Filmed entirely through the use of social media, this short film follows privileged teens who become obsessed with a mysterious, expensive acne medicine sold by an individual in a skull mask.
In a small Pacific Northwest town, citizen Ronald Alabama provides a room for a prisoner out on parole in order to earn much needed cash. The prisoner, Jeff Jacobs, joins the household. Ronald has neglected to explain the situation in advance to his family. They are not amused. Chaos ensues, tempers flare and relationships are strained to the breaking point. Will Ronald be able to resurrect his marriage? Or will this attempted halfway house prove an utter disaster for everyone involved?
Days of Our Rovers
3D animated web-series about adventures of- Nasa Rovers on Mars
Student Narrative Short
It’s Just a Gun
Imagine in the life time of a gun all the hands it passes through. It's Just A Gun is just one chapter in that story. When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever.
Yuna makes lunch box meals and then eats these with her customers. Her most customers are lonely and share a feeling that there is something lacking in their life. One day, She meets Anthony who is delusional and suffers from multiple personalty disorder, and is forced to face her own troubling memories of the past.
A girl finds someone to spark her flame.
Geoff Groberg, Scott E. Schimmel
Driven Blind follows Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, as he struggles to adjust to a new reality after a tragic racing accident that left him blind. Though Dan cannot see he has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing, and is doing everything he can to stay involved in the sport, and stay behind the wheel.
Documentary short film about the director’s grandmother, which was deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1950. The film explores how this tragic event has affected on her life and her further identity. But also how it has affected her granddaughter.
Dancing in Limbo
Amanda Larsh, Hannah Bradford, Caroline Roffe, Nick McDonald
When dance becomes the only way to express yourself and forget your troubles, true passion emerges. It’s this passion to overcome, to prove themselves and to show the world that they’re people too that drives a group of young dancers inside the Dzaleka Refugee Camp to prove they’re just as good as their American idols.
Professional Narrative Shorts
Flip the Record
n this 1980s coming-of-age story set to pulsing hip-hop music, a Filipino-American teen discovers her identity through a budding talent for turntablism. A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84, as 14-year-old Vanessa, sick of the the constraints and boring piano lessons in her conservative Filipino-American household, starts teaching herself on the sly how to scratch on her older brother’s turntables. We follow Ness as she discovers her talents and place in the local music scene of the era.
Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again.
New Neighbors is a story about a mother and her two sons who move to a new neighborhood, and because of all the killings and assaults on Black lives she is determined to keep her family safe. She takes to the neighborhood with kids in tow. A clever, resourceful, and unique approach to the BLM dialogue.
Professional Narrative Feature
After a canceled tour, flailing musician Jesse Lirette seeks out an old flame in a small town in Northern New Mexico. When an arrogant attempt at inserting himself into her family fails, he must confront the mistakes of his past on his own.
Blood Country tells the true story of events which took place in and around Lawrence County, Mississippi in 1884, based on the short story by Robert E. Jones titled "The Outlaw, the Sheriff and the Governor". The film is about a man accused of killing his brother and the honorable sheriff who has to bring him to justice.
My Name is Myeisha
A beloved teenager crosses over into a hip-hop-musical dreamscape at the moment of her tragic death and contemplates her life; what it was and what it could have been.
Journalist and filmmaker Jennifer Crandall--born in Africa and raised in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Haiti--has spent the past two years traveling across Alabama, filming people from all corners of the state reading from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," an epic poem about American identity. The result is Whitman, Alabama, a 52-part documentary series that reveals the threads that tie us together—as individuals, as states, as a nation, inside of a shared universe. This series is still in development. There are 17 videos produced and published so far. There will be 52 videos in total.
Rodents of Unusual Size
Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer
The residents of Louisiana never know what will attack them next: floods, hurricanes, even monstrous swamp rats. Gigantic orange-toothed nutria are eating up the coastal wetlands, destroying the landscape, and threatening the very existence of the human population. This invasive South American species breeds faster than the roving squads of hunters and trappers can control them. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who let their land—and their livelihoods—recede into the Gulf without a fight. Meet fisherman turned bounty hunter Thomas Gonzales and a pack of colorful diehards as they defend their land, culture, and way of life against the unforgiving forces of nature. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.
