Block Island Film Festival Schedule

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The Block Island Film Festival features a collection of feature films, short films, and student short films, as well as feature screenplays, amidst a schedule loaded with interesting programs spotlighting global filmmaking talent.

All of the festival’s venues are located within a short distance from the ferries at Old Harbor, and the Water Street District, which is home to a collection of shops and restaurants. The Chamber of Commerce is located near the dock in the visitor’s center, and there are ATMs, and other amenities (restaurants and shops) available in the Water Street District.

The following is the programming schedule for the Block Island Film Festival for June 11 – June 15, 2019:  (*The program schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates.)

The student film competition is sponsored by the Island Free Library and the University of California at Los Angeles, Extension, Entertainment Studies.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

9 a.m. to 11 p.m.– Film festival check-in/registration opens – Ticket table box office, located on the porch at Ballard’s at the beach (Old Harbor)

*Filmmakers check-in and pick up your registration packet.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.– Special program at the National Hotel – BIFF will screen “One Big Home,”a documentary by filmmaker Thomas Bena, who founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The film takes a critical look at the big homes that are being constructed on Martha’s Vineyard. There will be a Q&A forum with the filmmaker following the screening.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.The National Hotel(social mixer) – This is a networking social for filmmakers and movie lovers.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Ballard’s(social mixer) – This is a networking social for filmmakers and movie lovers. The movie “The Player”will follow.

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.– *Movie screening at Ballard’s– The Robert Altman classic “The Player”will be screened by Josh Maldonado (SoundWaves). The film is an inside look at Hollywood’s movie making business, and the players that make the deals.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.– Box office opens at Ballard’s & the National

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.Coffee Time at the National – A panel discussion with filmmakers over complimentary coffee hosted by actress Kristin Carey. (Thomas Bena will talk about filmmaking and founding the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. The filmmaking process will also be discussed.)

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Short Film (How To Be Alone)(1) – at the National (Horror thriller written & directed by Kate Trefry, starring Maika Monroe & Joe Keery)(No Q&A to follow screening) Story: A young woman is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all of her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life. 

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.– Student Short Film (The Graveyard Shift) (1) – at the National (Horror, comedy, thriller directed by Michael Price, written by Tom Radovich) (Recorded Q&A will follow screening) Story: On the first night on the job, a night watchman for an office sees a ghost on his surveillance feed monitor.

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.– Student Short Film (A Glimpse of Happiness)(2) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Stefan Sauer, starring Giuseppe Rizzo and Luna-Sophie Michelon) (Recorded Q&A will follow screening) Story: A father is jarred into a harsh reality after experiencing some strange occurrences with his family.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.– Short Film (Mr. Segur)(2) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Jeff Johnson, starring Apollo Dukakis)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A man quietly lives each day following the same routine until one day he meets a woman who brings new meaning into his life.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.– Student Short Film (Drag Mother)(3) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Meghan Smith & Brett Boone, starring Ryan Gee, Michael Figueiredo, Ariana Ruckle, and Emily Whalen. (Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A drag queen grapples with visiting his estranged mother, who is suffering from terminal cancer, before she dies.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Short Film (Blank Verse)(3) – at the National (Drama, thriller, written by Aidan Payne & Jordan Richards, directed by Aidan Payne, starring Michael Messina & James Gagne)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: An understudy must take the stage after a mysterious accident to the lead actor, but is haunted to insanity by the mounting pressure of becoming Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most troubled character.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Feature screenplay forum– at the National (Screenwriters discuss the scripts they submitted, reading their loglines, talking about their stories and what inspired them to write the script – hosted by Henry LeBlanc)

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.– Feature Film (A Thousand Miles Behind)(1) at Ballard’s (Drama, written & directed by Nathan Wetherington, starring Jeffrey Doornbos, Bre Blair & Greg Evigan)(No Q&A to follow) Story: A man struggling with grief sets off across California on a solo motorcycle trip.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.– Short Film (Oh, Boy…)(4) – at Ballard’s (Comedy, drama written & directed by Loring Murtha, starring Loring Murtha & Laura Petersen)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: A couple reconsiders some very basic life choices after a few days of babysitting for some friends during a family emergency.

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.– Feature Film (The Price for Silence)(2)– at Ballard’s (Drama, thriller, written & directed by Tony Germinario, starring Lynn Mancinelli, Kristin Carey and Richard Thomas)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc & Kim Estes) Story: After the death of her father, a trouble woman returns home to confront the family who paid for her silence.

10 p.m. to 12 p.m.– Opening night film – (“The Tank”)– at Ballard’s (Drama, thriller, written & directed by Kellie Madison) Story: A thriller about six people who enter an isolation tank to simulate a trip to Mars. Their mission was a catastrophic failure.

