I call architecture frozen music.
--- Goethe



The 2013 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival July 11-14


2013 Winners

Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13
The San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is set to chill out July 12 and 13th! SF FFF Friday 7/12 showings: 6:00 - From Nothing, Something, 7:25pm Best Short Documentaries- graffiti artists, skateboarding, Syrian revolutionaries, and Indian sustainable energy. 9:20pm- Blood Brother award winning HIV orphanage spiritual journey. 11:10pm- true story behind the film Rosemary's Baby, from Spain with a new short horror. SF FFF Saturday starts with Local SF films at 2pm, Comedic shorts at 3pm, Experimental shorts at 4:25 pm, Environmental Documentaries at 5:40pm (surfing through a rainforest in Canada?!), Dramatic Shorts 6:50pm, and wild S.F. documentary/murder mystery THE INSTITUTE headlining at 9pm, followed by the always crazy 10:40pm Best Animation

The Lineup

Friday, July 12th, 2013  6:00pm

From Nothing, Something
Directed by Tim Cawley


From Nothing, Something profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines and finds common methods, habits, mindsets and neuroses that help bring breakthrough ideas into being. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process – straight from the brains of some of our culture’s most accomplished  and inspiring talents.

Best Short Documentaries   7:35pm

L.A. Aboriginal
Directed by Bayou Bennett
http://laaboriginal.com/ image

A film about the life and background of dynamic artist, Dave Tourje, who was influenced by the energetic L.A subcultures of skateboarding, surfing, gang culture, motocross and hot rods.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
Directed by Matthew VanDyke   


The story of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians, a male rebel fighter and a female journalist, as they fight an oppressive regime for the freedom of their people.

Chicken and Zoe
Directed by Yael Bridge

Eating chicken takes on new meaning for 4 year old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter.

Quest For Energy
Directed by Vinit Parmarimage

Over one billion people still live without electricity. Off grid Indian villagers have found a way that is sustainable.

Directed by Helen Hood Scheer and Yael Bridge
http://www.nutshellproductions.com/REBORNING image

Jean likes to make something out of nothing.

Directed by Louis Mole

A newly released prisoner from the South Bronx, Randy, struggles to reconnect with his children after re-entering society.

Track By Track
Directed by Anna Moot-Levin
http://www.annamootlevin.com/track-by-track/ image

A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.

The Unique Ladies
Directed by Gloria Moran
http://theuniqueladies.com/ image

Outrightly denied club membership on the basis of gender, Sherry and Pat founded and maintain San Diego's first all-women's lowrider car club.


Blood Brother
Directed by Steve Hoover
http://www.bloodbrotherfilm.com/ image

Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, Blood Brother is a profound tale of a journey to rescue HIV positive orphans in India that quickly became more than the gap-year soul searching experience he intended.

Rosemary’s Baby: The Story Behind the Movie + Spanish Horror    
A Story for the Modlins
Directed by Sergio Oksman
http://www.astoryforthemodlins.com/ image

After appearing in the film Rosemary's Baby, by Roman Polanski, Elmer Modlin ran away with his wife Margaret and his son Nelson to a distant land. They shut themselves inside a dark apartment, where Margaret devoted herself to painting the coming Apocalypse, using Nelson and Elmer as models. Thirty years later, hundreds of the family's intimate photographs and documents appeared on the sidewalk like a jigsaw puzzle, waiting for someone to come along and piece together “a story for the Modlins”.

Despierta (Awake)
Directed by Fran Moreno


Mari sleepwalks around her house, debating her reality and her childhood games. (Shown with English subtitles)

Local San Francisco Films     Saturday, July 13th, 2013 2:00pm

Directed by Stephanie Hoang, Jasmine Ehrhardt, and Lilly Yuimage

This visual interpretation of a spoken word piece explores the struggle of a student facing the decision to drop out or stay in school.

Directed by Takai Ginwright, Marielle Boland, Elliot Carrollmage

Two young men take vastly different paths in their preparation for an important exam.

Grin and Bear It
Directed by Neil Corbinimage

A man and woman accidentally smoke the wrong joint and strange things abound.

