Cinequest 2014

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1. Friended to Death (2014)

R | 94 min | Comedy

26 Metascore

A dark comedy about a social media junkie who fakes his own death via social media just to see which of his "friends" will show up to the funeral.

Director: Sarah Smick | Stars: Ryan Hansen, James Immekus, Zach McGowan, Sarah Smick

Votes: 429

2. Sold (2016)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

49 Metascore

A girl risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India.

Director: Jeffrey D. Brown | Stars: Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Priyanka Bose, Tillotama Shome

Votes: 1,252

3. East Side Sushi (2014)

PG | 106 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Single mom Juana can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. After working at a fruit-vending cart for years, she decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Lucero | Stars: Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Kaya Jade Aguirre

Votes: 2,122 | Gross: $3.50M

4. Eternity: The Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

28 Metascore

Todd Lucas is a naive songwriter from the Midwest. BJ Fairchild is a brash saxophonist from The Valley. Alone, they are pathetic losers. Together, they form the most mediocre R&B duo of the 1980s - Eternity.

Director: Ian Thorpe | Stars: Barrett Crake, Myko Olivier, Eric Roberts, Martin Kove

Votes: 42

5. The Rugby Player (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary

THE RUGBY PLAYER is an uplifting and stereotype-shattering documentary that tells the story of a mother, a son, and what it takes to be a hero. The film explores the lives of Mark Bingham, ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Gracheff | Stars: Mark Bingham, Alice Hoglan

Votes: 26

6. Fruitvale Station (2013)

R | 85 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand

Votes: 65,371 | Gross: $16.10M

7. A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide (2014)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

A feel-good film about suicide! After many failed attempts at suicide, twenty-something Tom comes to the conclusion that he needs to think outside the box. He plans out the spectacular ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Hughes | Stars: Mandy Bhari, Ray Crofter, Scott Cunningham, Keith Grantham

Votes: 35

8. The David Dance (2014)

108 min | Drama

David, the host of a local gay radio show in Buffalo, New York, struggles with self-doubt when his single sister asks him to be the father figure for her soon to be adopted Brazilian child.... See full summary »

Director: Aprill Winney | Stars: Don Scime, Guy Adkins, Antoinette LaVecchia, Jordan Baker

Votes: 58

9. Ida (2013)

PG-13 | 82 min | Drama

91 Metascore

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Jerzy Trela

Votes: 42,957 | Gross: $3.83M

10. Grand Piano (2013)

R | 90 min | Horror, Music, Mystery

61 Metascore

A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under the eyes of a mysterious sniper, who will shoot and kill him if a wrong note is played.

Director: Eugenio Mira | Stars: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishé, Tamsin Egerton

Votes: 15,592 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Baramgwa hamjje sarajida (2012)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy, History

In late 18th century ice is a commodity more valuable than gold. When corrupt officials conspire to form a monopoly and fix its price, a gang of 11 professionals is formed to steal all the royal ice blocks in five storage for a night

Director: Joo-Ho Kim | Stars: Tae-Hyun Cha, Ji-Ho Oh, Hyo-Rin Min, Chae-yeong Lee

Votes: 583

12. Hunting Elephants (2013)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

In Jerusalem, a bullied teen befriends his grandfather and long lost uncle and soon they decide to solve their financial problems by robbing a bank.

Director: Reshef Levi | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, Patrick Stewart, Gil Blank

Votes: 913

13. The Grand Seduction (2013)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.

Director: Don McKellar | Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent

Votes: 13,771 | Gross: $3.41M

14. Small Time (2014)

R | 104 min | Drama

54 Metascore

A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father on the lot of his used-car business.

Director: Joel Surnow | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Devon Bostick, Dean Norris, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 1,187

15. SlingShot (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, News

SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Lazarus | Star: Dean Kamen

Votes: 861

16. Under the Same Sun (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, History, War

The film is set in the near future, and it looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It is the story of two businessmen - one Palestinian and one Israeli - who ... See full summary »

Director: Sameh Zoabi | Stars: Ali Suliman, Dirar Suleiman, Mahmud Abu-Jazi, Lucy Aharish

Votes: 22

17. Love in the Time of Monsters (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

Two sisters travel to a cheesy tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters dressed in bigfoot costumes in order to save the ones they love.

