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2ND ANNUAL LADY FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL

Synopsis:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

We are hosting the 2nd Annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival promoting short & feature movies made by ladies. Films selected are considered entertaining to broad audiences and showcase the commercial viability of Lady Filmmakers. The festival will honor a strong and influential celebrity actress or filmmaker for her achievements in the industry. A portion of the selected films will bring social awareness to issues facing women today.

Mission Statement

Lady Filmmakers promotes films that have women in key positions. We foster the collaboration between men and women filmmakers. Films are selected for great storytelling and appeal to a broad audience. The three main categories of programming are the following:

* Each Submission will get a film page with their trailer, movie web site, and short filmmaker bios.

* Films selected will be put into the following program categories; all programs followed by Filmmaker Q&A.

LADIES FIRST - Films in this category must be premiering at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. (US Premiere, Los Angeles, West Coast or World Premieres) Any genre.

LADIES ILLUMINATE - Films that are socially aware. Any genre.

LADIES KICK BUTT - Films that have an intrinsic entertainment value and/or portray strong female leads. Must appeal to a broad audience including men and a wide variety of ages. Any genre.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9TH:

10:00AM - WRITING/PRODUCING PANEL
Breakfast with Casting Director Sherri Sims (Hannah Montana) & Producer Jeremy Gordon (Hawaii Five-O, Knight & Day)
*Must Have All Access Pass and RSVP, First Come First Serve
*Discounts on food and beverage purchase


11:30AM - PROGRAM #1 - LADIES ILLUMINATE (Collection of Shorts Program)

HANOI-WARSZAWA
Poland

A young Vietnamese woman, Mai Anh illegally enters Poland through the green border with Ukraine. Now she only has to reach Warsaw, where she will join her boyfriend and start her dreamed life. But the journey through Poland turns into a journey of humiliation and violence. Mai Anh escapes her brutal traffickers and tries to reach Warsaw on her own.

JR. POSSE
USA

The short documentary "JR. POSSE" subject chronicles Mayisha Akbar, Founder and Director of the Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Training Program. Of the many important and moving stories in this documentary short film is the fact that equestrian offers a source of co-therapy,the connection between the riders and horses is maintained as they lift the hopes and self-esteem of each other. "JR. POSSE" is one woman's vision and passion affirming that teaming youth with animals teaches them responsibility, discipline, increases self-esteem and saves lives. This film is bound to inspire and uplift the human spirit.

LYCHEE THIEVES
USA

Pomaika'i Brown (50 First Dates) gives a moving performance as Keoki in this serious yet funny tale about four Hawaiian locals who clash over an abundant lychee tree.

THE ROE EFFECT
USA

In a world frighteningly similar to our own, Dawn and her girlfriend Sam are madly in love. But unbeknownst to Sam, Dawn is hiding a terrible secret, one powerful enough to destroy all Dawn holds dear. In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, Dawn must choose between exposing a painful truth and losing the girl she loves.

SOMETHING SPECIAL
NEW ZEALAND

A young war veteran explores the magnificent wilds of New Zealand while reliving a haunting memory from his past. It is a powerful film about friendship, loss, and healing.


1:30PM - LADIES KICK BUTT (Collection of Shorts Program)

DUCK CROSSING (AHATE PASA)
SPAIN

Suddenly, ducks cross the screen.

DELIVERY DATE
USA

Chad goes on a blind date and realizes he is due for a surprise.

I LOVE YOU BIG
CANADA

Janika, a woman in her fifties, learns one day that her husband is having an affair. Janika then tries to seduce her husband again. Happily, she cooks for him the nicest, but richest, meals, which make him gain weight fast. To Janika, vengeance is a meal best served.

JUST IN CASE
USA

A beautiful, rich pianist who gets stuck on her way to a concert has to get on a bus for the first time in her life, only to find out that across from her sits a potential suicide bomber. In her growing panic, she decides to move to a safer seat - next to Yuri - a drunk, bitter and tired Russian soldier with a gun on his lap. Inspired by true events, Just In Case is a five minute impossible love story which takes place in an impossible reality.

LADY OF SORROWS
USA

In an eerie almost familiar world, a sexually predatory man books a massage hoping he might get lucky - instead he is taken on a strange and transformative journey by his masseuse.

