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Tuesday June 2, 2015
 
12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE BROKEN LEGACY – Feature Film

Directed by Miguel Garzon Martinez – Colombia
 
While voluntarily testing a new drug at a research facility, a lost screenwriter recruits the help of an egotistical philosopher in order to attract the girl of his dreams. See Trailer Here…

FIXED – Short Film

Directed by Codey Wilson & Burleigh Smith – Australia
 
Jemimah is a five-year-old, desperate for her dog, Tilly, to have puppies.
When she learns her parents plan to have Tilly desexed, Jemimah embarks on a quest to get Tilly pregnant. See Trailer Here…

MODERN MEDICINE – Short Film

Directed by Kyle Valle
 
Modern Medicine’ follows the beautiful Jamie Prescott as she first presses her ‘bookish’ roommate Holly for the miracle study drug Adderall in the hopes it will help her to finally focus and lock in for an all-night Facebook stalk.

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12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

FRIEDA AND EDDIE, A JERSEY SHORE LOVE STORY – Documentary

Directed by Jennifer Suwak – New Jersey
 
It’s never too late for love. See Trailer Here…

LETTERS TO FRIEDA – Documentary

Directed by Amy Unger – Pennsylvania
 
One family’s survival and heartbreaking destruction in the wake of the Holocaust. See Trailer Here…

KING HIGH REMEMBERS – Documentary

Directed by Michelle Opitz & Brandon Krajewski – California
 
King High Remembers is an annual living history project which records and archives American military veterans’ stories for their children. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the ever-expanding event recruits new veterans to share their service experiences and how high school students put a face on history through firsthand accounts. See Trailer Here…

LOSING MY RELIGION – TV Pilot

Directed by Christopher Farley – California
 
An unemployed marketing wiz and her equally desperate ad man realize a prophet could equal profit and set about using their skills to build the perfectly marketable religion with themselves at the top of the food chain.

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE THREE MUSKETEERS – TV pilot

Directed by Sergey Zhigunov – Russia
 

A young Gascon D’Artagnan arrives to Paris from his native land Gascogne and manages to enter the famous regiment of musketeers of King Louis XIII. He becomes inseparable friends with three of them: Athos, Porthos and Aramis. He falls in love with his landlady, Constance Bonacieux, who is also the confidante of Queen Anne of Austria. D’Artagnan will face adventure and romance, evading cunning traps Milady de Winter and Cardinal Richelieu set for him.

TODD AND ANNE: WATER IN THE POT – TV Pilot

Directed by Jeffrey Engelson – Georgia
 
Patricia French
 
Todd and Anne, a couple who recently moved in together, must adapt to the needs and expectations of the other while still remaining true to themselves.

I LOVE LA – TV Pilot

Directed by Valerio Esposito – California
 
Eddie Rouse
 
Eddie and Teddy share a small apartment in Hollywood. They are used to all sort of weird. But when Eddie asks teddy to dump his latest girlfriend for him, weird gets redefined to a whole new level.

ON THE RECORD – TV Pilot

Directed by John Dranschak – Ohio
 
The city’s top investigative journalist struggles to move on after his long-time writing partner jumps ship for a cushy job with the rival newspaper. See Trailer Here…

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

INSIDE PEACE – Documentary

Directed by Cynthia Fitzpatrick – California
 
Criminal offenders, plagued by a lifetime of violence, addiction and bad choices, find their way to the Peace Class in a Texas prison where they discover their humanity and struggle to change. Inside Peace follows Trinidad, David and Jake for four years from their time in prison to their return to the outside world.

DEAD METAPHORS – Short Film

Directed by Patrick Ford – California
 
A reclusive novelist who hasn’t published in decades meets a young journalist who attempts to set him on a path to redemption. Featuring songs by Tom Waits. See Trailer Here…

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

IN AN IDEAL WORLD – Documentary

Directed by Noel Schewerin – California
 
Direct from the frontlines of America’s locked down racial system, follow three men over seven years inside one California prison. Their stories expose–and honor–the human drama at its core, revealing the institutional nature of racial hierarchies, and the hope and hidden risks of transformative change. See Trailer Here…

EL PRIMER DIA – Short Film

Directed by Rita Pereyra – Florida
 
On his first day out of prison, a troubled man tries to re-establish his relationship with his five year old daughter.

