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With 70 films on four screens this Labor Day weekend, we’re proud to present a program that includes the inspired work of everyone from first-time filmmakers to established indie auteurs. Every year our selections shine a light on new independent work by filmmakers and talent that are going places.

The Intro

The complete film program for the 2023 Tallahassee Film Festival is below. Films are listed in alphabetical order.

Short films are grouped into 90 min programs. Tickets to feature films or shorts programs are $10 day of the show. An All-Access pass is your best bargain if you plan to see more than a few films.

The Venues

Theater #1 = Residence Inn & Suites – Seminole Room
Theater #2 = Cap City Video Lounge
Theater #3 = Hyatt House – Gathering Room
Theater #4 = Challenger Learning Center IMAX
Theater #5 = 621 Gallery

All films, times, guests and venues are subject to change. Films are unrated and may contain mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Legend

🍊 = A Freshly Squeezed Florida Film
🦩 = In competition for the Florida Filmmaker Award
🏆 = In competition for Audience Favorite Awards
🎬 = First-time filmmaker
✏️ = Student filmmaker
🌍 = World premiere

Award winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 9/3 at 8:00 PM at Theater #3.

Spotlight Selections

Sunday Matinee!

Hello Dankness

Sunday, 9/3 at 1:30 pm @ Theater #4 (IMAX)

Soda Jerk will be present post-screening for what is sure to be one interesting AF film discussion.

A film by Soda Jerk

Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a political fable that bears witness to the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021, and the mythologies and lore that took root around it. Taking form as a suburban stoner musical, the film follows a neighborhood through these years as consensus reality disintegrates into conspiracy and other contagions. What unfolds is a rogue retelling of history in which hotdogs debate culture wars, trashcans preach QAnon, zombies rally for revolution, and real events are refashioned as Broadway bangers from Cats, Les Miserables, Annie, and The Phantom of the Opera.

There are songs and dancing, moments of menace and melancholy, shitposting and deep sincerity. Such janky weirdness is befitting of an era in which reality feels so baked and bombastic, but Hello Dankness never loses sight of the way this unreality is tethered to the devastating material conditions that characterize this moment. Soda Jerk began working on the film in 2019 and labored on it throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hello Dankness is a record of the time, written from the time.

The cast of characters include Tom Hanks, Annette Bening, Bruce Dern, Ice Cube, Wayne and Garth, Maya and Ana, Rue and Jules, Seth Rogan and Reyn Doi. American politicians play themselves, with Jesse Eisenberg in the role of Mark Zuckerberg, and The Phantom of the Opera as Vladimir Putin.

2022 | 70 mins | Color | 5.1 sound | Entirely sample-based, no original video or audio | Political fable, suburban stoner musical, rogue documentary, Greek tragedy, zombie apocalypse, American stiob

Print courtesy of the supremely amazing Soda Jerk


Midnight Movie!

U.S. Premiere!

Eight Eyes

A film by Austin Jennings

A mysterious local crashes a couple’s vacation through the former Yugoslavia, pulling them deeper into his web of psychic rituals.

Made entirely on location in Serbia and Macedonia and photographed on 16mm film, Eight Eyes draws equally from Eastern European genre cinema and American regional horror films of the 70s to create a nightmarish tableau of nostalgia twisted into berserk, new shapes. Set among the ruins of the former Yugoslavia, Eight Eyes was scripted and structured with significant contributions from the film’s local cast and crew to ensure an authentic portrayal of the cultural environment in which it is set; one which has rarely been documented on film.

Eight Eyes is a co-production between Vinegar Syndrome Pictures (Joe Rubin, Ryan Emerson, Ralph Stevens) and Not the Funeral Home (Justin Martell, Matt Manjourides).

Vinegar Syndrome Pictures is the recently launched production arm of Vinegar Syndrome, one of the United States’ most celebrated boutique home video labels, known for its restoration and release of genre and underground cinema.

Not the Funeral Home is an independent film and television production company best known for creating and producing the acclaimed Shudder original series The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs in addition to the feature films Castle Freak, Subspecies V: Bloodrise and the upcoming Shudder originals The Puppetman and Hell Hole. NTFH is committed to working particularly with cast and crews based in countries and regions with burgeoning and under-represented filmmaking cultures.

2023 | 87 mins | US | English | Color | Horror, Giallo, psychological thriller

Courtesy of the ever-awesome Vinegar Syndrome Pictures & Not the Funeral Home

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:15 PM in Theater #2


Hummingbirds

A film by Silvia Del Carmen Castaños & Estefanía “Beba” Contreras

In Texas, on the Mexican border, best friends Silvia and Beba dance through long summer nights. Stuck in the immigration process in a politically divided America, home seems fragile. But their bond is not. The half-light is a space for poetry and dreams.

Hummingbirds has been lovingly crafted by a team of mostly first-time filmmakers in all key roles at all stages of the project. They describe their approach as a collaborative apprenticeship model of filmmaking, where artists new to nonfiction cinema share responsibilities and credits with more experienced mentors. In this dynamic, the exchange of learning goes both ways. The Hummingbirds team is predominantly Mexican American, predominantly Texan, predominantly queer, predominantly women/non-binary, and predominantly Fronterizas.

