SNAFF 2020 Film Block Lineup

UPDATE: The 2020 Snake Alley Festival of Film has been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. A new date will be announced in the future.
All films and screenplays will stay on their scheduled day and time when the new date is selected.

Please note that films are not listed in playing order; they are listed alphabetically within their block. 
Full daily schedule coming soon.

Thursday – Date TBA 12:00PM – Film Block 1

The Ceremony – Dir. Jeremy Stewart
Horror – 6 min.
USA
When Emmy arrives early for a birthday dinner, she is lured into taking part in a lavish ritual one last time.

Destructivo – Dir. Joe Territo
Comedy – 1 min.
USA
Parody of the ‘Snickers’, “You’re not you when you’re hungry”, ad campaign.

Echoes Between Us – Dir. Allie Goodell
Drama – 5 min.
USA
After Tyler, Laili’s boyfriend, walks in on her attempting to leave without telling him, Laili struggles to both physically and mentally escape their relationship.

For the Greater Good – Dir. Michael Gavino
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 7 min.
USA
When three people are introduced to The Better Earth Program, they learn that one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

MONSTRUS CIRCUS – Dir. Jordan Inconstant
Drama – 29 min.
France, Switzerland
Leonard, a magician, decides to set up a circus troupe of unusual artists. His intention is not to show their monstrosity but rather to change people’s attitudes through the audience’s acceptance of them. However, not everyone is ready to welcome them and Leonard will stop at nothing when it comes to imposing his convictions …

Retirement – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Drama – 15 min.
USA
What happened to Delilah McDonald?

Riviera – Dir. Jason Fragale
Drama – 16 min.
USA
Raffi, still plagued by grief from his mother’s death, has his friendship tested by terminally ill David, who begs for help during his dying days.

Try Again – Dir. William Green
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
Who’s to say it won’t be better this time? What could go wrong? The only way to find out is to…try again!

Thursday – Date TBA 2:00PM – Film Block 2

Dick Party – Dir. Anthony Miller, Bret Royer
Comedy – 2 min.
USA
Bret has a good idea for a short film but Ashlyn hates it.

Encounter – Dir. Ivan Löwenberg
Drama – 18 min.
Mexico
Arcelia and Lulu have been together and away from their families for many decades. Now that they are old, they only depend on each other and no one else. In another part of the city, Julian struggles to explore his identity while living under the umbrella of his conservative mother and macho minded grandfather. A sudden event will draw an unexpected path between Arcelia and the young Julian.

Falcon and Hawke “GHOST HOST” Episode 7 – Dir. DANE BENTON, TALIA KROHMAL
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
With the advice of the All-Seeing Owl, Falcon and Hawke must battle their way through a maze of vintage monster movie tropes. Mummies, werewolves, vampires and a ghost from their past, haunt them as they search for the missing suitcase and a chance to regain power to the Suit-Phone.
Will Falcon and Hawke survive the evils within the walls of Krowe’s spooky mansion? What will Owl tell them? Will they finally find Wren or does Burnham get the last laugh? All these questions are answered and more in Episode VII: Ghost Host

Gopher Dreaming – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Gophers and farmers don’t get along. Unless…

Lost on Barduino – Dir. Asali Echols
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 13 min.
USA
They had to get lost in space…to find what really matters.

SACERDOTISA – Dir. Christian Santiago
Drama – 28 min.
USA
Selina has taken up a newfound hobby – witchcraft. But when her Abuelita finds out, Selina discovers a dark family secret that will changer her life forever.

This is Why I Don’t Go to Parties – Dir. Alexandra Moad, Evan Runkle
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
Brian’s anxiety is put to the test when he meets his girlfriend’s unusual friends.

Thursday – Date TBA 6:00PM – Film Block 3

Decafitated – Dir. Nero
Horror – 8 min.
USA
A barista has a bad day, and in her mind all feel her wrath, but the bridge between fantasy and reality begins to blur as the question becomes answers and answers become questions.

Essenger – After Dark (Official Music Video) – Dir. Casey Steinmiller
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Essenger brings his remarkable blend of influences to a shadowy new synthwave track with “After Dark.” Pulling elements from contemporary EDM and weaving them into a darkened retro synthscape led by Essenger’s distinctive vocal style, the song tells a story of distance and longing through its cinematic composition.

