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Long Island City / Astoria Treated to an International Indie Film Festival

Over 50 International Indie Films Presented



Vibrator wins Fan Award for Best Short. Written by Kari Swenson Riely

 


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Long Island City, New York October 23, 2010 -

Over 50 International Indie Films were presented at The First Annual LIC / Astoria Film Festival.  They included feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos and more.   Attendance was estimated to be approximatedly 600 people during the weekend.

OurLIC attendend the Film Festival and viewed a selection of films on both days.  The films we saw were excellent on all levels.  We invited Long Island City's favorite son Tony Vaccaro, the world famous photograph and gifted photo journalist, to join us. At 88, Tony still enjoys a good film and loves to experience the work of other talented people. We consider his judgement on things like art and film to be insightful because of his lifelong experience and pursuit of photo-journaling and profiling the most important and most talented people of his epoch. He has photo profiled virtualy every major film director during his career. His view of this Film Festival seemed to be important.

Tony agreed that the scripts, acting, direction, technical execution and other elements were engaging and compelling. Tony added: "Wonderful!"  Several of the films brought to light serious topics that left us both feeling that others...everyone...should view them. 

The winners in the festival were:

  • Feature Narrative - Work it Out, Directed by: Andrew Fitzgerald
  • Documentary - China: Rebirth of an Empire, Directed by: Jesse and Jeremy Veverka 
  • Short Film - The Vibrator, Directed by: Richard Caliban
  • Super Short - From the Second Chair, Directed by: Darol Michael Carr
  • Music Video - Young Love by NLX
  • Script - Cull - David Gilbank
  • Short Story - Allergic to Latex by Lina Zeldovich

Sponsoring organizations included:

  • Cieri Media International
  • Voices from the Garage.com
  • The Secret Theatre

Festivities began at Da Gianni Ristoranti, a top, Manhattan style Italian restaurant located in Long Island City. D a Gianni is highly recommended and has a special offer honoring a discount for Secret Theatre audiences.

From the AstoriaLICFF.com website:

The Astoria/LIC Int'l. Film Festival will strive to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, filmmakers and fans, and will focus on offering great networking opportunities for its participants.  This first annual film festival gives start to a great new tradition of promoting new and emerging voices in film, spoken word and art similar to the Tribeca and NYC Downtown Film Festivals.

China: The Rebirth of an Empire

(USA, 1 hr 26 min 16 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 1

Directed by: Jesse Veverka

Cast: Chalmers Johnson, Freddy Lim, Jeremy Veverka, Rebiya Kadeer, Wei Jingsheng

China’s unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world’s preeminent power. Meanwhile, Chalmers Johnson, author of 'Blowback' and 'The Sorrows of Empire', argues that America’s preoccupation with militarism has all but sealed its fate as a nation in long-term decline. But if China surpasses the United States, what type of power will it become? In today’s interconnected and globalized world, the answer effects each and every one of us.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, China’s humanitarian activities and investment in infrastructure have won it the hearts and minds of the people. Yet in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is reviled as an imperialistic abuser of human rights. Despite trumpeting its vision of a ethnic unity at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government has gone to great lengths to silence dissenting voices such as Rebiya Kadeer, de facto leader of the Uyghur people. Kadeer has replaced the Dalai Lama as Beijing’s number one public adversary.

Will China follow in the footsteps of history’s other great powers and use its strength to dominate its neighbors, trample ethnic and religious minorities, and become a 21st century empire? Or will a wealthy China’s youth lead the country towards democracy, much like Taiwan? The international community shares responsibility in this outcome, but is it too dependent on Chinese trade to care? Whether it’s a peaceful rise or potential threat, China's 21st century emergence as a great world power will change the lives of everyone.

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Taught to Hate

(Ecuador & USA, 27 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 1

Directed by: James Garcia Sotomayor

Written by: James Garcia Sotomayor, Richard Caban

Cast: Arturo Castro, Brandon Hannan, Helen Proimos, Lorraine Rodriguez, Nick Raio

Taught to hate: The story of an Hispanic immigrant trying to find a job in America and an American family who's uncle's racial intolerance has a strong effect on his Nephew.

