#EOFF2018 (Un)official Awards

#EOFF2018 (Un)official Awards “Once again, it brings us great pleasure to announce the ‘winners’ of #EOFF2018! The selections here have been determined through an informal process that gauged audience response, general interest, laughter, word of mouth and late night conversations. We have done our best to determine which films resonated the most with the people […]

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2018 Online Program

2018 Online Program In keeping with tradition and growing our mission to provide access to independent film outside of The Grande Ronde Valley, Eastern Oregon Film Festival as teamed with Filmmaker Magazine to provide online viewing access for a grip of special viewing opportunities. The screenings will be available on Filmmaker’s website during our ninth […]

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THE RIDER Friday, October 19 • Granada • 4:30pm * Skype Q&A with director Chloé Zhao dir. Chloé Zhao 2017, USA, 104 mins, Fiction & Nonfiction After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady […]

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THUNDER ROAD Saturday, October 20 • Granada • 7pm * Skype Q&A with director Jim Cummings dir. Jim Cummings 2018, USA, 91:34 mins, Fiction Thunder Road follows a southern Police Officer (Jim Cummings) on his journey to raise his young daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. Heart-warming and hilarious, Jim struggles to […]

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ANOTE’S ARK Friday, October 19th • Granada • 2pm* Special panel & discussion to follow w/ Oregon Rural Action dir. Matthieu Ritz 2018, Canada, 77:00 mins, Nonfiction What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly […]

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LONG LOST Friday, October 19 • Granada • 7pm * Q&A with director Erik Bloomquist & actor/producer Adam Weppler dir. Erik Bloomquist 2018, USA, 95 mins, Fiction When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend the weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may […]

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THE PAIN OF OTHERS Friday, October 19 • HQ • 11am * Skype Q&A with director Penny Lane dir. Penny Lane 2018, USA, 71:00 mins, Nonfiction The Pain of Others is a YouTube compilation film about Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and […]

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RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE Friday, October 19 • Granada • 12pm dir. Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, Quinn Costello 2017, USA, 71:00 mins, Nonfiction Hard-headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat – hordes of monstrous 20-pound swamp rats. Known […]

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IN REALITY Friday, October 19 • HQ • 2pm * Skype Q&A with director Ann Lupo dir. Ann Lupo 2018, USA, 95:32 mins, Fiction & Nonfiction Part documentary, part magical realism narrative, in reality, is an autobiographical rollercoaster ride through the mind of you woman filling in and out of love. Ann is consumed by […]

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INVENTING TOMORROW Saturday, October 20 • Granada • 11am dir. Laura Nix 2018, USA, 87 mins, Nonfiction “inspirational and invigorating, and the young scientists they follow have a passion and enthusiasm that’s a tonic to the soul.” – Kenneth Turan, The LA Times Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge […]

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INGRID Saturday, October 20 • Granada • 5pm * Q&A with director Morrisa Maltz dir. Morrisa Maltz 2018, USA, 52 mins, Nonfiction “A lyrical, poetic ode to its subject, 74-year-old artist Ingrid Gipson, Ingrid transcends mere portraiture and involves the viewer in an act of cinematic intimacy that is as metaphysically profound as it is visually beautiful. ”     Hammer […]

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FOR THE BIRDS Saturday, October 20 • Granada • 2pm * Q&A with producer & editor Jeffrey Star dir. Richard Miron 2018, USA, 92:00 mins, Nonfiction “Deeply humanistic… it’s a film not to be missed.” Captivating… a gripping tale, and the film’s greatest achievement may be how it methodically changes our perception of its protagonist. — […]

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CLARA’S GHOST Thursday, October 18 • Granada • 7pm * Skype Q&A with director Bridley Elliot dir. Bridey Elliot 2018, USA, 80:00 mins, Fiction “Clara’s Ghost is brilliant in the way it negotiates the hysterical and the quite tragic, the claustrophobic and the warm.” – The Playlist Set over the course of a single evening […]

