2013 RI Horror Film Festival Program Guide
2013 Program Guide for the Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival.
14th Annual October 17-20, 2013 401.861.4445 www.RIFilmFest.org H.P. LOVECRAFT WALKING TOUR Saturday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, October 20 at 12:00 Noon SPONSORS: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17th LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre 5 Bell Street, Providence OPENING NIGHT SPOOKTACULAR: Short Bites! 7:00 p.m. The Body | Paul Davis, Director | United Kingdom | 17 min. | 2013. “The Body” tells the story of a killer who uses the cover of Halloween to dispose of his latest victim - but as he does his gear and body bag get mistaken for a costume, and he is dragged to a Halloween party, with hilarious and horrifying consequences. Night Giant | Aaron Beckum, Director | Canada | 8 min. | 2012. After being haunted by a Night Giant in the streets of Echo Park, a young man contacts a Giant Hunter to help him destroy his problem. A suspenseful deadpan comedy set in a black and white twilight zone world. Beware of Children! (Schulanfang, Achtung Kinder!) | Ares Ceylan, Director | Switzerland | 15 min. | 2013 An unmarried couple believes to have accidentally run over a young boy with their car, but quickly realizes that they have stumbled into a dangerous trap. La Réparation | Directed by: Julien Boustani & Cecilia Ramos |18 min. France, 2011. Cast: Serge Merlin (from Amelie (2001) and The City of Lost Children (1995)) An amnesiac loner, elderly and somber, tirelessly repairs collectors dolls in his sinister workshop. Horizonte | Aitor Uribarri, Director | Spain | 24 min. | 2012. The world as we know ended, only its ashes are left. In a desperate attempt to bring the family together, Ana and her mother begin a dangerous journey where they’ll face the monsters that now. rule the Earth and an even more dangerous one: the one we all carry inside.. The Swimmer | Giovanni Basso, Director | Australia | 20 min. | 2013. “The Swimmer” tells the story of Sam Sherling, a 10 year old kid who lives in Perth with his family, a talented swimmer who is bitten by a reef shark. Sam’s parents notice their son’s fear of the violence he experienced and how he will overcome his fears. Recoil | Evan Matthews, Director | USA | 19 min. | 2013. “Recoil” follows apathetic deep space freighter, Marshall Walker, who has a crisis of conscience when he discovers a distress call from his estranged brother, Alec. The Wound | David Garrett, Director | USA | 18 min. | 2012. Released from the hospital into her aunt’s care, a woman tries to recuperate from abdominal surgery at an idyllic coastal home. LOCATION: Jamestown Arts Center 18 Valley Street, Jamestown RIIFF EERIE SHORTS OF HORROR 7:00 p.m. From the Woods | Nicolas Wendl, Director | USA | 26 min. | 2013. After recently single mother Laura Mayfair runs away from her abusive husband Roger, she must learn how to start a new life with her 8-year-old son Aaron. Chambre Double | Mathieu Mortelmans, Director | Belgium | 15 min. | 2013. Gilles is a doctor. After a procedure, in the middle of the night he ends up in a small hotel in a downtown area. As soon as Gilles enters his room, the hotel receptionist knocks on his door and asks Gilles to help care for a young woman in another room, who was badly beaten… The Followed | Zak Klein, Director | United Kingdom | 13 min. | 2013. In a support group for women who have been stalked, a young dancer talks of being followed by a strange fan over the years. A fan who believes she is not all human. Minutes into the testimony she finds he has followed her into the very room. 2 Geist | Justin Patrick Lander, Director | USA | 15 min. | 2012. Dog died yesterday. Grandpa | Leslie Simpson, Director | Australia | 15 min. | 2013. Milo is a troubled kid. He’s having night terrors, little accidents, and his only friend has lost an eye and something is changing. Hotel | Jose Luis Alemán, Director | Spain | 11 min. 2012. An exhausted man walks through the desert. The sun seems to melt the image. The man can barely walk, exhausted, hungry and thirsty. Defeated, he drops down. Between the heat and blazing sun on the horizon in the distance, he catch a glimpse of an hotel. Hangers | Blake Clouser, Director | USA | 16 min. | 2011. A dark horror comedy about Gabriel, a young wisecrack waging a battle against the ghost of his new apartment’s former tenant. