Maplewood Film Festival

By mark-slade August 25, 2013

1st ANNUAL NORTHEAST FILM FESTIVAL

The Northeast Film Festival will be held from 13-15 September 2013 at the Maplewood Theater in NJ. The Northeast Film Festival (NEFF) showcases top independent films and TV pilots from celebrated filmmakers, as well as new talent. The diverse array of films, selected by a committee, includes features and shorts from all genres, as well as documentaries.

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

OPENING NIGHT

1pm – Documentary

66 DAYS ON ROUTE 66 – 1:24

Australian musician, Grayson, hits the road to discover America along the historic Route 66. Beginning in Chicago, IL Grayson goes from gig to gig along the famed roadway in search of the American experience as he engages with the eccentric locals in bars, jazz clubs, opera houses, record stores, taco stands, gun ranges and living rooms of small town Western America. Along the way he discovers the undervalued history, arts and diverse cultures of each region, culminating in California with one finale performance at the end of the trail.

Directed by Molly Debower

3pm – Around the World Block

NUCLEAR CANDIES – 0:02

A quote of Jacques Cousteau is turn to an ironic false publicity that encourage human to destroy them self with nuclear research. (Animated – Canada)

Directed by Gérard T. Goulet

THE BLUE TRAIN – 0:18

Paris – Gare De Lyon. Elie behaves as a true bounder, Selena, evermore in love, still wants to pick up the pieces. At the bar of ‘Le Train Bleu’, where they stop to have a last drink, neither one cannot imagine what will happen … (France)

Directed by Stephanie Assimacopoulo

Daniel Duval, Camille Figuereo

ODYSSEY-DESIRE – 0:05

A man (avant-garde pianist, French [performs music of Boulez]) struggles between Art and Reality. His inner world, inhabited by a mythological female figure, Circe like, acts as a mental black hole. He meets a young woman, tries to convince her to abandon reality to come populate his imagination with the fullness of her flesh. He wants her to follow his intertwined artistic and erotic obsessions. His desire for her transfers into his piano performances. He looses her existential presence, looses himself in the same movement, and disappears in his inner world.

Directed by Marc Ponthus

MORE THAN TWO HOURS – 0:15

It’s 3 AM, a boy and a girl are wandering in the city.they are looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it is much harder than they thought. (Iran)

Directed by Ali Asgari

THE TRAP – 0:05

A little girl sets a trap for an unsuspecting visitor. (Canada)

Directed by Rio Fitch

SAHAYA… GOING BEYOND – 0:21

‘Sahaya…Going Beyond’ follows the life of young Tamil, orphaned and left to fend for himself along with other children and adults as they battle the HIV/Aids disease. The heartbreaking journey follows their struggles into the depths of humanity and ultimately with the help of one amazing non-profit organization, the courage to overcome incredible obstacles. (Documentary)

Directed by Andrew Lauer

Narrated by Jeremy Irons, composed by Enya

5pm – Feature Film

SCRAPE – 1:20

Barry Sagan is a pleasant man. He loves photography, scrapbooking, and doesn’t have many friends. Mick Hedgeworth is obnoxious, loves explosions, and doesn’t have many friends. Naturally, the two opposites make a great team. Renting a house from Barry, Mick and his wife Maggie are a happy couple raising their son Hunter. Life seems pretty swell, that is, until women in the area start going missing. Believing she has witnessed a murder by a masked monster, Maggie becomes paranoid and the Hedgeworth family begins to unravel. Who, or what, is this masked monster, and what will become of Barry and the Hedgeworth family?

Directed by Derek Wayne Johnson

8pm – Feature Film

SURVIVING FAMILY – 1:27

On Terry Malone’s 13th birthday, her mother committed suicide, leaving her father to raise Terry, her brother, and her sister. Terry blames her father’s drinking and womanizing for her mother’s death, and has been haunted by nightmares of finding her mother’s lifeless body. At 22, Terry quit her job and escaped to California, where she made a new life and fell in love with Alex, a young photographer. Two years later, she surprises her family by showing up on her birthday, with plans to marry in one week. The surprise is on Terry, though, when she meets the half sister she never knew existed. With the help and support of her older sister, and the wisdom of her Aunt Mary, Terry finally learns the truth about her mother’s life and death.

Directed by Laura Thies

Sarah Wilson, Billy Magnussen, Tara Westwood, Bill Sage, J.D. Williams, Phyllis Somerville, Vincent Pastore, P.J. Sosko

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

12pm – Feature Film

BROKEN BLOOD – 1:22

Years ago Stanley DeBrock, a mentally challenged man, was implicated in the disappearance of Naomi Bridges. Now his twin brother Stone must restore honor to the DeBrock name. Returning home to the small East Texas town of Atwood, Stone is immediately thrown into the mix of a tragic past and an uncertain future. With hopes of rekindling a relationship with his life-long love Diane, Stone encounters his biggest challenge…finding the strength to forgive Stanley. Meanwhile, Stone’s uncle Earl Wayne is in debt with two local drug lords…a debt which he cannot pay. Desperate, Earl Wayne and his brother Peebo force Stone into a scheme against Stone’s father in order to save themselves. With drama, suspense, and a shocking conclusion, the darkest secrets of the DeBrock family are revealed.

