2017 Hollywood Florida Film Festival Official Selections
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|Short Film Selection||Director||Country|
|A Father’s Love
A FATHER’S LOVE is a dark, dramatic short that explores a father in emotional turmoil who goes to depths he would never imagine to protect his daughter.
|R.d. Womak||CA – U.S.A.|
|Another Day In Paradise
Plants are growing in paradise; one of them nicer, more beautiful and taller than all the other and provoke a disciplinary action. Against all odds has consequences even in paradise.
|Bello Propello||Zuerich, Switzerland|
|Bring me home
‘Bring Me Home’ is a touching and bittersweet piece about an older couple who are affected by the wife’s deteriorating health. At her urging, the husband goes on a journey to the site of their honeymoon to collect an item which represents aspects of their relationship lost to the debilitating illness.
|D.R.:Sandy & Sundari: The Man-Eater of Bengal: Sundari’r Baagh
A Novel – 3D Animation Musical Film addressing Civilizations, Evolution, Human Development, and Climate Change – for Children of All Ages…. blending Reality, Science Fiction & Magic Realism, Hollywood-Bollywood-script-line – following a Man-Eater of the Sunderbans, from 10,000 years of human history (from African, pre-Egyptian, to major Civilizations across continents, – to present times – with Hurricane Sandy – having fun and entertainment galore!
|Disneyland of War
Director Chris Smiley and Producer Mike Hanes, an Iraq War combat veteran, challenge the glorification of war and violence in our culture while exposing the propaganda of the Miramar military air show. This air show is one of many outlets where war and violence is given a warm, inviting, and exciting aura. The utter horror and brutality is never understood by so many. Promoting a positive image of war and violence to people, especially children, is extremely dangerous. There is absolutely nothing cool, exciting, or heroic about ripping limbs, burning flesh, or shredding the organs of another human being. If we expect the public to stand up against unjustified violence and warfare they need to know the true reality.
A troubled man, on a downward spiral after a tragic family loss, gets a call in the middle of the night asking if he’ll come back to work. After a vigorous workout, the only thing which will quiet his mind, he decides to accept the job and return to the world and work he abandoned. But he quickly finds out over the course of the day that his demons are always going to be with him, and “who he is” and “what he does” are forever linked.
|Bry Thomas Sanders||CA – U.S.A.|
Antiwar comedy. A group of severely wounded soldiers are cheerful about their injuries. After all, it’s not like they lost their arms or legs for nothing. It was “for their country,” so that makes it okay. This film uses humor to encourage the viewer to think twice about the personal cost of war.
|Jonny Lewis||MI – U.S.A.|
|Gonna be a soldier
Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. When Joey protests this dark future, they explain that we only kill people in other countries, and only the ones wearing uniforms. “What if they take the uniforms off?” Joey asks. Confused as to why he should grow up to kill people, Joey keeps asking more questions, as his parents doggedly explain the “logic” of war. When his father admits that it’s very sad that so many innocent civilians also get killed, Joey asks, “So, it’s *not* okay?” But his mother cheerily explains, “Of course it’s okay–as long as we’re *trying* to kill the ones with the uniforms. Will Joey’s innocence prevail? Or will his parents’ indoctrination finally wear him down?
|Jonny Lewis||MI – U.S.A.|
Mimi, a former prostitute and heroin addict knows how awful her life has turned out. She tries a little sex, drugs, and revenge to turn it around. Will a conversation overheard at her awesome job at a divey strip club change her life forever?
|R.D.Womack II||CA – U.S.A.|
|Names On the Wall
Two soldiers fighting on opposite sides of the Vietnam War find themselves faced with a choice, somewhere between where humanity ends and war begins. Directed and Stunt Choreographed/2nd Unit Directed by two women, this film considers how we react to different circumstances depending on an array of different elements – for this story, set in front of the backdrop of one of the most controversial wars in American history. It was a war of governments, but this is a story of soldiers. Original music, tense action, witty dialogue and beautiful visual story telling down to nuanced details between the men who, by the end of the film, are more than names on the wall
Jenny, the school teacher’s pet, meets up with Master Johnny, to discuss the main role in the local school play & demands for a costume check before finally deciding. But what is her older sister Jennifer up to ? …
A man weighs the consequences of going through racial reassignment surgery as it affects his fiance and friends.
|Dorjan Javas Williams||FL – U.S.A.|
|The Barrier of Silence
Rombouts is the personal driver of Frederik Bulinckx, CEO of a petrochemical multinational. Frederik looses himself in alcohol and women. His greed for money drives him straight into the arms of Russians who want to take over the company. Ivo tries to pull Frederik out of his downward spiral, but has his own personal problems to deal with.
|Robin E. Pipeleers||Belgium|
The lives of two homeless men, one from the streets of Miami and the other from the mind of the writer, become parallel in a tale of struggle, rejection, family and love.
|Alexander Leaty/Orfelina de Leon||U.S.A|
|Web Series / TV Pilot Selection||Director||Country|
Hilarity ensues when we spend a day with the dysfunctional employees of the HR Department. Meet Alexis, Kimberly, Josh, Rick & Seth, who will keep you laughing in the midst of mayhem & madness. What will Alexis be up to next, and how will her Coordinator, Kimberly orchestrate another corporate cover up?
