California Women’s Film Festival

After Emma

Dir. Gabrielle Stone

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

A father on trial for a tragic mistake tries to make peace with the destruction of his family.

Alive Day

Dir. Lindsay O’Keefe

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

Against incredible odds, a young swimmer tells her inspiring story.

Ally 3000

Dir. Giovannie Espiritu

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 2

The CEO of a tech firm has to make a decision about a new product designed to alleviate white guilt.

Apocalypse...Now?

Dir. Charles Stulck

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

Justine Crowe, a fast-paced, quick-witted, lone wolf comes to your typical small town to sell policies door to door. What kind of policies? End of the world plan-B policies. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place for you and your family to live together after everything around us is gone? Estranged from her empathy and sympathy for others, and on a fast track to success, she doesn’t spend much time enjoying the small things in life. Until she meets a quirky local in town, Steve, who helps her realize that she’s lost touch with her ability to connect with others and treat everyone as a human being, and not just another sale

Artemis & the Astronaut

Dir. A. L. Lee

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

Artemis and Henri have spent a lifetime together. Loved one another deeply and imperfectly. Four weeks ago Henri died and so much was left unsaid as Henri's mind ebbed away. And then Artemis hears Henri crying in the next room. Will Artemis get a chance to be with Henri one last time?

Between The Pines

Dir. Emma Bell

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

After the tragic loss of his sister Charlotte, Devon has gone mute. As a way to ease his pain his mother Cheri tells him a passed down fairytale where Charlotte has simply gone to live in the magical pine kingdom in their backyard. When Devon is visited by Charlotte in his dreams, the fairytale becomes a reality but there’s a problem- Charlotte is in danger and only Devon can save her.

But Mom! It Is The End Of The World

Dir. Ella Sahlman & Kyle Kallman

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

It's the end of the world and a teenager needs to live her truth and get out of family dinner.

Butterfly

Dir. Bonnie Foster

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

A fashion model leaves her life for the desert...and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change she's been looking for.

Chance Of Showers

Dir. Michelle Bossy

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

The last two single women of their peers, Jen and Alexa drag themselves to a friend’s bougie LA baby shower. Jen is desperate to make friends while Alexa is looking for some free mimosas. Surrounded by moms with a capital M, Alexa and Jen struggle to find common ground, and things get weird. Very weird.

Coming To Terms

Dir. Kait Gallagher

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

Coming to Terms is the story of a young woman, Ellie, as she comes to terms with the fact that she's an alcoholic. Caught in the grips of shame, she's forced to face not only her drinking, but herself.

Cupcake

Dir. Liam Parry

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

A woman orders a decadent dessert to find it comes with more than just a thick layer of frosting.

Fine, I’ll Write My Own Damn Song

Dir. Allyson Rice

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

A 56-year-old mom sends a comedic rap video response to her 25-year-old rap artist/musician son when he invites other family members to be in his music but not her.

Gay Camp

Dir. Mark Marchillo

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

In a world where most of the population is gay, children who exhibit "straight" tendencies are sent to camps in order to convert them back to their natural homosexual lifestyle. Camp Sohomo will convert your child in record time.

Drawing upon real documentaries about straight-conversion therapy such as “Jesus Camp”, this faux promotional video is a biting satire of how plainly ludicrous conversion camps are if only the roles were reversed.


Heaven Everywhere

Dir. Dimitra Korri

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

Dimitra Korri sings and figure skates in her new music video "Heaven Everywhere."

His Period

Dir. Nihal Vasudevan

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

When Neil is asked by his girlfriend, Lia, to get her a pack of sanitary pads from a pharmacy, he blatantly refuses. In a fit of anger, she curses him. What results is him being the first man to ever get his period. Will he survive his bloody fate?

How Far

Dir. David Tayar

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

Theodora has it all… except the man she loves won’t leave his wife, Catherine.

I Am Evelyn Rose

Dir. Becca Flinn-White

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

Following a dramatic breakup, Evelyn Rose, an awkward 16 year old gets sent to her Grandma, Carly's house for the summer to learn about love, friendship, and life after 60.

In The Blood

Dir. Regina Banali

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

In the old west, Sartana rides into town to score some cash, form a gang and settle a score. His ex Dolores has been hiding out with an unwitting suitor. She has secrets and they are catching up with her. She means to skip town but her beau confronts her looking for answers and she doesn’t make it out in time before having a shootout with Sartana and his gang.

