Key

A = In competition for the Arkansas Connection Award

# = Filmmaker will be in attendance

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

HIGH SCHOOL CONNECTIONs

Location Fayetteville High School


2:00pm

High School Filmmakers Workshop


4:30pm     
 

 High School Student Showcase

The films in this block were created by talented emerging filmmakers, representing schools throughout Arkansas. 


6:00pm     

Uncontrolled Variables: A Science Fair Story
52:10/A/#  

 

directed by Dale Carpenter

This documentary film follows students and teachers in three northwest Arkansas schools as they compete for a spot in the International Science and Engineering Fair, showing us what students and teachers go through as they compete in science fairs and what they learn from the process.


7:00pm     

Leaving A Legacy

1:29:05/A/#     

 

 

directed by Brenda Yelvington

This fascinating documentary follows a year in the life of the band students at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas – one of the most diverse high schools in the United States – and their Band Directors, a dedicated group of educators who are trying to teach more than music


8:30pm    

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

at The Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History (1 East Center Street)


12:00pm     

Charlie Vs. Goliath
1:15:00

 

 

directed by Reed Lindsay
Charlie vs. Goliath is about an ordinary man’s extraordinary struggle to shake up the political establishment.  It would be hard to find a more unlikely candidate than Charlie Hardy, a 75-year old penniless former Catholic priest who spent nearly a decade serving the poor while living in a cardboard shack in a Venezuelan slum, but in August 2014, Charlie managed to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for the US Senate in Wyoming.  A 21st century Don Quixote, Charlie galvanizes a ragged band of young volunteers determined to make waves in Wyoming’s elections, and in doing set a precedent for the rest of the country. 


1:30pm     

For Ahkeem
1:29:40

 

 

directed by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest
Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a 17 year-old girl in North St. Louis.  She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up so many young people like her to fail.  Through Daje’s intimate journey, the film illuminates challenges that so many teenagers in America face, and witnesses the strength, resilience and determination it takes to survive. 


3:00pm     

Forever “B”
1:31:00

 

directed by Skye Borgman
On October 17th, 1974, in the quiet town of Pocatello Idaho, 12 year old Jan Broberg was kidnapped by her family’s best friend and neighbor…then she was kidnapped again, triggering a nationwide FBI manhunt.  Through threats and brainwashing, Brother “B” turned her against her own family, while simultaneously manipulating her parents into paving the way for her abduction.  Strong adult content makes this true-crime documentary difficult to watch, but the troubling, stunning and gut-wrenching revelations of this family, make it impossible to look away. 


4:30pm     

Island Soldier
1:25:00/#

 

 

directed by Nathan Fitch
This documentary follows members of the Nena family from one of the most remote islands in the world to the training grounds of Texas and the battlefields in Afghanistan.  The death of Sapuro Nena in Afghanistan makes waves through his tiny home island of Kosrae – where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members.  In an attempt to hear from his own wounds, Sapuro’s best friend in the Army heads to Kosrae with his family to meet his friend’s parents for the first time to pay his respects on Veteran’s Day.  It is an emotional gathering of two families, from opposite sides of the world, brought together by loss, love and honor. 


6:00pm     

Q and A with the Filmmakers


7:00pm     
 

EXPERIENCE FILMS
Enjoy cocktails and a night of abstract and experimental short films by local and regional artists, presented by CAFLA.  

Widow Ghosts, directed by Jil Guyon

Experimental 12, directed by  Andrew Warren

Experimental 1, directed by Aleczander Walker

Mirror Lakes Dr., directed by Margaret Correll

Waterworks, directed by Kentrell Curry

Elemental, directed by Ophilea Duchesne

And that is where you'll find me, directed by Warren McCombs

One/Two, directed by Amos Cochran

Lined, directed by Kentrell Curry

Pare, directed by Stephanie Marpe

America Shattered, directed by Dillon Dooms

WW, directed by Jil Guyon

The program will feature speaker Dwight Chalmers and live music by Amos Cochran.

Venue: Stage 18 (18 East Center Street)


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

at UARK Bowl (644 W Dickson Street)


 5:00pm

 

 

SHORT FILM BLOCK (UNIVERSITY CONNECTIONS)

The films in this block were created by talented emerging filmmakers, representing colleges and universities throughout the country.

