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Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Cinema at the Wythe Hotel
Brooklyn, NY
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November 19, 2018 Dear Audience Member, On behalf of the entire Willfilm team, we would like to express our appreciation for your support of The 9th Williamsburg Independent Film Festival (www.willfilm.org). The audience is a vital component not only for the festival's success but for the filmmakers to receive helpful feedback on their projects. If you enjoyed the experience, we also encourage you to seriously consider a tax deductible donation* to Willfilm. Ticket revenues make up a small portion of our operating budget so in order to continue our mission we depend on public support. Any amount is always appreciated. * https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8940 We look forward to seeing all of you next year. All the best, Peter Bloch & Robert Skelly


Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Director- Sarah Kerruish
The side of Silicon Valley you never see, General Magic is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world.
Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the next big thing, General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994.
Combining rare archive footage with contemporary stories of the Magicians today, this documentary tracks the progress of anytime, anywhere communication from a thing of sci-fi fiction in 1994 to a reality in our pockets and on our wrists today.
Man With Beard (10 min)
Director-Abie Axen
He is a man. And he does have a beard. And this is Williamsburg.
Butterflies (14 min) Director-Cady McClain
Abandoned by her childhood best friend, who is now allied with a bullying clique of mean girls, a mixed-race teenager is inspired to fight back by contemplating the life cycle of a butterfly.
People of the Pop (6 min) Director- Steve W Thompson
A mockumentary following two out of touch pop stars as they prepare for the biggest performance of their 'careers'.
Alien Baby (8 min) Director-Victoria Blade
A quirky hipster and her straight-laced coworker come face to face with the unavoidable weirdness of childbirth.
Freelance Nation (15 min) Director-Dori Cohen
This Documentary tells the story of Uber from the driver's perspective. While most were initially happy when they joined the company they soon realized that being your own CEO was a story that was too good to be true.
What I Wish You Said (8 min) Director-Tiffany Frances
When a young woman in Brooklyn shares a traumatic story in the middle of a date, it illicits a response she didn't expect.
Bridge (5 min) Director-Thomas Moore
A woman with everything to lose crosses the Pulaski Bridge on her way to an interview
Cal&V (13 min) Director-Timothy Offor
Cal & V are two lovers stuck at a crossroads until Cal places his successful movie career on the line to try and win Vanessa back.
All Men Must Die (9 min) Director-Kate Beacom
Prudence tries to throw her best friend a nice birthday party, it's ruined by a dude, and Kyle learns just what Prudence meant when she said 'It's your birthday, I'd do anything for you.'
Finns Whistle (11min) Director-Kelsey Selby
Finn Ellis, a spunky, imaginative, and confident ten year old, lives in a small suburb with her father and sick mother. Finn only wants one thing, for her mom to recover.
Burning Smell of Stone (19 min-Iran) Director-Zardosht Afshari
An old man with his little granddaughter opens his grocery store after a tragedy. The film focuses on women and childrens rights in Iran.
Heather Has 4 Moms (14 min)
Director-Jeanette L. Buck
Which of Heathers four lesbian moms will give her the talk when she decides
to lose her virginity for her fifteenth birthday?
Welcome to the World (7 minutes) Director- Albert M. Chan
A troubled man records a video message for his pregnant sister.
Light My Fire (9 minutes) Director- Bobb Barito
A vengeful father hunts down his daughter's boyfriend on the Fourth of July.
Every Other Weekend (19 min) Director-Josh Rothstein
Gripped by a self-destructive personality, a divorced mother attempts to teach her children valuable life skills, but instead becomes a liability they must survive. Starring Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman).
Papercop (15 minutes) Director-Steve Figueiredo
Neil, consumed by emotional baggage, struggles with his place in the world as a New York City parking cop.
Girl Talk (17 min) Director-Erica Rose
Girl Talk follows 20-something queer identified Mia, as she explores the disparity between emotional and physical intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing couple.
2050 (104 min) Director-Princeton Holt
A married video game developer is introduced to a warehouse that customizes androids for human companionship.
On The Way North (17 min) Director-David Kleinman
The innocent meet the guilty in a story of unfortunate encounters.
Heart of Gold (17 min) Director-Justin Lee Stanley
