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2022 Selections



Film & New Media




Title: MeTube: August Sings “Una Furtiva Lagrima”
Length: 8:00 Min
Directed by: Daniel Moshel
Synopsis: The third part of the internationally award-winning MeTube short film series. This time, the intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final adventure in an opulent manner.





Title: Dreamworld
Length: 3:20 Min
Directed by: Joseph Itaya, Natt McFee, Ashton Johnson
Synopsis: Caitlin Byk performs “Dreamworld” on a beautifully executed music video.





Title: No Filter
Length: 4:00 Min
Directed by: Manu Montejo
Synopsis: After shopping in the city center, two friends get meticulously ready to make a "story." It seems one more, one more day... However they are in the right place, at the right time ... Or so they believed.





Title: 180 Seconds
Length: 4:00 Min
Directed by: Perry Strong
Synopsis: A man travels six months into the past to warn himself not to get fat during the pandemic shutdown.





Title: You’re the Puppet
Length: 12:15 Min
Directed by: Michael Charron
Synopsis: Laramie and Leonard are the hottest comedy duo in the local scene. Tired of Leonard getting all the credit, Laramie considers branching out on his own.





Title: Age of Bryce
Length: 9:50 Min
Directed by: David Feagan & Brian Elliott
Synopsis: Smothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It’s time to ripen. Bloom. Break the shackles of parental paranoia. It’s the Age of Bryce. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.





Title: The Electric Chair
Length: 17:00 Min
Directed by: Joan Martin Jimenez
Synopsis: Julio, a man with a simple mind, finds a piece of newspaper telling the story of an American citizen surviving an electric chair execution twice. Julio is so deeply impressed that he wants to prove that he could survive the same execution.





Title: Where is the Governor?
Length: 9:30 Min
Directed by: Cabe Tejeda
Synopsis: Where is the Governor? Follows the robbery of the State funds by the Governor himself. Only J Guzman will be able to save the State of Chihuahua from bankruptcy, or is the Mexican corruption greater than any hope in this world?





Title: The Holy Word
Length: 9:17 Min
Directed by: Sarah Gartner
Synopsis: Becca navigates her junior year at a Catholic High School where hormones are raging and sex ed hypocrisy abounds. Where do you draw the line when you know your mom reads sexually charged illicit literature and you're told by the nuns that kind of stuff leads to chronic masturbation? Turns out 5000 years of patriarchal programming can't invalidate reality when Becca crosses paths with Juanita and a girl bond is formed.





Title: Dolores
Length: 11:36 Min
Directed by: Bobby DeJesus
Synopsis: Dolores, an immigrant in an abusive relationship, where there's a child involved, has decided to leave her precarious situation. However, she will depart leaving behind one, last, shockingly unforgettable gift.





Title: Verso Portrait
Length: 3:50 Min
Directed by: Nikita Lagutin
Synopsis: The protagonist's quiet, monotonous life was shattered by a visit from an unknown.





Title: RenaiDance
Length: 3:47 Min
Directed by: Zhike Yang, Wenjie Wu & Han Chen Chang
Synopsis: “RenaiDance” is a 3D narrative emotional animation.
The theme invigorates cultural inheritance and the integration of dreams, courage, and culture as transformation. By artistically interpreting a motif of inheritance and family support, integrating different cultures“inheritance” through the inspiring story, this film braces strong family love and elder culture in a never-ending chain.





Title: A Journey to the Moon
Length: 2:30 Min
Directed by: Jack Getschman
Synopsis: Two little mice build a cardboard rocketship to go to the moon. Why do you ask? Well for the cheese of course! However, they are captured by Moon Men and must work together to escape. It's a light hearted and fun filled animated adventure!


Stories From Texas & The Borderland




Title: I’ll Always Forget You
Length: 3:57 Min
Directed by: Andrew Barahona
Synopsis: Two old lovers meet but one has no memory of the other.





Title: The One Who Got Away
Length: 4:39 Min
Directed by: Alfonso Loya
Synopsis: Don't take too long to tell someone how you feel, because it might be too late, and the only thing you'll be able to do is write a song about it.





Title: Onesimo
Length: 17:48 Min
Directed by: Jerry Saenz
Synopsis: Onésimo is a mariachi who lost his family and his ability to walk because of his once best friend and manager "El Güero", who fled the city. After five years, "El Güero" is back to stay, and soon enough Onesimo will find him and confront his treacherous friend.





