SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 27th
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!
This excellent collection of short films look into the lives of people who are just...well...a little different. No judgements here of course!
Rockatis - (20 minutes) Directed by Steven Gandolfo
Who says imaginary friends are only for children? Meet Peter Bernardi, an average young male, whose imaginary friend, "Rockatis", has plagued him since childhood. As an adult, Peter is still dealing with the day in, day out antics of Rockatis. So much so, that he can't hold a steady job or even land a girlfriend.
The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb Jr. - (11min 55sec.) Directed by Ryan Fox
Thomas Thumb Jr. is unlike any other man. He has a giant thumb for a head and he'll do whatever it takes to achieve the American Dream.
Big Bird - (9 min 58 sec.) Directed by Jan Boon
Johnny, a 40 year old Irishman living in Belgium, negotiates the perils of the online dating scene. Enter Gwen, who gives new meaning to the term "standing head and shoulders above the competition".
Before You Leap - (11 min. 27 sec.) Directed by Jason Salazar
Potheads Floyd and Ty are out of weed and desperate. They manage to get a hookup with the mysterious dealer Wynton only to find out he has no intention of making this a simple transaction.
Lucky Numbers - (9 min. 47 sec.) Directed by Chester Milton
A young man steals a winning lottery ticket and claims $50 million but encounters some very surprising and unexpected consequences.
Quarter-Life Crisis - (3min 11sec.) Directed by Paul Levitt
A young man finds himself in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. Thankfully, somebody is there to help...
Here are a collection of heartfelt short films meant to move you and appreciate the people close to you.
Cardboard Boy - (15 min. 28sec.) Directed by Jamie Shelton
A boy dresses a cardboard doll in his deceased brother's clothes and thinks he is real, causing conflict in the family home between his parents.
Dig Deep - (8 min 45sec.) Directed by Brett Treacy
Hayden suffers from chronic sleepwalking. Night after night, he falls asleep in his bed and wakes up somewhere else entirely. As his dreams get worse, Hayden works to piece together where he goes at night. But before he can uncover the truth, Hayden must first face his personal demons.
The Lost Boy - (10 min. 12 sec.) Directed by Owen Tomlins
In the fall of 2011, James Lambert goes west to start over. He meets a young woman in the Occupy Oakland movement, and gets involved.
The photos and video left on his phone are all that are left to document his journey into the unknown.
Sakura - (9 min. 41 sec.) Directed by Matthew Wilder
A daughter phones her mother for the first time since she ran away from home.
Max - (6 minutes.) Directed by Rajesh Naroth
Some decisions are tough. A very thoughtful and challenging day in the life of Annette Davis.
Haeley - (19 min 31sec.) Directed by Keegan Duncan and Cole Garrett
Microbiologist Marco Garrow has indulged himself so deep into finding the next big thing in microscope technology that he has become emotionally detached from the world around him. One night in a lonely drunken binge Marco begins making erratic adjustments to his microscope and that's when he sees something that changes his view of the world forever.
We close our festival with two films that help us reflect on life and what makes it unique in our experience.
The Ambassador of God
(1 hr. 33 min.) Directed by Francesca Stonum and Mark Schwab
This moving documentary profiles the ups and downs - and everything in between - of the life of Anthony Jan Thomas Penera. "Brother Tony" was many things to many people - metaphysical teacher, guide, psychic reader, gardener, 12-year KKUP/Cupertino radio talk show host and plenty controversial in his views.
The Choice Point
(11 min. 41 sec.) Directed by Mark Schwab
Three days before his wedding, Charlie suddenly finds himself in another dimension outside of traditional "reality". Guided by a long-dead person from his past, Charlie must make a choice to continue with his current life or end it now in a car accident. Charlie finds out the choice isn't as simple as he thinks.