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Available on 10/9/2020 7pm

While Away

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
A father, a son, a broken relationship and a chance. “While Away” follows AJ (Merritt Vann) and his son, Michael (Matthew Merritt), when they meet for the first time in nine years. Their relationship has always been rocky, with their perceived differences always driving a wedge between them. Can they find a path forward or is it too late?

Sycamore

Available on 10/11/2020
An old man spends the day wandering the streets of Istanbul. He communicates with the trees and seagulls rather than other people. All day, he checks the ATMs to find change like a child, even though he does not own an ATM card. He gets happy when he finds money and indignant when he doesn’t. For the old man, life is like a game that has remained from his childhood. And the sycamore leaves are a part of this innocent game.

Saving Jake

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Human Rights & Dignity
The true story of a hardworking orphan, the events in his life that lead him into homelessness and the friend who convinces him to find housing and hope. Jake remembers his life before he was homeless, before he was crippled by an accident, a time when he had a wife, a home and good job. After years of living on the streets and camping in tents, Jake finally takes the advice of a friend and finds the courage to ask for help.

Calm Before

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
A husband and wife on the brink of divorce are trapped in a house booked for an anniversary getaway and they’re forced to confront demons both real and imaginary.

Overdosed

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Human Rights & Dignity
Challenging the stereotype of a drug dealer. Overdosed highlights the troubling turmoil of the deadly American opioid crisis as it unfolds in the small town of Petersburg in rural West Virginia, the state hardest hit by this epidemic. Through interviews with former drug dealers, over-prescribing doctors, DEA agents and local community members, Mary Sue Connolly uncovers a shocking narrative of the pharmaceutical industry’s intentional plan to target opioid sales to an impoverished, under-served community and the resulting addiction, prison and overdose cycles of its citizens. Overdosed provides viewers access to the corporate, profit-driven dark side of this crisis, while revealing the core humanity of its survivors. The documentary exposes key elements about the rapid progress of this deadly epidemic, and the ways communities are now coping with its destruction.

From Heaven is Cali

Available on 10/11/2020
In the Southwest of Colombia, there is a city where salsa dancing exists in a form that is unique in its boldness and energy, yet pure in its tradition and style. Cali, known as the world's salsa dancing capital, and its people (referred to as Caleños) own this iconic dancing style. The city has been the muse of many salsa musicians, making it the subject of illustrative songs that tell the story of the "salsa Caleña" style as a symbol of an entire culture. Salsa Caleña is not only danced but consumed with a burst of energy, joy, and sentimentality that brightens the streets of Cali whenever there's salsa music playing. From professional salsa dancers and musicians to nightclub owners and costume designers, "From Heaven is Cali" (whose title is taken from the famous salsa/Cali anthem "Cali Pachenguero" by Grupo Niche), explores the relationships between this unique art-form and the people whose lives are inter­woven into a culture that has become synonymous with the city of Cali.

FIG

Available on 10/11/2020
Years ago, when Jason was a kid, he knew he could always count on one person to have his back, his imaginary friend Fig. Fig was Jason’s best friend and surrogate mother, until one day when she took things too far standing up to one of Jason’s bullies. That’s when Jason’s real mother banished Fig and left Jason broken and unprotected. Now Jason is an adult and Fig is back. She’s unleashing her pent-up rage on Jason’s enemies. Jason is ill-equipped to handle this. Everyone always told him Fig was imaginary, but he must figure out a way to stop Fig. I mean, sure they had it coming, but gruesome murders have a way coming back to bite people in the ass… Eventually. Director Biography - Rami Cohen

Prom 2019

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
A high school senior named Travis finds himself alone on the evening of Prom after being ditched by his friends because he doesn't have a date. At first he pretends not to care, but after seeing a photo of him and his friends when he was young he gives in to his self-pity and starts to drink. While a little bit drunk he puts on a suit and looks at himself in the mirror pretending to ask a girl he likes to dance with him, but he soon gives up and falls down. Later, he's drunk enough to where he closes his eyes and starts to dance in his room pretending he's at prom. He starts to lose track of what's real or not as he hears a knock at his door. Upon answering it he sees his own self staring back at him who then viciously attacks him by strangling him to death. This alternate version of Travis sits over him and explains he failed both of them because he wasn't confident and was too weak. He then tells Travis that he will be taking over. A much more confident Travis now stands in the mirror and aks the girl he likes to Prom. It ends without any sort of answer to what really actually happened.

