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CATE | Cinema at the Edge Film Festival 2018

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Edgemar Center for the Arts

2437 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

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We are excited to announce our 6th annual Cinema at the Edge (CATE) Film Festival! We are celebrating independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or a challenge to what is expected and accepted in the medium. Featuring narratives, documentaries, and shorts, from talented filmmakers all over the world, Cinema at the Edge gives new and recognized films and filmmakers the chance to ignite audience buzz, gain acclaimed exposure, and provide global distribution opportunities.

The festival is located in the heart of Santa Monica’s Main Street minutes away from the beach – housed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, a two theatre and art gallery complex designed by Frank Gehry. The festival’s location is prime real estate for Los Angeles’ top production companies, tech leaders, established artists, and extraordinary dining venues.

While we are thrilled to give independent filmmakers a vehicle of expression, CATE has an additional commitment to see the standout titles at the festival have an opportunity to screen for distributors. Therefore our program juries will again be comprised of the best and brightest professionals in the global independent film distribution community, giving films in all categories the opportunity to be considered for acquisition.

Expect more films, parties and events, more sponsors and perks for festival attendees.

See you there!

4pm Friday, November 2nd

Short Block 1

1 I "Stuck", Directed by Ryan Larkin

A black student struggles with being labeled by others as he attempts to escape a rut.

2 I "Straight Lines" , Directed by Angelica Zuenko

Ann is your typical university student – intelligent, hard working, and goal orientated. That is, until she finds herself in a hard place and looks to other things to cope with her problems. How far is she willing to go to continue her habits?


3 I "Rebel" , Directed by Derek J. Reid

4 I "Stand by Her" , Directed by Ina Rose Farestad

A short film about a heartbroken girl who runs into her ex-boyfriend in a coffee shop and the friends and strangers that unexpectedly rally behind her.


5 I "Father" , Directed by Benjamin Gejman

Faced with unemployment, poverty and the imminent threat of the mafia, Adim must keep his family on float and find a way to overcome his demons, although these may not be the ones he imagined.

6pm Friday, November 2nd

Opening Reception

8pm Friday, November 2nd

Feature Film:

"Papa" , Directed by Emilio Roso

A young man's heartwarming journey to find his biological family leads him on a path of self discovery.

1hr 47m // USA// 2018

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYsmit-Rzuc

8pm Friday, November 2nd

Feature Film:

"Monsoon" , Directed by Miguel Duran

Love and grief mix as two best friends struggle to let go of each other after a tragedy.

1hr 42m // USA// 2018

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/240738722

10pm Friday, November 2nd


"Pervs", Directed by Felicia Michaels

Some of America's most popular comedians get interviewed by a fellow comedian (who's a sex worker on the side), all the while giving them a peepshow they'll never forget. It's a raw and raucous journey through the eyes of a community of artists, who although used to turning over every inner stone, manage to open up even deeper about crippling doubt, poor choices, and self-forgiveness.

50m 13s // USA//2018

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/201003665

12pm Saturday, November 3rd

Documentaries Block 1:

1 I "Drawn Together: Comics, Diveristy and Stereotypes", Directed by Harleen Singh

An insightful, short documentary challenging perspectives and stereotypes.

Trailer: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bs3uo

52m // 2018 // USA

2 I "A Place to Call Home", Directed by Veronica Garcia

Can a new program change the course of two teens "destined" future of gangs and violence or do their zipcode not determine their future?

Trailer: https://youtu.be/xle0q_RMMVk

34m 49s // 2018 // USA

2pm Saturday, November 3rd

Short Block 2 – Comedies

1 I "Skate", Directed by Diane Shaher

Neither a linear nor narrative story, this film showcases fun and creative skateboarding visuals.


2 I "The Log", Directed by Laura Kaehr

A provocative short in which a film director wants frontal nudity, yet the actor has too much to lose.

7m 10s// 2018// Finland

3 I "Visage" Directed by Blake Hodges & Jackson Tobiska

This is a short film with a science fiction edge that addresses the topic of limited minority representation in Hollywood films.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/256033644

9m 40s // 2018 // USA

4 I "Bedtime Story", Directed by Kevin Alejandro

A cash-strapped literary agent hatches a plan to turn a lousy writer into a bestselling author.