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.– Ballard’s social mixer

Thursday, June 13, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.– Ticket table box office opens at Ballard’s & the National

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.Coffee Time at the National – A panel discussion with filmmakers over complimentary coffee hosted by actor and film producer Henry LeBlanc. (BIFF will screen “The Gambia: Media freedom after years of state sanctioned war,”an 11-minute short by first time documentary student filmmaker Connor Rousseau. The film is about journalists discussing the hardship of a dictator’s censorship of the media. The filmmaker will answer questions and discuss the filmmaking process with the public following the screening.)

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.– Student Short Film (Last Meal)(4) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Major Dorfman, starring Ryan Brennan, Will W. Warren and William Kozy)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: A correction officer spills a death row inmate’s last meal.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.– Short Film (Bluefish)(5) – at the National (Drama, written, produced & directed by Kenneth Ross, starring Kenneth Ross and Sofya Nova)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A man has a hard time managing his life and relationship for reasons beyond his control.

12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.– Short Film (Walter Treppiedi)(6) – at the National (Drama, comedy written & directed by Elena Bouryka, starring Vittorio Ciorcalo)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A con man drives around Italy with his sick guard dog conning people until an acquaintance dares him to go two minutes without telling a lie.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Student Short Film (Memoria)(5) – at the National (Drama, science fiction, written & directed by Michael Fortin, starring Kinson Theodoris, James Malcolm, Paul Noonan and Stephanie Eaton) (Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story:  A lonely botanist is freed from misery after the blossoming of a mysterious flower.   

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.– Short Film (Together)(7)(Q&A) – at Ballard’s (Drama, written and directed by A.W. Scott, starring Kim Estes, Efe, Caroline H. Harris and Jason Olive (Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: After an elderly couple celebrates their 50th anniversary the unexpected happens leading to a decision that alters their lives forever.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.– *Signature program – Emmy winner Kim Estes acting forum with Henry LeBlanc – at Ballard’s (Kim Estes will talk about the craft of acting, from auditioning, to breaking in, and maintaining a career in the motion picture business. Henry LeBlanc, an acting teacher at UCLA, Extension, Entertainment Studies, will participate in the forum, providing his own insight into the craft of acting for the stage, TV and film.) 

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.– Feature Film (Nothing To Do)(3) – at Ballard’s (Drama, written & directed by Mike Kravinsky, starring Paul Fahrenkopf, Philip Lawton, Connie Bowman & Patricia Talmadge)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A man, and his younger sister, struggle to come terms with the final days of their father’s life.

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.– Feature Film (One Hour Outcall)(4) – at Ballard’s (Drama, directed by T. Arthur Cottam, written by William Norrett, starring William Norrett, Kristin Carey, Shannon Leigh Godwin, Natalia Ochoa, Octavio Rodriguez, and Will Holbrook)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: A man’s interludes with a high class escort leads him to confront his demons and the relationship with his family.

11 p.m. to 1 p.m.– Ballard’s social mixer

Friday, June 14, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.– Ticket table box office opens at Ballard’s & the National

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.Coffee Time at the National – A panel discussion with filmmakers over complimentary coffee hosted by Kristin Carey. (BIFF will screen “Here and Now,”the first-place prize winning short film from Ron Howard’s Project Imagination – courtesy of Abigail Spencer, Josh Pence, Julian Higgins and Cinelicious) Story: The tale of a married couple reflecting on the times when they were most in love. 

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.– Student Short Film (The Law of Averages)(6) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Elizabeth Rose)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A woman tries to process the death of her mother while navigating the relationship with her daughter.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Short Film (Sac de Merde)(8) – at the National (Comedy, written & directed by Greg Chwerchak, story by Arielle Haller-Silverstone, starring Arielle Haller-Silverstone and David Fumero)(Q&A to follow) (Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A young woman, unlucky at love, yet irrationally optimistic, spends the night with what she thinks is the man of her dreams, only to find out that he might be full of shit, literally.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.– Student Short Film (Off the record)(7) – at the National (Drama, thriller, written & directed by Will Berry)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A legal videographer finds himself trapped with the sole copy of a witness’s testimony.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.Screenplay forum with producers(2) – at the National (Producers and screenwriters discuss developing an idea or concept into a viable screenplay – hosted by Henry LeBlanc) 

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.– Short Film (Prodigy)(9) – at Ballard’s (Drama, written and directed by Naomi Sheridan, starring John O’Conor and Joe O’Grady)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A young boy begins to suspect that his new neighbor is a world famous pianist who has been missing for twenty years. 

