2019 MFF | AUGUST 8TH-11TH, 2020

SELECTIONS

Over 100 films from over a dozen countries across the world screened at the 3rd Annual Monmouth Film Festival. Features, Shorts, Student Films, Trailers, Web Series and TV Pilots. 

  • Directed By

    Sarah Pirozek

    #LIKE (Trailer)

    Trailers

    Woodstock teen, Rosie is mourning the anniversary of her younger sister Amelia’s death, when she discovers the mysterious man who sexploited her sister, bullying her to commit suicide, is back on-line trolling for new victims. After the authorities refuse to get involved she discovers a darker side she never knew she had as she takes justice into her own hands.

  • Directed By

    Davy Rothbart

    17 Blocks

    Feature Films

    Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence eventually lead to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.

  • Directed By

    Christopher Holt

    3 Sleeps

    Short Narrative

    Based on a true Story. When Mum leaves the girls home alone for the weekend, 9-Year-old Casey is sworn to secrecy. But when Casey’s youngest sister falls seriously ill, she is now caught between protecting her mum or saving her sister's life.

  • Directed By

    Daniel Glynn

    48 Hours with Muhammad Ali

    Short Documentary

    On July 18th 1974, freelance photojournalist Peter Angelo Simon, got a loud knock on his hotel room door at 4.30am in the morning. 'Grab your pants and your camera. The Champ is running'. The Champ in question was Muhammad Ali.

  • Directed By

    Michael Mahaffie

    605 Adults 304 Children

    Short Documentary

    An immersive and intimate documentary filmed entirely by The Peoples Temple in Jonestown.

  • Directed By

    Andy Tai, Eduardo Enriquez

    A Long Way From Home

    Student Film

    In an old western tavern, the fate of a town is about to change when an outsider arrives and doesn’t have the money to pay for a glass of water.

  • Directed By

    Maddie Marshall

    Abnormalities

    NJ HS Showcase

    An awkward teenage boy is being monitored from the most unlikely places.

  • Directed By

    Derek Knowles, Spencer Seibert

    After the Fire

    Short Documentary

    Residents of Sonoma Valley struggle to find their places in a community that has been reshaped overnight by the historic Northern California wildfires.

  • Directed By

    Richard Hempton

    All of Me

    Short Narrative

    In 1986 four friends have just begun their lives as teenagers and plan to make their eighth grade sleepover the best one yet. In one night they discover things about themselves and each other that could change everything.

  • Directed By

    Victor Tadashi Suarez, Mimi Wilcox

    Alpha Mare

    Short Documentary

    Karin is a sage elderly woman who lives a solitary life above the Nicasio Reservoir in California with a herd of Danish Warmbloods. When she suffers a catastrophic break from reality, she looks to her horses for help.

  • Directed By

    Morgan Barth

    Angela

    NJ HS Showcase

    A selfless girl gives strangers a piece of life they are missing .

  • Directed By

    Jon Sosis, Bethany Watson

    Anya Marina: Indie-pendent Woman

    Web Series

    After being dropped by her label, Anya Marina documents her journey as an independent artist trying to revive her career.

  • Directed By

    B.Monét

    Ballet After Dark

    Short Documentary

    Ballet After Dark tells the story a young woman who found the strength to survive after an attack. She created an organization that is helping sexual abuse and domestic violent survivors find healing after trauma through dance therapy.

  • Directed By

    Ryan McGlade

    Bennifer

    Short Narrative

    Jed's family isn't how he remembered it.

  • Directed By

    James P. Gannon

    Betty Feeds The Animals

    Short Documentary

    Betty loves animals, she loves them so much that everyday she puts 30 bowls of food outside of her house to feed them. She feeds skunks, raccoons, cats, foxes and the occasional possum. This is her story.

  • Directed By

    Rob Ciano, Stanton Hunter

    Blackout

    Short Narrative

    What would you do if you knew the sun was about to expire and life as we know it would be changed forever? Would you riot? Would you break down? Or would you stop and enjoy the last sunrise we will ever have?

