A Grand Canal

2014 First Look Lineup

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Spain, 2014, 14 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaShortSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Spanish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Gerard M. Rodríguez
Producer: Marco Roehrich
Editor: Pere Giner
Screenwriter: Gerard M. Rodríguez
Cinematographer: Adrià Mayol
Principal Cast: Arturo Jaenes, Cristian Arenas, Javier Monje, Marta Díaz

A roadside police sobriety checkpoint intertwines the lives of five unwitting participants and leaves them wondering, Who can you trust?


Poland, 2013, 23 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeEnvironmentalThriller
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Polish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Martin Rath
Producer: Marcin Malatynski
Editor: Patrik Eriksson, Martin Rath
Screenwriter: Martin Rath
Cinematographer: Bartosz Swiniarski
Principal Cast: Marcin Kowalczyk

A hitchhiker is taken in by a remote Polish mountain community. Tested by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of the mountains, does he also have to prove anything to himself?
The Bad Old Us  {Das alte bose wir}

The Bad Old Us
Das Alte Bose Wir

Germany, 2014, 28 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaMysteryThriller
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: German English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Lily Erlinger
Producer: Leslie-Alina Schäfer, Bianca Laschalt
Editor: Ina Tangermann
Screenwriter: Lily Erlinger
Cinematographer: Anne Bolick

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

United Kingdom, 2014, 7 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeDramaFamily Friendly
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Daisy Jacobs
Producer: Chris Hees
Editor: Vera Simmonds
Screenwriter: Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Myika
Cinematographer: Max Williams
Principal Cast: Christopher Nightingale, Alisdair Simpson, Anne Cunningham

This humorous tale of two brothers battling over the affections of their elderly mother is animated in an epic style using massive two-meter-tall stop-motion characters who move seamlessly between real-world surroundings and detailed painted backgrounds.
Principal Cast: Gunnar Seidel, Isabel Thierauch, Andreas Helgi Schmid, Christine Diensberg, Julien Lickert, Michael F. Stoerzer

A young man, with wife and child, discovers a dark secret deep in the forbidden forest that surrounds his seemingly idyllic village.
Butterfly  {Titly}


Pakistan, 2014, 18 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaFamily IssuesSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Urdu English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Husain Qaizar
Producer: Husain Qaizar, Anum Ahmed
Editor: Husain Qaizar
Screenwriter: Gul Zaib Shakeel, Husain Qaizar
Cinematographer: Asad Faruqi
Principal Cast: Alyy Khan, Wafa Saad

A father looking for closure after his daughter’s death finds it in the form of an angel looking for her wings.

The Columbarium

The Columbarium

USA, 2013, 4 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaShortSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Tyler Trumbo
Producer: Tyler Trumbo
Editor: Tyler Trumbo
Cinematographer: Tyler Trumbo
Principal Cast: Emmitt Watson

As the longtime caretaker of 80,000 deceased at the San Francisco Columbarium, Emmitt Watson cannot help but see life while in the midst of death.

 Death of a Legend  {Rai sin sood}

Death Of A Legend
Rai Sin Sood

Thailand, 2014, 10 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: CrimeDramaThriller
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Thai English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Poj Pitakjamnong
Producer: Poj Pitakjamnong, Jompak Anfone
Editor: Poj Pitakjamnong
Screenwriter: Poj Pitakjamnong
Cinematographer: T-Thawat Taifayongvichit
Principal Cast: Chatchai Plengpanich, Naphat Siangsomboon

With dissent against the social system, a young contract killer takes his first job on a hit to take down a legend.

Depending on Traffic

Depending On Traffic

Israel, 2014, 24 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaShortTeen
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Hebrew

Producer: Lior Fogel
Editor: Yuval Artzi
Screenwriter: Ben Cotti, Maggy Cooper
Cinematographer: Roi Azagy
Principal Cast: Roi Miller, Alon Neuman, Riki Blich, Roma Williger

It’s Passover, and all roads in Israel are packed. Stuck in a huge holiday traffic jam, everyone has a place to go except a lonely, and obnoxious, CEO. A couple, seemingly in no hurry, confront their infidelity issues. And a little girl tries to wake her sleeping father in the stalled lane of life.

Distance  {Distancia}


USA, 2014, 18 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeDramaFamily Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Spanish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Ismael Gomez III
Producer: Yassel Iglesias, Tyler Munyon
Editor: Ismael Gomez III
Screenwriter: Ismael Gomez III
Cinematographer: Rafael Yoshida
Principal Cast: Ismael Gomez IIIm Berthalina Blanco, Carmen Macias, Geronimo Manuel, Carolina Cuevas, Jose Sigler

Reminiscent of Fellini’s ArmarcordDistance tells the story of a Cuban-American student who is desperate to raise enough money to send his immigrant grandmother back to Cuba so that he can return to school.

