Kenji Uchida / International, Narrative / Japan / 2012 / Asian, Comedy, Film Art, Humor, Transformation / 128 minsAfter unemployed thespian Kimura, played with an amusing lazy restraint by Teruyuki Kagawa, inadvertently sends hit man Kondo (Masato Sakai) to the hospital with a serious head injury and severe amnesia, the actor takes advantage of the situation by taking on the gangster’s role, trading his own sad existence for one of perpetual thrills. Sakai turns in a hilariously subdued performance as the fierce assassin suddenly transformed into a nonplussed, but still well-organized, amnesiac who ironically takes acting way more seriously than Kimura. Upping the absurdity ante and adding a touch of romantic comedy is Ryoko Hirosue as a seriously repressed book company CEO who is on the prowl for a husband. Within the mad comic swirl of the action and lunacy of ever-increasing plot twists, Uchida shrewdly explores themes of identity and anonymity.
Gretchen Olivero / Narrative, Shorts, US Cinema / USA / 2013 / Comedy, Healing/Health, Music, Seniors, Transformation, Woman Filmmaker / 15 minsLee and Viv mourn the death of Max, their unfamiliar coworker when they hide out in his cubicle to avoid group counseling and discover his love for music trivia. When Lee decides to call into Mutiny Radio to win DJ for a day the two have a new found look at life.
In Person: Director Gretchen Olivero to attend.
Sarah Knight / Narrative, US Cinema / USA / 2012 / Comedy, Food, Human Relationships, Independent, Wine, Women / 96 minsSome people need the truth to live. Others not so much. On Halloween night, the lives of two suburban couples unravel forever under the influence of a Peruvian wine brewed from the toxic skin of blue dart tree frogs. This tribal elixir effectively reduces all inhibitions to nothing, and soon friendships and relationships are revealed to be not quite what they seemed.
IN PERSON: Director Sarah Knight
Mark Bashian / Cinema of Conscience, Documentary / USA / 2013 / Comedy, Disabilities, Road Movie, Sports / 82 minsWalk On documents the inspirational journey of Joseph Kibler, a physically disabled 21 year old who was born HIV Positive. Despite medical forecasts, Joseph has gone from wheelchair to walker, walker to crutches, and at the age of 18 he took his first steps with a cane.With the help of a Quadriplegic Stand-up Comedian (Jay Cramer), an Amputee Paralympic Sprinter (Katy Sullivan), and a disabled Purple Heart Veteran, Joseph trains for a lifelong goal of walking in a 6.2 mile AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities.
In Person: Joe Kibler, Katy Sullivan, Jay Cramer and Director Mark Bashian To Attend.