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A-Z Listing of Films Screening

October 17-23rd, 2016

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This event is sponsored by Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, RI PBS, Amtrak, RISCA, Cox Media, Eurochannel, CW28, Diabolique Magazine, Motif, The Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, The URI College of Arts & Sciences, The Film Media Program, The RISD Museum, the Providence Public Library, the Tiverton Public Library, the Warwick Public Library, the Aurora Club, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University, Roger Williams University and the RWU Film Production Collaborative.


2016 Fest:


H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

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Downloadable Calendar Listing

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Film Descriptions

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Film Images and the

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Vortex 2016 Award Winners

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Behind the Camera Lens

Forum at RWU, 10/21/16 at 3:30 p.m.


Singularity of Imagination

Forum at RWU, 10/18/16 at 2:00 p.m.


• Roger Wiliams University, Bristol




vortex 2016

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The Adventures of Zion Man | Brenda Lee Lau, Director | 16 min. | USA, 2016.

Jaeden Lieberher delivers a stand up and cheer performance in Framed - The Adventures of Zion Man. Inspired by the true story of Walter, a 12 old Jewish boy, surviving the bullies who abuse him during school in 1933 Germany by creating a Fantastical Superhero Universe.

2AM | Huseyin Hassan, Director | 16 min. | Australia, 2016 A middle aged man Alex awakens in his quarters to find a white rabbit beside his bed who then suddenly hops through a closed door. Scared and fascinated by how the rabbit got into his room, Alex gets up and follows the rabbit. Once he opens the door and steps out into the hallways of the asylum very unusual and supernatural events begin to unfold right before OUR eyes. Alfred J. Hemlock | Edward Lyons, Director | 14 min. | Australia, 2017 When Emily’s boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorised by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock. After reaching the depths of her despair she finds the strength that she never suspected she had. Bell à Croquer | Axel Courtière, Director | 15 min. | France, 2017 Oscar Mongoût, a gourmet cannibal, burns with love for the neighbor in his building, the very vegetal Miss Carrot. This passion seems destined to fail: she is a vegetarian, while he suffers from a total phobia about vegetables. Things take a drastic turn the evening she invites him to dinner. Black Dog | Joshua Tuthill, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2017 Utilizing archival footage and stop motion animation, and set during the space race of the 1960's, two brothers must deal with the sudden loss of their parents. As one falls into the darkness of a troubled marriage, the other must find an escape from the evil that is devouring his family. Bleached | Amod Damle, Director | 6 min. | USA, 2017 Scarlet the paint tube sets off on a path of revenge and leads an army of Reds into battle against their fellow colors. The Reds win the war and celebrate the creation of a monochromatic world only to realize that the war is far from over. Born Again | Jason Tostevin, Director | 7 min. | USA, 2016 When a group of bumbling Satanists has their summoning ceremony go terribly right, they're left to face the decidedly holy shit consequences. Bow Shock | Javier Diez, Director | 17 min. | Spain, 2016 A new astronomical survey takes wide angle pictures to make a tri-dimensional cartography of the sky.It will find out position and distances of far objects,galaxies,stars in our galaxy and objects in our solar system like minor planets and asteroids. A young astronomer discovers an object in a series of pictures of the survey that has a curious behaviour that will bring unexpected results when reviewed with her colleagues... Charismata | Tor Mian, Director | 96 min. | United Kingdom, 2017 Psychological horror about a police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders. Child Dream | Christophe Gérard, Director | 11 min. | France, 2016 Floating barges, water that suddenly takes human form and rainfall that leaves puddles deep enough to drown in… Is this merely a child’s dreams? Contact | Katy Want, Director | 8 min. | United Kingdom, 2017 Stranded on a distant planet, a lonely astronaut sends out a signal in search of human contact. Crimson Man | Mike Pappa, Director | 22 min. | USA, 2017 Set in a war-torn land of man