Loving Someone, directed by Cecil Dowdle

Stay With Me, directed by Adriana Li Mandri

Luminosity, directed by Matthew Magdefrau

It's All Subjective, by Gabe Miller

Cause And, directed by Donavon Thompson

Vilomah, by Kameron Lunon

A Story For The Lost, by Connor Reed

Trapper Man, by Waid Rainey

The Intersection, by Corey Graham

The Substitute by Allison Minor


6:45pm     

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


7:00pm    

Red Carpet/Silver Screen Opening Night Party

Live score event featuring The Shadow Ensemble. 

Support for Fayetteville Film Fest's Red Carpet/Silver Screen Opening Night Party is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Featuring craft beer from local breweries: Core Brewing Co, Lost Forty Brewing, Apple Blossom Brewing Company and Fossil Cove.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

at Chancellor Hotel (70 N East Ave)


12:00pm: ANIMATED SHORT FILM BLOCK      


The Servant 
09:00 / Iran

directed by Farnoosh Abedi
A bug becomes a servant.  A servant becomes a master. 


Annual
02:13 / USA / A / #

 directed by Will Hadley
The cycle of life through the seasons. 


The Farmers
02:56 / USA / A / # 

directed by Ophelia Duchesne-Malone
Two brothers are given the same inheritance, but each must decide what to do with it. 


Give the Dog a Bone
05:37/ USA

directed by Christina Shrier
After losing his human, a small dog finds himself alone in the world and must decide what’s next. 


Light Sight
07:34 / Iran

directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei
An imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it, but then the room itself becomes an obstacle. 


12:30pm: ROCK BLOCK (MUSIC VIDEOS & DOCUMENTARIES)    


Overheard: Shawn James

06:15/A/# directed by Zach Kennedy & Noah Sampsel

Harmless

04:20/A/# / directed by Angela Edge

Together Now (Jake Scott)

03:33/A/# / directed by Tommy Cramer

Overheard: Marc Broussard

04:33/A/#/ directed by Zach Kennedy

The Arkansas Wild Man
 

 

18:38 /A directed by Nathan Willis

Sonny Burgess, an 87-year-old rock and roll pioneer, lives a life of obscurity in his small Arkansas hometown, but travels overseas to England to play one final concert for his passionate and loyal fanbase there. 


1:30pm: FOREIGN FILM BLOCK  


A Whole World For A Little World
15:00/France

 

directed by Fabrice Bracq
A woman tells a great story to her baby.  In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she embeds memories for him to pass on to his daughter.


Annie Waits
08:56/United Kingdom

 

directed by Marnie Paxton-Harris
A story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin. 


Edith
14:57/United Kingdom

 

directed by Christian Cook
Since his wife, Edith’s, death four months ago, Jake has fallen into a life of drinking and isolation. He believes that Edith is haunting him and now she appears in his local pub.


Transmission
17:26/United Kingdom

directed by Varun Raman & Tom Hancock
This dystopian fever dream with echoes of Brazil and A Clockwork Orange is set in a near-future Britain and told from the fragmented, traumatized perspective of the protagonist, Leonard. 


Unleavened Bread
08:30/France

directed by Wilfried Meance
Venessa is in love with Remi.  Remi is in love with Venessa. The only problem with the relationship is that his bread won’t rise…


Child For Child
10:53/Venezuela

directed by Juan Avella
The life of a Venezuelan kidnapper takes an unexpected turn while on his last job. 


Partner
18:48/France

 

directed by Giorgini Antione
Today, Tony is supposed to audition for a drama school, but Steven, his best friend and reading partner, doesn’t show up.  After having failed to find another volunteer, Tony gives up and is determined to never speak to the traitor ever again. 


Gorilla
14:05/France

 

directed by Tibo Pinsard
Hollywood, 1952.  Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla in adventure movies.  For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress who is lost in the fake jungle.  But scaring the woman he desires is going to be a challenge for the gorilla who is also a man.  


3:30pm:  NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (A BLOCK)


Noble Creatures
19:53/# 

 

directed by Daniel Lafrentz
Two adversarial escaped convicts – with different ideas about how to hold on to their freedom – are hunted through the Louisiana swamp by a tortured, but resolute, female corrections officer. 


