SDFF2015: San Diego Film Festival

by kire1975 | created - 04 Oct 2016 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

The San Diego International Film Festival SEPT 28 - OCT 2, 2016 | www.sdfilmfest.com

Host: Jeffrey Lyons, with Co-host Ben Lyons.

Honorees include: Annette Bening, Kate Beckinsale, Simon Helberg and Jason Mitchell

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1. Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Thriller

16 Metascore

Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Salma Hayek, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Adrien Brody, Alon Aboutboul

Votes: 3,559

Opening Night Film

US Premiere

2. Blackway (2015)

R | 90 min | Thriller

An ex-logger comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned crime lord.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 8,489 | Gross: $0.02M

North American Premiere

3. Diablo (2015)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

35 Metascore

A young civil war veteran is forced on a desperate journey to save his kidnapped wife.

Director: Lawrence Roeck | Stars: Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Camilla Belle, Adam Beach

Votes: 4,516

World Premiere

Best Narrative Feature Winner

4. Meadowland (2015)

R | 105 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A year after their son goes missing, a couple handle the loss in varying ways, growing apart from one another and their reality.

Director: Reed Morano | Stars: Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Elisabeth Moss

Votes: 3,578

West Coast Premiere

5. Youth (I) (2015)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda

Votes: 67,786 | Gross: $2.70M

6. Ashby (2015)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live.

Director: Tony McNamara | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 14,182 | Gross: $0.00M

West Coast Premiere

7. He Named Me Malala (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai

Votes: 4,354 | Gross: $2.64M

San Diego Premiere

8. I Smile Back (2015)

R | 85 min | Drama

59 Metascore

Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Salky | Stars: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner, Shayne Coleman

Votes: 4,777 | Gross: $0.06M

California Premiere

9. Goosebumps (2015)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Director: Rob Letterman | Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee

Votes: 76,639 | Gross: $80.08M

10. Victoria (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit

Votes: 48,168

11. Labyrinth of Lies (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama, History

62 Metascore

A story that exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II.

Director: Giulio Ricciarelli | Stars: André Szymanski, Alexander Fehling, Friederike Becht, Johannes Krisch

Votes: 11,140 | Gross: $0.79M

US Premiere

12. Sex, Death and Bowling (2015)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Eli McAllister, our eleven-year-old hero, is on a quest. He is also setting out to win The Fiesta Cup, a local bowling tournament. Joining him is his famous fashion designer uncle, Sean McAllister.

Director: Ally Walker | Stars: Joshua Rush, Adrian Grenier, Joanna Ranee Wood, Betsy Cramer

Votes: 310 | Gross: $0.01M

World Premiere

13. The Cut (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, History

56 Metascore

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra

Votes: 4,938 | Gross: $0.03M

World Premiere

14. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,519 | Gross: $0.06M

US Premiere

15. This Is Happening (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

THIS IS HAPPENING tells the story of an estranged brother and sister (played by James Wolk and Mickey Sumner) forced to go on the road together to track down their fugitive grandmother (... See full summary »

Director: Ryan Jaffe | Stars: James Wolk, Mickey Sumner, Rene Auberjonois, Judd Nelson

Votes: 203

California Premiere

16. India's Daughter (I) (2015)

63 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society.

Director: Leslee Udwin | Stars: Asha Devi, Badri Singh, Satendra, Mukesh Singh

Votes: 1,898

San Diego Premiere

Best Documentary Winner

17. Black Fly (2014)

88 min | Thriller

A troubled teenager and his older brother reconnect, setting off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia and murder. Inspired by true events.

Director: Jason Bourque | Stars: Matthew MacCaull, Dakota Daulby, Christie Burke, Peter Benson

Votes: 370

US Premiere

18. Crossing (I) (2015)

90 min | Drama | Completed

Roberto is a lonely and unhappy man, after an incident he is forced to rethink his life and to reconnect her son Julio.

Director: Joao Leite

World Premiere

19. Echoes of War (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

41 Metascore

A Civil War veteran returns home to the quiet countryside, only to find himself embroiled in a conflict between his family and the brutish cattle rancher harassing them.

Director: Kane Senes | Stars: James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, Maika Monroe

Votes: 1,124

West Coast Premiere

20. Kidnap Capital (2015)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

Illegal immigrants to the United States are kidnapped, tortured, and forced to call home for ransom money.