2023 | 78 mins | US | English, Spanish | Color | Documentary, portrait, social

Courtesy Extra Terrestrial

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:45 PM in Theater #1

”For a touching and subtle glimpse into the intimate moments of memorable characters that grow within their friendship. Their self-determination and playfulness, as both protagonists and authors, is inspiring. Their actions, jokes, songs, laughs, and bodies are political and necessary as a way of resistance.”
Berlinale Generation International Jury statement Grand Prix Award for Best Feature Film

Man on Earth

A film by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Bob is a funny 65 year old Jewish New Yorker who went to Woodstock at 15, designed bathrooms for Elton John and Janet Jackson and only has one week to live. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Bob invites filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson to document his death. Man on Earth is a profound portrait of Bob wrestling with love, regret and his looming mortality. It is a deeply moving meditation on the nature of time, and the paradoxes that arise when you are forced to choose the exact moment of your death.

Deeply compassionate, Man on Earth poses the big questions, “How do we face death when it comes?” and “What does it mean to live a complete life?” told to us by a man who is feeling everything with incandescent intensity. An engrossing, surprisingly funny and deeply entertaining piece of cinematic storytelling, Man on Earth will inspire powerful conversations around how we face death and how we can lead a richer, more emotionally fulfilled life today. It is a powerful act of cinematic compassion.

2023 | 98 mins | US, Australia | English | Color | Documentary, portrait

Courtesy of Amiel Courtin-Wilson / Flood Projects

Saturday, 9/2 at 8:30 PM in Theater #3

About the Filmmaker

Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of Australia’s most innovative filmmakers. Amiel’s internationally acclaimed work as both filmmaker and artist spans feature films, documentary, video installation, drawing and photography. Amiel’s feature films include Chasing Buddha (Sundance, 2000), Bastardy (Winner Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival), Hail (Venice Film Festival, 2011), Ruin (Winner Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival, 2013) and The Silent Eye (The Whitney Museum), and his shorts and documentaries have screened at Cannes (Cicada, 2009) and museums around the world. Amiel recently won the Byron Kennedy Award at the 4th AACTA Awards in recognition of his commitment to innovation in Australian Cinema.


Closing Night Film

Starring Jerry as Himself

A film by Law Chen

This is a story about our producer’s father Jerry. Jerry is a retired, divorced Taiwanese immigrant living in Orlando.

One day, he gets an urgent call from the Chinese police. They inform him that he’s the prime suspect in an international money laundering investigation where $1.28M was illegally moved through his Florida bank account.

Under threat of arrest and extradition to China, the police force Jerry to cooperate and be an undercover agent in their case. Over the next few weeks, Jerry helps the police investigate an international money laundering case by taking surveillance photos of his bank, making top secret transfers, and even wearing a wire to spy on bank tellers. After months of keeping the investigation a secret, Jerry finally reveals everything to his family. His three sons decide to document his ordeal and discover the truth about what really happened and how it changed Jerry’s life forever.

2023 | 75 mins | US | English, Mandarin | Color | Documentary, docufiction

Courtesy of Visit Films

Sunday, 9/3 at 6:15 PM at Theater #2

About the Filmmaker

LAW is an award winning director based in Brooklyn. His narrative, documentary, and commercial films have earned 19 Cannes Lions, and multiple Webby Awards, Vimeo Staff Picks, and has screened at film festivals around the world. This is his first feature film.

About Jerry

JERRY is not known for anything. Yet. When he first came to America in the 1970’s his passion was screenwriting and acting. However, he decided to give up his dream to work as a civil engineer in Tampa for 40 years to support his family. This is his first film.


Artist Talk!

Leah Shore

A scene from Leah Shore’s Hallway (2015), a drug-induced, existential barrage of delusion and broken dreams, shot exclusively in a secret sex club in Brooklyn.  

The Tallahassee Film Festival is excited and honored to host the inimitable NYC-based artist and filmmaker, Leah Shore. Leah’s work is much-lauded for the often boisterous blend of animation and live-action styles and unpredictable approach to raw and wild subject matter. Leah will present an artist’s talk about filmmaking and art and offer insights along with screening a selection of their short films. This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Leah developed a passion for fine art, music, and a connection with people at a very young age. They showran a docuseries for Billboard Magazine, interviewing the Top 100 artists, producing over 50 episodes. Their recent animated music videos for Peaches (“Pussy Mask”) and Lyn Lapid (“Producer Man”) have gone viral with over 7 million views.

Fucking Bags
1 min

Meatwaffle
11 mins

Boobatary
3 mins

Old Man
7 mins

I Love You So Much
4 mins

Hallway
5 mins

Hi Twin
2 mins

Funeral
8 mins

Extremophiles
4 mins

Launch
3 mins

Puss
8 mins

Saturday, 9/2 at 8:00 PM in Theater #5

The Ultimate Inspiration List


Environment in Focus:
A Program of Film & Video Shorts

A scene from Sasha Wortzel’s How to Carry Water, part of the SSBG specially curated shorts program, Environment in Focus.

A curated collection of experimental and non-traditional visual documents of our environment. This film program is sponsored by the Sunshine State Biodiversity Group (SSBG) who believe in community, wildlife, and creating a sustainable future in Florida and is curated by Vice President Alison Sperling and TFF Artistic Director Steve Dollar. The program features a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Ian Weir of Disappearing Waters, along with tribal elder Susan Anderson, who is featured in the film; filmmaker Dave Rodriguez of Picture a Forest; and subjects of How to Carry Water, Shoog McDaniel and Matias Herrera. The films in this specially curated exhibit are not in competition.

