Best of SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 Trailer Festival

SEE THE FULL LINEUP OF TRAILERS:

THE WATCHMEN, 7min., France
Directed by Chris Moreira

In a world where women are a scarce commodity, a man, watchman from generation to generation, is responsible for collecting them in order to sell them to the highest bidder. But an event will change the fate of humanity…

THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, 90 seconds, USA
Directed by Quinn Early

In 1895, the son of a runaway slave overcame various obstacles and fought racial inequality as he embarked on a journey, becoming the first African-American college football player in the state of Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa and lead the Hawkeyes to their first ever conference championship.

GRAIL, 2min., UK
Directed by Martin Webster

And did those feet in ancient times.
2000 years ago Jesus Christ traveled to ancient Britain with his Mariner uncle Joseph of Arimathea. These are dark times as Jesus Discovers his true path as a profit from God.

UNHEARD VOICES, 3min., USA
Directed by Christopher P Horne

Tosha Smith Mills comfortable middle-class life was shattered when her son Blake was convicted of an Armed Robbery with a toy gun at seventeen years old and sentenced to forty years in prison. As her life was shattered, she knew that she was not alone, but there was no one that she could identify with. After several attempted suicide attempts, years of extensive therapy, she decided to pen a memoir, Momma I Should Have Listened that went Amazon best seller and found herself counseling mothers across the country.

YELLOWSTONE 88 – SONG OF FIRE, 1min., USA
Directed by Jerry van de Beek, Betsy De Fries

In the summer of 1988 dry lightning sparked a fire in the parched and drought ridden landscape of Yellowstone Park, igniting a blaze that would scorch over 1.5 million perimeter acres of the park.

THE HANDLER II – CITY DOG, 6min., USA
Directed by Lawrence Whitener

Amell Doge (his “e” is silent) is called to Baltimore by a friend to find her missing puppy. In “The Handler I – Junkyard Dog” he had to deal with rural Rednecks. Now, Dog has to contend with the evil gangs MS-13 and Black Guerilla Family.

CODE 13: UNREADABLE, 2min., USA
Directed by Seth Chitwood, Seng 2kx

The official trailer for the upcoming police drama “Code 13: Unreadable”

SOUTHERN RIDE, 4min., USA
Directed by Gregory Dixon

A house wife, a mechanic, and a under cop, operates the southeast largest car thief ring.

VOLKOV ORIGIN, 2min., USA
Directed by George Dibble

In the late evening hours, Dr. Angela Perkins finds that she has a new assignment. To dive into the mind of Horton House Penitentiary’s newest and most mysterious tenant, Andre Volkov . No one can anticipate the impact that her visit will have on both of their lives as she begins her quest for the truth within his answers.

USAFNU, 1min,. USA
Directed by Keith Ervin

A group of former mercenaries from the Congo living in New York learn that they are being investigated by Interpol. They also discover that a deadly former colleague is in town to silence any witnesses.

FRIEND(ILY), 3min., USA
Directed by Fredrick Beery

Luke is unlucky in the one thing that matters to him, love. He has a lot of experience in being “just a friend”. His roommate, Nathan, wants to help make Nathan a new confident person. Will this work?

MONSTERS 2, 2min., South Africa
Directed by Skyler Thomas

3 shark-diving friends go to Durban to look deeper into the notorious natal Sharks Board

BLACK MAIL, 2min., Canada
Directed by Obi Emenloye

Trailer for Winnipeg, Manitoba.

RAHEEM, 2min., UK
Directed by Tyler Richards

Rave culture has just begun. Three friends experience love, sex and drugs in the summer of 89′. The second summer of love. Welcome to the party.

ONE MORE GUEST?, 1min., UK
Directed by Edilberto Restino

One woman struggles with the past. Another lives joyfully in the present – thanks to early stage dementia. To avoid being separated from her lover, the elderly Juliette elopes, triggering a showdown between her uptight daughter and well-meaning grandson.