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

SELFIE – Feature Film

Directed by Mikael Teo – Singapore
 
A psychologist investigates a series of murders by a certain ‘Selfie Serial Killer’. Will her obsession with solving the case make her one of the victims? See Trailer Here…

TEMPTED – Short Film

Directed by Andre Joseph – New York
 
In order to earn respect and acceptance from a popular fraternity, a college freshman must lose his virginity to a sexy stripper.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE TRICK TO ESCAPE A STRAITJACKET – Documentary

Directed by Rosie Nakamura – New York
 
An eccentric old man from a small town in Indiana recounts his passion for show business and the enchantingly bizarre stories of his life as he attempts to perform the one trick he’s always wanted to pull off: escaping from a straitjacket. See Trailer Here…

CROCODILE – Short Film

Directed by Gaelle Denis – England
 
Crocodile is an original, deeply moving, at times surprisingly comic, journey into the head of a father torn apart by grief. Simon, a middle class headmaster, receives news that his eighteen year old daughter, Penny, has been killed by a crocodile while on a gap year in Kenya.

COMPROMISED – TV Pilot

Directed by Christopher Stadulis and Tom Wardach – New York/New Jersey
 
Shortly after the government mandated human chip implantation, an unexpected act of terrorism, by an unsuspecting citizen, suggests a breach in the system See Trailer Here…

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

WILDLIKE – Feature Film

Directed by Frank Hall Green – New York
 
Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Joshua Leonard, Nolan Gerard Funk, Diane Farr, Brian Geraghty
 
Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although Uncle seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and Mackenzie is forced to run. See Trailer Here…

HALCYON DREAMS – Short Film

Directed by Jeremy Enis – Louisiana
 
A short drama of loss, redemption and hope, in the life of a writer who lost his way.

THE SOLIPSIST AWARDS – Short Film

Directed by David Miller – New York
 
Guy Manson hosts an award ceremony for himself

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

BEREAVE – Feature Film

Directed by Evangelos Giovanis & George Giovanis – California
 
Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour, Keith Carradine, Mike Doyle, Mike Starr, Ethan Embry
 
Unable to reveal his new, dark secret, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. But when his beloved wife Evelyn goes missing on their anniversary, he must live to save her.

A WELL DESIGNED PLAN – Short Film

Directed by Will Lowell – California
 
After a chance encounter at a bar, a businessman convinces a local fisherman to stage a robbery of his house. The two soon find themselves in over their heads as their well-designed plan unravels into a violent web of misunderstandings. See Trailer Here…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

DIRTY BEAUTIFUL – Feature Film

Directed by Tim Bartell – California
 
Conor Leslie
 
A lonely artist brings a young, drifter woman back to his tiny apartment to live with him. Between his obsessive tendencies and her non-stop drinking, something strange happens. They start to care for each other. See Trailer Here…

LA CHIAVE – Short Film

Directed by Jeff Huston – Italy
 
A man wakes up in an empty wine cellar tied to a chair, with a bump on his head. Above him the floor creaks as the men who knocked him out search his house, looking for a key.

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9:30 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ABANDONED IN THE DARK

Directed by Mike Lordi – New York
 
Kane Hodder
 
Kane Hodder stars in this anthology film comprised of 4 short horror/suspense stories seamlessly connected to one another through gripping real life conflict and extreme tension.

POWER OF LOVE – Short Film

Directed by Waleed Bedour – New York
 
Eric has some secrets, but he doesn’t want to use them to make Jennifer fall in love with him. See Trailer Here…

EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS – Short Film

Directed by Kahlil Maskati – New Jersey
 
Elmer tries to kill himself in a bathroom, but is interrupted by a guy trapped behind a stall without toilet paper.

