2015 Official Selections

2015 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
(Listed alphabetically by category)

See the program with chronological schedule here

FEATURE

The Amateur  – Carlton Sugarman, Director (USA)
The Amateur: Or (Revenge of the Quadricorn) is a gritty, naturalistic musical drama exploring the chaotic journey of artistic pursuit in contemporary Los Angeles. Joey takes his music very seriously. The rest of his life, not so much. “The Amateur” tells the tale of a broke — and sometimes broken — artist navigating the LA music scene. Riding the highs and nursing the hangovers, his journey leads him through various experiences, both personal and professional, that shed a new light on the things that really matter. Friday, September 4 – Cooper Walker Place, 11 a.m.

The King of New Orleans – Allen Frederic, Director (USA)
Take a little trip through the streets of New Orleans…. Larry Shirt (David Jenson) is a taxi driver whose passengers are the city’s hustlers, tourists, socialites, musicians, housekeepers, weirdoes, and reporters.  Bobby Cohn (Richard Brien), a college student home from school and in the middle of a personal crisis, is one of those passengers.  The circumstances that bring them together lead to a bond that is ultimately turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 2 p.m.

The Man in 3B – Trey Haley, Director (USA)
Based on the characters from New York Times Best Selling author Carl Weber’s novel The Man In 3B. Darryl Graham (Lamman Rucker) has just moved into a Jamaica, Queens apartment building and his neighbors, both male and female alike, can’t stop talking about him. He immediately becomes intertwined in each of the tenants’ lives, but when a murder happens in the building, everyone becomes a prime suspect. Star- ing Lamman Rucker, Christian Keyes, Brely Evans, Anthony Montgomery, Robert Ri’chard, DB Woodside, Kellita Smith, James Black, Olivia Longott, Trisha Mann, with Jackee Harry, Marla Gibbs and Billy Dee Williams. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 6:30 p.m. Special Presentation

Primrose Lane  – Kathleen Davison, Director (USA)
The decision to enter an unlocked home triggers an irreversible chain of events for Robin and Chris, catapulting them into an alternate reality where they are not as alone as they think.  Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 5 p.m.

Switching Lanes – Tommy Ford, Director (USA)
Imagine a small southern town where unspoken racism is the norm….in 2014. This is the reality for the citizens of Summerston, GA but little does the town know, a serious change is on the way.

Kaneesha, an African American teen raised on the ‘black side’ of Summerston, has goals of becoming a track star. On the other side of town, Sarah, an energetic white teen has the same passion for a track career. Even though the girls have competed against each other, they’ve maintained their separate but equal lifestyles on opposite sides of town until both are awards spot in the highly coveted Track and Field Ambassador Retreat.

Away from their disapproving families and friends, the girls quickly begin to bond as they begin to discover many shared mutual interests. Once the retreat ends, their friendship is immediately put to the test as they receive pushback from friends, parents and even their church pastors. To Kaneesha and Sarah, their friendship is the biggest secret in Summerston but they soon discover their tiny town holds a deeper secret that threatens to change life as they know it. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 2 p.m. FREE Admission – Special Presentation

Waffle Street – Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms, Directors (USA)
Waffle Street’s riches-to-rags tale is an adaptation of James Adams’ 2010 memoir of the same name, which chronicles the financier’s foray into the food industry. After being laid off at the hedge fund where he worked, and further jaded by his culpability in the crisis, Adams chose to work at a popular 24-hour diner where he claims “most of his financial knowledge has been gleaned.” Offering a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, Adams’ (played by Lafferty) is a tale of the redemption and unlikely friendship found under the tutelage of Glover’s character Edward, the best short order cook in town. Sunday, September 6 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m. 

Writer’s Cramp  – Darva Campbell, Director (USA)
Amy and Scott, an overly imaginative and husband and wife pair of would-be-writers, are living on the waning generosity of their wealthy parents. When they are cut off, they stumble on a desperate scheme to collect their inheritence early. As they toggle between colorful fantasies and hopeful delusions, their nephew, a brilliant kid with Asperger’s Syndrome, discovers their plan and shares it with his sister. The ineptitude of the adults is no match for the covert operations and fancy gadgetry of the kids in this fun film. Writer’s Cramp is a treat for kids and adults alike; the smart comedy will keep the whole family laughing and guessing until the end. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 7 p.m. 