Stasis
by Maya Watanabe
Oceanic: Queering the Ocean
by micha cárdenas, Gerald Casel, Ana Fritz, Cynthia Ling Lee, Susana Ruiz, Huy Trong
Disappearing Waters
by Ian Edward Weir
Taxonomic Ambiguity
by Juan Arturo García

Sponsored by

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:30 PM in Theater #1

Picture a Forest
by Dave Rodriguez
Sunflower Siege Engine
by Sky Hopinka
Tending the Orchard
by Katherine Agard, Bill Basquin
How to Carry Water
by Sasha Wortzel

Official Selections
Features

Clocked

Adolfo Rivera is an 18 year old, undefeated boxer from a conservative Catholic family in Miami, Florida. His love for his tight-knit family is apparent; not just in their time spent together, but in the bruises and broken bones he’s willing to endure time and time again, in order to help them pay the bills. Adolfo may be remarkably talented in the ring, but his family’s dreams for his profession are far different from what Adolfo has in mind. Adolfo is secretly saving his winnings for the biggest fight of his life; self acceptance in his desire to transition into a woman.

Director/Writer: Noah Salzman
Producers: Bernard Salzman, Maritza Cabrera
Cast: Germain Arroyo, Marisa Davila, Armand Fields, Danell Leyva

2023 | 101 mins | US | English, Spanish | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬 | Drama, LGBTQIA+

The filmmaker Noah Salzman and producer Bernard Salzman are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 7:30 PM in Theater #1


Confessions of a Good Samaritan

In her new film Confessions of a Good Samaritan, acclaimed documentarian Penny Lane decides to donate one of her kidneys, and captures the entire process on camera — one that is as philosophical as is physical.. After creating a string of witty, inquisitive non-fiction films about everything from the Nixon White House’s home movies to smooth jazz avatar Kenny G.,Lane becomes her own subject in this audience favorite – which bowed this spring at the SXSW Film Festival. Her journey towards one of the most definitive acts of altruism offers a provocative inquiry into the science, history, and ethics of organ transplantation, asking an ancient question in a whole new way: Who is your neighbor, and what do you owe them?

Writer/Director/Featuring: Penny Lane
Producer: Gabriel Sedgwick

2023 | 105 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Documentary

Sunday, 9/3 at 4:15 PM at Theater #3


Free Time

Approaching the end of his twenties and his relative youth, a man decides to quit his cushy desk job and ‘embrace life’ — only to realize he has no idea what to do with this newfound freedom.

Director: Ryan Martin Brown
Producers: Paul Andrea Gonzalez-Nasser, Mackenzie Jamieson, Justin Zuckerman, Nolan Kelly
Cast: Colin Burgess, Rajat Suresh, Holmes, Jessie Pinnick, James Webb, Bardia Salimi

2022 | 77 mins | US | English | Color | *Not in competition | Comedy, drama

Sunday, 9/3 at 4:15 PM at Theater #2


The Last Movie Ever Made

With the world about to end, Marshall convinces a group of friends and strangers to help finish the sci-fi movie he abandoned in high school.

Director/Writer: Nathan Blackwell
Producers: Nathan Blackwell, Josh Kasselman, Alice Baker
Cast: Adam Rini, Megan Hughes Rini, Craig Curtis, Dallas Teat, Logan Blackwell

2022 | 95 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Comedy, drama

Producer Alice Baker is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 7:00 PM in Theater #2


Opening Day Film

Natalia

29-year-old Natalia is about to make her life profession in the orders of the Byzantine Catholic church, having left behind her exciting life as a young student to devote herself to God. Natalia is a film about returning to the world or walking away from it, and just how far a person would go for who they love.

Producer/Director/Editor: Elizabeth Sylvia Mirzaei
Producers: Gulistan Mirzaei, Omar Mullick
Editor: Melanie Annan

2023 | 74 mins | US | English | Black & White | 🏆 | Documentary, portrait

The filmmaker Elizabeth Mirzaei is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film. This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:30 AM in Theater #1


World Premiere!

Pomp & Circumstance

This freewheeling, episodic lo-fi comedy pays tribute to youthful ennui in a world where originality feels elusive. In Burlington, Vermont, three soon-to-be-graduates – Charlie, an unconventional romantic, Thomas, an obsessed poet, and Marie, a budding documentarian become entangled in an absurd plot involving their professor, running for mayor. Shot entirely on 16mm film, this debut serves as a loving but sarcastic homage to 60s underground cinema and 90s indies.

Directors/Writers: Adrian Anderson, Patrick Gray
Producers: Thomas Bloxham, Adrian Anderson
Cast: Ben Loftus, Noah Brockman, Isabel Zaia, Patrick J. Malone

2023 | 65 mins | US | English | Color/B&W | 🏆🎬🌍 | Comedy, drama, vingettes

The filmmakers Adrian Anderson and Patrick Gray, producer Thomas Bloxham, and actor Patrick J. Malone are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 3:15 PM in Theater #2


Red Earth

Red Earth imagines a world in the late Anthropocene, where large parts of Earth have become inhospitable to life. The story follows three generations of Martians, from the first colonists to the first expedition to return to an Earth decimated by interplanetary war.