Title: Day Dreams
Length: 4:38 Min
Directed by: J. Genaro Limon & Arantza C. Shaeffer
Synopsis: A photographer and a pianist find each other within themselves during quarantine where in their instants of time the portrait of the subconscious emerges, giving them the possibility of creating new dreams and realities.





Title: Bloom
Length: 15:00 Min
Directed by: Lucy Owens
Synopsis: Amateur photographer Nora hires young male model Des to do a risqué photoshoot at a remote location in the Texas hill country. As strangers to each other, they are free to be whoever they want; but when they are caught trespassing on private property, reality comes crashing down.





Title: Cutter
Length: 15:37 Min
Directed by: Dan Repp & Lindsay Young
Synopsis: A teenage cutter in recovery and her overbearing mother are haunted by a ghost who seeks to keep them at odds.





Title: Man Seeking Man
Length: 12:25 Min
Directed by: Travis White
Synopsis: A man seeks another for a discreet favor.





Title: L.U.N.A.
Length: 10:00 Min
Directed by: Blake Vaz
Synopsis: Field technician, Lillian Romero, is sent out to diagnose an error from her company's home assistant device L.U.N.A. When she arrives she discovers this is no ordinary error...or home. Inside she meets Jaime and Sarah Campbell, who are having an issue with their home assistant device, L.U.N.A. Only this visit is not like the rest as the device beckons her deeper into the house to reveal the home's true secret.





Title: The Kevorkian Effect
Length: 8:45 Min
Directed by: Andrew Barahona
Synopsis: In a dystopian future where suicide is made legal. A man is forced to confront his trauma in order to free himself of his burden.





Title: De La Luz
Length: 20:00 Min
Directed by: Alfonso Loya
Synopsis: Mexican Immigrant family risks the Southwest desert in search of a better life, while encountering blinding lights in the sky.


Documentary Life




Title: I’m Okay (And Neither Are You)
Length: 23:56 Min
Directed by: Drama del Rosario
Synopsis: After going through a traumatic sexual assault by an unknownman and quietly dealing with the consequences to his mental health, documentary filmmaker Drama Del Rosario begins to document his recovery process. But when his facade of happiness reaches a suicidal breaking point, he realizes how much his own mental health has affected the mental health of his boyfriend Chris. This rare personal documentary follows Drama's year-long journey of sexual assault recovery—from confronting a witness of the sexual assault, to coming out about his sexual assault experience to his Catholic parents in the Philippines. It is an honest and unspoken story about rape culture from the perspective of a young gay couple.
"I'm Okay (And Neither Are You)" is the winner of the inaugural BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant in 2019.





Title: You are Me & I am You
Length: 15:00 Min
Directed by: Melissa Kirkendall
Synopsis: A documentary about an indigineous midwife in the High Sierras who has dedicated her life to helping the women of her community as an Ancestral practitioner and an advocate for her fellow midwives in Ecuador.





Title: Remnant
Length: 8:56 Min
Directed by: Sandra Urquhart
Synopsis: A child of war shares a glimpse of how she balances the nightmares of her past with the life she’s reclaimed.





Title: Ekilibrio
Length: 24:00 Min
Directed by: Marga Gutierrez
Synopsis: The French artist (sculptor and photographer) Manu Topic goes through the Navarrese Pyrenees in search of places and river stones where he can continue working his work "Stone balance". It will have the help of the habitants of the Salazar Valley with whom ties and conversations are gonna be generated talking about the balance in a valley declared desert.


High School / College Stories




Title: Tejano Night
Length: 13:00 Min
Directed by: Alexander Rosales
Synopsis: While out of town at a family gathering in South Texas, an awkward Mexican-American, Mijo, is forced to tag along with his cousin to a local bar after butchering his Spanish pronunciation at dinner.





Title: Falling Sparrow
Length: 14:59 Min
Directed by: Justin Wang Powell
Synopsis: A young woman sets out to take her family's sword back from her murderous uncle.





Title: Beat Blue
Length: 15:30 Min
Directed by: Julian Alexander
Synopsis: Tina is on a stake out with a fellow officer when she recognizes her brother Carlos. She has to quickly make a decision whether or not to put her career in jeopardy by protecting her brother. With internal affairs and her superior officers breathing down her neck, Tina is forced to face a relationship she has been avoiding ever since becoming a detective as the story unfolds all in rhyme.





