Festival Films

T.E.C.H Dream Sweet (Short):

Medical company T.E.C.H [Transforming, Evolving and Calibrating Humanity] has secretly chosen a handful of young candidates to undergo a medical research program that could potentially change their lives physically and financially. 16 year Marcus Knight struggles with depression due to problems that are happening in his community and in his own home. Marcus and his brother Cedric are having money issues and need to find a way to get by financially asap before being evicted from the property their parents left them.


Director information:

Brandon Johnson is known for working with Zachary Levi’s, Nerd HQ, where he was titled Art Director and Production Coordinator for the company. Because of his hard work and dedication, he was later recognized and picked up by Pure Imagination Studios, where he’s currently employed. During Brandon’s leisure time, he produces original content through his company BigFooters, along with the team that supports him. He landed some of his first projects with a notable studio in Los Angeles. With such an explosive start to his career, there’s no slowing down for this North Carolina native.

Please Remain Seated (Short)

A student filmmaker becomes upset and goes comically crazy, when people won’t remain seated for the screening of his film at a film festival. 

Jeffrey is a typical happy hipster student filmmaker, and he is excited to be having his film screened at the locally famous Douglas Film Festival. He eagerly waits for his film to play as he sits in the audience, but then he becomes upset as he notices people start to rudely leave before it’s time. He just wants people to see his 5 minute masterpiece film, so he decides he must put a stop to people rudely leaving by any goofy means necessary. Everyone must Please Remain Seated! 

Writer/Director: Michael Bunch

The Other Side of Possible (documentary)

The Other Side of Possible is a single camera, run and gun style short documentary shot in West Texas. Possible follows Thomas Karlick, a combat veteran “seeking to overcome the battles of PTSD and substance abuse through the world of ultra marathons and stage racing”. Filmed across 163 miles of unforgiving and hostile cauldrons of the Chihuahan Desert, the film runs on the metal-esque tracks created by Juan Dominguez on the drums and the electric guitar. Dominguez, also a Marine Corps veteran, lost both legs and his right arm to a roadside bomb while fighting in the Afghan War. The Other Side of Possible plays witness to the sheer power of will and perseverance. 

Writer/Director: Ryan Paulk

Ryan Paulk is an American filmmaker born in Deming, New Mexico. After serving as a U.S. Marine Infantryman in the controversial Iraq war in the early 2000’s, he returned to America where he discovered the art of filmmaking, finding the pen to be mightier than the sword. 

Exile (Documentary, LGBTQ)

In recent years, the visibility of gay Christians has been slowly increasing, but gay Christian ministers and leaders are still rarely heard from.  The most recent significant occurrence was Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson, way back in 2004, more than 15 years ago.   

Is it possible to reconcile religion and sexuality? If so, will religious leadership allow it? The Exile documentary follows one man’s journey of coming out as a gay pastor in a conservative religion and the personal and professional struggles that result.

Director: Christopher Smith

Smith has had a life-long passion for sound design for film and television and loves to gather his own sound effect recordings for use in the films he designs. When not on location or working in the post-production editing room, he can usually be found out grabbing sound recordings from new and unusual locations.

Exile marks Smith’s directorial debut, which he hopes to be just the beginning of a long, successful string of documentaries.  It is his desire to bring the stories of the under-represented to light, and to perhaps discover something new in the process.

Periods of Rain (Legacy Feature, LGBTQ)

Best friends, Bishop and Jon, are star wrestlers on Sheffield University’s wrestling team. In the midst of going for their fourth straight National Championship, Jon discloses to Bishop that he’s undergoing gender transformation. The resulting fallout creates a powerful shift within their friendship as they face the ensuing shakeup within the dynamics of the team.  Some friendships only last a moment in time. Can theirs weather the storms of a lifetime? 

Writer/Director: J. Christopher Blackwell

As a Gay African-American writer and director, J. Christopher has always been passionate about Drama as a genre capable of transforming society at-large. Specifically, he strives to craft stories that speak to the human experience and reflect the complexities of life through characters that exist within diverse communities. Periods of Rain was his directorial debut and portrays a compelling look into gender identity and other social issues and the common threads of life that bind us together.