DAY SIX - HRIFF 2022

The Chosen Path (USA)

Director: Eric Iglesias

A young conservative Christian, Diana, has lived her life in a belief system that has given her comfort, security, and community, keeping her “safe and pure.” Drugged, raped, and pregnant, she faces a moral dilemma.

Her rigidly judgmental cult will banish her if she has an abortion. But she is no longer “pure”; she is unmarriageable.

Shamed, she has experienced a deep and irreversible challenge to her belief system.

She must choose her path—the cross or the clinic. So begins her journey.

WORLD PREMIERE

PG-13

Strawberry Princess (USA)

Director: Rod S.Scott

An insecure East Crenshaw High School Science teacher Layla Jones (WWE Superstar Ariane Andrew) is rumored to be living a doubled life. Higher education didn't prepare her for what’s ahead. Layla must survive while fighting for custody of her 9-year-old son. Can she turn her book smarts into street smarts?

Starring: Ariane Andrew, Vincent Ward, and James C Burns

2022 BEST THRILLER

WORLD PREMIERE

PG-13

Blackout (USA)

Director: Ursula Rudorfer

One family's quest for survival after a rolling blackout turns sinister.

WORLD PREMIERE

PG-13

God Bless (USA)

Director: Elvis Nolasco

On a hot summer day in Los Angeles, a man is forced to confront his past, and his faith.

Lincoln Lawrence (Jake Sidney Cohen), a troubled video store owner, who is visited by the three archangels, Michael (Elvis Nolasco), Raphael (Kendall Stillman-Riddle) and Gabriel (Andrew Garrett).

GOD BLESS is Elvis Nolasco's follow up directorial effort, following 'TIME 2 SURRENDER' and this was award winner for BEST FAMILY FILM at HRIFF 2021

HRIFF PREMIERE

R

The Cookie (USA)

Director: Derek Champnella

When you have to shoot your high school sophomore year short film project during a pandemic and the only two actors you can get are your mom and dad, this is what happens: A husband and wife battle over the last snack. Best Student Film at HRIFF 2021.

WORLD PREMIERE

G

Can I Enjoy This Clown Knowing It Could Be Gone In A Day? (USA)

Director: Ryan Coyle

The day before the Redondo Fun Factory closes forever, and Lindsey contemplates whether she can enjoy life while knowing that it too will eventually end.

In a nutshell, the theme of this experimental film asks "Is life worth living," with a decaying arcade being a stand-in for existence as a whole.

While philosophical and unconventional, the film maintains an original structure and consistent point of view and attempts to offer an actual answer to this question.

This film was shot on 16mm film using a Krasnogorsk-3 camera, with sound recorded on a Nagra IV tape recorder. The presence of the old-fashioned equipment drew a lot of attention during filming, and the film was written while driving down to the Rendono Beach Fun Factory and recorded with only single takes.

"The "Tilt-A-Whirl" shot towards the end of the movie made me very nauseous, but is also one of the best moments I've had making movies."

- Ryan Coyle (Director)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

PG - 13

Back Alive (USA)

Director: Terry Taneie & Kei Kosugi

In a deadly place between earth and hell where hunters rule, those who have died before their time and want a second chance at life on earth must survive the hunters within a certain amount of time in this science-fiction, action film that won Best Action Film at HRIFF 2021.

BEST ACTION FILM 2021

WORLD PREMIERE

PG - 13

Satan's Seven (USA)

Director: Ryan Rosenblum

Pursued by the FBI, a team of the world's deadliest women models their vigilante crimes on the seven deadly sins.

WORLD PREMIERE

PG - 13