Congratulations to the Official Selections of the 15th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Please use this page to navigate our film index.

For Screening time see the 2014 Festival Schedule Below

 

Shorts Program Breakdowns

Shorts Program I

Taxistop

Random Stop

Once in a Blue Moon

Violet Hour

Pervasive Rainbow

Dogonauts

Community Champion

Land of Enchantment


Shorts Program IV

Distance

Dear 11009

In the Dark

That Day in July

(5 TROPOI NA PETHANEIS) 5 WAYS 2 DIE



Shorts Program VII

reConception

BULLY

Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas

Thomas

Tribute

 

Shorts Program X

Salvatore

Walk With Me

Hunger

From the Woods

Desolate Road

The Dead Couple

Shorts Program II

Into the Silent Sea

Old Hat

MARIE

Same Time Same Place

The Invention of Time

Strangers

I Know You

 

Shorts Program V

The Hitchhiker

Glinda

Les Nuages

Bis Gleich

Whispering Pines

Fortissimo

 

Shorts Program VIII

Posthumous

Please Hand Stamp

Pink Helmet Posse

Son Simon

How to Avoid Annoying People

Peace of Mind

House of Misfits

 

Shorts Program XI

King Eternal

Kite

Sebastian

Ups & Downs

The Red Ball

Frenzbook

Today's the Day

Shorts Program III

Learning to Float

140 Miles

Una Luz: Article 13

Six Seasons and a Movie

 

Shorts Program VI

Sunday Dinner with the Morgans

Catch

Blue

Dust

Les Papillions Noirs

Big Girl

 

Shorts Program IX

Jonestown

American Lawn

Tuesday

The Usual

Moving Picture Co. 1914

Cassandra

 

Shorts Program XII

Wild Horses

Our Father


140 Miles

Documentary Short, 20 minutes, USA

Directed by Danny Brown

One hundred forty miles. Roughly the distance a single competitor must swim (2.4 miles), bike (112 miles) and run (26.2 miles) just to finish an Ironman Triathlon, one of the most punishing tests of human endurance in all of sports. But for triathlete, Trent Wierick, the grueling demands of Ironman competition were nothing compared to the long road back from a near fatal training accident when his bike slammed head-on into an oncoming truck.

Cast: Trent Wierick, Molly Wierick

5 TROPOI NA PETHANEIS (5 Ways 2 Die)

Short Film, 15 minutes, Cyprus

Directed by Daina Papadak

Makis, disappointed by life, explores different ways of death struggling to achieve the most ideal result.

Cast: Michalis Marinos, Stela Fyrogeni, Kristie Papadopoulos, Andreas Araouzos, Effie Papatheodorou

A Different Kind of Farm

Documentary Feature, 63 minutes, USA

Directed by Caroline Harding

In 1998, aquaculturists Carol and Craig Schmarr quit their jobs, packed their bags, and moved to Hawaii where they used their life savings to build the world's first seahorse farm to fight against their alarmingly low population. The only hitch - the seahorse had never been bred in captivity and they were told by scientists it was impossible. This is the story of how they discovered the secret, their endeavor to challenge the pet-trade industry, and how they are educating the public about the large number of fish taken yearly from the world's reefs.

Cast: Carol Cozzi-Schmarr

A Golden State of Mind: The Storytelling Genius of Huell Howser

Documentary, 55 minutes, USA

Directed by Jeff Swimmer

Over the course of 30 years, Huell Howser produced hundreds of episodes of television under the title 'California's Gold.' This film tells the story of that series, and how Huell made stars of everyday people, and how he covered every aspect of the state of California, from its natural beauty to its historical landmarks, from its homespun family businesses to the weird and the arcane roadside attractions.

American Arab

Documentary Feature, 62 min, USA

Directed by Usama Alshaibi

Summary: Iraqi-American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs) shares his own story of experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Introducing us to other Arabs living in the United States, the film sparks a frank conversation about identity and perception, and argues for giving people 'the space to be complicated.

American Lawn

Documentary Short, 12 min, USA

Directed by Robert Sickels

In having lawns, are we giving in to societal expectations that have no real rationale, or do lawns have more meaning than we are typically willing to give them? American Lawn explores the fascinating dichotomy, resulting in a kaleidoscopic, lighthearted, and insightful portrait of Americans of all stripes grappling with their relationships to lawn.


Before the Lights Come Up

Feature Film, 90 minutes, USA

Directed by Marc Hampson

Benjamin Nelson (Ryan Schwartzman) became a musical icon adored by fans and critics alike until a devastating car accident took everything away. He disappeared, leaving many to believe he had died while others awaited his triumphant return to the spotlight. Like all things, however, time has forgotten him. A decade later, Ben decides it's time to come home to Los Angeles. He tries to reconnect with his sister Sam (Vanessa Rose Parker) and an old flame, Casey (Jennica Schwartzman) while others push him for a comeback not realizing the damage left by the accident and his real reason for coming back after all these years. 

