31.01.2017 Views

COPA SHORTS FILM FEST 2017

2017 Program

2017 Program

SHOW MORE
SHOW LESS

You also want an ePaper? Increase the reach of your titles

YUMPU automatically turns print PDFs into web optimized ePapers that Google loves.

Welcome to the Copa Shorts Film Fest<br />

When Shelley and I decided to establish the Copa Shorts Film Fest in late 2015, we had no idea<br />

what would result. The response has been amazing! Screenwriters and filmmakers from over 20<br />

countries have entrusted us with their films and screenplays.<br />

A festival takes many people. Without our sponsors and donors who saw our vision and the volunteers<br />

who spent many hours reviewing the films, we would not have been able to hold our<br />

festival. As a non-profit organization, Copa Shorts Film Fest, Inc. thanks each of those individuals<br />

for their financial support and their valuable time.<br />

With our mission of showcasing emerging talent, short films and screenplays provided the opportunity<br />

for more talent to be recognized. We believe that the results will entertain audiences<br />

and offer the creative filmmakers and screenwriters a “calling card” to Hollywood or production<br />

houses to develop their projects.<br />

The screenwriting table reads offer snapshots into whole worlds created within 15 pages. The<br />

short films, in 20 minutes or less, evoke whole ranges of reactions. Many perspectives are showcased<br />

with films from Maricopa, across the US, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria,<br />

Spain, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Papua New Guinea and China.<br />

Join us for the festival to see the range of projects that will make you laugh, cry, think and smile.<br />

Thank you for your support! Without your presence Copa Shorts Film Fest would not be a fest!<br />

Roger Gillespie<br />

Festival Director<br />

Shelley Gillespie<br />

Executive Director<br />

<strong>FEST</strong>IVAL POLICIES<br />

ADULTS-ONLY ADVISORY<br />

Although many of our films are family-friendly,<br />

all are unrated by the M.P.A.A. Viewer<br />

discretion is advised in determining whether<br />

children are mature enough for any film block.<br />

If you have questions, please ask our staff for<br />

recommendations.<br />

The exception is Saturday January 18th. The<br />

8:30PM film block, “Scary Choices” is a mix of<br />

horror, adult themes and moral choices. Please<br />

be aware that no one under 16+ will be<br />

admitted without a parent or guardian.<br />

RECORDING DEVICES<br />

Audio and video-recording are not permitted in<br />

UltraStar Theatre 1 or the VIP areas (VIP 13 and<br />

StarClass theatre 13) during the festival due to<br />

copyright issues. Anyone attempting to record<br />

films or audio will be asked to leave the<br />

theatre.<br />

PHONES AND DIGITAL DEVICES<br />

Please turn off phones and other devices<br />

during the films. We’d hate for you to miss a<br />

single minute of the projects that our<br />

filmmakers have worked so hard to have<br />

featured in our festival.<br />

If you need to make a call or send a text<br />

message, please move to lobby or areas<br />

outside of the theatre. Be considerate to all<br />

attendees who wish to see and hear the films.<br />

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS<br />

A Copa Shorts Film Fest <strong>2017</strong> Staff member or<br />

Volunteer will be present on the main floor<br />

during all film and screenplay reading blocks.<br />

They will be wearing a Volunteer or Staff<br />

Badge.<br />

Although we hope to have a safe and fun<br />

event, if you need assistance, please see one of<br />

our volunteers or staff.


