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WELCOME TO THE UNDEREXPOSED F I L M F E S T I VA L y c 2 0 1 7 ! Welcome to the 2017 Underexposed Film Festival yc. On behalf of the Arts Council of York County, we hope you enjoy 4 days of films that will enlighten, engage, and provide fresh perspectives. res-o-nate: produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound: “the sound of the siren resonated across the harbor.” Each year after every festival I write to the filmmakers who were unable to attend and give them audience feedback for their film. The response almost universally is “I am glad it resonated with the audience.” Making a film is a deeply personal experience for the filmmaker. From script to screen it is an outpouring of emotions as he or she embarks on a journey. In some cases the journey is cathartic as the filmmaker takes a moment out of his own life and shares it on the screen with the audience. For others their film is like a crusade, a need to tell a story that may reveal an injustice, spur a call to action or change a perspective.

Karen Collins during production of Courage Under Fire

KAREN COLLINS Festival Director

Most audiences assume that filmmakers make shorts for a “reel,” a calling card to set themselves up for the feature that they hope will come. In some cases this is true but most often times it is not. There is a growing population of filmmakers dedicated to the short form. Resonating with their audience is the real “pay off ” for having made the film. These filmmakers are sirens calling their audience to the theater to watch what often can be their own soul up there on the screen. They look for someone who feels as they do and it becomes a bond between filmmaker and audience. Some of these sirens of the screen recognize how serious and grave the world can be and just want to provide some relief, a smile, or a moment of peace amongst turmoil. Others have a need to right a wrong, to help their fellow man, or to encourage change.


Festival Credits.............................4 Festival Schedule..........................6 Films (alphabetical order)..........9 Official Selections............9 - 28 Directors Choice..........29 - 32 Official Events.............................33 Jurors............................................34 Awards Listing............................36 Maps..............................................37

To the 2017 Underexposed Film Festival yc filmmakers, we thank you for sharing your work with our audience. We look forward to experiencing the world you are bringing to our screen. May your voices continue to resonate with future audiences for years to come.

LEGEND Cinema Carolina Female Directed Film Student Film 3


The Underexposed Film Festival yc 2017 is brought to you by the following: Producer Arts Council of York County Festival Director Karen Collins Executive Director Artistic Director Marketing and Communications Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator Graphics Gallery Manager Artistic Associate Intern

Debra Heintz Mary Lynn Norton Melanie Cooper Kim Brock Stephanie Castaldo Michael Gentry Erica Welzenbach Sydney Carr

Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission, Comporium Communications, Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax & the ACYC Annual Campaign. For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 4



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B LO C K A 7 - 9 PM



TITLE The Ningyo GUN A Spot in the Sky INTERMISSION Shop of Eternal Life Mr. Man



DIRECTOR Miguel Ortega Haven Nutt Anil Dhokai

RUNTIME 00:25:00 00:11:22 00:09:30

RATING PG-13 PG-13 PG-13

CATEGORY Narrative Narrative Narrative

PG 19 14 26

Yizhou Xu Haven Nutt

00:22:50 00:28:19

R PG-13

Narrative Experimental

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LOCATION: Dina’s Place at Winthrop University | 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

BLOCK B 7 - 9 PM



TITLE A Love Story Last Ship After All I Love New York Penny From Heaven INTERMISSION The Owl and the Lemming Dadyaa: The Woodpeckers of Rotha The Double La Femme et le TGV


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DIRECTOR RUNTIME RATING CATEGORY PG Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara 00:07:04 PG Animation 30 Daniele Ragusa 00:10:31 PG Documentary 17 Michael Cusack 00:13:22 PG-13 Animation 9 Christian Vogeler 00:10:54 PG-13 Narrative 14 Marlek al-Habib 00:08:00 PG - 13 Narrative 31 Roselynn Akulujuk Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet Nicola Hepp Timo von Gunten



00:16:08 00:01:28 00:30:00

PG G PG-13



Narrative Experimental Narrative

11 12 16

LOCATION: Dina’s Place at Winthrop University | 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

