2016 Program

Thursday April 14, 2016 8pm

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Paper Wrap Fire
Raymond Yeung
New York, NY 13 min (Drama)
A Chinese teenager is left waiting in a community center while his single mother goes to work. A sequence of events unfolds and leads him to an unexpected discovery.

 

The Path of Grey Owl
Goh Iromoto
Canada 11 min (Documentary)

“The question is not what we get out of nature, but what can we give back to nature.”

 

 

Nightlight
Samuel Flueckiger
Switzerland 12 min (Drama)

With the world outside their home collapsing around them, young brothers Konrad and Baschi get into a fight that spirals out of control.

 

Pastime
Nate Mancini, Johnny Sikma and Craig Peterson Rochester, NY 24 min (Drama)
As James grows older, he forgets his childlike ability to dream. But just as he’s settled into a comfortable life, he meets Peter, a 10-year-old photographer who challenges his understanding of success.

 

3000
Antonis Tsonis

Australia 20 min (Drama)

Athens, Greece. An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments.

 

C.T.R.L.
Mariana Conde
England 4 min (Drama)
A young man’s attempt at a first contact with a love interest is hijacked in a most entertaining way.

 
 

If These Walls Could Talk
Matthew Spaull
Rochester, NY 23 min (Drama)
A Center for Youth Film based on actual events celebrating the determination, talent, resiliency and creativity of young men facing homelessness.

 
 

Friday April 15, 2016 8pm

 

Lightning in the Hand
Joey Grossfield
Brooklyn, NY 15 min (Drama)
The Apache say it is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.

 

Mandala
XI GUAN
Los Angeles, CA 23 min (Drama)
After losing her lover, a young artist tries to overcome her grief by succumbing to a mysterious request by a Tibetan monk.

 

The Nike Chariot Earring
Karen Audette
Concord, MA 14 min (Documentary)
A half-century ago a priceless treasure was stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This is the remarkable story of its recovery and the woman who found it.

 

Winter’s Journey
Susanne Boeing
Germany 26 min (Drama)
Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.

 

Long John
Joe Bellavia
Rochester, NY 17 min (Comedy)
During a frigid winter, John discovers the warmth and beauty of long underwear–but will it be disastrous for his love life?

 
 

Where Leaves Fall
Alicia Albares Martínez
Spain 18 min (Drama)
When life comes to its end, the real fight begins.

 
 
 
 

Saturday April 16, 2016 4pm

 

The Bench
Cameron Burnett
Malibu, CA 6 min (Animation)
There is more than meets the eye, in this random encounter on a park bench.

 
 
 

Aidiyet (Belonging)
Serkan Ertekin
Turkey 30 min (Drama)
They say there used to be a spiritual ship that could only be moved by belief and tears. A ship only visible to the ones who belong to it, is about to take off.

 

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball
Drew and Matthew Taylor
Canada 17 min (Documentary)
Ron Taylor was a Major League pitcher for 11 years winning two world championships.
After a USO-Tour to Vietnam, he returned to school after his baseball career to become a physician.

 
 
 

Cloth Paper Dreams
Greg Davis
Austin, TX 11 min (Narrative)
At the confluence of the three holiest rivers in India during the world’s largest spiritual pilgrimage, three men converge, each bringing what connects them to something greater than themselves.

 

Isa and the Frog Prince
Yingxiang Huang
Burbank, CA 14 min (Drama)
After Isa tells her class that she believes her frog can turn into a prince, a bully and his gang challenge her to prove it. .

 

Where We Begin
Mitsuyo Miyazaki
Los Angeles, CA 20 min (Drama)
A lyrical memory of forbidden love which transcends race, class, war and even time, expressed through movement and sound.

 

The Mother
Paolo Monico
Brooklyn, NY 11 min (Drama)
When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband’s death.

 
 
 

Saturday April 16, 2015 8pm

 

Remember When
Swati Srivastava
Bayshore, NY 23 min (Drama)
“You can’t seem to remember. I can’t seem to forget.” – a perspective on Alzheimer’s disease.

 
 

59 Days of Independence: With the Children of Galloya
Njogu Touray, Ian Massry, and Lawrence Williams
The Gambia 7 min (Documentary)
An artist makes 59 kites to celebrate the independence days of 59 countries that gained freedom from British colonization.

 

Anrath
Gregor Hoeppner
Germany 19 min (Drama)
October 1944. When a 60-year old Jewish woman is being deported by an elderly village policeman, fate seems to throw obstacles in the way of their journey to the train that she must take.

 

Chip
Pete Ireland
Australia 3 min (Animation)
From the summit of the rock god mountain, through the iconic pop culture milestones of the 70s, there have been two constants: time and Chip Monck. But time waits for no rock god.

 

Business Ethics
Nick Wernham
Canada 23 min (Drama)
Deciding that the rewards of fraud could outweigh the eventual costs, Zachary runs a Ponzi scheme, in spite of the knowledge that he will eventually face the consequences.

 

It Had Wings
Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp
Chapel Hill, NC 10 min (Drama)
An old widow, alone at home, sees something heavenly and wounded fall into her backyard. Kindness becomes what might save us yet..

 

The Apology
Yu Shibuya
Japan 22 min (Drama)
What if an apology took 100 years to reach you?

 
 
 

The following films received acknowledgement but will not be screened at the festival:

Honorable Mention

ABLUTION (WUZU) by Parisa Barani
A NEW YOU by Dane Hansen
A PORTRAIT OF ABUSE by Nick Chianese
A SKELETON NAMED OLIVER by Clara Diez
ELEVEN by Ken Fox
PICKUP by Laila Al-Beiti
POOR GEORGE by Jim Harris
SPIRITUS by Matthew Spaull
THE LETTER by Yifan Xiao
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT by Alex Merkin
THE SPELL by Ferdinand Jay Smith
THE VISIT by Shane Andries
UNSPOKEN by George Zaverdas
VENOM THERAPY by Steven Murashige

 

Certificate of Merit

ALEXA TO EXA by Exa Zim and Christian Marsh
AU REVOIR by Alonzo O’Leary
COLD WINTER’S NIGHT by Gabe Figueroa
FIRE RIPPLES by Mark Roeder
FRUIT OF THE GARDEN by John Capone
LOVE IS BLIND by Sabine Crossen
MASQUERADE-A STORY OF THE OLD SOUTH by Andrew Hawkins
MERCURY by Melis Balci and Ege Okal
MISFITS by Johno Faherty
POETRY: VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKI’S “YOU!” by Alexey Karpov
RIVER by Stephanie Maxwell
SPLIT END by Edward Shieh
TENZIN by Justin Curtis
TEST by Jay Lifton
THE FALL by Chenyu Chen
THE RATU RIVER EXPEDITION by Isaac Kerlow
THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD AND BONES by Chris Ekstein
THREE LIVES by UCO Media
WHISPERING GALLERY by Timothy Covell
WHAT REMAINS by Michael Faller
WOMAN OUTSIDE by Shelly Lauman

 

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