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Past Years

Special thanks to all the filmmakers, attendees, volunteers, and donors who have helped build the Windrider Bay Area legacy over the last eight years. Below is an archive of past WRBA film selections.


2016 film selection

Searchdog, Mary Healey Jamiel, Filmmaker, Thursday, April 14, 2016

A documentary following Sergeant Matthew “Matt” Zarrella for more than four years as he identifies dogs at rescue shelters—frequently those labeled as problem dogs scheduled to be put down within the week—and rehabilitates and trains them into dependable search-and-rescue dogs. Rather than being unmanageable, they become the trusted partners of teams on a time critical search for a missing person, hoping to make it a rescue rather than a recovery.

2016 Best in Fest Selection, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Q & A Participants:
  • Matt Zarrella, Marine Veteran, Retired Rhode Island State Police Sergeant, and Search-and-Rescue Dog Trainer
  • Buster, Marine K-9 Veteran and Matt’s Search-and-Rescue dog
  • Mary Healey Jamiel, Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

Short Film Program: Friday, April 15, 2016

“Frogman”, Tyler Trumbo, Filmmaker
A boy idolizes his father, whose stories are larger than life. His father, a frogman (Navy Seal), is frequently away on secret missions. However, the frogman changes, becomes distant, and over the years, the boy feels abandoned. Only a frightening diagnosis presents the possibility of reconciliation.
2017 WISFF Outstanding Documentary Award

“This Way Up”, Jeremy Cloe, Filmmaker & Co-Writer
An unemployed, down-on-his-luck father finds himself living in a storm drain and keeping up a charade of being too busy working to visit his daughter. When his daughter perseveres to see him, the father enlists help from a teenage vagrant to create a fake life. Unforeseen consequences ensue.
2016 WISFF Grand Jury Award Winner; 2015 Student Academy Award — Narrative

“Day One”, Henry (Hank) Hughes, Filmmaker
Inspired by a true story, Day One follows a new interpreter during her first day on the job, which has her accompanying a US Army unit as they search for a local terrorist. She quickly discovers the brutal complexities. Gender and religious barriers emerge with lives hanging in the balance. A crisis confronts both sides of the battle, and they are forced to work together for a moment in time.
NBC Universal 2016 Short Film Festival winner of three of the seven awards: Best Drama, Best Director and Audience Award; 2016 WISFF Director’s Choice Award; 2016 Academy Award Nominee — Best Short Live Action

Q&A Participants:

  • Henry (Hank) Hughes, “Day One” Filmmaker
  • Patrick Humphrey, “Frogman” Film Narrator and real-life son of Frogman
  • Mike Langer, “This Way Up” Producer & Co-Writer
  • John Priddy, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

How to Dance in OhioAlexander Shiva, Filmmaker, Saturday, April 16, 2016

In Columbus, Ohio, three young women living on the autism spectrum prepare for an iconic event – a spring formal dance. Entertaining, funny, and heartwarming, How To Dance in Ohio challenges us to question and celebrate the path to human connection and to rethink the definition of normal.
World Premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Q & A Participants:
  • Dr. Emilio Amigo, Founder and Director of Amigo Family Counseling, Columbus, Ohio (featured in film), clinical psychologist working with autism spectrum disorders
  • Caroline McKenzie, Featured in the film
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

 

2015 film selection

One Day Short Film Program: Thursday, August 13, 2015

“1440 and Counting”, Tony Gapastione, Filmmaker
Mrs. Nickel (Loretta Devine) is a burned-out teacher full of regret. She is one day away, fourteen hundred and forty minutes from retirement and a fresh start. She’s packing up her apartment when she is confronted by a desperate man from her past. When she discovers that he is in danger, her life is turned upside down within minutes.

The San Francisco Film Awards 2015: Short Film Award of Excellence; Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2015: Award of Merit; Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2015: Best Actress, Loretta Devine

“Winter Light”, Julian Higgins, Filmmaker
Adapted from a story by James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana. The half-hour short tells the story of Roger Guidry, a cantankerous college professor who finds himself alienated and marginalized as he nears retirement. When Roger confronts two hunters he discovers trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear.

