The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival

2017 Official Selections
(In Alphabetical Order)

A Godly Manner
Directed by Matthew Myslinski

A morose doctor unthinkingly falls for his mysterious patient, until he slowly discovers that she is not all who she appears to be.
Short Films, 48m, USA

A Lotta Life
Directed by Mark Dessauer.

When the Angel of Death arrives to bestow a special honor on a sweet elderly couple, they mistake him for a pushy salesman.
Short Films, 14m, USA

A Whole World for a Little World
Directed by Fabrice BRACQ

A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter.
Short Films, 15m, France

American Zealot
Directed by James Mackenzie.

As graduation approaches, a Catholic schoolgirl plots to murder her best friend's abortion doctor. She's incredibly smart, but her plan might not be.
College Student Films, 1h 29m, USA

ANY DAY NOW
Directed by Albert Uria


A short, sweet comedy about how short (and sweet) life can be...
Short Films, 20m, Spain

Born Again
Directed by Jason Tostevin

When five bumbling Satanists have their summoning ceremony go horribly right, they're left to deal with the decidedly holy shit consequences.
Short Films, 7m, USA

Cain's Shadow
Directed by Antonio De Palo

On the night of November 5th, 2025, a child called Angela disappears. Around this umpteenth case of disappearance will intertwine the lives and stories of a young inspector, Ada, a young woman in search of her little sister who disappeared many years before; and finally Eddi, a transsexual speaker of a late night radio program.
Short Films, 25m, Italy

Cavities
Directed by Michael Chan

Sixteen-year-old Winston Cheng reconnects with his mother after returning home unexpectedly.
College Student Films, 25m, USA

Cold
Directed by Robert Evans

Amy sits alone in the bathroom. The negative thoughts buzz loudly in her mind. Can she escape her depression, or just be another suicide statistic?
Short Films, 9m, USA

Cycle
Directed by Caleb Wild

A teen aging out of the foster care system, scrambling to determine his future, is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of his biological father.
Student Films (High School), 10m, USA

Dryland
Directed by Liv Prior Colliander

Reeling in the aftermath of her mother’s suicide attempt, a young swimmer works through her trauma in the water while desperately trying to break the wall of silence at home.
Short Films, 22m, USA

Dumbfounded
Directed by Martin R. Mikolajczyk

A job interview is nerve-wracking enough, but when the boss is still getting rid of the last employee in the other room, it can be downright terrifying.
Short Films, 20m, USA

EKAJ
Directed by Cati Gonzalez

A gritty and truthful portrait of a young man searching for purpose and love.
Feature Films, 1h 20m, USA

From Dogs to Wolves
Directed by Azure Allen

Human stories are as numerous as stars in the sky. This is the story of a young man struggling with the space between the domestic magic of childhood and the sometimes unbearable wilderness of adulthood, who loses his way and finds himself homeless on the streets of San Franciso. This is what happens when dogs become wolves.
High School Student Films, 10m, USA

Guns and Guitars – A Musical Travelogue
Directed by Bidyut Kotoky

Guns and Guitars track the journey of the director Bidyut back to his root - northeast India.
Feature Films, 1h34m, India


H.P. Lovecraft's The Beast In The Cave Directed by Cameron McCasland

An adaptation of one of H.P. Lovecrafts earliest stories which finds a man hopelessly lost while exploring the Mammoth Cave system. Darkness brings a unknown fear.
Short Films, 6m, USA

Homecoming
Directed by Mark A. Nash

When a successful musician returns to his hometown following the death of his ex-fiancé, he is forced to confront his former best friend, as well as his past.
Short Films, 20m, USA

HYPNODIZE
Directed by Cameron Brewer

At his wit's end, Phil Morris takes abnormal means and hires a crackpot hypnotist to help solve his problems. All unravels with a snap of the fingers and now anyone in his path will perish. In this fast paced ode to classic slasher films, no one is safe from the trance.
Short Films, 19m, USA

Images
Directed by Dean Parker

A high school senior girl finds that there's more value to her than meets the eye after being photographed by one of her classmates.
High School Student Films, 21m, USA

Indiana
Directed by Toni Comas

A disillusioned demon hunter considers leaving the field, but on the insistence of his more eager partner, agrees to take on one more case that could change his life forever.
Feature Films, 1h 16m, USA

Lakota Girls
Directed by Mollianne Cameron

This is a historical drama about Mato Win, an eight-year-old Native American girl who lives at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She is sent to live with a white family at a horse ranch in the Black Hills. She stays with Clara, an eight-year-old white girl and her family, but Mato Win is determined to get back to the reservation. She runs away to the mountainous forest, but is found. Mato Win is afraid she will be kept from her parents and does not trust Clara’s older brother Cavan. Mato Win questions Clara about an old photo of two Indian men in her home. Clara tells the story of her great-great grandma, Emylon, who rode the train from Indiana to teach there, a hundred years ago. The girls discover they have more in common than they knew.
Feature Films, 1h 34m, USA

