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Riverside International Film Festival www.riversidefilmfestival.org info@riversidefilm.org Tel: (951) 682-4456

Letter From The President I would like to personally welcome all filmmakers, film lovers, award recipients, dignitaries, celebrities and sponsors to the 16th Annual Riverside International Film Festival. This is my second year as the president of this Festival, and I would like to first thank our Founder and President for the first 14 years, Harki Dhillon. Harki and I have worked together for over half a dozen years, and I have learned much from his guidance. I hope you share my enthusiasm as we explore the world of film over a 6 day period. We will celebrate the art of cinema showing approximately 60 films in several genres from 14 different counties. The city of Riverside is known as the City of Arts & Innovation, and the annual Riverside International Film Festival is a major component of the city’s dedication to the arts. Please sit back and enjoy all the films and festivities our festival and city have to offer. Sincerely, Jim Buchholz President, Riverside International Film Festival

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AUTEUR AWARD FOR FILM & TV Nick Searcy The Board Members of the Riverside International Film Festival wish to bestow upon Nick Searcy the Auteur Award for Film and TV for his incredible span of work over the past almost 3 decades at this year’s Gala on April 21. Having followed his career after his breakout performances in the film The Fugitive and the TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, the board has been incredibly impressed with Nick’s continued increasing stature leading up to this year’s performances in two Oscar Nominated films, including the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Shape of Water. A consistent presence in film and television for over 25 years, Nick Searcy has starred in independent films as well as studio blockbusters, including MONEYBALL, THE LAST SONG, THE UGLY TRUTH, THE DEAD GIRL, RUNAWAY JURY, CAST AWAY, HEAD OF STATE, and FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, among others. In 2018, he appeared in two Academy Award Best Picture nominees, 3 BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, and the fore-mentioned Best Picture winner, THE SHAPE OF WATER. Previous Academy Award Best Picture Nominated films Nick appeared in include The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), and Moneyball (2011). After completing a six-year run as Chief Deputy Art Mullen on the popular FX series JUSTIFIED, he appeared as Deke Simmons in Hulu’s 11/22/63, and has also been a series regular on UPN’s 7 Days, CBS’s American Gothic, HBO’s From The Earth To The Moon, ABC’s Rodney, and CW’s Easy Money, and has guest starred on countless shows including Chicago Med, Hawaii 5-0, Mom, Hot in Cleveland, Intelligence, Archer, The Mentalist, Lie To Me, Without a Trace, The West Wing, CSI, and NCIS. He returned to the stage, his first love, in 2016 as Raymond Chandler in BILLY & RAY at the Laguna Playhouse, and again in 2017 in the Geffen Playhouse production of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE. GOSNELL, an independent film Nick directed will be released in theatres in 2018. His first film, PARADISE FALLS, won 6 festival awards including the Best Feature Film award at the 1997 Hollywood Film Festival, and he continues to write and develop new works for the screen.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN MUSIC Helen Reddy The Board Members of the Riverside International Film Festival would like to bestow on Helen Reddy this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Music. Helen, also known as The Queen of 1970’s Pop and The Singing Nun, reached the top of the American charts with her first #1 Grammy Award winning I Am Woman. It became THE anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s, and was her signature song. Four decades later this is still the hit people remember her for, despite the fact she had an abundance of other “top ten” records over the course of her long career, including 3 No. 1 Hits: Delta Dawn, Angie Baby and the fore-mentioned I Am Woman. Her film career included a starring role in Pete’s Dragon (Walt Disney Productions) which included the Oscar nominated song Candle on the Water. She also played a nun in Airport 1975 where she sang Best Friend and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer-Female. She was also featured in the films Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Disorderlies, and The Perfect Host. Her latest film performance comes in this year’s release of Senior Entourage which celebrates its World Premiere at the Riverside International Film Festival.

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4.17.18 Tuesday Exposing the Power of Film 11am - 12:30pm

4:00 - 5:30pm

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“Steve McQueen: American Icon” (83 min) - USA

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“My Name is Myeisha”

6:00 - 9:00pm

RIVERSIDE FOX THEATER

(85 min) - USA

12:45 - 2:45pm

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“California’s Forgotten Children” (93 min) USA

I HEART CA

Panel Discussion

“Tranquility in the Disturbance”

4.18.18 Wednesday The Fine Art of Film

(4 min) USA

“Dear Life”

(17 min) USA

“Like Father And 1” (16 min) USA

2:00 - 3:15pm

“Loss and Found”

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(29 min) USA

Animation Exploration

“Our Barrio”

“Blows with the Wind”

“Exploring California’s Coast”

“Hors Saison”

(29 min) USA

(7 min) - Iran

(6 min) USA

(7 min) - France

“Gusla or the Spirits”

