Hear, Touch, Smell, Speak, Live. Five stories for one film, five characters facing their disabilities.
A young Jewish man must choose between tradition and true love when his rabbi father forbids further contact with his secret love interest, a young black woman.
An Ecstatic Experience: USA
An invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.
Smell, But I Love You-Japan
Movie • 23 min 25 sec • Comedy, Drama, Romance
What would you do if your girlfriend had bad breath?
Driving While Black: USA
Driving While Black is a dark comedy, based on the police experiences of a black kid From LA.
Dimitri delivers Pizzas for a living – but as a young black man he is faced with drama from the cops while navigating the city on the daily.
We see the psychology behind Dimitri’s attitude towards the police through piercing flashbacks to his prior experiences with the cops and how he maneuvers in the streets now.
Bed Time Story: USA
Movie • 7 min 40 sec • Horror, Thriller
Past her bedtime, a stubborn young girl impatiently waits for her overworked father to return home from work and read her a bedtime story; a story which becomes more than expected.
River presents a unique perspective on the exquisite beauty that is present in infinite abundance when one focuses attention on the intimate motions of river water and its animated reflections and refractions of sunlight and sky.
The Mother: Italian-American filmmaker based in New York.
When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband's death.
Movie • 14 min • Drama
Emily's mind rages against a trauma induced coma. She must fight a battle grounded in memory and pain to heal herself and reconnect with her partner.
Roman Citizen-Italy, USA
Made For Video • 40 min • Drama, Crime, Action
Reality is not always as it appears. Criminal intent is not always as simple as we perceive it.
Territorial Behavior: Ireland
Territorial Behavior tells the story of Bailey Rhodes - a survival specialist with over ten years of wilderness and outdoors experience - who ventures into a remote area of Montana to shoot a wilderness video, only to come to the malicious attentions of some violent poachers who may be protecting a dark secret. Unfortunately for Rhodes, however, his troubles are only beginning as he quickly realizes he may have something even more malevolent than these crazed hunters to contend with...
Actress Kerry Cahill (TERMINATOR GENISYS, FREE STATE OF JONES (with Mathew McConaughey coming in May)
"Promise Me": USA
An emotionally charged social drama in which a once flourishing woman, now at the end of her life, struggles to ensure that her recently reconciled son does not make the same mistakes that she did.
The Holy Cave-Spain
Movie • 15 min 20 sec • Comedy
The story of a high school boy that would do anything in order to get the girl that he truly loves. Even if 'anything' means to destroy his own life as he used to know...
Death on a Rock: USA
a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) bright outlook – she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend – is rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This vibrantly shot tale follows Lillian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity.
A glimpse of an American family, in a moment of tension and crisis, struggling under the weight of a deep dark secret.
God Bless America: USA
Movie • 7 min 42 sec • Drama
A woman finds her own way to stay in a country that doesn’t welcome her.
The Right Person for the Job: French (English Subtitles)
Jean, a recent unemployed 55-year waiting feverishly to pass for the first time
in an interview job center. What he does not know is that Remi, his old
counselor 30 years hot temperament, wants to end his work day quickly. They
were made for each other.…
Mother of Sorrows: USA
Movie • 23 min 36 sec • Drama, Thriller, Mystery
A thriller, set in the 1950s, about a sickly woman who begins to realize her husband isn't the man she thought he was.
Movie • 6 min 54 sec • Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
A wife trapped and struggling to escape her mental prison, where she is haunted by her Nemesis, who murders her deaf-mute husband, the man who she had hurt.
Winged Warriors: UK
A story of war, fear, courage and leadership from the First World War front line when the survival of the last of a platoon of soldiers who reach the enemy trenches depends on their messenger pigeons.
Movie • 22 min 27 sec • Family, Drama
What if an apology took 100 years to reach you? Michio witnesses his father having an affair. He waits for an apology, but the father dies before they can reconcile. After the funeral, a letter is discovered. It lands into the hands of Michio’s wife who decides to wait until Michio’s unforgiveness dissipates. He rejects the letter without reading it, and it ends up inside a time capsule that Michio’s children are playfully preparing. Decades go by. Michio, now old, searches for the time capsule. This is a story of a tragedy and its mending that lasts 100 years.
As an American ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Hit & Run: USA
After a car accident disrupts their plans, two low level drug dealers scramble to dispose of the evidence only to discover their unwitting victim may be far more dangerous than they first imagined.
We Remember Moments: Norway: Finalist Best Student
Pétur is a teenage boy who is haunted by the family past and struggles socially. He escapes reality through taking pictures. One day he takes a picture that changes everything.
Movie • 11min • Horror, Thriller
Movie • 14 min 22 sec • Drama
Aggressively persuaded by his foul-mouthed, mischievous friends, a timid high school student reluctantly embarks on a night of drinking and partying leading to circumstances that can't be undone, but one underlying factor reveals the truth behind his actions.
Another Empty Space: Brazil
Movie • 8 min 6 sec • Drama, Romance
In the winter of Berlin two ex-lovers meet for the first time since parting ways.