Mrs. Drake
14:58

directed by Caitlin FitzGerald
The story of blame, uncertainty and the complexities of a flawed mother as she wrestles with her responsibilities as a parent. 


Set Pickup
10:15/A/#

directed by Chris Churchill
A rideshare driver inadvertently chauffeurs an ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend on a date. 


Policy
04:30/A/#

directed by Donavon Thompson
A young boy buys a ticket to a movie theatre and gets the show of a lifetime.  In fact, it may be his last. 


Into the Green
14:02/A/#

directed by Mary McDade Casteel
A slice-of-life Narrative following the story of Eleanor, a high school principal in rural Arkansas, who is the queen in her kingdom of concrete walls and vinyl floors. 
 


4:30pm      

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


5:00pm: LGBTQ BLOCK


Sisak

15:00/India

directed by Faraz Arif Ansari

A first-of-its-kind silent LGBTQ film from India, Sisak is set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, and details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys. 


Not The Devil

3:05/United Kingdom

directed by Siobhan Schwartzberg

A teenage boy exploring his identity develops an obsession with a woman on his estate.  One day, they meet. 


The Devil is in the Details

19:25/France        

 

directed by Chris Fabien Gorgeart

1859.  Alexina, a trainee school teacher in the young girl’s convent where she grew up, suffers from unbearable pain.  The cause of the pain brings her both turmoil and clarity. 


Anchovies

16:59/United States

directed by Craig Harwood

Haunted by his mother’s drowning, Vern, a genderqueer teen, is forced to spend the day with his father’s new girlfriend.  But Vern isn’t interested in her omega three fatty acids, walks on the beach or motherly advice. 


feature films


6:30pm

American Folk
1:39:19/#

 

 

directed by David Heinz

Two strangers, both folk musicians (Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth) stranded in California, take a road trip to New York in the days after 9/11.  A story about the kindness of strangers and the power of music.


8:30pm     

Door In the Woods
1:15:00/A/#

 

directed by Chase Goforth

A young family is tormented by paranormal events after installing a vintage door in their home


9:45pm      

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


10:00pm

VIP AFTERPARTY, featuring the soulful Vinyl DJ  stylings of Robert Bell

Sponsored by The Actors Casting Agency

All Passholders admitted


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

DOCUMENTARY BLOCK

at The Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History (1 East Center Street)


9:00am  

 

 

Nobody Dies Here / 23:20
directed by Simon Panay

Perma gold mine, Benin.  Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found.  Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich.  Some died in the process, but others insist that nobody dies here. 


9:30am    

 

Voice of the Razorbacks / 22:00/A
directed by Jared Endsley & Cassie Schirm

To the people of Arkansas, Chuck Barrett, the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks men’s football and basketball programs is the “voice of the Razorbacks”.  The film follows Barrett throughout the 2015-16 Razorback football and basketball seasons, as we learn the history of, and what it takes to hold that position. 


10:00am    

 

Black Smoke, Sweet Coffee: The Story of A Nazi Girl
1:13:00/A/#

directed by Kate Siegenthaler
A psychological examination of a German woman, Dorle Jentsch, born in 1933 in Berlin, the year Hitler came to power. Her father was Head Lion-Keeper at the Berlin zoo and worked directly for Hitler with his lions. Her mother worked directly for Hitler’s Headquarter’s and Dorle traveled with them throughout the war. Dorle was a member of the Hitler Youth Organization at a very young age and indoctrinated with Hitler's 'hopes and dreams' for Germany ('And what was wrong with that?'). She lived through pre-war Germany, the bombing of Berlin and the subsequent take-over by the Russians. Dorle is now 84 years old and lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.


 

A Family Story
/06:54/A/#

directed by Jonelle Grace Lipscomb
"A Family Story" explores our need to understand how our memories of people and events from the past impact who we are in the present.


 

With All My Heart
19:55/A/#

directed by Mai Le and Kristi Welter
A young figure skater, Holly Grisso, overcomes adversity after her third heart surgery in her short lifetime. With the support of her coach and family, Holly gets back on the ice. When she sets out to do what she's always done, she learns that she'll have to reteach herself skills she spent years perfecting.