“Ms. INCORPORATED”, NOT YOUR TYPICAL DAY AT THE OFFICE!
|Jill Melody||FL – U.S.A.|
The endless traffic, the smoggy air, the plastic people: can you really blame anyone for wanting to escape Los Angeles? Enter Mike, an account manager for a camping supply company. Every day he deals with people and companies heading out into the uncharted wilderness while he sits behind a desk…and sits in traffic…and sits at home binge watching “Planet Earth.” He’s finally decided to venture out into the woods and who better to accompany him than his friend Larry? The two pack up the car and head north to the mountains but quickly discover they have very different expectations for the trip. In the end, a weekend away turns into a battle for survival.
|Luke Tooker||CO – U.S.A.|
|Preditors (of Williamsburg)
‘Preditors (of Williamsburg)’ is an animated series depicting the various mis-adventures of morally compromised 20-something ‘hipster’ millennials living and working in New York City.
|Jake Strunk||NY – U.S.A.|
|The Put Down
“The Put Down Web Series” unapologetically showcases the urban millennial dating scene and the challenges faced while searching for love & enduring relationships.
|Shonnie Jackson||FL – U.S.A.|
|Calvin Young’s Finest Hour
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In this action comedy, Calvin Young, an oblivious nerd, does battle with a conniving pirate for the booty of the girl of his fantasies. Trying to get a date with the blonde bombshell Calvin is pushed to the limit all the while missing the treasure right in front of him.
|Nathan Westenhaver||FL – U.S.A.|
Frank, a recently divorced narcissist, attempts to win over his estranged thirteen-year-old son, who later confronts Frank about his extramarital affair.
|Sam Bartz||FL – U.S.A.|
|Friday the 14th
Friday The 14th is a trendy horror comedy full of heart attacks. Closeted nerd Caleb is in love with his best friend Miles, but Miles’s psychotic girlfriend Trysh doesn’t like to share. When Caleb shows up to Trysh’s Valentine’s Day party, he appears to be the only guest. Trapped in his worst nightmare, if she knows his secret, this will truly be a killer evening.
After learning he will become a father, Jay attempts to reconnect and recollect to his own father who left many years ago.
|Tony Ahedo||FL – U.S.A.|
This redemptive narrative spans an emotional spectrum of a mother who mourns the loss of a son at the hand of the system meant to protect him.
|Keith Offutt||VI – U.S.A.|
|Into the rain
In a flooded dystopian future where food is scarce, a young leader must decide whether to send her brother on a perilous search for food.
|Layne Inselman||FL – U.S.A.|
As a catastrophic epidemic devastates the world, John Sage fights to save his daughter from the mysterious virus that has recently consumed his wife.
|Luis Mendez Jr.||FL – U.S.A.|
A metalhead ballerina named Katya, accepts a mission from her grandfather to steal a recipe from the much more successful Russian “business” across the street.
A black mother is influenced by her own mother’s drug dealing lifestyle which leads to risking the lives of their family
|Sound of Silence
A young writer suffering with Schizophrenia tries to find peace as every sound becomes exaggerated in his head.
|Buchi Ogbonnaya||FL – U.S.A.|
|The Great Feckin’ Tree
A Lumberjack emerges from the forest upon an open glade. He surveys the area, searching for a worthy tree to fell. He spies one in the form of The Great Feckin’ Tree, an Elder Oak. The Lumberjack charges across the glade.
|Jordan Stewart||FL – U.S.A.|
|The Revelation of Purgatory
A man who has passed away must face his past decisions in the realm of purgatory.
|Daniel Rodriguez||FL – U.S.A.|
A traditional Indian wedding is brought to a halt, much to the dismay of the type-A mother of the bride, when an otherwise passive father tries to bridge the gap between Indian and Western culture, and make sure his daughter marries the man she loves.
|Rika Dharmesh Bhakta||FL – U.S.A.|
|A Living Bridge
I recently completed production of a feature documentary entitled “A Living Bridge”. The film takes three of our countries most polarizing issues, and allows people/human beings to tell their own stories of joy, sorrow, hopes, struggles etc. The subject matter is: Marriage – Gay & Conservative Christian – Immigration – Undocumented family – a family who has been hurt by undocumented workers – Race. The marriage and immigration stories, their hopes of love, acceptance, mutual respect and admiration are told through the eyes of a black family who has seen their share of racism and prejudice….however they have risen above it and have chosen to Love instead of hate. Their insight and determination not to hate others shows all of us the value of kindness and love. This project was filmed on location in several American states and in Mexico.
