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Urban Suburban Film Festival | June 2009 | It’s all about the film

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Welcome to the Urban Suburban Film Festival Good evening, and welcome to the 1st annual Urban Suburban Film Festival. We want to thank everyone for attending this evening, and showing their support to the various artists who have a passion for filmmaking. As mentioned, Philadelphia is the 5th largest media market in the country, and while it has numerous film festivals, it doesn’t have any specific to the minority community. Part of the mission for our festival is not only to make it “all about the film”, but to also provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses associated with the event, to collaborate with talented individuals and increase their awareness in the community. We not only wanted to answer question of “why another film festival”? We were committed to providing access to information for aspiring filmmakers, by way of marketing, financing, distribution, and more. We were also committed to providing opportunities to meet leaders in the film industry, via actors, actresses, casting directors, and more. Throughout the process we were grateful to get some many good film submissions, which highlighted the diversity of our event. So as we kick off the festival with some extraordinary films, and rewarding workshops, please enjoy yourselves, and once again, thank you for coming out. On behalf of the Urban Suburban Film Festival, we would like to thank you for your support, participation, and submission of your film. It was our distinct pleasure to showcase your work, and give recognition to a talented artist. As we move forward to future events, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you again. We wish you continued success in your future endeavors and thank you for your support. Sincerely,

Andrew Harmon Andrew Harmon Creative Director

Thank you and we’ll see you in 2010! Change is evitable. How appropriate that 2009 symbolized significant historical change. Within every moment in time, change will occur regardless of location. It was our goal to change the landscape in which film festivals are viewed in the City of Philadelphia. Our primary goal was to focus on the artist and secondarily create a third major option with the existing film festival arena. I think we accomplished both of these lofty tasks with the help of every filmmaker and producer who graciously submitted their work to our inaugural film festival. I cannot say enough to thank the 100 plus filmmakers that submitted their work to be displayed at the Urban Suburban Film Festival. I love the City of Philadelphia. From the onset, it was our mission, despite the economy to focus our event, your festival and the artist. So as we’ve said all along “it’s all about the film”. While our primary focus has been about ensuring that filmmakers regardless of race, creed, color, gender or sexual preference have a venue to display their work collectively not separately, it would not have been possible without the support of willing sponsors. We have been rewarded by our willingness to focus on “City Avenue” and the wonderful businesses that line this historically rich residential neighborhoods along City Avenue. Our wonderful partners include Saks 5th Avenue, Lankenau Hospital, Mainline Health Systems, Citibank, Franklin Institute, Sande Webster Gallery, MindTV, Presidential City Apartments, Crowe Plaza, BOYDS, AUDIOFILMS Recording, Employee Benefits Consulting Services Inc., and Lois Mauro Photography. It goes without saying that without a talented team nothing can be done successfully. I want to personally thank each team members for their time effort and energy because without them we could not have made this event a success. While the festival is all about the film, the festival is about the diversity of the city, the suburbs and common thread that we all share regardless of our of country of organ, it is about accepting and tolerating each person creative uniqueness and allowing it to be expressed. So I’ll see you on “City Ave.” in 2010. Sincerely,

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USFF Team Members

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Angelique Marshall Assistant Creative Director

A native of Philadelphia, Angelique Marshall’s passion for the arts began while attending Philadelphia’s Creative and Performing Arts High School, where she majored in Drama & Film/Video. She continued her education at Penn State University, where she obtained her BA in Communications and sharpened her skills as an editor, producer and director. During this time, she served as a Production Assistant intern with Rel Dowdell’s critically acclaimed feature length film Train Ride. She also interned with a major market news station, WPVI Channel 6 in Philadelphia. These opportunities lead her to obtain a Production Assistant / Assistant Assignment Editor position with another major market news station, F0X Philadelphia for the Good Day Morning Show. Before leaving FOX, Angelique showed her creativity and skills by producing and editing 5 volunteer segments, a ponds & garden segment, and a music segment. As a freelance agent, Angelique has worked on a slew of independent projects as a Treatment Writer, Executive Producer, Assistant Director, Production Manager, Producer, Casting Director and Editor. Her credits include A Diamond in the Sky, Lost Money, The Strip, Getting My Way, A Sweet Sensation, and Happy Holidays. Angelique has also worked as a personnel director for music videos, Marketing Manager and Event Planner for the International Black Film Conference in Philadelphia,( Executive Producer for a televised talent competition, The Talent Throw Down and Promoter for the Seagrams Gin Tour with Mary J. Blige, Jagged Edge and Carl Thomas. She is currently serving as Assistant Director for Secret Society the Stage Play. Outside of Angelique’s production experience, she has obtained a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She uses this degree to provided mental health counseling for her community.

Nancy Gilliam Program Director

Nancy Gilliam’s literary and media career spans over thirty-five years beginning with her first television appearance on WONDERAMA, Metromedia Television’s most successful children’s television show hosted by Philadelphia’s own Bob McAllister. She made her professional stage debut in Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival production of THE WEDDING BAND with Ruby Dee. She appeared in the MGM motion picture FAME and sang on the motion picture soundtrack of THE WIZ. She co-authored the hit records TAKE A CHANCE and STOP PLAYING ON ME, which was later picked up by NBC TV as the theme song for an episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS entitled THE GLOATING PLACE. Her literary credits include CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOUL, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN’S SOUL, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUT: TEENS TALK MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE HUSTLER’S TEN COMMANDMENTS by multi-media mogul Hotep, and the #1 ranked companion study guide to BJ Robinson’s biography, LEBRON JAMES: KING OF THE COURT. She currently serves as Creative Director for Fortress Communications and is a partner and Head Writer for Unchained Entertainment, both located in Philadelphia, PA. She most recently served as script supervisor for Headliner Entertainment’s HAPPY HOLIDAYS. She has shared her wealth of experience as both a speaker and a planner at conferences and festivals across the country including The African American Literary & Media Conference in Reno, Nevada, The SOL Film Festival in Norfolk, Virginia, The South Florida Youth in Film Festival, and the Brother 2 Brother Literary Symposium.

