First Annual Festival

2001 FILMS: FEATURE FILMS | DOCUMENTARIES | SHORT FILMS 

documentary
feature films | documentaries | short films

Accidental Hero: Room 408
Documentary
56 minutes
Filmmaker: Terri DeBono and Steve Rosen
Fri 10:00am, Sat 3:00p

A multi-racial high school classroom in San Francisco where the focus of the teenagers is winning in a little known academic sport called "forensics." The art of public speaking and oral interpretation are changing their lives.

Buffalo War, The
Documentary
57 minutes
Filmmaker: Matthew Testa
Fri 8:00p, Sat 10:00a
A moving story of the Native Americans, ranchers, government officials and radical environmentalists clashing over the killing of America's last wild bison.

Freaks, Glam Gods and Rockstars...The NYC Story
Documentary
86 minutes
Filmmaker: John T. Ryan
Sat 8:00p

Filmed over a three and a half-year period, this film explores what glam rock, punk and drag performers need to do in order to survive in Manhattan.

Generations:Lost
Documentary
29 minutes
Filmmaker:Brandon Chance
Fri 10:00a, Sat 10:00a

The trail and tribulations of a young troubled outcast are used to scrutinize current issues in society. The central focus is on upper-class white students who bring guns to school.

In The Land Of Milk And Honey
Documentary
59 minutes
Filmmaker: Paul Donahue
Fri 12:30p, Sat 5:30p
This documentary feature explores Pulaski, Tennessee, and the founding of the Ku Klux Klan.  Within the contextual framework of a small Tennessee town, this film tells a story of the Old and the New South.

Last Stand: Accient Redwoods and the Bottomline, The
Documentary
56 minutes
Filmmaker: Hollday Phelan-Johnson
Sat/Sun 12:30p

This film unfolds the tragic ramifications of a fifteen-year battle between environmentalista dn the timber industry over the fate of ancient costal redwoods in Northern California, and the questions how we as a society value our relationship to the environment.

Lawson Fusao Inada: What It Means To Be Free
Documentary
25 minutes
Filmmakers: Vincent Wixon and Michael Markee
Fri 10:00a, Sat 3:00p

American Book Award winnering poet Lawson Inada reads poems from his books Legends from Camp and Drawing the Line. An internee in Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, Inada discusses his experiences and his poems based on growing up in the camps.

Life Without Death
Documentary
83 minutes
Filmmakers: Francis Miquet and Frank Cole
Fri 5:30p, Sat 3:00p

An intense, personal account of filmmaker Frank Cole's Guinness Record crossing of the Sahara Desert by camel.

Passages
Documentary
65 minutes
Filmmaker: Gabriela Bohm
Fri 3:00p
In this personal documentary, the filmmaker sets off on an odyssey through Eastern Europe, Israel, South America, and the United States to uncover long-harbored family mysteries, myths, and secerts. In the end, she draws strength from the connections between her own life and the lives of her parents, a legacy which she will share with her child.

Reason to Fear
Documentary

Filmmaker: Steve Patapoff
Fri 12:30 p, Sat 5:30p
The film documents the story of the cultural defense in Hooty Croy's retrial for his part in an event which occured in July 1978, and for which Croy subsequently spent eight years on Death Row for first degree murder. In the new trial, the defense team argued that Croy - an Indian of Shasta-Karok descent- had acted in self-defense.

Sentence Of Their Own, A
Documentary
64 minutes
Filmmaker: Edgar A. Burns
Sat/Sun 12:30p

This film chronicles one family's annual pilgrimage to a New Hampshire State Prison and reveals the damaging impact incarceration has on families.

