2022 SCHEDULE

Thursday - November 3rd 

 

OPENING DAY

 

1pm - 2:30pm

Di Ankh - The Science of Kemetic Yoga 82mins

Director: Gaile C. Ferguson

Directors Bio: 

Gaile’s company Captured by Sacred Film & Photography partnered with Blusoul Productions, Ellis Rice as her film Producer. Di Ankh, The Science of Kemetic Yoga, a documentary written and directed by Gaile is her freshman film, it is about living your best life. 

 

2:45pm - 4:30pm

Arduos Journey Part 1

Jimmie C. The Exonerate 8:21

Director: Max Karpman &  Seth Karall

Directors bio:

Max Karpman is a first-generation American filmmaker who attends film school at Chapman University in California. At 19 years old, he's created a multitude of short documentaries. From a bad concussion to his mother's experience in an ultra-orthodox community, Max's natural curiosity for the world has fueled his passion for storytelling. His most recent documentary, Jimmie C. the Exoneree, is the project he hopes to kickstart his filmmaking career.

 

Seth Karall is a 20-year-old filmmaker born and raised in Chicago, IL. He is constantly inspired by the city he grew up in to tell stories of injustice and human rights in a personal and meaningful way. At Chapman University, Seth creates short documentaries that detail the inspiring lives of his peers and important events in his community. His first documentary, Jimmie C. the Exoneree, is now entering the film festival circuit. Currently, Seth is a video editor intern at Splicer Films working on the docuseries, Unmasked.

 

Las Abogadas - 95 mins

Director: Victoria Bruce

Director’s Bio:

Victoria Bruce is a Documentary Filmmaker and author with a passion for human rights and a long history of working on dramatic and sometimes dangerous non-fiction stories in Latin America. She has had her films in over 50 film festivals including IDFA and Sundance, and has had films acquired by HBO, CBS, History Channel, Netflix, Hulu and PBS. She is the recipient of many film festival awards as well as a duPont-Columbia University Award.

 

Total 103 mins

 

3:45pm - 5:45pm

Long Victories

The Will to Live 5:25

Director Pe Ju Huang 

Director’s Bio: Pei Ju Huang, from Taiwan. As a reporter for more than a decade, still keep doing what I love to do and share it publicly.

 

Female Dragon Tamers 111 mins

Director Damian Leibovich

Director’s Bio: Damián Leibovich was born on October 14, 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an editor and director, known for Nine Queens (2000), Colonizadores del cuadrante omega (2015) and Forajidos de la Patagonia (2014).

 

Total 117 mins

 

6pm - 7pm

Pescamare 60mins

Director: Andrea Lodovichetti

Director’s Bio: Andrea Lodovichetti was born in ltaly in 1976 and currently lives between Europe and the US. Graduated in Film Directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National School of Film in ltaly), he worked as 2AD for the Academy Award winner director Paolo Sorrentino. Director, producer and screenwriter, he won a consistent number of international Awards including the ltalian Golden Globe and the Spike Lee's Babelgum "Looking for a Genius Award" in Cannes.

 

 

6pm - 7:30pm

Opening Night Reception

 

7:30pm

Opening Night Film - US Premiere

Hating Peter Tatchell 95 mins

Director: Christopher Amos

Director’s Bio: Christopher Amos is an Australian British director/writer and producer.

Christopher graduated from Film & Television from the Queensland University of Technology, studied a Masters in Scriptwriting at the London School of Film, Media & Performance. Attended Raindance receiving diplomas in Producing and Documentary Filmmaking.

 

Workshops & Public Forum

4:pm -  5pm

An Artivists Guide to Networking with John Broadway

This workshop will address how Artists, Activists, and Artivists can get the most out of Networking.

Friday November 4th

 

 

 

1pm - 1:50pm

Short Program

Take Me As I am Part 1

Naji 17:52

Director: Hosein Torkjoosh

 

Mi Vida  10:42

Director: Danny Gonzalez

Director’s Bio: Born into a movie loving family, Danny quickly fell in love with films. At ten years old she asked for a handicam with which she would create her very first short films. 

Her fascination towards movies would lead her to study it in college. 

Being a first-generation immigrant Danny grew up surrounded by culturally rich and diverse stories. And she hopes that with her films she'll be able to give a voice to those usually overlooked. 

 

Hagar (Isreal) 7:21

Director: Avi Ludmir

 

Maid of Honor 6:00

Director: Jessica McGaugh

Director’s Bio: Jessica McGaugh is an award-winning independent film director, cinematographer and editor working out of Denver, Colorado. Her work has been screened internationally including the Mumbai International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, NDTV and Rocky Mountain PBS. Her feature films “Red Pearl’ and “Three Worlds, One Stage” are distributed internationally on VOD and SVOD platforms. 

 

Total 45mins

 

2:10 - 3:45pm

Food Apartheid  14:15

Director: Alan J. Chriest

Director’s Bio: PowerSplash Project was founded in 2007 by Alan J. Chriest with a mission to create business solutions and awareness films for employees, managers, teachers, and students. Their catalog includes over 200 titles.

