film festival films 2010

2010 film lineup


All screenings were held at Tribeca Cinemas 1 & 2 (54 Varick Street, corner of Laight Street) - June 23-27, 2010.


PROGRAM 01 -- 7:30pm -- Tribeca Cinemas 1&2   (97min)

S T R E T C H  D: Arturo Cubacub -- Music Video - 4min
Music video featuring the electronic ballad, 'S T R E T C H' by Sarah Weis. Sarah: I started to write this song at a time when I felt my mind was literally broken. Arturo: She'd immersed herself so fully in our first project, B-17: A MINI EPIC, that she ended up deep in an interstitial space. [more info]

SEAHORSE  D: Molly Allis -- Animation - 6min
A girl drawn on a piece of paper peels herself off and enters through a doorway into a series of cardboard worlds. Created for the group HUFF THIS!, this music video uses stop motion animation for numerous sets and puppets, all made out of different kinds of paper and cardboard

CONSENT  D: Ron Farrar Brown -- Narrative Feature - 87min
A wealthy Manhattan family's inability to cope with the suicide of their eldest daughter sends them into a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol, and sexual taboos that threatens to destroy them.

OPENING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY - Featuring a live performance by DISCO UNLIMITED
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.


PROGRAM 02 -- 7:00pm -- TC 2   (100min)

UNDER GOD D: Richard Farmer -- Narrative Short - 10min
Combining questions of Faith, Technology, and Politics, this Cold War-era parable is about the day President Eisenhower met with the world's first super computer, UNIVAC. [more info]
LAST LETTERS FROM MONTE ROSA   D: Ari Taub -- Feature - 90min
Northern Italy, late 1944.  A German Army lieutenant waits for Italian reiforcements.  The reinforcements finally arrive, but they are in worse shape than the Germans they are supposed to support.  Cooperation between the German and Italian Officers breaks down and the men start to fight amongst themselves.  Weary from Italian bombardment and Italian partisans attacking from the woods, the German and Italian lieutenants have to find a way to work things out, before the enemy does it for them. Exclusive NYC Special Screening: Out of Competition. [more info]

PROGRAM 03 -- 8:00pm -- TC 1   (101min)

IT'S STILL ME  D: Candy Kugel -- Short Doc - 18min
This short documentary is a guide for people with aphasia and their loved ones, in order to help them learn how to communicate with each other more effectively. It explains what aphasia is, some basic brain function, how it feels to have aphasia, and demonstrates some ways to communicate without words. [more info]

LOVING LAMPPOSTS  D: Todd Drezner -- Feature Doc - 83min  
What would you call a four year old who caresses all the lampposts in the park? Quirky? Unusual? Or sick? Such labels are at the center of the debate about autism. Is it a disease or a different way of being--or both? After his son's diagnosis, filmmaker Todd Drezner visits the front lines of the autism wars. We meet parents desperate for a cure, visit conferences where vendors hawk vitamins and hyperbaric chambers, hear from advocates who fight for 'neurodiversity,' and follow a group of autistic children and adults whose lives show that 'if you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person.' [more info]

PROGRAM 04 -- 9:30pm -- TC 2   (96 min)

TRUMPED   D: Michael Whitton -- Short - 10min
An accident blurs the line between game and reality for a costumed gang who makes art featuring terrified strangers. [more info]

HAPPY FACE   D: Franklin P. Laviola -- Narrative Short - 15min
A Hollywood starlet hides out in a rehab facility on Long Island, but when her agent tracks her down and attempts to whisk her back to LA, things get ugly. [more info]

CHARLIE AND THE RABBIT  D: Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck -- Short - 10min
Charlie, a 4-year-old and lover of Bugs Bunny, decides to go hunt a rabbit of his own. [more info]

BEDFELLOWS  D: Pierre Stefanos -- Narrative Short - 16min
Told in the style of an old children's fairy tale but set against the modern-day backdrop of New York City, this film follows the adventure of twenty something Bobby, as he returns to the gay bar where he got his heart broken for the first time. Upon meeting and spending the night with an attractive stranger, Bobby dreams about what a lifetime relationship with him could be like. The dream takes us on a thirty year journey of ups and downs in life and love. But what will happen when Bobby wakes up to reality in the morning? [more info]

BOLT FROM THE BLUE D: Sebastian Bear-McClard -- Narrative Short - 22min
A New York neighborhood. Chaz is a musician way down on his luck. A drifter with ambitions of grift. In the middle of a scheme in a computer repair shop, by chance he meets the beautiful Poly, a DJ. . . .She saves his day. [more info]

NOBODY'S BUSINESS   D: Tyler Savage -- Narrative Short - 23min
Barnett Bishop is being evicted. After months of being withdrawn from society he must beg a weary friend for help. He is set up in a midtown NYC apartment, but he arrives to find some unexpected guests. Through a series of escalating confrontations Barnett is brought closer to revealing the truths of his past.


