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Allegany Allied Arts Announces Volunteer Recruiting Meet-&-Greet Events For Queen City Film Festival

Stop by and meet the people from Allegany Allied Arts. We’ll be recruiting volunteers for the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and other cinema events, as well as technical and administrative volunteers. Whether you’d like to become a screener for the film festival, event staff or tech crew, or assist us with program development and community outreach — stop by and meet us and get involved!

Frostburg Library – 65 E Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532 – March 9 –

South Cumberland Library – 100 Seymore St., Cumberland, MD 21502 – March 23 –

LaVale Library – 815 National Highway, LaVale, MD 21502 – April 6 –

We have limited volunteer opportunities for those 17 and under. In general, with parental permission, participation in most program activity is allowed. Film festival screeners may be restricted to certain categories, but will also be exposed to unrated material due to the nature of the submission process. Certain events may be restricted to 18+ or 21+, particularly where/when alcohol is served.

Special thanks to the Allegany County Library System. Whether you’d like to become a screener for the film festival, event staff or tech crew, or assist us with program development and community outreach — stop by any time between 1pm and 4pm to meet us and get involved!

The following is a partial list of positions we are recruiting for:


Grant Researcher/Grant Writer

Web Site Administrator

Volunteer Coordinator

Hospitality Coordinator

Community Outreach Coordinator

Street Team



Event Staff & Tech Crew:

Technical Lead

Lighting Operator

AV Tech/Projectionist

Stage Crew

Audio Producer

Video Producer







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

Headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland, Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to staging and supporting arts-related events and productions. Visit us on Facebook at or contact

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Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce the Category Award winners for QCFF 2018, held October 4-7 at The Venue At Mezzos (114 S. Centre St.) in Cumberland, Maryland:

Animation Short (TIE): Railment, Shunsaku Hayashi, Japan
Animation Short (TIE): Pour 585, Patrick Smith, USA
Animation Feature: Harvie and the Magic Museum, Martin Kotik, Czech Republic:
Appalachian Feature: The Mountain Minor, Dale Farmer, USA
Appalachian Short: Family Medicine, Joe Kraemer, USA
Cult Feature: The Theta Girl, Christopher Bickel, USA
Cult Short: Hotel Oswald, Kim Hotterbeekx, Netherlands
Documentary Feature: Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy, R. Todd Stevens, USA
Documentary Short: From a Valley of Talol, Sam Simonds, Shineika Fareus, and Yves Pierre, USA
Horror/SciFi Feature: Lost In Apocalypse, Sky Wang, China
Horror/SciFi Short: The Watch, Paul Prache, France
Kids/Family Feature: A Wish For Giants, Don Swanson, USA
Kids/Family Short: Are You Volleyball, Mohammad Bakhshi, Iran
LGBT Feature: Cas, Joris van de Berg, Netherlands:
LGBT Short: Something About Alex, Reinout Hellenthal, Netherlands
Music Feature: Only In A Day, José Luis Noriega and Rafael Álvarez-Espejo, Spain
Music Short: Istanbul Punk, Ali Kanibelli, Turkey
Music Video: Scandal, Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx, France (Réunion)

In addition to the Category Awards, our Audience Awards were announced on the last day of the festival, Sunday, October 7:

Audience Award Short (TIE): Operation First Light, Irving Nestor, USA
Audience Award Short (TIE): Crazy Night, Dídac López, Spain
Audience Award Feature: Down and Yonder, Christopher Flippo, USA

More information is available at the festival website (, Facebook page (, or by email at The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.


Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Please visit us at,, or For more information, please contact

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QCFF 2018 Official Selections

Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce the Official Selections for QCFF 2018.