Director/Writer: Georg Koszulinski
Producer: Tiffany Albright
Cast: Christina Leidel, Mark Evans, Matt Devine

2022 | 66 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Sci-fi, experimental

The filmmaker Georg Koszulinski is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film. This film is preceded by a special screening of Trevor Byrne & Dan Hoy’s short Time Rider.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:00 PM in Theater #2


Twice as Nice: The Legend of Charlie Ward

30 years ago, Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward became the school’s first Black starting quarterback and first Heisman Trophy winner. The Thomasville, Georgia native was also a four-year starting point guard for the Florida State basketball team, and will forever be remembered as one of the greatest college athletes of all-time.

Director: Scott Harves

2022 | 52 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊| Documentary, sports, local interest

The filmmaker Scott Harves, along with Charlie Ward himself, are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 3:45 PM in Theater #1


Unfiltered: The Truth About Oysters

Ninety percent of the world’s ancient oyster reefs have collapsed in the last thirty years. Faced with the human pressures of coastal development, pollution, reduced freshwater flow, and over-harvesting, the renowned oyster reefs in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay are now slipping toward the same fate.

Oysters have long been the silent protectors of the oceans, cleaning water and building the foundation of estuaries where thousands of species thrive, from plankton to game fish. They are living water filtration systems, storm barriers, and an ancient source of protein. The fate of oysters in Apalachicola Bay is not sealed. Fresh water management, artificial reefs, shell recycling, and other restoration strategies may be able to save the world’s oyster populations from complete collapse. It’s not too late.

Writer/Director: Joshua Bryan McLawhorn
Writer/Producer: Chucha Barber
Featuring: Mark Kurlansky, Richard Bickel, Art Smith, Guy Harvey
Distributor: Liner Notes Productions, LLC

2023 | 88 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Documentary, environmental, local interest

The filmmaker Joshua McLawhorn, producer Chucha Barber, and editor Gaby Rodeiro are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Sunday, 9/3 at 4:00 PM in Theater #4 (IMAX)

Official Selections
Short Films

Film poster for "The Balled of Rich and Champ"

The Ballad of Rich and Champ

Rich and Champ arrive at their nightly stomping grounds for some easy money at the billiards table. The night cruises along like any other until a new challenger drops more money than either man expects on the table.

Director/Writer/Producer: Caleb Jordan Voyles
Producers: Isaiah Marcotte, Hophni William
Cast: Hophni William, Max Kelly, Dona McDonald, Meghan Fazel
Composer: Jonathan Hess

2022 | 13 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬✏️ | Drama, crime

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts. The filmmaker Caleb Voyles, producer Isaiah Marcotte, actor/producer Hophni William, and actor Max Kelly are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


The Battle of St. Theresa’s

A young Catholic school student tries to get kicked out of school.

Director/Writer: Sydney Paolercio
Producer: Britnee Blake
Cast: Adriana Vargas, Amanda Holton, Alanna Boyd, Jamia V.M. Wright, Helena Sadvary

2023 | 11 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊 | Comedy, drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Sydney Paolercio, producer Britnee Blake, actor Adriana Vargas, and director of photography Amber Skye are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


Best Friends on a Summer Hike

A cautionary tale.
Two men take an uneasy hike on a Northern California coastal trail. This little dark comedy is the first of a series of films about male friendship and loneliness in late stage capitalism.

Director/Writer/Producer: Mario A. F. Furloni
Producer: Laura Heberton, Kate McLean
Cast: John Craven, Charles Shaw Robinson

2022 | 9 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Drama, comedy, experimental

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


Film poster for "Beware of Goat"

Beware of Goat

A rivalry between two rural families escalates when one family’s goat gets loose in the other’s yard. A meditation on the way poverty, stress and tribalism can drive even the most responsible or well meaning people toward anger and violence. The best remedy for misery is laughter, even when standing atop the gallows.

Director/Writer/Producer: Justin T. Malone
Producer: O’Shay Foreman, Noelle Beard
Cast: Lindsey Roberts, Peyton Pilgrim, Cecelia Wingate, John Sneed, Lauren Gunn

2022 | 14 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Comedy, dark

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


Black Icarus

In the Deep South, a father battles his drug and alcohol addiction while trying to be a father to his son.

Director/Writer/Producer: Jimmie Thomas
Producer: Enora Heard
Cast: Tray Chaney, Nicholas Martin, Larry Manning, Maimouna Youssef

2022 | 20 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🎬✏️ | Drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Jimmie Thomas and producer Enora Heard are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


A Bright Sunny Day

夏至前天 (Xia Zhi Qian Tian)

The appearance of a girl on a bright sunny day gently changes the life of a young man.

Director/Writer: Yupeng He
Writer/Producer: Lam Can-zhao
Cast: Lan Jianhong, Wei Yaxiu

2023 | 20 mins | China | Chinese (Min Nan) | Color | 🏆✏️ | Drama, coming-of-age

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


Bruno

Bruno, living as a young gay Latino in high school, has just started to discover himself and his sexuality. Now that he has a new boyfriend, he feels he is finally ready to come out to his parents. However, after he tells this to his older sister Lucia, she soon reminds him that coming out to his parents isn’t the best idea.

