doesn’t work for him anymore. Now the psychiatrist gives him something extraordinary to drink.
Writer/Director/Producer: Yohei Kawamata
8 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 7:30 pm
Ting, twelve, sits at her dying Grandma’s bedside. She fears that Death will take her Grandma from her. Her only hope appears to be a mysterious stranger with one leg. Stars Eddie McGee (Law & Order, Guiding Light).
Writer/Director: Paul Hough
Producer: Charles E Santacrose
ASTRONAUTS VISIT NEW YORK
11 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
Astronauts from another planet have every intention of returning NASA’s 1979 Voyager Project, but when they land in New York City, they find that Earth is not as friendly as they imagined. Although their young tour guide exposes them to a city of life and wonder, the astronauts learn that the innocence of the Voyager Project has been lost.
Writer/Director/Producer: Joanne Getson
22 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
1972. An American soldier, Marquette (David Morse), is captured and tortured in Vietnam. At the height of agony, Marquette suddenly finds himself home, living an idyllic life in the US with a loving wife and children that he’s never seen before. As he struggles to take in what’s happening to him, he discovers the cruel pain of war isn’t over after all. As the clock strikes midnight every night, he is back in Vietnam where his torture resumes a few minutes each time. Trapped in unending cycle of pain, he must find a way to endure…unless, with the clock counting down, Marquette can cheat fate. Escaping will take his wits. And it will require a gun. Nudity, violence, sexual situation, language.
Writer: Holly Martins
Director: Jack Swanstrom
Producer: Jessica Wethington
10 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:00 pm
‘Bad Blood’ is an Experimental ‘performative documentary’ about director Jake Geiger’s struggle with a blood anomaly called TTP. The story starts with Jake developing a cyst, which leads to the doctors finding that there’s a problem with his blood. At first they think it’s AIDS and then they figure out that it’s TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). The film’s purpose is to get the audience to experience what it’s like to go through TTP and understand how the director felt while incarcerated for 15 days with nothing to do but contemplate his own mortality. Harsh realism is juxtaposed with a hypersensitive world of poetry in order to both feel the cold actuality of the situation while still experiencing the perspective of the mental state of the director.
Writer/Director/Producer: Jake Geiger
BARNEY THE TERRIER
2 Minutes DV Cam Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:30 pm
Barney, The White House Scottish terrier talks with his Secret Service security guard about life in the White House.
Writer/Director/Producer: Anny Slater
BASEBALL AND GLORY
9 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
Joe Glory, a local baseball player searches for reasons to keep going after he loses a loved one in a sudden accident.
Writer/Director: Brett Ryan Bonowicz
32 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 3:30 pm
Richard, a pathologically shy man, accidentally meets Karen, a beautiful and very able blind woman, at a sculpture garden. Intrigued by her he offers to help her and they spend the afternoon together. This is the beginning of an intense and tender yet twisted love story that, as their intimacy grows, turns into a journey of mutual and self-exploration. But suddenly, their happiness is shaken when an unforeseen turn of events peels off unexpected layers of their personalities and fears, and reveals his much more complex and disturbing side. Sexual situations. Student film. www.blindnessfilm.com
Writer/Director: Helio San Miguel
Producer: Malona Voigt
44 Minutes Mini DV
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:30 pm
Sandra Miller is a young woman working towards corporate success.
Sandra’s friend Thomas helped her get started in the industry. A longtime family friend, he has always watched out for her. But when her friend Jeff fails at the job she secured him, even popping pills and drinking at work, Thomas makes clear that she needs to save herself, at Jeff’s expense. Sandra goes along with his dismissal, and Jeff’s attraction to her, combined with a sense of betrayal, lead him to become dangerously obsessed. Her nerves are taxed as well by the continued pleas of the ex-boyfriend she left to devote more time to her career. The only person she can depend on is Thomas. But can he really protect her?
Writer: Ron Keilly, Frank Keilly, Damian Voerg
Director: Damian Voerg
Producer: Ron Keilly
98 Minutes DV Cam Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
An obsessive-compulsive shut-in, confined to his Manhattan apartment, has his life turned upside-down when a dangerous beauty moves in across the hall. Language, sexual situation, violence, nudity.
Director/Writer: Kerry Douglas Dye
Director/Producer: Jordan Hoffman
Supporting Actor: Deborah Gibson
BOYS OWN STORY
8 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
Boy’s Own Story is an 8 minute odyssey of a man’s life from its troubled beginning to its disturbing end. Darkly humorous, it is a powerful allegory of the American dream gone very wrong. Contains violence.
Writer/Director/Producer: Michael Petroni
Producer: Jamie Hilton
BROKEN HEARTS, ELECTRIC SHOCKS
40 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:00 pm
Broken Hearts, Electric Shocks is an intimate telling of one family’s struggle against the rare heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. This disease is a hereditary heart condition that can strike at any time, leading to fainting, seizures or sudden death. In this documentary, the director narrates the family history of the disease, specifically focusing on the death of his father. Other family members give interviews telling of their own struggles in losing loved ones, and having to live with the disease. While tragic, the documentary offers hope to those who have to live with the disease by discussing advancements in medicine and informing the public of what can be done to save others. Director/Producer: Tom Sutch (1st Project,1st Feature)
90 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 9:45 pm
Harry Penderecki, a washed up horror director is given 1 last chance to save his career by making what he feels will be the greatest horror film ever made. Unfortunately the forces of evil have decided to make things difficult for Harry, as everything than can possibly go wrong does. Language, nudity, violence. Stars Brian O’Halloran (Clerks), David Naughton (American Werewolf in London).
Writer/Director/Producer: Stevan Mena
BUOY (BOJE )
27 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:00 pm
A film about an old American, a young Dane and their dance with death. Boje tells the story of Martin and Burt, who find themselves
in similar predicaments after having led very different lives. Martin (Soren Sofus Wichmann) despite only being in his 20s, feels that his life has been a disappointment to himself and his family. As a favor to his mother, he agrees to serve as a nurse to Burt (Robert J. Owczarek), a retired sailor now suffering from paralysis. Initially mistrustful, Burt and Martin nevertheless form a bond when the older man asks the younger one to help him end his life. Nudity, language, simulated sex.
Director/Producer: Theodore Wallach
Writer: Jesper Laursen
12 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
Caught up is an urban drama set in Brooklyn, NY. It is a film about three friends getting caught up in a situation as part of a underground crime lord!. They will have to do something they never done before to get themselves out. It is a coming of age film. Violence, language.
Writer/Director/Producer: Alexander Etseyatse
A CERTAIN HILL
12 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:30 pm
It is the last day that Will and May get to spend together for a while, so will has planned the perfect day, which includes a proposal. With such high expectations for the remaining hours, Will doesn’t deal well with the situation when things don’t go as planned. May isn’t aware of the proposal, or even of what Will is thinking, and the troubling good-bye affects her long after his departure.
Writer/Director/Producer: Beau Kiger
Associate Producer: Mitch Dickman
99 Minutes DV Cam Saturday, July 14, 2007 2:00 pm
When you’re a Jewish Parole Officer who is assigned to teach an all Black class in the New York City Public School System, where do you begin? Stars Frank Vincent and Glenn Turman, Chuck D, Heather Tom, Ella Joyce, Jonathan Sales and Tommy Ford. Language, sexual situation, violence.
Director/Producer: Juney Smith
Producer: Carrie Leigh
CLOSING TIME (STORIA DI UN NEGOZIO)
31 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 2:00 pm
Ernesto Rossi & Co. is one of the oldest and most famous stores of the Italian American community. However, after 70 years of business, the New York real estate market forces it to shut down. Closing Time documents the last month of the store, run by the Rossi family. Nowadays the tiny store just looks like a regular touristy gift shop, but it contains small treasures belonging to a part of Italy that does not exist anymore but in the heart of the old immigrants and their heirs.
As he is moving out, the current owner reminisces about the store’s glorious past. In the heart of Manhattan, a store shuts down and together with it, a piece of Italy that won’t ever exist again.
