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AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL 2015

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Short Film/PSA/Music Vid [clear filter]
Thursday, September 10
 

5:00pm

The Emotional Dimensions of the James River
Director: Michelle Marquez
Run Time: 3:09

Synopsis: This experimental film provides an emotional roller coaster experience that was musically and visually designed based on a neuroscience research project that correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of sounds and images with the selective triggering of emotional states. Enlighten yourself by looking at the world from your personal point of view while dreaming inside your curiosity. Michelle Marquez, a fifteen-year-old scientist and artist, conceptualized, produced and directed this short experimental film in collaboration with Patrick Gregory and music of Lincoln Mitchell. She aims to challenge the traditional division and separation between Science and Art. Her three-year journey in research has revealed the deeply rooted biological connection that the human brain forms with complex images, sounds, and music. Her award winning neuroscience research correlates a mathematical parameter (fractal dimension) of music and/or images with the selective triggering of emotional states. She used her scientific discoveries as a platform to share her dream of finding a place “Where Science Meets Art.” She used drones for aerial photography to capture images with a special camera converted to use Infrared (720 nm). Those images were blended with original music created especially for this film, which was ‘mathematically’ directed by the teenage producer. She is breaking the barrier between Art and Science to create a unique visual and audio experience of time perceptions and emotional dimensions. She invites viewers to ride this emotional roller coaster while dreaming about a place “Where Science Meets Art” at the James River.

Part of Free Screening w/ Cracking Your Creativity Code 

Moderators
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Michelle Marquez

Michelle Marquez is a 15 year old Sophmore at the Math & Science Clover Hill High School located in Midlothian, Virginia. At 11, Michelle developed a passion for examining human perceptions of art using scientific correlation, discovering the mathematical structure of sounds that... Read More →


Thursday September 10, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

6:30pm

My Christmas Wish
This is a part of a full program on opening night, one ticket gets you entrance to all films 6:30pm-9:00pm and opening party
Director: James Tumminia
Run Time: 26:00

Synopsis:
Emma, a too-wise-for-her-age young girl, decides to take matters into her own hands as she witnesses the people she loves struggling daily with life’s challenges.  She writes an impassioned letter to Santa Claus, enlisting his help.  In a series of vignettes, we meet the people whose lives Emma wants Santa to touch, and we see how a pure, heartfelt and unselfish act – a wish! – can impact their lives forever.  Emma demonstrates that by reaching out for the sake of others, it is always better to give than receive, even if the gift is not wrapped or placed under the tree


Thursday September 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

953K: Inspiring Action Against Cyberbullying
Director: Nik Gravelle and Jessica Starr
Run Time: 5:43

Synopsis:
 Milenials place every ounce of acceptance and self-worth on interaction with their peers on social media.The power of Cyberbullying is often ignored and underestimated, this poignant Public Service Announcement touches on this subject whose pain is all too familiar in today’s society.  LA based non- profit dance company MusEffect and Muse Media created this PSA, 953K with the intention of raising social awareness of Cyberbullying.  Filmed in the classroom, hallways and theatre of a school, MusEffect uses dance, spoken word and film to create a relatable message that spread like wildfire online last year, generating millions of heartfelt responses and stories of private and personal suffering.  MusEffect brings the topic of cyberbullying out of the dark and into the limelight to develop more understanding and tolerance of this form of mental and emotional abuse.  Visually stimulating for the younger audiences and intellectually driven for the adults, MusEffect's 953K is the vehicle our society needs to inspire action against cyberbullying. 

Webpage: MusEffect.org


Thursday September 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Webpage Link MusEffect.org

9:00pm

Awaken-Short Film
Plays with:

Awaken FEATURE FILM : http://sched.co/47yH

Director: 
Bruce Sze Han Chen
Run Time: 18:38

Synopsis: Sophie wakes up from a dream that her mother, Diana, is in a prairie singing a beautiful song for her. She is in a huge, confined factory and there are a lot of sleeping workers. The sleeping workers are sleeping, but they are still working unceasingly. Sophie wants to search for her mother in the factory. However, they enter a trap planned by the ruler of factory, Derek. When she is almost caught, the captain of the guards, Robert, saves her. He gives Sophie Diana’s diary and tells her Diana died. After Sophie reads Diana’s diary, she decides to wake the sleeping workers and escape the factory like her mother did.



Thursday September 10, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

What You Love Most
Director: Lindsey Weissman
Run Time: 3:49 

Synopsis: 360 degree Music Video 

Thursday September 10, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Friday, September 11
 

5:00pm

9/11 Memorial: To Light
Director: Carolyn Downie 
Run Time: 5:20

Synopsis: 'To Light' is a piece made for the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial in NYC. It's about bringing things 'to light' and bringing 'light' to things. It's a piece to match the 9/11 WTC 'Tribute in Light'. 

Synopsis (full): 'To Light' is a piece made for the opening of the new 9/11 Memorial in NYC marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01. The music is conceptual and mirrors the architectural concept by Michael Arad* with its angular, symmetrical and spacious design. A new perspective is also represented with Jungian psychology and philosophical themes expressed in the text. It’s a piece about learning, remembering and holding a space to connect with the architecture and the meaning of 9/11 moving forward. It's a piece about bringing things 'to light' and bringing 'light' to things. It's a piece to match the 9/11 WTC 'Tribute in Light'. It intends to help bring understanding and appreciation to everyone, especially those who are unable to visit. 
*'If this was a scar, and the fabric of the city was scarred, I felt it should be mended back to the life of the city, not erased; not celebrated as a scar but allowed to heal back. The waterfalls themselves mark the passage of time, endlessly flowing into the earth. The moving water is meant to be cleansing and its sound soothing. The recessed pools are designed to allow the sky and sun to shine about. You walk up to the edge of these voids, you see these voids that are tangible emptiness. It's not an emptiness that's devoid of meaning. It's an emptiness that's full of meaning. It's about the persistence of this absence in so many ways, absence of these people, absence of the towers that stood here.'  - Michael Arad, architect 


Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Life is for Living

Director: Danny Phillips
Run Time: 28:38

Synopsis: An old man finds out he was used in an unethical medical experiment when he was a 6 yr old boy. The effects of this procedure were to extend his lifespan between 20-25%. Albert has been given the gift of life but not one that he wants any longer.



Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Purple Heart
Director: Peter Kiwitt
Run Time: 15:52

Synopsis: Purple Heart tells the story of a young Iraq War veteran caught in the downward spiral of PTSD. His girlfriend, a deaf artist, tries to help him but he pushes her away. As his life unravels, he begins to lose control, veering towards tragedy. Will the war claim another casualty?

Website:
https://peterkiwitt.wordpress.com/bio/


Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The Bridge
Director name: Alia Diab
Run Time: 22:28

Synopsis
: People will continue to move around the world, and as they do they will continue to meet different people from different cultures. Therefore understanding the background, the history, and the culture of the people they deal with is a pre-requisite for peace. This understanding is born through simple communication. It plays an essential role in peace and in the advancement of both social and financial domains.

 

This documentary seeks for means to end cultural misconceptions due to misinformation and lack of communication between Arabs and Americans. It tries to represent both sides while trying to eliminate biases in the point of view of the storyteller.  It aims to identifycommunication and challenges, its sources, while shedding the light on the sources which shapes this generation’s opinions about other cultures. The documentary aspires to ”bridge” both sides’ opinions and allow them to communicate freely and discover one another.

 

This documentary takes you through the minds of this generation of both Arabs and Americans. It illustrates their ideas about the “other”when it comes to religion, family, women, lifestyle, and the role of media; it also searches for the solution in their point of view.



Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The El Salvador Incident

Director: Joe Goschy
Genre:
Documentary
Language: English and Spanish (with English dub)
Run Time: 39:21

Synopsis:
After an overview of the conditions in the tiny Central American country during the 1980s, Lucia and Jorge witness martyrdom and describe the difficult circumstances that brought them to the United States in 1989 – the thing that no one would talk about.

Screenwriters: Mary Jo Ignoffo and Joe Goschy
Cast: Lucia Cerna, Jorge Cerna, Melissa Fabragas, Jonathan Hernandez, Mary Jo Ignoffo 



Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Welcome
Director: Serena Dykman
Run Time: 17:19 

Synopsis: 
The day her boyfriend plans to propose to her, Anna, a young New York-based Czech doctor is held at U.S. immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda. 



Friday September 11, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Katie

Director: Nathan Gotsch 
Run Time: 15:36

Synopsis: Inspired by actual events, Katie is the story of an adolescent girl caught in the web of domestic sex trafficking.


Friday September 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Tape
Director: Sierra Parr
Run time: 17:50

Waking up on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, a number in black scribbled on his
hand. Cain, a young and unstable man stumbles to his feet and takes in his surroundings. Open fields guide the long road ahead, wind blows around him, and somewhere off in the distance he spots a small brick house. 

Just beyond the front door stands a small child, a little girl wearing an oversized medical mask; she looks sick, she invites him in.  A downward spiral immerses Cain into a world much bigger than he, a form of purgatory where yesterday is the only future. No one here will speak to him; no one here even acknowledges his presence. As Cain continues to explore the depths of this world, he becomes increasingly more compelled to find the answers to his questions; to find help. A strange turn of events unfolds as Cain reaches his breaking point. His only hope settles in the hands of Sophia after an unexpected phone call brings her to his doorstep. Only to find out that their conversation might have never happened in the first place…



Friday September 11, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Emoticon
Director : Dwayne Tarver
 
Run Time: 3Min 45 sec
 
Synopsis: Emily confronts her daughter, Tonya, after an auto accident caused by texting.


Friday September 11, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Saturday, September 12
 

5:00pm

Cre8tive Differences
Directors: Jim Peterson 
Run Time: 5:06

Synopsis: A short story about old flames that decide to meet, but are not quite as 'open' as they should be.... This Cause Production is meant to create awareness for both Disabled and Veteran causes.

Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Heat Wave
Director: Rajesh Naroth
Run Time: 4:35

Synopsis: Sally Douglas is a busy executive. Her day is not going well. She had no idea how worse it was going to get.



Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The Karma of Happiness
Director: Foster Corder
Run Time: 16:11

Synopsis: Madison Wright has a life that isn't quite 'right.' She has many of the problems that people around the world encounter with relationships and jobs. Like most people, she feels there is no hope for much of a change, just living a mundane life in search of answers and growing old...until she learns the secret of karma. In her search for happiness, she designs a perfect life with karma and learns how to change the world with it and in turn change changes people's lives around her. Based on the international best-seller 'The Diamond Cutter' by Geshe Michael Roach.


Saturday September 12, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Father
Director: Tresa Ponnor
Run Time: 10:39 

Synopsis:
 A story about fathers: one physical, one spiritual.
A young Vietnamese-Australian man and his father share their journeys of sacrifice, isolation and freedom.

Webpage:  https://www.facebook.com/paxetbonumdoco/info?tab=page_info


Saturday September 12, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Sovereign's Water
Director: Verel Moon
Run Time: 16:11

Synopsis: In 2002 over 70,000 adult Salmon died at the mouth of the Klamath due to low flows and high water temperatures. In the summer of 2014 the conditions were exactly the same and the tribes took an active position in getting water released from the dams.


Saturday September 12, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

A Certain Kind Of Light
Director: Brandon Vedder
Run Time: 37:01

A Certain Kind of Light" serves as a portrait of a sage like 93-year old man named, Wilber “Wil” Alexander who has sat at the bedside of the sick & the dying for the last 40 years. Using a method he calls, Whole Person Care, he invites the wounded to tell their stories as he walks alongside them and aiding in their search for meaning. He uniquely cares for sick, wounded & terminal patients without the modern technology, believing there is invaluable meaning and purpose in both, the illness and the experience of recovery. Wil's own health wains in a way that has him confronting his own mortality and all the while his peers work to capture & codify his methods in a way that can be taught to young physicians.




Saturday September 12, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

The Discussion
Director: James Silvanus-Davis
Run Time: 5:36

Synopsis: Why do we operate under a system designed to plunder the world for profit? The Discussion is a uniquely approached, minimal theatre inspired piece. It sees a meeting of minds within the abstract space, coming to discuss political and spiritual issues a global culture is facing in the not too distant future. Shot entirely in point of view style, you are there with them.

