"NEW ERA RED CARPET" & RVP FILM AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPENING NIGHT FILMS 7:45 Dreamweaver (Directed by Cheryl Briggs from Orlando, FL) 6:15 mins (For All Ages) Animation The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, a scared eight year old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears. 7:55pm Light Sight (Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei from Iran) 7:34 mins (For All Ages) Animation M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way
8:05 Barry The Blob Fish (Directed by Marleia Alfaro from San Diego, CA) 2:29 mins Animation (For All Ages) Barry is a fat ugly fish that can't swim and lives at the bottom of the ocean. He longs to live on a beautiful coral reef at the top of a tall, tall cliff.
8:15 Shala (Directed by Joao Ignacio from Brazil ) 11 mins Drama (For All Ages) Shala is the story about Pedro (Tiago Assis), a young boy living in an orphanage in Amazon and creates situations to draw the attention of adoptive parents, while at the same time creating an imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named 'Shala.'
(Special Section - 1st Film in the "Women Empowerment" Section of the film Festival)
8:30 Is this a joke or what? (Directed by Sangeeta Godbole from Durham, NC, US) 15 mins Documentary (For All Ages) In the current socio-political environment, does it feel like we are regressing on women’s issues? What is the role and impact of the social media? An immigrant woman reveals her posts from her family’s whatsapp group, where she finds herself isolated, as she stands up for women’s rights. She faces hard choices as she struggles to preserve her family ties, while demanding a respectful treatment on social media. In the backdrop of a bitterly fought American election, these personal interactions have a striking resemblance to the larger social interactions and polarization.
Q&A with Director after Is this a joke or what?
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Morning Film Screening Schedule (10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.) 10:30am Butterflies in the dark (Directed by Daniel Mercatali from Italy)13:16 mins Drama (For All Ages) A day like any other, between the colors and scents of autumn in a beautiful city park, Veronica and Maya. A generational meeting in which the vision of life is the main topic to be explored on two different benches. On the one hand Maya, his new way of life, in a condition that has changed forever, the other Veronica, little girl grew up with social networks and smartphones with few social relation.
10:45am Trail Past Prejudice (Directed by Shruti Tewari from Bay Area, US) 5:50 mins Drama (All Ages) With hate crimes against brown-skinned people on the rise, Sheela is conflicted whether to trust a white man she runs into while jogging, or to treat him with the same prejudice she often encounters . 10:55am The Book - The Best Gift (Directed by Alex Protensky from Russian Federation) 2 mins Comedy (All Ages) Unusual story, which took place on 14 February.
11:05am Green Soil (Directed by Keerthi Raj B.S. from India) 3:15 mins Documentary (All Ages) The city of Pune generates 1700 tons of waste every day. But a family at the heart of this city chose to be different. Green Soil is an inspiring story of how the little family consumes waste around them. Green Soil is also a story that has moved more than 300 other households in the city to act.
11:15am Poetry Stalled (Directed by Steven Biver from Virginia, US) 10:50 mins Drama (All Ages) An arrogant poet is forced to commit a desperate act, and then realizes he's not the literary genius he believes he is. Followed by Q&A with Director
Break for Lunch 11:30 – 12:30PM
Early Afternoon Film Screening Schedule (12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.)
12:30pm Dreamphone (Directed by Kendra Lohr from Massachusetts, US) 3:43 mins Animation (For All Ages) Was it all a dream? 12:35pm Amazonia Damned (Directed by Ada Bodjolle from U.K.) 14:01 mins Documentary (For All Ages) Amazonia Dammed tells the story of the Munduruku people's urgent struggle to protect the heart of the Amazon against one of the largest mega-dam projects on earth. Through the director's relationship with the community of Sawré Muybu, the film invites the audience to discover how these brave warriors of the modern day fight an impossible war of hope and joins its voice to the growing awareness of the need to preserve our planet's remaining rainforests. 12:55pm Wire (Directed by Berkay Hasbay from Istanbul, Turkey) 14:59 mins Drama (For All Ages) The story of the dissolution a family fleeing from Syria.
(Special Section - 2nd Film in the "Women Empowerment" Section of the film Festival)
1PM Stronger than pretty (Directed by Jaret Martino) 8:26 mins Drama Stronger Than Pretty is an empowering film about the journey of a woman finding her voice. Women often must fight for social and economic equality. This was my mother's reality and the inspiration of Stronger Than Pretty
10 Min Break
Late Afternoon Film Screening Schedule (1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
(Special Section - 3rd Film in the "Women Empowerment" Section of the film Festival)
1:10pmThe Family Portrait (Directed by Kelly Holmes from U.K.) 14:23 mins Drama Margaret must convince her daughter Louise to take responsibility for the family after the death of her father, whilst the family endures the ritual of a family portrait.
1:30 pm GoodMan (Directed by Andrew Huggins from Charlotte, NC, US) 9:21 mins A modern day adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Young Goodman Brown"