2012 Official Selections

Congratulations to these films selected for screening at the 2012 SDFF. More details (awards, etc.) coming soon.

* Denotes films with adult content not suitable for children.

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The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives*

When lives are on the line… When there’s danger at every turn… When cliches run amuck… Sometimes the best thing to do is call Mulligan! Ace Mulligan! No matter how villainous the madman… How numerous the henchmen… How sexy the damsel, one thing is for sure: Ace Mulligan will always come out on top. Sometimes. Starring Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, The Tick, Men In Black II, Rules of Engagement), The Action Hero’s Guide To Saving Lives is a laugh-out-loud action-comedy that takes you behind the scenes of Ace Mulligan’s perilous and not-always-successful mission to stop the bad guys, get the girl, and save the day. It’s not always easy being an action hero. This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 17 minutes
Director: Justin Lutsky
Producer: Justin Lutsky, Clint Carmichael, Caitlin Shultz and Keegan Wilcox
Writer: Opie Cooper and Brett Simmons
Cinematography: Jeff Dolen
Editor: Justin Lutsky and Brett Simmons
Cast: Patrick Waburton, Brett Simmons, Sean Naughton and Andrea Bogart
Los Angeles, CA

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As Seen on TV*

A talented, but guarded, commercial director watches as all his nightmares come true on a low budget infomercial set. His ability to overcome or fail will determine his future in the more lucrative commercial world. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 9 minutes
Director: Patrick Wynne
Producer: Jefferson Stein
Writer: Patrick Wynne
Cast: Adam Laframboise, Danny Grossman
Cinematographer: Mego Lin
Camera: Barrett Smith, Jared Towler, Tor Johansen
Sound Mixer: Neil Doxsee
Pasadena, CA

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Blood Terror of the Night Fiend*

When asking a tiny favor, one man finds the extent of his friendship with an old acquaintance. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 8 minutes
Director: Bri Deihl
Producer: Bri Deihl
Writer: Bri Deihl
Cast: Aaron Courteau, Reed Sigmund
Cinematographer: Joe Johnson
Sound Mixer: Tom Colvin
Minneapolis, MN

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Brother

A youth mentor bites off more than he can chew when he takes ten year-old Zach to the library. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Sean Voysey Olsen
Producer: Daniella Voysey Olson
Music:Maggie Brickson
Cast: Zachary Brickson, Matthew Kohr, Nicholas Voysey

Minneapolis, MN

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Buffalo Shampoo*

Jury Award – Comedy Late 80s Early 90s Style The All Valley Open Mic Talent Contest; where the untalented go to live and the talented go to die. Handcrank Kelly Lee, a washed up rocker from the late 80’s/early 90’s, just wants to win this contest so he can finally seal the deal with his lovely and angry mail-order bride, IL Fook Sun. But his sketchy past and the peculiar patrons of the bar have other ideas. With a sleazy host, a scorned waitress, a failed music producer, Handcrank’s biggest fan and his weirdo sister, a hacky comedian, and a Ventriloquist and his dummy, Open Mic night just got dangerous. A story of hope, dreams, sexual frustration, and a whole lot of revenge. What would you do for $250 and a T-Shirt? This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 30 minutes
Director: Ryan Becken
Producer: Ryan Becken
Writer: Brian Turek
Cast: Bryan McDonald, Carolyn Jensen, Molly Pan, Patrick Garry, Tom Reed, Ty Richardson
Video Operator: Jonathan Harris
Sound Editor: Benjamin Allison
Editor: Ryan Becken
Composer: Bryan McDonald
Apple Valley, MN

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Bus 1107

Best Family Film A city bus brings together people from all walks of life, but you put them in that enclosed area they become guarded and standoffish. One man saw it has his opportunity to bring everyone together. From making a little girl smile, helping a husband apologize to his wife, to giving a homeless man left over food. All of this comes easy for him, until he runs into a woman who is not impressed. She shakes off all of his good deeds. This makes it difficult for the good Samaritan, but he is up for the challenge. ‘Bus 1107’ is about how the small things we do for people have the biggest impact. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Eric Dwight
Producer: Eric Dwight
Writer: Eric Dwight
Cast: Alexander Hamilton, Eric Dwight, Christi Malek
Cinematographer: Chad Bishoff
Editor: Chad Bishoff
Composer: Alexander Hamilton
Omaha, NE

