2016 Woodstock Museum 17th Annual FREE Film Festival
13 Bach Rd., Saugerties, NY
6:30 pm Opening Ceremony
Nathan Koenig, Woodstock Museum President and Shelli Lipton, Woodstock Museum Director
give thanks and highlight the 2016 Film Festival now in its 17th year screening films.
This free festival is a way to continue the Woodstock notion.
TUESDAY - August 30th
|| We Got Your Back
Sure, we all care about the environment. What if there was a simple service that got your back covered, on a monthly direct debit plan?
There is so much to feel guilty about nowadays, when you think about it. Sure, we all care about the environment, but honestly, don’t you just want to toss all the junk in the same waste bin, sometimes? What if there was a simple service that got your back covered, on a monthly direct debit plan?
Director Biography: Viktor Hertz is a freelance graphic designer from Uppsala, Sweden, born in Uppsala, Sweden. He is now living in Stockholm, working with clients both locally and abroad; some of them include Ray-Ban, Greenpeace, Christie’s and IKEA. He is also working on lots of personal projects, often inspired by pop art culture. His posters are being sold all over the world. Recently, Viktor has also started to write and direct short films.
Tagline: A clean conscience in a dirty world.
Production notes: Written in two days. Shot in 5 hours. Post-production about 1 month. Self-financed.
Previous festival screenings (selection)
Uppsala International Short Film Festival (2014)
Tampere Film Festival (2015)
DC Independent Film Festival (2015)
Tally Shorts Film Festival (2015)
An Egyptian Orthopedic surgeon enjoys surfing, carpentry with driftwood, music & freedom.
Meet his creative friends.
Story of an orthopedic surgeon from Agami, Egypt and how his close relationship to the sea, philosophy of life, firm principles and passion for woodwork led him to rediscover his true potential away from what most societies call success routes. On his journey he encounters kindred spirits who flock together in pursuit of happiness, freedom and self-expression.
A passionate documentarian, photographer and actor; Hani R. Eskander worked professionally, in Egypt, as a first assistant director (1st AD) in numerous TV and online advertising campaigns for big brands and later on, post-revolution, he continued working as a 1st AD on TV shows such as “El Bernameg” hosted by Bassem Youssef that aired on “ONTV” and “CBC”, also “Amreeka Bel 3araby”, which he had a double-role as a 1st AD and post-production supervisor, that premiered on “OSN” and later on on “Al Nahar”. He was also the producer for “Ramadan Galak” that aired on “MBC Masr”. Aside from directing, Eskander works as a freelance camera operator. He has dabbled as a director of photography on some online webisodes. He has produced several one-man-show shorts for diverse online videos. This is his first documentary film under his new label Drifter Films. Despite several other documentaries he’s done… Eskander considers this to be his documentary-directing debut.
Director Statement: I still believe in the power of films to inspire, provoke and make a change in the way one thinks and acts. With a low budget and guerilla approach to filmmaking... this film called for itself to be done. I was in Agami, a coastal city off Alexandria, shooting a documentary about the rise and fall of the city, when I met Shahir and found myself inclined to shooting him, his story and his philosophy on life.
Fodder We must eat to live. Bon appetite! In our love affair with food, what could possible go wrong?
We must eat to live. There is no other way. So, bon appetit! In the human love affair with food, what could possibly go wrong? How did the simple act of eating to stay alive go so far off the rails?
Director Bio: Jack Ofield is an award-winning animator, filmmaker and graphic designer. He moved from writing and directing plays to a film career at the National Film Board of Canada. He was a series writer-director for ABC and CBS, and produced many programs and series for PBS. His short film showcase, “The Short List,” ran for 17 years on public and cable TV throughout North America, completing its record run in 2010. He was Filmmaker in Residence and ia Emeritus Prof. of Film at San Diego State University, a member of the Directors Guild of America and a Directing Fellow of the American Film Institute.
||Daniel Friederich-Luthier d’Art
has unique skills in cabinet making, acoustics, design & guitar playing; he’s thought to be the greatest, classical guitar builder.
Because of Friederich’s unique skills in cabinet making, as well as his knowledge of acoustics, design, and his guitar playing ability, he is thought to be the greatest, classical guitar builder in history.
Director Bio: While still a student at California State University at Northridge, Jeffrey Cogan, M.A., was honored by being invited to perform for the great Spanish Maestro of the guitar, Andres Segovia. After finishing his studies, he built a career in performing and teaching the guitar at CSUN and at Chapman University.
Director Statement: While visiting the Friederich “atelier” (workshop) in Paris, France, I was able to observe in person, the various processes necessary for the construction of a classical guitar. Because of Friederich’s unique skills in “ebenisterie” (cabinet making), as well as his knowledge of acoustics, design, and his guitar playing ability, he stands alone as the greatest guitar builder in history.
This DVD shows evidence of meticulous documentation, technical designs, measurements, and specifications that he uses in his unique process. These include bracing patterns, weight of all parts and overall weight. He consults these records as he continues to build aesthetically pleasing and fantastic sounding instruments. He is one of the first guitar builders to utilize acoustical measurements in a laboratory environment to aid in the evolution of his craftsmanship.
Although Friederich’s early instruments were inspired by those made by historic builders such as, Rene Lacote, Antonio Torres, Francisco Simplicio and Robert Bouchet, he quickly developed his own style of building that has earned him a coveted place in the history of guitar construction. Friederich speaks of some of these influential men (most of whom have passed on) as though he was in contact with them the previous day. They are never far from his ongoing thoughts of guitar building. His output of guitars now numbers close to 840 instruments.