Ingenue

Dir. Sophie Webb

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

A young Australian actress moves to Hollywood with dreams of making it big, but her ambitions are jeopardized when mysterious letters start showing up in her mail box.

It’s A Girl Thing

Dir. Augusta Mariano

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

It's A Girl Thing is an honest depiction of what many women experience in college. It is a female centric and female driven series that uses each episode to highlight a way in which women experience the world around them differently than men during their late teens and early twenties.

It’s Me

Dir. Helen Randag

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

"It’s Me” is a dark tale of a game that cannot be sustained. Set over the course of an evening, a mother remembers moments from a game she played with her son throughout his childhood. Tragedy strikes when he unexpectedly returns.

Kaeru

Dir. Denise Chan

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

A darkroom photographer named Mitsuko struggles with self-doubt.

Kleen

Dir. Shannon Van Metre

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

A stranger, and a little kismet, give a defeated woman the courage to face her fate.

Laugh

Dir. Phil Scarpaci

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

Sometimes the best stuff in life keeps you from being the perfect you.

Lehenga

Dir. Nathalia Syam

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

A young man has doubts over his future bride on his wedding day. With external pressure from his family it seems that there is only one path for our groom-to-be.

Los Angeles, Fuck You

Dir. Emilie Rae Ohanian Svensson

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

A grown-up child star returns home to her estranged functioning alcoholic father.

Love Nonnie

Dir. Lisa Addario

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

This 106 year old woman became a viral sensation at 102. But we quickly see why she's so much more than that.

Lovely

Dir. Gabriela Tollman

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

A young woman finds hope while processing the grief of her Mother’s suicide.

Lullaby

Dir. Camille Kane

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

A strikingly raw and factual depiction of a young mother forced by family court to co-parent with the rapist responsible for impregnating her at 13.

Meeting Madame Rosalia

Dir. Alexandra Dybvig

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

Pragmatic Stockbroker George is visiting Margarita's mum, a passionate fortune teller, for the first time. Mum discovers from her cards that George isn’t right for Margarita and wants to chase him away, but Margarita wants to give it a chance, despite Mum’s protest that she has already arranged a marriage for her. George arrives and has to deal with Mum’s different attempts to get rid of him.

Mother’s Day Memories

Dir. Matthew Michael Ross

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

A woman's struggle with Alzheimer's leads to conflict between her husband and her son over how best to love and care for her.

Oma

Dir. Monika Ivonne

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

A Latvian grandmother visits her daughter in America, where she encounters surreal scenes of life in Los Angeles.

Pamela & Marion

Dir. Faith Larsen

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

Two estranged sisters meet again after 3 years apart. When their very different personal beliefs and lifestyle choices are challenged by one another, they must decide if their familial relationship is worth the hurt.

Parents Inc.

Dir. Harald Zwart

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 3

A girl living in a post-apocolyptic world, struggles with the new reality she lives in, being a teenager, and unreasonable parents. How she handles it may surprise you!

Perspective

Dir. Marlena Damico

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

After the local Memory Bank glitch, thousands of participants are now having horrific unwanted memories of strangers uploaded into their minds. A young woman is faced with a morally ambiguous decision when trying to find whose memories she now has, track them down, and get the code to have them removed.

Phoebe

Dir. Kyra Gardner

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

Phoebe is a real catch... she just doesn’t know it yet. Far from home, she tackles a new sea of challenges during her first weeks at college. With her flamboyant roommate Adam as her navigator, she no longer feels like a small fish in a big pond, and she learns to feel comfortable in her own skin.

Preggers

Dir. Jessica Cisneros Ramsey

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

We follow two friends that also happen to be pregnant. One is still in heels and the other only wears yoga pants. Does one really have it more figured out then the other?

Prufrock

Dir. Jessica Heidt

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 2

What is the cost of inaction? Set in modern day San Francisco, three people wrestle with the question at an opulent cocktail party as an accidentally spilled drink brings them each face to face with themselves.

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Dir. Jacoba Atlas

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 2

“PUSHOUT” is a feature length film confronting the criminalization and miseducation of African American girls that has led to their alarming high school dropout rate and increase into the juvenile justice system.

Rosa

Dir. Katja Colja

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 6

ROSA is the story of the rebirth of a woman who, after a serious loss, manages to find herself and the pleasure of being loved and loving again.

