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SYNOPSES Feature Films Abram’s Hand Running time: 93 minutes Director: James Christopher Seven friends fight to escape a violent death and struggle with the knowledge that their deaths might be punishment from the hand of God. “A Psychological Thriller” Running time: 91 minute Director: Daric Gates Starring Dean Cain, Will Wallace, Don Swayze, Emily Brooks, Wolfgang Bodison, Joe Estevez, and Quinton Aaron. A woman once possessed by a mysterious entity finds that it still dwells within her. Thinking she's in the midst of an emotional breakdown, she tries to solve the haunting only to uncover a shocking secret about her past and a new evil lurking in the darkness. As High As the Sky Running time: 91 minutes Director: Nikki Braendlin Margaret’s OCD is in overdrive thanks to being jilted by her fiancé. She’s forced to explore the root of this behavior when her estranged sister and niece show up on her doorstep. Bubblegum & Broken Fingers Running time: 106 minutes Director: Sean Jackson “If you don’t have your own plan, you’ll damn sure be a part of someone else’s.” The quote kicks off the first of multiple story lines in the crime ensemble “Bubblegum & Broken Fingers.” This character- driven collage of sex, violence and survival is equal parts western, gangster and love story. Confine Running time: 91 minutes Director: Tobias Tobbell Country of Origin: UK A volatile thief breaks into the home of a reclusive former model and is forced to hold her hostage. Tense, claustrophobic thriller starring Daisy Lowe (Brit supermodel and cover girl), Eliza Bennett (Inkheart) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones). Don’t Pass Me By Running time: 100 minutes Director: Eric Priestley A stirring story about regret, love, and second chances, woven together in the vignette style of Love Actually and Crash. The story follows four very different people at a crisis point in their lives, their desires clouded by fear, duty, tragedy, and regret. As each story unfolds, the characters struggle to find the courage to live for themselves, to reclaim the relationships they have lost along the way, and to make time for the things that really matter. Fat Cat Running time: 88 minutes Director: Michele Fiascaris Country of Origin: Italy Italy. On a deserted beach, Burro and Zeus, two goofy gangsters, are dumping a dead body in the sea, worrying that their boss, Mosca, could find out about this murder. What has happened? One week earlier: The two criminals, drunk in a nightclub, misfire a bullet and accidentally kill a pole dancer. This event angers Mosca, a flamboyant psycho millionaire whose best friend is a bronze sculpture of a cat. Making matters worse, Barone, secret lover of the dead dancer, is in a furious rage... How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song Running time: 104 minutes Director: Gary King Gary King’s original musical takes a unique look at love, artistic inspiration and relationships through a composer’s journey in writing the score to an Off-Broadway show. Critics are calling it “a crowd- pleaser” (indieWIRE) and “a hidden treasure” (Twitch). When Joe (Joe Schermann) lands an opportunity to write for an Off-Broadway show, he is forced to cast either the love of his life, Evey (Christina Rose) or his newly discovered muse, Summer (Debbie Williams). The realities of show business prove to Joe that writing is easy, living is hard. Filled with “catchy tunes and clever lyrics” (Empire Magazine), this is a cinematic experience you won’t forget. Least Among Saints Running time: 107 minutes Director: Martin Papazian A haunted Marine sergeant just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends -- and one another’s last shot at redemption. Nailbiter Running time: 82 minutes Director: Patrick Rea A mother and three daughters get caught up in a tornado and take shelter in a storm cellar. While trapped inside the cellar, they quickly discover that they are not alone. Player Running time: 100 minutes Director: Alina Szpak Sam is a professional gambler complete with the whole package--highs and lows in fortune, an ex- wife with money, and an estranged son. Rivalry comes to a head when Sam starts living with a much- younger woman. From then on only one rule applies—win when it counts, at any price. Privacy Running time: 98 minutes Director: Jorg Ihle The story of Mark, a tech savvy college student who creates a cutting edge spyware app, allowing him to remotely view any cell phone in New York City. He begins to invade the privacy of hundreds of New Yorkers and spots a beautiful and mysterious girl, Alexis, who appears to be sought by a shadowy figure. Mark and his best friend Toby conspire to meet her but a potential romance gets quickly sidetracked when Alexis' dark past catches up with her, entangling Mark in a web of murder, political intrigue and privacy invasion. Siberia Monamour Running time: 102 minutes Director: Slava Ross Country of Origin: Russian Federation In a boreal forest, in an abandoned