2020 SXSW Headliner Bad Trip - Photo courtesy of film

2020 SXSW Headliner Bad Trip - Photo courtesy of film

2020 Film Lineup

The 2020 SXSW Film Festival featured a diverse slate of high-caliber films, ranging from debut productions by new independent filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts.



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About Films

 

For nine days, creatives of all stripes gather for the acclaimed SXSW Film Festival program to celebrate raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Browse the 2020 lineup by screening section below.

Browse by screening section: Narrative Feature Competition | Documentary Feature Competition | Headliners | Narrative Spotlight | Documentary Spotlight | Visions | Midnighters | Episodic Premieres | 24 Beats Per Second | Global | Festival Favorites | Special Events | Narrative Shorts | Documentary Shorts | Animated Shorts | Midnight Shorts | Music Videos | Texas Shorts | Texas High School Shorts | Episodic Pilot Competition | Virtual Cinema | Title Design Competiton.

Narrative Feature Competition

 

Ten world premieres; ten unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.

Holler
Director/Screenwriter: Nicole Riegel
To pay for her education, and the chance of a better life, a young woman joins a dangerous scrap metal crew. Cast: Jessica Barden, Gus Halper, Austin Amelio, Grace Kaiser, Pamela Adlon, Becky Ann Baker (World Premiere)

I’ll Meet You There (Pakistan, United States)
Director/Screenwriter: Iram Parveen Bilal
A Muslim policeman goes undercover at his estranged father’s mosque while his daughter hides her passion for a forbidden dance, uncovering a shocking family secret. Cast: Faran Tahir, Nikita Tewani, Muhammad Qavi Khan, Sheetal Sheth, Shawn Parsons, Andrea Cirie, Nitin Madan, Michael Pemberton, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rachit Trehan (World Premiere)

Lapsis
Director/Screenwriter: Noah Hutton
Delivery man Ray Tincelli is struggling to support himself and his ailing younger brother. He turns to quantum cabling, a strange new corner of the gig economy, and faces a pivotal choice to either help his fellow workers or to get rich and get out. Cast: Dean Imperial, Madeline Wise, Babe Howard, Dora Madison, Ivory Aquino, James McDaniel, Frank Wood, Arliss Howard, Pooya Mohseni, Portia (World Premiere)

Pink Skies Ahead
Director/Screenwriter: Kelly Oxford
Life unravels for a wild young woman after dropping out of college, moving in with her parents, and being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Cast: Jessica Barden, Marcia Gay Harden, Michael McKean, Henry Winkler, Rosa Salazar, Odeya Rush, Lewis Pullman, Devon Bostick, Mary J. Blige, Evan Ross (World Premiere)

Really Love
Director: Angel Kristi Williams, Screenwriters: Felicia Pride, Angel Kristi Williams
Set in a gentrifying Washington DC, a rising Black painter tries to break into a competitive art world, while balancing a whirlwind romance he never expected. Cast: Kofi Siriboe, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Uzo Aduba, Mack Wilds, Naturi Naughton, Suzzanne Douglas, Jade Eshete, Blair Underwood, Michael Ealy (World Premiere)

Shithouse
Director/Screenwriter: Cooper Raiff
A homesick college freshman goes to a party at Shithouse and ends up spending the night with his sophomore RA who’s had a shitty day and wants someone to hang out with. Cast: Dylan Gelula, Cooper Raiff, Amy Landecker, Logan Miller (World Premiere)

Shiva Baby
Director/Screenwriter: Emma Seligman
A young woman struggles to keep up different versions of herself when she runs into her sugar daddy and her ex-girlfriend at a shiva with her parents. Cast: Rachel Sennott, Polly Draper, Molly Gordon, Danny Deferrari, Dianna Agron, Fred Melamed, Glynis Bell, Sondra James, Jackie Hoffman (World Premiere)

Teenage Badass
Director: Grant McCord, Screenwriters: Matthew D. Dho, Grant McCord
Set in 2006, Teenage Badass follows a band when they score a shot to play on the local news. But as all of their dreams start to become a reality, the band’s egocentric singer/songwriter threatens to make them lose everything. Cast: Mcabe Gregg, Evan Ultra, Madelyn Deutch, Dillon Lane, Elsie Hewitt, Karsen Liotta, Julie Ann Emery, Kevin Corrigan, James Paxton, Jim Adkins (World Premiere)

Topside
Directors/Screenwriters: Celine Held, Logan George
A five year-old girl and her mother live in a community inhabiting the tunnels beneath New York City, when a sudden police eviction forces them into the world above, throwing their lives into chaos. Cast: Zhaila Farmer, Celine Held, Jared Abrahamson, Fatlip (World Premiere)

Violet
Director/Screenwriter: Justine Bateman
A film development executive realizes that “guiding voice” inside her head has been lying to her about everything. Cast:Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, Justin Theroux, Bonnie Bedelia, Zach Gordon, Erica Ash, Rob Benedict, Dennis Boutsikaris, Todd Stashwick, Laura San Giacomo (World Premiere)

Documentary Feature Competition

 

Ten world premieres; ten real world stories that demonstrate innovation, energy, and bold voices.

The Boy Who Sold the World
Director: Adam Barton
At age 15, Ben Pasternak dropped out of high school and moved to NYC. Leaving behind his family in Australia, Ben sacrificed his childhood to pursue his dream of changing the world through innovation. But things didn’t quite go according to plan. (World Premiere)

Bulletproof
Director: Todd Chandler
What does it mean to be safe in school in the United States? Safe from what, and from whom? Bulletproof poses and complicates these questions through a provocative exploration of fear and American violence. (World Premiere)

The Donut King
Director: Alice Gu, Screenwriters: Alice Gu, Carol Martori
The rise, fall, and rise again of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself and hundreds of other immigrant families by baking America’s favorite pastry and building an unlikely empire of donut shops. (World Premiere)

An Elephant in the Room (Denmark)
Director: Katrine Philp
At Good Grief in New Jersey, groups of children meet to understand the passing of a parent or a sibling through play. Death may come suddenly or slowly, violently or peacefully, but it leaves a pain that the child has never felt before. (World Premiere)

Finding Yingying
Director: Jiayan “Jenny” Shi
After a young Chinese student goes missing on an American university campus, her family travels to the U.S. for the first time, hoping to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. (World Premiere)

For Madmen Only
Director: Heather Ross, Screenwriters: Heather Ross, Adam Samuel Goldman
Del Close, the hidden architect of modern comedy, sets out to smash open the creative process by writing an autobiographical comic book. (World Premiere)

Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide
Directors/Screenwriters: Malia Scharf, Max Basch
Kenny Scharf is surveyed through the eyes of his daughter — revealing a private struggle for identity and acceptance through the ups and downs of a prolific career driven by a passion for making his fantastical inner worlds a very public reality. (World Premiere)

Once Upon a Time in Uganda
Directors: Cathryne Czubek, Hugo Perez
When “Africa’s Tarantino” casts a New York film nerd as his next action hero, it’s the beginning of a friendship that makes their no-budget studio world famous. But as their success grows, tensions flare and threaten everything they built. (World Premiere)

Red Heaven
Directors: Lauren DeFilippo, Katherine Gorringe
Six people live for a year on “Mars” in a NASA experiment studying what happens to humans when they are isolated from Earth. (World Premiere)

We Don’t Deserve Dogs
Director: Matthew Salleh
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. People need dogs, and perhaps they need us, but what do humans do to deserve the unconditional love they provide? (World Premiere)

Headliners

 

Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.

Bad Trip
Director: Kitao Sakurai, Screenwriters: Eric André, Dan Curry, Kitao Sakurai
From a producer of Jackass and Bad Grandpa, this hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. Cast: Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Michaela Conlin (World Premiere)

Beastie Boys Story
Director: Spike Jonze
Beastie Boys, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former grandfather, filmmaker Spike Jonze. (World Premiere)

The King of Staten Island
Director: Judd Apatow, Screenwriters: Judd Apatow, Pete Davidson, Dave Sirus
Filmmaker Judd Apatow directs Saturday Night Live breakout Pete Davidson in a bracing comedy about a burnout stuck living with his mom (Oscar® winner Marisa Tomei) on Staten Island. Cast: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Ricky Velez and Steve Buscemi (World Premiere)

LA Originals (Argentina)
Director: Estevan Oriol, Screenwriters: Brian Maya, Omar Quiroga
An exploration of the culture and landmarks of the chicano and street art movement that cemented Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol’s status as behind-the-scenes hip hop legends. (World Premiere)

The Lovebirds
Director: Michael Showalter, Screenwriters: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall
A young couple (Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani) is pulled into a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. Working to clear their names and solve the crime, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer (World Premiere)

Narrative Spotlight

 

High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

The 24th
Director: Kevin Willmott, Screenwriters: Kevin Willmott, Trai Byers
The 24th is based on the true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry and the Houston Riot of 1917. The night of violence led to the largest murder trial in American History. Cast: Trai Byers, Aja Naomi King, Bashir Salahuddin, Mo McRae, Tosin Morohunfola, Mykelti Williamson, Thomas Haden Church (World Premiere)

Archive (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Gavin Rothery
2048: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. But his true goal must be hidden at all costs. Cast: Theo James, Stacy Martin, Rhona Mitra, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Lia Williams, Toby Jones (World Premiere)

Best Summer Ever
Directors: Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli, Screenwriters: Michael Parks Randa, Will Halby, Terra Mackintosh, Andrew Pilkington, Lauren Smitelli
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities. Cast: Shannon DeVido, Rickey Wilson Jr., MuMu, Jacob Waltuck, Emily Kranking, Bradford Hayes, Eileen Grubba, Holly Palmer, Ajani A.J. Murray, Lawrence Carter-Long (World Premiere)

