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    2017 St Cloud Film Festival

    2017 St Cloud Film Festival      

    This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

    This activity is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

    Presented by Saint Cloud Film Fest at Pioneer Place on 5th

    November 4-November 11, 2017

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    The St. Cloud Film Fest gives moviemakers and audiences alike an opportunity to spend a week screening and enjoying over 50 films created from local, regional, national, and international directors and producers. From live action to animation, documentary to experimental, all film makers have a place and a voice at this film festival.

    The St Cloud Film Festival was created with the idea that passionate artists deserve a place to feature their work in front of local crowds. For Festvial Passes visit single tickets ($5) will be available at the door.

    Saturday, Nov 4th, Pioneer Place, 10PM

    • ATLAS WORLD (dir. Morgana McKenzie, Canada) – "A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld." An authorized music video for "Atlas World" (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.
    • A CRIME (dir. Mauricio Borrego, Mexico) – Matilde is a young indigenous woman who takes care of her patron’s baby. The child cries day and night and Matilde, after dark dreams, will decide what to do in order to end her suffering. The film is an adaptation from Anton Chekov´s short tale, written in mid-1890s Mexico during the period of Porfirio Díaz.
    • BALLOONFEST (dir. Jamie Gonçalves, USA) – Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname, 'The Mistake by the Lake' by launching a bunch of balloons.
    • THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A MAN (dir. Emma Penaz Eisner, USA) – Up is down, and inside turns out: Who are these men that embody and fuel our collective existential upheaval?
    • NOT THE DEVIL (dir. Siobhan Schwartzberg, UK) – A teenage boy exploring his identity develops an obsession with a woman on his estate. One day, they meet.
    • CASA DE MI MADRE (dir. Frank Mosley, USA) – A fire rages in the woods near a village. This fire triggers a memory in a lonely, middle-aged woman. And this memory pushes her to utter aloud the words she's always wanted to say.
    • THE FAMILY (dir. Jayden Stevens, Australia) – A man from the suburbs organizes strangers to come to his home and enact family moments.
    • DUSK (dir. Jake Graf, UK) –Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realization that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

    FAMILY PROGRAM - FREE SHOW (seating limited) - Sunday, Nov 5th, 1pm, Pioneer Place Theatre

    • LIGHT SIGHT (dir. Seyed M. Tabatabaei, Iran) – M.E., the imprisoned character in a room, is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.
    • SWIMMING IN THE DESERT (dir. Alvaro Ron, USA) – In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.
    • COIN OPERATED (dir. Nicholas Arioli, USA) – Becoming a space explorer takes time. And money.
    • AND THE MOON STANDS STILL (dir. Yulia Ruditskaya, USA) – The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance.
    • LILA (dir. Carlos Lascano, Argentina) – Armed with her sketchbook, Lila walks off to the world convinced that she has the power to make it a better place.
    • PORTRAIT OF A WIND-UP MAKER (dir. Dario Perez, Spain) – Chema, an architect from Spain who lives in Amsterdam, has built up a new life as a wind-up toy maker by creating small pieces of art from recycled items.
    • MARIEKE (dir. Thomas C. Johnson, USA) – Marieke explores the life and craft of Marieke Penterman, acclaimed Dutch Gouda cheesemaker from Thorp, Wisconsin.
    • WATER COLORS (dir. Takashi Yoneoka, Japan) – When nobody is in a room, tiny water color painters jump onto the canvas. Because he has no color, the white watercolor watches them from afar.
    • A WHOLE WORLD FOR A LITTLE WORLD (dir. Fabrice Bracq, France) – A woman tells a great story to her baby as a tale with a prince, princess, and memories that will remain.
    • LAND WITHOUT EVIL (dir Katalin Egely, Hungary) – Through history, people have always been searching for a perfect place. This short film, based on Guaraní mythology, offers another point of view about paradise: what if real Paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?
    • HI8 (dir. John Shaw, USA) – By powering up their "time machine," a dated Hi8 camcorder, two friends explore and discuss the joy of creating movies as a kid.

