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**TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED TO YOU…PLEASE PRINT OUT YOUR TICKET AND BRING IT WITH YOU…ALSO, YOUR NAME WILL BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE**

All Screenings & Events at the Lakeside Beach at Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park & The Elks Club in Greenwood Lake, NY

Filmmakers Reception & Opening Night Movie (with party)

 

– $99

May 19 @ 6:00 pm

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY


 
This Opening Night Party & Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and desserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by Cove Castle Restaurant, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine Club, Orange County Distillery, Alkaline Water King, and more.
 
* HIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award personally accepted by 2-time Golden Globe/4-time Emmy Winner & Nominee ARMAND ASSANTE (Gotti; Striptease; American Gangster; Private Benjiman; Q & A). A tribute video honoring Mr. Assante’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.
 
* Worldwide premiere screening of THE SAVANT …An action-packed thriller about an autistic savant high school student who has prodigious fighting and language skills, which offers a powerful climactic twist ending…Starring in the film are: Robert Loggia (Academy Award nominee; Scarface; Big), Eric Etebari (“Witchblade”; The Lincoln Lawyer), Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo), Michael Rivera (Fighting; Falling Awake); Angela Little (American Pie Presents Band Camp, My Boss’s Daughter); Thomas G. Waites (And Justice For All, The Thing); Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (“The Howard Stern Show”); Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”), Tonye Patano (“Weeds”), Frank Giglio (Scavenger Killers), Miguel Jarquin-Moreland (Jersey Boys), Suzy Kaye (Hollywood Sex Wars), and Eric Roberts (Academy nominee; The Expendables).…Written & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Sherri Kauk. See Trailer Here…
 
* Hosted by Hilarious Comedian Buddy Fitzpatrick

Filmmakers Reception & Opening Night Movie (without party)

 

– $35

May 19 @ 8:00 pm

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



This Opening Night Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* HIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award personally accepted by 2-time Golden Globe/4-time Emmy Winner & Nominee ARMAND ASSANTE (Gotti; Striptease; American Gangster; Private Benjiman; Q & A). A tribute video honoring Mr. Assante’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.
 
* Worldwide premiere screening of THE SAVANT …An action-packed thriller about an autistic savant high school student who has prodigious fighting and language skills, which offers a powerful climactic twist ending…Starring in the film are: Robert Loggia (Academy Award nominee; Scarface; Big), Eric Etebari (“Witchblade”;The Lincoln Lawyer), Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo), Michael Rivera (Fighting; Falling Awake); Angela Little (American Pie Presents Band Camp, My Boss’s Daughter); Thomas G. Waites(And Justice For All, The Thing); Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (“The Howard Stern Show”); Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”), Tonye Patano (“Weeds”), Frank Giglio (Scavenger Killers), Miguel Jarquin-Moreland (Jersey Boys), Suzy Kaye (Hollywood Sex Wars), and Eric Roberts (Academy nominee; The Expendables).…Written & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Sherri Kauk. See Trailer Here…
 
* Hosted by Hilarious Comedian Buddy Fitzpatrick

Gala Awards Ceremony (with party)

 

– $99

May 25 @ 6:00 pm

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY
 



One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this Event & Party features numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and desserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by The Helm Catering, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine Club, Orange County Distillery, and more.
 
* Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian, GILBERT GOTTFRIED.
 
* Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.
 
* Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors.
 
* Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories.
 
* Famed Film & TV Star JOYCE DEWITT (“Three’s Company”; Rock Story) will receive the HIFF Excellence in Acting Award
 
* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!

Gala Awards Ceremony (without party)

 

– $35

May 25 @ 8:00 pm

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



 
One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this Event features numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian, GILBERT GOTTFRIED.
 
* Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.
 
* Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors.
 
* Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories.
 
* Famed Film & TV Star JOYCE DEWITT (“Three’s Company”; Rock Story) will receive the HIFF Excellence in Acting Award.
 
* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!

All Access Passes (with parties)

 

– $295

May 19 – May 25

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



This Package includes:
 
* Admission to Opening Night Screening + Filmmakers Reception Party
 
* Admission to Gala Awards Ceremony + Party
 
* Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!

All Access Passes (without parties)

 

– $195

May 19 – May 25

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



*Admission to Opening Night Screening *(without party)*
 
*Gala Awards Ceremony *(without party)*
 

*Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!

All-Movie Passes

 

– $99

May 20 – May 24

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



This Package includes:
 
* Admission to all Festival Screenings–this includes screenings of over 150 films!y
 
–This package does not include Opening Night (May 19) and the Gala Awards Ceremony (May 25).
 

Special Star-filled TV Pilot TRIPLE Feature

 

– $11

May 20 @ 10:00 pm

Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park,,
5 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY



* Worldwide premiere screening of HOSPITAL ARREST, a TV sitcom pilot created/produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio and directed by Dylan Bank…A group of miscreant doctors have been sentenced to prison at the hospital they destroyed. Each physician crazier than the other, they may be topped by the physically handicapped warden and guards who oversee them. Political correctness ignored, this madcap TV series sets a new standard (or lack thereof) for TV comedy…Starring in HOSPITAL ARREST are Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo; Price For Freedom); Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin; Problem Child); Michael Winslow (Police Academy; Spaceballs); Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”; “Everybody Hates Chris”); Todd Bridges (“Different Strokes”; The Black Keys); Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”; Sharknado); Deborah Twiss (Kick Ass; A Gun for Jennifer); Suzi Lorraine(Wrath of Crows; Dead of Nite); Stand-up Comedians Buddy Fitzpatrick and Sherry Davey; Alycia Cooper (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), and Robert Loggia (Academy Award nominee; Scarface; Independence Day; Big). See Trailer Here…
 
* Worldwide premiere screening of RENAISSANCE MAN , a one-of-a-kind TV series created/produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio and directed by Dylan Bank…A mockumentary comedy that chronicles the Renaissance Man accomplishments of a critically acclaimed filmmaker, best-selling author, superstar attorney, former judge – and bench-press champion – who has a cult following of masses who support him for his bid for the U.S. presidency,“Renaissance Man” is a believable, yet outrageous tale where one wonders if it is reality or not…Starring in the show are fresh faces from the film, business and political worlds – and real-life Renaissance Man Kenneth Del Vecchio – along with multiple fan-favorite and award-winning actors making appearances throughout the show. See Trailer Here…
 
* Worldwide premiere screening of PUPPETS, a zany cross-section between reality and fantasy where puppets and humans live together. Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, directed by Dylan Bank, and created by Larry Weissman, PUPPETS is a hilarious getaway into the world of a narcissicstic “TV Star” puppet who begrudgingly seeks marriage counselling therapy from an equally strange psychiatrist. This TV pilot stars Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo; Price For Freedom), Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”; Sharknado), Stand-up Comedian Buddy Fitzpatrick, Margaret Reed (“As the World Turns”), and Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (“The Howard Stern Show”).
 

COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF SCREENINGS & EVENTS

 
*All regular screening tickets are only $11
 
**TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED TO YOU. YOUR NAME WILL BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE…PLEASE PRINT OUT YOUR PAYPAL CONFIRMATION AND BRING IT WITH YOU.**
 
Friday May 19, 2017
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $99

FILMMAKERS RECEPTION PARTY & OPENING NIGHT SCREENINGS

– $99

This Opening Night Ceremony includes numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and desserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by Cove Castle Restaurant, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine Club, Coca-Cola & vitaminwater, Orange County Distillery, Alkaline Water King, and more.
 
* HIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award personally accepted by 2-time Golden Globe/4-time Emmy Winner & Nominee ARMAND ASSANTE (Gotti; Striptease; American Gangster; Private Benjamin; Q & A). A tribute video honoring Mr. Assante’s extraordinary career will be played directly before the award presentation.
 
