SHORT FILM BLOCK C
(EXPERIMENTAL FILMS)

Friday September 30, 2022
6:50PM
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VIZƏDƏNT

Director: Alexis Karl & Adam Torkel

USA

06:43min

The Vizədənt navigates between the past and the present in a dystopian landscape, seeking meaning and hope in the solitude of a broken world.

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VILLA DEI MISTERI

Director: Georgia Usborne

USA

05:03min

Villa dei Misteri depicts a memory revisited through words and movement, exploring a woman's relationship to self, space and time and the lenses of perception through which we see and are seen.

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SAMSARA

Director: Jonathan Murphy & Mirona Mara

Ireland

11:11min

‘Samsara’ (the mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections) is a charcoal drawn, stop-motion animation, discussing the cyclical nature of life, death and rebirth. The story is played out in a dream-like world, full of symbolism and surreal imagery, laced with metaphor and mythology. Life is discussed as a series of actions and consequences in a never-ending loop. Images of things appear then disappear, grow then die, questioning the ideas of predestination and the illusion of free will. Each person is the centre of their own story, each creating their own reality by way of their choices in any given situation. You have the freedom of choice, but the inevitable outcome is the same, just each journey is different. The protagonist is both the beginning and the end, changing form before giving birth to themselves over and over again, inevitably being a part of both their own creation and destruction.

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DEATH AND THE BUTCHER

Director: Alexis Karl & Adam Torkel

USA

06:24min

Based on a 19th C. German folktale, Death and the Butcher walks a cinematic pathway between archaic and contemporary imagery, ancient musical elements and contemporary composition. The film traverses a notion of timelessness as the Butcher clings to mortality, struggling in a dance of death on the shores of an endless ocean.

SHORT FILM BLOCK D
(HORROR/THRILLER/SCI-FI)

Friday, September 30, 2022
7:30PM
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BREACH

Director: Sloan Turner

USA

08:00min

Following a confrontation with her husband about his infidelity, a distraught wife pursues the woman complicit in his crime.

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MATCHED

Director: Zack Kron

USA

03:10min

A young woman explores an apartment during a blackout with nothing more than a box of matches. 
But she’s not alone...

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CHIMERA

Director: Andrew Lee Ryan

USA

25:00min

Set in a not too distant future small town, a VR life simulation junkie goes on a mission in reality to get a new dopamine game cartridge before she goes through happiness withdrawal.

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COOK WITH THE HEART

Director: Mike Hayhurst

USA

13:45min

A documentary crew questions Stacy about the spiritual, ethical, and culinary dilemmas that come with the growing trend in "ethical cannibalism".

SHORT FILM BLOCK E
(DRAMA/THRILLER)

Friday September 30, 2022
8:45PM
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THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH PAUL

Director: Mark Clauburg

USA

12:30min

Recently released from prison, Paul is reunited with his siblings over dinner. Some are not ready to forgive just yet, as a dark family secret is revealed.

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WHEN BUYING A FINE MURDER

Director: Gabriele Tacchi

Italy

33:33min

Ronald Raynolds is an art dealer, but it's just a cover up job - he's actually a professional hitman. His new contract has a particular ask: he has to kill himself. The client is Walter Brandi, a rich Italian and powerful real estate magnate with whom Ronald has no connection. Why does that man want him dead? Maybe it's his own wife, Helen, or the digital art he trades, or it's a personal matter he needs to discover. He must take the job - he needs to find out why someone wants to kill him.

HS STUDENT FILMS 

Saturday October 1, 2022
12PM
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HUNTER

Director: Michelle J. Tang

USA

09:59min

A lonely nine year old boy wants to save his mom from his abusive father, but he feels powerless in the middle of all the fighting until...

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GAME PLAN

Director: Sophia Winters

USA

07:43min

A group of associates meet to finalize a high-stakes business deal that will lead to the end for one of them, but which one will be finished? Game Plan is a story that explores the dynamics between friendship and business as well as perceptions of power and control.

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VOICE

Director: Sophia Winters

USA

07:24min

A young teen girl becomes aware of who she wants to be and her perception of what is keeping her from becoming that person. These feelings lead her to become frustrated, jealous, and perhaps even hopeless. Her frustration with her own real limitations and real and perceived exclusion leads her to take extreme action. Voice was written and produced to be a thought provoking experience that is different for every viewer.

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INFINITE YOUTH

Director: Christian Lee

USA

11:58min

After missing the bus, a group of longtime friends spend a Friday afternoon roaming around their desolate high school campus. What begins as a simple hangout gradually transforms into a vulnerable conversation about the burdens of the past.

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THE VALUE OF WATER

Director: Matthew U. Agustin

USA

04:48min

A teenager who regularly wastes water suddenly finds himself desperately finding a solution for his mistake.

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VINNY

Director: Tyler Riscoe

USA

07:03min

Explores the life and history of Vincent Fano, a bus driver in Jersey City

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THE HOLDING ROOM 

Director: Samuel J. Punto

Germany

15:58min

The murderer has been caught — but who is he? Why did he commit the crimes? Detective Mike Hamartia just can't stop thinking about it, and enlists his friends Detective Frank Sutter and Dr. Sarah Birch to help him think through the possibilities. But they don't have much time; an FBI unit is coming to take away their John Doe, and with him any hope they have of ever understanding what happened.

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MAKING PAN DULCE

Director: Ebony Ramos

USA

01:51min

A low-key documentary about the realities of working in a Mexican panadería (bakery)

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Director: Cira Garza

USA

03:02min

A man grieves for his deceased father on Dia De Los Muertos

DOCUMENTARY BLOCK B

Saturday October 1, 2022
1:45PM
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DAJLA: CINEMA AND OBLIVION

Director: Arturo Dueñas Herrero

Spain

15:00min

Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. The celebration of a film festival, the Fisahara, breaks the monotony. The event ends, life (and oblivion) continues.

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NOT YOUR MODEL MINORITY

Director: Jon Osaki

USA

30:00min

Not Your Model Minority explores the origins of the stereotype and the intersections with past and present anti-Asian violence. The film reveals the many ways that the model minority myth has been used to create a wedge between communities of color and perpetuate divisive narratives. Not Your Model Minority also examines opportunities to build power and make progress toward addressing systemic racism in America.

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FROM FARMERS TO INCUBATORS: TELLING THE STORIES OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN AGTECH IN THE SALINAS VALLEY AND BEYOND

Director: Amy Wu

27:12min

Agriculture and technology both have a long history in California, but have rarely intersected. Tech is focused on disruption and innovation, while much of Central Valley and Central Coast’s agriculture is still managed with clipboards and pencils. One commonality is that women and minorities have historically been underrepresented in both industries. Now, a new generation of startups led by minority women are seeking to solve agriculture’s problems with tech innovation. "From Farms to Incubators" tells the stories of women entrepreneurs dedicated to agtech, a fast-growing sector within agriculture.

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THE TRADITIONAL BRAZILIAN FAMILY KATU

Director: Rodrigo Sena

Brazil

25:00min

Produced in the year 2007, a photographic essay realized in recognition of the indigenous roots, portrayed twelve adolescents belonging to Eleutério do katu, RN Brasil. Twelve years later the photographer returns to katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to know about his personal trajectories and his world views.