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Writing for Film Shorts

Friday, March 3, 2:30pm, Gamache-Koger Theatre
Writing for Film Shorts

79 min

Data Management, directed by James Rogers-Kahan USA / 2022 / 13 min / English / Drama 

Taking place in a 70s style office with retro futuristic overtones, revolves around themes of technology and humanity, exploring the relationship and co evolution of people and the advancing tools of the modern era. 

The Wish, directed by Ruigang Wu China / 2022 / 12 min / Mandarin with English subtitles / Drama 

A little boy went out into the wilderness and got into a stranger's car, but later he found out the driver might be a kidnapper, so he escaped and got caught by the police. However, he didn't want to be taken to the police station, so he led them elsewhere 

Heroes, directed by Roberto Sanchez USA / 2022 / 17 min / English / Fantasy 

Rigo, the new kid in town, finds himself being bullied by some of the local kids. A chance encounter with Miguel, a comic book store owner, introduces Rigo to the vast world of superheroes. But are they fiction or real? 

My Love, directed by Alain Ali Washnevsky USA / 2022 / 18 min / English / Romantic Drama 

Two people who come together to let each other go. Noriah and Arian, a former couple, see each other for the first time in 5 years on the night before Noriah’s wedding. The film is a look back at young love - when you’re in it, it surely must be forever. 

Martha’s Day, directed by Sofia Montzerratt USA / 2022 / 18 min / English / Mystery 

Martha wakes up at home to what seems to be a normal day. However, throughout the day she finds things out of place, her husband has disappeared and a huge existential crisis might come visit her at the peak of her unpredicted isolation. 

Associate Programmers: Marcus Crain, Jacob Dinkel, Palmer Guthrie, Merrick Hendrix, America Hill, Alex Lawrynas, Laura McKenna, Emily Morales, JoJo Moss, Evie Rikon, Shannon Saunders, Paula Soto, Alex Vance…the students on Prof. Jim Gilmore’s Writing the Short Subject Screenplay at Flagler College 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access Badges.

You Think You’re Funny?

Friday, March 3, 2:30pm, Gamache-Koger Theatre
You Think You’re Funny?

77 min

Out of Water, written, directed & produced by Madi Stine USA / 2022 /13 min / English / Comedy 

When a disenchanted mermaid-for-hire is mistaken for a real mermaid, she plays along to disastrous consequences. 

Pandemic Sky, written, directed & produced by Daniel D. Moses UK / 2021 / 9 min / English / Comedy 

How did the lockdown hinder the work of spies during a pandemic? With government restrictions keeping people off park benches, Fisher tries to adapt to the new reality, finding the things he took for granted, like having a secret conversation in a public space with his contact Penny, more difficult than before. 

Buddymovie, written & directed by Ryan McGlade USA / 2022 / 12 min / English / Comedy 

Two old friends reunite in the wilderness, over which an angry warehouse holds court. 

Backspace, written, directed & produced by Ethan Ross UK / 2022 / 10 min / English / Comedy 

Ed, an aspiring screenwriter attempts to write the first scene of an ambitious romance film, but when his ideas fall flat, he must turn to the real world for inspiration. 

Smile, written, directed & produced by Ivana Strajin USA / 2022 / 8 min / English / Comedy 

After a woman's insurance is declined at the orthodontist's office, her pursuit to resolve the matter spirals out of control. 

New York, I’m Breaking Up With You, written, directed & produced by Pepi Kokab USA / 2022 / 4 min / English / Comedy 

Dumped by his girlfriend, a broken-hearted Stephen blames New York city for his misfortunes. When he decides to dump the city and leave, the city finds a way to pull him back in. 

Maybe Next Year, directed by CJ Colando USA / 2022 / 14 min / English / Comedy 

A timeshare on the line, 3 couples compete to set up their single friend by midnight New Year's Eve. 

The Vacation, written & directed by Jarreau Carrillo USA / 2022 / 9 min / English / Comedy 

In Flatbush, Brooklyn, four friends are stuck in their car after it breaks down on the way to the beach on the last day of the summer. 