* Worldwide premiere screening of THE SAVANT …An action-packed thriller about an autistic savant high school student who has prodigious fighting and language skills, which offers a powerful climactic twist ending…Starring in the film are: Robert Loggia (Academy Award nominee; Scarface; Big), Eric Etebari (“Witchblade”; The Lincoln Lawyer), Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo), Michael Rivera (Fighting; Falling Awake); Angela Little (American Pie Presents Band Camp, My Boss’s Daughter); Thomas G. Waites (And Justice For All, The Thing); Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (“The Howard Stern Show”); Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”); Tonye Patano (“Weeds”), Frank Giglio (Scavenger Killers), Miguel Jarquin-Moreland (Jersey Boys), Suzy Kaye (Hollywood Sex Wars), and Eric Roberts (Academy nominee; The Expendables).…Written & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio, Directed by Sherri Kauk.
 
* Hosted by Hilarious Comedian Buddy Fitzpatrick



 
**Screening & Opening Night Ceremonies (without party) – 8:00pm – $35



 
 
Saturday May 20, 2017
 
12:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


NORTH OF THE CITY – Feature Film

Directed by Paul Zimmermann
 
Terri Conn, Austin Peck

Joanna Tuft, an officer for a large corporation, is on her way home from work one day when she is almost kidnapped and killed by two men. She narrowly escapes with the help of a stranger passing by. Together they must figure out who is trying to kill them and somehow expose the plot of why they are being hunted, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the killer
 See Trailer Here…

THE LONG ISLAND WOLF – Short Film

Directed by Julien Lasseur – New York

Johnny is a down on his luck hustler with a bad habit of using a crowbar to solve his problems. After conning his way into a risky partnership with a Long Haired, Loud Mouth criminal, Johnny and the Loud Mouth sign up for a mysterious job for legendary Mob Boss – the Long Island Wolf. The unusual encounter with The Wolf convinces Johnny to change his ways to something more passive, but he just can’t seem to escape his violent nature.

AMERICAN TRIAL – Documentary

Directed by Roee Messinger – New York

By depicting real-life witnesses and actual evidence in a courtroom setting, American Trial will tell the story of the trial that may have occurred had NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo been indicted for the killing of Eric Garner by chokehold in Staten Island, New York. Using the trial as a conduit, this documentary will examine accountability, race and police/civilian relations in New York City and beyond.
 
12:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BREAKING POINT: THE WAR FOR DEMOCRACY IN UKRAINE – Documentary

Directed by Paul Wolansky – Ukraine & Canada

In November 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, under pressure from Russia, rejected a promised trade deal with the European Union. Students and journalists quickly assembled to protest on the Maidan, Kyiv’s Independence Square. The protests sparked a three-month revolution, which ended in the death of 123 protesters, the flight of President Yanukovych, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine, and a war that has killed 10,000 Ukrainians and displaced 1.9 million refugees. Breaking Point depicts these turbulent events through the eyes of several people whose lives were changed forever by their experiences. All risked their lives to create a more democratic and equitable Ukraine.

OTHER WORLD – Short Film

Directed by Sandro Japaridze – Afghanistan

He travels to a new world, but is it what he hopes for?

 
2:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BEYOND THE SILENCE – Feature Film

Directed by William Michael Barbee – New Jersey
Bill Cobbs, Bill Duke, Frankie Faison

The movie highlights the life of the lead character, Billy Ray Michaels. Billy Ray suffers from multiple personality disorder, compounded with schizophrenia, and finds himself on trial for murder, a crime which he does not remember committing. Billy Ray is entangled in a world of confusion, of which, unbeknownst to him, he created.

I LOVE NEW YORK – Short Film

Directed by Christian Vogeler – New York

In a city where every one’s got an angle, how does one survive? After a NY first timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city’s pitfalls. But nothing’s free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself.
 See Trailer Here…

 
2:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE UNSTOPPABLE IRVING FIELDS – Documentary

Directed by Martin Feinberg – New York

Unstoppable Irving Fields is the story of Irving Fields, one of the most influential American musicians of all time, and his daring attempt to resurge his career at age 99.

SWIPED RIGHT – Short Film

Directed by Dana Marisa Schoenfeld – New Jersey

When Ava, a single successful woman in her late 40’s, decides to give up on love to find sex on a super-hot online dating site. She goes on a date that gives her exactly what she’s looking for…. Sort of.

80 MINUTES – Short Film

Directed by Vincent Macaluso – New York

An uncle and his nephew have a conversation after dinner about the impending death of the uncle’s father- the nephew’s grandfather.
 
4:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


6 LOVE STORIES – Feature Film

Directed by Michael Dunaway – Georgia

Alicia Witt, Matthew Lilliard, Carrie Preston, Ashley Williams, Stephen Toblowsky, Beth Grant, Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Anne Allman, Marshall Allman, Jennifer Lafleur, Don Most, Ross Partridge

Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia.

FLOWER – Short Film

Directed by Justin Kreinbrink – Arizona

Michael Gandolfini

Set in a post-apocalyptic backdrop a young man clings to the only thing that reminds him of hope as he struggles to survive.

BLUEBERRY PIE – Short Film

Directed by Austin Abbott – New York

A hostess and a writer go on a blind date and discuss the merits of truth-telling over hot coffee and blueberry pie.
 
4:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


CUFFS & SHIELD – Feature Film

Directed by Mauricio Ovalle – New York

With the short term memory loss of Detective Joe Cuffs, Detective Maria Shield is left a little more than she can handle. As if that’s not enough, she’s also left dealing with her nephew Dino and other interesting characters.

ALBEDO ABSOLUTE – Short Film

Directed by Vlad Marsavin – California

Boti Bliss, Lyliana Wray, Gabriel Olds

Albedo Absolute is a fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parents’ warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.
 See Trailer Here…

MY WILD IRISH ROSE – Short Film

Directed by Jim Harkins – New York

My Wild Irish Rose tells the story of Steve and Rose at the beginning of their relationship. They meet at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and spend a crazy day on the streets of Manhattan. Just as they’re falling in love, Steve finds out that Rose is bipolar and manic depressive. Now this couple needs to figure out how to make their relationship work.
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


D-LOVE – Feature Film

Directed by Elena Beuca – California

Stefania is working a job she has hated for years. Her husband, Dan, hasn’t worked in years. They have just landed at Los Angeles airport, returning from Europe, and having one of the worst days of their lives. Stefania is approached by a vagabond – Ditlev, who asks her for a ride to one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the wanderer, but her husband Dan, decides to take him home with them. How will this affect the couple? The director invites you on a 3 day journey, seen through Stefania’s eyes, to view and discover that desired change doesn’t always come in the package that we want or expect.
 See Trailer Here…

THE MAN IN THE ROOM – Short Film

Directed by Eric J Carlson – New York

Tracy checks in on her brother-in-law suffering from Alzheimer’s because she questions the care he is being given. After Bev, his wife, lays out the all the harsh realities of caring for a person with dementia, she then decides to let Tracy take him, but with one caveat: she is not bringing him back. If Tracy can’t care for him, the next stop is a nursing home. Things are not as black and white as Tracy thought and she has the decision of her life to make…

6:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


JASMINE – Feature Film

Directed by Dax Phelan – Hong Kong

Byron Mann, Eugenia Yuan, Grace Huang, Brian Yang

Jasmine is a gripping and chilling psychological thriller about a man struggling to come to terms with his grief nearly a year after his wife’s unsolved murder.
 See Trailer Here…

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – Short Film

Directed by Blake Rice – New York

At a chic Manhattan gallery opening, a young woman is startled to discover she bears an alarming resemblance to the subject of the photographs on display. Over the course of a single evening, she explores both the city and herself in search of the truth behind the mysterious picture she can’t remember taking.
 See Trailer Here…

