2015 Trenton Film Festival

2015 Trenton Film Festival

Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14, 2015

 

Thanks to all for a great festival! See this year’s award winners.

 
Unparalleled in diversity of subject matter, technique and filmmaker intention, this year’s festival features 53 films from 16 countries, ranging from narrative features and documentaries to new media such as music videos and experimental works. See films by accomplished directors, local film students and emerging talents from all regions of the US, Canada, Europe, South Asia, Australia and the Middle East. A great opportunity to explore a wide breadth of film, meet many of the filmmakers and discover the local Trenton filmmaking scene!

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Wednesday, June 10

 

6:00 pm – Experimental Shorts

Wed-1a-finalArdoyne
(Oregon, US, Dir. Philip Clayton-Thompson, 5m)
Music and lyrics depicting an annual political event in Ardoyne, Belfast, Ireland are set to footage from a 1972 documentary on “The Troubles.”

The River is Moving
(Colorado, US, Dir. Gio Toninelo, 5m)
Set in contemporary Denver, CO, where humans and robots co-exist, a male robot lives a solitary life seeking his place in society.

Sky
(France, Dir. Sophie Chamoux, 4m)
Between earth and heaven, she doesn’t know where this line of pink limestone will take her.

Corinthian
(UK, Dir. Mark Brown, 5m)
In the world of bare knuckle boxing two people fight for more than victory.

The Blue Marble Of Joys and Sorrows
(California, US, Dir. Paolo Pizzi, 34m)
A musical journey through the human experience.

Reveal
(Iran, Dir. Ghader Farivar, 8m)
A pit in the street and the passers-by who get stuck in it one way or another…

Light Study
(Canada, Dir. Josephine Massarella, 12m)
Filmed over a three-year period, Light Study explores the unique landscape of the Niagara Escarpment, from the tip of the Bruce Peninsula to Niagara Falls, using 16mm single frame photography.

Infrastructures
(Switzerland, Dir. Aurèle Ferrier, 22m)
Through a series of long and contemplative tracking shots, a steady flow of objects in various contrived arrangements passes by the eye. The sound design incorporates the subtle noises given off by these ready-to-use sites devoid of users.

Total running time: 96 minutes

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8:00 pm

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The Sound of Road (Iran, Barzan Rostami, 3m)
A story of fake loves: boy meets girl, they get married, have a baby, then get divorced. The child, caught between mom and dad, chooses neither, but instead takes a different path…

cyberGenesis (North Carolina, US, Dir. André Silva, 13m)
A creatively crowdsourced, fantastical, animated journey that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity’s online legacy.

Materia (Russia, Dir. Natalia Naftalieva, 69m)
Combining cinema, theater, pantomime, and chronicle, with costumes designed by the director, Materia shows the transformation of women’s nature from ancient through modern times.

Total running time: 85 minutes

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Thursday, June 11

 

6:00 pm – Documentary Shorts

Thu1-finalAlegria – A Humanitarian Expedition (Switzerland, Dir. Christoph von Toggenburg, 29m)
In 2010, the filmmaker cycled 2000 miles alone across Himalaya in support of leprosy patients and mentally destitute women in India. Crossing conflict-stricken Nepal at altitudes over 5,500 meters, he shot and edited this epic solo journey documenting new found friends and some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center (New York, US, Karin Venegas, 44m)
This deeply personal documentary explores the impact of rape and the capacity of ordinary individuals to effect change. The stories of four rape survivors, from South Africa to small-town Nebraska, converge in Manhattan at the Crime Victims Treatment Center, founded in the 1970s by two pioneering feminists.

Holi (California, US, Dir. Jeffrey Waldron, 9m)
At India’s spring festival of colors, a young drama teacher at a shelter for Delhi’s street children looks into his own past for reasons to celebrate the present.

The Joke’s On You (New Jersey, US, Dir. Ron Saunders, 25m)
Adrian Colon, an up-and-coming comedian from Trenton, NJ, struggles with anxiety and troubles in his past as he tries to return to the stage after a 2-year hiatus.

Total running time: 107 minutes
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8:00 pm

300-Shoulder-Photo-2Shoulder The Lion (New York, US, Dir. Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz, 74m)
Using stories of three artists who have lost a sense defining their art, this visual essay explores meaning of images, fragility of memories and desire for relevance in today’s world. A photographer, who is blind, questions the power of images in today’s image saturated culture. A musician, who suffers hearing loss, must reinvent his future. A painter, who was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film “Million Dollar Baby,” searches for her place in life. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique film form to produce the answers.
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Friday, June 12

 

7:30 pm

300-M-CREAM-Image-01M Cream (India, Dir. Agneya Singh, 113m)
A motley crew of university students set out on a journey in pursuit of a mythical form of hash, confronting a series of encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion.
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Saturday, June 13

 

10:30 am – Narrative Shorts

Sat1-finalFerdinand Knapp (France, Dir. Andrea Baldini, 15m)
Ferdinand Knapp is the pre-eminent actor of French theatre, revered by all. While preparing for a new play, the lines between his character’s malevolent personality and his own begin to blur, transforming his reality into a nightmare and compelling him to commit an irredeemable act.

