Anaheim International Film Fest Announces Films for Debut

Posted in film festivals by johnwildman on September 28, 2010

THE ANAHEIM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FOR ITS INAUGURAL EVENT

MULTIPLE OPENING NIGHT FILMS INCLUDE “WILD TARGET,” “GOING VERTICAL,” “MONICA & DAVID,” “SIXTEEN CANDLES” AND “SUMMER WARS”

“INHALE” TO BE CLOSING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

FESTIVAL WILL HONOR DIRECTOR JONATHAN LYNN AND HECTOR ELIZONDO

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

ANAHEIM, CA (September 26, 2010)—The Anaheim International Film Festival today announced a Grand Opening Night Gala event on Wednesday, October 13 featuring five feature films and a collection of film shorts to launch an ambitious program of films, filmmaker panels and gala events over the course of the inaugural edition of the five-day festival (October 13-17) at UltraStar Cinemas at Anaheim GardenWalk.

Representing the diversity of the lineup of films set for AIFF, film goers will participate in the festivities and see featured films including Jonathan Lynn’s WILD TARGET, the United States premiere of Academy Award nominee David Bradbury’s GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION, Alexandra Codina’s MONICA & DAVID, Mamoru Hosoda’s SUMMER WARS, a special Shorts Presentation and a special presentation of John Hughes’ classic SIXTEEN CANDLES, honoring the late director.

The Gala evening will feature red carpet entrances at the Anaheim GardenWalk, screenings at UltraStar Cinemas and an after party in the beautiful Anaheim GardenWalk Courtyard.

AIFF will feature 127 feature films and shorts.

Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman of the Anaheim International Film Festival, said, “The screening of multiple films on Opening Night enables us to welcome a larger audience of Orange County movie goers and shine the spotlight on more of our talented filmmakers. This is an ideal way to introduce our festival and the impressive variety of films we intend to offer. Our team has worked very hard to deliver a world-class film program that will establish the AIFF as a valuable platform for emerging filmmakers and long-term addition to the festival circuit.”

The Opening Night Gala films include:

WILD TARGET (representing narrative films)

Directed by Jonathan Lynn and featuring the all-star cast of Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Eileen Atkins, Martin Freeman and Gregor Fisher, WILD TARGET is an action comedy about a middle-aged, solitary assassin who lives to please his formidable mother, despite his own peerless reputation for lethal efficiency. His professional routine is interrupted when he finds himself drawn to one of his intended victims – a beautiful thief. He spares her life, unexpectedly acquiring in the process a young apprentice. Believing the assassin to be a private detective, his two new companions tag along, while he attempts to thwart the murderous attentions of his unhappy client.

MONICA & DAVID (representing documentaries)

Directed by first time filmmaker Alexandra Codina, MONICA AND DAVID explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs.  Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have:  an independent life.  Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film weaves together intimate footage with personal interviews, revealing the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, who worry about rejection from the mainstream world, have trouble letting go. Although marriage is very unusual for adults with intellectual disabilities, throughout the film Monica and David become a model for love and challenge what it means to be an adult. The film premieres nationally on HBO October 14.

GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION (representing Wild Blue: The AIFF Sports Showcase)

Directed by David Bradbury, the documentary seeks to unravel one of surfing’s great mysteries: Who started the Shortboard Revolution? Filmed in Australia, Hawaii and California and featuring extraordinary archival footage of surf legends of the past four decades as well as the hottest surfers today, GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION is not your usual surfing film. Set to a pumping soundtrack including tracks by Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Spoon and Boards of Canada plus iconic artists from the summer of love including Manfred Man, Russell Morris and Thunderclap Newman, the film tells the story of an era, of a revolution and the extraordinary characters that made it happen. The film is narrated by Simon Baker.

SUMMER WARS (representing animation)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, the animated adventure focuses on ‘Kenji Koiso,’ an eleventh grade math genius, following his decision to take a summer job at the Nagano hometown of his crush, ‘Natuski.’ When he arrives, he finds that her family has reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of the family matriarch and he must pretend to be her fiancé. As if that isn’t enough to contend with, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation has caused a parallel world’s collision with earth.

