Hells Kitchen captures a moment in time, New York City, 1978, and explores the power struggle inside New York's crime families. When mobsters and business associates start vanishing or turning up dead, Jimmy' The Don' Gallo tasks his enforcer and underboss Johnny Santorelli to find who's responsible.
As Johnny, who perfected debauchery and gluttony for the mafia, starts making inquiries and accusations, the carnage begins to pile up. But as shipments continue to go missing, paranoia starts to get the better of Jimmy.
Hells Kitchen blurs the line between fiction and fact and plays on the purported connection certain celebrities, politicians, and corporate power brokers had with the mob and with each other. Hells Kitchen, a film that might have some truth to it.
Frank Duffy searches for his missing wife who has relapsed on heroin and disappeared. Day and night, he combs the crime-riddled streets, the crack houses. He even seeks advice from a voodoo lady who tells him his wife is being devoured by 'hungry ghosts', spirits who crave and eat away at the living. As Frank's obsession drives him closer to the edge, he risks surrendering his own sobriety and leaving his young son abandoned. Set in the drug infested badlands of Philadelphia, “Hungry Ghosts” shines a light on the city’s opioid crisis while exploring a family torn apart by addiction.
The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist (William Sadler) begin to unravel when a private eye from the city (Richard Kind) takes on a seemingly mundane job in an effort to rekindle a relationship with his ex wife (Jessica Hecht).
Filmed during the COVID pandemic , the first week production was allowed to start in New York, with no crew other than a cinematographer, a sound recordist and a set dresser.
Starring an all star cast including Richard Kind, Tara Westwood, Jessica Hecht, Robert Burke, William Sadler, and Chiké Okonkwo.
Based on the novel by Jersey City author, Daniel Ali, who also wrote and produced the film, Love and the Game is the story of Adriano de Souza, a young, Afro-Brazilian street hustler torn between a lucrative but violent world and Paz Montenegro, the woman he’s loved his entire life. When fate reunites the two of them after years apart, even though Paz is now married to another man, neither can resist the attraction and soon they put it all on the line for love. "But the Game don't stop," and AD is running out of time fast. The two lovers wrestle with their own pain and secret coping mechanisms as they struggle to balance life with betrayal and deception. Love and the Game exposes the truths of fast-life allure and the American lust for material gain, but also offers a unique and timely perspective of the conflicted, inner humanity of many of those who get caught up but whose voices are often muted.
The first music video ever produced entirely in isolation; “Diamonds” is a spirited account of life brought to a stand-still across the globe, at the very beginning of the 2020 Pandemic.
ONWARD, arise with love is a message of hurt, grit, and hope. The music video depicts the struggle in the life of a young black woman and captures racially-fueled harm inflicted on her brother, with whom she shares a close relationship. The video highlights moments in her life that cause her undue pain and are the product of the color of her skin versus her talent, intelligence, grace, and strength. It is a story of resilience and overcoming. It is a story of forward movement against all odds and inspires continued work for racial equality, equity, and justice.
A young emcee discovers his passion for music in the 1990's, and he remains dedicated to his craft even though some of his friends take separate paths.
[Creepy Reality X Dark Fairy Tale] This world is way more unbelievable than you think. When the director read a story about the sexual and romantic relationship between a human and a dolphin, and learned that it was not the only case, he was inspired. Based on a real story, the MV attempts to uncover the origin of a legend by proposing a hypothesis from a scientific point of view: the possibility of mutation. Could it be the origin of the mermaid legend?
A girl fell in love with a dolphin. The forbidden love was discovered by the villagers and aroused their anger. They brought a nautical chart and set out to hunt the dolphin (just like the witch and vampire hunt in the medieval period). In the end, the dolphin was killed; the girl went crazy. Ten months later, the girl gave birth to a half- man half-fish creature. This might be the origin of the mermaid legend.
FLESH & BONE is a narrative short set to music about a man with many hobbies who lives contentedly alone until one day he looks out the window and longs for more. The story is set to "The Robot Song" by Tony-nominated composer, Joe Iconis.
Maeve, an unknown female music producer in Boston, struggles to earn the respect of a famous client with a big secret.
Infamous New York City talent agent, Yvette Slosch (LINDA LAVIN), is determined to make a star out of her newest client, jazz violinist, Aaron Weinstein (HIMSELF). She refuses to let Aaron's lack of name recognition, jazz's dwindling fan base, or the 2020 global pandemic get in her way. As the pandemic rages, Yvette's schemes to keep Aaron's career afloat become increasingly convoluted, testing her abilities as an agent and her friendship with Aaron.
