Raleigh Film and Art Festival 2020

127 FILMS ANNOUNCED 

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Experience the healing nature of Film and Art. Join us at the 8th annual Raleigh Film and Art Festival on October 2nd - 4th. Powered by NC State University Libraries and Centennial campus. Featuring an amazing mixture of virtual environments stacked with entertainment. Experience the excitement with over 120 films, special celebrity guests Q&As, discussions with award-winning industry insiders, captivating spoken word performances, and much more.


The place to be for creators and appreciators to see the best talent of 2020!

best short

Marisol
Director Juan Escobedo​

"Marisol" is inspired by the true story of a little girl from East LA who dreams of the perfect Quinceañera dress until her life takes a drastic turn after an incident of domestic violence.

  • Juan Escobedo

    Writer

  • Javier Ortiz

    Writer

  • Juan Escobedo

    Producer

  • Alejandro Patino

    Producer

  • Javier Ortiz

    Producer

  • Siennah Ortiz

    Key Cast

  • Toni Torres

    Key Cast

  • Alejandro Patiño

    Key Cast

  • Romualdo Martinez Jr.

    Key Cast

The Fishing Lesson
Director Ronda Sarich

A couple plan on a leisurely time at the lake. However....technology and immersion into the world of selfies results in....well watch and find out!​

  • Ronda Sarich, Kirsten Skow

    Writer

  • Ed Ricker

    Key Cast

  • Kendra Carelli

    Key Cast

  • Keith Sarich

    Camera

  • Ed Ricker

    Editor

  • Kirsten Skow

    PA

  • Mo Moore

    PA

The Garage
Director Daniel McMellen

 

A summer job changes everything for a young man in Indiana.

  • Chris Vincent

    Writer

  • Julie Berke

    Producer

  • Aylet Emma Regev Junger

    Producer

  • Jay Lay

    Producer

  • Jeffrey Kaplan

    Producer

  • Jack Coghlan

    Key Cast

    “Kid”

  • Jay Lay

    Key Cast

    “Buzz”

  • Harry Marsh

    Key Cast

    “Old Man Schlemer”

  • Matt Vincent

    Key Cast

    “Barney”

  • Nick Cafero

    Key Cast

    “Narrator”

  • Lucas Miller

    Director of Photography

  • Dillan Forsey

    1st AC

  • Wendell Uren

    2nd AC

  • Bill Mitchell

    Sound Mixer

  • Darla Wigley

    Hair/Makeup

  • Oskar Carteya

    Music Composer

  • Julie Berke

    Unit Production Manager

  • Aylet Emma Regev Junger

    Script Supervisor

Mirage
Director Kay Barnes

Ayana and John are the mother and father of three wonderful children, whom are growing up in a military community. John is an Army officer and Ayana is a family medicine doctor. 

  • Kay Barnes

    Writer

  • Kay Barnes

    Producer

    Stakes(2014)

  • Jonathan Hornby

    DP

    The Meme(2019)

  • Nick Lallo

    Editor

    Broken Chain(2016)

  • Mei He

    Sound Editor

    White Snake(2019)

  • Calvin Evans Jr.

    Music Composer

Jonah
Director Benjamin Coffey

The story of an artist, told by the paint of their brush.

  • Marco Reed

    Producer

  • James Taylor

    Key Cast

    “Jonah”

  • Uni V. Sol

    Key Cast

    “Narrator”

Nadia
Director Ibrahim Zafar

After going through tumultuous breakup of a seven-year relationship, a recent convert explores a new city and relationship only to be given an ultimatum by her ex.

  • Ibrahim Zafar

    Writer

  • Holly Mara

    Writer

  • Ibrahim Zafar

    Director

  • Ahmad Asaad

    Cinematographer

  • Ibrahim Zafar

    Producer

  • Eric Chatman

    Key Cast

    “Eric”

  • Kelly Soverns

    Key Cast

    “Martha”

  • Hamza Ben-Ashour

    Key Cast

    “Adam”

Loft202
Submitter Antonette Trusson

Loft202 is a narrative short film that depicts the vulnerability of a single female who lives alone. With high suspense and plot twists, this short film doesn't pull any punches.

Incurable
Director Renja Schmakeit

The 40-year-old Nurse Theresa helps out patients with euthanasia. She is convinced that she's helping a lot of people with it. When her terminally ill son expresses his wish to die she is to make a painful decision that makes her think.

 

  • Renja Schmakeit

    Writer

  • Fabian Fornalski

    Writer

  • Renja Schmakeit

    Producer

  • Hochschule Hannover

    Producer

  • Katharina Zapatka

    Key Cast

    “Theresa”

  • Claudia Grottke

    Key Cast

    “Julia”

  • Gero Reinhardt

    Key Cast

    “Phillip”

  • Anna Haack

    Key Cast

    “Inge (Patient)”

  • Thorsten Danner

    Key Cast

    “Thomas”

  • Benjamin Berger

    Key Cast

    “Tim (Patient)”

  • Marnie Santkiewitsch

    Key Cast

    “Maria (Patient)”

  • Daniel M.G. Weiß

    Director of Photography

The Pick Up
Director Mike Caron

"The Pick Up" tackles themes of toxic masculinity, racism, and celebrity obsession through social media. Former 90’s Hollywood star, Violet Zhao, is on her way to her newest film project, hoping for a career resurgence.  

