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Program Guide 9TH ANNUAL NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL

JULY 20-29, 2018


! New Hope Film Festival, Ltd., 6542-A Lower York Rd., #219, New Hope, PA 18938

June 1, 2018

Welcome to the 9th Annual New Hope Film Festival! A heartfelt thank you to our filmmakers, sponsors, vendors, members of the media, the New Hope Arts Center team and all of the other stakeholders who make this annual event so enduring and successful. We have a hard time believing we will be heading into our tenth year as soon as we close the Awards Ceremony Gala on Sunday, July 29th. This year, we are screening 80 outstanding films from 12 countries and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, we are in the second year of an ambitious upgrade project, a plan that has included purchasing and managing our own audio-video equipment and, in May 2018, launching a brand-new website. This is the first all-new website we have created since our founding in 2009. We have more exciting changes in store over the next 12 months. Please follow us on social media for the latest updates. We hope you will join our celebration of independent filmmaking. Many of our artists plan to attend their screenings and Q&A sessions—you will have opportunities to engage your heart and mind in a setting that is much different from watching a film at home or in a movie theater. By bringing so many talented people together at one place and time, we are offering every participant a fleeting and truly special experience. All the best, D. F. Whipple Executive Director New Hope Film Festival

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Contents Schedule.....5

Film Lineup…..13 Ticket Prices…..19 Members and Visitors Guide.....27 Script Lineup…..43

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2018 Schedule TIME

SHOW

VENUE

FILMS

Friday, July 20 6:00 - 7:45 PM

Animation Celebration New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Two Balloons

Crack’d

Cuddlefish

Dreamweaver

Pulp

Daisy Belle

The Kara Morgan Show

8:00 - 10:15 PM

Fantasy Showcase

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Return Safely

Nymphadelle

Shellfish

12:00 - 1:45 PM

Human Rights Shorts

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Redcoats

Daily Bread

Nazi VR

Attila

2:00 - 3:45 PM

Quakers

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries

4:00 - 5:45 PM

The Music Scene

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Hunting Day

Fourth of Julivar’s

Mission to Mars

The Brittany Show

Love Radio

Kings of Blah

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Disease and Hope

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Hope Loves Company

Dirty Laundry

8:45 - 10:45 PM

Dark Blue Girl (18+)

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

North & Nowhere

Dark Blue Girl

An Unknown Country

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

An Unknown Country

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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2018 Schedule (Continued) TIME

SHOW

VENUE

FILMS

2:00 - 4:30 PM

New York Shorts

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Zen Parking

Giselle

New York 2150

Aeris

Crossing the Line

Another Girl

4:45 - 7:00 PM

Carving a Life

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

High Rocks

Washed Out

Carving a Life

Angels of the Sky

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Angels of the Sky

Ways of Life

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

People of the Forest: Orang Rimba

The Oyster Farmers

Sand on the Floor (Matinee)

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Sand on the Floor

2:45 - 5:15 PM

Students’ Afternoon Matinee

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Portrait of an Artist: Janet Chambers

At the Table

Monumental Change

A Day in the Life of Elijah

A New Chance

East Side Hero

5:30 - 7:15 PM

Girls in the Arts (Matinee)

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Danny Boy

4 Dancers’ Dreams

7:30 - 9:45 PM

At the End of the Day

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

At the End of the Day

Sunday, July 22 (Cont.)

Monday, July 23 6:00 - 7:45 PM

Tuesday, July 24 6:00 - 7:45 PM

Wednesday, July 25 6:00 - 7:15 PM

Thursday, July 26

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2018 Schedule (Continued) TIME

SHOW

VENUE

FILMS

2:30 - 5:00 PM

Students’ Afternoon Matinee II

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Carry On Little Sis

The Flashback

S’eclipser

The Miser

Ambience

Lockdown

Grasping Air

Grandma’s House

Leaving Malcolm

5:15 - 6:45 PM

The Listen Project

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

The Listen Project

7:00 - 8:45 PM

My Amish World

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

A Memory

My Amish World

9:00 - 11:15 PM

Murder Mysteries

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Fugitive

Reconnected

Passaic

The Doctor’s Case

11:30 - 1:30 PM

Tragedy at School

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story

We Are Columbine

1:45 - 3:30 PM

A World Without Borders

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Ferryman at the Wall

The Foreigner’s Home

3:45 - 6:00 PM

Wolves and Wolverines New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

The Trouble with Wolves

Wolverine: Ghost of the Northern Forest

6:15 - 8:45 PM

Short Film Program

The Secret Nobody Knows

The Third Act Series

Night’s Still Young

A Real Adventure

The Red Lotus

The Phages

Contact

Negron

Anna

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

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2018 Schedule (Continued) TIME

