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A-Z Listing of Films Screening

October 17-23rd, 2016

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Vortex 2016 Award Winners

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Behind the Camera Lens

Forum at RWU, 10/21/16 at 3:30 p.m.


Singularity of Imagination

Forum at RWU, 10/18/16 at 2:00 p.m.


• Roger Wiliams University, Bristol




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The Adventures of Zion Man | Brenda Lee Lau, Director | 16 min. | USA, 2016.

Jaeden Lieberher delivers a stand up and cheer performance in Framed - The Adventures of Zion Man. Inspired by the true story of Walter, a 12 old Jewish boy, surviving the bullies who abuse him during school in 1933 Germany by creating a Fantastical Superhero Universe.


All These Voices | David Henry Gerson, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2015.

When a young SS soldier encounters an avant-garde theater-troupe of survivors celebrating the end of WWII, he must come to terms with his complicity in their grief.


The Amazing Rocambol | Nicoloff Loic, Director | 19 min. | France, 2016.

In the mid-19th century, facing an editor who stubbornly refuses to give him a raise, what can young writer Ponson du Terrail do… except sacrifice Rocambole, the hero of his daily serial?

Amen | Marie-Hélène Viens and Philippe Lupien, Directors | 10 min. | Canada, 2016.

Adam, 11, is a messenger sent by God to spread the Final News. He’ll heal you from your sins and prepare you for the Last Day. Will you be ready when they come? You don't have a lot of time, they’re here: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen


Antarctica | Iesh Thaper, Director | 14 min. | USA, 2016.

A happily married woman indulges in an adulterous fling with a stranger and things get dangerously awry.


Animal | Ramez Silyan, Director |10 min. | USA, 2016.

A man, Chris Zylka (The Leftovers), wakes up trapped in a white room with a machine that gives him everything it thinks he needs to survive, but is it enough to keep him satisfied?



Barnyard Aces | Irving Sevilla and Manuel Báez, Directors | Mexico, 2015.

Avelita, a mischievous chick, wants a jukebox. Litterbugs | Peter Stanley-Ward, Director | United Kingdom, 2016. Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship.


Beta Persei | Katherine Clark, Director |17 min. | USA, 2015.

A contemporary Perseus and Medusa reimagining in which a planetarium owner unravels as he forges an earthbound relation with his stargazing companion.


Besetment | Brad Douglas, Director | 76 min. | USA, 2016.

After struggling to find employment, Amanda takes a hotel position in a small town where she ends up fighting for her life.


Branch | Eric Latek, Director | 24 min. | USA, 2016.

Living in isolation, Branch only communicates with the portraits he has created. His reality begins to break down when Branch is met by a mysterious being outside his apartment door. As bizarre circumstances begin to unfold before his eyes, Branch tries to decipher reality from delusion, and discover the truth of who or what he really is.



Carbon | Christian Lybrook, Director | 14 min. | USA, 2016.

A rancher's carefully constructed life begins to unravel when she discovers strange happenings on her ranch.


Catch It | Paul Bar, Director | 6 min. | France, 2015.

A group of meerkats take care of their beloved and unique fruit but a vulture will disturb their peace of mind.


Chateau de Sable | Quentin Deleau, Director | 6 min. | France, 2015.

In the middle of a desert, soldiers are protecting a marvelous pearl, but a huge creature will try to steal it.


Chrysalis | Keaton McGruder, Director | 19 min. | USA, 2015.

In a future in which genetics has transformed human society, a young Global Security agent named Tristan Winters goes through a change known as Chrysalis that threatens to reveal his past and endangers his life.


Circadian Rhythms | Bailey Tom Baily, Director | 8 min. | United Kingdom, 2015.

A mysterious condition compels a young man to run at night, experiencing a transcendent state that creates a rift between him and his family.


The Clockmaker's Dream | Cashell Horgan, Director | 13 min. | Ireland, 2015

In a world of time a Clockmaker tries to create 'true love' before his world stops forever. A tale from a mechanical world. An homage to George Melies



Daisy Chain | Galvin Scott Davis | Director, 6 min. | Australia, 2015.

DAISY CHAIN is an animated short film, narrated by Winning Actress KATE WINSLET. The story tells the magical tale of a little girl called Buttercup Bree who falls victim to bullies. The darkness that the bullies' create consumes the world in a fantastical Tim Burton-like world of despair. Until one day, a little boy named Benjamin Brewster happens upon her and shows her the power of her Daisy Chains. A power that will bring life to the bracken around them and joy to the playground that was once haunted. The film is an exciting sequel to the award-winning interactive story 'Dandelion', which became a recognised voice for bullied children around the globe.


Death Metal | Chris McInroy, Director | 5 min. | USA, 2016.