15m // 2018 // USA

5 I "Article 50", Directed by Marcus J. Richardson

A clever and dark comedy that explores how a "Hard Brexit" affects relationships in the imminent future.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kGRxMDlG8g

11m // 2018// UK

6 I "Stuck" (Original: Hemmige), Directed by Laura Kaehr

A shy man rides a train and in front of him sits the girls of his dream. The train breaks down in the tunnel. Is this the perfect situation for him to overcome his shyness?

10m 39s // 2018 // Switzerland

7 I "2055 – A Love Story", Directed by Kaspar Synnevag

A unique mockumentary that explores a bizarre and amusing future world.

12m 47s // 2018 // Norway

8 I "Mrs. Murphy’s Confession", Directed by Ryan Turri

A lonely, devout empty-nester experiences a radical awakening and discovers some unholy truths about longing, love and connection.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/236175898


2pm Saturday, November 3rd

Short Block 3 – Adventure

1 I "Sekund", Directed by Ashley Matkowsky

A heroic story of a band of kids surviving alone in a future, industrial America.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/238620534

6m 20s // 2018 // USA

2 I "Negron" (A Tennis Short), Directed by Eugene Michael Santiago

Sueño takes the first step towards a last shot at greatness, in honor of his father - forcing him to deal with the insecurities of his past.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/237032689

9m 30s // 2018 // USA

3 I "Bini" , Directed by Erblin Nushi

A young boy, thrust into the horrors of war, clings to a piece of candy as he and his family are forced to become refugees.


19m // 2018 // USA

4 I "Do No Harm", Directed by Marielle Woods

A short film about a combat medic attempting to hold on to humanity in the midst of a war much bigger than himself. A medic's job is to fix people up, but how does that obligation reconcile with someone who is trained to fight and may be asked to kill?

7m 32s // 2018 // USA

5 I "Parts & Labor", Directed by Corey Fischer

Greg, a clean and sober vintage motorcycle builder has made truce with his chaotic past but it isn’t until he’s long abandoned son, Tim is released from prison that Greg’s past comes back to haunt him. Father and son are going to have to forgive each other or die trying.

26m 55s // 2018 // USA

6 I "The Girls Were Doing Nothing", Directed by Markus Kaatsch

A close study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul. It delves into our basic needs such as stability, comfort, routine and explores how these basic needs clash with our desires of novelty and freedom.

17m // 2018 // UK

4pm Saturday, November 3rd

A Filmmaker's Panel

A discussion about raising, financing, securing talent and distribution an indie film in today’s market.

6pm Saturday, November 3rd

Documentaries Block 2:

1 I "Sigueme", Directed by Michelle Danner

Sigueme follows a young Mexican Transgender Woman on her journey in Los Angeles.


2 I "Poisoning Paradise", Directed by Keely Brosnan

Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii as activists, scientists, and healthcare professionals expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population. Join the international debate about pesticides that is raging around the world, as well as the movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet earth.

1hr15 // 2018 // US

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZKF0erhtac

6pm Saturday, November 3rd

Short Block 4 – Horror

1 I "Washed Out", Directed by Jules Tardif

The story of an abused boy who, through magic and faith, finds freedom from fear.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/293629433

11m 40s // 2018 // France

2 I "Dylan", Directed by Cory Miller

A young woman, Maritza, comes home to find her fiance's college buddy, Dylan, preparing an elaborate meal in celebration of their wedding. But as the night unfolds, she slowly begins to suspect that something may be horribly wrong.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/293629433

12m // 2018 // USA

3 I "To Catch a Mouse", Directed by Alex Coleman

A thief posing as an injured civilian seeks refuge in the home of a suburban couple. Little does he know the couple has lured him into a trap of their own.

14m 38s// 2018 // Canada

4 I "Smiley’s", Directed by Mike James

A mysterious soda machine stocked by a Witch in the woods takes Mitch down a dark rabbit hole where he may never return from.

17m 12s // 2018 // USA

5 I "Below Decks", Directed by Paul A. Brooks

While attempting to hide from her past, a young woman is forced to confront her demons more than ever before.


17m 47s // 2018 // USA

6 I "Quiver", Directed by Shayna Connelly

Quiver melds horror and passion as Suzanne’s grief transcends the boundaries of the natural world and arouses a primordial being.

13m 41s // 2018 // USA

7 I "Last Breath", Directed by Ty Jones

A disabled woman's journey of terror after being kidnapped. A horror that will stick with you long after it's short run time.

