2021 Santa Fe Film Festival

The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally.

Our annual event honors everyone working both on and off screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. We constantly seek improvement in our line of respective crafts and provide filmmakers with resources to pursue their dreams further.

The Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and all movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties!

2021 Santa Fe Film Festival Films

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Six year old Max forces Blake and Casey to confront their own childhood trauma. Director Biography – Kate Beecroft Kate Beecroft…

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62-84, I Didn’t Copy That, HQ

Lives that getting united and getting threatened in a night…a woman who is running away because she was subjected to…

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A Night in the Shelter

Around 5 PM every evening buses start arriving at a former prison on the high barren mesa 20 miles west…

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A Small Family Affair

The hour before Jane’s nuptials, an unexpected guest from her past arrives to reveal a well-kept family secret that threatens…

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A Strange Calm

When 12-year-old Rosie and Miles encounter a strange man on the 4th of July, their journey to watch the fireworks…

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Adult Children Part II

An encounter with a lone stranger takes sister-group Lindy Vision on a fantastical journey. — “Adult Children Part II” is…

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ALINA

As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their…

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Alma’s Pond

Margaret is a frustrated twelve-year-old who’s run away to her Aunt Alma’s mountain cabin to escape her parents’ constant arguing.…

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AMY’S GIFT

Amy is struggling to recover from a tragic loss, when she’s rear-ended by a strange man who helps her navigate…

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An Object of Merit

A short documentary about a young ceramic artist exploring the Canadian and Korean influences on his functional wares. The film…

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April Kills The Vibe

What are our responsibilities to our friends- especially on a wild night out? After a rowdy New Year’s Eve in…

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ART

The story of a painter that gives real life to everything he paints. This short movie was shot and edited…

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AUGUSTUS

Augustus, a literate, escaped slave masquerading as a free man in Massachusetts just prior to the Civil War, experiences nightmares…

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Bad Furniture

A man insists on being furniture for his wife. Director Biography – Randall Maxwell After working a gauntlet of fascinating assistant…

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Bad River

Reachable only by bush plane, boat or ice road during the winter months, Kwethluk, AK is in many ways removed…

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Bertin

In the Alps, Bertin a big man and Yohann a little one rob a charity shop. Director Biography – Elise Lausseur…

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Big Yellow Taxi

On Les Stroud’s release of his transitional roots rock album Bittern Lake, comes one of the album’s biggest surprises: a…

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Bittersweet

A hopeless baker’s attempt at taking his own life is interrupted by a persistent child in need of a birthday…

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Black & White

Historically the meaning of the words black and white have been engrained with very specific connotations. The Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary…

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Black Heart, Red Hands

Set against the stunning backdrop of one of Australia’s World Heritage-listed National Parks; a first-time killer is about to be…

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Brief Survey

In this comedy short, written by Steve Young (Letterman, Simpsons) and directed by Dava Whisenant (Bathtubs Over Broadway), a good-hearted…

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Broken Gaiete*

Lost in an unknown and timeless land, IDIR finds himself with KASHOU a woman who claims to be his mother,…

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Carnival

A young, visually impaired woman — accompanied only by her guide dog — sits in a café, reading a novel…

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Cavity

On a night out with friends in NYC, Cleo, a troubled and uncertain young actress is seduced by a mysterious…

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Celeste’s Dreams

When a creative young woman becomes the same age her mother was when she passed, her life stagnates, forcing her…

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Champion

As a young runner prepares for the big race, the strain from his parents’ push for excellence puts his love…

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Claridad (Clarity)

When a woman leaves her husband at home while he showers, he is left at the mercy of a psychotic…

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Crab Bucket

Based on the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you”. A drug addict assures the collective demise, behaving…

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Cultured

When Johnny, an unemployed hipster, stumbles across his latest passion project, he becomes obsessed with baking the perfect loaf of…

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CYCLONE

Star crossed lovers reunite only to have their past resurface, igniting the pain that tore them apart. Featuring a predominantly…

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DeLorean – Living the Dream

The inspiring true story of the dreamers behind history’s most iconic car. Director Biography – Jordan Livingston Born in San Francisco,…

