elixir. – dir. Judd Abello

Original Film Title: elixir.

Directors Name: Judd Abello

Country of Origin: Australia

Country of Filming: Australia

Language: English

Runtime: 3 minutes 36 seconds

Film Description: 

A dancer gets high on drugs. This is his experience.

The Knell – dir. Joseph Osei-Bonsu

Original Film Title: The Knell

Directors Name: Joseph Osei-Bonsu

Writers Name: Joseph Osei-Bonsu

Producers: Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Bevelyn Osei-Bonsu

Country of Origin: Ghana

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 14 minutes 56 seconds

Film Description: 

On his first day at a rural Oklahoman university, a Ghanaian international student with hopes of achieving the American Dream, encounters a beautiful yet mysterious campus tour guide who sends him down a deadly path in which he awakens to discover an American nightmare he must overcome.

Spaceman – dir. Paula Suidgeest Alvarez

Original Film Title: Spaceman

Directors Name: Paula Suidgeest Alvarez

Writers Name: Marijn Frijns

Producers: Zhaklin Peycheva, Jelle Bathoorn

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Country of Filming: Netherlands

Language: Dutch, English

Runtime: 23 minutes

Film Description: 

A peculiar young man dresses in a spacesuit, as a way to cope with the passing of his parents, what helps him with his trauma is his chaotic next-door neighbor.

SOLDIERS: Six Stories, Six Wars – dir. Tony Villani

Original Film Title: SOLDIERS: Six Stories, Six Wars

Directors Name: Tony Villani

Writers Name: Tony Villani

Producers: Tony Villani

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: Czech Republic, Italy, United States

Language: Czech, English

Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes

Film Description: 

Completed on March 1, 2021 SOLDIERS: Six Stories, Six Wars looks into the hearts and souls of people in uniform and describes their inner wars. It features exclusive interviews with veterans of various conflicts, people I once used to know simply as friends.

The Whisper of the Marimba – dir. Greta-Marie Becker

Original Film Title: El murmullo de la marimba

English Film Title: The Whisper of the Marimba

Directors Name: Greta-Marie Becker

Writers Name: Greta-Marie Becker

Producers: Greta-Marie Becker

Country of Origin: Germany

Country of Filming: Ecuador

Language: Spanish

Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes 10 seconds

Film Description: 

The marimba is the bridge between Africa and Latin America. The sound of the wooden xylophone connects the present-day life on the Ecuadorian Pacific coast with its African roots. Hundreds of years ago, the marimba music came to Ecuador across the sea. Stormy drum rhythms and the gentle, undulating melodies remind us of the violence experienced during slave trade and colonial rule and also tell the story of the centuries-old musical resistance of the Afro-Ecuadorian community. In 2015 the marimba music has been declared as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
“The Whisper of the Marimba” portrays three generations of musicians who lay bare their worries and dreams as well as their unshakable trust in the power of art and music to nurture their identity and community. A story of losing memory and rewriting history…

HEARTWORK – dir. Benjamin Filinson

Original Film Title: HEARTWORK

Directors Name: Benjamin Filinson

Writers Name: Benjamin Filinson

Producers: Filinson Films LLC

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 9 minutes 3 seconds

Film Description: 

Through the merging of 16mm film and HD Video, shot exclusively at night in B&W. This film explores the consequences of unintegrated childhood trauma, and its growth into adulthood by feeding on fear, anger and grief.

Where’s Lucy? – dir. Salma Azzam

Original Film Title: Where’s Lucy?

Directors Name: Salma Azzam

Writers Name: Salma Azzam, Scott Hartmann

Producers: Salma Azzam, Miranda Davidson

Country of Origin: United Arab Emirates

Country of Filming: United Arab Emirates

Language: English

Runtime: 20 minutes

Film Description: 

In order for Lucy to remember what happened to her, she has to face her fears. Little does she know she has to be truly lost to be found.

Presence of Absences – dir. Dash

Original Film Title: Presence of Absences

Directors Name: Dash

Writers Name: Dash

Producers: White Hole Studio, fingers.group

Country of Origin: Syrian Arab Republic

Country of Filming: Netherlands

Language: Arabic

Runtime: 12 minutes 56 seconds

Film Description: 

An experimental theatrical short film about the human revolution within society, from racism and the rule of individuals over the religious and community cover.

Wake Up Sleeping Beauty – dir. Shila Ommi

Original Film Title: Bidar Sho Zibay-e Khofteh

English Film Title: Wake Up Sleeping Beauty

Directors Name: Shila Ommi

Writers Name: Mastaneh Moghadam

Producers: Shila Ommi, Mastaneh Moghadam, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: Persian

Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes

Film Description: 

A psychological drama, following the story of an Iranian-American woman asleep to all of her power and potential, until she receives an invitation that wakes her up from cultural trappings and ‘curses,’ and allows her to come into her power and to finally start living.

Into the Abyss – dir. & DOP Waleed Sokkar

Original Film Title: Into the Abyss

Directors Name: Waleed Sokkar

Writers Name: Waleed Sokkar

Director of Photography: Waleed Sokkar

Producers: Waleed Sokkar

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States

Language: English

Runtime: 7 minutes

Film Description: 

A visual expression film about mental health. It takes a look at the turbulent mind of a mentally depressed young man on the verge of committing suicide and the endless struggles he has trying to find peace within himself while living in a world that has lost track of what’s important. But Is there any hope left for him?