Switch on Bhutan
Documentary
24 minutes
Filmmaker: Alexis Bloom & Tshewang Dendup
Fri 8:00p, Sat 10:00a

Aan exploration of the societal impact of  television on a remote Himalayana Kingdom. After centuries of self-imposed isolation, in June 1999 Bhutan legalized televisin, the last country in the world to do so. Through the narrative of the largest cable operator in Bhutan, the filmmakers chart this cusp of change and the problematic influence of Western media.

short films
feature films | documentaries | short films 

8-Ball
Short
32 minutes
Filmmaker: Tracy Taylor
Friday 5:30p, Sunday 3:00pm

In a forgotten corner of the California desert, two women from very different walks of life, meet by chance at the burned-out hulk of an abandoned motel.  just when it seems the only thing they have in common is their immediate and intense dislike for each other ,a cheap, old Magic 8-ball begins to bring the two together in a way that will change both of their lives forever.

Ashes To Ashes
Short
33 minutes
Filmmaker: Mike Stamm
Fri 2:30p, Sat 5:00p, Sun 2:30p

When a man they've never met bequeaths his cremated remains to them, they are compelled to uncover the dead man's motives.

Beat The Blue
Short
8 minutes
Filmmaker: John Fucile
Fri 3:00p

If you could live forever what would you have to lose? Working towards the ultimate goal of eternal life online, freelance data compresser Frank Silvart is immersed in uploading other peoples files, folders and memories when a system wide crash threatens to change everything.

BigLove
Short
10 minutes
Filmmaker: Leif Tilden
Fri 2:30p, Sat 5:00p, Sun 2:30p

During a common morning at the "bigLove" residence, two loving yet neurotic parents perform heroic feats in order to emotionally deal with their two kids leaving for school. 

Bounty, The
Short
18 minutes
Fimmaker: Jason Naczek
Fri 12:30p, Sat 3:00p
Two lesbians who desperately want to have a baby steal a rare sperm sample from a sperm bank. A cross-country chase ensues with a male chauvinist bounty hunter on their trail.

Burning The Grump
Short
20 minutes
Filmmaker: David Ahearn
Fri 12:30p, Sat 3:00p

Three wannabe filmmakers kidnap their leading lady to force her to star in their independent film.

Classical Space
Short
9 minutes
Filmmaker: Arthur Shaw
Sun 3:00p

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001:Space Odyssey and put to Johann Strauss, "On the Blue Danube," this film illustrates the realities of space travel today.

Coffee Date
Short
17 minutes
Filmmaker: Stewart Wade
Fri 5:00p, Sat 8:00p, Sun 9:30am

Todd has high expectations for his first blind date, but the "women of his dreams" is something esle altogether.

Confession, The
Short
22 minutes
Filmmaker: Carl Pfirman
Fri 9:30a, Sat 12:00, Sun 10:00a
Two long-term gay lovers lock horns over life and death issues as they try to prepare for one of the partner's imminent death.

Cyberslut
Short
9 minutes
Filmmaker: Jonathan Gann
Sat 8:00p
The confession of one gay man's obsession and fascination with finding sex via the internet.

Damned If You Do
Short
18 minutes
Filmaker: James Zeilinger
Fri 5:00p, Sat 8:00p, Sun 9:30a
This film is about Alfie, a hapless fellow who makes a deal with the devil and finds himself up against the clock to break all 10 commandments in one hour.

Day After Day
Short
24 minutes
Filmmaker: Steve Domahidy
Fri 2:30p, Sat 5:00p, Sun 2:30p

Alex and his mother, Sandy, have spent a very special Christmas together in their otherwise lonely household. They've worked hard to build a relationship of understanding and love.

(De)compression
Short
8 minutes
Filmmaker: Shawn Yashar
Fri 5:30p, Sat 3:00p

An evocative, beautifully photographed depiction of a crumbling life that comes into focus when a seemingly innocuous leak formson the cealing of a man's urban apartment.

Dodgeball
Short
20 minutes
Filmmaker: Donald Ball
Fri 9:30a, Sat 12:00p, Sun 10:00a
Rose is a new employee at a ruthless corporation where success is based upon how well she plays in the weekly company dodgeball game.