B LOC K C 1 - 3 PM





TITLE DIRECTOR Emerging Steven Kochones Frail Ares Ceylan Moriom Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi INTERMISSION Mama Rwanda Laura Waters Hinson Jilava John T. Williams Live by the Sword Robert Johnson

RUNTIME 00:29:50 00:18:36


CATEGORY PG Documentary 12 Narrative 13



Documentary 19

00:29:58 00:08:40 00:18:32

G PG-13 PG

Documentary 18 Experimental 15 Documentary 17

LOCATION: Dina’s Place at Winthrop University | 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

All ratings are suggested by the UFFyc. They do not reflect the opinion of the Motion Picture Association of America. 6

B LO C K D 7 - 9 PM





TITLE DIRECTOR Trial & Error Antje Heyn Olde E Xavier L. Neal-Burgin About Now J. Michael Simpson Jonah Stands Up Hannah Engelson “The Talk” True Stories About the Birds & the Bees Alain Delannoy INTERMISSION Four Faces of the Moon Amanda Strong Running Jumic Emma Anderson Awaiting Grace Curtis Thieman Bonsai Ignacio F. Rodó

RUNTIME 00:05:27 00:14:37 00:05:00 00:21:22


CATEGORY Animation Narrative Experimental Documentary

PG 27 20 29 16





00:12:56 00:16:48 00:08:00 00:19:00

PG PG-13 PG-13 PG-13

Animation 13 Narrative 23 Narrative 9 Narrative 10

LOCATION: Plowden Auditorium at Winthrop University | 611 Myrtle Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730

BLOCK E 1 - 3 PM




TITLE Sleepy Steve Red Rider Checkers in the Afternoon The Simulation Closet Quiet Man One Moment Immersion Our Time INTERMISSION Thornbird Single. Parents. Collection. Not Waving Tribal Baroque: Beingness


DIRECTOR Meghann Artes Sean Breitkreutz Emily Harrold Cyd Warren David Saich Hamilton Young Ward David Hensley Seth Rouser Arpita Kumar

RUNTIME 00:04:00 00:04:14 00:04:00 00:04:12 00:02:27 00:04:06 00:11:11 00:07:59 00:10:52

RATING PG PG-13 G G PG-13 PG PG-13 G PG-13

CATEGORY Animation Experimental Documentary Narrative Narrative Narrative Narrative Experimental Narrative

PG 25 23 10 24 11 22 21 15 21

Jonathan Stutzman Matthew Balthrop Freya Billington Barbarella Fokos, David Fokos

00:08:48 00:09:27 00:10:30

PG-13 PG-13 PG-13

Experimental Narrative Narrative

27 25 20


G Documentary 28

LOCATION: Dina’s Place at Winthrop University | 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733


B LO C K F 7 - 9: 30 PM





TITLE DIRECTOR RUNTIME RATING CATEGORY The Clockmaker’s Dream Cashell Horgan 00:13:36 PG Narrative Mare Nostrum Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf 00:13:24 PG Narrative Squirrel Island Astrid Goldsmith 00:21:07 PG-13 Animation Cul-de-sac Damon Russell 00:15:00 PG-13 Narrative Trespass Mirrah Foulkes 00:11:00 PG-13 Narrative LOCATION: Plowden Auditorium at Winthrop University | 611 Myrtle Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730

9 PM Official Wrap Party at Sisters Fine American Cuisine 1051 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29732


BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Winthrop University, Dina’s Place at DiGiorgio Campus Center 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Winthrop University, Dina’s Place at DiGiorgio Campus Center 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM

FRIDAY Winthrop University, Dina’s Place at DiGiorgio Campus Center MARCH 3, 2017 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733 BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Winthrop University, Plowden Auditorium at Withers 611 Myrtle Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730

BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM

SATURDAY Winthrop University, Dina’s Place at DiGiorgio Campus Center MARCH 4, 2017 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733 BLOCK F + Awards 7 - 9 PM Winthrop University, Plowden Auditorium at Withers 611 Myrtle Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730 8

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THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 13 min. 22 sec. | PG-13 Country Australia Director Michael Cusack Producer Richard Chataway ACS Writer Michael Cusack Cast Michael Cusack, Rachel Verdonk, Henry Wishart