Family Tree – Dir. Patrick Boberg
Horror – 16 min.
A newly wed woman is unwittingly duped into a dark holiday tradition in her new family, now she is forced to carry out horrible acts in the days leading up to Christmas.

A February Canoe Float – Dir. Bruce G. McKee
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
Dale has solo-paddled the Winnebago River in every month of every year for nearly two decades. This is one of his Winter canoe floats, narrated with his prose and observations of his passion of paddling and nature around him.

Gaslight – Dir. Louisa Weichmann
Horror – 15 min.
Australia
One night, a bar waitress encounters a mysterious and charming stranger whilst waiting at a bus terminal, however things soon take a dark turn when the stranger is revealed to be a psychotic vampire.

Great Monsters Walk These Halls – Dir. Mike Machian
Documentary – 15 min.
“Great Monsters Walk These Halls” is written on the wall backstage at Mystery Manor, Omaha’s longest running haunted house. Learn about its beginnings and how owner Wayne Sealy keeps it going alongside family, friends, and a generations of newcomers.

LOUIE – Dir. Robert Biggs
Drama – 22 min.
USA
The prairie 1910: a wild night of boyish pranks turns deadly and haunts a man 48 years later.
In 1958 an old man, summoned by his long-estranged brother, crosses the prairie in a pickup truck to hear a haunting death bed confession. While in 1910 Louie, Peck and Peeler crash through the woods, bent on skinny-dipping in an abandoned gravel pit. They catch a hobo going through their pockets on shore, tackle him, shove him around and accidentally kill him. Louie lies to his older brother Roscoe about that night and leaves with his two friends to keep the secret safe. 48 years later a dying Louie needs to come clean.

Thursday – Date TBA 8:00PM – Film Block 4 (Adults Only)

Danny’s Girl – Dir. Emily Wilson
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Danny, a lovable spazoid, meets his online girlfriend for the first time but accidentally discovers an unspeakable possession of hers. This throws their first night together into a dizzying tailspin as we watch it escalate into comedy of errors.

The Devil’s Asshole – Dir. Brian Lonano
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
While finishing her chili for the cook off, Roxy accidentally summons a demon with nefarious plans…and a real anal fixation.

Disco Graveyard – Dir. Izzy Lee
Horror – 2 min.
USA
Don’t be dead. The dead are dumb. Be weird.

The Doe – Dir. Jennifer Lumbroso
Horror – 18 min.
France
Helene is spending what seems to be a romantic week-end in French countryside until she has an argument with her lover and gets furious. She decides to flee away and finds herself into rural landscapes, clueless. Nature takes back its rights. The hunt is open. Helen becomes « the doe » while she encounters local characters.

DOUBLE TAP – Dir. Eros Vlahos
Horror – 2 min.
United Kingdom
A screen-obsessed teen ignores a chainmail instagram post. Big mistake.

The Glowing – Dir. Justus van den Elsen
Horror – 9 min.
Netherlands
Its the year 1850, on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. A poor farmhand tries to smuggle his cattle over the border. There are stories about an ancient evil that lives in these swamps, who was cursed for his lies. When the farmhand also lies to his grandparents, his fate seems to be the same as the creature that wanders the night.

Gnats! The Trailer – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger
Horror – 1 min.
USA
A fake trailer for the deadliest 70’s “animals attack film” of all time.

Heat – Dir. Thessa Meijer
Horror – 2 min.
Netherlands
During an extreme heat wave, a shy girl seeks refuge in an ice cream shop. But when she looks into the eyes of the charming vendor, she is on thin ice.

Regret – Dir. Santiago Menghini
Horror – 15 min.
Canada
Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night.

Stucco – Dir. Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
Horror – 17 min.
USA
This SXSW award winning short is reminiscent of slow burn horror of the 70s.
J is trying and failing to move forward as the scars of old relationships keep her trapped inside her new home. While hanging a piece of art, she knocks a hole in her wall that reveals what might be a hidden room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel.

Susie – Dir. Jordan Doig
Horror – 15 min.
USA
Susie and Andy’s relationship has become toxic. In order to deal with Andy’s controlling and emotionally damaging actions, Susie begins to manifest a real and physical horror.