SIXTEEN CANDLES (Special Presentation)

John Hughes’ classic comedy stars Molly Ringwald as a fifteen-year-old girl with a crush on the most popular boy in school. However, standing between her and the boy is the geekiest boy in school with a crush on her, her big sister’s wedding, a visit by inappropriate grandparents, and on top of it all – the indignity of having the rest of her family forget her birthday. Add all this adds up to the makings of a hilarious and unforgettable journey into young womanhood. The film also stars Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Justin Henry, John Cusack and Joan Cusack.

OPENING NIGHT SHORTS SELECTIONS

This exclusive presentation salutes some of today’s best and brightest shorts filmmakers. Representing most of the various styles that will play over the course of the film festival, the films include Joshua and Rebekah Weigel’s BUTTERFLY CIRCUS; Max Lang’s and Jakob Schuh’s THE GRUFFALO; Iram Haq’s LITTLE MISS EYEFLAP; Natalia Mirzoyan’s MY CHILDHOOD MYSTERY TREE; Lilli Birdsell’s ONCE UPON A CRIME; James Redford’s QUALITY TIME, starring Jason Patric; Cordell Barker’s RUNAWAY; and Peter Meech’s WINNER BEST SHORT FILM.

Closing Night Gala presentation:

INHALE

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, the dramatic thriller stars Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez and Jordi Molla. The story follows the horrific struggle a couple go through upon discovering their daughter has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease. Needing a lung transplant, but with many patients ahead of her on the waiting list for donors, they seek out a mysterious doctor who performs transplants in Juarez, Mexico. However, in the course of their pursuit, they uncover an illegal organ harvesting operation where the donors are in fact, the victims and now they may have to choose between saving the life of their daughter or saving the lives of many other children.
AIFF Awards Night Celebration:

AIFF will truly turn the spotlight on the filmmakers and film fans alike with an Awards Night Celebration on Saturday, October 16 with an exclusive red carpet experience at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Presented by Disneyland Resort, the awards gala will honor film industry icons with Lifetime and Career Achievement Awards for outstanding work and contributions to motion pictures. The dinner and awards presentation will be capped off with a VIP showing of “World of Color,” the new nighttime water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park weaving water, color, fire and light into a kaleidoscope of fantasy and imagination.

Jonathan Lynn and Hector Elizondo will be presented with the first Anaheim Film Honors awards during the AIFF Awards Night Celebration.

Jonathan Lynn is perhaps best known for MY COUSIN VINNY (1992), a critical and commercial hit that garnered an Academy Award for Marisa Tomei. In addition, he has delivered a signature series of comedies highlighted by films like NUNS ON THE RUN (1990) with Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane. That film won the Golden Cane Award at the Festival de Comedie in Switzerland. His 1993 film, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN (1992), starring Eddie Murphy won a Special Award from the Political Film Society, as well as the Environmental Media Award. His other films include the ensemble comedy, CLUE (1985); GREEDY (1994) starring Michael J. Fox and Kirk Douglas; SGT. BILKO (1996) starring Steve Martin; TRIAL AND ERROR (1997); THE WHOLE NINE YARDS (2000) starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry; and THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS (2003).

Hector Elizondo is considered by Garry Marshall to be a “good luck charm”, having starred in 12 features for the comedy legend – notably PRETTY WOMAN (1990) which earned Elizondo a Golden Globe nomination, RUNAWAY BRIDE (1999), THE PRINCESS DIARIES films (2001, 2004) and most recently with VALENTINE’S DAY (2010). A stalwart character actor who has moved effortlessly from films to television for six decades, additional key films are THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974), THE FAN (1981), THE FLAMINGO KID (1984), NOTHING IN COMMON (1986), FRANKIE AND JOHNNY (1991) and TORTILLA SOUP (2001). Elizondo has also been a regular presence on television, staring in classic and critically acclaimed series such as “All in the Family,” “Columbo,” “Kojak,” and “The Rockford Files,” to “Chicago Hope” (for which he won an Emmy Award), “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Monk.”