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Butter*

Best Comedy Feature A tale of competition at its most cutthroat, Butter surveys the raw ambition of Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), Iowa’s long-reigning champion butter carver. For 15 years, Laura has relished her high-profile role as the beautiful, loyal helpmate to her affable, artistically gifted husband. But when Bob is pressured to retire and allow someone else a chance at glory, an indignant Laura decides to enter the competition herself. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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Category: Feature Narrative
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
Director: Jim Field Smith
Producer: Kelly Carmichael, Ben Ormand, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Writer: Jason A. Micallef
Cinematographer: Jim Denault
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone, Yara Shahidi, Ty Burrell, Hugh Jackman
New York, NY

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Carbon for Water

Carbon For Water begins with the hardships of the people of Kenya’s Western Province, where safe drinking water is scarce and the wood fuel used to boil water for purification is expensive. These two factors conspire to make waterborne illness a daily–and life-threatening–reality among the already poor population. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 22 minutes
Director: Evan Abramson, Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
Producer: Even Abramson, Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
Writer: Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
Brooklyn, NY

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Case #377*

What’s really in the duffel bag, and how many people will die trying to find it? A crooked cop cons a Hazmat team into descending into a ‘banshee’ infested drug lab, only to realize that they may be in over their heads. He also discovers that the Hazmat team is made up of some really annoying people, including their excessively arrogant team leader, and a pre-engaged couple who can’t stand being apart. Case #377 is a dark comedy that packs an amazing amount of humor, horror, and romance into its brief 8 minute run time. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 9 minutes
Director: John Gigrich
Producer: Sam Spencer, Tom Scott
Writer: John Gigrich
Cast: Jon Florence, Michael Brafford, Savvy Anavkar, Sherilyn Henderson
Cinematographer: John Gigrich
Minneapolis, MN

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Caves: The Social Underground

The experience of being in a place where no one else has ever been, and to capture and bring back images of wonder. Why do some risk their lives to go into these places? As we follow three individuals into the deepest depths of caves around the United States we will unlock new sights never before captured by human eyes, and start to understand the pull that brings these intrepid explorers underground. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Jennifer Bird
Producer: Luke McMahon
Cast: Brad Barker, Bruce Minkin, Tabbatha Cavendish
Cinematographer: Luke McMahon
Editor: Ian McCarthy
Savannah, GA

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Coming Out

Best Comedy Short Thanksgiving at the Thomas house is always dramatic, but this year someone has a surprising announcement. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Justin Schaack, Kristin Schaack
Producer: Justin Schaack, Kristin Schaack
Composer: Nathan M. Schilz
Cinematographer: Sergio Rapu
Editor: Steven Gagner
Writer: Maggie K. Sotos, Tom Reed, John Burgess, Justin Schaack, Kristin Schaack, Logan Martin, Ashley Martin
Hastings, MN

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Don’t Be Nervous

Johndace, an obese Edwardian boy, attempts to play fetch with his dog. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30, at 12:30 p.m.

Category:  Short Animation
Runtime:  4 minutes
Director:  Peter Gulsvig
Producer:  Peter Gulsvig
Writer:  Peter Gulsvig
Animator:  Peter Gulsvig
Sound Editor: Matthew Thomas
Composer: Lucas Shogren
Cast (Voice):  Peter Gulsvig
Vancouver, BC

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Duel at Blood Creek*

A comedy about a duel at dawn, over a matter of honour. This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 14 minutes
Director: Leo Burton
Producer: Leo Burton
Writer: Leo Burton
Cast: Dominic Album, Oliver Rix, Aubrey Wakeling, Martin Pirongs, Mark Jefferies
London, UK

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Et Excipes Hanc Animam Ore Pio

Featuring striking images of the family landmark – the hay barn built by the filmmaker’s great-grandfather in mid-destruction and the raw emotion of both the original heir of the farm and McNally herself, the would-have-been heir, this piece is a tour-de-force of the pain and regret endured through generations. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 14 minutes
Director: Gabrielle McNally
Producer: Gabrielle McNally
Writer: Gabrielle McNally
Cast: Gabrielle McNally, Patrick McNally
Cinematographer: Gabrielle McNally
Composer: Gabrielle McNally
Coralville, IA

