World Premiere –
Presented by the Tampa Bay Film Society
Director – Shawn Goudard
Story of a diva actress who cannot find her prop for a stage production. In the end, she throws the prop away. It is rescued and given to a family whose child cannot afford the doll. One man’s trash is another’s treasure.
Director – Nadia Tass
During the depths of the Covid-19 quarantine, you’re cordially invited to Pascale’s Trattoria, a charming Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of a suburban living room. There, you’ll meet Pascale, a slightly deranged gentleman determined to facilitate the success of his restaurant. While his family barely indulge this isolation induced fantasy, the tipping point might be the clientele of stuffed animals.
Director Biography – Nadia Tass
Awarded the Screen Leader Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Services to the Screen Industry, Nadia Tass is one of Australia’s most iconic directors of both stage and screen.
Well-known internationally for directing films, including the Australian classics Malcolm, The Big Steal, Amy and Matching Jack, she has garnered 68 International awards for her body of screen work, including 28 awards for Amy, Best Film Paris Le Prix du Public, Paris Film Festival Festival du Film de Paris (2000), Best Film Grand Prix Cannes Junior, Cannes Film Festival France (1999), 21 awards for Malcolm, including Best Director from Australian Film Institute (1986).
Nadia has directed films and high-end television for the BBC and in the United States for Universal Studios, Disney, Warner Bros, and CBS, including the ratings hit The Miracle Worker for ABC, and three American Girl movies. She was honoured by the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles with a retrospective of her work, and there have been additional honorary presentations in Cape Town, India, and Moscow.
Nadia’s experience as a theatre director is extensive and diverse, ranging from improvised, classic, contemporary, and musical theatre. Amongst her extensive work in theatre, she has directed the American plays Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, The Other Place by Sharr White for Melbourne Theatre Company, and for Queensland theatre, Annie Baker’s the Flick and The Aliens, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya for Red Stitch Theatre, and Masterpieces by Heather McDonald for Signature Theatre in Washington DC. Her latest theatre work was Fern Hill by Michael Tucker in November 2019 in NYC. She also directed commercial musicals Promises, Promises and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which toured Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Nadia is currently working on a feature documentary in Los Angeles, on The Oleg Vidov Story, a Russian actor who defected from the USSR and found success in America.
Isolating at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was the ultimate shared experience. This film taps into that societal commonality to represent the things people needed to do during such a violent change to everyday life. Of course, the creation of the film itself represents what my family and I needed in order to channel our pent-up creativity and protect our mental wellbeing.
By absolute circumstance, I found myself under the same roof as my husband and my globetrotting son – with him it was the first time in over a decade. Until the last minute I had been directing a film in Los Angeles and only after some firm words from my son, who likewise is usually abroad working, did I return to Australia on one of the last commercial flights. Drawn together, my family brought a story to life that was playing out in different ways around the world.
Isolation Restaurant is one man’s response to this strange new world – where love, dissonance and respect somehow blend into an uneasy harmony.
Co – tenancy
A girl came to live in Beijing and met a boy who shared rent. She thought she had met love, but the result was sad
Director – 李晴霖
Two American soldiers face-off at the battlegrounds of Virginia amongst the Civil War, in 1864.
Director – Fernando Tosetti
Born and raised in Brazil, Fernando grew up with the dream of being a filmmaker. At 18 years old, he moved from the comfort of his home to pursue his dreams in the United States. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2020 and currently works as a video producer as well as a short film writer and director.
For a Living
To save his ill mother, an upcoming politician succumbs to the will of a crime lord. Now he must fight to save his mother… and himself
Director – Bryan Suarez
23 year old Cuban film director and screenwriter.
A new twist on the old ghost story. Some ghosts we explore others we endure. This film is about surviving ghosts.
Director – Isabella Marcon
Isabella Marcon is currently a senior at Cooper City High School. She is originally from New Orleans, the city of artists, architecture, and Mardi Gras. While studying hard and achieving good grades in her classes, she is also active in Key Club and Cowboy Television (CTV). When I’m not in school she can usually be found writing, using her camera to shoot videos for her school’s television channel, editing, or getting service hours at a charity event sponsored by Key Club. Isabella is passionate about social change and activism. When she is not doing all of those things, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, naps, horror movies, and streaming shows on Netflix.
The McHenry Trial – Don’t Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie
A young and brilliant academic phenom who not only passes the bar exam at age 14 but finds himself defending his homeless father on a murder charge when few believe he is innocent. He faces a shrewd law firm, an old school segregationist judge, and an arrogant prosecutor who is preparing to celebrate his 50th consecutive case win.
Director – Ken Sagoes
Ken Sagoes, born in Stockbridge, Georgia, and raised in Atlanta, is an award-winning writer and actor with film, TV, and stage credits.
He attended Kennesaw State University and studied writing and directing under the UCLA Extension program. Sagoes also studied under two entertainment legends, Edmund J. Cambridge and Marlon Brando.
He’s a former staff writer with Paramount Television, won a CableAce Award and was a HUMANITAS Prize Finalist for writing and co-starring in Disney Channel’s “On Promised Land”.
Sagoes has written fourteen plays and over thirty-five screenplays. As a stage actor, he has received several awards, including a NAACP Theater nomination for Ted Lange’s critically acclaimed play, “George Washington’s Boy”.
In film, he is best known for the role of “Kincaid”, one of the Dream Warriors in the classic horror films, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, 3 & 4, making him the first African-American actor to survive a major horror film and return for a sequel. He’s also known for John Singleton’s “ROSEWOOD” as the loveable “Big Baby” and the role of “Darryl” with Martin Lawrence in the hit series, “What’s Happening Now”.
