Thursday April 6th

VIP Lounge Opens

VIP 1: Located inside the Welder Center Rehearsal Hall 5p

VIP 2: Located at the Rosebud Side Bar 5p

VIP BADGE HOLDERS ONLY: DRINKS, FOOD & FILMMAKER MIXER

The Little Firemen

 

Welder Center 4/6/17 6:00PM

Directed by: Quincy Perkins     South America

Synopsis:   A group of orphaned boys who live 10,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains and save lives on go-carts. They live in an active terrorist zone and must work as firemen to earn a living.

Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

Stay for the Q&A w/ Director Quincy Perkins

BERTRAND

 

ROSEBUD 4/6/17 6:00PM

Directed by: Guillaume Cremonse     FRANCE

Synopsis:  On a 'break' with his girlfriend, Bertrand move in with their upstairs neighbour who happen to be hacking every webcam of the building. 

Language: French (English subtitle)

Marrying The Family

 

Welder Center 4/6/17 7:30PM

Directed by: Peter Benson    Canada

Synopsis:   When the family business is weddings, not everything behind the scenes is picture perfect. When youngest daughter Dylan and her fiancé Corey decide to to have a low key backyard wedding, her Mom and Wedding Planner Extraordinaire decides to take matters in her own hands. This sweet mockumentary pokes fun at the absurdities of weddings and expectations of the 'perfect day' while leaving you rooting for this young couple trying to cypher through the chaos that is their family.

Language: English

Stay For Q&A with Peter Benson , Taylor Hill & Barbara Hill

work In Progress screening:

Love in Youth

 

ROSEBUD 4/6/17 8:00PM

WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING

Directed by: Quincy Perkins    USA

Executive Producers Julia and Sam Kaufman

Produced by Tom Frank

Synopsis:  A young and impulsive girl in her first year of college will do anything to make a foreign student fall in love with her.

Language: English

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

ROSEBUD 4/6/17 10:00PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: LIVE MUSIC by JOE REYNA & ACOUSTIC WEAPONS DIVISION 

Please come and join us at Rosebud Fountain and Grill to welcome our filmmakers, and actors to Victoria. We will have drinks and food available to the public. THIS IS NOT A VIP ONLY EVENT.

Friday April 7th

The Surrounding Game

 

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 12:00PM

Directed by: Will Lockhart, Cole D. Pruitt      USA, CHINA

Synopsis: In East Asia, the ancient game of Go is revered as one of mankind’s great cultural discoveries. For thousands of years, masters and disciples have passed the game down as a mirror for the human mind. As described by chess grandmaster Edward Lasker, "the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical, that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go."    To master the game, Chinese, Japanese and Korean students today begin training in special Go academies from the age of five. Those with promise sacrifice their high-school education, training for years to have a shot at entering the elite world of the pros, where international tournaments are broadcast to millions of fans. But in America, Go is barely recognized at all.    Enter the American Go community: a ragtag group of gamers and hippies working desperately to spread Go in the West. After decades of stagnation, they launch a professional system of their own to find a prodigy who will ignite passion for Go in the West.    As top young American players Andy and Ben compete to become the first Western professional Go players, their battles turn inward: what drives their obsession with Go, and why do they find greater meaning in the game than in real life? Uncertain about their futures, they make a pilgrimage to meet the world’s greatest living player, 99-year-old Japanese master Go Seigen.

Language: Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean (English Subtitles)

Q&A w/ Filmmakers After the Film

FEEL RICH: Health Is the New Wealth

 

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 2:00PM

Directed by: Peter Spirer     USA

Synopsis:   FEEL RICH: HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH documents the nascent self-love revolution emerging in urban communities. Narrated by QUINCY JONES III, the film features interviews with iconic artists, producers, urban farmers and meditators who have made dramatic changes in their lives by opening themselves up to new ideas about what it means to be rich.     FEEL RICH provides unique context to a global health crisis in urban communities, but it's not about the problem. The film is a backstage pass into the hearts and minds of the hip hop elite. Memorable scenes include canyon runs with THE GAME, mediation with STIC.MAN, and thoughts on wellness from COMMON, RUSSELL SIMMONS, and CRYSTAL WALL... not to mention candid, never before seen moments with the legendary QUINCY JONES. Each story transcends the idea of material wealth as living proof that we are all just one step, one bite, and one breath away from feeling rich.