Director: Matt Jackson | Stars: Gena Shaw, Kane Hodder, Marissa Skell, Danny Vasquez

Votes: 182

18. Daddy ABC (2013)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy | Completed

Two loving couple are blessed with a newborn baby. Their new blessing changes everything, and the mother is taking the major load of baby duty. Until one day she gets to a point where she ... See full summary »

Director: Hamad Alawar | Stars: Ibrahim al Khemeiri, Latifa Bin Ghannam

Votes: 37

19. A Dream at the Edge of Land (2013)

8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Simple silhouettes and old photographs shape hand-colored 16mm textures into a dream-like vision of shorelines and seascapes.

Director: Steve Wood

20. Drunker Than a Skunk (2013)

4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The adaptation from a poem by Walt Curtis about a cowboy town that torments the local drunk.

Director: Bill Plympton | Stars: Jeremy Baumann, Walt Curtis

Votes: 24

21. Love in the Time of Advertising (2014)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Love in the Time of Advertising is an animated short film about a young man living inside of a billboard, charged with updating the advertisements. When a tear in the sign reveals a ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Berenty, David Bokser | Stars: Hunter Curra, Jillinda Palmer

Votes: 31

22. The Missing Scarf (2013)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.

Director: Eoin Duffy | Star: George Takei

Votes: 391

23. Mr Hublot (2013)

11 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion.

Directors: Alexandre Espigares, Laurent Witz

Votes: 4,036

24. The Numberlys (2013)

12 min | Animation, Short, Family

The Numberlys is an epic homage to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, but for kids. Friends 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 live in a world where there is no alphabet - only numbers. One day, they decide they want ... See full summary »

Directors: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg | Stars: Joe Bluhm, Calvin O'Neal Jr., Tyler Schatz

Votes: 31

25. Put a Lid on It (2013)

3 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Cats, dogs, ants and swans enjoy an unexpectedly adventurous and colorful evening of frolic, music, libations and more.

Director: Ellen Osborne

26. The Rise and Fall of Globosome (2014)

6 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

In the vastness of space, there's a a small speck of rock inhabited by the most peculiar lifeforms: Dark little dots that start to replicate fast and begin to show signs of intelligence.

Director: Sascha Geddert | Star: Gottfried Mentor

Votes: 40

27. Salmon Deadly Sins (2014)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Five thousand salmon colored index cards, the seven deadly sins, bizarre anagrams and a host of serendipitous occurrences have mingled in the artist's imagination and emerged on paper as ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Vander Meer

28. Stick Out (2013)

2 min | Animation, Short | Completed

Sometimes life is not about the destination. It is about the journey.

Director: Anthony Farquhar-Smith

29. StrAngel: The Angel of the Odd (2013)

20 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

EDGAR a true bachelor, who devoted himself to the compulsive logic of reason and the categorical imperative, not only denies the existence of coincidences and stroke of fate, he also ... See full summary »

Directors: Georg-Sebastian Dreßler, Daniel von Braun | Star: Thomas Rushforth

Votes: 18

30. Subconscious Password (2013)

11 min | Animation, Short

Forgetting somebody's name is the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Don McKellar, Ron Pardo, Patrice Goodman, Ray Landry

Votes: 144

31. The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 and 3/4 (2013)

Not Rated | 4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

His name is Desmondo Ray. He enjoys peeing in the rain, altering offensive graffiti, and listening to sad music while having happy thoughts. This is his dating tape.

Director: Steve Baker | Stars: Bill Waters, Sue Baker, Steve Baker

Votes: 50

32. Biograf (2013)

30 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi | Completed

Sergey Krugov works at the Research Center for Personality Reconstruction. His job is to modify people's fates by changing their past. But can he make them truly happy? And can he find his own happiness?

Director: Viktor Gorbachov | Stars: Alexey Medvedev, Miriam Sekhon, Archibald Archibaldovich, Sonya Raizman

33. Box (IV) (2013)

6 min | Short

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.

Directors: Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Bradley G. Munkowitz | Star: Tarik Abdel-Gawad

Votes: 35

34. Cargo (2013)

7 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his infant daughter.

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Stars: Andy Rodoreda, Alison Gallagher, Ruth Venn, Yolanda Ramke

Votes: 2,440

35. A Conversation About Cheating with My Time Travelling Future Self (2012)

9 min | Short, Drama

A man travels back in time to tell himself his life will get better if he cheats on his girlfriend.

