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2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

11PM DROP OFF

11PM DROP OFF

34 min. 30 sec.
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Jen rushes Mason back to the house after he is shot by an unknown assailant during their drug run. Add in strangers at the door, detectives looking for information and half a million dollars at stake makes their ruthless boss, Eli smell a rat in his circle.

Director / Writer: William Mercado*

Director of photography: Selena Mercado*

 

Executive Producers:

William Mercado*

Selena Mercado*

Mark A Cruz*

Kyle Grant

Dino Puglia

 

Editors:

William Mercado*

Selena Mercado*

 

Producers:

Danielle Colette Calcagno

Kyle Grant

Steven D. Clark

Peter Williams

Marcia Barbee Lebour

Robert Kohlmann

Andre Deleon*

John Nunez*

Nancy Munro

Danny Santiago*

 

Main Actors:

Danielle Colette Calcagno

Kyle Grant

Steven D. Clark

Dennis Keeley

Peter Williams

Marcia Barbee Lebour

Robert Kohlmann

Jewel Rouge

Marc Lebour

COLONIZATION IS EXTINCTION

COLONIZATION IS EXTINCTION

90 min. 17 sec.
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Friday, November 10

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Colonization is Extinction” focuses on the gentrification of the island of Puerto Rico. From forced sterilization, to active bombs littered across Vieques, this film takes a hard look at the US’ role in the theft of the island, and what our people need to do to take it back

 

 

Producer: Walter Alomar *

Director: Walter Alomar *

Writer: Jessica Alomar

Lead Actors: Edgar Hernandez*

Assistant Producer: Jessica Alomar

EUROPEANY

EUROPEANY

3 min. 3 sec.
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Saturday, November 11

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An eccentric filmmaker encounters her muse when the idea for creating a ‘European’ style indie film is born. Her imagination runs wild as she discovers what might be her formula for success.

 

Writer/Director: Lisann Valentin *

Producer/Editor: Lisann Valentin *

Lead Actor: Lisann Valentin *

Director of Photography: Marcos Sotomayor *

Supporting Actor: Marcos Sotomayor *

Lead Actor: Allison Minick

EXTRA TERRESTRES

EXTRA TERRESTRES

112 min.
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Friday, November 10

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Teresa is a vegetarian and a successful astrophysicist living with her fiancé, Daniela in the Canary Islands. After years of auto-exile, she goes back to her rural home in Puerto Rico to invite her family to her wedding.
The Díaz family is a conservative clan that owns a Poultry Processing Plant. Unwilling to reveal their secrets, no one in the family is who they say they are, which is why Teresa opts for lying. After a series of sabotages force the family business to shut down, Daniela, tired of waiting on Teresa, decides to travel to Puerto Rico to meet her new family.
On the other end, the Díaz family is collapsing like a supernova, provoking a chain reaction that reveals who and what they really are: extraterrestrials.

 

Producer:
Pulsar Films *

 

Director:
Carla Cavina *

 

Writer:
Carla Cavina *

 

Director of Photography:
Pedro Juan López *

 

Editor:
Diego Cardier *

 

Lead Actors :
Sunshine Logroño *
Marisé Álvarez *
Elba Escobar
Prakriti Maduro

 

Music:
Omar Silva *

GRAPES

GRAPES

6 min. 53 secs.
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Friday, November 10

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After an evening of drinking and smoking, Ray stumbles home with the intent to snooze him-self sober. However, his Grandmother intercepts him and seizes this opportunity to give him a much-unwanted Spanish lesson. It’s the battle of the generations! The ungrateful pothead, and the vulgar Abuela, face off in ‘Grapes’.

