2018 Underexposed Film Festival yc International, Independent, Short Film Festival Films and Schedul


2018 Underexposed Film Festival yc

International, Independent, Short Film Festival

Films and Schedule Announced

ROCK HILL SC, - Take a trip around the world without leaving your seat! Over four days in May, the Underexposed Film Festival yc showcases the best in Independent filmmaking from around the world. In its seventh year, the UFFyc will screen films from all 7 continents that are as diverse in storytelling as they are in origin. Running May 9 – 12, 2018 Underexposed Film Festival yc, presented by Morton & Gettys, welcomes filmmakers and movie lovers to Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University in Old Town Rock Hill, SC.

Established in 2012, the Underexposed Film Festival yc focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions that follow the screenings, giving festivalgoers a glimpse into their vision and process.

Screening times and event locations:

Winthrop University | Dina’s Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

Block A | Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 7 - 9 PM

Block B | Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 7 - 9 PM

Block C | Friday, May 11, 2018 | 1 - 3 PM

Block D | Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7 - 9 PM

Block E | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 9 - 11 AM

Block F | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 1 - 3 PM

Block G + Awards Ceremony | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 7 - 9:30PM

Friendly Billiards

1037 Camden Ave., Rock Hill, SC 29732

Wrap Party | Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 9:30 – 12 AM

Awards will be announced immediately following Block G on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The 2018 awards include: Grand Jury Award, Best Animated Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Experimental Film, Best Narrative Film, Woman to Watch, Cinema Carolina,

Best Student Film | Collegiate, Best Student Film | High School (grades 9 – 12), and the Terry Roueche Audience Choice Award.


THEME | Reading is Fundamental

Sponsored by Teresa & David Rector in memory of Amy Rector

140 Characters

Experimental | 2017 | 5 min. 35 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Dean Winkler, Maureen Nappi, Donald S. Butler

Suggested Rating | PG-13

140 Characters poses the question, “What happened to the future we were promised?" 140 Characters is based on a line by R. Buckminster Fuller.


Animation | 2017 | 3 min. 42 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Tess Martin

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Dawn is breaking, and the owls are stirring. A young woman has been murdered, but is this truly the end? This short film is based on the unfinished poem, The Dirge by Percy Shelley, published in 1824.


Narrative | 2016 | 12 min. 36 sec.

Language | English

Director | Maggie Mahrt

Suggested Rating | PG-13

In turn-of-the-century Japan, a young girl sacrifices her freedom in order to save her ailing father by becoming a factory worker. Surrounded by fear and foes, she is soon entangled in an unexpected metamorphosis as she transforms into a silkworm. UNBOUND is based on the short story Reeling for the Empire from a New York Times Bestseller by Karen Russell.


Narrative | 2017 | 3 min. 00 sec.

Language | Spanish

Director | Adrian Carey

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Set in a universe of magical realism, a boastful father prattles on superficially about his daughter to another parent in the school pick up line but is unable to perceive her when it matters most. Based on the short story, Mariposas by Samanta Schweblin.

The Last Quest

Animation | 2017 | 15 min. 57 sec.

Language | No Language

Director | Božidar Trkulja

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Five brave heroes. Three incentive dwarfs. One tempting prize. Greed, vanity and lust in the contest until the very end. Who is worthy of the prize? Based on legendary literary quests.

I am the Doorway

Narrative | 2017 | 15 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Robin Kasparik

Suggested Rating | PG-13

A sci-fi horror film based on the story by Stephen King. A first person POV perspective allows the audience to get inside the head of an astronaut trapped in a spaceship, as a strange virus grows inside him, altering his mind. To save himself he must take drastic action.

The Edge of Alchemy

Animation | 2017 | 19 min. 00 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Director | Stacey Steers

Suggested Rating | PG

The actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early silent features and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. The third film in a trilogy examining women’s inner world, this handmade film is constructed from over 6,500 collages. Music by Lech Jankowski (Brothers Quay).

Library of Love

Narrative | 2016 | 12 min. 10 sec.

