GLENDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES YOU! 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. Despite the fact that COVID-19 has hindered our traditional way of conducting the film fesitival, we are happy to present our special virtual film festival for 2020. Unfortunately this year, we lost our beloved festival founder and executive director Velvet Rhodes. In her honor we must utlizie the old saying in show business: â€œThe Show Must Go On!â€? We are very excited to continue the show with our very first ever digital cinema. Our built homepage will offer seven days of unlimited access to a variety of feature and short films. We are offering everything from past titles submitted to us over the years to exciting new narrative features and fascinating new documentaries. Our short feature blocks cover everything from animation, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy. In addition, we will be providing virtual Q&As with all of our talented filmmakers. We invite you to follow along with the recommended schedule provided in this program in order to see every film available on our site and synch up perfectly with the virtual Q&As in their scheduled times. While we believe that nothing compares to the experience of consuming original films and stories projected on an enormous silver screen within the solitude of a theater, because of the challenging times due to the current situation, we recommend you access the biggest screen possible offered in your home, sync up to our homepage (www.GlendaleIFF.com) and enjoy our unique library of feature and short films we are providing. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the 7th Annual Glendale International Film Festival!
THURSDAY | OCTOBER 15 Vintage Glorious Glendale (2015) | 12:00PM A SPECIAL GIFF THROWBACK FEATURE DOCUMENTARY BY THE LATE AND GREAT VELVET RHODES, FESTIVAL FOUNDER AND PATRON OF THE GLENDALE ARTS. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND BRINGING COLOR TO OUR CITY. ALWAYS REMEMBERED AND FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!
DIRECTOR: VELVET RHODES RUNTIME: 2:22:00 An enthusiastic look at the vintage buildings, homes, and businesses of Glendale California with beautiful cinematography, great interviews, wonderful music and archive photos of the “Jewel City.”
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 16 Sundown Trail
SCI-FI SHORT | 11:00AM DIRECTOR: LUKE ASA GUIDICI RUNTIME: 13:59 In a post-apocalyptic world where toxic mushrooms have made the air deadly to breathe, a timid boy must learn to trust a thieving bandit in order to save his dying father.
SCI-FI SHORT DIRECTOR: JUAN ZULOAGA ESLAIT RUNTIME: 24:24 During what appears to be the aftermath of the sixth mass extinction, the last man on Earth is confronted by the sudden arrival of a woman. The man’s hope in humanity’s salvation revives just to be quickly eradicated by the woman’s solution of a better world, death.
SCI-FI SHORT DIRECTOR: EDEN BAILEY RUNTIME: 19:38 Alone on a deserted planet, Sami and her robot Lewis live like scavengers trying to survive.
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 16 Ariadne
FEATURE FILM | 2:00PM
A Feral World
FEATURE FILM | 5:00PM
DIRECTOR: ADRIAN RODRIGUEZ RUNTIME: 1:47:00
DIRECTOR: DAVID LIBAN RUNTIME: 1:44:36
Based on the ancient myth, Ariadne loves her half-brother Minotaur, however she also has an arranged marriage with Thesseus. She has to decide between her future or her heart.
An orphaned boy in a postapocalyptic world, meets a woman who is trying to find her lost daughter. Their journey together leads them face-to-face with a despot who may have the daughter held captive. Filmed over four years, the audience will see the characters age over time. A literal coming-of-age story and this one happens in A Feral World.
FRIDAY | OCTOBER 16 F20
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM | 8:00PM
DIRECTOR: ARSEN ANTON OSTOJIC RUNTIME: 1:30:00 “F20” is a psychological thriller about a young girl, Martina who stays in the city during summer, forced to work in her father’s pizzeria to deliver pizza though she daydreams about going to the Party Beach. She starts a relationship with a young man, Filip, who spends most of his time at home playing videogames and ordering pizza. When Martina’s best friend goes to have fun over the weekend, her strict father forbids her to go, so Martina uses Filip to circumvent her father’s ban. However, instead of her dreams coming true, Martina’s reality quickly turns into a bloody nightmare.
SATURDAY | OCTOBER 17 ANIMATION SHORTS | 9:00AM Matter of Time
DIRECTOR: AINSLEY DYE RUNTIME: 5:00 A young girl tries to outsmart Death itself in order to save her aging pet pug.
Planet Blue - Journey to Eco DIRECTOR: RICKEY BOYD RUNTIME: 6:15 While Wizard the Blue Dart Frog tries to find his new home and searches for his friend Frazzie the monkey, Toucan Petey and Blinky the Tree Frog walk through the rainforest, now bare from deforestation and wildfires. In outer space, Frazzie visits NBA star Nikola Vucevic on the Eco Space Station, needing advice on how to save the rainforest.