It's Called Revenge

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Horror, Suspense, thriller
After Annie dies in an "accident," her friends decide to bury her body to hide the evidence. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea...

SICK BOY

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Every day that passes in New York City, Jeff finds a way to get through it. Maybe he’s driven to find love. Maybe he’s driven to find a connection. Or maybe he’s just driven to do what he has to do to survive, however erratic or unforgivable it might be Director Statement: “Sickboy” stemmed from a desire to shine light on an issue of critical importance in New York City: homelessness. During my research on the topic, I came across a report by the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development indicating that more than half of all New Yorkers are one paycheck away from homelessness. For me, this forced the realization that we all walk a fine line between being able to support ourselves and having to face the cruel realities of the systems and structures in place that allow poverty and homelessness to continue to thrive in NYC. Inspired by a true story, “Sickboy” is the portrait of someone who defies common stereotypes of what a homeless person might look or behave like, thus is able to pass for what others consider “normal” in most of his daily interactions. He is aware of this, and chooses to exploit others as a means of survival while refusing to take any responsibility for his actions. Yet the protagonist is human, and although he is fallible, I hope the viewer could come to empathize with him after having been through a day in his life. I wanted to humanize those around us who may be struggling with forms of trauma that cause destructive patterns of behavior. Influenced by the films of John Cassavetes, Frederick Wiseman’s observational documentaries, and modern voices like Sean Baker and Josh and Benny Safdie, “Sickboy” embraces the realism of documentary while creating a fictionalized portrait of an individual in distress. I chose to shoot “Sickboy” on 16mm film to capture the grittiness of life in NYC, and to fully immerse the viewer in that experience in a way that could only be done with film. Shooting on film provided its own set of logistical challenges, but ultimately the cast and crew rallied around the story and brought it to life in a way that far surpassed our expectations. I am so grateful to them for their generosity and patience throughout this process, and I look forward to sharing this film with the world.

Here There Be Tygers

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Thriller, Horror, Psychological Drama
A young girl faces a terrifying predator and potential redemption after being bullied by her manipulative classmate and cruel teacher.

I, Help Me

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Drama, Crime
Attention: First two minutes of film are in dark. But do not worry, Detective Voice will bring you right in the spot of everything. (Best with headphones). For festival purposes we will send 5v1 surround film. Logline What would you do if you find yourself face to face with your own fears, worries, dreams and wishes. Could you talk to your saviour and be honest? Or would you just throw away every information the universe gives us? Pitch MISS TARAKA finds herself in the middle of an interrogation of every crime she committed. Confused about where they got all of the evidence, she starts to think she leaked the information herself. Her bad, her diligent and her marvel side begin internal struggle about whether to confess and with that end the suffering now or fight with her demons till the end. Synopsis We are put in place of our protagonist MISS TARAKA in the moment of her first interaction with the athorities. We can only hear them and just imagine the room, detectives face, and suroundings of the interigation. When the time comes to show the story, Miss Taraka speaks to us through third-person cinematic picture, where we find out exectly what happened in her past. In the moment of her decision to confess we are thrown face to face with her. And ourselfs. As all of us, Miss Taraka is struggeling to make sense of her life, feelings and time we have on this planet. It all comes down to the question of fear. Fear of death, life, and our mind. Even in the early stages of our life, as kids, we start formulating patterns of behaviour that dictate our personalities later on. Not a day goes by that we do not have new suppresions to deal with. But most of us just turn away and let it burn our insides till we go mad or break down. In the moments like this we have to pick ourselfs up and dust off, keeping in mind we are far from the beggining. Wishfull thinking that we can stand on two feet and start over right away. We have to clean our past, be good to our heart and learn to get our soul kneeling befor taking the new day walking. The story of Miss Taraka is the story we all know. In the blackness of her mind we are looking at our deepest thoughts and get to know her end. Eather end of a begining or the end of her wanting forward.