<strong>2017</strong> Festival Administration<br />

Copa Shorts Film Fest is a volunteer organization. We wish to<br />

thank all of those who support us.<br />

Board of Directors<br />

Roger & Shelley Gillespie<br />

Gina D’Abella<br />

Festival Directors<br />

Roger & Shelley Gillespie<br />

Executive Director<br />

Shelley Gillespie<br />

Original Cover Art<br />

Mai A. Tallwing<br />

Judy Tallwing<br />

Logo Design<br />

Taylor Lynn Slaughter<br />

Website Layout<br />

Elliot Johnson<br />

Volunteer Coordinator<br />

Gina D’Abella<br />

Table Read Director<br />

Cynthia Morgan<br />

Film Reviewers<br />

Matt Sugerik<br />

Eryn Bailey<br />

Ernesto Abeytia<br />

Dayna Garza<br />

Emina Karic<br />

Joseph Dutra<br />

James Brown<br />

Pierce Greene<br />

Kara Marvich<br />

Hunter Lomayesva<br />

Paul Bick<br />

Gina D'Abella<br />

Bruce Anderson<br />

Katherine Sorensen<br />

Joan Gale<br />

Amanda Main<br />

Advisory Board<br />

Juliana Feher<br />

Tony Estrada<br />

Steve Wargo<br />

Bruce Anderson<br />

Eileen M. Kane<br />

Joseph Dutra<br />

Hunter Lomayesva<br />

Jury<br />

Roger Gillespie<br />

(Producer/Screenwriter)<br />

Shelley Gillespie<br />

(Producer/Screenwriter)<br />

Juliana Feher<br />

(WGA Screenwriter/Consultant)<br />

Matt Sugerick<br />

(ASU Film School)<br />

Eryn Bailey<br />

(ASU Grad Student)<br />

Program Printing<br />

Impressive Imaging<br />

===========================================================


SPECIAL EVENTS<br />

OPENING NIGHT VIP PARTY<br />

Filmmakers-Sponsors-Press-VIP pass holders<br />

(Invitation Only)<br />

Featuring Award-Winning<br />

Celtic/Indian Musician<br />

Arvel Bird<br />

Friday February 17th<br />

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

CLOSING NIGHT WRAP PARTY<br />

Awards / Recognition / Food<br />

Non-VIP Pass Holders—$30.00<br />

Featuring Award-Winning<br />

Gila River Blues Band<br />

Smokestack Lightning<br />

Festival Musical Entertainment Sponsored by


WORKSHOPS<br />

Two educational workshops are free to the public.<br />

Please reserve your seat by signing up on EventBrite at: www.Eventbrite.com (search<br />

Maricopa / Copa Shorts) as we have limited seating available for these Saturday<br />

morning events.<br />

Charging your Creative Spark<br />

Saturday, February 18th<br />

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

Guest Presenter: Julie Swift<br />

Discover how to work out your creative muscles to come up with ideas for films of all<br />

genres. Learn how to move past the easy, first idea and onto the best idea that most closely<br />

aligns with your passion.<br />

Julia Swift has produced, written, shot, directed and edited award-winning short films. Her TV<br />

and film scripts have been produced by Warner Bros., NBC, Universal, Fox, Regency, Sony and<br />

Dick Wolf Production. Three of her episodes ("Smallville" and "Hercules") were "Pick of the<br />

Weeks" in Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide. BOLD, her coming of age novel, hit the top ten<br />

list in Amazon's teen issues category. Julia lives with her husband and son in Vermont, where<br />

she teaches at Champlain College and writes weekly movie reviews for the local FOX/ABC<br />

networks.<br />

Film Scoring for Film Makers<br />

Saturday, February 18th<br />

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

Guest Presenter: Brent Michael Davids<br />

"Film Scoring for Film Makers" is an intensive workshop designed especially for producers,<br />

directors and editors — rather than musicians. Instruction includes decoding the basic film<br />

music vocabulary and film composer jargon, and a detailed examination of the four basic types<br />

of film scoring: Scoring the Action, Scoring the Cuts, Underscoring the Mood, and Underscoring<br />

Against the Action.<br />

Film Composer Brent Michael Davids is the country’s top award-winning American Indian<br />

composer, and a citizen of the Mohican Nation in Wisconsin. Davids received the Best Original<br />

Music Composition award in 2015 at the Native American Indian Film Festival of the Southeast<br />

for his orchestral score to IROQUOIS CREATION STORY.<br />

His career spans 40 years with original orchestral scores for films like Silent Enemy (1996), The<br />

Business Of Fancy Dancing (2002), Dreamkeeper (2003), The World Of American Indian Dance<br />

(2003), Last Of The Mohicans (1929/2003), Bright Circle (2007), Raccoon & Crawfish (2007), and<br />

Opal (2012) that appeared on ABC, NBC, Hallmark, CBS, NPR, PBS and NAPT. Davids received his<br />

MS from ASU.<br />

Workshop venue sponsored by


SATURDAY February 18th<br />

Ups and Downs<br />

12:00 P.M.<br />

Sometimes you’re up! And sometimes, you’re down! Flopping, flying,<br />

sword fighting or just building a boat can get you there.<br />

Belly Flop<br />

Comedy/Fantasy ● 13 min ● USA<br />

Director: Marc Gaudioso<br />

An eight-year old girl reads a headline on a<br />

trashy grocery-store magazine cover: Mother<br />

of Quintuplets Says She Got Pregnant from<br />

Fried Chicken! Fueled by a wild imagination,<br />

the adventure begins.<br />

Matchstick House<br />

Drama ● 12 min ● USA<br />

Director: Sean Kyte<br />

Newly married David and Jennifer are looking<br />

forward to their new lives together. David is<br />

forced to confront his struggles and learns<br />

how hard it is to confront the unknown.<br />

Kanu belong Keram<br />

Documentary ● 16 min ● Papua New Guinea (SUB)<br />

Director: Daniel von Rüdiger<br />

Kanu belong Keram is a documentary of the<br />

building of a canoe in the remote village of<br />

Kambot. It is located at the jungle river<br />

Keram, which is a side stream of the great<br />

jungle river Sepik in Papua New Guinea.<br />

Flying<br />

Animation ● 4 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Jacob Hood<br />

