SCREENING TIME & DATE: Opening Night Film – Friday, September 6th @ 7:00 PM
SYNOPSIS: Harris, a world-weary cab driver, and his fare, Penny, find themselves tr9apped in an endless nighttime cab ride where secrets will be revealed, truths will come to light, and their lives will be changed forever.
AWARDS NOMINATIONS (7): Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Score
DIRECTOR: D.C. Hamilton
CAST: Gino Anthony Pesi, Brinna Kelly, Jason Stuart
RATINGS GUIDE: Language, Adult Content
USA / 2018 / 1 hour, 22 minutes
DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: D.C. Hamilton has directed over 50 projects including feature films, short films and commercials. He began his career as showrunner David Zabel’s assistant on the long-running Emmy-winning series ER, then went on to various production and art department roles on shows such as The West Wing, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Friday Night Lights. In 2009, D.C. wrote and produced the independent feature film My Name is Jerry which stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Star Trek Discovery). It was an official selection at the Heartland Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards including Best Picture at the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival, Best Picture at the International Filmmaker Festival, and Best Comedy at the Route 66 Film Festival. 2016 saw the North American and worldwide released of his feature directorial debut, The Midnight Man (starring William Forsythe, Vinnie Jones, and Brent Spiner) which garnered positive reviews and has a follow-up in the works.
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STEEL CUT OATS (USA)
SYNOPSIS: A washed-up boxer builds a giant monster out of oatmeal… and raises it as a son.
DIRECTOR: Harry Chaskin
RATINGS GUIDE: Mild Violence, Mild Language
AWARDS NOMINATIONS (4): Best Fantasy Short, Best Ensemble Cast – Short, Best Production Design – Short, Best VFX – Short
DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Harry Chaskin is a writer, director, and animator. He strives to tell character driven stories using classic handmade techniques like stop-motion animation, matte paintings and miniatures. Harry has helmed projects for Netflix, FXX, Adult Swim, Warner Bros, DC Comics, Disney, and many others. His film Bygone Behemoth premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at dozens of festivals internationally, picking up several awards along the way. He created the Annie-nominated web series Friendship All-Stars for L/Studio, directed Netflix’s first stop-motion series Buddy Thunderstruck, and served as animation director on the Emmy Award winning Robot Chicken. Harry recently released his first graphic novel The Happiest Place about the seedy underbelly of theme parks. He is currently developing a live-action/stop-motion feature film.
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