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EASTERN OREGON FILM FESTIVAL Official Selections for the NINTH ANNUAL — #EOFF2018.  Eastern Oregon Film Festival is proud to announce its Official Selections for the 2018 Festival. An intimate gathering nestled in downtown La Grande OR, #EOFF2018 will feature film screenings, special events, and live music at The Granada Theatre and our own creative space, hq, as well as […]

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2016 Online Selections

Online Selections will stream exclusively at Filmmaker Magazine on October 21 & 22 starting at 9am EST. SPIDER VEINS (dir. Frank Mosley)
 2016 / USA / 20min / Experimental Short Synopsis 
Two women reunite in a quiet neighborhood before a party begins. But by turns mysterious and shocking, the film’s narrative begins to unravel even […]

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2016 Secret Screenings

SHH… ITS A SECRET. Come join filmmaker Cambria Matlow and check out a couple top-secret screenings at The Stage Door Theatre — Saturday,October 22 at 3:30pm. XXXX XXXX (dir. Joe Nankin) 2016 / USA / 15 mins / Narrative Short A young Mennonite woman harbors a secret romance on the eve of her baptism. Engulfed by questions […]

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2016 Short Film Selections

Abandoned Generations (dir. Linda Fenstermaker) A portrait of farmland in the Pacific Northwest, Abandoned Generations explores relationships with land and time in different generations. Told through the perspective of a female farmer in the 1940s, the film questions the distance that modern society has from the earth and how that relationship informs daily life. Balada […]

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(Dir. Jeremy Teicher, Alexi Pappas) 2016 / USA / 87min / Narrative Feature Plumb Marigold is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind […]

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Voyagers Without Trace

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 11am • GRANADA (Dir. Ian McCluskey) 2015 / USA / 80min / Documentary Feature A mysterious sign, a lost diary, a daring journey down canyons of the West and across France in search of three voyagers from 1938. “A rollicking and reflective documentary.” – Moviemaker Magazine Synopsis In 1938, newlyweds Geneviève and […]

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Nosotras · Ellas

(Dir. Julia Pesce) 2015 / Argentina / 63min / Documentary Feature Nine women. The house is ancient, it has been in the family for generations. Between the walls, the stories of those women and the ones that came before them, during what is likely to be the last summer they will all be there together. […]

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Actor Martinez

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 221pm • STAGE DOOR (Dir. Nathan Silver and Mike Ott) 2016 / USA / 75min / Documentary Feature Dreaming of fame and fortune, a local Denver actor hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star. “A comedy that plays like a cross between Henry […]

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Driving Not Knowing

Driving Not Knowing (2015) Teaser from Driving Not Knowing on Vimeo. (Dir. Benjamin R. Davis, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, Jay Jadick, Dane Mainella) 2015 / USA / 87min / Narrative Feature Lee, a drug-addled yet sensitive musician, is in love with Will, an ambitious poet. Volatile and intense, Will is hesitant to make himself vulnerable to Lee’s […]

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BOONE trailer from Christopher LaMarca & Kat Taylor on Vimeo. (Dir. Christopher LaMarca) 2016 / USA / 74min / Documentary Feature Panel discussion hosted by Oregon Rural Action A unique sensory and unsentimental peek behind the veil of the Utopian dream of farming. “A poetical, verite feature…beautiful if bone-wearying that will appeal to fans of […]

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 223:00PM • GRANADA INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./] from Zack Khalil on Vimeo. (Dir. Zack Khalil, Adam Khalil) 2016 / USA / 75min / Documentary Feature A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates […]

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What’s Revenge

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 215:30PM • GRANADA WHAT'S REVENGE Official Trailer from KAT HUNT on Vimeo. (Dir. Kat Hunt) 2016 / USA / 50min / Narrative Feature 9 OUT OF 10 MEN ARE AFRAID OF “WHAT’S REVENGE” Director Kat Hunt compels her friend Erica to take revenge on the men in her life in this experimental, docu-fiction […]

