the Mask: Portrait of an American Ninja. Mark
has just been fired because he lacks the skills to make a burrito.
His girlfriend thinks he's a big time loser. Mark's father just
wants him to be a successful air conditioner salesman. But Mark
Rotane (Matt Wheeler) will let nothing stand in the way of his
dream of becoming the world's greatest ninja. Told in a 'mockumentary'
style, "Beneath the Mask" focuses on six weeks in Rotane's
life as he enrolls and progresses through evening ninjutsu classes.
This marks the first venture into filmmaking for Ben Sledge, a
Lexington, Ky. Resident produced, directed and wrote the production.
Click here for more details.
Place: Rookie Bookie. Written,
produced and directed by Kris Boyatt and Natalie Boyatt of Collierville,
Tennessee, a young man plunges into a nightmare when he becomes
involved with a group of gambling doctors and a corrupt hospital
administrator. "Rookie Bookie" has been selected for
the Tupelo film Festival. For
more, click here.
Place: Repetition. Set
in Hollywood, the city of dreams and heartbreak, Dennis Burkley's
film combines "American Idol" and "Fame."
The story revolves around a class of young actors who pursue their
dreams and each other. The production includes "cameo"
appearances by F. Murray Abraham, Robert Englund, Mark Hammill,
and Brian Kerwin. For
more information, click here.
Here I Am... This Master's thesis by Jean Andrews of
Ohio University explores the Appalachian journey and history of
the Wayne National Forest in Southern Ohio. Using historical footage
and the first-hand account of 93-year-old journalist Ora Anderson,
the director spins the story of this Depression-era landscape.
For more information, visit the Web site, www.ohiolandscape.org.
Road. Monster Road is a documentary exploration of
Bruce Bickford's bizarre animated universe. Bickford created psychedelic
clay animation for Frank Zappa's concert films of the 1970s, but
he has labored in obscurity ever since. Monster Road unearths
this legend and traces the animator's influences back to a troubled
childhood in a competitive household during the Cold War. Click
here for more information.
and the Riders of the North Wind" by Nick Korolev.
Click here for view the script (in
Treasure of Turtle Island" by John David Solomon
by Brad Campbell
Empty Building. People will ultimately enter their
inner self to relive a traumatic event and when the door to The
Empty Building is passed through, the process will begin. Watch
as these people regress in time through a bizarre and eerie world
demonstrating a human's process of hope: the one and only acceptable
behavior a person can ever reduce themselves to doing. Click
here for more details.
Chieu (Afternoon). (shown at Slamdance, Cinequest,
Seattle Int'l, LA Int'l, Jury Prize Florida Film Fest). Drawn
by the grief of her husband and the desire to experience the vest
gates of physical sensation, the spirit of the family matriarch
arrives one rainy afternoon in this tale of love, loss and otherworldly
experience. The film is the work of Huntington, Wv, native Kim
the River's Edge. Set
in Huntington, WV, this is a compassionate depiction of the homeless'
through the eyes of the homeless' living along the banks of the
Ohio River and people in the community lending a helping hand.
Producer/director Francesca Karle's idea for the film came from
involvement in Christ Temple's monthly ministry of feeding the
homeless on the riverbank a hot meal.
Singh Hates Everything. On a quest to get off of his
beloved smokes, University lecturer Winjaster Singh must lose
his own identity and become everything he has always hated - a
Frappuccino guzzling, pink sweater wearing wimp. The film was
directed by Jamie Shenk and Daniel Strauss. Click
here for more information.
here to see a report on the 2004 winners.