LA Shorts Fest 2015: Best of Fest; Raindance Film Festival (UK) 2015: Short Film of the Festival; New Hampshire Film Festival 2015: New Hampshire Film of the Year; Breckenridge Film Festival 2015: Best Cinematography; Las Vegas Film Festival 2015: Best Short Cinematography; Cine Gear Expo 2015: Best Independent Short; Blowup Arthouse Film Festival 2015: Special Jury Award for Outstanding Directing

“And the Wind Falls”, Shuming He, Filmmaker
The theft of a large sum of money belonging to a guest found dead threatens a motel housekeeper’s emerging sense of dignity and any chance she has of reuniting with her daughter. What choice would she make when faced with the inevitable consequences of her actions?

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2015: Short Narrative Gold; 6th Singapore Short Film Awards 2015: Best Director Special Mention: Shuming He; Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 2015: Selection; The Audience Awards: 2nd Place

Q & A Participants:
  • Tony Gapastione, “1440 and Counting” Filmmaker
  • Shumming He, “And the Wind Falls” Filmmaker
  • Julian Higgins, “Winter Light” Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

 

2014 film selection

Hank and Asha, James Duff, Filmmaker, and Julia Morrison, Filmmaker, Thursday June 19, 2014

In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world.

Prescott Film Festival 2014: Best Screenplay; Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2014: Best Screenplay; Wild Rose Independent Film Festival 2014: Best Feature Berkshire International Film Festival 2014: Audience Award; RiverRun Film Festival 2014: Audience Award; Ashland Independent Film Festival 2014: Best Feature; Slamdance Film Festival 2013: Audience Award; Rhode Island Film Festival 2013: Best Feature, First Prize; Napa Valley Film Festival 2013: Best Feature; Portland Film Festival 2013: Best Feature; Savannah Film Festival 2013: HBO Films Best Producer Award; Bend Film Festival 2013: Audience Award; Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival 2013: Audience Award; Napa Valley Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Best Actor; Napa Valley Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Best Actress; Brooklyn Film Festival 2013: Best Producer; Woods Hole Film Festival 2013: Best Cinematography

Q & A Participants:
  • James Duff, Director/Writer/Producer
  • Julia Morrison, Director/Writer/Producer
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

Short Term 12Destin Daniel Cretton, Filmmaker, Friday, June 20, 2014

The film tells the story of a group of troubled kids in a residence home. They struggle with various problems, such as anger management, abusive parents, and cutting and are being guided back to a better life by counselors with their own challenges. With 35 wins and 100 nominations; Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson, 2016 Oscar award winner for Best Actress in Room (2015); Short Term 12 was heavily based on Cretton’s original short film by the same name.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2014: Virtuoso Award, Brie Larson; Seattle Film Critics Awards 2014: Best Actress, Brie Larson; CinEuphoria Awards 2014: Audience Award, Top Ten of the Year; Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association 2014: Dorian Award, Unsung Film of the Year; Georgia Film Critics Association 2014: GFCA Award, Best Adapted Screenplay, Destin Daniel Cretton; Chlotrudis Awards 2014: Chlotrudis Award, Best Actress, Brie Larson; Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2014: COFCA Award, Best Overlooked Film; Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2014: 2nd Place Best Actress, Brie Larson; Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2014: 2nd Place, Best Original Screenplay Destin Daniel Cretton; Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013: Child Protection Award, Special Mention; Aspen Filmiest 2013: Audience Award, Audience Special Recognition -­‐ Feature; Athens International Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Best Film; Austin Film Critics Association 2013: Best Actress, Brie Larson; Austin Film Critics Association 2013: Breakthrough Artist Award, Brie Larson; Awards Circuit Community Awards 2013: Honorable Mentions; Black Film Critics Circle Awards 2013: Best Actress, Brie Larson; Black Film Critics Circle Awards 2013: Top Ten Films, 6th; Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2013: CFCA Award, Most Promising Filmmaker, Destin Danial Cretton; Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2013: Best Actress, Brie Larson; Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2013: Breakthrough Artist, Brie Larson; Ghent International Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Destin Daniel Cretton; Gotham Awards 2013: Gotham Independent Film Award, Best Actress, Brie Larson; Hamburg Film Festival 2013: Young Talent Award, Destin Daniel Cretton; Hamptons International Film Festival 2013: Breakthrough Performer, Brie Larson; Locarno International Film Festival 2013: Best Actress, Brie Larson; Locarno International Film Festival 2013: Junior Jury Award, International Competition Destin Daniel Cretton; Locarno International Film Festival 2013: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Destin Daniel Cretton; Locarno International Film Festival 2013: Special Mention Destin Daniel Cretton; Los Angeles Film Festival 2013; Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature; Nantucket Film Festival 2013: Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting, Best Screenplay, Destin Daniel Cretton; National Board of Review, USA 2013: NBR, Top Ten Independent Films; St. Louis Film Critics Association, US 2013: Best Artistic/Creative Film; SXSW Film Festival 2013: SXSW Competition Award, Narrative Feature; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2013: Just Film Award, Best Film; Valladolid International Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Best Film