The Tide (North Carolina, US, Dir. Jeff Mason, 13m)
A day in the life of Charlie, an enigmatic old mariner. Each night Charlie takes a boat filled with passengers to a mysterious island, but who is Charlie, and what do these trips mean for his solemn passengers?

On the path (Iran, Dir. Amir Sarrafha, 15m)
A husband and wife have lived lovingly together for years. When death is near for the frail old man, the old woman keeps him hopeful by giving him promises of the healing Zamzam water from Mecca.

Into The Gray (New Jersey, US, Dir. Anthony Berenato Jr., 17m)
After haunting visions of forgotten memories and a quandary of self, Stiller must determine if an apocalyptic world is worth saving again.

The Blood Of Love (New York, US, Dir. Jeff Meyers, 19m)
Unwilling to accept the death of her husband, a young widow acquires a machine that can bring him back to her. But the machine exacts a terrible price: she must provide the blood it needs to revive her beloved. And it starts demanding more and more blood for less and less time.

Banana Dartboard (New Jersey, US, Dir. Carshuan Davenport, 15m)
Struggling art student Ivy spends all of her time trying to create something worthwhile, but ends up partially destroying her canvas instead. Ivy comes to a point of possibly quitting art all together when she meets Nathan, another art student who helps her come to a place of self-understanding.

Total running time: 94 minutes
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12:15 pm

300-NICK-Photo-1Nick (Andorra, Dir. Jose Pozo, 107m)
Nick, a fifteen-year-old with a boundless imagination, returns to his family’s small town in Andorra and tries to solve a murder he witnessed. He is determined to track down the killer, even if it means risking his own life.
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2:30 pm – Narrative Shorts

sat3-finalMax (California, US, Dir. Rajesh Naroth, 6m)
Some decisions are hard. A day in the life of Ms. Davis who is at a crossroads.

Cold Choices (California, US, Dir. Nick Jones, 14m)
Major John Polanco, a black ops command officer, is ordered to send in a group of Marines behind enemy lines without proper preparation and limited intel. The mission is a success but it comes at a cost. Now John must pick up the pieces and carry on.

Blue eyed boy (Iran, Dir. Masoud Soheili, 18m)
A boy with unusual color blindness causes his parents shame when he accidentally kills some village livestock. His parents seek medical treatment, but when hospital doctors cannot help, they take him to a local Shaman for a remedy.

Hands to the Sky (California, US, Dir. Kimberly Townes, 16m)
Days after their mother dies, Thomas is separated from his autistic older brother, Eugene. With no immediate family other than a delinquent cousin, Thomas is left in the care of the local pastor and his wife. Eugene uses his passion for 3-D modeling to overcome his challenges and prove he can support himself and his younger brother.

Liyana, On Command (North Carolina, US, Dir. Eryk Pruitt, 12m)
A couple takes the troubles of their rocky marriage to an unorthodox counselor with an agenda of her own.

The last girl (Denmark, Dir. Bjarke de Koning, 13m)
Life is not the same after a holiday with Jesper and there is no avoiding the truth now.

Fixed (Australia, Dir. Burleigh Smith, 7m)
Jemimah wants Tilly to have puppies. At any cost.

Failure Groupies (New Jersey, US, Dir. Mandira Chauhan, 13m)
A comedy that follows a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired when they fail a group project.

Total running time: 99 minutes
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4:30 pm

decay-cartDecay (Poland, Dir. Michal Stern Sterzynski, 15m)
In a story that starts in Los Angeles and moves to Poznań, Poland, we follow Sophie, abandoned by her husband after their child dies in a tragic accident. One day years later, a man with an Eastern accent calls saying he knows where her husband is.

The Cart (Bangladesh, Dir. Ashraf Shishir, 76m)
10-year old Habil and 7-year-old Kabil take care of each other while their ailing mother toils at the rice mill. Their father, a rickshaw-puller, has been missing for two years. The brothers find joy racing “bearing cars” made with wooden planks and rickshaw wheels, and decide to find a way to make their own cart.

Total running time: 91 minutes
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6:15 pm

300-ScammerheadPhoto-8Scammerhead (Canada, Dir. Dan Zukovic, 105m)
In this campy film noir, Silas Breece, a legendarily unorthodox business hustler travels the world seeking capital for a series of increasingly outlandish investments that go sour and land him in hot water with the mob.
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8:30 pm

sat5Positive Visualization (California, US, Dir. Wilder Konschak, 3m)
Sick with the flu, a young couple uses positive visualization techniques to make themselves feel better.