SHOW

VENUE

FILMS

Fortune Defies Death (18+)

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Fortune Defies Death

Awards Ceremony (Filmmakers and/or By Invitation Only)

New Hope Arts Center

2 Stockton Ave

Saturday, July 28 (Cont.) 9:00 - 11:15 PM

Sunday, July 29 3:00 - 5:00 PM

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Festival Tip: If you’re overwhelmed by the variety of film choices and want some advice based on your interests and tastes, don’t hesitate to write the Festival at inquiries@newhopefilmfestival. com.

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Festival Tip: Instagram fans: To learn about our films and see pictures of the annual event, you can follow us at newhopefilm. The complete URL is https://www.instagram.com/ newhopefilm/

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Film Lineup

4 DANCERS’ DREAMS

Directed by Nancy J. Lilley Documentary, Canada

Four aspiring young dancers pursue their dreams to become professionals.

71 Minutes

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ELIJAH

Directed by Keith Famie Documentary, USA

18 Minutes

A glimpse into the challenges of Elijah Craft, a 17-year-old from Detroit who shares his quest to learn to read after finding out he was below the third grade reading level.

A MEMORY

Directed by Ashleigh Chavis Short, USA

Claire, an emotionally unstable woman, convinces her caretaker to sneak her out of the hospital and take her to the secluded place where her husband proposed to her 50 years before.

13 Minutes

A NEW CHANCE

Directed by Sophia Silverman Student, USA

34 Minutes

A short documentary focusing on dogs who are rescued from high kill shelters and placed in loving foster homes.

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A REAL ADVENTURE

Directed by Josh Zuckerman Short, USA

A son’s first visit to his father in prison unearths a lifetime of empty promises.

16 Minutes

AERIS

Directed by Paul Castro Jr. Short, USA

30 Minutes

A young couple struggles to save the life of a store-bought kitten they named Aeris.

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AMBIENCE

Directed by Ji Hyun Kim Student, Republic of Korea

13 Minutes

Junkyu works for HereForYou, an app-based service company that travels the city on scooters at night to help people with various tasks.

AN UNKNOWN COUNTRY

Directed by Eva Zelig Documentary, USA

90 Minutes

The story of European Jews who escaped Nazi persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador.

ANGELS OF THE SKY

Directed by Trent McGee, Josh Berman Documentary, USA

90 Minutes

The true-life stories of World War II pilots from the U.S. 8th Air Force who were shot down over German territory and became POWs—told by the survivors themselves.

ANNA

Directed by Petra Priborska Student, Czech Republic, USA

19 Minutes

Having spent her childhood in communist Czechoslovakia, Anna, now an immigrant in New York City, struggles to pursue her dream of higher education.

Festival Insight: Audience Choice Awards are directly chosen by audience ballots. Have your voice heard and make a dierence in film culture by coming to shows, voting, and leaving comments.

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Festival Tip: Bargain hunters should check out our matinees, $1.00 refreshments and All-Festival Standby Pass. The Pass includes a printed copy of this Program Guide upon request.

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ANOTHER GIRL

Directed by Austin Kase Short, USA

22 Minutes

Sam's ex-lovers aren’t so “ex” to him. They always seem to reappear at the worst possible moments, sabotaging his hopes of finding new love.

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Directed by Kevin O'Brien Feature, USA

118 Minutes

A conservative, Evangelical professor finds himself planted in a gay support group to stop their plans to open an LGTBQ homeless youth shelter, an experience that convinces him life is not so black-and-white.

Festival Tip: Ticket Prices at the Door Patron $14.00

Student/Senior (65+) $12.50

Matinee $10.00

Local Standby Pass $35.00

Awards Ceremony (Filmmakers and invited guests only) $20.00

Ticket Prices in Advance* (Visit https://www.newhopefilmfestival/tickets.html) Patron $12.50

Student/Senior (65+) $11.00

Matinee $8.50

Local Standby Pass $32.50

Member $11.25

Member Student/Senior $9.90

Member Matinee $7.65

Member Local Standby Pass $29.25

Awards Ceremony (Filmmakers receive password via email) $18.00

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AT THE TABLE

Directed by Kristen Harrison Student, USA

17 Minutes

This short documentary looks at the life and legacy of African-American spiritual leader Father Divine.

