2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Complete Lineup

The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will take place from October 18 - November 11. Throughout the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to meet celebrities at their films, tributes, parties, and galas. The popular Chairman’s Cruise will host many splashy events as well. Awards will be presented to stars including Anna Paquin and Lea Thompson, along with legends such as Ed Asner, Tab Hunter, and Ann-Margret. Earlier, I posted the lineup of special events and honored guests.

Screenings will take place at the following venues:

Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale, 503 SE 6 Street, downtown Fort Lauderdale
Cinema Paradiso-Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd, downtown Hollywood
Muvico Pompano 18, 2315 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach
Sunrise Civic Center Theater, 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise
Bailey Hall, Broward College Campus, 3501 Davie Rd, Davie

The film and events schedule and advance tickets are available online at www.FLIFF.com or call 954-525-3456. Get the free FLIFF app at iTunes or Google Play. The entire catalog is also available online HERE.

Here is the complete list of films for the 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (decriptions provided by the festival), including links to all available trailers:

 

2 + 2, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Features / Argentina / 2013 / 100 min / BluRay / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Diego Kaplan / Cast: Adrian Suar, Carla Peterson, Juan Minujin, Julieta Diaz

When the fun of double dating begins to grow old, Richard and Bettina share a dirty little secret with their friends Diego and Emilia. They live a double life as swingers and would love to share this practice with them. In this hilarious erotic comedy two couples explore their sexual boundaries while juggling their everyday lives with kids and soccer practice.

16 ACRES
American Indie - Documentary / USA / 2012 / 92 min / DCP / English
Directed by Richard Hankin
Special Guest: Mike Marcucci

What was once ground zero is now a frenzied construction site. Three thousand workers are building four of the tallest skyscrapers in America.   The rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the most architecturally, politically and emotionally complex urban renewal project in American history.  This is the story of how and why this historic project got built.  At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest intentions, the desire of everyone involved to “get it right,” and the politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City.

95 DECIBELS, World Premiere
American Indie – Short / USA / 2013 / 28 min / DVD / English 
Directed by Lisa Reznik

95 Decibels explores the emotional obstacles parents face when they get an unexpected diagnosis of hearing loss for their child.  Parents Erica and Dylan, who have normal hearing, seek the advice of medical professionals as well as parents of other hearing impaired children in coming to terms with the difficult decisions they must make for their deaf daughter. 95 Decibels is based on a true story. 

AFRICAN SAFARI 3-D, U.S. Premiere
Belgium / 2013 / 110 min / DCP / English
Director:  Ben Stassen

Take the ride of a lifetime on a thrilling safari across Africa, from Namibia to the Kilimanjaro, in exclusive, immersive 3-D.  nWave Pictures invites you to join zoologist, Liesl Eichenberger, and wildlife filmmaker, Tim Liversedge, on a new and exciting adventure as they explore the Okavango Delta, one of the most spectacular wildlife reserves on earth.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY,  Special Screening
Director: John Wells / Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

BACK TO THE FUTURE, Free Special Screening
USA / 1985 / 116 min / BluRay
Director: Robert Zemekis / Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Special Guest: Lea Thompson

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson star in this popular story of a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean and must make sure his
high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

BEAUTY AND THE BREAST, East Coast Premiere
American Indie - Documentary / Canada / 2013 / 86 min / BluRay / DCP / English
Director: Liliana Komorowska

A first-time documentary filmmaker offers a compelling insight into the devastating reality of breast cancer, as seen through the eyes of several female patients helping demystify the disease while painting poignant and often humorous intimate portraits of survival.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJfNbX7QjTo

BEHIND THE BLUE VEIL, Florida Premiere
World Cinema - Documentary / Mali-USA / 2013 / 60 min / DCP / Tamasheq & French w/English subtitles
Director: Robyn Symon

This compelling documentary by Emmy winning Producer/Director Robyn Symon (Dir. of Transformation: The Life & Legacy of Werner Erhard) is the first exclusive look behind the international headlines of the crisis in the Sahara and exposes the government corruption and neglect of an indigenous people who just might be the best hope for defeating Islamic radicals in the region.

THE BET, South Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 100 min / DCP / English
Director:  Finola Hughes / Cast: Scott Hagood, Tim T. Whitcomb, Portia Thomas, Mary O’Connor

High school senior Addison Smith lives with his widowed mom, Libby, and paternal grandfather Collier in Santa Barbara. At 18, still practicing to get his driver’s license, Addison has never been one to rush into things – including relationships with girls. Collier, in fact – a bit worried about his grandson’s development – pressures him into a friendly bet: which of them will be the first to seduce a lady. TRAILER: http://youtu.be/T610X5Ai6WQ

BLACK BOX, East Coast Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 84 min / HDCam / English
Director: Stephen Cone / Cast: Josephine Decker, Austin Pendleton, Jaclyn Hennell, Alex Weisman, Nick Vidal, Dennis William Grimes, Elaine Ivy Harris, Maggie Suma

A strong-willed graduate student in theatre directs a group of fresh-faced undergrads in an adaptation of a gothic 80s young adult novel, a process that alters them all in unexpected ways. The arrival of the book's author only furthers the ensemble's journey into the very personal, very real origins of narrative. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/71065585

THE BOY WHO SMELLS LIKE FISH
World Cinema – Feature / Mexico-Canada / 2013 / 91 min / DCP / English
Director: Analeine Caly Mayor / Cast: Ariadna Gil, Don Mckellar, Douglas Smith, Zoe Kravitz

At first glance, Mica seems a perfectly normal boy. But first glances can often be deceiving... For one, Mica's house is a museum managed by his mom honoring Guillermo Garibai, the legendary Mexican singer. Mica spends most of his time there while his mother is guiding tours to aging fans. But stranger still, Mica smells. He smells like fish. Numerous doctors, his life-long therapist and even his own parents are at a loss. No one wants to be Mica's friend. Girls won't talk to him. Despite the sensitive coaching of his therapies, his life appears pointless, uneventful, doomed. That is, until Laura walks into it.

BOYS DON’T CRY, Retrospective
American Indie – Feature / USA / 1995 / 118 min / BluRay / English
Director: Kimberely Peirce
Special Guest: Aphrodite Jones

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart.

BREAK THROUGH, South Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 61 min / BluRay / English
Director: Aaron Hosé / Cast: Gabrielle Shulruff, Alex Wall, Austen Edwards, Carson Summers, Eden Wetherell, Meshia Wright

In September 2010, 18 year-old Tyler Clementi took his own life following the online posting of a secret video, made by his roommate, of Tyler’s sexual encounter with another male student. This tragedy and betrayal touched people across the country, but none more intensely than young adults questioning modern sexual mores and how they affect their own sexual identities. Break Through is a raw, eye-opening documentary following a group of impassioned theatre students who come together to produce a play aiming to shed light on the many stigmas and equality-rights issues faced by LGBT youth in the United States today. Throughout the creative process, they face the truths about themselves and their families. In the end, they learn the importance of self-acceptance and of overcoming their fears, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

BROCHE DE ORO, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Puerto Rico / 2012 / 90 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Raúl Marchand Sánchez / Cast: Jacobo Morales, Luis Omar O'farrill, Diego de la Texera, Adrián García, Sara Pastor, Carmen Nydia Velázquez, Luis Raúl, Marian Pabón 

Friends Rafael, Anselmo and Pablo run away from the strict retirement home where they live, to enjoy a weekend of fun and frolic. Their trip takes them to a beach in Piñones where Rafael's grandson competes in a surfing contest. Together, the four of them have a day filled with laughs, love and camaraderie, in an adventure that unites three generations. Broche de Oro celebrates the power of family and living life to the fullest. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDCe2kEfuYg

BUONGIORNO PAPA (Out of the Blue), Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Italy / 2013 / 109 min / DCP / Italian w/English sub-titles
Director: Eduardo Leo / Cast: Raoul Bova, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Nicole Grimaudo, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Paola Tiziana Cruciani

Andrea is handsome, single and self-assured, with a skyrocketing career in an important agency for product placement. Everything in his life of one-night stands seems to be going great until one day at his door knocks Layla, a decidedly extravagant teenybopper, who claims to be his daughter, conceived during a fleeting, long time ago, summer romance

BY WAY OF HOME, Florida Premiere
American Indie - Feature / USA / 2013 / 82 min
Director: Isaak James / Cast: Eva James, Whitney Parshall, Beth Hasson, Alain Hasson & Isaak James
Special Guests: Isaak James, Eva James, Whitney Parshall

Set in a winter on Cape Cod that’s both bleak and beautiful, “By Way of Home” is an intimate portrait of a generation interrupted, a story about family, friendship, love and the ever more elusive American dream.

THE CASE, World Premiere
Short / USA-Japan / 2013 /12 min / BluRay / English
Directed by Brian Bayerl 

Marine Core Squad Leader, Albert Abbatiello, unlocks his case of personal artifacts to tell the story of the battle of Iwo Jima.