Mia Farrell

Event Coordinator

Mia Farrell has been a social butterfly for as long as anyone can remember. She has always gotten great pleasure out of planning events and entertaining guests. Leave It 2 Mia (LI2M) is a full service minority owned and operated event production company. The LI2M mission for the past five years has been to improve and simplify the planning process that surrounds event productions while remaining focused on the each client’s concept; thus creating an environment where clients can relax and enjoy themselves, without any pressure or stress. Mia is passionate about her second career and it is easy to see that she possesses a keen understanding of what makes an event special: persistent attention to detail coupled with creativity; sensitivity to the needs and wishes of her clients; and an insider’s knowledge of available venues and resources. She has a BS degree in Business and is educated through the Temple University Event Leadership program. Mia is also a Certified Wedding Professional through Temple University as well. She is professionally affiliated with International Special Events Society, and the Society of Wedding Planners.

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USFF Transitions and Mainline Conversations Emilia Andrews

Emilia Andrews is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Beholder Productions. As COO, she oversees all aspects of production and the firm’s largest accounts, which include FA Davis Publishing Company, Disney Corporation, IHOP, and Taco Bell. She has spearheaded high profile national and regional programming for The Weather Channel and The Water Channel. Emilia formed Wilde Media Network, a company established to produce programming and enable distribution through traditional television and internet video portals. She created and co-executive produced the award-winning television program, Hideaways, and is in development for 7 new television and internet-TV programs. Emilia serves as Board President for the AWRT Philadelphia/ Tri-State Chapter, currently in her 3rd term. Her mission continues to build a solid base of professional men and women of radio, television and allied fields within her Chapter.

Peter Anthony Andrews

Peter Anthony Andrews has a storied career in the film and television industries, which began with Harry Belafonte Enterprises in New York City as a writer/producer. He then was hired by NBC and became the Vice President of NBC Entertainment, the youngest ever appointed. During his seven years at NBC, he oversaw a yearly budget of $80 million and was responsible for developing programming resulting in several Emmy Award winning hits and some of television’s most memorable shows in NBC’s history. He continued this success as Senior Vice President with Columbia Pictures and then Executive Vice President of MGM Studios overseeing all network television production and distribution. His long list of credits include Glory, Shogun, Quincy, and Little House on the Prairie to name just a few. Mr. Andrews has been an adjunct Professor of Drama at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. He is also founder and former director of the Warner Brothers’ Women and Minority Writers Workshop, the longest running and most successful writers’ workshop in Hollywood history. For the past several years, Mr. Andrews has worked as a Producer’s Rep and Head of Acquisitions for Ferretina Studios in Toronto, Canada, a leading producer of 3D-CGI animation.

Gina Charbonnet

Gina Charbonnet is owner and president of GeChar, a boutique Entertainment and Production Firm that specializes in medium to large entertainment projects. Known for her visionary spirit and sophisticated eye, Gina Charbonnet, is an industry veteran and nationally recognized leader in the area of development, production, executive management, and arts administration. Gina founded GeChar in 1999 and has led multi-faceted teams in the area of festival management, film production, special event creation, arts management and sponsorship procurement. As a producer for the 3-day multi-platform Essence Music Festival, Gina oversees Susan L. Taylor’s critically acclaimed Empowerment Seminar Series, which features such wide-ranging speakers as Common, Michael Eric Dyson and Angela Davis. Concurrently, she produces the Essence Music Festival’s Youth Outreach Program where she brings the Essence brand alive with national musical acts and inspirational speakers. Her success with the Essence Music Festival, led to securing the producing role for Essence Magazines 3rd annual “Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit.”

Cheryl Ann Wadlington

Cheryl Ann Wadlington is one of the nation’s premiere fashion and beauty journalists. As an accomplished writer, popular television personality and sought-after motivational speaker, she has reached millions of people with her advice and perspective. Cheryl Ann is co-author of SoulStyle: Black Women Redefining the Color of Fashion (Universe Publishing, 2000). She has also served as a contributing writer to Essence, Savoy, Black Enterprise, Heart & Soul, BET Weekend, Black Elegance, Today’s Black Woman, London-based New Generation (NG), The Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Tribune, and BET.com. In addition, she formerly served as a consultant for Ambi Products, Black Opal Cosmetics, Luster Products, as fashion and beauty editor for BridesNoir magazine, and as the appointed spokeswoman on the evolution and diversity of African American beauty for The Procter & Gamble Company. From 1986 to 1995, she owned and operated Life Modeling Workshop International, a professional modeling/personal development school and pageantry consulting firm whose alumni include Neo-Soul recording artist Amel Larriex, international super model Debra Shaw and off-Broadway and Cosby Show actress Nicole Davenport. She currently runs the Evoluer House, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating.

Crystal L. Lowe

Crystal L. Lowe lives by the scripture, Ephesians 6:8, “What you help make happen for others, God will make happen for you.” A native of New Jersey, Crystal has a great passion for people and building relationships and always seeks ways to help improve the journey of others. She is the Vice President of Fortress Communications, Inc., a Philadelphia-based event planning and media relations firm where she oversees projects and events in Philadelphia and the South. and co-produces In addition to her Vice Presidential duties, Crystal has recently started two organizations: Crystal Clear Connections, LLC, where she builds relationships between family, friends, colleagues and businesses, and Chix Degrees of Separation, Inc., an organization focusing on bringing women together who have a common goal, success. Her past events include the dedication of the Ambassador Andrew & Walter Young YMCA and Maya Angelou’s 80th Celebrity Birthday Celebration, both in Atlanta, and the annual International Black Film and Media Conference in Philadelphia, which she co-produces under the Fortress Communications banner.

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Urban Suburban Film Festival | June 2009 | It’s all about the film

It’s all about the film Kai directed by Fred Thomas Jr.

Premature directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

Categories: Short Narrative Running time: 13 minutes | USA h t t p : / / w w w. t r i 7 e n te r t a i n m e n t . c o m / a c t o r / fredthomasjr.htm Kai (Keena Ferguson), a young woman on the verge of lifestyle suicide, crosses the line when her habit becomes more than just a regular mode of living but heads down the road to “uber-addiction.” Due to her obsessive ways, her two best friends force her into a non-traditional rehabilitation group led by eccentric therapist Ms.Nancy (Adenrele Ojo). The satire of KAI speaks to everyday people from all ages and all walks of life that have become fantasized and inundated with the pressure to maintain a trendy, pop-culture lifestyle.

Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 15 minutes http://www.mialmafilms.com After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she’s pregnant and receives no support from her community, she has nowhere to turn and is faced with the most difficult decision she will ever make. In Another Life directed by Karine Nissim

Algeny directed by Andrew Borroughs Categories: Short Narrative Running time: 20 minutes http://www.inanotherlifethemovie. com/filmmakers-karine.html

Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 90 minutes http://www.algenymovie.com/ Justin Thomas is a walking mystery. An orphan trying to make a life for himself in adulthood, he yearns to create the family he never had. But when he discovers the secrets of his past, his hopes for the future and his life are put in jeopardy.

Palestinian and Israeli meet at a mutual friend’s wedding, they share an intimate night together, after their true identities are discovered, they are forced to consider what possibility they have in a world that seeks to keep them apart. Beholden directed by David Jibladze

Justin finds out that his body is an experiment that could change the nature of the world for good or ill. Those who want him will stop at nothing. The chase begins. When it ends, Justin will either assist mankind or help along its ultimate destruction. Which way will be a way out? Either way, his world will be forever changed in this all-too-present-day thriller.

Categories: Thriller Running time: 25 minutes www.beholdenmovie.com Anna needs money. Not for herself. For her son. The father says no. Swears he’s got none. Some men show up. They have a gun.

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The Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill

directed by Adrena Ifill

Categories: Documentary Running time: 56 minutes www.doublebackproductions.com

Spent directed by Boris Schaarschmidt

As a young boy, Robert Smalls’ slave master hired him out as a waterman in low country South Carolina. He rebelled by working hard and earning extra cash to buy his freedom. Smalls did not disavow his native country but instead sought to make it live up to its ideals of equality and justice. He respected and utilized these democratic ideals and served his constituents and the country for five terms in the U.S. Congress.

Categories: Short Narrative Running time: 91 minutes Spent is a touching drama that will take you on Cheryl Johnson’s breathtaking journey. Pretty, poised, articulate and fashionable, Cheryl (Tracey Costello) seems to have it all, but she also holds a secret. Cheryl has fallen prey to the American Girl “Shop till you drop” syndrome. She is consumed by consumption. Her coworkers have no idea that Cheryl has a shopping problem, which has quickly gotten out of hand. A Chance to Die directed by Brian Pitts

Categories: Documentary Running time: 14 minutes http://www.briantpitts.com A hit man and his girlfriend find themselves at odds with their mob bosses.

Secrets to Love directed by Tracie Donahue

Secrets to Love (features Robin Givens and Comedian Jack Gallagher) Categories: Documentary Running time: 55 minutes In Secrets To Love: A Journey to Find the Happily Ever After, Director Tracie Donahue searches for the answers to finding (and maintaining) a healthy, happy love, by asking real couples and relationship experts the most important questions. What draws us to people? Do certain communication patterns contribute to the breakdown of relationships? How do skills such as empathy contribute to a healthy, functioning relationship - and can they be taught? It all starts at home - but if applied it globally just think where it could lead?! This is a film about how real couples learned to get the marriage they hoped for. My Mother was a Butterfly directed by Eva Jane Bunkley

Brothers Incorporated directed by Michael Johnson Categories: Documentary Running Time: 96 minutes http://www.myspace.com/ mymotherwasabutterfly World Premiere Categories: Short Narrative Running time: 22 minutes | USA http://www.incmovie.com Brothers Incorporated takes place in Philadelphia 1963, a dynamic time period shaken by the Civil Rights movement. A young man Marcus Christianson finds himself at a crossroads. He has to choose between taking over his father’s newly formed Black Mafia or leave town with his love of his life May and purse his up and coming music career.

The story documents her two year journey to learn the story of her mother’s life and ultimately tragic death. Her mother Helen Lorraine Lynne” Smith died at the age of 32, leaving behind the, six year old Eva. At the age of 32 herself, Eva searches for answers the questions that have lived within her for years. What events in her mother’s life did Eva’s grandmother purposely not tell her, and why? Was Eva really alone with her mother’s dead body for 3 days, and if so why doesn’t remember? And, can Eva find out more the mysterious “Billy Beal” who is said to be the father she never knew? Take the Journey with Eva as travels back in time and across the U.S. to answer to the questions and hear the shocking accounts of her mother’s life firsthand.

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HEART OF STONE directed by Beth Kurvant

Marcello, Marcello directed by Claudio di Mauro

Categories: Documentary Running time: 84 minutes http://www.heartofstonethemovie.com/ Before 1960 Weequahic High School (WHS) was known as one of the top schools in America. By 2000 it was one of the most violent schools in the 12th most dangerous city in the country. Heart of Stone is the true story of WHS’ quest to return to its former glory. When Ron Stone took over as principal in 2001, gangs ruled the school. Crime and shootings were commonplace and during his first month on the job he watched students engage in a mass brawl in every hallway. Stone knew his work was cut out for him and devised an unconventional plan to realize his vision of turning the school around. He started by working with the gangs and establishing the school as a “non-violence” zone. He then partnered with the committed alumni association -- comprised of mostly older Jewish and younger African American alums -- to raise funds for programs and college scholarships that helped transform the gang culture of the school to one of discipline and performance. At Weequahic High School, where Philip Roth immortalized his Newark, NJ as a turn of the century Camelot, we watch an unusual tale unfold where past meets present and adolescents strive to overcome adversity. The WHS’ experience is a model for other inner city schools to rejuvenate by reaching into their own past. Inner cities were once proud downtown districts with excellent education programs that graduated professionals who long ago moved to the suburbs. Heart of Stone shows how disparate groups can join together to give their old communities something they haven’t had for generations…a future. Swine, Liquor, & White Women directed by Stuart Weinstock

Categories: Narrative Running Time: 13 minutes In this satire, Miles and Damon, both African-American graduate students at an Ivy League university, have a common romantic interest in their White classmate, Veronica. Although Miles and Damon have each enjoyed special moments with Veronica, they will find out tonight where her real interests lie.