In ROSA the boundaries are told - between lands, people, generations, between mind and body, reason and feeling - and the brave overcoming of those.


Sacrifice

Dir. Vaughn Juares

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

Two strangers meet in a hospital waiting room after a major catastrophe. One of them must decide to give up their loved one so the other's may live.

Shape Shifter

Dir. Kelly Thompson

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

The Spokeswoman for a famous diet product (that doesn’t really work) is struck by a sudden bout of…a conscience.

Simple Things

Dir. Kagure Kabue

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

Simple Things is a tragic, story of a brilliant, talented but fatally flawed young lady. It questions the meaning of depression and celebrates individuals that do not fit into society.

Stucco

Dir. Janina Gavankar & Russo Schelling

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 4

J is trying and failing to move forward as the scars of old relationships keep her trapped inside her new home. While hanging a piece of art, she knocks a hole in her wall that reveals what might be a hidden room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel.

Stud Boob

Dir. Shaina Feinberg

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

Rage. Dud Boob. Stud Boob.

Testify

Dir. Sasha Krane

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

In the wake of a college campus rape, a South African attorney struggles to prepare her client for the ruthless cross examination that she will endure on the stand.

The Film

Dir. Lisa deSouza

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

What does it take to make a movie? Grit? Passion? Talent? Money? "The Film" is a dramatic comedy (dramedy) which follows the lives of the main players as they struggle to finish their masterpiece. "The Film" is a story about creativity, personalities, egos, and voyeurism with a twist for an ending that leaves the audience asking who is actually watching who. "The Film" is a timeless satire on Hollywood and the business of making movies with a modern commentary on the industry.

The Follower

Dir. Patricia Frontain

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 1

To the outside world, Mary, John and their daughter Annie seem like a happy family. But, within the walls of their home, it is far from happy. As the mother and child struggle to find their voices they realize that no one should live in fear.

The New Old Fashioned

Dir. Brigid Marshall

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

Growing up is one thing. Having your parents treat you like an adult is a whole other story. Ama, a successful 30-something, has taken the reigns on the next stage of her life. The problem is, her parents don’t approve.

The Unexpected

Dir. Sean McCarthy

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

An ageless wise man sends a child on a lifelong journey of discovery.

Therese

Dir. Fabiana Serpa

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 2

It is 1888 and Therese, a bavarian botanist, undertakes a four month long expedition to Brazil. Trouble starts unfolding because of the cultural clash between her and a Brazilian local guide as he refuses to take orders from a woman, without knowing her real identity, he is in for a surprise.

Torch

Dir. Heather Hillstrom

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 3

Set in the not-too-distant dystopian future, a divided father must choose between obeying a totalitarian government and saving his own family.

Two Bodies On A Beach

Dir. Anna Paavilainen

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 6

A woman wakes up on a beach wrapped in plastic, half-naked and in high heels. "Not again", she sighs and decides to find out who is behind this. She persuades an older woman who has been pushed to the margins of society to accompany her on her revenge trip. During their journey through classical cinematic landscapes, the two women have to face their own lusts, conflicts between generations, and their fragile ideologies.

Un-Dateable Britt

Dir. Jacob Swanson

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

Britt is convinced monogamy is a trap and something older generations were obsessed with because they had no true career ambitions. She thoroughly enjoys the swipe community.... through the powers of the apps she can engage or disengage with whomever she pleases.

Unfinished Business

Dir. Megan Duquette

Saturday  1/11/2020 Block 5

At her first audition after an extended sabbatical, Rene Shapiro finds herself reading opposite her ex, Steve Perigo. When a phone calls pulls the Casting Director out of the room, Rene and Steve find themselves alone on stage, their past and present colliding as they reminisce. Can Rene seize this professional opportunity and successfully resist her lingering feelings for Steve, or will working with a past love jeopardize her new life and family?

When I Walk Alone

Dir. Bozena Krakowka

Friday  1/10/2020 Block 1

When I Walk Alone Music Video directed by Bozena Krakowka.









