6th Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Thursday November 19th, 2015
In Transit (25 minutes)
Two unique individuals, Arthur and Jennifer, cross paths one fateful day at a bus station at a time when they have both have found themselves unsure of where their roads are heading.
Director-Justin Van Voorhis
We Just Met (19 minutes)
An Irishman's surprise visit to his NYC girlfriend results in being snubbed, then inadvertently involved with a conniving, thieving fun loving female.
Director-Khawaja Muneeb Hassan
Buckeye (10 minutes)
A crafty homeless man changes his life for the better when he decides he's had enough of the harsh New York winter cold.
Raise the ToyGantic (27 minutes)
This Ken-Burns-meets-Waiting-For-Guffman-style comic mockumentary follows the history of the ToyGantic, an ominously named toy luxury ocean-liner built in 1962.
April in August (7 minutes)
A timeline of when April and Jackson met.
Director-Kevin Michael Murphy
The Warmest Winter (17 minutes)
A story about young love, and the line that separates this world from all others. James and Rachel, in their early 20's, have effortless chemistry. But a mysterious wound develops on Rachel's neck that she refuses to talk about. Meanwhile, a strange heat wave hits New York City in the middle of December. No one is panicking but something obviously isn't right.
An Empty State (7 minutes)
A man wakes up in NYC, with no memory, and discovers the city completely empty of people.
Marela Zacarias's Work Finds a Good Home (8 minutes)
Artist Marela Zacarias closes an art historical circle, moving a suite of her locally inspired sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum to their spiritual home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Wilden (10 minutes)
Brooklyn, New York, 350 years ago.
Indigo Grey: The Passage (6 minutes)
A young boy's discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality.
Photo Op (9 minutes)
A lonely Brookyln photographer gets the courage to come out from behind his camera to capture his crush, but it turns out there is more to the picture than meets the eye.
Donor (7 minutes)
A desperate New York couple would do anything to have a family - with no strings attached.
Phantom Limbs (9 minutes)
In a foreboding, anonymous cityscape, a young girl's journey becomes intertwined with that of her older brother when she arrives at his doorstep with a knapsack full of human limbs.
She Rides the Ghostbike (15 minutes)
A husband, grieving the loss of his wife in a cycling accident, struggles to find purpose and maintain his sanity.
The Truth about Lies (94 minutes)-Romantic Comedy
Gilby (Franz Kranz) finds himself in a tangled web of lies when the truth proves to be too much to admit and even harder to accept. The film also stars Odette Annable, Mary Elizabeth Elis, Colleen Camp, Chris Diamantopoulos and is scored by Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys).
Friday November 20th, 2015
"Friday Night Drama"
10-13 (18 minutes)
Inspired by recent events, 10-13 follows seasoned police Sergeant, Michael Rodriguez as he deals with his internal reflections, external conflicts, daily battles and struggles of being in law enforcement.
Fear and Other Things Moot (16 minutes)
A Jersey boy weighs church, childhood and love as he sifts through his past in therapy.
Split End (6 minutes)
A young, single woman bored with her social life caters a party for a beautiful couple and meets the charismatic husband who is also looking for something new.
The Morning After (7 minutes)
When Amy's career finally takes off in LA, she chooses to move and pursue the job of her dreams rather than staying with her loving partner in NYC.
Scheherazade (14 minutes)
In an audition, the unseen man behind the camera is asking the young actresses to share their dark personal stories. How much are they willing to share? What is this really about?
Pet World (22 minutes)
The suspicious death of a pet snake puts a chokehold on a loving father.
Kanzler (16 minutes)
A cocksure pharmacist figures out who robbed him that night - or doesn't, depending on who all is actually involved. The Director wanted to emulate an older Hollywood style of shooting with longer takes and camera movement motivated by the actors' blocking. Kanzler was shot on 35mm film with production grants from both Kodak Film and Panavision, USA. The film was shot in four days in Chicago, with a majority of the film taking place in fully built out sets.
"Make 'Em Laugh"
Bada Bing Bada Boom (17 minutes)
Nicole is a young, beautiful, and seemingly naive woman working for her three uncles at the Bada Bing Bada Boom Pizzeria. When her over protective uncles send her out on her first delivery, she couldn't be more thrilled.
Auto-Cowrecked (8 minutes)
A man's life is turned upside-down by a rogue auto-correct.
What's Eating Dad (11 minutes)
A hilariously absurd portrait of family dysfunction...and other horrors. In the vein of 'Meet the Parents' meets 'Shaun of the Dead'.
Traction (5 minutes)
An awkward comedy about first dates, race, and racism.
Physical Attraction (19 minutes)
In this bridge and tunnel trip back to the early 80's, a teenager's life is turned upside down by an encounter with a rising musical artist named Madonna.
Acoustic Space (15 minutes)
A Comedy about how technology has changed the way we communicate.