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10:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

LOVELESS ZORITSA (CRNA ZORICA) – Feature Film

Directed by Radoslav Pavkovic & Christina Hadjicharalambous – Greece & Serbia
 
Everyone who falls in love with Zoritsa ends up dead.
Is Zoritsa a serial killer or just a girl bearing an extraordinary curse? See Trailer Here…

LIQUID – Short Film

Directed By Andrew Toe – Japan
 
A man gets a terminal illness; his lover heard a talk of something which can cure any kind of disease only if a visitor is a man. See Trailer Here…

THEY DISSECT FROGS, DON’T THEY? – Short Film

Directed by Jordan Katz – California
 
A woman at the end of her rope meets a mysterious stranger in a bar.

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Wednesday June 3, 2015
 
12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

SUNDAY – Feature Film

Directed by Michelle Joy Lloyd – New Zealand
 
Dustin Clare
 
SUNDAY is a truly independent, self-financed feature film set in Christchurch, New Zealand one year after the devastating earthquakes. While it is not an earthquake film, it is a story like the city of Christchurch: one of past devastation, beauty and a chance at rebuilding bigger and better than before. See Trailer Here…

SALBUSA (BENEFICIARY) – Short Film

Directed by Sukhee Kang – South Korea
 
Beneficiary is the story of a father’s anguish and sacrifice to provide happiness for his son. About to lose the custody of his only son, a father, whose life has fallen apart, is about to take desperate measures to keep his son.

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12:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

IN TRANSITION: TONY CHENNAULT – Documentary

Directed by Elinore Wright – Pennsylvania
 
Witness the transition of Tony Chennault from his fame as a young basketball phenom from North Philadelphia, through the hoops and hurdles of his life, and into his vision of changing his community through film.

SHADES OF ROGUE – Short Film

Directed by Thomas Lo – Hong Kong
 
Inspired by true events, this story is about the daughter of Hong Kong’s Rogue Cop and her quest to find the one who murdered her mother. One lead to the next, she simultaneously uncovers the truth behind her father’s infamous case.

GONE FISHING – Short Film

Directed by Noah Millman – Alabama
 
A man goes fishing on a secluded lake, thinking he’s alone – until he spots another boat. When a bare leg stretches up and waves at him, his mind runs wild fantasizing who it might be. He investigates – and learns too late that though you may think you are the fisherman, sometimes you are the fish.

10 YEARS – Short Film

Directed by Elan Dassani – Canada
 
A young girl and her parents check into a large grand hotel. While her parents go to appointments and conference meetings, she heads for the pool for some fun. But, she soon finds herself alone and lost, believing she is being stalked by a stranger. With nowhere left to run, she steels herself and bravely prepares to face the unknown. See Trailer Here…

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

H.O.P.E WAS HERE – Documentary

Directed Mark Denega – Peru
 
Affluent college students from Boston embark on a one-week goodwill trip to the slums of Lima, Peru in this story about the phenomenon of volunteer vacations, which have fast become both a hallmark and a point of controversy for today’s socially conscious generation. See Trailer Here…

A PLACE OF THEIR OWN – Documentary

Directed by LeMar Charles – New Jersey
 
A short-film documentary that examines homelessness, a tent city in Ocean County, NJ and possible options to addressing this growing problem through use of micro-housing and a One Stop Model shelter in Bergen County. Recently in August, Executive Director of the Bergen County Social Services Center received an invitation to the White House due to their efforts in the 100k Homes campaign. See Trailer Here…

PANCAKE BATTER – Short Film

Directed by Ivan Kander – New York
 
An aging minor league baseball pitcher makes a critical decision to stay in or leave the game of baseball. See Trailer Here…

HAVVA – Short Film

Directed by Guclu Aydogdu – Turkey
 
The tragic miracle of a father in an alternate post-apocalyptic world.

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2:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE WONDERPILL – Feature Film

Directed by Mannyx Guillen – Switzerland
 
A young woman suffers from heavy migraines. Her boyfriend tricks her into taking a fake pill to treat her migraines; side effect: an exploding libido! See Trailer Here…

DAD IN MUM – Short Film

Directed by Fabrice Bracq – France
 
The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents’ door.
Two young sisters are asking questions…

BLUE EYED BOY – Short Film

Directed by Masoud Soheili – Iran
 
A boy with unusual color blindness causes his parents shame when he accidentally kills some village livestock, so his parents seek medical treatment for the boy, and when hospital doctors cannot help, they take him to a local Shaman for a remedy…