Lattie
Directed by Kevin Chenault

A struggling laborer is diagnosed with a terminal illness and finds himself being pulled in different directions by his family, unknown assailants, and an inept police officer who believes he was a witness to a violent crime. Surreal lapses of time increase for him as he struggles to keep it all together. 
Short Films, 48m, USA


Live Adventurously
Directed by Danielle & Kate Nolan

None of them knew each other, or exactly what was in store for them, but they all left with something much more than they had ever imagined.
Short Films, 35m, USA

Marc Chung Protects His Address
Directed by Michael Chan

Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man name Robert is committing fraud under his address. Robert shows up at Marc’s door and flees after being caught that he’s been lying. Marc shows up at the police station to file a report but is denied due to insufficient evidence.
College Student Films, 10m, USA

Naga Pixie

Directed by Anthony Hobbs


Naga Pixie is a short film by 11 year old award winning filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs. The film is about a pixie that is always nagging everyone, and a group a friends trying to figure her out. By the end of the film, the audience realizes that the pixie has a good reason to nag.

Student Films, 15m, USA

News Now Never: The Untold Story
Directed by Brandon Mendel

A comedic 'mockumentary' that follows an amateur news producer and his crew as they retell their unique experiences as a team.
College Student Films, 14m, USA

Nobody Dies Here
Directed by Simon Panay

Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.
Short Films, 23m, France

Normal
Directed by Vadim Lasca

A young Chavista man helps his former opposition girlfriend, who participates in the rioting in Caracas, to hide from the National Guard, despite their differences and political intolerance.
Short Films, 14m, Venezuela

NuWorld
Directed by Tommy Weber

Two strangers seeking solitude in a video game discover that some problems can't be solved alone.
College Student Films, 15m, USA

One Penny
Directed by Michael DeVita

One Penny is the story of a young boy Dylan who is stripped of his privileged life and forced to live on the streets.
Feature Films, 1h 31m, USA

ONLY FIVE MINUTES
Directed by Mohammad Mohammadian

A blind girl is walking in the streets and faces multiple obstacles.
Short Films, 5m, Iran

Our Quick March
Directed by Charles Klien

Tasha and her friends meet after Melody's funeral. When Melody's fiance engages with the group, Tasha's feelings about her deceased friend resurface.
Short Films, 8m, USA

Out Of My Mind
Directed by Cindy Maples

Carter is a successful mystery writer on the rise. Fueled by alcohol, and a chance meeting with a beautiful woman in blue, his latest book is flowing out of him. If only he could find the source of dripping water that's driving him insane. As the novel progresses and the bourbon flows, what Carter's written about the woman takes a hauntingly dark turn. Slipping into madness might be a great way to write, but are the horrors of the night real or only something out of his mind?
Short Films, 15m, USA

Plena Stellarum
Directed by Matthew Wade

Neon ghosts dream in dead landscapes, the genesis of consciousness begins to explore finite territories and infinite loops within the
digital walls of amusement, and a creature born of abstraction interferes with a simple system never meant to be pushed so far.
Short Films, 11m, USA

Posi-Traction
Directed by Caleb Johnson and Clint Calvert

An intense emotional conflict scene between a mysterious older man and a younger man.
Short Films, 5m, USA

Red Lotus
Directed by Gabriel P. Gonzales

Inspired by the true events of Japan's Shimabara Rebellion of 1638; a disillusioned samurai, Shintaro, is tasked with hunting down the surviving members of a defeated rebellion. Shintaro's mission is challenged when the rebels retaliate in the form of a mysterious assassin known only as 'The Red Lotus.'
College Student Films, 16m, USA

Rest of Your Life
Directed by Hanson Reed

A documentary filmmaker struggles to come to terms with his own mortality while reconciling with the widow of his best friend.
College Student Films, 15m, USA

September Morning
Directed by Ryan Frost

September 11th was a day we'll never forget, but what will we remember? In the first dark hours of September 12th, 2001, five college freshmen stay up all night in a dorm room confronting the promises of youth that have been severed by national tragedy.
Feature Films, 1h 30m, USA

Shades of Scarlet
Directed by Wendy Keeling

Shades of Scarlet is a powerful story about the paths people choose and how events can turn in a moments notice. The film follows a convicted rapist just released on a technicality. Frustrated with the public reaction to his release, he tries to take a momentary refuge in a dive bar. This becomes difficult when a ball busting nurse hits on him.
Short Films, 14m, USA

