2019 Schedule

The Movie Labyrinth | Monday, November 4 | 8:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

Our filmmakers look beyond what is possible and stretch the boundaries of filmmaking to elevate our awareness.
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SENTIMENTS DISTINGUÉS

Dir by; By Keren Marciano– Narrative – 11:02 Min – France

“ELENA and ARTURO are a couple fully in love until one day, one of their friends sow seeds of doubts in their minds.”

Moriendum

Dir by; Memo Sauceda – Narrative – 2:59 Min – USA

 A father with many responsibilities tries to make sense of them all, but sometimes, the weight of life is too much to bear.

Lady Parts

Dir by; Erin Rye, Jessica Sherif – Narrative – 10:00 Min – USA/USA

Liz, a struggling actor who goes from dancing tampon to her first real break, plays a meaty role in a financial drama by an acclaimed up-and-coming director…only to discover that things aren’t what they seem.

Pe 'mme - Ebbanesis

Dir by; Pasquale Luigi Carillo – Music Video – 3:29 Min – Italy

This is a videoclip for women by women. They sing about women’s ability to succeed on their own, to feel accomplished, to feel free from constraint and to break the chains that have forced them into limiting and restrictive roles.

Henry Needs a New Home

Dir by; Seamus Murphy – Narrative – 14:50 Min – Australia

Henry lives in a small apartment with his only companion, his beloved dog. There’s only one problem; many times each day a gargantuan silver key noisily invades their home, flips them upside down and sends Henry, his dog and all their worldly possessions into utter disarray.

How Countries Fight Their Wars

Dir by; Thomas Loopstra, Maurice Baltissen – Animation – 2:00 Min – Netherlands

 How countries fight their wars.

Rigor Mortis

Dir by; Charles Francis Kinnane, Dan Kinnane – Narrative – 4:18 Min – USA

A rookie mortician gets the surprise of his life when the body he just embalmed tries to leave the funeral home.

Atlas

Dir by; Maciej Kawalski – Narrative – 22:30 Min – Poland

The story takes us to a remote, and a bit crazy, psychiatric hospital, which receives a curious patient — the man doesn’t move nor speak, but spends his days standing with his hands up. The only thing known is his nickname — “Atlas.”

Are We There Yet? | Tuesday, November 5 | 8:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

When anxiety meets purpose, panic wins over fear, and nostalgia is reminisced; excitement takes over our senses, and like little kids we keep asking, "Are we there yet?"
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Just Me and You

Dir by; Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers – Narrative – 20:00 Min – Canada

Eva (8 years old) and her parents immigrated in Quebec three years ago. She never had the chance to go for a holiday like the other kids, so she is thrilled when her father offers her to go to Mexico with him. She’s quickly deceived when she realizes that they won’t go by plane, but in her father’s big 18-wheels truck.

PLS&TY - Motives –

Dir by; Sean Cartwright – Music Video – 3:44 Min – USA

 The narrative follows a young, modern day Bonnie and Clyde on the run from the police in a road trip through the desert. The concept showcases the couple in an intimate, raw, and rebellious adventure with a timeless aesthetic. A playful twist on the song title, with each character having their own “motives”, the video presents one police officer aiming for a grand bust, while the other officer’s motive being more villainous.

AVRIL

Dir by; Gio Park – Narrative – 07:53 Min – Colombia

“Confused feelings are part of the life.”

This film is presented as a symbol of the collaboration and outreach programs which MIAMIsff enjoys with The 48 hour Film Project Iberoamerica.

Traces

Dir by; Sebastien Pins – Narrative – 12:05 Min – Belgium

Over the seasons we follow a logger and his horse in the depths of the Ardennes forest, and see him live his passion through the eyes of an odd young girl.

Kill the Boy

Dir by; By Juan Pablo Villavicencio Borges – Narrative – 10:10 Min – Mexico

Two friends go into the woods to shoot a rifle; between challenges they will end up hurting a deer. Astonished by the animal’s suffering, they will have to stop playing and take the responsibility for their actions.

SACI (Remix)

Dir by; Rafael Kent – Music Video – 5:00 Min – Brazil

 Saci Pererê is an important playful, childlike, folklore character of the Brazilian folklore, but is now commonly used to refer to panic or drug abuse. Our Saci Pererê is contemporary, urban, and bringing the protagonist closer to the original image, in which he has superpowers, is an important analogy to this folk being and to our tradition.

New York Rhapsody

Dir by; Salvatore D’Alia – Music Video – 13:47 Min – USA

On the notes of George Gershwin’s immortal ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ New York City wakes up and begins the daily cycle of life, dreams, and their inevitable intersections. We follow three creatives as they hustle and fight against and within the rhythm of the city to chase their artistic visions.