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Dog

Yuda, handsome and self-confident, wants to bring back Yael, the love of his life. In the gray and depressing space…

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Dog Dreams

A slightly supernatural story about loss, love, and the powerful bond we share with our pets. Starring a real life…

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Eagle

Edgar, a high school senior in Brooklyn, gets good news Director Biography – Jose Acevedo Jose Acevedo is a writer, director…

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El Viaje

Two young women are driving in the desert while something haunting looms over them and throughout the vehicle. Director Biography…

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Esther’s Choice

Esther, a composer going through a dry spell, finds an inspiration in an unusual and possibly dangerous Muse. Director Biography…

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EXIT PACKAGE

A black comedy, quarantine era murder mystery – a ZOOM meeting for a corrupt investment company goes horribly wrong. Made…

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EXT

In the snow-covered ruins of 24th century Toronto, AEGIS, a humanoid war machine, leads a team of five robot-bound digital-humans…

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Flush Lou

A daughter, mother and grandmother mourn the loss of their beloved, Lou Ackerly, after he is accidentally cremated. Director Biography…

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Food of Love…a Trilogy

A short film featuring a series of professional and home cooks who explore the role of love as an ingredient.…

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From Heaven is Cali

In the Southwest of Colombia, there is a city where salsa dancing exists in a form that is unique in…

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Glint

When a struggling, single parent is confronted with the onset of a bizarre mental illness, she must decide if she…

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Growing Solutions

This film looks at real-life solutions to challenges plaguing farmers, such as water scarcity, soil degradation and the ravages of…

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Havana

Cuba, 1970’s. Antonio, an immigration officer by day, sells exit visas illegally by night at exorbitant prices. Antonio’s secrets go…

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Honor Among Thieves

Official Selection of 77 film festivals with more than 28 nominations and 20 awards including 12 as best short film.…

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How COVID Inspires Change

6 Documentary shorts about courageous individuals and businesses responding to the COVID crisis. Creative, generous and community minded these people…

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How Long

As an artist, my favourite projects are when I can combine art with a message that goes beyond style and…

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Hung Up

SHATTERED TEXAN LATINA BULL RIDER PATTY “DUKE” RISKS PARALYSIS TO RIDE AGAIN AND RECLAIM HER GLORY. HUNG UP updates the…

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I Am Samantha

“I Am Samantha”, by singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, was inspired by his friend Samantha Williams. Director T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper…

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In Sync

A young couple walk a fine line while thriving in an open marriage until they catch each other breaking the…

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In Your Arms Tonight

A young maid contemplates her future after having an affair with her rich employer, who is struggling to reconnect with…

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Incubation Period

explores COVID-19 through the body and the global community. I recorded my symptoms daily and converted this into a visual…

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Inner Self

A Violinist girl wants to enter an administrative building but as she lacks the formal hijab, she must stay in…

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Instants of Cindy Sherman

“Istantanee di Cindy Sherman” (“Instants of Cindy Sherman”) invents a dreamlike journey that crosses and explores Cindy Sherman’s photographs, framing…

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Ionuț and Călin

Feelings change quickly. Love becomes loss only to become love again. Ionuț and Călin have recently broken up. When they…

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Is That You, Joe?

After a closet monster attempts to scare an old lady, the tables turn quickly once the old lady thinks the…

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Jabee “Hope”

Alone on a late-night streetcar ride, Jabee sees a boy that reminds him of his low-income upbringing, and how his…

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Jamie

A struggling nineteen year old is contemplating ending her life. On the train to her nan’s, her journey is interrupted…

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Jesse James

“Jesse James” traces the moments between a neighbor’s phone call and the arrival of the police, when Jesse and his…

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Kae Astra – Softly Tread

Alone in a beautiful house, a 70’s style dream woman grapples with inner emotions using paint as a highly stylized…

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Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them.…

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kindred

Aural historian, jazz musician, sound-collage artist, and environmentalist Jack Loeffler shows us what it means to truly listen to the…

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Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost…

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Knock Knock

A young woman is confronted by an insistent visitor. Director Biography – Katie Waldron Katie grew up in Santa Fe, New…

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Let Be

A story of a broken dream, told in fragments. An ambitious dancer has to end her life’s dream because of…