Cast: Ryan Schwartzman, Vanessa Rose Parker, Jennica Schwartzman, Noah Gillett, Joe Calarco, Brad Hills, Jennifer Elrod, Nate Larson, Susan Boorujy, Paul Peznell, Derek Haupt, Ian McDavid, Billy Rogers, Mary Bogh, Artie O'Daly, Joseph Schles, Greg Schwartz, & Peter Weidman 

Big Girl

Short Film, 16 minutes, USA 

Directed by Lisa Melodia

Hannah is only six years old but her mom calls her a big girl.  Sometimes big girls don’t go to school.  Sometimes they have to tell the truth and other times they should tell lies.  Being a big girl means Hannah has to do things even when she doesn't want to.

Cast: Onata Aprile, Lucy Walters, Mark Boyett

Bis Gleich

Short Film, 20 min, Germany

Directed by Benjamin Wolff

Set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Berlin, BIS GLEICH tells the story of Marta and Albert. An unspoken connection between these two elderly neighbors, who share a daily ritual but have never actually met, deepens when they face the inevitable...together. 

Cast: Gertrud Roll, Horst Westphal, Julia Richter

Black King (Svart kung)

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Feature Film, 99 minutes, Sweden

Directed by Ronnie Brolin

Chess. Every move is like a choice in life, not always possible to correct if it goes wrong. The old man Johannes will not loose his faith in Leon that at an early age face a reality he cannot manage to master. Life becomes a grid of fast money, drugs and crime that punishes Leon's closest. Checkmate? Choices made today will have consequences tomorrow.

Cast: Rikard Björk, Alexander Strömberg, Emelie Arborén, Rebecca Svensson, Hans Mosesson


Blue

Animation, 9 minutes, USA

Directed by Asia Lancaster

Summary: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

Bully

Short Film, 24 minutes, USA

Directed by Robert Weiermair

When a video of Toby being brutally humiliated at school appears on the Internet, Toby’s high school and parents take action. However, with an overbearing father and a willfully unaware mother, Toby soon learns that his demons aren’t just in the classroom.

Cast: Richard Meehan, Shaw Jones, Royona Black, Noland Ammond

Carry On

Student Film, 17 minutes, China

Directed by Yatao Li

During the brutal withdrawal of Japanese forces at the end of WWII, a Chinese father does whatever he can to save his family.

Cast: Cheng Chang, Kenichi Miura

Cassandra

Short Film, 14 minutes, France

Directed by Guy-Roger Duvert

In a medieval fantasy world, two thieves infiltrate a besieged city in order to retrieve an artifact. But when they are saved by a priest who mistakes them for mercenaries come to help the city, choices have to be made. What you do defines who you are, but the consequences define what you will become...

Cast: Noémie Goetsch, Eric Kailey, Alex Freeman

Catch

Short Film, 10 minutes, Mexico

Directed by David Henrie

An eight year old boy will take extreme measures to get what he wants.


Community Champion

Student Film, 7 minutes, USA

Directed by Adriana Ortiz, Jared Taggart, Zachary Larsen, Adrianna Ortiz, Ram Lamela

Larry Rios is an 89-year old boxing trainer in Riverside's Eastside. He's been working at Lincoln Boxing Club for a number of years, dedicated to helping the youth community through boxing. 'Community Champion' profiles Larry Rios, exploring his life story and the impact Rios has had on individuals in Riverside.

Cast: Larry Rios

 

Dear 11009

Short Film, 9 minutes, USA

Directed by Aaron Orullian

Lost in a world of data entry and carbon paper, a lonely office worker starts to suspect that the night worker who shares his desk is a gourmet chef. As the two begin to exchange anonymous notes and sauces on the desk between shifts, an unlikely devotion develops.

Cast: Sean Cameron, Paul Tolman, Clay McCaw, Bernadette Rivas

Desolate Road

Short Film, 19 minutes, USA

Directed by Marwan Abderrazzaq

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

Disconnected

Animation, 7 minutes

Directed by Ludovic Littee

Ryan is a young boy struggling to escape the confines of his dysfunctional and chaotic home. Through a world of his own imagining, Ryan contends with his internal anger by acting out violent fantasies.

Distance

Short Film, 25 min, USA

Directed by Aimee Long

In the year 2038, a man is about to embark on a journey of reconciliation with his estranged daughter, when a natural disaster hurls his plans off course.