A woman learns to fly again after grieving the<br />

loss of her son.<br />

Flight Fright<br />

Comedy ● 7 min ● USA<br />

Director: Jim Politano<br />

An airline passenger with a fear of flying<br />

starts to see strange things after taking his<br />

nerve medicine. Comedy spoof of the Twilight<br />

Zone episode "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet".<br />

West Side Swordy<br />

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dance ● 8 min ● USA<br />

Director: Dan Liu<br />

The Jets chase the Sharks through an<br />

alleyway and up over a tall fence, when<br />

suddenly they find themselves in another<br />

world, magically transported into an<br />

abandoned warehouse where they are<br />

controlled by the electronic beat of the<br />

world-renowned Disc Jockey, DEADMAU5.<br />

This is an LA West Side Story.<br />

Once Upon a Time in Space<br />

Sci-Fi ● 19 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Qishi Li<br />

Captain Adam is on a mission to colonize a<br />

habitable planet, but when his ship<br />

encounters disaster, he must abandon the<br />

mission and instead, sends ancient bacteria<br />

to the planet in the hope that it will evolve<br />

into a new human species and thrive.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SATURDAY February 18th<br />

Kings and Other Things<br />

2:00 P.M.<br />

Who are you? When you find out, you might be surprised.<br />

The Tenor<br />

Comedy ● 12 min ● USA<br />

Director: Damon Crump<br />

A whimsical comedy about a Prima Donna<br />

Tenor sent to participate in an experiment<br />

conducted by an overbearing Military<br />

Scientist who is testing the powers of the<br />

human voice.<br />

Maria Fernanda in Time<br />

Sc-Fi/Comedy ● 9 min ● Spain (S)<br />

Director: Xavier Pijuan<br />

An overprotective mother produces an<br />

accident with terrible consequences in the<br />

space-time continuum in the scientific<br />

laboratory where her son works.<br />

Driver’s Ed<br />

Drama ● 15 min ● USA<br />

Director: Chase Norman<br />

A shy, overweight young woman leaves the<br />

safety of her home for an unwelcoming high<br />

school classroom.<br />

Proverbial Luck<br />

Comedy ● 5 min ● Austria (SUB)<br />

Director: Dave Lojek, Steffi Sixdorf<br />

Idioms garnish our language, but are often<br />

hard to translate. This comedy helps to<br />

illustrate them and tells the story of two<br />

neighbors, who become enamored.<br />

Run Cat Run<br />

Animation ● 4 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Hao Li<br />

2D animated comedy about an astronaut who<br />

switches bodies with his pet cat while in orbit.<br />

As everything goes wrong, the astronaut tries<br />

frantically to right the situation.<br />

I Hate the Color Red<br />

Comedy ● 19 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Jazmin Jamias<br />

A comedy about a sister and a brother who,<br />

having inherited a video store from their<br />

parents, struggle to keep it a viable business.<br />

Thanks to “red boxes” and “red envelopes,”<br />

they realize that their store will soon become<br />

obsolete. How they reconcile themselves to<br />

this realization, or don’t, will leave you<br />

chuckling and charmed.<br />

Tom, The Knife Salesman<br />

Comedy ● 11 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Ryan Brown<br />

A down on his luck knife salesman, Tom, is<br />

the worst performer in his division. While<br />

going door-to-door, Tom is kidnapped by a<br />

paranoid burglar who believes Tom’s knife<br />

routine is just a ruse. To get out alive – he’ll<br />

need to be sharper than a knife.<br />

A King’s Betrayal<br />

Comedy/Drama ● 8 min ● USA<br />

Director: David A Bornstein<br />

The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as<br />

told from the Piñata's perspective.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SATURDAY February 18th<br />

