SVFF MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS
Over The Horizon
"Over The Horizon explores the theme of horizons through the eyes of two very different
characters. Corporal Kenneth Ayrshire is a returning veteran and a purple heart
recipient, having lost his leg in a distant land. #34 is a adorably small cow, confined
to his pen and dwarfed by his herd, but with the ambition to someday catch one of
those trucks that load the larger members of his herd each day. He knows they lead
down the long stretch of flat Texas road, and to him, anywhere must be better than
here. Maybe that was the same sentiment the returning veteran once shared as he
boarded the bus that took him away from home and into the army.
Now returning to his wife and family, Over The Horizon takes us to Corp. Ayrshire's last moments alone before he climbs, with the use of his prosthetic leg, into the bus which will bring him back to civilian life. At the same moment down the road, a lucky break means an exuberant #34 has found his way into a cattle trailer, bound for the open road (and the slaughterhouse beyond). In a single moment, they pass. Two young products of America, one filled with joy as wide as the Texas horizon, the other solemnly starting the next chapter after having been almost killed by crossing it. "
The Myth of the Buddha's Birthplace
||An ancient stone inscription, discovered in 1928, states that the Buddha was born in Kapileswar, a village in eastern India. This claim runs counter to all established theories of the Buddha's birth. So why do the people of Kapileswar continue to hold onto this belief? Anthropologists James M. Freeman and Annapurna Devi Pandey investigate the claim and search for the inscription. They make an unexpected and significant discovery about the creation of a modern myth and the rituals that people use to honor it.|
The Next, Best West
||Using three stories from around the American West, The Next, Best West explores how the conventional concept of progress has influenced the exploitation of our natural resources, and how our collective understanding of progress is coming full circle with the promise of a brighter future. In southern Colorado, we go out on the range with a ranching family that practices a new approach that uses livestock to heal damaged places and takes a 500 year view of the future. In Eastern Montana, the American Prairie Foundation is embarking on perhaps the largest single ecosystem regeneration effort in American history. On Washington's Olympic Peninsula, the historic Elwha River Restoration Project is the nation's largest dam removal project to date.|
|Travelling Salesman||Travelling Salesman is an intellectual thriller about four mathematicians hired by the U.S. government to solve the most elusive and powerful problem in computer science history -- P VS. NP. The four have jointly created a "system" which could be the next major advancement for our civilization or destroy the fabric of humanity.|
|The First 70||
"The First 70 is a story of Californians banding together to enact change and develop
solutions in the face of a glaring oversight in California’s new state budget. After
$22 million is cut from parks, the Department of Parks and Recreation is forced
to close a quarter of their 279 state parks, leaving citizens and park employees
scratching their heads.
Follow three young filmmakers as they visit the parks on the closure list and discover that the concept of closing parks to save money is deeply flawed. Experience the beauty and history that may be lost forever, and meet the people who are working to preserve the places they love for everyone to enjoy."
|Dead Inside (aka "The Evil Inside")||
"Sarah, a teen with a history of mental illness, has a jarring premonition of her
friends' impending deaths one night at a sleepover. As her houseguests begin to
turn murderously against each other, Sarah must determine whether her visions represent
the preventable or the inevitable... or something entirely more sinister.
Dead Inside (directed by Necromentia's Pearry Teo and written and produced by Jennifer Zhang) blends elements of American teen slasher films in the vein of ""Final Destination"" with those from Asian horror films such as ""Ringu"" and ""Ju-On.""
Starring: Lala Hensely, James Adam Lim, Sage Howard, Jennifer Zhang, Tara Strand, Rayne Bidder, Matthew Mercer"
|Uprising||UPRISING tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.|
|A House, A Home||
Lone Fir Cemetery is the resting place for many of the
people who founded and influenced the history of Portland, Oregon.
When a benefit album titled Dearly Departed was commissioned by Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery, singer-songwriters from the Pacific Northwest were approached and asked to write a song about a specific person buried at Lone Fir.
Adam Shearer (Weinland) chose to write about James C. Hawthorne, a doctor and humanist who cared for the mentally ill. Shearer enlisted the help of Adam Selzer (M. Ward, Norfolk & Western) and together they wrote A House, A Home. The song tells a story about two of Dr. Hawthorne's patients whose love for each other is unrealized until they pass away. The music video for A House, A Home begins at the last line of the song ''You die knowing he'll bury you next to your love in the ground…'' and continues the story. "
The Naked Brand
"The Naked Brand is a story about how corporations can help save the planet one
small step at a time. It's an introduction to a bright new future where companies
tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet.
Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that's given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but to everyone. Now that we have constant access to the truth about the products we use and the ethics of the companies behind them, big brands are realizing that looking great isn't enough. It's time to actually be great."
Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Story of a Westerner Inside China's Alibaba.com
"Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China’s first Internet entrepreneur and former
English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China's
first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. An independent memoir written, directed
and produced by an American who worked in Ma’s comany for eight years, Crocodile
in the Yangtze captures the emotional ups and downs of life in a Chinese Internet
startup at a time when the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West.
Crocodile in the Yangtze draws on 200 hours of archival footage filmed by over 35 sources between 1995 and 2009. The film presents a strikingly candid portrait of Ma and his company, told from the point of view of an ""American fly on a Chinese wall"" who witnessed the successes and the mistakes Alibaba encountered as it grew from a small apartment into a global company employing more than 16,000 staff."
||"Pegman - the Google Maps Street View guy - falls in love on 2nd Avenue. But his job keeps pulling him away - leaping all over Manhattan as he tries to find his way back to his girl. "|
||Set within a dystopian world that is a collision between technology and humanity, “Reboot” touches upon many of the current social and political concerns that arise from becoming more and more intertwined with the virtual. In contemporary Los Angeles, a young female hacker (Stat) awakens from unconsciousness to find an iPhone glued to her hand and a mysterious countdown ticking away on the display. Suffering from head trauma, and with little recollection of who she is or what is happening, Stat races against time to figure out what the code means, and what unknown event the pending zero-hour will bring.|
The Reality Clock
||The Reality Clock is an animated portrait of a watchmaker's struggle to accept the influences of early stage Dementia on his identity and sense of time. Shot in full 3D, using stop-motion, live-action and time-lapse photography, this impressionistic film references tests and dialog drawn from autobiographical works written by individuals with Dementia, while expressing broader themes of loss.|
The Mars ice cap is melting, terraforming the Red Planet. Brave scientists embark on the adventure of a lifetime in an attempt to discover why.
Mars was quite literally preparing itself for human life. It was calling for us...and we answered.
The Mars Expedition Project was born; bringing together a team of scientists and engineers whose sole purpose was to send a manned expedition to the thawing Martian Arctic. Not since the time of Columbus have we been faced with the dangers and excitement of exploring a new world.
Acclaimed explorer and ecologist Sam Salts from Campbell University leads the project.
"Life is created from light and motion. A man and a woman are born and fall in love,
but their harmony is short lived.
Genesis is an experimental 3 minute animation within the Sudden Nature suite. The short combines a variety of animation techniques and includes an original musical score. "
|Dalia Rawson||Tony Smith's micro-documentary on the inspiring life story of San Jose choreographer Dalia Rawson won top honors in the 2012 Silicon Valley ArtShots Challenge, a competition which paired up local filmmakers with local artists and challenged them to create a 90-second film in 2 weeks. Winner of the 2011/2012 New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship, Dalia Rawson is a contemporary ballet choreographer based in San Jose, California. From 1991 to 2006, Dalia Rawson performed a wide variety of leading roles as a dancer with Ballet San Jose.|
|Singularity||"In this spectacular video game commercial, a teenager shockingly discovers the power he can wield by using his voice to control the military units of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Endwar. The sensation of being a real commander on a real battlefield momentarily gets slightly hyper-real in the young protagonist's mind. "|
|Into the Gyre||" Synopsis: Into the Gyre is a 44-minute film documenting a groundbreaking expedition to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean. Thirty-four volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in this five-week long journey to the Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda. Sailing on a 135-foot tall ship, the film closely follows four of the researchers as they collect, count, and archive the plastic. Along the way, the film examines the history of plastics, the adverse effects it is causing in the ocean, and possible solutions to this problem."|
|Sin Dolor||" SUMMARY: In the small town of Rincon, Puerto Rico, an American doctor tends to the young Dámaso Funes' broken leg and charred hands, believing that the scars across his body indicate an intense history of abuse. However, the Doctor soon discovers that he has stumbled upon a scientific miracle: a boy who cannot feel pain; a boy who can hold a burning ember in the palm of his hand without flinching and who can play with scorpions like toddlers toss around toys. Unfortunately, rather than rendering Dámaso superhuman, his condition leaves him vulnerable to exploitation. The Doctor sees great opportunity and befriends the young patient in an attempt to use him as material for a revolutionary case study. But when Dámaso’s own family abuses the boy’s abnormality to turn a buck, the Doctor’s personal agenda must give way to moral responsibility. The young boy's skin may heal but his inner scars are everlasting."|