Announcing the DCIFF 2017 Feature Films

Freezing (China/2016/97mins), Directed by Peng Skiing
Chinese families used to be expected to take care of their aged parents. Times have changed and 70-year-old Liu becomes a victim.

Guys Reading Poems (USA/2016/94mins), Directed by Hunter Lee Hughes
Lead Cast: Patricia Velasquez, Alexander Dreymon, Luke Judy
A resourceful boy creatively uses poetry to survive when his mother, a disturbed avant garde painter, locks him in a puppet box and builds an art installation around his imprisonment. A neo-noir film that integrates visual poetry with traditional narrative filmmaking.

Interior Night (Canada, USA /2016/93mins), Directed by Alan Watt
Lead Cast: Riley Smith, Micah Hauptmann, Errin Hayes, Christina Scherer and Kirk Balz
Over the course of one night, four characters whose lives are enmeshed hit bottom. Each must reveal the dark secret that could destroy their life or set them free.

Invisible (Greece/2015/84mins), Directed by Dimitri Athanitis
Lead Cast: Yannis Stankoglou, Kora Karvouni, Costas Xikominos
When Aris, a 35 year-old worker in a factory gets fired without warning, he becomes obsessed with the idea of taking justice into his own hands.

Occupants (USA/2016/120mins), Directed by Russell Emanuel
Lead Cast: Robert Picardo, Brianna White
Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil embark on a ’30 Days of Clean Living’ documentary, setting up cameras all over their house. Half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves.

One Penny (USA/2017/92mins), Directed by Michael DeVita
Lead Cast; Harrison Samuels, Carson Grant, Ben Rezendes, Will Roland, Erin O’Brien
Young Dylan is forced to live on the streets and is taken in by ‘the Professor’ living in a homeless community. He devises a plan with his best friend Collin to help the community and get off the streets.

One Buck (USA/2016/89mins), Directed by Fabien Dufils
Lead Cast: John Freeman, Katie Ryan, Casi Colvin
Shifting from one pocket to another, from one man’s drama to another, a lowly dollar bill, ‘one buck’ takes us on an odyssey through the heart of a forgotten town in Louisiana.

Service to Man (USA/2016/92mins), Directed by Aaron Greer and Seth Panitch
Lead Cast: Keith David. Amman Rucker, Morgan Auld. Christopher Livingston
It’s 1968 and a white student from Brooklyn finds himself at Nashville’s legendary black medical school, where he and his peers face the mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, and each other in their quest to become healers in the Service To Man.

The Journey is the Destination (UK, South Africa/2016/119mins), Directed by Bronwen Hughes
Cast: Ben Schnitzer, Ella Purnell, Kelly Macdonald, Maria Bello, Sam Hazeldine, Yusra Warsama
The true story of Dan Eldon, who, by 22 he had traveled to more than 40 countries, written a book, worked in refugee camps, opened a business, fallen in love – and accumulated more life experience than most in a lifetime. As an activist and photojournalist he risked then finally gave his life to find the simple truths and joy of humanity in war-torn, famine-rife Africa.

The Violin Player (India/2015/72mins), Direct by Bauddhayan Mukherji
The Violin player is the story of one day in the life of a failed Bollywood session violinist whose life revolves around remarkable nothingness. Life, that day, throws a carrot at him and he ends up finding expression in an unlikely place. The day unfolds to reveal startling truths about music, art, life and survival.

The Night Watchmen (USA/2017/80mins), Directed by Mitchell Altieri
Lead Cast; Ken Arnold, Kevin Jiggetts, Dan DeLuca, Matt Servitto, Kara Luiz, Max Wilbur, Tiffany Shepis
Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle to save their lives against a horde of hungry vampires.