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Cinderello

(USA, 2 min 18 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 2

Directed by: Chie Mori

Written by: Chie Mori

Cast: Alex Chonoo, Calvin Robertson, Larissa Simpson, Salvatore Gandolfo

A boy searches for a girl in Cinderella. She is found and given a tiara in the end. What happens when a girl searches for a boy?

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Poetry Man

(USA, 25 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 2

Directed by: James McSherry

Written by: James McSherry

Cast: Bill Clark, Diego Lopez, Joe Diaz, John McCormack, Melanie Torres, Paige McSherry, Peter Green, Rene Rogoff, Valerie Smaldone

Based on a true story, Jimmy an aspiring writer and his cousin Nicky, a neighborhood miscreant suspected of murder, face each other and the truth on the mean streets of the Bronx in this gritty tale of trust and betrayal.
What happens when somebody you love is struck down? Is it fate, bad luck or just bad choices? And what of the fall-out?
After Nicky is imprisoned for a crime he claims he didn't commit, his cousin Jimmy copes the only way he knows how, writing to find an answer - while piecing the murder back together on the page.
Jimmy soon discovers that when a drug dealer is gunned down in front of his wife and child, Nicky is arrested based on the eyewitness testimony of a rival drug dealer, Facing twenty five years to life, Nicky's only hope is enlisting Jimmy in his cause. He just has to convince his only cousin and best friend that he's innocent.
LIes collide with the truth in this morality tale of loyalty, love, and redemption.

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Work it Out

(USA, 1 hr 25 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 2

Directed by: Andrew Fritzgerald

Written by: Kevin Porter Young

Cast: Alexandra Case, Alix Paige, Andrew Fritzgerald, Ariana Madix, Cheryl Aiello, Christine Marzano, Crystal Bock, Cydney E McQuillan-Grace, Demetrios Kalkanis, Gene Jones, Geri McKeon, Inez Scott, John Bayne, Josh Silverman, Ken Mark, Kevin Porter Young, Matthew Hachett, Megan DeSanty, Naim Omari, Robin Rose Singer, Rose Thomas, Susan Neuffer, Walt Willey

Dustin seems to be living the happy life of a swinging NYC bachelor. By day, he works as a personal trainer, by night he hangs out with his boys from the gym, and every spare moment seems more than dedicated to staying in peek physical condition. After a gym member, Becky (the type of woman his wild friends wouldn't give a second look), Dustin begins facing some bitter realities of his life, both past and present. Combining comedy and drama, the film asks the question of whether you can really be honest with anyone unless you're honest with yourself...

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Script Readings

(USA, 1 hr.)

Saturday, October 23rd 10am

Session 3

Written by: David Gilbank, L.E. Grabowski, Warren Hull

Reading from the selected scripts. Come and listen will actors read from the scripts and vote for your favorite to see who wins the Fan Awards for Best Script.

Cull - David Gilbank
Family Secrets - Warren Hull
The Unengagement - L.E.Grabowski
Valley of Spirits - Warren Hull

Congratulations to the writers for being selected for the festival and good luck on winning the Fans Award for Best Script! Winners are announced during the Sunday evening closing party ad Fans Award Ceremony!

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Kidnap

(USA, 3 min 55 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 1

Directed by: Sijia Luo

Written by: Sijia Luo

Cast: Cindy Lin (voice)

A little chicken is late to school, but her excuse is too wild to believe: getting kidnapped on the way to school. You believe it or not, this chicken is a really good actress and a Kung fu master! After her explanation, you have to believe that her adventure is so true. She was kidnapped by chickens first, then gunmen, then aliens and finally Jesus saved her life and sent her to school.

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Street Ball

(USA, 1 hr 30 mins)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 1

Directed by: Demetrius Wren

In Cape Town, there are two realities. Sixteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africa prepares to host the FIFA World Cup and the country is ripe with celebration. New hot spots, airports and stadiums were built to welcome travelers from around the world. However, there remains a generation that lives in extreme poverty, with many youth falling into lives of violence, drugs and abuse.