An Afro-Surrealist story about a giant woman and a tiny man who through the power of touch, experience an unexpected transformation.
A student recounts his time in a school club involving a group of social awkward kids who take interest in martial arts and ninjas. As two members of the club conflict over trivial manners, the entire club falls into disarray. With the help of raw eggs, the club completely falls apart and the members of the club go their separate ways.
Margie is excited to lay down her new area rug when she realizes they sent her the wrong one. Her frustration turns to confusion though when a piece of trash that touches the rug turns into a potted plant. Margie experiments and soon realizes that the rug can turn more than garbage into something beautiful.
A distant desert planet. Amy wakes up in a shabby old storage room. Her only goal is to leave this planet behind, unfortunately, changes of plans are needed when a security guard catches sight of her.
A Group of Friends decide to go on a ghost tour around Halloween. But then the tour guide takes them somewhere truly scary.
A marriage desperately chasing the resolution of a never-ending argument receive a spark of hope from an unconventional counselor.
Two sisters pontificate on the lives they could have led while observing the current guest staying in their family's vacation home in upstate New York.
An eccentric photographer, an incompetent florist, a tactless and unreliable groom — as Ramsey’s perfect plans begin to go awry on the day of her wedding, her world seems to be coming apart... literally.
Helen and René, former lovers, have not seen each other in a year. Their past, present and future collide when they meet again on a balmy day in Brooklyn. Will their memories and expectations reignite their love?
Gamal is a new immigrant who washes dishes at a diner in suburban New Jersey. Fritzie is a retired teacher and a new widow grieving the sudden loss of her husband. Both are lonely people experiencing uncharted emotional territory. Despite differences in age, race, religion and class, Gamal and Frieda forge an unlikely relationship that explores our universal need for connection and laughter.
A man recounts a trip to his late wife's childhood home as they prepare for the future.
How Much We Feel takes an intimate look at an interracial relationship over the course of its first year, as told through slices of their life. This short examines how the couple grows together and struggles with subtle, modern racial issues they encounter along the way.
A woman craving connection during Covid, reaches out to her ex-girlfriend. When she's invited over, they awkwardly navigate whether or not they’re willing to drop their masks to reignite their romance.
A lonely Prince, drowning in melancholy, invites a Sculptor to his court to create a piece of art just for him. As the Sculptor spends his days chiselling away on a block of marble, the Prince too discovers a new side of himself, for a brief moment forgetting the world of solitude that surrounds him.
A newly divorced attorney on the verge of coming out meets a flirtatious rocker in a record store, and together, they try for a second chance at love.
Jane lands a date with a boy-- a typical high school romance. But come date night, Jane receives a mysterious handwritten note in a fortune cookie...
On the ice-skating court an eleven-year-old boy is practicing hockey. In order to not be discovered by the bullies he tries to make himself as invisible as possible. Nevertheless the older hockey players find out he's there. At his weakest, and with great force he catches enough courage to stand up for himself.
A recently engaged woman gets another chance at living the happily-ever-after fairytale that everyone around her appears to be enjoying. Falling short of expectations, she struggles with how to save herself and her relationship as she gives up her "life's blood" to keep her fiancé alive.
Nik is the top agent in the NSA's secretive Telepathic-Operations Division. She is also a deaf woman struggling with the recent and tragic death of her daughter, Rachel. Her pain and her gift collide when her handler, Chris, confronts her about Nik going off the reservation and connecting with the minds of unsanctioned targets.
A therapist who employs unusual methods treats a patient who is undergoing an existential crisis. In hopes of providing his patient a sense of purpose, the therapist takes him to a support group, only to encounter a woman who challenges his fundamental beliefs, and finds himself entangled in the same issues as his patient.
A day in the life of Martin, a homeless man attempting to keep his individuality despite being dehumanized by everyday society.
The Weight of Perfection is the deep exploration of elite-level gymnast Ellen and her harrowing journey as she falls into an eating disorder when the pressures from her coach, family, and herself begin to create a web of psychological damage.
Quarterback Ryan McDermott took a hard hit last season, knocking him out for the remainder of the year. As the upcoming season approaches, Ryan strives to get back in the game, but his haunting memories won’t make that easy.