QCFF 2018 Official Selections
Title, Country, Director, Category

Harvie and the Magic Museum, Czech Republic, Martin Kotik, Animation Features
Adelaide McCarthy and the, United Kingdom, Dewi Evans, Animation Shorts
Big Booom, Russian Federation, Marat Narimanov, Animation Shorts
Billie, United Kingdom, Maki Yoshikura, Animation Shorts
I can’t bring you away, Taiwan, LIN LI-WEI, Animation Shorts
L E N D I N, Italy, Piero Tonin, Animation Shorts
Little Doll, France, Silene Barralon, Animation Shorts
Negative Spaces, United States, Michaela Wadzinski, Animation Shorts
Pour 585, United States, Patrick Smith, Animation Shorts
Railment, Japan, Shunsaku Hayashi, Animation Shorts
Red’s Barbershop: The Sandbox and the Desk, United States, Daniel Maw, Animation Shorts
Reverie, United States, Emily DeWoolfson, Animation Shorts
The Fox, Iran, Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh, Animation Shorts
The Holy Re-Write, United States, Angela Pinaglia, Animation Shorts
The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki, United Kingdom, Sven Werner, Animation Shorts
The Night Sky Diver, Canada, Allison Brown, Animation Shorts
The Old Woman and the Sea, Germany, Wolfgang Purkhauser, Animation Shorts
Andre Van Damme & The Story of the Charleston Ballet, United States, Deborah Novak, Appalachian Features
Down and Yonder, United States, Christopher Flippo, Appalachian Features
The Mountain Minor, United States, Dale Farmer, Appalachian Features
erson, United States, Don Swanson, Appalachian Shorts
Family Medicine, United States, Joe Kraemer, Appalachian Shorts
The Theta Girl, United States, Christopher Bickel, Cult Features
Craniac!, United States, Paul M Villanova, Cult Shorts
P, Russian Federation, Tatiana Skorlupkina, Cult Shorts
Girl And A Scar, United Kingdom, David Cave, Cult Shorts
Hotel Oswald, Netherlands, Kim Hotterbeekx, Cult Shorts
Lew, United States, Tom Colley, Cult Shorts
LULU, United States, Diana Cignoni, Cult Shorts
Behind bars are trees of green, Poland, Rafal Kolodziejczyk, Documentary Features
Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy, United States, R. Todd Stevens, Documentary Features
Life’s A Stage, United States, Annie Danzi, Documentary Features
Only in a day, Spain, Luis Noriega and Rafael Álvarez-Espejo, Documentary Features
Back in the Ring: USC Student Training to Be a Professional Wrestler, United States, Luke Baker, Documentary Shorts
BackBurner Dreams, United States, Brenda Hayes, Documentary Shorts
Books are my Weapon, United States, Alice Obar, Documentary Shorts
Brocken Spectre, India, Adhiraj Kashyap, Documentary Shorts
From a Valley of Talol, United States, Sam Simonds, Shineika Fareus and Yves Pierre, Documentary Shorts
ISTANBUL PUNK, Turkey, Ali Kanibelli, Documentary Shorts
The High Sierra Trail, United States, Chris Smead, Documentary Shorts
Without Water, United States, Daymon Long, Documentary Shorts
Lost In Apocalypse, China, Sky Wang, Horror/SciFi Features
A Quiet Room in Walthamstow, United Kingdom, Tiago Teixeira, Horror/SciFi Shorts
BEC, Spain, TONY MORALES, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Crazy night, Spain, Dídac López, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Moonchild, France, Bruno Mazzocchi, Horror/SciFi Shorts
OPERATION: SAFE_HOUSE, United Kingdom, Alex Sitnik, Horror/SciFi Shorts
Rose Castle, France, Emmanuel DUCHEZ, Horror/SciFi Shorts
She Came from the Woods, United States, Erik and Carson Bloomquist, Horror/SciFi Shorts
the Watch, France, Paul Prache, Horror/SciFi Shorts
A Wish for Giants, United States, Don Swanson, Kids/Family Features
9.58, France, Les films d’ AVALON, Kids/Family Shorts
A Drawing, United States, Brad Condie, Kids/Family Shorts
Are You Volleyball?!, Iran, Mohammad Bakhshi, Kids/Family Shorts
Charlotte and Charlie, United States, Artemis Anastasiadou, Kids/Family Shorts
‘Goes without saying, France, Pierre Sabrou, Kids/Family Shorts
Operation First Light, United States, Irving Nestor, Kids/Family Shorts
Rag Dolls, United States, Justin & Kristin Schaack, Kids/Family Shorts
Shame and glasses, Italy, Alessandro Riconda, Kids/Family Shorts
Step by Step, United States, Thi Doan, Kids/Family Shorts
CAS, Netherlands, Joris van de Berg, LGBT Features
A Girl From Beacon Ridge, United States, Kirk Demorest, LGBT Shorts
Dragtivists, United States, Savannah Rodgers, LGBT Shorts
Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley, United States, Aaron Curtis, LGBT Shorts
Heaven’s Rage, United Kingdom, Mark Crane, LGBT Shorts
Seeing Glory, United States, Rick Hamilton, LGBT Shorts
Sink, Australia, Cloudy Rhodes, LGBT Shorts
Something About Alex, Netherlands, Reinout Hellenthal, LGBT Shorts
Sunset, United States, Katie Ennis and Gary Jaffe, LGBT Shorts
Unicorn, United States, Devin Tau, LGBT Shorts
X, United States, Alanna DePinto, LGBT Shorts
I Can Only Be Mary Lane, United States, Jesseca Ynez Simmons, Music Features
UP TO SNUFF, United States, Mark Maxey, Music Features
Leave Today by FAINTING GHOST, Canada, Zoran Maslic, Music Videos
Bad Clown, Czech Republic, Martin Kolembar, Music Videos
Dardem: El Reloj, Spain, Lorenzo Ayuso, Music Videos
Disparager: FALL, United States, Rob Maloof, Music Videos
FALL APART, United Kingdom, , Music Videos
Forest Queen, United States, Don Swanson, Music Videos
Head lIke A Hole – The End Of Life, New Zealand, Marc Swadel, Music Videos
Nín thở – Gỗ lim, Vietnam, Vincent Baumont, Music Videos
ORIGIN by KERAI, Iceland, Kitty Von-Sometime, Music Videos
Rupture – Johaine, Brazil, Nyck Maftum and Bernardo Deque, Music Videos
Scandal, France (Réunion), Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx, Music Videos
The New Alpha, United States, Elena Nazaroff, Music Videos
Too Weird For You, Germany, Dan Warren, Music Videos
Untitled #1, United States, Ernie Smith , Music Videos