Ephemeral... Return to Sender
Short
15 minutes
Filmmaker: Helen Kaplan
Fri 5:00p, Sat 8:00p, Sun 9:30a

Waldo falls head over heels for Marcia at the National Spelling Bee.  After they are crowned King and Queen of the Bee, they exchange passionate love letters.

Extra, The
Short
13 minutes
Filmmaker: Maya Allison
Fri 8:00p, Sat/Sun 12:00noon

Once upon a time there was a businessman named Roger. When the phone rang, he ignored it. When his mother asked how he was, he told her how busy he was. But all he really wanted to do was watch the action-packed "Renegade Force" on TV every night. Eventually the program became more real to him than his small, lonely apartment.

Goddess Method, The
Short
6 minutes
Filmmaker: Punam Sawhney
Sat 8:00p

A man seeks his true self in this dream within a dream. Within a dream. Many layers are peeled off; each layer is part of himself that he needs to get in touch with in order to find fulfillment. During the journey, he is burdened by tradition, the critical voices of his parents, and his Superego that form the obstacles that he needs to overcome to get to a state of innocense. The film combines Eastern and Western though, imagery, dance and music.

Hanged Dog Tree, The
Short
14 minutes
Filmmaker: Olivier Van Malderghem
Fri 12:00, Sat 5:30p, Sun 12:30p

Micha, a concentration camp survivor, returns to his love who has been in hiding for four years. Wanting their reunion to be perfect, she does not tell him that their son is missing. The peculiar circumstances of their reunion lead Zelda to regain her mnemory and the lost child.

I Carry Your Heart With Me
Short
3 minutes
Filmmaker: M. R. Petit
Fri 5:30p, Sun 10:00a
Based on e.e. cummings poem of the same name, this animation is set to Teodoro Anzellotti's accordion recording.

Inspect Poetry
Short
6 minutes
Filmmakers: Marilyn Zornado
Fri 5:00p, Sat 9:30a, Sun 2:30p

Tucked quietly away in a corner of a writer's study, The Insect Literary Society has convenedthis night to share new poems written bya few of it's members-Moth, Firefly,Daddy Longlegs, and Dragonfly. Book Weevil introduces the insect-poets who, one by one, read their works.

Jigsaw Venus
Short
10 minutes
Filmmaker: Dean Kapsalis
Fri 3:00p, Sat 12:30p

Follow a brave and unconventional love affair between a heavyset woman and a handsome, klutzy fellow.

King Tangun
Short
6 minutes
Filmmaker: Jung-Eun Lee
Fri 3:00p

In the mythological tale of the first king of Korea, the god of creation granted an animal's wish, and a country began.

Last Time We went Fishing, The
Short
20 minutes
Filmmaker: Robert Rasumssan
Fri 12:00, Sat 5:30p, Sun 12:30p
It's Labor Day, 1962, when the Wolff family and their captain cast off on the family boat for a deep seek fishing trip. Miles from shsore, the trip turns violent when thirteen-year-old Kevin begins to suspect on ongoing affair between his mother and the captain that he fears is driving his father away from the family.

Life Is A Sweet
Short
17 minutes
Filmmaker: James Duff
Fri 5:00p, Sat 8:00p, Sun 9:30a

Chocoholics unite! YOung, ambitious Julie Taylor is determined to turn her mid-level advertising job into an executive position. Under pressure, she turns to the one constant in the life-chocolate-for support.

Loneliness of Animals, The
Short
20 minutes
Filmmaker: Fabienne Bouville
Fri 12:30p, Sun 3:00p
A lonely woman copes with a diastrous blind date by keeping herself company with visions of wild animals - until she encounters an enticing proposition. 

Man With the Empty Room, The
Short
19 minutes
Filmmaker: Todd Korgan
Fri 12:00, Sat 5:30p, Sun 12:30p
A lonely man in need of personal contact living in a world that fosters isolation takes a chance, reaches out, misses, but is changed by the touch in this aridly funny and touching black and white tale.