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Like Holy Wine

Heartbroken and unable to leave after a breakup, a woman speaks her final words to her lover, through dance. Director…

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Lost

“if only one could recapture one’s lost” Director Biography – Carmen Dahlman I am an aficionado of music, dancing, acting, and…

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Lost Lula

Lost Lula is an extraordinary and dynamic composition of gorgeously drawn, ephemeral human figures that appear and dissolve into and…

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Make Me

Make Me is a single shot, drone music video with destructive meteors, explosions, fire and robots. About the song: It’s…

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Malady of Mine

An ill-fated artist comes to terms with the true source of his mysterious disease. Director Biography – Jon Portman Jon Portman…

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Malinchista

A 2D animated short film reclaiming a Spanish slur to empower Latinx women by retelling the story of La Malinche.…

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Man of Joy

In denial about his divorce, a man wanders through Brooklyn searching for solace in the company of anyone he can…

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Managing

A Mexican Restaurant Manager at the brink of bankruptcy struggles to cope as his young employees mess around during work…

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Mandatory

Director Biography – Javad Khorsha Biography:- Appearing in several TV shows as a writer ( series, talk shows and etc) -Attendance…

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Metro6

Today is an important day for Zak, but everything is going horribly wrong. During his adventurous bus ride, Zak goes…

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Misha

The tragic story about the greatest football(soccer) player that most have never heard of. Mikhail “Misha” An was the descendants…

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Missed Call

Tom, fresh from rehab, prepares a romantic night for his loyal and overworked wife while facing the difficulties or avoiding…

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Mitch Ferrada-Before

Music Video of artist Mitch Ferrada Director Biography – Andres Merlos Andres Merlos is from Chicago,IL who moved to Los Angeles…

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Month to Month

When an aspiring writer rents a room in her home, a middle-aged widow’s emotional journey of rediscovery begins. With Kevin’s…

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Motorvation

A sweet story about a man, a motorhome and a town in need of rescue. Director Biography – Angus Benfield Angus…

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My Mom is (not) the best one

The Mom convinces her daughter to fulfill the will of her dreaming, dead grandmother: to celebrate New Year in family…

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Myosotis Love

  An older woman plants flowers in the garden as she struggles to help her forgetful husband remember how they…

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NEUL未知ND (The Unknown)

  A conflicted American-Born-Chinese waitress meets a mysterious man and is drawn into an unimaginable circumstance. Director Biography – Eddie Shieh…

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No place like lockdown

Piotr has a wonderful family, a beautiful house, and decent earnings. When the world is struck by the pandemic, everything…

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Nocturnes

Nocturnes is a timeless, tragic love story of a man who is obsessively searching for his one and only love.…

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One Word Sawalmem

“One Word Sawalmem is a film of great power and purpose. It explains the Indigenous understanding and knowledge of the…

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Only the Earth and the Mountains

Only the Earth and the Mountains interrogates the narrative of settler colonialism in the American West by white pioneers and…

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Our Place Together

Two young husbands retreat to their favorite camping spot to hash out some life-altering news and the ramifications it will…

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Outside

A woman quarantined with her husband questions the reality of the threat keeping her inside her home and starts to…

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Overturned Bucket

Based on a True Story, the life of one woman, born during the New Mexico Territorial fight for land, is…

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Parallel Minds

In the near future, technology firm Red-Eye is on the verge of developing a revolutionary contact lens that records human…

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Paranormal Girl

A scientist is plagued by desire for a ghost he has glimpsed in his exploration of the supernatural. Director – Peter…

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Pas de Deux

A love story transcends time when two ballet dancers meet at a mysterious private estate. Director Biography – Jason O. Silva…

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Pass

Fascinating drama about not everyone is trustworthy………… (The social issue movie centers around a poor woman) Director Biography – Elika Abdollahi…

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Petty Cash

Jackie, a cash-strapped bartender working at an Upstate New York casino, navigates a difficult work environment while saving for school.…

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Photo Op

A humorous cautionary tale about the perils of trusting a stranger with your phone. Written by Steve Young (Letterman, Simpsons)…

