IMordecai directed by Marvin Samel
IMordecai directed by Marvin Samel

The 2023 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival announces the film lineup for 29th edition running April 25 to May 7. The 29th edition of the festival opens with Matt Johnson’s BlackBerry and will close with Marvin Samel’s IMordecai.

Matt Johnson’s BlackBerry comes to SLO Film Fest on Opening Night following its debut at SXSW. The film is a decidedly funny take on the true story of the whirlwind ride through Silicon Valley that led to the creation and development and ultimate crash and burn of the Blackberry smart phone. Along with Johnson, the film stars Jay Baruchel (How to Train Your Dragon), Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Rich Sommer (Mad Men).

On Closing Night, Marvin Samel’s comedic drama IMordecai stars Sean Astin stars an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents, played by Academy Award-nominee Judd Hirsch and the beloved film icon, Carol Kane. When Mordecai’s ancient flip phone breaks, he starts to take lessons on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of novel experiences and adventures, making him feel like a kid again.

Additional Special Presentations include retrospective screenings of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial(1982), Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Party Girl (1995), which introduced Parker Posey into indie film fame, a 70th Anniversary screening of William Wyler’s classic Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck starrer Roman Holiday (1953), Oliver Stone’s latest, the documentary Nuclear Now, and Christopher Fitzpatrick’s music documentary Oklahoma Breakdown, complete with a live performance by the film’s subject, midwestern music legend Mike Hosty.

San Luis Obispo Film Festival Director Skye McLennan said, “This year, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is focused on programming films and creating fun and exciting film events that are not available to our film fans every weekend at the multiplex. Film festivals give us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the love of cinema and filmmaking and to see something unique or rare or inspired that can’t easily be found on our television screens or laptops at home. Seeing great films, meeting, and rubbing elbows with the filmmakers and actors responsible for them, and going to fun events built around all of it is what we promise to bring to SLO this year.”

The 2023 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival official selections:

Opening Night Gala Selection

Director: Matt Johnson
Country: USA; Running Time: 122 min
The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone.

Closing Night Gala Selection

Director: Marvin Samel
Country: USA; Running Time: 102 min
Based on a true story, IMordecai is a comedy about a Holocaust survivor whose life changes when his son buys him an iPhone. Mordecai (Judd Hirsch) likes to fix things. It’s why his phone is 20 years old and held together with duct tape and tinfoil. It’s why he worked his entire life as a plumber and a painter. But this is a story about the things he cannot fix: Getting older, the Alzheimer’s diagnosis of his wife Fela (Carol Kane), his relationship with his son Marvin (Sean Astin). Sometimes, something small and unexpected can change your whole world. For Mordecai, this moment happens when his son, Marvin, replaces his ancient phone with a brand-new iPhone. This act sets off a series of unexpected events and magically changes both Mordecai and the people closest to him. Mordecai becomes friends with the “Einsteins,” led by Nina, who teach him to use this strange device with no buttons. He becomes open to new experiences and new perspectives. Ultimately, through letting go, he begins to heal the things he cannot fix and turn the pain of his past into something beautiful.

SLO Film Fest’s Surf Nite

100 Foot Wave
We’re excited to present the 100 Foot Wave Experience with legendary Big Wave Surfer Garrett & his partner Nicole McNamara in attendance. McNamara’s Emmy award winning show exploring big wave surfing and the pursuit conquering the 100-foot wave. This is a rare opportunity to see the show on the big screen and hear from Garrett himself and what’s upcoming in Season 2.

Coastal Awakening Presentations: A Tribute to Hunter S. Thompson

Animals, Whores & Dialogue: Breakfast with Hunter Vol. 2 (2010)
Director: Wayne Ewing
Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min
Documentary goes deeper into Gonzo journalism with intimate scenes of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson at work writing, editing, and recounting the creation of classics like Hells Angels and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Country: USA, Running Time: 118 min
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Gonzo (2008)
Director: Alex Gibney
Country: USA, Running Time: 120 min
A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Cal Poly Short Cuts

Cal Poly Short Cuts features 10 short films (TBA) created by Cal Poly students under the mentorship of Randi Barros, screenwriter, editor, and ISLA Lecturer, and James Werner, Associate Professor and Chair of Art & Design. These films depict stories reflecting the promising filmmaker’ shared sentiments and creative visions. Engage with emotionally charged stories exploring love, loss, discovery, and unexpected moments of connection. From writing the scripts to filming the scenes, students of different majors have come together to bring their stories to life. See tomorrow’s filmmakers at work today.


