The 2017 Festival Tickets Go On Sale in December 2016.
(View last year’s schedule, download the festival PDF here).
HOW TO PURCHASE: View the full four day screening schedule below. For additional film trailers, visit the Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun screening pages from the drop down menu of the 2016 film page.
Then you may order directly through the RIFF Eventbrite page HERE or see instructions below for other purchase options.
SINGLE DAY PASS or FOUR DAY VIP ACCESS PASS: Purchase a Single Day Pass, good for all film screenings on the day of your choice, or purchase the Four Day VIP Access Pass via the button below. The VIP pass is good for all 120+films and special events with the exception of FLOW Collective, which is sold separately.
INDIVIDUAL SCREENING PASS: For individual screening purchases only, find the day your film screens on and then click on the appropriate Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday Screening page to purchase the individual ticket or via the button next to the film below. More info & trailers can also be viewed on the screening day pages.
*Q&A with filmmakers following all screenings unless otherwise noted.
- Individual Screening General Admission $10
- Individual Screening Seniors (65+) & Students $8
- One Day Pass (All General Admission film screenings for any one day of your choosing): $35
- VIP Full 4 Day Festival Badge (An official badge that includes all 120+ screenings over the four days, special guest panels, Q&As, mixers, the annual music showcase, filmmaker & writer breakfasts, and Red Carpet Awards): $235 *FLOW tickets sold separately.
- FLOW Collective Creative Conference: General admission $35 or $25 for students & seniors. Includes FLOW Collective panels, creative think tank, and pitch sessions for writers and actors. Follows with a wine & cheese reception.
*Eventbrite processing fees apply
2016 SPECIAL EVENTS: All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
- Youth & Community Outreach: Thursday at 11am Byrd Theatre. Open to the public.
- Red Carpet World Premiere, Shooting the Prodigal: Thurs 7:30pm Byrd Theatre. Carpet opens at 6:45pm. Open to the public.
- Filmmaker Lounge at Avail Vapor: Thursday 2:00pm– 7:30pm, Saturday 11:00am-4:30pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-6:30pm. Official Selection & VIP Badge holders only.
- Industry Mixer at Starlite Restaurant, Friday 4:30-6:30pm. Open only to Official Selection and VIP Badge Holders.
- VIP Music Showcase & Industry Mixer at the Broadberry, Friday 6:00-8:00pm. Open only to Official Selection, Music video ticket holders which can be purchased below, and VIP Badge Passes.
- Filmmaker Breakfast at NY Deli, Saturday 10:00-11:15am. Open only to Official Selection and VIP Badge Holders.
- FLOW Collective creative conference, Saturday 2:30pm-7:00pm (includes wine & app reception from 6-7pm).
- VIP Private Official Selection Mixer at Balliceaux, Saturday 8pm-till. Open only to Official Selection and VIP Badge Holders.
- Filmmaker Breakfast at NY Deli, Sunday 11:30am-12:45pm. Open only to Official Selection and VIP Badge Holders.
- Red Carpet Awards at the Byrd Theatre, Sunday 8:00pm (carpet opens at 7pm). Open to public. Includes live music performances. Dress is upscale casual to black tie.
THURSDAY, March 3 (at the Byrd Theater, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA)
11:00AM – Youth Outreach
I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL APPARENTLY (6 min, USA)
Directed by Lyn Elliot & Nina Frenkel
After Lydia reads the diary she kept as a teenager, she goes back in time to try to talk some sense into her younger self.
A HELPING PAW (8 min, USA)
Directed by Faith Cox
A Helping Paw takes a closer look at Service Animals and how they impact the lives of their owners.
CAFE KREYOL (12 min, USA)
Directed by Scott Cooper
Cafe Kreyol is a short documentary about a former heroin addict and smuggler, Joey Stazzone, that now uses what he learned to benefit coffee farmers in Central America.
SWITCH MAN (3 min, TAIWAN)
Directed by Hsun-Chun Chuang
In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacked K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin…
ALIENATION (6 min, GERMANY)
Directed by Laura Lehmus
An animation-short about puberty, based on real life interviews with teenagers.
WHO IS RILEY OAKES? (20 min, CANADA)
Directed by Ron Devitt
Two high school slackers stumble upon a discarded set of old reel-to-reel tapes, labeled ‘Riley Oakes’. When they listen to the voice on the tapes they discover the Riley uses music to overcome a disability and decide to find him as part of a school project.
WHERE’S LARRY? (24 min, USA)
Directed by John Surenkamp
A simple dinner was never more complicated.
WON’T PIPE DOWN (23 min, USA)
Directed by Marley McDonald
“Won’t Pipe Down” is a short documentary presenting the definitive David versus Goliath battle between the residents of Nelson County, Virginia and the Dominion Power company. This inside look at the community and their fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions about environmental justice, property rights, and individual rights.
SHE’S HOME (5 min, USA)
Directed by Michael Ivey
Hank calls an informal work session at his home, but after the day wraps up he is seduced by his protege, Sofia. But will she regret the romantic encounter?
THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER(3 min, USA)
Directed by Michelle Marquez
This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that is musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states.
OLD SOUL (8 min, USA)
Directed by Lana Young
88-year-old Maggie gets her wish to reconcile her past – as the 8- year-old foster child of her own bi-racial granddaughter.
FADING FELT (14 min, USA)
Directed by Woody Chapman
A formerly famous Sesame Street puppet star, Flynn, attempts to find fame again.
