A Single Life

Dir. Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins & Job Roggeveen
When Pia plays a mysterious vinyl record single, she suddenly knows how to travel through her own life.
Netherlands 3 min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Above All Else

Dir. Yali Sharon
In 1992, professional skydiver Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld boarded a plane for a routine jump. Six weeks later, he awoke from a coma to discover that a terrible accident had crippled his body and shattered his dream of becoming a World Champion. Five simple words from a friend will inspire him to attempt to overcome impossible odds and achieve his lifelong goal.
USA 7min Adventure
Thursday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 1pm (Nevada Theatre)

Amelia & Duarte

Dir. Alice Guimarães, Mónica Santos
In this story we are guided through the relationship of Amelia and Duarte, two people that felt out of love and are trying to cope with the feelings that come after a relationship has ended.
Germany & Portugal 9 min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Ataxian, The

Dir. Zack Bennett, Kevin Schlanser
Unable to walk due to the neuromuscular disorder, Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), Kyle Bryant and a team of friends attempt the most grueling bicycle race in the world, The Race Across America (RAAM). The feature-length documentary, “The Ataxian,” spotlights a man whose will and determination carry him and his teammates across a continent under almost impossible conditions—an act that sparks others to take action in their own lives. Stunning cinematography exposes raw, unfiltered emotions juxtaposed against the most inspiring landscapes across America. With purity and grace, the film examines the life of a man aggressively living every moment in a race against his own mortality.
USA 1hr 21min Feature
Saturday 3:00pm (Nevada Theatre)

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Back Home

Dir. Léo Schweitzer and Dorian Lee
During the Vietnam War, two brothers of Chinese ancestry fight for the American forces as mercenaries. Isolated from their battalion and lost in the jungle, they have to find their way back to the military base. This film is inspired by the war experience of one of the director’s father.
France 6min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Carlo

Dir. Ago Panini
Carlo has a secret at home in his closet that no one suspects. In the daytime, Carlo works in an office where he has just fallen in love with Anita, a colleague. In the night time Carlo spends most of his time at home. Alone, in his secret closet Carlo has created a miniature floating world where everyone looks like him. But his love to Anita will end up being the greatest threat for the planet.
Italy 12 min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Crossing Bhutan

Dir. Ben Henretig
Crossing Bhutan tells the story of four veteran athletes’ journey to explore Bhutan’s enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness by making the first 485-mile, border-to-border crossing of this isolated kingdom entirely by foot and bike.
USA & Bhutan 60 min Adventure
Thursday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 1pm (Nevada Theatre)

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Dollhouse

Dir. Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey
An aesthetically lavish portrait of a “reborn” artist who strives for maximum verisimilitude in her creation of newborn baby dolls.
USA 7 min Documentary
Friday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 8pm (Miners Foundry)

Edmond

Dir. Nina Gantz
A stop motion film about an oddball felted character who slips through floors into the past and the deepest parts of his psyche in his pursuit of self-understanding.
UK 10 min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

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Entre les lignes

Dir. Emmanuelle Remy, Christelle Alion, Tom Casacoli, Nolwenn Ève, Lorenn Le Bec
In the morning commute, a romantic relationship blossoms between two strangers when they realize their trains always stops next to one another at the same spot every day, but only for a few seconds.
France 5min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

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Fish and I

Dir. Babak Habibifar
A blind man tries to save the life of his goldfish.
Iran 6min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

The Happy Film

Dir. Hillman Curtis, Ben Nabors, Stefan Sagmeister
Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.
USA 1hr 33min Feature
Saturday 8pm (Nevada Theatre)

