film festival films 2013

 

2013 festival is now over!

VISIONFEST gratefully acknowledges its participating 2013 filmmakers and everyone who came out to support VF13... It has been spectacular thanks to you!

Complete list of Independent Vision Awards winners

All VF13 screenings were held at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, corner of Laight Street - New York City) 

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WEDNESDAY -- JUNE 26



PROGRAM 01 -- 8:00pm -- Tribeca Cinemas 2


OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SELECTION


UPGRADE  D: Andrey Alistratov & Hazuki Aikawa - 1.5 min. Experimental Short
A young woman is experiencing an embarrassing malfunction with her older model of the iPhone and is desperately seeking an upgrade. [more info]

ILLUSION  D: Jessica Hester - 10min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
In a fantastical garden outside of time and space, Mark and Laura fall in love. When fear descends upon Laura, she has the opportunity to stay with Mark or get lost in 'Illusion.' [more info]

THE FIRST HOPE D: Jeremy David White - 12min. Narrative  (NY Premiere)
After seeing Leia kiss Luke on his VHS copy of "The Empire Strikes Back," a young boy unwittingly develops an inappropriate crush of his own. [more info]

TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE D: Michael Ferrell - 75min. Narrative  (NY Premiere)
When Brian's new girlfriend, a stand-up comedian, suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliché` romantic comedy to find her. [more info]


OPENING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY & IVA NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT
Your Program 01 tickets will entitle you to admission to this after-party, which immediately follows the screening, as the audience spills out into the Tribeca Main Lounge. There will be a full cash bar available and some delicious drink specials, including the famous BLURRY VISION Martini. Independent Vision Award (IVA) nominations will be announced. 



THURSDAY -- JUNE 27



PROGRAM 02 -- 7:00pm -- TC 1

(Special Benefit Screening: A portion of the proceeds for this program will be donated to the Choroideremia (CHM) Research Foundation - CHM is a rare inherited retinal degenerative disease that causes blindness)

SEED STORY D: William D. Caballero Lin - 12min. Experimental  (Exclusive Manhattan Premiere)
A lone dandelion blossoms in an abandoned parking lot, negatively impacting the lives of a miniature society that becomes dependent upon it. This film, shot in macro perspective and featuring a cast of one-inch plastic figures and junk props, examines the effect that religion, capitalism, pollution, and fascism have had on humanity throughout the ages. [more info]

37  D: Puk Grasten - 8min. Narrative  (NY Premiere)
In March 1964, 37 people, silently, witnessed the murder of Kitty Genovese. None of them could explain why they hadn't interfered, whey they had just stood by, watching.  This is the story of two of those bystanders. [more info]

DORI D: Annette Beatrice - 7min. Narrative  (World Premiere)
Best friends come in all shapes and sizes. [more info]

THE COLOR OF MOONLIGHT  D: Naga Kataru - 11min. Documentary
A real-life story of a young woman who suddenly became totally blind months before her college graduation, how she fought back with courage, and achieved success. This is a testament to the resilience of human spirit and how it can overcome any insurmountable odds. All you need is motivation.

DRIVING BLIND     D: Brian James Griffo - 76min. Documentary  (NYC Premiere)
Two brothers, Tod and Justin Purvis, who suffer from a degenerative eye disease and are going blind, circumnavigate the United States, seeing the great sights that make America beautiful. Limited sight, with unlimited Vision. [more info]


PROGRAM 03 -- 8:00pm -- TC 2


LIFT  D: Kieran Valla - 15min. Narrative (East Coast Premiere)
Linda is a loving mother, who happens to support the family by shoplifting with her teenage son, Cody, and his little brother, Freddy. They steal groceries, clothing, jewelry - anything they can sell on-line. For ten-year-old Freddy, their cons are exciting adventures, but Cody begins to see the hazards of their questionable lifestyle. When Freddy is placed in harm's way, Cody must choose between being a dutiful son and protecting his brother from a future life of crime. [more info]

HOW TO MAKE MOVIES AT HOME D: Morgan Nichols - 93min. Narrative  (Exclusive Manhattan Premiere)
Jonah's band of local DIY filmmakers is threatened when a Hollywood team comes to sign Hillport, Maine, as a location for a big TV show. Jonah is so consumed with war with Hollywood that she doesn't notice that Dan, her best friend/collaborator is serious about quitting the band - until it's too late. The story is woven through with real practical lessons on cinema craft. [more info]

PROGRAM 04 -- 9:30pm -- TC 1


MUGS   D: Ronnie Cramer - 4min. Experimental  (NY Premiere)
One hundred of your favorite celebrity mug shots morph from one to the next. The minimalist. trance-like soundtrack adds to the hypnotic effect. [more info]

IRIS  D: Justin S. Lee - 6min. Narrative  (NYC Premiere)
In the near future, when status has become more important than ever before, a woman with a fake identity must decide how far she's willing to go to move up the social ladder. [more info]

