SATURDAY SEPT. 10, 2022
10:00am - 10:30am
SHORT STUDENT FILMS Block 2
Logline: A short film about the shortcomings of young love and the thin line between admiration and envy-with a bit of Shakespearean edge.
Logline: A teen girl deals with the stress and ongoing repetitiveness of the pandemic, after school returns to "in-person."
Review: “Very impressive. Especially since the filmmaker is only 15. Loved the cinematography. Very creative.... The narration and acting was great.”
School: CSARTS SGV
Logline: Cooking at home with Kathryn, with just a pinch of psychological horror.
Review: “Great location and set decoration. Good acting. Good pace. Definitely keeps the audience’s attention by wondering what will happen next. Cool FX...”
School: University of Southern California (USC)
Logline: Patrick is a crime scene photographer. He uses the benefit of his job to sell dead body pictures on a dark web in order to earn profit and pay for his mom’s therapy. When he is about to quit, something strange happens.
Review: “Great concept. Intense. Good acting. Great location.”
School: AFI Conservatory
10:30am - 11:30am
SHORT FILMS BY WOMEN Block 2
Logline: A home shopping network hostess has a total meltdown on live television when she learns that she’s been a shit mom to her 18 year-old daughter who’s about to head off to college. She chases the camera from set to set trying to make her bourbon ball quota, getting drunker and drunker along the way, ultimately discovering the value of family.
Review: “Great characters, stylish, funny, a lovely independent film.”
Logline: A pair of emotionally stunted twin sisters seek to remedy a childhood trauma, but each attempt takes them further into the deep end.
Review: “This was amazing! Every aspect of it was perfect. Great writing, great performance, great cinematography, great music, even the editing was great. It felt like a dark twisted Wes Anderson type of film. Fantastic work all around. Award worthy.”
The Cosmopolitan West
Logline: Based on true events, Rose Pritchard, a cavalier woman and unlikely outlaw, leaves her partner in crime, Boot, to rob a bank alone to afford starting her own homestead.
Review: “Sooo many wonderful things about this film.... Production design, lighting, props, wardrobe, sound, color grading was perfectly on point!”
Logline: Transfer is a film set in a surrealist reality that revolves around two strangers having the world’s weirdest job interview. Each character must come to terms with death, the idea of choice, and the inevitable truth that not everyone gets a second chance at life.
Watch Your Language
Logline: Mom's at a children's birthday party jump trough hoops to protect their children from hearing foul language. There is a slight chance they may fail at this attempt.
Review: “This was a funny and interesting short film that had a good amount of humor and a cast that felt connected to one another.”
11:30am - 1:00pm
SHORT FILMS BY WOMEN Block 3
My Human Experience
Logline: Logical and socially inadequate, alien explorer, Lex, is assigned to study the human race from a sociological perspective, a mission way outside her comfort zone. To make matters worse, she’s teamed up with the erratic and emotive, Xalax; her complete opposite.
Review: “Well written and great performances.”
Logline: After witnessing the brutal Honor Killing of her sister, a young Muslim woman sets out on a quest for vengeance against the society that wronged her.
Review: “Very powerful film.”
Logline: "Invisible Flags" was inspired by a wide range of alarming, heartbreaking stories and current events. Emily Raymond, a successful relationship coach , guides her clients in their journeys to find healthy, balanced relationships, while helping them to identify the dangerous red flags in their love lives. But, is the writing always on the wall? The film deals with the subject of domestic violence from a very unique angle and hopes to shake, influence , and raise the viewers awareness to the invisible “red flags” that we sometimes choose not to see.
Up and Down
Logline: Up and Down is the story of an unnamed weight lifter working through sets of his regular bench press routine. When his spotter begins asking him some intrusive questions, however, the rhythm and concentration he has built up begins to crumble with potentially dangerous results.
Review: “This was like one long monologue, that actually held my attention the whole way through. The intensity of the lead character beside the mellow supporting character was a great contrast. I felt this was very authentic and the acting was also very good.”
Logline: In a near-future Roe Vs. Wade has been overturned nation wide, banning abortion under any circumstance. 15 year old Nola discovers she’s pregnant and must try to find a way to safely choose what she knows is best for her future, despite her family’s strong conservative beliefs.
Reviews: “This film lured me in and left me wanting more. Great overall story and smooth transitions.”
1:00pm - 3:00pm
1:00pm - 3:00pm
HORROR/THRILLER FEATURE FILM
Logline: A disgraced podcast host interviews an eccentric farmer who claims to have a monster living in the woods near his house.
Review: "One of the best horror/suspense/thrillers I've seen in a long time. The acting was superb; the editing and music were expertly interwoven."
3:00pm - 5:00pm
DRAMA FEATURE FILM
No More Goodbyes
Logline: When their foster mother dies, unrelated interracial foster brothers Mark (17yrs), and Tristan (11yrs) go on the run to escape the system. But to keep their secret safe they must put their trust in a gruff retired Army Colonial seeking redemption.
Review: “Great performances lead a heartfelt film that is worth the journey!”
6:00pm - 7:00pm
SHORT SCI-FI / HORROR FILMS
Logline: After a man brings home an antique chair, a series of horrific events follow, leading him to question if it's a malevolent spirit the chair possesses or the darkness inside his own mind?
Review: “Well-crafted and constructed all around. Dark, disturbing. Not for the faint of heart.”
Monsters Are Real
Logline: After isolating himself in the wilderness a man reemerges to reunite with his family.
Review: “Intense thriller with a shocking ending! High production value highlighted by crisp Direction and an emotionally gripping story.”
Logline: A boy is thrown into a trash container from the future. In his frantic search for the exit, he runs into a mysterious man, who will make him doubt the origin of his own existence.
Review: “Absolutely amazingly executed, it left me wanting to see more. Intriguing storyline concept.
7:00pm - 8:30pm
HORROR FEATURE FILM 1
The Red Tide Massacre
Logline: A female TV reporter investigating the Red Tide environmental disaster in Southwest Florida becomes the target of an unknown monster. Directed by John A. Russo (co-writer of George Romero’s original classic, “Night of the Living Dead”). This horror film is a cautionary tale and stars Michael Pare' ("Philadelphia Experiment"), Duane Whitaker ("Pulp Fiction", Rob Zombie's "Halloween"), Jeff Rector ("American Horror Story").
8:30pm - 10:00pm
HORROR FEATURE FILM 2
They Crawl Beneath
Logline: Danny and his Uncle Bill (Michael Pare) are working on an old car in their garage when an earthquake hits!! Danny is trapped underneath the car and creatures come out of the cracks in the ground and terrorize him!!
Review: “A great sci-fi horror film--with multiple plots intertwined--personal romance, generational tension, horrible icky creatures from the nether regions that escape onto the surface during an earthquake.
10:00pm - 11:00pm
SHORT FILMS BY WOMEN Block 4
Logline: A teenage horror geek suspects his new, hot neighbor may just be a soul sucking demon.
Roberta on the Road
Logline: Roberta on the Road provides a glimpse into the life of a modern-day nomad in the American West. Roberta left her comfortable life in California after a tragedy that changed her outlook forever. She describes herself as a traveler living out of her truck "Blue" which has provided her with a newfound sense of independence and happiness.