2018

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Mallory Cunningham & Kyle Romanek

REIFF 2018

Cellist, singer-songwriter and political activist Ben Sollee spent a lot of time on whirlwind tours, flying over and driving through Americas towns and cities. He was becoming burnt out, and his health was suffering. So he bought an Xtracycle cargo bike, strapped his cello to it and set off on a five-year, 5,000-mile journey. His Ditch the Van Tour brings hardships, like broken wheels, tornadoes, unfriendly motorists, and takes twice as long for half the money as a traditional tour. But it also offers meaningful experiences and a more human pace of life in a frantic world, allowing Sollee time to ponder the big questions, such as: What is worth sacrificing? And what story is he trying to tell?

Animation
Canada
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
The Bum Family

REIFF 2018

Lilly, a 10-foot tall orange monster, babysits a human baby. The mom leaves a long list of what not to do. What could go wrong? Made by the Bum Family, a collective of 6 cousins. This is NOT made at a film school or institution. Pure indie.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Zach Bandler

REIFF 2018

Set on a remote stretch of stormy coastline, a hardened young woman agrees to dinner at the home of an aging recluse.

Featuring Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Meg Steedle (HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE) and Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award winner Bruce Davison (LONGTIME COMPANION).

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
8 minutes
Director:
Marielle Woods

REIFF 2018

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic's job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

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

REIFF 2018

A man and his GPS, fleeing murder and madness, drive into the twilight zone.

Experimental
United States
Runtime:
2 minutes
Director:
Dillon Ward

REIFF 2018

A short about the self we presentsmilingversus the self we edit out – unsmiling.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
34 minutes
Director:
Judd Ehrlich

REIFF 2018

When Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Khader El-Yateem decides to run to become NYCs first Arab American elected official in his conservative Brooklyn neighborhood, he does what no one thinks possible, igniting his marginalized communitys hopes and dreams. In the elections aftermath, an unforeseeable blow threatens the foundation of the movement they started, and the community finds their newfound optimism tested to its limit. Father K must face the realities of what it takes to build lasting power in a divided America, but through it all, his voice emerges as funny, bold, and defiantly hopeful a bridge-builder in a polarized time.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
18 minutes
Director:
Amanda Renee Knox

REIFF 2018

When on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
30 minutes
Director:
Jordan Noel

REIFF 2018

A post-apocalyptic drama following a young woman named Sam (Belle Adams) attempting to survive in a world without technology or power while being raised by her two mother-figures. Willow (Sophie Edwards) believes in a world of compassion and empathy whereas Connie (Carrie Walrond Hood) believes in an only the strong survive, mentality. Those warring philosophies are put to the test when Sam journeys out to the nearest community in an attempt to prove her independence.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
24 minutes
Director:
S. Cagney Gentry & Thomas Southerland

REIFF 2018

Maria is a woman with no country. A Bulgarian immigrant and adoptive mother of a black daughter, she finds herself suddenly stricken with debilitating anxiety following a break-in at her home in Kentucky. When her daughters aging dog dies, Marias house arrest puts her into equally painful and funny situations that soon entangle her neighbors. As Maria copes with the issues that have led her - a world traveler - into her self-inflicted prison, her daughter Meredith discovers her own identity through a search for her biological family.

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