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THIS IS LOVE

You may not know Rudy Love's name, but you will almost certainly know his voice. Mick Fleetwood and George Clinton unveil an unsung hero of soul in this investigation of a singer who turned down fame to make music with his family. Just when it seems all his music is lost, it shows up on the other side of the world.

 

Director - John Alexander

John Alexander is a filmmaker from Los Angeles and THIS IS LOVE is his first feature documentary. After graduating from Harvard University in 2011, where he was awarded the McCord Arts Prize, Alexander edited RUNNING WILD with Alden Ehrenreich and oversaw post-production of SHUT UP AND DRIVE (Tribeca 2015). His feature directorial debut BENDER won Outstanding Ensemble Cast at the 2016 Tallgrass Film Festival and he is currently in development on another feature narrative.

A special performance by Rudy Love & The Love Family will follow the screening.

THE LAST TREASURE HUNT

A heartfelt story of an estranged brother and sister who must put aside their differences in order to solve an elaborate treasure hunt, left for them in the will of their eccentric father.

Screenwriter and star, Casey Nelson, will be giving a Q&A following the screening.

Casey Nelson attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in Dramatic Arts and competed on the school's Cross Country and Track teams. Upon graduating, Casey moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He has appeared in numerous film and television roles including Transformers, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Queen Sugar,  Jane the Virgin, among others. Most recently, Casey wrote, produced, and starred in the feature THE LAST TREASURE HUNT, which was released by The Orchard. Casey currently has two features in development. Birdie, a high school coming-of-age comedy starring Christian Slater. And The Music Makers, a post-apocalyptic musical.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Adult Situations

DEEP MURDER

A slasher-murder-mystery-horror-comedy-set-inside-a-soft-core-film.

 

Starring Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, The Good Wife), Kate Aselton (The League) and Jerry O’Connell (Jerry Maguire, Billions).

 

Screenwriter and star, Quinn Beswick, will be giving a Q&A following the screening.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence, Brief Nudity

PARTS & LABOR

This short film is the pilot for a series about a father and son (Michael Bowen and Ryan Dorsey) on Harleys crossing the country solving other people's problems without fully resolving their bitter taste for each other.

 

Director - Ben Galland

 

BEN GALLAND, Director/Co-Producer/Co-Writer, is an award-winning director and documentarian. In 2002, he founded Oceanic Productions. That same year, he co-produced and edited, "Vertical Frontier: The History of Rock Climbing in Yosemite," which won the 2002 BANFF Mountain Film Festival for “Best Climbing Film.” "Skating through the Ashes," which he wrote, produced and directed, won “Best Story” at X-Dance 2012. He recently completed writing, directing and producing his first feature film, "Gripped, Killer Pillar," to be released in 2020.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence, Brief Nudity

MAN OF JOY

When Rod discovers that his wife is steadfast in her desire for a divorce, he seeks comfort in the company of anyone he can find. A self-sabotaging lush and a loner, Rod hides the truth from the people he meets on his journey and repeatedly over-indulges in any substance put in front of him. It’s only through this chemical-induced self-discovery that Rod can be honest with himself (and others) and begin to take a long overdue personal inventory. A quiet meditation on grief, communication and dealing with self in contemporary times.

 

Directors - Jordan Kenneth Kamp + Rob Johnson

 

Jordan Kenneth Kamp and Rob Johnson are filmmakers from Brooklyn, NY. This is their first collaboration together. 

Content Advisory: Adult Language

UNEMPLOYABLE

Unemployable tells the story of Taylor, a college-educated millennial trying to snag her dream job with a world - and her mother- seemingly conspiring against her.

Directors - Jil Pasiecnik + Joanna Pasiecnik

 

Born and raised in Deerfield, Massachusetts, Jil and Joanna Pasiecnik are twin sisters that have collaborated on video projects since high school. They moved to Atlanta in 2013 and established J and J Productions two years later, since then producing over 25 shorts and 2 web series.

Content Advisory: Adult Language

SHATTERED DREAMS

Shattered Dreams is an Emmy award-winning documentary that examines the pervasive, dark underworld of sex trafficking in America. Heart wrenching personal stories from survivors of the illicit sex trade and leading experts reveal how vastly misunderstood and disregarded this important human rights issue has been

 

Director - Bill Wisneski

 

Bill Wisneski is an award-winning documentary director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. He has received twenty-one Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards and dozens of other national accolades for his compelling documentaries. His films have been shown at more than fifty film festivals throughout the country and aired on numerous PBS stations in the Western United States.

BULLET TRIP

Rituals that have been running for 2000 years in “the closest port town to God” impede the path of a Tokyo couple with a secret agenda.