EBONY HUSTLE, 1min., USA
Directed by Jamezz Hampton

Ex Stripper turns private investigator

VILLETTE, 1min, USA
Directed by D.R. Thompson

In 1850s England, a young woman struggles to overcome her tragic past as she is hurdled toward an uncertain future. Based on the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë.

THE EXORICISM DIARIES, 3min., USA
Directed by S.C. McCullough

A group of priests are sent by the Vatican to investigate an unprecedented epidemic of possessions.

ONE NIGHT IN OMAHA, 2min., USA
Directed by Nelson Banes

Two high school graduates embarking on the next chapter of their lives find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time. Through a twist of fate their lives will be changed forever.

THE WHITE BAG, 3min., USA
Directed by Allen Bronstein

“The White Bag” is a spy-spoof movie based on classic black and white film noir and espionage movies. Filmed on location in San Rafael, California as a project for a class on filming and editing with smartphones and tablets taught at the Community Media Center of Marin (cmcm.tv) in 2015.

Audience FEEDBACK Transcript for: KAOTIC DRUMLINE: DRUMMING WITH A DIFFERENCE

KAOTIC DRUMLINE: DRUMMING WITH A DIFFERENCE, 12min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Aaron Steinberg

Winner of BEST DIRECTION at the September 2021 MUSIC Film Festival.

https://www.drummingwithadifference.com/

AUDIENCE #1 (25s): Chaotic Drumline as both a documentary and just hearing the music – It was really, really interesting to hear the music you played and kind
of hear a backstory of how the different drums worked and the sounds that
they made, the skills required to perform it well, and to
compete in it and getting an inside look at the level of a drumline
player. And it was also really interesting how they tied it into the
impact it was having on you and Chicago and I thought that was just
really great and inspiring. And it flowed beautifully in the documentary, insightful.

AUDIENCE #2 (1m 1s): Documentary, looking into the world of drum line.
We’ve seen various movies about it, but we never really get to
understand how everything works. My favorite bit was when they did the
drum formation and everything. And like all the instruments came
together to look like a drum set. That was really, really cool. And then
even towards the end, when the guy was just explaining how it
actually works and what starts and everything that worked so well, and it
was really interesting how you tried to incorporate the fact that what
they do brings in people who live on the streets or on, in a, in a safe
environment.

However, not all of them are able to stay the course of this because of
the discipline and the mindset that you have to have for it. So, yeah,
that was really interesting. I think it would have been good to see a
bit more focus into maybe Zach or somebody who had come into the group
and then had to leave rather than sort during the whole broad stroke of
everything.

AUDIENCE #3 (2m 9s): It reminded me of that movie, that Nick cannon movie
Drumline, after like drum battles, how he is talking about like the
stakes and how intense it could be. I was like, I know that I know about
that. I’ve seen Drumline. It gets real out here for real and like the HBCUs
and like that whole like Florida, ADA, we down here in Texas, we got PV
and all of this stuff, HBC use, we holdin it down. So I really liked, I
really liked the subject. They always say that strength of a documentary
is a subject matter. And like, this was one of the most interesting
documentaries I’ve seen in a while.

And I liked him. I liked the message of the, of the drummers, like how
they was like saying like they do it for the kids, like keep them out of
gangs and off the streets and all of this stuff, like doing something
positive with their time. So I really rocking with that. So it was overall really good, good job.

AUDIENCE #4 (2m 57s): What a wonderful movie, what a wonderful group, you
know, I loved learning about this. I mean, who doesn’t love a drum line?
You know, this was very, very cool. I love, you know, what they’re doing
their work community-based and they’re, they’re helping people. I mean,
the arts are a wonderful way to engage youth and, and to give people,
just give humans in general grounding, you know, and that they’re,
they’re out there doing this is just absolutely wonderful. And they’re,
they’re, you know, doing it through demonstrating their music, you know,
and which is just beautiful.

They’re wonderful musicians. I loved hearing their stories. I really
liked the part of this film, where they broke down the sections of the
drum line and had everybody play solo. It reminded me when I was a kid,
I went to a community orchestra concert and they, they were playing
music and they demonstrated each section of the orchestra and told you
who the brass were, who the wooden woodwinds were and all this. And I
remember that to this day, you know, I, you know, and I, I became a
musician in the wake of that.

