The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Narrative Shorts competition for the 2014 Macon Film Festival have been announced. 

The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from United Kingdom, Lebanon, France, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, India, and Russia. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings, which will only screen once. 

The Macon Film Festival is February 27 – March 2. Passes are now available. See the festival’s website, maconfilmfestival.com, or Ticket Derby, ticketderby.com/event/?id=247848.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Birthday Cake / USA (Director: Chad Darnell) - Feature length sequel to the multi award-winning short film GROOM'S CAKE. A mockumentary following the three days leading up to the first birthday party of a child with two gay parents: television actor Steven James and his screenwriter husband, Daniel Ferguson. A movie about the family we are born into and the family we create.

Congratulations! / USA (Director: Mike Brune) - Veteran Detective Dan Skok of the Missing Persons Bureau lands the case of his career - a six-year old boy who disappears inside his own house. What should be a traditional investigation becomes an absurd and comic exploration of a man whose profession is a perpetual search.

Desires of the Heart / India/USA (Directors: James Kicklighter & Rajesh Rathi) - Dr. Kris Sharma is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline, a local artist with a mysterious past. But as their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home to marry the woman chosen by his parents. But as he begins to make decisions about his future, he discovers centuries old secrets that may seal the fate of his destiny.

Il Rosa Nudo / Italy (Director: Giovanni Coda) - An experimental film inspired by the life of the French 'Pink Triangle' deported Pierre Seel. At the very young age of seventeen, Sell was arrested by the Nazis during the war on charges of homosexuality and sent to a concentration camp. In 1982 he was the first homocaust survivor to denounce the atrocities he witnessed.

The Last of the Great Romantics / USA (Director: Duncan Skiles) - Cameron Hill is plumbing the depths of heartbreak, loneliness, and despair. Or so he informs the loyal viewers of his video blog after being dumped by his girlfriend Marla. Wearing Marla's old pink terrycloth bathrobe, Cameron is completely disconnected from the real world until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his new neighbor Kate, but their relationship is put to the test when Marla returns and wants Cameron back.

The Space Jockey Pursuit / USA (Director: Brian Titshaw) - Space Jockey is Hollywood’s next big blockbuster and the producers want to cast an unknown. And no one is more unknown than Alvin Bernstein. A strict method actor, Alvin always commits himself completely, and in this case literally. For the past year, he has lived in a mental institution doing character research. But to break into Hollywood, Alvin must first break out of the nuthouse. He finds an accomplice in his brother Tom, a recent college graduate. Tom is uncertain about his future. His father wants him to take over the family's failing automotive business, but Tom wants something different.

Tu Seras Un Homme / France (Director: Benoit Cohen) - Leo is 10 and wise beyond his years. A solitary dreamer who seeks refuge in books. When the carefree 20-year-old Theo steps into his life, it forces Leo out of his shell. Despite their age difference, the two becomes best friends, helping each other face up to their responsibilities.

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Alice /  USA (Director: Candy Li) - A young French girl, Alice, comes out of an Expressionist painting and forms a friendship with the lonely elder security guard, Tom, who has been longing for his missing daughter.

Boxes / USA (Director: Jason Winn) - Boxes examines homelessness through the eyes of two young boys whose parents have lost their sense of family. But in the end, their parents learn what's important and restore our hope in them, and therefore, in ourselves.

Consumed / United Kingdom (Director: Tariq Nasir) - Consumed observes one woman's overpowering addiction. The kind covered up with charm and hospitality... until night comes. Until guests go to sleep. Until this woman's needs cannot remain unaddressed.

Crossroad / Australia (Director: Mehran Rows) - Ethan, a loving father and husband, risks destroying himself and his family as he deals with an addiction that will change everything.

Discover Kasper / USA (Director: Seth Christian) - the story of how a sad, quirky man breaks out of his comfort zone in search of not only his identity, but friendship. As Kasper oddly finds hope through a toy firefly, the relationship reveals a truth about himself and the world.

Drain / USA (Director: Eric Otten) - A young woman is desperate to save her father in the dry, post-apocalyptic world where water is running out...

El Lado Frio de la Almohada / Spain (Director: Herminio Cardiel) -  A couple who just met is going to share a bed and its pillow that same night...

Exposures / USA (Director: Jonathan P. Gribbin) - Harper Lowell is a photographer who peaked early in his career with a controversial photo. The source of his success led to his eventual downfall and status as a pariah. His search for his next big picture drives him into insanity.

