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  • 120 Days – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Ted Roach
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 5:15 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  79 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST DOCUMENTARY-Charleston International Film Festival, CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD-CINE Competition

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Ted Roach; Selected by the Atlanta and Austin Film Festivals, 120 DAYS is an intimate look at one family of undocumented immigrants. After twelve years of living and working in the U.S. illegally, Miguel Cortes, is stopped by the police, without cause; and a North Carolina Immigration Court sentences him to leave voluntarily, abandoning his wife and two daughters, noting that disobedience will cause him to forfeit his right to apply for legal admittance if the laws change at some future time. Miguel Cortes has 120 days to get his affairs in order – or vanish into the crowd. Documentary. 79.10 min. *NOMINEE, SOCIAL JUSTICE DOCUMENTARY.


  • 2014 KIFF ANIMATION SERIES

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    Showing on 10/14/2014 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes

    Synopsis:  The Kansas International Film Festival is proud to present another outstanding collection of animated films from around the world. Seventeen original works explore various themes and animation styles in this highly entertaining showcase of creativity. Q&A with visiting animators after the screening. The 2014 Animation Shorts program will be presented in the following order: TENGRI by Alisi Telengut (Canada) JIMMY LOVES JUICE by David Yee (U.S.A.) CAPITAL DESTINY by Joe Nunnink (U.S.A.) A LIFE WITH ASPERGER’S by Jaime Ekkens (U.S.A.) LIGHT MAN, THE NEW YORK CITY SAVIOUR by Marek Light (U.K.) TALL EVIL by Wally Chung (U.S.A.) TODAY’S HEADLINE by Arem Kim (U.S.A.) THE PATH OF WATER by Chia-Horng Lin (Taiwan) ZEKE AND THE ALL-INCLUSIVE CAT HOUSE by Susan Shay Brugger (U.S.A.) LIFE AFTER DUSK by Natalie Krause (U.S.A.) DIFFERENT NOT LESS by Rachel Lamping (U.S.A.) HAPPY BOY EPISODE 1 by Trent Coffin (U.S.A.) STAN by Meirav Haber (U.S.A.) KAFA by Karoy Sevindi (Turkey) PHANTASMAGORIA by Molly Garrett, Hannah Carr and Emily Kenyon (U.S.A.) HOW TO AVOID ANNOYING PEOPLE by Ariel Nasser (U.S.A./Brazil) FEED by Kanjana Sodsee (Thailand)


  • A Trip To The Island – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Hrant Alianak
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Produced, written and directed by Hrant Alianak, A TRIP TO THE ISLAND finds a writer whose foundering marriage and past bad decisions drive him to escape. He arrives at Toronto Island where, while with a long-time lover, he creates a past of wished for and actually lived events- a blur of life and regret. Starring Hrant Alianak and Valerie Buhagiar.


  • A Will For The Woods

    Director:  Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan and Brian WIlson
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 4:45 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  93 minutes
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    Awards Received:  AUDIENCE AWARD — Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD — Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, AUDIENCE AWARD — New Orleans Film Festival , PROGRAMMER’S AWARD — Virginia Film Festival. AUDIENCE AWARD — San Francisco IndieFest, JURY AWARD — San Francisco IndieFest, BEST US/INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY — Kansas City FilmFest, AUDIENCE AWARD — Rhode Island Film Festival, “FORK IN THE ROAD” AWARD — Greentopia Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Co-directed by Amy Browne, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan and Brian Wilson – A WILL FOR THE WOODS defers to a burgeoning movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing contemporary funeral practices that operate at the ecosystem’s expense. Musician, psychiatrist and folk dancer Clark Wang, while battling lymphoma, boldly faces his mortality and, supported by his partner Jane, enjoins a compassionate local cemeterian to use green burial instead of clear cutting the North Carolina woods.


  • Adira

    Director:   Irene Delmonte and Bradley J. Lincoln
    Showing on 10/13/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes
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    Synopsis:  “Adira” chronicles the journey of a young Jewish girl who flees from the grasp of the gestapo and has to learn to survive in the German wilderness. Fighting to stay alive, the hope of being reunited with her parents keeps her strong. She has to learn to survive with only her faith and basic instincts keeping her alive.