Sitting for video interviews were performers, Scott Tennant, Gaelle Soleil, Pepe Romero, Alvaro Pierri, David Tannenbaum, Zoran Dukic, Stein-Erik Olsen, and Olivier Chassain.
In addition, I interviewed guitar builders and repairers such as Gregory Byers, Jack Sanders, and Yuris Zeltens.
The entire experience was undeniably educational and affirmed the fact that Daniel Friederich is respected in every corner of the classical guitar world. My hope is that the article and documentary will reach a wider audience so that more than the classical guitar faithful will be able to appreciate a unique figure in instrument building who is something of a national treasure as well as an inspiration to anyone that appreciates the art of fine craftsmanship.
||The Ballad of the Dreadnought
Featuring the Martin guitar, inspiring worldwide artists for 100 years in bluegrass, country, folk & rock genres.
For 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has stood the test of time and survived endlessly evolving musical tastes becoming the musical companion for countless artists throughout music’s history.
The Ballad of the Dreadnought traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world. For 100 years, the Martin Dreadnought has stood the test of time and survived endlessly evolving musical tastes becoming the musical companion for countless artists throughout music’s history. From Crosby, Stills and Nash on stage for the first time together at Woodstock with a D-45 to Seth Avett discovering countless songs waiting inside his Martin D-35, these artists will take you along as they lovingly recall moments where they stood proudly alongside their trusted Martin Dreadnoughts.
The story told in Ballad of the Dreadnought is the story of milestones in America’s music; how the Dreadnought helped create bluegrass, how it was an integral to folk and country, how it was played on one of the first rock and roll recordings, how it inspired generations of players and music. You’ll learn that the Dreadnought is a common link in a long chain going back to the twenties and the very birth of the music industry. The character of American music owes much to the Dreadnought.
If you own a Martin Dreadnought, the Ballad of the Dreadnought will deepen and enrich your playing experience. If you’re a music enthusiast, you’ll understand how this special guitar acquired its rightful place in music and you will find yourself seeking one to own. And when you do acquire this iconic guitar, you will know that we made you, we gave you, this.
WEDNESDAY - August 31st
A photographer expects to secretly capture an image; then there is the unexpected.
Hunting for a subject or a moment... moment hunting...the moment that time stands still...the moment of surprise. How do the identities of the hunt and the hunter form and become meaningful?
Director Bio: Zahara Jafari was born in 1971 in nagada in Azerbaijan province. she started her career with making short films in the Iranian Youth Cinema Society in 1993 and by working as a script supervisor in the cinema industry. Meanwhile she made several short films including “The Story of a Teacher” which brought her the silver Unica medal in Poland.
A Passage To…
the story of a teacher
Girls in Expectancy
The first Smile After…
Closer Than Me
Touch Of The Rain
Unconsciousness With Open Eyes
Challenges from burning an image of the American flag as opposed to burning a real flag. Q&A
A short, light philosophical video that asks questions about the meaning and power of imagery, and the nature of patriotic (and anti-patriotic acts). The video asks questions. It’s up to you to answer them. Filmmaker Neil Needleman
||Two Blue Lines
Lines Examines the political and human rights situation of Palestinian people from the 1930s to the present day.
Shot over a period of twenty-five years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political rights situation of Palestinian people from the 1930s to the present day. By primarily featuring Israelis whose positions run counter to their country’s official policy, Two Blue Lines provides a portrait of the ongoing conflict not often depicted in our mainstream media.
Director Bio: A native of Vermont, Tom Hayes has produced and directed four long form documentaries on international issues. Two Blue Lines is his third film on the human and political rights situation of Palestinians. His first was Native Sons: Palestinians in Exile, narrated by Martin Sheen. He went on to produce People and The Land for the Independent Television Service. Prior to his long engagement in the Holy Land, Hayes produced Refugee Road, a film that followed a Khmer family from a refugee camp on the Cambodian border through their first year of resettlement in the U.S. Hayes holds three regional Emmy awards. His work has been broadcast on PBS, Bravo, RTE Ireland, SBS Australia, and CBC Canada. Hayes worked as a freelancer in film and television for a quarter century prior to accepting a teaching gig in the Film Division at Ohio University where he continues to teach and pursue personal projects.
Director Statement: I came to this topic after working in the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodian border during the Pol Pot era. When that work was completed I looked around the planet at other refugee communities and stumbled on the granddaddy of them all, the Palestinian refugees. I have subsequently been trotting back and forth to the Middle East for most of my adult life, filming events related to the human and political rights situation of Palestinian human beings. In the course of that work I met and worked with many Israelis. Two Blue Lines is an attempt to provide a conduit for unheard Israeli voices addressing their own narrative of the Palestinian experience.
||Something About Silence
A character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending; success predicated upon the impression of failure.
A mixture of suggestive imagery and affirmations, a melange of the photographic real and the pixel wrangled, and the sense of a character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending… success predicated upon the impression of failure,…which is, now that you are aware, a success.
We could fall headlong into critical theory like a cat in a secondhand bookshop. We can be more prepared, however, with an awareness that text reflects author - even and if that author is a fiction. Paws for thought.
A mixture of, as our narrator puts it, “suggestive imagery and affirmations,” a melange of the photographic real and the pixel wrangled, the smooth rich voice of Erik Hansen and the clear high tones of Donghee Nam and the sense of a character unfolding, unraveling, uncomprehending. In Patrick Buhr’s film there is a continued implication of things unsaid but these are not shadows cast by accident - in a Q&A at Glasgow’s 2016 Short Film Festival he talked about the YouTube genre of “hypnosis instructional videos”, “especially the bad ones”. He was taken with the concept of the things that one learns about the creators that is unintentional. He also talked about a desire to create a very specific sensation - the notion (and he used the example of watching Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE) that there is something going on that someone understands but not enough for the audience to grasp. One too many clues removed, one dot too few to connect.
