These feature films will be screening at the 2021 ME Film Festival, November 15-21, 2021
Directors: Scott Hansen, Desiree Connell
Cast: Corey Taylor, Zach Galligan, Derek Russo, Kenneth Trujillo
Bad Candy follows local Halloween stories of both myth and lessons learned in the community of New Salem. With its annual Psychotronic FM Halloween show, re-enactment radio DJs Chilly Billy and Paul weave the tales of the supernatural of years gone by. In this small town it’s a grimy ending for most, but will a few good souls survive?
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Director: Myles Matsuno
Cast: Reiley McClendon, Lacy Hartselle, Bonnie Johnson, Carron Clark
Daniel is a once-famous musician running away from his talent. One of the few friends he has left is his grandmother, and their special bond was always the Christmas season they both loved so much. Now it's summer and she's dying, so Daniel decides to give her one last gift -- the holidays she won't live to see. He dusts off his old guitar (and his old inspiration) and sets out to bring his grandmother Christmas in July
Director: Carlisle Kellam
Cast: Jon Jackson
Home after six tours overseas, losing several buddies along the way, combat veteran and Army Ranger Jon Jackson feels he’s lost his purpose to be a warrior. He sits watching his last sunset, gun in his lap. He’s at peace with his decision, until his son walks in the room. He has a realization.
He realizes that although PTSD is a real thing, it’s only one of many things leading to the post-war death of so many of his brothers and sisters. At war you have a clear and defined mission; you know what you’re doing and find purpose in doing it. A combat soldier experiences extreme ups and downs, returning home to the “grey” of the civilian world is a shock to a lot of these guys. Jon notices some parallels between combat and farming and, in Milledgeville, Georgia (known for being home to the famed late fiction writer Flannery O’Connor), after some trial and error, starts Comfort Farms, a Veteran therapy facility that uses what’s called agro-cognitive behavioral therapy to condition veterans back to the grey of the civilian world, much the same way they were conditioned to be warriors. The farm is named after his fallen brother Captain Kyle Comfort. However, the name, like so much of the story, is a kind of paradox. Comfort Farms is not meant to be a place of comfort, but a place where people move out of their comfort zone and confront the reality of things like death, truth, love, and sacrifice. Comfort Farms is not just a film about PTSD or veterans issues per se, but a film about the human condition; about the nature of sacrifice, love, life, death and triumph
Director: Christina Zorich
THE NEW ABOLITIONISTS
Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows four NGOs throughout Southeast Asia as they fight to affect change and end human sex trafficking.
Director: Rob Willey
Cast: Cody Kearsley, Steven Roberts, Primo Allon, Lexi Redman, Aaron Pearl
A rock musician and a free-spirited woman start an intense relationship in Vancouver which soon spirals into a world of hard drugs and crime.
Director: Alec Tibaldi
Cast: Piper De Palma
When two outsiders arrive on an isolated intentional community, seventeen-year old Anahita begins to question her role at home, and what a future out in the world-at-large could be
THE TAKEOUT MOVE
Director: Andrew Simonian
Cast: Jeremy Sless, Nick Grace, Alexandra Miles
When a shadowy figure instructs two different men to take out the same woman, they both end up at her home at the same time and must fight each other through absurd situations to be the one to complete the assignment. A truly independent, action-packed, R-Rated comedy produced for only $3,500.
Director: Philip Harder
Cast: Devon Bostick, Natalia Dyer, Marchant Davis, Tate Donovan, YG
1972. Vietnam war protests and racial tension is sizzling in the late summer heat of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Billy Mitchell (Devon Bostick, Diary of a Wimpy Kid), a recent college graduate, spends the summer working on the lush grounds of an old world mental institution run by his psychiatrist father (Tate Donovan, Rocketman). Billy falls in love with Virginia (Natalia Dyer, Velvet Buzzsaw, Stranger Things), a patient who is possibly crazy, or perhaps she is the only sane person Billy has in his world. Billy’s best friend Nigel (Marchánt Davis) becomes involved with a radical civil rights activist (YG) against Tuscaloosa’s power elite, which includes Billy’s father. Billy is torn between Nigel, his father and his cronies, and Virginia who is planning her escape with or without Billy