SIFF Feature Programming


Thurs 6/9 * 12p * St. George Theatre

Dir Nicholas Caccese
After being sent to live with relatives in the wake of her father going to war in Iraq, a teenage girl discovers a lost diary in the old house. Within the diary she discovers a detailed account of a seven day period during the 60’s. She soon realizes that the account expresses the experiences of a group of young people in an orphanage, and their reactions to the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Sat 6/11 * 2p * St. George Theatre

Beautiful PeopleDir: Elzbieta Szoka
Beautiful People celebrates the passionate group of musicians that meet every Tuesday at Dempsey’s Pub in New York City’s East Village.  It’s currently the longest running traditional Irish seisiun in the city, and is unusual in it’s format in that it permits anyone entering the bar with an instrument and a love of what’s going on to sit and play. Selected interviews cover the diversity of the ensemble, male and female, ages ranging from 20 to 84, with backgrounds of not only Irish, but Italian, Jewish, and Asian descent.


Fri 6/10 * 6:10p * Snug Harbor Music Hall
Sat 6/11 * 12p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Close-UpAfter falling off the wagon to drug addiction, a once aspiring Actor tries to rekindle his career and win back his estranged wife and daughter, while trying to stay clean during the Holidays.

He soon finds himself immersed in a deep kinship with a young woman he meets. Over the course of one day on New Years Eve in NYC, she shows him how to stand up, rediscover himself and move on with his life.

Sat 6/11 * 12p * St. George Theatre 

Dir: Alexis Ostrander
Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America, narrated by Katey Sagal, is a captivating feature length documentary that proves a beauty pageant is more than just a sash and a crown. This inspiring piece follows five women with disabilities on their journeys towards the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant and explores the lives they lead in the face of adversity. Each woman handles a multitude of challenges on a daily basis with grace and strength, showing that belief in oneself is the most powerful force in life.

Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America

Thurs 6/9 * 2p * St. George Theatre
Fri 6/10 * 8p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Dir: Chad Edison Ritchie
One year after the death of her soon-to-be husband, Sarah shapes her life according to a strict routine, not allowing herself any shred of normalcy. Upon abruptly meeting someone from her fiances past, in the midst of one of her daily cycles, Sarah’s borderline compulsive habits are skewed, resulting in drastic shifts that lead her down a dark and grief stricken path.

Fields of November

Fri 6/10 * 4p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Fordson follows a high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan as it prepares for its rivalry game during the last ten days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fordson, a public school , boasts a 98% Arab-American population. ‘The film unearths the story of a community desperately holding onto its Islamic faith while struggling to gain acceptance in post 9-11 America. Fordson is an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

Thur 6/9 * 6p * St. George Theatre
Sat 6/11 * 6p * St. George Theatre

Dir: Sam Borowski
Three USC students, Justin (Zachary Abel), Chris (Bryan Williams) and Nikki (Ahney Her), get a job working the night shift in a retirement home. There, they are convinced to start an illegal nightclub by Albert (Ernest Borgnine), a resident who claims he ran the hottest nightclub in Los Angeles. They have a blast, throwing parties attended by seniors such as Dorothy (Sally Kellerman), Jerry (Mickey Rooney), Chuck (Rance Howard), and a few famous entertainers. But, they have to keep this paryting from their boss, Mrs. Keaton (Natasha Lyonne), a stickler for the rules and the “state law.”

Sat 6/11 * 8:10p * Snug Harbor Veteran’s Hall

Dir: John Gray
It’s early autumn of 1975 in Brooklyn and 18-year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is killing time, pulling off petty crimes with his street tough older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor), whom he both idolizes and fears. He doesn’t really want to be a criminal, but he doesn’t share the dreams of his old friends from their working class neighborhood either.

Fri 6/10 * 12:10p * Snug Harbor Vetran’s Hall

Dir: Stephen Scirppo
“A Safe House” is about a young man named Bill Solino (played by 23-year-old actor Danny Pennacchi) who discovers that not only his deceased father was a mobster but also that his uncle(John Felidi) may have had a hand in his fathers murder 20 years earlier. When Solino gets into some trouble, he finds himself on the run from the law hiding out a safe house and in a moral crisis, wherein he feels that allowing his uncle his uncle his uncle to get him off the hook would make him complicit in his fathers death.

A Safe House

Fri 6/10 * 6p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Dir: San Banarje
A couple receives a guest, a high school friend of the wife, who puts up for a weekend. What starts as a fun visit, soon turns into a psychological battle of ego, pride, power and obsession that peaks to a shattering climax. 

