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Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Cinema at the Wythe Hotel
Brooklyn, NY
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Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Williamsburg Shorts 7:00pm-9:00pm

Settling Up
Director-Ruben Hernandez
After learning that his Tinder dates don't qualify as a tax write-off, Chip contacts all of his dates from the past year to ask for reimbursement on all those drinks, dinners, and movie tickets. (5 minutes)

Director-Mike Suchmann
Amy is a weed dealer trying to make ends meet. Shes never been failed by her trusty referral system, until she gets a text from Mark, one fateful summer afternoon. (18 minutes)

Like Daughter, Like Mother
Director-Clyde Baldo
A mother and Daughter navigate the world of online dating together. (19 minutes)

An American Life
Director-Theo Mahy
In 2014, Hugo fulfills his lifelong dream of leaving France to live in New York City. As he builds his life as an ex- pat, he experiences what comes with being in America... President and all. (13 minutes)

The Clarinet
Director-Anne Windsland
A woman is practicing her clarinet - what happens when the neighbor tries to stop her? (4 minutes)

Director-Harry Boadu
Tracy and Fatima, a Black woman and a Muslim woman, are two friends enjoying breakfast  when a news story reveals a police officer has been shot in their area. Now both friends try to play it cool with one another, while secretly fearing the worst for whom the shooter could be. (6 minutes)

Know Me So Well
Director-Starr Nathan
When a Brooklyn-dwelling British woman in her late 20s realizes her relationship has run its course, she decides to explore a new romance, sending her on a journey of self-love, regret, and heartbreaking consequences. (8 minutes)

Director-Natalie Shaheen
Paralyzed by feelings of failure, Grace completely withdraws from her life. (7 minutes)

Drown the Clown
Director-Sinclair Rankin
When a young girl fails to dunk a clown at a county fair, her father steps up to avenge her loss. (8 minutes)

The Owner is In
Director-Phil Cheney
A recently widowed man struggles to cope with grief and loneliness within his home. As bizarre incidents begin to occur, he is unsure if his sanity is unraveling or if supernatural elements are at play. But nothing is as it seems and changing perspectives make all the difference. (19 minutes)

Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Its Complicated 9:30pm-11:30pm

Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay
Director-Kyle Colgan
Tyler gets fired from his job for inappropriate behavior and has to deal with the consequences. (18 minutes)

Miss Freelance
Director-Matthew Levine
A week in the life of a young woman who freelances for strange men throughout New York City. (19 minutes)

165 Starr
Director-Thomas Moore
A woman is trapped inside of her apartment building in much the same way as shes trapped in a dysfunctional relationship. (17 minutes)

Director-Dave Solomon
Mary and James return to their family's beach house to restart their lives, but the ghosts of an unresolved past are still unexpectedly present... (18 minutes)

Zoe in Review
Director-Stacey Larkins
An emotionally fractured woman examines her past in search of answers for her present entanglement. (15 minutes)

Director-Ian Adelson
On a night out with friends in NYC, Cleo, a troubled and uncertain young actress is seduced by a mysterious figure at the bar. (14 minutes)

Director-Bonnie Foster
A fashion model leaves her life for the desert...and meets a mysterious stranger who finally brings the change see has been looking for. (24 minutes)

Friday, November 22nd, 2019
A Womans Lot

Carry My Heart to the Yellow River
Director-Alexis Van Hurkman
Taking her friend's place on a bike tour to the Yellow River, a high school graduate travels to faraway Gannan and races the clock to share pictures of the journey. (21 minutes)

Director-Leonard Raaf
20-something year old Agnes, seeks independence in traveling to Iceland on her own. With a promising job as an au pair for two twin girls, she seems to have found the perfect base for her search in personal reinvention. But once arriving, Agnes quickly meets a darker truth as she is thrown into a world of distress. (34 minutes)

My Daughter Yoshiko
Director-Brian Blum
With her daughter Yoshiko diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her husband overseas serving in the military, Saki Omura is finding it harder and harder to cope. (15 minutes)

Always on the Edge
Director-Fran Alvarez Collado
With the lack of female roles for an actress older than 40, Elena feels the struggle of show business never
ending. The desire to keep fighting makes her plan a solution. (23 minutes)

Director-Gretl Claggett
All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, up against a recession, she's become a different kind of storm chaser - hawking storm-doors "door-to-door" around Shamrock, USA, for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth: a cult-like father figure to Bonnie and his tribe of young sales bucks. (28 minutes)

Psychological Thrillers 8:45-10:30pm

The Taxidermist
Director-Natalie Johnson
Claire, a woman taxidermist, grieves her recent late-term miscarriage that she had by herself in the middle of the night in her taxidermy shop. (8 minutes)

The Statement
Director-Kenyon Noble
Aspiring actress Braden Turner awakens, bruised and broken, to find herself facing interrogation after a violent incident she can barely recall. Pushed to the edge by a determined investigator demanding answers and exposing a painful past, she struggles to piece together any details. Not everything is what it seems in this psychological thriller with an unsettling twist. (23 minutes)

Roses are Blind
Director-Gui Agustini
College student Julie discovers her family secret. Her parents make sure that it stays with her. (18 minutes)

Director-Robert Grabow
A Machiavellian acting teacher pushes an aspiring actor to her breaking point with his unconventional method. (15 minutes)

Director-Max Lakner
Young aspiring filmmaker Caleb is making a verite style film starring himself and his girlfriend Fiona, who endures the filmmaking process until she can't take any more. (17 minutes)

Far From Ordinary
Director-Paul Bugarin
David Thompson is an unassuming outsider who is about to embark on a big time project that will change his life forever. He updates his social media followers of his progress every step of the way.(14 minutes)