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Eulogy

‘Til death do us part’ comes sooner than expected for a married couple. Ian and Hayley seem happily married until Hayley is stolen away by a tragic murder. Her husband Ian is faced with the task of delivering her eulogy. Is this a case of broken hearts or broken vows? This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Jennifer Martucci
Producer: Katie DeSantis
Writer: Jennifer Martucci
Cast: Craig Beck, Marie Beth Hoots
Cinematographer: Peter Ribbens
Seattle, WA

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Excess Express*

Two exiled mobster wannabes – Alphonso and Fabrizio – run a mid west joint called Vinny’s Pizza. It’s business as usual until a repeat customer starts bouncing checks. So, it’s up to Alphy and Fabri to collect the debt. Unfortunately for them, this particular customer is quite elusive. Excess Express is a character piece that highlights the exciting life of running a pizza joint. This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 21 minutes
Director: Jay Albertson, Ezekial Richter
Producer: Jay Albertson, Ezekial Richter
Writer: Jay Albertson
Cast: Doug Chavis, Scott Wells
Brooking, SD

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Forever Mankind

In July of 1969, the world watched as Apollo 11 took the first men to the moon. Speechwriter William Safire was tasked with writing the contingency speech for President Richard Nixon to give should the mission end in disaster. If the worst happened, what words would their families, the nation, and the world need to hear? This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 10 minutes
Director: Howard Cook
Producer: Howard Cook
Writer: Craig Volk
Production Manager: Kelsey Brown
Cast: Sam Gregory
Digital Effects: Kelsey Brown
Denver, CO

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Frames

Frames is an interactive animation presentation that explores how the frames through which we experience reality have a greater weight on our perception than reality itself. Using only visuals, it aims to help the viewer pierce the veil of reality. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Lawrence Diggs
Producer: Lawrence Diggs
Cinematographer: Lawrence Diggs
Editor: Lawrence Diggs
Roslyn, SD

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Francois Marconi – Man or God?*

We take a brief look at the life of one of cinema’s most iconic figures; Francois Marconi. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 12 minutes
Director: Patrick McKeown
Producer: Colin Sloan
Writer: Patrick McKeown
Camera: Billy Straub
Sound Mixer: Dan Kleba
Cinematographer: Travis Buschette
Shoreview, MN

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Halfway*

A young teen deals with his best friend moving away. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Alec Schwandt
Writer: Alex Araiza
Sound recorder and Mixing: Sean Olson
Editor: Ben Lifson
DP and Colorist: Alec Schwandt
Assistant Camera: Carissa Scott
Grip: Vokee Lee
Transportation and Grip: Jenna Ballinger
Cast: Spencer Amundson, Wes Jennings
Egan, MN

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HEADS UP*

An edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way – because nobody fights like siblings do! This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 13 minutes
Director: Alex Merkin
Producer: Robert Krakovski
Writer: Ben Carlin
Cast: Adam Lustick, Craig ‘muMs’ Grant
Cinematographer: Lukasz Pruchnik
Editor: Lukasz Pruchnik
Brooklyn, NY

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Inside the Whale

Matt Kish thought it might be interesting to draw one image per day for every page of “Moby-Dick,” but the project nearly ate him alive. The Ohio-based artist embarked on an eighteen-month odyssey to illustrate the Signet Classics edition of Herman Melville’s quintessential American novel, earning the attention and admiration of scores of fellow Great White Whale fans along the way. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 10 minutes
Producers: Greg Carlson and Mike Scholtz
Director: Greg Carlson
Editor: Mike Scholtz
Cinematographer: Matt McGregor
Composer: Portrait of a Drowned Man
Fargo, ND

