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Friday, October 18th

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
Palo Verde Room 1

Salt River Block – 4:00pm

iRony
Documentary – 7:53 – Director: Radheya Jegatheva

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.  Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand drawn animated film is based on the poem ‘Seven Billion’ written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards: The Young Australian Writer’s National Award for Poetry, selected out of a field of 30,000 and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth).

Country of Origin: Australia

Beyond the Pointy Hat
Faith Based – 6:13 – Director: Shannon Meliak

Witches are often portrayed as wart faced hags, riding around on broomsticks and adding eye of newt to their bubbling cauldron. But, have you ever met a real witch? Join four everyday Australians as they embark on a journey of truth, joining one very friendly witch and her coven, for a night of magick [sic] and ritual.

Country of Origin: Australia

Letters from Long Binh
Documentary – 40:42 – Gregory Stern

In the fall of 1968, a 26-year old Army Captain finds himself halfway across the world in Vietnam. From Long Binh Post, Bruce Stern connects with his friends and family at home while he tries to maintain a sense of normalcy in a turbulent time. Through dozens of talking letters, hundreds of written correspondences, photographs and interviews, we see what his life was like in a war zone.

Country of Origin: United States

Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America
Documentary – 55:00 – Director: Bill Wisneski

Shattered Dreams is an Emmy award-winning documentary that examines the pervasive, dark underworld of sex trafficking in America. Heart wrenching personal stories from survivors of the illicit sex trade and leading experts reveal how vastly misunderstood and disregarded this important human rights issue has been.

Country of Origin: United States

Valley Block – 6:15pm

Painted in Stone: The Kentucky Mural
Documentary – 48:44 – Director: John Fitch III

The artist called it the Kentucky mural. The administration called it the O’Hanlon mural. Some students call it the slave mural. It’s now covered by a white curtain for the second time in five years. This film explores the racially-charged controversy surrounding a 1930’s Works Progress Administration mural at the University of Kentucky. It includes a discussion of public art, censorship, and student activism

Country of Origin: United States

Miss Snake Charmer
Documentary – 1:06:00 – Director: Rachael Waxler & EmaLee Arroyo

The contestants for Miss Snake Charmer are not your typical high school beauty queens. These teens must show they are more than just pretty faces—that they have the guts and grit to win America’s toughest beauty pageant. Contestants must prove their bravery by killing and skinning a rattlesnake before showcasing their talents and evening wear. The winner then spends the weekend reigning over pits of live vipers during the World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup.

Country of Origin: United States

Roadrunner Block – 8:30pm

The Free Agent
Documentary – 15:16 – Director: Anthony Molina

Los Angeles native & MLS professional Tristan Bowen is striving to get back on the soccer field with the elite. A look into his personal life of daily routines, past struggles and his determination to get back on another Pro MLS team.

Country of Origin: United States

Now or Never: A Tony Romo Story
Documentary – 1:35:00 – Director: Chris Hanna

This is the true story of Tony Romo, a kid from Burlington, WI who became one of the most prolific quarterbacks to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Though he never won a Superbowl, his community describes a man whose passion for the game continues to inspire his fans, community, family and friends.

Country of Origin: United States

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
Conference Theater

Gila Block – 4:00pm

Echoes of Fado
Documentary – 8:48 – Director: Yuri Alves

This short documentary explores the melancholic music of Portugal known as “fado”, renowned for expressing the unique sentiment of “saudade,” and designated as an UNESCO world cultural asset.
Nathalie Pires, the first American fado singer to tour internationally, reveals her origins, passions, and fears, while her fado godmother, the legendary Anita Guerreiro, and oldest touring “fadista” in the world, reflects on her epic career.

Country of Origin: United States

On the Cusp
Short – 9:47 – Director: Yuri Alves

Tommy Cuba, a renowned skateboarder from Newark, has competed in numerous tournaments and been profiled in top skating magazines. He is one of the founders of “Shorty’s Skate Park,” built by hand from scraps, has become a legendary hub for skating enthusiasts from all over the country. Despite a motherless childhood, Tommy owns a timeless joy for life and generosity of spirit that captivates all those around him. Yet, his deliberately insulated world cannot prepare him for the looming forces of change.

Country of Origin: United States

The Buffalo Hunt
Documentary, Native American – 1:28:00 – Philip DiFiore

An intimate and visceral portrait of one of the most extreme places in the Western Hemisphere- the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota.

Pine Ridge is a place where time ticks to unique rhythms and the day to day struggle for survival is etched deep into the rock formations and onto the faces of all living things.

Country of Origin: United States

Chola Block – 6:15pm

Cruel Love
Music Video – 3:44 – Director: Paul Mwaura

Song about heart break

Country of Origin: United States

Kiss Me Malibu
Music Video – 4:18 – Director: Mikel Arraiz

Horror-comedy film about the insecurities and overthinking that TV shows, religion, culture and belief systems create in us during male-female relationships and in courtship. It makes fun of us and the roles we take in that process, without making any moral judgements. The story is narrated through a song.

Country of Origin: Spain

Avicii “Heaven”
Music Video – 5:04 – Director: Levan Tsikurishvili

The video to the track “Heaven” from Avicii. Directed by filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, the video is a gorgeous combination of images of Tim Bergling from their last visit to Ille Saint Marie in Madagascar in 2016 during the filming of True Stories and a second visit that Tsikurishvili made after Tim’s death to honor his legacy.

