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Aspire to the Sky: The Wilshire Grand Story

Winner Best Documentary

Aspire to the Sky: The Wilshire Grand Story is a documentary about the tallest building on the west coast at 1100 ft with a 180 ft spire. Soaring buildings in Los Angeles are difficult to find because of the risk factors associated with a highly seismically active zone, fire potential, and liquefaction soils covering much of the city. This one-acre lot now supports 22 acres of office and hotel space that changed the Los Angeles skyline. Art and engineering merge to create a design spectacle unique in high rise technology, making The Wilshire Grand one of the most original buildings recently completed in North America. Architects and engineers: making the impossible possible.

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  • Film Type:

    Documentary

  • Genres:

    Documentary

  • Runtime:

    50 minutes

  • Completion Date:

    December 31, 2018

  • Production Budget:

    400,000 USD

  • Country of Filming:

    United States

  • Film Language:

    English

  • Shooting Format:

    Digital

  • Aspect Ratio:

    16:9

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    No

  • Student Project:

    No

Director - DILIP KHATRI

Dr. Khatri is a professional structural engineer, design professional, construction manager, and former Fashion Photographer. He now is an accomplished documentary film maker with three documentary films to his credit, and working on 4 new projects. Dr. Khatri strives to makes films with “‘human impact and educational value”.

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Perfect Feet the Movie

Runner Up Best Documentary

 

Perfect Feet the movie is a feature length documentary film about one man's journey to find the perfect set of feet. This film will explore a variety of topics that include the fashion, athletic, health care, art, cosmetic, shoes and nail industries. Perfect Feet will also look heavily into the business side of maintaining good feet. Former and current athletes, foot models, podiatrist, shoe designers, arc support enthusiasts, nail salon and shoe store owners, publishers, nail techs, relationship therapist, and sock designers have all been interviewed for Perfect Feet the Movie.

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  • Film Type:

    Documentary

  • Runtime:

    1 hour 41 minutes 57 seconds

  • Completion Date:

    April 4, 2019

  • Production Budget:

    100,000 USD

  • Country of Origin:

    Bahamas

  • Country of Filming:

    Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, United States

  • Film Language:

    English

  • Shooting Format:

    video

  • Aspect Ratio:

    16:9

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    No

  • Student Project:

    No

Director - Calvin Dwight Harris

 

Calvin Dwight Harris President and CEO; Harris Entertainment was born on the sunny Caribbean island of New Providence, which is among the seven hundred islands and chains that make up the Bahamas. In 1988, at the age of 18, Calvin left home on a track and field scholarship to attend Murray State University. After transferring to the University of Idaho in 1990, Calvin graduated with an Engineering Degree in 1994 and soon afterward moved to Denver, Colorado. His love for watching movies and a passion to one day make a difference in the film industry is what inspired Calvin to become a filmmaker.

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Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains [Unfinished]

Winner Unfinished Documentary - Feature

 

After her grandmother is diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, historian Heather Andolina begins to uncover her unique genetic past and finds that she is the decedent of a mysterious group of people known as Melungeons. Andolina travels all over the east coast in search for answers and discovers the haunting history of the Melungeon people, filled with their own folklore, heritage and heartbreaking tales of discrimination.

It is the late 1960’s in Sneedville, Tennessee, a town founded by the Melungeon people around 1795. The people of Sneedville have built an amphitheater in order to attract tourist to their small community. The outdoor production of “Walk Toward the Sunset”, by playwright Kermit Hunter, was set to open on July 3, 1969 and told the story of the Melungeon people in Hancock County. However, on opening night a bomb threat sought to sabotage the production and forced the people of Sneedville to realize that an old prejudice still existed.

In present day North Carolina, Andolina is reflecting on her recent discovery that she has a common heritage with various races and nationalities. Andolina’s grandmother had been in the hospital with a rare blood disease that is only found in Mediterranean people, which left her with questions about her family’s history. Curious, Andolina begins a journey that will expose the infamous history and notorious circumstances of this mixed-race group of people known as Melungeon.

The film follows Andolina as she begins her research on who these people really were. She reveals ties to members of various cultures and ethnicities as she visits Sneedville, Roanoke Island, Jamestown, Santa Elena, and the Cherokee Nation, among others, winding through the murky waters of the Melungeon past. She quickly discovers that the Melungeon people were truly a melting pot of diversity and, due to these differences, were segregated and persecuted for their appearance.

These revelations become hard for Andolina as she is reminded of the stories her Grandmother would tell of being sent home from school and being called racial slurs for her darker complexion.

Andolina begins to switch gears in her investigation as she seeks out anthropologists to discuss the history of race and culture, attempting to discover what truly sets us apart as humans. She begins to see race as just a concept and not something that truly defines us or our pasts. She soon realizes how the forgotten history of the Melungeon people shaped an entire culture. Not white, nor black, nor brown, but cast as villains all the same. A disturbing account of the strange and unforgiving history of race in America.

