August is a twelve year old boy growing up on his family's dairy farm. His parents have separated and his mom has moved into another property on the farm while his father has started a relationship with a much younger woman. Navigating the literal and emotional distance between his parents' homes, August must grapple with whether he can complete a grisly job his father has assigned him.
Directed by Pippa Bianco
A 15-year-old girl returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her.
PANEL: FILM AS MEMOIR
PANELISTS: Alan Berliner, Doug Block, Gayle Kirschenbaum Moderated by Simon Kilmurry
We read so many memoirs in print, but what about memoirs in film format? Our FILM AS MEMOIR PANEL will investigate what it is that differentiates a film as a memoir, and what it is in its craftsmanship, thought process and production that turns it into a unique work of art. The Film as Memoir panel is comprised of some of the most influential and talented filmmakers who specialize in films in the first person and have taken the concept to its highest level. Find out what motivates them, what it takes to make an impactful and successful memoir film, and how their cohorts feel about being on screen and exposed.
This short film tells the story of Stanhope, a young teenager from a single parent home. He has an active imagination and escapes by reading and drawing comic book sketches. His mom Denise struggles to stay afloat with five kids and works two jobs to make ends meet, as a result Stanhope spends a great deal of time with his Grandmother. One day she agrees to buy him his first skateboard and what happens next changes the course of Stanhope's life when his morals take a tragic turn
Directed by Noa Roth
Deep family secrets and heartfelt attempts to heal broken relationships are the crux of today's Documentary Staff Pick, Family Matters, about the little known world of the extreme orthodox Jewish population. Directed by Noa Roth, Family Matters is her unflinching journey of self discovery as she tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of her parents shook the religious Israeli city of Bney Barak and affected the lives of their seven children. Her father was an esteemed rabbi; after she left with the children, her mother became a renowned author. The film follows a family divided between the conflicting worlds of the ultra-orthodox and the secular. Roth bravely travels among the ghosts of her childhood in an attempt to reunite her fractured family and, finally, start one of her own. Told with respect and love for both worlds, Family Matters is a testament to self-empowerment and the deep-seated force of religious life.
Under the waning light of a solar eclipse, two young best friends, Alice and Kristi, journey to a magical desert garden. Their mission is to capture an elusive and powerful sun drop, with which they plan to murder Alice's monstrous father. The real world intertwines with the magical in this journey into the power of a child's imagination. "
Shorts Program: Growing Up
MOSCOW NEVER SLEEPS
The Cut Through
Directed by Weldon Powers
Kenneth, a suburban husband, is tired of the neighborhood kids cutting through his backyard to get to the woods behind his house. One day, Kenneth decides to follow the kids into the woods, and he finds out about their discovery of a mysterious portal to an unknown place. With some peer pressure from the kids, Kenneth begins to question his own comfortable suburban lifestyle and considers jumping into the portal with them.
Directed by Andrew J. Bruntel
A solitary Game Warden spends one last day with his estranged daughter before she moves to Florida. When he sidetracks their day to investigate a strange sound heard deep in the woods, he risks their safety and jeopardizes his deep desire to reconnect.
Wait 'til the Wolves Make Nice
Directed by Jessica dela Merced
Confronting boredom in a crumbling southwest Detroit neighborhood, four young kids are tempted into sacrilege and destruction by the cool apathy of the older new kid in town.
Directed by Stefan Kubicki
Set in the 1960s, a cosmonaut confronts the death of his wife and daughter years earlier after his space capsule crash lands in the frozen steppes of Mongolia.
Directed by Julian Higgins
When an aging college professor confronts two trespassing hunters, he begins a battle of wills that tests his faith in everything he holds dear. Based on a story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke and starring Raymond J. Barry (Justified, Dead Man Walking), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), "Winter Light" is a modern-day Western thriller.
Directed by Miguel Silveira
A troubled fourteen-year-old boy grows increasingly isolated as he obsesses over the circumstances surrounding his father's death. His descent puts him on a dismal and potentially violent course that will lead to major truths and even greater questions.
Directed by Theo Sena
Two old friends take an awkward walk into their past.
Through the Breaking Glass
Directed by Ivan Mena-Tinoco
After waking up in a foreign land, Alice does not remember her name or how she got there. With evil forces at work, she will have to fight to survive Wonderland and get back to her daughter.
Directed by Joshua Alan Rogers
Jesse Ritter has been living with a secret. What begins as a quiet evening driving for Pick Up (the latest car service to share the road with Uber and Lyft), turns into a life changing journey filled with conversations about life, sex, stigma, and guilt, as Jesse falls for one of his passengers and is forced to confess the truth.
Directed by Mtume Gant
"Spit" is the story of Jeremiah Monk One Sinclair. A NYC Hip Hop artist who has reached a cross roads of trying to understand what is success and is edging to towards the end of his rope. A POV styled film, we enter the body of Monk One, travel in his world, seeing through his eyes the loss of passion, love for the music, life and city he once knew
The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé)
Directed by Marc Fouchard
A small town in Northern France, Alex, a young skinhead, enters Malik's grocery store.