Filmmakers Q&A (20 min)

(9 min) - France

“Clemence’s Afternoon” (10 min) - France

1:30 - 4:00 pm SHERMAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL

“Pioneers of the Universe”

(87 min) USA

Discussion /Q&A (30 min)

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“Valerie” (33 min) USA Filmmaker Q&A (10 min)

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(12 min) - Belgium

“Alphabet” (6 min) - Iran

“Tribal Justice”

3:00 - 3:45pm

“The Ape Man”

(6 min) - France

“Less Than Human” (7 min) - USA

“Ginevra”

(4 min) - Netherlands

“Framed” (7 min) - Italy


3:30 - 5:15pm

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Outside the Box “Real Connection”

4.19.18 Thursday Student Films 3:00 - 6:00pm

(12 min) - USA

“Le Risque Zero”

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Select Student Work

(29 min) - France

“Pussy Willows”

“The Fabric of America”

“Ca Va Sans Dire”

“L.A. Fadeaway”

“With My Own Two Hands”

“Gold Fortune”

(7 min) - USA

(20 min) - USA

(19 min) - USA

(12 min) - France

(4 min) - France

Filmmakers Q&A (30 min)

5:30 - 7:15pm

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(26 min) - USA

“The Proposal” (7 min) - USA

“Marc Chung Protects His Address” (10 min) - USA

“Senior Entourage”

“Two DJs: Both Alike in Dignity” (15 min) - USA

Filmmaker/Cast Q&A

“Pickle” (22 min) - USA

(81 min) - USA

“Mind Your Body” 7:30 - 9:30pm “The Chicken Party” (101 min) - USA

Filmmaker/Cast Q&A

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(23 min) - Germany

“Steamwrecked” (18 min) - USA

“Spark” (6 min) - USA “Novalis” (3 min) - USA Filmmakers Q&A (20 min)

6:15pm

BOX PATIO

CBU Reception 7:00 - 9:00pm

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CBU Film Festival 9:15 - 11:00pm

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“The Invisible Man” (92 min) - USA

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4.20.18 Friday Heroes & Villains 1:00 - 3:15pm

4.21.18 Saturday I am woman, hear me roar BOX

The Good, the Bad, & the Funny

A day devoted to women’s achievements, women’s issues, and women directors.

11am - 12:30pm

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Anything you can do, we can do better

“Funeral Games” (15 min) - France

“Pickings”

“Rhapsody in Blueberry”

Filmmakers Q&A (15 min)

“Gloria Talks Funny”

(103 min) - USA

(4 min) - France (19 min) - USA

3:30 - 6:00pm

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“Mehndi” (4 min) - USA “Salto” (17 min) - Iran

Do the Right Thing “Bullies” (28 min) - USA

“Night Call” (18 min) - USA

“After Hours Trading”

“Nachthexen”

(102 min) - USA

Filmmakers Q&A (15 min)

6:30 - 8:30pm

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“Steve McQueen: American Icon” (83 min) - USA Filmmaker Q&A

(9 min) - Denmark

Filmmakers Q&A (20 min)

12:45 - 2:05pm

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For our moms “Sa’ad’s Olive Tree” (24 min) - Iran

“Anandha Yaz” (28 min) - India

“The Memoir” (18 min) - USA

Filmmaker Q&A (10 min)

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2:15 - 4:20pm

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An Essay on War “A Poetry - Unfinished” (3 min) - India

4.22.18 Sunday I will survive. Films that celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

“Stand Down” (7 min) - USA

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11am - 12:45pm

“The Alien Trail”

“We’ll Get Back to You”

(21 min) - Cyprus

(102 min) - Turkey

“A Sniper’s War”

(80 min) - Russia/Ukraine

Filmmakers Q&A (15 min)

4:30 - 6:30pm

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1:00 - 3:00pm

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“1-2-3”

(104 min) - Philippines

Filmmaker Q&A (15 min)

“Good After Bad” (100 min) - USA

3:15 - 5:15pm

Filmmaker Q&A (20 min)

6:30 - 8:30pm

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“The Best of All Worlds” (103 min) - Austria

Filmmaker Q&A (15 min)

AWARDS GALA 5:30 - 7:15pm

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“My Name is Myeisha” (85 min) - USA

Filmmaker Q&A (20 min)

7:30 - 8:30pm

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AWARDS CEREMONY Movie Genre

Suggested Audience

Comedy

Fantasy

Kid-friendly

Drama

Science Fiction

For ages 14+

Horror

Documentary

Mature audiences

Experimental

Animation

Nominees

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4.17.18

Exposing the Power of Film As we kick off our 16th annual film festival, we invite you to experience the powerful impact film can have on us personally, and as a community. We hope you are inspired to help us make a difference here in Riverside.

