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Tyler Tabor A Lost Life

Tyler Tabor A Lost Life

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What happens when people give up their seat for a pregnant lady

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Dan Balcaban          Director         

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CHERYL HILTZIK

Since joining RMA Entertainment as a production assistant in 1984, Cheryl Hiltzik has gone on to write, edit, and produce interstitial and long–form television programming for the marketing departments at most of the major studios. From legendary movie stars to Hollywood’s hot new celebrities; working on electronic publicity materials for nearly 500 films, she has done it all.

As President of RMA Entertainment, Cheryl started Tricuzz Productions, a division that focuses on socially relevant reality programming. Through Tricuzz she has produced publicity material for a variety of non-profits dealing with topics that range from Domestic violence and prostitution to addiction and animal welfare.
Cheryl’s work has received accolades from top talents both in front of and behind the camera. Director Ridley Scott added the special Cheryl produced on Black Hawk Down to the Director’s cut DVD. She has received 5Telly awards, 2 Daveys and a Communicator Gold Award, as well as recognition by the City of Los Angeles for her work on domestic violence and sex trafficking.
Tyler Tabor, a life lost, is Cheryl’s first foray into the independent film festival circuit.

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Get Up

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What happens when people give up their seat for a pregnant lady

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Dan Balcaban          Director         

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Running On Empty

Running On Empty

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A cross-country journey intended to make a difference, in the beginning, was certainly looked upon as an ambitious dream of young wonderers; however, when O’Toole reached Dallas, TX, people started to believe it was possible. Mile by mile, America arose to show its true colors within the people along the route. These unique interactions inevitably kept Brendan pushing through the toughest days on the road. Told from the perspective of two brothers (Joey and Timmy Dwyer), the film depicts SGT. Brendan O’Toole during his passion driven pursuit. After a grueling year on the road Brendan completed his 3,600-mile run from Oceanside, CA to Portland, ME with a greater understanding of his country and himself.

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Joey Dwyer and Timmy Dwyer                 Director

SGT Brendan O'Toole                                  Producer

SGT Brendan O'Toole                                  Crew

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Joey Dwyer, Timmy Dwyer, Adam Jaime, Jeff Lewis, Natalie Morrocu, Beth Horrigan, Michael Seigel, Travis Grooms, Benjamin Chance, Mike Ramm, Kelly Foy, Scott Demming, Mike Donnelly, Tom Sherman, Andrew Mitchell, Garrett Lee Grim, Tim Haufe, Eric Tsavdar

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Inspired by the stories that alter people’s perspectives, Joey Dwyer is a young, hungry filmmaker based out of Brooklyn, NY. After studying film production in North Carolina, Dwyer started JWD Productions. He has collaborated on projects with Red Bull, NBC Ali Sports, Hurley, Toyota, INDY 500, The Explorers Club, and a handful of other creative outlets. JWDproductions.com

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Objector

Objector

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As a 19-year-old Israeli, Atalya is obligated to enlist in the armed forces. But she has witnessed military rule in the occupied Palestinian territories – a reality that most other young Israelis never experience – and one that leads her to become a conscientious objector.
Refusing service as a public protest of Israeli policy means facing up to 6 months in prison. As Atalya anticipates this reality, she also worries about becoming a target for public vitriol. Her decision is met with opposition from family members, who both disagree with her politics and fear for her future. Family legacies weigh on her as she considers the meaning of this national rite of passage. But she has come to understand the military as the enforcer of an apartheid regime, and nothing will stop her from defying it. If going to prison is the only way to make her dissenting voice heard, she’s willing to pay that price.

"Objector" offers a window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perspective of a Jewish woman making an uncommon sacrifice.

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Molly Stuart                 Director      The Importance of being Unruly, The Real Work, Milk with Dignity

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Molly is an emerging filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has directed, filmed, and edited documentaries about a variety of social issues ranging from disruptive protest to urban displacement to migrant farmworker struggles. Her film work has been published in online magazines including The Nation and In These Times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Film from Middlebury College. She is currently earning an MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University.

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The Talk

The Talk

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For African Americans, The Talk, is about more than just the birds and the bees. On his way to a big date, seventeen year old J.J. has a talk with his dad, but Dad couldn't prepare him for this.