Country of Origin: Sweden

After So Many Days
Documentary – 1:26:22 – Director: Jim Hanft & Samantha Yonack

“You’ll want a front row seat to this intimate and endearing music documentary from singer-songwriter duo Jim and Sam. Recent newlyweds, Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack, were feeling somewhat stuck in their musical career and wanted to do something bold to make one final go at finding breakout success. So they make an impulsive pact to spend a year out on the road attempting to play a concert every single day (that’s 365 concerts, FYI). Not knowing where their adventures would lead them they filmed it all, capturing the joys of playing to packed houses and the soul-crushing defeats of disinterested audiences, all against the picturesque backdrop of the cities and byways from the 14 different countries they visited along the way. The resulting film is an enchanting love letter to music and marriage, and an exhilarating example of putting your heart on the line for the thing (and the one) you love.” – Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival

Country of Origin: United States

Canyon Block – 8:30pm

Soda Works
Short – 3:00 – Director: Mikey L’Heureux

It’s Rookie’s first day on the job inside the magical world of Soda Works. Does he have what it takes to keep up with the demands of the factory?!

Country of Origin: English

LIFT
Feature – 1:40:00 – Director: Alexander Kaminer

What would you do when your own conscience that goes by the name of Jimmy the trickster makes you earn money using a miraculous app called LIFT that sets you on an ethereal journey where you’ll overcome your own ego, find true love and finally realize your dream?

Country of Origin: United States

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
Palo Verde Room 3

Wildcat Block – 4:00pm

One Last Dance
Music Video – 3:57 – Director: Brittany Ha-Nguyen

After one dance, two lovers embark on an intimate journey through life leaving one dwelling on memories and longing for more.

Country of Origin: United States

The Chore
Short – 4:14 – Director: Travis Barnes

A media-consumed kid must overcome the Arizona landscape to complete a routine task, but it’s more trouble than usual, and his parents aren’t having any of it.

Country of Origin: United States

Young & Naïve
Short – 4:41 – Director: Tuesday Conner & Phil Tyler

Preferring the company of none, Robin searches to find out why all her beautiful and successful friends are single. She uncovered one of the biggest secrets in the world…Child Sexual Abuse.

Country of Origin: United States

Today You, Tomorrow Me
Short – 9:50 – Director: Chris A Neal

A modern day ‘Good Samaritan’ story. A man late to pick up his daughter gets a flat in the middle of nowhere. He doesn’t have the tools to fix his tire and no one will stop to help. An unlikely family stops to assist the man. Although it takes a while to work through the cultural barrier, the man leaves changed with a deeper understanding of love and family from this simple interaction.

Country of Origin: United States

The Quiet
Student – 10:00 – Director: Radheya Jegatheva

When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.

Country of Origin: Australia

How to Be a PJ
Short – 14:55 – Director: Ralph Lucchese

A program designed to prepare the minds and bodies of prospective trainees and instill the virtues necessary to get selected, Air Force Pararescueman Brian Silva brings his past experiences and knowledge of Pararescue and takes us through a two day training program.

Country of Origin: United States

Letters from a Father
Short – 14:59 – Director: Andrea Fantauzzi

A young woman must make the choice whether to allow her abusive father back into her life.

Country of Origin: United States

The Boy Hero
Short – 20:19 – Director: Kyle B. Thompson

A Narrative short film that raises awareness of childhood cancer. The Boy Hero tells the story of an unlikely friendship that forms over an art project.Max is determined to earn his superhero pin so he enlists the help of 75-year-old Frank to help him as they both go through chemotherapy.

Country of Origin: United States

Breathing Above the Treeline
Short – 15:00 – Director: Gitanjali Kapila

A recent convert to Buddhism tries to convince a new acquaintance going through a brutal divorce that god exists.

Country of Origin: United States

Short Films of Iran – 6:15pm

Drowned
Short – 4:39 – Director: Payam Shadnia

An old man found a strange woman in middle of the sea and is trying to take advantage of her, but…

Country of Origin: Iran

Roya
Short – 7:17 – Director: Fatemeh Sadat Seyed Azizi

A woman does not want to leave home and her life, but her husband’s behavior and what happens at home is hard for her to stay.

Country of Origin: Iran

The Visit
Short – 10:02 – Director: Mehrdad Abbasian Vahdat

I am the moron who wonders why he is carrying the bricks.

Country of Origin: Iran

Hanged
Short – 12:55 – Director: Roqiye Tavakoli

“Hanged” is a 13-minute short film about a 40-year-old woman who weighs 300 pounds and works as a hangman in the Yazd province in Iran.

Country of Origin: Iran

The Passport
Short – 14:24 – Director: Hanieh Bavali

This story is about a young photographer who has been involved in his daily routine. He has to take photos of others who want to leave Iran. But he must stay…

Country of Origin: Iran

Under the Blade
Short – 14:51- Director: Javid Farahani

The story of a woman director who wants to make her film but as there is a rape scene in her script and there are social and religious red lines no actress is willing to play the role in her film just because they’re afraid they might get into trouble by law and this is the beginning of the story.

