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The 2014 Films

A Beautiful Waste
Jon Kasbe – 5-minutes

Workshop #2 – Sat - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Most people don't spend their Saturday nights in New York's sewers. Steve Duncan isn't most people.

Aeternus
Jonathan Keil – 17-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

A creature living alone in an underground lab seeks to create a female counterpart after the death of his master. All the while, he combats loss, self doubt, and finding something in his life that fate cannot take away. jonathandanekeil@gmail.com

B2F
Marilyn Hays – 15-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

When Barb, a butch, meets Carly, her desire and expectations get bent all out of shape; much to her own pleasure as it turns out, or did it? mare.hays@gmail.com

Bedowyn's "O' Bitter Sea”
Rich Gurnsey – 4-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

Cthulhu, the Kraken, Vikings, oh my...A Viking’s ship is destroyed; stranding him in a stormy sea from which sea monsters slowly, threateningly rise. Someone, or something, is casting a watchful eye from above. What will become of him? Mythological elements, heavy metal, epic adventure: Odin would approve. richgurnsey@gmail.com

Bombshell
Erin Sanger – 14-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A ten year-old tomboy must weigh her loyalty to her trusted older brother as the siblings become complicit in a hate crime on the Fourth of July. erinksanger@gmail.com

Bragg N East
Rob Underhill – 24-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

Inspired by true events, a life shattering tragedy unites two former adversaries in search of answers: a police officer and a gang-member, both hardened by years of working the streets. Bragg N East is a gritty, faith-oriented police drama about hopeless lives in inner-city Raleigh, North Carolina-and of the hope-filled vision of a local cop, Robert, whose inspired outreach of love changes the lives of many in that community-especially that of the gang member and drug dealer, Dae'Quan. While the story line is fictional, it is inspired by true events and the experiences of Raleigh officer Robert Wagner, whose vision this film promotes and honors. wakedrama@gmail.com

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
Prince EA – 3-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Is Facebook the anti-social network? princeea.makesmartcool@gmail.com

Ceiling Finger
Sean Kelley & Dalton Price – 7-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

A suburban family lives with a giant finger who suddenly becomes concerned about the children after the divorce of their parents. Kelleysm@artist.uncsa.edu & pricedk@artist.uncsa.edu

Charm City Rumpus
Ryan Romkema – 16-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Billie, an eleven-year-old girl from Baltimore, has an obsession with classic detectives. ryan@ryanromkema.com

Christiania - 40 Years of Occupation
Robert Lawson and Rich Jackman – 76-minutes

Film Block #1 – Sat - 12:00pm – 1:45pm

Christiania - 40 Years of Occupation tells the story of a 40-year-old squatter community occupying an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. Christiania was born in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals as their home. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment. Forty years later, Christiania is still standing. Through interviews with longtime Christiania residents and police and government officials, Christiania - 40 Years of Occupation explores consensus democracy, alternative building methods, drug policy and Scandinavian culture in a provocative and often humorous character study of this community. busno.8@gmail.com.

Combustabilly
Jake Bellew – 10-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

An explosive comedy about Billy's first day on the job at a fireworks store. bellewjm@artist.uncsa.edu

Day Of The Dinosaur
Wallace Jones – 2-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

As the "Chicxulub" asteroid hurtles towards Earth, two dinosaurs are oblivious to their impending doom. wallace63jones@hotmail.com

Delivery
Christopher K. Walker – 10-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Bill's fifty-two years old, has a mountain man beard, and delivers pizza on a fixie in Brooklyn. Over the course of several shifts, DELIVERY unveils an intriguing man rushing food to your door while it's still hot and fresh.

Disengaged
Christopher G. Moore – 15-minutes

Film Block #4 – Sat - 9:00pm - 11:30pm

A determined young woman faces the daunting task of taking care of her neighbors after a post-apocalyptic event leaves them frozen in place. ilikefilms@gmail.com

Dryden - The Small Town that
Changed the Fracking Game

Chris Jordan-Bloch – 11-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

"The industry kept saying: 'We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave,'" says Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to her town of Dryden, NY. But Joanne and her neighbors came up with a plan. This is the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry. cjordanbloch@earthjustice.org.

Harbinger
Kieran Moreira – 23-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

In the heart of rural North Carolina, Harold, a starry-eyed ten year old, races through the forest. He joins his adopted mother, Avery, just as she puts the final nails on his new treehouse. Troubled by the sight of a fiery giant deep within the woods, Harold asks to rehear the story of his own origin. kieran@drawbridge.tv

Heartbeats of Fiji
Jon Kasbe – 10-minutes

Workshop #2 – Sat - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Ben is searching for purpose. Masi is following a dream. From separate islands, yet connected through music, their paths crossed at Fiji's Beat Making Lab. The Beat Making Lab believes music can transform individuals and communities. They build studios around the world, training youth in the art of beat making.

