The Cheyenne International Film Festival (CIFF) happens the third weekend in May. There is something for every taste. CIFF is a platform for communities to tell their stories and relate to one another through the art of motion pictures.
The Cheyenne International Film Festival begins on May 16th at a free community reception hosted by Wyoming Community Media and the Paramount Cafe. There will be malt beverages and soft drinks and appetizers, along with live music starting at 5:00 PM and running to 9:00 PM.
Information courtesy CIFF's website.
The following films are official selections for the CIFF and also are on the roster for the Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival which pulls out over the next year into other Wyoming communities.
Game Night TRT 12minutes - USA NY – David Ketterer A family gets a mysterious board game in the mail that forces them to confront a secret they've kept quiet for years.
Clouds TRT 12minutes – UK – Gilbert James – Living the life of a writer, Irving Walker's days are filled with distraction, creative torment, lunch, the occasional smoothie and sometimes writing. But only one story holds the key to him fulfilling his dreams of true creativity.
Breathe Life TRT 18minutes – USA CA – Matthew Jekowsky- Although the Montelone's must fight Cystic Fibrosis on a day-by-day basis, their passion for love, life and surfing allows them to get through these uncertain times. Known as the ‘Brady Bunch' of the Cystic Fibrosis world, the ‘Monte Five' cherish each moment and truly live life to the fullest. Breathe Life explores the difficulties the family must live with, as well as the love and unbreakable bonds they share.
The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads TRT 57 minutes – USA WY – Jennifer Tennican – Situated beneath the alpine splendor of the Teton Mountains, the Coach has long been welcoming an eclectic and evolving cocktail of characters – from cowboys to millionaires, tourists to extreme athletes, drifters to musicians, disco dancers to two-steppers – both young and old. This film paints an intimate portrait of a roadhouse and crossroads that has been creating its own brand of community for more than 70 years in ways that both define and defy our visions of the Wild West.
Yellow Fever TRT 57 minutes – USA NM – Sophie Rousmaniere – Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice. Tina travels throughout the West to learn about uranium mining and nuclear development. She examines the pros, the cons and the hot debate over Nuclear power, which forces her to consider her own opinions on the subject of energy.
Suicidio Lamprea, la balada de Simon TRT 18minutes – Spain – Bilbao Guillermo Arias-Carbajal – Simon, at last, worked around all the difficulties he came up against his way towards suicide. But, he could never have imagined that Death would make it so difficult for him….
THE DESTRUCTION ARTIST TRT 12minutes – USA NC – Michael Sharpe – A short film based on the monolog THE DESTRUCTION ARTIST by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham. ‘I want to thank you for that remarkable performance. I confess that it was strange, and wonderful, to see the piece done by a gifted actor… It's remarkable to see it enjoy this ongoing life – a monolog that only existed, was only intended to exist, for a single night. Life continues to surprise us.' – Michael Cunningham
Manfred and the Waiting Room TRT 9minutes – Canada ON – Joel Breitman – In a doctor's waiting room a frantic Manfred is thrown into a truly bizarre power struggle with a mysterious sociopath.
Tales from the Organ Trade 72minutes – Canada ON – Ric Esther Bienstock – TALES FROM THE ORGAN TRADE is a gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black-market organ trafficking: the street-level brokers, the rogue surgeons, the impoverished men and women who are willing to sacrifice a slice of their own bodies for a quick payday, and the desperate patients who face the agonizing choice of obeying the law or saving their lives. From Manila to Istanbul, from Colorado to Kosovo, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, the film brings to the screen a compelling cast whom fate has brought together where the gift of life meets the shadow of death.
Only Daughter TRT 99minutes – USA NH – Aaron Wiederspahn – 18-year-old Dawn Cowley sets out to find the father she has never known, ultimately discovering a devastating secret known by all except herself.
The NOMADS of OZ TRT 96minutes – Canada QC – Jason Rodi – An experimental Montreal remake of The Wizard of Oz where the Wizard is a father inventing memories of his daughter trapped in her favorite film. A love letter to cinema, child-like imagination, and the places we call home.
Pour la reproduction de l'espece TRT 37minutes – Canada QC – Dominique Rochon – Three couples get together for a weekend in a cabin. Some incidents will force them to question themselves.
Rose, Mary and Time TRT 38minutes – UK – Hardeep Giani – Real is Love – Is life governed by Kismet, or can we change our life path.
Desert Odyssey: A Search for the Final Resting Place of Edward Abbey TRT 15minutes – USA WY – David Keto – Edward Abbey is perhaps one of the most well known western nature writers of the 20th century. This film is a personal journey to explore his legacy and the filmmaker's connection to his writing, while searching for his unknown grave site in the desert of Arizona.
Ella y el espejo TRT 30 – Spain Bilbao – Hector Dominguez-Viguera – SHE and HE have never spoken to each other because they don't know language. It seems they are going to spend the rest of their lives together without any setback. But one day, SHE finds an strange object that will change her life forever.
I Love You Alice TRT 4minutes – USA CO – A young woman recounts her relationship with a man during a relaxing bike ride.
Chasing Moonflowers TRT 20 – USA UT – Cortland Wilson Some seek light and others chase moonflowers.' ‘If you don't believe it. It doesn't exist.'
