2010 Winners

Best of Fest

"True Beauty This Night", by Peter Besson, CA

Best Animation
Professional: "The Lift", by Robert Kohr, NY
Student/Amateur: "Sebastian's Voodoo", by Joaquin Baldwin, CA

Best Short
Professional: "Running Away with Blackie", by Lucas Garcia, OR
Student/Amateur: "Wake", by Bree Newsome, NC

Best Documentary
Professional: "The Mountain Music Project", by Jacob Penchansky, PA
Student/Amateur: "Eye to Eye", by Andrea Capranico & Hannah Taylor, CA

Best Feature
Professional: "Earthwork", by Chris Ordal, CA

Audience Choice Award
"May I Be Frank", by Gregg Marks, CA

2010 Real to Reel Film Festival Schedule! (Scroll down for Synopsis)

aDay Playing
Title
Rating
Runtime
Category
         
Wednesday, July 21 - 7pm-until
Hollyford Harvest
G
13mins.
Shorts
Eye to Eye
PG
25mins.
Doc.
The Scientist
PG
19mins.
Shorts
Intermission
Taste
G
36sec.
Animation
The Cycle
R
17mins.
Shorts
May I Be Frank (Q&A)
PG-13
1hr. 30mins.
Doc.
         
Thursday, July 22 - 7pm-until
The Lift
PG
5mins.
Animation
Burning in the Sun
G
1hr. 21mins.
Doc.
Intermission
In 200 Characters or Less (Q&A)
PG-13
1hr. 23mins.
Feature
Seed of Doubt
R
15mins.
Shorts
A Girl Like You With a Boy Like Me
PG
10mins.
Shorts
         
Friday, July 23 - 7pm-until
Scottish Bob
7mins.
Shorts
The Mountain Music Project
PG
56mins.
Doc.
Birthmarkings
PG-13
19mins.
Shorts
Intermission
Flesh Color
PG-13
4mins.
Animation
The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi
PG
1hr. 56mins.
Doc.
Running Away with Blackie
PG-13
17mins.
Shorts
         
Saturday, July 24 - Matinee - 1pm
The Evil Eye
PG
52mins.
Doc.
My Breasts Could Kill Me
PG-13
1hr. 20mins.
Doc.
Intermission
Contact
PG
1hr. 18mins.
Doc.
Forgotten
PG-13
25mins.
Shorts
         
Saturday, July 24 - 7pm-until
Sunset
PG-13
20mins.
Shorts
Wake
21mins.
Shorts
True Beauty This Night
PG
10mins.
Shorts
Intermission
The Last Moments of Leopoldo Berenguer
R
10mins.
Shorts
Sebastian's Voodoo
PG-13
4mins.
Animation
Earthwork
1hr. 33mins.
Feature
         
 Awards & Party!
(Schedule subject to change)
Awards will be announced during the party at J.Olivers following the final film on Saturday night,
There will by live music during the party by Randy Saxon and Brad Thomas!
J. Olivers is just across the street from The Joy Performance Center.
 
Synopsis
Hollyford Harvest - Alex McErlain, United Kingdom
Doug Fitch is a modern day country potter who works at Hollyford, in a remote part of Devon, England. This film is an intimate portrait of Fitch's life in this rural location and shows him digging clay in the nearby woods, making pots and discussing the long tradition within which he works. As Fitch says, "I make country pots because the countryside is an intrinsic element within the fabric of my work. At Hollyford all my senses are stirred by the natural environment."
 
Eye to Eye - Andrea Capranico & Hannah Taylor, CA
In the lush paradise of green rain forest that is the Cameroon's countryside, gorillas and chimpanzees have lived at peace in the wild. But their future is endangered by the bushmeat trade, the illegal hunting of primates to be sold for profit. Eye to Eye follows the journey of student filmmakers through the forests of Cameroon in search of gorillas and chimpanzees and the hunters that threaten their existence. In conversations with conservationists, school children, and government officials we learn of the movement to raise awareness of these endangered noble creatures. All over this African nation activists are at the forefront of the effort to educate the next generation before time runs out.
 
The Scientist - Matt Miller, CA
A Scientist crosses to a parallel universe where his lost love is still alive. While attempting to reunite with her by replacing his parallel self, the Scientist must face why he lost her before and why he may not be worthy of having her again.
 