Melting Glass
Short
28 minutes
Filmmaker: Patrick Grandaw
Fri 12:00noon, Sat 5:30p, Sun 12:30p
A poignant drama about an American glass blower in Prague and his Czech fiancee.  When pressured by his American parent company to improve on the process of Bohemian crystal, his answer is to increase production.  As a result of his efforts, he is called back to America for a promotion, to the detrimant of the relationship with his fiancee, who wishes to stay near her family in Prague.

Modern Daydreams
Short
16 minutes
Filmmaker: Mitchell Rose
Sat 5:30p, Sun 12:30p

A suite of fout Chaplinesque films explores the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life.  These post-modern comedies wih silent film sensibilities reveal much of the movement about us to be metaphors for isolation

Mr. Rose
Short
31 minutes
Filmmaker:Jay Giampietro
Fri 12:30p, Sat 3:00p

A story about victims who become victimizers, Mr. Rose details the in-school interactions of a music teacher with a donut fetish and passion for power rock, and the seventh graders who drive him to the brink of insanity.  This film is "Mr. Holland's Opus" meets "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," if the chainsaws were replaced with donuts.  A movie with its stomach in the right place.

Opportunity: An American Nightmare
Short
27 minutes
Filmmaker: Jason Roberts
Fri 12:30p, Sat 3:00p

A gritty underground drama unfolds when Harry, Clay's college friend, comes back to Los Angeles to get married and he wants Clay to be the best man.  The problem is that Harry's fiancee, Lola, has also been a part of Clay's disturbing past.

Quiero Morir
Short
14 minutes
Filmaker: Toni Meca
Fri 12:00a, Sat 5:30p Sun 12:30p

Jou, a psychopathic assassin in a paraplegic state, is lying in a hospital bed dreaming about dying, since he can no longer stand his agony. Marc, teh copy whose life was ruined when his wife and only child were killed, s Jou's last chance to be disconnected, and he struggles with himself and with Jou in a psychological war where revenge and morality play oppsite roles.

Roadrunner
Short
30 minutes
Filmmaker: Christopher Blasingame
Fri 7:30p, Sat 2:30p

The story of a drifer who crosses paths with a young sociopath who is fleeing her rural hometwon after killing her boss. Without a credible witness, the community is quick to pin the murder on the drifter. Blood-thirsty vigilantes comb the highways looking for immediate justice in this tale of vigilante justice gone bad.

Roadside Assistance
Short
19 minutes
Filmmaker: Jennifer Derwingson
Fri 9:30a, Sat 12:00, Sun 10:00a
Lucy has problems. The love of her life is marrying her best friend, and the bridesmaid's dress she's supposed to wear is two sizes too small. When the bus she's on breaks down, her fellow passengers conspire to teach her about beauty, love and when to take your clothes off and tango in the rain.

SadoMannequin
Short
13 minutes
Filmmaker: Jim Torres
Fri 12:30p, Sat 3:00p
In homage to the classic horror genre, this story follows an eager security guard on his first night at the Morningside Securities warehouse. Once the storms pass and the full moon comes out, Peter quickly learns he is not alone.
 
Seraglio
Short
13 minutes
Filmmaker: Colin Campbell & Gail Lerner
Fri 7:30p, Sat 9:30a, Sun noon
After finding an anonymous love letter tucked inside a cabbage, an unhappy housewife becomes an unlikely seductress, turning her quiet neighborhood upside-down in this tale of passion and adultery.

Since They Got Rid of Time
Short
20 minutes
Filmmaker: Stephen Combs
Fri 8:00p, Sat 10a

Christmas 2002. The ghosts of post-industrial Chicago loom in the freezing winter air. Jonathan does his best to survive the cold while confronting his memories and hallucinations of life before everyone disappeared. A beat-up radio helps to pass the time, as he gives shout-outs to anyone who might be listening, to anyone who might call him home.

Spa.tel
Short
18 minutes
Filmmaker: Diane Sherry-Case
Fri 2:30p, Sat 5p, Sun 2:30p

A fable about a girl who doesn't wear panties, her macho boyfriend, and a mystical desert motel where the unexpected is the norm.

