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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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

buy tickets Program 19 – Theater 1

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bomb Fetish – 9 minutes
Dir. Matt Kliegman
Synopsis
A nosy environmentalist gets a little too close to a massive Military secret and learns the hard way what the Government has been doing with all of those disarmed nuclear warheads.

To Be determined – 15 minutes
Dir. Gia McKenna
Synopsis
A recent college graduate, Lila, is back home for the summer living at her grandparents, working at the local ice cream shop with her best friend Johnny.

The Female Orgasm Law – 4 minutes
Dir. Dane Hanson
Synopsis
A new law has been passed that states if a man has an orgasm with a woman, then by law, he has to give her an orgasm too or go to prison. A town hall meeting is being held where men are voicing their concerns over the new Female Orgasm Law.

Party on the 49th Floor – 20 minutes
Dir. Michael Rose
Synopsis
"Party on the 49th Floor" follows thirteen groups of friends as they all make their way from the ground floor to the same party on the, you guessed it, 49th floor. Each elevator ride captures a comic mix of neurosis and bravado, hunger and dread as these young men and women prepare to present themselves to the party. If only they can assure themselves that they're not coming too early.

Take it Off – 9 minutes
Dir. Paige Jennifer Barr
Synopsis
Cady went all out for her boyfriend's birthday, including some very expensive lingerie. So expensive, in fact, that she doesn't want to take it off. An adorable, sexy comedy about that moment we all overshoot, with the best intentions.

Welcome to New York – 30 minutes
Dir. Steven Tylor O'Connor
Synopsis
The story of five young people's unique first experiences in New York City.

AntiSocial – 6 minutes
Dir. Lenny Platt
Synopsis
A murderous cult attempts to dispatch their latest victim but their social media strategy brutally alters the course of the evening.

Life Coach – 7 minutes
Dir. Carmine Famiglietti
Synopsis
A frustrated mother hires a self-proclaimed life coach to help out her deadbeat son.


buy tickets Program 20 – Theater 2

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Up and Down – 26 minutes
Dir. Jeff Camarra
Synopsis
Trey Johnson follows his dream to make it to the NBA.

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.

Slavery and the Law – 55 minutes
Dir. Paula Heredia
Synopsis
"Slavery and the Law" is a captivating documentary that follows a group of Brooklyn youth as they work to create a wall mural that commemorates the shift from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement.

Robot Man – 15 minutes
Dir. Mark Scalese
Synopsis
A day in the life of a street performer on the streets of New York City.


buy tickets Program 21 – Theater 1

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Blackout – 24 minutes
Dir. Francisco Lupini
Synopsis
Pepa, a Spanish spitfire hairdresser and aspiring mystery writer, must put her amateur detective skills to work in order to discover the true father of her unborn baby.

Abandoned – 4 minutes
Dir. Holle Singer and Rainer Magik
Synopsis
Haunted by memory, a romantic grapples for meaning after the unexplained disappearance of his lost love.

Double Or Nothing – 10 minutes
Dir. Nathaniel Krause
Written by Neil Labute
Synopsis
Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friends. When a homeless man approaches them on the street, Clark gets an idea. Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this dark comedy by master playwright Neil LaBute.
Starring Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David.

Couch – 5 minutes
Dir. Sean Cunningham
Synopsis
Two brothers move an old couch out of their mom's house while they reminisce about old times.

The Last Prank – 7 minutes
Dir. Richard Schall
Synopsis
On the night before a garage sale, two best friend puppets decide to rehash the good old days and prank the family that lives in the house before they are both sold and separated.

Death Inc. – 10 minutes
Dir. Sandra Payne
Synopsis
Before Pete Richards can even pick up his morning paper, he's drawn next door by the pitiable cries of the little neighbor girl, who's worried about her terrified, tree-bound kitty. Challenged by his nemesis, Skip, Pete sets his sights on rescuing the cat, no matter the consequences. When he winds up in the Grim Reaper's antechamber, Pete makes a risky decision. Will his gamble pay off?

Lifeless #beingkindadeadsortasucks – 29 minutes
Dir. VP Boyler
Synopsis
A movie musical with a completely original score, LIFELESS #BeingKindaDeadSortaSucks weaves it's quirky path around eight high school grads who accidentally spill Extra-Strength-Blue-Plummer-Gel into their party punch and wake up undead. Yes, it's a dark comedy with singing and dancing ...a nd blue goo.

First Mate – 4 minutes
Dir. Conor Byrne
Synopsis
Screwball by the sea! A lovestruck beach-house gardener tries to woo an oblivious trophy wife.


buy tickets Program 22 – Theater 2

1:15 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Hell Grace – 19 minutes
Dir. Van Nguyan
Synopsis
What if you relived the same day everyday in the home you grew up in, but the actions you take pile up? What if your mom comes home at 6AM, cooks you your favorite breakfast, discussed your day, and at 7am she tries to kill you. Everyday. This is Day 12.

Come In – 7 minutes
Dir. Sophia Robbins
Film Website
Synopsis
New to the city, Michelle rediscovers the lesson learned as a child, 'be wary of helpful strangers.'?

Vivienne Again – 11 minutes
Dir. Kim Garland
Synopsis
A funeral home employee saves a dead woman from the killer who's closing in to complete the job.

The Chronicles of Elijah Sincere – 18 minutes
Dir. Dan Curry
Synopsis
A mysterious young woman exacts her revenge on the men that raped her years ago.