vs. machine, Wei, a young runaway boy in search of his father, must ally with an unstable war-robot named Red or be hunted down by his overseers. Crossing the Threshold | Sergio Hernández, Director | 14 min. | Spain, 2016 One morning, without saying anything, Laura's husband leaves their house and he never comes back. Laura and her daughter are alone now and she goes to the therapist to get over the trauma. From here, Laura will start her travel to recovering. Due North | Michael Fallavollita, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2017 A young test pilot finds himself in a mysterious desert region out of contact with his airbase and with little hope of survival. But childhood memories of his grandfather may provide the key to his ultimate destiny. Faith | Tatiana Fedorovskaya, Director | 15 min. | Russia, 2017 An old widower, a former radio operator, perceives the flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages. The love of his life will never die, even when the lights are gone. FERRUCCIO, STORY OF A (LITTLE) ROBOT| Stefano De Felici, Director | 7 min. | Italy, 2017 Duccio is an inventor by vocation, and in his home workshop tries an exceptional challenge. The Full Story | Daisy Jacobs, Director | 8 min. | United Kingdom, 2017 Toby is selling his childhood home. Walking through empty rooms, he is assailed by memories of happiness unravelling, break-down, and the helplessness and rage of being child. Why do close ties break and loved ones leave? Can we ever know the full story? And what do you do when your family's gone? Garden Party | Théophile Dufresne, Director | 8 min. | France, 2016 The frogs are having a party. Going Home | Aidan Lowther, Director | 3 min. | USA, 2017. This animation shows how two lovers come back from the dead to return home. G.R.E.T.A. | Marissa Messina, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2017 Nikolay is a cosmonaut converted in the first human sent out to space, a technical failure will make his return alive impossible. La Petite Mort | Elizabeth Jaeleigh Davis, Director | 8 min. | USA, 2017 SEX! DEATH! PIE!A young girl enters a mysterious forest to lose her virginity, only to have a twist of fate wrench her lover away. 'La Petite Mort' (French for 'the orgasm') is a feministexploitation film couched in a fairytale that explores the fear, grief, and messiness of the first time. Mainland | Ian Bibby, Director | 20 min. | USA, 2017 Chris--a spirited but aimless young man in his early 20's--has left the confines of the city to spend the winter alone on a secluded island in Maine. Instead of being productive with his time off the grid, Chris prefers to goof around outdoors and do whatever he pleases--anything that will allow him to sidestep his thoughts of looming adulthood. But as the outside world begins to unravel into a confusing and seemingly dangerous chaos, his haven begins to feel anything but safe. Chris must quickly discover the inner strength to face an outside world growing darker by the day, or risk becoming consumed by the very real threats closing in all around him. Meeting Macguffin | Catya Plate, Director | 10 min. | USA In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth. My Best Friend Is Stuck On The Ceiling | Matthew Vesely, Director | 11 min. | Australia, 2015. Connor, secretly in love with his best friend Rach, has gotten her an amazing birthday present - something that’s sure to knock her off her feet. A Narrative Film | Michael Edwards, Director | 8 min. | USA The most narrative narrative never narrated. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end…. It is at once both a three-act assault on the conceit of the traditional narrative, as well as a futile attempt to escape the narrative impulse of cinema. The Night Delivery | Scott O’Hara, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2017 Three disgruntled grocery employees discover they are being hunted by a demonic creature on the last delivery of the day. The Night I Dance With Death | Vincent Gibaud, Director | 6 min. | France, 2017 Jack is having a party with some friends. Disused, he decides to take a psychedelic Drug. With a lighter mind, he enjoys the moment, his belly rejecting his visceral anguish as the evening progress. Arrives the time when he confronts a too big anxiety of which he cannot get rid of. Nimmer | Lieven Vanhove, Director | 16 min. | Belgium, 2016 A man must find the ultimate solution to rescue his wife on the collapsing side of a huge gap. Only Lovers Leave to Die | Vladimir Kanic, Director | 7 min. | Croatia/Canada, A film about a girl whose brain smells like cookies, her imaginary dog and a world made of painted film stock. Love, death and tears included, of course. The Ogre | Laurene Braibant, Director | 10 min. | France, 