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The Charlotte Film Festival announces the remaining Official Selection short films for CFFSeven. All Official Selection films are up for juried awards and also Audience Choice.
We will be screening films from across the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, France, Ireland, Iran and Australia. Subjects include a New Zealand kinetic artist, an infamous house that once belonged to a serial killer and its new owners, a true story from World War II and a middle aged gangster trying to live an ordinary life.


When hesitation stays his trigger finger, suicidal businessman Tom Freeman sends a plea for help to a god he hasn't believed in for 30 years. But as he soon learns - if you call Heaven, be sure you know who's answering the phone!
Director: Luke Bruehlman, USA
Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in the confusing, shifting cultural landscape of1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.
Director: Alexander Thomas, United Kingdom

" A Purgatory on Wheels!"
Director: Oscar Oldershaw, United Kingdom
A world at war. A brother and sister. A day that changed their family forever. FIGS FOR ITALO is based on a true story and inspired by actual events during World War II. Dora, a widowed grandmother, is about to enjoy yet another family gathering at her home. A simple question from a journalist who is about to interview the next door neighbor, takes Dora back to a significant day in her life: It is autumn, 1943, in Dora's small hometown in the hills of Italy. WWII is raging all over Europe and is about to change her and her family forever. Figs for Italo shows how the past ripples into the present and how it is often very much alive and very close to the surface.
Director: Bob Celli, USA
The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of EN LAS NUBES, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube. Director: Marcelo Mitnik, Argentina
Nicolas lives in a retirement home and gets bored more and more every day. At night, he calls sexual services for homosexuals to cheat his loneliness. The coming of a new lodger, Daniel, will shake up his life.
Director: Adrien Lafranchi, Switzerland
A cheery neighborhood milkman tries to save his untarnished career after he delivers a bad batch of milk.
Director: Garrett Kennell, USA
Desperate for work, Darren agrees to a one-day trial as a door-to-door meat salesman.
Director: Michael Forstein, USA
It's August 8th, 2008, a career traveller, and a solitary townie meet as strangers in a chance encounter. Over the course of a blurry night, they slowly learn each others secrets. But as the clock ticks towards morning, will this pair of career loners find in each other, a kindred spirit, or will this just be another fleeting night at the Super 8? *Unique Fact* This short film is an adaptation of a stage play 'Super 8', originally created by Charles Elliott Netto & Mark Hopkins. The film has no affiliation with the Super 8 motel chain, but has acquired legal permission to use its logo and name. Director: Brett Ferster, Canada

The true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. Surreal images fill her interior life, and provide her with some escape, until she ultimately breaks free in reality.
Director: Catherine Dudley-Rose, USA
The story of Alain Castelo, an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France. As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography. When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera.
Director: Erica Watson, USA/France
Zoe Parker hasn't seen her best friend, Elizabeth, in four years when she decides to crash her baby shower for their reunion. Fresh off the plane from Los Angeles, Zoe encounters her old college nemesis, Noel, who has taken her place as Elizabeth's new BFF. An attention hog, Zoe throws a wrench in the party and all hell breaks loose as she and Noel air out the past in a fight to win Elizabeth's favor.
Director: Kiley Lane Parker, USA
A young woman fulfills a mysterious task in an existential dreamscape. THE CART is a haunting short film by Patrik Eriksson, shot in Łódż / Poland 2015.
Director: Patrick Eriksson, Poland
In a town where people and puppets walk the streets, a puppet detective is on the case of his missing uncle. Though he has competition from every man, woman and dummy wanting to be named Noir Towns top detective.
Director: Andrew Chambers, Australia 

In the not so distant future, the answer to overpopulation is a primal one, life ends at 50. THE GIFT examines the lives of those in their final hours, and the man whose job it is to take them away.
Director: Rich Hibner, USA
He met her several times during his life, but only at their final encounter he started to understand who she is. Director: Mikhail Uchitelev, Germany
A talk in the house of a man who behaves strictly.
Director: Ali Nikkhouy, Iran
THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB (La tête de l'emploi)
Jean, a recently unemployed 55-year old, waits feverishly for good news from the job center. What he does not know is that Remi, his hot tempered job counselor from 30 years earlier, wants to end his work day quickly.
Director: Wilfried Méance, France
A man undertakes a night-long odyssey across Dublin as he questions his only meaningful relationship - the one he maintains with his ever loyal post-work pint. Director: Erin Mullally, Ireland
A man nearing middle age in an 'ahead of our time period' tries to avoid his failures by ordering a new 'doll' and trying to have a successful relationship with her only to realize, like the rest of his life, he's been down this road before.
Director: Pasquale Greco, Canada