Havana Motor Club

Dir. Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Havana Motor Club tells a personal, character-driven story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution. It tackles how Cuba’s recent reforms — the owning of property, allowance of small businesses, and greater exchange between Cubans, Cuban Americans, tourists, and other foreigners — have affected the lives of these racers and their families. One racer enlists the help of a Cuban American patron in Miami to bring in parts for his modern Porsche. His main competitor is a renowned mechanic who uses ingenuity rather than resources to create a racing machine out of his 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Another racer ponders whether he will participate in the race or sell his motor — one that he recovered on the ocean floor from a ship used to smuggle Cubans off the island — in order to flee Cuba on a raft headed to Florida. Meanwhile, the race itself is in jeopardy of coming to fruition due to factors ranging from its status as an elitist sport to the arrival of the Pope in Cuba. Through the experiences of these racers and their community, HAVANA MOTOR CLUB explores how Cuba is changing today, and also what its future holds in light of Obama’s recent move to normalize relations with the island nation.
USA 1hr 20min Feature
Saturday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)

Hold On

Dir. Charlotte Scott-Wilson
A young cellist has to overcome her fears in order to keep her position in an orchestra.
Netherlands 22 min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

January Hymn

Dir. Katherine Canty
A reflection on grief, JANUARY HYMN sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s death. Taking the form of a fractured narrative, the film considers how Clara’s experience of grief shapes her poetic relationship to a home which has been forever altered by loss. Shot on location in the director’s home county of Laois, Ireland, January Hymn was made with the support of the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme.
Ireland 13min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

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Joanna

Dir. Panagiotis Fafoutis
Joanna descends to the Port daily to find love. Inspired by an urban myth, one woman’s story, could be a country’s tale.
Greece 9min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

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La Laguna

Dir. Aaron Schock
Deep in the rainforests of southern Mexico, a pair of Mayan boys run free among the relics of their ancient civilization. In their village school, however, 12-year-old Yu’uk and 8-year-old José find themselves lost in a world they can’t fully comprehend, governed by a language they can’t fully grasp. In this breathtaking coming-of-age film, Emmy-nominated director Aaron Schock crafts an immersive, visually stunning portrait of a childhood on the margins of Mexican society. As Yu’uk prepares to leave the local school, the future of his family and his Indigenous community hangs in the balance. La Laguna is an unforgettable story about a boy on the cusp of adulthood and a society on the cusp of change.
Mexico & USA 40 min Documentary
Friday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 8pm (Miners Foundry)

Little Miss Sunshine

Dir. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris
Father Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell his motivational success program… with no success. Meanwhile, “pro-honesty” mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers – the seven-year-old, would-be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather (Alan Arkin), whose outrageous behavior recently got him evicted from his retirement home. When Olive is invited to compete in the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her – with riotously funny results.
USA 1hr 41min Feature
Friday 7:30pm (Nevada Theatre)

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Loren The Robot Butler: Teach Me How To Dougie!

Dir. Paul McGinnis
Loren, a proper British robot and former head butler for a wealthy family, has been replaced with a Roomba and stored in the basement. Now the kids program him to teach them stuff. This time, it’s how to dance the Dougie!
USA 3min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

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Magnificent Menagerie of Melvin McMelanie, The

Dir. Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
A kid and his little traveling show roll into a small train town in 1895 California, only to find it may be harder to earn a penny than originally thought.
USA 4min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Mining, Poems, Odes

Dir. Callum Rice
Robert has put aside his tools for pen and paper.
United Kingdom 11 min Documentary
Friday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 8pm (Miners Foundry)

My Aleppo

Dir. Melissa Langer
After fleeing the civil war in Syria and relocating to South Africa, a young family struggles to preserve their ties to the ancient city of Aleppo. Confined to their one-room apartment, they receive a string of unsettling news from relatives still caught in the conflict.
USA 18 min Documentary
Friday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 8pm (Miners Foundry)

Northbound

Dir. Jørn Nyseth Ranum
Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? In this poetic short film, four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and one ephemeral miniramp.
Norway 11 min Adventure
Thursday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 1pm (Nevada Theatre)