Country of Origin: Iran

The Crossing
Short – 18:42 – Director: Sara Ghafourian

 

Country of Origin: Iran

Jalil and Khalil
Documentary – 29:01 – Director: Roholla Akbari

Jalil and Khalil Dvoraddroghvy Rvstayynd, who live in one of the villages of the fallen Iran, they are engaged in farming and farming, despite the poor financial situation and with all the shortcomings, they have become members of the national team of Iran, the problems of life are more than harassing the pedigree of Galilee and Khal

Country of Origin: Iran

Sun Devil Block – 8:30pm

Beatrix
Music Video – 3:35 – Director: Cory Davis

Music Video for “Beatrix” by Viper Club.

Country of Origin: United States

The Premonition
Short – 5:00 – Director: James Ersted

It is Halloween night and the kiddies are out trick-or-treating when an unexpected guest comes a-knocking.  Starring Betsy Baker (Linda from the original Evil Dead)

Country of Origin: United States

Wicken
Short – 7:36 – Director: Faisal Hashmi

A young woman Skyping with her long distance boyfriend late night realises that an ancient evil presence may have been unleashed upon her.

Country of Origin: United Arab Emirates

‘Til Death
Short – 6:44 – Director: Asha Flowers

NEEDS SYNOPSIS

Country of Origin: United States

Crazy for the Blonde
Short – 17:59 – Director: Mark Clauburg

Two serial killers compete for the same victim, a blonde-haired woman who has plans of her own.

Country of Origin: United States

The Lossen
Short – 26:02 – Director: Colin Skevington

In the dead of night an other-worldly visitor forces a successful business woman in the final moments of her life, to confront her lost dream before it’s too late.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

O – The Movie
Short – 29:00 – Frank Aron Gårdsø

Four friends are on a hiking trip into the deep midst of a forest. While filming the trip they accidentally lose one of their cell phones. In search of the lost phone they discover a mysterious black hole in the ground. Curious and puzzled by this newly discovered hole, they decide to explore it, which leads to a dramatic chain of events.

Country of Origin: Norway

Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea, & Gallery – 154 W Main St.

Juniper Block – 4:00pm

A Congo’s Journey
Documentary – 20:00 – Director: Marco G. Lerin

A Congo’s Journey, is a non-profit documentary-film that has been created by Marco G. Lerin for the Jaguar Rescue Center, located in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica, in order to give a voice to the animals and motivate the human beings towards the protection of the natural environment in which they live.

Country of Origin: Costa Rica

Moving Stories
Documentary – 1:25:00 – Director: Rob Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Södersten and Wendy Sax

Six diverse dancers from an acclaimed NY company travel the world, working with youth who’ve experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and severe trauma as refugees. In India, they work with girls rescued from gender violence; in Romania, with Roma kids from one of Europe’s worst slums; in South Korea, with North Korean escapees; and in Iraq, with a gifted young dancer fighting to survive.

Country of Origin: United States

Roadrunner Block – 6:15pm

Osirika – Black Champagne
Music Video – 5:24 – Director: Jeremiah Williams

Black Champagne is an animated musical journey about a young priestess queen named Suraya and her confidant, priest king Jamari, who are both the spiritual and political leaders of an ancient, magical, Black civilization located on an island off the coast of Morocco.

Country of Origin: United States

FIFTY
Short – 18:25 – Director: Javier Dampierre

A world-renowned psychiatrist is put to the test when a mysterious patient reveals his true identity.

Country of Origin: Spain

It’s Not About Kate
Short – 20:46 – Director: Alison Lynne Ward

Robyn feels isolated in the monotony of marriage. When her poet-friend comes to visit, a spark is ignited. Robyn has been forever changed and so has the relationship with her husband.

Country of Origin: Canada

Perplexion
Feature – 1:00:26 – Director: Colin Heinle

Ben’s hiding from the law.  As cops close in, he reflects on the events that lead to his downfall through the setting of an RV: a love triangle, the taking in of a displaced kid, and a souring workplace environment.  As the pressure continues to ratchet up, it eventually passes point break for him and his world.

Country of Origin: United States

Javelina Block – 8:30pm

Anne
Short – 7:29 – Director: Kristoff Hitz

A modern musical take on a holocaust love story, inspired by Anne Frank

Country of Origin: United States

The Trigger
Feature – 1:40:00 – Director: Christopher Bradley

Hustler ERIC COYLE, 19, has secured early release from prison by informing on his drug dealer, BENNIE. He immediately begins reassembling his former life, including girlfriend, HEATHER, former pimp, DOLORES and his best john, TOMMY. Desperate to create his idea of a family, if only even for a day, he manages to trick Tommy into getting him an apartment, a used car and a job and moves Heather in with him, but things quickly spin out of control when Bennie is brought in for questioning.

Country of Origin: United States

Artspace Lofts – 155 S Hibbert

Verdin Block – 6:30pm

Sunshine Stories
Documentary – 23:11 – Jill Johannessen

Solar energy does more than generating power. Solar energy change and improve lives. Sunshine Stories is a short documentary series in five episodes on how solar energy is a liberating power highlighting tales of rural Africa. In five episodes, you will get an insight into how solar energy triggers new economic opportunities, fosters entrepreneurship, improves agricultural practices, and increases food security. Not only that, it also provides better education and health services.