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QCFF 2018 Program

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QCFF 2018

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 seventh year, QCFF 2018 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 4

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)

Family Medicine T% – 4:00 PM, 15:30, Joe Kraemer, USA: It is Dr. Susan Hardy’s first day on the job at her father’s rustic small town family practice after taking over when a heart attack forces him into early retirement. Susan is determined to make the best of what she sees as a bad situation until her loquacious assistant, Betsy, and an unruly first patient cause everything to spiral out of control. Things only get worse when her father arrives to meddle in her affairs.

The Mountain Minor %– 4:16 PM, 1:29:00, Dale Farmer, USA: In the 1920s-1950s, millions of Appalachians left their homes in the mountains and migrated to urban Midwestern centers in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. The Mountain Minor is the story of a life-worn Charlie Abner, a generation later, as he struggles with leaving his present life and family in Cincinnati, Ohio to return to the Kentucky Mountain home and musical heritage that once defined him. The story is partially told in flashbacks to depression era Eastern Kentucky, when Charlie’s parents, Oza and Vestal Abner, face the difficult decision to leave the way of life they know and move to Ohio for employment and better opportunities.

Appalachian Block 2 (6pm-8pm)

erson  – 6:00 PM, 5:57, Don Swanson, USA: He ran. She stayed. A brief meeting with Trevor, home to bury his mother, offers Evelyn a chance to make things right.

Down and Yonder – 6:07 PM, 1:27:00, Christopher Flippo, USA: “Down and Yonder” is a story about two friends having a belated coming-of-age in their mid-twenties. When one of them becomes convinced to move away, they both begin to examine their futures. The film is about a friendship that becomes tested by time and distance, and it is ultimately a love letter to growing up in a small, Southern town.

Opening Night Feature (8pm-10pm)

Only In A Day % – 8:00 PM, 1:27:00, José Luis Noriega and Rafael Álvarez-Espejo, Spain: What if they told you, two guys want to make a documentary about jazz in Madrid, I guess you would consider it a good idea, right? But if they told you they’re going to shoot it as a road movie, in classic American car from the 70’s, wouldn’t that be better? And if on top of that they do it in only 24 hours and mostly improvised, wouldn’t you want to meet those two mad men? Self-confessed jazz addicts will research from journalists to the owners of some of the best jazz clubs in Madrid as well as some of the most influential musicians in today’s scene will help unravel the mysteries of the most revolutionary music of the 20th century.

Friday, October 5

Filmmaker & Media Reception (12pm-2pm)

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

Performing Arts Block (2pm-4pm)

Life’s A Stage T – 2:00 PM, 41:00, Annie Danzi, USA: Life’s A Stage is a documentary that explores the importance of performing arts high school education through the extraordinary work of artist and educator, Gwen Lehman.

Andre Van Damme & The Story of the Charleston Ballet – 2:42 PM, 57:00, Deborah Novak, USA: Founded by Andre Van Damme, a premier danseur etoile and a Belgian Resistance Fighter of World War II, this program traces the surprising history of the Charleston Ballet, one of America’s oldest ballet companies.

LGBT Shorts (4pm-6pm)

Unicorn p – 4:00 PM, 12:49, Devin Tau, USA: A single father deals with the balance of raising his daughter and navigating his newly out gay dating life.

Seeing Glory p – 4:13 PM, 14:18, Rick Hamilton, USA: Gloria prepares a feast of the senses for the rapidly ailing Eva in an attempt to share a perfect evening and be seen for
the woman she truly is. Writer-director Rick Hamilton’s newest film is a bittersweet story of fine wine, dementia and the immortal words of Virginia Woolf.

Dragtivists p – 4:32 PM, 6:55, Savannah Rodgers, USA: Dragtivists is a short documentary about the intersection of activism and drag performance.