Language: English

Q&A w/ Will Moore After the film

BERTRAND

 

Welder Center 4/7/17 3:00PM

Directed by: Guillaume Cremonse     FRANCE

Synopsis:  On a 'break' with his girlfriend, Bertrand move in with their upstairs neighbour who happen to be hacking every webcam of the building. 

Language: French (English subtitle)

DRAMATIC SHORTS block 2

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 3:30PM

Mama!, Counter Act, Fry Day & Rose's Turn.  Descriptions and info for each of the films are listed below.

Q&A session with attending filmmakers will follow the block of short films.  

Mamá!

 

Directed by: Leslie Langee     USA

Synopsis:   Mama doesn't like chicken and her guardian angel doesn't want her to freeze to death.

Language: English

Counter Act

 

Directed by: Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Thomas Affolter, Nathan Affolter     USA

Synopsis: When Alice, a naive young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their“sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in.

Language: English

Fry Day

 

Directed by: Laura Moss      USA

Synopsis:   An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of Ted Bundy's execution in 1989

Language: English

Rose's Turn

 

Directed by: Kymberly Harris     USA

Synopsis:  A glamorous European couple working in LA invite a homeless woman for dinner, and learn that their idea of helping may not be as simple as it seems. 

Language: English

VIP ROOM OPENS 5P

 

VIP 1: Located inside the Welder Center Rehearsal Hall 5

VIP 2: Located at the Rosebud Side Bar 5P

VIP BADGE HOLDERS ONLY: DRINKS, FOOD & FILMMAKER MIXER

The Night We Met

 

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 5:30PM

Directed by: Jon Russell Cring      USA

Synopsis:   One night changes everything for two teenagers.

Language: English

Q&A w/ John & Traci Cring After the Film

DRAMATIC SHORTS BLOCK 1

Welder Center 4/7/17 6:00PM

Short Films: Black & Blue For You, J, and Hunter screening in this block. Descriptions of each short film below.

Q&A with filmmakers to follow at the end of the short film block.

Black and Blue, For You

 

Directed by: Mark Sean Haynes     USA

Synopsis:  The relationship between two teen punks is put to the test as they are confronted by violence, their attraction to girls, and the youthful inability to express their emotions.

Language: English

J

 

Directed by: Nick Psinakis       USA

Synopsis: In the near future, a hacktivist quickly growing in popularity, purchases a synthetic artificial clone of himself in the hopes of masking his true whereabouts.

Language: English

Hunter 

 

Directed by: Xia L Magnus    USA

Synopsis:   Mother's Day in the West Texas Outback, Hunter and his young mother Teri join an ill-fated boar hunting trip. When a trauma causes Hunter to run off, mother and son are forced to rectify the past in order to accommodate the present.

Language: English

Entity

 

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 7:30PM

Directed by: Michael Yurinko    USA

Synopsis:  A man deals with the personal tragedy of his family's death by living at the vacation cabin that they last stayed at. He soon discovers he's not alone.

Language: English

Q&A W/ Lead Actor, Holt Boggs After the Film

Camino

 

Welder Center 4/7/17 7:30PM

Directed by: Justin Herring      USA

Synopsis:   CAMINO is a feature length dark comedy film about two underage slackers named Mark (who just found out he might be a father soon) and Jack (Mark's arrogant best friend). Mark and Jack decide to steal a cooler in hopes of finding alcohol and drinking their problems away, but end up finding two human kidneys inside. The film follows Mark and Jack, the two hardened criminals trying to track down their stolen cooler of kidneys as well as a group of law enforcement officers following the bizarre trail of violent crimes left in the wake of the criminal's search.

Q&A w/ Josh Hughes, Justin Herring & Stars, After the Film

All The Birds Flew South

 

Welder Center 4/7/17 9:15PM

Directed by: Joshua & Miles Miller      USA

Synopsis:   After the death of his overbearing mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon, all three lives begin to unravel as obsession consume them all.