First Date
Directed by Viking Teng


A guy and a girl meeting for the first time expecting a romantic evening, but with Bram's negligence with filling up gas, they are forced to look for help. The evening turns into a nightmare when they encounter the zombies.

Boxed In
Directed by Naga Kataru


Alvarez, a recluse self-storage facility manager with phobias is forced to face his fears in order to save his assistant who is his only friend and connection to the rest of the world.

The Last Tournament
Directed by Chih-Yang Cheng
https://vimeo.com/38419267 image

Bryan is a wushu (Chinese Martial art) athlete, he is training for 17 years, his passion and strong mind makes him keep doing this, runs in the rain doing alone. but he is getting 30 years old, his body is not on the top anymore.

Best Comedic Short Films    3:00pm

Otra Cosa (Something Different)
Directed by Laura Molpeceres


Award winning Spanish short film about a couple, relationships, and dating. (Shown with English subtitles)

Madly Unto Eternity
Directed by Pikey Holdredge
https://vimeo.com/42110724 image

In order to make amends with his girlfriend, Danny Lynch must overcome his lifelong anger issues as he attempts to thwart his brother's nefarious scheme.

Spaghetti für Zwei (Spaghetti for Two)
Directed by Matthias Rosenberger and Betina Dubler
http://www.spaghetti-film.com/gb/ image

Armed robbery, grocery stores, barmaids and fate.  

Directed by Stefano D. Andriani


A young man reflects and speculates on the personal details of a couple he encountered briefly while selling a couch.

The Bench
Directed by Gabriel Ashimage

The Bench' is a film fable reduced to its crystalline essence. Five minutes, four acts, three characters, and a surprise ending.

Incident at Public School 173
Directed by Andrew Tilley
http://publicschool173.wordpress.com/ image

A middle-school boy musters up the courage to talk to the girl of his dreams when suddenly, a huge food fight breaks out in the cafeteria and he must save her from the school bully.

10 and 2
Directed by Jeremy Smithimage

Wilber's a pussyfoot flunking drivers ed. Until two country ass thugs jack his car. Now he's the getaway driver and about to learn how to drive...fast.

Best Experimental Short Films   4:25pm

Quiet Please
Directed by Ronnie Cramer


Filmmaker Ronnie Cramer recently submitted to a one-hour, on-camera interview for a documentary about independent directors. QUIET PLEASE is a film document of the (almost) two minutes of silence that occurred between Cramer's responses.  

Directed by Bennett Maples


In a battle with the crippling weight of grief, a young man searches for solace and escape.

Ecstasy of St. Anges
Directed by Slawomir J Milewski
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvtDOZJCxoc image

Ecstasy of St. Agnes is a treatise on in communicability or just the short movie about love.

Last of Our Kind
Directed by Reed O’Beirne


Weaving together film, music and poetry, Last of Our Kind transforms the memory of a lost love into a ritualistic incantation of longing. Action is exaggerated and time seems to blur, as the lover's tale plays-out poetically into a modern interpretation of the Persephone myth.

Part of Me Died When You Left
Directed by Susan Lien Whighamimage

Helen copes with depression after the death of her husband Javier.

The Compositor
Directed by John Mattiuzi


The Compositor is a neo-magico-surreal-autobiographical-futuristic-contemporary-psychological-experimental-coming-of-age-in a-dark-comedy-fantasy-film that follows Paul, a New York City film compositor, struggling to decode his existence

Environmental Documentaries    5:40 pm

Tipping Barrels
Directed by Ben Gulliverimage

Tipping Barrels' is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it. Stunning visual imagery and photography.

Over Troubled Waters
Directed by Russell Fisher
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The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas, is a national treasure being squandered by greed. In this visually rich documentary, Ed Begley, Jr. narrates the story of the battle being fought by the people of the Delta to protect the region they love and to encourage saner water policies for the Golden State and all the people of California.

Best Dramatic Shorts    6:50pm

The Life of Alexander Hyde
Directed by Dustin Whitehead


A young girl copes with a man's struggle that she does not understand.

