2017 Official Selections

“Forget-me-nots”

A week after the death of her husband, Silvia moved with her daughter, María, to Madrid to be closer to the set where María works as an actress. A few months later, her parents send a “forget-me-nots” to remind her that she has abandoned them.

(Romance) In The Digital Age

A former emo musician invites his ex-bandmates to his Christmas-themed wedding, but when they sing a karaoke version of their biggest hit at the rehearsal dinner, the impromptu performance spawns a viral video that opens a door to the past.

A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud

Based on the short story by groundbreaking southern American writer Carson McCullers, written when she was just 19, the film, “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”, is set at a roadside café in the early morning in the Spring of 1947. A young boy and an older man meet by chance. The man relates a luminous tale of personal heartbreak and loss, and of his hard won understanding of the nature of love. The film is the directorial debut of award winning NY actor/director Karen Allen.

Adele and Everything After

The moving story of a with an untreatable heart condition, whose life is transformed by a service dog, and what happens when she has to let go of the loyal companion who changed her life. NB. Formerly known as “Letting Go of Adele”

Against the Odds

“Against The Odds” tells the amazing story of Dr. Emad Rahim, a survivor of the Cambodian Killings Fields. Dr. Rahim overcame great adversity, from losing his older brother and father in a concentration camp, growing up in poverty and being abused, and struggling with a learning disability, to becoming an award-winning educator, author, entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker and Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Rahim hopes his story empowers and motivates young people to complete their education and fulfill their professional goals.

Aimee Short Film

AIMEE is a social awareness film bringing to light the silent epidemic of child sex trafficking happening in the United States through the provoking power of storytelling. Together we can increase awareness and save our children from this tragic form of modern slavery. Returning from Afghanistan, Jessica, a Spec OPS Marine, finds herself in a war she never imagined and discovers middle America suburbia has changed when her thirteen year old sister, Aimee, is abducted by sex traffickers.

Alfred J Hemlock

When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock

All American

72 years later, WWII hero Les Cruise flies again on the same plane from D-Day. This time his family boarded with him. While he is one of the last surviving D-Day paratroopers, Cruise’s story is not only about his historic jump. It’s also about his familial journey: from orphan to great-grandfather.

Arrested (Again)

Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line? In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen’s story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right. Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, Inc. She began protesting in New York City and her native Rhode Island as well as the greater New England area, and now lives in San Francisco, with her wife, Peg Stevenson.

Bad Frank

Frank Pierce leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past reemerges & something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens & unearths the urge to be violent once again.

Be

Neither Caco’s physical limitations nor his overprotective parents can stop him from setting off on a river adventure even though he has no idea where it will take him.

Carry Me Home

In the cold winter of 1860, a young mother trapped in slavery seizes the opportunity to escape with her family when she encounters Harriet Tubman in the woods. Harriet leads the young family through a number of trials on the Underground Railroad, causing them all to question whether or not freedom is worth the price they must pay to obtain it.

Crab Trap

Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again.

DAYTRIP

An aging woman shares a day at the beach with her son’s friend and makes a surprising revelation. When Kat receives an early morning voicemail from her friend, Vince, asking if she can take his mom to the beach for the day, she is not enthused. She begrudgingly agrees and upon first meeting Vince’s mom, Connie, is not excited for the day ahead. Despite her initial doubts, Kat slowly forms a friendship with Connie throughout their conversations and begins to come to terms with her recent breakup. However, after drinking a bit too much, Connie reveals a secret that will change the course of the day…and probably the rest of her life.

Derelict

A headstrong yuppie and single mom is forced to confront her troubled past after running into her estranged father in anger management classes.

Ethiopia by Tuk Tuk

3 Tuk Tuk, 3 Teams, 11 travelers, 18 days of travel, more than 2500 km across southern Ethiopia. The mission? Have fun while promoting a slow and responsible way of traveling. The record? Be the first in the history to reach the Omo River on board of three-wheeler.

Everything and Nothing

Short | Not Specified | 00:15:35 Genre:  Director(s): Edward William Wasser, Chris Mercury Writer(s): Edward William Wasser Producer(s):  Cast: Kayla Grasser, Danny Lamego, Edward William Wasser Synopsis: Trailer: Follow Everything and Nothing:       

Filling In

A gentle giant of man, down on his luck, considers a risky and covert career path. To help him learn the ropes, a grizzled vet in the field takes him under his wing.

FILS

Sébastien, who cannot come to terms with his son being in a coma, begins to question his reality.

FLAWS

Anna and Jay are a young co-dependent couple in love, both with different addictions. They battle their inner demons on a daily basis, Anna wears hers and Jay buries his. Anna has always accepted both of their Flaws, but Jay refuses to face his and trust in her. Will his failure to be honest about his most recent setback shatter their relationship and eachother?