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April 27-29
2018

Front Range Film Festival

The 6th Annual Front Range Film Festival Celebrates Colorado’s independent filmmakers and filmmakers from abroad. We love the diverse crafts involved behind the scenes and recognize the struggle to create independent cinema.

Please Join us in our 6th annual year — three fun-filled days, April 27th to 29th. Colorado Craft Cinema at it’s best, plus a diverse selection of films in the artisitic gem of a city. Longmont on Colorado’s Front Range.

Block 1 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Longmont Theatre

Diverse Mashup

Film: Boo Man
Director : Will Kingston
Running Time : 6
Description: A long time music critic strives for internet fame and meets his match along the way.

Film: RJ Ripper
Director: Joey Schusler
Running Time : 19.25
Description:Kids and bikes; wherever you are in the world, they go together. The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers, but then again nothing is typical about Rajesh (RJ) Magar. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.

Film: Flat Tops Round Up
Director : Justin Balog
Running Time : 18:26
Description: Filmed over the course of three days and three hundred miles, the ' Flat Tops Round Up' documents a team of cyclists as they attempt to navigate Colorado's most remote wilderness, The Flat Tops.

Film: Eagle Hawk
Director: Shannon Murphy
Running Time: 21:30
Description: In a remote forest, an aspiring actress immerses herself in the mythical world of the 'Yowie' to scare others and herself into living

Film: Cavello
Director: Sven Bresser
Running Time: 23
Description: Kai and Thomas, two 12-year old friends, are inseparable. Together they're everything, alone they're nothing. Their bond is strong until a new girl steps into their classroom and catches Thomas' eye. This is a short narrative about Kai who is desperately trying to win back his best friend. He slowly loses control and makes a decision that will change his life forever.

Film: Cold Storage
Director: Thomas Freundlich
Running Time: 24
Description: Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

Block 2 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Esoteric/Deapartures From The Norm

Film: Everything is Upstream
Director: Martin Ponferrada
Running Time: 10:05
Description: Part animation and part documentary. Buddhist monks from around the world offer vivid descriptions of their dreams, which are then brought to life through detailed rotoscope.

Film: Au Revoir Bathezar
Director: Emily Wong
Running Time: 9:36
Description: A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.

Film: Taste of Love
Director: Paul Scheufler
Running Time: 4:32
Description: „What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.

Film: Trumpet Man
Director: Emily Wong
Running Time: 13:50
Description: A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado, out of Avocado's instinct creates a man called Soul. A sudden passion joins and swings them in a trumpet mood. An uncertainty madness strikes Soul heavily. Seed of passion continue to breed conflict amongst five men without control, which eventually leads Soul to the fact of life.

Film: Edge of Alchemy
Director: Stacey Steers
Running Time: 9
Description: In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920's and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse.

Film: Call of Cuteness
Director: Brenda Lien
Running Time: 4:00
Description:. Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation - all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled - its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. Objects are fetishized and subjects made into things that are quantifiable and ready for use. They are the natural resources of a luxury they will never know. We are here because you were there – and waste is dumped in the ocean. In the end, bodies reveal the causes and effects of power, pleasure and hate.

Film: Next
Director: Elena Brodach
Running Time: 7
Description: Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.

Block 3 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

The Power of the Lens & A Refuge’s Life

Film: The Tent Village
Director: Nilima Abrams
Running Time: 24:45
Description: A nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. An unflinching yet gentle exploration of the interplay between external oppression, internalized self-defeat and hope, highlighting the innate worth of all people.

Film: 3 Red Sweaters
Director: Martha Gregory
Running Time: 8
Description: A filmmaker explores memory and the way that we use technology to record our lives

Film: Hikkiomori – Life Through the Lens
Director: Arkadij Khaet
Running Time: 30:00
Description: Nino (27) is what is called a Hikikomori – a young person kept in the stranglehold of
self-doubt and fear of failing; a modern hermit, living in an environment of desert-like
apartment blocks. Join Nino and his camera in search of photo motifs as well as in
search of his true self.