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Man Underground

Man Underground – Trailer (2016) from MillenniumBlonde on Vimeo. (Dir. Sam Marine & Michael Borowiec) 2016 / USA / 95min / Narrative Feature A reclusive conspiracy theorist enlists people from his small town to help him make a low-budget movie about his experience encountering aliens while working as a geologist for the US government. “The […]

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50 Feet From Syria

50 Feet From Syria trailer from Dan Sadowsky on Vimeo. (Dir. Skye Fitzgerald) 2015 / USA / 39min / Documentary Feature 50 Feet from Syria follows surgeon Hisham Bismar to the Syrian border to operate on victims from the Syrian civil war. The film captures the human cost of conflict and serves as a portal […]

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MA – A Film By Celia Rowlson-Hall • Teaser Trailer from MEMORY on Vimeo. (Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall) 2015 / USA / 83min / Narrative Feature In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage, a woman crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Reinvented and told entirely through movement, the film playfully deconstructs the role of […]

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Jacqueline (Argentine)

(Dir. Bernardo Britto) 2016 / USA / 87min / English, Spanish, Arabic / Comedy Feature A young French woman hires a filmmaker to document her self-imposed political asylum in Argentina after supposedly leaking highly confidential government information. “Driven by Cenac’s drily witty performance (…) [the film] is a hilarious, low-key misadventure.” VIBE Synopsis A filmmaker […]

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 7:20pm • STAGE DOOR (Dir. Daniel Martinico) 2016 / USA / 79min / Narrative Feature In a quiet place, two couples engage in a ritualistic search for enlightenment. “Stylized and wonderfully acted, Excursions provides us with a confident filmmaking style, a rigid internal logic and mesmerizing performances — all of which serve […]

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Always Shine

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 7:30pm • GRANADA (Dir. Sophia Takal) 2016 / USA / 85min / Narrative FeatureTwo friends, both actresses living in Los Angeles (Mackenzie Davis & Caitlin FitzGerald), take a trip to Big Sur to re-connect. Once alone, however, the two women’s suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments begin to rise, causing them to lose […]

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IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS (dir. Sam Kuhn) Technical Info 2014 / USA / 15min / Experimental Short Synopsis A seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated ____. Director Bio Sam Kuhn is the creator of […]

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NoBudge x Vine

View a curated collection of VINE videos by filmmaker Kentucker Audley. CURATOR’S STATEMENT Thanks to EOFF for asking me to curate some of my favorite Vines. Below are 16 vids from 10 accounts which range from hyper-composed to completely off-the-cuff. Indie filmmakers mixed with ascending Vine celebrities mixed with random teenagers. For better or worse, attention […]

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Directed by Zach Weintraub [box]FEB. 20, 9PM – FEB. 23, 11:59PM  Narrative Feature (85min / Online Premiere) [/box] Justine left to sit quietly by and observe the early signs of her own deteriorating relationship. SYNOPSIS Justine, a recent college graduate turned retail employee, lives and works in a nameless city. The film begins when her boyfriend, Zach, […]

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Directed, edited, photographed, produced by Ian Clark [box]FEB. 20, 9PM – FEB. 23, 11:59PM  Experimental Feature 67min [/box] Synopsis An experimental self-portrait, MMXIII explores phenomenological subtlety, intersections of construct and verité, and the ways in which technology, landscape, and beauty coalesce. Here, an artist’s reflexive gestures investigate moving images and the nature of image construction, blurring the […]

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Directed, Edited, Photographed, Produced by Nandan Rao [box]FEB. 20, 9PM – FEB. 23, 11:59PM  Narrative Feature (68 min) [/box] Synopsis “Our boys, when they arrive at years of maturity and can take earn of a wife, should get married…While I do not make the remark to apply to individual cases, I am firmly of the opinion that a […]

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Directed by Elaine McMillion Sheldon [box] Interactive documentary. 30 short films. 4 hours total. Entire video collection >> https://vimeo.com/hollowdocumentary/videos Website: http://www.hollowdocumentary.com [/box] Hollow is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of those living in McDowell County, W.Va. Hollow combines video portraits, data visualizations, photography, […]

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Directors Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims

Only The Young encapsulates the best of documentary film with its sincerity but is shot with the beautiful still aesthetic of a narrative film. This coming of age documentary is scored with soul music which makes it unlike any other documentary film.