Tuesday

11am - 12:30pm

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My name is Myeisha

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Director: Gus Krieger Category: FEATURE Nominated: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 84 minutes Synopsis: In a split-second between life and death, teenager Myeisha Jackson crosses over into a hip-hop musical dreamscape and witnesses her life - what it was, and what might have been.

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FREE EVENT

1:30 - 4:00 pm SHERMAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL

Tribal Justice Director: Anne Makepeace Category: DOCUMENTARY

Nominated: Best Documentary Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 87 minutes Synopsis: Two Native American chief tribal judges strive to re-

duce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders, modeling restorative justice in action.

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12:45 - 2:45pm

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I HEART CA

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Director: Micah Emerine Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 3 minutes 30

Tranquility in the Disturbance Synopsis: “Tranquility in the Disturbance� brings attention to the way the world has created this busy and chaotic lifestyle, while nature brings a peaceful and serene touch to life.

Director: James Standridge Category: DOCUMENTARY Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 17 minutes Synopsis: A short about inmates that are

trying to better their lives through music and art. We donated guitars and drums to a prison and watched them literally get better in a year.

Dear Life Director: Brandon Harrison Category: DOCUMENTARY Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 15min 37seconds Synopsis: A father and son bond

over competing at the highest level of deaf basketball.

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Director: Jon Mancinetti Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 29 minutes

Loss and Found Synopsis: After getting beat up and losing his best friend, a young man discovers his purpose through saving the lives of rescue dogs.

Director: Ryan Casselman Category: SHORT Nominated: Best Short Film Year: 2016 Country: USA Film duration: 29 minutes

Our Barrio Synopsis: A young woman named Gabriela, is on the verge of

adulthood as she lives with her family in a diverse neighborhood. Struggling with her own identity, Gabriela is forced to reckon with herself when her life is forever changed by a tragedy.

Exploring California’s Coast Director: Danny Burger Category: STUDENT Year: 2016 Country: USA Film duration: 5 minutes 38 seconds Synopsis: “Exploring Californias Coast” is a short documentary searching the coastline of California for the best waves.

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3:00 - 3:45pm

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Director: Scott Anthony Brennan Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration:: 33 minutes Synopsis: “Valerie” tells the story of

an aspiring dancer whose experience on a date provides a harsh reminder of societal misogyny.

Valerie

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4:00 - 5:30pm

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Directors: Jon Erwin and Ben Smallbone

Category: DOCUMENTARY Nominated:

Best Documentary

Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration:: 83 minutes

Steve McQueen: American Icon Synopsis: Steve McQueen truly is an American Icon. One of

America’s most endearing and intriguing movie stars, he “is still the King of Cool” according to Esquire Magazine—50 years after the zenith of his career! The coolest thing about him, however, is barely known, despite countless biographies and articles; Steve McQueen was a believer in Jesus Christ.

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Free Community Event

Sponsored by:

6:00 - 9:00pm RIVERSIDE FOX THEATER

Panel discussion following film with leaders and nonprofit organzations dedicated to serving and protecting at-risk youth

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California’s Forgotten Children

Director: Melody C. Miller Category: DOCUMENTARY Nominated: Best Documentary Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 92 Minutes Synopsis: A feature documentary about child sex traďŹƒcking.

The film follows true stories of youth who were commercially sexually exploited in California and are now survivors and brave leaders, fighting for the rights of victims worldwide. 15


4.18.18

The Fine Art of Film

You may notice that today’s programming has a slight French accent. We give special thanks to our guest coordinator, Mathilde Boureau, for helping us procure some of our favorite films of the festival from Les Gobelins l’Ecole de l’Image.

Wednesday

2:00 - 3:15pm

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Animation Exploration

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Director: Hazhir As’Adi Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: Iran Film duration: 7 minutes

Blows with the Wind Synopsis: After enduring some unpleasant events, scarecrow becomes human and breaks away from those situations. On the way he sees two other scarecrows whose conditions are worse than him, and this presents a dilemma.

Hors Saison Directors: Nicolas CAPITAINE, Céline DESOUTTER, Lucas DURKHEIM, Léni MAROTTE Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: France Film duration: 6 minutes Synopsis: Tired park ranger Jude struggles to find her place on

her team. Her determination to prove herself leads her to a place in the park where she’ll be lonelier than ever.

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Director: Adrienne Nowak Category: ANIMATION Year: 2016 Country: France Film duration: 9 minutes

Gusla or the Spirits Synopsis: Adrienne goes back to Poland, where she was born, to see

her grandmother and ask her family about communism. In her aunt and uncle’s cozy kitchen she will learn that communist spirits aren’t the only ones to haunt the Polish imagination.

