Films of the 2012 Arizona International Film Festival


   Animated Short

Another Dress, Another Button

Lyn Elliot
USA

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A stop-motion exploration of the plight of spare buttons: they're carefully saved, but never used.


Fishing or Crab Potting

Sheldon Lieberman
Australia

with
Indie Shorts
Tue, April 24
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Little Spike wants his father to go fishing or crab potting right now.


Flying Penguin

Yuji Kamo
Japan

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


How can mama penguin teach junior to fly?


Fossil Tears

Nahomi Maki
Japan/USA

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 1
Sun, April 29
12:00 pm
Screening Room


The inhabitants of a mossy planet find a shining blue fossil that was formed out of someone' tears many eras ago.


It's Such a Beautiful Day

Don Hertzfeldt
USA

with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


Suffering from a diminished memory, Bill finds himself bedridden in a hospital. As his doctors continue to test and treat him, Bill attempts to readjust to life and begins to recall the past. Unfortunately, he can't decide what is and isn't real.


Live outside the Box

Shu-Hsuan Lin
Taiwan

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


Simon's world gradually becomes smaller until there is nothing left but work. Can he find his way back before it's too late?


Poodle

Sheldon Lieberman
Australia

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


A humorously disturbing animated song about a man and his relationship with his dog.


Rocks in My Pockets

Shu-Hsuan Lin
Taiwan

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


An exclusive excerpt from a work in progress: a funny film about depression.


The Game

Marcin Janiec
Poland

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


Somewhere between life and death a thrilling chess match takes place. The stakes are high and the sole referee is a figure with whom no one would want to cross paths.


The Jockstrap Raiders

Mark Nelson
USA

with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 3
Sun, April 29
4:00 pm
Screening Room


A group of underdog World War I misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German army, they learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain and the world.


Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon

Brad Schaffer
USA

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


A short-tempered Texas sheriff uses his cowboy logic to recklessly defeat a race of condescending, cocoon-dwelling critters.


Wiggle Room

Joe Schenkenberg
USA

with
Animation Shorts
Tue, April 17
8:00 pm
Screening Room


All kinds of things happen in the kitchen when nobody's around. Come along for the ride with the most unlikely character...a slug.


   Comedy Short

2p

Will Maloney
Ireland

with
Global Shorts 1
Mon, April 16
8:00 pm
Screening Room


Billy's passion is collecting two-pence coins. But in his love for the two-pence, Billy often misses the big picture.


Ben Dover

Doug Carter
Canada

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


Ben's much anticipated special 40th birthday surprise turns out to be an unexpected, unwelcome intrusion.


Bip Bip

Philippe Grégoire
Canada

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


Francis wants to fall asleep beside the woman he loves, but her watch has other ideas.


Flight of the Melvin

Paul DeNigris
Arizona/USA

with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 1
Sun, April 29
12:00 pm
Screening Room


Having had enough of his mother's constant nagging, 14-year-old space geek Melvin gathers some spare parts and builds himself a jetpack to fly away. A few moments into his first successful flight, Melvin finds himself in the middle of an alien invasion that only he can stop.


Happy Birthday Timmy

Johnny Cullen
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Timmy gets an inappropriate present from his father.


Incest! The Musical

Grant Reed
USA

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 3
Sun, April 29
4:00 pm
Screening Room


Alex Harris has it all: he's popular, he's class president, and the ladies can't get enough of him. There's just one problem...he's in love with his twin sister, Katie.


Last Night at Angelo's

Michael Escamilla
USA

with
Indie Shorts
Tue, April 24
6:00 pm
Screening Room


It's Rae's last shift waiting tables, and her mission is to confess her true feelings to her favorite regular. It's strange how often we find family and love in the most unlikely of places.


New Guy in Town

James Ricardo
USA

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


A man finds himself in the clutches of a strange new town.


Nonna si deve asciugare (Grandma Must Get Dry)

Alfredo Covelli
Italy

with
Global Shorts 1
Mon, April 16
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A family's greed ends up destroying more than their inheritance when they return home to hear the reading of a will.


Norreen

Domhnall Gleeson
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Through the process of attempting to explain a mysterious death, two Gardaí (policemen) solve their own problems.


