Fort Myers Beach Film Festival – Film Synopsis
Local Shorts #1
|The Olive Tree|
...a tale of the Human experience as told from the perspective of a tree. The Olive Tree is a story of emotion, desire, and subjective existence admired by those who abstain from Humanity.
Director: Glendalina Ziemba. Writers: Glendalina Ziemba and Tony Mallous. Cast: Amanda Parke and Glendalina Ziemba. Brief Nudity.
Is she the woman you see? Directors: Amy Lyn Howell and Donald E. Reynolds. Writer: Amy Lyn Howell. Cast: John Kelmer, Ruthy Wood
A nameless, faceless family falls victim to the austerity sequence, and struggles to survive in the decaying, current economic climate. Director: Bryan F. Davis. Writers: Bryan F. Davis and Jennifer Keister. Cast: Amit Roy, Debbie Jordan, Jennifer Keister, Kaymen Lackey, Martin Lemaire, Matthew D. Perez
I Love You Now Die
I Love You Now Die' tells the story of an eccentric, bored married couple who find a killer way to renew their love for each other with danger, excitement and murder in this quirky comedy.
Director: Mark Stolzenberg. Writer: Mark Stolzenberg. Cast: Annette Silva, Chris Cannan, John Diaz, Jon Cross, Judy Copeland, Mark Stolzenberg, Suzanne Froix
In the near future, one child's imagination echo's the life of a soldier that he never met. Directors: Donald E. Reynolds and Amy Lyn Howell. Writer: Amy Lyn Howell. Cast: Amelia Bartlett, L.J. Ruth, Michael Rodriguez
Local Shorts #2
|One January Morning|
One January Morning is a short film highlighting a typical Sunday morning for my girlfriend, Victoria, and me. The footage was shot at the near-by Lakes Park in Fort Myers, FL, where we enjoy skating because of the paved, scenic trails, and abundant wildlife.
Director: Dustin Waits. Writer: Dustin Waits. Cast: Victoria Mastroianni.
Seasons of Thunder
Seasons of Thunder introduces us to the genuine people who ride their Harley Davidson motorcycles and goes with them on a journey through the seasons. Director: Elizabeth Billings. Writer: Keith Tracy.
Acline is an abandoned dog who finds love, then looses love and along the way learns that even half way home can be a good place. Director: Elizabeth Billings. Writer: Keith Tracey
Shorts Package #1
Lance Wesley lost his job and fiance on the same day. Depressed and downtrodden, he moves back into his parents' Guesthouse where he spent his youth.
As he fights constantly with his frustrated and patient-less father, relics from his past pay him a visit. Will his past propel him forward?
Director: Aaron Wolf. Writer: Aaron Wolf. Cast: Aaron Wolf, Angela Gould, Heather Lind, Lori Friedman, Mark Gessner, Michael Gross, Michael Robert Young, Sean Allison
Things We Don't Know
A young prostitute is reintroduced to her estranged father after 15 years. Red Flight Pictures who will be leading Friday's Workshop. Director: Kyle Thompson. Writer: Kyle Thompson. Cast: Alessandra Fabiani, Jason Boyle, Joseph Guice.
14 year old Harley is trying to save her families broke down bed and breakfast in the swamp country of florida. When a gruff guest with a mysterious background arrives she wonders if her fortunes have changed.
Director: Noah DeBonis. Writers: Luke Fronefield and Margaret Cardillo. Cast: Ike Seamans, Keana Marie, Peter Haig, Richard Haylor, Sarahi Diaz, Sydney Rouviere, Terrance Murphy
Waiting for Jilly
In the dark night of a lover's soul a man waits to see if the woman he loves will stay with him or return to a husband she never wanted to marry. Director: Lis Anna. Writer: Lis Anna. Cast: Elizabeth D'Onofrio, Chirie Dautel, Carrie Howard
Shorts Package #2
|Yours and Mine|
Grandpa needs a follow up visit to his doctor following a serious episode. Grandma might just be a little anxious about it. While they make their way to visit the doctor's office, they bicker and pick at each other, as old folks are inclined to do. The humor of the button-pushing goes a bit too far, and it's up to one of them to emotionally rescue the other in a moment of tenderness and enduring love.
