Macon, GA — The official selections for the Narrative Shorts competition for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced.
The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and spotlight films, which will only screen once.
In addition to those announced today, the festival presents Documentary, LGBT, Southern and Music categories. Those announcements are forthcoming.
A King’s Betrayal / USA (Director: David A Bornstein) – The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata’s perspective.
Across The Tracks / USA (Director: Michael Cooke) – Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia. But one is born with fair skin and when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for white.
Almost Home / USA (Director: BJ Golnick) – After years of battle on the front lines of Afghanistan, a Marine returns home to mend a broken relationship with his dying father. He carries with him the haunting memories of war and a promise he kept to a fallen brother in arms. If he can make things right with his father, maybe he can find peace within himself.
The Barry & Ro Show / USA (Director: Jordan Liebowitz) – Married TV stars Barry and Ro try to shoot a promo for their 1970’s variety show.
Beat Around The Bush / Canada (Director: Brianne Nord-Stewart) – A short adventure comedy that follows Una, a 75 year old widow recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, who struggles to stay optimistic as she tries her hand at achieving her very first orgasm ever. Fortunately, her two best friends, Goldie and Beatrice, are there to cheer her on.
Bottomless / USA (Director: Veronquie Vanblare) – A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.
Bumblebees / USA (Director: Jenna Kanell) – Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.
Cougar / USA (Director: Jane Merrow) – A young man meets an older woman in the bar with interesting results.
Cowboys / Spain (Director: Bernabe Rico) – Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He’s divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. But one fine day he’ll get a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest at the Amusement Park.
Duo / USA (Director: Karl E. Landler) – When Melanie begrudgingly agrees to give Marcel, a French mime who doesn’t speak English, a ride to his audition in Las Vegas, they both have to overcome their differences to prevent this trip from being a disaster.
El Chevere / USA (Director: Tony Reames) – Down south they only whisper his name. A stranger comes to town to stop a mythical creature known only as “El Chévere”.
Heart Land / USA (Director: Sheri Mann Stewart) – An estranged mother and daughter who have lost touch with their roots rediscover the meaning of family and love.
Hello Charles / USA (Director: Hamish Grieve) – Hello Charles tells the story of George, a young man who has arrived at a low moment in his life after years of mistakes and bad choices. About to make another really bad decision George gets a rather unexpected visit from Charles, his imaginary friend from childhood.
Hux / USA (Director: Mageina Tovah) – Hux, longing to connect, rebels against the lonely isolation of her autism. Braving the confusing, chaotic world of others, her attempts at interaction are repeatedly thwarted – by her powerful aversion to stimuli, and by an epidemic that decimates the population. But when all seems lost, Hux finds one final chance to connect.
In Memory / USA (Director: Robert Kirbyson) – In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman struggles to accept that it seems like it’s her turn to die.
In The Clouds / Argentina (Director: Marcelo Mitnik) – The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of In The Clouds, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.
It Has To Be You / USA (Director: Conrad Rothbaum) – One night at the Lindenwood Diner, three shots ring out. Six people. One crime. Everyone has their own perspective.
Jackdaw / USA (Director: Travis Champagne) – A father mourns on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance.
Land Of Exodus / USA (Director: Skinner Myers) – Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.
Little Sticker / USA (Director: Michael Jackson Chaney) – An ordinary icon takes on new meaning as a couple wrestles with different methods of grieving over a tragic loss.
The Mother Load / USA (Director: Nicole Kemper & Grant McGowen) – The Mother Load web series follows Carrie, a by-the-book first time parent, as she stumbles through the first year of her baby’s life. She finds camaraderie and support in her best friend, Astrid- a parent with two kids, who’s “embrace the chaos” philosophy often conflicts with Carrie’s drive to do everything right the first time.
The Perfect Houseguest / USA (Director: Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter) – A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.
Practice / USA (Director: Mark Maloney) – Love needs time to flower, but when desperately single Abby meets desperately undersexed Chandler, their relationship buds, blooms and wilts within six minutes.
Seagulls / United Kingdom (Director: Martin Smith) – When a young showman visits a new town he struggles to fit in. The story follows Ryan as he attempts to bond with a group of local boys. The film explores the subtle differences in the lives of these teenage boys and how cultural bonds that are deeply ingrained are never far from the surface.
Super Dog / USA (Director: Lawayne Bontrager) – A sweet movie about a young boy with post traumatic stress disorder who struggles to let his imaginary dog go. A unique twist reveals what caused his disorder while intertwining supernatural and spiritual influences.
Winter Light / USA (Director: Julian Higgins) – When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, Winter Light is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana.
Zero Gravity: How Kids Feel On Snow Days / USA (Director: Hank Williams) – Encapsulating the feeling kids have on snow days.
The Macon Film Festival was founded in 2005 and is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon, Georgia. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016.
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