Damian Chapa is an actor,writer, and director. Everyone will remember his powerful gang portrait in ‘Blood In, Blood Out”. But he stopped acting to direct very low budget films, some ethnics following the gang and down and out of marginal characters, cholos and godfathers, irish rebels,cop and narcos. From Dayton,Ohio (where he born)from Brooklyn (where he hang around) to East LA,where he got stardom,his mixed heritage,between irish and italian , he crossculture everything-lands and images, and defiant the film industry cannons. Actor directing himself,producer using all the tricks and remorses to do films between 5 k to 100 k,most of his films had been release either in theathers, home video,or television.Loved by women,hated for men,inside or outside of the industry,contradictory,some times hypercritic and antisemitic against Hollywood ( Polansky Unauthorized, Bobby Fisher Unauthorized),probing geniality and boldness with outstanding Brando;Unauthorized,probing he could do any life with resolution,without expecting anything back. Until recent years he shift to biopic movies.Unauthorized biographies of controversial,hot figures of the media,sports,public opinion. He dared to reconstruct Marlon Brando as any studio or television company think,overpassing agents,managers,family, and descendants,challenging the ones who manipulate his life and cashed in his legacy. – Father Rupert Mayer (short, 45m) -Father Rupert Mayer was a priest during the Nazi Regime. He sacrificed his life so others would live. After many times being told to stop his anti Nazi sermons. Finally the Nazis put him in the camps. He fought to survive. Get Ticket
April 18, 2015 – 3:00pm @ Byblos – Father Rupert Mayer (short, 45m) – Direct – Damian Chapa, Producer – Nicola Mayerl Munich Germany -Father Rupert Mayer was a priest during the Nazi Regime. He sacrificed his life so others would live. After many times being told to stop his anti Nazi sermons. Finally the Nazis put him in the camps. He fought to survive. Main Cast: Daryl Hannah Nicola Mayerl Stacy Keach Damian Chapa Oliver Gruber Get Ticket
April 12, 2015 – 4:00pm @ Tonawanda Castle – Black Fly (F, 88m) – Director/Producer – Jason Bourque , British Columbia Canada -When Jake seeks refuge from his abusive uncle, he is forced to move in with his estranged brother who resides on an isolated island. Eager to reconnect, Jake soon realizes his brother isn’t who he thought. In a nightmare that pits family versus morality, will Jake have what it takes to put to an end his brother’s terrifying rampage? Main Cast: Matthew MacCaull Dakota Daulby Christie Burke Get Ticket
April 11, 2015 – 6:00pm @ Tonawanda Castle – The Other Kind (F, 114m) – Writer/Director – Rosalyn Rosen, Austin, Texas USA – shot on location Producers – Michael Saleman and Rosalyn Rosen - A former county judge, his Bible toting wife, and their two adult children set out on a mission to rural Texas, intent on saving the youngest of their brood, an eccentric poet who believes Charles Bukowski lives inside his head. But the tables turn when a chilling family secret is exposed and reality is turned upside down. https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-OTHER-KIND/1391469194491423?ref=hl Main Cast: Jo Harvey Allen “Momma” Richard Dillard “Ben” Dane Seth Hurlburt “Carl” Justin Arnold “Scott” Paula Rhodes “Jo Ray” Get Ticket
Two brothers faced with a rare genetic disease that will steal their eyesight decide to take a trip of a lifetime and see everything they can before it all goes dark.
A new comedy about two aimless, long-lost friends who quit their lives and hit the road.
New Orleans, city of jazz and Mardi Gras at the shores of the Mississippi river, is the setting for HEIRS. Between French flair and African rhythms, ballrooms and street parades, HEIRS explores the Crescent City’s heritage of racist injustices – and the roots of its famous arts.
A new father struggles to hold onto his dreams, while letting go of his baggage.
Adventure docudrama based on a true story of Ned Myers, 24-year-old Canadian-American sailor who survived the 1813 Battle of Toronto and the Lake Ontario shipwreck of two warships, Hamilton and Scourge. To this day, the two ships remain sunken at the bottom of Lake Ontario.
A motley crew of university students set out on a journey in pursuit of a mythical form of hash, confronting a series of encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion.
A group of coffee drinking poets hang out in thrift stores and cemeteries trying to find themselves. What they discover is that love is more than having stuff in common; it is more than words ; it is finding someone who will never leave your side.
