2013 Ohio Independent Film Festival


Feature fillm
Blood Brother

Steve Hoover / Danny Yourd
Rocky Braat never really liked kids. But because of a whimsical choice he made 5 years ago, he now lives in Tamil Nadu India caring for a group of HIV positive orphans. They’re his life – and his visa is up for review.  The odds are he’ll be sent away from those he loves most.   The only chance he has is to become an Indian citizen, and let go, forever, of any hold his friends and family in America still have on him.
93 min. India / USA, Cleveland Premiere


Empty Plains and the Plight of the Common Man
Jordan Pellegrini
When a lonely farmer finds an enigmatic briefcase buried on his desolate property, he must ward off the two wayward vagabonds who are in search of its bounty with nothing other than a shotgun and his wits.
23 min. USA, Cleveland Premiere

Living Room
Nikki Heyman
An intimate portrait of three homeless families in Northeast Ohio struggling to provide for their children and coping with their sense of parental guilt.
13 min. USA

Karyn Kusama
Desmond has a secret he cannot share with anyone. The family, the school, the white picket fence community surrounding him do not provide solace. Support of a new friend and the need for the cycle to end pushes Desmond to share his story of being sexually assaulted.
15 min, USA.
Gustavo Martin
A seven year old boy  decides to confront his bully during recess.
5 min., USA

Thanksgiving at the Morgans
Jayson Jaworski
Charles is scared. He's gay and his family doesn't know. He wants to make this as painless as possible so, naturally, he's decided to come out on Thanksgiving. Now Charles is really scared.
14 min., USA

Nikki Lemon
An urban cityscape comes to life as Sage finds wonder through her imagination, transforming her world into one just a little bit stranger as she discovers that adventure is all around her.
4 min., USA

We Could Be Your Parents
Charlie Anderson
Sue wants to have a baby, but first she needs her husband to quit smoking. Bob has been trying and failing for months now, so Sue gives him some added incentive: no sex until he successfully quits.
18 min. USA , Cleveland Premiere

Rocket From the Grave
John Vourlis
This is the story of Joshua, an aspiring novelist, his acerbic crew of writing pals, and their once famous mentor, all of whom are struggling with their craft--and their beards.
23 min., USA


Feature film
Losing LeBron

Nicole Hart , Allyson Sherlock
The chronicles of the impact of NBA superstar LeBron James' decision to sign with the Miami Heat on the city of Cleveland. The story is told directly through the eyes of the fans he left behind, as we go deep into their homes and workplaces to find out how the residents have been affected by this move, why sports are so important to their city, and how this freshly wounded community is working to redefine itself in light of the loss.
60 min., USA, Cleveland Premiere

Pre-feature short
A Day in the Life
We gaze through a surreal lens at a day in a life. Said life encounters outsourcing (sperm, dictation, french fry orders); telemarketers/telemarketed; adult diapers for casino patrons; neuro-marketing.
29 min. , USA.



Feature film
I’m Harry Clark

Mickey Blaine
A Comic deconstruction of the discrepancies between a small time politician's politically correct sound bites and his politically incorrect lifestyle.
90 min., USA.



Feature film
Broken Side of Time

Gorman Bechard
Dolce, a famous internet model, realizes what makes her feel most alive is also killing her. Before starting a new career behind the camera, she embarks on a long road trip home, shooting with her favorite photographers one last time, and shedding her lifestyle-acquired vices along the way.
120 min., USA




The Organizer
Susan Hippen
Shirleen lives in a van, but convinces her brother she lives in the apartment she cleans. When he insists on staying overnight, she must force him out before the owner returns.
11 min., USA Cleveland Premiere

Burning Wall
Tomas Savrda
Abstract and spare, filmed in one continuous shot with a simple camera without animation or prior arrangements, time lapse being the only special effect.
5 min., USA

Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village
Beret Strong
The elders and ancestors of the people of a small Bolivian community worked under a form of slavery that persisted until the 1950s. Members of the community dance troupe still perform dances rooted in their African cultural heritage as a form of resistance in the struggle for cultural survival and recognition.
21 min., Boliva / USA

Natasha Jones-Messenger
When Lena's estranged mother dies she is forced to take care of Pippa, the daughter she has never known. As they travel to Blackwood together in the sweltering Australian summer Lena attempts to rid Pippa from her life, but is confronted with motherly instincts she never knew existed.
15 min., Australia, Cleveland Premiere