Heaven’s Rage p – 4:39 PM, 13:37, Mark Crane, UK: Heaven’s Rage is based on the novel of the same name by author Leslie Tate. Leslie Tate’s memoir is by turns an elegy for a lost childhood, a tribute to the power of literature and a demand for the right to identity in world that turns too easily on those who differ from the conventional.

Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley Tp – 4:54 PM, 8:29, Aaron Curtis, USA: The story of a Vietnam war veteran who transitioned into a woman
later in life.

X p – 5:02 PM, 9:17, Alanna DePinto, USA: An exploration of the filmmaker’s complex relationship to gender drawing on the formal techniques of feminist counter-cinema.

Sink p – 5:11 PM, 6:34, Cloudy Rhodes, Australia: Jess is a young woman living in a rural community who has fallen in love for the first time. She hasn’t told family and friends because her first love is also a woman. When Jess learns that her secret lover has committed suicide, Jess keeps her grief to herself, fearing being mocked, judged or disapproved of by her family, but desperately
needs to express her feelings. In the short space of a meal time, Jess’s grief ferments and turns inward, culminating in a violent act of self-harm, the only voice that she can give to her emotions.

A Girl From Beacon Ridge p – 5:18 PM, 8:34, Kirk Demorest, USA: Two best friends, one big problem! Phoebe and Blaze, two middle school best friends, suddenly find their lives upside down when Phoebe’s homophobic parents decide the girls shouldn’t play together any longer.

Documentary Shorts (6pm-8pm)

BackBurner Dreams T – 6:00 PM, 38:00, Brenda Hayes, USA: In 1951, Langston Hughes asked “What happens to a dream deferred.” BackBurner Dreams explores the deferred dreams of Stephanie, Melanee, and Carla. Three ordinary women, doing an extraordinary thing, following their dreams. I challenge three women of color, ranging in age from 30 – 50 to revisit and try to revive the dreams for their lives they put on hold to raise children, work, support the dreams of everyone else but themselves; they had nine months to try to bring their dreams to the fore. What possibilities lay in wait when we remember our dreams.

Back In The Ring – 6:39 PM, 9:00, Luke Baker, USA: Dominique Thompson, as he’s known in the ring Jett Black, is on the rise in the world of independent professional wrestling.
Coming back from an ACL injury, he’s looking to stake his claim as a wrestler.

Without Water – 6:48 PM, 14:00, Daymon Long, USA: In the isolated Andes Mountains of Ecuador, the village of Curingue struggles constantly with their lack of access to clean water. With their health and well-being at stake, they’re going to incredible measures to assure the construction of a clean water pipeline for their village.

The High Sierra Trail – 7:03 PM, 39:00, Chris Smead, USA: This exciting documentary bounces back and forth between the modern experience of hiking the High Sierra Trail, and the early 1900’s when the trail was created. Join Chris as he drives his friend John to insanity over 6 days in the Sierra Nevada. Together they have some close calls with lightning, climb the highest mountain in the continental US, and discover the history of the trail brought to life via 3d animations created from historic photos provided by the NPS.

Cult Shorts (8pm-10pm)

P – 8:00 PM, 2:25, Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russian Federation: This is an old joke, in which every word starts with the same letter. Philologists and literary enthusiasts often cite it as an entertaining example of alliteration. Nobody is quite sure where it came from, but one popular theory is that a Teacher gave a pupil detention on account of misbehavior, and as punishment made him write an essay where all the words started with the same letter. The pupil made up a story about the teacher himself. Regardless of the fact that the story was somewhat obscene, the pupil completed the task, and was forgiven.

Craniac! – 8:03 PM, 17:15, Paul M Villanova, USA: A young filmmaker is obsessed with the idea of projecting his film across the sky of the city he lives in. Unbeknownst to him, the creative choices he is making in his film are being driven by a tiny Martian that lives inside of his brain.

Lew – 8:21 PM, 11:40, Tom Colley, USA: An aging radio DJ who lives for music grows increasingly restless when the head of the station takes away his freedom to choose his own setlist.

LULU p – 8:34 PM, 18:00, Diana Cignoni, USA: Lulu is a modern day fable exploring first love, gender & sexual identity in a thoroughly unique way. To inhabit Lulu’s world is to enter the Alice in wonderland rabbit hole and discover that nothing is as it seems. In memory of German Playwright Frank Wedekind’s 100th Death Anniversary March 9, 2018.