Help, Hope and Healing
Ora DeKornfeld – 3-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Dancing. Painting. Gardening. Talking. These can all be forms of healing. At the Orange County Rape Crisis center, the stories of pain, trauma and injustice are balanced by moments of growth, compassion and understanding. This film is an artful approach to the many healing services offered at the center. pdekornfeld@gmail.com

Intuition
Danielle Lurie – 8-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

A short film set in Barcelona about a woman who is unable to listen to herself.

Jennifer Lawrence is Coming
Justin Dec – 4-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

Is she or isn’t she? jd@justindec.com

Life Reflected
Jon Kasbe – 3-minutes

Workshop #2 – Sat - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

From the moment we're born to the moment we die, water powers life.

Liyana, On Command
Eryk Pruitt – 12-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

A troubled couple takes the problems within their rocky marriage to an unconventional therapist who may have an agenda all her own. reverenderyk@hotmail.com

Love at First Sight
Mark Playne – 14-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

A heart-warming story of a lonely young man and his increasingly creative attempts to attract the attention of the girl of his dreams. A Gentle film of hope and optimism. bhakti@1stsightfilms.co.uk

Mipso in Japan
Jon Kasbe – 8-minutes

Film Block #3 – Sat - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A young bluegrass band is well loved in their home state of North Carolina. Where do they go on their first tour? Japan. On a journey that blurs the cultural divide between East and West, three young musicians travel across the world to discover that the twang of the banjo needs no translation. While performing at a bluegrass festival, jamming with fiddle virtuosos, and touring by bullet train, the band finds that the traditions rooted in their home state have far-reaching branches. jtkasbe@gmail.com

Neon Lines
Jake Kath – 1-minute

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A short story told by animating neon lines. – For mature audiences only. kathjj@artist.uncsa.edu

Pieces Of Talent
Joe Stauffer – 95-minutes

Film Block #4 – Sat - 9:00pm - 11:30pm

Set in the small coastal town of Bright Leaf, North Carolina, Pieces of Talent centers around Charlotte, a disillusioned aspiring actress working a night job as a cocktail waitress in order to make ends meet. Charlotte catches a break when seemingly chance circumstances put her in contact with a local filmmaker, David Long. David and Charlotte form a quick friendship that leads to Charlotte landing the starring role in David’s newest project. David quickly becomes obsessed with Charlotte and begins building his bloody masterpiece. He films each encounter with the ultimate goal of filming Charlotte as his final installment. David is a happily obsessed individual willing to do whatever it takes to make true art. He utilizes his charm and skills to make something dark and deranged seem utterly beautiful and loving. shutterblademedia@gmail.com

Roses for Margaret
Christene Hurley & Evan Scott Russell – 13-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A lonely secretary imagines a love affair with a co-worker who committed suicide. hurleycs@artist.uncsa.edu & Russell.es@artist.uncsa.edu

Running in Place
Rob Underhill – 4-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

A story of a child overcoming the hardest of beginnings in life: parents separated, separation from one’s mother by social services, parents lost to drug abuse and mental illness. Now grown up, MARIO returns with a close-friend to the deserted and dilapidated home of his childhood to explore and overcome these ghosts of his past, so that he can stop running in place as his parents had done and move on in a positive way into his adult life. wakedrama@gmail.com

Simorgh
Meghdad Asadi Lari – 5-minutes

Film Block #2 – 3:30pm - 5:15pm

Simorgh is a personal interpretation of The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud- Din Attar. A choreographic piece that incorporates Persian music, calligraphic art and ornament designs to tell the traditional Persian story of life that deals with the fragility of self worth. It centers around a few birds of different breeds, each representative of a particular human characteristic; ego, greed, avarice, etc. The birds are seemingly satisfied with their perceptions of self, but on a chance journey they each embark upon, they find they are stronger as a community and are strengthened by allowing others to complete their true self. meghdad.asadi@gmail.com

Spin
Piper Kessler – 9-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

Spin is a short love story about a woman from the right and a woman from the left meeting in the middle. kvworks@me.com

Starlight
Alex Thompson, Zach Turner & Justin Hoover
17-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

A daughter struggles to come to terms with her mother's sacrifice when a cosmic darkness threatens to destroy all living things on Earth. walexthompson@hotmail.com, zturner@artist.uncsa.edu, jhoover1@artist.uncsa.edu

Talking Carl Talks Too Much
Justin Dec – 4-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

He really does. jd@justindec.com.