CELESTIAL WIVES OF THE MEADOW MARI (Nebesnye Zheny Lugovykh Mari), East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Russia / 2012 / 106 min / DCP / Russian w/English sub-titles
Director: Alexey Fedorchenko, Cast: Julia Aug, Yana Esipovich, Vasiliy Domrachev, Daria Ekamasova, Olga Dobrina, Yana Troyanova, Olga Degtyarova, Alexandr Ivashkevich, Yana Sexte

This is 22 short stories about women of Mari. The Mari (Mari: марий, Russian: марийцы), are a Finno-Ugric ethnic group, who have traditionally lived along the Volga and Kama rivers in Russia.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/64658899

CHASING SHAKESPEARE, East Coast Premiere
American Indie - Feature /USA / 2013 / 116 min / HDCam / English
Directed by:  Norry Niven / Cast: Danny Glover, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinale, Chelsea Ricketts
Special Guest: Norry Niven

Chasing Shakespeare is a beautiful, enchanting, love story about a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death. 
TRAILER:  www.chasingshakespeare.com

CHECKPOST, World Premiere
Short / Pakistan /  2013 / 12 min / BluRay / English  & Urdu, Pashto w/English sub-titles
Director: Aneel Ahmad

On a remote highway in Pakistan, the sandy roadside reverberates with the sound of a sudden gunshot. A lone film crew instinctively hits the ground. As they scramble to their feet, dusting off their western attire, they notice one member of their troupe remains on the roadside, holding his stomach. Elsewhere, Roshan Khan and his son Sheikhu make their way across Pakistan making a routine delivery. From the moment the golden shell tore into British documentary filmmaker Shahid Mehboob, a chain of International events were initiated

CinemAbility, Florida Premiere
American Indie - Documentary / USA / 2013 / 98 min / DCP / English
Director: Jenni Gold
Special Guests: Jenni Gold & Jeff Maynard

From the early days of silent films to present day, from Chaplin to X-Men, disability portrayals are ever changing. This dynamic documentary takes a detailed look at the evolution of "disability" in entertainment. Featuring: Ben Affleck, Michael Apted, Adam Arkin, Peter Bogdanovich, Geena Davis, Peter Farrelly, Jamie Foxx among many more.

THE COCAINE ROUTE, US Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / Colombia & France / 2013 / 52 min / DigiBeta / English
Director: Thierry Gaytan

The Cocaine Route: A survey of the Franco-Colombian journalist Thierry Gaytan during two years of work, is chilling.  He took great risks to make this documentary has just been released in France.
The reporter put together a chain of cocaine from producer to consumer. The most impressive part of the film is taking place in Colombia. At the heart of the Andes, farmers cultivate coca discreetly. This area of 8500 km2 is the largest site in the world.  In a village worthy of the Far (Wild) West at the foot of the mountains where a farmer transforms drugs: coca leaves, the cleanser, soda, gasoline and cement.  In Medellin, the director has an appointment with Lieutenant a big drug dealer. Meeting with armed traffickers of cocaine stuffed and made nervous by the camera is the best time experiencing the film.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  It also assists the working methods of a French dealer, used to provide an easy Parisian customers...

DOWN AND DANGEROUS, East Coast Premiere
American Indie - Feature/ USA-Mexico / 2013 / 95 min / DCP / English & Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Zak Forsman / Cast: John T. Woods, Paulie Rojas, Ross Marquand, Judd Nelson

Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers coerce him into designing a foolproof plan to bring several kilos of cocaine across the México border, he maneuvers to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a sharp-witted woman from his past enlists his help to escape this rival outfit, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood as a smuggler and his integrity as a man. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/50881570

A DROP OF WATER, World Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / Cambodia / 2013 / 98 min / BluRay
Director: Gus Cantavero

Cambodia has a history of many difficult problems that continue to persist despite years of multi-billion dollar top-down reform efforts. The film chronicles a few Christian organizations led by a Cambodian/American partnership that are trying a new approach from the bottom-up, loving one person at a time. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/68826392

EL AMOR NO ES LO QUE ERA (Love’s Not What It Used To Be), East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Spain / 2013 / 89 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Gabriel Ochoa / Cast: Alberto San Juan, Aida Folch, Nicolás Coronado, Blanca Romero, Petra Martínez Y Carlos Álvaraz-Nóvoa, Con La Colaboracion De Jose Coronado

Alex comes across Lucia’s life, two youngsters who start discovering each other-the escape velocity will determine their future-. Paz and Jorge see how their relationship is fading and they don’t know what to do-Hyperbola, whose bodies will never go back to their point of origin-. Albert and Irene meet after some decades of separation-Parabola whose trajectories –it seemed- were not going to join again-. Love´s Not What It Used to Be is the story of the physical law of divergent trajectories.

EVERYTHING HERE IS FINE, U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Iran / 2013 / 75 min / BluRay / Farsi w/English sub-titles
Director: Pourya Azarbaijany / Cast: Marziyyeh Valipor, Erfan Nazeri, Pantea Sirooz, Nadar Mashayeka, Daryoosh Faezi, Shaqhayeq Rad

It is a time of great joy and anticipation.  Arghavan, a young woman of 25, is preparing for her wedding.  However, an attack derails those plans.  Accusations and insinuations become the norm and Arghavan, who once fought so bravely, must fight again for her future.  But is strong and brave enough to undo the damage that has been done and face the callous many that are her detractors.

extraordinary: the stan romanek story, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 80 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jon Sumple / Featuring: Stan Romanek, Lisa Romanek, Dr. Leo Sprinkle, Dr. Stanislav O'Jack, Dr. Claude Swanson, Paola Harris

Stan Romanek is at the center of world’s most documented extraterrestrial contact story, and the multitude of evidence accumulated over the past decade has convinced thousands around the world his story is true. This documentary film takes audiences on a journey through Stan’s past, present and future with one goal in mind: Help the world understand that no one knowingly chooses the challenges Stan and his family have endured.

FAVOR, Florida Premiere
American Indie - Feature/ USA / 2013 / 102 min
Director: Paul Osborne / Cast: Blayne Weaver, Patrick Day, Cheryl Nichols, Christina Rose, Rosalie Ward, Alison Martin and Jeffrey Combs
Special Guest: Paul Osborne

Kip Desmond has gotten everything he's ever wanted: a thriving career, beautiful wife and an affluent lifestyle, all of which is put in jeopardy when Abby, the waitress with whom he's having a casual fling, is accidentally killed.  Desperate, he ends up on the doorstep of childhood friend Marvin Croat and asks him for a huge favor: help get rid of the body.This gruesome circumstance begins a series of events which unravels Kip and Marvin’s lifelong friendship, leading both men to murderous acts neither had ever suspected themselves capable  TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/60913754

FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA, East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / Moloka’i Kaua’i, Hawai’i / 2013 / 26 min / BluRay / Pidgin English w/English sub-titles
Director: Mary Lambert / Cast: Mauna Kea Trask, Mac Poepoe

A co-production of Kauai based filmmaker Teresa Tico, Honolulu based Pacific Islanders In Communication, and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA tells the story of Native Hawaiians on the island of Molokai who are using ancient conservation methods to restore fisheries in the waters of their island. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/64973042

FLORIDA CROSSROADS: Florida's Underground Railroad, Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Short Documentary / USA / Florida and South Carolina / 2012 / 30 min / BluRay / English

This film is about the underground railroad heading South to Spanish Florida prior to the railroad heading north to Ohio, PA,, and Canada.  This production was partially filmed during the 6th Annual National Park Service Underground Railroad Conference held in St. Augustine in 2012.

THE FLORIDA SUITE
Sunshine Celluloid / USA / 2013 / 41 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jeff Thompson / Cast: Andrew Graham, Pauline Graham
Special Guest: Jeff Thompson, Joyce Wilden

The Florida Suite is a musical, poetic film about Andrew Graham, a retired lawyer who lives in a log cabin in the middle of his 13-acre citrus grove.  Living with him are three friendly dogs and his 90 year old mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The film is structured to, and takes its name from, Frederick Delius' Florida Suite, a beautiful four-movement tone poem.  The theme is nurturing, and the healing power of nature, as Graham takes care of his organic citrus, his dogs, and his mother.

A FRAGILE TRUST: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times - Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 77 min / HDCam / English
Director: Samantha Grant

A FRAGILE TRUST tells the shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.  In 2003 Blair was caught plagiarizing and supplementing his own reporting with fabricated details in dozens of stories published in the Times. The daily operations of the Times newsroom became a public spectacle as every major news outlet picked up the story and ran with it. The fact that Blair is African-American was emphasized again and again as accounts of the ‘Blair Affair’ served up sordid details in a soap-opera style tale of deception, drug abuse, racism, mental illness, hierarchy, white guilt, and power struggles inside the hallowed halls of the New York Times. Through the course of the film, we follow Blair as he slowly unravels in the face of mounting pressures and distractions.
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/66771401

FREE RIDE, Southeast – Opening Night Film
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 83 min / HDCam / English
Director: Shana Betz / Cast: Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Ava Acres

True Crime/Drama 1978: After a string of abusive relationships and dead end jobs, Christina Miller comes to the realization that there’s nothing left for her and her two young daughters, thirteen-year-old MJ and seven-year-old Shell, in blue-collar Ohio. An inviting phone call from her free-spirited friend, Sandy, is all Christina needs to pack up her belongings and load the kids into a Chrysler bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

GARIBALDI'S LOVERS, Florida Premiere –Centerpiece Film
World Cinema – Feature / Italy – Switzerland / 2012 / 108 min / DCP / Italian w/English sub-titles
Director: Silvio Soldini / Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Valerio Mastendrei, Serena Pintucci, Michele Maganza, Luca Dirodi, Alba Rohrwacher, Claudia Gerinni, Luca Zingaretti, Guiseppi Battiston, Neri Marcori, Guiseppi Cenderna

Garibaldi’s Lovers presents a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while at the same time casting a critical eye on modern life in the city. Widowed plumber Leo is struggling to deal with the growing pains of his two adolescent children, when his life intersects with penniless artist Diana and her eccentric landlord Amanzio. Through a hilarious series of coincidences, they give each other new hope for their futures - and for the city itself, so emblematic of our times.

