2017 LineUp

6 Love Stories

Over the course of one afternoon, six LA couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. This narrative film, comprised of intertwining stories is both moving and amusing. It has been described as “Love Actually” meets “Magnolia.” Director: Michael Dunaway, USA.

93 not out

A 93-year-old man loves books and his bicycle, but both are forbidden.  The book is too expensive, and the bike he cannot ride because of his heart.  What will he do? Directors: Vijay Milton, Velraj, Bala, India.

A family affair

On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert received a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother to visit her in South Africa.  During his visit, Fassaert realizes the myths and negative stories his father told him about her were true.  But when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined. Director: Tom Fassaert, Netherlands.  Trailer


An abstract immersive audio-visual experience. A study on the behavior of energy over a period of time. Experimental 2D/3D animation techniques. Director: Derek O'dell, USA.

Coffin Cruisin'

The Carolina Coffin Cruisers are a taboo-breaking Charlotte-based club of macabre motorists. These creepy classic car enthusiasts convoy the Carolinas to share their appreciation of hearses and all things Halloween. Director: Brenton Richardson, USA.  Trailer


A heartwarming story about the power of community support during a time of grief. Director: Dmitry Milkin, USA.  Trailer

Mark is depressed about his breakup with Ellen until he finds a way to recreate what they had.  Director: Aidan West, Canada.  Trailer

Fear considers the tensions between fear and safety; faith and psychology; Chinese and American identity; and acceptance and healing. One man's story told in beautifully crafted stop-motion animation. Directors: Dawn Dreyer, Andrea Love, USA.  Trailer

Meyer has always viewed herself as nothing more but a "nice girl" who is surrounded by "pretty" people. But her mindset is challenged when a cute boy at school gives her attention. Director: Riley Street, USA. Trailer


The penalty for refusing to admit to a crime you did not  commit: 25 years in prison. This documentary follows the story of an innocent man released after serving his time.  At the end of his sentence, he works to rehabilitate prisoners at the end of their sentences. Director: Pierre Barnérias, France.

Guilty By Innocence 

Siblings Stephen and Ashley struggle to lead normal lives after the deaths of their parents, a struggle made harder by their grief. At least, until Ashley figures out an effective coping strategy. Director: Jacob Joyner, USA.

How was your day?

A moving and brutally honest look at a woman struggling with the emotions  of raising a daughter who isn't the child she imagined she would mother. Director: Damien O'Donnell, Ireland.

i, Destini 

I, Destini is an animated film that explores the poignant and imaginative illustration of a youth's perspective on the effects of having an incarcerated loved one. Director: Nicholas Pilarski, USA

Clara and her father Manuel host a birthday party for their orphan neighbor Anaïs. During the night, Anaïs disappears.  Suspicion arise and questions grow more and more insidious as Clara and Manuel try to find their friend. Director: Paul Contargyris, France.  Trailer

Love Biscuit


Breaking up is hard to do. Especially on the day your partner proposes. Director: Ashley Mosher, USA. 


A television interview with an estranged mother turns sideways as she revisits the memory of losing her son. Director: Brittany Lum-Cho, Canada. 

Pangaea tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.  This narrative fiction was shot by a group of Northwestern University students in a week in New Orleans. Director: Olivia Peace, USA.  Trailer

parchment wings

A journey into a fairytale brings comfort to an unlikely pair in the wake of a tragedy.  Director: Fernando Medina, USA.  Trailer

petty scores

A kleptomaniac and his roommate find themselves in over their heads following the theft of a briefcase. Director: Zach Swiatocha, USA.

Radio Renaissance 

Seeking to revitalize their Indiana community, the Family Folklore Foundation Players in Northwest Indiana created a radio play that involved residents in this community engagement and education project.  Director:  Megan DeMakas, USA.

relish our dogs

Just another hotdog stand?  We don't think so.  Neither will you. Director: Michael Raab, USA.


A team of archaeologists and U.S. service members deploy to Vietnam to locate the body of a U.S. airman, missing since 1966.  Director: Jose Rodriguez, USA. 


Dancing between waking and dreaming, this documentary videopoem is a day seen through the eyes of eleven young residents of the Friendship Village in Vietnam who are living with disabilities caused by Agent Orange. Directors: Julia Metzger-Traber and Davide De Lillis, Germany/Italy.

This film captures the struggle to maintain one's humanity as one endures the ultimate punishment in the prison system. Director: Derek Pastuszek, USA.  Trailer


Under the imminent threat of Lebanon’s garbage crisis, Hala, a woman who never lost the spirit of a wild child, is the only one to refuse evacuation, clinging to whatever remains of home. Director: Mounia Akl, Lebanon.  Trailer

Fermo, an unsociable retired teacher of mathematics,  has dreamt the winning numbers to the lottery, but he doesn't remember them. He decides to relive the dream to remember the numbers. Talia, a student of Fermo, helps him to recreate the dream and helps him to face the ghosts of his past. Director: Isotta Santus, Italy.  Trailer

In the aftermath of a catastrophic event,  a young scavenger named Arlin Franger is one of the last humans on earth survive.  Holed up in an underground facility she must choose between life or death. But, what is she willing to die for? Director: Clark Ivers, USA.  Trailer

A misfit high schooler and his manic rescuer set out into the Montreal night to connect with loved ones. Over the course of the night they begin to see each other and themselves differently. Director: Jesse Klein, Canada.  Film Clip

We're Still Together

Imagine a race then between the X and Y chromosomes: whomever gets to the egg first decides the child’s sex! This film  is a self-portrait of the artist’s origins, her true beginning. Director: Junghyun Park, USA.  Trailer

Winter's Journey

Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends think they know what is best for him. But his ending belongs only to him. Director: Susanne Boeng, Germany.  Trailer

You did not forget

An elderly woman's day is turned upside down when she sets out to find her missing husband, who's been struggling with memory loss. Director: Simon Intihar, Slovenia.  Trailer

Closing Night film:  The Vessel

 After living ten years with their loss of faith and hope, villagers begin to believe that maybe God did not abandon them after all when they witness what seem to be miracles.  In Spanish with English subtitles.  Starting Martin Sheen.  Director:  Julio Quintana.  Trailer

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