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Samland

FRIDAY 9/10 | 6:00PM-7:45PM | MCC - SHEARER HALL

RED CARPET EVENT 5:30PM

WORLD PREMIERE


Director: Juan Pablo Reyes • Duration: 1:27:15

Year: 2021 • Country: United States


 A desperate immigrant accepts a marriage of convenience from an unscrupulous drug dealer and family friend to a young woman running from her past, blinded by her addiction. Together, they search for the “American Dream” that seems to elude them as they travel down a dangerous path with deception and death, as they seek the truth about who they are, and how they fit into America’s distorted landscape.


 INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

FILM CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE, DRUG USE AND BRIEF NUDITY. 

The Paper Angel

FRIDAY 9/10 | 10:45AM-11:45AM | D'LANEY'S ANNEX

SATURDAY 9/11 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL


Director: Darren Hunt • Duration: 0:53:00

Year: 2021 • Country: United States


 After taking over the family used car lot, Chris Bell squandered most of the meager profits on playing poker, owing more than $10,000. A car lot mogul also offers to buy him out for $250,000. Acting on a whim, Bell takes a donation angel off a Christmas tree hoping that a kind gesture for a stranger might turn the tables on his luck; but he finds out the hard way that luck is sometimes the worst thing to happen. 

Documentary Features

Aulcie

FRIDAY 9/10 | 2:15PM-3:45PM | D'LANEY'S ANNEX

SATURDAY 9/11 | 12:45PM-2:15PM | D'LANEY'S ANNEX


 Director: Dani Menkin • Duration: 1:14:00

Year: 2020 • Country: United States


 Aulcie Perry, an African American from the violence-filled streets of Newark, New Jersey, finds his glory in leading Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to European championship, only to fall to drugs and jail time before his redemption and search for his biological daughter. 

Saving Spiracle

SATURDAY 9/11 | 6:00PM-7:15PM | MCC - SHEARER HALL

RED CARPET EVENT 5:30PM

 WORLD PREMIERE 


Director: David Kernodle • Duration: 0:56:00

Year: 2021 • Country: United States 


 This documentary tells the story of three business owners as they struggle to keep their company afloat while trying to keep their personal lives intact during a worldwide pandemic. 

Short Film Sessions

A Matter of Choice

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

- William Jennings Bryan  

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 2:00PM-3:30PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS

SATURDAY 9/11 | 11:00AM-12:30PM

IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL


 SHADOWBOXING

0:12:29 | SHORT NARRATIVE

LIFELINE: THE BROTHERS WHO HOLD THE SAME BREATH

0:19:54 | SHORT NARRATIVE

COO-COO

0:19:10 | SHORT NARRATIVE

HER SKIN

0:07:00 | SHORT NARRATIVE

THE BOY AND THE MOUNTAIN

0:11:23 | ANIMATION

Life Persists

“In the midst of death life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness light persists.”

- Mahatma Gandhi 

 

 FRIDAY 9/10 | 12:15PM-1:30PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS

SATURDAY 9/11 | 2:45PM-4:00PM

D'LANEY'S ANNEX


  ALMOST A JINGLE

0:15:00 | SHORT NARRATIVE

THE LEGACY SESSIONS

0:36:30 | SHORT NARRATIVE

Loss and Redemption

“It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”

- Clive Barker 

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 12:15PM-1:45PM

D'LANEY'S ANNEX

SATURDAY 9/11 | 1:00PM-2:30PM

IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL


 YOU KNOW HIS NAME 

0:09:58 | SHORT NARRATIVE

THE BRONZE FLY

0:15:00 | SHORT NARRATIVE

BIRTHING

0:07:48 | SHORT NARRATIVE

STUFFED

0:10:19 | SHORT NARRATIVE

FREE ORDER

0:15:00 | SHORT NARRATIVE

APOCALYPSE NOTES

0:08:07 | SHORT NARRATIVE

Our Animated Life

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.”

- Walt Disney 

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 10:30AM-11:45PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS

SATURDAY 9/11 | 11:00AM-12:15PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS


 FLUORESCENCE

0:05:00 | ANIMATION

THE GATE

0:04:16 | ANIMATION

MUNDANCE

0:04:34 | ANIMATION

GOOD BOY CERBERUS

0:05:45 | ANIMATION

RIPPLE

0:03:27 | ANIMATION

PREPAWSTEROUS

0:04:22 | ANIMATION

CHLOE AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS

0:12:00 | ANIMATION

IN OUR NATURE

0:05:00 | ANIMATION

The Height of Laughter

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”

- Jean Houston 

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 10:30AM-11:45AM

IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL

SATURDAY 9/11 | 12:45PM-2:00PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS


 CHEAT-PROOF

0:19:20 | SHORT NARRATIVE

SYNONYMOUS WITH

0:12:04 | SHORT NARRATIVE

SIDEWAYS

0:12:18 | SHORT NARRATIVE

THE MAROON BOMBER

0:09:57 | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Unlimited Imagination

“Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.”

