As films are accepted for the festival throughout the year, they will be listed below alphabetically. The final list of films and complete schedule will be posted no later than two weeks before the festival.
ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?
Winner of over 35 awards on the International Film Festival Circuit, Are You Volleyball? tells the story of a group of Arab asylum seekers who are sequestered in a refugee camp on the border awaiting the decision on their asylum requests.
They are in daily conflict with the soldiers guarding them until one day a deaf-mute boy becomes the catalyst for better communication between the two groups.
(Ireland, England, USA)
Written and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Dustin Morrow, Black Pool is a gripping thriller about the revenge-fueled cat-and-mouse game of imprisonment and interrogation. Thirty years ago, Michael's life was shattered by a shadowy figure he saw for only a fleeting moment. Tonight, through a chance encounter, he believes he's found the man responsible for ruining his life and he's going to make him pay. But does he have the right man and how far will he go for the truth?
There's no way to ever prepare for the unspeakable, but when tragedy strikes our lives do we ever truly move on? We're often told we have to but the pain can linger, haunting us, refusing to let go. Perhaps there is a reason, a purpose, for this pain. A teacher comes face-to-face with the surreal and unexpected as he struffles to move forward with the guilt in the wake of a deadly school shooting.
IT'S A MESS
A homeless man (Vincent D'Onofrio) with a troubled past...two young sisters with a dark secret...part modern day fairytale, part ode to the solitud of New York City night. It's A Mess is a study of the loneliness that comes from knowing that in this "civilized" world, innocence and evil are separated by a time that dissipates after sunset.
Co-written and Directed by award winning filmmaker Frank Prinzi and starring Emmy Award winner Vincent D'Onofrio, It's A Mess is a beautifully dark fantasy with themes that are all too real - lonely, damaged and defeated people searching for any morsel of compassion and meaning in life.
Magnolia & Clementine
Most of her brilliant ideas end up in the bathroom trash, deleted or left unfinished - all thanks to her wonky computer that crashes at the most inconvenient times. Struggling writer "Her" tosses out a story that gets turned into a successful published piece of work ...just not by "Her".
Frustrated and jealous, she heads to a local coffee shop for a change of scenery to work...and sees some unexpeted familiar faces.
Plagued by guilt following the death of his son in a car crash, John Clarke (John Huss) a brilliant surgeon, comes to realise the oly thing that can ease his pain in the taste of human blood.
The features an all-star cast, including John Huss (Power and NCIS), Emmy Award Winner Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) Madeline Zima (Heroes, Californication and Betas), Misha Barton (The OC) and Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood and Atlas Shrugged) among many others.
An Emmy Award winning documentary by Georgia State University television.
Fifty years later, the Vietnam War still haunts us. There are many unanswered questions about the conflict that half a century later still haunts those caught up in the conflict. Remembering Vietnam is not a historical dissertation, but stories of human perserverance told by those who lived through those tumultuous times. GSUTV interviewed war veterans, anti-war activists and Vietnamese-Americans who were forced to leave their country to create this documentary.
A young writer's life is mysteriously impacted through his writing about an inncient girl at your every day high school who falls prey to a handsome predator in a position of power.
After being bullied on social media and at school, if she can't get out before it's too late, lives will come crashing down.
Overtaken by his childhood memories, a teenager fiends out the emotional gap that seperates him from his mother, who has never shown any sign of affection toward him. Closer to his father, he fears his own mother, whom he blames for the stormy relationships within the family. Step-by-step he comes to realize that his parents are not quite who he has imagined.
THE WAKE OF LIGHT
A romantic drama about Mary (Rome Brooks), a young woman who is slowly losing her faith and grappling with the deep-felt responsibility of caring for her ailing father and their broken down farm.
Then she meets Cole (played by Matt Bush from "The Goldbergs"), a charismatic young man who is passing through town on the way to see the Grand Salt Flats in Utah.
When Cole falls for her, she struggles with her own feelings for him and her responsibility to her father.
In confronting the heart-rendering choice to leave her father and journey with Cole, Mary is forced to confront the real issue keeping her from having a life of her own. The film explores the desire to connect with a deeper purpose and the call of nature while questioning the true meaning of faith.
(Poland, Papua New Guinea)
Dominika Kulczyk reaches out to Papua New Guinea, where she meets local people who have killed others, including children, in order to follow local customs that have been practiced for ages.
According to their local beliefs, witches and their evil powers are always blamed for death. Witchraft accusations usually concern those most vulnerable - women and children. Punishment is directed toward not only the accused, but their entire family. Terrifying punishments, including the death penalty, occur on an everyday basis.