Mr. Myrtle Beach

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
A look at the history of Myrtle Beach through the lens of Jack Thompson.

On the Way Home

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Short
SHARON(22) is on her way home after her first psychological counseling session while keeping thinking about the conversation with the therapist, which impacts her reaction to everything happening around her.

One Nation, Under Quaratine

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Poetic, Reflexive, Observational, Performative, Participatory, Expository
At the midpoint of the spring 2020 academic semester, college students were forced to leave their campuses and continue their education through alternative means when the Coronavirus outbreak made landfall in the United States. As all scrambled to maintain their academic efficiency, a group of documentary students took the chance to capture their new realities under these odd circumstances. Using whatever equipment they had access to, they show how the pandemic affected the world.

Roe v. Wade: A Legal History

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Law, History, Documentary
As one of the most consequential decisions in the history of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade articulated the right to abortion as a fundamental right. But where did this landmark case originate? In this documentary short, six law professors discuss how and why Roe v. Wade made it to the Supreme Court.

Shaw Rising

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Shaw, the oldest black university in the South, rises from the Civil War, segregation and the Civil Rights Movement to confront the future of education and social justice in America.

With Open Eyes

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
In Porto Alegre (Brazil), a group of homeless people makes and sells its own newspaper, the “Boca de Rua”, the only in the world that gives a point of view from the streets about the streets. More than a source of income for its writers, it became an essential reporting channel and organization tool in the city where they live. Today, the “Boca” is celebrating its 18th birthday. The group has grown and the society has changed, but difficulties are still there. Getting something to eat, finding somewhere to sleep, taking care of themselves and confronting urban violence, are real everyday concerns for the people who live on the streets. However, if there was only one shared idea between all the participants of the project, it would certainly be their desire not to be alone in this struggle. And this is probably the main challenge that “Boca de Rua” has taken up: to define – and practice – a way to be really together… handling the heavy background and life story of everyone.

Appalachian Trail Odyssey, With "Bulldog" Hanson, Episode 3

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Documentary Series, Adventure, Social Issue
Each year over 3,000 people attempt to hike the 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail. Fewer than 15% complete their journey. Mike Hanson, blind since birth, took on the challenge. His Trail-Name was "Bulldog."

Appalachian Trail Odyssey, with "Bulldog Hansen," Episode 2, Into North Carolina

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Documentary Series, Adventure, Social Issue
Each year over 3,000 people attempt to hike the 2,174 mile Appalachian Trail. Fewer than 15% complete their journey. Mike Hanson, blind since birth, took on the challenge. His Trail-Name was "Bulldog."

E.14

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
Drama, Docu-fiction
The intersecting stories of a young sex worker, an undocumented teenager, a reformed pimp, a homeless Black youth, and an elderly Chinese woman who struggle to survive displacement while living along East Oakland’s International Boulevard, otherwise infamously known as “East 14th”.

Fever Dreams Movie

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
In the vein of Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, four spellbinding vignettes of suspense draw you into FEVER DREAMS. FEVER DREAMS, by AL JULIAN, is presented by the Telly and Emmy award-winning team based in North Carolina: director ROB UNDERHILL, cinematographer ARAVIND RAGUPATHI; editor STEWART NELSON-sound editor of Pulp Fiction and Ronin; and score composer JIM CREW, score-person for top industry trailers like the Twilight Eclipse, Narnia, Pulp Fiction.