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

PRICE FOR FREEDOM – Feature Film

Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Dylan Bank – New York
 
Paul Sorvino, Navid Negahban, Sally Kirkland, Martin Kove, Ken Davitian, Mandy Bruno, Eric Etebari, Mary Apick, Joanne Baron, Justin Deas, Suzi Lorraine, Robert Bogue
 
In 1979 Iran, a dentist-turned-manufacturer-turned-ex-patriot rebels with an arsenal of activities to save family and friends from incarceration and death at the hands of the extremist regime headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini—and to hamper one of their greatest coups, the American Hostage Crisis. He used money. He used politics. He used manipulation. He used his own underground railroad. Based on actual events in the life of Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price of Freedom is one ordinary man’s amazing true story of courage, justice, and liberty – with triumph in saving lives and tragedy in losing others.See TRAILER HERE

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4:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

SPIRIT OF NEGATION – Short Film

Director Astijus Taujanskas – New York
 
Set in the time of the American Civil War, a young farm boy named IVO is caught in the crossfire when his parents are slaughtered by vigilante soldiers. Forced to flee his home, IVO seeks refuge from the dangers of the war, when he comes across, what seems to be a soldier left for dead. With a fleeting breath the soldier promises IVO to help get revenge on the people that killed his parents in return for helping the soldier survive. See Trailer Here…

I WALK WITH MY BROTHER – Short Film

Directed by Michael Bolger – New Jersey
 
As the Civil War draws to an end, wounded Union Soldier Henry Buckner travels home to reunite with his older, Confederate brother, Daniel. Along the way, he experiences flashbacks of times before and during the war. These flashbacks motivate him to continue on despite his excruciating injury. See Trailer Here…

THE TIP – Short Film

Directed by Daniel Linke – New Jersey
 
Two guys chatting in a diner are in a film about two guys chatting in a diner.

SARIN-A – Short Film

Directed by Terence Gordon – New York/New Jersey
 
A psychological drama about a failed, struggling and rundown old-school boxer who does not understand the conditions of his son’s mental illness. Refusing to be yet another failure in life, he desperately tries to ‘fix’ his son by imposing strict and harsh discipline, forcing his son to literally fight for sanity.

HELIO – Short Film

Directed by Teddy Cecil – California
 
A sci-fi noir set in a dystopian underground city on the eve of a revolution.

BROKEN – Short Film

Directed by Patrick Kirton – Louisiana
 
Broken is the story of love, friendship, and betrayal. Bill comes home early to find his life changed forever. Just when you think you know someone, life can throw you a big surprise. See Trailer Here…

THE FEAST – Short Film

Directed by Justin LaMarca – New Jersey
 
A montage of the St. Gerard feast in the historic St. Lucy’s Cathedral in the old first ward of Newark, New Jersey.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

BAR SONGS – Feature Film

Directed by Ryan Collins – New York
 
Bar Songs is a 12-song, rock n’ roll musical that follows a helpless alcoholic, over a booze-fueled weekend in Queens, NY. See Trailer Here…

STARVED – Short Film

Directed by Christopher S. Lind – New Jersey
 
A short film depicting the effects and trauma of eating disorders.

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6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ABERRANT – Feature Film

Directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett – New Jersey
 
Jack Quaid, Kristoffer Polaha
 
Two best friends (Jack Quaid & Jared Wernick) struggle to deal with their past, secrets and obsessions with each other in time for one of them to be married to his small town girlfriend (Justine Magnussen), who has a secret of her own. See Trailer Here…

LUNARS – Short Film

Directed by Grier Dill & Brett Glass – New York
 
As the last two miners on the moon struggle to make ends meet, an unexpected delivery forces them to defend what’s theirs. See Trailer Here…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

JOKER’S WILD – Feature Film

Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Christopher S. Lind – New York
 
Eric Roberts, Martin Kove, Lacy Marie Meyer, Ari Boyland, Robert Bogue, Justin Deas, Kenneth Del Vecchio, Deborah Twiss, Mandy Bruno
 
Joker’s Wild, a terrifically frightening horror/psychological thriller about a mass murder at a movie theater, transforms into the world of supernatural hell. After a clown-masked assailant guns down Aurora Palace’s friends and family, the resilient theater owner fights to re-open her business. Formidable foes in the form of politicians and anti-gun activists seek to stop her – but they are the least of her concern, as some from the beyond intend to eliminate more than just a theater business. Tackling Second Amendment rights head on, Joker’s Wild has a powerful twist ending.

