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52nd Festival April 22-24, 2010


Thursday, April 22, 8pm

Un Café pour l’Amérique

Jossy Mayor Luxemburg, Belgium narr, 20 min.

Pierre is a very shy man in his sixties, recently retired, with neither family nor friends. What will he do now? Fortunately, he lives next to a café.

Murder For a Dime

Charles Cagle FSU ,Tallahassee , Fl narr, 14 min.

The killing of a famous outlaw and a dime store novel meet in this old fashioned western.

An Unfinished Romance

Alison Heather Sydney, AUSTRALIA narr, 10 min.

A romantic comedy about two strangers, two hookers, two paper boats and a whole raft of assumptions.

Late Bloomer

Yitzchak Enav Herzliya, ISRAEL narr, 13 min.

An older gentleman, in the heat of sexual fantasy, has to face the cold immediacies of realities.

Lovesick Fool

Dominic Polcino Woodland Hills, CA, anim, 6 min.

A depiction of a man’s ongoing frustrations and disappointments in the area of love. At times funny, poetic, profound. Or just sad?


Shaun Au / Wei Gao Sunnyvale, CA narr, 11 min.

After 100 years of westernization, a lot of young Chinese who emigrated to the West chose to express their “east-meet-west-ness” through an arranged marriage. Ka is about to demonstrate just how this is done.

Prayers for Peace

Dustin Grella New York, NY anim, 7 min.

A narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the animator’s younger brother killed in the current conflict in Iraq.


Friday, April 23, 8pm

Early Checkout

Jim Lounsbury Ballina, AUSTRALIA, narr, 7 min.

Two men, one body, no idea!

Boond (A Drop)

Abhishek Pathak Mumbai, INDIA,narr, 26 min.

In a remote village in India, sometime in the future, is a fitting metaphor that power rests in those who control the resources.

A Complete History of the World in 7 Minutes or Less

Thomas Lorne FSU, Tallahassee, FL narr, 8 min.

A tongue-tied professor of linguistics fails in his attempts to talk to an interesting woman at the local bookstore.


Mike Dacko Petaluma, CA anim, 5 min

A journey we take with temperature sensitive candle creatures who sacrifice what they know to become who they are.

The Hole

Hana Hwang Seoul, South Korea, narr, 21 min.

Yujn, a 16 year old girl, becomes aware of the story of her young brother’s disappearance.

Sebastian’s Voodoo

Joaquin Baldwin Sherman Oaks, CA anim, 4 min.

A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from death.

The Confession

Jason Cusato Brooklyn, NY narr, 8 min.

After witnessing her brother commit murder, an emotionally distraught young woman turns to the church.


Tony Lopez Madrid, SPAIN,narr, 23 min.

A young man arrives in a discotheque,confused . When he suddenly sees “her”, he experiences unique and indescribable feelings and voices extraordinary predictions.


Saturday, April 24, 4pm

When Life Gives You Lemons

Lee Chambers Thunder Bay, CANADA, narr, 8 min.

Retired Oscar-winning actor Calvin Adams attempts to outwit some neighborhood kids in a sour or sweet battle.

Notes on the Other

Sergio Oksman Madrid, SPAIN doc, 14 min.

Each summer, a crowd of Ernest Hemingway doubles meet in Key West, Florida, to commemorate the death of one of America’s most prolific journalists and fiction writers.


Elli Weisbaum / Robert Walsh Toronto CANADA narr, 17 min.

One cannot pass up a shopping coupon for revealing underwear, even in a retirement community in Florida!

Land Gewinnen (Gaining Ground )

Mark Brummund Hamburg, GERMANY narr, 20 min.

A young, illegal immigrant couple spends their time furtively trying to avoid the German authorities until thewell-being of their young son dictates that they resolve their untenable situation.

The Offering

Michael Zachary Huber Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnydale, CA anim., 9min.

Is there anything that is not immune to a woman’s power of seduction, even golden statues?

The Killing of Mary Surratt

Chris King Rocklin, CA narr, 23 min.

Boardinghouse innkeeper Mary Surratt was one of four southern sympathizers tried, convicted and executed in 1865 for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln – but was she really guilty?

True Beauty This Night

Peter Besson Sherman Oaks, CA narr 10 min.

Last night, Rhett Somers met the love of his life. Now all he has to do is convince her. Not an easy feat considering how they met.


Saturday, April 24, 8pm

The Incident at Tower 37

Chris Perry North Hampton, MA anim, 11 min.

In the middle of a dry desolate landscape stands Tower 37, a shimmering water processing station, siphoning every last drop of water from a pristine lake.


Anjuli Hinds FSU, Tallahassee, FL narr, 16 min.

Amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of a militant regime, two young children of Zimbabwe are forced into a fight they hardly understand.


Marc Wiskeman Columbus, OH anim, 2 min.

The love we find on a warm summer evening is sometimes the most fleeting love of all.

Flint Creek

Christopher Hall Pasadena, CA narr, 22 min.

1813, western New York. A young settler on the war-torn Niagara Frontier witnesses a war crime deep in the wilderness and must decide whether to put his life at risk and help an unlikely friend.

El Encargado (The One in Charge)

Sergio Barrejón Madrid, SPAIN narr, 8 min.

Martin, 9 years old, has been entrusted by his teacher with quite a tough job.

Some boys don’t leave

Maggie Kiley Los Angeles, CA narr, 16 min.

What happens when the break-up happens but the break does not? Starring Jessie Eisenberg from “The Squid and the Whale”, “Zombieland” and “Adventureland”.

The Macabre World of Lavender Williams

Nicolas Delgado Hollywood, CA narr, 26 min.

Eight year-old Lavender Williams, who recently lost her mother to cancer, sets off on an epic journey to find her Dad.Featuring Christopher Lloyd from “Back to the Future” and Rex Linn from “CSI: Miami”



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