- Mason Cooley 

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 2:30PM-3:45PM

IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL

SATURDAY 9/11 | 2:30PM-3:45PM

IREDELL MUSEUMS


 C.A.I.N.

0:09:55 | SHORT NARRATIVE

AETERNUM

0:09:49 | SHORT NARRATIVE

DIVERTIMENTO

0:30:00 | SHORT NARRATIVE

Worthy Purpose and Noble Causes

“If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life.”

- Jack H. Goaslind 

 

FRIDAY 9/10 | 12:15PM-2:00PM

IREDELL ARTS COUNCIL

SATURDAY 9/11 | 10:30AM-12:15PM

D'LANEY'S ANNEX


 SAVING JULIETTE

0:39:20 | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

FUTURE’S RESISTANCE

0:08:56 | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

AMBER’S HALFWAY HOME

0:30:09 | SHORT DOCUMENTARY

2021 OFFICIAL SELECTION | FILM INDEX


ANIMATION

CHLOE AND THE FIVE ELEMENTS (0:12:00)

Director: Gordon LePage

United States • 2021

A girl falls into the five elements while walking in the woods.


FLUORESCENCE (0:05:00)

Director: Oleg Shlyakhter

United States • 2020

A short animation about the beautiful yet complicated stages of the relationship between a man and a woman who are presented as two fluorescent balls.


GOOD BOY CERBERUS (0:05:45)

Director: MK Singleton

United States • 2021

Cerberus, a three-headed puppy, ends up on the lord of the underworld’s doorstep and undergoes guard dog training to become useful. Will he remain a cute puppy, or end up the monster he was born to be?


IN OUR NATURE  (0:05:00)

Director: Echo Wilson

United States • 2020

An animated documentary exploring humanity’s relationship with nature through a world of interviewed “animals.”


MUNDANCE (0:04:34)

Directors: Abby Davenport & Aiden Winter-Deely

United States • 2021

Maria is tired of her mundane office job and wishes her life were like a musical.


PREPAWSTEROUS (0:04:22)

Director: Areli Quinonez

United States • 2020

When the going gets ruff, two rival pup scouts have to work together to investigate the mystery of their missing treats.


RIPPLE (0:03:27)

Director: Ryanna Kim

United States • 2021

A mermaid is missing her friend. But when a stranger is dropped into her life, will she accept a new hand in friendship?


THE BOY AND THE MOUNTAIN (0:11:23)

Directors: Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal

Chile • 2020

Hernán, pushed by his father to dispense with daydreaming and reach high, achieves great success. Hernán, however, makes a crucial decision to fulfill his dream that changes the meaning of his life.


THE GATE (0:04:16)

Director: Kino Jin

United States • 2021

Genderless children are forced to become “adults” at age 12, giving up their emotions, memories and individuality. The discovery of a unique device reveals the rigid city’s history and allows them to escape.


DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

AULCIE (1:14:00)

Director: Dani Menkin

United States • 2020

Aulcie Perry finds glory in leading Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to European championship, only to fall to drugs and jail time before his redemption and search for his biological daughter.


SAVING SPIRACLE (0:56:00)

Director: David Kernodle

United States • 2021

The story of three business owners as they struggle to keep their company afloat while trying to keep their personal lives intact during a worldwide pandemic.


NARRATIVE FEATURES

SAMLAND (1:27:15)

Director: Juan Pablo Reyes

United States • 2021

A desperate immigrant and addicted young woman, in a marriage of convenience, search for the “American Dream” that seems to elude them. Every dream has a crossroads.


THE PAPER ANGEL (0:53:00)

Director: Darren Hunt

United States • 2021

Chris Bell, a car lot owner, loses all the profits on playing poker.  He hopes that a kind gesture for a stranger will change his luck, but luck sometimes is the worst thing to happen.


SHORT DOCUMENTARIES

AMBER’S HALFWAY HOME (0:30:09)

Directors: Melissa Armstrong & Jason Pidgeon

United States • 2021

A day of rescue in the fields and dog pounds of western Tennessee as Amber Reynolds sheds light on the unhealthy conditions of shelters and consequences of ignoring our country’s homeless animals.


FUTURE’S RESISTANCE (0:08:56)

Director: Duncan Lauer

United States • 2021

A young Lebanese woman recounts her story about the aftermath of the Beirut explosion. Through helping with the cleanup, and the protest that followed, her faith in her country comes into question.