Director: Mitch Fields. Writer: Mitch Fields. Cast: Carol Dines, Glen Veteto, J.R. Stuart
In the year 2038, a man is about to embark on a journey of reconciliation with his estranged daughter, when a natural disaster hurls his plans off course.
Directors: Aimee Long and Dana Turken. Writers: Aimee Long and Helen Shang. Cast: Alexis Jacknow, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Bel Delia, Cynthia San Luis, Geoffrey Arend, Jennifer Taylor Lawrence, Luis Fernandez-Gil, Mark Saul, Shabnam Islam Parasiliti, Traig Trumbo, Valentino Del Toro, Victoria Ortiz
Once Upon a Time... Forever
The film Once Upon a Time... Forever is a psychological drama about human dream of all times - about eternal life. Everyone has dream of it at some time but do we really want to live forever rather than just stop a wonderful moment? What to do if you happened to get elixir of immortality and eternal youth and you have only 2 hours to make use of it? Will you share it with anyone? With whom? The main characters of the film, Maxim and Lila have to decide these questions. Country: Russia Federation. Director: Anna Sokolova, Writer: Anna Sokolova. Cast: Daria Marusova and Ilia Baranov
Salmon Deadly Sins
Five thousand salmon colored index cards, the seven deadly sins, bizarre anagrams and a host of serendipitous occurrences have mingled in the artist's imagination and emerged on paper as Salmon Deadly Sins. With music by Leftover Salmon, this seven minute flip book style film is a moving drawing; each frame was created individually, by hand, on a 3X5 inch index card. Artist Steven Vander Meer creates his drawings with inspiration derived from words. These include the titles of the film's seven chapters: envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath. Each chapter also has an anagram of Salmon Deadly Sins, to inspire further creativity in the drawings. Self portraits are prevalent in the artist's work, and remind us that creativity comes from within.
Director: Steven Vander Meer. Writer: Steven Vander Meer.
An American soldier is making a surprise visit home from Afghanistan to see his wife and newborn daughter. But he soon finds that the pressures of being back home -- even for a short stay -- are more strenuous than those at the war front.
Director: James Babanikos. Writer: James Babanikos. Cast: Avery Schreier, Candace Clift, Joel Oramas, Linden Tailor, Mark Woollett, Mikell Pinkney, Nazeeh Tarsha, Nichole Hamilton, Pablo Momene, Ric Rose, Russell Schultz, Thaddeus Walker
Shorts Package #3
Two lonely people, with personal baggage, on separate evenings out - on the same street in Greenwich Village, she with a friend, he alone, end up on the subway platform where an old Eastern European woman plays rueful accordion music (she becomes a muse/cupid). They get into the same subway car and from there surreptitiously observe each other and submerge themselves in romantic fantasies (black and white). They never speak and she, just before exiting the train, has one last 'fantasy kiss' on the train, ending their 'romance.' Haunting accordion music and subway imagery add a fine subtlety to the romance and mystery.
Director: Robert Haufrecht. Writer: Robert Haufrecht. Cast: Alexander Vino, Claudio Musajo, Dunsten Cormack, Heath Carr, Ingrid Jeanbaptiste, Karen Giordano, Luis Fellipe Aragon, Marcia Haufrecht, Mark Borkowski, Mihaela Mihut, Philip "Bo" White, Ree Merrill, Reeves Lehmann, Suzanne DiDonna
Sky Blue Collar
A businessman and a carpet installer enjoy a wild and playful friendship, but when their class-conscious bosses pressure them to steer clear of each other, the Romeo and Juliet of the workaday world must decide what's more important: how we make a living, or who we're living for. Southwest Florida Premiere. Director: Derek Frey. Writers: David Amadio, Gil Damo, Steve Kuzmick. Cast: Gil Damon, Matt Amadio, Steve Kuzmick, Tim Flanagan
Frank, a middle aged army medic discovers a young woman in his kitchen on the morning of his final deployment to Afghanistan. The two develop a bond that goes deeper than they both expected.
