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In 2013, the Underexposed Film Festival YC continues its focus on high quality, independently created short films, where all films submitted will be in competition. On November 14-16, 2013, film enthusiasts will converge up on the 150-seat Community Performance Center in Rock Hill, SC to be exposed, engaged, and entertained by films that go places and do things that feature length films only dream of.


Thursday, November 14 - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Community Performance Center | 249 East Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



BLOCK A | 7 - 9 PM




McHale's on Main

An Evening in Old Hollywood

Cocktails | Silent Films | Music




BLOCK B | 3 - 5 PM



BLOCK C | 7 - 9 PM




Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center

Concert featuring:

Small Sanctions | Blood Iron | Grimores

*Admission at the door



BLOCK D | 9 AM - 12 NOON


BLOCK E | 2 - 4 PM


BLOCK F | 7 - 9 PM

*Award ceremony immediately follows the final film in Block F.



VIP PARTY | 9 PM - 12 AM

Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center



Animation Hotline

Animation | 2011 | 6:00 minutes


Country | USA

Director | Dustin Grella

Cast | Dave Eppley, Katherine Erwin, Lotte Meier


(Ottowa International Animation Festival | Kansk International Video Festival | Hamburg International Short Film Festival | Stuttgart Animation Festival | Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner)

Animation Hotline is a series of daily animations that use messages left on the Dusty Studio voice-mail for content. The project was first seeded by giving out the phone number to a few poets and friends, but eventually caught on with bloggers and as the phone number proliferated through the internet the messages increased. Initially the phone number was a 212 area code number, and the idea was that the stories would be 'New York' stories, but it didn't take long to realize that the more messages received the more interesting material there was to choose from, and in the end, the more diverse the project would become. The number is now an international number, as well as direct dial red 'hotline' phones placed in a galleries or public locations where the people can instantly leave a message.

Prayers for Peace

Animation | 2009 | 7:38 minutes
Country | USA
Director | Dustin Grella
Cast | Devin Grella, Dustin Grella


(LA Shorts | Sacramento Film & Music Fest | Utopia Film Festival | Filmstock Film Festival | London Short Film Festival | True/False Film Festival | Monstra, Lisbon Animated Film Festival | Festival of Animated Film | Annecy Animation Festival | Anima Mundi Animation Festival)

Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in Iraq.



Rex October

Animation | 2013 | 1:51 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Ben Snyder


(Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival)

Rex October is a 2D animated film about an angry submarine commander. While cruising the open ocean, his crew spots an imminent threat on sonar. Realizing he's come face to face with his oldest enemy, he seeks to end their rivalry at any cost.


Animation | 2011 | 2:00 minutes


Country: Spain

Director: Carmen Lloret


(UK Film Festival | Anima 2012 | Animac. Mostra Internationacional de Cine de Animacion de Cataluna | Byron Bay International Film Festival | Clare Valley Film Festival | Monstra Festival de Animacao | Canada International Film Festival | 6th Janison Short SharpFilm Festival)

They strive for having the place of the other.

Sleight of Hand

Animation | 2012 | 10:00 minutes


Country: Australia

Director: Michael Cusack


(Indie Spirit Film Festival | Palm Springs International ShortFest | | South Australian Screen Awards | Nantucket Film Festival | Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film | Canberra International Film Festival | Kansas International Film Festival | Nashville Film Festival)

Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in Iraq.


EXPOSED - 1st Place


After the Fall: HIV Grows Up

Documentary | 2012 | 41:00 minutes


Country: USA/Romania

Director: Fr3deR1cK Taylor

Cast: Eric Sheffer Stevens


(Breckenridge Festival of Film)

As communism fell in 1989, Romania was gripped with an epidemic of pediatric AIDS in its hospitals and institutions. A look back with those who were on the front line, and a look forward at the hopes and challenges for those who, against all odds, are growing into independent young adults.