The Collection
Ian Gullett & Tay Nikonovich – 16-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ava, a bored young girl out shopping with her parents, wanders off in an antique store. She finds herself locked in the shops back room where she discovers a mysterious door that opens to many different places and times. iangullett@gmail.com & taynikonovich@gmail.com

The Discontentment of Ed Telfair
Daniel Campbell – 18-minutes

Film Block #7 – Sun - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Ed Telfair is a mundane middle-aged man who's dealing with insecurities in his life until he decides to take matters into his own hands. dcambel55@yahoo.com

The Good Friend
Jim Howle – 27-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

A film about lifelong friendship. Its importance to the human condition can not be underestimated. Meet Jim Howle, The Greatest Clown Artist on Earth. A Ringling Brothers Clown that also has had great success painting, teaching comedy, and is a mentor for so many clowns and artists. His friendship's are legendary. Meet Teddy Goodman. A Clown student that attended the very first Ringling Brothers Clown College in 1968. That's where he met Jim Howle, who was also a student that first year. It was the height of the Vietnam War and during Clown College, Ted was drafted and had to report for duty. Ted was devastated, but did what was right for his country. Upon getting his physical, Uncle Sam declared him 4F and rejected him because of his poor eye sight, weight and flat feet. Ted never was able to get back to Clown College, let alone tour with the circus. His life became a series of misadventures, journeying from job to job, accident to accident. Forty years later, Jim and Ted re-connected and the friendship from all those years ago picked up right where it left off. This is where "The Good Friend" begins. A story of caring even when there are the obstacles of distance, time and age. True friendship and true characters. nic@beerymedia.com.

The Honorable Ellie Kinnaird
Martha Moore – 14-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This biographical profile recounts the remarkable journey of Ellie Kinnaird, from conventional Midwestern 1930's upbringing and life as a 1950's suburban housewife and mother, to an esteemed, nationally recognized political progressive in the South. Empowered in the 1970s by the women's liberation movement, Kinnaird became a prominent attorney and a courageous, outspoken advocate for social justice, the environment, education and campaign finance reform. She served four terms as mayor of Carrboro, NC and eight terms as a North Carolina state senator representing the 23rd District. The documentary follows her in 2013 -- in what would become her final, tumultuous year in public office -- Kinnaird resigned her senate seat in protest to the extreme conservative Republican agenda. At the age of 82, she is spearheading a grassroots effort to combat the restrictive NC Voter ID law and fight from the outside to transform the NC State Legislature. moore.marthaj@gmail.com

The Man Who Fed His Shadow
Mario Garefo – 18-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A man intrudes into rich people’s dinners claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow, which curiously enough, is a female figure. mgarefos@hotmail.com

The Reincarnation of Ms. Barabe
Peter Bowlin & Adam Payton – 17-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A sheltered 19-year-old girl believes her recently deceased mother has been reincarnated into a cute guinea pig. Desperately trying to make sense of her new life with "Momma," Dakota takes the guinea pig everywhere, until she realizes that it is time to let go. peterlbowlin@gmail.com & apayton2@artist.uncsa.edu

The Seat
Aby Rao – 8-minutes

Film Block #2 – Sat - 3:30pm - 5:15pm

Kamla is a Sri Lankan woman who has struggled with alcoholism for many years. She is also a driving instructor who is facing financial ruin. Miyako, needy Japanese immigrant, has also endured recent struggles of her own. Things go drastically wrong when Kamla and Miyako cross paths in this unforgettable short film. abyrao@gmail.com

The Sunburned
Bahram Ark - 15-minutes

Film Block #1 – Sat - 12:00pm – 1:45pm

The Sunburned is a narrative about a lonely and disgruntled man who takes care of sunflowers. Due to his jealously of sun he takes sunflowers to a dark place but under some circumstances he himself felt captive in darkness. Finally, the man comes back to farm again, however, this time he confronts a mouse and puts that mouse in a cage. bahramark@gmail.com.

The Two Year Old
Jon Kasbe – x-minutes

Workshop #2 – Sat - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

Coming Soon.

Topography
Jon Kasbe

Film Block #3 – Sat - 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Uncandy
Marceia Patterson – 3-minutes

Film Block #4 – Sat - 9:00pm - 11:30pm

On Halloween night, a little girl ventures into a spooky old house, unaware that a horrifying monster that lives inside. The monster tries to take the girl's candy, which soon proves to be a big mistake. pattersonms@artist.uncsa.edu

Verbatim
Brett Weiner – 7-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. brett.weiner@gmail.com

Welcome To Creepyville – Episode 4
Gabbing with Gabby

Rich Gurnsey – 3-minutes

Film Block #6 – Sun - 3:15pm - 5:15pm

Steven gets a little closer to the object of his affection, Gabby. richgurnsey@gmail.com

When The Land Turned Black
Blaire Briody and Ashley Panzera – 4-minutes

Film Block #5 – Sun - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

When The Land Turned Black is a glimpse into the life of a third generation farmer in North Dakota, Donny Nelson, and the changes he's seen to his land during one of America's largest oil booms. He's now surrounded by 25 oil wells, and documented spills, accidents and the release of dangerous gasses on his once-peaceful farm. Donny's connection and love for his land is a powerful contrast to the oil industry around him. bkbriody@gmail.com

The Carrboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro.

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