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10:00am - 11:30am

Fabulous Foreign Films #1

Sunday Sept. 24, 2023
Theater #5



Logline: A young skateboarder spends his day trying to nail a skateboard trick without success . He's on the verge of giving up when a strange connection happens between him and his skateboard.


Lady In Ermine

Logline: Lady In Ermine dramatizes the day in which Sofonisba Anguissola found her inspiration as a portraitist amidst the occupation of her land by a foreign ruler - the ruler she would one day capture in paint.

Lo Sguardo (The Look)

Logline: An unexpected invitation shakes a shy young man's vacation in Tuscany.

Bertie Wrote Me A Poem

Logline: 2005. Vittoria, a fifteen-year-old, after having sex for the first time, secretly goes to the hospital to take the morning-after pill. In the long and tedious hospital process, Vittoria struggles to keep a difficult secret.

The Crying Bull

Logline: A depressed Spanish Matador decides to turn his life around after the death of his controlling father.

The Devil's Avocado

Logline: When grandfather regrets the abuses in the family business on his deathbed, granddaughter seems to be the right person to change the company for good - were it not that uncle and aunt think slightly differently about this.

11:30am - 1:00pm

College Student Films #1 + Q&A

KnightTime Story

Logline: A tiny toy knight yearns to be like the stallion-riding hero of his favorite storybook.

Cold Summer

Logline: A young woman is freezing — figuratively and literally — and needs to make a life-altering choice.

The Reflection Of Francisca Newman


Logline: In this cinematic fairytale, Francisca Newman, a psychologically disturbed ballerina, fails at her life audition. Her perfectionism starts to take a noticeable toll on her mental health, where in a world of passion and beauty, sensibility and enlightenment becomes darkness.

In this increasingly violent and surreal competition at the hands of her own reflection, a familiar voice starts talking to her as an old forgotten friend. A voice that takes her on a journey through her own memories in order to find herself, before her reflection becomes a stranger.

I Am More Dangerous Dead

Logline: "I Am More Dangerous Dead" is a poetic tribute to the indomitable spirit of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the Nigerian writer and activist who valiantly fought against the destructive oil industry in his beloved homeland. Through lyrical storytelling and metaphorical imagery, the film portrays his unwavering determination, the price he paid for his convictions, and the enduring legacy he left behind.

Gumball Machine


Logline: When a Gumball Machine is thrown out of the arcade he used to call home, he must search for a new place to live or face a lonely fate.

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dynamic Documentary Films #1

The Last Drop: Alejandro's Story


Logline: The Last Drop documentary short features Alejandro, a young man who was a high school valedictorian, captain of his swim team and overall high-achiever. During his sophomore year in college, his world came crashing down after he was unable to get out of bed for unknown medical reasons for the unforeseeable future. The film follows Alejandro's journey as he begins to discover his new path in life.

Powering Puerto Rico

Logline: Puerto Rico, 2017: It all started with a storm and a car battery.

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Dynamic Documentary Films #2

Joey Skaggs: Celebrity Sperm Bank


Logline: In 1976, Joey Skaggs announced that he, as Giuseppe Scaggoli, was holding a celebrity sperm bank auction where interested parties could bid on sperm from famous rock stars and other notables. Unfortunately, just before the auction was to start, the sperm was stolen. This is the story. This short film is the 8th episode in the ongoing oral history series, "Joey Skaggs Satire and Art Activism, 1960s to the Present and Beyond".



Logline: Trying to make a better life for himself and his family, Kenny (Randolph Summiel) is pursuing a career in real estate. Due to an unfortunate event, he finds himself in the debt of local gang leader Ace (O'Shay Neal), who feels that Kenny is selling out his neighborhood. The method of repayment disrupts Kenny's world and sheds light on the ongoing battle of gentrification in Los Angeles.

Goulash: The Lost Weekend


Logline: At least 69,144 people experience homelessness nightly in LA County, according to the 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

KLEVER: Life of a Soviet Nonconformist Artist


Logline: Exploring the life and work of Klever, a renowned non-conformist artist, who was persecuted by the Soviet Union for his forbidden paintings. Features interviews with artists and historians speaking to Klever’s legacy and impact on Russian art movements, and examines how his work transformed from reactionary to abstract as a result of his persecution and imprisonment by the Soviet state.

Locals Only - The Big, little pub


Logline: The Press Room - a British Cocktail pub in the heart of Santa Barbara may only be 850 sqft but it has the soul of a big pub. The home for local football (soccer) fans the pub is more than just a watering hole. Over the past 25 years, it has become a home away from home for people from all walks of life thanks to its owner, James Rafferty, and his family. Abruptly faced with demolition to make way for luxury housing the community rallies to its side to save it.

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Documentary Feature

Song of the Cicada

Logline: A decade in the making, this documentary chronicles the musings and lifestyle of an eccentric mortician with an attraction to the forbidden living in the coastal town of Galveston, Texas.

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