Of course, that is the advantage of Q&A, of the presence of author - one can have intent made clear. In text alone, of course, phenomenologically, hermeneutically, one cannot - so one is left with Something About Silence with the successful creation of character from the asides and elisions of the narrator, and with the sense that there is something going on that may not be being conveyed. Which is, now that you are aware, a success. A success predicated upon the impression of failure. Which runs the risk of becoming as circular and hypnotic as any element of the film. Which is, now that you are aware, a success.
“You are here, because you are boring. Let the audio-visual experience sink into your subconscious in order to become more exciting and fashionable.” The journey leads through streets, clothing stores, forests and strange abstract worlds. As time goes on the narrator drifts off in thoughts about his wife, pigeons and insecurities.
Director Bio: Patrick Buhr is a media artist and animation freelancer based in Cologne. He studied philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 2006-2009 and media art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne from 2009-2014. His work revolves around fragmented narration, ambivalent identities, contemplative association in animated short films, drawings.
||Exodus to Shanghai
In 1938 Vienna, Chinese Consul Dr. Ho, issues Exit Visas to 10,000 Jews against the orders of his Nazi superiors.
Exodus to Shanghai, a film by Anthony Hickox, written and produced by Michel Adam tells a story of two brave lovers, Fannia and Bruce, who stand up to the Nazis and fight against evil. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they make their escape to Shanghai on the Orient Express, saving many Jews along the journey.
Together with Dr. Ho, the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who helped thousands of Jews to flee Vienna and escape to Shanghai with free Exit Visas, they make their Exodus to Shanghai.
A Dead Nazi is a Good Nazi.
Produced by Michel Adam a fashion TV founder and directed by Anthony Hickox (Waxwork, Hellraiser3...) this upbeat feature film provides a superb symbiosis of action thriller, comedy, romance, adventure, music and high production value.
Using most attractive fashion models and seasoned actors the Exodus story is largely based on the true story of Dr. Feng Shan Ho the Chinese Consul of Vienna issuing 10, 000 exit visas in 1938 to Austrian Jews to leave the Third Reich for Shanghai, an initiative opposed by his Berlin superior who needed arms from Germany.
The narrative involves Dr. Ho, Fannia a beautiful musician falling in love with Bruce the martial arts expert nephew of the Consul, the art gallery owners Morgenstern, sadistic Gestapo and SS members who were ordered by Hitler to find his drawing of Prince, his favorite shepherd dog, and an assortment of other original characters. Following the maxim that only a good Nazi is a dead Nazi, Dr. Ho’s group and people he had hidden successfully escape on a train from Vienna after killing a large number of Nazis. The film is most enjoyable and appealing in part because of its message that the good side prevails over evil. Before its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and theatrical release it is already streaming on Amazon com.
Yaara Benbenishty, Alexandre Nguyen, Markus von Lingen
THURSDAY - September 1st
||Save the Bees
Nuero-toxic pesticides kill bees. If bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left.
Nuero-toxic pesticides called Neonics play a crucial role in killing bees. They carry the poison back to the hive and kill the rest of the colony. They die in pain. We can help prevent this by supporting ecological, organic farming and challenging those who don’t.
If bees disappeared, man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination. No more bees, no more plants. No more bees, no more animals. No more bees, no more man.
||TWU Local 525 Memorial Beam
A journey of a one ton artifact from the World Trade Center 911 tragedy is ceremoniously shipped to Miami.
TWU Local 525 members of Engine 1 Firehouse at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL make an unforgettable journey to escort a World Trade Center beam from NYC to Philadelphia to Miami and back home for installation at their 9/11 firehouse memorial.
||As Life Shifts
Two boys must cope with the shocking reality of their mother’s terminal illness.
As Life Shifts ( ALS -Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or “Lou Gerhig’s Disease) is an emotional tale of suffering, love and hope. Miranda is a single mother of two, struck by a destructive disease that is slowly but surely taking her life. Her two sons are faced with the shocking reality of their mother’s terminal illness.
Director Bio: Daniel Gras Pujalt was born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian/Argentinian family. His mother, Mary Frances Pujalt, is a humanitarian and art lover, and his father, Enrique Amadeo Gras, is an electrical engineer involved in the development of computers for a petroleum company.
He spent his childhood in Lima and Arequipa, two beautiful cities rich in traditions and cultural manifestations. At the age of eight, he and his family moved to Mendoza, Argentina.
From an early age, Daniel was drawn to artistic activities such as drawing, painting and music. Even as a young man in Mendoza, Daniel sensed that the world should consist of something more than the rituals of office life and left on a journey of self-knowledge, traveling throughout South America and Europe The world became for him something mysterious and wonderful, a place where amazing people lived with untold uplifting stories of overcoming difficulties and hope. Inspired by his travels, he studied Portuguese, English, Italian and French.
At the age of twenty he moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After great effort, he received a scholarship to the “Federal University of Media Studies in Rio the Janeiro” and graduated with honors. Through these years he participated in numerous audiovisual projects and short films. In 2009, he was hired by Brazil’s largest TV Channel - Rede Globo, where he worked as an Production Design Assistant and Assistant Art Director. Specializing in period projects, most of which were internationally recognized and honored.