And so seeing them do this specifically for percussion instruments is
awesome. Cause maybe not every kid thinks of drums first, you know, you
think about playing a piano or guitar or something first, but showing
drums as being something achievable as a viable option to youth and to,
to people everywhere. It’s a great, it’s a great mission that they’re on
here. So I absolutely loved this. It was done really well. I love the,
you know, the cinematography and the editing of it, you know, they’re on
the stage at the nice lighting.

It just looked great, you know, and everything about everybody,
everybody that’s involved here their philosophy. I love the, the one
young guy who says talking about being in competition. He’s like, if you
chop your sticks, that’s it, you’re done. You know, talking about the
intensity of at all. Very cool. But yeah, this is, this is a great, this
is a great mission this group is on, I loved learning about the group
and I loved seeing them perform. They were great. And it was also just a
nicely put together film.

So great job from the producers, the director, editors sound, people,
everybody involved did a great job. And I, I wish the cut, sorry. I wish
the Chaotic Drumline all the best. I hope that their mission continues.

AUDIENCE #5 (5m 20s): Think they showcase outstanding, talented people
with their distinctive different sounds for the various types of drums.
They offer some history behind the drum lines in showcasing the
participation in school bands. For example, on how this a specific band
has helped people keeping out of trouble.

I liked how you can see they enjoy playing and bringing peace to things
through music, the different testimonials, how they briefly show us
performance and yeah. How they present each instrument and their names
and the distinct different sounds. It was just very interesting and relevant. 

AUDIENCE #6 (6m 18s): I thought it was beautiful to get to learn about the
culture. I especially liked learning about the, the competitions and the
battles and how you never really know what’s going to happen. And
there’s all these intimidation tactics that the other team can use and
you just have to stay prepared and stay ready. And then I also really
loved towards the end where they gave each of the artists kind of their
moment on stage to show off their skills. And they explained each of the
drums and what they do and what they sound like and, and comparing it to
sounds of nature.

I just thought it was so beautiful and so poetic. And I thought it was a
perfect way to kind of wrap up, wrap up this film about, you know, a
talent that really brings obviously so much joy and passion, but, but
also culture and lessons along with it. So I really enjoyed learning
about that. 

AUDIENCE #7 (7m 15s): I knew nothing about a drum line or how it
functions. I don’t know anything about that. So I loved that I got to
learn so much. I love that. I got to learn their personal stories, how
this family really got started with the dad and then the son and now the
grandson. And it’s just, it’s just awesome. How they’ve all shared this
love of music. I love how they’ve really focused on the community in
Chicago that they live in and how they’ve helped kids steer away from
gangs with the, with the use of music.

I think that’s amazing. I loved the interviews. Every question that was
asked was clear and precise and, and guided the drumline members to
give great answers. So the interviews were done really well. And I also
loved how they broke down every instrument and what its place is in the
function of the drumline, you know, from the snare drum to the cymbals
and the bass to the tenor drums.

I really enjoyed that. And then I loved the ending with the DP, the
groove, you know, basically example of what one of their sets would look
like. All in all shot, beautifully in that theater, you know, clearly under COVID guidelines, but very cool to have an entire empty theater for
them together. And I really loved this, really enjoyed it. So
congratulations great job.

AUDIENCE #8 (8m 55s): So much fun for me. I went to school in Chicago,
specifically in the south side of Chicago and I studied the arts. So I
was very involved with like the art side of, of the south side of
Chicago. And, you know, you don’t often see a lot of black
representation from Chicago that doesn’t have anything to do with like,
you know, gun violence or like gang violence. And so this was honestly
such a refreshing sort of reprieve from the stories that we usually see.

And it’s so wonderful to see like this aspect of, of, of this community
that is so often overshadowed by the media with these sorts of
atrocities. And, you know, instead to be able to see like black bodies,
black kids, black musicians being joyful and, and, and celebrating this,
this experience, it was, it was absolutely wonderful for me. It was so
nice to know that when I go back to Chicago, that that’s a community
that I can support, that I can seek out, you know, this arts group.

