2017 Film Official Selections

AMYDEE (16 minutes)

Since surviving a physical assault, Amy has been keeping a low profile.  But when a young woman turned up dead in her neighborhood, Amy is forced to face her fears again, revealing the her real fight is far from over.

Written & Directed by: Amy DePaola

Produced by: Amy DePaola, Katie Shannon, Christopher Thomas

Starring: Amy DePaola, Derek Shea, Kerri Sohn

Becoming Lucy (14 minutes)

Lucy, 15, blames her mother for her father leaving them for a 24 year-old blonde. When she finds out her crush at school likes blondes, she dyes her hair to get the attention of both men.

Writer/Director: Luisa Novo

Producers: Pipo Wagner, Daniela Shaw

Cast: Maitlyn Pezzo, Heather Dowling, Cory Derr, Octavio Rodriguez, Jessica Castello, Emily Boyle, Sarah Best, Hannah Dannelly, Kirsten Hansen, Todd Dunlavey, Mathilde Pareja

Bert (15 minutes)

A young girl escapes the oppression of her alcoholic mother with the help of her best friend, Bert, the monster who lives under her bed.

Written & Directed by Aaron Bush

Produced by Tyler Evans &  Shayda Frost

Director of Photography Auden Bui

Cast: Roxie Ybarra, Jyl Kaneshiro, Mike Kersey, Cheetah Platt, Boone Platt, Megan Brotherton

Blue World Order (108 minutes)

In a world governed by a virus, one man remains immune. And the key to freeing the survivors, is also the last child on Earth… his daughter. Mad Max meets Children of men with a dash of Star Wars in this original Sci-Fi/action drama.

Directors: Ché Baker & Dallas Bland

Writers: Sarah Mason & Ché Baker & Dallas Bland

Cast: Billy Zane, Jack Thompson, Stephern Hunter, Jake Ryan

Dave (10 minutes)

Two detectives arrive on the scene after a call regarding the death of one of the detective’s family members. While the two dispute over whether it’s a murder or suicide, what they end up discovering is not what they would have ever expected.

Director: Shawn Lebert

Writers: Seth Johnson & Shawn Lebert

Producers: Shawn Lebert (as well as executive producer), Seth Johnson, Corey Critser, Emily Critser

Cast: PJ Marshall, Anne Leighton, Wendell Kinney, Mike Sweet

Dress In Black (10 minutes)

Hoping to come to terms with why she is unable to get out of bed, Olivia explores her memories and imagination.

Writer, Producer and Director: Daniel Daly.

Principal Cast: Daniella Hutchings, Eugénie Muggleton

Dress Rehearsal (21 minutes)

A struggling method actor takes his research too far.

Written/Directed by Michael Boston

Fiebre En La Disco (15 minutes)

During a Cosmic Disco contest, abducted Disco girls compete on an alien Disco ship.

Director: Jean-Marie Marbach
Commissioner: Elefant Records
Producers: François Mari & Loup Mery for A La Bonne Heure Productions
Principal Cast: Mariana Badaracco, Pablo Dahy, Deborah Pouchoulin, Charlotte Bermond, Aurélie Giboire, Soleila Chaou Costa.

Find Happy (10 minutes)

Documentary: Struggling to find happiness in our modern world filled with stress and worry, filmmaker Grant Gadbois set out on a journey to find the key to happiness, and where else to best find this than the happiest nation on Earth, Denmark.

Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Grant Gadbois
Cinematographer: Tim Vassallo

High & Tight (16 minutes)

High & Tight follows a shaggy-haired, mysterious outsider who returns to the sleepy town where he committed a double-homicide to confront the father of the man he killed, the town’s barber.

Writer, Director: Luis Servera
Producer: Naheem Adio Kujenya
Cast Seth Abrams, Apache Ramos

Lariat (10 minutes)

Cara James finally made the tough choice to run away from her abusive family to the home of a close friend to seek safe passage out of the county. However their safety comes into question when Cara’s family tries to track her down.

Directors: Charlie Hamilton, Zachary Ramelan

Producers: Karl Janisse, Anna Jane Edmonds

Cast Member: David Michael Moote, Elma Begovic, Kirsten Wendlandt, Cody Thompson, Mitch Verigin, Alexander Loubert, Kevin Monster

Live or Die in La Honda (80 minutes)

Blake Baker receives a call from a past lover asking him to help find her missing brother. Once he arrives in La Honda, he learns her request is more dangerous than she led him to believe.

Writer/Director/Producer Jeff Hammer
Cast: Blake Shields, Lili Bordán, Bernard Curry, Mercy Malick, David Fine

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obSETHed: Memorial Day (4 minutes)

Seth Coltan can never say the right thing. Unfortunately, his big moment at a funeral is no different.. 

Director: Zack Matzganis
Writer/Producer: Seth Coltan
Cast: Seth Coltan, Marcia Moran

Polite Expressions (5 minutes)

As people come to collect on a woman’s meaningless social niceties which they took literally, she begins to unravel and eventually her secrets come out.

Director/Writer:  Ian Camacho

Producers: Ian Camacho, Kelly Morton, Chris Wells, Ian Wells

Cast: Kyla Schoer, Justin Sorvillo, Rebecca Avery, Sylvia Panacione, Ashlyn Boots, Berna Roberts

Repatriation (73 minutes)

In full military uniform, Chad is welcomed back to his Midwestern hometown by new and old friends alike as he works his way from the bus stop through his old stomping grounds. His service and glory days soon fade as he’s reunited with more and more ‘friends’ from his past.

Director/Writer/Producer: Douglas Mueller

Producer/Lead Actor: Ryan Barton-Grimley

Cast: Ryan Barton-Grimley, Jes Mercer, Jeremy Clark

Sharpé  (13 minutes)

Relaxing isn’t an easy task for a middle aged psychopath.

Director/ Producer: Alberto D’Onofrio
Writer: Emma Dixon-Cahn
Cast: Paul Burke, Guido Grasso

Something Fun (70 minutes)

Veronica returns to her hometown after a year of traveling the United States, reunites with her high school friends, and forces everybody to stop rehashing the past and start doing Something Fun.

Writer/Director: Chad Rhiness
Producers: Chad & Riley
Cast: Alli Brown, Avery DiUbaldo, Shannon Eagen, Riley Cecil Taggart
Cinematography: David Olonof

Sticks (18 minutes)

Four college students reunite on a summer night at a house in the woods. As they tell scary stories around the campfire, the line between imagination and reality blurs, and they get the feeling they may not be alone on the property.

Writer, Director, Producer: Mark J. Parker

Producer, Production Designer, Location Manager: Greg Clements

Cast: Etai Benson, Julie Balefsky, Tyler Johnstone, and Heather Drew

Tangoborn Menclenty (76 minutes)

A manufactured moron is sent by aliens to save the Earth from itself. He falls in love with a hologram and a pimp named Parquet.

Writer/Director: E. Grimes Michaels

Producer: Stacey Wilson

Cast: Andrew Friedman

That Party That One Night (15 minutes)

Socially and sexually awkward teenager Melissa finds herself alone with her crush after being ditched by her friends at a party one night.

Writer/Director: Mylissa Fitzsimmons

Producer: Kristen Murtha

Executive Producers: Allen Murray/The Bureau of Creative Works DP: Pedro Avila

Cast: Melanie Neilan, Evan Crooks, Christine Lekas, Sterling Hoch, Anwar Mitchell

The Blind Center (15 minutes)

In this offbeat mockumentary, outtakes from a fundraising video for a community center for the blind reveal a surprising story of what the camera captured before the final edit.

Director: Tim Cruz

Writer/Executive Producer: Lindsay Nyman

Producers:  Megan Woeppel, Stephanie Wagner, Tim Cruz

Cast: Lindsay Nyman, Marc Trehey, Robert Axelrod, Kendra Munger, Sheila Walker, Kim Estes, Claire Woolner

The Bus Trip (14 minutes)

Documentary: An animated travel diary from Israel and Palestine.

Directed by Sarah Gampel

Voice Actors: Alexandra Dahlstro, Tomas Neumann, Ewa Molin-Jones, Katarina Krogh Engelsen, Mattias Malmros, Klas Lagerlund, Shiva Anoushirvani, Mirko Lempert, Gunilla Wettersjö

The Comedy Club (90 minutes)

Documentary:  When a fire destroys Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, defiant owner Tom Sawyer and his crew of comedians rebuild it, hoping to revive the struggling indie comedy scene. 

Writer/Director: David Schendel

Producer: Daniel Riviera

Featuring: Dana Carvey, Bob Saget, Paula Poundstone, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollak, Bobcat Goldthwait, W. Kamau Bell

Twin Cities (99 minutes)

John, a middle-aged man with a troubled past and a baby on the way, is given a terminal diagnosis. He must get his affairs in order, exorcise his demons, and win back his wife’s love – before his time runs out.

Writer & Director: David Ash

Producer: Jason P. Schumacher

Director of Photography: Alec Schwandt

Cast: Bethany Ford Binkley, Clarence Wethern, Peter Christian Hansen, Richard Oom, Mary Mack

Wichita (88 minutes)

A shocking glimpse into the dark mind of the modern psycho killer.

Directed by Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong

Screenplay by Matthew Ward

Produced by Yaniv Elani Matthew Ward Justyn Ah Chong Nate Gold

Cast: Trevor Peterson, Persia White, Caitlin Gerard, Demetri Goritsas, Christopher Wolfe, Melinda Lee, Sondra Kerr Blake