Too Young to Reason

Dir. By Nicolas Costes – Narrative – 16:51 Min – Greece

Andreas is a boy in his late teens in contemporary Athens trying to sort out his ambitions, his relationship with his family, his relationship with his girlfriend and above all, to find his stolen bike.

Then There Was You | Wednesday, November 6| 8:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

Watch how our characters express their love for others, for a child, and even a highway. "Then There Was You" confirms that love, whether positive or negative, knows no boundaries.
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Lush Life

Dir by; By Evan Houston – Narrative – 16:47 Min – USA

A Dad and his daughters get lost en route to Disney World and discover the stranger side of Florida along the way.

Take the Five

Dir by; Conner Griffith – Experimental – 3:00 Min – USA

 Vistas along the California Interstate Five highway dance to Richard Tee’s rendition of ‘Take the A-Train’.

Complejo Norte

Dir by; Juan Fernandez- Narrative – 13:34 Min – Mexico

A letter arrives at Lucas’ apartment, a nostalgic man who lives from the past: the building in which he has lived for 40 years is going to demolish. Now he must fight against everyone and everything to save it, a place that materialized his memories and the days of a better life, even if it means having all the neighbors against him, including his own daughter.

Lee Ann Womack's 'Hollywood'

Dir by; Chris Ullens – Music Video – 4:49 Min – United Kingdom

Lee Ann embarks on a cinematic road trip through iconic California, all shot frame by frame in rarely seen before rear projection stop motion. The combination of real backgrounds shot on location mixed with hand-crafted miniature foregrounds make this a really unique film.

Guy Proposes to his Girlfriend on a Mountain

Dir. By Bernhard Wenger – Narrative – 12:48 Min – Austria

A one-shot filmed with a mobile phone. A bromance. A proposal. A guy proposes to his girlfriend during a ski trip and his friend captures the whole thing to remember the best day of their lives.

ITALY & (THIS IS) WATER

Dir by; Ioan Gavriel, Anja Franziska Plaschg – Music Video – 5:26 Min – Austria

 A single day: from the tender break of dawn to the darkest night. One out of many days to come? Quite possibly the very last. A long farewell, an ultimate goodbye to a life we have grown to hold dear. Leading to a head-on dive into a new reality, into a new state of being.

A Hole in the Stomach

Dir by; By Camila Zavala – Narrative – 13:05 Min – Peru

In a dystopian world where nobody wants to be in love anymore; Eros spends his reluctant days drinking and removing arrows. The story unfolds when he meets Bruna, a desperate girl wounded by the only arrow filled with uncontrollable real passion that for the first time, won’t come out.

Is this Love?

Dir by; Adrien Boublil – Music Video – 3:33 Min – USA

Max’s infatuation for his childhood crush never stops growing. Is this what love is?

Pipe Dream

Dir by; By Chris King – Narrative – 19:18 Min – USA

Each year thousands of starry-eyed young actors take the courageous leap of faith and move to New York City or L.A. in search of stardom. This is the inspiring story of one such actress who would go from total obscurity to starring on Broadway after only a few years in NYC.

Slippery Corners of the Mind | Thursday, November 07 | 8:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

We all try to navigate the dark veils that hide our lurking inner self behind shadows but are not always successful in escaping the "Slippery Corners of the Mind."
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Objet

Dir by; Jaehoon Jeong – Narrative – 17:02 Min – Republic of Korea

An art university student, Hee Soo’s grad exhibition is coming soon, but she has trouble finding the subject of her work. In order to overcome her artist block, she has to find the sculpture of a tropical fish that she made as a child.

Roake - The End -

Dir by; Joan Cobos – Narrative – 11:22 Min – United Kingdom

 Our story revolves around young peoples’ obsession with fame and celebrity. Eldon Roake, who likes to be known only as ‘Roake’, is a photographer of great renown and acerbic tongue. Just one picture by him will catapult a star seeker to the top of the ‘A’ list, but it comes at a terrible cost.

Gold Star

Dir by; By Paul Frankl – Narrative – 13:35 Min – United Kingdom

GOLD STAR is the story of Joanna, an 18-year-old Jewish schoolgirl, who, after a one-night stand, gets pregnant. She begins to turn to Orthodox Judaism, as a way of taking control of her life, and to help her decide what to do about her unborn child.

"2020" AcentOh

Dir by; Paloma Valenzuela – Music Video – 4:19 Min – Dominican Republic

AcentOh is an independent Dominican artist and rapper. This is the Official Music video for his song ‘2020’ (2018).