Cast: Alexis Jacknow, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Bel Delia, Cynthia San Luis, Geoffrey Arend, Jennifer Taylor Lawrence, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Mark Saul, Shabnam Islam Parasiliti, Traig Trumbo, Valentino Del Toro, Victoria Ortiz

Dogonauts: Enemy Line

Animation, 17 minutes, USA

Directed by Shel Rasch and Justin Rasch

In this charming twist on the galaxy far, far away genre, a Dogonaut and a Space Flea shoot each other down only to awake side by side, marooned on an alien desert planet. A line in the sand keeps a fragile truce, but can it hold back generations of hatred between these galactic enemies? A cartoon-y look at the absurdity of inherited hatred.

Dust

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Student Film, 21 minutes, USA

Directed by Benjamin Disinger

An aging veteran must come to terms with the loss of his wife or risk dying a lonely old man.

Cast: George Sander, Sam Fisher, Lea Mancarella

Fortissimo

Short Film, 10 minutes, USA

Directed by Noah Wagner

A world-renowned mime in his prime, Stanley Farkas now competes for attention alongside noisy street performers. He’s ready to throw away the only thing he’s ever loved... until he meets Daisy – a girl who can magically produce sound with her every touch - and his life is changed forever.

Cast: Richmond Shepard, Cecilia Gault

Frenzbook

Short Film, 11 minutes, USA

Directed by Paul Fontaine

Chance Burns is addicted to the social media website, Frenzbook, which has become the crutch he leans on in new “off-line” social encounters. But Hope Cummings, the woman of his dreams, doesn’t seem to share Chance’s need for virtual connection, and Tyrus, the stranger who reaches out to him may not use Frenzbook with good intentions.

Cast: William Sterling, Megan Hensley, Gian Molina, Beau Marie

 

From the Woods

Short Film, 25 minutes 36 seconds, USA

Directed by Nicolas Wendl

A recently single mother must learn to let go of her fear and obsession over her abusive husband in order to save her son from the hands of a mysterious creature from the woods.

Cast: Natalie Shaw, Cameron McIntyre, Sean McCracken, and Richard Burgi

Glinda

Short Film, 11 minutes, USA

Directed by Nicole Cosgrove

Glinda endures the life-shattering loss of her husband by shutting out her emotions and the external world. Her insular bubble of safety soon deteriorates as the truth comes crashing in and Glinda must re-write the autumn of her life.

Cast: Tovah Feldshuh

Gnarly in Pink (featuring The Pink Helmet Posse)

Documentary Short, 9 minutes, USA

Directed by Kristelle Laroche

Three pink tutus. Three pink helmets. Three pink skateboards. Meet Bella, Sierra and Rella: ages 6 1/2, 6 1/4, and almost 7. With big dreams and little skateboards, they prove that skateboarding is not just for boys. 

House of Misfits

Short Film, 9 minutes, USA

Directed by Binah Films LA

A group of eccentric house mates embark on a journey in hopes of filling a major void in one friend's life.

Cast: Andrews Landsman, Erin Timony Bump, Gabriela Marcus, Nila Sawyer, Rod McLachlan, Ryan Dance

How to Avoid Annoying People

Animation, 6 minutes, USA

Directed by Ariel Nasser

Comical animated film reveals the over-the-top harassments endured by a plane traveller as he thwarts the constant verbal barrage from a fellow passenger.

Hunger

Student Film, 18 minutes, USA

Directed by Brian Frager

A desperate mother tries to protect her disturbed young daughter on the run, but their dark past threatens to ensnare them.

Cast: London Vale, Kristin Coffman, Paula Bellamy-Franklin, Lowell Dean

I Know You

Short Film, 8 minutes 13 seconds

Directed by Colin Gerrard

This short film does not push the envelope of cult personality and distortion of media; neither does it break the bonds of false exaggeration. Rather it enfolds it. It's a game of confidence.
What if you couldn't tell the difference between what was real and what was not? What if you could get away with something and everyone seemingly believed you? Sometimes it doesn't matter who you are, it's who they think you are.

Cast: Colin Gerrard, Alexandra Mogos, Simone Gallorini

In The Dark

Short Film, 14 minutes 58 seconds

Directed by Bettina Bilger

A modern comedy that takes us through the different stages of a new relationship, initial attraction, jealousy, miscommunication and obsessive behaviors. It touches on protecting the ego and navigating the deep passions one can have with one's neighbors, the attractive and the crazy. A love story.

Cast: Bettina Bilger, Dion Flynn, Justin Stiver, Kelly Tuohy, Kevin Kane, Laura McDonald, Matthew Rhode, Pat Squire, Paul Krasner, Randall McFadden, Todd Litzinger, Victor Joel Ortiz, Anthony Pichette

Into The Silent Sea

Student Film, 25 minutes, Sweden

Directed by Andrej Landin

Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.