Intruder (1989)
Director: Scott Spiegel
Country: USA, Running time: 88 min
The overnight stock crew of a supermarket are stalked and slashed by a mysterious maniac.

MicroHorrors Shorts
Discernment (2021)
Director: Lakin Jacino

Massacre Of the Sorority Babes (2022)
Director: Matt McGill

Potty Mouth (2022)
Director: Ian Meyers

Silence Your Phones (2022)
Director: Jason Kaiser

Jewish Film Fest

Jews Of the Wild West
Director: Amanda Kinsey
Country: USA; Running time: 80 min
Western Jewish pioneers are a largely forgotten chapter in US History, yet they have played a definitive role shaping the expansion of the country. Nationally known names such as Levi Strauss, Samsonite founder Jesse Shwayder and the Guggenheim family built their great fortunes in California and Colorado, and by the end of the 19th Century nearly every notorious Wild West town had a Jewish mayor.

The Broken Candle
Director: Felix Kiner
Country: USA; Running time: 9 min
The heartwarming tale of Nira, a broken Hanukkah candle, who becomes the shamash (lead candle) on the last night of the Festival of Lights.

Director: Adam Lebowitz-Lockard
Country: USA; Running time: 15 min
A comedic nightmare about a young man about to take his next step with his shiksa girlfriend but gets possessed by the dybbuk of his Yiddish grandmother, who has plans of her own.

Additional Special Presentations

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Country: USA; Running Time: 115 min
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, it is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Naming the extra-terrestrial E.T., he brings his new friend into his suburban home and introduces the alien to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Though the children decide to keep its existence a secret, E.T. soon falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Mama Bears
Director: Daresha Kyi
Country: USA; Running Time: 91 min
Spread across the country but connected through private Facebook groups, over 30,000 mothers in America—many from conservative, Christian backgrounds—fully accept their LGBTQ+ children. And they call themselves “mama bears” because while their love is warm and fuzzy, they fight ferociously to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQ+ people. Mama Bears explores the journeys of two mama bears and a young lesbian whose struggle for self-acceptance exemplifies why the mama bears movement is vitally important.

Moon Garden
Director: Ryan Stevens Harris
Country: USA; Running Time: 93 min
When a little girl has a terrible accident and slips into a coma, she finds herself thrust into a darkly surreal industrial dreamworld. Haunted by a nightmarish spectre that feeds off her tears, she must follow her mother’s radio-static voice to find her way back to consciousness. Shot on expired 35mm film stock with vintage rehoused lenses, Moon Garden is a fantastical odyssey and a visionary, handcrafted, and fully practical work of art that shows how a child can shine light even in the darkest places.

Nuclear Now
Director: Oliver Stone
Country: USA, Running Time: 105 min
As fossil fuels cook the planet, the world is finally forced to confront a massive disinformation campaign about humanity’s cleanest, safest, and fastest energy source – nuclear energy. Beneath our feet, Uranium atoms in the Earth’s crust hold incredibly concentrated energy. Science unlocked this energy in the mid-20th century, first for bombs and then to power submarines, and the United States led the effort to generate electricity from this new source. Yet in the mid-20th century as societies began the transition to nuclear power and away from fossil fuels, a long-term PR campaign to scare the public began, funded in part by coal and oil interests. This campaign would sow fear about harmless low-level radiation and create confusion between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. With unprecedented access to the nuclear industry in France, Russia, and the United States, director Oliver Stone explores the possibility for the global community to overcome the challenges of climate change and energy poverty to reach a brighter future through the power of nuclear energy.

Oklahoma Breakdown
Director: Christopher Fitzpatrick
Country: USA; Running Time: 92 min
Mike Hosty is a one-man band, freak of nature, comedian, and talented musician able to produce original pieces and performances on the fly. When Stoney LaRue turned Hosty’s “Oklahoma Breakdown” into the #1 hit of 2007, few knew anything about the creator. Oklahoma Breakdown dives into why an underground legend has his reservations about fame and limelight.