Amuka 72 mins

Director: Antonio Spano

Director’s Bio: Antonio Spanò is an experienced independent filmmaker born in Milan, in 1985. 

His cinematic style is recognizable in his films and is a distinctive mark in the commercials he directs. 

Antonio's most recent film “Amuka”, has been released in 2021, produced by Popiul and RTBF. 

His previous documentaries are the most awarded italian documentaries (50 awards), produced in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and have been selected in more than 230 international festivals. 

Total  90 mins

4:00pm - 5:05pm

These Streets 

Kendrick  60 mins

Director: Marvin T. Finch

Director’s Bio: Marvin is a director, cinematographer, and editor. Since a teenager, Marvin has been a student of film watching all types of movies and wanting to one day make his own. He always had some type of camera in his hand trying to film whomever he can and whoever would let him. 

Marvin has filmed short shorts, music videos, interviews, and events since 2017. Marvin runs a full production company called Bay Boy Films which he established in 2020 after 4 years of learning the trade.

 

Total 60mins

5:15pm - 7:10pm

Arduos Journey Part 1

Jimmie C. The Exonerate 8:21

Director: Max Karpman &  Seth Karall

Directors bio:

Max Karpman is a first-generation American filmmaker who attends film school at Chapman University in California. At 19 years old, he's created a multitude of short documentaries. From a bad concussion to his mother's experience in an ultra-orthodox community, Max's natural curiosity for the world has fueled his passion for storytelling. His most recent documentary, Jimmie C. the Exoneree, is the project he hopes to kickstart his filmmaking career.

 

Seth Karall is a 20-year-old filmmaker born and raised in Chicago, IL. He is constantly inspired by the city he grew up in to tell stories of injustice and human rights in a personal and meaningful way. At Chapman University, Seth creates short documentaries that detail the inspiring lives of his peers and important events in his community. His first documentary, Jimmie C. the Exoneree, is now entering the film festival circuit. Currently, Seth is a video editor intern at Splicer Films working on the docuseries, Unmasked.

 

Las Abogadas - 95 mins

Director: Victoria Bruce

Director’s Bio:

Victoria Bruce is a Documentary Filmmaker and author with a passion for human rights and a long history of working on dramatic and sometimes dangerous non-fiction stories in Latin America. She has had her films in over 50 film festivals including IDFA and Sundance, and has had films acquired by HBO, CBS, History Channel, Netflix, Hulu and PBS. She is the recipient of many film festival awards as well as a duPont-Columbia University Award.

 

Total 103 mins

 

7:30pm - 9pm 

The Pomegrantes of Nagorno-Karabakh 74 mins

Director: Thomas Sideris

Director’s Bio: Thomas Sideris is an investigative journalist and director. He is working at Greek Broadcasting Corporation. His name was in the short list for 3 years in a row (2018, 2019, 2021) for the PRIX EUROPA PRIZE, a special EU prize for the best journalist in Europe.

He has been honored with TORCH AWARD in USA (human rights advocasy via his films, Pennsylvania, May 2021).

He is a formal member of the International Press Institute.

 

Public Forums & Workshops

 

1 - 2pm 

We are supposed to live the  “American Dream”, So Why are so many living in the “American Nightmare” Of Poverty?

Can we eliminate poverty? Yes we can ! But How? And Who will end it?

 

3:15pm - 4:15pm

Financial Wellness

Workshop with Tyrone Jackson The Wealthy Investor

Saturday November 5th

 

CLOSING DAY

12pm - 1pm

Arduos Journey Part II

Shooting Stars 60:00

Director: Lightning N. Mitchell

Director’s Bio: Lightning Mitchell, founder of the WBA, born in Hodge Louisiana in 1948. After finishing high school in 1968 he was drafted and went to  Vietnam to fight for his country. After returning home from Vietnam he chased his dream that to play professional football in the NFL, however, God had other plans and he was inspired to create a professional league for women basketball players, upon realizing that women had to go overseas to pursue their dream of playing professional basketball after college.

 

Total 75 mins

 

 

Short Program

 

1:25pm - 2:55 pm

Young Heroes

Cracked  5:00

Director: Mahmut Tas

Director’s Bio: From an early age his passion for cinema led him to write scripts and shoot films. In this context, he received various cinema trainings and film shooting techniques trainings from private courses between 2015-2018. Between 2018-2019, he received screenwriting techniques training.

In June 2018, he shot his first short film, PAIN, of 6 minutes and 30 seconds. At the beginning of 2021, he completed his film called CRACKED, and in the middle of the same year, his short film called THE RETURN, a joint production of Turkey-Uzbekistan. Again, at the end of 2021, he released his movie called E-HAPPINESS. 

The Wheel  13:42

Director: Metin EWR

Director’s Bio: Metin Ewr was born in Diyarbakır in 1978. He worked in the fields of theatre, literature and language in Adana. He started his cinema education in Diyarbakır, where he returned in 2010. He continues his cinema education at the Middle East Cinema Academy Association.

Pick  4:06

Director: Shahoo Ahmadi

Director’s Bio: Shahoo took the filmmaking path in order to discover the small moments of life and the simple everyday human connection with the environment, which is full of deep human concepts. Storytelling on these simply topics is incredibly magical to me.

