2014 Official Selections& awards
Dir. Max Barber
A troublesome, disabled fag-hag absconds to London to find love and opportunity. Life deals her some unexpected twists when she peddles drugs to the queer community, and forms an unorthodox relationship with a washed-up male escort.
Dir. Suellen Maunder
Coming of age is a tricky business, especially when you’re on wheels and life keeps throwing roadblocks at you. Take a ride and be transformed. The differences may not be what they seem.
Dir. Darious Britt
An ambitious, young filmmaker must battle his mother’s mental illness and his worst fears to save her from herself and reclaim his life.
Archaeology of a Woman
Dir. Sharon Greytak
Stay then Go
Dir. Shelli Ainsworth
In a hospital waiting room, a mother reviews her experience raising her son who has Autism. This leads to a startling discovery, which alters their course forever.
La Navaja de Don Juan
Dir. Tom Sanchez
The fate of an arm wrestling match leads two rivaling brothers from the barrio across the tacks to a house party where the young one hopes to lose his virginity.
When Life Keeps Getting in the Way
Dir. Lili Matta
A dramadey about a dysfunctional woman who attempts to pick up the pieces of a broken past, while struggling with an unstable present in Los Angeles … where relationships are hard to find.
The Court of Shards
Dir. Jan Eilhardt
In this experimental drama, two disabled women fight in their own way for independence from an overpowering family.
What it Was
Dir. Daniel Armando
An old flame is reignited and a new desire is awakened when Hollywood actress, Adina Spencer, returns to New York where she is forced to face her sexual past, confront her present identity, and admit her true love.
Bury My Heart with Tonawanda
Dir. Gary Sundown
A historical film, Bury My Heart with Tonawanda tells the story of boy with Downs Syndrome who is rejected by his own family but accepted by the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.
Dir. Erin Davies
We go behind the wheel of the once vandalized, now famous, “Fagbug”. Director Erin Davies has her mind set on getting the car to all 50 states, Hawaii and Alaska being the final two.
You Have His Eyes
Dir. Christopher Thomas Wilson
In each family a story is playing itself out. All its characters affected, for better or worse…
Dir. Susanne Suffredin
Making homelessness visible. One story at a time.
I’m Still Here Smiling Through the Storms
Dir. Ruby Taylor
A traumatic brain injury survivor provides an honest account of the impact that brain injuries incur. This gripping documentary takes the viewer into a situation that most have only heard about.
Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House
Dir. Deborah Dickson
They kissed, came out, sued NYC for domestic partner benefits – and won! Now, the great grandmothers of the marriage equality movement FINALLY get married!
Mobile in Black and White
Dir. Robert Gray
A hard look at the ways racism continues to pervade the structures and institutions of a supposedly post-racial world.
One: A Story of Love and Equality
Dir. Becca Roth
In the months leading up to the vote on gay marriage in North Carolina, a lesbian couple seeks to understand the personal stories of people on both sides of the vote, with the desire to relate as human beings.
Let the Record Show
Dir. Demetrëa Dewald
When New York City is devastated by an unthinkable plague, an indifferent nation turns a blind eye. With the body count rising, artists ban together to save the lives of their friends, and open the eyes of America.
We Weren’t Given Anything for Free: The Story of an Italian Partisan
Dir. Eric Esser
A portrait of the former partisan, Annita Malavasi, one of the few female commanders in the Italian resistance during the Second World War.
Share My Kingdom
Dir. John Grod
A thoughtful look at the lives and the hauntingly beautiful art created by three disabled artists as they struggle to pursue their obsessions and live in a society intent on throwing road blocks in thier paths.
Dir. Eric Gladen
Dir. Christopher H. K. Lee
The recollections of Korean War survivors are vividly captured in this powerful documentary surrounding the horrors of the time.
Dir. Mark Bashian
A disabled 21-year-old who was born HIV Positive trains for an AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities with the help of a Quadriplegic Comic, an Amputee Sprinter, and a Purple Heart Veteran.
Youth In Media
Dir. Sasha Fox
Two teens almost have their first date thwarted because of their competing loyalties to opposing super heroes.