This is What's Going to Happen to You if You Keep Looking at Your Stupid Cell Phone (4 minutes)
Dap is in the discount cell phone of the future to sign up for a subscription to the human hive mind.
Director- Adam Besher
The Last Taxi (14 minutes)
A disgruntled taxi driver refuses to give up his chosen career, even when most of the inhabitants left are zombies.
"Hear Me Roar"
I'll Eat You Alive (23 min)
A sardonic, blue-haired runaway is hired as an assistant to a self-righteous producer, and when the aspiring actress realizes that she's been chosen as a test of the older man's fidelity, she decides to play the role of a lifetime...playing twisted games with everyone's lives, including her own.
Girl Next Door (11 minutes)
When Evette moves in to a new apartment, she learns she can hear her neighbours through the wall. With the safety of their separation she begins to obsess over their lives.
Go Fish (32 minutes)-Poland
Two young women seek retaliation after someone ruins their life plans.
Minimum Wage (14 minutes)
Walking home from a rough night at work, Kit (Sarah Ramos) takes a chance when a stranger, Tim (Ian Harding), mistakes her identity.
Beverley (24 minutes)
Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape - 1980 Leicester.
Oasis (15 minutes)
After her husband dies, Nieves inherits his job as the super of a decaying apartment complex in New York City.
Saturday November 21st
J Street: The Art of the Possible (71 minutes)
This gripping political documentary takes viewers inside the world of lobbying as it tracks a young, progressive pro-Israel advocacy group, challenging the establishment and pushing the Obama administration to take a more active role in negotiating a two-state solution.
Directors-Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai
"Through the Eyes of a Child"
The Artificial Womb (13 minutes)
A short documentary following premature babies admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The Little Violinist (15 minutes)
Laowang, a trash-picker in New York City Chinatown, hides a secret from his daughter for 11 years
Six (15 minutes)
A child finds a hidden gun while playing alone on a rooftop.
Chazam (19 minutes)-Belgium
Odile is a marginal old woman. For neighborhood children, she is 'the witch.'
When she discovers Max, ten years old, inside her house, she offers to make him invisible.
Black Eyes (11 minutes)
Alex discovers Alice trying to commit suicide. When she hesitates he offers another path.
Stag (14 minutes)
In the summer of 1963, fifteen-year-old tomboy Francesca investigates the mysterious comings and goings in her father's basement.
"And Now Our Feature Presentation"
Amok (77 Minutes)-Thriller
Adam Shaw (Josh Hamilton) is triggered by a terrifying event. Settling into a NYC apartment along with his wife Lisa (Juliet Rylance) and his newborn son, his trauma begins to unravel. The arrival of Lisa's mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) exposes his struggle to flee the past and hold onto the present
"The Ties That Bind"
The Train (10 minutes)
A preoccupied young man reluctantly agrees to take some time from his busy day to meet his girlfriend's grandfather (Academy Award Winner Eli Wallach). He learns how life can change in a moment. Inspired by a true story.
'I was very much moved by the story and the players. What a fitting exit for a grand master of the performing arts Eli Wallach.' - Steven Spielberg
Fils (17 minutes)
Siblings Gigi and Hooper reunite for an evening after a year apart; the subsequent get together turns into a raucous party, recalling the days of their twenties and eventually calling to focus just how much they've grown apart.
One Smart Fellow (44 minutes)
While on a weekend vacation at a beautiful beach house on the coast of North Carolina a not so smart fellow (Timothy Busfield) decides to tuurn his family's life upside down. Clark, his wife Ellen (Melissa Gilbert) and their daughter Maddie experience an event that will change their lives forever.
Director-Timothy Busfield and Tommy Lohmann.
Beyond Repair (37 minutes)
Rockaway and Coney Island, beautiful history-haunted neighborhoods, serve as the backdrop for the story of Mary and Eddie Lynott, a brother and sister, who share troubled childhood memories.
Sunday November 22nd, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Paper Trail (5 minutes)
A government Document waxes philosophical about its life journey as it waits to be shredded.
Sideshow of the Absurd (14 minutes)-Documentary
After the death of her husband, lifelong artist Pamela Joseph was left creatively frozen, searching for meaning and struggling to find her identity. Seven years later, an explosion of ideas culminated in a fantastical exhibition inspired by 20th-century freak shows.
Directors-Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonic
Greenland (17 minutes)-Israel
Exploring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, this film follows an everyday family and the charged process of leaving home and parents.
Chekov's Everyman (28 minutes)-Documentary
The story of Albert Cohen, a lively 83 year old Bulgarian-Israeli actor struggling to stage the last play of his life.
M. Steinert & Sons (8 minutes)-Documentary
This iconic store has been a storied presence in Boston for 155 years. Not to mention the ghostlike opera house that sits two stories beneath their Boylston Street location.
One Man's Trash (17 minutes)-Documentary
For 34 years, Nelson Molina has worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation, developing a unique relationship to the objects that fill the garbage bags lining the streets.