A Fable About Beauty 0:10:46 Canada MB John Barnard A poetic tale about two losers who learn that hot people can't be trusted.
The Rocky Mountain Experience – Bull Riding TRT 29minutes – USA CO – At the encouragement of their mother, Rick and Brian explore their Wyoming cowboy roots by learning the dangerous sport of bull riding from some of the most seasoned riders in Colorado. With a little training and a lot of guts, the Higgins brothers ride in their first rodeo in their hometown of Aurora, Colorado.
Good Dog TRT 14minutes – USA CO – Don Sniffin – Dog lives with the Person family. Dog has a vision of the future. Dog must change the future. Good Dog!
Vanya TRT 29minutes – USA NM – Scott Milder – On the eve of the detonation of ‘VANYA' — the largest thermonuclear device ever created — a Soviet soldier isolated in a remote communications bunker finds himself confronted with a strange supernatural threat.
The Branch TRT 7minutes – Australia NSW – Julietta Boscolo – 16 year old Anica and her 13 year old brother Jose live in the country with their father. Anica's naturally adept at repairing things but Jose finds it difficult, although his father expects him to excel because he is male, while Anica is restricted to household tasks. When Jose takes credit for something that Anica fixed, tension rises between the two and Jose decides to follow in his father's footsteps by twisting a childhood game.But when Anica decides to play on his terms, they both learn a very adult lesson.
Pepper TRT 10minutes – USA GA – Stephanie Shadden – Two crooks find themselves in line to grab a big payoff and work up a plan in a seemingly secluded bar corner to pull off an easy crime with high stakes. Things get complicated when an extra player enters the picture and adds a pinch of flavor to the heist.
In Her Boots TRT 14minutes – USA CA – Stephen Erdmann Explores the struggles of a military wife working to provide strength for her own growing family while helping other military families through their trying times in her work as a Family Readiness Group leader,
Memories, Dreams, and Shadows TRT 31minutes – USA GA – Jym Davis Dreams, Memories, and Shadows presents six stories of transcendence, despair, and visions of life after death. Through re-creations and interviews with survivors, we are offered a glimpse into life on the edge of existence. One man recounts his out of body experience during a violent car crash. Another man seeks God through the handling of deadly serpents. A young woman tells of her encounter with a dangerous stalker while sleepwalking. Another woman remembers a vision of hell during a fatal overdose. Two men tell of life in the water, one seeks peace through isolation, and another remembers an ocean drowning during a stormy ocean dive.
Twenty Million People TRT 75minutes – USA NJ – Michael Ferrell When Brian's new girlfriend, a stand-up comedian, suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliche romantic comedy to find her.'Twenty Million People' is the first feature from writer/director Michael Ferrell, shot in 12 days for 12,000 dollars, raised entirely online through crowd funding on indiegogo.com. It is an indie romantic comedy shot and set in Jersey City, NJ and Brooklyn, NY.
Risky Business: A Look Inside America's Adult Film Industry 101minutes – USA FL – David Mech – Risky Business: A Look Inside America's Adult Film Industry examines the social, psychological, and economic impacts of performing in adult films. The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment.
Cold Ground TRT 22minutes – Iran – Ali Pour Issa – It depicts apocalypse concentrating on the last days of a family's catastrophic life in a prevalent winter (nuclear winter) in Iran in 2012. The notions of void and terror are dominant in the film. (The nuclear catastrophe or winter is not specifically mentioned in the short film because of the hard political situation in Iran. However, its implications exist throughout the film like their imprisonment in their claustrophobic place.) Basically, the figures are indifferent in their hard circumstances and are not able to communicate with each other.
Shoot the Moon TRT 27minutes – USA CA – Alexander Gaeta – Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all.
Mama Picchu 0:16:36 USA CO Ryan Van Duzer – Single mother of four Donna Jobert seeks her first adventure in 30 years. Heart issues and physical fitness are the obstacles standing between her and the summit of Machu Picchu. With two grown sons by her side, hers is a story of overcoming self doubt and recapturing a zest for life.
American Winter TRT 99minutes – USA CA – Joe and Harry Gantz – Social mobility in America is tough with no safety net
Loaded TRT 4minutes – USA CO – Bob Larue A magician has a bad day
Amidah TRT 39minutes – USA CO – Gene Bernofsky For the first time ever, combining archive footage with live interviews – the genocide of the American Indian is integrated with the Jewish Holocaust
The CIFF opens on May 16th with a community reception at the Paramount Cafe. Following the reception, the Wyoming Showcase opens with two shorts from The Shoot Out Cheyenne 24 hour filmmaking festival and the winner of the Wyoming Short Film Contest.
A documentary by Jackson-based filmmaker Jennifer Tennican rounds out the opening night with a screening of her film "The Stage Coach Bar – An American Crossroads".
The festival continues on Friday night with the acclaimed HBO documentary "American Winter" about issues facing families displaced from the economy.
Saturday is highlighted by a short movie about magic and a live show by illusionist Dan Jaspersen.
The program is being tweaked and program added, so check back to keep up with the latest. Click on the CIFF laurels to be directed to the program. Patrons can purchase tickets on line and at the walk up box office at Phoenix Books and Music beginning on May 7th.