Moderators

Saturday September 12, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Sunday, September 13
 

5:00pm

Bumblebees
Director/Writer: Jenna Kanell
Run Time: 03:57

Synopsis: Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

Webpage: https://www.facebook.com/BumblebeesShort
Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/131611353


Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Cacophony
Director: Madison Boll
Runtime: 7:20

Synopsis: Separated from his expatriate family in the hectic Shanghai metro, Perrin, an Autistic teenager, undergoes a treacherous journey around the bustling city. Longing to be reunited with his family, Perrin confronts numerous challenges that put him outside of his comfort zone. In a tale of challenge, bravery and discovery, Cacophony tells a unique story set in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.


Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Metamorphosis
Director: Stephanie Khoury
Run Time: 16:07

Synopsis: A short-documentary following the constant transformation of a child with autism, his family members, and the volunteers he meets through therapeutic horseback riding.


Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The Definition Of Autism
Director: Maria Perez
Run Time: 11:30

Synopsis: This is a short documentary created to spread awareness on
Autism and how individuals with Autism still have a normal and
positive life style.


Sunday September 13, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Last Pyramid
Director Name: Dave Schachter
Run Time: 24:20 

Synopsis: Following her son Kevin’s epilepsy-related death in 2001, Patricia Barnes thought her life was over. Then one day, she awoke with the urge to create a series of stained glass pyramids never having made one before. Thirteen years and twenty pyramids later, Trish has decided to complete the final piece and move forward from her loss. A story of healing through creation, "Last Pyramid" will chronicle Trish’s journey from tragedy to triumph as she finishes her final tribute to the life of her child.

Moderators
DS

Dave Schachter

Dave Schachter is a producer, director, and film editor. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film, Animation, and Video, he’s produced two feature films. The first, Colin Healey’s HOMEMAKERS, was an IFP Narrative Lab selection in 2013, the Audience... Read More →


Sunday September 13, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Rhizophora

Director: Davide De Lillis and Julia Metzger-Traber
Run Time:
16:00

Synopsis:
It has been forty years since the Vietnam War. Yet, its toxic remnants are not fading. In a place called The Friendship Village outside Hanoi, live one hundred young people with disabilities they inherited from their parents’ and grandparents’ exposure to Agent Orange in the 1960s. In this Video-poem eleven of the village’s residents lead us through the whimsical experience of a day in their lives. We are welcomed ever deeper into their richly symbiotic world as the day progresses.

The lines of realism and fantasy blur as they dance their way from dreaming to waking, find rhythm in their rice bowls, and celebrate their shared tea with a mad and colorful party. Each character’s unique personality and abilities glow with humor and vulnerability. As the real gradually gives way to the magical, they become more and more one with nature. Despite growing in toxic soil, like the ravaged mangrove trees of the coastal regions, interwoven roots make them strong, and thus breathtaking beauty is able to grow and reveal itself. Captured through the lens of a playful and intimate hand held camera, resilience shines through the limitations of the protagonists’ moving bodies. The visual journey is accompanied by a visceral and dynamic original score, which brings the world around the characters to life. The acoustic landscape is so engaged with the visual that it becomes unclear whether the movements are singing with voices and cello or the notes are dancing through the characters’ bodies.

“Rhizophora” was conceived of and realized in a collaborative process between the featured group of residents and the Berlin based performing arts duo ¿Che.Ne.So?. It is both an attempt to raise awareness about the continuing devastation of the Vietnam War as well as an ode to the power of life, which can flourish in even the most toxic of circumstances.

Between 1962 and 1971, the US Airforce sprayed nearly 20,000,000 U.S. gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange over the jungles and fields of Vietnam, stripping the forests naked to reveal the human targets. Between 3 and 4 million Vietnamese have suffered severe health effects caused by genetic mutation from the chemicals in Agent Orange. The mutated DNA is passed down from generation to generation. The war ended 40 years ago, but Agent Orange lives on in people’s bodies and in the earth. No one knows how long it will take to dissolve if it is not cleaned up. So, something must be done.



Sunday September 13, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

The Power of Sound (Sonic Soul Choir)
Director: Liliana Colombo
Run Time: 27:29 

Synopsis: a Sonic Soul Choir live experience facilitated by former opera singer and sound healer Amanda Kent who guides a group of people to use their voices in order to bring healing to the wider planet by channeling the Divine Light.


Sunday September 13, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Umudugudu! Rwanda 20 years on

FREE SCREENING
Director: Giordano Cossu
Run Time: 36:00

Synopsis: Rwanda, twenty years on: former genocide killers and survivors live together once again in former or newly built umudugudus (villages). Haunted by their past and fearing an uncertain future, how is life together, when your neighbour is the one who killed your family?

A thought-provoking and enlightening documentary about the struggle to rebuild life in the hills of Rwanda.



Sunday September 13, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Moments of Clarity
Director: Ebrahim Ghaeini
Run Time: 17:20

Synopsis
: ​In an abstract world, 'Moments of Clarity' is an awakening. Guided by a voice through a forest of memories, Jason must face the moments of his past involving a woman named Claire, his psychological creation.


Sunday September 13, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Monday, September 14
 

5:00pm

I've Just Had a Dream
Director: Javi Navarro
Run Time: 7:25

Synopsis: Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream. 


Monday September 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

One-Protect the White Nile River

Polly Green DIRECTOR, PRODUCER
Runtime:8:00
The White Nile River in Uganda is about to be drastically lost and changed forever by the construction of the Isimba Dam. The government of Uganda and The World Bank signed an agreement protecting a whitewater section of river from being flooded by any further dam construction. The Isimba Dam is scheduled to be built at a height that would nullify the Kalagala Offset Agree… See more

OFFICIAL WEBSITEhttp://www.flairfilms.comSOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITEShttp://www.facebook.com/flairfilms

Monday September 14, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Flutter
Director: Elliot Cowan
Run Time: 24:03

Synopsis: On the epic cliff-tops of Malta, three men, linked by one woman, struggle to come to terms with their hand in her death. As they pursue the obsessions that drive them apart in isolation, only the extraordinary cosmic link between the grandfather and his grandson provides any way of remaining connected, and seconds before the family is destroyed forever, extraordinary powers beyond their understanding, teach them how to forgive, survive and find hope without her. 
On the fringes of reality and redemption, this culturally specific story evokes universal truths of love, pain and grief, found the world over. 


