NATHAN AND THE LUTHIER (54 min)
Director: Jacob Sherry
Screening with THE SECRET FRIEND (15 min) [See 2012 Short Films]
Friday 5/18 5:30pm
Saturday 5/19 7:45pm
Directed by Indiana University graduate student Jacob Sherry, NATHAN AND THE LUTHIER is set just up the road in a small Indiana town. Nathan, a 35-year-old man, returns home and discovers the broken pieces of this childhood violin. He takes it to a reclusive luthier named Alexander. Will the luthier fix the violin? And who will fix everything else? The cast and stars of this exquisitely produced film are Indiana University students and professors. Director Jacob Sherry will conduct post-film discussions.
ALL SHE CAN (96 min)
Director: Amy Wendel
Friday 5/18 5:15pm
Sunday 5/20 1:30pm
ALL SHE CAN is a narrative feature, co-produced by Columbus native Susan Kirr, about Luz, a fiery high school power lifter who has one chance to get a scholarship to University of Texas, the school of her dreams. But she makes a bad life decision that could ruin her chances. Susan Kirr is the Co-Producer of hits such as SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA and DEEP IN THE HEART, and Line Producer for TREE OF LIFE.
MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU (90 min)
Director: Stefan Schaefer
Friday, 5/18 1:00pm
Saturday, 5/19 7:30pm
MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU is a delightful tale of a German businessman who falls madly in love with a Brooklyn singer/songwriter while he is on a one-day trip to New York City – not realizing that he already has a connection to the young lady which may threaten their budding relationship. Columbus’ Isaac Wilkins, who is also YES Film Festival’s Director, served as Line Producer for this film. Wilkins has worked on a number of acclaimed films, including ARRANGED, and will conduct a post-film discussion.
WID WINNER AND THE SLIPSTREAM (50 min)
Director: Alex O. Gaynor
Screening with SALVAGING (15 min) [See 2012 Short Films]
Friday 5/18 1:15pm
Saturday 5/19 9:45pm
WID WINNER AND THE SLIPSTREAM tells the story of an auto store clerk stuck in a dead-end job, who teams up with a wandering inventor who has just robbed him with a homemade taser. The cross-county adventure that ensues is chock full of great music and laughter and also some sweet resolutions at the end.
MOMENT OF TRUTH: THE ANDY MEYERS STORY (91 min)
Director: Steven Canfield Crowley
Saturday 5/19 1:00pm
Sunday 5/20 3:00pm
MOMENT OF TRUTH tells the story of Andy Meyers, who is deeply depressed and suffering from an array of illnesses. He wants to end his life in front of a camera for the whole world to witness. His idol, Budd Dwyer, who killed himself on camera during a press conference, gained much notoriety for his suicide. Andy recruits his counselor-turned-filmmaker to document the events of his last day on earth and his suicide. But events take a dramatic and unexpected turn as the filmmakers wrestle with what is happening.
Director Steven Canfield Crowley will conduct post-film discussions via Skype video.
KINYARWANDA (100 min)
Director: Alrick Brown
Saturday 5/19 9:30pm
Sunday 5/20 5:30pm
KINYARWANDA is an award-winning film that won high praise at the recent Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other. This stunning drama recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.
I AM (75 min)
Director: Sonali Gulati
Sunday 5/20 1:00pmI AM follows an Indian lesbian filmmaker as she returns to her Delhi home after the death if her mother. Interviews with parents of gays and lesbians and with other Indians, including one on hidden camera, reveal a complicated and disturbing landscape of attitudes, and mirror the struggles here in the U.S. An intelligent, heartfelt film with a beautiful resolution.Director Sonali Gulati will conduct post-film discussions via Skype video.I AM Official SiteGIRL MODEL (78 min)
Directors: David Redmon and Ashley Sabin
Friday 5/18 7:45 pm
Saturday 5/19 5:30pm
In a thriving model industry in Tokyo, girls as young as 12 are lured into the business with the promise of earning lots of money. Ashley is a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for young skinny bodies and fresh faces to send to the Japanese market. One of her finds is Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside. For both young women caught in this exploitive and cunning industry, there is no clear way out.
FAMBUL TOK (82 min)
Director: Sara Terry
Saturday 5/19 3:15pm
Sunday 5/20 6:00pm
Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war revive an ancient practice called fambul tok (family talk) to try to heal from the atrocities committed neighbor-on-neighbor, family-member-on-family- member, in an unprecedented mission to bring the villages back together. In the ceremonies, individuals tell their horrific stories of rape and massacre, confess, and use rituals to reach forgiveness. This is a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing of individuals through forgiveness – a idea almost unconceivable to the Western mind.
Hannah Ewing, a member of the film crew, will conduct post-film discussions.
FIRST GENERATION (95 min)
Directors: Adam and Jay Fenderson
Friday 5/18 8:00
Saturday 5/19 5:15
Four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – set out to be the first in their families to get a college education. However, the dream is not so easy. Filmed over a three year period, the stories of these four promising young people spotlight the reality of college access in this country and the obstacles faced by low-income families, and end in real, not fantasy, resolutions.
Directors Adam and Jaye Fenderson will conduct post-film discussions.
DEFINING BEAUTY (78 min)
Director: Alexis Ostrander
Friday 5/19 3:15
Saturday 5/20 12:30
DEFINING BEAUTY is a provocative yet very entertaining film that follows five women with disabilities competing in the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant, a competition based on achievement, communication and presentation – and dedicated to advocacy for women in wheelchairs. The back stories of these women – how they deal with life from sex and dating to self-esteem – is moving and inspiring.