Drawn from Water

Documentary | 2012 | 30:00 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Nick Kalbach

Cast: Nick Kalbach


(Chain NYC Film Festival)

Drawn from Water is a documentary that exposes the tragic practice of child sacrifice in Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley. The people of the Karo tribe in rural southwestern Ethiopia have a culture rich in tradition; however, the tribe lives in fear of evil spirits who they believe will bring ill fortune to their villages. The Mingi, children within the tribe who are believed to be cursed or imperfect, are drown in the river to keep the evil spirits away from the tribe and its lands.

Drawn from Water explores the tradition of the Mingi and tells the story of one brave tribal member and a young group of photo-journalists who rescued a group of children and founded the Drawn From Water orphanage.

A Good Wife

Documentary | 2013 | 16:00 minutes


Country: USA/India

Director: Linda Brieda

Cast: Indrojit Barik, Rina Barik, Joyashri Barman


(16th Annual East Lansing Film Festival | 17° Festival Internacional de Cine Crtos 2012)

A Good Wife explores a hidden corner of rural India on the Sundarban Islands where women share their struggles against a conservative, patriarchal society. They reveal their diminished role in arranged marriages, often challenged by demands for dowry or faced with domestic violence. Despite all of their challenges, they try to be what society calls a “good wife.”

I Is Another

Documentary | 2012 | 40:00 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Kelly Donnellan

Cast: Kelly Donnellan


(Accolade Competition | DIY Film Festival | International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture | Female Eye Film Festival | The Indie Gathering)

I is Another chronicles a 6-year period of Kelly Donnellan’s life, focusing on her struggles with agoraphobia. Confronting her fears, Donnellan films herself as she tackles the outside world, and at times, watches the world win.


WOMAN TO WATCH - Best Female Director

Sahaya: Going Beyond

Documentary | 2013 | 22:00 minutes


Country: USA/India

Director: Andrew Lauer

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Dr. Koen Vam Rompay, Durai Selvam


(Northeast Film Festival | Gwinnett Center International Film Festival | Awareness Festival | Chain NYC Film Festival)

A chance encounter between Dr. Koen Van Rompay, an HIV scientist from the USA and Mr. Selvam, a social worker in rural India, sparked a friendship that developed into a succesful partnership. Gradually, a movement takes root, from half around the world, that continues to this day to affect forever the destinies of children and adults battling poverty and diseases like HIV in India. So little goes so far; more goes even further. Witness how a village community and a network of supporters combine forces to provide the resources such as education and medicines to help build new lives, despite the greatest of obstacles.

There She Is

Documentary | 2012 | 19:39 minutes


Country: USA

Directors: Emily Sheskin, Veena Rao

Cast: Allison Kopach, Jenny Flores


(Phenom Film Festival | Tacoma Film Festival | Indiana Short Film Festival | Northampton International Film Festival)

In many ways, best friends Allison Kopach and Jenny Flores are typical pageant queens. They love makeup, fashion, and anything that sparkles. However, unlike Miss America, at a size 22 the only doors open to them are in the plus size pageant world. There She Is follows the two as they prepare for and compete in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant and revisits them in 2012 to reflect on the outcome of the pageant and what has changed in their lives.

X-Ray Man

Documentary | 2012 | 8:53 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Kerri Yost


(Riverside Short Film and Video Festival | Palm Beach International Film Festival | Kansas City Film Festival | Borscht Film Festival | Camden International Film Festival)

No, this is not a sci-fi scenario. This is real. At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. government attempted to create 'super troops' who could withstand nuclear war by exposing human beings and animals to extremely high levels of radiation. Meet Darrell Robertson, a real-life superhero (and Missouri dairy farmer) who has miraculously survived these experiments and tells his shocking true story.

Yellow Fever

Experimental/Documentary | 2012 | 7:00 minutes


Country: United Kingdom/Kenya

Director: Ng’endo Mukil

Cast: Chipo Kureya, Margaret Njeri Mereka, Sam Nokuzola Moyo, Abriana Njeri, Fumy Opeyemi


(7th Kenya International Film Festival | Ottawa International Animation Festival | Montreal International Black Film Festival | Festival International Singes De Nuit | 49th Chicago International Film Festival | Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival | Colours of the Nile Film Festival | Global Visions Film Festival | 15 Festival International de Cine de Derechos Humanos)

The idea of beauty has become globalized, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. A study of the concept of skin and race in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time, Yellow Fever focuses on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization the filmmaker and many others have grown up with.





