May 11 - IFS 2017

Thursday, May 11th - Beverly Hills Music Hall

Adam Denmark | Bulgaria | Lithuania | Sweden

Director: Veselin Efremov

ANIMATION SHORTS 11a

In a dystopian future, organic body is a privilege easy to lose. A convict awakens to the grim reality of having been transferred into a mechanical shell. This short film is created with a game engine.

IFS Premiere

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Year-End Buri (Buri no Oomisoka) Japan

Director: Takeshi Nishiyasu

DRAMA SHORTS 11b

On New Year's Eve, Shiho and her husband, Junpei, receive a whole Buri (yellowtail fish) as a year-end gift but they don't know how to fillet it. They call around to find someone who can take it, but nobody wants it. In the end, they decide to bring it to her uncle (once a cook) who she hasn't seen for years and is living alone.

West Coast Premiere

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Below EmptyUSA

Director: Alexander Ho

DRAMA SHORTS 11b

Ryan's (Drew Simon) current girlfriend is curious about who he has loved in the past. He rewinds back to his relationship with Alyssa (Rochelle Anderson) and watches it in retrospect. As he is retelling the tragic love story, he ends up finding himself lost. After reliving his nostalgia Ryan is faced with a realization.

World Premiere

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The Bullet USA

Director: Sherwin Binguan

DRAMA SHORTS 11b

Originally a radio drama by Sam Dann, "The Bullet" tells the story of Jerry Price, a detective whose partner and closest friend, Paul Gardner, is killed in a shootout. Two years later, Paul returns from the dead to tell Jerry the bullet was meant for him instead and things must be made right. Jerry now has to make a decision that will affect much more than his life alone.

World Premiere

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The Lower Depths UK

Director: Michael Ellis

DRAMA SHORTS 11b

In a British seaside town, awkward Pepel wants Natasha to run away with him to start a new life. He has to escape from his life of petty crime and the dark cycle of poverty holding them back. Maxim Gorky's 'the Lower Depths', is a story about the poorest in society living, existing and trying to escape. The story has been transposed from 1901 Russia to modern day Lowestoft.

North American Premiere

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Jane: A Noir Love Story

Director: Kelby Thwaits

SHORTS BLOCK 11c

After chasing his muse into an abandoned warehouse, Detective Jack Colton is confronted with a morally questionable, life threatening decision at the feet of the alluring, red-headed vixen, Jane.

World Premiere

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L.A. Stories USA

Director: Daniel Rieber

SHORTS BLOCK 11c

Starring Aliyah Royale. This film is about the lesser-shown reality of chasing a dream in an industry filled with frauds and predators. Based on a true story.

World Premiere

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Dress Rehearsal USA

Director: Michael Boston

SHORTS BLOCK 11c

A struggling method actor takes his research too far.

IFS Premiere

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Trauma is a Time Machine USA

Director: Angelica Zollo

SHORTS BLOCK 11c

Trauma is a Time Machine is a short film that follows Helen, a young woman that is stuck in an emotional cycle of self-destruction and exploration through the time machine that is trauma. The film takes a deep look into the mindset of Helen, an artistic, fragmented, realistic, but also at sometimes dreamlike view at what it feels like to experience and heal from trauma, a way to structure trauma on screen. The film stars Daisy Bevan and is written, directed and produced by Angelica Zollo.

World Premiere

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Detention USA

Director: JP Lucking

SHORTS BLOCK 11c

During Hitler's early regime in the 1930s, his Officers would search for members of the jewish population who were hiding in plain sight under false names. In this story based on true events SS Officer Klaus seeks to pin two best friends against each other.

World Premiere

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The Last Fitness Instructor USA

Director: Michele Williams

BEST LGBTQI FEATURE

A vigilante fitness instructor investigates an explosion to save the world from IQ level loss.

IFS Premiere

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Entropy USA

Director: Gabriel Anderson

BEST SCI-FI FEATURE

A metaphysical science fiction film that combines the techniques of celebrated spiritual filmmakers with a distinctly secular premise, Entropy centers on Nicole, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking San Francisco transplant drifting between tedious jobs and prolonged states of isolation. Over the course of a weekend, she registers the disappearance of the Andromeda Galaxy from the night sky, and becomes convinced that the Big Rip - a theoretical event in which the universe's expansion accelerates to the point that all matter is torn apart at the molecular level - will occur in approximately two weeks.

World Premiere

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