Extended Selections 2017
Extended Official Selections for 2017
The following films are available to NWFFest ticket holders online only.
Please note the links to these films will be active from March 27 - May 1:
#FatTinaDirector: Jessie Daniels | Country: United States, Germany
#FatTina is a dark comedy and the unusual story about an overweight, cyber-bullied high school girl, who indulges in an unexpected revenge on her tormentor.
1 Corinthians 13Director: Apple Ng | Country: United States | Student
A pastor’s faith and love is challenged after a church elder reveals to him that his only daughter is a lesbian, forcing him to confront his biggest fear.
AbidanceDirector: Anja Strelec | Country: Croatia
Unusual quotidian which is shared by 3 generations: grandmother, mother and granddaughter.
The film takes place in a nursing home where mother is working for years. Grandmother used to be a headmaster of the same nursing home and she devoted her life to it. Now she is just one of the inhabitants. She doesn't want to accept weakness of the old age. Granddaughter is trying to animate grandmother with her camera but their play is interrupted every time mother enters into the room and reality becomes the main character. Memories are built to keep grandmother alive but her desire to leave is too strong.
That brings out the question: For whom is harder, for the ones who want to leave us or for the ones who stay?
Awful PrettyDirector: Alexandra Williams | Country: United States
Awful Pretty is a short film about a young runaway who escapes her abusive mother, but consequently becomes involved with parents haunted by the ghost of their not so dead child.
Beneath the LakeDirector: Eric Roache | Country: United States
A strange girl emerges from beneath a lake and explores the empty world around her searching for her place.
Caged InDirector: Aaron Kamp | Country: Australia
Sara's life has become a prison, but breaking free is hard. With the support of a friend and encouragement from her daughter, will Sara have the courage to escape before it's too late?
Emerald IceDirector: Jesseca Ynez Simmons | Country: United States | Student
Emerald Ice is a cinematic journey exploring the mind of the American poet Diane Wakoski. This short film brings to the screen her work--the sprawling beauty that is Diane's emotional spectrum.
Five AwakeDirector: Susan Willis | Country: United States
Five Louisiana women -- outraged over husbands shooting their wives -- set out to strengthen domestic violence laws, including a controversial proposal to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. In Louisiana, this was considered lunacy. Not the part about armed abusers. The part about wanting to disarm them. This is the story of what happens when women, armed with passion, pluck and political savvy, wake up and refuse to take no for an answer.
GallupDirector: Lori Lyle | Country: United States
A road trip story that centers around a broke ex-con who must retrieve his loot before his untrustworthy partner, while juggling two, difficult traveling companions.
Gardening at NightDirector: Shanya Conelly | Country: United States
The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. Samantha recreates conversations between Elyse and Anne from the hospital in order to comprehend what Anne is facing and the enormity of her own impending loss. Waiting expands time to the point that it loses meaning. The world shrinks to encompass only her and her phone, which will ring soon with the news. That night she can no longer bear the stillness and despite the darkness, Samantha tries to put neglected garden in order. Caring for living things gives her a temporary sense of control. Afterwards she realizes how she can help Anne let go of her fear, which also gives her the chance to say a personal good-bye to her friend.
Hmong Memory at the CrossroadsDirector: Cyril Payen, Swarnavel Eswaran-Pillai, Safoi Babana-Hampton | Country: United States, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, France
For a long time reluctant to open up about haunting childhood memories of war, a former Hmong refugee embarks from Detroit on an unlikely and emotional epic journey to confront his troubled past and revisit sites of those memories in France and Laos.
Honestly CharlotteDirector: Sarah Hedar | Country: Canada
A routine job interview goes sideways when the applicant gets completely honest about what it’s like to be an artist trapped in a corporate cubicle.
If I GoDirector: Meriem Dehbi-Talbot | Country: Canada | Student
Anna, a recent university graduate, struggles to figure out her future. Whether she chooses to focus on a career, travelling, or love is determined by her interaction with Jake outside of their graduation party. We see each scenario play out in short sequences over the next nine years of her life.
Igme and GamiDirector: Jhayle Ann Marie Meer | Country: Philippines
The world threatens the quiet, static world of two children.
Leads and FollowsDirector: Victoria Howell | Country: United Kingdom
Set among the swing dance community of south London; Jive junkies making the weekly transition from office workers, teachers, parents and pilots into glamorous chicks and hep cats. Laura is in love with Lindy-hop and invites her freinds to come and share her passion on her birthday. Her colleague Anne turns up and though she seems like a fish out of water, she gets infected with dancing bug. Laura's boyfriend Micheal has never shown an interest in dancing and doesn't respond well to being forced into it. Their disagreement over how to have fun comes very close to spoiling the night.
The Longest RoadDirector: Jennifer Salcido, Matthew Hall | Country: United States, Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq
A group of American veterans and a Muslim heart surgeon return to the Middle East to aid Iraqi and Syrian refugees in the grasp of ISIS.
The Man With the Western HatDirector: Cinder Chou | Country: United States
Anna encounters the handsome cowboy who appears to have stepped from the screen and onto the streets of Brooklyn. She soon discovers he may not be the hero she expected.
Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy & Psychiatric MedicineDirector: Dina Fiasconara | Country: United States
Moms and Meds: Navigating Pregnancy & Psychiatric Medication is a feature-length documentary film that explores the options women face when they want to have children, but take psychotropic medication for mental illness.
The MotherloadDirector: Marissa Stahl | Country: United States
The stories of five women facing separate challenges of motherhood remind us that our struggles are more similar than we think.
My Love SinemaDirector: Ai Leng Tan | Country: Singapore, Malaysia
The story unfolds in 1956, with starry-eyed Kheong, who moves to Singapore from a village in Malaysia, to train as a film projectionist. There, he meets Lee who becomes his mentor and also Wei, a young Chinese teacher who finds herself torn between her obligation as a dutiful daughter and her requited feelings towards Kheong. As their affection towards each other grows, they face various obstacles, preventing them from being together.
No Human InvolvedDirector: PJ Starr | Country: United States
The State of Arizona put prisoner Marcia Powell in a metal cage in the blazing sun to die, Phoenix community organizers want to set her spirit free. NO HUMAN INVOLVED uncovers the truth about a woman destroyed by a 27-month prison sentence for prostitution and documents the tenacity of those who vow to fight for justice in her name.
NorthfoundDirector: Dana Shihadah | Country: United States
Iris and Finn are two sisters with a special affinity for hot dogs and sexy cartoon animals. Devastated by Iris's recent diagnosis, the two are left to navigate their short time left together while looking to a childhood fantasy to brighten what future they have left. Their plans are cut short, however, when Iris suddenly takes a turn for the worst, leaving Finn to somehow recreate the light her sister has been so desperate to see.
A Promise of Time TravelDirector: Craig Jessen | Country: United States
A chance encounter with an estranged childhood friend draws a bookstore clerk into a plot to steal a time machine. But as she confronts the ghosts of her past, she makes a discovery that has dire implications for her future.
Refusing to Stop: Women Filmmakers in ActionDirector: Jessica Y. Martinez | Country: United States | Nevada Filmmaker (Las Vegas) | Student
Nevada Women Filmmakers!
(Nevada State College Student)
SeveranceDirector: Katie Hill | Country: Canada | Student
After battling cancer for several months, twenty-two year old Kristy-Ann receives news that her cancer has spread and has been deemed inoperable. Poetically, she reflects on time and what it means to her.
shhh!Director: Clare Unsworth | Country: United Kingdom
‘Shhh! Shape up and push up. Put up and shut up. Shut up!’ ‘shhh’ is a lyrical, physical expression of a poem by Leah Thorn about the systematic silencing of women - and about resistance
The Singing BonesDirector: Danishka Esterhazy | Country: United States, Canada
Adapted from the story by celebrated author Francesca Lia Block, The Singing Bones is a modern dark fairy tale.
Split CostsDirector: Jeffrey Blake Palmer | Country: United States
TWO JOURNEYS. ONE RIDE.
Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts in this award-winning story of unexpected friends navigating life's bumpy roads and moving forward with hope.
All-female cast, Bechdel test approved.
StatisticDirector: Chelcy Garrett | Country: United States
Statistic represents the story of thousands of girls who go through sexual assaults on college campuses each year.
Still LovedDirector: Debbie Howard | Country: United Kingdom
Still Loved is an uplifting story celebrating the resilience of the human spirit. This thought provoking film takes us beyond grief, showing how love, generosity and humour can prevail. Over three years we explore the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss. Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, who speak candidly for the first time providing an additional perspective to that offered by mothers, grandparents and siblings. This is a brave, inclusive and powerful film for anyone that has ever, or will ever, lose someone they love.
Stranger, Bear Word to the Spa…Director: Nina Kavjaradze | Country: United States | Student
There is only one way to win the war: do not start it!
To the GraveDirector: Esther Hegarty | Country: United Kingdom
A daughter's world is turned upside down when
she discovers her distant mother's dark past of family secrets and lies.
Trunk SpaceDirector: Max Silver | Country: United States
When Anna and Priss pick up a hitchhiker in the middle of the desert, their road trip takes a turn for the worse.
Tunnel VisionDirector: Kiyoka Rhodes | Country: United States
A mother, who is a victim of abuse, risks taking an opportunity that will either make or break her seemingly picture perfect family.
Why Can’t You See Me?Director: Andra Roman | Country: Romania
This short film is an ode to powerful women, but at the same time a shout-out to those who close their eyes instead of opening them, to those who suffer, to those who feel alone and empty.
Stand up, stand out and speak!
Why Not HomeDirector: Jessica Moore | Country: United States
'Why Not Home?' exposes a secret from within the medical community. A small but growing number of doctors and nurses who attend birth in the hospital are choosing to have their own children at home.
'Why Not Home?' is a critical and thoroughly researched inside perspective on one of the most contentious and highly politicized issues in medicine. At a time when maternal mortality rates in the US are increasing, 'Why Not Home?' goes beyond the question of home birth and examines how we're providing maternity care in the US and the choices we are giving women and families about that care.