Writer/Director/Producer: Veronica Diaferia
23 Minutes 35mm Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
Club Soda is a super natural fable based on true events. It is a story of the struggles that we all face when making the crucial decisions that will define who we are and the direction our lives will take. The Kid, Steve R. McQueen, moves from Boston to NY with dreams of becoming an actor. There, he is befriended by a group of barflies who all offer their own brand of advice to help the young ‘Brando from Boston’. The Kid steals money from the bar awakening the supernatural sprit ‘James Gandolfini’ which causes him to re-evaluate his life bringing him into conflict with his friends, and forcing him to make some tough choices and change. Also stars Lou Gosset, Jr., Joe Montegna and Michael Rispoli. Contains adult language.
Writer/Director/Producer: Paul Carafotes
15 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 2:00 pm
Jeni and Peyman are the best and brightest of Huntington Elementary. When school announces a contest with a trip to “Space Camp” as the top prize, their lifelong rivalry reaches new heights.
Writer: Jason Carter, Paul Ceriello
Producer: Susan Lombardi-Verticelli
THE CONNECTING WORLD
10 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:30 pm
This is not so much a story, but rather an unfortunate, strange, and beautiful situation aboard a carnival train seen through the eyes of ‘the dreamer’. The main character moves from car to car towards the beginning of his dream. All of the dialogue sort of hints at and describes what this world is made of.
Writer/Director/Producer: Ian Dickey
21 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
Behind the walls in any storage facility, life is taped up and locked away — our treasures presumably safeguarded, and secrets carefully concealed. From time to time, we return to this place, to stow away more possessions, or shed painful memories. But sometimes…life has something different in store. The Container explores the parallel between the recesses of a storage facility and of our own mind, and how we use them both to shield the most sacred of treasures, the darkest of memories, and the deepest of truths.
Director/Producer: Andrew Sniezek
13 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
1962 Alabama. A changing world view visits a small town diner when one day three black students attempt to desegregate the whites only lunch counter. The diner’s waitress must decide if she will follow the local law of segregation or help the students while members of the town watch her every move. Language, violence.
Writer/Director/Producer: Lauren Wagner
Producer: Mark Austin
CRAWL WALK RUN
53 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:30 am
Given a brief discharge from hospital, 12 severely injured veterans from the war in Iraq, join a white water rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River provides a visually exciting backdrop as the soldiers focus on the personal consequences of the disabilities they must overcome if they are to return successfully into civilian life. The soldier’s injuries range from loss of three limbs to complete facial reconstruction.
Director: Tom Eldridge
Producer: Toby Lobb, Annalisa Mather
2 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:00 pm
A short film that shows the nightmare that one little girl goes through everyday when daddy comes home. Violence.
Director/Producer: Alex Ferrari
5 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
This is a story about love, loss, and let-go. Amy, a little girl who misses her grandfather and cannot accept his passing away, still keeps imagining to see him again. Chung, Amy’s grandfather, who earned extensive wisdom from his struggling life, always said, ‘Life is just like dandelions. When the wind comes, they leave, but they won’t disappear. They are just going to a new place to start a new life…’ These words are embedded in Amy’s heart, but she never notices that. However, while she keeps feeling sad of her grandfather’s death, a dandelion seed arouses this hidden treasure in her mind again. Finally, this precious gift brings her away from the eternal despondency and gives her infinite courage to release her mind.
Director/Producer: Jackie Liao
DEAR, SWEET EMMA
5 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
Unbeknownst to all, Emma has an uncontrollable dark side. Violence.
Writer/Director: John Cernak (1st Project)
Producers: The Staff at Out of Our Minds Images including Loraine Cernak, John Cernak
Animators: Danny Oakley, Derek Cernak, Keith Hobgood, Rebecca Cernak
33 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
Dirt Nap follows Norval’s first day at his new job working with the
disgruntled employees of God. Bizarre circumstances leave Norval with a new job working with a skeleton, a clown and a monkey with a bucket on his head. He may have thought the afterlife was going to be easy, but instead it looks like work. Norval has to negotiate complicated philosophical problems during police shootouts. Meanwhile Einstein is heading towards God’s office with a shotgun. Dirt Nap is a startling animated look at the afterlife, which asks quite literally ‘Is nothing sacred?’ Hysterical and irreverent, Dirt Nap explores what really happens when we die.
Writer/Director/Producer: Mark Estep, Kirk Reid
114 Minutes DV Cam Saturday, July 14, 2007 4:30 pm
Divergence is a story of how American society has changed and struggled with the effects of 9/11 and the war in Iraq. It is a tale told through the microcosm of two wounded people coming together and grappling with the ramifications of war and loss. The story takes place in a seaside resort town on the Jersey shore in the midst of a cold and bitter winter. Tim Lawson is a wounded and disillusioned soldier returning from Iraq to his hometown. We find Clare O’Neil, whose life has been turned upside down by a fatal accident, hiding away in a secluded beach house on the road to self-destruction. Language, sexual situation.
Writer: Patrick Donnelly
Producer: Meg Sudlik, Patrick Donnelly
7 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
An odd sort of donkey tests his boundaries in a quixotic search for a greener wilder world. Most documentary, part fable, the film challenges traditional genres, just as Donkey Oatie questions his own confines. Starring Grant Goodeve
Writer/Director/Producer: Gail Kinsey Hill (1st feature)
Director/Producer: Joan Kinsey
8 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
The story of two street musicians at Philadelphia’s Suburban Station. One plays for the love of his craft, and the other for money.
Director/Producer: Stephen Robert Morse
21 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
With an inquisitive mind and a love for science, Dharini is full of exuberance and ambition…as well as the naivetÃ© of a teenager who has yet to face real loss in her life. Taking place over the 16 days of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle mission of 2003, DHARINI delves into the world of an imaginative young woman whose personal tragedy seems somehow linked to the greater cosmos. When a sudden accident forces her to confront questions she cannot answer, Dharini struggles to overcome a numbing grief and begins to grasp the vastness and mystery of a universe that cannot be fully explained.
Writer/Director: Anupama Pradhan
Producer: Robert Grand
22 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
‘Elevator Weekend’, inspired by true events, tells the story of Lee, an illegal Chinese immigrant trapped in an elevator for a weekend. This film presents the tragic world of illegal immigrants in New York City; with the elevator serving as a metaphor of circumstances that envelop these aliens into helpless, hopeless and virtually invisible existences.
Writer/Director/Producer: Eric Lau
7 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
When a group of diverse co-workers retreat to the break room for a routine mid-day snack, a quarrel about who gets the last pineapple-flavored water turns to a heated passive-aggressive battle among man, woman, white, black, yellow, brown, and little. In an environment where political correctness holds no bearing and epithets are rule of law, nine co-workers must settle their differences while being as professional as possible.
Writer: Sameer Asad Gardezi
Director: Howard Duy Vu
Producer: Camille Mana
36 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
On his thirteenth birthday, Kevin (Jake Lefferman) wishes that his dog, Danny, could be a real friend to him. Upon waking up, he finds that low and behold his furry friend has become a human one (Austin Butler). By way of Danny’s dog like characteristics as a human, he is able to become exceptionally popular in school, bringing Kevin up with him. However when the girl of Kevin’s dreams, Mary (Mariah Moore), falls for Danny instead of him, he quickly shuns him, forgetting what a great friend he had always been. Join Kevin’s journey as he learns the fleetingness of popularity while discovering that true friendship is rare and more significant than anything he could ever imagine.
Writer/Director: Jacob Chase
Producer: Ethen Adams
20 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
This is the story of a private detective named John Fetcher. But everyone calls him Fetch, because he gets things. Fetch is going through a rough time because of his recent divorce. In desperate need of a job, to pay his ex-wife her alimony, Fetch gets a tip on a kidnapping case in Beverly Hills involving a rich couple. After questioning the couple, Fetch starts investigating and encounters a number of unsavory characters. Violence, language, blood.
Writer/Director/Producer: Daniel Bernhardt (1st project, 1st feature)
10 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:00 pm
During a drunken night of celebration his closest advisor drugs planning a scheme to ensure his re-election the President of the United States. When he comes to finding himself strapped down to a hospital gurney he meets an alive and well Adolf Hitler who uses a mad scientist to switch their bodies so he can once again assume power.