Dirs. Matthew Breault & Lea Dizon
Sometimes the best advice to take is your own.
New Kentucky Home
Dir. Elijah McKenzie
Dir. Pepo Ruiz
Throughout different testimonies, we understand what it means to be albino in Sub-Saharan Africa.
From Davis to Montgomery and Back Again
Dirs. Ben Bruening & D. H. Martin
A SynapTic Adventure: Tourettes and Beyond
Dir. Stephen Dijoseph
A humorous and insightful journey through the mind of a performance artist who grew up, lives, and thrives with Tourette's Syndrome.
Kisses in Zocalo
Dir. Maida Hals
Living in a time where we are distinguished by color, religion, and nationality, it is beautiful despite these differences that there is a powerful similarity that unites us all. The language of love: A kiss.
Dir. Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton
Terror into poetry, hatred into protest, heartbreak into hope - "Strange Fruit" calls everyone to write new songs to help right new wrongs.
We are Somebody
Dir. Reid H. Bangert
A collection of stories written by the youth who live in some of Kansas City's toughest neighborhoods.
Dir. Anthony Di Salvo
35 people with Intellectual Disabilities are asked: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
Dir. Jonothan McLeod
A story about one man’s unbreakable spirit, “Being Stavros” is a tale of triumph, heartbreak and how to wear your underpants.
Modify to Fit
Dir. Patrick Murphy
Kendra Bailey, a below-the-elbow amputee, describes the modifications she makes to succeed in both the sport world and everyday life.
College Short Subject
Frank and Azalee Austin
Dir. Zachary Kerschberg
Dir. Ruby Railey
Margot traverses the emotional landscape of her tumultuous parental relationship, as she attempts to make sense of the illness that is claiming her father.
Dir. Ben Hakim
A young man’s quest for love exposes him to an experience he may not be ready for.
Dir. Jake Zappia
Daniela faces the responsibility of caring for her Alzheimer’s affected grandfather, despite the fact that he no longer remembers her.
Dir. Ping-Wen Wang
In the midst of a passionate affair with a married woman, art teacher Ariel must choose between sating her sexual desires, or living an open life free of broken promises.
What am I Doing Here?
Dir. Wahid ibn Reza
A Bangladeshi writer chases the great American Dream without realizing the sacrifices he is making in the process.
Dir. Ora DeKornfeld
Dir. Assaad Yacoub
Cherry Pop is a drag review club full of drama, chaos, and an assortment of talented performers.
Death of a Wizard
Dir. Edward Varnie
During the social unrest of the 1960s, three boys take matters into their own hands when they plan to take down the Grand Wizard living in their small southern town.
No One But Lydia
Dir. Rob Richert
A scheming teenager is determined to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend, Lydia. He will need the help of his stoner friends to enact an elaborate heist in the name of sincere, albeit misguided, love.
Dir. Courtney Harmstone
At her first spin-the-bottle party, Muslim-American teenager Mira bravely removes her veil to fit in. But is that what she really wants?
Dir. Peter Monahan
Dir. Pier-Philippe Chevigny
A young Filipino domestic worker receives an unexpected phone call on the job, which puts her at great risk of being fired.
God by the Neck
Dir. José Trigueiros
8-year-old Pablo has an invitation to a very special, but forbidden, birthday party. It’s Sunday, and for the first time, Pablo is going on a door-to-door preaching mission with his mother.
Dir. Jackson Kroopf
After losing her first job, a young, black lawyer hides in her apartment, attempting to keep her failure to herself.
Streetlight Named Fear
Dir. Ciara Boniface
A girl confides in her best friend on how she witnessed the disappearance of her sister … in plain sight.
Dir. Ben Morris
The camera always lies.
Dir. Maria Alvarez
A sister finds a way to cope with the death of her sibling by completing a summer bucket-list.
Dir. Alexander Haney
Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, manages the school bookstore for one day. But will preoccupied employees and the craziness of a bookstore get in the way of her ambitions?
Dir. Alexander Bergmann
Two young people come together in an unexpected situation in their lives.