Silent Wave
Sudeep Kanwal
A man seeks redemption after a life altering incident tears his marriage apart.
15 min., USA, Cleveland Premiere

Nowhere To Go
Robert May
When a relationship breaks, how do you stop playing with fire, when you’re in love with the burn?
14 min., USA

King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields
Tunde Reid-Kapo
It all begins in Strawberry Fields, when eight-year-old Kimi, the boy who plays chess in his dreams, falls asleep during a chess match in Central Park, and imagines that the white king piece in his chess game has come to life as King Tigermore.
3 min., USA.

Alex Bowlin
After an accident, in the transition between life and death, a man reflects on his life, regrets, failures, and loved ones.
16 min., USA

Feature film
Do You Really Want To Know?

John Zaritsky
A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families who have been confronted with the decision of whether or not to be tested for Huntington's disease - a degenerative neurological illness that is akin to having ALS, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer's - and one of the first diseases people could be accurately and conclusively tested for, before the onset of any symptoms.
72 min., Canada / USA, Cleveland Premiere



‘Neitzsche’ Ate Here
Matt Star
A quick-witted sarcastic waitress and a high-class lawyer from D.C. both battle their inner demons in 'Neitzsche' Ate Here (written by Roy C. Berkowitz). Through a cleverly written screenplay, both main characters reveal their similar vulnerabilities, personal courage, self-acceptance, and forgiveness, as they heal deep-rooted inner wounds. 'Neitzsche' (misspell intentional) gives the audience hope and shows how these main themes of courage, acceptance, and forgiveness enable us to heal and have the promise of inner peace.
25 min., USA

The Samaritans
J. Bruckner
A young couple take a day off work and go to a park. A man approaches them, begging for help. He claims he is a Catholic priest who was abducted and has escaped. They are reluctant to allow this stranger into their car, and soon a van with two men appears. They claim to be from a sanitarium and want to take the priest away. What are they to do?
15 min., USA

Adam Smalley
A young woman struggles with the death of her mother for whom she was the caregiver. Her emotional awakening leads to a shocking turn of events.
11 min. USA

Teh-Li Po: An Appalachian Legend
David Temmesfeld
This long-lived cultural tale of Appalachia is brought to life in historically accurate detail as the creature of legend known as Teh-Li Po (or Tailypo) enters the domain of man in search of food. The story escalates quickly as man and Nature compete for the last few kills left in the foothills.
15 min. USA

Almost Infamous
Bryan Kiko
John just wanted to be famous. After many rejections from publishing companies he decides to become a serial killer. To be Infamous!
13  min. USA, Cleveland Premiere

Kym Whitley Harlem Shake
Samantha  Cha
Kym Whitley, friends, and family Harlem Shake while Raising Whitley!
1 min., USA

Honor Society
Tiffany Laufer
On the last night of high school, passion and insecurities collide when two best friends come to terms with their friendship and the future ahead of them.
14 min, USA



Feature film

They Will Outlive Us All

Patrick Shearer
New York City. 2016. In the years since Hurricane Sandy, the city has been brought to its knees by a series of 'Frankenstorms.' Roommates Margot and Daniel attempt to survive this 'new' New York by avoiding it at all costs. But with the advent of three strange deaths in their Brooklyn building, the world they've been hiding from begins knocking hard on the back door.
72 min., USA

pre-feature short

The Biggest Fear
Nicola di Vico
What creeps around the next corner?
15 min., Italy


Feature film

The Vetters: All We Needed

Anne Bruder / Nancy Pokorny
Close-knit siblings of Mexican/Native American descent from Chardon, Ohio intimately reflect on the sacrifices and steadiness of their humble devoted father, and how they overcame incredible odds to become State and National Champions, World Record holders, and Olympic contenders in the 1970s and 80s. After the heartbreaking death of their mother when they were ages 7 to 14, their father, John Vetter, raised the six children on his own.
67 min., USA

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013  - 2PM

Shorts 4

Spaghetti for Two
Matthias Rosenberger
Of the money-grubbing homeless, to wanton barmaids and armed grocery bandits... Or, how a seemingly ordinary day becomes a significant turning point for an unremarkable man, thanks to a minimal shift of fate.
18 min, Germany,  Cleveland Premiere