Movie • 14 min 59 sec • Drama
Sometimes the right man for the job isn't a man.
Movie Times and Information
Opening night Celebrities Include:
A-List director Joe Carnahan
Deep Run: USA
EP Susan Sarandon's DEEP RUN is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole Ray Davis is a young trans man who uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
Crying Wolf: UK
A teenager searches for her missing friend and finally trusts in others, risking her own chances of survival and that of her friend. A psychological thriller produced in the UK that follows ALEX, an 18-year-old girl who refuses to let others help her but begins the search for her missing friend.
Movie • 8 min 43 sec • Family, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Completed September 2015
Avo tells the story of an Iranian Armenian boy who experiences the notion of death when his grandfather dies. Being neglected by the grown ups that surround him at the funeral, he finds a way to stay in touch with his grandfather from beyond the grave.
The Autumn Waltz-USA
Movie • 13 min 44 sec • Drama
It was fifty years ago that Woody and Carol Ann went on their first date. They fell in love on the dance floor that night, the beginning of a lifetime of memories that they’ve shared together. But all that changes when Woody realizes that the woman he’s loved for all these years doesn’t remember him anymore.
Run Time 1 hour 46 min.
The Boy Who Couldn't Swim: USA
Rasmus arrives in Copenhagen determined to find his mother whom he has never met. Having just arrived at Copenhagen Central Station Rasmus is approached by Nicklas who wants Rasmus to help him by keeping a stolen IPod. Rasmus does so and to return the favor Nicklas offers to give Rasmus a ride to his mother's house. Reluctantly Rasmus accepts the offer and that kicks off a day that holds lots of fun and reveals hidden feelings.
Modern Man is Beat Run Time 1 hour 30 Min.
Time 1 hour 11min.
Broke: Australia: Finalist Best Foreign
Movie • 1 hr 34 min • Drama
A disgraced sports star and gambling addict attempts to turn his life around with the support of his number one fan.
Nathan East: For the Record:
Nathan East For The Record is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album (released in March) spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com.
Left on Purpose: USA
Movie • 1 hr 24 min • Drama, History, Biography
Left on Purpose is a feature length documentary film exploring the friendship between a filmmaker and his subject, Mayer Vishner, an aging New York Yippie who announces, six months into filming a portrait of him, that his last political act will be to take his own life.
THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT-USA
Movie • 17 min 12 sec • Drama, Thriller
In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan sells his guitar and reconciles with his wife.
Starring Academy Award®-winner Mo'Nique (Precious), Interwoven is a drama exploring the human condition and the search for connection. Inspired by true stories of people struggling with love, loss, addiction, homelessness, and suicide, Director VW Scheich weaves together 13 captivating stories to create one compelling tale of how strangers can impact our lives in unimagined ways, thus revealing the fragile ties which bind us all as everyone searches for their meaning of life.
Anxiety #5: Canada
Movie • 5 min 35 sec • Drama, Thriller
A man's fate is sealed within a Brooklyn tenement housing bathroom in 1983.
Movie • 20 min • Drama, Thriller
Salva is a shy teenager who is devoted to his separated mother whom he lives with. On his birthday, his father passes by to collect him to spend the afternoon together.
A Children's Song: USA
Movie • 26 min 36 sec • Drama
When two students competing for a music scholarship discover that their original compositions are based on a single family song, both are determined to prove ownership, leading them to uncover the long lost true origin of the melody: a story of salvation and hope when over 20,000+ Jews emigrated to Shanghai during WWII.
Children's Song Run Time 1 hr. 12
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My Best Friend, Ben: USA (Maryland Premiere)
My Best Friend, Ben follows two best friends: Ben and Zo living in Los Angeles roughly a year after they have both simultaneously endured life changing heartbreaks. When Ben's ex- girlfriend returns unannounced they find themselves at polar ends of the spectrum when it comes to approaching love, and are both forced to confront their demons.
ies Run Time 2:00
Actress Ann Mahoney
(THE WALKING DEAD)
untime 1 hour 31 min.
Chi_Voices: A Poetic Film: USA
Spoken word artists creatively express their thoughts and ideas about the youth violence, specifically occurring in Chicago, through poetry & film.
3000: Greece, Australia
Movie • 19 min 59 sec • Drama
Athens, Greece. An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer
secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments.
James "Badge" Dale who plays "Tyrone Rone Woods" in the film will be in attendance for the opening night feature.
s he Last Vanish, We Remember Moments Run Time 1 hour 48 Min.
Scott Gardenhour, Executive Producer of 13 Hours will be in attendance. He is receiving this year's Nora Roberts Foundation Award given to the most accomplished filmmakers, writers, artists that hail from Maryland.
Movie • 25 min 26 sec • Animation, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy, Music, Adventure
The new nightwatchman must lead a midnight search for a child that's been kidnapped by a mysterious creature.
A man in jail finds God and asks his son for forgiveness but is karma about to catch up with him before he can seek redemption.