 

Director - Nozomu Kasagi

Content Advisory: Adult Language

SCRAP

After getting fired, young single-mom Beth (Vivian Kerr) finds herself living in her car and struggles to hide her homelessness from her estranged brother Ben (Anthony Rapp).

 

Director - Leena Pendharkar

 

Leena is an award-winning writer and director working in film, television and new media. She recently premiered her sophomore feature film, 20 WEEKS (starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison, Sujata Day and Michelle Krusiec) at the Los Angeles Film Festival and also wrote and directed the short film, DANDEKAR MAKES A SANDWICH (Grand Jury Prize - Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles / and Vimeo Staff Pick). Her feature script, DAYS WITH DANDEKAR, won a Tribeca All Access grant and was work-shopped in the FIND Screenwriters Lab. Her first feature film, Raspberry Magic with Bella Thorne and Alison Brie, screened in over 25 film festivals.

Starring Vivian Kerr and Anthony Rapp

Content Advisory: Adult Language

LADY LIBERTY

Lady Liberty is a coming-of-age and coming out half-hour comedy-drama following Shea Miller (played by writer Julia Lindon), a 20-something aspiring comedian/current assistant to a famous comedian, as she learns to claim her queerness and redefine herself. Shea is caught between conflicting identities: the nice Jewish girl her friends and family have always known, the up-and-coming comic she wants her boss to see, and the confident queer gal she desperately wants to be. 

 

Inspired by the real-life events of Julia Lindon, Lady Liberty explores identity, queerness, vulnerability, ambition, fear, and belonging with humor, heart, and a healthy dose of humiliation.

Director - Taylor Lee Nagel

 

Taylor Lee Nagel is a director, producer, and co-founder of Raw Milk Films. LADY LIBERTY is the result of her collaboration with writer/actor, Julia Lindon. 

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Adult Situations

FIFTY

A world-renowned psychiatrist is put to the test when a mysterious patient reveals his true identity.

 

Biography - Javier Dampierre

 

Javier was born in Madrid (Spain). He is a director, writer and editor in film and television. He has directed international awarded films such as "7 Días", "Crocodile Nile" or "The Dance of the Infants", and the feature documentary "Lo Imposible de lo Imposible" for Telecinco, the biggest channel in Spain. He's edited live action feature films, documentaries, trailers and promos for NBC, FOX, Amazon or Netflix, such as "The People's Fighters", produced by Mandalay Sports Media and The Kennedy/Marshall Company, and live action feature  "Prescience", starring Linda Gray and Eric Roberts, to be distributed by indican Pictures and Lionsgate.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence

THAT IS ALL

While trying to navigate life as he enters his 30s, Ryan slips further into loneliness. A chance meeting with a friend's boyfriend, Sam, changes that trajectory, and as they grow closer, Ryan must come to terms with who he is, and what that means for him and the life he's been living.

 

Director - Mark Weeden

 

Mark Weeden is an award winning filmmaker, and the face behind Coyote and Clay Films. His last film, Only People, won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the Canada Independent Film Festival in Montreal. He resides in Toronto with his wife and son.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Drug Use, Brief Nudity

THE MERIDIAN CONTACT

In a time when the truth is as evasive as it is scary, a burned out reporter is visited by a mysterious woman. The information she carries is deadly.

Director - Simon Sorrells

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence

GALLUP

When Scotty gets out of jail, all he wants is to retrieve his hidden loot. And when he runs out of gas and money he finds the answer to all his problems in the form of an RV...too bad it comes with extra baggage.

Director - Lori Lyle

Content Advisory: Adult Language

LIMBO

Tearlach O'Rian was born in Kilpatrick Ireland in 392. At the age of six he was sold into slavery and by the age of 15 he had become a master thief, a con artist, and he had killed a man. His life was far less than perfect, but he longed for changed. That was taken from him by bandits who left him in the street to die. He descended into Hell, but he was given a second chance, a chance to tip the scales and save souls from eternal damnation. He will continue until he gets it right. Whatever that means.

Director - Pat Dortch

Pat Dortch is a television and film actor living in Charlotte, NC with his wife of 28 years and their 3 children where he teaches at The Actors Lab. His credits include hit shows such as Nashville, McGyver, House of Cards and the upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad with Oscar winning director Barry Jenkins. Pat wrote and stars in LIMBO, and it is Pat's directing debut.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Drug Use

UNSAID

Unsaid is an action/drama film that challenges the depths of the characters' relationships. Bonded together like brothers, Sage and John become entangled in a dangerous plot where consequences of their actions place their relationship and their lives on the line.

