Off Track Betty

Off Track Betty

A story shot on 16mm film by Kansas City native Clayton Dean Smith. In a rapidly changing city, a woman realizes she no longer recognizes the neighborhood that she calls home. Unsure about her future, she is confronted by a young man with a direct link to her past. A story of love, memory, and what it means to move forward. With the closing of NYC’s last film lab, Off Track Betty is one of the last films ever to be processed in New York.

The Dog Film Festival

The Dog Film Festival

The first-ever NY Dog Film Festival™ will be coming to town as part of Kansas City FilmFest at the Country Club Plaza on April 7 and April 9th. The philanthropic NY Dog Film Festival celebrates the remarkable bond between dogs and their people, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting KC Pet Project!

Brad Cuts Loose

Brad, an uptight office drone, seemingly discovers the perfect vehicle for letting off steam when an advertisement for a business catering to his innermost desires pops up one morning on his computer. Brad’s subsequent visit to the business and encounter with its receptionist Janine, however, don’t quite go as planned.

Getting Ed Laid

Getting Ed Laid

An 85 year old professor hires a hooker for his last hurrah. Afraid that taking Viagra will kill him, he’s waiting for a call back from a cardiologist when a quirky older hooker shows up. Funny happens as these two lonely people discover – no matter what you age, life can surprise you.

Inception of a Jihadi

Inception of a Jihadi

“Genius is a terrible thing.” Caitlin Thomas was a dancer, writer and woman behind the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. She partied as hard as him, advised him, loved him, kept him sober enough to write and brought up their family on no money, finally surviving his early death. Very little is written about Caitlin, her role in their legend or her recovery, and most portrayals are laughably inaccurate. This is Caitlin’s lyrical version of her life with Dylan, adapted from a one woman play written by Welsh poet Phil Bowen. The film has won best director, best actress and best musical score and nominated for over 20 awards. It is shot in the beautiful town of Laugharne in Wales and breaks many traditional film conventions. The film stars Sally George (recently in the West End and National Theatre Show – People Places and Things) as Caitlin and Griff Rhys Jones (the renowned actor and comedian), as the voice of Dylan Thomas.

Bolos

The youthful folly of wanting to grow up too fast, as a girl and her little sister try to collect accoutrements from the once Wild West. The short/narrative music video is set to a reorganization of composer Antonín Dvořák’s popular 12th String Quartet. The piece, written on a visit to the United States in 1893, incorporates impressions of the country’s melting-pot folk music and its various ethnic influences. The film blends Cowboy Pop culture and Southwestern American Indian motifs and design. It was filmed on location in Panguitch (“Big Fish” in Paiute), Utah, an hour northwest of the famous Monument Valley.

Evil’s Evil Cousin

During Pastor Bob’s service one of the congregation takes a turn for the worse, inadvertently birthing himself out of himself; resulting in the arrival of his evil twin – ‘Evil Terry’. Pastor Bob takes this as a sign from God, a test, a renewal of his lacking belief – perhaps – perhaps not. Food fights, trouser removal and shotgun exorcisms ensure and like all good things, the story ends in a sing song.

Grocery Store Action Movie

Grocery Store Action Movie

Alex is in the express checkout lane at the grocery store when he realizes with horror that he has forgotten the all-important crackers. With his dinner guests already on their way over, Alex must risk life and limb to achieve the impossible: locate the salty snacks before losing his place next in line. A hilarious send-up of action movie clichés created by and starring three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch duo Peter n’ Chris.

Impairable

“Impairable” is a short film created by a team of over 40 freshmen film students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The film follows a handicapped adolescent as he tries to win the heart of a beautiful girl.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

A broken father meets with his daughter at her favorite restaurant on her Birthday. It’s at dinner where we get to see just how broken he really is.

I Love New York

I Love New York

In a city where everyone’s got an angle, how does you survive? After an NYC first-timer befriends a savvy street girl on the train, she takes him on a fantastical ride through all the city’s pitfalls. But nothing’s free in this town, so tighten up your hustle or you might just get hustled yourself.

MSALA (SON)

MSALA (SON)

Showcasing a little-known tribe in north-east India called the Uchoi, this film follows the steps of a young boy in search of his father. The audience will experience a bit of traditional Uchoi culture and dress. This is the first time Kokborok, the native Uchoi language, will have been featured in an American film festival.

Milvio

Milvio

Milvio is an outgoing kid who enlists the help of a telepresence robot to attend school in his place while he remains confined in his bedroom due to a serious illness.

Love Somehow

Love Somehow

“Genius is a terrible thing.” Caitlin Thomas was a dancer, writer and woman behind the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. She partied as hard as him, advised him, loved him, kept him sober enough to write and brought up their family on no money, finally surviving his early death. Very little is written about Caitlin, her role in their legend or her recovery, and most portrayals are laughably inaccurate. This is Caitlin’s lyrical version of her life with Dylan, adapted from a one woman play written by Welsh poet Phil Bowen. The film has won best director, best actress and best musical score and nominated for over 20 awards. It is shot in the beautiful town of Laugharne in Wales and breaks many traditional film conventions. The film stars Sally George (recently in the West End and National Theatre Show – People Places and Things) as Caitlin and Griff Rhys Jones (the renowned actor and comedian), as the voice of Dylan Thomas.