Bridge – 31 minutes
Dir. Nick Flint
Synopsis
"Bridge" is a suspense/thriller about the toxic relationship between a Manhattan executive, Gary, and his wife Meredith. Locked together in a downward spiral of lies and bitterness, Meredith is on the brink of suicide and Gary on the precipice of murder. When Gary's plans a weekend getaway to their house in the woods kill her, the last days of their relationship play out in a way neither expects ... and both may just get what they have been wishing for ...

Birthday Boys – 10 minutes
Dir. Rafael De Leon Jr.
Synopsis
On her deceased boyfriend's birthday, a young girl in a desperate situation turns to a friend for help, unaware of the grave and deadly consequences lying ahead.

Unseen – 23 minutes
Dir. Peter Tedone
Synopsis
A scream in the middle of the night turns the simple, quiet life on an elderly Innkeeper upside down. The 'Easy Come, Easy Go' bed and breakfast is known locally as a peaceful break from the outside world but an uninvited stranger intrudes. The events that follow show how the greatest horrors of humanity may go unseen.


buy tickets Program 23 – Theater 1

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tied Up – 29 minutes
Dir. Jose Venutolo
Synopsis
Small time gambler and petty thief Johnny gets in over his head when he loses $67,000 in a poker game, and ropes his brother Seth into a major drug buy that will not only settle his own debt, but set them both up for life. Seth agrees, but only when Johnny's dealer, Dutch, shows up wanting a cut and threatens both of their lives.

The Evil's Gate – 15 minutes
Dir. Edgar Jimz
Synopsis
A former man of God, Joseph Ortiz, comes into contact with a vicious demon that has been out to ruin him for years. Joseph in now torn between what little faith he has and the reality that is now set before him in the form of a very possessed young child.

What Happened to Peter – 11 minutes
Dir. Ace Bouchard
Synopsis
"What Happened to Peter" is a classic tale of love, and misfortune. This noir thriller is presented to us by an eccentric, and mysterious man, played by Joe Kurtz. As this mystery man chips away at the facade draped in front of us, we realize that things might not just be as they seem. The Short Film also stars Michael Derek and Keelie Sheridan as Robert and Harriet, a couple that are in a very joy filled, as well as an important time in they're life.

Slumber Party – 3 minutes
Dir. Jennifer Wexler
Synopsis
A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.

Last Call – 30 minutes
Dir. Jim Chaliz
Synopsis
A woman receives a phone call in the middle of the night from a total stranger asking her to solve a riddle that will save his life. As the clock begins to tick on his half an hour deadline, she slowly begins to realize that he is serious and the cat and mouse game begins ...


buy tickets Program 24 – Theater 2

4:15 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

30 Seconds To Air: The Bill Cunningham – 22 minutes
Dir. Jeff Pinilla
Synopsis
The Bill Cunningham show is a daytime conflict talk show that deals with real people who bring their real issues to the table. This 22 minute, compelling, documentary unveils the manpower it takes to get a single show from concept to air all in just 6 days.

Uprising – 85 minutes
Dir. Fredrik Stanton
Synopsis
Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, "Uprising" tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall of a brutal dictatorship has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world. Above all, it is a story of profound hope, of courage rewarded, of a people who beat back a police state and threw off the shackles of decades of degradation and oppression.


buy tickets Program 25 – Theater 1

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bert and Arnie's Guide to Friendship – 87 minutes
Dir. Jeff Kaplan
Synopsis
A best selling author and a successful businessman spiral down a hilarious path as they navigate the mysteries of marriage, love, and friendship.


buy tickets Program 26 – Theater 2

6:40 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ex-Girlfriends – 74 minutes
Dir. Alexander Poe
Synopsis
"Ex-Girlfriends" is a comedy about Graham, a melancholy grad student (writer/director Alexander Poe) who gets caught up in a complicated love triangle when he tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, Laura (Kristen Connolly from "Cabin in the Woods"), and discovers that her current boyfriend is cheating on her with another one of Graham's ex-girlfriends, Kate (Jennifer Carpenter from "Dexter").


buy tickets Program 27 – Theater 1

7:20 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.

Benjamin – 86 minutes
Dir. Jon Osman
Synopsis
During post 9/11 hysteria in New York City, Benjamin Haad, a 30 year-old struggling actor/cab driver, is caught between the love of his life, his old school Muslim parents and an ongoing FBI investigation that is targeting him as a member of an active terrorist cell, often with comedic results.


buy tickets Program 28 – Theater 2

8:15 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope – 86 minutes
Dir. Morgan Spurlock
Synopsis
A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

Specail Event
Screening will be followed by the Big Apple Film Festival Golden Apple Award presentation to Academy Award nominated director Morgan Spurlock.


buy tickets Program 29 – Theater 1

9:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Things I Don't Understand – 111 minutes
Dir. David Spaltro
Synopsis
A detached grad student forms a cathartic bond with a terminally ill girl she's interviewing and a lonely bartender with a mysterious past while trying to prevent she and her artists roommates from being evicted from their rent-controlled loft.


buy tickets Program 30 – Theater 2

10:00 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Indigo Children – 70 minutes
Dir. Eric Chaney
Film Website
Synopsis
A mysterious girl pursues a young man in her new small town home. The coinciding deaths of Mark's parents, and the disappearance of 16 year old Christina's uncle create a common thread between them as they struggle with young love and loss over the course of one summer.


FILMMAKER RECEPTION - THE VARICK ROOM 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.


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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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