village an old man and his grandson wait for the boy’s father, who will never come back. A man and his wife raise three daughters, and that is the only thing that still ties them. A captain, who’s passed through two Caucasian wars, tries to find his place in peacetime life. The fates of these heroes interlace unexpectedly and dramatically. They need to make their choices again and again, uncovering humanity and compassion that has been forgotten long ago. The Dome of Heaven Running time: 89 minutes Director: Diane Glancy THE DOME OF HEAVEN is the western Oklahoma sky under which a mixed-blood girl, Flutie Moses, struggles for stability in her dysfunctional family. Her brother, Franklin, works with their father repairing the cars they thought would never run again. The film is a journey into the loss of identity suffered in native history, and the separation of the family from themselves as they deal with the difficulties of love and loss. The Haunting of Whaley House Running time: 89 minutes Director: Jose Prendes Penny Abbott is a tour guide at America's Most Haunted house, The Whaley House in San Diego. When her friends convince her to stay in the house at night to see if there really is any truth to the ghost stories, they find more than they bargained for. The Pain of the People Running time: 92 minutes Director: Kirby Voss An independent film portraying the story of a long-abused young woman violently coming to terms with herself, her past, and her future. The Unusual Calling of Charlie Christmas Running time: 109 minutes Director: Adam Hampton A socially awkward thirty-two year old high school janitor is inspired to become a costumed vigilante in his small Oklahoma town. Bullied and overlooked his entire life, Charlie receives a “higher calling” even as his tender friendship with his neighbor, a meek and mysterious woman named Gracie, begins to develop into something more powerful. Things I Don’t Understand Running time: 111 minutes Director: David Spaltro The story follows Violet Kubelick, a brilliant young grad student studying near-death experiences and her recent withdrawn, closed-off behavior after a mysterious, failed suicide attempt. She and her two artist-roommates are forced by financial matters to finally confront their fears and step out of the protective bubble they've created for themselves in their Brooklyn loft while Violet herself forms a cathartic relationship with a young, terminally ill girl in a hospice she is interviewing for her thesis. A story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die. Thirst Running time: 96 minutes Director: Robert Carter Country of Origin: Australia Set in 2017, four people isolated in their different ways, are trapped with little water in the desert outback of Australia. Against impossible odds can they find meaning—connection, laughter...even love before it is too late? Tortoise In Love Running time: 83 minutes Director: Guy Browning Country of Origin: UK Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair; Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand. Vertical Running time: 90 Director: Stephen Savage Alex Hunter returns home from college after the accidental rock-climbing death of her mother. Seeking a peaceful time to mourn her loss, Alex is instead set upon on a rocky inward journey to understand herself through the eyes of her remaining family and her mother’s climbing buddies, the ever-opinionated "Rock Chicks." Along the way she discovers the father she has never known, and uncovers a secret her mother had kept hidden for years. What’s Up Lovely Running time: 69 minutes Director: Gary King Luci loses her job and times are tougher than ever. Unable to sleep, she begins an after-hours journey embarking on a series of strange encounters as she wanders the dark metropolis. During one unforgettable night, Luci comes face to face with her innermost fears and desires as she tries to find her way back home. Featurettes Anaphora Running time: 22 minutes Director: Andre Albrecht Country of Origin: Germany A young man unknowingly comes into possession of a mysterious object the government is searching for. When he and a local barmaid are chased they are surprised to find out that the object has the ability to create wormholes in time. Another Chance Running time: 16 minutes Director: Barbara Gross Another Chance is the simple, heartwarming story of Susan, an older animal shelter worker who falls in love with an abandoned old dog. A Perfect Day Running time: 19 minutes Director: Adam Rubin Max Franklin is far more than a typical suburban kid. However, today, like several others before him, he's determined to leave a chaotic and frightening mark, planning a 'Columbine'-type attack. Zeke, a recently unemployed mailman, is delivering an envelope to Max, on a last route. Two characters, both experiencing intense pain and loss, are unsuspectingly headed on a collision course that will change both their lives forever. Beside Her Running time: 16 minutes Director: Carrie Carnevale A choice for Dr. Rachel