54th Rochester International Film Festival
Screened at the historic Dryden Theatre George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film Rochester NY
April 19, 20 & 21 2012
Produced by Movies on a Shoestring Inc.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 8:00pm
Shoplifting Neil Triffett, Melbourne, Australia, live action, drama, 14 min.
Pete, an aging career shoplifter struggles to keep control of his family and his life when security panels are introduced to stores…
Shéhérazade et le délice casher (Scheherazade and the Kosher Delight)
Agnès Caffin, Paris, France, live action, 20 min. In French with English subtitles.
A young illegal Palestinian wearing a tee shirt reading “I’m Muslim, Don’t Panic” heads straight to the Jewish section of Paris to apply for the job of Jewish Assistant Cook at a Kosher café.
Noah Harald, Los Angeles, CA, live action, Science Fiction, 13 min.
A couple struggles to give birth to a child on the last day of sunlight on the planet.
(Graphic content/ violence. Not suitable for a young audience.)
Für Hanna (For Hanna)
Ina Spang, Munich, Germany, narrative, existentialism/surrealism, 14 min.
In German with English subtitles.
A man’s journey ends when a guard denies him the crossing of a bridge at night. For the first time, the traveler is forced to pause, as he becomes aware of his previously unnoticed doubts about his relationship, life and habits.
Timothy Sloat, Oakland, CA, live action, drama/thriller/coming of age, 24min.
Two young brothers from a broken family in a small town… both struggle with their personal failures and the abusive legacy of their father.
(Violence. Not suitable for a young audience.)
Depth of Field
Jafar Pashaee, Iran, live action, comedy/satire, 12 min. In Farsi with English subtitles.
When two look-alike soccer players decide to help one another spy on their women, things become a little complicated…
Cédric Prévost, Paris, France, live action, 18 min. In French with English subtitles.
An aspiring film director wakes suddenly to find a camera following his every move – he is trapped inside a film as it is being made. He struggles to escape. To get back to reality, to sanity, and to the girl he loves…
Friday, April 20th, 2012 8:00pm
Rami Alayan, Palestine, live action, drama, 25 min. In Arabic with English subtitles.
Mariam is instructed by her doctor to sunbathe in order to reverse the vitamin D deficiency that’s causing her a bone illness. But between nosy neighbors, an overbearing sister-in-law and Israeli surveillance planes, Palestine’s abundant sunlight is not easily within her reach.
There’s a Dead Crow Outside
Morgan Miller, Brooklyn, NY, animation/dark comedy, 1 min.
A gruesome but hilarious look at the laws of roadside wildlife when there is a dead crow outside, the flies are buzzing and the raccoon is hungry…
Be aftab salami dobareh khaham dad (I will Greet the Sun Again)
Shahbaz Noshir, Tehran, Iran, live action, 14 min. In Farsi with English subtitles.Tehran, Iran. A woman is raped by three men in the middle of the night. After the offense, a stranger takes her home in his car. As she talks to her husband, the tone becomes increasingly exacerbated…
(Verbal and physical violence, sexual theme. Not suitable for a young audience) www.pando-diferente.com
Prunelle et Mélodie (Prunelle and Melody)
Mathieu Simonet, Paris, France, live action, 30 min. In French with English subtitles.
Two exceptional young women, one blind, the other deaf and mute. The two learn to communicate in spite of their disabilities and, in the process, discover that they share a dream: to live one day in a world where they are no longer limited.
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 4:00pm
Carbon for Water
Evan Abramson, New York, NY, documentary/social, 22 min.
The film chronicles the launch of the program, called LifeStraw® Carbon for Water, through which 900,000 water filters were distributed, for free, to more than 90 percent of homes in Kenya using a unique financing model (carbon credits) to achieve self-sustainability for at least 10 years.
Le miracle de la vie (The Miracle of Life)
Alexandra Pic & Nicolas Beauchamp, Paris, France, live action, satirical comedy, 18 min. In French with English subtitles.
Four neighbors wake up six months pregnant, while the previous night…they weren’t!