Language: English

Q&A After the Film

CREEPY SHORTS

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 10:00PM

Short film block includes: Cured, Your Date is Here, That Unusual Brick, Adaptation and Doghouse. See the description of each film below.

Q&A with filmmakers after the completion of the shorts block.

cured

 

Directed by: Eric England, Jesse Burks    USA

Synopsis:  A possessed woman encounters a surgeon with a most unusual method of performing exorcisms.

Language: English

Your Date is here

 

Directed by: Zak White, Todd Spence     USA

Synopsis:  After dusting off an old Mystery Date-style board game, a mother and daughter realize the game holds more evil than amusement.

Language: English

That Unusual Brick

 

Directed by: Jesse Burks      USA

Synopsis:  In a posh, swanky restaurant, a neurotic man's perfect meal is interrupted by an unexpected little guest.

Language: English

Adaptation

 

Directed by: Bartosz Kruhlik           Poland

Synopsis: Adaptation: 1. Structural or functional evolution of an organism towards higher survivability.
2. Process of an individual becoming better suited to environment and more resistant to outer stress.
3. The ability of eyesight to adjust to seeing in the dark.

Language: Polish, (English Subtitles)

Doghouse 

 

Directed by: Joshua Butler    USA

Synopsis:   Two estranged siblings suffer lifelong oppression at the hands of their now dying mother. Mark has been forced into years of servitude as the doting son. Beth has dealt with crippling guilt from afar. Called to their mother's death bed, a gruesome discovery is made. Mark and Beth must now reconcile their bad blood in order to unearth a plan for mom's quietly cooling corpse.

Language: English

KID KALIFORNIA - CONCERT & AFTER PARTY

ROSEBUD 4/7/17 11:00PM

Director and star of the family made film, Halfway to Zen, and father / daughter John Adams and Zelda  take the stage at Rosebud. This dynamic creative duo not only make films with their family, but also have a killer 2 piece rock band called Kid Kalifornia. You don't want to miss this.

CULTURE/EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Welder Center 4/7/17 11:00PM

Short block includes The Gold Line, Riding the Highline, Letter from Astoria, Les Cloys, Dahmet's Creeper Creeper. Descriptions for each film are listed below.

Q&A's with attending filmmakers will follow the completion of all the films in the block. 

The Gold Line

 

Directed by: Lance Childers     USA

Synopsis:   The sun breaks the horizon and covers the Houston skyline in morning light and long shadows. This is the beginning of the golden hour.  Inside his apartment, Steven just woke up and had an epiphany, an idea for a great graffiti mural.  After roughly sketching his idea, he leaves his apartment and skateboards toward the Houston skyline.  Along the way, he is inspired by the stunning visuals that come with a great sunrise.      At the same time, five other young skateboarders are navigating their own individual paths through the urban landscape of downtown Houston.  The day, and their lives have just begun.  Few will ever be this alive and awake.  

Language: English

Riding the Highline

 

Directed by: Kai Carlson-Wee, Anders Carlson-Wee     USA

Synopsis: Riding the Highline is a documentary short film about poet brothers Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee hopping trains across the country.    Riding the Highline follows poet brothers Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee as they hop freight trains across the northernmost railroad line in the country, from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The film begins with the brothers waiting for trains in the Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, and follows their journey across the American West, using photography, poetry written by the brothers, and blues country music to tell the story. Over the course of four days, the brothers pass through a number of train yards and small towns before reaching the Columbia River Basin in Wenatchee, WA.

Language: English

Letter From Astoria

 

Directed by: Dwight Chalmers      USA

Synopsis:  Time spent in the big city can make you look for an escape. A super 8 journey thru New York.

Language: English

Les Cloÿs

 

Directed by: Julia Hechler        France

Synopsis: Aly, Azzedine, Nadir, and Sophiane are friends who spend time in a park in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on a street called Rue des Cloÿs. They communicate with each other through the universal languages of soccer and a collaborative form of slang called Verlan and Argot. The movie uses playful animations to illustrate the transformation of traditional words into Verlan and Argot words. The protagonists are of immigrant descent and belong to a demographic that is sometimes stereotyped as being violent and criminal. In “Les Cloÿs,” they tell their own stories with their own words. 

