film festival films 2014

 

2014 festival is now over!

VISIONFEST gratefully acknowledges its participating 2014 filmmakers and everyone who came out to support VF14... It has been spectacular thanks to you! 

Complete list of Independent Vision Awards winners

All VF14 screenings were held at the Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street, corner of Laight Street - New York City)  

 

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WEDNESDAY -- MAY 14


 

SOLD OUT  PROGRAM 01A - 8:00pm - TC 1 - OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
In this program: COSMIC FLOWER UNFOLDING - ADONIS - DON PEYOTE
Tickets to this special presentation are $15.00 and include After-Party admission.

COSMIC FLOWER UNFOLDING D: Benjamin Ridgway - 2min. Experimental  (East Coast Premiere)

Constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized. [more info]

ADONIS  D: David Dibble - 10min. Narrative  (Exclusive Manhattan Premiere)
A romantic comedy about a young man who uses a dating service that employs a cute dog named Adonis as a chick magnet to get guys dates. [more info]

DON PEYOTE  D: Michael Canzoniero & Dan Fogler - 98min. Narrative  (U.S. Premiere)
A midlife crisis over his upcoming wedding sends 32-year-old unemployed stoner Warren Allman on the drug trip of a lifetime in this off-the-wall comedy starring Dan Fogler, Josh Duhamel, Jay Baruchel and a host of celebrity cameos.  Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with Doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiancé is busy planning their wedding. Destined to be a cult classic, this metaphysical stoner head-trip is the hippie love child of This Is The End and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. [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. Enjoy some fine Italian finger-food specialties, courtesy of Giusseppe's Restaurant of Old Bridge, NJ, as Independent Vision Award (IVA) nominations are be announced. 



THURSDAY -- MAY 15



 PROGRAM 02 - 7:00pm - TC 1
In this program: MONKEY RAG – FIRST PRIZE – LAST STOP IN SANTA ROSA – FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS – HOME COURT

MONKEY RAG  D: Joanna Davidovich - 4min. Animation
This is a bouncy, animated romp set to the rollicking Asylum Street Spankers tune. [more info]

FIRST PRIZE  D: Kevin McMullin - 10min. Narrative  (Exclusive Manhattan Premiere)
A boy finds a dinosaur in the woods, but no one believes him. [more info]

LAST STOP IN SANTA ROSA D: Elizabeth Lo - 5min. Documentary  (New York City Premiere)
An elderly couple who runs a hospice for dying animals questions the ethics of pet euthanasia. Old animals that would have normally been put down are given a chance to live out the rest of their lives - but they must also endure the trials of aging.  [more info]

FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS   D: Tim O'Donnell - 26min. Documentary  (New York City Premiere)
An inspiring, heart-warming story told through the eyes of Cory: a brilliant and talented 11 year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Follow Cory's journey from the National Dog Show to Westminster, and witness how a boy's passion for dogs has opened up his Communication with the world around him. Soundtrack by M83.   [more info]

HOME COURT     D: Monica Alba & Ben Teitelbaum - 40min. Documentary  (North American Premiere)
In this exploration of the power of sports, foreigners from five continents find an unlikely family in New York City through an Olympic sport that few people in the U.S. know: team handball. The squad seeks to defend its national title and cement its reputation as the 'world's handball club,' a group of friends that speak a common language on and off the court. Meanwhile, the only homegrown American strives to make Team USA and represent his country in international competition. [more info]
 

SOLD OUT PROGRAM 03 - 8:00pm - TC 2
In this program:  COOKING WITH VENUS - TAG - OPEN SPACES - WAKE - MOUSTACHE - THE WEST BEGINS AT FIFTH AVENUE - GRAPE 

COOKING WITH VENUS  D: Glen & Shaun Vivaris - 3min. Narrative
Inter-planetary television chef Venus Ganymede shares her secrets to conquering a deadly recipe.
 
TAG  D: Freeland Shreve - 5min. Narrative
A father and his young son make a game out of shooting the groundhog that's terrorizing their vegetable garden... it's kind of like tag.

OPEN SPACES  D: Nick Rafter - 15min. Narrative
For Norman, a shy young Arab American living in New York City, life is transformed after he meets Kate, his elderly neighbor who hasn't left her apartment since 9/11. As their unlikely friendship grows Kate encourages Norman to pursue his dream of competing in a TV talent show. But as Norman prepares for his audition he is spotted by Ed, the self-appointed neighborhood watchdog, who mistakes him for a suicide bomber. As Norman leaves his building on the evening of his audition he is confronted by a gun toting Ed and for a brief moment New York has a shining new star. Literally. [more info]
 
WAKE  D: Judith Kenny - 10min. Narrative
This is a story about a girl, her father, and the dream that wakes them up.
 
