Official Selection - Albuquerque Live Festival - August 25-26 2018
All screenings will be at:
3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM ---> Map
Saturday August 25th 1:00pm - (Rebel)
Nena & Dave Stewart: "Be my Rebel" (Virgil Widrich) [Germany]
"Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers.
ROAD GANG (Cassandre Émanuel) [Canada]
A gang of children from a Canadian village fool around and get a bit wild.
The World In My Dreams (Anusha Srinivasan Iyer) [India]
The short is about the journey of a mute boy Raju. The mute child who works in a teastall as a helper boy. Raju refuses tips and once gets rewarded with Rs 500. He has dreams... Big dreams for a poor child... But the teenager sacrifices it all in seconds to feed a little child. After all, the world is in his dreams.
Rebellion (Stephen Burhoe) [USA]
Two siblings argue over their behavior towards their parents and each other in this coming of age story.
William Wishes (Michael P. Vidler) [Canada]
A birthday boy’s obsessive adherence to a zombie apocalypse survival code lands him in trouble that forces him to face a darker reality.
Saturday August 25th 2:30pm - (Comedy/Dramedy & Animation)
GOD CAME 'ROUND (Derek Frey) [United Kingdom]
Down on his luck flower seller Sandeep (played by Deep Roy) pines to make a connection with the girl of his dreams.
I Asked For An Apple But Got A Lemon (Shihyun Wang) [USA]
Bob found the girl of his dream. Is she the apple he wanted?
Schmoopie (Mary C. Ferrara) [USA]
"Who rescued who?" A woman - distraught over a breakup - has her life change from a simple suggestion.
The Untold Story of Romeo & Juliet (John Tso) [USA]
An unemployed Cupid, Quincy Lightfeather, shares how he screwed up the greatest love story of all time. While trying to impress some women, he accidentally matches the scions of two warring families – Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. As he desperately tries to fix his mistake, the situation spirals out of control. Each compounding blunder sheds more light on the events and tragedies of the original Shakespearean drama.
Sid and Marge Have a Problem (Cathrine Hatcher) [USA]
Poor Sid Greenbaum can't sleep. He wakes his wife Margie to complain of a problem and she warns him that after four hours he must seek medical attention! The voluptuous EMT doesn't help remedy his particular situation. Meanwhile Marge is smitten with the young Assistant EMT in this screwball comedy.
Family appropriate - no bad language, but there is some obvious innuendo and a few euphemisms.
KILL THE ENGINE (Derek Frey) [USA]
Three broken men decide to kill themselves by carbon monoxide poisoning, but the group suicide is foiled when the vehicle of their demise fails to start.
High Calorie (Mehmet Tığlı) [Turkey]
High Calorie is a tale about a very fat boy 'Meftun' who lives with his grandmom in Istanbul. Due to his obesity, some people have prejudices towards him. However, he is happy and at peace with himself. One day he meets a girl named Sahika on the internet. Although Meftun show his face and body, Sahika hides her face on the webcam. She stipulates that she will show her face fully, in case Meftun loses a great deal of weight. Therefore, Meftun starts a diet and does a lot of physical exercises in order to get the deal through. During this slimming process, Meftun experiences some funny and touching occasions. He often visualizes Sahika’s face while he’s running. Due to some bad incidents, he takes guard against Sahika and forces her to reveal her face from then on.
Diva's Perfect Posse: Ep. 1.1 Perfect Pumps (Christina Gopal) [USA]
Comedic Webisode Diva gets bumped from first class on her trip to Chicago.
Saturday August 25th 5:00pm - (Drama)
Dangerous Crossings (Amr Salama) [Egypt]
“Dangerous Crossings” is part of a major campaign to spread awareness about the dangers of crossing to war-stricken Yemen through the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea from Africa, highlighting the horrendous conditions and rising risks in Yemen.
Matter of Black (Robert Dugan) [USA]
Two friends on a road trip watch yet another black man shot by police on social media, sparking a lyrical conversation exploring race, justice and hope.
Torment (Luciana Caplan) [USA]
A human being on the edge of insanity, dealing with all her possible fears.
STRONGER THAN PRETTY (Marjorie LeWit) [USA]
A young mother's "American Dream" turns into a living nightmare, until she finds the inner strength to listen to a voice she hadn't heard before: her own.
Pretty (Naima Chebahi) [France]
Being pretty can be a chance but also a curse. A beautiful young woman talks about her feelings in relationships.
Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (Marcus Markou) [United Kingdom]
Two strangers meet at five key turning points over the duration of their lives. Initial conflict gives way to compassion and eventual friendship.
Jenna (Christian Monnier) [France]
After a twelve-year absence, Jenna, a transgender woman, returns to her family home on Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands for her sister’s funeral. This occasion will allow Jenna to see Armelle, her childhood friend, again, as well as her parents, Manu and Florence. But the reunion doesn’t go quite the way she could have wished.
Rex (Andy Kastelic) [USA]
Dementia threatens the livelihood of an aging tree painter, but he won't go down without a fight.
Saturday August 25th 7:30pm - (Documentaries)
Decode Crop Circles (Shihyun Wang) [USA]
Let me show you how I decoded Crop Circles
Pulse: The Beat of Art (Allan Stone) [USA]
Artist from different realms share their love and interest for their particular art.
Rhino Shield- South Africa (William Ward) [USA]
South African rhino populations are in ever-increasing danger from poaching. Vetpaw is a task force of post 911 veterans working to change that.