Director: Harlan Bosmajian. Writer: Harlan Bosmajian. Cast: Clint Jordan
Wake is a dark comedy about one man's longing for closure. Years earlier Lawrence left Halifax, Nova Scotia to escape the overbearing Aunt and Uncle that were supposed to be sheltering him and guiding him through his formative years. Now Uncle Marvin has died and Lawrence has returned, looking for closure. First he has to face his past, his Aunt and even Marvin himself. To prepare for his trip back to his traumatic childhood home, Lawrence has been working closely with a therapist in an intensive one-on-one training program. A process Lawrence likens to Jedi training. Everything has an order and he has returned to a place of chaos and the dark side.Lawrence quest: to be sure that Marvin is actually dead. He encounters his aunt and creates a bond with Susan, Uncle Marv's occupational therapist.Lawrence approaches the coffin and Uncle Marvin. He has the perfect test to check on Marvin's status as a corpse. Standing over his uncle, Lawrence takes out a small mirror and holds it close to Marvin's mouth and nose. If he breathes, the mirror will give him away. Lawrence counts.Summoning up the energy from The Force, Lawrence hands seem to have a life of their own as they reach into the coffin and grip Uncle Marvin's neck.Marvin's neck snaps as he surrenders, apparently grateful to be saved from the 'dark side'. Free from the chaos of his past at last, Lawrence has found serenity, harmony and his breath. North America Premiere. Director: Jeremy Webb. Writer: Jessica Marsh. Cast: Cliff Le Jeune, Shelley Thompson, Simon Henderson, Stacy Smith
Sebastian, a ten-year-old boy, wants to be a violinist like his grandfather, Peter. His father, Will, forbids it because he believes that Sebastian will not amount to anything and will become a failed artist like his grandfather. One day at school, Sebastian finds a flyer about an upcoming school concert and shows it to Peter. They both go behind Will's back and practice for the concert. Perseverance and relationships will be tested. Florida Premiere. Director: Pablo Nicolas Raganato. Writer: Pablo Nicolas Raganato. Cast: David Petitone, Ralph Edward, Sean Pursell
Their parents tried to protect them from the world, but who will protect them from each other? Teens are accidentally trapped in a high security super-school that was deigned to protect them from school shootings, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. With no adults around to enforce rules, the students reveal their true colors.
Directors: Carrie Dutting, Haley Legg, Nasya Kastelik, Olivia Yagey, Steven Lesser.
Writer: Heather Manley.
Cast: Ali Alger, Anthony Bavaro, Blake Brannan
The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.
Director: James Feeney.
Writer: James Feeney.
Cast: Britt Gordon, Christine Rodriguez, Elly Schaefer, Ray Bouchard
On their way back home from a birthday party at the park, a mother and her young son's car ride suddenly takes a stop when they encounter a truly horrible sight; a woman who has hung herself in front of her home. Naive and confused, the child watches from the car, trying to comprehend the sight before him as he witnesses the panic and commotion that ensues as his mother and others must confront this tragic event before them.
Director: Michael Kefeyalew.
Writer: Michael Kefeyalew.
Cast: Israel Underhill, Patricia Joseph, Steve Aaron
A nine-year-old girl in rural India, exploited by child labor, must find a way to pursue her dream - how to read and write.
She has one last chance when an educated man comes to town. Country: India.
Southwest Florida Premiere. Director: Venkat Krishnan.
Writer: Venkat Krishnan.
Cast: Basheera Banu, Ganapathy Murugesan, P.T.Arasu Kalathilvenrar
Lance is determined to survive the pledging process of his older brother's fraternity. Yet, his brother is willing to harden the process to prove Lance is weak.
Director: Curtis Adair, Jr.
Writer: Curtis Adair, Jr.
Cast: Christopher Watson, Geary Day, Lashaun Clay, Lucien Christian-Adderly
When the unthinkable happens, a 9-1-1 operator receives a frantic call from her son, who has been involved in a horrific accident. If she helps him, they’re both criminals. If she doesn’t, he could go to jail for the rest of his life. Now, she must choose between upholding the law or protecting her family. Every word matters when the entire call is being recorded.
Director: Andrew Fairbank.
Writer: Andrew Fairbank.
