2016

Best of Fest
Documentary Feature
Egypt, United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
20 minutes
Director:
Anna Kipervaser

Every day people are being replaced by machines worldwide. After 1,400 years, thousands of muezzins in Cairo are no longer calling people to pray as wireless receivers replace them in reciting the adhan. CAIRO IN ONE BREATH unfolds as the Adhan Unification Project takes hold and as Egypt undergoes Revolution and regime change.

Special Jury Award for Truth in Storytelling
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
35 minutes
Director:
Chris Brown

THE OTHER KIDS follows six teenagers as they struggle through their final days of high school in the small, gold rush town of Sonora, CA. ISAAC, a Mexican national abandoned as a child by his family, barely treads water in a culture hostile to non-whites. Poor and living on his own in an abandoned trailer, Isaac works three jobs (landscaping, dishwashing and metalworking), studies hard, and dreams of someday becoming a diplomat. Isaac's girlfriend, SIENNA, a stable-hand and natural cowgirl, is forced to cope not only with the brutal dissolution of her family, but with her parents' violent objections to her relationship with Isaac.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
28 minutes
Director:
Colby Holt

When he cant afford a retirement community, a nursing home, or a caregiver, Rudy Hendricks and his husband are forced to move back to his hometown in Kentucky to care for his ailing conservative father. Along the way, he grows closer with his single mother, sister and his gay but repressed best friend who never left home.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
34 minutes
Director:
Zach Bandler, Kelly Blatz

A moving performance by Anthony Heald (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Boston Public) highlights THE STAIRS, as an older man who hires a male escort for company on Christmas Eve. Faced with the realities of his own loneliness, he finds a strange kinship with the young man in this late-night exploration of solitude, intimacy and the basic human need for connection.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
Serbia
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Luka Popadic

Two fishing buddies, Big brother and some fish stew. BAITS AND HOOKS is a black comedy inspired by the style oft he Czech New Wave about how two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism. A short and sweet film about friendship and cooking, but also about a generation of workers who have to deal with the changed system.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
26 minutes
Director:
Patrica McInroy

After growing up and living under slavery, Clara Brown was freed in 1859 when her owner, George Brown, died in Kentucky. After coming to Colorado, which was not even a state yet, she amassed a savings of $10,000 through her own business as well as investments in real estate and mining. Often referred to as 'Aunt' Clara Brown, she gained a reputation of kindness as she searched endlessly for her daughter.

Narrative Feature
Singapore
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
30 minutes
Director:
Patrick Daly, Joel Fendelman

When Marie takes a job as a maid in Singapore to support her family in the Philippines, she trades one set of hardships for another. Betrayed by her husband, she begins to build a new life for herself. As she gets caught up in the new life she is building in Singapore, she is forced to choose between her personal aspirations and family responsibilities back home.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
58 minutes
Director:
Marc Kornblatt

In the midst of the U.S. presidential primaries, a man travels across the country asking people from all walks of life to address the issues of the day.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
15 minutes
Director:
Michael Dunaway

Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia.

Animation
Germany
Runtime:
4 minutes
Director:
Daniel Ahrens

For the past two years my dad has been suffering from a rare kind of blood cancer. After witnessing how horrible cancer is for patients as well as everyone around them, I wanted to visualize, through film, this awful disease that has plagued so many individuals and families.

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