FAREWELL OLD STRINGY (23 min, USA)
Directed by Alex Rafala
An old homeless man recruits two young men to help his imaginary friend commit suicide.
NORA (36 min, ISRAEL)
Directed by Nurit Agozi
Nora, the female protagonist, is in her late twenties, living in Tel Aviv of our time. Her lifestyle is marked by an almost ritualistic repetition of everyday activities: sleeping, eating, drinking (alcohol), and having sex.
THE PALOOKA (15 min, USA)
Directed by Perry Martin
“The Palooka” is based on one of Tennessee Williams’ long-lost short plays, in which an up-and-coming fighter meets an older palooka before his fight. The washed-up fighter takes the rookie boxer under his wing and regales him with stories of his childhood hero, Galveston Joe. Will either man get to live those storied dreams?
WAR OF LIES (90 min, GERMANY)
Directed by Matthias Bittner
War of Lies is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie. The press blamed Rafed Aljanabi, he, though, proudly presents himself as the man who helped remove Saddam Hussein. Was Aljanabi really able to walk all over the world´s intelligence services and how did this lie become a convenient truth?
SCHOOLCRAFT (14 min, USA)
Directed by Adam Nelson
Based on the true story of Adrian Schoolcraft, a young NYPD beat cop secretly records audio files that expose a culture of corruption within his precinct.
APALACHICOLA (15 min, USA )
Directed by John Francis
After her final tour of duty in Afghanistan, an oysterman’s daughter returns home and rediscovers her family and the coastal community she grew up in.
REMITTANCE (90 min, USA)
Directed by Patrick Daly & Joel Fendelman
When Marie takes a job as a maid in Singapore to support her family in the Philippines, she trades one hardship for another. Betrayed by her husband, she begins to build a new life for herself. As she gets caught up in the new life she is building for herself in Singapore, she needs to choose between her personal aspirations and her family responsibilities.
SHOOTING THE PRODIGAL (95 min, USA) *World Premiere Red Carpeted Event. Carpet opens at 6:45pm.
Directed by David Powers
Shooting the Prodigal is the story of a brash, young, Jewish filmmaker from New york who tries to help an overly zealous Baptist Preacher in South Alabama make a movie. The clash of cultures and personalities makes for an entertaining “fish out of water” comedy.
COTTONMOUTH (16 min, USA)
Directed by Richard Rogers
A chain reaction of events ignite after a high school basketball player gets in trouble and uses his teammate as a scapegoat to avoid punishment.
APRIL’S WAY (8 min, USA)
Directed by Robert Nyerges
A Korean store owner grapples between protecting his family and salvaging their family business amidst the looting of the 1992 LA riots.
SUGAR (17 min, USA)
Directed by Kimi Lee
Upon being abandoned by her boyfriend in New York, a broke college student, desperate to procure tuition money, assumes an alias and delves into a transactional relationship with a suburban family man.
FOOL ME TWICE ( 7 min, USA)
Directed by Richie Ellison
The 2015 Richmond 48-Hour Film Project winner, Fool Me Twice follows a serial prankster seeking professional help for his condition, hoping to control his foolish behavior.
DEMOCRACY IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT ( 8 min, USA)
Directed By Gail Gilbert
A short film that shocks the viewer into thinking about the democratic system – why it works and how it could easily fail.
ODDSTRUCK (11 min, USA)
Directed by Charles Belt
A troubled teen named Violet embarks on a bizarre journey of self discovery when, at at the carnival with her family, she enters a fortune teller’s tent and encounters the mystical Madame Adelaide.
NOT MONTANA (24 min, USA)
Directed by Reid Kerely
Not Montana is a short film that tells the story of three brothers, vastly different in age, as they come home after learning that their family dog has died.
NOBODY BUT US (15 min, USA)
Directed by Kimball Carr
A modern-day heiress aligns forces with her lover as she schemes to put an abrupt end to the abuses suffered via her current husband. In so doing, she sets in motion a swift decent into evil for the lover and a quiet coup d’etat for herself. Set against the world of an international corporate take over, Nobody But Us is inspired by the song ‘Miss Gradenko’ by the Grammy-winning band, The Police.
BURNED (18 min, USA)
Directed by Jaime Valdueza
When you love someone, trust is essential, even if it ends it all.
THURSDAY, MARCH 3 (at the Bow Tie Movieland 1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
GONE SOUTH: HOW CANADA INVENTED HOLLYWOOD (90 min, CANADA)
Directed by Leslie Bland and Ian Ferguson
A hilarious and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture.
HARVEST (124 min, USA)
Directed by Cagney Gentry
An aging man in the Appalachian Mountains faces the loss of routine and solitude.
INTERWOVEN (87 min, USA)
Directed by VW Scheich
In the film, many of the talented ensemble cast members portray their own personal stories and share their experiences with homelessness, suicide, death, and addiction.
THE FUTURE PERFECT (11 min, USA)
Directed by Nick Citton
Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot un-learn.
THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST (17 min, USA)
Directed by Moon Molson
A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept.
SLLIP (25 min, USA)
Directed by Rob Lewis
SLLiP Follows Cam, a young father injured at work who fights to shield his family from his daily pain and addiction. When prescription drugs are not enough to manage, will he risk losing his family and his sanity to his demons?
EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING (11 min, USA)
Directed by Sonya Lea
Two sisters trying to forget their troubled past must deal with a cruel mother close to death. Stars HBO’s Lauren Weedman and singer Dylan Nichole Bandy, with a score by Trey Gunn, featuring Bob Dylan’s ‘Not Dark Yet.’ EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING was created by a mostly female cast and crew, and is supported by women and those who want to see women’s stories on the screen.
BLUEY (14 min, AUSTRALIA)
Directed by Darlene Johnson
Bluey, an angry young woman trapped in a life of violence, meets a mystery mentor who could change everything. Bluey is a story of courage, heart and the fight for survival
BEVERLEY (25, min UK)
Directed by Alexander Thomas
Beverley follows a mixed race girl’s struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape – 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve
DUST (27 min, USA)
Directed by Michael Grier
In a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated them selves behind the massive walls of industrial cities, a socially marginalized Tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save a society that has shunned his way of life.
2016 SHOWTIMES: FRIDAY
FRIDAY, MARCH 4 (at the Byrd Theater, 2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA)
NOWHERE (3 min, USA)
Directed by Mario Kyprianou
nowhere is a motion graphic project that expresses my personal journey of pursuing happiness. To be happy or not happy, people have the choices of their own lives and thoughts.
THE LOST MARINER (6 min, NETHERLANDS)
Directed by Tess Martin
The Lost Mariner is an animated interpretation of Dr. Oliver Sacks’ case study found in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. It uses photographs to visualize the rare memory condition of patient Jimmie G.
GOLDEN SHOT (9 min, TURKEY)
Directed by Gokalp Gonan
Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that.
DAEWIT (15 min, GERMANY)
Directed by David Jansen
A wolf child, a cat, an angel. Daewit is rescued from his violent father and grows up far away from his family among wolves. He is released into a world in which he grows from a child to a man weary of life. Embarking on a mysterious journey to find his own identity, he encounters great hardship but ultimately finds peace in forgiveness.
THE DISTANT TOUCH (5 min, USA)
Directed by Jun Chen
The Distant Touch is a 2D animation about a baby fox’s quest to find his mother. It shows the inner world of an animal that has been destroyed by human beings.
THE SCAPE (10 min, BRAZIL)
Directed by Douglas Ferreira
It’s 50 B.C. in ancient Egypt,the Roman army just invaded the country and it is conducting prisoners through the desert.
HAND JOB (9 min, USA)
Directed by Josh Miller
Hand Job offers an in-depth, behind-the scenes look into the grueling, high-stress, but often under-appreciated profession of male hand modeling. We follow renown hand model, Erik Thomas Layne, as he applies his well honed skills on set of a big-budget commercial production, and in the process, we gain great insight into the kind of man it takes to handle the pressures of such a demanding profession. Or, is it art?
DANCE DANCE DANCE (25 min, JAPAN)
Directed by Ken Ochiai
Furu is a DJ that lives alone in Tokyo. Every evening, his skyrise apartment is haunted by visions that remind him of his relationship with Yukino.
GOTHAM JUMBLE PARFAIT (15 min, JAPAN)
Directed by Yuki Saito
A Yakuza-like man splattered with blood sits face-to-face with a younger man dripping with cream soda. A gun on the table and a dead body on the floor. There’s also an older waitress and a black customer. Confusion mounts as the man orders four parfaits.
CHICKEN’S DYNAMITE (30 min, JAPAN)
Directed by Toshimitsu Iizuka
“Chicken’s Dynamite”… is a legendary game to relieve the bullied boys! A high school student Hashimoto Yukichi is bullied and has had no girl friend in 15 years. One day, the superior CHIBA who used to be a bullied suddenly speaks to him and says “Wouldn’t you like to change the scenery?” HASHIMOTO decides to challenge the game, “Chicken’s Dynamite” in order to change the scenery. The rule of the game is to be together with Miss Campus for one week and bring her bra… One week later, he seems to have succeeded in the reckless challenge, but can he really change the scenery-?
THE VISIT (26, ISRAEL)
Directed by Inbar Horesh
Hagar comes to visit her father who lives in a nursing home in Jerusalem. Before entering his room she looks at him and chooses to escape, but a series of incidents forces her to spend the day in the building. First a mishap which makes her change her clothes, an old woman stuck with her wheelchair in the hallway and then the head nurse that thinks Hagar is a Russian caretaker. She gets swallowed up in the work and slowly becomes part of the staff. The short visit turns into a journey between the narrow corridors of society.
SOGNI CULINARI (3 min, BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA)
Directed by Clarissa Duque
A love story by a man who dreams that he is a pasta dish.
MEAT (15 min, USA)
Directed by Michael Forstein
Desperate for work, Darren agrees to a one-day trial as a door-to-door meat salesman.
EMMA CHANGE THE LOCKS (4 min, UK)
Directed by Julia Hart
Emma is stepping up to an extreme decision. She is changing the locks. Will she be able to stand by her choice when the knocking begins? From writer Julia Hart in her directorial debut, Emma, Change The Locks presents a powerful performance by Olivia Williams alongside newcomer Madeline Tynan.
CONVERSATION WITH A CIGARETTE (18 min, USA)
Directed by Russell Brown
A cat and mouse game ensues when a man faces his greatest enemy: A Cigarette.
HAGERESEB (39 min, USA)
Directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi, Kirby Grey
It’s 1997 in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace, and 10-year-old Abai is on a quest to find fresh batteries for his Casio keyboard for one last music lesson with his older brother Sam before seeing him sent back to their native Eritrea, indefinitely.