ATTILA

Directed by Ben and Oliver Samuels Short, USA, Canada

33 Minutes

As the American Civil War's General William Tecumseh Sherman plans his devastating March to the Sea, he is confronted by the contrarian views of an African-American soldier.

CARRY ON LITTLE SIS

Directed by Dominique LeClair Student, USA

13 Minutes

A grieving young woman has an unexpected spiritual encounter with her deceased sister.

CARVING A LIFE

Directed by Terry Ross Feature, USA

82 Minutes

A newlywed couple’s bliss takes a quick downturn when she discovers his secret alcohol addiction. Complicating matters further, she discovers she is pregnant.

CONTACT

Directed by Oday Rasheed Short, USA

13 Minutes

When Katharine falls for Ali, an Iraqi immigrant, her relationship with her mother is pushed to the edge, and his long-distance phone calls to his own mother about the realities at home further strains their relationship to the brink.

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CRACK’D

Directed by Sebastian Brown Short, USA

12 Minutes

MeeGGo is a walking egg on the planet YuGGo who yearns to break free from his shell despite the many dangers a little egg faces in such a dangerous world.

CROSSING THE LINE

Directed by Andre Fuad Degas Short, USA

20 Minutes

Tension mounts when Khadijah, a Muslim high school track runner, falls for Terrence, an All-American football player, setting the stage for a dramatic ending during a championship meet in Queens, New York.

CUDDLEFISH

Directed by Cheryl Briggs Short, USA

7 Minutes

The animated story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the sea adventure of lifetime, takes an unexpected turn when he meets love-sick Kaimana.

DAILY BREAD

Directed by Ruby Challenger Short, Australia

17 Minutes

In a World War II internment camp in Indonesia, Jeanne and a group of Dutch women and children face a daily struggle against abuse, disease and starvation.

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DAISY BELLE

Directed by William Wall Short, USA

11 Minutes

In this animated short, an adorable robot named Oono cares for his rather under the weather owner while mysterious beings roam the surreal world outside.

DANNY BOY

Directed by Liam O’Neill Short, Ireland

10 Minutes

Young Maggie desperately wants to learn to play the fabled Irish song Danny Boy on the violin, not only for herself but because it reminds her dad of their halcyon days with her long-absent mum.

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DARK BLUE GIRL

Directed by Mascha Schilinski Student, Germany

103 Minutes

After Jimmy and Hannah find a buyer for their vacation home in Santorini, they return to the place where they broke up two years ago, daughter Luca in tow. All would be well except now the couple is competing for Luca's love.

DIRTY LAUNDRY

Directed by Conor B. Lewis Documentary, USA

75 Minutes

Two cousins bicycle across the United States, fueled by concern over their grandmother’s sudden passing from a rare, highly preventable cancer: mesothelioma.

DREAMWEAVER

Directed by Cheryl Briggs Short, USA

A spider woman named Asibikaashi protects children from bad dreams by weaving dream catchers above their heads while they sleep.

6 Minutes

EAST SIDE HERO

Directed by Daniel Osorio Short, USA

An at-risk youth is confronted with a life-changing decision after his brother dies at the hands of a gang rival.

19 Minutes

FERRYMAN AT THE WALL

Directed by David Freid Short Documentary, USA

16 Minutes

For 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life, but now the international peace park in Big Bend, Texas is threatened by a proposed border wall.

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FORTUNE DEFIES DEATH

Directed by Jennifer Hulum Feature, USA

Ten years after the death of wealthy patriarch George Woods, family members turn on each other when the reading of his will turns into a murder investigation.

115 Minutes

FOURTH OF JULIVAR'S

Directed by Tony Fulgham Music Video, USA

5 Minutes

Six people take an odd trip on the American 4th of July holiday with Tomo Nakayama’s song Fourth of Julivar’s providing the musical score.

Festival Tip: The Festival publishes this Program Guide digitally, an environmentally friendly approach that helps us better manage the planet’s and our own resources.For those who want a printed copy, we gladly oer them for sale at our venues throughout our annual event.

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A free, reading-only copy is available several weeks before the Festival at The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury, 93 W. Ferry Street, New Hope.

