Films & Descriptions

Featured Films in the 2019 Port Orchard Film Festival


AFK (Away From Keyboard)

Directed by Clare Chun

Filmed in and around Seattle, AFK tells the story of Sadie, 36, an aspiring singer songwriter, fired from her job, who tries to boost her career using social media platforms only to watch her ex friend and ex boyfriend “take the on-ramp to her dreams.” She AFK’s her life and hits the road in search of the true meaning of success and happiness on her terms and her timeline.



Directed by Ben Rigney

Reverie uses abstract imagery of city lights and traffic to paint the nostalgic picture of the evening drive.



Directed by Chris Paraskevas

Actor loves Actress. Actress has boyfriend. Filmmaker is jealous.



Director: Jeremy Camp

Two friends enjoy the day in a salt flat.



Directed by Jennifer Hardacker

Werifesteria may be a made up word, but it describes the impulse to wander the forest longingly in search of magic and mystery.



Directed by Jeremy Camp

A young woman imagines the different ways she'd murder an annoying man she meets at the bar.



Directed by Anthony Venezia

Redemption is my third and final non-narrative experimental film that deals with the death and resurrection of the human essence. This is not about a physical death but a spiritual one. The themes are my abstract interpretations of actual events that I have experienced. Those experiences dealt with the death of hope and spirit and their restorations.

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Linen Closet

Directed by David Finklestein

An older woman (Alice Teirstein) opens a closet door and finds a key to her confused, fading memories. Hearing and vision loss isolate her, and her mental confusion keeps her suspended in the tactile sensations of the immediate present.

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Space Needle Looking Upwards

Directed by Nik Kleverov

Rebuilding a marvel representing Seattle's cultural identity tells a story about an icon that draws eyes and inspires architects around the world. Standing on the world's first glass rotating floor 500 feet in the air is exhilarating and unnerving! Learn about the Space Needle and hear from the people who created it in 1962, its stewards through the years and look through the glass to the future!


Black Pool

Directed by Dustin Morrow

"Black Pool" is a gripping thriller about a revenge-fueled, cat-and-mouse game of imprisonment and interrogation. Thirty years ago, Michael’s life was shattered by a shadowy figure he saw for only a fleeting moment. But tonight, through a chance encounter, he believes he’s found the man responsible for ruining his life. And he’s going to make him pay. But does he have the right man? And how far will he go for the truth?

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A Soldier's Dream: The Milt Feldman Story

Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

In the face of his Nazi captors this POW stood proud as an American GI Jew. Milt Feldman was captured during the Battle of The Bulge, and kept prisoner at Stalag IV-B. The film evokes his war-time experience and his childhood growing up during the depression era in Brooklyn, NY where he remembers the German Bund parading the streets with the American flag next to the German Swastika. A personal and intimate portrait of an American hero


Donovan Reid

Directed by Austin Smagalski

A young man poses as a long-missing child, but as doubts arise about his identity he must discover his new family's darkest secret before his own is revealed first.



Directed by Doug Synder

In the military sci-fi short film LIONS, two estranged sisters wage a different kind of war.



Directed by Jeremy Mowery

A robot love story about going against your programming.



Directed by Lenni Uitto

During turmoil from terrorist chem bomb attacks Clive and his son must escape the city in search of safety

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The Gift of the Magpie

Directed by Anita George

It's carpe diem for a couple of small time grifters on Christmas Eve 1934.



Directed by Peter Lively

A couple struggles to load a dishwasher.

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The Road Less Traveled

Directed by Ben Beckel

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Geriatric Fight Club

Directed by James Sunshine

The old-man fight of the century: Mortimer "The Bear" Cunningham defends his World Heavyweight Championship against newcomer Geoffrey Planck in this live PPV event from the basement of the Belmont Village Senior Living Center.



Directed by Kevin Saxby

In the shadows of a derelict jazz club, a private investigator named Steve meets with the adulterous man he's been following for the past month. He has explicit photos of the man's affair, and an ultimatum to boot: Steve won't go to the man's wife with the photos, IF the man gives him whatever is locked in his briefcase. Seems pretty straightforward. So why is the man laughing?