The Telegram Man (14 minutes)
The film explores the impact of World War II on a close-knit Australian farming community. Starring Australian and international screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton.
Director-James Francis Khehtie
Bone (8 minutes)-Documentary
The story of Boné Mitrevski, a Newtown man who has spent more than half of his adult life behind bars.
"Out of This World"
The Radio (32 minutes)
A timid boy receives love advice from his recently deceased uncle through a vintage transistor radio.
No One Dies in The Morning (15 minutes)-Russia
Senya receives a telegram: 'You are obliged to die today at 11-59 am'. There are 15 minutes left before his death.
Dinner and a Movie (13 minutes)
A vagabond sits down to the meal of his dreams, only find something completely unexpected.
Jackie Boy (21 minutes)
In a world morally bankrupt by social media, a mysterious stranger lurks in the shadows seeking vengeance on the selfie generation.
Apocrypha (23 minutes)
Three friends wake up in a taxi four hours north of Manhattan with little recollection of the previous evening.
Last Abduction (17 minutes)
A writer of sci-fi and fantasy novels becomes obsessed with obtaining proof that he has been the victim of multiple alien abductions.
The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival (willfilm.org) celebrates its 6th year Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22, 2015. Launched in 2010 the Festival has showcased independent films from around the world, many with a focus on Williamsburg and Brooklyn.
"We are excited to announce another outstanding line-up of films this year," said Peter Bloch, a Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Festival. "We have a good mixture of emerging and established filmmakers, as well as a great group from Brooklyn and Williamsburg."
This year the festival received over 220 entries for consideration from over 25 different countries. "We will be announcing the complete line-up in early November," said Bloch. "It's exciting to see that the power of Williamsburg and Brooklyn to inspire creativity only grows with time."
For the second year in a row, the Festival will be screening at the Cinema at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street on the North side of Williamsburg. "The Wythe is a great venue, with space for screenings, talks, and live music in the auditorium," said festival Co-Director Robert Skelly.
The festival is very proud to exhibit the world premiere of the film AMOK, directed by Rick Rodgers. The film is about a husband and father, Josh Hamilton (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, MADAME SECRETARY), who is haunted by events from his childhood. AMOK also stars ACADEMY AWARD Nominated actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (THE COLOR OF MONEY, GRIMM) and TONY AWARD winner Kate Burton (127 HOURS, SCANDAL). The cast and crew will attend the opening night party and a talkback following the screening.
The opening night spotlight film of WillFilm 6 is THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, written and directed by indie filmmaker Phil Allocco starring Fran Kranz (THE CABIN IN THE WOODS), Oddette Annable (THE ASTRONAUTS' WIVES CLUB) Mary Elizabeth Ellis (IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), and Colleen Camp (AMERICAN HUSTLE).
The US premiere of THE TRAIN, written and directed by Asher Grodman will be another special screening. Inspired by a true story, it is the final screen role of ACADEMY AWARD Winner Eli Wallach. Steven Spielberg is on record calling it 'a fitting exit for a grand master of the performing arts.' THE TRAIN tells the story of a preoccupied young man, who reluctantly agrees to meet his girlfriend's grandfather and learns that life can change in a moment. The festival will also screen the feature debut of Timothy Busfield's (THIRTY-SOMETHING, FIELD OF DREAMS, SLEEPY HOLLOW) ONE SMART FELLOW. It stars and was co-written by Busfield, Melissa Gilbert and Laura Innes. The festival also includes a short, RAISE THE TOYGIGANTIC, by returning producer/director, Gail Lerner (WILL & GRACE, HAPPY ENDINGS, BLACK-ISH). The director debuted her short, GIRLS SEASONS 38, at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival in 2013.
Director Joey Ally will present her short MINIMUM WAGE, starring Sara Ramos (PARENTHOOD). Walking home from a rough night at work, Kit (Sarah Ramos) takes a chance when a stranger, Tim (Ian Harding), mistakes her identity.
The full schedule of festival screenings and events will be announced in early November. Participants include actors Melissa Gilbert (LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, SECRETS AND LIES), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS, MAD MEN, FRESH OFF THE BOAT), Fran Kranz (CABIN IN THE WOODS), Randy Harrison (QUEER AS FOLK, Mr. ROBOT), Josh Hamilton*, Timothy Busfield*, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio*, Aaron Lazar (THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) and Treat Williams (HAIR, PRINCE OF THE CITY, 1941).
The east coast premiere of INDIGO GREY; THE PASSAGE. produced and shot in Brooklyn, features an original score by Evanescence's Amy Lee, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer.
Past honorees and guests include Frank Walley, Cathy Moriarty, Dakota Fanning, Skeet Ulrich, Keir Gilchrist, Chloe Dahl, Gail Lerner, Rene Balcer, Michael Urie, Illeana Douglas, and Julia Ormand.
For more information, please go to the Festival's website, willfilm.org.
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