TIME IS THE LONGEST DISTANCE – Short Film

Directed by Bryan Powers – New York

A bittersweet tale of an estranged son’s journey to reconnect with his Alzheimer’s-stricken father, and an unexpected meeting with a teenage boy along the way.
 See Trailer Here…
 
8:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE RED MAPLE LEAF – Feature Film

Directed by Frank D’Angelo – Canada

Mira Sorvino, James Caan, Martin Landau, Armand Assante, Paul Sorvino, Robert Loggia, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Roberts, Daniel Baldwin, Marc Blucas, Ellen Dublin, Laurie Fortier, Addison Holley, Margot Kidder, Michael Pare, Doris Roberts

On a seemingly worry-free Ottawa morning, young Jenni Adams, daughter of U.S. Ambassador Patrick Adams, is snatched from right under the nose of her Secret Service detail. From senators all the way up to the President of the United States, the hunt is on to find this girl alive and return her to her family. While two nations fight over jurisdiction as the case grows cold, seasoned RCMP veteran Alfonso Palermo puts everything else aside, his emotions, his alcoholism, his tact, to step up and search for the little girl and return her to her very powerful Washington-elite family. Why is Palermo so interested in this particular case? As the mystery unravels, we learn that Alfonso has felt similar pain and loss.

SEX SELLS – Feature Film

Directed by Joshua Nelson – New Jersey

Savannah decides that it’s not love that keeps people together, it’s great sex. So she decided to find a male prostitute that she will pay to marry her…but her choices end up being as ridiculous as her theory about love.
 
8:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


PAWO – Feature Film

Directed by Marvin Litwak – China & India

Since 1950, Tibet has been occupied by China. Dorjee, a young Tibetan, grew up in peace 40 years later. After the death of his father, it all comes to a point, where he realizes that his wings are already cut, what it means to be Tibetan in a country which is called “China”. Inside Tibet and in exile, a last cry for freedom starts.
 
10:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


DANGER, DAMES & DANGEROUS GAMES – Feature Film

Directed by Alex Salazar – Louisiana

After his vampire boss snacks on a few employees, a hapless accountant learns that monsters are real, hungry, and of course, looking for him. As he struggles to avoid his own untimely end, the fate of the world rests in his hands.
 See Trailer Here…

LEMON – Short Film

Directed by Timothy Michael Cooper – New York

Seconds after the wedding, a bride is stunned to learn that her new husband fudged nearly everything about his past, his family, and his accomplishments—but his revelations force her to come clean about a few shocking secrets of her own.
 See Trailer Here…

 
10:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


HOSPITAL ARREST – TV Pilot

Created & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Created & Directed by Dylan Bank – New York

Martin Kove, Robert Loggia, Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmie Walker, Michael Winslow, Todd Bridges, Julie McCullough, Deborah Twiss, Kenneth Del Vecchio, Suzi Lorrain, Buddy Fitzpatrick, Sherry Davey, Alycia Cooper

A group of miscreant doctors have been sentenced to prison at the hospital they destroyed. Each physician crazier than the other, they may be topped by the physically handicapped warden and guards who oversee them. Political correctness ignored, this madcap TV series sets a new standard (or lack thereof) for TV comedy.

RENAISSANCE MAN – TV Pilot

Created & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Dylan Bank – New York

A mockumentary comedy that chronicles the Renaissance Man accomplishments of a critically acclaimed filmmaker, best-selling author, superstar attorney, former judge – and bench-press champion – who has a cult following of masses who support him for his bid for the U.S. presidency, “Renaissance Man” is a believable, yet outrageous tale where one wonders if it is reality or not…Starring in the show are fresh faces from the film, business and political worlds – and real-life Renaissance Man Kenneth Del Vecchio – along with multiple fan-favorite and award-winning actors making appearances throughout the show.

PUPPETS – TV Pilot

Produced by Ken Del Vecchio; Directed by Dylan Bank; Created by Larry Weissmann – NY

Martin Kove, Julie McCullough, Buddy Fitzpatrick, Margaret Reed
A zany cross-section between reality and fantasy where puppets and humans live together, PUPPETS is a hilarious getaway into the world of a narcissistic “TV Star” puppet who begrudgingly seeks marriage counselling therapy from an equally strange psychiatrist.

 
Sunday May 21, 2017
 
12:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE ART OF DREAMING – Short Film

Directed by Bob DeNatale – New York

A young woman, grieving over the death of her mother and obsessed with thoughts of her own mortality, is haunted every night in her dreams by a horrible monster. Taught how to practice Lucid Dreaming, she confronts the monster, only to find that her dreams and her waking life begin to merge, until she realizes she must face her fear of death and offer up her own life in order to save the world.
 See Trailer Here…

INSIDE JOB – Short Film

Directed by Matt Nagin – New York

Josh Weinstein, the new intern, is exceedingly nervous on his first day at BTC Getaways, a travel agency. It doesn’t help that his friend Al, the last intern at BTC Getaways, disappeared a few months earlier. Josh quickly learns his new workplace is rather disturbing.

DEADBEAT – Short Film

Directed by Jesse Tendler – Pennsylvania

Mike Starr, Trace Lysette

After over 20 years with no contact, Ryan discovers that his absentee father is terminally ill and decides to confront him on his deathbed about his past transgressions.

UNCLEAN – Short Film

Directed by Todd Bevan – New York

In this dark comedy, a stubborn woman refuses to replace her dying vacuum even after she is inundated with sales pressures to buy a new one.
 
12:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


STALLED – Feature Film

Directed by Thom Woodley – New York

Nate Dushku

When Eve’s best friend and former boyfriend announce they’re pregnant- Eve sees that she’s no longer 20 or even 30 and it’s time to grow up or come as close to doing so as possible…Is life just about paying rent (on time) and getting famous?
 See Trailer Here…

TENACITY – Short Film

Directed by Zack Carlascio – New Jersey

After a man’s wife has been tragically taken in a car accident, the man has dreams of his wife while he sleeps. In too much pain to live normally, the man sets out on a journey to figure out what his dreams meant.

A PALETTE FOR MY SCARLET PAINT – Short Film

Directed by Matthew Vicini – New York

An artist in a creative drought, Ryan Wayy, finds out the only way to get that spark of inspiration is through self-harm. As he endeavors on his path of suicide attempts his older brother/guardian, Daniel Wayy, must save his life before it is too late. This becomes increasingly challenging as Ryan becomes brainwashed in his newly found way of creating art.

BACKSTAGE – Short Film

Directed by Zack Graham – Illinois

A homeless man struggles with drug addiction, poverty and identity while practicing his begging routine in a public restroom.
 
2:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BLEND IN – TV Pilot

Directed by Nicolas Wendl – California

Mariah Bonner

Different cultures? These guys don’t even seem to notice. When ‘Friends’ meets ‘The Spanish Apartment’, the result is comic situations and the lesson that sex, shame, and fun speak the same language.
 See Trailer Here…

TAKERS – TV Pilot

Directed by Rachel Carey – New Jersey

Young magicians decide to become con artists who only target people who work on Wall Street.

DEATH LIVES – TV Pilot

Directed by Erick Hellwig – New York

The hopeful Grim Reaper quits his job and starts making up for lost time while the rules of humanity and pleasing his almighty father get in the way.