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Skim It

Directed by Conner Von Kuetzing and Austin Milner

When two amateur Skim Boarders accidentally challenge local beach legend, Hotshot, to a duel they must seek out a mysterious Skim Guru (and beach bum) to teach them they ways of the Skim Board in hopes to best Hotshot in the duel and win over the hearts of the local residents of their Island hometown.

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Witch Hunt

Directed by Marek Kłosowicz

Dominika Kulczyk reaches out to Papua New Guinea, where she meets local people who have killed others, including children, in order to follow their local practices.



Directed by Colton Van Til

A female journalist tries to break a controversial story in her conservative hometown and must decide between Aberdeen and her career.

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Fish Hook

Directed by Eric Monteiro

A down on his luck fisherman finds a magic fish hook and soon realizes that it gives him the power to catch whatever his heart desires.


The Three Ravens

Directed by Meghan Boehman

A retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name.

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The Captain’s Fairy

Directed by Amber Rainey

Paige is a typical teenager. She wants to spend her time online and gaming not doing her chores and homework. But every time her mother Eleanor reminds Paige of her responsibilities, somehow they're instantly complete... as if by magic. Is Eleanor going bonkers or has Paige made a deal with a fairy?

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The Circus Witch

Directed by Will Tebo

Two "cursed" stepsisters attend a circus known for its magic acts, but do not expect what they find.

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Eagle Feather

Directed by Pasquale Ellery Encell and Steve Encell

Eagle Feather is an animated, family friendly adventure which is based on real events and follows a young Native American girl and her father through the wilds of the American Northwest as they use all but forgotten traditional lore and shamanism to find a poacher who has been killing their spirit animals, American Eagles.


Wind and Water Balloons

Directed by Jamie Jean

While investigating the origins of a bizarre tradition held yearly in his hometown, filmmaker Jamie Jean discovers controversial claims of discrimination and racism in the wake of disaster in 2011. This inspiring story is proof that it takes more than a couple of tornadoes to dismantle the fierce loyalty and relentless pride of the water balloon-flinging Blue Devils of Cordova, Alabama.



Directed by: Jo Schuftan & Zulie Alvarez

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Flag Day

Directed by Jeremy Camp

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Hooray for Santa Claus

Directed by Lynnette Cabrera

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Money Don’t Grow on Trees

Directed by Emmett Kerr-Perkinson

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Hong Kong to Amsterdam

Directed by Emmett Kerr-Perkinson

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Directed by Kittytron Churro and Zoltron Monsieur



Directed by Patrick Penta

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City Jam

Directed by: Nathan Boehme

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Wandering Alone

Directed by: Joseph Abarca

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Bring the Remains

Directed by Ernie Smith

A fur trapper in the Pacific Northwest during the 1800's is sent on a futile journey to find his missing, possibly dead, brother. When a more fruitful opportunity arises, the fur trapper is left with the repercussions of his avarice, including: increasing delirium, physical manifestations of guilt, and the all too-real creature stalking him through the woods.

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Fun More

Directed by Wally Chung

A war of words leads to an epic standstill.



Directed by Lenni Uitto

Siblings and their friend go on a road trip to their parents house when they unexpectedly witness something they shouldn't have...and worse...the radio plays a creepy tune...

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Night Night

Directed by Carl Oswald and Shay LaPierre

There's no need to search for they will seek, the depths of your mind have risen and leaked.

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Directed by Shay LaPierre

In the midst of ridding her home of a poltergeist Lilith Edwards comes to learn the entity in her home will never be tamed.


Unknown Light

Directed by Peter Breit

Days after returning from an interstellar research mission, June is sure something terrible has followed her home. She attempts to warn her sister, but the ever-adventurous Jackie needs to know more.

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Say Something

Directed by Joshua T. Wagner

Jim will soon find out that his new apartment is not what he expected.

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This is Cindy

Directed by Terance Miller

Real estate agent Cindy Luzak gets stuck with a house she can't sell because it's haunted by the ghost of a little girl.

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The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan

Directed by Burt Grinstead

An unedited memory card from a lost camera shows Leah Sullivan's school project about the infamous Mulcahy Massacre.