Categories: Drama Running Time: 97 minutes The path to true love becomes a hard road to travel for one teenager in this comedy from Italy. Marcello (Francesco Mistichelli) is a young man growing up in a small town on the coast of Italy. Like many folks in the village, Marcello is bemused by a long-standing local custom: a girl cannot date until she turns eighteen, and her first suitor is picked by her father, who chooses among her prospective beaus by favoring the gentleman who has presented him with the most impressive gift. Marcello can’t imagine that any woman is worth that much trouble until he meets beautiful Elena (Elena Cucci). Deadmeat directed by Q Philadelphia Premiere Categories: Thriller Running Time: 82 minutes http://www.deadmeat.com/ index.html It is a dark time on the streets of London. An American serial killer “The Cyber Vigilante” is tracking down victims. Clarkie (Q) has just been released from prison. His brother Bones (Brian Bovell), a rising internet artist and entrepreneur has just bought a designer house in Notting Hill and has a new girlfriend, Melanie (Jo Martin), the lawyer who defended Clarkie. Froggy (Roger Griffiths) a friend of the two brothers tells Clarkie that Melanie and Bones set him up to go to prison. When Bones is found dead under mysterious circumstances, Clarkie embarks on a desperate quest to solve his brother’s murder. Froggy thinks that Clarkie is doing this to cover up his own tracks, as Clarkie is the prime suspect for the murder. Four Years Later…Melanie who is now heavily pregnant tracks Clarkie down, he is living in Woolwich, south east London. She gives him a vital piece of evidence that she has just found a clue that will help him solve the case. Clarkie travels to Cricklewood, North West London and searches for the gang that killed his brother. He tracks them down with the help of an undercover cop, and calmly takes his revenge. A detective, Clayderman (Martina Laird), starts her investigation into the triple gang killings, but is frustrated when two of her undercover officers are caught up in a store robbery. Jamal, a fourteen year old boy is a key witness to the killings; however, he guards a dark secret.

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3 Days directed directed by Eva Jane Bunkley

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 8 minutes

Hey directed by Guy Ben Shetrit

Categories: Animation Running Time: 8 minutes Guy Ben Shetrit is a director, animation supervisor and animator. For the past ten years he is serving as an animator for commercials, TV programs and computer games. In 2008 Ben Shetrit and Aiko studio won the MTV international art break contest. “Hey” animation music video is the creation of a talented team, headed by Ben Shetrit, both the composer of the music and writer, director and lead animator on this music video. This position allowed for a unique merge between music and visual, which sum up to one dazzling vision. Odd City directed by Chris Palo

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 15 minutes web.mac.com/crpalo/Site/Odd_City.html Odd City explores the nature and intricacies of the Philadelphia bicycle culture by following Henry biking his way through the Philadelphia nightlife. Henry wants nothing more than to get out of work and meet with Olga for her birthday bash. A run-in on the street makes Henry late to meet Olga leading her to lose interest and Henry to leave with the wrong girl. Realizing the error of his ways, Henry attempts to get home and just call it an evening, but getting home isn’t as easiest as he thinks it will be.

Based on real life events, “3 Days” is the story of a young girl who was raised by an alcoholic and drug addicted mother. Her only saving grace is her grandmother who shields the child from the harsh realities of life. Morning Run directed by Nicole Bauza

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 3 minutes A teenage girl is troubled by her racing thoughts. Unable to sleep, she gives up and goes downstairs to make tea. When she finally wakes from her thoughts and remembers the boiling water, it has already evaporated. Frustrated, she decides to go for a run. Once again she is flooded with thoughts and memories from the day. The voices of friends echo on in her head as she desperately searches for clarity. Out of breath, she pauses for a moment to look out across the snow covered landscape in front of her. She realizes that sometimes what we really need is to stop and look at the beauty which surrounds us. She has let the thoughts and worries from the day overwhelm her but as she watches the snow fall, she finds the peace that simply existing in the moment brings which we so often overlook. Fever directed by Sam Brown

Adopt a Sailor directed by Charles Evered

Categories: Drama Running Time: 86 minutes http://www.adoptasailor.com/ Adopt a Sailor is the story about all the things we have in common. Philosophy and political affiliation drop away when three people who are very different become human beings to one another. A sailor is inadvertently adopted by an extremely narcissistic couple during Fleet Week in New York City. Throughout the course of the evening they become human to one another through proximity. And all the commotion, the money, the talent and ambition and risks that comprise the moviemaking ritual are, ideally, dedicated to the same task. Bringing audience, actors and characters together, and making us human to one another.

World Premiere Categories: Suspense Running Time: 15 minutes Corruption. Murder. Power and Revenge. Invisible Souls directed by Janelle Smith McKellar

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 43 minutes http://www.invisiblesouls.org Invisible Souls’ goes undercover to the drug districts of Brazil, Costa Rica and Cambodia to tell the stories of 3 street children who have been abandoned to the streets with little or no family ties.

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400 Years of the Telescope: A journey of Science, Technology directed by: Kris Koenig

Caught in the Game directed by Mike Merrill

Categories: Drama Running Time: 108 minutes http://www.caughtinthegamemovie.com Lisa James had it all, a handsome boyfriend, a great job and a hustle that kept the money flowing in. Until that day fate walked into her office. She wouldn’t admit it to her girls it was love at first sight. Joshua wasn’t like her boyfriend Todd. Good looking, clean cut, laid back and into her. While Todd, a fast paced drug dealer who was always looking for a come up. Lisa loved Todd, but didn’t think he had plans to marry her. So she slipped right into Joshua’s life, who was looking for the perfect relationship. As her love with Joshua grew stronger, her hustle with Todd got sloppy. Which leaves her on the path of being “Caught in the Game.” Toy Room directed by Wesley Turner

Categories: Narrative Fiction Documentary Running Time: 1 hour 16 minutes http://www.sallytomato.com

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 57 minutes http://www.400years.org/ Panoramic visuals, cutting-edge technologies and engaging interviews position 400 Years of the Telescope as the must-see cinematic feature for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. Beautifully photographed in 4K digital cinematography, the film chronicles the history of the telescope and the science of astronomy, and how both have shaped the way we view ourselves in the midst of an infinite universe. Call Waiting directed by Timothy McDermott

Categories: Comedy Running Time: 15 minutes http://blip.tv/file/866654

The story unfolds elegantly as we turn the clock back and watch Sally playing alone, with only her imagination to guide her. As her childhood is short-circuited by the realities of a cruel world, Sally begins her search for the forgotten answers of youth. Two guides, Innocence and Destiny, help her through the maze of life’s events. An intolerable Husband occupies the first years of adulthood, until the Neons (a group of party-girls) and the Hot Rods (their party-guy counterparts) show Sally alternatives to what has become a disinterested and joyless life.