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Festival Tip: To keep abreast of the latest news from the Festival, follow us on Twitter @newhopefilmfest and/or use our oďŹƒcial hashtag #newhopefilmfest

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FUGITIVE (BURON)

Directed by Martin Taidy Short, Indonesia

17 Minutes

A nervous man is hiding in his friend’s hideout from some dangerous characters, not knowing his friend harbors a hidden agenda.

GISELLE

Directed by Severine Reisp Student, USA

23 Minutes

A beautiful young Syrian refugee falls in love with a charming but career driven politician.

GRANDMA’S HOUSE

Directed by Harris Gurny Student, USA

12 Minutes

A lonely yet chipper grandmother receives an unexpected visit from her estranged grandson, a criminal who is on the run. 26


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GRASPING AIR

Directed by Ellie Schuckman Student, USA

13 Minutes

A young poet tries to prove his worth while dealing with internal and external struggles.

HIGH ROCKS

Directed by Tyler Wallach Short, USA

On a routine hike, two best friends need to deal with a sudden tagalong while one of the friends struggles to reveal a lifelong secret.

12 Minutes

HOPE LOVES COMPANY

Directed by Steven Besserman Documentary, USA

54 Minutes

The story of a non-profit organization that brings together children and young adults who have parents who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

HUNTING DAY

Directed by Cotty Bass Music Video, Brazil

5 Minutes

A girl gives her partner a taste of his own medicine in this music video from Brazil.

Festival Insight: The New Hope Film Festival sends audience ballot reports to filmmakers on request and keeps the ballots in storage indefinitely. The Festival takes audience comments seriously and, over time, such comments help to guide the Festival’s decisions. 28


Festival Tip: To join our online community, one of the best options is to Like us on Facebook, where you are invited to leave comments. Our Facebook address is https:// www.facebook.com/ newhopefilmfestival/

KINGS OF BLAH

Directed by Alex Coppola Documentary, USA

40 Minutes

Nobody cares about Danny and Thomas’s little New York band, Frog, until the electronics warehouse coworkers embark on a surreptitious tour of England.

LEAVING MALCOLM

Directed by Lucas Ruderman Student, USA

32 Minutes

After taking in his father for hospice care, Malcolm Peters is reminded of his childhood neglect.

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Festival Insight: New Hope Film Festival’s Executive Director of Submissions, Thom Michael Mulligan, is an award-winning producer and actor who runs the submissions functions of the New Hope Film Festival from his home base of Southern California. Mulligan has long-standing ties to New Hope and the area.

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LOCKDOWN

Directed by Max Sokoloff Student, USA

15 Minutes

A high school misfit who has been mercilessly teased for wearing a suit to picture day suddenly finds himself a hostage to an active shooter who is not so different from himself.

LOVE RADIO

Directed by Jeremy J. Mohler Short, USA

13 Minutes

A DJ is tired of working at WLUV, a Texas radio station that plays nothing but love songs, so the station’s pollyannaish manager tries to inject some passion.

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MISSION TO MARS

Directed by George Pasles Music Video, USA

A solitary traveler pursues the lifelong ambition of landing on Mars.

4 Minutes

MONUMENTAL CHANGE

Directed by Jake Segelbaum Student, USA

29 Minutes

This documentary explores issues and concerns around the destruction of North Philadelphia’s Monument Cemetery for ambitious building projects.

MY AMISH WORLD

Directed by Samuel Wickey Feature, USA

79 Minutes

An Amish couple’s boy combines an enigmatic mental disorder with prodigious artistic ability, but artistic expression is banned in their Amish community. Based on a true story.

NAZI VR

Directed by David Freid Short Documentary, Germany, USA

17 Minutes

This short documentary examines the use of virtual reality technology to convict a former Nazi SS prison guard.

Festival Tip: Advance tickets are available through a third party vendor, Brown Paper Tickets. To get tickets, follow the Tickets link at www.newhopefilmfestival.com or call Brown Paper Tickets Customer Service at (800) 838-3006.

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NEGRON

Directed by Christopher Daniel Santiago Short, USA

10 Minutes

Santiago Sueno Negron, a Brooklyn tennis phenom, abandoned his tennis career six years ago on the cusp of greatness. Now he needs to explain his decision to his dying father, who long championed his career.

NEW YORK 2150

Directed by Harry Assouline TV Pilot, USA

20 Minutes

Intergalactic bounty hunter Jayden Jaxon partners with ex-cop Mac Cole to hunt down a notorious killer for a generous sum of money, but the ghosts of Jaxon’s past haunt every corner of New Manhattan.

