In the Same Direction: Jeff Pifher & Socrates' Trial
Q and A for Feature Documentary
The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses
8:00 p.m. (30 minutes)
Q and A with winning screenwriters
“The Letter in the Bottle” by Xiaoyu Yang
“Seattle” by George Westberg
“Two Houses” by Gary S. Branfman
DONNA ON THE GO
Donna On The Go is a series designed to raise awareness for People With Disabilities. It stars real life handicapped Actress and Dancer Donna Russo (Donna Reed). It follows her struggles and victories as a disabled person in an able bodied world.
It was submitted for Emmy® consideration in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Directed by Peggy Lane
Written by Peggy Lane
Produced by Peggy Lane, Craig Hutchinson, Vince Deadrick Jr., Michael Johnston, Kate Linder, JC Henning
Key Cast: Donna Russo, Kate Linder, Robert Catrini, Kim Estes, Roberta Bassin, Bubba Ganter, Eileen Grubba, Juliette Reiss, Kristin West
IN THE SAME DIRECTION: JEFF PIFHER & SOCRATES TRIAL
From the inception of a musical idea, through the recording process and live performance, this short documentary tells the story of Jeff Pifher and his band Socrates' Trial and their idea of what jazz can be today.
Directed by Alexander Craven
Produced by Jeff Pifher and Merlin Showalter
Key Cast: Jeff Pifher, Harlan Hodges, Ian Wurfl, Erica England, Misha Bigos, Colin Cook, Corey Coverstone, Rene G. Boscio, Jason LaRocca
PIECES, OR A WEST HOLLYWOOD CLUB CALLED RAGE
When notorious, openly gay Hollywood power player Steven Sumner is brutally murdered, jaded Public Defender Rory Dennis is assigned the defense of young, damaged Shane Holloway, forcing them to confront a corrupt system of exploitation & coverups, as well as a community to which they’ve both lost all connection.
Directed by Chris Phillips
Written by Chris Phillips
Produced by Chris Phillips
Key Cast: Billy Walker, Nathan Mohebbi, Nina Millin
Starring and co-produced by Academy Award-nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (WHALE RIDER, GAME OF THRONES), the film is a meditation on toxic masculinity as it affects Darren, an insecure millennial, when he gives a female acquaintance a ride to a birthday party.
Directed by Mike Manning
Written by Mike Manning and Tom Anderson
Produced by Wesley Barker
Key Cast: Keisha Castles-Hughes,
Inspired by a true story, Faithfully is a coming-of-age short film that follows the relationship between Mark, a single father, and his daughter, Emma. When Emma’s desire to have the perfect prom day is interrupted by hardships due to Mark’s disability, she must make an important decision and learn what it means to be truly “seen”. It is a heartwarming and poignant depiction of how a rare disease affects the lives of a father and daughter, while creating a beautiful bond between the two.
Chad Smathers, Kirstin Pfeiffer
Written and Produced by Chad Smathers, Kirstin Pfeiffer
In this dystopian comedy, a woman struggles to hide her emotional baggage from the "Good Vibes" police, who, with the help of her personal wellness device, plan to center her into submission.
Directed by Camille Campbell
Written by Elizabeth Kindra and
Produced by Sharon Park
Key Cast: Alison McGirr, Megan Rosati, Moni Oyedepo
As a boy, Clark always felt like the odd bird in his conservative ranch family. To cope, he created a comic book, “The Adventures of Odd Bird,” making himself the hero of his own story. Now 19, a publisher is interested in his work and Clark needs to return home to get the comic manuscript…and tell his mom his truth. Clark fears once he tells her he’s gay, he won’t be welcome there again.
Directed by Katy Dore
Written by Katy Dore
Produced by Katy Dore
Key Cast: Michael Varde, Betsy Moore, Jacob Peacock
A couple gets lost in the desert after taking acid.