Writer/Director/Producer: Robert Neilson
A FISH TALE
14 min Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 3:30 pm
The beauty of Western Australia’s Rottenest Island is matched only by its uniqueness. Home to many species of tropical fish, living alongside those from, as far south as Antarctica, it is a place one would presume heritage listed. This documentary shows the diversity, the beauty and the rarity of this unique place. It also tells the story of how greed is destroying this environment and how many fish and other marine animals may be under threat, as the race for new oil deposits gathers momentum. Interviews with leading experts on the marine environment, compiled with exquisite footage, tell an emotional tale of commerce over what we value most. www.blackpearlpictures.com
Director/ Producer: Emily Glover
Writer/Producer: David Leigh
11 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
A little wooden plane, despite the price it must pay, does the impossible and joins a world it could only dream of.
Writer: John Cernak
Director: Danny Oakley (1st Project)
Producer: Out of Our Minds Animation Studios
10 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:00 pm
First-time directors James Anderson and Robert Postrozny capture the essence of what it is to grow old in this acclaimed drama about one woman near the end of her life. Set in a small town outside of Chicago, Betty (Helen Rose), a 96-year-old Polish widow leads a lonely life. Her day consists of routine chores, revisiting past memories, and waiting for the visitor who never comes. But today is different. Her only grandson (Postrozny) arrives to celebrate a birthday she would otherwise forget and she is forced to confront her future and own mortality in this moving film.
Writer/Director/Producer: Robert Postrozny, James Anderson
20 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
Arthur Yu’s girlfriend, Megan, plans to study abroad in China for a year, leaving him to waste another college vacation working at his dad’s fortune cookie factory. Instead of telling Megan that he’ll wait for her, Arthur makes the biggest mistake of his life and dumps the girl of his dreams. As he suffers through another summer at the factory, Arthur decides that the only way to get Megan back is to write her a love letter before she heads overseas. But when his e-mail is accidentally sent to the fortune printing press, suddenly every cookie at every restaurant reveals a piece of Arthur’s broken heart. Starring Gedde Watanabe (Gung Ho, Sixteen Candles) and Kelvin Yu (Studio 60, Grandma’s Boy) English and Mandarin, with some subtitles. Sexual situation.
Writer: Mike Standish, Thom Harp
Director: Thom Harp
Producer: Mike Standish
9 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
FREE PARKING investigates the power dynamics between siblings when two young sisters, Shannon, 5, and Janet, 11, are sent to the fields to pick blackberries. Janet sets the stage in the opening scene where the two are playing Monopoly on the living room floor. Janet manipulates the situation to keep Shannon in debt and in the game. When their mother signals the end of the game, Janet brings the rules of the game to bear on their chores. The balances between Shannon being under her sister’s wing or under her sister’s thumb are playfully explored here. At the end of the day does it matter who has picked the most berries if they both will enjoy blackberry pie?
Writer/Director/Producer: Laura Jean Cronin
27 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
You might think that all of George’s worries stem from his menial job as a clerk working long, tedious hours at a local discount store. But in reality, the main source of his misery is his parents. They’re a little…off…and caring for them has become a losing battle. With only a minimum wage salary to support the three of them, George has little choice than to turn to MediCorp, the family’s health insurance company, for help. Less than successful in his efforts to garner any support from this compassionless corporation, George becomes desperate. In a final, foolhardy gambit, he heads straight to the top of the company ladder and goes face-to-face with its eccentric CEO. But when George finally gets his audience, he realizes too late that he is only a pawn in the corporate giant’s surreal endgame. Stars Karen Gorney.
Director: Alex Kuciw
9 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
A homeless man sits across the street watching a mother and her two young sons. Their relationship becomes clear when she offers him help. “go I”, is a contemporary exploration of a family’s life in urban New York. Over the span of two days a homeless man sits vigil across the street from a brownstone occupied by a mother and her two young sons. The homeless man’s intentions are questionable. Why does he sit? Why does he watch? On the second day the mother approaches the man to offer him some money. It is then that the relationship between them becomes clear and the tragedy of the situation is revealed.
Writer/Director/Producer: Thom Milano (1st project)
Producer: Whitney Hamilton, Patrick Sullivan
GRASS GROWS GREEN, THE
19 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
The grass grows green opens when Sergeant Lobos, a marine recruiter in working-class Fort Worth, TX, awakens to the news that one of his recruits has died in iraq. For the first time, lobos begins to question his life as a recruiter. Wracked with guilt and mourning the loss of a young man he thought he’d saved from the familiar violence of the ‘hood, lobos attempts to clear his head of the specter of the dead recruit as he follows his daily routine. His coworker, sergeant worthy, pressures lobos to seal the deal on another young recruit. Confronted with conflicting meanings of honor and duty, will lobos be broken or does he have what it takes to be “one of the few”?
Writer/Director: Jesus Beltran
Producer: Raymond Beltran, Larissa Eisenstein
15 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:30 pm
Seeking the identity of his friend’s killer leads a Homeless Man to devastating revelations. Violence, language.
Writer/Director: James Grayford
Producer: James Grayford, Devin Foutz
HARD MAN TO LOVE (AU SUIVANT)
10 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 4:30 pm
A tollbooth operator in the middle of nowhere is faced with a life decision when a car does something a car has never done before – stops after passing through. Subtitles.
Writer/Director: Douglas Bensadoun
Producer: Douglas Bensadoun, Nicolas Comeau
5 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
Hans Hattenhorst has moved to the German island Juist in the 40s and has since worked as projectionist in the small cinema. He has long lost his passion for movies. The film tells his story in static black&white images. Hattenhorst died during the production of this film.
Writer/Director/Producer: Ove Sander
17 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
Guy’s life is dull and depressing, which is exactly the way his government wants it, as it keeps the oppressed silent through fear.
Coming to terms with a life incomplete, GUY learns that there is more to life than mindless desk jobs and arranged relationships. In spite of the government’s best efforts to keep him stifled, he has been secretly fascinated with art and artists, who are labeled ‘terrorists’ in this world, from an early age. But it is not until he comes face to face with them that he realizes his destiny.
Director: Tyler James Massey
HEART OF A SOUL SURFER: THE BETHANY HAMILTON DOCUMENTARY
32 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:30 am
A simple teenager from an isolated island becomes a beacon of hope for a worldwide audience…. ‘Heart of a Soul Surfer’ is the personal documentary of Bethany Hamilton. Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old girl destined for a successful surfing career, lost her arm to a shark in 2003. The attack didn’t cause this determined surfer to give up. Instead, it compelled her to discover her purpose in life as she overcame her loss and got back on the board just weeks later.
Director/Producer: Becky Baumgartner (1st Project)
HELEN AT RISK
14 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:30 pm
Armed with only empathy and her belief in the redemptive power of Art, Helen Briggs teaches a mask-making workshop at the state penitentiary. When confronted with disinterested prison guards, rowdy inmates, and her unsteady nerves, Helen realizes this is no ordinary art class. One woman in a room full of prisoners: anything can happen. Language, sexual situation, violence.
Writer/Director/Producer: Jim Elliott
Director/Producer: Gedney Webb
Performance: Didi Conn
HELL ON WHEELS
13 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
This is a glimpse of experiences and situations in my life of discrimination and indignities faced by a young man with a disability. It’s a truthful look into my life. It’s a cutting satire that is moving, funny and shocking.
Director/Producer: Adam Blasucci (1st Project)
9 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 9:45 pm
In Paul Bickel’s “HOLLOW”, what initially seems to be a portrait of suburban domestic life quickly turns into a disturbing journey through a young boy’s troubled pathology and ultimately ends as a poignant story of a broken family and lost innocence. Nine-year-old Josh has a loving mother, a nice home and a stepfather who cares. In fact, there isn’t much he has to worry about at all…until, he is blamed for opening the red door which had always remained locked. Josh now caries the burden of guilt for his family’s sins. Stars Emma Caulfield. Language, violence.