Streetball is a fast paced documentary that tells the stories of South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup team. The Homeless World Cup is an annual soccer tournament that draws teams from over 56 countries—comprised entirely of street people. The SA Squad consists of ex-convicts, former gangsters, orphans and recovering drug addicts that band together to represent their country, proving that no one is beyond redemption. Streetball is a story of hope and of the resilience that dwells within the human spirit. But while these men's' dreams are simply to have a home and to be recognized as people who need care, often times the realization of those dreams is accompanied by a sobering reality.

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Street Knights

(USA, 14 min 8 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 1

Directed by: Matt Baron

Friend or Foe? Brilliant or Crazy? Compassionate or Ruthless? 'Street Knights: Money. Chess. Life. explores the unique lives of Chess hustles in New York City's world renowned Washington Square Park. In the 1970's, they could pocket up to $16,000 a day. Now, in light of the financial crisis, they struggle to make ends meet. The film follows a handful of the park's most loyal players, ranging from Harry, the philosopher with drug problems to Nashan, the trash talker who also teaches children. We'll learn the history, strategy, and life of the hustler, and take a look into the rocky future of the players, the park and the game itself. Whether you choose to admire or disdain this group of men, their unique eccentricities are undeniable and sure to entertain.

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Apostles of Park Slope

(USA, 1 hr 25 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Jason Cusato

Written by: Jason Cusato, Jennifer Kalison

Cast: Anthony DeVito, Artie Brennan, Brian McMullan, Chris LaPanta, Chris Harcum, Chris Hayes, Edward Heegan, Joe Corrao, Nik Freni

When Mike Callahan loses his mother Mary, the old crew from his neighborhood rallies the troops and takes Mike out to a local restaurant in an attempt to cheer him up. Father Paul, a priest returning to Brooklyn after spending several years in South America rebuilding churches, is invited to join dinner. After some thought Father agrees in the hopes of convincing Mike and the gang to turn to the Lord during their time of loss. What ensues is an unlikely reunion of friends where Father comes to see the true meaning of friendship and where sometimes the word of the Lord has four letters.

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Oh My Love

(USA, 16 min 18 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Jay Bungay

Written by: Evakay Favia

Cast: Gil Rogers, Tina Sloan

In a world defined by youthful beauty and monetary accomplishments, it is often difficult for some to accept the aging process gracefully. Stu (Gil Rogers) and Beverley Levinson (Tina Sloan), a modest couple from New York City, have spent more than four decades as husband and wife, experiencing life’s joys and its challenges together. When time catches up to the pair both physically and mentally, Stu and Beverley find they must come to terms with growing older and accept the hardships that come with age. PB Productions’ Oh My Love, explores the depths of the human psyche and highlights how love and a strong emotional connection can bond two people for eternity.

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Qua

(Spain, 9 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Andres Vidal Alarcon

Written by: Andres Vidal Alarcon

Cast: SofÍa Medel

At the beginning of time, our world was a desert illuminated by two suns where the mankind barely could keep alive and the night was unknown. Meanwhile one sun provided life, the other one provided a sure death. Then, the change started…

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A Long Haul

(USA, 43 min 53 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

Session 1

Directed by: Nathaniel Kramer

Cast: Nathaniel Kramer (voice)

Buy tickets here: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/8491655

A LONG HAUL is a documentary depicting the struggles of a charter boat captain whose seasonal summer business has fallen prey to a bad economy, high fuel prices, loss of customers and depleted fish populations He is forced to moonlight as a captain on a broken down commercial fishing trawler to make ends meet. If successful working for the trawler's owner, the captain will be able to run the boat during the winter when there is no charter business at all. Desperate to climb out from under a heap of personal debt and under pressure from the owner to get the boat fishing and make money, the captain sets sail for a three day offshore trip to net squid. At the captain's side is his loyal first mate, and a 13 year old boy from a wealthy family working for the captain as a summer job..The boat has not been fished in months and is has become saddled with mechanical problems which compound the pressure on the crew to catch squid. Over the next three days, the crew will face sleep deprivation, rough seas, mechanical problems and the difficult task of finding and catching squid.

