2020 Selected Films (in Alpha Order)

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Title
Rating
Runtime
Category
       
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A Different Side...
G
6
Student Documentary
Facebook Page Link
A Mind’s Eye
PG
11
Professional Short
A Modern Romance
PG
4
Student Short
Beyond Dreams
PG-13
75
Professional Documentary
Con Amore
G
3
KIDS FEST! Animation
Creepy
G
6
KIDS FEST! Animation
Cycling
G
5
KIDS FEST! Animation
Échappé
PG
18
Student Short
Elvers
PG
16
Professional Documentary
Keepers of the Bees Trailer
Extra Innings
PG
9
Professional Short
Finding Courage
PG-13
80
Professional Documentary
For the Goblins
PG13
16
Student Short
Hallswallow Hollow
PG
8
Student Short
In Our Nature
G
5
KIDS FEST! Animation
Infinity 7
PG13
12
Professional Short
Keepers of the Bees Trailer
Keepers of the Bees
PG
57
Professional Documentary
like no other trailer
Like No Other
PG13
38
Professional Documentary
Lost in Place
G
4
KIDS FEST! Animation
Mike
PG
33
Professional Short
Mrs. Buck in Her Prime
G
11
Professional Documentary
Ms. Rossi
PG
5
Professional Short
Phoebe
PG13
9
Student Short
Pink, White & Blue
PG
19
Student Documentary
Rank: Eight More Seconds
G
8
Student Documentary
Ray's Spot
G
4
Professional Documentary
Refuge
PG
7
Professional Documentary
Righteous
PG
6
Student Short
Sideways
PG
13
Student Short
Soaring Beyond Silence
PG
8
Student Short
Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish
G
51
Documentary
Split Second
PG
11
Student Short
Spread Among Us
PG-13
16
Student Short
Stories Happen in Forests
G
29
Student Documentary
The Casserole Brigade
PG
13
Professional Short
The Hutmaster
G
8
Professional Documentary
The Journal
PG
4
Student Short
The Mayberry Effect
G
90
Professional Documentary
The Mushroom Huntress
PG
10
Professional Short
The Quiet
PG13
10
Student Animation
The Rivals
G
2
KIDS FEST! Animation
The Sound of Silence
PG
6
Professional Short
The Story Beyond a Cup of Sake
PG
63
Professional Documentary
The Thief
PG13
6
Student Short
Undermine: Beneath Canada's Ghost Towns
PG13
17
Professional Documentary
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Synopses (in alpha order)
"A Different Side"
Student Documentary, 5min 34sec
Directors, Writers, Producer: Connor, Corey, Lewis, Travis
Charlottesville, Virginia
​A skateboarder, an art school grad, a filmmaker, a basketball player, a trumpeter, a pianist, and so much more - this group of inspiring young black men from Charlottesville, VA won't let racial stereotypes define their aspira​​tions.  
     
"A Mind's Eye"
Professional Short, 10min 52sec
Directed by: Rebecca Kirsh, Benjamin West
Kernersville, North Carolina
A newly blind man learns to appreciate his remaining four senses.
     
"A Modern Romance"
Student Short, 3min 29sec
Directed by: Nathan Shanahan
Durham, North Carolina
A young couple have different expectations for their first date.
     
"Beyond Dreams"
Professional Documentary, 1hour 15min
Directed by: Rafael Duarte
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The film tells the life story of Roman Romancini, one of the most important Brazilian mountaineers, in his endeavor to reach his greatest dream: climbing Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet. Starting early in his athletic career, he passes through several deadly experiences. But it was while riding a bike that he got hit by a car in an accident that almost put an end to his sport life forever. Directed by Rafael Duarte (Bambalaio Filmes) and produced by Leonardo Edde (URCA Filmes), “Beyond Dreams” shows how Roman dealt with the chance of never climbing again, how he fought a cancer and how he kept the Everest dream alive as an motivation to overcome the recovery process. Doctors, coaches, family and friends react in different ways to Roman's determination to still climb Everest. The documentary shows how he reached, during his preparation years, 4 of the “7 summits” during winter, considered by many an almost impossible mission. Survivor of the avalanche that hit the Khumbu Falls in 2014, a few feet from Everest Base Camp, Roman returned to the Himalayas four years later with Rafael Duarte and Padawa Shepa, who together documented the most challenging expedition of his life.
     
"Con Amore"
KIDS FEST! - Student Animation, 3min
Directed by: Tianze Fan
Savannah, Georgia
This is a fairy tale that happened on a desk. The little toy pianist fell in love with a music box ballerina who is sealing in the glass bell. However, he couldn’t wake her up because the key of the music box was lost. Therefore, he made up his mind to take his own clockwork to charge the energy to the music box, which cost his life. But the fantastic thing happened: the ballerina is actually a fairy. She saw the keyhole behind the boy so she raised the boy with magic. They finally lived happily together.
     
