Conveyor Belt, directed by Brett Melnick

Brett Melnick is a filmmaker and film and TV enthusiast originally from Rockville, Maryland. Now based in California, Brett has created many short films, web-series and documentaries since discovering his passion for film, and hopes to continue to make meaningful and inspiring films in the future.

Brett’s most recently completed film, Conveyor Belt https://youtu.be/ioDCV-ssmKY is a 15 minute short film about pursuing personal dreams. The film was filmed completely in Northern Virginia during Brett’s Sophomore year in college. Attached below is the cover of the film, and a screenshot of the film.

Logline: After an inspirational encounter at work, a 9-to-5 grocery store clerk decides to make a rash decision about his future, and takes his life by the horns.

Watch Conveyor Belt here:

Brett is currently working in post production for two web-series that he developed and directed with 2016 releases (PhiBeR and Sex Drive). He is also currently developing a short film about culture in America.

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Metáfora, written, directed and music composed by Sebastian Wesman

Metáfora (2015)
Synopsis written by
Leila Goldberg

Metáfora is the first feature film of the filmmaker and composer Sebastian Wesman. It is a symbolic voyage inside the dream of an old woman. With an innovative cinematographic language, Metáfora takes us to a state of meditation where we experience different characters looking for the same answer.

Metáfora was filmed in Estonia during the four seasons of the year and it is in the Estonian language.
The film is divided into three stages each of which represents a stage of sleep, the depth of the dream of the old woman. The film unites elements of sculpture, music, theatre and photography – arts through which the director has transited before.

Subtly modified natural spaces create a scenography that is both real and unreal at the same time. An equilibrium from which rises a new aesthetic. The film encounters us with compositions for soprano, string quartet, orchestra, solo violin and intervened ambiental sounds. All of which are original pieces composed for the film by its director.

Metáfora includes the presence of professional actors and people who had never acted before. These opposite forms give an interesting dimension to the film. In other moments it is the landscape that becomes the main character.

The film is written in a reflective and intimate narrative tempo. Represented in the film by the voice-over of the old woman. This voice blends with the different elements of the film, creating something similar to a cinematographic mantra.

With a cinematographic language that is hypnotic, meditative and innovative in its aesthetic form, Metáfora is a film, an experience, a new encounter with the senses.

Technical information:
Written, directed and music composed by Sebastian Wesman
Producer: Anneli Kõressaar, Sebastian Wesman, Otros Parámetros Films
Sound engineer: Grete Schneider
Editing: Sebastian Wesman
Soprano: Mai Liivamäe
Technical assistant: Martin-Eero Kõressaar
Poster: Sparrek

Cast:
Mart Aas
Laine Taalberg
Siiri Sillat
Frank Elvedon
Dmirti Lihhatshov
Anneli Kõressaar
Original language: Estonian ; Subtitles: English
Length: 82 minutes ; Format: DCP, DVD
Otros Parámetros Films 2015

Metáfora will have its first screening at Lago Film Fest in Italy in July and will thereafter begin its tour at the festivals of Europe, South America and Asia.

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mJsl4Cxppw

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This Used To Be Our Dream, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt

Synopsis: A very important decision leads a young man to ponder the possibilities of a future that could have been. A short film starring Courtney Birk and Marc Schöttner.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor & Writer……Ashleigh Coffelt
Starring……Courtney Birk, Marc Schöttner, Rashieda Awan
Special Thanks……Holli Baum, Greg Birk, Gabe Coffelt, Josiah David
Score Written and Performed……Hal Rosenfeld

See the film here: https://vimeo.com/129696958

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The Badger Game, directed by Thomas Zambeck

Synopsis: Liam is a successful advertising executive with money to burn and a healthy appetite for infidelity. Alex is his scorned mistress, hell-bent on revenge against the married man who wronged her. Matched against each other, the two quickly fall into a downward spiral of sex, extortion, and murder.​

At first, the plan seemed simple: take Liam hostage and threaten to expose his indiscretion, lest he pay a healthy sum of money. But Alex knows she can’t do it alone. Enter Kip (her unhinged brother), Jane (an exotic dancer), and Shelly (a desperate wallflower). With the table set and the team in place, Liam soon finds himself held against his will – his perfect world about to crumble.​

But Liam won’t go down without a fight. Forced to reckon with four mysterious captors and impossible odds, his only hope is to turn the quartet against each other and make it through the night alive.​

Lust, suspense, violence, and cynicism go head-to-head in THE BADGER GAME, a crime-comedy that will have audiences holding their breath until the very last frame.

