California Women’s Film Festival

$700+

Dir. Tom Aspy

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

An Eastern European girl moves to LA. She is looking for a job. She finds a strange flyer with a work opportunity. She goes to an interview and she gets the job ...

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Dir. Chia Chen & Jack Gastelbondo

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

Lena and Nick ran away together to live the free life they seek, but only to confront the past they couldn't outrun.

5 Years Gone

Dir. Katie Cleese

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

A recovering alcoholic attempts to confront her past and make amends for her regretful actions.

71 Seconds

Dir. Jazmin Bryant

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

71 Seconds follows Trayvon Martin’s journey on the last page of his life written on February 26, 2012. This story highlights Martin’s innocence, as well as typical teenage angst. After making a stop at a convenient store, Martin is followed by the neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman called the police and expressed concern due to Trayvon’s appearance and demeanor while he was walking back to the home he was visiting. After a brief and violent altercation, Zimmerman fatally shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was later acquitted of second degree murder after claiming self defense based on Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. This film is an exploration of the 71 seconds that are unaccounted for in the report of the altercation.

A Girl Problem

Dir. Michelle Gritzer

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

When Erica gets a last minute call to promote her Japanese American Cultural festival on the "Good Evening LA" Show, she has 2 hours to figure what to wear and participate in the interview , or risk losing her job. A Girl Problem is a short comedy about something we've all faced- a closet full of clothes, and nothing to wear!

A Life In Three Letters

Dir. Vanessa Ndombe

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

Seth, a 33 years old African American has to face his past loss and fears in order to move forward in his marriage.

Accidental Date

Dir. Kim Waltrip & Kate Spates

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

A Russian woman visits Palm Springs in search of a date

Admitted

Dir. Nathan Caywood

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

'admitted' is a dark comedy that sheds light via first person perspective on the stigma surrounding mental health. It is set in a state-funded health facility, and follows Lili, a strong-minded woman who willingly admits herself in-patient. Now on her second suicide attempt, she is patiently waiting to get well while steadily continuing to lose her mind. Her stay, which could be a few days to several weeks, is sweetly shortened by a new set of friends within the facility's confines.

After Life Vacation

Dir. Alberto Belli

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When a newly wed couple books their after life vacation, a series of decisions will take them into an unpredictable journey.

After Ray

Dir. Natasha Halevi

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

In the aftermath of the singularity, Cole, the first “modified” human, struggles with memory loss, indicating an unstable future for humans and potential end to humanity.

ALA KACHUU - Take and Run

Dir. Maria Brendle

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

Sezim (19) wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.

Alina

Dir. Rami Kodeih

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend's three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).



Alone Again (naturally)

Dir. Diana Mantis

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

Following Emily through a string of relationships that challenge her mentally and physically.

April Kills The Vibe

Dir. Bonnie Mckee

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

What are our responsibilities to our friends- especially on a wild night out?  After a rowdy New Year’s Eve in Hollywood, party girl April wakes up and realizes she’s been sexually assaulted. Spiraling and unclear on what happened, she does her best to hide it from her sober, responsible boyfriend Grant until she can call her fairweather friend Lola to fill in the blanks.



AViL

Dir. Sofia Drai

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

Unable to bear man's cruelty, a loyal priest commits murder and justifies his action using old testament law.

Beauty Juice

Dir. Natasha Halevi

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

Sarah follows her invitation to Beauty Juice, a secret invite only beauty shop. Her naiveté is clear as she interacts with the regulars, but, something seems wrong with this place and these people. Writing off her instinct as unreasonable fear, Sarah shakes it off and patiently waits her turn for her Beauty Juice.

Between The Pines

Dir. Emma Bell

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

After the tragic loss of his sister Charlotte, Devon has gone mute. As a way to ease his pain his mother Cheri tells him a passed down fairytale where Charlotte has simply gone to live in the magical pine kingdom in their backyard. When Devon is visited by Charlotte in his dreams, the fairytale becomes a reality but there’s a problem- Charlotte is in danger and only Devon can save her.

Boundless

Dir. Kate Campbell

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

An 80-year-old Woman Airforce Service Pilot remembers her audacious attempt to fight for military status and for a flag to be placed on her fellow pilot’s coffin near the end of WWII. After flying a collective 60 million miles in service with 1078 other women pilots between 1942-1944 in a specialized training program designed to free the male pilots for battle, she and the Lost Last Class of Avenger Field are abruptly disbanded, shamed for taking the jobs of men, denied military status and forced to pay their own way home.