THE GEOGRAPHER DRANK HIS GLOBE AWAY (Geograf Globus Propil), US Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Russia / 2012 / 120 min / DCP / Russian w/English sub-titles
Director: Alexandr Veledinsky / Cast : Konstantin Khabenskiy, Elena Lyadova, Aleksandr Robak, Anna Ukolova, Evgenia Brik, Agrippina Steklova, Anfisa Chernykh, Anna Sinyakona, Andrey Prytkov, Ilya Ilyinykh, Artyom Orlov, Viktor Uzun

Young biologist Viktor Sluzhkin, suffering from lack of money, becomes a teacher of geography in a secondary school in the city of Perm’. At first he has to fight with pupils but he soon becomes their friend, taking them rafting. He quarrels with the Deputy Principal, drinks wine with his friends, tries to get on with his wife and takes his young daughter to the kindergarten. It is just a life… but Aleksey Ivanov wrote this ordinary private story with such recklessness, such tenderness, such acuteness that The Geographer Drank His Globe Away became, as it is often the case with good books, a story about everyone.

GIRL ON A BICYCLE, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Germany / 2013 / 110 min / DCP / English
Director: Jeremy Levin / Cast: Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, Paddy Considine, Louise Monot, Stephane Debac

From the director of “Don Juan De Marco” and the producers of the Academy Award winning movie “The Lives of Others”, comes this charming and fun-filled romantic comedy about Paolo, an Italian living in Paris who is very much in love with his German girl-friend Greta. Just when he has finally proposed to her, he bumps into Cécile, a gorgeous French girl on a bicycle.

GOOD MEN,
Short / USA / 2011 / 12 min / English
Director: Brian Connors

A drama about two elderly Jewish friends who get into an argument over the controversial circumstances surrounding 9/11.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / UK / 2013 / 128 min / DCP / English
Director: Mike Newell / Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewen Bremer, Sally Hawkins

Pip, a 10-year old orphan boy from a working class family, is surprised one winter's day by an escaped convict who demands tools to remove his chains. Terrified, Pip does as he's asked but the convict is ambushed and thrown back into his dreadful prison ship that border the marshes by Pip's home.

H2indO, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / Indonesia - U.S.A. / 2012 / 76 min / English
Director: Brent Deal / Featuring: Dave Kalama, Connor Baxter, Slater Trout, Talia (Gangini) Decoite, Chuck Patterson, Dave Boehne & Jamie Mitchell

H2indO is an exciting journey to Indonesia with seven of the world's greatest stand up paddlers.  Dave Kalama, Connor Baxter, Slater Trout, Talia (Gangini) Decoite, Chuck Patterson, Dave Boehne & Jamie Mitchell travel to Indonesia on a private boat to stand up paddle Indo's most famous surf breaks. The result is a personal and compelling look at the world's fastest growing sport through the eyes of the sport’s top athletes.

HALIMA'S PATH, Florida Premiere
World Cinema / Croatia-Slovenia-Bosnia-Herzegovina / 2012 / 93 min / DCP
Director: Arsen Anton Ostojic / Cast: Alma Prica, Olga Pakalovic, Mijo Jurisic, Mustafa Nadarevic, Miraj Grbic, Daria Lorenci Flatz

Halima’s Path tells the tragic but inspiring story of a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman Halima who tries, without success, to find the remains of her son who was killed in the Bosnian War and buried in one of the many mass graves. She realizes that she must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him. After finding her, Halima discovers a horrifying fact from her worst nightmares. With this discovery, the spiral of tragic events from the past would continue in the present, disrupting once again the troubled lives of the characters.

HIDDEN MOON, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Mexico / 2013 / 120 min / HDCam / English & Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Pepe Bojorquez / Cast: Wes Bentley, Ana Serradilla, Johnathon Schaech, Osvaldo De León, Héctor Jiménez, Alejandra Ambrosi, Chandra West, Emily Foxler, Scarlett Chorvat, Olga Segura, Alan Gutiérrez, Jackson Hurst, Adriana Louvier, Riley Voelkel, Patricia Eguía, César Ramos, Angélica María, Linda Gray

A mysterious and beautiful young woman walks the center aisle interrupting a funeral service of a very wealthy man from Southern California. No one seems to know her but her beauty attracts the attention of everyone. Her suffering is so profound, it creates the impression she knew the deceased very well. She leaves the funeral without speaking to anyone, in her wake remains a trail of burning questions. The mystery of her identity challenges the tranquility of the man's family - especially his devastated widow. The man's responsible son follows her to Mexico to find out who she is and what her real intentions are.

HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET, World Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 90 min / BluRay / English
Director: Arthur Luhn / Cast: Eric Roberts, Ethan Embry, Alex Rocco, Courtney Gains, and Jessica Sonneborn

House Across the Street is the story of Amy whose fate couldn’t be much better after moving into a new apartment with a new job for what she hopes is a fresh start on her life. However, it’s not long before she starts to notice strange things happening at the house across the street. By nature a curious girl, Amy is compelled to investigate further. The more she finds out, the closer she gets to the center of the horrific truth that threatens to tear apart her new town and ruin its people. It’s all she can do, to stop her life from falling apart at the same time she tries to unravel the deep evil behind the house across the street in this cerebral psychological thriller. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DlTL_LkvwA

IAN HARVIE SUPERHERO, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 71 min
Director: Liam K. Smith / Cast: Ian Harvie
Special Guest: Ian Harvie

Ian Harvie’s debut stand-up comedy concert film, Superhero, is the culmination of his very personal journey of having been born a girl and later becoming a self-made man. It’s Ian’s facile sense of ease, not just his gender-bending presence that makes his humor groundbreaking; and has lead him to make history on more than one occasion.

IMAGINE, US Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Poland / 2012 / 105 min / English & Portuguese w/English sub-titles
Director: Andrzej Jakimowski / Cast: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara

 

Ian, a charismatic new spatial orientation instructor, arrives at a topnotch Lisbon school for the visually impaired. He is taking up the position of teacher with blind patients. The head teacher hires Ian under condition that the children will not be exposed to any danger as they learn to move around by themselves.

THE INSOMNIAC, East Coast Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 94 min / HDCam / English
Director: Monty Miranda / Cast: Eddy Salazar, Clare Grant, Keith Szarabajka, John Heard, and Danny Trejo

John Figg seems to have it all - a beautiful soon-to-be fiancé, a loving dog, a new promotion, and loyal friends - until the house he inherits gets viciously robbed. Convinced a robbery will happen again and by someone he knows, John develops a severe case of insomnia. John goes through a downward spiral, choosing to stay awake until he catches his culprit. He has reasons to accuse all and note pads to write out all his irrational - and sometimes rational - convictions. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/73178246

INTERRUPTED DESTINIES (Destinos Interrumpidos), Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / USA & Colombia / 2012 / 90 min / BluRay / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Directors: Danny Holguin & Juan Carlos Echeverria

The real story of two men who, after 26 years, find out they were switched at birth due to hospital error.   Both men grow up less than seven miles from each other. One man, Carlos Mario is raised in an upper class neighborhood in the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia. The other man, is raised in an under privileged village by the name of Turbaco. With their destinies switched, ironically Carlos Mario who grew up in a wealthy society lacks affection from his siblings and suffers the abuse of his alcoholic father. On the other hand, Ramsis lacked materialistic luxuries but is raised by a loving and caring family who singles him out as their favorite son.  Genetics play a pivotal role in this story. The behavioral traits of the two men are completely opposite to the families that raised them for 26 years, but identical to their lost and found biological families. The poetic style of the story comes alive as it evolves around one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities of the Americas.

INTIMATE PARTS (Intimnie Mesta), U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Russia / 2013 / 80 min / DCP / Russian w/English sub-titles
Directors: Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov / Cast: Juriy Kolokolnikov, Julia Aug, Olesya Sudzilovskaya, Nikita Tarasov, Kseniya Katalymova, Alexey Chupov, Ekaterina Scheglova, Timur Badalbeyly, Dinara Yankovskaya, Pavel Artemiev, Anastasia Kholodniakova

“Intimate Parts” is an ironic melodrama about middle-class Muscovites.  Each of them has a personal secret, hidden from others - the “intimate part”. The main character, a scandalous photographer Ivan, juxtaposes himself to others. He is convinced that people are born to be happy; and happiness is freedom to stay true to one’s self.  The real question is: how safe is it to let your inner self out?
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/64724977 (CAUTION: CONTAINS NUDITY)

ITALIAN MOVIES, East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / ITALY / 2012 / 99 min / DCP / Italian w/English sub-titles
Director: Matteo Pellegrini / Cast: Aleksei Guskov, Eriq Ebouaney, Anita Kravos, Michele Venitucci, Neil D’souza, Tiziana Catalano, Melanie Gerren, Harvey Virdi, Filippo Timi

During the night shift in the TV studios where a famous soap opera is filmed, a group of immigrant cleaners finds the cameras locker door open. One of them has an idea: one of his friends is getting married and it would be a great present to shoot his wedding ceremony. Soon this first experience becomes a real parallel business that involves one by one, all of them, pushing them to dare more and more...

JIMMY P., Southeast Premiere - Special Screening
World Cinema – Feature / France / 2013 / 114 min / DCP / English
Director: Arnaud Desplechin / Cast : Benicio Del Toro, Elya Baskin, Gina Mckee, Larry Pine, Mathieu Amalric

Based on a true story - the development of an extraordinary friendship between a troubled Native American veteran and his maverick French psychoanalyst. At the end of World War II, Jimmy Picard, an American Blackfoot who fought in France, arrives at the renowned Winter Veterans Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Jimmy suffers from excruciating migraines and sudden losses of sight and hearing, and despite a barrage of tests, his condition mystifies the doctors. Unable to help him and unhappy with their diagnosis of schizophrenia, they decide to seek the help of Georges Devereux, a maverick French anthropologist and analyst.