Hotel Oswald p% – 8:52 PM, 21:58, Kim Hotterbeekx, Netherlands: Hotel Oswald tells the story of Helen who checks into a hotel. She is there to meet Naomi, who should arrive the following day. The hotel seems rather peculiar. It is very outdated, the hotel employee behaves factitiously/unnaturally and when Helen sits in the garden the next day she realises that something is wrong. However, she forgets about it when Naomi arrives. Helen blossoms and the two of them have a romantic night together. But when Helen comes back to the hotel after going out to buy cigarettes, Naomi is gone and the hotel room is empty. Helen starts looking for Naomi but then it appears that she is being worked against in order to prevent solving this mysterious vanishing.

Girl and A Scar – 9:11 PM, 14:57, David Cave, UK: A self-harming Goth girl suffers a psychological trauma where her dark, fantastic journey within allows her to find self-acceptance within her life.

Horror/SciFi Feature (10pm-12am)

A Quiet Room in Walthamstow – 10:00 PM, 15:45, Tiago Teixeira, UK: When a young woman moves from Eastern Europe to a room in London, she must figure out what is behind the strange happenings in her new house share before she becomes a victim of the mysterious presence living upstairs.

Lost In Apocalypse %10:16 PM, 1:30:00, Sky Wang, China: A group of seemingly unrelated individuals fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves at a worse place than before.

Saturday, October 6

Kids/Family Feature (12pm-2pm)

Charlotte and Charlie – 12:00 PM, 10:12, Artemis Anastasiadou, USA: When a young woman suffers vision loss, she realizes that she has to give up her beloved car, Charlie. She can’t bring herself to say good-bye until Charlie roars to life and takes her on a final, fantastical journey. Charlotte and Charlie is a sweet, narrative short film that explores loss, disability, and how the things we love define us.

A Wish For Giants % – 12:10 PM, 1:18:00, Don Swanson, USA: Sophie, a young volunteer, meets her kindred spirit in Roxie, a girl with a life threatening medical condition and a unique wish to meet Bigfoot.

Kids/Family Shorts (2pm-4pm)

Stella 1 – 2:00 PM, 15:00, Roberto D’Ippolito and Gaia Bonsignore, Italy: Someone in the deep space is calling, she needs to complete her mission and become a real captain. Her name is Stella 1 and she’s an astronaut girl.

Shame and Glasses – 2:15 PM, 5:00, Alessandro Riconda, Italy: Mirko has to face his worst fear: wearing glasses. That is the only way to do his school test, but what would happen if the little girl he is secretly in love with could see him?

9:58 – 2:20 PM, 15:00, Les films d’ AVALON, France: Like his idol Usain Bolt, he dreams of running. But Djal is sixteen.

Step By Step – 2:35 PM, 10:00, Thi Doan, USA: Van, a young Vietnamese immigrant and aspiring dancer, overcomes poverty, a language barrier and other adversities to gain acceptance in a ballroom dance studio.

A Drawing – 2:45 PM, 5:30, Brad Condie, USA: A young boy misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying Mother. Through a deep desire he wills himself to try to see her again.

Rag Dolls – 2:51 PM, 4:42, Justin and Kristin Schaack, USA: Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls’ real-life doppelgängers, self-control is out of their hands.

Goes Without Saying – 2:57 PM, 11:37, Pierre Sabrou, France: 1920s style short movie. 1927, Charles meet Marguerite, a beautiful washerwoman. By trying to seduce her, Charles triggers a series of unpredicted events that will separate them. He then finds himself in an unknown world…

Are You Volleyball % – 3:09 PM, 15:00, Mohammad Bakhshi, Iran: A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can’t keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

Operation First Light T – 3:24 PM, 15:45, Irving Nestor, USA: In this creative, high-energy story, a group of boys at summer camp plan a mischievous raid on the girls’ cabins only for the advantage to be reversed as the boys face an ambush unleashed by a ruthless, well-oiled pranking machine.

Happy Hour (4pm-5pm)

Origin by Kerai – 4:00 PM, 4:25, Kitty Von-Sometime, Iceland:  “ORIGIN” gives life to the genderless non-human being the members of KERAI are giving voice to. Their upcoming album expresses the anxieties and desires of this being as it explores Earth, observing and trying to take part in the human activities of the anthropocene era.

Head Like A Hole – The End Of Life – 4:05 PM, 3:40, Marc Swadel, UK: The end of life. It murmurs murder.

Leave Today by Fainting Ghost – 4:09 PM, 3:38, Zoran Maslic, Canada: The voice is telling her to do something. But who is “the voice” and who is she?

Rupture – Johaine – 4:14 PM, 3:51, Nyck Maftum and Bernardo Deque, Brazil: This music talk about the hurt of women who are victims of the physical and moral aggression of their partners, “Rupture” is a freedom of this abusive relationships.

