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Brooklyn 45 (dir. Ted Geoghegan)
USA, 93 minutes
Five military veterans gather in the ornate parlor of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they’ve reunited to support their troubled host – but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all too literal.
Main cast: Anne Ramsey and Larry Fessenden
Premiered at SXSW
Enter Mycel (dir. Daniel Limmer)
Austria, 74 minutes
After the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Lena struggles to keep her family life and her own sanity together, juggling the challenges of caring for her newborn baby sister and her depressed father, who seeks relief in a communication system enabled by a natural fungal parasite called Mycel.
The first installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series (2009). A troubled computer hacker (Noomi Rapace) and a disgraced journalist are hired by the wealthy Henrik Vanger to investigate the suspicious disappearance of his niece 40 years earlier. As the pair dig deeper, they discover evidence pointing to a scripture-minded serial killer.
Director Niels Arden Oplev will be in attendance.
A Body Appeared at the Lake Today
USA, 5 mins
Director: Brian Ratigan
A found footage examination of what happened at the lake today. Images randomly selected from found footage; poems written without images; music written without images or words. A collaborative work by Non Films. 8mm found footage: New York, 1953. Assembled in Brooklyn.
Canada, 14 mins
Director: Ray Raghavan
A young Mexican girl, lost in the forest, must find her mother while being pursued by border patrol agents and something otherworldly.
Beneath Cracked Pavement
USA, 16 mins
Director: Marcus Fahey
Three Brooklyn highschoolers set out to make a quick buck selling candy bars in their neighborhood… but after stumbling onto the scene of a gruesome murder, the teens wind up being kidnapped and taken hostage by the occult hipsters who’ve just moved in.
Florence in Customer Care
USA, 14 mins
Directors: Jordan Sommerlad & Cory Stonebrook
A customer care representative at a furniture website begins to unravel as a mysterious rash appears on her body.
USA, 15 mins
Director: Michael Gabriele
A group of friends spending the weekend at a remote vacation rental in the desert play a mysterious VHS tape and realize that there are too many strange and terrifying coincidences.
East Coast Premiere
USA, 9 mins
Director: Jake Oleson
A painter’s obsession with a pattern in nature disrupts her sense of what is real. The more she fixates on this pattern, the more reality falls apart.
USA/Japan, 11 mins
Director: Rashad Haughton
A mysterious drifter wanders into a bar owned by a psychopathic Yakuza gang on Halloween night.
USA, 17 mins
Director: Joe Kramer
On the fateful day intelligent life arrives to destroy Earth, a slacker alien gets sidetracked from his mission when he’s smitten with a bitter barista. Suddenly, our survival depends on whether this space-schmuck can get her number before his plucky partner blows us sky high.
New Zealand, 15 mins
Director: Dwayne Cameron
Willow and David receive serious news causing their world to disintegrate over the following 24 hours. This one day in June for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures, but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.
In the Mountains
USA, 5 mins
Director: Wally Chung
A couple go hiking and something weird happens.
Australia, 18 mins
Director: Pann MuruJaiyan
Rupert, a real estate agent in 1949 Los Angeles, pilfers an estate listing to prove his merit but soon discovers that his actions have put him in grave danger.
The Lake Merritt Monster
USA, 17 mins
Director: Benjamin Mulholland
When Ollie Henderson’s mother is attacked by a monster hiding in the depths of Lake Merritt, he sets out on a mission to find her — discovering instead a hidden network of monster hunters tasked with protecting Oakland from its own dark underbelly.
Nepal, 12 mins
Director: Obeid Uddin
After a late-night study session, Tara decides to head home. But the driver she booked has a mysterious history with her family... and ulterior motives against her.
The Little Merman
USA, 13 mins
Directors: Cristian Paluso & Melanie Ooi
An isolated woman on the Puget Sound makes a mysterious discovery on the beach in this psychological fantasy.
* Director Peter Cambell Collins is the winner of the LIFF 2021 Jury Award for the Best Narrative Film "DimLand"
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