Bison Nation-Walking Sacred Sites (Elke Duerr) [USA]
We are still here. This is our story, the story of the bison, who inhabit the Northern Hemisphere. You might also know us as buffalo, tatanka, zubr, wisent, basha, Inii, ethanon, tatanga, Wisent... It is a comical story, because sometimes we are caught in politics, colonialism or religion. It is a story of disconnection and destruction as well as a story of hope, resilience, beauty, interconnectedness, return and reunion. We are walking sacred sites because we take care of our biggest sacred site: The Earth.
Saturday August 25th 9:30pm - (Action & Sci-Fi)
The Life Gamble (Walker Haynes) [USA]
An athlete gambles with his life jumping over the Berlin wall to defect to the West where he finds himself gambling with other peoples lives.
Star Wars: Dresca (Jessica Champneys) [USA]
When Dresca - an injured imperial pilot - is rescued by rebels after the Battle of Endor, she must choose between her loyalty to the Empire and the kindness of strangers she once thought of as monsters.
Alchemy (Brandon Polanco) [USA]
An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview.
A failed everyman begins working through pages and pages of questions. As time begins to elongate, the man finds himself tormented and more and more isolated. He battles the unknown ultimately transcending into a heightened reality, discovering a new life existing between multiple worlds, both familiar and otherworldly.
Neosho Falls (Eric Hyde) [USA]
A group of mysterious men track down an estranged Kansas man and find themselves in the path of an extra-terrestrial visitor.
INK (Laurent King) [France]
An ex para-trooper turned teamster, a small business owner deep in debt, and a tormented ER surgeon are drawn against their will in a designers' drug traffic of unheard nature. But before they get to the unfathomable truth, they will have to overcome their own fears and demons.
Sunday August 26th 11:00am - (Documentaries)
I've Seen So Much (Gonzalo Guajardo) [Spain]
Sintayehu Tesale is an Ethiopian carpenter. But not only. He is an inspiring person; one of those who leave a mark on you when you meet him. He is persevering, he is positive, he boosts your strength, he encourages you to stand up. He is, in summary, a motivational person. Maybe, part of this strength comes from his own struggles, from his own experience, from the fact that he is one of the few carpenters in the world who does not use his hands, but his feet, due to an undiagnosed disability. This is the story of Sintayehu, the story of his life.
Detroit Under STRESS (David Van Wie) [USA]
In 1971, the Detroit Police Department begins operating one of the most controversial decoy police units ever created to battle street crime, S.T.R.E.S.S. (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets). After one year, Detroit becomes the city with the highest police civilian fatal shootings as well as the city with the highest police officer deaths. For the first time in almost 50 years, hear this incredible story from the STRESS officers who were there doing the decoy work as well as the community leaders and activists who were trying to disband the unit.
Sunday August 26th 1:30pm - (Life & Death)
Love Ghost- Parasitical Identity (Dave Long & Finnegan Bell) [USA]
This music video is a portrayal of an identity split deriving from trauma. It also touches on the Chinese theory of the red string, everything being connected. As the teenager witnesses his parents die from the fire and is also left disfigured, he becomes afraid of the whole world. Once returning to the outside world, he is met with abuse once more.
Georgia O'Keefe and Me (Robert Belinoff) [USA]
Love and art in the age of Trump. Chaos and order compete as a married man falls for an artist ingenue. Art prevails.
Cordial Kill (Josh Gaines) [USA]
CORDIAL KILL is a 1980's-era comedy crime film with a modern twist regarding two incompetent mob men on a bleak assignment: to assassinate someone who wronged their boss one too many times. Think if Edgar Wright had directed “Goodfellas” with Tarantino-penned banter. Modeled after the classic crime films of yesteryear, CORDIAL KILL is packed with off-kilter dialogue and a plot that feels conventional until it veers into wild and colorful digressions. What begins as a quirky homage with a mystery at its core develops into a story that is both sincerely tragic yet ultimately endearing.
Going Up (Briana Elaine Jones) [USA]
A seasoned elevator operator is laid off and spends his last day at work trapped in his harrowing memories and the fear of an uncertain future.
Whoever Was Using This Bed (Andrew Kotatko) [Australia]
A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).
Sunday August 26th 4:00pm - (Drama)
STARDUST (Band : Next Is Best) (Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier) [France]
Within Death's lair, a young girl wanders through the darkness, chased by mysterious shadows. In this mystical journey between dreams and fatality, she will have to dance for her salvation.
88 Cents (Tyler Pina) [USA]
After losing five years behind bars, a man begins his new life in San Francisco, eager to find a job, a home, and a second chance.
The Letters (Terez Koncz) [Hungary]
Impatient adoptive parents send secret letters to the teenage orphan Zolika, before meeting him in person. His emerging courage and hope helps him stand up for himself against his bully Feri, and dream of a better future for him and his beloved Dori. While the parents prepare for his arrival outside, Zolika has to find the ultimate solution to make sure his beloved Dori gets free from the orphanage.
ALZHAÏMOUR (Pierre Van de Kerckhove) [Belgium]
Louise, aged 68, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and lives in a nursing home. Her daily life is riddled with sadness because her son Daniel is no longer visiting her, discouraged by his mother's memory lapses. The arrival of a new patient in the home (Leo, 82), who is also suffering from Alzheimer's disease, will upset Louise's life ... but also that of Daniel!
Sunday August 26th 6:30pm - (Awards Ceremony)
After Party at Tractor Brewing co. (Nob Hill) Following Ceremony
118 Tulane SE (Across the street from guild cinema -behind starbucks)