My Best for fests - titles I represent
"Best for Fests" curated by the filmfestivals.com founder and editor, veteran film marketing expert, former head of Fox and Sony distribution in France founder of the consulting boutique Major Buzz Factory.
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Dear Festival programmers:
I am really proud to share with the festival community and our network these amazing films which I have selected for festival consideration. Winners!
I believe each of them has a story that can change the way we see life and will resonate on the circuit.
PIERRE ET JEANNE by Clémentine Célarié
First Feature film 2022 99 minutes
France 2021 99 minutes First feature film by Clémentine Célarié, produced by Matthieu Rubin - Sazia Films.
Starring Loris FREEMAN, Elodie GODART, Clémentine CÉLARIÉ, Philippe UCHAN, Mathieu AMALRIC, Sergi LOPEZ, Dominique PINON, Tom LEEB, Jacqueline CORADO, Marie DURET...
Sibling Rivalry and truth untold emerge after the unexpected inheritance of Jeanne
"Pierre et Jeanne" recounts the devastation caused by an inheritance intended for Jeanne, Pierre's younger sister. This poisoned gift from a friend of the parents will instill discord, jealousy, discord and sibling rivalry until an untold truth is revealed.
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May 18: 4:30 pm Marché du Film@ Lérins#3 in person
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May 20: 6:00 pm Marché du Film @ Lérins#2 in person
May 21 : 6:00 pm Marché du Film Lérins#2 online
RETURN TO EDEN written and directed by Jeff Gross: 87 minutes April 2022
Starring Gary Kohn, Jade Struck, Claude Duhamel, Jim Kinney...
Jeff Gross is a novelist and film maker. He has several writing collaborations with Roman Polanski to his name, including "Frantic" and "Bitter Moon"
Returning to the small town of Eden, Oregon after 30 years in France, Josef, a writer, filmmaker, and self-described permanent exile, tries his best to fit in. Unable to write, the world is so crazy that he can't keep up, he starts coaching the girls' tennis team at one of the local high schools. Lonely, adrift, he develops a friendship with Hope, a remarkable woman who dances in Puritan Eden's only strip club. But as the dark clouds of fascism roll in, rumors run rampant, and soon enough, inevitably, the two worlds collide, with tragic consequences.
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THE THRILL by Gordi de st. Jeor 8 minutes USA Jan 29 2022
Starring Aidan Browne and Sofia Masson
A young guitarist is about to play the biggest show of his life. Things don't quite go as expected...
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TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle
Short Film Fantasy USA December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds
A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.
The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.
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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA 90 minutes
Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."
As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!
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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse
Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)
USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds
Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.
Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?
Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.
Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.
If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.
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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.
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INVISIBLE HAND by Matthew Taylor : The Creepy Line, Marcel Duchamp the art of the possible, Safeguard an electoral debate...
USA 28 minutes August 2021
Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.
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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour
Documentary by Daizy Gedeon - second feature documentary
Australia june 2021 - 90 minutes - Cannes "Movie That Matter Award"
ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.
Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.
ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.
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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling
Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.
Documentary Australia April 2021 1h 54
The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling. #TheVoiceOfCycling
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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021
In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.
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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette
74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021
A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.
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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero
"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.
As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.
The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.
The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group
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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov
Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?
ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.
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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor
USA September 2020 77minutes
How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.
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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez
USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film
Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.
But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?
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ANGIE LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin
USA, 107 minutes, June 2020
One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.
After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.
Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.
Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape. When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.
When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.
Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police. She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police.
Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.
Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others?
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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox
Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020
The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.
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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films
Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1 Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston
When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.
Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.
Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.
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SAVING NORTH - rescueing the wooden churches of northern russia by J Mitchell Johnson
Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 84 minutes
What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.
Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.
Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.
Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.
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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler
Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland
Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag
First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG
An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.
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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf
USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes
Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin, Kelly Arjen…
After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs.
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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written and directed by Matthew Taylor
USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes
Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree
"Multi Award winner Jazz composer, Film music composer Hollywood Royalty! one of my best for fests"
USA, 84 min, 2019 I Trailer I Ask for a screener
Millions of people know the music of Dave Grusin (The Graduate, Three days of the Condor, Reds, Heaven can wait, The Champ, The fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Firm...) but may not know his name. Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time documents his journey from Colorado cowboy to Oscar and Grammy winning composer.