Different Realities<br />

4:00 P.M.<br />

A new way of looking at the world through a different focus.<br />

Focus (Honorable Mention)<br />

Sci-Fi ● 14 min ● USA<br />

Director: Matt Chesin<br />

Through a series of unfortunate events, a<br />

young girl stumbles upon a camera lens that<br />

possesses a very mysterious power. Through<br />

this lens, the photographer is able to see into<br />

the past of its previous owners. A new acquaintance<br />

becomes an old friend in a friendship<br />

that spans two lifetimes.<br />

Dear George<br />

Romantic Comedy/Drama ● 20 min ● USA<br />

Director: Emily Skyle<br />

When his high school sweetheart sends him an<br />

epic break-up letter and moves out of state for<br />

a job, a self-proclaimed couch potato decides<br />

to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on<br />

a cross country trip filled with a stolen chicken<br />

costume, TSA shakedowns, a cappella groups<br />

and bad decisions.<br />

The Art of Circus<br />

Documentary ● 13 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Julia Cammack<br />

A behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two<br />

circus performers and teachers.<br />

Zebra<br />

Drama ● 17 min ● Italy (S)<br />

Director: Cristiano Ciliberti<br />

Two twins. One alive, the other dead, but only<br />

half. The other half is Giovanni, the survivor<br />

twin, who can’t get over the death of Daniele.<br />

Even in his death, Giovanni feels a dangerous<br />

combination of love and hate for him. Through<br />

a physical and mental way, he faces the consequences<br />

of an unhealthy addiction. He struggles<br />

to choose an identity between black and<br />

white, between Cain and Abel.<br />

Mother Tongue<br />

Documentary ● 12 min ● Canada (ST)<br />

Director: Nadim Iqbal<br />

A story about a man who risked his life to save<br />

his culture, his heritage, and his language. He<br />

is heartbroken that the sacrifices made to save<br />

his language are not appreciated or understood<br />

by the younger generation.<br />

Stuck in Time<br />

Animation/Experimental ● 6min ● USA<br />

Director: Asher Glaser<br />

Henry lives alone in another time dimension.<br />

The world rushes around him at another time<br />

and pace. The moon and sun speed into each<br />

other before Henry has a chance to keep up.<br />

One day, he meets Mable, the only other person<br />

sharing his world.<br />

Non-Smoking Section<br />

Drama ● 10 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Alexander Guyton<br />

A teenage son rebelling against his overbearing<br />

mother to assert his independence could lead<br />

to explosive consequences.<br />

Stripes<br />

Sci-Fi/Comedy ● 4 min ● France<br />

Director: Tibo Pinsard<br />

She and He have their first date. They both try<br />

to seduce the other one. But to really know<br />

who he is/who she is, they will have to let their<br />

masks down. Literally.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SATURDAY February 18th<br />

Student Films<br />

The Fault<br />

Drama ● 9 min<br />

Maricopa, Arizona<br />

Director: Kaden Rogers<br />

When a devastating<br />

earthquake strikes Phoenix,<br />

two brothers and their<br />

neighbor must fight for their<br />

survival and locate their<br />

loved ones.<br />

The Wild Wonderous<br />

West<br />

Drama/Western ● 6 min<br />

Maricopa, Arizona<br />

Directors: Adam Houser, Nico<br />

McKinley, Ashton Owen<br />

The sheriff of a small quiet<br />

town in the wild west thinks<br />

his job’s easy until an old<br />

enemy arises. The bandit<br />

group has been terrorizing<br />

6:00 P.M.<br />

the town and it’s up to the<br />

sheriff to stop them.<br />

The Lockdown<br />

Drama ● 6 min<br />

Maricopa, Arizona<br />

Director: Matthew Coles<br />

A group of students break<br />

into a school and run into an<br />

unexpected problem.<br />

Competition Films<br />

Dr. Elevator<br />

Comedy/Fantasy ● 13 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Kartikye Gupta<br />

Trapped in an elevator with a strange<br />

woman going into labor, an Indian<br />

mathematician with Asperger must rise to<br />

the occasion and deliver the baby.<br />

Uncle Albert<br />

Dark Comedy ● 12 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Summer Blake<br />

Karen’s left emotionless following the death<br />

of her distant Uncle, Albert, she’ll stop at<br />

nothing to prove to fellow guests that she<br />

can indeed feel “sad.”<br />

Success<br />

Drama ● 13 min ● Norway (SUB) (ST)<br />

Director: Stian Sivertsen<br />

August is moving to a new city to study what<br />

he loves most: art. His father, who drives<br />

him, is not as happy with his choice of study.<br />

The Bus Trip<br />

Documentary ● 14 min ● Sweden (SUB) (ST)<br />

Director: Sarah Gampel<br />

Sarah goes to Israel hoping for political<br />

discussions and friendship, but the<br />

conversation ends when she brings up the<br />

occupation of Palestine. Instead, she talks to<br />

her dead dad over a noisy phone line.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student<br />

