Richmond International Film Festival 2019

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1. Dakota (III) (2019)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A talented young singer gives up on her dreams to pursue a more stable life, but when that life is blown apart due to excess drinking and toxic relationships, she decides to piece those ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Carmona | Stars: Connie Bowman, Abra Elizabeth Burkett, Joseph Carlson, Erin Crocker

2. Intuitions (2019)

90 min | Romance, Thriller

A criminal attorney struggles with his sexuality, a cryptic new boyfriend, unemployment and the disturbing childhood secrets his parents hold.

Director: James Helsing | Stars: René Mena, Mike C. Manning, Vannessa Vasquez, Linda Gray

Votes: 176

3. In Her Image (2018)

20 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

A desperate mother searches for her son in the labyrinths of virtual reality risking everything to get him back.

Director: Nikoloz Kevkhishvili | Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Zaal Chikobava, Luka Akhvlediani, David Kikuradze

Votes: 27

4. Eckhardt (2017)

15 min | Short, Drama

Eckhardt, a young humanities scholar, is on the way to the employment office.

Director: Konstantin Rall | Stars: Roland Wendling, Adriana Möbius, Peter Haas, Vanessa Most

5. How Far (2018)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama

Dorothy's got a problem, a big one. Billy's a problem solver. But when the two of them sit down to discuss it, something happens that neither of them could have ever imagined - but just how far could it go?

Director: Timothy Judd | Stars: Sarah Burkett, Stan Saiz, Aria Nieto, Richard Martinez

6. Southern Sustainability (2018)

11 min | Documentary, Short | Completed

Fighting climate change, creating blue collar jobs and making profits: pick three. How this sustainable Richmond, VA startup is disrupting a six billion dollar industry.

Director: Erin McGoff

7. Nesting Dolls (2019)

103 min | Thriller

Nesting Dolls is a psychological thriller about the darker sides of us that can lie just beneath the surface. Tori, Britt, and Erica are sorority sisters who spend a week together at a ... See full summary »

Director: Robbie Snow | Stars: Jenna Krasowski, Sydney Amanuel, Ali Breneman, Gregory Dean Tompkins

8. The Beer Jesus from America (2019)

98 min | Documentary

A documentary following Greg Koch's quest to build Stone Brewing Berlin.

Director: Matt Sweetwood | Stars: Christoph Engler, Mike Kaiserauer, Greg Koch, Randy Pruitt

Votes: 12

9. Insane Love (2019)

20 min | Short, Drama

An intense love story between Alessandro, a young model of rare beauty, and Sofia, an Argentine girl who ended up in Rome for a strange game of destiny.

Director: Eitan Pitigliani | Stars: Clara Alonso, Miriam Dalmazio, Diego Dominguez Llort, Filippo Gattuso

Votes: 5

10. The Replacement (II) (2018)

16 min | Short, Sci-Fi

2036, a clone gets elected US president. The original is upset, as he's still a janitor and wants to share the presidency with his clone.

Director: Sean Miller | Stars: Mike McNamara, Cecilee Von Rhea, Kylan Conroy, Jeff Garretson

Votes: 45

11. Kill Ben Lyk (2018)

77 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Within 24 hours, three people have been murdered in London, all by the name of Ben Lyk. Scotland Yard decides to gather together all the other Ben Lyks located in London until they can figure out who's after them and why.

Director: Erwan Marinopoulos | Stars: Martyn Ford, Simone Ashley, Eugene Simon, Ashley Thomas

Votes: 49

12. Doll Baby (2018)

Short, Thriller

When a man receives a mysterious package on his doorstep, he soon finds himself in the clutches of a terrifying tormentor.

Director: Grayson Wolfe | Stars: Harold Ginn, Evie Toms

13. Driving Ms. Saudi (2018)

2 min | Short

As of 2018, women are finally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Inspired by this news, a son must help his Saudi mother put her future in drive when she panics in the drivers seat for the first time.

Director: Walid Chaya | Stars: Barrie Adleberg, Walid Chaya

14. Pepper (II) (2018)

15 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

The Korean goddess of birth visits a maternity ward, hanging a red pepper on the doors of patients she deems worthy of bearing a son. When a boy among a group of souls refuses to bite into ... See full summary »

Director: Jayil Pak | Stars: Chang Yong Ahn, Seo Yun Jo, Ji-Soo Kim, Ye Jin Kim

Votes: 7

15. Campfire Alpha (2019)

14 min | Short, Thriller

The jocular competition between four childhood friends fluctuates between amusement and menace.

