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Saturday, May 30th 2015 – HIFF

May 30, 2015

All screenings are broken up into blocks. Each block contains a combination of Documentaries, Short Films, Feature Films or TV Pilots. By purchasing a ticket, you are entitled to view all the pieces in that time frame.

Day 1 of Movies of the Hoboken International Film Festival

Saturday May 30, 2015

12:00 pm Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

NO DEPOSIT – Feature Film

Directed by Frank D’Angelo – Canada

Michael Madsen, Eric Roberts, Paul Sorvino, Robert Loggia, Dominique Swain, Doris Roberts, Margot Kidder, Michael Pare, Peter Cayote, Ellen Dubin, Daniel Baldwin, Frank D’Angelo

Anger and hate are a total eclipse of the soul.

TICK TOCK – Short Film

Directed by Zeynep Kocak – Turkey

The beautiful thing is not the goal you achieve, it is the road that takes you there with hope!


Directed by Dan Kowalski –New York/ New Jersey

Production Assistants are the unsung and unappreciated members of a film crew. Join us in this first part of a comedy short film series about PAs and the work they do on set.


12:00 pm Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

HANDY – Feature Film

Directed by Vincenzo Cosentino – Italy

Franco Nero

This is the first feature film about the life of a hand (named Handy). After a lifetime spent with its owner (a bad writer), Handy decides to detach from the human body in order to prove that a standalone hand can be the best writer ever.


Directed by Andrew Schwarz – New Jersey

A recently divorced family, comprised of a mother, father, and little girl, struggles to assimilate to their new lives. The girl, Abigail, resorts to surprising alternative methods to cope.


Directed by Adlee Fayyaz – Connecticut

Diego, an imaginative six year old, collects cans in the morning with his mother Reina to feed the ‘can monster.’ What starts as an imaginative game turns into a harsh reality when Diego learns that he must fill his father’s shoes and provide for himself and more importantly his mother.


2:00 pm Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

HELLO AGAIN – Short Film

Directed by Cecilia Potenza & Casey O’Connell – New Jersey

A man loses something important, and because of it, he loses himself. He retreats to his family’s old summer home so he can hide away from the world he once knew. But, the mysterious house helps him heal in more ways than he would have thought.


Directed by John R. Dilworth – New York

John R. Dilworth

Dirdy Birdy gets the wormy.

STRAW DOLLS – Short Film

Directed by John Milano – California

Mary Apick, Marco Khan

Straw Dolls tells the story of a how a father and daughter sacrifice their own wellbeing for a mother and her young daughter. Based on a series of true events, the film takes place during the start of the Armenian Genocide.


Directed by Bryan Fox – California

Leven Rambin, Lorraine Bracco, Henry Winkler, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Travis, Perrey Reeves, Kelly Preston, Drew Roy, Devon Graye

Dissonance explores the harsh challenges of a young man’s stale relationship and stalled career. As everything seems to be going nowhere, he must decide whether he will hold onto love, or face the fear that moving forward may mean letting go. In a moment, everything changes forever…

JOHN – Short Film

Directed by Hugh Scully – New York

Life sometimes truly sucks. John not only has to deal with the usual teenage angst, he also has to deal with eccentric parents, a skeptical shrink, and the disconcerting fact that he is slowly morphing into a vampire.

MINE – Short film

Directed by Casey O’Connell – New Jersey

On her wedding, a young woman remembers her sweet victory.

A bride-to-be shares her love story with guests at the engagement party. But, there are two sides to every story.


Directed by Trey Lindsay – New York

A young woman with the power to absorb others’ physical abilities must use her talent to fight off a squad of government assassins sent to execute her.


2:00 pm  Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

THE NETWORKER – Feature Film

Directed by John Gallagher – New York

Sean Young, Stephen Baldwin, William Forsythe, Alysia Reiner, Natalie Knepp, Deborah Twiss

THE NETWORKER is a comedy-drama with heart, an entertaining indie about family and redemption.


Directed by Nicole Santolo – New York

A comedic television pilot based on my life and growing up with a disabled sibling. A wheelchair-bound teenager living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is introduced to his eccentric new aide, who encourages him to take two girls to the prom.

I AM – Documentary

Directed by Olivia Cohen

Teens giving a truthful description about their own experiences with depression and how it affects their daily lives.


4:00 pm Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

12 ANGRY MEN AND WOMEN – Feature Film

Produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio; Directed by Waleed Bedour – New York

Robert Loggia, Blanche Baker, Lindsay Haun, Justin Deas, Mary Apick, Joanne Baron, Angela Little, Deborah Twiss, Nina Transfeld, Allison Thomas Lee, Kenneth Del Vecchio

A pregnant woman, kidnapped from an abortion clinic, was held for seven months until she gave birth. Seven years later, those who held the woman have been arrested, admitting to their deeds. They have been brought to trial, and now the jury deliberates their fate. All jurors immediately vote guilty—except one…What ensues is a jury room battle, where the lone juror tries to convince the others that no crime has been committed. It’s a daunting task because the others believe that the law is cut and dry. There was indeed a kidnapping…But is holding one against her will – in order to save another’s life – actually a crime? 12 Angry Men and Women examines this incredibly divisive matter, with a shocking, twist ending that goes well beyond evaluating the issue under the law.