Flicker / United Kingdom (Director: Bouha Kazmi) - A fragmented story of loss and self-discovery, following a vulnerable drifter girl as she treads desolate hollow ground.

Flip Fantasia / USA (Director: Cady McClain) - A short film about love and death, Flip Fantasia follows four young urban men through the after effects of a wild night out in NYC and the emotional process of letting go.

Grace / USA (Directors: Faye Viviana & Haley Sims) –  In an artistic depiction of the beauty found in the grittiness and struggles of life, the day of a prostitute and a ballet dancer are juxtaposed against the poignant sound of 'Amazing Grace', illustrating the way in which we ultimately persevere with grace.

Ham / United Kingdom (Director: Robert Ford) - Cover me in mayo, cover me in cheese, make a sandwich out of me, Linda.

Lapsus / France (Director: Karim OUARET) -  Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading : Terry Lawrence, Gentleman Gangster. That is when his memory playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus Memoriae : a slip of memory.

Morales / Spain (Director: Roger Villarroya) - Morales doesn't pay attention in class and his teacher's patience is running out. If he continues to have that lack of discipline, he will be punished without recess for the rest of the course.

Only Fair / Austria (Director: Peter Rautek) - The short film Only Fair travels through the history of mankind. During this journey, man has increasingly distanced from nature and lost the sense for what really matters in the end. But fatal actions of the past do not remain unpunished - stress, diseases, addiction, greed, power and fear are hard on our heels. Is it only fair that one little mistake could erase mankind forever from the blue planet? Or is the question rather when we take this final step? Will the world be a better place after creations crowing glory has vanished?

Picture Show / USA (Directors: Jonathan Hicks & Robyn Young) - An elderly couple, confined to their home for years, venture out for one last date in hopes of rediscovering the romance of their youth. Recreating their first date at the Picture Show, they return home only to face the reality of their impending mortality. Set in the midst of a small, aging Southern town, the story is simple, yet sweet, and examines the lives of often forgotten, but immensely profound characters.

Plan B / USA (Director: Lawayne Bontrager) - An elderly couple down on there luck have to resort to some creative financing.

Restitution / USA (Director: Justin Miller) - Still recovering from the recent loss of a child, architect Preston Sanders discovers that his wife has cloned their son without his consent.

Rose, Mary, and Time / United Kingdom (Director: Hardeep Giani) - a story of second chances. Barney is married - unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago - she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shop keeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her... but life isn't always as easy as that.

Searching for Signals / USA (Director: Byron Erwin) - the disturbing story of a boy named Cameron that is mourning the loss of his mother, who died by the hand of his violent father. No longer able to keep the abuse a secret, Cameron’s life comes crashing down around him when the authorities move in on their little home.

Sticks & Stones / USA (Director: Chloe Dahl) - This is a true story about a fourteen year-old girl named Emma. Just like any other girl, Emma has a crush; only this crush is on a girl named Alice. Although Emma is a great kid, no matter how hard she tries, she is socially rejected and bullied by her peers. Never the less, her attempts to fit in are relentless.

The Bash / USA (Director: Tyson FitzGerald) - A gay couple leaving a midnight screening in a seedy area of town get gay bashed and then turn the tables on their attackers and fight back.

The Redwoods / USA (Director: Anderson Boyd) - While confined to an institution for troubled youth Evan and Christopher find themselves in the throes of young love. Through their bond the two lovers find refuge and meaning within the stifling walls but the machinations of Peggy, the staff psychiatrist, may threaten all that they know.

The Watch / USA (Director: Roger Franks) - a powerful story detailing how the past and the present can be connected by a simple item.

Til Death / USA (Director: Jason Tostevin) - A short horror comedy about four unhappily married husbands who wake up to a gruesome surprise the night after killing each others' wives - 'Til Death.

Trois Nuits Et On Mort / Canada (Director: Stéphane Dirschauer) - When his estranged sister shows up at the doorstep of his downtown Toronto bistro, Patrick only wishes for one thing - to get her on a bus straight back to Quebec. Her chaotic existence and wild ways spell disaster for them all.

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About the Macon Film Festival

Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 9th annual Macon Film Festival will take place February 27 - March 2, 2014. Join Macon Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our website, maconfilmfestival.com.

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AuthorTim Regan-Porter