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CWFF - July 17th - 19th 2020

Official Selections

5
Dir. Chia Chen & Jack Gastelbondo
Lena and Nick ran away together to live the free life they seek, but only to confront the past they couldn't outrun.
A Life In Three Letters
Dir. Vanessa Ndombe
Seth, a 33 years old African American has to face his past loss and fears in order to move forward in his marriage.
Admitted
Dir. Nathan Caywood
'admitted' is a dark comedy that sheds light via first person perspective on the stigma surrounding mental health. It is set in a state-funded health facility, and follows Lili, a strong-minded woman who willingly admits herself in-patient. Now on her second suicide attempt, she is patiently waiting to get well while steadily continuing to lose her mind. Her stay, which could be a few days to several weeks, is sweetly shortened by a new set of friends within the facility's confines.
ALA KACHUU - Take and Run
Dir. Maria Brendle
Sezim (19) wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.
April Kills The Vibe
Dir. Bonnie Mckee
What are our responsibilities to our friends- especially on a wild night out?  After a rowdy New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, party girl April wakes up and realizes she’s been sexually assaulted. Spiraling and unclear on what happened, she does her best to hide it from her sober, responsible boyfriend Grant until she can call her fairweather friend Lola to fill in the blanks.
Boundless
Dir. Kate Campbell
An 80-year-old Woman Airforce Service Pilot remembers her audacious attempt to fight for military status and for a flag to be placed on her fellow pilot’s coffin near the end of WWII. After flying a collective 60 million miles in service with 1078 other women pilots between 1942-1944 in a specialized training program designed to free the male pilots for battle, she and the Lost Last Class of Avenger Field are abruptly disbanded, shamed for taking the jobs of men, denied military status and forced to pay their own way home.
C. U. Next Tuesday
Dir. Diana Levy
At this yoga studio, karma's a bitch.
Celeste’s Dreams
Dir. Iona Morris
When a creative young woman becomes the same age her mother was when she passed, her life stagnates, forcing her to reconcile a longstanding fear and opening up an opportunity for her to pursue their shared dream.
Coastal Requiem
Dir. Diane Tuft
Coastal Requiem investigates the plight of displacement due to climate change amongst five coastal communities around the globe. Weaving Diane Tuft's photography and haikus with deeply personal interviews, the short film portrays the global climate refugee crisis due to rising sea levels.
Coffee With Exes
Dir. Jessica Bishop
This female driven plot depicts a woman reconnecting with her former relationships as she struggles to figure it out romantically. From the "Here's Your Shit Back coffee" to the "Wanna Hook Up for Old Time's Sake coffee", Jess reconnects with all her exes over multiple cups of Joe. Ultimately, she realizes that the real person she’s been looking to reconnect with is herself. Armed with the new empowerment of her ‘enoughness’, she is finally ready to move forward in life and love. “It’s time to find a new coffee shop.”
Countdown To Year Zero
Dir. Jane Velez-Mitchell
Countdown to Year Zero hones in on an unprecedented global disaster that is rapidly unfolding. If we don't take meaningful action on climate change now we may soon reach a point of no return. This film offers a specific solution to reverse climate change that centers around the daily choices everyone makes. Be inspired by world renowned social media influencers, activists and celebrities! Learn what others are doing and how, together, we have the power to heal our planet.
Courage
Dir. Nourah Al Hasawi
Student Film - “Courage”
Diabla
Dir. Maya Korn
After surviving assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.
Equally Shared Parenting — A Feminist Issue
Dir. Emma Johnson
