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2019 FILM GUIDE 

THE PACT

Directed by: Natalie Medlock

Short

13min

New Zealand

SCREENING: 9/27 

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, an elderly couple makes a suicide pact but at the moment of death one betrays the other and breaks it. 

DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Directed by: Sohil Vaidya

Short

19min

USA/INDIA

SCREENING: 9/27

Akash, an aspiring graffiti artist, lives with his father Sudhakar in an old building in Mumbai. Akash’s mother is recently deceased. Father and son mourn her death in different ways, but they have one thing in common—stubbornness. 

TEN HOURS

Directed by: Trevor Morgan

Short

16min

USA

SCREENING: 9/27

Two strangers - a ride-share driver and his teenage passenger - form an unlikely friendship during the course of a ten-hour trip.

COFFEE AND A DONUT

Directed by: Cary Patrick Martin

Short

11min

USA

SCREENING: 9/27

A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in....ordering breakfast at the local diner.

DREAMERS

Directed by: Jess Costa & Lindsay Heatley

Short

3min

USA

SCREENING: 9/27

A young girl dreams of becoming an astronaut, but does not realize her and her family are undocumented

THE DISHWASHER

Directed by: Nick Hartanto & Sam Roden

Short

12min

USA

SCREENING: 9/27

A chef at a fine dining restaurant in New York City asks a Mexican dishwasher to find good tortillas. 

LOLO

Directed by: Leandro Goddinho & Paulo Menezes

Short

13min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.

FOR A BETTER LIFE

Directed by: Yasmin Mistry

Documentary

9min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066

Directed by: Jon Osaki

Documentary

1hr5min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

In the year 2015, the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal 2015 initiated the country’s transition to a federal state, thereby providing an opportunity for local participation in government giving people a stronger voice in how their communities are governed. The Local Level Election Act 2017 mandates that two of the ward members elected for each ward must be women and one of the two women must be a Dalit, in total of 6743 wards.

6,743 COUNT MY VOICE!

Directed by: Shristi Joshi

Documentary

8min

NEPAL

SCREENING: 9/28

NEW YORK SCHERZO

Directed by: Shaan Couture

Documentary

1hr30min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

NEW YORK SCHERZO is a feature documentary that follows the lives of three diverse classically trained musicians as they try to make it in New York City. Originally from Seoul, Paris and Nashville they are passionate about their art but struggle to make a living, and face a crossroads where they must decide if they can sustain a career doing what they love.

GABRIELLE

Directed by: Nicola Rose

Short

13min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher — and friendship in an unexpected place. A story about friendship, overcoming bullies, body image, and knowing your worth.

GELATO-SEVEN SUMMERS OF ICE CREAM LOVE

Directed by: Daniela Opp

Animation

12min

GERMANY

SCREENING: 9/28

The 20th Century was still young when Italian mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: gelato! Tiny stalls developed into beautiful ice cream shops. But suddenly sunny days of childhood turned into dark years of war. The love story between Rosa and Paolo ended before the seventh summer had even started... Up until little Molly decides to take matters into her own hands almost 60 years later.

WONDERLAND

Directed by: Tiffanie Hsu

Short

14min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.

KEYS

Directed by: Jeremiah Puni

Short

15min

AUSTRALIA

SCREENING: 9/28

KEYS is a story of Lei, a 16-year-old piano prodigy who lives in the Western Sydney suburbs. Struggling to survive, she uses her talents on the ivory keys as a constructive creative outlet. Torn between her mentor Mrs Hagedorn and her mother Cecilia, Lei is seeking to win her mother’s affection, even if for a day.

UNDER MOM'S SKIRT

Directed by: Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix

Short

12min

FRANCE

SCREENING: 9/28

A young woman goes with her mother for a routine medical check-up, that turns out to be full of surprises 

SO CLOSE YET SO FAR

Directed by: Anthony Chan

Short/Documentary

7min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

When a young man loses his grandmother, a young man and his family learn a valuable lesson: to spend more time together.

HANDERBEIT - COVER UP

Directed by: Marie-Amélie Steul

Short

13min

GERMANY

SCREENING: 9/28

The life of Ibrahim, a short tempered conservative Arabic censor, is turned upside down when his colleague Waleed discovers a compromising photo that could ruin his reputation. A race against the clock begins. The photo has to disappear. At all cost.

RELICIOUS

Directed by: Eugenio Villani & Raffaele Palazzo

Short

8min

ITALY

SCREENING: 9/28

An intellectual dress style man is shopping at the supermarket. After he bought the essential goods, he moves toward the refrigerated section to choose the yogurt to buy. The man realizes with amazement that each one of the yogurt cups has stamped on it the name of a religion instead of the yogurt brand...

BURQA CITY

Directed by: Bracq Fabrice

Short

20min

FRANCE

SCREENING: 9/28

Souleymane and Leila just got married, for better or for worse. The better is that they love each other very much. The worse is that they live in an absurd and kafkaesque country.

LOVESEAT

Directed by: Grace Kim

Short

16min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

A lonely, middle-aged man sets out in search of his soulmate after what he believes to be a fateful encounter with a banana.

INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO ACTIVISM

Directed by: Simone Kisiel

Short

15min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

Introvert’s Guide to Activism is a short, dark comedy about three roommates navigating the aftermath of the 2016 election. In a time when New York City is split between rushing into the streets, screaming into the void, or openly weeping on the subway, Lilly, Jane, and Amir try to save the country in their own ways. The problem? Social justice involves dealing with other people.

FINAL REFRAIN

Directed by: Kristin Kinsey

Short

15min

USA

SCREENING: 9/28

In a dystopian world where art and music are forbidden, Lyra, a passionate pianist, must decide what she's willing to sacrifice for her music.

ALTITUDE

Directed by: Nicole Scherer

Short

11min

AUSTRIA

SCREENING: 9/28

For two alpinists the hike up to a mountain cabin turns into a life- threatening battle between reality and illusion. 

ETERNITY

Directed by: Anna Sobolevska

Short

23min

UKRAINE

SCREENING: 9/28

2058. Corporations digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world beyond the grave forever. Young guy Ian is strongly against digitalizing. The sudden car crash, makes Ian go against his principles. He wants to bring back to life his wife, who is in a coma after the accident.

O.I.

Directed by: N'cee van Heerden

Short

18min

CANADA

SCREENING: 9/28

Chris revisits the Tiki bar where he made his first ever deal. He wants to celebrate the biggest deal he's ever made by drinking down memory lane. It is early morning and there is only one other customer, Barry, and the Barman. Barry is drinking to forget and is in no mood to celebrate anything. Only Chris' offer of free drinks for a week if he can't solve Barry's problems makes Barry change his mind. Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And he is the only one immune to it. 

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