Brazen - Mae Jemison

Dir. Phuong Mai N'Guyen & Charlotte Cambon de Lavalette

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

MAE JEMISON, Astronaut (1956 - …) USA.  Mae Jemison decided that being a Black woman isn’t going to be an obstacle to fulfill her dreams. She is the first Black woman sent to space. And the first female astronaut to play in ‘Star Trek’. If we believe, we can go far, really far.

C. U. Next Tuesday

Dir. Diana Levy

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

At this yoga studio, karma's a bitch.

Caroline

Dir. Sabrina Lee & Olivia Auld

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

A woman struggling with homelessness and addiction finds strength and purpose in art.

Celeste’s Dreams

Dir. Iona Morris

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

When a creative young woman becomes the same age her mother was when she passed, her life stagnates, forcing her to reconcile a longstanding fear and opening up an opportunity for her to pursue their shared dream.

Cleaning House

Dir. Shahaub Roudbari

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CLEANING HOUSE is an 80s driven action comedy that revolves around a spirited maid and an overzealous secret agent. As her love for Whitney Houston disrupts his covert op, a frantic battle erupts revealing things are not always as they seem.

Clown in the Wild:The Mating Call

Dir. Mei-Ling

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

A wild clown seeks her mate.

Coastal Requiem

Dir. Diane Tuft

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

Coastal Requiem investigates the plight of displacement due to climate change amongst five coastal communities around the globe. Weaving Diane Tuft's photography and haikus with deeply personal interviews, the short film portrays the global climate refugee crisis due to rising sea levels.

Coffee With Exes

Dir. Jessica Bishop

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

This female driven plot depicts a woman reconnecting with her former relationships as she struggles to figure it out romantically. From the "Here's Your Shit Back coffee" to the "Wanna Hook Up for Old Time's Sake coffee", Jess reconnects with all her exes over multiple cups of Joe. Ultimately, she realizes that the real person she’s been looking to reconnect with is herself. Armed with the new empowerment of her ‘enoughness’, she is finally ready to move forward in life and love. “It’s time to find a new coffee shop.”

Coretta

Dir. Jessica Elizabeth Davenport & Jeaneen Lund

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

“Coretta” is a music video that features protest signs designed by Jessica as well as a robot mural honoring Coretta Scott King. The mural was commissioned by Strictly Elizabeth and created in collaboration with Robot Muralist. This song is a single off the Strictly Elizabeth album Contemporary Construction released May 28, 2021.

Corky All Grown Up

Dir. Ralph Odierna

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

Corky, Kristie, Laura, and Erin are lifelong best friends and preparing for a day at the spa when Kylie, Kristie's daughter, reveals a secret her mother has been keeping from her best friends.

Countdown To Year Zero

Dir. Jane Velez-Mitchell

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

Countdown to Year Zero hones in on an unprecedented global disaster that is rapidly unfolding. If we don't take meaningful action on climate change now we may soon reach a point of no return. This film offers a specific solution to reverse climate change that centers around the daily choices everyone makes. Be inspired by world renowned social media influencers, activists and celebrities! Learn what others are doing and how, together, we have the power to heal our planet.

Courage

Dir. Nourah Al Hasawi

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

Student Film - “Courage”

Dark Lights

Dir. Deborah Richards

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

A haunted, sexy Las Vegas penthouse dweller explores the darker side of the city and its many addictions.

Dating & Confused: SVU

Dir. Anise Fuller

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

Where Law & Order: SVU meets Catfish meets Drunk History is explored. In the online community, dating-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In Los Angeles, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious offenses are members of an elite squad known as the Special Va-JJ Unit. These are their stories.

Diabla

Dir. Maya Korn

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

After surviving assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.

Dream

Dir. Maxi Witrak & Jose Muro

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

Debut music video for Mik&Maxi, a poppunk duo from Los Angeles, CA.

Dreamer

Dir. Vergi Rodriguez & Diana Zollicofer

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isn’t so welcoming.

Equally Shared Parenting — A Feminist Issue

Dir. Emma Johnson

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 3

When parents divorce or break up, most of the time the kids stay with the mom, with visits with dad. That seemed to make sense, and is assumed to be what is best for kids. But single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted — and resentful of this arrangement.  This film explains not only why 50/50 parenting is actually what is best for kids but how equally shared parenting liberates both men and women from dated gender norms, and is a critical tool for torpedoing inequality.