2017 Full of complexes because of his size, a giant holds on eating terrified at the idea of revealing his ogresque self and so compromising his place in the society. During a business banquet, his true nature will be put to the test. Orient City: Ronin & The Princess | Ryan Colucci, Director | 19 min. | USA, 2017 When a little girl's family is assassinated in the unforgiving Orient City, the broken down, opium-addicted Ronin charged with protecting her sets out to exact brutal revenge on those responsible. Ovum | Liciano Blotta, Director | 17 min. | Argentina, 2017 When a reclusive fisherman finds a giant egg on his desolate beach and decides to take it home, his life takes a big turn, for better or worse. Poilus | Guillaume Auberval, Director | 5 min. | France, 2016 In the French trenches, calm reigns. The 'Poilus' are waiting to leave for the battlefield. Among them, Ferdinand, a young hare, is playing the harmonica. A whistling signal is given, the attack begins. It's on the no man's land that he first encounters his enemy, a horrible creature. Point of View | Lior Rubinstein, Director | 17 min. | Israel, 2017 A surreal story about a distressed young man, observing his own inner world through a hole in his bedroom wall. Red Ruby | Jose Holder, Director | 21 min. | Canada, 2016 Ruby Grimm awakes to the dark reality that nightmares walk among us. Armed with her brother's research and weaponry, she sets out to systematically destroy them before her mind spirals into madness. Revelation - The City of Haze | Qichae Mao, Director | 14 min. | China, 2017 After witnessing his mother’s death in a riot, Mai breaks down and can no longer remember his name. One day, a girl named Yi, a scavenger, finds Mai in a garbage can and brings him back to the City of Haze. From then on, they lived together and depend on each other for survival. Roach | Jonathan Hashiloni, Director | 14 min. | Israel, 2016 A horror-love story between Penny, her neighbor Izzy, and a troublesome cockroach that takes place in Tel-Aviv as it's under threat of a nuclear war. Robb’s Problem | Dianna Ippolito, Director | 20 min. | USA, 2017 A lonely factory worker finds himself in the middle of a strange romance. Runaway | Harrison Heller, Director | 20 min. | USA, 2017 RUNAWAY is a sci-fi western short film set in the not-too-distant future where an android fights for her life as she races to get to the Free States. The Secret Market | Martina McGlynn, Director | 21 min. | Ireland, 2017 Dr. Amy McCarthy has risen through the medical ranks to become chief surgeon. She has a near perfect life until her past comes back to haunt her. The Shadow | Isaac Switzer, Director | 3 min. | USA, 2017 A Darkness looms. Sol | Carlos G. Gananian, Director | 14 min. | Brazil, 2017 The devil speaks, Sol listens. The Sound of Fear | Colin Campbell, Director | 8 min. | USA, 2016 A young Deaf woman, IVY, inadvertently witnesses a group of meth addicts kill a sheriff in a remote resort town. On the run, Ivy races through the empty streets looking for help. She finds a vacationing family and tries to get them to call the police, but they can’t understand her. The addicts burst in and kill the mom and dad. Ivy and the thirteen year-old daughter, Molly, flee. SPUTNIK | Vicente Bonet, Director | 23 min. | Spain, 2016 Nikolay is a cosmonaut converted in the first human sent out to space, a technical failure will make his return alive impossible. Vitamins For Life | Grier Dill, Director | 2 min. | USA, 2016 Adapted from a series micro-fiction tweets by @quietpinetrees, Vitamins For Life shows the benefits, and dangers, of lesser know vitamins. Water Path For A Fish | Maria Carbajosa, Director | 8 min. | Colombia, 2015 It's a starry night when Oscar sees from his window... a little goldfish jumping on a dirty puddle! Two cats are watching from the shadows. Oscar will help the goldfish through a rampant adventure in a nighty Latin American, with the lack os water as a backdrop. When Demons Die | Daniel Rübesam, Director | 19 min. | Germany, 2016 After the mysterious disappearance of his father Aaron, 8-year old Joshua decides to leave his home for the very first time even though dark creatures are lurking outside. When Pigs Fly | Andrew Wood, Director | 16 min. | USA, 2017 Sometimes, all you need to comfort a nine-year-old is a cold beer, a couple f-bombs, and a little magic. Witch’s Milk | Martin Jehle, Director | 22 min. | Germany, 2017 Susanna’s cat is run over by Peter’s car. Feeling guilty he helps her to bury the cat in the backyard. Being emotionally close leads to a relationship between them – and Susanna gets pregnant soon. But there is no bliss for this couple, because there is something’s strange about the pregnancy…














































