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QUEEN CITY FILM FESTIVAL (QCFF) 2017 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce the Category Award winners for QCFF 2017, to be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos (114 S. Centre St.) in Cumberland, Maryland.

Animation Short (TIE): H0_pe 02, Francesco Bruno Sorrentino & Antonio Genovese, Italy
Animation Short (TIE): Parasols Falling, Joseph Fraizer, USA
Appalachian Feature: King In The Mountain, Dave Edwards, USA
Appalachian Short: Prosperity, Christopher D. Lusk, USA
Cult Feature: MUXE, Michael Satzinger, Austria
Cult Short: Memory Hospital, Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Brazil
Documentary Feature: Pigheaded, John Kinhart, Christian Brown & Richard Smith, USA
Documentary Short: The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability, Jierel Almario, USA
Horror/SciFi Feature: One Last Sunset Redux, Kevin Richmond, USA
Horror/SciFi Short: Under The Apple Tree, Erik van Schaaik, Netherlands
Kids/Family Feature: Highpointers, Gary Scurka, USA
Kids/Family Short: The Fox, Louise Turley, Australia
LGBT Feature: Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club, Michael Bojtos, USA
LGBT Short (TIE): Lily, Graham Cantwell, Ireland
LGBT Short (TIE): Then What Happened?, Avi Glick, USA
Music Feature: Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, H. Paul Moon, USA
Music Short: Soma & Lil, Nicolas Iordanou, Sylvia Nicolaides, Cyprus
Music Video: New Ways to Bear Witness, Holly Siders, USA

In addition to the Category Awards, Audience Awards will be announced at 8pm on the last day of the festival, Sunday, October 8.
More information is available at the festival website (www.queencityfilmfestival.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/aaa.qcff), or by email at info@alleganyalliedarts.org. The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Please visit us at www.alleganyalliedarts.org, www.facebook.com/alleganyalliedarts, or www.facebook.com/aaa.qcff. For more information, please contact info@alleganyalliedarts.org.

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QCFF 2017 Program

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QCFF 2017 Festival Program

QCFF 2017

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our sixth year, QCFF 2017 offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities. We are also pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Thursday, October 5

Filmmaker
& Media Reception (12pm-2pm)

These informal, unstructured “meet & greet” sessions allow networking time for filmmakers, staff, and media.

Educational
Panel: Appalachia (2pm-4pm)

The Thursday festival program kicks off with the Appalachian category, and Thursday’s educational panel will be dedicated to Appalachian subjects. The program will encompass the following subject areas: Defining Appalachia, Appalachia in Film, Social Justice

Kara Rogers Thomas – Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas is an Associate Professor of Folklore and Sociology at Frostburg State University. Her work as a Folklorist is supported in part through a grant from Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Her areas of interest include folklore and folklife studies, Appalachian studies, religious experience, and interdisciplinary learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Appalachian Block 1 (4pm-6pm)

Appalachia: 4:00 PM, 0:14, Peter Lilly, Canada: During the French and Indian war, a man of mixed-native descent finds himself caught between two worlds when he journeys into the wilderness with a deranged and deceitful frontiersman.

Prosperity: 4:15 PM, 0:14, Christopher D. Lusk, USA, %: Past. Present. Future. Prosperity is a film that immerses the viewer in an Appalachian community using elements of documentary and experimental film. Located in the mountains of Appalachia, Bluefield, West Virginia saw unprecedented growth during the coal boom of the early 20th Century. A dwindling population and limited economic development has left the city at a crossroads with the decline of coal in the region.

The Pea Shooter: 4:31 PM, 1:00, Joseph T. Spence, USA: The Pea Shooter is a dramatic comedy that follows the day in the life of two kids, Taylor and Rae, who in spite of their differences in religion and their economic social status are still able to form a friendship.

Appalachian Block 2 (6pm-8pm)

Good Morning, Mrs.
Rice:
6:00 PM, 0:27, Andie Eisen, USA, p: A documentary-style
investigation of an Appalachian widow who paid another woman to sleep in her
bed for almost thirty years.

King In The Mountain:
6:30 PM, 0:54, Dave Edwards, USA, %: The social, environmental,
and economic impact of anthracite coal on northeastern PA through history.

Opening
Night Feature (8pm-10pm)

Groove – with Bill Evans in Russia: 8:00 PM, 1:50, Christoph Felder, Germany: Finally, let’s concentrate to the groove. With Bill Evans, till the Mongolian border. The people who run many miles in order to hear the music, to see and to feel it. Once leaving behind the tensions between the continents. This is the journey effecting all of us with the simple message of the pictures: differences and otherness draw, pull, sweep along, move – without many words, rather rhythmical and passionate and always with the whole heart: Groove! Bill Evans, the exceptional saxophone player, the musician, from Moscow till in the boonies, till the places which you’ve never heard, with Trans-Siberian Train, Siberian Airlines and old Lada, faces and places telling the stories – which take your breath away!

Opening Night Gala (10pm-12am)

Bill Green and Barry Gurley perform jazz.

Born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, Saxophonist, and Flutist Bill Green performs in various professional ensembles throughout the Tri-State region, and from Garrett County to Kent Island, as well as Baltimore and Washington D.C and the surrounding communities. He has taught music lessons and led large and small community ensembles in the Cumberland area in addition to hosting “Jazz Revolutions and Evolution” on Mondays from 6-8 Pm on Frostburg State University’s public radio affiliate 91.9, WFWM. He currently resides in Cumberland.

Barry Gurley recently appeared with Jazz-vocalist Lena Seikaly and Chamberdance at The Sidney Harmon Hall and The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. In 1990, Gurley was named ” Best Pianist-Vocalist in Washington, DC by the Washingtonian Magazine and has appeared in countless venues from DC’s Blues Alley to The Bilboquet in Paris.

Friday, October 6

Filmmaker &Media Reception (12pm-2pm)

These informal, unstructured “meet & greet” sessions allow networking time for filmmakers, staff, and media.

Educational Panel: To Be Queer in Appalachia (2pm-4pm)

(Un)defining the LGBT community and (un)assigning gender roles and stereotypes found in rural, conservative towns. A brief history of the LGBT movement and how life in Appalachia impacts the modern queer person. Being a member of the LGBT community in Cumberland today does not mean the same as it has in the last several decades. Cumberland PRIDE has brought forth change and, most importantly, hope. But, how have we found our way in a culture that has historically shunned and tormented members of the LGBT community?

Cumberland Pride started as a movement to bring diversity to Western Maryland. Love Out Loud, LLC was founded to continue the efforts to embrace and celebrate the LGBT culture and the diversity that it brings to our small town. Efforts include supporting the local youth in the LGBT community as well as education outreach for local businesses and organizations and increasing quality of life for all in the LGBT community with social gatherings.

Headspace: 3:15 PM, 0:04, Jake Graf, UK, p: Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis. The film’s all trans cast includes activist and model Munroe Bergdorf, model, singer and star of US reality show ‘Strut’, Laith Ashley, Youtuber and fitness model Kieran Moloney, Captain Hannah Winterbourne of the British Army, and writer and director Jake Graf. Headspace offers an as yet unseen insight into the every day transgender experience, and will hopefully promote much needed acceptance and understanding.

Coming Out: 3:20 PM, 0:02, Nicholas Ybarra, USA, p: Football is family… or is it? Vince has a secret to confess to his parents that may destroy their relationship forever.

It’s A Boy: 3:25 PM, 0:05, Trent Nakamura, USA, p: What if sexual orientation could be identified at birth? Young newlyweds, Sherri and Tom, are in the middle of an ultrasound when Dr. Kinsey reveals the exciting news. A baby boy! Who’s also gay — the young couple must now choose what’s next for their gay child.

Not Immune: 3:30 PM, 0:04, Ian Asbjornsen, Andrew Abaria, USA, p: Not Immune’ follows a man who knows that he should not get back with his boyfriend, but cannot help himself when the boyfriend charms his way back into the main character’s life. Back together, their relationship is passionate and chaotic as always, as represented through beautiful original choreography. But the relationship is as toxic as it is enthralling, and in the end, our main character is left alone once again.

LGBT Block 1 (4pm-6pm)

So, Your Kid’s a Homo: 4:00 PM, 0:21, Julyan Stephens, Australia, p: ‘So, Your Kid’s A Homo’ tells the story of a teenagers parents coming to terms with their daughter’s coming out. They attend a support group led by a reformed gay man, Elton, who introduces them to his 5 step program to ‘cure’ 16 year old Abby and set her on the straight and narrow. After going to extreme lengths to try and ‘fix’ their daughter, they begin to realize that maybe she is not the one who needs
fixing…

Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club: 4:22 PM, 1:29, Michael Bojtos, USA, p%: The Paddock Club was the first place in eastern NC where LGBT people could be themselves. Whether it was hosting a small gathering of friends, or a Broadway-sized drag pageant; for 30 years it was home to a lot of people, and they always thought it would be there. Opened in 1973, it survived the brutal homophobia of the south, the AIDS crisis, the gay-coming-of-age that was the 90s, and when it finally closed in December of 2003, it was one of the longest-running, continually-operating LGBT businesses in America. Through pictures, home movies, and stories told by the people who lived them, Dickinson Avenue pieces together 40 years of LGBT history in Eastern NC, as well as takes its audience behind the scenes of the longest-running comedy drag pageant in the country, The Miss Dickinson Avenue Pageant (which originated at The Paddock in 1983). The patrons and staff of The Paddock wove the tapestry that made up the story of The Paddock. This is their story. The Paddock wasn’t just a bar, it was home. It was family.

Happy Hour Music Video Block (6pm-7:45pm)

I swear: 6:00 PM, 0:09, Pierre-Henri Gibert, Switzerland: What will happen to our environment if we do not take care of our environment?!? Waking up in her bright room, a woman realizes that the hair on her head has abandoned her during the night; looking outside her window, she notices that the outside world is gloomy, in black and white, as if the colors have been eaten up by all the pollution. Whilst doing her shopping, she finds out that each simple ecological act she performs or purchase she makes can help bring back the colors to her life and the world. However the news is grim. In his TV show, the famous French TV presenter M’tena Biraben, also bald, is speaking about the absurdity of a nuclear power plant in Las Vegas, that’s only purpose is to power all the town’s casinos! Yet, hope remains; she comes across some young people. They are in full color, they’re wearing sunglasses, are all happy and have what appears to be Jackson Five afro hairstyles, which are actually foliage shrubs on their heads… Along with her husband and children, in the end she will understand… and soon she will be
become part of the community.