A metalhead gets passed down a satanic guitar that riffs to shreds.


A Done Deal | Pierre-Marc Drouin and Simon Lamarre-Ledoux, Directors | 10 min. | Canada, 2016. Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much. The plan is simple: invite him for coffee, offer him a ride and shoot him in the alley. Easy! A done deal...


Don’t Mess With The Sharkies | Richard Rabelbauer, Director | 24 min. | Switzerland, 2015.

In the near future. A new, higher developed species called 'Sharkies' has pushed humans to the brink of extinction. Marie and Robert, two of the last few survivors, are on the run from the new rulers of our planet.



Elle | Vincent Toujas, Director | 20 min. | France/Belgium, 2015.

Maria and Jonathan meet after witnessing a car crash. Despite an instant attraction, Jonathan will have to come to terms with a strange companion who has invaded Maria’s life for too long: “ELLE”.


The Eyes | Robbie Bryan, Director | 95 min. | USA, 2016

When six strangers with unspeakable pasts wake up imprisoned in an abandoned warehouse, they discover they are being forced to participate in an evil experiment; Five must die. One can live. And they have two hours to decide amongst themselves who survives. The clock is ticking and if they don’t decide… they all die.



A Father’s Day | Mat Johns, Director | 10 min. | United Kingdom, 2016.

Today is special. Apocalypse or not.


A Film By Vera Vaughn | Sorrel Brae, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2015.

In this supernatural digital-age thriller, a filmmaker falls through the looking glass when she must face her own terrifying creation


First Like | Alexander Ronnberg, Director | 4 min. | Sweden, 2016.

A short horror, with a humorous touch, 'First Like' is written by Sara Bergmark Elfgren, author of the best-seller YA novel 'the Circle' and directed by Alexander Rönnberg. First Like brings a new and fresh approach to the horror genre. Do you dare to be the first to press Like...?


The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg | Damian Samuels, Director | 17 min. | United Kingdom, 2016.

Dumped on his wedding day, Melvyn Pfferberg wonders how he can find true love. Then he sees a TV advert for a gadget that guarantees romantic success, the 'Cupidatron': a helmet allowing the wearer to see the future of themselves with anyone they shake hands with. So, over the course of a speed-dating night, Melvyn is presented with visions of a dozen potential relationships... for better or for worse. However; finding love, it seems, isn't an exact science...



Gozo | Miranda Bowen, Director |80 min | United Kingdom, 2015.

A couple emigrate to a secluded Mediterranean island but discover that they can't escape their guilty past.

| Tomas Heidar, Director | 6 min. | Iceland, 2016.

A man finds himself mistakenly taken hostage by a troll-size debt collector and driven into the mountains. Things go from bad to considerably worse when a real troll shows up. Fortunately for the man, this particular troll is very particular about what she eats.



Hello Charles | Hamish Grieve, Director | 7 min. | USA, 2015.

30 year old George gets a visit from his imaginary childhood friend Charles at the lowest point in his life.


Her Name Is Clover | Ted Sim, Director | 11 min. | USA, 2015.

When his father commits suicide, young Henry is faced with Death. Instead of being a hooded specter though, Death is actually a cheery girl--one that Henry becomes more attached to as his real life begins to crumble around him.



Iahmes and the Great Devourer | Claire Sichez and Marine Rivoal, Directors | 14 min. | France, 2016.

Ten-year-old Iâhmès refuses to die. Angry with the gods he rejects their judgment and runs away to his hometown. His journey towards acceptance begins.



Last Door South | Sacha Feiner, Director | 14 min. | France/Belgium, 2015.

A two-headed child who was always bricked up in the family manor, tries to find the end of it.


The Last Journey of the Enigmatic Paul WR | Romain Quirot, Director | 17 min. | France, 2015.

The red moon threatens our existence on earth. Our only hope is the enigmatic Paul WR, the most talented astronaut of its generation. But few hours before the start of the Great mission, Paul disappeared.


Legacy | Josh Mawer, Director | 13 min. | Australia, 2014.

To save his father's brilliant mind a young man is coerced into time sharing his consciousness. With two minds in one body, boundaries and relationships start to blur.


Lend a Hand For Love | John Alan Thompson, Director | 14 min. | USA, 2016.

A beautifully bizarre, surreal story of love narrated by Robert Wagner.


Litterbugs | Peter Stanley-Ward, Director | United Kingdom, 2016.

Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship.


Long Way North | Rémi Chayé, Director | 81 min. | France, 2015.

In 1892, a young Russian aristocrat goes on an epic adventure to find out what happened to her grandfather and save her family's reputation.



The Man Who Caught a Mermaid | Kaitlin Tinker, Director | 16 min. | Australia, 2015.

