SCFF19 Electronic Program

stcloudfilmfest

This is the electronic version of the 2019 St Cloud Film Fest program covering more than 100 films over 8 days. Festival Passes available at https://bit.ly/2hDPTRc

St.Cloud,MN

NOVEMBER 29

2019

WWW.STCLOUDFILMFEST.COM


CENTRALMINNESOTASHOWCASE

SATURDAY1PM NOV2nd

TheBlackBox

OLDMEDIASTUDIES

(dir.StephanClark,MN)

PushingbackagainstaproposalforaNew Media

Studiesmajor,anEnglishProfessorjokinglysuggests

creatinganOldMediaStudiesmajor.

HANDPRINTS

(dir.JenniferMochinski,MN)

Whenacouplefindsthemselvesstrugglingtoconnect,

mysterioushandprintsbecometheironlykeytoemotionalfreedom.

BATUL

(dir.Falcon,MN)

Ashortfilm thatrevisitstheactualeventsofthe

infamouschemicalatackthattookplaceinAynTarma

avilageinEasternGhouta,SyriaonAugust21st,2013.

CENTURY

(dir.KevinObsatz,MN)

Alistlesssuburbanmatriarchhasatoridafairwitha

punchingbag,upsetingthedelicateecosystem ofelectronicennuiinherhousehold.

BAYTJADEED:SEEKINGHOME

(dir.DanicaSimonetandMackenzieKuhl,MN)

Thesearchforhomefrom theperspectiveofrefugees&

receivingcommunitiesbothinGermany&Minnesota.

CINEMALOUNGETOUR

SATURDAY4PM NOV2nd

TheBlackBox

CORRUPTION

(dir.JasonEwert,MN)

Withanew apartment,awriterdescendsintocreativity

andmadness.

IT’SABOUTTIME!

(dir.IsaacCarlton,MN)

Ayoungman'snighttakesaneventfulturnafteramysteriousobjectappearsinhisbackyard.

RIPLIST

(dir.MikeScholtz,MN)

Acelebritydeathpoolisanunusualgameinwhich

playerspickfamouspeopletheythinkwildieinthe

nextyear.Riplistfolowssevenfriendsoverthecourse

ofayearastheymaketheirselectionsandlivewiththe

consequences.


OPENING NIGHTFEATURE

SATURDAY7PM NOV2nd

TheBlackBox

KAMALI

(dir.SashaRainbow,India)

Suganthiwaslockedawayasachilduntilthedayshewasmaried.Now havinglefther

abusivehusbandandlivinginhersmalfishingvilageinIndia,shedreamsofadiferentlife

forherseven-year-olddaughterKamali,startingwithlearninghow toskateboard.

THECAVE

(dir.FerasFayyad,Syria)

OscarnomineeFerasFayyad(LastMeninAleppo)deliversanunflinchingstoryoftheSyrian

warwiththispowerfuldocumentary.Forbesiegedcivilians,hopeandsafetylieunderground

insidethesubteraneanhospitalknownastheCave,wherepediatricianandmanagingphysicianDr.AmaniBalourandhercoleagueshaveclaimedtheirrighttoworkasequalsalongsidetheirmalecounterparts,doingtheirjobsinawaythatwouldbeunthinkableinthe

oppressivelypatriarchalculturethatexistsabove.Folowingthewomenastheycontend

withdailybombardments,chronicsupplyshortagesandtheever-presentthreatofchemical

atacks,TheCavepaintsastiringportraitofcourage,resilienceandfemalesolidarity.

FILM FESTIVALSTAFF

FestivalDirector–JohnScot

ExecutiveAdministrator–JodyBarth

FestivalArtDirector–JordanMileski

UniversityProgram Coordinator–IlyaSimakov

Programmers-AshleyFroemming,SarahSteinfeldt,TylerBoresch,MikeMay,ColinStanhil,OwenYarges,

&OliviaFredrickson

CommunityLiasons-JoleneFoss,HeidiJeub,&SarahDrake


EXPERIMENTALSHOW

SATURDAY10PM NOV2nd

TheBlackBox

THEMASQUEOFBLACKNESS

(dir.EpohBeech,UK)-Are-imaginingofBenJonson's

playTheMasqueofBlacknessandJosephConrad's

novelaHeartofDarkness.

INALANDSCAPE,DREAMING

(dir.RossMorin,USA)-Thefilm choreographsthe

movinglandscapeinanexplorationofZenBuddhist

conceptsofpeaceandterorintheinfinite.