Directed by Derek Wayne Johnson

Derek Wayne Johnson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richmond Arquette, Ali Costello, Jennifer Blanc

2pm – A Little Mixed Bag

FROM THE `BURG TO THE BARRIO – 0:45

What happens when a beloved urban community changes? Will residents who hold cherished memories of the past ever accept the realities of today? From the Burg to the Barrio, a 45-minute documentary video, explores the challenges facing the community of Chambersburg in Trenton, New Jersey. Long recognized as the “Little Italy” of Trenton, famous for its Italian restaurants, bakeries, and groceries, the ‘Burg is also a well-established working class neighborhood where Italian families lived in close proximity to local businesses and to each other. Today, the ‘Burg still attracts newly-arrived immigrant families, but this time they are from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and other Latin American countries. Italian bakeries continue to bake bread and pastries daily, but they operate alongside bodegas and restaurants that cater to the Latino population. From the Burg to the Barrio shows an ethnic neighborhood in transition with all of its tensions and contrasts as differing cultures meet. (Documentary)

Directed by Susan Ryan

MAMA NEEDS A RIDE – 0:19

Franky and Elmo are the Don’s go-to guys. So it is only fitting that he would trust them with a very important job…pick up his mother and take her out to run errands. Seems simple enough for two mobsters used to handling more difficult tasks. That is if she was as nice as the Don says she is.

Directed by Matt Florio

Mike Marino, Steve DiGennaro, Matthew F. O’Connor, Jane Brown

EIGHT TO FIVE ON CLEVELAND – 0:19

Urban thriller where two old friends settle a debt at a high cost in desperate times. It has the look and feel of the thriller films of the 1970’s, but takes place modern day with very modern circumstances.

Directed by Paul Coughlan

THE LAST OF US – 0:14

The Last of Us Fan Film. The film is based on the game by NAUGHTY DOG 2013 all rights reserved. A Sony PlayStation game. Ellie and Joel try to navigate a world of devastation in order to find the Fire Flies.

Directed by Sy Cody White

4pm – Feature Film

BIRDS OF A FEATHER – 1:27

A coming of age film for 40 year old’s. 3 middle aged friends come back together to put on a play and find themselves again. Mark and Julie are almost 40-years old. Their aspirations of becoming stars of the stage are looking less and less likely, especially for Mark who ran away from the theater 10 years ago and never looked back. Julie, however, wants more last go at her theatrical career; but she does not want to do it without Mark. It starts with just one step. They must overcome their fear of rejection and failure. It’s all or nothing. There is no plan B. The show must go on! But will they just end up right back where they started? Julie pulls together a group of theater misfits and a few stars which lead to hilarious hi-jinx and a musical adaptation of Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’.

Directed by Anthony Meindl

Anthony Meindl, Lindsay Frame, Lindsay Hollister, Trevor Donovan, Joe Slaughter, Olympia Dukakis

6pm – Feature Film

THERESA IS A MOTHER – 1:42

Theresa McDermott has chased her ‘ideal’ life as an urban-dwelling, punk-ish singer/songwriter to it’s very end. She’s broke, facing eviction and happens to have three kids she’s raising alone. The only option is to move back to the rural town and parents she escaped a decade ago. Her parents’ mutual misery and gloomy lives were a ‘downer’ with no place in her fun city life. Yet the moment Theresa arrives ‘home,’ it’s clear there’s been changes. Armed with a plethora of hobbies, a hot tub and a new philosophy, these are not the parents she left behind. Old wounds, unattainable dreams, and ‘other things’ are exposed as a fractured family works to become whole and a woman with a few kids learns to become a mother.

Directed by C. Fraser Press and Darren Press

Edie McClurg, C. Fraser Press, Richard Poe, Matthew Gumley

8pm – Super Short Subjects

POLLINATION* – 0:07

Plants are the children of the earth. They will grow and respond according to how we treat them …

Directed by Sam Borowski

Federico Castelluccio, Bill Sorvino, Maria Rusolo

NO YOU AIN’T ALRIGHT – 0:08

As the greatest day of Charlie’s life crumbles all around him, his best man Joe has a little fun with his new found favorite movie.