     ANIMATION PROGRAM: Sunday, November 5, 4PM, Pioneer Place Theatre

    • THE SPARROW’S FLIGHT (dir. Tom Schroeder, MN) – An animated collaboration with my dead friend Dave Herr.
    • THE REALM OF DEEPEST KNOWING (dir. Seung Hee Kim, Korea) – One digs beneath the surface of the other to reach the deepest place of his heart during struggles. It lightens up the darkness. They fulfill one another within the sense of oneness.
    • O MAL (dir. Carlon Hardt, Brazil) – Music video for "The Evil", Dante Ozetti and Arrigo Barnabé's music, sung by Juliana Cortes. The video portrays, through an analog cutout and collage stop-motion, the surreal in the loss of innocence and the seduction by the forbidden.
    • PLENA STELLARUM (Matthew Wade, USA) - 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.
    • IN A NUTSHELL (dir. Fabio Friedli, Switzerland) – From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.
    • ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE (dir. Hannes Rall, Germany) – An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem "All The World's A Stage" narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West.
    • ROGER (dir. Various, Spain) – Roger plays the leading role in a stop motion animation series. He suffers an accident on set that leaves him out of the series. All is lost for him, until something unexpected will change his fate.
    • THE DAY TRUFFAUT DIED (dir. John Akre, USA) – On the day that filmmaker Francois Truffaut died I was a model for a Retinal Photography class.
    • OF SAFE RETURN (dir. Shelley O'Meara, Australia) – A returned Soldier stumbles into a bar in-between worlds.
    • PIAO POP POP POP POP POP POP (dir. Colin Stanhill, MN) – An attempt to make a complete film with as few drawings as possible, conceived and designed during a visit to the Melbourne International Animation Festival.
    • THANK YOU (dir. Scott Palazzo, USA) –Thank You follows the travels of a plastic bag through the lens of long exposure and motion with a mix of stop-motion and traditionally drawn animation.
    • MY COMPANION ALTSCHMERTZ (dir. Annie Murray, Australia) – Set in a world of internal angst, 'My Companion, Altschmertz' reflects a solitary struggle with a tiresome, mental health issue that has taken a loathsome and deep root.
    • YOU ARE AT FIRST, FRIGHTENING (dir. Annie Murray, Australia) – A curious animated film about being alive and also about being dead, delivered in the form of a short, abstract, stop-motion loop - with original sound design and score.
    • TRUTHFUL INNARDS (dir. Margaret Polzine, MN) – ‘Truthful Innards’ is a film about the layers a body builds after it has been harmed.
    • ANON MATION (dir. Caleb Wood, USA) – In the future, we will be able to create imagined movement together seamlessly from anywhere in the world, completely integrated into our environments, with our minds. Today, we can use an online drawing chat-room and make time-lapse screen recordings.

    THRILLER/HORROR/DARK COMEDY SHOW - Sunday, Nov 5th, 7pm, Pioneer Place

    • “ROLL UP” BY FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS (dir. Steve Jennings, USA) – The lead singer, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, appears as Cupid, who resorts to drastic measures when his arrows lose their effect. It portrays barriers we raise between each other, whether they be cell phones, social networking or being too scared to dance. The barriers aren’t important. The isolation and damage they cause are.
    • THE FALLEN (dir. Justin Lund, MN) – A distressed husband hires a conspirator to help him murder his wife's lover, but soon finds his own life in jeopardy.
    • HOPE (dir. Adam A. Losurdo, Norway) – No zombie is perfect. A senseless wandering ghoul roaming the world full of the hunger-less undead and hateful humans will soon discover a craving, leaving him completely and utterly without hope.
    • TRANSMISSION (dir. Varun Raman, UK) – Welcome To Britannia. Together We Stand Alone.
    • THE SERVANT (dir. Farnoosh Abedi, Iran) – A bug became servant; servant became master.
    • BLOODBATH (dir. Zil Lambert, MN) – Five college students are on the search for affordable apartment living. Will they find the perfect accommodations, or will they just end up dead?!
    • GHOST SLAPPER (dir. David Mair, MN) – Its business as usual for ghost exterminator Keith, until he must face the biggest challenge of his life - the ghost of his former partner.
    • A HUMAN BEING IS GOOD (dir. Shintaro Hihara, Japan) – The happy and sad story of awkward, anti-social zombies.

    This show will play Wednesday, Nov 8th, 7PM at Marcus Parkwood Cinema.