And I can try to connect them to like other arts groups that I know,
because you know, like being black in Chicago is not one experience.
It’s not a single experience. And it’s not just about like, yes, gun
violence is real. And gang violence is real, and these are real genuine
things affecting the youth in Chicago today.

It’s true, but there’s so much that we don’t see, we don’t get to see
things like this. We don’t get to see, we don’t get to see young black
kids in their high schools or their middle schools as part of their
marching band. And like having a really good time on the drumline. This
was so refreshing. This was so refreshing. I loved this so much. I can’t
wait to go back to Chicago and support this group. This is, what’s so
amazing about this short film is you’re bringing awareness to, you know,
something that I otherwise even, you know, having lived in Chicago for a
long time and being involved with some like art communities, like I’ve
never heard of.

And it’s just so nice that I can now support this community. And I think
that using your voice and your platform to highlight something like
Chaotic Drumline is just wonderful. And the short film was really good.
Yeah. It, it, it was really good. I learned a lot and I enjoyed it and I
can’t wait to show it to, can we just show it to friends of mine who
still live in Chicago, who are a part of our communities who are part of
like engagement programs.

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Best of AUGUST 3, 2021 Trailer Festival

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THE BENIGN CONSPIRACY, 2min. 42 seconds, Documentary
10-part documentary on the Kennedy assassination provides factual evidence to support a unique conclusion: that while Oswald may have been the “lone assassin,” he was certainly not the “lone shooter.”

MASKING THRESHOLD, 28 seconds, Austria, Horror, drama, Psychological
‘Masking Threshold’ combines a chamber play, a scientific procedural, an unpacking video, and a DIY YouTube channel while suggesting endless vistas of existential pain and decay. Glimpse the world of the nameless protagonist in this eldritch tale, which is by no means for the faint of heart.

THE HANDLER II, 6min., Crime/Thriller
Jonathon “Dog” Doge is a retired K9 Sheriff and Vietnam MWD veteran with horrible guilt. He returns to his hometown to discover an underground crime ring. After they try to kill him, he hides his recovery until he can seek redemption through revenge for all the right reasons.

PROMISES, 97 seconds, Drama
Self made millionaire Rolando Dominguez (Carlos Guerrero) could not resist the tempting pleasures that came with his success and now finds himself homeless, demented, and tormented by flashbacks of his regretful mistakes and broken promises to his missing son Rollie (Carlos Guerrero Jr.). Rolando struggles with his guilt as he realizes that the fortune he worked for in his pursuit of happiness is the very thing that has destroyed his life.

THE DRIVER, 86 seconds, Drama
A short film about a driver of a mustang muscle car.

DECEPTIVE VOWS, 2min. 13seco., Drama
DECEPTIVE VOWS is a powerful, fictional, domestic violence film based on Gary’s domestic violence play, “Until Death do us Part.” His novel version, also called Deceptive Vows, was published in 2010.

THE EXCHANGE. IN WHITE AMERICA. KAUKAUNA & KING: 50 YEARS LATER, 5min., Documentary
In turbulent racial times, a controversial play brought Black and white high school students together for an exercise in race relations. It happened in 1966 in the Civil Rights era and 50 years later, it happened again in the era of Black Lives Matter.

KNIGHTS OF EARLY LOS ANGELES, 2min. 41sec., Documentary
Return in time to the romance and history of the California Rancho era when the arrival of the Knights Templar would change the lives of the Spanish Dons and their Señoritas forever.

The Ominous Project Universe Presents: CARNAGE, 90 seconds, Horror/Thriller
1 year after the horrific events of “The Ominous Project Universe Presents: ISOLATION”, the American Disease Center & The Health & Safety Department of of America, announces that quarantine and all previous safety precautions have been lifted which causes 3 young adults to take a risky vacation to Florida. However, on their way for fun in the sun; what they encoutered on the countryside of southern Georgia is something only found in nightmares.

SCHWINN VARSITY, 2min. 21 sec., Drama
Summer 1977 – two boys embark on an epic bicycle odyssey in search of a mythic dumpster full of adult magazines.