Country of Origin: Norway

Sex, Drugs & Bicycles
Documentary – 1:26:00 – Director: Jonathan Blank

‘Sex, Drugs & Bicycles’ takes a look at Dutch social democracy and answers the question: is having month-long double paid vacations, no fear of homelessness, and universal healthcare the nightmare we’ve been warned about?

Country of Origin: United States

Rattlesnake Block – 8:30pm

Too Hard To Love
Music Video – 4:09 – Director: Casey Zenner

Music Video for Good Boy Daisy’s single “Too Hard To Love”

Country of Origin: United States

Conversation with a Cigarette
Short – 18:00 – Director: Russell Brown

A cat and mouse game ensues when a man faces his greatest enemy: A Cigarette.

Country of Origin: United States

GRIND
Short – 8:30 – Director: Yuri Alves

This format-bending profile of Robert Wilmote reveals the story of a Liberian refugee forced to flee the most drastic and terrible circumstances imaginable. Having narrowly escaped the ravages of war in Africa, Robert’s struggles continue in the U.S. when he succumbs to the gangster lifestyle, only to become a convicted felon in Newark, New Jersey. At his absolute bottom, Robert knew he was meant for greater good. Through dramatic reenactments, featuring Robert himself, we discover how Robert’s passion for fitness and helping others empowered him to transcend a life of violence and become a living legend.

Country of Origin: United States

Tank Man
Short – 14:40 – Director: Robert Anthony Peters

Tank Man is the story of the iconic gentleman who stood in front of and stopped a line of tanks after the Tienanmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. All that is known of this man are the images that were recorded of his acts. This film is a speculation of what he went through the day he took his courageous steps 30 years ago.

Country of Origin: United States

Hear Me
Short – 18:00 – Director: Kevin M. Turner

A girl struggling with selective mutism is given an opportunity to attend her dream college. However, in order to do so, she’s required to give an oral interview. Determined to keep her dream alive, she enlists the help from the most unlikely place.

Country of Origin: United States

Withered Harvest
Student – 28:43 – Director: Angelo Chammah

Andrew Kowalski comes back to his childhood farm after just missing his mother’s funeral. On the farm he is reunited with Suzanne Kowalski, his older sister. Andrew has never really been home since leaving for college. Yet, Suzanne has never left the farm. They attempt to re-connect after many years spent apart from one another, and as Andrew becomes more familiar with his home, Suzanne expresses her concerns about the future of the farm.

Country of Origin: United States

Benedictine University – 225 E Main St.

Sunset Block – 5:00pm

Busker // The Love Project
Faith Based – 5:34 – Director: Jamie Kassler

A talented street musician is at the top of her game until the rules suddenly turn on her.  The Love 愛 Project // Stories of love told without words

Country of Origin: Japan

My Day // The Love Project
Faith Based – 7:24 – Director: Jamie Kassler

With her daily routine down to a science, a young woman’s world gets thrown out of orbit by a glitch in the system. The Love 愛 Project // Stories of love told without words

Country of Origin: Japan

The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything
Faith Based – 1:26:13 – Director: The Church of Almighty God

A profound and far-reaching choral documentary that ranges from the mysteries of the stars and the universe, to the changes in the global stage, to mankind’s existence and development to recount the wondrous deeds of the Lord of creation from ancient times until today. This is a testimony from a whole new perspective of how the Lord of creation created all that is and rules and manages all things, how He gives sustenance to and nourishes mankind, and how He promotes the course of human history.

Country of Origin: Korea

Marigold Block – 7:00pm

Daydream // The Love Project
Faith Based – 4:41 – Director: Jamie Kassler

With her head in the clouds, a young woman finds herself caught between her longing for romance and the storms of life.

The Love 愛 Project // Stories of love told without words

Country of Origin: Japan

FREE SLAVE
Faith Based – 1:49:10 – Director: Mehmet Tanrisever

Mehmet, being an idealistic man of principle, has decided to leave his job as an Imam to become a movie director. But now, he finds himself unable to raise the money he needs to fund his new film project.

Country of Origin: Turkey

Serenity Block – 9:15pm

Temptation of Saint Francis
Faith Based – 6:02 – Director: Johnnie Semerad

Two ill matched garden statues fall in love in this animated exploration of the battle between spiritual enlightenment and physical desires that we all go through. An imaginative take on what happens in your garden when you’re not looking.

Country of Origin: United States

Take Your Dream
Faith Based – 1:38:55 – Director: E W Helmick

A 2400km journey of hope down Australia’s longest river. A father and his two sons take a daring adventure down the River Murray to inspire the youth of Australia and bring awareness to the high rate of suicide.

Country of Origin: Australia

Saturday, October 19th

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
Palo Verde Room 1

Yucca Block – 1:30pm

Val d’Oise Cup
Documentary – 42:00 – Director: Myriam ETMAN

Myriam Etman’s camera follows Driss the boxer’s matches and training sessions all along the Val d’Oise Cup, revealing the strong relationship between the athlete and his trainer Jean-Pierre.  Two passionate and endearing characters with their contradictions, hopes, doubts and one question: Will Driss become the 2017 Val d’Oise Cup Champion?