The Fifth of November
Director-Javier Augusto Nunez
A psychological thriller following Jane, a survivor of a mass shooting. As she prepares to celebrate another birthday, the traumatic break shows itself, a reflection of Americas insatiable gun culture.
(15 minutes)

Our Now our Feature Presentation 10:30-12:00am
Drastic Measures
Director-Wade Alexander
A couple struggling in their marriage head out of town for the weekend and soon face unexpected visitors who challenge them at every turn. (1 hour 20 minutes)

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Just for a Laugh

Coffee and a Donut
Director-Cary Patrick Martin
A story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in....ordering breakfast at the local diner. (12 minutes)

American Marriage
Director-Giorgio Arcelli Fontana
Leonardo, an Italian immigrant who lives in New York, marries a Latina woman, Nikki, to obtain the American green card. Through the comedy of it all Nikki and Leo fall in love for real but it looks like "Uncle Sam" will be the one to have the last laugh. (15 minutes)

Lady Liberty
Director-Taylor Lee Nagel
Shea is an aspiring comic who longs to live outside the shadow of her celebrity bosss fame. After shes dumped by her first (secret) love, Shea begins to explore her queer identity and confides in a stranger, Quinn, a cool confident gay woman. (26 minutes)

Do You Also Feel a Tingle?
Director-Lucia Valverde
Alba is flourishing. At that strange age where she isnt a girl nor a woman, she faces love, sexuality and the overwhelming power of hormones for the first time. (20 minutes)

First Disco
Director-Helen OReilly
Its 1983, Culture Club are no. 1, everyones glued to Knight Rider, and Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, shes going to her first disco. The only problem is that shes getting train tracks before her big night and becomes besieged by self-consciousness.
(18 minutes)

Chills and Thrills

The Ghost of Hank Williams
Director-Ari Selinger
The story of a down and out ghost hunting couple who find themselves at The American Hotel, a strange historic landmark where country legend Hank Williams died at 29 under mysterious circumstances on New Years Eve, 1953. (15 minutes)

The Helping Hand
Director-Brenden Hubbard
From the Academy Award winning team behind Curfew, The Helping Hand explores the ties between technology and a growing family. With a new baby at home, young parents adopt a hi-tech monitoring system. Will it be an answer to their woes or have they invited a monster into their home? (10 minutes)

Director-Jesi Le Rae
Jaz and Jen set out for a spiritual retreat away from the city with their dog. Jaz, a little uptight, gives in on trusting Jen's discovery to stay at a private home through an app. A feeling of entitlement to everyday being guaranteed, the women set out for a life changing venture. (10 minutes)

Director-David Hebrero Lobelos
A retired supernatural documentarian receives the visit of a woman who claims to have crossed from a different reality. (24 minutes)

Director-Sean Lewis
Soren and Abbie go to the woods for a fun afternoon. Except, Soren's got a secret grudge and a wicked sense of games to play. (8 minutes)

The Hungry
Director-Patrick OHala Hunger sucks... (8 minutes)

The Orchard Girl
Directors-Nicholas Dunlevy, Erin Elders
A fashion photography crew heads to a remote ranch house to shoot, only to get terrorized by a pair of ghoulish strangers. (13 minutes)

Saturday Night Feature

Bad Impulse
Director-Michelle Danner
In the aftermath of a traumatic event, a suburban husband and father buys a cutting-edge home security system, only to find that it slowly destroys that which he most wants to protect. (1 hour 39 minutes)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

Short Doc Block

Requiem for Williamsburg
Director-Yara Hannema
Requiem for Williamsburg tells the compelling story of Paulien Lethen, a Dutch artist and divorced mother who moves to New York in the early eighties to follow her heart. Paulien watches gentrification affecting her beloved neighborhood in a way she never thought possible. (30 minutes)

Sweet Soul in Exile
Director-Tyler A. Chase
Sweet Soul in Exile is an odic encapsulation of the eviction of prominent sculptor, Deborah Masters from her loft of twenty years at 475 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn NY. (8 minutes)

The Distance Between Us
Director-Jeffrey Wu
Accompanied by his father and equipped with filming gear, a grandson travels to his homeland in China to capture what would be his final moments with his grandmother. (5 minutes)

Hometown, Somewhere Like Me
Director-HyunJoo Lee
A woman embarks on an unexpected journey to Mokpo, a harbor city in Korea. (11 minutes)

Never Give Up
Director-Jonathan Schooling
In 2014 Mekon had to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. (16 minutes)

Yves and Variation
Director-Lydia Cornett
Every day, concierge Yves Deshommes practices his violin behind the front desk of a Manhattan office building. But during the hours outside his shift, Yves's life is revealed to be equal parts intrepid and inspiring. (15 minutes)

Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Its Very Complicated 4:40pm-6:30pm

Trips Duplage
Director-Spencer Squire
A disgruntled boy toy murders his older sugar mommy, attempting to conceal his crime by assuming her identity. (15 minutes)

Director-Leandro Goddinho and Paulo Menezes
Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party. (14 minutes)

Director-Cameron Fife
Never trust a Craigslist weed dealer. (18 minutes)

Another Round
Director-Brandon Regina
A man and a woman have a drink to rekindle their former relationship, but they may be harboring secrets that could lead to the ultimate betrayal. (15 minutes)

Ride or Die
Director-Josalynn Smith
When true love is the beginning of the end.... (10 minutes)

This Happened to You...?
Director-Ana Maria Estrada
An old couple coming back to the country after 30 years and find that everything has changed due to Alzheimers disease. (15 minutes)


Cinema at the Wythe Hotel (View)
80 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States



Minimum Age: 6
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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