Dear Student
Directed by Michael Wasneyimage

Dear Student is a film that portrays the feelings of stress and helplessness that burden many college applicants.

Directed by Billy Damota
http://www.facebook.com/Poseythemovie/timeline?filter=2 image

POSEY is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Her granddaughter must make the heartbreaking decision to take her to a retirement home.


Directed by Peter Davis

Isaac is a young beat poet who works at a radio station while struggling to repay his debts.



Derby Kings
Directed by Valerie Bischoff
http://www.derbykingsmovie.com/ image

Demolition derby drivers Ace and Jim struggle to reconcile their broken relationship.

The Puritans
Directed by Sean Robinson


THE PURITANS' evolved from the examination of how far one can go in an attempt to isolate himself from the 'world,' for misguided religious or moral creeds.

Was Du Nicht Siehst...  (I Spy With My Little Eye...)
Directed by Gunda Aurich
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70J1c8cLypM image

A fairytale-like unpredictable story about jealousy and trust.

Two Travelers
Directed by Olga Klyachina
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Travelers/493391020699802 image

Two Travelers' is a film about young love, so strong that it inextricably entails the fear of losing one another.

The Future
Directed by Venetia Taylor



When you're young and in love the future seems bright... but then what?

Kayip (The Loss)
Directed by Mete Sozer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y06J6D9qWp0 image

After a painful breakup with the love of his life, a man waits at a cafe for a lifetime, hoping she would walk in again.

Zombi (Zombi)
Directed by David Moreno


The short film “Zombi” is about a Spanish family that has an aging parent who’s suffering from dementia living with them. His memory loss and the need for constant care put pressure on all the members of the family. It’s a thought-provoking film that tackles important topics such as family ties, aging and dying.

The Institute 9:00 p.m.

The Institute
Directed by Spencer McCall
http://www.theinstitutemovie.com/ image

The Institute' is a feature-length documentary that examines a San Francisco-based Alternate Reality Game, where thousands of participants got more than they bargained for. Told From the players' perspectives, the film looks over the precipice at an emergent new art form where the real world and fictional narratives merge to create unforeseen and often unsettling unsettling consequences.

Best Animation    10:40pm

The Pyrotechnician’s Daughter
Directed by Courtney Taniguchi


Birdie-Lou is at the height of her career as a nuclear weapon engineer when she falls in love with a peace protestor. The war breaks out, and she has to reconsider her relationship between war and peace.

A Dream at the Edge of Land
Directed by Steve Wood
http://forgifen.tumblr.com/search/dream image

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

Christmas Day
Directed by Richard O’Connor


A couple experiences a typical Christmas. Animation. Music by The Handsome Family.

Rats on Cocaine in Finger

Directed by Dean Packis

Two drug addled rodents embark on an adventure through Russian history.

Make a Wish
Directed by Hee Jin Kim
https://vimeo.com/46230793 image

There is a girl who is not satisfied with her appearance. She visits a magician cat and asks for a way to make her breasts bigger. She pays the fee with her pet, a hamster. She has to choose between getting bigger breasts and saving her hamster.

Directed by Mike Cantor


19,000 velcro dots. 18 months. Two velcro dot-suits. 20 volunteer 'velcro pushers'. A girl. A guy. Space. Skin. Atoms... Freckle! A music video.

King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields
Directed by Tunde Reid-Kapoimage

Winner of the Canada International Film Festival's The Royal Reel Award in Animation. Synchronized to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor.

Directed by Eric Patrick
http://ericpatrick.net/films image

A dystopian sitcom reanimated from the narrative residue of Golden Age radio dramas.

System Preferences
Directed by Anya Belkina


System Preferences is an animated documentary that tells the story of computer pioneer Bashir Rameyev, who is on a quest to achieve something extraordinary for his country, organized around a central argument that USSR's 1969 decision to curtail national computer research in favor of cloning American products had tragic consequences.

In The Spring
Directed by Kyle Dunlevy
https://www.facebook.com/InTheSpring2013?ref=stream image

In the grip of illness, when hope seems lost, Alice finds strength in an unexpected friend.

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