Associate Programmers: Jenna Boerst, Riley Freeman, Palmer Guthrie***, Gemma Hansen, Peter Hartley, America Hill, Maura Iazzetta, Collins Losson**, Preeti Khanna*, Allison Kindley***, William O’Toole, Sydney Preston, Cat Riel-Dodson, Paula Soto, Abby Surber**, Jacob Thompson,  Laura Walker, Seth Woodrow, Anna Yakup…students in Adjunct Professor Trevor Worley’s Media Aesthetics Class at Flagler College. *Lead Associate Programmer **Co-Lead Associates **Presenters

Obstacle Corpse

Friday, March 3, 6pm, Gamache-Koger Theatre
Obstacle Corpse


written & directed by Hope Madden USA / 2022 / 85 min / English / Comedy-Horror

Raised in a rah-rah survivalist family, Sunny was always more into books than backpacking as a clan. But she’s tired of disappointing her old man and getting his beard trimmings for Christmas every year (don’t ask). So, she sets out to prove herself once and for all, in the invite-only Guts & Glory obstacle course race, where she and her goofball friend Ezra will run alongside some past winners and hopefully show dad, his daughter can take care of herself.  The tale of lovably cranky teen Sunny and her quest to prove her mettle in an obstacle course race that goes totally f*cking insane. 

Like, The Warriors meets Saw insane. It’s muddy. It’s bloody. It puts the laugh in slaughter. And it’s surprisingly sweet and uplifting … in an off-kilter way. Producers” Brooklyn EwingCast: Jarrell Pyro Johnson, Colleen Gentry, Sylvie Mix, Chris Hahn, Anthony Dain, Ali Ferda, Shane Thompson, Gareth Tidball, Roger Conners, Tarik Woods, Kyle Newhart, Kira L. Wilson, Kinsley Funari, Michael Cichowicz, Brian Spangler, Danielle Meyer, Jason Tostevin, Donovan Riley Wolfington Director: Hope Madden - an award-winning director, writer and producer based in Columbus, Ohio - is known for Godspeed (2020), Obstacle Corpse (2020), and A Seat at the Table (2021). A graduate of Ohio State University with an honors degree in Creative Writing, Hope spent nearly two decades as a film critic and journalist before directing her attention to making films of her own. 

Turning her enduring interest in cinema into a multimedia investment, she co-founded MaddWolf Productions in 2019. Hope wrote a back-page column for Columbus Monthly Magazine for several years. She's also published dozens of poems in a variety of respected journals, as well as contributing short fiction to numerous journals and magazines. Her first novel will publish through Off Limits Press in February of 2022. 

Special Guest: Hope Madden

Wild Beauty

Saturday, March 4, 2pm, Lewis Auditorium
Wild Beauty

WILD BEAUTY: Mustang Spirit of the West

directed by Ashley Avis 

USA / 2022 / 99 min / English / Documentary

An immersive journey into the world of wild horses, Wild Beauty illuminates both the profound beauty, and desperate plight currently faced by the wild horses in the Western United States. Filmmaker Ashley Avis (Disney's Black Beauty) and crew go on a multi-year expedition to uncover the truth in hopes to protect them, before wild horses disappear forever. 

Director: Ashley Avis is a filmmaker and passionate, longtime equestrian. She is the writer, director and editor of BLACK BEAUTY (2020) for Disney+, starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy, and Iain Glen. 

