NYLA International Film Festival

Past Films

2021 NYLA

“  Blood & Water  ” Dir. by Jonathan Stanley

Lead character Marco gets revenge for his cousins rape.

“  Ground Swell: Epic Stories of Monster Waves  ” Dir. by Paul Taublieb

An in-depth look at the 2020-2021 big wave season which is considered one of the greatest of all time. Showcasing some of the most famous big wave spots on the planet, including Nazare, Jaws, and Mavericks, while also telling the dramatic human stories behind the surfers who tackle these spots. Directed by Paul Taublieb, starring Makua Rothman, Kai Lenny, Shane Dorian, Matt Bromley, Nathan Florence and Keala Kennely.

“  HEaRD  ” Dir. by Danielle Savre

Samantha was left to carry the guilt and shame from an act that was out of her control. When she couldn’t find the words to speak, she reeled from the results of her choices — or lack thereof. Paralyzed by her trauma, Samantha reels at the thought of how to proceed. How does she move forward with this burden? And how big of a burden will it be? She is in agony as she tries to understand if speaking up would have made a difference, or if her voice was never meant to be HEARD.

“  Iron Farmer  ” Dir. by Wei-Jhih Chen

“Iron Farmer” is a modern fairy tale about how iron farmer, the leading role, live with friends and support each other. Through the interaction between iron farmer, monkey, children, and variety of robots, this animation arouses children’s awareness and understanding about empathy by the interaction between characters with whole different background.

“  Lend  ” Dir. by WeiDuo Feng

A mother suddenly met a stranger to borrow money from her,Should she lend it? How to prevent and respond? The end was unexpected......

“  Not The Only One by Sugi Dakks  ” Dir. by Marina Piche

This stunning music video encapsulates this feeling of being “caught between two worlds”, reflecting on a struggle to navigate between two competing spaces.

Through a cardboard construction world of his own making, Sugi Dakks attempts to blend into this artificial realm, while his Identity and self worth are starkly laid bare in black, white and a million painted shades of grey.

“  Pedacito de la Tierra  ” Dir. by Lina Lyte Plioplyte

The Pedacito de la Tierra (A Little Piece of Home) documentary series weaves together humanitarian, migrant & refugee, food, and sustainability issues from around the world. The series shares stories of hope, growth and community to raise awareness and support for the efforts of global humanitarian organization, Alight, and Burners Without Borders. Set in a temporary shelter in the U.S./Mexico border town of Nogales, Mexico, the film shares a touching, enlightening story of the power of togetherness in the face of strife and hardship. As a community of unsettled migrants seeking asylum in the United States, these individuals show the true essence of perseverance and faith in one another to create a better life in their temporary shelters. This tale of innovation and inspiration is told in an effort to initiate an avalanche of constructive thought, discourse, and action, and to leave a lasting social impact that increases public awareness and incites change in policy.

“  The Final Stand  ” Dir. by Vadim Shmelyov

October 1941. Fascist hordes rush to Moscow. As a result of the breakthrough of the defensive line on one of the direct highways, there were no regular units of the Red Army left and the invaders were able to move in freely. Soviet High command decides to close the gap with cadets from the Podolsk infantry and artillery schools, many of whom were about 18 years old. Their task is to hold out for five days until the reserves arrive.

The cadets held out for twelve… Аt a cost of their lives, they did not allow the enemy to reach Moscow, and thereby changed the course of war.

The film is about heroism, about love, about true friendship.

A large number of real military equipment of the 1940s was involved in the filming.

“  The Letter Not Sent  ” Dir. by Mandi Huang

Jiang Ying, a rebellious girl who is about to take her college entrance exam and has a indifferent relationship with her mother, accidentally finds a letter from her father who has been working far away from home with inconsistent handwriting and decides to go on a journey to find her father before the exam.

“  The Only Fan  ” Dir. by Marteverick Shears

The Only Fan is a Thriller that follows Alanna Pensack; a feminist Only Fan model who must survive the night once she's confronted at her home by a violent stalker.

“  The Call Us Sediciosos  ” Dir. by Iz Gutierrez

Starring Blanca Araceli from "Coco" (Disney / Pixar), Rafael Cobos Delgado ("Sin Frontera"), and Carolina Vargas ("Corazon Rebelde").

An ignored narrative of Mexican-Americans in U.S. history:
In 1915, Jovita Idár, a reporter, writer, and activist for women and Mexican-American civil rights, interviews a mother whose son has gone missing while at the hands of racist Rangers and vigilantes who have been targeting the Texas-Mexican community in the Lower Rio Grande Valley during a time known as “La Matanza” (The Massacre).

2020 NYLA

“  Daycare  ” Dir. by Lydia Kubiniec

Three moms day drink, clean each other's houses and get real about mental health while the little ones are in daycare.


  ” Dir. by Theresa June-Tao &  Thuo Sam

Crash and Burn demonstrates the evolution of Lust and/or love. The irresistible curiosity into unexpected elevated emotion- all the highs and lows that lead to finding the inner strength to admitting the truth and/or walking away from the fantasy once believed.

“  Desperate Waters  ” Dir. by Jeffry Druce

Murder mystery on a sailboat with two men and one woman onboard. Sailing from LA to Hawaii.

“  Farewell, farewell, farewell  ” Dir. by Ricardo Castro

The autobiographical journey of Ricardo Castro and his family of 17, who built their home in a secret forest. Here, they lived a utopian dream until a tragedy shattered their perfect microcosm.

“  Gilead's Protocol  ” Dir. by Dvorit Shargal

Gilead Kahn was 15 and a half years old when he died of cancer on March 1, 2018. Gilead was a very promising soccer player and fought for his life for two years. Gilead experienced not only agony and pain but also many joyful moments during his illness. He also found his first love. The film "Gilead’s Protocol" is an enterprise of his parents, not intended as a memorial film, but as a film to help parents, children, relatives, and friends cope with such a difficult situation. It examines the treatment options, how to behave, what to do, the value of medical cannabis, and the contribution of complementary medicine. This is a sad but optimistic story.

“  Half-Cocked  ” Dir. by Aaron Barrocas

Two brilliant yet shortsighted scientists find themselves ill-prepared when the experiment of their lives goes horribly right.

“  Latteship  ” Dir. by Hsing-Fang Tsai &  Daishi Takishima

Latteship is a 3D animated short created by Flora Hsing-Fang Tsai and Daishi Takishima. The animation story follows Sigri and Kona, two otters who have opposite personalities. They must learn to accept each other to cooperate in order to run a small but popular coffee truck - Sigri Coffee. The story’s theme comes from an African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

“  Progeny  ” Dir. by Justin Daering

This is a world exactly like ours, except that the wealthy elites are aliens, living and working among us, but with one key difference: they reproduce by implanting their offspring in a human host who raises the alien child as his own. When a blue-collar man is forcibly implanted with his alien boss's parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite -- a dangerous and forbidden act that puts their marriage -- and their lives -- at risk.

“  TALK  ” Dir. by Boulanger Romuald

In a Los Angeles radio station. The host of an emblematic night talk show (William Baldwin) gives advice to live callers.

One call will destroy his career, his family, his life ...

“  The Terms of Us  ” Dir. by Roberto Sanchez

Jose Garcia, a successful actor, has a chance encounter with a homeless woman who forces him to face his past.

“  What Didn’t Kill Me ”  Dir. by Jason Coulter

You're walking home and you see something you shouldn't have...what if that something sees you?

2018 NYLA October

“  Accused Of Witchcraft  ” Dir. by Ewa Marcinowska

In February 2016, the world was gripped by the photo of a starved-to-death boy, accused of witchcraft and banished by his family and community. The two-year-old was extremely emaciated. He was living on the streets for 8 months. He was eating scraps thrown by passers-by. In order to help children like him, Dominika Kulczyk and her Foundation reaches out to African Benin.

“  Horrified  ” Dir. by Michelle Bossy

This is the Official Music Video for the single, "Horrified," by singer songwriter/producer, Brooke Josephson. The video was directed by Michelle Bossy and shot on the Arri Alexa by Cinematographer Alexander Chinnici. It had an exclusive premiere on www.ventsmagazine.com on February 27, 2018. The video features Brooke Josephson as well as her daughter Shira, as they perform the Anti Cyber Bullying anthem. The inspiration of the song came about after Brooke encountered a fellow parent at her daughter's preschool, who aired out their issues by sending a mean spirited email to a large group of parents. Brooke then wrote this anthem in response to the parent being "horrified" over something as simple as the napkin color she chose for the school fundraiser.

“  Masks  ” Dir. by Mahaliyah Ayla O

A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.

“  Rearview Mirror  ” Dir. by Ruowei Wang

The driver is about to complete his American dream and is about to become a naturalized citizen. He is studying for his citizenship test as he embarks on a routine night as a rideshare driver. Through a series of encounters during his shift until which ultimately ends with confrontation with a gun-totting criminal passenger. The driver will be forced to do whatever it takes in order to see his family and son again.

“  The One  ” Dir. by Jim Simone

When a cancer survivor finally meets the man of her dreams, she is about to find out not everything is as it appears.

“ Watermelon: A Cautionary Tale  ” Dir. by Kefei Li & Connie Qin He

After a boy accidentally swallows a watermelon seed, weird things start to happen.

“  Where The Jungle Ends  ” Dir. by Joe Stucky

Haunted by a past of abandonment as a missionary child in the Philippines, Charles is facing the wolf again this time he sees him clearly. Wolf versus the man who will win? Where the Jungle Ends is inspired by the death of my brother and is a mixed media animation exploring his personal journey into the decisive moments of his life.

“  Woofy Goldberg  ” Dir. by Samuel DeAngelis

A ruthless mob boss and his inexperienced henchman interrogate the man they believe is responsible for kidnapping a close family member. An unexpected comedy ensues.

2018 NYLA May

“  Adrift  ” Dir. by Cath Le Couteur

On March 17th 1958, Vanguard, the first solar-powered satellite, was launched into space. At that time, space junk did not exist. Now, over one hundred million pieces of human-made space junk orbit the Earth. They include dead satellites, rocket parts, paint flecks, collision debris and more.

“  Blinders  ” Dir. by Edward Klau

When a man is blackmailed into murdering a blind woman, he finds an obstacle he never counted on: he falls in love. The longer he waits, the harder he falls and the tighter the noose gets around his neck.

“  Break My Senses  ” Dir. by Oleg Trofim

Surrounded by ragged walls in the city drenched in rain, we'll create not a manifesto, but poetry, stitched together with moments, where the heartbeats of the adolescent are most evident.

“  Closure  ” Dir. by Micha Linton

After the murder of his sister 20 years ago, Jordan, a reclusive journalist dedicates his life to finding her killer. Following the death of their father his estranged brother, Jamie, is forced to return home to deal with the estate. Jordan seizes the opportunity to convince Jamie that he may have finally cracked the case. But Jordan's futile mission has put a strain on the brothers' relationship and Jamie wants nothing to do with Jordan's unhealthy obsession .

“  Colloidal Croco  ” Dir. by Takashi Yoneoka

Stanley, a male child crocodile living in a zoo, was being attracted to fireworks set off far away on a certain night. But just finding him getting on a fence, Stanno, his father, brought his painful memory back and scolded Stanley severely. The next day, Stanley finally decided to escape from the zoo, with a longing heart for the outside world and rebellion spirit to his father in his mind.

“  I Got The Land  ” Dir. by Francescu Artily

After serving his time in prison for terrorism, a young man goes back home in Corsica. His grand-father just died, giving him his land as an inheritance. Such a place turns into a catalyst for change in his life. The land, his childhood playground, becomes a new experiment field to start over.

“  Maw Kitty  ” Dir. by Ian Lynch

Maw Kitty is bold, proud mature woman, owning her life, her choices (good and bad), her engaging friends, and the weird circumstance in which they find themselves: solving the mystery of a post-coital 'death.'

“  Myson  ” Dir. by Germain Lalot

MySon is a short film, shot in Vanuatu Islands, with a strong message of tolerance, humanity and kindness.

“  Rolling In The Deep  ” Dir. by Marcellus Cox

A Young African American Male travels home to South Carolina looking to achieve a goal for his late Father by having a meal at an locally famous Whites Only Diner.

“  Sanvean  ” Dir. by Elizabeth Yoder, Paul E Allan & Alina Patra

Stuck in an unhealthy grieving pattern, Sanvean’s mother, Margo, has adopted debilitating ways to hold on to memories, which bring her to a breaking point.

“  Suitable  ” Dir. by Thembi Banks

Brandy, a high school tom boy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom.

“  The Blank Page  ” Dir. by Lou Dubigeon

A young writer fights off the intimidating blank page and others’ fantasies to discover her own voice.

“  Uma  ” Dir. by Alain Maiki

Love, drama and suspense is the main vertex of a beautiful story that enhances the intensity and honesty of true love between Uma (Alexandra Braun) and Leo (Orlando Delgado) from the moment they meet in the coast of Gaeta. An instant chemistry between them will confront struggles and challenges to stay together.

2017 NYLA October

“  Battle Buddy  ” Dir. by Lonny Stevens

Many men/women of the Armed Services deal with PTSD today, with very little social insight on their condition. Battle Buddy explores the trauma that Tommy, a homeless vet, is still suffering from as he walks the streets of LA.

“  Bedtime Story  ” Dir. by Kevin Alejandro

A debt-ridden literary agent hatches a plan to turn a lousy writer into a bestselling author.

“  Biarritz Surf Gang  ” Dir. by Nathan Curren & Pierre Denoyel

Surfing in Biarritz in the eighties was to refuse the system. An absolute thirst for pure sensations that could lead to the top of the board or straight to prison.