Thorns – Dir. Sarah Wisner, Sean Temple
Horror – 5 min.
USA
Gwen and Jade encounter unwanted attention during their unplanned stop at a creepy motel.

Friday – Date TBA 12:00PM – Film Block 1

Blood Sisters – Dir. Joshua M. Thomas
Horror – 11 min.
USA
A couple rebuilds their family. Now, they’ve got to figure out how to keep them fed.

Low Road – Dir. Michael McCallum
Drama – 6 min.
USA
A man seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and goes to great lengths to even the score.

Modern Conveniences – Dir. James Edmunds
Comedy – 10 min.
USA
A microwave that cools as quickly as it warms! Dry cleaning in your closet – instantly! A self-making bed! Dr. Anthony LePage, Creative Science Director for The PhewChurr Corporation, shows off these innovations – and much more!

Nocturnal – Dir. Benjamin Schmidt
Horror – 17 min.
USA
Owen is out for a evening stroll when he encounters a young woman named Mercy who claims she is being followed by a strange man. Owen decides to walk Mercy home, thinking he can keep her safe. However, as the night goes on, it is revealed there is more to Mercy and this strange man than it seems.

The Pewter Bros. – Dir. Michael McCallum
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
Two brothers are in search of a missing treasure if they can get past being around each other long enough to find it.

Saving Grace – Pilot Episode – Dir. Brittany Benedict, Michael Huntington
Drama – 21 min.
USA
Ex-communicated mafia member, Joey, plans to take out his former mob boss Tommy; driven not only by his desire for revenge on Tommy, but also by his passion for protecting his hometown of Grace City from the corrupt forces taking root in the mob.

Those Beautiful Moments – Dir. Vasily Chuprina
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 14 min.
Russian Federation
“Those beautiful moments” tells the story of a scientist on the search for eternal beauty and life.

Friday – Date TBA 2:00PM – Film Block 2

Holding Silence – Dir. André Kloer
Documentary – 14 min.
Netherlands
Three artisans from Asian decent – a martial artist, a pastry chef and an animator – find In the focus of their crafts the silence, who invites each of them on a journey along their family history line.
After a seemingly random phone call martial arts teacher Kierty Verbooy connects with his long lost Indian father, setting him on a path that helps him making sense of his life’s choices and innate need for balance.
The often times realistic Hoang is destined to take over the family business in Vietnamese pastry. But in the focus of her work she longs for a quietness and tries to deal with the vast ambitions of her mother.
Animation director Yiuloon finds connection with his deceased father through his animations about Chinese lion dancers. Reflecting on his two children, he is committed to create a more outspoken relationship than the one he grew up in.

The Last Sleepover – Dir. Benjamin Schmidt
Drama – 11 min.
USA
Ariana and Brett have been friends for years, but haven’t spoken in months. Until tonight, when Ariana suddenly arrives at Brett’s bedroom window, on the verge of tears, and in need of a place to stay for the night.

Murphy’s Law – Dir. Les Nelson
Comedy – 17 min.
USA
Murphy’s life is in Shambles. He believes that seeking for a near death experience, may provide him with a better perspective of LIFE.

The Offer – Dir. Ally Boyd
Drama – 16 min.
USA
A short film written and produced by Shelby Hagerdon and directed by Ally Boyd. It follows Liz and Drew as they attempt to understand what their relationship means to them. This is a student project produced at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska by Iowa resident Shelby Hagerdon.

The Tour – Dir. John Gigrich
Drama – 7 min.
USA
While giving a video tour of her house, a young woman describes the most significant moments of her life.

Wild Card – Dir. Brittany Benedict
Drama – 22 min.
USA
“Wild Card” is a short noir style film that takes place around the poker table of one of the city’s most-wanted mob lords, Vinny Romano. Six others join him: his henchman, his wife, her not so secret lover, his not so secret lover, a cousin who owes him money, and a cop; all of them knowing that when Vinny invites someone to a card game, its not to play cards. They are there for a reason; not a good one. With so many differing players at the table, Vinny struggles to keep the power in his hand and things get out of control. In the end, its anyones game.

Zombie Pizza Party – Dir. Avery Christmas
Horror – 9 min.
USA
The only thing missing from this zombie apocalypse is pizza.