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Familiar Voices

(Canada & USA, 1 hr 7 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

Session 1

Directed by: Danny Mendoza

'Familiar Voices' is a self-financed, feature length, not-for-profit documentary covering reactions to the ongoing crisis in Darfur. Its purpose is to empower, not overwhelm, its audiences; to engage those audiences in a respectful dialogue, rather than wagging its finger at them; and to help those audiences clearly understand their relationship to this crisis. Through voices and visuals connected with Nobel Peace Prize winners, soldiers, Darfuri refugees, celebrities, humanitarian aid workers, politicians, university level (and fifth-grade) activists, and others, old messages regarding responsibility and hope are delivered in new ways - ones that are direct, concrete, and accessible. It includes: interviews throughout the U.S. and Canada; protests throughout the U.S.; and footage from South Darfur, Eastern Chad, and the Central African Republic.

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Atroz

(Spain, 9 min 50 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

Session 2

Directed by: Francisco Alvarez Perez

Written by: Rual Urbina, Francisco Alvarez

Cast: Laura Sánchez (Luna), Awful (Awful), José María Cartón (voice-off), Tato (dog), Mayte Bona (mother’s voice), Francisco Negro (father’s voice), Violeta Ollauri (mother), José Manuel Barba (father).

Atroz (Awful) is a singular teddy bear, a worn and curmudgeon one. His owner is Luna, a little girl who has taken him as her best friend. She doesn’t leave him alone one minute, and this sickens Atroz. He will tell us in first person all the misfortunes that he will have to live to flee from Luna's ceaseless petting, endearments and games. Awful treats, in a reality and animation mix, about classic issues present in children's tales.

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Nigels Cookies

(USA, 3 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 2PM

Session 2

Directed by: Sean MacBride Murray

Written by: Sean MacBride Murray

Cast: Daniel Smith, Gina Trebiani

A case of mistaken confections . . .

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Shadow Puppet

(USA, 7 min 22 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

session 2

Directed by: Michael McCallum, Brennan Wickerham

Written by: Michael McCallum

Cast: Michael McCallum, Natasha Desenna Fernandes, Zach Parsons

A couple is on the run from a killer. Money is missing and only they know where it is. Will they get to it before the hired gun gets to them?

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Smoking with Abe Lincoln

(USA, 1 hr 28 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

Session 2

Directed by: Sean Tracy

Written by: Sean Tracy

Cast: Chaka DeSilva, Eddie Markovich, Eric Felix, Haley Zale, Nicole Allen, Sean Tracy, Stephen O'Regan, Vinstant Rhepplé

Realizing they are already in their 30s, best friends, Eddie and Trevor, fear they will die as virgins. So how do they decide to solve their dilemma? By making an action movie of course and filling it with gratuitous love scenes featuring themselves and hot actresses. However, since their knowledge of women rivals that of the average ten year-old boy, they enlist a sleazy, albeit resourceful, British (or is it Australian?) pimp named Nigel to assist with their project.

Without a script or even a film title they manage to find their hot actress in Julianne, who gets the part just for showing up. Nigel gets a crew together that includes his animated cousin Felix (who shoots doggy style porns), mousy Katerina (who rapes Trevor with her eyes at all times) and possible serial killer Marko.

With virtually no budget, the crew is forced to double as actors in multiple roles alongside Eddie, Trevor and Julianne in their over-the-top action epic, now titled Smoking With Abe Lincoln.

As the climatic love scene gets closer though, the two friends argue over who will finally get their big sex scene moment with Julianne. They eventually come to a mutual agreement, but fate has already stepped in and settled the situation for them. No matter who ends up in the scene, Smoking With Abe Lincoln promises to end with a bang! Not that kind of bang...sicko!

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New York Crime Writers

Saturday, October 23rd 2pm

Session 3

Terrie Farley Moran has had a number of short mystery stories published in various anthologies, and can be found on the web at www.womenofmystery.net

Laura Joh Rowland is a historical novelist, the author of the Sano Ichiro samurai detective series and the Charlotte Bronte series.

Lina Zeldovich writes crime fiction with Russian, Turkish and New York poise. She has written four novels, published many short stories and holds three Writer’s Digest awards, including first prize winner 2010. http://noveladventurers.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Zelvin is the author of Death Will Get You Sober and Death Will Make You Leave Him, as well as short stories; she has been nominated twice for the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. www.elizabethzelvin.com

Cathi Stoler is an award-winning advertising copywriter turned novelist. Her novels,
Telling Lies and Keeping Secrets were finalists in the Brighid's Firebook Fiction Contest.

