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Official Selection - Albuquerque Live Festival
Thursday, August 25th - Sunday, August 28th 2022





All screenings will be at:
Guild Cinema
3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM
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Thursday, August 25th - Pre Festival Mixer at Rob's Place - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
4310 Central Ave SE, Ste C (Connected to O'Niell's Pub)
***Filmakers, Crew, Friends, and Family! (No pass or ticket needed)***

Friday, August 26th 12:00pm - Feature Film
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Ring the Bells: The Stolen Life of Tammy Carter
(Dir. Michael Barton)
[USA]

On March 6, 1982, 17 year old Tammy Carter disappeared from her part-time job at a Moore, Oklahoma dry cleaners. Her body was found the next day floating in a nearby river. Authorities do their best to ring the bell of justice for Tammy and prosecute the three men accused of the puzzling crime.



Friday, August 26th 2:30pm - Feature Film
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block




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EARL BISS, The Spirit Who Walks Among His People
(Dir. Lisa Gerstner)
[USA]

A Crow artist reveals a joyous, bold, tumultuous journey to success in the Fine Art world. A master painter and descendent of great Crow Chiefs, Earl Biss (1947-1998) brought inherent, ancient spiritual power to his dynamic oil paintings in the 20th Century. With pure talent and fortitude, he was part of a renowned core group of artists that birthed the Contemporary Native Art Movement. Biss was recognized by an art critic as the greatest colorist of the 20th Century.



Friday, August 26th 5:00pm - Short Films
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Good Enough
(Dir. Theresa Ngo & Nick Stofocik)
[USA]

A single mother experiences micro -racism and micro-aggression in a frantic outing.



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Granny Boot Camp
(Dir. Terry Ngo)
[USA]

Everyday a grandma reads stories involving Asian Hate. She fears leaving the house until she receives some encouragement and help from her grandchildren.



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The Shock Room
(Dir. David D Perez)
[USA]

A young man finds himself in a bizarre situation with two step brothers and has no idea why he was brought to their bedroom. He will soon find out what the reason is.



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The Green Chile Bagel
(Dir. Alonso Indacochea)
[USA]

A brunch order leads to a spirited debate on the validity of the green chile bagel.



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The Tongue
(Dir. Jose Vicente Chavez)
[USA]

A young man deals with the sudden end of an engagement, when he finds a severed tongue in the belongings of his ex-fiancé.



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PILLS
(Dir. Co Richards)
[USA]

A short thriller following a young woman who’s life seems to fall apart around her while she takes pills to prevent it.



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Mom's Wartime Stories
(Dir. James Chen)
[TWN]

See how an orphan survived WW2, Chinese Civil War, Vietnam War and still have positive attitude towards life.



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Espiritu del Jaguar
(Dir. Moe Taylor)
[CR]

Join a young Ricardo Pepe' as he journeys to the end of the Earth and discovers his true soul with an ancient jungle tribe who follow the way of the jaguar. Once a successful businessman, he trades in all his belongings so he can truly find inner peace.



Friday, August 26th 7:30pm - Short Films
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Solstice
(Dir. Ariel Y. Lopez)
[USA]

High School students Olivia and Jacob are faced with a life-altering decision that no teenager is ready to face. Are they ready to trade one future for another? How does one know which future to choose?



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Unresolved Phenomena
(Dir. Jac Roberts)
[USA]

Can you help resolve this... unresolved phenomena?



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Besties
(Dir. Stephen Burhoe)
[USA]

Future plans for life force best friends to choose separate paths.



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Creeped Out
(Dir. Matt Holt)
[UK]

Covid and buffoonery aren't going away anytime soon. When boundaries are broken, liberties are taken. Kishi can't self-isolate from the her overprotective, overfamiliar and over the top neighbours. Without a vaccination against stupidity, this is not going to end well.



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Charlie
(Dir. Lava Buckley)
[USA]

1882, when two travelers meet on a railroad, the revelation that appearances are more than they seem leads to a life or death scenario.



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The Holy Word
(Dir. Sarah Gartner)
[USA]

Becca navigates her junior year at a Catholic High School where hormones are raging and sex ed hypocrisy abounds. Where do you draw the line when you know your mom reads sexually charged illicit literature and you're told by the nuns that kind of stuff leads to chronic masturbation? Turns out 5000 years of patriarchal programming can't invalidate reality when Becca crosses paths with Juanita and a girl bond is formed.



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Gelker in the Treehouse
(Dir. Kathryn Taylor)
[CR]

My husband Moe and I travel the world making documentaries about thought provoking weird science and how it can help people with the stresses of daily life. sometimes we find a little more than we expected and produce what we call… a Braindagger Films Extra! This one’s called "Gelker in the Treehouse!" We found a friend who desperately needs help with her natural medicine apothecary. Here is her AMAZING story!



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Heaven On Earth?
(Dir. Stephen Burhoe)
[USA]

A man goes on a hike to reconnect with nature, and finds himself being reconnected to his life.



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WE
(Dir. Matthew Smaldone)
[USA]

Dr. Alex J. Anderson has been kidnapped and restrained in an unfamiliar basement. He awakes to meet Seymour, an oddly child-like man who carries an unnerving innocence. With the still unsolved murder of a young girl hanging in the back of his mind and a mysterious captor before him, Alex must decipher Seymour's true intentions and find a way to escape.