Director/Writer: Michael Dean Wilkins
Writer: Jennings Gibbs-Barger
Producer: Mackenzie Holmes
Cast: Teddy Pagee, Sheila Correa, Julio Ortiz, Araceli Martinez

2022 | 10 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🎬✏️ | Drama, comedy, LGBTQIA+

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


Carte Blanche à Yang Jiechang

Contemporary Chinese artist Yang Jiechang speaks of his work and offers a glimpse of his life in this short-documentary filmed for his one-man show at the Musée Guimet. Directed by his daughter, Chinese-German filmmaker Felicitas Yang, peels back the layers of what we generally like to perceive as artistic processes by showcasing the rudimentary yet skill-intensive methods Yang Jiechang uses to produce his artworks, all while interacting with the world around him in a charmingly playful manner.

Director: Felicitas Yang
Producer: Martina Koeppel-Yang, Véronique Jaeger, Jiechang Yang

2022 | 18 mins | France | Chinese, German, French with English subtitles | Color | 🏆 | Documentary, art

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


Coup De Jarnac

Spoiled brat Pratt challenges undefeated duelist Fox to a deadly showdown after she starts a rumor about him and his mother. Coup De Jarnac explores a modern world where mutual combat hasn’t been outlawed and is a darkly comedic look at the concept of honor, pettiness, and how rumors can affect a person. This world is a combination of old and new, both visually and thematically. Combining modern, questionable characters with an outdated activity obsessed with gentility.

Director/Writer/Editor: Fabian Augustin
Producer: Jade Constant
Cast: Samuel Isaiah Hunter, Stephaun Pender, Kierra Sophia, Jason Collett, Robert Stevens Wayne

2023 | 12 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊✏️ | Comedy, satire

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts. The filmmaker Fabian Augustin, producer Jade Constant, actor Samuel Isaiah Hunter, and others are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Discarded"

Discarded

A solo dancer (wearing a dress made from the plastic trash she generated over four months) embodies simultaneously both a woman and planet Earth reckoning with the impact of humans on the environment. Filmed on location at Glacier National Park as Artist-in-Residence and featuring a score by Patrick McKinney of Iron and Wine.

Director/Performer: Ilana Goldman
Composer: Patrick McKinney

2023 | 8 mins | US | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Experimental, performance, environmental

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts. The filmmaker Ilana Goldman and composer Patrick McKinney are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Dot on Earth

A lonely actress forms new relationships with both her drug dealer, an aspiring poet, and a once “cancelled” podcaster with addiction issues. Both relationships turn sour, forcing Dot to confront the moral complexities of life.

Director/Writer/Producer: Jack Dunphy
Writer/Producer: Colleen Rose Trundy
Producer: Jordan Tetewsky
Cast: Colleen Rose Trundy, Jessie Pinnick, Jack Dunphy

2022 | 16 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Drawn"

Drawn

A widower and his young daughter fend off a predatory land speculator by any means necessary in this psychological thriller set on a dying ranch in the Southwest. With shifting points of view and a twisting power structure, the story delves deep into our perception of control.

Director/Writer/Producer: Ty Clancey
Producer: Bo Clancey
Cast: Clayne Crawford, Jesse Garcia, Diana Zermeno

2023 | 24 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Thriller, horror, suspense

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


Emerald Sanctuary

Emerald Sanctuary is a documentary investigating the impacts of seagrasses on the environment and culture of Florida as well as the their necessity to maintaining a healthy biodiversity. Directed by Conor MacDonnell whose scientific work focuses on improving the restoration of seagrass ecosystems critical to Florida’s fisheries, charismatic megafauna, and water quality.

Director/Writer: Conor MacDonnell
Producer: Kent Anderson

2023 | 12 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬 | Documentary, environmental

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


Finish

Against all odds, a young man with autism and Tourette syndrome enters a grueling gravel race, pushing himself to the limit as he faces physical and mental challenges along the way.

Director: Dev Walker
Producer: 1836 Agency

2023 | 17 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Documentary, sports

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Flesh Ballet"

Flesh Ballet

A quadruple amputee and a seamstress metamorphose into a giant flesh mound. Made by the arts collective ‘Are we Artists or Cops?’ to develop an art film exploring how modern society interprets disability. An in-studio experiment involving collaborative spontaneity and in-the-moment creative decision making with an improvised jazz soundtrack.

Directors: Frederick Kroetsch, Kasie Campbell, Daniel Ennett, David Baron
Performers: Math Dave Cullen, Tom Robinson, Caley Suliak, Danny Jaycock, Thaimu Turay, Emily Kira, Chris Weiss, Rebecca Klassen, Mika Haykowsky, Hannah Chamberlain, Emily Tychkowski, Cristoval Castillon, Rebecca Campbell, David Puff

2023 | 4 mins | Canada | English | Color | 🏆 | Experimental, performance

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Footprints"

Footprints

A single mother and a lower caste slum dweller, works as domestic help for a dysfunctional middle class family. As her world comes crashing down at work one day, she must stand up for herself by blurring the lines between the master and the maid.

