Festival Official Selections

Independent Pilots 

Death Lives



Creator: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio
Director: Chris Aurillio
Producer: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio, Elizabeth Galalis, Emmanuel Vozos, Anik Sood
Writer: Erick Hellwig, Chris Aurilio
Cast: Erick Hellwig, David Carl, Elizabeth Galalis, Justin Brown, Victoria Vance, Will Nunziata. More cast available on IMDB.

After quitting as the Grim Reaper, Death dives into life head-first with dating, intramural soccer leagues, ball-room dancing classes, calligraphy...you name it. While leaning on his mom and brother (Mother Nature & Cupid), his bumbling grim reaper replacement Garrett, and even his spoken-for love interest Laura, his strained relationship with his father (God) sours. When he finally confronts the old man, a verbal spat turns physical, leaving all of humanity to face the aftermath.

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 11:30 AM




Creator: Shannon Goldman, Tony Spiridakis
Director: Shannon Goldman
Producer: Jim Thompson, Paul Michael Henry, Shannon Goldman, Tony Spiridakis
Writer: Tony Spiridakis
Cast: Rob Hancock, Jennifer Bassey, Dimitri Spiridakis, Geoffrey Owens, Michael Nouri

Written and shot on the North Fork of Long Island, Greenport is inspired by personal chronicles and is a story about a struggling Hollywood filmmaker who is determined to show the world that an autistic kid can do anything. This heartfelt comedy explores a common life conundrum: ambition, family and how to balance it all. Starring Rob Hancock  and Dimitri Spiridakis, a teen with Autism, as “Danny”.

Screening: Thursday, September 7th - 7:00 PM

Shoot Me Nicely


Director: Elias Plagianos
Producer: Craig Blair, Elias Plagianos, Debra Markowitz, Brent Montgomery
Writer: Elias Plagianos
Cast: John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton, William Sadler, Jackie Martling, Josh Burrow, Tasie Lawrence, Lukas Hassel, Fiona Hardingam, Joe Holt

"Shoot Me Nicely” explores the New York City art and fashion world through the eyes of photographer Sean Wheeler. After losing his cushy magazine job, and his superstar status, Sean is forced to take odd jobs to pay the bills and his rent. Recently, his agent Layla, has been working overtime selling Sean’s paparazzi pics as she attempts to get him back into the spotlight of the fashion world.

Screening: Friday, September 8th - 7:00 PM

Up North



Creator: Emil Pinnock
Director: Emil Pinnock, Damaine Radcliff
Producer: Emil Pinnock, Louis Arriola; Damaine Radcliff (Co-EP) Ian Robertson
Writer: Emil Pinnock, Ian Robertson
Cast: Emil Pinnock, Eugene Clark, Ian Duff, Damaine Radcliff, Gabriel Ellis

In the New York prison system, it’s just as hard getting out as it is going in. An innocent teenager, an eldery convict, and a vicious street hustler fight their way out of the corrupt prison system and dangerous city streets.

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 2:00 PM

Special Screening

From the Ashes

Director: Michael Bonfiglio
Producer: Sidney Beaumont
Executive Producer: Jon Kamen, Joe Berlinger, Katherine Oliver, Justin Wilkes
Editor:  Dave Marcus
Composer: Mark Orton

From National Geographic Documentary Films, From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Screening: Saturday, September 9th - 5:00 PM