Shark tooth
Directed by Oren Gerner

Ora (57) arrives to a spiritual awareness workshop in the desert, and needs to adapt to the unique dynamics of the place in order to gain some time with her daughter Tali (34). As the workshop progresses, dark elements from their past arises, and obliges Ora to deal with their implications for the first time.
Short Films, 28m, Israel

State Inspection
Directed by David Smith

An anxious young man tries to talk to a woman he meets while waiting for his car at an auto repair shop.
Short Films, 8m, USA

Strike
Directed by Arika Cullen

A bowling alley attendant struggles with PTSD from his own childhood when he encounters a little girl that he suspects is being abused by her father.
Short Films, 12m, USA

The Boundary
Directed by Evan Hara

Doubts about reality lead to one man's journey to the edge of the universe.
High School Student Films, 46m, USA

The Burnout
Directed by Austin Quarles

Wade, a struggling addict, must confront the most difficult demon in his life: himself.
Short Films, 13m, USA

The Dance of the Outsider
Directed by Eleanor Levine

A French Nouveau film set in the ‘60s, La Danse de L’Étranger is a story of two outsiders from different worlds, who are thrown together by forces of nature.
College Student Films, 13m, USA

The First Date
Directed by Tim Kinner

A couple who met online plan to go on their first date.
Short Films, 5m, USA

The Life of Marie
Directed by Rolf Kasteleiner

The life of the maid Marie is dedicated to the countess. When a middle-class lover left her mistress, Marie tries to redeem her mistress’ honor during a salon concert. But the countess is not interest in the dignity of her maid.
Short Films, 24m, Germany

The Next Big Thing
Directed by Brody Gusar

When Julian allows his deranged best friend Chuck to follow him around 24/7 with a camera, his life spirals out of control causing turmoil in his personal and professional life.
Feature Films, 1h 23m, USA

The Opera Singer
Directed by Steve Kahn

A woman is haunted by unfulfilled dreams.
Short Films, 3m, USA

The Prisoner Of Perdition
Directed by Cameron McCasland

In the old west in the town of Perdition, U.S. Marshall Tom Clanton along with his Deputy Jacob Darby attempt to protect their prisoner Thorne from an angry mob. But the prisoner has his own devilish intentions.
Short Films, 23m, USA

The Smartphone Hacker
Directed by Ram Saandal

A hacking addict roams the streets of London hacking into people's smartphones.
Short Films, 9m, UK

The Switch
Directed by Matt Green and Chad Fuller

Set In the small old west town of Copper Canyon, The towns people are going about there everyday business, What they don't know is that the town as they know it is about to change. Follow as the Marshal sets out to find out what is happening to his town.
Short Films, 15m, USA

They Will All Die in Space
Directed by Javier Chillon

The starship Tantalus drifts through space.
Short Films, 15m, Spain

Trapped
Directed by Evan Rogers

There is hope for those who've trapped themselves in their own minds... Trapped is my message to the world that there is always a way to get out of your head, especially for those who think deeply.
College Student Films, 4m, USA

Welcomes April
Directed by Jacob Guenin

An average joe named David craves social interaction when he moves to a new town where people only speak superficially. He attempts to understand the new people around him but can’t seem to relate until he becomes one of them. However, David faces a dilemma when a newcomer arrives in town.
College Student Films, 12m, USA


West Virginia My Home. Musicians and the Mountain State Experience
Directed by Michael Lipton

The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame’s new documentary, “West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience,” offers a fascinating look at some of the most prominent musicians to come from West Virginia, and how the “Mountain State Experience” influenced their lives and music.
Feature Films, 1h, USA

2017 Official Selections

A Godly Manner
A Lotta Life
A Whole World For A Little World
American Zealot
Any Day Now 
Born Again
Cain's Shadow
Cavities
Cold
Cycle
Dryland
Dumbfounded 
EKAJ
From Dogs to Wolves
Guns And Guitars - A Musical Travelogue
H.P. Lovecraft's The Beast In The Cave
Homecoming

Hypnodize
Images
Indiana
Lattie
Live Adventurously 
Marc Chung Protects His Address
Naga Pixie
News Now Never: The Untold Story
Nobody Dies Here
Normal
NuWorld
One Penny
Only Five Minutes
Our Quick March
Out Of My Mind
Plena Stellarum
Posi-Traction
Red Lotus
Rest of Your Life
September Morning

Shades Of Scarlet
Shark tooth
State Inspection
Strike
The Boundary
The Burnout 
The Dance of the Outsider
The First Date
The Life Of Marie
The Next Big Thing 
The Opera Singer
The Prisoner Of Perdition
The Smartphone Hacker 
The Switch
They Will All Die in Space
Trapped
Welcomes April
West Virginia My Home. Musicians and the Mountain State Experience