2020 Program Guide

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June 7, 2020 Greetings from the New Hope Film Festival! We are launching this Program Guide to highlight worthwhile projects that we accepted this year, but before we delve more into that matter I would like to take a moment to express deep sympathy and concern for everyone who is suffering amidst a global pandemic, injustices and social unrest. Normally, I would not comment on such newsrelated matters here in the Guide, but we feel it’s appropriate when we have postponed our screenings to July 2021 over such concerns. The New Hope Film Festival has always been known as an up event, and even the turmoil of 2020 will not get us down. In this Program Guide, you will find 41 films from 8 countries and a wonderful group of 17 scripts. Instead of hosting our annual gala event, we will announce the jury awards in a Variety digital publication at Cannes Film Festival on June 28th, then follow up with the full list of winners and nominees on our blog. We wish you all the best as you navigate these challenging times and we look forward to seeing you in the future. Stay safe, D. F. Whipple President and Founder New Hope Film Festival


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Contents Schedule.....5

Film Lineup…..11 Members and Visitors Guide…..23 Script Lineup…..26

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2021 Schedule TIME




4:00 - 5:30 PM

The Hoy Boys

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

The Hoy Boys

6:00 - 8:15 PM

Gutman’s Alternative

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Gutman’s Alternative

8:30 - 10:00 PM

LGBTQ Showcase

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

You Can Kiss Me

Feminist Theory

Garden DayZe

12:00 - 1:30 PM


Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road


2:00 - 3:45 PM

Women Making a Difference

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Once in a Hundred Years

Tending Clouds

4:15 - 6:45 PM

Short Film Program

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

A Piece of Cake


On My Own

Under the Lights

The Simple Path


Love Gov 2

7:15 - 8:45 PM

Return to Nam

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Return to Nam

9:00 - 10:45 PM

Dark Short Program

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road


Dark Alley

The Remaining Eight

The Lossen

12:00 - 1:45 PM

Musical Cinema

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Bullet Man

Wish Come True

The Magic Behind the Mojo

Strange Tenants: Ska’d for Life

2:15 - 4:15 PM

The Valley

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

The Valley

Friday, July 23

Saturday, July 24

Sunday, July 25


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2021 Schedule (Continued) TIME




The Female Spirit

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Becoming Bethany Rhodes


Come! (eat)

Joan on Her Own

Oddly Popular

Wives of the Skies

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Catnip Nation

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Catnip Nation

7:45 - 9:15 PM

The Campaign of Miner Bo

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

The Campaign of Miner Bo

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Student Film Matinee

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Here to Collect

Salting the Fly

High Card

Johnny Anarchy

June Heist

6:00 - 7:00 PM


Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road


7:15 - 8:45 PM

Comedy Night

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road


Mentally Al

Mid-Week Gala

Phillips Mill Theater

2619 River Road

Closed Event - By Invitation Only

Sunday, July 25 (Cont.) 4:45 - 6:45 PM

Monday, July 26

Tuesday, July 27

Wednesday, July 28 12:00 - 1:45 PM


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New Hope Film Festival On 10 Years of Bringing Original Filmmakers From Around the World to Bucks County

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www.shoprite.com Festival Tip: Metered parking is available on most streets in New Hope. Additional parking is available at five pay and display lots. The closest one to New Hope Arts Center is Union Square— located just across W. Bridge Street and the railroad tracks. Phillips Mills theater has its own parking lot just o Rt. 32 (River Road).

Smart phone payment is available at various locations by downloading the www.parkmobile.com app.

A complete parking guide is available at www.newhopeborough.org


Film Lineup


Directed by The Bragg Brothers Short, USA

12 Minutes

When a father discovers that his daughter’s favorite cake decoration is illegal, he descends into the confectionary black market.


Directed by Tanya Linette Smith and James Ersted Student, USA

9 Minutes

A woman struggles between the expectations of her overbearing mother and a chance to explore the life she always wanted.


Directed by Ryan McGlade Short, USA

13 Minutes

Jed’s family isn’t how he remembered them in the years before we was kidnapped from their homestead.


Directed by Joe Stramowski Short, USA

20 Minutes

A woman seeks true motherhood as her marriage collapses under its own weight.


Directed by Vadim Lasca Music Video, Venezuela

6 Minutes

A young woman suffering from a huge emotional crisis makes the wrong decision to fight it.