A young man’s journey to find answers to his struggle with autism
Boney is a working stiff in a dead-end job, that is until he has a run-in
with a spirited old lady named Bridie…
A true story based on a couple and the decision to let go of a toxic relationship.
FAILURE GROUPIES is a comedy following a group of suburban post 9-11 tweens who fail a group project and set up a spy mission to get their temperamental teacher fired.
The twisted tale of a Russian Hit-man hired to retrieve a government code from three men who mistakenly received the file.
A random group of people wake up on an Island where they are being hunted down in a sinister plot to harvest their organs.
Abby and Ryan shared a relationship that was unremarkable in almost every way. But when, for the first time since the break-up, they see each other on a city sidewalk, a wave of memories crashes over them forcing Abby and Ryan to relive their past and wonder whether they’ll ever feel that kind of happiness with anyone else ever again.
A funny and investigative look at the long history and major influence Canadians have had on the development of American pop culture.
What happens to an old New England mill town when its factories shut down?
In search of life’s true meaning, a grief-stricken man embarks on a journey across Lake Michigan.
He’s confronted more adversity in his first 21 years than most will face in their lifetime. Part-Time Joe tells the inspirational story of Joe Vicario and how he has managed to become the heart and soul of RIT Hockey.
One of the first US Navy frogmen fights to survive secret missions behind Axis lines in World War II as well as incarceration at the Nazis’ Mauthausen concentration camp.
A depressed pregnant woman, entrapped in an empty marriage and haunted by a childhood tragedy, befriends an eccentric neighbor who claims to be immortal.
During the largest storm in history, one news crew makes a harrowing journey to let the world know they’re alive.
Written and envisioned by young male participants of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation’s Margaret’s Place program, Stuck in Traffick is a timely reflection of how our young men see the world around them, as well as their passion for raising awareness about the social issues that are impacting their communities. With the undying help and commitment of Fine Young Man Productions, the MP young men were able to use film to explore how domestic violence impacts their peers around them, leaving them at risk for further abuse. Viewers are forced to ask themselves, not only “What would you do?”, but “What CAN you do to end the cycle of violence?” The film is the beginning of a conversation that seeks to engage young people in a dialogue about domestic violence intervention and prevention.
An long married couple try to kill each other, but accidentally kill an innocent bystander. Now they must cover up the murder, while still plotting to kill each other.
If the girl is ‘Wizard of Oz’ and the guy is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ can this relationship work??
Three lives crash together in one fateful evening when an act of mercy turns things upside down.
‘Francesca’ was inspired by the art and life of American photographer Francesca Woodman.
A recently widowed man attempts to hide the reality of his wife’s death from his hostile, Alzheimer’s-ridden father-in-law.
A short comedy about a young man lacks the confidence to attend a birthday party thrown by the girl of his dreams.
An ex-Hollywood screenwriter now teaching an evening class in New York finds himself in a battle of wits with a devious screenwriter student.
A young private detective with a strange drug habit has one day to solve a murder case involving surgical robots, his client’s innocence on the line.
Farmer Finn van Hagen is faced with a difficult choice once he opens an old music box, revealing his long forgotten past.
Imagine a world void of people and life – a ghost planet. A shocking reality Darlan suddenly finds himself in, without understanding how or why. His journey may lead him to discover something even more sinister.
A man goes fishing on a secluded lake, thinking he’s alone – until he spots another boat with a mysterious and seductive occupant.
Saddled with poverty, a young woman, Thalia, who has been clean for four days, struggles to get clean while trying retain custody of her infant daughter, Brianna.
April 12, 2015 – 8pm -SHORTS BLOCK “F” – @ The Tonawanda Castle -Lake Oventironk (SH, 3m)– by David Donar (Toronto, Ontario) -Lake Ouentironk, Huron Wyandot for ‘Beautiful Waters’, or Lake Simcoe as it is know today, is a large fresh water lake north of Toronto, Ontario. This film explores the lake in it’s natural habitat before Samuel de Champlain visited the area over 400 years ago. Lake Ouentrionk is an animated landscape that incorporates traditional water color painting to create a vibrant and moving picture to capture the various seasons as well as the fluid changes of water, land and sky of this wonderful area. https://donarfilms.wordpress.com/lake-ouentironk/
When an affable rancher picks up a hitchhiker on a desert road, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that his passenger is a stranger to the Southwest. He just doesn’t know how strange.
Billy Mize’s contributions to Country music helped shape the industry. His charm and golden voice are legendary among Country music’s elite, as is his passion for music. A performer on the brink of fame, his is a spectacular tale about identity and sacrifice amidst a Country music revolution.