Director: Felipe Rodriguez | Stars: Paulino Nunes, Johnathan Sousa, Michael Reventar, Pedro Miguel Arce

Votes: 316

N. America Premiere

21. Lift Me Up (2015)

Not Rated | 108 min | Family

A young lady, who recently lost her mother, faces the challenges of high school and her very strict step-father. Through personal growth, and an amazing dedication to dance, she learns to find the peace and happiness of family.

Director: Mark Cartier | Stars: Todd Cahoon, Sarah Frangenberg, Shane Harper, Jonny Jay

Votes: 591

World Premiere

22. Moments of Clarity (2016)

TV-14 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In this dark comedy, a repressed agoraphobic's daughter meets a hardened pastor's daughter. While escaping their homes to attend the annual church youth group jamboree, they discover their worlds aren't what they once thought they were.

Director: Stev Elam | Stars: Kristin Wallace, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mackenzie Astin, Saxon Trainor

Votes: 134

West Coast Premiere

23. Operation: Neighborhood Watch! (2015)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure, Family

When a new doctor moves in next door, the neighborhood kids believe that the doctor is making frankeinstein in his basement make it their mission to ensure he is not a creepy guardian of a terrible neighbor-eating monster.

Director: Mark Cartier | Stars: Denise Richards, Luke Colombero, Tyree Brown, Brian Zarin

Votes: 152

World Premiere

24. Seashore (2015)

Unrated | 83 min | Drama, Romance

Two boys on the edge of adulthood find themselves exploring their relationship.

Directors: Filipe Matzembacher, Marcio Reolon | Stars: Mateus Almada, Maurício Barcellos, Elisa Brittes, Fernando Hart

Votes: 2,045

San Diego Premiere

25. SuperBob (2015)

82 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Robert Kenner is a lonely man looking for love. Today, if he can actually get his boss to give him some time off, he is going on his first date for 6 years. Oh, and he is also the world's only SuperHero.

Director: Jon Drever | Stars: Brett Goldstein, Catherine Tate, Natalia Tena, Laura Haddock

Votes: 1,725

US Premiere

26. Terminus (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate of his family, but of mankind.

Director: Marc Furmie | Stars: Jai Koutrae, Todd Lasance, Kendra Appleton, Katherine Hicks

Votes: 5,933

N. American Premiere

27. The Ambassador to Bern (2014 TV Movie)

76 min | Drama, History, Thriller

A fictional account of the 1958 attack against the Hungarian embassy in Bern. Based on a true story about the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Director: Attila Szász | Stars: János Kulka, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, József Kádas, Rozi Lovas

Votes: 1,394

West Coast Premiere

28. Uncle John (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In this tale of small town intrigue, an urbanite returns to his quiet hometown on an impromptu trip as his Uncle, widely respected in town, struggles to evade suspicion of a murder.

Director: Steven Piet | Stars: John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng Adams, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Votes: 1,607

San Diego Premiere

29. Well Wishes (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

After losing his job on a coin-toss a man concocts a fantastical plan to build an enterprise of harvesting coins from wishing fountains.

Director: Anderson Boyd | Stars: Shane Callahan, Cullen Moss, Don Henderson Baker, Anna Stromberg

Votes: 417

San Diego Premiere

30. West of Redemption (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Mystery

A married couple living in a remote farmhouse are interrupted by a stranger, who is taken prisoner by the husband and interrogated for reasons the stranger doesn't readily understand. Their... See full summary »

Director: Cornelia Duryée | Stars: Billy Zane, Kevin Alejandro, Mariana Klaveno, Hans Altwies

Votes: 30

California Premiere

31. Western Religion (2015)

105 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The year is 1879. Gunfighters from the far reaches of the globe descend on the mining town of Religion, Arizona to compete in a legendary poker tournament.

Director: James O'Brien | Stars: Claude Duhamel, Louie Sabatasso, Gary Kohn, Miles Szanto

Votes: 197

N. America Premiere

32. For Blood (2015)

11 min | Short, Fantasy, Western

A group of friends come together for a game of poker, when it's suggested that a Wild West game would have much higher stakes, and with that, a new world materializes, and they find themselves in another place and time playing, FOR BLOOD.