Static
Short
3 minutes
Filmmaker: Brady Whitcomb
Fri 3:00p

The characters in the film deal with the struggle and conflicts between their desires, fate and love, and their fears of rejection and social anxiety. This struggle is reflected in the static they watch on their televisons.

Summoning
Short
29 minutes
Filmmaker: Jacob Estes
Fri 5p, Sat 8p, Sun 9:30a
Knives, guns and marijuana. A teenage girl in trouble. When her mother dies, the girl is left alone to cope with her emotinalyy dysfunctional father. As she learns to use black magic to summon the spirit she's lost, she discovers that the soul she should be contacting is among the living.

Tex: the Passive-Aggressive Gunslinger
Short
9 minutes
Filmmaker: Brian Sawyer
Fri 12:00, Sat 7:30p
In this off-beat Western, a comedic take on the Old Western genre, toughguy Bart picks a fight witht he passive-aggressive Tex and lives to regret it.

Three Shots
Short
42 minutes
Filmmaker: Gene Wolande
Sat 8:00p, Sun 10:00a

One family, one place, and three generations. This magical anthology focuses on a family-owned tavern in Chicago at three different time periods in the tavern's history. The first tale is the story of two brothers who must face a tragic relization. The second is a woman's comic tale of commitment and mortality. And the third is one monentous day in 1943, when lives, for generations, would be forever changed.

Trade Day
Short
29 minutes
Filmmaker: Dawson Williams
Fri 9:30a, Sat 12:00, Sun 10:00a

Set in the early 1950's in rural, post-war Alabama, this is the story of 8-year old Jack; his grandfather, J.B; and three old friends, who have gathered, once a month to trade in the town square.This is a atrade day like countless others, until something new appears that will force Jack's grandfather to face a secret.

Walk
Short
6 minutes
Filmmaker: Jeff Drew
Fri 8:00p

Join Edgar, the man, and Gigi, the dog, on a walk through a wacky cut-and paste world filled with drunk clowns,smoking grandmas, and the sidewalk preachers. Who knows what may be down the next block, or what lies in store for Gigi at the end of the walk?

Window That Opens, A
Short
19 minutes
Filmmaker: James J. Agazzi
Fri 3:00p

As advancing age and infirmity threaten to engulf Sara Jane Hughes- experiencing the trauma of what may be the onset of Alzheimer's- She struggles with her loss of freedom and identity in a poignant tale of letting go.

feature films
feature films | documentaries | short films 

Book of Stars, The
Feature
110 minutes
Fri 2:30p, Sat 5:00p
Filmmaker: Michael Miner

Breathing Hard
Feature
93 minutes
Filmmaker: Eric Neil Young
Fri 5:00p, Sat 9:30am, Sun 2:30p
A struggling Hollywood writer get a job driving an old lady around on the errands.  She drags him into a world of seedy agents, money-laundering gangsters and her collection of sleeping pills.

Discord
Feature
104 minutes
Filmmaker: Mark Wilkinson
Sat 2:30p, Sun 9:30a

The unlikely bond between a tormented murderer and a pure artist strains the delicate balance of nature into discord.

Escape From Orion
Feature
90 minutes
Filmmaker: Scott Cervine
Sun 3:00p

Laura Wilkins is missing, believed to have been kidnapped at the age of seven.  For most of her life, her sister Maddy has carried the haunting memories of a strange light that seemed to "take Laura away."

Everything For A Reason
Feature
88 minutes
Filmmaker: Vias Parlapanides
Fri 3:00p, Sat 12:30p

This story of love, romance and everything in between follows Manny, a Greek-American, and his circle of friends as they each pursue the fairer sex in their own ways.

Face To Face
Feature
99 minutes
Filmmaker: Ellie Kanner
Fri 12:00p, Sat 7:30p

At a funeral, three young men see their fathers cry for the first time and relize how distant their relationships with their fathers have become. Desperate to reconnect the young men kidnap their dads and take them on a comically ill-fated road trip.