IN-BETWEEN FRAMES (2 min, USA)
Directed by Mariam Eqbal
In-Between Frames is a part of a series of works that are experimental and explore the fundamentals of animated motion through repetition. The work is an inquiry into the unlimited in-betweens of movement as it courses through time and space. I’m interested in repetition as the simple rule fundamental to the process through which complexity arises.
BRUSH (2 min, USA)
Directed by Mariam Eqbal
Brush is a collection of one thousand brushstrokes of paint on glass. The animated work is about simplicity at the root of complexity. It is an inquiry into the processes of time and motion. The repeated gestures, through the lens of time, reveal a movement that resembles the forces of nature.
SHADOWS (12 min, SINGAPORE)
Directed by Isaac Kerlow
Life as usual is interrupted when a band of intruders decide to destroy the centuries-old rain forest in a single day. Unaware that one of their own has betrayed them, the villagers are unable to protect the forest until an unexpected ally uses her powers to help.
THE BELIEF (2 min, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN)
Directed byAmir Vahedi
The enemy attacked the country and war began. A pair of Soldier boots was being putting on by a man who are invisible. The boots get ready to go fight against the enemy, but when the boots saw the other fragment boots in the battlefield. They refused to go forward. The man puts off the boots and step forward to the front fighting with the enemy. it is full of symbols of my county`s situation, which we encounter with. After finishing the war some people(boots) who were not important and useless in the country became important and now are in the best position and rank of the Pyramid Power of government and in the showcase while they didn’t cost that much.
ACOUSTIC SPACE (15 min, USA)
Directed by Anthony Marinelli
A short film about how technology has changed the way we communicate.
RED ROVER (15 min, USA)
Directed by Brooke Goldfinch
Two teenagers from a remote religious community travel to town in search of shelter after being told by their Evangelical parents that an asteroid will soon destroy the earth.
LUCY: A STORY OF EPILEPSY AND MARIJUANA (11 min, USA)
Directed by John Picklap
A three year old with a severe form of epilepsy struggles to live a normal while politicians debate the fate of an illicit drug that could affect her future–marijuana.
HAVENDALE (36 min, USA)
Directed by John Wattenbarger
A socially awkward single father tries to regain peace after his deadbeat brother is released from prison and disrupts a town over bingo money.
FRIDAY, March 4 (at the Bow Tie Criterion, 1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
RIGHT FOOTED (82 min, ETHIOPIA)
Directed by Nick Spark
Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and amazingly — fly an airplane with her feet. Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for persons with disabilities
ISTORIA (63 min, AUSTRALIA)
Directed by David Ockenden
Istoria’ follows the journey of Elias, his son and grandson as they return to Greece for the last time to explore this troubled past and possibly even find a sense of closure for Elias.
CAM GIRLS (15 min, USA)
Directed by David Slack
CAM GIRLS is a fun, soapy web series about women who make money stripping on the internet. Inspired by true events, CAM GIRLS is from Executive Producer and Director David Slack (Person of Interest, Lie to Me, Law & Order) and Writer/Creator Joelle Garfinkel.
AMATEURS (30 min, USA)
Directed by Jasmine Chiong
When there is a shakeup at a small B-movie production company, the assistants and interns reevaluate their career goals against the ticking time bomb of their waning twenties.
ESCORTS (8 min, USA)
Directed by Dave Patten
ESCORTS is a black comedy that follows Jay Miller on his perilous journey as a collegiate amateur “escort service” business owner in Southern California.
LILAC (15 min, USA)
Directed by Hank Isaac
What if Robin Hood was a homeless ten-year-old girl living in a modern city.
THE OTHER SIDE (7 min, COLUMBIA)
Directed by Diego Duran
Vicky and Sebastian are dating. They love. But with the impossible love, decide to take a very dangerous decision that will change them, this life and the next, forever. The story moves at two points in time: the past and the present. Sebastian should come back from beyond in search of Victoria.
THE FALL DUDE (5 min, USA)
Directed by Daniel Bridges
An inexperienced actor gets mistaken for a stunt man
POSITIVE SINKING (11 min, GERMANY)
Directed by Thomas Heinemann
Two men, two sons and no plan. Every three days a new business idea. Every four weeks alimony. Unemployment benefits, a stretch limo and a dubious illness. Here we go.
(A) LIVE (13 min, FRANCE)
Directed by Maud Forget
Nathalie, twenty six years, lives with her mother with whom she maintains conflicting relationships. her everyday life sinks and melancolique is enlighted by her meetings between friends and her passion secrete for her neighbor, Guillaume, who she meets every morning without ever daring to speak to him .
ROMEO IS BLEEDING (93 min, USA)
Directed by Jason Zeldes
A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown by writing poetry about his experiences. Using his voice to inspire those around him, he and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a real dialogue about violence in the city. Will Richmond force Donté to compromise his idealistic ambitions? Or will Donté end Richmond’s cycle of trauma?
#YA (15 min, GERMANY)
Directed by Ygor Gama and Florencia Rovlich
First it’s paint bombs, followed hard by riots.
Tweets proclaim what is to be done.
Resistance is everywhere. Something has to give.
Two young activists meet amid turbulent events.
They dance. the city belongs to them.
SIMON (12 min, USA)
Directed by Camille de Galbert
A man prepares for his final entry onto the grand stage, only to be confronted by his inner self. SIMON is a genre-crossing, dizzying dive; an inside-outside passage through dance. Passage from the imaginary to the reality, from childhood to adulthood. No one is more alone than the actor who enters the stage. No one is more alone than the child who’s about to join adulthood. And when the imaginary joins reality, the figure of childhood explodes.