Me Time

Dir by; Iyabo Boyd – Narrative – 11:00 Min – USA

Deborah, a young professional black woman, is wound up after a hectic workday and is thinking about how to decompress. After plopping down on her bed, one part of her inner psyche, Sexy Deb, appears and tries to bully her into going out to a bar for a hook-up.

Emma and the Fury

Dir by; Elisa Mishto- Narrative – 14:45 Min – Germany

 Young and pretty Emma is sentenced to anger management therapy after having thrown a toaster at her ex-boyfriend and broken his nose. During the course of one day, her fate and her temper will be challenged several times. Will she be able to control her anger, or will she lose everything?

Home-Grown Moviemaniacs | Friday, November 8 | 7:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

There is a huge level of satisfaction with home-grown achievements. "Home-Grown Moviemaniacs" showcases the talent of our “Home-Grown” filmmakers that make “Moviemaniacs” out of us.
1120 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dark Deco

Dir by; Matt Deblinger- Sci-Fi – 12:00 Min – USA

Ben Faust is addicted to the Deco, a mysterious VR device that allows its users to connect with loved ones from their past. As a result, Ben has become estranged from his girlfriend, Candace, whose family is mourning a loss of their own.

A Determined Woman

Dir by; Lester Llanes- Narrative – 14:30 Min – USA

 Hilda and Jorge (55) are been married for 30 years Jorge has never sexually touch Hilda and she has finally had it and goes on the internet looking for a man that can fulfill her desires.

De Sangre Y Polvora

Dir by; Geovanhy-Ruiz – Music Video – 3:13 Min – USA

De Sangre Y Polvora” is a statement against gun violence in the US. Paula comes from Spain where the gun laws are way different than what the US has. Given the recent situations, Paula felt compelled to make a statement.

Bird Gerhl to Heaven

Dir by; Oliver Zel – Experimental – 5:06 Min – USA

Previously kidnapped by an unstable brute, Mary, later turned Bird Gerhl, persists through a year of agony and unspeakable treatment. Understanding there was no other life she could live, Mary craves death and greets it as an old friend to escape and use her Bird Gerhl wings to fly.

CROSSWALK

Dir by; Phil Lee- Experimental – 7:00 Min – USA

Contemporary dance narration.

Cranes of Miami

Dir by; Sunny Zhang – Experimental – 1:30 Min – USA

 There’s a new species in Miami, and it’s here to stay.

A Doll for Edgar

Dir by; Anthony Dones – Narrative – 9:43 Min – USA

Reeling from the recent death of his mother, a young boy’s fate is left in the hands of an abusive step-father. Both will soon learn that a mother’s love is stronger than the grave.

Muggy

Dir by; Bryce Chapnick- Narrative – 4:45 Min – USA

‘Muggy’ explores a sheer and authentic sense of home through visual and audio storytelling elements.

The Last Dream of Kabuki

Dir by; Wanderson Dos Santos, Fini Maza – Narrative – 4:57 Min – USA

The Last Dream of Kabuki through a XII century Japanese-style poetry highlights the passion, honor, and death of our main subject connected to present day. This visual poem shot in a dreamy landscape shows us the inner struggles and demons that we can all relate to.

A.M.A.

Dir by; Peter Ebanks – Narrative – 15:00 Min – USA

 A self-driving car is forced to make a moral decision.

What Color is the New Normal? | Friday, November 8 | 8:30 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

Colors change and can represent many things, but can they represent a state of mind? Navigate the many shades of perceived reality spanning religion, racism, gun violence, and the strings that tug at the heart of our most fundamental unit - the family. Can you tell "What Color is the New Normal?”
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First Day Back

Dir by; Deshawn Plair- Narrative – 21:00 Min – USA

It’s the first day back at school for the faculty and students of Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, after a fight between two students from rival neighborhoods resulted in the death of a fellow student, left others injured and changed the community forever. Everyone struggles to adjust to the new normal.

Wamin

Dir by; Katherine Nequado – Narrative – 2:43 Min – Canada

 Wamin means apple in Atikamekw. Red on the outside, white on the inside. It’s an insult to people who leave their communities to go and live in the city. A young Atikamekw woman shows that living outside her reserve does not make her any other person than who she really is.

Safety

Dir by; Fabrice Joubert – Narrative – 14:00 Min – USA

After a detonation tears the silence of the wind-down time after gym class for Michael and his other 2nd-grade classmates, the gym teacher immediately understands that he now bears the life-and death responsibility to lead the children to safety.

The Name of the Son

Dir by; Louis Delva – Narrative – 10:06 Min – France

Tina and Fred, a couple in their fifties… the chronicle of a little piece of their lives, there is nothing more normal. Except their obsession: they seem desperate in their search for a boy’s name. For who? Why? A thoughtful look on a social issue.