SAVING JULIETTE (0:39:20)

Director: Evey Wilson Wetherbee

United States • 2021

A story of what happens when people galvanize their community, question their political leanings, and work to hold their representatives accountable, all in an effort to have good water in Juliette, Georgia.


THE MAROON BOMBER (0:09:57)

Director: Joshua M. Thomas

United States • 2020

Four siblings walk down memory lane with the family’s old, beat-up Ford truck. Their love is tested when the truck acquires a new, controversial accessory. Will they still love their old friend?


SHORT NARRATIVES

AETERNUM (0:09:49)

Director: Zharia Spaulding

United States • 2021

A widowed astronomer struggles with the loss of his wife as he obsesses over his failure to capture a star in his observatory. One night, he manages to catch a star that takes the appearance of his dead wife.


ALMOST A JINGLE (0:15:00)

Director: Bishen Sen

United States • 2020

A struggling jingle writer befriends a nurse after a failed suicide attempt.


APOCALYPSE NOTES (0:08:07)

Director: Pierre Gaffié

France • 2020

What would happen if music was about to disappear? If all of a sudden, all the melodies in the world are already composed? If no new song could be invented? How would mankind react?


BIRTHING (0:07:48)

Director: Andie Morgenlander

United States • 2020

Ava experiences a tumultuous miscarriage and grapples with the reality of her baby’s death. Even with her husband’s support, she is flooded with intergenerational fears of hospitals and birthing.


C.A.I.N. (0:09:55)

Directors: Alyssa Hodges & Raunak Kapoor

United States • 2021

A scientist makes a massive artificial intelligence technology breakthrough, but the origins of her research spark a federal investigation.


CHEAT-PROOF (0:19:20)

Director: Edith Snow

United States • 2018

A man and woman try to stave off an affair by confessing their deepest, darkest secrets.


COO-COO (0:19:10)

Director: Svetlana Belorussova

Russian Federation • 2021

Dasha, a young biologist, prepares to defend her PhD. A story about the conflict between science and religion, love and suffering, between what Dasha wants and what others push her to do.


DIVERTIMENTO (0:30:00)

Director: Keyvan Sheikhalishahi

France • 2020

Jonas Olsen, a chess player haunted by a tragic past is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, Divertimento.


FREE ORDER (0:15:00)

Director: Brian Sheehan

United States • 2021

A delivery driver becomes involved in a customer’s family situation.


HER SKIN (0:07:00)

Director: Cameron Parker

United States • 2021

First-time director Ravyn is confronted by an established producer about recasting their lead actress. But by challenging the bias underlying his decision, Ravyn could end her career before it starts.


LIFELINE: THE BROTHERS WHO HOLD THE SAME BREATH (0:19:54)

Director: Abdullah Sahin

Turkey • 2021

A modern-day Cain and Abel story, two brothers embark on a treasure hunt.


SHADOWBOXING (0:12:29)

Director: Zander Heiselman

United States • 2021

A young fighter Miles and his coercive father have dreams of being the best in the underground MMA league. Believing he accidentally killed someone, Miles struggles to confront his father and agent.


SIDEWAYS (0:12:18)

Director: Daniel Robert Smith

United States • 2020

Best friends Kurt and Carter find out that living together may not be as easy as they thought when their competing lifestyles clash. After a huge argument, Carter wakes up to find he has gone sideways.


STUFFED (0:10:19)

Director: Fer McFarlane

United States • 2020

Silas comes to terms with his estranged father’s death by finishing his father’s final taxidermy job.


SYNONYMOUS WITH (0:12:04)

Director: Thom Hilton

United States • 2021

A student’s increasingly intimate line of questioning causes his interview with a local horror host, Myster Synonymous, to take a vulnerable turn as they discuss identity, fandom and their futures.


THE BRONZE FLY (0:15:00)

Director: Karleener

France • 2019

A painter gives three magic pills to his visually impaired girlfriend, then intentionally loses her in the crowd. Thanks to a painting and the pills, she will search for the painter and his secret.


THE LEGACY SESSIONS (0:36:30)

Director: William D. Ashton

United States • 2020

After the death of her mother, a sullen teenager copes with isolation and punk music. But a friendship with an elderly woman in a retirement home slowly helps her express and overcome her grief.


YOU KNOW HIS NAME (0:09:58)

Director: Clarke Phillips

United States • 2021

A black teenager prepares for a photo shoot with his close friend. Dodging his mother’s requests and staying out later than he should, a discussion on futures and dreams culminates in a difficult drive home.