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH LOCATION: Roger Williams University Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Library One Old Ferry Road, Bristol BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS 10:00 a.m. From script to screen, Rhode Island has become the Independent state for film. “Behind the Camera Lens,” will showcase Steven Feinberg (“Fortress,” “Peter York,” “Pell Grants: A Passion for Education,) Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, the man behind the state’s high profile within the industry, and filmmaking professionals who have successfully made careers within the industry. Panelists include: Patricia Chica (“La promesse,” “Day Before Yesterday,” “Ceramic Tango,”) an internationally renowned independent filmmaker from Montreal, whose work has received countless awards with the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and other major film festivals worldwide; and, Rhode Islandfilmmakers, Anthony Ambrosino and Nick Delmenico whose low-budget horror film, “ALMOST HUMAN” just screened at the Toronto Film Festival and was picked up by IFC Midnight. Serving as hosts for the forum will be Shawn Quirk, Programming Director at RIIFF and Nick Palermo, President of RWU Film Production Club. This is a free event. LOCATION: Providence Public Library Theatre, 150 Empire Street, Providence DARK FANTASY SHORTS 1:00 P.M. Rose, Mary, and Time | Hardeep Giani, Director | United Kingdom | 38 min. | 2013 Real is Love - Is life governed by Kismet, or can we change our life path. The Teleported Man | Zach Endres, Director | USA | 13 min. | 2012. Davey Wallace, a convict with a violent past, volunteers to become the first test subject of teleportation in exchange for a shortened sentence. When the potentially fatal experiment takes an unexpected turn, Davey finds himself pitted against his inner demons as he struggles for a chance at redemption within the folds of space-time. Hannah’s Zombie | Jodin Meyer, Director | Australia | 15 min. | 2012. When is a relationship past its expiration date? Hannah will do anything to maintain her decaying relationship with flesh-hungry zombie Robbie. Our Lady of Lourdes | Peter Szewczyk, Director | Poland | 17 min. | 2013. Lourdes, a university student, is grateful to Bernard, the town drunk, when he comes to her aid in an uncomfortable situation. But when she offers to buy him a hot meal, she ends up getting involved in far more than she bargained for. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre 5 Bell Street, Providence FROM THE LAND BEYOND, BEYOND: Sci-Fi Shorts 6:30 p.m. 113 Degrees | Sabrina Doyle, Director | USA | 20 min. | 2013. Francesca and Joe are astro- 3 nauts who’ve become lovers. Bunkered up in their little spaceship, Earth is a distant reality: everything they want is right here. But now their mission is ending, and Joe’s wife is waiting for him back home. Thinking she’s going to lose him, Francesca takes desperate measures, leading to terrible and unintended consequences. Bottled Up | Raffy Cortina, Director | USA | 14 min. | 2013. Amos, a dockworker, is trapped in a current of monotony. His only hope is a wish bottle that contains his desire to escape the mundane. Other O.S. | Donovan Davis, Director | USA | 22 min. | 2012. Aaron Carson is a brilliant neuroscientist. He has spent his life studying the human brain in an effort to communicate with his comatose sister, Charlotte. With the help of a gifted, young hacker, Marcus Tanner, he may have found a way... Project Genesis | Alessio Fava, Director | Italy | 6 min. | 2012. A world populated only by computers that has always looked at our world with resignation and great sense of survival. Their structure, indeed, has always limited their development making even the simplest actions difficult. Today an extraordinary project is about to see the light, clearing new unexpected ways: the world of computers becomes more accessible, simpler, within the reach of everybody. Little Brother | Cyrus Siadi and Gautam Pinto, Directors | Canada | 17 min. | 2013. The non-linear and engaging story is based on the fictional life of a best selling author and Nobel peace-prize nominee, who is armed with an unbreakable determination to battle tyranny and fueled by haunted memories of a dark past as she challenges the status quo. The main narrative takes place in an interview between our heroine and a high profile news anchor, as we get to know her intimately through her words as well as dive into her past and believe it or not, future memories. Un Monde Meilleur | Sacha Feiner, Director | Belgium | 24 min. | 2012. Henry, dedicated citizen of a pitiless dictatorship, has always worked intensely at the Denunciation Ministry. But suddenly, the regime collapses; the cold, technocratic and paranoid world becoming at once an idyllic and caricatured countryside. Henry, panicked without the rules he was addicted to, seems to be the only one to regret the old regime. LOCATION: PAFF Auditorium, URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence OH THE HORROR! FLICKERS DATE NIGHT… In true horror-style, the Festival will be “slashing” its Friday-night prices at Paff when it presents a date night of terror. Those who come in costume will be eligible for a special drawing for year-round RIIFF passes. 