First Gens

Dir. Nahreen Tarzi

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

Three first-generation girls sneak out to an all-American house party in 1999.

Frustrated with their strict cultures, Mariam (Lebanese), Naya (Indian), and Cho (Korean) decide to sneak out to an all-American house party and get the real high school experience they deserve – and soon realize they have no idea what they’re doing, or where they fit in.

Fledgling

Dir. Carissa Niciauskas

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

Musician and Executive Producer Charlotte Marnee presents the coming-of-age story of a newborn vampire in the "Fledgling" Music Video. Deriving inspiration from eighties B-grade horror films and contemporary pop music videos, "Fledgling" is a uniquely stylised music video with a compelling storyline and a diverse cast.

Gardenia

Dir. Caleb King

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

In the aftermath of a global pandemic that has wiped out 95% of the population, Woman arrives to Los Angeles on the last leg of an arduous pilgrimage. Alone with her traumatized psyche, she must find the only destination left of importance: Happy’s Place. But the journey comes at a price - and when traversing the city streets, there are signs that a dark fate awaits her. Time is running out, but the life she once had drives her to the finish with no compromises.

Ghosted

Dir. Tracie Laymon

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

A woman with a lot of baggage falls in love with a man haunted by his past. Literally.

Glass Darkly

Dir. Dave Penner & Eli Chance

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

In 1941 Holland, two Dutch sisters must resort to prostitution to deal with the turmoil of their Nazi-occupied town. Based on a true story.

Gray Matter

Dir. Kate Ketcham

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

Tiny runs a rideshare company with her best (and worst) friends Sal, Esther, and Stella. They’re out to show the world that age ain’t no thang. The four women may drive each other up the wall more than they drive their passengers, but at the end of the day they have each other’s backs, and that’s all they need.

House Plants

Dir. Talia Tabin & Beth Triffon

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

Life gets strangely primitive when millennial roommates Maddie and Alex are gifted a houseplant.

I Am Normal

Dir. Olia Oparina

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

A sane woman fakes the symptoms of a mentally unstable patient in order to be admitted into a mental institution for a secret psychiatric experiment. Inspired by the Rosenhan Experiment of 1973.

Innocent Goodbye

Dir. Theresa Picciallo

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

With her high school under siege, a teenage girl fights for her life in a standoff with the active shooter.

Intervention

Dir. Linda Palmer

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

A woman faces depression and opioid addiction head on, encountering an unlikely source of help. Is it strong enough to help her break her (family's) destructive cycle? Does she end it all, or choose to make a change, however small, and survive for her daughter.

iPhone Only

Dir. Lily Kennedy

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

A young photographer who yearns to connect with her biological parents in Ireland is suddenly offered the opportunity of a lifetime by an estranged former friend.

It's Lawr-uh Not Laura

Dir. Angela Pedraza

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

Prom queen wanna be Laura is forced to take a trip to Colombia that might put her friendships at risk, but after developing the forgotten film in her grandfather's camera, Laura's unwanted trip turns into a self discovery adventure.

Jen, 28

Dir. Iyin Landre

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

Jen and Adam challenge each other's actions after their perfect first date takes an unexpected turn.

La Ciguapa Siempre

Dir. Monica Suriyage

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

Shy Milagro suspects her boyfriend Davis is cheating. According to him, it’s probably just due to stress from recently learning she’s adopted. Are her feelings really unfounded? Or perhaps her intuition points to something more sinister lurking in her heritage.

Landing

Dir. Carrie Lazar

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

Landing is the story of two men falling in love. Seen through the eyes of each man as they discover what often draws you together can also tear you apart! Will love be enough?

Last Round

Dir. Justin Melson

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

After a young boxing champion is raped by her acclaimed boxing coach, she seeks to restore peace by taking away his.

Look at What Love Can Do

Dir. Kelly Greenheart

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 3

A 360 time-lapse of a woman’s entire pregnancy that’s both technically impressive and heartwarming, as her body transforms to welcome a baby into miraculous being.

Loyal, Not Faithful

Dir. Sacha Smith

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

After being apart for two years old lovers ran into each other at a hotel and spent a night together.

