Rahway Reel Short Film Festival 2018

September 22nd @ Hamilton Stage

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1 pm / KIDS & KARTOONS

Morning Monsters*
Barry the Blobfish
Sleepless Night
I Am Afraid of Werewolfs
Two Trams
Rag Dolls
Lucky Chicken

* New Jersey filmmaker


2 pm / TRUE STORIES

Who You Could Have Been
The Cracker Jack Ring
With My Own Two Hands
Boy Boy Girl Girl*
The Phantasmagoria of Offense
Peter’s Syndrome*
Jabari Keating*

* New Jersey filmmaker


3 pm / IMAGININGS

Young Summer
The Look
Lucia
The Photographer
Let It Grow
An Elephant on the Moon


4 pm / JERSEY FRESH

Whateverland*
Wanted*
Superbug Blues*
Prom?*
What Martha Said*
House Rules*

* New Jersey filmmaker


5 pm / RISQUE BIZ

Spank You Very Much*
Cake
Foreplay
Closet Made of Sheets
Morning After

* New Jersey filmmaker

 


 

1 pm / KIDS & KARTOONS
Not just for kids, but they’ll certainly enjoy!



1.Morning Monsters*
A husband and wife hide from the monsters that stalk them in the morning. Directed by William Wilusz, 2018, USA, 2 minutes. Stars Tara London and Matthew Howard Gooley.
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2.Barry the Blobfish
Barry can’t swim and lives at the bottom of the ocean. He longs to live on a beautiful coral reef at the top of a tall, tall cliff. Directed by Marleia A Alfaro, 2017, USA, 3 minutes.
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     3.Sleepless Night
After waking up in the middle of the night, a little boy wanders to his parents’ bed, but finds there’s not much room for him there. Directed by Yoav Ofer, 2018, Israel, 5 minutes.
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4.I Am Afraid of Werewolfs (sic)
A child describes her adventures with werewolves. Some of them aren’t so bad! Directed by Richard Agnew, 2018, United Kingdom, 2 minutes.
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5.Two Trams
Every day two streetcars, Klick and Tram, happily leave their station and travel the town, picking up passengers before coming home in the evening. Directed by Svetlana Andrianova,  2016, Russian Federation, 10 minutes.
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6.Rag Dolls
Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers two rag dolls in an antique chest. Directed by Justin & Kristin Schaack, 2017, USA, 7 minutes. Stars Andy Rocco Kraft, Lauren Masiello and Presley Grams.
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     7.Lucky Chicken
A quirky comedy about a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker… and a magic chicken. Directed by Gulliver Moore, 2017, United Kingdom, 12 minutes.
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* New Jersey filmmaker

 


2 pm / TRUE STORIES
Truths – and creative interpretations of the truth – reflect upon the human experience.


1.Who You Could Have Been
A son recites a poem in memory of his father, reflecting about their similarities and differences. Directed by Danilo Corrêa de Oliveira, 2017, Brazil, 1 minute.
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2.The Cracker Jack Ring
After sailing with the Canadian Navy to Europe during WWII, Chuck Joyce – the filmmaker’s grandfather – fell in love with Babs while in Scotland. But forced to return to Canada, how best to propose to his future and faraway wife? Directed by Kevin McGuiness, 2016, Canada, 2 minutes.
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3.With My Own Two Hands
The life of a man through his hands and the ones around him… Directed by Michael Barocas, 2018, France, 4 minutes.
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4.Boy Boy Girl Girl*
Based on a true story, a dark comedy about a gay couple trying to adopt a newborn from a drug-addict and her abusive girlfriend. Directed by Ross Kauffman and co-written with Addie Morfoot, 2018, USA, 11 minutes. Stars Katie Holmes, Ajay Naidu, Tara Summers and Scott Organ.
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5.The Phantasmagoria of Offense
An animated film about the costs of image suppression, questioning its political ramifications during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, along with today’s well-intentioned requests for “trigger warnings.” Censorship is not an abstraction. It has a body count. Directed by Jess Irish, 2016, USA, 6 minutes.
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6.Peter’s Syndrome*
Wars end but conflicts continue. Directed by Dillon Bernard Spear and written by/stars William Spear, 2018, USA, 2 minutes.
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7.Jabari Keating*
On the cusp of a life-altering decision, this candid, first person narrative explores the personal reflections, experiences, trials and tribulations of an African American man in present-day America. Directed by Stacey Larkins, 2018, USA, 10 minutes. Stars Darrius Jackson and Chris Witherspoon.
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* New Jersey filmmaker

 


3 pm / IMAGININGS
Flights of fancy… some silly, some surreal, some sublime.