Country of Origin: France

Taming Wild: Pura Vida
Documentary – 1:06:12 – Director: Elsa Sinclair

Two Costa Rican horses rescued from lives of pain and hardship, two horse trainers on a mission to understand new beginnings and connection through movement. A country to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, over mountains, through valleys, across rives, and embraced by Costa Rican jungle. Could this shared journey be enough to build trust between horse and human? Could horses from a history such as theirs learn to trust anew?

Country of Origin: United States

Saguaro Block – 3:45pm

Red Glory
Documentary – 5:04 – Director: Marcelle Abela

Award-winning short documentary about humankind’s first walk on the moon with Apollo 11, NASA’s first test mission of Orion for beyond low-space orbit, and Mars 1, the upcoming first manned mission to the red planet.

Country of Origin: United States

Seeking Sanctuary
Documentary – 25:10 – Director: Anonymous

What if our personal tragedies hold the greatest key to wellness? A woman seeks to transform her struggles with trauma into a renewed sense of self at a shamanic healing center in Sedona.

Country of Origin: United States

The Baddest Men in the Room
Documentary – 1:15:00 – Director: Nick Rivera

Rare look at the gritty side of a successful construction business from the 70s. Witness how the baddest men in the room win through their indestructible confidence, fearlessness, untamed tempers, edgy creativity, and unbreakable loyalty. Life’s not fair. Nobody cares. What are you going to do about it?

Country of Origin: United States

Arizona Block – 6:00pm

Empowered
Native American – 37:00 – Director: Travis Holt Hamilton

For four years, the Jicarilla Apache Nation’s Johnson O’Malley program, led by Lynn Roanhorse, and Holt Hamilton Films have joined forces to encourage, motivate and empower Jicarilla Apache youth by providing hands on learning and mentorship in the filmmaking process. Follow this exciting journey as Native American youth show the world that they can do great things when EMPOWERED.

Country of Origin: United States

Decade of Dominance: The Warriors
Native American – 1:10:00 – Director: Daniel Golding

Decade of Dominance- The Warriors, a documentary chronicling the San Pasqual Valley High School Football team, the Warriors, and their quest for football dominance during 1970’s. San Pasqual Valley High School is located within the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Southern California and is the only high school from within a Native American reservation to ever win a state championship in 11-man football. Here’s a high school with a student body of less than 120 students, in one of the poorest counties in the United States dominating high school football. Today, 40 years later, we bring you back to this community and visit with surviving players and coaches, taking a look back at that decade, and the building of the program. Today there are no banners or plaques at the school recognizing their state championships. Why?

Country of Origin: United States

Agave Block – 8:30pm

Mixed Feelings
Short – 6:49 – Director: Timothy F. Koelbel

After falling deeply in love, Tom’s heart is abused by the one he loves. As he finds a way to cope with his feelings he begins to notice differences between reality and the world that exists in his mind.

Country of Origin: United States

Not Normal
Short – 11:29 – Director: Seth Haskins

A man with a radical belief to make his country great again no matter the cost, will do whatever he must to protect his country.

Country of Origin: United States

The Rest is Just Noise
Feature – 1:31:00 – Director: Christopher Hall

The Rest Is Just Noise follows the Trenton siblings as time rewinds and fast forwards over the course of 18 months.

Country of Origin: United States

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
MCC Conference Theater

Tombstone Block – 2:30pm

RED
Music Video – 4:00 – Director: Alexander Stephens

Lucy Daydream and Alpha 5 soar into space on a rocket ship to find something new.

Country of Origin: United States

Guessing Game
Short – 8:15 – Director: Zachary Wincik

A man invites two old college friends to dinner, where a simple game will have unexpected consequences.

Country of Origin: United States

Retrocausality
Short – 17:51 – Director: Ethan Moe

Amateur ghost hunters in 2008 inadvertently affect the 1998 murder they are investigating.

Country of Origin: United States

The Picture
Short – 10:00 – Director: Adam Lipsius

A terrifying reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ with female protagonists living now. Beatrix Callow photographed Amanda Bleu 30 years ago, imbuing the image with feelings she dared not speak aloud. Now, Beatrix looks older, and Amanda appears… unchanged. And the secret of why could be too much for anyone to survive.

Country of Origin: United States

Memory Man
Short – 12:15 – Director: Christopher M. Armstrong

In a future where psychic abilities are outlawed, the Memory Man makes a living dealing with uncomfortable memories for other people. Until the arrival of a hostile new client, finally forces him to confront unfinished business of his own.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

A Most Savage Beast
Short – 15:00 – Director: Theo Hogben

After a being enthralled by her favorite movie, a young girl embarks on a quest as a matchmaker and manipulates two strangers into loving one another, with horrific consequences.

Country of Origin: Norway

Violet Rain
Short – 17:21 – Director: Shaun Lupton

In the near future a female rogue assassin is hired to find and eliminate evidence that could undermine the largest virtual currency network in the world. Who really is in control? The journey of what is real and what is not is explored as she exotically dances with her weapons in a musically driven time sensitive world full of death and destruction.

Country of Origin: United States

Copy Shop
Short – 12:00 – Director: Virgil Wildrich

The Oscar-nominated classic of 2001, which won 37 international awards: a man copies himself until he fills up the entire world. Animated by Virgil Widrich using 18,000 xeroxed frames.