When parents divorce or break up, most of the time the kids stay with the mom, with visits with dad. That seemed to make sense, and is assumed to be what is best for kids. But single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted — and resentful of this arrangement.  This film explains not only why 50/50 parenting is actually what is best for kids but how equally shared parenting liberates both men and women from dated gender norms, and is a critical tool for torpedoing inequality.
Erased
Dir. Anna Friedland
Documentary telling the story of hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
Fledgling
Dir. Carissa Niciauskas
Musician and Executive Producer Charlotte Moon presents the coming-of-age story of a newborn vampire in the "Fledgling" Music Video. Deriving inspiration from eighties B-grade horror films and contemporary pop music videos, "Fledgling" is a uniquely stylised music video with a compelling storyline and a diverse cast.
Glass Darkly
Dir. Dave Penner & Eli Chance
In 1941 Holland, two Dutch sisters must resort to prostitution to deal with the turmoil of their Nazi-occupied town. Based on a true story.
I Am Normal
Dir. Olia Oparina
A sane woman fakes the symptoms of a mentally unstable patient in order to be admitted into a mental institution for a secret psychiatric experiment. Inspired by the Rosenhan Experiment of 1973.
I want to make a film about women
Dir. Karen Pearlman
‘I want to make a film about women’ is a queer, speculative, documentary love letter to Russian constructivist women. It asks what the revolutionary women artists of the 1920s said, what they did, and what they might have created had it not been for Stalin's suppression.
It's Lawr-uh Not Laura
Dir. Angela Pedraza
Prom queen wanna be Laura is forced to take a trip to Colombia that might put her friendships at risk, but after developing the forgotten film in her grandfather's camera, Laura's unwanted trip turns into a self discovery adventure.
Paralyzed
Dir. Renee Ambush
A Song that gives hope and strength so that people can move beyond those things that hold them in bondage and in a state of fear to a place of hope and life in abundance. IIt leaves the listener with inspiration there is Destiny Over Drama.
Rose
Dir. Anna Niebert
Grieving the suicide of her best friend, a young college student decides to take matters into her own hands and confront the perpetrator that caused her friends downward spiral.
Rosie
Dir. Tessa Germaine
In 1943 America, factory worker Rose Donnelly must stand up for her female co-workers when their supervisor ignores blatant harassment and refuses to treat them as equals to their male co-workers. Based on the “We Can Do It!” poster by artist J. Howard Miller.
Rotten
Dir. April McDonald
Violet muses about what makes a person become evil while watching a man further himself down a very dark path, fantasizing about violence against the women in his life, leading to the two's ultimate collision.
Rubber And Glue
Dir. Cate Dale
A teen must undergo treatment to rid herself of the thing that makes us most human.  Empathy.
Split Second
Dir. Julianne Donelle
When a woman is shoved out of a cafe moments before a grenade is detonated by the very man who commits the attack, she struggles with the guilt of survival as she attempts to uncover the reason why her life was spared when so many others were taken.
Starfish
Dir. Alicia Buckner
A story about a human trafficking survivor's journey freedom.
Synthetic Love
Dir. Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix
Diane, in her fifties, fantasizes about the enigmatic Pierre, who works with her at the gas station. When she wins a trip for two around France, she decides to invite him along. But she wasn’t aware that Pierre already has someone quite special in his life…
The Bench
Dir. Savannah Lamble & Rachel Stackpool
Two women. One mythical sex coach. Lots of fun.
The Concert Of Life
Dir. Lina Li
Steven is a poor young boy who loves music, but harsh life, especially his needy family, forced him to face reality. He has to do different jobs to supplement the family income. However, he never loses hope.
The Subject
Dir. Lanie Zipoy
A successful white documentary filmmaker deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teenager on tape. Now, someone else is videotaping his every move, threatening his idyllic life.
Wichita
Dir. Sergine Dumais
Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.