DEADBOOK – Short Film

Directed by Richard Scobie – Ireland

Gordon and Michael, two graduates who come up with an innovative business idea — namely, a social network called DEADBOOK. They pitch their project to a group of investors.


4:00 pm Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11


Directed by Bramwell Noah – Australia

A man claiming to be Jesus. Another claiming to be the Devil. Only one is telling the truth.


Directed by Gerard Zarra – New York

John Dablovski is a young delusional man who believes he is the star of his own reality television show. But when an old friend from the past returns, Dalovski must choose between which reality he believes in.


6:00 pm Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

1.7 ALPHA – Feature Film

Directed by Quanah Hicks – New York

With her social life seemingly at a crossroads, a young woman seeks solace in her new friend’s peculiar perspective of the world they live in.


Directed by Dustin Lee – Ohio

While working in their observatory one night, an astronomer and his assistant begin to notice that several stars are disappearing from the night sky.


6:00 pm Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11


Directed by Mel England & Janice Markham – California

Mel England, Janice Markham, Barack Obama, Irene Bedard, Sally Kirkland

A mockumentary satire about American politics, religion, Hollywood, health food nuts… and reality shows! Ron and Laura Grawsill, a conservative suburban couple from Bakersfield, California, decide to star in their own reality show about their activism! After seeing 24-hour cable news coverage of a national health food controversy, Ron and Laura join the movement to take their country back from the Euro Union Conspiracy! But, when they run into their son Brian with a mysterious new friend at a demonstration, the culture wars land right in their own backyard!


Directed by Flavio Alves – New York

Burt Young, Sally Kirkland

For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle: no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.


8:00 pm  Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

ALTO – Feature Film

Directed by – Mikki del Monico – New York

Annabella Sciorra, Natalie Knepp, Ward Horton, Lin Tucci

A lesbian mob comedy…enough said? Improbable love, the mob and family traditions gone awry all pave the road for laughter in this character-rich story that explores uncharted territory.

MOTHER – Short Film

Directed by Gregory G. Allen – New Jersey

As a young man lays dying, his anger, addiction, and resentment is forced to the surface as his mother displays the depths to which she’ll go for the love of a child.


8:00 pm Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11


Directed by Brian Kalata – California

Justine Bateman, Alan Rosenberg

In 2007, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the Screenwriters union, hit an impasse in their contract negotiations with the Studios. At the center of the dispute was jurisdiction over the Internet. Unable to make progress, the WGA called a strike which brought Hollywood to a halt for 100 days.

MICROWAVE – Short Film

Directed by Neil Champagne – Canada

A.J Buckley, Doris Roberts

MICROWAVE is a film about sibling rivalry. After the death of their grandmother, Will (23) and Evan (30) are forced to come back to their hometown to claim the house they were both raised in. The only problem is that Will wants keep it and Evan wants to sell it.


Directed by Brett Donowho – New York

Doris Roberts

Often interviewed on CNN, Oprah, and NBC, world renowned trend forecaster and best-selling author Gerald Celente is suddenly blackballed by the news media. The controversial Gerald experiences an absolute fall from grace that takes him to a dark, confusing and unfamiliar place.


10:00 pm Block A Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11

Directed by Thomas Balsamides New Jersey

Michael Sorvin, Ilene Kristen, Tom Hanley

Two people go on an adventure to discover themselves. In the midst of the adventure, there are twists and turns, love and violence. Action, fun, laughs and tragedy take place in this inventive feature film.

VOICES – Short Film

Directed by Julio Robledo – New York

Voices is a psychological drama.  It is a 5-minute uncut look at a man going over the emotional edge. Voices takes you inside the mind  so that you’re not just watching, you’re living the film.

DAMN FRANK! – Short Film

Directed by Blake Feldman – Georgia

Frank is in Hell. But he’s got one last thing to do! Frank McCoy sold his soul to the devil to be the world’s best blues singer; however, the devil called Frank’s debt in early, leaving Frank unable to say his goodbyes to his only love. Determined to reunite with his beloved wife Rose, Frank challenges the devil to a dance off. Remember, a deal is a deal…even if it’s with the devil!


Directed by Steven Strickland – New York

Desiree and Shayna are unlikely friends who share a very painful secret. Desiree just wants to have fun and not deal with her haunting personal issues but Shayna insists Desiree needs to confide in her latest boyfriend, Jason.


10:00 pm Block B Paramount Theater, Middletown, NY – $11


Directed by Fred Carpenter – New York

Robert Funaro, Armand Assante, Sean Young, Robert Clohessy

CHARLIE MANTLE a bare-knuckled crime drama with twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story of New York City Detective Charlie Mantle who goes vigilante after the murder of two police officers by the Russian mob.

CHEVALINE – Short Film

Directed by Matt Fennell – France

A young stable hand fights to save her beloved horse from being sent to slaughter by the stable’s owner, her former lover.

EXIT ROAD – Short Film

Directed by Uri Alves – New Jersey

Dane thought he left his personal demons and his drug addiction behind him, but his first day out of prison challenges both his promise to go clean and his very survival.

 All screenings are broken up into blocks. Each block contains a combination of Documentaries, Short Films, Feature Films or TV Pilots. By purchasing a ticket, you are entitled to view all the pieces in that time frame.


May 30, 2015
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