Party Girl (1995)
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Country: USA; Running Time: 94 min
A brand-new restored version of a cult classic that was the first film to ever premiere live on the internet in 1995! Parker Posey’s stars as a 20-something, irresponsible party girl who bailed out of jail by her librarian godmother. To repay the loan, she starts working at the library and gradually turns her life around. This is a rare opportunity to see this unique film oozing with fashion, one-of-a-kind characters, and a non-stop party!

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Country: USA; Running Time: 118 min
In celebration of its 70th anniversary, we bring back a cinematic classic in a beautiful, restored version. Audiences are invited to fall in love with Oscar®–winners Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck all over again in this romantic comedy classic. Roman Holiday features a legendary, Oscar®–winning performance from Hepburn (in her first starring role). Nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, it’s the story of a modern-day princess who, rebelling against the royal obligations, explores Rome on her own. She soon meets an American newspaperman (Gregory Peck) who pretends ignorance of her true identity, in the hopes of obtaining an exclusive story. Naturally, his plan falters as they inevitably fall in love.

Searching For Sugar Man (2012)
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Countries: Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland; Running Time: 86 min
This music documentary still remains as a captivating tale about the best singer- songwriter you’ve never heard of. An Oscar®-winning documentary that tells the remarkable story about a man by the name of Sixto Rodriquez. Rodriquez, the child of a Mexican immigrant with working class parents in Detroit, Michigan, had the voice and songwriting skills of Bob Dylan but his albums failed to sell in the United States in the 1970s. Little did he know that he was in fact a cultural phenomenon, in South Africa. Two South African record store owners go on a quest to get to the bottom of what happened to their musical hero.

We Are Still Here
Directors: Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne
Country: USA; Running Time: 90 min
We Are Still Here is a unique Indigenous film that weaves together eight powerful tales to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival. Through the eyes of these protagonists, the film traverses 1,000 years (past, present, and future) to explore kinship, loss, grief, and resilience. In a universal story, We Are Still Here ultimately showing the strength of love and hope in overcoming shared traumas that Indigenous people from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific continue to face.

Additional Narrative Features

The Beehive
Director: Alexander Lasheras
Country: Canada; Running Time: 86 min
A captivating science-fiction drama follows a family facing an unexplainable cosmic event on their farm. When the young, curious, and adventurous Rosemary discovers what she assumes to be a large beehive growing on a branch of one of their trees, she visits it each day to carefully document its unusual growth and soon discovers it’s not what she thought it was. Featuring up-and-coming Indigenous talent and a scenic Canadian landscape, as the hive and threat grows, so do tensions within the community and family.

Everybody Wants to Be Loved
Director: Katharina Woll
Country: Germany; Running Time: 80 min
On a blisteringly hot summer day, psychotherapist Ina notices something is wrong with her but doesn’t have time to worry about it. With patients waiting at her practice, her daughter threatening to move in with her father, her boyfriend pressuring to move them to another country, and her self-centered mother’s 70th birthday party closing in, Ina is desperate to please everyone without losing herself.

Home Owners
Directors: Pablo Aragues, Marta Cabrera
Country: Spain; Running Time: 72 min
In search of their forever home, Ana and Maxi are shown the house of their dreams for less than their budget. Everything is perfect until they realize that it is even better than they thought: the house gives them everything they ask for. This fast-paced, surrealist, and thrilling comedy leaves you on the edge of your seat as Ana and Max discover what happens when they stop asking the house for what they want.

I Like Movies
Director: Chandler Levack
Country: Canada; Running Time: 99 min
Teenage cinephile Lawrence dreams of attending film school in the Fall. To raise the hefty tuition fee, he gets his dream job at a local video store, Sequels. Wracked with anxiety about his future, he begins alienating the most important people in his life — his best friend Matt and his single mother Terri — all while developing a complicated friendship with his older female manager, Alana. As graduation looms, a series of painful realizations force Lawrence to realize that he has some growing up to do.

Director: Justin Chon
Country: USA; Running Time: 90 min
Straight from Sundance, Jamojaya follows James, an aspiring Indonesian rapper, as
he records his debut album for a major U.S. record label. Accompanied in Hawaii by his father and former manager, who is still mourning the death of James’ brother and unwilling to surrender control of his career, James sinks deeper in debt to the label. Caught between the music industry’s commercial demands and a power struggle with his suffocating but loving stage dad, James is forced to find his voice.