Killing Us Softly: 6:11 PM, 0:05, Emilie Boyard, Austria: Killing US Softly is a mirror held up to humanity – it points out our ugliest, greediest and most idiotic ways. It is a chant, a protest rally, a wake up call to the people, and a reminder that we still have the power to take back what they are taking from us

Long as Time: 6:17 PM, 0:06, Matt Garfield, Matt Garfield, Christopher Kayfield, USA, : ‘Long as Time’ is a music video by Mose Giganticus demonstrating the threadbare reality of ‘life on the road’ through dramatic over-embellishment. The video follows the duo along a bleak pilgrimage through a forgotten, desolate landscape culminating in a baroque and unsettling performance to an unseen audience.

Resistant Virus ‘An STD’: 6:24 PM, 0:09, Silver S. Kim, Canada: In the midst of the city being overrun by the C8 Virus, Maria seeks guidance from her school counselor on boyfriend issues.

How I Feel: 6:34 PM, 0:02, Jayniece Prichette, USA, : Expression of how a child feels about her success and what it means to help others with it. Reflecting on true emotions and actions by founder of children giving back, a charity to help homeless families

The Fighter: 6:37 PM, 0:06, Dave Thorp, UK: The Paul Mirfin Band music video

Boring I Love You: 6:44 PM, 0:03, Nikhil Malik, India: The single Boring I Love You is a collaboration by Meattle and Malik. An Indian electroacoustic project, Meattle and Malik comprises of Raghav Meattle on the vocals and Nikhil Malik on the guitar. The music video, produced and directed by Nikhil Malik features five deaf students from the Noida Deaf Society in India. Each of these five actors cannot hear any part of the lyrics or music. The actors are enacting the song out loud through sign language. The music video has been shot at a single location, with a single static camera placement. The entire video captures the inability of the various actors to ‘write a song’ to express love from their side. The love, however, is communicated through the ‘signs’, in this case the language for the deaf people. The actors seem to emulate the message in the video; they do not need big statement or verses to profess their love. A simple, ‘boring I love you’ is more than enough to express the sentiment. The video is an effort to humanize the differently abled. By using differently abled actors, the duo has attempted to express the universal emotion of love through the simplicity of it. This simplicity is often confused for it to be regular or boring. Thus, each time when the actor acts, ‘I could stick to boring I love you’, the duo reaffirms the beauty of the simplicity there. Inclusivity of the differently abled in the society is an oddity in the Indian society at present. The stigmas associated with being differently abled and doing everything like a normal person is often looked down upon with pity. By shooting the video in gray scale, the duo expresses that just like the rest of us, the deaf too deal with a series of emotions. Those emotions cannot be categorized in binaries, just because the individuals are hard of hearing. Meattle & Malik reiterate the same with the closing cards, with the text on screen, ‘Deaf. Not Dumb.’. The video captures the essence of the number- especially when the actors point to themselves at, ‘I hope that you love me too’. Inclusivity of all, for a holistic growth and development of the society is the only way forward.

The Graeme Watkins Project – ‘Love In Abundance’: 6:48 PM, 0:03, Rick Joaquim, South Africa: The new video from The Graeme Watkins Project is a sublime feast for the eyes; a charming 3:46 minutes of color, insane dancing, beautiful people and some catchy beats from Graeme and the band. The Rick Joaquim-directed video echoes the feeling of coming out and being set free. A rainbow palette of powder, akin to the Holi spring festival, bursts from various corners of the screen to color the band, its instruments and a bunch of actors who look like the kind of folk you want to make friends. The video’s boisterous effect was achieved by shooting at a 1000 frames per second capturing subtle moments missed by one’s brain and eye

Mercy Marie: 6:52 PM, 0:04, Ernie Smith, USA, p: A music video produced by Skelly Films for Jehova Waitresses.

O, Mistress Mine: 6:57 PM, 0:03, Sally McLean, Australia: Music video for the song “O, Mistress Mine” from the soundtrack of the film “Speaking Daggers”, written and performed by Jaron Natoli using lyrics by William Shakespeare. Filmed especially for the song, this video features “Speaking Daggers” cast members Jaron Natoli as “The Troubadour”, Christopher Kirby as ‘Benedick’, Sally McLean as Beatrice, Scott Major as Falstaff and Billy Smedley as Prince Hal’, and introducing Taylah McLean and Jemma Cuff-Jones as The Muses.

SWITZERLAND: 7:01 PM, 0:02, Angie Violet Hawes, Canada: Angel’s original song and music video.

Headhunterz & Skytech – Kundalini: 7:04 PM, 0:03, Anton van der Linden, Netherlands: A man floating between 2 worlds, trying to find his way back.

Crookcrank: 7:08 PM, 0:04, Jeremy Weinstein, Canada: You left me in the ice

Kloggs – Berries: 7:13 PM, 0:03, Ulla Nagy, Hungary:

TOMBOi – Rainbow Warrior: 7:17 PM, 0:05, Keagan Anfuso, USA, p: Rainbow Warrior was a tremendously collaborative project between TOMBOi and director, Keagan Anfuso. Decidedly being produced at a time when our political climate is disheartening to many communities in their fight for equality and safe existence, a plan was devised for this video to be a reflection of those feelings in artistic respect. Anfuso led into the project with the idea of correlating the treatment of traditional sideshow performers with the western societal perception of the queer community. Specifically, Anfuso wanted to depict the history of marginalized groups of people forced into entertainment as a means to gain acceptance of their identities and to ultimately survive. As a team of queer artists, all involved felt a connection with that storyline. Based on that foundational idea, the concept was then pieced together to become a figurative representation of a marginalized group expressing their true identities in a safe space. The environment itself is intended to demonstrate an abandoned location that comes to life with inspiring theatrical amazement when all of the characters express their identities simultaneously. Seven characters were developed to represent the colors of the rainbow spectrum. Each character was chosen to exemplify a marginalized community.

Madness: 7:23 PM, 0:06, Adrian Szczepaniak, Poland: A video shows a gloomy story of several people who don’t know each other. Nevertheless they have one thing common, they are all addicted to their mobile phones. Somebody decides to give them a call which is going to change their lives. The films shows how radical we can become in reference to using our mobile phones. It can literally push us to strange behaviors and drive crazy people around us. It’s an experimental film which combines a feature film (with actors), a hand-drawn 2D animation and a music video.

New Ways to Bear Witness: 7:30 PM, 0:05, Holly Siders, USA, %: On the eve of the big rock show, the singer is late, so the band goes on without him. Our fearless singer journeys to the venue, encountering some surprises along the way!

Music Block 1 (7:45pm-10pm)

ANNOYING: 7:45 PM, 1:30, Zoran Maslic, Canada: Trying to escape their demons, two musicians and a beautiful girl push themselves to the edge during a summer of fun, desperation and hope. Grant is enthusiastic about folk punk duo Annoying that he started with his friend Chad. People in their circles of misfits, “dirty kids” and train hoppers, love their songs. Something is torturing Chad and he constantly disappears. Grant is trying to pull things together while fighting shadows of his own traumas, but some of the “shadows” are centuries older than him. He is a Native American. It helps that he loves Lucie and that she loves him back. They are a good couple. Soon, they become homeless. It leads to more drinking and drugs. Grant hopes to quit heroin and dedicate himself to music. Driven by the idea of Annoying, he and Lucie leave the film and go on 4,000 kilometers long freight train journey in order to unite with Chad. And what is the idea of Annoying? “To make the best out of the shitty situation,” said Grant Faithful.

Third Eye of The Shaman: 9:16 PM, 0:24, Arthur Mountaniol, USA, p: The shaman sends his soul on a walk to the sky, but it gets stalked by the demon. To save his soul and ward off temptation of the dark side, the shaman performs a ritual on the ground of the mystical rings and opens his third eye. The spiritual battle between good and evil begins…

Horror/SciFi Block 1: Zombie Double Feature (10pm-12am)

Claire & Bruno: a story of love and fresh meat: 10:00 PM, 0:23, Lionel Delebarre, France: Claire and Bruno are not very happy together. They are going on a vacation, secretly hoping to mend fences with each other. Just in time: the world is coming to an end.

One Last Sunset Redux, %: 10:24 PM, 1:19, Kevin Richmond, USA: As all signs of humanity disappear in a blood soaked blend of disease, cannibalism, and chaos, two sisters seek shelter in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Saturday, October 7

Kids/Family Block 1 (12pm-2pm)

How I Feel: 12:00 PM, 0:02, Jayniece Prichette, USA, : Expression of how a child feels about her success and what it means to help others with it. Reflecting on true emotions and actions by founder of children giving back, a charity to help homeless families

Doctor of Monster: 12:03 PM, 0:11, Gustavo Teixeira, Brazil: Dudu has already chosen his future profession, now will have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.

Relativity explained to children: 12:15 PM, 0:10, Pierre Gaffié, France, : Because he forgot a teacher’s demand, for the end of school term, a father takes a radical decision: explain Einstein’s theory of relativity to Nicolas, his 8 years old son…

BeWitched: 12:26 PM, 0:13, Heather Elise Nelson, Rosemarie Nelson, UK: Learning Latin spells is not what young witch Locasta (Heather Elise Nelson) is good at. But when her friend introduces her to an app that can solve all her spell-related problems, she embarks on an unforgettable adventure which will teach her lessons for life.

Everything is Fine: 12:40 PM, 0:06, Sam Ferguson, Rachel Zhu, Czech Republic, : It is a father’s, Milos, first time with his daughter, Lucie, after his ex-wife received custody over her. He only has Lucie once a month so has needs to make every minute count. But when he forgets that he promised Lucie to go camping, Milos must pretend that he knows what he is doing or else both his daughter’s love and the little custody he has is on the line.

Highpointers: 12:47 PM, 0:56, Gary Scurka, USA, %: This award-winning adventure film is the first feature-length documentary to introduce the little known sport of “highpointing,” a unique hobby for climbers and outdoor adventurers. The film follows two college-age women as they strive to reach the highest point in every state, including one of the most dangerous in the American west. One of them is a novice when it comes to technical climbing, the other, an expert rock climber challenged by a disability. Their quest is made all the more challenging as they learn Wyoming’s Gannett Peak is deep in wilderness territory. Winner of Best Family/ Faith Based film and Runner up for Best Documentary, the film themes are perseverance, youthful coming-of-age, and wilderness appreciation and preservation. The film earned an Award of Excellence for stunning cinematography of the rarely seen Wind River Range in Wyoming.