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Into Thick Air*

They rebuffed Sherpas, rejected supplementary oxygen, and refused advice to turn back. Now, ten years after an unthinkable expedition, seven defiant mountaineers confront the long-lost footage of their attempt to climb the abominable Seven Summits…of the Great Plains. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 20 minutes
Director: David Story
Producer: David Story
Writer: David Story, Rob Story
Cast: David Story, Andy Morris, Chard Hayward, Cliff Ade, Mike Allen, Rob Story, Robert Dorrel, Stephen Bergman
Cinematographer: David Story
Editor: David Story, Gregory Hobson
Sound Editor: Michael Holcomb
Composer: Shawn Clement
Santa Monica, CA

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Jabberwocky

Best Short Narrative Imprisoned in a post-apocolyptic winter wonderland, Alice and the Hatter must confront the monster that has been terrorizing them in this film adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s iconic poem. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. 

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime:
8 minutes
Director:
Ted Eschweiler
Producer:
Ted Eschweiler
Writer:
Ted Eschweiler
Cast:
Erin Mae Johnson, Derek Prestly, Todd Bruse
Cinematographer:
Nathan Haustein
Sound Design:
Alec Johnson
Production Design:
Molly Baeverstad
Editor:
Ted Eschweiler
Makeup/SFX:
Lindsey Middlecamp
Minneapolis, MN

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Len’s Helper

A short sighted idiot is thrown into hilariously chaotic situation when his #2 cursed monkey paw wish attempts to slay his #1.  Winner of “Best Writing”, “Audience Favorite” and “2nd Runner Up” for the 2012 Z-Fest Festival. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Ryan Wood
Writer: Ryan Wood
Producer: Tara Blackwell
Director of Photography: Brian Walstad
Cast: Nels Lennes, Maria Stukey, John T. Zeiler
Minneapolis, MN

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The List

A loner scientist discovers an upcoming alien invasion.  As she readies her bunker she realizes she might want some company. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Category: short narrative
Runtime:
9 minutes
Director: 
John Vogel
Producer:
John Vogel
Writers:
Jon D Schaff & John Vogel
Cast: 
The Spotted Ear Players
Aberdeen, SD

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Live Outside the Box

The leading character Simon is a workaholic without any social contact. Gradually his world becomes smaller and smaller and even at the very end, there is nothing left in his world but only his work. This severe impact finally wakes him up and now Simon has to find the right way to bring his life back before everything is too late… This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 4 minutes
Director: Shu-Hsuan Lin
Producer: Shu-Hsuan Lin
Writer: Shu-Hsuan Lin
Composer: Wei-San Hsu
Animation: Shu-Hsuan Lin
Fremont, CA

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Mayday

When an emergency crash landing leaves a young girl alone in the woods, she must defend herself against…herself? The panic-stricken mind is a complicated thing. Mayday is the 4th short film by Trevor Knapp Jones, and his final film at Calarts where he graduated from the character animation program. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m. 

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 4 minutes
Director: Trevor Jones
Animator: Trevor Jones
Composer: Paul Fraser
Sound: Paul Fraser
Albuquerque, NM

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napkins

After being away for a decade, Mark returns to his hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood best friend, Charlie. However, he doesn’t receive the warm welcome one would expect. In fact, the town has completely changed and moved on without him. Mark has dinner with an old friend at Charlie’s favorite restaurant, which has recently been renovated. The two friends realize that, while time changes everything, some things last forever. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 13 minutes
Director: Matt Gengel
Producer: Matt Gengel, Galo Semblantes
Writer: Matt Gengel
Cast: Seth Olsen
Cinematographer: Gonzalo Digenio
Sound Mixer: Rima Naim
Editor: Prarthana Joshi
Los Angeles, CA

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Notes on Biology

How an organism adapts to its environment. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Ornana
Cast: Will Madden
Peachtree City, GA

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Paper People*

Best Dakota Short Narrative Tell the tale of wounded souls in search of respite. Over the course of 24 hours, the lives of a suicidal U.S. Marine, a single mother and her precocious daughter collide with incendiary results. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 16 minutes
Director: Andrew Kightlinger
Producer: Luke Schuetzle
Writer: Andrew Kightlinger
Cast: Desire Jansen, Steven Luke
Camera: Doyle Holden
Pierre, SD

