SDiFF2017: San Diego Int'l Film Fest

by kire1975 | created - 26 Aug 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

The San Diego International Film Festival OCT 4 - 8, 2017

Night of the Stars Honorees Include:

Gregory Peck Award: Patrick Stewart Virtuoso Award: Heather Graham

Auteur Award: Kumail Nunjani Visionary Filmmaker: Taran Killam

Chris Brinker Award for First Time Directors: Manny Rodriguez Rising Star: Blake Jenner

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1. Marshall (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 16,175 | Gross: $10.05M

Opening Night Film

2. The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Western

64 Metascore

A thrilling and action-packed Western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a story about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

Director: Jared Moshe | Stars: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Stephen Alan Seder, Kathy Baker

Votes: 4,377 | Gross: $0.01M

Narrative Spotlight Competition - West Coast Premiere

3. Breathe (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

The inspiring true love story of Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Ed Speleers

Votes: 16,535 | Gross: $0.49M

Narrative Spotlight Competition - West Coast Premiere

4. Thelma (2017)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

74 Metascore

A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge with devastating results.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 22,871 | Gross: $0.15M

Narrative Spotlight Competition - US Premiere

5. Dismissed (2017)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An idealistic, straight-edge teacher is drawn down a horrid rabbit hole by an honors student when he gives him a B+ on a paper.

Director: Benjamin Arfmann | Stars: Kent Osborne, Dylan Sprouse, Rae Gray, Alycia Delmore

Votes: 5,858


World Premiere - Narrative Spotlight Competition - Q&A

6. The Last Movie Star (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama

46 Metascore

An aging former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, the film is a tale about faded fame. At its core, it's a universal story about growing old.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

Votes: 2,918 | Gross: $0.01M


West Coast Premiere - Narrative Spotlight Competition - Q&A

7. The Divine Order (2017)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.

Director: Petra Biondina Volpe | Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner

Votes: 1,925 | Gross: $0.08M


Narrative Spotlight

8. Billy Boy (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

When an angry teenager (Blake Jenner) discovers a close friend has been killed, grief jeopardizes his future and he finds himself engulfed in danger.

Director: Bradley Buecker | Stars: Melissa Benoist, Blake Jenner, Brenda Bakke, Jim Beaver

Votes: 319

Narrative Spotlight


9. The Bachelors (2017)

Unrated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

After the early death of his wife, a mourning father moves with his teenage son across the country for a private school teaching job. Their lives begin to transform due to two unique women, who help them embrace life and love again.

Director: Kurt Voelker | Stars: J.K. Simmons, Odeya Rush, Jean Louisa Kelly, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 3,244


Narrative Spotlight - Q&A

10. Thumper (2017)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.

Director: Jordan Ross | Stars: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Daniel Webber, Ben Feldman

Votes: 2,498

Narrative Spotlight

11. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.

Director: Marc Meyers | Stars: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Zachary Davis Brown

Votes: 13,580 | Gross: $1.36M

Narrative Spotlight

12. Apartment 407 (2018)

94 min | Drama, Thriller

In America everything is for sale.

Director: Rudolf Buitendach | Stars: Frida Farrell, Gabriel Olds, Matthew Marsden, Lew Temple

Votes: 466


World Premiere - Narrative Competition - Q&A

13. Butterfly Caught (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Drama

Three beautiful aspiring actresses embark on a mission to break into the competitive Los Angeles acting scene, only to discover the road leading to stardom comes at a price.

Director: Manny Rodriguez Jr. | Stars: Alex Sgambati, Jess Jacobs, Abigail Klein, Johnathon Schaech

Votes: 230


World Premiere - Narrative Competition - Q&A

14. The Lonely Italian (2016)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

The journey of a young Italian man looking for love online in America.

Director: Lee Farber | Stars: Domenico Nesci, Mark Chuakay, Jonathon Aslay, Sofiya Bahauch

Votes: 33


Narrative Competition - World Premiere - Q&A

15. Juggernaut (II) (2017)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Family

54 Metascore

After a lengthy absence, a small town outlaw returns to his hometown, violently obsessed with the notion that his Mother's death was not a suicide.

Director: Daniel DiMarco | Stars: Amanda Crew, Jack Kesy, Stephen McHattie, Ty Olsson

Votes: 321

Narrative Competition - North American Premiere Q&A

16. OtherLife (2017)

TV-MA | 96 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.

