SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 26th
2015 Diamond in the Rough Film Festival
Each section of films costs $10 if purchased online or $15 at the door the night of the screening. The links below will take you directly to the EventBrite special link for our film festival.
You can also click below to reserve a "Diamond VIP Pass" which gets you into all of the screenings as well as preferred line status and a Diamond in the Rough Films t-shirt. We are only selling a limited amount of VIP passes and will take the link down once we have reached our limit, so buy one quickly before they are gone!
Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Association in conjuction with Diamond in the Rough Films LLC, Scott McMahon of Filmtrooper.com will be presenting a lecture/workshop at the Bluelight Cinemas. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make a feature film and get it distributed on your own without needing anyone else. Best of all, this event is FREE. Just click above to reserve your space.
These films are about looking at how terrorism is affecting ourselves, our relationships and our freedoms. ***CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS***
The Martyr - (10 minutes.) Directed by Darren Langlands
MI5 Agent Laura Kent explains her actions to an internal inquiry in the aftermath of a major terrorism incident.
Calling Ukraine - (12 min. 24 sec.) Directed by Jean Counet
This shattering documentary vividly (through Skype calls) shows the daily life, dreams and fears of a family in Eastern-Ukraine while bombs fall in the background.
(1 hr. 3 min.) Directed by Janek Ambros
Presented by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell, "Imminent Threat" is a documentary that explores the War on Terror's non-partisan impact on civil liberties.
These two revealing documentary films detail the process and the people most affected by that process of laws and courts in the U.S.
Being Atticus Finch - (14 minutes) Directed by Katie Nelson
How does race play a role when people are arrested, convicted and incarcerated? How can effective counsel affect the outcome of one’s case and the person as a whole? This short documentary film highlights the significant role public defenders play in the United States criminal justice system by fighting for their clients’ constitutional rights.
(1 hr. 12 min.) Directed by Paul G. Lyzun
In this absorbing documentary, three murders and the trial that followed them shatter the residents of a small Indiana town. A young woman named Charity Payne becomes the focal point of the town's frustration and fury with the criminal justice system. What caused this young woman to become involved in such horrible circumstances and what does this story say about the state of the criminal justice system in America today?
For the folks who like to be on the edge of their seat, this collection will do the job quite nicely! A series of short films designed to creep you out with themes from the fantastic and other dimensions.
Essence - (14 min. 20 sec.) Directed by Mark Balunis
Set almost completely within the confines of an alternate realm where our earthly reality of birth and death is controlled by a mysterious consortium involving DNA, alleles, projected essences, and a very dangerous being called the Ryegen.
Timespan - (8 min. 34 sec.) Directed by Alex Brock
A man takes illegally-prescribed experimental medication that causes his mind and body to function at an alarming speed, making the world around him look like it's moving at a snail's pace.
Selfie - (6 min 49 sec.) Directed by Geoff Harmer
A woman becomes haunted by a mysterious figure in her selfie photos.
The Davenport Vampire -
(12 min 56 sec.) Directed by Mark Schwab
Based on an actual 911 phone call, a young man is trapped in his car with a dead battery and terrorized by a psychotic "vampire".
Flat Black - (15 min. 50 sec.) Directed by Chase Thompson
In the early 1990s a rural legend circulated around Central Missouri about a time traveling giant from the future. Witnesses went on record as seeing this person. Based on a real event, two brothers see a mysterious figure driving an old black car through their field and decide to investigate.
Recovery - (17min 24sec.) Directed by Craig Parker
A dark thriller/drama centering around the unraveling of events surrounding James - a survivor of a recent zombie flu outbreak that has left him a guilt-ridden ex-infected human coming to terms with horrific actions of which he has no memory.
These very funny films all have a great sense of humor about themselves. They know how to have fun and not take themselves so seriously.
Gone Lesbo Gone
(1 hr. 21 min.) Directed by Jarret Gahan
A hilarious documentary on filmmaker Andrew Leavold's debut feature Lesbo-A-Go-Go, we are very proud to have the North American Premiere of "Gone Lesbo Gone"! This is the tale of a man with big ideas but no budget who assembled a crew and set out to make a faux sixties exploitation film, the kind of film he would want to see though sadly at the time due to the niche nature of the subject matter very few else did. Despite its entrapment in distribution limbo for over a decade, Lesbo-A-Go-Go has garnered a minor cult reputation internationally and this documentary explores the film's sordid production history as well as its enduring legacy. A no-holds-barred tell-all tale with interviews from cast, crew and industry professionals interspersed with never-before-seen alternate takes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage from the film.
Alien Tampon - (2 min. 55 sec.) Directed by Maximilian Lais
A wild upcoming movie trailer about an unsuspecting student mutating into a murdering monster through methods that are beyond outrageous!
The First Pitch - (3 minutes.) Directed by Kevin Maher
Pitching movie ideas in Hollywood is standard procedure. But who was the first one to do it? Someone had to, right?