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Features

 

 

WINNER      BEST FEATURE        BEST DIRECTOR  

                          BEST ACTOR

 

DIG TWO GRAVES        97 min    USA

 

Hunter Adams, Director

LOS ANGELES, CA 

 

 

Synopsis: A girl's obsession with her brother's disappearance leads her on a nightmarish journey through a small town's Gothic landscape where she is faced with a deadly proposition. How far will she go to save the people she loves. 

 

 

 

 

THE LENGTHS         98 min         USA

 

Tim Driscoll, Director

JACKSONVILLE, FL

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Synopsis:  Self sabotage permeates the relationships of Tom, Charlie and Hannah as they drive across the country to rescue Lily from her own wedding. It's a love triangle turned emotional horror story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER    BEST ACTRESS

 

SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP    82 min       USA

 

Malindi Fickle, Director

HONOLULU, HI

 

fSynopsis: Drug addiction's collateral damage is laid bare when a former honor student, newly addicted to prescription pills, triggers a fast-moving chain of events that devastates her friends and threatens to tear her family apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FRONTIER     90 min      USA

 

Matt Rabinowitz, Director

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

 

fSynopsis:  A retired professor and his ranch hand son try to reconnect after years of estrangement.

 

DOCUMENTARY

 

 

 

WINNER    BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

COTTON ROAD          73 min         USA

 

Laura Kissel,  Director

Columbia, SC

 

Synopsis:

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year. Yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU BELONG TO ME     88 min  USA

 

John Cork, Director

Carmel, CA

 

Synopsis: You Belong To Me Documentary tells the 1952 story of Ruby McCollum, an African American woman who killed a prominent white doctor in Live Oak, Florida and the remarkable secrets and terrible truths revealed during her trial and incarceration. Her case haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades. Ruby McCollum was the wealthiest black woman in Suwannee County, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN AN IDEAL WORLD 

83 min     USA

 

Noel Schwerin, Director

San Francisco, CA

 

Synopsis: Follow three men over seven years inside a California prison as they struggle to survive and to change, themselves as well as their brutal environment. Direct from the frontlines of America's locked down racial system, their stories expose--and honor--the human drama at its core, revealing the institutional nature of racial hierarchies, and the hope and hidden risks of transformative change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION

10 Min     USA

 

Matthew VanDyke, Director

Baltimore, MD

 

Synopsis: The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shorts

 

 

 

THE CIVILIAN-MILITARY DIVIDE: BRIDGING THE GAP     54 min    USA

 

Robert Roy, Director

Toronto,Ontario CANADA

 

 

Synopsis: It's not that Americans don't like the military, they love it! They just don't have a clue who's in it what it does, what it costs them, or costs those that join it. Military service has become something other people do. Members of the military, in turn, see themselves as having little in common with the rest of the country.

 

 

 

 

SOMETHING YOU CAN CALL HOME   75 min    UNITED KINGDOM

 

Rebecca Kenyon, Director

London, UK

 

 

Synopsis: For some, the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, is a tourist 

playground. However the face of homelessness is changing rapidly.

 

 

 

 

A GREAT PERSONALITY IS JUST SKIN DEEP       5 Min      UK

 

John Schwab, Director

London, UK

 

Synopsis:  It's what's inside that really counts. Isn't it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTER   12 Min               USA

 

Nicholas Bouier, Director

Los Angeles, CA

 

 

Synopsis: A worldly activist, Bayard Rustin, walks into a 'whites only' small town diner and challenges a waitress to serve him at a price she can't refuse.

 

 

 

LAST NIGHT AT THE ELLINGTON

12 Min       USA

 

Geoffrey Gunn, Director

Greenville, SC 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: When the managers of the Ellington learn their classic movie theater is closing to make way for a new megaplex, they come up with a plan to shut the Ellington down in style.

 

 

 

LOVE SICK LONNIE            8 Min     USA

 

Chad Matthews, Director

Austin, TX

 

Synopsis: A heartbroken man suffers from an embarrassing affliction. He can only communicate through the lyrics of boy band songs.

