A celebration of outstanding genre cinema in the historic cradle of the American supernatural.
WELCOME TO SHIFF VIRTUAL 2021 • screening on Filmocracy.com – Oct 15-17, 2021
We invite you to dive into a shockingly entertaining program of imaginative and provocative genre feature and short films by exciting new filmmakers!
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FEATURE FILMS screening virtually Oct 15-17, 2021
Screenings are US only.
90 min / Morrocco, France / French Language – English Subtitles / 2021
Director: Talal Selhami
Writers: Jawad Lahlou, David Villemin, Talal Selhami
Producers: Lamia Chraibi, Talal Selhami
Cast: Younes Bouab, Sofia Manousha, Moussa Maaskri, Omar Lotfi
Three friends who had lost contact meet again when one of their friends, who disappeared twenty years ago, suddenly comes back into their lives. Together, they will have to confront the terrifying events of their youth and fight a monstrous creature born from a horrible legend.
ALONE WITH YOU
83 min / U.S. / 2021
Directors: Emily Bennett, Justin Brooks
Writers: Emily Bennett, Justin Brooks
Producers: Andrew D. Corkin, Theo James
Cast: Emily Bennett, Emma Myles, Dora Madison, Barbara Crampton
As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.
88 min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Aaron Bartuska
Writers: Aaron Bartuska, Gwyn Cutler, Derek Pinchot
Producer: David Sholom
Cast: Michael Andrusiewicz, Jenna Gibilisco, Russell Ranere
After receiving word of his partner Clara’s passing, Roger travels to the desolate family cabin where they would often vacation together. As he pours over the home videos recorded during their trips, Roger begins to realize that someone has been watching them from the woods for years.
HOUSE OF INEQUITY
107 min / Australia / 2021
Director: Josh Hale
Writer: Josh Hale
Producers: Josh Hale, Nicole Leo, Stephen Simmons
A day trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of friends investigate an abandoned house. The nightmare quickly becomes a reality when they’re forced to face their own personal fears, and survive a night in The House of Inequity.
97 min / Brazil / English subtitles / 2021
Director: Renata Pinheiro
Writers: Sergio Oliveira, Renata Pinheiro, Leo Pyrata
Producer: Sergio Oliveira
Cast: Matheus Nachtergaele, Luciano Pedro Junior, Jules Elting, Clara Pinherio, Tavinho Teixeira
A taxi company owner’s son has an extraordinary connection with cars: he can talk to them. He makes friends with the car that saved him from a traffic accident as a child, but he also hears the old wrecks complain about the law banning cars over 15 years old from the roads. Together with his uncle, he converts the write-offs into futuristic vehicles that are conscious and speak. They then take on the status quo under King Car’s banner. However, capitalism’s zombies prove more evil than expected.
THE MARSHMALLOW MYSTERY TOUR
86min / U.S. / 2021
Directors: Jeff Beals, Matthew Beals
Writers: Jeff Beals, Matthew Beals
Producer: Jeff Beals
Cast: Mark Beltzman, Julius Callahan
After landing a gig at a marshmallow theme park, a cameraman uncovers the shocking truth about America’s candyland and his own sugarcoated childhood.
U.S. / 2021
Director: Chad Ferrin
Writer: Chad Ferrin
Cast: Susan Priver, Steve Railsback, Kelli Maroney, Bai Ling
A telephone psychic is pulled into a complex web of mystery when she receives a call from a serial killer. Predicting his murders before he commits them puts her into a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Enlisting the aid of her invalid father and clairvoyant co-worker, they must stay one step ahead of a maniac whose unspeakable acts in the present are nothing compared to his past and future.”
75min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Andrew Ford
Writer: Andrew Ford
Producers: Andrew Ford, Whitney Wolanin, Steve Longi, Eli Osman
Cast: Tony Todd, Megan Duffy, James Storm
A film crew working on an Unsolved Mysteries-type-show in the mid-90s gets more than they bargained for when they arrive to film at an abandoned house only to find out it may not be abandoned after all.
90min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Michael McCartney
Writer: Michael McCartney
Producers: Gill Holland, Michael McCartney, Sholpan Murabuldayeva
Cast: Angelique Sabrina White, Jack Shulruff, Ricky Cruz
Maria and her college roommates think they’ve found the “perfect” roommate in Dean, only to discover he’s an escaped mental patient with multiple violent personalities. It’s up to Maria to face her fears and save her roommates from a total massacre.
