2013 Official Selections

HATED

Dir: Lee Madsen, Script: Maria Lorenzo, US, Dramatic Feature, 91 mins

When a young punk rock band starts out in the underground music scene, all they have is each other. But when a childhood friend – with complicated connections to the group – leverages her P.R. skills to get them noticed, they suddenly find themselves on the verge of making it big. The only question is how far they’re willing to go in the pursuit of fame and fortune, and who they’re willing to leave behind to get there.

HATED

IMPULSES

Dir: Marie-Pascale Laurencelle, Canada, Documentary Feature, 52 mins,

World Premiere

Actress Genevieve Rioux uses her own personal experience as a creator, as well as conversations with great women artists, to better understand the relationship between motherhood and artistry.

Impulses

Matches

Dir & Script: Annie Sakellar, US, Dramatic Feature, 57 mins

New York City Premiere

Mixing documentary like realism with traditional narrative fiction, Matches visualizes small moments in the lives of five characters of varying ages. The unusual pairing of two characters on a road trip intersects with a family searching for unity and joy.


Matches

Anniversary Dinner

Dir & Script: Jessi Gotta, US, Narrative Short, 12 mins

New York City Premiere

A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ was just the beginning.


Anniversary Dinner

Black Irish

Dir: Anika Poitier, US, Narrative Short, 13 mins

World Premiere

A young man who can’t afford to take care of his family seeks a much needed promotion.

Black Irish

Black Out

Dir: Francisco Lupini
, Script: Paula Roman, US, Narrative Short, 24 mins

Pepa, a Spanish spitfire hairdresser and aspiring mystery writer, must put her amateur detective skills to work in order to discover the true father of her unborn baby.

Black Out

Bolt Cutters in Paris

Dir: Zoe Robyn, France, Narrative Short, 15 mins

World Premiere

Two strangers suffering from broken hearts get into a heated, bilingual argument on a bridge in Paris.

Bolt Cutters in Paris

Bon Appetit Misery

Dir & Script: Mina Poe, France, Narrative Short, 14 mins

World Premiere

“A young woman comes home after a hard day’s work. Persuaded that her boyfriend has found a new job, she is disenchanted when she realizes that he has spent the day watching absurd TV programs. Between deception and lack of communication, tension escalates…”

Bon Appetit Misery

Gardenhead

Dir & Script: Cameron Bertron, US, Narrative Short, 8 mins

World Premiere

Emma is a little girl who loves flowers. She lives on a farm in northern Florida with her mother and her recently unemployed, frustrated father. Emma and her mom decide to grow some mammoth sunflowers as an outlet to avoid her dad’s tense presence.

Gardenhead

Homecoming

Dir & Script: Gursimran Sandhu
, US, Narrative Short, 26 mins

New York City Premiere

Nina Patel wants to go to the Homecoming dance but her traditional Indian parents refuse to let their daughter assimilate into such an American tradition.

Homecoming

Hot Biscut!

Dir & Script: Ahbra Perry
, Co-writer: Eden Perry, US, Narrative Short, 22 mins

World Premiere

Two murder mystery party planners accept an invitation to a party they’ll never forget!

Hot Biscut

Kerry and Angie

Dir: Amanda Melby
, US, Narrative Short, 12 mins

New York City Premiere

Sitting in the back of a church during a service, Kerry questions best friend Angie about her whereabouts and her habits of one-night stands.

Kerry and Angie

OPAL

Dir & Script: Ramona Emerson
, US, Narrative Short, 11 mins

New York City Premiere

There are three things in life that Opal Shorty loves: her bike, Grandma’s mutton stew, and Charles Bronson movies. But when the sanctity of her summer is threatened by the town bully and his NO GIRLS ALLOWED restrictions, Opal is forced to rise to the occasion and take him down!

Opal

POLARISED

Dir: Steve Fleming, Script & Producer: Emma Vickery, Austraila, Narrative Short, 9 mins

New York City Premiere

In a series of escalating pranks, Beth enlists the help of her younger brother and the family dog in order to snare an older man.