After all is said and done... all that is left are memories. A man cleans out his childhood home remembering past conversations. WORLD PREMIERE

AWAITING GRACE FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 8 min. | PG-13 Country Director Producers Writers Cast

USA Curtis Thieman Curtis Thieman, Aaron Seelbinder, Maureen Mountcastle, Jonathan Medford Curtis Thieman, Seth Photopoulos Jeffrey Holler, Pat Gallaher, Marty Landau, Amy Todd, Aaron Seelbinder, Jose Vergara, Maureen Mountcastle

Mark decides to be frozen when he discovers he is terminally ill. He has high hopes for the future but the timing couldn’t be worse.




BONSAI FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2017 | 19 min. | PG-13 Country Director Producers Writer Cast

Spain Ignacio F. Rodó Ignacio F. Rodó, Alexandra Agulló, Santi Bayón Ignacio F. Rodó Santi Bayón, Alexandra Agulló

Falling in love leads you to believe the person you love is the only one on the planet. Dani and Sarah, survivors of a global catastrophe, have been alone in this world for two years. Sarah still insists they keep looking for another person who might have survived. WORLD PREMIERE

CHECKERS IN THE AFTERNOON SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2016 | 4 min. | G Country Director Producer Editor

USA Emily Harrold Emily Harrold Jenna Hill

In Elloree, South Carolina, a group of African American men pass the time, and put aside worries about the economy, by playing checkers together every afternoon.


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2016 | 2 min. 27 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA David Saich Jennifer Trudrung Jennifer Trudrung Jennifer Trudrung, Penny Munroe

A young girl has a nightly routine of making sure her closet door is shut at bedtime. One evening her mother forgets to shut the door…


THE WOODPECKERS OF ROTHA THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 16 min. 8 sec. | PG Country Directors Producers Writers Cast

France, Nepal Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet Marie Legrand, Rani Massalha, Prajjwal S.J.B. Rana Pooja Gurung, Bibhusan Basnet Parimal Damai, Chham Kala Damai

Atimaley and Devi’s Village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying “goodbye,” the old couple face a dilemma. To keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good?




THE DOUBLE THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Experimental | 2016 | 1 min. 28 sec. | G Country Director Cast

Netherlands Nicola Hepp Gihan Koster, Terencio Douw

A man experiences an unsettling encounter with someone very much like himself.

EMERGING FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2015 | 29 min. 50 sec. | G Country USA Director Steven Kochones Producers Steven Kochones, Joe Russo Editor Jon Bertain Cast Corey Arnold, Olivia Bee, Peter DiCampo, Pani Dulcovic, JUCO, Dina Litovsky, Diana Markosian, Ilvy Njlokikjien, Katie Orlinsky, Marcus Smith

In a world where billions of images are shared on the internet each day, 10 young photographers are breaking through the noise while honoring the art form and staying original. From photojournalism to fashion to celebrity portraiture, this international group of millennial image-makers offers an eye-popping look at the way photography is created, shared and consumed in today’s frenetic culture.


FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 12 min. 56 sec. | PG Country Director Producer Writer Editor

Canada Amanda Strong Amanda Strong Amanda Strong Bracker Hanuse Corlett

This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

FRAIL FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2016 | 18 min. 36 sec. | PG Country Director Producers Writer Cast

Switzerland Ares Ceylan Nadine Lüchinger, Flavio, Gerber Ares Ceylan Christoph Gaugler, Simon Svercel

Reuben lives with his strict father in a remote forest house, without any contact to the outside world. One morning, he hears how some children from the village are telling spinechiller stories about his father and decides to get to the bottom of these scary rumors.




GUN WEDNESDAY | BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 11 min. 22 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA Haven Nutt Christopher Alan Evans Haven Nutt Houston Nutt III, Jaylin Jones

When 8-year-old Cassie discovers her heroin addict mother has hanged herself, she sets off to find love in the only way she knows how. She throws on her mother’s red dancing dress, paints a heavy face of makeup, packs a bag, and heads down the railroad tracks ‘to the big city’ seeking affection. GUN is an Arthouse flick that’s a little provocative, a little humorous, slightly awkward, and deeply backwoods southern gothic.