Castle in the Ground (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Joey Klein
A grieving teenager befriends the troubled woman across the hall just as the opiate epidemic takes hold of their small town in 2012. Cast: Alex Wolff, Imogen Poots, Neve Campbell, Tom Cullen, Keir Gilchrist, Kiowa Gordon, Star Slade (U.S. Premiere)

Critical Thinking
Director: John Leguizamo, Screenwriter: Dito Montiel
Based on a true story from 1998, five Latin and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher. Cast: John Leguizamo, Michael Kenneth Williams, Rachel Bay Jones, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Angel Bismark Curiel, Will Hochman, Corwin Tuggles, Jeffry Batista, Zora Casebere, Ramses Jimenez (World Premiere)

Cut Throat City
Director: RZA, Screenwriter: Paul Cuschieri
Cut Throat City is a powerful and hard-hitting heist drama by RZA, set in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward following Hurricane Katrina. Cast: Shameik Moore, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Kat Graham, Rob Morgan, Keean Johnson, Denzel Whitaker, Sam Daly, Isaiah Washington, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Eiza Gonzalez, Ethan Hawke (World Premiere)

Freak Power
Director/Screenwriter: Robert F. Kennedy III
The true story of outlaw journalist/counter-culture icon Hunter S. Thompson’s unlikely campaign for Sheriff of Aspen, CO, in 1970. Cast: Jay Bulger, Cheryl Hines, Amaryllis Fox, Laird Mackintosh, Maxwell Loeb (World Premiere)

I Used to Go Here
Director/Screenwriter: Kris Rey
Following the launch of her new novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) is invited to speak at her alma mater by her mentor and former professor (Jemaine Clement). Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Jemaine Clement, Josh Wiggins, Hannah Marks, Zoe Chao, Jorma Taccone, Forrest Goodluck (World Premiere)

One of These Days (Germany)
Director/Screenwriter: Bastian Günther
In a small U.S. southern town, the annual ‘Hands On’ endurance contest offers the chance of a lifetime to win a brand new pickup truck. Each contestant has their own reasons for entering, but the true cost of the competition is higher than it appears. Cast: Carrie Preston, Joe Cole, Callie Hernandez, Bill Callahan (World Premiere)

The Outpost
Director: Rod Lurie, Screenwriter: Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Based on the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, where fifty four U.S. soldiers held off 400 Taliban insurgents in the deadliest military outpost in the world. Cast: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Kesy, Cory Hardrict, Milo Gibson, Jacob Scipio, Taylor John Smith (World Premiere)

The Quarry
Director: Scott Teems, Screenwriters: Scott Teems, Andrew Brotzman
A mysterious fugitive kills a traveling preacher and assumes his identity, hiding out in a desolate Texas town. The congregation is quickly drawn to the man’s unorthodox sermons, but so is the local police chief, who has his suspicions. Cast: Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Bobby Soto, Bruno Bichir, Alvaro Martinez (World Premiere)

The Racer (Ireland)
Director: Kieron J. Walsh, Screenwriter: Ciaran Cassidy, Kieron J. Walsh
As the 1998 Tour de France kicks off its first three stages in Ireland, one rider faces what could be the last stage of his own career during what became known as the notorious “Tour de Dopage.” Cast: Louis Talpe, Tara Lee, Matteo Simoni, Iain Glen, Karel Roden (World Premiere)

The Show (United Kingdom)
Director: Mitch Jenkins, Screenwriter: Alan Moore
A new mystery from the extraordinary mind of legendary comic book writer Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Cast: Tom Burke, Ellie Bamber, Siobhan Hewlett, Sheila Atim, Alan Moore (World Premiere)

Small Engine Repair
Director/Screenwriter: John Pollono
Blue collar childhood buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie meet off-hours one night in Frank’s out-of-the-way repair shop for suspicious reasons only he seems to have a handle on. Cast: Jon Bernthal, Shea Whigham, Jordana Spiro, Ciara Bravo, Spencer House, John Pollono (World Premiere)

Uncorked
Director/Screenwriter: Prentice Penny
Elijah (Mamoudou Athie) must find a way to balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations for him to carry on the family’s popular Memphis barbeque joint. Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Courtney B. Vance, Niecy Nash, Matt McGorry, Sasha Compere, Gil Ozeri, Kelly Jenrette, Bernard David Jones, Meera Rohit Kumbhani (World Premiere)

Documentary Spotlight

 

Shining a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.

9to5: The Story of A Movement
Directors: Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar
In the 1970s, America’s secretaries took to the streets, fed up with on-the-job abuse. They created a movement called 9to5, which later inspired Jane Fonda to make a movie and Dolly Parton to write a song. This is the untold story of their fight. (World Premiere)

After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News
Director: Andrew Rossi
After Truth captures the human toll of false news and conspiracies with unprecedented access to figures in the Pizzagate, Seth Rich, Jade Helm and Alabama special election cases. (World Premiere)

The Alpinist
Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
An elusive young climber explores the limits of solo mountaineering. (World Premiere)

And We Go Green
Directors: Fisher Stevens, Malcolm Venville, Screenwriter: Mark Monroe
Professional drivers on the international Formula E circuit race for victory across 10 cities in this white-knuckle documentary from filmmaker Malcolm Venville, Oscar-winning director Fisher Stevens (The Cove), and producer Leonardo DiCaprio. (U.S. Premiere)

Baby God
Director: Hannah Olson
For more than 30 years, Dr. Quincy Fortier covertly used his own sperm to inseminate his fertility patients. Now his secret is out. Baby God follows his children as they seek the truth about his motives and try to make sense of their own identities. (World Premiere)

Clerk (Canada, United States)
Director: Malcolm Ingram
A documentary on the career and life of filmmaker and raconteur Kevin Smith. (World Premiere)

Console Wars
Directors: Jonah Tulis, Blake J. Harris
In 1990, Sega assembled a team of misfits to take on the greatest video game company in the world, Nintendo. Console Wars goes behind the scenes to meet the men and women who fought for both sides in this epic battle that defined a generation. (World Premiere)

Crazy, Not Insane
Director: Alex Gibney
Dr. Dorothy Lewis is a psychiatrist who’s spent her career examining serial killers. Through the use of chilling never-before-seen inmate interviews, Crazy, Not Insane explores the psychology of violence in an attempt to understand why people kill (World Premiere)

The Dilemma of Desire
Director: Maria Finitzo
The Dilemma of Desire explores the clash between the external power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperative of female sexual desire. How different would the world look if women’s libidos were taken as seriously as men’s? (World Premiere)

Good Ol Girl
Director: Sarah Brennan Kolb
Good Ol Girl is a documentary western following three modern day cowgirls as they hustle for land, cattle, and respect across Texas. Cast: Sara Lemoine Knox, Mandy Dauses, Martha Santos, Joyce Gibson Roach (World Premiere)

Hamtramck, USA
Directors: Razi Jafri, Justin Feltman
Through the exploration of daily life and democracy in America’s first Muslim-majority city, Hamtramck, USA examines the benefits and tensions of multiculturalism. (World Premiere)

Hood River
Director: Steven Cantor, Jonathan Field
In a small Oregon community, a high school soccer team struggles to overcome class and racial divide in a quest for team success. They are torn between their individual commitment to the team and the expectations of the town itself. (World Premiere)

Insert Coin
Director: Joshua Tsui
The oral history of a team of geeks and misfits in the back of a Chicago factory creating the biggest video games (Mortal Kombat, NBA JAM, and others) of all time. (World Premiere)

M For Magic
Director: Alexis Manya Spraic
M for Magic is the never-told story of the royal family of magic – four generations of the legendary Larsen family – and their tireless endeavor to save the art of magic with a private club for magicians – the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. (World Premiere)

One Man and His Shoes (United Kingdom)
Director: Yemi Bamiro
One Man and His Shoes tells the story of Air Jordan sneakers, depicting their social, cultural and racial significance, showing how ground-breaking marketing strategies created a multi-billion-dollar business. (World Premiere)

A Most Beautiful Thing
Director/Screenwriter: Mary Mazzio

A Most Beautiful Thing chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in this country, made up of young men in rival gangs from the West Side of Chicago, all literally coming together to row in the same boat. (World Premiere)

The Pushback
Director: Kevin Ford

From producer Richard Linklater and director Kevin Ford, The Pushback is the story of two women of color running for public office, fighting against decades of institutional racism, and redefining what it means to be a Texan. (World Premiere)

The Scheme
Director: Pat Kondelis
The true story of basketball insider Christian Dawkins, who hustled the FBI in a scandal that threatened to take down the NCAA. (World Premiere)

A Secret Love
Director: Chris Bolan, Screenwriters: Chris Bolan, Alexa L. Fogel, Brendan Mason
A moving and triumphant love story about two trailblazing women who break barriers and conventional norms, coming out to their conservative families as they face the difficulties of aging. (World Premiere)

We Are As Gods
Directors/Screenwriters: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado
“We are as gods and might as well get good at it,” Stewart Brand wrote in ‘68. The legendary pioneer of LSD, cyberspace, futurism, and modern environmentalism now urges people to use our god-like powers to fight extinction by reviving lost species. (World Premiere)

You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Directors: David Darg, Price James
In 2000, actor David Arquette infamously became the world wrestling champion as a promotion for his movie Ready to Rumble. He wasn’t prepared for the backlash. 20 years later, Arquette seeks redemption by returning to the ring… for real this time. (World Premiere)

Visions

 

Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.

