Golden Shot

Golden Shot

Screen with We‘re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

Fri Feb 26, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 5 pm | Bagels & More


Golden Shot

Directed by Gökalp Gönen

Short Narrative
Turkey | 9 minutes | 2015


Rusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan for that.



Golden Shot - Gokap GonenGökalp Gönen
Director, Producer, Writer

Gökalp Gönen born and raised in Hatay/Turkey with a pastoral environment. He always amazed with systems of the nature. That is why it became a passion for him to create systems for imaginary creatures.

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Director:  Gökalp Gönen
Country: Turkey
Year: 2015
Language: n/a
Runtime: 8 minutes 40 seconds

Credits


Producers: Gokalp Gonen
Writer: Gokalp Gonen
Animator: 
Gokalp Gonen

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Brooklyn Farmer

Brooklyn Farmer

Screened with Farmer’s Road


Fri Feb 19, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Bagels & More
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s


Brooklyn Farmer

Directed by Michael Tyburski

Short Documentary
USA | 27 miinutes | 2013


A portrait of Brooklyn Grange, a group of for-profit urban farmers in New York City, as they set out to build the world’s largest rooftop farm through the 2012 growing season.



Brooklyn Farmer - Michael TyburskiMichael Tyburski
Director

Michael Tyburski is an award-winning filmmaker of short films, documentaries, branded content, and commercials. His work has been featured on The New Yorker, Indiewire, NOWNESS, Short of the Week, and in Filmmaker Magazine, which named him amongst the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

He directed and co-wrote the short film, “Palimpsest,” which won a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and his short documentary, “Brooklyn Farmer,” was selected to screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival as part of the Culinary Zinema section, presented in conjunction with the Berlinale. His latest short, “Actor Seeks Role,” starring Alex Karpovsky (HBO’s Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Emmy-nominated actor Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Happiness), won the Grand Jury Prize at IFFBoston in 2015 and was selected by The New Yorker as part of their Screening Room series. He is currently developing his first feature-length film, which was selected for IFP’s Emerging Storyteller’s Program and the Screenwriting Lab at the Hampton’s International Film Festival, where it was a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Screenplay Award.

His commercial work includes directing projects for clients such as BlackBerry, Chase, GE, General Mills, Macy’s, Microsoft, Purina, TED, and Verizon.

Michael grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and now lives and makes films in New York City and Los Angeles.

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Film Information


Director: Michael Tyburski
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Language: English
Runtime: 27 minutes

Credits


Producers: Ben Nabors & Burke Cherrie
Editors:  Paul Greenhouse & Michael Tyburski
Original Music:  Matt Abeysekera
Original Songs: Liam Cohl & Mike Poskanzer

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The Hermit

The Hermit

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Screens with Ty’s List


Thu Feb 25, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande


The Hermit

Directed by Lena Friedrich

Short Documentary
USA | 24 minutes | 2015


For 27 years, the enigmatic ‘North Pond Hermit’ had been living in the woods of Maine with no human contact.  THE HERMIT exposes in a humorous way how a man who tried in the most extreme way to disconnect from society unintentionally became a nation-



The Hermit - Lena FriedrichLena Friedrich
Director, Producer, Editor 

Lena Friedrich is a French-American filmmaker with a special interest in inventive nonfiction storytelling. Raised in Paris, she tranferred to Columbia University to study sociology and cinema. At Clumbia, she was awarded a fellowship and prizes for promising talent in sociology and media. She worked for the London-based documentary department of Pulse Films – “Shut Up and Play the Hits” (Sundance, Hot Docs, SXSW) and “Who is Dayani Cristal?” (Sundance, HotDoc). She has also worked as a TV journalist for French TV. Lena has recently completed “The Hermit”, a documentary on Christopher Knight, a man who lived 27 years in the woods of Maine with no human contact and became a celebrity overnight. Her directing credits include the short documentaries “Claire’s Little World” about a wig shop frequented by Hassidic women in Brooklyn, and “Lost in Transition” about the changing definition of adulthood in Western societies. She currently lives in New York City.

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Film Information


Director: Lena Friedrich
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 24 minutes

Credits


Cinematographer: Laura Snow
Sound: 
Aitor Mendilibar
Composer:  Gary Lucas and Fatrin Krajka
 

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The Song of Seashore

The Song of Seashore

Screens with Magda


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 12 pm | Domenico’s


The Song of Seashore

Directed by Long Yang

Short Narrative
China | 26 minutes | 2015


This is a short film to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the world’s anti-Fascist war and the people who suffer in the war. It’s about a young Japanese soldiers save a Chinese ‘comfort women’ in the war.