In 1997, Sagoes founded GBC-Giving Back Corporation, a 501 (c) 3 organization that helps send inner-city youth to summer camp and helps pay for books and supplies for college-bound students. Sagoes has been acknowledged by Governors in Georgia, New York, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, California, North Carolina, over one hundred members of Congress in various states, as well as Dr. Maya Angelou and former President Bill Clinton for his humanitarian work and giving back to the communities across the country. Former Governor Gray Davis of California proclaimed the 25th Day of April 1999 as ‘Ken Sagoes’ Day,’ and received the Los Angeles County of Probation leadership award. GBC also gives an Annual Toast/Roast to honor entertainment pioneers who have paved the way.
The Masque of the Red Death
The text of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” is illustrated by a combination of historical photos and modern ones, drawing a parallel between the COVID-19 pandemic and Poe’s Red Death, and between Poe’s Prince Prospero and President Donald Trump.
Director – Donald E. Tepper
Donald Tepper is a magazine editor and writer. He is also an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America and is a real estate investor and agent licensed in Virginia. He has an MA in journalism and is a producer (volunteer) at Fairfax County Public Access, consisting of three television stations and a radio station serving Fairfax County, Virginia.
I made an experimental short film titled, “CINE, ME.” In this film, I try to combine two things, my birth and the birth of cinema. I spent most of my life time with cinema. My life is strongly related to the cinema so I just tried to mix the story of my life and the history of cinema together. Plus, in my opinion, there are some crucial elements to cinema such as steam power, the sewing machine, the train, and so on which allowed the cinema to be born and grow. This is my thought. Thus, I attempt to show and represent those elements in this film. I believe that a film editor is quite similar to a tailor, in that they sew together 16mm physical film. I hope you enjoy my work and are inspired by it.
Director – JUNSEOK EOM
‘Blackflag’: Busan Independent Film Festival Special Mention by Jury 2007
‘Paul’: Indie Visions Film Festival Best Experimental Film 2019
: Next Up Film Festival nomination as the best Sound Design 2019
VIPER VIRUS History in the Making
A historical event was taking place in South Florida and throughout the world, the Covid 19 Pandemic, the Viper Virus. I wanted to know how people were coping with this virus, what people were thinking and how this was affecting their lives. Because of the virus, Fort Lauderdale closed their beach during spring break. I had to record this historic event and began videotaping in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the area. Thinking this virus would be over soon, I taped as much as I could, deserted streets, closed businesses, it didn’t end. Everything was changing rapidly on a daily basis that affected all of us…masks, quarantine, and social distancing. I was able to get important interviews virtually and continued recording this event through our nations birthday, July 4, 2020. But had the virus ended? It was affecting each person in a different way. It was changing our world. People were concerned and scared. We were now living in a virtual world. What does the future hold? Witness the changes as you watch VIPER VIRUS, History in the Making.
Director – Celeste Locante Thorson
Celeste Locante Thorson has been an award winning Producer & Director for over 30 years.She has produced and created programs for the Public Broadcasting System, PBS, and cable networks.
HEAD CAT « NOT FADE AWAY »
Lemmy Kilmister, Slim Jim, Danny Harvey)
“Final Moments” is a 30-second Public Service Announcement about the importance of wearing masks in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
After earning an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Dax Phelan served as the Creative Executive for producer Mace Neufeld (“The Hunt for Red October”) at Sony Pictures where he worked on numerous films, including blockbusters such as “The General’s Daughter,” “The Sum of All Fears,” and “The Equalizer.”
After selling a screenplay of his own, Phelan left Sony to write full-time. He co-created the TV series, “At Your Service,” for producer David Engel (“Straight Outta Compton”) and CBS/Paramount and adapted the New York Times bestseller, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” for producer Stratton Leopold (“Mission: Impossible III”).
Phelan served as Associate Producer on Paul Schrader’s “The Canyons” starring Lindsay Lohan and Executive Producer on Anja Marquardt’s “She’s Lost Control,” which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
In 2015, Phelan wrote, produced, and directed his feature directorial debut, “Jasmine.” Shot in Hong Kong, the film played in 75 film festivals worldwide and won nearly 100 awards, including 18 for Best Picture, 10 for Best Director, and 5 for Best Screenplay. The film was acquired by Lionsgate and released theatrically on June 16, 2017.
On August 16, 2018, Phelan was included in the LA Film Awards’ list of “Thirty Filmmakers to Watch,” a celebration of the “inspiring, creative, and incredibly talented directors who are making indie filmmaking great right now.”
Following “Jasmine,” Phelan co-produced Orson Welles’s final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” with Frank Marshall (“Jurassic World”). The film had its world premiere at the 75th Venice Film Festival where it opened to strong reviews and was released theatrically by Netflix on November 2, 2018. The National Board of Review honored the film with the prestigious and rarely given William K. Everson Film History Award.
In 2019, Phelan executive produced “Flowers of the Field” with Lodge Kerrigan (“The Girlfriend Experience”) and “About Him & Her: The Inarticulate Speech of the Heart,” both of which will world premiere in 2020.
Phelan is currently preparing to return to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to direct his sophomore feature film, “Kirkwood,” in fall 2020. Phelan conceived the story with his father, a former City of St. Louis policeman.
Phelan is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America and repped by Danny Passman at Gang, Tyre, Ramer, & Brown.
10 seconds of Silence
Boston Jewel thieves face of with Underworld figures.
Director – Joey R. Marino