film festival films 2015

VISIONFEST 15: THE OTHER FESTIVAL  May 13-17, 2015

 

2015 festival is now over!

VISIONFEST gratefully acknowledges its participating filmmakers and everyone who came out to support VF15... It has been spectacular thanks to you! 

Complete list of Independent Vision Awards winners

All VF15 screenings were held at the Tribeca Cinemas

(54 Varick Street, corner of Laight Street - New York City).  

 

2015 Film Lineup & Schedule

 

WEDNESDAY -- MAY 13 

 8:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 01

OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SELECTION
This eclectic collection of films sets the bar for this edition of VF!

THE TULIP CHAIR  D: Courtney Marsh - 4min. Experimental
The autobiography of a seemingly simple apartment chair.  (out of competition)

SINA FORMA  D: Garette Henson - 20 min. Narrative - World Premiere
We all want to belong to something larger - some greater connected humanity - but what happens when our own neurological make-up continues to prohibit this connection?  [more info]

DESERT CATHEDRAL D: Travis Gutiérrez Senger - 80 min. Narrative - NY Premiere
A broken real estate developer, played by Lee Tergesen (Oz, Generation Kill, Monster), mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992, leaving behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family. Without the aid of the police, his desperate wife hires a private investigator, played by Chaske Spencer (The Twilight Saga), to locate his whereabouts and bring him home. Based on a true story, this evocative narrative blends actual archival materials and found footage to create a unique cinematic experience while exploring the failure of the American dream and subverting the romanticism of the West. [more info]

OPENING NIGHT AFTER-PARTY & IVA NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT
Your Program 01 tickets will entitle you to admission to this after-party, which immediately follows the screening, as the audience spills out into the Tribeca Main Lounge (aka the Varick Room). There will be a full cash bar available and some delicious drink specials, including the famous BLURRY VISION Martini. Enjoy some fine Italian finger-food specialties as Independent Vision Award (IVA) nominations are announced.
 
 

THURSDAY -- MAY 14 

 7:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1 - Program 02

This is a special Benefit Screening: A portion of the proceeds for this program will be donated to NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

A POTPOURRI OF VISIONS
Very eclectic collection of animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary shorts has a little something for every taste

BUMMERTOWN  D: Adam D'Arpino & William Pearson - 9min. Animated - East Coast Premiere
Darin, a piano-playing introvert, attempts to navigate the online dating landscape and make sense of the non-stop non-advice being doled out by his friends and family, prior to a big night out.  [more info]

CHEESE DOG: THE MOVIE  D: Justin Ulloa & Jamie Dwyer - 15 min. Animated - World Premiere
A disgruntled employee dreams big of success in this colorful and inspirational fast food fantasy.  [more info]

SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK  D: Ronnie Cramer - 8 min. Experimental
This is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world. [more info]

A SILENT STRUGGLE D: Alexander Yakacki - 6 min. Experimental Doc - NY Premiere
This experimental documentary explores the lives and minds of four individuals battling various mental illnesses. Through their raw insight, it becomes clear just how difficult it is to function on a daily basis when your brain is constantly fighting itself. Too often those with mental illness are considered weak, instead of ill. This film aims to start a conversation about mental illness, and works towards ending the stigma surrounding it.

WITHOUT A DOUBT  D: Gerald Guthrie - 6 min. Experimental
This experimental illustrates one variation of the 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes' view of the world. This time-based visual metaphor melds Descartes' understanding of geometry, expressly the invention of the Cartesian co-ordinates (X,Y,Z), and his most famous statement, 'I think, therefore I am,' to create an introspective dimension within our own understanding.  [more info]

ELLA AT THE LIBRARY  D: Olivia Saperstein - 8 min. Narrative - World Premiere
When a type A student discovers she is missing a crucial book for her dissertation, she is forced to confront a tough-as-nails librarian.  [more info]

ELGIN PARK  D: Danny Yourd - 10 min. Documentary
This is a look into the life of Michael Paul Smith, a reclusive artist turned viral sensation, recognized for creating 1950s utopias out of pain, love, and miniature cars.  (out of competition) [more info]

THE WHISKEY TREATY ROADSHOW   D: Timothy Bradley - 23 min. Documentary
This documentary showcases five acclaimed singer-songwriters hailing from Western Massachusetts and their four-day roadshow throughout the Commonwealth in a fun, lively, and engaging way.  Through the interviews, performances and experiences captured while on the road, the goal is to feature the musical talents birthing from Western Mass and ultimately reveal the true warmth and beauty of what the Treaty represents: the confluence of music and people and its powerful effect on our shared experiences. [more info]

