Frozen Film Festival 2014
2014 Frozen Film Festival Winners
Best Filmstock Film
Blue (19m, U S A)
dir. by Justin Malone
Best Short Documentary
Methel Island (12m, U S A)
dir. by Meg Smaker
Best Student Director
Death Has a Son (9m, U S A)
dir. by Zack Ogle
Best Surf/Skate Video
The Pink Helmet Posse (9m, U S A)
dir. by Kristelle Laroche
dir. by Miguel Azurmendi
Best Music Documentary
Surfing The Sonic Sky (22m, U S A)
dir. by Stephen Taylor
Best Digital Film
Cough (11m, Australia)
dir. by Jason Kempnich
Virtuos Virtuell (7m, Germany)
dir. by Thomas Stellmach, Maja Oschmann
Best Music Video
The Lion (3m, United Kingdom)
dir. by peter baynton
Best Environmental Film
Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Best Feature Documentary
dir. by Steve Winter
dir. by Murray Wais
dir. by David Zieff
dir. by Scott Gaffney
dir. by Rob Bruce
Best First Time Director
Mindtrap (11m, United Kingdom, Italy)
dir. by Michela Marini
Best Experimental Film
A Solitude at the Golden Gate (4m, U S A)
dir. by Samati Boonchitsitsak
Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Best Comedic Short Film
BEST BUDS 2D (12m, U S A)
dir. by Sean Tien
All films are at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA.
The Roxie Theatre is located at: 3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
Best Environmental Documentaries of 2014
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Total Run Time: 84 minutes
I am Red, Peter McBride
The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries, supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River's Most Endangered River for 2013.
The Invisible Peak, Gary Yost
Through the use of historical footage, interviews, and beautiful cinematography, this film explores the history of the West Peak of the history of the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais and how local citizens have been fighting to restore their mountain to a natural state.
Young Ice, Derek Hallquist
Derek Hallquist follows Dr. Shepson's climate research in Barrow, Alaska and the local community opens up to him about the price they have paid for making money from drilling oil.
We Are the Land, Lauren Lindberg
Amidst national controversy surrounding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' environmental activist Pauline Matt stands alone to protect her native homeland - the Blackfeet Reservation of northern Montana.
Trees, Gal Ziv
A young girl runs through a forest, scared. Can she escape the man with the chainsaw? A short fiction film that describes human treatment of rain forests and trees all over the world.
The Water Tower, Peter McBride
From the slums of Nairobi to the arid landscapes of Samburu National Reserve and the vast rose farms on Mt. Kenya's foot hills, The Water Tower is equal parts travel, advocacy and adventure film.
Antarctica Documentary (A Year On Ice)
Start Time: 7:35 pm
Total Run Time: 92 minutes
Antarctica: A Year on Ice, Anthony Powell
This feature-length film reveals what it is like to live and work at the bottom of the planet, in Antarctica, for a full year. The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but of the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the stations running in the harshest place on the planet.
Best Dramatic Shorts
Start Time: 9:20 pm
Total Run Time: 74 minutes
Cough, Jason Kempnich
Civil liberties are yesterday.
T’adhib, Raquel Bedia
Andres, a young war correspondent, is investigating the application of torture during conflicts. His encounter with an Argentinian ex-military man will stir in him a need to go further with his inquiries, dragged along by the burden of memory.
MindTrap, Michela Marini
What if you open your eyes and find yourself
somewhere you've never been? A beautiful girl wakes up paralyzed at the bottom of a cliff with no memory of how she got there.
Los Demonios, Miguel Azurmendi
Javi, Fer and Miguel are three friends who roam the city looking for fun. Tonight they have prepared something special.
Cliff, Drew Angle
As each day passes, Cliff waits for his greater purpose to find him. He spends his mornings shooting, and wastes the day away drinking. He yearns for the freedom and isolation of a wild animal, but cannot escape the vices that connect him to the rest of humanity.
Blue, Justin Malone
Locked in a lonely routine, a homeless man is softened by a newfound friendship.
Best Animation of 2014
Start Time: 10:55 pm
Total Run Time: 65 minutes
El Rudio Del Mundo, Coke Rioboo
A composer is afflixted by a strange illness: he can hear every noise in the world. Through his music he will find a way to keep the noise under control.
Project K-9, Francisco J. Cabrera, Alicia Esteban, Elsa Esteban, Juan E. Forero, Victoria Gonzalez, Adrian Parra, Iria Salgado, Huijun Shen
Animation of special dog - PROJECT K-9.
