The Oregon based film festival, BendFilm (October 10-13) has announced the full slate of films competing in the tenth annual festival. The films totaling 16 narratives, 17 documentaries and 49 shorts, are competing for the Brooks Resources Corporation five thousand dollar prize for best in show and Best
Narrative Feature juried awarded with a $60,000
camera rental prize from Panavision.
Below find the full lineup, with synopses courtesy of BendFilm.
The Narrative Features are:
"Bouy"-In writer/director Steven Doughton, a mother answers the phone to hear a voice from her distant past—their conversation tests the strength of a deep yet betrayed love.
"Calloused Hands"-Written and directed by Jesse Quinones, in which a neglected and abused 12-year-old manages to forge his own path in life when his grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah.(Pacific Northwest Premiere"
"The Cold Lands"-Tom Gilroy’s tale of young Atticus who flees into the woods after his mother’s death and meets Carter, a scruffy drifter. They form a wary alliance but both are unsure that depending on one another is the right decision. (West Coast Premiere)
"Farah Goes Bang"-Meera Menon's road-trip comedy centers
on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her
virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate
John Kerry in 2004.
"Hank and Asha"-In the romantic comedy directed by James E. Duff, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters and then decide whether to meet. They learn about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life's what-ifs.
"Hide Your Smiling Faces"- Writer/director Patrick Carbone vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as
they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s
mysterious death. It is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of
youth, as well as the callouses that one often develops as a result of
an unfiltered past. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
"Putzel"- In Jason Chaet's little putz—Walter Himmelstein is content to remain within the familiar confines of his mundane Manhattan life. He sees in his Uncle Sid’s smoked-fish emporium a comfortable future among the salmon until his married uncle takes up with the vivacious Sally and throws Walter’s succession plans into disarray…
"Sex after Kids"- In this edgy ensemble comedy from writer/director Jeremy LaLonde, follows a variety of relationships—newlyweds, single moms, same-sex couples and empty nesters, asking the same question of them all: is it possible to have children and a sex life—and is it even worth it? (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
"Some Velvet Morning"- Ex-lover Fred, whom Velvet has not seen in four years, unexpectedly
surprises her at her apartment. With suitcase in tow, he enters with
great expectation. As Fred unloads the reason for his resurfacing, the
history and nature of their relationship is revealed. The weight of
their reconnection becomes clear as tension mounts and their chemistry
reaches its climax.Directed by Neil Labute (West Coast Premiere)
"Somewhere Slow"- Jeremy O’Keefe features a searing and complex portrait of Anna
Thompson, who is coasting through an unfulfilled marriage and an
estranged relationship with her family. After making a split-second
decision to change her life path, this film shines light on how
sometimes we must learn to break our own rules to find the life we've
been yearning to live. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors"- directed by Sam Fleischner, the family drama rooted in the vibrant depiction of a seldom-seen community on the city’s edge. With an eye-opening view of life on the autism spectrum, the film simultaneously explores the strains of the immigrant experience. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
"The Truth About Emanuel"- Opening the BendFilm Festival, writer and director Francesca Gregorini depicts the character-driven, psychological, drama/thriller following Emanuel who becomes obsessed with her new, mysterious neighbor Linda. Emanuel offers to babysit Linda’s new baby and unwittingly enters her fragile world. But Emanuel will have to go to a place that she herself has never dared to enter to truly save Linda.
"Twenty Million People"- Writer/director Michael Ferrell’s tale of Brian, a cynical coffee shop barista who doesn't believe in the happily-ever-after idea of relationships. But when his new girlfriend suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliché romantic comedy to find her.