SUNDAY SEPT. 11, 2022
10:00am - 11:30am
SHORT FOREIGN FILMS Block 1
Logline: In a land far away from home there is a man trying to escape his past. Once a field agent for the DEA, today a farmer living a regular life. Little does he know that the past is just about to knock on his front door.
Kids of Paradise
Logline: It’s a fairy tale about the relationships between the individual and the collective.
Road To Delicias
Logline: In the middle of the Mexican revolution, Santiago has orders to assassinate an enemy soldier along with his entire family. Hermilda, a 12-year-old girl flees with her younger brother from the massacre that struck their home.
Review: “Excellent on all levels.”
Logline: North Norway, 11. March 1944. German forces are occupying Katterat station. The Iversens are passing information from Narvik to England in secret. When they realize that German troops are on to them, they plan their escape.
Review: “Outstanding aerial scenic shots, well beyond expectations, and loved the end after credits.”
11:30am - 12:30pm
SHORT FOREIGN FILMS Block 2
Logline: Selfie Academy's dream couple, Anabell and Romeo, are the most popular influencers in the country. They are on cloud nine, along with their followers, but have no clue that in a few hours their perfect life will turn into a nightmare.
Review: “Very interesting concept & story and how it relates to so many people that are trapped in that world. Great production value.”
Bizzaro e Fantastico
Logline: A Roman Everyman discovers a violently ill intruder on his sofa after returning from the market. Begrudgingly, the Everyman must nurse this stranger back to health before he can unearth the ominous man's true purpose for being there.
Review: "Interesting new twist on an old tale. Beautifully shot, expertly crafted. Well done."
12:30pm - 1:30pm
SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS Block 1
Logline: The seemingly impossible struggle of a lovely family who is suddenly faced with the heart-wrenching reality of having a parent suddenly become paralyzed from the neck down.
Review: “Beautiful story of a beautiful family showing so much love and hope, everything that the world needs right now!! This is so inspiring and positive and must be shared! The direction, questions, stories, sequencing, music - perfect! Superb editing!”
Women of Burden
Logline: Kayayei (k-æ-y-æ-y-ei): Porter girls who come from the Ghanaian interior to the metropolitan cities in the south. A compound word from the word ‘kaya’ which means burden. And ‘yei’ which means women.
Wide Open Dreams
Logline: "Wide Open Dreams"- a short documentary film about the Greyston Bakery and their employee -Shawna Swanson. Shawna is a strong, magnificent woman, single mother of 5. Her eldest child, who was born prematurely at 24 weeks, has Cerebral Palsy and is deaf. Shawna struggled with unemployment for years and considered the unthinkable - giving her children up. Then she found Greyston, company that works in a very unique way.
1:30pm - 3:00pm
SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS Block 2
Logline: An Ecuadorian mountaineer balances friendship, love, and luck in his quest to climb a new route on one of the tallest and most dangerous mountains in the world.
Review: “The cinematography was superb. Amazing they were able to use a drone up that high. The pacing was solid, and the story developed nicely.”
Logline: Dumped and alone at a city park, Honk spends his days dodging cars, begging for food and looking for friends. When Cheryl and Honk's path cross unexpectedly... this unlikely pair turn to each other for companionship. After Cheryl shares videos of their unusual friendship on social media... Honk becomes a much needed symbol of hope, friendship and love during a time of overwhelming struggle and loss for so many.
Review: “Lovely story, warm hearted and gently uplifting, something for all ages!”
3:00pm - 5:00pm
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 2 + Q&A
How Does It Feel To Be A Problem
Logline: The film is an investigation of systemic racism in America at a time when many deny systemic racism exists. The title of the film is based on sociologist W.E.B. DuBois' famous question that he raised in his seminal book, "The Souls of Black Folk." With the help of Danny Glover, Ed Asner, Henry Rollins, scholars, authors, and activists, we tell the story of systemic racism in America, past and present. The film also features music by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist, Jackson Browne.
Review: “A riveting documentary of race in America--excellent interviews and historical facts--watchable--an important film, in my estimation, because it is so comprehensive--both from a historical point of view, but also because it is tied to what has been happening in the US--including in California.”