Baxter, Ty Coyle
Baxter the raccoon makes his way into Granny’s Sweet Shop, but upon entering he gets so obsessed with the candy it it leads to his downfall.
Blue, Asia Lancaster, Rena Cheng, Katelyn Bianchini
A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.
Flight of the Polar Bear, Norm Fassbender
Six hundred miles from solid ground, a polar bear swims for his life as a camera crew looks on.
Cosmic Flower Unfolding, Benjamin Ridgway
Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms. It is a tribute to abstraction, its connection to the inner space we inhabit and how it can be externalized.
Jimmy Loves Juice, Dave Yee
A normal day in the park for young Jimmy takes an unexpected turn when he tries a new kind of refreshment: juice!
Breed, Stan Cameron
Parents always have hopes and dreams for their child. But what happens if the child does not share those same dreams? Breed is a touching depiction of a child’s struggle for self-identity.
Woah, Kelvin Rodrigues
An animated autobiographical short relating the coming of age of 17-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez.
Soylent Greenpeace, John Martin
An anthropomorphic 'fish out of water' tale of a whale that struggles to adapt to the Norwegian life... and diet.
Wise Choice or Lucky Guess, Ellen Raines
A recently deceased man has to make his own choice between heaven and hell, while sitting on an escalator.
Handi & V, Fenway Fan
Grandpa V takes time capsules and starts to find his lost happiness…
Virtuous Virtuell, Thomas Stellmach
Synchronizing to the music, abstract ink drawings 'grow' in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation, stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures
Best LGBT Short Films
Start Time: 2:00 pm
Total Run Time: 49 minutes
Dreng, Julie Bezerra Madsen
Oliver is trapped in his own body. He is born as a girl, but feels like a boy. Everything is wrong when he meets himself in the mirror. He asks: 'What do you think when you see me ?' The creation of a new identity has just begun.
Green Light, Zachary Clarence
The lonely nights of two gay men, seeking connection in their worlds of isolation.
Falceto Jazz Club, Daniel Luke Rogers
A gay teenager is seduced into a homosexual cult, run by villainous Drag Queens.
Best Experimental Short Films
Start Time: 3:00 pm
Total Run Time: 111 minutes
Solitude at the Golden Gate, Samati Boonchitsitsak
The close-up view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the foggy and windy day.
Icefall, Joseph Areddy
Light and Darkness. Water and Ice. Remarkable athletes climb frozen waterfalls glowing at night.
Displacements, Manuel Alvarez Diestro
Hong-Kong is one of the densest cities in the world. As there is no much space available, new towns are adjacent to the cemeteries. Meanwhile, Hong Kong inhabitants move from place to place. They are waiting for a final displacement.
Light Study, Josephine Massarella
Light Study is a poetic examination of the wetlands, forests, and ecosystems of Ontario's Niagara Escarpment. Soundtrack composed by Graham Stewart, member of the experimental music collective Viosac.
Strings, Crystal Us
Strings deals with concepts of gravity and superstring theory, as well as the strings of the heart, while exploring the connectedness that exists between all humans and the universe in which we live.
The Lion, Peter Baynton
A true story (except the lion bit): the troubled and redemptive family history of the singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is told using a pride of cardboard lions, and their friends.
Ghost, Arielle Kilker
A music video for LA based 'Red Circle Underground.’ This melancholy, yet energetic song, entitled 'Ghost,' is materialized by haunting imagery and dreamlike cinematography, creating a world within the song.
Grain: Seeds, Gerald Saul
Impressions and shadows of kernels of wheat jump off the screen as the film illuminates the fragile nature of agriculture and form of film.
Dread, Steve Gatlin
Dread comes to terms with her choices after a series of events come full circle.
Los Muertos, Dewayne Austin
An interpretation of San Francisco's Day of the Dead celebration.
Undermine, Marco Paul Silva
Undermine' is Sour Soul's new short film video based on Marco Paul's (band's singer) obscure and obsessive dream which repeated itself every night during a 4 year period of his childhood. This conceptual 7:00min video utilizes symbolism from Greek mythology and Pagan rituals.
Under the Heat Lamp an Opening, Zachary Epcar
The lunch crowd at an open air restaurant as a set of nested fields, as passage from one surface to another surface, the exterior to the interior to the exterior again.
Pulse, Alvaro Gimenez Sarmiento
The aftermath of a murder.
Best Short Documentaries
Start Time: 5:00 pm
Total Running Time: 127 minutes
Methel Island, Meg Smaker
A meditation on meth. There is and island on the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco that is infested with Crystal Meth. In this documentary we explore the island and its inhabitants' relationship to the drug.