The documentary, directed by Barbara Bentree and produced by John Rangelwill include interviews with many friends and collaborators such as Quincy Jones, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Nathan Barr and Michael Keaton, besides Dave Grusin himself, who is strongly involved in the development of the documentary.
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The Mystery of a Buryat Lama Documentary by Elena Demidova
Russia, 93 min, 2018 I Trailer I Ask for a screener
The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.
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Magnificent Liars Les Beaux Menteurs French comedy by Bruno Mercier
"Small lies between friends...big consequences, one of my best for fests"
Who can you trust if you can’t trust your best friends? In “Les Beaux Menteurs” (“The Magnificent Liars”), an American plumber crashes a French dinner party and reminds everyone -- all we need is love, love, love.
The film has had a world premiere at Houston WorldFest where it won best comedy Golden Remi
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Raised On Rock- The Burnette Family Legacy USA 62 minutes documentary
A documentary film by Sally Steele first time filmmaker.
"Rock legends saga, one of my best for fests"
Coming April 2019 "RAISED ON ROCK - The Burnette Family Legacy" will be premiering at Film Festivals throughout 2018 before being released for worldwide distribution
Director - Sally Steele
Sally Steele is on a mission to reunite the legendary battling Burnette family- a family United by Blood-Divided by Fame. The filmmaker travels across the United States interviewing special guests while learning the amazing rock history of Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others, on her quest to bring Rocky and Billy Burnette and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation to the family “Raised On Rock“.
The film exists in two version Long Short and short documentary
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THE CREEPY LINE a documentary film by M.A.Taylor 2018, 80 minutes
"A film that Google does not want you to see - filmfestivals.com one of my Best for Fest"
An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”
However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”.
Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.
There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.
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FRANK, EARNEST AND MERCY Short film by Jarrod Dean Australia 2019 - 14 minutes
Frank, Earnest with Mercy is a stylish, sexually charged comedy set in beautiful Naples. Two friends have an important mission to complete when a Southern Italian girlfriend in a bedroom stands in the way.
How far does one go for friendship, for business, for love ?
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June 2019, Australia 14 minutes short film by Jarrod Dean
THE MILKMAID directed by Desmond OVBIAGELE
2h 26min Drama Completed Nigeria 2019
Aisha’s younger sister, Zainab, is getting married. Elaborate traditional preparations are undertaken in the local village in rural Borno State by the family of the milkmaid sisters and that of her farmer fiancé, Haruna. The day arrives, the union is sealed. But prospects of a bright future together for the new couple are violently dashed when insurgents strike right in the middle of the wedding reception. After the ensuing carnage and forced separations, the sisters are abducted along with other villagers and taken to the base of the insurgents on the outskirts of a remote town. The unacceptable new life imposed on the sisters will test their concepts of self, family, faith, relationships, and even humanity, forcing them to make choices for their survival and sanity that will have profound consequences for all concerned. Has the innocence of the past now become an impossible dream?
Written and directed by Desmond OVBIAGELE, Presented by Danono Media produced by Mighty Man Entertainment.
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ISABELLE by Rob Heydon USA 2018 80 minutes
"Rosemary's Baby meets your worst nightmares, one of my best for fests"
The supernatural thriller Isabelle by writer Donald Martin, with producer Sid Ganis (former Chairman Columbia Pictures) and director Rob Heydon is entering the festival circuit with a world premiere at Busan.
In the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, Isabelle is about an all-American couple whose dream of starting a family is shattered after they move into the perfect New Englandneighborhood.
Once settled, they soon descend into the depths of terror as they struggle to survive a genuine threat from a dark presence that appears to want to end their very lives.
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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 90 minutes
Final film from the documentary Trilogy of Rob Stewart (28/12/1979 - 31/1/2017) Sharkwater - Revolution - Sharkwater Extinction)
"Conservation warrior and a true Hero, his legacy will ive on, one of my best for fests"
Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for”
Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.
Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.
Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.