Title: In the Corner of My Eye
Length: 11:52 Min
Directed by: Alicia Gong
Synopsis: Gu struggles to come to terms with his sexuality due to social pressure. He shows his fondness to He Dong in anonymity until one day they were invited to the same party where Gu was forced to make a decision…





Title: Heated
Length: 15:18 Min
Directed by: Echo Nguyen
Synopsis: A naive boy longs to lose his virginity to the girl of his dreams who is now a woman of the night.





Title: Intermittent
Length: 13:00 Min
Directed by: Javier Ortiz Medina
Synopsis: Alejandro, a former university professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, wakes up at dawn and begins the morning routine he used to follow during his time as an educator. Later, his wife and son discover him and try to bring him back to the present time. In that early morning, the past and the present coexist. Revisiting these wounds, leads the Rivera Dávila family to accept the past, assume the present, and heal those diseases that do not concern the memory, but the heart.


Story is Sacred




Title: Blood Positive
Length: 15:30 Min
Directed by: Alejandro Montoya
Synopsis: (Shot during the COVID pandemic). Two sisters track down and take revenge on a man who they suspect is their estranged father, not knowing someone is watching.





Title: Alina
Length: 24:51 Min
Directed by: Rami Kodeih
Synopsis: As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Dorota Puzio, Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).





Title: The Method of Places
Length: 11:48 Min
Directed by: Aman Johnson
Synopsis: A girl uses a mind palace to keep the memories of her father, but discovers the method has its limits.





Title: When You Clean a Stranger’s Home
Length: 7:00 Min
Directed by: Sharon Arteaga
Synopsis: A cinematic essay wherein one explores what can be learned from cleaning people’s homes… about them and yourself.





Title: Perps
Length: 10:00 Min
Directed by: Alejandro Montoya
Synopsis: Two stoners must convince a grieving cop to not arrest them when they are caught smoking pot in public.





Title: My Dinner with Werner
Length: 17:49 Min
Directed by: Maverick Moore
Synopsis: Inspired by the real-life, totally bonkers "friendship" between acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog and controversial actor Klaus Kinski, MY DINNER WITH WERNER is a wildly bizarre story about a 1987 blind dinner date with a murder plot as the main dish.


A Night in Spain




Title: 7 Degrees
Length: 22:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Tino Fernandez
Synopsis: 4 strangers, coincide in a paddle court on the night of the end of the world.





Title: Fronteras
Length: 19:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Violeta Barca-Fontana
Synopsis: Marta, the only woman in a group of documentary filmmakers, struggles between letting herself be raped or being killed by the five men who have just kidnapped them in the middle of the Africa.





Title: A Girl in a Fortress
Length: 10:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Erik Morales
Synopsis: Radha is around 30 years old and lives in a palace with her husband and kids. At first sight, it could seem like a placid life, but the truth is that Radha feels like a prisoner, trapped in a tradition and in a role as a woman that she can't handle with happiness. Her only escape is through her memories of the days she shared with Krishna.





Title: The Woman of the House
Length: 13:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Felipe Espinosa
Synopsis: Lucia receives terrible news after her children have gone to school: a stranger tells her that one of her daughters is held and she has to pay for her life. For a few minutes Lucia will live a real horror.





Title: Dreamcatcher
Length: 12:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Jorge Guerrero
Synopsis: Sonia and Sergio travel on a lonely road at night. Lately, things between them have not been well, Sonia thought that her pregnancy would fix it but the relationship is getting worse. In the middle of an argument, they find Ángel, a lost boy on the road who seems to know them.





Title: Atropos
Length: 15:00 Min
Origin: Spain
Directed by: Alejandro Arenas González & Carlos Cobos Aroca
Synopsis: All the decisions Mark has made throughout his life have been unfortunate. This time he reached a borderline situation where he only sees one way out, but fate still has one last move.


World Shorts




Title: Imelda and Luis
Length: 17:35 Min
Origin: Mexico
Directed by: Leonel Chee
Synopsis: Young twins, Imelda and Luis, live a neglected life with their drug dealing mom and jerk-off drug addict older brother. They only have each other to fulfill their dreams, she wants to be a nun and he wants to be a girl, neither of which seems possible.