POLAROIDS.THEWAREHOUSEOFMEMORY

(dir.JosuVenero,Spain)-Memoryisconstantly

invadedbytheimaginationanddream world,and

sincethereisatemptationtobelieveintherealityof

theimaginary,weendupmakingtruthsofourlies.

IAM HEWHO CREATEDHIMSELF

(dir.EmmaPenazEisner,USA)–Joiningwithhis

shadow,thefirstgodcreateshimself,theprogenitor

ofhumanity.Thissurealisticfilm re-imaginesoneof

theparadigmaticcreationmythsrecordedinantiquity.

ADVENTCALENDAR

(dir.TaylorBakken,MN)-Awomanwatchesasher

youngerhusbandtriestoreclaim hisyouthbyturning

toexperimentalcooking.Shefindsthatshe'sslowly

beingpushedawayday-by-day,meal-by-meal.

LIVINGWITHTHENEVER-MIND

(dir.KonstantinEnste,Germany)-Areyousad,too?

Whatifthere'ssomethingthatgivesalyoursadness

apurpose?Makeyoursadnessmoreproductivewith

theNEVER-MIND!

CRUDEOIL

(dir.ChristopherGood,USA)-Jennybreaksfreefrom

atoxicfriendshipandlearnstoharnesshermagical,

uselesssuperpower.

NIGHTMARE

(dir.AnaMariaAngel,Germany)-Astoryaboutthe

consciousnessawakeningandtribulationsinthelifeof

abug.

DYSCONNECTED

(dir.Tom Schlagkamp,Germany)-Roxyisstruggling

tofindherplaceinlife.Hereverymoveisconnected

tothedigitalworldandsheishavingtroubledistinguishingbetweenheronlineworldandtherealworld.

HOW TO:BEAMAN

(dir.AaronRazi,USA)-Ahororfilm thatrecontextualizes1950s“How

To”filmstorevealanimalistic

instincts&toxicmasculinityinsociety.

DEERBOY

(dir.KatarzynaGondek,Poland)-Astoryabouta

hunter'sson,whowasbornwithantlers,andabout

how eachmankilsthethingheloves.


Sunday1PM NOV3rd

TheBlackBox

FAMILYPROGRAM

SERPENDIPITY

(dir.CarlosMejia&KevinBarwick,USA)

Gordondoesnotwanttofreezeduringhisdinnerdate.NotonlyisGordon

nervous,buthehasasecret-hehassnakesforhairwithabadhabitofturning

peopleintostone.Wilhefindloveoristhisadatewithdisaster?

TIFFANY

(dir.ChristinaChristie,USA)

Whilepackingawayherdeceasedgrandmother'safairs,Paulinediscoversthat

oneoftheirstainedglasssculptureshascometolife.Asthelightsinthehouse

gooutandtheirmemoriestogetherbegintodim,Paulinerealizesthereisjoyin

celebratingthelegacyofthosewhohavebeenlost.

TRANSMITTERRECEIVER

(dir.VincentWilson,Canada)

Ino

Inordertoescapethemonotonyandboredom oftheendoftheschoolyear,a

youngboyfabricatesatransceiver-receivertocommunicatewithstrangersin

thesky.

THEWIREMEN

(dir.JessicaPaterson,UK)

Whenele

WhenelectricityisfirstbroughttoruralIreland,ayounggirlbelievesthisnew

powerisinfactafaeriewhohasenteredherhomewith‘theLight’.Her

atemptsatcapturingthismagicalvisitorunwitinglycauseablackoutandultimatelysummonthesinistercreatureswhohauntthesuroundingcountryside.

DULCE

(dir.GuileIsa&AngeloFaccini,Colombia)

OnColombia’sPacificCoast,amotherteachesherdaughter,Dulce,how to

swim.Itisanessentialskilinthisremoteregion,wherelivelihoodsaremadeon

theseaandwhererisingtides,madeworsebyclimatechange,haveswept

entirevilagesawayinrecentyears.

MADRID-ATOCHA

(dir.JorgeDayas,Spain)

Acommutert

Acommutertraindepartsatnightfrom alonelyanddarkstation.Throughthe

window severalepisodestakeplaceoverthelandscape.