Moretti (Ashley Watkins) and Sofia Rios (Erika Flores) disrupts their romantic home-life, but what do you do when you sense that something is wrong, yet can't put your finger on it? Do you stay, or do you go? Beside Her tells the story of how, in one brief moment in time, their love for each other is measured beyond the norms of their everyday lives. Bookstore Running time: 18 minutes Director: Alexander Haney Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, must manage the school Bookstore for one day, dealing with her preoccupied employees and the craziness that gets in the way of her ambitions. Broken Running time: 16 minutes Director: Wolfgang Bodison A high school baseball start struggles to save the life of his older brother, and in doing so, faces a dark truth he can no longer keep secret. Burned Running time: 23 minutes Director: Phyllis Bancroft A veteran, now firefighter, struggles to live with the memories of her wartime actions. Grace Running time: 21 minutes Director: Jo Kelly GRACE captures the experience of being mentally and physically challenged through the eyes of Jerome, who makes a proposal to Via, a worn-out prostitute, on his 40th birthday. A story about how a "disabled" soul can enlighten a "normal" one...when it is not taken for granted. Guests of a Nation Running time: 23 minutes Director: Daniel Speers Set during the Irish War of Independence, Guests of a Nation tells the story of the unlikely friendship between IRA soldiers and British POWs. Though their countries are at war, the four men bond in an isolate farmhouse, however, their loyalties are tested when the Irishmen are ordered to execute their captives. Hawk Running time: 39 minutes Director: M.J. McMahon Country of Origin: UK The land holds many secrets, and one boy will learn them all. When Rowan is taken away from the civilized world, his lessons in the wild begin. Yet when he shatters the balance of nature, Rowan discovers another world beneath our own. In that shadowy land of old gods and wild hunts, the divide between man and beast becomes uncertain and the fairytales of childhood spring to life. With only the guidance of a hunting hawk, Rowan must make amends for his crime and choose between what is real and what is not. Juke Running time: 25 minutes Director: Michele Remsen JUKE (verb: to fake out of position). A woman tries to buy a jukebox and gets juked. A funny, intriguing, twisty 25-minute face-off, as a woman tries to buy the past and a man tries to sell it. The unexpected encounter takes them both to a new place. Knocked Down Running time: 21 minutes Director: Reaves Washburn Patty, an up and coming boxer, experiences a tragic event that forces him to step away from fighting until his friend Donny approaches him with an opportunity to overcome his demons and restart his career. Lieleaders Running time: 28 minutes Director: Michael Bayouth and Ryan Ball A production of the Young Actors Camp, this featurette mingles three short films, the result of three of their camp programs—The Acting camp, Feature Film/Television Segment and The Glee Experience. Join these youth attendees as they complete their program with the experience of a film festival— here at Idyllwild CinemaFest. Lockwood Running time: 26 minutes Director: Donnie McCormick Hoping for a big break on the story of a missing girl, newspaper writer Robert O'Dwyer returns to his hometown of Lockwood. He must choose between his career and his family in order to uncover the girl's killer in this 1920's period piece. Posey Running time: 22 minutes Director: Billy DaMota POSEY is the story of Linda Flemming, played by Erica Rhodes (A Prairie Home Companion, Killer Eye, Plague Town) who must make the heartbreaking decision to take her grandmother, Posey (Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland) to an assisted care facility. Posey suffers from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and in a desperate move to avoid the inevitable, she escapes. While her loved ones desperately search for her, Posey finds herself in the middle of a unique situation...one that will profoundly change her outlook on her future. Salton Running time: 30 minutes Director: Emily Sandifer Uptight graduate student Maxwell Johnson, III, reluctantly inherits his grandfather's property in southern California's deserted Salton Sea area. But when Maxwell meets an eccentric local woman, he gets pulled into the sea's biggest mystery. A romantic drama with elements of supernatural folklore. Sarah’s Wish Running time: 20 minutes Director: Wolfgang Bodison When Henry agrees to help his ex-wife, Sarah, celebrate her birthday, old wounds surface, forcing both to reassess their beliefs about faith and forgiveness. Six Letter Word Running time: 16 minutes Director: Lisanne Sartor A down-on-her-luck, devoted single mom writes off her young son's crossword puzzle obsession to genius until an unexpected encounter makes her realize that her son needs much more than she alone can give him. Sleeping with the Bear Running time: 19 minutes