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Player One

A dark comedy about a group of high school girls trying to deal with their friend’s miscarriage during a sleepover.…

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Pola

A middle-aged woman works at a phone sex line in order to support her paraplegic daughter. A call from her…

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Power

A silent movie about letting go Director Biography – Carmen Dahlman                 www.carmendahlman.com

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Recipiphany

When a cancer-survivor chef is about to abandon her dream to help others heal through good food, an amazing twist…

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Red Bean Soup

The 2020 Wasserman Award recipient Red Bean Soup, shares the struggle of a wife grappling to reconnect with her dementia…

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REVERB

A 9-years-old pianist, who suffers from a hearing impairment, learns a different way of listening to the world. Director Biography…

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Rhino N’ Bird

A symbiotic relationship between a parasitic bird and a grumpy rhino, stuck together on the open plains of Africa. Their…

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RISQUES

Human experience spiral down when panic strikes. In this short essay, we pictured the turmoil that goes with the experience…

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Rizo

An Afro-Latina struggles with her identity as she navigates the Hollywood machine. Director Biography – Jeanette Dilone Jeanette Dilone is a…

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Rowing for Gold

“Rowing for Gold” is a documentary about Ron Harvey, an M.I.T-trained aerospace engineer, who has been a champion rower both…

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Sana, Sana… Un Dicho

If you’ve ever wondered where “Sana, sana colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana.” came from you can…

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SAVE ME

Veteran Sam struggles to find a legitimate way to make ends meat. He finds himself doing what he knows best…

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Saving Chintu

An LGBTQ American couple travels to India to adopt a child living with HIV in an Indian orphanage. Will the…

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Sea Critter

A documentary crew uncovers the mystery behind Wilbur’s encounter with a tentacled sea creature. Director Biography – Eric Smigiel It all…

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Seven Arrows “Juvy Cowboys”

Escaping the “Breaking Bad” streets of Albuquerque, Keith Copsin takes a job in Arizona as a Youth Counselor leading a…

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Shepherd’s Song

Growing up in San Francisco, Jenya saw the world around her changing and after the death of both her parents,…

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Shipwreck

“Shipwreck” is short narrative portrayal of a young girl coping with grief, loss and her sense of identity. Director Biography…

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Show Me Yours…

  A Pastor and his wife decide to try dating other men as a way of dealing with the fact…

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Signal

A scientist investigates a strange noise related to his daughter’s disappearance in an abandoned village alone. Director – Sophie Wang Project…

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Sofa So Good

In the streets of New York, a young woman is relentlessly, stubbornly and desperately looking for a sofa. This is…

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SOLEDAD

A pro bono lawyer and her client Soledad fight for Soledad’s right to asylum just as the Trump Administration changes…

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SORRY WE MISSED YOU

Every day people are born and every day people die. What we’re able to accomplish in our relatively short lives…

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Spin Cycle

Different day, same routine: we all know the never-ending story of laundry. In this silent short film that hearkens back…

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Still In My Heart

A story of an abandoned outlaw living in the American west, surviving the only way he knows how. The connection…

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Submission Tape

A childlike bartender ambushes his older brother to create a submission tape for a reality show. Family melodrama, existential dilemmas,…

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Talk Radio

Pauline and Barry are a seemingly happily married middled aged couple. That is until Pauline tunes into relationship hour on…

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TERROR EYES

Three friends on a trip to the desert are watched and followed. Appearing on a dark website called Terror Eyes,…

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The American Dream

Three immigrants about to cross the border sit around a fire and discuss what “The American Dream” means to them.…

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The Appointment

In this playful, supernatural tale by visual artist Alexandre Singh, a curmudgeonly novelist, Henry Salt, wakes from a nightmare to…

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The Audience

When the time comes to celebrate her birthday, Yasmin gathers all her friends at the mythic Ludlow Hotel in Manhattan.…

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The Awakeover

A sleepover movie night turns sinister, as the contents of the scary movies become not-so-imaginary. Director – Stephen Burhoe Project Links…

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The Big Ugly

Anglo-American relations go bad when London mob bosses invest in a West Virginia oil deal in hopes of laundering dirty…

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The Evil I’ve Seen

An old west tale in Kansas, 1866, about a priest and the questionable characters he lies to, over a fire…