Rock is not an attitude (New York, US, Dir. Xiaoxiao Tang, 5m)
In this stop-motion/mixed media animation, four puppet characters form a happy rock band. Life is short, the band needs to destroy their past before they really build something new.

Last Supper (California, US, Dir. Param Gill, 90m)
Two romantic and ambitious lunatics, Fumnanya (Eddie Griffin) and Andy (Josh Meyers), escape a mental institution with a video camera and set out to make a movie about their romantic quest to find a princess and be rewarded with a magical kiss. Their ‘princess’ turns out to be a burned-out prostitute who wants to commit suicide and is being menaced by her pimp Rocco. Along the way, the trio ends up becoming overnight sensations on YouTube, as followers speculate whether the whole thing is a clever hoax or a moving, if unorthodox, attempt at redemption.

Total running time: 98 minutes
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Sunday, June 14

 

10:45 am – Documentary Shorts

sun1-finalLa Lutte (Netherlands, Dir. Marlijn Franken, 46m)
In this documentary hopscotching two continents, two seemingly unrelated stories meet and merge, celebrating the power of will over circumstance and the universal values of friendship and daring. A beach wrestler from Norway pursues his dream of taking part in La Lutte, traditional wrestling from West Africa, full of rituals and seldom seen by foreigners. Meanwhile, African refugees to the Netherlands struggle with the difficult Dutch legal system.

Starting Over: A Record of Faith (California, US, Dir. Kendra Arsenault, 24m)
In this short documentary, a former drug addict has changed her life around at age 54 after being released from prison, giving back to the community by working with the developmentally disabled and helping others through recovery – only to learn she has to go back to prison for the same crime.

Kayla (New Jersey, US, Dir. Andrew Hunt, 6m)
Despite a difficult employment climate in Trenton, Kayla works as a carpenters’ apprentice with high hopes for the future.

That Bites! (Illinois, US, Dir. Jack Yonover, 34m)
A documentary by a 12-year-old filmmaker about the fears and frustrations of food allergies from the perspective of kids.

Total running time: 110 minutes
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1:00 pm – Narrative Shorts

Sun2-finalWinter’s Hold (New York, US, Dir. Ian Voglesong, 9m)
A young farmer in self-imposed isolation must come to grips with a personal tragedy or be consumed by it.

The Bravest, the Boldest (California, US, Dir. Moon Molson, 17m)
A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept.

Best before end… (France, Dir. Nicolas Fogliarini, 15m)
Based on true events, François, 65 years old, lives alone in his humble flat. He has no one to talk to since his mother died. Only a pigeon landing on his window from time to time seems to visit him.

Capsized (California, US, Dir. Brandon Freer, 13m)
Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship.

The Man Who Fed His Shadow (Greece, Dir. Mario Garefo, 18m)
A man intrudes into rich people’s dinners claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow, which, curiously enough, is a female figure.

A King’s Betrayal (California, US, Dir. David Bornstein, 8m)
The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata’s perspective.

A Mercedes for Sierra Leone (Germany, Dir. Robert Fuhrmann, 4m)
Ibrahim tells his chess partner Tommy his plan of going back to his home country Sierra Leone to become a businessman. For this, he needs Tommy’s Mercedes, but Tommy won’t sell.

(1-0) (Iran, Dir. Saman Hosseinpuor, 1m)
A barber starts cutting a boy’s hair while watching a football game on TV.

Dollar Night (New Jersey, US, Dir. Marco Antonio Martinez, 18m)
Andy, a vibrant 80-year-old theater projectionist finds his love for cinema is tested when faced with the closing of his beloved theater.

Total running time: 103 minutes
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3:00 pm

300-Poverty-Photo-4Poverty Inc. (New York, US, Dir. Gary Null and Valerie Van Cleve, 111m)
Examining the influence of corporate globalization and the destructive nature of our modern financial system, Poverty, Inc. offers a sobering look into how predatory economic policies have contributed to our nation’s staggering wealth inequality, through interviews with economists, progressive politicians, investigative reporters and philosophers, as well as the voices of America’s downtrodden.
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5:15 pm

300-GodForgiveUsPhoto-6-34A1_2God Forgive Us (Wisconsin, US, Dir. Michael Bachochin, 90m)
Four strangers struggle through drug addiction, existential suicide, terminal illness and death. Portraying all different aspects of life and society, God Forgive Us chronicles the utter hopelessness that all humans experience, regardless of class or social roles.
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7:00 pm

Awards Ceremony

James Solheim Award for Best Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Animated Film
Best New Media
Audience Choice

See 2014 winners.