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NIGHT'S STILL YOUNG

Directed by Brian Hollars Short, USA

15 Minutes

A terminally ill 26-year-old woman throws a birthday party turned farewell party to say goodbye to the world on her own terms.

NORTH & NOWHERE

Directed by Scott Ballard Short, USA

12 Minutes

A woman confiscates her aged father’s handgun due to his physical and mental decline, but when he gets stuck in a dehumanizing health facility she may find a little use for the gun herself.

NYMPHADELLE

Directed by Quentin de Jubecourt Student, France

55 Minutes

In a medieval forest, Aegeus, son of Lord Theron, meets a fighting young woman named Asteria, and together they take on dark forces aligned against their kingdom.

ONE MOTHER’S FIRE: THE GAIL MINGER STORY

Directed by Diana Nicolae Documentary, USA

26 Minutes

After a 19-year-old autistic man perishes in a dorm fire, his mother, Gail Minger, becomes one of the leading activists for campus safety in the United States.

PASSAIC

Directed by Douglas Underdahl Short, USA

14 Minutes

The son of an investigative journalist stumbles upon his late father’s last unsolved case, a murder that tore apart the town of Passaic, New Jersey. Based on a true story.

PEOPLE OF THE FOREST: ORANG RIMBA

Directed by Isaac Kerlow Documentary, Singapore

14 Minutes

Now that the ancestral forests of the nomadic Orang Rimba tribe have vanished, the Indonesian tribe has nowhere to go. 33


PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: JANET CHAMBERS

Directed by Kadin Tooley Student, USA

6 Minutes

This short documentary profiles an Appalachian nature artist who modestly defines herself as one of a whole family of artists.

QUAKERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARIES

Directed by Janet P. Gardner Documentary, USA, UK

89 Minutes

An imaginary Hall of Fame for American activists—environmental, women’s suffrage, and civil rights—would include a striking number of Quakers or people influenced by Quaker principles. This is the Quakers’s story.

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RECONNECTED

Directed by S.J. Main Munoz Short, USA

15 Minutes

When a suburban professional struggles to reconnect with his family after an extramarital affair, he’s forced to confront his scornful mother-in-law.

REDCOATS

Directed by Amy Tiehel Short, USA

19 Minutes

When three British soldiers pillage the home of colonial women, the men get more than they bargained for.

RETURN SAFELY

Directed by Eric Burleson Short, USA

12 Minutes

A young wilderness traveler must complete her quest to return a mysterious egg to its nest while battling many primeval dangers.

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S’ECLIPSER

Directed by Yoni Azulay Student, USA

7 Minutes

When a young man discovers a casual lover is pregnant, her attitude is far more warm and mature than his.

SAND ON THE FLOOR

Directed by Steve Rockstein Documentary, U.S. Virgin Islands

56 Minutes

A history of Jews on St. Thomas and the oldest synagogue in continuous use under the U.S. flag. The epilogue reveals how this community helped the filmmaker return to Judaism 49 years after he suffered sexual abuse.

SHELLFISH

Directed by J.D. Wilson Short, USA

40 Minutes

After the internet cloud crashes worldwide, a generation of “screenagers” is forced to cope with the loss of their beloved smart phones. The official therapy is to exile them to an island occupied by a flying monster. 37


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THE BRITTANY SHOW

Directed by Nasser Samara Short, USA

15 Minutes

A lively glimpse into the life of a hip and talented young artist who’s making her way to fame in LA.

THE DOCTOR’S CASE

Co-Directed by James Douglas and Leonard Pearl Feature, Canada

66 Minutes

When a diabolical English lord is murdered, Sherlock Holmes and Watson must exchange roles in order to solve the perfect locked room mystery. Based on the short story by Stephen King.

THE FLASHBACK

Directed by Alex Bartz Student, USA

7 Minutes

A Vietnam veteran with PTSD fulfills a promise he made on the battlefield 50 years ago. 38


THE FOREIGNER’S HOME

Directed by Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree Documentary, USA

56 Minutes

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and professor emeritus at Princeton University Toni Morrison explores the question of “who is the foreigner?” through a series of candid exchanges on race, identity and art’s redemptive power.

THE KARA MORGAN SHOW

Directed by Kara Morgan Short, USA

27 Minutes

When a thirtysomething singer loses her way artistically, her tiny Frenchspeaking alter ego steps in and reminds her what singing is all about.