Q & A Participants:
  • Destin Daniel Cretton, Filmmaker/Director/Writer
  • Chap Clark, Moderator, Author

Short Film Program: Saturday (afternoon), June 21, 2014

“Old Immigrant’s Dance”, Charlene Music, Filmmaker
Old Immigrant’s Dance or Danza del Viejo Immigrante (a.k.a. “Danza”) wades into the waters of the current discussion on comprehensive immigration reform. Set in the 30 Street Senior Center against the backdrop of San Francisco (a city settled by immigrants), Danza looks at the unique challenges and opportunities facing elderly immigrants in the United States. It is also a film infused with the passion of dance, moments of enduring sweetness, and the compelling stories of sacrifice and devotion of four families.

Angelus Film Festival: Winner Outstanding Documentary; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival: Winner Best Short Film; Short Escape Brussels: Audience Award; Official Selection United Nations Association Film Festival; Official Selection Boston Latino International Film Festival

“The Fence”, Rory Kennedy, Filmmaker
In Oct. 2006, the U.S. government decided to build a 700-mile fence along its troubled 2000-mile-plus border with Mexico. Three years, 19 construction companies, 350 engineers, thousands of construction workers, tens of thousands of tons of metal and $3 billion later, was it all worth it?

THE FENCE (LA BARDA), Rory Kennedy’s latest HBO documentary, investigates the impact of the project, revealing how its stated goals – containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking and protecting America from terrorists – have given way to unforeseen consequences.

International Documentary Association 2010: Nominated for IDA Award, Distinguished Short Documentary

“The Dream is Now”, Davis Guggenheim and Laurene Powell Jobs, Filmmakers
“The Dream is Now” is a compelling 30-minute documentary by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), commissioned by Laurene Powell Jobs. The film gives voice to and puts a human face on the undocumented children of immigrants who are desperate to earn their citizenship and give back to the only country they’ve ever called “home.” The film also goes beyond the personal. It places these stories in a larger context and puts in perspective the consequences of continuing our current policies and maintaining the status quo versus the potential opportunities that immigration could have, both personally and corporately, on our country. The film is part of a campaign launched by Laurene Powell Jobs.

Q & A Participants:
  • Bill Hing, Author and Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco teaching Immigration Policy, Rebellious Lawyering, Negotiation and Evidence. His books include Ethical Borders-NAFTA; Globalization and Mexican Migration; Deporting our Souls-Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy; Defining America Through Immigration Policy; and Making and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy
  • Ola Kaso, Featured student in “The Dream is Now”
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

Alive Inside – A Story of Music and MemoryMichael Rossato-Bennett, Filmmaker, Saturday, June 21, 2014

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Within a moment of hearing “I Get Around” by the Beach Boys, Alzheimer’s patient MaryLou jolts back to life, dancing around the living room and expressing a euphoria her husband hasn’t witnessed since her illness took effect. Countless instances in Alive Inside provide proof that music stimulates activity in dementia-affected parts of the brain and transforms the quality of life of those often left to languish in silence.”