Director: Alex Breaux | Stars: Alex Breaux, Babak Tafti, Daniel Abeles, Jimmie Jeter

16. Saviors (2018)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young woman embeds herself in a white power group in order to find her adoptive African-American mother, but one night after the group returns from a rally they test her allegiance. Shot in a single, continuous take.

Director: Christopher Greenslate | Stars: Joe Cadiff, Nathaniel Stroud, Morris Black, Brian Regal

Votes: 27

17. Zebrafish: Practically People - Transforming the Study of Disease (2018)

10 min | Documentary

Healthcare spending is out of control. What if...we could get better biomedical data, spend pennies on the dollar, and get results in a fraction of the time? Zebrafish, a proven but ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Manner

18. Sprout (2019)

8 min | Short, Comedy

A high school student embarks on a quest to grow facial hair and expedite puberty, inspired by his big-bearded teacher.

Director: Connor Tipton | Stars: Connor Tipton, Jacob Trent, Patrick Osigian, Jason R. Pierce

19. Feel of Vision (2018)

Not Rated | 26 min | Documentary, Short

White water kayakers are adventurers, extreme sports enthusiasts, and adrenaline junkies who push themselves through stretch after stretch of white water for the love of the challenge and ... See full summary »

Directors: Austin Gardner, Tucker Gragg | Star: Lonnie Bedwell

20. One More Meal (2018)

6 min | Short, Drama

"A chance encounter between a woman doing last minute shopping, and a butcher who is closing up shop for the evening, results in some unexpected help, a life altering decision, and preparation of one more meal."

Director: Dave Perry | Stars: Ryan Austin, Dan Johnson, Lindsay Zampach

21. Steve's Killer Quota (2018)

Short, Comedy, Thriller

When inept serial killer Steve MacDonald doesn't meet his cult's quota, he's placed on probation until he bags a significant kill. So Steve plots his next move to return to the good graces of his peers -- and also his buddy's tasty ribs.

Director: Michael Ivey | Stars: Steve Hurwitz, Algin Strickland, Thomas K. Belgrey, Kera O'Bryon

22. Sterilized (2018)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama

An OCD germophobe must overcome his fear of the outside world and the restrictions of his controlling doctor when his endearing sister begs him to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day.

Director: Jarrod Anderson | Stars: Jahmeel Powers, Jacinda Wallace, Denis Reidy

23. Dream Bus (2019)

12 min | Short, Comedy

A fledgling salesman meets a dubious character who claims to be peddling dreams out of a school bus.

Director: Steven W Whisler | Stars: Jordan Gelber, Chris Roberti

24. Stand/Still (2018)

6 min | Short

A psychological thriller about the dark underbelly of America's highway system, a seemingly average middle-aged couple must take desperate measures in order to have a child of their own.

Directors: Tanner Thomason, Shawn-Caulin Young | Stars: Ann Cusack, Sadie Calvano, Carl Bressler

25. The Wheel Turns (2018)

13 min | Animation, Short

A prosaic subway operator turned into a toad rediscovers himself in a dystopic world.

Director: Sang Joon Kim | Stars: Peter Bishop, Gys de Villiers, Charles Hubbell, Kelly Sung

Votes: 6

26. Futureworld (2018)

7 min | Animation, Short

A quirky journey through recent time to an ethos of futurity, which explores the potential ramifications of technology on human beings while leaving us with choices.

Director: Chris Angus

27. Where the Jungle Ends (2019)

6 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Follow a loved one's journey through abandonment, abuse, loss, and redemption.

Director: Joe Stucky

28. Choke (2018)

16 min | Short, Drama

A rising MMA star hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.

Director: Rolla Selbak | Stars: Jessica Damouni, Allison Gabriel, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Ted Faye

29. Corey (2018)

11 min | Short, Drama, Family

Corey is attempting to move forward with his life and take care of his daughter after being abandoned by his drug abusing wife Moriah. On this night he is in for a surprise when there's a sudden knock at the door.

Director: Steven St. Pierre | Stars: Steven St. Pierre, Chantal Maurice, Arianna Purefoy, Ruya Koman

30. Apple of My Eye (2018)

6 min | Short, Drama, Horror

In an apocalyptic world, a mom decides to go out to scavenge food for her son, but unfortunately gets bitten by a zombie. She must deliver the food before she turns into a zombie.

Director: Xiaoli Liu | Stars: Jenna Curtis, Jack Terbush

31. 18 Mornings

Drama, Romance

One morning a month for 18 months a young couple experiences the power of love and the pitfalls of life in the most vulnerable space two people can share, the bedroom.