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  • March 16, 2021 - US - First Time Filmmaker

Director - Andrew Gillen, Jacob Gillen

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"Arbaeen Walk"

Winner Documentary - (VR/TV/Short)

 

Arbaeen Walk is an audiovisual 360° experience about the largest peaceful gathering of people in the world.

From the 2003 US invasion to the infiltration of ISIS, war narratives about Iraq often eclipse an epic event that remains largely unreported in the west. Each year, more than 25 million people from all corners of the world flock to Karbala, Iraq, to participate in a walk known as Arbaeen. This event occurs 40 days after the death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Husayn, who was martyred by an army of 30,000 in the year 680. The Arbaeen walk commemorates the triumph of love and truth over tyranny and falsehood.

Through 360° video, spatial audio and first-person narratives, Arbaeen Walk introduces you to travellers who have set out on this sacred 50-mile journey. Each segment covers one day of the trek from Najaf to Karbala where Husayn is buried. Along the way, we encounter hosts as they assemble tents and tables to provide food, tea, massages, medicine, wifi, sleeping mats and prayer space to fellow pilgrims - all for free. Some share personal stories of inspiration. Others offer their take on the social and political implications of Karbala. Why have they come, and what does this walk mean to them in the world today?

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  • Film Type:

    Documentary, Virtual Reality

  • Runtime:

    21 minutes 30 seconds

  • Completion Date:

    October 4, 2019

  • Production Budget:

    4,500 USD

  • Country of Origin:

    United States

  • Country of Filming:

    Iraq

  • Film Language:

    English

  • Shooting Format:

    H.265, 360° spherical capture

  • Aspect Ratio:

    2:1

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    No

  • Student Project:

    Yes

Director - Amy Claire Nelson

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"Sand Path"

Runner Up Documentary - TV/Short

 

Sand Path is short documentary / road movie that unites the European and the African culture, proposing a universal concept from an individual point of view: If human and cultural values, were above political interests, would there still be wars? What would happen if emigration was a free right?

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  • Project Title (Original Language):

    Camino de tierra

  • Film Type:

    Documentary

  • Runtime:

    21 minutes 19 seconds

  • Completion Date:

    April 15, 2018

  • Country of Origin:

    Spain

  • Country of Filming:

    Senegal

  • Film Language:

    English, German, Spanish

  • Shooting Format:

    Digital

  • Aspect Ratio:

    1920 x 1080

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    Yes

  • Student Project:

    No

Director - Aïda Ballmann

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AKA: DR HOPE

(Feature Film)

A prominent doctor in the fight against cancer, gets diagnosed with prostate cancer and has to use his "gift" to help himself and others.

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  • Film Type:

    Documentary

  • Runtime:

    59 minutes

  • Completion Date:

    January 18, 2019

  • Country of Origin:

    United States

  • Country of Filming:

    United States

  • Film Language:

    English

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    No

  • Student Project:

    No

Director - Julian Biba

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TO BE is better than NOT TO BE (Feature)

“In the end truth will be stranger
and more unbelievable than reality.”

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  • Project Title (Original Language):

  • Boodan behtar az Naboodan

  • Film Type:

  • Documentary

  • Runtime:

  • 1 hour 40 minutes

  • Completion Date:

  • September 30, 2019

  • Country of Origin:

  • Iran, Islamic Republic of

  • Country of Filming:

  • Iran, Islamic Republic of

  • Film Language:

  • Persian

  • Shooting Format:

  • Digital

  • Aspect Ratio:

  • 16:09

  • Film Color:

  • Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

  • Yes

  • Student Project:

  • No

Director - Iman Bayatfar

Iman Bayatfar Born April 19, 1988 – Tehran – Iran E-mail: Iman_bayatfar@yahoo.com Director, Editor, Writer, Cinematographer, Photographer and Colourist. EDUCATION: A.S Software engineering B.F.A Film Directing My IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6181720/ Abstract of my experiences: - - - - - - - - Judgment between animation works according to an official request of “University of Paris 8” in France. – 2016 Edited “Soft Voice” feature film, Co-production of IRAN and U.S.A , presented in Tassvir Film Festival in Iran, Imperfecto festival in Mexico, QFest Festival in U.S.A and … . - 2015 Directing, cinematography, editing and color correction of the “Mobarez” (Warrior in English) Behind the scenes Movie. – 2015 Directing Title of the “Michael series”, (Iranian television series on IRIB Channel 1) – Won the best criminal series prize, and the Honor’s diploma in detective series in Russia. – 2016 Screenwriter of animation film “Bachehay-e- kooch-e- Iran” (Iran alley’s kids in English) – 2015 Behind the scenes-Cinematographer of “Gozare Movaghat” feature film. – 2015 Edited “Ghore series” Behind the scenes Video, (Iranian television series on IRIB Channel 3) – 2015 Edited and music selection of 3 short films and advertisement trailer of "Khat-e- zendegi" project. – 2015

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HAUNTED ROOTS [Feature Film/TV]

Winner Documentary - TV/Short

 

Set against the backdrop of a popular, bucolic New Jersey suburb is the intriguing paranormal mystery of an old farm and it's former inhabitants and the famed “Devil’s” tree.