1.Young Summer
A nostalgic trip on a Ferris wheel reminds us that the past and the future often exist as one. Directed by Eli Solt, 2016, USA, 2 minutes.
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2.The Look
An awkward student tries not to embarrass herself again in front of the coolest guy in school. Directed by Max Retit, 2018, USA, 6 minutes. Stars Jillian Ruvalcaba and Theo Buckwald.
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3.Lucia
A dance film about searching the light within. Directed by Elias Djemil, 2018, Canada, 4 minutes.
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4.The Photographer
Walking in the gardens of Versailles, photographing statues of antique gods, Helena perceives the presence of a particular statue that has come to life and is lurking around her. Directed by Bertrand Normand, 2018, France, 12 minutes. Stars Aurélie Houguenade and Grégory Dominiak.
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5.Let It Grow
This year, Marcus and his mother will celebrate Christmas with her new boyfriend and his daughter, Emma. Having to share family traditions is difficult enough, but as Emma steals all of the attention, jealousy – and a strange, green spot – begins to grow on Marcus. Directed by Andrea Stief, 2018, Denmark, 14 minutes. Stars Harald Hermann Kaiser, Rasmus Botoft, Pernille Andersen and Smila Laudrup.
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6.An Elephant on the Moon
On a dark and stormy Paris night, a man in a wheelchair takes a ride to the moon in a stolen balloon. Directed by Benjamin Barthélémy, 2018, France, 9 minutes.
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* New Jersey filmmaker

 


4 pm / JERSEY FRESH
A bushel assortment of tasty picks from New Jersey filmmakers!


1.Whateverland*
Whateverland is the town your dreams will go to die. Directed by Thomas Florek, 2016, USA, 2 minutes. Stars Puppet Tom and Puppet Doug.
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2.Wanted*
Upon discovering a U.S. Intelligence conspiracy to cover up war crimes, Agent Matthew Hawkins finds himself targeted by a mysterious organization, an assassin, and the CIA itself. Directed by Isaiah Christopher Gomez, 2018, USA, 6 minutes. Stars Anthony Sanchez, David Horan and Sam Seda.
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3.Superbug Blues*
A comedic, educational animation about superbugs, and how antibiotic resistance can turn even the most mundane of microorganisms into a deadly disease. Directed by Noah Resnick, 2018, USA, 3 minutes.
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4.Prom?*
Inspired by true events, the story of two girls who have to choose whether to keep their pride… or give in, in order to go to the prom together. Directed by Brett Boon, 2016, USA, 3 minutes. Stars Cassidy Young and Rachael Shklyarov.
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5.What Martha Said*
After seeing on Facebook that her child wasn’t invited to a birthday party, the PTA president, Martha, confronts the offending mother, and spreads some ugly gossip. Directed by Susan Skoog, 2016, USA, 11 minutes. Stars Rhonda Keyser, Thea McCartan and Robert Farrior.
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6.House Rules*
A jobless, aimless woman stumbles upon a room for rent. Swallowing her pride, she decides to go for it. From the moment she knocks on the door, she finds that this house may be more than she bargained for. Directed by Sean Robinson and written by/stars Eileen Kearney, 2017, USA, 12 minutes. Also stars Maury Ginsberg, Maggie Surovell, Katt Masterson, Hayley D’Ath and Taylor Moore.
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* New Jersey filmmaker

 


5 pm / RISQUE BIZ
Some slightly spicy tidbits from Rahway-based CineKink, “the kinky film festival!”

Program is not appropriate for children; only those 18+ will be admitted.


1.Spank You Very Much*
An original song – with puppets! Directed by Thomas Florek, 2016, USA, 3 minutes.
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2.Cake
Eliza tries to explore her sexuality within her marriage to Thomas by ordering a surprise female sex robot for them to share. Directed by Anne Hu, 2016, USA, 9 minutes. Stars Daniella Rabbani, Tom Lacey and Anne Hu.
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3.Foreplay
From the web series, F*ck Yes, about the importance of consent… sometimes there just isn’t a sports metaphor for what you’re trying to say. Directed by Erica C. Anderson, 2017, USA, 5 minutes. Stars Nardeep Khurmi and Vivi Thai.
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4.Closet Made of Sheets
Two friends reflect on their secret desires in this colorful, romantic fantasy. Directed by and stars Kira Bursky w/Elizabeth Austin, 2017, USA, 3 minutes.
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5.Morning After
After a long time abroad, a young man returns home and reunites with friends. A late-night game amongst them forces the question… should relationships be defined by labels in this age of the Millennial? Directed by Patricia Chica, 2017, Canada, 15 minutes. Stars Thomas Vallières, Kristian Hodko, Zoé De Grand Maison, Joey Scarpellino and Jordana Lajoie.
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* New Jersey filmmaker