Film Festival 2017 Preview

Friday, October 6 Screenings

Boggy Creek Monster

Screening: Friday, October 6, 4:00pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 15min

Director: Seth Breedlove
Writer: Seth Breedlove

Synopsis: The true story behind one of the most infamous American legends ever recorded. Boggy Creek Monster centers around the true stories that inspired the famed Charles B Pierce-directed, 1972 horror film, The Legend of Boggy Creek. The subject has been re-visited by multiple, campy horror films a however, the reality behind the Fouke Monster sightings has never been documented. With author and television personality, Lyle Blackburn, as the guide, the Boggy Creek legend is brought to vivid life in this feature-length documentary film.


Patient 62

Screening: Friday, October 6, 5:30pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 20 min

Director: Bryce Schlamp & Rick Anthony
Writer: Rick Anthony

Synopsis: Wracked by nightmares as he searches for his estranged sister, Lucas Chance stumbles upon a ring of human trafficking and genetic experimentation only to realize the dreams he’s having are not his own.



Screening: Friday, October 6, 9:30pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 21 min

Director: Russ Emanuel
Writer: Julia Camara

Synopsis: ‘Occupants’ is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a ’30 Days of Clean Living’ documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves – a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence.



Screening: Friday, October 6, 11:00pm
Running Time: 59 min

Director: David Cinnella
Writer: David Cinnella

Synopsis: A lone gunslinger roams the lands of a dystopian cyberpunk western world in search of the man who killed his family.



Screening: Friday, October 6, 12:30am
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min

Director: Jay Spence
Writer: Jay Spence

Synopsis: Two sisters take a wrong turn and find themselves in a strange, forgotten town not found on any map. When the sisters discover the town’s true dark nature, they become targets, fighting for their souls against an evil that will never let them leave.


Saturday, October 7 Screenings

Story for an empty theatre

Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 11:00am
Running Time: 57 min

Director: Aleksandr Balagura, Cesare Bedogne
Writer: Cesare Bedogne

Synopsis: “Story for an empty theatre”, an introduction by Venanzio del Mare

This film narrates an intense story of love, disease and death, inspired by the autobiographical novel “Beyond the Blue”, by the Italian photographer and writer Cesare Bedognè. The novel is at the basis of the theatrical performance of the same name which, together with the writer’s photographs, was the first material on which this film was created. In this work still photographs, classical music, theatrical choreographies belonging to the Japanese Butoh’s tradition, lyrical prose, diary fragments and poems merge cinematographically, through the editing by the Russian director Aleksandr Balagura, with shots taken both in a deserted Sanatorium of the Italian Alps, the place of the writer’s past, and in the Greek island of Lesvos, the place of his present. As the book on which it is based, the film seems to wander freely in time, attempting to be more faithful to the intrinsically poetic and diachronic flow of memory rather than to the artificial linearity of conventional narration. The space of this film is thus the space of consciousness, a continuum which dilates, in one of the very last shots, into a dreamlike meditation on death, when the theatre’s stage slowly dissolves into the interior of the Sanatorium’s ruined church, and the white female character weaving together in a pattern of Japanese theatre the various shots of the film, seems to leave behind her own body and leaves the scene. Before the crumbling altar only a drifting plastic bag remains, stirred by the wind.

This is a film constructed on words where images (both still and moving) do not play a merely descriptive role, but rather open a parallel poetical path. It is thus accomplished, through a polysemic correlation between word and image, what Belá Balázs believed to be one of the most intriguing possibilities of poetical expression pertaining to cinematic language.

Through this filmic journey we are also led to the inner depths of the photographic image, the very stuff cinema is made of. Gelatin silver pictures merge in this film with cinematic shots, abandoning their seemingly static form: they dissolve or slowly take shape, as if still under the action of a developer in the darkroom, gradually revealing different layers of reality. The same pictures return rhythmically, in the film, and as the story unfolds they produce always diverse suggestions and meaning, in the continuously changeable and renewed flow of memory. In quite a similar manner, the actress seems to react to both the words from the book and Bach’s music, wandering freely inside and outside the stage, in a silent dialogue with the impalpable beings that from time to time seem to inhabit her, on the Greek shores, in a deserted church or in the old Sanatorium’s haunting rooms – a landscape of Absence – emptiness submerged by a sense of waiting, that counterpoints and at the same time reverberates the everlasting voice of the sea.