SHADY PINES – TV Pilot

Directed by Daniel Sorochkin – New York

Kayla Rivers, an upbeat employee at the Department of Health, is assigned to do a yearly inspection of the wonderful retirement facility Shady Pines Manor. A status report that was supposed to be a breeze quickly turns south as Kayla discovers the mad house that Shady Pines actually is – health and safety codes are failing and the patients run wild!
 See Trailer Here…

 
2:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


HAPPY HUNTING – Feature Film

Directed by Joe Dietsch & Louie Gibson – California

Kenny Wormald

A strangely charming alcoholic drifter fights the battle of good versus evil. After shooting down a drug dealer, he motors to a Texas border town, where an annual “hunting” event is the featured festival of the locale. Learning that men – and not animals – are the prizes of this hunt, he must battle withdrawal and psychotic rednecks after he becomes their sporting target.
 See Trailer Here…

CHASING GRACE – Short Film

Directed by Julia Barnett – Texas

A young woman reluctantly meets with her estranged father only to discover the truth about the events of the wild 70’s summer that drove them apart.

LIGHT SIGHT – Short Film

Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei – Iran

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room, is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.
 See Trailer Here…
 
4:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE KARMA CLUB – Feature Film

Directed by Kevin Porter Young – New York

Michael Buscemi, Karina Arroyave, Tara Westwood

The Karma Club is about three orphaned brothers who do whatever is needed to survive in a small Southern town. But after accepting a job from a mysterious woman, the bond between these brothers will be tested like never before.

COFFEE BREAK – Short Film

Directed by Matthew Borrello – New Jersey

Harper works at a coffee shop despite hating it with every bone in her body. When an elderly woman walks into the shop one night, Harper learns that maybe her life isn’t so bad after all.
 
4:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE BULLISH FARMER – Documentary

Directed by Ken Marsolais – New York

Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer.
 See Trailer Here…

AN UNDENIABLE VOICE – Documentary

Directed by Price Arana & Adam Rothlein – California

Sharon Stone

Sam Harris, believed to be one of the youngest to survive the camps during the Holocaust, shares his amazing story of survival with philanthropist and activist Sharon Stone.
 See Trailer Here…

POEM TO A NAMELESS SLAVE – Short Film

Directed by C.N. Bean – Virginia

A biracial youth keeps dreaming about his doppelganger, a slave who died nameless.
 See Trailer Here…
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


NATHAN EAST: FOR THE RECORD – Documentary

Directed by Chris Gero – California

Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Sara Bareilles, Kenny Loggins, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Herbie Hancock

Nathan East: For The Record is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album (released in March) spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com.

A MAN FULL OF TROUBLE – Short Film

Directed by Michael Johnston – Pennsylvania

A Man Full of Trouble is a comedy about a foul-mouthed and contentious Alexander Hamilton reenactor in Philadelphia. Nicholas Crane (Hamilton) is continually at odds with the city, its tourists, and most importantly, Thomas Jefferson. When Hamilton is replaced with Jefferson for the city’s extravagant Constitutional Convention reenactment, Nicholas must fight for his job as well as historical accuracy. Nicholas’s commitment to history and the reenactment is thwarted when his affair with Isabelle, an uneducated reenactor, is discovered – an affair that bears an uncanny likeness to Hamilton’s infamous Philadelphia sex scandal with Maria Reynolds.

 
6:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


VIVE LA MORT – Feature Film

Directed by Thomas A. Welte – Austria

1945. After an anonymous tip, Wehrmacht deserter Paul Gmeiner is questioned by the French occupation and accused of the murder of a resistance fighter.
 
8:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE COOKBOOK – Short Film

Directed by Bob Klein – New York

A date goes wrong when Danny suspects Maria is a cannibal with the intent to eat him.

THE BREAKING POINT – Feature Film

Directed by Joe Gawalis – New York

William DeMeo, Joseph D’Onforio

Jim Thompson was a good man, who did good things for fifty-two years–Life did not return the favor.
 
8:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ON AGGREGATE: CHAMPIONS WITHOUT A HOME – Documentary

Directed by Thomas Goltz – Azerbaijan

On Aggregate: Champions Without A Home is the saga of the Qarabag-Agdam Horsemen, a refugee football club from Azerbaijan. The team has not played a home game since its home city of Agdam was destroyed and occupied during the vicious Karabakh War with neighboring Armenia in 1993. But the 53-minute film by director and narrator Thomas Goltz is about far more than just football; it is about gritty determination and resilience in the face of loss, and ultimately about conviction.

DO YOU LIKE PEACOCKS? – Documentary

Directed by Mary Clay Fields – Connecticut

In a nondescript studio by the railroad tracks in small-town Irondale, Alabama, a group of adults with autism and their dedicated instructors convene every day to make art. In “Do You Like Peacocks?” we get to know the unique personalities behind the “mask” of autism as the group works towards its annual benefit auction.

REFUGE – Documentary

Directed by Matthew K. Firpo – Greece

A small team of filmmakers, photographers, and storytellers traveled to Greece to document human stories from the Refugee Crisis. We wanted to focus on individuals, exploring the simple, universal questions, ‘Why did you leave your home?’ and ‘What do you hope to find where you’re going?’
 See Trailer Here…
 
10:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


PERSONA NON GRATA – THE CHIUNE SUGIHARA STORY – Feature Film

Directed by Cellin Gluck – Japan

Koyuki, Agnieszka Grochowska

The story of a Japanese diplomat, sometimes called the Schindler of Japan, and his life lading up to and after his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania which resulted in saving the lives of over 6,000 people.
 
10:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


DEVIANT – Feature Film

Directed by Ricki Hostutler – Pennsylvania

Jake, a young sex addict, finds his deviant mind turning on him as he continues his self-destruction through entertaining all of his darkest sexual fantasies and desires.
 See Trailer Here…

THE FINAL MISSION – Short Film

Directed by Winston James – New York

Three friends on the wrong side of the law suspend their criminal act for the day to find out who among them might have disposed secret information to law enforcement.
 

Monday May 22, 2017
 
12:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ANOTHER FOREVER – Feature Film

Directed by Juan Zapata – Netherlands & Brazil

Daniela Escobar, Marlon Moreno

Alice´s life has been filled both with great joy and bitter disappointment. She has persevered because of love. The love she shares with one man, a man that has made it all worthwhile, until the unthinkable happens. Completely shattered, Alice embarks on a journey to find herself, taking us from the depths of despair to the wonders of the world, reclaiming her life and rediscovering her soul.
 See Trailer Here…

DADDY – Short Film

Directed by Carrie Brooks – Canada

After many years of trying to gain her absent father’s love, a girl discovers a family secret that shatters her identity and changes her perspective on everything she thinks she knows about herself and her father. After she resigns herself to never being her father’s pride and joy, she learns his true feelings in an unexpected way.

NEW MOMMIES – TV Pilot

Directed by Matthew Mullen – California

Laura Seay, Zibby Allen, Melinda Cohen

New Mommies explores the lives of a freshly cuckolded odd couple as they begin their quest to find “new mommies” for their beloved pets.
 See Trailer Here…
 
12:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


MINOR MOTION PICTURE – Feature Film

Directed by Justin Ho – New Jersey

Alexandra Turshen

Emily Tambelson is both 11 and 23. She drifts from childhood to adulthood trying to understand the purpose of life. Struggling with direction and love, she finds herself stuck and questioning her path. The past and future echo each other, as each narrative simultaneously weaves back and forth.

BREATHLESS – Short Film

Directed by Simon Williams – Australia

An inspiring journey that dives deep into the reflection of one man coming to terms with the breathtaking nature of time.
 See Trailer Here…
 
2:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE INVISIBLE WORM – Feature Film

Directed by Guillermo Barreira – Spain

Charlie and Clara are two young artists suffering from lack of human love. They find a cure to their psychological traumas trough the compromise of mutual trust, becoming two souls in one. Their union becomes corrupted by the manipulation of frustrated adults, breaking their Illusions, cursing them to isolation. The loss of identity and innocence may lead them to a nervous breakdown.
 See Trailer Here…

BIENVENIDOS (WELCOME) – Short Film

Directed by Javier Fesser – Spain

An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what’s happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.
 
2:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


TRAIN DRIVER’S DIARY – Feature Film

Directed by Milos Radovic – Serbia

Statistics show that during their career every railroad engineer working unintentionally kills 15 to 20 people. This is a story about the innocent mass murderers and their lives.

EAST – TV Pilot

Directed by Dana Marisa Schoenfeld – New York

When Ella gets fired from her high powered job, she pursues her dream of becoming an actor. She enter the gritty and authentic world of New York’s Entertainment industry which includes the studio execs, the agents, the oscar nominated director, the newbies, and the stars. . With an ensemble cast of eccentric characters, East is a fun and exciting look at the world of the entertainment from the East coast. The only industry in the world where New York comes in second place.
 
4:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BEYOND THE BOMBS – Documentary

Directed by Robert Kraetsch – Iran

Duff McKagan

Three Iranian metal musicians risk everything to take a chance and pursue their dream of a music career after hiding in the underground music scene in Tehran. The trio of musicians secretly work via Skype with a United States producer while navigating imposed sanctions on Iran and the ban on metal music. After sorting through a multitude of Visa issues, including having no US embassy in their country, the band finally makes it out of Iran. Upon arriving in the US, they begin to feel both the exhilaration of freedom to create and perform their music, while simultaneously facing the loss of potentially being unable to return to their families, if they release the music and documentary.
 See Trailer Here…

MANNERS OF DYING – Short Film

Directed by Jeremy Chang – California

Harry Parlington, the tired warden of a death row facility, convinces himself that every inmate that he’s killed has died painlessly. This belief allows him to continue overseeing executions, a duty that takes a toll on his mind. Deep down, Parlington knows that he is lying to himself, which causes him to suffer emotionally beneath his cold facade.
 
4:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE JOURNEY WITHIN – Documentary

Directed by Mian Adnan Ahmad – Pakistan

In a post 9/11 Pakistan faced with challenges of war and conflict, a quest for self-identity leads the inspirational journey of a music show to help reclaim the rich and vast musical heritage of this region.
 See Trailer Here…

MARC CHUNG PROTECTS HIS ADDRESS – Short Film

Directed by Michael Chan – California

Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man named Robert is committing fraud under his address. Robert shows up at Marc’s door and flees after being caught that he’s been lying. Marc shows up at the police station to file a report but is denied due to insufficient evidence.

BRAD LEE – Short Film

Directed by Hao Wang – California

Brad Lee, an underground MMA fighter moved from east to west coast to get away from his fighter’s life and start a new one. But when he gets a job as a janitor at a gym, his old life starts to creep in and he has to choose between that and his girlfriend, who is secretly pregnant.
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


SEPTEMBER MORNING – Feature Film

Directed by Ryan Frost – New York

Max Gail, Katherine Hughes, Michael Grant

When the world was falling apart, they came together. In the first dark hours of September 12th, 2001, five college freshmen stay up all night in a dorm room confronting the promises of youth that have been severed by national tragedy.
 See Trailer Here…

I PROMISE TO REMEMBER – Documentary

Directed by Jimmy Castor, Jr. – New York

In-depth conversations with the filmmaker’s father, funk icon Jimmy Castor, matched with sounds, photos, and film, put you in his shoes for a few life lessons.
 
6:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


PLANT CODES, UNLEASHING NATURE’S HEALING POWER – Documentary

Directed by Gary Null – New York

There is a health crisis of epidemic proportions effecting our entire country. In Gary Null’s newest film, Plant Codes, Unleashing Nature’s Healing Powers, some of the America’s leading doctors and their patients speak out about how a plant based diet can prevent, treat, arrest and cure disease, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and many other of the leading causes of death and disability.

LAST CALL LENNY – Short Film

Directed by Julien Lasseur – New York

Lenny Upton combines euthanasia with his used furniture business to provide suicide assistance to melancholy customers with a death wish. Armed with a briefcase full of weapons and an eye for antiques, he custom designs a personalized death experience for his one-time clients. All sales are final in this short film that takes a darkly comedic evaluation of the value of life and used furniture.
 
8:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


GAS LIGHT – Feature Film

Directed by CHad Dossett – Kentucky

William McNamara

A troubled nun attempts to confront the haunts of her past by visiting a former flame in a distant city. Along the way she stops in a desolate river town to retrieve an item from a storage facility and finds herself trapped after hours in the partially renovated old building.
 See Trailer Here…

UNCORKED POTENTIAL – TV Pilot

Directed by Jack Kauffman – New York

Follow the host, Jack, as he journeys through the Finger Lakes wine region and discovers what this incredible place has in store for the future of wine.
 See Trailer Here…
 
8:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


SAVING THE PLANET, ONE BITE AT A TIME – Documentary

Directed by Gary Null – New York

Can eating lunch be a revolutionary act? Gary Null Productions’ groundbreaking new documentary Saving The Planet – One Bite At A Time offers an in-depth look at the connection between our eating habits, physical well-being and the viability of our environment and planet.

JADA – Short Film

Directed by Doug Roland – California

Jada is 7 years old. Jada lives alone on Venice Beach. By following her through a day in her life, the story of who she is, why she is there, and who the man is that has come looking for her unfolds.

AIMEE – Short Film

Directed by Lee Whittaker – California

Laur Allen

Sexual abuse is a silent epidemic that takes place throughout the United States and the world, creating social havoc for the children, adult survivors, and society. It can be prevented, and it can be treated with a conscious and sustained effort.
 See Trailer Here…

ON SOFTER GROUND – Short Film

Directed by Adam Gilbert – New Jersey

On Softer Ground follows two characters who have experienced a crippling heartbreak and portrays the difficult road back towards recovery. The story takes place at the corner of reality and mysticism where both are confronted with a simple message by an unlikely messenger: time heals all wounds, or better yet, on softer ground the heart can bloom again.
 See Trailer Here…
 
10:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ASHES – Feature Film

Directed by Dan Slater – Canada

Sara Mitich, Craig Arnold, Raymond Ablack, Dalmar Abuzeid, Kristian Bruun

After discovering his parents’ final wishes are to have their ashes scattered where they first met, Liam and his closest friends set out to explore the place for themselves as they navigate old memories while creating new ones.

TRYING TO FUCK: A MODERN DAY ROMANCE – Short Film

Directed by Ashton Avila – California

Beau, dating app in hand, is looking for the next girl to spend the night, but definitely not the next morning with. He’s joined on his journey by an older (wiser) British man trying to understand this new, very modern, approach to romance. Remaining emotionally detached from anythig beyond a physical relationship comes easily to Beau until he meets Vivian, the fuck buddy who is as committed to his dating life rules as he is.
 
10:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


SAVIOR – Feature Film

Directed by Charles Marinaro – New York

A petty criminal named Clyde finds himself in the middle of a gang war between a ruthless wanderer and the city’s crime lords. In order to protect his loved ones, Clyde will become the very monster he’s fighting against to make it to another day.
 

Tuesday May 23, 2017
 
12:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE RAVENS – Short Film

Directed by Jennifer Perrott – Australia

When young Ruby’s father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect. Ruby’s anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family’s journey from crisis to healing.
 
12:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


LA OU TU TROUVAIS REFUGE (WHERE YOU FIND SHELTER) – Short Film

Directed by Guillaume Legrand – Belgium & France

Didier’s daughter found shelter in a cult. Scared by the situation, he decides to take her back home by force. But can he really make her happy?

DRAGON CIRCLE – Documentary

Directed by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg – Germany

A portrait of a group of metal artists in Berlin.