Directed by Chase Casanova,
Written by Chase Casanova
Produced by Chase Casanova
Key Cast: Devin Crittenden, Kelly Davis Wilson
Jonathan goes to the restroom in the middle of an opera performance. He has a very specific mission. He takes off his marriage ring and opens the secret golden glory hole hidden inside one of the stalls. Now, he waits for someone to come in so he can be on his knees. His heart accelerates as each new guy comes into the restroom. Finally, after taping his feet in what looks like a tap-dancing sequence he is able to find another man willing to give him what he wants.
Directed by João Dall'Stella
Written by João Dall'Stella
Produced by Marc Tarczali and Thayer Juergens
Key Cast: Andrew Ableson
Two young women run a mortuary out of their apartment.
Inspired by the filmmaker's experience working as a freelance funeral arranger in Los Angeles.
Directed by Katie Royer
Written and Produced by Katie Royer
Key Cast: Katie Royer, Lauren Harris, Greg Ainsworth, Taylor Loeb
A high school girl struggles to find her own identity with a new group of friends and discovers that together, their choices have an impact beyond what they ever imagined. This universally autobiographical tale, written by 16-year-old Meredith Grace Dabney, is a reminder of vulnerability, life’s connections and most importantly that words and actions, however small, affect everyone and everything.
Directed by Erica Arvold
Written by Meredith Grace Dabney
Produced by Isaac Deitz, Erik Lingvall, Taylor Fedele, Viviana Chavez
Key Cast: Meredith Grace Dabney, Cece Kelly, Isaiah Asher Hanley, Kjay Saifullah, Andrew Hunter, Thomas Martin, Piper Collins, Sophia Sharma
Sara is a personal assistant to Evelyn, a demanding, Southern California Reality Show Housewife. Sara occasionally appears on Evelyn’s reality show, but she does not seek fame—far from it, in fact. Not the same can be said about Sara’s plump wannabe-fashionista cousin, Bridget. Maybe a little overconfident, Bridget wishes she was famous and in her mind she already is. After a disappointing birthday with her immature boyfriend, Sara joins Bridget and Bridget’s socially awkward new co-worker, Erica, for a night out on the town. The celebration goes awry when Sara’s scathing rant about her bitchy boss, Evelyn gets captured as a voice text and accidentally sent in a group message to all of the reality Housewives by their burly female “Ride” driver, Jo. Sara, Bridget, Erica, and Jo get invited to appear on The Housewives’s “live” Reunion show to explain the situation surrounding the text. Little did they know their short, chaotic appearance on television would turn their lives even more upside down.
Directed by Fred Gallo
Written by Carissa Gallo
Produced by Fred Gallo, Carissa Gallo, Sally Walsh
Key Cast: Kristin Morris, Jessica Wellington, Kristen Lundberg, Dee Dee Sorvino, Carissa Gallo
A comedic, environmentally focused, cautionary tale of how ego can make us do stupid things, without regard to oneself or the world. Six unprepared nincompoops decide to scale Mt. Everest.
Directed by Danny Woodburn
Written by Danny Woodburn and Amy Buchwald
Produced by Danny Woodburn and Amy Buchwald
Key Cast: Danny Woodburn, Amy Buchwald, Joe Smith, Robert McCray, Mike Hagerty, Minae Noji, TJ Storm
THE MUSTANGS: AMERICA'S WILD HORSES
"The Mustangs: America's Wild Horses" is a feature documentary that takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places few people have seen or even know about. There are more than 80,000 wild horses on our federal lands and more than 50,000 in government holding facilities.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps says, "The wild horse is so ingrained in the American imagination that even for those who have never seen one know what it stands for: fierce independence, unbridled freedom, the bedrock ideals of the nation. From car ads to high school mascots, the wild horse - popularly known as the mustang - is the enduring icon of America. But in modern times it has become entangled in controversy and bureaucracy, and now its future is in question."
This film will make audiences fall in love with America all over again and understand why the protection of our wild horses and our public lands are worth fighting for.