Language: French (English subtitles)

DAMEHT - Creeper Creeper

 

Directed by: Jeff Hammer

Synopsis: “Creeper Creeper” is the story of a girl who receives a call to experience DAMEHT at a secret show in Los Angeles. She dares to let her freak flag fly and introduces the crowd to her rhythmic alter ago.

LanguageEnglish

SATURDAY April 8th

YOUNG FILMMAKER'S SHOWCASE

Welder Center 4/8/17 10:00AM

This year VTXIFF showcases the talents of high school film programs across the state.  Students will have the opportunity to travel with their classes and meet each other, see each others films and screen them in the community.  Student workshops and networking opportunities with professional filmmakers will be available.

Good Cop: The Story Behind the Badge

 

Directed by: Jordan Pyatt, Catherine Ridley      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  This documentary seeks to bring peace through understanding. Amid violence and unrest in our country, police officers tell their side of the story. 

Language: English

Cassie

 

Directed by: Demar Gunter, Tori Hartson      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  Two grieving parents finally come to terms with the reality of their daughter's suicide.

Language: English

David

 

Directed by: Demar Gunter       STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  A short documentary on David Molak, a teen who committed suicide after he was relentlessly cyberbullied.

The Strangest Dream

 

Directed by: Arianna Muñoz      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  

Split Ends

 

Directed by: Miranda Potter      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  

Penance

 

Directed by: Matthew Knowlton      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  A man struggles with his inner demons after a horrible tragedy

Language: English

The Next Door

 

Directed by: Barrett Burgin    STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  Two Mormon missionaries become concerned when someone they teach goes missing. As they search for the answers, they find themselves plunged into a world of danger and deceit.

Language: English

The great adventure of Manel and the Magic Toothpicks

 

Directed by: Xavier Pijuan      SPAIN

Synopsis: Manel, a spoiled kid, receives a miserable toothpick box for his birthday instead of his expected PS4. However, this apparently stupid present will end up being the best present he has ever received.

Language: Spanish (English subtitles)

17 At War

 

Directed by: Giovanni Esparza      STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  

Language: English

Jawn Otis's Wall

 

Directed by: Carmela Moreno & Daisy Cervantes     STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  Two grieving parents finally come to terms with the reality of their daughter's suicide.

Language: English

Every Day, Every Minute, Every Hour - The Johnny Peralez Story

 

Directed by: Carmela Moreno &  Nacolby Garcia     STUDENT FILM

Synopsis:  

Language: English

The Little Firemen

 

ROSEBUD 4/8/17 10:30AM

Directed by: Quincy Perkins     South America

Synopsis:   A group of orphaned boys who live 10,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains and save lives on go-carts. They live in an active terrorist zone and must work as firemen to earn a living.

Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

Stay for the Q&A w/ Directory Quincy Perkins

The Surrounding Game

 

Welder Center 4/8/17 12:00PM

Directed by: Will Lockhart, Cole D. Pruitt      USA, CHINA

Synopsis: In East Asia, the ancient game of Go is revered as one of mankind’s great cultural discoveries. For thousands of years, masters and disciples have passed the game down as a mirror for the human mind. As described by chess grandmaster Edward Lasker, "the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical, that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go."    To master the game, Chinese, Japanese and Korean students today begin training in special Go academies from the age of five. Those with promise sacrifice their high-school education, training for years to have a shot at entering the elite world of the pros, where international tournaments are broadcast to millions of fans. But in America, Go is barely recognized at all.    Enter the American Go community: a ragtag group of gamers and hippies working desperately to spread Go in the West. After decades of stagnation, they launch a professional system of their own to find a prodigy who will ignite passion for Go in the West.    As top young American players Andy and Ben compete to become the first Western professional Go players, their battles turn inward: what drives their obsession with Go, and why do they find greater meaning in the game than in real life? Uncertain about their futures, they make a pilgrimage to meet the world’s greatest living player, 99-year-old Japanese master Go Seigen.

Language: Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean (English Subtitles)

Q&A w/Filmmakers Following the Film