Aviva
Director/Screenwriter: Boaz Yakin
Aviva is a unique exploration of gender within the self, told through the lens of a modern romantic relationship. Cast: Zina Zinchenko, Bobbi Jene Smith, Tyler Phillips, Or Schraiber (World Premiere)

The Carnivores
Director/Screenwriter: Caleb Michael Johnson
Alice has been blacking out and craving things she dare not name. When her girlfriends’ dog goes missing, Alice wonders if it could be inside her. Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Tallie Medel, Frank Mosley (World Premiere)

Crestone
Director: Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Screenwriters: Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Corey Hughes
In the desert of Crestone, Colorado, a group of SoundCloud rappers live in solitude, growing weed and making music for the internet. When an old friend arrives to make a movie, reality and fiction begin to blur. (World Premiere)

Drunk Bus
Directors: Brandon LaGanke, John Carlucci, Screenwriter: Chris Molinaro
A directionless, young campus bus driver and a punk rock, Samoan security guard named Pineapple form an unlikely kinship as they navigate the unpredictable late shift shit show known as the “drunk bus.” Together, they break out of their endless loop. Cast: Charlie Tahan, Kara Hayward, Pinapple Tangaroa, Tonatiuh, Zach Cherry, Sarah Mezzanotte, Jay Devore, Dave Hill, Martin Pfefferkorn (World Premiere)

Echoes of the Invisible (Poland, United States)
Director: Steve Elkins
Daring explorers embark upon seemingly impossible journeys into the most extreme environments on Earth to find the connective tissue between all things seen and unseen. (World Premiere)

Freeland
Directors/Screenwriters: Kate McLean, Mario Furloni
Forced to go legal, an outlaw pot farmer fights to preserve her way of life. Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Frank Mosley, Lily Gladstone, John Craven, Ryan Tasker, Cameron James Matthews, Michelle Maxson, Robert Parsons, George Psarras (World Premiere)

Golden Arm
Director: Maureen Bharoocha, Screenwriters: Ann Marie Allison, Jenna Milly
Golden Arm is a female buddy comedy about a wimpy baker who gets roped into the world of ladies arm wrestling by her truck driving best friend. Cast: Mary Holland, Betsy Sodaro, Olivia Stambouliah, Eugene Cordero, Aparna Nancherla, Dawn Luebbe, Ron Funches, Ahmed Bharoocha, Dot-Marie Jones, Kate Flannery (World Premiere)

In & Of Itself
Director: Frank Oz, Screenwriter: Derek DelGaudio
Storyteller and Conceptual Magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity and answer one deceptively simple question: Who am I? Cast: Derek DelGaudio (World Premiere)

I Will Make You Mine
Director/Screenwriter: Lynn Chen
Three women wrestle with life’s difficulties while confronting their past relationships with the same man. Cast: Lynn Chen, Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani, Goh Nakamura, Joy Osmanski, Mike Faiola, Tamlyn Tomita, Ayami Riley Tomine (World Premiere)

Make Up (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Claire Oakley
After Ruth moves in with her boyfriend in a remote holiday park, tensions rise as she makes an unsettling discovery that lures her into a spiral of obsession. Cast: Molly Windsor, Joseph Quinn, Stefanie Martini (World Premiere)

Rare Beasts (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Billie Piper
An anti rom-com about Mandy, a career-driven single mother, who falls in love with the charming traditionalist Pete. Cast: Billie Piper, Leo Bill, David Thewlis, Kerry Fox, Toby Woolf, Lily James (North American Premiere)

Selfie (France)
Directors: Marc Fitoussi, Thomas Bidegain, Screenwriters: Giulio Callegari, Noé Debré, Hélène Lombard, Julien Sibony, Bertrand Soulier
Five interconnected stories explore the extremities of human behavior in the digital age. Cast: Blanche Gardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Finnegan Oldfield, Manu Payet, Sébastien Chassagne, Max Boublil, Julia Piaton, Alma Jodorowsky (North American Premiere)

She Dies Tomorrow
Director/Screenwriter: Amy Seimetz
Amy thinks she’s dying tomorrow…and it’s contagious. Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Chris Messina, Katie Aselton, Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Josh Lucas, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michelle Rodriguez (World Premiere)

The Surrogate
Director/Screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh
Jess is thrilled to be the surrogate for her best friend and his husband, but when a prenatal test comes back, it creates a moral dilemma that threatens their friendship. Cast: Jasmine Batchelor, Chris Perfetti, Sullivan Jones, Brooke Bloom, Tonya Pinkins, Eboni Booth, Brandon Micheal Hall, Leon Lewis, Tiffany Villarin (World Premiere)

TFW NO GF
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Lee Moyer
A generation of disaffected young men searches for meaning in the dark corners of the internet. TFW NO GF offers an intimate portrait of five such individuals- as shared through the metaphor of an iconic meme. (World Premiere)

Midnighters

 

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night-owls and the terminally curious.

Dembanger
Director: John Berardo, Screenwriters: John Berardo, Lindsay LaVanchy, Brian Frager
Ellery Scott’s world unravels when her star athlete brother is murdered on campus amidst a brewing scandal, kicking off a spree of social-media-linked slayings that leave her racing alongside the police to uncover the university’s hidden secrets. Cast: Jon Huertas, Isabella Gomez, Lindsay LaVanchy, Froy Gutierrez, Gattlin Griffith, Patrick Walker, Bart Johnson, Shireen Lai, with Yancy Butler, and Lochlyn Munro (World Premiere)

Lucky
Director: Natasha Kermani, Screenwriter: Brea Grant
Lucky follows May, a self-help book author with all the answers, who suddenly finds herself stalked by a threatening but elusive masked man, and caught in a struggle to get help from the people around her and maintain control over her own life. Cast: Brea Grant, Hunter C Smith, Kristina Klebe, Leith M. Burke, Dhruv Uday Singh, Yasmine Al-Bustami (World Premiere)

PG (Psycho Goreman) (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Steven Kostanski
Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues’ gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Cast: Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, Matthew Ninaber, Steven Vlahos, Kristen MacCulloch, Anna Tierney, Kenneth Welsh (World Premiere)

Relic (Australia)
Director: Natalie Erika James, Screenwriters: Natalie Erika James, Christian White
When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote

Run Sweetheart Run
Director/Screenwriter: Shana Feste
In Run Sweetheart Run, a blind date turns violent and the woman has to get home on foot through Los Angeles as she’s pursued by her date. Cast: Ella Balinska, Pilou Asbaek, Clark Gregg, Aml Ameen, Dayo Okeniyi, Betsy Brandt, Shohreh Aghdashloo

The Silencing
Director: Robin Pront, Screenwriter: Micah Ranum
A reformed hunter living in isolation on a wildlife sanctuary becomes involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse when he and the local Sheriff set out to track a vicious killer who may have kidnapped his daughter years ago. Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Annabelle Wallis, Hero FIennes Tiffin, Melanie Scrofano, Shaun Smyth, Zahn McClarnon (World Premiere)

The Toll
Director/Screenwriter: Michael Nader
When a young woman and her rideshare driver break down on a dark forest road, each sees the other as a threat. A strange phenomena begin occurring around them, they gradually realize they’ve become trapped in the world of a terrifying supernatural being: The Toll Man. Cast: Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan, Rosemary Dunsmore (World Premiere)

The Vigil
Director/Screenwriter: Keith Thomas
A man providing overnight watch to a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community finds himself opposite a malevolent entity, in writer-director Keith Thomas’ electrifying feature debut. Cast: Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed (U.S. Premiere)

Witch Hunt
Director: Elle Callahan
In a modern America where witches are real and witchcraft is illegal, a sheltered teenager must face her own demons and prejudices as she helps two young witches avoid law enforcement and cross the southern border to asylum in Mexico. (World Premiere)

Yummy (Belgium)
Director: Lars Damoiseaux, Screenwriters: Eveline Hagenbeek, Lars Damoiseaux
Yummy is an orgy of blood, violence and fun in which a young couple travels to a shabby Eastern European hospital for cheap plastic surgery, but they get stuck in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Clara Cleymans, Benjamin Ramon, Tom Audenaert (North American Premiere)

Episodic Premieres

 

Presenting world premieres of prestige serials slated for release and accompanied by show-runners, directors and cast members featuring extended Q&As.

Central Park
Showrunner: Loren Bouchard
Central Park is an animated musical series that tells the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world. Cast: Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, Kathryn Hahn (World Premiere)

Chad
Showrunner: Nasim Pedrad, Director: Rhys Thomas
A pubescent Persian boy navigates high school. His friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother’s dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity. Cast: Nasim Pedrad, Jake Ryan, Ella Mika, Saba Homayoon, Paul Chahidi, Alexa Loo (World Premiere)

Cursed Films (Canada)
Showrunner: Jay Cheel
Cursed Films is a five-part documentary series which explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously cursed horror film productions. (World Premiere)

Hightown
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Rebecca Cutter
Set in the world of beautiful but bleak Cape Cod, Hightown follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, overshadowed by an unfolding murder investigation. Cast: Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelkel, Shane Harper, Amaury Nolasco, Atkins Estimond, Dohn Norwood (World Premiere)

Home
Showrunners: Joe Poulin, Matt Weaver, Bruce Gersh, Ian Orefice, Doug Pray, Collin Orcutt, Matt Tyrnauer
Home is a nine-part series that explores extraordinary interpretations of domestic architecture and the concept of “home.” The first season features homes in six different countries and was filmed in eight countries and 16 cities around the world. (World Premiere)

Motherland: Fort Salem
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Eliot Laurence
The series is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution just over 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning government to fight for and protect their country. Cast: Ashley Nicole Williams, Taylor Hickson, Jessica Sutton, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney (World Premiere)

Outcry
Showrunner: Pat Kondelis
When a horrendous crime bitterly divides a community, guilt comes easy while the truth proves elusive.

Snowpiercer
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Graeme Manson
Set after the world has become a frozen wasteland, TNT’s Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train that circles the globe, dealing with class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Jaylin Fletcher.(World Premiere)

Solar Opposites
Showrunners/Screenwriters: Justin Roiland, Mike McMahan
Co-created by Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) and Mike McMahan (ex-writer’s assistant on Rick & Morty), Solar Opposites centers around a family of aliens from another world who must take refuge in middle America. They disagree on whether Earth is awful or awesome.

