Films Scheduled for 2019

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.

ALL ALONE

(USA)

 

After a break-up, Chelsea decides to start over in a new house. Longing for quiet and solitude, she soon realizes she will get neither here.

AND THEN WE'LL BE HAPPY

(USA)

 

A young man is faced with the unpleasant decision of robbing a restaurant or losing a friend in need.

 

 

ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?

(Iran)

 

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.

 

 

BLACK POOL

(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?

DANDELIONS

(USA)

 

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.

IN LOVE WITH ALLY BARKER

(AUSTRALIA)

 

18-year-old Ally Barker is a loner and an onlooker in life she lives with her alcoholic father and only the memory of a mother she never knew. Soon the mysterious 19-year-old Sara Walker moves next door to her which will change her life forever. Sara lives with her disfigured twisted step father and estranged mother.

 

Ally’s path eventually crosses Sara’s, quickly they from a strong bond as two lost souls that find solace in one another. However, Ally is hiding a secret from everyone in her life, unexpectedly Sara discovers Ally’s secret which almost tears them apart. Instead of losing the connection she made with Sara, Ally allows herself to be manipulated and convinced to participate in an act of naive revenge against her abuser.

They abduct Ally’s abuser with the intention of manufacturing his murder, a deed Sara is prepared to undertaken, but Ally is plagued by uncertainty. She divided between vengeance, losing Sara and the real possibility she might have to commit murder, an inescapable action. Ally’s turmoil and unease finally erodes away her desire for revenge and at the risk of losing Sara, she decides attempt to rescue herself and sequentially her abuser from the murder plot before it’s too late.

 

IT'S A MESS

(USA)

 

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.

 

LOSING HOPE

(USA)

 

After a chance encounter, a young career-focused African-American black man confronts the reluctance of falling in love with an unsuspecting suitor.

Magnolia & Clementine

(USA)

 

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.

MR GOODY

(USA)

 

Mr Goody lives to interview, but his tactics are questionable.

 

PAINKILLERS

(USA)

 

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.

PARKED

(USA)

 

A dramedy based on semi-true events about a middle-aged couple trying to find closuer to their long marriage.  A fortuitous parking spot, a young couple on their first date and a little luck may complicate their ending.

PEGGY

(USA)

 

Everything seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she is surrounded by admiring and covetous parants at a birthday party for her eight-year-old son.

 

 

 

REMEMBERING VIETNAM

(USA)

 

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. 

#SLUT

(USA)

 

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.

 

SWEETHEART

(France)

 

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 VERY LAST DAY

(Taiwan)

 

A fan abducts a best-selling writer for recounting how he raped her 20 years ago in his latest book.  Despite the physical and psychological ordeal, the novelist keeps claiming his innocence.

 

(Chinese with English subtitles)

 

THE WAKE OF LIGHT

(USA)

 

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.

WITCH HUNT

(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.

 

UPCOMING DEADLINES

 

EARLY BIRD

February 15, 2019

 

REGULAR DEADLINE

April 15, 2019

 

LATE DEADLINE

June 15, 2019

 

WAB EXTENDED DEADLINE

 

2019 FESTIVAL DATE

August 1-4,  2019

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