Animation Shorts Block (2pm-4pm)

Catching the L Train: 2:00 PM, 0:06, Eric Raingruber, USA: A bear on a losing streak attempts to save his relationship before his love leaves town for good. But when a bungled text message leads him to the wrong train platform and his sweetheart to draw the wrong conclusion, he must risk life and limb to try and win her back.

Eagle Feather: 2:07 PM, 0:04, Pasquale Encell, Thailand: In Eagle Feather father and daughter leave before sunrise to drive to an American wilderness lake so that she can find her first ceremonial eagle feather. We see beautiful animated landscape, nature and assorted wildlife as our heroes journey on their quest and hear her narrations throughout It is a very sweet and touching but also informative series.

When a Peeping Tom met a Kleptomaniac: 2:12 PM, 0:04, Yifei Wang (Moonchild), China, : Every person living in this boundless world of ours is unique: we all have our eccentricities. Life is meant to be a little strange. When we meet people whose eccentricities are compatible with our own, we often long to join those people. When two similarly strange people connect, they often adopt of a manner of interacting whereby they amplify each other’s eccentricities. This is true love. Through this animation, I’m trying to tell a story about finding true love and to become who you really are.

TURE: 2:17 PM, 0:14, 杨易 Jason, China: The love story of two dolls. Through this story, we appeal to people to treat others with their true feelings, so as to gain true love. (This is a full story short film, and also an experimental animation of “very low cost” and “narrative techniques” and “Extremely high efficiency”)

Save the earth: 2:33 PM, 0:02, Woonyea Han, Korea, Republic of: This is a young girl’s point of view about earth and the environment. It can be your story, or maybe a story about us.

The Other Side: 2:36 PM, 0:03, Ching Cheng, Canada: A solider walked across the line to search for a monster.

H0_pe 02: 2:41 PM, 0:09, Francesco Bruno Sorrentino, Antonio Genovese, Italy, %: H0_Pe is a robot who lives alone on a tiny planet somewhere in the space. His job is to regain materials. After hundreds of years of a lonely life, he starts to create objects “to live better”. He will be able to build the first intelligent robot (H0_pe 01) to overcome loneliness. But, on his planet, this kind of activity is forbidden by law. In fact the H0_Pe’s life is spied by the Headquarters situated on a close planet. The Headquarters discovers his secret and, through the use of signs, it warns him to stop his illegal activity. At the end of the story, H0_Pe will be forced to reveal a great and hidden secret.

The astronaut’s journal: 2:51 PM, 0:05, Marina Belikova, Germany, : “Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.” — Stanislaw Lem, Solaris

Anima Radix: 2:57 PM, 0:03, Fernando Silva De la Cruz, Australia: A journey of metamorphosis to emerge from a dark world.

The Velvet Abstract: 3:01 PM, 0:07, James Hughes, UK: A Short Film About the Environmental Age from a Team Spanning Six Continents.

Pat, The Polar Bear: 3:09 PM, 0:01, Kaz Ceh, UK: About a young polar bear who’s not quite sure if he’s a real polar bear.

Parasols Falling: 3:11 PM, 0:05, Joseph Fraizer, USA, %: Colorful parasols fall and fall, jump, bounce, and pirouette in a Japanese garden dreamscape — a meditation in motion.

Lotus Lantern: 3:17 PM, 0:06, Xingpei Shen, China, p: A peek into the wax lotus. Lotus Lantern is a tribute to late Chinese singer Zhou Xuan, a missing link between filmmaker’s queer identity and Chinese heritage.

Me by You: 3:24 PM, 0:05, David Buob, Germany: Life is like an animated film, a never-ending chain of multiple changes, but tell me how from such a colorful flow can emerge something like melancholy?

Pittari: 3:30 PM, 0:04, Patrick Smith, USA: A horned creature’s destructive rampage is halted by a stubborn adversary. Loosely based on Tom Robbin’s depiction of Tanuki, a Japanese mythical creature known for his mischief, “Pittari” is scored to an old phonographic gospel recording to help illustrate a relentless resistance to the creature’s gritty penetration.

Mannequin: 3:35 PM, 0:07, Pete Burkeet, USA: Rolling Acres Mall was built on August 6, 1975. At its peak, it contained 140 stores. The mall began its decline in the 1990’s and closed in 2011. At one point all the walls were painted in pastels and people referred to it as “The Plastic Palace.” It is now a magnet for pollution and negative energy.

The Cracker Jack Ring: 3:44 PM, 0:02, Kevin McGuiness, Canada: ”The Cracker Jack Ring” tells the charming story of my grandfather, Chuck Joyce, who joined the Canadian Navy during the Second World War and sailed to Europe. While in Scotland, he met his future wife Babs and fell in love. However Chuck had to return to Canada and, in order to propose to Babs, he had a friend bring the ring to her hidden in a Cracker Jack box.

The Egg Job: 3:47 PM, 0:05, Guilherme Arduin, Canada: A rare Fabergé egg is at the local museum in a unique exhibition. A well know thief is in town and he’ll do whatever it takes to steal it. The museum hired the best guard to protect it. Who will win? Make your bets!

International Doc Block (4pm-6pm)

I’m Jeeja: 4:00 PM, 0:26, SWATI CHAKRABORTY, India: A first person narrative of Jeeja Ghosh, an effective and responsible leader and disability rights activist living with cerebral palsy.

Silou: A Tale Of An Orang Asli: 4:27 PM, 0:20, Yazan Al Assadi, Malaysia: Silou: A tale of an Orang Asli is a short documentary film about a group of the first people who came to Malaysia and they are still living in one of the oldest forests in the world ‘Taman Negara’.

Krishna’s Waiting Room: 4:48 PM, 0:52, KAVITA BAHL, NANDAN SAXENA, India: ‘Krishna’s Waiting Room’ is an introspective journey into the lives of the widows of Vrindavan- waiting for death in the land of Krishna.

Horror/SciFi Shorts Block (6pm-8pm)

Rotary: 6:00 PM, 0:10, Lorenzo P. Adams, USA: In 1968, a young babysitter’s evening is interrupted by strange and unsettling occurrences.

Watchers: 6:12 PM, 0:08, Niklas Nieminen, Sweden: Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gonna get. Sadly that goes with neighbors as well. Ask Mr. Lundgren. This quote, written by the scriptwriter who wrote this short (Lars Thomasson) pretty much sums up what the film is all about.

Don’t Cry over Spilt Eggnog: 6:21 PM, 0:12, Michael Patrick Rogers, USA: A mysterious homeless man is confronted with an intervention by his sisters at what he is led to believe will be a Christmas get together.

The Cradle: 6:34 PM, 0:25, Arthur Sukhonin, Russian Federation: The flight to the International Space Station takes it course normally. One from a lot of the researches is to blast the biological exploration, which can add weighty contribution to the medicine. Flight engineer Tolya is interested in that experiments not only as a science progress: he believes that positive results will help his wife to recover, who waits for him in a Moscow hospital. But an emergency puts under a threat all the expedition.

Pohanci (Deep fried): 7:00 PM, 0:24, Ivan Mokrovic, Croatia: Deep fried is a film about Grandma Ljubica, an old lady left alone, miserable and afraid in her apartment after her only grandchild leaves for America, which results in her inner most fears being materialized in the form of a vicious snake that emerges from her toilet.

Under The Apple Tree: 7:25 PM, 0:18, Erik van Schaaik, Netherlands, %: Two brothers, an apple farmer and a priest, live next to each other as neighbors. Unfortunately, they can’t get along very well. The priest is fed up with his peasant brother and his ugly apple orchard, dropping thousands of rotten apples in his neat little graveyard. The farmer is a gawky fellow, drunk on homemade cider, and deeply unhappy. The apple trees are rotten and the apples full of worms. He is bankrupt, desperate and loathed upon by his heartless brother. One stormy night the farmer hangs himself from the branch of one of his apple trees. At that very moment we meet Aber, a homeless worm, desperately seeking for shelter from the rain and thunder. All apples appear to be occupied by worms. Nobody let’s him in, not even his brother Crombie. Suddenly Aber discovers the dead farmer, dangling between the branches like a huge apple. Delighted with his new, spacious house Aber crawls inside the corpse. Soon Aber discovers he has full control over the farmer’s dead body, just by shouting commands. A movable house, great fun! After some practice Aber yells ‘Hands up!’ and the hands of the dead farmer shoot up from the grave… Strolling around the churchyard in his ‘mobile home’ Aber discovers the priest has cut down all apple trees. He is shocked, and starts searching for his family: The dead farmer comes knocking on the priest’s door, and horrifyingly funny events unfold. The secret of zombiedom. Now you know. Us worms control the brain of the dead. And when you’re old and you have to go, we are the voice inside your head…

Cult Block 1 (8pm-10pm)

Memory Hospital: 8:00 PM, 0:18, Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Brazil, %: A night at an unusual hospital reveals secrets, sorrows and memories.

She was young with light eyes: 8:19 PM, 1:27, Giovanni Mazzitelli, Italy: “She was young with light eyes,” describes the sentimental training of a man, or better, the conflicting events that mark his feelings. Ironically, it smiles and moves the spectator into a whirl of characters and real and surreal situations, in which everyone can recognize his part of “X” (the protagonist). X, the feature character, slightly over 30, is an icon that represents all of us. He is one of the few people it Italy that has a chaotic job. All he thinks is integrated into a single question: ‘Is the truth really in the middle’ We are ask ourselves the same question that X asks every day, while we are surrounded by people who live extreme existences who seem happier than we are, but are locked up in social rules repressed by our most primal instincts. One of the many mid-winter nights that X is bound awake by his insomnia, he hears a prolonged scream of a woman on the street. It is Alessandra, a femme fatal, with Mediterranean features which make her even more fascinating. X thought it was a brief, short- lived encounter, but instead X finds himself waiting for the beautiful Alessandra in his house the next day for one more fleeting encounter. Alessandra doesn’t stand him up, but perhaps something worse, asking him to meet her elsewhere, close to an address that X knows little about. It’s outside the house of Marzi, a Jewish family in Portici, that the young woman will expose the nature of her intentions. Alessandra is in fact a skilled burglar who enters the homes of people illegally, not to steal, but instead obsessively searching for a treasure that she has been hunting for some time. X finds himself involved in Alessandra’s mission, which marks a series of extraordinary and bizarre events over an eight month period. He is faced with tough encounters that defy the life he has now but proposes a new life worth living. X questions himself, is it correct to conquer the extremes or is it justifiable to stay in the middle?