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Emily M. Blake                 Director         Connie's Place, Sorry Ain't Enough

Gregory Kennedy             Key Cast

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Jasmin Richardson          Key Cast

Additional Cast and Crew

Gregory Kennedy, Finley Polynice, Jasmin Richardson, Christal Deloney, Peter Davidson, Laffrey Witbrod, Crystal L. Kelley, Antonino Buzzone, Anton Haugabook, Ihab Gabra, Rachelle Murua, Nicole Stewart, Catelin Dziuba, Kedren Stuart, Yooni Yi, Muna Deria, Kellie Malone, Matthew Gastelum, Michael McMiller, Mario Criscione, Christina Berger, Erin Grote, Alexander Vaca, Earl Ulit, Adrienne Washington, Adam Emil, Jeff Davett, Chuck Da Arsonist

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After earning a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University I earned a Master's degree in Radio/TV/Film at Wayne State University. I worked in radio as a Producer/Talent and in television as an Associate Producer for a Cable Ace winning Public Affairs show, Transition, and as a Production Assistant for a nationally syndicated Emmy winning show, America's Black Forum, with civil rights activist and politician Julian Bond. However, neither format satisfied my urge to tell human stories.

Equipped with little more than determination and an entrepreneurial spirit, I moved to New York to pursue independent filmmaking.

With my first feature film, Connie’s Place, I labored over the script, schedule and budget all while shopping for set furniture, props, scouting locations, and purchasing lighting and craft supplies. Connie’s Place (80 mins, 16mm, color) was shot in 8 days, with a production budget of $7000 and when money began to dwindle, I used my culinary skills to prepare meals between takes. I also co-wrote and lent vocals to the title song, Connie's Place. The film screened in the “Works-in-Progress” section of the 2001 IFP Market to a warm reception.

The second time up to bat, I was hired to direct, Sorry Ain’t Enough, (132 mins, DV) by producers, Ken Harris and Darryl Lee, who wrote and co-stars. The production was massive in scope and enjoyed a successful U.S. Film Festival tour.

My most recent short, The Talk, is currently exhibiting at various film festivals across North America.

I reside in Los Angeles where I'm pursuing a MFA in Film & TV, and in various stages of development and production on documentary and feature projects.

Director Statement

As an African American woman, I am particularly interested in character driven stories that explore perspectives that are vastly different from the dominant culture.

I choose to work in film because of the medium's ability to inspire, motivate, entertain, and touch people. Sharing the complexities of life through universal themes can be life affirming and consciousness expanding.

​I love working with actors to develop superbly flawed, three dimensional characters that demonstrate their attributes and flaws through action.

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Arrested (Again)

Arrested (Again)

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Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?

In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Karen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, Inc. She began protesting in New York City and her native Rhode Island as well as the greater New England area, and now lives in San Francisco, with her wife, Peg Stevenson.

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Dan Goldes          Director         

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Dan's first film, "ub2", about language related to HIV, was an official selection of 37 U.S. and international festivals, while his second, "Equal Justice Under Law", about the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality decision, played at 20 festivals around the world. Dan is currently in production on "5 Blocks", a long-form documentary about a San Francisco neighborhood undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years. Dan is a graduate of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking and has served on the screening committees of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Sebastopol Documentary Festival. He is currently in the incubator program at San Francisco's Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

Director Statement

"Arrested Again" ties Karen Topakian's long history of nonviolent civil disobedience to today's political situation. With a President unlike any the country has ever known, the constitutional right to demonstrate peacefully is now more important than ever.

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#WeMatter

#WeMatter

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#WeMatter is a short film that strives to highlight the growing epidemic of police violence against people of color. We hope that by focusing on the human aspect of the issue--the hurt, frustration and often the feelings of hopelessness, the importance of changing a system that allows these actions to flourish, can be thwarted. We hope that our film not only elicits an emotional response and encourages conversations of change, but inspires action.

