Director: Manuel Trotta
Beto must help his father fulfill his only desire: to reach the moon to say goodbye to his beloved and late wife.
Director: Arthur Neumeier
Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of income. This is the untold story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest between individuals that are worlds apart. For anyone that has cruised the streets of Johannesburg, the site of the city’s ‘street surfers’ is as much a part of the landscape as is that of the high rise metropolitan skyline.
Director: Conrad Faraj
A woman goes to extreme lengths to recoup her kidnapped son, in this film which won the 2019 Cleveland 48 Hour Film Project for BEST FILM.
Director: Kenji Quarata
This is a story about the other side of the world. A daughter grew up without her father who was a photographer. However, she and her mother have only one photo of him at home. She sees her mother missing him and goes on an social media app called “ROBIN” to find special gifts from all over the world.
Director: Joe Quinn
An escort pays a visit to a fugitive who has more than sex on his mind.
Director: Per Kasch
It is a coincidental discovery that tears a broke private detective out of his daily routine and turns his life upside down. He embarks on a search into the past to change his future.
Something’s Wrong with Dad
Director: Cooper Torrence & Nate Torrence
A son’s vlog takes a turn for the worse when his dad becomes ill on a camping trip.
Queen for a Day
Director: Sav Rodgers
Queen for a Day is a short comedy about drag queens and marriage. Directed by Sav Rodgers, this film shows the joy of the LGBTQ+ experience through the lens of a presumably heterosexual married couple from the suburbs.
Director: KC Allen
Darlene Tate is nine months pregnant and fiercely independent, and means to raise her baby on her own if she's approved for a loan. When her loan is denied she resorts to desperate measures.
Director: Jack Carrivick
A John Doe who abandons his daily routine, is now trapped in an endless loop of horror and uncertainty.
Julie of the Jury
Director: Jessy Leigh
A woman's day serving jury duty begins to feel more like a wacky eternity.
Director: Gregory Elek
A woman is forced to confront the man responsible for the death of her parents, fifteen years ago.
What Did We Expect?
Director: Elijah Schultz
A man struggles with to live the life we all want, but rarely achieve.
Fundamentals of Art
Director: Kyle Gustafson
Tensions escalate between a disillusioned art student and one of her professors.
Notes from the Underground: Chapter 2
Director: Thomas Zuchowski
After being shoved aside by a more popular man at a party, a lonely, bitter young adult struggles over the next year to get revenge on this man by brushing shoulders with him in the street.
Half a World Away
Director: So Ry Yun
The story takes place between a lesbian couple, they have to make a decision between family and love. The film talks about the conflict of culture and the tolerance of love.
Director: Shannon Mahoney
A relationship between mother and daughter is tested when the mother finds out her daughter was not confiding in her.
It Came From the Woods!
Director: Tennyson Hendershott
"It Came From The Woods!" Is a Narrative Action/Comedy Short Film which tells the story of two park rangers, Courtney and Walt, who have to face off against a mysterious creature terrorizing the visitors of Minnifield State Park.
Director: Jon Mayer
Three students decide to ditch their school dance and have their own “party” in the halls of the school, but encounter trouble when they run into a no-nonsense teacher who wants to keep the halls quiet and the ex-girlfriend of one of the students.
Director: Madison Ledyard-King
After being targeted at her local grocery store, a young girl must make a life changing decision before she becomes a victim of human trafficking
Director: Gabe Schmidt
Two incompetent robbers make a grave mistake.
Director: Jessica Halas
Adam, a now video game addict, realizes that he is wasting his life in front of a tv when reality hits him and forces him to get a job.
Director: Gwen Bueche
A prom-queen want to be struggles to cope as someone sabotages her big night.
Director: Masood Mohayya
A man who is hired to spoil movies for unsuspecting targets faces his toughest hit yet.
Somewhere to Hang My Keys
Director: Michael Doerge
Three roommates have a wild west shootout over a parking spot.
Director: Zachary Gosen
In a post apocalyptic America, a man finds the first sign of life he's seen in months.
Director: Gregory Elek
After the death of his mother, a grief-stricken man struggles to find closure.