This story has been told in popular publications such as Weird NJ, Weird USA and now holds the crown for the Scariest Location In NJ. This tree has been visited by major networks and paranormal hunters from all over the globe. None have been successful or have found the truth.

With decades of history, former property owners, thrill seekers and town leader accounts backing this film, the viewer is in for twists and turns worthy of decades of paranormal lore.

This is a true story.

Update: October 2019 The Devil's Tree is named New Jersey's Scariest Place.

Update: The Devil's Tree named to top scariest places in America.

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  • Project Type:

  • Documentary, Feature, Television

  • Genres:

  • Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Documentary, historical, invesrtigation, pilot, tv pilot, web series

  • Runtime:

  • 41 minutes 9 seconds

  • Completion Date:

  • January 7, 2020

  • Production Budget:

  • 1,000 USD

  • Country of Origin:

  • United States

  • Country of Filming:

  • United States

  • Language:

  • English

  • Shooting Format:

  • Digital 4K

  • Film Color:

  • Black & White and Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

  • No

  • Student Project:

  • No

Directors -

Matt Ryan & Will Cook

 

Matt Ryan Vilade returns to his home town to tell the story of how he helped orchestrate one of the biggest urban legends ever told.

With accounts that gained credible national attention, former residents and others speak publicly for the first time about what it's like to live inside an urban legend and talk about one of America's alleged Most Haunted Places.

(Investigative / Paranormal).
Matt Ryan Vilade makes his Directorial debut.

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Metal Health: Out of The Pit (Feature Film)

This film takes and in-depth look at depression in the world of heavy music. , Many of our heroes and fellow musicians are struggling to keep going. We investigate why depression is increasingly common in metal musicians and how they are coping with this devastating disease.

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  • Runtime:

  • 1 hour 32 minutes 1 second

  • Country of Origin:

  • United States

  • Film Color:

  • Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

  • No

  • Student Project:

  • No

Director - Bruce Moore

 

A musician since grade school, Bruce fell in love with recording when his band in New York went into an eight-track studio for the first time to record a demo. Fast forward several years later, and numerous failed attempts at being a rock star, Bruce put down the guitar and began working as an intern at the legendary New York City recording studio, The Hit Factory.

After a few years of interning/assisting and learning the business from the bottom up at a recording studio, Bruce landed a gig as an assistant engineer at Soundtrack New York, where he eventually worked his way up the ladder and to the front of the console as a recording/mix engineer. He would then work with artists as popular and as varied as Public Enemy, Kieth Sweat, Heavy-D, Living Color, Spike Lee, Miles Davis many, many other artists.

Bruce eventually went on to work for Evatone, a mastering facility in Florida where he mastered, edited and sequenced audio/video projects for commercial clients such as Random House, JW Pepper, Houghton Mifflin and Integrity Music.

Not wanting to let his Bachelors of English degree from The University of South Florida collect dust, he began writing for PureGrainAudio. PGA is a Canadian Rock Music Website where he reviewed records and shows and conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in the heavy metal world. Eventually, he was able to put all these skills together as the creative director of Puregrainaudio where he was part of a team conceived of, filmed and produced numerous original web series

Bruce is an award-winning writer/producer and editor of three full-length documentaries that focus on various aspects of the heavy metal culture. Metal Missionaries, a film that takes an in-depth look at the extreme Christian Metal scene. Metal Health: Out of the Pit, a documentary that focuses on depression and mental health in the metal community, and Women of Metal, a film that takes an in-depth look at the struggle women have faced in this historically male-dominated genre of music.

Bruce has also written two published cookbooks: For those About To Cook and For Those About To Cook; Pure Metal. Both books feature recipes and food anecdotes from musicians around the world. More recently, Bruce has created The Brutally Delicious Podcast, a rapidly growing Heavy Metal interview show where he and his partner speak with many of the top artists and musicians in the metal genre.

Through it all, one thing that has remained the same, his passion for hard and heavy music, his desire to succeed, and his desire to make everything he works on sound and look the best it can. When not seated behind a microphone with a smile on his face and a cup of coffee perched precariously close to the fancy electronic gear, Bruce can be found with his family, listening to music, sitting on the beach, or hiking in the woods with his rescue Great Dane, Maggie.

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"Rally George"

He's a 72 year old man, a former Rally Driver with his wife Doris as his Co-Driver, an artist, a life long pilot, and a loving husband with a never ending curiosity for life. This film is a look into the life and world view of George Beckerman.

  • Film Type:

    Documentary, Short

  • Runtime:

    14 minutes 48 seconds

  • Completion Date:

    November 12, 2019

  • Production Budget:

    5,000 USD

  • Country of Origin:

    United States

  • Country of Filming:

    United States

  • Film Language:

    English

  • Shooting Format:

    RED DIGITAL

  • Aspect Ratio:

    2:4:1

  • Film Color:

    Color

  • First-time Filmmaker:

    Yes

  • Student Project:

    No

Director - John

Just a guy with a camera interested in people.

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