BIFF 2017 – Day 2










Access and Ethics Panel

The CineHub Joins forces with BIFF to bring you the annual Filmmaker Breakfast and Panel. Join us for a light breakfast and a hefty conversation about ethics and access in filmmaking. Panelists to be announced.




32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide (Sneak Peek)

(Directed by Hope Litoff) (5 min)

This is a teaser for the film which follows director Hope Litoff as she traces the events leading up to her sister Ruth’s suicide.



(Directed by Mike Seely) (30 min)

Two military veterans, both green card immigrants willing to die for their country, find themselves deported and are now fighting to be heard. A persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current U.S. immigration policy.


Voices From Within

(Directed by Joy Haynes & Ellie Watson) (20 min)

Found not guilty by reason of insanity, two long-term residents of Saint Elizabeths, Washington DC’s public psychiatric hospital, use video diaries to share their daily struggles with mental illness, isolation, and the journey for redemption.


That Way Madness Lies

(Directed by Sandra Luckow) (101 min)

One woman and her family trek the broken mental health system in an effort to save her brother as he descends into madness. Beginning as a testimony of his sanity, his iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of an untreated schizophrenic.



A BIFF LAFF (4:45pm-7pm)

Banana Bag and Bodice Theater Company – “Sandwich” (12 min)

Sandwich – Live Performance! Banana Bag and Bodice Theater Company Purposefully bad writing meets up-tempo show tunes dressed in furry costumes in this black comedy musical. Sick, twisted and funny.

Annie Waits

(Directed by Marnie Paxton-Harris) (9 min)

Based on, you know – life. We’ve all waited for ‘the one’. The one who catches our eye, the one who keeps our interest, the one who won’t expect us to trudge down that conventional path. Annie Waits tells the story of lust and disappointment, as a twenty-something waits for her adult life to begin.

Die Herberge

(Directed by Ysabel Fantou) (9 min)

“The Shelter” is a German-Arabic culture-clash comedy, based on true events: Erwin and Hildegard get lost whilst on a hiking holiday in Bavaria.


Black Cat

(Directed by Peter Pardini) (85 min)

When a near-decade old murder case involving a movie star threatens to reopen, adult child Duke Moody decides to make a true crime documentary, financed by his mother.




FIGHTING FOR FAMILY (7:30pm-9:45pm)

Think of Calvin

(Directed by Kelly Amis) (19 min)

After a long week at work, Calvin Davis, still wearing his scrubs, joined his family in SW Washington, DC. While his two boys rode bikes around the block, a police officer followed his fifteen-year old home. Calvin intervened to ask ‘Why?’ and ‘What did he do?’ How these questions escalated into a night in jail for a father with no prior record will make you Think of Calvin next time you question racial profiling or how America has become the world’s most prolific jailer.



(Directed by Jonathan Olshefski) (105 min)

Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of a decade, the documentary feature debut is a portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia. Set against the backdrop of a neighborhood assaulted by inequality and neglect, it follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife Christine’a, “Ma Quest,” as they raise their children and nurture the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio.



FRIGHT NIGHT AT THE CINEHUB (10:15pm – 11:30pm)


(Directed by Adam Losurdo) (11 min)

A senseless wandering ghoul, roaming a world full of hateful humans and the hunger-less undead, discovers a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without hope.


Dead Air

(Directed by Emmet O’Brien) (12 min)

In a time when zombies rule the earth, one man rules the airwaves. Has he found his calling?


The Hobbyist

(Directed by George R. Vatistas) (9 min)

A short neo-noir thriller centered around a mysterious druggist. He is visited by Sangstrom, a seemingly ordinary man in search of an undetectable poison. Yet, Sangstrom winds up getting more than he bargained for from the sagacious alchemist.


Flies In May

(Directed by Caroline Jiang) (5 min)

A young, shy girl, May, is bitten on the chest by a fly. As the days pass, the bite grows into a monstrous, parasitic maggot. As May struggles with the uncontrollable growth of the maggot, her negligent parents remain oblivious.


Stardust 73

(Directed by Kai Van Der Putten) (12 min)

Follow Roger Kapchick as he spends one wild night at the Stardust motel where he goes from grieving widower to Peeping Tom to creepy lothario to dead. And what is the meaning of life exactly? Who knows!