“  Do The Voice  ” Dir. by Darren Stein

“Do The Voice” is a musical comedy starring Lori Alan as a self-absorbed but lovable 50-year-old famous voice over actress struggling to find true love and relevancy in the unforgiving world of Hollywood.

“  Fleur  ” Dir. by Lee Rudnicki

A little girl (DYLAN) saves the life of an alien fighter pilot (FLOWER). Dylan brings Flower home, into her family's ocean front mansion ... during a reality TV shoot.

“  Flutter  ” Dir. by Vladimir Todorov

FLUTTER is a short animated film about despair, hope and the power of love.

“  Fly A Way In LA  ” Dir. by Vitor Cardoso & Catherine C. Pirotta

Sophie breaks up with Pedro and leaves a message for him written on a dollar bill that makes an unexpected journey through the city of Los Angeles.

“  I Need You  ” Dir. by Gracie Bellissimo

A short film that focuses upon true love versus excessive infatuation.

“  I’m A Man  ” Dir. by Liam Parry

After a nasty little break up, Lucy finds herself living in a new neighborhood, where she meets Cassavetes, a charming and mysterious new suitor. She soon finds that leaving her ex behind isn’t as easy as unpacking her boxes.

“  Keeping Up With The Reapers  ” Dir. by Christopher Game

Mike and Janine are your neighbors. Also, they're Reapers. It's gonna be awkward at the BBQ.

“  Los Angeles To New York: Dwan Gallery  ” Dir. by Carroll Moore

The remarkable career of gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan.

“  Poker Night  ” Dir. by Matt Ritchey

A group of poker players in Hollywood, turn a night of gambling into a prank and end up learning a life lesson when a mysterious letter shows up. Now, they have to figure out who is bluffing and who is really gambling in this test of friendship.

“  The Circle  ” Dir. by Sheldon Schwartz

A street artist reunites with his young son in Depression-era America after the sudden death of the boy's mother; what follows is a night they will never forget.

“  The Federal Empire - I.N.L.Y.F  ” Dir. by Samuel Mcknight

Two lovers reminisce over there break up.

“  The Waltz Of The Monsters  ” Dir. by Gabriele Fabbro

On an Island of people lost in routine, two young dreamers chase a better way of living by setting up a journey to prove the existence of an old legend, only to find themselves stuck as their divergent objectives get on the way.

“  Too Many Women  ” Dir. by Catherine Ventura

Singer-Songwriter, Comedian, and self-proclaimed #SelfieKing Eytan Ribner has too many women in his new music video. Or does he?

2017 NYLA May

“  2442:  ” Dir. by Homer Liwag

A girl — looking over her shoulder, hiding in a hotel room, a tattoo... what is her purpose? A special delivery only adds to the mystery.

“  Alchemist  ” Dir. by Calvin Khurniawan

An avant-garde perfumer and his apprentice rebel against the expectations of the luxurious, yet lacking in passion and identity, niche market they cater to. Together, they hope to change the perceptions of how perfume should smell like.

“  Carter & June  ” Dir. by Nicholas Kalikow

Inventive blackmail schemes, flamboyant gangsters, power politics, greed, evangelicals and sex collide in this action packed dark comedy heist.

“  Curiosity, Adventrue & Love  ” Dir. by Sunshine Lichauco de Leon & Suzanne Richiardone

Curiosity, Adventure & Love is a the story of a woman raised by fate to go boldly where few young women of her time and upbringing would go.. into the arms of chance and life. A young American woman leaves her country and all security behind, to begin an adventure in the Philippines that would witness the birth of a nation, a cruel war and Occupation and reconstruction. Jessie, is a striking personality, somewhere between Scarlett O’Hara and Amelia Earhart, who knew no boundaries and flew far ahead of her times, without regard to sex or society.
Her story of a century well-lived is both rich and one that should restore our faith in our own humanity.

“  Ditch  ” Dir. by Adrian Elliot

Set in a haunting pseudo-suburban landscape, a resentful young mother and her pliable teenage son independently decide to abandon their responsibilities on the same day.

“  Doucheaholics  ” Dir. by Sean McCarthy

Doucheaholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who exhibit poor behavior and want to better themselves in a supportive, healing, and nurturing environment. Free of judgment and hostility, DA provides a safe haven for those with proclivities for social misconduct and general immorality. With understanding and full hearts, the group moves forward, one day at a time, to present their best selves to the world and live in harmony with all mankind.

Not really.

It's just a bunch of douchebags. In a meeting. Being douchey.

“  If One Plays Music  ” Dir. by Rob Hampton

A 70's family receives a modern-day gift.

“  Life Is Horrible  ” Dir. by Rachel Zhou

Life is Horrible is a horror comedy on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist.

“  Mina Tobias: Kings & Queens  ” Dir. by Madchen Amick

Kings & Queens, starring Mina Tobias and directed by Mädchen Amick, is a music video that leads us through different worlds as we follow a young woman in love.

“  Revelation - The City Of Haze  ” Dir. by Mao Qichao

Revelation - City of Haze animated film by Mao Qichao

“  Transformation: Art Peace Imagine In India  ” Dir. by Bob Williams

Peace, Love, - and Art - produce a beautiful palette in any situation, but make for an especially poignant one when brought to a school for girls in a poor village near Kolkata, India.

“  Virgil  ” Dir. by Matthew Goodhue

Adam considers straightening up after another late night mistake with his neighbor and some wasted time with good friends. Happy 4th.

2016 NYLA (LA) October

“ Auto-Cowrecked ” Dir. by Hannah Leder

A man's life is turned upside-down by a rogue auto-correct.

“ Boundaries Of The Heart ” Dir. by Zhang Feng

Sheng, Xi’s husband, had a throat incision due to severe myelitis and depends on a resuscitator to survive. Xi’s ex-boyfriend Fugui brought up the idea of a self-built resuscitator driven by bicycle to replace the manual resuscitator that needs to be pressed by other villagers all day round, 18-21 times per minute. Such idea is strongly opposed by Zhuzi who lent 20,000 to Xi and asked the Chief to promise that Xi would marry him after Sheng dies. Nonetheless, in order to pay up hospital bills, the Chief and Xi approached to Fugui to borrow another 20,000 and made the same promise. Sheng is dying while the resuscitator being built, each and every villager, including Zhuzi, Fugui, Chief and Sheng’s mother, has been weighing the pros and cons of helping others .

“ Democracy Road ” Dir. by Michael Anton

The vast majority of the world’s population (84%) live in countries that are poor and undemocratic. The Arab Spring didn’t result in much democracy. Neither did regime change in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, experts say democracy has been on the decline around the world for the past 10 years. This film asks why democracy is so difficult and explores an issue that deserves much more attention—culture and its role in the development of democracy around the world.

“ Driver’s Ed. ” Dir. by Chase Norman

A shy, overweight young woman leaves the safety of her home for an unwelcoming high school classroom.

“ Farewell My Love ” Dir. by Zhang Dage

As a sound engineer, Ma Jun wants to return to the Chuanxi highland before getting married, where he had recorded voice with a movie team. He wants to send the last farewell to Zhuoma, a Tibetan girl who he had fell in love with. However, his financee Yang Yue is companying with him, he can’t do what he want without taking care of her feeling, so he decides to record voice all the way to cover up his emotion. On the way, Yang Yue obtaines a DV unexpectedly, and she finds a totally different Ma Jun in this DV. They starts this tour with different purpose and separated spirit.

“ Gone ” Dir. by Matthew Macar

The sudden loss of one man deeply affects three women in his life in profound and varied ways, but are they in fact just the visions of a man who has lost himself?

“ Lost Kites ” Dir. by Samuel Rich & Gabriella Fritz

“Lost Kites” follows a young film team seeking answers to the global orphan crisis, and end up meeting three kids who change their lives. Caught in street life, orphanage care, and abandonment, these three must face mountainous challenges. But the team finds hope in a powerful family-based model that will forever change the way we view orphan care.

“ Pearl ” Dir. by Patrick Osborne

Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It's a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.

“ Pounce ” Dir. by Conor Chandler Simpson

After an eye-opening psychedelic experience with ayahuasca, Lucas finally faces his lifelong fear of telling Samantha, his childhood friend, that he’s in love with her. To his surprise, she reciprocates - but life has a way of pushing back. It's about letting go of fear and pursuing love even when it's complicated.

“ Prettyface ” Dir. by Jessica Janos

1969. Two teen girls encounter a family living on a movie ranch. Not any family. The Manson family.

“ Search History ” Dir. by Neil Stevens

A wife discovers her husbands search history and his obsession with a famous serial killer.

“ Slowly ” Dir. by Cassie Marin

Music video to 'Slowly' by Cassie Marin

“ The Letter ” Dir. by Becca Berry

A mother decides to leave behind her past for the chance at discovering the world and finally breaking free of her ties. Before leaving, she is forced to go beyond pen and paper and confront her daughter in order to overcome their cultural and generational divide.

“ Wall ” Dir. by Chia-Yin Chou

This is an evolutionary stories happened on ordinary street. The sight from the bottom can only see a huge foot wearing somethings nice , stepping on the poor for fun , giving leftover for handouts occasionally.

2016 NYLA (NY) May 7th

“ A Snot Adventure ” Dir. by Nig Cheng

A little boy who is sick and plays with his snot in a imaginary world.

“ Alibi ” Dir. by Habeeb Lawal

A man accused of murdering his autistic daughter pleads the 'sleepwalking' alibi. Two hard-boiled detectives want him to pay for the blood on his hands. Is the alleged killer innocent, insane ... or was he really awake the whole time?

“ Amazigh Wedding In The Anergui Valley ” Dir. by Farida Benlyazid

The village of Anergui, with its rammed-earth houses, lies in a green valley on the banks of the Assit Melloul, where almond trees live side-by-side with subsistence agriculture. This is where, in keeping with Berber tradition, Saadia and Moha are about to join their futures together, during three days of authentic rituals and ceremonies, in which each gesture embodies a symbolism that has been carefully passed down from generation to generation.

“ Appetence ” Dir. by Cristhian Andrews

A mom manipulates her “hunger-for-fame” idealistic daughter to stop eating to save the world, but not without consequences.

“ Autumn Fall ” Dir. by Jan Vardoen

Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo. Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can't stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and utimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.

“ Beautiful Dreamer ” Dir. by David Gaddie

Facing a terminal disease, a mother uses space travel and relativity to stretch her last two years over the lifetime of her baby daughter, visiting for only one night every seven years. Mother and daughter must negotiate to build a relationship despite the longing and estrangement that mark the moments they are able to share.

“ BTH: The Bradley Theodore Documentary ”

Dir. by Benjamin Di Giacomo

The first short documentary by director Benjamin di Giacomo offers a unique glimpse into the life and mind of the thriving New York City based artist Bradley Theodore.

“ Counterpoint ” Dir. by Robbie Vicencio

Twin sister rockers Roxy and Sissy Jones are on the cusp of super-stardom when an intergalactic war lands right on their doorstep, as two members of the persecuted and hunted Thall race inhabit their bodies as a refuge from their pursuers, the Traids.

“ Cage ” Dir. by Pengpeng Du

Life is liberty in a CAGE. CAGE represents a situation that is filled with a lot of constraints, or a habit or an addiction that is hard to get rid of. This project is to present a Chinese cultural and traditional visual style to audiences. On the other hand, CAGE tries to inspire them to recall their memory and consider what is the meaning of life to them individually.

“ Dionysus&Apollo ” Dir. by Grace Gao

Inspired by Nietzsche's essay 'Dionysus&Apollo', this experimental short film presents the world of young female artist Hélène finding the balance between two extreme sides of art. Her triangular relationship with the two male characters metaphorically represents the the artist's relationship with the two sides of art. In the end Hélène reaches unexpected sexual awakening and enlightenment as an artist.

“ Don’t Get Tagged ” Dir. by Jermiah Victor

KidsServe.com founder Jermiah Joseph saw a need for kids his age and under to get the message about Human Trafficking before it is too late.

“ Endurable ” Dir. by Joseph Grout

Endurable follows Unit 19, a robot, who comes online only to find himself broken and out of repair. We join him as he embarks on a journeys to be more then a broken robot.

“ Flung ” Dir. by Christopher Warre Smets

Flung is about a young woman who visits an old friend in New York City, and struggles with her deepening feelings for him as they engage in an unexpected fling.

“ He Said What Now? ” Dir. by Brooke Jacoby & Ashley Jacoby

Four single women decide to take a chance at a speed dating event held by an online dating site.

“ Just Imagine ” Dir. by Sarah K. Moss

An apprehensive young woman foresees a terrible outcome with every passing opportunity, until one day when she imagines something better for herself.

“ Love & Darkness ” Dir. by Shelly Carmel

A woman is sitting in front of her man. He tells her that he is leaving and from her sadness she dives into her own world- a surreal world- where she can fly above the hurt

“ Misalignment ” Dir. by Jeremy Nelson

Sometimes it takes being with the wrong person to know when you have met the right one. Misalignment is a story about love, choices, and discovering what's really important in this quirky, cute romantic comedy.

“ My Dad Didn’t Believe In Heaven, And Neither Do I

” Dir. by Ryan Larkin

In the wake of his father's untimely death, a young man runs through the highlights of their bizarre and contentious relationship.

“ Plus! ” Dir. by Sandra Chuma

In the fashion industry, the majority are the minority. 'Plus-size' is virtually invisible in mainstream fashion, despite 65 percent of American women being size 14 or larger. PLUS! tells the story of five women trying to change that.

“ Rose ” Dir. by Daniel DeStefano

Experience the film Indiewire said "...combines love, horror and more than a dash of Lynchian-inspired madness". See if you can unlock the mystery of the beautiful Rose and see what she has in store for her latest visitor. Will he survive to tell the tale? DESETEFA films presents, ROSE.