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The Family

A couple going through a divorce meet to finalize the process which will decide the future for their broken family.…

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The Garage

A summer job changes everything for a young man in Indiana. Director Biography – Daniel McMellen DAN MCMELLEN, Producer and Director…

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The Hideaway

1 No longer girlie enough for her girlfriends and starting to become too girlie for her guy friends, and eager…

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The Horror Crowd

Revealing, intimate documentary spotlighting the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination,…

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The Internet Kills

Euphoria meets The Ring. When Victoria and her friends discover an app that kills you, they accidentally unleash something truly…

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THE KENNEDY INCIDENT

WORLD PREMIERE! Based on actual events. During his trip in pre-war Europe, the 21-year old future president John F Kennedy…

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The Last Supper

In the tiny castle town of Berat, Albania, each family is bustling in preparation for a grand turkey feast for…

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The Pear

In a room somewhere in London, England, two men face off in what seems like a dangerous game of cat…

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The Sand Castle

A little girl engages in a fantasy of battling the ocean from destroying her sand castle with help from an…

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The Scent

Sarah faces discrimination in her workplace and is subject to her boyfriend’s fetishistic obsession. She needs to break free and…

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The Spirit Seam

The Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain…

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The Winter

Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees an unusual deer and goes to follow it. The deer allures him…

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The Woman Under The Tree

Lucia, a homeless woman in South Beach, spends much of her time sitting under a tree, watching the life of…

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Thought I Lost You

Filmmaker, producer Riley Del Rey brings Thought I Lost You, a science-fiction western showcasing New Mexico Talent. Thought I Lost…

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TIMES

A story of how to get to the wrong place at the wrong time in exactly 100 seconds. Director Biography…

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Tomena

With his career hanging in the balance, a tormented songwriter must confront his deepest wound when visited by someone from…

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TOPRAK

TOPRAK is the dramatic story of a simple family in rural Turkey dealing with poverty, family traditions, and religious heritage.…

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Torchlight

A reluctant debt collector for a funeral home must pay a visit to old friends in default. Director Biography – Andy…

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Totems

  A post-apocalyptic film about two indigenous men existing in the aftermath of colonial America. Totems represents a slice of…

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Traces

A horse logger and his horse take us deep into a forest in the Ardennes as the seasons go by,…

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Tuscaloosa

1972. Vietnam war protests and racial tension is sizzling in the late summer heat of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Billy Mitchell (Devon…

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Typhoon

An escaped convict on his way to Texas strikes a deal with a young misfit. Director Biography – Andy Kastelic Andy…

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Übel

A Jewish girl confronts a Nazi officer with what he has done. Director – Edwin Schaap Project Links  Website

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Uncle Zsiga

“Uncle Zsiga” is a contemplation on the possibility of forgiveness. Regretful of the past, an old Hungarian man, after fifteen…

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Under the Lights

Sam is a boy with epilepsy so desperate to feel like a normal kid, he goes to prom knowing that…

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Variant U

Inspired by the dark and grim stories of Edgar Allan Poe, “Variant U” is the terrifying tale of a man…

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Voices

A troubled young man deals with the competing voices in his head.

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Volunteer

92-year-old Howard Henry chooses to stay busy and avoid aging by going to work every day. Director Biography – Allonzo…

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Water Tower

Anthem, featuring Ron Reyes and Don Bolles Project Links  Website

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We Are All In This Together

During divisive times in America, a man sets off on a cross-country bicycle journey, with no food, no money, and…

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What If…

This short documentary film shatters the preconceptions of homelessness, explores the ramifications of unstable housing for children, and provides a…

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White Gold

Mansa, an African woman with albinism has had her arm hacked off by Natron the witch doctor in the name…

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Wild Animals

Director Biography – Stephen Burns “The biggest risk in life, is not taking one.” I have always tried to live my…

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Woman with the Pearl Earring

A recently divorced woman goes on her first date in over a decade. Director – Robin Conly A festival win and…

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You Can’t Have It Both Ways

‘You Can’t Have It Both Ways’ is a short, comedic and poignant musical film that navigates an uncomfortable conversation between…

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