SHORTS 12 - Sunday, October 1: 1pm
Reverie (A Dream)
Dance / USA / 7 min.
A magical glimpse of the transcendence of a dancer
Director: Peter Perenyi
Producers: Peter Perenyi, Sara Koviak, & Sean Quinn
Writers: Peter Perenyi & Sara Koviak
Cast: Sara Koviak
Musical / USA / 13 min.
When Elena and Cameron are ripped apart by an act of racism, both must stand up for what they believe to keep the door of love open.
Director: Alexander Craven
Producers: Shane Collins, Jeff Pifher, Alexander Craven
Writer: Alexander Craven
Cast: Jon Robert Hall, Natalie Hanna Mendoza, Richard Rivera, Scott Kruse
The Control Room
Sci-fi, Action / USA / 27 min.
In a secret government test facility, the innocent gesture of a timid desk worker sets off a chain of events that threatens to unravel the entire organization.
Director: Domenic Porcari
Producers: Domenic Porcari, Ethan Leisie
Writer: Domenic Porcari
Cast: Sarah Therese, Joseph Canon, Domenic Porcari
Coming-of-Age, Drama / USA / 20 min.
Teenage sisters Eden and Lux navigate their competitive relationship over the course of a Halloween party filled with glitter, confrontation, and blackouts.
Director: Sannah Kim
Producers: Tyler Davis
Writers: Sannah Kim, Isabel Weiner
Cast: Sofia Joanna, Lara-Olivia Scott, Noah Aronstein, Mia Goodman, Kaitlyn Patterson
Comedy / USA / 10 min.
While cleaning house, a woman discovers an area rug that disposes of literal and figurative trash in a beautiful and magical way.
Director: Jake Hart
Producers: Rebecca Ann Johnson, Jake Hart, Barret Bowman
Writer: Jake Hart
Cast: Rebecca Ann Johnson, Caitlin Norton
SHORTS 14 - Sunday, October 1: 1:10pm
Don't Hurt the Car
Comedy / USA / 4 min.
A woman gives explicit instructions while on a “shopping” trip.
Director: Steve Sturla
Producer: Steve Sturla
Writer: Steve Sturla
Cast: Christine Claravall, Steve Sturla
Covid Book Club
Comedy / USA / 14.02 min.
What's a post-menopausal girl supposed to do when her famous music
producer husband publicly dumps her for a younger wanna-be punk rocker/
ska singer named Gretl Grunge? DUH! A reality show, of course! Dori Britt
wants to show the world she is FINE. But that's hard to do when she's holed
up with her live-in housekeeper during a pandemic. So she starts a book club
to show the world she's smart, social, and FUN! But things go awry when you
combine, wine, cheese, cutlery, and "Karens".
Director: Kim Furst
Producer: Julie Phillips
Writer: Julie Phillips
Cast: Julie Phillips, Julia Montgomery, Maite Garcia, Denise Ryan Sherman,
and Introducing Sierra Deanne
After being dumped at an assisted living home by her conniving daughter, a cantankerous eighty-five-year-old must outwit the grim reaper who has come to claim her.
Director: Debi Yazbeck
Producer: Diana Richardson
Writer: Della Greenawalt
Cast: Bryna Weiss, Christina Collard, Tracey Stephens
Animation / USA / 10 min.
A beaver recounts his experiences as an actor pursuing his dream to be in the movies.
Director: Tim Granberg
Writer: Tim Granberg
Animator: Tim Granberg
Nubbinwood: Ben Krueger
Drama / USA / 13 min. 43 sec.
A young woman struggling with chronic pain derivative of her scoliosis,
has her life upended by her parents after several failed attempts to
seek medical treatment on her own.
Director: SanMartin Garcia
Producers: Adrienne Acevedo Lovette, Ashley Hearon-Smith
Executive Producers: Caroline Heinle, Stephen Heinle, Nancy Heinle
Writer: Caroline Heinle
Cast: Caroline Heinle, Shaun O’Hagan, Amy Janette-McDonald, Teren
Carter, Sabina Collazo, Rick Hamilton, Frank Vollero, Rica de
Ocampo, Toni Short, Jacqueline Guillen, David Rey, Adrienne
Acevedo Lovette, Ashley Hearon-Smith, Nilesh Parikh
Rock for the Unworthy
Drama / USA / 9 min.