In 2013, Daniel Gras Pujalt moved to New York, where he is completing his master in filmmaking at The New School of Public Engagement. As an artist, writer and filmmaker living in New York; Daniel a passionate storyteller continues to dedicate his life’s work to the film and TV industry. His love for history, culture and customs guide many of his projects.
An outlaw is discovered by the law after 30 years. Before his execution, he recounts his experiences.
A notorious Outlaw is discovered by the law after thirty years in hiding. Just before his execution, he recounts his experience with crime, loss, and love.
Director Bio: Nick DeRuve was born in Schenectady, New York in 1985. He attended Niskayuna high school where he discovered his passion for filmmaking. In 2003 he produced, wrote and directed his first short film which garnered festival laurels. DeRuve pursued filmmaking at Long Island University where he earned a BFA in film. Upon the graduation, DeRuve continued to work in the tri-state area in the Grip & Electric Dept. before deciding to return to school, and pursue an MFA in Filmmaking.
Making the move from New York City to Los Angeles, DeRuve made a silent 16mm short film. Schenectady, New York (2010) made its world premiere at the New York City International Film Festival where it was nominated Best Student film. After a festival run, Schenectady (2010) would receive the Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition. Soon after, he completed Dr.Thompson (2010) which made it’s world premiere at the Burbank International Film Festival. It was awarded Best Student Film. He continued to work as a Gaffer for independent feature films, and also produce several short films with a variety of directors that garnered festival laurels.
In 2014 DeRuve produced, wrote, and directed his feature film debut, The Runaway (2015). After wrapping production, DeRuve also opened his first stage play, Runaway: The Story of an Outlaw, an adaptation of the feature film. The film would make its world premiere at the Orlando Film Festival (2015) where it received three nominations including Best Picture, and two wins including Best Screenplay (Nick DeRuve) and Best Lead Performance (Richard Hench). As the film continues on the festival circuit it has accumulated thirteen awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, 6 performance awards including Best Ensemble and more.
Director Statemen: I left grad school with some good short films, festival laurels, and even some trophies. I had a feature script that was hot, I got a great casting director, and we were off and running. I locked in two name actors as the leads, had money promised to me, and spent 9 months in holding patterns. After two different financiers backed out, the plug was pulled on my film. I had around $37k left in the bank after spending over $20k in casting and prepro fees on my failed film. I decided I wasn’t going to try and get names, I wasn’t looking for half a mill in budget, I was a filmmaker and I needed to make a film. I wrote a script that came from the bottom of my heart. I’m not sure where exactly, but somewhere buried deep down. I was able to make the film for a production budget of >$50k. I have an incredible cast of actors, some of which rehearsed for months on end. I have an amazing team both above and below the line. This really was a special experience, and many people are very proud for what we were able to accomplish.
||The Healing Field:
Exploring Energy & Consciousness
Conventional healthcare is challenged by non-invasive, ancient, healing techniques.
The Healing Field explores breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA and genetics, and the biochemistry of emotions. We see how the old conventional healthcare models, that have relied on surgery and prescription drugs are being challenged by a wave of dramatic, non-invasive mind-body and energy-based healing techniques. While many of these techniques are centuries old, they are now generating worldwide studies with remarkable results. We’ll meet world-class experts, as well as acclaimed mind-body and energy-medicine practitioners, and witness inspiring personal stories. We’ll explore how this quantum shift in understanding is affecting our health, our society, and our future.
Our renowned experts and best-selling authors include:
Bruce Lipton, PhD – Cellular Biologist, pre-eminent scientist in quantum physics, DNA and cell biology, and author of best-sellers, The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.
Lynne McTaggart – Leading spokesperson on consciousness and the new physics, and award-winning author of six books, including the best-sellers, The Field and The Intention Experiment.
The late, Candace Pert, PhD – World-class neuroscientist and pharmacologist, expert in Mind-body Medicine, and author of The Molecules of Emotion.
Beverly Rubik, PhD – Biophysicist and President of the Institute for Frontier Science in San Francisco, CA.
Hyla Cass, MD – Psychiatrist, leading expert in integrative Medicine, and author of ten popular books, including, Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health.
Ron Lavin, MA – Founder of One Light Healing Touch, an International Energy healing School, has participated in five landmark studies with the National Institutes of Health.
Ken Cohen – Qigong Master, renowned China scholar, health educator, and best-selling author of, The Way of Qigong.
Gerry Epstein, MD – Psychiatrist, leading pioneer in mental Imagery, and author of seven books, including the best-seller, Healing Visualizations.
Penny Price is the producer, director, writer of this documentary. She is an award-winning producer/dir./writer with 30+ years in television. She has worked on many national programs including, Good Morning America and NBC Magazine, where she won MAGGIE and EMMY awards. In 1995 Penny launched Penny Price Media, dedicated to producing uplifting and empowering programming, such as: SHINING SOUL - The Life and Legacy of Helen Keller, which won CHRIS, TELLY, 1ST prize at the Houston and The NY IIF&VFestivals, and aired on PBS; SPLENDORS OF THE SPIRIT which won CHRIS, TELLY, and The IF&V Festival Awards, and aired on PBS; HEALING EXERCISES FOR BODY, MIND & SPIRIT; and A COURSE IN MIRACLES with Marianne Williamson, were both awarded ***Stars by the Video Librarian. Penny has been a life-long explorer of spiritual studies, and mind-body techniques and this exploration has both informed her media career and helped her pursue working with energy medicine.