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.– Short Film (Breathe)(10) – at Ballard’s (Drama, written by Mark Aznavourian, directed by Mitch Yapko, cinematography by Jacob Pinger, starring Jeremy Guskin and Susie Abromeit)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: When Marvin comes home from work one day, he discovers that not everything is as it was when he left; it seems that the air outside isn’t for everyone anymore.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.– Short Film (Nasty Habits)(11) – at Ballard’s (Drama, thriller, written & directed by Allisyn Arm, cinematography by Dylan Snyder and Joey Luthman, starring Josh Phillips, Serena Laurel and Shannon Leigh)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: A young aspiring musician befriends a lonely truck driver, who picks her up as she hitchhikes her way to Los Angeles.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.– *Spotlight Film (“Underdog”)– at Ballard’s (Special Spotlight screening in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Health – Block Island chapter)(Drama, written & directed by Ritchie Greer, starring Becca Buckalew, Amber Wegner and Kim Estes)(Q&A to follow)(Hosted by Kristin Carey & Henry LeBlanc) Story: (An inspirational story about overcoming your demons to achieve your dreams.) A young woman meets an MMA coach and they quickly form a bond based on their mutual struggles with their own addictions.

11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.– Ballard’s social mixer

Saturday, June 15, 2019

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.– Ticket table box office opens at Ballard’s & the National

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.Coffee Time at the National – A panel discussion with filmmakers over complimentary coffee hosted by Henry LeBlanc. (BIFF will screen “Megan,” courtesy of executive producer Nicolas Emiliani, writer and director Greg Strasz, and writer Giuseppe Mercandante. The film, a tribute to J.J. Abrams’ “10 Cloverfield Lane,” is a high concept suspense thriller about a young scientist who becomes entangled in a military mission to deliver the only antidote that will save mankind.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.– Short Film (Lemons)(13) – at the National (Drama, suspense, written & directed by Simon Werdmuller von Elgg, starring Jared Carter, Dianne Berry and Tamiko Robinson Steele)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: A lone missionary visits the stately home of an older, mysterious woman forcing him to learn the truth about his damaged past.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.– Short Film (Where’s Lilli?)(12) – at the National (Drama, comedy, written by Johanny Mota, directed by Michelle Martinez)(ensemble cast of Leah Janvier, Bryan Fernandez, Johanny Mota, Deonne Bouye, Harper J. Harris and Sarah Teed)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: After Lilli gets lost in New York City she crosses paths with a doubtful clown, and the two help each other find what they’re missing.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.– Short Film (The Automaton)(14) – at the National (Drama, sci-fi, fantasy, written & directed by W. Alex Reeves, starring Nicole Wyland, Mindee De Lacey, Jill Remez, Bruno Oliver and John Ennis) (Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: A young widow returns to the family farm in 1897 where she discovers her late husband’s attempt at building a primitive sentient machine and develops a curious bond with it.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.– Short Film (Burying Mitchell)(15) – at the National (Drama, written & directed by Sam Williamson, starring Sharon Conley and Sarah McGuire)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: Two woman, who meet at the funeral of their ex-husband, must bury him by hand in order to collect on a $1 million dollar life insurance policy.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Student Short Film (Parallels)(8) at the National (Dramedy, written & directed by Jared Braun, in collaboration with Fantastic Fourth, produced by Heather Conroy, Jim Ledoux and Carolyn Hare, starring Sam Tornabene, Joe Hnath, Amy Lyn Elliott and Lisa Dapprich)(Hosted by Henry LeBlanc) Story: Ray, 17 years old, worries about his autistic younger brother, Rick, but comes to the realization during a seminal moment that he may be misguided in his assessment of his brother, who is more capable than he originally thought.

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Feature Film(Greenfield)(5) – at Ballard’s (Drama, directed by Julius Telmer, written by Julius Telmer, Daniel James Tenni, and Jevgeni Nicolai Busk, starring Liam Graham, Ethan Tomas, Marthe Snorresdotter Rovik, Daniel James Tenni, Claudia C, Renato Fabretti, and Kym Bidstrup) (Hosted by Kristin Carey) Story: James’ aspirations of rebuilding his former life with girlfriend Kelley are short-lived when her brother confides in him with a volatile secret.

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Feature Film (Take Care of Emily)(6) – at Ballard’s (Drama, written & directed by Nicholas Rapuano, starring Corinne Britti, Samantha Mary Watkins, David Beckett, Stephen Emirzian, and Caroline Smith) (Hosted by Kim Estes) Story: After losing her parents during the World Trade Center disaster, Autumn Reece deals with challenges of being the legal guardian to her younger sister, Emily, while she struggles with the emotional aftermath of losing her parents.

9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.– *Award ceremony – at Ballard’s (The winning filmmakers will receive the Block Island Film Festival’s Lighthouse award and other prizes.) (Hosted by Kristin Carey, Kim Estes and Henry LeBlanc)

11 p.m. to 1 p.m.– Martini Shot Wrap Party – Ballard’s

Festival ends – Fade Out.

In memory of Richard Shuman

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