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ALL SCREENINGS ARE FREE @ this weekends Big Easy International Film Festival

From: Daniel M.
Sent on: Thursday, March 1, 2012 12:47 PM
Big Easy International Film & Music Festival (www.bigeasyinternationalfilmandmusicfestival.com
Friday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 4th
Located at the Kerry Irish Pub – 331 Decatur St.
 
ALL SCREENINGS, MUSICAL PERFORMANCES, AND PARTIES ARE FREE!
 
When else would you get to see some amazing films, meet filmmakers from around the country, and listen to some great music, all for FREE?
 
Check out the schedule and the film descriptions below:
 
Friday, March 2nd
8:00 PM – Opening Night Party Starts
9:00 PM – Band “Lynn Drury Band”
 
Saturday, March 3rd
2:00 PM – Thriller Shorts
Chat
An Affair with Dolls
Mother's House
Shuffle
The Drifter
 
4:00 PM – Feature Film “The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue”
 
6:30 PM – Comedy Shorts
A Temp Crime
Dogfuckers
Easy Street
Kringle Crisis
Lavender and Peroxide
The Ballad of Sandeep
The Reluctant Vampire
 
9:00 PM – Band “Hurricane Refugees”
 
Sunday, March 4th
2:30 PM – Music & Experimental Shorts
A Finger, Two Dots Then Me
Disasteroid
Hallucination
Just Another Thing
Mississippi Gabe Sings the Blues
 
3:30 PM – Documentary Shorts
Close Ties
Day at the Pool
Sidewalk Sonata
The Path to Prison
Wana Dubie's War
 
6:00 PM – Drama Shorts
Beneath
CUTEeGRL
Grounded
Guitar Man
Keeper of the Flame
7:30 PM – Awards Ceremony
8:00 PM – Closing Night Party with live music from Beth Patterson
 
 
FILM DESCRIPTIONS:
 
An Affair with Dolls - Short Film
Directed and Written by Hans Montelius
Hanna's boyfriend wants her to dress up like a little girl and play with dolls. Alone in his apartment she relives the relationship with her boyfriend through the dolls.
 
A Finger, Two Dots Then Me - Short Film
Directed by David and Daniel Holechek / Written by Derrick Brown
A spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by renowned modern poet Derrick Brown. The film takes a dramatic look at death, life and love.
 
A Temp at Crime - Short Film
Written and Directed by Malcolm Johnstone
A woman is doing temp work for an company that is a front for organized crime.  And they have their own way of terminating employees when they're done with them.
 
Beneath - Short Film
Written and Directed by Christopher Fernandez
Beneath is a psychological retelling of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice. After an affair, Angie pleads for her husband, Justin, to return. When Justin turns up in a coma Angie is driven by her guilt to discover the cause of his illness, save her husband and redeem herself.
 
Chat - Short Film
Written and Directed by Benjamin L. Ward
A woman chatting online receives an unsettling message from a mysterious user.
 
Close Ties, Tying on a New Tradition - Short Film
Written and Directed by Gemal Woods
provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. Dr. Perry and barber “Chill” Wilson created the tie-tying ceremony as a solution to consistently low academic performance by Black male students.
 
CUTEeGRL - Short Film
Directed by Jeton Murtishi and Doug McDade / Written by Jeton Murtishi
An online chat room conversation with a child predator leads to a meeting with a loving family's fourteen year old daughter... and an unexpected visitor.
 
Day at the Pool - Short Film
Directed by Ian Douglass and Eric Fulford / Josh Gold
Sheds new light on the true origins of modern skateboarding, featuring blazing interviews with Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams and the rest of the Dogtown crew, who reveal that one anonymous kid from the swimming-pool suburbs of LA may have been singularly responsible for the skateboarding revolution that redefined adolescent life in America. Further probing interviews are heated and an intentionally hidden secret is uncovered.
 
Disasteroid - Short Film
Directed by Jordan D. Katnik
With self entitlement running wild and the seeming destruction of Earth imminent we are asked to confront the possibility that the only thing humans are destroying are ourselves.
 
Dogfuckers - Short Film
Directed by Asher Coffield / Written by Michelle Nelson
When the somewhat young Emma Preston misses her train, she comes home to discover her almost-very-nearly fiance's very secret habit and is forced to choose between starting over once again or settling for something she never expected.
 
Easy Street - Short Film
Directed by Russell Greene, Written by Cliff Gardner and Russell Greene
A young, Southern lawyer goes to New York for a job interview with the country's most eccentric and intimidating Federal Judge. After experiencing the weirdest encounter of his life, he is given an ultimatum that pits his morality against his ambition. Both comically absurd and socially relevant, the film asks: How far would you go to land your dream job?
 
