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Bigfoot's Eulogy PG Student
Stephen Neary, director.
Submitted by Stephen Neary.
Sensitive Bill the Bigfoot finds a friend and roommate in lonely Fred.
But can their friendship withstand a shared love interest? A beautifully
animated, heartwarming fable about relationships.
Dear Sweet Emma PG13
John Cernak, director.
Submitted by Loraine Cernak.
As the search is given up for Emma's latest husband, Tucker, a private
look reveals that Emma has a secret and uncontrollable dark side. The
sweetest angel and favorite citizen of Fishtickle would indeed pose
an uncomfortable dilemma for all if her problem were ever found out.
Jaeyoon Park, director.
Submitted by Jaeyoon Park.
Evocation is a visual ode influenced by the poem evocation
written by Kim So Wol. the poem evocation consists of strong
emotional conflicts that occurs from losing a loved one. And these develop
Han, ironic or paradoxical emotions, which I try to illustrate in Evocation.
Green G Israel
Submitted by Sagi Zamoshchik.
An innocent butterfly is drawn towards a single green spot in the desert,
to achieve his desire he has to overcome many man-made obstacles.
Kathy In Her Bedroom G
Nancy Jean Tucker, director.
Submitted by Nancy Jean Tucker.
Kathy In Her Bedroom is a music video for Los Angeles-based band Bedroom
Walls' new album, 'All Good Dreamers Pass This Way.'
Linear Progression G
Kat Kosmala, director.
Submitted by Kat Kosmala.
In grass-eating comfort exists the orange protagonist of Linear Progression.
Will life be as easy when he/she/it meets an obstacle on the straight
and narrow path?
Nostalgia for the Present PG
Anya Belkina, director.
Submitted by Anya Belkina.
Inspired by Voznesenskis poem Nostalgia for the Present,
this black and white short visualizes the urge to unpeel or to crack
open the illusory layers of nostalgia in order to reveal a deeper longing
for the full apprehension of living.
Jim Tavernetti, director.
Submitted by Jim Tavernetti.
Seasons is a computer generated short animation about the cycles of
seasons, relationships, and life. Seasons is dedicated to three close
friends, Mike Monroe, Leah Sauer & Brent Kimble, who passed away
at a very young age. The story attempts to present these tragedies in
a creative and positive way. The music was created by Brent Kimble and
his band Continental. The song August Ends is a tribute
Sin-a-rator PG (May be offensive)
Adam Scheff, director.
Submitted by Adam Scheff
The Pope feels he needs to be more proactive in the church community.
Luckily for him, the new Sin-a-rator X76 just became available. He hopes
his new tool of enlightenment will help people 'see the light'.
The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong PG Student/Claymation
Cameron Edser, director.
Michael Richards, director.
Submitted by Cameron Edser.
Based on the tune of Waltzing Matilda' and the legendary myth
of the bunyip, The Bushman of Bunyip Billabong portrays Australias
distinct outback environment and characters using a unique style of
Vitruvius' Toybox G
Dennis Iannuzzi, director.
Submitted b Dennis Iannuzzi.
Experimental animation that explores the relationship between motion
graphic techniques, electronic music and the use of traditional graphic
design ideas as a way of visually organizing an animated film.
A Spiritual Journey PG
Peter Turner, director.
Submitted by Peter Turner.
Two filmmakers travel border to border talking to ordinary Americans
about their spirituality. From the Mexican Border in Texas to the Canadian
border in Montana, they visit some of the most scenic and spiritual
places America has to offer.
Between Iraq and a Hard Place PG13
Rex Pratt, director.
Submitted by Rex Pratt
As Martin Sheen narrates, hear and see from the soldiers view, war in
Iraq. Learn what makes a Marine tick. What they miss. What they love.
Stories of heartbreak and courage. Feel like you are there. Footage
shot in Iraq and upon return. You will love these Marines and have a
new respect for the price of war.
