2014 Program

Friday, Nov. 7

 Beatley 10-6                     

10 a.m. Fly By Light

A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, D.C. and lives of abuse, violence and neglect to play in mountain streams, sing under the stars and participate in an ambitious peace education program. But as they return to D.C., each young person faces hurdles hat challenge their efforts to build a better life. (60 min., USA)

Special Guest: Rachel Abdullahi

11:15     1³ Three unrelated women from different cities in India go about their lives on an odd working day. Something invisible & powerful runs in in the backdrop like long shadows. Their fates mirror and are affected by those of the people and objects around them. After all, are they truly unrelated?     (43 min., India)

Special Guest: Pramod Dev

12:15     El Khateeb From belly dancers to crimes of passion, this film pays homage to the golden age of Egyptian cinema. (10 min.; USA)

12:45     The Cooler Bandits After 20 years of incarceration, two men go back into the free world with $80 in “gate pay,” locked out of housing, most jobs and public assistance because of their felony convictions. How will they adapt to the changed landscape? Will they get their shot at redemption? (100 min., USA)

2:30        Antoine

Renee is convinced that she has been a bad mother, since her son Antoine, a doctor who travels around the world, no longer takes the time to come and see her. How does Renee cope with her loss? (12 min. Luxembourg)

2:45        Story

It takes Brad, a disconnected father attempting to reconcile with his daughter and ex-wife, a heartbreaking tragedy before he realizes the consequences of his actions. Can Brad still rekindle his estranged relationships? (25 min., USA)

4:00        Our Life in Make Believe

Awake or asleep, Devon is always running away from the haunting memories of her past. But when her path crosses with Zander, and his haphazard journey to Boston, the two form an unlikely friendship, finding escape from their personal struggles. But as they travel on, the realities they are running from begin to catch up. (96 min., USA)

Special Guest: Chris Lang


Saturday, Nov. 8                                                              

Beatley 10-5      


10 a.m. Relentless

When his preparation rituals do not go as planned, doubt starts creeping in for a soldier about to leave on his fourth deployment. (9 min., USA)

Special Guest: Joe Hall

10:15     Two Lives

How do young women deal with the actions and consequences of their teenage pregnancies? This short film carefully and thoughtfully deals with sensitive issues such as abortion, poverty and class differences, through the perspective of two teenage mothers.  (11 min., USA)

Special Guest: Kimberly Southee

11           Junaluska

The stories of small African-American communities in the heart of Appalachia. This documentary reveals how the races can not only coexist but thrive together. (28 min., USA)

Special Guest: Kelly St. Germain

11:30     b.c.d.

The real story of Alex Spourdalakis, filmed in the months before his alleged murder, this documentary fills in the blanks. Engraved into his short life and tragic death is systematic failure at almost every level of the U.S. healthcare machine.    (66 min., USA)

Special Guest: Andy Wakefield and Polly Tommey


1:30        Shattered Silence

A brilliant theatre director guides and inspires 46 teenagers for an entire school year. These young adults combat their inner fears and find the courage to tell their true-life stories. (63 min., USA)

Special Guest: Jared O’Roark

3:00        Mom Interrupted

A feature length film that tells the story of seven mothers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who lost their children—all under the age of 30—to gun violence. (60 min., USA)

Special Guest: Deshuana Spencer

Sunday, Nov. 9                 

Beatley 1-5        

1 p.m.   Andrew

The film tells the story of a young man who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD, ADHD and anxiety at age 4, and his family’s struggle to find new ways to help him grow and socialize into a person defined by who he is rather than the condition he has.             (21 min., USA)

Special Guest: Travis Pollert

1:45        Transcending Surgeon

African American pioneers in medicine overcame great barriers to make significant contributions to the field. Following in their footsteps, Dr. Edward Cornwell, Surgeon-in-Chief of Howard University Hospital, faces different challenges to make a lasting, positive impact on his students, patients and community. (29 min., USA)

Special Guest: Sam Hampton

2:15        Notes from the Capitol: Temporary Insanity

In 1859, Teresa Sickles, a congressman’s wife, is caught having an affair with Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key. Washington, D.C., soon explodes in rumors and outrage, but it’s Teresa who must choose between being a proper Victorian lady, or following her heart. (34 min., USA)

Special Guest: Kevin Norton


3:00        One Man Charlie

Tonight, Kader Oussel, a standup comedian is shortlisted for the tomorrow night’s final of a humor contest. On his way back home, he meets one of his ‘characters': a homeless war veteran named Charlie. This encounter will irremediably change the course of his life. (23 min.; France, Switzerland)

Special Guest: Alain Rudaz

3:30        Sing the Blues

After receiving a call that his former bass player Adam has died, Travis Preston sets out for Nashville to play for the “Celebration of Life” gathering. He reconnects with his other band-mates and is forced to confront the reason for Adam’s death and his own uncomfortable past. (60 min., USA)