  • Mike Caron

    Director

    Henry Danger, Danger Force

  • Tommy Walker

    Writer

    Daredevil, NCIS, Henry Danger, The Kominsky Method, Primal, Relics & Rarities, The Mindy Project

  • Tommy Walker

    Producer

    Daredevil, NCIS, Henry Danger, The Kominsky Method, Primal, The Mindy Project, Relics & Rarities

  • Julia Dennis

    Producer

    The High Note, Relics & Rarities, The Stand Up, The Following

  • Tommy Walker

    Key Cast

    “Jeff”

    Daredevil, NCIS, Henry Danger, The Kominsky Method, Relics & Rarities, Primal, Madam Secretary, Unforgettable

  • Julia Nickson

    Key Cast

    “Violet”

    Rambo: First Blood Part II, Around the World in 80 Days, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • Dale Raoul

    Key Cast

    “Daisy”

    True Blood, The Office, Friends, Blast from the Past, The Mexican

  • Peter Shinkoda

    Key Cast

    “The Officer”

    Daredevil, Falling Skies, Midway, The Predator, Man In The High Castle

  • Julia Dennis

    Key Cast

    “Shannon”

    The High Note, Relics & Rarities, The Stand-Up, The Following

A Message From Your Father
Director Victor Jones

Through a chance encounter with a medium, a son finds out that his deceased father, who he didn't have a relationship with, is trying to send him a message.

  • Victor Jones

    Writer

  • Victor Jones

    Producer

  • Victor Jones

    Key Cast

    “Nick”

  • Olivia Ferreira

    Key Cast

    “Monica”

  • Joanie Geiger

    Key Cast

    “Trinity”

  • William Stanley

    Key Cast

    “Father”

  • Christa Hines

    Key Cast

    “Brandi”

  • Marchiala Jacox

    Key Cast

    “Cierra”

  • Saray Cruz

    Key Cast

    “Hostess”

META: Steadfast
Director Avery Rost

Taking a raw and completely honest look into the lives of amateur motocross athletes, Steadfast holds nothing back.

  • Avery Rost

    Writer

    Truth - Episode Two, SOLO, The Dirty South, GRIT

  • James Wesner

    Producer

  • Blake Hansen

    Key Cast

    “Himself”

    GRIT, The Dirty South

  • Tony Anderson

    Composer

  • Michael Williams

    Audio Engineer

    Truth - Episode Two

  • Jeffrey Keeble

    Driver

Excerpt from "Elle Rose" - Short
Director Jessica B. Smith

This is an excerpt from the feature film Elle Rose. These scenes show the blossoming relationship of Elle Rose and her new love interest and the awkward first date.

  • Jessica B. Smith

    Writer

  • Jessica B. Smith

    Producer

  • Mary Dangerfield

    Producer

  • Jessica B. Smith

    Key Cast

    “Elle Rose”

  • Jean-Marc Mavinga

    Key Cast

    “Dr. Don Coley”

    Pretty Precinct

  • Kit Feguson

    Key Cast

    “Shecre”

    Pretty Precinct

  • Amanda Silver

    Key Cast

    “Rebeka”

Zoe In Review
Director Stacey Larkins

An emotionally fractured woman examines her past in search of answers for her present entanglement.

  • Stacey Larkins

    Writer

  • Stacey Larkins

    Producer

  • Ronald Pokryska

    Producer

  • Kezia Bernard

    Key Cast

  • Colleen Slattery

    Key Cast

  • Andrea Petersen

    Key Cast

  • Brendan McGowan

    Key Cast

  • Wenyi Wei

    Key Cast

Salt Water Taffy
Director Michael Benedetti

Saltwater Taffy shows us there are two types of people in this world. Those honor a contract and those that do not. In this Dark Comedy a landlord is here to collect, and the tenant is not having it. Hopefully a little taffy will help smooth things over.

  • Michael Benedetti

    Writer

  • Andi Behring

    Producer

  • Chad Marvin

    Producer

  • Jayson Warner Smith

    Key Cast

    “Mr. Huston”

    The Walking Dead. America Made. Rectify

  • Skyler Simpson

    Key Cast

    “Ronald Wozniack”

  • Patrick Banks

    Key Cast

    “Jordan Daniels”

  • Dustin Diamond

    Director of Photography

  • Savannah Andries

    Production Designer

  • Byron Clark

    Composer

  • Vivian Zingleman

    Editor

Amorette
Director Benjamin Coffey

The story of the quiet ones, changing the world to stand socially unacceptable.

  • VESSEL

    Writer

  • Jennifer Whitman

    Producer

  • Tess Chason

    Key Cast

    “Amorette”

  • Andrew Dolphens

    Music & Composition

  • Ricky Rodriguez

    Mix/Master

  • Tobi Wilkins

    Crew

  • Zechariah McGalliard

    Crew

  • Jennifer Whitman

    Crew

Meet the Author
Director Steve Blackwood

Marvin loves to write, it's what gives his life meaning. Along comes Jennifer, who has her own ideas about Marvin, writing, and life in general and all at once Marvin’s world becomes a little more complicated.

  • Steve Blackwood

    Writer

    Spice, I Feel

  • David Susman

    Writer

    Fast Casual, Spice

  • Paul Taft (Producer)

    Producer

  • Steve Blackwood

    Key Cast

    “Marvin ”

    Days Of Our Lives, Ed Gein, Machine Gun Preacher

  • Marty Smith

    Key Cast

    “Jennifer”

    I Feel, Loud Places, Color Red Only

  • Pamela Jayne Morgan

    Key Cast

    “Marnie ”

    Law & Order SVU, The Manor, Spice, Just Say Goodbye

"talk about a honeymoon"
Director Ean Elmore

A young couple grapple over the man's decision to leave the Earth permanently for a moon colony.

  • Larry Freeman III

    Writer

  • Madison Reitz

    Key Cast

  • Zane Bernard

    Key Cast

  • Calvin Berenyi

    Director of Photography

EXTRA INNINGS
Director John Gray

A reporter interviews the manager of the Boston Red Sox in an attempt to uncover secrets from his past.