5m 44s // 2018 // USA

8pm Saturday, November 3rd

Feature Film:

"Asomatous", Directed by: Harvey Lowry

8pm Saturday, November 3rd

Feature Film:

"Gun", Directed by Sam Upton

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxfc50Phg_k

1hr 29m // 2018 // USA

10 pm Saturday, November 3rd

Short Film:

"And They Lived" , Directed by Javier Espinoza

It’s 2018 and Vicky is a young women captivated by her Disney fantasies but at the same time dealing with her real life struggles. Will her fantasies heal her or kill her?

11am Sunday, November 4th


"Generation Zapped ", Directed by Sabine El Gemayel

An important warning for this age about the dangers of wireless technology. A must-see for everyone.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R4gKs8ViI

1hr 14m // 2018 // USA

11am Sunday, November 4th

Documentaries Block 3:

1 I "Uncommon Allies", Directed by Jon Brick

In 2011, Rosilyn Temple’s son was murdered in his own apartment. He was 26 years old. To this day, his homicide remains unsolved. Uncommon Allies shows how Rosilyn bridging the gap between grieving communities and the police department at every homicide scene in the Kansas City, MO area.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/239574961

1hr 8m // 2018 // USA

2 I "Second Assault" , Directed by Jillian Corsie

In the wake of the “Trump Tapes”, Jill ends 12 years of silence and faces her greatest fears head on, as she confronts the system that failed her.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/238620534

19m 45s // 2018 // USA

1pm Sunday, November 4th

Documentaries Block 4:

1 I "What America Looks Like", Directed by Dennis Myers

Explosive, DC during the first two days of the Trump administration.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/293065184

25m // 2018 // USA

2 I "One October" , Directed by Rachel Shuman

This is a lyrical portrait of New York City, on the eve of Obama's election. Revealing interviews woven between vivid scenes of eccentric byways together reveal a city—and a nation—at a crossroads.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/260800683

56m // 2018 // USA

1pm Sunday, November 4th

Documentaries Block 5:

1 I "I Want You to Hear Me: The Kelly Nicole Story", Directed by Theresa Holl

The gripping documentary about the late rock prodigy, Kelly Nicole and the philanthropic mission she inspires. This is a musical legacy that confronts the darkest corners of humanity without varnish or apology.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=x3vAs64AJko

24m // 2018// USA

2 I "Hailing Cesar" , Directed by Sirous Thampi

A moving documentary that tells the story of both Cesar Chavez's great grandson and Cesar Chavez in a novel and impactful way.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/270265447

1hr // 2018 // USA

3pm Sunday, November 4th

Short Block 5 – Love & Drama

1 I "Until Now", Directed by Samantha Michele Buchanan

A beautiful, true story of loss, love and kindness, unlike any told before.

8m 5s // 2018 // USA

2 I "I Can Fly", Directed by Ruwan Heggelman

A magical and sweet comedy in which Sven tempts Lisa to jump on his back so he can prove that he can fly.

3 I "Broken Wing", Directed by Daniel Monico

The love line between a husband and wife is tested when Alice must decide whether to leave Patrick in the care of professionals, or take him home so they can spend their final days together.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfHqgxOzGpE

7m 4s // 2018 // USA

4 I "Zoe+Ari" , Directed by Rachael Meyers

A short drama/ comedy that intersects love and secrets.

10m // 2018 // USA

5 I "Everything’s Gonna Be Okay", Directed by Matt Soson

Two people backpacking through the desert stop to face the reality of a dire situation.

14m 38s // 2018 // USA

6 I "New World", Directed by Laura Kaehr

Anna runs away from her tribe and finds out an entire new futuristic world where love breaks all boundaries and limitations.

10m // 2018 // USA

7 I "The Promise", Directed by Ty Jones

A hopeless young man receives a letter from a past friend that takes his life in a whole new direction.

28m 13s // 2018 // USA

3pm Sunday, November 4th

Feature Film:

Long Goodbye directed by Christopher Vernale

When reality and fantasy collide, Avery and Matthew are both forced to confront their demons.

Trailer: https://www.longgoodbyemovie.com/

1hr 19m // 2018 // USA

5pm Sunday, November 4th

Feature Film:

"Guitar Man", Directed by Ray Robinson

An inspiring story of a guitarist impacting the lives of at risk youth and inmates through the power of music.

Trailer: http://www.guitarmanthemovie.com/fullTrailer.html

1hr 38m // 2018 // USA

5pm Sunday, November 4th

Feature Film:

"The Best of All Worlds" , Directed by Markus Kaatsch

A kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQLhRvuc5jc

1hr 43m // 2018 // Austria

7pm Sunday, November 4th

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