a series of
May 13, 2006
9:00 AM - Theatre Doors Open
(Complimentary Coffee/Pastries Provided)
9:20 AM - Introduction
9:30 AM - Films Begin
Followed by a
Q&A Session with
FREE to desertfilmsociety members
Guests and Non-Members pay $15.00 at the door
Films Summary in Alphabetical
1) ALL SOUL'S DAY (13:00)
- Abstract/Drama - Written, directed, and edited by Laura Storm
There is no duty we so
much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous
benefits upon the world. -- Robert Louis Stevenson
2) CELAMY (18:45) - Drama - Directed by Julie Anne Meerschwam - Produced by Joe Turner Lin
The story is the rise and fall of a friendship between a little girl and her imaginary friend.
Festival & Awards List:
IFP Audience Choice AwardDanville International Children's Film Festival
Delray Beach Film Festiva
Best Short Film:East Lansing Children's Film Festival
Best of Fest:Festival Internacional de Cine para ninos
Heart of Gold International Film Festival
Indie Memphis Film (screening)
Little Big Shots
Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Savannah Film Festival
Seoul International Youth Film Festival
3) DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE (21:00) - Comedy/Romance - Written and Directed by D.C. Douglas
"As if speed dating wasn't wild and wacky enough, and a little weird too, "Duck, Duck, Goose!" creates a manic, over-the-top illustration of what can happen when you've decided to utilize this fast food dating process.
And "Duck, Duck, Goose!" doesn't skimp on the laughs, either. From moment one, you understand that you're watching the work of a comedically talented cast and crew. The jokes are rapid fire and always hit their mark, a lot of that success having to do with the cast seemingly having so much fun with the material.
Having a little trouble with your love life? I prescribe a little "Duck, Duck, Goose!" to help pick you up out of the gutter" ...Eric Campos
4) MOTEL (8:00) - Humor - by Thor Freudenthal - "There's Always Room for One More..."
Thor's short premiered at
Sundance and won best short at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Thor recently
closed a deal with Alcon Entertainment with Sid Gannis producing THE CEO
written by Thor and his writing partner Deborah Pearl. Think POLTERGEIST
set in the office workplace. Thor's theatrical debut will be DEAD EVER
AFTER written by Thor and Deborah for Europacorp with Luc Besson producing.
5) SPIN (8:00) - Comedy/Fantasy - by Jamin Winans
A mysterious DJ is sent to
a busy street corner to fix a chain reaction of bad events. Can the power
of music overcome fate? Put the needle on the record and find out!
6) TSIPA AND VOLF (20:00)
- Documentary by Daniel Gamburg - filmmaker guest for our Q & A
TSIPA AND VOLF is a short
film about how love cannot be erased by illness and time. Through its subjects,
the film emphasizes how the past exists in the present. It captures the
tragicomic nature of a 50-year relationship based on survival and commitment.
Two elderly Jewish emigres from Latvia, now living in San Francisco, reminisce
about a rich community lost to the horrors of World War II. Tsipa's and
Volf's candid interviews with their grandson explore the fragile nature
of memory, the strength of their commitment and devotion to one another.
When Volf is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Tsipa's love becomes unshakable.
She repeats throughout the film -- love is conscience and commitment.
7) WARD 13 (14:30) - Animation,
Horror, Action, Comedy - Produced, Directed and Animated by Peter Cornwell.
price would you put on your health?
After a car accident, Ben wakes up in hospital. Not knowing where he is or what is going on, he starts exploring the corridors...only to find that the staff doesn't have his health in mind! The hapless patient must pull himself together and do everything he can to escape. It's an action/horror/comedy--ending with the wheelchair chase from hell.
Peter's short was on the Oscar shortlist this past year. The short got him a deal with Sam Raimi; now he's currently developing his first feature with Sam.
8) WINDOW (16:00) - Drama
- Directed by Varda Hardy. Written by Varda Hardy & Patrick S. Bennett
Academy Award Winner Louis
Gossett Jr. and Robert Peters give moving performances as two ailing veterans.
Once a commanding officer, Ralph Stanley (Gossett) desperate and angry,
will do anything to get the bed by the window.