Thurs 6/9 * 10p * St. George Theatre
Fri 6/10 * 10p * St. George Theatre

Desert Rain | Dir. Steve LoffDir: Steve Loff
Dan and Skye want to leave their small desert town and chase their dreams in Los Angeles, but they’re broke, living in motels, and driving a stolen car.  Dan, a musician, is owed an undisclosed amount of cash by Lefty, a local music producer who sold him an empty dream and skipped out.  Moving through the dust and desperation of this southwest inferno, Dan and Skye hunt for Lefty, sweeping through a unique cast of characters along the trail, and making drastic decisions that only take them further from their goal – heading to L.A. and leaving this place behind.  Desert Rain can be likened to a modern day Bonnie and Clyde.

Friday 6/10 * 2:10p * Snug Harbor Vetran’s Hall

Dir: Craig Syracusa
Break Dancing and Hip Hop as a culture is looked upon by many people as negative and has many stereotypes attached. I set out to prove that we can learn from this evolving art form by the way these performers treat and respect one another. I took President Obama’s speech to heart and set out to prove that we need to eliminate racism and hate in our society and what better way then through the use of break dancing and hip hop a culture that has influenced millions.

TANZANIA: A Friendship Journey 
Sat 6/11 * 2p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Tanzania: A Friendship JourneyDir: Sylvia Caminer
After nine long years in the USA furthering his education Venance is traveling home to Tanzania with Kristen, his close American friend, from a vastly differing background. As they journey the countryside they experience the ancient culture, the contemporary poverty, and the eternal spirituality of his motherland. As Venance struggles to blend his newly learned western philosophy with that of tribal life Kristen experiences a life-changing transformation by observing first-hand the daily struggle to survive for many living on the continent. It is a dramatic, emotional, visually stunning odyssey that challenges and changes our protagonists forever. 

Childrens Literacy Society Hosts:
Sat 6/11 * 4:10p * Snug Harbor Veteran’s Hall

Dir. Gabriel Noble
At age 9, Priscilla, an adorable yet precocious little girl, tells her single-father, Jesse,: “I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.” Moved by Priscilla’s passion and impressed with her natural talent and undeniable charisma, he begins to teach her all he knows about rapping. In the four years that follow there is no question that rapping has brought Priscilla closer to her estranged father, and that her success has made him proud. Before our eyes, this father-daughter duo go from a one-bedroom shelter in Harlem to a 4 bedroom apartment, from food stamps to shopping sprees, from rapping on street corners to sold out night clubs, and from sneaking under train turnstiles without the $2 fare to spare to being driven around in tinted SUV’s. It is further undeniable that Jesse has been reborn, from looking at old photos and bitterly reflecting on how he never was given the respect he deserved in the music business as a rapper himself to finding his own voice and self-respect as his daughter’s overzealous manager. But in the efforts to make her dad proud, Priscilla struggles to remain a child and finds herself trapped in a world of people twice her size and four times her age and doesn’t know who to trust. Jesse himself is caught between wanting to protect his daughter’ innocence and exploiting her raw talent to fulfill his deferred dream. All they know is that the ride has just begun.

Friday 6/10 * 4:10p * Snug Harbor Veteran’s Hall

Dir: Flavio Alves | Feature
A reclusive, elderly widow, Anna Marshall, lives in quiet desperation following her husband’s death until she begins receiving daily phone calls from a silent stranger. At first Anna finds the calls intrusive, but as the calls continue unabated Anna finds herself waiting for her phone to ring with growing anticipation prompting her to reach out to her silent prankster. An odd and mysterious friendship evolves between the two as Anna shares her life experiences with startling honesty. Empty days are given new hope, but when the calls abruptly end a devastated Anna is compelled to surprising action to fill the unbearable void.

Fri 6/10 * 6p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Dir: Jen Senko and Fiore DeRosa
The “luxurification” of New York City, as in so many other global cities, has had far reaching effects on the middle class and working poor. It has “priced-out” small businesses and seen the onslaught of big corporate stores.   THE VANISHING CITY exposes the policies and economic philosophy behind New York’s finance dominated economy, the concentration of wealth, and the process that has subsidized luxury development and jeopardized the social fabric and neighborhoods that have always made New York unique.

Fri 6/10 * 12p * Snug Harbor Music Hall
Fri 6/10 * 10p * Snug Harbor Music Hall

Fri 6/10 * 2:10p * Snug Harbor Vetran’s Hall
Sat 6/11 * 8p * St. George Theatre

Dir: Lovinder Singh Gill  
“StaleMate” is a story about how we are 100% sure that we want something and then, in a split second, we realize we never wanted it in the first place.  Kayleigh has finally found the perfect man; unfortunately, he comes in the form of two men she is dating, Richard and Arthur. They are wonderful in different ways and are complimentary pieces to the same puzzle – Kayleigh’s heart.