CALLE OCHO, 88 seconds, Drama
When the smart and beautiful daughter of a wealthy Cuban refugee (the most powerful conservative voice in Florida) becomes a U.S. Senator, she works cleverly and clandestinely to defy both her father and accepted political precedent to abolish the U.S. Embargo.

THE ATONEMENT, 1min. 44sec., Crime/Mystery
A “Big City” Detective takes on one of the most complex cases of his career as he investigates the mysterious death of a local woman in the story of a battered wife and sudden disappearance of her estranged husband. His worthy detective work invites a gruesome turn of events as he finds himself questioning his own sanity in a small town with no one to trust.

DEN OF DRAGONS, 70 seconds, Action/Crime
Barbra is a cop on the run, framed for murder she is on a mission to clear her name and expose the city’s corruption.

THE END OF DAYS, 2min. 3 seconds,Sci-Fi/Animation
A trailer/teaser for our SciFi animation ‘THE END OF DAYS’.

SCREENPLAY TRAILERS

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: Scarlett’s Ghost, by Robert Cole
“Scarlett’s Ghosts” is a story of sibling rivalry — hate and redemption played for laughs. In London, in the late 1700s, two aristocratic young men fall in love with beautiful Cassandra Bailey. Thomas was her betrothed and older brother Martin was having an affair with her. The triangle turned ugly with a bloody to-the-death sword fight in their grand home, Hamilton House. They haunt the halls, fighting and hurling outrageous insults at each other ‘round the clock.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: Who’s The Pin Head, by Samantha Hallenus
The bowling alley is the central meeting spot of the town. The town had a manufacturing plant but that closed.
The townies and the people outside the town do not get along with each other.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: The Queen’s Coiffeur, by Will Bashor
Marie Antoinette almost fainted at the sight of the red-hooded executioner in her prison cell that cold morning and she recoiled with horror when he asked her to turn around so he could cut her hair, necessary to ensure that the guillotine’s blade would work properly.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: SOLSTICE by Stephen John Beyer
After hosting an annual themed summer party 24 years ago where his mother is mysteriously slayed, JULIUS (42) and friends reunite. Julius invites twin siblings ANGELA (43) PETER (43), couple AMY (43) and THOMAS (45), husband and wife GRIFFIN (42) and LEAH (41) and lovers CLAYTON (41) and KEN (42). All arrive for a Summer Solstice Themed Reunion at Camp Julian, where Julius lives his dream as host and hosts nightly murder mystery dinners that retro in 1980’s slasher killer fashion.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: Vincent & Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, by Frank Hays
Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood is a biographical drama. Historians and biographers agree or have hinted that Vincent van Gogh’s adulthood included periods of homosexuality. This screenplay delves into the tumultuous relationship between Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

Best of JULY 7, 2021 Trailer Festival

WATCH the FESTIVAL NOW:

SEE THE FULL LINEUP OF TRAILERS:

KNIGHTS OF EARLY LOS ANGELES, 180 seconds, Documentary
Return in time to the romance and history of the California Rancho era when the arrival of the Knights Templar would change the lives of the Spanish Dons and their Señoritas forever.

BALTHAZAR & SNIRT, 107 seconds, Animation
During the age of monsters and magic…
A fearless village idiot and an anxious wizard-in-training team up to slay a dragon.

WAITING FOR THE RIVER, 168 seconds, Documentary
In 1944 a young girl escapes a horrid death, only to discover years later the myth of the Phantom Bear that saved her.

TERROR TIME, 59 seconds, Horror
A trailer for the anthology horror concept, Terror Time.

FORUM, 43 seconds, Drama
Trailer for short film “Forum,” written and directed by J.M. Kallet.

IN THE WINE DARK SEA, 120 seconds, Documentary
Through a colorful mosaic of stories, this documentary film aims to demystify Crete as a winemaking region and offers a rare insider glimpse into the indigenous grape varieties, the people behind them and the challenges they are facing with the eminent climate change. Filmed, edited and directed entirely by Chrisa Giorgi, the project reveals the ancient grape varieties and the unique terroir of Crete.