 

DOCUMENTARY

I Do Believe 
The inspirational documentary of superstar Johnny Cash’s youngest sister. From her years of growing up in Dyess, Arkansas, to recording at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, to sharing her faith at the Cowboy Church in Nashville, Tennessee, Joanne has an amazing story to share. There are also interviews with her brother Tommy Cash, as well as country superstar Larry Gatlin, and Christian music artist Kevin Max. Joanne is very proud of this film, and you will certainly be both entertained and inspired. Saturday, September 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 12 p.m. FREE Admission – Special Presentation

Imba Means Sing – Danielle Bernstein, Director  (Uganda)
Follow the journey of three children from the slums of Uganda on their life-changing world tour as part of the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir. Angel, Moses and Nina raise support for their education by singing, and chase their dreams of becoming a pediatrician, pilot and Uganda’s first female president!  Sunday, September 6 – Studio on the Square, 11 a.m. 

Imminent Threat – Janek Ambros, Director (USA)
From the Authorization to Use Military Force passed by Congress immediately after 9/11 to the 2014 NSA revelations from Edward Snowden, the documentary looks at the violations of our civil liberties and gradual deterioration of political discourse. Interviewees cross party lines and include members of the U.S. Congress, Code Pink, A.C.L.U. and the Cato Institute. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 10 a.m. 

Music in Mali: Life is Hard, Music is Good – Aja Salvatore, Director (USA)
Music In Mali: Life Is Hard, Music Is Good is a feature-length documentary about the incredibly rich culture of West Africa’s largest country, Mali. The documentary explores the Manding Empire, which through its role in the slave trade, became a major influence on the culture and music of the Americas with its direct relationship to Western musical genres such as Blues, Rock, Jazz and Hip-hop. The film features artists such as Grammy winning Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate, Djeneba seck, Djelimadi Tounkara, the late Mangala Camara, the late Lobi Traore, Zani Diabate, and many others. Through each artist, the film showcases the different styles of Malian music from an intimate perspective. The filmmakers have worked incredibly hard in less than ideal conditions including a military coup and a civil war in order to capture stunning, cinematic images and the heart and soul of an amazing nation.  Saturday, September 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 10 a.m. 

My Voice, My Life – Ruby Yang, Director (Hong Kong)
My Voice, My Life, a Hong Kong documentary directed by Oscar winner Ruby Yang, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of under-privileged middle and high school students as they underwent six months of vigorous trainings to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker in Hong Kong to reflect on our way of nurturing our young. Saturday, September 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 6 p.m. 

PAN! Our Music Odyssey  –  Jerome Guiot, Director (Trinidad and Tobago)
Between 1939 and 1945, during World War II, developed nations savaged one another: the planet was on fire. In Trinidad & Tobago (the Caribbean) underprivileged urban gangs created a new musical instrument, and perfected it by the 1950s..The Pan is born!

Since then steelbands have mushroomed in every corner of the planet. Still, Trinidad remains the Mecca, where each year philharmonic orchestras of over 100 musicians, many coming from all countries of the world, compete for the greatest Pan event: the Panaroma.  This film is the story or men and women who staked all on their art, and of French, Japanese and Americans, whose passion and daring has drawn them to the world championships.  It is a global human adventure out of the ordinary.

Their stories are interlaced with re-enactments of the rags-to-riches tale of the steelband movement, which was born into poverty and violence but climbed to the highest levels of social and artistic acceptance without loosing its life-or-death urgency.

The dramatizations constitute a continuous narrative thread, which focuses on a pivotal moment in the history of pan, between 1947 and 1951. In this story a 19-year-old man nicknamed Goldteeth and his brother Roy, steal two 55-gallon oil drums to make their instruments, rather than the traditionally smaller paint cans. Their flight from the police and battles with the ferocious rival band, Red Army, leads them to finally sublimate this warfare into a peaceful musical battle. Sunday, September 6 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.

The Record Man – Mark Moormann, Director (USA)
The Record Man is the incredible story of how a group of musical underdogs with raw talent and diverse backgrounds, led by the determination of one man, Henry Stone, exported the music of Miami to the world. From distributing records out of his ’48 Packard to establishing TK Records as the largest independent label of the 1970’s, Henry Stone had an ear for hits. His funky eight-track studio and chart topping family of artists including soul legend Betty Wright,  KC and the Sunshine Band and Memphian Anita Ward, led to the original Miami Sound and the birth of Disco. When his empire collapsed on a baseball field in Chicago in 1979, Henry didn’t miss a beat launching Miami Freestyle. The Record Man captures forgotten, groundbreaking musical history. Saturday , September 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 2:30 p.m 

Stink! – Jon J. Whelan, Director (USA)
Stink! opens with a foul smell and a pair of kids pajamas. And a single father trying to find out what that smell could possibly be. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe — by design. Entertaining, enlightening, and at times almost absurd, “Stink!” takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys, and into the halls of Congress.Follow Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. You won’t like what you smell. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 12:30 p.m.