Tales from the Loop
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Nathaniel Halpern
From executive producer Matt Reeves and based on the acclaimed art of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, *Tales from the Loop *explores the town and people who live above “The Loop” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe. Cast: Rebecca Hall, Paul Schneider, Duncan Joiner, Daniel Zolghardi, Jonathan Pryce (World Premiere)

Upload
Showrunner: Greg Daniels
Upload is a ten-episode half-hour sci-fi comedy from the Emmy winning writer, Greg Daniels, starring Robbie Amell and Andy Allo. It takes place in the future, where people who are near death can be “Uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice. Cast: Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Allegra Edwards, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Bigley (World Premiere)

We’re Here
Director: Peter LoGreco
From creators Stephen Warren and Johnnie Ingram, this six-part unscripted series recruits small-town residents across America to participate in a one-night-only drag show. Renowned drag queens Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will inspire and teach their own “drag daughters” to step outside their comfort zone for a night of no-holds-barred, full-on drag. Cast: Caldwell Tidicue (Bob the Drag Queen), David Huggard (Eureka O’Hara), D.J. Pierce (Shangela) (World Premiere)

24 Beats Per Second

 

Showcasing the sounds, culture and influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis on documentary.

American RapStar
Director: Justin Staple
American RapStar chronicles the rise of a subculture of young rappers who utilized the SoundCloud streaming platform to disrupt the traditional norms of the music industry with their distinct self expression and rebellious approach. (World Premiere)

Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne
Director: R. Greg Johnston
A&E’s Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne celebrates the life of rock icon and Godfather of heavy metal Ozzy Osbourne and features interviews with Sharon Osbourne, Rick Rubin, Ice-T, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Jonathan Davis and Post Malone. (World Premiere)

Le Choc du Futur (France)
Director: Marc Collin
In the Paris of 1978, old formulas do not charm listeners anymore and new music must arise. In a male-dominated industry, Ana uses her electronic gadgets to create a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future. Cast: Alma Jodorowsky, Philippe Rebbot, Laurent Papot, Elli Medeiros, Clara Luciani, Teddy Melis, Corine (North American Premiere)

Dark City Beneath The Beat
Director: TT The Artist
Dark City Beneath the Beat is a musical documentary reimagining the narrative of Baltimore, a city rising above social and economic turmoil to develop a vibrant and close-knit community for the arts through its homegrown sound, Baltimore club music. (World Premiere)

Jose Feliciano: Behind This Guitar
Directors/Screenwriters: Frank Licari, Helen Murphy
The Official Biographical Documentary of the eight time Grammy Winner and international music icon, Jose Feliciano. From being blind at birth in the slums of Puerto Rico to Grammy winner, Jose Feliciano carved a path that few achieved before or since. (U.S. Premiere)

Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time
Director: Alison Ellwood
Laurel Canyon pulls back the curtain on a mythical world and provides an up-close look at the lives of the musicians who inhabited it. It paints an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution that would change popular culture. (World Premiere)

Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over
Director: Beth B
Lydia Lunch: The War is Never Over by Beth B is the first career-spanning documentary retrospective of Lydia Lunch’s confrontational, acerbic and always electric music and art.

The Mojo Manifesto: The Life and Times of Mojo Nixon
Director: Matt Eskey
On a bicycle trip across the country, a young Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. experiences The Mojo Revelation. After teaming up with the enigmatic Skid Roper, he unexpectedly finds mainstream success but makes a decision that could jeopardize his career. (World Premiere)

My Darling Vivian
Director: Matt Riddlehoover
Director Matt Riddlehoover traces the dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash‘s first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Featuring unseen footage and photographs, the film was produced by Dustin Tittle, Vivian and Johnny’s grandson. (World Premiere)

The Nowhere Inn
Director: Bill Benz, Screenwriters: Carrie Brownstein, Annie Clark
St. Vincent sets out to make a documentary about her music, but when she hires a close friend to direct, notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre. Cast: Annie Clark, Carrie Brownstein

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm (United Kingdom)
Director: Hannah Berryman
The unlikely tale of two Welsh brothers who turned their dairy farm into one of the most successful recording studios of all time. This is a story of rock and roll dreams intertwined with a family business’ fight for survival. (World Premiere)

Sisters with Transistors (United Kingdom)
Director: Lisa Rovner
Sisters with Transistors is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today. (World Premiere)

Tomboy
Director: Lindsay Lindenbaum
Tomboy shines a light on four women drummers, in a field that was once the exclusive domain of men. The narratives of these trailblazing musicians interweave, launching a dialogue on gender and artistry, which extends far beyond the musical sphere. (World Premiere)

We Are The Thousand (France, Italy)
Director/Screenwriter: Anita Rivaroli
Fan of rock music, Fabio wants to convince the Foo Fighters to perform in his little village in Italy. To do that he gathered 1,000 musicians to play their song together… He created a huge community who became the biggest rock band on Earth. (World Premiere)

Without Getting Killed or Caught
Directors: Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield, Screenwriters: Tamara Saviano, Bart Knaggs
Guy Clark, the dean of Texas songwriters, struggles to write poetic songs while balancing a complicated marriage with wife Susanna, and a deep friendship with legendary songwriter Townes Van Zandt, on whom Susanna forges a passionate dependence. (World Premiere)

Zappa
Director: Alex Winter
The first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa. (World Premiere)

Global

 

A diverse selection of international filmmaking talent, featuring innovative narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites, and more.

Cargo (India)
Director/Screenwriter: Arati Kadav
Prahastha, a lonely devil astronaut has been working in a spaceship for many years. His spaceship comes close to Earth every morning and Cargos start arriving at the arrival station. These Cargos are people who have just died on Earth. Cast: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Nandu Madhav (North American Premiere)

Cat in the Wall (Bulgaria)
Directors/Screenwriters: Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Cat in the Wall tells the true story of how a cat, stuck in a wall, changes the lives of aspirational migrants, benefit fraudsters and gentrified Brexiteers. Cast: Irina Atanasova, Angel Genov, Orlin Asenov, Gilda Waugh, Chinwe A Nwokolo, Kadisha Gee Camara, Jon-jo Inkpen, John Harty (North American Premiere)

Executive Order (Brazil)
Director: Lázaro Ramos
In a near future Brazil, the federal government has decided to send the black population back to Africa. Three individuals try to resist and fight for their rights. (World Premiere)

La Mami (Mexico, Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Laura Herrero Garvín
Night after night, La Mami, in charge of the women’s restroom at the mythical Cabaret Barba Azul offers care to the women who work there dancing.

Gunpowder Heart (Guatemala, Spain)
Director/Screenwriter: Camila Urrutia
In a chaotic Guatemala City two naive girlfriends have to make a radical decision on how to cope with the events of a fateful night: is violence the solution, or are there other ways? Cast: Andrea Henry, Vanessa Hernández (North American Premiere)

Marygoround (Poland)
Director: Daria Woszek, Screenwriters: Daria Woszek, Sylwester Piechura, Aleksandra Swierk
Mary is a lonely, small-town, grocery store worker, living a carefree life. On the eve of her 50th birthday, Mary’s life soon begins to take on a totally unexpected turn for the better – becoming an awesome revelation. Cast: Grazyna Misiorowska, Helena Sujecka, Sylwester Piechura, Janusz Chabior, Magdalena Kolesnik, Barbara Kurzaj, Agnieszka Wosinska, Michal Majnicz, Pawel Smagala, Katarzyna Nosowska (World Premiere)

The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo (Spain, U.S.)
Director: Javier Polo, Screenwriters: Javier Polo, Sixto Xavier García
A square sound engineer employs unusual research efforts to reveal the secrets behind the quintessential icon of kitsch, the Pink Flamingo. His bizarre adventure will unexpectedly turn into a creative journey to self-discovery. Cast: Rigo Pex, John Waters, Eduardo Casanova, Allee Willis, Kero Kero Bonito, Antonyo Marest, Kitten Kay Sera (World Premiere)

Scales (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
Director/Screenwriter: Shahad Ameen
Set in a dystopian landscape, Scales is the story of a young girl who stands alone against her family and overturns the village tradition of sacrificing the female children. Cast: Ashraf Barhoum, Yagoub AlFarhan, Fatima Al Taei, Haifa AlAgha, Hafssa Faisal, Abdulaziz Shtian, Basima Hajjar

Festival Favorites

 

Acclaimed standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world.

Be Water
Director: Bao Nguyen
Be Water is a layered and intimate portrait of an underdog who was able to transcend racism, colonialism, and xenophobia to become one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. Cast: Linda Lee Cadwell, Shannon Lee, Robert Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dan Inosanto, Andre Morgan

Beast Beast
Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden
Set in a southern town, three youth deal with new and old issues of growing up, swirling with trauma, petty crimes, new love and gun violence. Cast: Shirley Chen, Will Madden, Jose Angeles, Courtney Dietz, Daniel Rashid, Kron Moore

Boys State
Directors: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
A political coming-of-age story, Boys State examines the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment in which a thousand 17-year-old boys from across Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up. Cast: Steven Garza, Rene Otero, Ben Feinstein, Robert Macdougall

Bull
Director: Annie Silverstein, Screenwriters: Annie Silverstein, Johnny McAllister
On the outskirts of Houston, a teen reeling from her mom’s incarceration and an aging bullfighter struggling to keep a foothold in the rodeo circuit, form an unlikely bond and attempt to right their own paths. Cast: Rob Morgan, Amber Havard, Yolonda Ross, Keeli Wheeler, Keira Bennett, Sara Allbright, Troy Hogan, Steven Boyd, Reece McClure, Tadarius Billy Miles

Charm City Kings
Director: Angel Manuel Soto, Screenwriter: Sherman Payne
Mouse desperately wants to join The Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt bike riders who rule the summertime streets. He soon finds himself torn between the straight-and-narrow and a road filled with fast money and violence… Cast: Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Donielle Tremaine Hansley, Kezii Curtis, Chino, Lakeyria “Wheelie Queen” Doughty, Chandler DuPont, Tyquan Ford, Teyonah Parris

The Climb
Director: Michael Angelo Covino, Screenwriter: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin
Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond — until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. Cast: Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, Judith Godrèche

Coded Bias
Director: Shalini Kantayya
Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. Cast: Joy Buolamwini, Cathy O’Neil, Zeynep Tufecki, Meredith Broussard, Safiya Umoja Noble, Silkie Carlo, Ravi Naik, Virginia Eubanks

Feels Good Man
Director: Arthur Jones
When indie comic character Pepe the Frog becomes an unwitting icon of hate, his creator fights to bring Pepe back from the darkness.