Director/Writer/Producer: Tathagata Ghosh
Producer: Partha Pratim Dhar
Cast: Payel Rakshit, Deboprasad Haldar, Bimal Giri, Anjita Banerjee

2022 | 23 mins | India | Bengali | Color | 🏆 | Drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


The Forgotten Coast

Mother Nature is a formidable defender of this pristine section of the Gulf Coast. Made over the course of the year by Florida State University Film School Cinematography professor, Mark Vargo, the film features locals such as musician Grant Peeples shedding light on what makes our beloved Florida Panhandle home.

Director/Writer: Mark Stephen Vargo
Featuring: Grant Peeples, Gail Fishman, Donald Smith, Meryl Warren, David Harvey, Erika Stone
Music: Sandra Bellingham

2022 | 18 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊 | Documentary, environmental, local interest

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


Forward Fast

While embarking upon a process of archival and preservation, a filmmaker dives into a stark exploration of self as she discovers the seeds of patriarchy and misogyny already planted and steeping the imagery of her childhood films.

Director/Writer/Producer: Lorraine Sovern

2022 | 3 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬✏️ | Documentary, experimental, portrait

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts. The filmmaker Lorraine Sovern is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "The Foundry"

The Foundry

A five-minute piece of cinematic poetry, with no dialogue, where images of the people working in a Nephi, Utah, foundry convey the multifaceted metaphor of life as a pressure machine.

Director/Producer: Robert Machoian
Producers: Laura Heberton, Scott Christopherson
Music: William Ryan Fritch

2023 | 5 mins | US | Color | 🏆 | Documentary, experimental

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


Film poster for "From Fish to Moon"

From Fish to Moon

“From fish to moon” is a common expression in medieval Persian verse, meaning ‘from the depths to the heights’. In Pahokee, Florida there is a grocery store, those who work at the ‘Thriftway’ arrive early, and stay all day roaming the aisles. One of these employees is Jean Voltaire.

Director/Producer: Kevin Contento
Producer/Featuring: Jean Voltaire

2022 | 13 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Documentary, docufiction

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Golden Boy"

Golden Boy

There are plenty of bad influences in the capital city of Tallahassee, Florida. Clean rapper Bachi is determined to be a force for good. This film is a love letter to all of the independent artists who think they need to move to a big city or have a massive audience before they can succeed.

Director: Abby Wright
Producer: Kiersten Harder
Featuring: Michael “Bachi” Poole

2023 | 11 mins| US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩✏️ | Documentary, portrait, music, local interest

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Abby Wright, producer Kiersten Harder, director of photography Luke Brockinton, the rapper Bachi (Michael Poole), and others are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


Goodbye Tallahassee, I Hope You Understand

Goodbye [good-bahy], interjection: A concluding remark used at parting.
Tallahassee [ta-luh-ha-see], noun: A vortex of a city that never lets you go.

Director/Writer: Bretton A. Miller
Producer: Landon Hogue
Cast: Courtney Green, Anderson Khochaiche

2022 | 9 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩✏️ | Comedy, drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


Hiccup

On a dark and foggy weekend, a group of mobsters playing poker attempt to scare the hiccups out of Barry, but they scare more than just the hiccups.

Director/Writer: Marshall Waters
Producer: Jack Adzema, Abby Wright, Ryan Turner, Carlos Lenis
Cast: Collin Pennel, David Culotta, Jack Adzema, Aaron Collins, Malachi Taylor, Allen Morton

2023 | 7 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩✏️ | Comedy, surreal

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Hold to Dash"

Hold to Dash

Neil Durst makes a living streaming his gaming skills to an audience of overstimulated, undersexed males. When he’s asked on a date by a female fan, Neil must leave his bedroom and take a plunge into the real world.

Director/Producer: John Connor Hammond
Writer/Producer: Leo Winters
Producer: Jordan L. Sims, Ian Loretto
Cast: Jack Dunphy, Jessie Pinnick, Sarah Daigle, Onur Tukel

2022 | 16 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Comedy, drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts. The filmmaker John Connor Hammond, writer/producer Leo Winters, and director of photography Todd Rawiszer are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "The Housefly"

The Housefly

While trying to cook dinner after a long day, a man is bothered by the presence of a fly. As he starts to take more drastic measures to kill the insect, he slowly loses touch with reality.

Director/Writer: Darshan Patel
Producer: Sabrina Lassegue, Alex Smoot
Cast: Brandon Brown, Kai Morfin

2023 | 10 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬 | Horror, experimental

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles. The filmmaker Darshan Patel is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


Film poster for "Ike Brown

Ike Brown

After learning that his son has been shot to death, Ike Brown begins the seemingly impossible process of forgiving his son’s killer. A thoughtful short documentary that contemplates the seemingly impossible act of forgiveness, and even more importantly, that idea that acceptance of someone’s differences is a choice everyone is free to make.

Director: Caleb Clowe
Producer: Matthew Veeder
Featuring: Ike Brown, Takoya Criner

2023 | 15 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Documentary, true crime, religion

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


Indoor Baseball

Noel works at an indoor baseball facility with her father where her day-to-day existence is overshadowed by the curse of her family’s lineage: every family member must hit 100 baseballs everyday or the love of their life will die.