Givin' It All I Got - The Charlie Karp Story

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
An all star cast rock documentary on the life of the late Charlie Karp.

He's a Good Kid

Available on 10/10/2020 10am
A mother searches for her son in the aftermath of a school shooting.

I Won't Say I Love You

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Rom-com
Harriet, a single parent in her late thirties - living in a picture-postcard English town - has raised her son, Josh, alone. When his father - now living in Los Angeles and married to California girl, Joy - tempts Josh to the States to study at UCLA, Harriet finds herself terrified of being alone, but struggling to navigate the duplicitous world of modern dating. Prepared to do almost anything to avoid starting a new chapter of her life - and to hold onto her role as a mother - Harriet sets out to find an American willing to propose, in the hope that she'll be able to get the ball rolling on a 90 day fiancé visa and remain in the States.

In Lieu of Honor

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Sometimes the battle is within ourselves. After receiving bad news at the doctor’s office, veteran Frank Chapman crosses paths with a complete stranger that will change their lives forever.

Karma's Shadow

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Drama, Thriller, Action
LOGLINE: Titanic forces clash in an epic Take-all battle for control of illicit trade in New York City. "Karma's Shadow is really fu#%ing good!!!" —SEBASTIAN TWARDOSZ, Professor @ USC Cinema, Partner @ Circus Road Films, Host of THE INSIDERS on YouTube Won *BEST FILM* and *BEST DIRECTOR*, world premiering at the 13th Tupelo Film Festival, April 16th, 2016. Iowa premiere with 3 screenings held at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (JDIFF) in Dubuque, IA, April 21 - 23, 2016. Only 22 short-films from over 400 entries were selected. JDIFF was voted one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine; JDIFF in 2016 awarded over $40,000 in cash prizes. THE STORY John "JW" Walker (played by R. Keith Harris) serves a tour in Vietnam, forging what will be lifelong bonds with fellow US soldier, Billy Preston (played by Michael Rosander). Here too he discovers both love and tragedy: the beautiful, young Vietnamese woman, Lan, filled his dreams, and her young son, Vu, lifted the weight of war from his shoulders. But when a mortar blast removes JW from the fight, he is forced to leave both behind to a cruel fate. Years pass. It is 1982, and the now 'Agent' John Walker chances upon the trail of a master criminal recently arrived in New York's Vietnamese community. Vu, having been raised as a son by the ruthless gangster, Tien, has come to settle business. John and Vu, once nearly father and son, cross paths and bring the past full circle to the present, just as titanic forces, criminal and governmental, foreign and domestic, clash in an epic take-all battle for control of illicit trade in New York City.

Laundry day

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Lottery cards, a cat named Carl, and a whole lot of laundry. This film takes the audience on a journey of acceptance with an unlikely hero who doesn’t seem to care much about anyone or anything – until a chance meeting with a woman at a coffee shop reveals a hidden link that could change his life forever.

Or (Someone) Else

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Or (Someone) Else is a psychological thriller about a woman struggling to break free from an abusive relationship and the powerful mental health ramifications of her repressed anger.

RUFF LIFE Games Gaslighting & Bitches

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
In 2011 activist filmmaker Tom McPhee began a nine year examination of America's homeless dog population that results in a million healthy dogs being killed every year in American shelters. In Detroit he meets Terri Sumpter, a pissed off dog rescuer who has energized citizens by protesting the treatment of animals at Detroit Animal Control and then is attacked by the old and new animal rescue establishment. In Houston he meets Tawny Hammond an influential member of the Best Friends Animal Society team as she is having their support and resources refused by Houston SPCA after Hurricane Harvey resulting in a logistical catastrophe. In Austin, Texas he hears local civic leader, national pet advocate, and Austin Pets Alive!'s Executive Director Dr. Ellen Jefferson explain why Austin is so different than other cities by refusing to kill domestic animals simply because they are homeless. It is the wild west in the world of domestic animal rescue in the United States, where the rule of law is what you can get away with. Along the way two thousand healthy dogs are killed in shelters every day simply because they are homeless, as the rescue community fights with themselves.