Cult Block 2 (10pm-12am)

Squeers: 10:00 PM, 0:01, Matt Torode, South Africa, p: For the Love of Nuts! Two gay squirrels just trying to find love and nuts in the city-park. Squeers is a 2D animated hybrid series that takes a satirical but affectionate look at the lives and daily escapades of a creative duo; Neil and Artel, gay squirrels, in search of success, love and happiness. In this character led comedy, our two gay squirrels live in the tree-tops of the City Gardens. Their life is inspired by the pink lifestyle in Cape Town, South Africa, but the Squeers reflects the contemporary macrocosm of human life across the globe.

MUXE: 10:02 PM, 1:58, Michael Satzinger, Austria, p%: When Muxe, a Two Spirit Indio, is invited to Europe to attend an ethnological exhibition he falls head over heels in love with Gonzo, a member of a provincial rock band. The two men become entangled in a turbulent adventure involving Cloud People and an ancient clay vase that is reputed to contain a secret message. But before they can overcome the barriers that their different cultures present and confess their love to each other they have a mystery to solve. A secret that once revealed has the power to change life on Earth forever.

Sunday, October 8

Kids/Family Shorts Block (12pm-2pm)

Nightmarish: 12:00 PM, 0:03, Ronnie Khalil, USA: A young boy wrestles with his worst fears on a sleepless night.

Becoming Lucy: 12:04 PM, 0:13, Luisa Novo, USA, : Lucy, 15, blames her mother for her father leaving them for a 24 year-old blonde. When she finds out her crush at school likes blondes, she dyes her hair to get the attention of both men.

Swimming in the Desert: 12:18 PM, 0:15, Alvaro Ron, USA: In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.

SEEDS: 12:34 PM, 0:01, Milo Bennet-Shephard, USA: Two men argue over a packet of seeds until a young boy sees the true answer to their conflict. And so the seeds of cooperation are sewn. This simple allegorical live-action/animation film, shows the plight of mankind, and how we can fix it if only we embrace each other and cooperate. Then and only then can the world truly be one with us and we can truly be one with the world.

Family: 12:37 PM, 0:06, Campbell Miller, Campbell Miller, UK: A mother struggles to control her wayward son while his sister battles with cancer.

Catching the L Train: 12:44 PM, 0:06, Eric Raingruber, USA: A bear on a losing streak attempts to save his relationship before his love leaves town for good. But when a bungled text message leads him to the wrong train platform and his sweetheart to draw the wrong conclusion, he must risk life and limb to try and win her back.

H.U.M.A.N.S.: 12:51 PM, 0:09, Johnathan Newport, USA: A comedic oral history of life over the past 70 million years that examines and personifies the ongoing competition between Evolution and Extinction.

Pat, The Polar Bear: 1:02 PM, 0:01, Kaz Ceh, UK: About a young polar bear who’s not quite sure if he’s a real polar bear.

Filling In: 1:04 PM, 0:22, Bradley Hawkins, USA: A gentle giant of man, down on his luck, considers a risky and covert career path. To help him learn the ropes, a grizzled vet in the field takes him under his wing.

Wishful Whiskers: 1:27 PM, 0:09, Pulkit Datta, USA: Stuck in her dad’s boring lunch meeting, little Ella suddenly discovers the curious case of all the mustaches.

The Fox: 1:38 PM, 0:10, Louise Turley, Australia, %: The Fox is an offbeat comedy that tells the story of Harry, a 12-year-old boy who believes he’s a fox. When he runs out onto the football field wearing his fox ears, his mother Clare just wants to crawl into a hole and die. The whistle blows, the tension mounts, magpies warble, scores are locked and the coaches sweat… then suddenly the game takes a startling turn.

Doc Block 2: School Kids (2pm-4pm)

Maine Girls: 2:00 PM, 0:27, Yael Luttwak, Abigail Tannebaum Sharon, USA, T: A film about immigrant and U.S.-born teen girls in Maine who find common ground and acceptance. How do you build trust and empathy among teenage girls who have grown up in places as geographically and culturally diverse as Somalia, Vietnam and suburban Maine? Maine Girls, a feature documentary film, follows 13 immigrant and non-immigrant girls. Over eight weeks, they learn what it takes — and what it means — to make genuine friendships and lead by example.

Govan Young: 2:28 PM, 0:30, Martin Clark, Cara Connolly, David Archibald, UK: Govan Young follows a group of schoolchildren as they learn the rarely-told story of the Viking invasion of Central Scotland and the subsequent establishment of the medieval kingdom of Strathclyde, which had its spiritual centre in Govan. How will the children react when they discover that Vikings and kings walked on the ground below their feet?

AnorMal: 2:59 PM, 0:14, Luis Galán, Spain: What has worried us today? What could we care about if we were a child without even shoes on the streets of Saint Louis? AnorMal is a sample of a journey to poverty, contained in lights and sounds, that makes possible to feel a bit of a reality that has very little to do with ours.

The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability: 3:14 PM, 0:29, Jierel Almario, USA, %: This 29-minute documentary film tells the story of a small, deteriorated creek and one group’s effort to bring it back to its natural beauty from over a hundred years ago.

LGBT Block 2 (4pm-6pm)

Coming Out: 4:00 PM, 0:02, Nicholas Ybarra, USA, p: Football is family… or is it? Vince has a secret to confess to his parents that may destroy their relationship forever.

Alan: 4:04 PM, 0:04, Isabella Iampieri, USA, Tp: An animated interview with my little brother about his experiences as a trans kid. Completed as a senior thesis project at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

You, Me, Us: 4:09 PM, 0:05, Danylo Hauk, USA, p: Elizabeth keeps her biggest secret locked in a room until he tries to break free.

Rebirth: 4:15 PM, 0:03, GOKCE ORALOGLU, ZEHRA GOKCIMEN, Turkey, p: “A dance ritual which turns into recreation of the self. “Transformation is a dance ritual. With every move you are born again. With every little step, you cut the umbilical cord. With every turn, you create a new shell.”

It’s A Boy: 4:19 PM, 0:05, Trent Nakamura, USA, p: What if sexual orientation could be identified at birth? Young newlyweds, Sherri and Tom, are in the middle of an ultrasound when Dr. Kinsey reveals the exciting news. A baby boy! Who’s also gay — the young couple must now choose what’s next for their gay child.

Squeers: 4:25 PM, 0:01, Matt Torode, South Africa, p: For the Love of Nuts! Two gay squirrels just trying to find love and nuts in the city-park. Squeers is a 2D animated hybrid series that takes a satirical but affectionate look at the lives and daily escapades of a creative duo; Neil and Artel, gay squirrels, in search of success, love and happiness. In this character led comedy, our two gay squirrels live in the tree-tops of the City Gardens. Their life is inspired by the pink lifestyle in Cape Town, South Africa, but the Squeers reflects the contemporary macrocosm of human life across the globe.

Lily: 4:27 PM, 0:21, Graham Cantwell, Ireland, p%: The film tells the story of Lily, a girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman.

Neverlaid To Rest: 4:49 PM, 0:18, Erik Long, USA, p: Neverlaid to Rest is a short film that blends the genres of 80’s rom-com, classic undead horror and raunchy coming of age to tell the story of the common problems and insecurities that faces college freshman whether it’s questioning your sexuality, struggling to show someone your true feelings because you’re too busy worrying about your own self-image.

Not Immune: 5:09 PM, 0:04, Ian Asbjornsen, Andrew Abaria, USA, p: Not Immune’ follows a man who knows that he should not get back with his boyfriend, but cannot help himself when the boyfriend charms his way back into the main character’s life. Back together, their relationship is passionate and chaotic as always, as represented through beautiful original choreography. But the relationship is as toxic as it is enthralling, and in the end, our main character is left alone once again.

Dusk: 5:15 PM, 0:15, Jake Graf, UK, p: Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society. A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realization that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it’s those that truly define us.

Then What Happened?: 5:31 PM, 0:28, Avi Glick, USA, p%: After being unexpectedly dumped by his boyfriend, unemployed Derek, a Black, gay thirty-something, is forced to move in with two of his straight former college acquaintances Marko, a smart ass Serbian transplant and Chris, an all-American musical theater performer. Between all their idiosyncrasies, this trio always manages to find themselves in the craziest, most awkward and uncomfortable situations. Follow this triad as they navigate their 30’s in Los Angeles while dealing with the ups and downs of their careers and frequent headaches brought on by their insignificant others. Through it all, the guys discover that though hurdling towards the big 4-0, they are exactly where they’re supposed to be in life.

Music Block 2 (6pm-8pm)

Soma & Lil: 6:00 PM, 0:11, Nicolas Iordanou, Sylvia Nicolaides, Cyprus, %: A music documentary on the art of improvisation. Soma & Lil, a cello improvisation duo based in Denmark, rethink and deconstruct the traditional written music for cello, and develop a more personal way of expression by creating singular compositions that are unique and always changing.

Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty: 6:12 PM, 1:42, H. Paul Moon, USA, T%: Known for his mournful “Adagio for Strings,” Samuel Barber was never quite fashionable. This acclaimed film is a probing exploration of his music and melancholia. Performance, oral history, musicology, and biography combine to explore the life and music of one of America’s greatest composers. Featuring Thomas Hampson, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop and many more of the world’s leading experts on Barber’s music, with tributes from composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and William Schuman. The Philadelphia Inquirer acclaimed the film’s “great visual polish,” adding that the “extremely impressive array of…so much visual evidence is astounding.” Composition:Today called it a “remarkable success that rewrites the rules of documentary filmmaking, ” and MusicWeb International wrote: “This lavishly illustrated documentary…proclaims the meticulous labour, inspiration and persuasive powers of H. Paul Moon and his subject: the life and music of Samuel Barber. This a bejewelled production that steers a rewarding course between moving things along yet staying still long enough to inform, surprise and please.”

Awards Presentation (8pm-8:30pm)

Review of Category Award winners (%) and announcement of Audience Award winners.