5 Years Gone
Dir. Katie Cleese
A recovering alcoholic attempts to confront her past and make amends for her regretful actions.
A Girl Problem
Dir. Michelle Gritzer
When Erica gets a last minute call to promote her Japanese American Cultural festival on the "Good Evening LA" Show, she has 2 hours to figure what to wear and participate in the interview , or risk losing her job. A Girl Problem is a short comedy about something we've all faced- a closet full of clothes, and nothing to wear!
After Life Vacation
Dir. Alberto Belli
When a newly wed couple books their after life vacation, a series of decisions will take them into an unpredictable journey.
After Ray
Dir. Natasha Halevi
In the aftermath of the singularity, Cole, the first “modified” human, struggles with memory loss, indicating an unstable future for humans and potential end to humanity.
Alina - 2020
Dir. Rami Kodeih
As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).
Beauty Juice
Dir. Natasha Halevi
Sarah follows her invitation to Beauty Juice, a secret invite only beauty shop. Her naiveté is clear as she interacts with the regulars, but, something seems wrong with this place and these people. Writing off her instinct as unreasonable fear, Sarah shakes it off and patiently waits her turn for her Beauty Juice.
Bella 
Dir. Sarah Stolar & Seth D. Meyers
A young female dancer travels on an emotional journey through psychological and physical landscapes to discover a crucial truth that lives within her.
Between The Pines
Dir. Emma Bell
After the tragic loss of his sister Charlotte, Devon has gone mute. As a way to ease his pain his mother Cheri tells him a passed down fairytale where Charlotte has simply gone to live in the magical pine kingdom in their backyard. When Devon is visited by Charlotte in his dreams, the fairytale becomes a reality but there’s a problem- Charlotte is in danger and only Devon can save her.
Brazen - Mae Jemison
Dir. Phuong Mai N'Guyen & Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette
MAE JEMISON, Astronaut (1956 - …) USA.  Mae Jemison decided that being a Black woman isn’t going to be an obstacle to fulfill her dreams. She is the first Black woman sent to space. And the first female astronaut to play in ‘Star Trek’. If we believe, we can go far, really far.
Cleaning House
Dir. Shahaub Roudbari
CLEANING HOUSE is an 80s driven action comedy that revolves around a spirited maid and an overzealous secret agent. As her love for Whitney Houston disrupts his covert op, a frantic battle erupts revealing things are not always as they seem.
Corked
Dir. Lori Shockley
Corked is a dramatic short film set in 1970's Northern California wine country. It's based on the true story of one young women’s struggle against the status quo. Jane Dunlap is at the crossroads of asserting her independence in the male dominated industry. Which direction will she choose?
Corky All Grown Up
Dir. Ralph Odierna
Corky, Kristie, Laura, and Erin are lifelong best friends and preparing for a day at the spa when Kylie, Kristie's daughter, reveals a secret her mother has been keeping from her best friends.
Dancer By The Sea
Dir. Barbara Mones
An lonely widowed older woman who lives by the sea finds and adopts an abandoned baby otter on her property. The relationship that develops transforms her life.
Dream
Dir. Maxi Witrak & Jose Muro
Debut music video for Mik&Maxi, a poppunk duo from Los Angeles, CA.
Dreamer
Dir. Vergi Rodriguez & Diana Zollicofer
Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isn’t so welcoming.
Glitches
Dir. Annie Chen
A down-on-his-luck lawyer meets a mysterious woman while waiting for his delayed flight. After she admits to causing a fatal house fire, the young lawyer becomes torn in doing the right thing while learning the reasons behind her heinous crime, and becoming sympathetic to her.
Gray Matter
Dir. Kate Ketcham
Tiny runs a rideshare company with her best (and worst) friends Sal, Esther, and Stella. They’re out to show the world that age ain’t no thang. The four women may drive each other up the wall more than they drive their passengers, but at the end of the day they have each other’s backs, and that’s all they need.
Home
Dir. Travon Trammell & Atayjah Brown
A visual poem following a young woman's struggle with perception and self esteem, that must learn the only way to thrive is to accept who she is.
Innocent Goodbye
Dir. Theresa Picciallo
With her high school under siege, a teenage girl fights for her life in a standoff with the active shooter.
Intervention
Dir. Linda Palmer
A woman faces depression and opioid addiction head on, encountering an unlikely source of help. Is it strong enough to help her break her (family's) destructive cycle? Does she end it all, or choose to make a change, however small, and survive for her daughter.
iPhone Only
Dir. Lily Kennedy
A young photographer who yearns to connect with her biological parents in Ireland is suddenly offered the opportunity of a lifetime by an estranged former friend.
Little French Fish
Dir. Eva Lanska
Lea is an artist from an Eastern European Jewish family. Djamil is а young man from the Middle East. They accidentally meet in Paris and fall in love. Their story is filled with passion, romance, and profound tenderness, but it cannot last long as they choose family traditions over their own happiness. Being apart is unbelievable, but will they change their mind if one day they have a second chance? One day, when they accidentally spot each other in a dark cinema hall.
Maternal Mind
Dir. Caleb Davis