Writer/Director/Producer: Paul Bickel
HOMETOWN HEROES: THE ROCKAWAY BEACH GRAYBEARDS
24 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:00 pm
Rockaway Beach New York hosts a Water Sports Festival for our American Injured Soldiers. The Graybeards, a local community service group founded after 9/11 joins forces with Wounded Warriors and Disabled sports USA for a moving and action packed event.
Director/Producer: Vanessa Ruane
HONEY AND STING
20 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
In an otherworldly garden a beekeeper tends his hives of magical honeybees. Each day he bids these fabulous creatures leave their Eden and reveal the bittersweet essence of desire to an unsuspecting world. Come dusk, the beekeeper wistfully welcomes his friends back to the garden, knowing its harmony comes at a price. Stars Antonio Fargas (Starsky and Hutch). Sexual situations.
Writer/Director/Producer: Sybil Mair
25 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:30 pm
Sydney and David are a newly married couple getting ready for their honeymoon. They decide to leave their wedding early to avoid Sydney’s overbearing Mother. But once out on their journey they notice that they are being followed by a mysterious old woman. Who is she and what does she want? At a roadside bar they tell their story to a local named Sam. He seems to know of the old woman and why she is following them. But can he help in time? They begin to realize that their marriage is falling apart and that they are headed deeper onto a path of darkness.
Writer/Director/Producer: Evan Lipsman, Michael Trentacosti
Producer: Gene Licata
I FORGOT MY NAME
5 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 7:30 pm
‘I forgot my name’ is a film that uses animation to confront the reality of the loss of self that occurs with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Forgetting where one puts things, others around them, where one is, lives, and ultimately oneself. How important are our surroundings? Are we dead when we forget everything? The driving motivation of this film is to confront the reality that may fall upon us through age and the loss of memory. The main character is an elderly woman who becomes lost in her own home. The animation is not a straight narrative but, a portrait of someone losing them self.
Writer/Director/Producer: Matthew Cox
IN LIFE ONLY (CA N’ARRIVE QUE DANS LA VIE)
8 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 9:30 pm
Paris by night. A man and a woman dedicated to be in love. 7 minutes with original score.
Writer/Director/Producer: Salomon Hassan Mizrahi
84 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 7:30 pm
THE INSURGENTS uses the events of 9/11 as a springboard to talk about politics and society, security and freedom, patriotism and dissent. Led by a disillusioned former government operative turned radical left-wing academic, a group plans to detonate a bomb in the United States as an act of protest against what they feel are its imperialistic actions. A fractured narrative structure adds to the suspense as complications such as love triangles and double crosses are gradually revealed. It is an unflinching self-examination of what it means to be American, the state in which we find ourselves, and the implications for the future. Starring John Shea, Henry Simmons, Juliette Marquis, Michael Mosley & Mary Stuart Masterson. Language, nudity, sexual situations, violence.
Writer/Director: Scott Dacko
Producer: Greg Segal, John Gallagher, Elana Pianko, Stan Erdreich, Michael Parness
11 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:30 pm
Two first-time crooks devise a plan that only God can foil. Sid and his partner in crime formulate a fool-proof plan. Steal $20,000 from a church on a Friday, when ministers and church staff have the day off. God only knows who can stop them. Language.
Writer/Director/Producer: Casey Gooden
JAKOB AND THE ANGELS
13 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
Jakob Wywialowski tries everything he can think of to evict the angels who have invaded his attic to sing hallelujahs day and night. Finally, he calls the exterminators. A rather diabolical team of pest killers arrives, and when Jakob accepts their offer to fix his angel problem, they promptly launch a miniature Armageddon in his attic. As Jakob’s life is bombed into “angel-proof” solitude, he wishes he’d left well enough alone. But in the rubble of his attic, he finds new hope for companionship, and a chance to redeem himself. Based on a short story by Audrey Niffenegger, author of the best-selling novel, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”
Director: Ron Lehmann
Writer: Justin Haden, Audrey Niffenegger
Producer: Julie Ford, Olga Gonzales
THE LANDSCAPER’S DAUGHTER
24 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
A high school student unwittingly causes her father to unravel when she attempts to interview him about his Vietnam experience for her school project.
Writer: Meaghan Lehmann, Reeves Lehmann
Director: Derek Curl
Producer: Meaghan Lehmann, Reeves Lehmann
LAST DAY OF DECEMBER
15 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 4:30 pm
A man tries to reconcile a harrowing tale from his past and confront old questions that will keep on haunting him forever. But what will it mean for the present? Subtitles.
Writer/Director/Producer: Bogdan George Apetri
1 Hour 34 Minutes Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:30 pm DV Cam
A mindbender set in a retro-futuristic America, Liar’s Pendulum is Sin City, Jacob’s Ladder, and Memento rolled into one. Alaric Almalquilar is a grungy, street-smart ex-cop turned private investigator/bounty hunter who is on the run from just about everybody, having betrayed a pair of rival mobsters and arranged to acquire top-secret research stolen from the federal government. Emissaries working within the military industrial complex have been sent to intercept and eliminate Alaric and re-acquire the top-secret research before he can get it into the hands of a benign order of underground research scientists who will further develop and disseminate the technology. In the meantime, as he gets closer to acquiring the technology and his pursuers close in, we learn that there is a lot more to Alaric and his story than meets the eye… Violence. Language.
Writer/Director: Andrew W. Flores. 1s project as director and Co-Producer
Co-Producer: Christina Werkmeister
Filmmakers are from Staten Island.
15 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
Andrew Miller is a human lie detector – he heats up whenever he hears anyone lie …including himself. Now that he has melted too many office supplies and scared away his co-workers, can he use this power to stop the girl he loves from marrying the wrong man?
Writer/Director: John Moran
Producer: Nora Donaghy, Wes Shive, Donna Thorland
THE LIFE AFTER
85 Minutes DV Cam Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:00 pm
Lost and lonely Ben (Carson Hinners) is a prisoner in his own life. His mysterious curse has isolated him from the rest of the world. As his friends and family struggle to understand his true nature, Ben withdraws further into seclusion. Despite his peculiar condition, a spirited young woman (Lynn Mancinelli) enters his life and instantly reconnects him to the world. While embracing this new eccentric romance, Ben strives to make her understand his secret. But outside forces find a way to exploit Ben’s strange abilities and threaten to destroy what is most dear to him. Contains adult language, sexual situations, violence.
Director: Matt Coneys (1st Feature)
Writer: Matt Coneys, Chris Salierno
Producer: Amy Coneys, Matt Coneys
LITTLE PARISIAN, THE (LA PETIT PARISIENNE)
13 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:30 pm
First loves, Eva and Jake, meet up for the first time since they were 14 years old in Paris. Eva is keen to show Jake her new found Parisienne sophistication and Jake just wants to re-discover the girl he was in love with when they were kids. As they stumble through their day together they discover cultural differences, not just with the French, but also between themselves. Language.
Writer/Director: Jessica Cole
LOST AND FOUND IN MEXICO
53 Minutes DV Cam Monday, July 16, 2007 2:00 pm
While many Mexicans are leaving families behind and risking their lives to cross the Mexico/USA border to a better life, LOST and FOUND in MEXICO focuses on the Americans who have decided to cross the border in the other direction – for a simpler life. In Caren Cross’s film about a group of Americans living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we meet ex-pats of varying ages who have given up ‘the good life’ in the USA for a home in Mexico that provides more than money can buy. Happy to live with less, among a people they respect and admire, these ex-professionals and executives explain why they have left family and friends behind to live in a country where crowded malls and Blackberry’s have been replaced by books, art and casual conversations in the local square.
Writer/Director/Producer: Caren Cross
LOVE IS A STRANGER
8 Minutes DV Cam Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:00 pm
One night in Sydney, Two strangers: a disturbed Muslim girl and an arrogant policeman with attitude problems meet in violent circumstances and find they are destined to be together.
Writer/Director: Drora Machlev
Producer: Ian Young
MAKING DO 5 MINUTES
DV Cam Saturday, July 14, 2007 4:30 pm
When a bored eight year old can’t get her mother’s attention, she changes her focus.