Sundance Film Festival 2014: Audience Award, Documentary; Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2014: 3rd Place, Audience Award; Boston Film Festival 2014: Special Award, Michael Rossato-­‐Bennett (director); Fort Myers Beach Film Festival 2014: Best Documentary; Milano International Film Festival Awards 2014: Best Documentary; Milwaukee Film Festival 2014: Audience Award, Feature Film; Provincetown International Film Festival 2014: Audience Award, Best Documentary; Seattle International Film Festival 2014: 2nd Place Golden Space Needle Award, Best Documentary; Sedona International Film Festival 2014: Audience Award, Best Documentary

Q & A Participants:
  • Pauline de Lange Martinez, Education Services Manager Alzheimer’s Association – No. Calif. & No. Nevada Chapters
  • Alexandra McDougald, Producer
  • Chap Clark, Moderator, Author

2013 film selection

Not That Funny, Lauralee Farrer, Filmmaker, Thursday, June 27, 2013

A simple story of how far a serious man will go for love. Exploring a rare side of gifted comedic actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development, Chuck), this audience award-winner has deeper themes of acceptance, friendship, and risk-taking beneath its light-hearted surface.

Newport Beach Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, US Feature; Local Sightings Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Best Feature; Rainier Independent Film Festival 2012: Audience Favorite; Starz Denver Film Festival 2012: Official Selection; Heartland Film Festival 2012: Official Selection; BendFilm Festival 2012: Official Selection; Ashland Independent Film Festival 2012: Official Selection; Fandana Film Festival 2012: Official Selection

Q & A Participants:
  • Lauralee Farrer, Filmmaker/Director/Screenwriter
  • Dr. Kutter Callaway, Moderator

Trash Dance, Andrew Garrison, Filmmaker, Friday, June 28, 2013

A choreographer finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and ralliesreluctant Austin sanitation workers to perform a most unlikely and stunning spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers—and their trucks—inspire an audience of thousands.

PBS Broadcast 2015: AmericaReFramed, The World Channel; American Conservation Film Festival 2014: Green Fire Award Winner; San Francisco Docfest 2014: Staff Prize, Best Feature; Sedona International Film Festival 2013: Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature; Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Andrew Garrison; Heartland Film Festival 2012: Crystal Heart Award, Documentary Feature; Silverdocs Documentary Festival 2012: Audience Award, Best Feature; SXSW Film Festival 2012: Louis Black/Lone Star Award, Special Jury Recognition, Andrew Garrison; Woods Hole Film Festival: Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature; Docuwest: Best Feature; Rockport Film Festival 2012: Best of Fest Award; SF DocFest: Staff Award, Best Feature; Cinedans-­‐Amsterdam: Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary

Q & A Participants:
  • Andrew Garrison, Filmmaker
  • Ivory Jackson, Jr., Featured in the film
  • Allison Orr, Choreographer
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

Short Film Program: Saturday (afternoon), June 29, 2013

“HARK”, Jonathan Fung, Filmmaker
“Hark” is about a man who is confronted with a moral dilemma to save his own life or risk the life of another. The characters in Hark are ordinary people making choices to survive. The story draws attention to the harsh reality of human trafficking and shines light where there is darkness.

Awareness Film Festival, CA 2013: Grand Jury, Short Narrative; Third World Independent Film Festival: Best Short Film; Wine Country Film Festival: Best Short Film; Festival De Cannes: Court Métrage; Creatv Awards: Best Director, Jonathan Fung; The Response Film Festival: Official Selection; Cinequest Film Festival: Official Selection; Freedom Summit Film Festival: Official Selection; San Jose Short Film Festival: Official Selection; The Rescue Conference: Official Selection

“Thief”, Julian Higgins, Filmmaker
“Thief” tells the haunting story of Mehdi, an Iraqi boy who unwittingly befriends the young Saddam Hussein in 1959. Forty years later, in 2003, the two men come face-to-face a second time, and Mehdi must weigh his desire for revenge against his need to make peace with the past. 23 wins, 23 nominations; Director Julian Higgins also screened Winter Light at Windrider Bay Area in 2015.