Land Of Gold
Director: Nardeep Khurmi
Country: USA; Running Time: 105 min
First-generation Punjabi truck driver Kiran is a soon to be dad. When on the job he
hears pounding inside his shipping container and finds a young Mexican American girl inside, his already tumultuous life takes a drastic turn as he seeks to reunite her with her family. What begins as a road trip to Boston becomes much more as they form a friendship and teach each other unforgettable lessons.

Mediterranean Fever
Director: Maha Haj
Countries: Palestine/Germany/France/Cyprus/Qatar; Running Time: 108 min
Waleed, an aspiring writer suffering from chronic depression, develops a close relationship with his new neighbor, a small-time crook. Though having an ulterior plot in mind, the scheme turns into an unexpected friendship between the two men and leads them through a journey of dark encounters.

Our Father, The Devil
Director: Ellie Foumbi
Country: USA; Running Time: 108 min
An African refugee works as the head chef at a retirement home in small-town France, but her quiet existence is upended by the arrival of Father Patrick, a charismatic priest with whom she’s convinced she shares a traumatic past in her homeland. As Father Patrick charms all her co-workers, Marie must decide if she will exact her revenge or cling to the new life she’s built. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Content Warning: Mature themes and sexual trauma.

Director: Lola Quivoron
Country: France; Running Time: 107 min
A unique and high-speed first-time feature from Venice Film Festival, Rodeo shares the story of a hot-tempered and fiercely independent Julia, who thrives in hostile environments and turns every situation to her advantage. Her obsession with the high- octane world of urban ‘Rodeos’— illicit gatherings where riders show off their bikes and latest daring stunts — sparks a chance meeting with a volatile clique. Striving to prove herself to the ultra-masculine gang, Julia performs cons and runs errands for their incarcerated ringleader.

Director: Charlotte Regan
Country: UK; Running Time: 84 min
Following her mother’s death, a resourceful 12-year-old girl, Georgie, continues to live alone in their London-outskirts flat. Making money stealing bikes and keeping the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle, her plan works like a charm until Jason (Harris Dickinson, Triangle of Sadness), her long-estranged father, shows up. Sizing him up as a rubbish dad, Georgie wonders why he’s suddenly taking an interest. Straight from Sundance, this vibrant, joyful, imaginative father-daughter story beautifully brings together two emotionally tangled people: a grieving kid thrust into adulthood and a father in over his head.

Unidentified Objects
Director: Juan Felipe Zuleta
Country: USA; Running Time: 100 min
Peter is a misanthropic little person hiding from the world in his shabby New York City apartment. When an unexpected visit from his upbeat and unhinged neighbor Winona forces him out of his shell and onto an impromptu road trip to what she believes to be an upcoming alien visitation site, he reluctantly agrees. On their increasingly surreal odyssey, Peter and Winona encounter bickering lesbian cosplayers, shroom-addled survivalists, and even extraterrestrial highway cops. But the further they go and the more their trauma comes to light, it becomes clear that the only thing more nerve-wracking than being abducted is being alone in the universe.

Additional Documentary Features

Body Parts
Director: Kristy Guevera-Flanagan
Country: USA; Running Time: 86 min
In an industry historically dominated by the male gaze, Body Parts, featuring Jane Fonda and other prominent actresses in the industry, traces the evolution of intimacy on screen, uncovering the often invisible and uncomfortable realities behind some of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history. Exploring the toll, it takes on those directly involved and their impact on women in the real world, this insightful and revealing documentary celebrates the positive changes now rippling through the entertainment industry and the bold creators leading the way.

Butterfly In the Sky
Directors: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb
Country: USA; Running Time: 86 min
This nostalgic and feel-good documentary tells the story of the beloved PBS children’s series, Reading Rainbow, its iconic host LeVar Burton, and the challenges its creators faced in cultivating a love of reading through television. With the series focused on bringing books to life and finding fun in reading, Reading Rainbow and Burton became a conduit to learning for children of every background, delving behind the pages to the people, places, and things each story explored.