Peter Arpesella, Roman Varshavsky, Tatiana Dekhtyar, Zack Sayenko

Jonestown

Student Film, 23 minutes, USA

Directed by David Berget

Marking the 35 year anniversary this year, the story of Jonestown and the Peoples Temple, is not only important, but still relevant in today's society. Inspired by the true events, the film explores the psychology and the people behind the tragedy.

Cast: Annie Micayla, David Berget, Heaven White, Jessica Porter, Kareem Ferguson, Khalilah Joi, Kym Jackson, Leandro Cano, Noel Arthur, Willie Carpenter

King Eternal

Student Film, 15 minutes

Directed by Christiano Dias

A young boy uses his hyperactive imagination to cope with his parents' divorce and defeat his seemingly nefarious stepfather. Through a series of daydream-like vignettes, he learns that things aren't always what they seem.

Cast: Joseph Bottoms, Lisa Roumain, Landon Pelant

Kite

Short Film, 10 minutes, Australia

Directed by Natasha Basset

'Kite' is a coming of age story about a child who when faced with the recent death of her grandfather must find her own unique way to say goodbye.

Cast: Charlie Hancock, Dee Smart, Kathryn Beck, Natasha Bassett

Land of Enchantment

Short Film, 11 minutes

Directed by Randy Vampotic

When a happy-go-lucky rancher in 1947 picks up a hitchhiker on a lonely desert road, it doesn't take long for him to realize that his friendly passenger is a stranger to the Southwest. It takes a little longer to figure out how strange he really is.

Cast: Andre Tenerelli, Neal Polister

Learning to Float

Student Film, 20 minutes, USA

Directed by Brendan Calder

At the age of 12, Giovanni Douresseau weighed 280 pounds when he was taken on a surf trip. He fell in love with the feeling of riding a wave and met a mentor figure who helped him move past his rough, fatherless upbringing to completely change his life around. 

Les Nuages

Short Film, 4 minutes, USA

Directed by Jennifer Nicole Stang

A woman dreams about the clouds, and rediscovers a part of herself that she had forgotten.

Cast: Livvy Stubenrauch, Jennifer Nicole Stang

Les Papillons Noirs

Short Film, 17 minutes, France

Directed by Antoine Blanchet

Twenty-year old Cleo is taken by her boyfriend to meet a healer, when she unexcpectingly enters a journey she could not have foreseen.

Cast: Florence Monge,Jeremie Loiseau, Mascha Sweeny, Mathilde Warnier, Patrick Seminor

Life Inside Out

Feature Film, 102 minutes, 30 seconds, USA

Directed by Jill D'Agnenica

Laura, a devoted mother, takes her unhappy, youngest son Shane along as she ventures into the colorful world of open mic nights and songwriting. As Laura begins to blossom, Shane discovers musical gifts of his own. Together through the power of music, they're finally able to make sense of a world in which they’ve felt so lost.

Cast: Maggie Baird, Finneas O'Connell, Lori Nasso, David Cowgill, William Dennis Hunt

Marie

Student Film, 11 minutes 10 seconds

Directed by Alfredo Tanaka

Marie is a classic beauty who longs for the one man she cannot have, and is willing to give up anything - even her identity - to elicit his affection.

Cast: Kasia Koleczek, Damien Hughes

My Shanghai

Documentary Feature, 57 minutes

Directed by P.H. Wells

Growing up fast in 1930s Shanghai, the "Paris of the Orient," Virginia was imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII at Lunghwa camp, where she met her husband-to-be. At 92, her memory sharp as shrapnel, she unveils a provocative story of love, loss, art, and the art of survival on a walk through her life today in California.

Cast: Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon (as herself)


Noble Fir

Feature Film, 83 minutes, USA

Directed by Christopher Graham and Joseph Arney

Nearing the end of harvesting season, Christmas-tree farmer Henry Dean fights to control his growing anger over a recent tragedy.

Cast: Richard E. Wilson, Mandy Rose Nichols, Desiree Aceves, Chad M. Saunders, David Kessler

Odd Brodsky

Feature Film, 93 minutes, USA

Directed by Cindy Baer

Audrey is a  lovable loser who quits her steady day job to follow a childhood passion of becoming an actress. There's just one problem: she's not very good at it! What she lacks in talent, she makes up for in heart in this wacky little adventure about following your dreams, accepting yourself, and finding the magic in life.

Cast: Tegan Ashton Cohan, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Scotty Dickert

Off the Floor

Documentary Feature, 80 minutes

Directed by Katie and Matthew Celia

OFF THE FLOOR is a feature length documentary about the emerging art of contemporary pole dance and how it has evolved into a movement of feminine empowerment and self-expression. Through the personal journey of one dancer, Jessica Anderson-Gwin, and her visionary dance company Jagged, the film explores what it takes to share your artistic vision with the world and bring your dreams to life. 