  • Agnus Dei

    Director:  Agim Sopi
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 7:05 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – Salento International Film Festival, Italy, GOLD PRESTIGE AWARD –The Prestige Film Festival , Eureka , BEST FEATURE FILM – Cannes van d’Or – European Film Festival, London, BEST DRAMA – Mexico International Film Festival – Rosarito, Mexico, BEST FEATURE FILM – Ionian International Film Festival – Ionian, Greece , BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL – London Crystal Palace Film Festival, London, BEST FOREIGN FILM – London Film Awards 2013 – London, UK, SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – California Film Awards 2013 – San Diego, USA, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Winter Film Festival – New York , BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE – World Film Festival, Jakarta, BEST FEATURE FILM – Asia Pacific International Filmmaker Festival, Jakarta

    Synopsis:  From writer-director Agim Sopi, AGNUS DEI is based upon a true story, an Oedipal tragedy, set in the Serbian-Albanian War. Peter is a child of forbidden love (“I was born from the ones that I should not”), is forced by his mother into the War (“I lived with those that I must not”), and, in an act of revenge, he unknowingly kills the man who is his father (“I killed the one that I should not”). AGNUS DEI was voted Best Feature at Cannes Van D’Or – European Film Festival – London.


  • Algerian, The

    Director:  Giovanni Zelko
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 12:25 pm

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  99 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST FEATURE, BEST ACTOR-,BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY- Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival, BEST FEATURE FILM & AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD‎ – New Orleans Big Easy Intl Film Festival‎), BEST EDITING-New Wave International Film Festival, FEATURE FILM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE-The Indie Fest

    Synopsis:  Directed by Giovanni Zelko from the story by Ben Youcef, THE ALGERIAN races from Algeria to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York in international political intrigue about the colliding worlds of the Middle East and America. We follow Ali (Youcef), sent as part of a Muslim terrorist sleeper cell from Algeria to masquerade as a university student in Los Angeles – until he becomes involved with the very people he was sent to destroy.


  • Art & Craft

    Director:  Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  89 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and co-directed by Mark Becker, ART AND CRAFT is about not-for-profit art forgery! After three decades, posing variously as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family Will – even a Jesuit Priest, art forger Mark Landis gives away hundreds of “Picasso’s,”and what appear to be the priceless paintings of Matisse and other masters to museums across the country. This, until an observant art registrar in Cincinnati, recognizes Landis and uncovers his decades-long ruse. Mark Leininger’s pursuit begins as a search for authorship and authenticity (a cat-and-mouse art caper), but soon becomes an intimate story involving extreme talent, a need for acceptance and confirmed mental illness.


  • Art Of Darkness

    Director:  David B. Parker
    Showing on 10/15/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Art of Darkness is a feature documentary intimately profiling controversial painter and performance artist Bryan Lewis Saunders. Bryan is renowned for his commitment to producing a self portrait every day, which, to date, number well over 10,000. A complex individual with admitted psychopathic tendencies, Bryan narrates his dark, complex process and the experiences that have shaped him and how he uses art to help tame his inner demons. Bryan’s famed ‘drug series’ of self portraits while under the influence of a variety of mind-altering substances, has made him an Internet sensation garnering a legion of loyal fans worldwide.


  • Blackbird – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Jamie Chambers
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE – Catskill Mountains Film Festival, HONORABLE MENTION – New Jersey International Film Festival, BEST OF THE FEST – Edinburgh International Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Jamie Chambers, BLACKBIRD features Scotland’s folk music heroes Norman Maclean and Sheila Stewart. In this captivating tale, a young ballad singer, Ruadhan, despairs upon seeing the fabric of his Scottish hometown erode. With no fish in the sea, no jobs and a steady exodus to the city, life as he loves it is slipping away. When Alec, the town bard (and Ruadhan’s idol) is found sequestered in a retirement home, long- time best pal, Calum and returning childhood friend, Amy, join Ruadhan to solve Alec’s disappearance and bring life back to their town. As his quest spirals out of control, Ruadhan finds himself the one who needs saving. KIFF JURY AWARD NOMINEE