Title: The Dude
Length: 17:09 Min
Origin: Greece
Directed by: Alexandros Kakaniaris
Synopsis: Stratis, a 12 year old boy, is the greatest dude in his 'hood. He is such a great dude, that everybody calls him The Dude. Almost everybody, that is. All he has to do is prove himself. To those who don't believe him. Almost everybody, that is.





Title: The Little Beach
Length: 13:00 Min
Origin: Argentina
Directed by: Sonia Bertotti
Synopsis: The City of Corrientes in summer. On the shores of Paraná, in the shadow under General Belgrano Bridge, thousands of families compete for space for their umbrella and chaise lounge. Priscila, a 7 year old girl no one pays any attention to, sets out in pursuit of an elusive toy vendor, getting further away from her family and closer to adventure.





Title: Redrum
Length: 29:59 Min
Origin: Netherlands
Directed by: Amir Karagic
Synopsis: Set in present day Amsterdam we follow Marwan, a timid coffee shop owner who is forced to face the truth about who he thinks he is when his reckless business partner and girlfriend's abusive ex back him into a corner.





Title: Waves
Length: 15:51 Min
Origin: United Kingdom
Directed by: Margarita Milne
Synopsis: On a surfing trip, an Australian woman questions her decision to move to the other side of the world for love.





Title: Blue Flower
Length: 24:00 Min
Origin: Switzerland
Directed by: Saadi Constantine
Synopsis: Winter 2017, Ana and Amara, a young couple from Bucharest take a radical decision. In order to finance the treatment of Leo, their 3-year-old son suffering from an under-oxygenation of the brain, Ana is going to work as a Cam-girl. In the fascinating video chat studios of Bucharest, Ana will become - for her colleagues and for the hundreds of ‘’members’’ who will follow her around the world - “Blue Flower”. In this film, the actors play their own role and all the places are authentic.





Title: Pola
Length: 10:08 Min
Origin: Greece
Directed by: Natalia Lampropoulou
Synopsis: A middle-aged woman works at a phone sex line in order to support her paraplegic daughter. A call from her estranged son will shake up her daily routine.





Title: Under the Lather
Length: 13:57 Min
Origin: France
Directed by: Ollivier Briand
Synopsis: Ivan, five years old, is forced to take his bath by his babysitter. Once in the water, he discovers with horror, hidden under the lather, a frightful creature that he will have to face …


Feature Films




Title: Miracle Valley
Length: 1:29:59 HR
Directed by: Greg Sestero
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story about a cult hidden within the Arizona Desert… An obsessive photographer (Sestero) and his girlfriend (Mariano) are invited to a desert getaway in search of an ultra-rare bird. Plans to capitalize on the discovery while repairing their fading relationship takes a turn when an unexpected and sinister presence forces them to face demons from both their past, present and future.





Title: Millennium Bugs
Length: 1:30:00 HR
Directed by: Alejandro Montoya
Synopsis: Set in the days leading up to the year 2000, best friends Kelly and Miguel find themselves facing mounting pressures and the harsh realities of their futures. Kelly (Katy Erin), living off the inheritance she received after her parents died, hits the booze and drugs hard. As her money runs out and the consequences of her actions begin to catch up with her, Kelly has to figure out how to live life on her terms. Miguel (Michael Lovato), is torn between his immigrant parent’s expectations of his life and his dream of becoming a comedian. The pressure to make his dreams come true while defying the sacrifices his parent’s made for him pushed Miguel to the brink.





Title: Beyond the Dream
Length: 1:40:00 HR
Directed by: Chris Hanna
Synopsis: The true story of two high school teachers who started a program to take students from El Paso on a journey to visit Ivy League schools in the east coast, to inspire them and help them realize what they can achieve.





Title: Now or Never: A Tony Romo Story
Length: 1:04:00 HR
Directed by: Chris Hanna
Synopsis: This is the true story of Tony Romo, a kid from Burlington, WI who became one of the most prolific quarterbacks to play for the Dallas Cowboys.





Title: Art of a Cowboy
Length: 1:54:00 HR
Directed by: Chris Hanna
Synopsis: The true story of Steve Boaldin, a cowboy artist with a passion for telling the stories of ranchers and cowboys across the US through spectacular art.



                       


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