Next festival is May 23-25, 2018
Browse the 4th Annual World Arts Film Festival
Films are not currently listed in alpha order. See festival program for screening schedule. Synopses were provided by the filmmakers.
A claymation/live action movie about bullying in a coral reef created by students at Englewood Elementary School, Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida. This film specifically addresses the bystander effect.
Director/ Writer/ Producer
Englewood Elementary Clay Club
TRT: 6:36 mins
FACE TO FACE
An insecure teenage girl attempts to achieve happiness through an absurd diet suggested by the media. She attempts to become more socially accepted as ‘beautiful,’ soon learning the real meaning of beauty, happiness, and the importance of individuality.
Based on true events. An Australian traveler finds himself caught up in the darker corners of of Indonesia.
A short film about 4 life-long criminals who have banded together to pull off a large heist. Although the heist was a success, their real test will be surviving the getaway as their individual plans alter and luck begins to unravel.
Nathan Ross Murphy
Series of Behind the Scenes Documentary Looks at LAIKA, the studios who created the animated films Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline.
Our mission is to bring to the screen the kinds of emotional, innovative, and exhilarating stories we as filmmakers loved growing up. Our first feature film was 2009’s Oscar®-nominated Coraline, followed by the Oscar®- and BAFTA-nominated ParaNorman in 2012. The Boxtrolls hit theaters in 2014, garnering the studio its third straight Oscar® nomination. Our fourth film, Kubo and the Two Strings, released in 2016 recognized with two Oscar® nominations in 2017.
HONORING THE LEGACY
ART CART is an intergenerational arts legacy project that connects aging professional artists with teams of graduate students to undertake the preparation and documentation of their creative work, offering both groups an educational experience that will help shape the future of our cultural legacy.
MAYUR, which means “peacock” in Sanskrit, is a 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution abstract, visual music animation inspired by Asian cosmologies, symbols and music. It features complex images that evolve from threads and roots to vines and veins, forming intricate lace-like 2 and 3 dimensional structures, tiles, and living textiles in the luminous colours of the peacock. Music by sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri performing Raga Anandi Kalyan.
The film is about a boy who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love – after his family has been killed in an apocalyptic world of Zombies.The Black Ghiandola film fulfills the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti who suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. He stars in the project along with Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard
Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah.Directors: Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures)
and Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy)
An architect is a short 16mm film about a statement my father made to me once, that stuck. In a conversation about creative desires and aspirations, my father said ‘I was supposed to be an architect’. But the truth is that my father is an architect. He studied for years and ran a small firm for years after that. But due to circumstances, he had to give up his dreams to ensure a future for his family by leaving it all behind and building a new home in Canada.
“Your age does not define you, your spirit does.”
Three minutes in the life of a couple.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF BEARS
Theriophobia is a fear of the beast. Naturalist Barry Lopez defines it as “[f]ear of the beast as an irrational, violent, insatiable creature.” Reflection on childhood memories and fears induce impressions of the beast within and reciprocity of species.
DREAMS ABOUT KIMONO
A small provincial town in Central Russia. Family mother and son teen. The son is engaged in judo. The family is poor and mom can’t buy a new kimono for her son, she has to sew up old kimono. Son will have competitions, where first place will be awarded a new kimono. But the son loses… Although maybe he has a chance?
THE LIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON
Two idealists meet seven years later.
Life is liberty in a CAGE. CAGE represents a situation that is filled with a lot of constraints, or a habit or an addiction that is hard to get rid of. This project is to present a Chinese cultural and traditional visual style to audiences. On the other hand, CAGE tries to inspire them to recall their memory and consider what is the meaning of life to them individually.
The beginnings of life jump cut to the atemporal fluidity of networked nudes that form a spiraling galaxy.
“remarkable” “a poet in a frenzy” legendary director Werner Herzog
“undisciplined genius” “one of our most important artists” controversial English art critic and media personality, Brian Sewell
THEO AND SOPHY
A traveling performance artist illuminates the solitary world of a physically impaired man.
THE ORIGINAL RICHARD MCMAHAN
The multi-talented outsider artist Richard McMahan is on a quest to painstakingly re-create thousands of famous and not-so-famous paintings and artifacts– in miniature. From well-loved Picasso and Frida Kahlo paintings to more obscure intricate Maori canoes, McMahan has mastered dozens of genres over 30 years of creating, and he’s made most of it on a cluttered kitchen counter using recycled materials. McMahan is also the curator of a mini-museum with a collection that surveys the scope of humanity’s visual record. Olympia Stone directs this surprising portrait of a most unusual artist.
OFF THE RHYTHM
In the essence of a true Flâneur we follow The Sister of Redeem on the streets of Stockholm as they set out to spread ease and to, simply, reintroduce – walking for pleasure.
This is a story of physical and mental motion; embraced by the city of aspiration.
An uninspired photographer reconnects with her artistic vision and brings it to life.
“Still Life” is a visual poem, exploring the relationship between the artist and their own artistic vision. It deals with the idea of attempting to tap into inspiration after having been away from it for so long. The film follows a process of awakening visions and reconnecting with a part of one’s self thought to have been lost. What results is a duet of creation between how we see the world and what we imagine it can be.
I AM VERTICAL
I Am Vertical takes a contemporary approach to Sylvia Plath’s poem titled “I Am Vertical”. It challenges stereotypical ideas of depression and emotional vulnerability. Her depression is represented through beautiful imagery as she personifies herself to the natural world. However, she feels the acceptance of eventual death and agony of staying alive. She is pulled by dreams of immortality and the everlasting wish to be at peace with herself.