The New Alpha p – 4:17 PM, 3:50, Elena  Nazaroff, USA: Billboard Top 40 glam artist Ricky Rebel released the title track from “The New Alpha” featuring ex Adam Lambert guitarist Tommy Joe Ratliff.

Dardem: El Reloj – 4:22 PM, 4:34, Lorenzo Ayuso, Spain: Dardem’s surreal video for ‘El Reloj’ depicts band’s singer, Pepe Rodríguez, struggling to win over time and running after his future self.

Fall Apart – 4:27 PM, 3:28, Mark Crane, UK: Music video for the band ‘Nervus’ Em Foster, Paul Etienne, Karl Woods and Jack Kenny. Em Foster describes the song as a cry against how we continue to test the limits of our planets ability to cope with pollution and capitalism destroying our resources and our governments and corporations seem unwilling to address the situation. Using the Em’s outcry and lyrics Director Mark Crane re-interpreted and explored the Greek myth of Icarus, touching on Daedalus and the hubris of humanity.

Too Weird For You – 4:31 PM, 1:57, Dan Warren, Germany: A nanobudget stop motion music video for an indie pop song.

Scandal % – 4:33 PM, 4:10, Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx, France (Réunion): This animation made of 2500 paintings tells the story of a man who tries to run away from his fate. He is seeking for success, fame, happiness and love… But the city is too strong and he can’t win. Sadly, he becomes a powerless witness of his own fall, just like a bee trapped in a spiderweb.

Untitled #1 – 4:38 PM, 5:43, Ernie Smith, USA: A mysterious drummer collects his pay.

Nín thở – Gỗ lim – 4:44 PM, 3:14, Vincent Baumont, Vietnam: A music video for the most praised Vietnamese post-punk band in Hanoi.

Disparager: FALL – 4:47 PM, 4:20, Rob Maloof, USA: A music video thriller: A predator becomes prey as the Red Light Slasher looks to claim his sixth victim.

Bad Clown – 4:51 PM, 2:18, Martin Kolembar, Czech Republic: schizophrenic clown trying to find himself in a nonchalant way

Forest Queen – 4:54 PM, 5:45, Don Swanson, USA: This music video for FOREST QUEEN by The New Mutiny follows a young girl that met a violent end embracing her vengeful rage.

Music (Double) Feature (5pm-8pm)

Istanbul Punk % – 5:00 PM, 11:00, Ali Kanibelli, Turkey: A brief history of Punk music history in Turkey and today’s society.

I Can Only Be Mary Lane – 5:12 PM, 1:00:00, Jesseca Ynez Simmons, USA: At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary Blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. Although Mary is widely respected in Chicago, she has never gotten the wider recognition she deserves. I Can Only Be Mary Lane follows Mary as she records just her second studio album and first in over 20 years. Her producer thinks it could potentially win her a grammy, if only they can get it done.

Up To Snuff – 6:12 PM, 1:21:00, Mark Maxey, USA: Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In UP TO SNUFF, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history. Infused with Snuffy’s music throughout, the film features luminaries from television, film and music, including Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Fred Savage, Marshall Herskovitz, Steve Lukather, Chaka Khan and Eric Burdon, and scenes from The West Wing, Wonder Years, and thirtysomething.

Horror/SciFi Shorts (8pm-10pm)

Moonchild – 8:00 PM, 5:23, Bruno Mazzocchi, France: The melancholic space odyssey of a daydreamer…

The Watch % – 8:06 PM, 19:41, Paul Prache, France: In a close future. Planet is at war and many want to flee. But not Anouar the Old, who wants to save Knowledge.

Operation: Safe House – 8:26 PM, 3:20, Alex Sitnik, Germany: Executive Summary: a spy-themed presentation of the biggest Salon in Thuringia (Germany) based on the actual events and history of its location.

She Came From The Woods  – 8:30, 12:15, Erik and Carson Bloomquist, USA: A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.

BEC – 8:42 PM, 12:17, Tony Morales, Spain: Since 1998 the appearances of the BEC has been constant, and the consequences of looking directly into their eyes has been irreversible.

Crazy Night – 8:55 PM, 14:58, Dídac López, Spain: It’s dinner time for four friends. By the way, have you read something about the serial killer?

Rose Castle – 9:10 PM, 26:00, Emmanuel Duchez, France: 1890, a tavern for sailors in Scotland. old Captain Amberlynn, drunk, gives to Walter, a sad and romantic sailor, a magic blazon for a dangerous mission. Walter accepts to go to “Rose Castle”, an old manor in which a sect adorer of the demon Yog-Sothoth devotes itself to a secret ceremony…

Cult Feature (10pm-12am)

The Theta Girl % – 10:00 PM, 1:35:00, Christopher Bickel, USA: Billed as an “existenploitation film,” THE THETA GIRL follows the trials and tribulations of young drug-dealer, Gayce Delko. “Theta” was a “fun drug.” A drug that blew people’s minds. Theta was supposed to be a door to Heaven, but when her best friends get methodically and brutally murdered, Gayce realizes theta might also be a door to Hell — and it’s up to her to shut it. Warning: THE THETA GIRL contains graphic violence, drug use, nudity, and sexual situations. UNDER 17 NOT ADMITTED.