JOSEPHINE, SINGLE & FABULOUS , US Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / France / 2013 / 88 min / DCP / French w/English sub-titles
Director: Agnes Obadia / Cast: Marilou Berry, Mehdi Nebbou, Bérengère Krief, Charlie Dupont, Alice Pol,   Bruno Podalydès

Josephine hates her job, her big ass, her married boyfriend, her job and can no longer stand the pressure from her parents and perfect sister, who all think that at 30, it’s high time she found a suitable husband. So when her sister announces her own engagement, things – due to Josephine’s own announcement soon come crashing down. Barely scraping through a series of completely wacky adventures, Josephine at least gains a chance at finding true love, at last…

JUST A SIGH, Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / France / 2013 / 104 min / DCP / English & French w/English sub-titles
Director: Jerome Bonnell / Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne, Gilles Privat, Aurelia Petit, Laurent Capulluto, Francoise Lebrun, Denis Menochet

Alix is an actress on-location in Calais, a French city overlooking the English Channel, quite close to the Chunnel that links France to England.  The train can take 90 minutes to two hours.  Rehearsals and now performance of the play has been draining, and Alix seizes the opportunity to take a quick jaunt to Paris as an escape from the rigors of the play...a simple get-away between performances.

KRISSY BELLE, World Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Feature / USA-Florida / 2013 72 min /BluRay / English
Director: Alyn Darnay / Cast: Carole Wood, Johnathan Christian Fernandez, Izzy Martinez, Andrea Ocampo Haley, Gene J. Picchi, Vivi Pineda, Danny Debs, Remington

KRISSY BELLE, a bubbly ex-cheerleader, trophy wife and complete Southern Belle from Georgia is forced to start life over as a single woman after 15 years of marriage to an extremely wealthy man who enjoyed cheating and lying as his favorite past time. As part of her divorce settlement she gets one of her ex-husband's Florida based companies where Krissy finds herself relocated right in the middle of Miami’s Latin Community. Without a clue to the language and the odd cultural surroundings Krissy dives head first into an adventure in “Hispanic culture shock”.

THE LAST HIT, World Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid / USA / 2013 / 90 min / BluRay / English
Director: Mike Glier / Cast: Louis Pappas, Maya Juchtman, Irwin Levenstein

Driven by revenge, Simon Carson is an elite killer for the local crime syndicate. One day he is sent to dispose of a young girl. He decides to instead save her. This signals the beginning of a thrilling struggle to stay alive as an odd assortment of hired killers and mercenaries try to hunt them both down and kill them. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/61855482

LAST VEGAS, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / DCP / English
Director: Jon Turteltaub / Cast: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen, Jerry Ferrara, Romany Malco, Roger Bart

Starring four legends like you’ve never seen them before, Last Vegas tells the story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam (played by Academy Award®-winners Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline), best friends since childhood.  When Billy, the group's sworn bachelors, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend,  the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined.

LETTERS, World Premiere
Short / USA / 2013 / 23 min BluRay / English
Director: John Rhee

WW2 1944 - three soldiers, two Rangers and a lost Airborne, gets pinned down by a German sniper. Depleted of tools and low on ammo, they must set aside their differences and get out of this predicament and make rendezvous point or be left behind.

LION ARK, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / Bolivia / 2013 / 98 min / DCP / English
Director: Tim Phillips / Cast: Jan Creamer;  Tim Phillips; Alexis Diaz Limaco;  Pat Craig; Ximena Flores; Bob Barker; David Kopp Valdivia; Jorja Fox; Dr. Mel Richardson

More action adventure than traditional documentary, Lion Ark follows the world's most ambitious and daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events actually unfold. A shocking undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia.

LITTLE ONE, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / South Africa / 2012 / 84 min / DCP / English & Zulu w/English sub-titles
Director: Darrel J. Roodt / Cast: Lindiwe Ndlovu, Vuyelwa Msimang, Luzuko Nqetom

The story of a 6 year old girl named Vuyelwa who is left for dead in a field near a township in Johannesburg. She is found by a middle aged woman named Pauline, who rushes her to hospital. After saving her life, it comes to light that the little girl has been raped and her face badly beaten. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/61885810

LO AZUL DEL CIELO, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Colombia / 2013 / 112 min / HDCam / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Juan Alfredo Uribe / Cast: Aldemar Correa, María Gaviria, Jhon Alex Toro, Ruth Gabriel, Noëlle Schönwald, Carlos Arango, Hedras Urrego

Camilo is a 23 year-old member of the middle class in Medellin, Colombia. After serving in the army, he returns home eager to make a new life for himself. His relationship with his family is a source of constant conflict, and finally they give him an ultimatum: find a job or move out. He spends most of his time playing in a neighborhood indoor soccer league, and there, in a stroke of luck, his coach Berri offers him an opportunity to make some easy money. TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-AgLywH7EY

LOVE IS IN THE AIR (Amour & Turbulences), East Coast Premiere 
World Cinema – Feature / France / 2013 / 96 min / DCP / French w/English sub-titles
Director: Alexandre Castagnetti / Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Nicholas Bedos, Jonathan Cohen, Arnaud Ducret, Brigette Catillion, Jackie Berroyer

Antoine, an attractive Parisian lawyer living in New York returns to Paris.  Julie, an equally beautiful, young French woman, who finally has found Mr. Right, also flies back to Paris from New York.  What’s the chance they will meet?

LOVE TOMORROW, U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / UK / 2012 / 80 min / DCP / English
Director: Christopher Payne / Cast: Cindy Jourdain, Arionel Vargas, Max Brown, Samuel Barnett

Set in present day London, LOVE TOMORROW is the story of a former Royal Ballet dancer whose life is turned upside down after receiving devastating news. Wandering the underground in a torment of pain and confusion, a chance encounter with a charismatic Cuban ballet dancer called Oriel offers a temporary distraction. Oriel overlooks her engagement ring and suggests she spends some time with him. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE_p2yRkXdQ&feature=player

LOVELESS ZORITSA, East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Serbia-Poland-Cyprus-Greece / 2012 / 80 min / DCP / Serbian w/En
Directors: Christina Hadjicharalambous & Radoslav Pavkovic / Cast:  Branislav Trifunovic, Ljuma Penov, Mirjana Karanovic, Nikola Pejakovic, Mihailo Janketic

Her name is Zoritsa, but the raged villagers name her “the kiss of death". Since her first love got mysteriously drawn in the river, everyone who falls in love with Zoritsa ends up dead. Set in a Balkan village where superstition still rules life and the impossible still happens every day, Mane, the young city policeman has to find out whether Zoritsa is a serial killer, or just a girl bearing an extraordinary curse. TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GksyHzBWFus

MAGICAL UNIVERSE, South Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / US / 2013 / 77 Min / DCP / English
Director: Jeremy Workman

Filmed for over a decade (using nearly 15 different cameras), MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a wondrous and moving portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old outsider artist who spends all his days alone in a labyrinthine house in Maine creating outlandish works of art -- mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in complex dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee's amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle.  TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/60837391

THE MAKING OF GREAT VOICES SING JOHN DENVER, World Premiere
American Indie-Documentary / US-UK / 2013/ 90 min / Format / English
Director:  Kenneth Shapiro

John Denver and opera fans alike have something to look forward to as we go behind the scenes of the creation of the new CD called 'Great Voices Sing John Denver'. Legendary music producer, Milton Okun along with arranger and conductor Lee Holdridge, bring some of the most famous names in opera to sing John Denver's famous hit songs. Featured artists include Placido Domingo, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani (singing in English and Italian) Patricia Racette, Rene Pape, Nathan Gunn, Dolora Zajick, Thomas Hampson, Rod Gilfry, Denyce Graves, Shenyang (singing in English and Mandarian) Daniel Montenegro, Placido Domingo Jr., Stuart Skelton and Barbara Padilla. Each artist got to select the song they wanted and share with us their reasons.

MAMAROSH, U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Serbia, Germany and Hungary / 2013 / English + Serbian & Hungarian w/English sub-titles
Director: Momcilo Mrdakovic / Cast: Bogdan Diklić, Mira Banjac, Bane Vidaković, Anita Mančić

Dreamy, middle-age guy Pera is film projectionist and still lives with his mother Mara in Belgrade. Pera is also film aficionado and quite content to be in his mother’s company.  In 1999, NATO begins bombing Serbia in hopes of ending the war.  Pera and Mara become homeless refugees. A very surreal journey ensues, and Pera and Mara end up in New York. Pera soon realizes he cannot do his old job anymore, one he loves so much. While he and his mother were trying to survive, the new age of cinema digital projection was born.

MANDELA: A Long Walk To Freedom, Florida Premiere - Special Screening
World Cinema – Feature / UK / 2013 / 152 min / English
Director: Justin Chadwick / Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Mark Elderkin, Robert Hobbs, Gys de Villiers, Tony Koroge, Theo Landey, Grant Swanby, Adam Neill

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) directing.

A MAN OF THE WORLD, Florida Premiere
Short / USA / 2013 / 18 min / BluRay / English
Director: John Fingal O’Donnell

A young man about to ship off to Vietnam, visits his father to discover how he survived the holocaust in order to find the hope necessary to survive his own.

ME YOU AND FIVE BUCKS, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 90 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jaime Zevallos / Cast: Angela Sarafyan, Jaime Zevallos, Shahrooz Nateghi, Daniel Chaffin, Michelle Gracie, Tobi Gadison, Michael Elian, Emerald Robinson, Erica Bachelor

A womanizing yet lovable loser, Charlie, a waiter in his early 30's who dreams of selling his book entitled "7 STEPS OF HEALING THE MALE BROKEN HEART" finds himself still working in restaurants to survive in the Big Apple. Low on cash, he's left with no other choice but to look for a roommate to share his tiny studio. Surprisingly, the first person to answer the ad is his ex and only love of his life Pam, who broke his heart and disappeared without reason and the inspiration behind his book. The Pam he remembered was a youthful spirit with lots of money who is now broke and disheveled.