“Jonathan Lynn’s films are crowd pleasers – pure and simple,” said AIFF Executive Director Jo Moulton. “Jonathan has melded that unique British comic sensibility with a light directing touch that has inspired some of the funniest onscreen moments from many of our biggest stars. And Hector Elizondo is one of the most beloved character actors of our time. In fact, his collaboration with Garry Marshall on their classic comedies alone would qualify him for the highest recognition. We think Jonathan and Hector are wonderful choices as our very first honorees as they exemplify the connection of artist to film fan that we will strive to celebrate at the Anaheim International Film Festival.”

Also announced is the complete schedule for AIFF. In its first year, the Festival’s programming includes an impressive selection of films with sections dedicated to sports, cult films and a celebration of Mexico (with respect to that country’s bicentennial) along with a thoughtful, eclectic roster of films from around the world. The combination of the film slate and a planned series of filmmaker panels along with dedicated discussions and presentations on New Media point to the ambitions and far-reaching outlook that AIFF is demonstrating in just its first edition.

Commenting on this year’s lineup, Director of Programming Matt Bolish said, “When we began to think about the program that we would like to see presented at the first AIFF, it occurred to our team that we had a very rare opportunity: to build from the ground up, to revel in one of the cornerstones of any festival experience – the discovery. It became our goal to create a slate of films that when fully realized would offer a wide range of cinematic choices present throughout the festival. We would achieve this by bringing in favorites from the festival circuit and films from at home and abroad that for one reason or another have been overlooked.”

AIFF 2010’s overall lineup will showcase a total of 47 features and 80 shorts for a total of 127 films from 30 different countries.

The breakdown by section is Galas & Special Presentations (4), Competition (7), Mexico Hoy (4), New Cult (5), Wild Blue: Extreme Sports Showcase (4), Animator (3), New Media (2), The State of the World (11), Framing the Real (7) and International Shorts (80).

The inaugural Anaheim International Film Festival runs Oct. 13-17, 2010 at UltraStar Cinemas at the Anaheim GardenWalk. Passes are now on sale and tickets go on sale, Friday, October 1. To purchase tickets for individual screenings, one-day film passes, all access passes and/or workshop passes, please visit www.ultrastarmovies.com. To purchase AIFF Awards Night tickets or tables, please visit www.anaheimfilm.org.  For more information, please call (714) 991-9110.

The 2010 Anaheim International Film Festival’s complete lineup follows:

GALAS & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

INHALE (Narrative) USA/Iceland

DIR: Baltasar Kormakur

PROD: Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Jennifer Kelly, Nathalie Marciano

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Rosanna Arquette, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez, Jordi Molla

MONICA & DAVID (Documentary) USA

DIR: Alexandra Codina

PROD: Deborah Dickson

SIXTEEN CANDLES (Narrative) (1984) USA

DIR: John Hughes

PROD: Hilton A. Green

Cast: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Paul Dooley, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Justin Henry, Gedde Watanabe

WILD TARGET (Narrative) USA

DIR: Jonathan Lynn

PROD: Michael Pope, Michael Rose

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy

COMPETITION

AIFF’s competition section speaks to the range of choices present throughout the festival. Narrative films stand next to documentaries in recognition of the fact that good stories told well, be they fiction or fact, are what the Anaheim International Film Festival is all about. The competition section offers a selection of feature films that highlight the best and brightest new talents from around the globe.