Cast: Art Wallace, Cosmo Wolski, Marsha Deitlein Bennett, Victoria Nugent
Nobody sees us like our pets do. Through the eyes of a curious retriever, meet Dean and Amber. Dogsitting is tough, but what's one extra chore in paradise? From the intimacy only possible from a pet's point of view, peek into the moments that aren't supposed to have an audience.
Director: John Wikstrom.
Writer: John Wikstrom
Badass Brock is badass, so badass, in fact, he wears leather pants, and has a bigger pistol than you could ever hope for. Bottom line, he's the best damn agent there is. After he's paralyzed in a fiery explosion, Brock grabs a chair and starts wheeling to the rescue...because that's just how he rolls.
Director: Eric Davis.
Writer: Eric Davis.
Cast: Bill Kelly, Christopher Mark Heben, Don Frye, Jean-Louis Darville, Lora Kojovic. Brief language.
Eight-year-old Debbie hates cleaning for her Nana. What she needs is a fairy godmother.
Director: Lauren Brinkman.
Writer: Lauren Brinkman.
Cast: Dayton Sinkia and Kennedy Brice
Dan is unwittingly mistaken for his apartment building's notorious panty thief by the girl he adores.
Director: Gustavo Martin.
Writer: Lauran wanner.
Cast: Austin Turner, Gannon Reedy, Jordan Jansen
Family Film Package
Two girls get more than they bargained for when they try out a smart phone that use to be owned by 'Steve'.
Director: Rhys Castro. Writer: Elizabeth Herrick. Cast: Adam Setton, Elizabeth Herrick, Taylor Castro
Show and Tell
As the last presenter in his class, Ethan must find the perfect item to bring in for Show & Tell. Director: Lucas Omar. Writer: Lucas Omar. Cast: Brad Taylor, Kennedy Mason, L.J. Ruth, Larissa Kiesshauer, Matthew Rice
School's Aerial Circus Project
Irish students performing in an aerial dance and circus show share their opinions and teach us a little about the art form.
Director: Blue-Skye Spence. Writer: Blue-Skye Spence. Cast: Blue-Skye Spence
The Boy Scout
In danger of being shut out of competing in the coveted Doe-Si-Doe Dance Competition, Gal Scout Troop 333 discovers they have a lot more to learn than a dance when a persistent, pesky little boy infiltrates their dysfunctional group.
Director: Clay Adams. Writer: Amy Kennedy. Cast: Aidan Schroeder, Amanda Foreman, Anthony Galde, Brett Cooper, Briley Shae Johnakin, Grace Brody, Hannah Greenblatt, Judy Davis, Mary McBain, Natasha Wermers, Whitney Christopher
A group of young adults reunite with a special friend on their annual mission trip to West Virginia. Leanna Knopik lost her life in the summer of 2012, but she left behind some great friends and a tremendous spirit which sets an example for the youth at Cabell-Lincoln County Work Camp in West Virginia. For a week every year, teens from around the country spend a part of their summers fixing up trailers and homes in rural West Virginia. The week in June 2013 at CLWC was dedicated to Leanna's memory.
Director: Michael Sneeden. Writer: Michael Sneeden.
My name is Lily and I like playing jacks. Director: Blue-Skye Spence. Writer: Blue-Skye Spence. Cast: Lily Spence McGarry
Rewilding America: Lessons Learned from the Cape Cod Bear
In May 2012, a Massachusetts black bear altered the course of history. Rewilding America: Lessons Learned from the Cape Cod Bear chronicles this Bear's journey, in the context of debates about human coexistence with wildlife across much of North America. This bear captured the imagination,attention and hearts of kids and grown-ups, from backyards to newscasts, twitter to television, tourists to law enforcement, all hoping to catch a glimpse or even capture the elusive bear himself. The doc features insights from a wildlife biologist, veterinarian, zoo curator, park rangers, a Cape Cod writer, a Province town entrepreneur, a cub rescuer in Maine and a bear hunter in New Hampshire. The film asks-if bears are people with fur, who should adapt to whom and how? Director: Maryanne Galvin. Writer: Maryanne Galvin. Cast: Adrian Hernandez