The Home for Wayward Babydolls
A Vietnam Veteran turns his house into a home for lost and abandoned baby dolls as he copes with late onset PTSD in this southern documentary.
A naked body moves a stranger to empathy. PARTHENON is a slippery, dizzying provocation on art, control, and perception. A recipient of the 2015 Oak Cliff Film Festival Filmmaker's Grant and made with the generous participation of the New York Academy of Art, the film dissects the male gaze that has perpetuated throughout history.
Machete Bang Bang
After finishing his cleaning for the day, Pigeon notices something odd about his room's main light and with the help of inter-dimensional space traveler, Broad Billed Bob, he has an experience he is likely not to forget.
What’s That in the Ground?
When you want one thing, sometimes you get the complete opposite or something worse.
Three teenagers are going through a resegregation in a small town fighting for their friendship.
33 Cloudless Blue
Colton McCormick, Daichi Shigematsu
David live a solitary life as a hermit and online shopping addict. When a mysterious woman breaks into his home one night in search of an ultra rare set of salt and pepper shakers, David must overcome his obsession and fight for his life
Behind the Scenes of a Thesis
Shaquielle J. Shoulders
The film Follow these three film students as they try to complete their senior thesis, and discover what it truly takes to be a filmmaker.
Bermuda City Web Series – episode 4
Julian Jay Burton
The plot thickens as Detective Jordan Long finds more clues that leads to his framing. With new information of his clone and the abduction of fellow cop, Trevor Black, Detective Long must continue at all cost.
Bermuda City Web Series – episode 5
Julian Jay Burton
Nancy Wolfson is held captive in the lair of Detective Jordan Long's clone. Long, a prisoner against time, tries to get information from another newly revealed clone, Matt Summer.
What happens when a seemingly ordinary priest is confronted by a seemingly ordinary man? While reading the Bible on a particularly windy day, Father Harris is confronted by a tall stranger, one who makes him question his beliefs and motivations. And all in a quest for the truth, however horrifying. Not even a helpful woman can save this priest, who must make a choice. For not all sins can be forgiven.
Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull
"Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull" tells the true story of the humble beginnings of a monthly songwriters series in Montgomery, Alabama. The format and location - a late 1930s era church converted to a community theater - provide an intimate experience for listeners, as if they were not just at a concert, but part of a conversation. However, the musical aspect is just one part of a larger story that involves death, an amputation, and a continuing legacy of songwriters that travel from miles around to share their stories and music at the event.
Community of the Cards
David Love, Ben Johnson
In the heart of Alabama a large group of avid card players have formed a tight knit community around a small shop called Card Addicts. Here, the owners and employees work hard to foster a safe, fun environment in which players gather from miles around to play, compete, and live life together.
Jonathan Adam Davila
Direct Action: A Tale of Two Governments in 1963 Birmingham
Tommy Vincent Wier
DIRECT ACTION is a film that explores a pivotal story beyond the headlines during the civil rights turmoil that gripped Birmingham, Alabama between the years 1961-63. Local and national black activists rallied thousands of citizens in protests and boycotts against segregation while the shocked world looked on. Out of the public eye pragmatic businessman Sid Smyer fronted a reformist white business movement who met secretly with black leaders in support of gradual integration. But Birmingham officials led by Public Safety Commissioner “Bull” Connor thwarted their efforts by enacting and enforcing local segregation laws. Facing alienation from peers and hostility from the local government, Smyer, other businessmen and a small group of lawyers orchestrated the historic change in government that ousted Bull Connor and the other commissioners and helped dramatically alter Birmingham’s socioeconomic and political future.
A conceptual short/music film in which a drummer disappears and reappears at his drum set.
Mary Charles Ramsey
A Chinese couple studying in rural America begin to question the nature of their relationship.
Fear and Preparation
Bobby Martin, Andrew Johnston
The film is entirely centered around the idea of phobias and conquering fears. In the film, concepts are inner sanctums and inner turmoil are intertwined with conflict with fear itself, and how to progress forward and what that may mean.