  • Cabining, The

    Director:  Steve Kopera
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 7:20 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST HORROR-Bare Bones Film Festival, BEST HORROR-Cape Fear Indie Film Festival, BEST HORROR/COMEDY-Indie Gathering Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Steve Kopera, THE CABINING finds two hapless screenwriters, Todd and Bruce, guaranteed funding by Todd’s wealthy Uncle Sarge if they can come up with a screen worthy horror story. They retreat to a Shangri-La artist’s hideaway only to find their work interrupted when their fellow residents, Shangri-La’s other artists are killed off one by one! Soon,fighting to save their own lives, the two are living the horror story they came to write about.


  • Cold – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Eoin Macken
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  88 minutes

    Synopsis:  Inspired by John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and written and directed by Inspired by John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and written and directed by Eoin C. Macken – COLD is the story of two estranged English brothers drawn back together by the unexpected and mysterious death of their father. The two are immediately at odds until they find a girl dumped in the moors. What follows is a bizarre turn of events, beautiful, dangerous, and surreal, as the two brothers search for their resolutions in their dark family history –Starring Tom Hopper (Merlin, Black Sails), Jack Reynor (Transformers 4), Eoin Macken (The Nightshift), Melia Kreiling (Guardians of the Galaxy), Liam Carney (Gangs of New York). Ireland.


  • Confessions Of A Womanizer

    Director:  Miguel Ali
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 7:45 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST COMEDY FEATURE-High Desert International Film Festival, BEST SOUND, BEST ACTOR-Laugh Or Die Comedy Festival, BEST NARRATIVE, BEST DIRECTOR-Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival, BEST DIRECTOR-Sunscreen Film Festival, BEST FEATURE-Tupelo Film Festival, BEST FEATURE-Twin Rivers Media Festival

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Miguel Ali, CONFESSIONS OF A WOMANIZER, stars Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell, Andrew Lawrence, Jillian rose Reed, Kelly Mantle and The Bella Twins. Ritchie (Busey) is a man whose psychological issues clearly stand in the way of commitment in his relationships with women. This, until Ritchie’s new best friend, a transgendered prostitute named Ginger, comes to the rescue.


  • Cotton Road

    Director:  Laura Kissel
    Showing on 10/15/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  73 minutes
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    Awards Received:  HONORABLE MENTION-Rural Route Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Laura Kissel, COTTON ROAD follows the commodity of cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain. Americans alone, consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them.


  • Dostoevsky Behind Bars

    Director:  Marc Kornblatt
    Showing on 10/15/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  56 minutes
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    Awards Received:  GOLD BADGER AWARD-Wisconsin Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed and written by Marc Kornblatt, DOSTOEVSKY BEHIND BARS, documents university graduate students and prison inmates who meet weekly to discuss world literature and share personal essays and stories. A homage to the power of the humanities and the art of teaching, these sessions explode the stereotypes of brutish convicts, callous prison staff and out of touch scholars.


  • Everything Is Forever

    Director:  Victor Zimet
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 2:35 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  87 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Filmed over the last fifteen years by talented director and editor Victor Zimet EVERYTHING IS FOREVER premiered at the 2014 47th Annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. The Film is the cinematic journey of Croatian rocker/composer, activist Nenad Bach (described as the Croatian John Lennon). Bach provides an unflinching examination of the universal creative process through rock and roll and war and peace.


  • Getting To The Nutcracker

    Director:  Serene Meshel-Dillman
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 12:10 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  98 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST DOCUMENTARY-Alanta Film Festival, BEST DOCUMENTARY-Dances With FIlms, OUTSTANDING DIRECTION-Las Vegas FIlm Festival

    Synopsis:  Every Christmas season, the Nutcracker Ballet is performed in cities all over the world. Getting To The Nutcracker is a behind the curtain look at what it really takes to produce this ballet each year. Director, Serene Meshel – Dillman followed the Los Angeles based, Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, led by the former Kirov star, from auditions to final performances. You witness the joy of landing a principal role and the pain of losing one. The ballet dancers (boys and girls ages 3-18) are profiled; passionate people who, with their families, make incredible sacrifices of time and money just so that they may dance.