Cast: Jessica Anderson-Gwin, Jagged: A Contemporary Dance Company

Old Hat

Short Film, 6 minutes

Director: Richard Ferrando

After his car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a man wanders into a ghost town and finds an old cowboy hat. He then discovers that the town is populated with many strange, familiar, and dangerous people.

Cast: Fox Valade

Once in a Blue Moon

Short Film, 13 minutes

Directed by Tim Zajac

A survivalist horror junkie is surprised by his ex, who shows up with a bottle of wine during a blackout.

Cast: William Sterling, Anny Rosario

Our Father

Short Film, 21 minutes, USA

Directed by Linda Palmer

In a fleeting moment of clarity, an estranged father suffering from late stage dementia, reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family from the abuses of this misogynist, racist, wife-beating bully.

Cast: Michael Gross, Michael Worth

Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus

Documentary Feature, 115 minutes, USA

Directed by Tim Mahoney

Is the history found in the Bible fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? An in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions amid startling new finds that may change traditional views of history and the Bible.

Peace of Mind

Short Film, 5 minutes, USA

Directed by David M. Gutel

A young man takes the law into his own hands to relieve himself of past memories. In the end, does vengeance or mercy have the final say?

Cast: Alex Macnicoll, Kenny Billings, Jon Tyler Ford, Kurtis Anton

Pervasive Rainbow

Student Film, 5 minutes, USA

Directed by Matt Stanasolovich

The anonymous comedian develops his best material in isolated, claustrophobic rooms, where he can walk around in his own mind. Pervasive Rainbow is an intrusive, 'stream of consciousness' portrait of the creative process of a struggling comedian, who may be on the brink of success - or the unstable ground where creative passion becomes a destructive obsession. Pervasive Rainbow is inspired by the writing style of Thomas Pynchon, replacing dialog with the comedian’s rambling thoughts, to tell the story of his creative process.

Cast: Cheo Melendez

Please Hand Stamp

Short Film, 12 minutes, USA

Directed by Jeff Jenkins

In hopes of bettering his chances with the young woman across the way, a young man decides to sell his soul on the Internet. In doing so, he loses the thing he loves most, and his life is changed in an unpredictable way.

Cast: Johnny Pemberton, Eric Anderson, Lauren Pence

Posthumous

Student Film, 30 minutes USA

Directed by Noah DeBonis

Facing the foreclosure of her family’s small-town bed and breakfast, a young girl capitalizes on the chance visit of a famous but forgotten author whose ultimate fate may very well determine the family’s fortune. "True Grit" meets "Winter's Bone" in this dark coming of age comedy set in the rural swamp country of Florida.

Cast: Keana Marie, Peter Haid, Sydney Rouviere, Terrance Murphy, Sarahi Diaz, Richard Haylor, Ike Seamans

Progression

Feature Film, 88 minutes, USA

Directed by Gab Cody and Sam Turich

A zany trio of urbanite couples fumble through love and heartbreak on the night of the annual Lawrenceville progressive dinner in and around the hipster-est neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

Cast: Alex Falberg,Gab Cody, Hayley Nielsen, James Fitzgerald, Jason McCune, Sam Turich

Random Stop

Short Film, 7 minutes, USA

Directed by Benjamin Arfmann

A first person POV film based on true events. In 1998 Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Dinkheller pulled over a speeding pick-up truck being driven by Andrew Brannan. Random Stop is 6 1/2 minutes from the life of Officer Dinkheller.

Cast: Brian Krause

reConception

Short Film, 12 minutes

Directed by Joe Petrilla

A hell-bent bunch of boys break into an abandoned cargo trailer. Their conquest is interrupted by the owner of the vehicle's unexpected return. 

Cast: Jonah Landow, Kit Flanagan, Tom Morrissey 

Salvatore

Short Film, 6 minutes

Directed by William Shermer

What does a critically ill pope see in seven minutes on the far side? And what will the Vatican do to keep him from sharing it?

Cast: Massi Furlan, Carlo Corbellini, Roberto Bonanni

Same Time Same Place

Student Film, 19 minutes 

Directed by Matt Gengel

In order to change the past, Jack spends thirty years building a time machine. He travels back in time to 1971 to make sure he never meets the girl who broke his heart. However, after seeing her he begins to have second thoughts. Jack must decide whether it is better to have loved and lost or never to have loved at all.

Cast: Bill Suplee, Anthony Gaeta, Dani Gray, Drew Gatto, Ron Hanks

Sassy Kathy Volunteers

Family Films, 5 minutes, USA

Directed by Victoria Goring

Sassy Kathy is a spoiled rich girl volunteering at a Renaissance Faire and expecting to be crowned queen. Sassy Kathy expects to be rewarded for volunteering but discovers volunteering itself is the reward. Filmed on location at the Big Bear Valley Renaissance Faire in Fawnskin, featuring thousands of local pinecones.