I LOVE NEW YORK THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 10 min. 54 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Cast

USA Christian Vogeler Vanessa Weiss Ewan Turner, Nicola Peluso

In a city where everyone’s got an angle, how do you survive? After an NYC first-timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city’s pitfalls. But nothing is free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself. WORLD PREMIERE


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Experimental | 2016 | 7 min. 59 sec. | G Country Director

USA Seth Rouser

The film meditates on the beauty inherent in the element of water. Its footage focuses on water in motion, in varied contexts, and lighting. The work features sound design and music composed by and performed by Ronald Keith Parks.

JILAVA FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Experimental | 2016 | 8 min. 40 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA John T. Williams John T. Williams John T. Williams George Woods, Rudy Candia, Ommi Pipit-Suksun

Jilava tells the story of a foreign missionary held prisoner at the infamous Romanian communist prision, “Jilava” in the 1950’s. Can his faith survive twelve years of persecution, mental and physical torture? Will Communism break his soul? Powerfully choreographed and performed by Silicon Valley Ballet dancers, Ommi Pipit-Suksun and Rudy Candia.




JONAH STANDS UP FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Documentary | 2016 | 21 min. 22 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Editor

USA Hannah Engelson Hannah Engelson Meredith Lobsinger

New Orleans artist, activist, and comedian Jonah Bascle faces his mortality. He leaves behind a legacy of comedy, visual art, and disability activism.

LA FEMME et le TGV THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 30 min. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Editors Cast

Switzerland Timo von Gunten Giacun Caduff Timo von Gunten Timo von Gunten, Marcel Jetzer Jane Birkin, Gilles Tschudi, Lucien Gullard, Mathieu Bisson, Manuela Biedermann, Dorin Dragos, Viola von Scarpatetti, Manfred Liechti, Julie Dray

Sometimes life seems to pass at 300km/h. A touching story between a lonely woman and a TGV train driver. Inspired by true events and with actress Jane Birkin in the leading role.


THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Documentary | 2016 | 10 min. 31 sec. | PG Country Director Producer Writers Cast

Italy Daniele Ragusa Monsoriu Daniele Ragusa Monsoriu Daniele Ragusa Monsoriu, Davide Iacono, Carlo Distefano Gianni Rodolico

The Rodolico family has been building ships for four generations. As if yesterday around these shipwrights a whole community used to gather and identify itself, today that world is disappearing because of the changing times.

LIVE BY THE SWORD FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2016 | 18 min. 32 sec. | PG Country Director Producer Cast

USA Robert Johnson Robert Johnson Larry Lagnese, Sandra Lagnese, Dr. Johnathan Holloway

Live by the Sword provides a look into steel combat and historical European martial arts. It follows Larry and Sandra Lagnese as they discuss their introduction into the sport of medieval style armored fighting, going from volunteering and judging as a marshal, to Sandra’s ascension into fighting at the international level in front of aged castles in Spain. The entire short builds up to a climatic tournament at Dragon Con, in the heart of Atlanta.




MAMA RWANDA FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2016 | 29 min. 58 sec. | G Country Director Producers Writers

Rwanda Laura Waters Hinson Laura Waters Hinson, Andrea McDaniel Smith Laura Waters Hinson, Ryan Patch

MAMA RWANDA examines a new generation of Rwandan women whose passion for entrepreneurship is transforming Rwanda into one of the world’s fastest growing economies. A tale of working mothers who endured genocide, Mama Rwanda is a deeply intimate portrait of two women on journeys to build peace through prosperity creation.

MR. MAN WEDNESDAY | BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Experimental | 2015 | 28 min. 19 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA Haven Nutt Zach Zaleski Haven Nutt Dixie Vickers

He’s across the way. He’s deep in my head. He’s right behind me. He’s under my bed.