Special Guest: Joseph Spence





Saturday, Nov. 8                                                              

Hoffman #2


MOM’s Organic Market Sustainability Showcase                                             

11 a.m. Drill, Spill Repeat

When it comes to offshore drilling in the U.S., one overarching theme stands out – Drill, Spill, Repeat. Four years after more than 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf, the BP disaster serves as much more than a bad memory. Before we make the same mistake and open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, we sent a crew to capture the stories of the people in the Gulf. (28 min., USA)

Special Guest: Courtney Owen

From Grain to Growler

A short-form documentary chronicling the rise of Virginia craft beer through interviews at breweries, beer bars, festivals and bottle shops. This film highlights the impact of the craft beer movement on the local economies and agriculture throughout the Commonwealth. (33 min., USA)

Special Guest: Aaron Stanley, Megan Ann Troy

The Ballad of Holland Hill House

This unique film uses animated clay paintings to tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. It contemplates time, environmental change and the rise of the seas. (4 min., USA)

Special Guest: Lynn Tomlinson

An Exploration of Art and Mind                (Made possible by a grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts)

3:30        Dan Behind His Eyes

Dan Ellis, the owner of a successful printing company, was stricken with ALS and ‘locked in’—unable to move or speak—but still alive, and connecting with the world, including his daughter. This inspirational film shows the truth of the disease but not the defeat; the strength of family; and the power of art, courage and hope. (18 min., USA)

Special Guest: Sheri Kebbel

Alive Inside

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. (78 min., USA)

Special Guests: Alex McDougal, Producer; Linda Maguire, Medical Musician


Room 19

The 3rd grade class of Tulita Elementary begin an odyssey into the world of art, led by an innovative teacher who uses the “Lessons of the Masters” to open a new way of learning. (20 min., USA)

Special Guest: Kimberley Browning

7:00        Tango Your Life

Tango is often portrayed as a sexy dance with intricate movements.  “Tango Your Life” reveals tango as a much deeper experience: couples in close embrace, moving to the music, expressing their friendship or love.                (51 min., Argentina)

Special Guest: Joan Singer, Artistic Director, Quintango, and Friends

9:00        Dead Hearts

A young mortician will give his heart away to find true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu and biker werewolves. (17 min., Canada)

Genetic Drift

A group of college students experience genetic mutations after answering a flyer about participating in a government funded experiment. They soon realize the experiments are more sinister than advertised. (18 min., USA)

Special Guest: James Lewis

Le Devoir

A mother’s illness sees two siblings returning home in the French countryside to face the closeted circumstances that drove them apart.           (18 min., Canada)


A lonely seaman falls in love with a doll. (9 min., USA)


Gun Control

Based on a story by Robert A. Campos. the setting is an interrogation room. A government official is interviewing a man whose accountability for the execution of many people is being questioned. (15 min., USA)

Special Guest: Vanessa Devany

President of the Fan Club

Middle-aged housewife, Hanna, and the other members of the fan club plan a secret trip to visit the object of their obsession. (9 min., USA)

Special Guest: Daryl  Lathon

Dinner with Ana

Renata and Phillip know their marriage is dissolving under the weight of perfection; the perfect house, the perfect job, the perfect life. Renata thinks they can make it right, but she doesn’t count on how fast their glass walls can shatter or how fast the secrets can come spilling out. (17 min., USA)

Special Guest: Jianna Maarten


Saturday, Nov. 8

Hoffman #3       

10 a.m. Things I’ve Learned About Sex and Dogs

In a series of vignettes, a young woman delivers relationship advice gleaned from the wisdom she has learned from her past boyfriends and her loyal dog. (7 min., Australia)


During the intermission of a theatrical show, two actresses are getting ready in the dressing room. It’s the moment to tell the truth. Not everything is what it looks like. (4 min.) France

Von Glucklichen Schafen – Happy Lambs

The perfect world of a small family breaks, when Can discover that his mother works in a brothel. In a maelstrom of anger, guilt and despair mother and son are forced to forgive himself. (96 min., Germany)

1 p.m.   Walls

A short comedy about a ‘Star Wars’ fan in Brooklyn hearing the neighbor he’s never met, and the ways in which we are involuntarily brought into strangers’ lives. (6 min., USA)

Special Guest: Patrick Mandeville


23 Segundos (23 Seconds) A young woman is shot in the street by motorcycle bandits. Her life depends on a nearby windshield wiper. Can he save her life and at what cost to both? (112 min., Uruguay)

Special Guest: Felix Rivero


3:30        The Agony of My Inspiration

The story of Malik, a Muslim artist who seeks peace and forgiveness from his Jewish ex-fiancé during the last days of his life. (12 min., USA)

Special Guest: Mohammad Alihiah



Pancake Batter

When Michael Fitzwater, a thirty something minor league pitcher, finds out that he has little hope of moving up to the majors, he is forced to make a critical decision. (13 min., USA)

Special Guest: Ivan Kander

61 Bullets

In 1935 Senator Huey Long is assassinated. A respected young doctor, Carl Weiss is gunned down at the scene and proclaimed the killer. But, without physical evidence or a clear motive, the Weiss family doubts his guilt. 75 years later, in a search for closure, Weiss’s son and his family delve into a painful past to question the official story. (59 min., USA)

7 p.m.   One Armed Man

In this chilling drama, a wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery. (27 min., USA)

Chasing Notes

This is the first documentary of its kind to focus on the real-life challenges and demands faced by film composers as they apply their craft in a surprisingly competitive field. (79 min., USA)

Special Guest:  Tom Hoover

10 p.m. Bury (80 min., USA)

Six hipsters from Brooklyn escape the city for a weekend in the woods where there is no WiFi and no cell service.  They get ready to party, but when the revelers start to go missing one-by-one they start to turn on each other and everything they believe in.

