2017 FILM GUIDE


 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FILM

 

9/11

 
 Directed by Martin Guigui  Runtime: 90 minutes  A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.  Starring Charlie Sheen ("Two and Half Men", "Wall Street"), Whoopi Goldberg ("The View", "Sister Act"), Gina Gershon ("Face/Off", "The Insider"), Luiz Guzman ("Boogie Nights", "Carlitos Way"), and Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans", "Creed").

Directed by Martin Guigui

Runtime: 90 minutes

A group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center's North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.

Starring Charlie Sheen ("Two and Half Men", "Wall Street"), Whoopi Goldberg ("The View", "Sister Act"), Gina Gershon ("Face/Off", "The Insider"), Luiz Guzman ("Boogie Nights", "Carlitos Way"), and Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans", "Creed").

 

NARRATIVE FEATURES

Sticky Notes

 Written/Directed by Amanda Sharp  Runtime: 94 Minutes  When an emotionally detached backup dancer returns home to take care of her estranged father, she must confront her inner child in order to grow up in all the ways her father never did.   Starring Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas", "Field of Dreams"), Rose Leslie ("Downton Abbey", "Game of Thrones"), Justin Bartha ("National Treasure", "Hangover"), and Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin", "Deep Water Horizon")

Written/Directed by Amanda Sharp

Runtime: 94 Minutes

When an emotionally detached backup dancer returns home to take care of her estranged father, she must confront her inner child in order to grow up in all the ways her father never did. 

Starring Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas", "Field of Dreams"), Rose Leslie ("Downton Abbey", "Game of Thrones"), Justin Bartha ("National Treasure", "Hangover"), and Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin", "Deep Water Horizon")

 

The Scent of Rain & Lightning

 Directed By Blake Robbins  Runtime: 102 mins  Based on the novel THE SCENT OF RAIN & LIGHTNING by Nancy Pickard. When a young woman learns her parents' killer has been released from jail, she is forced to revisit old wounds while discovering the destructive power of hate and the true cost of family secrets fully revealing themselves.  Starring Maika Monroe in a breakout performance, Maggie Grace (“Lost”), Mark Webber (“Green Room", “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”), Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Will Patton (“The Good Wife”) and Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”).

Directed By Blake Robbins

Runtime: 102 mins

Based on the novel THE SCENT OF RAIN & LIGHTNING by Nancy Pickard. When a young woman learns her parents' killer has been released from jail, she is forced to revisit old wounds while discovering the destructive power of hate and the true cost of family secrets fully revealing themselves.

Starring Maika Monroe in a breakout performance, Maggie Grace (“Lost”), Mark Webber (“Green Room", “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”), Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Will Patton (“The Good Wife”) and Justin Chatwin (“Shameless”).

 

The Song of Sway Lake

 Director: Ari Gold  Written by: Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull  Run Time: 100 minutes  A young jazz collector plots to rob his wealthy grandmother of a rare 78 record, but his plan is derailed when his accomplice falls for the glamorous matriarch.  Starring Rory Culkin ("Signs", "Scream 4"), Robert Sheenan ("The Mortal Instruments", "The Season of the With"), Mary Beth Peil ("Dawson's Creek", "Collateral"), Isabell McNally ("Frances Ha", "Before I Disappear"), Elizabeth Pen ("Jacobs Ladder", "Rush Hour"), Jack Falahee ("How to Get Away with Murder", "Rage"), and Brian Dennehy ("First Blood," "Cocoon").

Director: Ari Gold

Written by: Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull

Run Time: 100 minutes

A young jazz collector plots to rob his wealthy grandmother of a rare 78 record, but his plan is derailed when his accomplice falls for the glamorous matriarch.

Starring Rory Culkin ("Signs", "Scream 4"), Robert Sheenan ("The Mortal Instruments", "The Season of the With"), Mary Beth Peil ("Dawson's Creek", "Collateral"), Isabell McNally ("Frances Ha", "Before I Disappear"), Elizabeth Pen ("Jacobs Ladder", "Rush Hour"), Jack Falahee ("How to Get Away with Murder", "Rage"), and Brian Dennehy ("First Blood," "Cocoon").

Faceless

 Directed by Marcel Sarmiento  Written by Marcel Sarmiento, Ed Doughtery, and Freddie Villacci  Runtime: 97 minutes  A disoriented and frightened man awakes in a hospital room to discover he’s the recipient of a full face transplant, forcing him to question everything and everyone around him, especially the motives of a beautiful woman who claims to have been his donor’s former lover.

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento

Written by Marcel Sarmiento, Ed Doughtery, and Freddie Villacci

Runtime: 97 minutes

A disoriented and frightened man awakes in a hospital room to discover he’s the recipient of a full face transplant, forcing him to question everything and everyone around him, especially the motives of a beautiful woman who claims to have been his donor’s former lover.

