NBAFF Film Showcase 2017

Our Three Day Weekend of Scheduled Events

FRIDAY, October 6

Casablanca Casbah  – Opening Reception
FRIDAY, October 6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Fabulous food, drink and live music! Blackjack, Roulette, & Craps Table winnings will benefit the Benicia Ballet!
Enter the old-world elegance of Bogart and Bergman to officially kick off the film festival at “Carter’s Americain Café”! READ MORE

Competition Films

* All featured film entries, were judged and scored anonymously, by film industry professionals, practitioners and seasoned veterans in the art and film industry.

SATURDAY, October 7

GROUP 1

SAT 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

October 7, Competition Film Screenings

Film Filmmaker Country Genre

FLAMBE

The wife of a promiscuous chef reminisces on the good parts of their marriage.

Moriah Bame USA Romance

CURSE OF THE FLESH

Invisible men aboard a pirate ship land on an exotic island, where they hope to find a stone that will free them from their invisibility. But this island is inhabited by a tribe of warrior women who worships the mysterious stone…

Yannick Lecoeur and Leslie Lavielle FRANCE Comedy

THE END OF DOCTOR HERO

“The End of Doctor Hero” mixes the fun of campy humor with the intelligence of indie ‘tongue-in-cheek’ comedy in a very unique way, exploring the idiosyncrasies of the entertainment industry and lampooning the business of art in the process – while combining absurdity with intelligence in a way we haven’t seen in decades. “The End of Doctor Hero” is a goofy comedy that respects your intelligence.

Jonathan Ritter USA Comedy

SNOWFLAKES

The story of a wildly successful author’s downward spiral and the people caught in its storm.

Michael Scordakis USA Drama

CHOICES

A woman is set on marrying the man of her dreams, just days before she is to depart for Africa, she receives tragic news…

Deborah Ray-Sims USA Romance

* All film Screenings to take place at the Clock Tower Building, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia in the historic Arsenal District.

 

BUY TICKETS:

Single Screening ticket for Film GROUP 1:

 

SATURDAY – All Access Pass:

All Film Groups – 1 through 3 (SAT, 10/7) including Special Film Feature 7:00 pm

GROUP 2

SAT 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

October 7, Competition Film Screenings

Film Filmmaker Country Genre

RAN OUT OF ROAD

A single mother with 6 children moves to Baja California to find a new way of life.

Jeff Redlick USA Documentary

ONERE

A young woman bears a strange burden. A film about self acceptance and resilience.

Kevin Pontuti USA Drama

CALIGINOSITY

After losing their only child to a drive by shooting, a devoted South Los Angeles couple must learn to cope with grief and depression while struggling to keep their floundering marriage in tact.

Katrelle Kindred USA Drama

THE CHASE

Rush hour is about to take on a new meaning. Two cars race on the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, side by side, unleashed. A pure chase of muscle and speed. No CG. No rules. No stops. Just high-speed action like no other. This is that story…

Lawrence Ribeiro USA Action

RITES OF PASSAGE: Mentoring the Future

Can a community help its young people on the challenging road to adulthood?

Frederick Marx USA Documentary

WORLD OF DENNIS PATTON

After 30 years of driving by a 30-foot sculpture of “Sir Francis Drake” on the Marin County bay in northern California, multi-award winning film maker S. Kramer Herzog decided to find out who was the mystery artist with “out-of-this-world talent”. Question asked and answered, a gem was found, one year in the film making!

S. Kramer Herzog USA Documentary

TRIP

An arrogant businessman is stuck in the elevator of his office building for four days. This event will take an unexpected turn and change him forever.

Pascal Stervinou USA Horror

* All film Screenings to take place at the Clock Tower Building, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia in the historic Arsenal District.

 

BUY TICKETS:

Single Screening ticket for Film GROUP 2:

 

SATURDAY – All Access Pass:

All Film Groups – 1 through 3 (SAT, 10/7) including Special Film Feature 7:00 pm

GROUP 3

SAT 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

October 7, Competition Film Screenings

Film Filmmaker Country Genre

CONTIGO

Contigo (With you) is a story about a girl that reconnects with her love for writing years after her father passes away.

Julia Quiceno USA Comedy

THE BUS TRIP

Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendship, except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine. So instead, Sarah talks to her dead dad over a noisy phone line.

Sarah Gampel SWEDEN Documentary

PANDAS IN THE MIST

The last 1600 surviving pandas are fighting, in their very own special way, for the perpetuation of their species.