The film is about a young girl named Alexandra: lost in her job, worn out from her nagging mother, and looking for companionship. Also, she was born with the rare condition of telephones dangling from her torso. We follow this girl as she struggles to find self-identity and someone to love (and love her back). It ends happily when she meets a young man with a similar disability - an attached answering machine. Ultimately, it is a story about belonging and being comfortable in your own skin or telephone.

The Zonus Project directed by Torrance Carroll

Everything Bad is Good directed by Len Richmond

Categories: Animation Running Time: 60 minutes http://torrancecarroll.googlepages.com/ torrancecarroll-thezonusproject The Zonus Project is a stop motion animated comedy set in a future where political parties are distinguished by their educational philosophies and fiercely struggle for world power. Lance Carter is a scientist at a research institute associated with the leading political party, the United Collegiate (or UC) where he is working on a revolutionary technology. When Lance and three friends are accused of aiding the UC’s bitter political rivals, the Vocational Alliance, Lance is forced to choose sides.

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 60 minutes lenrichmondfilms.ea26.com/ Award-winning BBC filmmaker Len Richmond interviews survivors of cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses, who, after being given a death sentence by conventional doctors, went on to heal themselves solely with natural means (herbs, diet, etc). Len also speaks to renegade medical doctors, Ayurvedic healers, and Chinese herbalists who firmly believe that there is another way, a better way. Everything Bad is Good is an entertaining, witty, one-hour documentary that captures an exciting new movement that’s transforming the way people think about their health and mortality. This film may save your life.

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Fifth Form directed by Adam Orman

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes http://www.fifthform.com/ 142 John Street directed by Derrick Williams

Set during the First Gulf War, Fifth Form is a dark comedy about a prank war that escalates along ethnic lines in a small boys’ dorm of an elite prep school. The story tracks the coming of age of Josh Schuster, a new fifth former, who, while navigating the house cliques, finds that he has become the catalyst of the conflict. Categories: Documentary Running Time: 14 minutes 


What people fear most about dying is being in pain. And there is good cause for this fear, because a large percentage of Americans die in terrible and unnecessary pain. Latrice Warren understands this well. She is a registered nurse at the University Medical Trauma Center and has been taking care of her ailing father for the past three months. He is suffering from Prostate Cancer and lived the best life a man could ever live. We examine the effects of losing a love one to a disease that is common among American men. Auditions for the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo

directed by Elizabeth Lidow

Categories: Comedy Running Time: 20 minutes A group of hilarious ballet dancers audition for the Swan Lake Ballet. The judges are ballerinas from the past. They are appalled at the new behavior of the dancers, who turn out to be men in drag. Blue Gold directed by Sam Bozzo

Free the River Park directed by Tara Nurin

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 14 minutes http://www.riverparkalliance.org Schuylkill River Park is designed to provide the community with an outstanding quality of life amid the concrete walls of the city. Cyclists, runners and enthusiasts flock to trails amid the urban landscape, winding their way along the water’s edge. It’s destined to become Philadelphia’s premier recreational respite until a decades-old freight line stonewalls its access. Big business bullies put the brakes on the public’s approach to the pathways. Stalled freight trains and fencing block visitors. Some choose to cross the treacherous tracks. The railroad giant refuses to rectify the problem. This is a story of a community’s determination to rebuke belligerent big business, which proves to be no match against the power of the people. Justice for Her directed by Aginah Carter-Shabazz

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 90 minutes http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.

Categories: Documetary Running Time: 90 minutes http://justiceforher.org Justice For Her presents the incredible true story of a young woman who did lose her freedom, a heartbreaking eighteen months — and could have lost her life. The film details the choices she made with men, money, and materialism, making her vulnerable to the predatory tactics of a corrupt, criminal justice system that stalked her, ensnared her, and charged her with capital murder-a crime she neither committed nor orchestrated. Justice For Her is also a love story about a mother’s undying devotion to her daughter; a tale of a bond that could not be broken. Through testimony from nearly everyone involved with the case we hear the incredible story of a mother’s courage, tenacity and faith in her daughter’s innocence.

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The AIDS Chronicles - Here to Represent directed by Bailey Barash

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes The new feature-length documentary, The AIDS Chronicles - Here to Represent, focuses on the social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS on the African-American community of Atlanta. These stories, produced from material gathered over the last four years, give insight into the reasons why HIV/AIDS is still a major threat to the black population of urban centers nationwide. This documentary opens a window on the lives of Atlanta’s African-American population and reveals the thoughts and actions of African-Americans of every walk of life, every economic and educational level, and every gender identification. Through frank interviews with activists, health educators, and persons with HIV/AIDS, and recorded glimpses into their personal and professional lives, the viewer sees the struggle of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Sprawling from Grace; Driven to Madness directed by David Edwards

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 82 minutes http://www.sprawlingfromgrace.com/ Sprawling from Grace; Driven to Madness is a documentary feature film about the unintended consequences of suburban sprawl. It illustrates the importance of altering the course of how we develop our nation’s cities. It communicates the dangers of continuing to invest in the inefficient horizontal growth patterns of suburban communities, and details how they threaten to bankrupt the remaining wealth of our nation. It explores how the depletion of fossil fuels will impact this living arrangement, and investigates the viability of alternative energies that are currently available. This film sounds the alarm that the cheap fossil-fuel-dependant suburban American way of life is not just at risk. It is in peril!