An old fisherman captures a mermaid in a world that tells him they don't exist.


Metamorphosis | Elaine Xia, Director | 15 min. | USA, 2015.

A woman in 1990s Hong Kong accidentally kills her alcoholic husband in self-defense, and finds a unique way to dispose of the evidence.

The Mist Walkers | Christophe Deram, Director | 21 min. | France, 2016.

Sandrine is in her thirties. She works in a supermarket and lives alone in an anonymous suburb. To the people she comes across every now and then, she slowly fades away. Relentlessly. For some time now, there is a stain growing on the kitchen ceiling. And then there is this neighbor who is found dead at his place. A kind man who visits her sometimes.


Monsters | Steve Desmond, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

Jenn lives in an underground bunker, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…


Moom | Daisuke Tsutsumi | Director, 14 min. | USA, 2016.

Every forgotten object has a memory with its previous owner still attached. This is a story of Moom, one of those memories stuck in this world. One day, Moom meets another memory just like him.


Moon Shot | Matthew Lucas, Director | 22 min. | USA, 2016.

A woman who will stop at nothing to escape her violent street life volunteers for a risky flight on an untested, new spaceship headed to one of the new colonies on the moon.


Mr. Bunny | Bo Yao, Director | 20 min. | China, 2015.

John is an agent who works for God, and he can decide the dead people to go to heaven or hell. One day he receives his long-lost daughter’s corpse. He breaks the rules and wakes her up, after spending one day with her, he sends his daughter up to the heaven.



On Flying Water | Dominique Monfery, Director | 2 min. | France, 2015.

This film is a metaphor of life. We see dew drops born at dawn and dying at sunrise. the drops are personalized, a visual metaphor of human and animal's life. they all fight, die, win, etc.


On Sunday | David Lea, Director | 7 min. | United Kingdom, 2016.

An old man, his dog and a chance meeting. Who said nothing ever happens On Sunday.


Only For The Good | Kevin Lee, Director | 9 min. | USA, 2016.

John is a man who has been consumed by the memories of his murdered wife. His friend Azrael has been helping him deal with is pain, but John still struggles to continue as he questions the path he has taken.


The Open | Marc Lahore, Director | 103 min. | France, 2016.

Bombs have exploded. War is global. Yet André and Stéphanie won't give up: Roland Garros is their life, the reason why they live -their history. And come what may, they will organize their Open, whatever the cost.


Even without rackets, even without balls, by the sheer strength of their faith. They believe in it. So hard that they could even convince Ralph -a guerilla from the the plain- to join them, lay down his weapons, take his racket once more and try his luck in the final: Roland Garros!


Three misfits, playing air tennis in the middle of nowhere, strive to dream -even though life is turning into a farce, even though the world is coming to an end.



The Past Inside The Present | James Siewert, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories.


Pigskin | Jake Hammond, Director | 13 min. | USA, 2016.

When cheerleader Laurie accepts a date from the dreamy quarterback, a grisly manifestation of her own bodily insecurities pushes her into a self-destructive nightmare.


Probability | Arun Lakra, Director | 14 min. | Canada, 2016.

For 20 straight years, Time Magazine’s “Luckiest Man Alive” has gone “double or nothing” on the Super Bowl coin toss and won every time. Today, he is about to bet $850,000,000... until he 'randomly' selects a young woman from his audience, who claims to have figured out his mathematical secret.


Pyotr495 | Blake Mawson, Director | 15 min. | Canada, 2016.

'Set one evening in present day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultranationalist group known for their violent abductions and anti-gay attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret his attackers could never have accounted for.'



The Quantum Lighter | Pau Escribano, Director | 5 min. | Spain, 2015.

How do you know that someone actually traveled in time?


Quenottes (Pearlies) | Pascal Thiebaux, Director | 13 min. | France, 2015.

Quenottes (Pearlies) is a story about a little mouse, but not just any mouse. It is THE little mouse, or tooth fairy, of your childhood. The one that brought you your first coin in exchange for the tooth under your pillow. In everybody's mind, the little mouse is a benevolent and generous character... What if it isn't? What if it is actually a neurotic psychopath obsessing about its collection of dental trophies? If a tooth is missing, it simply must be replaced. By any means necessary...



Reversal | Michael Lippert, Director |15 min. | USA, 2015.

An aging inventor with questionable sanity attempts to prevent his wife's murder. His method: a time traveling film projector.


Rigamo | Che Grayson, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

In the midst of family loss and tragedy 6 year old Kera Moore discovers she has the power to bring people back to life with her tears. However she quickly learns this gift requires an incredible sacrifice.


Russian Roulette | Ben Aston, Director | 5 min. | United Kingdom, 2014.

London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on Chatroulette.com...