BOAT PEOPLE – Short Film

Directed by Paul Meschuh – Germany

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.

THE WEDDING PATROL – Short Film

Directed by Rogier Hardeman – Germany

The Russian expat Mikail lives happily in a civil partnership with his husband in Berlin, when chief inspector Böhnenkamp accuses him of not being gay and leading a green card marriage. A witness saw him kissing a woman! But as it turns out, things are not always what they seem.

DJIBRIL – Short Film

Directed by Kamil Bembnista – Germany

Take a refugee into our flat? Maxim who lives with his best friend, Julian, is against the idea from the outset. What Maxim does not know at the time is that Julian has already done it. A conflict between social values and personal well-being begins.

 
2:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE DUNNING MAN – Feature Film

Directed by Michael Clayton – Louisiana

James Carpinello

Connor Ryan, out of a job and dumped by his girlfriend, returns to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life with the last source of income that he has — a few apartments in a low-rise condo complex that sits in the shadows of AC’s newest and most expensive casino. Unfortunately, Connor’s tenants don’t want to pay him. In order to get his money, Connor has to take on a pair of Chechen animal trainers with underworld ties, a rap star who parties so hard the neighbors can’t sleep, and a struggling single mother who steals his heart…
 See Trailer Here…

SLAYER A.D. – Feature Film

Directed by James Allerdyce – Florida

A rural country farmer hires a lone tracker to discover who—or what—is responsible for his daughter’s mysterious disappearance. As the tracker travels deep into uninhabited mountains in search of her, he encounters something he can’t explain, but that he must face.
 
2:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ACCORDING TO WISHES – Short Film

Directed by Gabriel Alvim – Brazil

Bebel is an actress who gets a role on a television film, relying on the influence of Giani, her boyfriend and director of the film. During rehearsals, Bebel gets to know Miguel, who helps her in some delicate moments. In love with Miguel, Bebel must choose between the career or following her heart.

BACKSTORY – Short Film

Directed by Joschka Laukeninks – Germany

As a young child, our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.

THE TRANSFER – Short Film

Directed by Michael Grudsky – Germany & Israel

Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.

SERVAL ET CHAUMIER, MAITRES DES OMBRES – Short Film

Directed by Bastien Daret & Arthur Goisset – France

1896. In a small French village, Jules Chaumier, professional magician, runs into Marcel Serval, his former disciple who left 10 years ago with his wife Jacqueline. They get into a fight, which should lead them to know who actually is the true ‘Master of Shadows’…

THE MANLIEST MAN – Short Film

Directed by Anuj Gulati – India

When the village potter fails to produce a son, the community Chief calls for a “manlier” man to help the family bear a male offspring.

TANGO ON THE BALCONY – Short Film

Directed by Minos Papas – Cyprus

Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life, is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
 
4:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


HOR DIE STILLE (HEAR THE SILENCE) – Feature Film

Directed by Ed Ehrenberg – Poland & Germany

A group of German soldiers become stranded in a German-Russian village of women and children during WWII.
 
4:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE PROMISE – Documentary

Directed by Zeljko Mirkovic – Serbia/Montenegro & France

A century ago, Rogljevo was incredibly prosperous for a remote village in far eastern corners of Serbia. The wines of Rogljevo were to be found at exhibitions in Bordeaux and Paris. But today this region is poor and deserted. Suddenly a French family moved in to grow grapes and produce wine. They believe they have discovered a promised land, one of the top five wine regions in Europe. Their arrival sparked high hopes with some villagers – and great resistance and mistrust with others. Can Rogljevo yet again live out of its wine?

A WHOLE WORLD FOR A LITTLE WORLD – Short Film

Directed by Fabrice Bracq – France

A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter.

SUMMER PARK – Short Film

Directed by Michael Benko – China
After the death of her parents, 17-year-old Summer takes to stealing as an outlet for her harsh life. She finds solace in the company of Park, a good-hearted teenager who obsessively records conversations on a tape-recorder, and the pair go on a wild adventure through the outskirts of Beijing.
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


I, TIMON – Feature Film

Directed by Dan and Bramwell Noah – Australia

Shakespeare’s forgotten masterpiece of a good man in an evil world.

THE CABINET IN THE WOODS – Short Film

Directed by Andrew Schwarz – New Jersey

A man searching for his lost dog in the woods stumbles upon something very bizarre.
 See Trailer Here…

DON’T THINK ABOUT IT – Short Film

Directed by Niv Klainer – New York

Ron and Casey are expecting a child, but things get out of hand when they both try to protect each other from an inevitable break-up.
 See Trailer Here…

MOMTRESS – Short Film

Directed by Jeremiah Kipp – New York

A suburban Mom struggles with aging and loss while trying to keep up an acting career.
 
6:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


PASQUALE’S MAGIC VEAL – Short Film

Directed by D.J. Higgins – New York

Vincent Pastore, Joseph D’Onofrio, Dan Grimaldi

A dark comedy about a magic piece of veal that forces all who eat it to tell the truth.

UNDOCUMENTED – Documentary

Directed by Patricia Shih – New York

Jay O. Sanders

The true story of an undocumented immigrant who traveled as a 13 year-old with his 11 year-old brother through the Bermuda Triangle during hurricane season to join their parents whom they had not seen in years. The family fled the most dangerous city in the world – Medellin, Colombia — which was infested with drugs, gangs and guns. Struggling to learn English and catch up with his American classmates, Harold Fernandez’s journey took him eventually to Princeton University, where his undocumented status was revealed, endangering his entire family. He overcame much hardship, fear and huge obstacles to get where he is today — one of the top cardiac surgeons in the New York metro region.

UBER POOL – Short Film

Directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett – New York

When two very different women are forced to share an Uber Pool car things get messy. Domesticity and business clash and a life literally hangs in the balance.
 
8:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


FEAR LOVE AND AGORAPHOBIA – Feature Film

Directed by Alex D’Lerma – California

Lori Petty

An agoraphobic man and a female Marine become emotionally entangled as they struggle to escape from their personal prisons.

OUTSIDE THE LINES – Short Film

Directed by Joshua Jacobs – New York

Insecurities and shifting priorities test a long-standing friendship between two pro basketball players.
 
8:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BE RELENTLESS – Documentary

Directed by Brad Riley – New York

In May 2014, single mom, survivor and ultra athlete Norma Bastidas broke the Guinness World Record for Longest Triathlon after swimming, biking and running 3,762 miles (6,054 km) from Cancún, MX to Washington, D.C. This challenge surpassed anything ever accomplished in human history.
 See Trailer Here…

HELPING HANDS – Short Film

Directed by Mike Jacobson – New Jersey

Chris Chumsky is an aspiring filmmaker trying to make it in the film industry. Hired as a production assistant, he slowly but surely realizes that making movies isn’t always as magical as they seem on screen.
 See Trailer Here…
 
10:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


YOU CAN’T KILL STEPHEN KING – Feature Film

Directed by Ronnie Khalil, Monroe Mann, & Jorge Valdes-Iga – New York

A group of friends visit a lake where horror author Stephen King lives, and start getting killed off one at a time.

IN THE NAME OF COMEDY – Short Film

Directed by Jon Hart – New York

Lisa Lampinelli

A frustrated comedian makes a viral video, but it winds up being his worst nightmare.
 See Trailer Here…
 
10:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


INTO THE OUTBREAK – Feature Film

Directed by Larry Rosen – New Jersey

Deborah Twiss, Lloyd Kaufman

Macy and John are nearing the end of their relationship. Mandy and Steve just had a one night stand. Then an infectious outbreak starts turning people into cannibals. Now each of these survivors must deal with their issues as they attempt to survive the outbreak.
 See Trailer Here…

REVENGE IS BEST SERVED – Short Film

Directed by Larry Rosen – New Jersey

Alessia enlists the help of her best friend Sasha to abduct her cheating boyfriend Marcus. She plans to play mind games with him until he admits to her what he has done. But unbeknownst to Marcus or Sasha, Alessia knows more than she is letting on.