Sunday, October 7

Animation Shorts (12pm-2pm)

L E N D I N – 12:00 PM, 2:26, Piero Tonin, Italy: Who are they? Where do they come from? What do they want from us?

Big Booom – 12:03 PM, 4:00, Marat Narimanov, Russian Federation: The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

Railment % – 12:08 PM, 10:00, Shunsaku Hayashi, Japan: In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.

Reds Barbershop: The Sandbox and the Desk – 12:19 PM, 1:24, Daniel Maw, USA: A continuous, animated loop providing an intimate look at various quiet, contemplative spaces I’ve created throughout my life.

The Night Sky Diver – 12:21 PM, 1:00, Allison Brown, Canada: A venturesome diver plunges from outer space down to the ocean floor to retrieve a fallen starfish.

Reverie – 12:22 PM, 5:01, Emily DeWoolfson, USA: A girl dreams of the way she wishes the world could be… or perhaps the way the world already is.

Negative Spaces – 12:28 PM, 6:00, Michaela Wadzinski, USA: What if your sketchbook drawings came to life? This is the idea that Negative Spaces explores. However, being erasable has its drawbacks.

The Fox – 12:35 PM, 9:45, Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh, Iran: A young fox on the verge of experiencing the first love got trapped by a hunter. The Hunter ties his dog collar bell on the fox’s neck and leaves her in the wood. And then the fox begins his effort to survive and love and revenge.

Little Doll  – 12:46 PM, 1:07, Silene Barralon, France: Curiosity leads a little doll in a strange world…

Pour 585 %12:48 PM, 4:40, Patrick Smith, USA: A timid character with a wine glass for a head grows larger than his numbered peers while participating in a prosaic cycle of pouring. The conflict occurs when the sequence is interrupted and a new order is established, possibly more tyrannical than the first.

I can’t Bring You Away – 12:53 PM, 5:23, Lin Li-Wei, Taiwan: When the sun shines into the room early in the morning, the man gets up and dresses and wears a tie. He tells the world outside the door and the difference of ”his” imagination. The music in front of him can cause people to fall and fall. The endless desire makes people fall into the abyss. Although he was eager to go out with ”him”, the man was determined to say goodbye to ”him” and walked out the door, and ”he” was a man’s doll bear.

The Inescapable Arrival of Lazlo Petushki – 12:59 PM, 11:10, Sven Werner, UK: A scruffy young man is about to arrive in a mysterious city by boat, when he finds himself lost in the labyrinthine hull of the ship. On his surreal journey through the boat, he is chased by the inescapable; himself, the very luggage he was hoping to leave behind.

Charlotte and Charlie – 1:11 PM, 10:12, Artemis Anastasiadou, USA: When a young woman suffers vision loss, she realizes that she has to give up her beloved car, Charlie. She can’t bring herself to say good-bye until Charlie roars to life and takes her on a final, fantastical journey. Charlotte and Charlie is a sweet, narrative short film that explores loss, disability, and how the things we love define us.

A Drawing – 1:21 PM, 5:30, Brad Condie, USA: A young boy misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying Mother. Through a deep desire he wills himself to try to see her again.

Billie – 1:27 PM, 4:00, Maki Yoshikura, UK: The Labradoodle Billie’s happy life comes to a sudden end when, one morning her beloved owner doesn’t wake up anymore. She is taken away to a place she does not recognize. She is sad and lonely until one day her life takes a new turn… Billie’s story is brought to life by Francesca Gambatesa’s illustrations.

Adelaide McCarthy and the Making of a Legend – 1:31 PM, 3:45, Dewi Evans, UK: Comedic educational film staring Adelaide McCarthy as he explains how stop motion puppets are made.

The Old Woman And The Sea  – 1:35 PM, 3:35, Wolfgang Purkhauser, Germany: Every single day an old fisherwoman takes her little fishing boat out to the ocean. One day she forgets to take along enough bait. So she tries to use a small fish she already caught to catch a bigger one. It’s working. The fisherwoman catches fish after fish, one bigger than the last until her greed gets out of control.

Too Weird For You – 1:39 PM, 1:57, Dan Warren, Germany: A nanobudget stop motion music video for an indie pop song.