Director: Lénaïg Le Moigne Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: France Film duration: 10 minutes

Clemence’s Afternoon Synopsis: Clémence and her parents participate in

a big country picnic. Arriving late, Clemence joins the other children who are already playing away from adults, but everything is not as happy as expected.

Director: Pieter Vandenabeele Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: Belgium Film duration: 11 minutes 11 seconds

The Ape Man Synopsis: A small, plump man lives on the

top floor of a skyscraper. During the day, he’s a garbage man, but in the evening, he watches Tarzan movies and dreams of the jungle. One day, when he hears the aggressive rants of his neighbor, he looks for the Tarzan inside to rescue Jane.

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2:00 - 3:15pm

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Animation Exploration

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Director: Kianoush Abedi Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: Iran Film duration: 6 minutes Synopsis: It has been years since the people of this town forgot the alphabet of life. They have no sight, hearing or speech left, but the words are impatiently waiting to be sung.

Alphabet

Pioneers of the Universe Directors: Benjamin Bernon, Clémentine Courbin, Matthieu Guevel, Anthony Rege, Jérôme VanBeneden Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: France Film duration: 5 minutes Synopsis: During the USSR space race, Macha and Vassily work secretly on a special project.

Director: Steffen Bang Lindholm Category: ANIMATION Nominated: Best Animated Film Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 6 minutes Synopsis: In the aftermath of a zombie

outbreak, the zombies have been cured and exiled to secluded camps. A prejudice journalist decides to prove that they are not fit to be rehabilitated.

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Ginevra Director: Tess Martin Category: ANIMATION Year: 2017 Country: Netherlands Film duration: 3 min 42 sec Synopsis: Based on Percy Shelley’s poem “The

Dirge,” Ginevra depicts the aftermath of the murder of a young woman. As her distraught mother looks on, she learns that life after death involves a transition she never could have imagined.

Director: Marco Jemolo Category: ANIMATION Nominated: Best Animated Film Year: 2017 Country: Italy Film duration: 7 minutes

Framed Synopsis: “Framed” is a noir animated short-film, which investigates

the role of the individual in society. In an anonymous police station, F.K. asks the Law for help in the attempt to report the abuses he has been through: his birth, his formation, his forced work. He will end up stuck in an endless nightmare.

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3:30 - 5:15pm

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Outside the Box

14+

Conceptual. Poetic. Different. And maybe even a little weird. These films captured our imaginations with their brilliant creativity. Prepare yourself for an unexpected journey.

Director: Thierry Denis Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 12 minutes

Real Connection Synopsis: Cedric is happy to finally get a match in the new augmented reality dating app Real Connection. Unfortunately his wittiness and writing skills are not enough to get his match interested. But then his buddy Elan calls his attention to a particularly helpful feature on the dating app: Auto-Chat.

Director: Philippe Lacoeuille Category: SHORT Year: 2014 Country: France Film Duration: 28 min. 40 sec.

Le Risque Zero Synopsis: A baby is communicating with his parents from inside his

mother’s belly and starts to negotiate his forthcoming birth. Facing his parents’ resistance, the baby decides to hire a notorious lawyer. Little by little, the mother starts to give in to despair whereas the father thinks he’s losing his mind when he realizes he’s being chased by some killer baby carriages.

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Director: Tommy Regan Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 19 min 14 sec Synopsis: An emotionally desolate daughter and

her suicidal mother finally connect during an evening of bacchanalian rage. Pussy Willows is a dialogue-free, surreal phantasmagoria of jazz, anguish, and clowns.

Pussy Willows

Filmmaker: Pierre Sabrou Category: STUDENT Nominated: Best Student Film Year: 2017 Country: France Film duration: 11 min 37 sec Synopsis: 1927, Charles meets Marguerite, a beautiful washerwoman. By trying to seduce her, Charles triggers a series of unpredicted events that will separate them. He then finds himself in an unknown world.

Ca Va Sans Dire

Director: Michael Barocas Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: France Film Duration: 3 minutes and 40 seconds Synopsis: The life of a man through his hands and those around him.

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5:30 - 7:15pm

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WORLD PREMIERE Senior Entourage

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Director: Brian Connors Category: FEATURE Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 88 minutes Synopsis: “Senior Entourage” is a wild, wacky

mockumentary comedy film featuring a zany cast ranging in age from 8 to 88. It has the freewheeling unscripted improvisational feel of a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for the elderly or “Seinfield” for seniors. It’s a comedy about nothing.