Closing Night Feature (8:30pm-10:30pm)

Gift in My Hands: Leonard Logsdail’s Story: 8:30 PM, 0:09, Gary Gasse, USA, T: Leonard Logsdail is one of the last true bespoke tailors in the United States. While his story as a cutter begins on the renowned Savile Row and makes its way through Hollywood, Leonard finds his true vocation and legacy somewhere much closer to his heart.

Pigheaded: 8:40 PM, 1:30, John Kinhart, Christian Brown, Richard Smith, USA, T%: Pigheaded tells the provocative life story of underground cartoonist and subversive satirist Skip Williamson. His unapologetic art exemplified the spirit of the 60s counter-culture movement. Williamson helped lead the burgeoning Underground Comix scene five decades ago as a founder of Bijou Funnies, one of the earliest and longest running titles of that Movement. From his involvement in the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention riots to his oft offensive work in Playboy, High Times, National Lampoon and many more. Williamson has collaborated with such notable characters as Abbie Hoffman, Robert Crumb, Jerry Rubin, Shel Silverstein, S. Clay Wilson and Jay Lynch. Pigheaded faithfully portrays Williamson’s life as rebellious artist, irreverent pighead and loving family man. Told through candid interviews, animation and archival photographs, Pigheaded takes you back in time to see the behind the scenes of one of America’s most curious art movements.

Closing Night Gala (10:30pm-12am)

“Initiator of good times and feel-good dance vibes.” — DJ Selo is a Cumberland based deejay who has performed at a wide range of events including yoga studios, nightclubs and children’s birthday parties. His eclectic sound includes popular songs from the likes of Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, and more, as well as lesser known dance music with an electronic twist that derives from his time putting on events in Detroit. The mission of DJ Selo is simple, to create a fun atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Program Notes

Filmmaker anticipated to appear

T Shot in Maryland and/or made by a Maryland
filmmaker

p LGBT Content

% Category Award winner

NOTE: All content is unrated.

NOTE: All running times within programming blocks are
approximate.

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of
Allegany Allied Arts, Inc. QCFF 2017 Festival Program ©2017 Allegany Allied
Arts, Inc.

 Supporting Sponsor

Downtown Development Commission

 

QCFF 2017 Official Selections

Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce the Official Selections for QCFF 2017. Official schedule and more details to follow.

Project Title, Duration, Directors, Submission Categories
Alan, 0:04:23, Isabella Iampieri, LGBT Shorts
Anima Radix, 0:03:00, Fernando Silva De la Cruz, Animation Shorts
ANNOYING, 1:30:00, Zoran Maslic, Documentary Features
AnorMal, 0:14:45, Luis Galán, Documentary Shorts
Appalachia, 0:14:34, Peter Lilly, Appalachian Shorts
Becoming Lucy, 0:13:45, Luisa Novo, Kids/Family Shorts
BeWitched, 0:13:36, Heather Elise Nelson & Rosemarie Nelson, Kids/Family Shorts
Boring I Love You, 0:03:20, Nikhil Malik, Music Videos
Catching the L Train, 0:06:30, Eric Raingruber, Kids/Family Shorts
Claire & Bruno : a story of love and fresh meat, 0:23:16, Lionel Delebarre, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Coming Out, 0:02:58, Nicholas Ybarra, LGBT Shorts
Crookcrank, 0:04:12, Jeremy Weinstein, Music Videos
Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club, 1:29:34, Michael Bojtos, LGBT Features
Doctor of Monster, 0:11:00, Gustavo Teixeira, Kids/Family Shorts
Don’t Cry over Spilt Eggnog, 0:12:36, Michael Patrick Rogers, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Dusk, 0:15:00, Jake Graf, LGBT Shorts
Eagle Feather, 0:04:26, Pasquale Encell, Animation Shorts
Everything is Fine, 0:06:07, Sam Ferguson, Rachel Zhu, Kids/Family Shorts
Family, 0:06:33, Campbell Miller, Kids/Family Shorts
Filling In, 0:22:00, Bradley Hawkins, Kids/Family Shorts
Gift in My Hands: Leonard Logsdail’s Story, 0:09:12, Gary Gasse, Documentary Shorts
Good Morning, Mrs. Rice, 0:27:33, Andie Eisen, Appalachian Shorts
Govan Young, 0:30:00, Martin Clark, Documentary Shorts
Groove – with Bill Evans in Russia, 1:50:30, Christoph Felder, Music Features
H.U.M.A.N.S., 0:09:59, Johnathan Newport, Kids/Family Shorts
H0_pe 02, 0:09:29, Francesco Bruno Sorrentino & Antonio Genovese, Animation Shorts
Headhunterz & Skytech – Kundalini, 0:03:25, Anton van der Linden, Music Videos
Headspace, 0:04:06, Jake Graf, LGBT Shorts
Highpointers, 0:56:40, Gary Scurka, Kids/Family Features
How I Feel, 0:02:37, Jayniece Prichette, Music Videos
I swear, 0:09:56, Pierre-Henri Gibert, Music Videos
I’M JEEJA, 0:26:00, SWATI CHAKRABORTY, Documentary Shorts
It’s A Boy, 0:05:19, Trent Nakamura, LGBT Shorts
Killing Us Softly, 0:05:00, Emilie Boyard, Music Videos
King In The Mountain, 0:54:41, Dave Edwards, Appalachian Features
Kloggs – Berries, 0:03:35, Ulla Nagy, Music Videos
KRISHNA’S WAITING ROOM, 0:52:00, KAVITA BAHL, Documentary Features
Lily, 0:21:00, Graham Cantwell, LGBT Shorts
Long as Time, 0:06:26, Matt Garfield, Music Videos
Lotus Lantern, 0:06:30, Xingpei Shen, Animation Shorts
Madness, 0:06:00, Adrian Szczepaniak, Music Videos
Maine Girls, 0:27:22, Yael Luttwak & Abigail Tannebaum Sharon, Documentary Shorts
Mannequin, 0:07:58, Pete Burkeet, Animation Shorts
Me by You, 0:05:00, David Buob, Animation Shorts
Memory Hospital, 0:18:25, Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Cult Shorts
Mercy Marie, 0:04:10, Ernie Smith, Music Videos
MUXE, 1:58:00, Michael Satzinger, LGBT Features
Neverlaid To Rest, 0:18:56, Erik Long, LGBT Shorts
New Ways to Bear Witness, 0:05:47, Holly Siders, Music Videos
Nightmarish, 0:00:00, Ronnie Khalil, Kids/Family Shorts
Not Immune, 0:04:58, Andrew Abaria, LGBT Shorts
“O, Mistress Mine”, 0:03:42, Sally McLean, Music Videos
One Last Sunset Redux, 1:19:44, kevin richmond, Horror/SciFi Features
Parasols Falling, 0:05:00, Joseph Fraizer, Animation Shorts
Pat, The Polar Bear, 0:00:47, Kaz Ceh, Kids/Family Shorts
Pigheaded, 1:30:00, John Kinhart, Documentary Features
Pittari, 0:04:00, Patrick Smith, Animation Shorts
Pohanci (Deep fried), 0:24:30, Ivan Mokrovic, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Prosperity, 0:14:56, Christopher D. Lusk, Appalachian Shorts
Rebirth, 0:03:41, GOKCE ORALOGLU & ZEHRA GOKCIMEN, LGBT Shorts
Relativity explained to children, 0:10:10, Pierre Gaffié, Kids/Family Shorts
Resistant Virus ‘An STD’, 0:09:30, Silver S. Kim, Music Videos
Rotary, 0:10:47, Lorenzo P. Adams, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, 1:42:00, H. Paul Moon, Music Features
Save the earth, 0:02:35, Woonyea Han, Animation Shorts
SEEDS, 0:01:48, Milo Bennet-Shephard (age 11 at the time), Kids/Family Shorts
She was young with light eyes, 1:27:00, Giovanni Mazzitelli, Cult Features
Silou: A Tale Of An Orang Asli, 0:20:00, Yazan Al Assadi, Documentary Shorts
So, Your Kid’s a Homo, 0:21:12, Julyan Stephens, LGBT Shorts
Soma & Lil, 0:11:00, Nicolas Iordanou & Sylvia Nicolaides, Music Shorts
Squeers, 0:01:36, Matt Torode, LGBT Shorts
Swimming in the Desert, 0:15:00, Alvaro Ron, Kids/Family Shorts
SWITZERLAND, 0:02:43, Angel Violet Hawes, Music Videos
The Arcade Creek Project: A Mosaic of Sustainability, 0:29:44, Jierel Almario, Documentary Shorts
The astronaut’s journal, 0:05:19, Marina Belikova, Animation Shorts
The Cracker Jack Ring, 0:02:22, Kevin McGuiness, Animation Shorts
The Cradle, 0:25:00, Arthur Sukhonin, Horror/SciFi Shorts
The Egg Job, 0:05:00, Guilherme Arduin, Animation Shorts
The Fighter, 0:06:39, Dave Thorp, Music Videos
The Fox, 0:10:47, Louise Turley, Kids/Family Shorts
The Graeme Watkins Project – ‘Love In Abundance’, 0:03:46, Rick Joaquim, Music Videos
The Other Side, 0:03:50, Ching Cheng, Animation Shorts
The Pea Shooter, 1:00:00, Joseph T. Spence, Appalachian Features
The Velvet Abstract, 0:07:04, James Hughes, Animation Shorts
Then What Happened?, 0:28:25, Avi Glick, LGBT Shorts
Third Eye of The Shaman, 0:24:47, Arthur Mountaniol, Cult Shorts
TOMBOi – Rainbow Warrior, 0:05:29, Keagan Anfuso, Music Videos
TURE, 0:14:50, 杨易 Jason, Animation Shorts
Under The Apple Tree, 0:18:23, Erik van Schaaik, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Watchers, 0:08:27, Niklas Nieminen, Horror/SciFi Shorts
When a Peeping Tom met a Kleptomaniac, 0:04:30, Yifei Wang (Moonchild), Animation Shorts
Wishful Whiskers, 0:09:55, Pulkit Datta, Kids/Family Shorts
You, Me, Us, 0:05:00, Danylo Hauk, LGBT Shorts

QCFF 2017 Rules and Submission Form

Download a .PDF copy of the QCFF 2017 Rules

Download a .PDF copy of the QCFF 2017 Submission Form

Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) 2017 Call For Entries

QCFF 2017 Call For Entries

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our sixth year, QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities.