Directed by Tina Traster Documentary, USA

75 Minutes

Good Samaritans risk hostility, political persecution and legal prosecution to care for feral cats in an oceanside community.


Directed by Lizette Barrera Short, USA

12 Minutes

Set in Florida, a 12-year-old Puerto Rican girl is disenchanted when she brings a popular cultural dish to a Thanksgiving event at her school.


Directed by Nicola Fan Short, Hong Kong

18 Minutes

A journey through the psyche of a formerly apathetic workaholic in the immediate wake of her mother’s passing.


Directed by Evan and Alex Penrose Short, USA

15 Minutes

A shut-in must confront his fears of the outside world when he witnesses a crime in the alley below his apartment.

Festival Tip: If you’re looking for a bargain, consider our value-priced matinees or patronize a Member and ask for their 10% member discount code. Another great value is the All-Festival Standby Pass —quantities are limited. Even if you want free entertainment, we have something for you. The Google blog, where we post previews and trailers, is found by clicking on the Blogger icon found on the upper-right corner of our homepage at www.newhopefilmfestival.com.



Directed by Dale Griffiths Stamos Short, USA

14 Minutes

Two people in their sixties find themselves standing in front of the same painting at a gallery.


Directed by Katie Oliver Short, USA

9 Minutes

A young lesbian couple wants to go out for a peaceful drink, but even in hip LA they’re left wondering whether they can go anywhere without getting propositioned by less-than-respectful guys.


Directed by Evie Hammer Short, USA

22 Minutes

The daughter of a gay man and her father’s young lover develop a complex relationship after the death of the older man. 13

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Directed by Aleksandrs Mirskis Art House Feature, Latvia

112 Minutes

The Soviet army’s Captain Gutman is arrested by the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD) after willfully disobeying orders, but with a firing squad in his immediate future, the Captain accuses his captors of Latvian genocide.


Directed by Andrew Nimetz, James Mentzinger Student, USA

12 Minutes

Reid Upchurch holds the unusual job of collecting debts for an underground loan shark, but despite his glamorous look and edgy work, he’s awfully insecure.



Directed by Conner Keesling Student, USA

14 Minutes

Two young people who decide to get intimate for the first time break the ice with casual conversation.


Directed by Sherise Dorf Webisode, USA

8 Minutes

A nice Jewish girl’s effort to stop her beloved brother from marrying the wrong person backfires when he dumps her instead.


Directed by James Abroms Student, USA

14 Minutes

After the death of his bandmate, a young punk rocker, banned from the memorial service, decides to crash it dressed as the band’s mascot.


Directed by Angela Marie Houston Student, USA

18 Minutes

A mother fights for her daughter’s happiness amidst grinding poverty, but her fighting spirit goes too far.

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



Directed by Robert Williams Documentary, USA

41 Minutes

Through the SLO Noor Foundation, an immigrant physician in California is determined to provide health care for all.


Directed by John Papola Webisode, USA

37 Minutes

A house host named Gov manipulates a crisis to entrap his houseguests and ensure their dependency.


Directed by Joshua Edelman Documentary, USA

92 Minutes

Former Star Search Grand Champion Al Label is the funniest comedian you’ve never heard of. Perpetually broke and crashing on friends’ couches, he personifies the ways we define artistic success.


Directed by Fred Gallo TV Pilot, USA

27 Minutes

Sara is a personal assistant to Evelyn, a demanding Southern California reality show housewife. Sara occasionally appears on the show, but she doesn’t seek fame—far from it.


Directed by Kristian Young Short, UK

16 Minutes

Two isolated men meet on a rooftop in East London, finding common ground while looking far down to the pavement below.


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Directed by Bill Nicoletti Documentary, USA

40 Minutes

The story of Marian Anderson, a young girl from South Philadelphia who broke down one of the most daunting barriers for black Americans in the 1930s—the classical music stage.


Directed by Mary Sue Connolly Documentary, USA

75 Minutes

A documentary that probes the deadly American opioid crisis as it unfolds in the small, rural West Virginia town of Petersburg.



Directed by Jenny Vanden Heuvel and Brad Cebulski Documentary, USA

83 Minutes

In February 2019, an organization called Old Glory Honor Flight sent 52 Vietnam veterans on a healing trip to their former war zone.


