Festival Schedule 2022


Myles Berrio – From Surviving to Thriving

Directed By: Anil Dhokai

(USA | 2022 | 8 min)

Myles Berrio shares his story of how a car accident changed his life, and how his faith and positive outlook helped shaped his journey through recovery.


Directed By: Lucy Collins

(USA | 2021 | 12 min)

In a neighborhood of million-dollar homes, James lives in a house that’s falling apart, tending to his plants that threaten to overwhelm his yard and talks of his difficult past, leaving behind his Appalachian Mountain home to find a new life.

Farmer Cee

Directed By: Clark Ivers

(USA | 2021 | 12 min)

Follow “Farmer Cee” as she starts a first-generation black owned family farm with the mission of reclaiming the land and growing organically amid a landscape dominated by larger white owned farms.

There’s No End

Directed By: Mattias Evangelista

(USA | 2021 | 20 min)

In the wake of personal tragedy, a legendary indie-rock musician moves to the remote San Juan Islands to raise his only daughter.

The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU

Directed By: Rodrigo Sena

(Brazil | 2021 | 25 min)

Twelve years after completing a 2007 photographic essay on the Eleutério do katu, RN Brazil, a photographer returns to katu in search of these protagonists, to learn about their personal trajectories and world views.

7:30 p.m. – BLOCK TWO – IN PURSUIT

First Final Ride

Directed By: Evan Kidd

(USA | 2022 | 11 min)

Don’t let your first ride in a hearse be your last. The story of Dirt Nap Fest taking place in Beaufort, N.C. A hearse festival for all.

Never Give Up: Akinori in Mooresville

Directed By: Royce Akifumi Wilmot

(USA | 2022 | 13 min)

24 years ago, a young Akinori Ogata flew from Kanagawa, Japan to Charlotte to attend the Coca-Cola 600, dreaming of one day racing in the Daytona 500. Alone in his small race shop, he chases that dream as he prepares his limited late model stock car for the biggest local race of the year.

From the Soul

Directed By: Barry Thornburg

(USA | 2021 | 20 min)

As Black gospel music is cast into the popular music spotlight, new and longtime practitioners of the genre, strive to remind us that it isn’t simply a fashionable aesthetic, but an agent of social change and of spiritual salve.

Chicken Soup for the Soil

Directed By: Brandon Gaesser

(USA | 2021 | 38 min)

Follow the journey of women farmers Rachel Herrick and Suzanne Nelson Karreman as they work to rehabilitate farm soil one pasture at a time.

11:00 a.m. – WORKSHOP

Hindsight 2020: An Indie Filmmaking Retrospective

Instructors: Erika Arlee, Kristi Ray

In this workshop, learn to reverse engineer your creative goals, build a brand that people want to invest in, and scale your zero-budget short film concept into a fully funded feature. Includes a sneak peek at the instructors’ indie feature film, A Song For Imogene.



Dark Ride

By: Brian W. Smith

Free Event w/ Screenwriter Q&A

Smith is an award-winning New York writer whose scripts have won and placed at GenreBlast, ZedFest, Shriekfest, Hollywood Horrorfest, NOLA Horror Film Festival and more. He is a film and script judge at the NYC Horror Film Festival as a member of the programming team and has screened films at the Big Apple Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW.


Chatham Street Wine Market

Sponsored by DigitalP Media


State of Flux

Directed By: Nick Laws

(USA | 2021 | 3 min)

Two attractive people run into each other on the street corner and discuss theoretical physics.

True Teddy

Directed By: Joe Pellegrino

(USA | 2022 | 5 min)

Teddy attempts to take control of his life after his wife leaves, taking their beloved cat, Lil Biscuits.


Directed By: Danilo Stanimirović

(Serbia | 2021 | 10 min)

Prokop, Belgrade’s central train station, is a living architectural organism which drags traces from many epochs in which it existed but was never completed.


Directed By: Bamdad Pashoutan

(Iran | 2022 | 11 min)

A middle-aged woman tries to fill her loneliness with yard cat.

The Uncommon Garden

Directed By: Olympia Stone

(USA | 2021 | 21 min)

Creating a hidden garden was not Dan Krebill’s life plan until fate intervened. The result is a lush and layered paradise with hundreds of plants and trees (and even a stone dragon!) — a collaboration with artisans that changed both a landscape and a community.

Te’aa’s Guest

Directed By: Narges Kharghani

(Iran | 2022 | 30 min)

A young Iranian woman documents her experience staying at a couple’s house in the country of Georgia.


The Sprayer

Directed By: Farnoosh Abedi

(Iran | 2022 | 9 min)

In the land occupied by the sprayer’s army, no one has the right to grow any kind of plants either in public or private. One day a soldier finds a seed buried deep in the dust and his curiosity is just the beginning of something extraordinary, something revolutionary.

Echoes of Animals

Directed By: William Lilly

(USA | 2022 | 10 min)

A short film inspired by the classics of Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie that leaves more to the imagination with an emphasis on atmosphere and performance rather than over-the-top blood, guts, and gore.

This is Our Home

Directed By: A.K. Espada

(USA | 2021 | 14 min)

When their rodent infestation intensifies, a bleeding-heart vegan and her pragmatic roommate find themselves at odds concerning pest elimination methods both cruel and effective.


Directed By: Sajjad Shahhatami

(Iran | 2021 | 15 min)

A man faces a dilemma – continue to be judged by the ones closest to you or pursue what matters most, your true identity.

She Keeps Me

Directed By: Erica Orofino

(Canada | 2021 | 16 min)

The strained relationship between two sisters reaches a dangerous climax in this exploration of family ties, mental illness, and self-sacrifice.


Directed By: Vonii Bristow

(USA | 2021 | 20 min)

A young boy navigates life as a Black man raised by a father who chooses to love in his own, unique way. When his purest vessel of love challenges him, Simeon is forced to come to terms with his own actions and thoughts… and faces his worst nightmare.


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