“ Shadowboxing ” Dir. by Joshua Durham

An aspiring boxer must face the shadows that haunt him before he can step into the ring. After surviving a tragedy, James has shut himself off from the world. When a new chance at love and a fight begin to contend with his pain, James must decide to stay in the corner or find out what happens when he starts punching back.

“ Stand Still ” Dir. by Sivan Levy

Stand Still portray the long distance relationship, of an amorous couple escaping to a virtual fantastic getaway.

“ The Fragility Of Love ” Dir. by David Terra

Truth is a 13 year old Brooklyn street artist who just had his heart broken for the first time. Jake, an aspiring musician who is a big brother figure to Truth, attempts to cheer him up by imparting some sage wisdom about life and relationships.

“ The Suburbs Go On Forever ” Dir. by Mark Day

A film exploring the facade of the suburban family and naivety towards sexual absolution through protagonist Felicity's affair with her professor.

“ The Trade ” Dir. by Michael A. Pinckney

From prostitution to human trafficking to porn, 'The Trade' follows a day in the life of a young prostitute searching for her mother and a photojournalist searching for his missing daughter. A handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they all play their respective parts in this dark and dirty place where sex rules and green is the only color that matters.

“ This Modern Man Is Beat ” Dir. by Alex Merkin

In a world of cultural confusion and erroneous judgment, Habib bin Habib al Fulan sells his guitar and reconciles with his wife.

“ Tre Tosser ” Dir. by Peter Hausner & Snobar Avani

A story of friendship, greed and the true values of life.

“ Uncanny Valley ” Dir. by Federico Heller

In the slums of the future, VR junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.

“ Unwritten ” Dir. by Anita R. Carroll

A young woman returns to New York City and grapples with heartbreak, loss, and things unsaid.

“ We Are All Going To Die ” Dir. by Bill Scurry & Janice Erlbaum

A gathering of friends is derailed by a blackout, which turns out to be more widespread than first thought. Some think nothing of it, and others are compelled to leave to rejoin loved ones just in case. Having no power for an extended period of time does unexpected things to a person, and emphasizes conveniences we take for granted. Eventually, an unmistakeable sound from outside signals that this is no ordinary blackout, and that dire consequences are coming.

“ We Remember ” Dir. by John Gallagher

After a night of debauchery, Anders has no idea what to expect when he is summoned to his estranged father's death bed.

“ Wide Awake ” Dir. by Min Liu

This collaboration between a Taiwanese animator and a Swiss music producer reimagines traditional Vietnamese music in a modern and surreal way.

“ Wrath Of The Blood Angel ” Dir. by Justin Morales

When tragedy befalls his family, a traumatized war veteran and troubled comic book writer seeks revenge, donning the suit of the superhero he is famous for creating.

“ YanYuan - Strange Connection ” Dir. by Nueraili Maimaitimusha

ZHAO has been visiting Chinese brothels on the Lower East Side for many years, but one girl stands out to him in particular. We follow Zhao in his struggle to accept his love for her and ultimately help her escape prostitution, or return to the comfort of his old life.

“ Yosemite ” Dir. by Oliver Goetzl

Yosemite National Park is a place of superlatives. Where else can you find sheer granite cliffs 900 meters high and giant sequoias well over 1000 years old? Beneath these towering heights live animals that make Yosemite their home: from bobcats, to black bears, to coyotes and golden eagles. Follow Yosemite's inhabitants throughout the seasons, in a unique portrait of this legendary park.

2015 NYLA (LA) October 17th

“Aero” Dir. by Arturo Vargas

A troubled drug dealer encounters a dying supernatural being who can save him and his girlfriend's life if only he can restore it's health.

“Angel” Dir. by Marty Wei

A woman running away from the abusive husband with her little girl having no money, no backup, and no place to go.  At that night, the woman wants to end it all, until her daughter comes along.

“Beyond Good And Evil” Dir. by Kshitij Bal

In 2028, in a world without men, an injured Clementine and her mother, Hera are taken in by two sisters, Lilith and Isabel. However, when Hera decides to kill the sisters & make their cabin her own, Clem has to choose between the logical & brutal violence of Hera & the humanism & empathy of Lilith.

“Cadillac City” Dir. by Frederick Keeve

A coming-of-age teen-age dramedy that follows six teenagers who ditch high school graduation to explore Los Angeles over one day and night, confronting their darkest secrets and envisioning their most passionate dreams.

“Codey” Dir. by Lai, Wei Chun

Have you ever thought about how wonderful it is when you live in the internet world? Shuttling in the cloud (at high speed), gathering information immediately, talking to strangers anonymously, playing games anytime…etc. However, does that really safe when we over-rely on internet? Or the information is too transparent to let us have privacy?

“Crash Testing” Dir. by Yuting Hsueh

A car crash test dummy records his fantasy and longing by a flip book, where the individual pictures in the book are the paintings from his face during the crash.

“dOur” Dir. by Colin Korbelas

Shot entirely on location in Tokyo, Japan -- “dOur” is the story of a despondent schizophrenic who is tormented by her own hallucinations.

“Emotions” Dir. by Carlos Hurtado

Conflicting emotions leads to a dark path. Music artist 'Socioo' releases his new music video 'Emotions / Emociones Traviesas ' by awarding winning director Carlos A. Hurtado. With a special performance by actress Nitzia Chama who is a TV host on 'WAKE UP LOS ANGELES' on Univision 34.

“Jackie Boy” Dir. by Musashi Alexander

In a world morally bankrupt by social media, a mysterious stranger lurks in the shadows seeking vengeance on the selfie generation..

“K7” Dir. by Jan Inberg

A young woman with a difficult past, works as a cleaner in the city hospital where she does night shifts in the cellar floor K7.  K7 is a psychological horror film about the gaps in our society, misuse of power, and the triumph of life over death.

“Marriage: Shattered Vows” Dir. by Peter Hatch & Karla Plimmer

With changes in society leading to a fall in marriage and rise in divorce, is it possible that the institution has outlived its function?

“Other People’s Children” Dir. by Liz Hinlein

Reeling from the death of her famous father, filmmaker Samantha Trassler (Diane Marshall-Green) falls down the rabbit hole of PK (Chad Michael Murray), a charismatic homeless man who becomes the subject of her latest documentary. She is at loose ends until P.K. gives her renewed purpose. Their affair, however, threatens to tear apart the fabric of both of their lives.

“Our People” Dir. by Payne Lindsey

An exploration of humanity in America.

“Play Violet For Me” Dir. by Matt Mercer

An obsessed loner gets embroiled in a twisted murder scheme after finding the object of his affection dead on her kitchen floor.

“Stars” Dir. by Krista Vernoff

Haunted by the traumas of her own childhood, a woman makes a powerful decision regarding her daughter.

“The Present” Dir. by Jacob Frey

Jake spends most of his time playing videogames indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

2015 NYLA (NY) May 9th

“11 Minutes” Dir. by Tom Botchii Skowronski 

The last 11 minutes in the life of a workplace shooter. Told by the director's own suicide note, used as the script for the film.

“Before The Bomb” Dir. by Tannaz Hazemi

10 year old Elsa takes matters into her own hands when Child Services plans a visit that could separate her from her 5 year old brother.

“Blade #1” Dir. by Zuzka Kurtz 

Struggling financially, 5 NYC dancers respond to a Craigslist ad offering large amounts of money to women for shaving their heads.  The film focuses on Cori, a dancer whose unusual childhood comes into play as the women's relationship with the men evolves with surprising results.

“Bruno's” Dir. by Zane Miller

At one time Bruno's was the hottest music club in town, however, in present day, the bar is old and dilapidated. Jeff Manchini, son of Vince Manchini, one of the clubs performers from it's heyday, teams up with his dad in an attempt to revive Bruno's popularity. However, 'getting the band back together' proves to be harder than they thought.

“Chromosome 4” Dir. by Daniel Diosdado

Alicia tries to calm down in the restroom of a police station. They have been questioning her about the disappearance of her 3-year-old son. She swears that she has nothing to do with it, that somebody else took him... Somebody who came from a different place... from a different planet.

“Damaged Goods” Dir. by Sophie Finkelstein

After a public meltdown lands celebutante actress Nola Lyons under house arrest, it's up to Penny, her assistant and only remaining friend, to keep her sober for her parole hearing before their friendship melts down as well.

“Damien” Dir. by Josh Frizzell

Damien is a coming of 'middle' age film.

Steve sees his youth slipping away, his future is all laid out and it scares him. He was a rebel, he ran with the wolves! Lived on the edge! How did he end up so... Middle class?

“Failure Groupies” Dir. by Mandira Chauhan 

A comedy that follows a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired when they fail a group project.

“Falling To Pieces” Dir. by Chris Connolly & Vivian Connolly 

When young widow Cassandra seeks out the recipients of her husband's organs, each meeting proves more disastrous than the last.

“Father Like Son” Dir. by Derek Shane Garcia

A disturbed young man gets off a bus at Port Authority in New York City during a massive hurricane to try and track down his father who he believes is in Coney Island.

“If The Trees Could Talk” Dir. by Michael Weinstein

A young JEWISH GIRL and her family escape the ghetto and seek refuge in the forest. Struggling to survive, their horror is compounded by what may be the girl's ultimate demise. Can she be saved by a spiritual force more powerful than we can imagine?

“Impromtu” Dir. by Luigi  Comandatore

An adventure with world famous Brazilian Pianist Juliana D'agostini.

“Keeper of the Past” Dir. by Marco J. Riedl

Farmer Finn van Hagen begins a New Life and moves with his wife and his two children out to the country. He now lives on an old, idyllic farm...in the middle of nowhere...to his eyes, in a Perfect World.  One day a Stranger appears, out of the blue. He asks Finn strange questions and tries to draw a well-kept secret from his daughter Verlanda: The whereabouts of a music box, in which Finn's past lies hidden..a past, he has long forgotten...

“Laces” Dir. by Jenny McQuaile

Laces is the story of an heroic team of African soccer coaches, changing the face of Liberia one soccer game at a time.

The brave Liberians, who themselves lived through 14 years of brutal civil war, are rising up a new generation of children to not repeat their mistakes and never see war again.

During the 14 years of the Liberian Civil War (1989-2003) children as young as four were handed machetes and machine guns and turned into killing machines.

Now, the children of Liberia are learning important life lessons and social skills through the most popular sport in the world: Soccer!

“Made in New York” Dir. by Jeremy Cohen & Paulina Gerzon

Two New York college students reach the point in their relationship when one wants to meet the other's parents.

“Miss Mystery” Dir. by Antón Goenechea

When star football player, Todd Fitzpatrick, receives an unexpected visit from his biggest, most frenetic fan, Molly, he is met with a proposition he can´t refuse that will change his life forever.

“My Movies” Dir. by Onn Halpern & Liel Simon

How come the movies ends always work out? And how come that despite all these cheesy cliches we leave the cinema and fantasize about living in these movies?

“On Golden Years” Dir. by Tirlok Malik

There are Three million Indians in America. Only one place to retire. This is a story about a slice of life in an only Indian retirement community in Florida. On this Valentine’s Day saint valentines who disguises as a temporary manager comes to visit retirement community. Residents discover that retirement was never visioned like this . like they say “In golden years, nothing else matters except love” It’s a romantic emotional comedy

“PACIFIC EDGE” Dir. by Maggie Grant

A story of love, relationships, finding out what is important in life, repairing hearts. An older man encounters a young girl who is at a crossroads in her life. Through the mistakes that he has made in his own life and the help of his loving wife, he helps her to find her way, while finding his own way himself.

“Preying For Mercy” Dir. by Bill Duke

LAPD Detective Frank Gates is a hard working cop, a loving father and husband, and an all around good man.

“Rogue Assistant” Dir. by Juliet Clare Warren

'Rogue Assistant' follows Rachel, (25) an aspiring writer and current assistant to actress Jessica Clare Wilson (45) who's trying to make her big Hollywood comeback in a B level Werewolf movie. Their lives are different and yet similar in ways one wouldn't expect.

“Sam's Box” Dir. by Felipe Gon

Due to tragic events, two really lonely guys hatch a series of plans to take their own lives. But do they really stick to their plan and commit suicide?

“Sliced” Dir. by Jiaxuan Hu

Sliced is a dark comedy about the tragic loss of the bottom half of a koala, he struggles his way through destructed forest in order to put himself back together.

“Switch Man” Dir. by Hsun-Chun Chuang & Shao-Kuei Tong

In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin...

“The Baxter Street Blues” Dir. by Erica Fabri & Jose  Infante

'The Baxter Street Blues' is a short film based on the poem by the same name by poet, Erica Miriam Fabri. It was produced by the music / poetry / film-making - duo 'The Robin & The Lady Poet.' Starring: Erica Miriam Fabri, Robin Andre and Sandeep Rehal.

“The Last Dance” Dir. by Audevian Monda

A Japanese student has an encounter that reminds him of home.

“The Rebuild” Dir. by Okke Rutte

A young widow wants to move forward by scattering her late husband's ashes on New York’s East River. She falls for local carpenter Jake, who rows her out, but soon learns she’s not the only one trying to rebuild her life. Grieving is brutal - dating is worse.

“Till We Meet Again” Dir. by Bank Tangjaitrong

A multilayered indie drama that follows a couple, Erik and Joanna through their two completely different journeys in Thailand and simultaneously reveals their past in New York through flash backs.