I’m ready to file ONLY THE YOUNG in the all-time coming of age canon.
– Hammer & Nail

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Director Zach Weintraub

The International Sign for Choking depicts the day-to-day encounters of Josh, a would-be expatriate from the US living in Buenos Aires for the second time. While his primary purpose seems to be the production of a vaguely defined video project, he devotes more of his time to tracking down a mysteriously absent ex-girlfriend. Frustrated by continual failure, Josh finds himself the perpetrator of a series of small yet uncharacteristic acts of deceit that ultimately place him in a low-key love triangle alongside Anna, his fellow N. American housemate, and Roger, a local musician.

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*Oregon Premiere Director Nandan Rao Rao has created a film that moves in small steps. Viewers are given little in terms of plot, but are richly rewarded by thoughtful and charming characters, confident cinematography and the use of a stunningly beautiful location. – Northwest Film Forum Synopsis Twentysomething J. and two of his close friends are […]

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Director Eytan FOX

A sequel to Eytan Fox’s breakthrough gay story of love and loss on the front lines,  Yossi & Jagger(2002), this tender new drama follows Yossi, now a doctor, who turns the corner on the enduring pain of grief. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.”

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Directed by Terence Nance

You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight.

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Director Sam Kuhn

Clay, Michael and Andrew are fascinated by a yearbook from Chico High’s class of 1990 that they discover at a Value Village. Intrigued by the cryptic word “Caduceus” emblazoned across the cover, and by the countless sweet mullets and dream girls inside, the three friends lock onto one particular student: feather-banged mystery man Timothy Truelove.

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Directed and Writers Mark Potts & Cole Selix

Cinema Six resembles a movie theater-set version of “Office Space” with the same kind of raunchy humor and quarter-to-mid-life ennui.”
“Lead actor John Merriman… handles comedy and drama with equal ease and the whole cast delivers with a fair share of absurd comedic moments.”

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Crazy & Thief

Director Cory McAbbee

Two children, a homemade star chart, a cyclops, a giant and a time machine.

a gentle treat for McAbee enthusiasts and a mildly curious study of juvenile behavior for everyone else, which is certainly enough to satisfy this fan.”
–  Eric Kohn (Indiewire)

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OK, Good

Director Daniel Martinico

A struggling actor spirals ever downward during the grueling process of trying to find steady work.

A riveting portrait of an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown — or, quite possibly, something worse… Armstrong [gives] a rigorously controlled performance that suggests the human equivalent of a ticking time bomb.” Joe Leydon, Variety

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Almost in Love

Directed by Sam Neave

a love story in two takes
A love story shot in two single, continuous 40 minute takes set eighteen months apart: the first over a sunset, the second over a sunrise. Sasha has been in love with Mia for years.

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2013 Short Film Selections

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is pleased to announce the following short films for inclusion in this year’s event. These powerful short stories will preface each of EOFF2013 feature selections. From current Sundance selections to world premiere, from local and regional, national and international the short program at this year’s event is powerful. Screening times and venues will […]

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Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Feature Documentary
TRT: 85 min. | U.S.A. | color
A film by JON FOY.
Awards: 2011 Sundance Director’s Award: Documentary

Strangeness is afoot. Most people don’t notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.

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Narrative Feature
TRT: 72 min.| U.S.A. | color
Written and Directed by Sophia Takal
Awards: SXSW / Chicken & Egg Emergent Woman Director Award

An intimate friendship between two women dissolves as they are drawn into an irrational, destructive spiral of jealousy and paranoid fantasy in this haunting examination of the female psyche.