A SAVANNAH HAUNTING
103min / U.S. / 2021
Director: William Mark McCullough
Writer: William Mark McCullough
Producers: Alexis Nelson, William Mark McCullough
Cast: Gena Shaw, Dean J. West, Tommi Rose
A SAVANNAH HAUNTING delivers a dread-filled supernatural drama about a mother grappling with her guilt stemming from the tragic drowning of her youngest daughter. When the family moves to Savannah to distance themselves from the tragedy, the mother slowly grows to believe she is being haunted by her dead daughter.
78min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Delaney Bishop
Writer: Delaney Bishop
Producers: Felix Brenner, Brad W. Carpenter, Clive Jaye
Cast: Lisseth Chavez, Robert Romanus, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn
Terrorized at multiple stops on a road trip to Joshua Tree, three friends realize something unexpected is pulling the strings.
THEY LIVE INSIDE US
107min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Michael Ballif
Writer: Michael Ballif
Producers: Michael Ballif, James Morris, Allen Bradford, Jordan Swenson
Cast: James Morris, Hailey Nebeker, Stevie Dutson
Seeking inspiration for a new writing project, a man spends Halloween night in a notoriously haunted house. He soon realizes he is living in his own horror story.
79min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Teddy Grennan
Writer: Teddy Grennan
Producers; Bennett Krishock, Heath Franklin
When Harley joins her new boyfriend for a long Halloween weekend at his country estate, they’re invaded by a band of masked freaks and forced to play a Wicked Game. To the intruders’ unpleasant surprise, Harley’s hard-boiled history has endowed her with a bag of tricks which give the game a surprise ending.
SHORT FILMS screening virtually Oct 15-17, 2021
9min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Luke Williams
Writer: Luke Williams
Cast: Tami Churns
7:06 is a meditation on control; of one’s own frivolous desires; patience, fear, entrapment; and the ever-present threat of time.
AXE TO THE FACE
17min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Andrew Moorehead
Writers: Andrew Moorehead, Reid Prebenda
Producer: Glen Gannon
Cast: Reid Prebenda, Freja Zeuthen
Anna and Dylan meet on a dating app, and the two begin a budding relationship. As their chemistry progresses, we begin to see there is more to this seemingly chance encounter than we were originally led to believe. One thing’s for sure — someone is getting an axe to the face.
THE BUCCA BOO
6min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Kyle Knopf
Writer: Kyle Knopf
Producer: Rachael Trigg
Cast: Ruben Javier Caballero, Stuart Bentley
When a young man receives an unexpected gift, he becomes cautiously suspicious. But it’s not until he opens the box that things get truly scary.
7min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Dylan James Amick
Writer: Dylan James Amick
Producers: Dylan James Amick, Daniel Fissmer
Cast: Nate Betancourt, Matthew Schott
Two roommates hiding from a monster in their mirror must decide if it is safe to leave.
CRAZY HAT FRIDAYS
6min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Lorenzo Benitez
Writer: Lorenzo Benitez
Producers: Lorenzo Benitez, Zak Benedek
Cast: Zak Benedek
As the world locks down for an unprecedented pandemic, Frank retreats into total isolation, refusing to leave his apartment to accept even deliveries. Still employed, his job as a modern, clickable journalist finds him pitching content to his team each day. Frank’s boss suggests that while quarantine lasts, they end each week with “Crazy Hat Friday,” which Frank embraces.
7min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Shelby O’Boyle
Writer: Shelby O’Boyle
Producer: Joseph Valentino
Cast: Shelby O’Boyle, Sean McArdle, Carrie Charlesworth
A young girl is desperately trying to contact a lost loved one through an Ouija board, but she meets multiple obstacles along the way.
5min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Jeff Frumess
Writer: Jeff Frumess
Producer: Jeff Frumess
Cast: Jeff Frumess
A current pandemic take with a Poe vibe.
DREAM WORLD: PINE BUSH, NY
18min / Documentary / U.S. / 2021
Director: Rose Felice
Writers: Rose Felice, Marlee Capuano
Producers: Marlee Capuano, Rose Felice
This documentary follows the remnants of the intense extraterrestrial legend in Pine Bush, New York, which hit its peak in the 1980’s. At the time, thousands of residents reported strange lights in the night sky and other experiences that were frightening and difficult to explain. The legend faded over time, but a support group of believers never stopped their search for answers.
8min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Amber Ray Snyder
Writer: Amber Ray Snyder
Cast: Sarah Scanlon, Vanessa Webb, Maria Noble-Kloess
Grief is a cruel but necessary mistress to Poe’s psyche as she processes the end of a long-term relationship with Lenore. Living in and with shadows, what was evermore is nevermore.
16min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Mark J. Parker
Writer: Mark J. Parker
Producers: Mark J. Parker, Matthew Courson
Cast: Aleksander Varadian, Patrick Heraghty, Catherine Nastasi
On the anniversary of his mother’s mysterious death, a young man brings his new boyfriend home to meet his reclusive, conservative father, and secrets rise to the surface.