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Once upon an Island by Steve L. Lichtag
FORMERLY KNOWN AND PROMOTED as Aldabra once upon an island - Family Feature Documentary Czech Republic 2017 73 minutes
SEE THE WONDERLAND BEFORE IT'S LOST!
Would be great to see the money owed to all those who worked promoting this film.
Join us on an adventurous 3D expedition to the shores of a mysterious island lost in the waters of the Indian Ocean. To an atoll, which has stubbornly rejected human life yet is home to a community of exotic animal characters and their entertaining tales. Cross your fingers as turtle hatchlings tumble into lethal shallows teeming with hungry sharks. Gaze in wonder at the world’s largest terrestrial crabs clambering up palm trees in search of juicy coconuts. Hold your breath in awe as a giant grouper fearlessly guards an ancient shipwreck against all comers. Discover how the giant prehistoric tortoises live together with their babies. Explore an island, which has risen from the sea only to be engulfed once again by ocean currents and rising seas. Meet our heroes, Elvi, Tory, robber Buster, Snooper, fighter Luis and many others in the story full of excitement, emotions and unexpected twists. Discover Aldabra before it’s lost!
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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, an eco responsible documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes
"What kind of future do we want to leave our children, a film with positive messages for all and one of my best for fests"
16 festival wins so far.
Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weave evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. The film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as Humankind.
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Out of Sight Out of Mind
A film by Brian Follmer: Adventure, Drama, Comedy USA 2019 133 minutes
Travis's tight social group of friends and lovers splits apart when his childhood friend, O'Brien becomes severely mentally ill. Now alone, the characters go their separate ways: Travis helps crowd-fund a socialist revolution in Mexico, O'Brien succumbs to mania and becomes a satirical Youtube celebrity, Kate seeks stability in online dating, and Lox embarks on his first indie rock tour.
Their lives continue to cross paths and reconnect through the internet.
The film made its International debut in Rotterdam Film Festival
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DEAD ON ARRIVAL D.O.A. by Stephen Sepher - Thriller - USA - June 2017 - 96 minutes
Emmy nominated Billy Flynn stars in an ensemble cast as Sam Collins, a pharmaceutical sales rep who visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. He finds himself in a dark world of sex, corruption and murder as he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with less than 24 hours to live, Sam turns to a local girl Jesse. Their path leads to a voodoo priestess who only confirms Sam's doomed fate. On the run, caught in a deadly vertigo with no one to trust, Sam and Jesse find themselves running from police detectives, the Mob and a dirty sheriff who wants him dead.
Inspired by the 1950 classic noir thriller D.O.A.
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LIVING AMONG US by Brian Metcalf - Vampire Found Footage Thriller Ocober 2017 80 minutes
A family of Vampires hire some filmmakers to bring their story to the world with devastating results. STARRING: John Heard (Home Alone), Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You).
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CUT OFF first feature film by Jowan Carbin October 2017
Struggling with his new life in New Orleans, Clive follows Trevor, a former professor to his country home on the bayou in Cut Off, LA to gain a new perspective. While Trevor helps Clive deal with his demons, Clive is sucked into a mission to kill.
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CRADDLE OF CHAMPIONS by Bartle Bull, cinematography by legendary Tom Hurwitz ASC (the Last Emperor), produced by Donald Rosenfeld (Tree of Life, Remains of the Day...)
"Fighting for your life in the city of dreams"
The most awarded "dream team" of documentary talent (VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR, CITIZENFOUR, RESTREPO, CAMERAPERSON, QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, RACING DREAMS, CARTEL LAND etc.) in decades captures the epic story of three young people fighting for their lives in the oldest, biggest, most important amateur boxing tournament in the world: New York’s Daily News Golden Gloves.
CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS follows three extraordinary, inspiring individuals—James Wilkins, Nisa Rodriguez, and Titus Williams—on an urban odyssey through a ten-week tournament, founded in 1927, that has produced more professional world champions than the Olympic Games.
Telling a compelling story of dreams, heartbreak, and redemption, the result is a unique work of art. CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS is edge-of-the-seat drama with the polish of a Hollywood feature film and the intimacy of a gritty cinéma vérité classic.