A story about a new mom's struggle with Postpartum Anxiety, and how her partner attempts to help her cope.
Medicated Dawn
Dir. Rhonda Kennedy
Medicated Dawn centers around Rome a young, cocky, good looking stud who thinks she's God's gift to women. After being kicked out of her home for being a lesbian, Rome finds comfort and support in an unlikely group of women.
Nikki Sings Again
Dir. Isaac Medeiros
Nikki is a single mom and bartender. Her son's father shows up to sing at her bar and the bar owner wants Nikki to sing duets with him.
Northern Light
Dir. Fanny Lecendre
Alex and Hugo meet on the anniversary of their father's death to reconnect with each other, on a journey with the elements of the Northern French coast.
Odd Bird
Dir. Katy Dore
As a boy, Clark always felt like the odd bird in his conservative ranch family. To cope, he created a comic book, “The Adventures of Odd Bird,” making himself the hero of his own story. Now 19, a publisher is interested in his work and Clark needs to return home to get the comic manuscript…and tell his mom his truth. Clark fears once he tells her he’s gay, he won’t be welcome there again.
Pas de Deux
Dir. Jason O. Silva
A love story transcends time when two ballet dancers meet at a mysterious private estate.
Pendulum
Dir. Jordyn Raye Torres
Liza, 23, is assistant to renowned film director, Sam Zimmerman. Zimmerman is notorious for ruling with an iron fist, which thrusts various degrees of harassment and mistreatment Liza’s way. Though this sort of environment would send many running for the hills, Liza braves these trials and tribulations in the hopes that she, too, will become a film director in the future. Just when it seems like no one is on her side, Liza’s saving grace arrives in the form of award-winning female director, Ella Harding. With new found confidence and Harding by her side, Liza will acquire success of her own at the expense of the chauvinistic, Zimmerman.
Prom
Dir. Angela L. Harvey
Thirty-something Franklin Matthews relives the heartbreak of being stood up for his high school’s segregated prom when his daughter’s prom date turns out to be the son of Jill Carpenter, the white girl who stood him up all those years ago.
Right Where You Need To Be
Dir. Choice Skinner
An inner city black girl finds ways to mentally escape from her tragic childhood memories by selling drugs and street-life. Another recent tragedy plagues her with her chronic insomnia and she copes with it by writing poetry and short stories. An optimistic young man enters her life and motivates her to further her dreams as a writer.
Salinas
Dir. Kerry Bishé
Two women's stories intersect a century apart.
Speech & Debate
Dir. Cassandra Jean Amell
In the cut-throat world of High School Speech & Debate, if you're not a Winner, you're a fucking Loser.
Tempest Desert
Dir. Talita Maia
After moving to the US to become an illustrative artist, Laura gets sidetracked with meaningless jobs and vapid friendships. She searches for unhealthy ways to cope with the lack of real connections with people, as well as discouragement when it comes to her dreams.  By chance, she meets a stranger that reminds her of the potential she always carried within.
The Hall
Dir. Ted Leonard
An abusive, family patriarch brings estranged siblings to a hospital, resulting in a decision that will change all their lives.
The Hostess
Dir. Rosalie Alspach
After an uncomfortable sexual encounter with a customer over the phone, restaurant hostess Margot tries to unload on to her friend Charlotte. But it's the dinner rush and Charlotte couldn't be less interested.
The Last Leaf
Dir. Sia Aleskovskaya
Haunted by dark visions and unable to protect her family, Cathy has a final chance to save her lover Sue and stand up against the mysterious gentleman that has haunted her since childhood.
The Tragic Tale of Willis Wilde
Dir. Lila B.
Willis Wilde is on a nearly impossible mission to face a tragedy that happened in his past. With the help of his two best friends, maybe he’ll make it in time to finally confront the enemy in a classic western show down.
The Voice Within
Dir. Ernesto Sandoval
Catherine, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, wrestles with her alter-ego Angelina as she uncovers and pieces together a traumatizing event.
The Waste Tide
Dir. Xiaotong Wen
“The Waste Tide” is a 4 minutes 3D animation about the consciousness of life and forms from a female clone who gradually raises her self-cognition and awareness under a experiment.
The Wind Phone
Dir. Kristen Gerweck
A phone booth on an ocean cliffside brings together seven strangers whose seemingly different conversations are connected by one harrowing reality. Inspired by true events.
Vida
Dir. Bita Elahian
In January 2017 with the first executive order from president Trump “Travel ban” Iranian immigrants mom (Vida) who lives in the United States, goes to airport to pick up her daughter when she arrived from Iran . Not only she can’t pick up her but also , she couldn’t see her and they deported her daughter directly from airport to Iran . After one week her life goes to change forever .
Walk Of Shame
Dir. Emilie Cheung
As a young student walks down a street of houses, she uncovers a fragmented and traumatic memory.Produced with support from Art With Impact's Voices With Impact program, which enables filmmakers to make work about underrepresented topics in mental health
We Say Thank You
Dir. Lou Schad
During the Coronavirus quarantine, a woman is isolated from her symptomatic husband. She finds solace in her cheering neighbors as the days pass in solitude.