2010

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
15 minutes
Director:
Wenhwa Ts'ao

REIFF 2010

Arithmetic Lesson is a 15-minute dramatic film that illustrates the courage of the human spirit for survival through the eyes of a seven-year-old Chinese American girl, Gracie. Gracie's mother, Mei, is comatose in the hospital. Gracie's father, Yong, hires an au pair from Taiwan, Ah San, to take care of Gracie. Ah San provides the daily care for Gracie, which includes overseeing Gracie as she does her homework and taking care of all domestic chores. Unknown to Yong, Ah San becomes impatient with the care-taking of Gracie and becomes abusive to the young child. Throughout many events in the course of the film, Gracie finds the courage to tell her father that Ah San has hurt her physically, which results in the eviction of Ah San. Gracie learns to comfort herself instead of constantly seeking comforts from the emotionally unavailable adults around her.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
43 minutes
Director:
Barbara Klutinis

REIFF 2010

Stepping into the Stream is not just about women and fly fishing. Intrinsically, it is about women connecting with nature and a deeper part of themselves. It's about our being willing to take risks to learn something new that will allow us to commune with rivers and wildlife. It's about finding an adventure all our own and relishing it. Six women are interviewed in the film, and the topics range from how we, as women, got into the sport, how fly fishing is different things for different people, how we found our way into the sport as women in a man's domain, how fly fishing helps us with life's challenges and the spiritual connections we make through this sport. There are also brief interludes in the film that celebrate rivers and how they teach us about life. The film is geared towards anyone who has ever had a passion for doing something that enriches the person inside. My hope is that Stepping into the Stream will also inspire other women to find the courage to do something new.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Peter Besson

REIFF 2010

Last night Rhett Somers, so far scraping by on good luck or just plain old ignorance, met the love of his life. He's sure of it. She doesn't know. Now the only thing left to do is convince her that she's the one. Not an easy feat considering how they met.

Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
Director:
J.D. Wilkes

REIFF 2010

Described as both dignified and disarming by author Bill Friskics-Warren, the new film Seven Signs focuses on the music, mythology and faith that persist, despite heavy modernization, in the American South.

The documentary also marks the directorial debut for J.D. Wilkes, the artist/musician lauded by Alarm magazine as the closest thing there is to the Ambassador of Genuine, Traditional Southern Culture. Wilkes also contributes to the chilling Seven Signs soundtrack... alongside the rawest talent The Delta and Appalachia have to offer.

With these strong southern roots, the filmmaker has made a profound, empathetic statement that celebrates the eccentricities and traditions of an increasingly marginalized area of America. Yet it is an area whose cultural identity stubbornly continues to thrive in the underground today. Fresh from a sold out premiere in Nashville, TN, Seven Signs is currently setting up new screenings across the country and is even being solicited to appear throughout the film festival circuit. Soliciting events include: The Raindance Film Festival (the UKs largest film festival), The FantastiaFest in Montreal, The Deep Blues Music/Film Fest in Wisconsin, and The Backseat Film Fest in Pennsylvania.

Experimental
United States
Runtime:
17 minutes
Director:
Michael Frost

REIFF 2010

Chi Sei? is an experimental film consisting of re-constructed and stylized images from Italian demonic possession and exploitation films of the 1970's. Its influences are the experimental films of Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs as well as European Trash Cinema.

The 17th Century... The Inquisition. A witch is about to be burned on a stake. She looks deep into the eyes of the hooded Inquisitor about to burn her...

Yesterday...Pregnant Jessica is in bed, possessed by the spirit of the Witch. Her son and daughter run around the house unsupervised, and their toys have a life of their own. The children run to check on their mother but...Mommy isn't home...

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
5 minutes
Director:
Marko Slavnic

REIFF 2010

A couple has an intimate conversation in a restaurant unaware that their every word is being closely monitored.

Experimental
Iran
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Ali Delgoshaee, Ehsan Foka

REIFF 2010

This is the story of a husband and wife. The woman tries to save the marriage, but it's not working. Their relationship has a serious problem.

Animation
United States
Runtime:
6 minutes
Director:
Robert Kohr

REIFF 2010

Everyone has been guilty of small misdeeds at one point or another. The Lift explores the consequences of one all too common act of not holding the elevator door open for someone eager to get on or worse, pushing the close button. An elevator interaction goes wrong, prompting a young woman to learn about being insensitive and to hold open the elevator door the next time around.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
39 minutes
Director:
Scott Stafford

REIFF 2010

Tony Dedman and his friends are set adrift when their backyard wrestling careers are brought to an abrupt end. A despised former classmate reveals his goal to live on a Mexican beach, and Tony finds misguided purpose in beating him to the punch. The funding for this trip proves elusive. A veterinarian obsessed with a creature of local legend may hold the key, offering to pay for an expedition into the Kentucky backwoods. Dedman will go to any lengths to make this happen, including being led by Bass Adkins, a recluse farmer who has already used the creature as a homicide defense. It's a coming-of-middle-age tale as their raucous adventure leads to many discoveries, including what it truly means to live.

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.

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