Charleston International Film Festival: Saturday, Block 1

Saturday, April 12 at 11:00am

at Charleston Music Hall
  • All Ages, Bar with ID
Shorts Program

Script To Screen Winner —TURPENTINE NAILS
Drama (7 mins.) SC/ World Premiere

Writer: Megan Montgomery of Goose Creek High School

Synopsis: The conflicts of a gut wrenching choice impacts a young girls life, as she struggles to make the right choice. Compelling and powerful, this short student winning script reflects the inner turmoil we all face when confronted with sudden challenges.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Animation (6 mins.) Israel, SC Premiere

Directors/Producers: Ben Genislaw and Yonni Aroussi
Writers: Ben Genislaw, Yonni Aroussi and Omri Givon
Cast: Nani Vahava and Ohad Hall

Synopsis: Journey to the future of Rani and Keren, a young couple moving in together for the first time. Without control they are drawn to the race of marriage, children and work, while desperately trying to keep up with the race and stay together.

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ALONE TIME
Drama (13 mins.) SC Premiere

Director: Rod Blackhurst
Writers: Rod Blackhurst and David Ebeltoft
Producer: Josh Murphy
Cast: Rose Hemingway, David Chokachi, Jonathan Gundel and Peggy Scott

Synopsis: A young woman, stressed by her busy and continually crowded New York City existence, spontaneously retreats to a solitary lake deep in the Adirondacks.

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REEL TRADITION
Drama (13 mins.) World Premiere

Director/Writer: Shelly Short
Producers: Whitney Hess, Neil Short, Tami Ross, LaToya Yeargans and Megan Melrose
Cast: Charlie Ribbons and Jennifer Vincent

Synopsis: Reel Tradition is the story of Peter, a third-generation fisherman, on his quest to catch "The Big One" and add his glory to that of his lineage. Using traditional fishing methods handed down father-to-son he has yet to succeed but hasn't lost hope. On this day's trip to the lake he encounters a young woman that clearly hasn't learned the way of the fish. Partly out of a sense of charity and partly for his own sanity, Peter illustrates for Sammy the correct way to cast. She in turn offers him a piece of her special bait that seems to attract the fish where his trusty worms have failed. The decision Peter finds himself facing is to forgo tradition in favor of new ways or keep the faith despite his continued failure.

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DIAMOND JOHN
Period Comedy (14 mins.) East Coast Premiere

Director/Writer: Travis Mosler
Producer: Rachel McGee
Cast: Tom Kagy, Ann Muse, Haylin Tucker, Kwynn McEntire, Sarah Guinee, Kenzie Taylor, Kaylei Taylor and Jason Willey

Synopsis: Diamond John is a period comedy about the wildly eccentric character, John Wesley Huddleston. He supports his wife and five daughters by digging for gold and precious minerals while raising animals on the side. But the ground has consistently turned up dry. When faced with the news that his family's home is facing imminent foreclosure, John is forced to decide between getting a respectable job and continuing his passionate prospecting with unlikely hopes of striking it rich. With his wife threatening to take their five daughters and leave, the stakes are high. But who knows? Maybe he'll discover one of the largest naturally occurring diamond sites in the world?

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HOPELESS ROMANTIC
Romantic Thriller (17 mins.) East Coast Premiere

Director:Maya Tanaka
Writer: Barrie Potter
Producers: Harry Joseph and Dmitriy Karfagenskiy

Cast: Ben Newell and Helen Rogers

Synopsis: A bike mechanic falls for a girl that may not be all she seems. A story about love, kind of.

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INTO THE SILENT SEA
Drama (25 mins.) USA/SWEDEN, East Coast Premiere

Director/Writer: Andrej Landin
Producers: Heather McBride and Andrej Landin
Cast: Zack Sayenko, Tatiana Dekhtyar and Peter Arpesella
Synopsis: Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.

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THIS IS IT
Comedy (3 mins.) SC Premiere

Director/Writer: Alexander Engel
Producers: Brad Payne and Mathew Achterberg
Cast: David Gelles, Mike Steinmetz, Hannah Dunne and Nicole Balsam

Synopsis: Two college kids. First apartment. It gets real. Fast.
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