CANARY (Narrative) USA

DIR: Alejandro Adams

PROD:  Marya Murphy, Alejandro Adams, Amanda Davis

Cast: Carla Pauli, Eli Kramer, Larissa Kasian, Jennifer Latch, Galen Howard, Justin McClure, Marya Murphy, David Menashe, Chloe Latch

COLD WATER OF THE SEA (Narrative) Costa Rica/France/Spain/Netherlands/Mexico

DIR: Paz Fabrega

PROD: Jean des Forets, Paz Fabrega

Cast: Montserrat Fernandez, Lil Quesada Morua, Freddy Chavarria, Annette Villalobos, Luis Carlos Bogantes

COLONY (Documentary) Ireland

DIR: Carter Gunn, Ross McDonnell

PROD: Morgan Bushe, Macdara Kelleher

GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (Narrative) USA

DIR: Damien Chazelle

PROD: W.A.W. Parker, Arleen McGlade, J. Mark Inman, Mihai Dinulescu, Jasmine McGlade

Cast: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia, Sandha Khin, Andre Hayward

I’M IN TROUBLE! (Narrative) South Korea

DIR: So Sang-min

PROD: Song Hyeok-jo

Cast: Min Seong-wook, Lee Seung-jun, Jeong Ji-yeon, Kim Ju-ryeong

THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE (Narrative) India

DIR: Laximikant Shetgaonkar

PROD: National Film Development Corporation

Cast: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Vasanth Josalkar, Deepak Amonkar

ONE DAY LESS (Documentary) Mexico

DIR/PROD: Dariela Ludlow

PROD: Issa Guerra

MEXICO HOY

AIFF 2010 proudly offers this special spotlight section celebrating the Mexico of today in honor of our neighboring nation’s bicentennial.

9 MONTHS, 9 DAYS (Documentary) Mexico

DIR:  Ozcar Ramirez Gonzalez

PROD: Estrella Araiza Briseño, Sandra Paredes Orihuela, Ozcar Ramírez González, Ixchel Coutiño Angulo, Trisha Ziff

CIRCO (Documentary) USA/Mexico

DIR/PROD: Aaron Schock

PROD: Sally Jo Fifer, Jannat Gargi

PERPETUUM MOBILE (Narrative) Canada/Mexico

DIR: Nicolas Pereda

PROD: Catarina Coyoacan, Nicolás Pereda

Cast: Francisco Barreiro, Gabino Rodríguez, Teresa Sánchez

THE TOLEDO REPORT (Documentary) Mexico

DIR: Albino Alvarez Gomez

PROD: Germaine Gomez Haro

Subjects/Appearances in film: Francisco Toledo, Carlos Monsivais, Elena Poniatowska, Roberto Doniz, Peter Bramsen

NEW CULT

This section provides a survey of the best and most provocative genre material hitting the festival circuit. These films chill the spine, tickle the funny bone and provide an alternative cinematic feast for the brain.

BEST WORST MOVIE (Documentary) USA

DIR: Michael Paul Stephenson

PROD: Lindsay Rowles Stephenson, Michael Paul Stephenson, Brad Klopman, Jim McKeon, Mary Francis Groom, Ace Goerig

Subject/Appearances in film: George Hardy, Claudio Fragasso, Margo Prey, Jason Steadman, Darren Ewing

BROKEN SPRINGS: SHINE OF THE UNDEAD ZOMBIE BASTARDS (Narrative) USA

DIR: Neeley Lawson

PROD: Neeley Lawson

Cast: Teaque Quillin, Travis Moody, Brandon Jenkins, George Segal, Shannon Wallen, Ashley B. Maupin, Debra L. Young, Chris Cutler, Jacob Moore, Debbie Green, John L. Altom, Scott Parker, Jake Lawson, Jeff Bobo. Narrator: Teaque Quillin

MANDRILL (Narrative) Chile

DIR: Ernesto Diaz Espinoza

PROD: Derek Rundell

Cast: Marko Zaror, Celine Reymond, Alejandro Castillo, Luis Alarcon, Augusto Schuster, Mauricio Cespedes

PHASMA EX MACHINA (Narrative) USA

DIR: Matt Osterman

PROD: Jennifer Kramer

Cast: Sasha Andreev, Matthew Feeney, Max Hauser, Emily Fradenburgh, Ellen Karsten, Katrina Hawley, Laurie King, Ted Hall, Corey Walton, Bill Gorman, Carol Vnuk