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THE EVIL WITHIN by late Andrew Getty
You can't run from a Nightmare: The film received three times best actor for Frederic Koehler. Fantasporto, South Africa Horror Fest and WorldFest Houston
The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.
Starring: Frederick Koehler (Death Race), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Michael Berryman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) Brianna Brown (General Hospital), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Kim Darby (True Grit)
Written and directed by late Andrew Getty - Produced by Eric Berliner, Michael Luceri - Sales Vision Films Lise Romanoff
Horror, Thriller, 100 Min, 2016 Premiering at Fantasporto 2017
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THE UNWILLING by Oscar nominee Jonathan Heap
Evil is inside !
The film receive awards in 14 film festivals so far...and counting
6 family members gather for the reading of a will. It comes with a mysterious box. Who will leave alive?
Starring David Lipper, Dina Meyer, Levy Tran, Austin Highsmith, Jake Thomas, Robert Rusler, Bree Williamson and Lance Henrickson.
USA 82 minutes I Supernatural Horror Thriller
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REVOLUTION by late Rob Stewart feature documentary 2015, the second of his conservation trilogy
over 40 festival wins so far
The director died in a diving accident while shooting Sharkwater Extinction his final movie will be released later in 2018. His family keeps up his work and is totally gratious about all the request for tributes to Rob Stewart 's legacy.
82 minutes Canada
Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015.
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.
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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BLACKBERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Best Documentary – Runner Up
ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVALAUDIENCE AWARD
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Most Popular Environmental Film
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST
Santa Barbara Social Justice Award
INTERNATIONAL ECO-HERO AWARD
Planet in Focus
RELEVATE Impact Film Forum
M. CARROLL RAVER AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Garden State Film Festival 2014
GAIA FILM AWARD
Wine Country Film Festival
THE GREEN AWARD
VOICES FROM THE WATERS – SWEDEN
GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
40FATHOMS FILMMAKER AWARD FOR FURTHERING OCEAN CONSERVATION
Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservatory Summit
THE SUSTAINABILITY IMPACT AWARD
Inaugural Our Sustainable World Film Festival
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE SPECIAL MENTION: DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Impact DOCS Awards
NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL
G2 GREEN EARTH FILM FESTIVAL 2016
PARANOID GIRLS by Pedro del Santo
Paranoid Girls Comedy by Pedro del Santo is qualified for Oscar selection running for best film, best original song...
Ana, Paula and Veronica become fascinated by modeling and the life that it offers. Yet, they gradually begin to discover the dark side of fashion hidden behind the fame and glamour of the spotlights. The women experience downfall as they engage with an antagonistic photographer who drags models into a high stakes abyss of danger. The women learn to value friendship over the lures of fashion pitfalls and enjoy life's simplicities in the end.
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EXODUS TO SHANGHAI by Anthony Hickox, a Michel Adam production
Exodus to Shanghai a film by Anthony Hickox, writtend and produced by Michel Adam tells a story of two brave lovers, Fannia and Bruce, who stand up to the Nazis and fight against their evil. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they make their escape to Shanghai on the Orient Express, saving many Jews along the journey.
Together with Dr. Ho, the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who helped thousands of Jews to flee Vienna and escape to Shanghai with free Exit Visas, they make their Exodus to Shanghai.
A Dead Nazi is a Good Nazi.
Market Premiere at EFM February 12, Festival World Premier Fantasporto March 3
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GET HAPPY by Manoj Annadurai
Feature Feel Good Movie - USA - 99 minutes - First feature - 2015
World premiered in Montreal World Film Festival Winner best romantic comedy in Manhattan Fest
Charlie Kane can’t catch a break. He grew into a man who expects the worse out of life and gets it. But that changes when, by chance, he meets a bright, sunny sprite of a woman named Holly who turns him from a dour drip into someone finally allowing himself to be happy.Then a bus flattens her before Charlie eyes. Charlie opts for suicide but can’t even successfully give up on life. Left with no other choice, he adopts Holly’s ethos of positivity and just decides to be happy... by ignoring all the bad things in life. But his cynical best friend isn’t buying Charlie’s new-found happiness and sets out to save Charlie by making him miserable again.
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