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FRIDAY - September 2nd
When Anderson buys a new house, he visits Assuring Insurance Co. to make sure that he is covered for everything. Q&A
Director Biography: TAWNY SORENSEN, a proud New Yorker, received her BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an MFA in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School/ New School for Drama. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, she has performed in television and film and on many stages throughout New York City. Upcoming projects include David Spaltro’s feature “Wake-Up in New York” and an outrageously funny web series “This is Gluten Free” in which she has a recurring role. She also recently performed in live performances of Adult Swim’s “The Jack & Triumph Show.” In addition to acting, she began writing in 2008 with her works produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre and Short Play Lab in New York City. “Covered” is based on a one-minute play she wrote for Spare Change Theatre Company. Her award-winning film “The Cat’s Cradle” is currently playing on the festival circuit. It has received 17 Official Selections, 4 nominations, and 3 wins.
COLIN FISHER is an actor and writer in New York City. After receiving his MFA in acting from the New School for Drama, he began writing and producing his own content such as the ongoing web series The Agoraphobes and the comedic short But the View, both of which are available at Youtube.com/PopcornApocalypse. Colin continues to act on stage and camera throughout the city, most recently as a young JFK in the new play 28 Marchant Avenue. He lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his wife and sort-of-famous dog.
Director Statement from Tawny Sorensen:
I originally wrote a one-minute play on insurance coverage for Spare Change Theatre Company and recently decided to expand upon the idea. As I began to develop “COVERED” into a short film, I contacted Colin Fisher with whom I have worked in the past. I have never collaboratively written a piece before and Colin was a perfect match for this project. We mashed our comedic minds together and came up with a wonderful satire that deals with the absurdities of insurance. This is a statement about what it is to constantly worry about hypothetical situations. And what happens when these hypotheticals play out, but the coverage we signed up for may not be all that it claimed to be when we signed? We wanted to explore what it means to be covered.
||The American Death
A medical system that’s ill-equipped to guide the dying in a culture that doesn’t know what to do. Q&A
Since the death of her mom, filmmaker Susan Austin has been obsessed by what experts call the Good Death: a gold standard in dying. But this wasn’t Susan’s experience with her mom. So she sets out to interrogate this Good Death and explore the perplexing situation wherein many hope for this idealized death but few experience it. As Susan reflects on her own experience, she comes to appreciate all we’re up again in America: a medical system that often keeps people fighting for their lives, doctors ill-equipped to guide the dying, and a culture that simply doesn’t know what to do. The film leaves viewers wondering what they will do in these situations and lets us off the hook where we might fall short.
A child’s introduction to clitoris awareness through women’s stories and animated art.
A global initiative about CLITORIS AWARENESS made with the mission to normalize & facilitate, the first parent / child conversation about Clitoris & Clitoris Awareness through women stories & animated art.
The American phenomena of pin up girls and the women who inspired their many types, styles and fashions. Q&A
Contemporary pin up girls, and the women who inspired them. Inspired by the art of Gil Elvgren and Alberto Varga, and the style sense of Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page, the pin up is, in the words of art historian Maria Elena Buszek, “a uniquely American phenomena.” The modern pinup is enticing, captivating, independent, and omnipresent–a thoroughly 21st century woman.
Director Biography: Ryan is an award-winning producer with 20+ years experience in television news and documentary film. Her first television job was in Great Falls, Montana where she covered the race for governor and the forest fires during the summer of 1988 in Yellowstone National Park. Since then she has worked as a show and segment producer for ABC, NBC, A&E, Lifetime and many others. She has developed and produced a wide variety of shows over the years including the first weekend half-hour newscast for the Fox NewsChannel, an award-winning 30-part series for Disney Educational Productions called ABC News Classroom Edition and the documentary Saving Faces for the Discovery Health Channel. Her documentary Backstretch premiered in 2006 and Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II premiered in 2013.
Director Statement: It’s easy to dismiss the pin up. At first blush, she seems like something a bit passé. She’s retro-kitsch icon of another era. Victory rolls. Perfect makeup. A cutesy expression as she poses for the camera, showing a flash of skin.
Dismissing her would be a mistake.
In my two years following this subculture, I’ve met bold, confident and profoundly modern women. In this film, I introduce audiences to pin ups from Colorado and California who find a home in the world. They’re not pining for some “idyllic” yesteryear. They’re using the pin up style as a way to express - and own - their sexuality.
I’ve also discovered an industry set up to support the culture from vintage balls to clothing manufacturers. And contests - lots and lots of pin up contests.
I started on this project looking initially for a film that I could complete on a rather quick timeline. I was working with a woman who wrote a book on the feminist history of the pin up, a book I encountered when researching my last project. I knew there was a rich culture in my home state of Colorado because I had attended a vintage ball here. This was story I sketched out before I even began shooting. And then I met the women involved.
This film is just one element of what has become a much larger project. I’m also working to develop an interactive documentary on the pin up world. I’ve been writing on the modern pin up, and joke that I’m stalking the women via social media, trying to untangle the larger world that I somehow stepped into.
Because even though they may be on display - they’re pin ups, after all - they’re also more than “just” the surface image. There’s a rich charity world that’s part of pin up culture. There’s also a sense of sisterhood where they consciously push against mainstream notions of “sexy.” The pin up doesn’t just ape the styles of a bygone era - she also wants to make their world a better place while at the same time claiming her own role in it. Girl power. Control. Bombshell. Yes, you can look at the pin up. But she’ll tell you she’s the one who’s calling the shots.
SATURDAY - September 3rd
||If These Walls Could Talk
Homeless young men cultivate their human assets to make their way in the world of music.
A young man becomes homeless when his mother becomes terminally ill. With the help of a youth agency he is housed in a shelter where he meets other homeless youth. They discover a strong bond in their love for creating music.