  • Good People

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    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes
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    Synopsis:  A Chicago couple in their 30s who got into severe debt for all the right reasons finds that the tenant in their downstairs apartment has passed away and left $400,000 in cash. All they have to do is take the money, and all of their problems will be solved. So they do, and that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.


  • Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water

    Director:  Renard Cohen
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 2:40 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  69 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Produced and directed by Matt Cohen and Renard Cohen (Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen, Lidia’s Italy with Lidia Bastianich) GROUNDSWELL RISING: PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN’S AIR AND WATER documents the passion of people engaged in the David and Goliath confrontation over oil and gas industry fracking. It is a confrontation between profit and health, runs the political gamut, and presents the new groundswell – of reason and sensitivity.


  • Hamarkiv Hasodi / Secret Ingredient

    Director:  Dror Shostak
    Showing on 10/14/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  65 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Dror Shostak, HAMARKIV HASODI / THE SECRET INGREDIENT documents the journey of Uri and Neta, owners of an Indian restaurant in Tel Aviv, to India in search of the “secret ingredient” in Indian cooking. After encounters with legendary Indian spiritual leaders, their return is transformed into a surprising life adventure involving repressed memories, old betrayals, marriage, death, even madness.


  • Healing Magdalene

    Director:  Donna L. Valverde
    Showing on 10/14/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  94 minutes
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    Synopsis:  HEALING MAGDALENE is about female genital mutilation, a practice affecting 130 million girls and women predominantly in Eastern, Central and Western Africa but also extending to the Arabian Penninsula, Iraq, some occupied Palestinian territories, and certain immigrant communities in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. Magdalene, the Houston Hospice provider to writer-director Donna Valverde’s dying father alerted Valverde to the many currently living with the consequences of FGM. The Film’s maker emphasizes the gender equality that comes with global awareness and elimination of the practice.


  • Homestretch, The – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 4:50 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  89 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Co-directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly THE HOMESTRETCH followed two homeless kids, Kasey and Anthony since 2010 – and later, Roque. Roque performs Shakespeare; Roque was making application to college! With unprecedented access to Chicago’s Public Schools, The Night Ministry’s “Crib” Emergency Shelter and Teen Living Programs THE HOMESTRETCH follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while looking for a place to sleep, a quiet place to study and the privacy to shower. A powerful perspective on what it means to be young, homeless and building a future in America today.


  • Human Experiment, The – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Don Hardy Jr. and Dana Nachman
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 3:00 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  91 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Executive produced and narrated by Oscar winner Sean Penn, written by Dana Nachman and directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr., THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT follows a band of unlikely activists to document the dangerous effects of chemicals in our everyday household products which, in low doses, can accumulate to harm virtually every person on the planet. The opposition comes from the powerful chemical industry, pulling unseen strings to muddy the logic with skepticism and confusion.


  • Imitation Game

    Director:  Morten Tyldum
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 2:30 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.


  • Jake Shimabukro: Life On Four Strings

    Director:  Tadashi Nakamura
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 5:30 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  54 minutes

    Awards Received:  BEST DOCUMENTARY-Ashland Independent Film Festival, BEST DOCUMENTARY-Urbanworld Film Festival, BEST FEATURE-Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Tadashi Nakamura, JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS is a portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, Life on Four Strings reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, the loneliness of separation from home and family.


  • Jingle Bell Rocks!

    Director:  Mitchell Kezin
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 7:50 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  93 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST WORLD DOCUMENTARY – 2013 Whistler Int’l Film Festival, BEST OF FEST GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD-Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada), EMERGING DIRECTOR GOLDEN SHEAF AWARD-Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada)

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Mitchell l Kezin, Jingle Bell Rocks unearths an underground culture of musicians, critics, producers, radio hosts all obsessive collectors all of the rarest, least reverent, Christmas songs never heard. Titles like “Merry Christmas Someone,” “Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas),” these funny, sad, satirical songs are a redemptive journey, featuring stars: Flaming Lips, Run DMC, Miles Davis, Clarence Carter, Dr. Demento, Bill Adler and more.