BUILDING THE COALITION D: William Djuric - 18min. Documentary  (World Premiere)
An intimate portrait inside the recording process with 'The Young Presidents' at New York City's legendary Avatar Studios. [more info]

SYSTEM PREFERENCES D: Anya Belkina - 34min. Documentary  (NY Premiere)
Animated documentary that tells the story of computer pioneer Bashir Rameyev, who is on a quest to achieve something extraordinary for his country in order to prove that he and his family are not 'the enemies of the people'. The result of his struggle is the invention of a computer used to launch Sputnik into space and, as a consequence, to spur the headlong development of Russian and American microelectronics. [more info]

DO NOT DUPLICATE  D: Jonathan Mann & Sean McGing - 31min. Documentary
Desperate to be remembered, an eccentric locksmith uses his craft and creativity to leave a lasting legacy in New York's Greenwich Village. [more info]




FRIDAY -- JUNE 28



PROGRAM 05 -- 7:00pm -- TC 1


MY PAIN IS WORSE THAN YOUR PAIN D: Adam Hall - 17min. Narrative  (NYC Premiere)
Based on the short story by TC Boyle, this film is about a small rural community of full-timers who fight boredom, isolation, injury, fate, and bad luck, all in an attempt to destroy the pain.

PALACE LIVING  D: Zack Ordynans - 83min. Narrative
A new drama about finding comedy in misery. Two 30-ish couples retreat from New York City to an old Catskills resort, which is full of quirky and mysterious residents. As the four friends adapt to a life of leisure, their personal relationships fray. [more info]



PROGRAM 06 -- 8:00pm -- TC 2

(note: a second screening has been added on Saturday, June 29.)


THE COLLECTOR'S GIFT D: Ryan Kravetz - 9min. Animated  (NYC Premiere)
Modern day fairytale about a young girl who discovers the key to creating a new world. [more info]

I FEEL STUPID D: Milena Pastreich - 15min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
Lein, an inexperienced 15 year old, enjoys spending time with her pigeons and her pubescent friend, Robbie. When Lein's overly confident childhood friend, Amber, comes to visit for the summer, Lein is confronted with a sexually charged reality that makes her question herself, Robbie, and the birds. [more info]

THE GASKETTES  D: Jason House - 14min. Documentary  (East Coast Premiere)
'The Gaskettes' are an all-woman moped crew out of Los Angeles who love mopeds, gold jackets, and whiskey. This short doc follows them as they plan for their first official Valentines-themed moped ride. [more info]

COMMIE CAMP     D: Katie Halper - 70min. Documentary  (World Premiere)
As Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck rage against the supposed indoctrination of today's children by 'extremist' liberal institutions, 'Commie Camp' shows what really goes on at one these training camps. Comedian and filmmaker Katie Halper returns to her socialist Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland, which, since 1923, has been preaching the gospel of peace and social justice for all. The film follows articulate and hilarious 9 year-olds during a recent summer, as they consider the world, from Harriet Tubman to Hiroshima to water boarding. The timely film demonstrates respectful and reflective transmission of humane values and rebuts the distortions of the right wing extremists. [more info]

 

PROGRAM 07 -- 9:30pm -- TC 1


THE BIRTHDAY BOY D: Erika Tasini - 2.5min. Narrative  (US Premiere)
In the sole company of his birthday cake, Emilio receives a mysterious birthday card... a card which will forever change his life.   [more info]

BROKEN SIDE OF TIME D: Gorman Bechard - 126min. Narrative  (World Premiere)
Over a million women have modeling portfolios online.  Meet Dolce, one of the models who've made a career of it. But now 30, and tired of competing with 18-year-olds, Dolce realizes what makes her feel most alive is also killing her. Before starting a new career behind the camera, she embarks on a long road trip home, shooting with her favorite photographers one last time, and shedding her lifestyle-acquired vices along the way.  Combing real photo shoots shot cinéma vérité-style with a narrative based on some very real-life adventures in front of the lens, this is a dark, sexual glimpse into a world never before captured in a film. A world where any woman can play the role of a model, and any man can be a photographer, and where even the best of them must consider whether the fame and money is worth the cost. (Recommended for mature audiences only).
 [more info]  Director Gorman Bechard and lead actress Lynn Mancinelli confirmed to be on hand for post-screening Q&A.