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A Picture of Ric

Best Dakota Short Documentary This is the story of an artist from Bismarck, North Dakota. He has done many big projects around the world for big name clients but at the end of the day, he comes home to an old broken down house and struggles to get by in every day life. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 14 minutes
Director: Sam Sprynczynatyk
Producer: Sam Sprynczynatyk
Cast: Ric Sprynczynatyk
Cinematographer: Sam Sprynczynatyk
Bismarck, ND

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Requiem for Emily

A young man named Will is devastated after the sudden loss of his new wife, Emily. In the depths of his grief, he abruptly confronts his own mortality, placing himself in a life-or-death situation with no guaranteed outcome. In that crucial instant, Will comes face to face with memory, devotion, isolation, hope, and terror. Does Will persist or is this the moment of breaking? This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 15 minutes
Director: Yanna Alliata di Montereale
Producer: Amy Miner
Writer: Amy Miner
Cast: Ryan Wuestewald
Cinematographer: Jon Albaugh
Sound Mixer: Courtney Nash
Editor: Yana Alliata di Montereale
Honolulu, HI

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Robert Box-Perfect for the Kitchen

Best Short Documentary For a Brooklyn painter and musician an early morning trick of the light sent an art career in a new direction. The nostalgia of food is the niche that artist Robert Box has found for himself. After years of trying to sell his work on the streets of New York the line he often hears about his paintings is that they are ‘perfect for the kitchen’. This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Category: Short Documentary
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: James Reford
Producer: James Reford
Writer: James Reford
Cinematographer: James Reford
Wellington, FL

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Run!

Best Student Editing An Average Joe is minding his own business when he happens upon a couple of no good drug dealers in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong. Average Joe takes matters into his own hands and decides to try and save the day. Next thing he knows he is speeding down the interstate at 90 mph while being pursued by an angry dealer… This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 3 minutes
Director: Chance Cole
Producer: Jacob Hopkins
Writer: Chance Cole
Cast: Paul Koppinger
Cinematographer: Jared Myers
Sound Mixer: Chance Cole
Editor: Jared Myers
Moorhead, MN

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Safe

Two children are alone, trapped in a burning house. The town is spoiled and cracked. A bird flies down to the city looking for someone that could save them, but it isn’t easy as it seemed. It’s a tale about hope and magic. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Ginevra Boni
Producer: Ginevra Boni
Writer: Ginevra Boni
Animation: Francesco Ghersina, Ginevra Boni
Composer: Francesco Ghersina, Giulio Ammendola
London, UK

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Senior Barista*

Paying for a loved one’s funeral is serious business, so is ordering coffee. In the service industry the customer is king, but when it comes to common decency the customer is not always. This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Jason Levangie
Producer: Marc Tetreault
Writer: Jason Levangie, Marc Tetreault
Cast: Ann Shaftel, Guy German
Cinematographer: Gordan Miller
Toronto, ON

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Shoot the Moon*

Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 27 minutes
Director: Alexander Gaeta
Producer: Missy Laney
Writer: Alexander Gaeta
Cast: Pamela Bowen, Rachel Grate
Cinematographer: Trevor Wineman
Editor: Jeremy Marrow
Los Angeles, CA

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Spaghetti für Zwei

Best Foreign Film The likeable but lonesome man is on his way to lunch. Awaiting him, the outside world lurks menacingly: in his imagination it swarms with would-be crooks, hussies and criminals. What should have been a routine stroll develops into a dark odyssey, triggering a troubled conflict against himself and against the world… and ultimately, it is the underdog who is victorious. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 19 minutes
Director: Matthias Rosenberger, Betina Dubler
Producer: Matthias Rosenberger, Felix von Poser
Writer: Betina Dubler
Cast: Johannes Silberschneider, Toks Körner
Cinematographer: Kaspar Kaven
Sound Editor: Andreas Rudroff
Composer: Max Jetzinger
Miesbach, Germany

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Table 9*

A Coffee House Dishwasher’s life gets turned upsidedown when he begins getting mysterious love notes from a Secret Admirer. This film will be shown during Film Session 1, which begins Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 9 minutes
Director:Brian Hoesing
Producer: Brian Hoesing
Writer: Brian Hoesing
Aberdeen, SD