DIRECTOR: HOCK WONG RUNTIME: 10:52 Based on the true story of a young Taiwanese painter, Kuo Hsueh-Hu struggled to become an artist, at a time where the artistic profession was less respected and impractical in the 1930’s.
Star In The East DIRECTOR: KATIE GRIBALDI, MARC MORGAN RUNTIME: 2:33 Folky songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s sweet and majestically produced original song “Star in the East” from her new album Home Sweet Christmas paired perfectly with claymation and stop motion video made by artist Marc Morgan, paying homage to the classic Christmas movies of the ’60s.
SATURDAY | OCTOBER 17 The Abandoned Block DIRECTOR: JAMES BOURNE RUNTIME: 5:45 A useless, damaged, forgotten block of marble after years of neglect, emerges as one of the greatest and most beautiful works of art.
It’s In The Blood
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 12:00PM DIRECTOR: MICHAEL STARR RUNTIME: 1:52:30 It’s In The Blood is a unique look into the lives of some of the greatest race car drivers in the south. Featuring stories about Freddy Fryar, Joe Lee Johnson, Bob Burcham, Friday Hassler and Charlie Griffith, their journeys take us from the mountains of Chattanooga running moonshine to the short tracks of the South to the biggest NASCAR races in history. Each and every one of them had a style of their own and all were on the verge of becoming household names.
SATURDAY | OCTOBER 17 Like Love
FEATURE FILM | 5:00PM DIRECTOR: MICHAEL WOLFE RUNTIME: 1:22:49
LIKE LOVE is a vaguely romantic comedy that chronicles the tender, tragic and totally unintentional friendship between a boy and a girl. Yet their closeness inevitably sends Jackson down the rabbit hole of attraction, pushing Harper to make a choice: play along, or risk losing her best friend entirely. Savage, ridiculous, and possibly even a little romantic, LIKE LOVE is “When Harry Met Sally” for a new generation, an ode to waffles, and a love letter to anyone who found the strength to say “I don’t”.
Love Is Not Love
FEATURE FILM | 8:00PM DIRECTOR: STEPHEN KEEP MILLS RUNTIME: 1:34:41
Early December, New York City, and everyone is on the hunt for love. Why? Because they haven’t found it. And because they haven’t found it, they make it into a myth and chase the myth instead. That is not love in this romantic drama of fantasy, fate, and yearning.
SUNDAY | OCTOBER 18 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS | 9:00AM In the Same Direction: Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial DIRECTOR: ALEXANDER CRAVEN RUNTIME: 0:17:00
From the inception of a musical idea, through the recording process and live performance, this short documentary tells the story of Jeff Pifher and his band Socrates’ Trial and their idea of what jazz can be today.
A Voice For Whales
DIRECTOR: SELKET KAUFMAN RUNTIME: 0:23:00
In 2018, Pacific Whale Foundation’s founder Greg Kaufman passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. ‘A Voice for Whales’ was created to tell the story of his fight to save humpback whales from extinction by educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat.
Too Good To Be Forgotten DIRECTOR: ANDY BYSTROM, JOHN BYSTROM RUNTIME: 0:19:59
A personal Navy Documentary on World War II and Korean War Patrol Craft Sailors consisting of rare WWII and Bikini Atoll color film and photographs of the Pacific war zone.
Swipe Left: The Age of Disposable Relationships DIRECTOR: AMBER OSTERGAARD RUNTIME: 0:29:52
A documentary exploring how technology has changed courtship and communication in romantic relationships.
SUNDAY | OCTOBER 18 Last Call for Tomorrow
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 12:00PM DIRECTOR: GARY NULL, VALERIE VAN CLEVE RUNTIME: 1:33:59
Last Call for Tomorrow, reflects on the crisis facing all life on Earth. We are witnessing the 6th Mass Extinction of our planet. Losing about 200 species a day, humanity has killed 83% of all wild mammals and half of all plants. Of the birds left in the world, 70% are poultry chickens and other farmed birds. Global industrial pollution kills over 9 million people a year through bad air and water. We must face a decision: radical political transformation or deepening mass extinction. In order to secure a sustainable future, we must change how we think, who we are, and how we live.
BORN JUST NOW
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 3:00PM DIRECTOR: ROBERT ADANTO RUNTIME: 01:24:00
A sensitive, steadfast Belgrade-based visionary struggles to cope with the abuse and violence that ended an eight-year marriage. Through provocative acts of endurance exploring intimacy, motherhood and the trauma of the Balkan wars, artist Marta Jovanović seeks to confront, release and liberate her own pain in the name of art. Robert Adanto’s BORN JUST NOW is an intimate look at a charismatic woman, a brilliant outlier, who dares to live on her own terms.
