2020 GIFF-CON Selected Films

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Galveston Island Film Festival!

Dear filmmakers, enthusiasts and Galveston Island Film Society members,

 

Welcome to the selected films event of the virtual 2020 Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference

(GIFF-CON). Thank you for supporting our virtual film festival and film society. As a token of our appreciation, we are making the virtual 2020 selected films available for you to watch for free and share your comments on your favorite film on your social media. 

 

If you are not already a member, we invite you to join Galveston Island Film Society. We also welcome your tax-deductible donation which will helps support the film society’s mission to educate, inspire, create and showcase.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Sherrill D. Hilton

Founder/CEO 

Galveston Island Film Society

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Cagney and Lacey meet Murder, She Wrote with the calming additions of tea, pie and the inevitable church potluck in Mrs. Hunter is Dead.

Even crime is cozy in the small Midwestern town of Bay Harbor. Middle-aged amateur sleuths Christine Hunter and Kathleen Conley team up this winter holiday season to answer Bay Harbor's big mystery: who is stealing the baby Jesus figurines from the church nativity sets around town?

 

When Mrs. Hunter herself disappears, her best friend, Kathleen Conley, has no choice but to get the Bay Harbor Police involved.

Directed by:      Teresa Moore

Produced by:    Ali Pepper, Jess Elfring, Teresa Moore,

                         Austin Millet

Screenwriter:   Teresa Moore

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A simple, forthright engineer travels from India to United States chasing the American Dream. Over the next few years, he faces discrimination due to racism in all the workplaces. This short film looks at the thoughts of this person while he comes across each incidence. The film also delves into the mindset of this individual while he is going through a depressive phase to the end where he cannot take it anymore and what he finally does to answer his mind's need to solve this problem.

Directed by:      Jay Mohan

Produced by:    Look Around Film

Screenwriter:    Jay Mohan

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While on her way to a business meeting, Ms. Rossi takes an interesting detour.

Directed by:      Pat Battistini

Produced by:    Pat Battistini

Screenwriter:    Pat Battistini

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With a precarious fate approaching, Danny, an autistic teenager, and his older brother David perform a familiar childhood ritual to lighten the gravity of their plight. As time runs out, however, the brothers must leave their childhood behind to confront family demons, challenge futile beliefs, and transcend communication barriers to find solace amidst their crumbling world.

Directed by:      Craig Mooneyham, Jacob Reynolds

Produced by:     Craig Mooneyham, Jacob Reynolds, 

                          Molly Vernon

Screenwriter:     Craig Mooneyham

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A teenager cares for her younger sibling and multi-ethnic local orphans in the face of danger after her Grandmother
is killed surrendering to the Mexican Army toward the end of the Texas Revolution.

Directed by:       Molly Vernon

Produced by:      James Seyer, Molly Vernon

Screenwriter:     Molly Vernon

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A woman gets more than she bargained for when the pet shelter she visits offers human adoptions as well as pets. 

Directed by:      Cathy Lynn Yonek

Produced by:    Cathy Lynn Yonek, Sophia Thomas, 

                         Chad Boersema

Screenwriter:    Cathy Lynn Yonek

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As a boy, Clark always felt like the odd bird in his conservative ranch family. To cope, he created a comic book, “The Adventures of Odd Bird,” making himself the hero of his own story. Now 19, a publisher is interested in his work and Clark needs to return home to get the comic manuscript…and tell his mom his truth. Clark fears once
he tells her he’s gay, he won’t be welcome there again.

Directed by:     Katy Dore

Produced by:    Katy Dore, Steve Davis

Screenwriter:    Katy Dore

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This short film features the San Marcos river in Texas and the attempts of the San Marcos community to keep the river alive. The film director, Nick Breaux, shows his own love for this unique gem through everyday persistence: fighting against invasive plants, replacing them with native species (including famous Texas Wild Rice that grows only in this river and nowhere else on the planet), cleaning up trash left by tourists, and trying to spread knowledge about this magical area. It is up to us to decide what the future of this area and all its inhabitants will look like.

Directed by:       Nicholas Breaux

Produced by:      Nicholas Breaux,  Tania Romero, 

                           Monique Contreras Barajas, 

                           Patrick Fernandez, Valentina Khalimon

Screenwriters:    Nicholas Breaux, Valentina Khalimon

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The Jewish 48’ers: is the story of revolution failed and redeemed. Freedom Fighters, inspired by the social ideals of the American and French Revolutions to take on the Feudal Monarchies in uprisings across Europe in 1848. While these revolts were crushed and participants hounded, many found refuge and purpose in the United States.

Directed by:      Peter Kovacs Rosenbluth

Produced by:    Peter B. Zachmann

Screenwriter:    Peter Kovacs Rosenbluth, Jordan Auslander

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Dialogue free and universal in its story-telling, Stood Up is

a short film filled with memories of happily ever after’s and love at first sight. Charming, loyal and perpetually single Ben is tired of always being the best friend and wing-man. After deciding to shake things up, he agrees to a blind date.

But, when things go awry, will fate step in and save him from forever being friend-zoned?

Directed by:      Cjay Boisclair

Produced by:     Cjay Boisclair

Screenwriter:    Cjay Boisclair

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"Dignity" is a love story between a woman and her family. However, the family's strength is tested when a moral decision must be made.

Directed by:     Pat Battistini

Produced by:    Pat Battistini, Jason Goulet,

                         Adam Karwowski, Lorey Hayes

Screenwriter:   Pat Battistini

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As a girl drops from the sky onto a crowded beach, a mysterious man drives at breakneck speed towards her.

Directed by:      Orson Cornick

Produced by:    Orson Cornick, Akiko Cornick

Screenwriter:    Orson Cornick

Thank You!

To all the filmmakers who were selected, we would like to say thank you for allowing The Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference to share your voice and vision. We wish you all tremendous success in your future creative endeavors.

Sincerely,

Sherrill D. Hilton – Founder/Owner