We Won’t Bow Down – Christopher Levoy Bower, Director (USA)
Enter the secret culture of African-American artists, tribesmen, and warriors as they maintain the spirit and traditions of their ancient ancestors in modern-day New Orleans. Saturday, September 5 – Studio on the Square, 10 a.m.

When The Blues Come to Town – Paula Campsall and Tom Knowlton, Directors (Canada)
From the Mississippi Delta to the frozen north…’When the Blues Come to Town’ explores the events, the people, the stories and the music that have made a small town in Canada an unlikely hot-spot for Blues music in North America. When Mel & Angel Brown, both born in the Delta, moved here almost 30 years ago they spawned a unique and original northern Blues ‘bedrock’. The highly acclaimed Kitchener Blues Festival provides the backdrop for an intimate look at the characters and the musicians who make Blues music their life’s calling. Friday, September 4 – Cooper Walker Place, 2 p.m. 

Gangsta Walking The Movie – Morreco Coleman, Director (USA)
Gangsta Walking the Movie is the first and largest collaborative film about the Memphis hip hop and dance culture. This film is filled with Oscar-award winners, hip hop artists, DJ legends, highly acclaimed music producers, and the best dancers in Memphis history. It tells the hidden secrets about the beginning of Memphis hip hop music, dance culture, and the reason Memphis rappers never came together before now. See over 40 dancers perform a style of dance so complex, only Memphians can recognize it! This film is directed and produced by Morreco R. Coleman, a native Memphian and graduate of Memphis College of Art. Sunday, September 6 – Studio on the Square, 6 p.m.

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Geekland: Fan Culture in Memphis  – Lara Johnson, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 7 p.m.
Tomgirl – Jeremy Asher Lynch, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 7 p.m.
Nefertiti’s Daughters  – Mark Nickolas, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 7 p.m.
No One Sees You – Emily Heine, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 7 p.m. 
Away From the Grasslands – Khalid Ali, Director (China) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.
The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow – Timothy Bradley, Director (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT
Amies Nues – Dane Dakota, Director (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 3:30 p.m.
The Clean Sneak – Seth Kaiser, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 11 a.m.
Die Box Sascha Zimmermann, Director (Germany) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.
Effloresce – Kathleen Davison, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 6 p.m.
Fixed – Cody Wilson and Burleigh Smith, Directors (Australia) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 6 p.m.
Frank ‘N Beans – Phillip Conserva, Director (USA)  Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 3:30 p.m.
Lies Beneath the Nightshade – Andrew Wecht (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.
Pflegestufe – Julia Peters, Director (Germany) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.
The Spy Who Fleeced Me – Ed Griffith, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 6 p.m.
Sie Heisst Jetzt Lotte! – Annekathrin Wetzel, Director (Germany) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.
Starman – Josema Roig, Director (USA)  Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 3:30 p.m.
Sweetheart – Miguel Angelo Pate, Director (Germany) Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 4 p.m.
Water From The Moon – Ellen Burns, Director (Indonesia and Singapore) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 6 p.m.
YouTupolis  –  Wojciech Lorenc & Val Trevino, Directors Sat, Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 3:30 p.m.
Sugarhiccup – Lisa Donato, Director (USA) Sun, Sept. 6 – Studio on the Square, 11 a.m.

 

ANIMATION
Claire & The Keys John Ludwick, Director (USA) Sat., Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 12 p.m.
Golden Shot – Gokalp Gonen, Director (Turkey) Sat., Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 12 p.m.
Little Women (USA) Sat., Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 12 p.m.
Si Lunchai – Hannes Rall, Director (Germany and Singapore) Sat., Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 12 p.m.
Tik Tak – Zeynep Kocak, Director (Turkey) Sat., Sept. 5 – Studio on the Square, 12 p.m.

 

MUSIC VIDEO
Claire – The Next Ones To Come – Jessica Benzing and Maximilian Gerlach, Directors (Germany) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.
The Gift – Chris Gero, Director (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.
Miss You – William Beutler, Director (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.
We’ve Got It All – Sanne Rovers, Director (Netherlands) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.
Wired Monkeys – Johnny Winningham, Director (USA) Sat, Sept. 5 – Cooper Walker Place, 4:30 p.m.