7th Annual Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Cinema at the Wythe Hotel
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Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Place Stamp Here (6 minutes)
A man tries to mail a letter. Tries to fall in love. Tries to pulloff a fully denim outfit.
Before You(5 minutes)
Past, present and future collide when a young women ventures out for a Belgian Waffle.
DirectorKevin Michael Murphy
Sarah is Not Her Name (15 minutes)
A young couples path is changed forever when theyre forced to confront the baggage that lives silently between them.
NYChapters: Jerry (6 minutes)
A day in the life of Jerry, a pet store owner in Brooklyn.
A Short Film About Arthur (8 minutes)
Arthur Arbit is the grooviest tailor in Brooklyn.
Director Niels Alpert
The Gender Line (9 minutes)
A young Brooklyn painter creates a transgender portrait series while struggling to take her
career to the next level.
Director Joseph Rubinstein
Ultimate Satiation (10 minutes)
A woman enlists the help of an alien service to satisfy her darkest desire.
Director Christine Edwards
Pricture This (19 minutes)
A modern Orthodox woman rushes to a hospital emergency room, only to receive a less then 'Orthodox' examination.
Director Caryn Ann Osofsky
Writers Block (9 minutes)
Past her prime and afflicted with a severe case of writer's block, a veteran songwriter (Jane Lynch) finds new inspiration in a bird that takes up residence outside her home.
Written by Carol Leifer and Director Troy Miller
Q&A with Jane Lynch and Carol Leifer and the producer.
Shoot Me Nicely (30 minutes)
"'Shoot Me Nicely'" takes a fun and sometimes skewering look at the lives of artists,
celebrities, and the creative community in New York City. We were able to attract some
incredible talent both in front of and behind the camera. Having shot most of the show in
Brooklyn, and being a Brooklyn filmmaker, I thought it was important to premiere the project here, said Elias Plagianos, who wrote, directed, edited, and, along with his business partner Craig Blair, produced the short comedy as a proof of concept for an episodic series. TheWilliamsburg Independent Film Festival screens at a cool intimate venue, has a distinct style, point of view and most importantly the films are always great. Its an honor to be a part of this years opening night, and we are excited to finally share our project on the big screen. Iconic actors Linda Hamilton (Terminator) and William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption, Iron Man 3) were excited at the opportunity to play comedic roles. I love doing comedy, and I don't get a chance to much. I get to play lots of serious people, and killers, and people with alot of... sheriffs. Good people and bad people, but lots of drama, and to get a chance to be genuinely silly is a great treat for me. said Sadler who plays a conservative talk show host with a tiny secret that gets exposed by photographer Sean Wheeler. **Q & A with and Actress Linda Hamilton and Director Elias Plagianosafter the screening.**
(Watch or DVR LINDA HAMILTON ON GOOD DAY NY FOX 5 on Friday 11/18
discussing the film and our festival)
Now for Our Feature Presentation
Tryst (76 minutes)
Gabe tries to get over a breakup by dating, while his friends head for an epic showdown in their relationships. It's about how 20somethings deal with relationships in New York marked by technology and booze.
Director Lukas Raphael
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Strange and Surreal
Remembrance (5 minutes)
A lonely older man has a strange obsession with a female mannequin head.
Director Eliza NeimanGolden
Turnaround, a surrealistic short film, is an attempt to peek beyond the veil, exploring the
subjects of death and immortality of the soul.
Director Dmitry Lesnevskiy Jr.
Man in Ceiling (16 minutes)
An anxious young Temp discovers a man hiding in the ceiling of his office.
Director Joshua Fu
Some Kind of Quest (6 minutes)
What happens when artwork becomes lifes work? When creator becomes a caretaker?
Director Andrew Wilcox
Cradle (11 minutes)
A man risks his body and mind to right a terrible wrong.
Electric Blue (10 minutes)
In order to live a normal life, August will give up everything he's ever known, even his special abilities.
Are You Afraid of the 90s? (16 minutes)
After moving back into her parents home, Jessica discovers the nostalgia she had for her life in the 90s has become a living nightmare.
Director Kate Moran
7:45pm - 9:15pm
Shorts and Giggles
Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera) (11 minutes)
The operatic tale of a newly single mans first steps into the unfamiliar world of Tinder dating.
Director Adam Taylor
The Cannoli (4 minutes)
All Becca wants is to eat a cannoli at her favorite restaurant, but first, she has to sit through dinner with her opinionated extended family.
Director Stephanie Donnelly
Boneshaker (14 minutes)
At an Upper West Side bar a disparate set of passing characters engage two unsuccessful actors.
All Non Essentials (10 minutes)
The robots came for our jobs this morning. Nobody got the memo.
Director Alex Storey
The Heist (5 minutes)
Two handsome master criminals are trying to pull off a big heist so they're putting together
the most incredible heist team that has ever heist teamed before.
Director Luke Harris
Moon Party (9 Minutes)
Running into your ex can make you feel so exposed...especially at a naked party.
Director Cleo Handler
Oy Vey (9 minutes)
A traditional Jewish Shiva Isaac and Benjamin are mourning their beloved wife and mother, Ruthie. But when some unexpected guests arrive, they discover Ruthie wasn't the women they thought she was.