  • Journey To The 100 Man Fight: The Judd Reid Story

    Director:   Anton Cavka
    Showing on 10/13/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  57 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Anton Cavka, JOURNEY TO THE 100 MAN FIGHT… is the story of Judd Reid, a real life karate kid. As a teenager, he had trained for 1000 days under Kyokushin Karate founder Masutatsu Oyama; twenty years later won the WKO world heavyweight championship; then, in the twilight of his career, received an invitation to take on what is considered the ultimate challenge of the spirit – the 100 man Kumite.


  • Little White Lie

    Director:  Lacey Schwartz and James Adolphus
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 1:00 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  65 minutes
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    Awards Received:  AUDIENCE AWARD, PRODUCER’S AWARD-Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Lacey Schwartz and written by Lacey Schwartz and Mehret Mandefro, LITTLE WHITE LIE is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption. What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life.


  • Love And Terror in The Howling Plains Of Nowhere

    Director:  Dave Jannetta
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 5:20 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Described as ‘for fans of In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,’ Poe Ballantine’s book Love and Terror in the Howling Plains of Nowhere is now a film directed by Dave Jannetta in which ‘Beat author’ Poe Ballentine searches for clues relating to the murder of an aloof mathematics professor from a college in an isolated Nebraska town. Conjecture, hysteria, psychics, ghost hunters and eccentric townspeople exhaust themselves in this high-plains mystery destined to become legend


  • Men, Women & Children

    Director:  Jason Reitman
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 7:35 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  116 minutes minutes
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    Synopsis:  “MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN” follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.


  • Moving From Emptiness: The Life And Arts Of A Zen Dude

    Director:  Jerry Hartleben and Shaeri Richards
    Showing on 10/14/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  69 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Where does creativity come from? According to Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han, it arises from emptiness – that silent space that houses intelligence prior to thought. Written by Shaeri Richards and co-directed by Jerry Hartleben and Shaeri Richards, MOVING FROM EMPTINESS …documents Alok, as he opens the door to a world of teachings and magical brush strokes through which we share a journey of transformation.


  • Navigator, The

    Director:  Eddie Arya
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 7:00 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  98 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Eddie Arya. THE NAVIGATOR finds a family relying upon their GPS navigational system for a short cut to their holiday destination. Suddenly, they are lost in the woods, no fuel, apparently far from the outside world! Will they arrive? Will they ever be heard from again?


  • Neon Sky

    Director:   Jennifer Juelich

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  81 minutes minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by and screenplay written by Jennifer Juelich, NEON SKY is the story of a band of misfits and drifters running a small traveling carnival. The family of nomadic carnies – told by one town after another that their show is being replaced by more family-friendly entertainment, struggles to keep their way of life alive – to avoid ‘the end of the road.’


  • Nocturne

    Director:  Saul Pincus
    Showing on 10/16/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  117 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Cindy Leeds is a young woman who’s spent the majority of her life miserable, isolated, medicated, and under the thumb of her Aunt – who became Cindy’s legal guardian after the death of Cindy’s birth parents. Quiet and shy, Cindy discovers that she is more comfortable around a sleepwalker she discovers one night at work than around most everyone else. Slowly and improbably, their relationship blossoms as this sleepwalker is pursued by a young woman who can’t sleep.


  • Once My Mother

    Director:  Sophia Turkiewicz
    Showing on 10/16/2014 at

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  75 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, Australian Directors Guild Awards, AUDIENCE AWARD, Krakow Film Festival, AUDIENCE AWARD BEST DOCUMENTARY, Adelaide Film Festival, AUDIENCE AWARD BEST FILM, Canberra International Film Festival, BEST DOCUMENTARY BIOGRAPHY, ATOM Awards

    Synopsis:  Directed by Rod Freedman, ONCE MY MOTHER is a quest by Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz to learn why, as a child, her Polish mother abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Upon uncovering a historic betrayal, involving the Allies and Stalin, and her mother’s miraculous escape from a Siberian gulag, Sophia Turkiewicz must also confront the matter of her own demons, while there is time.


