10:00am - 11:30am
Fantastic Female Films #2 + Q&A
Saturday Sept. 23, 2023
Logline: A gender-swapped Workaholics, this workplace comedy features two gal pals avoiding work by gossiping about Charlie's latest one night stand with nerdy Kabir, who mistakes their sloppy sex for a Casablanca-level romance.
Logline: Having just lost her Indonesian mother less than a year ago, MARIANNA, a biracial Indonesian woman, comes home to Pasadena for her, Caucasian, DAD's birthday.
Logline: UnCredited takes you backstage on opening night at Valley Hills Film Festival. Told through the lens of Elle Ives, one of the lead producers of the festival. Elle is forced to take charge of the chaos that ensues just moments before the opening night kick-off ceremony, while she silently struggles with her own internal dilemma.
Logline: A new homeowner grows suspicious of a neighborly couple eager to help her unpack.
11:30am - 1:00pm
Fantastic Female Films #3 + Q&A
Logline: A 30-something year old man, on the heels of a breakup with his boyfriend, moves in with his parents who live in a 55+ adult community. Through confronting his own insecurities and examining family relationships and dynamics, he's able to move forward.
In Search Of
Logline: Detective Angelica Lang questions Tina Burnett, a suburban Mom, after her daughter goes missing only to discover she has become a victim of one of the largest child trafficking rings.
Logline: A glimpse into the life of an Iranian-American woman, as she teeters on the brink of crisis following a run of unfortunate events. Caught in financial ruin, struggling with a recent divorce, and battling mental health issues ranging from obsessive-compulsive disorder, imposter syndrome, and addiction – her dreams of becoming a Hollywood movie star begin to disintegrate. She says okay to everything and everyone – at the cost of not being okay herself.
Logline: After finding out that she was unwanted by her mother, a woman grapples with her own lacking maternal desires as she feels pressure from her baby-crazy husband and pregnant best friend.
Logline: A mysterious woman breaks into a lonely man's apartment.
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fantastic Female Films #4 + Q&A
Logline: Lisa, an artist and a neat freak, has been estranged from her father for years. Now he’s dying and it’s up to her to care for him. She is not happy about it, but makes an effort to get to know him. It's hard with the past still haunting her.
Logline: A recently widowed woman works through the complexities of grief with the help of friends, strangers and Tupperware.
Logline: SOLOMON'S MOOD is the story of two lovers who've not yet met. Using passages from the ancient Biblical text of Song of Solomon, we see their patient quest for love as their paths cross. Will they each recognize the other as "the one"?
no but i want to
Logline: A commitment-phobic woman tries to commit to love.
Logline: When a young ballet dancer has the opportunity to compete in a hip-hop dance crew audition, her ambitions are met by her imposing mother who has other plans in store.
Logline: A woman of a certain age becomes invisible. Especially when she’s serving your hors d’oeuvres, renewing your library card or cleaning your house. Ruby counts on that.
The Woman in the Darkness
Logline: Carmen, a charming dancer, comes into a mysterious dark space. There’s only a dancing floor, a candle, and a picture of her deceased husband. The candle lights up, the music starts to play... With her solo dancing, a secret which had been deeply buried in her heart begins to unfold. In the midst of the darkest night, how will she break free from the chains of darkness?
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Fantastic Female Films #5 + Q&A
Mom is Visiting
Logline: When Ying, a successful voice actor in Los Angeles lets slip to her overbearing mother, Hong that she is pregnant via IVF, Hong decides to spontaneously visit to set her daughter up with a series of blind dates. When the blind dates go awry, Ying is given an ultimatum: abort the child, or lose her mother.
Logline: For women of a certain age, birthdays blow.
Logline: A first responder suffering from agoraphobia after a sexual assault at work must walk through the flames of a past trauma to step into a new life.
Logline: This film explores the issue of the influence of social media on teens.
A Ghost Story
Logline: A World War II veteran on his deathbed tells a hospice therapist about his ghost.
Logline: A woman pretending to be a man has to correctly answer misogynistic riddles imposed by individuals with predatory-looking animal heads in order to ensure her safe return home at night.
Logline: A young woman reevaluates her sexuality when she attends a college reunion party with her long time boyfriend... and an unrequited female love.
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Faith Based Films + Q&A
The Next to Last Supper
Logline: A husband has his faith tested when he and his wife join her bitter, terminally-ill father for lunch.
The Son Rises
Logline: Manny, a rebellious biker, must fight for justice when his younger brother is killed in a senseless police shooting. Harassed by those who have sworn to protect him, he finds parallels between his story and that of Jesus Christ, as he's slowly nailed to a cross of his own.
Logline: Maria finds herself caught in an endless battle against a mysterious man in her hospital room.
Logline: Seth, a college senior, is home for winter break. He’s spending a day relaxing and shopping on Fairfax Avenue when he’s suddenly confronted by an Orthodox Jewish man asking Seth if he’s Jewish. Seth’s chance encounter leads to a profound spiritual experience with life-changing implications.
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Faith Based Feature + Q&A
Miracle At Manchester
Logline: A community comes together to save a teenager from an aggressive form of brain cancer when this teenagers entire Catholic High School, student body and staff all 1700 of them, say a prayer over this teenager and 2 weeks later his tumor is gone.
9:00pm - 11:30pm
Feature + Q&A
Logline: A novelist realizes that her neighbors may be under the mind control of unknown forces. Little does she realize how close and sinister its influence has become. MIND THIEF is a sci-fi thriller that takes us on a harrowing, sometimes humorous journey through the depths of the human psyche.