Film-A-Thon: Official Films

It’s finally here!  The Project Twenty1 Film-A-Thon is coming January 5th, featuring 21 of what are sure to be some of the coolest, weirdest, scariest, deepest and most ridiculous independent films you’ve ever seen! We received 110 films from all over the world for our first-ever Film-A-Thon, and here are the Top 21, which will screen on January 5th, 2008 at the Arts Bank in Philadelphia, PA.

First, a disclaimer: These films are ALL unrated, BUT we can assure you that Screenings 3 & 4 would almost certainly be rated “Risque” for violence, blood/gore, sex, and extreme political incorrectness and are NOT appropriate for children, people that are faint of heart or easily offended.  You’ve been warned.

SCREENING #1: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Holiday Rumble

Animation/Comedy (4 minutes)

Dir. Kartik Mohan

An overzealous Santa Claus decoration tries to start Christmas a little too early.

The Insane

Horror (13 minutes)

Dir. Mark Cripps & David J Ellison

John Vincent is on a quest for vengeance. After finding his wife and unborn child murdered in his own home, he decides to dispense his own justice on the murderous creatures who have destroyed his life.

Thomas Edison Hates Cats

Animation/Educational (3 minutes)

Dir. Pinky

The “war of currents” and Thomas Edison’s hatred of cats.

French Thoughts

Experimental (5 minutes)

Dir. Jason Sokol

A guy takes a walk and thinks about lunch, girls and life while the voice in his head speaks in French, a language he doesn’t speak.

Shooters: Get the Picture

Drama (19 minutes)

Dir. Maggie Patton

Two photographers, one shot at retribution.

Silent Rubbish

Experimental (2 minutes)

Dir. Adam Cusack

A silent conversation between two bacteria.

Sonyark the Joker

Fantasy (45 minutes)

Dir. Stephen M. Giglio

Set in a timeless age, a village commoner, Isaac Walters, must retrieve a magical jewel that has the power to stop a fatal plague.

SCREENING #2: 3:30-5:00pm

Story From North America

Animation (5 minutes)

Dir. Garrett Davis

A young boy calls for his father to come kill a spider in his bedroom, and ends up getting a bizarre lesson in the ethics of universal love.

Nice Guy Blues

Crime, Dramedy (12 minutes)

Dir. A. E. Griffin

Illegal gambling enforcers, Chas and Charlie, are on a mission to do the wrong thing to the right guy; but when Charlie’s conscience kicks in, Chas cuts loose on the crazy. Nice Guy Blues is a dark comic tale of tape decks, torture, and sour tummies.

The Art of Theatrical Ushery

Mockumentary (6 minutes)

Dir. C. Thaddeus Banks

Enter Ronwell, a movie theater usher who takes his job way too seriously.

Phanatic! A Phanumentary

Documentary (15 minutes)

Dir. Joe Killian

Members of the WHYY Learning Lab’s Summer 2006 program trace the history and cultural importance of the Philadelphia Phillies’ baseball club mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. See him in action and listen to interviews with various Phillies personalities, including veteran announcer Harry Kalas. Produced with instructor Erica Vanstone.

Hug Me To The Skies

Fantasy, Romance, Animation (6 minutes)

Dir. Andrew Kerekes

Spike and Nana share a long-distance relationship. Lucy, Spike’s neighbor, loves him. What will happen to this triangle?

Bad Blood

Animation/Social Commentary (3 minutes)

Jonathan Etkins

An animated synopsis of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Danny Boy

Horror (5 minutes)

Dir. Gary Hanna & Derek Dressler

After buying a magnifying glass that visualizes the future, a man is trapped in an elevator with a woman predicted to murder him.

Pysäkki (Plateau)

Drama (23 minutes)

Dir. Antti Pirinen

Everything seems to be against Janne. Is it just bad luck? Plateau is human story about people searching for happiness in their stagnant lives in a snowy small town in Finland.

La Pianta (The Plant)

Sci-fi/Suspense (14 minutes)

Dir. Antonello Novellino

Marco studies botany.  He is a shy guy, closed and introverted. His only relationships are with his flatmates, who he doesn’t like and who don’t care about him. But one summer night, a strange meeting changes everything….

SCREENING #3 – 5:30pm-7:00pm

DINNER/RECEPTION – 7:00pm-8:00pm

SCREENING #4 – 8:00pm-9:30pm

Online Dating

Animation/Comedy (2 minutes)

Dir. Sean McBride

Online dating–where everyone’s dreams come true.  Unless your dreams are stupid.

Nyocker! (The District!)

Winner “Best Film”

Animation/Social Satire (87 minutes)

Dir. Áron Gauder

A group of teens from the wrong side of Budapest’s tracks band together to make themselves rich by traveling back in time, burying a horde of woolly mammoths under the city’s streets, then returning to the present and drilling for oil. As creators of as new oil-producing nation, their scheme draws the attention of Vladimir Putin (who uses the district’s hookers as spies), Tony Blair, and George W. Bush. In the midst of it all, star-crossed teen love is in bloom.

Still Life

Winner “Honorable Mention”

Suspense/Sci-fi (9 minutes)

Dir. Jon Knautz

A pill-popping, over-caffeinated driver accidentally hits something. Panic-stricken, he seeks help in a strange and desolate town that offers very little in human kindness.

I Wanna Be Famous

Animation/Comedy (3 minutes)

Dir. Nick Fox-Gieg

Jessica Delfino discovers a guaranteed shortcut to everlasting fame. Watch & learn!

Blood Car

Dark Comedy/Satire (75 minutes)

Dir. Alex Orr

In the future, gas is $30 a gallon and a man invents a car that runs on blood.  Save gas… drive Blood Car.