Care for Me<br />

Dark Comedy ● 11 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Sam Freedman<br />

The story of a wistful caregiver, his lonely<br />

employer, and the particularly terrible thing<br />

that happens to them.<br />

True Colors<br />

Drama ● 10 min ● Australia (ST)<br />

Director: David Valent<br />

An increasingly desolate teenage schoolboy<br />

creates a coded language using paint color<br />

sample cards to express his secret desires<br />

and feelings for the object of his affection.<br />

The Addiction<br />

Drama/Romance ● 10min ● China (SUB) (ST)<br />

Director: Dannes Zhang<br />

In a city of wealth, the homeless are often<br />

forgotten as Shanghai continues to struggle<br />

with modernization. A homeless man tries to<br />

fix a couple's broken relationship while<br />

fighting the social stigma against him.<br />

A Fire in All of Us<br />

Documentary ● 3 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: David Smith<br />

A video about the passion and dedication<br />

that the Chino Valley FFA chapter has for its<br />

community. FFA makes a positive difference<br />

in the lives of students by developing their<br />

potential for premier leadership, personal<br />

growth and career success through<br />

agricultural education.


SATURDAY February 18th<br />

Scary Choices<br />

8:30 P.M.<br />

A mix of Horror, Adult Themes and Moral Choices.<br />

These films are unrated: (Admission Restricted to 16 years+)<br />

Tobi & Matt: a dawn awakening<br />

Drama ● 10 min ● USA<br />

Director: Joe Gruberman<br />

Chateau Sauvignon: terroir<br />

Horror/Thriller ● 13 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: David E. Munz-Maire<br />

A grieving widow lets her guard down on the<br />

anniversary of her late husband's death.<br />

A Light On<br />

Thriller / Horror ● 6 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Cedric Gegel<br />

When Brad arrives home minutes before his<br />

wife to find an intruder in their home, he<br />

decides to take matters into his own hands.<br />

He will never forget what he found inside.<br />

In the Hands of God<br />

Drama ● 7 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Alex Rivers<br />

A priest hears the confession of a man<br />

planning on killing his stepmother and must<br />

decide whether or not to intervene.<br />

A gruesome coming of age story about a<br />

vintner son’s disobedience and desire to care<br />

for his ailing mother.<br />

160 Characters<br />

Documentary ● 11 min ● United Kingdom<br />

Director: Victoria Mapplebeck<br />

When a vintage Nokia is recharged, a<br />

compelling real life story is revealed. A story<br />

that unfolds in just 100 texts and tells the<br />

story of how two people, meet, date, break<br />

up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy.<br />

Shot entirely on an iPhone, 160 Characters<br />

uncovers the secrets and stories, buried in<br />

our mobiles both old and new.<br />

Might<br />

Sci-Fi/Drama/Thriller ● 9 min ● Finland<br />

Director: Emil Sallinen<br />

Maryam, a rebel leader in a post-apocalyptic<br />

world governed by a ruthless religion, is<br />

determined to prove that the huge metallic<br />

object hovering in the sky is not a god. An<br />

opportunistic mission - in which she runs into<br />

her lost father - ends with a revelation of a<br />

secret only a god can keep.<br />

Inheritance<br />

Drama/Western ● 15 min ● USA<br />

Director: Paul Stuart<br />

A gritty 1960's Texas drama examining the<br />

power struggle between two estranged<br />

sisters in the wake of domestic violence.<br />

Four Day Weekend<br />

Drama ● 20 min ● USA<br />

Director: Nicole Jones<br />

A middle-aged couple, married for twentythree<br />

years, takes a four-day break from each<br />

other. The aftermath leaves their relationship<br />

shaken and tested, but not broken.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SUNDAY February 19th<br />

Mixing It Up<br />

12:00 P.M.<br />

A little Comedy, a little Sci-Fi and a little Drama.<br />

From the USA and Norway.<br />

Quiet On Set<br />

Comedy/Romance ● 11 min ● Norway (SUB)<br />

Director: Petter Holmsen<br />

We're in a war-zone. The year must be 1940:<br />

World War 2. Soldiers are scattered in the<br />

snow: freezing, bleeding and dead. Suddenly<br />

we cut out: we're on a Norwegian film set in<br />

2015. Quiet On Set is a metafictional short<br />

film that deals with a romantic encounter at<br />

bottom of the film world ladder.<br />

Piper in the Woods<br />

Sci-Fi ● 7 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Matthew Ramirez<br />