Of Shark & Man

Dir. David Dilley
David Diley is a thirty-two year old man, trapped in a dead end job in England’s industrial north and his life is going nowhere. He does however, have a lifelong dream… Should David follow the advice of everyone around him and forget about it, or should he risk everything and against all the odds, take his one chance to fulfill his greatest ambition, an ambition which finds him in the middle of a feeding frenzy with sixty of the world’s most dangerous sharks? “Of Shark and Man” is a ground breaking film about one man’s journey to get closer than anyone thought possible, to the world’s biggest Bull Sharks and tell the incredible untold story of Shark Reef in Fiji, one of the greatest marine conservation successes of all time. “Of Shark and Man” is an epic, incredibly ambitious, cinematic and award winning love letter to the world’s most feared predator, in which the shark is the hero.
UK 1hr 38min Feature
Thursday 7:30pm (TBA)

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Only Child

Dir. Andy Toovey
A gypsy couple struggle to grieve the loss of the child they conceived during an affair. Eva lives as an outsider within the gypsy community, stranded between the sporadic affections of her workaholic husband Yuri, and the lustful intent of gypsy leader, Davro. Whilst Yuri is out one day, Eva and Davro sleep together. When Eva discovers she is pregnant, Davro takes lethal action to keep scandal under wraps, by tasking Yuri with a dangerous job at the quarry. The community mourns Yuri’s death, and Davro steps in as provider for Eva. The couple prepare for the birth of the baby, but as the due date approaches, Eva wakes one night with heavy bleeding. Tragically the baby is delivered stillborn. In the silent days that follow, they try and fail to find a way forward through grief, both burying themselves in mundane distractions rather than facing each other. Eva obsesses over weaving a wreath from feathers, Davro busies himself in his woodworking shed. As her repeated attempts at kindness seem to be met with hostility, Eva’s frustration builds to a final confrontation in the work shed. She throws over the offcuts of wood, and in doing so realises what Davro has been making – a discovery which changes her frustration to contrition, and at last allows them to share their grief.
United Kingdom 17min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

Orbit Ever After

Dir. Jamie Magnus Stone
Nigel has fallen in love. But when you live in orbit aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk averse family imaginable, it isn’t easy to follow your heart; especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way.
Ireland & UK 21 min International
Friday 5:30pm (Nevada Theatre)
Saturday 1pm (Miners Foundry)

Orchestra, The

Dir. Mikey Hill
Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life – communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon; a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune. When Vernon and his little band fall for their new next door neighbour and her classical ensemble, they find themselves presented with perhaps their last chance at happiness – a chance to strike a chord and play in harmony. But first they must confront their stage fright.
Australia 15 min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

Out of the Village

Dir. Jonathan Stein
Shot in West Africa with a local cast and crew, OUT OF THE VILLAGE explores the social and cultural impact of the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of an orphaned brother and his sister. It stars Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) and is Executive Produced by Bryan Singer (House, M.D / X-Men).
USA 16min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

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Parade de Satie

Dir. Koji Yamamura
A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality.
Japan 14min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)

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Push, The

Dir. William Joines
After witnessing a random act of violence on the New York City subway, a young woman’s daily commute becomes a minefield of dark anxieties both real and imagined.
USA 8min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

Send Off

Dir. Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
USA 12 min Documentary
Friday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 8pm (Miners Foundry)

Solemates

Dir. Bryce Dallas Howard
Told from the perspective of shoes, this film tells the story of a couple’s journey through life – the ups, the downs, the passion, and the dedication it takes to share your life with the one you love.
USA 1 min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

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Thunder Road

Dir. Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his mom. At her funeral he celebrated that feeling….in a memorable way.
USA 13 min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

Twinsburg

Dir. Joe Garrity
Jerry, sentimental about his fading twin identity, reunites with his reluctant brother Paul for a weekend of revelry at the world’s largest congregation of twins. USA 16min Narrative
Friday 7:30pm (Miners Foundry)
Saturday 3pm (Miners Foundry)

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Wildfire

Dir. Gwenn Germain
Ena, a passionate firefighter and wife, is very involved with her profession. Her fascination with fire reveals itself as it impact her family life.
France 4min Animation
Saturday 5:30pm (Miners Foundry)