GWENDOLYN – Short Film

Directed by Larry Rosen – New Jersey

Gwendolyn has been waiting 20 years for revenge against the man who killed her parents. Now she may finally get it.

THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE – Short Film

Directed by Tyrell Jason – New Jersey

When Winnie’s boyfriend cancels on their anniversary to visit his friends, she decides to go out alone. She ends up finding reasons to question her relationship all together.
 
Wednesday May 24, 2017
 
12:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


CROSSING FENCES – Short Film

Directed by Annika Pampel – Germany

Nina Rausch, Philippe Brenninkmeyer

Helen and Chris have been preparing their escape for months. They finally arrive at the coast and find a spot covered from view. On the beach, they put the final touches on their wooden boat while they sort through their belongings. A lifetime of possessions has been reduced to a single suitcase, and they quarrel over what is important and what is to be left behind.

HALIM – Short Film

Directed by Werner Fielder – Germany

Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than playing with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as though there is nothing Elias can do to help. But the refugee has left the boy a valuable gift.

HAUSARREST – Short Film

Directed by Matthias Sahli – Swittzerland

Hausarrest tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to house arrest for six months. An ankle monitor called Percy assists him during his arrest. But one day he realizes with horror how far Percy goes in its function.

JUSQU’AUX ETOILES (UNTIL THE STARS) – Short Film

Directed by Janine Piguet – Switzerland

Stella, a young composer, kills herself.

MIKELIS – Short Film

Directed by Marc Bethke – Germany

In a hotel room in Brussels, Mikelis awaits his last visitor. But only by meeting a maid from housekeeping, he reveals his horrible legacy for Europe.
 
12:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


“BUNNIE” – Documentary

Directed by Steven Besserman – New Jersey

“Bunnie” is a documentary about a 99-year-young woman who is a true Jersey girl. Born in West Hoboken (now Union City), she raised a family in North Bergen and settled in later life on Long Beach Island where she lives to this day. She endured the Depression, was married to a WWII veteran who received the Purple Heart, raised four children, and performed on stage. From losing her husband to cancer, to the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy through the physical consequences of a broken hip and aging, Bunnie maintains her independence and demonstrates the strength of the human spirit.
 See Trailer Here…

OPEN CONCEPT – Short Film

Directed by Benjamin Sagaser – California

Camryn Grimes

When newlyweds Mary and Todd discover something out of the ordinary in the back of their trunk while on the way to their honeymoon, they quickly learn that marriage is going to be anything but a bed of roses.

REVERSED DESTINY – Short Film

Directed by Hideki Kitoya – Japan

One day a Caucasian girl stay at her grandfather’s house. That night, an African-American boy breaks into his house. Steve, an old Caucasian man tries to protect his granddaughter and point a gun at the boy, Edward, who remembers his past life by the sound of cocking the gun. He realized that he was a Caucasian man in 1850s, and he killed an African-American slave. And that slave is in front of him as a Caucasian man.

MILLENNIUM: ETERNAL SUNRISE – Short Film

Directed by Elena Aksenova – California

In the fantasy world of Charani, an 11-year-old girl, who has recently lost her beloved mother, an ancient legend may help to resurrect her. She disobeys her father and journeys to the enigmatic mountain summit to meet with a magical Romani (Gypsy) Man with a Millennium box. According to the legend, this immortal man appears there once in a millennium. From early dawn until the last rays of the sun, he meets those who reach there to make a wish and open the magic box. But here is a whisper that he asks for the most precious thing in return. Charani has to decide if she is ready to exchange her future life for the ability to recast her past.
 See Trailer Here…

UNATTENDED ITEM – Short Film

Directed by Filippos Vokotopoulos – Greece

Unattended Item is a neo-noir short about mourning with an absurd ending. Vintage, an illegal loan, and an accident. Think of Tyrannosaur (2011) meeting the Coen Brothers.

PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART – Short Film

Directed by Christoph Rainer – Austria

Vicky Krieps

Lisa’s heart desires only one thing: a fountain of blood in the shape of a man.
 
2:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


THE BARNICOTT HANGOVER – Short Film

Directed by Loring Murtha

After a long night of partying, a group of friends awake to discover a horrifying truth. Chaos becomes reality as they deal with Murder, Betrayal, and Unrequited Love. It is up to the eccentric Detective Barnicott to use his unorthodox methods of investigation to save the day. A comedic mystery that will leave one guessing until the end.

ADDICTED – Short Film

Directed by Lance Reha – New York

When we meet the man simply known as “Black”, we quickly learn of his struggle against the addiction that’s controlling his life. But after losing faith in others to understand his problem, he slowly begins to unravel, showing glimpses of his old ways. Will he catch himself before falling any deeper? Or give into the urge rising to the surface?
 See Trailer Here…

 
2:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


HEAVY OBJECTS – Feature Film

Directed by Fletcher Crossman – New York

Zack Gafin

A wealthy family that has everything, including a dead body in the living room. The film, also, raises the issue of gun control and the best way to dispose of a dead body.
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TV SERIES “GOGOL” – TV Pilot

Directed by Yulia Travnikova – Russia

The year is 1829. Nikolay Gogol, a young Third Section clerk, is desperate: his own books seem shallow and mediocre, so he keeps buying entire print runs just to burn them all. He is suffering from violent epileptic seizures and struggles to keep on working. Investigator Yakov Guro accidentally witnesses one such fit and realizes that Gogol’s visions contain clues that could help solve actual crimes. Together, Gogol and Guro take on a particularly weird and baffling case that brings them to a small village of Dikanka, where everyone has a huge secret to hide.
 
4:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


HARVESTED ALIVE: 10 YEARS OF INVESTIGATION – Documentary

Directed by Jun Li – China

THE EMPTY – Short Film

Directed by Dahee Jeong – South Korea & France

A room retains one’s traces of life. I want to question on humans’ being and loss as time flows, by reflecting on the traces left in a room and its elements ranging from space, walls, door, windows, stuffs and so on.
 See Trailer Here…

4:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


DISPOSABLE – Feature Film

Directed by Daniel Cayarga – Massachusetts

What if a man with a mental condition, living in a fantasy world and detached from any emotional responsibility, is in real life the prime suspect for a series of murders targeting young women? Bill Thompson awakens to reality when forced to confront the truth about himself. Is he really the serial killer behind these murders? Or just the perfect fall guy?
 See Trailer Here…

QUALITY CONTROL – Short Film

Directed by Joe LoBianco – New York

Clone #36 is anxiously sitting in a bright waiting room with other clones as they wait for their review, judgment and possible termination. When he enters the dark interrogation room, he must convince a cryptic auditor the value of his fragile existence.
 See Trailer Here…
 
5:30 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


BLUE LIVES MATTER – Feature Film

Written & Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Written & Directed by Dylan Bank – New York

Yancy Butler, Justin Deas, Collen Zenk, Suzi Lorraine, Kenneth Del Vecchio

A filmmaker’s dream, Blue Lives Matter will be one of the only movies ever to be filmed entirely in one shot …A police officer, a prosecutor, a judge, and a forensic scientist conspire to manufacture evidence against murderers who they are convinced are guilty, but they lack the full proofs. When a criminal defense attorney threatens to expose their illicit activities, one of the group murders him. The police officer, who was opposed to the killing, is framed for the lawyer’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. With this backstory in place, five years later he escapes prison and kidnaps the entire jury who convicted him, as well as his former judge, prosecutor and scientist allies. He assembles them all at a Jewish temple – the scene of the lawyer’s murder – and proceeds to prove his innocence to them, while at the same time exacting just a bit more vigilante justice.