  • Directed By

    Benjamin Viertel

    Blank My Life: Pilot "A Haunting In Ohio"

    Web Series

    A surreal, comedy about a girl being haunted by the ghost of her dead, gay BFF.

  • Directed By

    Buster Marker Jønsson

    Bliss of Struggle

    Short Narrative

    A young boxer fights in the present, but struggles with his past. He is haunted by a figure from his past, a figure that gives him strength to overcome the physical obstacles that he is facing, but at the prize of his mental well being.

  • Directed By

    Phillip Youmans

    Burning Cane

    Feature Films

    Amongst the cane fields of rural Louisiana, an aging mother struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son.

  • Directed By

    Sean Fredricks

    Cannonball

    Short Narrative

    A type-A Brentwood mom hires a superstitious hitman...but the universe teaches them one big lesson: inertia's a bitch.

  • Directed By

    Jimmy Ward

    Chance Encounter

    Short Narrative

    Chance Encounter follows a true story from Lauren Raney, a teacher and avid community member of a small town in New Jersey called Manahawkin. Starting off in the late 1990’s, Lauren is visiting the nearby hospital to see her dying sister and is suddenly approached by a man that she will eventually meet again 17 years later when she's the one dying.

  • Directed By

    Michael Barnett

    Changing The Game

    Feature Films

    Trans athletes have to work harder than their cisgender peers in order to thrive in their field while also having the courage and resilience to face daily harassment and discrimination. They have found sports as a way to channel the negativity around them and gain a sense of self-worth and validation. This film is their urgent, articulate plea for acceptance.

  • Directed By

    Michael Boylan

    Come Here Often?

    Short Narrative

    A chance encounter of a man and a woman in the park might not be chance after all.

  • Directed By

    Russell Leadbeater

    Coming Home

    Short Narrative

    A young orphan is adopted and experiences love for the first time.

  • Directed By

    James Barker

    Daughter of Ruin

    Student Film

    A young girl must take care of her injured mother in an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of a hostile land.

  • Directed By

    Nick LeDonne

    Dear Dad

    Short Narrative

    A father and son struggling to communicate; a conceptual film about dialogue, without dialogue.

  • Directed By

    Kristian Melom

    Dear, Dreamer

    Short Documentary

    Best known as a New York Times Best-Selling author and mentor to young adults, this short documentary finds Jason in the writer’s room preparing for the release of his next book. Here we catch a rare glimpse of a singular artist and thinker as he traverses the schools and landscapes of modern-day America.

  • Directed By

    Raj Trivedi

    Del Rio

    Student Film

    On her treacherous journey to reunite with her daughter, an undocumented mother's fateful run-in with a border patrol agent changes both of their lives forever.

  • Directed By

    Raed Alsemari

    Dunya's Day

    Short Narrative

    Abandoned by her domestic help, Dunya fights to throw the perfect graduation soirée.

  • Directed By

    Crystal Kayiza

    Edgecombe

    Short Documentary

    Edgecombe County is a predominantly African-American agricultural community in the eastern region of North Carolina. Like many communities in the historic South there are remnants of chattel slavery and monuments to civil rights struggles.

  • Directed By

    Bernardo Lopes

    Eva

    Short Narrative

    Lisbon is heaven. Eva is going to have a son of Adriano. The forbidden fruit is to let yourself be loved.

  • Directed By

    Zack Morrison

    Everything's Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major

    Short Narrative

    A musical comedy about a woman at the onset of her quarter-life crisis and her existential journey through the various stages of anxiety in song and dance.

  • Directed By

    A.V. Rockwell

    Feathers

    Short Narrative

    Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.

  • Directed By

    Jake Wichansky

    Fermata

    Student Film

    When Anna isn't making as much money as she needs, she must face the possibility of giving up her dream of a music career.

  • Directed By

    Jesse Mittelstadt

    Flyby

    Short Narrative

    When a passing asteroid begins to effect how people perceive time, one man struggles to keep up with a life that is quickly disappearing into the future.