Guitar Man - Short Film
Directed by Michael Sweeney / Written by G. Brian Benson
A street musician, has a gift for playing the blues and connecting with others. His love for music and for people super cedes everything else in his life. Although on the surface he doesn't have much, that doesn't stop him from sharing two simple messages, 'that we all have a lot in common' and 'that our true gifts reside within ourselves.
 
Grounded - Short Film
Directed by Kevin Margo and Barrett Meeker / Written by Kevin Margo
One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.
 
Hallucination - Short Film
Written and Directed by Christian Jean
blends TEE-M's unique fusion of Pakistan and The Beatles with the spirit of Antonioni's “Blow-Up,” telling the story of a love-struck photographer conducting a steamy photo session with a gorgeous model in a private studio. But is she really there, or was it all one big hallucination?
 
Just Another Thing - Short Film
Directed by Jon Reno
The all original rock band, The Grayces, traverse through various realities while jamming out to their single 'Just Another Thing'
 
Keeper of the Flame - Short Film
Directed by Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson
Written by Gregory Anderson and Big Chief Brian Harrison Nelson
The enigmatic Mardi Gras Indian culture serves as a pillar in the community and symbol of strength in New Orleans. But when the Big Chief of a prominent Indian gang dies unexpectedly, leadership challenges emerge.
 
Lavender and Peroxide - Short Film
Written and Directed by Kd Amond
Jerry is an obsessive compulsive germaphobe who must fulfill an ultimatum by asking the first girl that speaks to him out on a date. This person happens to be a quirky and unorganized woman at the office who scatters his mail and smears lipstick on his coffee mug. What could go wrong?
 
Mississippi Gabe Sings the Blues - Short Film
Written and Directed by Gary Hoover and Beth Hoover
This decidedly lo-fi music video features bluesman "Mississippi" Gabe Carter busking in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Gabe is one of a handful of blues artists in the world who specialize in the Bentonia School, a style known for minor chords and droning strings that ring with an ominous and eerie feel.
 
Mother's House - Short Film
Directed by Davis Hall / Written by Ingrid Price and Davis Hall
While emptying his late mother's rural home, Thomas and his wife, Catherine, discover increasingly disturbing secrets until the conflict between memory and truth threatens to destroy them both.
 
Shuffle - Short Film
Directed by Garrett Bennett / Written by Aron Michael Thompson and Garrett Bennett
The story of a killer who has a change of heart and must play one last hand of poker with the mob boss who raised him within a criminal house of cards.
 
Sidewalk Sonata - Short Film
Directed by Nicholas Clausen
A colorfully adorned piano is placed on a busy downtown street corner. Will anyone play it? Sidewalk Sonata takes you on a journey of spontaneous musical moments.
 
The Ballad of Sandeep - Short Film
Directed by Derek Frey / Written by David Amadio, Gil Damon, Steve Kuzmick, and Brian Gillin
When his IT job is outsourced to Bangalore, Indian-born Sandeep Majumdar (played by Deep Roy) finds himself unemployed for the first time in eighteen years. In an attempt to get his old job back, he sets up a remote access in his apartment, tricking his former company into believing that he is really working from India.
 
The Drifter - Short Film
Written and Directed by Christopher Williams
Jesse is a Iraq War Veteran who becomes enraged when he finds out he has been 'stop lossed' and must return to Iraq for another tour of duty. He flees with his girlfriend Sarah to a small town where they pick up a drifter looking for work. Jesse plans to use the drifter to cover up a murder, but Sarah has a desperate plan of her own.
 
The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue - Feature Film
Written and Directed by John LaFlamboy and Mike Bradecich
A pair of bumbling landlords reluctantly hunting the subterranean creature that menaces their tenants and their tenants' pets in “The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue.”  Featuring the original Freddy Krueger, Robert Englund, and a supporting cast from Chicago’s famed Second City theater.
 
The Path to Prison
Written and Produced by Kelly Amis
The United States now bears the ominous title as the planet's most prolific jailer: with only 5% of the population, we represent 25% of the world's incarcerated. The vast majority of our inmates are functionally illiterate and an inordinate number are people of color. One young man's story helps explain how so many capable and intelligent youth, especially African-American males, end up behind bars in the "land of the free."
 
The Reluctant Vampire
Directed by Michael Greischar / Written by Nathan Wilcoxen and Michael Greischar
Claire is a nurse in the closet--as a vampire. When her evil lab-mates discover her identity, Claire is faced with the decision to hide who she is, or accept herself and eat her bitchy enemies.
 
Wana Dubie's War
Directed by Andrew Sheeley
In the early 90's, Joseph Bickell decided that he was going to legalize marijuana by any means necessary. Taking action, he would go on to change his name to Chief Wana Dubie, secede his property from the untied states, declare war back against America, and ultimately plant a field of marijuana in protest of the war on drugs.

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