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The Dynamiter

Directed by Matthew Gordon

Award Ceremony Double Feature (with 5 Shells).

 

Q & A with Director Matthew Gordon and stars William Ruffin & John Alex Nunnery following the screening.

 

It’s another summer in Glen Allan, Mississippi for fourteen-year-old Robbie Hendrick. His wayward Mother has run off again fearing a breakdown and he’s left to pass the days caring for his half- brother, Fess. But he’s as hopeful as ever that his dream of a family will be realized this year. As Robbie and Fess burn the days together, Robbie’s dream becomes closer than ever before. His older brother Lucas returns to the home and postcards begin to arrive from their Mother promising that she’s better and that she’ll return home soon.

 

But Robbie knows the futility of keeping faith in promises. As the deep days and nights begin to pass without his mother’s return and with the ever-present threat of social services closing in on the brothers, Robbie must face the fact that he may just lose the only family he’s ever had: Fess.

 

Filmed on location in the Mississippi Delta town of Glen Allan, MS with all non-actors from the region, The Dynamiter is a story of family in the forgotten America, uncompromisingly told by the very people who live it everyday.

5 Shells

Directed by Paul Myers

 

(2nd film of the Awards Ceremony Double-Feature)

 

Q & A with Director Paul Myers, Producer Victoria Lubomski and star Kelsey Hutton following the screening.

 

When their parents are brutally murdered by bandits, two young girls, Matti and Joslyn, are left completely alone in a world destroyed by a financial meltdown. With the weight of responsibility on her shoulders and a shotgun in hand, Matti decides they must find a new home.

 

Walking across a vast wasteland, far from the ruins of a society crumbled under the hubris of unchecked financial ringmasters, Matti becomes withdrawn, unable to deal with the tragedy of her loss. Yearning for some normalcy, Joslyn begs her sister to read to her from her favorite book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Where Joslyn needs the comfort found in the pages once read to her by her father, the imagery conjured up by the story begins to infect Matti’s dreams.

 

Complicating matters are two nomads they come upon. Armed with a smile Frank, the elder of the two, puts Joslyn at ease, but in him Matti senses a core of menace. Tensions rise as Matti finds herself on the outside, leaving her life changed forever.

This Way of Life

Directed by Thomas Burstyn

Produced by Barbara Sumner-Burstyn

 

Q&A with Peter and his son Llewelyn follows.Q & A with subject, Peter Karena and his son, Llewelyn to follow the screening of the film. These incredible characters will be traveling all the way from New Zealand to make an appearance at the festival. DO NOT miss this incredible film and opportunity to meetthis man and his son.

 

Shot over four years, This Way of Life is an intimate portrait of Peter Karena and his family. Masterful in the saddle and Hollywood handsome, Peter lives by an internal code of values and honor largely lost in modern times. Though European, Peter was adopted into a Maori family and is Maori in all but skin. He is a horse-whisperer, philosopher, hunter, and builder, a husband and father. Despite seemingly overwhelming challenges, Peter refuses to compromise. Their attempts to navigate the discord between Peter and his father culminate in the theft of his valuable herd of horses and the burning of their beloved family home. Now homeless, we watch as Peter steers his family toward a new way of living and being. Regardless of their hardships, the Karenas manage to never lose sight of the magic in the everyday.

Pillow

Directed by Joshua H. Miller & Miles B. Miller

 

A Southern Gothic tale of two brothers who go to desperate measures to please their overbearing mother.Q & A with directors of Pillow following the short film program.

The Strange Ones

Directed by CHRISTOPHER RADCLIFF and LAUREN WOLKSTEIN

 

THE STRANGE ONES is a 2011 short film written and directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, and starring David Call (TINY FURNITURE, TWO GATES OF SLEEP), Merritt Wever (NURSE JACKIE, MICHAEL CLAYTON), and Tobias Campbell (CONVICTION, SALT).

