El Dorado Film Festival • 2014 Winners

El Dorado Film Festival • 2014 Winners 2015-10-01T17:11:16+00:00

El Dorado Film Festival Winners

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WINNERS
from the 2014
El Dorado Film Festival 2014
September 18, 19, 20
South Arkansas Arts Center
110 East 5th Street, El Dorado AR

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107-beaconThe Beacon
by Directors Jonnie Stapleton and Paul Petersen
Narrative Short 20 mins USA
On their wedding day, Gent and Lady face surreal circumstances at an abandoned lighthouse. Forces beyond their understanding will test their love for one another. Past, present, and future collide to force them to either rekindle their light within or extinguish it altogether.

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123-oamOne Armed Man
by Director Tim Guinee &
produced by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Southern Made 27 mins / USA
CW Rowe has it all. He owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin’s machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But, in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, today is anything but a normal day.

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104-schSomething You Can Call Home
by Director Rebecca Kenyon
Documentary Feature 75 mins UK/USA
For some, the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, is a tourist playground. However, the face of homelessness is changing rapidly.  Former business owner Vince has slept under a stairwell for the past year but is determined to turn his life around. Since aging out of foster care, Jerome lives under a bridge, from where he attends college and performs as a female impersonator. Melody, an educated ex-Marine, lost her government job and now fights imminent foreclosure. Karen and feisty daughter Chemaiyah escaped domestic violence to move between different church shelters. Can anyone find a solution that is sustainable? Some make the transition; others fall deeper through the cracks.

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102-lioLife Inside Out • 7PM Fri, 9AM Sat
by Director Jill D’Agnenica
Narrative Feature 103 mins / USA
Life Inside Out tells the story of Laura, the mother of three teenage boys, and her youngest son Shane, the family misfit and a disappointment to his father. When Laura stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, a gift from her mother and the former passion of her youthful life, she is taken under its spell and soon rediscovers her love for songwriting. As family pressures rise, Laura finds herself pulled between the worlds of responsibility and creative joy. Ultimately, her first brave steps prove to be the catalyst for changing not only her life, but Shane’s as well, in complex and unpredictable ways.

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126-roomRoom 19
by Director Kimberley Browning
Documentary Short 20 mins USA
Julie Tamashiro’s third grade class at Tulita Elementary School in Redondo Beach explores the world of art during their first field trip to the LA County Museum of Art. This innovative teacher uses the lessons of the masters to open a new way of learning.

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106-bfB-flat
by Director Mariana Youssef
Narrative Short 24 mins Brazil/India
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The message from an old friend that is just about to die brings Amar back to India 40 years after he left in order to deliver a mysterious box. As he heads home, he meets someone else on a similar mission. They begin the long trip together; one with a special box and one with a special tuba. In the end music will help them find their way.

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125-restRestitution
by Director Matthew Pickett
Southern Made 9 mins USA
A young man’s story of family and revenge in the early 1900’s Appalachian Mountains.

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105-appApplesauce
by Director Nathan Hansen
Narrative Short 11 mins USA
Hule sets out to buy an anniversary gift for Loraine, but stumbles into mysterious Mr. Chang’s shop where he sees a deal for true happiness at a cost of only $40, no catches. Having exactly $40, Hule jumps at the chance. The gift causes more than just a little trouble for Hule and Loraine. They soon learn that true happiness comes with a price. Every sunrise is followed by a sunset.

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122-mollyMolly
by Director Craig Elrod
Narrative Short 12 mins USA
After a breakup with his girlfriend, Byron and his best friend organize a complicated breakdown including denial, regret, and depression.

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123-oamOne Armed Man
by Director Tim Guinee &
produced by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Southern Made 27 mins / USA
CW Rowe has it all. He owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin’s machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But, in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, today is anything but a normal day.

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110-defThe Discontentment of Ed Telfair
by Director Daniel Campbell
Southern Made 18 mins USA
Ed Telfair is a simple man.  He has a steady job, a beautiful wife, and a best friend named Doug.  Ed is a mundane middle-aged man who is dealing with insecurities in his life until he decides to take matters into his own hands.

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112-glimGlimma
by Director Johan Windh
Narrative Short 14 mins Sweden
Two men arrive at a lake for a day of fishing. After finding a strange thing in the water, something happens to time and space and the two men find themselves in a dangerous, if not potentially deadly, position.

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118-lsdLove Struck Dead
by Director Chuck Mere
Narrative Short 10 mins USA
A metaphysics student must decide between sacrificing his own life or that of a stranger after living the same day twice.

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121.5-marieMARIE
by Director Alfredo Tanaka
Narrative Short 11 mins UK
Marie is a classic beauty who longs for the one man she cannot have, and is willing to give up anything – even her identity – to elicit his affection.

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121-moteA Man On The Edge
by Director Edward Lyons
Narrative Short 11 mins Australia
A troubled man is on a cliff top on the verge of committing suicide when he is interrupted by a young vivacious woman. Through a series of heart wrenching flashbacks he reveals to her how he killed his wife. As he tries to come to terms with his grief, the woman offers him hope in a manner he never expected.

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107-beaconThe Beacon
by Directors Jonnie Stapleton and Paul Petersen
Narrative Short 20 mins USA
On their wedding day, Gent and Lady face surreal circumstances at an abandoned lighthouse. Forces beyond their understanding will test their love for one another. Past, present, and future collide to force them to either rekindle their light within or extinguish it altogether.

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113.5-tgdThe Grand Design
by Director Samuel Bartlett
Narrative Short 9 mins Australia
Sirus, a genuine nice guy, lives in the less affluent streets of Hackney.  He is courier controller, motorbike nut and functional heroin addict who makes a bit extra on the side by passing occasional ‘packages’ to his friends. When two corrupt police detectives try to steal the drugs and the money and bump off Sirus and his pals, they soon discover that his friends don’t plan on being pushed around! Together Sirus’s crew formulates a plan to strike back at their would-be attackers with shocking yet hilarious consequences.

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122.5-mmhdMy Mother Her Daughter
by Director Erin Good
Narrative Short 10 mins Australia
An elegant short film about powerful bond between mother and daughter. After a violent death in the family, a teenage girl struggles to reconnect with her increasingly distant mother before she loses her too.

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