SKELETONS (Narrative) United Kingdom

DIR: Nick Whitfield

PROD: Suzanne Alizart, Robbie Allen, Anna Seifert-Speck, Tracy Brimm, Kate Myers, Paul Welsh

Cast: Andrew Buckley, Ed Gaughan, Jason Isaacs, Paprika Steen, Tuppence Middleton, Josef Whitfield

WILD BLUE: THE AIFF SPORTS SHOWCASE

AIFF shines a spotlight on the films that explore and celebrate extreme sports, including Surfing, Off-Road Racing, Skating, and Biking. With exciting up close and personal footage of the sports themselves, as well as a series of conversations with the men and women who have innovated each sport and thrilled us with their skills, we are offered a unique look at this adrenaline-fueled world.

THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR (Documentary) USA

DIR: Jeff Tremaine

PROD: Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville

Subjects/Appearances in film: Mat Hoffman, Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Dave Mirra, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way

FULLY FLARED/THE MAKING OF FULLY FLARED (Documentary) USA

DIR: Ty Evans, Cory Weincheque, Spike Jonze

PROD: Spike Jonze, Kevin Dunlap, Brian Dunlap, Tim Gavin, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll, Eric Koston, Megan Baltimore

Subjects/Appearances in film: Mike Mo Capaldi, Anthony Pappalardo, Jesus Fernandez, Nick Jensen, Danny Brady, Lucas Puig, JJ Rousseau, JB Gillet, Cairo Foster, Alex Olson, Rick Howard, Mike Carroll,  Brandon Biebel, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, Marc Johnson

GOING VERTICAL: THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION (Documentary) Australia/USA

DIR: David Bradbury

PROD: Robert Raymond, Leah Wright

Subject/Appearances in film: Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer, Simon Baker, Kelly Slater, Mike Hynson, Skip Frye, Mick Fanning, Bob Cooper, Stephanie Gilmore, Duke Kahanamoku, Gerry Lopez, Sean Matteson, Mickey Munoz, Greg Noll, Rennie Yater, Nat Young, Wayne Lynch

THE ROOF OF AFRICA (Documentary) New Zealand

DIR: Jeff Pakosta

PROD: Grant Wheeler

Subjects/Appearances in film: Chris Birch, Kyle Redmond, Jade Gutzeit, Louwrens Mahoney, Andreas Lettenbichler

RE: ANIMATOR

Showcasing the talents of the masters of the craft of animation – be it traditional 2D, computer graphics, or stop motion – these films represent the best of the best from around the world.

MARS (Narrative) USA

DIR: Geoff Marslett

PROD: Anish Savjani, Robert Howell, Geoff Marslett, Javier Bonafont

Cast: Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Cynthia Watros, Michael Dolan, Liza Weil, James Kochalka, Howe Gelb, Kinky Friedman Don Hertzfeldt

SUMMER WARS (Narrative) Japan

DIR: Maroru Hosoda

PROD: Takuya Ito, Yuichiro Saito, Nozomu Takahashi, Takashi Watanabe

Voices: Nanami Sakuraba, Ryonosuke Kamiki, Ayumu Saito, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji, Takahiro Yokokawa

THE UGLY DUCKLING (Narrative) Russia

DIR/PROD: Garry Bardin

Voices: Mikhail Turetski, Svetlana Stepchenko, Artem Dzhigarkhanian, Konstantin, Raikine, Vladimir Spivakov, Yulia Rutberg, Vladimir Katchan, Grigori Anachkin

NEW MEDIA

Programmed as a film component of AIFF’s planned New Media Expo and Market, this category will feature films that explore, discuss, highlight and actively incorporate New Media into the art of film.

