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2013 FILMS

Lords of Salem

1hr41min

Dir: Rob Zombie

 

Special Midnight screening of Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem!

 

Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record - a "gift from the Lords". The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?

C.O.G.

1hr 30min

Dir: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. Featuring Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Dean Stockwell, Corey Stoll

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Feature Film - Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Cookie Carosella, Stephen Nemeth

Actor in a Feature - Jonathan Groff

Feature Director - Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Editor Feature - Fernando Collins

Supporting Actor Feature - Dennis O'Hare WINNER

 Supporting Actor Feature - Corey Stoll

Cinematography Feature - Jan Shelton WINNER

Writing Feature - Kyle Patrick Alvarez

 

Reviews!

 

Yahoo Movies

 

The Wrap

 

Schedule: D3B2

Worlds We Created

10min

Dir: Nicholas Santos - Attending, Q&A

The story of a boy who walks the line between imagination and reality, and the day he realizes he may not be able to do so forever.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Film - Alison Walter

Editor Short - Ian Payne

Music Short - Ryan Dann

Cinematography Short - Kyle I. Kelley

 

Schedule: D2B1

Night Porter

27min

Dir: Bank Tangjaitrong

A hotel bellboy takes on a task of helping a woman find her lost luggage but their brief encounter turns into the love story of his dreams.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Film Short - Bank Tangjaitrong

Actor in a Short - David Lind WINNER

Actress in a Short - Rebecca Steele

Best Director Short - Bank Tangjaitrong

Supporting Actor Short - Jimmy Welleby

Music Short - Mary Kouyoumdjian

Cinematography Short - Travis Bleen

Writing Short - Bank Tangjaitrong

 

Schedule: D1B1

Certainly Never

WORLD PREMIERE

1hr 20min NE Film

Dir: Matthew Phillion - Attending, Q&A

What happens when 'the other man' meets 'the other woman?' A pair of neighbors discover they are both embroiled in love affairs in which they are the outsiders, and strike up a friendship that turns into something more. A melancholy romantic comedy, 'Certainly Never' breaks convention while trying to provide an honest portrayal of the stupid and beautiful things we all do to find happiness. One reviewer wrote of the script: 'All of the characters are written with empathy. No one is demonized; they're all people muddling through life, making bad emotional choices along the way

 

2013 Nominations

 

Actress in a Feature - Rachel Delante

Supporting Actor in a Feature - Ryan Gillis

Supporting Actress in a Feature -

Naomi Stock

Writing Feature - Matthew Phillion

New England Film - Matthew Phillion

 

Schedule: D3B1

The One Who Builds

37min

Dir: Hillary Pierce, Nick Gooler, Peter Carolla

The One Who Builds is the story of the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen, who is giving back as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Documentary -

Hillary Pierce, Peter Gooler, Peter Carolla WINNER

 

Schedule: D1B2

Kayip (English Title: The Loss)

MASS PREMIERE

15min

Dir: Mete Sozer - Attending, Q&A

After a painful breakup with the love of his life, a man waits at a cafe for a lifetime, hoping she would walk in again.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Film - Mete Sozer

Actress in a Short - Ozge Ozprincci

Writing Short

 

Schedule: D1B1

Heaven's Rage

MASS PREMIERE

14min

Dir: Ken Cole - Attending, Q&A

Reed Timmer, star of Discovery's Storm Chasers, intercepts violent tornadoes during the historic chase that launched him to international fame.

Schedule: D1B2

Furever

1hr 21min

Dir: Amy Finkel

Furever is a feature-length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit, and how this evolution is affecting those in the veterinary profession and death care industry. With interviews from grieving pet owners, veterinarians, psychologists, sociologists, religious scholars, neuroscientists, and the many professionals who preserve a pet's body for their devastated clientele, or re-purpose a pet's cremains in unique ways (taxidermy, cloning, mummification, freeze-drying, and many more), Furever confronts contemporary trends, perspectives, and relevant cultural assumptions regarding attachment, religion, ritual, grief, and death, and studies the bonds that form between humans and animals, both psychological and physiological.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Feature Documentary - Amy Finkel

Editor Feature - Lila Place and Amy Finkel

 

Schedule: D1B3

Lapse

30min

Dir: Anthony Haden Salerno - Attending, Q&A

Actor/Prod: Bill Timoney - Attending, Q&A

We follow a man through a single day of his life as he relives the dark turns that brought him to his substance riddled present. A dark, jarring opening quickly descends into a long dark night of the soul for one man who must face his demons and to return to the light.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Editor Short - Anthony Haden Salerno WINNER

 

Schedule: D1B1

Masterpiece in a Mill Town

WORLD PREMIERE

30min NE Film

Dir: Emily Driscoll - Attending, Q&A

The improbably story of the Fitchburg Art Museum

Schedule: D1B3

Searcy County

6min

Dir: Noam Osband

This short film depicts the little-known and unusual world of the Searcy County Livestock Auction in Marshall, Arkansas.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Editor Short - Noam Osband

Short Documentary - Noam Osband

 

 

 

 

Schedule: D1B3

Love, Sex & Disability

50min

Dir: Carlo Basilone

Love, Sex & Disability is a film that follows several individuals as they explore their thoughts on sex, disability and their own desires. They explain the challenges and pleasures of their own bodies, relationships and the battles to tear down the modern stereotypes of body image and beauty.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Feature Documentary - Carlo Basilone

 

Schedule: D1B2

Second Nurse

16min NE Film

Dir: Jenny Plante - Attending, Q&A

An electric film about memory, a nurse and her patient.