Four characters will take us on the journey of an addict: from the first states, to the comedown and finally the long road to recovery
Last Stop in Santa Rosa, Elizabeth Lo
An elderly couple who runs a hospice for dying animals questions the ethics of pet euthanasia. At the brink of death, there are no easy answers.
La Nina Mas Guapa De Aquilon, Paula Cantalejo Garcia
Buenos Dias Resistencia, Adrian Orr
We observe a father’s morning ritual of getting his children up and ready for school.
Love Needs No Words, Susana Caceres
A story of Love and Death: mourn in joy since Love is universal and eternal. A lesson in mourning in joy.
Lonche, Claire Weissbluth
A tale of two taco trucks in California. More than a story about tacos and burritos, it is an intimate look at family, labor, migration, and sacrifice.
Surfing the Sonic Sky, Stephen Taylor
An investigation into the groundbreaking work of musical cosmologist, Erv Wilson, who has uncovered massive clusters of new musical frequencies that will alter the future DNA of music.
Heirloom, Malia Bruker
Dave and Sherry came of age in the 60s--they protested war, fought for the environment, fell in love during a hitchhiking trip across the country, and raised their family in a 'back to the land' communityIn this poignant and funny documentary, their daughter Malia contemplates the baby-boomers' legacy of social change and her own generation's political apathy.
Pink Helmet Posse, Benjamin Mullinkosson, Kristelle Laroche
Three pink tutus. Three pink helmets. Three pink skateboards. Bella, Sierra and Rella prove that skateboarding is not just for boys.
Best Dramatic Shorts
Start Time: 7:20 pm
Total Running Time: 105 minutes
Spaghetti for Two, Matthias Rosenberger, Betina Dubler
In a simple yet humorous fashion, "Spaghetti for Two" illustrates how prejudices and racism can lead to catastrophe.
Way Too Many Problems, Anthony Lucido
Marcus has just taken his life. Wyatt and Ian discuss his motives. They'll talk about his problems but they'll never mention their own.
Diana, Wen-Cheng Yu
Everyone makes bad decisions. Diana makes bad decisions as well, but this time she makes it with determination.
All Ages, Laramie Dennis
Seventeen-year-old Dylan and her best friend Jodi follow their favorite band to a house party and quickly realize they're in over their heads.
Radio Gamers, Gretchen Olivero
Two Gen Xer's are inspired by a co-worker's musical trivia archive after learning of his disconcerting death.
S.W.A.L.K, Dawn Cobalt
A man must say goodbye - but it's a love story.
The Bartenders Barber, Dustin Waldman
A barber gives a shave, a cabbie picks up a fare and a bartender serves people drinks: ordinary events on a not-so-ordinary night.
Inertial Love, Cesar Estaban Alenda & Jose Estaban Alenda
The relationship between Javier and Anna runs out of gas. She hits the breaks and Javier is dragged by inertia until he learns to get over it.
Start Time: 9:05 pm
Total Running Time: 109 minutes
Thanks Shane McConkey, Steve Winter, Murray Wais, Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff
McConkey, examines the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping, and through his talent and unique, irreverent outlook on life, he inspired countless lives.
Best Comedic Shorts
Start Time: 11:00 pm
Total Running Time: 59 minutes
Freebird, Dustin LeBoeuf
This pathetically hilarious tongue-in-cheek comedy follows Dennis, a backyard-boxing dropout, as his meat store robbery becomes complicated by the beauty of the spunky cashier, Darlene.
Welcome Home, Daniel Tomlinson
Ryan has been deployed to Iraq for the last nine months. Upon his return home, he is welcomed back with a surprise get together with friends and family. At the surprise party, things begin to unravel in a way he never would've imagined.
Grant & Allison, James Thomas
Crushed and cuckolded by his high school sweetheart, Grant Thomson struggles to adjust to college life alone. When he's paired with the thoughtful, analytical valedictorian candidate Allison for the class final, the unlikely partnership buds into a quirky romance.
Death Has a Son, Zack Ogle
Death gets more than he bargained for when a woman trades sex for her life. Now he's spending the day with the bastard son he never wanted. Things are looking grim.
The Council, Beau McCombs
While talking to the girl of his dreams, Theo gets an Idea for a joke. At this moment we go INSIDE Theo's brain and follow this Bright Idea as he fights past Insecurities to get to The Council Chamber so he may be approved to be said out loud.
Best Buds 2D, Sean Tien
Stakes get high when a meteor crashes into their marijuana stash and stoners Jay and Duke (oh, and Bob) gain superpowers toking mutated space bud.