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A boy's dreams begin to blur with his reality. Contrasts, juxtapositions, and intuition play significant roles in this short film. A young man on the verge of adulthood experiences an ever-changing sense of reality. By night, he suffers nightmares populated by chilling figures who seem to have a substantive physical presence and who torment his sleep. During the day, he feels somewhat comforted by the soothing routine of his home life which includes the attentive care of his mother. Layers of his childlike understanding are loosened and stripped away leaving him reeling. He comes ever closer to a deeper and more clear engagement of the truth as he now is able to understand it through the lens of his emerging individuated self. He must choose to face the whole of who is and where he comes from in order to proceed on his path to transcendent manhood or shun the facets of the shadow he encounters and remain in a state of adolescent naivete. "As a child, I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know." ~Carl Jung

Directed by:  

Emma Keehan

Student/USA/2018/7 min

Screening

Student Shorts Block

Date

9/29/2019

Time

12:15 PM

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A Hidden Life

Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Directed by:  

Terrence Malick

Drama/USA|Germany/2019/173 min

Screening

Special Presentation

Date

9/29/2019

Time

7:00 PM

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Ad Meliora

Ad Meliora' (translation: Towards Better Things) is an experimental short film about the struggles girls go through growing up in a male dominated society.

Directed by:  

Rebekah Burrows

Student/USA/2019/9 min

Screening

Student Shorts Block

Date

9/29/2019

Time

12:15 PM

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Alone

Jessie travels to an isolated cabin to take his mind off a recent breakup.

Directed by:  

Hannah Sobieski

Student/USA/2019/11 min

Screening

Student Shorts Block

Date

9/29/2019

Time

12:15 PM

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Always Remember Me - Based On True Events

Grief's a party. A young woman confronts her past at her childhood best friends 7th birthday party. This is complicated, because her best friend has been dead for 18 years. Based on true events.

Directed by:  

Nell Teare

Narrative/USA/2018/13 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

9/29/2019

Time

2:40 PM

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America

Frederik's attempts at creating the safest place possible, where he is protected by his lovely walls in a room filled with guns. A story of uNRAveling.

Directed by:  

George ve Ganaeaard, Horia Cucuta

Short, Dark Comedy/Romania|USA/2019/2 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

9/27/2019

Time

9:00 PM

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Among Mountain Crags

A young woman flees her oppressive small town with a handsome stranger, but as they travel deeper into the untamed beauty of the Appalachian mountains, her hope for a new future begins to unravel.

Directed by:  

Kyle Frederick

Narrative/USA/2019/70 min

Screening

Narrative Feature

Date

9/27/2019

Time

7:10 PM

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Big Mouth Billy Bass

A woman is visited by a talking fish toy from the future with a warning of her impending doom.

Directed by:  

Chris Dean

Narrative/USA/2018/11 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

9/27/2019

Time

9:00 PM

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Bird of Paradise

A queer geriatric nurse learns one of life hardest lessons when he falls in love with one of his elderly patients.

Directed by:  

Alexander Zorn

Student/USA/2019/14 min

Screening

Student Shorts Block

Date

9/29/2019

Time

12:15 PM

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Bliss

A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles.

Directed by:  

Joe Begos

Horror/USA/2019/80 min

Screening

Charlotte Film Society Special Presentation

Date

9/28/2019

Time

10:45 PM

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Blue & Gold Marching Machine

Follow along as 200 musicians and dancers celebrate the 100th year of the North Carolina A&T marching band from band camp to the "Greatest Homecoming on Earth"

Directed by:  

Jay Capers

Documentary/USA/2019/18 min

Screening

Documentary Shorts Block 2

Date

9/28/2019

Time

4:00 PM

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Book Week

Book Week is a shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned English teacher trying to find redemption.

Directed by:  

Heath Davis

Narrative/USA/2019/96 min

Screening

Narrative Feature

Date

9/28/2019

Time

12:00 PM

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Border Crossing

A thriller based in the summer of 1989, the final year of communism in Eastern Europe, inspired by a childhood memory of crossing the border - not only between countries, but between the instinctive world of nature and the incomprehensible world of the adults.The story follows paths dictated by the little girl's attention going from the bees buzzing around, to the rising tension between her parents, to the frightening border guard pacing along the queue.As the heat rises and the atmosphere thickens, can the little girl melt the border guard's icy heart?"Border Crossing" premiered at Krakow Film Festival 2019 (National competition) and won Best Short Fiction Award at Biha? Avantura Film Festival 2019.

Directed by:  

Agnieszka Chmura

Narrative/Poland/2019/15 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 2

Date

9/29/2019

Time

2:40 PM

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Broken Places

BROKEN PLACES explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children we profiled decades ago, we’re able to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience.

Directed by:  

Roger Weisberg

Documentary/USA/2018/55 min

Screening

Documentary Feature

Date

9/29/2019

Time

2:30 PM

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Camilla, Keep Your Word

Camilla, Keep Your Word is a Hurricane Katrina evacuation love story.

Directed by:  

Holland Gallagher

Narrative/USA/2019/16 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

9/28/2019

Time

4:35 PM

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Carry My Heart to the Yellow River

Taking her hospitalized friend's place on a bike tour to the Yellow River, a high school graduate travels to faraway Gannan and races the clock to share pictures of the journey.

Directed by:  

Alexis Van Hurkman

Narrative/China/2019/21 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 1

Date

9/27/2019

Time

5:00 PM

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Cells

When a reputable doctor finds himself being held captive by a group of masked intruders, he struggles to understand their motives while being forced to answer why billions of dollars go wasted each year in the name of medical research.

Directed by:  

Raymond Wood

Narrative/USA/2018/12 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Date

9/28/2019

Time

6:45 PM

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Clemency

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Directed by:  

Chinonye Chukwu

Drama/USA/2019/113 min

Screening

Special Presentation

Date

9/25/2019

Time

7:30 PM

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Department 666

A recently deceased man discovers that the afterlife isn't quite what he was expecting.

Directed by:  

Adam York

Narrative/USA/2019/10 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 5

Date

9/27/2019

Time

9:00 PM

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Dorris, 85

While trying to maintain composure and a sense of normalcy in a tough situation, Dorris Havemeyer struggles to keep up her spirits while celebrating a significant birthday.

Directed by:  

Grace Philips

Narrative/USA/2019/12 min

Screening

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Date

9/28/2019

Time

4:35 PM

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