With strange things happening at a remote<br />

research station, a university psychologist is<br />

sent to investigate. Based on a short story by<br />

Philip K. Dick.<br />

remnants<br />

Drama ● 19 min ● USA<br />

Director: A. Plancher<br />

An elderly writer struggles to reveal his dark,<br />

troubled past while suffering from Alzheimer's.<br />

Heather’s Painting<br />

Drama ● 15 min ● USA<br />

Director: Freddie Connor<br />

The story follows the breakdown of a family<br />

after losing their 14 year-old daughter,<br />

Heather, to stage 4 Leukemia. The marriage<br />

crumbles in the process of grief. Heather<br />

leaves them a secret message to help them<br />

through their turmoil.<br />

Carbon<br />

Sci-Fi ● 14 min ● USA<br />

Director: Christian Lybrook<br />

A rancher's carefully constructed life begins<br />

to unravel when she discovers strange happenings<br />

on her ranch.<br />

To Bee or Not to Bee<br />

Comedy ● 4 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Carlos Cortes<br />

The only thing standing in the way of Charlie<br />

and getting to his job interview is the bee in<br />

his car.<br />

Cradle<br />

Sci-Fi ● 11 min ● USA<br />

Director: David Holechek<br />

A man risks his body and mind to right a<br />

terrible wrong.<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SUNDAY February 19th<br />

Native American Showcase<br />

2:00 P.M.<br />

Ak-Chin student and competition films.<br />

Followed by a Q&A session with Filmmakers & a Q&A with Special Guest,<br />

Stockbridge-Mohican Nation Award-Winning Film Composer, Brent Michael Davids<br />

AWARD COMPETITION <strong>FILM</strong>S<br />

The Thunderbird over the Whale<br />

Documentary ● 15 min ● USA (ST)<br />

Director: Nicole Acevedo<br />

Spencer McCarty is an artist working in Neah<br />

Bay Washington. An accident prevents him<br />

from fishing and whaling regularly as his<br />

ancestors once did. He has spent his life<br />

reconciling the teachings of his ancestors with<br />

the modern world he has found himself in,<br />

where whaling is not practiced.<br />

Iroquois Creation Story<br />

Live Action/Animation ● 17 min ● USA<br />

Director: Cathleen Ashworth<br />

The Iroquois Creation Story film tells how our<br />

earth came to be according to the oral story<br />

recited by the Haudenosaunee people for<br />

hundreds of years. This film combines<br />

animation and dance to tell the story of Sky<br />

Woman & her Grandsons Flint and Sky Holder.<br />

The Gift<br />

Drama ● 14 min ● USA<br />

Directors: Sunny Moodie, Natalie Ulman, and<br />

Joshua Indenbaum<br />

A Muscogee woman is chosen by her<br />

grandfather to return a sacred object to their<br />

brothers and sisters living beyond the<br />

mountains.<br />

H.A.M.<br />

Sci-Fi ● 16 min ● USA<br />

Director: Boise Esquerra<br />

16-year-old Peter must cope with his crackpot<br />

father who builds a HAM Radio that<br />

inadvertently catches the attention of an alien<br />

creature from outer space.<br />

AK-CHIN STUDENT <strong>FILM</strong>S<br />

Close Encounter With An Alien<br />

Sci-Fi/Animation ● 2 min ● USA<br />

Director: Jeffrey Stoffer<br />

Humans don’t fare too well when an alien<br />

visits until they work together.<br />

Student Class President<br />

Drama ● 10 min ● USA<br />

Director: Cecily Peters<br />

When a class president position is up for<br />

election, class members campaign and show<br />

themselves at their best and worst.<br />

Lego Animation<br />

Animation ● 2 min ● USA<br />

Director: Jeffrey Stoffer<br />

In a stop-motion animation, Legos magically<br />

become part of games.<br />

The Native American<br />

Showcase Awards are sponsored by<br />

The Ak-Chin Indian Community<br />

And<br />

(SUB) Subtitled (ST) Student


SUNDAY February 19th<br />

Screenplay Table Read<br />

4:00 P.M.<br />

Before the cameras begin rolling on any film, the cast sits down together around a table and<br />

reads their lines.<br />

The director, producers, and anyone with a need-to-know listens. And, even though the film will<br />

not be shot in page 1– 90+ page sequence, this is the actors’ first chance to interact with their<br />

co-stars.<br />

Over 25 short screenplays (15 pages or less) were read and analyzed by our panel for concept/<br />

originality, structure, plot, character development and dialogue.<br />

We selected the best four screenplays to be table read by actors from the Maricopa area.<br />