Monday September 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Hans
Director: Harris Cohen
Run Time: 9:04

Synopsis
: Ten year old Hans Roenau, and his family. had to flee Vienna, Austria in 1938 when the Nazis invaded. They sought refuge in Shanghai, China only to face that country's occupation by the Japanese. 

Despite the disruption of his childhood Hans grew up with a sunny disposition and an easy charm. 
Moving to Northern California as an adult, his avocation was long distance running. When, due to age and ill health, he was no long able to run he turned his talents to photography. Filmed at 82 Hans is having had a full and rewarding life as a photographer and philosopher. 
He has been an inspiration to many, including filmmaker Harris Cohen.


Moderators

Monday September 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Light of the Genji
Director: Emily Driscoll
Run Time: 9:41

Synopsis: 'Light of the Genji' showcases the Genji hotaru (fireflies) of Japan and efforts to protect fireflies and their 'languages of light' from artificial night lighting. The film features scientists and educators in Yokosuka City, Japan; Gainesville, Florida; and New Orleans, LA.

Monday September 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Sin Frontera (Without Boundary)
Director: Iz Gutierrez
Run Time: 28:58

Synopsis:
 Inspired by true events, Monica and Gabriel are a couple struggling to survive both a decaying relationship and a broken immigration system after a deportation tears them apart. While Gabriel is stuck in a dangerous city, they both remember how they fell in love and make a vow to rekindle their romance in order to prevail and reunite through an unconventional method. Love will transcend any boundary.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/118312166
Web Page: www.SinFronteraMovie.com


Monday September 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

THE AUTUMN OF ZAO
Director: Nikolaus Roche-Kresse
Run Time: 18:08

Synopsis:
 Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, The Autumn of ZAO is a hymn to dream, life and childhood.


Monday September 14, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Tuesday, September 15
 

5:00pm

Eunoia
Director: Evan Engel
Run Time:
14:57

Synopsis: As a student attempts to put his miserable day of circumstantial hardships behind him, he comes across a stranger who enlightens him with distinct perspective.

Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Look At Me: Celebrating The Authentic You
Director: Nik Gravelle
Run Time: 07:04

Synopsis: 
Look at Me was a stage piece originally created in 2009, to elevate social awareness of the unrealistic body image expectations placed on us by societal pressures and media. Now, eight years later MusEffect has developed this beautiful piece of choreography into an epic full length Public Service Announcement filmed in the heart of Los Angeles encouraging audiences to ‘Celebrate the Authentic You.’  Teaming up with dancers across the globe, and some of today's top social activists in the Entertainment field, MusEffect and these advocates alike deliver a message that is not only informative, but equally designed to ignite a passion towards change.  It is MusEffect's unique vehicle of raising social consciousness through dance, spoken word and film that leaves audiences craving a social remedy.  "Look at Me, you're beautiful, Look at Me."

Webpage: MusEffect.org


Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Talgar the Hunter

Director: Charlie Crane 
Run Time: 12:39
 
Synopsis:
Talgar the Hunter is a beautiful, peaceful and moving short film about loss and reconciliation. Part documentary, part fable. Talgar takes a journey through kyrgyzstan's bleak landscape to heal his closest companion Tumara the Golden Eagle. There is only one man alive that can bring inner peace back to this quiet hero.



Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

The Case of Conrad Cooper
Director:  Valerie Doran Dalena
Run Time: 18:07

Synopsis:
  Conrad Cooper lives in the past – stuck in today, afraid of tomorrow. Like most days, he’s on his way somewhere and he has to be on time. If anyone happens to notice, he’s just another man, wearing a suit and tie, carrying a briefcase, blending in. But Conrad’s fear of the future follows him like an ever present ghost. Then, in his darkest hour, something catches his eye – something so simple, so innocent that he’d completely forgotten, had barely noticed it. And for the moment, for today, he believes there is hope for tomorrow.  Dedicated to Conrad Cooper’s everywhere.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Good Words
Director: Robby Reis
Run Time: 10min

Synopsis: This short and poignant film traces the story of Elizabeth, a gifted and highly qualified candidate attending a job interview. All appears to be going swimmingly, until the conversation turns towards the subject of mental illness. While this film is a work of fiction, research indicates that it represents a reality played out daily.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Appalachia - From Mountaintop to Moonscape
Directors: Alan Gignoux
Run Time: 13:05

Synopsis:
Appalachia is the poorest region of the United States, earning the region the nickname," America's Colony," while the giant coal companies have earned the nickname, "King Coal."

King Coal has extracted the coal by using some of the most ruthless methods in what has been called, "Capitalism's Dark Side." Today, the coal companies have found an even better way to extract the coal, just blow up the mountains without a care for reclamation.


Tuesday September 15, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Wednesday, September 16
 

5:00pm

A Parkbench
Director: Rhiannon Houch
Run Time: 3:26

Synopsis: A man seeks peace in the city


Wednesday September 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Last Night in Edinburgh
Director: Bita Shafipour
Run Time: 21 Mins

Synopsis:
 When two teen sisters discover that their family holiday abroad is really a plan by their parents to deliver them both into forced marriages, the girls flee home to find their own ways of remaining in Edinburgh, testing the limits of their bond and the resolve of the adults who control their futures.

Moderators

Wednesday September 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

If The Trees Could Talk
Director: Michael Weinstein
Run Time: 24:00

Synopsis: A young Jewish girl and her family escape the ghetto and seek refuge in the forest. Struggling to survive, their horror is compounded by what may be the girl's ultimate demise. Can she be saved by a spiritual force more powerful than we can imagine?


Wednesday September 16, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Saruen
Director: Spencer Byam-Taylor
Run Time: 08:45

Synopsis:
 Tong Saruen and her family in the Ta Trav village were first identified for aid by the Trailblazer Foundation in 2012. Trailblazer is now working directly in 19 villages and indirectly in 16 other villages with partner NGOs encompassing 52 different villages, 35 communes and 6 districts.