Friday – Date TBA 6:00PM – Film Block 3

BOY EATS GIRL: A Zombie Love Story – Dir. Sarah Gurfield
Comedy – 7 min.
USA
A short romantic comedy about two zombies who meet-cute while fighting over a dead woman’s intestines. Their brains have died…but not their hearts.

BroDate – Dir. Hank Braxton
Comedy – 6 min.
USA
Two bros grab lunch and the conversation gets real…awkward.

Call Center Blues – Dir. Geeta Gandbhir
Documentary – 25 min.
Mexico
Call Center Blues is a lyrical portrait of an unlikely community of US deportees and their loved ones struggling to rebuild their lives in Tijuana, Mexico.

The Comancheros “Train Bridge” – Dir. Jay Pelzer, Jim Turner
Music Videos – 4 min.
USA
Part 2 of The Comanchero’s ongoing music video series, the boys past catch up to them and they find themselves just trying to hang in there, with help from an unlikely hero.

Father By Law – Dir. Maria De Sanctis
Drama – 18 min.
USA
A father attempts to reconnect with his daughter on her wedding day.

FREEZE – Dir. Maya Albanese
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
When Joy’s fairytale romance crashes and burns on the eve of her 35th birthday, the deafening TICK-TOCK of her biological clock pushes her into a series of romantic misadventures and provokes wild hallucinations. Pressures stack up against her, and everybody seems to have an opinion about what she should do with her dwindling egg count. As a last resort, she ends up at Dream Life Lab & Clinic, where an angry mob battles to get inside to see an eccentric egg freezing doctor who offers peace of mind in exchange for top dollar.

Help3 – Dir. Janek TARKOWSKI
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 15 min.
France
In a near future, Nicolas, a pensioner fond of his independence, loses his autonomy following a heart attack. This results in his son, Gabriel, imposing on him a robot to assist him in his daily life, but Gabriel may have taken a thoughtless decision…

PRIZM – All Night (Official Music Video) – Dir. Victor Lord
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
PRIZM took the synthwave world by storm with their retro pop anthem “All Night,” and now the song is getting the treatment it deserves with this brand new music video! The Dallas-based duo has quickly made a name for themselves since releasing their self-titled EP last year, and in the time since then has turned out one red-hot new single after another. The video for “All Night” gives new life to the song and sets PRIZM up for a huge year in 2020.

Friday – Date TBA 8:00PM – Film Block 4

Affurmative Action – Dir. Travis Wood
Documentary – 3 min.
An exploration of workplace diversity as told through the “Meet the Team” pages of various video and advertising companies.

And Then God Laughed – Dir. Sonya Z. Dagata, Carlos Robles-Gil
Comedy – 27 min.
Czech Republic
Dejected after losing his job and his girlfriend, a middle-aged expat living in Prague turns to his carefree neighbor for support, only to find her faced with her own predicament: a dead lover, and a crime scene that points straight at her.

Broken Bird – Dir. Rachel Harrison Gordon
Drama – 9 min.
USA
Birdie, a biracial girl raised by her Jewish mom, spends a rare visitation day with her father while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. They share a meal, she overcomes her doubts, and decides to risk inviting him back into her life. Birdie confronts what independence means as she steps into adulthood on her own terms.

BROKEN ORCHESTRA – Dir. Charlie Tyrell
Documentary – 11 min.
Canada, USA
When the Philadelphia public-school system began losing almost all the funding for its music-education programs in 2007, hundreds of instruments in need of repair were left for dead, and community members moved to action. With this film we are introduced to a few of the innovators, educators, volunteers, advocates, and musicians behind Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a music and art project begun in 2017 that raised awareness for the issue, helping to get those broken instruments back into Philadelphia students’ hands. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was originally created and commissioned by Temple Contemporary at Temple University, USA. Original support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was provided by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia.

Coffee Shop Names – Dir. Deepak Sethi
Comedy – 8 min.
USA
Three Indian people imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

Darling Pet Monkey – Dir. Jim McDonough
Documentary – 8 min.
USA
In 1969, two young brothers ordered a monkey from an ad in the back of a monster magazine. After the postal carrier delivered the box — things got weird.
Tim Tate’s true’s story has been covered on NPR and made into a musical. This is the story’s first cinematic telling. A co Launch Over/FNF production.

