2017 Official Selections

The Immaculate Misconception

Belief, family and honor. Sinead, underage, pregnant and a virgin, lives with her grandparents. Her grandmother, the matriarch of this dysfunctional family and a pious Catholic, will stop at nothing to get this birth proclaimed immaculate.

The Legend of Gimghoul

The Legend of Gimghoul follows the “named after a city” Boston as he faces his first date anxiety and ends up on a blueberry filled adventure with the “named after a state” Carolina.

The Lost Within

THE LOST WITHIN (2017) 105 min. From the makers of the award winning 2010 film THE FEED. Director: Steve Gibson, Producer: Jessica Paquin; Stars: David Gries, Jami Tennille, & RJ Haddy. While reporter Jon Edens (David Gries, Memisis) is interviewing people for his book about shut-ins and others that have chosen to remove themselves from society, his search leads him to Agatha Smith (Jami Tennille, Manchester By The Sea), an odd woman living under mysterious circumstances at a roadside motel. The more he learns about her the more he is led down a dark path of deceit, longing and obsession. Recommended for mature audiences.

The Orange Story

February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation” of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S. Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center. His belongings, his business – everything must be sold or left behind, except what he can carry in one large duffel bag. Up against a wall, Koji receives only one low-ball offer for his store, which he has no choice but to accept. The lone bright spot during this turmoil is the friendship Koji develops with a precocious nine-year-old girl. On the day of his departure, however, Koji is saddened to learn that even this friendship has been tainted by the larger forces of fear and wartime hysteria. Winner of Best Short Narrative at the Sacramento Asian Pacific FIlm Festival, the Thin Line Film Festival, and the Show Me Justice Film Festival. IMDb page: www.imdb.com/title/tt5518426

The Pitch

Jimmy, an arrogant, down-on-his-luck entrepreneur targets his wealthy grandma Doris as the source of income for his next start-up. With the help of his business partner Gary, the entrepreneur unveils his newest product, The Watch Out, a smart watch designed to protect its wearer from danger. After a lackluster presentation of the product, Doris tries to feign pride for her grandson. Jimmy, thinking his grandmother loves the idea, makes the fatal mistake of asking her for $30,000.

The Renovation

During hard economic times the lives, motives and interests of a several townspeople converge at Mary’s Place, a rural upstate New York diner, as the owner must decide whether to foreclose on the place, or re-invent in a leap of faith.

THE TRANSFER

Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.

The World’s Longest Wait

William Sangsmith has been waiting for his wife Elizabeth to come home for over 65 years. Today we find out what happened.

Triple Divide [redacted]

A ‘bombshell’ documentary about the impact of fracking in one of the country’s most pristine watersheds. With exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted residents, TRIPLE DIVIDE [REDACTED] covers five years (2011 – 2016) of cradle-to-grave investigations by investigative news nonprofit Public Herald that reveals how regulators and industry keep water contamination covered up. Originally released as a 90-minute feature in 2013, this iteration of TRIPLE DIVIDE is updated with Public Herald’s continued investigations through 2016. Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates this film by Public Herald, an investigative news nonprofit co-founded by journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman. “It’s hard to imagine anyone could have a fully-informed opinion about fracking without seeing TRIPLE DIVIDE ,” said Jed Thorp, Conservation Manager at the Sierra Club, Ohio Chapter. “The filmmakers use cold hard facts and first-hand accounts to show how this industry is impacting real people.” The documentary’s title represents one of only four Triple Continental Divides in North America, a place that provides drinking water to millions of Americans, signaling to the audience that everything, and everyone, is downstream from shale gas extraction. For more information visit tripledividefilm.org/

Trouble in Trainsville

When a restless wander returns to the idyllic town of Trainsville, he awakens a dark past, a sordid love triangle and a murderous revenge.

VACANCY

The non-narrative animated film is a poetic debate with the issue of “HOME” and the experience of the outland as a new home. A collage of fragments of Hilde Domin s poems and a concentration and overlay of sketchy drawings and sound elements – always incomplete, always close to disappearance. It describes the search for an inner place of calm – a timeless space of deceleration. “One must be able to part and still be like a tree: the roots remaining in the ground, landscape passing and we are fixed.” (Hilde Domin)

Valerie and Veronica

Valerie and Veronica are best friends, but Veronica has one monstrous problem that when revealed will test the strength of their friendship.

WRITTEN / UNWRITTEN

Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardică to take action.