PERIPLANET  D: A.J. Schmitz - 19min. - Animated - NY Premiere
A disillusioned man leaves his city life behind and takes a walking journey to the Arctic. After mankind collapses into Armageddon, he awakens from a frozen sleep, deep into the future to discover he's sharing the world with the Earth's new rulers - Giant Insects! [more info]
 
 

THURSDAY -- MAY 14 

 8:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 03

SHORTS PROGRAM 1 - VISIONS OF CINEMATIC SYNERGY
From deeply dramatic, to explosive and poignant, and ultimately to quiet and evocative, this collection of shorts is a rollercoaster of emotions that topples the confines of genre, while retaining pure, cinematic grace
 
BROKEN JAM  D: Emanuele Michetti - 15min. Narrative
An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Through a day, this story shows the difficulty maintaining a romantic, cohabiting relationship, suffering with mental disease. [more info]
 
LULLABY  D: Stuart Valberg - 11min. Narrative - World Premiere
A Man attempts to cope with the over stimulation of contemporary society. Is a mysterious package he purchase the solution?  [more info]
 
ONLY FOR FOREVER  D: Nia Imani - 14min. Narrative - World Premiere
A thief and a model are brought together by chance. They realize that they are soul mates, but must discover if love is enough for forever.  [more info]
 
THE HAIRCUT  D: Alexis Korycinski - 14min. Narrative - Manhattan Premiere
It's 1976 and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes.  [more info]
 
BIRTHDAY  D: Chris King - 12min. Narrative
Short film about a severely wounded Marine and his wife coming home for the first time following months of surgeries and rehabilitation. It is a powerful, realistic and dignified depiction of what it is like for our severely wounded soldiers and their spouses as they face enormously difficult times ahead.  [more info]
 
INFINITE  D: Ryan Stratton - 23min. Narrative - East Coast Premiere
An aspiring astronomer happens upon a radio frequency and meets a thought-to-be-dead astronaut trapped in space.  [more info]
 
ZARI  D: Courtney Marsh - 20min. Narrative - NY Premiere
An aging household robot in the near future adapts to the world around it.  [more info]
 
 

THURSDAY -- MAY 14 

 9:30pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1 - Program 04

VISIONARY OUTSIDE THE BOX
Traditional storytelling gets a face lift with this duo of humorous tales working their magic just outside the box
 
THE CRUMB OF IT  D: T.J. Misny - 15min. Narrative
When a stand-up comic begins dating a successful pastry chef, she doggedly attempts to conquer her long-held, irrational phobia of cake.  [more info]
 
WENDELL AND THE LEMON  D: Lawrence Krauser - 90min. Narrative
An ordinary lemon becomes the center of an addled man's world, to the confusion and distress of everyone he knows - especially himself. But as the humans in Wendell's life appear increasingly bizarro, he's helpless to resist the allure of the yellow orb. Based on the director's novel 'Lemon' (McSweeney's Books), a comic exploration of jerry-rigged sanity, featuring a cast of curious dozens from the New York stage and street.  [more info]
 
 

FRIDAY -- MAY 15 

 7:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1&2 - Program 05

(Tickets are available for the added show below)

OFFICIAL CENTERPIECE SELECTION:
VISIONS OF LOVE, FAMILY, AND THE LGBT SECTION
What if it doesn't matter who wears the pants or the skirt in the family?  What if the family can't necessarily tell between the skirt and the pants?  When "love" is at the core of it all, then everything that's on the surface just blends
 
MOON PEOPLE  D: Alexandra Grace - 7 min. Narrative - World Premiere
This short film that explores gender fluidity and the elimination of labels pertaining to sexual orientation.  [more info]
 
ALTO  D: Mikki del Monico - 101min. Narrative - NYC Premiere
A lesbian mob comedy...enough said? Improbable love, the mob and family traditions gone awry all pave the road for laughter in this character-rich story that explores uncharted territory. When unlikely worlds collide, chaos ensues and it all comes down to...Two girls. One gun. The Mob. Because coming out to family is hard, but coming out to FAMILY is funny!  [more info]
 
 

FRIDAY -- MAY 15 - ADDED SHOW

 9:15pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1 - Program 05A - ADDED SHOW

ADDED SHOW - OFFICIAL CENTERPIECE SELECTION:
VISIONS OF LOVE, FAMILY, AND THE LGBT SECTION
What if it doesn't matter who wears the pants or the skirt in the family?  What if the family can't necessarily tell between the skirt and the pants?  When "love" is at the core of it all, then everything that's on the surface just blends
 
MOON PEOPLE  D: Alexandra Grace - 7 min. Narrative - World Premiere
This short film that explores gender fluidity and the elimination of labels pertaining to sexual orientation.  [more info]
 