Dir. Andrea Cuba
Dir. Luka Joncich
The secrets of the underground world of artificial food manufacturers are uncovered.
Dir. Drew Goldsmith
An evening of speed-dating turns the tables on ability – and disability.
Dir. Alec Cano
He Don’t Make Junk
Dir. Richard Porter
After the death of his mother, lonely outcast Isaiah learns that family is more than blood.
A Quest for Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions
Dir. Matthew J. Evans
Through discussion with influential religious leaders, Matthew J. Evans provides powerful lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding.
Love Escapes Us
Dir. Craig Tovey
Dir. Erahm Christopher
A critical light is shed on the power of words.
A Super Secret
Dir. Gabrielle Dennis
In a time where privacy no longer exists over the Internet, two sisters are unaware that their Skype call is being monitored. But those who monitor are unaware of the shocking secret they will soon discover.
Dir. Jennifer Kassabian
Dir. Richard Heredia-Arriaga
A short drama that chronicles the journey of Luis, a young man who after burning all of his bridges, attempts to find redemption while visiting his brother on his birthday.
Dir. Daryn Wakasa
ln a post-modern, dystopian world where guns and ammunition have been outlawed, a young woman struggles to find balance in her life as she raises her 6-year-old daughter while working as a contract killer.
Dir. Kevin O’Neill
Children do not see race. Love does not see color.
Dir. Yunus Yidirim
The Eulogy of Ivy O’Connor
Dir. Shervin Youssefian
Why would Ivy O'Connor take her own life? They mystery of her death reveals a heartbreaking reality of the dangers that lurk in the hallways of our schools.
The End is Quiet and Dark
Dir. Tajreen Hedayet
Dir. Sami Khadraoui
Two young men spend a few days in a chalet, when they discover a dark presence is haunting the place.
Dir. Huieun Park
Things left behind after the loss of a loved one.
Dir. Maud Lazzerini
Juliette, a beautiful and successful lawyer, refuses to enter a cabaret, revealing her inner trouble…
Dir. Justin Galindo
An insecure drug addict’s source of income is kidnapping women and selling them to Mexican Cartels. Desperate, he attempts to sell his girlfriend to feed his addiction, but is tested to prove his worth.
In Sickness and in Health
Dir. Aaron Denius Garcia
A young man tells his family he is dying of AIDS. When his father storms off, his partner confronts his dad about marriage.
Dir. Jack O’Donnell
A curious deaf boy’s life is changed when he meets a living statue.
A Ginger Sheep
Dir. Rona Soffer
Nuni used to be into graffiti, but then she lost her leg. Years later, she meets her first love, who rekindles her passion for the art.
Toby and the Runaway Kite
Dir. Dana Stockton
Pardon! Who, me?
Dir. Ipek Efe
Deniz is trying to resist the system in which everything is about outward appearance. It's hard to be yourself when no one else accepts you.
One in 5
Dir. Zoë Harvey
Rita, Shaun, and Charlie have dreams like anybody else, but differences make independence, earning a living, and being treated as equals all the harder to achieve.
Dir. Aidan Duffy
A boy born with a mirror for a face becomes an artist and finds love in this modern fable.
Edward the Damned
Dir. John Weckworth
Dir. Graham Gall
A dance studio spies on its main rival in preparation for a competition, but the other studio anticipates this and pulls a fast one.
A day in the life of a conflicted 17-year-old as he tries to navigate his way between his friendships and responsibilities at a New York City public school.
The Hero Pose
Dir. Mischa Jakupcak
A father and daughter discover those precious moments in life when two people are able to pause and connect.
Dir. Harm Weistra
A picture is worth a thousand words, but one word can hurt more than a thousand pictures.
Rosita Lopez for President
Dir. Rachel Goldberg
A 14-year-old girl runs for President of the United States. As she tries to garner votes, Rosita renews more than just faith in democracy in the people she meets.
Dir. Mike Garrick
What if you could change your life, would you be prepared for the consequences?
Am I Not Your Girl
Dir. Xavery Robin
When her parents walk out and a young man fails to comfort her, Lena is left wondering if it’s worth it to get married.