The Signalman | Daniel Augusto, Director | 15 min. | Brazil, 2015.

A railway signalman is haunted by strange events. The first film adaptation of the short story 'The Signalman', by Charles Dickens, considered one of the most important of the fantastic genre, according to writer Italo Calvino.


Simon’s Cat ‘Off to the Vet’ | Simon Tofield, Director | 13 min. | United Kingdom, 2015.

A clever cat will go to great lengths to avoid an imminent visit to the vet.


Snake Bite | Tim Hyten, Director | 10 min. | USA, 2016.

Out for backwoods adventure, four boys find their friendship tested when one is bitten by a snake. But which is more dangerous - the notoriously fast-working venom of the Black Widowmaker, or the extreme measures they hope will save him?


Story 304 | Aaron Maurer, Director | 18 min. | USA, 2016.

It's business as usual at Storytellers Corp.™ until a washed-up Narrator decides to break into Story 304.


Swimming Into Darkness | Keith Boynton, Director | USA, 2016.

An orphaned astronaut goes on a journey to discover the true nature of the universe in this epic, evocative animated music video.



Taking Flight | Brandon Oldenurg, Director | 6 min. | USA, 2015.

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin's legacy, what begins as a small boy's boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe.


A Terrible Beauty | Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Director | 12 min. | USA, 2015.

In 2064, a world in which robots are ubiquitous, Olivia is the creator of the life-like Shinjoi (Soulmate) robots. When her father destroys her prototype, a replacement for her dead mother, Olivia questions her fundamental belief in a world without suffering. She resets the program on her life partner Patrick and embarks upon a deeply personal experiment to understand what it means to fall in love.


The Time Agent | Jude Chun, Director | 30 min. | South Korea, 2016.

An Agent from the future comes to the past to prevent crimes. The only way for him to return to the future is simply to wait. During this time, he must live in complete isolation.


Tomorrow Ever After | Ela Thier, Director | 95 min. | USA, 2016.

When a historian living 600 years in the future time-travels to 2015, she navigates the societal woes that she's read about in history books.


Twenty Forty Three | Eugenie Muggleton, Director | 17 min. | Australia, 2014.

Thirty years after a plague has ravaged by the earth, Jack, disillusioned by the dystopian society he lives in, struggles with his own desires and the ultimate truce made by society - to never touch again.



The Uncanny Valley | Federico Heller, Director | 8 min. | Spain, 2015.

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.



Violet | Maurice Joyce | Director, 8 min. | Ireland, 2015.

"Violet" is the dark, cautionary tale of a young girl who despises her reflection. Tired of the abuse, Violet's reflection decides she's not going to take it anymore.



Waiting for Daybreak | Aviv Kosloff, Director | 10 min. | Germany, 2015.

Even when tearing through dark, gothic landscapes in a Jaguar, Vampire Girl doesn’t feel free. Waiting for Daybreak is a road movie about a disillusioned vampire who learns that, just like the rest of us, she can’t run away from herself. Dead or alive, everyone’s got an identity they can’t escape.


Welcome To My Life | Elizabeth Ito, Director | USA, 2015.

Welcome to My Life is a glimpse into a day in the life of Douglas, aka T-Kesh, a Monster-American teenager. He's doing his best to fit in, and make it through high school. On the inside he’s just like other humans, but there’s no hiding when you are literally a monster on the outside. In this mockumentary short, we see how even day-to-day, life can be hard when you’re so very much not like the others.


With Your Crooked Heart | Samuel Goodwin, Director | 13 min. | USA, 2014.

An empty house, an alienated daughter, an unseen presence watching. Two parents find themselves alone together as their marriage crumbles.



Youth | Brett Marty, Director | 17 min. | USA, 2016.

As Joel and Alice approach their golden years, they embark into a brand new world together: a world where their aging selves can be traded in for the bodies of younger strangers, and their love can live on forever. Using most of their life savings, the two schedule their “Renewal” procedures. Alice goes first.






276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903


150 seating capacity, www.auroraprovidence.com

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Metcalf Auditorium

RISD Museum

20 N. Main St., Providence, RI, 02903

200 capacity, www.risdmuseum.org

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Museum of Work & Culture

42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895


100 capacity, www.rihs.org

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Providence College

Smith Center for the Arts. G66

Eaton Street, Providence, RI 02908



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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903


200 capacity, www.provlib.org

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Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809


100 capacity, www.rwu.edu

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Second Stage Studio

1 Angell Road

Cumberland, RI 02864



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Tiverton Public Library

34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI


75 capacity, www.tivertonlibrary.org

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University of Rhode Island

Swan Hall, Agnes Doody Auditorium

Upper College Road, Kingston, RI

401. 874-4278

231 capacity, www.uri.edu

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