By The Wayside PG Regional
Soozie Eastman, director.
Justin Ostensen, director.
Submitted by Soozie Eastman, Oldham County, Ky., native.
Every night in America, 600,000 men, women and children go to sleep
homeless. Every one has hope in their fight for a better life. Follow
their stories, and others, on a journey as they struggle to rebuild
lives that have fallen by the wayside.
Friendly FireExposing Gulf War Syndrome PG13
Tom Muschamp, director.
Submitted by Zoi Florosz.
The U.S. sent soldiers to Iraq. Little did these soldiers know that
their own government would inflict greater harm upon them than the enemy
by exposing them to deadly chemicals, depleted uranium and
radiation- all causing severe and often irreversible health problems
and death while the government denies all. Award-winning filmmaker Gary
Null exposes the truth about the war in Iraq. Gulf war Syndrome and
the secrets and the U.S. government is hiding from our soldiers and
the world at large.
It's Happiness: A Polka Documentary PG
Craig DiBiase, director.
Submitted by Craig DiBiase.
It's Happiness: A Polka Documentary showcases the eccentric
personalities of Wisconsin's waning polka community. Art Altenberg is
selling the last polka bar in town, Greg Drust's record collection is
rapidly approaching 1 million and Polka Boosters President John Pinter
is determined to set a world record. Will polka be here to stay?
Jungle Remedy PG13
Kirk Jackson, director.
Submitted by Kirk Jackson.
A Belizean bush doctor has an herbal treatment for HIV/AIDS, but with
no scientific evidence to back it up it could likely stay a secret.
In a country with a severe stigma towards the disease and a lack of
belief in the healthcare system, only a very few are willing to brave
the camera to tell their stories. Meanwhile the health authorities refuse
to organize or provide the proper tests to determine the effectiveness
from the treatment. Jungle Remedy is the story of a bush
doctor, who against opposition, continues to stand by his beliefs and
treat those infected. This is the story of a man and a people who want
answers and are not waiting for their government to provide them.
King Leopold's Ghost R
Pippa Scott, director.
Oreet Rees, director.
Submitted by Pippa Scott.
Starring Don Cheadle, Alfre Woodard and James Cromwell, King Leopolds
Ghost is the shocking tale of the richest country in Africa, claimed
by the rapacious King Leopold II of Belgium. Under his greedy reign,
the Congo suffered unimaginable horrors.
Joel P. Engardio, director.
Tom Shepard, director.
Submitted by Joel Engardio.
They won't pledge allegiance. They won't go to war. They won't accept
blood transfusions. Civil libertarians? Holocaust martyrs? Medical revolutionaries?
Knocking opens the door on Jehovah's Witnesses.
Refuseniks PG Regional
Sonja DeVries, director.
Submitted by Sonja DeVries, Louisville, Ky.
A moving portrait of Israeli men and women taking a stand for humanity.
United in their refusal to participate in the military occupation of
the Palestinian people, a high school student, a career military officer,
an army medic, and others tell a conflicted and passionate story of
how they have come to believe that taking a stand is crucial to their
own humanity and to the future of their country.
Riverboat Dreams PG
Jay Kanzler, director.
Submitted by Jay Kanzler.
Gambling has become almost as common in American society as going to
a movie. But at what cost? Who are the real winners and losers? 'River
Boat Dreams' examines the personal struggles, the successes and devastating
losses of people and communities for whom river boat casino gambling
has become the ultimate wager.
Rommel and the Plot Against Hitler R
Nicholas Natteau, director.
Submitted by Nicholas Natteau.
Rommel And The Plot Against Hitler focuses on how Field
Marshal Erwin Rommel became implicated in the July 20, 1944, officers'
plot against Hitler. It is a morality tale highlighting the excruciating
dilemma of the modern soldier forced to choose between obeying orders
and following his conscience.
Rumble in the Heartland PG13 Regional
J.T. Crawford, director.