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA, Retrospective
American Studio Film / USA / 1947 / 157 min / DVD / English
Director: Dudley Nichols / Cast: Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Katina Paxinou, Kirk Douglas

The story is an updated version of the classic Greek tragedy of Agamemnon, the commander who returned from Troy hungry for a renewed life with his spouse only to find that his wife has strayed with a younger man (that could be his own son). She poisons him and then (she and her lover) must suffer the wrath of her own son and daughter, who are then haunted by guilt and their own demons (including near incestuous jealousy) for their vengeful act.

MOZAYIK, World Premiere
World Cinema – Short Documentary / Haiti / 2013 / 31 min / DVD / Haitian Creole w/English sub-titles
Director: Jon Bougher

Mozayik is the story of Augustin Mona in his fight against the forced eviction of his tent camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, years after an earthquake devastated the country. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/64182760

MY SWEET PEPPER LAND, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Iraq-Iran-Turkey-France / 2013 / 100 min / DCP / Kurdish w/English sub-titles
Director: Hiner Saleem / Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Korkmaz Arslan, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan, Feyyaz Duman, Tarik Akreyi, Véronique Wüthrich

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran, Iraq and Turkey. It is a lawless territory, right at the heart of illegal drug, medication and alcohol trafficking.

NEBRASKA, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 105 min / DCP / English
Director: Alexander Payne / Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, June Squibb

A poor old man living in Montana escapes repeatedly from his house to go to Nebraska to collect a sweepstakes prize he thinks he has won. Frustrated by his increasing dementia, his family debates putting him into a nursing home -- until one of his two sons finally offers to take his father by car, even as he realizes the futility. En route the father is injured, and the two must rest a few days in the small decaying Nebraska town where the father was born and where, closely observed by the son, he re-encounters his past.

NO SMALL PARTS, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Short Documentary / USA / 2013 / 25 min / BluRay / English
Director: Marilyn Agrelo

NO SMALL PARTS is an inspiring story about a group of grade school kids who come together to stage the first musical their school has ever done. They’ve got the drive, but will they be able to put together an ambitious show in just a few weeks? As the students find their voices, NO SMALL PARTS offers a heartwarming look to the importance of keeping theater in schools.

NOT ANYMORE: A Story of Revolution, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Short Documentary / Syria & Turkey / 2013 / 15 min / HDCam / English & Syrian w/English sub-titles
Director: Matthew VanDyke

The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_hwm5MSlIQ


OIL SANDS KARAOKE, U.S. Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / Canada / 2013 / 82 min / DCP / English
Director: Charles Wilkinson / Featuring: Dan Debrabandere, Chad Ellis, Iceis rain, Jason Sawchuk, Brandy Willier

Karaoke Oil Sands follows five oil patch workers vying to win a karaoke contest in one of the most controversial places on the planet; Northern Alberta’s infamous Tar Sands. These five characters know they’re at the center of a global controversy and yet they continue to work there. Not only that, but they work long hours every day for extended periods, endure extreme physical hardship, and enjoy very few pleasures.  TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/62965248

ONE CHANCE, Special Screening
World Cinema – Feature / UK / 2013 / DCP / English
Director: David Frankel / Cast: James Corden, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper, Alexandra Roach

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win 'Britain’s Got Talent' and the hearts of millions.

ONE SPARK – The World's Crowdfunding Festival, Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Short Documentary / USA / 2012 / 28 min / .mov / English
Director: Tony Sarte

In the spring of 2012, innovative minds from all over the nation converged on Jacksonville, FL for their shot at a $250,000 crowdfund.  Experience this first ever crowdfunding festival as it proves that game changers can come from anywhere. Trailer:  http://vimeo.com/kennetic/onespark

A PERFECT MAN, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Netherlands / 2012 / 95 min / English
Director: Kees Van Oostrum / Cast : Jeanne Tripplehorn, Liev Schreiber

After years of marriage, a man is left by his wife because of his numerous affairs. One day, he gets a phone call but it's the wrong number. However, he starts a relationship over the phone with the stranger and it is the most open and honest relationship he has ever had.

THE PIN, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Canada / 2013 / 85 min / DCP / Yiddish w/English sub-titles
Director: Naomi Jaye / Cast: David Fox, Grisha Pasternak, Milda Geicate

Two young people find love while in hiding during WWII. The boy, now an old man, works as a Shomer, a religious watchman responsible for guarding the souls of the dead before their burial. One night he comes face-to-face with his long lost love when her dead body is wheeled into the morgue where he works. As he is presented with a final chance at redemption, he recalls the brief but intense circumstances of their love affair.

POLYESTER, Retro Screening
Feature/USA/1981/  86 min / English
Director: John Waters / Cast: Divine, Tab Hunter

Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is an alcoholic Baltimore housewife with lots of family problems. Her husband is cheating on her, her daughter does suggestive dances at school for money, her son has a foot fetish, and even the family pet is disturbed. Just as she hits bottom, a dreamy man, Todd Tomorrow (Hunter) comes along, seemingly to rescue her. Unsure if he is too good to be true, Francine turns to her best friend Cuddles to help her decide.

THE PRECOCIOUS AND BRIEF LIFE OF SABINA RIVAS, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Mexico / 2012 / 116 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Luis Mandoki / Cast: Greisy Mena, Joaquin Cosio

Honduran teenager Sabina Rivas intends to get to the United States, harboring dreams of becoming a famous singer and distancing herself from her former young lover, Jovany, now a vicious gang member. To traverse the Suchiate River (the first stage of the journey to the US) and to dream about a better life is easy. The terrible challenge is to cross Mexico: Sabina is confined on the Mexican-Guatemalan border by the brothel matron, the Mexican Consul, the Mexican and American migratory agents, the drug trafficking networks, the army, the gangs, and her unfortunate reunion with Jovany.

THE PRIME MINISTERS: The Pioneers, Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – DocuDrama / Israel, / 2013 / 115 min / DCP / English
Director: Richard Trank / Voice-overs: Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir, Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard Nimoy as Levi Eshkol, Christoph Waltz as Menachem Begin

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers, takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers, through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The first of two parts, the documentary focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the 6 Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the U.S., the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. Trailer: http://youtu.be/BqmuUajmUVc

THE ROCKET, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Laos / 2013 / 96 min / Laotian w/English sub-titles
Director: Kim Mordaunt / Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong

Laos: A boy (Ahlo, 10), who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (9) and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father's trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home.

RUN STINKY RUN, World Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Feature / Florida / 2013 / 89 min / DVD / English
Director: Neil Golin / Cast: Jennifer Joy, Erik Bello, Peter Marzilli, Brandi Rudicil, Marybeth Orman

Rose Calhoun is working as a cocktail waitress and happy with her life. Through a series of weird events, Rose begins emitting a supernatural level of pheromones. To women, she smells horribly. But to men, her pheromone odor is so sensually intoxicating that the blood rushing from their heads to their groins causes them to grow instant erections, become amorously faint and lose consciousness. Caught on camera as men collapse around her, Rose becomes a viral Internet sensation, which sends her running for her life and freedom. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xufzwrqwcv4&feature=youtu.be

SALVO, Fabio Grassadonia, Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / Italy / 2013 / 105 min / DCP / Italian w/English sub-titles
Director: Antonio Piazza / Cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio, Mario Pupella

Palermo, Sicily. Salvo is in the Finality Business. As a Mafia hitman he is at the top of his trade.  Smart, fearless, fit and lethal, had he been raised in England, he would have undoubtedly have a Double-O number. The film opens in a quietly unveiling calm... but hang on, which is what you’ll be doing to your seat cushion.  Things get decidedly more explosive very soon. 

SEVEN BOXES, Florida Premiere
World Cinema / Paraguay / 2012 / 105 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori / Cast: Celso Franco, Víctor Sosa, Lali González, Nico García, Paletita, Manuel Portillo, Mario Toñanez, Nelly Dávalos

It's Friday night in Asuncion, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He's offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor... and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about.

SHADOWS FROM MY PAST, Florida Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / USA, Austria, France / 2013 / 86 min / DCP / English & German w/English sub-titles
Directors: Curt & Gita Kaufman

Gita Weinrauch Kaufman is a writer and teacher in New York who fled Austria with her parents just as the entire family was about to be sent to a concentration camp. More than 50 years later, she returned to Vienna with her husband and co-director, Curt Kaufman, to search for her past and understand the country of her birth.


SIDE EFFECTS OF BARRY, World Premiere
Short/ USA / 2013 / 5 min / DVD / English
Director: Amy French

For many* women, Barry can make a difference in just one week!  *Side effects of Barry may include weakness in the knees, impaired judgment, loss of friendships, lying, cheating, trips to Vegas, missing work, and missing money...

SIMON SAYS, Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Documentary / Germany, Poland and U.S.A. / 2012 / 44 min / BluRay / English
Director: David Lyons

Holocaust survivor Simon Lewenberg, a spry gentle man at 88, has a story to tell. He will make you laugh and cry and wonder how he is so kind after all the pain and horror he's seen. SIMON SAYS chronicles the Sunrise Florida resident's tragic journey to hell and back, a tale of tears and triumph.

THE STRANGE CASE OF WILHELM REICH, U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – DocuDrama / Austria / 2012 / 111 min / DCP / English & German w/English sub-titles
Director: Antonin Svoboda / Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Julia Jentsch, Jeanette Hain, David Rasche, Birgit Minichmayr, Kenny Doughty, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis

At the end of his life, Wilhelm Reich - psychiatrist and experimental scientist searching for the fundamentals of life - finds himself on trial, charged with deception. His dream of liberating human individuality makes him a dangerous opponent of an American system that is striving after 1945 for global hegemony, using all available means. Was it madness to believe in man's liberty or was Reich simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and being a holistic global thinker, accurately observing far-reaching socio-political linkages? Ten years after his mysterious death, his writings, once burnt by the US FDA, become an important source of inspiration for a '68 generation in revolt.

