Shorts Internationale II VOL IV 7:00pm Wed Oct 25 Complimentary Wine For Audience Members
14:00 1 min Micro Short Just before the performance, a single pianist is trembling with tension in the sleeve of the stage. It is time for the performance to finally come. He goes to the stage quickly as if he had made a decision. Actually, he is a man who has won the Grand Prix several times at the International Piano Competition. Will recitals succeed?
THE OKUSAWA CAFE - Webseries 15 - 20 min - Japan "The Okusawa Cafe" is a nostalgic Japanese short drama-series produced by an independent young film maker based in Tokyo, Kotaro Asano. It consist of total 8 episodes and each episode describes ordinal but heart warming story happens at a local cafe located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.
NAUGHTY AMELIA JANE 11.5 min - India This film is a satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society towards anything that goes against the "conventional social order of things”, told through a story of two girls who may or may not have had a connection. This is a story about speculation.
MIA 7 min - Directed by: Marta Gonzalez. Carmeta, Mari and Pilar are three old ladies who spend every afternoon sitting on a bench, next to the main street of their village. The arrival of a mysterious pair of girls turns into the main topic of discussion among the women.
TO BUILD A FIRE 13 min France / UK Directed by: FX Goby. Following the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death, filmmaker Fx Goby adapts "To Build a Fire", the famous novel by the American author. "To Build a Fire" is an animated short film in 4K Cinemascope that tells the tragic tale of a man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory. Enter into this polar western world, and experience the bitter cold whilst embarking on a sensory journey.
HOMERUN 15 min - South Korea Directed by: Jonghun Eun. Junghyun is a huge fan of Eagles (Korean baseball team). On a rival match day, he is looking for a parking spot to watch the game, but it is not easy.
LES BIGORNEAUX 24 min - France Directed by: Alice Vial. In Brignogan-Plages, Zoé (30), works with her father, Guy, at his bar "Les Bigorneaux". Since the premature death of her mother, she has worn herself out by taking everything into her own hands. One morning, Zoé starts suffering from dizziness and nausea, which begins to disrupt her daily life.
ATISAZ 29 min - Iran Directed by: Arvand Dashtaray. Julie and Anna, two girls from London, are in Iran for work. After a wild night in Tehran, they find themselves in a tricky situation and they are forced to fend for themselves in this unfamiliar and vast city. Atisaz is an apartment complex, home to thousands of Tehranis. This film is the first in a series that tells stories from the middle-class in Atisaz.
Rasheed - US Premiere Wed October 25 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Lebanese Filmmaker: Samia Badih 7:00pm Screening With Q&A Rasheed Director: Samia Badih 74 Samia Badih's film Rasheed documents the life of Badih's late uncle Rasheed Broum who was killed, at the age of 29, in an airstrike in the city of Sidon during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 – three years before she was born. More than 30 years after the tragedy, Samia goes on a quest to find out more about her uncle’s story of life and death, as it is told by the friends and family who survived him and knew him best, mainly his sister Rasha and his best friend Ghassan. At the heart of the film is the story Rashee'd sister, Rasha who has not coped well with her brother’s loss. Rasheed captures one of the many war stories from the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon through Badih’s own personal journey.
Wed November 1 The Truth About Lies Connecticut Premiere 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Producer & Director 7:00pm Film And Q&A Gilby Smalls is having a meltdown. He's just been fired from his job, lost his apartment in a fire and he's forced to move in with his booze-swindling, man-obsessed mother. Life is bleak and as he's desperate to turn things around when he meets his friend's beautiful sister who appears to be everything he ever wanted. Desperate to impress her, Gilby weaves a web of lies, each one bigger than the last, until he finds himself in too deep, when the truth proves to be too much to admit.
"The film is an entertaining "Rom-Com." — Huffington Post "Will keep you almost constantly laughing." — Detroit Cinephile Blog "Clever, creative, and kept me laughing. Favorite film so far." — Real Life with Jane
“A mix of Woody Allen, a Ben Stiller flick, and TV's "The Office." — Qwipster
WINNER — Award of Excellence Feature Film (Phil Allocco) — Accolade Competition WINNER — Award of Excellence Leading Actress (Odette Annable) — Accolade Competition WINNER — Award of Merit Special Mention Lead Actor (Fran Kranz) — Accolade Competition WINNER — Grand Jury Best Narrative Feature — Gasparilla International Film Festival WINNER — Best Feature Narrative Director Phil Allocco — Irvine International Film Festival WINNER — Best Feature Narrative — Irvine International Film Festival WINNER — Best Cinematography (Peter Mariuzza) — NewFilmmakers Los Angeles WINNER — Best Williamsburg Feature — Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, US WINNER — Best Ensemble Cast — Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, US WINNER — Best Actor in a Comedy (Fran Kranz) — Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, US WINNER — Special Jury Award Romantic Comedy (Phil Allocco) — WorldFest Houston WINNER — Best Male Actor Fran Kranz — FLIXXFEST WINNER — Best Production Design Deana Sidney — FLIXXFEST WINNER — Best Feature Film — SBE’s Hamilton International Film Festival
Wed November 8 - A Veteran’s Day Story “Hunting In War Time” Killing Other Humans While The United States Government Killed Alaskan Tlingit Native Culture & a second short film from Samantha Farinella: “May 22, 2012” 6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Director 7:00pm Film And Q&A 'Hunting in Wartime' Directed by Brooklyn NY Director: Samantha Farinella founder of One Angry Woman Productions. Hunting In Wartime profiles the incredible stories of Tlingit Native Americans from the village of Hoonah, Alaska who served in the Vietnam War. Their stories confront the complexity of serving a country that systematically oppressed them; from forbidding Tlingit language, to over logging, to laws that robbed returning vets of their ancestral trade of fishing. Many vets succumbed to the horrors of alcoholism, PTSD and suicide while some were able to climb back out to lead the next generation back to their Tlingit culture. “May 22, 2012” A daughter reflects on the day she lost her mother.
Birthright: A War Story MUST SEE (If You Liked “Trapped”, “The Lavender Scare”, “SOLD”) Wed November 15 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet With Director & Producer 7:00pm Screening And Q&A BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women will bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the fallout that is creating a public health crisis, turning pregnant women into criminals and challenging the constitutional protections of every woman in America. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”
Wed November 29 “Being There” FF52 Classic Ciné Series Continues Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Basehart, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart 6:00pm Meet n’ Greet Reception With Hearst Media & CT Post Film Critic: Joe Meyers 7:00pm Film & Discussion Special Guest Joe Meyers Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Its screenplay was adapted by Jerzy Kosiński and the uncredited Robert C. Jones from the 1970 novel by Kosiński. The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Richard A. Dysart, Jack Warden, and Richard Basehart.
A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.