Film: Unstated
Director: Paul Kachris-Newman
Description: Follow Buthaina - a refugee single mother from Iraq - through her first year in the United States. Her journey runs parallel with an unprecedented election, riots, and alarming local tragedies - UNSTATED is a resettlement story in an unsettled America.

Film: Fire Water Earth Air and Time
Director:
Running Time: 3:50
Description: In a slightly surreal scene, two figures move through time, one forward and the other backward. Nevertheless, they communicate with each other and swap things. Ash turns to paper, water flows upwards. This all happens in a manner where the viewer can not always be sure in which direction the time is running.

Film: Recall
Director : Dániel Reich
Running Time:20:00
Description: We are in the 80’s, the young boy Beni spending the holiday with his mum and sister, Gilla at lake Balaton. Beni finds an old photo camera and starts taking photos, obsessively. Gilla suddenly disappears while swimming in the water. They caný find her, but Beni doesn’t give up the search and with the help of a local investigator they keep looking for her. 10 years earlier in the same place , a girl disappear in similar circumstances, so they both feel that the answer to be sought beyond rationality.

Workshop - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Fire House Art Gallery

Workshop: Writing a Niche Audience Documentary
Tom Kolicko: Founder of Traverse Images
www.traverseimage.com

Block 4 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Adventure & Wild Life Awareness

Film: Our Wild
Director: Benjamin S. Kraushaar
Running Time: 3:00
Description: Public lands define us as Americans, but this unique birthright is not free from the perils of toxic politics, insatiable greed and destructive developments. Luckily, a new generation of public land warriors and scientists are diligently fighting to understand and conserve our American heritage.

Film: From The South Up
Director: Brendon Tyree
Running Time: 21
Description: Solitary cyclist from Brendon Tyree documents the dramatically changing landscape as he rides the length of South America.
A limited timescale forces plenty of off road short cuts and wild camping locations during this 6000 mile trip from Patagonia to the Caribbean coast.

Film: 2.5 Million
Director: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
Running Time: 21
Description: "2.5 Million" follows American skier Aaron Rice as he sets out to ski 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet in the backcountry and set a new world record. To be successful Aaron will have to ski over 330 days in the calendar year and chase snow around the world. The challenge is both physical and mental and injuries are not an option.

Film: Granite Islands
Director: Steve Ogden
Running Time: 14:30
Description: A committed group of local mountain bikers form a non-profit organization and work with government land managers to advocate for and maintain local trails. They host a challenging race in a spectacular setting as a fundraiser. The race attracts riders from distant places who want to test themselves on the unique technical terrain. This is not a ripping & shredding film.

Enough White Teacups
Director: Michelle Bauer Carpenter
Description: This documentary highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life. The film explores their history as an international design competition and highlights the most innovative INDEX award winners. Enough White Teacups showcases how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent blindness, destroy landmines, deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. Enough White Teacups examines sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Block 5 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Cannabis Culture/ Alternative Life Style

Film: Drugs and other Love
Director: Noah Applebaum
Running Time: 1hr 40
Description: A charming, terrible older sibling keeps his stoner roommate brother high on drugs so he can win the heart of a lovely lady dope dealer who happens to owe money to a gangster.

Workshop - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Fire House Art Gallery

Workshop: "Drones: The Essentials"
Nathan Duggins : Founder of Levitate Drones
www.levitateDrones.com

Block 6: - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Tech Obsessed

Film: #Selfie
Director: David M. Lorenz
Running Time: 7:00
Description: A couple on holiday in Berlin. Everything is perfect, but then he wants to take a selfie... The ending of a relationship as seen through a mobile phone. Film: #Selfie

Film: Crash
Director: Hong Heng Fai
Running Time: 21:47
Description: Choi found his mother with advanced Dementia was missing one day. He asked around to search for her, but to no avail. He then put a post in the social networking site. In just one night, his post had attracted attention from many Internet users.
In order to retain his popularity in the online world, CHOI decided to take a short selfie video - sharing all the memories of his mother and their sufferings from the disease. The selfie video went viral and initiated the” Crash Wall Challenge ” in the online world. More and more people participated and took the challenge...