 

The film follows two travelers – a man and a boy (David Call and Tobias Campbell) – whose car has broken down, and who stumble upon a small roadside motel, where a girl (Merritt Wever) offers to help them. At first all seems normal, but an unseen tension begins to mount between the three of them, leading to a startling discovery. Mysterious and evocative, THE STRANGE ONES serves to strip away the ordinary situation it presents in order to offer a brief glimpse of a complicated, dangerous, and secret world lurking beneath the surface.

Ballerina

Directed by Brian Stafford

 

Frank Gross seems to be a man who has it all: a quiet home in the suburbs, a good job, a daughter that loves him. Then, on a day much like today, there comes a knock at the door and his orderly world slides sideways into the darkness beyond what we know. Ballerina is a provocative, thoughtful drama about love, time, what we can prevent, and what we can’t no matter how much we might want to.

The Orderly

Directed by Daniel Cambell

 

A Southern Gothic comedy set in the 1950s about a timid orderly, Norville, that finds himself late for his first day of work and his first assignment: transporting two psychiatric patients to another facility five hours away, with only three hours to get them there. With each minute and mile that passes, Norville desperately struggles to keep his own sanity along this tense, bizarre and chaotic ride.

Foot Soldier

Directed by Jon Bryant Crawford

 

Emmit, a door-to-door Bible salesman, pays penitence by putting gravel in his shoes. Along his route, he meets a series of quirky characters that lead him to a new way of celebrating faith.

Hard Times :: Lost on Long Island

Directed by Marc Levin

Produced by Blowback Productions

 

Q & A follows with Director, Marc Levin and Director of Photography, Daniel Levin.The Great Recession “officially” ended in the summer of 2010, but for 25 million unemployed and underemployed Americans the fallout continues. For too many, their middle-class life has been foreclosed and their dreams have turned into nightmares. Sadly, their stories have too often been ignored. In a strange way they have been “disappeared,” evicted from our collective conscience – a permanent new underclass of long-term unemployed.

 

Located on Long Island, the birthplace of the post-war suburban American Dream, this documentary follows the story of the long-term unemployed and the shrinking of the middle class by chronicling the lives of four families. Starting in the Summer of 2010, which was supposed to be the summer of recovery, and continuing through the holiday season six months later, we witness the growing difficulties and despair as these people search in vain for employment while their plight and pain are too often invisible to the political and media mainstream.

 

This film hopes to remind us of their humanity and restore respect and dignity to their struggle.

Foreign Film Showcase

7 short films from Hamburg, Germany

 

This event is part of our film exchange program with the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival.Over the course of the next year we will be holding several screenings featuring the best of several other festivals including The Art of Brooklyn Festival, Foburg Film Festival and RxSM.

Captured

Directed by Ben Solomon & Dan Levin

Produced by Jenner Furst

 

Q & A following screening with filmmakers Dan Levin, Ben Solomon, Jenner Furst and Subject Clayton Patterson. This is another CAN NOT MISS program with one of New York City’s most interesting icons and documentarians.Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City’s Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he’s recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag to hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.

PsychoMigrations (short)

Directed by: Tzachi Schiff

 

Horacio Cardo, illustrating the more distinguished newspapers and magazines all over the world, is in the center of a storm that arose following an exhibition of his artistic works that was held in Buenos-Aires, Argentina – his homeland. The theme of the exhibition is Cardo’s loathing of psychoanalysis and, mainly, of its founding father – Sigmund Freud. Cardo’s works, with or without regard to Freud, are, no doubt, very intense, unique, daring, surprising and impressive. The exhibition was preceded by – and based on – Cardo’s book: “Sigmund, Fraud and psychoanalysis”. (No, it is not a typo – Cardo spells ‘Fraud’ instead of ‘Freud’ and this is the shortest possible expression of his views on the issue…). Underlining Cardo’s works is the notion that “Freudism is based upon over-worked imagination, detached from reality and supported by a series of fairy tales”. As Buenos-Aires leads the world in the volume of the population being psychoanalyzed – the offsetting, adverse and smart artistic work of Horacio Cardo is a necessary cultural tool worth using for the purpose of probing the mysterious world of psychoanalysis. Fragments of the book, and works of art, are presented in the film – highlighting the bitter judgments of the artist concerning his nemesis: Freud.