THE CAT, THE REVEREND AND THE SLAVE (Documentary) France

DIR: Alain Della Negra, Kaori Kinoshita

PROD: Thierry Lounas

Appearances in the film: Patrick Teal, Benjamin L. Faust, Jennifer R. Faust, Krista Kenneth

urFRENZ (Narrative) USA

DIR: Jeff Phillips

PROD: Jana Winternitz

Cast: Lily Holleman, Gayla Goehl, Najarra Townsend, Michael Robert Kelly, CaroleAnne Johnson, James Maslow

STATE OF THE WORLD

This collection of films from around the world offers an uncompromising look at our planet and its people via the discerning eye of the camera’s lens. Discoveries, the works of true auteurs, and unvarnished portraits of real people populate this section.

AMERICAN BULLY (Narrative) USA

DIR: Dave Rodriguez

PROD: George M. Kostuch, Matt Keith, Dave Rodriguez

Cast: Matt O’Leary, Marshall Allman, Jonathan Halyalkar, Sam Murphy, Ross Britz, Meghan Stansfield, Brooke Johnson, John Savage, Dan Wells, Paul Ben-Victor, Natasha Henstridge

AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (Narrative) Malaysia/Hong Kong/South Korea

DIR: Ho Yuhang

PROD: Lorna Tee

Cast: Chui Tien-you, Wai Ying-hung, Jane Ng, Chew Kin-wah, Mandy Chong, Kenny Gan Chi-bing, Berg Lee, Lim Yee, Ben Chung, Yeo Yann Yann, Yasmin Ahmad, Hassan Muttalib

CHILDREN METAL DIVERS (Narrative) The Philippines

DIR: Ralston G. Jover

PROD: Albert Almendralejo, Bessie Badilla

Cast: Meljun Ginto, Vincent Olano, JR Olano, Gina Pareno, Ketchup Eusebio, Joe Gruta, Simon Ibarra

GOLD & COPPER (Narrative) Iran

DIR: Homayoun Asadian

PROD: Manouchehr Mohammadi

Cast: Negar Javaherian, Behrouz Shaibi, Javad Ezati, Sahar Dolatshahi, Mehran Rajabi, Reza Radmanesh, Aida Adelpour, Zahra Abbas Zargari

JUDGE (Narrative) China

DIR/PROD: Liu Jie

Cast: Ni Dahong, Mei Ting, Qi Dao, Zheng Zheng, Song Yingchun, Gao Qunshu

A LONELY PLACE FOR DYING (Narrative) USA

DIR: Justin Evans

PROD: Justin Evans, Brent Daniels, Ross Marquand

Cast: Michael Scovotti, Ross Marquand, Michael Wincott, James Cromwell

RUNNING AMONG THE CLOUDS (Narrative) Iran

DIR: Amin Farajpour

PROD: Ali Ghavitan

Cast: Amir Safiri, Nasim Adabi, Ali Salahi, Keivan Saketof

SAMSON & DELILAH (Narrative) Australia

DIR: Warwick Thornton

PROD: Kath Shelper

Cast: Marissa Gibson, Rowan McNamara, Mitjili Gibson, Scott Thornton

TINY FURNITURE (Narrative) USA

DIR: Lena Dunham

PROD: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

Cast: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe, Merritt Wever, Amy Seimetz, Alex Karpovsky, Jemima Kirke, David Call, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Garland Hunter, Isen Hunter

THE YANKLES (Narrative) USA

DIR: David Brooks

PROD: David Brooks, Zev Brooks, Cary Glieberman

Cast: Brian Wimmer, Bart Johnson, Don Most, Michael Buster, Susanne Sutchy, Kenneth Brown, Jesse Bennett

FRAMING THE REAL

An exciting collection of documentary films that explores the world as it is and as it was, this category puts extraordinary people, places, and events in perspective to their times. From the ins and outs of party politics to the politics of the family, these films will open your eyes not to characters but to real people whose lives and stories are nothing short of amazing.