The next day the woman's husband dies in a car accident, she became the main suspect and her ex-lover is tasked with investigating the case.

Mamá Victoria

Dir. Yissendy Trinidad

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

If there is one thing Cindy is sure of, is that she loves her grandma, Mama Victoria. Through her eyes, we’re taken on a journey of the relationship between grandmother and granddaughter through the ages and within the heart of a Dominican family. Mama Victoria might not be Cindy’s mother, but she teaches, nurtures, and disciplines her all the same, whether it’s spoiling her rotten with sweets, showing her basic life skills, or making sure Cindy carries on family traditions, Mama Victoria is always there. And even when things get tense around the house, Mama Victoria makes sure everyone gets along, from mother to daughter and back again.

Maternal Mind

Dir. Caleb Davis

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

A story about a new mom's struggle with Postpartum Anxiety, and how her partner attempts to help her cope.

Medicated Dawn

Dir. Rhonda Kennedy

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

Medicated Dawn centers around Rome a young, cocky, good looking stud who thinks she's God's gift to women. After being kicked out of her home for being a lesbian, Rome finds comfort and support in an unlikely group of women.

Never Too Old

Dir. Ally May

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

Never Too Old is an upbeat story about a woman who thinks her life is over when her daughter leaves to go to college, and about older friends taking her out and showing her that she's never too old to dance and live life. In the genre of the movie “Book Club”.

Nikki Sings Again

Dir. Isaac Medeiros

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

Nikki is a single mom and bartender. Her son's father shows up to sing at her bar and the bar owner wants Nikki to sing duets with him.

Once Beautiful Woman

Dir. Frankie Guerrero, Jr.

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

A smart, satirical comedy about the ageism and sexism lurking in Hollywood. An actress gets a harsh reality check when there's a mix up at an audition and she finds herself on the other side of the hot young thing.

Paralyzed

Dir. Renee Ambush

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

A Song that gives hope and strength so that people can move beyond those things that hold them in bondage and in a state of fear to a place of hope and life in abundance. IIt leaves the listener with inspiration there is Destiny Over Drama.

Pas de Deux

Dir. Jason O. Silva

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 1

A love story transcends time when two ballet dancers meet at a mysterious private estate.

Pendulum

Dir. Jordyn Raye Torres

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

Liza, 23, is assistant to renowned film director, Sam Zimmerman. Zimmerman is notorious for ruling with an iron fist, which thrusts various degrees of harassment and mistreatment Liza’s way. Though this sort of environment would send many running for the hills, Liza braves these trials and tribulations in the hopes that she, too, will become a film director in the future. Just when it seems like no one is on her side, Liza’s saving grace arrives in the form of award-winning female director, Ella Harding. With new found confidence and Harding by her side, Liza will acquire success of her own at the expense of the chauvinistic, Zimmerman.

Playdate

Dir. Nichelle S. Montgomery

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

Genine and Ari move across country to get away from an abusive relationship. However, fear plays by its own rules.

Plush

Dir. Anna Jane Edmonds

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

Our imaginations are brighter than we think.

Possessive Nature

Dir. Rachael Silberman

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

An avid vlogger, Lynn, is on her first solo hike since the nasty breakup with her ex boyfriend. All Lynn wants is a fresh start and escape her suffocating past. However, no matter where we go, there we are. Something in the woods is stalking her. Could it be Lynn's ex or something more sinister?

Prom

Dir. Angela L. Harvey

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

Thirty-something Franklin Matthews relives the heartbreak of being stood up for his high school’s segregated prom when his daughter’s prom date turns out to be the son of Jill Carpenter, the white girl who stood him up all those years ago.


Reflections

Dir. Lee Margaret Hanson

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

Through the course of one poem written by an 8th grade student. Teenage women voice their struggle, growth and empowerment.

Representation Matters?

Dir. A.W. "Tony" Scott & Jean Qing Su

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

An aspiring female screenwriter finds out what really matters in Hollywood.

Rise Above: WASP

Dir. Kara White

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

A documentary film exploring the history of the WWII veterans known as the WASP (Women AirForce Service Pilots). Designed for an immersive 170 degree wrap-around screen, the film envelopes the viewer in its custom made theater.

The WASP were the first women to fly for the United States Armed Forces. While not permitted in combat, these high spirited women broke barriers to serve their country and fulfill their dream....to fly!

