Bury Me at Taylor Hollow
After spending 15 years working in the conventional funeral industry, John Christian Phifer is paving uncharted territory to help create Larkspur Conservationâ€”the first natural burial ground of its kind in Tennessee. Motivated by the desire to conserve land as well as provide an alternative option for burial that allows for deeper connection to death as part of life, John Christian carries the weight of a calling he’s known since childhood. Bury Me at Taylor Hollow follows the growing pains of Larkspur as they set out to raise $210,000 to buy 112 acres for both natural burial and conservation. With breathtaking footage and intimate moments of a soul finding its way, director Orion Pahl and writer/editor Rebekah Pahl weave an unforgettable glimpse into a new way of approaching death.
VÃ¤rmland is an inland Swedish province. An influential Stockholm professor of economics describes it as a place with no shopping, no entertainment, and no universities, offering nothing of value - a wasteland. What is the future for the young people who live there? A snapshot of life distant from the city. This contemporary document depicts life in the country by offering a glimpse into the world of a few young adults and their life choices. A film that can also be viewed as a political, non-ideological contribution to the debate about the urban-rural divide.
Wet House is an immersive documentary about the largest harm-reduction residential facility for chronic alcoholics in the US.
Politically controversial, as residents receive a monthly stipend and are allowed to drink on the premises, wet houses save taxpayer dollars by keeping alcoholics out of detox, shelters, emergency rooms, and jails. The film documents the changing fortunes of multiple residents over the course of a year, offering an unbiased and unflinching look at life on the fringe.
PROFESSIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE
A Dim Valley
A curmudgeonly biologist and his slacker graduate assistants muddle their way through a summer research project. Deep in the Appalachian woods, they encounter a trio of mystical backpackers who change their lives in mysterious ways.
A story of love, loss, and redemption - "Downeast" dives into the often ignored seedy underbelly of Maine. The film combines crime, revenge, and the hope for a new life.
Two strangers wake up in the middle of the desert with no memory of anything - including their names. Are they dead? Or did they just party too hard at Burning Man?A warm buddy film at heart - but hopefully also a rumination on existential themes such as regret, cynicism, faith, and empathy - Mister Limbo is an odyssey evoking Waiting For Godot on drugs, with a soft spot for the short-lived TV series, "The 4400."
PROFESSIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT
ALINA - 2020
As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Dorota Puzio, Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).
In France Michelle is a Man's Name
WINNER- Best Narrative Short at Slamdance (2021). Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents. IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN'S NAME explores trans identity, masculinity, and the prices we're willing to pay for acceptance.
Feeling Through, the first film to star a DeafBlind actor, is a coming of age story that follows Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. From an awkward meeting between strangers emerges an intimate bond, and a journey that forever changes Tereek.
SuperHuman is a zany, optimistic music video about the feelings of becoming a new parent. Told with loving homage to some of your favorite 1980â€™s movies, this nostalgic story seeks to delight audiences with fleeced puppet mischief, hope, and heart. The song is written and performed by independent music artist, Avatari (Rebel Soul, Legacy). The video is directed by award winning editor David Michael Maurer, ACE (Four Sheets to the Wind, Barking Water, The Masked Singer) featuring original puppets by Swazzle Inc (Kidding, Crank Yankers, The Little Mermaid Live!).
Dale lives a solitary life in a small town, his only outlet being conversations with the local pharmacist Mohammad. As time passes, Dale slowly begins to reveal more of his life and history to Mohammad.
A tense love triangle between three twenty-somethings in rural Oregon ends in unimaginable violence. KIN explores the libido of hate and psychosis of white supremacy in Trump's America.
When faced with the opportunity for a solo performance, an aging dancer must question whether her moral compass and personal integrity are important enough to stand up to a choreographer'sunwanted sexual advances.
A deadbeat drug addict in her mid-20s struggles living without the support of her put-together sister is bothered by her dripping faucet.
William Grace is a twelve year old boy, who lives with his mother Emily and his two younger siblings Alex 8 and Aurora 6. William arrives home on the last day of school, to find his mother dead of a drug overdose in her bedroom. Fearing that the border patrol will come and take him and his siblings away, like he saw happening on the news to immigrant families. He decides to hide her death and take on the role of "Mom" to keep his family together. But the tables are quickly turned when he finds out that being the adult isn't all it is cutout to be. With juggling book club, shopping, cooking, bills and two younger kids it's more than one boy can handle!