THERE ARE NO STRANGERS HERE (9 min, USA)
Directed by Eugen Bräunig
Things are in transition and Sophia wished it could all happen a little faster. She is impatient for the future to arrive, for things to happen. By the end of the film we see her for who she is: She is exhausted but happy and confident.
BANDITO (16 min, USA)
Directed by Evan Ari Kelman
A coming-of-age drama about Jamie, a young boy who stows himself away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist.
TOTAL MOON (15 min, USA)
Directed by Sophia Savage
When the Maas siblings bring their sister home to Big Sur after a suicide attempt, they struggle to reintegrate her into their unusually intimate way of life.
(UN) SEXY (5 min, USA)
Directed by Paige Snider
This comical short follows the sexual misadventures of a young woman as she navigates the dating world and discovers that self acceptance is the key to success.
MIDNIGHT DANCE (26 min, TAIWAN)
Directed my Mian Mian Lu
After being fired from her restaurant job, Qin-Qin, a 30-year-old beer girl, feels lost and tries to get drunk. She wanders through the darkened lanes by a fishing harbor searching for meaning in her life. When she walks into a late night seafood stand, Qin-Qin finds what she has long been missing.
UNTIL IT HURTS (67 min, USA)
Directed by Scott Hansen
UNTIL it HURTS is a heartfelt documentary that shares the stories of some of our elite Navy SEALs, a NYPD officer, and a young man that wants to serve his country. It is told through the making of a piece of American art titled UNTIL it HURTS. The art and film was created to help bring American back together after 911. This film was produced in Virginia and shot on Location in Virginia, Utah and New York.
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE (19 min, ISRAEL)
Directed by Tal Greenberg
Power dynamics, inter-dependence and free will are present in every love story. As in all stories, in love there is a beginning, a middle and an end.
Three couples in different phases of their lives find themselves in the same hospital on the same day, each for their own reasons.
The film examines the boundary between love and dependence, between habit and choice, and asks – in relationships, where is true love found?
TEXAS REIN (103 min, USA)
Directed by Durrell Nelson
CASSIE ROBERTS, an ex-rodeo queen turned single mom, gets an urgent call to return home to Texas for her sick father, MARVIN. Ashamed of her wayward past, Cassie plans to stay home only long enough to help her father get back on his feet. But when she sees SPLASH, her father’s prize winning Quarter Horse, her plans change. Cassie wants to see Splash compete in the International Equestrian Games, and she wants the best trainer in east Texas to make it happen. But when Cassie meets CHASE EVERSOLL, a handsome “cowboy” horse trainer, she gets more than she bargained for. As their work turns personal, Chase challenges Cassie to let go of her past and reminds her that reconciliation starts with forgiveness. Texas Rein explores the family dynamic when a prodigal returns, the gift of forgiveness and the hope of second chances.
FRIDAY NIGHT, March 4 (Music Videos at the BROADBERRY )
6:00PM Followed by Exclusive RVA Music Showcase
LYRA (4 min, USA)
Directed by Laura Ruschak
Music Video for single Lyra by Folk Duo, Zooanzoo.
WHEN THE VINYL SCRAPES (3 MIN, USA)
Directed by Tobin Harringshaw
Drew Gibson’s music video, When the Vinyl Scrapes, from his latest album, 1532, explores the loss and confusion after losing a loved one, and how he finds his way towards acceptance of his father’s death.
NOT EVEN FOR YOU (4 min, USA)
Directed by Tara O’Sullivan
A young girl dances in the abandoned space of something that once was beautiful as she tries to find strength after heartbreak.
OUR PEOPLE (7 min, USA)
Directed by Albert Kahn
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.
FOLLOW YOU (4 min, USA)
Directed by Phil Langhorne
WE’LL BE COMING HOME (4 min, USA)
Directed my Emileigh Barrett
Michael Addison’s music video showcasing the undying love between two people in which even death can not keep them apart.
MISSING (5 min, USA)
Directed by Alex Hendersen
Utilizing art to provoke thought and action. “Missing”, the debut music video from The House The Old is a step toward starting a serious conversation about violence against women and children prevailing in our societies.
THE SUN IS RISING (LE SOLEIL SE LEVE) (6 min, CANADA)
Directed by Lloyd Frost
Is there a key to understanding and ending armed conflict and terrorism? From naiveté to awareness and ultimately to questioning, a man looks at armed conflict and two terrorism attacks.
OUT HERE (8 min, US)
Starring rap artist EbZ. Also featuring KlienteL, Minot, BigT, & Rich Rhoades.
2016 SHOWTIMES: SATURDAY
SATURDAY March 5 (at the Byrd Theater,2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA)
COMING THROUGH THE RYE (96 min, USA)
Directed by James Sadwith
Inspired by the filmmaker’s own true story, the film – set in 1969 – follows a 16 yr old boy who is desperate to be a worldly adolescent. After stumbling through disastrous relationships at boarding school, and, accompanied by a local town girl, he travels the mountains of New Hampshire in search of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.
THIS IS CALIFORNIA (1 min, USA)
Directed byEmmanuel Foissotte and Angela Yu
The day I realized that beauty and surprises are not at the end of the world, but right in front of my eyes. After living in California for 4 years, I want to share the beauty of California, the place I call home, with the rest of the world.