MOUSTACHE  D: Carl Evans - 20min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
Love at first sight with a dangerous beauty puts a young man's life at risk in this charming nod to classic Hollywood noir. [more info]
 
THE WEST BEGINS AT FIFTH AVENUE D: Donald Gray & Kryssa Schemmerling. 17min. Narrative
History and myth merge in this impressionistic mini-epic that imagines the birth and early life of legendary gunslinger Billy the Kid when he truly was a kid -- one of thousands of urchins trying to survive on the streets of 19th-century New York City's Lower East Side. The film draws visual inspiration from the photographs of Jacob Riis and borrows the cinematic language of early silent cinema to create an evocative, highly unconventional Western set entirely in New York City -- and in the mind. [more info
 
GRAPE  D: Daniel Stine - 29min. Narrative
A young man, running from his own mortality, happens upon the wine tasting room of Delecourt Vineyards during a bleak, wintry afternoon. What he expects will be a short stopover before hitting the road again turns out to be something far different - a hauntingly beautiful, overnight journey that gives him a glimpse into the past history of the winery and a taste of what fate holds in store for him and the surviving members of a once-proud Virginia winemaking. family. [more info
 
 

PROGRAM 04 - 9:30pm - TC 1
In this program: AUTHORIZED DRONE STRIKE ZONE - AMONG THE INNOCENT - LOAD - KAWOMERA: PLANT, PRAY, PARTNER FOR PEACE - REAL CHANGE - CHANGE: THE LIFEPARTICLE EFFECT

NOTE - Special Benefit Screening: A portion of the proceeds for this program will be donated to RealChange - Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice.

AUTHORIZED DRONE STRIKE ZONE   D: Christopher Wasmer - 6min. Documentary  (WORLD PREMIERE)
A New York City street artist is arrested for making provocative art commenting on the domestic and international use of drone aircraft by the United States government and its police departments. [more info]

AMONG THE INNOCENT   D: Louis Mansfield - 7min. Narrative  (New York City Premiere)
A little girl is confronted with total annihilation by a world beyond her understanding. [more info]

LOAD  D: Paul-Anthony Navarro - 10min. Narrative  (New York City Premiere)
In the vein of Twilight Zone and Night Gallery this the story of a young woman living alone in a dystopian world. She has carefully locked herself away, hidden from prying eyes, only to have danger come knocking at her door to reveal a disturbing truth. [more info]

KAWOMERA: PLANT, PRAY, PARTNER FOR PEACE D: Marla Mossman - 15min. Doc  
In the remote town of Mbale, Uganda is a unique, interfaith community of coffee farmers who are Ugandan Jews, Muslims and Christians. They came together to export coffee for peace and religious harmony in an area containing the highest concentration of Jews and Muslims in Central Africa.  In Bugandan, they are called Peace Kawomera - Delicious Peace. [more info]

REAL CHANGE D: Adam Becker - 9min. Documentary
This film follows four homeless individuals who sell Real Change News, a street newspaper in Seattle. As they navigate what many would believe to be the American nightmare, each subject considers what homelessness in America means today. (Out of competition) [more info]

CHANGE: THE LIFEPARTICLE EFFECT  D: Edwin Kim & EJ Lim - 48min. Documentary  (New York Premiere)
This film offers fresh philosophical and spiritual perspectives, as well as explanations found in modern physics and neuroscience that explore the connection between consciousness and matter. [more info]

FRIDAY -- MAY 16



  PROGRAM 05-A - 7:00pm - TC 1
In this program: TODAY'S THE DAY - CHASING TASTE
(Note: this is an encore presentation of the previously sold out program 05 @ TC2) 

TODAY'S THE DAY  D: Daniel Campos - 13min. Narrative
This is about a kid who works as an intern at Star Talent, one of the top dance agencies in town, and his dream in life is to become a professional dancer. He knows he's meant for so much more, but he lacks the courage and confidence to fight for it...until, today.  [more info]

CHASING TASTE  D: Sean Gannet - 89min. Narrative  (WORLD PREMIERE)
A failed novelist is transformed overnight into New York City's number one food critic, only to lose his senses of taste and smell in an accident, forcing him to rely on a team of super smellers and tasters to fake his reviews. [more info]

 

SOLD OUT PROGRAM 06 - 9:30pm - TC 2
In this program: WHAT CHEER? - THE HEEBIE-JEEBIES - FLESH COMPUTER - KILLER KART - THE SOUND - GHOST LIGHT - BULLY

PLEASE NOTE:  This program has SOLD OUT its online inventory, however, there may be a limited number of RUSH TICKETS remaining, which may be purchased at the door once "online ticket" holders have been seated.