Paul Zappa
In the wee hours of the morning, husband and wife Jim and Molly are sound asleep in their bed until they hear movement downstairs. They must assess the threat invading their home, but they soon find their only option is to confront it on their own.
13 min. USA

A Midwestern
Jon Fraaza
A polka-loving Wisconsinite and his estranged brother brave the winter weather and a French-Canadian goon to collect $500,000 hidden in their uncle's barn in Peshtigo.
20 min, USA, Cleveland Premiere


The Secret Keeper
Bears Fonte
A secret is a precious commodity. If a person can seal their secrets away, and live guilt free, they can truly be anyone, do anything. Somewhere, sometime in an alternate future or past that vaguely resembles the styles and prejudices of our late 1940's, The Secret Keeper provides clients with that very opportunity. But who keeps The Secret Keeper's secrets?
17 min. USA,  Cleveland Premiere

Way of Seeing
Donaco Smyth
Are we what we think we are? Are we what someone else thinks we are? Four women explore what's real and what isn't real and how those differences sometimes overlap as they come to see each other after some time apart. Strangeness, confusion and some downright rude stereotypes ensue!
9 min, USA

David Zambrano
The story is about a man in the later stages of Alzheimer's. It chronicles his difficulties with life and his absence from reality. He also narrates his own story, in his right mind.
10 min., USA

The Rainy Season
Yahia Mahamdi
The impact of modern warfare on children is explored in this short experimental essay film. The film evokes the tragedy of war by combining images of nature, rain, and children caught in wartime.
7 min. USA

Anna and the Alligators
Jacob Hoyson
Twelve year old Anna teams up with a dangerous bounty hunter to get revenge on the alligators that have overrun her family's farm and ate her beloved pet frog.
12 min, USA




Desmond Devenish
Jude throws himself into his past to fully unravel his deepest fear and finds the truth may be harder to come to terms with than the fear itself.
17 min., USA, Cleveland Premiere
Eric Patrick
A dystopian sitcom reanimated from the narrative residue of Golden Age radio dramas.
18 min. , USA, Cleveland Premiere

True Blind Justice
Harrison Riggs
A young woman is brought to trial for the murder of her husband. All the evidence points against her. Her undefeated attorney must rely on the power of human emotion to prove her innocence in front of a jury that no longer understands human behavior.
12 min., USA

Joseph Mangat
A young man in crisis attempts to end his life but fails and must now come to terms with his action.
15 min., USA

The Patriot Act
Kyle Einhorn
A home invasion robbery crew plan the perfect heist, but once they begin the operation are waylaid by mistakes and circumstances that force them to examine who they really are as Americans.
21 min., USA

Vanessa E. Harris
A woman flees her hectic life in NYC only to find something much more unsettling out in the country.
7 min., USA

Red Velvet
Aude Cuenod
Two former best friends who have not spoken in five years meet in a cafe, share a piece of red velvet cheesecake and confront each other about a crime they committed in college that was never found out.
17 min., USA


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013 --- 6PM

Feature film
Kasvukausi (The Growing Season)

Sampsa Huttunen
Do you reap what you sow? Timo is a Finnish guy who wants to become a farmer. The authorities are against, because his crop is cannabis. The Growing Season is a documentary film about Timo Haara, a Finnish guy who wants to cultivate high-THC cannabis without asking for permissions. The film is a story of one man’s tenacious fight against the system in pursuit of his dream. Although the cultivation of cannabis for other than narcotic use is legal in Finland, the interpretation of the law allows the authorities to see all cultivation as possible drug cultivation.
70 minutes, Finland / Estonia

pre-feature short
Rose, Mary, and Time
Hardeep Giani
Barney is married - unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago - she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shop keeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her.
37 min., United Kingdom, Cleveland Premiere

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013 --- 8PM

Feature film
The Major

Yury Bykov
That day Sergey Sobolev, police officer, is driving to the hospital where his wife is about to give birth to their child. High from happiness, he's driving too fast and when he sees a boy on a passage walk, it's too late. The boy died, and now the major has only two options: go to prison or conceal his crime and stay free. All the characters in this film have to choose - to cross or not to cross the line, when the price for your choice is life... your and of the ones you love.
99 min., Russian Federation.


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