BINGAI (Documentary) China

DIR/PROD: Feng Yan

Appearances in the film: Zhang Bingai, Zhang Yunjian, Zhang Changwen, Zhang Lingzhi, Xiong Yungang

LANDS (Documentary) Brazil

DIR: Maya Da-Rin

PROD: Sandra Werneck

LOWLANDS (Documentary) USA

DIR: Peter Thompson

PROD: Peter Thompson

Voices: Manon Krems-Koppenol, Jan F.M. Krems, Martinette Krems-Bok, Judith Feddes

A SMALL ACT (Documentary) USA

DIR: Jennifer Arnold

PROD: Jennifer Arnold, Patti Lee, Jeffrey Soros

SOUL BIRDS (Documentary) Germany

DIR: Thomas Riedelsheimer

PROD: Stefan Tolz, Thomas Riedelsheimer

Appearances in the film: Pauline Wolf, Richard Swiderski, Lenni Grabe

TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN (Documentary) Germany

DIR: Byambasuren Davaa

PROD: Beatrix Wesle, Byambasuren Davaa

UNDER THE BOARDWALK: THE MONOPOLY STORY (Documentary) USA

DIR: Kevin Tostado

PROD: Craig Bentley, Kevin Tostado

Appearances in the film: Hank Azaria, Matt McNally, Phil Orbanes

Narration: Zachary Levi

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

Featuring narrative, documentary, and animated films, these thematic programs offer dynamic discoveries as well as some of the most heralded and critically respected short films presented on the film festival circuit this year.

Role Playing Role Models (Program One):

THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A LION France

DIR: Alois Di Leo

CUTE COUPLE USA

DIR: Courtney Moorehead Balaker

DEATH IN CHARGE USA

DIR: Devi Snively

GUIGNOL USA

DIR: Dana Turken

MAROONED USA

DIR: Ryan Nagata

ONCE UPON A CRIME USA

DIR: Lilli Birdsell

PATROL USA

DIR: John Patton Ford

Unsolved Mysteries (Program Two):

THE ARMOIRE Canada

DIR: Jamie Travis

DAS BABY Germany

DIR: Falco Jagau

BOXER Australia

DIR: Michael Latham

THE ODDS United Kingdom

DIR: Paloma Baeza

ROSENHILL Sweden

DIR: Johan Lundborg, Johan Storm

Romance is Comedy (Program Three):

A JOKE USA

DIR: Andy Brown

ALWAYS A BRIDE USA

DIR: Danny Strauss

CHUM USA

DIR: Gavin Carlton

FLAT LOVE Spain

DIR: Andres Sans-Vincente

Narration: Isabella Rossellini

THE GODMOTHER USA

DIR: Lior Chefetz

THE GOD OF LOVE USA

DIR: Luke Matheny

KARMA’S A BITCH USA

DIR: Justin Tan

OBSESSION Estonia

DIR: Andrew Bond

Animation for Grown-ups (Program Four):

A LOST AND FOUND BOX OF HUMAN SENSATION Germany

DIR: Stefan Leuchtenberg, Martin Wallner

Cast: Joseph Fiennes

Narration: Sir Ian McKellen

ANIMAL LIFTING USA

DIR: Richard Fenwick

BAIT USA

DIR: Michael Moore

CHOMP USA

DIR: Jake Olimb

LET’S POLUTE USA

DIR: Geefwee Boedoe

THE LOST THING Austraila

DIR: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan

MAN AND CAT Australia

DIR: Adam Marr

WISDOM TEETH USA

DIR: Don Hertzfeldt

THE WONDER HOSPITAL USA

DIR: Beomsik Shim

Animation for Kids (Program Five):

THE GRUFFALO United Kingdom

DIR: Max Lang, Jacob Schuh  

Cast (Voices): Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson

HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP Canada

DIR: Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

Cast (Voices): Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED USA

DIR: Kyle Bell

ORMIE Canada

DIR: Rob Silvestri

ZERO Australia

DIR: Christopher Kezelos

Fantastic Journeys (Program Six):

THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS USA

DIR: Joshua Weigel

Cast: Eduardo Verastegui, Nick Vujicic

FATUM Spain

DIR: Pablo Millan

HOLE USA

DIR: Ben Saltzman

JUNKO’S SHAMISEN Canada

DIR: Sol Friedman

LITTLE MISS EYEFLAP Norway

DIR: Iram Haq

RUNAWAY Canada

DIR: Cordell Barker

SOMETIMES THE MOON IS VELVET United Kingdom

DIR: Tom Phillips

Out and About GLBT Shorts (Program Seven):