Producer: Barbie Estevez Whittaker, Deangelo Williams, Ramon Pesante*

Director: Ramon Pesante*

Writer: Ramon Pesante*

Director of Photography: Lionel T Djaowe

Editor: Burton Lewis JR, Lionel T Djaowe

Lead Actors:  *Andrew Santiago, *Amneris Morales, Noel B Austin

Casting Producer: Andre Deleon*

Production Assistant: Dorca Musseb*

Lighting: Zack Auron

Make Up: Meraly Lopez

Story Board Artist: Phyllis Sanfiorenzo*

Coloring: Matt Landin

Josh Thomas: Sound Mix

Graphics: Luis Moya, Jay Ross

Production Assistant: Lorenzo Woods

JANUARY

JANUARY

8 mins. 23 secs.
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Friday, November 10

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Synopsis: Ofelia receives a call from her ex-wife, Maité, announcing she’s in labor. On their way to the hospital, they resume the unfinished issues of their past and deal with the uncertainties of motherhood.

 

 

Producer: Raúl Abner Samrah*

Director: Carlos Carrero Sepúlveda*

Writer: Carlos Carrero Sepúlveda*

Director of Photography: Edward Andrés*

Editor: Alejandro Orengo*

Lead Actors: Ada Rodríguez Bermúdez* & Lilian Delgado*

Other crew members: Nashmia Samrah* (Production Design), Samara Pérez Santiago (Associate Producer), Pedro Emanuel Franco* (Music), Carolina Esther Santiago* (Actress), Efraín J. Muñiz Ortiz* (Extra), Paola Rivera* (Extra), Joseph López Hidalgo* (Still Photography), Félix Cortés* (Sound Mixer), Luis Daniel Ramos Pérez* (Boom Operator), Cirilo Javier Tirado* (Set PA), Franchesca Alexandra* (Wardrobe Supervisor), Jorge Rivera Sebastián* (Sound Designer)

THE LANGUAGE OF BALL

THE LANGUAGE OF BALL

8 min. 47 secs.
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Friday, November 10

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The Language of Ball is seen through the eyes of Ahmed, a young teenager who recently arrived to New York City from Yemen and whose only sense of security and comfort is basketball. One day during his morning routine alone on the court, he’s approached by a Latino teenager, Justin, who encourages a one-on-one game. This leads to Justin taking Ahmed on an adventure through various neighborhoods and cultures playing pick up basketball throughout the city.

Director: Ramón Rodríguez*

Writer: Ramón Rodríguez*

Producer: Ramón Rodríguez*, Karina Silva

Cast: Eshan Bay, Justin Ahedo*

Director of Photography: Karina Silva

Editor: Ramón Rodríguez*

MARIGOLD

MARIGOLD

10 min.
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Saturday, November 11

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A modern black & white silent film follows Marigold, whose obsessive relationship with her newspaper is destroying her. So she ends it. Free from headlines, she rediscovers happiness in her Sunset Park studio. Until the newspaper decides it isn’t done with her and comes knocking on her door.

 

 

Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Editor & Lead Actor:

Karina Richardson*

THE JOURNEY

THE JOURNEY

11 min.
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Friday, November 10

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The Journey is about taking a look into Professor Gabriela Torres childhood being raised in Guatemala during the time of the Guatemalan Civil War (1960 – 1996). Gabriela’s parents were civil rights lawyers trying to protect Guatemalan citizens rights to assembly and protest. So during Gabriela’s childhood, she faced many obstacles due to her parents work and the climate of Guatemala.

 

 

Producer/Director/Editor/Director of Photography: *Dominick Torres

TITERES EN EL CARIBE HISPANO

TITERES EN EL CARIBE HISPANO

150 min.
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A chronological journey through the history of puppet theater in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that brings to life the work of many of the region’s prominent puppet masters.