CARLOTTA’SFACE

(dir.ValentinRiedl&FrédéricSchuld,Germany)

Asachild,Carlotadidn’texpectthepeoplearoundheretohavefaces.She

evendoesn’trecognizeherownface.Yearslater,shelearnsaboutarare,

untreatabledeficitofherbrain.Itwasart,afteral,thatoferedherawayto

finalyrecognizeherself.

THEMOSTMAGNIFICENTTHING

(dir.ArnaSelznick,Canada)

Aninspi

Aninspirationalstoryaboutalitlegirlwithacreativespirit,determinedtomake

greatthings.Joinedbyherbestfriend,herpetdog,thetwohappilyexplorethe

world,doingabsolutelyeverythingtogether.Whenshereceivesherveryown

toolkit,thelitlegirlsetsouttomakethemostmagnificentthingforherbest

friend–butit’snotaseasyasshethinks!


SUNDAY4PM NOV3rd

SUNDAYAFTERNOON FEATURE TheBlackBox

MAESTRO

(dir.Ilogic,France)

Deepintoaforest,agatheringofwildanimalsstartanocturnalopera,conductedbya

squirel.ThiscolectiveofFrenchdirectorscaughttheatentionoftheanimationworldin

2016withtheirshortfilm GARDENPARTY,thatwentontowintheGrandJuryprizeat

NashvileFilm Festivalandscreenedatthe2017StCloudFilm Fest,whichculminatedin

beingnominatedforBestAnimatedShortFilm atthe2018Oscars.

LOVETHEM FIRST:LESSONSFROM LUCYLANEYELEMENTARY

(dir.LindseySeavert,MN)

OneYear.OnePrincipal.Oneheartbreakingsetbackasherfailingelementaryschoolstrugglestogetof“thelist.”Withunprecedentedaccessoverthecourseofayear,LOVETHEM

FIRSTfolowsthedeterminationofacharismaticMinneapolisschoolprincipal,Mauri

MelanderFriestleben,asshesetsouttoundohistory.NotonlydoesMinnesotahavethe

largestachievementgapbetweenblackandwhitechildrenintheUnitedStates,Friestleben

facedanotherseeminglyimpossibleobstacle,withLucyLaneyatthebotom ofthestate’s

listofunderperformingschoolsfortwodecades.UnderFriestleben’sleadership,standardizedtestscoresfrom

mostblackstudentsbeganrisingforthefirsttime,butwhentheschool

encountersaheartbreakingsetback,Friestlebenisforcedtoconfrontthetruemeasureof

studentsuccessatLucyLaney.It’sastoryofinspiration,heartbreak,perseveranceandthe

poweroflove.

Q&AwiththeLOVETHEM FIRSTteam folowingthescreening


DARKPROGRAM

Sunday7PM NOV3rd

TheBlackBox

SAVE

(dir.IvánSáinz-Pardo,Germany)

Dawn.Ababybreaksthesilence.

AINHOA

(dir.IvánSáinz-Pardo,Germany)

Ainhoais9yearsoldandshehasleft

home,bringingonlyherschoolbagand

aPlaymobil.

PIGGY

(dir.CarlotaPereda,Spain)

Saraisanoverweightteenthatlivesin

theshadow ofacliqueofcoolgirlsholidayinginhervilage.Herclothesare

stolenandshemustgethomewearing

nothingbutherbikini.Thelongwalk

homewilmarktherestofherlife.

BAILAORA

(dir.RubinStein,Spain)

Awar.Achild.Adream.

DEERLIGHTS

(dir.BrianKlewin,USA)

Charlieignoresthemountingconsequencesofhisopiateaddictionwhilehis

wifeandkidsfindtheirownwaysto

cope.

DOWN2CLOWN

(dir.JasonEwert,MN)

Agrizzlytaleoftwoyoungloverswho

unwilinglymeettheirdeepestfear.

TimelessparableanddirecttoVHS

roledinasliceofbologna.

FUSE

(dir.ShadiAdib,Germany)

Amousetrapsnapsshut,amarketplace

awakens.Agroupofmenheatedly

discusshow tokiltheanimalinthelitle

box.Butasthemacabregameunfolds

andspiralsoutofcontrol,bothvictim

andtormentorsuferthesamefate.

UNCLEGARETH

(dir.ChrisLondon,USA)

Afterhismother'sdeath,Garethis

caughtbetweenhisfearofbeingalone

andhisfearofdealingwiththeoutside

world.Thenaturalsolution,hangingout

withpreservedbodiesfrom hisfamily's

funeralhome,worksperfectly-untilhe

hastotakecareofhisniecewhilehiding

thebodiesfrom aneighborhood

watchman.

