The Makeover of Ashton Croyd – dir. Øystein Kloster

Original Film Title: The Makeover of Ashton Croyd

Director’s Name: Øystein Kloster

Writer’s Name: Øystein Kloster

Producer’s Name: Øystein Kloster

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Filming: Germany

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes 32 seconds

Film Description:

In this musical pseudo-documentary , the Berlin based photographer Lisa Jonrel (Anita Christa Kluge) follows the homeless street musician Ashton Croyd (Øystein Kloster) for 6 months. She does it with the intention to observe a phoenix rising from the ashes through her camera. A homeless musician turning into a bona fide rock star in half a year.However, it does not go according to plan, and his drama school sweetheart (Anna von Berg) tells his story through this film.

Modern Living & You! – dir. Lucio Fonza

Original Film Title: Modern Living & You!

Director’s Name: Lucio Fonza

Writer’s Name: Lucio Fonza

Producer’s Name: Lucio Fonza

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 8 minutes

Film Description:

A promotional short setting up the world around an upcoming feature film, “Roach Motel”, a world of fear mongering in the midst of the Red Scare.

The Last Laughter Guru – dir. Paula Zapata

Original Film Title: The Last Laughter Guru

Director’s Name: Paula Zapata

Writer’s Name: Johann Smith

Producer’s Name: Natasha Mayet, Jacques Adriaanse

Country of Origin: South Africa

Country of Filming: South Africa

Language: English

Runtime: 7 minutes

Film Description:

He’s dying to make you laugh.

Volatility – dir. Jason Winn

Original Film Title: Volatility

Director’s Name: Jason Winn

Producer’s Name: Ekaterina Behor

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 19 minutes

Film Description:

A seemingly perfect relationship transmutes into something more sinister as love, passion, and violence combine into an explosive downfall and push a tortured woman to the edge.

The Volatility team wants to thank you for considering our film for acceptance into your festival. As of today, we have been accepted into The American Horrors Film Festival, Cleveland Horror Fest, Halicarnassus Film Festival, LA Independent Women Film Awards, Himachal Short Film Festival, Divine Feminine Arts & Film Fest, and the IndieFEST Film Awards. Our lead actress won Best Actress at Halicarnassus Film Festival.

We made this film with the purpose of highlighting what the reality of domestic violence is really like – evoking emotions ranging from heartbreak to rage to complete and utter terror. The film can be described as a rollercoaster, an exemplification of volatility, the kind of volatility that is far too often hidden behind the scenes of seemingly happy relationships.

Night, Mother – dir. John Patrick Lowrie

Original Film Title: Night, Mother

Director’s Name: John Patrick Lowrie

Writer’s Name: Ellen McLain

Producer’s Name: Sarah Parsons, Sheila Houlahan

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes

Film Description:

Set amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during a Zoom conversation between a mother and daughter, Jessie (Sheila Houlahan) tells her mother Thelma (Ellen McLain) that she will commit suicide within the hour. Exploring the concentric circles of isolation, grief, and suicide, this hybrid film based on Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play portrays a poignant and haunting picture of the current state of mental health care in America.