Director: Alexander Tuschinski
Wandering around Paris, a man contemplates why his relationship broke apart, ...in this quirky and unusual film about a European relationship gone sour.
This feature deftly combines drama with off-beat humor, featuring subtle and authentic ensemble acting, a moody new original soundtrack, and an associative fast-editing style; with everything coming together to form a singularly memorable experience for the viewer.
"Fetzenleben" is the most recent film from Alexander Tuschinski, a true legend of underground and comedic cinema, who is now focusing on dark, raw, and contemplative dramatic themes in a feature-length project for the first time in his unique career.
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Director: Anson Williams
Anson Williams and Don Most reunite for the first time since Happy Days in this off-beat comedy. Anson plays Mike, a dialysis patient who desperately needs a new kidney. Don plays his brother, Bill who agrees to donate one of HIS kidneys. Until he gets a better offer… On eBay. Beth Littleford co-stars. Directed by Williams. Written by award winning playwright Frederick Stroppel. Executive Produced by David Levin, Stroppel, Williams and Most.
Starring: Anson Williams, Don Most, and Beth Littleford
2022 BEST COMEDY SHORT
WEST COAST PREMIERE
Director: Oliver Ponce
Louey & Bri TV is a 5-episode sketch comedy web series starring Luis Guzman and Bri Smith. Written and produced by Bri and Luis before the pandemic.
Each episode is stand-alone, and packed full of chaos, crazy characters, and unexpected outcomes. The 2021 HRIFF Award Winner for Best Web Series.
BEST WEB SERIES 2021
Director: Tiffany Watson
Two best friends working together at a police station, what could go wrong? Mac & Watson are the ultimate dynamic duo. These two are constantly chasing down criminals, breaking the rules, and getting in trouble for being the two best cops in the city. Why? Oh, because they’re interns. That’s right, police stations have interns, who knew? Hired to file paperwork and learn the ins and outs of the law through observation, these two quickly grow restless and realize that if anyone is going to right the wrongs of society, it’s them.
Director: Mario Gallegos
Tecata is slang for female heroin users.
Presented with an opportunity to escape her stagnant Southwest town, a young genizaro girl must decide if she will take the opportunity to leave or stay and continue struggling to care for her family as her mother sinks further into the grips of heroin addiction.
With this film, the director wanted to confront a word that has haunted him since childhood, a word so powerful it could immediately fill me with shame, embarrassment, anger and helplessness. In the setting of Tecata, there are cycles of poverty, violence and depression that lead to addiction; children are often parentalized- in charge of caring for younger siblings, cousins, neighbors and even their own parents and grandparents.
The focus of this film are the Genzaros, often referred to as coyotes, the product of kidnapped native servants and their Spanish owners.
Living in generational poverty is much like living in a cage, or being behind a fence, trapped, after being there for generations upon generations, there is comfort and safety in staying there, as the dangers of the outside world can seem daunting.
2022 BEST STUDENT FILM
Director: Derek Champnella
When you have to shoot your high school sophomore year short film project during a pandemic and the only two actors you can get are your mom and dad, this is what happens: A husband and wife battle over the last snack.
BEST STUDENT FILM 2021
Director: Ryan Rosenblum
Pursued by the FBI, a team of the world's deadliest women models their vigilante crimes on the seven deadly sins.
PG - 13
Director: Elvis Nolasco
GOD BLESS tells the story of Lincoln Lawrence (Jake Sidney Cohen), a troubled video store owner, who is visited by the three archangels, MICHAEL (Elvis Nolasco), RAPHAEL (Kendall Stillman-Riddle) and GABRIEL (Andrew Garrett).
On a hot summer day in Los Angeles, a man is forced to confront his past, and his faith.
Note from Screenwriter (Jake Sidney Cohen): “Our respective hero, Lincoln, looks and acts nothing like the heroes we’ve come to accept. He’s just a simple man, stunted by trauma, manifested by nervous energy and repressed desires. Being a Jewish writer myself, I always felt the Talmudic interpretations of the three archangels and their imprint on the stories of the Old Testament were absolutely fascinating as devices in the Hero's Journey. They each had specific tasks in our film, and their tasks are clear and direct. With their combined work, they leave Lincoln forever altered, with a renewed perspective on life, ...and filled with hope.
GOD BLESS is Elvis Nolasco's follow up directorial effort, following 2018's 'TIME 2 SURRENDER'.
BEST FAMILY FILM 2021