Ten year old Mackenzie, heavily influenced by her Evangelical church, desperately devotes herself to "saving" her loving father through the music of Christian rock star Andrew Waylen, but soon realizes that the world is not as black and white as she has been led to believe.
Director: Charlotte Grady
Producers: Charlotte Grady, Nate White, Evan Hoyt Wasserstrom
Writer: Charlotte Grady
Cast: Quinn Wrigley Weber, Carly Turro, J.W. Harvey, Gregory Mangieri, Jessie Reeder
Sitting the Month
Drama / USA / 18 min
A new mother struggles with the Chinese postpartum practice of "sitting the month" in the wake of her own mother's death.
Director: Felicity LuHill
Producers: Felicity LuHill, Rebecca Chu
Writer: Rebecca Chu
Cast: Jenny Soo, Cici Lau, Eric Wentz, Amy Bui, Priscilla Lu
SHORTS 13 - Sunday, October 1: 3pm
Comedy / USA / 13 min.
After roasting the attendees of his sister's funeral for their lackluster condolences, a curmudgeon struggles to workshop the perfect words of comfort for his grieving friend.
Director: Ryan Sheehy
Producers: Xavier Andrews, Simone Stadler, Ryan Sheehy, Owen Boardman, Joey Long
Writer: Owen Boardman
Cast: Joey Long, Denzel Whitaker, Liv Hewson, Nik Dodani, Caroline Bloom, Simone Stadler, Preston Mulligan
Drama / USA / 7 min.
A telepathic intelligence operative is interrogated by her handler for connecting with the minds of unsanctioned targets.
Director: Jake Hart
Producers: Jake Hart, Ben Nichols, Carina Rosanna Tautu
Writer: Jake Hart
Cast: Shoshanna Stern, Chris Gross, Alana Goddard, Rebecca Ann Johnson
The Ghost Light
Fantasy / USA / 25 min.
After the worst audition of her life, a theatre student gets help from the ghosts that haunt her high school auditorium.
Director: Nick Burchard
Producers: Nick Burchard, Kewan J. Harrison, Edward Soto
Writer: Nick Burchard
Cast: Regina Famatigan, Ali Louis Bourzgui, Mary Anisi, Haley Karlich, Emily Dennis, & Justin Tadros
Drama/ USA / 4 min.
With music from the legendary artist Lou Reed 'The Bridge' is a short film about mental and animal health inspired by a real life-saving friendship
Director: Gabriel Agustin Freire
Producers: Jen Martin, Laura Denham, Tamika Knight
Writers: Rich Levy, Bernardo Romero, Amy Fortunato, Andrea Bistany
Living with a Cereal Killer
Comedy / USA / 13 min
When Beth & Ryan begin to notice a rift developing between them, they decide it's time to have a serious talk. The question is - can this couple even get through breakfast before it all falls apart?
Director: Jeremiah Lucas
Producers: Coleman Wilson, Luke Sweeney, Gabriele Fabbro
Writer: Luke Sweeney
Cast: Jordan Knapp, Luke Sweeney
Drama / USA / 8 min.
Through a rare lullaby of the film’s same name “Apple Blossoms,” a son reconnects with his mother who is slowly forgetting him. As her memory grows quiet, the song once lost in the public domain is revived by the filmmakers, cast, and composer as it is remembered by both film's characters and in American memory.
Director: The Rodrigues Sisters
Producers: Charles Kanganis, Moana Sherrill, Emily Durkin
Writer: Tom Constantine
Cast: Ian Bossung, Christopher Callen
Documentary Short/ Ivory Coast and USA / 21 min.