JOSEPHINE (81 min, USA)
Directed by Rory Feek
In the spring of 1864, a desperate young farmers wife enlists in the confederate Army posing as a man. She must battle the Union Army, the men of her unit and her own identity in the quest to find her missing husband.
DEAD SATURDAY (9 min, USA)
Directed by Benjamin Stark
Jimmy is convinced he’s found a way to release his inner demons without going against the will of God: Dead Saturday, the time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when Jesus is “dead” and our sins are overlooked. But when he confronts Pastor Malcolm, the man who unknowingly inspired the idea, the conversation gets heated.
KILLING POE (98 min, USA)
Directed by Nathan Jacobs
KILLING POE is a hilarious comedy with a macabre twist. Five college students find themselves in the most infuriating class ever on Edgar Allan Poe. After weeks of abuse from their professor — and a ‘shroom-fueled trip with a beat-boxing groundskeeper and a TV horror host — the group plots their revenge. But their “simple” plan spirals out of control and the five must navigate growing suspicions, paranoia, and guilt. Yet, a series of shocking revelations, and a mysterious stranger, cause the hapless conspirators to question everything they thought they knew. The film is truly a modern Breakfast Club with a unique John-Hughes-meets-Wes-Anderson flavor, aimed at lovers of high school and college ensemble comedies.
I AM CELIB’ (2 min, FRANCE)
Directed by Boris Vassalo & Jeremie Poppe
Alice thinks that the good man doesn’t exist. She uses them like things.
THE BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF (29 min, GERMANY)
Directed by Barbara Kronenberg
While the 8th grader Ella faces a decisive math exam, which determines if she will be promoted to next grade, she dreams of last summer: love lessons of her grotesque ballet teacher, private tutoring by a know-it-all 7th grader, her first kiss and permanently annoying parents. An entertaining insight into the spring awakening of Ella Plummhoff.
LOTHAR (14 min, SWITZERLAND)
Directed by Luca Zuberbühler
Forced to be alone: Whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. To protect the world he locks himself into a subterranean home, isolated from the outer world. One day, an accident happens. Despite of all the care taken, he breaks his beloved toaster, an early gift from his mother. The broken toaster compels him to leave his residence. Shortly after taking the risk, Lothar runs the world into great danger.
THE BARRY AND RO SHOW (5 min, USA)
Directed by Jordan Leibowitz
Married tv stars Barry and Ro try to shoot a promo for their 1970’s variety show.
LIFE IN FREE FALL (35 min, USA)
Directed by Chad Larabee
A disillusioned songwriter meets an aspiring singer as he flees Manhattan for the Midwest, resulting in a nighttime stroll through NYC revealing hidden truths and tarnished dreams.
SATURDAY March 5 (at the Bow Tie Movieland,1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
LOUDER THAN BOMBS (109 min, USA)
Directed by Joachim Trier
The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.
SHELTERED (6 min, USA)
Directed by Carl Hansen
As a tornado approaches, a small family seeks refuge in a storm shelter and their tensions rise…
LIES BENEATH THE NIGHTSHADE
(11 min, USA)
Directed by Andrew Wecht
In the throes of The Great Depression, Basilio is unable to upkeep his beloved tomato garden with his grandson Anthony serving life in prison–but Anthony has an endgame to help save the family tradition.
ON THE WING (89 min, USA)
Directed by Jerry Casagrande
When you are the 16 year old heir to an oil fortune and the son of the man who might be the next President, it may be that all you really want to do is play your guitar and hang out with your best friend. That’s the case for Will Ryburn. Ahh, if only life would be so easy!
MANNISH BOY (15 min, CANADA)
Directed by Ryan Tonelli
Set in the 1970’s, 21 year-old Bobby Mayhill struggles to find guidance as his older brother Tommy serves a six year sentence for assault on a police officer. Abandoned during pivotal years of his youth, Bobby becomes troubled and is following in the footsteps of his older brother. Upon Tommy’s release, he finds out about Bobby’s involvement with Jason, an old friend, and must now give Bobby a way out of the crime surrounded streets of Brooklyn, New York. However, it becomes unclear who the real enemy is as Tommy’s past with the law catches up with him.
ALMOST HOLY (96 min, USA)
Directed by Steve Hoover
The fall of The Soviet Union left Ukraine in a wake of social and political upheaval. The crippled economy and corrupt infrastructure produced little hope. However, a pastor and civic leader from Mariupol, Ukraine named Gennadiy Mokhnenko, made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from streets of his city. He founded Pilgrim Republic, a children’s rehabilitation center and home for former street kids.
THE HOLISTIC LIFE FOUNDATION: BREATHING LOVE INTO A COMMUNITY (22 min, USA)
Directed by Chris Farina
A portrait of the work being done by the Holistic Life Foundation in west Baltimore. Two of the three founders grew up in this tough inner-city neighborhood and have dedicated their lives to bringing the benefits of mindfulness, yoga and to put it simply, love to their hometown through their work with children at schools, drug rehab centers and community organizations for the past 14 years.
CROSSING STREETS (88 min, USA)
Directed by Marc Hutchins
Detective Marcus Williams (Kevin Nichols) is a Roanoke City Police detective who is unwillingly thrust into a partnership with Minister Samuel Gray (Chris Cleveland) to solve a gang-related shooting. As the mismatched duo begin their journey, they soon discover the incident is part of something bigger, and catching the killer means stopping an all-out gang war. Through the investigation, Marcus and Samuel both learn that saving lives means learning to work together in this action packed buddy-cop dramedy.