The Song of Seashore

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Director: Long Yang
Country: China
Year: 2015
Language: Chinese w/ English subtitles
Runtime: 26 minutes

Credits


Producers: Jia Zhou
Co-Writer: Long Yang
Original Music/Composer:   Tao Liu

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Los Ángles 1991

Los Angeles 1991

Screens with Field Niggas


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Los Angeles 1991

Directed by Zacarias & MacGregor

Short Narrative
USA | 10 min | 2015


Los Angeles, 1991. The streets have become a hotbed of racial tension and hate about to burst … Today is an important day for Eladio: he is going to avenge the death of his older brother. Within minutes he will find out that he is not the only one who has reasons to kill someone.



Los Ángles 1991 - Zac and MacZacarias & MacGregor
Director, Producer, Writer

ZAC&MAC, the directing team from Spain of MIGUEL DE OLASO (Madrid, SPAIN, 08/02/01980) & BRUNO ZACARÍAS (Madrid, SPAIN, 07/30/1977), function on set like one director with two brains and one mouth.

De Olaso, the Mac portion of the team, is a former DoP and post-production supervisor; Zacarías is a recovering advertising copywriter who segued into screenwriting.

The two teamed up several years ago and their resulting work has been described by their mothers “as sleek, beautifully cinematic and filled with deliciously gorgeous lighting”. Their shorts (like “Similo”, “Uyuni” and “18 Seconds”) have placed high in a number of international competitions, earning over fifty awards.

They are currently working on a feature film for Warner Bros. called “Law Zero”.

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Director: Zacarias & MacGregor
Country:  USA 
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min

Credits


Producers: Blackmilk Films and Fat Monsters Films

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The Birth of an Artist

The Birth of an Artist

Screens with Right Footed


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Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Wed Feb 24, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Fri Feb 26, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s


Birth of an Artist

Directed by Natasha Babenko

Short Documentary
Ukraine| 16 min | 2015


The Birth of an Artist follows handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day: waking up, taking bath, dressing up, eating, playing with her little brother and finally doing what she does the best – painting with her toes. Dasha, native of Sumy, Ukraine, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Fortunately, her brain cells were not damaged which gave her an opportunity to communicate with her family, learn about the world and develop the talent for painting. Dasha’s day is full of pain and physical struggle but she manages to focus on her artistic work and fully emerge herself into the world full of love and hope despite very hard living conditions. Narrated by her loving, supporting mother Dasha’s story reveals amazing but also sad moments of the young artist’s life. The opening of Dasha’s 6Th personal exhibition marks the culmination of the tremendous efforts and love for artistic creation the emerging artist has put into her inspirational and thought provoking work.



The Birth of an Artist - Nataliya BabenkoNatasha Babenko
Director, Producer, Writer

Writer, director, producer Natasha Babenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine. After obtaining Master degrees in linguistics and international public relations, she embarked on the journey of exploring the world. She traveled extensively, lived and worked on 3 different continents before starting her artistic career. In 2012 Natasha Babenko was accepted to NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Film program. During the program she discovered her passion for documentary filmmaking. “The Birth of an Artist” is her first documentary film. The story about disabled Ukrainian girl who manages to live a life of a prolific artist is an exploration of human potential and determination.

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Director: Natasha Babenko
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 16 min

Credits


Producers: Natasha Babenko
Original Music/Composer:
Oscar Schuster
Cinematographer: Natasha Babenko
Editors: 
Nadegda Kozlova and Natasha Babenko

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Lady Ganga: Nilza's Story

Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story

Screens with East LA Interchange


Mon Feb 22, 2016 – 5 pm | Domenico’s
Fri Feb 26, 2016 – 5 pm | Hendricks Arts Center


Lady Ganga: Nilza’s Story

Directed by Frederic Lumiere

Documentary Short
USA | 18 minutes | 2015


With just a few months left to live, Michele Baldwin broke a world record and started a movement that would save the life of another woman years later in the highest place on earth: the Himalayas.

Lady Ganga: Nilza's Story

Lady Ganga: Nilza's Story - Frederic Lumiere

Frederic Lumiere
Director

Frederic Lumiere is an award winning Producer, director, editor, published author and President of Lumiere Media, Inc., a film and television production company based in Doylestown, PA.

Frederic’s first feature film directing credit, the indie drama Tomorrow is Today (2006), starred Scout Taylor-Compton and won 13 awards including a Director’s Discovery Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The film was picked up by Cinemax and shown to a worldwide audience.

Frederic then directed (and edited) four documentaries for various television networks. The Knights of Columbus (2008 – PBS), about the Catholic fraternal society founded in America; Father McGivney (2008 – PBS), a biography on the founder of the Knights of Columbus; 70’s Fever – “The Me Generation” (2009 – History Channel), a two hour special on the seventies narrated by David Cassidy; The Secrets of Fatima (2009 – Hist Int’l), retracing the 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three young shepherds in Portugal and the miracles that followed.