TAKING CHARGE - The Pauly Cohen Story, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 43 min / BluRay / English
Director: Bret Primack / Cast:  Pauly Cohen

Meet Pauly Cohen, a 90 year old trumpeter still following his big band dream. Pauly is a Jazz elder who graduated from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn and within a few years, was working as a big band lead trumpeter with Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet. His credits include hundreds of recording sessions, TV and Radio programs, and many many years on the road. Today, Pauly Cohen leads his own big band in South Florida, home to many veterans of the big band era. The film follows Pauly Cohen through a series of 90th Birthday week events including a Master Class with the Studio Big Band at Florida International University, a 90th Birthday Party, a Tribute/Roast and his weekly Big Band rehearsal. Along the way, Pauly reflects on his remarkable life in music, from his early days in the big bands of Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey, to his career peak, lead trumpet with Count Basie during the 70s. TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErZ1jAsqdyQ

THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: The Films Of William Grefé
USA / 2013 / 98 min / BluRay / English
Director: Daniel Griffith

Featuring interviews with director William Grefé, screenwriter Gary Crutcher, make-up effects artist Doug Hobart, actor Chris Robinson, actor Steve Alaimo, actor John Davis Chandler, actor Bill Marcus, sound mixer Henri Lopez, actor Joe Morrison, camera assistant Randy Grinter, and many more! Featuring a special appearance by William Shatner.

TIGER SHARK EXPRESS, South Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 50 min / BluRay / English
Director: George Schellenger
Special Guests: Dr. Guy Harvey, George Schellenger

Move over Shark Week, here comes the Tiger Shark Express! Join Guy Harvey and some of the world’s foremost shark experts as they track tiger sharks across oceans, seeing them as never before and changing the way we view these amazing sharks. The film is based on five years’ worth of scientific data drawn from satellite tags and other instruments used to follow the incredible migratory patterns tiger sharks follow across the sea.

TOUR DE FORCE, U.S. Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / France / 2013 / 98 min / DCP / French w/English sub-titles
Director: Laurent Tuel / Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Bouli Lanners, Ary Abittan, Bruno Lochet, Elodie Bouchez

Like millions of others worldwide, 40-year-old François Nouel is a Tour de France fan. Unbeatable on anything to do with the race, he spends as much time as he can on his bike, to escape from a disappointing everyday existence. At work, he’s restricted to bicycle displays. And things at home are no better: his son thinks he’s a loser and his wife berates him for being a coward. So when his wife discovers on the eve of his holidays that he’s been volunteered to work on the Tour, it’s too much.

THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 96 min
Director: Jim Hemphill / Cast: Lea Thompson, John Shea, Danielle Harris, Keri Lynn Pratt
Special Guests: Lea Thompson & Jim Hemphill

Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments. When Robert's daughter announces that she's engaged, he advises her against it - his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn't last, and he doesn't understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren't quite as simple as they'd like.

TUTTI SANTI GIORNI (Every Blessed Day), Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – Feature / ITALY / 2012 / 102 min / DCP / Italian w/English sub-titles
Director: Paolo Virzì / Cast: Luca Marinelli, Federica Victoria Caiozzo, Micol Azzurro, Claudio Pallitto, Stefania Felicioli, Franco Gargia, Giovanni La Parola, Mimma Pirrè, Benedetta Barzini, Fabio Gismondi

Guido is shy, reserved, well-educated. Antonia is restless, touchy and proudly ignorant. He is a night porter who loves ancient languages and saints. She is an aspiring singer and works for a car rental company. They see each other only in the early mornings when Guido returns from work and wakes her with breakfast, and they make love every blessed day. They are the characters of a fun, romantic love story which unfolds in a complicated metropolis like Rome, with coarse, cheerful, desperate neighbors, and two families of origin which couldn’t be more different. A love that seems indestructible, until the obstinate thought of a child that doesn’t come sets unpredictable consequences in motion.

TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 75 min / DCP / English
Director: Michael Ferrell / Cast: Michael Ferrell, Devin Sanchez, Chris Prine

Brian doesn't believe in soul mates. Brian's best friend Edward, however, has the perfect girlfriend. After showing a cliché romantic comedy for "film night" at the Jersey City coffee shop where Brian works, everything gets turned upside down. Brian starts dating Ashley, a stand-up comedian and match made in cynical heaven, and Edward’s perfect girlfriend breaks up with him. Brian falls harder and harder for Ashley, but when she suddenly disappears without a trace, Brian enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and the imaginary characters from the cliché romantic comedy to find her, only to discover that her relationship status may be more complicated than it seemed. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/55793713

UNCLAIMED, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / Canada / 2013 / 77 min / DCP / English
Director: Michael Jorgensen

After enduring a traumatic childhood and two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Tom made an oath to spend the rest of his life helping those in need. Four decades later, the veteran-turned-missionary discovers a mysterious man in Southeast Asia claiming to be an American Special Forces soldier listed as Missing In Action. Shot down in a helicopter sent on a clandestine, Special Operations mission over Laos in 1968, Green Beret John H. Robertson's remains were never recovered.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/62363844

UNDER THE FIG TREE (SOUS LE FIGUIER), Southeast Premiere
World Cinema – Features / France / 2011 / 93 min / DCP / French w/English sub-titles
Director: Anne-Marie Etienne / Cast: Gisèle Casadesus, Anne Consigny, Jonathan Zaccaï

Nathalie, Christophe and Joelle are in the middle of an existential crisis. They are gathering around Selma, 95 years old and seriously ill to spend her last summer vacation, in a beautiful family house. They will understand that the one they thought they would help to die will help them to live.

THE UNSEEN BEAUTY, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Short Documentary / USA / 2013 / 11 min / BluRay / English
Director: Gabriel de Urioste

A day inside the studio of Ghanaian-born painter Sam Adoquei - the first time the artist has allowed to be filmed in order to share his wisdom, artistic philosophy and the inspiration that has helped many creative dreamers find their path.

THE UPSIDE DOWN BOOK, World Premiere
American Indie – Documentary / U.S., Germany, France / 2013 / 51 min / BluRay / English
Director: Matthew White

Imagine a book that is so toxic that rigorous hand-washing is required after coming into contact with it. This book in question is a 1938 copy of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's political manifesto. Karen and Fred Mandell of Boston, parents of filmmaker Hinda Mandell, have displayed this book upside down on their bookshelf for decades.  Fred Mandell's uncle – a Jewish-American soldier – brought home the book from Germany at the end of World War II.  With a bare-bones inscription on the inside cover, the filmmakers – spearheaded by director Matthew White – investigate the power of family lore as they track down the original owners of the Mein Kampf. "The Upside Down Book" seeks to build bridges between two different families nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/embed/ayV5ByvEE_o?rel=0&vq=large

WALKING THE CAMINO: Six Ways to Santiago, East Coast Premiere
World Cinema – Documentary / USA-Spain-France / 2013 / 84 min / DCP / English + Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: Lydia B. Smith / Featuring: Annie O'Neil, Tomas Moreno, Samantha Gilbert, Wayne Emde,
Special Guest: Lydia B. Smith

Walking the Camino follows various pilgrims as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot – with only a backpack, boots, and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago, and their personal journey to themselves. There are as many reasons for walking the Camino as there are people doing it, but no one can predict how the journey will unfold. It is the promise of experiencing something truly extraordinary. TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJDxD_UE4ZQ

WALKING WITH THE ENEMY, Southeast Premiere – Closing Night Film
American Indie – Feature / USA / 2013 / 119 min / DCP / English
Director: Mark Schmidt / Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Simon Kunz, Simon Dutton, Burn Gorman, Shane Taylor, William Hope

Inspired by a true story, Walking with the Enemy follows the heroic life of a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Separated from his family during the German invasion and occupation of Hungary, he is determined to find them and be reunited. Aided by the woman he loves, he disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer and uncovers the truth of Hitler's 'final solution.' In a race against time to save his family and thousands of others, he embarks on a journey filled with suspense and danger. An unforgettable film of love, war, and sacrifice, Walking with the Enemy is sure to inspire and touch audiences.

XINGU, Florida Premiere
World Cinema Paradiso / Brazil / 2013 / 102 min / DCP / Portoguese w/English sub-titles
Director: Cao Hamburger / Cast: Joāo Miguel, Felipe Camargo, Caio Blat

Xingu tells the incredible story of the Villas-Boas brothers and the events leading up to the creation of the Xingu National Park, the first major Indian reservation in Brazil. It salvages a forgotten and dramatic moment in Brazilian history that remains up-to-date and urgent still today.

SHORTS PROGRAMS

COUPLES

Abduction:  A Love Story, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 6 min / DVD / English
Director: Marcus Wolf 
On returning from an alien abduction, a bewildered young woman does not get the welcome home she expected from her oblivious boyfriend.

A Lovely Treat, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 10 min / BluRay / English
Director: Mitch Yapko
 
A Lovely Treat is a romantic comedy about high expectations, love, and that fine line between reality and fantasy. Tall girl Harriet finds herself on a blind date with a much shorter guy.  Will she learn to loosen her expectations and find love in unexpected places?

Another Happy Anniversary, East Coast Premiere
USA / 2013 / 20 min / BluRay / English
Director: Miranda Bailey

For their 10th anniversary Jeanne and Tom decide to be daring and have a menage-a-trois, but things go quickly awry as they discover that sexual adventurousness isn't always smooth sailing.

I'd Rather Be Crazy Than Boring, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 8 min / DigiBeta / English
Director: Maritza De Quesada

Lola, a mentally ill young artist, finds inspiration for her art from her imaginary world but her boyfriend Alex, is trying to cure her making her loose her magical world.

Reunion, East Coast Premiere
USA-Mexico / 2013 / 15 min / BluRay / English
Director; Caddie Hastings & Ben Kopke

Reunion is the story of that person you carry with you. It’s the story of a first love, a time and place and lives not led.

