Student films

Broken Sword

Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Forum

15 minutes

A martial arts student seeks the power for revenge in the pieces of an ancient sword.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director: Phil de Courcel Producer: Gilana Lobel Editor: Christopher Ferris

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

Buddy: The Musical

Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Forum

World premiere

17 minutes

Buddy Capps and his moped, Bessie, sing and save Papa Pete’s Pizza from brother Paulie and the Pernicious Pizza gang in this musical comedy.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director: Dom Smith, Ryan Collins, Sam Laughlin, Andrew Young Producer: Dom Smith, Catherine Linebarger, Travis Van Sweden, Jeff Giordano Editor: Ryan Collins, Dom Smith

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

Cleaver

Friday, 10:45 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.
Saturday, 11:15 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Fine Arts Theatre, upper

World premiere

10 minutes

Thirteen-year-old Nikki lives with her parents, Tom and Sylvia, who seem like the perfect all-American couple and treat her like a princess. But there’s one problem: Tom and Sylvia are serial killers. After they murder their most recent victim, a mysterious Bible salesman visits the home. He tries to save Nikki, but will he be too late?

Director/Producer/Editor: John Harvey

University of Memphis

Flowers of a Madman

Friday, noon – 1:30 p.m.
The Forum

North Carolina premiere

17 minutes

A portrayal of the insanities of a man who has conversations with a garden of obnoxious flowers that taunt him about his past.

Director: Jason Harrington Producer: Julie Custer Editor: Joseph Campanale

Chapman University

Look Away

Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon
The Forum

North Carolina premiere

22 minutes

A pregnant thief finds apparent sanctuary at the home of an elderly midwife.

Director: Zach Goode Producer: Stacey Kattman Editor: Zach Goode

Chapman University

Love Thy Neighbor

Saturday, 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.
The Forum

North Carolina premiere

25 minutes

A hopeless romantic is devastated when her next-door neighbor dumps her and then flaunts his new relationship. She retreats into her work, but when the boy in the next cubicle shows interest in her, she must decide whether to risk her only sanctuary.

Director: Stacey Kattman Producer: Hillary Cook Editor: Ryan Fenton-Strauss

Chapman University

Madison County Project

Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:45 – 10:15 p.m.
The Forum

25 minutes

An examination of the tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing in Madison County, N.C., and how the works of documentary filmmakers, photographers and academics have influenced that tradition. The story unfolds through the historical works of John Cohen, Rob Amberg and Harvey Wang, as well as the voices of today’s ballad singers, such as Sheila Kay Adams, Donna Ray Norton, Denise Norton O’Sullivan and DeeDee Norton Buckner.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director/Producer/Editor: Martha King, Rob Roberts

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Maniac du Jour

Friday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 4:45-6:45 p.m.
The Forum

World premiere

20 minutes

Set in the near future when reality TV is at its zenith, an ordinary man is selected as the “Maniac du Jour” and granted 24-hour immunity from prosecution for crimes he may commit, including murder.

This film contains adult content. Filmed in North Carolina.

Director: Marc Freshman Producer: Mary Chapman Editor: Nathaniel Park

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

The Message

Friday, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 12:30 – 2:15 p.m.
The Forum

World premiere

5 minutes

A Thai student listens to his concerned aunt’s voice message in his apartment. At the same moment, he has a flashback of his past, which has departed him.

Director/Producer/Editor: Jamorn Theprungsirikul

Maryland Institute, College of Art

Seconds

Friday, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
The Forum

15 minutes

Seconds feel like an eternity during an awkward reunion in the middle of a bank robbery.

Filmed in North Carolina. This film contains adult content.

Director: Brett Haley Producer: Chyrea Murdough Editor: Nathaniel Park

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

The Shabbos Goy

Friday, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
The Forum

North Carolina premiere

27 minutes

And God said to Onan, “Thall shalt not spill thy seed in vain.” When Lubavicher Chasid Avram Leibelson learns of his infertility, he may think his decision to become celibate pleases God, but it certainly doesn’t please his wife. Her suggestion to hire a “Shabbos Goy” to do the job for them teaches them both some things about sex, love and the power of persuasion.

Director/Editor: Rachel Pearl Producer Rachel Pearl, Samantha Davidson Green

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Son Up

Friday, noon – 1:30 p.m.
The Forum

Friday, 7 – 9 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre, lower

World premiere

23 minutes

Shadd Johnson just got released from the juvenile detention center only to return to a dead end, rural hometown. When a security guard from the detention center befriends him, he begins to face the challenges of growing-up as a teenage criminal. Can he break the cycle of incarceration he’s always known?

This film contains adult content.

Director: Andrew Shearer Producer: Anna Salim, Liska Ostojic Editor: Nicholas Sherman Production Company: Way of Dale Productions

Chapman University

The Transmission

Friday, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
The Forum

World premiere

29 minutes

After learning that UBERCORP plans to replace his space research program with an automated device, Louis makes contact with an alien being who warns that technology threatens humanity’s existence and that he’s been chosen to warn humanity.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director/Producer/Editor: Daniel Judson

University of North Carolina – Asheville

The Tragedy of Glady

Friday, 8:45 – 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, 4:45 – 6:45 p.m.
The Forum

20 minutes

Glady is always prepared … for the worst. Misunderstood by teachers, parents and peers, she depends most on her relationship with best friend Claire, who begins to pull away after suffering the loss of her parents. In an attempt to reconnect with her friend, Glady seeks out a tragedy of her own and ultimately finds it.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director: Karrie Crouse Producer: Sarah Crawford Editor: Toby Rogers

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

Vocalize

Saturday, 10 – noon
The Forum

World premiere

17 minutes

Elliot Gerard has one dream in life: to become a rapper. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite fit the mold of the typical hip-hop lyricist. For starters, he’s White and Jewish. But he won’t let that get in the way.

Director/Producer: Robert Bregman Editor: Michael Toth, Robert Bregman

The School of Visual Arts

Waking Isa

Friday, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
The Forum

20 minutes

A photographer studying beauty awakens artistically and to her own sexuality.

Filmed in North Carolina. This film contains adult content.

Director: Katharine Trask Producer: Mary Chapman, Tom Santay Editor: Ben Brockman

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

Woodrow Wilson

Friday, 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, 4:45 – 6:45 p.m.
The Forum

World premiere

20 minutes

As a joke on their home-schooled freshman buddy Thaddeus, sophomores Brent and Chet create a harmless, fake drug they claim is known on the streets as “Woodrow Wilson.” To their dismay, Thaddeus quickly becomes a popular provider of “Woodrow” and the entire student body becomes addicted to their fake drug.

Filmed in North Carolina.

Director: Ryan Hunter Producer: Tom Santay Editor: Emily O’Brien

North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

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