THE OFFICIAL SELECTION
DRIVING WHILE BLACK
"Driving While Black is a dark comedy, based on the police experiences of a black kid From LA.
Dimitri delivers Pizzas for a living – but as a young black man he is faced with drama from the cops while navigating the city on the daily.
We see the psychology behind Dimitri’s attitude towards the police through piercing flashbacks to his prior experiences with the cops and how he maneuvers in the streets now."
Director: Paul Sapiano
Writers: Paul Sapiano & Dominique Purdy
Producer: Patrick DiCesare
From: Los Angeles, CA
THE BESSEMER CUTOFF
“Bessemer, Alabama consistently ranks in the top-10 most dangerous cities in America. In this mini-documentary, we follow Jar'Derrica Kidd, a 19 year-old from Bessemer, as she speaks on outsiders' misconceptions of the city and how they have affected her perceptions of herself and her peers.”
Director & Editor: Dillon Hayes
Director of Photography: Dustin Lane
From: Birmingham, AL
A fragile woman, looking to start again, feels the effects of a decision she made a decade ago.
Director & Writer: Roberto Ruiz Céspedes
COLLINSVILLE TRADE DAY, 1988
“In 1988, my Paw Paw Charles took his video camcorder to Collinsville Trade Day to document the popular outdoor market for posterity. 26 years later, I found the tape buried in a box in his living room closet. I edited his footage and the resulting film is a very personal collaboration with my grandfather about a small town's culture.”
Director: Jason Keener & Charles Keener
Producer: Jason Keener
From: Hoover, AL
“A romantic encounter in the not-so-normal life of a girl named Sandra. A love letter to the films of Wes Anderson and David Cronenberg, this dark comedy explores the themes of young love, parental guidance, obsession, and pleasure.”
Director: Christopher McKee
Writer: Kenneth Martell
From: New York, NY
Genre: Comedy / Horror
“A marriage, broken by death, is kept alive by the memories held through grape soda.”
Director, Producer, Writer: Justin Robinson
From: South Carolina
TIMES LIKE DYING
“Percy Dixon and his brothers are stuck with no good options. Facing the loss of their family farm in post-Civil War South, the men rob a bank in an attempt to save their livelihood.”
Director: Evan Vetter
Writers: Anthony Reynolds & Parrish Stikeleather
Producers: Anthony Reynolds, Shon Blotzer, Brad Walker, Evan Vetter
From: North Carolina
“In the midst of renovating an antebellum mansion, a young woman in a struggling relationship finds herself trapped by the past as reality unravels around her.”
Director: A.D. Schmidt
Writers: Connor O'Neill & Shaelyn Smith
Producers: Brooke Budnik & Abbie Wilson
From: Tuscaloosa, AL
CARNE DE GAVIOTA (SEAGULL MEAT)
Three people, shipwrecked on a desert island, try to survive and come to terms with the grueling experience.
Director & Writer: Felipe Espinosa
CONFESSION: 5PM OR BY APPOINTMENT
A young Catholic priest is approached by his lover in the confessional to discuss where the relationship is headed.
Director & Producer: Joseph Brennan
Writers: Joseph Brennan & Taylor Noll
From: Mobile, AL
“Jimmy is convinced he's found a way to release his inner demons without going against the will of God: Dead Saturday, the time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when Jesus is “dead” and our sins are overlooked. But when he confronts Pastor Malcolm, the man who unknowingly inspired the idea, the conversation gets heated.”
Director: Benjamin Stark
Writers: Jeremy Burgess & Benjamin Stark
Producers: Jeremy Burgess
From: Birmingham, AL
A robot works day-after-day to sustain itself and the world it inhabits.
Director: Chou Chien-an
“Norse folklore whisper of the cursed sword TYRFING, doom to all who wield it and death to all who face it. Safeguarding the honor of his beloved, a valiant viking duels a berserk raider who commands the damnable steel.”
Director & Writer: Stephen Polakiewicz
From: Boston, MA