So Here I Am

So Here I Am

A former scientist, living after the world infrastructure has collapsed tries to build a machine to send her back to save it. She struggles with being alone in a chaotic and dark world, as she focuses only on one goal.

Someday

Someday

Wes Studi stars in this dark character study that begins as a typical work night, but ultimately explores how two men in different stages of their lives can be so similar, yet so far apart.

Cat

Cat

CAT follows a young woman on a walkabout of sorts. She struggles with the visions and voices in her head, wrestles with god, discovers friendship and transforms the way she sees herself. The film’s haltingly quiet visual style conjures the character’s psychotic episodes, against the backdrop of breathtaking Oregon sites. Putting a sympathetic face to schizophrenia, ultimately, CAT is a story of acceptance and hope.

Chester

Chester

Chester is a short drama comedy that tells the story of a older foreign gentlemen being reluctantly placed in a nursing home in the north of England. Unable to speak english, the man is perceived as a John Doe, and therefore has trouble engaging with other residents and staff. However over time and through the game of chess and the aid of a nurse Kelly, he is able to make friends and enjoy life again. However unfortunately a chess piece goes missing one day and everything begins to go back to the way it was, until ultimately a change of events puts everything right again.

A Children’s Song

When two students competing for a music scholarship discover that their original compositions are based on a single family song, both are determined to prove ownership, leading them to uncover the long lost true origin of the melody: a story of salvation and hope when over 20,000+ Jews emigrated to Shanghai during WWII.

Albedo Absolute

Albedo Absolute

Dazzling contemporary allegorical fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent’s warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.

A Dimly Lit Room

A Dimly Lit Room

In a dimly lit room, Asher meets Persephone. What she wants, what she threatens, and what she has to offer are the clues Asher has to go on in order to solve the riddle in front of him and save his life. If he cannot figure out what is going on and what to do about it, it could be his end.

Scatterbrain

Scatterbrain

A family man who suffers from hearing voices starts a day like any other. When he takes the wrong pills, everything spirals out of control.

Psychotic Break

Psychotic Break

Struggling 20-something writer Gwen craves her successful older sister’s love and approval after her essay on the Rwandan genocide is accepted for publication, but when her sister brutally trashes her accomplishment, Gwen spirals into madness — losing not only her hold on reality but her very identity as a woman of conscience.

Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives

An opposing vision of the value system in the modern world. Parallel Lives addresses the issue of just how distorted our values and priorities are in the 21st Century. This social conscience film is an opposing vision of how the world could and should perhaps be. In doing so, it questions our approach to inequality.

Oy Vey!

Oy Vey!

A traditional Jewish shiva – Isaac and Benjamin are mourning their beloved wife and mother, Ruthie. But when some unexpected guests arrive, they discover Ruthie wasn’t the women they thought she was.

Other Parts of Self

Other Parts of Self

A man suffering from a rare disorder is obsessed with cutting off his own arm. Things take a turn for the strange when a new woman enters his life—who happens to be a right leg amputee. It’s a love story for every body.

The Bouquet

The Bouquet

On a deserted road, driving an antique car, Stéphane hurries up to a wedding whom he is the witness. Terribly late, he realizes that he forgot the bride’s bouquet. Fortune favors him when he has the opportunity to take possession of a funeral bouquet tied on a tree. But fate takes it out on him when his GPS loses signal. Unable to get his bearings, he will have to take with him the only person who crosses his path, and who is able to help : Charlotte…who just placed her funeral bouquet on the tree…

WALK

WALK

The uplifting film WALK, written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck and directed by Mary-Pat Green, is a powerful and humorous look at life. During a chance encounter in the park, two strangers tackle life’s biggest questions. One challenging day – One woman’s journey with ALS.
WALK asks the question “When life hands you a difficult ride, what’s worth your time and what’s not?”

Twisted Sobriety

Twisted Sobriety

Two polar opposites collide in a financially turmoiled dystopian future where the western world is in economic chaos. The disparity and frustration between wealth and poverty is spiralling out of control.

Martin is a lonely social inept office worker that sees no joy in his fortunate circumstances. Chris is a former business executive turned homeless man. They collide socially and are locked together with imbalance, shrouded in uncertainty.

You, Me & Me

You, Me & Me

Hopeful romantic Andy finally meets the woman of his dreams. Everything seems perfect, until his future self travels back in time to break them up.

The Whole World

The Whole World

As he does every year, Julián visits his dead mother in the village cemetery. She appears to him and they make plans… more or less ‘together’: she devises them and he obeys. But this year, Julián is going to get a very special request from his mother that will surprise… the whole world.

Uterus Chat

Uterus Chat

Kristy and Justin, new in their couplehood, sit down for a romantic dinner and unexpectedly wind up professing their love for one another. After this, Kristy has to reveal an awkward detail about her life, complete with flashbacks from old boyfriends. The couple’s conversation and Kristy’s memories reveal moments of sadly funny commentary and wild indignation on feminism and the struggle of reproductive pressures on women (and men).