Producer: Manuel A. Morán*

Director: Manuel A. Morán & Kristian Otero*

Writer: Manuel A. Morán*

Director of Photography: Luis Otero*

Editor: Kristian Otero*, Juan Stubbs & George Riverón

Lead Actor: Manuel A. Morán*

UNO A UNO

UNO A UNO

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Executive Producer: Soraya Sesto*

Producers: Adrián E. Schwarz*& Raisa Bonnet*

Associate Producers: Lorna Cruz* & Julio Sanz de la Maza

Cinematographers: Adrian E. Scwarz* & Raisa Bonnet*

Director: Noel Quiñones*

Writers: Noel Quiñones* & Juan Agustín Marquez*

Editors: Jaime Vázquez* & Juan Agustín Marquez*

Original Score: René G. Boscio*

Original Theme Song: ‘Préstame tu mano’ by Rique Colón*

WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT?

WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT?

8 min. 19 secs.
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Friday, November 10

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A film about what we choose to prioritize in life.

 

 

Producers: Zulivet Díaz* , Caridad del Valle * and Yaitza Rivera*

Director: Yaitza Rivera*

Writer: Yaitza Rivera*

Director of Photography: Chris Tharp

Editor: Sebastian García

Actresses: Zulivet Díaz*, Caridad del Valle* and Ella Jane Rossman

SOL DE MEDIANOCHE

SOL DE MEDIANOCHE

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Friday, November 10

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Manolo is a private detective specializing in adultery cases who spies and records the affair of old friends Carlos and Migdalia while simultaneously attempting to mentally re-construct the events that culminated in the murder of his twin-brother Frank for which he was accused and charged.

Producers

Nadia Barbarossa*

Rosana M. Roig*

Billy Tress-Roig*

 

Director

Douglas Pedro Sánchez*

 

Writer

Douglas Pedro Sánchez*

 

Director of Photography

Santiago Benet Mari*

 

Editor

Carlos M. Aponte*

 

Lead Actors

Pedro Capó*

Aris Mejías*

Laura Alemán*

Xavier Torres*

 

Cordelia González*

Modesto Lacén*

Ana Isabelle*

Chente Ydrach*

Yulie Padilla*

 

Production Design

Mayna Magruder Ortiz*

 

Wardrobe

Karola Hawk*

 

Hair and Makeup

Marielena Ramírez*

 

Sound

Rafael J. Pérez Veve*

 

Music

Angélica Negrón*

Orquesta El Macabeo*

 

Co-Producer

Ariel Annexy Labault*

 

Based on the novel by

Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá*

ANTON Y EL ECO

ANTON Y EL ECO

8 min.
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Friday, November 10

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On a dark and misty night during 1857 in Madrid Spain, drunken Antón stumble and fell on the sidewalk besides the old convent wall. He starts a conversation with his own echo that will lead him to confront himself.This story is based on a poem written in 1857 by spanish author Francisco de Añón.

 

Director: Julio Benito Cabrera
Writer: Francisco Añón
Director of Photography: Melvin Vázquez
Editor: Luis Castro
Lead Actor: Reinaldo Santana
Camera: Daniel Sebastián Cabrera & Melvin Vázquez
Sonido: Luis Rodríguez & Julio Andrés Cabrera
Assist Producers: Leslie Santos, Yanina Gutierrez, Kenny Murphie, Alejandro Amador
A Warrior Films Studio Production
TILL WE AGE

TILL WE AGE

8 min.
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Friday, November 10

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A writer tells thru time how he met the love of his life and all they have accomplished together.

 

 

Writer, Director and Producer: Carolina Seda

Director of Photography: Manuel E. Rosario

Editor: Angel G. Nieves

Lead Actors: Arturo Lizardi, Samari Vega & Gerardo Ortiz, Evelyn Rosario

Music by: Cucco Peña

NOW

NOW

4 min. 5 secs.
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Saturday, November 11

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The past has the force to pull us back, the future has the power to mentally derange us but it’s the present that can keep us afloat.  Now is about that moment between past and future, it’s a story of someone trying to hold on to her present.