Language | English

Director | Miranda Edmonds, Khrob Edmonds

Suggested Rating | PG

Isabelle is a hopeless romantic, who spends her days as a librarian reading too many romance novels and dreaming of true love. But can she can pull her nose out of the books long enough to find love in the real world?


THEME | Passports NOT Required


Animation | 2017 | 6 min. 50 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Director | Andreas Feix

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

After being subjected to a cataclysmic meteorite impact, a small dinosaur attempts to battle the horrific aftermath both physically & psychologically. A tale about life, death & rebirth, told from a unique, prehistoric perspective.

Still Water Runs Deep

Narrative | 2017 | 15 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Abbesi Akhamie

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Within the Nigerian family, the father is the patriarch and protector of his flock. Still Water Runs Deep tells the intimate story of a man whose concealed emotions begin to stir when faced with the portent of a missing son.

The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler

Narrative | 2017 | 29 min. 00 sec.

Language | German

Director | Paul Philipp

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political...

A.L. (Ancient Lights)

Narrative | 2018 | 12 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Cashell Horgan

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

A surveyor clerk trespasses a fairy forest, at a time when a new mythology is being created for a technological world.

The Driver is Red

Animation | 2017 | 14 min. 45 sec.

Language | English

Director | Randall Christopher

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

The Driver is Red tells the captivating true story of Zvi Aharoni and the Israeli secret service team that brought down one of the most powerful Nazis on the run. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, the team closes in on the murderer in Argentina in their attempt to bring him to justice.

The President's Visit

Narrative | 2017 | 19 min. 02 sec.

Language | English

Director | Cyril Aris

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark in an everlasting struggle at cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town.

BLOCK C | FRIDAY, MAY 11 | 3 – 5 PM

THEME | Just the Facts | Documentary Block


Documentary | 2017 | 30 min.

Language | English

Directors | John Gallen, Alex Faoro

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Daddy tells the story of beloved youth basketball coach and duplicitous drug trafficker Curtis Malone. In examining Curtis’s life from his childhood to his arrest, the film challenges audiences to decide if he is a calculating criminal or caring mentor.

The Tent Village

Documentary | 2016 | 24 min.

Language | English

Director | Nilima Abrams, Ganga Boya, Aliveli Boya, Maheswari Boya, Saritha Pobhati

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

A nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. An unflinching yet gentle exploration of the interplay between external oppression, internalized self-defeat and hope, highlighting the innate worth of all people.

Ice Dwellers

Documentary | 2017 | 12 min. 31 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Director | Barbara Klutinis

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Inhabitants of polar and subpolar regions wander through landscapes of melting ice.

While I Yet Live

Documentary | 2018 | 14 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Marris Curran

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Five acclaimed African American quilters from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, talk about love, religion and the fight for civil rights as they continue the tradition of quilting that originally brought them together.


Documentary | 2017 | 25 min. 00 sec.

Language | Spanish

Director | Sebastián Pinzón Silva

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Guided by motifs of life and death, PALENQUE is an ode to a small town that has greatly contributed to the collective memory of Colombia: San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination.

BLOCK D | FRIDAY, MAY 11 | 7 – 9 PM

THEME | Carolina Stories


Narrative | 2017 | 15 min. 40 sec.

Language | English

Director | David Ryder

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Jon buys a painting from a very troubled artist. Soon it becomes apparent that the painting is adding more complications to his life.

Father's Knots

Experimental | 2017 | 5 min. 35 sec.

Language | English

Director | Christopher S. O’Neill

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Adapted from One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist by Dustin M. Hoffman, Father’s Knots is a son’s memory of his father.


Narrative | 2017 | 7 min. 37 sec.

Language | English

Directors | David Superville, Cameron Voris

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

"They woke him up. Now they're gonna milk him for all he's worth." After being activated as a sleeper agent, Mark, a boxer-clad father with a mysterious past, is put through a series of trials that test his resolve. With life hanging in the balance, Mark has to struggle to fight against the voice in his head.

The Hidden

Narrative | 2016 | 4 min. 16 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Chris Baker

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

A father reads his son a bedtime story when the power mysteriously goes out.