Wednesday September 16, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Thursday, September 17
 

7:00pm

And Counting
Director: Michelle Wood
Run Time: 14:33

Synopsis: Living two decades longer than he ever imagined possible with HIV, Quin's life unfolds in this artistic representation of his loss, love and celebration. “And Counting” takes you on an experimental journey and invites you to create a different type of cinematic experience.


Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Killing My Girl
11:37

Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

On a Knife Edge
Director name: Tamas Tatai
Run Time: 10:00

Synopsis:  Excited about her upcoming holiday, Laura is walking home from university when she witnesses the stabbing of her teenage brother. Jake, a celebrated member of the youth football team, is taken away by paramedics as they fight to save his life. Laura’s life has turned up side down as Jake lies unconscious on a hospital bed. Laura, her Mother and Father can hardly cope with the trauma. Laura’s dark days become unbearable not knowing if Jake will ever wake up.

http://onaknifeedgeshortfilm.com/


Thursday September 17, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

The Healing Song
Director: Deborah Libby
Run Time: 11:53

Synopsis: Everything in the universe moves, resonates, and vibrates at its own frequency, which generates sound. Sound has the power to influence our physical and emotional state like no other source of expression. Marian Kraus’ gong sound healing work has helped others transform their lives, including profiled student Toni Morales who has overcome her decades-long eating disorder while attending regular sound healing sessions. The Healing Song leads viewers through a viscerally affecting performance facilitated by Kraus, profiling Chinese gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, and percussive instruments which guide students through a powerful healing experience for mind and body.


Thursday September 17, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Tick-Tock
Director: Joshua Sowden
Run Time: 12:12

Synopsis: A detective is called to the scene of a homicide that will reveal demons of his past.

Thursday September 17, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Friday, September 18
 

5:00pm

Habs - Imprisoned
Director: Navid Navid
Run time: 7:10

Synopsis: The singer, Ebi is one of the most famous Iranian singers, who is beloved by three generations. With his voice and this video we throw light on the emotional distress political prisoners in dictatorial regimes go through, when they are apart from their beloved spouses. Love speaks all languages and therefore this song and video go beyond the politic side of these human right violations that take place not only in Iran but also in other dictatorial regimes all over the world.


Friday September 18, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Webpage Link https://www.facebook.com/ebi and http://www.navidnavid.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ebihabs

5:00pm

Red Path
Director: Myriam Negre
Run Time: 7:14

Synopsis: Red Path is a short film that honours menstruation and its healing potential for women in a *sacred way, through a short story of metaphor and poetic images that evoke a path of awakening to our own power by connecting with our menstrual cycles and  by offering this potential of life to Earth with the intention of healing for all. 
It is played by four women, two mothers and two daughters, with a humble budget and tons of love. *The dictionary defines sacred as ‘something regarded with or diserving of deep respect’.


Friday September 18, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

5:00pm

Sigo Adelante
Director: Kaila Taylor
Run time: 8:37

Synopsis: Silvia is a hard-working, single mother who has faced hardships throughout her life in Ecuador. However, she continues forward with perseverance, working to support herself and her two children.


Friday September 18, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

I Miss You Mommy
Director: Christie Bednarz
Run Time: 2:44

Synopsis:
"I Miss You Mommy" is an emotionally gravitating PSA that follows a young girl throughout different stages in her life where she deals with the death of her mother.  It provides a different perspective showing there is more than one victim after a suicide.


Friday September 18, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm

Jax
Director: Rita Ciolek
Run Time: 5:28

Synopsis: An intimate portrait of Jacqueline Ortega, a young woman with stage IV breast cancer, whose story is a fight against all odds that leads to self-empowerment and healing of herself and those around her.


Friday September 18, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Colors

Director: Razzy Dyer
Run Time: 4:03

Sunopsis: Colors is a narrative short, a story of a girl reflecting on the aftermath of her suicide. Written by Hannah and directed by Razzy Dyer, go through the colors of her death and experience why suicide is NOT the answer.

Colors hopes of creating a platform to talk about suicide and how it effects not only the main victim, but how those loved ones become victims as well.



Friday September 18, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Dissonance
Director: Anna Ngo
Run Time: 3:54

Synopsis: A transgender outcast is ostracized by their traditional community upon discovering their true identity.


Friday September 18, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Pedestrian Crossing
Director:  Colin Murnane
Run Time: 6:30

Synopsis: 
A bit like Larkin...but...A Docu-Surreal film inspired by the Noble Call delivered at The Abbey Theatre Dublin by Irish drag queen and gay rights campaigner Panti Bliss. To mark the centenary of The Great Dublin Lockout led by James Larkin, Ireland's National Theatre, the theatre of Yeats, staged a period play by Plunkett on oppression. Selected people were invited to give a Noble Call on stage at the end of each night surrounded by the cast. The Irish Campaigner and Drag Queen Panti Bliss was selected due to an incident that occurred on Irish TV.  pedestrian Crossing has just won the Amnesty International Award for best human rights short film at IOWFF in the UK.


Friday September 18, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

9:00pm

Someone Else
Director: Chelsea Catalanotto
Run time: 7:19

Synopsis: After concealing her true identity for an entire lifetime, Bruce grapples with the fact that she may never bring herself to reveal the person inside.


Friday September 18, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Saturday, September 19
 

12:00pm

Mystery Weight
Director: Craig April
Run time: 2:40

Synopsis: After a surprising number on his bathroom scale, a man sets out to lose weight.  Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, he's gaining!

Moderators

Saturday September 19, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

SHALLOW WATERS: The Public Death of Raymond Zack
Director: Jaime Longhi 
Run Time: 33:38

Synopsis: "Memorial Day, San Francisco Bay. A fully dressed man walks into the cold shallow waters off a public beach, and waits. A good-sized crowd gathers on the beach to watch the man, and waits. Police and Fire units arrive and wait. As the sand in the man's hourglass runs out, nobody moved. SHALLOW WATERS explores the rationalizations and regrets of those who had the ability to help the man in the water and did not."


Saturday September 19, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

The Blazing Heart
Director: Bob Peck
Run Time: 16:38

Synopsis: The Blazing Heart is a portrait of a venerated Hindu saint, Sri Amma Karunamayi. Her name translates to Compassionate Mother. Along with her spiritual sanctity and love among thousands of followers, she has a global humanitarian mission to alleviate suffering, poverty, and hunger for the world's underprivileged children. Through interviews with disciples and Amma herself, the film shows the true nature of a contemporary, living sage.