“Zizi And Honeyboy” Dir. by Brett Donowho

Often interviewed on CNN, Oprah, and NBC, world renowned trend forecaster and best-selling author Gerald Celente is suddenly blackballed by the news media. The controversial Gerald experiences an absolute fall from grace that takes him to a dark, confusing and unfamiliar place. The only person he has around him is his Zizi, or 'Aunt' in Italian. Zizi is a humble, sage-like woman who embodies some of the best of what her fading generation had to offer. Over small talk and an impressive home cooked dinner, Gerald's mood turns darker. In addition to the demise of his career, his wife abandoned him. But Zizi's unhampered spirit carries Gerald, subtly teaching him the power of the human spirit and ultimately, teaching him about himself.

2014 NYLA (LA) October 26th

All of the People” Dir. by JC Pratt

Intergalactic travelers observe the rich and powerful using material possessions to lure the naive into becoming cheap laborers, forced to manufacture the very items they were deceived with.

Hell of a Date” Dir. by Randall Shea

Dracula has emerged from his baneful slumber to trawl internet dating sites.

Lockdown” Dir. by Rebecca George

When five college freshman theater students get trapped in the theater overnight due to a campus-wide lockdown, they are forced to face questions and issues they've never faced before. Lockdown is a story about relating to others and learning to understand yourself in the process.

Luce di Vita” Dir. by William Misquith

A young lady creates a wonderful world along with the rhythm of music.

Mito” Dir. by Josh Dixon

Mito is a documentary short film that tells the heart-wrenching story of Brad Bobier and his battle against mitochondrial disease, a disease which [as of 2014] has yet to be properly diagnosed and treated.

Music Box” Dir. by Jason Heinrich

After discovering a mysterious music box on a routine ghetto sweep, a sadistic Nazi officer meets an unlikely survivor - an eight year old girl. However when the officer reveals his true colors, he soon realizes that the girl has a dark and deadly secret.

Painting the Way to the Moon ” Dir. by Jacob Okada

Produced by Jacob Okada, Adam Morrow & Carylanna Taylor

'Painting the Way to the Moon' is a documentary about Princeton mathematician and artist Ed Belbruno and how he found a new way of space travel. Despite opposition from his peers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, Ed plowed ahead and found inspiration through his art to uncover the mathematics behind his theory.

Ramona Flowers” Dir. by Bouha Kazmi

A mysterious masked stranger and a boy form the centrepiece of a gathering of elderly society women who yearn for their youth and the exquisite command of their lure.

RUN CRAB RUN!” Dir. by Wei lu

The story is about two crabs trying to escape from a kitchen so that they can avoid being cooked. The main crab characters are one old and one young. The older crab is arbitrary and does not listen to the younger crab until he is proved wrong. He attempts a painful way to escape to protect the younger crab.

Someone I Know” Dir. by Aaron Justice

At rock bottom, Derek, a young alcoholic/addict sets out to take his own life. Upon following the vision of a mysterious figure, Derek experiences a spiritual moment of clarity that will lead him to make decisions that will change his entire life forever.

The 636” Dir. by Mark Travis

We find Hope in the most challenging circumstances. Hope (Keesha Sharp) is adjusting to new life after losing her husband, her home and her life. Still a single mother to her beautiful son Gabe (Armani Jackson), she must find a way to pick up the pieces and keep moving forward while helping her son heal from what he has seen. Once an adversary but now a sick woman, Rose (Joan Van Ark) must stay with Hope and depend on her daughter-in-law despite her Southern pride against such weakness.

The Columbia Steps” Dir. by Jensen Davis

Getting in to college can be horrible, but this movie finds the humor in it. Set in a college admissions office, two applicants discover a surprising competition awaits them.

The Fisherman” Dir. by Stefano  Pennisi

This short film takes on the form of a visual poem . On a cold winter day, an old fisherman walks down a dock and begins to fish. While standing alone on the dock he begins to remember a distant memory.
As a young man, while fishing alone at sea, he comes across a beautiful girl swimming in the water. Drawn to her beauty and unsure if she is real or imaginary, he spends his entire life trying to find her again.

The Greatest Gift” Dir. by Yilei Zhou

A heart-warming story about a Chinese girl, Ling, who tries to honor her parents with the expensive foreign food as a gift on Chinese New Year.

The Six O'Clock” Dir. by judy starkman

“The Six O’Clock” is the story of a man who strives for perfection in his job. As his daily ritual unfolds before our eyes, the precision in his life is evident. Everything is organized and timed down to the minute. It is clear to the audience that his work commences each night at six o’clock, and each day he prepares himself with a rigorous briefing on all of the world’s top news developments. This man is smart, extremely well informed, and completely up to date for his nightly performance. But what exactly does he do each evening? In a twist at the end of the film, the audience is left wondering if the entire episode is a career tragedy, an unfulfilled fantasy, or simply an illusion.

Then There Was” Dir. by Louis  Mandylor

Then There Was is the story of four rebellious teenagers, an expectant couple and a lone survival expert confronted by a global blackout in a small New England town and their struggle for survival as society falls apart around them. Combating fatigue and hunger the residents of Charlemont, Massachusetts prepare to defend themselves from migrating refugees bent on attacking the townspeople to insure their own prosperity.

Wild & Precious” Dir. by Cusi Cram

In this dark-ensemble comedy, a family’s deep dysfunction and buried affections are slowly revealed over the course of an afternoon before a funeral. Sparks fly when Enid (Phyllis Somerville) arrives for her ex-husband’s service. Enid storms off and everyone, including her much younger boyfriend, her antagonistic daughters and their puzzled husbands are either too exhausted or afraid to try and console her. None of this sits well with Leah (Sam Schuder), the youngest member of the clan. Leah faces her fears and confronts her terrifying grandmother. Leah asks Enid the questions no one has ever dared ask —and the answers prove to be a small revelation.

2014 NYLA (NY) May 10th

“528” Dir. by Anthony Pietromonaco

Set on a distant mining colony, 528 is a a love story chronicling the life of a robot struggling against the confines of the purpose for which she was intended. 528 asks the question, what does it mean to be human?

“Changelings: Cambions” Dir. by Vincent Veloso

Supernaturals have walked amongst the living for millennia. The wiser ones know the value of being unseen. Something now hunts them & the investigating NYPD officers & detectives, something that doesn't understand pity, fear, or pain

“Chimerical” Dir. by Johnny Pickavance

CHIMERICAL is a short, suspense thriller that explores friendship, obsession and stopping at nothing to achieve your desires. What begins as a playful game of chess between an ex-couple soon becomes an unexpected love triangle saga with shocking revelations.

“Cop-Doc” Dir. by Doug Bost

COP-DOC is a high concept parody of every cop show and medical drama you've ever seen all rolled into one absurd joyride.

“Faceless” Dir. by Tony James Corujo

Wallace Hayworth struggles to overcome Chronic Avoidant Identity Syndrome (CAIS), a condition in which he wakes up every day looking like a different person.

“Frequence” Dir. by David Mboussou

While secretly recording the quarrel of a couple, a priest makes a terrible discovery.

“Gamma Haze-Bodies” Dir. by Ian Cinco

In this hypnotic music video a mystic and three entrancing priestesses perform a bizarre ritual. Through the juxtaposition of grotesque and beautiful imagery, one can experience both a viscerally evocative exploration of the physical body and a meditation on the transformative ability of the human psyche.

“In The Black” Dir. by Vincent Talenti

After realizing not all is lost, a Lieutenant is determined to regain control. In the far future, Lieutenant Fox regains conscience after a battle in space where her team has been ambushed. After being contacted by Albatros, soon she realizes one of her men are still alive. This is Mark, one of her best and closest. In an effort to bring him back to base with her, with almost no resources, she attempts to save him and commands action.

“In The Dark” Dir. by Bettina Bilger

A modern comedy that takes us through the different stages of a new relationship, initial attraction, jealousy, miscommunication and obsessive behaviors. It touches on protecting the ego and navigating the deep passions one can have with one's neighbors, the attractive and the crazy. A love story.

“Indigo” Dir. by Paul Jerndal

Two young, lost souls in New York City share a common struggle, they are stuck in lives they do not feel they belong. She is an adored actress and he, a bike messenger. On the outside they seem like each others opposite, but on the inside they are the same. dehumanized by an internal loneliness that alienates them from feeling alive.

“Kawomera: Plant, Pray, Partner for Peace”

Dir. by Marla Mossman

In the remote town of Mbale, Uganda is a unique, interfaith community of coffee farmers who are Ugandan Jews, Muslims and Christians. They came together to export coffee for peace and religious harmony in an area containing the highest concentration of Jews and Muslims in Central Africa.
In Bugandan, they are called Peace Kawomera -Delicious Peace

“Keeley Forsyth-Then There Came A Time”

Dir. by Yvette Farmer

A lo fi music promo for indie film actress and musician Keeley Forsyth, shot in an artfully spartan living space, and evoking the spirit of punk, poetry and traditional folk to accompany with the austere sound of Then There Came A Time.

“Korn- Never Never” Dir. by Giovanni Bucci

Directed by Dutch-Italian filmmaker Giovanni Bucci - Never Never tackles the old theme of love gone bad through the unexpected perspective of time. In this video the band is seen performing through alternating scenes, shot in green screen, which some are played at super slow motion and others at very high speed. In post they were composited with 3D elements and the final result sees the band playing inside the exploded machinery of a clock, whose slick and mechanical hands inexorably travel towards and all around them. They are maneuvered by the battling clock-demon woman, the cruel mistress of time, the symbolic human soul of this machine.

“Like Plastic” Dir. by Michelle Tsiakaros

Ivelisse and Abella Pena are sisters, divided by plastic surgery. While Abella is excited
for her upcoming breast augmentation, Ivelisse wishes Abella would not go under the
knife. Should Ivelisse stick to her beliefs or support her sister? This short film explores
the struggle of beauty standards in a culture where changing your bra size means changing your identity.

“Lines & Asides” Dir. by Mary McGloin

A quirky, young-ish, indomitable actress struggles through cattle calls, kooky actors, nosy tourists and a world fraught with disappointment hoping to make her mark in the Big Apple.

“Meeting Gary” Dir. by Min Dai

A film about domestic child neglect. The story is set up in the low income, 'ghetto' neighborhood. A boy's dream of becoming a professional dancer is being ignored by his own parents because they are too busy dealing with their own life struggles. He keeps reaching out for love and understanding, but keeps getting rejected. Is anybody out there who is paying attention to this boy's most basic need for love and support? Will he carry on going and follow his dream?

“Mistake” Dir. by Artem Makarevich

It's a short story about a young woman who is suffering cause she killed her husband because of jealousy and now she has to go through her life all alone. She is repenting but there's nothing she can do. It's too late now.
It's a simple story about a human mistakes and consequences of our decisions.

“My Little Love” Dir. by Bin Song

The story of a woman who has lost the little dog who means the world to her.

Her frantic search for him and the realization she might have lost him forever.

“Neil” Dir. by Simon Reglar

Neil, an attractive, self-confident individual, and Rita, a vulnerable young woman, are taking part in a scientific experiment to discover whether love can be manufactured. After sharing a kiss, Rita's feelings from her past are bought to the surface; the question is, are they reciprocated by Neil?

“Number 2” Dir. by Jarrod Shusterman

Katie is used to her world. When she gets this way, everything is taken care of for her. They check her into the hospital, hold her, and let her out. Attempted suicide is taken very seriously by the state; However, she likes to refer to them as hiccups in her otherwise average life. The hospital staff have checked the box and let her go home, every time--well at least every time except now. Trapped in the confines of what turns into a personal interrogation room, one doctor pushes her to the edge, and himself to the brink of insanity.

“Penance” Dir. by Jeffe Wolfe

A man makes the decision to cleanse his inner demons, revealing a buried past that begs the question... can we ever truly find forgiveness? And just how far will one go to get it...

“Plastic” Dir. by Olivia Saperstein

When Brian buys a blowup doll, she becomes an unexpected party guest, and undergoes a slew of tribulations. An honest and vulgar tale, that reminds us that sometimes the way we treat a novelty item is none too different than the ways we treat each other.

“Princess” Dir. by Nat Derwin

Princess is a Comedy-Drama centered on a Mother and Daughter day on the town. Princess, a nine year old, mesmerized by a candy display in a store window. Her Mother angrily barks orders into a cell-phone. Princess wants a cake, but Mother whisks her away for a 'Mother Daughter Manicure' instead. To the Asian salon, where a mother/daughter/team waits. After settling in, Princess, with series of tricks, trying to get her Mothers attention. Failing to receive it, princess decides to revel a secret: Daddy's having an affair with the maid. Mother jumps up and intent on confronting Rosanna, but looks at Princess and changes her mind. She tells her driver Ramon to take them to the Plaza, to Princess her ice cream.

“Reasons Y I’m Single ‘I Tweet Jay Z”

Dir. by Elaine Del Valle

Reasons Y Episode 5 is also known as Reasons Y I Tweet Jay Z and is an UN Romantic Comedy Web Series-Think Sex in the City Meets Larry David.

“Songs From The Outside”

Dir. by Michael Van Ostade & Andrew Van Ostade

A mysterious sphere crash-lands in the garden of a financially troubled entrepreneur, Horace. When confronted with this object, a musical discourse follows, as he finds out that the egg-shaped object sings a most beautiful yet haunting melody.

“Stain Removal” Dir. by Mark Russell

Jules is rich, lonely and bored. To keep busy, he's been writing stories about the more exiting times from his past. When he reconnects with Constance, an old flame from the glory days, their spark is re-ignited. Is it true love or just a mess that needs to be cleaned up?

“STAN” Dir. by Meirav Haber

Stan was born with a hell of a problem: an unfortunate resemblance to the devil. Rejected by society, Stan is forced to live a life of solitude. But Stan stays hopeful, creatively seeking connection and persisting despite all odds. Stan's life is destined to change when a strange delivery arrives at his door...