A man and woman meet and fall in love while abroad. Later, now living in a city, the feelings are there but it’s not the same. Told through a visit years after relationship’s end, REUNION is the story of this man and woman in love, together and apart.


COUPLES TAKE TOO

Heavy,  East Coast Premiere
USA / 2013 / 8 min / DVD / English
Director: Kim Noonan

After a drunken one night stand, a thirty-something guy tries to the leave the morning after but decides to stay and redeem himself when he learns something. 

Pura Vida, World Premiere
Costa Rica / 2013 / 12 min / HDCam / English
Director; Chris Shimojima 

Based on a recurring dream filmmaker Chris Shimojima had for years.  Max travels to Costa Rica to bring back the girl that got away, but he finds her wearing a mysterious gray mask and seemingly above human desire.
 
Recalculating, Florida Premiere
USA / 2013 / 6 min / BluRay / English
Director: Peter Bean & Erick Claux Bertini

A technology addicted man, lonely in the big city has only one friend: his phone. And when it wants to take him on a turn-by-turn adventure to find love, he quickly learns that sometimes love needs directions.

Rose, Mary and Time, Florida Premiere
UK / 2013 / 38 min / BluRay / English
Director: Hardeep Giani

Rose, Mary and Time is a story of second chances in life. It looks at the concept of Kismet. Is our life plan already written?

Le Train Bleu,
France / 2012 / 18 min / HDCam / French w/English sub-titles
Director; Stephanie Assimacopoulo

Paris - Gare de Lyon. Hélie then behaves as a true bounder, Séléna, evermore in love, yet still wants to pick up the pieces. At the bar of The Blue Train, where they stop to have a last drink, neither one  cannot imagine what will happen...


FREAKY DEAKY

Desolate Road
USA / 2013 / 19 min / English
Director: Marwan Abderrazzaq

A couple on their way to start a new life and run into car trouble on a desolate road somewhere in Texas.

Do Not Enter, Florida Premiere
Venezuela & USA / 2013 / 11 min / BluRay
Director: Daniel Blanco

James arrives to paint an apartment while its owners are away. They've left simple instructions - help yourself to food and drink, just don't enter the sealed room. James's curiosity gets the best of him, and he ends up discovering something beyond his wildest dreams... but with dire consequences.

The Landing, U.S. Premiere
Australia / 2013 / 18 min / DCP / English 
Josh Tanner 

A man returns to the midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960. 

Shallow, Florida Premiere
UK/DK / 2012 / 17 min / BluRay / English
Director: William Bridges 

A newly elected legislator on a getaway in the district runs into some bumps on the road and must make some ground breaking decisions.

Zero Hour
USA-Mexico / 2013 / 7 min / BluRay / English 
Director: Dan Carrillo Levy

Lorenzo and Paula are traveling on a straight road that seems to lead nowhere through a vast, empty desert. Their own personal paths instantaneously split, but they are still intertwined by this sudden and resounding event. What happens as they stall on this lonely highway will not only challenge the two lovers relationship, but it will also create a moral struggle within that could change them personally, forever.

La Hija, Florida Premiere
Spain - Argentina / 2012 / 5 min / .mov / Spanish
Director: Jazmín Rada  

Fátima wants to play, but her father is too busy. She has imagination and some special balloons...

 

GARAGE SALE


Drunker Than a Skunk
USA / 2013 / 4 min / BluRay / English
Director: Bill Plympton

An adaptation of Walt Curtis's poem, "The Time The Drunk Came To Town And Got Drunker Than A Skunk, or So He Thought.", about a Cowboy town that torments the local drunk.

If I Were A Bell, US Premiere
USA / 2012 / 21 min / DVD / English
DIector: Sherese Robinson Lee

A romantic story of two brothers unexpectedly caught in a passionate love triangle with a sexy female rapper. This sensual tale of love and betrayal is told through vivid provocative rhyme.

Living Canvas, East Coast Premiere
USA / 2013 / 7 min / DVD / English titles (no dialogue)
Directo: Ronnie Cramer

Living Canvas is a documentation of Xcentricity Gallery's farewell exhibition (body painting). Artists: Sophia Rose, Bobby MaGee Lopez, Jay Bautista, Brian Dunning. Models: Michelle Wolff, Jaci Nudell, Katie Delmasso, Kaitlin Mitchell. Music by Ronnie Cramer.

Prrreüte, World Premiere
Belgium  / 2013 / 5 min / DCP / Silent 
Director: Thierry de Coster

On a bench, located in a distant and unknown planet, begins a courtship between two characters out of time, accompanied by a hen and a red glove.

Silhouettes, East Coast Premiere
Florida / 2013 / 31 min / BluRay / English
Director: Akil DuPont

A tragic adoption from an orphanage in the 1930's separates childhood sweethearts Charles - a painter that sees the world through silhouettes, from his love Sylvia. When they reconnect 15 years later, Sylvia reveals her engagement to a man that she can't love. A determined Charles sets out to remind Sylvia about a side of herself that she lost so long ago. 

Freefall, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 9 min / HDCam / English
Director: Samuel and Luke Willis
While attempting to spend an idyllic day with her daughter, Lucy's mother becomes distracted by phone calls.  Left to her own devices, Lucy slips into an alternate realm, where dance is the only language, with two mysterious lovers and the outside forces that threaten to disturb their idyllic utopia. 

 

HOLD FAST TO YOUR DREAMS

MOZAYIK, World Premiere
World Cinema – Short Documentary / Haiti / 2013 / 31 min / DVD / Haitian Creole w/English sub-titles
Director: Jon Bougher

Mozayik is the story of Augustin Mona in his fight against the forced eviction of his tent camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, years after an earthquake devastated the country.

THE UNSEEN BEAUTY, Florida Premiere
American Indie – Short Documentary / USA / 2013 / 11 min / BluRay / English
Director: Gabriel de Urioste

A day inside the studio of Ghanaian-born painter Sam Adoquei - the first time the artist has allowed to be filmed in order to share his wisdom, artistic philosophy and the inspiration that has helped many creative dreamers find their path. 

FLORIDA CROSSROADS: Florida's  Underground Railroad, Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Short Documentary / USA/ Florida and South Carolina  / 2012 / 30 min / BluRay / English

This film is about the underground railroad heading  South to  Spanish  Florida prior to the railroad heading north to Ohio, PA,, and Canada.  This production was partially  filmed during the 6th Annual National Park Service Underground Railroad Conference  held in St. Augustine in 2012.


IT’S JUST BUSINESS

The Family Business
USA / 2012 / 5 min / MOV / English
Director: Donald Reynolds

A young woman must decide whether to pursue her own dreams and goals or to go into... The Family Business.

Local Commercial, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 21 min / BluRay / English
Director: Richard Dobbs         
 
Veteran director, Vin John, expects this “local” commercial gig to be a piece of cake –– but he finds himself utterly alone on the set from hell, stepping on one land mine after another until he’s finally face-to-face with the monster that’s been chasing him for years.
 
Stock Exchange, World Premiere
Belgium / 2013 / 12 min / BluRay / French w/English sub-titles
Director: Stéphane Everaert & Frédéric Mosbeux

Kris wants his daughter back. He pays the ransom to Kostas. Unfortunately, the after-sales services of this dubious kidnapping company is a catastrophe and finding the little girl seems to be next to impossible

Sunburn, Florida Premiere
USA / 25 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jayce Bartok            

A young man looking to make his mark in reality TV gets a job at a network only to find himself morally conflicted when he picks a new couple for the popular franchise, The Manhattan Social Club. How far will Kevin go to secure his place in network television?

This Way Out, East Coast Premiere
UK / 19 min / HDCam / English
Director: Staten Cousins-Roe

Minnie and Maude struggle to keep Minnie’s Euthanasia Center afloat, but competition and government bureaucracy threaten to end it all… until the two come up with a plan to find people who really want to die, but don’t yet know it. Sometimes people need a helping push.

 

MO FREAKY DEAKY


GUN
USA / 2012 / 18 min / DCP / English
Director: Spencer Gillis

A terrifying break-in prompts Roy to buy a handgun to protect his family, but the power he feels carrying the weapon leads down a path that may have tragic consequences.

Juaritos, Florida Premiere
USA – Mexico / 2012 / 12 min / DCP / Spanish w/English sub-titles
Director: HF Crum

A drug cartel's reign of terror in Juarez, Mexico forces a reclusive young narcoblogger out of the shadows and into the fight.

Memory Sculptor
Japan / 2013 / 17 min / BluRay / Japanese w/English subtitles
Director: Ken Ochiai

The wife of a wealthy man hires memory erasing agents to erase the memory of the young lover with whom he is having an affair, but soon realizes that the young lover will stop at nothing to keep the man's love for her alive.

So Dark, Florida Premiere
Florida / 2013 / 28 min / BluRay / English
Director: Al Lougher

An avid Twilight fan takes the late Miami Metro Rail train home and strikes up a conversation about vampires with a total stranger. Who is this person? Come along for the ride as fiction soon turns into a brutal reality!

No Way Out
1982, Florida Premiere
USA / 2013 / 10 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jeremy Breslau

A blocked novelist reflects on a pivotal year in his life, when, as a precocious six-year-old, he struggled for the attention of his bickering parents.

Passage, World Premiere
Bahamas / 2012 / 15 min / DCP / English & Creole
Director: Kareem Mortimer

Passage centers around a group of Haitians locked in the hold of a fishing vessel being smuggled through the Bahamas into the United States. On these vessels communicable diseases such as dysentery is deadly and if individuals get sick they are thrown overboard. The story is focused of Sandrine, a seventeen year old girl who must hide the fact that her brother Etienne is sick in order to save his life.