American Film Institute, USA 2011: Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award, Julian Higgins; Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2011: Triumph Award, Best Short Film; ATAS Foundation College Television Awards 2011: Directing Award, Julian Higgins; ATAS Foundation College Television Awards 2011: First Place, Drama; Bearfest -­‐ Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2011: Jury Award, Best Student Film; Bearfest -­‐ Big Bear Lake International Film Festival 2011: Jury Award, Best Cinematography; Big Island Film Festival 2011: Golden Honu Award: Best Student Short; Breckenridge Festival of Film 2011: Best of Fest, Best Student Film; Dances with Films 2011: Audience Award, Fusion Section -­‐ Shorts; Guam International Film Festival 2011: Grand Jury Award, Best Short Narrative; Heartland Film Festival 2011: Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart Memorial Award, Best Student Narrative Short; Heartland Film Festival 2011: Vision Award, Best Short Film; Jacksonville Film Festival 2011: Jury Award, Best Short; Las Vegas International Film Festival 2012: Grand Jury Prize, Special Jury Prize; Nantucket Film Festival 2011: Audience Award, Best Short; Ojai Film Festival 2011: Honorable Mention, Best Student Film -­‐ Limelight Award; Sedona International Film Festival 2012: Director’s Choice Award, Best Student Short Film; Student Academy Awards, USA 2011: Gold Medal, Narrative; Tacoma Film Festival 2012: Best Short Film; The Film Series at Cine Gear Expo -­‐ A Tribute to the Visual Art of Filmmaking 2011: Jury Prize, Best Student Short Film; Traverse City Film Festival 2011: Founders Prize, Best Narrative Short; Woods Hole Film Festival 2011: Audience Award, Best Dramatic Short; Woods Hole Film Festival 2011: Jury Prize: Best Short Drama

“Love Hacking”, Jenni Nelson, Filmmaker
“Love Hacking” is a short documentary that follows the journey of Tim Heath, a robot inventor living in Silicon Valley. After a personal reawakening, Tim radically shifts his outlook on courtship and utilizes the technology he knows best in order to find love.

Next Reel International Singapore: Documentary Award & Filmmakers Choice; Angelus Student Film Festival: Outstanding Documentary; Big Sky Doc Film Fest: Official Selection; Dallas International Film Fest: Official Selection; Sebastopol Documentary Film Fest: Official Selection; Indian Film Fest Los Angeles: Official Selection

Q & A Participants:
  • Jonathan Fung, “Hark” Filmmaker
  • Julian Higgins, “Thief” Filmmaker
  • Jenni Nelson, “Love Hacking” Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

Linsanity, Evan Jackson Leong, Director, Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jeremy Lin’s inspirational story at a time when Lin was still struggling to find a place in a league that didn’t want him while never wavering on his faith and hope for an opportunity.

Asian American International Film Festival 2013: Asian Media Award; VC Film Fest -­‐ Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2013: Emerging Filmmaker Award, Evan Leong; Sundance Film Festival 2013: Official Selection; SXSW Film Festival 2013: Official Selection

Q & A Participants:
  • Chris Chen, Producer
  • Peter Diepenbrock, Jeremy Lin’s high school coach at Palo Alto High School
  • Allen Lu, Producer
  • John Priddy, Moderator, and Windrider Institute Co-Founder

2012 film selection

Rising From Ashes, T. C. Johnstone, Filmmaker, Thursday, July 12, 2012

A feature length documentary about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey to fulfill every athlete’s dream to attend the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

RiverRun International Film Festival 2013: Audience Choice Award, Documentary Feature; San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2013: George Sidney Independent Film Competition, Special Jury Prize, Best Sports Documentary; Crested Butte Film Festival 2013: Festival Award, Best Documentary; Albuquerque Film and Media Experience 2013: Audience Choice Award, Best Documentary; Aspen Filmiest 2012: Audience Award, Audience Favorite Documentary; Austin Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Audience Choice Award; Bahamas International Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Audience Choice Award; Boulder International Film Festival 2012: Award of Excellence, T.C. Johnstone; Denver International Film Festival 2012: People’s Choice Award, Documentary Film; Hamptons International Film Festival 2012: Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, T.C. Johnstone; Heartland Film Festival 2012: Best Documentary Feature; Napa Valley Film Festival 2012: Audience Award, Best Documentary

Q & A Participants:
  • T. C. Johnstone, Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, and Windrider Co-Founder

The Hammer, Oren Kaplan, Filmmaker,  Friday, July 13, 2012

A docudrama depicting the struggles and successes of Matt Hamill as he pursues his education and his passion for wrestling. Born deaf, Matt must determine how to navigate in a hearing world and achieve his dream.