Director/Writer/Producer: Christian Cerezo
Producers: Rob Hatch-Miller, Puloma Basu, Tallie Medel
Cast: Tallie Medel, John Ennis, Sandy Honig, Nick Thorburn, Martha Kelly, Kyle Mizono
Original Score: Frankie Cosmos

2023 | 13 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 4: Outside Looking In, a collection of dramatic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:00 PM in Theater #2


Film poster for "Krush the Wrestler"

Krush the Wrestler

Exploring the innate intimacy of submission wrestling, a lifelong wrestler turns his talents into an on-demand fetish video service.

Director: Alex Megaro
Producer: Ian Bell
Music: Asger Baden & Peder

2022 | 14 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Documentary, portrait, sports, LGBTQIA+

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition. The filmmaker Alex Megaro is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


Liminal Times

After life threatening news, a twenty-two-year-old is caught between his youth and adulthood.

Director/Producer: Corey Marr
Producer: Cecelia Hubbard
Featuring: Tanner Roberts, Parker Davidson, Zach Jackson
Music: The Eastern Plain, Alex Kehm

2022 | 14 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊✏️ | Documentary, coming-of-age

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


Memories

A short visual essay that gives voice to victims of terrorism around the world, who share their powerful stories tied to physical objects they hold dear; stories based on memories and emotions to better understand and feel their loss.

Director/Writer/Producer: José Gómez
Producer: Ana Aguilar

14 mins | Spain | English, Spanish | Color | Documentary

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 1: Be/aring the Elements, a collection of documentary shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 11:45 AM in Theater #3


My Friend Molly

That’s Molly. Sweet bod, sweet car, serious drug problem. She just picked me up to party for my 21st. Ngl kinda scared lol.

Director/Writer: Tyler Shore
Writer: Samantha Vanhoever
Cast: Samantha Vanhoever, Alex Davis, Tyler Shore

2023 | 5 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊 | Comedy, animation

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts. The filmmaker Tyler Shore, writer Samantha Vanhoever, actor Alex Davis, and others are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


NetflixKenny

This documentary tracks the artistic and spiritual endeavors of rap artist and Tallahassee native NetflixKenny, and finding hope and happiness in creating art that speaks for oneself.

Director/Writer/Producer: Sam Ferra
Featuring: Davian Eugene Anderson, Josh Bandit

2023 | 8 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩🎬✏️ | Documentary, portrait, music, local interest

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Sam Ferra, Davian “Kenny” Anderson, and others are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


The Old Young Crow

The Old Young Crow tells the story of Mehrdad, a 10 year old Iranian boy who has recently moved to Tokyo. Mehrdad’s story is narrated by himself as an old man, recounting one particular event through his own sketchbook. Using a combination of practical effects, animation, live action, and computer generated elements, the film tells a story of loss, immigration, familial love, and the beauty of nature.

Director/Writer/Producer: Liam LoPinto
Cast: Naoto Shibata, Hassan Shahbazi, Keiko Yamashita, Hitoshi Hinomizu

2022 | 12 mins | Japan | Japanese, Persian | Color | 🍊✏️ | Mystery, thriller, animation

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


Our Terminal

A true story about a promising new love is quickly halted when two steadfast teenage girls are kept apart by suppressive parents. Evie, determined to prove herself, has one chance to fix it. She gathers her friends and races to save her first love, Frankie.

Director/Writer: Vyky Saiz
Producer: Ava Jazlyn
Cast: Katie Tawzer, Francesca Alfano

2022 | 12 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩✏️ | Drama, coming-of-age, LGBTQIA+

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Vyky Saiz and other(s) are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


Paint Her Red

In this short film, written and co-directed by Bella Thorne, Bella delivers an unapologetic narrative, both painful and beautiful, exploring the journey of women. With vulnerability and strength, haunting visuals and an assembly of melancholic prose and poetry, we are allowed a an intimate peek into a woman’s pre-destined journey.

Director/Writer: Bella Thorne
Producers: Sofie Warshafsky, Paige Starke
Cast: Bella Thorne, Juliet Sterner

2022 | 10 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Experimental, portrait

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Palookaville

Things get turned upside down when JoJo is attacked and wakes up believing he’s Joe Louis – one of boxing’s greatest legends. Palookaville is the pilot episode to a series in the works and won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2023.

Director/Writer: Theodore Collatos
Producers: Matt Grady, Carolina Monnerat
Cast: Howard Lester, Franqi French, Edy Modica, Karl Jacob, Mike Swift

2022 | 17 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆 | Comedy, surreal, episodic (pilot)

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Paper Planes"

Paper Planes

A woman with agoraphobia and the AirBnB guest across the hall strike up a correspondence that becomes something more for the holidays. A Christmas-set romantic comedy about the need for human connection in the modern world, the film is a cinematic holiday card, one that will make viewers’ hearts full by the time the end credits roll.

Directors/Producers: Alyssa Thordarson, Michael Glover Smith
Writer: Alyssa Thordarson
Producer: Alan Strutz
Cast: Shaina Schrooten, Alyssa Thordarson

2023 | 17 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🎬 | Romance, comedy, LGBTQIA+

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts. The filmmaker Michael Glover Smith is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Penance

An oil worker living under the radar in a small desert town is forced to uproot his life when someone from his violent past catches up to him.

Director: Robert Julian Tuttle
Writer: Lucas James Brawner
Producer: Rohan Simha Kumar
Cast: Jeremy Urann, Rob McCrea, Darren Cruz

2023 | 15 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🎬✏️ | Thriller, drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


Film poster for "Picture Day"

Picture Day

Casey, an Asian-American tomboy coming of age on Army bases, prepares for picture day at her new school, deciding what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to fit in.