Rose

Dir. Anna Niebert

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

Grieving the suicide of her best friend, a young college student decides to take matters into her own hands and confront the perpetrator that caused her friends downward spiral.

Rosie

Dir. Tessa Germaine

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

In 1943 America, factory worker Rose Donnelly must stand up for her female co-workers when their supervisor ignores blatant harassment and refuses to treat them as equals to their male co-workers. Based on the “We Can Do It!” poster by artist J. Howard Miller.

Rotten

Dir. April McDonald

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

Violet muses about what makes a person become evil while watching a man further himself down a very dark path, fantasizing about violence against the women in his life, leading to the two's ultimate collision.



Routine

Dir. Anitra Stevens

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

"Rachael" Routinely starts her morning with trying to get her kid to school.

Shevolution

Dir. Seidy Lopez

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

Millie, a recovering alcoholic-addict, falls in love and marries Cillian, another alcoholic-addict with bipolar disorder. When Cillian relapses and becomes abusive, Millie has to make a decision: Will she save the man she loves or herself?

An intimate memoir, “Shevolution” is a candidly unfiltered look at the journey of a broken woman finding her own strength. It is written and produced by critically-acclaimed actress & filmmaker, Minerva Vier, and directed by Seidy Lopez, one of the stars of Netflix' "Selena, The Series".

Shonda

Dir. Ryan Lacen

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

A dispirited thirty-something gets the chance to work with an Instagram famous life coach who may have ulterior motives.

Sin Sick Soul

Dir. Nichelle S. Montgomery

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

Father Seiner comforts Julia about her son Elliott. Later, he takes confession from a familiar Parishioner.

Speech & Debate

Dir. Cassandra Jean Amell

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

In the cut-throat world of High School Speech & Debate, if you're not a Winner, you're a fucking Loser.



Split Second

Dir. Julianne Donelle

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

When a woman is shoved out of a cafe moments before a grenade is detonated by the very man who commits the attack, she struggles with the guilt of survival as she attempts to uncover the reason why her life was spared when so many others were taken.

Stand Out

Dir. Vicki Syal

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

In a world dominated by impossible beauty standards, plus-sized comedian Blaire stands out. Struggling with an unknown autoimmune disease, she experiences an unholy trifecta of career rejection, negative medical results and a public fat shaming. Now, she must power through the worst of it to put on her best. This is a story filled with heart, humor, and a whole lot of honesty.

Starfish

Dir. Alicia Buckner

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

A story about a human trafficking survivor's journey freedom.

Stratagem

Dir. Daniel Locicero

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

Federal Agent Max worked undercover and infiltrated one of the biggest gangs in America for 6 years. She went deep and even married a member to gain their trust. When her cover was blown, she was tortured but was able to escape, killing several prominent gang members on her way out. The evidence she gathered was enough to put the gang leader behind bars for life, making her their enemy # 1. The FBI placed her in a safe house while waiting for his trial.

Tampon

Dir. Joshua Olson

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

A young woman is confronted with one of her biggest fears… putting in a tampon.

Tempest Desert

Dir. Talita Maia

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 6

After moving to the US to become an illustrative artist, Laura gets sidetracked with meaningless jobs and vapid friendships. She searches for unhealthy ways to cope with the lack of real connections with people, as well as discouragement when it comes to her dreams.  By chance, she meets a stranger that reminds her of the potential she always carried within.

The Cleanup

Dir. Deb Kemp

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

This is the story of one of America’s worst nuclear accident. It happened in your backyard, and it still hasn’t been cleaned up. In the late 1970s, Daniel Hirsch was a nuclear policy professor at UCLA. He and a group of research students found that three partial nuclear meltdowns had occured at the Santa Susana Field Lab, and had been kept secret from the public. The Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) is located just northwest of LA on land owned by NASA, the Department of Energy, and Boeing. The surrounding community sees a 60% higher rate of childhood cancer than most of America. Ever since this discovery, a number of activists have been working to achieve a full cleanup of the site - but disagreement among these activists continues to delay the very cleanup they are fighting for. And to make matters worse, the site is located on sacred Native American land that has not been returned to its original Chumash inhabitants since being taken over by third parties. While community activists fight for their varying ideas of an effective cleanup, the Native American tribes work to ensure that their sacred artefacts are protected in the process.