Cleveland International Film Festival 2011: Best American Independent Feature Film; Florida Film Festival 2011: Audience Award, Narrative Feature; Heartland Film Festival 2011: Crystal Heart Award, Feature Film; Miami Film Festival 2011: Audience Award, Best Feature Film; Newport Beach Film Festival 2011: Audience Award, Best Feature; AFI Fest 2010: Audience Award, Best Feature Film

Q & A Participants:
  • Oren Kaplan, Director/Filmmaker
  • Shoshannah Stern, Lead Actress
  • Chap Clark, Moderator, Author

Red Dog, Kriv Stenders, Director, Saturday, July 14, 2012

The true story of a dog in the back country of Australia. He becomes the catalyst for creating a real community out of a group of mavericks and teaches a town the importance of being there for each other.

White Sands International Film Festival 2012: Grand Jury Award, Kriv Stenders Australian Film Institute 2012: Samsung AACTA Award, Best Film; Australian Film Institute 2012 AFI Members’ Choice Award, Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan; IF Awards 2011: Box Office Achievement; IF Awards 2011: Best Script, Daniel Taplitz; IF Awards 2011: Best Actor, Josh Lucas; IF Awards 2011: Best Direction, Kriv Stenders; IF Awards 2011: Best Feature Film; IF Awards 2011: Best Music

Q & A Participants:
  • Josh Lucas, Lead Actor
  • Daniel Taplitz, Screenwriter
  • Ralph Winter, Moderator, Academy Award nominee and producer, Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the DGA and the PGA

2011 film selection

The Dry Land, Ryan Piers Williams, Filmmaker, Thursday, April 28, 2011

James, a soldier returning home to small-town Texas from the war in Iraq, finds that he is still facing a daily battle on the journey back to himself.

Deauville Film Festival 2010: Nominated for the Grand Special Prize; Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010: Best New International Feature; Imagen Foundation Awards 2010: Nominated for Best Actress, American Ferrera; Sundance Film Festival 2010: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic

Q & A Participants:
  • Dana Hendrickson, Founder of Rebuild Hope
  • Ryan Piers Williams, Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, Windrider Co-Founder

Bhutto, Duane Baughman, Filmmaker, Friday, April 29, 2011

As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s life unfolds like a Greek tragedy. BHUTTO is a sweeping epic of a transcendent, controversial leader whose legacy will be debated for generations to come.

Peabody Awards 2012: Peabody Award, Yellow Pad Productions; International Documentary Association 2010: Video Source Award; Sonoma Valley Film Festival 2010: Special Jury Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2010: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Documentary

Q & A Participants:
  • Jasmina Bojic, Film Critic/Lecturer, Stanford University, Founder and Executive Director of UNAFF
  • Dr. Dudley Woodberry, Dean emeritus and senior professor at Fuller Theological School, specializing in Islamic studies
  • Meritt Sawyer, Moderator, Windrider Producer Emeritus

Short Film Program: Saturday (afternoon), April 30, 2011

“Kavi”, Gregg Helvey, Filmmaker
2010 Oscar-Nominee and Winner of the 2009 Student Academy Awards, KAVI is about a boy in India, who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Unsatisfied with his fate, Kavi must either accept what he’s always been told, or fight for a different life even if he’s unsure of the ultimate outcome.