Kenneth Wishnia writes hardboiled, socially conscious crime fiction tempered with cynical humor, including the Edgar Award finalist, 23 Shades Of Black and Jewish noir, The Fifth Servant, set in the 16th century Prague .

Peggy Ehrhart (www.PeggyEhrhart.com) is a former English professor who writes the Maxx Maxwell music-themed mystery series and plays blues guitar.

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Manhattan Measure

(USA, 24 min 53 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 1

Directed by: Johnny Gerhart, Philip Armand

Cast:

Then I looked up - and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand!
I asked, 'Where are you going?'
He answered me, To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.'

the prophet Zechariah

Inspired by Zechariah's vision, New york artist Gene Schmidt set out with a supply of 30,000 red yardsticks to measure the width and length of Manhattan. The film follows Schmidt's year-long performance/sculpture/pilgrimage.

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Nuberu y Mujer del Sol (The Cloud Master and the Lady of the Sun)

(USA, 8 min 22 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 1

Directed by: Joe Paul

Written by: Joe Paul

Cast: Carl Calo, Jessica Wynne

He is Nuberu, the Cloud Master, from Spanish mythology that pre-dates Christianity. And she is the Lady of the Sun, Mujer del Sol. He is the master of storms and devastation, and she is the bringer of light and life. What will happen when these two Deities of Nature collide?

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The Rubber Room

(USA, 1 hr 11 min 26 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 1

Directed by: Jeremy Garrett

Written by: Justin Cegnar

Cast: Ani Karougian- Videographer

What happens when a teacher in New York City is accused of misconduct or incompetence in the classroom? They are sent to the 'Rubber Room' while an investigation is launched. They spend months or even years there getting full pay and doing nothing.

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Kill Your Television

(Australia, 8 min 5 sec)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 2

Directed by: Andrew Mitchell

Written by: Andrew Mitchell

Cast: Anthony Littlechild, Joey Hitten, Nick Musgrove, Olivia DiCocco, Peter Bennett, Serge De Nardo

Kill Your Television is an action packed shot film project. Written and directed by visual artist Andrew Mitchell in Melbourne, Australia as a part of the Graduate Diploma Course at the Victoria College of the Arts and Music. In a world where all adults have been brainwashed by television, teens run the streets and kids are kidnapped by the Television Corporation for 'Signal Testing'. The story follows Hugo, the leader of a street gang who leads the rebellion against the televisions that have ruined society. When Hugo's sister is kidnapped and Television Corporation Guards destroy his gang, Ivan, Hugo's sidekick, tells him to find his brother 'Crazy Eddie' who separated from the gang because he was 'too much of a loose cannon’. Hugo plans to gain the help of his old friend and save his sister, “Crazy Eddie” has bigger fish to fry for the people responsible for his brother's death!

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The Lark

(United Kingdom, 1 hr 15 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 2

Directed by: Steve Tanner, Brett Harvey, Mark Jenkin, Paul Farmer

Written by: Paul Farmer

Cast: Mark Pearce, Mary Woodvine

Niamh’s world is a nightmare, a seemingly endless maze in which every corridor disappears into an infinite darkness that can suddenly part to reveal uncanny scenes and characters.
But Niamh has made a home here for her children, a shelter from a poisonous world outside, where they live under the protection of the strange friends Niamh has found here, while she tries to discover a way they can all escape to safety.
But then the balance of the nightmare is disturbed by intruders from outside. The violent Jackson and the prying Siobhan claim to have come here in search of a missing friend. But the truth seems to be very different. The newcomers have plans for Niamh that could lead them all to disaster.