FRIDAY | BLOCK C | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2015 | 12 min. | PG-13 Country Switzerland, Bangladesh Directors Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi Producers Francesca Scalisi, Mark Olexa, Minahj Nasir Editor Francesca Scalisi

Summer 2014. Rural Bangladesh. When the tragedy happens, Moriom becomes a flower-angel to destroy all the bad things in the world. And to rescue herself.

THE NINGYO WEDNESDAY | BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2017 | 25 min. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writers Cast

USA Miguel Ortega Tran Ma Miguel Ortega, Tran Ma, Gregory Collins Rodrigo Iopresti, Gave Fazio, Jerry Lacy, Tamlyn Tomita

Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found.The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test. WORLD PREMIERE 19



NOT WAVING SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2016 | 10 min. 30 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producers Writer Cast

United Kingdom Freya Billington Nathan Craig, Caroline Bartleet Freya Billington Peter Bowles, Joss Porter

Struggling psychiatric nurse, Joe, impulsively absconds to the seaside with Archie, his deeply haunted, elderly patient. Intending to re-engage him with real life, the memories he stirs up for Archie however, are not happy ones as the truth of the past resurfaces.

OLDE E FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 14 min. 37 sec. | R Country USA Director Xavier L. Neal-Burgin Producers Jenna Cavelle, Jacob Eben Assoc. Producers Kelley Chatman, David Lui Cast William Russ, Kent Faulcon, Mike Wade, Trestin George, Mack Miles,Scotty Tovar, Emmanuel King

Denmarkus Jackson, a young basketball star from South Central, Los Angeles, puts his life at risk when he comes home for revenge against his abusive father.


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2017 | 11 min. 11 sec. | PG-13 Country USA Director David Hensley Producer Christopher Neville Writer David Hensley Editor Christopher Neville Cast Alexandria Shae White, Victoria Elizabeth Donofrio, David Hayes

Seventeen-year-old Max recently discovered that she has the ability to rewind time. Her childhood friend, Chloe, hoped to see those powers in action, but never imagined it would happen when Max steps in to prevent a potentially dangerous confrontation between Chloe and her overbearing step-father, David. Inspired by the video game “Life is Strange.�

OUR TIME SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2017 | 10 min. 52 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Editor Cast

USA Arpita Kumar Giulia Caruso Arpita Kumar Susumu Kimura Aurea Jolly, Ansuya Nathan, Andy Gala

Through fragmented recordings on devices such as the iPhones and the ipads and fallibility of human perspective, a child discovers the rupture in her family and is forced to make a difficult choice.




THE OWL AND THE LEMMING THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 3 min. 33 sec. | G Country Director Producers Writers Editor Cast

Canada Roselynn Akulujuk Louise Flaherty, Neil Christopher Roselynn Akulujuk, Neil Christopher Roselynn Akulujuk Celina Kalluk

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.

QUIET MAN SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2016 | 4 min. 6 sec. | PG Country Director Writer Cast

USA, Hamilton Young Ward Hamilton Young Ward Merrie Tarillion

Despite his failings his wife continues to love and care for him, sacrificing her own happiness for his.


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Experimental | 2016 | 4 min. 14 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA Sean Breitkreutz Sean Breitkreutz Sean Breitkreutz Jean-Luc Swift

A character study of a postmodern, intercity cowboy with more inner turmoil than he may care to admit.

RUNNING FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 16 min. 48 sec. | PG-13 Country Ghana Director Jumic Emma Anderson Producer Joseph Otsiman Writers Sam Okrah, Jumic Emma Anderson Cast Gloria Addy, Joseph Otsiman, Praise Erskine, Joana Sekum, Ellijah Kings Williams Kintoh, Adelina Atta Woode

A 13-year-old girl, facing an arranged marriage to a much older, wealthy man, rebels against her parents, and strives to attain greatness in life through education.




SHOP OF ETERNAL LIFE WEDNESDAY | BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 22 min. 50 sec. | R Country Director Producer Writer Cast

China, USA Yizhou Xu Yizhou Xu Yizhou Xu Allen Theosky Rowe, Jesse Wang

Caught in the middle of China’s most chaotic time, a desperate young man trades his heart to a pawnbroker in exchange for money to save his sick wife. Twenty years later, he goes back to the pawnshop and finds it may be too late to back what he came for.