Submitted by J.T. Crawford, Paducah, Ky.
Independent wrestling is alive and well in America's heartland. Rumble
in the Heartland goes behind the scenes and follows the lives of independent
wrestlers and fans through a days training, a typical show, and
their lives in the real world.
The Adventures of Mad Matt PG
Scott Rice, director.
Submitted by Scott Rice.
A hilarious and touching family portrait about four siblings growing
up and making action movies at the dawn of home video.
They Are Still There G Regional
Dewayne Rudd, director.
Submitted by Dewayne Rudd, Louisville, Ky.
Even though they dwell within the thick cloak of dementia, loved ones
afflicted with this relentless disease are not hidden from God. He has
not forgotten them, and neither should we. This documentary declares
their spirit still survives, and they still deserve our love.
Cliff Vaughn, director.
Submitted by Cliff Vaughn.
If Jesus had a tattoo, what would it be? Kentucky artist Steve Sawyer
asks the question and paints the answer in this chronicle of Art for
God, a family business struggling to survive and share its new vision
Street Witness PG13 Equador
Soraya Umewaka, director.
Submitted by Soraya Umewaka.
Soraya worked as an intern to counsel and tutor at-risk-youths at a
street childrens center called Chicos de la Calle. In order to
capture the complexity of the street children crisis, I incorporated
a wide range of voices, including street youths, the former vice president
of Ecuador, policemen and social workers. Amidst the turmoil and the
daily struggle to make a living, these youths demonstrated remarkable
resilience and dignity. If you would like to help these children, please
Un-Natural State PG
Kirk Mangels, director.
Submitted by Kirk Mangels.
In the style of Errol Morris, Un-Natural State examines
the absurdity of a little-known civil rights circumstance in the nation's
capital. For more than 200 years, the residents of Washington, D.C.,
have fallen through a loop hole in the Constitution and have never had
representation in the U.S. Congress. There is no democracy in the capital
of the United States of America.
Expiration Date PG
Rick Stevenson, director.
Submitted by Rick Stevenson.
Expiration Date is a romantic fable about Charles Silvercloud
III, whose grandfather and father were both killed by milk trucks on
their 25th birthdays. Oh, and Charlie is about to turn 25. Having accepted
his fate, Charlie is responsibly going about preparing for his death(buying
a casket, selecting a grave plot, selling his furniture, etc.) when
he meets a crazy girl who won't let him die in peace. If you are interested
in advanced reservations to purchase this DVD, go to the above website
and use the password:Bluegrass.
Pete Marcy, director.
Submitted by Adam Anderson.
Firefly interweaves the stories of three people seeking the mysterious
truth about what happened one fateful Halloween night. The answers will
come Christmas Eve.
Red Thread PG13
Teddy Sharkova Pashikov,
Submitted by Teodora Sharkova.
One night, right after her fiancé has gone on a business trip,
Tamara gets injured. There is no one to help her except Billy, the apartment
complex maintenance man. Tamara and Billy unexpectedly discover a friendship
that could lead them both to realizing the dreams theyd nearly
given up on
if only Tamara werent engaged and Miss Johnson,
the widowed community manager, werent watching.
Rigoletto... in Bluegrass PG Canada World Premiere
Rob Swales, director.
Submitted by Rob Swales
Rob Swales adaptation of Guiseppe Verdis 1851 opera, Rigoletto,
takes the original characters of Verdi and adapts them to small town
Canada. The music is adapted in the bluegrass genre as the film opens
with a 14-piece mandolin orchestra. Musically, the film has a unique
take on favorites from the opera including Questa o Quella, Caro Nome
and La Donna E Mobile. Top-notch musicians, including Canadian Legend
Washboard Hank (who plays The Duke), perform these popular arias.
Room 314 R
Michael Knowles, director.
Submitted by Michael Knowles.
