2018

Best of Fest
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
37 minutes
Director:
Laura Somers

A group of troubled teens from a low-income community break into Los Ricos, the local mansion with a border fence, and spend the day pretending to be rich in order to forget their difficult lives.

Best Narrative Short
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
Austin Madding

The 2018 Paducah 48 Hour Film Project winner.A story about balance. A woman is stalked by a terrifying figure. Not everything is as it seems.

Best Documentary Short
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
12 minutes
Director:
Ryan Maxey & Zack Wright

Willcox, Arizona is a country music town that isn’t what it used to be. The town has a single radio station, run by one employee who lives at the studio, and is seen as an outcast by many of the townspeople.

This unlikely champion of country music has a troubled history with the music that he plays every day. But he’s keeping it alive for the old folks, and looking for redemption over the airwaves.

Best Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
8 minutes
Director:
Glenn Hall

This film follows the 4th and 5th generation commercial fisherman working the Ohio River Valley Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on the Tennessee River. The problems faced by rules and regulations and trying to make the invasive species Asian Carp profitable.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
12 minutes
Director:
Scott Stafford, Allen Martin, Todd Sheene

A semi-accurate telling of the story behind Kenny Rogers' hit song, Coward of the County.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
34 minutes
Director:
Jonathan Fred Schneider

Cultural mosaic Brooklyn. When a young Hasidic Jew gets caught listening to his bohemian neighbor through the air vent, his carefully planned future threatens to unravel. Should he follow his curiosity for the world behind the wall, and miss his engagement party, shutting the door to the only world he knows?

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Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Shanden Simmons

A short film following one character through a particular morning scenario that expresses the casual darkness of his human psyche.

Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
5 minutes
Director:
Georg Koszulinski

On January 20, 2017, protestors took to the streets of Washington DC to disrupt the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. America is Waiting presents a chronicle of the day's events, employing affective approaches to observational documentary coupled with on-the-street interviews with protestors and pro-Trump alike. By presenting the day's events in reverse chronological order, the film reflects on the nature of constructed memory, image making, and the production of meaning across an historic event, calling into question the ways in which historical events become narrativized and condensed within popular discourse.

Narrative Feature
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
47 minutes
Director:
Chris and Robert Smellin

18-year-old Ally meets 19-year-old Sara, when she moves in next-door. Quickly they form a strong relationship as Ally finds solace with Sara. Soon Sara discovers Ally's secrets and she manipulates and convinces her to participate in an act of naive revenge against Ally's abuser.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
14 minutes
Director:
Greg Chwerchak

Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

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