THE SIMULATION SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2016 | 4 min. 12 sec. | G Country USA Director Cyd Warren Producer Avalon Warren Writers M. Robert Turnage, Cyd Warren, Avalon Warren Cast Avalon Warren, Clayton Hamrick

An exciting tale of Iva, a long board riding stoic girl, who sells candy on the post-apocalyptic streets of a dystopian world. One day, while on her daily sales route, she comes across a man who tries to teach her new sales strategies. Will she take his advice or not? Take part in her training and find out for yourself, then stick around until the end for the pivotal twist; was it a just a ...simulation?


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Narrative | 2017 | 9 min. 27 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producers Writers Editor Cast

USA Matthew Balthrop Matthew Balthrop, David C. White David C. White, Maureen Landes Matthew Balthrop Maureen Landes, Gavin Mead, David C. White, Matthew Balthrop

Four single parents meet in the park as their kids play and discuss being parents, being single, and whatever other fool thing comes up.

SLEEPY STEVE SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Animation | 2015 | 4 min. | PG Country Director Producers Writer Cast

USA Meghann Artes Meghann Artes, Nick Schmidt Meghann Artes Thomas Kelly

A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.




A SPOT IN THE SKY WEDNESDAY | BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 9 min. 30 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA Anil Dhokai Strawhouse Pictures Anil Dhokai Jerry Keys, Dina B. Huffman

While fishing at his neighborhood pond one morning, a man has a strange encounter with a UFO.


TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE BIRDS & THE BEES FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 8 min. 50 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer

Canada Alain Delannoy Alain Delannoy Alain Delannoy

There are things in life you never forget. One of them, like it or not, is “The Talk.”


SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Experimental | 2015 | 8 min. 48 sec. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Cast

USA Jonathan Stutzman Krista Imbesi Jonathan Stutzman Hannah Riordan, Katherine Reid

Thornbird is an experimental fairy-tale about a young girl who is transported into a dreamworld after finding a magic mask.

TRIAL & ERROR FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 5 min. 27 sec. | G Country Director Producer Writers Animators

Germany Antje Heyn Antje Heyn Antje Heyn, Alexander Isert, Jonas Lieberknecht Alexander Isert, Antje Heyn,

A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats, startled parrots - and a long-lost friend.




TRIBAL BAROQUE: BEINGNESS SATURDAY | BLOCK E | 1 - 3 PM Documentary | 2016 | 30 min. 48 sec. | G Country Director Producers

USA Barbarella Fokos, David Fokos Barbarella Fokos, David Fokos

Triable Baroque: Beingness, is a short film featuring two artists - one channeling a Pink Angel, the other an Egyptian God - who use operatic voices, violin, and dance to express life, love, death and what it means to BE. Thoth & Lila’Angelique of Tribal Baroque allow us behind the makeup and the stage and into their personal realm, an extraordinary land of their own making, where art and identity are one.

Proudly supporting the 2017 Underexposed Film Festival yc

LOCATION: Gettys Art Center | 201 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730


ABOUT NOW FRIDAY | BLOCK D | 7 - 9 PM Experimental | 2016 | 5 min. | G Country Director

USA J. Michael Simpson


For the past 5 years, J. Michael Simpson has been exploring the issue of time as a simultaneous phenomenon as the human mind can experience it. This sequence of three clips of white water movement explore that issue.

THE CLOCKMAKER’S DREAM SATURDAY | BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2015 | 13 min. 36 sec. | PG Country Director Exec. Producer Producers Writer Cast

Ireland Cashell Horgan Ronan Cassidy Cashell Horgan, Linhong Yang Cashell Horgan Joe Mullins, Jared Harris, Joe Mullins, Jennifer Meade

A Clockmaker is entrusted to care for a world that runs like clockwork. But when his heart gets broken he rages against time itself only to discover that unless he finds a cure for a broken...