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Cirkus Columbia

Narrative Feature
TRT: 113min | Bosnia | color
A film by Danis Tanovic
*In Bosnian with English Subtitles
Official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1991. The communists have fallen from power and Divko Buntic returns to the small town where he grew up to reclaim his family home. After a 20-year exile in Germany. Divko arrives in his flashy red Mercedes with sexy young girlfriend Azra, lucky black cat Bonny and …

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The Last Mountain

Feature Documentary
TRT: 113min | USA | color
Director: Bill Haney
*A panel discussion hosted by Oregon Rural Action will follow the screening.

In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over
protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

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Documentary Feature — West Coast Premiere
TRT 74 minute | United States | HD
Director: Tristan Patterson
Awards: Best Documentary Feature, SXSW 2011, Best Cinematography, SXSW 2011, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2011

Drag City in association with Killer Films presents the transmissions of a lost kid falling in love in the suburbs of Fullerton, California. Featuring skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty.

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Narrative Feature
A Film by Ian Clark
TRT 64 Min | USA | Color

Jason is a small-town slacker living with his mom. Content with idle days and easy livin’, his forgetful nature creates tension at home so he sets off with his pals to try his hand at redemption.

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Bad Fever

Narrative Feature — West Coast Premiere
TRT: 77 minute | United States | Color
Director: Dustin Guy Defa

Alternatingly quiet and delirious, always desperate, Bad Fever is a witness to one man’s broken American Dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand.

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Nobody Cares

Narrative Feature – WORLD PREMIERE
A Film by Dustin Travis Swartz
TRT 95 Min | USA | Color

Bob Rockefeller has never been loved, by anyone, ever. He’s a sad sack who shovels shit for a living. Life has been anything but extraordinary but that’s about to change. During a routine prostate exam, Bob learns he has only 8.5 days to live. 8.5 days to find happiness. 8.5 days to find true love. 8.5 days to find a home for his guinea pigs. 8.5 days to make up for 43 years of living a life that totally sucks.

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Press Pause Play

Feature Documentary
A Film by Victor Köhler and David Dworsky
TRT 80 minute | United States | Color

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?

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Narrative Feature
A film by Evan Glodell
TRT: 105 min | United States | Color
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2011

Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building MAD MAX-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse.  But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

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The Taqwacores

Website: http://www.rumanni.com/   “1 of the 10 Best Films from Sundance 2010” – Time Out London Synopsis: Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “unorthodox” housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore – a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists on […]

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Putty Hill

Playing Friday, October 22: 8:30pm “In a way rarely seen, “Putty Hill” says all that can be said about a few days in the lives of its characters without seeming to say very much at all. It looks closely, burrows deep, considers the way in which lives have become pointless and death therefore less meaningful. […]

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Daddy Longlegs

DADDY LONGLEGS Website: http://www.sundanceselects.com/films/daddy-longlegs “Daddy Longlegs may shock you, but it will also make you re-examine your ideas about parenthood, and what it means to be a father.” – Newsweek Synopsis: Every year, Lenny gets to spend two weeks with his two young sons. He juggles his kids, work, and everything else within a midtown […]

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Exit Through The Gift Shop

Website: http://www.banksyfilm.com/   “An exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become objects, fans turn into artists, and the whole what’s-sincere-and-what’s-a-sham spectacle is more fun than art was ever supposed to be.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly [From the Sundance Film Festival] Billed as “the world’s first street art […]

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Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO Official Website: http://www.beetlequeen.com/ “a striking micromasterpiece…utterly, wonderfully unique” – The Austin Chronicle Synopsis: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo explores the mystery of the development of Japan’s love affair with bugs. Sold live in vending machines and department stores, plastic replicas included as prizes in the equivalent of a McDonald’s Happy Meal, from […]

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More 2010 Official Selections

2010 has a great line-up of films. We Are Croissan’wich A short film about advertising, friendship and breast pumps. Director: Josh Lowman Running Time: 10 min Website: http://www.wearecroissanwich.com/ The Bag A simple yet disturbing story of an elderly woman who has grown tired of living. Director: Ray Nomoto Robison Running Time: 25 min Website: http://sites.google.com/site/thebagmovieproject/ Open Five […]

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