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7:30 - 9:30pm

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Come dressed like a chicken and receive a free ticket to any other screening during the festival

WORLD PREMIERE The Chicken Party Director: Carlos R. Valencia Category: FEATURE Nominated: Best Actress - Megumi Kabe Country: USA Film duration: 103 minutes Synopsis: Two Japanese sisters come to Los Angeles for the

first time. During their travels they are invited to a Chicken Party, a place to make international friends. At first the party is nice and fun, but by the end of the night it turns into a nightmare and the sisters must get out before they are killed. 23


4.19.18

Student Films

These films are legit, dope, cray, woke, sick, lit and - dare we say - on fleek. We have no idea what we’ve just said. But if you do, you won’t want to miss today’s Student Films.

Thursday

3:00 - 6:00pm

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Select Student Work

14+

Director:

Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 7 minutes

The Fabric of America Synopsis: This film was produced by 8 high school students in

Montgomery County, Maryland, through a program with Gandhi Brigade Youth Media. They chose to investigate the issue of immigration not only because of its nationwide relevance, but also because of the direct impact our broken immigration system has in their local community.

Director: Meg Sutton Category: STUDENT Year: 2016 Country: USA Film duration: 19 minutes

L.A. Fadeaway Synopsis: The year is 1977 and budding musician Drew longs for a

chance to prove her talent. When Drew invites sultry blues singer, Marcie, to sing at a local club, she grapples with her growing feelings for Marcie’s boyfriend, Reid, and the hypocrisy of LA’s music scene. A film about overcoming heartbreak and disillusionment to find your voice.

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Director: Rhyme Lu Category: STUDENT Nominated: Best Student Film Year: 2017

Country: USA

Film duration: 25 min 44 sec

Gold Fortune Synopsis: Inspired by a true crime story. A Chinese young man, Yuzhong Chan has been working in Chinese restaurants since he illegally entered the United States in hopes of a better life. He moves to Los Angeles to seek legal identity, but when he finds out he missed his court hearing, where would the tide of fortune take him?

Director: CBU Art Camp Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 7 minutes

The Proposal Synopsis: The Proposal is a short film written and produced in one

week by high school students at CBU’s Summer Film Camp. It’s the story of what starts out as a romantic proposal, but then goes wrong.

Director: Michael Chan Category: STUDENT Year: 2016 Country: USA Film duration: 9 min 42 sec Synopsis: Marc Chung recounts a story to

his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led him to purchase a pellet gun to protect his address.

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3:00 - 6:00pm

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Select Student Work

14+

Director: David Bashford Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 14 minutes 18 seconds Synopsis: A down-on- his-luck DJ aspires

to greatness, but when he shows up to DJ a sweet 16 birthday party, he must face off against another DJ who has already claimed the gig as his own.

Two DJs: Both Alike in Dignity

Director: Grant Moore Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 21 minutes and 28 seconds Synopsis: After accidentally freezing the family dog to death, Oscar attempts to make good with his soon-to-be stepson by driving the family pet’s ashes across the country.

Pickle

Director: Silke C. Engler Category: STUDENT Year: 2016 Country: Germany Film duration: 22 min 21 sec Synopsis: Jo is working as a trainer at the

futuristic Fitness Company MIND YOUR BODY, and his consciousness is slipping into the body of a customer. One day when Jo trains the famous Eddie, he meets Ery, and suddenly everything changes.

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Director: Christopher Matista Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 17 minutes and 34 seconds Synopsis: After their lightning catching

zeppelin crashes, Rowe and Captain August must protect their haul from lurking scavengers as they struggle to survive in the harsh desert.

Steamwrecked

Director: Aharonit Elior Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 5 min. 47 sec. Synopsis: A girl finds someone to spark her ame.

Spark

Director: Christopher Powell Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 2 min. 35 sec. Synopsis: A lost orphan tries to

find shelter in a desolate German village in the 1890s.

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9:15 - 11:00pm

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The Invisible Man

14+

Director: Joseph Henson Category: FEATURE Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 91 minutes Synopsis: A modern retelling of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, “The

Invisible Man.” Motivated by the death of his son, Griffin, a brilliant but eccentric scientist discovers a method to invisibility. He is able to complete the experiment, with the aid of his assistant, Faith. The formula allows him to exact revenge on the murderer that killed his son, but at a tragic expense, the formula slowly begins to consume his mind.

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4.20.18

Heroes & Villains

The first full-length feature film ever made was the 1906 Australian film “The Story of the Kelly Gang,” about a mean and dangerous outlaw named Ned Kelly. The adventures of good guys vs. bad guys have continued to inspire filmmakers throughout the decades. Here are some of those stories.