Looking for the Jackalope

 Written/Directed by Karl Shefelman  Runtime: 102 minutes  After missing his plane, a disenchanted New York writer embarks on a comically ill-fated odyssey from New York to his college reunion in Ohio in order to reunite with his old college girlfriend.  Starring Michael Leydon Campbell ("Doubt", "Boston Legal"), Larry Clarke (“Twin Peaks”, "The Mentalist"), Meissa Hampton (“Milgram and the Fastwalkers"), Stephen Root (Voice) ("Veep", "Masters of Sex", "Office Space"), Mary Testa ("Two Broke Girls, "White Collar"), Jean Zazour (“Outsiders”, "Love and Other Drugs"), Jenny Eakes ("Cold Case").

Written/Directed by Karl Shefelman

Runtime: 102 minutes

After missing his plane, a disenchanted New York writer embarks on a comically ill-fated odyssey from New York to his college reunion in Ohio in order to reunite with his old college girlfriend.

Starring Michael Leydon Campbell ("Doubt", "Boston Legal"), Larry Clarke (“Twin Peaks”, "The Mentalist"), Meissa Hampton (“Milgram and the Fastwalkers"), Stephen Root (Voice) ("Veep", "Masters of Sex", "Office Space"), Mary Testa ("Two Broke Girls, "White Collar"), Jean Zazour (“Outsiders”, "Love and Other Drugs"), Jenny Eakes ("Cold Case").

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

 

Woman on Fire

 Directed by Julie Sokolow  Runtime: 84 minutes  Woman on Fire follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.

Directed by Julie Sokolow

Runtime: 84 minutes

Woman on Fire follows Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A character-driven documentary, the film follows Brooke as she sets out to challenge perceptions of what it means to be transgender in America today.

 

Erie: The Canal That Made America

 Produced by WCNY  runtime: 60 minutes  The Erie Canal is one of the earliest transcendent tales of the American experience and an endeavor first scoffed at as nothing more than a ditch with a dirt path running beside it. The Erie Canal became the nation’s first great technical innovation and a gateway to prominence.  This one-hour documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began linking the young United States’ east to its west in 1817 and depicts how a young nation broke through with its first great crusade of ingenuity by willing an impossible-to-build, 363-mile man-made waterway to the American frontier.

Produced by WCNY

runtime: 60 minutes

The Erie Canal is one of the earliest transcendent tales of the American experience and an endeavor first scoffed at as nothing more than a ditch with a dirt path running beside it. The Erie Canal became the nation’s first great technical innovation and a gateway to prominence.

This one-hour documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began linking the young United States’ east to its west in 1817 and depicts how a young nation broke through with its first great crusade of ingenuity by willing an impossible-to-build, 363-mile man-made waterway to the American frontier.

 

Hallowed Ground

 PRODUCed by WCNY  runtime: 55 minutes  WCNY production crews have travelled to northern and southwestern New York communities to explore four Revolutionary War battlefields, all sites of pivotal battles and all on the list of the National Park Service’s endangered battlefields. Along the way, WCNY has interviewed historians and tribal leaders, archaeologists and preservationists, battlefield friends and interested citizens, to uncover each battlefield’s past and present story.

PRODUCed by WCNY

runtime: 55 minutes

WCNY production crews have travelled to northern and southwestern New York communities to explore four Revolutionary War battlefields, all sites of pivotal battles and all on the list of the National Park Service’s endangered battlefields. Along the way, WCNY has interviewed historians and tribal leaders, archaeologists and preservationists, battlefield friends and interested citizens, to uncover each battlefield’s past and present story.

 

The Man Who Loves to Hurt Himself

 Directed by Anthony Short  Runtime: 93 minutes  THE MAN WHO LOVES TO HURT HIMSELF is an intimate look at the 25+ year career of an extreme music performer and his reflection of his life.  It explores how he balances life, love and money with his artistic passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life altering meaning his art has had on them over the past 3 decades.  If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die...this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself." 

Directed by Anthony Short

Runtime: 93 minutes

THE MAN WHO LOVES TO HURT HIMSELF is an intimate look at the 25+ year career of an extreme music performer and his reflection of his life.  It explores how he balances life, love and money with his artistic passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life altering meaning his art has had on them over the past 3 decades.  If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die...this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself." 

The 46ers

 produced by Blake Cortright and presented by WCNY  runtime: 60 minutes  The 46ers is a feature film that captures the imagination and inspiration of those who make scaling the 46 Adirondack Mountain High Peaks in northern New York State a life-changing experience in their lives.  The film provides an introduction to the men and women of the Adirondack 46ers Club, a group that supports the hiking of the high peaks in summer and winter from places such as Mount Marcy, the place from which Director Blake Cortright drew inspiration for the film.  As spectacular as the vistas are as seen atop 19 of the High Peaks including Cascasde and Porter, so are the moving stories of individuals who set out to move through the mountains at paces that range from intense to gentle. The result: memories and stories that last a lifetime, including those of Pete Fish, who hiked Marcy, the highest peak in New York, more than 700 times and Ron Konowitz, the first to ski all 46 High Peaks.  Follow the stories of ordinary men and women who have done the extraordinary. What draws these people?  It is not all beautiful views and comfortable conditions, because climbing these mountains is tough. The journey can be treacherous, even life threatening; yet these individuals persevere.

produced by Blake Cortright and presented by WCNY

runtime: 60 minutes

The 46ers is a feature film that captures the imagination and inspiration of those who make scaling the 46 Adirondack Mountain High Peaks in northern New York State a life-changing experience in their lives.