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
Director: Karen Bernstein
Fellini meets Motown in I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, one man’s search for self-acceptance, a journey that included tabloid celebrity, Tupperware parties, and two coming outs – first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was meant to be.

Miss Juneteenth
Director/Screenwriter: Channing Godfrey Peoples
A former beauty queen turned hardworking single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she made. Cast: Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Akron Watson, Lori Hayes, Marcus M. Mauldin

Mucho Mucho Amor
Directors: Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch
Mucho Mucho Amor follows the iconic, gender non-conforming astrologer Walter Mercado, who mesmerized Latino viewers with his extravagance and positivity for decades. Then, one day, he vanished from the public eye.

Nine Days
Director/Screenwriter: Edson Oda
In a house distant from the reality we know, a reclusive man interviews prospective candidates — personifications of human souls — for the privilege that he once had: to be born. Cast: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgard, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, David Rysdahl, Arianna Ortiz

The Reason I Jump (United Kingdom)
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.

Save Yourselves!
Directors/Screenwriters: Alex Fischer, Eleanor Wilson
A young Brooklyn couple head upstate to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with themselves. Cut off from their devices, they miss the news that the planet is under attack. Cast: John Reynolds, Sunita Mani, Ben Sinclair, John Early, Johanna Day, Gary Richardson, Jo Firestone, Zenobia Shroff, Amy Sedaris

A Thousand Cuts
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
A film about the role of journalism and disinformation’s accelerating effect in the erosion of democracy under the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as told through the story of embattled journalist Maria Ressa.

Us Kids
Director: Kim A. Snyder
Determined to turn unfathomable tragedy into action, the teenage survivors of Parkland, Florida catalyze a powerful, unprecedented youth movement that spreads with lightning speed across the country, as a generation of youth take back democracy.

Special Events

 

Live soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers unusual, unexpected, and unique one-off film events.

Bait: Live Score with Gwenno (United Kingdom)
Director: Mark Jenkin
Bait: Live Score with Gwenno* (2019) is a brilliantly original and visually daring feature film, written, directed and hand-crafted by Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin. For this special presentation, Gwenno Saunders’ new score, performed live with Georgia Ellery (who also plays Kate in the film), blends synth loops, long forgotten Cornish folk records, violin drone and live vocals. Expect the unexpected with this new take on the atmospheric world of Bait: Live Score with Gwenno! Cast: Edward Rowe, Simon Shepherd, Mary Woodvine, Giles King, Chloe Endean, Georgia Ellery, Isaac Woodvine, Jowan Jacobs (North American Premiere)

Doug Benson and Master Pancake vs Leprechaun Returns
Director: Steven Kostanski
Doug Benson (Super High Me, Doug Loves Movies) and Master Pancake (Film-Talkers at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse) continue their St. Patrick’s Day tradition of interrupting every film in the Leprechaun franchise. This year they tackle Leprechaun Returns.

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Director/Screenwriter: Donick Cary
Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics tells the epic story of psychedelics through the surprising and often hilarious drug trips of celebrity storytellers. (World Premiere)

Out of the Blue (1980) 4K Restoration (2019) (Canada, U.S.)
Director: Dennis Hopper, Screenwriters: Leonard Yakir, Brenda Nielson
New 4K digital restoration of Dennis Hopper‘s 1980 critically acclaimed (but seldom seen) return to the director’s chair after his disastrously received The Last Movie (1971), his follow-up to the world-shaking success of Easy Rider (1969). Cast: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon, Raymond Burr

RAD! (1986) 4K Restoration (2019)
Director: Hal Needham, Screenwriters: Sam Bernard, Geoffrey Edwards
A bicycle-motocrosser tries to enter a corrupt promoter’s nationally televised cash-prize race. Cast: Bill Allen, Bart Conner, Lori Loughlin, Talia Shire, Ray Walston

Narrative Shorts

 

A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling.

Basic
Director/Screenwriter: Chelsea Devantez
Basic is a very short film exploring the insecure lil’ ho in all of us.

Blocks
Director/Screenwriter: Bridget Moloney
An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

Broken Bird
Director/Screenwriter: Rachel Harrison Gordon
A biracial girl caught between two worlds prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood. (North American Premiere)

Daddio
Director: Casey Wilson, Screenwriters: Casey Wilson, Laura Kindred
A father, played by Michael McKean (Spinal Tap, Better Call Saul) and daughter, played by Casey Wilson (SNL, Happy Endings) spiral as they grapple with life after loss in this comedic short film. Based on real death events.

Darling (Pakistan, U.S.)
Director: Saim Sadiq, Screenwriters: Saim Sadiq, Rodney Llaverias
An erotic dance theater in Lahore prepares for a new show just as a sacrificial goat disappears, an attractive trans girl aspires to grab the limelight and a naive young man falls in love.

Dirty
Director/Screenwriter: Matthew Puccini
Marco cuts class to spend the afternoon with his boyfriend. Things do not go as planned.

Face to Face Time
Director/Screenwriter: Izzy Shill
In this ridiculous, sometimes gag-inducing sex comedy, Claire takes the bold step of initiating a FaceTime call, only to discover Danny’s flaccid enthusiasm for her. (World Premiere)

Father of the Bride (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Rhys Marc Jones
The best man attempts to keep face and deliver his speech at his brother’s wedding, following an encounter in the hotel bathroom with the father of the bride. (World Premiere)

Figurant (Czechia, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Jan Vejnar
A man follows a group of workers coming for a shift in an industrial area. He’s stripped from clothes and identity, dressed in a military uniform and armed. His determination not to fall behind the others is tested by a series of unsettling events. (U.S. Premiere)

I’m Happy, I Promise
Director: Mimi Cave, Screenwriter: Parker Seaman
A series of phone calls between Parker and his friends narrate Parker’s mission to find true happiness through superficial obsessions.

Lip Service
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Tremaine
A woman records erotica fantasy audiobooks from her bedroom closet while her own life is far from perfect. (World Premiere)

Mthunzi (South Africa)
Director/Screenwriter: Tebogo Malebogo
Mthunzi’s return from the supermarket is interrupted when he passes a white woman seizing in her driveway.

A Period Piece (France, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Shuchi Talati
Geetha, a control and order loving Indian-American woman, finally has sex with Vehd one afternoon but things quickly turn messy when period blood stains her pristine couch and a fight erupts mid-coitus, causing her pent-up feelings to spill over. (World Premiere)

Reminiscences of the Green Revolution (Philippines, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Dean Colin Marcial
A ghost story about love and eco-terrorism in the Philippines.(U.S. Premiere)

Runon
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Newell Kaufman
All Luke and his mom have are two garbage bags full of clothes, and two tickets out of town on the midnight Greyhound. Like he’s assembling a puzzle, Luke has to figure out the why of it–all before the person they’re running from puts together the pieces. (World Premiere)

Single
Director/Screenwriter: Ashley Eakin
A girl born with one arm gets set-up to go on a blind date with a guy who has one hand, and she is pissed! (World Premiere)

Soft (Mexico, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Antebi
Sam – 16, queer, and falling in love – struggles to untangle himself from his abusive martial arts coach. (World Premiere)

Still Wylde (Canada, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Ingrid Haas
Gertie and her on-and-off boyfriend, Sam, face a major life decision only to realize that even when they know what they want, life has other plans. (World Premiere)

Summer Hit (Germany)
Director/Screenwriter: Berthold Wahjudi
Laia from Spain and Emil from Iceland are enjoying their semester abroad in Munich. While Laia feels perfectly fine just having sex with Emil, his profession of deeper feelings puts her on the defensive.

Vert (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Kate Cox
When Jeff (Nick Frost) and Emelia (BAFTA Nominee Nikki Amuka-Bird) are gifted a virtual reality set that shows one’s “ideal self” for their wedding anniversary, they discover a secret that could shift their relationship indelibly.. (North American Premiere)

The Voice in Your Head
Director/Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
Dan spends his every waking hour tortured by the negative voice in his head, until he learns something shocking that allows him to break free. (World Premiere)

Waffle
Director: Carlyn Hudson, Screenwriters: Katie Marovitch, Kerry Barker
Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship–in a society that grows ever isolating–is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants. (World Premiere)

White Eye (Israel)
Director/Screenwriter: Tomer Shushan
A man finds his stolen bicycle, now they belong to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve them, he struggles to remain human. (North American Premiere)

Documentary Shorts

 

Slices of life from across the documentary spectrum.

Affurmative Action
Director/Screenwriter: Travis Wood
An exploration of workplace diversity through “meet the team” pages.

Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business
Director: Christine Turner
At 93, there’s no stopping when it comes to the legendary artist Betye Saar.

Broken Orchestra
Director: Charlie Tyrell, Screenwriters: Charlie Tyrell, Josef Beeby
A documentary short about the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra which collected hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, fixed them and then returned them into the hands of students.

Call Center Blues
Director: Geeta Gandbhir
Call Center Blues is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of U.S. deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico. (World Premiere)

The Claudia Kishi Club
Director: Sue Ding
A love letter to Claudia Kishi, the iconic character from the Baby-Sitters Club books. One of the few Asian Americans in 80s and 90s pop culture, Claudia inspired a generation of young readers of color. (North American Premiere)

Día de la Madre
Directors: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne
A band of juveniles embark on a 24-hour spree of breaking into houses and causing a ruckus.