BEDFELLOWS USA

DIR: Pierre Stefanos

DEEP RED Israel

DIR: Eddie Tapero

GAYBY USA

DIR: Jonathan Lisecki

GAYSHARKTANK.COM USA

Cast: David Burtka, Miss Coco Peru

DIR: Guy Shalem

VIGILANT! HEALTHY! WHOLESOME! Australia

DIR: Lauren Anderson

YES MAN USA

DIR: Grant Reed

YOU MOVE ME USA

DIR: Gina Hirsch

Late Night Monster Show (Program Eight):

ALICE JACOBS IS DEAD USA

DIR: Alex Horwitz

Cast: Adrienne Barbeau

CULEBRA USA

DIR: Sean Carter

DRACULA’S DAUGHTERS VS. THE SPACE BRAINS USA

DIR: Frank Ippolito, Ezekiel Zabrowski

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris

LAND OF THE HEADS Canada

DIR: Claude Barras, Cedric Louis

OFF SEASON USA

DIR: Jonathan Van Tulleken

TINGLEWOOD Australia

DIR: Alexander Von Hofmann

Cast: Nathan Coenen

THE TWIN GIRLS OF SUNSET STREET Spain

DIR: Marc Riba, Anna Solanas

WINTER STALKER USA

DIR: Stephen Reedy

A Hero’s Salute (Program Nine):

HEAD IN THE SAND USA

DIR: David Baldwin

LIGHTS Belgium/Germany

DIR: Giulio Ricciarelli

LOST AND FOUND United Kingdom

DIR: Philip Hunt

THE RESPONSE USA

DIR: Andrew Spieler

SHE WORE SILVER WINGS USA

DIR: Devin Scott

SORES AND SIRIN Germany

DIR: Katrin Gebbe

UNREST USA

DIR: Christina Rubenstein

Secret to Success (Program Ten):

DOLL FACTORY Spain

DIR: Ainhoa Menendez Goyoaga

FREE LUNCH USA

DIR: Rick Curnutt

HECTOR CORP USA

DIR: Gary H. Lee

SALESMAN OF THE YEAR Spain

DIR: Cote Soler

TWO INTO THREE (ZWEI ZU DRITT) Germany

DIR: Neelesha Barthel

Shorts Preceding Features:

APOLLO Germany

DIR: Felix Gonnert

(Preceding the feature animation MARS)

BANANA BREAD USA

DIR: Barton Landsman

(Preceding the feature film WILD TARGET)

CLEAN CAROUSEL Denmark

DIR: Andreas Bodker

(Preceding the feature film BROKEN SPRINGS)

COLD TURKEY Ireland

DIR: Gavin Keane

(Preceding the feature film SKELETONS)

THE HISTORY OF AVIATION Hungary

DIR: Jonathan Ostos Yaber

(Preceding the feature film LOWLANDS)

LA NOSTALGIA DEL SR. ALAMBRE Mexico

DIR: Jonathan Ostos Yaber

(Preceding the feature film CIRCO)

THE LITTLE DRAGON Switzerland

DIR: Bruno Collet

(Preceding the feature film MANDRILL)

MY CHILDHOOD MYSTERY TREE Russia

DIR: Natalia Mirzoyan

(Preceding the feature animation film THE UGLY DUCKLING)

ONLINE Argentina

DIR: Federico Santillana

(Preceding the feature film URFRENZ)

QUALITY TIME USA

DIR: James Redford

(Preceding the feature film TINY FURNITURE)

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD USA

Dir. Jessica Polaniecki

(Preceding the feature film ONE DAY LESS)

W(HOLE) USA

DIR: Chris Bryant

(Preceding the feature film COLD WATER OF THE SEA)

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM USA

Dir. Peter Meech

(Preceding the feature film BEST WORST MOVIE)

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