Country of Origin: Austria

Fiesta Block – 5:00pm

Dark Specter II
Short – 9:31 – Director: Richard Tatum

Multi award winning short. The fiery fiend of darkness has returned to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting masses, but will responsibilities at home thwart his ambitions?

Country of Origin: United States

Nora Ephron Goes to Prison
Short – 8:07 – Director: Hannah Elless

Friendship transcends fantasy in this musicalized love letter to Nora Ephron and New York City. Two women meet in unexpected circumstances. Through their common love of Nora Ephron and her films – Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and When Harry Met Sally – hope conquers a confining reality as a friendship blooms. In this modern day rom-com watch what happens when Mary met Ally.

Country of Origin: United States

Let’s Go!
Short – 8:35 – Director: Sam Pfab

Ann and Nancy, best friends and band mates, find out their favorite local record store is closing, and plan one big concert to save it.

Country of Origin: United States

Bucky
Short – 8:27 – Director: Geoffrey Gould

A third date does not go as expected when Amy’s lifelong friend Bucky confronts her date Peter.

Country of Origin: United States

Snor
Short – 13:26 – Director: Michael Middelkoop

In an urban neighbourhood overcome by rapid modernization, recently widowed Harry has a hard time adapting. He starts a protest committee tasked with protecting the area’s ‘traditional way of life’. When his drinking buddies cave in to a relocation bonus, they urge Harry to stop wasting life living in the past.

Country of Origin: Netherlands

The Botanist
Short – 12:23 – Director: Harrison Dove-Green

When a scientist’s plant growth serum can’t even grow his own front yard, he becomes obsessed in perfecting it.

Country of Origin: United States

Sac de Merde
Short – 13:27 – Director: Greg Chwerchak

Based on a true story, “Sac de Merde” tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

Country of Origin: United States

Last Rehearsal of the Dangerous Kitten
Short – 10:55 – Director: William R. Farley

Local “celebrity” Danny Goldwebber was hired to direct a community theatre production of “The Dangerous Kitten,” but tensions are mounting as the cast enters its final rehearsal.

Country of Origin: United States

The Legend of Brodan
Student – 14:59 – Director: Dabney Jackson

When fate calls upon the mighty Brodan to save a village from a monster, he begins a quest seeking fame and glory. When the villagers learn that Brodan is an idiot, mayhem ensues.

Country of Origin: United States

Desert Block – 7:30pm

Gail
Short – 10:00 – Director: Katie Lemon

A recently widowed woman who used to take partner dancing classes with her husband must decide whether to remain stifled by her grief or find the courage to dance on her own.

Country of Origin: United States

Truth Lies Upstream
Short – 14:54 – Robb Rokk

Fishing Buddies; One searches for long lost answers, the other bent on revenge.

Country of Origin: United States

Strive
Feature – 1:22:00 – Director: Robert Rippberger

Kalani (Joi “JoiStaRR” Campbell) is a teenager living in Harlem, New York with her older brother Jacob and her younger sister Bebe while her mother struggles to make ends meet. Her college counselor Mr. Rose (Danny Glover) sees great promise in her future.

Country of Origin: United States

Mesa Convention Center – 263 N Center St.
Palo Verde Room 3

Cactus Block – 1:30pm

Gospel Radio Man
Documentary – 26:10 – Director: Bruce Nelson

Ninety-two year old Larkins is the oldest living active African American DJ announcer in the USA, and still going strong. For forty-five years Bro Fred Larkins Slow Train Radio Gospel Musical Review has made an indelible impact on the Black community in the Greater Phoenix Area, Los Angeles, and in the state of Arizona. His radio gospel music review show has provided inspiration during difficult times; as well as a format for African American business owners to advertise, network and inform the community about current political and social events.

Country of Origin: United States

Mosul
Documentary – 1:26:16 – Director: Dan Gabriel

The gritty, thrilling story of local militias and uneasy allies who banded together to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city of 1.3 million people from ISIS in 2017.

Country of Origin: United States

Gecko Block – 3:45pm

Last Call
Short – 12:00 – Director: Tom Bentey

An old drunk’s life comes crashing down when his favorite bar closes for good.

Country of Origin: United States

Tin Can
Short – 20:00 – Director: Pat Battistini

J.C. came to America as an illegal immigrant when he was just a child. Now, as an adult, he’s still an illegal alien but has managed to persevere and prosper working as a rodeo clown. However, after a series of unfortunate events, J.C. finds himself down on his luck and in search for a new happiness. He eventually finds it near the Mexican border but the price he pays could get him kicked out of the only country he knows.

Country of Origin: United States

5 Years Apart
Feature – 1:16:32 – Director: Joseph Angelo Menconi

Two estranged brothers born on the same day, five years apart, run into each other at their family vacation home with wildly different expectations for how their birthday weekend is going to play out.

Country of Origin: United States

Coyote Block – 6:00pm

Fade
Music Video – 4:26 – Director: Jonathan Levit

The official music video for Fay Gauthier’s electro-pop single FADE is a quick-cut, visual celebration of the power of finding one’s voice and using it.