ALTO  D: Mikki del Monico - 101min. Narrative - NYC Premiere
A lesbian mob comedy...enough said? Improbable love, the mob and family traditions gone awry all pave the road for laughter in this character-rich story that explores uncharted territory. When unlikely worlds collide, chaos ensues and it all comes down to...Two girls. One gun. The Mob. Because coming out to family is hard, but coming out to FAMILY is funny!  [more info]
 
 

FRIDAY -- MAY 15 

 9:30pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 06

SHORTS PROGRAM 2 - VISIONS OF THE TAUT AND FANTASTIC
Science fiction, romance, horror, and psychological mind games get the blood flowing in this deliciously sinister collection
 
ZEROGON  D: John Mattiuzzi & Joshua Planz - 4min. Animated
A lonely creature, from a lonely planet, becomes abducted into the false allure of a computer-generated world. (out of competition) [more info]
 
MIDNIGHT JULIET  D: Bethany Ashton Wolf - 5min. Narrative
A coming-of-age, gothic tale of unrequited love between a hauntingly pale, beautiful girl who cannot ever see the daylight, and a former swim champion, golden from the sun. These two teens of day and night will meet, and their worlds will never be the same again.  
 
GONE FISHING   D: Noah Millman - 12min. Narrative - Manhattan Premiere
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.  [more info]
 
CLOSE THE DOOR  D: Glen & Shaun Vivaris - 13min. Narrative - World Premiere
A young woman relives a nightmare each time she wakes up to the front door closing. Is she awake? Is that just her roommate in the hall? Or is there something terrible waiting behind her door?  [more info]
 
THE MINIONS  D: Jeremiah Kipp - 11min. Narrative
William's walk home becomes dangerous when he chooses to go down 'the witches' path' - a place of emotional and perhaps supernatural relevance to him. Just as he believes he has escaped, he happens upon two drunk girls who need his help. As he recalls the evening, he begins to question who (or what) the girls really are and their power over him.  [more info]
 
THE BLOOD OF LOVE  D: Jeff Meyers - 19min. Narrative
Unwilling to accept the death of her husband, a young widow, acquires a machine that can bring him back to her. But the machine exacts a terrible price: she must provide the blood it needs to revive her beloved. And it starts demanding more and more blood for less and less time.  [more info]
 
HELIO  D: Teddy Cecil - 20min. Narrative
On the eve of a rebel uprising in a dystopian underground society, one miner finds the key to freedom and attempts to escape before the hostile government kills him first.  [more info]
 
THE EXAM  D: William Speruzzi - 25min. Narrative - NY Premiere
This is a taut, contemporary, psychological thriller about a man whose promotion hinges on him taking a medical exam. After a home visit with his pregnant wife and six year old son present, he finds out that the medical examiner has a more insidious agenda.  [more info]
 
 

SATURDAY -- MAY 16 

6:30pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1 - Program 07

(Tickets are available for the added show below)

VISIONS OF YOUTH... EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Riveting short paves the way for a high energy feature doc in this seemingly odd pairing that ultimately delves into some very deep rooted human emotions
 
PINKY  D: Dylan Paffe - 22min. Narrative - NY Premiere
In a rural town, brash Michelle struggles to protect her teenage brother, while their mother battles issues with substance abuse. Yearning for a way out, and her youth nearly drained, Michelle seeks solace in her lover, Tom, who arranges for them to leave town. However, their romantic ideal of a new beginning doesn't come without consequences, especially for her co-dependent brother. So will her lovely ideal cost her everything she was trying to protect?  [more info]
 
LORDS OF BSV  D: Maria Soccor - 79min. Documentary - NY Premiere
In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - a natural 'pressure cooker' for emerging talent, George Adams creates a new dance form called, Brukup, whom a group of young men and women follow like a religion. This dance form revived by BSV members Blackie and Poba, has evolved as dancers use the foundation of the Brukup movement to enhance their free form and mutation style of dance.  [more info]
 
 

SATURDAY -- MAY 16  - ADDED SHOW

 8:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 07B - ADDED SHOW

VISIONS OF YOUTH... EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Riveting short paves the way for a high energy feature doc in this seemingly odd pairing that ultimately delves into some very deep rooted human emotions
 
PINKY  D: Dylan Paffe - 22min. Narrative - NY Premiere
In a rural town, brash Michelle struggles to protect her teenage brother, while their mother battles issues with substance abuse. Yearning for a way out, and her youth nearly drained, Michelle seeks solace in her lover, Tom, who arranges for them to leave town. However, their romantic ideal of a new beginning doesn't come without consequences, especially for her co-dependent brother. So will her lovely ideal cost her everything she was trying to protect?  [more info]
 