Dieorama
Director: Kevin Staake
By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.

Hiplet: Because We Can
Director: Addison Wright
The combination of Classical Ballet and Hip Hop, We call it Hiplet.

Huntsville Station
Directors: Jamie Meltzer, Chris Filippone
Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. (North American Premiere)

Hysterical Girl
Director/Screenwriter: Kate Novack
Sigmund Freud published only one major case history of a female patient. “Hysterical Girl” revisits his landmark treatment of the 17-year-old girl he called “Dora,” and reflects on how Freud’s theory of hysteria continues to shape popular culture. (World Premiere)

Lions in the Corner
Director: Paul Hairston
In the rural mountains of Virginia, “Scarface” started a fight club called Streetbeefs in his backyard to combat gun and knife violence in the area. Soon it turned into something much more.

Mizuko
Directors: Katelyn Rebelo, Kira Dane, Screenwriter: Kira Dane
In Japan there is a special way to grieve after having an abortion. Inspired by these Buddhist rituals, Mizuko is an intimate look of how a half-Japanese American woman reevaluates drawing ‘the line’ in abortion ethics when she becomes pregnant. (North American Premiere)

Modern Whore (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Nicole Bazuin
Former escort Andrea Werhun shares the ins and outs of escort review board culture to expose deeper complexities of sexual power and social stigma in a post #metoo world. (World Premiere)

No Crying at the Dinner Table (Canada)
Director: Carol Nguyen
Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her family to craft a portrait of love, grief and intergenerational trauma. (U.S. Premiere)

Quilt Fever
Director: Olivia Loomis Merrion
Every Spring 30,000 quilters descend upon a small town in Kentucky for “the Academy Awards of Quilting.” Doubling the town’s population, this film is a front row seat to quilters as you’ve never seen before.

Radical Love
Director/Screenwriter: William A. Kirkley
Prolific radical chic legal husband and wife team Michael and Eleanora Kennedy defend The Weather Underground, The Black Panthers, and countless other revolutionaries against the U.S. Government, become targets of the FBI and go on the run. (World Premiere)

Animated Shorts

 

An assortment of stories told using traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.

Blackheads
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Ann Hoffman
A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak, and blackheads. (World Premiere)

Chicken of the Dead (France)
Director: Julien David, Screenwriters: Yacine Badday, Florent Guimberteau
Bernard Lepique is the CEO of “Quasi”, a company specializing in the production of half-bio, half-antibiotics chickens. Today Bernard is launching its new kind of chicken, but everything does not go as planned. (North American Premiere)

Coldsore (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Caitlin McCarthy
A naive but determined internet dweller goes to some seedy lengths to fit in at school, but it still doesn’t go quite to plan. (U.S. Premiere)

Frank’s Joke (United Kingdom)
Director: Ed Bulmer, Screenwriters: Edward Bulmer, Andrew Eu
Frank told a bad joke at his new place of work. Nobody laughed. (North American Premiere)

Gravedad (Germany)
Director/Screenwriter: Matisse Gonzalez
Some days are light and some days are heavy. (U.S. Premiere)

Hot Flash (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Thea Hollatz
Ace Naismith is having a hot flash, and she is about to go live on local television. An animated comedy about a woman trying to keep her cool when one type of flash leads to another.

Hudson Geese
Director/Screenwriter: Bernardo Britto
A goose remembers his last migration.

Inside Blue (Taiwan)
Director/Screenwriter: Yi-Chien Chen
The story describes a man who needs to carry a roll of tape with him, just in case. (North American Premiere)

No, I Don’t Want to Dance! (United Kingdom)
Director: Andrea Vinciguerra
In these dark times, you may think that every hazard has been identified, but nobody has taken into consideration how dangerous dance can be.

The Shawl
Director: Sara Kiener
After years of long distance, a pair of big and beautiful boyfriends celebrate their reunion at a Stevie Nicks concert, where they share a brush with magic.

The Slug Finger (United Kingdom)
Director: Lily Shaul
The unusual story of a girl whose finger transforms into a slug forcing her to learn to love and care for it. (North American Premiere)

Solipsism (France, U.S.)
Directors: Tuna Bora, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Screenwriter: Tuna Bora
If a girl crosses the border between her internal and external reality and no one is around to see it, does this animated short really exist?

Something to Remember (Sweden)
Director/Screenwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
A lullaby before the great disaster.

Symbiosis (France, Hungary)
Director: Nadja Andrasev, Screenwriters: Nadja Andrasev, Rita Domonyl
A betrayed wife starts to investigate her husband’s mistresses. Her jealousy is gradually replaced by curiosity.

Undiable dans la poche (France)
Directors/Screenwriters: Antoine Bonnet, Mathilde Loubes
A group of children witnesses a crime and is forced to remain silent. Auguste, the youngest, finds the burden too heavy and decides to reveal this secret. (North American Premiere)

Midnight Shorts

 

Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, gore, and hilarity cravings.

Danny’s Girl
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Wilson
Danny meets his online girlfriend for the first time, but accidentally discovers an unspeakable possession of hers, which throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin.

Deep Clean (United Kingdom)
Director: David Wilson, Screenwriters: Harry Clayton-Wright, David Wilson
Cleanliness is next to godliness. A celebration of objectophilia (the love of objects) and self-pleasure.

The Doe (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Lumbroso
After an accident in the French countryside, Helene, a city dweller, is facing events that are beyond understanding. She becomes “the doe” in order to survive. (World Premiere)

Double Tap (United Kingdom)
Director: Eros Vlahos, Screenwriters: Eros Vlahos, Tron Vlahos
A screen-obsessed teen ignores a chain-mail instagram post. Big mistake. (World Premiere)

Hand in Hand (Switzerland)
Director/Screenwriter: Ennio Ruschetti
Two Politicians shake hands. The situation escalates.

Heat (Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Thessa Meijer
During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice. (North American Premiere)

Laura Hasn’t Slept
Director/Screenwriter: Parker Finn
Desperate to rid herself of a recurring nightmare, a young woman seeks help from her therapist. (World Premiere)

Regret (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Santiago Menghini
Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night.

Seek
Director: Aaron Morgan, Screenwriters: Aaron Morgan, Eric Vespe
After driving all night, two sisters come across a dilapidated roadside bathroom. Horrific events follow when a strange message is found and a mischievous resident wants to play a sinister game.(World Premiere)

Selfie
Director: John Poliquin, Screenwriters: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin
An insecure teenager deletes her social media accounts and learns that what she put online will come back to haunt her. (World Premiere)

Stucco
Directors: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling, Screenwriters: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
While hanging a piece of art in her new home, a woman knocks a hole in her wall, revealing what might be another room. Her mind races and unravels as she wonders what could be on the other side.

Music Videos

 

A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing the scope of music video culture.

070 Shake – ‘Nice to Have’ / Director: Noah Lee

1980YEN – ‘Takoyaki Story’ (Japan) / Director/Screenwriter: Sawako Kabuki

Angel Olsen – ‘All Mirrors’ / Director: Ashley Connor

Black Pumas – ‘Colors’ / Director: Kristian Mercado, Screenwriters: Tiffany Stephens, Kristian Mercado

The Chemical Brothers – ‘We’ve Got To Try’ (United Kingdom) / Director: Ninian Doff

Hilton Dresden & Antfood – ‘Cousin John – The Arrival’ / Director/Screenwriter: Tom C J Brown

Hot Chip – ‘Hungry Child’ (United Kingdom, U.S.) / Director: Saman Kesh, Screenwriters: Saman Kesh, Ellis Bahl

Humans – ‘Noose’ (Canada) / Director/Screenwriter: Peter Ricq

Idles – ‘Mercedes Marxist’ (United Kingdom) / Director: 32

Joywave – ‘Obsession’ / Directors: Dimitri Basil, Laura Gorun, Cooper Roussel, Screenwriters: Cooper Roussel, Dimitri Basil

Kiddy Smile – ‘Slap My Butt’ (France) / Director: Pierre Saba-Aris

King Bach – ‘Secrets’ / Director: King Bach

Lizzo – ‘Juice’ / Director: Quinn Wilson

The Lumineers – ‘Gloria’ / Director: Kevin Phillips, Screenwriters: Wesley Schultz, Kevin Phillips

Mitski – ‘A Pearl’ / Directors: Saad Moosajee, Art Camp, Danae Gosset

Oh Sees – ‘Gholü’ / Director: Leo Nicholson

The Prodigy – ‘Timebomb Zone’ (United Kingdom) / Director: Paco Raterta

Sam Smith – ‘How Do You Sleep’ / Director: Grant Singer

Sharon Van Etten – ‘Seventeen’ / Director: Maureen Towey

slenderbodies – ‘Arrival’ (United Kingdom) / Director: Savannah Setten

Tove Lo – ‘Glad He’s Gone’ / Directors: Vania Heymann, Gal Muggia

Vagabon – ‘Water Me Down’ / Director: Maegan Houang

Texas Shorts

 

An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program, composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.

Biters
Director: Matt Sherwood, Screenwriters: Davey Morrison Dillard
Biters is a surf horror story set in the aftermath of a hurricane along the Gulf coast.

A Bold Experiment
Directors: Alexander Milan, Andrew Miller
In 1997, J David Bamberger attempted to build the world’s first man-made bat cave. The idea was far-fetched and expensive, making headlines around the world. It stood empty for 4 years, but his “batty” idea would eventually house half a million bats.