Previous festival favorites include Record Paradise, Led Zeppelin Played Here, Underbelly Blues, M Cream, Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz, Bounty Momma, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Subterranea, Australiens, and CADES: Forestglade Of Death.

Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and redevelopment for the arts, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, Farewell To Factory Towns?, and Through The Place.

Last year’s festival was our most successful to date, and presented 69 selections including such highlights as  Better Half, PeelersNighthawks On The Blue Highway, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

Our categories for 2017 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music, including the return of and our popular Happy Hour music video block.. We welcome eclectic fare and encourage submissions that qualify in as many categories as possible. QCFF also embraces and promotes films by Maryland filmmakers and films made in Maryland. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Submissions are being accepted via Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact info@alleganyalliedarts.org for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

Awards & Prizes
Award Certificate for short and feature in each category plus Audience Award for short and feature.

Winners of the Audience Award will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Rules & Terms
We are pleased to announce the categories for QCFF 2017:

Categories include: documentary, cult, lgbt, music, horror/scifi, appalachian, animation, and kids/family.

Here are the submission rules for QCFF 2017:

Films that have previously screened publicly in Cumberland, have aired publicly on US broadcast television, or are available for free online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.

Films with distribution agreements which may require a screening fee may not be submitted without specific prior approval.

Films completed more than three years before the festival dates are NOT eligible. Works in progress are NOT eligible for a Category Award.

You may also submit by mail on NTSC DVD or Blu-ray disc, or on USB drive (.MP4 max 1920×1080). No other formats will be accepted by mail. Submissions will not be returned.

Please include a trailer (preview). Please include a press kit including full cast/crew credits. You may include a filmed introduction to the film, not to exceed 1/10th of the running length of the submission.

If your submission is not in English, English subtitles must be included (hard subs preferred).

You grant rights for royalty-free exhibition within the festival dates. You grant rights to royalty-free use of trailers.

Click HERE for downloadable copies of the rules and submission form.

The Film Lab – April 3 – Christopher Closson

“The Film Lab” is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar’s Restaurant.

Christopher Closson will discuss his first official documentary, “The Crystal Chalice Awards,” which was completed in 2016, bringing awareness to the annual art and music award show hosted in Cumberland, MD.

Christopher “Selomon” Closson has been making videos his entire life. Though he was accepted to many different film schools, he ultimately decided to skip traditional education and learn through experience.

QCFF 2017 Dates and Venue Announced

Western Maryland’s premiere film festival is held each year in early Fall in Allegany County, Maryland. The sixth annual Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 5-8, 2017, at The Venue At Mezzos, 114 S. Centre St., Cumberland, MD 21502.

Four-day Festival Passes are $50 (discounted to $40 through August 31) and are available for advance purchase. Festival Passes include admission to all screenings, educational panels, and receptions. Festival passes also include a canvas tote bag, a film festival tchotchke, and other related items.

General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the door subject to capacity.

Complete program and schedule to be announced September 3.

Seeking Screeners for QCFF 2017

QueenCity1We are currently seeking screeners for the SIXTH ANNUAL Queen City Film Festival (QCFF). QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. Between now and April, when we open submissions, we want to recruit as many new screeners as possible to help us review submissions.

This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for qualified individuals. Ideal candidates will be residents of Allegany County, Maryland, have high-speed internet access, and possess extensive knowledge of cinema within one or more categories. You should be prepared to sort through many, many submissions to find the few hidden gems we will select and screen.

For QCFF 2017, our categories include: Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music. We are also looking for category leads in Animation, LGBT, and Kids/Family — subject matter experts who would be interested in not just reviewing submissions but curating the category.

QCFF 2016 Awards List

OK, we are officially tired of waiting for the venue to help us lock down the dates and contract for next year’s festival. Further festival wrap up to follow, along with other details, but here are the QCFF 2016 Award Winners. Laurels to follow shortly…

Animation Feature: No Award
Animation Short: Calvin’s Shoe
Appalachian Feature: Son Of Clowns
Appalachian Short: Walking The Crooked Tune, Ghosts In The Mountains
Cult Feature: The Next Big Thing
Cult Short: Monster
Documentary Feature: Pepino’s Back!
Documentary Short: Last Dance On The Main
Horror/SciFi Feature: Peelers
Horror/SciFi Short: Kitchen
Kids/Family Feature: Inkfinger
Kids/Family Short: Charlie and Poppy, Octavius 4: Hack Attack
LGBT Feature: Better Half
LGBT Short: Intrinsic Moral Evil
Music Feature: Nighthawks On The Blue Highway
Music Short: Darker Clouds
Audience Award Feature: There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy
Audience Award Short: Wintergreen
Festival Director’s Award: Through The Place

QCFF 2016 Festival Program

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QCFF 2016

Festival Program

Thursday, October 6

12:00PM-2:00PM

Filmmaker/Media Reception

These informal, unstructured “meet & greet” sessions allow networking time for filmmakers, staff, and media.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Educational Panel: Appalachia

The Thursday festival program kicks off with the Appalachian category, and Thursday’s educational panel will be dedicated to Appalachian subjects. The program will encompass the following subject areas: Defining Appalachia, Appalachia in Film, Social Justice

Kara Rogers Thomas: Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas is an Associate Professor of Folklore and Sociology at Frostburg State University. Her work as a Folklorist is supported in part through a grant from Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Her areas of interest include folklore and folklife studies, Appalachian studies, religious experience, and interdisciplinary learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

4:00PM-6:00PM

Appalachian Block 1

“Rapidan: A Journey Down A Virginia River” (4:00pm), Phil Audibert, USA, 3 minutes – A short video set to music showing a pristine river in Virginia from its source to its confluence with the Rappahannock River.

“State Inspection” (4:06pm), David Smith, USA, 8 minutes – An anxious young man tries to talk to a girl he meets while waiting for his car at an auto repair shop.

Bounty Momma “Shakespeare in the Trailer Park” (4:15pm), Wendy Keeling, USA, 11 minutes – The bounty hunting world will never be the same under the watch of hot tempered redneck momma Twyla Sue Dollarhide and her dim witted family. Twyla Sue Dollarhide, aka “Bounty Momma”, is a no-nonsense southern firecracker with a reality show who, despite the incompetence of her gun toting lamebrain family and film crew, proudly boasts that she “always gets her man”! This reality parody brings the viewer inside the day to day of a dysfunctional family business that turns otherwise mundane bounty escapades into mayhem and madness. If Reno 911, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Dog the Bounty Hunter had a love child it would probably be Bounty Momma! This award winning series is sure to get a laugh!!

“Ghosts In The Mountains” (4:28pm), Chris Hite, USA, 19 minutes – Ghosts in the Mountains is about one man’s drive and determination to document, preserve, and popularize Pennsylvania folktales and myths over a thirty year period.

“Walking The Crooked Tune” (4:49pm), Charles Cohen, USA, 28 minutes – Walking the Crooked Tune, a fiddler’s journey out of the past, follows master fiddler Dave Bing as he plays the fire giver of much misunderstood genre known as Old Time. Even under this archaic definition, Dave Bing’s blend of old time stands as an archaic form of ‘crooked tunes’ learned from a family isolated even by West Virginia standards.

“Walking The Crooked Tune” Charles Cohen Q&A (5:18pm)

6:00PM-8:00PM

Appalachian Block 2

“Son of Clowns” (6:00pm), Evan Kidd, USA, 95 minutes – Minor TV star Hudson Cash loses his show, and his family’s backyard circus is floundering. After returning home to live with his parents, he finds adjusting to life back in North Carolina his most challenging role yet.

8:00PM-10:30PM

Opening Night Feature

“Pepino’s Back” (8:00pm), Luca Bich, Italy, 51 minutes – Jorge Luis Fernandez ‘Pepino’, after a 30 years long exile from his land, goes back to his past, back to his friend and family, to his mother’s grave, to the streets of La Habana, to his rock music and at the end of his trip he’ll feel more reconciled, free.

“Nighthawks on the Blue Highway” (9:00pm). Michael Streissguth, USA, 75 minutes – The Nighthawks struggle to keep their music alive after four decades in the unforgiving music business. Hopeless record deals, weary days on the road, and conflict among the four members threaten to bury the band. But The Nighthawks soldier on, carrying the torch of the blues into the 21st century. Starring George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson, and Mark Wenner.

Friday, October 7

12:00PM-2:00PM

Filmmaker/Media Reception

These informal, unstructured “meet & greet” sessions allow networking time for filmmakers, staff, and media.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Educational Panel: Creative Placemaking

Broadly focused on Redevelopment for the Arts, the panel will be anchored by Arthur Ziegler, President of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Michael Sriprasert, President of the Landmarks Development Corporation (a subsidiary of PHLF), and Shawn P. Hershberger, Executive Director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

“Through The Place” (2:30pm), Daniel Lovering, USA, 56 minutes – A feature-length documentary about the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the historic preservation movement in the United States over the past 50 years.

4:00PM-6:00PM

LGBT Block 1

“Bus Stop Beauty” (4:00pm), Eric Brunt, Canada, 3 minutes – A young man falls head over heels, but when the girl of his dreams turns out not to be what she seems, he learns to let go of preconceived notions surrounding love.

“MUKWANO” (4:03pm), Cecilie McNair, Denmark, 20 minutes – Mary Kabufufu is lesbian and asylum seeker. She is looking for her girlfriend, who disappeared during their escape from Uganda. During her last interview at the Refugee Board it dawns on her that she has overlooked a clue that might lead her to her girlfriend. But she still does not know if she can get asylum.

“Wedlocked” (4:24pm), Puppett, USA, 12 minutes – Inspired by true stories, three women work their way out of a divorce triangle they never signed up for. Back in the dark ages before SCOTUS decreed marriage equality for all across the land… Sydney and Cameron are a happily engaged couple looking forward to their big day. There’s one obstacle… Sydney is still married to Lisa and as their home state won’t recognize their marriage, a divorce is impossible! Follow Sydney and Cameron on a hilarious journey through this not-so-fictional fable to find out the answer to the question…Are You Married Enough (To Get Divorced)?

“Who I Am” (4:37pm), Monika Wilczynska, UK, 17 minutes – Who I Am is a drama short film based on true events, with an original script written by Monika Wilczynska. It is a coming of age tale about Elijah, a young transgender teenager from a very religious background, who has to try to reconcile their identity with their faith and their family’s expectations of them. With the help of anti-conformist Lisbeth and their friends, Elijah learns not to compromise their own integrity in face of prejudice and adversity. The film inquires: can an LGBTQ-identifying person benefit from religion whilst staying true to who they are? Why is it important to tackle identity in regards to religion? How restrictive is our perception of spirituality and divinity? ‘Who I Am’ does not attempt to answer these questions, but it aspires to open the dialogue to the public on subjects that have been under-represented or taboo for far too long.