Brad Bennett, Jonah Gueizo
During Japan's surrender at the end of World War II, numerous swords were confiscated by American officers. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, a filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner.
Get Off the Dock
Nathan Miller directs "In His Wakes", a non-profit watersports outreach that seeks to bring watersports to inner-city children. By facing their fears on the water, participants are empowered to tackle challenges in their day to day life.
A balloon goes on a murderous rampage, for love.
I Love People
A functioning cannibal loses his human burger at an office BBQ. He must find it or risk being outed. He doesn't.
“What happens in the last few minutes of brain activity after someone dies?” The inspiration for this short film derives directly from that statement. The film itself is about a young man who has awoken, after he has died, in a life center. Wyatt, our young man, struggles with the fact that he has passed; he is stuck in this purgatory, set in a life center, until he reaches his evaluation day. Along the way, Wyatt meets an unlikely friend, Petey, who helps Wyatt come to terms with his early passing and find the beauty in life even when it has been lost.
'Occupants' is a film about Annie Curtis, an award-winning documentarian and her husband Neil. Annie and Neil embark on a '30 Days of Clean Living' documentary, setting up cameras all over their house to document, via the Internet, their new eating habits. By doing so, half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves - a version that ultimately unravels and threatens their very existence.
Pretty…for a Dark Skinned Girl
Ms. Sinclair is an African American woman that has lived most of her adult life being complimented on her beauty, but not without the added commentary of her darker skin complexion. She finally confronts the issue with grace and dignity.
Reverie with April and Diane
Rocket City Shakedown
"Rocket City Shakedown" is a “slacker noir” that follows REX (Lincoln Greer), a crusading young eccentric, on a comedic journey into the mind-numbing world of government bureaucracy and corporate rat races in his technology-driven hometown. As Rex bumbles his way closer and closer to the truth, he finds his own assumptions about the world around him to be less and less reliable.
Slingers is a short documentary that explores the life of a small town beekeeper and his struggles to harvest an annual crop of nature's gold; honey.
When long time friends Charlie and Brit come to a crossroads in their relationship, they must decide what is worth fighting for and what they have to let go of.
Music video for indie recording artist, Wu10.
The Alabama Bigfoot Society
Jim Smith, the founder of the Alabama Bigfoot Society talks about how he became interested in the search for Bigfoot and the nature of belief.
The Art Collector
Charles D. White
Shephard Krill is the praetorian of the Mongrels motorcycle gang whose reputation for carrying out the gang's version of justice has left a trail of dead and bloody bodies. He has always freely enacted this justice whenever and however he wants. Then he encounters "The Art Collector."
The Day Before
Marriage is scary. You give up a lot. Hopefully it is all worth it. In this frightening & ridiculous & tragic & romantic comedy the losses are literal when a pre-wedding hunting trip in the Colorado mountains spins out of control. Now the happy couple must struggle to make everything right again.
The Forgotten Treasure
Two young girls find a treasure box in the woods.
The Inside Outside
Josie Parrish, a young girl struggles to understand herself amidst her complicated relationship with her seemingly unforgiving mother.
The Neals Need a Third Wheel
Rachel Neal became a family and maternity photographer because she couldn't have children of her own. She wanted to capture moments she might never have for her clients. Through the unexpected tool of social media, she and her husband found their son. They share their story about open adoption and becoming a family.
A haunted shed lures an innocent victim into its evil clutches.
The Smell of Success
A cashier chases down a shoplifter.
The Trial of the Rockstar
Ricky Trixx (Myk Watford), a seasoned musician, tries to understand his own relevance in the music world, meanwhile, struggles with addiction and depression.
This Train: The Gospel Sessions
Director Kelvin Wooten gives us an inside look at the making of This Train: The Gospel Sessions, a traditional gospel recording by jazz guitarist Eric Essix at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL which features a host of Alabama artists and creators.
A man battling homelessness and addiction breaks his somber routine to try and restore a small part of his happier past.
Two by 4
A young tree attends its first day of public high school.
A night of wrestling at the 431 Sports Arena in Boaz, Al