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War is a Bitch

(USA, 22 min)

Saturday, October 23rd 4pm

Session 2

Directed by: Ronald Armstrong

Written by: Ronald Armstrong

Cast: Candace Janee

In New America, the population of genetically engineered clones has exploded. Tensions run high as hate crimes escalate and strict segregation laws against this new group are imposed. In an effort to restore equal rights for the clones, Father, a geneticist and clone creator, declares war against the US government. In the midst of the civil war, President Hayden issues Executive Order 507A, drafting all capable humans into military service. In spite of this, the clones gain ground and the government must conceive a new plan; this time to assassinate Father, which if successful, will put an end to the war once and for all. Hope, member of Alpha Team, is given this vital mission. As the team makes its way into Old America, Hope’s own identity comes into question and she is faced with the knowledge that she may be fighting against the very thing she is. What happens next challenges Hope to come to terms with who she may be and forces her team members to reconsider their long held prejudices.

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DAY PASS Sun. October 24, 2010

Sunday, October 24th

Session 0

Day Pass - This is your ticket to all the screening and/or reading sessions at the festival for a day. Buy the Day Pass and then select which programs you would enjoy attending. With this pass you are entitled to attend any film screenings and readings for the day. Just select an individual pass for each session you would enjoy and join in all the fun. And of course you can attend all panels of writers and filmmakers for the day. (If you purchase the Daypass you still must select which sessions you are attending. There is the possibility a popular session may sell out.)

After you buy a Day Pass plesae send us an email at info@astorialicff.com listing the sessions you want to attend. Please list the date and session number for each time slot. There are four time slots per day, 10am, 12 pm, 2pm and 4pm. Also list the film names so we are sure to give you the right sessions.

One Day Entry to all screenings and readings, advance reservations advised.

Ticket Price 35.00 per day. Available for Sunday October 24, 2010

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Shooting for Democracy

(Singapore & USA, 56 min)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 1

Directed by: Meghan Shea

Shooting for Democracy brings together high school students in the world’s smallest emerging democracy with those in its most established.
Inspired by the coincidence of Bhutan’s first democratic elections taking place during a US presidential election year, Shooting for Democracy follows students as they participate in an international video education program. The result is a unique juxtaposition that examines youth perspectives on democracy during the 2008 election year.
Combining professionally produced footage with excerpts from students’ work, Shooting for Democracy follows the personal experiences of students while exploring the social and political contexts of these distinct nations, now linked by their use of a democratic system.
Shooting for Democracy begins in March of 2008 during Bhutan’s final phase of democratic transition. The film chronicles students in Thimphu as they learn the basics of documentary film making and record their national transformation. The students venerate their king and defer to his wisdom while simultaneously embracing the advent of their new political system proclaiming, “Democracy, I am ready for that! ”
The film then travels to the United States hearing from students in Brooklyn, New York and Walpole, Massachusetts during the US presidential elections. Their student videos speak to the partisan nature of politics in America and the media deluge that the elections create.
The students' earnest, honest films create a synergy between the youth voices. The audience watches as these high school students document and respond to the historical and shocking election results in their respective countries.

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Speakers Corner

(USA & United Kingdom, 59 min 10 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 1

Directed by: Gavin White

Cast: Lisa Carter (voice)

'Speakers Corner: You Have The Right To Remain Vocal' is a 1 hour documentary film that serves as a modern commentary on the origins and fragility of freedoms of speech and assembly. Since 1872, people have gathered at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park to exercise their rights to free speech in all its forms. The filmmaker weaves interviews with park speakers, hecklers, local politicians, historians, linguists and sociologists involved in this modern phenomenon to create a powerful critique of the true nature of democracy in our society.
The film examines in detail a place where socialists, Islamic fundamentalists, labor politicians, historians, utopians, Zionists, white supremacists and Christian evangelicals all congregate weekly in a single small location. All are freely expressing and debating their views, there is no violence, and thousands of people show up to participate – every Sunday. This is the essence of Speakers Corner, a small area of Hyde Park, London, which was protected by a British Act of Parliament in 1872, to allow people complete freedom of speech in a public place. This is the only such bastion of free speech in the world and stands as a powerful metaphor for global democracy and our future.

