Listed below are the films screenings for Friday, August 17, 2018. Link to purchase tickets is below. This year's venue is Cha Cha's of Little Italy, with the address being 113 Mulberry Street.

11am - 12:45pm: Suspense Block

"The Hobbyist" - Directed by George Vatistas

A short neo-noire thriller centered around a mysterious druggist 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.

"The Falls" - Directed by Rob Figueroa

Highland Falls, NY, a small suburban town, know as Hometown USA, is experiencing a series of murders that have the police department stumped. With very little to go on, they slowly unravel the most unexpected and chilling discovery that will change the town forever. Introducing Valerie Lonigro as Sarah and in his directorial debut, Rob Figueroa, creates a psychological thriller that will leave the audience wanting more.

"Melancholia" -  Written and Directed by Redouane Elghazi

Melancholia is a thriller about a depressed writer who after losing his family, he struggles to finish one last book as he searches for redemption.

"Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir'"  - Written and Directed by David E. Munz-Maire!chateau-sauvignon/cpk

'Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir' follows the isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family who finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further. When a doting woman and her indifferent son arrive seeking a tasting and tour of the winery, Nicolas sees an opportunity to help care for his mother, as well as prove his worth to his choleric father. However, his wayward plan quickly takes a turn for the worse, and his missteps puts his family’s secretive murderous ways in peril of being unearthed.

12:45 - 1:45pm: Industry Panel - Casting Agents Advise on Retaining Acting Roles

2:00pm-3:15pm: Dramatic Shorts Block (10 minutes and under)

"A Nice Guy" - Directed by Shae D'lyn

What begins as innocent flirtation, turns into three people from distinct walks of life learning about themselves and each other. Kenneth is furious when Dana takes an interest in their essentric co-worker Jamie, frustrated that she hasn’t set her eyes on himself. With Jamie lending unexpected wisdom, and Dana sharing her darkest secret, Kenneth learns that relationships can be much more complicated than they appear. They are all faced with something they’ve never had to do before, consider walking a day in each other’s shoes.

"Sunday in the Park with DoG" - Written and Directed by Robert Rosenbaum

While enjoying a sandwich on a relaxing day in the park, a high-strung Guy has a chance meeting with a very zen, three-legged doG, who may or may not be... an existentialist. Sunday in the Park with doG stars the ever popular Mason Reese as the voice of doG, the wise-cracking hound that may or may not be… an existentialist. Carl Welden voices Guy, a bit of a high-strung chap out for a quiet day in the park. When Guy meets the three-legged talking doG, he marvels at the zen-like attitude doG has towards his “handicap.” doG tries to assure Guy that everything in the universe is as it should be, but alas the nature of Guy is more antipathetic. The film in a traditional animation with hand-painted watercolor backgrounds by artist Dawn Robyn along with some stylized nods to Suerat, MaGritte, Dali and Munch. The original score was beautifully composed by Dara Taylor. The script is based on the original play “My Conversation with doG” by the writer/director of the piece Robert Rosenbaum.

"Charles Haux" - Directed by Nicholas Iorio

Charles has renewed a love affair when his girlfriend informs him of her imminent return from Germany. He struggles to retrieve her dog from a friend before she returns--with only the counsel of the woman he is cheating with to guide him. He stubbornly pursues a goal that will frustrate him and force him to confront his own deceit and question his true motivations.

3:15pm- 5:15pm:  Screening of Feature Film 53206: Milwaukee - Directed by Kimberley T. Zulkowski

A young, and talented aspiring singer must decide whether to escape the crime ravaged city where she grew up and go to Julliard, or stay on her quest to end the violence and rebuild her community.

5:15pm - 6:30pm:  Dramatic Shorts Block

"Expect Delays" - Written and Directed by Jon L Weiss & Scott D Weiss

This film focuses on Francis. He is just like the rest of us running the tread mill living hand to mouth with two kids in college and a wife he no longer has anything in common with. He's had thoughts of escaping from the daily grind for years but a recent loss of his position at the firm forces him to entertain thoughts of suicide. He suffers his first severe anxiety attack as we watch him battle his inner voices. "Do it ! ... Don't do it" - Now is not forever, Gets him through.....for now

"The Choice" - Written and Directed by Debra Markowitz and Roxanne Alese

A former dancer and model with advanced MS is courted by a handsome bachelor she meets online. As their relationship progresses, she must decide whether his intentions are honorable, or deadly.

"The Spilling" - Directed by Linda Yellen

A woman (Laura Dowling Shea) forces her family to search for something she hopes will bring her closure.

7:00pm-9:00pm:   Screening of Showing Up - Director James Morrison

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, and Eli Wallach.

9:15pm - 10:15pm:  NYC Premiere of "The Light Watcher" w/ Q & A - Director Jessica Green; Writer - Jen Lyon

The Light Watcher is a film about a family who is torn apart by an unthinkable tragedy. Kate, a woman who seemed to have it all, struggles to understand what happened to cause her to lose everything in just a few moments. As the town copes with the incident, Kate finds herself outcast and gravitating towards a mysterious stranger. Now she is trapped between what was her world and an uncertain future guided by a man determined to make her remember her painful past.

Suspense Block

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "The Hobbyist", "The Falls", "Melancholia", and "Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir'", along with Q and A Panel

Industry Panel - Casting

$ 10.00 USD

Industry Panel - Casting Agents Advise on Retaining Acting Roles

Dramatic Shorts Block - Under 10 Min

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "A Nice Guy", "Sunday in the Park with DoG", and "Charles Haux", with Q and A Panel

Screening of Feature Film - 53206: Milwaukee

$ 5.00 USD

Feature Film Screening of 53206: Milwaukee

Dramatic Shorts Block

$ 5.00 USD

Screenings of "Expect Delays", "The Choice" and "The Spilling", with Q and A Panel

Special Screening - "Showing Up"

$ 5.00 USD

An unprecedented look at the audition, compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, and Eli Wallach

NYC Premiere - The Light Watcher

$ 5.00 USD

Premiere of "The Light Watcher" with Q and A.

Day Pass - Art is Alive Film Festival

$ 15.00 USD

This is a day pass, good for all the screenings and Q & A panels for August 17, 2018.