“Longing” (4:57pm), Nadav Mishali, Israel, 20 minutes – Every month Michal immerses in a Mikveh as part of the religious ritual before she and her husband can resume marital relations. When the long-awaited night arrives, nothing happens between the two. Her husband’s absence, as well as the deterioration in the intimacy between them, makes her suspect on her husband’s true identity.

“Easy Reappearance” (5:17pm) , Guillaume Levil, France, 17 minutes – Anne, a fifty year old woman with a bourgeois mentality, listens to a message secretly intended for her husband: a man makes an appointment with him in a gay club where you must give the password, « Easy Reappearance »…

“Dawn” (5:34pm), Jake Graf, UK, 13 minutes – As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.

“Intrinsic Moral Evil” (5:48pm), Harm Weistra, Netherlands, 11 minutes – Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.

6:00PM-8:00PM

Documentary Block 1

“Last Dance On The Main” (6:00pm), Aristofanis Soulikias, Canada, 3 minutes – While a row of historic buildings on Montreal’s St Laurent boulevard is being demolished by politicians and building developers, the local community resists.

“Some Stories Around Witches” (6:05pm), LIPIKA SINGH DARAI, India, 53 minutes – The Film depicts the humanitarian crisis surrounding instances of witch hunting, taking us closer to the people who have been accused, ostracised and tortured for being ‘witches’. Through stories from some parts of Odisha, India, which find resonance in other parts of the country as well, it enquires into the circumstances that lead to witch hunting: a teenage girl kills an old woman, one of her relatives, for being a witch and the cause of her father’s death; a village turns into a mob overnight to kill three people – a man and two women identified as witches by a witch doctor; a family believed to bring ill fate,
is excommunicated and threatened after it cooks meat. The Film explores the
politics of witch hunting – how superstition, greed, ignorance, fear,
insecurity and power work together to cause immense violence and suffering.

“In Her Words” (7:00pm), ANNIE ZAIDI, India, 42 minutes – The Film traces the historical and social journeys of Indian women’s lives as revealed through the literature they created in every era. The story of how women lived, and their march towards freedom and self-definition was not officially documented. However, through the verses of nuns, bhakti devotee rebels, folk songs, verses written by courtesans, amateur anthropologists, the memoirs of activists, and modern literature, we witness the oppressions and aspirations of Indian womanhood over two millenia. The film traces these changes through the translators, publishers, historians, and contemporary writers and readers who are pushing towards a more gender equal society.

8:00PM-10:00PM

Horror/SciFi Block 1

“Sweet6Teen” (8:00pm), Debbie Attwell, UK, 6 minutes – When a young man loses the love of his life, he goes to great pains to end it all, only to discover that suicide is trickier than he thought.

“Polterheist” (8:08pm), David Gilbank, UK, 19 minutes – Two small time criminals kidnap a psychic medium and force her to contact the gang boss they murdered. The pair are desperate to discover where their recently deceased boss buried a stash of cash, but only succeed in unleashing a demon, bent on revenge.

“The Unconventional Gourmet” (8:27pm), Wendy Keeling, USA, 12 minutes – A dark comedy about a woman stuck in the 50’s searching for the perfect ingredients in an unusual family recipe. The film tells an age old tale with an added modern twist.

“Two Tickets To Heaven” (8:27pm), Serge Darowski, Russian Federation, 20 minutes – Two scientists, the historian Alexander Yarovoy and the physicist Alexander Granin, accidentally find photos which show gravestones with suspicious dates of life. Friends go to Northern Romania to investigate this case. None of them expected to face mortal danger proceeding from ghosts, which revenge more than 500 years against the living for their death.

“Infirmity” (9:01pm), Kyle Hytonen, Canada, 14 minutes – A couple try to supplement their income by taking an experimental pharmaceutical, which begins to cause adverse side effects.

“Wintergreen” (9:15pm), Sean Mullen, USA, 17 minutes – A man only known as the Drifter travels aimlessly across a landscape taken back by nature. After encountering the deadly Highwayman, the Drifter and an unknown ally must travel together to survive.

“The Call” (9:15pm), Alban Ravassard, France, 17 minutes – Benoît, 50, is a police lieutenant wounded by the disappearance of his wife, Lise. Unable to perform his grief, he sees his physical and mental health decline when she mysteriously surface again years later. Then, Benoît begins to undergo a strange transformation…

10:00PM-12:00 AM           

Horror/SciFi Block 3

“Carrots” (10:00pm), Action Lee, USA, 6 minutes – Living in the post apocalyptic world, a desperate lonely girl must do everything to keep her man alive…

“Peelers” (10:07pm), Sevé Schelenz, Canada, 96 minutes – A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life when violent infected patrons show up on the final closing night.

Saturday, October 8

12:00PM-2:00PM

Kids/Family Block 1

“What Do You Want to Be?” (12:00pm), Emma Fici, USA, 2 minutes – A little girl and her favorite doll spend the day playing dress-up and considering options for the future.

“This Time It’s Shopping” (12:04pm), Chek Wingo, USA, 4 minutes – A peculiar customer interrupts a gift store owner’s quiet day. Is she really shopping, or is this some kind of game?

“Big Boy” (12:10pm), Yuri Solodov, Russian Federation, 16 minutes – The boy turns 6. His father for the first time sends him to the store to buy bread. The boy will receive his birthday present, a camera, as long as he completes this mission. In order to prove that he has grown up, the boy decides to take up this challenge. But he has to face many difficulties in the itinerary. Will the boy pass the test?

“TRASHONAUTS” (12:27pm), Jack Griffin Corpening, USA, 2 minutes – A tired and grumpy space garbage man happens upon a magnetic alien puppy that changes his life forever.

“Agrinoui” (12:31pm), Alexis Chaviaras, Cyprus, 20 minutes – A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

“Octavius 4-Hack Attack” (12:52pm), James Baras-Miller, Australia, 5 minutes –  Master Criminal Octavius Teddy Bear hacks police teddy Bob the Bear’s car and makes it run out of control. With Bob out of the way Octavius is free to commit a crime spree in Bearton. Only Buttercop can save Bob and Bearton now.

“Hide and Seek” (12:58pm), Rashesh Desai, India, 16 minutes – In order to make the child eat, a mother of a four year old girl scares her by telling her stories of ghosts. One evening, the child goes missing. After a rigorous search, she is found. Her mother realize how wrong her methods have been.

“Calvin’s Shoe” (1:15pm), Joseph Fraizer, USA, 7 minutes – There is something unusual about Calvin’s Shoe. It seems to be a world unto itself. Calvin and Enzo find themselves in a deep, blue-walled canyon. They explore this maze-like place, discover strange sights, and encounter unexpected creatures. Come along with them on this adventure.

“Message in the Fortune Cookie” (1:21pm), Golam Mustofa, Canada, 20 minutes – As Joe and his five friends have just enjoyed their meal at a Chinese restaurant in lower Manhattan, he opens up his fate in a fortune cookie and discovers a message that shocks him into a stupor which leads all of them to ask themselves about the meaning of life. While his BFF, Tom, tries to reassure him in every ways, the other friends explain their various views, which correspond strikingly to their characters. Karim, influenced by existentialism and Albert Camus’s idea of the absurd, thinking Joe has to embrace death instead of seeing it is as a bad thing. Rachel, a strong believer in God, urges Joe to be reconciled with God stressing enough that the end results of everything even beyond Galactic Center point is the God and have faith on God. Bert, an epicurean believes, Joe should ‘live it up’ and enjoy and consume himself every bit of life, especially food. Lastly, Maya expresses skepticism that Joe can know the future leaning towards Recurnation and thinks that Joe should always just keep doing whatever he’s doing now. Joe becomes immobilized in terms of deciding how he’s going to face his ending of life, even if it occurs today. Can a lotto jackpot detour an average Joe’s death? Can Joe enjoy his luxurious life with money materials being a millionaire, even if he has no more nights, no more days and he leaves the world today?

“Charlie & Poppy” (1:42pm), Jennifer Potts, USA, 14 minutes – Faced with the loss of his beloved grandfather, Poppy, Charlie sits at a train station platform where he replays 20 years of childhood memories. Four-year old Charlie and his grandfather, Poppy, arrive at a train station platform—one bouncing with great energy, the other providing a steady hand. Hearing the train approaching, they reach in their pockets for their whistles. Charlie laughs at Poppy’s puffed-cheek whistle blowing as the train pulls into the station for passengers to disembark and step aboard. Over the span of 20 years, as Charlie grows and Poppy ages, they change this cherished ritual to embrace both the excitement and limitations each stage of life brings. Charlie struggles to keep the magic alive by providing the entertainment when his beloved, aging Poppy no longer has the strength. Following Poppy’s death, Charlie must find a way to keep
Poppy’s spirit alive.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Kids/Family Block 2

“Inkfinger” (2:00pm), Michael Holman, USA, 97 minutes – ‘Inkfinger’ is a time-travel mystery disguised as a ghost story. Eva starts to think the house she bought is haunted, but she’s not seeing a ghost; she’s found a crack in Time. The past and the present become entangled, with Eva at the center, and she discovers a 100 year old theft… that hasn’t happened yet.

4:00PM-6:00PM

Music Block 1

“Darker Clouds” (4:00pm), Mel Yourich, USA, 4 minutes – This song was performed and produced by Luscious Purr, Mel Yourich and Tracy Salka, at GirlFriend Studios in Hagerstown, MD. Mel wrote this song about one mother’s difficult life: from being raised by neglectful and abusive parents in a small coal mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania to marrying an alcoholic. As you will see, she could not escape the pain of constant verbal, physical, and emotional abuse. Her daughter has great empathy for her mother, and she, as her daughter, has lived some of the emotional pain with her mother. Finally, the mother escapes but only because of the inevitable. There is no more looking back for the daughter or her mother. Both are now free.

“BANG! The Bert Berns Story” (4:06pm), Brett Berns, USA, 94 minutes – Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Berns sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin. His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records.