"Creepy"
KIDS FEST! - Student Animation, 5min 18sec
KIDS 'N TRICKS - Directed by children aged 7 to 11 years & 14 students
Duesseldorf, Germany
It’s early in the morning and school is about to start – many children are happy to see their friends again. But some kids don’t – just like CREEPY. He looks different, that’s why the other pupils don’t accept him as a friend. They nettle him and make fun of him again and again, even the teacher joins them. Only the class representative Emma seems to understand CREEPY’s situation and sympathizes. Can she help him to be respected and make friends?
     
"Cycling"
KIDS FEST! - Student Animation, 4min 5sec
by: Victoria Cruell
North Carolina
A young woman recounts her difficulty coping with painful inner emotions through a series of memories in which her feelings are represented by different forms of water.
     
"Échappé"
Student Short, 17min 8sec
Directed by: Rebecca Walters
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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’s unwanted sexual advances.
     
"Elvers"
Professional Documentary, 15min 21sec
Directed by: Rachael Morrison
Los Angeles, California
In late winter, along the coast of Maine, millions of baby freshwater eels called “elvers” float up tidal rivers and propel a highly lucrative international seafood trade. Consumption of freshwater eel in Asian cuisine has risen in popularity despite worldwide decline of the species. In 2012, global demand for eel caused the price for a single pound of elvers to skyrocket to over $2000. Elvers follows an eclectic cast of characters who describe what happened when this small-town Maine fishery exploded into a gold rush and blackmarket. Local fishermen made big profits and illegal activity was rampant, but is the high price of elvers worth the high environmental cost?
     
"Extra Innings"
Professional Short, 8min 34sec
Directed by: John Gray
New York, New York
A reporter interviews the manager of the Boston Red Sox in an attempt to uncover secrets from his past.
     
"Finding Courage"
Professional Documentary, 1hour 20min
Directed by: Kay Rubacek
Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, United States
A former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party (YIFEI WANG), living in exile in San Francisco, struggles to settle into life in America while working to heal her family’s wounds from their tragic past. She is seeking justice for the murder of her sister at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Rare undercover footage of a meeting with the director of the labor camp where Yifei’s sister was killed reveals shocking admissions of torture, slave labor, corruption, and a general disregard for human life pervading the camp system today. Exclusive interviews with former Chinese Communist Party officials provide a unique insight into the hidden world of terror that many Chinese citizens live without ever knowing that life can, and does, exist with freedom outside their world.
     

"For the Goblins"
Student Comedy Short, 15min 55sec
Directed by: Hypnus Yao
Burbank, California
An ordinary college student, Sebastian, gets kidnapped by Goblins on his way home from a party. With the desire of getting some goblin wine, he makes a deal with the Goblins.
     
"Hallswallow Hall"
Student Comedy Short, 7min 20sec
Directed by: Monica Lee
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
A sibling vampire duo from the country throws a surprise celebrity-themed birthday party for their familiar.
     
"In Our Nature"
Student Animation, 5min
Directed by: Echo Wilson
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
An animated documentary exploring humanity’s relationship with nature through a world of interviewed “animals.”
     
"Infinity 7"
Professional Short, 11min 52 sec
Directed by: Brett Williams
Sunnyvale, California
A lone astronaut's spacecraft malfunctions, threatening to leave him stranded in orbit forever.
     
Keepers of the Bees "Keepers of the Bees"
Professional Documentary, 57min
Directed by: Jesse Bradley
Wilmington, North Carolina
In 2017, a group of UNCW students founded the UNCW Beekeeping Club. They’d been inspired by the passion of Dr. Anthony Snider, an associate professor in Environmental Sciences. But they would ultimately find themselves on a journey to expand their environmental awareness, learn the biological and public intricacies of beekeeping, and follow in the footsteps of generations of beekeepers before them. The emerging beekeepers soon discovered they would be joining a much larger community: farmers, scientists, legislators and hobbyists in North Carolina who work together to ensure the honey bee population thrives. This is an ecosystem that affects the agriculture of our state and, ultimately, the food on our tables. The honey bee is one of the most important contributors to our environment, and their survival depends on beekeepers. What started as an interest in creating a club has evolved into a passion for cultivating and protecting a species and a sense of duty to honor the sacred legacy of beekeeping.
     
