2018 Festival Films

All Films Will be screened on Saturday, September 15th at the Wealthy Theatre.

 

Theater 1


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Dandelions

Block 1a
12pm
Runtime
5 minutes and 30 seconds

An immortal beast that resides in a field of dandelions is plagued by a curse that causes him to kill anything he touches with his paws. Until one day a young girl stumbles upon him and takes it upon herself to solve his problem. Through this chance encounter, a friendship blooms through the years.

 


Light Sight

Block 1a
12pm
Runtime
7 minutes and 34 seconds

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.


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A Whole World for a Little World

Block 1a
12pm
Runtime
15 minutes

A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter.


The School of Honk    

Block 1a
12pm
Runtime
11 minutes and 42 seconds

The School of Honk is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

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Choice

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
7 minutes and 20 seconds

The birth control pill has become almost a self-evident part of a western woman’s growing up. New studies have proven the pill to be linked especially to adolescent depression, but doctors keep laughing at natural pregnancy prevention options, and young girls are expected to pop pills that have a history of causing deaths. Choice researches the conventions and awareness around the pill in Canada through Victoria’s personal story, and professional knowledge. Why has our society swept this issue under a rug - is it because it’s a women’s health issue?


Valentina

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
8 minutes and 33 seconds

During the hottest day ever recorded in human history, a fastidious maid’s duties are interrupted when her vagina comes to life.

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Pale Mirrors     

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
15 minutes


Shawbo is a woman who has only 24 hours to be pregnant. This might be her last opportunity to be a mother, but assuming the vague future completely has confused her. For this important mission, she needs go to city prison.


Family Rewritten            

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
13 minutes and 15 seconds


Follow a girl’s surprisingly inspiring personal journey with foster care.

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Refill    

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
10 minutes and 41 seconds

An elderly woman is forced to confront her anxiety when it appears as a stressed out, twenty year-old, ready to prove her worth.


Never Too Late  

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
6 minutes


A woman struggles with alcoholism, which leads to homelessness. Even so, she learns that it’s never too late to get help. GRFF 36-Hour Challenge Winner Best of Show.

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Total Apocalypse of the Heart

Total Apocalypse of the Heart            

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
6 minutes


It’s the end of the world, and your best friend’s dealing with a break up. GRFF 36-Hour Challenge Winner Best Professional Film.


Secret

Block 1d
4:15pm
Runtime
15 minutes

"Secret" is a film written and directed by Shana Gagnon. It is the story of a woman experiencing the stages of grief after the recent death of her husband, a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan. It is a piece about love and loss, the changing of the seasons, the healing power of nature, and the majestic beauty of horses. It is about healing and acceptance after enduing unexpected tragedy. "Secret" is a love letter to the beautiful state of Michigan. The message is meant to be hopeful and to say "never ever give up.”

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David

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
7 minutes and 50 seconds


Documentary short about the dangers of distracted driving and the power of forgiveness.


The Spirit of God Is Heavy

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
10 minutes and 33 seconds


The story of a small church in West Michigan reaching out to a subculture largely forgotten and abandoned by the Church

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Abstraction

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
15 minutes and 46 seconds


Murder. Abstract art. Forgiveness.


Four-Ninety

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
12 minutes


A pardoned ex-con reluctantly returns to prison as a visitor, but the hardest prison to escape is a hateful heart.


Peace During War

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
16 minutes


Documentary short about two former gang members who found their way to forgive each other which resulted in founding Peace During War, a mentoring program for youth in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  This short is an inspiring story of how working together can change the lives of troubled youth, and inspire all youth to stay motivated, get education and be allies rather than enemies.


A Name That I Admire

Block 1f
7pm
Runtime
5 minutes and 52 seconds

A seventh-generation dairy farmer in southwest Virginia casts his presidential ballot for an unlikely candidate.

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Broken Strings

Block 1g
8:45pm
Runtime
5 minutes


An aspiring musician seeks his idol’s approval.


Up to Snuff

Block 1g
8:45pm
Runtime
1 hour and 20 minutes


Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In UP TO SNUFF, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history. Infused with Snuffy’s music throughout, the film features luminaries from television, film and music, including Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and Eric Burdon, and scenes from The West Wing, Wonder Years, and thirtysomething.