Director/Writer/Producer: Kelly Pike
Cast: Michelle Krusiec, Oona Yaffe

2022 | 15 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆✏️ | Drama, coming-of-age

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Prep

A bodybuilding fever dream fueled by childhood trauma, food porn and acid techno music. Prep is a portrait of all that can simultaneously build and destroy us; an expression of the traumas we attempt to evade and the loneliness that accompanies many when striving to push our limits.

Director/Writer/Producer: Raymond Barnett Knudsen
Producer: Paul Andrea González-Nasser, Stephen Musumeci, Melina Valdez
Cast: Chibueze Anyasor

2023 | 14 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩 | Drama, experimental, portrait

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


The Reluctant Icon: A Tribute to Laura Gemser

A poignant ode to the star of the Black Emanuelle series and the real-life love story at its core, written, directed and narrated by Kier-La Janisse based on an interview with longtime Italian journalist Manlio Gomarasca. Editor Stephen Broomer’s layered visuals are punctuated with rotoscope animation by Ashley Thorpe (Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched) and handmade stop-motion sequences by Leslie Supnet, all rendered into a moody paean to one of exploitation cinema’s most beloved and bewitching stars.

Director/Narrator: Kier-La Janisse
Animator: Ashley Thorpe
Stop-motion: Leslie Supnet

2023 | 20 mins | US/Canada | English | Color | 🏆 | Documentary, historical, cinema

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 7: Portraits, a collection of short narrative and non-narrative portrayals of the human form and condition.

Saturday, 9/2 at 6:15 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "Shut"

Shut

When Jonas visits his father after a long time, he’s shocked to find him in a confused state. Has his father’s mental state badly deteriorated or is something more sinister going on? Borne out of the filmmaker’s own experience with his father, this film is at turns touching and scary.

Director: Niels Bourgonje
Writer: Bastiaan Tichler
Producer: Daniel Aiss
Cast: Jack Wouterse, Sanne den Hartogh

2022 | 15 mins | Netherlands | Dutch | Color | 🏆 | Horror, thriller

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


A Thief

After learning of the rapture in church, a frightened young boy tries to obsessively protect his family from being taken to heaven. Featuring an original score by Mary Lattimore.

Director/Writer: Steven Hedrick
Producer: Valery Garcia
Cast: Tucker Grumbles

2022 | 5 mins | US | English | Color | 🏆🍊🦩✏️ | Drama

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 6: 850 Edition, a collection of films by upcoming regional and next gen talent. The filmmaker Steven Hedrick and producer Valery Garcia are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:30 PM in Theater #1


Time Rider

Scrambled signals of non-human intelligence and planetary disquiet, relayed from a recent past, intercepted en route to an uncertain future. A collaboration between filmmaker Trevor Byrne, poet Dan Hoy and musician Scott Mattingly, based on poems from Hoy’s collections “1984” and “1982-1983”.

Director: Trevor Byrne, Dan Hoy
Poems/Narrator: Dan Hoy

2023 | 9 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊 | Experimental, historical, sci-fi

This film screens as a special presentation preceding the feature sci-fi, Red Earth. The filmmaker Trevor Byrne is expected to be in attendance at the screening. The filmmaker Trevor Byrne is expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 5:00 PM in Theater #2


Tommies

In Regency-era London five women waiting for a carriage descend into a frenzy of vicious gossip about a notorious scandal – with devastating results.

Directors/Writers: Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston
Producers: Ioanna Karavela, Erik Pack

2022 | 15 mins | UK | English | Color | 🏆 | Drama, period

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 5: Inside Looking Out, a collection of female-centric shorts.

Saturday, 9/2 at 4:00 PM in Theater #3


Film poster for "The Watcher"

The Watcher

The last remaining member of a small religious cult (The Children of Enoch) awaits the resurrection of her recently departed “sisters” and their leader, Father Enoch. Filmed over a single weekend in northern Vermont, the film is a taut exploration of self-identity at its limits.

Director/Writer/Producer: Nathan Sellers
Producer: Christopher J. King
Cast: Charlotte Rea, Sandrine Morin, Rohit David

2022 | 9 mins | US | English | Color | Arthouse thriller

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 8: Buried at the Surface, a collection of thrillers in a variety of styles.

Saturday, 9/2 at 9:00 PM in Theater #2


Werner Herzog Saves Taxi Driver

When Martin Scorsese threatens to kill the head of Columbia Studios in response to their cut of his masterpiece, film buddies Steven Spielberg and George Lucas enlist the help of the only filmmaker hardcore enough to save him…  WERNER HERZOG! 

2023 | 13 mins | US | English | Color | 🍊 | Comedy

Director/Writer: John Stevenson
Cast: Jason Chimonides, Dennis Brewer, Caleb Goodman, Lawrence Blake, Scott Mock

This film screens as part of the program, Shorts 2: Chortles & Chuckles, a collection of comedic shorts. The filmmaker John Stevenson and actors Jason Chimonides and Dennis Brewer are expected to be in attendance for a post-screening discussion about the film.

Saturday, 9/2 at 1:45 PM in Theater #3

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