We Regret to Inform You
Director: Madeline Hertz
In the midst of college acceptance drama, high school senior Maisie doesn’t know what she wants to do more: kill herself or everyone around her.
In the Mirror
Director: Gibson Davis
A captured man is suspected of being a Double (aka clone) and forced to question his life while fighting to escape.
Director: Simone Massis
After dealing with PTSD stemming from past trauma, Caroline, tries hypnotherapy in an attempt to come to terms with her past.
I’m Okay With It
Director: Alex Vogt
An overweight college student, Alan, goes out for an afternoon workout while he combats his self deprecating thoughts.
Director: Anatoly Ivanov
Playing card fraud while hiding from the stalkers and developing a new scam while his girlfriend interrupts him of this process. He decides what is more important for him.
Director: Erin Brown Thomas
When just one thing, first, makes all the difference!
Wants, Needs, and Apologies
Director: Scott Brosius
Destiny is like dominoes, and to find the conclusion all the dominoes need to fall. So what happens when the physical embodiment of intuition meets the physical embodiment of malice? Just as dominoes fall, so is the destiny of these two people.
Positive Results: It Takes Two
Director: Joddy Eric Matthews
Leading by example, Alex trains two students in the +Results project and while both students come from different backgrounds, the group quickly learns from Alex that somethings in life requires teamwork which is necessary to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.
Paper or Plastic
Director: Karly Smith
A hot button environmental issue dividing lawmakers and local businesses raises the question, at what cost are we making major changes to become sustainable? On January 1st Cuyahoga County is set to ban all retailers from providing plastic bags. In this student documentary Sunny Simon and Jeff Heinen share their unique viewpoints on this issue.
Return to Sender
Director: Kyle Wertz
When a young couple starts receiving disturbing mail from an unknown sender, their seemingly ideal relationship begins to unravel.
The Good Bad Guys
Director: Michael O'Donnell
Two amateur thieves come across a seemingly easy job to make a bit of money. When things don't go to plan they discover that the money they were chasing may not even exist.
A Raging Silence
Director: Cornell Calhoun III
Denied admission into an exclusive arts school an inspiring young dancer finds a new career.
Freebasing Red Bull
Director: John Maslowski
A bully meets his demise.
Printer Murder Scene Redirect
Director: Jessica Halas
A redirect of the famous 1999 printer murder scene from Office Space.
Director: Fernando Lopez
A determined sister visits her guilt-ridden brother after he's been isolated on an island for months. The two swim upstream to reconnect after the passing of their younger brother.
Director: DC Evans
A broken man gets pushed to the limit when he attends his first AA meeting.
Director: Henry Ortlip
This film highlights the differences in two communities, one mile apart, and their perceptions toward one another.
Director: B.R. Tatalovic
An Air Force veteran recalls his military unit’s “collateral damage” incident from 1999 NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.
Director: Michelle Sabato
The premier dating service for star crossed lovers of The Bard.
From Darkness Returned
Director: Remy Gareau
A demonic cult attempts to resurrect the dead.
Inside Akron’s Tent City - Episode 1
Director: Kevin Naughton
Shot on an iPhone 7+ for less than $1K, “Inside Akron’s Tent City” documents a local homeless community’s attempt to self-organized and the Akron city government’s efforts to displace them. Juxtaposing interviews with city officials and the houseless residents of the tent community, the documentary web series subverts stereotypes and humanizes a marginalized portion of American society.
The Low Lives: Pilot
Director: Mikhail Tot
Three gamers who been playing video games together for over five year, finally decide to meet in person... and a lot of bad things happen.
Director: Alan Sanchez
The story follows Avalon (Allie McCarthy), a 17 year old teenager who is moving away from her best friend Ellie (Gracie Lacey) under mysterious circumstances. Avalon meets with Ellie at school to plot their final day together, until things get complicated when Will (George Whitaker); Ellie's former best friend, pulls out a gun in the classroom. Dark secrets are revealed and terrible choices are made. Avalon and Ellie’s world will never be the same.
