DAY FOUR - HRIFF 2022

The Last Wolves (SPAIN)

Director: Iker Bilbao

The Last Wolves is a crude, dark and violent science fiction drama series, that is a criticism toward all humans.

The narrator tells us a children’s tale, which speaks of human ambition and its consequences. The title of the project is inspired by Thomas Hobbes quote "Man is a Wolf to Man".

The story is set at a certain time in the future, when technology confronts nature, creation and destruction in equal parts, and where the abuse of power consumes us.

After all, we’re the creators of our own destruction. Awarded Best Trailer at the 2021 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Fest.

WORLD PREMIERE

G

Rattled! (USA)

Director: Bryan Christopher Watkins

RATTLED!

Old Vegas. That's where this story takes place.

Goose is a gambling addict. And his bounty hunting boss, Woolf? Woolf is locked up in county.

Then Russian kingpin Fyodor Grimm bails Woolf out, hiring him to grab a mark.

Woolf is nervous about his probation so he hands the job off to Goose, who hires a couple misfits to help; Eliot, an aspiring priest, and King, an aging Vietnam vet.

This ragtag team botches the kidnapping spectacularly, grabbing the wrong mark and leaving vital evidence at the scene. All the while, they can only seem to argue about trivialities as fate closes in on them.

Starring: Dot Marie Jones, Pasha Lynnikoff, Nicholas D'Agosto, Jared Abrahamson, Goya Robles

2022 BEST GENRE FILM

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

R

Born To Be A Queen (USA)

Director: Iris Almaraz

“Born to Be Queen” is a vision of the amazingly talented Aunduh (the goddess of love and light). She has a divinely inspired testimony to share with the world. The possibilities of changing hate through the power of love and laughter is in all our hands. The first step is the empowerment of self love despite all the world’s prejudice. With that we can all elevate our energy to a magical level!

2022 BEST LGBTQ FILM

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

PG

Lux Noctis (USA)

Director: Damiana Acuña

In an isolated matriarchal community, Lina creates an unprecedented amount of light.

2022 BEST MOVIE POSTER

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

PG

Transmissions from Inner Space (USA)

Director: Jessica Fee & Sara Friedman

Ophelia’s spaceship crash lands on a planet much like Earth. She transmits observations into the ether, while trying to fill her time with productive activities such as reading or baking. Eventually, the monotony of these activities lead to more destructive habits, which threaten her fragile sense of self and build towards an impending crisis.

‘Transmissions from Inner Space’ operates as an allegory for the cyclical nature of life, speaking on the inevitability of change, and the patterns through which history repeats itself. Although the tone is melancholic and introspective, ‘Transmissions from Inner Space’ aims to ultimately convey a feeling of hope and resilience. We are not alone in our isolation, and this time in history offers an opportunity for rebirth.

‘Transmissions from Inner Space’ was shot on Super 8 film by an all female crew.

2022 BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

PG

King (USA)

Director: Ron Geffen

The new music video from Plastic Rhino.

The battle of 2020 zeitgeists in America represented in a nutshell as the 7 deadly sins. Which sin will win the fight for America's throne? Watch and find out. Plastic Rhino is an Alternative Hard Rock Duo from Los Angeles, CA. Music available on all streaming platforms. Subscribe to our music videos on youtube.

Starring: Atara Glazer, Emily Heath, Jade Kim, Gustavo Cubias, Nick Buzzerio, Nick Baird, and Jack Glazer

HRIFF PREMIERE

PG-13

Favorite Drink (USA)

Director: Colin Thomas Jennings

Three best friends search to find the answer to a simple question, but instead are taken on a journey of stupidity.

HRIFF PREMIERE

PG

Dominate (USA)

Director: Kateryna Kurganska Gorbanov

“Dominate” is a five-and-a-half-minute dark comedy about an abused woman who finds empowerment through a very unlikely and strange occurrence at a hair salon. The feminist movement and support are dominant themes here. Inspired by one of my favorite Directors, Pedro Almodóvar, and His ‘Cinema of Women.’ My goal was to show how vibrant and full of life the female world is, no matter what we, strong women, face. In this short film, you can see how beautiful life is — no matter what. With its color palette and weirdness and dark sense of humor are. My characters are locked in the sweet bitterness of life.

HOLLYWOOD PREMIERE

PG-13

WIC 300 (USA)

Director: Robert Moon

In the bustling office of a local branch of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child protective services agency in the United States, idealistic new hire Rochelle is assigned to shadow Kate, a veteran children’s social worker with a low threshold for bullshit. Following California’s Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300 (WIC 300), the set of statutes that dictates when children are removed from homes due to neglect, abuse, and exploitation, the social workers turn humor to survive. Rochelle’s future as a CSW is put to the test when she encounters far more than she bargained for. WIC 300 is a comedic drama series based on the lives of co-creators Shay Leigh, a children’s social worker, and Robert Moon, a script supervisor and former legal writer and court-appointed special advocate for children (CASA worker).

WEST COAST PREMIERE

PG-13