Two men scour the desert in pursuit of a family heirloom that has been stolen from one of them. Upon finding the item things take a dark turn...
The Mole (22 min)
Director- Olenka Denysenko
A polymer physicist at Avery Dennison is caught selling company trade secrets to Taiwanese competitor Four Pillars and is forced to cut a deal with the FBI. Based on a true story about the first case that went to trial under the Economic Espionage Act in 1997.
Action (11 min) Director- Donglin Huang
A young man bored with the world finds excitement through the lens of his video camera. How far will he go when he realizes the thrill outweighs the risk?
Necessary Evil (12 min) Director-Alex Spear
A young man makes steps to avenge his parents' deaths, but find the situation to be more complicated than he originally thought.
White Knuckle (23 min) Director-Xavier Coleman
When a serial killer begins targeting the gentrifiers of a dwindling, historically Black neighborhood, three young adults attempt to determine the murderer's identity... before they're next.
Child of the Universe (10 min) Director-Scotty Sussman
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Wild Honey (88 min) Director-Francis Stokes
A romantic comedy about a lonely, down-on-her-luck woman working as a phone sex operator in Chicago, who falls for one of her callers and flies to Los Angeles to find him. Starring Rusty Schwimmer.
Good Kids (16 min) Director-Max Kaplan
'Good Kids' follows Barney, a seemingly good kid who is peer pressured by his friends to go to a drug party. Chaos quickly takes over their lives.
Cashed (15 min) Director-Ethan Itzkow
Suddenly unemployed on her 25th birthday, Jess struggles to find peace (and pot) amidst the unique circumstances of life as a Millennial in New York City
Schmik (10 min) Director-Will Branner
A lost young man gets a life altering phone call from a telemarketer.
Civic Mind (19 min) Director-Adonis Williams
A teenage, NYPD volunteer goes undercover to purchase alcohol and other items not permitted to be sold to minors. His methods are put into question when the biggest bust of his career is done illegally, jeopardizing everything hes worked for and threatens a gentrifying, Brooklyn community.
Dead Layer (15 min)
Director- Carter Winter
A visionary graffiti artist tries to go straight but gets caught up in a terrible crime. Starring Cameron Douglas.
TNT Boxer Story (20 min-Austria) Director-Mark Gerstorfe
Pride and a broken heart are the forces that drive TNT, a has-been boxer who never made it to the top. To get his hands on some cash he accepts a dodgy deal to fix his last fight. Only moments before stepping into the ring it becomes clear that losing the fight will be tougher for him than expected.
Two Black Coffees (8 min) Director-Michael Driscoll
A desperate woman has one moment of chance to escape from her domineering husband, and into the arms of her secret lover.
When the Tide Turns (30 min) Director-Ryan Canney
After years of auditioning, bartending, and dead-end gigs, Ryan is no closer to breaking into Hollywood. Through a series of testing circumstances, his view of success is called into question: should he fight the current in search of stardom, or yield to the tide sweeping him home?
Domestic Partners (30 minutes) Director-Alexandra Dell
A comedy about two roommates, one is broke, the other is broken-hearted. They pretend to be married and go to marriage counseling together, as part of a study to make money, so that he can pay the rent and she can move on in her relationships.
We Are Different (3 min-Ireland) Director-John Broe
A music video from the Dublin-based duo of Róisín O and John Broe, who perform as Thanks Brother.
Quarume-Never Go Back (15 min-Italy) Director-Arturo M. Merelo
Ulises looks for a friend that can help him through the difficult healing process of losing a woman.
The Traffic Separating Device (15 min-Sweden) Director- Johan Palmgren
A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole mess of human failures.
The Flockumentary (12 min) Director-Torey McCleskey
Armed with just their wits, an affordable rental car, a camera, and a tripod that was never unpacked; Derick and Torey strike out on a road trip circling the United Kingdom to ask the locals, lifes most critical question: What do you know about sheep?
Obini Bata: Women of the Drums (14 min) Director-Damian Calvo
In Havana, Cuba a group of women defies convention and religious taboo by playing the Bata drums. Together, they balance motherhood and family life with rehearsals and performances while inspiring a new musical tradition.
The Moon and the Lake of Stars (30 min-Malawi) Director-Lawrence Luhanga
A thematic story of Cichlid fish endemic to the lake, humans and the degradation of their habitat and possible extinction.


Cinema at the Wythe Hotel (View)
80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States


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Film > Premiers

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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