Watch as five different couples in different stages of their relationships
check into Room 314 and deal with underlying tensions, desires and a
need to be loved.
Monty Lapica, director.
Submitted by Monty Lapica.
A desperate mother hires a private company to kidnap her troubled son
and take him to a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital where
he is subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the institution.
Sixes and a One Eyed King R (Not for the faint
Ray Nomoto Robison, director.
Submitted by Scott Ford, Ky.
Six formerly suicidal contenders vie to be the last alive and win millions,
not knowing that international high rollers are betting via the Internet
on the Russian roulette-style games and that lonlost relationships
will complicate the odds.
Souvenir R (Nudity)
Natasa Prosenc, director.
Submitted by Wallace Zane.
A mystery about illegal African art, dangerous love and the consequences
of colonialism in the West.
The Bonnie Situation R
Peter Matkiwsky, director.
Submitted by Peter Matkiwsky.
This Jersey Indie teaches us that when it comes to love, logic need
The Garage PG13
Carl Thibault, director.
Submitted by Carl Thibault.
A mechanic at his father's garage, Matt dreams about leaving his small
town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings about
a new girlfriend and a deep bond with his parents and brother prevent
Matts escape, despite pressure from best friend Schultz to take
off with him immediately. It's about the choices we make... and the
roads we take.
The Trouble with Dee Dee R (Language)
Michael Meiners, director.
Submitted by Michael Meiners.
Lisa Ann Walter stars in the story of an eccentric socialite with a
knack for pulling off hopelessly wild adventures who struggles when
she finds herself disowned by her millionaire father and abandoned by
her teenage son. The Trouble with Dee Dee is a new take
on parents and children that frustrates, amuses and warms the heart.
At once shocking and endearing, Dee Dee overcomes her rough exterior
to draw people in with her childlike joy of life and her heart of gold.
The movie attacks our knee-jerk reaction to write people off when they
dont adhere to accepted social norms, by enticing us to stick
with a character we might otherwise have turned away, with a feeling
that we might be pleasantly surprised.
The Uniform Motion of Folly PG13
Jeanne C. Davis, director.
Submitted by Jeanne C. Davis.
After her husband dies, Ella and her two children must move from the
privilege of Malibu to the struggling rural family farm of her brother-in-law.
While the family copes with their loss, Ella is gripped by the fear
of hereditary effects of suicide.
29 Reasons to Run R
Damon O'Steen, director.
Submitted by Gary Weeks.
Murphy's Law takes over when a slacker (Jack Paradise) runs out of couches
to sleep on and decides to take a road trip to find his lost love, but
only after tricking his novel-challenged writer/ best friend (Peter
Jonson) into going with him by making him believe that this trip could
be the story he's been waiting to write all of his life.
Binta Y La Gran Idea G
Shorts - Spain & Senegal
Javier Fesser, director.
Submitted by Javier Fesser.
Binta is a 7-year-old girl who lives in a small charming village on
the Casamance River in Southern Senegal. She goes to school. Her cousin
Soda does not have the same good fortune. She is not allowed to learn
about the things of the world. Binta admires her father, a humble fisherman
who, concerned about the development of mankind, is determined to carry
out an idea that has occurred to him.
Shorts - Russian Federation
Denis Filyukov, director.
Submitted by Denis Filyukov.
Cinematorture is a short comedy about how a movie is made.
Dos Sombras (Two Shadows) PG13/R Shorts
- Spain, Poland, United Kingdom
Pawel Kloc, director.
Submitted by Michael Denny.
When pain and the past mix with vengeance. Ramon returns
to Seville after 15 years. He meets two friends in his favorite bar
to get drunk. On the way home he notices graffiti in the streets. He
soon realizes that something isn't quite right...
Dhyaas (Longing) PG
Student - Pune, India; Sukhada Gokhale-Bhonde, director.