Russian Roulette | Ben Aston, Director | 5 min. | United Kingdom, 2014.

London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on Chatroulette.com...



The Signalman | Daniel Augusto, Director | 15 min. | Brazil, 2015.

A railway signalman is haunted by strange events. The first film adaptation of the short story 'The Signalman', by Charles Dickens, considered one of the most important of the fantastic genre, according to writer Italo Calvino.


Simon’s Cat ‘Off to the Vet’ | Simon Tofield, Director | 13 min. | United Kingdom, 2015.

A clever cat will go to great lengths to avoid an imminent visit to the vet.


Snake Bite | Tim Hyten, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2016.

Out for backwoods adventure, four boys find their friendship tested when one is bitten by a snake. But which is more dangerous - the notoriously fast-working venom of the Black Widowmaker, or the extreme measures they hope will save him?


Story 304 | Aaron Maurer, Director | 18 min. | USA, 2016.

It's business as usual at Storytellers Corp.™ until a washed-up Narrator decides to break into Story 304.


Swimming Into Darkness | Keith Boynton, Director | USA, 2016.

An orphaned astronaut goes on a journey to discover the true nature of the universe in this epic, evocative animated music video.



Taking Flight | Brandon Oldenurg, Director | 6 min. | USA, 2015.

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin's legacy, what begins as a small boy's boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe.


A Terrible Beauty | Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

In 2064, a world in which robots are ubiquitous, Olivia is the creator of the life-like Shinjoi (Soulmate) robots. When her father destroys her prototype, a replacement for her dead mother, Olivia questions her fundamental belief in a world without suffering. She resets the program on her life partner Patrick and embarks upon a deeply personal experiment to understand what it means to fall in love.


The Time Agent | Jude Chun, Director | 30 min. | South Korea, 2016.

An Agent from the future comes to the past to prevent crimes. The only way for him to return to the future is simply to wait. During this time, he must live in complete isolation.


Tomorrow Ever After | Ela Thier, Director | 95 min. | USA, 2016.

When a historian living 600 years in the future time-travels to 2015, she navigates the societal woes that she's read about in history books.


Twenty Forty Three | Eugenie Muggleton, Director | 17 min. | Australia, 2014.

Thirty years after a plague has ravaged by the earth, Jack, disillusioned by the dystopian society he lives in, struggles with his own desires and the ultimate truce made by society - to never touch again.



The Uncanny Valley | Federico Heller, Director | 8 min. | Spain, 2015.

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.



Violet | Maurice Joyce | Director, 8 min. | Ireland, 2015.

"Violet" is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, Violet's reflection decides she's not going to take it anymore.



Waiting for Daybreak | Aviv Kosloff, Director | 10 min. | Germany, 2015.

Even when tearing through dark, gothic landscapes in a Jaguar, Vampire Girl doesn’t feel free. Waiting for Daybreak is a road movie about a disillusioned vampire who learns that, just like the rest of us, she can’t run away from herself. Dead or alive, everyone’s got an identity they can’t escape.


Welcome To My Life | Elizabeth Ito, Director | USA, 2015.

Welcome to My Life is a glimpse into a day in the life of Douglas, aka T-Kesh, a Monster-American teenager. He's doing his best to fit in, and make it through high school. On the inside he’s just like other humans, but there’s no hiding when you are literally a monster on the outside. In this mockumentary short, we see how even day-to-day, life can be hard when you’re so very much not like the others.


With Your Crooked Heart | Samuel Goodwin, Director | 13 min. | USA, 2014.

An empty house, an alienated daughter, an unseen presence watching. Two parents find themselves alone together as their marriage crumbles.



Youth | Brett Marty, Director | 17 min. | USA, 2016.

As Joel and Alice approach their golden years, they embark into a brand new world together: a world where their aging selves can be traded in for the bodies of younger strangers, and their love can live on forever. Using most of their life savings, the two schedule their “Renewal” procedures. Alice goes first.






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Metcalf Auditorium

RISD Museum

20 N. Main St., Providence, RI, 02903

200 capacity, www.risdmuseum.org

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Museum of Work & Culture

42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895


100 capacity, www.rihs.org

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Providence College

Smith Center for the Arts. G66

Eaton Street, Providence, RI 02908



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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903


200 capacity, www.provlib.org

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Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809


100 capacity, www.rwu.edu

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Second Stage Studio

1 Angell Road

Cumberland, RI 02864



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Tiverton Public Library

34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI


75 capacity, www.tivertonlibrary.org

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University of Rhode Island

Swan Hall, Agnes Doody Auditorium

Upper College Road, Kingston, RI

401. 874-4278

231 capacity, www.uri.edu

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