 

 

 

NOSTALGIC   11 Min       USA

 

Ronald Eltanal, Director

Wilmette, IL

 

 

Synopsis: An aging scientist must decide whether to give in to early-onset dementia, or to take an experimental drug which locks him into his memories, unable to form new ones.

 

 

 

THE QUOTA     10 Min    USA

 

Jim Cushinery, Director

Los Angeles, CA 

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Lucy and Viv are having a bad day at work. Viv is distracted by marital problems, and Lucy struggles with a new performance quota that, if not met, could mean their jobs. Then they meet a psycho killer. Yeah, their day just got worse.

 

Student Film

 

 

WINNER      BEST SHORT

TIMES LIKE DYING     23 Min    USA

 

Evan Vetter, Director

Wilmington, NC 

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Surviving the night begins to outweigh saving the family farm, after four desperate men who robbed a bank, have a chance encounter with a dying lawman.

 

 

 

UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE  

19 Min    ITALY

 

Gabriele Altobelli, Director

Rome, Italy

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Modern technology has undoubtedly facilitated our communication, but at the same time has dramatically affected our personal relationships. 

 

 

 

WRONG SIDE UP 

15 Min   USA

 

Henry Darrow McComas, Director

Englewood, CO

 

 

 

Synopsis:  A coming of age story about a twelve-year-old boy whose fate is determined by his father's departure and the impending Dust Bowl as he is forced to care for his family and their farm.

 

 

 

COMBUSTABILLY

11 Min   USA    UNCSA

 

Jake Bellew, Director

Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Billy's first day on the job at a fireworks store goes amok when a wacky duo of robbers bursts into this explosive comedy.

 

 

 

WINNER    BEST STUDENT FILM

 

INTO THE SILENT SEA

25 Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Andrej Landin, Director

Orange, CA

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.

 

 

 

ROSES FOR MARGARET

13 Min   USA   UNCSA

 

Christene Hurley, Director

Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 

Synopsis:  

A lonely secretary falls in love with a co-worker after witnessing his suicide.

 

 

 

 

SEA ODYSSEY

12 Min   USA   SCAD

 

Adam Nelson, Director

Savannah, GA

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

A father embarks on an ambitious deep sea expedition to find solace in the shadow of his son's looming death.

 

 

 

THE BRIGHT SIDE

38 Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Sarah Thacker, Director

Orange, CA

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

With a nation on the brink of war in December of 1941, a young theater performer who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star lets go of his past fears to try to win over the girl of his dreams.

 

 

 

THE COLLECTION

17  Min   USA   UNCSA

 

Ian Gullett, Director

Winston-Salem, NC

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

Ava, a bored young girl out shopping with her parents, wanders off in an antique store. She finds herself locked in the shop's back room where she discovers a mysterious door that opens to many different places and times.

 

Animation

 

 

 

BLUE

8  Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Katelyn Bianchini, Asia Lancaster, Rena Cheng, Directors

Orange, CA 

 

 

 

Synopsis: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

 

 

 

GREEN ACRES

6  Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Jason Beck, Director

Orange, CA 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A parched tortoise wanders through a vast desert desperately in search of water. He comes across an oasis only to find that trespassers are unwelcome. Somehow he must slip past the defenses to quench his thirst.

 

 

 

GROUNDED

7  Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Monica Stefanelli, Director

Orange, CA 

 

 

 

Synopsis: The story of a baby elephant who wants to jump like the other animals. The only problem is elephants are the only mammals who cannot 

 

 

 


WINNER      BEST ANIMATION

LIGHT ME UP

9  Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Derek Dolecheck, Ryan Walton Directors

Orange, CA 

 

 

 

Synopsis:  Meet the Wattsons. They're spending some quality time together. In this short film, animation and live-action are combined to tell a story about a  of light bulbs.