7:30 p.m. 9m2 | Sandy Seneschal, Director | France | 22 min. | 2012. Lola has been kidnapped and confined. Survival has a pricetag when it’s on a day by day basis. ON AIR | directed by Carsten Vauth & Marco J. Riedl | Germany | 95 min. | 2013 A man (Markus Knuefken) runs the pirate radio “Nighthawk” from the basement of his house, and every saturday night he goes “On Air” as Doc Rock. Unexpectedly a serial killer “The Night-Slasher” (Charles Rettinghaus) calls in on his show, and now…Doc has to stop him from killing his next victim. The struggle for survival is ON…AIR. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence EERIE SHORTS OF HORROR 9:00 p.m. Nibble | Greg Bellava, Director | USA | 6 min. | 2012. After several nights of being kept awake by a mysterious sound in his wall, the overworked Andy agrees to switch sides of the bed with his girlfriend in hopes of getting rest. The next morning Andy discovers the source of the noise. Something 4 terrible. Something hungry. The Meeting | Karen Lam, Director | Canada | 16 min. | 2013. In a weekly church meet-up, four serial killers confess their darkest sins, hoping to cure themselves of their homicidal tendencies. But when pretty blonde Harriet bursts into the room, the men are torn between wanting her to stay, and claiming her as another victim. Vienna Waits For You | Dominik Hartl, Director | Austria/Chile | 26 min. | 2012. Anna should have had a closer look at the fine-print of her rental contract - for the old Viennese apartment is a creature with never ending appetite, living off the youth of its residents. Compulsion | D Edwardz, Director | Australia | 15 min. | 2012. Sophie fears for her life when her husband begins to suspect she’s having an affair. Locked Up | Jane Eakin, Director | Australia | 9 min. | 2013. Whilst on night duty at a storage lock up, Simon sees a woman crying to herself outside her storage unit, he leans in to get a better look, but she runs away. Then Simon hears singing coming from inside the lock up. Is there someone in there wanting to get out? Some things are better left locked up. The Dark | Justin P. Lange, Director | USA | 16 min. | 2012. Mina is a young monster who stalks the roads of a quiet mountainside, hunting travelers as they attempt to pass through and killing them with her deadly black eyes. One morning, after she finishes killing and devouring one of her victims, she is startled to find, hiding in the trunk of the victim’s car - Alex, a kidnapped and abused young boy whose eyes have been sewn shut. Finally faced with the choice of whether to kill or not, Mina decides to keep Alex alive and instead tries to find him some help. But soon Mina and Alex begin to form the kind of connection Mina has been yearning for her entire life. Le Dernier Homme (The Last Man) | Axel Courtiere, Director | France | 13 min. | 2013. Two men remain alive after a war between men and women has killed all the men on the planet in this fabulist, surreal tale set in a secret hideaway from which the two make clandestine forays outside for food dressed as women. Think Jeunet and Caro, mixed with a touch of Jean Genet… No | Guillermo P. Bosch, Director | Spain |5 min. | 2012. `NO´ is a psyco horror short film in which the obssesion, as a disorder, drives the main character into an ironic descent into hell. Hide and Seek | Kayoko Asakura, Director | Japan | 5 min. | 2013. A girl visits a house to take a Koto lesson. (Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument.) She sees a teacher and her son, they play ‘HIDE and SEEK’. And Koto lesson starts, a teacher’s behavior becomes odd. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH: LOCATION: Rhode Island Historical Society. The tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street. LITERARY PROVIDENCE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF H. P. LOVECRAFT 1 11:00 a.m. Cost: Tickets are $18 per person, and includes a ticket of choice to a special film presentation of the Horror Festival. The life and work of Providence’s best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft’s “Providence stories” (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and Benefit Street houses. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. 