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Who's Romeo

Directed by Giovanni Covini

Southern outskirts of Milan. Gratosoglio, a muslim-majority neighbourhood. Four seventeen-year-old girls and two boys of the same age, Christians and Muslims, challenge themselves with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, led by a young actress. Are Montagues and Capulets like Christians and Muslims? What is the meaning of falling in love with your enemy? And who is the enemy today? What is the meaning of speaking the truth, belonging to somebody, to a faith, to an ideal? How do Romeo and Juliet hold their hands today? How do they kiss? During each Act the kids will read, rehearse, discuss, meet. They will look around and into them, they discover each other as they discover the surrounding world. A journey to discover what Shakespeare is writing today. To make us understand these times, and ourselves.

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The Other Walla

Directed by Ethan Graham

"The Other Walla" shows senior year in the lives of two students from Walla Walla High School, as they face challenges unique to first generation college students from immigrant families.

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Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge

Directed by Aaron Johnson

Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary.



Directed by Luke Holton

A documentary film which discusses the importance of place names (toponyms) in the preservation of Alaska Native languages. The burning of Douglas Indian Village in 1962, and construction of Gastineau Elementary School over Tlingit graves in 1953.

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Never Gone

Directed by Amber Rainey

When a stranger steps from the shadows of a Revolutionary War-era cemetery, Rachel discovers a friendship that transcends time and bridges the space between life and death. Sometimes understanding comes from where we least expect it and we grow stronger by seeing the world through another person’s eyes.

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Old Blue Eyes Ain’t Nothing

Directed by Shelby Smout

An elderly man on his deathbed has accepted his fate, but his visiting grandson diverts the conversation from the present by reminiscing on the past.

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Minor Key

Directed by Ivan Sainz-Pardo

"The moving story about a man locked in a Portuguese Fado"

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Useful. Valid.True.

Directed by David Golden

Alone in a small room, a man is confronted with questions that have no answers, in a world where there are no lies-- only a lack of understanding.

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Philosophy 101

Directed by Steve Hosford

A college student begins to suspect that his philosophy professor may need a reality check.



Directed by Christin Call

An experimental dance film in three parts.In this surreal story, a mother and her children look back on the family dynamics and tensions of an upbringing based on Platonic ideals.

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We're Nothing

Directed by Kelly Hughes

Music video collaboration between director Kelly Hughes and Italian Post-Metal band Postvorta. Hughes filmed most of the footage in Kitsap County in WA State (Port Orchard, Gorst, Sunnyslope, Bremerton, Suquamish) with a mostly local cast.

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Broken Heart 60

Directed by Scott Ennis

A cinematic sonnet with a doll's heart as a metaphor for love.

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Kommando 1944

Directed by Derek Quick

An Asian American Soldier During WWII is imprisoned in Nazi Germany as his family in Manzanar California is sent to the Japanese American Concentration camp.

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Four Minutes

Directed by John Cole

Four minutes. So much can happen within that small amount of time. For instance, a woman could feel the unnecessary feelings of fear, anxiety, and nervousness.



Directed by Faraz Arif Ansari

A first-of-its-kind silent LGBTQ film in India, Sisak makes waves before the visuals of this short hit the shore. Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, it details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys.

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Directed by JC Ford

An ordinary afternoon tradition turns into a moment of truth when one young girl takes the brave step to share a tragic story with her teammates.



Directed by Brady Findell

A young teen receives her first smartphone and leaves childhood behind.

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Tarot Dichotomy

Directed by Scott Ennis

A cinematic poetry look at the dichotomy of symbols.

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The Religion

Directed by Burak Kum

"Capitalism is religion. Banks are churches. Bankers are priests. Wealth is heaven. Proverty is hell. Rich people are saints. Poor people are sinners. Commodities are blessings. Money is God." Miguel D Lewis

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North of Roswell

Directed by John Elliott

A short, experimental Super-8mm film capturing scenes from a decaying ghost town north of Roswell, New Mexico.



Directed by Jim Houston

The Power of opposing magnetic fields through the bobble-head Buddha, which can be inexhaustible energy, applied, adapted for many different applications!