Listed below are the films screening on Thursday, August 16, 2018. To purchase tickets, please visit the link below.

11am- 12pm: International Shorts Block:

"The Seven Abdulkarims" - Director Elham Rokni

The Seven Abdulkarims, based on a folktale by the same name, was originally heard by the artist, Elham Rokni, and published in her recent book, The Sultan, the Girl, the Iblis and the Lion’s Tail. Before publication, Rokni formally entered this collection of stories into the Israel Folktale Archives, which collects folklore from various communities in Israel.  Told by Omar Issa, a Sudanese asylum-seeker, the tale recounts the attempt of seven men, each named Abdulkarim, to reach Libya from their home in Sudan. Having never left their small village and with no concept of the struggles ahead, they all die before making it to their destination, in ways equally comical and horrific. 

"Scarlet Visions" - Written & Directed by Christian Jilka

Scarlet Visions is a short film dedicated to the beauty and madness lurking within the creative mind. A lonesome painter struggles to finish his masterpiece, whilst being haunted by strange visions. Taking the form of a long lost love, the muse sends him on a journey, to try capturing perfection.

"Eli" - Written & Directed by Colin Gerrard

A terrorist attack raises uncomfortable questions about immigration, identity and morality. When a group of disillusioned strangers encounter Eli, an elderly man, can the harrowing events torn from his past influence their future?

12:15pm - NYC Premiere - "Jax in Love" w/Q and A

Jax, a lonely wanderer, is searching for a human connection, when her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Will she make it out of the desert alive?

1:15pm-2:15pm  Industry Panel - Camera Technology

2:30pm- 3:30pm: Narrative Shorts Block w/Q & A 

"June 4th Elegies" - Written and Directed by Ina Chen

At least 10,000 unarmed civilians were shot on June 4th, 1989, at Tiananmen Square. Liu Xiaobo helped negotiate a truce to leave the square in the final hour, saving hundreds. As a Nobel laureate and political prisoner, died in 2017 after years of government’s torture. Here, four languages depicting extracts from Liu Xiaobo’s “June Forth Elegies” are combined with choreographies by Rosalie Wanka to express different emotions in the poems. Liu Xiaobo's poems reflect the powerlessness of the individual against a State empowered to control past and present with Orwellian finality. Written on successive anniversaries of the Tiananmen Massacre, the "June Fourth Elegies" express a deeply human love and despair. 

"Brush... Painted Forward" - Written & Directed by Dimitri Pantchev

BRUSH...painted forward crosses the paths of children suffering from deadly diseases, cancer survivors and their families, life long dedicated charity volunteers, and the talented artists Alex Harvie and TJ Black. It blends them all together to help those in a desperate situation through tough times by exposing volunteering, giving back, and painting it all forward. From the pick at “Sundance' mountain through the heart of Louisiana down to South Florida, the lens follows artists Alex & Amy Harvie and TJ Black as they take on a mission to help others using their paint, talent and brushes. They are searching for genuine charities that are helping children deal with life and death situations. At the Children's Cancer Caring Center (CCCC) fundraising eve they paint a beautiful oil painting, live at the event. The painting becomes a masterpiece and brings most of all to CCCC and its children.

3:30pm-4:30pm: Special Screenings w/Q and A 

"The Last Call" - Written & Directed by Marco Antonio Varela

Frank Hayden never worked holidays, but today, he was forced against his will. The consequences of that, are completely unexpected.

"Timeless" - Written by Jason DeParis

Timeless starring Jennifer Bassey, Mia Hays, and Kelly Huddleston. Sheila Marden was suffering from malignant brain cancer but was mis-diagnosed and put in a psychiatric ward. Based on a true story, this is the journey of Sheila's final days and the story of a Mother's love. 

4:30pm - Feature Film - " Nothing Changes - Art for Hank's Sake" w/Q & A

How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer, lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same.

International Shorts Block

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "The Seven Abdulkarims", "Scarlet Visions" and "Eli".

NYC Premiere - Jax in Love

$ 5.00 USD

Premiere of short film "Jax In Love"

Industry Panel - New Age Camera Advances

$ 10.00 USD

Camera Distributors visit the Art is Alive Film Festival to discuss cutting edge camera technology in film.

Narrative Shorts Block

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "June 4th Elegies" and "Brush..Painted Forward" w/ Q and A

Special Screenings

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "The Last Call" and "Timeless" w/ Q and A

Feature Film - Nothing Changes - Art for Hank's Sake

$ 5.00 USD

Screening of feature "Nothing Changes - Art for Hank's Sake" w/Q and A

Day Pass - Art is Alive Film Festival

$ 15.00 USD

This is a pass that includes all screenings and Q & A panels for August 16, 2018.