    • WORLD OF TOMORROW (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA) – A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future. Nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards (Best Animated Short). Winner of St Cloud Film Fest Grand Jury Prize (2015).
    • WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE 2: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS (dir. Don Hertzfeldt, USA) – Emily Prime is swept into the brain of an incomplete backup clone of her future self.
    • LOVING VINCENT (dir. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, Poland) – The world's first fully oil painted feature film brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists.

    SHORTS PROGRAM - Wed, Nov 8th, 7:30pm, Red Carpet Event Center

    • LIMBO (dir. Konstantina Kotzamani, France/Greece) – The leopard shall lie down with the goat. The wolves shall live with the lambs. And the young boy will lead them. 12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore…
    • PACALIEN (dir. Toshiko Hata, Japan) – Romeros is an alien investigator who looks like an alpaca. When he lands on Earth, he finds his spaceship damaged and becomes disconnected with his planet. He arrives on a mountain where people wearing weird masks are waiting for him.
    • TRUE BLUE (dir. Chris Osborn, USA) – A pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City.
    • SCHOOLYARD BLUES (dir. Maria Eriksson, Sweden) – It's John's first day at school. Unexpectedly his 11-year-old big brother Mika shows up to follow him. Mika sees it as his mission to teach John the hard facts of the world, starting with the merciless demands of the schoolyard.
    • THE PRIVATES (dir. Dylan Allen, USA) – A band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music they can't control.
    • PET (dir. Chris Moraitis, Greece) – Dimitris is the only child of a rich family. The only person that took care of him, his grandma, is dead. Now his only companion is his pet guinea pig. When his parents decide a cruel future for him, in order to survive he “cripples” the most pure side of himself.
    • HORSE XY (dir. Tyler Borresch, MN) – Horse XY is a surrealistic bestial narrative film experience that follows a female protagonist down the spirals of a patriarchal inferno.
    • Thursday, Nov 9th, 7PM at St Cloud State University's Miller Center Auditorium.
    • FACING MECCA (dir. Jan-Eric Mack, Switzerland) – Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer..
    • THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland) – A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of recently arrived refugees.
    • MIDDLE EASTERN PROGRAM - Friday, Nov 10th, 7pm, St Cloud State University's Miller Center Auditorium
    • SHENIDON BAHMENI (dir. Ali Nikfar, Iran) – A traditional music video from southern Iran.
    • KAYAM KHOONI (dir. Ali Nikfar, Iran) – A traditional music video from southern Iran.
    • CRADLE (dir. Zanyar Lotfi, Iran) - The little girl simply just wants to do her homework. But when grandpa’s snores keep her little sibling from sleeping and it cries, things get a bit more complicated.
    • SAMAR (dir. Kaveh Jahed, Iran) – Azad is so depressed at missing his wife. His daughter Samar is doing something to pacify and cure him.
    • LIMIT (dir. Javad Daraei, Iran) – A man in a quiet neighborhood asks for help from people whom he sees, until someone suddenly enters his home.
    • MWAH (dir. Sara Soheili, Iran) – Five pregnant women sit in their doctor’s waiting room, while the unborn babies inside of them carry on conversations about their life inside their mommy's belly and even about their futures outside of the womb…
    • NUMBNESS (dir. Milad Jarmooz, Iran) – The story of a women accused of infidelity the day after her wedding.
    • MARY MOTHER (dir. Sadam Wahidi, Afghanistan) – Mary and her two daughters live in a remote village of Afghanistan. Her only son is serving for military in Kunduz province. One day she hears the news of fall of Kunduz province to the hand of Taliban on radio, and decides to start a journey to find her son.
    • CONGRATULATIONS (dir. Cynthia Sawma, Lebanon) – Jacqueline and her husband Maurice win $100,000 from a televised game show. Together, they try to hide the jackpot from the Harris family, to whom they owe a large sum of money.
    • THE DREAM STILL IS (dir. Zachary Green, MN)
    • In the wake of Executive Orders 13767 and 137679, banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations and expanding the border wall with Mexico, three students and staff members of a Minneapolis high school respond.

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      • Venue Info

        Pioneer Place on 5th

        22 Fifth Avenue South
        Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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        Festival Passes: $30.00

        Single Tickets: $5.00 available at the door

        Info Phone: 320-203-0331

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      • Dates & Times

        November 4-November 11, 2017

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