The American Failure, Florida Premiere 
USA / 2012 / 22 min / BluRay / English
Director: Ameenah Kaplan

Set in Los Angeles a film that unravels the demise of Carlos Alias, a prestigious lawyer caught in a web of deceit and corruption at the hands of a ruthless international drug cartel.

The Marvelous Girl, U.S. Premiere
Canada / 2013 / 14 min / DCP / English
Director: Johnny Vong

A young paraplegic girl has an encounter with the "boy from her dreams", who moves her in unexpected ways.

 

PSYCH 202

The Burning House, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 17 min / DCP / English
Director: Scott Ross and Karl Beyer

A fictional parody of a real-life blog (theburninghouse.com), this short comedy tells the story of a cursed young hipster who is forced to flee his home and survive on the streets of Philadelphia using nothing but an armload of vintage and designer knick-knacks.

The Cutlass, U.S. Premiere
Trinidad and Tobago / 2013 / 12 min / BluRay / English
Director: Darisha Beresford 

Based on true events, THE CUTLASS is a dramatic thriller set in the jungles of Trinidad and tells the story of a young woman who falls into the grasp of a dangerous sociopath. She finds herself isolated and mustering the courage to emotionally battle the unsettled mind of her abductor.

Goodfriends, East Coast Premiere
USA / 2013 / 10 min / DCP / English
Director: Jerod Ra’Del Hollyfield
Billy, a grocery bagger with cerebral palsy, has no problem using others’ sympathy to get his way. Unlike Del, his coworker with Williams Syndrome, he avoids genuine relationships. However, when Billy becomes obsessed with a waitress, he must confront his delusions and the aftermath of his manipulative behavior.

Second Kiss, Florida Premiere
USA / 2013 / 9 min / HDCam / English
Robbie Norris
A drunken hookup turns disastrous as childhood crushes Heather and Jeff are forced to endure the morning after with her family.

Social Media Anonymous, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 6 min / DVD / English
Director: Jason Berger
Social Media Anonymous is a short satire about how addicted we are to various forms of social media. Set in a support group for social media abusers, the short pokes fun at the problems that arise from posting too much on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Sock Monkey Stories, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 18 min / DVD / English
Director: Marcus Wolf

Three intrepid sock monkeys must search for a loved one who has disappeared.  On their difficult journey, they overcome obstacles and meet strange and magical sock monkeys from faraway lands.
A delightful, children’s dramedy.

 

PSYCH 101


The Game, World Premiere
Australia / 2012 / 11 min / DVD / English
Director: Larelle Bossi

Oscar Wilde - True friends stab you in the front.
Two old men have met weekly at the local gardens to do more than just sacrifice their pawns, battle their knights and protect their thrown. For over forty years, these foes battle out their ideas, problems, curiosities and memories upon the same chessboard. And every Monday afternoon, they share a whiskey with the person they care about most in the world - their best friend.

The Injuries to Tim Dale World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 14 min / DVD / English
Director: H.W. Moss
A chance encounter on a commuter train brings back the memory of an unfortunate childhood incident. But memory is such a fickle thing and an eyewitness is often the worst witness as demonstrated in this short film.

Jack and Paul, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 15 min / BluRay / English
Director: Jayce Bartok       
Based on the award-winning play, Talk Therapy by Thomas Moore, Jack & Paul is a short film about a therapist, Jack, and his patient, Paul; both are trying to make a phone call to save their romantic relationships. Starring Jayce Bartok and Jeff Pucillo, and made in collaboration with  producer Robert Hawk.

Pain Staking, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 11 min / BluRay / English
Director: Adolfo Martinez Perez
It was a wonderful day, the sun shone, the birds chirped... until the best-friend-asking-for-a-favor from hell showed up. What starts as social drama about cancer quickly slips towards over the top, surreal dramedy. If you feel uncomfortable laughing at no laughing matter, we did our job: your discomfort is our pleasure.

Reflections, East Coast Premiere
UK / 2013 / 12 min / DVD / English
Director: Ashley Pegg
When Mark has to confront the girl who attacked his son, so she can apologize, he has to take a good look at himself – and it doesn't look good.

Silent Treatment, U.S. Premiere
UK / 2013 / 9 min / BluRay / English
Director: Mark Lobatto
In a bleak, stagnant waiting area, where time stands still and odd characters sink with gloom, two strangers are compelled to connect. An encounter where actions really speak louder than words.

SPUTNIK
88 Miles To Moscow, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 20 min / BluRay / English
Director: Karen Glienke

15-year-old Niki gets more than she bargained for when she sneaks off a train for a quick smoke, stumbling into an offbeat adventure involving her ex-con dad, troubled mom, and a young Russian garbage man.
9 Birthdays, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 9 min / BluRay / English
Director: Juana M. Frias 

A young boy copes in silence with moving day for the family.  He struggles with leaving behind the place where memories reside.  He finds solace in a stranger who quells his fears.
Cold Warrior, Florida Premiere
UK / 2012 / 19 min / DCP / English
Director: Emily Greenwood

A young Romanian gymnast questions her dreams of championship glory when she discovers she is part of a shady government doping program for her to win at any cost.
Goodbye, Sweetheart, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 14 min / DVD / English
Director: Olenka Denysenko

Elsa finds herself in an impossible situation when her ruthless mob boss husband Mr. White has her brother murdered. Pressured to turn against him by Detective Moore, Elsa must decide between playing the role of the loyal wife and standing by her husband or ratting him out and possibly enduring her brother's fate.
Paper
USA / 2012 / 23 min / BluRay / English
Director: Ivan Kraljevic

Mashka, a Russian woman in search of the American dream, escapes from her life in a Brooklyn massage parlor only to find herself alone in Venice Beach, California without money or passport. A chain of fateful events forces her into an agonizing decision. What would you do for Paper?

 

SUNSHINE SHORTS

Critical Care, Florida Premiere                                               
2013 / 15 min / BluRay / English
Dierctor: Frank Eberling
A mother’s fear of aging.

9 Birthdays, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 9 min / BluRay / English  
Director: Juana M. Frias
A young boy copes in silence with moving day for the family.  He struggles with leaving behind the place where memories reside.  He finds solace in a stranger who quells his fears.

Forever..., World Premiere
U.S.A. / 2013 / 10 min / DVD / English
Director: Rick Santese
An old man sits alone on a bus stop bench.
His eyes betray a long hidden sadness as he views the world around him with disdain.
As passengers arrive, a wordless encounter with a little girl reveals cracks in the old man's facade.  A parting gift from the girl in the form of a fortune cookie implies an eternal connection.

Girls Night Out
USA / 2013 / 11 min / DVD / English
Director: Dale Frohman
Empowered by overcoming a would-be mugger, two girls set out on a Robin Hood style Girls Night Out adventure. They take from the bad and pay back his debt to society…but the punishment doesn’t stop there. The girls ensure that others will also teach our mugger some lessons he won’t soon forget.

Human Nature, World Premiere
USA / 2013 / 8 min / DVD / Russian & English
Director: Joe Pisciotta
Human nature. Thinking, feeling, acting. What it means to be human.
Evolutionary psychologists argue that much of human behavior is the output of psychological adaptations that evolved to solve recurring problems in human ancestral environments. Now, what determines or constrains us, well...that's what makes us human.

“Oh, I meant to tell you..."
USA / 2013 / 12 min / DVD / English
Director: Harry Lupu
Two lives are altered when a former racing greyhound is adopted by a retired man. Both the man and the dog experience a life changing loving relationship that neither one expected.

Sleep: The Movie, World Premiere
Florida / 2013 / 15 min / BluRay / English
Director: Keary T. Cunningham
In 1977, two men set out in the Everglades, searching for something that could change their lives. Sam feels he’s missing the piece of his past that died with his father. Joey is sure it must be valuable and he expects a piece of it.


TEST SHORTS


BREAK THROUGH,  South Florida Premiere
Sunshine Celluloid – Documentary / USA / 2013 / 61 min / BluRay / English
Director: Aaron Hosé

In September 2010, 18 year-old Tyler Clementi took his own life following the online posting of a secret video, made by his roommate, of Tyler’s sexual encounter with another male student. This tragedy and betrayal touched people across the country, but none more intensely than young adults questioning modern sexual mores and how they affect their own sexual identities. Break Through is a raw, eye-opening documentary following a group of impassioned theatre students who come together to produce a play aiming to shed light on the many stigmas and equality-rights issues faced by LGBT youth in the United States today. Throughout the creative process, they face the truths about themselves and their families. In the end, they learn the importance of self-acceptance and of overcoming their fears, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

YOU DIRTY RAT
Frapper Avec Amour, US Premiere
The Bahamas / 2013 / 11 min / DCP / English
Director: Nathaniel Prince Lewis  

Camille is sent to Freeport, Bahamas to kill a hit. When she gets there, she discovers it's her mob boss ex-husband and during their encounter, she gets more than she bargained for.
Left, East Coast Premiere
U.S.A. / 2012 / 8 min / BluRay / English
Director: de la Vega

A prostitute and con-man attempt to break into a car for a score that will change both their lives.
Mama Needs A Ride, Florida Premiere
USA / 2013 / 19 min / BluRay / English
Director: Matt Florio

Franky and Elmo are the Don's go-to-guys.  So it is only fitting that the would trust them with a very important job: pick up his mother and take her out to run errands.  Unfortunately for them, she is not nearly as nice as the Don says she is.
Merkin Penal, Florida Premiere
USA / 2012 / 23 min / BluRay / English
Director: Mitch Rouse

Merkin Penal shows the ins and outs of a typical fictional prison which houses characters played by some excellent comedians and improvisers. Like "OZ" but even funnier.
Red Velvet
U.S.A / 2012 / 17 min / DCP / English
Director: Aude Cuenod

Two former classmates come together for the first time five years after a crime which scandalized the college they attended, and each is carrying secrets from that long-ago incident that could change both of their lives unalterably.



Author

Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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