The film provides an introduction to the men and women of the Adirondack 46ers Club, a group that supports the hiking of the high peaks in summer and winter from places such as Mount Marcy, the place from which Director Blake Cortright drew inspiration for the film.

As spectacular as the vistas are as seen atop 19 of the High Peaks including Cascasde and Porter, so are the moving stories of individuals who set out to move through the mountains at paces that range from intense to gentle. The result: memories and stories that last a lifetime, including those of Pete Fish, who hiked Marcy, the highest peak in New York, more than 700 times and Ron Konowitz, the first to ski all 46 High Peaks.

Follow the stories of ordinary men and women who have done the extraordinary. What draws these people?  It is not all beautiful views and comfortable conditions, because climbing these mountains is tough. The journey can be treacherous, even life threatening; yet these individuals persevere.


NARRATIVE SHORTS

Discontinuity

The Cure

 Directed/Written/Produced by Lori Felker  Run time: 15 minutes 38 seconds.  Tabitha and Stephen are in a long distance relationship. When they’re finally in the same place again, the distance between them is still apparent.

Directed/Written/Produced by Lori Felker

Run time: 15 minutes 38 seconds.

Tabitha and Stephen are in a long distance relationship. When they’re finally in the same place again, the distance between them is still apparent.

Truce

 Written and Directed by Chris Niespodzianski  Runtime: 13:46  John Micelli sits in a hospital room, his mind and soul fractured after returning from Vietnam. His loving family is shattered as he tries to pick up the pieces and return to the man he once was. TRUCE tells the story of our wounded warriors - the horrors they faced in the thick jungle, as well as the day to day struggles upon returning home. The film examines the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time when doctors and soldiers were mostly unaware of what it was. 

Written and Directed by Chris Niespodzianski

Runtime: 13:46

John Micelli sits in a hospital room, his mind and soul fractured after returning from Vietnam. His loving family is shattered as he tries to pick up the pieces and return to the man he once was. TRUCE tells the story of our wounded warriors - the horrors they faced in the thick jungle, as well as the day to day struggles upon returning home. The film examines the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time when doctors and soldiers were mostly unaware of what it was. 

 Written/Directed by Mike Olenick  Runtime: 19 minutes  A mom cries, photos fly, cats spy, and bodies collide in this sci-fi soap opera about people who are desperately searching for ways to cure their fears of loneliness.

Written/Directed by Mike Olenick

Runtime: 19 minutes

A mom cries, photos fly, cats spy, and bodies collide in this sci-fi soap opera about people who are desperately searching for ways to cure their fears of loneliness.


DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Gentlemen Smugglers

 Directed By Tony Wise  Runtime: 12:37  Based on the Wall Street Journal best selling book 'Jackpot'. The Gentlemen Smugglers built a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling empire over the course of a decade, living by their own moral code. They shunned violence, enlisted their friends, and perfected the art of enjoying the scam.  As the operation grew beyond the smuggler’s wildest dreams, the foot soldiers in President Reagan’s War on Drugs quietly set their sites on the outlaw sailors.

Directed By Tony Wise

Runtime: 12:37

Based on the Wall Street Journal best selling book 'Jackpot'. The Gentlemen Smugglers built a multi-million dollar marijuana smuggling empire over the course of a decade, living by their own moral code. They shunned violence, enlisted their friends, and perfected the art of enjoying the scam.  As the operation grew beyond the smuggler’s wildest dreams, the foot soldiers in President Reagan’s War on Drugs quietly set their sites on the outlaw sailors.

Uncorked Potential

 Directed by Jack Kauffman  Runtime: 25:51  Jack Kauffman, a Certified Sommelier, takes viewers on an exploratory journey through the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York. The Finger Lakes region is just beginning to take off, considered by many the next Napa of the United States. The film takes a look at the geological and human history of the area, then meets with top wine and food producers to discuss where the region is headed.

Directed by Jack Kauffman

Runtime: 25:51

Jack Kauffman, a Certified Sommelier, takes viewers on an exploratory journey through the Finger Lakes wine region of upstate New York. The Finger Lakes region is just beginning to take off, considered by many the next Napa of the United States. The film takes a look at the geological and human history of the area, then meets with top wine and food producers to discuss where the region is headed.