  • Directed By

    Martin Sandin

    Foggy Days

    Short Narrative

    Stockholm 2018. In a time where social media gives us performance anxiety and confirmation is becoming increasingly important, Clara meets Peter. Clara wants the world. Peter wants nothing but to be loved.

  • Directed By

    Tom Phillips

    Forgotten

    Short Documentary

    Vietnam Veterans of America NJ Shore Area Chapter 12's effort to find and identify those unclaimed forgotten cremains of American veterans and their spouses and inter them with full military honors at the NJ Veterans Cemetery.

  • Directed By

    Annie Fleisch

    George Gray

    NJ HS Showcase

    She cannot keep her boat from the water, she has to bring him to where he belongs.

  • Directed By

    Bassam Tariq

    Ghosts of Sugar Land

    Short Documentary

    In Sugar Land, Texas, a group of Muslim-American teens ponder the disappearance of their friend “Mark,” who is suspected of joining ISIS.

  • Directed By

    David Freid

    Guns Found Here

    Short Documentary

    With more gun stores in the US than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, we head to the ATF’s National Tracing Center which handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day using technology that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible.

  • Directed By

    Katia Badalian

    HEROINES

    Short Narrative

    Nina is a young introspective girl blossoming to understand the world. During a babysitting session her crass middle-aged neighbor explains to Nina through twisted allegories the world of intimacy and love.

  • Directed By

    Alma Buddecke, Marleen Valin

    HOT DOG

    Short Narrative

    Hannah wasn't always happy about the existence of her 'Vajayjay'. She's in a love-hate relationship with her vagina and chronicles how her feelings towards her sexuality have changed over time.

  • Directed By

    Raymond Kleinschmidt

    Happy Birthday

    Student Film

    When a bumbling magician falls in love with a beautiful girl at a birthday party, he must use his magic to win her over.

  • Directed By

    Lucas Crain

    Hard Times

    NJ HS Showcase

    Whilst on a mid afternoon stroll, Rachel, accompanied by her friend Sissy, comes across a discarded hat belonging to her dearest love, Stephen Blackpool. Fearing the worst, Rachel and Sissy set off into the bleak outskirts of Coketown in search of him.

  • Directed By

    Amber Sealey

    How Does It Start

    Short Narrative

    It’s 1983 and 12-year-old Rain wants sex, the only problem is she has no idea what that means. With her self-absorbed parents distracted by their recent divorce, Rain is left alone to navigate the complexities of love and adulthood, and learns to do it her own way.

  • Directed By

    Ryan Maxey

    How to Make a Rainbow

    Short Documentary

    How to Make a Rainbow observes a young girl and her mother over the course of two years as they move together through transitions of home, identity and name.

  • Directed By

    Michael Rowley

    Hurdle

    Feature Films

    As the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories approached its 50th year, Hurdle reveals an important and intimate story emerging from the hearts and actions of Palestinian youth. The new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected and inspiring way.

  • Directed By

    Michael Rowley

    Hurdle (Trailer)

    Trailers

    As the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories approached its 50th year, Hurdle reveals an important and intimate story emerging from the hearts and actions of Palestinian youth. The new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected and inspiring way.

  • Directed By

    Wade Shotter

    I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs

    Short Narrative

    A fussy writer battles his large ego and high expectations to create a work of art.

  • Directed By

    Shannon Miller

    Inkshed

    NJ HS Showcase

    When student and tutor decide to settle their differences once and for all, there will not be bloodshed, but there will be inkshed.

  • Directed By

    Jacalyn Siminerio

    It's a Girl

    NJ HS Showcase

    An art film exploring the flexibility of gender expression.

  • Directed By

    Ian Phillips

    Jamaal: Through The Lens

    Short Documentary

    A young man from the South Bronx discovers photography as his way to escape his past history of abuse and neglect.

  • Directed By

    Adam McClelland

    Keepers of The Wild

    Short Documentary

    With the numbers of elephants dwindling, Keepers of the Wild exposes the necessary human role in preserving wildlife in Tsavo National Park, Kenya.