Director Sabrina Salome
Light (13 minutes)
A father and son accidentally find themselves together in a waiting room auditioning for a
Now for Our Feature Presentation
6 Love Stories (75 minutes)
Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia. Starring Carrie Preston (True Blood), Matthew Lillard (Scream) and Peter Bogdanovich.
Director Michael Dunaway
Saturday, November 19th, 2016
Convalescence (Documentary55 minutes)
The journey of Olliers Disease.
Hi Glow Retro (14 minutes)
Tommy Ashby, a high school senior with severe social anxiety, decides to step out of his
comfort zone to learn 70s disco dancing.
Director Alex Morsanutto
Chocolate Cake (10 minutes)
A boy wakes up in the middle of the night craving his mother's chocolate cake.
Director Benjamin Shweky
Wifey Redux(22 minutes)
A man becomes maniacally obsessed with chasing off his teenage daughter's new boyfriend in this dark comedy based on the story by acclaimed Irish author Kevin Barry.
Director Robert McKeon
Prettyface (16 minutes)
1969. Two teen girls encounter a family living on a movie ranch, not just any family.
Home on the Range (22 minutes)
Located less than onehundred feet from an elementary school, 423 students can see through the cafeteria windows to the back door of a gun store.
The Fourth (24 minutes)
A young woman in late nineteenth century Austria is faced with a problem of choice illusion or reality, past or future, kill or give life?
Director Krill Safonov
Oh The Drama
Ceiling Fan (12 minutes)
A story of one womans quiet resilience and the profound emotional significance of a simple task.
DirectorsAndrew KeenanBolger and Kate Wetherhead
Llorona (17 minutes)
An unusual housewife interprets an infamous character in a film production while struggling with her conservative family.
Director Marcelo Galán
The Mourning Hour (16 minutes)
Set in 1950's America, Virginia Bakely embarks on an emotional and psychological journey of reawakening upon learning of the death of her husband.
The Boxer (15 minutes)
An intimate portrait of Chordale Booker, a USA boxing elite mens division 165lb national
The Idyll (13 minutes)
An unconventional modern adaptation of a short story by Guy de Maupassant, the popular
french writer considered the father of the short story. Staring French Actress Emma de
Caunes and Hollywood actor Dougray Scott.
Narcan (20 Minutes)
An Irish paramedic struggles every day to manage a fractured home life as well as the death and depravity of the New York City streets.
Thrills and Chills
Mae Day (13 minutes)
A mansion heist turns deadly when two thieves come facetoface with a young woman who gives them a run for their money.
The Story (11 minutes)
In the aftermath of a mysterious murder and in a single, breathtaking shot a winding trail of clues unravels a tale of tragedy, betrayal, and violence.
Director Cameron Dingwall and Carolyn Pender
Eight of Spades (18 minutes)
An aspiring actress encounters a mysterious Shakespeare quoting stranger and finds herself drawn into his bizarre world...
Director Melisande Bliss
Dark Town (8 minutes)
A thief on the run from drug dealers finds his escape in the form of a kooky taxi driver.
Director Asad k.M.
Two Women (15 minutes, Brazil)
Two Women tells a story about emotions and the limits between love and friendship.
Director Marcelo Brennand
The Vagrant (7 minutes)
An unlikely stranger lends a helping hand to a vagrant in the park.
Director Will Havercroft
The After Party (17 minutes)
A surrealist horror film about an aspiring starlet who hopes to break into the Hollywood
scene by attending a mysterious late night party.
Director Eliza Brownlie
Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Talking Piece (16 minutes)
A MidWestern transplant living in Brooklyn accepts a new job as a principal of a high school inone of the boroughs roughest neighborhoods.
Director KPage Stuart Valdes
PELL (Documentary52 minutes)
PELL takes you from the mansions of Newport to the dramatic behind the scenes legislative conference in 1972 to recount how a wealthy, unassuming Senator from Rhode Island reached across party lines and was able to get the House and Senate members to vote for the passage of the Pell Grant legislation.
Dogs of the 9th Ward (Documentary30 minutes)
A documentary that sheds light upon the huge stray dog population in sections of New
Gene (4 minutes)
Suffering from dementia, an elderly Southern woman struggles to remember a recent
Director Josh Akin
Touching Leaves (15 mintues)
A secluded man struggles to come to terms with the events that took place during his
Spotter (9 minutes)
In the near future a criminal is enticed into helping a group flee from an oppressive
government surveillance system.
Oiled Up (14 minutes)
Oiled Up is a heartfelt, fastpaced caper comedy about the reconciliation of brotherhood
after a destructive family event.
Muir Song (3 minutes)
This film visually and emotionally captures the energy and attitude of exploring the Pacific
Northwest through the eyes of people who do so religiously
Director Janssen Powers
Adherence (20 minutes)
Over the course of one day in an inpatient psychiatric ward, we witness the intertwined
stories of several patients.
Grown (24 minutes)
Childhood Brooklynbred, 20something friends hustle, charm and smoke their way into the emerging New York City potscene in the 90's.
The Envelope Please
Awards Ceremony Reception
||Cinema at the Wythe Hotel|
80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
|First: ||Thursday Nov 17, 2016 6:30 PM|
|Last: ||Sunday Nov 20, 2016 5:00 PM|
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