Gloriana Fonseca- Malavasi, Costa Rica/FSU, FL, live action, drama/magical realism, 20 min.
In English and Spanish with English subtitles. Manuel is a young immigrant in the US, struggling with his dual cultural identity, who thinks ancient legends from Latin America are foolish, until he hears the cry of The Weeping Woman.
Steve Woods, Dublin, Ireland, experimental (pixilation), 5 min.
A 17th century lady at her desk is writing; her maid is cleaning. Why is one door locked?
Could the placid and perfect setting of a masterful Dutch painting be upset? What is the dark secret behind the Dutch Golden Era?
Christophe Deram , Lille, France, historical drama, 20 min. In French with English subtitles.
During World War I, Louis and his mother are waiting for the return of his father fighting on the front. When he returns, it’s a stranger with a broken face who’s coming back home…
Young Mother Nature
Stephen Conroy, Columbus, OH, animation, 5 min.
Using the voice of his daughter Lea at a local park, the director takes us on a whimsical exploration of her nurturing view towards her surroundings.
Saturday, April 21st, 2012 8:00pm
The Good Neighbor
James Crisp, New Zealand, live action, drama, 15 min.
Max suffers from avoidant personality syndrome. He lives alone in an apartment building in a rough part of town. It is here where he befriends a young girl named Emily, who is left with her Uncle Caesar, a drug dealer and addict.
Alonso Alvarez Barreda, Mexico/USA, narrative, historical drama, 10 min.
In German with English subtitles.
In 18th century Holy Roman Empire, a series of events will turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience for a woman whose life will never be the same.
Jim Ed Wills, FSU, FL, narrative, fantasy/drama, 17 min.
An embittered but magical trash sculptor encounters a cheerful orphan girl who challenges him to come out of his shell and create the impossible.
The Darkness is Close Behind
Sheena McCann, Los Angeles, CA, live action, drama, 22 min.
Ruled by a meth dealing father, Jesse Lemoy must protect his little brother Joe from the uncertainty of their life…
(Not suitable for a young audience)
David Tuil, Vincennes, France, live action, comedy, 5 min. In French with English subtitles.
Like every morning, Guy Van Buiten brings a cup of tea to his bed-ridden wife. This morning she has some shocking news…and so does he!
Joachim Weissmann, Brussels, Belgium, live action, suspense/drama. In French with English subtitles.
A young woman is trying to overcome her phobia of flying through an innovative therapeutic approach.
The following films received acknowledgement but were not screened at the festival:
Confidanteby Lisa Melodia
Dreaming Americanby Lee Percy
How I Lost My Birthdayby Deja Bernhardt
Le miraculé de Saint Sauveurby Caroline Chu-Vandevelde
Mijoby Chithra Jeyaram
Nrityagram: For the Love of Danceby Nanette Melville
Personal Calendarby Bashir Al-Majid
Slantby Stephen Soucy
The Bird Upstairsby Christopher Jarvis
The Orphanby Teresa Sutherland
Tiesby Jake Topkis
Where Are The Men?by Taraneh Salke
Wrigley and Kingby Cornelius Murphy
Certificate of Merit
All Day Yeahby Charles Anderson
Be Filled with the Spiritby Mark Rogovin
Bonsaiby Oscar Martin
Diminished Chordsby Kristina Harris
Easy Streetby Russell Greene
El Amante del Padrinoby Sven Alexander Heinrich
From War to Peace: The Life of George Lennonby Cormac Morel.
Full Circleby Patrick Puglia
Girl of the Finger Lakesby David Puls/Animatus Studios
Hidden Books – The Art of Kumi Korfby Sam Hampton
HyperLightness ad absurdumby Margarida Sardinha
La vie facileby Julien Rouyet
Mommy Loves Youby Joy Ji Yang
Mosaic In The City: The Making of “Life Patterns”by Virginia Bacheler
Static by Mel Miskell
Te Odioby Rafael Rojas-Diez
The Strongroomby Gef Gove
The Visitorby Ji Sung Lee
Yogurt, Inc.by Dan Becker