Country of Origin: United States

Baby Trap
Short – 3:36 – Director: Carlos Faria

A desperate woman plans to rescue her baby with her cop friend.

Country of Origin: Brazil

Idol
Short – 7:12 – Director: Lucas Tipton

Against her mother’s wishes, a little girl sneaks out to watch her idol on tv.

Country of Origin: United States

Be There
Student – 14:28 – Director: Stephen P. Davis

Allen’s fiance Emily suddenly passes away in an accident that he blames himself over. He is stricken with grief and depression, and doesn’t know how to come to terms with this new reality. Allen’s Half-Brother Nick pays him a visit after not speaking for 3 years and wants to put their personal issues aside so he can be there for him.

Country of Origin: United States

Portrait of a Woman at Dawn
Short – 14:58 – Director: Cullen Douglas

A #MeToo inspired story. The put-upon wife of a charismatic art dealer in 1920’s Paris witnesses the empowering and intoxicating love of a gifted artist and his bewitching muse.

Country of Origin: United States

I’ve Had Enough!
Short – 24:59 – Director: John M. Keller

In an era of yellow vests (les gilets jaunes), Juliette, a prominent TV journalist with a fiery temper and acerbic wit, quits live on air. She retreats to a gorgeous, abandoned village in the south of France where she joins a strange workshop full of people—a blasé teacher, a disgruntled security guard, a rich American, etc.—all learning how to protest, French-style. While others wonder whether she might be on the verge of a breakdown, Paul, the workshop leader, becomes the target of her comic jabs. Tensions flare, leading to a dramatic finale, but not before Juliette has a chance to decry the superficiality of modern life, and the pointlessness of protesting tiny things, when the entire 21st century is to blame.

Country of Origin: France

Mom
Short – 29:49 – Director: Austin Foxx

William Grace is a twelve year old boy, who lives with his mother Emily and his two younger siblings Alex 8 and Aurora 6. William arrives home on the last day of school, to find his mother dead of a drug overdose in her bedroom. Fearing that the border patrol will come and take him and his siblings away, like he saw happening on the news to immigrant families. He decides to hide her death and take on the role of “Mom” to keep his family together. But the tables are quickly turned when he finds out that being the adult isn’t all it is cutout to be. With juggling book club, shopping, cooking, bills and two younger kids it’s more than one boy can handle!

Country of Origin: United States

Red Rock Block – 8:15pm

Across the River and Into the Trees
Music Video – 3:55 – Director: Maxime Riverin

Across the River and Under the Trees is part of a collection of original compositions by Enzo De Rosa inspired by stories and characters from literature of all time.

Country of Origin: Canada

Jesus Christ and a Car Salesman
Short – 8:30 – Director: Casey Zenner

While in a purely sexual relationship, a film grip realizes he wants something more, and falls for a woman he meets on a film set.

Country of Origin: United States

Formation
Short – 12:18 – Director: Vasely Marek

FORMATION is about privacy and freedom of expression.
We prefer the technology and not our humanity.
It is a protest march against superficiality and the awakening of one
social consciousness. Because it raises the question of whether we humans are still decision-makers or whether someone or technologies, media, states, corporations, intelligence services have already taken control.

Country of Origin: Austria

Blackout
Short – 13:06 – Director: Rob Ciano

What would you do if you knew the sun was about to expire and life as we know it would be changed forever? Would you riot? Would you break down? Or would you stop and enjoy the last sunrise we will ever have?

Country of Origin: United States

The Delta Girl
Short – 16:14 – Director: Jaclyn Bethany

Seventeen year old Magnolia is torn between right and wrong at the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1964 Mississippi. Her views are challenged by her best friend Delilah, who hides a dangerous secret.

Country of Origin: United States

Town Hall
Short – 22:25 – Director: Casey Lock & Ross Zuchowski

An insistent whistleblower meets a stubborn system.

Country of Origin: United States

Snake River Rising
Short – 24:30 – Director: Jay Pickett

A stranger appears in a small town during Christmastime and helps a weary mother and her son by repaying a debt from long ago.

Country of Origin: United States

Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea, & Gallery – 154 W Main St.

Mesquite Block – 4:00pm

Tough Love Show
Documentary – 39:40 – Director: Tommy Tucker II

The Story of how I went Viral trying to reach my son!

Country of Origin: United States

Qassem Haddad: The Last Door’s Hour
Documentary – 1:03:15 – Director: Khalid Alrowaie

How do you see the Bahraini Poet Qassim Haddad in the images of poetry. A film that captures images from the depth of writing to dive deeply into the world of the poet.

Country of Origin: Bahrain

Chuparosa Block – 6:15pm

Don’t Burst My Bubble
Short – 4:45 – Director: Victoria Malinjod

Don’t Burst My Bubble is a film about puberty based off of real testimonies from many women globally. A unique glimpse into the life of a young woman experiencing the world in a new light. Our film peers into a specific phase in a woman’s life during puberty which has been often overlooked by men.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Love Cecy
Latin – 1:40:00 – Director: Jay Francisco Lopez

Ripped from the headlines, Love Cecy takes audiences back to the cholo, free-style culture of 1990s Richmond, California as it retells the story of 15 year old Cecilia Rios. The film follows Rios’ promising beginnings- striving to become a lawyer while keeping her cholo boyfriend off the streets- to its tragic end on March 14, 1994, when her brutal murder was chronicled by newspapers across the country.