Experimental | 2013 | 2:55 minutes

Country: USA
Director: Timothy David Orme


(Toronto Urban Film Festival | Bradford Animation Festival | Free Form Film Festival | Body Electric Poetry Film Festival | Giraf Animation Festival | Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition)

Afterlight is a short handmade film that explores both one's inherent darkness and one's inherent lightness. Every frame was made with charcoal on paper (sometimes each frame was drawn up to eight times) and then composited digitally.

Dans L'Oeil De La Forgeronne

Experimental | 2012 | 18:50 minutes


Country: Canada

Directors: Guy Pelletier, Pierre Bundock

Cast: Marie-Josée Roy


(Phenom Film Festival | Oaxaca FilmFest 2013 | Greenpoint Film Festival | George Lindsay Film Festival)

A film and a sculpture that unfold together, one influencing the other. Filmmakers Pelletier and Bundock carved their film as Canadian Sculptor Marie-Josée Roy advanced in her sculpting, her work influencing the film, the filming biasing her process. An artistic spiral where everyone had to constantly re adapt. Even though everybody was tight on following their initial concept, ideas kept popping out to a point where even the initial concept of the sculpture itself changed during the course of the shooting.

Drawing Water: On and Off Time

Experimental | 2012 | 3:22 minutes

Country: USA
Director: J. Michael Simpson


(World Premiere)

We typically assume the Heraclitian principal that we can never step into the same stream twice; that there is a gap between "now" and "then;" "here" and "there." Drawing water VI explores the paradoxical irony that digital technologies impose on the perception of time and place.

Garbage Girl in Daily Consumption

Experimental | 2013 | 5:12 minutes

Country: USA
Director: Christopher Nostrand
Cast: Daniela Florez

(World Premiere)

Garbage Girl is a take on our daily consumption of waste. Instead of throwing away her trash, Garbage Girl wears it externally to give us a glimpse of the garbage we individually process every day.




Experimental | 2012 | 6:48 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Beth Portnoy

Cast: Amy Larimer


(Dance for Reel 2012 | Videomovimiento 2012)

A gyre is a circular or spiral form found in nature: rotating ocean currents; wind curl; concentric circles formed by leaves or flower petals. Gyre-ation is a visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves. A woman whirls through a vortex of tension between natural and psychological patterns.

Kako Sam Ostao Bez Krila

 Experimental | 2012 | 22:00 minutes


Country: Serbia

Director: Ivan Tasic

Cast: Milutin Todorovic, Stevan Zdravic, Tomislav Trifunovic, Katarina Gajic


(South Texas Underground Film Festival | Minneapolis Underground Film Festival | Moondance International Film Festival | San Pedro International Film Festival | Timecode: NOLA Independent Film Festival | Levante International Film Festival | Speechless International Film Festival | Milwaukee Underground Film Festival | Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival | Tirana International Film Festival)

Through a series of introspective views on personal conflicts of ideological and iconiographic normative with general spiritual and moral thoughts, man, although phyically passive, by using his dreams and memories, reconstructs semicentennial period of the country that doesn't exist anymore.


Experimental | 2012 | 6:00 minutes


Country: Spain

Directors: Josep M. Gifreu, Laia R. San Juan, Ignacio F. Rodó

Cast: Roger Battle, Adriana Feito


(International Short Film Festival Detmold |Festival Curtas Na Rúa | Nihilist Film Festival | Crossroads Film Festival | Filmstock Festival Colorado)

A couple meets in a pool at night. The guy has a proposition and is eager to play, however, the girl has plans of her own and will not make it easy.