  • John Gray

    Writer

    WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, THE DESECRATED

  • John Gray

    Producer

    WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, THE DESECRATED

  • MELISSA JO PELTIER

    Producer

    WHITE IRISH DRINKERS

  • Peter Riegert

    Key Cast

    “Pete Peterson”

    LOCAL HERO, CROSSING DELANCEY

  • TJ Thyne

    Key Cast

    “Gary”

    BONES

Apollo and Artemis
Directors Mark Cornell, Mark Jantzen

After the deaths of his beloved macaws, a broken-hearted man seeks revenge.

  • Mark Cornell

    Writer

  • Mark Jantzen

    Writer

  • Mark Cornell

    Producer

  • Mark Jantzen

    Producer

  • Mark Jantzen

    Key Cast

    “Carl”

  • Mark Cornell

    Key Cast

    “Ron”

Karma's Shadow
Director Rob Underhill

Titanic forces clash in an epic Take-all battle for control of illicit trade in New York City.

  • Allen Gies

    Writer

  • Shawn Nguyen

    Writer

  • Rob Underhill

    Producer

  • Aravind Ragupathi

    Producer

  • Shawn Nguyen

    Producer

  • R. Keith Harris

    Key Cast

    Walking Dead, A Walk in the Woods, Big Fish

  • Michael Rosander

    Key Cast

    Adrenalin

  • Logan Curtis

    Executive Producer

Death of Sam Wolf
Director Skye Wallin

A boy with a magical ability to transport to another planet makes a crucial decision on the cusp of adulthood.

  • Skye Wallin

    Writer

  • Jeff Hammer

    Producer

    Live or Die in La Honda, Personal Space, Curtiz, Iago

  • Ian Wallentin

    Key Cast

    “Sam / Sam Wolf”

  • Brother Dwayne Eggerson

    Key Cast

    “Tim Powers”

Blue View
Director A.J. Ogilvie

Two parents wrestle with their son's fear of the ocean after he is stung by a jellyfish on the beach.

  • A.J. Ogilvie

    Writer

    For Good Measure

  • A.J. Ogilvie

    Producer

    For Good Measure

  • Ryan Hatton

    Producer

    For Good Measure

  • Cameron Vandenboom

    Producer

    For Good Measure

  • Izak Giese

    Key Cast

    “Lance”

  • Taylor Upchurch

    Key Cast

    “Graham”

  • Holly Marie Clark

    Key Cast

    “Maya”

The Thief
Director Samantha McLeod

A man steals a woman's handbag and finds unlikely items.

  • Samantha McLeod

    Writer

  • Trevor Murphy

    Key Cast

  • Louise Ann Munro

    Key Cast

  • Giacomo La Monaca

    Director of Photography

  • Jessica Halee

    Editor

  • Tim Archibald

    Sound Recordist

  • Scott Trotter

    Assistant Director

  • Alec Pierzga

    Original Score

  • John Santos

    Original Score

Egg on Your Face
Director Joshua Parkhill

A documentary crew details the abated

rise and evolution of a French Egg Chef.

  • Joshua Parkhill

    Writer

  • Joshua Parkhill

    Producer

  • Cory Greenbaum

    Producer

  • Quentin Bruno

    Key Cast

    “Blaise”

  • Michelle Narkiss

    Key Cast

    “Idris”

  • Frederic Fils-Aime

    Key Cast

    “Antoine”

  • Amber Crawford

    Key Cast

    “News Reporter”

  • Timmy Walczak

    Key Cast

    “Camera Man”

  • Yaniv Glaser

    Director of Photography

Should I
Director Keith Sarich

Should I, is that rare short film willing to examine and expose compromise; and it's effect on a woman during a brief period waiting in a bar. 

  • Keith Sarich

    Writer

  • Gayle Taggart

    Key Cast

  • Mickey Stroud

    Editor

  • Beth Knight

    Production Assistant

Genesis: An animated short about creation
Director Philip Page

  • Philip Page

    Director

  • Philip Page

    Writer

  • Bethany Anderson

    Writer

  • Philip Page

    Producer

  • Bethany Anderson

    Associate Producer

  • Bethany Anderson

    Key Cast

    “Genesis”

  • Desiree Dixon

    Key Cast

    “Eve”

  • Vanessa Ferguson

    Score

    Season 12 NBC "The Voice" Semi-Finalist

  • Philip Page

    Animator

  • Philip Page

    Editing

  • Philip Page

    Sound Edit

  • Ja'Nyla Thompson

    Production Assistant

TINDERBOX
Director Rickey Larke

During a second Tinder date, a socially awkward swain and a beautiful old soul find common ground, after she uses him to build her new bed.

  • Dennis Pearson

    Key Cast

    “Darryl”

    The Allnighter

  • Danielle Joelle Carter

    Key Cast

    “Deianira”

    Pink Opaque

  • Christopher Allen

    Key Cast

    “Player Mike”

    Jane the Virgin, Shameless, New Girl

  • Janae D. Green

    Key Cast

    “Single Mother (YouTube)”

  • Joselyn Fernandez

    Key Cast

    “Gym Girl”

  • Rosalyn Douglass

    Producer

    Jermaine

  • Lo Howard

    Producer

  • Preston Purchase

    Executive Producer

    Beyond the Passage

  • Rickey Larke

    Executive Producer

  • Tyler Robinson

    Associate Producer

  • LyAndre Pierre

    Associate Producer

    The 6th Degree

  • Justin Devin Lee

    Director of Photography

    Crescendo, The Sidelines, 12/24

  • Thien Nguyen

    Editor

    Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish

  • Alanah Jones

    Editor

    Chicago P.D. & Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • Victoria Murphy