FREEDOM

(dir.FelipeEspinosa,Spain)

Amaniscaptivatedandlockedina

specialcabin.Hismysteriousoppressor

wilnotalow him todoorfeelanything

excepttoexistwiththeaim ofextractinginformationfrom

him.Survivingto

thepassoftimewilbecrucialtoavoid

falingintomadness.

I,MONSTER

(dir.PacoRuiz,Spain)

Duringhisfilmography,amethodactor

haskiledahundredhumancharacters.

However,duringtheshootingofa

hororfilm,heisunabletokilthelead

actorofthefilm.Hehasforgotenhow

tobeamonsterandhow tobehimself.

NANA

(dir.BelArmenteros,Spain)

12-year-oldSimonlivesinadulcold

housewithhisgrandmother,afrustratedbalerinawhooftengiveshim

a

hardtime.Onenight,intheloneliness

ofthehouse,anintruderisgoingto

makefearcreepoverthem both.

PORKMASK

(dir.AlejandroMinaro,Spain)

Aone-armedmanseekshislosthand

inthesnowymountains.Ifhedoesnot

finditbeforemidnight,hisfeudallord

wilbanishhim andhissister.

HIDEANDSEEK

(dir.RadheyaJegatheva,China)

Auniversitystudentstruggleswithhis

identityandlongsto‘findhimself’picks

upanabandonedUSB.Curious,he

plugsitintohislaptoptofindtwo

images:onewhichsays‘HIDE’,the

othershowsadisturbingimage.

CARGO

(dir.AbhilashChandra,Malaysia)

Adisheartened12yearoldboy

encountersadarksupernaturalforce

restinginsidethecargohisunassuming

fathertransportsfrom thedepthsofa

Malaysianpalm oilplantation.


CONTEMPORARYCLASSIC

Monday7PM NOV4th

SCSU-AtwoodLitleTheater

GOODMANNERS

(dir.JulianaRojasandMarcoDutra,Brazil)

Amysteriousandwealthywomanhiresalonelynurse

namedClaratobethenannyofhersoon-to-bebornchild.

Whenafulmoonbringsaboutthebirthofawerewolf,

Claramakesithermissiontocareforthemonstrosityand

protectitfrom others.

MONDAYNIGHTSHORTS

Monday7PM NOV4th

TheBlackBox

CHURROS

(dir.EmilieMcDonaldandBruceSmolanof,USA)

Jo-Jo,a15year-oldMexican-Americanboy,breakdances

withacrew &dreamsofbeing“theilest”b-boyinthe

world,butalocalgangstertriestolurehim away.

CLEATS

(dir.AbdulahŞahin,Turkey)

Ilyaswantstomakethetryoutsforalocalfootbalteam

andsavesmoneytobuynew cleats.Emirshareshis

desire.

UNFORIGIVABLE

(dir.GiosuePetrone,Rwanda)

Thestoryoftwopeopleonopposingsidesduringthe

Rwandangenociderevealswhathappenswhenthe

personwhonearlydestroyedyourlifeconfrontsyouand

asksforforgiveness.

THECHRISTMASGIFT

(dir.BogdanMuresanu,Romania)

December20,1989,daysafterCeausescu'sbloody

repressioninTimisoara,afather’squieteveningturnsto

sheerordealashefindsoutthathislitlesonhasmaileda

wishletertoSanta.

SIRENE

(dir.ZaraDwinger,Netherlands)

WhentheenchantingMelodysailsinto15-yearoldKay's

lifeonabigboat,theirflourishingfriendshiplureshim

towardsthisdormantfeeling.

HAVEN

(dir.ColinAskey,Canada)

Inanopioid-assistedtherapyprogram,patientsare

providedwithmedical-gradeheroin,andasafeplaceto

inject.Theclinicisanintegralhealthcaresystem.

THEBLUECAPE

(dir.AlejandraLopez,PuertoRico)

Ayoungboyfacesthechalengeofsavinghissickly

grandfatherduringthedevastationofHuricaneMaria.


EXPLORINGIDENTITY

Tuesday7PM NOV5th

TheBlackBox

ADAYINTHEPARK

(dir.DiegoPoralSoldevila,Spain)

Amonologuebyagrandfatherwhoexplainstohis

grandkidhow thingsusedtobe.ormaybehow they

arenow.