Crows Are White
Director: Ahsen Nadeem
Country: USA; Running Time: 100 min
After decades of living a secret life and struggling to reconcile his desires with his faith, a filmmaker travels to a strict Japanese monastery in search of guidance. But the only monk who will help him prefers ice cream and heavy metal over meditation. Together they forge an unlikely friendship that leads them to higher truths and occasionally a little trouble. Shot over five years on three continents, Crows Are White is an exploration of truth, faith, and love, from the top of a mountain to the bottom of a sundae.

Dusty And Stones
Director: Jesse Rudoy
Country: USA; Running Time: 83 min
Dusty and Stones struggle to sustain a country music career in their tiny African kingdom of Swaziland and yearn for greater recognition. When they are unexpectedly invited to record their songs in Nashville and compete in a Texas battle of the bands, the two cousins journey to the heart of American country music, determined to win big and turn their careers around.

The Grab
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Country: USA; Running Time: 104 min
In the newest documentary by the director of Blackfish (2013), an investigative journalist uncovers the truth behind the money, influence and rationale that goes into the covert efforts to control the most vital resources on the planet — food and water.

Hollywood’s Finest
Director: Claire Hannah Collins
Country: USA; Running Time: 78 min
An intimate portrait of motherhood on the streets of Los Angeles, Hollywood’s Finest follows Mckenzie through pregnancy in a Hollywood unhoused encampment to the fight to recover her child from the custody of the city’s Family Services. By detailing the support Mckenzie received from her street family, nomadic mom, and social worker with her own history of addiction and housing insecurity, Hollywood’s Finest investigates the complex network of social workers and bureaucracy she encounters while struggling to find her footing in mainstream society.

In Pursuit of Flavor
Director: Gerod Bond
Country: USA; Running Time: 61 min
An apologetic sommelier returns to his once-home of Georgia, to explore the humble and hidden truth about wine and its inception. In touring the lush countryside and documenting the deceptively simple process of Georgian winemaking and the unique fruits of its labor — namely, orange wine — Ashwin rediscovers the original magic that saved his life and brought him to the world of flavor.

Lovely Jackson
Director: Matt Waldeck
Country: USA; Running Time: 104 min
Following the longest wrongfully incarcerated person in U.S. history, Lovely Jackson is the harrowing true story of Rickey Jackson, a man who spent 39 years on death row and in prison for a crime he was convicted of based solely on the eye-witness testimony of a 12-year-old neighborhood paper boy. In a retelling of his experience, Jackson returns to the prison he was sent to as an innocent man and guides his younger self from death row to freedom.

No Ordinary Campaign
Director: Christopher Burke
Country: USA; Running Time: 82 min
At just 37, Brian Wallach was diagnosed with ALS and quickly discovered that there is no system built to help patients like him deal with this new reality. Instead, he found a broken and failed system in which doctors told patients to “get their affairs in order and get ready to die.” From executive producer Katie Couric and featuring interviews with Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg, No Ordinary Campaign follows the formation of I AM ALS, Brian’s patient-led nonprofit dedicated to patients taking control of the fight for their lives, breaking down walls and finding new solutions.

Okay! The ASD Band Film
Director: Mark Bone
Country: Canada; Running Time: 87 min
Following the members of The ASD Band, four talented musicians with autism embark upon the challenging journey of writing their first original album and gearing up to perform in their first live show.

Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest
Director: Nancy Svendsen
Country: USA; Running Time: 71 min
Though Nepalis assist as sherpas for tourists daily, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa risked everything to become the first Nepali woman to summit Everest. As an uneducated, indigenous woman and a Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream to scale the legendary mountain pitted her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself. Her determined pursuit of Everest plays out within the context of her nation’s quest for democracy and the emergence of the commercial climbing industry.

Relentless Ride
Directors: Brian Hill, Adam Harbottle
Country: USA; Running Time: 106 min
Every year, cyclists brave the Arkansas High Country bike-packing race on some of the
best and worst gravel roads in the state, riding 1,000 miles and climbing 80,000 feet. With little to no sleep and having to carry, find, or buy everything needed to complete the course, some cyclists push their limits to achieve the fastest known time while others simply try to finish the race and find themselves along the way. As bodies fail and minds betray, these cyclists explore the depth of their own humanity.

