October 15, 2016

Films Start at 9:30AM

Co-located with the Hope Craft Fair

8570 Philips Hwy #104, Jacksonville FL   32257

The best of the best

Shop the Craft Fair and Experience any or all of the 15 prominent thought provoking, award wining short films shown throughout the day.

Each film was a winner at the

Lifetree International Film Festival held in Colorado.

Still images on this page were taken at a prior Lifetree Film Fest and may not factually represent the Mandarin Senior Center event

Admission                   No Charge

You may make a free will donation is you desire  




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10:05 Dream Job Directed by Brian Massey It’s just one of those days. Dream Job follows a promising young man to a job interview, but with all the obstacles he encounters along the way, his day doesn’t turn out as expected. (9 minutes)


10:20 En Route Directed by Colin Levy En Route follows the life and career of an airline pilot fated to die in a terrible crash. In reverse chronological order, we trace the events and influences that shape his life and define his career until a pivotal moment in his childhood that changes the trajectory of his future. (USA, 8 minutes)


10:35 Saving Valentina Directed by Eli Noyes Filmed by his wife from the bow of their small boat in the Sea of Cortez, Michael Fishbach narrates their accidental encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a gill net and about to die. The film documents their exhausting struggle to cut the whale loose and the whale’s unforgettable response. (USA, 8 minutes)


10:50 Breaking Through: Memories of the Tuskegee Airmen (16 minutes) Directed by Matt Morgan Six surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen reflect on their lives, their experiences during World War II, and their return home. (USA, 16 minutes)


11:15 Kanyekanye (meaning together). A lighthearted, award-winning South African short film that follows the forbidden romance of a young man and woman who live in an imaginary town divided by a disagreement about what color apple is best. When Thomas, from the green-apple side of town, falls in love with Thandi, whose family favors red apples, tensions rise. (South Africa, 18 min) Subtitled


11:45 And What Remains (10 minutes) Directed by Marc Havener What defines a father is what he leaves behind. A universal story of regret, reconciliation, and hope, And What Remains explores the complexity of a father’s relationship with his son. Combining panoramic cinematography with a picture-in-picture visual composition, it pushes the edge of traditional filmmaking while blending documentary and narrative techniques to present what’s best described as a cinematic personal essay.


12:00 Born for the Stage Directed by Matt Ehling Born for the Stage documents the efforts of Partnership Resources, Inc., to produce the play Hairspray, and it highlights the unexpected pressures and attention that the actors, their families, and the organization experience. “This film left me

speechless, and that’s hard to do,” said Tony Award–winner for Hairspray, Marc Shaiman. “I’ve seen Hairspray done hundreds of times, but no group has captured its meaning like you have,” said Hairspray’s John Waters to PRI actors. (USA, 26 minutes)


12:35 Dancing Outside the Box Directed by David Block Ballroom dancing merges the rhythm of the music with the graceful movements of the dancers as they glide across the floor. In this film, wheelchair users and their able- bodied partners bring their two worlds together on the dance floor, creating beauty in motion and proving that everyone can dance. (USA, 15 min.)


1:00 UNBURDEN Directed by Andrew Young A bedtime story turns into a dramatic confession as a mother relives a tragic accident she caused when her daughter was a baby. The trauma sends shock waves between the woman and her husband. A surprising response reveals the power of forgiveness to heal the deepest wounds. (USA, 21 min.)


1:30 Titanic Love Directed by Mark Pressdee. Lucy wants a Titanic Love cruise to relive her Hollywood dream. Jack does not. He thinks they can’t afford it, and Lucy is furious. Their relationship hits rough waters, so Jack calls on his clever friends for a cheap alternative. (UK, 22 min.)


2:00 Guang Directed by Quek Shio Chuan The moving story of Wen Guang, an autistic adult with an unusual obsession. See his challenging quest for a job, his daily routines, and his secret passion as he searches for what will bring him a simple, pure, hard-earned, fleeting moment of joy. (Malaysia, 14 min.) Subtitled


2:25 Spaghetti für Zwei (Spaghetti for Two) Directed by Matthias Rosenberger A likable but lonely man on his way to lunch encounters a world swarming with would- be crooks, hussies, and criminals. A whimsical portrayal of misperceptions meeting reality. (Germany, 19 min.)


2:55 Meet Joel—My Last Days Directed by Justin Baldoni Diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid/Rhamboid Tumor (AT/RT) in 2010, Joel had surgery to remove the tumor and underwent 54 weeks of treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation. But his tumor returned. Joel passed away on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 . (USA, 13 min)


3:20 The Ride It’s Christmas Eve in the suburbs of Chicago and a bored and disengaged taxi driver reluctantly accepts one more pickup. He soon begins to suspect that his passenger is planning to commit suicide. The cabbie prolongs the ride in an uncharacteristic attempt to connect and help. See how grace invades the hearts of both men in this powerful short film by Dallas Jenkins, director of What If… (USA, 31 min.)

09:30 The Last Race Directed by Jeremy Cumpston The Kershaws’ son, Mike, apromising cyclist, has suffered fatal head injuries after a terrible accident. His family is at odds with one another about whether to donate his organs. Meanwhile, Dr. Masa Yamaguchi faces the likelihood that he’ll lose two patients within hours if donors can’t be found. If there’s only one donor, he has a terrible choice to make. The clock ticks down, and the race to save a life depends on the Kershaws’ decision about what Mike would truly have wanted. (27 minutes)