 Early Decision

Early Decision

USA, 2014, 13 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: ComedyDramaSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Jordan Kalms, Will Maxfield, Luke Mones
Producer: Will Maxfield
Editor: Cory Dome
Screenwriter: Jordan Kalms
Cinematographer: Rachel Batashvili
Principal Cast: Ben Estues, James Elwood, Ellie Bensinger, Joe Mullen, Eston Fung

A sardonic depiction of an admissions interview, this short looks at the ironies and pretenses surrounding the college admissions process.

The Fever

The Fever

South Korea, 2014, 21 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeCrimeDrama
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Korean English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Eunhye Hong Kim
Editor: Eunhye Hong Kim
Screenwriter: Eunhye Hong Kim
Cinematographer: Kang Su Han
Principal Cast: Bawol Lee, Jinha Oh

A fictional look at the growing problem of Korean runaways who commit crimes in order to survive on the streets.

A Grand Canal

A Grand Canal

China, 2013, 20 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Avant Garde/ExperimentalDramaShort
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Mandarin Chinese English Subtitles

Producer: Jie Chen, Sarah Stallard
Editor: Mike Long
Screenwriter: Johnny Ma
Cinematographer: Wang Yifan
Principal Cast: Mei Song Shun, Wang Hong Sheng, Du Xiao Min

The captain of a barge fleet on the Grand Canal is stiffed by the local boss. His attempt to collect the debt owed to him will have lasting repercussions for himself and his family.

He Who Whistles Last

He Who Whistles Last

Israel, 2013, 12 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaFamily Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Hebrew English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Zvika Nathan
Producer: Zvika Nathan
Editor: Itamar Lapid
Screenwriter: Zvika Nathan
Cinematographer: Pablo Arcuschin
Principal Cast: Zvika Nathan, Hadas Klderon

A tax-fraud investigator by day and football referee by night, Danny Levi is not unfamiliar with stress on the job. When pressure builds from inside his family, however, his character is truly tested.

I Live in Life

I Live In Life

USA, 2013, 16 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaFamily IssuesMedical/HealthSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English, Dutch, Finnish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Lars Fuchs
Producer: Lars Fuchs, Liam Billingham
Editor: Cristina Marie Cordero
Cinematographer: Yessica Curiel Montoya
Principal Cast: Dr. Anna-Riitta Fuchs, Lars Fuchs, Anneli Fuchs

In this examination of the connection he has with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, the filmmaker ponders the question, Who are we if we don’t remember who we are?

Inside the Ring

Inside The Ring

USA, 2013, 8 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DocumentarySports
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Darian Henry, Imani Peterkin
Producer: Darian Henry
Editor: Richard Opoku
Cinematographer: Darian Henry
Principal Cast: Jerrick Jones

A look at the city of Albany’s youth boxing program from the perspective of longtime coach Jerrick Jones and many aspiring young boxers.

The Interpreter

The Interpreter

United Kingdom, 2013, 20 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: CrimeDrama
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English, Arabic English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Kyla Simone Bruce
Producer: Khalid Jabaly
Editor: Reza Jouze
Screenwriter: Kyla Simone Bruce
Cinematographer: Saimawn Si Shen
Principal Cast: Ako Ali, Chiraz Aich, Ismail Dar, Khalid Jabaly, Maggie Daniels, Jan Koene, Amer Patel, Sally Reichhardt

A court interpreter in a London immigration court finds himself drawn into the life of his client. The resulting conflict of interest threatens to cost him his livelihood.



USA, 2013, 12 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: BiographicalDocumentaryMusic
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Jesse Kreitzer
Producer: Jesse Kreitzer
Editor: Jesse Kreitzer
Screenwriter: Jesse Kreitzer
Cinematographer: Jesse Kreitzer
Principal Cast: James Tail Dragger Jones, Georg Koszulinski

Sent by the Library of Congress to the Mississippi Delta to record an oral history of the blues, Alan Lomax hauled 500 pounds of equipment—which he ran off his car battery—and discovered some of the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung.

Love at Last Sight

Love At Last Sight

USA, 2014, 17 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: ComedyHorrorThriller
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Oscar Hernandez-Topete
Producer: Oscar Hernandez-Topete, Michael D. Ratner, Francesca de Sola
Editor: Oscar Hernandez-Topete, Nahuel Attar
Screenwriter: Oscar Hernandez-Topete
Cinematographer: Jinwei Zeng
Principal Cast: Pascal Yen-Pfister, Louise Donegan, Rick Genest

A middle-aged French Manhattanite has it all: money, smarts, and looks. But he also has one quirk: he’s a serial rapist. When a bartender doesn’t fall for his usual tactics, he pursues her, only to be confronted by a darkness that may finally challenge his own.