A press release and trailer can be found at the link below, and additional info on the film can be read at www.thebadgergame.com

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/95033/the-badger-game-exclusive-trailer-premiere-and-distro-news/

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The Return

The Return is a psychological thriller set in and around Glossopdale and follows a film crew who come to Glossop to make a documentary. On their arrival they discover that there is something strange about this sleepy little town…are there ghosts? Parallel dimensions? Or is it all a hoax?

The film’s psychological angle draws you in, whilst building the suspense, and feeding you information to keep your mind racing and questioning what is going on…

The Return is a unique film as it is made by ‘Life you Choose Productions,’ an arts and multimedia group for people with learning difficulties. Our members have all participated in the storyline, camerawork, equipment and acted in the film.

Watch The Return here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_oPQXDsA8w

Made by Life you choose: https://www.facebook.com/lifeyouchoose

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Searching for Camelot, directed by Roger Paradiso

Searching For Camelot Trailer from Nicholas Dewitt on Vimeo.

Searching For Camelot is a documentary about a group of millennials who explore the romantic fantasy of “Camelot”. Why did Jackie choose Camelot to frame her husband’s thousand days in Office? What was the connection to Camelot? Was there a secret love affair in the White House? How did Jack and Jackie influence and inspire generations, including the current generation appearing in this film? You will see and hear things you never knew, told by people who are only interested in finding the truth behind the myth.

Jack and Jackie Kennedy rocked the world with their campaign for Peace, Equality and Culture, forever changing the course of History. We see these events through the eyes of our young searchers. They may have heard about some of these events, but by listening to our experts and by doing their own research they present an interesting and original perspective on the Kennedy legacy. This is a celebration of a great love story and two remarkable people who brought America into the New Frontier of hope and dreams that in time changed the World.

“A man may die, nations may fall, but an idea lives on” – John F.Kennedy

Find out more and follow the film on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Searching-For-Camelot/627770000646959?ref=bookmarks

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Trymester, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt, written by Courtney Birk and Ashleigh Coffelt

Synopsis: Trymester is an experimental film about a man who is caught in-between his wants and responsibilities.

Watch Trymester here: https://vimeo.com/118258523

Bio: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do. Courtney Birk.

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Belvidere directed by Ashleigh Coffelt, written by and starring Courtney Birk

Description: Belvidere is an experimental film about a girl who tries to move on from inevitable change.

Watch Belvidere here: https://vimeo.com/117457183

Bio: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do. Courtney Birk.

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X: The Human Condition, directed by Michael Nova

A love story of a different kind…Two alienated artists, each trapped in their own surreal existence, believe that no one else feels their feelings of alienation and loneliness, yet still retain some hope that there is someone out there who understands. Each is mysteriously driven to create the ultimate work of art, one that will make a difference.
Desperate, they each create something magical… living, breathing works of art that take over where they left off, inspiring other lonely people to come together…

X: The Human Condition draws on Michael Nova’s own past experience of feeling alienated while facing and overcoming life challenges, and this film is his inspired mission to speak for and help those who are experiencing their own personal challenges. X: The Human Condition is the allegorical story of two individuals searching for human connection in their increasingly cold, technologically-driven lives. A timely story, as studies show that people feel more alone than ever despite being more connected than ever, it is already resonating with people worldwide (it’s received rave reviews from Mexico to Australia).

As president of Nova Music Productions, Inc., Michael was featured in the New York Times as a pioneer in offering multiple services to independent artists in the music industry. Educating his clients to “do it yourself,” Michael followed his own advice and completed X: The Human Condition as a D.I.Y. undertaking. With no previous film industry experience, he fully funded, wrote, directed and co-edited the film portion of the project while composing and co-producing the music. Despite losing his sight and being stricken with chronic kidney disease, Michael worked for 12 years and completed X: The Human Condition on a shoestring budget. He’s written an article to help other indie filmmakers that is available free for download at: http://hypnoticalentertainment.com/keys-to-successful-filmmaking/.

You can see the film trailer at http://hypnoticalentertainment.com/media/.

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Trigger, starring Courtney Birk and Ashleigh Coffelt

Film synopsis: Trigger is an experimental film about a woman in the midst of a relapse where wakes up disoriented on the beach, while her caretaker searches to find her before it’s too late.

Watch: https://vimeo.com/111705906

From Courtney Birk: Ashleigh Coffelt and I have been making experimental short films for about a year now. After two full length features, and 15 shorts later we are now sponsored and have moved over to California to continue making our dream happen. I always told myself that I could be anything that I wanted to be, but never did I think that an independent filmmaker would be in the mix somewhere. I have finally found my passion. I just hope that everyone who watches this short appreciates it as much as I do.

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