    Casting Director

  • Jordan Mena

    Colorist

    Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron

  • Joe Bourekas

    Assistant Cinematographer

    What's in My Pocket?, Before the Thunder

  • Christopher Hill

    VFX Graphic Artist

  • Salvador Cachu

    Grip/Gaffer

    Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

  • Julian Park

    BTS/Still Photography

    Invincible Boy

  • Mike Snyder

    Sound

    Speed Date, Rorrim, Bachelor Lions

  • Lucas Celedon

    Sound

  • Jared Fellows

    Sound Engineer

    Manifesting Destiny, Outta Pocket, Intruder

  • Bill Prokopow

    Score Composer

    The Wedding

  • Hannah Dwyer

    Hair & Makeup

  • Caitlin Flieger

    Production Assistant

  • David Galindo

    Production Assistant

  • Joselyn Fernandez

    Production Assistant

Life is a two-way dream - Eallin lea guovttesuorat niehku
Director Gjert Rognli

The film "Eallin lea guovtte suorat niehku — Life is a two-way dream" shows the way in a world undergoing rapid change, with polarisation and globalisation going in many directions.

  • Gjert Rognli

    Writer

  • Gjert Rognli

    Producer

  • Gjert Rognli

    Key Cast

THE GESTURE AND THE WORD
Director Helen Alexis Yonov 

A lonely postman (Gilbert) secretly recreates postcards for a woman (Aurore) on his postal route when her boyfriend's homemade postcards stop arriving from his travels around the world.  

  • Helen Alexis Yonov

    Writer

  • Andrea Fellers

    Producer

  • James Michael Tyler

    Key Cast

  • Paul Dooley

    Key Cast

  • Roxane Mesquida

    Key Cast

Drugs and Chocolates
Director Edmundo Barraza 

A kid selling chocolates door-to-door to raise money for a trip to Disneyland encounters a drug dealer as a potential customer.

  • Edmundo Barraza

    Writer

  • Edmundo Barraza

    Producer

  • Enrique Martin-Valdepeña

    Producer

  • Hanif Mike Karim

    Producer

  • Hanif Mike Karim

    Key Cast

    “Drugdealer”

  • Joaquin Vargas

    Key Cast

    “Plumber”

  • Chance Falcon

    Key Cast

    “Kid”

Love Lives in a Void
Director Johnny Zito

Anthony has hit rock bottom; broken hearted and fired from his job. Krystal works at an establishment near Anthony's job. They've always shared a connection but never followed through until today, Anthony breaks the news that he won't be stopping by anymore.

 

  • Johnny Zito

    Writer

    fay, She Kisses Thorns, à la mémoire de Lune

  • Nora Lune productions

    Producer

    à la mémoire de Lune

  • Nannette Deasy

    Key Cast

    “Krystal ”

  • Johnny Zito

    Key Cast

    “Anthony”

    fay, Go Down Death, Seven Past Two, à la mémoire de Lune

Odds
Director Clyde T Bennett

Two very different men find they have a common ground in amazing luck.

  • Clyde T Bennett, John Bennett

    Writer

  • Minotaur Media Group

    Producer

  • Kevin J O'Connor

    Key Cast

    “John E. Cash”

  • Joshua Clark

    Key Cast

    “Bert Reynolds”

  • Marlene Bennett

    Key Cast

    “Mother”

  • Phillip Smith

    Key Cast

    “Bartendere”

January 14th
Director La'Chris Jordan

A young couple’s anniversary takes a bittersweet turn when a police officer pulls the husband over on a questionable traffic stop. Inspired by true events.

  • La'Chris Jordan

    Writer

    Piney Ridge, Roses in the Water

  • La'Chris Jordan

    Producer

  • Toni Bullock (Emmy-Nominated)

    Producer

    Red Table Talk, The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

  • Jasmine Runnels

    Key Cast

    “Carina”

  • Tyree Jamar

    Key Cast

    “Michael”

  • Tabitha Mitchell

    Key Cast

    “Lisa”

  • Brian Badolato

    Key Cast

    “Officer Rodriguez”

  • Brian Isom, Director of Photography

    Crew

    We the People with Gloria Allred (Emmy-Nominated unscripted TV series)

  • Tia Lewis, Editor

    Crew

    Vanderpump Rules

  • Meghan Gherity, Post Production Supervisor

    Crew

    Chris Webber's Full Court Pranks, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Love Connection

  • Dora Hopkins, Script Supervisor

    Crew

    Insecure

  • Robert Stronger, Sound Mixer

    Crew

    A Night at the Movies

  • David Gordon, Gaffer

    Crew

  • David Flores, Key Grip

    Crew

  • Quincy Vidauri, Police Technical Consultant

    Crew

  • Carlos DeLaRosa, Jr., Stills Photographer

    Crew

  • Andrea Bayliss, Production Assistant

    Crew

  • Tyler Mitchell, Production Assistant

    Crew

    The Bobby DeBarge Story

Twisted Night
Director Miguel "Mike" Medina
in Best Short

Two roommates are surprised by the presence of a woman who appeared in their apartment, which turned the night into a nightmare.

  • Kimberly B. Flores

    Writer

  • Miguel "Mike" Medina

    Producer

  • Miguel "Mike" Medina

    Key Cast

    “Jordan”

  • Kimberly B. Flores

    Key Cast

    “Emily”

  • Celine Cabrera

    Key Cast

    “Victoria”

Unseen Agenda
Director Perdell Richardson

A group of local traffickers uses ridesharing to capture women and sell them into human sex trafficking.

  • Perdell Richardson

    Writer

  • Marisa DeVonish

    Writer

  • Perdell Richardson

    Producer

  • Presley Aronson

    Producer

  • Marisa DeVonish

    Producer

  • Richard Brooks

    Producer

  • Ajima Cole

    Key Cast

    “Natasha”

  • Darian Michael Garey

    Key Cast

    “Osiris”

  • Kayta Chepka

    Key Cast

    “Rebecca”

  • Bobby Burelli

    Key Cast

    “Ivan”

  • Mark Heron

    Key Cast

    “Gostov”

  • Michael Devon

    Key Cast

    “Edwards”

Glass Piano
Director Luis Ignacio Plana-M

Glass Piano is a short film about a flawed therapist and a girl who swallowed a glass piano.