Soil

Dir by; Claudia Munuera – Narrative – 14:31 Min – Spain

A life-changing revelation will make Emma decide to have a conversation that will change her point of view about family and question her own identity.

The Nun’s Kaddish

Dir by; Luis Ismael – Narrative – 6:33 Min – Portugal

 A heart-warming vignette that portrays a true story of inter-religious kindness when a Nun observes a Jewish ritual.

Welcome to the King Family

Dir by; Zach King – Documentary – 7:11 Min – USA

This is the true story of how my wife and I began our adventure in Foster Care and how we started our family a few years ago.

Atma Bala: Strength Within the Will | Saturday, November 9 | 7:00 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

The characters in these powerful shorts need more than will and inner strength. They need soul force, or Atma Bala, the inner life-force energy that exists within us.
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After Parkland

Dir by; Beth Mendelson – Documentary – 19:37 Min – USA

With every death incurred as a result of gun violence, the American public seemed to become apathetic and numb to painful eulogies from each shooting, until the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Corre

Dir by; Junette Reyes, Omar Reyes – Music Video – 2:36 Min – USA

 Music video for Nando Chang’s single, ‘Corre’.

John Pennekamp Cleanup

Dir by; Salvatore DePasquale- Environmental – 4:02 Min – USA

An ocean cleanup company called 4ocean along with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp State Park joined forces to clean an area impacted by debris from hurricane Irma.

Neon Rabbits

Dir by; Kenny Sheard – Narrative – 15:30 Min – USA

A Soldier returns home from overseas to piece together his estranged sister’s brutal attack. He’s forced back into the life he abandoned a decade ago in the lurid, and occult world of Miami’s nightlife, as he tracks down those responsible.

Phil & Grace | The World's Oldest Scuba Diving Couple

Dir by; Salvatore DePasquale – Documentary – 3:41 Min – USA

Phil & Grace are proof that couples who play together, stay together. This couple has traveled the world on scuba diving adventures and was listed as the World’s Oldest Scuba Diving Couple by the Guinness Book of World Records.

La Vida Loca

Dir by; Andres Monsalve – Narrative – 5:28 Min – USA

 A behind the scenes look at overrated director Steven Boyle, as he confesses his love for his film editor, Jessica, during the post-production of ‘La Vida Loca’.

Meg’s First Dance

Dir by; Ada Gorn – Narrative – 9:30 Min – USA

Meg, 17, develops feeling for her best friend, Phoebe in this quirky coming of age film. The style is “Love Simon” meets David Lynch. Meg has to come to terms with her feelings, despite nightmares, a judgmental mother, and a tempting unrequited crush.

Planet Without Borders | Saturday, November 9 | 8:30 PM | Regal Cinema South Beach

Exploration and growth moved civilization around the planet. Today’s borders limit us. Explore these films and see if you can answer the most significant question of our time; could we ever return to a "planet without borders"?
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Dios Nunca Muere

Dir by; Barbara Cigarroa – Narrative – 14:00 Min – USA

‘Dios Nunca Muere’ tells the story of a mother struggling to raise her two children on her own. Living with dozens of other undocumented families on an isolated farmworkers camp, Paula and her kids have little time and space to be a family.

Gustaakh (The Arrogant)

Dir by; Vijesh Rajan – Music Video – 3:49 Min – India

 In a future cyberpunk city, a concerned citizen rises up to the occasion when a publicity hungry dictator fails to protect his people.

To Tell A Ghost

Dir by; Chris Piotrowicz, Stefan Ehrhardt – Documentary – 11:55 Min – USA

’To Tell A Ghost’ captures Mirza’s attempt to process personal loss and childhood memories while finding healing through music.

The Persian

Dir by; Amir Farhang – Narrative – 5:40 Min – USA

A tale of ignorance through a comedic lens. The Persian tells the story of a stranger from a strange land who’s confronted with the general ignorance and Islamaphobia in modern-day America.

Bolas Criollas

Dir by; Juan Vicente Manrique, Vittorio Dugarte Barbarito – Narrative – 12:00 Min – Venezuela

In a country where the use of clothes is forbidden by a 50 years revolutionary government, two old best friends enjoy a sunny day at the beach. Between sharing thoughts, both friends start a strong and revealing arguing, giving them the chance to look around and for the first time, judge the revolution.

Eat the Rainbow

Dir by; Brian Benson – Musical – 19:31 Min – USA

Eat the Rainbow is a musical fable about an odd yet kind man named Bayani who moves into a conservative suburban neighborhood and disrupts the otherwise comfortable homogeny. He doesn’t look or act like anyone else which causes fear and panic and eventually a demand for him to leave the neighborhood.