“Suspicious Bulges” Dir. by Misha Collins

The Transportation Security Authority (TSA) utilizes procedures, systems and technologies to ensure the safety of airport passengers and personnel. It is argued in public forums that these security measures can sometimes seem ridiculous or extreme. “TSA America: Level Orange” is a comedic short that demonstrates just how far the TSA will go to achieve its objectives when confronted with a pregnant passenger.

“Swell” Dir. by Joey Angerone

A man coping with loss, turns to an experimental drug to help him gain a new perspective on life.

“The Happily Ever After” Dir. by Erika Burke Rossa

A perfectionist NYC housewife, plans for her anniversary, when her children wreak havoc on her home, causing her to snap and seek refuge in her bathtub.

“The Toothfairy” Dir. by Rachael Sonnenberg

8 year old Luke believes in the Toothfairy....do you?

“The Typist” Dir. by Abraham Heisler

A young man, as outdated as the typewriter he carries, longs for acceptance in a world dominated by technology. He travels from park to hipster cafe searching for 'his type' only to be rejected by technophile enthusiasts on their iPhones and iPads. Persistence sees the typist through, enabling him to find community in the most unexpected of places.

“This Is My Long Island” Dir. by Dan Marquardt

This Is My Long Island is a vibrant, educational film about the history and heritage of Long Island; the people, the places and the things.

“This Is What We Know”

Dir. by William Scurry Jr. & Janice Erlbaum

Jen is moving to Los Angeles, so she throws herself a going away party, and all her friends are invited. During the course of the party friends reunite, strangers get introduced, and maybe what goes unsaid by people has just as much meaning as what they actually say to each other.

“Twinkle” Dir. by Rosalyn Coleman

A chance encounter from a mysterious childhood friend, encourages Allison to find an inner strength to help cope in her breast cancer existence.

2013 NYLA (LA) October 26th

“Acceptance” Dir. by Nathaniel Carter

A family in despair join together for dinner on a day significant to them and the one they lost.

“Barren Island” Dir. by Tuomas Hakala

After being dumped by the love of his life, a man driving a car narrates his past and last moments as he is determined to kill himself. The fate will play one last trick on him.

“Blessings” Dir. by Wei-Jhih Chen

After constantly fighting with an evil, the protagonist is finally forced to make a choice of non-selfishness. With Taiwan traditional ceremonies for the story prototype, this animation attempts to create distinctive national features belong to Taiwan.

“Calibri” Dir. by Nathan Scialom

Four college students go on a trip to an isolated country house when they realize that they are not alone.

“Contrition” Dir. by Ricardo Perez-Selsky

Contrition is a Short Film of the Crime-Noir genre. This film follows one young Catholic Priest, Father Michael Rodriguez. Michael stumbles across an attempted rape during a late night stroll through an Inner City. When Michael confronts the attacker, he accidentally kills the man. Later, he collides with the Victim he saved, only to be pulled further into her own underbelly of crime. Michael's past in the United States Army makes him the perfect protector, but this past causes him to butt heads with another Priest at his Church, Father Brenden, an Ex-IRA member from Ireland. Brendan has lost Faith in this hopeless American Community, so far away from his homeland.

“Count To Five” Dir. by Christian Vinces

Billy and Addison are two junkies who have robbed money from a gang and are trying to leave town. Yet Addison needs one more shot, and that delay may cost them all.

“Eve Angelic” Dir. by Luca Ceccarelli

What if vampires, werewolves, angels and demons were all part of the same Vatican conspiracy?

“Forcelessness” Dir. by Derrick Belcham

“Forcelessness' is the first of ten films by PRESSURES, an arts organization founded in 2013 by acclaimed filmmaker Derrick Belcham and artist Ruby Kato Attwood. The organization generates films that explore the relationship between choreography, score and the edit.

“Grace” Dir. by Haley Sims & Faye Viviana

In an artistic depiction of the beauty found in the grittiness and struggles of life, the day of a prostitute and a ballet dancer are juxtaposed against the poignant sound of 'Amazing Grace', illustrating the way in which we ultimately persevere with grace.

“Happy Birthday, Ray!” Dir. by Mark Hampton

When Percy lost his leg in a car accident, he found God, much to the confusion of his agnostic wife, Frankie. When they travel to see their old college friend Ray after not seeing him for 4 years, they are faced with a polarizing choice when he tells them he is dying of cancer and wants them to help him kill himself.

“I Love You” Dir. by Renji Philip

A young woman relives the first of 102 very special memories.

“Icarus Down” Dir. by Paul Nicoletos

A military vessel is shot down in an unknown planet, creating darkness and chaos amongst its passengers.

“Impact” Dir. by Flo Villane

Michael Franzese, former Capo of the Columbo Crime Family, allows a Southern California High School film and video classes to make a documentary revealing his transformation from an underground life of crime to a ministry of helping young people across the country. Story entails
the preparation of his visit and testimonies of his 'IMAPCT'. Students at risk called 'The Warrior Academy' was the targeted student group to whom Michael directed his message. Guest counselor from Princeton University, Dr. JC Alvarez works with students at risk to fully understand and embrace the IMPACT of Michael's message. The arc of the film starts with plot points of doubt from all those involved in the preparation of his visit and concludes with astounding testimonies of praise and hope.

“In Harmony” Dir. by Joel Blacker

Lucy is a struggling artist who idolizes her friend Tyler's 'perfect life'; but when Lucy finds herself drawn to Tyler's boyfriend Marcus, she finds out the life she exalted is far from perfect.

“Inch-Artful Dodger” Dir. by Felipe P. Soares

While searching for a missing person in the Redwood Forest, iNCH uncovers a conspiracy surrounding one our greatest myths, Bigfoot.

“Library” Dir. by Rose Brauner

When the written word has been destroyed in the name of power, many are forced to seek out creative means of preserving and attaining it.

“Lunch With Jeremiah” Dir. by Shelton Mack

Estranged brothers meet for lunch to reconnect but when secrets are revealed , both of their faiths are tested.

“Marriage Of Inconvenience” Dir. by Franklin Rho

On the steps of City Hall, a pastor's wife must join her husband in protest against gay marriage, or compromise her religious beliefs to join her gay son on his wedding day.

“My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech” Dir. by Justin Baldoni

Zach Sobiech is a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye to his friends and family, not realizing how big of an impact it would have on the world.

“My Only Son” Dir. by Geoffroy Faugerolas

'My Only Son,' based on a true story, tells the story of a young Veteran's battle during the onset of schizophrenia in his 20s. It is the story of his struggle for acceptance and understanding from his friends, family and himself while he battled the onset of schizophrenia. Unfortunately, his symptoms cause him to be increasingly alienated and his relationships with friends and family to crumble when that support system is needed the most.

“Oblivion” Dir. by Xiaoou Zhang

Elizaveta is trapped in a love triangle with her husband and an accordionist. One morning she wakes up facing the choice between her idea of love and the comfort of life. How does one carry on when you begin to understand there is no winner in the battle of love.

“Off-Season” Dir. by David Charbonier

In the wake of a horrifying hunting accident, a couple must choose between their freedom and their conscience.

“Only Me (Solo You)” Dir. by Carlos Hurtado

Visual Art music video for latin artist SOCIOO spanish single 'Only Me / Solo Yo.' A story where love takes the wrong turn.

“Our Love” Dir. by Artino Ahmadi

Two young best friends secretly play in their beautiful attic play fort. Shadow puppets dance on the sheets. They're creating something but we don't know what. One girl reveals a glowing crystal. The light grows brighter;closing their eyes, they know where they're going. FLASH! It's winter. Dressed for winter, the now adult friends wake in the deep snow which covers the land. Not knowing where to go, they start walking. They are there to save their friend. Following a trail, they meet the Unicorn, not a shadow puppet, the real thing! While playing they are hunted by the dragon which chases and tries to attack them. They are on the run. One girl knows she must save the other. FLASH! Back to 'reality' now a dark, lonely attic with only one little girl? A moving truck is being loaded outside. The other girl is moving away...was this just a dream?

“Proxy” Dir. by Aaron Justice

On the precipice of making life changing decisions, a young woman struggles with the memories of her past in order to face her uncertain future.

“Sand Storm” Dir. by Geoff Erwin

SAND STORM is the story of Andre Thompson, a U.S. Army Veteran who can't tell the difference between being at home with his wife and two young daughters, and the worst battle he ever saw.

“Sober” Dir. by Marta McGonagle

After a mother drinks with her teenage daughter and friends, she is forced to face the consequences of her alcoholism when an almost fatal car wreck paralyzes a 15 year old girl. This is based on my true story that I have shared at various high schools across the US and on Good Morning America. With this film, I hope to prevent others from making the same mistake that I did and ultimately helping to save lives.

“Sticks and Stones” Dir. by Chloe Dahl

This is a true story about a fourteen year-old girl named Emma. Just like any other girl, Emma has a crush; only this crush is on a girl named Alice. Although Emma is a great kid, no matter how hard she tries, she is socially rejected and bullied by her peers. Never the less, her attempts to fit in are relentless.

“The Boarder” Dir. by Jolene Adams

The Boarder follows eleven-year-old Carl, who is adopted into a loving family by Zeb and his wife Annika. Zeb bonds easily with Carl but the burden of raising this new addition to the family pushes Annika's sanity to the limit. Carl's transition into the new family goes smoothly until Annika accuses him of criminally-disturbed behavior. Zeb is surprised by his wife's resistance to their new son and isn't sure if it's Annika's or Carl's dark side that is being revealed. The battle-weary couple finds themselves in therapy with Dr. Logan, who diagnoses Carl with Reactive Attachment Disorder. The Boarder is an honest portrayal of the real life experiences of families with children who have experienced trauma at an early age in their life.

“The Cadaver’s Swan Song” Dir. by Robert Mai

In the aftermath of a gruesome epidemic and the collapse of the Health care system, Two friends will have to deal with a surreal hospital staff and their own dissolving friendship in order to acquire medical help.

“The Hardest Part” Dir. by Eve Danzeisen

This is a story of being sick, not knowing what's wrong, and getting through the hardest part.

“The Journalist” Dir. by Yazhen Zhang & Amanda Zhang

A journalist is trying to write a report about a 'hero in real life', he visits the family try to see what he can get, ends up finding out something he never expected...

“These Things I do That Others May Live” Dir. by Austin Priester

A group of men must live up to the motto they live by.

“Undermine” Dir. by Kane Lee Kwik Allan & Julio Cesar Rodriguez

'Undermine' is Sour Soul's new short film video based on Marco Paul's obscure and obsessive dream witch repeated itself every night during a 4 year period of his childhood. This conceptual 7;00min short film was Directed by Kane Lee Kwik & Julio Cesar Rodriguez. Produced by Mexican Art Collective We Are Dags in collaboration with Guayabo Films.

“Valediction” Dir. by Rodrigo Correia

Valediction is the story of Burt, a morgue attendant who had a passionate relationship with his ex-girlfriend Tiffany. While working in the morgue he has disturbed thoughts and hallucinations with dead corpses. In order to regain peace of mind and move on with his life, Burt needs to reconnect with Tiffany one last time.

“Vertigo” Dir. by Justin Thomas Ostensen

'Vertigo' is an action packed music video with intense storyline and alluring, sexy, thrilling dance/fight sequences throughout complimenting an upbeat dance/pop track by sensational artist/actress Genevieve Mariko Wilson.At the helm, director/writer Justin Thomas Ostensen enlisted a top-notch creative team all around producing a superb and high quality music video. And 'Vertigo''s storyline is currently in pre-production for an on-going webseries.

2013 NYLA (NY) May 4th

“5 Minutes” Dir. by Wilson M’Biavanga

In the night, out of nowhere, Vincent comes back home in order to say goodbye to his beloved wife. What did Vincent get himself involved to? Who are these black-suited men following his every moves?

“Adam” Dir. by Augustin Doublet

When Coco, a young borderline model pickpockets Adam a streetwise kid from Bushwick, while he performs a three-card Monte scam, she triggers an odd and charming journey in Brooklyn..

“Adrift” Dir. by Nadia Bedzhanova

To quell their boredom, three Brooklyn teenagers play an asphyxiation game, in which their unconscious dreams reveal a loss of innocence as well as their relationships with one another..

“Blindfolded” Dir. by Eric Choi

A recent victim of an abusive kidnapping battles to overcome a psychological trauma which prevents her from removing her blindfold by carrying out the death wish of her suicidal caretaker..

“Courage” Dir. by Michael Martinez

Courage is a short film about a woman that is struggling with breast cancer..

“Death Artist, Inc.” Dir. by A.M. Hamilton

A story about an ambitious death artist who wants to make it in the big leagues after working on pets for the last century, the agency where he works that designs untimely deaths for interesting people, and the beautiful woman who proves to be a difficult first assignment..

“Death By Chocolate-Tell Me What You See”

Dir. by Mitch Bekk

Tell Me What You See is the first interactive super slow motion music video in the world. In the interactive version, the user gets to choose what the singer of Death by Chocolate gets tortured with by his girlfriend.

“Fly-Anti Bullying PSA” Dir. by Ilan Rosenberg

An original song and music video created by us depicts a girl, who is being bullied, she tries to change who she is by fitting in and becoming one of the bullies - only to realize that's not who she is and learns to deal with the bullies by being herself and learning how to 'FLY' (First Love Yourself).

“Do Not Duplicate” Dir. by Jonathan Mann & Sean McGing

Desperate to be remembered, an eccentric locksmith uses his craft and creativity to leave a lasting legacy in New York's Greenwich Village.