The Holy Rewrite T – 1:41 PM, 8:14, Angela Pinaglia, USA: On the verge of another birthday, Jesus finally gets his wish to return to Earth and feel useful again. But things aren’t quite as they seem and with a little help from his friends and a kind stranger, Jesus learns to put faith back into humanity.

Animation Feature (2pm-4pm)

Harvie and the Magic Museum –  % – 2:00 PM, 1:25:00, Martin Kotik, Czech Republic: It is probably the desire of each of us to meet our childhood dream in adulthood. And because childhood fantasy is unbounded and infinite, I also like a little boy to experience unusual adventures along with my childhood hero Hurvinek, whom I knew from puppet theater, television series and record labels. I admired him for his courage and sharpness with which he was able to overshadow his gruesome and awkward father Spejbl and overcome every obstacle and trap of everyday life.

LGBT Feature (4pm-6pm)

Sunset p – 4:00 PM, 15:09, Katie Ennis and Gary Jaffe, USA: In the days following Pearl Harbor, a young man must decide whether to serve overseas or stay in New York with his streetwise male lover.

Something About Alex p% – 4:15 PM, 18:33, Reinout Hellenthal, Netherlands: A 14-year-old boy, Alex, develops a close friendship with his older sister’s boyfriend, and must confront
the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.

Cas p% – 4:35 PM, 48:02, Joris van de Berg, Netherlands: In the comedy-drama Cas, Pepijn and Sjors’ steady, seven-year relationship is shaken up after they allow a young student named Cas to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own. Gradually, both men fall head over heels for Cas’ laconic charm and it forces them to reconsider their many long-term plans. Is Cas’ presence
endangering their relationship or is he actually a blessing in disguise?

Documentary Feature (6pm-8pm)

Books Are My Weaponp – 6:00 PM, 7:00, Alice Obar, USA: Donald Peebles is a Brooklyn librarian who swears by the power of books to help him through difficult experiences. In 2017, inspired by his own experience of homelessness, he started a homelessness outreach program at his library.

From a Valley of Talol % – 6:07 PM, 11:00, Sam Simonds, Shineika Fareus, and Yves Pierre, USA: From a Valley of Talol follows the stories of former Haitian resteveks working within communities as a means to stop the cycle of exploitation and abuse that they were subjected to as children.

Brocken Spectre – 6:19 PM, 29:00, Adhiraj Kashyap, India: ‘Brocken Spectre’ is about a man, his theatre troupe comprising mostly dwarfs and their journey to build a kinder and a more compassionate society.

Behind Bars Are Trees Of Green – 6:48 PM, 48:00, Rafal Kolodziejczyk, Poland: A touching story about the Polish poet of the interwar period – Grażyna Chrostowska. The presentation of the poet’s short life is a universal study of female perseverance and courage. It is a story about the natural need for human freedom, about the strength of youth and the love of beauty, which gives strength for further life in front of the tragedy of the war.

Closing Night Feature (8pm-10pm)

Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy T% – 8:00 PM, 1:48:00, R. Todd Stevens, USA: Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy is a feature-length documentary film highlighting the history of the Crownsville State Mental Hospital in Crownsville, MD. Drawing on many documentary works such as “The Thin Blue Line” and “Night and Fog” for inspiration, the film utilizes archival footage, animation and original music to unfold the story and evoke a mood. Both exterior and interior present-day footage and photos have been combined with exterior/interior archival footage and photos to capture the changes to the hospital through its 96-year lifespan. In addition, interviews with historians and former hospital workers as well as patients help to round out the experience.

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 2018 Festival Program ©2018 Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.


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QCFF 2018 Screeners Wanted

Want to be a screener for this year’s film festival? Here’s how:

We are currently seeking screeners for this year’s film festival. The SIXTH ANNUAL Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 4-7, 2018, at The Venue at Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. We want to recruit as many new screeners as possible to help us review submissions.

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 2018, 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.

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QCFF 2018 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 seventh year, QCFF 2018 will be held October 4-7 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, Better Half, Peelers, Nighthawks On The Blue Highway, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

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 included such award winners as the shorts H0_pe 02 and Under The Apple Tree, and the features Pigheaded, Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, MUXE, and Dickinson Avenue: The [mostly] True Story of The Paddock Club.

Our categories for 2018 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 FilmFreeway and Withoutabox. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact for more information, or visit us on Facebook.


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Award winners receive a one-year subscription, and Selections receive a three-month subscription to “Looking for a way to pitch your idea for a television show or movie? iPITCH.TV offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. Pitch your idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more.”

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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 (, Facebook page (, or by email at The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.


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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

& Media Reception (12pm-2pm)

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

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.
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.

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

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

p LGBT Content

% Category Award winner

NOTE: All content is unrated.

NOTE: All running times within programming blocks are

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


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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
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