November 6-10, 2013, Tribeca Cinemas, New York City
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2012 Big Apple Film Festival Official Program Guide
Wednesday 11/14 Thursday 11/15 Friday 11/16 Saturday 11/17 Sunday 11/18

Friday, November 16, 2012

buy tickets Program 13 – Theater 1

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lapse – 30 minutes
Dir. Anthony Haden Salerno
Synopsis
We follow a man through a single day of his life as he relives the dark turns that brought him to his substance riddled present. A dark, jarring opening quickly descends into a long dark night of the soul for one man who eventually faces his demons and returns to the light.

Last Shot – 36 minutes
Dir. Richard Davis
Synopsis
Addicted to drugs since his early teens, Richie has contracted hepatitis and faces life in prison. One last shot is all he needs to get straight and get rid of his inner demons. But when his usual connection fails to show, Richie gets desperate and takes whatever he can get.

This Shining Night – 16 minutes
Dir. Keith Oncale and Shawn Washburn
Synopsis
Mark (Eric Roberts) and Hank (Kevin Brown) live in the Connecticut suburbs with their two children. Their youngest and most precocious, Grace, has just started first grade. Meaghan, their oldest, is growing up and is drawn to a ghostly female figure in the nearby woods. On this night, Marc must let something go, so that he and his daughter can discover something new and precious. It is the story of the journey of a man and his daughters.


buy tickets Program 14 – Theater 2

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Aftershock – 17 minutes
Dir. George Biillard
Synopsis
Aftershock is the story of a man who loses his family in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake. Subsequently, he finds himself as an illegal immigrant in New York City working for a cruel boss. With nothing but bitter memories and hardship, he struggles to make a human connection.

Dreaming American – 24 minutes
Dir. Lee Percy
Synopsis
A young man, who escaped a dangerous past, fights to keep his dream alive and battles the harsh realities of New York City, but as success comes within reach finds himself up against an uncaring immigration system. Based on a true story, Dreaming American is sometimes humorous, sometimes sad but always a moving story of the struggle to make it in America.

Brothers – 17 minutes
Dir. Brian Paccione
Synopsis
New York City. 1961. The Italian brothers Frank and Benji struggle to rebuild their relationship in the face of changing times. Frank yearns for the past. Benji turns to the streets. Their father Biagio is past his prime, unable to face reality: the family butcher shop is closing.

Revered Me ... – 14 minutes
Dir. Mike Caravella
Synopsis
An injured man, on the run from some men ducks into a diner looking for a woman who isn't there. He calls a cab and waits for it in a booth all the while arguing with the wait staff. As time passes and the cab has yet to arrive, the man resists his fatal wounds to the very bitter end.

Lamentar – 12 minutes
Dir. Patrick Huw Morgan, Brenna Perez
Synopsis
On their last night together before one of them leaves the country indefinitely, two best friends must grapple with their feelings for each other.

749 FDR Drive – 9 minutes
Dir. John Espinal
Synopsis
Marcello Rodriguez has just been released from serving an Eight year sentence for Armed Robbery and First Degree Assault. His cousin Jay Matas has a score line up a few hours away. The Phantom and his crew are on their way, with 600 Hundred thousand dollars in a black leather duffel gym bag. Marcello's longtime girlfriend has been seen around town with Jay. She hasn't told him yet. it is now 6:24 pm ...


buy tickets Program 15 – Theater 1

7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

City Limits – 23 minutes
Dir. Jeb Banegas
Synopsis
One man wades through the lunatics of New York City looking for love, but when he finally finds it, he's forced to choose between the woman he can't live without and the city he can't leave behind.

Modern Love – 3 minutes
Dir. Heather Shepherd
Synopsis
John-Paul and Sylvia are a couple that have discovered that the secret to joy found inside being in love is created from the joy and passion you share from inside yourself.

Esperanza – 9 minutes
Dir. Michael Martinez
Synopsis
"Esperanza" is a short film in Spanish, that deals with the social issues of religion.

Heads Up – 13 minutes
Dir. Alex Merkin
Synopsis
'HEADS UP' is an edgy, comedic story of two long time friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way - because nobody fights like siblings do! .

Eggxpecting – 7 minutes
Dir. Natasha Hanina
Synopsis
In this short, oddball comedy British comedienne Natasha Hanina takes you on a brief glimpse into the mind of Martha, who is expecting, and the visions are frightening! Three sperm candidates battle it out to see who can win Martha's heart and a place in her womb.

Super spree – 16 minutes
Dir. Matt Post
Synopsis
Billy, a stock room clerk, combats butchers, cashiers, and his lazy boss, in an undying effort to complete his workload.