PROGRAM 05 -- 6:30pm -- TC 1   (92min)

VILLIKON CHRONICLES: RETURN TO MAYHEM  D: Rebecca Friedman -- Animation - 3min
Mystere PembaQuar returns to planet Itasca with Sentinel Soldiers to do battle with Dido, a Porphyrian Hybrid holding Lord Jasta captive. [more info]

SUPERBATTLE (EPISODE 1)  D: Ethan Marak -- Animation - 8min
When a notorious super-villain escapes from his subterranean prison, the enigmatic robot warden summons his most powerful henchman to deliver justice. The first completed episode of an ongoing stop-motion animated series. [more info]

INSURGENCY OF AMBITION  D: Anya Belkina -- Experimental - 8min
The illusion of success lures a man to the very threshold of glory only to unsheathe its true, frightening nature as he gets within [more info]

PICKLES FOR NICKELS  D: Danielle Ash -- Animation - 8min
A cardboard world where monkeys steal pickles and buildings change themselves. The film is a visualization of the city's rapidly changing neighborhoods, that still hold charm in the shop keepers and street musicians. [more info]

APE TROUBLE  D: Scott Dikkers -- Animation - 7min
Gorillas have it rough. At a very young age, Billy the Gorilla is snatched from his mother and placed inside the Taylor-Cornelius Primate Research Center for testing and education. Upon his release into the cold and bitter city, he finds that there is one lesson his lab-coated schoolmasters neglected to teach him. [more info]

COCKPIT: THE RULE OF ENGAGEMENT  D: Jesse Griffith -- Narrative Short - 12min
In 2103, one rule in fighter combat keeps a mind controlling alien race away from Earth's doorstep. [more info]

ULTRA VIOLET FOR SIXTEEN MINUTES  D: David Gerson -- Short Doc - 16min
A sixteen-minute portrait of Ultra Violet; Salvador Dali's mistress in the 60's, Andy Warhol's Factory superstar in the 70's, and a born again Mormon.

CONTRITION  D: Jason Begue - Narrative Short - 30min
Unknown forces are at work on the road to Contrition.  A lone traveler's tragic past is slowly uncovered in a struggle that escalates beyond mere survival.

PROGRAM 06 -- 7:00pm -- TC 2   (116min)

3-IRON   D: Matt Kazman -- Short - 10min
During a particularly frustrating day, a meek, passive man deals with a bullying wife, an overactive and disrespectful 8-year old son, and an adulterous neighbor with sweaty underpants.

SWERVE   D:  Brendan Murphy -- Narrative Short - 15min
Live. Die. Love. Set in a deserted "middle of nowhere" Midwestern town, this film takes place at the last stop at the edge of the world, where a young couple, Daniel and Missy, are desperately seeking a way out. Out of their town. Out of their routine. Out of the monotony that shrouds their very existence. [more info]

DELIVERY DATE   D:  Matthew Page -- Narrative Short - 18min
Chad goes out on a blind date finds that he is due for a surprise. [more info]

AFTER YOU LEFT   D:  Jef Taylor -- Narrative Short - 20min
An improvised drama created in the shadow of the events on which it is based, this is a realistic and intimate exploration of love and loss, as well as a personal reflection of the moment in which it was made. [more info]

THE BEE KEEPER   D:  Sean Jourdan -- Narrative Short - 27min
Phil Shaw, a beekeeper, is having an affair with his son's girlfriend when she becomes pregnant. Rejected by Phil, she turns to his son, William, who abandons her per his father's guidance. Caught between the truth and the love of her family, the beekeeper's wife must make a painful choice when the girlfriend calls looking for William. [more info]