Director: Eva Minemar Emily, a former track and field Olympic hopeful, has lost half her life and all of her dreams from a crippling accident that destroyed her leg. This usually strong woman is spiraling down in ways she never has before until her neighbor, William knocks on her door, looking for a friend to share news of his own. A film about friends helping each other rise above life’s challenges. The Box Running time: 27 minutes Director: Melanie Star Scot At the height of the civil war, two young lovers pledge their love and devotion as they plan their future together. Their lives are torn apart and dreams are shattered as tragedy shakes their world to the core. The Bunglers Running time: 29 minutes Director: Glenn Camhi Danny and Luther are a pair of blundering, low-rent hit men who go after the wrong mark, an alluring Flamenco dancer who overcomes them with a pair of maracas. Danny falls for her instantly, while Luther just wants to finish their job before they're killed -- if he doesn't kill Danny first. The Road to Jacob Running time: 17 minutes Director: Matt Allen After being released from prison, Dean Cooper is faced with a choice. Will he fall back into his criminal ways or try to be the father his son deserves? Witness one man's struggle to overcome society's prejudices while gaining the self worth needed to enter his son's life. The Trial of Ben Barry Running time: 33 minutes Director: Shea E. Butler A story of sins of the past, the reunion of an estranged father and son after twenty years. The son, in and out of prison his whole life but now a changed man, returns home to help his elderly father face his past – including the killing of a voter’s rights organizer 35 years earlier. A story of reconciliation, redemption and salvation. The Visit Running time: 22 minutes Director: Fara Pasarell When a tragic event turns Diana’s life upside down, she receives a visit from the last person from whom she wants help – her estranged mother. Can they bridge the gap that divides them? Short Films A Timely Maneuver Running time: 10 minutes Director: Emmett Loverde Arrow-stiff Jane Marwood is surprised when her blind date Reggie pulls out an egg timer and sets it for five minutes. Five minutes later, she is appalled when he invites her to bed, pointing out that women supposedly know within five minutes of meeting a man how far they will 'go' with him. Chaos ensues. Beyond the Dead End Running time: 15 minutes Director: Pouria Heidary Oureh Country of Origin: Iran A homeless vagabond doesn’t care about anything except a new pair of shoes. When his shoes get torn in an accident he gets an unexpected life-changing lesson. Cliches Running time: 15 minutes Director: Evgeny Sinelnikov Country of Origin: UK Phil is a pleasant young man of 30, successful at his job in the office of a large international company. One Sunday morning he wakes up to find a strange old man in his flat. This 'vagrant' turns out to be an angel sent to take Phil on a journey of self-discovery. Will he choose to change his life? Ellie Running time: 10 minutes Director: Ricky Lloyd George A guy meets the girl of his dreams in a bar one night. But as they get to know each other, she starts to fear that he will find out who—and what—she really is... Genre Running time: 7 minutes Director: Mark Hampton A woman fantasizes about a blind date, trying to convince her roommate of all the exciting possibilities. Heads Up Running time: 13 minutes Director: Alex Merkin An edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way - because nobody fights like siblings do! How To Kill Your Clone Running time: 5 minutes Director: Jack McWilliams Dick wants to kill his out of control clone, but due to their identical physical and mental abilities, he must hire the third party Clone Killer Corporation to do his dirty work. Libby Girl: Something New Running time: 4 minutes Director: Janet Mayson Libby Girl is a sweet Jack Russell Terrier who loves to play and explore. She is always looking for something fun and new to do, especially when she can include her little neighborhood friends, Bruno and Rico, both Chihuahuas. This time, Libby learns of a new camera, and she invites Bruno and Rico over to try it out when her owner Janet is away. Nothing Ventured Running time: 10 minutes Director: Derek Ellingson A shy, young man attempts to muster up the courage to ask out a beautiful stranger. Will he take a chance or be thwarted by his lack of confidence? Oysters Rockefeller Running time: 12 minutes Director: Charles Rogers Gibbon, raised by his overprotective mother and aunt, wants desperately to know what it means to be a man and see the world outside. On the anniversary of his grandfather's death, he meets Lucy, and begins to wonder what lies on the other side of the front door. Peer to Fear Running time: 7 minutes Director: Duke Jackson It’s a war of words. On a company's peer-to-peer recognition board, a safe place to post a message has become a battleground. Two employees square off, erasable markers their weapons, as they