Cast: Carson Goring

Searching for Nepal

Documentary Feature, 88 minutes, USA/Nepal

Directed by Philip Deutschle

As a young Peace Corps Volunteer in the Himalayas of Nepal, Phil Deutschle faced obstacles of language, illness, and extreme isolation.  Only the friendship of his adoptive father, Krishna Bhakta Himalaya, allowed him to survive. Three decades later, in the aftermath of Nepal's Maoist civil war, Phil returns.  In this compelling cultural adventure, Phil seeks to re-unite with his long-lost Nepali family--before it's too late.

 Cast: Phil Deutschle, People of Aiselukharka, Nepal

SEBASTIAN

Animation, 18 minutes

Directed by Vlad Marsavin

Sebastian is short animated film about an 8-year old boy who lives in an ordinary, monochrome world and his colorful dreams. Ask yourself: Am I dreaming or awake, right now?

Cast: Animation without dialogue

Six Seasons and A Movie - A Community Art Show

Documentary Short, 31 minutes, USA

Directed by Annie Wilkes and Evan Koehne

Exploring the sub culture of fan art and artists that pay homage to the NBC comedy Community. Follow PixelDrip Gallery as they organize the first ever Community themed art show and get to know the artists and fans who's love for the show goes beyond just watching it.

Somewhere Between Freedom and Protection, Kansas

Short Film, 20 minutes, USA

Directed by Patrick Clement

Protection, Kansas newspaper columnist and delivery girl Ozzie Yost cares for her grandmother Wilda, the woman that raised her in a small Western Kansas ghost town. When her grandmother passes away suddenly, Ozzie must decide between pursuing her dream of becoming a writer or staying in the town her family founded.

Cast: Brittnee Hill, Joan Hayse, Angela Maxey

Son Simon

Short Film, 7 minutes, USA

Directed by Jonathan Fredrick

A family on a leisurely outing to a farmer's market has their lives turned upside down in the fraction of a moment.

Cast: Charlie Fredrick, Jonathan Fredrick, Layla Alizada, Marc Vann, Nathalie Love

Split Gas

Feature Film, 1 hour 11 minutes, USA

Directed by Jacques Edeline

A happy-go-lucky 30 year old grad student posts on a campus bulletin board: “Driving to San Francisco for Spring Break. Anyone Want a Ride? Split Gas.” The ad is answered by a suicidal freshman philosophy student, who secretly just wants a ride to the cliffs of Big Sur to jump off and kill himself. As they cruise up the PCH, the 30 year old makes it his mission to break the freshman out of his own head, while both attempt to conceal their ulterior motives for the trip.

Cast: Oliver Mauldin, Jacques Edeline, Galen Howard, Peter Weidman, Mary Bogh

Sticky

Documentary Short, 20 minutes, Australia

Directed by Jilli Rose

Exiled from the tropical paradise where they evolved, a handful of remarkable stick insects, the last of their kind, clung to life on a single, windswept bush on a remote sea stack for 80 years. Now they're back from the brink of extinction, but when can they go home?

Cast: Nicholas Carlile

Strangers

Short Film, 10 minutes 38 seconds, USA

Directed by Joe McClean

Dave and his father have coffee. It's the first time they've met. 

Cast: Brendan Brandt, T.R. Shields III

Sunday Dinner with the Morgans

Student Film, 12 minutes, United Kingdom

Directed by Alex Forbes

Underneath their perfect veneer, The members of the Morgan family each engage in their own dark and twisted acts of moral depravity.

Cast: Ellysha Elgon-Smith, Lukas Rolfe, Marysia Trembecka, Paul Clayton

Tatanka

Documentary Feature, 86 minutes, USA

Directed by Jacob Bricca

Kit Bricca was a leader of the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960s and 70s with a fierce passion for social justice, but found the transition from activist to breadwinner a challenging one. In this moving, psychologically complex documentary, filmmaker Jacob Bricca follows the extraordinary journey of his father Kit, a man whose uncompromising idealism changed the world but tore his family apart.

Taxistop

Short Film, 21 minutes, Belgium

Directed by: Marie Enthoven

Because of a railway strike, Antoine is due to go to Geneva to present a seminar on Team building, by carpooling. Five opposite personalities will be confined in one car for a long trip. To Antoine, this will be the perfect opportunity to test his theories he so strongly believes in.

Cast: Serge Larivière, Catherine Salée

That Day in July

Short Film, 20 minutes, USA

Directed by Marcos Vaz

After the invasion of the city of Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serbs in July of 1995, Lieutenant Karremans from the stranded United Nations peacekeeper base, desperately tries to make a deal with the commander of the Serbians forces to save the life of your soldiers as well a the thousands civilians inside the city.