Friday

The Good, the Bad, & the Funny 1:00 - 3:15pm

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LA VOIE LACTÉE &

ARTHUR MAZET

Director: Martin Darondeau Category: SHORT Nominated: Best Short Film Year: 2017 Country: France Film duration: 15 minutes Synopsis: Two undertakers get a corpse stolen

SLUMDOG PRODUCTION present

HUSKY KIHAL

MARC RISO

NICOLAS MARTINEZ

FUNERAL GAMES a film by

MARTIN DARONDEAU

by two crooks who lose a precious bag. They will have to organize a swap.

written with

JULIEN LABIGNE

Funeral Games

DIRECTOR MARTIN DARONDEAU SCRIPT MARTIN DARONDEAU & JULIEN LABIGNE PRODUCED BY NATHALIE ALGAZI MARIE SONNE-JENSEN FRANÇOIS DROUOT COPRODUCER BRYAN RANDELL DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY OLIVIER CAVELLAT SOUND GUILLAUME FOUQUES XAVIER RÉMY VALENTIN LOCARD EDIT DENIS CAMELIN ORIGINAL SCORE DEMUSMAKER LOCATION MANAGER PIERRE DURAND SET DESIGN STÉPHANE CABRERA COSTUMES MÉLODY COLLANGE UNE PRODUCTION LA VOIE LACTÉE EN COPRODUCTION AVEC SLUMDOG PRODUCTION ET LES FILMS DU DUC WITH THE SUPPORT OF RÉGION PROVENCE ALPES CÔTE D’AZUR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CNC AND PROCIREP-ANGOA IN PARTENRSHIP WITH POMPES FUNÈBRES DES COLLINES MARBRERIE CARDI ANDRIO - COURBAISSE TRANSPORTS - OUEST HARMONIE L’ATELIER PLANI - STUDIO MAIA - ELOCAR P 116C P 187C IDENTITÉ VISUELLE DE LA RÉGION PROVENCE-ALPES-CÔTE D’AZUR

LOGOTYPE

Références couleurs Or : Magenta 35 Jaune 100 Pantone 143 CV Bleu foncé : Cyan 100 Magenta 55 Noir 35 Pantone 295 CV

La Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur a choisi de réunir les anciennes armoiries de la Provence, du Dauphiné et du comté de Nice, afin de créer l’emblème de l’identité régionale. Accompagné de la police de caractère Optima, ce blason constitue le logotype de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Héraldique • Blason de la Provence : les couleurs rouge et or du blason de la Provence remontent au XIIe siècle, à l’époque où elle portait les armes d’Aragon. • Blason du Dauphiné : le dauphin était l’emblème des seigneurs du Dauphiné (Albon, Bourgogne et la Tour du Pin) qui se sont succédés du XIe au XIVe siècle.

Rouge : Magenta 100 Jaune 100 Pantone 485 CV Noir : Noir 100 Process black

Les déclinaisons Vertical

• Blason du comté de Nice : l’aigle de Nice provient du Saint Empire romain germanique dont dépendait la maison de Savoie. Les trois sommets sous l’animal symbolisent les monts Alban, Gros et Chauve. En 1860, le traité de Turin suivi d’un plébiscite, décida le rattachement du comté de Nice à la France. Utilisation : le logo est placé en bas de page à droite ou centré, dans le cas où il apparaît seul. Note : lorsque le logo apparaît sur fond sombre, le typogramme qui accompagne le blason est blanc. Drapeau à gauche

Director: Usher Morgan Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Editing Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 95 Minutes

Synopsis: When a

short-tempered mobster and his gang of thugs try to shake down a neighborhood bar, they’re soon confronted with the wrath of its owner - a mysterious southern mother with a dangerous past.

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LES FILMS DU DUC


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Do the Right Thing 3:30 - 6:00pm

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Director: Daniel Bydlowski Category: SHORT Nominated: Best Short Film Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 27 min 40 sec Synopsis: Wanting to escape his bullies at school,

young Eugene falls into a world where the bullied have remained hidden in the shadows for decades. But this new reality free of bullies is not as pleasant as it first seems, and Eugene must find his way back to those he loves.

Bullies

Director: Fredrick Johnson Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Screenplay Best Actor - Miraj Grbic Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 102 minutes

Synopsis: Desperate for

cash, a twenty-something college dropout teams up with a shady Eastern European con artist. But when he discovers his new partner-incrime is on a mission to rescue a human traďŹƒcking victim, he must decide if he’s in or out.

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Directors:

Jon Erwin Ben Smallbone

Category:

DOCUMENTARY

Nominated:

Best Documentary

Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 83 minutes

Steve McQueen: American Icon Synopsis: Steve McQueen truly is an American Icon. One of

America’s most endearing and intriguing movie stars, he “is still the King of Cool” according to Esquire Magazine—50 years after the zenith of his career! The coolest thing about him, however, is barely known, despite countless biographies and articles; Steve McQueen was a believer in Jesus Christ.