Evelyne Keomian was deprived of education and slipped into schools in a culture where only boys were afforded an education. Determined to break the cycle of poverty through education, she founded the Karat School Project (KSP) in the Ivory Coast to empower the next generation of leaders. After immigrating to the US, she notices families living in vehicles around Silicon Valley who face barriers she once endured. Refusing to be a bystander, Evelyne expands the KSP to educate and empower families to become financially independent. Evelyne must now prioritize addressing poverty and barriers to education in her home country and in her new community.
Directors: Annette M. King, Ivanovitch Ingabire
Producer: Annette M. King
Writers: Annette M. King, Anna Aronovic, Raquel Tuil, Rose Luczaj
Cast: Evelyne Keomian
FEATURE - Sunday, October 1: 4pm
Friends From Home
Comedy / USA / 72 min.
Friends from Home follows childhood friends Mike and Joe as they embark on a breathtaking cross country road trip. Joe is making the big move from New York to Los Angeles, while Mike finds himself adrift in their hometown. Cruising down highways, they discuss everything from why Niagara Falls isn’t that special to how important it is, or isn’t, to stick to an itinerary.
Directors: Joe Blank & Mike Koslov
Producers: Joe Blank & Mike Koslov
Writers: Joe Blank & Mike Koslov
Cast: Joe Blank, Mike Koslov, Collin Hotchkiss, Richard Blank, Pam Blank, Juliette Blank, Anjali Alwis, Will Smart
FEATURE - Sunday, October 1: 5:45pm
Two Lives in Pittsburgh
Drama / USA / 91 min.
Confronted by his child’s exploration of gender and his hard-living mother’s illness, a traditional, blue-collar guy stumbles between who he has always been and who his child needs him to be. An uplifting film about imperfect people doing their imperfect best in an imperfect world.
Director: Brian Silverman
Producers: Lola Noh, Tiffany Murray, Brian Silverman
Writer: Brian Silverman
Cast: Brian Silverman, Annie O'Donnell, Emma Basques, Casey Braxton, Delissa Reynolds, Mark McClain Wilson, Robert John Brewer, Sky Elobar, Trevi Williams, Christine Lin, Peter Holden
FEATURE - Sunday, October 1: 5:15pm
Comedy / USA / 91 min.
A surprise birthday party which is really a surprise engagement gets repeatedly derailed because of, not despite, the best intentions of all of the guests.
Director: Nate Hapke
Producers: Rosie Grace, Nate Hapke, Julia Armine
Writer: Rosie Grace, Nate Hapke
Cast: Melanie Thompson, Bryce Harrow, Marisa Hood, Rob Harrow, Charlie Carr, Lee Shorten, Aaron Sanders, Jamie Miller, Gwen Hillier, CB Mullen, Niya Wright, Javier Prusky, Nate Hapke, Justin Sorvillo, Jack Thomas Williams, Paulina Lule
FEATURE - Sunday, October 1: 7:15pm
Thriller / USA / 80 min
Two trauma-bonded Appalachian kids seek escape from the back country. They move to a small metropolis to drug deal, thanks to a family connect, until they can aspire to something better. When they catch the attention of the local biker gang that runs the territory, chaos ensues. Guns, drugs, violence, and a badass firecracker at the head of it: Polecat.
Looking at genuine and modern Southern characters, the complexities in Southern poverty and post-trauma, Polecat means to inspire understanding and adrenaline through every limb and organ.
Director: Haley Vinson
FEATURE - Sunday, October 1: 8pm
Sci-Fi, Drama/ USA / 88 min.
Richard's wife, Penelope was abducted by aliens ten years ago during a car accident which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Given up on life, he has become consumed with only one mission: Finding his wife.
Director: David M. Parks
Producers: David M. Parks, David Lewis, Jared Safier, Thomas Walton, Slava Shut
Writer: David M. Parks
Cast: Taryn Manning, Shane Woodson, Augie Duke, Mike Ferguson, Sadie Katz, Jaime Zevallos, Jiaoying Summers, Jackson Everest, James Di Giacomo, Kelsey Morgan Arnold, Johnny Hickey, Anthony Richard Pagliaro, Joe Barlam, Erik Reedy, Slava Shut