CUL•DE•SAC SATURDAY | BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 15 min. | PG-13 Country USA Director Damon Russell Producer Brenden Hubbard Writer Shawn Christensen Cast Shawn Christensen, Phoebe Tonkin, Avery Finn

A married couple’s bubble of suburban normality is punctured when they find a surprised inside their toddler’s teddy bear. What ensues is a tense and crafty thriller that doesn’t let a single moment go to waste.

A LOVE STORY THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 7 min. 04 sec. | PG Country Director Producer Writers Editor

England, UK Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara Khaled Gad Elena Ruscombe-King Joseph Comar

Two hearts entwined. Two lives unravelled.


MARE NOSTRUM SATURDAY | BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 13 min. 24 sec. | PG-13 France, Syria, Jordan Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf Raphaël Alexandre, Nicolas Lepretre Rana Kazkaz Monique Dartonne Ziad Bakri, Zayn Khalaf

On the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk.

PENNY FROM HEAVEN THURSDAY | BLOCK B | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2016 | 8 min. | PG-13 Country Director Exec. Producer Producer Writer Editor Cast

Wales, UK Marlek al-Habib Leyla Pope Marlek al-Habib Marlek al-Habib Tim Hodges Niamh Mcgrady, Sunetra Sarker, Mark Letheren, Derek Thompson

Penny must save the souls of 1,000 people before she can get her wings and become an angel.



Country Directors Producers Writer Editor Cast

SQUIRREL ISLAND SATURDAY | BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM Animation | 2016 | 21 min. 7 sec. | PG-13 Country Producer Director Writer Editor

England, UK Astrid Goldsmith Astrid Goldsmith Astrid Goldsmith Ben Mallaby

When a lone renegade grey squirrel finds herself trapped on a red squirrel island with a hunted acom, she discovers a horrifying secret red squirrel plot which threatens their future. Can they survive Squirrel Island?

TRESPASS SATURDAY | BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM Narrative | 2015 | 11 min. | PG-13 Country Director Producer Writer Editor Cast

Australia Mirrah Foulkes Alex White Mirrah Foulkes Nick Meyers Maya Stange, Sara West, Ari Wegner

A woman walking her dog alone in the forest finds company she didn’t expect, and enigma she can’t comprehend. Trespass is a thriller about the nature of sympathy… …and the merits of keeping your pet on a leash.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 1, 2017 WHITE HORSE RESTAURANT 1022 Camden Avenue UFFyc Drink Special

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2017 JURORS ELLEN BARNARD, Executive Producer

Ellen Barnard has a history of producing the stories of the South, and a deft touch for addressing issues of social justice anywhere in the world. She studied Southern History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned a Master’s Degree from Emory University in US Social and Cultural History. She was an associate producer on a 26-part radio history of Civil Rights in the South for NPR, which won a Peabody Award, and she served as producer for Counter Histories: Rock Hill, the story of Rock Hill and the Friendship 9, and After the Fall: HIV Grows Up.

JOANNA DAVIDOVICH, Animation Director

Joanna Davidovich is an independent animator, character designer, story artist, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA in animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated as a salutatorian of the class of 2005. Now based in Atlanta, she works as an animation artist for commercials, promos, and television shows. Her award-winning short Monkey Rag played in festivals worldwide and earned a theatrical run, and is currently available to see online.

CAROL GREEN, Assistant Director

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Green was watching Annie Hall at a movie house in Pittsburgh, where she was majoring in theater at Carnegie Mellon, when she noticed the credit “DGA Trainee.” She called the Guild to find out more. Upon graduation, she boarded a plane for Los Angeles (the trip was a gift from her parents) to take the entrance exam for the DGA Training Program. She was chosen to be among a group of 10 trainees who rotated among shows at Universal Studios. The experience gave her a solid foundation in the basics—as well as a network of contacts that has helped her keep up a career for more than 30 years, most recently with stints as 1st AD on House and The Temptations.

JOANNE HOCK, Director, Cinematographer and Writer

Joanne is passionate and prolific storyteller. She has written and directed feature films and documentaries, lensed and directed countless television commercials and directed national and international television shows. With more than 30 years in this ever-changing industry and among a small population of women to break the glass ceiling in directing and cinematography, Joanne’s career continues to expand and grow.