Black Beauty marked Ashley’s fourth feature film, in addition to directing hundreds of commercials and branded content to date. On the television side, Ashley is writing and show running the television series BREYER HOLLOW for Imagine Entertainment's Executive Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Stephanie Sperber. An editor of over a decade, she cuts the majority of her own work, including Disney's BLACK BEAUTY and WILD BEAUTY. In the fall of 2020, 

Ashley founded and launched The Wild Beauty Foundation— a nonprofit organization that hopes to illuminate key issues wild and domestic horses are facing today through entertainment, educational programs for children and teens, and on the ground rescue efforts of horses in need. Ashley lives near the ocean with her husband and producing partner Edward Winters, and is the co- founder of Winterstone Pictures. Associate Programmers: Zariah Anglin, Philip Cooper, Sean Griffith, Caitlin Gurley, Gemma Hansen, Spencer Hooker, Brooke Rhonemus, Arianna Salandy, Jacob Thompson, Marysa Tuttle… the students in Prof. Jim Gilmore’s Environmental Filmmaking Class at Flagler College 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access, All Film & Lewis Badges. $10/person all others

Dog Whisperer

Saturday, March 4, 2:30pm, Gamache-Koger Theatre
Dog Whisperer

DOG WHISPERER With Cesar Millan

co-written by Melissa Jo Peltier 

USA / 2004-2016 / 65 min / English / Documentary

Cesar Millan is a master when it comes to communicating with dogs and changing their behavior. Following the screening, co-writer, Melissa Jo Peltier will discuss writing and producing for television and film. Melissa Jo Peltier A two-time Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Melissa Jo Pelter has accumulated over 50 national and international awards and accolades for her work as a producer, writer and editor. 

She was director and co-writer of the primetime documentary special, “Scared Silent: Exposing and Ending Child Abuse”, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, and earned Ms. Peltier the coveted Humanitas Prize. Following was the Peabody Award-winning “Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse”. She was producer-director-writer of A&E’s four-hour special, “Titanic: Death of a Dream” and “Titanic: The Legend Lives On”, then the network’s highest- rated program ever, which won two National Emmy Awards, including one to Ms. Peltier for outstanding documentary writing. 

Three more Writer’s Guild of America nominations for documentary writing followed, as well as three primetime Emmy Nominations as an Executive Producer of National Geographic Channel’s “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”, also 2010 People’s Choice Award winner. From 1996-2010, Peltier was a partner and co- founder of MPH Entertainment, which created over 350 hours of original documentary and reality television programming, of which she produced, wrote or directed hundreds of hours. Peltier’s dramatic TV and feature credits include writing the Lifetime movie “Nightwaves” and the story, “The Collector”, for the hit CBS series, “Ghost Whisperer”. With her MPH partners, she served as executive producer of the film “Men Seeking Women” (starring Will Ferrell) and co-executive producer of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” She produced the multi-festival- winning indie feature, “White Irish Drinkers”, for Ovington Avenue Productions, of which she is also a principal with her husband, film/TV writer/director John Gray.  

Most recently, she wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary “The Game Is Up,” and also co-produced the 2014 feature documentary “Look At Us Now, Mother!” and is the author of the darkly comic Hollywood novel, “Reality Boulevard” (a Kirkus Review “Best Indie 2013” pick). She is also the co-author of seven non-fiction works: including five books with “Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan”, all of which were New York Times Best Sellers; the first, “Cesar’s Way”, staying number one for 11 weeks. Peltier graduated Phi Beta Kappa/ cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Follow her on twitter @MelissaJPeltier Special Guest: Melissa Jo Peltier, following the film, Melissa will lead a conversation on Producing Documentaries 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access Badges.

Ghosts of New York

Saturday, March 4, 4pm, Lewis Auditorium
Ghosts of New York


Director: Craig P. O’Connell

USA / 2022 / 57 min / English 

Armed with never-before-seen shark technology, Dr. Craig O’Connell and the local community join forces to solve the mystery surrounding Montauk’s three-week long thresher shark aggregation. Are they here to breed, pup or feed – no one knows? But with some of the world’s most notorious catch- and-kill shark tournaments coinciding with this aggregation, will Craig and his team be able to uncover the secrets of nature’s most elusive shark before it is too late? 

Director: Dr. Craig O'Connell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2013).  When he is not writing, there is no telling where you will find Craig.  Sometimes it is in the middle of South American tropical rainforests, or diving with great white sharks in South Africa.  Either way, Craig has traveled the world and through his travels has learned a substantial amount about animal behavior and conservation.  Through these experiences, he has enlightened the minds of many through his teachings to both K-12 and undergraduate students. 