Fault Lines
Feature
120 minutes
Filmmaker: Micheal Beubis
Fri 5:30p, Sun 10:00a

Blending humor and pathos, this romantic comedy interweaves the line of an eclectic group of characters as they wrestle with love and happiness in LA.

Follow The Bitch
Feature
87 minutes
Filmmaker: Julian Stone
Fri 7:30p, Sat 2:30p

If you want to know what is wrong with the world just ask Bill. Yet, for a man who hates almost everything, there is one thing that Bill loves.  His Friday-night Poker game. But tonight, things go terribly wrong.

Joyful Partaking
Feature
120 minutes
Filmmaker: William Moreing
Fri 9:30a, Sat 7:30p

In this dramatic comedy we meet a former TV weatherman whose young son died in a freak snowstorm her had failed to forcast; a stroke victim who has come to live with her son and daughter-in-law; a fearful wife of an abusive, out-of-work alcoholic husband; and a lonely women who believes her only chance for love may be with her dog.

Living in Missouri
Feature
90 minutes
Filmmaker:Connor Ratliff
Sat 5:00p, Sun 12:30p
This comedy of manners which tells the story of Todd, Amy,and Ryan, whose humdrum Midwestern lives are starting to come apart at the seams.  Personal betrayals abound when childhood  friendships, broken-down marriages, and long-repressed desires come into conflict over the course of one tumultuous  Missouri autumn.

Making Something Up
Feature
93 minutes
Filmmaker: Paul Kinney
Fri 7:30p, Sat 9:30a, Sun noon

Writer Jack Reams is the most anal retentive man in the world and struggling with professional success, personal significance, and his longtime book editor and overly demanding fiancee, Amanda Keyes.  Complications arise when Jack unexpectedly befriends an unemployed single mom, and attempts to "free" her from a former relationship gone bad.

Morning
Feature
89 minutes
Filmmaker: Ami Canaan Mann
Fri 8:00p, Sat/Sun noon

Two friends who hail from the same small town, but whose lives follow wildly different paths.  One has soul, but no personal or material success, while the other enjoys material success but lacks soul.

Point of View
Feature
105 minutes
Filmmaker:David Wheeler
Fri 8:00p

A comtemporary, edgy suspense story about obsession, art, eroticism, fantasy, alienation, love, and murder.  It follows the story of a beautiful and mysterious artist, Jane, a recluse who avoids all real human contact, expressing herself only through her art.  When she does goes out in public in disguise, she is mistaken for her friend and is suddenly caught up in dangerous situations and bizarre events, both real and imagined.

Real Job, A
Feature
94 minutes
Filmmaker: Ana Barredo
Friday 3:00p

Meet John St. Clair, his conscience is torn when his new corporate life threatens his beloved video store.

Underestimating Jake
Feature
73 minutes
Filmmaker: Kurt Dreyer & Sam Taybi
Fri 5:30; Sun 3:00p
The arrogant and well-connected wife of a successful music producer never expected that anything would go wrong as she cruised through the desert on her way to meet her husband  in Las Vegas. Her car breaks down and she is rescued by a tall, gruff-looking man who is dressed in greasy coveralls.

Waiters, The
Feature
52 minutes
Filmmaker: Derik Wingo
Sat 8:00p, Sun 10:00a

The film follows Taylor Starks and his co-workers as this group of aspiring actors and filmmakers work as waiaters in a typical L.A. restaurant. Their "waiting" is played out against a humorous background of comic interaction between themselves and their customers.

Wise Ones, The
Feature
79 minutes
Filmmaker: Chris Matheson
Thur 6:00p, Fri 12:30p, Sun 3:00p

Dr. Isaac Goode is a successful therapist who is having difficulty helping his newest patient, Abby. As Goode explains to his assistant, the patient seems to be experiencing past lives. Goode is drawn deeper into Abby's story when it seems that he was present in several of her lives.

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