“Guest House” Dir. by Aaron Wolf

Lance Wesley lost his job and fiance on the same day. Depressed and downtrodden, he moves back into his parents' Guesthouse where he spent his youth. As he fights constantly with his frustrated and patient-less father, relics from his past pay him a visit. Will his past propel him forward?.

“I Hear You” Dir. by Robert Kalison & Dennis Mason

An office worker's ability to hear what people really mean when they speak reveals a co-worker's intention to shoot everyone in an afternoon meeting..

“Lint” Dir. by Carlos Almonte

Gary is an insecure recluse with an unusual problem: his navel produces uncontrollable amounts of lint whenever he's nervous. When a mysterious woman appears in his house one morning, Gary seeks the advice of his psychiatrist, who sets him in motion on a journey that leads to the source of his condition..

“Moments” Dir. by Salvatore Petrosino

Moments is the story about a young bride who's husband is killed in the war in Afghanistan. Their love was beautiful and rare. Her pain is so severe that she comes to a moment where she doesn't know if she can move on and must choose life or death..

“Motive” Dir. by Rick Carmona

Persuaded to score a little blow for the promise of a sexy night ahead, one man pushes his luck..

“Just Passing By” Dir. by Susanne Dollnig

How much you can learn about a random stranger's life in the amount of time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. Quite a bit, as it turns out. All you have to do is listen.

“Mr. Feelgood-J-Son” Dir. by Tobias L. Nordquist

Our vision is simple for this video. Its a music video portraying a feature film trailer made in the 1970s..

“Puncture” Dir. by Edward Lyons

When a self reliant business woman breaks down on a dark and isolated country road, she discovers that help can come from the strangest of strangers..

“Salome” Dir. by Takahisa Shiraishi

The film Salome is an experimental film based on the theatre play 'Salome' written by Oscar Wilde, The voice of John the Baptist - who is imprisoned by Herod, the ruler of Judea - is echoing in the prison, predicting something terrible will be caused by Salome, who is the daughter of Herodias, the wife of Herod.

“Show Me ‘Round” Dir. by Andrew Blum

Music Video for 'Show Me 'Round' by The Sun People.

“Side Effected” Dir. by Lev Pakman

An urgent meeting between the boss of a pharmaceutical company and one of his young employees is called in order to discuss a potentially groundbreaking new drug..

“Silent Wave” Dir. by Sudeep Kanwal

A man seeks redemption after a life altering incident tears his marriage apart..

“Sundae Stroll” Dir. by Christina Lu

Bruce Terrier attempts to enjoy an ice cream cone during a stroll in the park. What begins as a simple goal soon becomes increasingly difficult....

“Telling a You” Dir. by Margarethe Baillou

Set on the island of Bermuda in the 1960s, TELLING A YOU is an animated short film featuring the voices of Bermudian actors, Dimitri Philpott and Lexy Correia. .

“The Call” Dir. by Brandon Ripley

Jack must overcome his fear of his mistake to keep from losing his job, and his friendship of his crew at the firehouse.

“The Feed” Dir. by Benjamin Berger

In a future when computers are integrated into our brains and endless information flows before our eyes, society has become numb and lifeless.

“The Kids Of 5114” Dir. by Michael Rothman

Imagine having a dozen or more siblings you had never met. The Kids of 5114 is a moving glimpse at the rapidly evolving landscape of the American Family, told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who share many interests -- and 50% of their genetics thanks to one anonymous sperm donor. Meeting on Facebook was one thing...meeting face to face for the first time is another..

“The Novel” Dir. by Paolo Licata

In a small gothic town, somewhere in Victorian England, the writer of horror fiction Edgar is struggling to pen the 'perfect novel', but lacks inspiration. When the smarmy custodian of the local lunatic asylum pays Edgar a visit one night, a pact is made to resume a dark and devilish practice, with tragic and deadly consequences..

“Thumb” Dir. by Sara Gurfield

After losing a playful 'thumb war' to his date, our hero puts his losing digit through a grueling (and hilarious) ROCKY-esque training regimen in an obsessive quest to reclaim the title...and his manhood..

“Trent” Dir. by Carlos Hurtado

Based on a true story. As a young man, Trent Cornelius played at University of Washington on a scholarship. In his first year, he got injured. His coach tried to force him to quit so that the university could recuperate his scholarship and give it to someone else. Trent didn't quit, but he never really played again..

“Trid an Stoirm” Dir. by Fred Burdy

A woman forces a Banshee to guide her to the Celtic realm of Death to bring her husband back to life..

“Ugly Me” Dir. by Hyangil Kim

Susan was a violinist grown strictly by her mother. However, she was fired from the position of the mistress in the famous orchestra and finally decided to leave to find herself..

“Un Amor Ilicito” Dir. by Julius Kelly

Love is not selfish, nor self-centered. Braxton has given his past away to begin a future without violence. No matter how fast you run from your past, it will always catch up with you. When things get desperate, this is when Braxton realizes that love is about sacrifices..

“Valley-Party In My Head” Dir. by Daniel Blanco

A fun and flashy video - and a song you won't stop singing - showing a party's gradual escalation from awkward to crazy. But is it all in your head?.

“Waiting For Godot” Dir. by Caitlin Pashalek

A high-art music video for Janina Gavankar's single 'Waiting for Godot'.
Gavankar plays two sides of the same person, fighting with each other as they find themselves lost in a vast plane.

“Slouching Towards Bethlehem” Dir. by Julien Calderbank

A family of Americans are holidaying in France and staying at a relative's house. They decide to take part in a local holiday tradition. Little do they know, in performing this seemingly innocent ritual, they are about to awaken an ancient evil.

“Ten-Buck Baton” Dir. by Nimer Basha

Follow a $10 bill on a comedic journey during the course of a day and witness the eclectic people it comes across, the hilarious conversations it hears, and the whimsical coincidences and surprises it encounters.

“Three Hearts To Beat” Dir. by Arthur Valverde

At eighteen years old, Sarah is subject to a daily rhythm by the violence of his alcoholic father and the needs of Maxime, his autistic brother. She is happy only when she see Nicolas, her boyfriend, and when she reminds her childhood memories.

2012 NYLA (LA) October 23rd

“Abstraction” Dir. by Daniel Gomes

A tormented fashion photographer's last chance to recapture his career, his muse and his mind.

“Ai” Dir. by Kevin Huang

A samurai avenges his wife against a powerful gun-wielding western soldier, to restore his balance and peace within.

“Anita Ho” Dir. by Steve Myung

A Korean American man meets his Chinese American girlfriend's parents for the first time. Drama, cultural struggles, and laughter ensue. Will she be Anita Ho?

“Bedcrumbs” Dir. by Jennifer Levy

Bedcrumbs tells the story of a woman whose subconscious shows her a truth about her relationship that she cannot see in her waking hours. Through the use of the song that inspired the story, we follow a woman who finds the truth about her relationship in a dream. Or does she?

“Buzzkill” Dir. by Charlie Sporns

Every year, Mia and her two best friends go on a trip to Las Vegas for thanksgiving. This year however, things take a turn for the worse as the three friends accidentally run over a hitchhiker on the way there. The trio must now find a way to deal with the hitchhiker's corpse despite their limited amount of expertise on the matter.

“Franky and The Ant” Dir. by Billy Hayes

Franky has been betrayed and everyone close to him soon discovers that vengeance is not what he seeks. He wants a lot more than that.

“Genre” Dir. by Mark Hampton

A woman daydreams about a blind date while trying to convince her roommate of all the exciting possibilities.

“Goodbye” Dir. by Oleg Poddymnikov

Soldier returning from the army, to his girlfriend. In the courtyard he meets her. But she is with another man.

“Grab Hold Tight” Dir. by Andrey Kochkin

A music video on a song by and alternative band from California - Fall of November.

“Harvest” Dir. by Reid Carrescia

A world-weary farmhand encounters a supernatural event that causes him to question his outlook and destiny.

“I (See) New York” Dir. by Denny Silverthorne

In this animated short based on Bruce McCall's New Yorker cover, two mummies visit classic New York hotspots and have the date of their eternal lives.

“Jesus Ain’t Coming Back” Dir. by Nathan Bayne

Jesus Ain’t Coming Back is a satirical take on our current obsession in pop culture, mass media, and radical cult followings with the impending apocalypse, preachings of Judgment Day, and End of the World doomsday scenarios. In the midst of this, we reveal that Jesus has in fact returned. Yet inevitably our world is even too much for Jesus to handle, as he becomes seduced by the modern world and all its pleasures, before narrowly escaping yet another crucifixion.

“L.A. Aboriginal” Dir. by Bayou Bennett & Daniel Lir

L.A. Aboriginal' is a short documentary about the art, life and background of L.A. artist Dave Tourje.

“Medicine Men” Dir. by Guy Malim

A story of showmanship and sacrifice told through rival doctors in the Old West.   As a plague hits a God-fearing frontier town, William, a brave but flawed man of science, endeavors to introduce his increasingly maligned vaccination. Ozwald, a charismatic showman, appears in town offering a fresh hope, and the whole community including William's only son, Colt, are captivated. They lose faith in their doctor when they need him the most.
A timeless struggle ensues between a seductive profiteer, who spins any truth to suit his need, and an outcast pioneer with a damaged humanity we can all relate to.

“Modern Mad Men” Dir. by Jessica Aquila Cymerman

This is a comedic take on the AMC show Mad Men - Newly appointed Creative Director, Ron, finds himself out of his element at his marketing agency. Impeccably dressed and a bit inebriated, Ron attempts to expose his co-workers to the hardships of the world and motivate them to be a little less pathetic.

“Night Island” Dir. by Salvador Maldonado

A Young Girl is Washed Overboard by a ship caught in a storm.
She Wakes up on a mysterious Island where She encounters strange creatures that tempt her to stay. In order to find her way back she must liberate the music trapped in the undertow of the Night Island

“Nostalgia” Dir. by Johnnie Hobbs

Nostalgia is not about dreams deferred, but about dreams derailed. A tap dance short film about an aging entertainer that can't let go of his successful past and wife and how this effects his present day life and his relationship with his son. What happens to a living legend as he struggles to hold on to his music and muse despite the fervent opposition of his loving but resentful son.

“Poetica” Dir. by Anthony Furlong

When we think of poetry - sonnets, haiku's and nursery rhymes naturally come to mind. However, when taken out of it’s literary context poetry becomes so much more. We can find it everywhere, surrounding us every day. It’s the beauty of a sunrise; the laughter of a child, and the stars in the sky. It’s in our passions and in our struggles.

“Pushing Eternity” Dir. by Michael Rossi

Blake is a young man who copes with his immortality through self-inflicting and harmful ways in an effort to 'feel' something.

“Retribution” Dir. by Robert Matthews


“Retrocognition” Dir. by Eric Patrick

An animated collage of photographs and audio fragments from WWII era radio dramas combine to critique the classic American televisual nuclear family.

“Split Time” Dir. by Fabrice Bracq

A man and a woman in their mid-thirties. Attractive, single and day-dreamer, they cross each other a million times without ever meeting.
Yet, they are meant to be together.

“The Condition” Dir. by Stephen Graziano

Martin struggles dealing with people until he bonds with an inanimate object and finds his soul mate.

“The Last Decision of President Duo” Dir. by Rufus Walters

The President of Liberia, Simpson K. Duo is forced by U.S. authorities to make a decision whether to flee his country or stay after rebel forces have take over half his capital city.

“The Last Page” Dir. by Marc Roumi

Macha, a little girl, asks her mother to read her the story of 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier'. As the last page was missing, Macha enters the world of dreams to imagine the end.

“The Portrait” Dir. by David Goddard

A portrait painter struggles to represent himself in classical portraiture. He paints until his frustration causes him to shatter his glass palette. The mangled mess of paint and glass inspire him to look at himself differently and he finds himself painting a self portrait in abstraction.

“The Red Valentine” Dir. by Glenn Stewart

The Red Valentine is a Film Noir set in WWII Australia and follows a determined Detective as he hopes to uncover the truth behind a seemingly open and shut case. Despite the Coroner and his colleagues assuming the obvious, a lovers suicide pact is called into question when it’s discovered the Australian soldier and his Ukrainian lover each suffered a different cause of death. A sunset dance, a stolen kiss; the fragments of their former lives are pieced together and the Detective uncovers a truth that was as unexpected to him as it was to the victims.

“Twero: The Road To Health” Dir. by Michael Otremba

What happens when a government promises free medical services to all of its citizens, publicizing health care as a basic human right? The documentary, Twero: The Road to Health, follows a Ugandan journalist who investigates how patients often must seek care outside of an underfunded and overburdened public system. Desperate for help, patients are turning to an unregulated private health sector, where services are accessible, but at a significant cost. When patients cannot pay their medical bills, doctors are resorting to imprisoning them.

2012 NYLA (NY) May 5th

“Masque” Dir. by Robert Hatch

Defying a fate of destruction and despair, a scarred and evil prizefighter, henchman, and gambler conscripts the artful skills of a gifted benefactor who proffers the hope of a mythical journey of...

“Animalario” Dir. by Sergio Mejia Forero

Dr. Ego's hideous genetic experiments have disturbed the peace of Animalario, a city at the edge of chaos. Gatto, a skilled detective hasn't ceased in his quest to stop EGO and restore order; but this time, a lethal hyena will do her utmost to stand in his way.
Rooted in various features of dark novel, Animalario presents animals as the characters of a world where ethics, justice and evil set the stage in a fight for social order.

“To Redemtion” Dir. byAlexia Oldini

To Redemption is a portrait of a typical blue collar family from Queens, New York. The story shows the complexity and inner struggles that surround this family.