Cast: Daniel Coutinho, Kipp Moorman, Radu Vlad, Skip Pipo, Tudor Monteanu, Vicente Avella, William Viriato

The Dead Couple

Short Film, 10 minutes, USA

Directed by Justin Rausch

Fifteen minutes with the wrong person can be an eternity, so eternity with the wrong person would feel like...what?  There is a room in a motel right next to where you've never needed to go, and in that room the truth is revealed.  And yes, those are cigarettes you smell.  And no, there isn't cable.

Cast: Daniel Garfolo, Phil Shafer

The Grounded

Family Films, 82 minutes, USA

Directed by Tom Luong

A young brother and sister get grounded after they break curfew. At night they sneak out of the house to go on adventures around town. When they run into bank robbers who kidnap his older sister the boy and his friends, with the help of two retired forest service workers, must bring the fugitives into custody.

Cast: Adrian Deleon, Alexander Cress, Ashley Williams, Brian Black, Clinton Cargile, Darrah Valentine, David Goodwin, Don Hopkins, Jacob Bayley, Jamie Graf, Jeanette Di Pinza, Jeff Whitney, Jill Albano,Joseph Deluca, Julianna Cress, Karlin Walker, Ken Cress, Kevin Wyrauch, Lisa Arnett, Loren Cress, Marcus Smith, Mark Bayley, Renee Puckett Hynes, Shane Kaufman, Shelbie Cress, Sherry Walti, Stuart Smith, Tracey Birdsall-Smith

The Hitchhiker

Short Film, 19 minutes, USA

Directed by Alexander Harrison Jacobs

Nancy Adams, 'twenty-something' is driving cross-country to Hollywood to become a star. Only she's not alone. She's being pursued by an unrelenting stranger who may be a figment of her imagination.

Cast: Adam Lustick, Barry Corbin, Beau Knapp, Helen Wilson, Jerry Mathers, Jessica Howell, Kyle Overstreet, Mike C Nelson, Nora Zehetner

The Invention of Time

Short Film, 13 minutes, Mexico

Directed by Pablo Chozas

A suicidal Nosferatu obsessed vampire determined to escape the endless burden of immortality. The casual encounter with a woman will set a plan in motion that if successful will allow him to escape his eternity and make his way into cinematic history. Hidden in the 1922 vampire classic are the clues to transform reality and to achieve a long desired celluloid resurrection.

Cast: Kelly Horwich, Napoleon Ryan

The Jazz Funeral

Feature Film, 80 minutes, USA

Directed by Jesse Rosen

The death of a family friend brings a father and son to the intoxicating city of New Orleans. Amidst the colorful vibrance of the city, strained relationships unravel, forcing them to bury the past and let go of the present in order to rebuilt their future.

Cast: James Morrison, Bobby Campo, Maiara Walsh, Dee Wallace

The Meaning of Wild

Documentary Short, 30 minutes, USA

Directed by Benjamin Hamilton

In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a wildlife filmmaker ventures to the largest national forest in the United States, encountering bears, calving glaciers, and ancient forests, on a journey to discover the importance of Wilderness today.

The Moving Picture Co. 1914

Short Film, 22 minutes, USA

Directed by Mark Kirkland

100 years ago in a long forgotten movie studio... Ellen, an aspiring actress, seeks her lucky break in a studio where everything goes wrong.

Cast: Adam Celentano, Brandon McIvor Fleming, Collin Fowler, David Pierce, Douglas Kirkland, Eric Vesbit, Haskell Wexler, Ian McCrudden, Jeffrey von Meyer, Jennifer Starr, Jody Fassanella, Nick Celentano, Ryan Anthony Martin, "Weird" Al Yankovic

The Red Ball

Short Film, 8 minutes 44 seconds

Directed by Joe Roos

Emma and her brother, Owen, are enjoying a game of catch with their red ball in the park, when Ian interrupts them with a bigger red ball. The chance at playing with the bigger ball lures Emma's attention away from her brother and onto a darkening chase, while Owen makes new friends and continues to improve through practice.

Cast: Emma Yang, Owen Yang, Ian Tucker

The Refugees of Shangri-la

Documentary Feature, 56 minutes, USA

Directed by Doria Bramante

After being torn from paradise and surviving twenty long years in refugee camps, the Kingdom of Bhutan's forgotten exiles abandon hopes of returning home and seek a future in a far off place called America.

The Sax Man

Documentary Feature, 84 minutes, USA

Directed by Joe Siebert

An aging, down-and-out street musician finds renewed purpose when he gets a surprise opportunity to play the big stage for the first time in 40 years.