UNDERCOVER
USA

Nada Assad is an American-Muslim who has one dream: to become an undercover detective.As her religious obligations clash with her duties as an officer, Nada Assad has one last chance to prove her merit before losing her job as well as her dignity. Only this time, Nada will have to confront her religious difference head on in order to solve the case of a little girl's stolen pig.


3:30PM - LADIES ILLUMINATE (Collection of Shorts Program)

BLACKBERRY STAINS
UK

Mathew and Lewis age 12 are best friends. When Lewis unexpectedly commits suicide Mathew life is turned upside down. While the adult world mourning around him, the truth about what happened is revealed through Matthew's eyes. Past and present collide as an evocative journey of destroyed innocence and secrecy unravels before us - in this powerful examination of child abuse and revenge.

PAX
USA

Documentary Directed by Glenn Close about charity "Puppies Behind Bars".

PIANO FINGERS
USA

Howard and May, a once-famous entertainment couple from the 1950s, have entombed themselves in a decaying house cluttered with memorabilia from the peak of their career. As May begins to lose her memory to Alzheimer's disease, Howard attempts to rekindle their love through the music they performed in their youth.

A STAND UP GUY
USA

Sometimes falling down is the best way to stand up.

TIRED OF BEING FUNNY
USA

A father (John Mahoney) and daughter (Lili Taylor), who have had a thousand conversations, have one that, in a matter of minutes, redefines their relationship for the rest of their lives.


5:30PM - LADIES FIRST & AWARDS (Collection of Premiere Shorts Program)

BOY WHO BECAME KING
USA

Some stories lead us to our destiny...

A COMING OUT HOMECOMING
USA

Cindy (Whitney Long) is bringing her girlfriend, Janice (Brandon Williams), home to meet her parents. At the last minute, Janice has second thoughts. "A Coming Out Homecoming" is the short and sweet story of Cindy's quest to get Janice out of the car and into her parents' house.

DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL
CANADA

Virginia, a nerdy university student, thought phone sex would be a great way to easy money. Until the day her father called.

EQUESTRIAN SEXUAL RESPONSE
USA

Alice must reckon with sexuality through the worlds of middle school and racehorse breeding.

ET TOI?
FRANCE

Zoe and Francois are experiencing a perfect start in their relationship, full of sweetness and tenderness. They feel so well together that, at an intimate and sensual time, Zoe confesses her love to Francois. The latter, as a typical man, takes his time to answer.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?
USA

Beautiful spring day at the beach. Chelsea waits for Sasha but someone else catches her eye.

SILENT VALLEY
SWITZERLAND

Valeria's father is dead. For the firs time after many years away Valeria travels back to her home village to attend her father's funeral. Neither in the church nor at the funeral meal does she find comfort. She feels uneasy around the villagers. Her mother wraps herself in silent sorrow and leaves Valeria with doubts about her father having died a natural death. Valeria wants to go back to her studies as soon as possible but unexpected powers prevent her from returning to the city. Valeria has to face her destiny.

THE TRANSLATOR
CANADA

While on a subway ride with her boyfriend a foreign film translator comes to an unexpected stop.


8:30PM - LADIES KICK BUTT - "HALLOWEEN TEASERS" (Collection of Shorts Program)

THE FAMILY
USA

Life is tough as a Mob Boss, especially when you must name your successor from your 3 idiot sons. Each one has their faults, but in the end the power must stay in The Family.

GUIGNOL
USA

The line between love and violence is blurred when Renata, the magnetic doyenne of a Grand Guignol theater, forces Mila, her young protégé, to participate in her grand exit from the stage.

MARIGOLDS
UK

Susannah is living a typically quiet and dusty life in the suburbs with her husband Paul, when an unexpected visit from her son, Piers, surfaces a dark secret that has been brewing since he left the nest 15 years ago.

NOMANSLAND
CANADA

A young couple find themselves on the outskirts of town, faced with a shady business deal that could mean the end of their relationship.

PEIXE VERMELHO
BRAZIL

A mysterious turn of events lead a woman into unknown territory.

SCREAM MACHINE
USA

Three friends find a mysterious box. Legend tells when you open the box you see your worst fears. Will they dare open the box?

