DAY ONE - HRIFF 2022

Grandes Horizontales (USA)

Director: Leslie Zemeckis

A documentary about the lives lives and enduring influence in art, literature and fashion of the Grandes Horizontales - the A list od courtesans - the pop stars of their day - women and power are the themes of the doc.

By award winning filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis

2022 BEST DOCUMENTARY - Grandes Horizontales

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

PG-13

Hudson Falls (USA)

Director: Elias Plagianos

"HUDSON FALLS" - The secrets of a small upstate town that revolve around an eccentric scientist (William Sadler) begin to unravel when a private eye from the city (Richard Kind) takes on a seemingly mundane job in an effort to rekindle a relationship with his ex wife (Jessica Hecht).

Filmed during the COVID pandemic , the first week production was allowed to start in New York, with no crew other than a cinematographer, a sound recordist and a set dresser.

Starring an all star cast including Richard Kind, Tara Westwood, Jessica Hecht, Robert Burke, William Sadler, and Chiké Okonkwo.

Written and Directed By Elias Plagianos.

Starring: Richard Kind, Jessica Hecht, Robert Burke, William Sadler, and Chiké Okonkwo

2022 BEST EPISODIC CONTENT

HRIFF PREMIERE

PG-13

Ready To Wear (USA)

Director: Michelle Gomez

Ready To Wear by first time writer and director, Michelle Gomez(Doctor Who, Gotham) is a celebration of what we can achieve when we refuse to believe some of the restraints placed upon us by society. The essence of this story is, whatever you think of me is none of my business, thus allowing one to be exactly how and who they are regardless of judgment. Now that’s liberating.

FESTIVAL PREMIERE

PG

Harvest Time (USA)

Director: Anson Williams

Anson Williams and Don Most reunite for the first time since Happy Days in this off-beat comedy. Anson plays Mike, a dialysis patient who desperately needs a new kidney. Don plays his brother, Bill who agrees to donate one of HIS kidneys. Until he gets a better offer… On eBay. Beth Littleford co-stars. Directed by Williams. Written by award winning playwright Frederick Stroppel. Executive Produced by David Levin, Stroppel, Williams and Most.

Starring: Anson Williams, Don Most, and Beth Littleford

2022 BEST COMEDY SHORT

WEST COAST PREMIERE

PG-13

8 Days to Hell (USA)

Director: Shane Woodson

The devil pays a visit to Los Angeles in this horror anthology of twisted tales that follows the paths of several serial killers on their nights of terror and destruction. The story begins with B-Actor Jonathan Jones (Shane Woodson), a Hollywood based method actor who auditions for casting director Alex Fillmore (Eric Roberts). Jonathan loses himself in his role, committing murder, then crosses paths with a dangerous female serial killer (Tori London). Later in the film, a troubled artist named Matt, finds a book of magic that changes the course of his life. By the time we near the end of our eight intertwining tales of terror, we are left with a gambler playing for his soul and wondering who or what is the greatest killer of them all?

2022 BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Eric Roberts

2022 BEST INDEPENDENT FILM

WORLD PREMIERE

R

Mac & Watson (USA)

Director: Tiffany Watson

Two best friends working together at a police station, what could go wrong? Mac & Watson are the ultimate dynamic duo. These two are constantly chasing down criminals, breaking the rules, and getting in trouble for being the two best cops in the city. Why? Oh, because they’re interns. That’s right, police stations have interns, who knew? Hired to file paperwork and learn the ins and outs of the law through observation, these two quickly grow restless and realize that if anyone is going to right the wrongs of society, it’s them.

WORLD PREMIERE

G

Arachnarche (UK)

Director: Emma Jordan

In this animated film from the UK, a doll faces her fears when a spider invades her dollhouse. However, something far more terrifying lies beneath the surface. Tension is built as the doll realizes she is progressively not alone. Once it's realized acceptance is the only way the doll can progress forward, she overcomes her fears.

A stop-motion body horror film inspired by animation geniuses like Jan Svankmajer, the Quay Brothers, and Jiri Trnka, that uses different grotesque textures to unsettle the audience.

The word 'Arachnarche' is the combination of two words: arachnid (which relates to the spider in the story) and adrenarche, which means 'the awakening of the adrenal gland' or the beginnings of puberty. The tactile imagery was taken from different aspects of puberty, such as the entrapping feeling of growing pains, body hair, and acne.

WORLD PREMIERE

PG

Built to Howl (USA)

Director: Hannah Marie Fasick

As environmental and political tensions escalate, a married couple debate if they will retreat to their underground condominium.

Built to Howl is a science fiction film inspired by the surreal present, but set in the near future. Written, directed, and edited by Hannah Marie Fasick and starring Nicole Steinwedell and Alex Quijano, with cinematography by Evan M. Allen.

BEST SCI-FI FILM 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

PG - 13

American Terror Story: Theatre Degree (USA)

Director: Rashad Addy-Davis

A film about life after graduating with a Theatre Degree. This cathartic piece laughs at the highs and lows of that roller coaster experience.

The four vignettes encapsulate the grind, embarrassment, alienation, and long nights of the brave souls who decide to graduate with a Theater Degree.

The director, being one of them, wanted to make something that anyone who graduated with an Art degree can relate to, and triumphantly succeeded in this dark-comedy celebration of the strength in those who are able to get through such trials, and still push on.

BEST LGBTQ FILM 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

PG