Like No Other "Like No Other"
Professional Documentary, 37min 45sec
Directed by: Aziz Ahmed
Pakistan
Caused by a combination of global warming and climate change, the 2010 Pakistan floods were the worst natural disaster in Pakistan's history. Created by "cascading" and "compounding events, it's impact highlights the need to study and track connections between natural disasters as well as address the issue of climate refugees. Using never before seen footage which took five years to acquire, LIKE NO OTHER shows the world, first hand, what happens during and after a disaster of this unimaginable magnitude. The filmmakers go into places where no help dared to go to document the aftermath of the disaster, interviewing survivors, and reliving their horrific stories of loss ...aiding recovery by bringing light to the darkness of despair. These survivors, often referred to as "climate refugees," are not recognized as refugees by the 1951 Refugees Convention, leaving an enormous gap in international law. LIKE NO OTHER portrays the beliefs of Refugees International, to call on the world, "to address the increasing impacts of climate change on displacement, migration, conflict and human insecurity.
     
"Lost in Place"
Student Animated Short, 4min
Directed by: Morgan Holub
Raleigh, North Carolina
A young girl and her pet robot go on a journey, physically and emotionally.
     
mike "Mike"
Professional Short, 32min 45sec
Directed by: Kent Smith
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mike is an intellectually challenged man in his mid-50's, working for his only friend, Donald. When one dream propels Mike onto a course of adventure and splendor along the path of life, the dream mission turns out to be not as simple as it might have seemed. It's a tale about finding yourself while experiencing the moment. One dream. One journey.
     
"Mrs. Buck in Her Prime"
Professional Documentary, 10min 47sec
Directed by: Erick Yates Green
Washington, North Carolina
This short documentary film tells the story of an irrepressible 104 y.o. pianist who, despite her many infirmaries, determinedly plays at her small town church services.
     
Ms Rossi "Ms. Rossi"
Professional Short, 5min
Directed by: Pat Battistini
Santa Clarita, California
While on her way to a business meeting, Ms. Rossi takes an interesting detour.
     
Phoebe "Phoebe"
Student Short, 8min 31sec
Directed by: Kyra Gardner
California
Phoebe is a real catch... she just doesn’t know it yet. Far from home, she tackles a new sea of challenges during her first weeks at college. With her flamboyant roommate Adam as her navigator, she no longer feels like a small fish in a big pond, and she learns to feel comfortable in her own skin.
     
Pink White & Blue "Pink, White & Blue"
Student Documentary, 18min 3sec
Directed by: Ash Malone
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
After years of transitioning in front of a camera, Aydian Dowling discusses how allowing his transition to be visible via YouTube has helped the trans community as a whole grow in pride and allyship.
   
RankEigthMoreSeconds "Rank: Eight More Seconds"
Student Documentary, 7min 45sec
Directed by: ​Jenifer Hughey, Lindsay Kappius, Mad​​ison Martin, Allyssa Blake, Zoe Berlin
Asheboro, North Carolina
A young bull rider picks the bull that nearly broke his neck to ride at the end of the season.
   
RaysSpot "Ray's Spot"
Professional Documentary, 3min 42sec
Directed by: Ethan Payne
Celebrated storyteller Ray Christian invites us to his sacred spot by the creek.
   
Refuge "Refuge"
Professional Documentary, 6min 9sec
Directed by: Tim Kemple
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Born in a camp on the Thai-Cambodian border before immigrating to the U.S., Piseth Sam wonders what makes her different: “Am I what a refugee looks like?” She finds answers in climbing and teaching other women to climb. “Allowing myself to get stuck, allowing myself to not know it all, that was like the biggest change for me…Now all the things I used to be insecure about, those things are my power now.”
   
Righteous "Righteous"
Professional Short, 5min 15sec
Directed by: William C. Simmons
Charlotte, North Carolina
A gun-slinging Cowboy seeks a Priest to confess his past transgressions; but the Cowboy won't be the only one confessing his sins.
   
Sideways "Sideways"
Student Short, 12mn 18sec
Directed by: Daniel Robert Smith
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Best friends Kurt and Carter find out that living together may not be as easy as they thought when their competing lifestyles begin to crash. After a huge argument, Carter wakes up to find his gravity has shifted to the wall. He has gone sideways.
   
souringbeyondsilence "Soaring Beyond Silence"
Student Short, 7min 30sec
Directed by Jessie Greenberg
Sarasota, Florida
This film is the story of a High School girl who realized that she had been born with a 40% hearing loss in both ears. Because her hearing loss wasn’t discovered until she was a Junior in High School, her “moments of incompetence” were often misunderstood. Reluctant and ​embarrassed to admit her disability and to wear hearing aids, she faced many challenges. Through it all, she grew stronger. She made this film to let other people know that, even though the road to success is not easy and it may feel long and arduous, we all have a purpose. We all have strengths and we all have challenges, but it is up to us to decide what we are going to do about our challenges. This film shows her story of perseverance in hopes that others can also triumph in the face of adversity.
   