LORDS OF BSV  D: Maria Soccor - 79min. Documentary - NY Premiere
In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - a natural 'pressure cooker' for emerging talent, George Adams creates a new dance form called, Brukup, whom a group of young men and women follow like a religion. This dance form revived by BSV members Blackie and Poba, has evolved as dancers use the foundation of the Brukup movement to enhance their free form and mutation style of dance.  [more info]
 
 

SATURDAY -- MAY 16  - ADDED SHOW

 9:00pm - Tribeca Cinemas 1 - Program 07A - ADDED SHOW

VISIONS OF YOUTH... EVOLUTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Riveting short paves the way for a high energy feature doc in this seemingly odd pairing that ultimately delves into some very deep rooted human emotions
 
PINKY  D: Dylan Paffe - 22min. Narrative - NY Premiere
In a rural town, brash Michelle struggles to protect her teenage brother, while their mother battles issues with substance abuse. Yearning for a way out, and her youth nearly drained, Michelle seeks solace in her lover, Tom, who arranges for them to leave town. However, their romantic ideal of a new beginning doesn't come without consequences, especially for her co-dependent brother. So will her lovely ideal cost her everything she was trying to protect?  [more info]
 
LORDS OF BSV  D: Maria Soccor - 79min. Documentary - NY Premiere
In Bed Stuy, Brooklyn - a natural 'pressure cooker' for emerging talent, George Adams creates a new dance form called, Brukup, whom a group of young men and women follow like a religion. This dance form revived by BSV members Blackie and Poba, has evolved as dancers use the foundation of the Brukup movement to enhance their free form and mutation style of dance.  [more info]
 
 

SUNDAY -- MAY 17 

 4:30pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 08

FKBK - FOR KIDS BY KIDS
Special, non-competitive "sidebar" program of VF15 featuring projects created by filmmakers under 18 years of age
 
RE-TOUCH  D: Ava Kuslansky - 1min. Experimental
This is an experimental short film based of Walter Benjamin's theories of collection and memories. 
 
LIVE TO SKATE  D: Ava Kuslansky - 4min. Documentary
NYC skateboarders face the stereotypes that branch from their passions. 
 
MELODRAMATIC ALTERATIONS  D: Ava Kuslansky - 2min. Experimental
A futuristic young girl tries to find herself in this live action, stop motion animation. 
 
THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER  D: Michelle Marquez - 3min - Experimental
This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that was musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. 
 
POET AGAINST PREJUDICE  D: Faiza Almontaster - 27min. Documentary
Faiza Almontaser, a 17-year-old from New York City, immigrated with her family to the US from Yemen when she was in middle school, and she faced vicious bullying because of her Islamic identity. Mentored by the legendary pioneer of direct cinema, the late Albert Maysles, Faiza shows us her courageous and inspiring journey from victim to activist. 
 
THAT BITES! - A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES MADE BY A 12 YEAR-OLD BOY  D: Jack Yonover   44min. Documentary  - East Coast Premiere
This is a documentary made by a 12 year old boy about the fears and frustrations of food allergies from the perspective of kids.  [more info
 
 

SUNDAY -- MAY 17 

 6:30pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2 - Program 09

OFFICIAL CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION
Unforgettable duo of films packs a wallop... some twists... and a lawsuit for the Divine
 
DOUBLE NEGATIVE  D: Brian Dilg - 16min. Narrative - NY Premiere
A stubborn twelve-year-old boy looking for answers to his father's mysterious death goes looking in the wrong back yard when he meets a foul-mouthed English teacher on a post-divorce bender.  [more info]
 
FRANK VS. GOD  D: Stewart Schill - 100min. Narrative
After his house is destroyed by a tornado (what his insurance company deems an "act of God"), former hotshot lawyer David Frank is determined that someone must pay. He decides to serve God...with a lawsuit.  [more info]
 
 

SUNDAY -- MAY 17 

8:45pm - Tribeca Cinemas 2

THE IVA CEREMONY
NOTE: Although this is a FREE PROGRAM that is open to the public, FILMMAKER, PRESS, & INDUSTRY badge holders will receive priority and guaranteed seating. Reservations for a "free admission ticket" must be established with reps at our HOSPITALITY DESK, which will be located in the Main Lobby of Tribeca Cinemas and will be open daily at 6pm, throughout the duration of the film festival.
 
INDEPENDENT VISION AWARDS 2015 25min
VISIONFEST 15 honors its participating filmmakers with an awards ceremony that will also reveal the top three scripts from the VF15 Feature Screenwriting Competition.  
 
CLOSING NIGHT WRAP PARTY & PHOTO OP GET-TOGETHER
Mingle with everyone in the Tribeca Lounge, take some shots... either with your cameras, cell phones, or at our full cash bar, and enjoy some complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials, and cool DJ music.
 
 
 
 


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