SATURDAY MARCH 5 (at the Bow Tie Criterion,1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
BREATHE (5 min, POLAND)
Directed by Youssef Ouarrak
In the midst of World War II, a teenager follows the footsteps of a bold scout girl in the underground sewers of Warsaw.
CLONES (19 min, SWITZERLAND)
Directed by Rafael Bolliger
A dying scientist is offered the chance to live on in his clone’s body.
THE JOURNEY WITHIN
(77 min, PAKISTAN)
Directed by Mian Adnan Ahmad
The ‘Coke Studio’ Origin Story – In a post 9/11 Pakistan faced with challenges of war and conflict, a quest for self-identity leads the inspirational journey of a music show to help reclaim the rich and vast musical heritage of this region. In doing so it has become one of the biggest music initiatives from this side of the world, bringing together unique cultural experiences and genres, including but not limited to folk, sufi, rock, pop and rap music. We discover the show from its humble beginnings, living through its spirit to reach the heart of the experience, as artists unify eastern and western sounds to make music that will resonate across the globe; impacting all involved and planting the seeds for an ongoing inward reflection towards who we are as individuals and as a people.
AMAZING JOURNEY (13 min, USA)
Directed by Derrick Perry
This short documentary traces the fight against Sickle Cell Anemia in Richmond, Virginia starting in the 1970’s.
JOHN’ FOLLIES (8 min, USA)
Directed by Bruce Dale
This is a short film about a successful businessman with an obsession for building in stone. His artistic side is expressed in his stone wall creations: there are seven which he calls his “Follies.” One large circle consists of tall stones brought back from Indonesia. The latest is an amphitheater which seats 500 people. For the past decade, he has travelled from his home in Washington, DC to “Stone Hill”, his farm in Flint Hill, Virginia to pursue his passion for building in stone.
NO. 2: STORY OF THE PENCIL (43 min, USA)
Directed by William Allen
No.2, overlooked as a common tool, continues to lose dominance in a media saturated world. However, history tells a different story.
INDIA’S DAUGHTER (62 min, INDIA)
Directed by Leslee Udwin
This documentary film pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012. It also examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape, and – perhaps most importantly – it sets these specifics against a wider in-depth exploration of the patriarchal society and culture which not only seeds but may be said even to encourage violence against women. The focus of the film’s exploration is on the compelling human stories behind the incident in the context of a world in which brutality against women is so commonplace. Ultimately, the film is optimistic – the case has been a catalyst for change, and the massive public response to the incident bears witness to an attitudinal change on the horizon, which the film seeks to amplify.
IT HAPPENED HERE
(76 min, USA)
Directed by Lisa F. Jackson
Through the intimate portraits of five student survivors, IT HAPPENED HERE exposes the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the institutional cover-ups and the failure to protect students, and follows their fight for accountability and change on campus and in federal court.
OBLIVION SEASON (94 min, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN)
Directed by Abbas Rafei
An ex-prostitute starts a new life by marrying her loved one but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seemed before. Now she is the prisoner of her loved one and to earn her freedom she should fight with the masculine society.
FOOLS (87 min, USA)
Directed by Benjamin Meyer
Two strangers brush hands on a crowded Chicago El Train. A week later, without having exchanged a word, she moves in with him. They fabricate a rich romantic history together. But when reality tests their lies, they must decide if their love is true.
FRONTMAN (18 min, USA)
Directed by Matthew Gentile
When an emotionally self-destructive rock star starts to lose his hearing, his personal and professional lives begin to unravel.
DAY RELEASE (80 min, SPAIN)
Directed by Geoffrey Cowper
On his first day of weekend parole, after 5 years in prison, Mark Rodriguez only wishes to make it up with his brother Toni. After a heated argument with him, Mark spends the night out and wakes up hungover in his Golf GT with a young and attractive stripper. She convinces him to take her to the shopping center where she works on weekends.
…IN THE DARK (81 min, USA)
Directed by David Spaltro
Skeptical grad student, Veronica Carpenter (Lynn Justinger), interviews renowned paranormal specialist, Dr. Lois Kearne (Fiona Horrigan), for her thesis on the benefits of her supernatural research in regards to modern psychology, and joins her on a field study trip to a Brooklyn family home supposedly “besieged by evil spirits”. Once at the residence of nurse Joan Mills (Catherine Cobb Ryan) and Bethany (Grace Folsom), her recently returned daughter, the investigators are immediately confronted with dark secrets, darker energies, unexplainably horrific events, and a young girl who’s affliction tests the boundaries of all their collective research and experience, forcing everyone to confront their own haunted pasts and demons. And what exactly is lying hungrily in wait “…In the Dark”.
2016 SHOWTIMES: SUNDAY
SUNDAY MARCH 6 (at the Byrd Theater,2908 W Cary St, Richmond, VA)
ELEMENTAL (12 min, USA)
Directed by Eric Hurt
A 10 year old whizkid receives advice from a blind neighbor when it comes to matters of the heart.
HOOVEY (91 min, USA)
Directed by Sean McNamara
HOOVEY is the inspiring and true story of a Midwestern basketball family that, with God’s help, stayed in the game and won. When promising high school basketball player Eric “Hoovey” Elliott collapses on the court, doctors discover a life-threatening brain tumor. Hoovey will survive the high-risk surgery, but at what cost? Can he relearn to walk, read, even to see clearly? The road is long, and meanwhile overwhelming medical bills threaten to undo everything his parents, Jeff and Ruth, have taken a lifetime to build.
