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Phoenix Run "Home": US, Washington
• 9 min• 

Taking place in a dystopian future where everyone is infected with a deadly nano virus, A street smart smuggler Marky is on the run from a crooked super hero and his infected henchmen. Marky flee's to the only family he's ever known, former superhero Ma Jones AKA Thunder.

10:00 am Academy Theater

Sight Picture: USA
Short • 10 min

After her house is vandalized a woman stays home from work to find a way to feel safe. Her solution has unexpected consequences.

I Love New York, USA, NY

Short • 11min • 

In a city where everyone's got an angle, how does you survive? After an NYC first-timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city's pitfalls. But nothing's free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself. 

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Academy Theater -Friday, March 31st 2017

The Unwilling, USA

Feature 84 minutes

Six family members arrive for the reading of the will of a wealthy patriarch. All are shocked when an antique wooden box arrives instead. The instructions are simple: one by one the six in attendance must prick their fingers on steel pins which appear from the box to open it and receive their rewards. Once their blood is drawn however events take a turn for the worse as they release a sinister evil no one may leave alive.

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Dependent's Day: US, Chicago
Comedy• Drama• 90 min• 

Claimed as a 'dependent' by his successful breadwinning girlfriend Alice, Cam struggles to prove himself as he stumbles through different jobs and life's obstacles in the hopes to live out his Hollywood dream and finally rise to the occasion. "Dependent's Day" is a hilarious, heartfelt, authentic relationship comedy about the adventures of being in love and making it work. Click picture to watch the trailer.

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2011 Festival Award Winners

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Mendez Award winner 2012

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It's important to us to keep our tickets reasonably priced tickets are $7 or a daytime film and $10 for an evening feature. We're waging a war against the middleman markups that so frequently occur in this industry.  You can also purchase tickets the day of the show at each venue. Just know that seating is limited, and we can't guarantee availability for more popular films. If you have purchased tickets online just save your receipt on your phone or save a hard copy at the door! For all Day Pass and 3-Day All Festival passes please present receipt at the door!

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 2:20PM Short Films/The Unwilling

Pregnant Pause, UK: Maryland Premiere

Short • 13 min 6 sec • Comedy, Drama 
Pee. Wait. Panic. Steph is in a happy, long-term relationship, but now she might be pregnant she has no idea what she wants.

Nick's Van: USA, California

Drama • 17 min •

​A man's personal journey takes a slight detour when he unexpectedly travels with a prostitute having a bad day.

Insubordination: Maryland Filmmaker
Animation• Comedy 10 min • 

​When an employee of a gun factory is accused of being insensitive to his colleagues, he is forced to endure a cavalcade of anomalous characters for the sake of keeping his job. Will he survive? And what about the children? Are they going to be okay? For the love of god, I hope so. 

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Laura Gets a Cat: USA, NJ
Feature• Drama • Romance •82 min

Laura, an unemployed writer in New York City, has a boyfriend who provides little excitement and two best friends who seem to have achieved all their hopes and dreams, if only to spite her. Good thing she lives mostly inside her head, daydreaming about all the wonderful things happening in her imaginary life. After she starts an affair with Ian, a performance artist-slash-coffee shop barista, real life proves too complicated. She packs up a suitcase and moves to a small beach town in North Carolina, only to find out that peace of mind is not necessarily found by chasing it.

12:10 pm Academy Theater

Unconditional: Australia Finalist

Student• 14 min•

A young boy retreats into fantasy in order to escape his broken home life after his mother's death.

Death Metal: USA, Texas

Short • 5 min • 

A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.

Shoot Me Nicely: USA, NY
Short• 19 min• 

Photographer Sean Wheeler is searching for a lucrative celebrity photo to re-launch his career. After being laid off from his dream job and losing his supermodel girlfriend his life has hit rock bottom. An opportunity presents itself for Sean to prove he has what it takes... but will he succeed?

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Lost Indie Mix: US, Maryland Filmmaker
Comedy• Drama• 21 min• 

An aspiring actor auditions for a film role that goes against what he typically would be cast for.Type your paragraph here.

Dog: USA, Nevada 

Drama • 13 min • 

​An angry young man decides to exact vengeance for Islamic extremist terrorism by threatening an innocent Arab neighbor and his dog.

Crashing: USA, California

Drama• Romance• 16 min•

An estranged husband and wife find themselves spending one final night together to decide whether to stay together or end their marriage.

Aurora Leonard -known for Limitless (2015), The Affair (2014) and Deadbeat (2014).

Eric Tiede -known for his work on Grimm (2011), Hollywood Heights (2012) and Kickin' It (2011). See full bio »