THE LISTEN PROJECT

Directed by Garry Bassin Documentary, USA

74 Minutes

An ongoing journey and borderless library of intimate and rarely seen performances by musicians from around the world.

THE MISER

Directed by Joey Lupo Student, USA

A selfish and powerful old man begins to regret his decisions.

5 Minutes

THE OYSTER FARMERS

Directed by Corinne Ruff Documentary, USA

69 Minutes

A documentary about coastal life on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay and the manner in which oyster farmers long struggled for environmental stewardship while their ecosystem declined.

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THE PHAGES

Directed by John Benedetto and Matt McNevin Short, United States

22 Minutes

An upwardly mobile couple that flips haunted houses for a living may have bitten off more than they can chew with a house that deserves its frightening reputation.

THE RED LOTUS

Directed by Jessica Alexandra Green Short, USA

19 Minutes

Michelle drags her sister Debbie to a yoga retreat only to reveal that there is no retreat. Instead, it’s an underground abortion clinic—and Roe vs. Wade has been overturned.

THE SECRET NOBODY KNOWS

Directed by Nick Ronan Short, USA

8 Minutes

Inspired by a poem by E.E. Cummings, this is a war romance set during the Korean War.

THE THIRD ACT SERIES

Directed by Michele Fillion Webisode, USA

14 Minutes

Two friends navigate mid-life with humorous takes on post-divorce dating, their feminism versus their daughters’ feminism and growing old gracefully.

THE TROUBLE WITH WOLVES

Directed by Collin Monda Documentary, USA

57 Minutes

Amidst death threats and court battles, and with an iconic but endangered species hanging in the balance, this documentary takes an up-close look at the most heated and controversial wildlife conservation debate of our time.

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PULP

Directed by Tedd Hazard Music Video, USA

4 Minutes

Music video for the song Pulp by The Twindows, a fiery Pennsylvania rock band.

TWO BALLOONS

Directed by Mark C. Smith Short, USA

10 Minutes

Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

WASHED OUT

Directed by Alice Boucherie Short, France

12 Minutes

An abused child has a washing machine for his only friend, but it has special powers that can help him. 41


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WE ARE COLUMBINE

Directed by Laura Farber Documentary, USA

78 Minutes

A deeply intimate look at one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history through unprecedented interviews with former Columbine High School students and staff.

WOLVERINE: GHOST OF THE NORTHERN FOREST

Directed by Andrew Manske and Jeff Turner Documentary, Canada

52 Minutes

A beautifully filmed saga about Canadian wildlife cinematographer Andrew Manske’s relentless, five-year quest to document one of the most elusive creatures on the planet in its extremely remote wilderness habitat.

ZEN PARKING

Directed by Agustin McCarthy Short, USA

12 Minutes

A yoga teacher who routinely preaches calmness has to come to terms with his rage when someone steals his parking spot in New York. 42


Script Lineup TITLE

WRITER

SYNOPSIS

Christopher Marlowe

Francis Hamit

Based on extensive research, this Elizabethan-era drama features the English poet, playwright and spy who lived in two worlds at a time when politics was religion and vice-versa.

Howard Hall

Judy Spencer

Abby Johnson is thrilled to have been accepted by prestigious Prentiss College. There’s just one problem as she enters the first semester of her freshman year: she will be living in Howard Hall, a dorm with a well-earned reputation for housing students with “issues.”

Mindful

Diana Lewis

A thriller set in New York, London and Guam, this story centers around a brilliant single mother whose newly revolutionized treatment for neurological and psychological disorders must be applied to her own daughter.

The Black Swallow Daniel Russ of Death

The amazing, true story of Gene Bullard, an African-American man who fled the Jim Crow South to become a fighter pilot for France in World War I.

The Music of Men’s Lives

Ben Rosner

The true story of a jazz violinist who was imprisoned during the Holocaust. His music melted hearts, leading to a remarkable series of events and survival against all odds.

True Colors

Scott Dissinger

An African-American woman stands up for a Caucasian pickup truck driver who accidentally hits someone in her neighborhood. Inspired by true events.

Festival Tip: Unlike routine movie theater shows, New Hope Film Festival screenings are usually followed by intimate filmmaker Q&A sessions. The chance to meet and learn from talented filmmakers is one of the great benefits of participating in this annual event.

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2018 Program Guide  

The official program guide of the New Hope Film Festival's ninth annual event, July 20-29, 2018

2018 Program Guide  

The official program guide of the New Hope Film Festival's ninth annual event, July 20-29, 2018