We at the F3 thought it would be helpful to give you a bit of a rundown of all the films selected to the 2014 Frederick Film Festival in one handy post. So what we’ve done is divided them up between shorts and features…the FEATURE films have a blurb or description, the short films have a link to their F3 page. It’s nice to have this all in one place, we hope you enjoy!
Feature Films Selected
Around the World (US) – Dir: Robert Hagans. A Woman meets a Married Man in a bar. Money is exchanged. The oldest story in the world for the oldest reasons. But not tonight… Maryland Filmmaker Hagans made Around the World for less than $4k, with all funds raised on indiegogo.com. The entire film was shot in 4 & 1/2 days, despite both leads being flown in from California. The crew (counting actors) was less than 10 altogether, and a whole day was dedicated to shooting a scene that was 17 pages long (in the same location).
Doomsdays (US) – Dir: Eddie Mullins. Dirty Fred and Bruho aren’t sanguine about the future. Convinced that dwindling petroleum resources will soon bring the modern world to a halt, they’ve dropped out of productive (and vehicular) society, choosing instead a life of free-wheeling vagabondage. As they trek across the Catskills, they break into a series of vacation homes, holing up until they either run out of food or are chased off. The pattern is interrupted, however, when they run across a teenage boy who insists on joining them. No sooner is he assimilated than an aimless young woman also comes aboard, and the dynamic of the group changes with significant consequences for all.
Exists (US) – Dir: Eduardo Sanchez. From BLAIR WITCH PROJECT director, and Frederick’s own, Eduardo Sanchez comes a Bigfoot story like no other. When brothers Brian and Matt Tover secretly sneak out to their Uncle’s long abandoned cabin in East Texas for a party weekend with their friends, they find themselves stalked by the legendary Sasquatch. Cut off from the world, and knowing help isn’t coming, the kids must try to make it out of the woods alive while hunted by a creature that’s smarter, stronger, and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.
Heritage: Descendants of William Tell (Switzerland) – Dir: David Induni. Switzerland, that famous neutral country, is (according to recent statistics) the third most armed population on Earth. This is partly due to one of its most popular sports “Shooting”. In the heart of Switzerland there’s a fascinating world of guns, bizarre, interesting characters, different perspectives, controversial ideas and, above all, an exceptional tradition that lives on. Swiss olympic shooting champions, families of Swiss shooters, politicians and others, tell us why shooting and weapons are, or why they shouldn’t be, so popular in Switzerland.
Las Sufragistas (The Suffragettes) (Mexico) – Dir: Ana Cruz. Eufrosina Cruz was the first woman that became Congress President in Oaxaca. This is the story about women in politics in Mexico and their fight to reach their right to vote, their right to be in power. A journey that just started.
Persistence of Vision (US) – Dir: Kevin Schreck. Striving to make the greatest animated film of all time, visionary and acclaimed animator Richard Williams (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) toiled for more than a quarter of a century on his masterpiece — only to have it torn from his hands. A tale of art, obsession, and dreams, the film is the untold story of the greatest animated film never made.
Ping Pong Summer (US) – Dir: Michael Tully. Frederick’s own Michael Tully takes a look back to Ocean City in the 1980s. The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy 13-year-old white kid who’s obsessed with two things: ping pong and hip hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor.
Rich Hill (US) – Dir: Tracy Droz Tragos AND Andrew Droz Palermo. WINNER: U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Documentary, Sundance 2014. Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1393). Off the highway, next to the railroad track. ANDREW, 14, works on his bike, talks dreams with his dad, practices dance moves with his twin sister. He’s just like a lot of American teenagers, except that his days are often also about survival. HARLEY, 15, lives with his grandma and eight other members of his extended family because his mom is in prison for attempted murder. Still, Harley is the first guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it. APPACHEY, 13, finds solace in skateboards and, despite his intelligence, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn’t come close to fixing what’s broken in his life. These boys can be tough – they know how to walk with a clenched-jaw stare like they have nothing to lose. But when you get to know them up-close, you see their insight, their humor, and their determination to survive. And despite the isolation and brutality of their circumstances, their hope for a brighter future persists. They imagine that their hard work will be rewarded, and that, although there is no road map or role model, even they can live the American dream.
The Dog (US) – Dir: Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren. A documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon (1975).
The Immortalists (US) – Dir: DAVID ALVARADO, JASON SUSSBERG. A SXSW selection. Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth with medical breakthroughs in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed longdistance runner racing against the ultimate clock. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: cure aging or die trying.
The Longest Game (US) – Dir: Camille Thoman. Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87 and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of “elderly gentlemen” who gather every day at 1pm in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called paddle tennis. They have been playing together for years. THE LONGEST GAME explores the men’s stories, their friendship, the secret to their vibrancy and humor.
To Be Takei (US) – Dir: Jennifer Kroot. George Takei was always searching for the perfect role – only to find it within himself. Jennifer Kroot’s TO BE TAKEI follows Takei and his husband Brad, capturing their day-to-day as they prepare for Takei’s dream project, ALLEGIANCE, a musical based on his harrowing childhood experiences inside a Japanese American internment camp during World War II. Intertwined with this narrative is a look into Takei’s life history, from his rise to fame as helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the iconic television series, STAR TREK, to his advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights across the United States. What emerges is a portrait of an outspoken activist who utilizes wit, whimsy, grace and humor to bring attention to the sorrows of his past and the joys of love and creativity in his present.
SELECTED SHORT FILMS
Immaculate Reception (US)
Das Kalte Herz (The Cold Heart) (Germany)
Unclear Proof (UK)
A very Large Increase in the size (UK)
Time 2 Split (France)
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution (US)
The Wheatfield (US)
O Ogro (The Ogre) (Brazil)
Espero? (Hope?) (UK)
Hay dos Clases de Personas (Spain)
Hide and Seek (Japan)
The Return (Israel)
I’ll Be Here All Night (Ireland)
After 15 Years (Iran)
Swan Cake (US)
L’Amore Corto (Short Love) (US/Italy)
300 000 Kilometres/Seconde (France)
5 ΤΡΟΠΟΙ ΝΑ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ (5 Ways to Die) (Cyprus)
Volti (Faces) (Italy)
Mr. Hopewell’s Remedy (US)
Jiring (Clink) (Iran)
Чиппендейл (Chippendales) (Russia)
Strange Fruit (Israel)
O Solidário Não quer Solidão (The solidarity doesn’t want solitude) (Brazil)
Dos Caras (Two-Face) (Argentina)
The Silent Note (Malaysia)
Dream Shreds (Netherlands)
Go With God ( UK)
Le Pot de Confiture (The Jam Jar) (Switzerland)
the untold and the unseen (Hong Kong)
Fréquence (Frequency) (Gabon)
Sangre de Dragón (Dragon’s Blood) (Spain)
Toy Soldiers (Ireland)
Elegy for a Revolutionary (South Africa)
Por la flor de la canela (For the Cinnamon Flower) (Spain)
The Note (Ireland)
An Honest Arrangement (US)
Those Poor Things (US)
My Friend Hugo (US)
I Love YU (Croatia)
El Hombre Equivocado (The Wrong Man) (Spain)
Cordially Invited (US)