A spiritual journey to the past where a troubled young man experiences first hand the struggles his ancestors endured, challenging him to change his ways and better his community... instead of destroy it.
Frankie, a non-binary trans person, crashes their ex-partner’s men-only 12 step meeting, determined to be heard... no matter the cost.
Ballet dancer realizing a tough reality after an accident.
Lily Cruz, a DACA recipient, travels on a medical volunteer mission and upon returning to the USA a TSA agent isn’t so welcoming.
Different day, same routine: we all know the never-ending story of laundry. In this silent short film that hearkens back to the Hollywood heyday of the early 20th Century, Megan and Alex struggle with the mundane task that is laundry-- especially when they learn a baby is on the way...
Kyle lives alone, struggles in social interactions and getting through each day, which doesn't go unnoticed. He attempts to make a small difference to his routine, but each time it appears more and more challenging. He cannot separate himself from his headphones and his over-reliance on them quickly becomes apparent to others, causing a strain on
and new and old relationships.
Sezim (19) wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and the constraints of Kyrgyz culture, Sezim desperately seeks for a way out.
When dealing in the 'business' of human trafficking, what do the heartless misogynist's behind this evil practice get up too? We follow Mikey, as he meets the kingpin of an underground criminal enterprise, Tzar, for a game of poker with him and his goons. It's all fun and games until the girls get brought in, then things get really fiery.
INTERROBANG is a comedy anthology series about the intersection of love, sex, and anxiety. Each episode follows a couple after sex and answers the question: “Am I lovable even if…?”
Attention.Bow.Begin. focuses on Grandmaster Dong Keun park, a living legend from South Korea who currently lives and trains out of New Jersey. Grandmaster Park is one of the founders of TaeKwonDo, a martial art practiced by over 50M people around the world. Today, it is one of only two martial arts contested in the Olympics (along with Judo).
In an effort to elude foreign government officials, Grandmaster Park's parents escaped to the northern hills, dropping their son off at a Buddhist Monastery along the way, knowing that they could not properly look after their 8 year old while on the run. For the next decade, he learned ancient hand to hand fighting techniques, the tenets of which he used to form his special brand of TaeKwonDo that he used to dominate national and international martial arts. To this day, he remains the only undefeated TaeKwonDo champion with over 200 wins to his credit.
With South Korea finally free from foreign rule in the 1950s, the government constructed a variety of strategies to introduce itself to the world. One the strategies was bringing its national martial art, TaeKwonDo, to the masses. Grandmaster Park was integral to that strategy. After leading South Korea to an epic win in an international competition against rival Japan in 1965, Grandmaster Park was asked to go to America to help the superpower learn both the physical and spiritual beauty of their martial art. In the 1970s and 1980s Grandmaster Park helped to open a series of Dojangs in the New York/New Jersey area and in Florida. Grandmaster Park was so successful that, in 1992, he was asked to coach the USA TaeKwonDo Olympic team that competed in Barcelona, Spain, and won the gold medal. Amazingly, at the age of 80, he continues to train "future champions" from his home Dojang in Jersey City, NJ, as well as self-defense programs he teaches at both West Point and the Naval Academy.
Besides chronicling this incredible immigrant success story, we also wanted to do our part in highlighting the beauty of an Asian story. With the rise in Asian Hate crime happening in 2021, we are hoping to humanize Asian culture with this inspiring piece. And ideally get enough exposure via this Film Festival run to convert this short film into a full documentary feature.
Three elderly New Jersey men search for the world's greatest Hot Texas Weiner, but along the way, discover what has happened to their hometown, Paterson, New Jersey.
It’s a short but poignant journey that any parent, child, hot dog aficionado or lover of humanity will never forget.
A new dress for a family wedding causes a crisis for teenage Lexi. The frilly outfit sends her into a panic and becomes the catalyst for confronting her true identity. A heartfelt story about courage, self awareness, and the power of family.
Due to being bullied at school, a 13-year-old boy skips the class and flees the city to find his single father, a baseball coach in a small country town.
Riley is a quiet 11 year old girl living with her mother and older sister. She has a hard time adjusting to middle school, and after school, she comes home where she and her older sister are neglected by their mother. Riley is trying to get by each day, but she constantly finds herself in situations that most children her age aren’t faced with. One day, when Riley is in school, she is confronted by the Division of Youth and Family Services. She learns that she, her sister, and her mother are required to undergo counseling in an attempt to repair their dysfunctional family dynamic. The storyline of My Castle follows Riley as she realizes the power of her voice.
