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Savannah Film Festival competition films announced
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The 2012 Savannah Film Festival takes place Oct. 27-Nov. 3. It is, of course, part red-carpet screenings, part star-ogling and part real-world competition.

To that end, SCAD has just released the majority of this year's competition films. There won't be much in here that you've heard of, but it looks like a reasonable cross-section of genres and interest levels.

The big guns - special screenings and celebrity awards - will be announced shortly.

The competition films include the following:

Animated Shorts


New Zealand, 2011, 4 min., 20 sec.

Director: Richard Mans

Synopsis: In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

Bendito Machine IV

Spain, 2012, 9 min., 51 sec.

Director/Producer/Writer: Jossie Malis

Synopsis: An improbable hero embarks on a crude journey by earth, sea and sky-throughout all the attractions of a planet turned into a massive petrochemical park ... and beyond.

It's Such a Beautiful Day

USA, 2012, 23 min.

Director/Producer/Writer: Don Hertzfeldt

Synopsis: Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems, in this third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything Will Be OK" trilogy.


Argentina, 2012, 7 min., 33 sec.

Director: Nicolas Villarreal

Producers: Nicolas Villarreal, Joaquin P. Villarreal, Alessandro Squitti

Writer: Nicolas Villarreal

Cast: Danielle Levin, Nicolas Villarreal
Synopsis: While conducting experiments on a quiet night, a scientist receives an unexpected visitor whose arrival will change everything.

Wolf Dog Tales

USA, 2012, 6 min., 40 sec.

Director/Producer/Writer: Bernadine Santistevan

Cast: Bernadine Sosa, Larry Fessenden

Synopsis: This animated film takes us to the world of the Wolf Dog who answers some of life's greatest questions through a series of indigenous tales of animal wisdom. The film's director learned these teachings as a part of a colony of Spaniards who left Spain during the Inquisition and who have been living among the Native Americans of New Mexico for more than 400 years.


USA, 2011, 5 min., 50 sec.

Directors: Alisa Lapidus, Natasha Subramaniam

Synopsis: Within a refrigerator, a battle ensues as moldy, decaying foods forgotten in the depths of the back rise up against the fresh ingredients that reside in the front. These confrontations escalate, as foods morph, disintegrate, dance, explode and become a textural, abstract display of color and form culminating in a grand finale sequence that results in their obliteration.

Documentary Films


Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters

USA, 2012, 78 min.

Director/Producer: Ben Shapiro

Synopsis: Filmed over a decade, "Brief Encounters" follows internationally renowned photographer Gregory Crewdson's quest to create his unique, surreal, and incredibly elaborate portraits of suburban life. He sets a house on fire, builds 90-foot sets with crews of 60, shuts down city streets ... all in the service of his haunted image of American life, and his own anxieties, dreams and inner desires. Brief Encounters is an intimate portrait of one of the most heralded image-makers of our time.

Sweet Dreams

USA, 2012, 89 min.

Director/Producer: Lisa Fruchtman, Rob Fruchtman

Synopsis: A group of Rwandan women embark on a journey to heal the wounds of the past and create their own unique path to a future of peace and possibility.


USA, 2012, 97 min., 57 sec.

Director: Harry Lynch

Producers: Harry Lynch, Scott Tinker

Writer: Harry Lynch

Cast: Scott Tinker

Synopsis: What will it really take to switch from oil and coal to alternatives? Dr. Scott Tinker explores the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, to find out. Along the way, he gets straight answers from energy leaders and lays out a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic.

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

USA, 2011, 60 min.

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Producer: Kelcey Edwards

Synopsis: "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off.

Narrative Features

Fat Kid Rules the World

USA, 2011, 100 min.

Director: Matthew Lillard

Producers: Evan Wasserstom, Jane Charles, Jennifer Maas, Nick Morton, Rick Rosenthal, Talan Torriero

Writers: K. L. Going, Michael Galvin, Peter Speakman

Cast: Jacob Wysocki, Matt O'Leary

Synopsis: Troy is a depressed and overweight teen that gets sucked into the world of punk rock by a young street urchin named Marcus. But, as their friendship grows, Troy discovers Marcus' drug addiction and battles to do the right thing.

Fort McCoy

USA, 2011, 100 min., 50 sec.

Directors: Kate Connor, Michael Worth

Producers: Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor

Writer: Kate Connor

Cast: Andy Hirsch, Eric Stoltz, Kate Connor, Lyndsy Fonseca, Brendan Fehr, Camryn Manheim, Matthew Lawrence,

Seymour Cassel

Synopsis: "Fort McCoy" is based on the true story of the Stirn family who lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during World War II. It is a coming of age story beset with tragedy; a love story between a Jewish soldier and Catholic girl; and the journey of one man (Eric Stoltz) struggling to find his worth in a war that does not want him.

