9th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival

Featured Film Screenings and more!

Date(s) & Times

May 2-4, 2014




$8 for single films or $150 for all 4 days and all venues



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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The Studio@620 is pleased to be selected as a venue for a variety of films to be presented during the 9th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival. The Studio is one of several locations on both sides of the bay that will be showing animated films, live action, and more! A complete schedule of films and locations can be found at http://sunscreenfilmfestival.com/festival-2014/tickets.html


Comedy Short Block #1 (620)
Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 9:45 am -11:30 am

There Is No God And We All Die Alone - Harrison Givens, Director (Short) 21 min.
After the death of his father, Henry Fleetwood embarks on a whimsical journey to find the meaning of life and death.

If We Were Adults - Michael Fitzgerald, Director (Short) 21 min.
Mitch and Izzy are the last unmarried couple in a group of friends and so out of spite and with the help of a little booze, they decide to take the plunge.

Check Out - Bobby Marinelli, Director (Short) 10 min.
Kelly and Allison are two twenty something grocery store employees who find out that the best friendships blossom when they are most needed. Kelly, a bagger who has Downs Syndrome requests some time to talk to Allison, her manager about a promotion. During their meeting Allison fails to give Kelly the respect she deserves.

Steve’s Problem - Mike Lars White, Director (Short) 15 min.
A stranger offers Steve a little help with his pee shyness, only to cause much worse problems later on.

Meet My Rapist - Jessie Kahnweiler, Director (Short) 7 min.
t gets real when Jessie runs into her rapist at the farmers market. The epic reunion includes dinner with the parents and couples therapy as Jessie is forced to confront the effect he's had on her life. Meet my Rapist is an exploration in how we make meaning out of the madness in life.

The Wingmen - Daniel Vakharia, Director (Short) 19 min.
Two featherbrained wingmen must rescue their buddy from a deadly date with a deranged murderer.


Love, Life, Redemption Film Block (620)
Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Love at First Sight - Mark Playne, Director (Short) 14 min.
A heartwarming story of a lonely young man's increasingly creative attempts to attract the attention of the girl of his dreams.

Amazing Grace - Todd Thompson, Director (Short) 9 min.
True love is truly blind.

Limbo Kings - Eric Polins, Director (Short) 15 min.
Two men, trapped in an afterlife waiting room, are forced to deal with an event that led to both of their deaths, yet neither can move on until they resolve it.

Monkey With a Mustache - Chris Mammarelli, Director (Short) 13 min.
A broken hearted father tries to put the pieces of his life back together by moving on.
* Attending (2 VIP + other)

Show and Tell - Lucas Omar, Director (Short) 17 min.
As the last presenter in his class, Ethan must find the perfect item to bring in for Show & Tell.


Action and Horror Short Block (620)
Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

She’s Having A Baby - Robert Smellin, Director (Short) 14 min.
Jenny wants a baby, and she will go to any lengths to get one...

Lapsus - Karim Ouaret, Director (Short) 30 min
Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading : Terry Lawrence, Gentleman Gangster. That is when his memory playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus Memoriae : a slip of memory.

Overtime - Rich Hibner, Director (Short) 10 min.
Three coworkers take a weekend shift during a time of great fear. One final chance stands between life as usual and the end of the world. Amid their office banter a report comes through about that last attempt. In a panic they try to leave the office and find themselves trapped. It is only then in the stillness they discover their humanity when faced with utter despair.

Reverse - Kevin J. O’Neill, Director (Short) 8 min.
Evan Wilder is preparing the night before for his Colonoscopy and runs into a situation that becomes dangerous.

The House Sitter - David Giardina, Director (Short) 10 min.
A young girl house sits all alone one dark, stormy night. Amidst crashes of thunder the girl begins to hear what sound like footsteps and then...a human voice. She checks to see that all the doors are locked and is confident that no one could get it. But soon more noises are heard. Gathering up all of her courage the girl takes a flashlight and heads down to the cellar - not realizing that one of the windows is open…

No Love Lost - A. Tad Chamberlain, Director (Short) 18 min.
When boxes start showing up daily on Monica's doorstep containing severed fingers and toes she's unsure what to do, until she realizes the digits belong to the estranged wife of the neighbor she's in love with.


Drama Short Block #2 (620)
Friday, May 2nd, 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

The Wolf and the Ballerina - Kyle Giardino, Director (Short) 20 min.
A short film about a sniper, a deaf girl, and the human connection between strangers in a world without water.

Sand Snowman - Yeva-Genevieve Lavlinski, Director (Short) 35 min.
Imperial power of the Soviet Union was collapsing. A very quick spring of New Russians was overlapping the old regime. Beliefs were turning into delusion and trust into betrayal. Young friends newly reunited after a decade of separation deal with tragedy among the individual lives that were still displaced in the new half regime. However, no matter what power rules our lives, choice and its consequence might differ with the right guidance. Parent and child, that is where we start and where we end.