Coup d’etat Math
Director/Screenwriter: Sai Selvarajan
In times of duress, nothing adds up. Coup d’etat Math is an animated short film that depicts four immigrant stories narrated by four different voices. (World Premiere)

Just Hold On
Directors: Sam Davis, Rayka Zehtabchi
A portrait of a girl holdin’ on to stuff (especially sheep). (World Premiere)

The Paint Wizzard
Directors: Jessica Wolfson, Jessie Auritt
Millie “The Paint Wizzard” is a transgender housepainter who lives in a bright yellow motorhome in Austin, Texas. A few years ago, at the age of 58, she gained the courage to leave “Michael” behind and embrace her authentic self, cat ears and all. (World Premiere)

Rules For Werewolves (Canada, U.S.)
Director: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, Screenwriter: Kirk Lynn
As teens ransack a suburban home for food and clothing, one recounts how he got there and how desperation has changed him. (World Premiere)

Talk Outside
Director/Screenwriter: Austin Davison
When two tough guys leave a bar to fight, their search for the right spot becomes an adventure. (World Premiere)

Ter (Costa Rica, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Maria Luisa Santos
A live-in house maid struggles with making a difficult decision while trying to hide her distress from the girl she loves and cares for. (World Premiere)

Zoe and Hanh
Director/Screenwriter: Kim Tran
A young woman is caught in a lie by her suspicious mom. With tensions already high from recently losing a loved one, their relationship unhinges. (World Premiere)

Texas High School Shorts

 

A preview of the next filmmaking generation, as Texas High Schoolers present shorts of 5 minutes or less.

:)
Director/Screenwriter: Barbara Lou
:) explores the theme of happiness from an abstract point of view that reflects a teenager’s world. (World Premiere)

218
Director/Screenwriter: Melanie Ulloa
This is an 80’s psychological thriller that dives deep into the mysterious and sometimes frightening world of multiple personality disorder.

AdSpace
Director/Screenwriter: Andre Garcia
A lonely girl struggles with the prospect of renewing her membership for her virtual companion, who may be her only friend in a world of commercialism. (World Premiere)

Alex
Director/Screenwriter: Wilson Jones
A teenager speaks their truth and struggles for understanding from their father and their peers. (World Premiere)

Chill
Director/Screenwriter: Kati Gibson
A surgical team is waiting for a special delivery and time is of the essence. (World Premiere)

The Contemporary Complex
Director/Screenwriter: Alex Martinez
Two teenagers argue over the legitimacy of one artist’s modern works.

Copyrat
Director/Screenwriter: McKenna Sanchez
A sad and lonely rat goes on a chaotic journey in order to discover it’s okay to love yourself.

Fish Fish Bish
Directors/Screenwriters: Katherine Li, Christine Yan
Bish the fish is saved by Bummy the dummy and ends up in his tummy. (World Premiere)

Joy Ride
Directors: Jack McIntyre, Matthew Gabaldon, Screenwriters: Vivian De La Mora, Matthew Gabaldon, Jack McIntyre, Hunter Reeves
A kid who only finds entertainment in laughing at others meets a girl who brings joy to his drab life. (World Premiere)

Karmen
Directors: Jerzy Carranza, Lindsay Bochat, Screenwriters: Savannah Baca, Lindsay Bochat
Chrysanthemum, a young girl with an extraordinary gift, life changes when she meets Karmen. (World Premiere)

Lucky Girl
Director: Ellie Bodeman
Lucky Girl is an experimental music video about gender. (World Premiere)

Niyayesh
Director/Screenwriter: Elli Dassopoulos
The turbulence of spiritual veneration, illustrated through travels between time and space. (World Premiere)

The Orchard
Director: Zeke French
A grizzled apple breaks free from the city to search for his birthplace.

Persiguiendo El Sueño Americano
Directors: Jose Gamez, Heidee Andres
This documentary is a look into a very important issue that I am passionate about because of the lives it affects. It is about the struggle of the Hispanic immigrants and the legal issues they face because of our President’s current stance.

Quest for Jasmine
Directors: Amanda Hawkes, Jackie MacLean
Amara, a lonely witch in a cabin in the woods, goes out to find the missing ingredient to her love potion. Adventure ensues, and Amara finds the missing ingredient and something else along the way. (World Premiere)

Rated B for Black
Director/Screenwriter: Samantha Porter
A film that embraces the beauties of black people as a whole: their strength, their unity, their determination, their gracefulness, and much more.

Skateboarding
Director: Ricky Rodriguez
This documentary follows young skateboarders as they try to find a place where they are accepted.

Sleep Paralysis
Director/Screenwriter: William Tran
A teenager experiences a terrifying phenomenon as he deals with the harrowing events of his day. (World Premiere)

Tattwo (China, Taiwan, U.S.)
Director: Emma Nebeker
The story discusses Zhua Zhou, a traditional precursor for future careers. A mother intervenes with the ceremony to prevent her child from pursuing dance, and her child now has two tattoos: one symbolizing dance and one symbolizing writing.

Ultimatum
Director: Kai Hashimoto, Screenwriter: Daniella Pantoliano
Three girls are locked in a basement. They have been down there for a long time. One must die in order for the rest to leave.

Unveiled
Director: Sofia Bajwa
Two teenage girls have unique experiences wearing a Hijab in today’s society.

A Walk Along The Stars
Director/Screenwriter: Lani McHenry
A personal and poetic expression of grief and love in tribute to a little girl’s grandmother. (World Premiere)

Wish Upon a Snowman
Director/Screenwriter: Miu Nakata
On Christmas Eve, a girl builds a snowman. She goes to bed excited on Christmas Eve wishing for a present but receives an unexpected surprise!

Episodic Pilot Competition

 

A pilot showcase introducing fresh work from bright new talent, many with an eye towards finding production, completion funds, or a release platform.

Alisa (Russia)
Directors: Vasilisa Kuzmina, Ivan Petukhov, Screenwriters: Yuliya Gulyan, Ivan Petukhov, Vasilisa Kuzmina
Alisa is an advanced voice assistant for taxi drivers. In each episode of this screenlife show, where everything is perceived from the AI’s POV, Alisa encounters freaky, frightening or funny passengers that question her sense of humour and humanity. (World Premiere)

Bananas (Australia)
Director: Rachel Anderson, Screenwriters: Rachel Anderson, Mary Duong
A curious and playful look at growing up between two cultures in Queensland – the Sunshine State – with particular focus on food and family, presented by two Australian-born Asian friends who are awkward, honest, and warm in equal parts. (North American Premiere)

Beached
Director: Nic Collins, Screenwriters: Nic Collins, Sean Godsey
Beached follows The Wail, a creature from the deep who has come to Earth to take away humanity’s pain. (World Premiere)

Bored (United Kingdom)
Director: Georgia Oakley, Screenwriters: Coral Amiga, Nicole Hartley
Jamie and Eve are best friends who’ve always shared everything… and after drowning their post-Brexit, January sorrows at a party, they really do end up sharing everything. In the sober light of day will things ever be the same again? (North American Premiere)

Chemo Brain (Denmark)
Director: Kristian Håskjold, Screenwriters: Johan Wang, Kristian Håskjold
When Oliver is diagnosed with testicular cancer his life is turned upside down. This drama series depicts the derailment of a young man that is doing everything he can to not lose his friends, his girlfriend, himself and ultimately his life.

Cooper’s Bar
Director: Alfredo De Villa, Screenwriters: Nick Morton, David Conolly
When Cooper Marino’s career falls apart, he takes refuge in the backyard tiki bar he has painstakingly constructed over 15 years and there finds an unlikely path to his own resurgence. (World Premiere)

The Dream
Director: Ron Najor, Screenwriters: Trevor Fernando, Ron Najor
The Dream follows Daryl, a broke aspiring film director who’s just moved to Los Angeles, taking his first job as a Production Assistant, and the ragtag gang of PAs that school him on how to survive in this insane and unpredictable work environment. (World Premiere)

Embrace
Director: Jessica Sanders, Screenwriters: Kathreen Khavari, Chuck Neal
Against the backdrop of Oakland California, Iranian-American medical student Kat tries to save her family by taking on the surprising side hustle of professional cuddling.

Everyone Together
Director: Lauren Ludwig, Screenwriter: Kelsey Ledgin
Everyone Together is a comedy series that follows two dysfunctional families from different cultural backgrounds as they clash and bond over a new major family milestone each season. (World Premiere)

Heart To Heart (United Kingdom)
Director: Lilah Vandenburgh, Screenwriter: Islay Bell-Webb
A surreal buddy-comedy about the relationship between a terminally ill 21- year-old, Liddy, and her failing heart, Lump, who’s determined to get her a girlfriend – before they both die. (World Premiere)

Homecoming: The Journey of Cardboard (Japan)
Directors: Yuko Shiomaki, Anna Thorson Mayer
Fuyuki Shimazu is an artist and cardboard lover who travels around the world to pick up cardboard he likes. His charming up-cycling art activities are depicted in the feature film From All Corners in 2018 and now his new chapter of journey starts. (World Premiere)

Lusty Crest
Director/Screenwriter: Kati Skelton
A love and fantasy-obsessed maid named Kasha begins working at Lusty Crest, a love hotel perched on top of a treacherous mountain. She soon learns that the hotel is plagued by not only human lechers, but supernatural ones as well. (World Premiere)

Racist Trees
Directors: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son
Racial tensions are reignited as a historically Black neighborhood in Palm Springs continues the decades-long fight for the removal of a wall of trees that many believe were originally planted as a totem of segregation. (World Premiere)

This Isn’t Me
Director: Adrian Rojas Elliot, Screenwriter: Ben Kawaller
An earnest West Hollywood homosexual with a skewed sense of decorum chases meaning and intimacy, routinely humiliating himself and occasionally stumbling into moments of grace.

Virtual Cinema

 

The immersive arts are finding new ways to enhance our ability to perceive the world that surrounds us, and in many instances they are redefining how we experience the world. The 27 projects presented in our Virtual Cinema emphasize storytelling, ingenuity and also showcase how other industries are embracing this new medium. Virtual Cinema is presented by Bose.