Directed by Craig Mooneyham and Jacob Reynolds Short, USA

9 Minutes

With their family situation crumbling, an autistic teenager and his older brother divert themselves with an old childhood ritual.


Directed by Fiona Cochrane Documentary, Australia

53 Minutes

The Godfathers of Australian Ska emerged in the 1980s and their political brand of Caribbean island music continues today.

Festival Tip: Ticket Prices at the Door Patron $16.00

Student/Senior (65+) $13.00

Matinee $12.00

Awards Ceremony (Filmmakers and invited guests only) $20.00

Standby Pass $50.00

Ticket Prices in Advance Patron $14.00

Student/Senior (65+) $11.00

Matinee $10.00

Awards Ceremony (Filmmakers and invited guests only) $20.00

Standby Pass $45.00

Note: Our ticketing vendor adds a processing fee to all advance ticket purchases.



Directed by Joel Sandvos Documentary, USA, Cambodia

40 Minutes

Born in Cambodia, clouds of darkness consumed Reaksmey’s childhood when she was forced into prostitution. Now 22 years old, she returns to Cambodia with determination to heal the community and find justice.


Directed by Todd Drezner Documentary, USA

74 Minutes

After his contentious conversation with Hillary Clinton goes viral, unemployed coal miner Bo Copley runs for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia.


Directed by Dave Simonds Documentary, USA

73 Minutes

Twin photojournalists Tom and Frank Hoy hustled up from copyboys to White House photographers in an era when Americans read newspapers and facts mattered.


Directed by Colin Skevington Short, UK

26 Minutes

In the dead of night, an otherworldly visitor forces a successful businesswoman in the final moments of her life to pursue her lost dream.


Directed by Joe Gallo Documentary, USA

30 Minutes

The story of bandleader Mojo, whose Bayou Gypsies group has been entertaining audiences around the world for 50 years.

Festival Tip: An archive of past issues of this Program Guide can be found in the About section of https://www.newhopefilmfestival.com. 19




Directed by Mor Komuves Short, Hungary

28 Minutes

In a technologically advanced world where people are having multiple lives, Daniel doesn’t have much need for a second round until someone special changes his current life.


Directed by Charles Moore Short, USA

16 Minutes

Nevaeh is an elder care nurse who struggles emotionally she one of her long-term patients, Helen, no longer has the financial means to support the costs of the care facility for which she works.


Directed by Bryan Reinhart Documentary, USA

73 Minutes

World class ski resort Telluride is a diverse mix of ski bums, trust funders, back-to-the-land hippies and entrepreneurs, but the one thing they all agree 20 upon is that no developer is going to rule over them.


Directed by A.W. Scott Short, USA

17 Minutes

Carver and Ella have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and want to embark on the trip of a lifetime, but when the unexpected happens their relationship is tested like never before.


Directed by Miles Levin Short, USA

10 Minutes

An epileptic boy named Sam is so desperate to feel like a normal kid, he goes to prom knowing the lights will trigger a seizure.


Directed by Sharon Doyle Music Video, USA

A music video about making children’s wishes come true.

2 Minutes


Directed by Honey Lauren Short, USA

21 Minutes

Set in 1965, two stewardesses named Fran and Marcy get even with a lascivious male photographer.


Directed by Jan Jalenak Short, USA

19 Minutes

Penelope’s search for the kind of love missing in her life leads her to a motel room with another woman—only to be confronted with the realities of her marriage.


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Members and Visitors Guide Families and Individuals Mayor Laurence D. Keller

The Mayor of New Hope supports

Lodging 1870 Wedgwood Bed & Breakfast (Charter Member)

Black Bass Hotel (Charter Member)

Inn at Lambertville Station (Charter Member)

Porches on the Towpath Bed & Breakfast (Charter



Restaurants, Things to Do & Food Anton’s at the Swan Restaurant

Bucks Happening, Local Events

Ghost Tours of New Hope

Havana New Hope (Charter Member)

New Hope Arts, Inc.

Nina’s Waffles

Phillips Mill Community Association

River Cat Cafe Boutiques and Shops Artisans Gallery, American Crafts

Jos Finkle & Son, Inc., The World’s Most Unusual

Hardware Store

Liberty Village Premium Outlets (Charter Member)

New Hope Auto Sales (Charter Member)

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Realty (Charter Member)

Comcast Corporation (Charter Member)

IP Works Law, Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights

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COVID-19 Statement: The New Hope Film Festival’s top priority throughout our event is to provide a safe environment in which people can gather together to appreciate cinematic works. We also want to give filmmakers an opportunity to network and draw inspiration for future career growth.