Polarised

Take it Off

Dir: Paige Jennifer Barr, Script: Anna Van Valin, US, Narrative Short, 9 mins

Cady went all out for her boyfriend’s birthday, including some very expensive lingerie. So expensive, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off.

Take It Off

The Tale of Paris Echo Gold

Dir & Script: Deirdre Vertucci, US, Narrative Short, 7 mins

A snapshot of one woman’s hilarious ride to infamy!

The Tale of Paris Echo Gold

Tiny Miny Magic

Dir & Script: Danielle Lurie, US, Narrative Short, 8 mins

New York City Premiere

A love story gone postal.

Tiny Miny

Where is Joel Baum?

Dir & Script: Pearl Gluck
, US, Narrative Short, 29 mins

New York City Premiere

A tragic accident causes unexpected consequences in the home of a Hasidic rabbi in contemporary Brooklyn.

Joel Baum

Youngish

Dir & Script: Renee Felice Smith, US, Narrative Short, 7 mins

New York City Premiere

During an afternoon at the beach, an elderly couple transports back to their childhood through the help of a wooden, playground pirate ship.

Young(ish)

Aliyah Yaeli

Dir: Rebecca Sherwood, Israel, Documentary Short, 14 mins

World Premiere

Meet Lindsay, Hebrew name Aliyah Yaeli, a late 20’s black Jewish American living in Israel.

Aliyah Yaeli

Beale Street Blues

Dir: Kecia Benson, US, Documentary Short, 26 mins

A short documentary about struggling African American Blues Artists on Beale Street in Memphis, TN and the controversial issues they face. The film gets up close and personal with blues pioneers: Memphis Gold, Earl the Pearl, Sonny Mack, John MoBlues, Mz. Zeno, Carl Drew, Rudy Williams, and Big Jerry, as they give their perspective on the blues today.

Beale Street Blues

Desperately Seeking Stagg Girls

Dir: Sonia Gonzalez
, US, Documentary Short, 18 mins

World Premiere

As she’s watching a 1980’s documentary about South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a young French woman is caught by a RIP graffiti signed by the Stagg Girls on a wall near her house.

Desperately Seeking Stagg Girls

Hip Hop Hassad

Dir: Francesca Pagani
, US/Israel/Italy, Documentary Short, 26 mins

A short documentary film that investigates the racial divide between Jews and African Americans in Brooklyn through the eyes of an Hasidic rapper, Describe, who introduces his unique sound to the masses at nightclubs, exposing himself to potential prejudice and strict critiques from his community.

Hip Hop Hassad

The Smell of Sand

Dir: Megan Corry
, US, Documentary Short, 19 mins

World Premiere

Shot in the style of a “home video” this short documentary tells of one couple’s honest and personal journey with infertility.


The Smell of Sand

Dechen

Dir: Kaukab Basheer, US, 6 mins

A young Tibetan Buddhist monk-in-training, has a passion for gardening and caring for plants in his monastery. One stormy night, he rescues an exquisite flower by bringing it indoors.


Have a Cup of Tea

Dir: Alicia Maye
, US, 6 mins

Weary of the outside world, a young woman seeks quiet and consolation. Upon closing her eyes, she finds that she is not alone. Sometimes your only friend is within.

Have a Cup of Tea

Meaning of Feminism

Dir & Script: Mara Harris & Anais Lull as part of the Reel Grrls Media Arts Program, Seattle, WA, US, 2 mins

A video blog about what feminism means to two young women.


Ordinary Life of an Unwilling All-American Exotic

Dir & Script: Aurora Betson
, US, 7 mins

Cursed or blessed with an ambiguous face, the true story of a multi-generational American woman probed on an almost weekly basis about her ethnicity, nationality or race by common strangers. Shot on laptop camera. Edited on a free 30-day Final Cut Pro trial.

Unwilling Exotic

Turbulent Abstract

Dir & Script: Marissa Sher, US, 3 mins

World Premiere

A visual experiment inspired by the defense mechanisms of caterpillars.

Turbulant Abstract

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