The Magic Shoes

The Magic Shoes

USA, 2014, 19 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: ComedyComing of Age
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English, Farsi English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Sahand Nikoukar
Producer: Sabrina Chammas, Bernardo Duran Jr., Eric Adrian Marshall
Editor: Jeff Chanley
Screenwriter: Sahand Nikoukar
Cinematographer: Jules Bowie
Principal Cast: Milad Eghbali, Sahar Bibyan, Dariush Kashani, Marshall Manesh

Nine-year-old Iranian immigrant Karmon can’t seem to fit into the culture of late-’90s Southern California, forcing him to wonder, Is it the shoes?

Mona Blonde

Mona Blonde

Italy, 2014, 11 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaShort
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Italian English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Grazia Tricarico
Producer: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Editor: Ilenia Zincone
Screenwriter: Grazia Tricarico
Cinematographer: Juri Fantigrossi

With her life entirely dedicated to the art of bodybuilding, Mona Blonde is capable of sculpting her body as she sees fit, but a last-minute revelation before an international competition will test the limits of that ability.

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

USA, 2013, 17 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeFamily Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Brittany A. Shyne
Producer: Brittany A. Shyne, Cassie Ryan, Jacob Ebel, John Saylor
Editor: Brittany A. Shyne, Jacob Ebel
Screenwriter: Brittany A. Shyne
Cinematographer: Jacob Ebel
Principal Cast: Sumayah Chappelle, Marva Williams

The life of a young schoolgirl has become more complicated than her mother realizes. Their reconciliation will require a courageous effort from them both.



USA, 2014, 15 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaShort
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Jessica Baclesse
Producer: Laura Teodosio
Editor: Jessica Baclesse
Screenwriter: Jessica Baclesse
Cinematographer: Jon Beanlands
Principal Cast: Meredith Adelaide, Ryan Miller, David Cascadden

An injured bull rider faces the unglamorous prospect of a future without rodeo. His last-ditch effort to return to the arena carries a greater risk than he expects.

Sisters in Crime

Sisters In Crime

Germany, 2014, 32 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Coming of AgeDramaFamily Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: German English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Antoine Dengler
Producer: Marc Junker, Johannes Kunkel
Editor: Fabian Gustus
Screenwriter: Vasko Scholz
Cinematographer: Christine Luedge
Principal Cast: Kristin Suckow, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Timo Jacobs

Hanna and Lena are trying to realize their dream of emigrating. Hanna seduces rich men, sleeps with them, and copies the house key. The sisters later let themselves in to loot cash and jewelry. When Hanna falls in love with one of their targets, can the sisters’ plans, and relationship, survive?

Something Important

Something Important

USA, 2014, 8 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Family IssuesShortSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Chinese English Subtitles

Producer: School of Visual Arts
Editor: Nai Wei Liu
Screenwriter: Nai Wei Liu

This short represents the filmmaker’s personal journey of self-discovery, woven as a tapestry of his memories.

The Tale of Genji Ukifune  {Ukihune}

The Tale Of Genji Ukifune

Japan, 2014, 14 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaLiteraryRomanceShort
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Japanese English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Yukihiro Sakaguchi
Producer: Yukihiro Sakaguchi
Editor: Yukihiro Sakaguchi
Screenwriter: Yukihiro Sakaguchi
Cinematographer: Yukihiro Sakaguchi
Principal Cast: Minako Takada

This modern retelling of an ancient Japanese literary work contrasts the internal and external lives of its heroine, tormented by her love for two men.

 They Are Nobody  {Non sono nessuno}

They Are Nobody
Non Sono Nessuno

Italy, 2013, 15 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: DramaThriller
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Italian English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Francesco Segrè
Producer: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Editor: Alberto Rigno
Screenwriter: Federico Gnesini, Francesco Segrè
Cinematographer: Carmen Tofeni
Principal Cast: Nic Nocella, Fabio De Caro, Antonio Buonanno

For three ambulance paramedics in Naples, the night shift goes by as slowly as ever. The blood and suffering happens to “the nobodies” whom they transport until an unexpected call jeopardizes their lives.

When You Can't See The Film

When You Can’t See The Film

USA, 2014, 30 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: China
Genre/Subjects: Art/FilmmakingDocumentaryPolitical
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Chinese English Subtitles

Producer: Yijun He
Editor: Yijun He
Cinematographer: Yijun He

Chinese filmgoers are strictly limited in their exposure to independent films due to heavy state censorship. This fascinating documentary explores a reaction to this policy in the form of illicit underground cinema-screening clubs.



USA, 2014, 9 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Spain
Genre/Subjects: DramaRomanceSocial Issues
Program: First Look Student Program
Language: Spanish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Yolanda Centeno
Producer: Yolanda Centeno, Bettina Mayr, Lavinia Barsotti
Editor: Yolanda Centeno
Screenwriter: Yolanda Centeno
Cinematographer: John Rosario
Principal Cast: Camille Giuffre, Ben Sasaki, Sam Sasaki, Chad Sano, Roger Reignack, Daniel Chodos, Di Koob

Chess and life hold much in common for this young chess prodigy. But can the lessons learned on the chessboard be applied to love as well?


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