Director: Debi Bradshaw
In this semi auto biography, 15-year-old Shelly must decide whether to follow the example of her party-girl BFF or remain the good girl in order to please her father.
A Medicine for the Mind
Director: David Xarach
A new experimental drug for Alzheimer's, gifts 65 year old Sandra Carter, a new opportunity in life - and unexpected new abilities.
Director: Yana Sar
After receiving messages from a stranger, Jack follows a path into a hidden world. As he gets trapped in the maze of the unknown, answers he was looking for begin to be revealed to him.
Ghost of a Chance
Director: Manes Duerr
Ghost of a Chance is a snapshot into the relationship of a young working class American couple. Two individuals bonded together through the expectance of a newborn baby, yet with different priorities - racing through their lives, we question whether one man’s childhood dream is more important than three people’s reality.
Dust to Dust
Director: Mitch Urban
An author of Vampire books that is going through a spell of writers block, is confronted by a self proclaimed vampire that accuses the author of giving away his dark secrets.
Director: Liann Kaye
When a timid, midwestern boy decides to propose to his girlfriend, he has to go through her immigrant, Chinese mother first.
Director: Jonathan Perry
After a vicious chase home from gathering firewood, an innocent boy unknowingly leads his brother to fall through an isolated pond. The boy has to accept and use his twisted hallucinations of hatred as his only hope to break the ice and save his brother in time or die trying.
Director: Saumene Mehrdady
Nima, a teenage Iranian-American boy living in the suburbs of Los Angeles, gains an appreciation for his heritage and learns the difference between friends and “friends” on the day of his 17th birthday party that his Persian family’s throwing for him.
Director: Seungwon Gio Park
With the most crucial audition of her career hanging in the balance, a young Latina dancer grapples between familial duty and artistic dedication.
Director: Cory Pratt
A timid janitor explores an alternate persona through a transformative, nightly ritual.
Butterfly in the Livingroom
Director: Michael Murtha
A found-art stop motion animation, hand crafted entirely with cutouts from vintage photos and illustrations, depicting a pulsating orb on its adventure though an ever-changing landscape of strange scenes and stranger inhabitants.
Six Day Back
Director: Scott Cierski
Three bodybuilders sing about a revolutionary new workout regimen.
Nostalgic Candy - Indre
Director: Peter-John Campbell
Music Video for "Nostalgic Candy" by Indré
The Dream Box
Director: Michael Angelo Colgan
When Angelo arrives in America in 1923, he has nothing — except the one thing that will give him everything he hopes for.
La Villa Hispana
Director: Obediya Jones-Darrell
“La Villa Hispana” is a music video that showcases theculture of this vibrant neighbourhood of Cleveland with many peoplefrom Latin America.
2:20 – 3:05 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Director: Lisa Pozo Nunez
Agent Kick Ass!
Director: Mitch Urban
As the worlds first "Super Agent", Agent Kick Ass is going to do just that.
The New HOA President
Director: Meredith Jackson
Three hopefuls run for the office of Homeowners' Association President, in an attempt to overthrow the current nincompoop.
Director: Adam Taylor
With the help of a failed Broadway actress, a wide-eyed Amish teen sings his way to adulthood on his Rumspringa through New York City.
Director: Eddie Shieh
A young couple walk a fine line while thriving in an open marriage until they catch each other breaking their own rules.
Director: Gar Hoover
"Curtains" tells the story of a struggling artistic director of an avant-garde theatre who is cosmically punished for his uncompromising approach to Art. It’s a fast, intelligent, Spinal Tap-esque indie film about a die-hard purist in a world of sell-outs — and it has struck a chord with festival audiences across the country.
We Saved Private Ryan
Director: Jonny Lewis
During World War II, an Army colonel arrives at the home of Mrs. Ryan to deliver the wonderful news that only three of her sons are dead. The Army managed to save her fourth son, and the colonel wants a pat on the back for it. When Mrs. Ryan seems less than appreciative, he points out that she's seeing the glass half empty. Or, maybe 3/4 empty.
Emptying the Nest
Director: Jason Walker
Two parents have to "convince" their late bloomer it's time to leave the nest.
