2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
GROUNDHOG DAY | 101 minutes | Starring Bill Murray, Directed by Harold Ramis
Misanthropic TV weatherman/broadcaster, Phil Connors, is annoyed and despondent when he's assigned the job of covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small "Hick" town of Punxsutawney - making this his fourth in a row. The only noticeable upside is his attractive and good-natured producer. But the real nightmare begins when Phil ends up reliving the same day (Groundhog Day) over, and over again. Unable to leave the town due to a severe blizzard, and with no end in sight, Phil struggles to find a way to escape (and ultimately make the best of) his seemingly hopeless situation. (S. Lagen, IMDb)
Preceding the screening join us for the fan favorite "flannel casual" Red Carpet Reception with a performance by Fritz's Polka Band, as well as hors d’Oeuvres fromLazy Days Cafe and a cash bar by Savory Downtown.
SUSHI TUSHI OR HOW ASIA BROKE INTO AMERICAN FOOTBALL | 90 minutes | Produced by Bob Altman, Directed by Ziad Hamzeh, Written by Richard Castellane
What do you do when your pro football franchise has lost thirty two games in a row? Buy up a school of Japanese Sumo Wrestlers, with all of its gargantuan 600 plus pound Sumos and make them into linemen protecting your precious star quarterback.
Followed by Panel with Producer Bob Altman, award-winning Writer Richard Castellane (Best Picture “Irrefutable Proof,” Beverly Hills Film Festival), and Illustrator, Adam Cornell, who is adapting the film into a comic book series.
NORTH POLE, NY | 70 minutes | Written & Directed by Ali Cotterill, Produced by Christa Orth
A documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con- man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.
Followed by panel with Writer/Director Ali Cotterill and Producer Christa Orth.
See the trailer here.
HOUSE OF STRONZO | 60 minutes | Directed by Matthew White
“House of Stronzo” chronicles the quest of Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for his “kids” – the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are housed in his Virginia home. Pete thinks his “holy sh*t house” is the star of the film. But it’s Cecere’s bursting passion for his collection and life that actually, steals the show.
Followed by panel with Director Matthew White.
GARROW | 70 minutes | Directed by Lori Kelly-Bailey
Robert Francis Garrow was a serial rapist and murderer whose reign of terror paralyzed the North Country between the years of 1960 and 1978. The exact number of his victims to this day remains uncertain. A knife wielding psychopath that could charm his victims before carving them to death. Robert was clever and cunning. He was able to manipulate the law, fake his own paralysis, escape from prison, and avoid capture for over a decade.
Followed by panel with director Lori Bailey and members of the GARROW cast and crew.
See the trailer here.
2019 SHORT FILM FINALISTS
12:00PM | STUDENTS| 17min
THE LOST HALLS / United States / 5:28 Dir: Chelsea Coss
SKATES / United States / 5:35
KAMSKI / United States / 5:25
12:20PM | BRAIN FREEZE | 33min
WHEN COUNTING FLAMINGOS TO SLEEP / United States / 10:20
PLATFORM 13 / Netherlands / 13:51
WRITER'S BLOCK / United States / 8:40
1:00PM | ALL OVER THE MAP | 30min
NOTHING HAPPENS / Denmark, France / 11:50
SWIM / Germany / 3:00
CARONTE / Spain / 15:00
1:30PM | NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH | 53min
ALLUREMENT / Canada / 13:57
SUPER MONSIEUR / Canada / 4:46
HARD LEARNING / Canada / 6:51
MILK / Canada / 1:28
PLUME / Canada / 25:51
2:30PM | NATURE VS. NURTURE | 10min
SATURN IN LEO / Croatia / 4:44
LIFE / Serbia / 3:19
CHARLES DARWIN, FAMILY MAN / US / 1:55 Dir: Steven Kraus
2:45PM | CABIN FEVER | 27min
THE EDGE / Russia / 12:00
DEADEYE / United States / 15:00
POST VERBA / United States / 10:00
3:15PM | FROMANCE | 27min
HEROES / Spain / 8:00
FRY DAY I’M IN LOVE / United States / 7:43
RAG DOLLS / United States / 4:12
GUERRILLA WEDDING / Australia / 7:00
3:50PM | ICE PICK | 44min
CORNHUSK / Canada-United States / 12:20
BLOOD OAK / United States / 13:41
“HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND KiILL MY MOM” - 18:00**
4:45PM | “FREEZE!” | 72min
DEADBOLT / United States / 21:08
JUNIOR / South Africa / 12:00
RENEGADE / France / 6:09
TRIGGERED / United States / 5:57
ZBURG / United States / 26:00