Writer/Director/Producer: Mary Tucker
A MAN AND HIS BANANA
8 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
Tom’s day-to-day routine is broken when his lover, Elizabeth, leaves him for no apparent reason at all. A sad shell of a man, Tom needs the help of his wise old friend, a banana named Samosa, to convince him that love is certainly worth the trouble. You will laugh, you will cry, and you may even get a little hungry.
Writer/Director: Michael Fontana
Producer: Chris Hazzard
MEATRIX II, THE
5 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
The Meatrix II: Revolting is the sequel to the award-winning smash hit The Meatrix. The film, a humorous spoof on The Matrix, takes a look at the gap between the illusions about where our food comes from and the reality of industrial meat and dairy production. www.themeatrix.com.
Director: Louis Fox
Writer: Rebecca Bray, Louis Fox, Diane Hatz
Producer: Rebecca Bray, Diane Hatz
22 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:00 pm
Somewhere deep in the countryside, supper is ready and it maybe someone’s last. Introducing Stella Keitel as Meg, an innocent girl caught up in a horrific situation, held captive by a pseudo father. Time is running out as Meg’s eighteenth birthday is hours away. In a place where dreams don’t come true, this family is about to face their worst nightmare. Stars Stella Keitel. Contains violence, sexual situation.
Writer/Director/Producer: Brett Berg
Producer: Michael DeNarie
3 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:30 pm
Mere Suggestion takes you inside the paranoid mind of a suggestible man who is consumed by a completely irrational fear.
Writer: Fernando Sorrentino
Producer: Cherrie Abella-Cignini
7 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:00 pm
An eccentric being harnesses the light and energy of the moon to create a glorious cake- a moon cake- that he sends to Earth where characters dance and fight to obtain its magnificence. Anything goes on the night of a full moon!
Writer/Director: Marty Stano
Producer: Isaiah Hole, Meghann Rotary
21 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:00 pm
Mumbai, India — Present Day. The sweltering dead heat of the Indian summer. The only hope for relief are the elusive monsoon rains, already 3 weeks delayed. Into this sweaty inferno comes Govinda, a hotshot Californian Cardiologist and conditioned scientist who has journeyed back to his native country to treat his father’s ailing health. Govinda despises India almost as much as he does his father who embraces it. It is dirty, disorganized, superstitious and the place where his beloved wife was killed in a tragic accident the year before. Much to his frustration, his father, a devout Hindu Brahmin and the hard headed patriarch of the family, refuses medical treatment claiming that only God can heal him. As the tension between father and son grows, Govinda gets drawn back into the mystery surrounding his wife’s death stirring up old skeletons that threaten to split the family apart forever.
Writer/Director/Producer: Shyam BalsÃ©
Producer: Dileep Singh Rathore, Joseph Itaya
THE MORNING AFTER
9 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
A man and woman awaken after a one-night stand and try to recall the events that led them to wind up in bed together.
Co-Writer: Casey Walker, Crystal Wood
Director/Producer: Casey Walker
8 Minutes DV Cam Monday, July 16, 2007 9:30 pm
Picture a couple so enamored with cinema that they only speak in famous film quotations. Into their “world” enter two evangelists forbidden by religion to see movies, leading to a humorous language barrier, impossible to overcome. ‘What we’ve got here is…failure to communicate.’
Writer: Lance Miller
MY BROTHER ANTON
7 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 2:00 pm
“My Brother Anton” is a filmic release of the pain of watching someone descend into a debilitating mental illness. This personal documentary seeks to capture the truth, but instead of concerning itself with only ‘the facts’ it is equally concerned with an emotional truth. Images are used to capture accurate feelings and emotions, and in this way, the film attempts to be more truthful than documentaries that capture ‘live’ and ‘real’ events in a literal manner.
Director/Producer: Dantia MacDonald
MY NAME IS WALLACE
17 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
Wallace Waverly is a socially sheltered, high functioning mentally challenged man who has lived with his mother all his life. Upon her death, Wallace finds himself alone and lonesome, rattling around in mom’s big, old Victorian home. Wallace’s days now consist of playing ragtime on the family piano and gazing out the front window. One day, as he browses through the personal section of a newspaper he sees an ad that reads: ‘Lonely? Need Love? Call 1-900-HOT BABES.’ Wallace, taking the ad literally, dials the number and falls in love with Tiffany, the 900 sex-line operator he encounters.
Writer/Director/Producer: Bob Pondillo
100 Minutes DV Cam Monday, July 16, 2007 9:30pm
1980’s – Allison an introverted teenager, goes to the Jersey shore determined to break out of her shell after a lonely high school experience overshadowed by her mother’s death. But reality isn’t as romantic as Allison’s daydreams and her clumsy attempts at sexual intimacy, a humiliating diner job, and tensions with her best friend aren’t adding up to a good time. When Allison meets Wayne, a rebellious Harvard student an unsteady experience of first love erupts between them that ultimately forces her to come to terms with her mother’s death and start taking responsibility for her happiness. Language, sexual situations, brief nudity, drug use. Stars Alexandra Lydon (24, Prison Break (recurring), Desperate Housewives, CSI Miami, Enterprise); Paz de la Huerta (A Walk To Remember, The Cider House Rules, Fierce People) www.nailpolishthemovie.com
Writer: Jane Ainbinder, Katrina Jankowski (1st Project,1st Feature)
Director: Jane Ainbinder (1st Project,1st Feature)
Producer: Randy Sterns, Courtney Lee-Mitchell, Jane Ainbinder, Viveca Paulin
90 Minutes DV Cam Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:00 pm
Employees of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc. have kept the family secret for a long time. For years it has been business as usual, until the top vampire in charge contracts a dreaded disease and invites the first humans to work in the office in more than a century. Soon the new employees discover that some of their associates are not what they appear to be, especially the dead one in the cubicle with a wooden stake through his heart. Starring Darrell Hammond (SNL), Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club/Suddenly Susan), Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall/News Radio), Jason Mewes (Clerks 1&2/Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back), Steve Burns (Blue Clues), Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules) and Robert Wagner (Austin Powers/Hart to Hart)
Writer: Bruce Dellis
Director/Producer: Dean Ronalds
Producer: Chris LaMont
12 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:00 pm
‘Night Falls’ is a tale of a young seven-year boy whose child-like innocence is thrust amidst the cruelties of the Civil War. Armed with a wooden sword, the child travels into the forest to experience the world for himself. In the forest, he comes into contact with enemy soldiers created by his own imagination. He eventually tires and finds a place to sleep. The boy awakens to find retreating soldiers clawing their way through the forest. The child attempts to be their leader and experiences the impact of war firsthand. It is a tale of innocence, war and the loss of childhood.
Director: Krisztian Majdik
Producer: Frankie Nasso, Irene Keng
9 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
Traveling gives you plenty to talk about. But you better don’t! She’s at the airport, waiting. But not only for her plane to leave. Something essential is missing in order for the action, planned long ago, to take place. The hand-over is successful. The pressure is on. The plane takes off. She has smuggled everything she needs aboard. Nobody saw or noticed anything. So go! All moves have been carefully studied. The goal clearly within reach. Let the mission begin.
Writer/Director/Producer: Christian Filek
ONE-EYED MARKY AND THE GAY CABALLEROS
11 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 9:30 pm
One-Eyed Marky & the Gay Caballeros is a story about a boy with one eye and one big imagination. When his father decides that Marky is better off with two eyes, Marky is faced with the realities of social perceptions and societal pressures. With the support of his neighbor Hector, Marky learns the importance of embracing his identity in the face of a world that isn’t always so embracing.
Writer/Director/Producer: America Palacios
ONE LAST DRINK BEFORE MORNING
22 Minutes DV Cam Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:00 pm
In a smoky dive bar, two weary, enigmatic friends, and a jaded, cynical barmaid cling to the end of the night, not yet ready for home. Faced with empty glasses and empty pockets, the friends propose a little competition: whoever can tell the saddest story wins a drink on the house. The barmaid shrugs her vague consent – anything to pass the time. However, as the stories unfold and the tragic tales unravel, what started as idle fun turns into a dark night of personal revelation, as all three characters come to terms with the crooked twists and turns that have led them to their desperate position in life.