GRLwood Get Shot Music Video – Dir. Antonio Pantoja
Music Videos – 2 min.
USA
Music video for “Get Shot” by GRLwood

I’m Happy, I Promise – Dir. Mimi Cave
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
A series of phone calls between Parker and his friends narrate Parker’s mission to find true happiness through superficial obsessions.

Swipe – Dir. Niels Bourgonje
Horror – 5 min.
USA
A girl finds out that she has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him to the left moments ago. She starts to fear that the man is dangerously close to her.

WAFFLE – Dir. Carlyn Hudson
Comedy – 10 min.
USA
Kerry is at a sleepover with the socially awkward, mysteriously orphaned heiress Katie. Friendship–in a society that grows ever isolating–is explored as Kerry learns the hard way that Katie always gets what she wants.

Saturday – Date TBA 10:00AM
Saturday Morning Cartoons – Film Block 1

At First Sight – Dir. Sjaak Rood
Animation – 16 min.
A man and a woman drive straight towards one another. They hit the breaks just in time and come to a standstill, facing each other. They’re both too stubborn to give way to the other. A life story begins.

Blackheads – Dir. Emily Ann Hoffman
Animation – 7 min.
A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak and blackheads.

ECHO – Dir. Barzan Rostami
Animation – 7 min.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
The story of echo is about understanding and perception of wildlife and environmental abuse and its consequences on human race…

Mind My Mind – Dir. Floor Adams
Animation – 29 min.
When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it’s not easy to go off-script. Especially if you’re obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl.

Simulcast – Dir. Tyler Horn
Animation – 2 min.
After a long day of work Dave sits down to watch some TV, but he soon finds out that his TV doesn’t just want him to watch, it wants him to play along.

WHERE THE DARK THINGS ARE – Dir. DEMETRIUS HARRIS
Animation – 19 min.
USA
A young girl is haunted by strange noises that seemed to be coming from within the house to soon discover that she is connected to a dimensional world that is between dreams, nightmares….and the real world known as the world of thee awake.
She discovers creatures from her fathers stories , and from her dreams. She has always believed that they were real , and that they may be more of them, but there seems to be something else, something Dark, something much more, behind the realm of life,…..and nightmares.

Saturday – Date TBA 12:00PM – Film Block 2

Adios, Nora – Dir. Gina Bryant-Nugen
Drama – 10 min.
A man comes home to fulfill his father’s final wish with deadly consequences.

Agency Road: From Burlington to the Indian Territory – Dir. Russ Fry
Documentary – 27 min.
USA
In 1839 the US Congress authorized a 76-mile federal road from Burlington in the Iowa Territory to the Sauk and Meskwaki Indian agency near the vicinity of present-day Agency. Take a trip along the original route and learn its history.

Leslie’s Gift – Dir. Charles Cunliffe
Drama – 11 min.
USA
A man who is visiting his parents grave with his sister, reminiscing about their childhood, is surprised by her unexpected gift of forgiveness.

A Most Forgettable Man – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Comedy – 29 min.
USA
A look into the life of the forgettable Howard Dubbler and what he does to finally get noticed.

Prescribed Films Visit a Haunted House – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders
Comedy – 4 min.
USA
See the uncovered footage of a documentary that was being produced by Prescribed Films. The footage contains a haunt attraction the PF crew visits. Something went horribly wrong.

Until Evening – Dir. Mike Machian
Horror – 11 min.
A young woman with a troubled past encounters a mysterious stranger has a chilling message about the future.

Saturday – Date TBA 2:00PM – Film Block 3

72 Seconds – Dir. Jeremy Feruguson
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 25 min.
In 1977, a mysterious 72 second radio transmission was picked up from the M55 star cluster. Jim is on a mission to explore the region, but to find what he is looking for, he must confront the life he left behind. Is 72 seconds enough time for a second chance?

The Anix – Black Space (Official Music Video) – Dir. Ruslan Pelykh
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Electronic-rock artist/producer The Anix released his cyberpunk inspired full-length album Shadow_Movement in Fall 2018, as his debut release with independent record label FiXT. Shortly after, L.A. based composer Brandon Smith began a cross-country collaboration with noted NYC photographer and videographer Ruslan Pelykh on an official music video for “Black Space”. Inspired but the architecture of industrialized New York City, “Black Space” features unique shots and aerial views of the city and the tech inspired aesthetics of The Anix.

