Short Film: DEAR HONG KONG, 19min., Hong Kong, Documentary

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

Dear Hong Kong is a film about the separation between people caused by cultural differences in Hong Kong, mainland China, the East and the West. The film shows the opposite views of two friends of the director: one who was born in Hong Kong and chose to leave, and another who was born in mainland China and is trying to build a life in Hong Kong. It looks at people who reflect on their relationship with Hong Kong, how they’ve been affected by the city, as well as their thoughts about identity and the meaning of home.

Director Biography – Katusha Jin

Katusha Jin is a director, writer, and producer from the U.K. Although primarily known for her film work, she has also worked in the theatre and editorial scenes. Katusha grew up in a trilingual and multicultural environment, which cultivated her interest in collaborations between artists of diverse backgrounds. In her spare time, she participates in art exhibitions, produces music, and conducts research on the effects of cultural identity, parenting, and education on mental health.

Director Statement

Dear Hong Kong is a film about the separation between people caused by cultural differences in Hong Kong, mainland China, the East and the West. The film shows the opposite views of two of my friends: one who was born in Hong Kong and chose to leave, and another who was born in mainland China and is trying to build a life in Hong Kong. This documentary is a look at our complex relationships with the city, as well as our thoughts about identity and the meaning of home.

Short Film: TRACK AND TRACE: YEAR ONE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, 59min., USA, Documentary

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

As a pneumonia epidemic took hold in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, the rest of the world didn’t know what awaited it. Within weeks, it was determined the province had a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. saw its first case of the novel virus on January 20, 2020, after a Washington state man traveled from Wuhan. It soon began spreading across state borders as hospitals readied for the worst and global health officials declared it a pandemic.

This month-by-month chronicling of America’s first year of the pandemic highlights what experts were faced with when it came to the misinformation, the mismanagement and the politicization of the virus.

Project Links

Short Film: BLACK LOVE, 10min., USA, Documentary

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

Project Links

Director Biography – Darrell Anthony Reynolds

My name is Darrell A. Reynolds Jr. I am from Gary, IN. I am a veteran. I served eight years in the Army. I have 3 sons, I am a rapper, and a film director. I like the impossible because the competition is smaller.

Director Statement

What does love mean to you? Now, what does black love mean to you? Can you tell me what is black love? I’m going to take you journey with me to discover the question to interview the community of Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. There will be emotion you can feel throughout the film,

“Black Love” will shine bright as the sun and make people want to cherish the true meaning of “Black Love”.

January 2022 Festival – Highlights and Videos

Festival Winners:
BEST SHORT FILM: We’re All Zombies
BEST FEATURE FILM: On Enemy Ground
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: Elected Girl

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

WE’RE ALL ZOMBIES, 2min., USA, Documentary
An American yearbook of 2020.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


ELECTED GIRL, 4min., USA, Video
An exploration of the type of lunacy which often parades as politics, Elected Girl takes a wild ride through the minds of those who package whatever can be sold to the voting public. They have found their next savior to be sold to the voters, and she has found the perfect vehicle to change the nation as she sees fit.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


ON ENEMY GROUND, 55min., Italy, Documentary
Three years after the Genoa G8, Indymedia Italia, the local branch of this worldwide open publishing information network, receives a dramatic request for help: 25 protesters are charged with devastation and looting and might face many years in jail. This is how the story of SupportoLegale begins; in a few weeks, it will become one of the main players in the complicated history of the G8 trials.

Firmly rooted in the idea that all the protesters should be equally defended without distinctions for their political practices, the collective follows the trials by providing meticulous work on the
hundreds of hours of audio and video material brought to the courtroom by the prosecutor.

SupportoLegale is also an important, continuous source of information on both what is happening during the trials and the following years, and it’s still raising funds for those sentenced to prison.

It is a story of reaction, determination and collective responsibility, of people who, facing an abnormal repression, instead of taking a step back, decide to fight “on enemy ground”.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


Director Bio: Fabio Bianchini (ON ENEMY GROUND)

E’ un documentarista e un montatore cinematografico con un’esperienza ventennale nell’utilizzo di materiali d’archivio e found footage. Di molti documentari che ha montato è stato anche il co autore. Ha montato” La rabbia di Pasolini”, da una sceneggiatura di P.P.P. del ’63, regia di Giuseppe Bertolucci e ha collaborato con Vittorio De Seta alla riedizione dei suoi documentari nel lungometraggio “Il mondo perduto di Vittorio De Seta”. È stato il montatore di “Vulnerabile bellezza”, documentario vincitore dei “Globi d’Oro 2020” e di “Il mondo in camera”, biopic sul regista e alpinista Mario Fantin basato interamente sui suoi film e i suoi scritti. In un passato molto lontano ha montato la clip di “Stop al panico” dell’Isola Posse All Star, primo pezzo rap in lingua italiana inciso su vinile.