Voices from Inside, Israelis Speak directed by Lucy Martens

Categories: Documentary Running Time: 64 minutes Voices From Inside is a documentary, based upon interviews with 16 Jewish Israeli voices of conscience. Each representing a different facet within the peace movement there, the film traces Zionism from its beginnings to the reality that exists today, with brutal honesty. Through their eyes and perspectives, it is a film about personal development, the evolution of consciousness within each mind, moving from a perspective of nationalist myths to a revelation regarding moral choices for their society - a society that is permeated and defined by militarism and denial. It is a system they perceive as occupying and destroying the lives of not only the Palestinian people, but simultaneously consuming itself in that process. These cross-generational voices have all chosen to break Israel’s silence. They have created a path of transcendence, reconciliation and solidarity, working together with the Palestinians, to forge a path for peace. Murder directed Rhuland Proudffot

Categories: Comedy Running Time: 10 minutes http://www.funknugget.com/murder.html A dark comedy about sex, money and power. Burt Bankley has double-crossed everyone on his way to the middle. In his quest for sex, money and power, Burt has created one too many enemies. When Burt is found floating face down in his own pool, the depth of his wrong doing is revealed. The Silence of Bees directed by Andrew Traister

Categories: Running Time: 17 minutes http://www.thesilenceofbees.com Famous author Parker Lam can see through people with a razor sharpness. He’s certain his daughter Alex’s life in Flint, Michigan has left her unfulfilled and empty despite her protests. What happens between them is emotionally shattering, leaving each profoundly changed. Despite years of neglect, a connection between a father and daughter is sometimes too strong to be broken.

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Crescendo directed by Pierre Terrade Urban Suburban Film Festival - June 2009 - It’s all about the film

Kharja directed by Ralph Richardson

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 14 minutes

Kharja directed by Ralph Richardson A Spanish Woman’s Guide to a Good Man directed Jhonny Obando

Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 5Minutes

Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 5 minutes

Kharja is a postmodern black and white portrait of a sexually charged freudian murder mystery. Simply, it’s about a guy who thinks he might have killed his girlfriend.

Kharja is a postmodern black and white portrait of a sexually charged freudian murder mystery. Simply, it's about a guy who thinks he might have killed his girlfriend.

A woman lives in poverty with a child and a violent dealer. This day will move Crescendo in drama. Another Day Another Life directed by Rohit Gupta

World Premiere Categories: Narrative Running Time: 5 minutes

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World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 90 minutes

A narrator warns ladies about the type of men they should avoid. The first scenario involves a girl waiting for her blind date at a restaurant. When he shows up, she sees a very uneducated, filthy, and rude man with a 'ladies man' fantasy. They argue and he becomes very loud and aggressive, while she is embarrassed. The second scenario is about a woman who is desperate to go to bed with her boyfriend, but he would refuse to touch her. She is very frustrated and confides her troubles with her friend. After a while, he decides to propose and they get married. However, she is surprised to find out that he is a one-minute man in bed. The third case is about a woman who meets a man, who turns out to be a controlling jealous freak that makes her life impossible.

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Another day Another life is a man’s tryst with his destiny in these tumultuous economic times. For a young man, his job, his investments, his dwelling and most importantly his love is what keeps him going until the day he loses all of them. His rage and his yearning to salvage his love are so conflicted that he reacts in the most conventional fashion. But, what if that conflict itself rescues him from the brink of disaster?

APARTMENT A chronicles the lives of three sisters immediately following the The Birthday Party 9/11 attacks as they await word about their missing father. The father and directed by Veronique N. Doumbe one sister both left home for the towers that morning but only one has made it back so far. With their dad potentially gone, the girls must now deal with what is left of their lives, including a manic depressive mother, an overbearing older sister and unsaid truths. Set against the backdrop USA Premiere of that tragic day, APARTMENT A explores how this dysfunctional, AfricanSuburban Festival - June 2009 - It’s all about the film Categories: Narrative American, family copes with an unexpectedUrban loss that shocksFilm them at just Running Time: 7 minutes how devastating it is.

APARTMENT A chronicles the lives of three sisters immediately following the 9/11 attacks as they await word about their missing father. The father and one sister both left home for the towers that morning but only one has made it back so far. With their dad potentially gone, the girls must now deal with what is left of their lives, including a manic depressive mother, an overbearing older sister and unsaid truths. Set against the backdrop of that tragic day, APARTMENT A African-American, Juneexplores 2009 -how It’sthis alldysfunctional, about the film family copes with an unexpected loss that shocks them at just how devastating it is.

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World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 90 minutes

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The Birthday Party directed by Veronique N. Doumbe

Categories: Running Time: 14 minutes We all eat too much. Too much, and too many of the wrong things. After five decades of this self-abuse, award-winning We allwriter eat too much. much, and too many of thePeters decides to take his life in his andToojournalist Cash wrong things. After five decades of this selfown hands byandstopping abuse, award-winning writer journalist Cash eating altogether. Goodbye, burgers. PetersAdios, decides toburritos. take his life in So his own handsand by long take care, cake and Snickers and ice stopping eating altogether. Goodbye, burgers. Adios, cream meatballs. For two weeks he puts himself on a strict burritos. So long and and take care, cake and Snickers and ice cream and meatballs. For two weeks he puts diet called the Master Cleanser. The result is sometimes hilarious himself on a strict diet called the Master Cleanser. The result sometimes educational, hilarious and highly but not very pretty. andis highly Categories: Running Time: 14 Minutes

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Crescendo directed by Pierre Terrade

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Urban Suburban Film Festival | June 2009 | It’s all about the film

The Story of Business directed by Rebecca Ormond

Categories: Narrative Running Time: 87 Minutes

Basket Bronx directed by Martin Rosete

World Premiere Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 14 minutes http://www.basketbronx.com/#

Urban Suburban Film Festival - June 2009 - It’s all about the film Antisocial Professor Emerson has overcome great adversity, namely her The outcome is oneand that is honest, uncommon, mother. Now it’s publish or perish time only oneandeccentric publisher unexpected. is interested in a book of childhood reminiscences on the condition that Em include her mother’s version.The film weaves the conflicting versions of the past with Em’s comically dysfunctional life as Em searches for the “meaningful coincidences” the publisher insist are “the business of story.” Indeed, they do lead to an unforeseen twist.

Alex is an African-American kid from the Bronx who dreams of playing basketball as his idols. However, the gang of older guys in the neighborhood keep reminding him that he cannot. One day Kiat, a newly arrived Chinese girl, appears in his life and using some Zen philosophy teaches him to overcome his fears, to enjoy life as much as possible and to stop worrying about his results.