Director: Jim Allison
A poor prospector stumbles upon extreme wealth but finds out quickly that grand riches can sometimes complicate things.
The Baker Brothers
Director: Anthony Codispoti
On a hot summer morning in rural Alabama, Alan and Eddy Baker take their stupidity to the next level; armed robbery.
Director: Ian Van der Werff
A deli worker and a desperate woman attempt to build the perfect relationship, sandwich style!
Director: Meredith Jackson
Becky organizes a gymnastics meet-up in the park, in an attempt to find a date for her friend Zeke.
Creepy Social Credit
Director: John Maslowski
A new a form of a government surveillance is unleashed.
Director: Jules Chin Greene
Driven out of their homeland, an endling, or the last remaining member of a species, reflects on displacement, colonialism, and extinction.
Calls For Archie
Director: Zach Christy
A man gets mysterious calls for years and tries to understand why.
A Letter to Myself at 16
Director: Claire Tankersley
Five years after being sexually assaulted by a close friend at a high school party, there is so much that I wish I'd known when I woke up the next morning.
The Man with Arms
Director: Chris Muse
A 6 minute stop-motion short film about a small group of friends who only have eyes and legs, capable of observing the world as bystanders. One of them tells a story about something he saw: a man with arms! He is capable of interacting and manipulating the world around him, much to the amazement of the armless people.
Director: Rebecca Stern
In this film, Rebecca Stern reads a letter to her mom and talks about a special memory they shared.
Director: John Banana
Problems can cloud your vision, but the key to Cloudia's happiness may be right under her nose.
Director: Guo Site
Mr. Monster lives a lonely life away from the town with his only friend, the Mysterious, who grew up with him happily and peacefully. Until one day the Mysterious causes some trouble and makes Mr. Monster embarrassed in front of everyone, and trapped in horrible nightmare. Mr. Monster tries to cut off all contact with the world by locking themselves in the house. Unfortunately, an unexpected fire comes, and Mr. Monster is in a dilemma: dying in the raging fire or being faced with public ridicule. What is his choice, and who is his mysterious friend?
Mimi Meets Books
Director: Yih-Fen Chou
Mimi meets and falls in love with books.
Self – Portrait at 86 Dog Years
Director: Zach Dorn
A dog waits for his best friend's return so they can celebrate his 86th birthday.
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Dinner with Raymond
Director: Zack Wyers
Raymond prepares dinner in honor of an anniversary
Director: Hiroho Mieno
Deep in the night, a woman comes back to her apartment. In the dark room, on her bed, she sees somebody who’s not supposed to be there.
Director: Bryon Evans
After waking up to find himself kidnapped, bound and gagged, a man must face his captor’s vengeful designs.
Director: Hana Kazim
SHEIKH, a fake exorcist who recently lost his daughter and with it his trust in God, visits the home of KHALID, a man who claims his wife is possessed by a Djinn. He soon finds out that things are not as they seem.
Invasion of the Rabid Stuffed Animals
Director: Todd Redenius
Vicky and Gary are at a park when they get attacked by stuffed animals.
Director: Patrick Donahoe
A knock on Beth's front door brings her quiet night alone to a chilling halt.
Director: Alexander Chehrazi
Sandy and other local residents come under a city lockdown on Halloween night, while an unknown assailant goes on a killing spree in the same manner as the town's infamous but deceased serial killer.
Director: Kyle Wilson
A night surveillance security guard spots a trespasser on the property; then regrets grabbing their attention once he realizes the intruder is paranormal.
Director: John Maslowski
The bonus material on a DVD has a surprise ending.
The Playground at Night
Director: Jonathan Pickett
Mr. Gomez is a preschool teacher who just wants to clean up the playground and go home. But something sinister is very opposed to that idea.
Director: James Williams
Before Dinah Kent committed suicide she left an innocent video on YouTube. If you're heartless enough to dislike it you'll soon join her in the afterlife.
Crazy for the Blonde
Director: Mark Clauburg
Two serial killers compete for the same victim, a blonde-haired woman who has plans of her own.