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Broken Dreams

(USA, 1 hr 20 min)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 2

Directed by: Davis Crabtree

Written by: David Crabtree, Jeff Wallace

Cast: Anya Benton, C.J. McCrary, Daniel Montgomery, Eddie Navarro, Jake Olson, John Nicholas, Kelsey Ford, Nicole Gerth, Tony Forsmark

'Broken Dreams' is a character-driven, coming-of-age story about love, friendship and addiction. Struggling young filmmaker Johnny (Eddie Navarro), is trying to complete his documentary about an agoraphobic little person, Julie (Nicole Gerth), when he finds out his best friend Ryan (Jake Olson) has asked his other best friend Elisabeth (Kelsey Ford) to marry him. Since Elisabeth hasn't given Ryan an answer yet, Johnny hopes that he can still be more than friends with her. Johnny turns to a new pill called 'the blues' to give him 'three more hours a day' to help him balance his pursuits. But when Johnny's dealer Tony (John Nicholas) cuts Johnny off, Johnny has to go down a dangerous path to get more, putting Johnny and his friends in danger.

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Lucky Break

(USA, 19 min 59 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 2

Directed by: Mark Bauer

Written by: John Stevenson, Mark Bauer

Cast: Cedric Gay, Chris Pelham, David Hand, David Stevenson, Emily Woodruff, John Stevenson, Joseph Scott Abel, Martha Winters,
Michael Raymond, Natalie Stavola, YaFang Wang

Travis begins seeing unique messages inside of fortune cookies. The fortunes help Travis at first, they turn his life around, give him the confidence he never had. But all is not what it seems. The fortunes have ulterior motives and soon turn menacing, asking Travis do do things he would never dream of doing. Now, Travis must do as the fortunes ask, or risk the consequences.

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The Vibrator

(USA, 14 min 10 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 2

Directed by: Richard Caliban

Written by: Kari Swenson Riely

Cast: Kari Swenson Riely, Joe Kolbow, Santiago Mora

A young wife, new to New York City, is out of her element. She feels alone, uncomfortable and overwhelmed. Completely out of sorts, she is unable to reach out for help. Taking her survival and happiness into her own hands, she sets out on a brief adventure in order to attend to a basic human need

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Script Readings

(USA, 1 hr.)

Sunday, October 24th 10am

Session 3

Written by: J. Mullee, Pete Johnson, Steve Marchese, Robert Gately, Keith Reagan

Reading from the selected scripts. Come and listen tol actors read from the scripts and vote for your favorite to see who wins the Fan Awards for Best Script.

Codgertown - Robert Gately
Pony Rides - Pete Johnson, Steve Marchese
Three Sisters Cafe - J. Mullen
Walk on Water - Keith Reagan

Congratulations to the writers for being selected for the festival and good luck on winning the Fans Award for Best Script! Winners are announced during the Sunday evening closing party and Fans Award Ceremony!

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Card Subject To Change

(USA, 1 hr 26 min 59 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 1

Directed by: Timothy Disbrow

Cast: Billy Kidman, Billy Graham, Brian James, Dylan Keith Summers, Jim Harris, Johnny Falco, Kevin Sullivan, Lacey Von Erich, Sherri Martel, Terry Brunk, Trent Acid, William Moody

The documentary Card Subject To Change will bring you deep inside the underground and extraordinary world of Professional Wrestling. Card Subject To Change follows several wrestlers working on the local 'independent circuit' of pro wrestling. It's been compared to the Minor Leagues of professional baseball, but 'Indy Wrestling' is truly unlike any other business in history.

Card Subject To Change profiles the lives of some of wrestling's most compelling personalities. From a talented up-and-comer to a legend who has changed the scope of the industry. They all come together and perform in VFW halls, high school gyms, and Elk's lodges across the country. Card Subject To Change also features interviews with some of the most legendary names in the history of wrestling and classic footage that has never been seen before.

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Loud and Proud: Peter Westbrook Foundation

(USA, 15 min)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 1

Directed by: Jared Berenholz

Cast: Peter Westbrook

The Peter Westbrook Foundation was started in 1991 by six time Olympic fencer and 1984 bronze medalist Peter Westbrook. Peter himself grew up in the housing projects of Newark, New Jersey, and through the sport of fencing he was able to escape a life of drugs and violence. For nineteen years Peter has been teaching fencing to kids from underprivileged communities in order to give them the same opportunities he was blessed with. By combining rigorous athletic training with tutoring and classroom education, the Peter Westbrook Foundation has produced many Olympians and Olympic medalists, and is changing the lives of hundreds of children every year. This film tells Peter's story and the story of the foundation through interviews with him, his athletes, and his most accomplished fencers.