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This Can’t Be Life directed by Franco Clarke

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Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 15 minutes Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 15Minutes

A young African American Sasha returns home from a hard day at work A young African American Sasha returns home from a hard day at work to find herher live in boyfriend Chad boyfriend blasting only toonlyfind live in Chad blasting hip-hop music and making hip-hop music and making breakfast at 6:00 p.m. in the afternoon. She discovers house phone, cable, and breakfast atthe6:00 p.m. in the afternoon. She discovers the house phone, Internet has been disconnected because Chad who has been home alland day and neglected to pay the has bills. Thisbeen disconnected because Chad who has been cable, Internet apparently is a common practice for Chad, and Sasha is getting tired ofall Chad's irresponsibility. home day and neglected to pay the bills. This apparently is a common Across town, Deonfor a young business executive hit with practice Chad, andgetsSasha is getting tired of Chad’s irresponsibility. a harsh reality that his company has lost two major accounts. He receives a letter that states he has to pay 30% of his income in child support. To top it all off a stock

investment thattown, he dumped sky rocketed. This is not one of business executive gets hit with a harsh reality Across Deon a young Deon's better days. that his company has lost two major accounts. He receives a letter that Sasha and Deon unknowing find a retreat in the park. Sasha who frequentlyhe jogs inhas the parkto goes pay for a daily30% run. Deon of his income in child support. To top it all off a states decides to get his mind off things by walking through the park. As fateinvestment would have it the two cross each other’s stock that hepath.dumped sky rocketed. This is not one of Deon’s Deon decides to turn this afternoon walk into an all out run to purse Sasha. days. better

World Premiere Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 72 minutes http://aimhighproductions.net/ This Can’t Be Life is set in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Crime and poverty are prevalent and expectations for success are low, however, Desmond and Malcolm are diamonds in the rough; they have big dreams and aspirations. College graduation is upon them and they want their piece of the American pie. Along with their hunt for gainful employment, they must deal with the trials and tribulations of everyday life in the neighborhood. Desmond is considered a ‘sellout’ by his peers due to his “unurban” lifestyle. Malcolm, a reformed street hood, tries to guide a young teenager, Tayshaun, from making the same mistakes he did as an adolescene. With the stresses of economical and peer pressure they lose sight of whats important...their friendship.

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Sasha and Deon unknowing find a retreat in the park. Sasha who frequently jogs in the park goes for a daily run. Deon decides to get his mind off things by walking through the park. As fate would have it the two cross each other’s path. Deon decides to turn this afternoon walk into an all out run to purse Sasha.

BITTERSWEET PARADISE directed by Paola Cutri

World Premiere Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 11 minutes http://www.paolacutri.com/

The outcome is one that is honest, uncommon, and unexpected.

When a PREGNANT Nixie gets into a scuffle with a pair of talking squirrels, she hires a mysterious pest exterminator to outsmart them. He CASTS A SPELL on the orange tree where the squirrels routinely ravage Nixie’s fruit.

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SHADOW BOXING directed by Deirdre Vertucci Peter Arthur directed by James Bartolomeo

World Premiere Categories: Multimedia Running Time: 27 minutes You know how you can fall in love with a waitress when you’re twelve because she serves you the most perfect piece of shoofly pie, then ten years later you buy a pumpkin-orange scooter with a sidecar and go on a quest all over Pennsylvania to find that waitress, only you don’t have a picture of her, just a bag of little ceramic heads you made of her head by memory? This is that kind of story. Sex, Drugs, and Comedy directed by Ralph Richardson

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 8 Minutes 
 Shadow Boxing is a psychological roller coaster ride of a short film about a young man struggling with adulthood and intimacy. This film explores how learned values and behaviors resonate in the choices we make as adults. How much does our past shadow how we live in the present?

More Documentaries and other films Ballad of Blues World Premiere Categories: Short Running Time: 6 minutes Born with a genius level IQ to uncaring, cocaine addicted parents, young Cesar “Blues” Inocentes grew up expecting nothing, wasting his gift selling drugs on the corner with his friends. When they attack a rival, his retaliation takes Blues’ best friend’s life and forces him to rethink his life and his gift.

Categories: Comedy Running Time: 83 minutes

One directed by Vivekanand Palavali

Sex, Drugs, and Comedy is a multicultural laugh riot for the YouTube generation. It is a raw, inside look at life on the road with some of the most brilliant up and coming comedians in the country. From New York to L.A., from Vermont to Vegas, from Boston to Bermuda, filmmaker Ralph Richardson takes you deep inside the lives of these very funny comics. When a comedian’s car runs out of gas, his promoter takes over his hotel room to have sex with a groupie, and an unexpected snowstorm threatens to push his on-the-road budget past empty, you wonder why any of them do it. With Sex, Drugs, and Comedy, see their trials and tribulations, their pain and suffering, their joys, and their ultimate sacrifice just to make you laugh.

World Premiere Categories: Narrative Running Time: 5 minutes

Fury directed by

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 27 minutes

World Premiere Categories: Short Narrative Running Time: 1 hour 23 Minutes 
 Fury is a supernatural chiller inspired by a true horror from U.S. history. Lily (Kira Wallace), an honors high school student, manages a wannabe band in the inner city. When they run afoul of the local drug lord, the body count begins to rise on both sides...caused by the angry ghost of a successful black businesswoman who was lynched in 1901.

A brain surgeon’s observation on the paradox of human conflict. Instead of embracing the oneness of humanity, we kill one another because of the artificial religious differences and national borders created by ourselves conventional fashion. But, what if that conflict itself rescues him from the brink of disaster? Desert in the Coffeehouse directed by Pamela Nice

Many Arabs may have stereotypes of Americans being materialistic, sex-obsessed and intent on controlling world resources. But the actions of our government and the image projected by our media do not reflect the lives of average Americans. This film attempts to put a face on the “American public,” who are for the most part aware that their foreign policy is problematic. Some are naïve and ignorant about the Middle East; others are fairly well-informed and appalled at our policies. This film asks two basic questions: what do Americans think about the Middle East, and do they see America as an empire? Over 100 Minnesotans, interviewed in coffeehouse across the Twin Cities, reflect on these questions and on our relationship with people in the Middle East.

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Urban Suburban Film Festival | June 2009 | It’s all about the film

Barbariana: Queen of the Savages directed by Darren Herczeg

Christmas Thieves directed by Hanjin Park

World Premiere Categories: Fantasy Running Time: 50 minutes

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 14 Minutes

The world’s first neo-realist barbarian movie, Barbariana: Queen of the Savages is a high camp action extravaganza filled with brutes, beasts, babes, and magic.