  • Luis Ignacio Plana-Martinez

    Director

  • Sam Wyss

    Writer

  • Luis Plana

    Writer

  • Sam Wyss

    Producer

  • Luis Plana

    Producer

  • Jessica Clements

    Key Cast

    “Dr Lovett”

  • Sam Wyss

    Key Cast

    “Alexa”

  • Kathy Purcell

    Key Cast

    “Kathy”

Dappled Gardens 1
Director Byron Butterworth

Stunning cinematography of the flowers and lush gardens of this North Carolina estate. Watching over the wildlife is the cunning Welsh Terrier, Lilly. Come stroll through our gardens, with a few philosophical observations along the way.

  • Byron Butterworth

    Writer

  • Byron Butterworth

    Producer

  • Lilly

    Key Cast

    “Welsh Terrier”

My Child Before Me
Director Terraine Francois

“My Child Before Me” is a faith based film about a young vibrant lady named Zanora who was reared by her grandmother Lizzie. Zanora has accomplished more at the age of 26 than most.  

  • Terraine Francois

    Director

  • Rosalind Day Patterson

    Writer

  • Rosalind Day Patterson

    Producer

  • Mark S. Thompson

    Producer

  • Robbie and Deswaan Grady

    Producer

  • Toshebia Melvin

    Producer

  • Iris McElveen

    Producer

  • James McLean

    Producer

  • Shalette Moore

    Key Cast

    “Zanora”

  • Brendila Leslie-Sanders

    Key Cast

    “Lizzie”

  • Rosalind Day Patterson

    Key Cast

    “Maureen”

  • Sarah Bratcher Jordan

    Key Cast

    “Nurse”

  • Stephanie Littles

    Key Cast

    “Doctor”

  • Falana Jackson

    Key Cast

    “Toya”

  • Alvin Hankerson III

    Key Cast

    “KJ”

  • Devin Day

    Key Cast

    “Voice of God”

  • LaDaris Jefferson

    Key Cast

    “Angel”

The Black
Director Franklin Lowry

A stranger gets the drop on a local Sheriff preparing to leave for his shift.

  • Franklin Lowry

    Writer

  • Franklin Lowry

    Producer

  • Ryan K Parker

    Key Cast

    “Tom”

    Reprisal

  • Franklin Lowry

    Key Cast

    “Jay”

  • Ali Rafatja

    Key Cast

    “Partner

The Journal
Directors Sydney Rowlette, Connor Thomas

A girl who is affected by depression, reveals the daily struggles of the illness. She writes all of her negative, self-hating, pessimistic thoughts in a dark journal.  

  • Sydney Rowlette

    Writer

  • Sydney Rowlette

    Producer

  • Connor Thomas

    Producer

  • Brian Segovia

    Producer

  • Miracle Smythe

    Producer

  • Sydney Rowlette

    Key Cast

    “Girl”

  • Connor Thomas

    Director of Photography

How to Bend Concrete in 108 Easy Steps
Director Mahesh Madhav

Engineering meets art as we follow a designer in his efforts to bend industrial concrete into beautiful furniture. 

  • Mahesh Madhav

    Producer

    SPARKY by molly BANG

  • Sean Conley

    Producer

    Raising Tourettes, The Confession Tapes

  • Ruchika Agrawal

    Producer

  • Neal Aronowitz

    Key Cast

    “Artist”

  • Chris Schoeffel

    Key Cast

    “Assistant”

  • Angelo Taylor

    Motion Graphics

  • Anton Bredhl

    Camera (studio)

  • Andy Steiner

    Camera (studio)

  • Isaac King

    Lighting (studio)

  • Steven DeHart

    Audio (studio)

  • Andre Gray

    Assistant Director

  • Ruchika Agrawal

    Assistant Director

  • Monish Shah

    Assistant Camera

  • Mahesh Madhav

    Post-Production

    SPARKY by molly BANG

Louisiana
Director Ethan Payne

Louisiana Bendolph brings us to Gee's Bend, Alabama, where generations of world-renowned quilt makers call home.

  • Ethan Payne

    Writer

  • Brandon Hinman

    Producer

  • Matt Arnett

    Producer

Life After Death
Director Noah Glenn

In this light-hearted dark comedy, a man discovers an unconventional family when he is invited to a support group for the legally dead.  

  • Julia McCloy

    Writer

  • Noah Glenn

    Writer

  • Noah Glenn

    Producer

    Electromatic, A New Ballet

  • Kyle Taubken

    Producer

    The Butcher, Patrick, Soul Man

  • Sean Harrison Jones

    Key Cast

    “Vincent”

    A Painted House, Seventh Heaven, Electromatic

  • Ron Gephart

    Key Cast

    “Mack”

    The Price of Air, Hirsch, Lights Camera Bullshit

  • Lisa Williams

    Key Cast

    “Liana”

  • Darian Conley

    Key Cast

    “Sonny”

  • Joseph Carr

    Key Cast

    “Brock”

    Jesus & Jimmy Ray, Feral, How to Skin a Cat, Returns, Team Picture

  • Andrew Trent Fleming

    Director of Photography

    Traveling Soldier, Muddy Water, Soul Man, A Night Out

Raleigh RFAF Film & Art Festival 2020-5.

best Student Film

EDEN
Directors Anthony Mernacaj , Brent Costantino 

Eden is a tragic drama centered around a teenaged cancer patient named Aiden and those he's closest to.