“Corps Accords” Dir. by Feike Santbergen

An imaginative girl, secluded amidst French mountains, encounters confusing dilemmas as her new Dutch love appears in dreams and reality.

“The Forth World”  Dir. by Mark Volkers

One out of every six human beings lives in a very hidden world--the world of slums. Filmed on five continents, 'The Fourth World' takes viewers deep inside this hidden world, a world the United Nations says could triple in the next 30 years.

“Paying For It” Dir. by Lauren Lillie

While on a weekend getaway with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Deidre discovers a call girl passed out in their hotel hallway. She decides to help her. During their ensuing hours together, Deidre opens up to this woman in a way that she isn't capable of confiding in anyone else. What is it that these two women learn they have in common?

“TLS-Traditional Love Song” Dir. by Roberto Roda

What happens if a cyclothymic borderline girl living in a world of cubes discovers that her boyfriend is a total liar?
It happens that her engagement ring can turn into the instrument of a bloody revenge...

“Carbon For Water” Dir. by Evan Abramson

& Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson

In Kenya's Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon For Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live.

“Escape” Dir. by Marvi Lacar

ESCAPE is a short film documenting the rescue and rehabilitation of Maasai girls who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage, two practices that go hand-in-hand in Kenya. Female circumcision and child marriage continue in poverty stricken communities that consider women as property to be 'sold' to the highest bidder. The film depicts the lives of several young women and the various paths that some are forced to make. They recount the physical pain of 'the cut,' the emotional trauma following their union with older men and subsequent rescue from a lifetime of subservience. We see the tenacity of some village elders bent on continuing a deeply rooted practice and the struggle by a growing segment of the community to redefine 'tradition.'

“Friends And Strangers” Dir. by Edward Caban

'No one took grandpa seriously until he brought home a prostitute'. 'Friends and Strangers' is the story of a lonely, elderly widower who meets a young woman at a local bar ( a woman he may or may not know is a prostitute) and invites her to join him for a holiday dinner with his estranged family.

“Matriarche” Dir. by Guillaume Pierret

Visiting room of a prison.
Confrontation between a mother and her son, after this one has took part in a bloody robbery.

“When The Shadow Falls” Dir. by Juan Cruz Pochat

James Elliot Conrad, a trained and skillful assassin in the art of killing, waits in the empty streets of NY Financial District during the night to eliminate his targets, using the knife as his weapon of choice. As his assignments grow, he is unable to find any kind of redemption for all the lives he takes.

“Spaghetti For Two” Dir. by Matthias Rosenberger & Betina Bubler

The likeable but lonesome man is on his way to lunch. Awaiting him, the outside world lurks menacingly: in his imagination it swarms with would-be crooks, hussies and criminals. What should have been a routine stroll develops into a dark odyssey, triggering a troubled conflict against himself and against the world... and ultimately, it is the underdog who is victorious.

“Sui Generis” Dir. by Yvan Iturriaga

Sui Generis (of its own kind) is the story of a young boy who crosses the US/Mexico border. Like many before him, he leaves behind everything he has and faces a future of many incarnations. Whatever his path, however, he discovers the border is always there, changing form, a different barrier for every dream.

“Threadbare” Dir. by Brett Underhill

In a cold, bleak field there lies a lonely scarecrow. But he won't be alone for long...

“Laundry Day” Dir. by Thayer Radic

Two strangers exchange kind words in a local laundromat, leading to an unfortunate misunderstanding.

“Mating Dome” Dir. by John T. Trigonis

Citizens of a not-so-distant future undergo reconfiguration surgery in order to attract the perfect lover at the Mating Dome.

“Resolution” Dir. by Dave Fischer

Insight visualized.

“The Innocent”   Dir. by Jose Rodriquez

In an inner city, a man living with his mother and sister spends his days gazing out his apartment window. Restricted from wandering in public due to his mental condition, is only entertainment is feeding the pigeons that occasionally land nearby. His winged friends comfort and remind him of happier days when his family lived in their old home. However, the man's condition proves too much and so the family must face a difficult decision.

“The Day I Helped Save The World”

Dir. by Gary Mirabelle

It's a beautiful day in suburbia and a young boy decides to go out roller skating. His curiosity causes him to venture past the edge of the neighborhood. There he comes upon an old house where inside strange and unnatural things are happening. Here our young boy steps into the role of reluctant hero and while making a few friends in the process starts a chain of events that prove to save the day. Maybe even the world!

“Maxed Out” Dir. by Jeffrey Hirschberg

Faced with a crumbling economy and dead-end jobs, two slackers open dozens of pre-approved credit cards and reinvent themselves -- either finding happiness, bankruptcy... or both.

“Pleasures” Dir. by Lilian Ng

A man, a woman, a hotel room...

“Salam Ghourba” Dir. by Lamia  Alami

In an impoverished neighborhood of Casablanca, Morocco, Fatima awaits impatiently for news from her husband in exile. Will she finally receive the immigration papers that will potentially secure a brighter future for her and her son Mohammed?

“The Play” Dir. by Grace Lee

Sue Brown, a young successful theater director casts Sunny, a nameless actress, as main character into her play, The Eros. People are shocked with Sue's decision because Sue had criticized Sunny's acting from the first day of auditions. Sunny, also unsure of Sue's decision, decides to take the part despite Sue's unsatisfied attitude because of her strong motivation to succeed. After months of rehearsal, the play's open day is finally here. Before the show, Sue reveals that casted Sunny and made her the main character of the play as part of her revenge. Either way, Sunny decides to go up on stage.

“Walt Whitman Never Paid For It” Dir. by Anthony Marinelli

A black comedy about a semi-employed would-be poet, his criminal brother and a Ukrainian prostitute in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

“7 To Seven” Dir. by Wes Clark

Jax Spinx is an agent of O.T.G. (Off The Grid), a secret government agency created back in the early 1960's shut down in 1963 and re-opened in 2011. 7 To Seven is a series of short 7 minute films. It is design to tell the back stories of each team member of O.T.G. populated by 7 beautiful sexy women, and anchored by a hormone driven, blood thirsty ex marine, a scientist , a Mysterious Ninja and an outlaw only known by one name. Follow Jax as she confronts every one of these deadly assassins in each installment of 7 to Seven.

“Sea Pavilion” Dir. by Todd Somodevilla & Marysia Makowska

An innocent picnic turns surreal when curiosity leads to the uncovering of secrets hidden in the decrepit yet beautiful ruins of a seaside pavilion. Filmed in eerie and picturesque Macassar, South Africa, where the dunes have half-buried a once vibrant recreation park, a young couple learn that some dark corners should not be revealed in the light of day.

2011 NYLA (LA) Oct. 26th

“1095 Days” Dir. by Han Fang Pao

What is the biggest enemy in love?
Some said time would change everything.
With fear of time, we forgot to talk, to hug and to be honest to each other.
How we lost it and found it back.

“6Gun” Dir. by Hebron Simckes-Joffe

Years after the kidnapping of his child, and the murder of his wife, Silas locates and identifies the culprit as his former friend, and current gubernatorial candidate, and sets out to exact revenge. Six bullets will fire...but from which gun?

“A Porn Star Is Born” Dir. by Corey Bishop

A PORNSTAR IS BORN reveals the inner secrets of the ten billion dollar adult film industry. A beautiful young woman moves to Hollywood to become a star. Her dreams are shattered by countless rejection and a run in with the casting couch. Financial distress forces her into a secret life performing in adult films. Porn King Goldman(Peter Greene) capitalizes on her innocence and makes her the biggest contract star in years, She starts a torrid love affair with the biggest star in the history of the business. Her new love has a severe drug problem and his career is headed for ruins, She begins a relentless pursuit for stardom and to save the man she loves before its to late.

“Addictions” Dir. by Giovanni Bucci

The video is about addictions, mainly to technology, but it's open to various interpretations. Years ago the idea behind technology was to give people more free time from work and give us a better life. So nowadays, with the possibility for the majority of people to have access to electronics and hi tech, is it true that we have more spare time and a better quality of life? Or have we become addicted to the technology that surrounds us everyday and it has suck us into it? But humans get addicted really easily to a lot of things in life and this video is also a metaphor about addictions in general, about being manipulated without even realizing it or without reacting.

“Ambush”  Dir. by Joseph Bauer

Who stands up for John Doe? The answer comes in the form of Old Homeless Man who, for all appearances, exists entirely outside of societal protection. A denizen of the street, this emphysema-wracked loner is targeted by a violent gang, intent on taking what little he has. Powerless until the attack begins, Old Homeless Man transforms before our eyes into the ultimate do-it-yourself-er; a grimy Samurai with the sharpest of edges. Using ingenious resourcefulness -- and unexpected resources -- this seemingly powerless man becomes a peerless freedom fighter, a man on a mission determined to make change where only the strong survive. But in the end, who is truly the attacker? And who is ambushed?

“Blackstone” Dir. by George Tunis

BLACKSTONE follows the story of one man's investigation of the gruesome and ritualistic murder of a family, as he tries to piece the fateful night together through two separate accounts. As the horrific details of the event are unveiled by the only surviving victim, and a convicted accomplice begins to reveal her motives, the man soon realizes the case may be bigger and more twisted than he ever thought possible.

“Create” Dir. by Dan MacKenzie

A young mad scientist sets out to create a pet monster within parallel worlds of an imaginary laboratory and the reality of the boy's bedroom.

“Ice Balance” Dir. by Mark Watson

A surprising woman's inspirational reaction to a frozen waterfall.

“Just Another Thing” Dir. by Jon Reno

The all original rock band, The Grayces, traverse through various realities while jamming out to their single 'Just Another Thing'.

“Me In Winter” Dir. by Oscar Karam & Joe Milan

Oscar always dreamed of breaking out of his cold weathered city and for many reasons, he was destined to live in the snow since his birth. Oscar is more than determined of finally living the dream.

“Missed Call” Dir. by Justin Wells

Missed Call is a story about a young man who wakes up one morning only to discover that he has inadvertently slept through his own wedding. Attempting to reconcile with his fiance, he leaves a series of voice mail messages for her that get more and more embarrassing, ultimately revealing his latent doubts about marriage. Eventually he discovers that he has only slept through the rehearsal, and that the wedding is the following day. Having thus 'shot himself in the foot,' he is forced to explain the content of his voice mail massages to his fiance and finally come to terms with his own commitment issues.

“Nice Guys Finish Last” Dir. by Kimberly McCullough

When a guy is so nice you wanna kill him...

Since Kori fell in love with Mike Insane as a teenager, she's been chasing bad boys. As she nears the big 3-0, she begs her best friend to set her up with a nice guy. While Kori struggles to love what's good for her, she's haunted by her dangerous past.

“No Autographs” Dir. by Bryan Buckley

The story of one refugee's survival and his return home. NBA star Luol Deng travels to the Kakuma Refugee camp in Kenya and South Sudan to visit with the refugees and spread hope. This was Deng's first trip back to Sudan since fleeing in 1992.

“Sad Robot” Dir. by David Wendl

A rusty old robot living under a stormy cloud of depression flees from a happy energetic girl who wants to cheer him up.

“Soleno I Siadko” Dir. by Paulina Guentcheva

This is a story of a father and his young son placed in an unusual situation. They find themselves alone at Christmas Eve and have to celebrate without their wife and mother.  Both they try to rediscover hope and the path to each other.   Pushed to the wall, mixed up and filled with contradictions, the man will recognize himself as a father figure for the first time in his life. The boy will reveal his true inner essence to his Dad and the Father in heaven.
This night is a revelation for their spirit and mind. A healing of souls and finding hope for being a family. This touching story will discover that life should not be defined, but perceived as a process

“Spoiler” Dir. by Daniel Thron

The job of coroner has changed since the worldwide infection. Tommy Rossman isn't just a collector of the dead anymore. Now he comes to make sure you're actually dead. Or to help you get there.

“Strife Heist” Dir. by Omid Shabkhiz

Two young men try to pull off a heist that goes terribly wrong.

“Stuck” Dir. by Martin W. Andersen

Jack, disoriented, awakens in horror to find himself cemented waist deep in an abandon warehouse, accused of an unimaginable crime by an unlikely abductor.

“Take A Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America”   Dir. by Dominic Gill

Take a Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America' is an inspirational documentary focused on the adventurous human spirit. The film follows British adventurer Dominic Gill as he journeys across America on a tandem bicycle with the help of ten companions, all of whom are physically disabled. Gill brings viewers into the lives of his travelers and provides an expose on the every day struggles they face while they deal with disabilities like muscular dystrophy, blindness, and Parkinson's disease. Gill shows that fervor, determination and hope can transcend physical ailments and that spirits propelled by passion can ascend any apex imaginable.

“The Restaurant” Dir. by Steven Cartoccio

A waiter is sent to work in the kitchen after making a few mistakes. A comedy short made for SVA.

“The Stand-In” Dir. by Ricky Lloyd George

Todd is the mild-mannered stand-in on the big budget Hollywood film, 'Devils May Care,' directed by the brilliant Dutch auteur, Jan De Groot. When Humphrey Russell, the enigmatic, but volatile British star, leaves the set in a huff, production is forced to use Todd for a few simple shots, which puts Todd in the spotlight. Gradually he proves himself, and this could turn out to be Todd's lucky day...

“Abominable” Dir. by Lamson To & Joseph Won

Up on a distant snow covered mountain, an Evil Hunter of mythical creatures sets his sights on a Baby Yeti, but is soon meets his demise when he comes face to face with Daddy Yeti.

2011 NYLA (NY&LA Screenings)

“You Me And The Circus” Dir. by Ty Hodges

This is a film about love gone awry masked in a fantasy world of music and dance.