Thierry Garance and Juan Rodriguez FRANCE Comedy

TABLE TALK

In this short romantic comedy film, Adeline and Ernest are looking for love by attending dating dinners. They are both searching for their perfect partner. After meeting some very interesting characters they finally realize what they knew from the beginning, that searching for love is hard work. Who knew finding love could be such hard work?

David Millett USA Romance

DREW’S DANCING DRUM

Drew loves playing his drum for people until he is bullied by a boy named Malcolm. His dad encourages Drew to go on drumming and befriend the very boy that bullied him. (Recommended for ages 4-8)

Sherre Chappell USA Comedy

HADA

Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth as fallen out. What Daniel doesn´t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.

Tony Morales SPAIN  Horror

FILLING IN

A gentle giant of man, down on his luck, considers a risky and covert career path. To help him learn the ropes, a grizzled vet in the field takes him under his wing.

Bradley Hawkins USA Comedy

IMAN & THE LIGHT WARRIORS

Iman & The Light Warriors is a magical realism story about the power of pure love and a community banding together to empower a young king through emotional intelligence.

Osahon Tongo USA Action

* All film Screenings to take place at the Clock Tower Building, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia in the historic Arsenal District.

 

BUY TICKETS:

Single Screening ticket for GROUP 3:

 

SATURDAY – All Access Pass:

All Film Groups – 1 through 3 (SAT, 10/7) including Special Film Feature 7:00 pm.

SUNDAY, October 8

GROUP 4

SUN 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

October 8, Competition Film Screenings

Film Filmmaker Country Genre

DATED

Over the course of a first date, a man and woman in their mid-20s discuss the notion of romance in the 21st century and reminisce about an earlier time period, but their night takes an unexpected turn.

Daniel Lachman USA Romance

USMC 1st Searchlight Battery in Vietnam 1967-69

In 1967 I was a 19 year old Marine. I bought a Canon Super 8mm movie camera at the Danang Vietnam PX and carried it with me everywhere. The most dramatic footage is of the B-52 bombs hitting just north of my position at Con Thien.

Jeff Redlick USA Documentary

GOATSUCKER

A short film about a mother, her potentially troubled stepson, and the Chupacabra.

Casey Currey-Wilson USA Horror

ANYWAY

What it means to explore, live life, get hurt, and move on.

Jonathan P. Ritter USA Drama

ROMANTIC SUICIDE OF TRAVIS SMITH III

Travis Smith III is recovering from a break up. While being taunted by the physical manifestation of his self loathing side, he meets a girl that changes everything.

Waseem Vydyarakath USA Romance

DEAD END

Three men find a bag of money with no clue where it came from or who it belonged to.

Michael O’Leary USA Action

THE HIT AT 1700

Alpha, an agent with a past, prepares and executes a critical mission.

Shelly Russell USA Horror

* All film Screenings to take place at the Clock Tower Building, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia in the historic Arsenal District.

 

BUY TICKETS:

Single Screening ticket for Film GROUP 4:

 

SUNDAY – All Access Pass:


All Film Groups – 4 through 5 (SUN, 10/8) including Awards Ceremony and Reception

GROUP 5

SUN 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

October 8, Competition Film Screenings

Film Filmmaker Country Genre

CITY OF HANDS

Jingdezhen is China’s porcelain capital. Slowly forgotten after being home to imperial kilns for a thousand years, the city is now filling with young artists. An oasis for creatives in China’s urban east, people from all over the country come to Jingdezhen to follow porcelain dreams. CITY OF HANDS is a look into the lives of four young residents of Jingdezhen.

Nathaniel Brown CHINA Documentary

SWAN LAKE

The story of two swans which fall in love in a place called Swan Lake.

Saeed Mayahy IRAN Comedy

REMEMBRANCE

Step into a future where memories are no longer safe.  Feel Reese’s despair as she attempts to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance.

Troy Campione USA Horror

THE MAKEOVER

A woman wears a trendy new fashion item, only to find that she just can’t make it work.

Emily Markoe USA Comedy

THE EVE

Simon is an eight-year-old boy who seems to have everything in life. He’s a handsome child, he’s rich yet he’s unhappy. He senses that there’s something wrong with his life and this leads him to wander off, thanks to his fervid imagination.

Yuri Missoni USA Horror

* All film Screenings to take place at the Clock Tower Building, 1189 Washington Street, Benicia in the historic Arsenal District.

 

BUY TICKETS:

Single Screening ticket for GROUP 5:

 

SUNDAY – All Access Pass:


All Film Groups – 4 through 5 (SUN, 10/8) including Awards Ceremony and Reception