Director: Vince DeGeorge | Stars: Dietrich Teschner, Jaclyn Marry

32. Dandelions (2018)

13 min | Short, Drama

A teacher comes face-to-face with the surreal, the unexpected, as he struggles to move forward with survivors remorse in the wake of a deadly school shooting.

Director: Jason Winn | Stars: Jeff Ridgway, Kathleen Hogan, Rico Paris

33. An Old Man's Game (2018 Video)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

An aging Christmas tree farmer struggles to maintain his crop while grappling with his own mortality and the value of his work.

Director: Karl Koelling

34. The Legacy of Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel (2018)

58 min | Biography

Gilbert Klingel was a early naturalist and explorer of the Chesapeake Bay region. He wrote three books, was an underwater diver and built one of the bay's first diving bells, and later ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Miller | Stars: Marcy Benouameur, John Bonner, Andrew Cooper, Eric Hedberg

35. Balance (III) (2018)

4 min | Animation, Short

Balance is a 2D animated short film about a boy and a girl fighting for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create goes out of control. They then realize the only ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Limantara Sutisna

36. Bristled (2019)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

After countless blind dates, Bernard swears that his next date will be 'the one'. But could her one flaw be too much for him to overcome? Bristled is a hand drawn comedic short film that ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Farrell

Votes: 5

37. Échappé (2018)

13 min | Short, Drama, History

While on tour in New York, a Soviet ballerina learns of her brother's plan to defect.

Director: Allison Mattox | Stars: Olesya Senchenko, Pavel Shatu, Nikolai Tsankov, Abigail Simon

Votes: 9

38. Only a Movie (2018)

Short, Comedy

Guy realizes that life is a terrible movie and searches for a way to rewrite his own ending.

Director: Teddy Cecil | Stars: Ben Warner, Richard Tanner, Melissa Haro, Kincaid Walker

39. Hudson (2019)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

A man embarks on a trip with his estranged cousin Hudson to spread his late mother's ashes. They meet an unusual woman along the way and their simple road trip turns into a dysfunctional adventure.

Director: Sean D. Cunningham | Stars: Gregory Lay, David Neal Levin, Mary Catherine Greenawalt, Richard Masur

Votes: 15

40. The Get Together (2019)

13 min | Short, Comedy

The grass is always greener... under the influence.

Director: Caitlin Dahl | Stars: Gigi Bermingham, Melinda Dahl, Cameron Dye, Lance Guest

41. Meant to Be Broken (2018)

90 min | Action

Harvey has led a cautious and conscientious life until he gets fired and finds out he has one month to live. Throwing caution to the wind, he meets Luke at a bar and confesses he's never ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Zuck | Stars: Dave Coyne, Nick DePinto, Nadia Mohebban, Hunter Christy

Votes: 15

42. Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary (2018)

92 min | Documentary, Biography

When he was an infant, he suffered from the 'Spider Mites of Jesus' (his mother couldn't pronounce spinal meningitis). This caused mental challenges that resulted in his lifelong illiteracy... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Williams | Star: Donnie Corker

43. Slave Cry

Short, Comedy | Completed

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Director: Jai Jamison | Stars: Courtney Jamison, Tim Reid, Sterling Hurst

44. One of the Good Ones (2019)

80 min | Drama

A hopeless romantic in drug rehab falls for a good girl from LA that's just looking for a good time.

Directors: Jesy McKinney, Chase Tarca | Stars: Jesy McKinney, Callie Gilbert, Sulem Calderon, Adam Gregory

45. Man stands still (2018)

20 min | Short, Drama

A man living in Marrakech stands still for a moment to remember his long lost life in a simple village.

Director: David Lindinger

46. Tshweesh (2017)

26 min | Short

The football World Cup kicks off today and the people of Beirut are eager for the big awaited event. While life moves on normally in such a day, the signal of the first match seems to be ... See full summary »

Director: Feyrouz Serhal | Star: Petra Serhal

Votes: 12

47. Bystander (2017)

4 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The human-like people which does not accept diversities and seeks its annihilation.

Director: Mohsen Bagheri Dastgerdi

48. The Line (2018)

15 min | Short

An introverted boy meets an elderly artist from Senegal, who helps him discover his talent and learn to see others for what they are.

Director: Alessandro Stevanon | Stars: Mohamed Ba, Eleni Molos, Jean Paul Dal Monte, Mattia Musa

Votes: 5

49. Knock at the Door (2018)

9 min | Short, Thriller