  • One Who Loves You, The

    Director:  Katharyn Grant
    Showing on 10/15/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  95 minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST FEATURE – Geneva Film Festival, BEST DIRECTOR – SENE Film Festival, BEST DIRECTOR & BEST FEATURE – Beaufort International Film Festival, BEST FEATURE FILM – Drama/Comedy -Cleveland Indie Gathering,, GRAND JURY AWARD & FESTIVAL RECOGNITION AWARD – Bare Bones International Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Directed by Katharyn Grant, THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU finds failed singer Gloria Bethune returning to her small hometown where she meets and falls for a grifter claiming to be the manager of a famous Country singer. Through this flawed man’s faith in her, Gloria rekindles her passion for singing.


  • Oro Macht Frei / Gold Will Set You Free

    Director:  Jeffrey Bonna
    Showing on 10/16/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  71 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Jeffrey Bonna, ORO MACHT FREI / GOLD WILL SET YOU FREE takes place after Italy’s Armistice with the Allied Armies (Sept 8, 1943), when Rome and its ancient Jewish population were still under German control. The title refers to the words on the gates of Auschwitz I – ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (work will set you free) – which appeared to promise prisoners that they were in a work camp and not destined for execution. Roman Jews were told that if they paid 50 kilos of gold within 36 hours they too would not be deported – “gold will set you free.” Through testimony of nine Roman Jews, archival footage, family photos and renowned scholarship, OMF also examines the historically important diplomatic position of Pope Pius XII during WWII to the plight of the Roman Jews in particular


  • Queers In The Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Markie Hancock
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 7:30 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  74 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Markie Hancock, QUEERS IN THE KINGDOM: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE explores the deep historical roots of evangelical Christianity in the United States and documents LGBTQ Bible-based homophobia on Christian college campuses, including Wheaton College, the Alma Mater of evangelical preacher Billy Graham. Executive Producer Kathryn Gregorio; also appearing Anthea Butler, Darren Dochuk, Kathryn Lofton, Randall Balmer.


  • Rosa

    Director:  Gwan-pyo Maeng
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 5:25 pm

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  86 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Rosa, an 18-year-old ballerina from Uzbekistan, dreamed of attending the Bolshoi National Ballet School before the scholarship program fell apart due to Soviet Union’s debacle. An agent from Korea gives Rosa a job in Korea promising her that she’ll earn her tuition. However, life in Korea falls into misery as the agent forces her to work as a showgirl and never shares the profit with her. Debt piles on her and she falls into an inevitable trap.


  • Suffering Cassandra

    Director:  Roberto Carmona
    Showing on 10/13/2014 at

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Roberto Carmona, SUFFERING CASSANDRA, a dark comedy involving the complexities, jealousies and mysteries of the love relationships of four people – all trapped in a house by a ferocious storm. Eddie’s girlfriend, Cassandra, becomes suspicious of his intentions toward his “best friend” Helen. More mistrust when Eddie encourages the suspicious Cassandra to spend time with his visiting, sex-crazed, interloping “other best friend,” Fernando.


  • Syndrome, The – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Meryl Goldsmith
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 12:15 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  87 minutes
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    Synopsis:  The Syndrome tells the story of a group of doctors who say that shaken baby syndrome, the basis of hundreds of criminal cases every year, is not scientifically valid. The film focuses on three key doctors: A Georgetown University neurosurgeon, a former Minnesota state medical examiner, and the head of Stanford University’s Pediatric Neuroradiology Department. These doctors are part of a growing scientific movement coming to the defense of the some thousand people in prison for shaken baby. In an unprecedented criminal justice crisis, promoters of shaken baby syndrome are not backing down.