Saturday, August 27th 12:00pm - Feature Film
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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The Renata Road
(Dir. Ed Greenberg)
[UK]

An anonymous man arrives at the nightmarish Renata Hotel, with no memory of his identity or purpose. Plagued by insomnia, he walks the deserted corridors and common rooms, under constant surveillance from the rules-obsessed Manager; haunted by his wheelchair-bound wife and repeatedly tempted by their impulsive, vicious son and their shy, beautiful daughter, the hotel’s maid.

Gradually, as the reluctant stranger encounters the Renata’s few other guests, each a seeming embodiment of his own darker desires, he discovers that they’re united with the family in a violent, twisted conspiracy, that has the shy, young maid at its heart. Now he must fight the escalating madness of the hotel’s denizens to save the girl, and solve the mystery of the Renata, and with it, the secret of his own identity.



Saturday, August 27th 2:30pm - Short Films
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Wishes for the New Year
(Dir. Shihyun Wang)
[TWN]

Do you know Spring Festival is a 15 day celebration for Chinese? If you wish for better luck, best join the Money God welcoming party. At the end of the video, special energy attached to the video will share the blessing with you. Check your palms, if your hand change size 3 times in the one minute, you would have great luck this coming year.



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Generation Hops Episode One
(Dir. David Sabbath)
[USA]

Generation Hops is a television journalism series devoted to the emergence of the craft beer industry, but is equally balanced with stories of culture, community and love and life.



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DARK DREAMS
(Dir. Nicola De Prato)
[USA]

"A tormented soul is lost chasing his dream in a deserted city. But his dream is someone else's nightmare"



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In a Whole New Way
(Dir. Jonathan Fisher)
[USA]

Ensnaring almost four million Americans, probation has evolved from a second chance to avoid prison to a sanction actually feeding mass incarceration. Supported by neighborhood allies, some people of color set out in a whole new way to change all this—equipped only with cameras.



Saturday, August 27th 5:00pm - Short Films
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Resurfacing
(Dir. Jan Fabris)
[SVN]

In times of recurring anti-establishment riots, an unemployed loner meets the woman of his dreams, but soon an unexpected event triggers his repressed memories to resurface.



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There Is Exactly Enough Time
(Dir. Oskar Salomonowitz)
[AUT]

Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 frames of a flip book when he died in an accident. Using the remaining blank sheets, his father continued drawing the film. Winner of 40 international film awards!



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IXESTUM
(Dir. Kipp Jarden)
[USA]

Witness an ancient shamanic ritual from the outer realms of time and space.



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Three
(Dir. Soyeon Kim)
[KOR]

A visceral impression of our relationships with one another



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bee-roll
(Dir. Alexandra Guillossou)
[USA]

This short film reflects upon the love of nature and loss of innocence through the eyes of a young girl and her fascination with bees.



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Carasoul: A Portrait in Nth Dimensions
(Dir. Kaeti Leila MacNeil)
[CAN]

An animated surrealist film visualizing temporal, immaterial sensations as spatially material extensions of the body. Like the physical matter of the body and the electric experience of the psyche, this hybrid animation style demonstrates the unification of the carnal and the spiritual through the materiality of stop-motion paint and the super-saturated color of digital animation. My fascination with human origins, particularly our gifts of individual personality, self-awareness, and intelligence, drives my inspired pursuits through art history, cognitive science, and theoretical physics.



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Die Pretty
(Dir. Sam Quinn)
[USA]

Arin Jacobs battles heroin addiction and the curse of 33- the age her mother and grandmother both died.



Saturday, August 27th 7:30pm - Short Films
Filmmaker Q&A Follwing Film Block


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Low Clouds
(Dir. Matías Ezequiel Vazquez)
[ARG]

A traveler roams through a world in ruins and finds a survivor bound to the comfortable void. The parasite within becomes a butterfly, free to fly. Yet, nothing was what it appeared to be...



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WELCOME TO FOREVER
(Dir. John Gray)
[USA]

The brilliant designer of smart houses leaves a posthumous surprise for his widow.



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Uncommon Negotiator
(Dir. Brian Glassford)
[USA]

A young pastor's world is turned upside-down when he's suddenly thrust into a dangerous hostage situation. The only way he'll be able to get anyone out alive is by bravely reaching out to appeal to the soul of a violent gunman.



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Happy Loaf
(Dir. Erik J. S. DeFries)
[USA]

In a not-so-distant dystopian future, two workers are summoned to their boss's office... after screwing up once again.

Like any awkward office meeting, this sci-fi comedy ensures that every uncomfortable moment lasts entirely too long: an agony-inducing thirty-eight minutes of encapsulated capitalistic hellscape with more artificial flavors and preservatives than a carton of "Chicken Noodle Chunk."



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Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
(Dir. D.M. Night Maire)
[USA]

'Chateau Sauvignon: terroir' follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.



Sunday, August 28th - AWARDS CEREMONY at Rob's Place - 3:30pm
4310 Central Ave SE, Ste C (Connected to O'Niell's Pub)
***Everyone welcome! (No pass or ticket needed)***

Sunday, August 28th - AFTER PARTY immediately following Awards Ceremony at Rob's Place
4310 Central Ave SE, Ste C (Connected to O'Niell's Pub)
***Everyone welcome! (No pass or ticket needed)***