Saturday September 19, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

The Fairytale Syndrome
Director: Yesenia Lima
Writer/Co-Producer (and the one who will be attending):  Gina Juliet
Run Time: 8:45

Synopsis: In this intimate and quirky comedy, Lisa celebrates 5 years of “recovery” in her love addiction support group, by sharing her rock bottom story.


Webpage:  www.thefairytalesyndrome.com
Trailer link:  https://vimeo.com/134650087 


Saturday September 19, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

The Weight of Sadness
Director:  Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael 
Run Time:

Synopsis:
 

Saturday September 19, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Growing Strong
Director: Rita Ciolek
Run Time: 30:00

Synopsis: Physically and emotionally abused girl escapes home in an attempt to find refuge at her free-spirited grandmother’s horse farm. 


Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Kindness It's Super Smiley

FREE SCREENING


Film Maker: Megan Blake
Run time: 1 minute 50 seconds
Synopsis:   Paws in the Air!  Two time Shelter Dog, Super Smiley, flies through the air in his Red Cape sharing What???  This animated film whimsically reflects the real-life Kindness with Super Smiley® program with animation by Out of Our Minds Studios, the winner of a BAFTA and over 1,000 film festivals.  It won Super Smiley The Ambassador of Kindness Award at The Animal Film Festival and that Official role with State Farm®.  Mark Winter, co-founder of Pet Life Radio, the home of A Super Smiley Adventure, created the song to capture Smiley's life view:  "Animals will teach you!"   Smiley knows this film won't end all cruelty, but it will definitely plant the seeds and bring smiles.  Paws in the Air!


Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Putting The Ribbon Back On
Director: Richard Louprasong
Run Time: 20:00

Synopsis: An unlikely victim of HIV finds her greatest gift when she builds a camp for families affected by the disease.


Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Slum Dreams
Director: Brendan Modini
Run Time: 10:57

Synopsis: With big dreams to become a journalist and a pilot, two children from the slum must find a way to pursue their education in order to achieve their goals. The YCCM (Young County Change-Makers) is an organization in the Nyalenda Slum in Kisumu, Kenya, that provides support and guidance to help youth reach their full potential.

Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Taper
Director: Paul W. Sauline
Run Time: 8:31

Synopsis: a 9 year old boy in the 90s is too young to know the type of man he'll be one day, but seemingly harmless remarks and comments from his family nudge him in a direction he might not have normally drifted.

 

webpage: http://www.paulsauline.com/#!taper/ci8l 


Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Where Has Love Gone?
Director: Gary Voelker
Run Time: 4:42

Synopsis:
 Recently, there has been a growing movement in America to raise awareness about the horrific epidemic of human trafficking - specificaly, criminal sexual exploitation of children. .An overwhelming majority of the victims of human slavery are children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. Once a child is sold, the average lifespan of each victim is just 2-4 years. These children are threatened, beaten, raped, drugged, and sold. It is truly a hopeless situation with seemingly no escape. 

Raising awareness about this issue is simply not enough. We have produced this music video with the specific goal of rescuing and restoring the victims back to a normal healthy life through the efforts of Destiny House Restoration Center and the H.E.A.R.T.S program.



Saturday September 19, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

6:00pm

Angry Ray
Director: Yoann Boisson
Run Time: 10:00

Sinopsis: Ray is very angry. All his damned life, He has condensed his feelings and memories , internalized, imploded. He has lived in a latent violence, locking himself on himself, creating its own dungeon. It goes after a long and symbolic marche, bring out suddenly all that was buried inside him for so many years.


Saturday September 19, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
 
Sunday, September 20
 

12:00pm

Eigengrau
Director: Tomer Yaacoby.
Run Time: 11:07

Synopsis:
A man, who lives in the woods, one day bumps into a discovery that will make his life much more easier. Or is it?


Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

In the Shadows
Director: Julia Newman
Run Time: 5:29

Synopsis: Depression is a leading cause of adolescent suicide. Although the issue is publicized by adults, rarely is it discussed openly by teens themselves. This documentary explores issues of teenage depression with insights from anonymous adolescents and a working psychologist. 


webpage: julianewmanfilms.com
Trailer link: https://vimeo.com/137088564  password for trailer: festivaltrailer

Moderators

Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

NOW HERE
Director name Beatrice Grande
Run time: 8.49"
Synopsis: Now here or nowhere an old soul surrenders to Beauty.


Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

Picking Up the Pieces
Director: Josh Tebeau
Run time: 28 minutes

Picking Up the Pieces explores the memories, emotions, and beliefs of a diverse group of Jewish Child Survivors. It depicts how children coped with their trauma in rebuilding their lives after the Holocaust. 

Jewish Child survivors were largely silent for 40 years after the Holocaust. As a result the child's perspective of this tragedy has been largely untold. 

This film asks the question: How do you 'live' after surviving the Holocaust? It does so by focusing on 5 themes of special relevance to survivors: Forgiveness, Belief in God, Home, Jewish Identity and Memory. 

Picking Up the Pieces breaks with traditional narratives and testimonials of the Holocaust Documentary genre whilst maintaining a focus on oral history. It does so by adapting an innovative literary tool associated with the expression of the Child's experience of the Holocaust: Choral Storytelling. 

Using choral storytelling to express the survivors' experience creates both an intimate emotional link to each survivor while telling their story collectively as if they are part of a choir. The survivors literally finish each other’s sentences creating a fast-paced, emotionally nuanced and haunting composite portrait. At the same time, the film becomes a meditation on the interplay between memory and identity.



Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

12:00pm

Tempest
Director: Saatvik Arya
Run Time: 2:47

Synopsis: After a group of teenagers get strange powers from a Life Changing SuperStorm, they are excited and confused about how to use their powers. They all start using their powers. Some powers are used for the benefit of the society ; some teens decide to dedicate their life to protect the innocent from the evil while some teens misuse their powers to destroy the society for personal gain. Clark is one of the teenagers who received extraordinary powers. He receives the power of telekenesis (able to move things with his mind). He uses his power to stop crime (pickpocketting, kidnapping, extortion) in The Glades. Slade is one of the teenagers who gets the power of freezing things. He freezes the people in the bank and makes an attempt to rob the bank but Clark manages to stop him and saves the bank. In the end, all teens figure out that it is upto one's own will of how they use their extraordinary gifts.

Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

Choice "Mother"
Director: Joseph A. Halsey
Run Time: 7:13

Synopsis: When Hannah Ryan (Kelly Driscoll) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she must make the hardest decision of her life -to die with dignity. Making national news, her story is reported on by Ally Madison (Katrina Szish), who wants the nation to know why Hannah made the decision to prematurely end her life instead of die naturally. With the support of her mother Roseanna (Darlene Violette), Hannah discusses the difficulty of her choice.

Moderators
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Joseph A. Halsey

Produce / Director, Halsey Films
Our film is Titled CHOICE "Mother" When Hannah Ryan (Kelly Driscoll) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she must make the hardest decision of her life -to die with dignity. Making national news, her story is reported on by Ally Madison (Katrina Szish), who wants the nation to know... Read More →


Sunday September 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

Laid To Rest
Directors: Nick Britton and Ross Metcalf
Run Time: 6:16

Synopsis: This song is written for the screams and cries of the children around the world that go unheard. It is made in the hope that we can give them a voice! I hope that I am able to shed some form of light onto a global epidemic of numbness.

Moderators

Sunday September 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

New Rules for End of Life Care
Director/Producer: Dina Gruenfeld
Executive Producer: Barbara Karnes Books, Inc. https://www.bkbooks.com/
Run Time: 24:13

Synopsis: "New Rules for End of Life Care,” Barbara Karnes's most recent project, is starting conversations and garnering awards - in this country and around the world. It is a 25 minute film in which Barbara compassionately explains the stages of the dying process, talks about behavior changes as they pertain to food, sleep, and withdrawal, and addresses issues relating to the use of narcotics, addiction, and overdosing. “We don’t understand that there’s a normal, natural way of dying,” she says. “My goal is to help neutralize the fear that families and significant others bring to the bedside during the end of life experience.” 

The film has been named a 2015 Telly Award Winner for Health and Wellness and has earned a 2015 Communicator Award, Gold Award of Excellence: Film/Video on Social Issues. It won a 2015 Gold Award in Consumer Education Programs and a Merit for Books/ Publications from The Nation Mature Media Awards as well as a 2015 Gold Award in Total Health Information Programs from the National Health Information Awards. The film also has garnered an International Award of Merit from the International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture (IFFEHC) 2015. It's an official selection in the Global Health Film Festival 2015 in London. As well as Film Fest 52 in CT. We are thrilled and proud to be a part of the Awareness Festival 2015.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/oP9gp9-G9cM

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Karnes RN

Barbara Karnes RN

Owner/Author, Barbara Karnes Books, Inc
2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year, Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority to explain the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community... Read More →


Sunday September 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

Retno's Refusal
Directors: Jennifer Batchelder and Susan Carol Davis  (to be in attendance)          
Co-Director: Kathryn Bauswell (to be in attendance)
Run Time: 12:00

Synopsis:
Indonesian Retno Hapsari dedicates herself to improving the lives of families living at Jakarta's Cirendeu open garbage dump.  Retno refuses to ignore the social and environmental destruction caused by what we throw away. Her non-profit organization, XSProject, buys trash from the Cirendeu trash pickers then makes new products from the trash to sell.  With sales proceeds and donations, XSProject pays for the education and medical needs of the trash picker's children in the ever expansive trash picker community.  
Webpage: www.facebook.com/RetnosRefusal2015 (Trailer is on the Facebook page).


Sunday September 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

2:00pm

Should Tomorrow Be
Director: Malini Goel
Run Time: 23:45

Synopsis: Should Tomorrow Be is a short documentary film that recounts the story of a retired Indian-American cardiologist who suffers a simple fall at home that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. As he processes this devastating reality, he struggles with the choice to live as a vent-dependent quadriplegic or exercise his right-to-die by withholding life-sustaining treatment. Through actual home hospital footage, Should Tomorrow Be shows the raw and unflinching reactions of his family and friends as they rally around him as he deliberates and makes this final and pivotal decision.


Sunday September 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

A Ferguson Story
Director: Lonnie Edwards
Run Time: 33:06

Synopsis: An avant-garde retrospective on the alarming rise of police aggression which lead to the tragic events of Ferguson. A film solely narrated through soundbites and music, "A Ferguson Story" uses footage from various amateur photographers and videographers to capture the amalgamation of society.


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Beneath Paradise
Director: Darlien Morales
Run Time: 12:03

Synopsis: The island of Culebra, located off the coast of Puerto Rico, is one of the richest ecosystems in the Caribbean. Abundant mangroves, coral reefs and world renowned beaches, like Flamenco Beach, attract tourists from all over. Today, active munitions from WW2 pose a threat to people, wildlife, and the environment. Activists, fishermen, professors, and military personnel aim to prevent further irreparable damage to Culebra’s coral reefs. 


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Carte Blanche
Director name: Maegan La Trese Philmore
Run time: 6 min 1 sec
Synopsis: An honest cop who is involved in a high profile brutality case is torn between loyalty to his partner and his duty to do what is right.


webpage:Trailer link: http://youtu.be/A8AHLdveTfY

Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

El Cacao
Director: Michelle Aguilar
Run Time: 19:22

Synopsis: In the lush rainforest of Bocas del Toro, Panama, an indigenous cacao farmer, his wife and grandchildren confront environmental and economic complexities as they grow, harvest and sell cacao beans for a global chocolate market. Does Fair Trade Certification really work? Documenting the exceptional wisdom, unconditional devotion and proven ancient farming techniques of one hard-working Ngäbe farmer, Samuel Murillo, El Cacao complicates the question by examining the fairness of his trade.