Schedule: D1B1

 

Best Experimental Film 

Special Jury Prize

Jenny Plante WINNER

Partie De Chasse (English Title: The Hunting Party)

9min

Dir: Douglas Gordon

A meditative hunting film through the countryside of southern France.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Documentary - Douglas Gordon

 

Schedule: D1B1

Temenos

WORLD PREMIERE

4min

Dir: Adriane Little

By origin, the word temenos is used to mark sacred space that encourages or creates shelter for disclosure and discovery. This act of revealing can be towards another or inward and beyond a physical sense of place. Playing off the idea of death as 'six feet under', Temenos creates a space six feet up. Within a spatial awareness of temenos, exists kairos or the unstructured time of personal insight and growth. Combined, temenos and kairos create place and time for ritual, meditation, mourning, psychic disruption and renewal.

Schedule: D1B1

Semaforsiranje (English Title: Lightstalker)

 5min

Dir: Mateo Tomislav Klaric 

A funny story about a horny guy and his imaginary friend helping him in his daily quest to satisfy his lust for women.

Schedule: D1B1

Women on the Way

screenplay submission

 

Winner 

 

Best Feature Screenplay

 

Prijo Ojala

 

 

 

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Graupel Poetry

MASS PREMIERE

1hr 18min

Dir: Bruce Saxway 

The inseparable brothers Leung and Ming came to the big city pursuing their dreams of being successful actors. Unusual intimacy emerged in their daily life. When the taboo was broken, Leung realized that he was just living underneath the shadow of his brother. Standing on the edge of moral boundaries, Leung tried to pull himself out from the reality, but his world had already fallen apart.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Feature Film - Wu Yi

Actor in a Feature - Yang Junyu

Director Feature - Bruce X. Saxway

Editor Feature - Bruce X. Saxway

Supporting Actress in a Feature -

Zhao Shumei

Music Feature - Wei Fan, Kee-mo, Daniel Zhang

Cinematography Feature - Nam-Kyun Kim

Writing Feature - Bruce X. Saxway

 

Schedule: D2B4

Winter Hill

MASS PREMIERE

16min NE Film

Dir: Melissa Bruno - Attending, Q&A

'Winter Hill' is about the tenuous friendship between two adolescent girls, growing up in a working class neighborhood during the early '90s.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Film - Melissa Bruno

Actress Short - Nicole Boucher WINNER

Best Director Short - Melissa Bruno

Supporting Actress in a Short -

Brianna Buckley WINNER

Writing Short - Melissa Bruno WINNER

New England Film - Melissa Bruno WINNER

 

Schedule: D3B2

The Hoarders

MASS PREMIERE

13min

Dir: Keaton Stewart 

Two inseparable friends lose the Key, to open the box, containing the gift for their friend, and in the frantic search that ensues they come to realise that the act of giving is more important than the gift itself.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Editor Short - Anil Griffin

Supporting Actor in a Short -

James Buckingham

Cinematography Short - Michael Steele

 

Schedule: D2B2

Comic Book Palace

WORLD PREMIERE

40min NE Film

Dir: Felipe Jorge - Attending, Q&A

The Comic Book Palace follows the owner/operator Glenn O'Leary and his loyal customers as they talk about issues ranging from comic book characters to their favorite comic book movie adaptations. This store has been in the same location for 20 years with minimal advertising, mostly relying on word of mouth. Everything was filmed in real time with one camera making this documentary unscripted.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Feature Documentary - Felipe Jorge WINNER

New England Film - Felipe Jorge

Editor Feature - Felipe Jorge WINNER

 

Schedule: D3B1

HazMat

WORLD PREMIERE

1hr 25min

Dir: Lou Simon - Attending, Q&A

The television crew of the "Scary Antics" hidden camera show sets up a disturbed young man for a practical joke, but the joke is on them when heads roll.