Writer: David McDonaugh
Director/Producer: JD Kelleher (1st film)
22 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 2:00 pm
PILGRIMAGE tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post 9/11 worlds. With a hip music track, never-before-seen archival footage and a story-telling style that features young and old, PILGRIMAGE reveals how the Japanese American community reclaimed a national experience that had almost been deleted from public understanding. PILGRIMAGE shows how the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage now has new meaning for diverse generations who realize that when the US government herded thousands of innocent Americans into what the government itself called concentration camps, it was failure of democracy that would affect all Americans.
Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Producer: Karen Ishizuka
PINK & TENDER
9 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
All Hank ever wanted was someone to love. Pink & Tender is a short film about Hank, a love-deprived sociopath. While out ‘on the hunt’ our protagonist comes across Vera, a beautiful, young professional with a dark side. After showing Hank a good time, Vera takes a 180 roping Hank into some legal turmoil. During his incarceration Hank develops an obsession that leads him to exactly what he sought for in the first place. Sexual situation.
Director: Erik Boccio
Producer: Richard Barbadillo, Erik Boccio
PLAY IT BY EAR
97 Minutes DV Cam Monday, July 16, 2007 4:30 pm
Julia Starr (Jennifer Mudge) is a young advertising associate in present-day New York City. Julia longs for the romance of a by-gone era depicted in the movies and music of the 20s and 30s. During a rainstorm one day, Julia thinks she has met the man of her dreams. But Julia’s modern-day Cary Grant (Chris Henry Coffey) soon turns out not to be who she thinks. Julia then becomes convinced that his brother (Josh Stamberg) is her true destiny and is determined to meet him. A fun, romantic triangle ensues, and with the help of her older neighbor Ruth (Rita Moreno) and her wisecracking friend MaryAnn (Michelle Hurd,) Julia must decide fast who the true man of her dreams really is.
Writer/Director: Lauren Flick
Producer: Adriana Davis
16 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 9:45 pm
‘What if your obsession was the only thing that could save you?’ A man is accused of being a daydreamer by his girlfriend. He skips work that day and lays around at home reading a disturbing, violent article in the newspaper. But what is the real reason for his absence from work, and what does he do when no one is watching? Through a series of daydreams and bizarre little rituals, we unlock this man’s secret, and start to wonder if perhaps his choice to stay home that particular day might not be random after all. We finally come to realize that honorable acts can come in the smallest of packages.
Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Lubliner
15 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
Mark Millman attempts to rekindle the passion in his marriage by secretly administering herbal supplements to his wife. At the same time, his wife Corinne laments to her friend that her marriage may be in jeopardy if she doesn’t do something about her libido. The friend suggests herbal supplements. Corinne obtains some and unknowingly begins double-dosing. Mark is thrilled with the results until one night, he thinks he’s having a heart attack. In the ICU, after learning it wasn’t serious, he confesses to Corinne.
Writer/Director/Producer: Jeff Naparstek
23 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:00 pm
Cameron’s six months pregnant and returning home to move forward with her life and reconnect with Rose, her mother figure. Rose who practices voodoo and other spiritual techniques wants to help Cameron and convinces her to look into her crystal ball to experience a premonition about the future of her unborn child, Caesar. Although not comfortable, Cameron grabs the crystal ball and the premonitions begin. Her visions are disturbing but clearly of Caesar. After suffering through her inner conflict, Cameron decides to overdose on pills to abort her pregnancy. After realizing she has forgotten her keys inside, Cameron is once again drawn to the allure of the crystal ball. This time the premonition reveals that Caesar is the one waging the fight against crimes.
Director: Roman Gabriel
Writer/Producer: Chris Bythewood
12 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
Set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1966, this short film tells the story of a projectionist who accidentally inverts a film featuring Chairman Mao. The townsfolk and Red Guard are so enraged by the upside down image of one of China’s most feared and revered leaders that the innocent mistake results in dire consequences for the projectionist. In Mandarin with English subtitles
Writer/Director: Elaine Liu
Producer: Jason Brown
PROOF OF BIRTH
21 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
Proof of Birth tells the story of Luis Gonzalez, a young illegal Mexican
immigrant on his quest to obtain a legal driver’s license in New York City. Language. Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Jose Luis Orbegozo
Writer: Jose Luis Orbegozo, Michael Niederman
13 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
Though love is no alibi, it may be a motive. A beautiful young woman plummets to her death from the top of an abandoned grain silo. Was she pushed or did she jump? One person knows. The man who loved her. The man accused of her murder. He sits in the interrogation room, his head spinning tales; his life spinning out of control. Each question is harder to answer. Each accusation is tougher to comprehend. Will he finally tell the truth? Would you believe him if he did? Starring Delaney Williams
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Beutler
18 Minutes DV Cam Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
‘Quake’ takes place over one day when families break apart and the ground starts to move. 13-year old Toby Fisher’s life is starting to rift at the seams. A troubled kid growing up in a troubled house, Toby seems to be taking care of his absent mother and rebellious sister. When scientists announce the discovery of a new fault line running through his neighborhood, Toby takes protecting himself and his family into his own hands.
Writer/Director: Peter Shanel
RACCOON AND CRAWFISH
8 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
A hungry raccoon searches for food and finds a crawfish on a quest for glory. Their battle will decide the fate between an ego full of pride or a belly full of food.
Director: Shaun Foster, Mark Edwards, Peter Hale, Karabo Legwaila, Heather Carpini, Calvert J. Waller III
19 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
A private detective is hired by a jealous husband to shoot hidden camera footage of his wife ‘in the act’ with her suspected lover. What starts as a simple surveillance job quickly becomes a tangled web of deception where nothing is as it seems… Stars Grant Show, Frank Grillo. Language, sexual situation.
Writer: Jared Rivet, J. Rupert Thompson
Director: J. Rupert Thompson
A RELAXING DAY
15 Minutes DV Cam Thursday, July 12, 2007 7:00 pm
Based on the one-act play ‘The Actress’ by Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck, A RELAXING DAY is about a stressed couple attempting to have a soothing day at the beach … but beginning to realize that what each one wants may not be what the other can give. Adult language.
Director/Producer: William Pace
REMEMBER TO LOVE ME (SOUVIENS TOI DE M’AIMER)
5 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
A couple… Their first night …In the early morning, he finds an old camera in a cupboard. He clicks, and the camera eats up what’s left of this first night. Some images of little interest, or so it seems… Really ? French with English subtitles.
Writer/Director/Producer: Bertrand Weissgerber
SADIE TURNS SEVEN
9 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:00 pm
When a birthday dinner exposes seven-year-old Sadie to a difficult truth about the adult world, Sadie uses everything she’s got to right a crustaceous wrong.
Writer: Todd Tinkham
Producer: Mary Cates
90 Minutes DV Cam Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:30 pm
Robert (Shane Taylor) is an ambitious attorney who is on top of the world. He is the star at his office, on the fast track and engaged to his soul mate, the captivating Christian. Life could not be better. That is until Robert’s company is abruptly acquired by a larger firm run by the powerful and controlling Arthur. What follows is a sordid web of lies, greed and betrayal that threatens to destroy Robert’s professional life and the world around him. Loosely titled after the law put in place to prevent the hidden corruption that has destroyed corporations like Enron in recent years, Sarbane’s Oxley shows what truly happens in the shadowy world of corporate non-disclosure and sexual deception: people get hurt. Sexual situations, language.
Writer: Bennitta Jean-Louis
Director/Producer: Ramcess Jean-Louis
27 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:00 pm
Midnight in an empty rail station, and two strangers await the last train out of Boston. One, a retired politico with an endless supply of crude jokes, anecdotes and campaign war stories. The other, a college student with a high IQ and healthy skepticism. Live footage of a police standoff plays on the station TV, prompting a lively dialogue. Three increasingly strange and incredible stories are exchanged that begin to connect and intersect in unexpected ways, ultimately leading to a revelation that will prove both shocking and deadly. Language, violence, sexual situation.