Special Guest: Stefan Haverkamp


Sunday, Nov. 9

Hoffman #2       


10 a.m. Agnus Dei

Based on a true story, “Agnus Dei” is an epic tale of forbidden love, betrayal, and conspiracy set during the war in Kosovo, while a young man tries desperately to escape an unwelcome fate. (105 min., Kosovo)




The Big Break

Auditioning for a role in a big production, a young actress believes this will be her quintessential “big break.” (5 min., USA)

Special Guest: Tony Marquez

12:15     The Drive

When Christina forces her best friend of eight years to go on an impromptu road trip in the middle of the night, Lexi knows something is desperately wrong. Although Lexi knows this is Christina’s typical act of avoidance, she will soon realize why her closest friend needs some distance from the reality of her situation.               (20 min., USA)

Coming Back to the Hoop (84 min., USA)

Jane Pittman, a promising basketball star at her small town high school, ran off the court never to return . . .  until now. Forty years later, she is determined to play competitive ball again. What she never expected to find on this journey is a passionate group of women that come together for much more than sports.

Special Guest: Jane Pittman


2:45        A Broadway Lullaby

An inside look at the creation of Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. This ambitious project gathers many of contemporary musical theatre’s greatest composers, vocalists and illustrators, all of whom donated their talent, to deliver an emotionally affecting set of new lullabies, some written specifically for this project. (40 min., USA)

Special Guest: Kate Dawson


A vagrant man answers a misplaced pay phone and receives a vague invitation to a surreal gathering that leads him on a visceral pursuit of truth in the heart of winter. (18 min., USA)

Special Guest: Felicia Brown


A romantic drama that paints an intimate portrait of a relationship, exploring the limits to which love can be expected to go before love is no longer the right description. (20 min., USA)

Special Guests: Claire Dellamar and Jason Cochard



The Only Man (22 min., Spain)

A man, the victim of an epidemic that has turned mankind into degenerate beings void of consciousness; tries to keep his sanity as he fights alone against the disease.  A cautionary tale?


Sunday, Nov. 9                                                                                                                 

Hoffman #3       


10 a.m. Mouna Vizhiththuligal

A father and his blind daughter spend their days within the walls of a bunker during the final stages of Civil War in Sri Lanka. (12 min., Sri Lanka)

Special Guest:   Ilango Ramanathan

Secret Sharer

A young sea captain’s life and future are transformed by his decision to secretly shelter a beautiful fugitive in this romantic thriller set during an epic voyage to Shanghai. (103 min.; U.K., Poland)

12:30     Wild and Precious

Sparks fly when a wayward grandmother returns for a funeral and it falls upon the shoulders of her young granddaughter to reach out and ask the questions no one has ever dared to in this dark-ensemble comedy. (18 min., USA)

First & Last

Sam and Matt’s relationship was wonderful in the beginning. But two years after that fairy tale beginning, the couple’s relationship has never been more difficult. Sometimes, you have to go back to the beginning to figure out why you started in the first place. (11 min., USA)

Special Guest: Josh Goldman

We the Economy

20 short documentaries, directed by a handful of well-known directors, tackle everything from Wall Street (“The Street,” directed by Joe Berlinger) to the Federal Reserve (“Fed Hed,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke) to what the government has to do with our money (“Taxation Nation,” directed by Jessica Yu). (75 min., USA)

Special Guest: Joe Cantwell


3:30        A Man on the Edge (11 min., Australia)

When a troubled man is on the verge of committing suicide, he is interrupted by a beautiful young woman. As he tries to come to terms with his grief and guilt, the woman offers him hope in a way he never expected.


In Armila, a remote 600-person village in the indigenous Guna Yala region of Panama, regional pride is ubiquitous, but as the people adopt Western customs, technologies and ideals, parts of their culture erode under economic and technological pressures. An intimate look at one of the last intact indigenous civilizations in the Americas. (24 min., USA)

Special Guest: Elliot Blumberg

An Addiction

Set in the not-too-distant future, this is the story of the power that our devices have over our relationships and us. (8 min., USA)

Special Guest: Monica Hoening

Noir City

The film is set in a modern world where every film noir trope and cliché is fully realized. The 1940s and 50s never went out of style. So even though technology still continues to evolve, fashion and attitude doesn’t. (29 min., USA)

Special Guest: Nick Zebrun

The Lonely Souls of Microbes

A person is constantly changing in every moment of his life and yet remains the same. No matter how lucky, young or even in love we are, we bear our loneliness inside at all times. Not quite a love story, but more than just a story of someone’s life! (30 min., Russia)



Awards Ceremony and Closing Reception on the mezzanine, imediately following final screenings.