Washington, D.C. • Greenbelt, MD • October 17-26, 2020 The 2020 Utopia Film Festival is happening!
2008 Films: N-Z
On The Trail of Jack Thorp by Susan Gervasi
The story of a song collector who, in the late 1800s, made a 1500-mile horseback journey through New Mexico and Texas in search of authentic cowboy songs.
Phases of the Moon by Jack Ofield
Young lovers try to define commitment until life engulfs them and sends them gasping into the careless world.
Pretty Ugly People by Tate Taylor
After a successful gastric bypass operation, a newly thin Lucy decides to assemble her former college friends in order to finally celebrate the death of the "old" self and feel equal to her "pretty" friends. However, her friend's lives aren't so pretty anymore and Lucy's idea of a perfect reunion leads to hilariously disastrous results.
Princess Alisanne by Jennifer Mathews
A princess must overcome obstacles in order to attain the freedom she so deeply desires from the oppressive traditions of her kingdom.
Ralph's Not Normal by Marc Leitzel
Bittersweet childhood memories of Ralph, a man who, in retrospect, was a bit... odd.
Redemption Stone- The Life and Times of Tom Lewisby Jay Gammillby Tom Dziedzic Tom Lewis recounts the aftereffects of poverty, social upheaval and rebirth that shape his unique American journey and help him decide to turn his own hardship into hope for a new generation of children.
Bobby Kennedy RFK by Mark Sobel
A detailed study of the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and the 40-year battle to have the case re-opened.
Roald Dahl's Three Little Pigs by Enrique Vargas Celis
A different take on the classic fairytale.
Second Skin by Juan Carlos Pineiro
An intimate look at people whose lives have become transformed by the virtual worlds in online games such as World of Warcraft, Everquest and Second Life.
Shikashika by Stephen Hyde
A family extracts glacial ice from the Andes to make snow cones in the city.
Sunlight and Babies by Kimberly Craig
Glimpse into an American subculture, breaking the stereotypes and stigmas associated with truck drivers.
This American Gothic by Sasha Waters
Small town America past and present is seen through the perspective of Eldon, Iowa, the town where Grant Wood found the inspiration for his famous painting, American Gothic.
Throw Down Your Heart by Sascha Paladino American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck travels to four countries in Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and forge connections with musicians from very different backgrounds.
Tracker by Steffan Schulz
Trackers scour the earth to purge the planet of bio hazardous materials.
Urban/Rural Landscapes (Experimental) Chris Lynn, curator
August-Vanessa O'Neill-(4min 30)-Impressions and presences evocated through a hand-working of glimpses, of lighted moments.
Polar-Scott Nyerges-(1min 35)Apocalyptic inner visions of the polar ice caps plight.
All that Remains-Ryan Marino(8:25)A study in Light, textures and ghosts that make up the abandoned.
Nanjing Sunday-Chris Lynn(5:00min)-Nanjing, China is explored through fragments of sound and light. Glimpses of the everyday are revealed
Tower-Roger Beebe-(5min)A world of wonders lies just a glance away from the famous tower.
Bus Stop-Chen Sheinberg-(2.5min)-A fascinating bus ride through Tel Aviv edited in the camera while shooting.
Deconstruction Sight-Dominic Angerame-(14min)Angerame begins an investigation into the excavations that are supposed to help the city into the twenty-first century. The 'time lapse' images radiate a pre-cinematographic purity that sharply contrasts with the industrial hell evoked by the excavators.
Ghosts and Gravel Roads-Mike Rollo-15.45-An inventory of lost memories and places, the sun bleached landscape of Saskatchewan serves as a metaphor for displacement, a framing of emptiness and absence.
Water Color by Aaron Davidson An ordinary trip to the beach turns into an impressionistic painting on film.
When Kiran Met Karen by Manan Katohora Kiran seems to have it all: a burgeoning Bollywood career, a handsome fiancee, and a clear future. Until one day she meets Karen, a film journalist who makes Karen question whether she should follow her heart.
The World Has Ended by Alan Haley
When Roger meets Pauline, she inspires him to create a remake of his favorite film, VERTIGO. But all that glitters is not gold.
Yokes and Chains: a Journey to Forgiveness and Freedom by Michael Lienau
An international group goes on an emotional and controversial adventure into the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade as they travel along former slave routes and engage in a public display of apology, with white Europeans and Americans walking in replica yokes and chains.