 

The Discipline  23:00

Director: Prahas Nair

Director’s Bio: Prahas is Malayali independent filmmaker from India. He graduated from K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts, Kerala in Screenplay Writing and Direction. He has directed short films and documentaries.

 

Child Brides

9 hours with Hana 14:49

Director: Hossein Firoozeh

Director’s Bio: Writer, editor, producer and director. Author and director of the 13-part series Standing in "History for broadcast" on Iranian TV (Etrak network). 

The writer and director of the feature film Mushtaghi and Mahjuri. 

The writer and director of the short film Chehlcheragh. 

The writer and director of the movie Bagh Sib. 

Gladiators  9:35

Director Maryam Rahimi

Director’s Bio: Maryam is an Iranian born writer, screenwriter and director. she works alongside Rai cinema with her work "Yalda". She has won many national and international awards for her works. She won Mibact MigrArt from the ministry of culture in Italy in 2016 for her short film "Mare Nostrum".

 

Ukwati  12:27

Director: Sean Economou

Director’s Bio: Sean Economou is a filmmaker based in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently the Creative Director for a non-profit, Watts of Love. He has traveled to the most remote corners of the globe to interview and collect stories. He has a passion to share stories about the truth of poverty and is dedicated to present viable solutions for change

 

Total 90mins

43:35pm- 4:40pm

Family Ties 

Big Guy 20:00 mins

Directors: Hicham & Samir Harrag

Directors bio: Franco - Moroccan they grew up in Montreuil in Seine Saint Denis, they come from a modest family of Moroccan origin. As twin brothers have been inseparable since their birth. Both of them, at the age of 13, went to the theater in the middle school as well as to the neighborhood, passing through the cinemas that forged their paths. A few years later, they join the film school Cour Florent where they stay 2 years. 

 

A Traditional Brazilian Family 25:00 mins

Director: Rodrigo Sena

Director’s Bio: Photographer and audiovisual director, he remained in photojournalism for 10 years, participated in an artistic residency in Montevideo (URUGUAY) Iberescena in 2013,

Artist Residency in Cochabamba (Bolivia) in 2014. He directed award-winning short films such as O Menino do dente de Ouro (2015), film winner of the Mostra de Gostoso, RN; Couscous Peitinho (2017), awarded at the Vitoria Film Festival, ES; Rodrigo Sena is currently finalizing Encantarias, a TV series that portrays Afro-indigenous religions and developing his first feature film.

 

Total 45mins

 

4:50pm -  6:10pm

The Rain has Passed 14:04

Director: Marina Edwards

Director’s  Bio: Marina Edwards is a screenwriter, director, and actress, who moved to Los Angeles with a dream to create her own film projects with social impact.

Marina graduated Lee Strasberg Inst. (acting), New York Film Institute (screenwriting), UCLA extension (screenwriting).

In 2014, she opened her production company Ocean Star LLC. Marina received “The best of California Award 2019″. She is active in the Toastmasters Speakers Bureau where she deliv

 

Cage: Between Two Battles 83mins

Director: Cenk Uzgören

Directors Bio: Cenk İzgören was born in 1980. At the age of 12, he started to work as a child actor in State Theaters. In the following years, he entered the Department of Acting, Department of Theater at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Süleyman Demirel University to receive academic education. He completed his undergraduate education by doing a double major in acting and dramatic writing. He completed his master's degree in the field of cinema. He has worked as an actor, co-director, and executive producer in various television and cinema films. He directed promotional and commercial films. Voluntarily, he worked with psychologists in the field of psychodrama in social responsibility projects aiming to rehabilitate marginalized and damaged individuals of society and took part in art and rehabilitation studies. 

 

Total 97mins

 

6:10pm - 9:00pm

Closing Night Film

Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions 109mins

Director: Praheme Praphet

Director’s Bio: Praheme is an American Storyteller/filmmaker based in Richmond, Virginia.  He realized his interest for the arts as a child and continued to pursue his passion at Howard University, earning a BA in Film Production in 2006.  While at Howard Praheme completed a handful of short films and videos.  Praheme graduated from Florida State University with a Masters of Fine Arts in film production. There he worked on ward winning short films “intercambios”, “Soap” and “Soaked” as the director and producer.

Workshops & Public Forums

 

2 - 3pm

WEB 3 Onboarding Workshop with Takai The Artist

WELCOME! If you are reading this, you have probably heard terms like cryptocurrency, NFT,  Metaverse, DAO, Tokens, etc, and have an interest in learning more about the unlimited possibilities of web3. Join the Web3 onboarding workshop hosted by writer/director and founder of UDAY Studios Takaitheartist. The mission of this workshop is not to confuse, but to inform and inspire everyone to unleash their full potential through the power of Web3. Come out and learn about the next generation of the internet, sit back, relax, and decentralize!

 

3:15 - 4:45 pm

NFT, Cryptocurrency, Blockchaing Technology how will we use it to empower, build economic strength and move underserved communities towards self sufficenc and wealth.

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