13min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Jacintha Charles
Writers: Jacintha Charles, Emma Scully, Kendra Goff
Producer: Lisa Yadao
Cast: Cassandra Lyback, Sierra Anne Murphy
A girl with uncommonly large ears is bullied at school, but finds solace in her friendship with a crow in the woods. She feeds the bird everyday and in exchange it presents her with gifts, until a violent encounter at school causes their ritual to take an unsettling turn.
HONOUR THY MOTHER
17min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Yinghui Fu
Writers: Yinghui Fu, Kyle Baughman
Producers: Yinghui Fu, Kyle Baughman
Cast: Sarah Bentley, Julie Gibson Josephson
Liz is homeless, living life adrift. In a moment of despair and loneliness, she returns home after many years to her God-fearing mother and discovers time has changed more than she ever could have imagined.
13min / New Zealand / 2021
Director: Tony Olsen
Writer: Tony Olsen
Producer: Tony Olsen
Cast: Stewart Ross, Toni Jones, Shirley Tindall
Impoverished sheep-cocky Tom Collins has vivid reveries of breeding a race horse to win the Melbourne Cup. His wife Ngaire is obsessed with meeting The Queen on her latest royal tour. When supernatural lightning strikes the last of their flock and begets a golden fleece, the enchanted ram becomes the profitable answer to their dreams. Or so it would seem…
THE MISADVENTURES OF ICHABOD CRANE
20min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Guido Jiménez-Cruz
Writer: Jonathan Kruk, Guido Jiménez-Cruz, based on Washington Irving
Producer: Leslie Dann
Cast: Jonathan Kruk
Enjoy a fresh twist on the universally known classic, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving: 1820. What fate befell schoolmaster Ichabod Crane thirty years ago? A mysterious storyteller vividly recalls the fantastical tale where it happened not a stone’s throw from where we stand, in the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, New York.
8min / U.S. / 2021Director: Katie Graubart
Writer: Katie Graubart
Producer: Katie Graubart
Cast: Amber Soucy, Sten Leinasaar
A modern feminist adaptation of the ancient myth of Medusa.
KWESKOSIW (SHE WHISTLES)
12min / Canada / 2021
Director: Thirza Cuthand
Writer: Thriza Cuthand
McArthur, Leah Jaunzems
Cast: Sera-Lys McArthur, Aidan Devine
En route to her girlfriend’s place on a night when the Northern Lights are out, a 2-Spirit nêhiyaw woman is assaulted by her cab driver. Amidst the struggle, she discovers a deadly supernatural power that may help her solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.
MOMMA, DON’T GO
6min / U.S. / 2020
Director: Rafael De Leon, Jr.
Writer: Rafael De Leon, Jr.
Producer: Rafael De Leon, Jr.
Cast: Julia Tolchin, Leanne Watson, Melissa Sutkowski, Anthony Franqui
A mother and daughter struggle to survive a deadly home invasion.
6min / Canada / 2020
Director: Harinarayan Rajeev
Written by: Harinarayan Rajeev
Produced by: Harinarayan Rajeev
Cast: Margot Grivet, Morgan Jacot, Ilse Zamarippa
“Some STRANGERS are not just STRANGERS”.
The film portrays a series of events unleashed in the lives of two individuals when one of them invited the other to a birthday party.
12min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Thom Hilton
Writer: Thom Hilton
Producer: Drama Del Rosario
Cast: Ricky Germinario
Film student Jackson Weil grows up watching SYNISTER SYNEMA – a weekend horror marathon on local public access. After the channel folds, Jackson scores an interview with the show’s quirky queer host, Myster Synonymous. Their conversation takes a vulnerable turn as what starts as a spooky mockumentary veers into a discussion about creativity, loneliness, and intergenerational queer mentorship.
13min / Canada / 2021
Director: Mike Hickey
Writer: Mike Hickey
Producer: Christian Davis
Cast: Mallory Fisher, Charlie Rose Neis, Kasey Lee
On October 31, 1955, June & Frank Marsters met their grisly end when an escaped killer known as the Willow Woods Wolfman broke into their home. In the decades since the night has grown to be the stuff of local legend, but what really happened THAT HALLOWEEN?
13min / U.S. / 2021
Director: Jason Tropiano
Writer: Jason Tropiano
Producer: Julissa Scopino
Cast: Tyler Begnoche, Jarmei Carey, Caesar Philipe Martinez
A young gay man’s struggle to be accepted leads to an unexpected physical transformation that forces him to discover who he truly wants to be.