“A Sense Of Humor” Dir. by Nathan Larkin-Connolly

When struggling stand-up comedian, Charlie West, meets the girl of his dreams he is shocked to find that she was born without the ability to laugh. Charlie is used to silence in the comedy clubs but not from the love of his life. He decides to make it his very purpose to get her to crack up, but when things don't seem to be going as planned Charlie wonders if he'll have to choose between love and laughter.

“The Escape” Dir. by James Connelly

Jasper, a lowly worker in one of England's filthiest prisons, serves as the hangman's assistant and cleans up the bodies of the dead. When he learns that his estranged son, William, has been imprisoned for petty theft and is set to hang, Jasper must reconnect with William and find a way to break him free.

“Siren” Dir. by Andras Novak

A story about a young Hungarian boy and his fatal acquaintance with a Russian soldier during the 1956 Revolution in Budapest, which leads to an unusual trip down memory lane.

“5150 Hold”  Dir. by Shirley Monsarrat

Two sisters, separated, then reunited. Mental disorder: Chaos.

“Daisy Cutter” Dir. by Enrique Garcia & Ruben Salazar

Daisy Cutter' is a reflection of how it is more painful for a human being to live the lost of the loved ones than to die. Therefore, Zaira collects every day, in a park in his hometown of Baghdad, daisies for a friend who misses, not to forget him, not to lose him ...

“Quirk Of Fate” Dir. by Marco J. Riedl

'Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist!' - Billy Wilder

A quirk of fate leads Luke Hallow to risk violating his parole and losing his newly won freedom. He has to save the life of his nine-year-old daughter, Noel, who urgently needs a donor heart. Only a miracle keeps him from losing everything forever.

“The After Party (The Last Party 3)” Dir. by Michael Schiller

'The After Party' is a documentary feature film about a cinematographer who is caught in a mass arrest. His film crew's videotape of the incident leads to a civil rights lawsuit, uncovers a police spying ring and launches his personal investigation in to the weird world of domestic surveillance. With special appearances by Andre '3000' Benjamin, Barack Obama, The Bush Twins, Cornel West, Al Sharpton and Don King.

“Pop” Dir. by Tobias Andersson

When a young boy reluctantly joins his father on a rabbit hunt deep in the snowy mountains, their relationship is put to the test.

“The Mouse That Soared” Dir. by Kyle Bell

A famous flying circus mouse reflects on his humble beginnings in this high-altitude adventure in aerodynamics.

“The Other Soilder” Dir. by Paul Hatzinicoletos

June 6th, 1944. D-Day, Normandy, France.
Two 82nd airborne US paratroopers miss their drop zone due to heavy enemy fire and land behind enemy lines. They are scattered about 8km from their rendez-vous point. They are ambushed by German soldiers as they try to make their way to their objective. Halfway to St. Mere Eglise they are confronted by what appears to be an enemy Sniper. With courage, honor and sacrifice they must stand their ground. In battle they willingly accept their fate to defeat their enemy in order to survive and complete their mission for their country.

“That Girl, That Time” Dir. by Bank Tangjaitrong

That Girl, That Time is a romantic story about what happens when you come close enough to the person you are meant to be with forever. Over the course of one day, two flawed souls (Charlotte and Lucas) explore one another. It is a character driven story with self-discovery, isolation, and redemption. The film evokes a redeeming understanding between two partners in a world, which is itself unknowable.

“Oh Baby, I Love You!” Dir. by Mary Angelica Molina

When Valerie Cohen finally meets a guy who isn't a 'total douche,' she takes to her friends to help her overcome a sexual tick that's been plaguing her recent romantic endeavors: every time she has an orgasm, she says 'I love you.' She soon learns that her sexual tick is the least of her intimacy issues.

“Highrise” Dir. by Robbie Norris

A dangerous late night affair in a high-rise forces Peter to

face his demons and mend his relationship with his estranged brother.

“Trio” Dir. by Danny Aiello III

Jess and her two best friends go out for a night on the town, where Jess finds herself haunted by a mysterious Bag Lady. This just serves to remind her of the one thing she can never seem to let go of... Him.

“Eat Me” Dir. by Rocco Nisivoccia Jr.

Like most people, Brady Toluca's world is a constant compromise. The hot tempered ex-solider must contend with a dead end job, a deceased personal life, and a world inhabited by rehabilitated Zombie's. But when Brady loses a promotion to an undead counterpart, he sets out to prove his suspicions of the former flesh eaters are justified.

“The Homecoming Queen” Dir. by Rammy Park

In her oppressively small Korean-American community, 17 year old Grace's affair with a classmate's father cuts too close to home.

“Who Am I” Dir. by Dawn Young

This music video shines a light on an increasingly prevalent and heart breaking disease in which the victim gradually forgets personal history, how to function in society and how to survive. 'Who I Am' is performed by Jon Pousette-Dart for our upcoming feature documentary 'Forget Me Not' on the subject of Alzheimer's disease. Pousette-Dart has also included the song is his forthcoming CD release 'Antigravity.

“Saving Face” Dir. by Peter James Iengo

Moments away from the greatest day of her life, Ally Park has no joy, no jitters and no love in her heart. Forced into consummating a loveless wedding by her overbearing, yet unsympathetic mother, Ally seeks a doorway to freedom to which only she has the key to...

“Don’t Wake Me Up” Dir. by Lydia Galeno

A dancer loses his sight and is is very injured after an accident. He wakes up weak and desperate but he tries to move around his room full of memories. He crashes and gives up many times but something inside him keeps fighting. His alter-ego, a brilliant dancer, walks him through his battle reminding him of the importance to stand up and fight for what he loves.

“The Mole Man Of Belmont Ave.” Dir. by Mike Bradecich & John LaFlamboy

The Mugg Brothers are not good landlords. The tenants are moving out,

“Mistura”-The Power Of Food Dir. by Patricia Perez

In Peru, cooking and eating go beyond the kitchen. The nation's passion for food transcends pots and pans,Peru finds in its cuisine its missing ingredient: A way to celebrate being Peruvian. A way to love, show respect and be proud.

“5th & Alameda” Dir. by Richard Friedman

Sara Nassari, an abused and pregnant woman, is the innocent bystander in a deadly robbery committed by reluctant criminal, Derek Trotter. After being accidentally shot in the robbery, Sara loses her unborn child. Returning from the hospital, Sara is shocked to find Derek in her apartment with a gun. At first assuming the worst, Sara believes that Derek is there to finish the job, but things are not as they seem. Determined to do penance for a lifetime of bad choices, Derek places himself in Sara's power, and Sara, who has been viciously abused by men in the past, takes the opportunity for vengeance. But as they begin to grow and understand one another, Derek and Sara form a surprisingly unorthodox bond that may prove redemptive for them both and ultimately save their lives.

“L.A. Love Story Part 1” Dir. by Sergio Myers

L.A. Love Story Part 1 is a short drama based on true events of people learning to cope with relationships and chasing the Hollywood dream.

“Cockpit: The Rule Of Engagement” Dir. by Jesse Griffith

In 2103, one rule in fighter combat keeps a mind controlling alien race away from Earth's doorstep. The Captain of a Star Carrier must to decide whether the lone surviving pilot of a bombing run can return to base when suspicion arises that the alien enemy has corrupted his mind.

“Nowhere Road” Dir. by Benjamin Dynice

When three innocuous college kids find themselves stranded on the side of an empty desert highway, their only hope of salvation comes in the form of two inane hillbillies and their disgusting RV. But when they take them up on their offer, the group soon discovers that there is no such thing as a free ride.

“All American Tooles” Dir. by M. David Melvin

Todd and Cindy Toole face the daunting task of raising their baby boy, Trigger, in a world where threats to his safety and security lurk around every corner. Thank God they live in America, where they can buy products specifically designed to combat each and everyone of those threats. The BabyCam 9000 SC, the most advanced surveillance system on the market, is one such product. Todd buys the BabyCam 9000 to ease Cindy's separation anxiety, and though it performs as advertised, allowing Cindy to watch Trigger in his crib from anywhere at anytime, it fails to protect the Tooles against the most lethal threat of all ... irrational fear.

“The Collector” Dir. by Darian Lane

This is about a woman who collects men unabashedly, until she meets a man who is also a collector. A collector of art.

“The Last King Blood” Dir. by Jonathan Vender

United States Corporation research vessel Zarathustra is on the final tour of a five year research expedition to discover a renewable energy source for Earth. After landing on the planet Muncasa, they discover something else and are forced by their commander to bring this unknown creature aboard.

“Dancing On A Dry Salt Lake” Dir. by Dominique De Fazio

A Cosmologist, frustrated in his search for spiritual meaning in deep space, finds the meaning to life on a dry lake, in the Mojave Desert.

“Firecoat” Dir. by Matt Hewitt

The music video for The Singers' single 'Firecoat.' In a post-apocalyptic wasteland a band of deranged barbarians hunt down the man who has defiled their totemic 'firecoat.'

“Let It All Burn Down” Dir. by Ryan M. Moore

Five high school freshmen (The Nightbirds) and one shy schoolgirl are transported into the world of their swords-and-sorcery role-playing game.

“Dating In The Middle Ages” Dir. by Chris Ekstein

A blocked Historical Romance Writer searches for her Mr. Right through a series of very Wrong Dates.

“Breaking Out” Dir. by Kevin Barile

Breaking Out is an action/drama about a prisoner who is highly trained in the art of combat who must break out of his cell, fight the guards and rescue his best friend, Benny, from the mysterious people holding them hostage before they both suffer an inevitable death.

“Stupid Questions” Dir. by Jessie Kahnweiler

'stupid questions' is the story of Lucy, a feisty young casting assistant trying to make it even though she's not really sure what 'it' is. Terrified she's on the fast track to becoming her single bitter boss, Lucy decides to hold and open, and phony, casting call to find her dream guy. Surprisingly, she actually falls for one of the studs from the audition and things become tricky. Is her genuinely interested in her or just using her to advance his career? Will Lucy prove that you really can have it all? Starring Zelda Williams and Ryan Carnes, 'stupid questions' offers a unique perspective on what it's like to be young, vibrant, and broke in a city that can either crush on nourish your dreams.

“Deception” Dir. by Pamela J. Dresser

An unfulfilled woman struggles with her own insecurities while the idea/possibility of her husband's infidelity with a co-worker drives her to brief insanity.

“The Lighthouse” Dir. by Po Chou Chi

This film is a story which is about parents support their children to make their dreams come true. No matter what happened, parents will be always waiting for their children, just like the lighthouse always shining for the boats.

“Fxxxen Americans” Dir. by Marcos De La Cruz

A Dramedy inspired by a true story. A Scottish girl, living in Los Angeles gets broken up with over text by her boyfriend. A true female William Wallace figuring out how to deal with this news decides to confront her lover only to find out who he REALLY is behind closed doors. Broken hearted and devastated and having 'lost' herself, she has an awakening and is thrown into the eyes of someone who helps her realize who she REALLY is!

“Goodbye, Goose” Dir. by Joseph Knight Haldeman

When aimless Marines veteran Nathan Goose (Ryan Sherman) is called back to active duty, he is forced to reconsider just what 'getting on with life' actually means. Doubt fills his last days at home, while Goose imagines a new kind of future for himself.

“Friday Night Tights” Dir. by Joonki Park

On a Friday night, one guy puts on his tights.

“Psyche On Melrose” Dir. by Doug Van Bebber

An unsuspecting family is served up a healthy portion of group therapy at 'Psyche on Melrose,' the hottest new restaurant in L.A., where all the waiters are trained and licensed clinical psychologists. Their dining experience turns out to be anything but a 'Happy Meal.'

“Kim The Waitress” Dir. by Scott Eriksson

What happens when you are obsessed with someone else and it becomes all consuming?

“DuElle” Dir. by Sarah Demeestere

This is the story of two women who discover they are one.

“El Oso” Dir. by Sam Sero & Jarryd Meyer

A film about the greatest male prostitute of our generation.

“Supermarket Superhero” Dir. by Jake Viramontez

Seven year old Brian Dorfman believes he has superpowers. They seem to be working and are put to the test when a gunman comes to rob the supermarket.

“At The Door” Dir. by Ted Hayden

This fresh, short biographical documentary takes a look at the life behind bay areas longest standing, hardest working nightclub doormen, Gary Kreiger.

“Cage Shift” Dir. by Philip Bache

One of the world's greatest magicians is kidnapped. He is asked to reveal the secrets to his well-known 'Cage Shift' illusion or suffer the eight-millimeter consequences.

“Dead In The Room” Dir. by Adam Pertofsky

At a screenwriters' pitch event, a vengeful writer turns the tables on an arrogant studio executive, ordering him at gunpoint to pitch a good story or die. As the clock ticks down, the exec gets a lesson in truthfulness and storytelling, but will he learn in time to save himself?

“Death Takes A Holiday” Dir. by Jeremy Blackwood

Death is at a crossroads. He's overworked and alone. Relinquishing his tools of his trade, Death decides to take some time off, not realizing that his decision to do so will have graver consequences than he could have ever imagined.

“Miscast” Dir. by Bryan Moses

When a video game character decides he wants to get out of games and into real TV & film, he encounters more difficulties than he bargained for.

“The Letter” Dir. by Nick Allan

A woman struggles to communicate with her husband after she discovers he's been laid off from his job.

“Black American Gothic” Dir. by Carla Wilson

Independent filmmaker Carla Wilson documents the exodus of African-Americans from the inner-city, a national demographic trend that dramatically impacts the surrounding communities. With the demise of notorious public housing in Chicago, Black folks migrate west to the college town of Iowa City, where they struggle to establish roots, while the native White majority struggle to adjust to their new neighbors.