KKK x KKK
Run time: 14:17
Courtney Geiger is a senior studio art and film student at Wake Forest University.
After doing her nails, a young black woman constructs her own miniature faux-cotton field.
"KKK x KKK" is the first and longest video part of a multi-channel video art work entitled "Wish I Were a Kardashian So I Could Be Black"
The Black Basilisk
Run time: 9:59
A woman, trying to get away with murder, receives help from the creature who lives in the drain under her bathroom sink. A short horror story in the vein of 'The Twilight Zone'.
Edward Loupe is a student filmmaker from Lawrence, Kansas. He attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Film Directing. He is currently attending the graduate film production program at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to obtain an MFA in film production.
Run time: 2:25
Rotoscope animation created by students in Experimental Animation at Sam Houston State University.
A Picture's Worth
Run time: 12:30
A young man must look at the last two years of his romantic relationship to see where he went wrong if he wants to save it.
Evan Wehmeyer is a Hoosier from birth, growing up in Fisher, IN. He currently attends THE Ohio State University in Columbus where he studies Animation and Screenwriting. A Picture's Worth marks his debut into narrative short films as both a Director and Screenwriter.
Run time: 15:33
A struggling musician in a downward spiral finds his fate intertwined with that of his new neighbor, an artist looking for a fresh start.
The Magic Words
Run time: 12:59
Domenic Porcari, Matt Marucci
A young 25-year-old writer, Joanne, is onboard a train from Manchester to London desperate to create her next piece of work. While trying to fight back her tears and frustration, a child named Harriet skips into Joanne’s cabin armed with a magic wand. Harriet is a nuisance to Joanne as the child tries to cheer her up by asking her to ponder a happy memory.
The film takes a dark turn when Joanne can’t think of anything happy. Harriet warm Joanne that if she cannot think of something happy, the monsters will come to get her. The two passengers must confide in each other as they face their dark pasts, powerful memories, and an opportunity to make a difference in their lives. The film takes the audience on an unforgettable journey as the two characters attempt to write a children’s book.
Domenic Porcari (Dom) couldn’t be more thrilled to be directing this film! As someone who is typically known for his enjoyment of mixed martial arts, parkour, axe throwing and action movies, Dom
loves to remind people that subtler, gentler crafts like guitar, paddle boarding, singing, golfing, poetry and deeper, dramatic movies hold an equal place in his heart. Domenic graduated from Cornerstone Christian Preparatory academy, where his 40 person high school took 1st place in a nation wide robotics tournament, put on some of the best High school musicals you’ll ever see, and fundraised $108,500 to buy the school building. (Don’t believe me? ->https://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/a-home-for-the- stone/173782) This taught Domenic a very important lesson about making low budget films: It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, all that matters is having a worthy cause, working your butt off, and trusting God to take care of the rest. Dom’s ultimate goal in making this film is to reconnect with his little sister (an avid Harry Potter fan/Ravenclaw) and to hopefully provide even the tiniest bit of catharsis for anyone who has gone through trials similar to Joanne.
Run time: 6:05
W. Trent Welstead
The Rehearsal was produced for our Avant-Garde Cinema class at Virginia Tech, in which we were allowed to partner together for a final project. The story was particularly influenced by surrealism, while the cinematography drew upon certain elements of expressionism. I was also intrigued by the philosophy behind the Theatre of Cruelty, in the sense that the film should serve as somewhat of an assault on the audience, in order to reflect The Actor’s true subconscious.
Trent Welstead currently resides in Blacksburg, VA where he's pursuing a dual degree at Virginia Tech in Cinema & Creative Writing. He's an avid cinema enthusiast to nearly every extent imaginable. Trent loves the music of The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and Def Leppard, among many other classic rock artists. When he’s not immersed in his own projects, you can more than likely assume Trent’s watching anything and everything from The Criterion Collection with whomever he’s delighted to share the experience.
Out of the Pills
Run time: 14:24
As opioid addiction ravages the nation, West Virginia finds itself at the center of the storm. In Fayetteville, WV, Cliff Massey rebuilds his life and reconnects with his family as he struggles to stay clean. Cliff dreams of the day he can regain custody of his daughter Jasper as he actively works toward that goal. Captain Mark Strickland of the Charleston Fire Department battles the crisis as he sees firsthand the carnage that is devastating his community. Despite their distinct perspectives, these two men share the same goal – to see West Virginians rise out of the pills.
Casey is a student documentary producer, director, and editor. She strives to make films about critical issues and to help tell the stories of people whose voices might otherwise not be heard. Her previous films have focused on LGBTQ rights in South Korea, a family with 10 adopted and foster children, homelessness and the impacts of mindfulness meditation on various age groups.
Run time: 3:00
Fateme Fadaee Darestani
Islamic Republic of Iran
Two sisters are under the shakedown ... waiting to save their father...
Run time: 5:55
In a world where everyone’s memories are stored on flash drives worn around their necks, Chris, workaholic, must fight to keep his memories from being deleted after witnessing a murder.
Bio: Adam Pivirotto, 20 year old DeSales University Student from East Berlin, Pennsylvania and director of Memory Drive, has made his directorial debut with the film. He has been on many successful short film sets and continues to make new stories with his knowledge and passion for writing. With a strong team of filmmakers by his side he is able exceed his expectations. Adam plans to make many more narrative shorts as he continues to hone his film making and writing skills.