Director: Ben C. Lucas | Stars: Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Cocquerel, Shalom Brune-Franklin, T.J. Power

Votes: 12,229

Narrative Competition


17. Storm: Letters van Vuur (2017)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Storm Voeten, son of printer Klaas Voeten, becomes the target of a hunt by the Inquisition. Aided by Marieke, a mysterious girl living in the underground sewers of Antwerp, Storm is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Bots | Stars: Davy Gomez, Juna de Leeuw, Yorick van Wageningen, Angela Schijf

Votes: 428

Narrative Competition

18. Room for Rent (II) (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Mystery

When a broke thirty-two year old ex-lottery winner convinces his parents to rent their spare room to save from downsizing, a creepy stranger with a hidden agenda moves in.

Director: Matthew Atkinson | Stars: Brett Gelman, Mark Little, Mark McKinney, Carla Gallo

Votes: 369

Narrative Competition


19. Bajo la Rosa (2017)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sara, the daughter of Oliver and Julia suddenly disappears. Days pass by without any news about the girl. But one morning, the family receives a letter from someone who claims to have retained Sara and wants to talk with them that night.

Director: Josué Ramos | Stars: Ramiro Blas, Pedro Casablanc, Ignacio Fernández, Elisabet Gelabert

Votes: 526

Narrative Competition

20. A Prominent Patient (2016)

114 min | Biography, Drama, History

A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and has been brutally killed by Russian secret service in 1948.

Director: Julius Sevcík | Stars: Karel Roden, Hanns Zischler, Oldrich Kaiser, Arly Jover

Votes: 621

Narrative Competition - US Premiere - Q&A

21. Life Hack (2017)

90 min | Comedy

Life Hack is an incredibly timely ensemble comedy about digital privacy... or lack thereof. A humorous cautionary tale about cyber threats in the digital age. Cover your webcam.

Director: Sloan Copeland | Stars: Derek Wilson, Jessica Copeland, Sean Kleier, Devin Ratray

Votes: 81


Narrative Competition - Q&A

22. Heart, Baby! (2017)

109 min | Drama

When a prison boxer turns down freedom for fighting in the 1984 Olympics to protect the woman he loved, he forces his best friend to learn the true meaning of loyalty.

Director: Angela Shelton | Stars: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jackson Rathbone, Shawn-Caulin Young, Ritchie Montgomery

Votes: 95

Narrative Competition - Q&A

23. Hard Surfaces (2017)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

A renowned photographer, Adrian's unique style of shooting drug addicts has made him a local-celebrity. But there is a problem; life imitates art as Adrian parties hard with ... See full summary »

Director: Zach Brown | Stars: Shawn Pyfrom, Julia Voth, Sophie Kargman, Mariana Novak

Votes: 76

'Hard Surfaces' - Narrative Competition - Q&A

24. The Price (I) (2017)

91 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young Nigerian-American financier struggles with love, family, and a prescription drug dependency as his ambitions steer him down a criminal path.

Director: Anthony Onah | Stars: Lucy Griffiths, Peter Vack, Bill Sage, Aml Ameen

Votes: 202

Narrative Competition - Q&A

25. The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Western

A young woman investigates the murder of her parents when rumors suggest the man convicted of the crime may not be the killer after all.

Director: Blake Robbins | Stars: Brad Carter, Maika Monroe, Chaz Wood, Will Patton

Votes: 722

Narrative Competition

26. 12 Round Gun (2017)

TV-MA | 92 min | Drama, Sport

A washed up, alcoholic ex-prizefighter makes a comeback to boxing after his top heavyweight contender son is wrongfully blinded in the ring.

Director: Sam Upton | Stars: Mark Boone Junior, Kate Vernon, Jared Abrahamson, Cassi Thomson

Votes: 183

Narrative Competition - Q&A

27. Entanglement (III) (2017)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

While recovering from a suicide attempt, Ben Layton accidentally falls in love with a girl who was very nearly, almost his sister - and then things start to get weird.

Director: Jason James | Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Eric Keenleyside, Diana Bang

Votes: 562

Narrative Competition - Q&A

28. And Then There Was Eve (2017)

96 min | Drama

A woman grapples with the loss of her husband while learning to love someone new.

Director: Savannah Bloch | Stars: Tania Nolan, Rachel Crowl, Mary Holland, Karan Soni

Votes: 165

Narrative Competition - Q&A

29. 20 Weeks (2017)

90 min | Drama, Romance

A couple must decide on how to move forward when their baby is diagnosed with a serious health condition at the 20 week scan.

Director: Leena Pendharkar | Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Richard Riehle, Michelle Krusiec, Amir Arison

Votes: 139

Narrative Competition - Q&A

30. The Last Animals (2017)

92 min | Documentary

The Last Animals follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to save elephants and rhinos from extinction.