Pentecost

Peter McDonald
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


The last time he served as altar boy, Damien knocked Father O'Toole off the altar and was grounded from his only passion - football. When his father offers him a reprieve, Damien must decide whether to conduct himself properly at mass or never watch his beloved Liverpool play again.


Protest Contest

Alex Italics
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


An aspiring pacifist must thwart a sadistic military general and an empty gas tank to beat his rival and become the newest star of the peace movement.


Stardust & The Bandit

Sarah Sher/Dick Fisher
USA

Sat, April 14
8:00 pm
Screening Room


Tue, April 24
2:15 pm
Desert View Theater


Tue, April 24
2:15 pm
Desert View Theater


A nerdy for mob accountant named Guy Bacon enters the Witness Protection Program and is relocated to Old Tucson Studios, the famous movie-set-turned-theme-park in southern Arizona. Things start to get a little hairy for Bacon, however, when someone recognizes him.


SWOOSH!

Sabina Sattar
United Kingdom

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


A new member joins S.W.O.O.S.H!, the Support Week of Overlooked Super Heroes therapy group. But his polite interest turns hostile as he bullies the other members.


The Assignment

Scott Brignac
USA

with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


Everyone thinks Brian is boring...even Brian. Can an eccentric teacher help him overcome his awkwardness and live a better life? Upon discovering that Brian is failing English, his teacher sends him on a wild, coming of age journey.


The Crush

Michael Creagh
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Ardal Travis is in love, but there's just one problem: he's an 8 year old schoolboy and the object of his affection is his teacher, the gorgeous Miss Purdy. When she becomes engaged to her unworthy and crass boyfriend, Ardal is forced into taking drastic action.


The Future

Venetia Taylor
Australia

with
Comedy Shorts
Sat, April 14
9:00 pm
Screening Room


When you're young and in love the future seems bright...but then what?


The Heist

Thomas Hefferon
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Three would-be bank robbers go through their plan one last time before the heist, but things are quickly complicated when they can't even agree on their code names.


   Documentary Short

Año Nuevo Comca'ac

John Sheedy
Mexico

with
Smokin' Fish
Sun, April 22
4:00 pm
Screening Room


This documentary explores the New Year traditions practiced by the Sonoran Seri Native American tribe, traditions which center on the motif of the sea turtle.


Artist in the Margin

Emily Haddad
USA/France

with
Inocente
Sun, April 22
2:00 pm
Screening Room


Using all manner of discarded materials, sculptor Pierre Préost creates an array of whimsical creatures. His preferred art galleries are the villages and countryside near his home in Southern France.


Mijo

Chithra Jeyaram
USA

with
A Sister's Call
Sat, April 14
3:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


with
Best of Fest 1
Sun, April 29
12:00 pm
Screening Room


Sharon is a young mother and professional dancer. Despite undergoing breast cancer treatment, she helps her son face life's daily realities and future uncertainties.


The Hood & The Collar

Paddy Hayes
Ireland

with
Global Shorts 2
Wed, April 25
6:00 pm
Screening Room


It's 1971, and paramilitary violence in Belfast is escalating. The British government responds by imposing internment without trial. IRA member Frances McGuigan is among the first to be arrested, beaten, and tortured, but he and his fellow prisoners are still able to dream of escape.


The Trap of Saving Cambodia

Tim Sorel
Cambodia/USA

with
Tales of Waria
Tue, April 17
6:00 pm
Screening Room


While poverty and corruption are pervasive in Cambodia, massive amounts of charitable aid from donor communities have been invested. Why aren't things changing?


We Win or We Die

Matthew Millan
USA/Libya

with
#whilewewatch
Thu, April 19
6:00 pm
Screening Room


with
War Zone/Comfort Zone
Sun, April 22
12:00 pm
Screening Room


In 2011, Libyans protested Gaddafi's brutal regime and laid siege to the impregnable Katiba fortress. One man's heroic act breaches Katiba's walls and liberates Benghazi.


   Dramatic Short

1000 grams

Tom Bewilogua
Germany

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


1000 grams is the average quantity of fat liposuctioned to contour the abs of a normal weight person, and this is a film about flesh.


