Amy Jo Johnson / Narrative, Shorts, US Cinema / Canada / 2012 / Children, Music, Personal Vision, Woman Filmmaker, Women / 20 minsGrowing up in a religious cult, Jackie and Amelia, now in their late thirties, meet up once a year at Amelia's mother's grave to reconnect and talk about life. 'Are we broken?' they ask themselves, only to decide after a topless escapade through their old sect, that they are only bent. Bent is a short film about those life long friendships that thankfully keep us feeling normal. Actress, singer, songwriter, musician and gymnast Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Ranger in “Power Rangers,” “Felicity”) directs and acts from her own script.)
Special Guest Amy Jo Johnson will sing and play her original songs at the show.
Precedes: Live Music featuring Amy Jo Johnson
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.
Eric Boadella / Narrative, US Cinema / Spain, USA / 2013 / Cultural, Food, History, Seniors, Youth / 81 minsThe fine art of the “toast” at Armenian dinners is passed on from generation to generation. It’s aim is to touch the hearts of all dinner guests and remind us of our humanity. This is the basis of “ToastMaster,” a new independent feature having its World Premiere in the Cave Theatre in Deerfield Ranch Winery. Alek & Mariella find themselves at their reclusive uncle's house, in Glendale, California, surrounded by his parrot, sheep, and rooster, while awaiting Alek's mother's second wedding. Uncle Kapriel realizes this weekend is his perfect opportunity to teach Alek their ancient Armenian tradition, Toastmaster, just in time for his mother's wedding. What Uncle Kapriel does not expect, is what his nephew will uncover about his secret past.
IN PERSON: Director Eric Boadella
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
Mer Aldao / Documentary, Shorts, US Cinema / USA / Biography, Documentary, Sports / 27 minsThis film will make you feel connected to the most brutal sport you've probably never heard of. "Win. Lose. Forgive." is a short film that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of Muay Thai and the lessons it can teach all of us. The film features legends of the sport: fighter and trainer Jongsanan "Woodenman", Monlit Sitpohdaeng (voted Muay Thai Coach of the Year 2010 in Thailand), and Ben Brown, student of Jongsanan and Monlit and owner/trainer at PHAS3 Martial Arts.
In Person: Jongsanan "Woodenman" and Ben Brown