By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 17, 2013 at 2:23PM
Sofia Exarchou (writer/director)
Nine years have passed, and the Olympic Village in Athens, Greece is in decay. Among the abandoned athletic facilities and new-money tourist resorts nearby, 16-year-old Dimitris and his friends traverse Greece’s “glorious” past with the decadence of today, creating a portrait of a society unprepared for the brutal fall.
Sofia Exarchou is the writer-director of the short films Mesecina and Distance. She pursued post-graduate studies in Toulouse and at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. Exarchou is based in Athens, where she received degrees in Electrical Engineering and Film Studies. Park, whichhas been developed with the support of the Centre Nationale de la Cinematographie (CNC, France) & the Eurimages Council of Europe, is her first feature film.
Patti Cake$ (U.S.A.)
Geremy Jasper (writer/director)
Patricia Baccio, aka Patti Cake$, is a big girl with a big mouth and big dreams of rap superstardom. Stuck in Lodi, New Jersey, Patti battles an army of haters as she strives to break the mold and take over the game.
Geremy Jasper is a music video and commercial director, composer, and co-founder of the progressive New York production studio LEGS. With his wife and creative partner Georgie Greville, he has directed VMA nominated videos for Florence + The Machine, Selena Gomez and others, and his direction for the “Target Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular” won a Cannes Gold Lion, TED Prize and was inducted into the MOMA’s permanent collection. A New Jersey native, he was a recording artist for Kemado/Hollywood records. Patti Cake$ is his first feature film.
Stranger with a Camera (U.S.A./Northern Ireland)
Oorlagh George (writer/director)
In this dramatic thriller, an American girl is stranded in a remote village in Northern Ireland after her father is arrested on a 20-year-old murder charge tied to the IRA. Compelled by her father’s secrecy, she sets out to uncover the mysterious family history that he has kept hidden from her
Oorlagh George is an award-winning filmmaker and artist from Northern Ireland. In 2012, she won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for producing The Shore, which won over 40 awards in festivals and was released in cinemas worldwide. George worked as a creative executive and in production on films such as Beginners and Hotel Rwanda. Her new video installation, OFF SIDES, opens at The Golden Thread Gallery in February.
Swiss Army Man (U.S.A.)
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (co-writers/co-directors)
In this absurdist comedy, a hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a journey to get home.
To some Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert are better known as DANIELS, a directing duo who have made uniquely strange, occasionally award winning music videos over the past four years for bands like Foster the People, The Shins, and Battles. They've also dabbled in television work for Adult Swim, directing commercials, and a slew of internet friendly short films about sweating to death, skateboarding on dogs, and the dangers of having pockets on your clothes and stuff. They both currently live and work in Los Angeles. But to be honest, Daniel does most of the work.
Ten Thousand Happiness (U.S.A./China)
Johnny Ma (writer/director)
The sudden divorce of their 80-year-old grandfather causes three generations of a Chinese family to each re-evaluate their relationships in love, life and happiness in modern Beijing.
Johnny Ma was born in Shanghai China and immigrated to Toronto at age 10, where he learned his first English sentence "Can I play?" He is a DGA and National Board of Review student-award winning director and a recent graduate from the Columbia University MFA program. His most recent short film A Grand Canal screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Other than filmmaking, Ma enjoys teaching cats how to play fetch like dogs.
We the Animals (U.S.A.)
Jeremiah Zagar (co-writer/director) and Dan Kitrosser (co-writer)
Based on the bestselling novel by Justin Torres, We the Animals is about the brutal love of a multi-racial working class family, seen through the eyes of the youngest son, as he discovers his heritage, his sexuality and his madness.
Jeremiah Zagar is the co-founder of Public Record, a production company in Brooklyn. His documentary, In A Dream, screened theatrically across the US and was broadcast on HBO. His newest film CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart, will premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and air on HBO in 2014.
Dan Kitrosser is an award-winning writer and storyteller living in Manhattan. His plays include The Mumblings (published on IndieTheaterNow.com), Tar Baby, which will go on a national tour in 2014, and the upcoming Dead Special Crabs.
Weather Talk (Chile)
Marcella Said (writer/director)
Weather Talk tells the story of a 40-year-old married woman who realizes the extreme violence surrounding her once she befriends her horse riding teacher, a former army colonel who was involved in human rights violations in Chile.
Said was born in Santiago, Chile. She graduated from the Catholic
University of Santiago with a degree in Aesthetics, and received her
master’s degree in Media & Language at La Sorbonne University. After
four documentary films, including El Mocito, which screened at the Berlinale Forum in 2011, she directed her first fiction feature The Summer of Flying Fish, which premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.