STRIKING A CHORD: INSTRUMENTS OF HEALING
Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing shows how veterans with PTSD are finding their way back to themselves through music and art. This inspiring 30-minute documentary offers civilians insight into the trauma of war and the challenges of returning home and re-entering “reality.” Soldiers learn that, for those who can find the courage to speak their truths, there are unexpected paths to healing.
THE PRECARIOUSNESS OF THE VERTICAL
Spring 2015, Gérald Dederen have one year to leave the workshop where he has been working for the last 30 years.
This moving out, experienced like a departure and a rupture becomes the pretext to discover a place embodied by a figure of the Belgian art scene. It addresses issues of the future of the artworks we produce and materials amassed as part of an artistic practice.
SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU
Somebody Needs You, is about a little girl who thinks she’s not important until she comes to realizes she only has to look around to find she is needed wherever she goes.
June is also known for key character voice acting on the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show, Looney Tunes, and Mulan.
Sam is an autistic college student who is passionate about music. But is constantly bullied by people like Ryan, his classmate. But his old friend Donna sees something special in Sam, and gives him the chance he’s been waiting for.
THE OTHER SIDE
A young girl wakes up in an apartment that can’t escape with no recollections on where she. She notices a substance consumes her. Now she has to figure out why she is in this place while she deals with the metamorphosis of her body.
The Robinson Rams are facing the Chantilly Chargers in the second round of the Northern Virginia football playoffs. If the Rams win the game, they will make school history. The team will be the first to advance to the third round of the playoffs in the past ten years. Their head coach, Scott Vossler, believes that the Rams have the power to make that dream a reality. He encourages the players to fight to the last inch, and in the end they have to pull off a miracle.
MY FIRST DRAG SHOW
‘My First Drag Show’ captures the experiences of first time drag performers as they take the stage at Florida State University’s Amateur Drag Show.
A time traveler walks down San Francisco’s Market Street with footage from 1905 prior to the great earthquake that leveled many of the city’s buildings blended with scenes from the same locations in the present day.
O WHOLLY NIGHT
O Wholly Night is a journey in which two girls of opposite privilege are able to save each other and thus destroy the societal constraints that alienate individuals of different class. This film envisions the humanization of the homeless and the coming together of diverse members of the community for the sake of compassion.
WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED
A married couple is woken by a mysterious phone call that begins an unsettling journey into love and fear. Whoever was Using This Bed is an award-winning short film based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman).
TEA IN THE LAND OF THUNDER – FIELD NOTES FROM DARJEELING
Last summer, Jeremy Lopatin, an American importer of organic tea, visited the Makaibari Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India, to get a firsthand look at how top-notch Darjeeling teas are made. This short film takes the viewer on an adventure to explore the beautiful people, places, and processes behind the creation of organic Darjeeling teas in ‘the land of thunder.’
HANK AND RITA
A husband-wife singing duo, ten years past the peak of their fame, confront the reality of smaller venues, dwindling audiences, and disharmony in their marriage.
Terri Ryburn and J.J. Painter
SILENCE & MONSTERS
Rock Star and Activist Gede Robi (NAVICULA) describes the unique Balinese celebration of Nyepi. He suggests the whole world will feel the butterfly effect of this Day of Silence. On the Hindu New Year Eve called Nyepi, Robi joins a colorful, noisy procession of giant papier-mache monsters called Ogoh-ogoh, as they wind through the busy streets. This is the island’s most auspicious day of the year.
A week after the death of her husband, Silvia moved with her daughter, María, to Madrid to be closer to the set where María works as an actress.
A few months later, her parents send a ‘forget-me-nots’ to remind her that she has abandoned them.
Miguel Berzal de Miguel
When Jason Smith, a MidWestern transplant living in Brooklyn, accepts a new job as a principal of a high school in one of the boroughs roughest neighborhoods, he expects his youth and relative ‘coolness’ will help him connect with the kids. But he so
on discovers that they understand more about him, and the world he comes from, than he may ever understand about them.
K. Page & Stuart Valdes
FATHER AND BOY
A 12-year-old boy comes to visit his father who’s left the family for another woman. The boy is trying to convince the father that his mum, sister and himself are very happy on their own without him. However, very soon it becomes obvious that all the boy wants is his father to come back.
An aspiring boxer must face the shadows that haunt him before he can step into the ring. After surviving a tragedy, James has shut himself off from the world. When a new chance at love and a fight begin to contend with his pain, James must decide to stay in the corner or find out what happens when he starts punching back.
Free River Press, a nonprofit publishing house, is dedicated to creating a collective autobiography of America. After establishing the press in 1989, Robert Wolf has traveled across the country, holding writing workshops and collecting stories from Americans of all walks of life, with the hope that by sharing our stories, we can underline our common humanity.
In Spain, a young woman waits for someone named Pedro to come to dinner. Brushing off his tardiness as typical, she passes the time in her usual mundane ways. However, as the hours pass with his whereabouts unexplained, she becomes a victim to her own imagination.
Cevdet Ogut is the owner of a second-hand shop but he accept himself as an antician. Although he is a shop owner in downtown his intellectuality is much higher than his neighbors. They appreciate his intellectuality and named him as The Monsieur. The
film is the portrait of a man who makes so much difference in his environment.
GINGER AND SNAPPER
A post-apocalyptic story about a lonely gamer girl and a misunderstood zombie.
Starring Lacey Chabert (‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Party of Five’) and 12 other voice actors who have all been heard in the zombie-centric video game franchise, ‘Resident Evil.’
(additional films will be posted here)