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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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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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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 ENDS IT

MARIGOLD ENDS IT

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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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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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*

TILL WE AGE

TILL WE AGE

8 min.
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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

NOW

NOW

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JURAKAN: NATION IS RESISTANCE

JURAKAN: NATION IS RESISTANCE

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Puerto Rico is a colony. After centuries of Spanish control, they became a property of the world’s most powerful nation, the United States of America. The new colonizers thought it would be easy to erase Boricuas’ sense of identity. But ¡Ay, bendito! They had no idea of what they were up against.

 

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

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THREE WORLDS OF MARK

THREE WORLDS OF MARK

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A GIRL FROM MEXICO

A GIRL FROM MEXICO

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ESTRELLA

ESTRELLA

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HEY

HEY

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INDENTURED SERVANT

INDENTURED SERVANT

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Saturday, November 11

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