THE KILLING OF MARY SURRATT   D:  Chris King -- Narrative Short - 26min
Boardinghouse innkeeper Mary Surratt was one of four Southern sympathizers who was tried, convicted, and executed for conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln. Believed by many to have been innocent, she was nevertheless doomed to be the first woman killed by the U.S. government, who was eager to put the whole tragic affair behind them. [more info]

PROGRAM 07 -- 9:00pm -- TC 1  (104min)

CUBES  D: Kelly Goeller -- Animation - 4min
In a dull, grey city of square-mindedness, Arthur paints a circle. His innovation makes the buildings bend and the sun shine through, transforming the city into colors and curves. [more info]

THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM  D: Michael Webber -- Feature Doc - 100min
A film about the controversial world of exotic animal ownership within the suburbs of the United States. THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM offers an unprecedented glimpse into the fascinating subculture of raising the most deadly and exotic animals in the world as common household pets. [more info]

PROGRAM 08 -- 9:45pm -- TC 2   (109min)

BY A HAIR  D:  Mike Barton -- Narrative Short - 7min
If ever you thought you'd had a bad morning, this feel good film is here to remind you how things could always be worse, and how some things might just be better left alone. [more info]

BANANA BREAD  D: Barton Landsman -- Narrative Short - 9min
Matt Meyerson has a worried Jewish mother. She's concerned about his health, the freelance nature of his work, and just about everything else. But when Matt leaves for his job, we discover that his mom might actually have good reason to worry. [more info]

DESERT SON  D: James Mann & Brandon Nicholas -- Narrative Feature - 93min
In this visually arresting and gritty drama, a teenage boy named Phillip is abandoned in the desert by his Step Father. He struggles against the odds for days, surviving just long enough to make his way into an abandoned mining town inhabited by two mysterious orphans, Jack and Lucy. They reluctantly invite the desperate stranger into their broken dystopia. But as a bond forms between Lucy and Phillip, jealousy begins to boil inside of Jack. At his wits end, Jack leads Phillip and Lucy on a long journey back into civilization and on spree of increasingly dangerous crimes. But when things go wrong and the unthinkable happens, the burden of guilt weighs too heavily upon their consciences and the group violently unravels. [more info]


SPECIAL EVENT:  -- 3:15pm --  (Approx. 130min)
TAG - A screenplay written and directed for the stage by Nyle Cavazos Garcia
at the Producers' Club Theatres - 358 West 44 Street, New York, NY 10036
Witness the “live” stage reading of TAG, , by Nyle Cavazos Garcia, winner of the Visionfest Feature Screenwriting Competition 2009 - Directed by Nyle Cavazos Garcia.

(This special event is free and open to the public, however, due to limited seating, advance reservations for this program are required and can be made via e-mail or with management staff at VF10, beginning on June 23, after 6pm, at Tribeca Cinemas)

PROGRAM 09 -- 7:00 pm -- TC 1   (105min)

MICHAEL & HIS DRAGON  D: Briar March -- Short Doc - 7min
A refreshing and poetic insight into the experience of post traumatic disorder told from the perspective of a contemporary veteran. [more info]

HPV: WTF?  D: Elizabeth Bridenstine -- Short Doc - 10min
When Elizabeth Bridestine found out she had HPV, she was stunned. WTF is HPV? She had no idea what it meant and didn't know anyone else with the virus. She felt completely lost. She made this documentary to help other women who are in the same position. [more info]

CALLING MY CHILDREN  D: David Binder -- Short Doc - 36min
This film documents the impact of the life and loss of Gail Farrow, a young wife and mother. Gail's children, Kenny, Benny, Frank, Ronald Jr., and her husband Ronald speak directly about their lives in the wake of her death, as photographs taken throughout the past 20 years weave through their narrative. [more info]

BURMA: AN INDICTMENT  D: Jeremy Taylor -- Feature Doc - 52min
Murder! Rape! Slavery! Torture! - part of the daily routine for the Burmese people. Watch families snake their way across the Thai border to receive the most basic health care. Experience the hell of a man who was kept in solitary confinement for fifteen years! Listen to the monks _ now living in exile - who started the "Saffron Revolution". Witness the squalor of the Thai refugee camp and view shocking footage of Cyclone Nargis victims. This film exposes a wealthy country whose people are starving in the streets helpless at the hands of a brutal military dictatorship.