Associate Programmers: Zariah Anglin, Philip Cooper, Sean Griffith, Caitlin Gurley, Gemma Hansen, Spencer Hooker, Brooke Rhonemus, Arianna Salandy, Jacob Thompson, Marysa Tuttle… the students in Prof. Jim Gilmore’s Environmental Filmmaking Class at Flagler College 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access, All Film & Lewis Badges. $10/person all others.

The Last Tree

Saturday, March 4, 4pm, Lewis Auditorium
The Last Tree

The Last Tree

Director & Writer: Fredrik Strang

Sweden / 2022 / 16 min / English & Swedish w/English subtitles / Drama-Comedy-Catastrophe 

An average Joe who reflects on Easter's ecological fate wakes up, and everything suddenly stops working. Is it Murphy's law, or is "The Overshoot Day" haunting him? 

Director Statement: The Last Tree is a wake-up call to the dormant business-as-usual rampage on earth's limited resources and an antidote to perpetual growth. We live on a finite planet yet we treat it like there were infinite resources.

Apples & Oranges

Saturday, March 4, 4:30pm, Gamache-Koger Theatre
Apples & Oranges

Apples & Oranges

written, directed & produced by Ryan Buffa 

USA / 2018 / 20 min / English / Suspense Thriller

A coming-of-age story about River, a preteen girl living in a trailer park in rural Texas, who is left alone for the evening and is forced to confront her abuser. Although she is isolated, she gathers strength from the lessons she has learned from her mother and grandmother. 

Ryan Buffa  is an American filmmaker living in Atlanta, GA. APPLES & ORANGES is her directorial debut in which she also wrote and produced. Ms. Buffa has a BA in journalism and media production from Flagler College, where she has won several Student Society of Professional Journalism awards for her multi- media journalism. She currently works in television production where her credits include THE WALKING DEAD (season 6, 7 and 8) and SURVIVOR'S REMORSE (season 4). 

Ryan will appear by Zoom following her film to discuss, How To Get a Film Job After Flagler.

White Irish Drinkers

Saturday, March 4, 6pm, Lewis Auditorium
White Irish Drinkers


written & directed by John Gray 

USA / 2011 / 109 min / English / Drama

Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert. Cast: Nick Thurston, Geoffrey Wigdor, Karen Allen, Stephen Lang, Peter Riegert, Leslie Murphy, Zachary Booth. John Gray John Gray is a New York based writer-director-producer. He created the long running hit CBS series GHOST WHISPERER, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as writing and directing many award-winning and critically acclaimed movies for television, such as MARTIN AND LEWIS, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam, the Emmy nominated A PLACE FOR ANNIE with Sissy Spacek, the Emmy nominated mini-series HAVEN with Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft, HELTER SKELTER with Bruno Kirby, and many others. John has directed dozens of episodes of series across the broadcast and cable spectrum, and was also the producing director of the CBS series RECKLESS. He has written and directed several studio and independent feature films, including the award winning WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, starring Stephen Lang and Karen Allen, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. His acclaimed short films have played and are playing in film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Short Film Festival. His short film FRENCH KISS has notched 6.3 million views to date on YouTube. 

Special Guest: John Gray 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access, All Film & Lewis Badges. $10/person all others.