Film: True
Director: Simon Schneider
Running Time: 19:00
Description: Hurt by the betrayal of his girlfriend, the talented progammer Paul is convinced: Nobody should be allowed to keep secrets from each other anymore - and he uploads his groundbreaking text analysis software. From now on every social network profile can be hacked in no time. But Paul's revenge is doomed from the beginning.

Film: New Boy
Director: Norman Tamkivi
Running Time: 10:19
Description: 11-year-old Mike feels secluded in his new school and develops an obsession to buy a fancy augmented reality toy that the other kids are playing with together. His single mother cannot afford to buy it, so Mike sets out on a quest to collect the funds on his own and buy the game no matter what, so he could finally make friends at school.

Film: Dark Social
Director: Catharina Isenburg
Running Time: 9:41
Description: Global Village, digital generation: mysterious sexual assaults, real and virtual identities, a policewoman who becomes obsessed with the hunt…but who is she after?
A socio-critical tech-noir debut film, showing the alarming dangers of new technologies.

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Habitat for Humanity Fund Raiser

Block 7 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Longmont Theatre

Habitat For Humanity 

Film: Forgotten Kingdom
Director: Andrew Mudge
Running Time: 97
Description: Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

Block 8 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

The Dark Hour / Experimental

Film: The Couch
Director: Joe Paul Kienast
Running Time: 14:36
Description: Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime

Film: The Sacred Disease
Director: Erica Scoggins
Running Time: 24:83
Description: Angie lives with her mom and struggles to manage a heavy dosage of medication for a neurological disorder. Reeling from the death of her brother and oppressed by the very medication meant to cure her, Angie yearns for the strange, otherworldly seizures that at once haunted her and made her feel alive. Nicole, a mysterious and reckless woman, convinces Angie to toss the pills and accompany her to an old mansion in the deep woods of East Tennessee. On the outskirts of her town, Angie finds other people like her. Angie endures a nightmarish limbo, finally breaking through to the sublime and ecstatic moment that gives this disease its sacred name.

Film: Faint
Director: Natalie Plaskura
Running Time: 5:58
Description: The time stands still, the moments are everlasting. The nameless characters turn into numb figures, surfacing and disappearing like mental tatters. The protagonist is trapped and strays through a confusing construction of thoughts, finally losing herself.

Film: Winter Solstice
Director: Simon Schneckenburger
Running Time: 13
Description: WINTER SOLSTICE tells the story of a liberation. A sister and brother meet up at a place significant to their childhood. The brother has turned his back on his father's farm whereas the younger sister still lives there. Over the course of the conversation, the image of a strong young woman in the midst of a broken family is formed. She ends up at a conclusion which could, at the same time, also be a beginning.

Block 9 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

True Grit and Survivors

Film: Valentina
Director: Maximilian Feldmann
Running Time: 51
Description: A slum in a Romani neighbourhood. Ten-year-old Valentina invites us to meet her family. What follows are bizarre anecdotes, daydreams and documentary observations – a film as lively as its roaming heroine.

Film: Carve The Runes
Director: Luc Nadeau
Running Time: 1Hr :07
Description: "Carve The Runes" explores dying young, climate change, and family bonds. Two American brothers, Cai and Oz, meet up in Scotland to spend some time together after Oz is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Block 12 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Cultural Conundrum

Film: Night
Director : Joosje Duk
Running Time: 9:30
Description: When Sue's cousin Genelva visits her from Suriname, they want to go out to a fancy club with Sue's two best friends. But after having an unpleasant encounter with the club's bouncer at the door, the course of their night changes completely.

Film: Self Made Man/ Rainbow Sunshine Woman
Director: Carol Pendergrass Caster
Running Time: 5:42
Description: “Self-Made Man / Rainbow-Sunshine Woman” is a short story about Spencer, a “self-made man,” and Sequoia, a free-spirited, visionary pizza maker. Spencer doesn’t need anything or anybody but himself, and his money. At least that’s what he thinks!