Country of Origin: United States

Hackberry Block – 8:30pm

Conspiracy Theory
Music Video – 3:35 – Director: George Andrew Pasles

What’s underneath the tinfoil hat? Songwriter Tris McCall interrupts your regularly scheduled broadcast to explore the dark alleys of American paranoia, from the ludicrous to the disturbingly real. It’s all connected… unless it is not.

Country of Origin: United States

Thank You Mom
Short – 12:00 – Director: Amalie Thorlund Jepsen

Helle, the mom of 17 year-old Lykke, tries to put together a birthday party for her depressed and angsty daughter. Despite her best efforts, the evening turns into a series of embarrassing and awkward moments – as if their relationship wasn’t strained enough.

Country of Origin: Denmark

The Love of Two – Episode One
Native American – 14:01 – Director: Tito Gomez

David gets a call about Ruth being in the hospital. He remembers the first time he met her. It’s the morning after the pow wow and Ruth and David share a breakfast and notice there is a spark.

Country of Origin: Canada

Talking to God
Feature – 1:15:00 – Director: Maya Batash

After 12 nights of insomnia and feeling like her life is unraveling, Rebecca travels to the Ukraine in a desperate attempt to find a magic cure. There she finally sleeps and discovers the meaning of life through an outrageous cast of characters including a man who is truly happy despite having nothing.

Country of Origin: United States

Artspace Lofts – 155 S Hibbert

Jaguar Block – 6:30pm

Finite Water
Documentary – 40:00 – Director: Zachary Thomson & Dianne Wennick

The effects of water shortages are being seen all over the world in our lifetime. Adapting to a changed reality takes precedent in a world of over 7 billion people. Hear what others have to say about water conservation, technological trends and sharing ideas with the next generation. Is it possible to ensure a future with clean water for everyone?

Country of Origin: United States

Chasing the Jet Stream
Documentary – 1:14:00 – Director: Claudio von Planta

CHASING THE JET STREAM follows the pioneering adventure of Marc Hauser, a Swiss entrepreneur and motivational speaker who wants to become the first skydiver in the world jumping into a hurricane force jet stream at 8,000 to 10,000 meters altitude. With this record, Marc wants to bring attention to the nascent technology of airborne wind energy systems, which can harness high-altitude wind power. This new technology has the potential to defuse the global energy crisis.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Bighorn Block – 8:30pm

Copenhagen Road
Short – 8:20 – Director: Lee Chambers

Late one night Craig, a mechanic, reluctantly agrees to help Nicole, a desperate young woman with a flat tire, in a car all too familiar to him. Nicole’s mysterious incident on the old Copenhagen Road slowly strikes an eerie note for Craig and brings his own shady past rushing forward.

Country of Origin: Canada

Cemetary Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters
Short – 20:00 – Director: Chris Roe

Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock…

Country of Origin: United States

The Doctor’s Case
Feature – 1:05:37 – Director: James Douglas

The Master of Horror meets the Master Detective. When a diabolical English lord is murdered, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must unexpectedly exchange roles in order to solve ‘the perfect locked room mystery.’ Based on the short story by Stephen King.

Country of Origin: Canada

Benedictine University – 225 E Main St.

Willow Block – 5:00pm

Willow Block – 5:00pm

Overtime // The Love Project
Faith Based – 8:00 – Director: Jamie Kassler

A frustrated office worker finds out her routine job is hardly her worst nightmare.  The Love 愛 Project // Stories of love told without words

Country of Origin: Japan

A Mother’s Love
Faith Based – 1:41:15 – Director: The Church of Almighty God

roadmap for her to have a wonderful future, but all of her effort and work push her daughter to the brink of collapse. How could a mother’s love bring her daughter so much pain? What really happens between mother and daughter? And who saves the two of them from their suffering?”

Country of Origin: Taiwan

Palm Block – 7:00pm

The Interpreter
Faith Based – 3:16 – Director: Martin Barandalla

Saioa and her mother Ana Mari go to pray to the Virgin. Saioa is only an interpreter between her mother and the Virgin but, with a little pressure, Saioa is also ready to ask for something else.

Country of Origin: Spain

The Reliant
Faith Based – 1:56:40 – Director: Paul Munger

An economic catastrophe precipitates widespread rioting and looting, forcing a 21 year-old lovesick girl to care for her siblings in a stretch of woods bordered by lawless anarchy, wondering why a good God would let this happen.

Country of Origin: United States

Prairie Dog Block – 9:15pm

So Much More
Faith Based – 12:29 – Director: Stephanie Hylton

Her illusions shattered, a perfect woman wrestles with God whom she doesn’t fully trust.

Country of Origin: United States

The Driving Spirit
Faith Based – 1:30:00 – Director: Menora Hazani

Why is the media unwilling to expose you to this unique film?
The fascinating story of the renewed Jewish settlement in Judea & Samaria is revealed in a new light.  The director embarks on an exceptional journey with her father Benny Katzover and his pioneering friends: leaders of the Jewish settlement in the region. Together they unfold the unique story of how a small number of resolved and determined young men and women have succeeded to make history, against all odds.

Country of Origin: Israel