WELCOMETO THEBALL

(dir.Adam VincentWright,USA)

Achildlearnssignlanguageinhopesofmakinganew

friend.

THEBOYWHO WANTEDTO FLY

(dir.JorgeMuriel,Spain)

IntheMadridofthe80s,Ivan,afive-year-oldboy,is

confrontedwiththebirthofanew brother.Hissisteris

dadśfavorite,thenewbornismom'sfavorite.Which

placedoeshetakeinthisnew situation?WhatifHe

couldflyandescape?

MINDMYMIND

(dir.FloorAdams,Netherlands)

Whenrelyingonsocialscriptstosurvivethesocial

world,it’snoteasytogoof-script.Especialyifyou’re

obsessedwithGermandivebombersandjustwantto

dateagirl.

MOTOMIYA

(dir.AlexandraDebricon,Japan)

Motomiya,anolderJapaneseman,naratesthestoryof

hislifeinTokyowithRaquel,auniversitystudentfrom

Spain,severaldecadeshisjunior.HecalsRaquelhis

“Typhoon”andastheytravelthroughthefastmoving

citytogether.

THENUN’SKADDISH

(dir.LuisIsmael,USA)

Aheart-warmingvignetethatportraysatruestoryof

inter-religiouskindnesswhenaNunobservesaJewish

ritual.

BLACKHAT

(dir.SarahSmith,USA)

Atfirstblush,ShmuelisapiousHasidicmanleadinga

fairlysimplelife.Bydayhedutifulypraysatthelocal

synagogueandmanagesabusydrycleaner.Butwhen

hiswifeanddaughtersleavetownforafew days,

Shmuelwilstepoutofhissimpledailylifeandintoa

morecomplexworldlitbythenight.Whenhemisplaces

hisblackhatalongtheway,Shmuel’stwoliveswil

interconnectinawayheneverexpected.


Wednesday7PM NOV6th

TheBlackBox

STORIESABOUTWOMEN

BROTHER,MOVEON

(dir.AntshivonMoos,India)

Ge

Geetaisoneofthefew taxidriversinIndia.Hertaxi

service"forwomenbywomen"enableswomento

movefreelyinthecityatanytime.Herhopeisthatthe

cityscapeandatmosphereofthecitywilincreasingly

changeandsowilthepositionofwomeninsociety.

2NDCLASS

(dir.JimmyOlsson,Sweden)

Charl

Charlotehasgotanew jobasa2ndgradeteacher.One

nightsheisatackedbyanaziandisseverelyinjured.

Whenshecomesbacktoschoolshediscoversthatone

ofherstudentsisthesonofthatnazi.

NORAEPHRONGOESTO PRISON

(dir.HannahEless,USA)

Friendshiptranscendsfantasyinthismusicalizedlove

letertoNoraEphronandNew YorkCity.Twowomen

meetinunexpectedcircumstances.Throughtheir

commonloveofNoraEphronandherfilmshope

conquersaconfiningrealityasafriendshipbloomsin

thismoderndayrom-com.Watchwhathappenswhen

MarymetAly.

STELLAFORSTAR

(dir.NickSinger,USA)

Dr.MarcyLaterhasdevotedherlifetoalong-proposed

butneverrealizedrenewableenergysolutionforclimate

change.Atascientificconferencewithhertwoyoung

children,sheneglectshermaternalandprofessional

responsibilitiesbyhangingoutwithagroupofFuries.

TH

THROATSINGINGINKANGIRSUK

(dir.EvaKaukaiandManonChamberland,Canada)

EvaKaukaiandManonChamberlandpracticetheInuk

artofthroatsingingintheirsmalvilageofKangirsuk.

Theirmesmerizingvoicescarythroughthefour

seasonsoftheirArcticland.

LETTHEBLONDESING

(dir.RachelKnol,MN)

AnintimatelookintoasmalcommunityinAlaska

throughtheeyesofBeverlySueWaltz,thebartenderof

theonlybaropenal-year-round.

THEBEAR

(dir.JohannesStjärneNilsson,Sweden)

Asuccesful

Asuccesfulwomanatthetopofhercareerisfedup

withbeingahumanbeing,buysherselfabearsuitand

emigratestothewilderness.