Taste - Yvonne Grzenkowicz, NY
A man and a woman are having dinner in a restaurant.
 
The Cycle - Roy Clovis, NY
Crystal, a loving wife and mother, is the owner of a charming neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn. Her eight year-old daughter, Corinne, enjoys spending midsummer afternoons playing in front of the store. But the tranquility of a beautiful day unravels when a teenage boy steals her bicycle. While Crystal's decision to call the police is seen as a betrayal by some of her neighbors, others choose to join the search. As events unfold, underlying tensions caused by economic disparities begin to surface. Will the search for a child's bicycle unite this fragile community or ignite a conflict that could blow it apart?
 
May I Be Frank - Gregg Marks, Frank Ferrante, CA
May I Be Frank documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante's life. Frank, a 54 year old Sicilian from Brooklyn finds himself living in San Francisco struggling with addiction and depression. One day Frank unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco. Frank is asked by a server what is one thing he wants to do before he dies. Franks response is fall in love one more time, but doesn't believe it can happen with the way things are going for him. Initially believing he was just going to lose some weight and get healthy, Frank had no idea it would affect so many aspects of his life. The film becomes documentation about the human condition, and what it means to really fall in love again.
   
The Lift - Robert Kohr, NY
Everyone has been guilty of small misdeeds at one point or another. The Lift explores the consequences of one all too common act of not holding the elevator door open for someone eager to get on or worse, pushing the close button. An elevator interaction goes wrong, prompting a young woman to learn about being insensitive and to never make the same mistake again.
   
Burning in the Sun - Cambria Matlow, Morgan Robinson, NY
26-year-old charmer Daniel Dembele is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels – the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. Daniel's goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power. BURNING IN THE SUN tells the story of Daniel’s journey growing the shaky startup into a viable company, and of the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation.
 
In 200 Characters or Less - Mauro Giuffrida, DE
Today, we are more affected by technology than we think. When Michael is asked to describe himself in 200 characters or less for an on-line dating service, his journey of escaping loneliness begins. But is it really that easy to find someone? In our fast-paced, self-centered society can technology be the ultimate 'cupid'?
 
Seed of Doubt - Mitch Moore, TN
While waiting at a small-town diner during the lunch hour, Ginger encounters Avis, a man she'd had a fling with 30 years earlier, when he was a high school football coach and she was a cheerleader for the school. Unnerved by the chance meeting, she soon learns that his lecherous ways have not changed, especially when Ginger's attractive grown daughter, Carrie Ann, arrives to join her mother for lunch.
   
A Girl Like You With A Boy Like Me - Ruben Amar, NY
Today and more than ever, Bhadraksh is determined to end a long period of doubt. In a few moments, he will announce to the one he has always loved that he wants to end the relationship. Bhadraksh is a guide, a shepherd, a lighthouse standing proudly in the midst of the ocean, a rampart against masculine weakness...
   
Scottish Bob - Darren McFarlane, Australia
All the Family are gathered for a very sombre occasion, except for Bob. He is typically absent. Half way through the service, Bob rudely arrives. When he interrupts proceedings, again, the Family know that this day can only end in disaster.
   
Running Away with Blackie - Lucas Garcia, OR
A complex and thought-provoking look into the lonely and desperate life of Jetty. Along with his best and only friend; his dog Blackie, he travels cross country where he ends up at an isolated motel. Here he encounters some unusual characters who serve as a constant reminder of what he has been trying to run away from all along. When he encounters a strange figure he learns the only one who stands in his way is himself, and can no longer run away with Blackie.
   
Forgotten - Reuel Kim, CA
An undercover FBI operation attempts to bust an Asian Human Trafficking Ring, but in a botched raid, only one girl survives. This is the story of an FBI agent who tries to make a difference and ultimately must stop one of his own men from siding with the bad guys.
   
Flesh Color - Masahiko Adachi, Japan
Japanese tattoo is very beautiful and very traditional culture. By using Japanese tattoo,I represented the beauty of a human being's skin,"flesh color" in the animation.
   
The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi - Andrew Thomas, CA
A musical journey through the brief life and times of the celebrated composer who pioneered the crossover of jazz and pop music -- from his celebrated scores for the Peanuts animations, to his mega-hit Cast Your Fate To The Wind, his nights in San Francisco's North Beach, and his ground breaking Jazz Mass at Grace Cathedral. Including recently discovered and restored footage of Guaraldi's appearances and recording sessions (captured by noted jazz writer and Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph J. Gleason), the film features new performances and insights from Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, George Winston, Jon Hendricks, Paul Krassner, Paul Mazursky and many more.
   