Life is for Living - Danny Phillips, Director (Short) 29 min.
Life is for Living is a short 28 min drama about an old man who finds out he was used in an unethical medical experiment when he was a 6 yr old boy. The effects of this procedure were to extend his lifespan between 20-25%. Albert has been given the gift of life but not one that he wants any longer.

Unbridled Chaos - Chris Greene, Director (Short) 10 min.
A Woman who is madly in love is pushed over the edge when the man of her dreams leaves her in a state of grief.
* Unbridled Chaos Attending (2 VIP)



 Drama Short Block #1 (620)
Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Meeting Gary - Min Dai, Director (Short) 14 min.
A film about domestic child neglect. The story is set up in the low income, 'ghetto' neighborhood. A boy's dream of becoming a professional dancer is being ignored by his own parents because they are too busy dealing with their own life struggles. He keeps reaching out for love and understanding, but keeps getting rejected. Is anybody out there who is paying attention to this boy's most basic need for love and support? Will he carry on going and follow his dream?

The Fay - Mark Bonocore, Director (Short) 28 min.
Drawing from ancient Celtic myth and medieval Arthurian romance, 'The Fay' is a tale of sacrificial love, as a young knight is wounded in battle, only to be rescued by the magical arts of a beautiful nymph, who saves his life but then refuses to let him go. Like a pre-Raphaelite painting come to life, 'The Fay' has almost no dialog, but relies on lush cinematography, rich production design, and a lyrical score to present a timeless fable about the joy, the power, and the pain of love.

The Drink - Cam Simon, Director (Short) 30 min.
After serving in Iraq, A marine comes home psychologically damaged by the loss of his childhood friend in combat and must face something that may forever change his life in more ways than he can imagine.
* Attending (2 VIP)

Use The Elevator - Michael Musselman, Director (Short) 20 min
After class a boy meets a girl everyday in an elevator for a lusty romance routine, but is there something more outside this scheduled affair?


Comedy Short Block #2 (620)
Saturday, May 3rd, 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

I Am Super - Brandon Agan, Director (Short) 37 min.
'I Am Super' is a 37 minute comedy/drama about a man who finds out he is terminally ill with a rare heart disease, feeling discouraged with his mundane life and having the desire to do something to be remembered by he decides to create a costume and become a superhero. Follow one mans journey to answer a simple question, what if your life had a time limit?

The Sublet - Ljiljana Novakovic, Director (Short) 10 min.
How often did you let your guard down when considering someone only because they were too good to be true?

Plotted Plants - Andy Petersen, Director (Short) 27 min.
A local Drug Smuggler helps an innocent funeral home director smuggle drugs that happened to land in his possession.
* Attending (2 VIP) (other cast coming)

Guest House - Aaron Wolf, Director (Short) 27 min.
Lance Wesley lost his job and fiance on the same day. Depressed and downtrodden, he moves back into his parents' Guesthouse where he spent his youth. As he fights constantly with his frustrated and patient-less father, relics from his past pay him a visit. Will his past propel him forward?


Amka and The Three Golden Rules - Feature (620)
Saturday, May 3rd, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Directed by Babar Ahmed
A poor Mongolian boy discovers a gold coin. This new found wealth makes him selfish and mean. He then goes to the countryside where his uncle teachers him three golden lessons in life.


Quite A Conundrum - Feature (620)
Saturday, May 3rd, 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Directed by Thomas Phillips
AMERICAN PIE meets AMERICAN PSYCHO. Sex, Drums, Tequila, Social Networking, A Pirate, Morning After Pills, Jesus And A Gun...It's One Hot Mess! It's Hilarious, Dark, Sexy, Twisted And Sadistic. It's Quite A Conundrum. It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two over privileged twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no turning back.
* Attending 2 VIP


FrackNation - Documentary Feature
Saturday, May 3rd, 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Directed by Phelim McAleer
FrackNation follows journalist Phelim McAleer as he faces gun threats, malicious 911 calls and bogus lawsuits when questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. Fracking is going to make America one of the world's leading energy producers and has become the target of a concerted campaign by environmentalists who want it banned. In FrackNation McAleer travels across the USA and Europe to uncover the science suppressed by environmental activists and ignored by much of the media. He talks with scientists and ordinary Americans who live in fracking areas and who tell him the truth behind the exaggerations and misrepresentations of anti-fracking activists.



Walk On - Documentary Feature
Sunday, May 4th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Directed by Mark Bashian
A disabled 21 year old who was born HIV Positive, trains for an AIDS walk while educating others about HIV and disabilities with the help of a Quadriplegic Comic, an Amputee Sprinter, and a Purple Heart Veteran.

I Play With The Phrase Each Other - Feature (620)
Sunday, May 4th, 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Directed by Jay Alvarez
The first feature film composed entirely of cell phone calls.


DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till - Feature (620)
Sunday, May 4th, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Directed by Rob Underhill
In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. In DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (*10 BEST FILM AWARDS*), experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting true-crime drama. 'His death was a spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement in America,' Ed Bradley, Emmy Award-winning journalist. 'A TRIUMPH ...an exceptional film with multiple, powerful performances by Mike Wiley,' *4.5/5 Stars* -FILM THREAT.