PROGRAM 10 -- 7:30pm -- TC 2   (99min)

OUT HERE IN THE FIELDS: THE FIELD ON BEACH LANE  D: Alec Hirschfeld -- Doc - 14min
Part of a family farm located within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean in the resort town of East Hampton, New York; this field was nearly sold for residential development. The Peconic Land Trust worked with farmer Andy Babinski, his neighbors, and the town to raise over two million dollars to protect this land through the purchase of development rights. The land will now be farmed by the next generation, and the neighborhood will continue to have access to locally grown food. [more info]

MY RUN  Tim VandeSteeg -- Feature Doc - 85min
After losing his wife to breast cancer and driven by the experience of raising three children on his own, Terry Hitchcock wanted to accomplish the impossible: to run 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring awareness to the struggle of single-parent families. Narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. [more info]

PROGRAM 11 -- 9:30pm -- TC 1   (103min)

GOLDSTAR, OHIO  D: Michael Tisdale -- Narrative Short - 16min
Four families and a chief of police recount the day marine casualty officers came to their respective small towns in Ohio. [more info]

MISS OHIO  D: Gregory Fitzsimmons -- Narrative Feature - 87min
After her young marriage falls apart, Natalie, a passive twenty-something woman living in New York City, follows the pull of mass media in search of a new life in Chicago. She embarks on a spree of sexual and chemical exploration, but happiness continues to elude her. Natalie widens her search, turning to a local church, hoping that the comfort of God will provide her with stability. Under the safety of religion, Natalie is forced to think outside of herself and take an active part in her life. It is here that she finds her path to self-discovery, free from societal influence, ready to see the world for the first time. [more info]

PROGRAM 12 -- 9:45pm -- TC 2   (103min)

APPROPRIATE SEX  D: Shandor Garrison -- Narrative Short - 8min
It's the end of term, and the undergrads in Professor Lowe's fiction writing class are all worked up. When class hottie Mandy Shaw presents her short story to the class, Brendan Mahoney's erotic reading of the piece has the class in an uproar. Professor Lowe is too busy checking out the barely clothed Mandy to notice. Later, in Professor Lowe's office, a stoned Brendan tries to explain, but his conference is broken up by the appearance of Mandy herself. Professor Lowe and Mandy share an awkward and intimate conversation about fiction, horses, and her habit of 'going for older guys.' With career, family and morality hanging in the balance, Professor Lowe must make a fateful decision. Based on the short story by Boston Phoenix writer/novelist Steve Almond. [more info]

STUCK!  D: Steve Balderson -- Narrative Feature - 95min
This is director Steve Balderson's homage to film noir women-in-prison films. Faithfully re-producing the genre with a modern, tongue-in-cheek twist, expect all the hallmarks of a classic prison movie complete with a wrongly accused heroine, hard boiled dames, diabolical alliances, forbidden love, cat-fighting cuties, a sadistic warden, and corrupt prison guards. [more info]


PROGRAM 13 -- 5:00pm -- TC 2   (107min)

THE QUARTERING ACT  D: Stephen Bell -- Narrative Short - 18min
France. 1944. A grieving mother confronts the enemy when three desperate German deserters guarding a dangerous secret invade her home in the dead of night. [more info]
CHRISTINA  D: Larry Brand -- Narrative Feature - 89min
Post World War II, Berlin. A young German woman prepares to leave the war-ravaged city to begin a new life in America with her G.I. fiancé. But standing between her and a hopeful future is a relentless police inspector, determined to prevent her from escaping her past. [more info]

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS & 5X5 SHOW -- 7:30pm -- TC 2   (55min)

NOTE:  Although this is a FREE PROGRAM 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 - June 23-27.
VF alumni, Nyle Cavazos Garcia, Alexandra Roxo, Justin Sullivan, Ari Taub, and Elizabeth Van Meter unveil their respective digital shorts (each running approx. 5 minutes) in this world premiere screening which marks the return of VISIONFEST's ambitious filmmaking initiative, started in 2003, with the introduction of the Domani Vision Film Society.

VFX... VISIONFEST 10 honors its participating filmmakers with an awards ceremony that will also reveal the top three scripts from the VFX Feature Screenwriting Competition.

Mingle with everyone in the Tribeca Lounge, take some pics, and relax with a full cash bar and some complimentary hors douvres.


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