 

 

Director, Writer, DOP & Editor: Snigdha Kapoor

Line Producer: Luis Christian Camacho­Dilorenzi*

 

Lead Actors:

Stephanie Alvarez
Nicolás Conde

Jurakán: Nation in Resistance

Jurakán: Nation in Resistance

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Friday, November 10

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Jurakán: Nation in Resistance” is more than a movie about the history of Puerto Rico for the last 117 years. It is a documentary that portraits the heart of a nation in struggle.

A film by:

Gonzalo Mazzini

Rosa Emmanuelli Gutiérrez*

 

Director/Editor:

Gonzalo Mazzini

 

Producer:

Rosa Emmanuelli Gutiérrez*

 

Production Coordinator:

Mariana M. Emmanuelli*

 

Mix/Sound Design:

Ariel Sonido Alvarado*

 

Drone video photographer:

Gabriel Ocando*

 

Color Correction:

MOC Studios

 

Graphic Design:

Santiago Maza

CAPOEIRA: LIVE THE GAME

CAPOEIRA: LIVE THE GAME

12 min. 28 secs.
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Friday, November 10

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The inspiring story of Anthony Santo Domingo, Capoeira: Live the Game is an American Short Documentary. Produced by Obadiah Baker and directed by Joddy Eric Matthews.

As a first generation Filipino American, Anthony embarked on a journey full of ups and downs, leaving behind the poverty of Lorain, Ohio to become a professional International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitor and work with the 2016 World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

But his greatest work has been in providing a path for disadvantaged youth to realize their dreams through the dance and discipline of the visually stunning Brazilian martial arts Capoeira.

Capoeira: Live the Game chronicles his work with one African American young man, helping him to realize that he can achieve anything he can imagine.

 

Obadiah Baker
SUBMISSION CONTACT, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

Joddy Eric Matthews
DIRECTOR, WRITER, EDITOR

 

Chris Kennedy
PRODUCER

THREE WORLDS OF MARK

THREE WORLDS OF MARK

52 mins.
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Saturday, November 11

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This is the intriguing and mysterious story of a fugitive that takes refuge in a small town. This ignites the passion of a group of filmmakers who want to discover his real
story and his past. In the process of wanting to bring Mark’s story to the screen, they
reveal more of him and each one of the protagonists than they were supposed to.
This is a story of a criminal and of those that want to expose the effects of justice, love and solidarity in the transformation of a human being.

 

Flora Perez Garay
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, WRITER

 

Vicente Juarbe
CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP, EDITOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

A GIRL FROM MEXICO

A GIRL FROM MEXICO

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Saturday, November 11

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Carmen Gutierez Martel

Chita Rivera *

  1. Producer- Maclovia Martel
  2. Director -Maclovia Martel
  3. Writer- Maclovia Martel
  4. Director of Photography (interviews only) Maclovia Martel
  5. Editor -Maclovia Martel
  6. Lead actor- Carmen Gutierrez Martel
  7. Most of the Sharks in the Broadway Musical of West Side Story
ESTRELLA

ESTRELLA

11 mins.
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Estrella is a drama following Adeleen, a young storyteller, and her strained connection with her mother.

 

Brandon Hugo Arroyo
SUBMISSION CONTACT, DIRECTOR, WRITER, STORY

Madhura Berman
PRODUCER

Dylan Scott
CINEMATOGRAPHER/DP

Steven Hernandez
SET DECORATOR, ART DIRECTOR

Kerry LeVielle
ART DIRECTOR

Chad Hylton
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Michael Scarnati
GAFFER

HEY

HEY

8 mins.
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Saturday, November 11

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Robby is an introverted computer programer who’s living a lonesome existence until he finally decides to seek the company of women.