Prizes for the winner and runner-up include software from our Hollywood sponsors,<br />

Jungle Software and Write Brothers. A short film (20 minutes or less) completed from the<br />

winning script will be showcased in the 2018 Copa Shorts Film Fest.<br />

Floating<br />

Sc-Fi/Drama ● 13 Pages ● Vermont<br />

Writer: Zane Swift<br />

Screenplays<br />

On a meteor floating through space with his mother and small city of people, Wyatt has the determination<br />

to explore and help his mom with her sickness. During his exploration, Wyatt will<br />

learn that not everything is what it seems.<br />

Hell to Pay: The Legend of Robert Johnson<br />

Fantasy/Drama ● 9 Pages ● California<br />

Writer: Giancarlo Fusi<br />

During the Depression, a sharecropper's burning desire to be a traveling Bluesman leads him to<br />

sell his soul to Satan at a Mississippi crossroads to become the greatest guitarist of all time.<br />

Holding Hands<br />

Drama ● 15 Pages ● Massasschusetts<br />

Writer: Barbara Keiler<br />

Fearing her marriage is dying, Meredith sweeps her husband off for a romantic getaway. Everything<br />

goes wrong--but somehow, in the end, everything goes right.<br />

Kitsune Mask<br />

Fantasy/Sci-Fi ● 15 pages ● Arizona<br />

Writer: Sara Fujimura<br />

When biracial, futuristic police officer Jay Yoshikawa traveled to Japan to pay her respects to her<br />

deceased grandparents, she didn’t intend to bring home the family’s secret and unleash it on the<br />

citizens of San Francisco. Now, this highly-trained cop must release her control to a yokaifighting,<br />

nine-tailed fox entity to become Kitsune Mask and defeat the soul-sucking ice demon<br />

Yuki-Onna (Snow Woman) before she takes the lives of Jay’s best friend and her love interest.


SUNDAY February 19th<br />

Best of the Fest<br />

6:00 P.M.<br />

The nine best-rated films in one film block. See the top picks if you were not able to<br />

attend all of the films over the last two days. We won’t spoil the surprise!<br />

Join us after this film block for the<br />

Wrap Party/Awards Ceremony<br />

Awards / Recognition / Buffet<br />

8:30 p.m.<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

Non-VIP Pass Holders—$30.00<br />

Featuring Award-Winning<br />

Gila River Blues Band<br />

Smokestack Lightning<br />

Musical Entertainment Sponsored by<br />

Awards Sponsored by<br />

Filmmakers!


TICKET INFORMATION<br />

Welcome to Copa Shorts Film Fest <strong>2017</strong>!<br />

Purchase tickets in advance to save a seat for:<br />

One or all of the 7 film blocks, the short<br />

Screenplay Contest, Best of the Fest showing<br />

of the winning films, or VIP or Day Passes.<br />

A Festival Awards/Wrap Party is scheduled at<br />

the conclusion of the festival.<br />

PRICING<br />

SINGLE SCREENING TICKETS (Any one Film<br />

Block, Short Screenplay Contest or Best of the<br />

Fest)<br />

General Admission: $12<br />

TICKET INFO<br />

<strong>COPA</strong> <strong>SHORTS</strong> <strong>FILM</strong> <strong>FEST</strong> 1-DAY PASS<br />

Saturday Only: 5 Category Film Blocks — $50<br />

Sunday Only: 2 Category Film Blocks + Short<br />

Screenplay Table Read + Best of the Fest +<br />

includes Awards/Wrap Party with Buffet and<br />

Entertainment —$65<br />

<strong>FEST</strong>IVAL AWARDS/WRAP PARTY ONLY<br />

(Sunday February 19th)<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

Wrap Party Only: $30 Food/Entertainment<br />

(General Admission)<br />

<strong>FILM</strong> INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL WORKHOPS<br />

(Saturday Morning February 18th)<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

Students/Seniors (65+): $10<br />

Single screening block, day-of-show tickets<br />

may be purchased at the theater box office<br />

(as available).<br />

Have a question about buying tickets?<br />

Please contact us at:<br />

info@copashortsfilmfest.org<br />

VIP ALL ACCESS PASS $130<br />

With a VIP All Access Pass, your priority seating<br />

in UltraStar Theatre 1 is assured. A CSFF <strong>2017</strong><br />

VIP All-Access pass provides complimentary:<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