The Burial – Dir. Jack Meggers
Drama – 24 min.
USA
A young woman discovers her Native American heritage, disturbs an ancient Indian burial mound, and must reckon with the sickness that surfaces from her poor choices.

Entitled by Miss Christine – Dir. Duende Vision, Christine Moad
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
The music video for the song “Entitled” by Miss Christine. The track is a punky slice of indie rock that tackles music industry sexism and double-standards. The music video was inspired by experiences I’ve had while being a hired gun as well as stories that I’ve heard from my friends over the years.

Garbage Day – Dir. Insane Mike Saunders, Jason Bolinger
Horror – 5 min.
One person’s garbage is another person’s… death!

Ionia – Dir. Caleb Winters
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
A short Documentary about the joy of living in small town Iowa. The most peaceful place in the entire world.

The Many Faces of One – Dir. Vester Banner III
Drama – 1 min.
USA
The challenges of mental health are displayed through interpretive dance and poetry.

On Top of the World – Dir. Kevin Isaacson
Drama – 24 min.
USA
A young man’s marriage proposal on a Ferris wheel goes drastically wrong but it leads to the ride of his life.

Souvenir from Giverny – Dir. Burt Chojnowski
Documentary – 4 min.
France Images of Claude Monet’s inspirational landscape in his garden and his home along with his paintings in Musee d’Orsay and L’Orangerie

Saturday – Date TBA 6:00PM – Film Block 4

Caniglia – Dir. David M. Weiss
Documentary – 9 min.
USA
Caniglia is known for his emotionally charged figurative and portrait paintings, which focus on the human condition. His work explores moments caught in time that show glimpses of climate change, wars, revolution, and poverty. His work embraces the old masters’ style of technical virtuosity while embodying the ancient Greek archetypes of life, love, death and rebirth. Caniglia has a strong global following with his work in private collections and museums around the world. This film strikes at the heart of the human psyche and gives the audience an inside look at his illuminating, foreboding, haunting but always poignant narrative paintings. Caniglia’s world wallows in the glories of expansiveness, empathy, and timeless places.

FLAVA – Dir. Tarrell Christie
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 20 min.
USA
Raekwon, the actor behind a popular energy drink mascot named Lil Pooky, is criticized for the messages his performances send to the public. In a knee jerk attempt to put a message behind his character, he finds that Lil Pooky may be tied into a horrifying conspiracy.

LOVESBLIND – borderlines – Dir. Emille Lacsa
Music Videos – 3 min.
USA
Music video for “borderlines” by LOVESBLIND.

Moonrunner83 & Megan McDuffee – Streets (Official Video) – Dir. Joel Varjassy, Clayton Varjassy
Music Videos – 11 min.
Canada
From Moonrunner83 and Megan McDuffee comes “Streets,” the beloved synthwave song and marquee track off the acclaimed EP of the same name. Lyrically and sonically, “Streets” represents one of the darkest offerings in Moonrunner83’s discography, and its accompanying short film pulls viewers into a well-realized vision of the dystopian retrofuture. The film’s neon-noir aesthetic and innovative re-imagining of ‘80s and early ‘90s culture in a cyberpunk setting marks it as one of the most ambitious synthwave creations to date, and it adds a new dimension to Moonrunner83 as an artist with bold plans for the future.

No Crying at the Dinner Table – Dir. Carol Nguyen
Documentary 15 min.
Canada
A collection of family secrets, confessions and confrontation.

Scripted Life – Dir. Andrew Littlefield
Drama – 3 min.
USA
A short memoir on the memory of his mother and the inspiration to make film.

Talk Outside – Dir. Austin Davison
Comedy – 7 min.
USA
When two tough guys leave a bar to fight, their search for the right spot becomes an adventure.

ULTRA – Dir. Bruce James Bales
Documentary – 13 min.
USA
Join Caleb Smith on a journey of gratitude through mind, body, and soul as he skates his way down Coastal Highway 1.

Wilt – Dir. Wes Worthing
Drama – 9 min.
USA
A woman endures the stages of grief following a relationship breakup. While she wilts emotionally, flowers in the room also die slowly.