Narrative | 2018 | 9 min. 34 sec.

Language | English

Director | Anil Dhokai

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

After waking up with a song stuck in his head, a man discovers that it is coming from an unlikely source.


Experimental | 2018 | 1 min. 34 sec.

Language | No Language

Director | J. Michael Simpson

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Stream is an experimental video of an edited view of the surface of a white waterier treated as a line drawing with sound that shifts from the sound of a stream to the sound of a heartbeat.

Crab Trap

Narrative | 2017 | 24 min. 48 sec.

Language | English

Director | Shea Sizemore

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again.

BLOCK E | SATURDAY | MAY 12 | 9 – 11 AM

THEME | Supernatural Vibes


Animation | 2016 | 3 min. 35 sec.

Language | No Language

Director | Fela Bellotto, Etienne Kompis

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

On a train trip through spatial and temporal dimensions the traveller suddenly comes across himself. #cat


Experimental | 2017 | 12 min. 37 sec.

Language | English

Director | Josiah Cuneo

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Daydreams of dancers flood the thoughts of a woman as she says goodbye.


Narrative | 2017 | 14 min. 04 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Benjamin Sliker, Matthew Bumby

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Expectant tells the story of Joanna, who desperately wants to fill a void in her life with a child. That second chance comes from an unexpected source – the sky.


Experimental | 2016 | 3 min. 32 sec.

Language | English

Director | Elana Emer

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.


Experimental | 2014 | 8 min. 27 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Nancy Allison, Paul Allman

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

A dancer, or perhaps a wood nymph, rehearses alone in a New York studio enchanting herself into the forest that inspired her dance.

New World

Experimental | 2017 | 10 min. 00 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Director | Laura Kaehr

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

When Anna runs away from her tribe, she meets an entire new world.

A dystopian love story set in a far future, where love, once more, breaks thought boundaries and limitations.


Narrative | 2016 | 14 min. 40 sec.

Language | English

Director | Fausto Barrionuevo

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

After a childhood of caring for her bed-bound brother, a girl declines the role of caretaker and travels back to her life away in college; while on her way, she happens upon an unsettling roadside revelation.


Animation | 2017 | 6 min. 22 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Directors | Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change...


THEME | The Future is Theirs


Animation | 2017 | 15 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Daniella Koffler , Uli Seis

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Netta, a young Israeli woman wishes to immigrate to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors. He refuses to speak to her again if she leaves.

Based on Daniella Koffler’s personal story, Compartments is the first German-Israeli animation co-production that wishes to explore collective memories of the Holocaust in the third generation, and how they shape both sides in ways we cannot predict.

Little Red Pocketbook

Documentary | 2017 | 13 min. 40 sec.

Language | English

Director | Holly Holder

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Little Red Pocketbook tells the story of the brave students attending the all-black Adkin High School in Kinston, NC, in 1952. Under a segregated educational system, many disparities existed between Adkin and the all-white high school, Grainger. Adkin students were forced to learn from hand-me-down textbooks, share one microscope in science class, and attend school for an entire decade without a gymnasium. Even with all these hardships, the Adkin Pirates loved and respected their school. In order to fight for the learning tools they knew they deserved, the student body staged one of the first walkouts at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Their legacy has helped shaped the course of history in Kinston, and now it is finally time for the world to know.

High Intensity

Narrative | 2017 | 2 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Abigail Loos

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Poetic reading set to scenic Long House Reserve sculptures and gardens.

Mi Dulcinea

Narrative | 2017 | 3 min. 20 sec.

Language | Spanish

Director | Max Barbakow

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

Observe the tenents of Taekwondo. Respect instructors and seniors. Never misuse Taekwondo. Be a champion of freedom & justice. Help build a more peaceful world.

A young Taekwondo student tries to seduce an older woman with promises of protection and steadfast affection.


Animation | 2017 | 4 min. 29 sec.