5 The tour lasts 90 minutes. To order online, go to this URL: http://www. film-festival.org/HPLovecraft13.php LOCATION: PAFF Auditorium, URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence INSPIRED BY: Films with a Lovecraftian Flavor. 1:00 p.m. The Hungry Corpse | Gergely Wootsch, Director | United Kingdom | 10 min. | 2013. A short tale set in London’s bustling, yet desolate Trafalgar Square about an ancient, rather hungry Corpse and... a Pigeon. Voiced by Bill Nighy (‘Love Actually’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) and Stephen Mangan (‘Green Wing’) the film is a tale of companionship but also, a textural imprint of a dark, monochrome London from the perspective of a still, solitary protagonist. The Winter | Teresa Sutherland, Director | USA | 14 min. | 2012. 1872, a year after watching her husband dragged screaming into the darkness, a solitary woman works to survive in the frigid wind of frontier Kansas. She spends the lonely days preparing for her nights. She makes candles, gathers wood, watches the never-ending horizon to ensure she is inside before the sun disappears behind the Earth. Every night she arms herself with her rifle. Every night she surrounds herself with light. Every night she fights off sleep as she waits for the creature that took her husband, and every night it returns. Horizonte | Aitor Uribarri, Director | Spain | 24 min. | 2012. The world as we know ended, only its ashes are left. In a desperate attempt to bring the family together, Ana and her mother begin a dangerous journey where they’ll face the monsters that now rule the Earth and an even more dangerous one: the one we all carry inside... MiMic | Brandon Duemmier, Director | USA | 15 min. | 2012. Tim Collins’s life is slowly spiraling out of control and comes to it’s breaking point in the eye of a South Florida hurricane. He seeks shelter from the massive force in an abandoned motel and just when things couldn’t get worse, he discovers an old, black & white television that sees 15 seconds into the future. Compulsion | D Edwardz, Director | Australia | 15 min. | 2012. Sophie fears for her life when her husband begins to suspect she’s having an affair. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence 3:00 p.m. Melon Head | Andy Fortenbacher, Director | USA | 14 min. 2013. Gordon is infatuated with Wendy but can’t figure out how to win her over. After receiving some god-awful advice that women are turned on by things that scare them, Gordon sets out to take Wendy on the most terrifying date of her life. 6 Monsters Wanted | Brian Cunningham, Director | USA | 90 min. | 2013. In early 2011, Rich Teachout quit his lucrative job to focus on creating a one-of-a-kind haunted attraction. He Derrière les arbres (Behind the Trees) | Alexis and his partner Janel dedicated every moment, Taillant, Nicolas Lheureux, Directors| France ounce of energy and dollar to making their | 30 min. | 2012. Roman, twenty-six years, ‘Scream Park’ a reality. ‘Monsters Wanted’ is and Sebastian, twenty-eight, are brothers and the story of their self-proclaimed madness and live in their family home adjoining the forest. the industry, culture, and people who share it. Roman, weakened by a motorcycle accident, is We followed Rich and Janel’s efforts from the the victim of strange visions. His brother is un- first day of building beyond the last day of the able to understand his torment. When Sebastian season. The result is a one-of-a-kind peek into announces the decision to Roman and go live an industry known for its macabre antics and with Anna, forcing the sale of their house, the well-guarded secrets. Monsters Wanted: Haunt, situation escalates from bad to worse. or be Haunted. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence FILMMAKER AWARDS CEREMONY AND RECEPTION 5:30 p.m. Join us as we announce the award winners for this year’s Festival and toast the 14th Anniversary of the RI International Horror Film Festival. Reception follows. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence DARK SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORTS 6:30 p.m. The Last Alchemist | Michele Massari, Director | Italy | 30 min. | 2012. In a cave an ancient and mysterious rite is about to be performed. Seven girls will be sacrificed to grant another life to the thousand-years-old alchemist Felix. Only the off-duty cop Paul and a deaf-mute teenager Lara could save them from that tragic fate. The Storm | Andre LeBlanc, Director | USA | 13 min. | 2013. A remote arctic station is overrun by its own monstrous experiment, leaving the survivors no choice but to face what they’ve created. Red Rider | Gala Goliani, Director | USA | 16 min. | 2013. A post-apocalyptic western, RED RIDER follows ADENA, a vindictive young woman on her solitary journey. Trading all she has