  • Teacher Of The Year

    Director:  Jason Strouse

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  82 minutes
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    Awards Received:  AUDIENCE AWARD, BEST COMEDY FEATURE & JURY AWARD, BEST SCREENPLAY-Newport Beach Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Recently named California Teacher of the Year, Mitch Carter shares the halls of Truman High with the school’s eccentric faculty: ambitious Principal Ron Douche, stern Dean of Students Marv Collins, hyper-competitive Robotics teacher Stephen Queeg, and incompetent twin college counselors Clive and Lowell Hammer. Soon after winning the award, Mitch receives an attractive job offer which will force him to quit his job, and finds himself torn between financial security for his family and his love of teaching.


  • Three Days Of Happiness

    Director:  Dimitris Athanitis
    Showing on 10/14/2014 at

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  80 minutes minutes
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    Awards Received:  BEST DIRECTOR – BEST ACTRESS – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Moverick Movie Awards N.Y., BEST ACTRESS – London Greek Film Festival

    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Dimitris Athanitis, and nominated in the Best Director, Cinematographer and Actress categories at New York’s Maverick Movie Awards, THREE DAYS OF HAPPINESS is the story of three women trying to escape: Anna (Alexandra Nidini) banishing the ghosts of her family, Vera (Katerina Fotiadi) outrunning secrets, and Irina (Nikol Drizi) quitting forced prostitution. How far can they go, fighting for their own happiness?


  • Through These Gates

    Director:   Ryan Tweedy
    Showing on 10/12/2014 at 12:20 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  86 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Ryan Tweedy, THROUGH THESE GATES is a glimpse into the world of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the self-proclaimed “greatest fans in college football.” It is an exploration of a state, town, relationships, students, the power of a strong leader and the love of countless athletes and their fans. The stories are personal and truly inspiring; those of the film’s director who wonders why he is a Cornhusker though he never played football; another, an astronaut who looks for and sees a packed stadium on game day – from outer space!


  • Time Lapse – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Bradley King
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 7:40 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  104 minutes
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    Awards Received:  Best Feature-BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL, Best Feature-FANTASPOA INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL, Best International Feature-LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Synopsis:  Directed by Bradley King and written by Bradley King and B.P. Cooper, TIME LAPSE is a modern thriller with a sci-fi element about three friends who discover a machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. They conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. Winner: Best Picture, Big Island Film Festival, Audience Award, Fantaspoa Film Festival, Festival Prize, London Independent Film Festival.


  • Umbrella Man, The – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

    Director:  Michael Grasso
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 2:50 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  117 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Michael Grasso, THE UMBRELLA MAN follows a father whose son has been killed into the underworld of conspiracy theory subculture when the alleged killer is acquitted. Peter Brennan obsesses on “the umbrella man,” a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as a place for emotional refuge. It is Peter Brennan and his wife Annie’s story of love, loss, and the ‘against all odds’ survival of their relationship.


  • Washed

    Director:  David Hefner
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 5:30 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by David Hefner, WASHED is the story of Eric’s long time search for his missing girlfriend, Beth. Returning home, he is approached by a mysterious girl named Ashley who takes him to see her friends and, together, they try to convince Eric that his past actions were delusional and that Ashley IS the missing girlfriend. Eric is forced to decide what to believe, his own diminished memory, or these strangers.


  • Whiplash

    Director:  Damien Chazelle
    Showing on 10/10/2014 at 7:45 pm

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  105 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Damien Chazelle, WHIPLASH finds 19 year-old jazz drummer Andrew Neyman’s dream to achieve greatness haunted by his father’s failure at his dream to become a writer. As Andrew attempts to rise to the top of the country’s major music conservatory, his work is seen by a virtuoso teacher who, while a recognized genius, is equally known for his psychological brinksmanship. The process of Andrew’s determination to succeed begins to derail his life, and the journey – Andrew’s ascent to greatness or descent into madness, comes to a crescendo on the unforgiving stage at Carnegie Hall. Australia


  • Wild

    Director:   Jean-Marc Vallée
    Showing on 10/11/2014 at 2:40 pm

    Rating:  R  •  Running Time:  118 minutes minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyer Club), written by Nick Hornby based upon the memoir by Cheryl Strayed – WILD stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed, a Heroin addict with a failing marriage, who, without hiking experience, takes off on a thousand mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail through the Mojave Desert, Oregon and Washington. Her late mother is played by Laura Dern.