12:00pm

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


 

FILMMAKER FORUM & LUNCH

@ The Chancellor Hotel (70 North East Avenue)

11:30am

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY PANEL

Panelists:  Russell Sharman, Sebastian Twardosz, Ted Chalmers and Johnny Wilson

Filmmakers are invited to a wide ranging but in-depth discussion about the business of film, from the practical process of development to producing and distribution. 


1:00pm

FEATURE FILM:  Dayveon
1:15:00/A

 

 

directed by Amman Abbasi

In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.  Dayveon was nominated for an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. 


3:00pm:  NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (B BLOCK)  

at Chancellor Hotel (70 N East Ave)


Lawman
13:11

directed by Matthew Gentile
Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can get to keep a roof over his family’s head.


The Bluffs
07:06/A/#

 

directed by Madeline Finne
Patrick is going to propose on a getaway weekend but faces a life or death situation instead.


Last Stop
24:18/A

directed by Prentice Dupins
A veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Benjamin has given up on life and his family. He seeks solace in the family cemetery as he gathers the courage to end his life. As he pours out his despair and a bottle of whiskey in tribute to friends and beloved family members, Benjamin finds himself inexplicably transported back to 1860. He now must fight to survive the night as a runaway slave.


Sketch
12:55

directed by Mariama Diallo
A police sketch artist who believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings becomes convinced he knows how to do the right thing.


How To Fly
05:47

directed by Jim Spena
A young girl learns to fly with imagination, some help from a fairy, and her father's love.


Yes, We’re Open
14:09/#

directed by Yousef Kazemi
A story about an unlikely friendship between a convenience store owner and a shy, young girl. 


Among the Stars
07:00/A/#

directed by Matthew Magdefrau
A Father tries to protect his daughter from the harsh realities of their lives.


Lunch Break
03:49/A

directed by Daniel Wingfield
When someone keeps stealing Ted's lunch from the break room refrigerator, it starts to take a toll on his sanity.


4:30pm  

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


5:00pm:  SHORT FILM BLOCK (C BLOCK)

at Chancellor Hotel (70 N East Ave)


The Devil Made Me Do It
10:24/A/#

directed by Johnnie Brannon
Gene has two things to do today. Ask out Dotty and find out who is murdering his co-workers.


Petroleum Highway
08:50/#

 

directed by Strack Azar
As a young woman grapples with the instability of her relationship, she recalls a happenstance trip to a California oil field.


Girl of My Dreams
18:36/A/#

 

directed by Johnny Wilson
Edward Watson has been looking for something that can change his life. His challenge is to find what needs to change. Tonight he will search for answers in the most vast place anyone can explore, his own mind.


Lady Lillian
07:41

directed by Amber Johnson
Lady Lillian is a dark comedy about a tarot reader/psychic whose rambling and somewhat absurd conversations with clients become self-fulfilling prophesies.


Day 177
12:34/A/#

 

directed by Russell Sharman
It's his son's birthday today. He's not going to miss another one. Not this year. A film about regret, fatherhood and addiction.


Girl Meets Roach
17:00

directed by Christopher Zatta
Reeling from a sudden pre-Christmas breakup, MAGGIE hides herself away from the outside world, avoiding work, friends, and a persistent delivery guy. When a cockroach appears in her apartment, Maggie’s initial disgust slowly turns to affection. Could her newfound friendship with the roach help her move on? Or will discovering the extent of her ex’s betrayal send her over the edge?


Knock
A/#

 

directed by the Happily Miserable
This winning film from the Little Rock 48 Hour Film project follows a professional organizer on a mysterious and overwhelming job.  


6:30pm    

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


7:30pm

FEATURE FILM: 
All The Birds Have Flown South

1:38:00/A/#

 

 

directed by Joshua Miller & Miles Miller

After the death of his overbearing Mother, a sheltered man attempts to win the affection of a degenerate waitress by caring for her terminally ill and abusive husband. Soon all three lives begin to unravel as obsession and disease consume them all.


9:10pm    

Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS


9:30pm

AWARDS & CLOSING CEREMONY


10:00pm

 

VIP CLOSING PARTY with live music from The Vine Brothers

Stage 18 (18 East Center Street) 

All Passholders Admitted