Director Biography: Matthew Spaull is an adjunct professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in Film & Animation and Producer at Content Central, a production company based in Rochester, NY. He has been a 6 time Telly award winner, Cine Golden Eagle Finalist, and Student Academy Award Finalist.
Director Statement: “If These Walls Could Talk” tells the story of four men living in a transitional living center, using what human assets they might possess, to do their best to move forward from homelessness and difficult situations. Based on and inspired by true events, the stars are not actors, but rather transitional young men improvising with me, the director, and in the process finding their very real common bond of music and aspiration. For all of us the process of making this film, which manifested hope, friendship and dreams coming true, was as important as the final product.
||Lutah a Passion for Architecture
A remarkable woman architect who was initially eclipsed by male contemporaries in California.
LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy. Initially eclipsed by her male contemporaries in the early 20th century, Lutah Maria Riggs navigated her way through the male-centric world of architecture and brought a freshness to the established architectural styles of Southern California. Riggs blazed a trail for women, relying on the courage of her convictions and a hint of eccentricity. She pursued her passions and created a life of independence, an exceptional choice for a woman at that time. Never before seen photographs and journal entries from Riggs’s personal collection, and candid interviews, this documentary reveals a side of Lutah Maria Riggs that has gone unnoticed.
||Body & Sound
Sergio Arturo Calonego plays acoustic guitar showing relationship between musician and musical instrument.
Director Biography: Born in 1957 at Trapani (Italy), lives and works in Bergamo since 1982. Former professor of Sound Design at Academies of Fine Arts in Bergamo and Brescia, after a long career musician with numerous musical productions and a rich concert activity, he dedicated himself to the production of art and culture documentaries, industrial films and video art works received numerous international awards. His works are appreciated in Italy and abroad and selected some of the most important festivals of film and video art in Europe, USA, Asia. He participated, representing Italy, to EURONIGHT08, an international video art proposed by the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto.
Audio recording by Dario Ravelli / Suonovio Recording Studio.
Written, directed and produced by Alberto Nacci/ajpstudios
Winner at Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2016 (Best Music Video)
Winner (Award of Excellence) at INDIEFest Film Awards 2016
Winner at BellinghamMusic Film Fest 2016 (Best Music Video)
Winner at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2016 (Best Music Video)
- FILM MIAMI FEST (Miami, USA 2016)
- ALBUQUERQUE Film & Music Festival (USA, 2016)
- BOOMTOWN Music Film Fest (UK, 2016)
- CIMMfest Chicago (USA, 2016)
- ROMA Cinemadoc (Italy, 2016)
- UPIKE Film & Media Art Festival (USA, 2016)
- LOS ANGELES Independent Film Award (USA, 2016)
- TOFF Film Festival (USA, 2016)
- NEW YORK CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (USA, 2016)
- BACKUP_FESTIVAL 2016
- VIENNA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Selected in the following video-art exhibitions:
- Venice Experimental Video and Performanca Art Festival (Italy, 2016)
- It’s Liquid Experimental Cinema and Video Art Festival The Underground Cinema, Kent (UK, 2016)
||1984 Riding Into Hell
The 1984 rock’n roll scene, world news, politics, celebrities, pop culture and technology.
In 2010 Childs provided footage and helped famed producer Jeff Krulik to create the prequel to his cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot. The subject matter recorded by Childs in 1985 was affectionately call Heavy Metal Picnic and was featured in film festivals around the world.
2011 Childs set out on his own and produced Tension: 25 Years Underground that featured Marty Friedman’s in his first band he joined at age14. The full length documentary went on to play Internationally and won top prizes at several film festivals.
2012 Childs went on to produce the music video Silent Calls by Alloy 20 that went on to win Best Alternative Metal Video at the World Music and International Film Festival.
2013 Childs, a traditional metal fan, teamed up with Steel Assassin after hearing their most recent release WWII: Metal of Honor. He produced two music videos for them: Blitzkrieg Demon and The Wolfpack.
2014 Provided nearly a dozen Ozzy and Randy Rhoads photographs for Steal Away the Night: An Ozzy Osbourne Day-by-Day by Martin Popoff. Also the newly published book Heavy Metal Movies, by Mike McPadden listed both Heavy Metal Picnic and Tension: 25 Years Underground in the top 666 “most heavy metal movies.”
2015 Produced metal documentary1984 Riding Into Hell which examines the year 1984, looking at the rock’n roll scene, world news & politics, celebrities & pop culture and technology.
SUNDAY - September 4th
How many of us are truly awake? An animated film about doing exactly what you’re told.
Director’s Biography: A second year animation student at the University for the Creative Arts, currently living in Farnham, Surrey. Originally from Sunderland, in the North East of England. Specializing in 2D animation using Adobe After Effects.
Memories of a cherished wife reveal an old man’s obsession with their love in realms of delusion.
An old lover gentleman, Joe receives a ride in order to go back home on time for his perfect wedding anniversary from a good Samaritan, Bob who turns out to be an undercover police officer. Joe enjoys the day with his lover, until Bob fixes and brings him back the car, but he is the last one Joe wants to see at his door. What is Joe hiding? Bob is truly concerned, but his concern could turn Joe’s whole life upside down.
||The Existential Zombie
Existential horror from the zombie-centric perspective.
Director Biography:Have been making short films since 2009 with over 40 festival screenings including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Moscow, London, Marbella, Copenhagen, Manaus and more. Currently studying Motion Picture and Television Directing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA, USA, with pre-production in progress on a feature film.