Director: Diego Di Iorio
Late at night, a young girl wakes up to discover what lies behind a series of mysterious occurrences, only to step into a dark spiral of terror and buried secrets.
Director: Conrad Faraj
Siblings unravel the mystery behind their mother's disappearance in this short film originally created for the 2019 Cleveland 48 Hour Horror Project.
9:10 – 9:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
The Mighty Cuyahoga
Director: B.J. Halsall
Two ne’er-do-wells try to live out their youth by performing one last amazing prank.
Directors: Malen Cuturic, Colin Donovan, Andre Holland, Sam Marshall, Brendan Ours, Kyle Sminchak, James Welch
In partnership with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the St. Edward Film Department committed its Spring 2018 semester to the creation of "Labyrinth": a collection of interviews in which women throughout Greater Cleveland share their experiences with misogyny, sexual harassment and assault.
Sankofa Curtain Call
Director: Joddy Eric Matthews & Chris Kennedy
With over 10 years of teaching experience, Latecia educates and supervises young children in the theatre and the arts. Between dealing with her troubled experiences as a child and balancing her life at home as a single mother, she gets up every morning with the goal of changing the youth for the better. This is her story.
Director: Matthew Leitch
A day in the life of a 10 month old baby. This particular day; December 23, 2017. This particular baby; Arthur.
Director: Max Rotatori
Director: Tommy Hallal
Over the course of preparing a family dinner, a loving housewife's ungrateful family continually interferes with her perfect preparations, awakening a long repressed darkness within her.
Martin Luther King Jr: The Dream Endures
Director: Brandon Peck
Take a behind the scenes look at MLK: The Dream Endures, a powerful performance of dance, music and spoken word presented by Cuyahoga Community College and The MetroHealth System. This vibrant program honors King and his commitment to social and economic justice. It celebrates his life, stories, lessons and enduring dream of humanity while blending history with the realities of today and the hope for tomorrow.
Director: Julie Simon
When a bored couple decides to try a ritual to entertain themselves, they realize they messed with something they shouldn't have.
Director: Crissy Kolarik
Undercover operative uncovers what is going on at a local lighter manufacturing facility.
A Christmas to Remember
Director: Sage O'Bryant
Zach meets Monica's family for the holidays but his dream girl's family could prove to be his worst nightmare.
Director: Carl Schlact
There is only one way out.
Director: Ben Needham
Alone in the Dark
Directors: Dru Schwartz & Vince Lundi
A girl finds herself alone in the dark on Halloween night.
Director: Christine Woods
A student stop motion animation tribute to a Douglas Adams short story.
Long Live the Pollywog
Director: Christopher Uhler
Vietnam Veteran talks about naval traditions and leaving the military after serving four years on the USS America aircraft carrier.
Creating a Legacy of Love: The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Founders' Story
Director: Kelley Hynds
Forty years ago, the Ronald McDonald House® of Cleveland opened its doors, providing a welcoming and supportive place to stay for families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers. It was a passionate group of parents, medical professionals and friends who worked tirelessly to bring the vision to life.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Directors: Stephen Riscica & Delia Kelly
Following his therapist’s advice to be more social, Gary, an aspiring NYC playwright, channels his obsessive compulsive tendencies towards online dating. With his "hit" play 'The Waiting Room' soon approaching, Gary risks exposing himself and his neuroticism to the world. But could this be the key to a real awakening?
Directors: Tim Raycroft & David Bussan
Private Arnold Joseph, A German Jew from Saarbrücken, served in the US Army as a censor of mail to and from prisoners at the Nuremberg Trials from 1945 into 1946.
Playing for Peace
Director: Arielle Thomas Sabol
Can an Israeli football club, mixed of Jews, Christians, & Muslims, overcome a 40-year championship drought & difficult past by advancing further than any Israeli team in Europe’s most prestigious football tournament?
Director: Nadine Licostie
"Spinnaker" focuses on the story of the film's namesake whale, who the CCS tracked from her birth to her death and across three entanglement events. Spinnaker's life is a rare example where marine biologists were able to see how deeply entanglement can impact the lives of today's whales. Her story is not an isolated one and represents the challenges that many marine animals now face after years of pollution and degradation threaten to collapse the once-thought to be indestructible ocean systems.
