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Narrative Feature

Tom Williams, a 93-year old decorated World War 2 Veteran, meets some of his greatest challenges as he nears the end of a long life. He and his son, Paul, find there are powerful lessons still to learn about themselves and each other as they both steer through the difficult days. Directed and Written by Paul Ingles
Bruise, a mysterious hitman, is contracted by corrupt mayor Henry Derringer, to kill Redd, a former employee that he thinks stole some incriminating data. When the mayor's colleagues hear about it, they hire their own hitmen which ends up killing Bruise's fiancée Cindy, who happens to be Redd's sister. The two come together to avenge her death. Directed and Written by Arturo Portillo
Old McDonald had a farm and on his farm, he and his wife, along with their family of farm animals and their two brave dogs, Amy and Elvis, learn the true meaning of home. Farm Days is a live-action children's film with a dark comedy twist for adults. Directed and Written by Ryan Moser
Micheal Trainer is a lawyer at the center of a trial in which a for-profit foster care agency puts a known sex offender into the same foster home as his young client Jamal, with catastrophic results. Michael, successful litigator with a long career protecting corporate interests, wants nothing to do with Jamal's case, until a Judge forces him to accept it. Initially he sees Jamal as a kid off the streets looking to grab a piece of corporate profits. But, when Jamal refuses to settle the case for any amount of money, Michael begins his representation in earnest. As their work together reveals the horrifying depth of the corrupt and abusive for-profit foster care agency, Michael is transformed from cynical skeptic to fierce warrior in the pursuit of justice. Directed by Youssef Delara
Ripped from the headlines, Love Cecy takes audiences back to the cholo, free-style culture of 1990s Richmond, California as it retells the story of 15 year old Cecilia Rios. The film follows Rios’ promising beginnings- striving to become a lawyer while keeping her cholo boyfriend off the streets- to its tragic end on March 14, 1994, when her brutal murder was chronicled by newspapers across the country. Directed and Written by jay Francisco Lopez
It's 1978 and Margo Crane, a 15 year old part Native teen, must take to the Stark River on an odyssey. Akin to Huck Finn, this is a heroine like no other. Based on the best selling novel ONCE UPON A RIVER by Bonnie Jo Campbell. Directed and Written by Haroula Rose

Narrative Short

A man reconsiders a life choice after connecting with a stranger on a park bench. Directed by James Liakos
Be it chance or divine providence, three strangers, a drunk, an outlaw, and a preacher, share a campfire. Directed by Nik Oczkus
Jason must talk his video game obsessed brother out of running away from home, by showing him the futility of his position. Directed and Written by Stephen Burhoe
Black people have to engage White America daily to maintain some sort of life. GARBAGE turns that entire scenario on its head exploring what would happen when a White person assumes that she can come to a Black person in search of death. This film will question the stereotype of the Black male as an instrument of death and the White woman as a symbol of purity and innocence. GARBAGE is about the misconceptions our society perpetrates about race. Directed by Jose Muniain
Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally. Directed and Written by Greg Chwerchak
Two men, unknown to one another, cross paths somewhere in the hot Arizona desert. One man is an illegal immigrant making his way back to his family in Tucson, and the other is a wounded Mexican drug runner, hoping to get back to Mexico safely. An introduction and small talk leads to a discussion about the legitimacy their actions. Although both men are breaking the law, this short film sheds some light on the reality of what some chose to do in order to survive. Written and Directed by David E. Valdez
Life is bitter, dreams are sweet. A young woman lives a bitter life, but when she meets the man of her dreams, she realises that everything can be sweet forever -- if they reach the stream of dreams. Directed and Produced by Paul Vernon
Tank Man is the story of the iconic gentleman who stood in front of and stopped a line of tanks after the Tienanmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. All that is know of this man are the images that were recorded of his acts. This film is a speculation of what he went through the day he took his courageous steps 30 years ago.
After a cross examined DNA test, Robert Fairfax, a recluse business magnate, can no longer deny relation to Harold Davis, the homeless man claiming to be his brother. With the international press watching, Robert and Harold meet for the first time. Directed by Atdhe Trepca
In the year 2020, a private space company decides to send poets willing to endure the stresses of space travel into orbit as a publicity campaign. Directed by Jamey Hastings and Travis Duncan

Documentary Feature

Decade of Dominance- The Warriors, a documentary chronicling the San Pasqual Valley High School Football team, the Warriors, and their quest for football dominance during 1970’s. San Pasqual Valley High School is located within the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Southern California and is the only high school from within a Native American reservation to ever win a state championship in 11-man football. Here’s a high school with a student body of less then 120 students, in one of the poorest counties in the United States dominating high school football. Today, 40 years later, we bring you back to this community and visit with surviving players and coaches, taking a look back at that decade, and the building of the program. Today there are no banners or plaques at the school recognizing their state championships. Why? Directed, Written and Produced by Daniel Golding
'Finding Home in Boomtown' is a verite documentary about Briana & John-Mark Echols’ dream to build a tiny house community for the homeless of Midland - a West Texas oil town that is the nation’s 2nd wealthiest city. Filmed over a period of 2 years, our story starts as the Echols sell their newly built, custom home & most of their possessions, move into an RV & commit their lives to helping the homeless. As the story continues, the contrasting relationships (husband/wife, parents/children, affluent/homeless, culture/convictions) create the greatest tensions throughout. Directed and Produced by Matt Maxwell
This is the true story of Tony Romo, a kid from Burlington, WI who became one of the most prolific quarterbacks to play for the Dallas Cowboys. Though he never won a Superbowl, his community describes a man whose passion for the game continues to inspire his fans, community, family and friends. Through the eyes of people close to Tony Romo, as well as Tony Romo himself, “Now or Never” follows his life through his high school, college and NFL career to tell the story of how Tony Romo became the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony’s community describes the impact Tony has on them by returning each year. His father gives insight into the origins of Tony’s passion for sports. Tony’s grandparents describe their own journey from Mexico, and how their dreams of success transferred to Tony. His coaches and former teammates detail how Tony found his passion for football in high school and went on to receive a scholarship from Eastern Illinois to play as their quarterback. They explain the ups and downs of his career as a Dallas Cowboy, how the wins, losses, injuries and ultimate retirement affected them and the community. Leaving on a good note, we learn how despite the fact that Tony never won a Superbowl, Tony has still made a wonderful impact on Burlington by proving that if you dream big, you can accomplish anything. Directed and Produced by Chris Hanna
You might think America is free, but at its heart is a great injustice. Access to clean water is being segregated. Armed only with facts and their illnesses, extraordinary citizens take on industry and government, risking arrest to protect water. From Flint to the Navajo Nation, via Standing Rock, this is their story. Directed, Written and Produced by Leana Hosea
A documentary about the Choctaw Nation stickball team known as Tvhska Homma (Red Warrior) and their journey to compete in the 2018 World Series of Stickball. It is the oldest game in America but to the Choctaw people it's their cultural identity. Directed by Mark D. Williams
When All That’s Left is Love is the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer's, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers. Directed and Produced by Eric Gordon