  • Directed By

    Faren Humes

    Liberty

    Short Narrative

    Alex and Milagros deal with great life upheaval as they prepare to dance at their community’s redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony.

  • Directed By

    Max Field

    Lifetime 3 Brothers 1 Story

    Short Documentary

    A story about three brothers growing up in the streets of North Newark where everyday is a struggle to survive. Family unity, strong Christian values and Brotherly Luv help keep these brothers on the straight and narrow.

  • Directed By

    Logan George, Celine Held

    Lockdown

    Short Narrative

    Struggling with feelings for her best friend, 14 year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan.

  • Directed By

    Anna Gamarnik

    Lost At Sea

    Student Film

    A wealthy widow grapples with the disappearance of her son, trying to piece together what happened at the cost of her waning sanity.

  • Directed By

    Jules Tardif

    Love Story

    Short Narrative

    After the tragic lost of his wife, Frank finds hope in his new love interest Leslie and will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. (Viewer discretion is advised)

  • Directed By

    Kevin McMullin

    Low Tide

    Feature Films

    Alan, Red, and Smitty spend high summer on the Jersey Shore roving the boardwalk and getting into trouble. But the discovery of good old fashioned treasure sets the friends on an escalating course of suspicion and violence in this atmospheric thriller.

  • Directed By

    Michael Brooks

    Mage Hunter

    Student Film

    To save Jade, Vincent has to decide whether Mages are truly dangerous beings or just regular people like him who have gone down the wrong path.

  • Directed By

    Carly Usdin

    Misdirection

    Short Narrative

    Camila is your average college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a big, gay crush on her roommate. After a near car crash, Cam is stuck trying to find a distraction.

  • Directed By

    Julian Lipoff

    My Dad Has Work In The Morning

    Student Film

    After finding a magical VHS tape during a rainstorm, Cory is zapped into the sitcom My Dad Has Work In The Morning. Cory now has to find a way home while also learning how to be a dad at the same time.

  • Directed By

    Aaron Hobson

    No Faith In The Streets

    Short Narrative

    A day in a life of young African American man and his friends, as they go through the trials and tribulations of their surroundings throughout their day.

  • Directed By

    Molly Gillis

    Now You Know

    Short Narrative

    An uninhibited 10 year old girl faces the fallout from flashing her class at her strict Catholic school.

  • Directed By

    Jamie Effros

    ON

    TV Pilots

    In the near future, a weekly meeting of Device Addicts Anonymous (DAA) is the refuge for six strangers consumed by their virtual worlds. But when a new member joins the group, bringing with him something beyond addiction, they all begin to realize that their connection to the virtual and to each other may be far more than coincidence.

  • Directed By

    Jeremy Teicher

    Olympic Dreams

    Feature Films

    A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor in the Olympic athletes village.

  • Directed By

    Qianzi Gao

    One of the Thousands

    Short Narrative

    A Mexican woman who believes in God is forced to embark on a life-threatening journey to America with a young man who does not believe anyone. They have to face not only the hard-natural conditions but also the shaken hearts.

  • Directed By

    Irving Nestor

    Operation First Light

    Student Film

    In this creative, high-energy story, a group of boys at summer camp plan a mischievous raid on the girls' cabins only for the advantage to be reversed as the boys face an ambush unleashed by a ruthless, well-oiled pranking machine.

  • Directed By

    Royce Adkins

    Outcast

    Short Narrative

    An ex super soldier with chronic asthma uses his prescribed medicine to help take down a dangerous arms dealing gang in order to prove his worth after being kicked out of the program that created him.

  • Directed By

    Christophe Switzer

    PAPA

    Short Narrative

    How does a father explain prostitution to his eight year old son while riding in a taxi in Paris? It depends on the driver.

  • Directed By

    Derrick Forkel, Mitchell Jao

    Pharaoh

    Student Film

    In a legacy of tradition, a newly ordained Pharaoh must learn and decide what kind of ruler she wants to be for her people.