U-2074
USA

A doctor performs strange medical tests on his patients.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10TH:

12:30PM - LADIES ILLUMINATE - "FAMILY FRIENDLY" (Collection of Shorts Program)

THE BALL
UK

The Ball' portrays the tender beginnings of a burgeoning childhood friendship in which communication takes on touching, funny and inventive forms.

THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS
USA

At the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs being exploited at a carnival sideshow, but after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.

THE GREAT AMERICAN PIGEON RACE
USA

Six persecuted pigeons compete in a cutthroat race to be the first to claim the most prized pigeon real estate in the land.

MARTHA

USA

12-year old Martha is convinced that her family is the most embarrassing family in the world. Is it maybe true, that she fell off a gypsy wagon as a baby? We follow Martha into her world where reality and imagination merge into one.

THUNDER & LIGHTNING
CANADA

Two sisters help each other through a night of stormy weather.

URS
GERMANY

Many years Urs looked after his aging mother. Now he sets out for a dangerous journey: He carries her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them. But his mother doesn't want to leave her home...

WEIGHTLESS TRAVELLER
USA

Without any possessions to tie her down, young vagabond Bo is light enough to take off - to the big city, the desert or the jungle. With street-smarts and a touch of her magic, she overcomes any obstacles.Worth - USA/ When a non-descript violin shows up at an upscale auction it seems wildly out of place. But who decides what something or someone is really worth? The answer may surprise you.


2:30PM - WRITING PANEL - WRITERS/SCRIPT PANEL

Featuring:

*Alyson Fouse, Writer (Wanda Sykes Show, Bring It On 2, Scary Movie 2), Rodney Barnes (Everybody Hates Chris)

*Peter & Cecilia Russell, Hollywood Studio Script Analysts and teachers of popular UCLA Story Maker class.


4:00PM - LADIES KICK BUTT (Collection of Shorts Program)

AMONA PUTZ!/INFLATABLE GRANDMA
SPAIN

Sometimes, couples who have children miss Grandma. But only sometimes.

I WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH YOU
SPAIN

I want to spend the rest of my life with you.

THE KILLING OF MARY SURRATT
USA

Boardinghouse owner Mary Surratt was one of four Southern sympathizers who was tried, convicted, and executed for conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln. Believed by many to have been innocent, she was nevertheless doomed to be the first woman executed by the federal government.

SWEET AS
NEW ZEALAND

Two competitive grannies pit their grandsons against each other to travel the world.

TACO MARY
USA

When Rob, an atheist, sees the Virgin Mary in his taco, he struggles with his beliefs, principles, and his love of tacos in order to do the right thing.

TELEMAFIA
USA

When a telemarketer chooses the wrong consumer to call.

TEXT ME
USA

Falling for each other online, two teenagers finally meet in person for a date at what turns out to be a mob-owned Italian restaurant. Will their Internet love shatter or grow strong and rich like a tomato ragout?

MY STATUS
USA

How much do you really connect and share with the people in your life? Alice comes home after a day without any contacts with her friends. She is now ready to discover what has happened in her life.


5:45PM - LADIES KICK BUTT - FEATURE FILM PROGRAM (Charity Preview Screening)

JUCY
AUSTRALIA

Jackie (Cindy Nelson) and Lucy (Francesca Gasteen) - together nicknamed 'Jucy' - are 20 something best friends who do everything together. Their days are spent working at a local alternative video store serving a variety of equally emotionally disenfranchised freaks and geeks. Always on the outside looking in but never alone as long as they have each other they combat boredom with their own special brand of 'joie de vivre'. When badgered by friends and family for being in a 'womance' (the girl equivalent of a bromance - codependant, weird and incapable of living a normal life), the girls decide it's time to grow up. Jackie will snag the dreamy boyfriend and Lucy will land the job of her dreams, but will growing up mean growing apart?


7:30PM - LADIES KICK BUTT - FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

ANGEL CAMOUFLAGED
USA

Rock and Roll Drama starring James Brolin, Dilana Robichaux, and Carlos Bernard set in South Carolina.


9:15PM - LADIES ILLUMINATE - FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS
IRELAND

Set in a world upended by a complete breakdown of society, two couples hide out in a lakeside cabin hoping to survive the crisis. As resources run low and external threats increase, each of them faces a critical decision they never thought they'd have to make.



 

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