2017

Documentary Feature
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
20 minutes
Director:
Kim Beamish

REIFF 2017

In enviable weather, on the southeast coast of Australia, a punt glides over Merimbula Lake towards an oyster lease, with a passionate young oyster farmer Dom at the helm. Its a romantic picture of tranquil beauty and a life close to nature, attuned to the rhythm of the tides. But Dom and fellow locals swear the waters getting warmer and the storms more severe. The only oyster its legal for them to grow in the lake is the famous gourmets delight, the Sydney Rock Oyster. Taking three years to mature, its highly vulnerable to pollution and changes in water temperature and salinity. There are diseases too and the threat of competition from a much faster growing non-native species, the Pacific Oyster. OYSTER follows Dom and Pip into their home, their work-shed, out on their punt and into the water, to see what its like to be raising two energetic young boys, while youre working big hours to keep a few million oysters alive, and any decision you make to deal with the pressures of climate change, environmental damage and increasing disease could have far reaching consequences.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Eric Shahinian

REIFF 2017

A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Narrative Feature
Canada
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
34 minutes
Director:
Ryan M. Andrews

REIFF 2017

After fame abandons him in an apathetic existence of misery and self-loathing, a writer's infatuation with his "muse" becomes a dangerous obsession.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
12 minutes
Director:
Brad Riddell

REIFF 2017

A concert pianist (David Pasquesi) receives a startling omen as he struggles to recover from a traumatic brain injury.

Narrative Short
Australia
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Elli Iliades

REIFF 2017

Iris lives on an isolated farm in northwest Tasmania where she and her sisters have few friends and minimal connection with the outside world. Iris often thinks about leaving but when she tells her father, Theodore, of her plans, he seems reluctant to let her go. He gives her a gift to take with her on her travels: a necklace that is an heirloom in his family. But Iris soon starts to realize that there is much more to this necklace than meets the eye. There is much more to Theodores gift.

Experimental
Iran
Runtime:
40 minutes
Director:
Ali Sharifi

REIFF 2017

FUSION is a step toward cinematography. It is a line between cinema and video. Edit and installation convey a feeling ... a unique feeling ... and every human being feels in a unique way. That is how cinema and the audience meet. Installation should be close to a poem, therefore, the pictures should replace the words. The important pictures are the inspirational and poetical ones that fascinate us with new discoveries just by staring at them.

Documentary Short
Canada
Runtime:
28 minutes
Director:
Inder Nirwan

REIFF 2017

Each year, thousands of grizzlies are killed worldwide for entertainment. Diving deep into the controversy across Canada and the United States,TROPHY asks: can we truly justify killing these animals for sport?

Documentary Short
Japan
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Thom Southerland

REIFF 2017

Eighty-seven year-old Kaei Uechi recalls his experiences as a conscript in the Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, the largest battle of World War II.

Documentary Short
Ukraine
Runtime:
57 minutes
Director:
Stanislaw Gurenko

REIFF 2017

DUSTARDS is the first Ukrainian feature documentary film about a cross-country motorcycle journey through one of Europe's biggest countries. The film tells the story of four friends and follows them on their journey. The film also gives unique look in to the personal lives of the riders. The soundtrack is from the Ukrainian indie-folk musician Sasha Boole and narration of a local Carpathian Hutsul. During the five-day journey, they travel 1,800 kilometers, face breaking down, mechanical problems, two days of heavy rain, and much more.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
8 minutes
Director:
Fredric Lehne

REIFF 2017

Two strangers (2016 Tony winner Reed Birney and newcomer Blake DeLong) bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with their willies out. SHY GUYS is the first film by ubiquitous character actor Fredric Lehne.

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