 

 

 

MY LIGHT HAS GONE

10  Min   USA   CHAPMAN/DODGE

 

Jason Kummerfeldt,  Directors

Orange, CA 

 

 

Synopsis:  A story about a man who's job it is to make light bulbs. His relationship with his wife causes him to sink into a depression that disables his ability to do his work.

 

Screenplays

 

 

A CLASH OF IRON   USA

 

Richard Reed, Writer

Riverside, CA

 

Synopsis:  Two super weapons--the Monitor and the Merrimack--battle each other in a naval engagement that could decide the outcome of the Civil War in A Clash Of Iron.

 

 

 

 

 

SANDBOX COORDINATES        USA

 

Sheila Watson, Co-Writer

Tony Watson, Co-Writer

Johns Island, SC

 

Synopsis: 

A discovery in the Iraqi desert pits a jaded Naval Intelligence agent against an embittered admiral and a rash seminarian, shattering all their core beliefs.

 

 

 

 

WINNER     BEST SCREENPLAY

CLUB BONG SON                       USA

 

Tom Bixby, Writer

St. Helena Island, SC

 

Synopsis: Heart pounding emotional roller coaster ride through the war experiences of naive nineteen

year old, Tommy Shumaker.  The Vietnam War, not as a moral dilemma, but as a personal battle

for survival and sanity.  Club Bong Son... this ain't Club Med!

 

 

HELL AND HALLELUJAH!    USA               

 

Margaret Ford Rogers, Co-Writer

Shaytee Gadson , Co-Writer

Charleston, SC

 

 

 

Synopsis: Martee Ravenel is growing up in a world of turmoil, scandal and prayer. His alcoholic and womanizing father is also the first Black Mayor of a small, rural South Carolina town. His mother is a Jesus freak, who makes Hallelujah oil and prays long and loudly to save her family and community. Amidst pain, politics and sin, Martee strives to keep his family together and understand the harsh realities of his world.

 

 

 

 

LOST CAUSE                  USA

 

David Schroeder, Writer

Miami, FL

 

 

Synopsis: 

Medically retired Naval explosive expert, PETER 'PETE BERGER' GERSTENBERGER, has a defective heart and an implanted heart defibrillator. He says, 'After twenty years being married to the U.S. Navy, they could have pinned a medal on my chest, but instead I got mine implanted.'

 

  

 

 

 

 

MINT CONDITIONS                   USA

 

Gary Weeks -Writer

Roswell, GA

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Cole likes his relationships like he likes his baseball cards: In perfect mint condition, safely tucked away in their protective pages. But on the verge of weaseling his way out of his engagement, an opportunity to meet his childhood hero propels him possibly change the way he thinks.

 

 

 

 

THE LIFE SHIFT              USA

 

Marcia Chandler Rhea -Writer

Charleston, SC

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: 

Amidst a world ravished by an unknown disease, a young female doctor forges an unlikely alliance with a latter-day prophet to expose its source. Along the way, she manages to reconcile her scientific training with her new found faith.

 

 

Best Actor

Daniel R. Jones (Last Night at the Ellington

Max Gail (The Frontier)

Ted Levine (Dig Two Graves)   WINNER

Mike Nussbaum (Nostalgic)

Chris White  (Cinema Purgatorio)

Best Actress

Traysie Amick (Cinema Purgatorio)

Katharyn Grant (Wrong Side Up)

Lacy Marie Meyer (Suck It Up Buttercup)

WINNER

Susan Ruttan ( The Quota)

Corsia Wilson ( The Lengths)

Best Director

Hunter Adams (Dig Two Graves)

WINNER

Malindi Fickle (Suck It Up Buttercup)

Geoffrey Gunn (Last Night at the Ellington

Henry Darrow McComas ( Wrong Side Up)

Evan Vetter  ( Times Like Dying)

Best Comedy

A Great Personality is Only Skin Deep

CombustiBILLY

Love Sick Lonnie

Cinema Purgatorio        WINNER

The Quota

Last Night at the Ellington

The Lengths