After a single car accident claims life of her baby sister, Sophia yearns for a mother now broken by grief and trauma. Her father, too, absorbed in his wife’s pain and his own, cannot give Sophia the support she craves. As Sophia’s mother begins to recover, Sophia feels left behind, and soothes herself in a world of fantasy.
A day with my mother.
She lost her autonomy, her lucidity, her memories, comunication and the ability to love. Her will was not to live like this. Spanish politicians force her to endure an end of live without integrity or dignity. She made me promise to help her die before getting to this situation and i can not fulfill my promise
After deciding to drive home in a drunken stupor, a reeling alcoholic must navigate the tragic consequences of his actions under the scrutiny of his callous, careerist brother.
A little girl draws images of an idealized reality to escape her troubled childhood and broken family. As an adult, she must face her absentee father after her mother’s death in the hopes of resolving the psychological problems he’s caused; ones which threaten to hurt her new family.
A paranoid, stay-at-home husband grows suspicious of his next door neighbor
Living Proof Pictures is proud to present this Juvenalian satire centering on two Gingers-- one a recent widow and the other her mother-in-law as they struggle with recent loss. As we careen through this lucid nightmare with them, we are faced with the bizarre, darkly comedic and terrifying realization that sometimes our most true selves aren't always our best selves.
Dalton is boxer passionate about his sport, after years of nearing success but never attaining it he receives the opportunity of a lifetime. But against his fiancee's wishes he risks everything for the chance to live out his dream as a fighter. What will come of this opportunity? Will it strengthen or destroy his relationship? His life?
Hank is forced to confront reality when a sudden loss strikes. Linda, Hank’s wife, learns her son has died from an overdose, and tells Hank she will divorce him if he drives her to her son. Patricia, Hanks lover, wants to support him during this hard time. All three set out on this journey with clear intentions, but each discovers lost truths about themselves.
Whatever became of the kids you went to high school with? And while you were with them in high school, what were they really thinking, feeling, and doing? What stories were they not telling to even their best friends?
This is a documentary about the high school class of 1969 from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Interviewed on the occasion of their 50th anniversary class reunion, they tell stories about themselves, their friends, dating, parents, and teachers. As in time travel, we are at the same time in their present at age 68, and at just 18 years old, recalling laughter and tears from high school that are still part of them today. This may be the ultimate baby-boomer documentary.
Their stories are, by turns, funny, sad, surprising, and moving. Ultimately, these are stories about resilience of the human spirit in the face of challenges on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Everyone who has been through high school will find some part of themselves in these stories: victory and defeat, love and loss, and growth.
Freedom is in the right to be human. But being human is never easy.
August 1978. Kremikovtsy Steel Plant. Heat, iron, dust and the pervasive smell of oil. A typical workday of a crew of maximum security inmates will prove to be fateful for all of them. They find something extraordinary inside one of the machines and an unexpected wave of compassion makes the prisoners take hostages and block the entrance to the workshop. The men risk their lives willingly because sometimes the desire to be human is stronger than the survival instinct. And the dream of salvation blurs common sense.
Set in the stunning and vast Finnish Lapland, the documentary follows the journey of five people making life changes. They uproot their lives and move up North.
Minna is finally making her dream come true by leaving city life in Helsinki to live in a tiny sauna cottage with her wife Pernilla and their baby.
Annamari is returning from Australia to her childhood home town to be closer to her ill mother. Her partner Grit is leaving his career and friends in Sydney behind.
Petro is fed up with busy life in Helsinki and is moving to the Northernmost Ski Resort in Europe to hopefully find a permanent job and home there.
In the end, tough decisions need to be made whether to stay or leave.
They all are moving to Lapland to search for happiness in a unique environment but along the way they discover what the most important things in life truly are.
A dying gangster is confronted by two mysterious figures, bringing to question his life's choices and the loss of the only "good" thing he ever had.
"An entertaining ride that is filled with good humour, suspense and drama." ~ Jason Knight, UK FIlm Review
After a man's beloved dog passes, he embarks on a backpacking trip with his brother to bury his dog where he found him ten years earlier. Along the way, they encounter a stranger who turns out to be a killer on the run. The brothers must unite in order to survive and finish their mission to bury the dog.
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