Dirty Old Town

Directed by Jenner Furst & Dan Levin

Produced by Julia Willoughby Nason

 

Q & A follow with filmmakers Dan Levin, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby and Clayton Patterson–you don’t want to miss these guys!

 

The Bowery becomes a nexus of shattered dreams when a merchant has 72 hours to pay his rent. Facing extinction, his ramshackle tent of antiquities lures a troop of misfits, freaks and renegades who form a tableaux vivant full of carnival pageantry, white lies and victimless crime in a fleeting glimpse of Downtown New York.

Daylight

Directed by: David Barker

 

A harrowing psychological thriller from a widely acclaimed filmmaker, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker’s rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. Despite its familiar genre elements, Daylight is different – a powerful, shocking piece of vigorous cinema, which fuses eroticism and tenderness with the harrowing weight of pregnancy and kidnapping. On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a hitchhiker – throwing the film in the direction of the conventional rural kidnapper thriller. But with the skill of director David Barker and his miraculous cast and crew, Daylight emerges as much, much more than just another exploitation picture. Kidnappers Renny, Leo, and Murphy enact a bizarre and terrifying ritual of politeness, endowing such scenes as the passing of a bread knife at a kitchen table with a threat of ferocious violence – but also trust…

Slacker 2011

Directed by:Bob Ray, Spencer Parsons, Rusty Kelley, Berndt Mader, Amy Grappell, Karen Skloss, Duane Graves & Justin Meeks, Paul Gordon, Jonny Stranger, David & Nathan Zellner, Jay Duplass, John Bryant, Sam Wainwright Douglas, Ben Steinbauer, Elisabeth Sikes, Mike Dolan, Geoff Marslett, Bardley Beesley, Bob Byington & Clay Lifford, Carlyn Hudson, Miguel Alvarez, Scott R. Meyers, PJ Raval, and Chris Eska.

 

1991′s SLACKER is a love story to Austin, Texas and a near-documentary portrait of that era in its history. For twenty years, Austin has been defined by the film and its band of eccentric city-dwellers, dragworms and proto-hipsters. Two decades later, a new generation of filmmakers have emerged in the wake of this film. It is now their turn to tell the story of Austin.

 

24 of Austin’s brightest young filmmakers have banded together to update SLACKER with their own perspectives on the city. SLACKER 2011 is a stream-of-consciousness chronicle of a day in Austin, presenting the various personalities and locations that give the city its identity. The film showcases how the town has transformed so drastically from that moment in 1991, and also how some things never change.

 

SLACKER 2011 is a funny and thoroughly creative send-up of the original film and of twenty years of Austin filmmaking, presenting the city’s changing face while showcasing some of its most exciting talent.

Something’s Brewin in Shiner (short film)

Directed by Mike Woolf

 

SOMETHING’S BREWIN IN SHINER follows the small town of Shiner, TX during the summer of 2003 as the Spoetzl Brewery was set to launch its next great beer. Filmmaker Mike Woolf captures the history of the town’s brewery as well as the small town culture. Speaking with everyone from the mayor to the fire chief, Woolf treats the audience to an often-humorous commentary on the importance of beer in Shiner, TX.

BBQ: A Texas Love Story (short film)

Directed by: Chris Elley & Narrated by former Governor Ann Richards

 

BBQ: A TEXAS LOVES STORY takes viewers on a journey across the state to visit many of the different BBQ spots in Texas and the individuals behind them, from local pit masters, to a group of University of Texas students that have formed their own BBQ club. In each city and town, Elley shows the best places for brisket and the undying enthusiasm that Texans have for BBQ.

Short Film Program - Touch

Directed by: Jen McGowan

 

An ode to city life, TOUCH explores the universal themes of isolation and need for community when two strangers make the most important connection of their lives while waiting for a train.

 

Busily on our ways, preoccupied with our own worries and checklists, normally the most we can offer another human being is a cursory glance, a stiff nod, a brief smile. Every day, millions of people pass one another by, mostly unaware of the other’s existence.“… semolina from the deli, oranges for the game… ‘a bomb exploded…’ where?” …ugh, if he would just shift his stupid newspaper… just slightly, c’monn…there you g- shit, the train!”A true human connection is rarely ever made. But they do happen to us all and when they do, they are fleeting but deep, sometimes forever changing. And we are reminded of how much we share in common with the strangers that surround us.

