Directed by Desmond Lamont
Synopsis: Everyday 22 Military Soldiers die by suicide. 22 Soldiers is a snippet of a documentary entitled "Thirteen Minutes". This documentary will bring awareness to the unnecessary deaths of those we love and can save
Desmond started his professional career at the age of 15 receiving his first paid gig for the stage play “Along the Tracks”. From there the journey began. Being cast in over 20 professional paying gigs from the ages of 15-18, he decided that this was going to be his career. While in college Desmond became infatuated with directing and production, thus began to work on the behind the scenes part of the production. After graduating, he began to write his own productions and it went on from there. Today with 4 stage plays and 5 screenplays written the passion still continues. He continues to write for himself and others. Success seems to follow him in whatever he does.
GOODBYE, NICE TO MEET YOU
Directed by Rajiv Shah
AGNES, a sallow 30 year old, has been taking the same commute home as Paul day after day to an equally uninteresting existence, the most interesting part of their days being the hour they share together on the same train ride home. Paul notices
Agnes and Agnes have definitely noticed Paul, neither ever speaking to the other. Off the train and back in their empty houses....
Rajiv Shah- is an award winning Actor/filmmaker, from the San Francisco Bay Area, raised in a multi-ethnic Household has shaped the Projects he's worked on, from the world Premieres of Philip Kan Gotanda’s, A fist of Roses; Gotanda's, Manzanar: An American Story; and Mart Crowley’s The Men From The Boys, a sequel to Mr. Crowley's landmark Play, The Boys in The Band.
As a filmmaker, Rajiv co-wrote and produced the dramatic short film, Dumpling, which premiered at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival and is being currently distributed by IndieFlix and MNET Media. Dumpling won best dramatic short at the Independent Filmmakers Showcase and was a finalist in competition at the HollyShorts Film Festival.
Directed by ANDY FORTENBACHER
While awaiting her father's return from the WW2 front lines, a 9-year-old girl helps the disfigured town outcast secretly nurture a rare breed of moths.
The chills of winter blow through a rural Midwestern community in 1944 and Sam Whitaker, a lonely 9-year-old, awaits her father’s return from the World War 2 front lines. One day, Sam has a chance run in with a disfigured older boy named Frank, who is known for his monstrous appearance as the town outcast. Despite the harsh criticism from her peers, Sam befriends Frank, and learns a lesson about true friendship while nurturing a rare breed of moths.
ANDY FORTENBACHER is a native of West Michigan and is currently completing his MFA in film directing at Columbia University in New York City. Andy has built a portfolio of films that are rich in story about characters that battle their personal and external difficulties. Fortenbacher is particularly interested in dark dramas and genres such as suspense, thriller, and comedy and his technical proficiency produces a highly visual and auditory style of filmmaking that enhances his ability to tell his stories.
Fortenbacher has directed eight short films and has received numerous awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to his directorial projects, Fortenbacher is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE - Local 600) and worked as camera assistant on several feature length films. He has also worked as the Director of Photography on a number short films, commercial productions, and web series in Michigan, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Fortenbacher spent several years working in audio production, which complemented his passion for music. When he is not working behind the camera, he enjoys working as a post-production sound designer and sound mixer.
NO REGRETS. "A STORY OF CHAMPIONS"
Directed by: Benjamin R. La Londe
“Father and son legends Arnold and Arnie Wells overcome the odds in the timeless sport of boxing.”
This documentary explores the relationship between boxing trainers, Arnold "Arnie" Wells Sr. and his son Charles Arnold "The Champ" Wells, as they work together to be the best in not only their boxing game, but in every aspect of life. Their inspiring story and passion for the sport shows that anyone can rise to the top to become a Champion, no matter what punches life throws their way.
Benjamin R. La Londe-
Benjamin R. La Londe is currently a student at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. He is pursuing a degree in Media Arts and Entertainment Technologies and will be finishing his education in December 2014. His passion is telling real life inspiring stories about seemingly ordinary people.
Having gone to a small, private school, Ben never had any media production classes or programs to be a part of, but rather chose to teach himself. After much trial and error, he finally started to understand the way cameras work and fell in love with filmmaking.
"At first, it was just short little two-minute long shoot-'em-up action films with my friends during the summer. Then I heard about Mott's Media Program. And everything really started to make sense."
Throughout the program, Ben has learned about various areas of Production in many different genres from Broadcast News, to Narrative Film, to Documentary Film. He is currently directing and producing his second short documentary film, telling the story of Michigan's longest running Drive-In theater.
Directed by Ralph K. Scott
A story about a man that desires a bond with his elderly father. He realizes that he is running out of time due to his father slipping further into dementia. What he comes to realize is he needs to now turn his attention toward his own son.
Just as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
Barbasol is a personal journey in storytelling. It is a unique chance to tell a complex story of the father and son relationship The goal is to create a project that will inform, inspire, and motivate people about the importance and impact of father-Hood and Mental Health awareness.
Barbasol will be linked with various mental health organizations. Directed by, Ralph K. Scott, written by Kiara C. Jones of Cultivated Films, the film stars Stephen Hill as Harper; Ebbe Bassey as Grace; Elijah Williams as Grant and William Jay Marshall as "Super Chief". .
Mental illness is a topic that is rarely discussed, particularly in ethnic communities.
This film is dedicated to the memory of those that may sometimes forget.
WHILE THE CATS AWAY
Directed by Melvin James
A woman with plenty to hide has a rendezvous with her secret lover, but is interrupted by a handful of uninvited guests.
LONG SYNOPSIS While the Cat’s Away follows serial adulterer Leanne for eight minutes of her life as she decides to have some fun with the caring and sensitive Tom, while her partner Fiona is out of town. Relaxing on her bed Tom promises her the world if she promises never to leave him again. It seems Leanne hasn’t been completely honest with Tom though, as a handful of eccentric uninvited ex-flames one by one let themselves into Leanne’s house causing fears that Fiona has returned from her trip early. Leanne starts hiding her lovers away as best she can, but with all the hiding places in her room taken, Fiona does turn up. Will Leanne be caught out and finally have to pay the consequences for getting up to no good while the cat’s away...?
Directed and produced by Fredy Soberanis
Rocio Garcia Gomez
Carlos Cesar Barrios
Vanessa Ruiz Ovand
Filmed in Guatemala City
Directed and produced by Fredy Soberanis
Based on the stage play of the same name Interior, is the dramatization of the life of Francis, an unemployed man, sick, without the love of his life, showing everything that happens within him, his thoughts and the constant talks to himself, consciousness, instinct, hope, seeing in this way, all his broken dreams and lost all trust in God, ends up sinking into the depths of despair. Currently participating in the 5th Festival of short films, "Cortópolis" in the city of Cordova, Argentina.