Garden State Film Festival 2011: Jury Award, Best Short Film; Academy Awards 2010: Oscar Nominee, Best Short Film, Live Action; Aspen Shortsfest 2010: Youth Jury Prize, Gregg Helvey; ATAS Foundation College Television Awards 2010: Humanitarian Award, Gregg Helvey; ATAS Foundation College Television Awards 2010: Second Place, Drama; Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2010: Best Student Short, Gregg Helvey; Ojai Film Festival 2010: Panavision Award, Best Student Film; Omaha Film Festival 2010: Jury Award, Best Cinematography; San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2010: George Sidney Independent Film Competition, Best Student Film; Sedona International Film Festival 2010: Directors Choice Award, Best Short Film; Sonoma Valley Film Festival 2010: Audience Award, Best Short Film; Lucas -­‐ International Festival of Films for Children and Young People 2010: Lucas, Best Short Film; Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2009: Triumph Award, Gregg Helvey; Drama Short Film Festival 2009: Grand Prix, Best Short Film; HATCHfest 2009: Groundbreakers Award, Outstanding Filmmaker, Gregg Helvey; HATCHfest 2009: Groundbreakers Award, Best Director, Gregg Helvey; Heartland Film Festival 2009: Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Overall; Heartland Film Festival 2009: Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart Memorial Award, Gregg Helvey, Daniel Harwich; Los Angeles Indian Film Festival 2009: Audience Award; Student Academy Awards 2009: Gold Medal, Narrative; USA Film Festival 2009: Grand Prize, Short Film

“On the Road to Tel-Aviv”, Khen Shalem, Filmmaker
A drama (with comedy elements) that shows how, under the tense reality of war and terror, enemies can sometimes find themselves in the same boat (or in the same bus).

Ashland Independent Film Festival 2010: Ashland Independent Film Award, Best Short; Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2009: Excellence in Filmmaking Award, Khen Shalem; Carolina Film and Video Festival 2009: CFVF Award, Best Narrative Short (Student); Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2009: International Student Competition, Short Narrative; New York City Short Film Festival 2009: Festival Award, Best Student Short; Newport Beach Film Festival 2009: Jury Award, Outstanding Achievement in Short Film; Phoenix Film Festival 2009: Copper Wing Award, Best College Short Film; Rochester International Film Festival 2009: Festival Trophy, Best Short

“Kunjo”, Terrie Samundra, Filmmaker
Kunjo, a 12-year-old Rajasthani refugee, spends her days begging in the streets of a rural village in North India. When an unlikely friendship blossoms between Kunjo and Preeta, an educated schoolgirl from a higher caste, Kunjo reveals her secret passion for storytelling.

Los Angeles Indian Film Festival 2010: Audience Award, Best Short Film; Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2010: Spirit of Angelus Award, Terrie Samundra; Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, USA 2009: Narrative Film Award, Best Short

Q & A Participants:
  • Gregg Helvey, “Kavi” Filmmaker
  • Khen Shalem, “On the Road to Tel Aviv” Filmmaker
  • Terrie Samundra, “Kunjo” Filmmaker
  • Chap Clark, Moderator, Author

Cool It (Based on the book of the same name, Bjorn Lomborg, Author), Terry Botwick, Screenwriter, Saturday, April 30, 2011

A film that follows Bjorn Lomborg on his mission to bring the smartest solutions to climate change, environmental pollution, and other major problems in the world.

Hamptions International Film Festival 2010: Nominated for the Golden Starfish Award, Documentary Feature

Q & A Participants:
  • Terry Botwick, Screenwirter
  • Elton Sherwin, Author and Senior Managing Director with Ridgewood Capital, specializing in oil and gas, energy technologies and renewable power industries
  • Ralph Winter, Moderator, Academy Award nominee and producer, Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the DGA and the PGA

2010 film selection (WRBA Inaugural Year)

After the Storm, James Lecesne, Filmmaker, Thursday, April 8, 2010

This documentary follows a group of New York Broadway actors inspired to help the youth of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Led by James Lecesne, the group stages a musical theatre production of the Broadway play “Once on This Island”, with local teenagers at a community center that had been badly damaged by the hurricane.  They raised enough money to repair and reopen the community center.  The film explores the devastation of New Orleans and the power of art for healing and rebuilding.

