2019 Film Selections

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

21 Years – A Folded Flag

50 years ago the small town of Abington, Massachusetts not only lost a Vietnam war hero, but a young child lost his father. Before he went missing in action during a classified mission with his Special Operations Group, SSgt. Richard A. Fitts sent home his Green Beret and a voice recording with a truly special message to those left behind. Decades later his remains were discovered and returned to his hometown for a heroes welcome and funeral where a folded flag was presented to his only son. Now, a half -century later this Special Forces soldier’s story is told through a son’s cathartic journey to discover who his father was.

Always in Season

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

History of Reed’s Department Store

Reed’s Department store has been a cornerstone of the downtown business community of Tupelo, Mississippi for more than a century. This documentary film traces the store’s history, tells the stories of current employees, and highlights future plans for this family-owned and operated retailer.

FEATURE FILMS

A Host of Sparrows

A Host of Sparrows is a crime thriller about a recently paroled ex-con who is forced to put aside plans to rebuild his life when his former boss uses the man’s daughter as a ploy to recover a fortune in stolen funds.

Driven

Emerson Graham’s nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until tonight, never attacks and disappearances. After picking up a mysterious passenger her evening goes from working a job to performing a quest as they must race against the clock to defeat a force of evil. The meter is running.

Evening Installation

An installation guy comes to a girl’s apartment and wants her to treat him as a guest. When she refuses, he turns into a psycho.

FOREIGN FILMS

Hegel’s Angel

Inspired by southern Haiti’s Vodou and Kanaval cosmologies, and co-written with the entire cast and crew, Zanj Hegel La (Hegel’s Angel) is a cinematic fable challenging the boundaries between fiction, ethnography and reverie. The film follows an inquisitive boy named Widley whose life, suspended between mundane activities and foreign myths, unfolds away from the turmoil of an upcoming presidential election. As the boy wanders through an evanescent countryside, running errands for his father and paying furtive visits to a local film editor, his searching eyes become a mirror for the exotic new spell sweeping his people from one empire to another.

Lunch Time

A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. The people in charge at the hospital – due to her young age – won’t let her into the morgue and ask her to bring her guardian instead. However, the girl insists that most of her family is in jail for criminal activities. Finally, after her insistence, they agree to let her into the morgue…

No. 3: In the Absence of Angels

In the brutal aftermath of being raped in broad daylight, Crystal, a streetwise community mentor, is forced to make an irreparable decision that will shape the person she’s about to become.

The Pink Line

Fa’ezeh is probably carrying a baby, but not of her own husband. And this pregnancy could have a very very big penalty in the place she lives.

Uncle Ted

A girl of humble heritage and with big dreams moves to London with the man she loves, but soon finds out not everything is rosy in the big city.

STUDENT FILMS

Chicago Lady

In a search for closure after the death of his wife, Leroy begins to shut out what once bound the two together: music.

Doorway

A man surviving the zombie apocalypse must decide to join forces with a lone woman or risk losing everything.

God Gave Him Grace

Returning Vietnam vet must learn to move on after he returns home to find his wife dying and his only child barely knows him. All while suffering PTSD he must reconnect with his daughter and accept his wife is gone.

Synthetic Phoenix

A filmmaker questions the purpose of art as he entangles the worlds of reality and fiction in his next project.

MUSIC VIDEO

Crosstie Town

“Crosstie Town,” an original song written and performed by Chance Stanley, is depicted in the artist’s debut music video, filmed on location in Baldwyn and Marietta, Mississippi. Stanley’s song speaks to both the values and limitations found in the hard labors of the men and women at a Mississippi sawmill.

Dry

Chance Stanley’s lighthearted take on life in a “dry” county. Direction, story and editing by Clark Richey & Amye Gousset. Photography by J.B. Lawrence. A Six Shooter Studios production.

“Mississippi (Why You Got to Be So Mean?)

Video for original song “Mississippi (Why you got to be so mean?)

The Old Red Rooster

Animated music video for The Lark and the Loon’s song “The Old Red Rooster” about the Black Hills gold rush separating a prairie family in their hopes for a better future.

SHORT FILMS

A Son Inherit

Cary finds comfort, advice, and conflict through unexpected conversations that may mend more than just his troubled relationship with his boyfriend.

Alienated

A teenaged girl talks to her therapist about her feelings of isolation in a world that has changed in ways that are beyond her control, and the vague memory of a disturbing incident that continues to haunt her.

Before Summer Ends

Two friends enjoy the last summer of their childhood before being interrupted by a school bully.

Betting the Overlay

Betting the Overlay is a short film that follows a brief period in the life of the Gambler That Never Wins. When we pick up the story, the GTNW is coming home from a hard night of losing. Never one to be satisfied with losing, and also one to not form long term relationships, the GTNW bids farewell to his live-in girlfriend and we catch a glimpse of the smidgen of humanity left within him as he says goodbye to her young daughter as well. After selling everything he owns, well, almost everything, the GTNW finds an underground poker game that will let him lay it all on the line. The people he’s playing with, however, have no idea that they’ve bet more than chips on the outcome and, in the end, the GTNW finds a way to come out on top.

Bombsquad Scene from The econd Target of the Backwoods Bandits

Graham and Athen chase down a bomb in this thrilling action scene from the upcoming feature film The Second Target of the Backwoods Bandits.

Delta Crossings

String, a blues player from the Delta, has a run-in with Myrtle Valene, an elderly woman who is trying to escape her past. Both characters find that they may have a little more in common than expected and start to grow a bond over their past.

The Ground Is Lava

A little boy learns to be the man of the house during an intense game of The Ground is Lava.

Gutless

A young soldier, conflicted by his past, is faced with his greatest obstacle: himself.

hoodies

Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, a couple finds comfort in two matching hoodies while shopping one last time before the boyfriend’s deployment. Once oversees, the couple realizes that the hoodie is abnormal since the hoodie pocket is a portal conjoining time and space, the couple together, Afghanistan and New Orleans, LA.

Mr. Goody

Mr. Goody lives to interview. But his tactics are questionable.

Paralysis Will Not Paralyze Me

Filmmaker Gavin Miller tells his own story of how he became paralyzed and still manages to live and laugh through all these years in a wheelchair.

Rebekah

A woman gets some uninvited guests when she cancels an out-of-town trip. A game of “Cat and Mouse” is played throughout the night, and you are left wondering who is the cat, who is the mouse, and who is Rebekah.

The Spirit Seam

he Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters. At the start of the film, the characters eat breakfast together and then travel to their respective locations- Pollywog is dropped off at school, and Pap-Paw clocks into work at the Hiraethsburg coal mine. Throughout the film they experience the simple pleasures of rural Appalachian life: catching fireflies, fishing, catching frogs, and birthdays.