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Three Small Words

Charlie’s life changed when he met Scarlett, but he can’t tell if this new relationship is love or just passion. His vivid imagination takes him a journey through the perfect romance in an instant. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 6 minutes
Director: Tyson Breuer
Producer: Sam Halpern
Writer: Tyson Breuer
Cast: Adam Cunningham, Christina Natto
Cinematographer: Maxwell Chin
Toronto, ON

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Thunderheart*

Loosely based fictional portrayal of events relating to the Wounded Knee incident in 1973. Followers of the American Indian Movement seized the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee in protest against federal government policy regarding Native Americans. Incorporated in the plot is the character of Ray Levoi, played by actor Val Kilmer, as an FBI agent with Sioux heritage investigating a murder on a Native American reservation. This film will be shown during Film Session 3, which begins Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

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Category: Feature Narrative
Runtime: 119 minutes
Director: Michael Apted
Producers: Michael Nozik, Jane Rosenthal
Writer: John Fusco
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Composer: James Horner
Editor: Ian Crafford
Cast: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene
New York, NY

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Try Number Three

Two salesmen descend upon a young secretary’s house, aiming to sell her watches and armed with the power to manipulate time. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 7 minutes
Director: Matt Eckholm
Producer: Matt Eckholm, Nathanael Bakke, Tom Zach, Travis Hart
Writer: Alexander Holmquist, Matt Eckholm
Cast: Jessica Delaney, Patrick J. Thompson, Travis Hart,
Cinematographer: Billy Straub
Sound Mixer: Ross Peterson
Ham Lake, MN

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Verbatim

Verbatim is a short animation that examines the interpretation of language. This film uses stop-motion animation to represent possible misinterpretations of the English language, like those often made by non-native speakers. The film encourages the viewer to think about word choice and the logic and origin behind commonly used phrases. This film will be shown during Film Session 6, which begins Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Category: Short Animation
Runtime: 4 minutes
Director: Ashley Marie Odegard
Producer: Ashley Marie Odegard
Writer: Ashley Marie Odegard
Animation: Ashley Marie Odegard
Moorhead, MN

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Werewolf in a Girls Sorority*

Jury Award – Back To Back Awsomeness Barksdale University is typically a very safe place. However, tonight is a full moon and the new moon studies teacher Dr. Howell seems to be hiding something… But hey, that’s not going to stop the biggest party on campus from happening at the sorority house! This film will be shown during Film Session 5, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 22 minutes
Director: Andy Mogren
Writer: Andy Mogren, Alex Barbatsis
Cast: Andy Mogren
Studio City, CA

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Wild Bill’s Run

Best Feature Documentary An Arctic crime caper about a true American folk hero. In 1972, Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew of adventurers on a snowmobile expedition over the top of the world. Their goal was to reach Moscow. But Wild Bill’s journey took an unexpected turn. This film will be shown during Film Session 4, which begins Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m.

Category: Feature Documentary
Runtime: 60 minutes
Director: Mike Scholtz
Producer: Mike Scholtz
Cinematographer: Dean Vogtman
Composer: Chris White
Wrenshall, MN

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Wunderland*

Jury Award – Excellence in Costuming In 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge a squad of U.S. soldier’s find themselves surrounded by superior German forces. When the squad leader, Lt. Cappa, is ordered to hold the line at all costs, he must decide how best to carry out his orders. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

 

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 5 minutes
Director: Andrew Kightlinger
Producer: Luke Schuetzle
Writer: Luke Schuetzle
Cast: Steven Luke
Pierre, SD

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Yonder

After years of robbing their way through life, three thieves are hoping to call it quits. This last job is the payoff they have been waiting for. Struggling with their past and the uncertain future, Henry Parrish, Charlie Statts and Clint Bauer must say goodbye to their life of crime and each other. This film will be shown during Film Session 2, which begins Friday, September 28 at 1 p.m.

Category: Short Narrative
Runtime: 36 minutes
Director: Dalton Coffey
Producer: Dalton Coffey, Clyde Teel
Writer: Dalton Coffey
Cast: Brent Eliason, Brian Westerhuis
Cinematographer: Douglas Lee
Sioux Falls, SD