Film: Sweet Candy
Director: Yilmaz Vurucu
Running Time: 18
Description: “You’re listening now, aren’t you...” says a cold and nearly unconscious Andreas Wagner, over his live broadcast. Isolated and full of desperation, he’s decided to air his last words, together with some extremely valid grievances. His views strike a chord with some while attracting the wrath and disdain of others, yet one fact is undeniable: he has become an unlikely Internet phenomenon when it least matters. When the next big viral hit wears off, can a concerned few help save him, so he can live to tell his story another day?

Film: World Break
Director: ANDO
Running Time: 10:00
Description: When you create a film, you create a Universe. A Universe is a fragile thing...

Film: State of Emergency MFer
Director: Sébastien Petretti
Running Time: 5:34
Description: This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy
that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine,
normal, tedious. The victims themselves are used to it. Even the police is used to it!
Every day, they get back at it. Samy and Mehdi aren’t even paying attention to it
anymore… the viewer neither. The real question of the movie is to finally discover if
Samy did get some on the night of Valentine’s…

Film: The Sad Monk
Director: Diana Frankovic
Running Time: 11:23
Description: In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it's natural to question our
existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change.
Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment. Following this path to Nepal we meet the young Tibetan buddhist monk, Tenzin, representative of a new generation, who is grappling with recognizable questions of modern life. The insights we garner from observing Tenzin unveil universal human flaw: the obsessive pursuit of happiness. The Sad Monk takes a look underneath the surface of a distinct and idealized environment; the holistic upbringing and rhythm of life in the monasteries of Nepal. We have something to learn from his story.

Film: Hard Way – The Action Musical
Director: Daniel Vogelmann
Running Time: 30
Description: HARD WAY combines Action and Musical. A story of hard men with hard feelings. Jake loses his best friend Zach in a S.W.A.T. operation near Detroit. Eight months later Jake and his team are trying to get „The Mother“ - the terrorist responsible for Zach's death. While singing and dancing they fight their way through their enemies. But then Jake's blind thirst for revenge leads them into the deadly hands of a sniper.

Film: White Face
Director: Mtume Gant
Running Time: 21:00
Description: New York Actor Charles Rogers hates his skin and all that hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems - change his appearance to embody 'Whiteness' - erase all that he has ever been and join the group he's believes he should be a part of. But is this ever possible?

Block 11 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Self Discovery

Film: Ablution
Director: Omar Al Dakheel
Running Time: 15:00
Description: The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad, Khaled, for prayer as a part of their Islamic religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son is gay he's torn between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.

Film: Woodman
Director: Mike Jackson
Running Time: 16:36
Description: A man made of wood and a woman with secrets connect online, sharing truths that break them out of the cages of lies that have imprisoned them.

Film: Sara The Dancer
Director: Tim Ellrich
Running Time: 12:30
Description: Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants the best for their users and strengthens her desire. Quickly, this leads to an existential conflict with her actual camera use.

Film: Hattie Goes Cruising
Director: Konstantin Bock
Running Time: 18:00
Description: While rifling through his collection of dirty photos of horse-hung tricks, Hattie shares his vivid memories, insights, and practical advice for picking up guys, how to deal with difficult tricks and more. We also learn about the 35-year-long relationship between Hattie and his partner Allen, who never put the kibosh on Hattie's cruising habits. The film is both a brilliant look at a part of gay culture that's fast becoming extinct, and a portrait of a unique character who is as fascinating as he is endearing.

Film: The Inner Side
Director: Dániel Reich
Running Time: 15:00
Description: Domi is a 33 years old autistic boy, who never speaks and lives with his mother and father. They try everything to cure him, but no effect. The mother cynically tells the story of their unlucky family, she is hopeless. Only the books bring happiness in Domi's life. He is obsessed by books. The family tries a new psychologist, Aliz, who soon realizes how important the books are for Domi. Now Aliz starts to write a story for Domi. This book changes the world around Domi, we see the story becoming alive and driving the boy towards the solution.

Film: Alone
Director: Steven Fox
Running Time: 4:00
Description: As one who observes life, the poet searches through the darkness and the light to find his inspiration only sees to discover inevitable upon the horizon.