Writer/Director/Producer: Jim Connell
18 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
‘Save Me’ is the story of a troubled woman named Rita. This psychological thriller begins with the discovery of Rita’s body bound and gagged in the backseat of her old sedan. The film then plays in flashback, showing us how she came to this horrible position. We learn that since Rita’s return from her post in a Central American country for the International Human Rights Organization she has been terrorized by mysterious phone calls and threats, or so she says. The tap on her phone shows nothing. There are no signs of foul play. No one believes her. Eventually Rita’s fear and desperation drive her to take action, to confront her demons and, ultimately, to force those around her to take notice.
Writer/Director: Jennifer Getzinger
Producer: Melanie Miller
8 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
To cover his affair, Jimmy’s father takes him to a local jazz club so Jimmy can practice his trumpet. With his father in another room, Jimmy sits on the stage and reads his comic book. Suddenly, his father’s voice booms through the room. After a few moments of lackluster practice, Jimmy hears a muffled sound coming from a pile of old instruments. Tentatively, he investigates the noise, eventually picking up an old trumpet. As the trumpet meets his lips, something magical happens. While Jimmy gets lost in this experience, his father opens the door and reality comes crashing back. Now, Jimmy is faced with which trumpet to take home: the new uninspiring one or the old magical one?
Writer/Director/Producer: Brian Blasiak
12 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 9:45 pm
Scar Tissue: How far would you go to keep your child during a custody battle? A Mother makes a deal with a dangerous man to keep her husband from taking the child. Then changes her mind. But is it too late?
Writer/Director/Producer: Angel David
Producer: Cindy May, Edwin Pagan, Peter Rodriguez, Erica Susko
SEE ROCK CITY
30 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 3:30 pm
‘See Rock City’ is the story of a one-time stage performer who makes a daytrip to Atlanta to give what may possibly be her last performance before an audience. She is accompanied by two friends–Diz, an old friend she’s known since childhood, and Charlie, a young 20-something guy who keeps reappearing in Annie’s life. Both friends dislike and mistrust each other as much as two people possibly can. Before the day is over, however, Charlie and Diz come to realize that they are both–equally–necessary in Annie’s life. The film stars stage actress Susan Jones Mannino, Annie Morrison, currently appearing on Broadway in Harold Prince’s ‘LoveMusik’, and Steven Hill, from MTV’s The Real World Las Vegas.
Writer/Director: Doug Osman
Producer: Petra Vybiralova
5 Minutes Mini DV Monday, July 16, 2007 7:00 pm
A young man fantasizes about serenading his dream girl with a violin and having her fall in love with him. He then comes to the realization that his crush already has a boyfriend and the violinist’s jealousy drives him to drastic measures.
Director/Producer: Sara Huslig
SHADES OF GRACE
57 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 7:00 pm
After the tragic death of a young woman, Shades of Grace follows the aftermath of her death through the perspective of her fiancÃ© and the two criminals who took her life. In this film, one of the ‘criminals’ has an epiphany–a discovery–that he wants to change his entrapped life and seek redemption. Therefore, he goes on a journey to find a way to tell the fiancÃ© he’s sorry for what’s happened, and to find that forgiveness he longs for. Shades of Grace tells the story of three men struggling to deal with the unsettling reality that has befallen each of them. In their minds, a storm of memory and conscience rages with such intensity that each character must choose between surviving the hell of their own conscience or striving for redemption. Contains language and some violence. Student film.
Writer/Director/Producer: Bryan Dobrik
Director/Producer: Luis Davila
29 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
A Wyoming cowboy and his wife put up a friend from New York who wants to write about the area — but no one realizes how extreme the real story will become when she tries to take a character based on reality back with her across the eastern border. A curious drifter in an all-night cafÃ© coaxes the story out of the cowboy, word by word, until neither can escape the truth of what’s happened. ‘There was this line she was gonna let me cross,’ says the cowboy in this mystery of American East and West. ‘She had somethin’ that was mine and she was takin’ it away. It was like stealin’.’
Writer/Director/Producer: Alan ArrivÃ©e
Producer: Blake Adams, Courtney Kneupper
SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
5 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:30 pm
5 friends, 1 night, No clue. On any given night in suburbia Kenny is looking for something to do. He turns to his best friend Rich. Clueless, they venture out into the night looking for something to do with no real destination. As the night goes on, their posse gets bigger, nobody adding anything close to a plan which forces them to ask the unanswerable question, ‘So what do you wanna do?’
Writer/Director/Producer: Kerry McCrohan
SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY
13 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
Former drug addict Toby Cray has straightened out his life, but finds straightening other people’s lives out impossible. His efforts to help the homeless have all been unsuccessful and he’s about to give up when he meets Gabe, an odd, but determined drifter who needs a chance. Will Toby give him one or have years of failure brought him to a point where he no longer has the heart to help. Language.
Writer/Director/Producer: Ramsey Denison
3 Minutes Mini DV Sunday, July 15, 2007 2:00 pm
In a house on top of a hill, in a distant land. Lives an ageless toucan all by himself. He cooks up stories with his magical blue pot and scoops them with his wooden ladle to serve to his friends. Student film.
Animator: Elena Topouzoglou (1st Project)
5 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:30 pm
A charming and imaginative young woman makes a point of showing an insufferable chauvinist boor the error of his ways.
Director/Producer: Paul DeNigris
Writer/Producer: Steve Briscoe
Producer: Laura DeNigris
THE STILL LIFE
99 Minutes Mini DV Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:30 pm
Artist Julian Lamont (Jason Barry) struggles to pick up the pieces of his tattered life in this poignant drama. A reclusive alcoholic, Julian creates a new art genre called Destructionism, and his works catapult him into the limelight. But as his success in the art world grows, Julian loses touch with the artist he truly desires to be, and his personal life soon tailspins out of control. Starring: Jason Barry (Titanic, Mirrormask), Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia, Bully), Terry Moore (Oscar Nominated Actress), Jonathan Davis (Korn) Nudity, drug use, sexual situations.
Writer/Director/Producer: Joel Miller
THE STRANGE CASE OF MARIE FRANCE
15 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
Robert Berger is obsessed with keeping order and beauty in his home. But his family thwarts him at every step until one day, a provocative savior appears to rescue him. Or does she?
Writer: Vincent Fraioli
Director: Till Neumann, Frank Miele
Producer: Vincent Fraioli, Till Neumann, Frank Miele
13 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
In this short thriller, tables turn on a film director when the movie he is shooting takes on a life of its own. James, a film director, is forced to wrap for the day as his temperamental actress, Cassie, gets fed up with his direction. Back home he watches the day’s footage, only to find one new scene after another show up on the dailies. Stranger still, they are all shots of Cassie, now armed, heading for his house. Afraid and not knowing whether the actress — now outside his door — is real, James’ adventure in film-making comes to a surprising ending.
Director/Producer: Colleen Davie Janes
Writer/Producer: Matt Janes
Producer: Duncan Bahr
14 Minutes DV Cam Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:30 pm
Lilith, a cat-rescuing entrepreneur, and Athena, a genetic engineer, desperately want to have a baby. The catch is the two women want their child to be a genetic combination of them both. They have attempted to conceive using a scientific technique that Athena developed, but it’s been unsuccessful. Lilith takes matters into her own hands, and goes for the next best thing. She breaks into Athena?s brother’s house, drugs him while he sleeps, and collects his sperm. That task turns out to be an easy one compared to convincing Athena it’s a good idea.
Writer/Director: Alison Reid
Producer: Alison Reid, James Mou
10 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 7:00 pm
Super-Anon is a film about the super-secret support group for close relatives of superheroes. There’s a group of people overlooked by the media, who have an amazing story to tell. Downtrodden and ignored, they wrestle with living in the shadow of a greater sibling, fear of losing a loved one, keeping a deep secret, and general angst. These are the members of Super-Anon, the support group for family relatives of superheroes. And this is their story. Beginning with intimate interviews and actual footage of a Super-Anon session, we follow the group as it goes through several kinds of therapy, and finally finds hope in community.