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4.21.18

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Anything you can do, we can do better

Saturday

Director: Gaelle Denis Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: France Film Duration: 3 min. 50 sec. Synopsis: Rhapsody, a wild young woman, pushes the limits to find a deeper meaning in her life. She faces the reality of not being heard and seen for what she is.

Rhapsody in Blueberry Director: Kendall Goldberg Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 18 min 27 sec Synopsis: When struggling voice

actress, Gloria, discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-tofame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy.

Gloria Talks Funny Director: Sudeshna Sen Category: SHORT Year: 2018 Country: USA Film Duration: 4 minutes Synopsis: On the threshold of

womanhood, amidst the bright colorful urry of an Indian bridal shower, two young girls pass a secret designed to alter their lives forever.

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We are young, and we are old. We are professionals. We are first responders. We are athletes and artists. We are moms, wives, sisters and daughters. We are taking on the world - God help those who stand in our way.

Director: Maryam Haddadi Category: DOCUMENTARY Year: 2017 Country: Iran Film Duration: 17 minutes Synopsis: This is the portrait of

a young girl who is the women’s swimming “champion of champions” in Iran. But a female champion has no place in the Islamic republic government.

Director: Amanda Renee Knox Category: STUDENT Nominated: Best Student Film Year: 2017 Country: USA Film duration: 18 minutes Synopsis: When a black female cop living

in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance on a routine patrol, she is forced to make a life altering decision.

Night Call Director: Julie Herdichek Baltzer Category: ANIMATION Nominated: Best Animated Film Year: 2017 Country: Denmark Film duration: 8 min 12 sec Synopsis: An elderly, soft-spoken

veteran recalls when she joined the Soviet Air Force’s first all-female bombing squad.

For each Saturday screening that sells 100 tickets or more, RIFF will donate 20% of our proceeds to local organizations who serve at-risk youth.

Salto

HELP US FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

I am woman, hear me roar.

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For our moms. Director: Ahmad Zayery Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: Iran Film Duration: 24 minutes Synopsis: Sa’ad is a boy who loves football

with big dreams. He loses his eyes and friends in a mortar explosion and because of that he locks himself up at home. Until his mother with so many efforts and creativity encourages him to go out again.

Sa’ad’s Olive Tree

Director: Shiva Christi Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: India Film Duration: 27 min. 30 sec. Synopsis: The film revolves around

an autistic child, and his parents who motivate and support him in his interests.

Anandha Yaz Director: Adrienne von Wolffersdorff Category: STUDENT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 17 min 35 seconds Synopsis: The filmmaker’s grandmother struggles to finish a memoir, about her childhood on a California cattle ranch, in the face of encroaching old age.

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life with parents. Gradually, the ugly face of war unfolds before him. He expresses his feelings and life journey with sketches.

A Poetry- UnďŹ nished

Director: Dana Tynan Category: SHORT Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 7 minute Synopsis: A haunted ex-soldier

suffering from PTSD on a journey toward the ultimate confrontation with himself.

Stand Down

For each Saturday screening that sells 100 tickets or more, RIFF will donate 20% of our proceeds to local organizations who serve at-risk youth.

Director: Toposmito Sengupta Category: SHORT Year: 2018 Country: India Film Duration: 3 minutes 19 sec. Synopsis: A child lives a happy

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An Essay on War

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Directors: Nicolas Iordanou and Sylvia Nicolaides Category: DOCUMENTARY Year: 2018 Country: Cyprus Film Duration: 20 minutes: 20 seconds Synopsis: A documentary following four photographers who captured with their lens the migrant and refugee population in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The Alien Trail

A Sniper’s War Director: Olya Schechter Category: DOCUMENTARY Nominated: Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing Year: 2018 Country: Ukraine and Russia Film Duration: 80 minutes Synopsis: The story of a sniper whose anti-U.S. views lead him to join

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the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict - a primary source of political tension between the United States and Russia. When social media becomes a communication platform to schedule sniper duels, the film’s focus, Deki finds his life in jeopardy.


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Best Feature, Best Director Best Screenplay Best Actress - Maddie Hasson Year: 2017 Country: USA Film Duration: 93 minutes

Good After Bad Synopsis: The film follows the

relationship between a bullied student, Shelly, whose home life is in shambles, and a wealthy eccentric, Wes, with no friends and issues with women. Things take a turn when Wes offers to become the teen’s guardian.

For each Saturday screening that sells 100 tickets or more, RIFF will donate 20% of our proceeds to local organizations who serve at-risk youth.

14+ Director: Anne-Marie Hess Category: FEATURE Nominated:

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4:30 - 6:30pm

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4.22.18

I will Survive. Desperation shows us what we’re made of. It pushes us to do things we never thought we could...and never thought we would. And in the end, if we survive, we are forever changed. Today’s Best Feature nominated films celebrate the strength of the human spirit.