  • Anthony Mernacaj

    Writer

  • Brent Costantino

    Writer

  • Anthony Mernacaj

    Producer

  • Brent Costantino

    Producer

  • Brent Costantino

    Key Cast

    “Aiden ”

  • Melanie Little

    Key Cast

    “Mother ”

  • Elijah Bezares

    Key Cast

    “Nick ”

  • Mia Rose Kavensky

    Key Cast

    “Casey ”

  • Marco Caviglia

    Key Cast

    “Dr. Harmon ”

  • Jessie Barnes Jr.

    Key Cast

    “Mr. Harris ”

Compassion For Change
Director Aditya Desai

5 people—inclusive of researchers, community leaders, and survivors—reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on NYC’s Hispanic population, with an eye toward the path to recovery.

Aditya Desai

Producer

A girl at a driving range
Director Kethan Fadale

A golfer practicing her technique is haunted by a mysterious figure.
Shot amidst the COVID-19 shutdown, this project was entirely self-produced.

  • Kethan Fadale

    Writer

  • Luke Gaines

    Producer

  • Theodora Reese

    Key Cast

  • Luke Gaines

    Key Cast

  • Matthew Pittman

    Key Cast

The Tooth Fairy
Director Margaret Wages

A stylized short about a tooth fairy sent to collect a rogue tooth that refuses to come loose. The film pays homage to the great pioneer of special effects, Georges Méliès.

  • Kira Foglesong

    Writer

  • Kira Foglesong

    Key Cast

    “Tooth Fairy”

  • Corinne Hale

    Key Cast

    “Child”

  • Dan Hale

    Cinematographer

  • Derek Andrews

    VFX

  • DN Cherry

    VFX

  • Robert Emerson

    VFX

  • Matthew Joyner

    VFX

  • Mark Keller

    VFX

  • Jessica Schell

    VFX

The Holy Knight Saga: Genesis
Director Chris Correa

A young man must rescue his girlfriend from a rogue angel who wants to battle for the powers of the Apostle sword and change the world.

  • Chris Correa

    Writer

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond, The Holy Knight: Angel Warrior, What's That Noise?

  • Austin Bitikofer

    Producer

    Dark Trepidation

  • Jermaine Nix

    Producer

    Dark Trepidation

  • Jason Bigart

    Producer

    Dark Trepidation

  • Karriem King

    Key Cast

    “Adam Alighieri/The Holy Knight”

    The Holy Knight: Angel Warrior

  • Mavrick Vo

    Key Cast

    “Grigori”

    Naruto: Evolution

  • Ashlee Tanae Spencer

    Key Cast

    “Nancy Stone”

    The Holy Knight

  • Shaun Townsend

    Key Cast

    “Daniel Alighieri/The Legendary Warrior”

    Static Shock

  • Rashel Espinosa

    Key Cast

    “Vampire Trish”

In My Mind
Director Daniel Carrai

Emma experiences her relationship in retrospect from a moment of betrayal, questioning how she perceives her position in the world.

  • Daniel Carrai

    Writer

  • Nathan Wyatt

    Writer

  • Marybeth DIngles

    Producer

  • Jacob Harding

    Producer

  • Lani Randol

    Key Cast

    “Emma”

  • Nathan Wyatt

    Key Cast

    “Michael”

Hubert
Director Jerod Wood

An astronaut finds himself on a strange planet that only gets weirder the deeper he goes in this sci-fi comedy.

  • Jerod Wood

    Writer

  • Luke Fletcher

    DP

  • Michael Hartman

    Audio

  • Joshua Wright

    Gaffer

  • Daniel Carrai

    Grip

  • Christopher Massa

    VFX

  • Christopher Massa

    Color

  • Isaac Brenny

    Score

  • Joshua Twiddy

    Key Cast

    “Hubert”

  • Isabelle Almoyan

    Key Cast

    “Cloe”

  • Christopher Massa

    Key Cast

    “Painted Man”

  • Jennifer Eaton

    Key Cast

    “Control Woman”

  • Adam Snavely

    Key Cast

    “PSA Narrator”

  • Isaac Apon

    Key Cast

    “VR Technician”

  • Morrissa Mae Scott

    Key Cast

    “Therapist”

Lessons in Red
Director William Schwartz

When a junior high student in 1963 suspects his teacher of being a communist, he investigates the truth to gain the approval of his father.

  • William Schwartz

    Writer

  • Maggie O'Neil

    Producer

  • Heather Casey

    Producer

  • Amy Leonard

    Producer

  • Kevan Schwartz

    Producer

  • Hannah El-Mohandess

    Producer

  • Jasmine Williams

    Producer

  • Jackson Norton

    Key Cast

    “Ted Langley”

  • Raoul Silver

    Key Cast

    “Cliff Conrad”

  • Steve Dillon

    Key Cast

    “Pete Langley”

  • Oliver Comstock Reynolds

    Key Cast

    “Mr. Rusnak”

  • Kristin Sloth

    Key Cast

    “Myra Langley”

  • Amanda Murphy

    Director of Photography

  • Beatrice Black

    Production Designer

Out of Stock
Director Bryan Taira

In 1973, the host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, made a joke that toilet paper was going out of stock. By the next day, stores across the country were completely sold out.

  • Mariah Hall

    Producer

  • Meg Greene

    Writer

  • Alex Schultz

    Writer

  • Ray Connelly-Gonzalez

    Key Cast

    “Julie”

  • Paul Burt

    Key Cast

    “Gary”

  • Jake Frazier

    Key Cast

    “Floyd”

Dead in the Water
Director Lizzie Bankowski

Over 2,000 hog and poultry CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) litter southeastern North Carolina. The animal waste from these farms is improperly managed and runs into the Cape Fear River, creating a threat to water quality and public health. 