Saturday – Date TBA 8:00PM – Film Block 5

Blocks – Dir. Bridget Moloney
Comedy – 11 min.
USA
An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

Buck – Dir. Elegance Bratton, Jovan James
Drama – 14 min.
USA
Caught in the midst of a depressive fugue Lynn turns to debauchery to ease his troubled soul only to discover that happines is a complicated goal.

The Claudia Kishi Club – Dir. Sue Ding
Documentary – 17 min.
USA
For many Asian American women (and other women of color), Claudia Kishi was the first time they saw themselves in popular media. A main character in the best-selling Baby-Sitters Club books, she was one of the only Asian Americans in 80s-90s popular culture.
Not only was Claudia a rare Asian American protagonist, but she also defied stereotypical portrayals of Asian characters: she was creative, popular, and (gasp!) bad at school. For readers who craved seeing themselves in the media they consumed—not as exotic others or token sidekicks, but as fully realized human beings—Claudia was a revelation.
As a blossoming artist, Claudia was a special role model for aspiring young creators—many of whom are now making groundbreaking work of their own; The Claudia Kishi Club features a charismatic cast of Asian American artists and writers.
With nostalgic readings, personal recollections, and DIY-style animated collages, this film is a timely and unique exploration of the importance of representation in media.

Dieorama – Dir. Kevin Staake
Documentary – 10 min.
USA
By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies picture of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.

Homegoing – Dir. Carlton Daniel Jr.
Drama – 13 min.
USA
Junior balances the expectations of working at his father’s funeral home and a night out with friends. When grief intrudes on his closet relationships, Junior must face the full circle of life, forcing him to see the world as it truly is.

Ruby Bones – “Don’t Lose Your Head” – Dir. Brian Lonano
Music Videos – 2 min.
USA
When the stress of life is too much for Ruby, she falls prey to a strangely familiar Witch who steals her head.

Single – Dir. Ashley Eakin
Comedy – 14 min.
USA
A film that confronts the complexities of being disabled and dating. Kim, who was born with on arm, gets set-up to go on a blind date. When she finally meets Jake, she quickly realizes he also has a physical disability, and she is pissed.

Still Wylde – Dir. Ingrid Haas
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
Gertie and her on-and-off boyfriend, Sam, face a major life decision only to realize that even when they know what they want, life has other plans.

Sunday – Date TBA 11:00AM – Film Block 1

Airwaves – Dir. Daniel Kwantes
Drama – 25 min.
USA
A podcast host wants to take his show to the next level. The lines blur between his show and his life.

Dead Man’s Shoes – Dir. Eric Benson
Music Videos – 4 min.
USA
A music video for a song based on the life of Nick Yarris, who was wrongfully accused and convicted of murder. Yarris spent 22 years on death row when in 2003, DNA evidence proved that he had not committed the crime, and in 2004 Yarris was released. The documentary The Fear of 13, was also based on Yarris’ experience.

Intervention – Dir. Ben Matthews
Drama – 32 min.
USA
Over the course of 24 hours, a young mobster becomes the victim of betrayal and violence as he struggles to maintain his power.

Iowa Veterans Perspective – Behind the Scenes – Dir. Ben Matthews
Documentary – 6 min.
USA
Take a look behind the camera at what it takes to run the Iowa Veterans Perspective non-profit.

Nightmare in Paradise – Dir. Robert Kirk
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
“Nightmare in Paradise” is a short film about an emigre from Kansas named Willard Thaddeus Fillmore who has a nightmare about trying to run a business in California. Things go from bad to worse when a Wazeri Immigrant Transgender cross-dresser shows up for a job interview. Willard’s nightmare is based on actual California law.

Sold Down The River – Dir. Karen Erbach Lawlor
Documentary – 14 min.
USA
In the state of Wisconsin, third world water conditions have become an epidemic, brought on by factory farms and big agribusiness. Legislators seem to put the interests of their corporate donors over the health and safety concerns of their constituents, and they continue to support bills that protect big business and polluters. This disturbing trend has been happening across the United States.

Sunday – Date TBA 1:00PM – Film Block 2

Advice – Dir. Pat Battistini
Comedy – 9 min.
USA
Several years after his wife’s passing, a man decides to get back into the dating scene with a little help from his son’s advice.