With these objectives in mind, the Festival’s organizers will announce rules and processes designed to mitigate the risk of infectious disease transmission. Because public health guidelines have changed, for example wear a mask vs. no mask, and different phases of re-opening require different protocols, we will wait until advance tickets go on sale in June 15, 2021 to announce our rules and the measures we are taking to ensure safety for our audiences.

Stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing you at the movies!


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/

Festival Insight: The inspiration behind NHFF’s annual Animal Welfare Award, an honor first bestowed on The Trouble with Wolves (Collin Monda, USA) in July 2018, is President and Founder Doug Whipple’s beloved dachshund Nodie, who passed away at the advanced age of 16 years 7 months on June 21, 2018.

Nodie was known for his awareness of the world around him, concern for his family and friends, affection, playfulness and love of life. He once caught part of a show at the Festival and he loved walking the sidewalks of New Hope. He also had a mischievous side. Nodie preferred living life on his terms; he had a long track record of getting his way, one way or another. We wish more animals, both wild and domestic, could live such a joyous and protected life.

This is our hope behind the award.


Script Lineup TITLE




Aaron Willet and Jayesh Patel

A small town in Texas is torn to shreds by a terror who lurks in the wild.

East Farm

J.J. Smith

The premature death of his mother and troubled past leads Vinny to a state juvenile correction facility, where his fellow inmates and he struggle for a brighter future.


Camille and Four highly skilled female criminals are given a stark choice: a life sentence Ambrealys Huot- or serve their country in a covert anti-terrorism unit. Petonnet-Vincent

Forever Home

Sarah Shook and A diverse group of survivors find themselves in a billionaire’s bunker during the apocalypse and somehow it’s all hilarious. Scott Goldstein


Kevin Lapsley, Michael Craig and Canz

A Philadelphia police detective and his new limo driving partner find themselves chasing down criminals who lead them right to the top in the City of Brotherly Love.


Greg Emmerth

Jack Greer, his long-term relationship over, returns to Charleston for his estranged mother’s birthday.


Jeffrey Howe

Years after a car crash that killed her husband and placed her in a wheelchair, a black artist receives an experimental implant that might help her walk again, but her father-in-law has ulterior motives for the treatment.

Prepare the Way

Tommy Britt

A recent retiree tries to stop his elderly mother from hoarding, but suspects there may be a greater design behind her habit.

Rainbows and Stuart Schulz Silver Buckles: The Adventures of Joe and Muz

The lives of two married pioneers of early 20th century Alaska are retold as chronicled in their discovered logbooks.


Victoria Rosendahl

A camping trip with a new dog unveils the true meaning of rescue.

Saving the West

Kathleen Sears

A young woman disguises herself as a man to fight for the Union during the U.S. Civil War.

The Joymaker

Tara Grover Smith

While Karen braces herself for her opioid addicted son to return from prison, she encounters a friend and former life coach who is homeless and dying from AIDS.

The Lesson

Kimberly Kalaja

Overwhelmed by the violence that have become the new normal in America, assault survivor Keller buys a gun for self-defense—but it doesn’t make her feel any safer.

The Vanishing Point

Nedra Pezold Roberts

The coastline of Louisiana is at risk, but so is the St. Pe family and a Cajun way of life that has been sustained by wetlands for hundreds of years.


Script Lineup (Cont.) TITLE



The Wild Heart of Alaska

Mary Albanese

A failed teacher in 1970s New York takes on the dangerous, macho world of arctic exploration and finds something she did not expect—herself.

The Women of Harcourt Street

Lee LennonCostanzo

Teenaged Delia is sent to stay with her great aunts and grandma while her mother undergoes cancer treatment, but the girl’s patina of toughness is no match for older women who can see right through her.

They Came from the Seaweed

Brendan Butler

The crew of the sunken research vessel “Glen Carrig” encounters an oceanic anomaly, an entire continent of seaweed where monstrous creatures lurk.

Festival Tip: Unlike typical movie theater shows, New Hope Film Festival screenings are usually followed by filmmaker Q&A sessions, giving audience members an opportunity to ask questions and peek behind the scenes of a film.

Wishing everyone safety and good health. We are all in this together.