Schedule: D2B3

 

Best Horror Film

Special Jury Prize

Lou Simon WINNER

Silence

US PREMIERE

22min

Dir: Pegah Arzi - Attending, Q&A

A young boy that is eager to buy a digital camera for himself is collecting money by delivering pirated films to different people around the city of Tehran. He takes the money he has already collected and goes out to do a final round before he can finally buy the camera he had hoped for. While he is traveling from one place to another he encounters and hears different people fighting to solve their personal problems and through the eyes of the boy we begin to see the lives and problems of a few individuals.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Film - Pegah Arzi WINNER

Actor in a Short - Benyamin Taghavi

Director Short - Pegah Arzi WINNER

Supporting Actor in a Short - 

Farbod Rahimi Moghadam WINNER

Supporting Actress in a Short - 

Cinematography Short - Navid Arzi

Writing Short - Pegah Arzi WINNER

 

 

Schedule: D2B4

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary

SPECIAL PREVIEW

Dir: John Campopiano & Justin White 

A Special preview of the all-encompassing documentary about Stephen King's Pet Sematary

Schedule: D2B2

어둠의 방 (English Title: The Room of Darkness)

WORLD PREMIERE

16min

Dir: So-jin Park

Sang-won's mother sends Snag-won, who is suffering from autism, to a country house in Kangwon-do and pays for it every month. The janitor of the country house makes his living from the paycheck Sang-won's mother sends. But when the paychecks stop coming, the janitor calls Sang-won's mother and asks for his pay. But when all he gets is not his paychecks but sharp retorts, the janitor feels shameful and as a revenge plans to mentally torture Sang-won.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Director Short - So-Jin Park

 

Schedule: D2B4

Shinju-Kitan

US PREMIERE

12min 

Dir: Ken Hirata

Once upon a time, two lovers commit suicide together from the top of hills. Somehow the guy survived, but the girl is missing. 

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Short Film - Ken Hirata

Actor in a Short - Yoh Hirasawa

Director Short - Ken Hirata

Cinematography Short - 

Music Short - WINNER

 

Schedule: D2B4

Legitimate

WORLD PREMIERE

6min NE Film

Dir: Izzy Lee - Attending, Q&A

"Shut that whole thing down." A group of vigilante women take revenge on a shady politician with gruesome results.

 

2013 Nominations

 

New England Film - Izzy Lee

 

Schedule: D2B3

The Stolen

6min

Dir: Karen Lam 

An imaginative young girl frees a beaten boy from the clutches of her bullying brother, and is granted her secret wish.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Cinematography Short - Robert Aschmann WINNER

 

Schedule: D2B3

Musical Chairs

1hr 40min

Dir: Susan Seidelman

Prod: Janet Carrus - Attending, Q&A

'Musical Chairs' is a romantic tale about two New Yorkers, Armando Ortiz and Mia Franklin, who share a love of dancing. Sophisticated Mia has a promising career as a professional ballroom dancer, Armando is a part-time handyman at the dance studio where she works. Despite their differences, there's clearly a spark between them when they find themselves alone practicing in the studio. But before their relationship has a chance to grow, a tragic accident changes Mia's life forever. Armando struggles to find a way to win Mia over until one day he hears about an upcoming 'Wheelchair Ballroom Dance Competition' taking place in NYC.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Best Feature Film - Janet Carrus, Joey Dedio, Ben Herkowitz, Marty Madden WINNER

Actress in a Feature - Leah Pipes WINNER

Director Feature - Susan Seidelman WINNER

Editor Feature - Keiko Deguchi

Supporting Actress in a Feature -

Priscilla Lopez

Supporting Actress in a Feature - 

Laverne Cox WINNER

Music Feature - Mario Grigorov WINNER

Cinematography Feature - Stephen Kazmierski

Writing Feature - Marty Madden WINNER

 

Schedule: D2B2

The Morning After

9min NE Film

Dir: Katie Shannon - Attending, Q&A

The Morning After is the story of a troubled couple who is at a crossroads in their relationship. We follow Sam and Lauren the morning after Sam discovers Lauren has cheated on her. Sam needs to decide if staying in this toxic relationship is worth it.

Schedule: D3B1

The Janitor

16min NE Film

Dir: Mark Battle - Attending, Q&A

A 'hitman cleaner' faces a moral dilemma when he is ordered to finish a botched job.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Actor in a Short - Michael Anthony Coppola

Writing Short - Mark Battle

New England Film - Mark Battle

 

Schedule: D2B1

Honeysuckle

29min NE Film

Dir: Tye Whipple

Co-Producer/Co-Writer: Adrian Atwood - Attending, Q&A

Henry is aloof and apathetic, but his stoic exterior shrouds a macabre psychological affliction. Over the course of a day, Henry's paranoia comes to a blistering apex when a terrifying phantasm forces him to confront the root of his anxiety.

 

2013 Nominations

 

Actor in a Short - Adrian Atwood

Editor Short - Tye Whipple

Supporting Actress in a Short - Katalin Soni

New England Film - Adrian Atwood

 

Schedule: D2B1

 

Fall Becomes Winter

screenplay submission

 

WINNER

 

Best Short Screenplay

 

Anthony Ambrosino

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