Director: Stephen Plitt
Producer: Deb Sears
3 Minutes Mini DV Saturday, July 14, 2007 2:00 pm
Sym-Tales is a 3D animation of telling stories inside stories. The goal of this project is to present a non-linear and multi-layered story in linear storytelling. As the title suggests, the story not only contains several stories but is itself also told to the audience. These Stories are happening at the same time but in different orders. A little girl in Sym-Tales is a metaphor of the reality which people live in. What if the so-called ‘reality’ is written as a story in other dimensions beyond human vision as the little girl’s life? This story tries to provide another way to consider the world and the status of existence. When the audience sees the story, they might be just in other Sym-Tales.
Writer/Director/Producer: Weichieh Yu, Yawen Chang
96 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:30 pm
Who are you through someone else’s eyes? SYNAPSE tells the story of a young scientist who develops a telepathic ability and uncovers what existence truly means.
Writer/Director: Sloan Copeland
Producer: Sloan Copeland, Joey Schmit, Greg Wiercinski
TEARS OF THE MOTHERLAND
7 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:00pm
Bulgarian nurses working in Libya are accused of infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus. As the Bulgarian nation protests, one mother shares her lament.
Director: Jesse Steele
Producer: Jesse Steele
Executive Producers: Raliza Hofstetter, Christo Jivkov
THE TEHUACAN PROJECT
17 minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 3:30 pm
Young Lucia and Jesus, both deaf from preventable childhood disease, find their way to Tehuacan, Mexico where their dream for a life of sound might come true at Mexico’s first school for the deaf.
Writer/Producer: Andy Lauer
Executive Producer: Brad Pitt
Voice-Over Performances: Adrien Brody, Esai Morales
28 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 9:30 pm
That’s Life is a character study of an aging Italian gangster who tells the circumstances of his life in the New York Mob to a young, up and coming member of his former crew who has his own private agenda. Language, violence.
Writer/Director/Producer: Anthony Ingoglia, Bob O’Reilly
THOSE CRAZY KIDS
22 Minutes DV Cam Thursday, July 12, 2007 3:00 pm
“Those Crazy Kids” is a short documentary about a group of lifelong friends, who despite their age meet every weekend on the streets of New York City to play Stickball. This story documents the history of playing Stickball in New York City, and what these friends do to stay young and keep the spirit of their old neighborhood alive. This is a documentary for anyone who remembers being a kid playing their favorite street games with their best friends.
Director/Producer: Thurston Smith
7 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:00 pm
Is it a dream? Or is it a terrible reality? Tom’s Place is a film that redefines these ideas, calling them both into question. Haunted by the past, Tom lives in an endless nightmare that continuously destroys his perception of reality. In one single night we travel into the depths of Toms psyche as we dig up his deepest, darkest fears… Stars Robert Rottkamp, a native of North Bellmore
Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Patsos
THE TRUTH OF FICTION
20 Minutes Mini DV Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:00 pm
Accustomed to the pleasures of a carefree lifestyle in an unconventional and often erratic environment, a group of college students set out on what they believe is a typical day of mindless acts. Blind to the potential dangers of his current life style we follow one student’s attempt to justify his actions with his outrageous views on relationships, career choices and the educational system. When a drug infused conversation sparks concerns about their uncertain future, it becomes apparent that college has not prepared any of them for the real world. Language, drug use, sexuality.
Director: Peter Flores
Writer/Producer: Nick Psinakis
10 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
A haunting M. Night Shyamalan style mystery in which the boundaries of reality are tested for post-coma patient Tyler Morrison. A dark dream. A two week coma. A breakfast omen. Tyler Morrison is beginning to feel like something is wrong with life. Unexplained gaps appear in Tyler’s memory while a death dream haunts his thoughts. Does Tyler have a purpose, or is he just another toy of fate?
Writer/Director/Producer: Sean Brogan
VIEW FROM THE MOUND
5 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:30 pm
The story takes place on a baseball field. It is a hot summer day. The pitcher strides to the mound, looking around at his teammates. The batter comes into view. He taunts the pitcher. The pitcher looks to his teammates, but they are unsupportive and they appear impatient–they want him to just throw the ball. The batter taunts the pitcher again. The pitcher is clearly getting nervous–everywhere he looks, he sees the batter’s face. Finally, the pitcher is ready to throw the pitch. He winds up, throws, and…
Writer/Director/Producer: Ari Selinger
WE’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU
74 Minutes DV Cam Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:00 pm
While uncovering every aspect of the Vioxx disaster and other prescription drug tragedies, the authors expose the dark corners of the pharmaceutical industry. You will see how the American people die from drugs they do not need while drug companies count the billions.
Writer/Director: Lattanzio Firmian
Director: Alberto Baudo
WHEN BROOM STICKS WERE KING
27 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 2:00 pm
Stickball, A sport born on the streets of Brooklyn, Street teams competing only for glory and bragging rights. “When Broomsticks were King” is a tribute to Brooklyn Stickball and the hero’s who played. Told in a documentary style, this comedic tribute relives this forgotten sport in all its glory.
Writer/Director/Producer: Jason Cusato
WHEN WE’RE OLD AND LOVE MEANS NOTHING
14 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 7:00 pm
When Jeremy finds Alex sitting in her favorite New York photo gallery, they begin a discussion that will make or break their relationship. But a series of flashbacks offer revelations and twists that show that all is not what it initially seems to be. Shot in HD. Brief nudity, sexual situation, language.
Writer/Director/Produce: Danny Goodman
Producer: Mitchell Bard
THE WHOLE WORLD WAS WATCHING
10 Minutes Mini DV Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:00 pm
In 1968 the United States had become more divided than it had been since the civil war. In the heat of that August, the whole world was watching as 10,000 antiwar protestors took a stand at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Faced with more than 20,000 army troops and police officers, their demonstration exploded into violent street confrontations that would seriously impact the Democratic Party and the nation. Student film.
Writer/Director/Producer: Charlotte Burger, a 15 year old filmmaker from Massapequa.
THE WINE BAR
12 Minutes DV Cam Friday, July 13, 2007 7:30 pm
On a winter night in New York City, an average guy, Henry (Seth Fisher), wanders into an upscale wine bar looking for a beer. Obviously out of place, Henry innocently offends both the snooty Bartender (William Sadler) and Evelyn (Tessa Klein), the pretty young woman quietly reading next to him. When Steven (Ryan Young), Evelyn’s hotheaded boyfriend, comes in looking for a fight, Henry decides to take matters into his own hands. The Wine Bar is a short comedy about saying what you mean and not judging a book by its cover.
Writer/Director/Producer: Christian Remde
Writer/Producer: Seth Fisher
20 Minutes Mini DV Friday, July 13, 2007 1:00 pm
Sarah Heer, 16, chooses anorexia to fill the void in her life. Willing to risk her friends, her family, and even her life for her new disease, she finds that in the end, perfection leaves her empty still. Language.
Writer/Director/Producer: Trey Chace
YOU LOOK AMAZING
16 Minutes Beta SP Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:30 pm
Beth has the life many women dream about, a handsome loving husband and three beautiful children. Julia leads an enviable life of style and adventure as a single successful businesswoman.What appear to be two girlfriends catching up over lunch, is in fact a quick romp through the truth behind their seemingly perfect worlds. ‘You Look Amazing’ becomes tragically delicious as each lie slips from their lips… Language. Sexual situation.
Director/Producer: Tracey Needham
Writer: Jody Booth, Kim Fitzgerald
37 Minutes DV Cam Wednesday, July 18, 2007 7:15 pm
In this musical extravaganza, Dante, a 200-year-old zombie, falls in love with Claudia, a mortal girl. He tries to change his zombie self and pass as a human in order to get her to love him in return. What he doesn’t know is that Claudia is already in love with the zombie him. Filled with singing, dancing, blood and gore, Zombie Love will have you laughing all the way to your grave! Contains Gore www.zombielovethemovie.com
Writer: Yfke van Berckelaer, Darren Herczeg
Director: Yfke van Berckelaer
Producer: Aubrey Kershner