Surf Nation
Directors: Jessica Chen, Jeremiah Bogert Jr.
Country: USA; Running Time: 88 min
As China trains its first generation of Olympic surfers, two promising young athletes navigate adolescence, freedom, and their love of the sport. Filmed over a two-year period, Surf Nation follows as hundreds of young recruits leave their families and are paid to live together in a communal hotel, take classes six days a week, and become elite surfers. Though the recruits face extreme pressure to avoid being kicked out of the program, their Australian coaches teach not only technique, but surfing’s central attribute: individuality, in a culture that demands conformity.

Vicuna Salvation
Director: Luis Ara
Country: USA; Running Time: 65 min
At more than 5,000 meters above sea level, Vicuna Salvation tells the incredible story of the conservation of a species and the empowerment of a community that lives in the Peruvian mountains. With the vicuña producing the finest wool fiber in the world and its garments costing thousands of dollars, poachers and the black market led to the near extinction of the species. Alerting the Peruvian government to the situation, global brands and communities made a pact to only market garments that were made with certified fiber.

Narrative Shorts

Crooked Trees Gon Give Me Wings
Director: Cara Lauren Lawson
Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Hit Man: Secrets of Lies
Director: Elias Plagianos
Country: USA; Running Time: 19 min

I Have No Tears, And I Must Cry
Director: Luis Fernando Puente
Country: USA; Running Time: 13 min

Director: Kryzz Gautier
Country: USA; Running Time: 19 min

Laika And Nemo
Director: Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow
Country: Germany; Running Time: 15 min

The Mattress
Director: Arash Hassanpour
Country: Iran; Running Time: 7 min

Director: Kelly Walker
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

My Dear Son
Director: Wing Yan Lilian Fu
Countries: Hong Kong/UK; Running Time: 9 min

My Eyes Are Up Here
Director: Nathan Morris
Country: UK; Running Time: 14 min

Mysore Magic
Director: Abijeet Achar
Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

Other Half
Director: Lina Kalcheva
Country: UK; Running Time: 14 min

Out Of Tune
Director: Portlynn Tagavi
Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Rest Stop
Director: Noah Sellman
Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Rosemary A.D (After Dad)
Director: Ethan Barrett
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Smoke Eater
Director: Gloria Mercer
Country: Canada; Running Time: 12 min

The Sprayer
Director: Farnoosh Abedi
Country: Iran; Running Time: 9 min

They Grow Up So Fast
Director: John F Beach
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

The Van
Director: Bernard Badion
Country: USA; Running Time: 19 min

Director: Robin Wang
Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

Wild Ones
Director: Hanly Banks Callahan
Country: USA; Running Time: 8 min

Documentary Shorts

Below Surface
Director: Lukas Hauser
Country: USA; Running Time: 19 min

Dani’s Twins
Director: Brad Allgood, Steve Dorst
Country: USA; Running Time: 39 min

Decolonizing Dinner
Director: Alejandro Miranda Cruz
Country: USA; Running Time: 12 min

Good Boy
Director: Russell Chadwick
Country: USA; Running Time: 35 min

Directors: Vincent L’Hérault, Tim Anaviapik Soucie
Country: Canada; Running Time: 27 min

Director: Sterling Hampton
Country: USA; Running Time: 5 min

Outside Line
Director: Jack Gordon
Country: USA; Running Time: 17 min

Until The Rain Comes Back
Directors: Lauren Tyler Brimeyer, Jack Bushell
Country: USA; Running Time: 17 min

Central Coast Presentations

The Amphora Project: Past Forward
Director: Libbie Agran, Tim Clott
Country: USA; Running Time: 39 min

Ángulos De La Hora
Director: Kyle Novak
Country: USA; Running Time: 16 min

Bread Bike
Director: Beth Gage, George Gage
Country: USA; Running Time: 19 min

Epic Bill
Director: Quinnolyn Benson-Yates
Country: USA; Running Time: 92 min
A bankrupt self-made millionaire finds success again in extreme endurance athletics. Returning to a race that’s defeated him for years, Bill pushes beyond his limits and questions whether finishing these events defines his identity — or if he can discover a deeper reason for being in the arena.