Feature Film: ON ENEMY GROUND, 55min., Italy, Documentary


Three years after the Genoa G8, Indymedia Italia, the local branch of this worldwide open publishing information network, receives a dramatic request for help: 25 protesters are charged with devastation and looting and might face many years in jail. This is how the story of SupportoLegale begins; in a few weeks, it will become one of the main players in the complicated history of the G8 trials.
Firmly rooted in the idea that all the protesters should be equally
defended without distinctions for their political practices, the
collective follows the trials by providing meticulous work on the
hundreds of hours of audio and video material brought to the courtroom by the prosecutor.
SupportoLegale is also an important, continuous source of information on both what is happening during the trials and
the following years, and it’s still raising funds for those sentenced to prison.
It is a story of reaction, determination and collective
responsibility, of people who, facing an abnormal repression, instead of taking a step back, decide to fight “on enemy ground”.

Project Links

News & Reviews

POLITICAL Festival Best Scene Reading: My Cold Dead Hands, by Michael Dunker

After the federal government passes a law to confiscate all military assault rifles in the United States, they create a task force to carry out these collections. In the onslaught of these interactions, a school shooting survivor refuses to accept the law citing if he had a gun, he could have stopped it.

CAST LIST:
Narration: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
VICTOR: Allan Michael Brunet
RAY: Geoff Mays
KELLY: Kyana Teresa
———-

December 2021 Festival – Highlights and Videos

Festival Awards:
Best Film: ALTERNATURE MATH
Best Documentary: FAKE
Best Satire: I AM THE CANDIDATE
Best Direction: THEE WHO HESITATES…..
Best Sound & Music: RADIX 2
Best Cinematography: THE GAME THE DOUBT

Watch the Audience Feedback Videos of the films:

ALTERNATIVE MATH, 9min., USA, Comedy

Directed by David Maddox

A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


FAKE, 8min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Alan J. Chriest

Fake news is not new – but now it’s digital. From click-bait headlines to cyber disinformation, we are easily manipulated. What do we gain and what do we lose by our unquestioned beliefs that control our actions?

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


I AM THE CANDIDATE, 3min., USA, Satire

Directed by Joseph Messer

Political Satire.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


THEE WHO HESITATES…., 8min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Kelly Perine

On April 24th, 2021, I got my 2nd vaccination shot. It came with a tinge of hope as I’d been locked down like the rest of the world for over a year. Now mere months later, with the Delta variant running rampant, the vaccination rates of African-Americans have slowed and we’re on the brink of another shutdown and outbreak. Why? In “Thee Who Hesitates…”, I explore my own journey to getting vaccinated and pondered the question of why African-Americans and people of color are still hesitant to get theirs. Even as the disease continues to spread.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


RADIX 2, 6min., Japan, Dance

Directed by Cristiano Leone

RADIX, conceived and directed by Cristiano Leone, is an audio-visual project that promotes a dialogue between contemporary creation and historical heritage.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


THE GAME THE DOUBT, 25min., Iran, Drama

Directed by Hamid Reza Mahmoudi

After a couple of years of effective efforts, Reza became a writer of the artist. He had to leave his country due to a lot of restrictions, which were an obstacle to achieve his dreams and his goals. Therefore, he made a pivotal decision which led to unexpected events and a lot of problems for him.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video

festival poster


Director BIO: Chris Farina (WE’RE ALL ZOMBIES)


I’ve been wandering around manifesting films all my life. I have had many adventures, and the stories all have energy and life. I’m also a ballerina and other artsy things, but i have yet to call myself an artist. I suspect many sensitive souls will identify with that hang up. Hey, that’s a pretty nice picture of me. That’s unusual. And I throw glamorous parties.

Director Statement

Nothing is as it seems, and once you see the truth, you can’t unsee it. Why is that, when magic is an invisible force? i don’t know, either. Love and light.