for a single shotgun shell, she patiently waits for the arrival of her wrongdoer XAVIER, the son of the shantytown’s gang leader, BRUCE. The Question | Danann Breathnach, Director | United Kingdom, Ireland | 17 min. | 2012. In the near distant future, a girl has been cryogenically reanimated against her will, renewing a rift between science and religion. But, only SHE holds the answer to the ultimate question - In death, what did she see? Dreams from a Petrified Head | Dan Ouellette, Director | 38 min. | USA | 2012. Amanda Sage was a dissident whose beliefs and ideas retain the power to disturb a long established mode of living. A restless public is re-awakening long after her death fueled by the recordings of her anti-government speeches. Jeremy’s new job entails rewriting her words and her visual image; nullifying and softening the impact of her heartfelt rhetoric. Breathe | Azmi Mert Erdem, Director | USA | 13 min. | 2012. In a dystopian singular future where trees are nearly extinct, a boy roots out maybe the last plant on earth. LOCATION: PAFF Auditorium, URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence PROVIDENCE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL: HORROR EDITION 7:30 p.m. Through Your Door | Ashley C. Beyer, Director | USA | 65 min. | 2013. An unseen Intruder stalks and terrorizes an innocent family (FATHER, MOTHER, & A DAUGHTER), recording every move on a head-mounted camera. A terrifying cat and mouse game ensues as the Intruder removes the Father and Daughter from the house, leaving the Mother to fend for herself. Lucid | Derek Dubois, Director | USA | 15 min. | 2013. Lucid is an electrically charged dreamlike short film exploring fear and masculinity in contemporary American suburbia. It seeks to ask: what is the role of the household protector? Wraith | Tom Kircher, Director | USA | 21 min. | 2012. Dahlia, a young woman suffering from PTSD, decides to get away from her struggles and spend the weekend at her friend’s house. However, her weekend turns into a nightmare, as Dahlia is pursued by what appears to be a supernatural entity. But is what’s happening to her real or just a hallucination? 7 No | Guillermo P. Bosch, Director | Spain |5 min. | 2012.`NO´ is a psyco horror short film in which the obssesion, as a disorder, drives the main character into an ironic descent into hell. LOCATION: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence FEAR FROM WITHIN: EXPLORING HEARTS OF DARKNESS 9:00 p.m. Revelation | Joseph Morgan, Director |USA | 9 min. | 2012. A woman trapped in a postapocalyptic situation questions her reality. As she secures her house against an unknown terror outside, she reflects upon the darkness that took her husband and changed the world as she knew it. But she is not alone. The Rift | Eddie Bernard, Director | USA | 13 min. | 2013. This is a story about Jesse and Anna, a couple in the midst of a divorce. Their relationship has gone sour due to infidelity on his part and she just wants out. Meditations: It’sOkayIt’sOkay | Jonathan Ade, Director | USA | 10 min. | 2012. A sick boy awakens in his bed, late at night. Consumed with a fever dream, he must make the long journey down his own hallway to rouse his father. Derrière les arbres (Behind the Trees) | Alexis Taillant, Nicolas Lheureux, Directors| France | 30 min. | 2012. Roman, twenty-six years, and Sebastian, twenty-eight, are brothers and live in their family home adjoining the forest. Roman, weakened by a motorcycle accident, is the victim of strange visions. His brother is unable to understand his torment. When Sebastian announces the decision to Roman and go live with Anna, forcing the sale of their house, the situation escalates from bad to worse. Lección Debida (Deserved Lesson) | Ivan Ruiz, Director | Spain | 62 min. | 2012 Luz decides to come in. Alejandro led her there. He’s got a goal but she still doesn’t know. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH LOCATION: Rhode Island Historical Society. The tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street. LITERARY PROVIDENCE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF H. P. LOVECRAFT 2 12:00 p.m. Walking Tour Followed by “INSPIRED BY: Films with a Lovecraftian Flavor” screened 2:30 p.m. at the Providence Public Library Theatre, 150 Empire Street, Providence. ABOUT FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top-12 festivals in the United States, RIIFF is one of 75 festivals worldwide that is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards through its partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. For more information on the festival, please visit www.RIFilmFest.org. The next RIIFF is August 5-10, 2014. 8