Feature

1st Place: WAR EAGLE,ARKANSAS
Director, Robert Milazzo
Screenplay by Graham Gordy – Story by Vincent Insalaco and Graham Gordy
Producers – Marco Henry, Vincent Insalaco
Assistant Director – Chris Carroll
with: Bryan Dennehy, Dan McCabe, James McDaniel, Luke Grimes, Mare Winningham, Mary K. Place, Misti Traya
War Eagle, Arkansas is a character driven drama about a young man’s dilemma of whether to leave his family and friends for a career in baseball or stay and redeem his struggling community. The story takes place over a few pivotal weeks in the summer after Enoch Cass’s senior year, and is set against the backdrop of the Ozark Mountains.

2nd Place: GREETINGS FROM THE SHORE
Writer/Director – Greg Chwerchak
Writer/Producer – Gabrielle Berberich
Co-Producer – Gregory Charles Schaefer
Executive Producer – Robert I. Schulman
with: Kim Shaw, Paul Sorvino, David Fumero, Jay O. Sanders, Andrew Shaifer, Lars Arentz-Hansen
Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college. But when her plans fall apart, the girl stumbles into a mysterious world of Russian sailors, high-stakes gambling, and unexpected love.

Documentary

1st Place: FINDING KRAFTLAND
Directors/Writers – Richard Kraft, Adam Shell
Producer – Richard Kraft
with: Richard Kraft, Nicky Kraft, Stacey Asward, Alan Menken, Christophe Beck, Danny Elfman, David Zippel, Graeme Revell, John Ottman, John Brion, Marc Shaiman, Treveor Rabin
After the death of his older brother, a Hollywood talent agent drags his son through an excessive quest to recapture his childhood. The quest involves zero gravity flights, obsessive collecting of pieces of Disneyland, and a trek around the world to discover the perfect rollercoaster. Along the way both father and son discover the true meaning of living life to its fullest.

2nd Place: CHASIN’ GUS’S GHOST
Writer, Director, Producer – Todd Kwait
Executive Producer – Carol Kwait
with narrator Todd Kwait
A personal exploration of the roots and growth of jug band music in the US starting with Gus Cannon in the 1920’s and his dynamic influence on the popular folk music movement of the 60’s and 70’s. The film discovers its modern popularity in Japan and features interviews and performances by John Sebastian – Lovin’ Spoonful, Bob Weir – Grateful Dead, the voice of Taj Mahal and Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, and the late Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith and Maria Muldaur from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and David Grisman.

Short

1st Place: ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(With English Subtitles)
Writer, Director – Tim Plester
Producers – Margery Bone, Collin Teague
with: Tim Plester, MyAnna Buring, Craig Parkinson
An offbeat black and white romantic comedy about love and communication … with subtitles. This film features sparking music by singer/songwriter Barbarossa.

2nd Place: BOOK OF WISDOM
Writer – Ryan Costello, Jr.
Director – Lorne Hiltser
Producer – Josh Kimmel
with: Josh Kimmel, Erika Rosenbaum, Larry Day, Mike Paterson, Christine Ghawi
Danny Brown was unhappy with his life, invisible to the girl he liked, and constantly picked on by his co-worker. When a magical book boasting “All The Answers” appears in his apartment, Danny’s life starts to turn around. Suddenly, he’s getting the attention of his dream girl, respect from his boss, and a new found confidence. As Danny goes through the chapters, step by step, he realizes he’s changing, but is the change for the better?
Honorable Mention: EPICAC
Writer, Director – Will Tully
Producers – Will Tully, Jenny Lenz
Associate Producer – Joel Austin
with: Heather Long, Jack Serino, (voice-over) Lou Young
Based on a Kurt Vonnegut short story, EPICAC is a science fiction romance about a machine that learns to love. When it understands that it is not made of “protoplasm” it short circuits itself out of the female and male mathematician’s lives forever.

Best Music Video

TRAINWRECK
Writer, Director, Producer – April Perea
with: The Mangled Fairy
This video is a music project by an underground Mississippi artist.

Best Experimental

STANDING ON A WHALE
Writer, Director, Producer – Jorge Arrieta
with: Dominique Arrieta, Elijha Conley, Gabriel Wilson, Grant Beauchamp, Jeff Wilson, Jorge Arrieta
This imaginative film features artwork, animation and the concept of creation to bring to life the inspiration of one man – one artist.

Best Student

THE FATHER
Writer, Director, Producer – Anthony Onah
Executive Producer – Brian Flanagan
Associate Producers – Evelyn Lewis, Roselynn Lewis
with: Christopher L. Davis and Brandon White
Injustice cuts both ways when a father’s misguided effort drives his son to a shocking end.

Best Young Filmmaker

THE HONEST SHEPHERD
Writer, Director, Producer – Lubomir Mihailo Kocka
with: Jozef Bajnok, Viktor Setnicky, Zuzka Zimanova, Edo
Janko, an ordinary shepherd, becomes a subject of a bet concerning his honesty. Eventually everyone involved must face the consequences of their choices.

Made in Mississippi

ESCAPE FROM 13
Writer, Director, Producer, – Russell Fox
with:
Animated Characters – (Voice-overs – Robin Haire, Neal Sanford, Ken Calloway, Doug Stewart, Rudy Pounds, Russell Fox)
She wants to be free – at any costs – and sometimes your friends pose the greatest obstacles. A tale of yearning, betrayal and struggle.

The Ron Tibbett Award

WAR EAGLE,ARKANSAS
Director, Robert Milazzo
Screenplay by Graham Gordy – Story by Vincent Insalaco and Graham Gordy
Producers – Marco Henry, Vincent Insalaco
Assistant Director – Chris Carroll
with: Bryan Dennehy, Dan McCabe, James McDaniel, Luke Grimes, Mare Winningham, Mary K. Place, Misti Traya
War Eagle, Arkansas is a character driven drama about a young man’s dilemma of whether to leave his family and friends for a career in baseball or stay and redeem his struggling community. The story takes place over a few pivotal weeks in the summer after Enoch Cass’s senior year, and is set against the backdrop of the Ozark Mountains.

Also Recognized

Adrian Belic (Genghis Blues and Beyond the Call) and Dr. Jim Laws (Beyond the Call) were honored for their humanitarian work with special recognition awards. These were non-competition films.