Director: Kate Brooks | Stars: Kate Brooks, Batian Craig, Patrick Duboscq, Yusef Gilisho

Votes: 81


Documentary Spotlight Competition - Q&A

31. The Veil (2017)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Apache Warrior is a feature film made with 100% unprecedented real footage, actual attack pilot gun tapes, multiple cameras and interviews. We researched hundreds of hours of footage in ... See full summary »

Directors: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud

Votes: 220


World Premiere - Documentary Spotlight Competition - Q&A

32. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Directors: Anna Chai, Nari Kye | Stars: Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Anthony Bourdain

Votes: 298 | Gross: $0.02M

Documentary Spotlight Competition - Q&A

33. Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall (2017)

100 min | Documentary

Follow singer and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall as he launches an original musical based on growing up gay in Texas and finding showbiz success.

Director: Katherine Fairfax Wright | Stars: Wayne Brady, Brittanie Brant, Blair Carrizales, Virginia Cavaliere

Votes: 214

Documentary Spotlight Competition

34. Resistance is Life (2017)

PG | 73 min | Documentary

From a refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border, an 8-year-old girl named Evlin characterizes the resilience of her hometown of Kobane against ISIS militants. In the midst of the tragic war in Syria, Evlin's story provides hope.

Director: Apo W. Bazidi | Stars: Evlin, Newroz, Aladdin, Hemude

Votes: 574


Documentary Spotlight Competition - Q&A

35. Becoming Who I Was (2017)

95 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past.

Directors: Moon Chang-Yong, Jeon Jin | Stars: Angdu Padma, Rigzin Urgain

Votes: 137

Documentary Competition

36. 42 Grams (2017)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

42 Grams is an intimate portrait of how chef Jake Bickelhaupt evolved from running an illegal restaurant out of his home to being a culinary celebrity in less than a year and the toll it takes on his personal life.

Director: Jack C. Newell | Stars: Jake Bickelhaupt, Alexa Welsh

Votes: 319

Documentary Competition

37. Herd (2016)

52 min | Documentary

We learn from the Herd that when one hurts, we all hurt; we are all here to heal together.

Director: Stefan Morel

Documentary Competition

38. Blind Spot: Moments Unseen (2015)

47 min | Documentary, Adventure

Blind Spot follows the epic journey of three visually-impaired adventurers who cross the Argentinean Andes by horseback. Set against the sweeping mountain vistas of Patagonian wilderness, ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Morel | Stars: Ruth Bieber, Victor Callesen, T.A. Carrithers, Stephanie Fillekes

Documentary Competition

39. Down the Fence (2017)

94 min | Documentary

Each year, horse trainers journey to Reno, Nevada to compete for one of the most challenging equestrian championships in the world. For the trainers, winning means putting food on the table... See full summary »

Director: M.J. Isakson

Votes: 39

Documentary Competition

40. Spirit of Discovery (2017)

59 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

Walter Munk's brilliant failures have done more for the world than a thousand men's ordinary successes, but can he muster another one for the threatened flying Devil Rays that share his name?

Director: Eliana Álvarez Martínez | Star: Walter Munk

World Premiere - Documentary Competition - Q&A

41. RiverBlue (2017)

95 min | Documentary, News

RiverBlue chronicles an unprecedented around-the-world river adventure, led by renowned paddler and conservationist, Mark Angelo, who ends up uncovering and documenting the dark side of the global fashion industry.

Directors: David McIlvride, Roger Williams | Stars: Mark Angelo, Jason Priestley, Orsola De Castro, Kumi Naidoo

Votes: 54

Documentary Competition


42. Legion of Brothers (2017)

TV-14 | 79 min | Documentary, War

77 Metascore

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, fewer than 100 US Troops were sent on a secret mission to overthrow the Taliban. What happens next is equal parts war-origin story and cautionary tale, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Jason Amerine, George W. Bush, Mark Nutsch, Clifford J. Richardson

Votes: 262

Documentary Competition

43. Mankiller (2017)

74 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at the life and work of Cherokee Nation chief, Wilma Mankiller.

Director: Valerie Red-Horse | Stars: Chris Carlsson, Mark Warren Downing, Melissa Gower, Ralph Keen II

Votes: 26

Documentary Competition

44. The Lavender Scare (2017)

77 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Howard | Stars: Glenn Close, David Hyde Pierce, Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 106

Documentary Competition

45. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

R | 99 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political exp