Fresh To Frightening – The Sharon Green Story
Director: Gareth Kelly
Country: USA; Running Time: 20 min

Friends Call Us Unlucky
Director: Alyssa Toledo
Country: USA; Running Time: 30 min

The Greatest of All Tina
Director: Brody Gusar
Country: USA; Running Time: 94 min
A woman struggling with depression decides that life is too hard, and things will be better off if she becomes her spirit animal, a goat. Expertly balancing humor and heart, The Greatest of All Tina will take you on a wild and absurd journey filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Jack Has a Plan
Director: Bradley Berman
Country: USA; Running Time: 73 min
When Jack, a man with a terminal brain tumor for 25 years, decides to end his life, his family and friends struggle to accept his decision. Jack’s best friend documents his three-year quest to die a happy man in an inspiring story about self-determination, creativity, and transcendence.

Shoe Shine Caddie
Director: Leonard Manzella
Country: USA; Running Time: 63 min
Shoe Shine Caddy humanizes the homeless experience by capturing the irresistible spirit of 61-year-old Adrian Spears. After years of incarceration, he’s now homeless, surviving on the streets by shining shoes on a street corner, while fighting for custody of his 3-year-old daughter.

Something To Crow About
Director: Robin Smith
Country: USA; Running Time: 40 min
Every October, local artists stage hundreds of handmade scarecrows throughout Cambria for an acclaimed annual scarecrow festival. Something to Crow About follows the crow makers over the summer as they whip together unique works of art out of an array of random craft supplies.

Directors: Ethan Takekawa, Michael Lee, Meg Kievman, Emma Holm-Olsen
Country: USA; Running Time: 15 min

Director: Elliot Peters
Country: USA; Running Time: 25 min

Music Videos

Better Now
Director: Eric Alt

Directors: Jill Sachs, Angeline Armstrong

Call It What You Will
Director: Deanna Wardin

Circle 12: Foam and Sand
Director: Shawn Knol

Director: Jedediah Roberson

Fade Into You
Director: David M. Helman

A Feast That Never Comes
Director: Maria Juranic

Good Day
Director: Angelo Deprater

Happy Song
Director: Sasha Solodukhina

Kje Med Are
Director: Anika Salvesen

Director: Katie Neville

Director: Andrea Diaz

Texture Of Love Shorts

A Real One
Director: McKenzie Chinn
Country: USA; Running Time: 16 min

Dear Mama. . .
Director: Winter Dunn
Country: USA; Running Time: 14 min

Jahleel & Star
Director: Monique Wilhoit
Country: USA; Running Time: 12 min

The Marigolds Listen
Director: Jacob Figueroa
Country: USA; Running Time: 6 min

We Were Meant To
Director: Tari Wariebi
Country: USA; Running Time: 28 min

Filmmakers Of Tomorrow


Filmmaker: Ava Bounds
Country: UK; Running Time: 10 min

Filmmakers: Madeleine Case, Grace Rynerson
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

The Hole
Filmmakers: Piotr Kaźmierczak, Łukasz Kościelny, Jacek Łuczyński
Country: Poland; Running Time: 3 min

Lost: A Backyard Adventure
Filmmakers: Coleman Seamus, Freeman Howe
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Filmmakers: Brielle Lubin, Sarah Morton, Sophie Ramirez
Country: USA; Running Time: 7 min

Filmmakers: Lori Mae Hernandez, John Rourke, Cado Dhinsa
Country: USA; Running Time: 7 min

A Piece of Ranch
Filmmaker: Jiayang Liu
Country: USA; Running Time: 10 min

Pistachio Ice Cream
Filmmaker: Amira Kopeyeva
Country: USA; Running Time: 6 min

The Reflection on My Screen
Filmmakers: Abida Chowdhury, Leslie Gomez, Christell Pelico, Zaira OrtizCountry: USA; Running Time: 6 min


Extra Cheese
Filmmakers: Benny Eldridge, Maggie Cross, Otto Nixon, Phoebe Cross
Country: USA; Running Time: 2 min

Magic Eraser: Delete!
Filmmakers: Zi-Jun Wang, Yun-Yen Li, Zi-Fei Wang, Yun-Hua Li, Chia-Chao Li
Country: Taiwan; Running Time: 9 min

Stop Pebble Mine
Filmmaker: Mason Mirabile
Country: USA; Running Time: 5 min


Badminton Journey
Filmmakers: Sean Kang
Country: USA; Running Time: 1 min

Filmmakers: Walter Duncan, Marie-Pierre Bonniol
Country: Germany; Running Time: 2 min

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