Documentary Short

Two mothers of murdered sons transform their devastating loss into healing for themselves, their families, and their community. One of the mothers, Janet Connors, offers forgiveness to the men responsible in exchange for their personal accountability. Together, these courageous mothers and one of the murderers work to guide a group of traumatized young high school students away from revenge violence through a series of transformative and heartrending restorative justice circles. CIRCLE UP is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. It shows the power of circle practice to change minds about the meaning of true justice and second chances. Directed and Produced by Julie Mallozzi
Short documentary on the Caregivers Sewing Group. Directed and Produced by Salvatore Alaimo
People have been sending messages in bottles for hundreds of years, in search of everything from romance to scientific data. Once found, a message in a bottle can capture the imagination and ignite a feeling of adventure. No one understands that more than Clint Buffington, who has found over 90 messages in bottles. Even more impressive, Clint has been able to track down many of the senders, which usually takes some detective work. Clint never knows where each message might take him, and he’s made some unlikely friends along the way. Directed and Produced by Nick Natalicchio

New Mexico Film

Tom Williams, a 93-year old decorated World War 2 Veteran, meets some of his greatest challenges as he nears the end of a long life. He and his son, Paul, find there are powerful lessons still to learn about themselves and each other as they both steer through the difficult days. Directed and Written by Paul Ingles
An undercover cop gets his cover blown and has to survive the night. Directed, Written and Produced by Robert Martinez
I am Water. I give you life. You consist of me, Water. Without me, life on planet Earth would not be possible. I am the great equalizer. Now I need your help. A documentary about the human-water relationship from the perspective of Water. Directed, Written and Produced by Elke Duerr
Moving Arts Española: an art education nonprofit that has become a multifaceted community center celebrating its 11th year serving the Española Valley. Founders Savador Ruiz and Roger Montoya and their longtime students share stories of survival and empowerment through the emotional, physical and artistic nourishment within their creative community. Directed by Jody McNicholas
Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting over 115,000 attendees each year. It culminates with its Haute Couture Fashion Show. The show highlights Indigenous fashion designers who look to their cultural past to create clothing, jewelry and accessories that embody the essence of ancestral memory while creating innovative designs representing the now. Through interviews with the show's creator, designers, models, and attendees, "Walk With Pride" challenges notions of what's considered "traditional" and "authentic" and through the lens of the show, offers a contemporary view of evolving Native American and First Nation's identities. Directed and Produced by Kaela Waldstein

Student Film

This silent sci-fi film, revolves around two inventors who are hungry to work together named: Tom and Friend. Both characters are willing to create a giant metal man, with the intention to use it for good. Through their planning, Tom's intended use of the giant man soon begins to change. Conflicted, Friend finds himself unsure of he should go along with his partner.
When a father meets his son’s girlfriend, he realizes she may be his illegitimate daughter. Directed and Written by Marcus Scott Jr.

Short Comedy

The expectations and realities of auditioning for a movie. Directed and Written by Gene Hunt

Foreign Short

Spizella is a word with Latin and Greek origin and it means ‘sparrow’. Spizella is the story of a father and his daughter with troubled family relationships, which have become even more troubled after the death of the mother. The father keeps forcing his daughter to keep the mourning attitude alive and ongoing within the house and he tries to keep his communication with her very limited. This gloomy house is no different than a cage for this timid girl. The strong revival of her childhood memories and dreams by means of a souvenir suitcase left from her mother can bring the girl a glimpse of happiness. Directed and Written by Mehmet Tığlı

Animation

In a house covered with papery flowers, a woman with white hair, two cats and a tiny wolf songstress learns a valuable lesson about the enduring power of love. Directed and Written by Anita George

Web Series/New Media

A blind man and a striking woman learn that beauty is more than skin deep when you really take the time to get to know someone. Directed and Written by Susan Cummings

Music Video

When Ponygirl is tempted by the Fashionistas to join their gang, she returns to the Rockers only to have caused the two gangs to have a Rumble. - inspired by "The Outsiders" -a visual love letter to the film and music video history of on-screen 'rumbles,' including Michael Jackson’s 'Beat It,' 'West Side Story,' 'The Warriors,' and 'Rumble Fish.'” Directed by Richard Farmer

Language Preservation

The diary of a determined 19th c. Native American woman propels her people’s dying language and ancient beliefs a century into the future. (This script is based on a true story.) Screenwritten by Melissa Tantaquidgeon