6:00PM-8:00PM

Music Block 2

“Buskers: Sounds of the City” (6:00pm), Megan Zebrowski, USA, 10 minutes – The Peace Music Industry Group, comprised entirely of the Boyd family, performs daily in New York City’s Central Park. Who are they and what gives life to the music they sing?

“Desert Age: A Rock and Roll Scene History” (6:13pm), Jason Georgiades, USA, 76 minutes – DESERT AGE is the first in depth feature documentary about the history of the California desert rock and roll scene from the early 1980s and 1990s. We are the first to feature never before seen interviews, archival and personal histories that shaped the scene to this day. Exclusive interviews with Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Mario Lalli, Sean Wheeler, Brant Bjork and additional members of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man, Suntrash and many more.

8:00PM-10:00PM

Cult Block 1

“Monster” (8:00pm), Kuan-Fu Lin, Taiwan, 4 minutes – Gary the Nerd accidentally makes his toy T-Rex to become a monster. He needs to escape his apartment, but at the same time he really wants to get a selfie with the real monster.

“Artemis” (8:05pm), Heather D. Freeman, USA, 4 minutes – An (unfortunate) driver witnesses what happens to a stag’s spirit and body after it is struck by a car.

“Lady Stardust” (8:10pm), Erin Cardiff, Canada, 10 minutes – A twisted noir thriller revolving around four very different people who find themselves caught in a game from which they may never escape.

“The Next Big Thing” (8:21pm), Brody Gusar, USA, 83 minutes – The Next Big Thing is a dark comedy about friendship, revenge and the lust for fame. The protagonist is Julian, who, despite immense talent, has never achieved the level of fame he thinks he deserves. When his deranged and estranged best friend Chuck shows up with a plan to make Julian famous by making a film about Julian becoming famous, Julian agrees to do it. Unfortunately for Julian, Chuck’s real aim is to make a prank show centered on ruining Julian’s life. After a series of
embarrassing and painful events Julian begins to regret his decision, but the
worse the situation is for Julian, the more popular the videos become. Julian’s
ego allows Chuck to bring him to the edge of his sanity and beyond.

10:00PM-12:00 AM

Horror/SciFi Block 2

“Kitchen” (10:00pm), Steve Duchesne, France, 17 minutes – In a big house lost in the middle of nowhere, Jason made the discovery of an old cookbook hidden in his attic. Later, when he decided to prepare a delicious meal for his wife Marie things do not go as planned … A ghost has taken possession of the house.

“The Light Thief” (10:18pm), Eva Daoud, Spain/Bahrain, 19 minutes – When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name , what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces? Find out in THE LIGHT THIEF!

“Something To Save You” (10:38pm), Vis Vitalis, Russian Federation, 19 minutes – Two lovers, escaped for a weekend out of town, was caught by the Zombie Apocalypse, actually in bed. And now they are locked in a country house, surrounded by hordes of zombies, without communication, without food, without exit, without hope. And everyone is ready to sacrifice themselves for the other. And WHAT can save them?

“Hidden Daylight” (10:58pm), Adrienne Lovette, USA, 18 minutes – In this haunting thriller, we follow a distraught businessman after his wife is abducted by the sadistic Hacksaw Killer. In desperation, the businessman turns to a blind psychic who can see through the killer’s eyes. As their strange meeting unfolds, the psychic envisions the night of the kidnapping and provides vital clues to help the businessman solve the mystery… but the answers he seeks may come at a deadly price. Taut, compelling, and full of Hitchcockian suspense, HIDDEN DAYLIGHT takes us on a harrowing journey into the darkest depths of the mind of a madman.

“The Recursion Theorem” (11:17pm), Ben Sledge, USA, 28 minutes – The Recursion Theorem is a short black and white Hitchcockian film noir that pays homage to The Twilight Zone, Asteroids (the arcade/video game), and ancient Greek mythology. The story follows Dan Everett, who awakens to find himself trapped in a unfamiliar room with its own set of bizarre rules. Afraid and alone in this strange place, Dan is forced to question the very foundations of reality and the meaning of his existence.

Sunday, October 9

12:00PM-2:00PM

Animation Block 1

“Cacophony” (12:00pm), AiHsuan Shih, USA, 2 minutes – CacophoNY by Melody Shih is a 2D animation and motion graphics video that combines illustrations, abstract textures and color to create patterns that visualize unseen daily sounds. Through the eyes and ears of a young girl, the viewer can escape the harsh sounds of the urban environment and find solace in a serene inner world.

“Quiet Expectancy” (12:03pm), Lindley Taylor, USA, 3 minutes – An animated MFA Thesis film exploring the Quaker Testimony of Simplicity by demonstrating simplicity through aesthetics to storytelling.

“Birth-Weaving life” (12:07pm), WAKAMI Arisa, Japan, 19 minutes – There are as many births and child delivery stories as there are people. Despite all the progress of medicine and science, it still happens that lives get lost during childbirth. On such a daily and common matter, we want to interview mothers on their intimate experience of giving birth, and adapt that material into animation to have it seen by audiences of all generations. This is a documentary animation
on the very beginning and the mystery of life, told from the point of view of
mothers.

“Memory Sync” (12:27pm), William Travis Johnson, USA, 8 minutes – Alone in a dark facility, a broken robot is reanimated. He remembers he was once the toy and friend of a young girl, and he decides to embark on a journey to find not only his long lost home, but also to discover how he and the girl were separated. The world has changed after so many years, and what was once a utopian paradise has become polluted and decayed. Luckily, the robot’s memories come to life before his eyes to show him the way home.

“Calvin’s Shoe” (12:36pm), Joseph Fraizer, USA, 7 minutes – There is something unusual about Calvin’s Shoe. It seems to be a world unto itself. Calvin and Enzo find themselves in a deep, blue-walled canyon. They explore this maze-like place, discover strange sights, and encounter unexpected creatures. Come along with them on this adventure.

“Sisters” (12:42pm), David Chontos, USA, 4 minutes – Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty of the
passage of time. The movement of the characters references legendary
contemporary choreographer, Martha Graham; transposing an exercise in human restraint and lamentation onto mechanical beings.

“The Valley Below” (12:47pm), Joel Hofmann, Switzerland, 9 minutes – What is disguised in the haze will only be revealed from up close. On top of a mountain a soldier protects his town from threat lurking beneath the fog. One day a mishap forces him to confront his fears. In the process he realizes that not everything unknown hides great danger.

“TRASHONAUTS” (12:57pm), Jack Griffin Corpening, USA, 2 minutes – A tired and grumpy space garbage man happens upon a magnetic alien puppy that changes his life forever.

“Poochini” (1:00pm), Max Colson, USA, 4 minutes – A man has a mental breakdown in the shower when his deepest fear confronts him.

“Cuerdas” (1:05pm), Pedro Solis Garcia, Spain, 11 minutes – Maria’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon they become close friends.

“Agrinoui” (1:17pm), Alexis Chaviaras, Cyprus, 20 minutes – A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

“The Mandarin Garden” (1:38pm), Joe Chang, Canada, 8 minutes – A pig into a girl in her sleep. She experienced a magical journey of a Chinese garden in the atmosphere of the music.

“Abstract Painting” (1:46pm), Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russian Federation, 7 minutes – 1. A film which explores the differences in perception of one and the same painting. The film features a narrator who appears to be reading a story for children. However, his habit of sipping ‘tea’ during his performance, coupled with his absurd asides, allow for different perceptions. 2. Different animals try to describe a painting, but they all see different things! Based on Daniil Harms children’s story, “The Booboohoo Dog”.

“The Old Man and The Pears” (1:54pm), Jing Sun, USA, 5 minutes – A weak and hungry old man begs for a pear from a fruit peddler, but the peddler refuses and rejects him. A little boy bravely steps forward and spends his last coin to buy a pear for the old man. Finally, a magical form of justice emerges from the ground.

2:00PM-4:00PM

Documentary Block 3

“The Dying of the Light” (2:00pm), Peter Flynn, USA, 95 minutes – Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age. The practice of handling and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction. THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists. By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end. The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

3:45PM-6:00PM

LGBT Block 2

“Better Half” (3:45pm), Michelle Clay, USA, 109 minutes – For years, Tony and Leo have been a happy couple. They had always talked about having a child… someday. So when a sickly infant is abandoned at a local hospital, Tony sees it as a sign. Suddenly, Leo is confronted with making good on his promise to start a family; he must face his deep-seeded fears of being a father, or risk losing Tony altogether.

Q&A with “Better Half” director Michelle Clay (5:35pm), 20 minutes

6:00PM-8:00PM

Documentary Block 2

“Smile” (6:00pm), Natsumi Shibata, Japan, 32 minutes – Many famous Japanese directors had created Kamikaze documentary videos in Japan. However I guess that there is no story about teenage Kamikaze pilots. I focused on only teenager kamikaze pilots in this film. This is because I want to show why Japanese teenager boys chose to become kamikaze soldiers like adult pilot did even though their minds were not adults. Why they chose thus horrible lives for their future? Did they feel scare or sadness? Were they under mind-control? Why they smile before they were going to die? Through knowing them by this film, you will realize how the war make a terrible and sad.

“Birth-Weaving Life” (6:34pm), WAKAMI Arisa, Japan, 19 minutes – There are as many births and child delivery stories as there are people. Despite all the progress of medicine and science, it still happens that lives get lost during childbirth. On such a daily and common matter, we want to interview mothers on their intimate experience of giving birth, and adapt that material into animation to have it seen by audiences of all generations. This is a documentary animation on the very beginning and the mystery of life, told from the point of view of mothers.

“On The Other Side Of The Mirror” (6:54pm), Cecilia Grasso, Italy, 54 minutes – How would it be, for a woman, living a day as a man? The background of a drag show is the opportunity to explore inside the most intimate aspects of Kinging. From stories and experiences of a group of Drag Kings, daily recorded, it emerges a construction practice identity staging gender stereotypes and bares the predominance of men in our society. The author, with participant but not intrusive gaze, show fascination and complexity of a little unknown universe, where the surplus becomes spectacle, and the transformation is liberating narrative of the self.

8:00PM-10:00PM

Closing Feature

“There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy – The Story of Windowpane” (8:00pm), Tony Abreu, USA, 96 minutes – From the Basement Garage to Arenas of North America. One band’s collective story of striving to reach the masses during THE decline of the music industry.

NOTE: All content is unrated.

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of Allegany
Allied Arts, Inc.

QCFF 2016 Festival Program ©2016 Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.