After the Fallout (Switzerland, U.S.)
Directors: Sam Wolson, Dominic Nahr
This unforgettable 360-degree experience pushes past traditional documentary tropes to evoke the reality and emotional gravity of life in Fukushima, ten years after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Coda
Directors: Graham Parkes, Oliver Lewin, Will Hellwarth, Bela Messex, Screenwriter: Graham Parkes
Shepherding you to the afterlife, a mysterious Ferryman questions you about the life that you lived. As you dig deeper into your past, a repressed reality about who you were, and weren’t, comes to light on this metaphysical journey to self-acceptance. (World Premiere)

Corpus Misty (Germany)
Director: Aubrey Heichemer, Screenwriter: Gayatri Parameswaran
Corpus Misty is an animated VR documentary set in a bright saturated corpusical world where you journey into intimate and secret tales of women and gender queers who have created a rift in their realities in order to find unity. (World Premiere)

The Curious Life of Bill Mont
Directors: Katrina Sorrentino, Andrea Patiño Contreras
Bill Mont, a self-made entrepreneur, reminisces about his life while preparing for a winter formal at Northwood in Halifax, Nova Scotia – the senior living center where he lives. He ruminates on love and loss, while living life to the fullest at 89! (World Premiere)

Dimension X: Dinosaurs (United Kingdom)
Director: Dani Parr, Screenwriter: Hannah Wood
A new fully immersive experience using the latest mixed reality technology to bring dinosaurs to life. Together audiences embark on a mission to help contain paranormal activity of the past, becoming the heroes of this exciting interactive game. (North American Premiere)

Eternal Return (Sweden, United Kingdom)
Directors: Matthew Shaw, Martina Seitl, Screenwriters: Matthew Shaw, Christer Lundahl, Martina Seitl, Malin Zimm
Eternal Return is a choreographed mixed reality exhibition interrogating the materiality of memory via replicas from earth’s deep past stretching into a speculative future where image libraries + experiences are hyperconnected to the physical world. (North American Premiere)

Ferenj: A Graphic Memoir in VR
Director/Screenwriter: Ainslee Alem Robson
Memory, reality, and the digital converge in this immersive graphic memoir about Ethiopian-American mixed-race identity in a virtual “home” created from spatialized images gathered from friends and family. (World Premiere)

Fragments (France, United Kingdom, U.S.)
Director: Aaron Bradbury, Screenwriters: Aaron Bradbury, Paul Mowbray
Fragments is a multimedia documentary, inspired by the award-winning VR experience Vestige. (World Premiere)

Gr8ness (Kenya)
Directors: Michael Ilako, Isa Paul Mohamed
Gr8ness is a five to six minute 360 documentary experience about art, creativity, friendship and hope. The experience takes place in Capetown, South Africa, where Ethan, an at-risk, teenager lives. (World Premiere)

Hiraeth
Director: Virginia Galloway
Hiraeth is a multi-sensory enhanced audio experience that explores our primal need for and connection to Earth’s quiet places. (World Premiere)

Hypha (Chile)
Director: Natalia Cabrera, Screenwriters: Natalia Cabrera, Juan Ferrer
Hypha is a VR experience about the bioremediation power of the Fungi Kingdom and its importance as the main recycler of Earth.

The Last Light
Director/Screenwriter: Jeremy Vanhoozer
In this storytelling experience a young woman travels home after learning of a loss in the family, reliving childhood memories she deals with her grief. With a beloved scrapbook she is able to work through her feelings and embrace life once again. (World Premiere)

Legends of the Brush
Director/Screenwriter: Sutu
Step into a wild collection of colorful fables created in virtual reality from the mind of Eisner-nominated digital artist Sutu. Each fable features stunningly unique art styles and game mechanics. (World Premiere)

Living Distance (China, U.S.)
Director/Screenwriter: Xin Liu
Living Distance is a fantasy and a mission, in which a wisdom tooth is sent to outer space and back down to Earth again.

Look at Me (Taiwan)
Director/Screenwriter: He Wei-Ting
A VR romantic melodrama with an anti-VR message. (North American Premiere)

Nine VR: Come See Me (Korea, Republic of)
Director: Minhyuk Che, Screenwriters: Minhyuk Che, Mina Hyeon
Two participants connected in real time coexist in the same space, each assuming the role of ‘Me in the past’ and ‘Me in the present’. I must find clues buried in my memory to find a way back to 1999 before my younger self erases everything I cherish. (North American Premiere)

Odyssey 1.4.9 (France)
Director: François Vautier
A breathtaking VR journey into the visual heart of A Space Odyssey. A personal tribute unveiling the secrets of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece. (U.S. Premiere)

Pagan Peak VR (Germany)
Directors/Screenwriters: Ioulia Isserlis, Max Sacker
In Pagan Peak VR you will find yourself among a group of strangers captured in a mysterious alpine cabin by the Krampus Killer. Your only chance to survive is to team up and solve the riddles laid out by the killer, emerging deeper into his psyche. (World Premiere)

Persuasion Machines
Directors: Karim Amer, Guvenc Ozel, Screenwriters: Karim Amer, Daniel Claridge, Bits Sola
Enter a smart living room that asks the question: are we in control of these machines or are they in control of us? The filmmakers of The Great Hack use mixed reality and surveillance technologies to bring to life the invisible world of data.

Reggieverse
Director/Screenwriter: Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts improvises into his own mind and takes you on a journey into his Volumetric VR multiverse. You’ll get up close to the action like never before and see Watts blur the line between avant-garde, comedy and music. An Intel Studios original. (World Premiere)

Secret Garden
Director: Stephanie Dinkins
Secret Garden is an immersive storytelling installation that combines audio vignettes told by black women with dynamic, responsive visual feedback. Secret Garden is presented by NEW INC and Nokia Bell Labs, and conceived by artist Stephanie Dinkins. (World Premiere)

A Song Within Us (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Fangas Nayaw
A Song Within Us is a 360 immersive experience with traditional aboriginal music and sound interaction, written and directed by Fangas Nayaw, a Taiwan Amis aboriginal theater Director and choreographer. (North American Premiere)

Preview to Space Explorers: the ISS Experience Preview (Canada)
Director: Felix Lajeunesse
The most ambitious film ever made in Space. An immersive journey that will bring audiences on an astonishing odyssey to humanity’s space outpost, showing life in orbit as never seen before. (World Premiere)

Superhuman AR by NCT 127
Director: Jinooya Makes
This groundbreaking augmented reality music video puts K-pop superstars right in front of you. Superhuman AR features NCT 127’s performance of their No. 1 hit song that you can view from every angle. Co-produced by Intel Studios and SM Entertainment. (North American Premiere)

A Unique Journey to Notre-Dame de Paris (France)
Director: Mélanie de Riberolles
An immersive and contemplative experience that enables you to visit Notre-Dame de Paris from exclusive spots: stand in the nave, near the rose windows, or on the rooftop to admire the belfries and the spire that was destroyed in the April 2019 fire.

Title Design Competition

 

Inspired by an essential part of the theatrical experience, these are works of art in their own right.

The Botanist Title Sequence / Company: Samplistic Media / Title Designer: Michael Rosen

Captain Marvel Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Creative Director: Lisa Bolan, Art Director: Nadia Tzuo

Carnival Row Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Lisa Bolan

Dichos Title Sequence / Company: Gwenaëlle Gobé Films / Title Designer: Gwenaëlle Gobé

Digital Design Days Geneva 2019 Title Sequence (Portugal, U.S.) / Company: Foreign Affairs / Title Designers: Filipe Carvalho, The Joelsons

For All Mankind Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Alan Williams

Game of Thrones Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designers: Angus Wall, Kirk Shintani

His Dark Materials Title Sequence (United Kingdom, U.S.) / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Clarissa Donlevy

Jeezy TM104 Promo Title Sequence / Company: Native Foreign / Title Designer: Nik Kleverov

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Title Sequence / Company: Alma Mater / Title Designer: Brian Mah

Locke & Key Title Sequence/ Company: Picturemill / Title Designers: William Lebeda, Sonia Kiran

Lust Title Sequence / Company: Ringling College of Art and Design / Title Designer: Rudy Schultz

Metro Exodus Title Sequence / Company: Elastic / Title Designer: Andy Hall

Observation Title Sequence(United Kingdom) / Company: No Code / Title Designers: Jon McKellan, Serjan Burlak

OFFF Barcelona 2019 Title Sequence / Company: 1983 / Title Designer: Chris Bjerre

The Orange Years Title Sequence / Company: Ali Clark Creative / Title Designer: Ali Clark

Panic Room #18: Rebirth Title Sequence (Netherlands) / Company: House of Panic / Title Designer: Kim Taylor

Pause Fest 2019 Title Sequence (Australia) / Company: Loop / Title Designers: Alex Mikhaylov, Max Chelyadnikov

Queens of Mystery Title Sequence (United Kingdom) / Company: Sly Fox Productions / Title Designer: Ian Emes

See Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Karin Fong

Shazam Title Sequence / Company: Aspect

Sonic the Hedgehog Title Sequence / Company: Picturemil / Title Designers: William Lebeda, Cecilia De Jesus

TEDxSydney 2019: Legacy Title Sequence (Australia) / Company: Substance / Title Designer: Scott Geersen

Tell Me A Story Title Sequence / Company: Imaginary Forces / Title Designer: Karin Fong

Under the Influence Title Sequence / Company: Yacht Club Films / Title Designer: Matt Morgan, Zach Law

La Venganza de Mascarita Title Sequence (Mexico) / Title Designer: Maribel Martínez

Warrior Title Sequence / Company: MethodMade, Method Studios / Title Designer: John Likens

What We Do In The Shadows Title Sequence / Company: MethodMade, Method Studios / Title Designer: John Likens

Who Among Us Title Sequence (Canada) / Company: Its Got Stealth / Title Designer: Jordan Turner

Why We Hate Title Sequence / Company: Blue Spill / Title Designers: Allison Brownmoore, Anthony Brownmoore, Joe Nowacki, Chris Caswell

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