Directors: Chadwick Pelletier, John T. Connor | Stars: Sapir Azulay, April Scott, Chadwick Pelletier, Rick Mora

Votes: 8

World Premiere

Winner: Kumeyaay Award

33. Bonobos: Back to the Wild (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

The critically important work by renowned naturalist Claudine Andre to save the endangered bonobo apes of the Congo is presented in this visually stunning feature film.

Director: Alain Tixier | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Luke Evans, Claudine André

Votes: 50 | Gross: $0.11M

West Coast Premiere

34. Finding Center (2015)

Documentary

Finding Center invites viewers into 4 families lives to share their struggles and successes while raising children with autism. The film focuses on four local families each with a child at various points on the spectrum.

Director: Russell Tafarella

US Premiere

35. Frame by Frame (2015)

85 min | Documentary, War

84 Metascore

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Now, as ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli | Stars: Massoud Hossaini, Wakil Kohsar, Najibullah Musafer, Farzana Wahidy

Votes: 108

San Diego Premiere

36. Janey Makes a Play (2015)

81 min | Documentary, Biography

Follow 90-year-old Janey as she writes and directs her latest original, socially relevant community theatre production for her small town. Experience the creative process unfold with a cast... See full summary »

Director: Jared Callahan

Votes: 16

San Diego Premiere

37. Landfill Harmonic (2015)

TV-PG | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra. An unlikely orchestra made out of recycled trash. As this group takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world, we ... See full summary »

Directors: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus

Votes: 183

San Diego Premiere

38. Explorers: Adventures of the Century (2013– )
Episode: The Rocky Mountains Traverse (2015)

52 min | Documentary, Action, Adventure

In August 2014 Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg, two accomplished paragliders, attempt to complete the first ever paragliding traverse of the Rocky Mountain Range, North America's most iconic ... See full summary »

Directors: David Pearson, Bryan Smith | Stars: Will Gadd, Gavin McClurg

California Premiere

39. Baja's Secret Miracle (2014)

12 min | Documentary, Short, Adventure

Mario Castro, a fisherman that decided to change the destiny of his community, narrates this wonderful story that takes us in a journey of decades, to understand how the town of Cabo Pulmo created the world's most robust marine reserve.

Director: Eliana Álvarez Martínez

Votes: 8

Opening Short

40. No Greater Love (I) (2015)

TV-14 | 94 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

No Greater Love explores a combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain, as he and his men fight their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan and then as they struggle to reintegrate home.

Director: Justin Roberts | Stars: Gene Delgado, Jameson Lindskog

Votes: 172 | Gross: $0.03M

West Coast Premiere

Winner: Best Military Film

41. Day One (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 25 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker.

Director: Henry Hughes | Stars: Layla Alizada, Navid Negahban, Alexia Pearl, Bill Zasadil

Votes: 753

42. Return to Dak To (2015)

49 min | Documentary, History, War

A veteran takes four soldiers he fought with back to Vietnam, where they confront the effects that warfare has had on them.

Director: Christopher Upham

So. California Premiere

Best Documentary (Audience Choice)

43. Birthday (I) (2015)

11 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A severely wounded Marine and his wife finally come home following months of surgeries and rehab. A powerful and realistic depiction of what it is like for our wounded vets and their spouses as they face enormously difficult times ahead.

Director: Chris King | Stars: Mandy Moody, Chris Gouchoe, Eric Wheeler, Matt Saculla

Votes: 18

44. Deep Run (2015)

75 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

Cole, a young transgender Christian man, is growing up in rural North Carolina. With his girlfriend, Ashley, he faces significant challenges, including hostile family and church members, ... See full summary »

Director: Hillevi Loven | Star: Cole Ray Davis

Votes: 40

San Diego Premiere

45. Tomgirl (2015)

14 min | Documentary, Drama

Jake, a gender non-conforming seven year-old, invites us into his world to explore the transforming power of love and support on our children.

Director: Jeremy Asher Lynch | Stars: Jake Tommila, Sheilynne Tommila, D'Angelo Midili, Luke Schuck

Votes: 42

46. Storied Streets (2014)

Not Rated | 61 min | Documentary