SUNDAY | OCTOBER 18 Routine
THRILLER SHORT | 6:00PM DIRECTOR: RUSS EMANUEL RUNTIME: 4:33
During a mysterious pandemic, Cassie’s quarantine life has turned into a routine, day in and day out. Nothing new seems to happen, until she realizes she’s out of coffee. And she’s determined to get her cup of joe, even if she must face the horrors of the outside world. Because “she’d kill for a cup of coffee.” In this part-animated live action short, anything goes.
FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR: RUSS EMANUEL RUNTIME: 01:30:18
A unique experimental found footage take on an anti-hero protagonist. ‘Wisper’ is the true story of the murder of a middle-class African American family in Northern New Jersey. In the summer of 2016, three children and their mother were found shot to death in their large suburban home. Loosely based on the personal videotapes and diaries owned by the father of the victims.
The Unnecessary Salvation of Mary McDaniel October 21 | 5PM
The Crickets Dance October 20 | 2PM
MONDAY | OCTOBER 19 SHORT FILMS | 10:00AM Lost Treasure of the Valley DIRECTOR: ROBERT HUSTED RUNTIME: 25:22
A photographer and an adventurer discover that all of the abandoned shopping carts in LA’s San Fernando Valley lead to a hidden cave off of Sepulveda Blvd. with a lost treasure inside - guarded by a dragon!
DIRECTOR: ZACH STEVENS RUNTIME: 4:59
A poignant tale of longing and loss is revealed when a timeworn journal transports a young girl to a place of enchanting wonders.
Breakfast at the Sunset Saloon DIRECTOR: JOEY COALTER RUNTIME: 10:18
In the Old West, a wicked salesman has created a Saloon of broken promises. His paradise falls when a girl comes to save her brother.
A Tango To Remember
DIRECTOR: SEVERINE REISP RUNTIME: 7:00
A short film drama about a wife whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s. She recalls moments of their youth when they were young and very much in love. Can music and dance bring her husband´s memory back?
The Wild Ones
DIRECTOR: JOHN GERONILLA RUNTIME: 20:35
“¿Qué le pasó a Nicole?” Camila and Rico ride their bikes around the San Fernando Valley in search of their missing friend struggling to realize the answers they’re looking for might forever tear them apart.
MONDAY | OCTOBER 19 The Show Can’t Go On! FEATURE FILM | 1:00PM DIRECTOR: CHERIE KERR RUNTIME: 1:33:00
In what appears to be her last show, a burned out sketch comedy writer/director shares a behind the scenes look at the “mounting and sustaining” of “Orange is the New Orange”; a sketch comedy show that skates on the edge of disaster. It’s a look at “what could go wrong, that did go wrong.” In this 90-minute mockumentary, Orange County Crazies founder Cherie Kerr finds herself in the middle of the most stressful production of her 40-year career. It starts with the first table read and takes the audience to the final curtain--the last night of the run.
The Bride From Vegas (2014) FEATURE FILM | 4:00PM
DIRECTOR: ARTUR LEVONOVICH BABAYAN RUNTIME: 1:28:00
SPECIAL GIFF THROWBACK FEATURE FILM: A fun, modern, slightly silly romantic comedy telling the heartwarming story of Mike - a young man living the simple life in rural Armenia. When he falls in love with the photo of a Las Vegas showgirl, he leaves his village for the bright lights. Along the way, he discovers the true America. And through him, America discovers lavash, grape leaves, and what a determined Armenian boy is capable of.
TUESDAY | OCTOBER 20 INTERNATIONAL SHORTS | 11:00AM Color-By-Windows
DIRECTOR: HARM VAN DER SANDEN RUNTIME: 2:07 A short story of a young boy in Amsterdam coming up with a creative way to give hope to the people.
Lip Reader: Game Of Detective
DIRECTOR: TANXUAN SHI RUNTIME: 29:00 Lin is a college student who has a severe hearing impairment, but she has a fantastic talent for reading lip languages. She is famous in the paparazzi industry, and also she served as an “intelligence analyst” for a paparazzi company in her spare time, reading out the information from a large number of videos taken by the paparazzi, and finding out the valuable clues…
In Your Arms Tonight
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN GONZALES RUNTIME: 24:12 A young maid contemplates her future after having an affair with her rich employer, who is struggling to reconnect with his wife after she was sexually assaulted over a year ago.