jab back and forth until someone frightens them away. Pieces Running time: 15 minutes Director: Mateo Vengoechea Following horrifying news about his daughter's health, Alan Morris decides to call an old friend to help ends meet. After the deal goes wrong and his daughter Jamie is taken hostage, Alan takes drastic measures to get her back. Safe Room Running time: 13 minutes Director: Matt Carmody When a man decides to break into a jewelry store, things don't go as planned - and nothing is what it seems. Shift Running time: 15 minutes Director: Kasim Aslam and Joshua M. Lambeth A therapist helps a man cope with his wife's suicide. Sintel Running time: 15 minutes Director: Colin Levy Country of Origin: Netherlands A young woman searches for a baby dragon. “Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by thousands of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology and independent animation film. Souled Running time: 10 minutes Director: Daniel Richard Kovacs Jake (Oscar Torre) has lost all his money, is stuck in a bar in the middle of nowhere, and doesn't know how to get home. He meets a mysterious stranger, Kingston (Mauricio Mendoza), who offers him an extraordinary business to help him get home—buying Jake's soul. But after the deal something strange happens. Spicy Nose Running time: 8 minutes Director: David Zorn Monty and Simone are a nice looking couple on a first date at a French restaurant—a very special establishment featuring the 'best wine list in the city.' Monty turns out to be quite the wine enthusiast, and Simone finds herself on a date she will never forget! Status Running time: 15 minutes Director: Marc Hampson Bud has been in a relationship for so long that he no longer knows how to date. After his girlfriend dumps him on his birthday, Bud's best friend signs him up on a dating website, but his love life doesn't get much easier. Success Driven Running time: 9 minutes Director: Yancey Arias Meddi Milan arrives in Hollywood, maneuvering his way through the sticky web of show business and intrigue to become the most successful multi-platinum recording artist on the planet. Surreal Estate Running time: 12 minutes Director: Lori Romero A dark comedy. When Mr. Smith attempts to rent a house, everything that can go wrong…does. This story is for anyone who has ever been to the DMV, changed checkout lines in a supermarket, or tried to navigate an automated telephone menu. It's the absurd chaos that develops in our minds as fantasy, but for Mr. Smith, it's all too real. Sybling Rivalry Running time: 7 minutes Director: Tara-Nicole Azarian Twins Sybelle and Kobe are as dysfunctional as two can get. Mommy Dearest favors the do-nothing Kobe and ignores the responsible hard working Sybelle. Find out what happens when family relations move to an interesting and disturbing level. You'll love this little film to pieces...so to speak. Tears of Steel Running time: 12 minutes Director: Ian Hubert Country of Origin: Netherlands Set in the future when robots take over the world, one man holds the key to a woman's heart. The world's fourth open movie is a quality science fiction short movie released to the public domain. Meant to showcase Blender’s Special Effects and Composition abilities, this open source software was used to create all assets, models, textures, animation and composition node trees, and of course, the final comp. All of those assets are freely available to anyone to use in making their own movie. The Cheater Running time: 6 minutes Director: Will Wallace A tradition at the Idyllwild CinemaFest is the ever popular interactive short film "The Cheater" about a young man who just can't seem to get out the big secret. If you've heard about the hysterical short film "Where live actors in the theater interact with the actors on the screen," this is that film. The Luckiest Man Alive Running time: 14 minutes Director: Matthew Temple Everything that can go wrong for Jon, does go wrong. But for every misfortune he encounters, a greater misfortune is averted. There/Not There Running time: 14 minutes Director: Robert Fernandez Two brothers, both Iraq War Veterans, hatch a plot to get their hands on some quick cash, but when the plan goes wrong, they face off - and force each other to face the past that haunts them. The Soliloquy Running time: 8 minutes Director: Josh Murray A contemporary short film adaptation of Macbeth. Overlaying the elevated prose of Shakespeare's story of murder and betrayal onto the protagonist's vivid layers of stream of conscious thought, this 8- minute film creates an immersive experience. Impressionistic cinematography explores the unfolding events in a highly personal and subjective way, all the while supported by a thrilling score. To Live and Try in LA Running time: 14 minutes Director: Christianna Carmine A dry comical look at the wacky world of auditioning in Los Angeles through the eyes of an actress who is one audition away from her big break...down. Documentary Feature A Handmade Life Running time: 34 minutes Director: William Stetz The inspiring and wondrous story of a man who in his simple search to “buy” his freedom and find a place to make his life home tells a tale of adventure on a local level. In a lesson for the global “us” all over the world in these times of financial challenge, Rick Mecagni creates a grand world of found and recycled materials teaching us lessons of fiscal responsibility and thrift. Mr Mecagni shows that beauty can be created from fundamental materials and literally formed from earth in this story of very common human trials that are overcome, producing extraordinary results. Bidder 70 Running time: 72 minutes Director: Beth Gage and George Gage Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act that would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side. Book Club Running time: 70 minutes Director: Hope Hartman Eight women connected through war, love, birth and death, sharing life's journey for over sixty years. Bound By Flesh (no poster for this one) Running time: ? Director: Leslie Zemekis A documentary on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese sisters joined at the hip who graduated from wax museums and the carnival sideshow circuit to become the biggest moneymaking act on vaudeville. Jungle Fish Running time: 30 minutes Director: Louisiana Kreutz The last, best hope for a poverty-stricken village in Guyana might be the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima. Follow three expert fishermen as they undertake a two-week voyage deep into the heart of the rainforest. Their mission: to demonstrate that the arapaima can be caught with a fly rod. If they succeed, it will prove that the country’s fledgling sports fishing industry is viable. And that will mean a brighter future for the native peoples, the rainforest they call home — and the endangered arapaima itself. Montezuma’s Treasure: The Quest for Quetzalcoatl’s Gold Running time: 90 minutes Director: Ed Schroer and Scott Unruh Five hundred years ago the greatest prehistoric civilization of Central Mexico fell to Spanish steel and disease in an unprecedented short time. This great nation’s treasure was lost to the ages. Today a group of experts attempt to discover the whereabouts of this mythical lost treasure of the Aztecs using painstaking research and state of the art technology. One Wall: Kings of Coney Island Running time: 86 minutes Director: Joe Glickman The National One Wall Handball Championship has been played at the legendary Seaside Courts at Coney Island for fifty years. One Wall follows the most talented athletes you've never heard of as they train for the 2011 tournament. Past champion and one of New York's most colorful athletes, Joseph Durso, the player everyone loves to hate, makes one more run at the title at age 56 against the sport's young guns. Red Road: Carlos Reynosa Running time: 64 minutes Director: Piper Dellums and Carlos Reynosa A journey through the life, activism and music of Idyllwild resident, Carlos Reynosa. Red White Black & Blue Running time: 81 minutes Director: James Brown Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to play Rugby. A sport that is increasingly popular in the United States, the tour provides these students and the Kiwi teams they battle a rare opportunity to dig beneath the surface of things. On the field, troubled histories melt away as boys rise to men, and girls lead as women, stronger for facing up to a challenge. ”Red, White, Black and Blue” provides a sensitive take on a rough game, blending on-field triumph with off-field tragedy. Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry Running time: 101 minutes Director: David Mech Risky Business examines the social, psychological, and economic impacts of performing in adult films. The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment. Seadrift vs The Big Guy Running time: 53 minutes Director: Randall Dark The Texas Water Safari has earned its reputation as the world's toughest canoe race. The race is 260 miles long and its participants have 100 hours to get from San Marcos to Seadrift. Jeff McAdams, a big and brash Texan who is known to 'smoke a bit, drink a bit and is told he might be overweight' decided to do the safari because his friends told him he couldn't. 'Seadrift vs the Big Guy' is a battle of nature vs. man that offers a look into this famous race and follows the Big Guy on what may be the dumbest dare he's ever made. She Had Some Horses Running time: 49 minutes Director: Donna Wells A lyrical documentary about the heart-felt connection between women and horses. Shot throughout the scenic state of New Mexico, this film will remind you of the special bond between humans and equines and will inform you of the threats that our nation's wild horses are facing in today's West. The Condor’s Shadow Running time: 90 minutes Director: Jeff Mcloughlin A year-in-the-life journey through endangered species recovery, this beautifully shot film follows passionate field biologist Joseph Brandt to reveal the realities of bringing the iconic