 


SATURDAY -- JUNE 29




PROGRAM 06-B -- 5:30pm -- TC 2

(Note: this is an encore presentation of the previously sold out program 06)


THE COLLECTOR'S GIFT D: Ryan Kravetz - 9min. Animated  (NYC Premiere)
Modern day fairytale about a young girl who discovers the key to creating a new world. [more info]

I FEEL STUPID D: Milena Pastreich - 15min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
Lein, an inexperienced 15 year old, enjoys spending time with her pigeons and her pubescent friend, Robbie. When Lein's overly confident childhood friend, Amber, comes to visit for the summer, Lein is confronted with a sexually charged reality that makes her question herself, Robbie, and the birds. [more info]

THE GASKETTES  D: Jason House - 14min. Documentary  (East Coast Premiere)
'The Gaskettes' are an all-woman moped crew out of Los Angeles who love mopeds, gold jackets, and whiskey. This short doc follows them as they plan for their first official Valentines-themed moped ride. [more info]

COMMIE CAMP     D: Katie Halper - 70min. Documentary  (World Premiere)
As Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck rage against the supposed indoctrination of today's children by 'extremist' liberal institutions, 'Commie Camp' shows what really goes on at one these training camps. Comedian and filmmaker Katie Halper returns to her socialist Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland, which, since 1923, has been preaching the gospel of peace and social justice for all. The film follows articulate and hilarious 9 year-olds during a recent summer, as they consider the world, from Harriet Tubman to Hiroshima to water boarding. The timely film demonstrates respectful and reflective transmission of humane values and rebuts the distortions of the right wing extremists. [more info]


PROGRAM 08 -- 8:00 pm -- TC 2


VI    D: Gerrad Wilson - 19min. Narrative  (NY Premiere)
They are husbands, fathers, friends, and loyal warriors. They are the Navy SEALs elite Team VI. Yesterday they were at a barbecue, making promises to their families. Today they're deep in Mexico, trying to rescue American hostages from a vicious drug lord. As a team, they're keeping their professional promises and trying not to break their personal ones. [more info]

SIDE EFFECTS  D: Traven Rice - 20min. Narrative  
A young woman, desperate for money, enters a risky month-long drug trial. In isolation from friends and family, she is taken on a strange journey that is both harrowing and life changing. [more info]

GOLDEN   D: Kjell Kvanbeck - 9min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
Hank is a simple man. He has spent the last fifty years of his life with his loving wife, Maria. He is unaccustomed to change and set in his routines. On the day of his fiftieth wedding anniversary, Hank arrives home to find that his beloved Maria has passed away. Unable to process the situation Hank falls into his daily routines. A phone call from his daughter reminds Hank of the anniversary and he is determined to have one last perfect day with Maria. At dinner, Hank comes to the realization that this behavior cannot continue forever and that it is time to say goodbye to his partner. [more info]

PRETTY  D: Alex Lubliner - 17min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
When the intrusive and controlling nature of small-town living promises for a life of confinement, Mary sets an intricate plan in motion to escape with her childhood sweetheart, Will. She just needs to get through one last day. [more info]

PALIMPSEST  D: Michael Tyburski - 17min. Narrative  (NY Premiere)
A successful house tuner provides clients a unique form of therapy that examines subtle details in their living spaces. [more info]

FAREWELL JIMMY  D: Sanghyun Kim - 24min. Narrative
Jimmy, an imprisoned mobster, with just three years left on his sentence, decides to snitch to the FBI to get an early release. Once out, he is determined to confront his past and complete one final job in the hopes of regaining the time he lost. But his choice comes with consequences. With the threat imminent, Jimmy puts everything on the line to save himself one last time. [more info]





SUNDAY -- JUNE 30



PROGRAM 9 -- 6:30pm -- TC 2


OFFICIAL CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION


Encore Presentation of

UPGRADE  D: Andrey Alistratov & Hazuki Aikawa - 1.5 min. Experimental Short
A young woman is experiencing an embarrassing malfuction with her older model of the iPhone and is desperately seeking an upgrade. [more info]

HAPPINESS D: Chris King  - 18min. Narrative  (World Premiere)
An intense study of one woman's life in the cubicle world, and the ways that her work life causes her to rethink who she is and what she wants.  It explores the relativity of happiness; happiness in love, in life, and in one's connections with others. [more info]

THE COEXIST COMEDY TOUR D: Larry Brand - 88min. Documentary  (NY Premiere)
A Jew, a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, and an atheist walk onto a stage... What in God's name could possibly go wrong? [more info]


 THE IVA CEREMONY -- 8:30pm -- TC 2

NOTE: Although this is a FREE PROGRAM that is open to the public, FILMMAKER, PRESS, & INDUSTRY badge holders will receive priority and guaranteed seating. Reservations for a "free admission ticket" must be established with reps at our HOSPITALITY DESK, which will be located in the Main Lobby of Tribeca Cinemas and will be open daily at 6pm, throughout the duration of the film festival.


INDEPENDENT VISION AWARDS 2013 20min
VISIONFEST 13 honors its participating filmmakers with an awards ceremony that will also reveal the top three scripts from the VF13 Feature Screenwriting Competition.

CLOSING NIGHT WRAP PARTY & PHOTO OP GET-TOGETHER
Mingle with everyone in the Tribeca Lounge, take some pics, and relax with a full cash bar, some complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, and cool DJ music.

 


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