Director: Pornsak Pichetshote | Stars: Bobby Campo, Lauren Kruse, Haley Webb

Votes: 17

36. Gödel Incomplete (2013)

13 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A time-travel romance between one of the great minds of the 20th Century, Kurt Godel, and a lonely particle physicist, Serita Cedric, a research student working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Director: Martha Goddard | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Arthur Dignam, Christian Manon, Matt Zeremes

Votes: 33

37. I'm Twenty-Three and There's a Fucking Monster Under My Bed (2013)

4 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A young man moves back in with his parents after college, only to discover that the monster - which tormented him as a child - is still in his bedroom.

Director: Jeremy Ungar | Stars: Ross Philips, Sara Lindsey, Nicholas Cutro, L. Ron Cohen

Votes: 6

38. Over the Moon (2013)

8 min | Animation, Short, Action

Heroine Connie Radar defends the moon from the USA and attempts to prevent the first moon landing.

Director: James Cunningham | Stars: Damien Avery, Calum Gittins, Anna Jullienne, David Van Horn

Votes: 11

39. Shift (I) (2013)

11 min | Short, Crime, Sci-Fi

A discredited scientist plans an elaborate heist to prove his genius and reclaim his ruined reputation.

Director: James Croke | Stars: Lindsay Farris, Shameer Birges, Chloe Schwank, Rob Flanagan

Votes: 33

40. Sorry About Tomorrow (2013)

Not Rated | 8 min | Short, Romance, Sci-Fi

Baldwin's life is spinning out of control. Luckily, he's been working on a time machine with some friends and decides to take a chance to see if he can fix it.

Director: Motke Dapp | Stars: John Ferguson, Colleen Helm, Beth Mathews, Emmaline Weedman

Votes: 18

41. A Stitch in Time: for $9.99 (2014)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

Laura Fein has an appointment at a time travel agency to have a burning question answered: Does her coworker like her?

Director: Mu Sun | Stars: Kim Kutner, Kieron Elliott, Jeff Blumberg, Catherine Taber

Votes: 8

42. A Is for Alex (2014)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An inventor accidentally lands his mother in jail for child pornography with a teenage sex tape he kept. In this raunchy, comedic blend of personal nonfiction and sci-fi, panicked dad to be... See full summary »

Director: Alex Orr | Stars: Alex Orr, Katie Orr, Daniel L. Kelly, Judith Beasly

Votes: 18

43. The Purple Onion (2015)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

Inspired by the standup acts of real life Chinese American comedian Edwin Li, a young man in San Francisco spirals downward into disappointment until he finds solace in a brief sexual ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Szymanowski | Stars: Edwin Li, Noreen Lee, Carla Clay, Vint Carmona

Votes: 9

44. Sex(Ed) the Movie (2014)

Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, History

Remember how you learned about sex? Sex(ed): The Movie captures the humor, shock and vulnerability people face when learning about sex, through the lens of the often hilarious, only ... See full summary »

Director: Brenda Goodman

Votes: 62

45. Razredni sovraznik (2013)

112 min | Drama

Relations between the students and the new teacher of German are extremely tense. When one female student commits suicide, her schoolmates blame the teacher for her death. An awareness that... See full summary »

Director: Rok Bicek | Stars: Igor Samobor, Natasa Barbara Gracner, Tjasa Zeleznik, Masa Derganc

Votes: 1,823

46. The Desert Fish (2013)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

A poetic, visual treat about a young boy in search of his mother who was lost at sea more than eight years ago, the story inspires courage, hope and determination.

Director: Mohammad Ghorbankarimi | Stars: Ayoub Afshar, Iman Afshar, Mohsen Hosseini, Ronak Yoonesi

Votes: 24

47. Finsterworld (2013)

91 min | Drama

A number of individuals in Germany whose lives are connected in some ways, and all of them have dark sides which may shock us to the core.

Director: Frauke Finsterwalder | Stars: Christoph Bach, Margit Carstensen, Jakub Gierszal, Corinna Harfouch

Votes: 1,683

48. Go Down Death (2013)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Physical and psychological devastation ravage a forsaken town. Based on the folktales of Jonathan Mallory Sinus.

Director: Aaron Schimberg | Stars: Lee Azzarello, Doug Barron, Burton Crane, Rayvin Disla

Votes: 33

49. The Human Experiment (2013)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A documentary that explores chemicals found in everyday household products.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman | Star: Sean Penn

Votes: 602

50. La carnada (2014)

17 min | Short, Drama

The film follows a 13 year old boy (Manny) from Tijuana as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the 'Devil's Highway', a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border.

Director: Josh Soskin | Stars: Angel Soto Jr., Carlos Valencia, Peter Reinert, Angelica Gonzalez

Votes: 75

51. Door God (2014)

24 min | Short, Drama, Family