Out Of The Ditch
Once again, the police have hauled Macy away for drugs. She had been living with her deceased boyfriend's father in a cabin along Big Creek, east of Amite, Louisiana. After Macy's bust, the old man, Odis, throws her son, Hank, out of the cabin. He tells him to go with live Macy's sister, Lucy. Lucy bails Macy out of jail for the last time. Macy swears she has hit bottom and is going to turn her life around. She wants to be a better mother for her son. Rick, a menacing pusher, comes looking for her to collect a debt owed to him by Macy. Rick physically abuses Macy to collect the debt and wants her back pushing for him. Odis visits Macy at Lucy's and confesses he is dying of pancreatic cancer. He tells her he is leaving her his cabin and his other possessions. He confesses his guilt about the way he has treated her and Hank. After signing the legal papers in the lawyer's office, Odis takes her to the cabin for a surprise. Billy Boy, their old pet goat, who ran away after the death of Odis's wife, has returned. Billy Boy loves whipped cream. Macy finds a job cleaning offices. The first night on the job, she witnesses the social worker who threatened to take Hank away from her having sex with Rick in the social worker's office. During Macy's stay in jail, she roomed with Alice, who shot the two drug-runners who murdered who two oldest boys. She plead self-defense. She shot the bastards, however, with an illegally obtained weapon, which is why she went to jail. After Alice's early release, she goes back to her old job of cleaning offices. Ironically, she is partnered with Macy. The day Macy passes her drug test she goes to Odis to tell him. She finds Odis dead on his porch. Macy, Lucy and friends have a service for Odis, releasing his ashes into Big Creek. Odis had released his wife's ashes in the creek and wanted to join her. Hank and his girlfriend, Fallon, discuss possible plans to get revenge on Rick. Against Hank's better judgement, Fallon launches a plan to seduce Rick. She ties him up, puts whip cream on his genitals. Rick gets what he is not expecting. She brings Billy Boy into his bedroom. While Billy Boy is enjoying the whipped cream, Hank searches Rickâ€™s home to find his stash of drugs. He does. Before they leave, they vacuum and wipe the place down and leave the front door opened. Fallon uses a burner phone to call 911 to report strange noises coming from Rickâ€™s house. Their joy with what they think they have accomplished is short lived. Rick bribes his way out of jail and comes looking to equal the score.
Estranged sisters have visions that reveal secrets to their Mother's enigmatic death when they return to their cursed hometown to execute her will during Christmas.
In a video message, a social media acolyte invites other women to have sex with her boyfriend, but only if they film their review after. A game of power dynamics intertwines the lives of several amused participants, then the videos leak and those lives are forever changed.
When a depressed spirit is trapped in a house with an upbeat, sickly girl, he must overcome his own negative mentality or risk never finding eternal peace.
1885: A brutal murder takes place in the vineyards of the Bodegas Vega, ending the love story between two young lovers. 1915: Thirty years later, the mysterious aristocrat Ferran arrives at the village during Carnival dance. Ferran meets Don Carlo, a powerful landowner whom invites to taste his new shipment of Grand Cru 1885.
Julie From The Wonder Bar
A successful musician struggling to write new lyrics finds inspiration after he meets a girl, but in a moment of exhaustion accidentally gives her the wrong phone number. Based on a real experience from the writer, and inspired by the song
"Lookers" by The Menzingers.
In addition to the finalists in each category, the following films are official screeners at the 2020 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival
Michael is suffering through depression in the form of anxiety and panic attacks. He struggles to connect with people... until he meets Taya, who suffers through depression in her own way. Throughout the day, they learn about one another and how they each deal with their issues.
There are approximately 5,300 colleges in the United States, only 101 of them are Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), and 13 of them are Seventh-Day Adventist institutions. There is only ONE Seventh-Day Adventist HBCU... Oakwood University. Oakwood University comes with a very unique set of rules such as no jewelry, no alcohol, and you must attend chapel every week. The campus also promotes healthy living so meat is not served on the campus grounds. While the school might have what some consider strict rules it also has a very rich history. The campus was initially a slave plantation worked by the famous former slave Dred Scott. While these rules might seem strict in comparison to most colleges, students travel from literally all over the world, some arriving with very little money in their pockets to receive what has been coined "The Oakwood Experience". Prepare to laugh, maybe cry, and be inspired as individuals recount their personal experiences at the very unique Oakwood University.
Two soldiers patrolling their respective nation's borders find out that they have more in common than they realized.
Drake is currently dealing with money problems and later finds out that he's going to be a father and will stop at nothing to help his soon-to-be-born child.
The Night Before
"The Night Before" tells the story of Marcy and Jackson, a married couple celebrating their 5 year anniversary over a nice dinner, where a ghost from Marcy's past appears, leaving questions and actions from the past lingering in the air.
The Watery Grave
A young man dealing with grief, experiences death and resurrection at his local church.
The Birth of a Shadow (no synopsis available)
Night of the Living Date
In this dark comedy, when Maria needs a date for a dinner party, she takes advantage of a recent epidemic and brings a ZOMBIE!
ASFA’s Got Talent-The Lost Season
This mockumentary style film tells the story of the lost season of America's greatest puppet talent competition-AGT (ASFA's GOT TALENT). As Covid shut down all production, one program thought it could finish. AGT called for the greatest puppet performers in America to come to Alabama to compete. Unfortunately, none of them showed up. We follow twelve scrappy puppets. They all have a story. They all have a dream. NONE OF THEM HAVE ANY TALENT!
A Memoir of Forgotten Memories
Now in young adult life, a writer reflects on his past.
Based on a true story of a young woman's bipolar diagnosis. Instead of being met with actual help, guidance, or understanding she's overly prescribed medicines from an apathetic doctor. Her journey navigating life with this new label placed on her leaves her feeling - purple.
Drawn to Campus
This is the story of Ollie J. Thomas, the university's first animated student, and his life on campus.
In the aftermath of their mother's death, estranged half-siblings Tyson and Tiffany must cope with everything that has recently happened, as well as events of the past.