|Bill Murray Experience
At a crossroads in her life, actress Sadie Katz embarks on a year-long quest to have a magical experience with legendary comedian Bill Murray.
|Sadie Katz||CA – U.S.A.|
The feature-length documentary “Forgotten Scares” goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the ’70s and shines a bright light on the future of horror in Belgium. The viewer gets a chance to discover long forgotten – and even unfinished – genre gems and learn in-depth info about underrated ‘splatter and gore’-fests, post-apocalyptic movies, slasher-films, nazisploitation, women-in-prison and other fantastical Flemish genre benders through the eyes of the directors, producers, composers, principal actors and genre experts. “Forgotten Scares” is illustrated by rare behind the scene footage, classic film scenes, production stills, promotional art and even never before seen videos out of the vaults of the filmmakers.
|Steeve De Roover||Belgium|
|Half a Second of Bravery
A meaningful story about a brave group of people who go on an adventure to Southern Chile to bungee jump from a helicopter over an active volcano; an experience only attempted one other time in the world.
|Kate Marchio||CA – U.S.A.|
Ever wonder what goes on behind the discrete front doors of households dependent on their foreign nannies? ‘Nanny culture’ is an amusing peek at the learning curve of a nanny from the UK who finds herself at the heart of a lively Emirati family. Mary Poppins, perhaps, but with a very different kind of musical track!
|Paul James Driscoll||Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates|
Play Time is an optimistic and empowering short documentary about the experiences of two families (Fenton & Hernandez) with Play Time approach, a revolutionary therapy to treat autism; with them we will witness the strength and love of a family. With the expert opinion of Dr. Lina M. Moyano and Dr. Jennie Trocchio the audience will learn a little bit about autism and Floor Time therapy.
|Manuel Romero||FL – U.S.A.|
|The Gift of Life
Documentary about a WWII bombardier who survived being shot down over occupied France and imprisonment by the Germans, and later founded a non profit organization to provide service dogs to our returning veterans. It’s also the story of the difference a dog makes in the life of a veteran contemplating suicide due to Post Traumatic Stress disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury.
|Louis F. Molina||FL – U.S.A.|
|Last Call at Murray’s
A Priest, a Lawyer, a Marine, a Biker, a VP, a Psychologist walk into a bar… Welcome to Murray’s karaoke bar! Oh sure, everyone knows your name, but that’s because Murray only has a handful of customers. Pile on new smoking laws and Murray no longer wants to keep the joint open. He’s closing at 8:00! But when a freak blizzard blows through just hours before the doors shut for good, Murray’s hope for an uneventful night is dashed after a disparate collection of dysfunctional misfits get stranded in his bar. Between drinks, karaoke and smoky juke box music, bonds are formed, broken, and blown sky-high. And when the plow arrives in the morning, no one goes home the same—or even with the same people.
|Brian Beatty/marvin||CO – U.S.A.|
|Love and Hostages
Michael and Ava are two strangers who meet at a bar and a have a few too many drinks. Waking up the next morning in bed together, neither has any memory of each other, or the night before. With their location under police lock-down, these two strangers are trapped with each other for another day.
|David Vargas||FL – U.S.A.|
2016 Hollywood Florida Film Festival Official Selections
Short Film Selection
|SHOE POLISH||DOM LENOIR|
|RED FLAG||RYAN DHLLIWAL|
|THE DINER’S CLUB||RICKY LLOYD GEORGE|
|THE EVE||LUCA MACHNICH|
|SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK||RONNIE CRAMER|
|GREATER GOODE||JORDAN WALL|
|PPH SQUAD||DANIEL ESTRADA|
|A WORLD OF PLEASURE||GUISELA MORO|
|SINNER & SAINT||MATTHEW JOHN|
|INSTANT ZERO||Yannick Mourcia|
Web Series Selection
|THE VAGINA DIARIES||
|FAUX SHOW||SCOTCH ELLIS LORING|
|DEAR FUTURE WIFE||MCKINSON SOUVERAIN|
|THE WATCH||DAVID PACE|
|MOST WELCOME BREEZES:THE STORY OF MARION MANLEY||BEN MANLEY|
|THE ART OF VILLAINY||JAMES NOIR|
TV Pilot Selection
|LIFE ON MARS||BRANDOR BAER|
|25 & COUNTING||AKKIM LEE|
|LA LIBERACION DE AIEXIS/THE DISCOVERY OF SANTOS||RALPH ISENBERG|
|TRIAL BY FIRE||CHARLES MATTOCKS|
|ROAD TO HOPE||MIKE WARGO|
|THE ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNER||CELIA
Feature Film Selection
|SECRETS OF THE MAGIC CITY||
R. Malcolm Jones