Sunday

11am - 12:45pm

We’ll Get Back to You

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Director: Doga Can Anafarta Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing Year: 2017 Country: Turkey Film Duration: 102 minutes Synopsis: The only cure for joblessness, unhappiness and hopelessness is friendship - life is beautiful together. 40

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HELP US FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING If we sell 100 tickets or more, RIFF will donate 50% of proceeds to local organizations who serve at-risk youth. 14+ Director: Carlo Obispo Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Feature Best Actor - Carlos Dala Best Cinematography Year: 2016 Country: Philippines

1-2-3

Film Duration: 104 minutes Synopsis: “1-2- 3” follows

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The Best of All Worlds Director: Adrian Goiginger Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Feature Best Director Best Actress Verena Altenberger Best Actor - Jeremy Miliker

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14+ Year: 2017 Country: Austria Film Duration: 103 minutes Synopsis: The heart-wrench-

ing true story of a devoted mother’s battle with addiction.


5:30 - 7:15pm

14+ Director: Gus Krieger Category: FEATURE Nominated:

Best Feature Best Director Best Screenplay Best Actress - Raechyl Walker Year: 2018 Country: USA

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My Name is Myeisha Film duration: 84 minutes Synopsis: In a split-second

between life and death, teenager Myeisha Jackson crosses over into a hip-hop musical dreamscape and witnesses her life, what it was and what might have been.

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BOARD MEMBERS Jim Buchholz President/Festival Director Jim Buchholz is a Professor of Mathematics and Physics and earned his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to wrestling and playing soccer during his college days, he performed as a Stand-up Comic and was once recognized as the Top Collegiate Comedian by the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (formerly the Bob Hope Search for Collegiate Talent). He now produces, writes, directs and acts in short films. His first short film I Saw Her First played in festivals in three different countries. He recently finished his first full-length feature screenplay based off of a book published in 13 languages. Dr. Buchholz combined his talents in science and the film industry by creating a very successful college class titled: “The Physics of Hollywood.�

Dr. Harki Dhillon Founder/Vice-President Harki Dhillon is the Founder and past President of the Riverside international film festival. He is the Producer of the critically acclaimed feature film Beyond Honor. Actor in feature films American Blend and Beyond Honor. Author of two books of Poetry - Invisible Hands and Misty Darkness. (amazon.com). Harki is on the Board of Advisors/Trustee of California Baptist University, University of California Riverside Foundation and the Center for Social justice and Civil Liberties.Harki is an Orthopedic and Hand Surgeon.

Mark A. Roberson Board Member/Secretary Mark Roberson came to California Baptist University in September 2011 to begin his role as founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, and to launch the new architecture program. Prior to coming to CBU, Mark was the Vice President and Director of Design for Fender Architects in Fort Worth, Texas for 15 years. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Mark then earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from University of Southern California, and worked as an architect in LA for several years. Mark has previously taught architecture at UTA, USC, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Ecole Des Ponts in Paris, France. 44


Andrea Scott Board Member/ Marketing Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Andrea Sco�, PhD is the Dean and an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at CBU. Her publications and research interests involve consumer behavior, advertising, social marketing, and investigating the challenges faced at the intersection of conscience, culture, and consumption. She has advertising agency experience with national clients such as General Mills and Wrigley at DDB and BBDO in Chicago, worked with NBC during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was a business analyst for Honeywell, Inc., and started and still owns The Write Touch (a marketing consulting firm).

Leslie Roberson Program Director Leslie Roberson is serving her first year as Film Programmer for RIFF. Leslie has wri�en, produced, directed and edited over a dozen short films, several of which have been selected in film festivals throughout the United States. From 2003-2007, she worked as producer for on-air promotions at a cable television network, where she also co-wrote two made-for-TV documentaries. She received her B.F.A. in film from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2003.

Avni Patankar Board Member/Treasurer Avni Patankar manages the finances for the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF). Avni received her BS in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. She is a long time resident of Riverside and has been a volunteer with the RIFF for the past couple of years.

Mathilde Boureau Festival Coordinator Mathilde Boureau is a French student from La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, who will graduate in June with her Master`s degree in Cinematography. Mathilde has studied cinema for 8 years in areas such as acting, filming, history, theory, critics, logistic, communication, and programming. She has worked as the general coordinator’s assistant for the Champs Elysées Film Festival, which occurs each year at the beginning of June. Specializing in the science of education in the cinema field, she now organizes many children`s educational workshops. Meanwhile, she coordinated the 2018 school plan of action and worked for the 2017 Mon premier Festival’s edition which is dedicated to young audiences.

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