Short Film Program - Noreen

Directed by Domnhall Gleeson

 

Two policemen get more than they bargained for on a house-call in Athmuck, Co. Offaly. When Frank and Con find a dead body in a local cottage, what began as a routine call-out becomes an opportunity for life lessons, relationship advice and musings on the basics of detective work. Both men are alone. Both men are idiots.

Short Film Program - Love is All You Need?

Directed by K. Rocco-Shields

 

Love is All You Need?” tells the story of Ashley, a young teen who is raised by the ‘picture perfect all-American family’ in the suburbs of California – with two moms, two grandpas, two uncles, and a little brother. But Ashley has a problem – she has a crush on a boy at school, which is against everything this world has ever taught her. Ashley lives In a world where the terms “gay” and “straight” are switched, this young girl must face the fact that she is straight in a gay world. This undeniable attraction to the opposite sex causes her to be the constant target of verbal and physical abuse until she is driven to a tragic end.

Short Film Program - Cataplexy

Directed by John Salcido

 

Sydney Sanders suffers from cataplexy, an unusual medical condition in which he is literally paralyzed when he feels love. Rather than take that chance, he relies on impersonal sexual encounters to meet his physical needs – until one night he is embarrassed to discover the call girl at his front door is an old friend.

Short Film Program -- Love & Other Malfunctions / Bathing and the Single Girl

Part of the Short Film Program

 

Love and Other Malfunctions

Q&A with director Christine McCarthy following screening.

 

Bathing and the Single Girl

Directed by Christine Elise McCarthy

A comedic look at the horrors of dating – and bathing with – younger men.

 

Q & A with Christine Elise McCarthy following the shorts Program

Kevin

Directed by Jay Duplass

Short Documentary

 

Following the Screening Kevin Gant will be in attendance for Q&A and Live musical performance.

 

In Austin, TX in the early ’90s, Kevin Gant was the Duplass Brothers’ hero. They reveled in Kevin’s exploratory musical style and playful spirituality. But in 1995, Kevin mysteriously disappeared. Jay Duplass’ documentary debut explores who Kevin is, how he lost his inspiration, and what he must do to get it back.

Incredibily Small

Directed by Dean Peterson

Produced by Todd Sklar

 

Anne and Amir are an unlikely pair. Amir is an escalator attendant by day and aspiring sculptor by night. Even though he has never sculpted anything before, he hopes to one day fulfill his lifelong dream of making a marble bust of Charles Barkley. Anne comes from a well-to-do family and just started law school where she spends most of her days studying. Against the odds they decide to move into a shabby 300 square foot apartment and try to start a life together.

 

But things don’t exactly go as planned. The combination of their small apartment, their threateningly charming neighbor next door and unexpected visitors from the past make them realize that maybe they aren’t as perfect for each other as they previously had thought.

 

At once both singularly funny and painfully poignant, Incredibly Small is equal parts Woody Allen, John Hughes, and Eric Rohmer.

World Premiere of PerfectMatch

WORLD PREMIERE of PerfectMatch

Directed by Chad Eddy

 

Q & A with Executive Producer Mark Booker, Actors Giselle Brasseur, Nic Roewert and Director of Photography Daniel Stephens following the screening.

 

Meet Maggie. Meet Stephen. Two love lorn twenty-somethings who find each other on a popular Internet dating site. Does it matter that Stephen works for the site that brought the two of them together? Or that he knowingly manipulates the site to create a perfect match? As you can guess, it gets complicated. PerfectMatch is a quirky 21st century romantic comedy that realizes that as our technology evolves, the ease with which we find our soulmate does not. Starring Nic Roewert, Mark Booker, Aleece Jones and introducing Giselle Brasseur as Maggie.

World Premiere of Angela Wright

A short film by Genevieve Farrell

Q&A with cast: Genevieve Farrell and Garret Camilleri

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