The World is Short

Sunday, Jan 5, 2:30pm, Gamache-Koger
The World is Short

The World is Short - Selection of Short Films by John Gray 

Written & Directed by John Gray / Produced by Melissa Jo Peltier & John Gray

Extra Innings USA / 2019 / 8:34 min / English / Dramedy Cast: Peter Riegert & TJ Thyne A reporter interviews the manager of the Boston Red Sox in an attempt to uncover secrets from his past. Household Demons USA / 2020 / 9:10 min / English / Horror Cast: Paul Luke Bonenfant & Colleen Clinton A young boy is forced to deal with the entity that possesses his mother. Exit Package USA / 2020 / 13:08 min / English / Comic Suspense Drama Cast: Kirk Acevedo, Henry Czerny, Tim Griffin, Jason Kravits, Kim Wayans A black comedy, quarantine era murder mystery - a ZOOM meeting for a corrupt investment company goes horribly wrong. Made completely through ZOOM, with all of the actors working from home. The Third Defector USA-France / 2022 / 17 min / French w/English subtitles / Thriller Cast: Margot Luciarte, Lassana Lestin What seems like a simple assignment for a spy to keep tabs on an Iranian defector becomes a more complicated game of cat and mouse in the streets of Paris. The Little Drummer Boy USA / 2021 / 10 min / English / Drama Cast: Xander Berkeley, Michael Graziadei, Jennifer Van Dyck, Wyatt Cirbus All is not what it seems when a father and son have a violent confrontation on Christmas Eve. 

Special Guests: John Gray & Melissa Jo Peltier 

Following the films, John & Melissa will discuss what goes into making a successful short film. 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access, All Film & Lewis Badges. $10/person all others.

Gamble Rogers: Down At The Terminal Tavern

Sunday, March 5, 6pm, Lewis Auditorium
Gamble Rogers: Down At The Terminal Tavern

GAMBLE ROGERS: Down At The Terminal Tavern 

directed & produced by: Bill Sykes & Melissa Shepard Sykes 

USA / 2019 / 80 min / English / Documentary

Gamble is a wry humorist & chronicler of the classic misadventures & country shenanigans of those backwoods scofflaws, loading ramp philosophers & truly sorry individuals who inhabit his fictional Ok-lawaha County. 

He is also an outstanding guitar player & accomplished songwriter. This documentary traces the life & career of this unique & talented artist. 

Special Guests: William & Melissa Sykes

American Dreamer

Sunday, March 5, 4:30pm, Lewis Auditorium
American Dreamer


Director: Paul Dektor; Writer: Theodore Melfi Cast: Peter Dinklage, Shirley MacLaine, Matt Dillon, Danny Glover, Kimberly Quinn

USA / 2022 / 106 min / English / Comedy 

Peter Dinklage (GAME OF THRONES) stars as a Philip Loder, an Economics college professor, disillusioned, frustrated and funny. His class could be retitled The Fall of the American Dream. Philip is single, but has got a couple of ex-wives in his past. He doesn’t want much: write a great American novel, buy a house, find a sane girlfriend and drink as much as he desires without being nagged. His friend Dell (Matt Dillon) is a sleazy realtor, who has taken on the task of helping Philip find a new home. Unfortunately, what Philip can afford isn’t much…until he discovers a mansion for sale by its owner, the ailing widow Astrid Finnelli (Shirley MacLaine). Under normal circumstances, Philip wouldn’t be allowed in the neighborhood, much less taken for a serious buyer. But Astrid has an interesting offer. AMERICAN DREAMER is one of this year’s best and most hysterically funny comedies. It starts with a fantastic script by Ted Melfi (who also wrote and directed the 3-time OSCAR nominated film, HIDDEN FIGURES). It is such a pleasure to watch the pros Dinklage, MacLaine and Dillon handle Melfi’s script. And Danny Glover is a riot, and though his part is an extended cameo, he has never been better. Paul Dektor in his feature directorial debut, has created a film with heart, surprise and an exceptional comic panache that will positively delight. 

Free for students in the College of Creative Arts & Letters, Flagler faculty & staff, and SAFF All Access, All Film & Lewis Badges. $10/person all others

Freedom on Our Mind

Sunday, March 5, 6:30pm, Lewis Auditorium
Freedom on Our Mind


Director: Chad Light

USA / 2022 / 90 min / English 

A diverse group of film students discover the connections between their own lives and the epic struggle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while trying to finish their graduation film in the Nation's oldest city.

Director Chad Light
Writer  Chad Light
Stars Erin Beute,  Walter Colson, Edward Crai

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