Official Selection: Meat

Desperate for work, Darren agrees to a one-day trial as a door-to-door meat salesman.

Michael Forstein is a director and producer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has screened at festivals throughout the country including Sundance, SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, AFI Fest, and the Rooftop Films Summer Series. Meat is his directorial debut.

Official Selection: The Prodigy

Preparing to embark on a major study in Norway, renowned Child Psychologist, Dr. Russell Winfield, agrees to meet with an institutionalized graduate student who has requested him by name. Hoping to quickly diagnose the young man and return his focus to the study, Dr. Winfield immediately discovers the magnitude of their encounter.

Director David Traverso is a Mathematics professor at a Pennsylvania State University. His career has afforded him ample time to pursue film. He began writing screenplays and quickly discovered a love for storytelling. As a result, he decided to fully fund his own short film project, “The Prodigy.”

Official Selection: Intersection

A man is robbed – then offers to take his attacker to lunch.

Director Jason Honeycutt was born and raised in rural Michigan. He worked three jobs to pay for film school and moved to Los Angeles. This film is based on a true story.

Official Selection: Flightophobia

Afraid of flying, Yoram must make it to London in 24 hours or else his inheritance will go to his aunt’s favorite charity.

Flightophobia is a quirky dramedy made as the graduation project of students from IMPRO acting school in Israel. This film was directed by Alon Newman who was born in Tel Aviv and served in the Air Force.

Official Selection: Absence

A ghost hunter travels deep into the rural Midwest to investigate an abandoned farm house. With the rest of his team unable to attend he must perform the investigation on his own. Things quickly take a turn for the worst, and the ghost hunter must face the consequences of finding what he’s been hunting for…

From the up and coming local Rochester film group, Shattered Prism Studios, comes their first short film, “Absence”, a chilling supernatural thriller that will leave you questioning if you should ever be alone in the dark.

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Official Selection: The Sonatina

While working a dead end job at a thrift store, a young man rediscovers his passion for music.

This film was directed by Kate Balsley. The Sonatina was filmed on location in Hainesville, Illinois. The cast and crew were entirely Milwaukee and Chicago based.