The Debate

Dir. Androu De Vera ("Some Dude Named Devs")

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 3

Karli and her "friend", both members of a high school debate team, celebrate their winning of the national championships and Karli's so-called "disadvantages" turning out to be her greatest assets after all.

The Good Balloon

Dir. Angela Matemotja

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

A grieving sister finds a ray of light amidst the darkness with the help of an unusual balloon. This is a true story about grief, mental health and the little miracle stories that offer hope when least expected.

The Hall

Dir. Ted Leonard

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

An abusive, family patriarch brings estranged siblings to a hospital, resulting in a decision that will change all their lives.

The Hostess

Dir. Rosalie Alspach

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

After an uncomfortable sexual encounter with a customer over the phone, restaurant hostess Margot tries to unload on to her friend Charlotte. But it's the dinner rush and Charlotte couldn't be less interested.

The Lack of Women in Media

Dir. Grace Morcos-Hill, Grace Mundy & Abigail Ramirez

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

Our short documentary goes over the lack of women in film and journalism, and the adversity that women face within these fields.

The Last Leaf

Dir. Sia Aleskovskaya

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 2

Haunted by dark visions and unable to protect her family, Cathy has a final chance to save her lover Sue and stand up against the mysterious gentleman that has haunted her since childhood.

The Subject

Dir. Lanie Zipoy

Friday  7/23/2021 Block 3

A successful white documentary filmmaker deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teenager on tape. Now, someone else is videotaping his every move, threatening his idyllic life.

The Tragic Tale of Willis Wilde

Dir. Lila B.

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

Willis Wilde is on a nearly impossible mission to face a tragedy that happened in his past. With the help of his two best friends, maybe he’ll make it in time to finally confront the enemy in a classic western show down.

The Voice Within

Dir. Ernesto Sandoval

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

Catherine, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, wrestles with her alter-ego Angelina as she uncovers and pieces together a traumatizing event.

The Waste Tide

Dir. Xiaotong Wen

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 1

“The Waste Tide” is a 4 minutes 3D animation about the consciousness of life and forms from a female clone who gradually raises her self-cognition and awareness under a experiment.

The Wind Phone

Dir. Kristen Gerweck

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 2

A phone booth on an ocean cliffside brings together seven strangers whose seemingly different conversations are connected by one harrowing reality. Inspired by true events.

Them

Dir. Alyssa Rallo Bennett

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

A couple grapples with reality as their house is surrounded by “them” - mysterious beings that look like us but are far from it. Their surreal experience weaves in a tale of infidelity that brings this otherworldly tale a bit too close to home.

Tinder Tango

Dir. Cecilia Robles

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 3

A dreamy Tinder match. Two tango aficionados meet for the first time and it turns out to be a hell of a date!

Tori Leppert - Home

Dir. Chad Comey

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 4

"In Chad Comey's music video directorial debut, singer-songwriter Tori Leppert contemplates the many meanings of the old adage 'Home is where the heart is,' as her move to Los Angeles parts her from her beloved, ailing grandmother." 

Under The Same Sky

Dir. Alison Chace

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 1

Women around the globe share wisdom in a global pandemic

Vida

Dir. Bita Elahian

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 6

In January 2017 with the first executive order from president Trump “Travel ban” Iranian immigrants mom (Vida) who lives in the United States, goes to airport to pick up her daughter when she arrived from Iran . Not only she can’t pick up her but also , she couldn’t see her and they deported her daughter directly from airport to Iran . After one week her life goes to change forever .

We Say Thank You

Dir. Lou Schad

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 2

During the Coronavirus quarantine, a woman is isolated from her symptomatic husband. She finds solace in her cheering neighbors as the days pass in solitude.

Wichita

Dir. Sergine Dumais

Saturday  7/24/2021 Block 5

Sara is in bed with her lover when her husband calls. When he asks for something in his sock drawer, she runs home, stalling for time, asking endless questions about Wichita, Kansas.

With Dignity

Dir. Deepti G Ghatge

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 4

Aasha’s younger sister Bittu is about to be married. When it comes to blessing the young couple, Aasha wonders if her sister will encounter a similar fate like her and is torn between her own traumatic past and giving her blessing to Bittu’s wedding.

With Love, Stella

Dir. Camryn Kanew

Sunday  7/25/2021 Block 5

Stella, a very successful child actress, suddenly faces being washed up at 23. She's about to lose her Beverly Hills mansion, her precious possessions, and, possibly, her mind.










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