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Announcing the narrative and documentary shorts in competition


A Cure
USA/2012/11:30/directed by Matthew Herbertz
Pulled out of school when her mother finds out her sexual interest in other girls, Sarah is forced by her mother to undergo reparative therapy.

A Short Film About Safekeeping
USA/2012/17mins/directed by Mark Hitz
A young girl protects herself from the rush of time using an empty film camera.

 A Bird In The Hand 
UK & Ireland/2012 /8mins/directed by David Brown
Alan, blessed with an unusual appearance and walk, and bullied by everyone he meets, find his true self and along the way finds true love.

USA/2012/24mins/directed by Francisco Lupini                              
Pepa, a Spanish spitfire hairdresser and aspiring mystery writer, must put her amateur detective skills to work in order to discover the true father of her unborn baby.

Russian Federation/2012/ 9mins / directed by Vadim Viner
Cabbagemincer knows a lot about how to shred the cabbage and is a great admirer of women’s feet.

Chance Encounter
USA /2013/5mins/Eric Richardson-Hagans                         
A cop comes across a dangerous criminal during what he thinks will be a routine stop.

Italy/2012/16mins/directed by Andrea La Mendola                                                  A personal view of narcissism and madness inspired by the ancient Greek myth, Narcissus and Echo: a man’s girlfriend is brutally murdered under mysterious circumstances.

Granny Baby
Canada/2012/9mins/directed by Eva Colmers                          
Jack is excited to pick up his new baby sister and mother from the hospital where he bumps into an old, confused Granny.  Jack wants to help the elderly lady, but how?

Heads Up
USA/2012 /13mins/directed by Alex Merlin                                          
An edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and the extreme situation that arises at the weekly poker game.

Germany/2012/19:30/directed by Marco Gadge                                  
Shadows are all Commissioner Stern sees: the darkness he comes from is too powerful to escape.

LIFELESS #BeingKindaDeadSortaSucks
USA/2012/28:46/directed by VP Boyle
A musical about eight high school grads who accidentally spill Extra-Strength-Blue-Plummer-Gel into their party punch and wake up undead.

USA/2012/23mins/directed by Bambadjan Bamba                                         
A young immigrant assimilating to life in America in a home dominated by a stoic and unwavering African father.

Return to the World of Dance
U S A/2012/7mins/directed by Dan Boord, Marilyn Marloff & Luis Valdovino.                                                                              
An instructional guide for those perplexed by the post modern condition. If it is big, if it is orange and if it is ugly– is it contemporary art?’

USA/2012/11:08/directed by Joe Cecchini                                                     
A chance encounter between old friends and an extraordinary story.

UK and Japan/2012/4mins/directed by Kacey Morrow                 
Two tourists traveling alone and worlds apart, unknowingly hold an inescapable connection.

The Curse of Eleanor Crabtree
Australia/2012/James Cowen                     
The twisted tale of a curious, compassionate woman who longs for true love and to escape the oppressive clutches of her bewitching twin sister.

 The Gift
UK/ 2012/15mins/ directed by Andrew Griffin                                          
A troubled couple live an isolated life. Childless, the wife appears neurotically consumed with IVF treatment. A stork brings both hope and tragedy.

The Wound
USA/2012/18mins/David Garrett                                                           
A woman tries to recuperate from abdominal surgery at an idyllic coastal home when one morning her surgical wound comes to life…

This is Caroline
USA/2012/16mins/directed by Danny Abel                             
The story of how an accident, misinterpreted as a suicide attempt, forces a girl to acknowledge real feelings of loneliness.

Titans of Newark
USA/2012/24mins/directed by Mike Marino                    
Bored with their retirement, the Greek gods of ancient lore decide to toy with the destiny of an out of work accountant in New Jersey.

USA/2012/14mins/ directed by Wenhwa Ts’ao
As a veteran struggles to adjust to civilian life, her experiences in the war come back to challenge her on one fateful night.

Switzerland 2012/14:38/directed by Anthony Jerjen                              
To avoid bankruptcy, a magician named Leonard decides to perform the biggest and most dangerous trick of his career, despite the advice of his manager.

Italy/2012/ 30mins/directed by Antonio De Palo                                            
A  child with Down Syndrome sneaks into the small-town theater to witness rehearsals for a show inspired by Marcel Marceau.

What’s Eating Pee Wee Wong?
USA/2012/27mins/directed by Phree Swearingen
A trip to the wild west where Pee Pee Wong (Andreas Beckett), the world’s ex-top gunslinger abruptly meets his past.


Eviction Defenders
USA/2012/9:12mins/directed by Paul Abowd      
Washington DC and activists are trying to prevent the authorities from evicting someone from her home.

Mr. Stokes Mission
USA/2013/30mins/directed by Sam Hampton                
In 1951 John Stokes helped organize a walkout by over 400 fellow African American high school students in Farmville, Virginia to protest segregated school conditions.

USA/2012/14:16mins/directed by Chris Portal, Merri Lisa Trigilio & Laura Wagner.                            
Can Jacob Guevara, the reigning champion, defend his title in the fiercest shuffleboard competition west of Austin?

Early ticketing revealed for “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”

February 7

by Russ Imrie

Who is Judi Bari? The life and death of environmental activist Judi Bari is one of the most compelling real-life sagas ever. With elements of law enforcement and FBI abuse, idealistic protesters, angry loggers and finally a devastating car bomb explosion in downtown Oakland California in the car of Bari and companion Darryl Cherney, it’s a real account of the costs and successes of a commitment to environmental change in a region and an industry.

The redwood forests of California’s North Coast are a last stand for old-growth trees thousands of year old. Thanks to an enlightened population who owe a debt to both the logging communities that helped build homes and an industry and the incredibly dedicated activists who at last halted  rogue abuses by corporate interests, a small percentage of that forest will be around for our descendants to see.

The DC Independent Film Festival is making early ticketing available for filmgoers.  The filmmaker’s site and Earth First!  are great visits for more background on the struggle.

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Renowned composer Morten Lauridsen to attend DCIFF

February 6

by Russ Imrie

With ticket sales to open on Wednesday, February 8, news has come in that Morten Lauridsen will be attending the screening of  ‘Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen’ by Director Michael Stillwater (an Official Selection of the DC Independent Film Festival).
America’s most-often performed choral composer, Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer’s life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks- Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D’Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.
Commentaries as well from Dana Gioia (poet and chairman of National Endowment for the Arts, 2003-2009), Paul Salamunovich (director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale), Robert Geary (artistic director of Volti and the San Francisco Choral Society) and Paul Mealor (composer and conductor of Con Anima and the University of Aberdeen Choral Society and Orchestra), Alex Shapiro and others. 
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