FRIDAY - SEPTEMBER 25th
2015 Diamond in the Rough Film Festival
This section of films gets our festival off to a strong start. These are stories that waste no time and hit the audience with a punch.
Good Hands - (5 min. 40 sec.) Directed by Francisco Bendomir
A young couple makes the unfortunate mistake of leaving their baby in the hands of a teenager.
The Terrible Typewriter - (9 min. 54 sec.) Directed by Marko Kattilakoski
The battle between a writer and his typewriter. A violent showdown seems unavoidable. The Terrible Typewriter, set in the 1930’s, is a thriller/dark comedy swedish Noir with a touch of H.P. Lovecraft.
Lost in a Crowd
(1 hr. 24 min.) Directed by Micah Cohen
Ethan is in a major slump; he's unemployed, emotionally isolated and just plain confused. To make matters worse, his friends seem content on doing nothing but chasing girls and skirting responsibility. Welcome to LA, the city of dreams.
When Ethan's best friends Coles and Jaylen, an aspiring actor and club promoter, force him to attend yet another party, what was supposed to be just another "night out" spirals into a whirlwind of events that will forever change all of their lives.
These two films are about finding oneself caught in a tense and desperate situation where you only have your wits to rely on for survival.
Meridians - (8 min. 32 sec.) Directed by Blake Rice
An acupuncturist forms a primal bond with her female patient after years of treatment. But this session will not be like all of the previous ones.
(1 hr. 30 min.) Directed by Mark Schwab
When the search engine he designs answers yes, to the question, "Is the government of the United States evil?", a brilliant computer programmer is arrested and held in isolation. Desperate, but keenly aware of the answer's potential effect on the public, the programmer strikes a deal with his interrogators, agreeing to re-design the software in exchange for his freedom. As they search to understand why the program answered an ethical question and try to find a way to change its response, the faith and patience of both the programmer and his captors are put to the test. Suspenseful and darkly comic, S.E.R.P. is a film about coercion, innovation, and whether it is possible to do something good in the service of something evil.