Submerge: Echo 51

(Plus Q&A following screening)
Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 12:05pm
Running Time: 20 min

Director: Demetrius Witherspoon
Writer: Demetrius Witherspoon

Synopsis: The planet Echo has been left in ruins. Only one survivor remains an alien woman called LYTE. One day she finds she is not alone, and her life is forever changed. The Saga Continues


Auto Shop

Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 12:55pm
Running Time: 42 min

Director: Alex Gross
Writer: Alex Gross, Joe Zakrzewski, Ed Caiazzo

Synopsis: AUTO SHOP is an unrated dark comedy following two polar characters through an increasingly contentious day at an auto repair shop. The story is based in Delaware County in the Greater Philadelphia area.



(exhibition-only screening)
Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 1:40pm
Running Time: 13 min

Director: Colonel D.R. Acula
Writer: Colonel D.R. Acula

Synopsis: Episode 1 in a forthcoming series of mockumentaries from Eric and Kylie Jude of Frozen Creek Studios. Follow the adventurous Colonel D. R. Acula into Snow Snake territory as he leads an improvised investigation that will prove to be both hilarious and #DeadlyDangerous.



(Plus Q&A following screening)
Saturday, October 7th, 2:00pm
Running Time: 21 min

Director: Thomas Moore
Writer: Thomas Moore

Synopsis: While struggling with mental health, Jamie learns that life could be so much more.


The Prisoner Of Perdition

Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 2:50pm
Running Time: 23 min

Director: Cameron McCasland
Writer: Larry Underwood

Synopsis: In the old west in the town of Perdition, U.S. Marshall Tom Clanton (Rusty James) along with his Deputy Jacob Darby (Michael Longstreth) attempt to protect their prisoner Thorne (John Wells) from an angry mob. But the prisoner has his own devilish intentions.


Music Video Block
Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 3:20pm


The River

Director: David S. Marfield
Writer: David S. Marfield

Synopsis: Through the force of her will & the transformative power of music, the haunted Girl escapes the attic in which she’s trapped.


Burn the River Down

Director: Shawn Engler


Hear Me Out

Director: Jenn Page
Writer: Kacey Fifield, Ricardo Padua


Miss Fairy

Director: Naïma Chebahi
Writer: Naïma Chebahi

Synopsis: In a circus show, the blue fairy, godess of glory, awake to life some freaks and put the spotlights on them.

She can create but also can destroy these new stars


Falling South

Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 3:40pm
Running Time: 39 min

Director: Lorraine Portman
Writer: Lorraine Portman

Synopsis: Charlotte puts Rochester in the rear view as she runs away from the life she has known. She has never been on her own and doesn’t know if she’ll make it as her resources are stripped away. She meets diverse women who offer connection, insight, and laughter on the road to Florida and a possible new life.


My Friend Max

Screening: Saturday, October 7th, 4:20pm
Running Time: 29 min

Director: Mikeal Burgin
Writer: Mikeal Burgin, Chuck Mittan

Synopsis: After the loss of her father, young Thea has lived a secluded life without any friends, except for one. Her imaginary friend, Max, is a cause for concern for Thea’s mother, who drastically intervenes with Thea’s solitary social life. As a result, Max finds himself competing for Thea’s attention, and his own existence.



Screening: Saturday October 7th, 5:00pm
Running Time: 24 min

Director: Amy Leigh McCorkle
Writer: Amy Leigh McCorkle & Melissa Goodman

Synopsis: An amputee veteran must come to terms with PTSD, his bitter and angry wife and a museum curator who is teaching him to feel love again.



Screening: Saturday October 7th, 5:30pm
Running Time: 14 min

Director: Troy King
Writer: J.K. Ishaya

Synopsis: A lamenting artist struggles to find inspiration after the loss of his muse and lover, and in his exploration, uncovers the darkest fathoms of his own mind.


Beyond the Trek

Screening: Saturday October 7th, 9:30pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min

Director: Ian Truitner
Writer: Ian Truitner

Synopsis: Five genetically engineered “perfect” humans are sent on a rescue mission to Titan, where only one man has survived a ruined expedition to retrieve a vital cargo. Under the stress of isolation in outer space, the five perfect humans begin to exhibit formerly-concealed character flaws that threaten to tear the mission (and their chances for survival) apart.



Screening: Saturday October 7th, 11:20pm
Running Time: 1 hr. 38 min

Director: Richard Something, GM Sukara
Writer: Richard Something, GM Sukara, JM Milliken, Riah Gouvea, Dan Sukara

Synopsis: Following in the grand tradition of cinematic epics like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Gone with The Wind,” except not like those movies at all, “HELL!” tells the story of a man locked in a battle for his very soul. “HELL!” is a rock-and-roll musical comedy for the ages.