Lady of the Night
Dir. Laurent Boileau
The annual dinner commemorating the death of Cornelius revives Samuel’s memories, but he has never revealed his homosexuality to Corneilus’ family.
Elegy for a Revolutionary
Dir. Paul van Zyl
Dir. Julius S. DeLaCruz
A lonely, depressed man wakes up to find an empty lipstick container in his medicine cabinet. This makes him realize: the source of his happiness is also the cause of his sadness.
2014 Award Winners
This award is presented to the director of a film who demonstrates excellence in their craft.
Jennifer Kassabian, Closed Captioned
Diversity in the Arts
Awarded to the filmmaker who reflects true, non-stereotyped diversity in a feature film. Films encapsulating the LGBT community, disability, race, and/or religion will be eligible.
Little Devil, Directed by Max Barber
Best of Fest Award
While art is subjective and cannot be judged, it is possible to praise artists for their work. This prize goes to the film that demonstrates excellence in story telling, and execution.
You Have His Eyes, Directed by Christopher Thomas Wilson
The Susan Mullen Award for Best Actress
This award is given to the female performer who demonstrates excellence in her craft.
Sam Renke, Little Devil
This award is given to the male performer who demonstrates excellence in his craft.
Matt Kane, Stay then Go
Women Filmmakers Award
This accolade is awarded to a female filmmaker who demonstrates excellent in her field. It may be awarded to a female director or producer.
Gina Stoj, Producer, What If
Diversity in the Arts Award - Short Subject
Awarded to the filmmaker who reflects true, non-stereotyped diversity in short film. Films encapsulating the LGBT community, disability, race, and/or religion will be eligible.
No One But Lydia, Directed by Robert Richert
Best Short Film
While impossible to judge subjective art, it is possible to recognize exceptional effort. This award will go to the Best Short Film of the festival, juried by industry professionals.
Chuck, Directed by Julius DeLaCruz
This award goes to the feature-length documentary that demonstrates excellence in this genre.
@Home, Directed by Susanne Suffredin
This award is given to the feature-length documentary that demonstrates noteworthy filmmaking efforts.
Walk On, Directed by Mark Bashian
Best Short Documentary
This award goes to the documentary (59 minutes and under) that demonstrates excellence in this genre.
Being Stavros, Directed by Jonothan McLeod
Notable Young Filmmaker
This award is given to the college level filmmaker who demonstrates excellence in their craft.
God by the Neck- Directed by José Trigueiros
This award is given to the student who demonstrates noteworthy filmmaking efforts.
Cherry Pop, Directed by Assaad Yacoub
Frank and Azalee Austin, Directed by Zachary Kerschberg
Rot, Directed by Ruby Railey
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
This award is given to the high school filmmaker who demonstrates strong promise in quality filmmaking.
Momentum, Directed by Alexander Bergmann
This award is given to the student who demonstrates noteworthy filmmaking efforts.
Surprise Party, Directed by Ben Morris
YOUTH IN MEDIA
This award is given to the young filmmaker whose efforts merit recognition.
Sponsor:101 Monologues for Kids!
Superdate, Directed by Sasha Fox
Ichi-Go Ichi-E Award
Sponsored by Takayoshi Wiesner
For the film which encapsulates supreme uniqueness, creativity, and innovation.
Mirrorman, Directed by Aidan Duffy
The Frank and Linda Kilpatrick Award
This award is presented to the film that demonstrates high achievement through resourcefulness.
Bookstore, Directed by Alexander Haney
The Gina Stoj Award
This award is presented to the film that demonstrates excellence in overall production value.
The Hero Pose- Directed by Mischa Jakupcak
The Migrant Filmworks Award
For the Emerging Latino Artist
Richard Heredia-Arriaga, Happy Birthday
Pioneering Women in Screenwriting
Sponsored by Louanna Petrucci in Memory of Anna Petrucci
Shelli Ainsworth, Stay then Go
Lillien Gilbert Kid-Friendly Award
Rosita Lopez for President, Directed by Rachel Goldberg