A Boy's Life

Elias Benavidez
USA

with
Dramatic Shorts
Fri, April 20
6:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 3
Sun, April 29
4:00 pm
Screening Room


With his father in the military, a withdrawn and imaginative boy attempts to prove to his coping mother that the monster beneath his bed is real.


Alchemy and Other Imperfections

Zachary Rothman
Canada

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


A dark fable about a man and a woman who have completely lost touch with the outside world. That is, until the woman takes one last desperate measure to erase the pesky memory that ruined their lives.


Anna

Daniel Brown
USA

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


Anna is tired of being dull and mistreated. Today, she changes all that.


Augenblicke

Martin Bargiel
Germany

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


Schenker's mind is playing tricks on him: he awakes in different places. Now he has to face questioning by an inspector about a dead woman, and his nightmare begins.


DeafBlind

Ewan Bailey
United Kingdom

with
Global Shorts 2
Wed, April 25
6:00 pm
Screening Room


A deaf and blind woman feels Christ's presence in her home despite her deep depression. Is it in fact Christ, or a disturbed young man who is obsessed with her?


Dreaming American

Lee Percy
USA

with
Dramatic Shorts
Fri, April 20
6:00 pm
Screening Room


A young man battles the harsh realities of New York City to keep his dream alive. As success comes within reach, however, he finds himself up against an uncaring immigration system.


Hath No Man

Linus Koh
Australia

with
Global Shorts 2
Wed, April 25
6:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 4
Sun, April 29
6:00 pm
Screening Room


An Australian World War II veteran reminisces about his time in the war, with his memories taking him through the events of a German ambush that changed everything.


House of Sticks

John Ogden
Australia

with
Global Shorts 1
Mon, April 16
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A photojournalist becomes reclusive following the death of his wife and unborn child. A stranger appears with a message to help him deal with his grief, but she is not all she seems to be.


How I Lost My Birthday

Deja Bernhardt
USA

with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 1
Sun, April 29
12:00 pm
Screening Room


Cita sadly leaves her friends, home, and father behind to move to Bali with her mother on the eve of her parents' divorce. Just when things seem like they couldn't get any worse, she also loses her birthday by crossing over the International Date Line.


I Fix Everything

Marcelo Borja & Toni Comas
USA

with
Dramatic Shorts
Fri, April 20
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Five-year-old Kevin needs to fix his favorite toy, but he faces a huge conflict: should he spend his last 50 cents on the toy or buy the most amazing lollipop.


If It Kills You

David Pike
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A street girl awakens thinking she has acquired superpowers to get rid of her troubled life.


Narcocorrido

Ryan Prows
USA

with
It's In The Blood
Fri, April 20
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A Yuma County Sheriff's deputy robs a drug cartel shipment in a last-ditch scramble for personal survival.


Parallax

Paul DeNigris
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A US Army infantryman with a hatred for Arabs is injured in an ambush and rescued by an Iraqi civilian and his son. Sacrificing himself to save his new friends from insurgents, the infantryman has a change of heart and gains a new perspective.


Private Sun

Rami Alayan
Palestine Territories

with
Global Shorts 2
Wed, April 25
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Instructed by her doctor to sunbathe in order to reverse a vitamin D deficiency, Mariam finds that private moments under the sun are rare thanks to nosy neighbors, an overbearing sister-in-law, and Israeli surveillance planes.


Queen

Adam Rose
USA

with
Indie Shorts
Tue, April 24
6:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 3
Sun, April 29
4:00 pm
Screening Room


After finding out she'll be denied the child she plans to adopt, a drag cabaret star does her best to fill the void.


Scenen

Hans Montelius
Sweden

with
Global Shorts 1
Mon, April 16
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A playwright battles jealousy as he tries to write for his girlfriend and brother. Unfortunately, as the writing and rehearsals progress, his inner demons take over.


Schrodinger's Box

Britt Pitre
USA

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


Who dares to watch the watcher?


Se Habla Español

Howard Allen
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


Angelica becomes a powerful connection between Anglo and Hispanic cultures in this day-in-the-life film poem.