SOMETIMES,ITHINKABOUTDYING

(dir.StefanieAbelHorowitz,USA)

Franisthinkingaboutdying,butamanintheoffice

mightwanttodateher.


DOCUMENTARYSHORTFILMS

Thursday7PM NOV7th

TheBlackBox

INFERNO

(dir.PatrickFileti,Australia)

InInfernodelvesintotheheartandsoulofTultepec,

Mexico-atownfamousforitspyrotechnicsindustry.

Infernoisanexplosiveportraitofthelivesofartisans

andtheirfamiliesintheleaduptothefestivalofSan

JuandeDios,whenblazingrevelryengulfsthetown.

Plungingheadintothefire,Infernohonoursthespirit

andpassionofTultepec’scommunityincelebratinglife

anddeath.

BLACKFEETFLOOD

(dir.TorstenKjelstrand&BenShors,USA)

ButchNew BreastleftTheBlackfeetReservationin

1964whenafloodwashedawayhishome,hisparents

andhissister.Hereturns50yearslater"toseeifIcan

stilgetthatfeeling,likeIam Blackfeet."

EXPANDINGROOTS:ST.CLOUDSMUSICSCENE

(dir.MikeMay&TylerBoresch,MN)

Past,presentandfutureoutlooksandstoriesofSt.

Cloud'smusicscenefrom thepeoplewhohavecontributedtoit.

FRASERSYNDROME&ME

(dir.KyleAnneGrendys,USA)

FilmmakerKyleAnneGrendys,isonlythe75thperson

tobebornwiththerare,recessivegenedisordercaled

FraserSyndrome.Havingalwaysfeltaloneintheworld,

shesetsoutonajourneytofindhercommunityand

finalymeetsothersjustlikeher.

EXIT12

(dir.HannahFariss,USA)

AftertwotoursinFalujahintheIraqWar,USMarine

RomanBacacamehomeadiferentperson.Hisexperienceravagedhim

withdepression,anxiety,andanger

issues.Withtheencouragementofhiswife,Lisa,

Romandecidedtoreturntobaletaswaytocope.He

foundthatdancehelpedhim “reprogram”hismindand

body.Now,asthefounderandartisticdirectorofthe

Exit12DanceCompanyinNYC,Romanwithother

veteransandmilitaryfamilies,usesdancetotelstories

abouttheefectsofwar.Throughmovementand

creativeexpression,theyworktonotonlyreprogram

andreclaim themselves,butalsochangetheperceptionsandstereotypesoftheVeterancommunity


INTERNATIONALPROGRAM:BURKINAFASO

Thursday7PM NOV7th

StCloudStateUniverstiy-MilerCenterAuditorium

BURKINABÈBOUNTY:AGROECOLOGYINBURKINAFASO

(dir.IaraLee,BurkinaFaso)

BurkinabèBountychroniclesagriculturalresistance&thefightforfoodsovereigntyinBurkina

Faso-asmal,landlockedcountryinWestAfrica.Showcasingfarmers,students,artists,&

leadersintheSlow Foodmovement,thefilm looksathow theBurkinabèpeoplearereclaiming

theirland&defendingtheirtraditionsagainsttheencroachmentofcorporateagriculture.

BURKINABÈRISING:THEARTOFRESISTANCEINBURKINAFASO

(dir.IaraLee,BurkinaFaso)

BurkinaFasoishometoavibrantcommunityofartists,musicians,engagedcitizenswhocary

ontherevolutionaryspiritofThomasSankara,kiledinacoupd'étatledbyhisbestfriendand

advisorBlaiseCompaoré,whothenruledthecountryasanautocratfor27years,tilamassive

popularinsurectionledtohisremoval.Today,thespiritofresistanceandpoliticalchangeis

mightierthaneveranditpermeateseveryaspectoftheBurkinabèlife.


INTERNATIONALPROGRAM:

MIDDLE-EASTERNSHORTFILMS

Friday7PM NOV8th

StCloudStateUniversity-MilerCenter

AZADAH

(dir.MirabbasKhosravinezhad,Iran)

AzadehlivinginthevilageWithherfamily.She

wantsgotocitytovisitherfatherforthelasttime,

buthermotherandbrotherwon'talow her.

CLEANER

(dir.MohammadrezaMayghani,Iran)

Apublictoiletcleanerisconcernedaboutherpregnancytestonanormaldayofherwork.

ASHENG

(dir.MohammadSadeqEsmaeili,Iran)

Sevenwomenwholiveinafrontiervilagein

south-easternIranworktogethertosurvive.They

decidetofindawaytofreetheirhusbandswhohave

beeninprisonfor18yearsforselingdrugs.

BODIES

(dir.MorvaridKashiyan,Iran)

Atranssexualstageactor,whohasaconservative

father,hasfaleninlovewiththeirdirector.Theytryto

persuadetheirfatherwhileconfessinglovetothe

director.

TYPHOON

(dir.MostafaAkbariManjili,Iran)

Afatherandhis9-yearoldsonarejanitorsina

gardenhouse.Onedaytheownerofthehouse

comeshometofindsometoiletriesmissingandtries

tofindoutwhy.

BURQACITY

(dir.FabriceBracq,France)

SouleymaneandLeilajustgotmaried,forbeteror

forworse.Thebeteristhattheyloveeachothervery

much.Theworseisthattheyliveinanabsurdand

kafkaesquecountry.


STRUGGLEOFLOVE

Friday7PM NOV8th

TheBlackBox

WITHINREACH

(dir.HeatherFusari,USA)

Oliviastrugglestofindlovewithherideaof'Mr

Right,'whileherbestfriendrevealshisloveand

trueselffrom theverybeginning,ratherthan

themaskhebelieveswilwinherover.

DAYDREAMER

(dir.GenoDiMaria,USA)

Astrugglingmusicianispeerpressuredinto

performingaverypersonalsongatapartyhe

wisheshedidn'thavetoatend.

SACDEMERDE

(dir.GregChwerchak,USA)

MazelMankewicz,anunlucky-in-loveyetirationalyoptimisticNew

Yorker,thinksherluck

haschangedwhenshespendsthenightwith

themanofherdreams.Asitturnsout,he

mightjustbefulofshit.Literaly.

EVERGREEN

(dir.JoeDuca,USA)

SetagainsttherusticwinterbackdropoftheColoradoWesternSlope,Evergreenisthestory

ofaninterfaithcouple'stumultuousrelationshipoverapivotalChristmasweekend.Paul,a

contemporaryCatholic,planstopropose,whilehispragmaticgirlfriend,Gena,hopesto

finalytaketheircelibaterelationshiptothenextlevel.Whenexpectationsclash,thetwoset

asidetheirpriornotionsandagreetoabrutalyhonest,no-holds-baredweekendof"question-and-answer,"unearthinglong-buriedsecretsandmanifestationsfrom

relationships

past.


SOCIALAWARENESS

Saturday1PM NOV9th

TheBlackBox

SKÓGAFOSS

(dir.NielsBourgonje,Iceland)

Whileonvacationwithhisgirlfriend,Gijsreceivesaphone

calfrom hismother,thatrevealshertroubledmentalstate

andtheircomplexrelationship.

COMINGASHORE

(dir.SantiPalaciosandMikelKonate,Spain)

Adocumentarythatgathersgraphiccoverageonthe

EasternMediteraneanmigratoryroutetoshow therisk

thatthousandsofpeoplefacewhentryingtoreachthe

Europeancoastsinsearchofrefuge.

NEFTAFOOTBALLCLUB

(dir.YvesPiat,Tunisia)

InthesouthofTunisia,twobrothersbumpintoadonkey

lostinthemiddleofthedesertontheborderofAlgeria.

Strangely,theanimalwearsheadphonesoveritsears.

6,743COUNTMYVOICE

(dir.ShristiJoshi,Nepal)

Thefilm triestoexplorethedilemmaofonelocalyelected

representativefrom theTerairegionofNepal,whereby

belongingtoacertainmarginalizedcommunityisboonas

welasbane.Mrs.JasodhiyaPaswan,wantshervoiceto

becounted,notjustonpaperbutinreality.

RRUGA

(dir.Besim Ugzmajli,Kosovo)

Aftermidnight,Lenascaredandfleeing,meetsGentiinan

underpassatthecenterofthecity.Theygettoknow each

otherandtalkaboutthereasonsforthem beingthere.

THESTAINEDCLUB

(dir.MélanieLopez,SimonBoucly,MarieCiesielski,Alice

Jaunet,ChanStéphiePeang,&BéatriceViguier,France)

Finnhasstainsonhisskin.Oneday,hemeetsagroupof

coolkidswithdiferentstainsontheirbodies.

GRACE

(dir.AlexiaOldiniandStevenGray,MN)

Theevictionofayoungwomanofcolorfrom herhome&

subsequentencountersrevealthecalousnessofasociety

builttoexploittheprecariousnessofpeoplelikeher.

BIENVENUS

(dir.AnaPuentesMargarito,Spain)

NuriawantstovolunteerinanimmigrationONG.She

musttakecareofPape,Chiaka,andSalif,threeboysher

age.ButNuriacan'tcommunicatewiththem,andthey

don'ttrustanyone.

LET'SGO TO ANTARCTICA!

(dir.GonzagaManso,Antartica)

Carlosisahumanbeingwhoatthisverymomentisona

holidayinAntarctica.Thepenguins,whodonothave

cameras,wilforgetalaboutCarlos.


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BATIKH

(dir.SarahAbdel-Jelil,MN)

"Dancetime-lapse"wheredancersslow theirmovement

tomatchthepaceoftheworldaroundthem.Moving

slowly,wearealowingourbodiestolisten&recalibrate

tothetempoofotherlivingorganisms&naturalcycles.

LONGMEGANDHERDAUGHTERS

(dir.MargaretBary,USA)

Pleasejointhiscongregationofvaguelyfeminineisland

critersandtheirleggymatriarchforAVerySpecial

HarvestCeremony!

UNDERGROUND

(dir.BethPelof,MN)

Alonelypersonunexpectedlytakesajourneytoreconnectwithlife.

GUAXUMA

(dir.NaraNormande,Brazil)

TayraandIgrew uponabeachinthenortheastof

Brazil.Wewereinseparable.Theseabreezebringsme

backhappymemories.

abriefautobiography

(dir.MaretPolzine,MN)

Aslow (fast)processingofthelastfiveyears.Using

straightaheadanimationonpaper,MaretDaviesPolzine

tooktimetoreflect,oneframeatatime,onthelasthalf

decade.

ROBOTSINPARADISE

(dir.CarolineJiang,Australia)

Tworobotsenjoythestrangesightsofacityfulof

lights.Theirperfectworldsaretestedwhengreat

tragedybefalsthem.

HORSPISTE

(dirLéoBrunel,France)

Thetwobestrescueworkersoftheregionarereadyfor

theirnew mission.Despitetheirprofessionalism and

theirdetermination,itwilnotgoasplanned.

MIGRAINEMYGROANMYGAIN

(dir.JohnAkre,MN)

Apicturethatwilgiveyouaheadacheand,perhaps,a

smile.Ananimatedfilm wherebyIatempttounderstandthemigraineheadachesIget.

BIGWOMEN

(dir.RobertJersak,MN)

BigWomenisamonster-sizedmash-upoffeministliteratureand60's-erakaijufilms.BigWomeniswhat

happenswhenyourDadnerdsplainstheclassics.

NEBULA

(dir.MarcinNowrotek,Poland)

Anexperimentatfindingthelinkbetweentwotrends

thatdevelopsimultaneouslyinfilm history–Lumieres

conceptofamovieasarecordofreality&Méliés’suse

offilm asatoolforcreationofimaginativeworlds.

INKODE

(dir.ColinStanhil,MN)

Slapstickpsychedeliameetsanalogglitchfilm inalove

poem tothebloty,bleedy,supersaturatedsplendorof

inkonpaper.Createdentirelywithbrushedinkon35mm

paper.

HANGINGONYOURWINGS

(dir.SeanJ.Kenny,USA)

Arecordofthegoings-onatthePickleFortFilm ColectiveofGrandRapids,Michigan.


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The2019StCloudFilm Festawardswilbegivenoutandsomeofthewinningfilmswilbe

shownfolowedbyareception.

JUDGES

TyRubenElingson–ProfessoratVCU/VisualFXonStarWars,JurassicPark,Avatar,

PacificRim,etc.(9thyear)

HeidiJeub–VisualArtist(9thyear)

ChrisJordan–ChairofFilm StudiesDepartmentatStCloudStateUniversity(9thyear)

FelipCostaglioli–Poet/Film ProfessorStCloudStateUniversity(8thyear)

JenniferPenzkover–CityofSt.CloudArtsCommissionCoordinator(5thyear)

SarahSteinfeldt–StCloudStateUniversityFilm StudiesAlumnus(3rdyear)

OliviaFredrickson-StCloudStateUniverstiyFilm StudiesStudent(2ndyear)

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2019

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