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Theater 2


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The United States of Detroit

Block 2a
12pm
Runtime
1 hour and 22 minutes


Residents of Detroit's neighborhoods fight for survival in a city with an uncertain future, working tirelessly to improve their communities in the face of blight, broken infrastructure, and mismanaged resources. Follow the perspectives of several leaders from three different community projects in Detroit, projects that a handful of empowered citizens took it upon themselves to create.


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Detroit Diamond

Block 2b
1:45pm
Runtime
23 minutes


Diamond, a young single mother consumed by heroin addiction, battles to keep her child out of the hands of the state.


Stigmatic: Our Opioid Crisis

Block 2b
1:45pm
Runtime
57 minutes and 47 second


An investigation of the opiate crisis following the stories of the people it has impacted in a small Michigan community

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Luther

Block 2c
3:30pm
Runtime
1 hour and 31 minutes


Discover the story behind the man who sparked the Protestant Reformation. Told through a seamless combination of live-action storytelling and artistic animation, Martin Luther’s daring life is presented in extensive detail while still making the film relevant, provocative, and accessible.


Beyond Fordlandia

Block 2d
5:30pm
Runtime
1 hour and 16 minutes


An environmental account ninety years after Henry Ford’s Amazon experience. In 1927 the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajs River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. The film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage, leading to such questions as: What were the actual economic reasons for Ford to venture hundreds of miles through the Amazon jungle for a home for his project? Why did he want to transplant a slice of twentieth century civilization into the middle of the Amazon forest? Was rubber cultivation his only goal? What are the ecological implications for a staggering number of fish, insects, plants, animals, and the biome in general of this venture now ninety years later?

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Are You Volleyball?!      

Block 2e
7pm
Running Time
15 minutes


A group of Arabian-speaking asylum seekers arrive to an English-speaking country border and can't keep going. They struggle with border soldiers everyday until a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for communication.


Mino Bimaadiziwin

Block 2e
7pm
Runtime
10 minutes


A love story about decolonization.

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Dreamer

Block 2e
7pm
Runtime
18 minutes and 25 seconds


A Native American struggling with survivor's guilt finds redemption serving his fellow veterans.


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@ Beautiful Mountains

Block 2e
7pm
Runtime
40 minutes

In the 500 years old Meishan Village in Fujian, China, over half of the population has left for the cities. But a 26 years old aspiring boy Lin Yusheng chooses to return and dreams of becoming a millionaire by introducing an Internet purchasing agency to the villagers. He needs the money to marry a city girl. Meanwhile, a 90 year old dance master Lin Shuibiao tries to pass on his centuries old expertise to the next generation. The film presents the inevitable collapse of an old China through the intertwining of the two characters' struggles.


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Chocolate and Cigarettes          

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
16 minutes


A story of love, heartache, chocolate, and cigarettes. This slice-of-life drama & comedy revolves around Nick, an awkward flight attendant who decides that tonight is the night he's going to woo Cassidy, his beautiful and flirty coworker. Misinterpreting her signals as a sign that she is truly interested in him, he ends up going for her and stumbling into a terrible, awkward, (and comical) situation.


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Just Coffee

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
12 minutes


A diner descends into chaos when an elderly patron takes advantage of their Free Refill policy.


Almost Human

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
6 minutes and 38 seconds


Technophobe, Vincent, struggles to make a meaningful connection with two women dependent on their cell phones.

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Obits

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
7 minutes and 30 seconds


Writing obituaries is the least prestigious job at the paper, and Kelly is stuck there.  When her boss challenges her to go deeper - to learn more about her subjects - she comes up with a plan to change everything.


Limit

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
7 minutes


Someone in a quiet area asked help from the people outside who he sees until someone enters his house.


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Lawman

Block 2f
9pm    
Runtime
13 minutes


1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. When Bass charges into the desert, he engages in a shootout with two outlaws, killing one in a gunfight, and arresting the other, ordering him to carry the dead body across the desert back to Fort Smith.


Nottingham     

Block 2f
9pm   
Runtime
6 minutes and 21 seconds


In a rundown dystopia ruled by a Man in a Suit, an innocent Prisoner is made the scapegoat for society’s problems and sentenced to death by hanging. She is not the first to be wrongly executed, and unless things change, she is far from the last.

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Genesis

Block 2f
9pm  
Runtime
10 minutes
A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria.


Novocain

Block 2f
9pm
Runtime
4 minutes

"We all try to numb the pain in our lives with our own form of novocaine; to no avail."

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