Frederic then produced, directed and edited the © Emmy Award winning series WWII in HD (2009), narrated by Gary Sinise. The series received critical acclaim from worldwide critics. The LA Times called it “Masterful”. Monsters & Critics “Astounding!” It featured voices from Justin Bartha, Ron Livingston, Rob Lowe, Amy Smart, Steve Zahn, Josh Lucas and LL Cool J.

In 2011, Frederic executive produced and edited The Wereth Eleven (2011), retracing the steps of eleven black GI’s whose murder by the SS during the Battle of the Bulge was never prosecuted, for which he received a nomination from the Hollywood Post Alliance for Outstanding Editing for Television. The Emmy nominated film and GI Film Festival winner started a chain of events, which resulted in legislation being passed by the United States Congress providing official recognition of the massacre of the 11 African-American soldiers.

Frederic then directed and edited Normandy’s 100 Days (2013), a one of a kind film experience projected on 9 screens in a 360-degree theater for visitors 16 times a day and RAW WAR: The Lost Film of Dak To (2014 – Discovery AHC), a Vietnam War special which rated as the best original premiere in the network’s history (Military Channel/AHC).

In June 2014 Frederic’s new film Sacrifice (TF1, National Geographic), a retelling of D-Day through personal stories with archival footage brought back to color, premiered globally in 171 countries and 45 languages to commemorate the event’s 70th Anniversary. Sacrifice rated as the #1 television show on French television in primetime on the eve of the 70th Anniversary celebration and #3 documentary in the world in 2014 (study conducted by The Wit.)

Frederic also co-authored a book called “Sacrifice” based on the film. Acropole publishes it.

Frederic is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.

Film Information


Director: Frederic Lumiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 18 min

Credits


Producers: Cheryl Staurulakis
Writer: Mark Hefti
Key Cast:  Michele Baldwin 

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Ron Taylor Dr. Baseball

Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

Screens with March of the White Elephants


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande
Tue Feb 23, 2016 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s


Screens with In the Game


Sun Feb 28, 2016 – 12 pm | La Casa Grande


Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

Directed by Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor

Short Documentary
Canada| 17 minutes | 2015


Ron Taylor was a Major League pitcher for 11 years winning two world championships. Through interviews with former teammates and friends, his two sons uncover the motivation behind his decision to return to school and become a physician after his baseball career. Beginning with one lone scout who believed he could play professionally, to a tour of Vietnam, many classrooms, and finally back into baseball as a team doctor for the Toronto Blue Jays – Ron’s path is charted as his sons learn how chance laid out the course of their father’s life.

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Ron Taylor Dr. Baseball | Drew and Matthew TaylorDirector: Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor

Drew Taylor (director, producer, writer, editor)

Drew made his foray into filmmaking with OUR MAN IN TEHRAN, serving as Director, Producer, and Writer (along side Larry Weinstein). The film, which premiered the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, examines the events surrounding the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the joint efforts by Canadians and the CIA to ex-filtrate six American diplomats and went on to win 5 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Documentary Program and Best Direction in a Documentary. It has earned multiple awards including Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Best International Film at the Charleston Film Festival, Audience Choice at the Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, People’s Choice at the Victoria Film Festival, and the North Carolina Film Critics Association’s pick at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film has played on HBO Canada, The History Channel Australia, and the Yes Network in Israel, among others.  He is currently in production on BUYING TIME, a documentary detailing the current breakthroughs in aging and longevity and the individuals and scientists behind these discoveries. Drew has had a unique career leading to film. He was a pitcher, playing professional baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies and also attended the University of Michigan for his Master’s work in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and the University of Toronto for his PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He has been published in multiple international medical journals with specific attention to tissue engineering and sports medicine. His strong background in research drew him to documentary filmmaking.

Matthew Taylor (director, producer, writer)

Matthew is a co-founder of Film House Inc. and has a strong background in the industry. He attended Queen’s University, where he graduated with a degree in Film Studies. While living in Kingston Matthew had two of his shorts premier at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. After graduating he worked at Atlantis Atlantis and CanWest in television programming and market research. He has also held posts specializing in theatrical marketing at Maple Pictures, Think Film, and Alliance Films. He currently manages Theatrical marketing VVS Films.
With this valuable experience Matthew has a strong passion for narrative feature films. He was Executive Producer on the feature film THE DEATH OF INDIE ROCK, which premiered at the Bloor Street Cinema and aired on Superchannel. He was an Associate Producer on the feature documentary OUR MAN IN TEHRAN which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to air on TMN, Movie Central, and HBO Canada.

Film Information


Directors: Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor
Country: Canada
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 17 minutes

Credits


Producers:  Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor
Writers:  Drew Taylor and Matthew Taylor
Original Music:   Mikel Hurwitz
Key Cast: Ron Taylor, Joe Torre, Bob Gibson, Ferguson JenkinsJoe Carter, Tim McCarver, Art Shamsky, Kelly Gruber, Mike Shannon, and Cito Gaston

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