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Sherrie Quannea                 Director

Isaac Diaz                             Writer

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Isaac Diaz                             Producer

Sherrie Quannea                 Producer

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Sherrie Quannea’s love affair with the art of story telling is a long and storied tale (see what we did there) and her love of a good (or bad story if well told) is true. Although her journey into the world of entertainment began in front of the camera, she was always interested in the action behind the scenes.
After directing her first theatrical scene during graduate school Sherrie was hooked. Since then she has gone on to direct several theater pieces, hundreds of short form and new media projects, award winning web-series', high profile live events as well as a few National television commercials.
Sherrie studied Political Science at Grambling State University, an HBCU. She then went on to earn her M.A. in Political Science from California State University Northridge and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Ben’s personal film projects often feature his ongoing preoccupation with the themes of identity and memory. Most notably Apricot, Some Static Started and Castor & Pollux. The films went on to gain notoriety for Briand with Apricot garnering a huge online cult following upon release, eventually being voted Best Narrative film on Vimeo by a community of over 3 million users. The same year he received a nomination for Best Director by the Australian Director’s Guild for Some Static Started.

His coming of age noir short film Blood Pulls A Gun had it's world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in competition for the Grand Jury Award. He was then awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne International Film Festival along with a Best Director nomination by the Directors Guild of Australia. Follow up screenings included the BFI London Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

He has directed commercial projects in France, Australia and USA for brands Qantas, LGBT, Schweppes, Asahi and Playboy Fragrance to name a few. He has won numerous awards including the Silver SHOTS Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival followed by the New Director Award at Adfest. Recently his short film featuring Brazilian ballet dancer Ingrid Silva won Cannes Silver Lion for Film Craft, a Gold for Best Direction at the Epica Advertising awards and took out the Grand Prix and Gold for Best Branded Content Film at the European Cristal Advertising Awards. Other commercial projects he directed have picked up numerous awards including Spikes, Clio’s and two Silver Medals at the Phoenix Awards and a Gold at the New York Festivals’ International Advertising and Television and Film Awards.

He continues to work on unique commercial and feature film projects.

Director Statement

“#WeMatter" has been the culmination of a long time desire to do more narrative work. Specifically, something that will not only allow Sherrie to incorporate her social activism but hopefully create something that can be impactful as well.

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1,2 Million Children

1,2 Million Children

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1,2 Million Children are bought and sold across international borders each year. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade. The animation short "1,2 Million Children" focuses on human trafficking through the sight of an african children who pursuits the dream of freedom and becomes a victim of the tragic statistic.

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Effie Pappa          Director         

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Marietta Fafouti, Stelios Polychronakis, Stelios Kourpetoris, Lefteris Zanthis, Thanasis Arvanitis

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Effie is a London based award-winning freelance film and advertising Director, Animator and Artist with extensive experience in branding, music promos and films.

Her artistic background and precision to detail led to visually striking films and promos and collaborations with leading agencies and brands such as “La Perla”, Cartè D’Or, Mc Donalds, The Laughing Cow.

In the film world, she is known for her quirky, tragicomical and politically driven stop motion film “My Stuffed Granny”, nominated in more than 200 Film Festivals worldwide (ANNECY, Palm Springs, Raindance) while earning twenty awards for “Best Short Film” during 2014, amongst others in Edinburgh Film Festival.

Her work is featured in BFI Showcase, Short of the Week, Athens Design Week , Promo News and The Fader amongst others.

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The present

The present

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Jake spends most of his time playing videogames
indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

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Jacob Frey            Director         BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine 

Jacob Frey            Writer            BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine

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Anna Matacz        Producer       BOB, Jelly Jeff, Bear me, Kellerkind   

Jacob Frey            Producer       BOB, Jelly Jeff, Wedding cake, Room on the broom, Jimbo clementine

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Jacob Frey graduated from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Animation in 2014. During his studies he decided early on to specialize in character animation and directing and helped animating on several projects at the Filmakademie. In addition he directed four shorts himelf, inter alia "BOB" which was running worldwide on over 250 festivals.
In 2011 Jacob took one year of from university, to gain international experience and worked for Psyop in Los Angeles as an animator. Coming back to Germany he started working on his final thesis script and animated on the Oscar nominated short "Room on the Broom" at Studio Soi.
After that he fully concentrated on creating his final project "The Present" at the Filmakademie, which he finished in early 2014.

This Side of the Dirt

This Side of the Dirt

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Ryan Ederer            Director