DIRECTOR: IVANN WILLIG RUNTIME: 19:56 Hurt that he never met his mother, Zé, a country man, drops his girlfriend on the farm and sets out to find himself, returning later with a new identity.
TUESDAY | OCTOBER 20 The Crickets Dance
FEATURE FILM | 2:00PM DIRECTOR: VERONICA ROBLEDO RUNTIME: 1:31:07
A southern attorney’s discovery of a lost diary changes her life and helps her find true love after she’s nearly killed in a brutal attack.
The Suicide of Lillian Sellers SHORT FILM | 5:00PM DIRECTOR: R.D. WOMACK II RUNTIME: 15:57
After his cousin suddenly commits suicide Nick Sellers, an affluent law school student, travels to rural Tennessee for her funeral. When things don’t quite add up Nick starts an investigation that leads him into an underworld of opioids, conspiracy, and murder.
In This Gray Place (2018) FEATURE FILM
DIRECTOR: R.D. WOMACK II RUNTIME: 1:41:00
SPECIAL GIFF THROWBACK FEATURE FILM: After a robbery gone wrong, Aaron - barricaded in a rest stop bathroom - faces down the police, hallucinations, and a grim secret.
WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 21 The Devil’s Road: A Baja Adventure FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 12:00PM DIRECTOR: JT BRUCE RUNTIME: 1:38:00
A group of adventurers set out across Baja California on a 5,000-mile journey to recreate the century-old expedition of two prolific and obscure naturalists. The Devil’s Road is rich with adventure and shows the interplay between past and present. A film about discovery and change, it acts as an environmental call to arms that pays homage to the strange and awe-inspiring Baja California.
Quo Vadis 2020
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 3:00PM DIRECTOR: GABRIELE FABBRO RUNTIME: 1:10:15
A post millennial journey to Italy before the coronavirus outbreak. While encountering various faces of the contemporary Italian decline, the trip turns into an existential experience arising doubts within a group of ambitious filmmakers, moved by the nostalgia of the humble life that they abandoned to follow their dreams.
WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 21 DRAMA SHORTS | 5:00PM Amazing Grace
DIRECTOR: NINA BRISSEY RUNTIME: 23:23
“Amazing Grace” tells the story of a young woman looking after her father, a Vietnam Veteran struggling with alcoholism and PTSD, in which dealing with the challenges of everyday life can require an extraordinary amount of patience, understanding, love… and grace.
The Unnecessary Salvation of Mary McDaniel
DIRECTOR: JULIE CARMEN RUNTIME: 21:41
The Last Note
With an unprepared prison chaplain filling in for their regular therapist and a new inmate thrust into their midst, the participants in a weekly group therapy session are thrown off balance and the session spirals into new revelations as the women open up about their disturbing pasts.
DIRECTOR: CINNAMON HOOBLER RUNTIME: 10:00
This film follows a young girl’s coming of age while losing her grandmother to Alzheimer’s disease.
Piece of Me
DIRECTOR: BRUNA CABRAL RUNTIME: 19:16 An 8-year-old boy begins to lose his best friend, an elderly lady, as her memories fade away to Alzheimer’s. Determined to help, he embarks on a journey to rekindle the memories of their friendship.
DIRECTOR: DIANE MUSSELMAN RUNTIME: 11:12
Harmony is a short, female-driven, narrative film about a woman who returns home following a family tragedy and confronts the shameful secrecy of domestic violence. The film exposes the family dynamic that perpetuates a cycle of abuse and the courage necessary to stop it.
WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 21 THRILLER SHORTS | 7:30PM American Hate
DIRECTOR: DANIEL BREA RUNTIME: 26:10 Based on a true story of an Indian immigrant couple whose lives are shattered by an unexpected hate crime in Olathe, Kansas fueled by anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric after the 2016 election.
Smiley Death Face
DIRECTOR: ANDREW PATRICK TORREZ RUNTIME: 7:00 A young girl stumbles into a text message conversation with an anonymous person that communicates entirely in Emojis.
DIRECTOR: JON FELSON RUNTIME: 8:00 Short psychological drama about dealing with the fear of flying.
All I See
DIRECTOR: GEORGE PILAFDZHYAN, GARY KARAPETYAN RUNTIME: 17:20 After the death of his parents, Jack Rivers diagnosed with Schizophrenia refuses to accept his condition as he believes something evil and demonic is out to get him. His older brother Jeff struggles to deal with his illness as things start to get out of hand.
WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 21 Shadows
FEATURE FILM | 9:30PM
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MATTEO ROSSI RUNTIME: 1:40:23 A young low-level drug dealer is reunited with his estranged mom and uncle to protect him when a ruthless drug kingpin puts a hit on him.
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