In the middle of the New Mexico desert, pie equals love. Kathy Knapp left her charmed, privileged life in Dallas to bake pie in dusty Pie Town, New Mexico, a once forgotten corner of the world with no traffic light, gas station, grocery store or motel. Why? To find her center and give the world pie. "Pie Lady of Pie Town," chronicles Knapp's physical and emotional journey, illustrating Kathy's resolve, heartache, healing, and how pie is a vehicle for love and peace. Narrated by American Indian Actor and New Mexico Resident Wes Studi, this truly heartwarming story shares the history of a ghost town brought back to life by pie and Kathy's love.
Director: Jane Rosemont, USA
Going back to the homeland of the director's mother, the film shows the modernization of Korea from a personal perspective. The country is astonishing, it is full of hopes, it gives lots of expectations, unrealistic dreams for everyone. Directors: Hana Kim, Germany
This film is about the life of an early 20th century Danish immigrant named Hans Hansen, as told by his son, 96 year old Walter Hansen. Hans emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1899 and built a farm out of the native timber he found alongside a marginal piece of land on the Cedar River near West Branch, Iowa. Within Walter's soft-spoken account emerges the dynamic of a father-son relationship forged under the harsh conditions of the early Midwestern settlement. Director: John Richard, USA
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer's house-- the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-aged couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.
Directors: Nicholas Coles, USA

Short Films with Regional Connections

Blake Brockington is like any other high school student just trying to fit in. But by identifying as transgender in North Carolina, Blake had numerous hurdles to overcome. However, Blake has given hope to many other transgender youth and their allies. "BrocKINGton" reveals as much about the human character as it does about the societal pressures to fit in.Directors: Sergio Ingato, Mason Sklut and Maggie Sloane, Charlotte NC

Brother Jesse is a short documentary that follows Jesse Morrell, a confrontational traveling campus preacher. Jesse's approach is offensive by most standards, and tows the line between what is considered acceptable (or free) speech and hate speech. This often results in hostile students, large crowds, and confrontations with the police. The film explores Jesse's background and motivations, and provides an intimate portrait of a religious extremist.
Director: Kevin Wells, Durham NC
Joe Everett is a surfboard maker whose passion for fishing has led to an obsession with catching the world record largemouth bass. His obsession has taken over his life.
Director: Chris Rady, Los Angeles CA (North Carolina State University graduate)
Follow local BBoys and BGirls as they "cypher" every Monday night at Snug Harbor in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Director: John J Miller IV with composer Charles Gaddis, Charlotte NC
"Outerspace Life: The Story of Jack Overby" is an exposition to the unusual epitaph engraved on the pre-need gravestone of the still living Jack Overby."
Director: Lance Johnson, Greenville NC
When Joseph Palmer defied social norms and grew a robust beard in 1830s Massachusetts, he became a town pariah and a martyr for civil liberties. PALMER'S BEARD tells his true story through 1950s-inspired animation.
Director: Brad Lambert, Jamestown NC
The film weaves together the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood. This meditative portrait will unveil the inner workings of a man whose work is lauded as poetic, artful and innovative - a man who unapologetically pushes boundaries both personally and professionally. The film explores the events that have defined his life by pointing at ideas, thoughts and beliefs that we usually do not think of as being mappable or explainable.
Directors: Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, Winston-Salem NC
What happens when the one thing you love, becomes the one thing you are? A Chess Player is the story of Tony Summerall, the rise and fall of the world's greatest Chess Master. From his relationship with his abusive sports obsessed father to the grave consequences of an expected checkmate. That fraction of a second when one loses the identity they've spent a life time cultivating. The game may be chess, but the feeling is universal. There's a little Tony Summerall in all of us!
Director: Shea Sizemore, Charlotte NC
Magician Alexandros pulls out all the stops to win the affections of his lovely assistant.
Director: Paul Streiner, Charlotte NC
"David's Reverie", starring Brandon Fobbs ("The Wire", "Walking Dead", "HBO's Getting On"), tells the story of a jazz musician struggling to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging jazz career. 2015 IndieWire Project of the Year Finalist.
Director: Neil Creque Williams, Winston Salem NC
Patrick travels back in time to deliver a life and death warning to his younger self.
Director: Chris Baker, Charlotte NC
An adopted ten year old climbs to the top of an oak tree in hopes of catching his unborn baby brother falling from space. Director: Kieran Moreira, Raleigh NC
In the shadow of a chilling accident, a young lifeguard struggles to return to work while teaching a reluctant girl to swim.
Director: Edward Schmit, New York City NY (Elon University Graduate)
A Mormon teen's reality is called into question when he meets a girl in a bikini and falls in love.
Director: Micah Troublefield, Rock Hill SC

The Charlotte Film Festival, is made possible by volunteers, business and community partners, and provides a cultural hub for established and emerging film artists to showcase their works to the regional producers, peers, investors and viewers. The festival promotes cinematic works of all kinds in and around the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and is coordinated by Charlotte Cinema Arts, a 501 (c)
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The 2015 Charlotte Film Festival is sponsored by Carolina Cinemas, Ayrsley Grand Cinema, Cheerwine, Grier Furr Crisp, the Charlotte Film Society, Brian Haselton, Pacific Street Design Co, the Arts & Science Council, Packard Place and the NC Arts Council.

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