Seek

Richard Bell
Australia

with
Indie Shorts
Tue, April 24
6:00 pm
Screening Room


A game of hide-and-seek goes terribly wrong when a woman's 6-year-old son disappears. How far will she go to get him back?


Shoot the Moon

Alexander Gaeta
USA

with
Indie Shorts
Tue, April 24
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Marcy Meyers is down on her luck, so she places her faith in national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all.


Soñadores

Thenmozhi Soundarararajan
USA

with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 2
Sun, April 29
2:00 pm
Screening Room


On the eve of a national Dream Act protest, a high school biology student nervously approaches graduation due to the nature of her immigration status. When she is awarded a college scholarship, she must decide if she will confront her fears or continue to hide and lose her dreams forever.


Switch

Thomas Hefferon
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Two years after a traumatic car accident left a young girl in a vegetative state, the man who put her there seeks to atone for his crimes. However, he soon discovers that righting his wrongs may take more than what he's prepared to give.


The Crimson Room

Martin Sharpe
Australia

with
Global Shorts 1
Mon, April 16
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A young couple make an impulsive stop down a lane that leads them on a dark and terrifying journey.


The Darkness is Close Behind

Sheena McCann
USA

with
Dramatic Shorts
Fri, April 20
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Jessie is exhausted looking after his little brother and meth-cooking father until a welcome distraction takes him away for a moment.


The Maiden and the Princess

Ali Scher
USA

with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


Little Emmy Adams kisses a girl on the playground and winds up feeling isolated and alone. The Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules sends her a fairytale to set things right, but thanks to a rogue fairytale narrator, Emmy finds herself in a very different story.


The Night Nurse

Terence White
Ireland

with
Irish Shorts
Mon, April 23
6:00 pm
Screening Room


A nurse working the graveyard shift on a psychiatric ward searches frantically for a missing patient, only to discover the terrible truth behind the disappearance.


The Telegram Man

James Khehtie
Australia

with
Welcoming Departure
Fri, April 27
6:00 pm
Screening Room


Australia's small farming communities paid a terrible price during World War II. Each week in the rural towns of New South Wales, a different family discovered that a loved one would not be coming home. It's rare to consider the man who delivers such sad news, yet that's precisely what this film does.


The Way Things Are

Daniel Hyde
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


A jaded Marine returns home to the Navajo Reservation to find a culture war being waged between the old ways and the new.


Tumbling

Tina Salmassi
USA

with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


with
Shorts For Youth
Sat, April 21
3:00 pm
Screening Room


with
Best of Fest 1
Sun, April 29
12:00 pm
Screening Room


An ordinary picnic turns unforgettable when a young boy witnesses several startling encounters including an act of betrayal by his mother. Weaving together themes of youthful curiosity and the confusion of growing up, Tumbling paints a portrait of innocence lost and an awakening to the world.


Where Moths Fly

Manuel Esparza
USA

with
Dramatic Shorts
Fri, April 20
6:00 pm
Screening Room


A family offers their dying robot the chance to live forever. Rather than live, he chooses to see where he goes when he dies.


   Experimental Short

Alligators Always Avoid Anchovies

Thomas Hodgson
Arizona/USA

with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


Sat, April 14
7:00 pm
Screening Room


With a read-out-loud format that invites audience participation, this experimental film offers a truly interactive experience. From A through Z, the 26 alliteratively-named chapters provide a variety of unusual moments interspersed with poems to be performed.


Day Residue

Barton Santello
Arizona/USA

with
Arizona Shorts
Wed, April 18
8:00 pm
Screening Room


'Day residue' is a term used to describe random yet meaningful events in the day that become the basis for intricate nighttime dreams. Inspired video and media images form the day residue for director Barton Santello's waking dream of life in Arivaca.


Intrusion

Natalie Plaskura
Germany

with
Edgy Shorts
Fri, April 27
10:00 pm
Screening Room


Unrealistic, seemingly disparate, yet interrelated scenes that poke, like an intrusive recurring traumatic experience, into the mind of the powerless spectator.


Passing Through

Rob Sabal
USA

with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


with
Cinema Carnival
Fri, April 13
7:00 pm
Crossroads Festival


Exploring the tension between representational images and abstraction, Rob Sabal's film deals with beauty and awe in the aftermath of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami.