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TROLL INC.

 

From innocent meme culture to malicious propaganda, the avant-garde has moved online and they have an agenda. Emerging from deep within underground computer programming culture, internet trolls are disenfranchised and using the click-bait obsessed mass media to propel their performance art into the mainstream. Whether mischievously entertaining the masses, influencing presidential elections, or manipulating journalists and corporations, trolls are either saving us or driving our culture off of a cliff. Prosecuted as a whistleblower by the Federal Government, Trolls Inc. follows the world’s most famous Internet troll, Andrew Auernheimer, and his merry band of provocateurs as they take on corporate America, the media, and political correctness.

Director:  George Russell

Running Time: 1 hr 19 min

Screening: 12/9  @ 530P

 

VIF

A one-of-a-kind cinematic documentary, taking us on one-man’s life journey: Christian Audigier... 

 

After being diagnosed with MDS, an aggressive type of blood cancer, Christian, is forced to accept what lies ahead of him. To find the strength to do so, he looks to his past, remembers what made him who he is today, what matters most to him and takes us on an introspective journey through his life.

Director:  Didier Beringuer

Stars: Christian AudigierSylvester StalloneMichael Madsen 

Running Time: 1 hr 38 min

Screening: 12/9 @7P 

 

IMPERATIVE SHIFT ~Fukushima

This film talks about the current situation of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster and the problems in the Nuclear Power Industry world wide. Can the global community come together to protect humanity as we face this critical issue?

 

Director/Producer:  Yoko Kubota

Running Time: 13 min 53 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 3P

 

Memories of Miss O'Keeffe

Memories of Miss O’Keeffe, a short documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skinwalkers), shares intimate reflections from generations of the Lopez family, who worked for iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe in her home in northern New Mexico.

Director:  Chris Eyre 

Producers: Robert A. Kret, Claudio Ruben, 

Jeff Keas

Produced by Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Running Time: 25 min 18 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N 

 

Xavier Corbero: Portrait of an Artist in Winter

The first and last glimpse into the universe of iconic Spanish sculptor Xavier Corbero. A kaleidoscopic life and career that traversed a turbulent moment of Spanish history.

Director:  Nathalie Biancheri

Produced by Coco Marie Schneider

Running Time: 13 min 40 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N

 

Lost Crops

A doctor in search of sustainable superfoods teams up with an experienced botanist and humanitarian for an international journey of discovery.

Director:  Chris Jenkins

Running Time: 14 min 40 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P

 

The Tree Prophet

 

A poor and uneducated nursery man from Northern Michigan is sent back from heaven with a mission to save the world from global warming by cloning the worlds oldest and largest trees.

 

Director:  Christian Scheider

Co-Director: Tucker Marder

Running Time: 28 min

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P

 

Happy

A WWII fighter ace (Larry "Happy" Powell) is badly burned in a near-fatal plane crash, but survives to build an incredible career assistant directing numerous Hollywood classics, including Breakfast at Tiffany's.

 

Director:  Mike Dorsey

Running Time: 39 min 52 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 4P

 

The Expedition: Mars 2030

Made in collaboration with NASA, this documentary aims to answer the question - why is it important to go to Mars? 
We’ve proven that space exploration can expand technology, further our understanding of the universe, and foster peaceful connections among nations, so we feel that it is our responsibility to inspire future generations to make space exploration a necessary priority. 

 

Director:  Gerardo Martinez

Producers: Natasha Del Toro, Julia Saenz, 

Julia Saenz, Isaac Lee 

Running Time: 21 min 49 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 3P

 

My Irnik

"My Irnik" is a short documentary film about a father and son’s relationship and the passion of shared adventure. Set in Arctic Canada, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal fell in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself. In this surreal landscape and isolated community, these two are bonding over a shared love of the outdoors, dogsledding, exploration and new adventures.

 

Director:  Matthew Hood, Francois Lebeau

Producers: Conor Goddard, Matthew Hood, Francois Lebeau

Running Time: 15 min 22 sec

Screening: 12/9 

My Irnik

"My Irnik" is a short documentary film about a father and son’s relationship and the passion of shared adventure. Set in Arctic Canada, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal fell in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. Now, with a young family, he helps to pass on the native traditions and ancestral culture to his son, as he learns them himself. In this surreal landscape and isolated community, these two are bonding over a shared love of the outdoors, dogsledding, exploration and new adventures.

 

Director:  Matthew Hood, Francois Lebeau

Producers: Conor Goddard, Matthew Hood, Francois Lebeau

Running Time: 15 min 22 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 1P

 

The Driver is Red

A 15-minute animated true crime documentary that tells the captivating true story of Zvi Aharoni and the Israeli secret service team that brought down one of the most powerful Nazis on the run. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, the team closes in on the murderer in Argentina in their attempt to bring him to justice.

 

Director:  Randall Christopher

Producers: Jared Callahan, Randall Christopher

Running Time: 14 min 45 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 1P

 

CTRL Z

Ed is a hopeless romantic that invents a device allowing him an infinite amount of attempts to impress the girl of his dreams; however, with each failed first impression he must kill himself before he can go back and try again.

Director:  James Kennedy

Producers: James Kennedy, James Oldham

Cast: Edward Easton, Kath Hughes

Running Time: 23 min 19 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 7P

 

Clarity

A story of obsession, power, and discovery centering around a maverick neuroscientist, her doting pupil, and an alluring machine that could revolutionize brain science.

Writer/Director:  Dustin Brown

Producer: Jason Smith

Cast: Christine Kellogg-Darrin, Sam Buchanan

Running Time: 19 min 58 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N

 

Control​

In this shockingly dark but utterly poignant comedy from Alison Becker and Kimmy Gatewood, a depressed woman contemplates ending her life, if she could just get everything in order first.

Director:  Kimmy Gatewood

Producer: Alison Becker, Kimmy Gatewood,

Devin Doyle, Matthew C. Johnson

Cast: Alison Becker

Running Time: 14 min 37 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N

 

Dear Sister

After learning her estranged, violent father has married into another family, a woman attempts to save his new stepdaughter from the same fate she suffered by any means necessary.

Director:  Jess Harbeck

Producer: Courtney SchwartzMisti Schwartz,

Nic Harbeck

Cast: Blythe AuffarthClementine Ford

Running Time: 11 min 49 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P

 

Eckardt

Eckhardt is on his way to the employment agency. He is thinking about his life, and ends up remembering his wild, erotic relationship with Mariana, which gave him more insight into the interconnectedness of life than his years of academic study of philosophy and literature. This short portrait of the intellectual and emotional life of the young humanities scholar Eckhardt - a man literally incapacitated by his own mind - is illustrative of a young academic elite that is useless to the labour market.

Writer / Director:  Konstantin Rall

Producer: Konstantin Rall

Cast: Roland Wendling, Adriana Möbius, Peter Haas, Vanessa Most

Running Time: 15 min

Honorable Mention

 

Good Morning

A woman wakes up in a younger man's apartment, and their intimate conversation over coffee and cigarettes exposes the imperfections in each of their lives.

Director:  Bryan McKinley

Writer: Luke Cook

Producer: Diana Murphy

Cast: Diana Murphy, Luke Cook

Running Time: 18 min 07 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N

 

Hush Hush

'Hush Hush' is a horror/comedy in the vein of Edgar Wright's 'Shaun of the Dead' and Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead.' Directed by 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' editor Tom Nolle, and written by Chad Goldich (from Second City) and Kris Rubio (a stand-up comedian), the film is imbued with a wry sense of humor and a taste for the morbid. The project is a part of a series of films created by AK Studios, an acting studio and film collective based in Hollywood. It also features Carrie Madsen, of the Netflix "Gilmore Girls" revival series.

Director:  Thomas Nolle

Writer: Chad Goldich, Kris Rubio

Producer: Thomas Nolle, Chad Goldich

Cast: Carrie Madsen, Jeffrey Thompson, Jason Mack Watkins, Kris Rubio, Brigid Marshall, Sven Amsterdam, Lana Rae Jarvis, Chad Goldich

Running Time: 11 min 35 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 7PM

 

Heath Takes A Trip

When a famous writer suffers a breakdown, a stranger takes him on a road trip.  As they journey to the writer’s hometown in Iowa, an unusual friendship develops in this quirky drama exploring friendship, love, and the burden of regret. 

Director:  Ted James

Writer: Ted James

Producers: Ted James, Emily Bennett, 

Jason Knade

Cast: Arch Harmon, Ted James, 

Emily Bennett, Lorraine Freund

Running Time: 23 min 42 sec

Screening: 12/9  @ 2P

 

Ingenue-ish​​

A kind of young, sort of ethnic LA actress struggles to make it in showbiz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top (one of these is false).

Director:   John Stamos

Writers:  Caitlin McHughJohn Stamos

Producers: Pat Kudej, Eric Von Doymi

Cast: Caitlin McHughJosh PeckMike Capes

Christina Masterson, Lauren McFall 

Running Time: 11 min

Screening: 12/9 

Ingenue-ish​​

A kind of young, sort of ethnic LA actress struggles to make it in showbiz without knowing someone, having a famous last name, or sleeping her way to the top (one of these is false).

Director:   John Stamos

Writers:  Caitlin McHughJohn Stamos

Producers: Pat Kudej, Eric Von Doymi

Cast: Caitlin McHughJosh PeckMike Capes

Christina Masterson, Lauren McFall 

Running Time: 11 min

Screening: 12/9 @ 7P 

 

Letter

Jim's secret job as an online author of suicide letters is also his addiction. Unfortunately, his work and marriage begin to mix when a friend becomes a client - without his knowing.

Director:   Juan Felipe Zuleta

Writer:   Ellen Willis

Producer: Masha Leonov

Cast: Aaron Roman Weiner, Tatiana Barrero

Running Time: 15 min

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P

 

Monday

Kwan is a small-time hustler who provides contraband to whoever needs it. He bounces from neighborhood to neighborhood, each encounter tinged with racial undertones. On this day, his illicit activity brings him to a halt.

Director:   Dinh Thai

Writer:  Dinh Thai

Producers: Dinh Thai, Brian Burgett

Exec. Producers: Brian Burgett, Joshua Falcon

Cast: Kevin David Lin, Grace Shen

Intae Kim, LA Williams

Running Time: 18 min 30 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P

 

Never Better​​

Rudi lives in a crappy East Vancouver apartment and is in complete denial of her mental state. She broke up with her ex, because he moved to the middle of nowhere but the decision still haunts her. She takes a road trip to reconcile with him but things take an interesting turn..

Director:   Lucie Guest

Writer: Lucie Guest

Producer: Synnove Godeseth

Cast: Lucie Guest, Toby Levins, Diana Bang

Bob Rathie

Running Time: 9 min 37 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 7P

 

Near Change

Sometimes in life you find yourself at a crossroads between who you are, and the life you find yourself living. Dino and his best friend and associate Tony, are mid-level mafia foot soldiers. As they wait for breakfast in a diner, on an ordinary day like any other, Dino realizes he has reached his fork in the road. Unless “This” is all there is…something is 

Director:   André Sogliuzzo

Writer: Dabiel D’Agostino

Producer: André Sogliuzzo

Cast: André Sogliuzzo, Adam Tomei

Phil Idrissi, Stephanie Silverman

Running Time: 9 min 34 sec

Honorable Mention

 

Nine Minutes

While finishing an exploratory mission on a newly discovered planet, a veteran astronaut faces the choice of completing her objective or saving her own life, after an equipment malfunction forces her to crash land. 

Director:   Ernie Gilbert

Writer: Devin Conroy

Producer: Emily Good

Cast: Constance W,  Reggie Watts 

Running Time: 13 min 54 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 4P

 

Picture Wheel

In an alternate reality where memories are literally worn about one's head, a jilted lover wrestles with the image of his ex.

Director:   David O'Donnell

Writer: David O'Donnell

Producer:David O'Donnell, Alex Russell

Cast: Elena Satine, James Hoare

Running Time: 13 min 29 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 2P 

 

Soybean Oil Errands

Even a bully in your town has some good will with them and can show mercy, if they are a human being. However that kindness can be misunderstood by people’s different viewpoints. This story is about a bully who has a very noble and pure love, and his good faith that gets mistaken. 

Director:   mooyoung oh

Running Time: 14 min

Screening: 12/9 @ 4P 

 

The Good Agent

An agent and screenwriter engage in a bizarre power struggle that redefines the hierarchy of Hollywood.

Director:   Dan Real

Producer: Dan Real, Melissa Papel

Writer: David Andrew Lloyd 

Cast: Terence Leclere, Melissa Papel

Running Time: 5 min 37 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 4P

 

The Pooka

In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark.

Director:  Luke Boyce

Writer: Alissa Dean

Producer: Brett Hays, Jennifer Shelby, 

Producer: Chris Sullivan

Cast: Chris Sullivan, Lily Rains

Running Time: 14 min 30 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 7P

 

State of Emergency Mother******!

A surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police are used to it! Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren’t even paying attention to it 
anymore… the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if Samy did get some on the night of Valentine’s…

Director:  Sébastien Petretti

Writer: Sébastien Petretti

Producer: Lovo films , Abyssal Process, WFA Pictures Sqarefish

Cast: Yassine Fadel, Ilias Bouanane

Running Time: 5 min 34 sec

Honorable Mention

 

The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political...

Director:  Paul Philipp

Writer: Belo Schwarz

Producer: Moritz Helmes

Cast: André Hennicke, Dante Gutierrez Janssen, Jasmin Schwiers, Matthias Lier, Bernd Stegemann

Running Time: 29 min

Honorable Mention

 

The Only Ones

Three perpetually unimpressed teenagers take their mundane and monotonous lives into their own hands by crafting an impulsive plan to rob their local upstate bank. However, without putting the necessary forethought into the inevitable consequences they will incur both societally and psychologically, they find themselves in over their overly idyllic heads.

Director:  Josh Kay

Writer: Josh Kay

Producer: Josh Kay

Running Time: 19 min 22 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N 

 

Valkommen

Swedish couple, Henrik and Vilma arrive in Los Angeles for their dream vacation, only to be quickly disappointed and disgusted by everything they see.

Director:  Valerian Zamel

Writer: Valerian Zamel

Producer: Valerian Zamel

Cast: Nathalie Soderqvist, Jani Blom

Running Time: 5 min 13 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 4P

 

Vola

A young dancer remembers her struggle for perfection and its cost.

Director:  Ned Farr

Writer: Ned Farr

Cast: Lisa Mariani, Emanuele Piras

Running Time: 6 min 4 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 12N 

 

Wyrm

Wyrm has two days to get his first kiss or he’ll be held back as part of the school district’s No Child Left Alone program, forced to wear his My.E.Q. Remote Monitoring collar through high school. 

Director:  Christopher winterbauer

Writer: Christopher winterbauer

Producer: Sam Shaib

Running Time: 19 min 50 sec

Screening: 12/9 @ 4P