Sea Salt Wind

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Drama
Sea Salt Wind tells the story of a mysterious young lady riding around a landlocked city on a bike with a surfboard. She is serving a self made penance, while working in a food truck with a father figure, after her passionate romance went wrong.

The Sound of Silence

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Documentary
Dominika Kulczyk together with Kulczyk Foundation travels to the Nyabihu Demonstration School for the Deaf in Rwanda, where deaf and hearing-impaired children learn both the sign language and school knowledge, and also acquire skills that are crucial in everyday life. Not only are they given a chance to have a life that they dream of, but more importantly they are given a chance to have dreams at all. In this documentary, we learn the story of new pupils that start attending the Nyabihu Demonstration School for the Deaf – Eric and Kevine. We witness touching scenes: children, thanks to the hearing aids, hear the so far unheard voices of their parents, and say the words “mom” and “dad” for the very first time. What used to be impossible for them is now becoming possible.

Weekend

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Moniri and Kheradmand family are in park for a picnic. But after finishing their meal, it is revealed that they are here for something else.

When Skies Are Gray

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
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Experimental, drama
Ivan is a part of his own furniture, stuck in an unbroken routine. When Avery rents his spare room and comes looking for an escape from the world, she unwittingly brings a spark of life and innocence back into Ivan’s.

Written Off: America's Failure to Educate Dyslexic Children

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
The traditional public school system has failed 20% of our student population. Children with dyslexia are bright kids who feel frustrated, picked on and written off in traditional schools, because the teachers are not equipped to teach them in the way they learn. Parents of dyslexic children struggle to get any help from a school system that barely acknowledges the condition. However, one school in Easley, South Carolina was created specifically with dyslexics in mind and wants to challenge the public school system to serve all students.

Nappy Heads

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
A tragically beautiful coming of age story about three teenage boys who spend every second of their day together. Closely following the life of Alex (David Diouf), who has a struggling home life , his life begins to take a toll on him luckily with the help of his two best friends Remy (Austin Macon) & Noah (Jacolby Lacy) Alex is able to take his mind off of his problems.

Strata

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Drama
A comet fragment hits a city, spewing vile poisons. A Dark Lady sows death within apartment blocks. A girl, who sells drugs for a living, struggles to keep her life from falling apart in the midst of a disintegrating world.

Rebelle

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Animation, Feature, Student, Web / New Media - Action, Drama, Coming Of Age, Romance, Stop motion, LGBT
In a world where 96% of the population are forced in a state of grueling work, starvation and are denied their humanity, two young revolutionaries whose parents have been stolen by the government find each other, fall in love and journey on a quest to change the world.

Birds

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Experimental, Feature, Student, Short
grandmother always replies to Luka' s curious guestions, one answer forces the child to catch birds, which will help him to see his mother. All days the boy spends on the roof with a trap, trying to catch a huge number of birds. grandmother react calmly to his desire, she only remarks that birds have mothers and they miss them too. later a group of older boys takes away his trap and only after that realizes the little boy these words. the conflict with the boys finishes after Luka s attempt to get his birds back. this incident changes a lot of thing for the little dreamer, he doesno' t want to achieve his aim by usign other creatures and releases the birds.

Saving Skylab: America's First Space Station

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Science, Space, Manufacturing, Engineering
Saving Skylab is a short documentary telling the story of how the first American space station was saved from catastrophe with a little help from an electric lineman's tool manufacturer in Centralia, Missouri.

A Romantic Interlude

Available on 10/11/2020 10am
Drama
"What happens in the Green Room, stays in the Green Room." Actress Ami (Whitney Black) and technician Lamar (Nick Cordts) take a few moments before the show begins to discuss the many trappings of men and women.