Submitted by Sukhada Gokhale
Dhyaas (Longing) is a 20-minute narrative about an orphaned pickpocket
called Babu, who yearns for human connection in a city filled with people.
After Dada, his only friend shuns him away, Babu sets on a journey to
find himself a family. The protagonist of the film is a non-actor from
a local school in Pune.
Geoffrey Bagel PG13
Shorts - Australia
Jared Houseman, director.
Submitted by Jared Houseman
Geoffrey Bagel and his newly found friend, Nathan Gouda, embark on a
film making adventure together. How far can they go with no money, no
actors and no crew?
Honeymoon R - Feature - South Korea
Sejin Hur, director.
Submitted by Sejin Hur.
This is a story about one man's journey to find the truth about his
beloved wife's death and the meaning of eternal love.
Cruel Logic PG13
Brian Godawa, director.
Submitted by Brian Godawa
A university professor of sociobiology is captured by a brilliant serial
killer who debates with him about the professors own theory of
the biological origins of crime. The topic: His moral right to kill
Cowboys of Florida PG Documentary
Victor Milt, director.
Submitted by Victor Milt.
Cowboys in Florida? You bet. This movie shows it all; from ranching
to rodeos to the threat of rapid development threatening this century
old way of life.
Forgotten Son PG Regional
Don Simandl, director, Lexington, Ky.
Submitted by Barbara Jackson
This is a methamphetamine awareness fictional short targeted for junior
and senior high students as seen from a teenager's POV, whose mother
is an addict.
Andrew Pinon, director.
Submitted by Andrew Pinon.
An unfaithful husband's devotion is challenged when he is kidnapped
by his lover's husband and forced to confront his wife with the truth.
Harry and Greta PG13 Regional
Ryan Cooper, director.
Submitted by Lynda Coble.
Harry will go to any length to save his career. Now all that stands
between him and a paycheck is one little old lady, and Greta. Will Harry
be a winner? Or dinner? Director Ryan Cooper is a former University
of Kentucky student and the son of Lexington residents.
Perils in Nude Modeling R Nudity
Scott Rice, director.
Submitted by Scott Rice.
A student on the verge of expulsion must choose between life-long ambition
and love when a nude model makes a dangerous demand in the middle of
a prestigious art school drawing class.
William Olsson, director.
Submitted by William Olsson
Rosa, a young girl, sells roses on the streets of a vast Latin American
City. Her father has disappeared and her mother has moved in with another
man. Equipped with a torn photograph of her dad, Rosa descends on a
quest to find her beloved father.
Andrew Lund, director.
Submitted by Andrew Lund.
A famous photographer, played by Henry Darrow, must face the reality
behind his photographs or risk losing more than just his life.
Something True R
Thor Gold, director.
Submitted by Thor Gold.
A gigolo who longs for a real connection with a woman finds it in the
arms of a beautiful murderess.
Clark Harris, director.
Submitted by Brett Jaffee.
Five strangers, Marty, Virginia, Sasha, Brian and Belinda, are passengers
on an unreliable elevator that breaks down just before reaching the
11th floor of an old, big-city office building. The minutes turn to
hours. Some days last a lifetime. Starring Wendie Malick and Ken Howard.
That's My Baby PG Comedy
Staci Simpson, director.
Submitted by Staci Simpson.
That's My Baby is a lighthearted look at maternal instincts
gone awry. When two women in a park both lay claim to the same child
tempers flare and the fight is on.
The Father, Unblinking PG13
Ziggy Attias, director.
Submitted by Ziggy Attias.
Set in rural America, a father discovers his young daughter dead of
fever and makes the decision to bury her secretly, without informing
his wife. It is a story of how two people deal with the death of their
child and their inability to communicate their feelings and thoughts
with each other. Fine Art Magazine describes the story as Imaginative
and original, a wonderfully sensitive, moving and compelling dark tale.
The First Date PG
Brian Pearce, director.
Submitted by Brian Pearce.