 
6:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ONE BUCK – Feature Film

Directed by Fabien Dufils – Louisiana

Charlotte Bjornbak, Peggy Fields Richardson

Shifting from one pocket to another, from one man’s drama to another, a lowly dollar bill, One Buck takes us on an odyssey through the heart of a forgotten town in Louisiana. Along the journey of One Buck, we encounter Harry who is immersed in a downward spiral brought about by the sudden and violent death of his wife. If money could talk, this is its disturbing tale of the dark side and of moral disintegration in society.
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KIMCHI TACO – Short Film

Directed by Seran Kim – New York

When Mrs. Han returns to work alone after her husband’s murder at the very liquor store she has to maintain now, even her only employee quits on her. Despite her raw trauma and fear for the uncaught robber still roaming in the neighborhood, she steps outside in desperation of hiring someone new. While no one wants to work at the store out of fear, a quiet but eager woman, Yolanda with a large suitcase follows her back to the store. When more unexpected struggles get unfolded on Mrs. Han’s day, the temporary solace from their mutual companionship brings a hint of hope for a new ‘family’.
 
7:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


ROCK STORY – Feature Film

Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Dylan Bank – New York

Joyce DeWitt, Eric Roberts, Dominique Swain, Robert David, Robert Bogue, Mandy Bruno, Eric Etebari, Justin Deas, Angela Gots, Suzi Lorraine, Sean McNabb, Gilbert Gottfried

YELLOW FEVER – Feature Film

Directed by Kat Moon – New York

Scott Patterson, Jenna Ushkowitz, Michael Lowry, Nahanni Johnstone

Asia Bradford was adopted from Korea by white people. She knows she’s yellow. So, stop asking her where she’s from, from.

Criminal defense attorney Danielle Kelly (Mandy Bruno – Emmy nominee) isn’t a typical recent law graduate. She’s beautiful, articulate, immediately combative with judges—and she’s paralyzed from the waist down. She’s also really a former teen pop star, who the entire world thought was dead. Now working for Mario Cash (Robert Bogue – Scavenger Killers), a hot shot New York lawyer who has a regionally successful rock n’ roll band that is on the downslide, Danielle sends her boss a series of anonymous – incredible – vocals. Also receiving the anonymous music is Judge Carol Ann Connelly (Joyce DeWitt – “Three’s Company”), a powerful politico who once served as Danielle’s manager. A woman devastated by the loss of her most prized client, she wants answers. As does Mario, who is falling in love with Danielle, who he only knows as a talented, disabled attorney. What ensues is a rock n’ roller coaster mystery, unraveling the criminal cause of Danielle’s paralysis, and unleashing the rise of a new band, headed by the pair of lawyers. From the mind of best-selling author Kenneth Del Vecchio, and also starring Eric Roberts (Academy Award nominee; The Expendables), Dominique Swain (Face/Off), Robert David Hall (“CSI”), Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner), Eric Etebari (Walk of Shame), and Gilbert Gottfried (Aladdin), Rock Story is a suspense-filled rock opus that delivers magnetic original music and a shocking twist ending.
 
8:00 pm Elks Club, Greenwood Lake, NY – $11


AVO – Short Film

Directed by Golnaz Jamsheed – Iran

Avo tells the story of an Iranian Armenian boy who experiences the notion of death when his grandfather dies. Being neglected by the grown ups that surround him at the funeral, he finds a way to stay in touch with his grandfather from beyond the grave.

NOT ALONE – Feature Film

Directed by Tyler Miranda – New York

After the loss of his father and its repercussions, Roy and his brother retrace the past in an attempt to get back on track.

WINTRY SPRING – Short Film

Directed by Mohamed Kamel – Egypt

Every change in our reality has its own impact on our lives. Can we understand it and accept it or collide with it?
 See Trailer Here…
 
Thursday May 25, 2017
 
6:00 pm Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake, NY – $99

GALA AWARDS CEREMONY & PARTY – $99

One of the Nation’s Hottest Awards Ceremonies, this Event & Party features numerous Celebrity Guests and:
 
* Mingle with the Stars and the world’s most cutting edge Officially Selected Filmmakers at a Closed, Elegant, Extravaganza Cocktail Hour, with an array of complimentary fine hors d’oeuvres/meals and desserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by The Helm, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Ferreira-Carpenter Wine Club, Coca-Cola & vitaminwater, Orange County Distillery, Alkaline Water King, and more.
 
* Hosted by superstar stand-up comedian, GILBERT GOTTFRIED.
 
* Celebrity Award Presenters including Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees.
 
* Live Award Presentations to the World’s Leading Independent Filmmakers and Actors.
 
* Clips from all Nominated Films in all Categories.
 
* Famed Film & TV Star JOYCE DEWITT (“Three’s Company”; Rock Story; Snapshot) will receive the HIFF Excellence in Acting Award.
 
* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!



**GALA AWARDS CEREMONY (without party) – 8:00pm – $35




 

2017 OFFICIALLY SELECTED SCREENPLAYS

 

AMERICAN HERO

Written by Mikhael Bassilli – California

An aging Marine Corps Vietnam Vet and recent Medal of Honor winner comes to terms with the lies behind his battlefield ‘heroism’ by taking on a new enemy: his guesthouse tenant, whom he mistakenly believes is an Isis terrorist. Rampant suspicion and mutual misunderstandings soon have all parties jumping to outrageous conclusions that drive a raucous, action-packed confrontation where ethnic and cultural diversity is embraced and genuine heroism is revealed.

BLOOD TRIGGER

Written by Ron Podell – Wyoming

A female assassin, nicknamed “The Tarantula” due to her penchant for killing her targets like a spider, desperately wants out of the business. She envisions an opportunity at a new life when she falls for her latest target — a decision that triggers a bloody and surprising end result. She has to protect her unborn child, learn how to create a family she has never known and, ultimately, take down the company that has sworn to kill her if she is ever going to find true peace.

BRONX TORPEDO

Written by Robert Young – New York

“Torpedo” is mob jargon for “hit-man.” The Bronx Torpedo is Jake Fazio, a Korean war hero and nascent boxing star who ends up a disgraced police officer. Making a new living as a hired gun for a Bronx crime kingpin in the 1980’s, Jake rebels against pointless hits upon innocents. But he must accept one last “easy” job before being allowed to retire — guarding a million dollars in cash for a sporting betting pool — only to realize the job is a setup to torpedo him from life permanently.

THE SUM OF RANDOM CHANCE

Written by Kris Ketonen & Lee Chambers – Canada

Cole Wilkes, an eager rookie reporter for a small town paper stumbles upon Sara Mackey mysteriously foiling a robbery at a grocery store. Desperate for success, Cole sets out to make his name on Sara’s unique gift. From the homeless man on the street to the cafe owner where she works, Sara seems to positively affect all she meets and Cole becomes increasingly intrigued by her presence. Is Sara special in some way or are all the magical moments pure coincidence? Do the random choices we make in life lead us down a path of no return or will Cole gain a sense of self-worth before he sells her out?

A SUMMER IN EPIRUS

Written by George Baltsas – New York

Threatened with a Nazi invasion that could close the Albanian border forever, three mischievous newspaper boys set out on a secret mission to save their village and realize their dreams of making it big in a free world.

 
 
The Official HIFF Hotel is the New Continental Inn, located in Greenwood Lake, New York. You can book your rooms by clicking here.


Refunds are not available unless there is a showing of good cause such as a medical emergency with written proof submitted of the same.
 
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