A Day In The Life Of A Whiteboard shows how a whiteboard can take an ordinary “to-do” list and bring it to life.
Uplifting story of bravery and compassion: How attitudes to animals were changed in Bolivia, illegal circuses pursued and closed, and 25 lions airlifted to freedom.
The fires of hatred have been unleashed and now we, victims of a burning paradise, kneel at the pedestal of death, begging for salvation from this hell of flesh, wire and ash. Welcome to our nightmare.
An abstract film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper.
Young programmer sees himself as a witness to a crime and has to make a difficult decision: to help or ignore what happened. Often the wrong decision can turn you witness the victim or even villain.
-Blood Riders: The Devil Rides With Us (F, 71m)– by Lari Teras – Writer / Director / Exec Producer, Kyle Chappell – Producer (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) -Blood Riders: The Devil Rides with Us is a blood soaked adventure comedy about four young friends who stumble upon a body after stealing a car. That discovery pushes the friends on a road trip around town during which they try get rid of the increasing amount of corpses. Along their wild ride the kids encounter neo-Nazis, punk artists, devil worshipers and a plan to resurrect Hitler. www.TheDevilRidesWithUs.com Main Cast: Corey Lof – Janek AJ Morabito – Kyle Caitlynne Medrek – Zoey Joel Ballanger – Dane List of Accolades / Awards ZedFest: Golden Marquee – Best Feature, Best Blood Bath, Highest Body Count Salty Horror Film Festival: Audience Choice – Best Feature 30 Dies Film Festival: Best Feature – Online selection
A heartfelt comedy about embracing all our little wrinkles, and keeping our perspectives grounded.
April 12, 2015 – 8pm – SHORTS BLOCK “F” – @ The Tonawanda Castle -Made In Bali (SH, 14m)– by Director: Michael Pohorly, Producer: Stella Nurina -A young American arrives in Bali for the first time and hires a tour guide, keeping the reasons for his visit hidden. https://www.facebook.com/MadeinBali Main Cast: Skip – Mike Lewis Made – Slamet Rahardjo New York State Premiere
In The Sisterhood of Night three girls slip off the grid of social media into a mysterious world deep in the woods, revealing the reality of teenage years changed forever by the Internet Age
A cop finds himself strapped with a ticking bomb inside a Hummer in an alley, where his partner and the bomb squad scramble to save him.
Michael’s life is turned upside down with the shocking revelation of the death of an older brother he never knew existed and is forced to confront the question of his own identity.
An activist, an avant-garde of disabled dancers, and a quest: equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor!
Stolen from her family, lived and died as a slave, Priscilla’s Spirit is coming home.
Captivated by an amazing star, the three Wise Men seek its meaning as they struggle with their faith and battle evil along The Silk Road … until God is revealed to them on the road to Bethlehem
Two estranged best friends set off on a road trip to explore what truths unite people in a modern America dominated by apathy and discord. It is soon clear, however, that truth is the last thing either man seeks.
Danish woman ends up in a burka for fear of getting short changed when looking for an apartment in Paris…
From the forest floor to the canopy, and from the tropics to the taiga, this film celebrates the marvelous ecosystems that make up the world’s great forests. They envelope the earth, and we should be so grateful that it is so.
Women and girls are often put down, silently, subtly. Is it possible for them to fight back? And what happens when they find the courage to do so?
Florence and Etienne visit Florence’s dead father’s house. He has hung himself from a tree. Etienne will soon discover that the couple’s excursion brings up the challenge to open up to each other about unspoken truths.
April 11, 2015 -12pm – SHORTS BLOCK “C”- @ The Tonawanda Castle -No Mercy (MV, 4m)– by – Main Cast:
It’s every professional gambler’s dream: getting rid of that stupid thing called „luck” which helps amateurs win nevertheless. But when you have it at gunpoint be sure to pull the trigger – because if you don’t, you’ll learn it the hard way: don’t fuck with luck!
8year old Alice and her brother, the 5year old Lucas accompany their parents to visit their beloved grandfather in the hospital. They decide to take matters into their own hands.
While transporting a captured American traitor, a young special agent must go to great lengths to protect his prisoner from other agents gone rogue.
Sometimes there’s only one thing left to say and only one way to say it.
WAKE UP is a short film illustrating the life of a man who wakes up every day as a different person, and his struggle to find meaning