  • Jocabed Aragón

    Producer

  • Paige Marsicano

    Director of Photography

  • Lizzie Bankowski

    Editors

  • Itorobong Etim-Barbosa

    Editors

  • Hannah Hearn

    Sound Mixer

Hallelujah
Director Ben Aprahamian, Zack Spencer

While training for a marathon, a woman attempts to heal a mysterious injury while also struggling to save her relationship with her fiancé.

Lawn
Director Quinton Dayne Moore

A woman reflects on a lost love and imagines how her future might be if she were to give her ex-lover a call.

  • Quinton Dayne Moore

    Writer

  • Quinton Dayne Moore

    Producer

  • Natalie Sherwood

    Key Cast

    For Good Measure, You're So Dead!

  • Wesley Lyon

    Key Cast

  • John Mitchell

    Music

best documentary

The New Abolitionists
Director Christina Zorich

Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows 4 NGOs throughout Southeast Asia as they fight to affect change and end human sex trafficking.

  • Olympia Dukakis

    Producer

  • Christina Zorich

    Producer

  • Landon Satterfield

    Editor

  • Ciaran Vejby

    Editor

  • Hannah McDermott

    Assistant Editor

  • Simon Daoudi

    Assistant Editor

  • Laura Spaeth

    Writer

  • Andrea Valetine

    Writer

  • Stavroula Toska

    Consulting Producer

  • Stefan Zorich

    Post Production Supervisor

The Tournament that Wasn't
Directors William Scott McBurney, Josh Klaff

Since 1954, the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament has been a staple of Southern culture. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the ACC tournament is THE event year after year.

  • Josh Klaff

    Writer

  • Scott McBurney

    Producer

  • Josh Klaff

    Producer

A CONVERSATION WITH AMERICA
Director Jim Kroft

A documentary exploring the rise of Populism during the US Election in 2016.

Combining the contrasting genres of road movie and political documentary, "A Conversation With America" is an artists attempt to understand modern America.

Jim Kroft

Producer

The March of Hope, The White Arrow

IMPRINTED
Director Linda Paganelli

‘Imprinted’ is an ethno-fiction short movie with a non-human perspective where the main characters are spaces/lands/locations

  • Linda Paganelli

    Writer

  • Snezana Stankovic, Carolin Leutloff-Grandits, DAAD with funds of the German Federal Foreign Office

    Producer

  • Maurizio De Angelis

    ILLUSTRATOR

I'm Good Bro: Unmasking Black Male Depression
Directors Corbin Coleman, Charles Crouch

In this film, we address the historical impact of depression in its many forms. From the roots of slavery, those who were formally incarcerated, the impact on day to day personal and professional relationships, and the effects on and from the church.

  • Charles Crouch

    Writer

  • Corbin Coleman

    Writer

  • Corbin Coleman

    Producer

  • Charles Crouch

    Producer

  • Charles Crouch

    Key Cast

  • Michelle Chambers

    Key Cast

  • Dr. Damon Cromwell

    Key Cast

  • Dr. TreShawn Anderson

    Key Cast

  • Dar'Ron Anderson

    Key Cast

  • Lamont Joe

    Key Cast

  • Bronal Gary

    Key Cast

The One and Only Jewish Miss America
Director David Arond

“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” is the surprising story of Bess Myerson, the talented beauty queen from the Bronx, and how she won the world’s most famous beauty pageant 75 years ago, at the tail end of World War II.

  • Codi Ruttenbur

    Writer

    A Super Hero Comedy, Neila 5712 AD

  • David Arond

    Producer

    "Mother of The Year" (MacArthur Foundation Award documentary), "Houseboat Philosopher" and "Those Who Came Before" (PBS documentaries)

  • Barra Grant

    Key Cast

    “Daughter of Bess Myerson”

Activized
Director Eric Stange

ACTIVIZED profiles a handful of ordinary Americans who -- for the first time in their lives -- have left their comfort zones and thrown themselves into a political cause.

  • Eric Stange

    Writer

    Unnatural Causes-How Inequality is Making Us Sick

  • Franziska Blome

    Producer

  • Eric Stange

    Director

    Unnatural Causes-How Inequality is Making Us Sick

  • Bill Anderson

    Editor

    While She Was Out 2008 Assassination of a High School President 2007 Midnight Eagle 2007 Say It in Russian 2006 .45 2005 Aegis 2004 If Only 2004 Frontline/World (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes) - Belize: The Exile's Song (2004) - Forbidden Iran/The Lawless Sea/The Exile's Song (2004) 2002 Igby Goes Down 2000 Ordinary Decent Criminal 1998 The Truman Show 1996 Down Periscope 1995 Just Cause 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold

  • Marga Varea

    Impact Producer

    I Know a Man... Ashley Bryan, Rebel, Traces of the Trade, Health Undocumented, Lobster War

Miyamoto and the Machine: The Story of KenKen
Director Dan Sullivan

Ten years ago, Tetsuya Miyamoto had a dream to change the world through puzzles. In his classroom in Yokohama, KenKen was born.

  • Chris Flaherty

    Producer

  • Louis Cancel

    Producer

  • Tetsuya Miyamoto

    Key Cast

Bait & Tackle
Director Lily Newton

14-year-old Kimmy meets a woman dressed as a mermaid in the motel parking lot.

  • Lily Newton

    Writer

  • William Frank

    Producer

  • Priya Khanolkar

    Producer

  • Bella Lambert

    Key Cast

    “Kimmy”

  • Tiffany Trainer

    Key Cast

    “Melanie”

New Soul
Director Nicholas Heller

A man learns he's not alone...even in his own mind

  • Nicholas Heller

    Writer

  • Nicholas Heller

    Producer

  • Tom Gore

    Producer

  • Tom Gore

    Key Cast

  • Bill Mulligan

    Key Cast

Money, Money
Director Summer Lawrence

Two college girls are students by day and thieves by night. When Emma finds out she can't get a loan for tuition, she and Casey go for their biggest and most dangerous hit yet!

  • Summer Lawrence

    Writer

  • Chris Ocana

    Producer

  • Stuart Wilson

    Producer

  • Summer Lawrence

    Key Cast

    “Casey”

  • Katia Carmichael

    Key Cast

    “Emma”

The Start of a New Day
Submitter Emma Russo

A short documentary about a daughter reflecting on her time taking care of her terminally ill father.

ZENOBIA IN CHAINS
Director Erin Gregory

While working the night shift in a convenience store, Zenobia is visited by two strangers and must decide if she's a nice girl or not.

  • Erin Gregory

    Writer

  • Dasha Gorin

    Producer

  • Lily Labovitz

    Producer

  • Sarah Navy

    Key Cast

    “Zenobia”

  • Lindsey Becker

    Key Cast

    “The Woman”

  • Peter Djuric

    Key Cast

    “The Man”

To Love a Ladybug
Director Mikael Trench

A dying cockroach in the alleyways of Paris reminisces of the time he fell in love with a ladybug and reflects on what that relationship means to him in his final moments.

  • Mikael Trench

    Producer

  • Shaurese Foster

    Art Direction

  • Mariana Calegari

    Musical Score

  • Johnny Ray

    Puppet Fabrication

  • Jenny Boccardi

    Puppet Fabrication

  • Jake Hendrix

    Puppet Fabrication

  • Casandra Brewton-Johnson

    Costume Fabrication

  • Geraldine Brewton

    Costume Fabrication

  • Casandra-Brewton Johnson

    Set Fabrication

  • Jake Hendrix

    Set Fabrication

  • Johnny Ray

    Set Fabrication

  • Amber Ramirez

    Additional Fabrication

  • Edwin Rivera Blanton

    Additional Fabrication

  • Jhasmin Gonzalez

    Additional Fabrication

  • Sydney Bacon

    Additional Fabrication

  • Mikael Trench

    Animation

  • Johnny Ray

    Animation

  • Amber Ramirez

    Animation

  • Kieran Quinn

    Animation

  • Dino Joo

    Additional Animation

  • Diana Grant

    Additional Animation

  • Megan Cockcroft

    Compositing

  • Spencer Vidich

    Compositing

The Coloring Man
Director Abram Iman

After being burn-out from art, Ron moves to a secluded cabin in the woods to get away from the world. When he is given news of his granddaughter Lila's birth, he is given the task of re-introducing art and color back into the world.

  • Spencer Guerrero

    Writer

  • Dayleigh Jones

    Producer

  • Abram Iman

    Producer

  • David Bresnahan

    Key Cast

    “Ron”

  • Adam Colvin

    Key Cast

    “John”

  • Emily Robin Clark

    Key Cast

    “Lila (Adult)”

  • Sofia Fearonce

    Key Cast

    “Lila (Child)”

  • Gemma Nye

    Key Cast

    “Delilah”

  • James Nye

    Key Cast

    “Junior”

  • Abram Iman

    Camera

  • Corbin Dallin

    Camera

  • Spencer Faulkner

    Camera

  • Matt Iman

    Sound

  • Kristin Smith

    Sound

  • Zak Mckay

    General

  • Kevin Thomas

    Lighting

What She Did
Director TJ Santoro

  • TJ Santoro

    Writer

  • Ava Bueno

    Key Cast

  • Gabriel Figueroa

    Key Cast

The Cake
Director Meital Cohen Navarr

A woman in her 80’s discovers a letter from her late husband which reveals a secret he has kept from her for over 40 years. The secret involves her best friend whom she has known most of her life. 

  • Meital Cohen Navarro

    Writer

  • Meital Cohen Navarro

    Producer

  • Gloria Anderson

    Key Cast

    “Mona”

  • Robin Roth

    Key Cast

    “Arti”

  • Mridul Sen

    Cinmatographer

Sieyken: A Community at the Brink of Change
Submitter Jessica Wang

A documentary short detailing the community perceptions of the impact of climate change on wildlife in the indigenous community of Sieyken in the Naso territory, Panama. Created as a final project for my study abroad program, SIT Panama.

Debt
Director Charlee Moss

  • Charlee Moss

    Writer

  • Charlee Moss

    Producer

  • Bradley Peacock

    Key Cast

  • Elishiah Reed

    Key Cast

  • Ariel Dorcent

    Cinematographer

  • Randy Curtis Jr.

    Assisstant Director

  • Brian Chapin

    Sound

  • Charvez Keys jr.

    2nd Sound

But I Wanted to be a Cowboy
Director Ellis Finney

A teenaged kid dreams of being a cowboy until his friend tells him about a pair of cowboy boots that can make his wish come true.

  • Ellis Finney

    Writer

  • Ford Silberhorn

    Writer

  • Ellis Finney

    Producer

  • Ford Silberhorn

    Producer

  • Jalen Thurman

    Key Cast

  • Paa Annobil

    Key Cast

  • Ford Silberhorn

    Key Cast

Raleigh RFAF Film & Art Festival 2020-5.

Plague on the Practice
Director Bryce McNabb

It's May 7th, 2020. Eight weeks into lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has changed the face of primary care. Dr. James McNabb and his staff of Full Circle Family Medicine in Mooresville, NC are trying to care for their patients and find their footing in this "new normal."

Mr. Myrtle Beach
Director Joel Allen

A look at the history of Myrtle Beach through the lens of Jack Thompson.

  • Joel Allen

    Writer

    The Non-Dead, Ripoff and Run

  • Coastal Independent Films

    Producer

    Thirst of the Dead, Mime Over Magic, The Drunk

  • Dry Creek Productions