First Night Program
November 7, 2014 - 7:38pm
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2014 JURY AWARD--SILVER MEDAL
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST ACTOR
A reclusive man wakes up with no sign of the woman he met the night before.
Men and Women
Over the Christmas of 1979, a toung girl realizes that her parent's re;ationship in unraveling.
The relationship between Javier and Anna ends when she hits the nrakes and he keeps moving.
Gregory Go Boom
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
A paraplegic man leaves home for the first time and discovers the world is not like he imagined it.
2014 JURY AWARD--BRONZE MEDAL
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST SCREENPLAY
On Christmas Eve, Santa and his elf crash-land in the middle of nowhere on their busiest night.
Leave of Absence
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST EDTING
A man and a woman are suddenly brutalized by an unseen force.
Cloth Paper Dreams
hree men journey to India and the Kumbh Mela in search of something greater than themselves.
The Bravest The Boldest
2014 GRAND JURY PRIZE
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST ACTRESS
2014 JURY AWARD BEST DIRECTOR
A woman wanders her apartment building avoiding the Army officers who bring bad news.
The 10 films that make up the First Night Program are presented under the title “Levels of Light.” They are from 6 different countries and all explore our perception of truth. Marcus Aurelius said that “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” As human beings, our clarity is perpetually clouded by our emotions--love and sorrow mask the reality of death; anger and hate often mask insecurities within our own psyche. Just as a light illuminates the darkness and makes the unseeable seen, the truth lifts the veil on our own faces, exposing us for who we truly are.
The ultimate power of the truth is evident in how we so often fight against it. We fight because, most often, it is the only thing that can truly set us free. There is nothing on the other side of the truth. It is the end of the journey. This program concludes with Moon Molson’s powerful film The Bravest, The Boldest. In it, the filmmaker asks us to navigate one of the most difficult truths possible: unimaginable loss. With a simple hand, he guides through those levels of darkness into the light. Not a light that shines as a beacon, but the light of a truth that lifts our veil and reveals us as flawed, finite, beautiful human beings who all share the same fears, the same joys, and the same heart.
24fps Festival Director
November 8, 2014 - 2:00pm
Le Pot de Confiture
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST SOUND EDITING
A deaf janitor is given a gift by a mysterious woman that will change his life forever.
2014 JURY AWARD--BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
At a food fetish-bar a young, overweight man looks for companionship.
2014 HORIZON AWARD WINNER
A young girl attempts to get through to her withdrawn mother after a tragic event.
A sound technician becomes attracted to mysterious neighbor in the building across from him.
A young couple find themselves on a small boat lost at sea. Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.
Factory workers refuse to repair warplane engines in protest against the military coup in Chile.
The Centipede and the Toad
2014 SPECIAL JURY CITATION--EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION
A jealous toad, envious of a graceful centipede, plots the centipede’s downfall.
The 10 films that make up the Matinee Program are presented under the title “Watermark,” and represent artists from 11 nations. The program begins with a quote from Blindness, Jose Saramago’s breathtaking parable of disorientation. It asks us to consider the confines of our own understanding. It challenges us to look past the walls we continually construct around us throughout our lives and to recognize that what we feel--what we believe-- is not rendered unequivocally true or unquestionable only because we believe it. We constantly struggle to have our voices heard. We are often intolerant toward those whose system of beliefs (or whose goal or purpose) is not our own.
We, alone, are nothing. Where we thrive is in the constant collision of belief systems, faiths, teachings, and knowledge that make us a human race. A watermark is a stain. It can also be an identifier. Understanding that how we see determines who we are makes it paramount that we embrace the largest vision possible. This program concludes with an extraordinary animated film, The Centipede and the Toad, which compellingly shows the inevitable results of blinded vision.
Blindness often has nothing to do with the loss of an ability to see. What makes us human is when we open our eyes to the idea that our differences are not our stains. They are our humanity.
24fps Festival Director
Second Night Program
November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
In a city at night, a human-shaped deer tries to steal a man’s identity by taking his head off.
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
2014 RED CITATION HUMANITARIAN AWARD
The struggle for Syrian freedom, as experienced by a young rebel fighter and a female journalist.
2014 LUMINARIA AWARD (Best Cinematography)
A scavenger must survive the dangers of a post- apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems.
Rat Pack Rat
A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator finds himself performing the last rights at a fan’s bedside.
A surreal exploration of the sacrifices made during war by the generations preceding us.
A troubled teenager is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother who disappeared years earlier.
After breaking up with his girlfriend, Byron and his best friend organize a complicated breakdown.
I Am Sami
2014 AUDIENCE AWARD
Living in a war zone, 10 year old Sami is forced into a decision that could change his life forever.
The 11 films that make up the Second Night Program are presented under the title “Higher Ground,” and represent 8 different nations. Simply put, it is a program about compassion and sacrifice. The program begins with a quote from Jonathan Safran Foer’s post 9-11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Foer asks us to consider the possibility (or the inevitability) of one day having to choose between what is easy and what is right. In a complicated modern world we are constantly assaulted by technology. Our communication has become entirely electronic and largely impersonal. We are losing the ability to interact with passion and compassion. What is the end?
Acts of honor and sacrifice are quite difficult and personal. But without taking that step, we are like the solider and the Iraqi boy at the end of Kae Bahar’s festival closing film I Am Sami. We stand at an impasse, and the only way forward is a step that requires, without question, our unrelenting compassion and bravery.
24fps Festival Director