Cast: Maurice Reedus Jr., Andrea Land, Sharon Reedus-Sanders, Ted Schwarz, John Wilson, Charles Still, Leo Green

The Usual 

Short Film, 9 minutes 30 seconds

Directed by Dawn Higginbotham

The Usual is a period piece set in the 1930s, paralleling the Great Depression to the uncertain economic climate of today. A well to do couple finds themselves in need and receives help from an unlikely source.

Cast: Renee O'Connor, Mackenzie Astin, Russell Sams, Raymond O'Connor, Dustin Quick, Robert C. Pullman

The Yank

Feature Film, 90 minutes, USA/Ireland

Directed by Sean Lackey

For Tom, the perfect woman is beautiful, hard-working, family-oriented and like his parents 100 percent Irish. When his best friend gets married in Ireland, Tom's family and friends send him off on a side-splitting and epic adventure. As Tom comes face to face with the real Ireland on his journey to achieve his dreams, he discovers  that the grass isn't always greener, even in Ireland.

Cast: Colm Meaney, Fred Willard, Kevin Farley, Nicki Spiridakos

Thomas

Short Film, 16 minutes 26 seconds, USA

Directed by Alexandre Martins

When Thomas, a 12 year-old boy, accidentally shoots a hunter in the woods with his father's rifle, he is forced to face the consequences of his actions.

Cast: Ian MacRae, F.J. Zentner

Today's the Day

Short Film, 13 minutes, USA

Directed by Daniel Campos

With the clock ticking away, Cloud Walker, a self-doubting intern at the most respected dance agency in LA must ask the boss for his consent to attend the biggest the audition of the year. Struggling with his inner fears, Cloud’s dreams are quickly slipping away. It’s up to him to follow his heart or live the rest of his life in regret.

Cast: Daniel Campos, Danny DeVito

Tribute

Short Film, 18 minutes, USA

Directed by John Salcido

A man hoping to propose to his girlfriend must first endure a night of tributes to her ex.

Cast: Michael Nathanson, Liza Weil, Brian Michael Jones, Audrey Lynn Weston

Tuesday

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Short Film, 5 minutes, Switzerland/USA

Directed by Oscar Lalo

A poignant, thought-provoking story of how life can take unexpected turns. Your neighbor, your grocer, maybe even your good friend could be in the midst of an unforeseen crisis. This is the story of a man struggling to keep all the pieces of his life together. Can he do it or will he lose heart?

Cast: Jean Paul San Pedro, Liv Southard, Oscar Lalo

Una Luz: Exploring Article 13

Documentary Short, 17 minutes, El Salvador

Directed by Micaela Femiano

A film crew sets out to uncover the truth about a new law in El Salvador that is removing hundreds of children from orphanages and shelters across the country. In 2009, the LEPINA law was created to protect the rights of children and adolescents in El Salvador. However, because of the interpretation of Article 13, more than 700 children have been removed from orphanages and shelters across the country and returned to homes where they experience abuse, neglect, and extreme poverty.


Ups & Downs

Short Film, 9 minutes, United Kingdom

Directed by Stuart Fryer

Harry is embarrassed and ashamed of his brother Josh who suffers from Down's Syndrome.
At Harry's 18th birthday house party, Josh is told to stay away from Harry's friends.
But as Harry's heavy drinking results in danger, only his brother can help.

Cast: Bobby Lockwood, Edward Ashley, Otto Baxter, Sophie Coward, Vanessa Bailey

Violet Hour

Student Film, 6 minutes, USA

Directed by Mark Allen

A young man from South Los Angeles makes a fateful decision while struggling to cure his sexuality.

Cast: Freddie Pee, Netfa Perry, Robert Mallard

Walk With Me

Student Film, 5 minutes 2 seconds, USA

Directed by Timothy Offor

A young African American man, Dre, embarks on a walk in which he encounters people of all different races. Through voice over the internal stereotypes of Dre and the people he encounters are revealed. A chance encounter with a woman of another race ultimately results in disaster for Dre.

Cast: Dru Bass

Whispering Pines

Short Film, 16 minutes, USA

Directed by Jason E. Johnson

Finding that his life as a career criminal has left him empty, a middle aged gangster decides to retire for marriage and love. Tough choices must be made if he is ever going to have a chance at happiness.

Cast: David Lee Smith, Melanie Hawkins, George Pogatsia

Wild Horses

Short film, 20 minutes, USA

Directed by Stephanie Martin

Wild Horses tells the story of Mills, an established photographer, who returns to her native Nevada following an urgent call from her grandmother informing her that a band of wild horses close to their hearts faces government roundup. Cruelty, courage, love and memory collide as two generations of women bear witness to the brutality common to wild horse roundups in the American West. In this story, that spans one day, Mills is exposed to a complex issue and follows hear heart, choosing to ignore the consequences.

Cast: Mireille Enos, Barbara Tarbuck, Brooke Shields and Tuff