California condor back from the brink of extinction. Filmed in the rugged California habitat of the condor, the film interweaves scenes of the extreme lengths that biologists take to reestablish a self-sustaining wild condor population with insights from conservations, scientists, zoo keepers and hunters to explore the dilemma of the very first recovery program to be executed after the passage of the Endangered Species Act. It's a mission tasked to biologists but fundamentally wrapped up in public policy - revealing the true challenge of environmental sustainability - that place where human preferences clash with the goal of renewal. The Right To Love Running time: 91 minutes Director: Cassie Jaye With the majority of Americans voting against the rights of a minority, the issue of Marriage Equality has the country torn apart. All sides believe there is much to debate and even more to lose. Husbands Jay and Bryan, and their adopted kids Daniel and Selena, were a private family living in Santa Rosa, California when Proposition 8 passed in 2008. They began posting their home videos on YouTube to show how normal and loving a family with two gay dads could be. 'The Right to Love: An American Family' follows the Leffew Family's journey doing online activism during the political battle to legalize same-sex marriage. Can a loving commitment last if everything surrounding them is trying to tear them apart? The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads Running time: 57 minutes Director: Jennifer Tennican Situated beneath the alpine splendor of the Teton Mountains, the “Coach” has long been welcoming an eclectic and evolving cocktail of characters – from cowboys to millionaires, tourists to extreme athletes, drifters to musicians, disco dancers to two-steppers – both young and old. This film paints an intimate portrait of a roadhouse and crossroads that have been creating its own brand of community for more than 70 years in ways that both define and defy our visions of the Wild West. Things Fall Apart: An Arctic Story Running time: 55 minutes Director: Miko Nincic Kivalina, a tiny Inupiat barrier island in Arctic Alaska, is being swallowed by the ocean. With climate change, ice sheets that traditionally protected the island from crashing seas are fast melting, eroding this tiny piece of land. The disappearing ice also makes it difficult to hunt the seals, walruses, and bowhead whales on which the community depends for its survival. The village must relocate, but the costs amount to hundreds of millions. With no other options, it is suing the major energy companies deemed responsible for global warming to pay for the move. Documentary Short A Man Since Long Time Running time: 17 minutes Director: Mahmoud Yossry Country of Origin: Egypt A short documentary about male sexual suppression in Egypt. In a religious culture where premarital sexual relations are considered a cause of shame, even a great sin, young men are still resistant to marry because of the money and responsibility that marriage brings. Among Giants Running time: 14 minutes Director: Sam Price-Waldman, Chris Cresci and Ben Mullinkosson As clear-cutting continues to ravage California's coastal redwood region, Farmer, an environmental activist, decides to tree sit to defend the McKay Tract. A hundred feet up in the ancient redwood canopy, Farmer must battle the elements and avoid isolation as he fights for a sustainable future. I Need a Hero Running time: 13 minutes Director: W.H. Bourne A brief look at the evolution of LGBT representation in comic books over the past 30 years. The Rent Party: Paying It Forward in Rhythm and Hues Running time: 22 minutes Director: Piper Dellums From the Cultural Consciousness of Harlem in the 1920's to the San Jacinto mountaintop artisan community of Idyllwild, California of 2012 ... because it really does take a village. RENT PARTY is small community, with big heart, coming together and paying it forward in rhythm and hues. Web Series Freelancers Running time: included within a 60-minute presentation Director: Ignatius Fischer Freelancers is set in a timeless realm full of magic and monsters, wizards and warriors, dungeons and ... dragons. Inspired by classic literature, modern games and a wide array of cinematic influences, the show features fast-paced, action-packed storytelling, surreal visual effects, exciting combat sequences, romance, adventure and comedy. There are no prophecies, no sagas and no one is saving the world - just flawed characters with extraordinary skill sets trying to make a living. Even the powerful can be comedic while the lowest-level rogue can be as evil as the day is long. Welcome to Freelancers, where every day is legendary! Revelations Running time: 2 episodes, 9 minutes each Director: Robert Michael Ryan The end of the world is just the beginning. After the Biblical Rapture has taken place, those left behind must learn to survive in the new apocalyptic hellscape as the city crumbles around them.
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