2010

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
19 minutes
Director:
Joseph Albanese

REIFF 2010

Arthur Poe (Cris D'Annunzio) is a sadistic killer who likes to torture his victims. In 1993 he was captured and subsequently convicted by the state of Virginia for several gruesome murders. Poe received a sentence of death. Years later and days before his execution, the newly-elected governor granted Poe clemency based on the testimony of a forensic psychologist at Poe's murder trial. The testimony convinced the governor that Poe deserved psychiatric care rather than death. Many are outraged by the governor's act of leniency. A reporter (Maury Morgan) confronts Poe in an interview seeking to shed light on the emotionally charged topic. What she learns can never be forgotten.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
9 minutes
Director:
Joseph Quirk

REIFF 2010

It's the mid-1970s in rural upstate New York, and idealism crashes head on into practicality in the form of Jules and Candy.

The artistic and esoteric Jules is out for a ride in his bitchin' muscle car, enjoying a couple of brews with his more down to earth girl, Candy. Jules recounts tracking down money owed to him by a less than reputable employer, Larry Craig. All is well for the self-satisfied Jules with his tale of payment, until the car runs out of fuel. Candy, on fire with a couple of beers under her belt, berates Jules for their "broke down" situation. Making light of their plight, Jules suggests a respite down by the riverside. Together at the scenic water's edge, Jules pontificates on his world view, contrasting himself with the slimy local contractors upon whom he depends for income. Candy, frustrated by his 'head in the clouds' smug self imagery, stalks off, leaving Jules with some stunningly dismissive personal criticisms. Candy hitch-hikes away in anger. A helpless Jules watches his girl ride off with a seemingly more upscale other guy. Knowing she would end up in only one place, Jules tracks her down to the local watering hole where her now inebriated driver attempts to wow her by making some hilariously inept attempts at billiards. Jules approaches Candy, unsure of his present standing. Candy faces the choice of going back to the same old, same old or going with something new and possibly far worse.

Animation
Canada
Runtime:
9 minutes
Director:
Lyle Pisio

REIFF 2010

Loneliness, Desire, Love, Hesitation, Mis-communication, Fear, and Loss with a touch of alcoholism for comic relief. Trevor and Martha see each other across a dingy bar and fall in love. The couple's shyness is only overcome in a mutual dream where their shadows dance together. Inspired by the song "The Empress" by the Montreal band BRIGA, the film is about the first hesitant motions of meeting and the fragility of falling in love.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
18 minutes
Director:
Michael Frost

REIFF 2010

The Harvey Girl From Shanghai is a fictional short documentary about a film Orson Welles started to make with Judy Garland but was stopped mid-production. Told through a series of vintage interviews, missing footage and television reenactments, this short film explores a legendary Hollywood murder that may or may not have happened.

Animation
Korea (South)
Runtime:
14 minutes
Director:
Ryan Grobins

REIFF 2010

A young boy named Thomas accidentally finds a way to enter into a magical, fantastic, parallel world. He then meets up with a strange little talking creature who offers to help him get home, but who ultimately betrays Thomas in the end. On top of this, they are chased by a huge beast known as a mancor. Thomas must now fend for himself in getting back to his world before he is captured.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
15 minutes
Director:
Michael Blair

REIFF 2010

An insecure and uncertain writer tries to draw a line between himself and his body, represented by a man in a bear suit. With the help of the bear, a medical student and his mostly imaginary crush, he re-evaluates his ideas about himself and finds even more reasons to be insecure and uncertain.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
15 minutes
Director:
Bryan Litt

REIFF 2010

A young man returns from his mother's funeral expecting to resume the daily high school routine only to have the direction of his life changed by learning lessons in the power of both love and truth.

Documentary Short
New Zealand
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
2 minutes
Director:
Faramarz Beheshti

REIFF 2010

In 2004, the first women's rugby class was organized in Tehran. A few months later, Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran. Over a 7000 kilometer journey, we meet some of the women who are trying to learn this new game, despite the Talibanization programs, introduced by the new president. Salam rugby is not only about rugby...

Experimental
United States
Runtime:
2 minutes
Director:
Deron Williams

REIFF 2010

A young man is violently displeased when he is confronted by a mirrored image of himself while WTOP's Bill Diehl gives us the unabashed mid-morning news.

Documentary Short
United Kingdom
Runtime:
24 minutes
Director:
Adrienne Grierson

REIFF 2010

Imagine a Brazilian religious community numbering some 20,000 people where the inhabitants dress like a cross between characters in Star Trek and the Egyptians of 2,000 years ago. According to the doctrine, 32,000 years ago, a fleet of spacecraft arrived in South America from the planet Capela bearing an alien race. From this civilization came the spirit of Pai Seta Branca, who chose Tia Nieva, a female Brazilian truck driver to construct and complete a temple, lakes, shrines and, most importantly, an entire religion on 22 hectares of dusty ground in the middle of Brazil.

Adrienne leaves London to go and discover this outrageous community which manages to combine spirituality and glamour. Maybe she will be able to get a fabulous dress while she is there. She meets Genisvalda and Marlete. Marlete is the Queen of the Gypsy Group in the Valley. Genis is a seamstress. More than just the spectacle of pageantry and ritual that regularly fascinates Brazilians, Adrienne goes inside the religion, and through her blossoming friendships with these two women she learns about the extraordinary life of people who live in this Kingdom.

This is the story that will open your mind in a heartfelt and humorous way to the powerful, magical and unusual experiences that surround us daily. It is a beautifully shot film and opens us to the possibility that those things which we may perceive as too peculiar, outrageous and eccentric to understand may simply be wonderful.

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