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

For The Records
Producer: Anuradha Rana
Directors: April Knell, Charlotte Pence and Paul Pater
Run Time: 7:12

Synopsis: Told through three first person narratives, For The Records takes its audience on a journey into lived experience of psychological disorders, particularly OCD, ADD, and Anorexia Nervosa. The 7 minute documentary integrates live action and animation to convey intimate experiences.
Webpage: www.fortherecords.org


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Webpage Link www.fortherecords.org

4:00pm

Hood Brothas
Directors: Jerrell Lee and Brett Carlson
Run Time: 10:02

Synopsis: 
Hood Bruthas is a film that illuminates Perception, Stereo-types, and the Reality of them.

Tre, a highly successful Advertising Executive, is passed over on the firms' 'SUV' account because he's 'not black enough' to market to the African-American consumer. 

Outraged by this provocation, Tre and two of his colleagues, Cal and Don, muster a plan to wear Hoodies with the hopes of changing the way they are perceived--Ultimately calling themselves 'HOOD BRUTHAS'.

The 'Hood Bruthas' grow confident and empowered after some time sporting their hoodies. In the end, Tre is confronted by the Neighborhood Watchmen and the result could change his life.


webpage: www.bajapossemovies.com
Trailer link: https://youtu.be/s79120j4HnI


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

It Takes Movement To Create Change

Director: Lindsey Blaufarb
Run Time:
5:35

Synopsis: "It Takes Movement to Create Change" is a social-art piece created by co-directors Lindsey Blaufarb and Q Burdette. The short was inspired by the recent tragedies of Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York City, and Oscar Grant in Oakland. These types of injustices happen year after year, and people of color – primarily black and Latino – are usually the victims.

The film is a call to action created to inspire and encourage today's youth to find a positive outlet to express their pain, empathy and frustration processing the tragic cultural events shaping the world around them.

Set to the sound of Flying Lotus, "It Takes Movement to Create Change” was remixed by music editor Jack Rayner. He juxtaposed historical speeches from President Barrack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and Martin Luther King Jr., creating an impactful, yet highly danceable mashup of sound.

Blaufarb, one of Hollywood’s leading choreographers, brought together a who’s who of todays dance community, including Ray Charm Jr., Duece, Hob.dot and Nicholas "Slick" Stewart whose credits include worldwide projects with MadonnaChris Brown,Taylor Swift, and Nikki Minaj.  Blaufarb says, “Art gives us another lane to evoke emotion, lead social discussion, connect and create awareness. We hope to encourage people to continue to be the change they wish to see and take positive action through what ever means they have." 

The co-directors shared a vision with cinematographer Jose Hernandez, creating a masterful palette of imagery that hits all the right moves socially, politically, and emotionally. The team hopes to remind people that art can save lives, raise awareness, and crusade for equal rights when given a voice. 

Lindsey Blaufarb is a Grammy nominated choreographer and creative director based in Los Angeles whose resume includes Ricky MartinChromeoMiley CyrusThe Voice, and America’s Best Dance Crew.

Q Burdette is a director and editor who got his start in the dance industry and now directs short films and creative projects. His work can be viewed at vimeo.com/qburdette

Stars:  
Ray Charm Jr
Hob.dot
Nicholas "Slick" Stewart
Deuce
George Jones Jr
Christian O


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

Spirit
Director: Debbie Coutant
Run Time: 9:58

Synopsis: Spirit is a short documentary film about a woman’s lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis, necessitating a double-lung transplant. Despite many limitations she is in control of her illness, her psyche, and her journey. 


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

The Homeless Prayers Project
Director: Hannah Nicole Duran
Run Time: 23:16

Synopsis: A few friends come together with one great idea to help those in need with the help of their friends from their local church. With many donations, they create care packages that they give out to random homeless people they find on the streets of Hollywood, California. Knowing the risks of what their doing, they decide to document their journey out of their comfort zone to help those in need pray and know that they are prayed for. The journey is a true documentary that was filmed with the intention of inspiring other people to get out of their comfort zone and do something amazing!


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

4:00pm

When the Fall Comes
Directors:  Wyatt Roy
Producer: Adriana Marchione
Run Time: 28:29

Synopsis:  
When the Fall Comes, a film about love, loss and art, chronicles how one woman moves through grief by using dance, poetry and a performance piece to illustrate her healing process. “When the Fall Comes” weaves through vivid landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area, Argentine tango dancing, performance moments and poignant interviews focused on grief and the arts. First time producer Adriana Marchione brings a stunning portrait of her personal story and helps us venture into melancholy as well as the joy and reverence that accompanies loss.

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Adriana Marchione

Filmmaker, Teacher, Movement Artist
I love talking about art and creative ideas. I'm inspired by film, dance and what inspires people. I live and work in San Francisco and have a diverse background having grown up within international communities. I work in the field of expressive arts therapy and train people to enhance... Read More →


Sunday September 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

6:00pm

Calming Dysphoria
Director: Des Matelske
Run Time: 1:50 

Synopsis: A short black and white narrative told through the eyes of director Des Matelske about her personal experiences with depression and using film to channel her emotional struggles.


Sunday September 20, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

8:00pm

The Edge of Impossible
Director: Conor Toumarkine
Run Time: 13:47

Synopsis: Showcasing the unlimited potential of the human spirit and friendship, The Edge Of Impossible follows Tony Schmiesing's journey to become the first quadriplegic to heli-ski the rarefied backcountry of the Chugach Mountain Range in Alaska, the Mecca of the extreme freeskiing world.

A small footnote in skiing history (for now), this first descent project is a significant one in disabled skiing history. Considered technically unattainable for a bi-ski, a rig designed for groomers and not deep powder, Tony Schmiesing, the High Fives Foundation, Points North and his team chose to bypass conventional wisdom and push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible for a quadriplegic skier. With no roadmap and some technical tweaking, the project was a monumental success.

This uplifting and truly inspirational film about creativity, determination and teamwork was directed by Conor Toumarkine and produced by the High Fives Foundation, who, in the spring of 2014, gave a Winter Empowerment grant to Tony and his team to provide them with the tools and travel necessary to accomplish Tony's lifelong goal of experiencing the weightlessness of pure Alaskan powder skiing.



Sunday September 20, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

8:00pm

The Voice in the Head
Director: Cyrus Trafford
Run Time: 11:47

Synopsis:
Psychologist David Rosenhan PhD, "If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?


Sunday September 20, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
LA Live Regal Cinema 1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015