Heartland Film Festival 2009: Audience Award, Documentary Feature; Heartland Film Festival 2009: Crystal Heart Award, Documentary Feature, Hilla Medalia; Los Angeles Film Festival 2009: Nominated for the Documentary Award; Woodstock Film Festival 2009: Audience Award, Hilla Medalia

Q & A Participants:
  • James Lecesne, Filmmaker
  • Ed Priddy, Producer, Peabody Award Winner, Windrider Institute Co-Founder
  • John Priddy, Producer, Peabody Award Winner, Windrider Institute, Co-Founder
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, Windrider, Co-Founder

Sympathy for Delicious, Mark Ruffalo, Director/Actor, Friday, April 9, 2010

Sympathy for Delicious marks acclaimed actor Mark Ruffalo’s first foray into film directing.  This inspired and unusual film tells the story of an up-and-coming DJ (Christopher Thornton) in the underground music scene in Los Angeles, who is paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.  He leaves his career, falls into depression and meets Father Joe (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest.  Father Joe introduces him to faith-healing, and he discovers he has the gift of healing others, but ironically, not himself.   In anger, he uses his gift to pursue fame and fortune.  Ultimately, he is forced to confront his own demons and find the power of compassion.

Sundance Film Festival 2010: Special Jury Prize, Dramatic; Sundance Film Festival 2010: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic

Q & A Participants:
  • Mark Ruffalo, Director/Actor
  • Christopher Thornton, Writer/Actor
  • Ralph Winter, Moderator, Academy Award nominee and producer, Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the DGA and the PGA

Short Film Program: Saturday (afternoon), April 10, 2010

“Short Term 12”, Destin Daniel Cretton, Filmmaker
A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy who’s getting into fights though he has only a week to go before his 18th birthday, a girl whose birthday it is, a foul-mouthed lad, and others. Do any of us have it together?

Aspen Shortsfest 2009: Special Jury Award; Boston Independent Film Festival 2009: Audience Award, Best Short Film; Chicago International Film Festival 2009: Special Mention, Best Ensemble Cast Performance; CineVegas International Film Festival 2009: Jury Prize, Best Short Film; Gen Art Film Festival 2009: Audience Award, Best Short Film; Seattle International Film Festival 2009: Short Film Competition Award, Grand Jury Award; Sundance Film Festival 2009: Short Filmmaking Award

“Queen of Cactus Cove”, Anna Christopher, Filmmaker
Teenage chess champ Billie (Alia Shawkat) faces the prospect of defeat for the first time when she faces her best friend (Alex Frost) at the biggest chess tournament of her career.

Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2006: Triumph Award, Anna Christopher; Heartland Film Festival 2007: Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart Memorial Award, Anna Christopher; Moondance International Film Festival 2006: DGA Director Award, Anna Christopher; Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island 2006: Audience Award

“Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story”, Oscar Bucher, Filmmaker
This short reveals the humorous and heartfelt true story of Toshio Hirano, a Japanese immigrant whose life was transformed by the music of country legend Jimmie Rodgers.

International Documentary Association 2010: David L. Wolpher Student Documentary Award, Oscar Bucher; Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2009: Outstanding Documentary

Q & A Participants:
  • Oscar Bucher, “The Toshio Hirano Story” Filmmaker
  • Anna Christopher, “Queen of Cactus Cove” Filmmaker
  • Destin Daniel Cretton, “Short Term 12” Filmmaker
  • Will Stoller-Lee, Moderator, Windrider Co-Founder

The Answer Man, John Hindman, Filmmaker, Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Answer Man is a romantic comedy starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham about love and the search for meaning.  Arlen Faber (Daniels) is a reclusive author of Me and God, a book that has redefined spirituality for an entire generation.  On the 20th anniversary of his book, everyone continues to try to find him for interviews to find out the answers to life.  Truth is, he hasn’t got a clue.  His life is turned upside down when Elizabeth (Graham) enters his life, with unexpected results.

Casting Society of America, USA 2010: Nominated for Artios, Outstanding Achievement in Casting -­‐ Low Budget Feature -­‐ Drama/Comedy; Sundance Film Festival 2009: Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic

Q & A Participants:
  • John Hindman, Filmmaker
  • Will-Stoller-Lee, Moderator, Windrider Co-Founder