People of the Wasteland
Director: Heba Khaled
People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film, in a first-person point of view, depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that in a territory where the landscape and the people are ephemeral because of war, only the image of a certain moment can remain eternal.
Trial by Fire
Director: Alex Astrella
During the devastating Thomas Wildfire, inmate firefighters relish the opportunity to emerge from their restraints, finding serenity and a sense of purpose through the work that they devote their lives to.
First in Man
Director: Ryan Durant
What if a radical new treatment could bring hope for millions? It would require an explorer. An adventurer. Someone willing to go first.
Directors: Mo Wynne & Roddy Hyduk
A portrait of a Canadian artist and his unlikely canvas.
Director: Shiho Fukada
Kota Ishijima spent most of her life hiding from who she is. Finding the strength to live that truth drove a wedge between her and her family. Now a decade into that decision, her life comes full circle as she awaits the birth of her first grandchild.
Director: Tenji Takakura
In June 2019, a mysterious death of a Nigerian man was reported inside Omura immigration center in Japan. Elizabeth, a fellow Nigerian and a refugee living in Japan, rises to unveil what truly happened.
Director: Mickey Staver
A photographer with schizophrenia discusses his love for the medium and what it does for his illness.
Director: Youma Konishi
Undeniable, fragile, yet strong bond between a single homeless woman and an abandoned gifted boy. Through their peculiar relationship this film looks into what "family" and "love" could mean.
Director: Adnan Siddique
A dancer struggles between her passion of contemporary dance and her chronic epilepsy. Through her unhealthy coping mechanisms, she must explore the relationships between art, the artist, and the audience.
Made on Earth
Director: Shandoah Goldman
This short film serves as a meditation on how humans are made in our current landscape of maternal clocks, technology and the irrevocable desire to make another human. The film is conceived on the beach, layered with metaphors of cycles within the body paralleled with the fertility of the earth.
Director: Eleanor De Fer
Laura struggles to decipher between what is real and what isn't during a ballet class.
Director: Ahmed Abuelfadl
Amin decides to protect a rare film negative that just has been found, from Mohamed Fayez, a notorious film director. And in his journey to do so, he meets his regrets and unfulfilled dreams.
Three Shots Each
Director: Maurice Cormier
A One Minute Experimental Anti-War Short Film that combines video with stop motion photography, all shot with zero actors and crew.
Night Birds & Ghost Crabs
Director: Robert Sickels
In pairing experimental imagery with interviews in which people from all stages and walks of life discuss the gamut of that which keeps them up at night, Night Birds & Ghost Crabs documents those lonely late night moments we share with so many others the world over.
Director: Brian Lachowski
When a young man ventures away from his own little world, he must face a group of bizarre challenges in order to find his way home.
Director: Aren O'Kelso
In the Vietnam War, American soldier James Rodgers falls POW in the underground tunnels of the Viet Cong. While in captivity, Rodgers befriends his young Vietnamese guard, Tuyen.
Director: Shawna Khorasani
A lovestruck teenage lesbian resorts to grand romantic gestures to ask out her crush.
Director: Patrick Lewtschanyn
A journey of spirit, transformation and the many faces of oneness.
Director: Kai Hasson
Robu, a 17-year-old American boy is on the four-day quest in Japan to find the second issue of his favorite Japanese comic book that his father left him. Shortly into his adventure, Robu realizes that the manga world was happening in real life, and that the main character was himself.
Director: Matthew Winters
A five part story about what happens when two people stuck in a generation of tinder users take a swipe at being real.
Director: Philip A. Anderson
Everyone faces that day when they must reveal secrets to their family. Today Marcelle must face her parents, and have, "The Talk."
Lost Treasure of the Valley
Director: Robert Husted
A young photographer and an adventurer discover that all of the abandoned shopping carts in LA's San Fernando Valley lead to a hidden cave off of Sepulveda Blvd. with a lost treasure inside - guarded by a dragon!