A young woman loses her dad; embarks on a journey revealing the essence of life. Running away isn’t an answer.
Storyline: China is the name of a young American of Spanish and Chinese origin and photographer by profession. She has recently suffered the loss of her family. Gripped by loneliness, she decides to start on a trip to Spain; a journey that will give back to her the memory of her father. Her escape increasingly brings her closer to nature, to the Spanish people and their land. Her feelings and her gaze also evolve as time goes by. As she gradually matures, she finds herself in a journey where she has to overcome particularly hard times, even coming very close to death. However, she also finds help and understanding which motivate her to overcome her grief and to find her roots. As an artist she initiates a new, more profound path; a gaze that unites her parents and is portrayed in the pictures she takes. If at the beginning of her trip China felt alone for the loss of her family, at the end of it she succeeds in gaining a new family that gives meaning to her life.
Director Biography Mercedes Gaspar: In September 2011 the Plataforma de Nuevos Realizadores (New Filmmakers Platform) dedicated a tribute and a book to her filmaking trajectory. She studied Geography and History, Audiovisual Communication with specialization in Image and Sound, Stage Management (RESAD), Filmmaking in the Instituto Oficial de Radio y Televisión, and Music Theory and Piano in the Real Conservatorio de Zaragoza. She has worked as director in Spanish TV (TVE), and invited lecturer in different Universities and Film and TV Institutes. She is producer, writer and director. She writes short stories, poetry, and theater, which she also directs, and has made video art and photography exhibitions in museums and art galleries. She was part of amateur theater groups, and her film career started making movies costumes, and then entering into production equipment and management.
What if their world had never been the one in which she thought they lived? Do extra-terrestrial’s have an answer?
Anne, in her forties, lives in a vacuum between her mother, for whom the past is waning, and her sister who has just been fired. A conversation with her cousin Christopher will take an unusual turn. What if their world had never been the one in which she thought they lived?
MONDAY - September 5th
||The Leaping Place
An elderly woman journeys to a mysterious tree hidden in the depths of an ancient cave.
An elderly woman journeys to a mysterious tree hidden in the depths of an ancient cave. Her journey takes her through the emotional and psychological growth of overcoming fears and insecurities, while finding peace and acceptance in the unknown.
Director Biography: Michelle Ionescu was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Although a Chicago native, Michelle’s Romanian heritage plays a large role in her personal and creative life. Fascinated by the way animated films visually told stories and captivated audiences; Michelle completed a degree in animation in hopes of doing the same. She wants to create and develop content that can influence and inspire the next generation of creative minds.
A father starts a journey to protect his son from seeing filthiness in a crime-ridden city. Animated.
Director Biography:Junjie “Jake” Zhang is an independent animation artist, illustrator and educator living in LA and Hong Kong. He likes to explore and develop different visual styles to express his artistic opinions and stories. Most of his films are black-humorous, ironic and fantastic, reflecting social and political issues indirectly. Jake Zhang holds a BA in Digital Media from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and a MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California. His films have been awarded and selected in festivals all over the world, including
Domination in 58th CINE Golden Eagle Award (2015), the Best 2D project in The Vision Feast (2016), Storytelling Designation Winner in Adobe Design and Achievement Award (2015), Distinction Award in Athens Animation Festival (2016), Winner in Animaze Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (2016), Official Selection in KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival (2015), Corfu Animation Festival (2015), Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (2015), Animasyros International Animation Festival (2015) and Melbourne International Animation Festival (2014). Currently, Jake lives in Hong Kong, where he is a professor of animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong.
Director Statement: Pokey Pokey is a short animated film that discusses the arising trend of over-protecting children. When it comes to protecting children’s innocence, how far will human go? Since children will eventually grow into adults, and every society will always has its light and shadow, is ‘shield kids away from sex and violence’ really about protecting children’s innocence? Or is it about the fear of children growing up?
A poetic portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.
Director Biography: After brief careers as a croupier, archaeological scientist and printing press assistant, Jilli learned how to animate and has been gleefully making things move ever since.She is drawn to places and subjects where art and science collide, and is currently making a suite of animations based on her 2014 residency at Casey Station in Antarctica.
Sticky (19:50 / 2014)
Predator!!! (8:15 / 2012)
Director Statement: 80% of the world’s extinctions have occurred on islands.
In the 1990s, two surfer / biologists decided to do something about that. Today, their company Island Conservation employs dozens of people around the globe, removing feral animals from islands, preventing extinctions and making our world a little more hope-filled. I interviewed their chief scientist under a tree at the IUCN World Parks Congress last year, and the resulting film is part nature documentary, part fairy tale and chock full of blindingly beautiful, big-hearted science.
After a devastating global nuclear and chemical war Britain is divided into two: the war wasteland in the south and the surviving north. Thousands of refugees from the south are trying to migrate up north where civilized life is still possible. However, these people are carrying a deadly virus and the military is protecting the north from them. A disciplined captain Thomas has lost everything but his fellow soldiers who have to kill anyone approaching from the south. A new recruit Landon however is unable to do it and Thomas is tasked with toughening him up. One extraordinary day Thomas himself is faced with the dilemma of following his heart or orders.
Director Biography: Norman Tamkivi is an Estonian-born film director and writer based in London. He started making films at the early age of 10. Norman trained in the prestigious London College of Communication BA (Hons) Film and Television course.
His shorts have won several awards at international film festivals. Norman has made numerous short films, music videos, corporate promos and documentaries as well as video clips for Estonian Television. He was also one of the directors of a feature film that got a cinematic release in his native Estonia in 2011. Norman loves to create powerful drama, gripping emotions and stunning imagery.
