2005

Animation
United States
Runtime:
5 minutes
Director:
John Cernak

REIFF 2005

As the search is given up for Emma's latest husband, Tucker, a private look reveals that Emma has a secret and uncontrollable dark side.

Best Of the Fest
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
23 minutes
12 seconds
Director:
Steven Chang

REIFF 2005

When Mudan, a frightened, young asian girl, is forced into modern day slavery by the brutal child brothel owner, madam Zhao, the only solace she finds is through the memory of her mother and the promise that she would one day find Mudan and take her away to America: the place where dreams come true. Despite her hostile surroundings, Mudan finds sympathy, compassion, and friendship in an unexpected brothel girl, Faye. Through each other, they find the courage and the hope to live their lives as innocent, ordinary little girls. but even the bonds of friendship cannot stop the bleak future that awaits them as their time of innocence runs out.

Feature Film Award
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
32 minutes
Director:

REIFF 2005

Shakespeare Behind Bars follows an all-male Shakespeare company working behind bars at Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. For one year a cast comprised of convicted felons rehearse and perform Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' 

Short Film Award
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
11 minutes
Director:
Tom Putnam

REIFF 2005

Juror's Documentary Award
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
7 minutes
30 seconds
Director:
Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer

REIFF 2005

As narrated by legendary counterculture filmmaker john waters, there was time when the Salton Sea, tucked into the southeast corner of California was known as the Riviera of the West— a haven for jet-setters and vacationers. Originally created by accident, it’s now one of the country’s worst ecological disasters: A fetid, stagnant, salty lake, coughing up dead fish and birds by the thousands. Still, a hardy few have hung on there, hoping for help to come along and restore the lake to its former glory. Congressman sonny bono himself was once dedicated to saving the lake, until he went skiing one day... Eccentrics abound in this surreal landscape: The naked guy who waves to passing RVs; the man who built his own holy mountain; beer-loving Hungarian hunky daddy; the guys who plan to get rich someday when this virtual sewer becomes a Riviera again. Hair-raising and hilarious, part history lesson, part cautionary tale and part portrait of one of the strangest communities you’ve ever seen, this is the American dream gone as stinky as a dead carp. 

Juror’s Award
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
11 minutes
Director:
Jack Beck

REIFF 2005

Joe likes to swim. Joe likes to make music. Culled from over sixty old, mostly educational, discarded films. The music was largely produced by manipulating sound clips from the original image sources.

2006

Best Of the Fest
Spain
Runtime:
30 minutes
Director:
Javier Fesser

REIFF 2006

Binta is a 7 year old girl who lives in a small charming village on the casamance river in southern Senegal. She goes to school. Her cousin Soda does not have the same good fortune. She is not allowed to learn about the things of the world. Binta admires her father, a humble fisherman who, concerned about the development of mankind, is determined to carry out an idea that has occurred to him.

Feature Film Award
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
30 minutes
Director:
Abdallah Omeish, Sufyan Omeish

REIFF 2006

A comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the United States' role, and sheds light on the major obstacles which stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The film depicts the root causes of the conflict through Israeli, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, American, and Palestinian voices that are rarely ever heard through mainstream media outlets.

Short Film Award
Japan
Runtime:
23 minutes
Director:
Jerome Olivier

REIFF 2006

After developing a time machine, Professor Tanokura finds himself enwrapped in a war ignited by his creation. Missing pages is a 24 minute short movie shot entirely with a digital still camera. The photos, manipulated using a technique lovingly dubbed "fotomation" delivers a unique visual experience.

Avery Crounse Award
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
47 minutes
Director:
Adam Galassi, Tom Galassi, Tom Snyder

REIFF 2006

Art Stone's strongest connection is with his cell phone and the nightmares tearing through his brain. Haunted by a truth just out of reach he hides in an apartment screaming with regrets and a city offering an existence as empty as his bank account. Burning old love letters, interviewing for jobs he doesn't want, fighting with his hair in the mirror, Art is tired, but breakfast with an old friend and the farm where he grew up when everything was much more simple is calling. A fairytale that starts downstate.

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