AWAKEN – Feature Film

Directed by Mark Atkins – California
 
Edward Furlong, Daryl Hannah, Vinnie Jones, Jason London, Natalie Burn, Robert Davi, David Keith, Michael Pare, Christa Campbell, Michael Copon
 
A random group of people wake up on an island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot to harvest their organs. See Trailer Here…

CRY WOLF – Short Film

Directed by Joshua Durham – New York
 
As if sexaholics weren’t aggressive scary enough, it seems some of them have fangs with a thirst for blood as intense as their taste for tail. This off-kilter short film follows the life and slaughter of a few unbelieving souls and one girl’s mission to hunt the hunters and get off in a different kind of way. See Trailer Here…

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8:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

POVERTY, INC – Documentary

Directed by Gary Null – New York
 
Poverty Inc., traces the history of capitalism, examines corporate globalization, exposes a failed economic system and focuses on America’s descent into third world status driven by the new
amoral predatory power elite. See Trailer Here…

REVIVING NEPAL BHASA – Documentary

Directed by Sam Shakya
 
A language that has managed to survive and even thrive for centuries, despite invasion and oppression, has finally met its foe, the very people who are supposed to be speaking the language. See Trailer Here…

RINK RATS – TV Pilot

Directed by Javier Badillo – Canada
 
Rink Rats is an off the wall comedy about life working in an ice rink and told through the eyes of the employees that work there. It is a behind the scenes look at all the drama and hilarity that are involved in making a sheet of ice for the general public.

MINDING OUR OWN – Documentary

Directed by Inaya Yusuf – New York
 
Minding Our Own is a compassionate portrayal of two families and their quest to understand the world of caregiving. While unearthing relationship dynamics, these unlikely heroes provide an intimate look into what it takes to truly care for another person and is a meditation on life’s surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

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Thursday June 4, 2015

 
6:00 Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

 

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 deserts, as well as complimentary cocktails…The menu and beverages are provided by ShopRite Catering, Stella Artois, Dana Distributors, Cerebellum Water, 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 character actor MIKE STARR (Dumb & Dumber; The Black Dhalia; Summer of Sam; Ed Wood) will receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting on June 4, 2015 at HIFF’s Gala Awards Ceremony.
 
* All the Excitement and Glamor you see at the Oscars!

**GALA AWARDS CEREMONY (without party) – 8:00pm – $35
 
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2015 Officially Selected Screenplays

 

CLOUDWATCHERS

Written by Mark Ward & Shannon Meehan – New Jersey
 
A bright-eyed girl, one of many born and bred as a living hard drive, is thrust from lifelong captivity into a world full of horror and wonder. Pursued by the mysterious Shepherd, she encounters various people throughout her journey and struggles to make sense of the complex society that exploited her
 

INCREDIBULL

Written by Gregory Wolk – Illinois
 
A fun-loving, young bull in Spain, heroically breaks up an animal fighting ring, only to be hunted by the ring-leader who seeks revenge on him and the animals he liberated.

 

THE DREAM I HAVE

Written by Yoko Kubota & Ted Campbell – California
 
A young Japanese homeless man goes to New Orleans to pursue his dream in the 1950’s. With the help of local homeless people, he overcomes many obstacles to achieve his dream.
 

CODGERTOWN

Written by Robert Gately – Pennsylvania
 
A retired cop plans to run naked down the field during the present-day Army/Navy football game believing this will atone for a fumble made years ago in the same college classic, but with his ego in the way, and two sidekicks fumbling by his side, it would be a friggin’ miracle if they make it past three-dozen security guards.
 

SERIAH’S LEGACY

Written by Julie M. Kaufmann – Virginia
 
Battling against all odds, a teenage girl is on a mission to save the most important thing to her: the horses.

 
 
 
 

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