VICTOR (105 min, USA)
Directed by Brandon Dickerson
A mother’s love. A son’s rebellion. The faith to overcome.
From the streets of THE CROSS & THE SWITCHBLADE comes the inspiring TRUE STORY of a migrant teen from Puerto Rico forced to survive the dark streets of 1962 Brooklyn. Enslaved by the power of gangs and the addiction of heroin, he must find faith and freedom before he destroys his family and himself.
3000 (20 min, GREECE)
Directed by Antonis Tsonis
Athens, Greece. An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer, secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments
HILL OF THE HAPERSNOKS (12 min, USA)
Directed by Rinny Wilson
As an author tries to write her masterpiece, her muses manifest within her novel as pesky and destructive creatures. How will she bring them under control, and how will her characters deal with the consequences?
ROMAN CITIZEN (40 min, USA)
Directed by Luca Elmi
Reality is not always as it appears. Criminal intent is not always as simple as we perceive it.
IN THE WAVES (6 min, USA)
Directed by Ying- Fang Shen
The very short but magical moment we passed.
DISSONANCE (4 min, CANADA)
Directed by Anna Ngo
A transgender outcast is ostracized by their traditional community upon discovering their true identity.
BOUNJOUR JI (16 min, CANADA)
Directed by Satinder Kassaona
Set in Montreal, this is a story about the communication gap between different communities who live and work amongst each other every day. Despite being born in Montreal, Rup Singh, struggles not only with how he is perceived by others, but also with how he perceives them. ‘Bonjour Ji’ is a powerful short-film about the importance of how simple conversations between people from different ethnicities can solve so many issues.
Red Carpet opens at 7:15pm
8:00PM RED CARPET AWARDS
SUNDAY MARCH 6 (at the Bow Tie Movieland,1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
3 STILL STANDING (90 min, USA)
Directed by Robert A. Campos and Donna Locicero
The film follows three stand-up comics as they struggle to survive through the downfall of comedy following the 80s boom when clubs quickly closed down, as they now seek new ways to reinvent their acts in an unfamiliar landscape of social media and online celebrity. Contemporaries and close colleagues of stars Robin Williams, Rob Schneider, Paula Poundstone and Dana Carvey, success seems to be just one great set away for Will Durst, Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Johnny Steele. But cut to the present day and the trio are adapting. A 30-year roller-coaster ride through comedy’s boom and bust, 3 Still Standing charts the careers of three funnymen who, despite not finding success on the same scale as their famous friends, continue to live the dream and like blues musicians, only get better with age.
MONROE HILL (52 min, USA)
Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley
Made possible with an award from the Jefferson Trust and the support of Brown College, Curry School of Education, The Washington Papers, Papers of James Monroe, Ash Lawn-Highland, The James Monroe Museum, and The Presidential Precinct. Monroe Hill brings to the foreground a previously unexplored period of the life of James Monroe featuring extensive documentation, independent research, and interviews with experts. Rare film footage from D. W. Griffith’ “America” and “Orphans of the Storm” was used to create a sense of verisimilitude. The film is an investigation of a space stationary in time, an archeologically challenging experience that explores a place and the people that contributed to its transformation; thus, challenging the idea of a mythical birthplace of the University of Virginia. It also explores other properties owned by James Monroe during the same period, his Ministerial affairs in Paris, family liaisons, slavery, and the overall complex relationship with many of his contemporaries including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
YOU SEE ME (71 min, USA)
Directed by Linda J. Brown
Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. Drawing on home movies, family photos and interviews, she reveals secrets, uncovers lies, and discovers a redeeming treasure in a lost family video. The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves. You See Me is a brave, inspiring and empowering film that documents the essence of the human condition and seeks to face the past with courage in order to change the future.
SUNDAY MARCH 6 (at the Bow Tie Criterion, 1301 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA)
JACKRABBIT (100 min, USA)
Directed by Carleton Ranney
When a friend’s suicide leaves behind a mysterious computer drive, a fringe hacker and accomplished computer technician come together to decipher the message left in his wake. Set in an oddly familiar future, Jackrabbit combines a lo-fi aesthetic with a science fiction narrative to create a story which functions as both a retro throwback and a forward-thinking indie drama.
THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT (12 min, USA)
Directed by Nicholas Coles
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house– the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home’s macabre history.
KEEPING BALANCE (5 min, AUSTRIA)
Directed by Bernhard Wenger
Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park to take some rides with the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past.
THROUGH THE UNCANNY VALLEY (18, Canada)
Directed by Paquale M. Greco
A man near middle age in an ‘ahead of our time period’ tries to avoid his failures by ordering a new ‘doll’ and trying to have a successful relationship with her only to realize, like the rest of his life, he’s been down this road before.
A SOLITARY MANN (40 min, USA)
Directed by Loic Zimmerman
A journey into the world of Oakland based painter Jeremy MANN.
FARMING IN FEAR (27 min, USA)
Directed by Sean Malone
A young, idealistic woman buys a small farm in Paris, Virginia, fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming an organic farmer, only to discover that corruption lurks just below the surface in Fauquier County.
AMONG THE BELIEVERS (83 min, USA)
Directed by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Intimate and shocking, Among the Believers offers rare insights into the ideological
battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world.
MADINA’S DREAM (80 min, USA)
Directed by Andrew Berends
After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven-year-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people.