Film: Someone Good Will Find You
Director: Leelila Strogov
Running Time: 8:40
Description: A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father tries to teach his son, David, how to “make it” in America. When David becomes enamored by a Superman costume in a store window, his father sees an opportunity to impart to him the importance of hard work, thrift, and delayed gratification. But when the time comes for David to reap the rewards of his efforts, it turns out that the lessons he’s learned transcend those his father intended.
Revealing the human capacity for connection, compassion, and sacrifice, Someone Good Will Find You is a story about the lessons parents try to teach their children, and the unintended ones children learn on their own.

Film: Cautionary Tales
Director: Chris Barrett
Running Time: 8:04
Description: A bizarre incident as a young boy left Aaron with an unusual facial disfigurement. Isolated and vulnerable, Aaron seeks comfort in the friendship and understanding of an unexpected group of outcasts.

Film: Pria
Director: Yudho Aditya
Running Time: 20:00
Description: A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.

Block 13 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Experience Event Space First Floor

Family and Culture Clash

Film: Jenny Loves Satan
Director: Jenna Bryant
Running: 14:21
Description: Jenny Loves Satan is a comedy about an outrageous 12-year old girl, who becomes a Satanist to rebel against her retro-perfect world. But after Jenny is mocked at school by her peers, suspended by her ruler-wielding teacher, lovingly misunderstood by her
father, yelled at by her drunk, June Clever mother, and on top of it all-- sent to bed
without supper, Jenny has no choice but to pray to Satan for help.

Film: Hannah and Gretchen: ATrail of BreanCrumbs
Director: Anton Church
Running: 13:35
Description: Hannah and Gretchen begin their workday as they typically do, though Hannah has been stressed over her future in the office. She has a meeting to prepare for, pressure from her intimidating boss, and news she is nervous to share with Gretchen. A letter then appears, addressed to her, with no explanation. With a tendency toward drama, Gretchen is instantly taken with the idea of following the trail that has been left for them. After some convincing, Hannah agrees. Experiencing odd coworkers and puzzling locations, the two begin to unfold the mystery of these suspicious notes. This film was created for the 100 Hour FIlm Race.

Film: Fear – Angst - 27
Director: Daniel Andrew Wunderer
Running Time: 27:00
Description: When Natalie finds an Islamic book under the bed of her fosterling -the refugee Tarikshe gets sucked into a spiral of terror: More and more evidence points to the fact, that the boy is a dangerous fanatic. But what if she’s wrong... and what if she isn’t?

Film: The Dinner
Director: Annick Christiaens
Running: 12:11
Description: A young Dutch girl, decides to prepare a dinner for her future Moroccan family-in-law by searching information about their habits on the internet.

Film: Relative Duplicity
Director: Stephen Morgan
Running: 3:50
Description: What happens when a brother, a sister, a hired gun and a bag of gold all end up at the edge of a gun barrel? Relative Duplicity. A fast flying tale that takes place in the small mountain town of Cripple creek, co.

Film: Abandon
Director: Varun Chopra
Running:20:00
Description: Based on true events that shook California's system of foster care. An atypical story of a defeatist suicidal teen who finds a friend in an oversexed 9 year old. Together, they go AWOL from the restrains of a group home facility. What emerges is a study of the sensibility of at-risk kids confined in a broken system, ostracized by the society.

Film: The Transfer
Director: Michael Grudsky
Running: 22:24
Description: Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.

Feature Films

The Forgotten Kingdom

by Andrew Mudge

Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

Carve The Runes

by Luc Nadeau

“Carve The Runes” explores dying young, climate change, and family bonds. Two American brothers, Cai and Oz, meet up in Scotland to spend some time together after Oz is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Cai has been working as a lichenologist studying climate change in the Cairngorms. Oz is a writer whose muse is the Scottish poet George Mackay Brown. Oz has largely reconciled himself to the fact that he’s going to die, and he’s trying to finish his life by taking stock of who he was, what his life was about – he is writing his memoir, something his young son will be able to read after he’s gone. Cai, the older brother, is upset that Oz isn’t taking more measures to prolong his life. Throughout the movie, Cai begins to come around and to see things from Oz’s viewpoint.

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