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Fairview St.

(USA, 1 hr 51 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Michael McCallum

Written by: Michael McCallum

Cast: Elizabeth Moore, Jeff Bone, Jerrod Root, Justin Muschong, Michael McCallum, Shane Hagedorn

Paroled after serving four years in prison for armed robbery, James Winton is coming home, uncertain of his future. When a murder occurs, he becomes the prime suspect, pursued by two detectives, determined to make him pay

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How Come?

(USA, 1 min 3 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Jun Igarashi

Written by: Jun Igarashi

"how come?" is a comical super short film. An inconsiderate guy goes through a trivial and weird happening that trash he just threw on the ground flies back at him. As the trash flies back, he finds the solution. You may have had same experience.

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Spectacles

(USA, 2 mins)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 2

Directed by: Jeremy Fain

Written by: Jeremy Fain

Cast: Julie Paparella, Sean Donovan

A young artist begins mentally undressing a beautiful passerby, yet each layer of clothing he peels away is followed by another, and another, and another...

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Short Stories

(USA, 1 hr.)

Sunday, October 24th 12pm

Session 3

Written by: Jennifer Sprosty, Lina Zeldovich, Philip Cioffari,

Reading from the selected short stories. Come and listen while the authors reads from their short stories and vote for your favorite to see who wins the Fan Awards for Best Short Stories.

Allergic to Latex - Lina Zeldovich
Haugland - Jennifer Sprosty
Memoryville - Philip Cioffari

Congratulations to the writers for being selected for the festival and good luck on winning the Fans Award for Best Short Stories! Winners are announced during the Sunday evening closing party and Fans Award Ceremony!

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Last Rain

(Spain, 23 mins)

Sunday, October 24th 2pm

Session 1

Directed by: Tony Lopez, David Sanz

Written by: Raul Alvarez

Cast: RAUL ALVAREZ, FLORA MARTINEZ, LUCAS VALENTIN, BERNAT SAUMELL, MONTSE MUÑOZ, CARLA GAYAN.

Nazán, in a low personal moment, finds Irene, his dream woman, in a crowed disco. Knowing that he has just one chance, he’ll try to convince Irene that their fates are linked in a near future. Thus Irene will find herself in the paradox to distinguish if that mysterious man is someone from another time or just a cunning impostor.

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Zaritsas:Russian Women in New York

(USA, 1 hr 11 min)

Sunday, October 24th 2pm

Session 1

Directed by: Elena Beloff

Cast: Elena Beloff (voice)

The filmmaker Elena Beloff is a Russian woman who has lived in New York for ten years. Her film explores stereotypes of Russian women which emerged in the 1990’s, unfortunate stereotypes that arose from the media and hearsay.
Elena’s method was to follow five Russian women for six months interviewing each one in her environment: a rapper in a Sheepsheadbay Church, a salesperson at La Perla Madison Avenue Boutique, a model at home, a showgirl at a Brighton Beach Restaurant and an exotic dancer at Scores Strip Club.
This film develops on its own as the viewer sees the stereotypes dissolve and the flesh and blood women come to life. Suddenly, the viewer is confronted by these several women whose experiences pose questions of spirituality and self-discovery as they come vividly to life on the New York scene.

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From the Second Chair

(USA, 4 min 56 sec)

Sunday, October 24th 2pm

Session 2

Directed by: Darol Michael Carr

Written by: Crystal Garcia, Darol Michael Carr

Cast: Benjamin Anderson, Bonnie Johnson, Dana Perine, Evan McHugh, Harry Alexander, Kristen Hale, Leon Lamar, Martin Baratz, Ted Johnson

When a retired musician happens across a picture frame from his youth, he discovers that he can use the frame to view memories from his past. While the memories play out before him, he relives the greatest mistake of his life. Finally, he is able to come full circle as he discovers the key to finding true happiness within his future lies within the tattered rubble of his past.

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