IMPURATUS, 5min., Thriller
With an ice storm on his heels, Detective Clayton Douglas of the Allentown Police Dept. travels across the snow-covered road to what seems like the middle of nowhere. Out in this vast emptiness sits the massive state hospital. A modern marvel of its day.

LAND OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE, 180 seconds, Animation
Sandy Piggot, a ten-year-old American girl, leaves her New York home for a family vacation in Ireland. Being chased by what her Irish cousin Kevin calls a witch and the threat of a convict on the loose they run for their lives. By some supernatural and magical circumstances they find themselves in the Land of the Little People, a Kingdom that is under siege from ferocious attacking rats.

SOLDIERS OF GOD, 171 seconds, Dramedy
(Faith Based Dramedy) A US Military doctor is shaken when he cannot save the life an identical twin who returns from the hereafter to make amends for her indiscretion with him when he was her sister’s fiancé. She must reconcile the love he had for her sister and introduce him to his unknown daughter.

TOM AND HIS ZOMBIE WIFE, 75 secodns, Horror
The Trailer for the Feature Film ‘Tom and his Zombie Wife’

SILENT NOTES, 180 seconds, Thriller
Observer, paid to observe worldwide ship business, witnesses murder, pollution and the endangerment of fish populations, that put his life at risk. His notes become silent and no one knows what happened…’cept Red.

BED AND BREAKFAST, 120 seconds, Comedy
In the style of Neil Simon and the feel of “The Big Chill,” two washed-up B movie producers coerce a young, naïve screenwriter into helping them convince a “money guy” to invest in a picture based on the writer’s script. The three hopefuls and their families’ caravan up North to an enchanting bed and breakfast where they all anxiously await the arrival of the man with the money… the man who will supposedly make all their dreams come true. This compelling story is laced with fears, tears, laughs and insights; while delivering a surprise, yet very happy ending. Just the way Walt Disney would have liked it.

THE FORM, 5min., Drama
Yesterday will let you go when it’s ready.

OUMUAMUA, 4min., Documentary
Proof of concept trailer for the story of global chaos following an irrefutable extraterrestrial flyby event.

UNDER THE RADAR, 74 seconds, Action
A motley group of bounty hunters finds themselves in deep water when gun-toting thugs ambush their fugitive transport van, freeing a high-profile criminal.

THE LOST PARADISE, 117 seconds, Drama
Trailer of the 46 awards film “The Lost Paradise”

INTERMINABLE, 115 seconds, Thriller
Interminable is about two desperate thugs trapped in a room where one just have a personal realization to escape. Things are not as they seem.

FRANK WOOD’S THE LONGEST HALLOWEEN, 72 seconds, New Media
Joel and his friends must destroy the fabled forever kingdom amulet to end the Longest Halloween or pay with their lives.

AMENO PROJECT, 147 seconds
Trailer of feature film Ameno Project

MARIA, 65 seconds, Drama
Conquering all adversities, two teenagers from racially divided communities find love in a life of bigotry and violence only to have it end in tragedy.

SCREENPLAY TRAILERS:

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: Welcome To New York-Afro New York Experience, by Obafemi Lasode
Welcome to New York-Afro New York Experience
The “American Dream” is alive and well, even in the African Community in New York City, “The Big Apple”!

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: CHASERS, by Eric White & Tony Folden
Inexperienced siblings escape pandemic lockdown in the City to vacation as storm chasers in the American Great Plains, only to inadvertently create a social media subscriber base of their misadventures.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: WHITE NOISE, by Caroline Heinle
WHITE NOISE is a short film about Dana’s struggles with chronic pain due to a genetic condition called scoliosis. Determined to feel better, Dana goes on a hunt to find answers through various treatments and doctors today, and loses all trust in healthcare. She moves back home with her parents, in hopes to get the support and healing she craves, and in doing so, she learns to take control of her condition and make decisions for herself again.

SCREENPLAY TRAILER: One More Sleep by Robert Drusetta
“It’s Christmas Eve…again, and again and again” OR “He has 24 hours to save Christmas”