Bananas Girl – Dir. Shayna Connelly
Documentary – 6 min.
USA
Seven-year-old Bananas Girl asserts her independence, perfects the art of the non-sequitur and navigates the boundaries between herself and her mom.

Brothers – Dir. Aaron Bandy
Drama – 44 min.
USA
Two dirt bike racing brothers are at odds when the oldest sibling appears to become reckless on the track but a dark secret holds the real truth behind everything.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Steven – Dir. Stephen Folker
Comedy – 12 min.
USA
After making illegal copies of a chick-flick, a lowly office grunt fears repercussions.

Something Better – Dir. Sonja Strathearn
Drama – 22 min.
Australia
The Blakeley family emigrate from England to Queensland, Australia in the early 1880s for a better life. Based on a true story.

Sunday – Date TBA 3:00PM – Film Block 3

Cedar Creek – Dir. Dick DeAngelis
Documentary – 7 min.
USA
Cedar Creek is a thought-provoking short film about one small but important creek in Jefferson County, Iowa and what happened to the water and the wildlife when the creek was altered. Written and directed by award-winning documentarian Dick DeAngelis and made possible by a Community Art Gathering grant from the BeWildReWild Fund.

Dinner with Dad – Dir. Brittany Benedict
Drama – 13 min.
USA
“Dinner with Dad” is a holiday short film that takes place around the dinner table as a man, David, and his wife, Rachel, visit his elderly father Robert for Christmas. While David and Rachel are eager to catch up and celebrate the holiday, Robert is only interested in hashing out the transgressions of the past. When Robert is given the chance to remember the past for what it was, he must decide between holding on to his resentment, or letting it go to embrace to future.

Earth FM – Dir. Philip Rabalais
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 10 min.
USA
TUNE IN TO THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND.
Earth FM is a minimalist sci-fi about imaginary science and sonic symbiosis. Three researchers reach into the planet using esoteric audio equipment. Their search for signal culminates when their transmissions cross, resulting in a mysterious and cathartic discovery.

For the Goblins – Dir. Hypnus Yao
Sci-Fi / Fantasy – 15 min.
USA
An ordinary college student SEBASTIAN gets kidnapped by Goblins on his way home from a party. With the desire of getting some goblin wine, he makes a deal with the Goblins. Sebastian brings home a young Goblin, RRRUBY, who does not understand anything about human society but he has to perform it the way of acting like a human being. At first, Sebastian does not want to take care of RRRuby; instead, he only wants to enjoy his price, the Goblin wine. However, he then learns that without taking his responsibility, not only he won’t be able to get his price but also RRRuby might get seriously injured because of his negligence. In the end, Sebastian decides to finish his mission, teach RRRuby to act like a human being. Sebastian then begins to introduce clothing, food, language, transportation, and technology to the young Goblin. They have a short but rich time. In the end, Sebastian brings RRRuby back to the Goblin forest, they both complete their mission. Moreover, they become very good friends even though they are very different species.

The Foursome – Dir. Zack McTee
Documentary – 29 min.
USA
Iowa’s Waukon Golf Club is so small that a round of 18 means playing the 9 hole course twice. But the Iowa course created something Augusta and Pebble Beach never could – a friendship that has lasted well beyond 18 holes. This short documentary follows a lively foursome as they play their 50th outing at the Waukon Men’s Invitational.

Love is a Flame – Dir. Matthew Tribble
Comedy – 5 min.
USA
A dame and her lover plot to kill her unsuspecting husband, bringing Hell upon them.

Lower Town: Burlington, Iowa – Dir. David Beckman, Russ Fry
Documentary – 4 min.
USA
View Burlington, Iowa’s Lower Town region as it looks today, in 1885, and 1944.

Movie Night – Dir. Joseph Stevens
Comedy – 6 min.
USA
A young couple sits down to watch a movie, only to have their evening interrupted by a mysterious intruder.

Rocks in My Head – Dir. Burt Chojnowski
Comedy – 1 min.
United Kingdom
1 minute silent film in B&W featuring Alden Busscher.

Tennyson – Dir. Hannah Rosalie Wright
Drama – 9 min.
USA
A troubled couple must decide if they will take medicine that will erase the other from their memories.

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