Two recently fired pizzeria employees who each independently decide to take revenge against their former employer. Their plan? Burglarizing his home on Christmas Eve. The surprise of running into another burglar leads to a disastrous fight that leaves them both tied up in Christmas Tree lights. As a result, they are forced to work together to escape and complete their vengeful mission. Hilarity ensues.

Walls & Doors: Inspirations from our Elders World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 20 minutes

New Project I Colori Del Buio directed by Giulietta Revel

Walls and Doors is a twenty minute documentary film made by a group of eight young people between the ages of 11 and 15. It is the story of what they learned from elders from the Civil Rights movement about history and activism, and how what they learned changed their lives. Death of View directed by Matt Whitman World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 3 Minutes Death of View is a short video created as a final project for a 300-level digital video course at Ursinus College. The video was conceived, shot, scored, and edited by the student (Matt Whitman). For this project, Matt stated that he wanted to “poke a hole in the sun.” Last Supper directed by Kishore Vijay World Premiere Categories: Fantasy Running Time: 1 minutes A short short about a desperate diner. A starving destitute loses himself in the tantalizing aromas from a nearby restaurant. Creator of God directed by Vivekanand Palavali World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 63 minutes

World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 9 minutes Revel’s recent film explores the audio-visual intersection between deceptively luminous physical space and traumatically dark psychological space and time. The two protagonists are father and young daughter on a journey in this intersection between physical and psychological, also the intersection among uncertain past, filmic present, and possible future. Colors of Darkness translates the tradition of chiaroscuro into the little girl’s horrific trauma at the apparent death of her father. Revel here employs two transition objects: the father’s watch, which apparently survives the trauma, and the daughter’s teddy bear, which does not. Revel’s camera alternates between establishing shots of father and daughter in a car moving into the tunnel where he may die and alternating eye-line matches in which their eyes—and their voices—never quite meet. This postmodern Kuleshov-effect, syncopated by musical score, leaves the interpretation of all relationships unsettlingly open. Does the father die, does he return alive, or is it all a hallucination— and, if so, whose hallucination? Colors of Darkness asks us less to answer than to feel the question. Chaturanga directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay

The documentary is about the global and philosophical quest of a brain surgeon to find answer to the question if God actually exists. The journey that started in India while a teenager eventually takes the surgeon through different parts of the world to explore and inquire about the Gods of major religious faiths of humans. Along the journey the discoveries and observations made were like pieces in the puzzle of answer to the question of existence of God. When all the pieces of the puzzle are put together God’s existence is clarified including who created the creator. The answer will question the basis and rationale behind the religious insanity and intolerance that is fuelling the present day holy wars and jihad.

USA World Premiere Categories: Drama Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes Chaturanga is the story of a love that is caught between conflicting worlds of ideas. The lead protagonist Sachish fleets from radical positivism to religious mysticism in his quest for life’s meaning. However, his search ultimately yields nothing but crushing disillusionment. This is because he cannot square his abstract ideals with the powerful presences of two women in his life. One of them is Damini, a young Hindu widow, and the other is Nanibala, the abandoned mistress of Sachish’s own brother.Chaturanga thus becomes, after a point, a psychodrama of unbelievable cruelty. Set in Colonial Bengal at the turn of the twentieth century, the film weaves a rich tapestry of crisscrossing desires and moralities.

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The Blue Moon Pull directed by Young Kim World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 19 minutes

Broke directed by Ashley Johnson World Premiere Categories: Short Running Time: 11 minutes A world of economic dependency and difficult financial times is the setting of this short film. Two brothers, Jack and Chris, live in an urban environment. Jack makes continual sacrifices by working long hours to put his brother through college. Meanwhile, Chris continues to live blind to his surroundings, unable to see around him, nor the opportunities in front of him. An event happens to Chris, exemplifying all that is broke in their lives. Athena directed by Nicole Tarver

Blue Moon Pull is a 19 minute romantic comedy. It is a story about an internet telephone worker, Henry, who is stuck in the monotonous and stress-driven New York office work environment. One day like every other typical work day, Henry, receives a phone call for assistance. Unlike the other calls he receives this one will spark a romance with an Aussie bar girl. Right when Henry is about to get Cindy’s Aussie address, Henry is violently forced out of his job by his tyrannical boss. Henry must face several obstacles before he can start his journey and find Cindy? Will he overcome them and find the girl he has intimately spoken to on the telephone? One Nothing directed by Todd Harter

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 19 minutes What is a good mother? Can a homeless ex-prostitute raise two young children after committing an unthinkable act? The emotionally charged documentary, Athena, chronicles the 6 month journey of a loving, yet deeply troubled young mother as she wages a struggle to get her daughters out of foster care. With the clock racing, Athena has mere weeks to prove to child welfare officials that she has fulfilled all of the legal requirements necessary to become a “good mother.” If she fails, Athena will lose her kids forever. The Dead Bomb directed by Dom Hilton

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 7 minutes On a hot summer day in Los Angeles, a young man’s determination draws him to an urban basketball court. Content to play alone, he’s soon confronted by two Hispanic kids from the neighborhood. What follows is an unexpected encounter and revelation. Keep the Change directed by Duncan Eric Stuart Valliant-Saunders World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 9 minutes

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 5 minutes A young French couple discover a dead RAF pilot in their attic and decide to deal with the problem in their own way. The Dead Bomb is based on the personal account of the couple and tells their story through material shot on location in Western France, combined with puppetry, animation and archival footage. Habits directed by HYEJIN KWON

An old lady approaches the cashier at the Dollarama to purchase a can of spray paint, rope and a hunting knife. Very odd objects. In any case the cashier allows the old lady to buy the items. Then she takes forever to count out the money in change. Good thing it’s a Dollarama or we’d be here forever. After she has paid the cashier notices that she has forgotten her spray paint and dropped a $100 bill. He spends the rest of the movie trying to return the money...and the spray paint to the old lady.

World Premiere Categories: Documentary Running Time: 3 minutes People’s behaviors are driven by their memories and obsessions. Their obsessions dictate their actions and their actions reinforce their obsessions in a never-ending cycle. My film is an exploration of people’s habitual behaviors as a reflection of their mental status. In my work, three people with no cause to feel unease behave in peculiar ways in order to escape their misgivings.

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