A farmer suffers from survivor’s guilt, moral injury and PTSD years after his military service in Afghanistan. The year is 2034 and Leon cares for granddaughter Abigail when an unexpected visitor arrives.
Written & Directed by Ron King
MAN ON THE TOWER
Kids playing in their back yard witness the Charles Whitman sniper shooting from the University of Texas Tower in 1966 and decide they must save their father who is teaching class on the campus. Based on actual events.
Written & Directed by Karl Shefelman
At an international music school, a young cellist and her teacher, an older married man, engage in an ill-fated game of seduction. Chopin’s Heart was made possible with NSI Drama Prize 2014 and a ZoomerMedia Bursary. Writer/Producer Melva McLean adapted the film from the short story, “In-Sook,” by Emily Givner, and published in a collection of her short stories, by Thistledown Press. Released in January 2016, Chopin’s Heart was selected to be part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent showcase at Cannes 2016.
Written by Melva McLean – Directed by BJ Verot
DO YOU WANNA PLAY?
In a corrupt society, a dedicated father and politician will make a life-altering choice to ensure his son’s chances of becoming President.
Written & Directed by Adriana Rotaru
A cowboy calls on his loyal sidekick to save the day after he impulsively blasted a man who came screamin’ and hollerin’ through his front door. Things take a wild turn when the buddy’s obsession with forensic evidence leaves them armed and dangerously underdressed – just in time to welcome an unexpected bachelor party.
Written & Directed by Julia Bergeron
ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE
Davy Ludd, an old-fashioned outdoor expert, is being dragged into a world of new technology and social media by his millennial boss Jake when searching for his long-lost high school sweetheart Rose.
Written by Daniel Hagen & Ron King – Directed by Ron King
A CUORE CHIUSO
(Closed Heart) In Italian with English subtitles
Written & Directed by Gabriele Di Sazio
A mother reaches out to her estranged son in a last-ditch effort to convince him to farewell his father, but we soon discover that the wayward scion is lost in the grip of something far more visceral than paternal rebellion. Something malignant.
Written & Directed by Dane Hallett
L.A. WORKING/TRABAJAMOS LOS ANGELES
L.A. Working/Trabajamos Los Angeles is a lyrical celebration of the diversity of work and community in Los Angeles. Through a mosaic of images, from maids to construction workers; artists to port drivers; cooks to firefighters—this six minute video provides a unique vantage point to see, understand and experience the lifeblood and heartbeat of a city. Produced for the Guadalajara International Book Fair, and projected on giant balloons (10-27 feet wide) hanging from the ceiling, L.A. Working/Trabajamos Los Angeles opens a window to the real Los Angeles.
Written & Directed by Lyn Goldfarb
KING OF THE ROAD
Meet Rick Torres, on the road he’s your average San Francisco Bay area tractor trailer driver. But off the road Rick croons as an Elvis tribute artist whose passion for “The King” leaves folks who meet him “all shook-up” inside. Now streaming on PBS Video and TRULY CA.
Written & Directed by Cate Celso
Two young lovers explore their relationship and dance to its music.
Written & Directed by Adriana Rotaru
A story told in reverse.
Written & Directed by Jessica Janos
CREOLE LOVE CALL
A short story of an unexpected journey in the rain by Monika Petrillo, set to the soulful clarinet of Ben Redwine.
by Ben Redwine and Monika Petrillo
Feeling stuck in an online box? Trapped in your bubble? Director Bryan Reichhardt and choreographer Francesca Betancourt (with five other dancers) show us there’s joy to be found wherever we are, especially set to guitar virtuoso Rick Whitehead’s version of “Caravan.”
by RIck Whitehead, Bryan Reichhardt and Francesca Betancourt
I GOT IT BAD
A beautiful film and haunting performance that brings us light in darkness; rhythm and melody in sadness—all in the heart of Ellington’s Washington DC. This short film was made for the Seven Tones Project, a collaborative initiative paring quarantined musicians and filmmakers to create short films inspired by the music of Duke Ellington.
by Changamiré and Bernd Ahle
The characters of Monterey, California inspired John Steinbeck to write “Sweet Thursday,” which inspired Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn to write “Suite Thursday,” and come to Monterey and perform the piece. Darroch Greer and Paul Mindrup take us on a whirlwind trip through space and time to the place where it all went down.
by Paul Mindrup and Darroch Greer