Screening: Saturday October 7th, 12:50am
Running Time: 1 hr 30min

Director: Darrin Means
Writers: Darrin Means and James Thompson

Synopsis: Want a film that can actually take you back to that mom and pop video store, calling out to you from that dusty shelf with its promise of hotties in the woods, cheesy lines, and a freaking monster ready to rip their guts out? Are you ready for practical, home grown sfx, a custom made soundtrack, and original monster all made by four individuals on a budget less than $6000? Yes we did everything from scratch including scripting, storyboarding, lighting, fx, sound design, rock songs, costuming, set design, editing, color grading, all with a smaller crew than cast! Well, Gnawbone is for you… you indie loving horrorhound!

While on a camping trip, a boy named Tommy witnesses something take the life of his grandfather. Tommy believes it was a monster, but everyone else thinks the traumatic event created a false memory. A psychiatrist wants the now 21-year-old Tommy to face his fears by going back to the woods where it all started. With the help of old friends, he might finally be able to process the memories and come to terms with that scared little boy. Or are his memories actually the truth? You guessed it… Mayhem ensues!


Sunday, October 8


Screening: Sunday, October 8, 11:30am
Running time: 6 min

Director: Bryan Starr
Writer: Bryan Starr

Synopsis: Pregnant, a woman arrives in the city to confront the absentee father. During this difficult journey, she struggles with a choice.



Screening: Sunday, October 8, 11:45pm
Running time: 5 min

Director: Charles M. Kline
Writer: Charles M. Kline

Synopsis: It’s brains over brawn when ten year-old Hattie McClain, who is tired of being tormented by bullies, takes to her laboratory to develop the ultimate solution for dealing with the problem. Sometimes our best friend is the one we create.

Out of Frame

Screening: Sunday, October 8, 12:00pm
Running Time: 40min

Director: Joe State
Writer: John M. Risner, Eric R. Roper, Joseph State

Synopsis: Out of Frame is an intense thriller mystery that follows photographer Damien Drake as he clashes with a cold-blooded psychopath while fighting the darkness within himself.


The Ningyo

Screening: Sunday, October 8, 12:50pm
Running Time: 27 min

Director: Miguel Ortega
Writer: Miguel Ortega, Tran Ma, Gregory Collins

Synopsis: A Faustian tale about losing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.

Episode One:
Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.


Murder Virgin

Screening: Sunday, October 8, 1:30pm
Running Time: 32 min

Director: Joe Lewis
Writer: Joe Lewis, James Thomas, Chad Jennings

Synopsis: The invitation to dinner was offered. The wine was poured. The tranquilizer administered. The axe sharpened. Now why the hell won’t the victim just die already? Worse yet, while won’t he at least stop talking? Beth’s dreams of being counted among the great serial killers of all time, but first she needs to get that first kill out of the way or else she is doomed to remain the Murder Virgin.


Low Tide Drive

Screening: Sunday, October 8, 2:05pm
Running Time: 18 min

Director: Robert R Ramos
Writer: Robert R Ramos

Synopsis: When a dismembered body washes up on the shores of a dilapidated beach town, an unwilling detective is called in to investigate. Simultaneously, a young woman has lucid nightmares of being abducted and raped as a child. Peculiar connections between the detective’s murder investigation and the young woman’s disturbing nightmares are slowly revealed as their stores become intertwined. Kaleidoscopic color pallets and hallucinatory paranoia resonate through the depths of a paradise turned rotten in this surreal comic book-like film that questions the nature of fate and coincidence.


Out of my Mind

Screening: Sunday, October 8, 2:30pm.
Running Time: 16min

Director: Cindy Maples
Writer: Cindy Maples, John Cosper, Neil

Synopsis: Carter is a successful mystery writer on the rise. Fueled by alcohol, and a chance meeting with a beautiful woman in blue, his latest book is flowing out of him. If only he could find the source of dripping water that’s driving him insane. As the novel progresses and the bourbon flows, what Carter’s written about the woman takes a hauntingly dark turn. Slipping into madness might be a great way to write, but are the horrors of the night real or only something out of his mind?


The Sentinel Chronicles: Prelude to Darkness

(Plus Q&A following screening)
Screening: Sunday, October 8, 2:45pm
Running time: 13 min

Director: Jay Welin
Writer: Jay Welin, Harley David Morris

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the world’s collapse the hunt is on for the planet’s most insidious terrorist.