A BIG Love Story

USA, 2012, 93 min.

Director: Ryan Sage

Producer: Kristina Denton

Writer: Dale Zawada

Cast: Robbie Kaller, Jillian Leigh, Tommy Snider, Constance Reese, Bryan Bellomo, Jacquelyn Umof, Jess Allen
Synopsis: Seven years ago, Sam was a 260-pound NFL prospect. Now, he's a lonely 413-pound bowling alley cashier. Realizing that he can't change his life on his own, the personal trainer he hires makes a bigger impact on him than he'd bargained for.

Missed Connections

USA, 2011, 100 min.

Director: Martin Snyder

Producers: Kathy Lindboe, Alison Palmer Bourke

Writers: Marnie Hanel, Martin Snyder

Cast: Jonny Abrahams, Mickey Sumner, Anastasia Ganias, David Rasche, Jamie Bellman, Julia Jones, Malcolm Barrett, Tamara Tunie, Waris Aluwahlia

Synopsis: In a city of 19 million people, love at first sight happens every instant. But if you fail to act in the moment, how can you find each other again? "Missed Connections" is a dynamic, new independent comedy about the lengths New Yorkers will go to find love.

Professional Shorts

Buzkashi Boys

Afghanistan/USA, 2011, 27 min., 39 sec.

Director: Sam French

Producers: Ariel Nasr, Martin Roe

Writer: Martin Roe

Cast: Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz, Wali Talash

Synopsis: Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of Buzkashi-a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat-"Buzkashi Boys" tells the compelling coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith's son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.

Good Karma $1

USA, 2012, 14 min., 17 sec.

Directors: Amy Laslett, Alex Bogusky, Jason Berger

Producer: Jason Berger

Synopsis: "Good karma $1" is a short documentary that explores acclaimed ad-guru Alex Bogusky's fascination with collecting homeless signs. What starts out as a project to understand the world's simplest form of communication turns into a lesson in generosity.

The Procession

USA, 2011, 10 min., 30 sec.

Director: Rob Festinger

Producers: Roberta Munroe, Tatiana Kelly

Writer: Rob Festinger

Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lily Tomlin, Lucy Punch

Synopsis: Rob and his Mother are roped into attending the funeral of someone they don't know. As they wait for the seemingly endless funeral procession to exit the parking lot, they attempt to quietly escape (as they're understandably hungry) but accidentally find themselves stuck in the middle of it.

Friend Request Pending

UK, 2011, 12 min.

Director: Chris Foggin

Producer: Chris Croucher

Writer: Chris Croucher

Cast: Judi Dench, Penny Ryder, Philip Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John MacMillan

Synopsis: "Friend Request Pending" is a short comedy drama about the mature generation dating in our modern social networking world. It's a tale of love, but more importantly, lifelong friendship. The 12-minute tale tells the story of Mary (Judi Dench) and Linda (Penny Ryder) who spend an afternoon discussing the pleasures, pitfalls and problems with using social networking to try and woo the local choirmaster, Trevor (Philip Jackson).

Voice Over

USA, 2011, 10 min.

Director: Martin Rosete

Producers: Jose Martin, Koldo Zuazua, Manuel Calvo, Sebastian Alvarez

Writer: Luiso Berdejo

Cast: Feodor Atkine, Jonathan D. Mellor

Synopsis: "Voice Over" tells the story of a man fighting to survive in three different situations. The voice over of a narrator leads to the audience from one to another in a frenetic journey.

The Wheel

USA, 2012, 13:30 TRT

Director: John Roberts

Producers: Mark Foote, Cesar Gamino

Writer: Ryan Plato

Cast: Mark Metcalf

Synopsis: This whimsical, visually imaginative tale concerns a dutiful young man, fated to maintain a large wheel that balances the entire world, and his rebellious sister, who is determined to mischievously tempt that fate.


USA, 2012, 13 min., 30 sec.

Directors: Arnaud Brisebois, Francis LeClerc

Producer: Antonello Cozzolino

Writer: Marie La Haye

Cast: Kyle Gatehouse, Milya Corbeil, Sophie Naubert

Synopsis: A metaphorical tale of adversity. A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.

when you find me

USA, 2011, 28 min., 43 sec.

Director: Bryce Dallas Howard

Producers: Francesca Silvestri, Kevin Chinoy, Ron Howard

Writer: Dane Charbeneau

Cast: Erin Way, Jacy King

Synopsis: "when you find me" tells the story of two sisters whose childhood bond is tested by a tragedy they are too young to understand. Alternating between past and present, "when you find me" is an emotional fable of two people coping with loss in very different ways, and what it takes to find peace within yourself and reconciliation with the ones you love.