 

 

Angel Janer
SUBMISSION CONTACT, DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CASTING DIRECTOR, WRITER, EDITOR, SOUND EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS

 

Peter Jones
CO-DIRECTOR

 

Carlos Alberto Lopez
PRODUCER

 

Michael Morris Zamora
PRODUCER

 

Josh Vega
ROBBY (LEAD ACTOR)

 

Ashley Amanda Peña
ROBERTHA (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

 

Rebeca Padilla
ELEVATOR GIRL (SUPPORTING ACTOR)

INDENTURED SERVANT

INDENTURED SERVANT

14 mins.
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Saturday, November 11

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Detective Aquile Rodriguez is mistakenly robbed by a troubled youth, on a dark night while strolling through the park. He finds himself at a crossroads with a big decision to make. Does he do his job and destroy this kid’s life? Or does he follow his heart and help this troubled youth out? Regardless of what decision he makes, rest assured that he will teach this kid a lesson that will leave a mark forever.

 

 

Bobby DeJesus
SUBMISSION CONTACT, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CASTING DIRECTOR, WRITER, LEAD ACTOR

Vamp Bikers TRES

Vamp Bikers TRES

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Saturday, November 11

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The witches chose to come to town to taunt AC they also have his daughter kidnapped. They turn a man into the undead a zombie. He returns with mob of zombies with God ( Tony) Lillo Brancato returns for redemption on losing acs (Eric Rivas) daughter to fight God with him and the vamps and the Bikers.

 

 

Director: Eric Rivas

Starring:
David Figueroa
Michael Alig
Lilo Brancanto
Michael Musto
Tatu Jesus
Rafael Martinez
A Drink For Death

A Drink For Death

5 mins.
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Sunday, November 12

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It’s almost closing time at the bar bartenders is cleaning one man walks in sits down and ask for a drink only if the bartender knew who he was serving the drink too.

 

 

Writer, Producer,Director: Chris Cruz

Cinematographer & Editor: Kritian Otero

1 st Assistant Director & Gaffer: Romón Torre

Cast

Michael Mizzo Fernandez
Anthony Ruiz

Al Final Del Eclipse

Al Final Del Eclipse

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Sunday, November 11

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Producion – WIPR TV

Programa Dramático – Lucy Boscana

Escrito y Director: Jacobo Morales

Productora: Blanca Silvia Eró

Director de fotografía: Heixan

Edición:Eduardo Aguiar

Música por: Juan Carlos Vega Y Franky Suárez

Sonido : Antonio Betancourt

Actores

Jorge Luis Ramos

Jerry Segarra

Yamaris Latorre

Ernesto concepción

Lucienne Hernández

Isel Rodríguez

Titeres Del Caribe Hispano: Cuba, DR, Puerto Rico

Titeres Del Caribe Hispano: Cuba, DR, Puerto Rico

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Saturday, November 11 | 1PM

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CUBA
Saturday, November 11 | 4PM

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PUERTO RICO (U.S. PREMIERE)
Sunday, November 12 | 5PM

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A chronological journey through the history of puppet theater in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic that brings to life the work of many of the region’s prominent puppet masters.

 

 

Producer: Manuel A. Morán*

Director: Manuel A. Morán & Kristian Otero*

Writer: Manuel A. Morán*

Director of Photography: Luis Otero*

Editor: Kristian Otero*, Juan Stubbs & George Riverón

Lead Actor: Manuel A. Morán*

El Hombre Que Quida

El Hombre Que Quida

85 mins.
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Saturday, November 11

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Juan gave up fishing and became caretaker of a beach house to support his wife. Now she’s left him for another man, and, feeling the villagers are mocking him, he’s retreated into a passive, solitary exile there. When his employer’s son sneaks some friends over for a wild weekend, Juan realises the house has become a cage and he’s let himself be exploited. Will he be able to break free of his self-imposed imprisonment?

 

 

Directed by: Alejandro Andújar
Screenplay by: Alejandro Andújar & Amelia del Mar Hernández
Produced by: EL BALCÓN PRODUCCIONES, S.R.L.
Coproduced by: CULTURA CAPITAL & TEMPERO FILMES

Producers: Amelia del Mar Hernández & Alejandro Andújar
Coproducers: Annabelle Mullen, Marcos Pimentel & Leonardo Ayres
Associated Producers: Desiree Reyes & PJ López