The Bed Bug Thing – 17 minutes
Dir. Courtney Cunningham
Synopsis
Stacy's ex-boyfriend gave her bed bugs and now she's starting her life over. Will her possibly irrational fear of the creepy-crawly things keep her from finding her next love? Or will she risk bugs for love?


buy tickets Program 16 – Theater 2

8:00 p.m – 9:30 p.m.

Goose Family – 30 minutes
Dir. Seung Yeob Lee
Synopsis
The film 'Goose Family' is a blend of fake-documentary and drama. It's about a Korean family who live separately in Seoul, Korea and New York, U.S.A just for the sake of the children's education. The father, JINSOO, works in Korea to support the family while the mother, SHINAE, takes care of two sons living in the States. They both struggle for financial, emotional and cultural reasons and they gradually fall apart.

Roof Top Heist – 8 minutes
Dir. Ade Richardson
Synopsis
In an apocalyptic world, Toussaint struggles between doing what's right and what he must do to survive.

Angela Wright – 13 minutes
Dir. Mu Sun
Synopsis
Angela, a straight A student, makes a rash decision to cheat on a math test, leading to a desperate altercation with her teacher. .

Motive – 13 minutes
Dir. Rick Carmona
Synopsis
One New York City night, one decision your gut is screaming 'don't do it' but you keep going because your desires overpower the lessons you have already learned.

Grill Check – 14 minutes
Dir. Colleen Davie Janes
Synopsis
A troubled boy returns to confront his abusive father. Surprise ending.

Promises Promises – 6 minutes
Dir. Adel L. Morales
Synopsis
'Promises Promises' explores the question of whether fidelity is in the DNA or is it a result of your environment. While preparing for a secret rendezvous with Sasha, the downstairs baby-sitter, Papo contemplates the reasons for his litany of failed romances, placing the blame on the men in his family. Papo reminisces about the moment his idea of love changed forever.

The Bird – 9 minutes
Dir. William Holden
Synopsis
Two men are locked in a bunker with a single task. As their stay extends, things fall apart. They've had enough.


buy tickets Program 17 – Theater 1

9:45 p.m – 11:50 p.m.

Those Kids in Brooklyn – 8 minutes
Dir. Nicole Asinor
Synopsis
A couple in Brooklyn are in the market for a new apartment and with new condos popping up on every block this should be an easy search. But what actually happens when you have champagne taste on a tap water budget is not for the faint of heart.

Huck Finn and the Five Boons – 27 minutes
Dir. William Welles
Synopsis
What started as an adaptation of Twain's short story 'The Five Boons of Life,' became a commentary on the recent censorship of 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' as well as a statement about the nature of narrative itself. In our version of 'The Five Boons of Life,' Huck is visited by Twain himself and offered the boons of: Fame, Pleasure, Wisdom, Love, and Death. The gifts become far more than Huck bargained for as he deals with a modern audience intent on appropriating and neutering him.

Walt Whitman Never Paid For It – 25 minutes
Dir. Anthony Marinelli
Synopsis
A black comedy about a semi-employed would-be poet, his criminal brother and a Ukrainian prostitute in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Celeste – 30 minutes
Dir. Jose Maria Norton
Synopsis
Set in the Portuguese community of Newark, New Jersey in the 80's, this is the story of Celeste, a dreamer and a devout catholic who struggles with her own guilt. She may look normal on the outside, but she has a special gift that lets her see things other people can't.

Blame – 21 minutes
Dir. Tyler Chatel
Synopsis
After the loss of their child, Mark and Allison must discover if there is anything left of their relationship to salvage.

Alan Smithee – 20 minutes
Dir. Crobin
Synopsis
A 12-year-old Long Island boy goes exploring and discovers more than he bargained for.


buy tickets Program 18 – Theater 2

10:00 p.m – Midnight

Lost Hope – 7 minutes
Dir. Jane Wells
Synopsis
Lost Hope is a glimpse of the Native American community in Minnesota where trafficking of Native girls is a catastrophic generational problem.

Meditations on Story – 4 minutes
Dir. Guy Shahar
Synopsis
A conversation about screenwriting, spirituality, and ghosts with Bruce Joel Rubin, Academy Award winning screenwriter of Ghost.

Defiant Requiem – 85 minutes
Dir. Doug Shultz
Synopsis
A memorial concert reawakens the story of an artistic uprising in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin, where a chorus of 150 inmates confronts the Nazis face-to-face ... and sings to them what they dare not say.


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  Ticket information

Advance Online Tickets will be available for purchase from October 15 through November 18.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Tribeca Cinemas beginning one hour prior to the start of each program on a first come first serve basis (cash only at the door).

The cost of tickets is $20 per program.

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ATTENDEES PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE ONLINE AS PROGRAMS ARE EXPECTED TO SELL OUT. 

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