NICK HOUGH, Movie Critic

Nick Hough is a Fort Mill, South Carolina native who runs the film blog “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Movies” where he reviews recent releases and documents his goal to “Watch Every Movie.” Hough has been involved in theater productions including Tokens of Affection, Nuncrackers, Play On, and Don’t Tell Mother with Fort Mill Community Playhouse and earned a Metrolina Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actor (Regional South) for his role as Max in Lend Me A Tenor with the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County. He also won a 2016 Montie Award for his performance as Paul Miller in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s while living in Texas.

SHARON LIESE, Film Director

Sharon Liese is a critically acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker who produces documentary-style television programming and documentary films that air on major television networks. Her philosophy is a simple one: to capture real and untold stories that inspire and entertain viewers. Her percipient approach to storytelling brings audiences on a whirlwind ride of emotions and reveals to viewers the human elements of every story. Most recently, Liese directed and produced The Gnomist – a stunningly beautiful 20-minute documentary short about the power of kindness. The film had its World Premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at several acclaimed festivals including Hot Docs in Toronto, LA Shorts Fest, IFF Boston, FLICKERS: Rhode Island, and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival where it won the Jury Award for Best Short Documentary.


2017 JURORS TESS MARTIN, Independent Animator

Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her most recent award-winning films are The Lost Mariner, an animated interpretation of an Oliver Sacks case study, and Mario, a paint on glass film based on an Italian folk song. Her films have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. She is the director of Haptic Animation Amplifier, a non-profit that helps support & distribute animation from the Pacific Northwest of the USA, and she runs a monthly animation event in the Netherlands called Manifest: Animation Show & Tell. She also occasionally writes about the world of independent animation.


Michael Rivers served in the US Army and upon return sharpened his computer and technology skills that he learned in service. Rivers is a Field Service Technician at Carolinas Health Care Systems and is co-owner of RiverSystems I.T. Consulting. A life long film enthusiast, Rivers posses a keen insight into all film genres.

TERRY ROUECHE, Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer

After spending over thirty years as a photographer and reporter for newspapers, Terry Roueche realized that he was not so interested in writing or photographing what other people were doing, and looked to pursue photography as an art. Over the years, Roueche has explored numerous themes, working to develop a diverse body of work. Terry Roueche began his career as a newspaper photographer and reporter. He opened his studio in 1976, and he teaches photography with a summer art program in France. Roueche has written numerous articles about photography and often gives talks and offers workshops to regional groups. He is primarily a commercial photographer, working with international, national, and regional companies, whose special interests are abstract images, larger format negatives, black and white landscape, portraiture, and fine art photography.

JIM DE SÈVE, Director

Jim de Séve is an award-winning director and producer. His film Tying the Knot was released theatrically in 2004 by Roadside Attractions. De Seve was DP for Seeds, a documentary about summer camp for warring kids. His other work includes 2001 Burying the Saints, and ManDove. De Seve teaches film at Union College in Schenectady, NY and sits on the board of the New York State Media Alliance.

KAREN STOCK, Winthrop University (Professor, College of Visual and Performing Arts)

Stock began teaching at Winthrop in 2004. Her specialty is modern and contemporary European art. She guest-curated an exhibition at Winthrop titled Performing Gender and investigates gender issues in her scholarship. Stock also received a Fulbright teaching scholarship and spent six months teaching art history in Beijing, China.

DAVID WOHL, Winthrop University (Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts)

Before coming to Winthrop in 2010, Dr. Wohl served as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Communications and Media Studies at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV for over 25 years. He was the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Charleston Stage Company in Charleston, WV and held the position of General Manager of the Porthouse Repertory Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has published articles and reviews in such publications as Theatre Journal, Southern Theatre, and Journal of the Association for Communication Administration. He has directed over 100 theatre productions, including Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, True West, On Golden Pond, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, A Raisin in the Sun, Proof, Art, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, To Be Young Gifted, and Black, and The Rocky Horror Show.



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