FILM BLOCK ONE

DAY ONE / THURSDAY JUNE 4   7PM - 10PM

STUDENT    

The Spaghetti Monster    12min 56s  

Joshua M. Thomas

Trespassing can be deadly.

SHORT

Viewing      13min 46s

Finn Szumlas

In the week between a former fashion model's suicide and her burial, everyone has his own way of apprehending the image of her lifeless body.

COMEDY

Shiny Shiny     6min 32s

Jeff Sanders

Captured young woman is forced to endure an uncomfortable encounter with a serial killer.

FEATURE

Highline   1hr 57min   

Chris Smead

Ten days, five friends, one trek across Utah's Uinta Highline Trail.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

 

FILM BLOCK TWO

DAY TWO / FRIDAY JUNE 5  11AM - 1PM

SHORT

Boon Dee Regains Her Freedom    5min 42s

Felix Fang

An elephant rescue in Thailand following Boon Dee's journey from a trekking camp to freedom at a large sanctuary.

STUDENT

There She Was     4min 24s

Kyle Plummer

The internal ramblings of a boy who has a crush on a girl as he tries to gather the courage to talk to her.

SHORT

She Makes Me Feel    4min

Colin Cunningham

Music video in NYC.

STUDENT

Uber Excited    5min 15s

Jordan Palmer 

A young girl has to make a life or death decision when she thinks she is being kidnapped.

ANIMATION

Rhino N' Bird     5min 09s

Bradley Oliver & Wilkinson-Vega

A symbiotic relationship between a parasitic bird and a grumpy rhino, stuck together on the open plains of Africa. Their family kinships goes back generations, bringing them to modern day. Discussing topics like family, grooming, disease, and survival.

 

FEATURE

Precious Guru- Journey into the Wild Heart of the Second Buddha     1hr 09m

Marc Wennberg

Precious Guru follows the arc of Guru Rinpoche’s sacred biography and journey, from his immaculate birth on a lotus in northwest Pakistan; to his taming and subduing of Tibet’s demons in the 8th Century in order to establish Buddhism on the Tibetan plateau; to the central role of his Tibetan consort and main disciple, Princess Yeshe Tsogyal; and finally, his departure for the Land of the Rakshas, where he continues to subdue and tame the demons.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

 

FILM BLOCK THREE

DAY TWO / FRIDAY JUNE 5  2PM - 4PM

SHORT

Badlands     3min

James Cawley

Badlands is an inspirational story of the process of creation through exploration and self reflection. What does it mean to "create" and how do we translate our feelings, emotions and ideas through shutter, brush or spoken word.

ANIMATION

The End Of The Horizon     4min 09s

Nan Noaker

A stop-motion animation with handmade puppets. This short film is about the mysterious disappearance of a young Utah artist in the 1930s.

COMEDY

Sidepiece     9min 58s

Teddy Tenenbaum

Dating is hard. Especially when you’re married. Nothing is what appears to be in this short romantic-comedy about two people who find each other on a very special dating app. You just can’t trust what you read anymore.

UTAH

Heart of A Lion    4min 26s

Jake Clayson

A music video on the subject of suicide awareness and finding strength through music.

FEATURE

Ape Canyon     1hr 13min

Joshua Land

In the midst of a quarter-life crisis, Cal Piker drags his big sister Samantha along on a Bigfoot-hunting expedition. And nothing - not the adventure turning out to be a scam, not being abandoned in the woods to die, not a confrontation with an uncommonly large nuclear physicist, not a police pursuit, and certainly not Samantha's protests - will stop Cal from making his way to Ape Canyon.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

 

KANAB GETS DARK

DAY TWO / FRIDAY JUNE 5   730PM - 10PM

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

SHORT

Manifest Destiny    13min 44s

Benjamin Eck & Brandon Kessel

A young man struggles with his addiction to meth in a small LA apartment.

SHORT

Lost     18min

Ali Navaeian 

A college dropout's love of movies and mental state confuse his reality.

feature

Dog Valley

David Lindsay    1hr 32s

In 1988, two ex-convicts kidnapped, beat, raped, tortured and murdered Gordon Church, a gay college student from a rural Mormon community in southern Utah. Dog Valley explores the horrific events of his death, the lives and minds of his killers, and how it has helped shape modern hate crimes legislation in Utah.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

 

FILM BLOCK FOUR

DAY THREE / SATURDAY JUNE 6   1230PM - 2PM

Short

A Non Binary Story: Reencuentro    5min 34s

Chelsea Eng

With their art – music and dance respectively; film and writing collectively – Masri and Eng seek to open audience hearts and inspire an ever wider embrace of gender equity, LGBTQIA+ rights, disability rights, inclusion of the marginalized, and compassion for animals.

Short

Ouroboros    8min 

Emma Keehan

One masked dancer threatens the cycle of pursued acceptance met by authoritative rejection when part of her facade falls away and she can truly see.

STUDENT

Man and Kin     17min 19s

Colby Barrios

Quiet, gruff Cody takes solace in his new job- the night guard of an eccentric hobbyist’s mannequin village. But he can only live in this fantasy for so long before reality catches up to him.

SHORT

Sueños   13min 56s

Caleb Hatton

Rapheal awakes in a cemetary, not knowing how he arrived, he searches for Roberta, though unsure who she is.

SHORT

The Boy I Left Behind     10min 09s

Kody Newton

A man finds a box from his childhood, and inside it, his childhood fears.

'Rona Shorts

This newly added category was intended to spur creativity during Covid-19. 

 

Shorts in this category must have been created during March 1-May 20th about literally anything, and must not be longer than 5min 19s.

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

FILM BLOCK FIVE

DAY THREE /SATURDAY JUNE 6  5PM - 8PM

Student

Haunted      5min 27s

Carlos Plummer

A music video of the Tracy G Group's latest single.

Animation

Square Guy     2min 32s

Collin Mapp

Our friendly hero's world is turned upside down when a surprise throws him for change and adventure!

Short

Showan     13min

Bijan Zarin

"Kolbari" is defined as smuggling goods on foot between the border of Iran and Iraq. Due to financial struggles and unemployment in the Kurdistan region of Iran, the habitats of this land have come to this mean to meet their ends and to support their lives. Young and old, man and woman, risk their lives for a bare minimum to survive. Often, in the dangerous paths of this journey and through different hazards of crossing this border they lose their lives to attacks of the border patrols, falling through the valley, or freezing to death.

Feature

The Good Wolf    1 hr 15min

Wilfred H Shipley

The Good Wolf is a coming of age story about a fugitive (James) with an unknown past hiding in the woods. There, he comes across a tree house, where he meets Sam, a 12 year old boy. The two become an unlikely pair of friends, and spend the summer together surviving, and learning from one another. As the summer comes to an end, police begin to get closer to finding James's whereabouts, leaving James with limited options for survival....

Each film will be followed by a Q&A if the filmmaker is present. 

 

© 2019 Kanab Film Fest ™