2018
FILMS

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Dear New President

Cameron Scout Bontrager

Written and directed by 10 year old, Cameron Scout Bontrager. Cameron wanted the world to know that the youth have a voice too. The interviews reveal children's thoughts on the recent election and the upcoming 4 years. Their remarks are very light-hearted, meaningful and sometimes humorous.

Distress

Lane Lyle

Aralyn Thanderson, the impoverished orphan, must overcome starvation, troll roads, questionable environmental policy, immigration reform, and knights with a misogynist agenda in order to save the Prince from the magical tower and receive a sizable cash prize.

Exit

Katharina Woll

Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn't handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the ultra-orthodox world she lost all her children, who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care center watched by Rabbinical social workers.
Sarah meets Heidi, daughter of chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party. She was raised ultra-orthodox in Bnei Brak and married at the age of 17. Always wanting to escape the religious life she managed to get a divorce and to take her two kids with her. Today Heidi fights for women's rights especially within the religious community. She helps Sarah to reopen her case at the Rabbinical Court and eventually get the custody of her children.

Extinguished

Ashley Anderson, Jacob Mann

Matt has just had his heart broken and was burned by his own flame. He is afraid to fall in love again and feel the pain of heartbreak once more; when his flame ignites for a new girl he meets, he tries desperately to douse his own fire. As luck would have it though, he runs into her everywhere and must eventually accept the flame inside of him and embrace a newfound love.

Flossenbürg

Heejoo Kim

Based on one of Philip Markowicz's stories of survival during the Holocaust, his transport to a concentration camp in Flossenburg, Germany.

Gloria Talks Funny

Kendall Goldberg

When struggling voice actress, Gloria, discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy.

Gorilla

Tibo Pinsard

Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.

Hoax

Charles Olsen

Hoax explores environmentalism versus capitalism and the right and wrong of activism and protest. It's a locally-made film about a Newcastle local which addresses international issues with global consequences.

How to Know if You're Dead

RJ Wilson

A man contemplates death and baseball.

I Promised Her Life

Robert Nazar Arjoyan

Returning from her daughter's funeral, Elena refuses to wash her hands, tempting fate as she defies an Armenian ritual which bars the dead from entering the home. Her daughter Sevan's untimely death left unresolved a deep family rift, paralyzing Elena in a state of inconsolable grief. At her memorial service, Elena attempts to understand Sevan's life more fully through the memories of the partner she left behind. But all the while Elena cannot help but wonder -- what if the dead could come back again? Testing the limits of tradition, Elena must choose whether to say goodbye for good as she walks the thin line between death and afterlife.

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