SockeyeSalmonRedFish "Sockeye Salmon. Red fish"
Professional Documentary, 51min
Directed by: Dmitriy Shpilenok , Vladislav Grishin
Russian Federation
Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters - to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!
   
SplitSecond "Split Second"
Professional Short, 11min
Directed by: Kristen Cubbage, Phillip Lehn
Hickory, North Carolina
A loving family's life changes in a split second.
   
"Spread Among Us"
Student Short, 15min 4sec
Directed by: Travis Stewart
As a horrifying disease spreads across the country, a young couple must decide what to do with their daughter after she is infected.
   
"Stories Happen in Forests"
Professional Documentary, 28min 33sec
Directed by: Amanda Rodriguez
Asheville, North Carolina
12 people. In the woods. Telling their stories...I hiked out into the forests of the Southeast to listen. What I found in the power of story and in our connections to the forests is more important now than ever. Forests hold our stories. Our history. Our dreams. Our strength. Our future. Humanity happens in forests. Stories happen in forests.
   
casserolebrigade "The Casserole Brigade"
Professional Short, 12min 27sec
Directed by: B. Rain Bennett
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
A dark comedy about that period after a family member’s death (in the South), where people from around the neighborhood and town stop by incessantly to drop off thoughts, prayers, and casseroles as a way to show their love.
   
theHutmaster "The Hutmaster"
Professional Documentary, 7min 25sec
Directed by: Tim Kemple
Grand Rapids, Michigan
For over a century, a small network of alpine huts have operated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Run by off-the-grid teams called “croo”, they span 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail and serve up home cooked meals each day to the many guests. It's hard to make food without ingredients, though, so Mack Brewer and her team at the Lake of the Clouds Hut hike in 70 pounds of supplies a few times a week because they know a full belly can also feed the soul.
 

 

TheJournal "The Journal"
Student Short, 3min 51sec
Directed by: Sydney Rowlette, Connor Thomas
Wake Forest, North Carolina
A girl who is affected by depression, reveals the daily struggles of the illness. She writes all of her negative, self-hating, pessimistic thoughts in a dark journal. As she seeks help through medication and therapy, she realizes the effects of her negative thoughts and shows the journal to her therapist. To symbolize the progress she is making, the girl decides to burn the dark journal. We see her at the end with a light journal, where she now writes positive affirmations that are much more helpful to her well-being.
   
TheMayberryEffect "The Mayberry Effect"
Professional Documentary, 1hour 30sec
Directed by: Christopher Hudson
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Mayberry Effect is a feature length thought provoking documentary investigating the topic of nostalgia through the lens of The Andy Griffith Show asking the questions; did a simpler time actually exist, how did the show influence our American culture and society and will future generations continue to enjoy the sitcom?
   
TheMushroomHuntress "The Mushroom Huntress"
Professional Short, 9min 40sec
Directed by: Jim Picariello
Brooksville, Maine
After Leigh is cut off from her cold, wealthy mother, and witnesses the arrest of her loving-yet-scheming father, she attempts to support herself by capitalizing on her love of wild mushrooms. But while foraging along the forest floor she discovers a shocking family secret.
   
TheQuiet "The Quiet"
Student Animated Short, 10min
Directed by: Radheya Jegatheva
Australia
When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation. The truth is written in the stars, but what will he uncover?
   
TheRivals "The Rivals"
KIDS FEST! Student Short, 1min 55sec
Directed by: Piotr Kaźmierczak
Poland
An animated epigram created as part of the Legnica Film Academy (LAF WFA) 2019, where the film took 2nd place in the 13-14 age category.
   
TheSoundofSilence "The Sound of Silence"
Professional Short, 6min
Directed by: Donald Wilson
Charlotte, North Carolina
A man returns to his beach house along the Currituck Sound after losing his better half and wonders if the other half will ever be whole again.
   
TheStoryBeyondaCupofSake "The Story Beyond a Cup of Sake"
Professional Documentary, 1hour 2min
Directed by: Hironori Sakurai
Japan
The documentary film “The Story Beyond a Cup of Sake” is a year of tale that features the rice wine “sake” produced by a small brewery in Japan and “passion” how people love it.
   
TheThief "The Thief"
Student Short, 5min 26sec
Directed by: Samantha McLeod
Raleigh, North Carolina
A man steals a woman's handbag and finds unlikely items.
   
"UNDERMINE: Beneath Canada's Ghost Towns"
Professional Documentary, 17min 24sec
Directed by: Francois Desrocher
Canada
An abandoned mine explorer visits two of the largest ghost towns in Canada and enters the long abandoned mines under them to see what remains.
   

 

 
 
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