 

Director - Sam Dobbs

 

Sam Dobbs is an aspiring actor, filmmaker, director, professional football player, and musician. He recently graduated from Vanderbilt University on a full football scholarship with a degree in Cinema and Media Arts. Dobbs was playing football for the NFL Atlanta Falcons in the early summer of 2019 but is now a free agent living in Atlanta, Georgia continuing to work on his craft.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence

TO BLOOM AT NIGHT

Follows two students, Lily and Matthew, as they struggle to find their true inner-selves through art and love. While this is happening, however, social conformity consumes their high school, creating popular kids, bullies, and people hiding who they are. Set in the modern social media age, the film captures a coming of age story in a raw, realistic way, that doesn't shy away from topics people are afraid to talk about.

 

Director - Ryan Manley

 

Ryan Manley is a film director and writer, known for To Bloom at Night and Comfortless. His films bring up relevant social issues, many which focus on teenagers.

Content Advisory: Drug Use

THOSE  LAST   MOMENTS

THOSE LAST MOMENTS 

In a Post-Apocalyptic Future, Casey and her two brothers have become really good at surviving on almost nothing while searching for their parents, until one night an unknown force abducts the youngest brother.

 

Starring Chase Fralish and Preslea Elliot.

Content Advisory: Adult Language

THE AVANT-GARDENER

Distinguishing itself through innovative format, and raw emotion, this "FilmTrack" to Lindsay Katt's new Musical Record "The Avant-Gardener" is tackling new ground on the frontier of artistic visual storytelling/Experimental Film

 

Directors - Lindsay Katt, Heather Matarazzo, Jeremiah Kipp, Carl Byrd

 

Lindsay's inspiration to create Film/Art/Music began as a child in the beauty of the rural Montana mountains where she grew up. Following that inspiration all the way to the surreal grit of New York City, Lindsay has worked there as a painter, performance/recording Artist, Composer, and Film Director, creating work that is both authentic, and deeply thought provoking. Her Music has been featured on MTV's "The Real World" and "Teen Mom" and well as Programming such as ABC's "Castle" "Alias" "Switched at Birth" or SyFy's "Being human" with Music Videos airing on MTV and Logo.

KNUCKLES

A broken young woman, forced to fight in underground bare-knuckle tournaments as a child, returns home to reconcile with her dying, estranged father.

 

Director - William C. Simmons

Content Advisory: Adult Language

MIXTECO BOY

Pablo, a Mixteco indigenous boy from Oxnard, California who dreams to be like his green-eyed fútbol hero, Chicharito, must overcome the forces of prejudice and poverty to reach his dreams. Along the way, Pablo turns away from his heritage believing that success will make his own inner conflict go away. He quickly learns that he needs to embrace his roots, and that his success will open the door for others. Renown Mexican actor, Fernando Allende and his son Adán star in the film.

 

Director - Miguel Orozco

 

Miguel is an award-winning writer who started his career in Washington, DC as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Intern and continued to work on the Hill as a U.S. Senate staffer. Miguel obtained a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Miguel Orozco is an MFA candidate for 2019 in creative writing from Mount Saint Mary's University. In 2018, Miguel co-directed and produced the award-winning short documentary, American Migrant Stories.

FATE ALCHEMY

A dark comedy that unfolds with a whirlwind of vulgarity and ill-fated circumstance. A deal to chase the American dream diminishes as our three protagonists try to work their way out of an unfortunate event that spawns many to come.

 

 

Director - Ace Blankenship

 

 

Born in Frankfort, Germany, a military brat, he later would join the military himself at the age of 18 where he served as a paratrooper combatant for the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving in the military with distinction, he attended art school where he received a bachelor's in Fine Arts & Digital Filmmaking. Comfortable mixing styles and mediums, Ace is excited to use his unconventional vision and diverse skills to ensure that anything produced by himself is not just a success, but a powerful and impactful statement.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Drug Use, Violence

ONE HOUR OUTCALL

A taut, sophisticated, and sexy drama dealing with the relationship between a high-class escort and her customer who meet on Thursdays from 8-9pm over the course of an entire year.

 

Director - T. Arthur Cottam

 

T. Arthur Cottam is an award-winning screenwriter, actor, producer, film director and graduate of the Film and Television Production program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His critically-acclaimed film PORNOGRAPHIC APATHETIC won nine awards and has been playing at film festivals consistently since it premiered in 2003. His feature films CARBUNCLE and POLLYWOGS premiered at the Milano and Los Angeles Film Festivals, respectively. They can currently be viewed on Amazon Prime. ONE HOUR OUTCALL is his third feature film. Cottam is currently in post-production on two more feature films.

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Drug Use, Brief Nudity

DAFFODIL HILL

A man mourns that his girlfriend broke up with him, only to find the truth.

 

Director - Brandon Russell

 

Content Advisory: Adult Language, Violence

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