WHAT CHEER? D: Michael Slavens - 18min. Narrative
After the sudden passing of his wife, Stan (Richard Kind) finds himself in a state of shock. He tries to ignore his pain but finds himself followed by inescapable grief, or rather, followed by the inescapable What Cheer? Brigade, a 20-piece brass and percussion band drowning out his world with boisterous, ear-numbing song.  [more info]

THE HEEBIE-JEEBIES  D: Todd Slawby - 9min. Narrative
After hearing a scary bedtime story, a young boy and girl become convinced they have monsters under their beds. They may be right...
 [more info]

FLESH COMPUTER
  D: Ethan Shaftel - 14min. Narrative  (New York City Premiere)
A weary handyman does his best to maintain a decaying building in a ruined city, but when scavengers attack his cybernetic pet project, the line between human and machine becomes blurred.  [more info]


KILLER KART D: James Feeney - 15min. Narrative  (New York Premiere)
The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.  [more info]

THE SOUND  D: Sacha Iskra - 15min. Narrative  (WORLD PREMIERE)
After making a rash decision to protect the woman he loves, a young man is haunted by the sounds around him, and his cherished memories become indictments of his choices.  [more info


GHOST LIGHT D: PJ Germain - 20min. Narrative  
When their Jeep breaks down on the ruins of Old Route 66, Harvey Reynolds is forced to chase his delinquent son to a diner set up in the middle of nowhere. As the night turns for the worst, Harvey and Brandon are set against an unstoppable force hell bent on taking them with it.  [more info]

BULLY  D: Robert Weiermair - 24min. Narrative
When a video of Toby being brutally humiliated at school appears on the Internet, Toby's high school and parents take action. However, with an overbearing father and a willfully unaware mother, Toby soon learns that his demons aren't just in the classroom.  [more info]

 

 


SATURDAY -- MAY 17



PROGRAM 07 - 8:00 pm - TC 2
In this program: INTO THE DARK - SAND CASTLES

INTO THE DARK    D: Lukas Hassel - 14min. Narrative  (New York City Premiere)
Sometime in the future...  Two men, strapped in back to back, on a journey from Moon to Earth. Just Reality. Real Justice. [more info]

SAND CASTLES D: Clenét Verdi-Rose - 93min. Narrative  (New York City Premiere)
A gritty and intricate tale around the cornfields of small-town Indiana. Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade. [more info]





SUNDAY -- MAY 18



PROGRAM 8 - 6:30pm - TC 2 - CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
In this program: FLAWS - COOTIE CONTAGION - DREAM OF THE LAST BUTTERFLIES - NEVER

FLAWS  D: Gabrielle Giacomo - 2.5min. Narrative  (New York Premiere)
Teen filmmaker, Gabrielle Giacomo, directs herself in this powerful short that depicts the struggle of a teenage girl to overcome bullying. She is constantly berated with harsh words, the insults haunting her until they consume her life. However, when she learns to look at things in a positive light, the insults of others no longer dominate her life. She gains self-confidence, unchaining herself from the constraints of doubt, and finally allowing herself to be free. 

COOTIE CONTAGION
  D: Joshua Smooha - 8min. Narrative  (New York Premiere)
Warning: Code Red! Cootie Outbreak! The disease is spreading and Matt's at risk because he likes Becca, his infected science partner. Cootieologist Connor has warned Matt and will quarantine him if necessary. Becca's birthday party is off limits... Or, we're all doomed! 

DREAMS OF THE LAST BUTTERFLIES 
 D: Zina Brown - 10min. Music/Narrative  (WORLD PREMIERE)
This is a live-action 'dark faerie tale' short film with an urgent environmental message. It's a tale about the loss of butterflies in our world, and why they are disappearing, as told by the last Butterfly Queens themselves. [more info]

NEVER   D: Brett Smith - 83min. Narrative  (East Coast Premiere)
The unlikely friendship of two twenty-somethings in Seattle blossoms, complicates, and ultimately redefines their understanding of sexuality and modern relationships. Starring Zachary Booth (Keep the Lights On, Damages) and, in her debut dramatic leading role, Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams), featuring original music by Nora Kirkpatrick (of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros). [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 2014 25min
VISIONFEST 14 honors its participating filmmakers with an awards ceremony that will also reveal the top three scripts from the VF14 Feature Screenwriting Competition. 

CLOSING NIGHT WRAP PARTY & PHOTO OP GET-TOGETHER
Mingle with everyone in the Tribeca Lounge, take some shots... either with your cameras, cell phones, or at our full cash bar, and enjoy some complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, and cool DJ music.

 


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