Language | English

Director | Kathryne Garrido

ACYC Suggested Rating | G

Daydreamer features a student who, while falling asleep in class, is awoken by the teacher and is told to do a problem on the board that he doesn’t know how to solve. Embarrassed, the student daydreams of entering a cloud kingdom, where he learns to overcome challenges before waking up.

Grand Dragon

Animation | 2018 | 6 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Chris Gervais

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

X-Men obsessed Maria and her friend Kyle are playing superhero games in his backyard when her favorite toy gets stuck on the roof. Maria will have to confront the sinister, sickly old man who lives upstairs in order to get it back.


Narrative | 2017 | 14 min. 18 sec.

Language | English

Director | Tiffanie Hsu

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.


Narrative | 2017 | 19 min. 17 sec.

Language | English

Director | Alex Murawski

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

In icy winter farmland, an accident leaves a young girl injured. 11-year-old Sam abandons her to continue looking after his grief-stricken family until the weight of his bears down on him and he sets back out to find her. 'Snow' is a short film capturing the air of fragility underlying contemporary rural America, seen through the eyes of a boy carrying a burden beyond his years until an unexpected act of kindness offers hope to his barren world.


THEME | A Motley Collection

Garden Party

Animation | 2016 | 6 min. 50 sec.

Language | No Language

Directors | Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

2018 Academy Award Nominee | Short Film (Animated)

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instinct.

A Gentle Night

Narrative | 2017 | 15 min. 00 sec.

Language | Chinese

Director | QIU Yang

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

In a nameless Chinese city, a mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.

The Suitcase

Narrative | 2017 | 20 min. 00 sec.

Language | English

Director | Abi Damaris Corbin

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

The ordinary life of a Boston-bred baggage handler is turned upside down when he steals a suitcase that contains terrorist plans. Inspired by true events on 9/11.


Narrative | 2017 | 14 min. 28 sec.

Language | Persian

Director | Farnoosh Samadi

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG-13

On her way back from work a woman witnesses something happening in the bus and she has to decide if she reveals it or not.

The Bake Shop Ghost

Narrative | 2009 | 16 min. 48 sec.

Language | English

Director | Lorette Bayle

ACYC Suggested Rating | PG

In a haunted bake shop, a determined young woman struggles to find the perfect recipe to satisfy a hungry spirit. Based on a best-selling children's book, this film provides enchantment for all ages.

WRAP PARTY | SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 | 9:30 PM – 12 AM

Friendly Billiards

1037 Camden Ave

Rock Hill | SC 29732

Celebrate the 2018 festival at Friendly Billiards. Admission to the wrap party includes food and drinks as well as complimentary use of the pool tables. The wrap party is open to the public. Tickets are $25.

In addition to the wrap party on Saturday night, there will be after parties held at McHale's Irish Pub on Thursday night, and at the Courtroom in the Gettys Art Center, 201 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC on Friday night.

UFFyc tickets are on sale now, starting at $8 per block when purchased in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets are available online at underexposedfilmfestivalyc.org and yorkcountyarts.org, by phone at (803)328-2787, or in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.

Thanks to the 2018 jurors for their time and consideration: Avery Carpenter, Candy Clapp, Michael Cusack, Joanna Davidovich, Martha (Marty) Elcan, Richard (Dick) Feury, Carol Green, Joann Hock, Nick Hough, Gabrielle Lansner, Ng’endo Mukii, Michael Rivers, Terry Roueche, Karen Stock, and David Wohl,

The Underexposed Film Festival yc is presented by Morton & Gettys, and is made possible by partnerships with Carolina Fresh Farms; Dr. Susan Collins; Concerts at the Courtroom; Comporium Communications; Country Inn and Suites; Founders Federal Credit Union; Friendly Billiards; Hilton Garden Inn; McHale’s Irish Pub; Melton Insurance; Millstone Pizza + Taphouse; Old Town Association; Teresa & David Rector; RiverSystems I.T. Consulting; Sharp Business Systems; Winthrop University; Wells Fargo; White Horse Restaurant; Winthrop University College of Visual and Performing Arts; WRHI AM/FM, Interstate 107, and 104.1 The Bridge.

The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

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