The Evil Eye - Agata De Santis, Canada
What happens when you realize that your family is part of a global superstition that is neither spoken about openly nor even referred to by name? Filmmaker Agata De Santis sets out on a quest to uncover the world of MAL’OCCHIO – the evil eye – where one can become physically ill by another’s envious glances, where the only remedy is a phone call to the old woman down the street, and prevention involves wearing strange-looking amulets. Belief in the evil eye is the most widely held superstitious belief in the world. Countless cultures and generations have an unwavering belief in the powers of envy and the magical rituals that stop those powers.
   
Birthmarkings - Margaret Lazarus, AL
Twelve women explore how their bodies have been transformed by giving birth. We see body images and hear their voices. They talk to us from their bodies. We hear and see their ambivalence, humor and love. “Birthmarkings” challenges the static, commodified images that are everywhere in our public culture and define what is beautiful and visually acceptable. We refocus on the beauty, dynamism and lived experiences of the marks of birth. We become engaged in the tension between the dynamic and the static and the natural world and the commodity.
   
My Breasts Could Kill Me - Lee Phillips, United Kingdom
Breast Cancer claims the lives of more women in the UK than any other disease. Each year it kills over 12,000 people and 1 in 9 women will develop it in their lifetime. Having lost her mother and her great grandmother to the disease, 30-year old Dawn Porter embarks on a deeply personal journey to learn about the nature of breast cancer and to discover whether she may be genetically predestined to develop the disease herself.
   
Contact - Bentley Dean & Martin Butler, Australia
In 1964 Yuwali was 17 when her first contact with white fellas was filmed. Now 62 she tells the story behind this extraordinary footage. Her group of twenty were the last remnant aboriginal mob still living traditionally, without any contact or knowledge of modern Australia, in the remote Great Sandy Desert. A huge space rocket test -Blue Streak- was to be fired in May 1964 at their home in the dry Percival Lakes. The authorities sent in patrol officers to evacuate anyone living there to protect them from rocket debris. The days counting down to blast off drive the narrative of the film. Back at the Lakes, Yuwali gives a riveting account as she and her group are chased hundreds of kilometers around the desert trying to escape the 'devil men' in the ‘rocks that move’ (four wheel drives). The climax is both extraordinary and emotional.
   

The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya - Jacob Penchansky, PA
This film follows the journey of two traditional musicians from the hills of Virginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly with the traditional musicians of the Gandharba caste.

   
The Last Moments of Leopoldo Berenguer - Jaime Dezcallar, NY
Every person is king of his own life. Leopoldo, father or president of a banana republic, refuses to see how close he is to losing everything he has.
   
Wake - Bree Newsome, NC
A repressed woman does away with her domineering father, freeing herself to pursue her heart's desire. Using a local folk magic called 'root-work', she conjures a demon to aid her in creating the man of her dreams-- but soon finds herself in a waking nightmare.
   
True Beauty This Night - Peter Besson, CA
Last night Rhett Somers, so far scraping by on good luck or just plain old ignorance, met the love of his life. He's sure of it. She doesn't know. Now the only thing left to do is convince her that she's the one. Not an easy feat considering how they met.
   
  Sunset - D.J. Holloway, CA
Today the Sun will set forever. What would you do with your last day on Earth? Sunset is a sci-fi drama exploring four interwoven stories. Two best friends replay their favorite championship game, but one has something disturbing to confess; A spiritual woman contemplates faith and suicide; A man saves a woman from being raped and a fleeting love develops between them; An English teacher has one last lesson for his small child on humanity, while burning the books he's always treasured.
   
Sebastian's Voodoo - Joaquin Baldwin, CA
A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.
   
Earthwork - Chris Ordal, CA
The story of real-life crop artist Stan Herd. In 1994, Stan travelled from Kansas to New York City to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. The multi-acre piece was made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel. Stan recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel as his crew. Over the months it took to complete the earthwork, Stan dealt with the difficulties of bringing his unique, rural art form to an urban canvas and the many costs exacted upon his life. In an effort to show his unique perspective to a larger audience, Stan unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and it's ultimate, lasting rewards.
   
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