1pm, Parkway Screen A (104 min.)
OFF THE GRID: LIFE ON THE MESA
Feature documentary, New York / 64 minutes, DV/HD/
Directors: Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg / Producers:
Eric Juhola, Jeremy Stulberg, Randy Stulberg
Twenty-five miles from town, a million miles from ordinary,
a loose-knit community of radicals live in the desert,
struggling to survive with little food, less water, and
no electricity as they cling to their unique vision of the
"American Dream." Drawing a cross-section of Americans
from veterans to old hippies and teenage runaways, anti-
establishment beliefs are tested when rebel runaways
called the "nowhere kids" begin to steal from other
residents. Mesa elders form a council, creating a self-
imposed government - exactly what they have come to
escape by living on the Mesa.
"Sibling filmmakers Jeremy and Randy Stulberg have
unearthed a place that stands at the bizarre crossroads
of utopian ideals and post-apocalyptic nightmares."
-- Miami International Film Festival
THE PARAMARIBO LETTERS
Short documentary, Jackson, Mississippi / 33 minutes,
Director, Producer, Writer: Lance Cooper
The Paramaribo Letters explores travel into Suriname, a
relatively unknown South American country. Exhibiting
Suriname's diverse cultures, it highlights the New Year's
celebrations which involve one of the largest unorganized
fireworks displays in the world, and finally wanders
through the beauty of the rain forest where time slows
down. Filmmaker will be in attendance.
LA GALLINA CIEGA
Animation, Spain / 7 minutes, 35mm
Director, Producer: Isabel Herguera / Writers: Isabel
Herguera, Satinder Singh, Sylvie Chesneau
A blind man accidentally loses his guide-dog. Alone in the
dark in a big city, he discovers that his strength lies in
recognizing his own vulnerability. Mississippi premiere.
1pm, Parkway Screen B (102 min.)
World Cinema Short Films
Short narrative, Spain / 10 minutes, 35mm
Director, Writer: Nacho Vigalondo / Producers: Carlos
Juarez, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, Arsenico P.C., Basque
A couple in their late twenties discovers an underground
drag-racing track. Mississippi premiere.
Short narrative, Australia / 7 minutes, 16mm
Director, Writer: Michael Noonan / Producer: Angela
A product has a potentially fatal flaw and must be
recalled. Neither vehicle malfunction nor a geriatric
donkey can stop the store manager from getting to his
customer. Southern premiere.
Short narrative, Spain / 9 minutes, 35mm
Directors, Writers: Luiso Berdejo, Jorge C. Dorado /
Producers: Koldo Zuazua, Monica Blas, Common Films
World War II. There's a boy in a wardrobe.
FALL OF ANTIOCH
Experimental, Germany / 3 minutes, MiniDV
Directors, Producers, Writers: Florian Witzel, Magid Hoff,
One moment reveals the absence of a profound reality
and reflects the presence of beauty and purity. As three
German students were driven by the sounds of the
artist u-ziq, they set off across Europe from Frankfurt to
Nuremberg via Vienna to Bratislava with the ambition
to capture images inspired by the music and the places.
EL GRAN ZAMBINI
Short narrative, Spain / 14 minutes, 35mm
Directors: Igor Legarreta, Emilio Perez / Producers:
Carlos Juarez, Raquel Perea, Aprieta Fuerte
Writers: David Abia, Igor Legarreta, Emilio Perez
The remains of an ancient circus can still be seen on the
outskirts of a big city. Mississippi premiere.
EVA: AN ALL ELECTRIC LOVE STORY
Animtaion, Germany / 9 minutes, 16mm
Director: Martin Quaden / Animator: Sinem Sakaoglu
Girl meets boy-- almost. Shot in stark black and white,
this stop-motion animated love affair will have you look up
next time you pass a streetlight. Mississippi premiere.
LAO SHAN LAO YIN
Short documentary, China / 7 minutes, MiniDV
Director: Joanna V. Arong / Producers, Writers: Various
Whilst more youth are increasingly coming to Beijing
to pursue their dreams, what do the older folks dream
about in a small village tucked away in the mountains 90
kilometers away? Made for the inaugural International
Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition
where teams from around the world had just 5 days to
make a short documentary film. Best Cinematography/
Use of Experimental Genre/Use of Time/Date Stamp
--International Documentary Challenge. Southern
ALLA FEIN (WHERE TO)
Short narrative, Egypt / 12 minutes, HDV
Director, Producer: Karim Fanous / Writers: Karim
Fanous, Adam Mourad
A middle-aged New York cab driver from Egypt picks up
another fellow Egyptian, arriving in the city for the first
time, in pursuit of the "American Dream." They have
a conversation that will help each of them come to a
realization about their life choices. Mississippi premiere.
Short documentary, Italy / 8 minutes, MiniDV
Directors: Alessandro Cassigoli, Dalia Castel /
Producers, Writers: Various
An intense car trip from East to West, through ideologies
and systems, trying to find freedom during a rainy day in
Berlin. Made for the inaugural International Documentary
Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where teams
from around the world had just 5 days to make a short
documentary film. Best Film/Best Use of Social Issue/
Political Genre--International Documentary Challenge.
Short narrative, Japan
24 minutes, 35mm
Director: Masanori Baba / Producers: Jason Allen and
Masanori Baba / Writers: Chris Zeller and Masanori
In the summer of 1945, a year after Chiyo's father dies in
the war, she expects him to come back during O-Bon, the
Japanese festival of the dead. When he does not return,
this 4-year old-girl runs off into the night, meeting a Monk
with no ears, a crying Geisha at the cemetery, a Samurai
ghost and the Lotus God. Will Chiyo unite with her father?
3pm, Parkway Screen A (98 min.)
Feature narrative, Illinois / 83 minutes, HD
Director: Will Slocombe / Producer: Graham Ballou /
Writer: Jonathan Eliot
James Cooper is a literary failure, toiling in academic copy-
editing until his girlfriend lands on the sidewalk below his
bedroom window, and he writes a bestseller about the
crime. Would you kill for a good story? "Crime Fiction"
was made by a group of 21-year-olds from Chicago with
very little money, no film school education, and a good
script. Cast includes Christian Stolte ("Prison Break,"
"Road to Perdition"), Amy Sloan ("The Aviator," "The Day
After Tomorrow"), Dan Bakkedahl ("The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart"), Jonathan Eliot ("After the Harvest," "Lost
& delirious"), Yasen Peyankov ("The Company"), Katrina
Lenk ("Will and Grace"). Filmmaker will be in attendance.
"Student film turns into independent powerhouse."
THE FINAL HOUR
Student, Vicksburg, Mississippi / 15 minutes, 16mm
Director, Writer: David Matthews / Producers: Keith
Matthews and David Matthews
Solutions seem simple when you're desperate.
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
OFF THE GRID
each film block is $5 for members, $7 for non-members