2017 Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase

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We are very proud to showcase this eclectic mix of films written, directed and/or produced by residents of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties. Awards will be presented in several categories on Sunday, March 29 at 5:30pm at the Fremont Theatre. The competition was juried by Santa Barbara filmmaker Jody Nelson and Ojai Film Festival Director, Steve Grumette.

FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS

THE LONGEST ROAD
Iraq War veteran Richard Campos, Vietnam Veteran Stan Rapada and Gold Star father Kevin Graves travel to the front lines of combat to get an insightful look at the ISIS crisis that we aren’t seeing on the news. Documentary. 119 min. USA/Syrian Arab Republic/Iraq
WED MAR 15   4:00PM   PALM

RADIANCE OF RESISTANCE
Nine-year-old Janna Ayyad and 14-year-old Ahed Tamimi live under military occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine. They are part of a new generation of Palestinian youth leaders with powerful female voices, in this non-violent independence movement. Documentary. 59 min. USA/State of Palestine.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM   DOWNTOWN

STRONGER THAN BULLETS
After 42 years of silence, Benghazi suddenly resounds with a melodic fury, with hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, blues, and even country music echoing around the city. We meet the  musicians who stand shoulder-to-shoulder, guitar to rifle, alongside rebel fighters. 87 min. USA/Libya/Tunisia/UK
WED MAR 15   4:15PM    DOWNTOWN

VAMPARIAH
Mahal is a part of an elite squad of skilled hunters on a mission to rid the world of the undead. But when her fate intertwines with an ‘aswang’ (a vampire of Philippine folklore), she is forced to choose sides in an age old war. Drama/Horror. 83 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   7:15PM    PALM

SHORT FILMS

AHCO ON THE ROAD
Monterey resident Soyeon Kim was inspired by a nature documentary when she created this charming animated short about a baby elephant, ‘Ahco’, who is trying to find her way back home after being separated from her mother. Animated. 9 min. USA/Republic of Korea.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    PALM

THE CALIFORNIA CONDORS OF BIG SUR
Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care
With unique wildlife footage captured in Big Sur, Monterey filmmaker Tim Huntington documents the ongoing recovery of the California condor, a critically endangered species. Documentary. 27 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:15PM   PALM

CAL POLY SHORT CUTS
Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the Science, Technology & Society Minors Program
A program of short films written, produced, and directed by Cal Poly students. Ranging from heartwarming to bone-chilling, these films convey stories of self-discovery, sibling rivalry, inescapable danger, and humor shared between friends. Get a glimpse of tomorrow’s filmmakers at work today: the best of creative writing, cinematography, and editing for film at Cal Poly. 90 min.
This screening is FREE for all students.
WED MAR 15   5:00PM   MISSION

DEVEREUX SLOUGH
Sponsored by Pacific Wildlife Care
Santa Barbara resident and SLO Film Fest alum, Michael Love, returns to the Festival with this lovely  nature film. Devereux Slough is a sanctuary for a myriad of birds and wildlife in a serene natural environment in Santa Barbara, California. Documentary. 10 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:15PM   PALM

FARM TO TABLE
Dewey Gertz and his family have recently been turned into zombies. They were vegetable farmers are now dealing in meat, selling it at a bourgeois local farmers market. And that’s where Dewey meets Chloe, but sadly she’s not a zombie. Comedy/Horror. 8 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   7:15PM    PALM

FINDING HOME, FOR NOW
As she watches her parents’ marriage unravel, a young woman examines her own relationship, hoping to avoid falling into the same traps that tore them apart. Based on a script by Ana Lake, the film features SLO talent and was directed by Tim De Frisco Drama. 15 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   7:00PM    DOWNTOWN

INFINITY
Cambria native Kyle Plummer directed this love story between a boy and a girl that unfolds backwards, beginning with the end and ending with their beginning, reminding the audience why they fell in love in the first place. Drama. 11 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    PALM

KONG’S
Cal Poly grad, Ian Schiller, directed this dramatic short in Santa Cruz. When a low criminal makes his move against an old friend, it thrusts him into the deep end of a criminal world where his next move could be his last. Drama. 10 min. USA.
WED MAR 16   7:00PM    DOWNTOWN

LURKER
A young girl is left home alone and receives strange messages from an unknown number, which triggers some unexplainable events within the old Victorian home. Directed by Gabriel Medina from Watsonville. Thriller. 9 min. USA.
WED MAR 16   4:00PM    PALM

THE NINE LIVES OF HARALD BAUER
Aviator and entrepreneur, Harald Bauer held allegiances with two different nations during two major conflicts, WWII and the Korean War. The film chronicles his unusual  life story. Directed and produced by 15-year-old Festival alum, Carlos Plummer. Documentary. 18 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    DOWNTOWN

NOIR
In this creative animated short from Soyeon Kim from Monterey, a black crow searches for its identity, trying to escape the perception that it is something other than a beautiful and intelligent bird. Animated. 3 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    PALM

OAK COUNTRY
This is Oak Country. Some of the best barbecue in the world comes from California’s central coast. Tri-tip originated in Santa Maria, and pit-pioneer Ike Simas knows a thing or two about beans too. Documentary. 3 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:15PM    PALM

OF MARSHES & MORROS
Through the power of many voices, this short film documents how the local community in Morro Bay protected one of the few pristine estuaries in California. Directed and produced by Arroyo Grande filmmaker, Simo Nylander.  Documentary. 20 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:15PM    PALM

RINGER
A late night walk. A phone booth. It rings! Produced with a local cast and by Los Osos filmmaker David Hardberger. Mystery. 8 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    PALM

SHINING BRIGHTLY: HALEY COMES HOME
A young woman, addicted to heroin since age 14, finds her way home through personal strength and the help of a loving organization called Restorative Partners. Directed by Pismo Beach resident, Bob Williams. Documentary. 14 min. USA.
WED MAR 15    7:00PM    DOWNTOWN

THE SKY RIDERS
Free-flying is considered to be the way people should keep parrots and Ray Varella, a Vallejo native proposes building community aviaries to help people train their birds. Documentary. 10 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:15PM    PALM

STAR TREK WARS
Star Wars creator, George Lucas, battles Star Trek director, J.J. Abrams, over the fate of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Who will win in this epic showdown between Star Wars and Star Trek? Produced by Catherine Cardinal, native of Santa Maria. Comedy. 25 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   4:00PM    PALM

SUPERAR (To Surpass)
This film by Cal Poly professor, Mary Garcia-Lemus, provides a glimpse into the lives of Latinos with mental illness and their courage to reach out for support from the Transitions Mental Health Association. Documentary. 9 min. USA.
WED MAR 15   7:00PM    DOWNTOWN

TRANSFORMATION: ART. PEACE. IMAGINE IN INDIA.
Sponsored by Films for Good
Combining peace, love, and art produce a beautiful palette in any situation, but they make for an especially poignant one when brought to a school for girls in a poor village near Kolkata, India. Directed by SLO County filmmaker, Bob Williams. Documentary. 20 min. USA/India.
WED MAR 15   7:00PM    DOWNTOWN