Directed by Michael Ringston

Steve Abbott, Samantha Tuffarelli

IMAGINE – 0:30

A physiological drama about John Morris, a paramedic, who lives under a cloud of guilt after being unable to save his daughters life. Being present at her death the guilt has left him numb and has shattered his relationship with his wife, Kate. Through Charged water, water that has been influenced by specific thoughts or energy, an experiment held by Dr. Arlen, John begins to connect with his daughter in an unknown world. Through the reoccurring events in the unknown world he becomes convinced that he has the ability to change the events that have happened in the past. Confident that he can prevent her from drowning he tries to convince Kate that he can make everything the way it used to be.

Directed by Jonathan Steven Green and Jahanara Saleh

Scott Wolf, Mia Tata, Tom Amandes, Melissa Deppe

MANIAC – 0:23

The Man is a disgruntled and disturbed citizen, a loner on the mean streets of New York City and New Jersey, as he ventures into isolation and violent misanthropy. He deals with tragedy by dispensing his own form of justice on the criminal low lives that ‘keep on hurting the good people.’ In doing so, he attempts to help young prostitute Gina to free herself of her abusive pimp Johnny Ramone. Eventually using two hand guns, he sets out to rid the world of the people ‘doing terrible, horrible disgusting things to other human beings.’

Directed by Sam Borowski

Bill Sorvino, David Harris, Joe D’Onofrio, Maria Rusolo

MA IN HER KERCHIEF – 0:15

A strong willed woman suffering from cancer is forced to move in with her son and his new wife Andrea. She must work out the territorial implications of living in her daughter-in-law’s household on Christmas Eve.

Directed by Olga Nikan

Maria Rusolo, Wanda O’Connell

SUNDAY – SEPTEMBER 15, 2013

12pm – A Little Mixed Bag II

ROSE, MARY AND TIME – 0:38

The film is a story of second chances. 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… but life isn’t always as easy as that.

*Screened at Cannes Film Festival Shorts section (where it was highlighted as being in the top 40 short films to be seen),

Directed by Hardeep Giani

Larry Lamb, Zak Lee

CODA – 0:11

Jack’s world revolves around two aspects: his violin and a young woman named Alika. He is an internal man: many walk by without the slightest inclination that there is more than meets the eye. But when a small-time loan shark tries to separate Jack from one of these parts of his world, he discovers just how much is below the surface.

Directed by Paul David Benedict

Jim Park, Erin Larson, Scott Siepker, Brendan Dunphy

ALIVEANDKICKN: THE DOCUMENTARY – 0:25

No such thing as a cancer-free life. It’s something you live with. It doesn’t haunt you, but at the same time, you think about your mortality more than the average person. Family is important, getting screened early and constantly is important, making a difference is important. AliveAndKickn takes the game of soccer, and uses it as an awareness and fund raising mechanism for reaching an audience that wouldn’t ordinarily think of colon cancer. Will it be like breast cancer 30 years ago? No one really knows, but as the #2 cancer killer, the numbers warrant it. And as the number one youth sport, soccer awareness warrants the same respect. A larger than life character could put it all together.

Directed by Brett Molé

David Dubin

2pm – Feature Film

WET BEHIND THE EARS – 1:30

Best friends Samantha and Vicky have just graduated college, and are ready to take on the world. Unfortunately, as Vicky enters a fast-paced job in corporate public relations, Samantha finds herself in the not-so-fast moving unemployment line. Forced to break their lease and move back in with her parents, Samantha must take a minimum-wage job working for her high school nemesis, while Vicky finds herself interviewing craigslist weirdos to be her roommate. As desperation sets in, the girls turn to Dean, an old friend from high school for a potential quick fix. Willing to risk it all in the world of video piracy, Sam and Vicky’s tumultuous adjustment to life after college reflects the angst of a modern generation.

Directed by Sloan Copeland

Margaret Keane Williams, Jessica Piervicenti

4pm – Feature Film

SEND NO FLOWERS – 1:35

After her father (Tony LoBianco) is brutally murdered, mob princess Toni Albano (Sean Young) decides to take control of the family business. She learns the hard way that the mafia is still an all boy’s club. Meanwhile her sister Ava (Donna DeCianni) is back in town looking for her share of the family fortune and the entire crime syndicate is pursued by the local police and Detective Cavelli (Michael Lovaglio). To fend off the enemies at the gates and keep control of her family Toni must stand toe to toe and trade blows with Gaetano Nunzziatta (Russ Camarda) the most ruthless mob boss in New York. Nothing will come between family and Vengeance.

Directed by Fred Carpenter

Sean Young, Tony Lo Bianco, Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling, Gianni Russo, Robert Clohessy

7pm – Awards Gala and Ceremony

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

Best Feature Film
Best Director
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Supporting Actress (Feature)
Best Supporting Actor (Feature)
Best Screenplay

Best Short
Best Director of a Short
Best Actress (Short)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Documentary
Audience Choice Awards

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