He excels at directing, cinematography and editing and is also an experienced producer, colorist, photographer and Steadicam operator. Since 2013 Norman has been running his own production company Icicle Studios. He is an energetic and enthusiastic leader who pays a lot of attention to detail.
||Hang on Sloopy:The Movie
Ohio State University’s incredible 50-year love affair with this rock song.
69-minute “ROCKumentary” about a random rock song that somehow became to the State of Ohio what “Rocky Top” is to Tennessee. Written, produced and directed by Dave Whinham and Brian Grady
||September Sketch Book
Imaginative film using old school animation techniques with sequences of flags from around the world.
September Sketch Book is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.
Director Biography: Artist/Musician/Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer has been active in the arts community for over thirty years. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and other venues across the country, his music has achieved airplay on over 150 radio stations nationwide and his critically-acclaimed films have been screened at festivals around the world. He has also been featured as a guest lecturer on art and media at numerous museums and universities
Set in an enchanted forest, a hunter is visited by a forest Nymph who lures him deeper into the forest. The Nymph tells the story of how a hunter becomes the hunted.
Director Biography: Damian Byrne is a traditional and digital artist from Dublin, Ireland. Damian initially studied at The Irish School of Animation then completed his studies at the University of Dundee (Scotland) where he received a BA in Animation and Electronic Media. Damian has worked on BBC’s ‘Ripper Street, RTE’s Love/Hate and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful as Graphic Artist. The Nymph is Damian’s directorial debut.
||Begone Dull Care
Upbeat, animated short with 80’s music; a dance of tightly timed abstract paintings and pixel-art.
A re-imagining of 1949's "Begone Dull Care", this abstract animated chiptune pixel-art film endeavours to maintain the abstract spontaneity of the original 1949 NFB short, while updating
the music and visuals to fit today's digital age. Created by 20-year animation industry veteran Paul
Johnson between May and October 2015, while on contract in Montreal.
I've been working in animation for 20 years and teaching it p/t for 15. I started making short films in
2013; "Begone Dull Care 2015" is my 3rd completed film.
I composed the audio for "Begone Dull Care 2015" in homage to the Oscar Peterson Trio music from
the original "Begone Dull Care" (1949). I listened to that music approximately 120 times, then
composed a chiptune Milkytracker version. Listening to the chords, I used trial and error to
approximate what I was hearing, and then expanded on the basic structure and rhythms using the
strengths of chiptune. I view this reworking as a necessary update of the original to convey the idea of
abstract visuals timed closely to music to the current audience who may not have the interest or
knowledge to appreciate the version from 66 years ago. I composed the music completely before
starting the image design and animation, and the music remains unchanged from its first version, save
for the opening intro music, which was composed once the film was complete. Please feel free to
contact me at email@example.com if you need further information.
Director Biography: Paul Johnson has been animating, supervising, and teaching traditional, 2d, and 3d animation since 1995. Paul has taught at Vancouver Film School, VanArts, VCAD, AI Vancouver, Cap University Harbin, Mars Era Beijing, and Think Tank Training Centre. His current independent short film is due in October of 2015, with “The 8-Bit Cup” being recently finished and online at vimeo.com/113990979.
Charming (Theatrical film) (2015)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2012,13,14,15)
Fanboy and ChumChum: Season 2 (TV series) (2011)
Planet Sheen (TV series) (2010)
Neighbors from Hell (TV series) (2010)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 1 (TV series) (2010)
Kung Fu Magoo (Direct-to-video) (2009)
The Adventures of Little Jake and Many Skies (TV interstitials) (2009)
Pearlie (TV series) (2009)
Edgar & Ellen (TV series) (2008)
The Nutty Professor (Direct-to-video) (2007)
Chaotic: Season 1 (TV Series) (2006)
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2005,07)
FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: Season 2 (TV Series) (2005)
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Season 2 (TV series) (2004)
The Buzz on Maggie (TV series) (2003)
¡Mucha Lucha!: Season 3 (TV series) (2002)
Return to Never Land (DTV Feature) (2000)
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (DTV Feature) (1999)
Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (TV special) (1998)
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (TV special) (1998)
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (DTV Feature) (1997)
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (DTV Feature) (1996)
Tales from the Far Side II (1-hour TV special) (1996)
Kleo the Misfit Unicorn (TV pilot) (1995)
”Earth, Video Games, Port Mann Bridge” (2014, 1:47)
”The 8-Bit Cup” (2014, 2:36)
”Begone Dull Care 2015” (2105, 3:48)
Paul is currently Leading Team Leo on Season 4 of TMNT in Vancouver.
Director Statement: If it moves you to attentiveness it’s art; otherwise it’s something else.
Paris, 1899. Pierre-Louis is a talented, young photographer for whom his models are a genuine obsession. He attempts to seduce sultry Countess.
Edouard de La Poëze began writing scenarios whilst living in England three years ago. Steeped in mystery and ambiguity, “The Session” is his first short film in which he showcases his love of disturbing and surreal atmospheres.
|| Hail to the King: 60 years of Destruction
Celebrates the great monster, Godzilla. Filmed in Tokyo.
Hail to The King: 60 Years of Destruction is an independent crowd-funded documentary that celebrates the sixty-year legacy of the world’s greatest monster, Godzilla. In July of 2014, Kyle Yount, die-hard Godzilla fan and the host of the internet’s longest running pod cast dedicated to the kaiju genre, traveled to Tokyo to film Godzilla and kaiju-related events, locations and to interview cast, crew and fans of the Godzilla series about their passion and experiences with the King of the Monsters.