Mike Crawford has never had much luck in love, but that may all change
tonight. The First Date follows Mike and his thoughts on
another blind date. Will he blow another chance at love or will he be
able to build up the courage to sweep her off her feet?
The Man Who Couldn't Dance PG Comedy - New Zealand
Barry Prescott, director.
Submitted by Barry Prescott.
Alge dreams of being a dancer. The only thing standing in his way are
his legs he doesnt have any.
The Projectionist PG
Comedy - Regional
Greg Slagle, director.
Submitted by Greg Slagle.
Owen Brown faces the tough decisions in life: his job, his girlfriend
and the pressures of his family. Luckily for him he has his trusty projector
with him that reveals all truths. Greg Slagle is a native of Kentucky
and a graduate of The University of Kentucky.
The Story of Bubbleboy PG Australia
Sean Ascroft, director.
Submitted by Sean Ascroft.
In a stab-happy world, a sad outcast wrestles with his demons. The
Story of Bubbleboy is a film about being trapped by the past and
redeemed by the future.
Valour R Ireland
John Vaughan, director.
Submitted by John Vaughan.
The sole survivor of a failed Allied attack during World War I tells
his story, but will his commanding officer believe this tale of Valour?
Daedra Kaehler, director.
Submitted by Daedra Kaehler.
A homeless woman is given a lottery ticket a stroke
of luck or a wasted buck!
Michael Yum, director.
Submitted by Michael Yum.
A film that boggles the mind and makes you think carefully of what you
have just seen.
Dairy Cow G
John Duarte, director,
Submitted by John Duarte.
Dairy Cow is an amazing, awe-inspiring, all-ages experience that will
leave audiences breathless. Filmed on location in Tulare, California;
Dairy Cow takes viewers to a different type of existence. An existence
that is slow and simple, but still satisfying and fascinating. With
beautiful photography and wonderful music, Dairy Cow emotionally pleases
and educates audiences.
Dancing Ground PG
Tobin Addington, director.
Submitted by Tobin Addington.
Firecrackers fly through the sky, ghosts dance in the dust, an old man
wanders the prairie with a gun, and a small town sheriff searches for
Every Time I Breathe Out, You're Breathing In R
A.E. Jablonski, director.
Submitted by Alex Jablonski.
A soldier returns home from Iraq and struggles to adjust to his old
life. His homecoming is made more difficult when the Muslim woman he
shot and killed appears in his pool and begins living with him and his
Jersey Blues R
Yuri Alves, director.
Submitted by Yuri Alves.
One man torn between Jersey street philosophy and American jazz, between
boyhood and manhood, between tragedy and hope. Today destiny grows inside
a soul Johnny has never known.
Lights Out PG
Erick Fefferman, director.
Submitted by Erick Fefferman.
A retired journeyman boxer forced to give it up returns to the ring
one last time.
Mantis PG13 Canada
Brendon Foster-Algoo, director.
Submitted by Barry Choi.
After years of a strained marriage, Adam Merritt and his wife, Alice,
have violently drifted apart. When the turbulence of their differences
comes to a head, Adam must decide what is ultimately more important:
the lives of his children, or the future of a highly destructive relationship.
A dissection into the gendered psychology of the abuser and the abused,
social services, and the law, Mantis provides a view into
a world of familial disintegration, societal prejudice and a father's
shocking and final attempt at redemption.
Road to Hunter R
Sara Booth, director.
Submitted by Sara Booth, Ky.
Two aspiring journalists embark on a 4,000-mile road trip to crash Hunter
S. Thompsons memorial, where his ashes will be shot out of a cannon
over his fortified compound. They hope to publish an article documenting
their exploits. Can an iconoclast, drug addicted, gun loving wild man
who became famous in the 1960s possibly help guide two young writers
Jorge Moran, director.
Submitted by Jorge Moran.
A lonely schizophrenic African American finds the love of life, but
can he keep her?
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