VIP access to every category block, short<br />

screenplay contest winners/table read<br />

and Best of Fest screening during our 2-<br />

day event<br />

Priority seating at all screenings!<br />

Entry to the VIP-only Opening Mixer! Hors<br />

d’oeuvres + musical entertainment by<br />

Arvel Bird<br />

Entry to the Festival Awards/Wrap Party<br />

Buffet + music by Gila River’s Smokestack<br />

Lightning blues band<br />

Swag Bag<br />

9:00 a.m. Charging Your Creative Spark<br />

10:15 a.m. Film Scoring for Filmmakers<br />

No charge – Advanced registration is required.<br />

www.Eventbrite.com (Copa Shorts Film Fest-<br />

Educational Seminar 1 or 2) until seminars are<br />

filled.<br />

EXCHANGES AND REFUNDS<br />

All ticket and pass sales are final. There are no<br />

refunds or exchanges of tickets, party or<br />

festival passes.


FRIDAY February 17<br />

<strong>COPA</strong> <strong>SHORTS</strong> <strong>FILM</strong> <strong>FEST</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

<strong>FILM</strong> BLOCK SCHEDULE & SPONSORED EVENTS<br />

OPENING NIGHT MIXER<br />

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.<br />

VIP Invitation only – meet with filmmakers<br />

/screenwriters/sponsors/press/VIP pass holders<br />

Arvel Bird<br />

International Award-Winning Celtic/Native American Recording Artist<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

SATURDAY February 18<br />

SUNDAY February 19<br />

Filmmaker Education Workshops<br />

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.<br />

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.<br />

Elements Event Center<br />

ULTRASTAR – THEATRE 1<br />

(VIP Pass Holder Access to 2 nd Floor StarClass and VIP Room)<br />

<strong>FILM</strong> BLOCKS INCLUDE<br />

Q&A with Filmmakers & Special Guests after the Films<br />

SATURDAY SHOWTIMES<br />

12 PM / 2 PM / 4 PM / 6 PM / 8:30 PM<br />

SUNDAY SHOWTIMES<br />

12 PM / 2 PM<br />

4 PM — Short Screenplay Finalists Table Read<br />

Actors read the 4 finalists’ screenplays for the grand prize<br />

6 PM — Best of the Fest Films<br />

See some of the best short films from both days of the festival<br />

SUNDAY EVENING<br />

<strong>FEST</strong>IVAL WRAP PARTY/AWARDS CEREMONY<br />

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.<br />

Smokestack Lightning<br />

Award-Winning Gila River Indian Blues Band<br />

Elements Event Center


<strong>2017</strong> Copa Shorts Film Fest<br />

DONORS<br />

The following individuals have pledged their support to<br />

Copa Shorts Film Fest, Inc. through their generous<br />

financial gifts and in-kind contributions:<br />

County Supervisor Anthony Smith<br />

Maricopa City Mayor Christian Price<br />

Maricopa City Council member Peg Chapados<br />

Maricopa City Council member Marvin Brown<br />

Maricopa City Council member Nancy Smith<br />

Maricopa City Council member Julia Gusse<br />

Maricopa City Council member Henry Wade<br />

Maricopa City Council member Vincent Manfredi<br />

Maricopa City Council member Bridger Kimball<br />

Gina D’Abella<br />

A-1 Health and Wellness<br />

Cynthia Morgan<br />

Grace Robinson<br />

Roberto A. Reveles<br />

David B. Coward<br />

Joseph Dutra<br />

Anonymous<br />

How to Donate<br />

Copa Shorts Film Fest, Inc. is more<br />

than an annual film festival. We also<br />

present educational seminars in<br />

filmmaking and screenwriting<br />

through Central Arizona College and<br />

the Maricopa Unified School<br />

District. Please donate to our<br />

nonprofit so we can offer these<br />

life-changing workshops.<br />

To make a tax-deductible<br />

contribution, see our website and<br />

hit the “Donate” button, which<br />

takes you to a secure connection on<br />

Paypal.<br />

We welcome in-kind donations for<br />

our silent auction, volunteering at<br />

the festival (February 17-19, <strong>2017</strong>)<br />

and ticket purchases. VIP All-<br />

Access , one day, and individual film<br />

block passes are available at<br />

www.copashortsfilmfest.org<br />

Thank you for your contribution!<br />

Join us for a fun, fabulous event!


SPONSORS<br />

Copa Shorts Film Fest thanks the following Sponsors who are an essential part of<br />

bringing quality independent short films and screenplays to Maricopa.<br />

THE LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN<br />

WADE NEBGEN, PLLC

Hooray! Your file is uploaded and ready to be published.

Saved successfully!

Ooh no, something went wrong!