Wenn Der Osten Plötzlich Im Westen Liegt

Experimental | 2012 | 15:00 minutes


Country: Germany

Director: Ki Bun

Cast: Klaus Schmidt


(Lucerne International Film Festival | Berlin Independent Film Festival | KahBang Music Art Film Festival | Columbia Gorge International Film Festival | Cambridge Film Festival)

The location of the deserted motor pool for the former eastern ministry in Berlin inspired the director to raise the question, "What happens to a human being whose society he grew up with, whose decade's work disappears overnight - and suddenly makes his existence to be expandable?"
Finding that one of the most difficult tasks in life is to be anchored in the "here and now" as people are torn between the longing look into the past and the fearful look into the future, the filmmaker is mainly interested in the emotional level of a person. 


Bishtar Az Do Saat

Narrative| 2013 | 15:00 minutes


Country: Iran

Director: Ali Asgari

Cast: Shahrzad Ghasemi, Taha Mohammadi


(Festival de Cannes | New York Independent Film Festival | Shortini Short Film Festival | Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival | Durban International Film Festival | Munich International Short Film Festival Kaliber 35 | Palm Springs International Short Film Festival)

It's 3 AM. A boy and a girl wander the city looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it proves to be much harder than they thought.

Cold Turkey

Narrative | 2013 | 14:11 minutes

Country: Iceland
Director: Fannar Thor Arnarsson
Cast: Brynjar Hlodversson

(Real to Reel International Film Festival)

It is hard to wake up from a nightmare when you are not asleep. Adam is not exactly the normal teenager. He is a cannibal. His monstrous desires are getting out of hand and there is only one solution. Adam has to stop cold turkey.

Dobra Ojca

Narrative | 2012 | 10:59 minutes


Country: USA

Director:  Chris White

Cast: Greg Humphreys, Kassie Bridwell, Keri Keith Lumm


(Expecting Goodness Film Festival)

Dobra Ojca presents one woman's post-World War II reflection on her family's frantic, and ill-fated escape from their home in Krakow during Germany's 'blitzkrieg' invasion in the fall of 1939. At its core, Dobra Ojca is a heartbreaking farewell between father and daughter, a meditation on how we may find hope in the midst of unspeakable cruelty and fear.

Do Not Push

Narrative | 2013 | 14:00 minutes

Country: USA
Director: David Hensley
Cast: Brett Reed, Emmanuel Barbe

(World Premiere)

An oppressed construction worker fights back against the system when he is pushed too far. After losing his job and his sick wife in the same day, a construction worker snaps and begins to fight back, following the advice of a mysterious benefactor with unknown motives.

Fictional Me, Fictional You

Narrative | 2013 | 11:13 minutes

Country: USA
Director: Hannah Leshaw
Cast: Matt Haroldsen, Ivan Israel Beltran, Tito Livas

(World Premiere)

A self-conscious man escapes from his loneliness into an elaborate romantic fantasy about his neighbor. He develops a crush on his outgoing neighbor, Jonah, and, unable to do anything about it in reality, he creates an elaborate fantasy life for the two of them. Unfortunately, although the fantasy provides some comfort, it also further isolates him.


Narrative | 2013 | 29:45 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Jonathan Steven Green

Cast: Scott Wolf, Melissa Deppe, Danya Craner


(Fort Myers Film Festival | FilmStock Film Festival | Real to Reel International Film Festival | Snake Alley Film Festival | The Boonies International Film Festival | Burbank International Film Festival)

Imagine. A physiological drama, about John Morris, a paramedic, who lives under a cloud of guilt after he is unable to save his daughter's life. Being present at her death the guilt has left him numb and has shattered his relationship with his wife, Kate. Through Charged Water, water that has been influenced by specific thoughts or energy, an experiment held by Dr. Arlen, John begins to connect with his daughter in an unknown world. 


Narrative | 2010 | 21:00 minutes

Country: USA
Director: Chris Gervais
Cast: Brian Oxendine

A junkyard worker is transformed by his attachment to aging objects.


Narrative | 2013 | 14:10 minutes


Country: Belgium/Turkey

Director: Mete Sozer

Cast: Esref Kolcak, Ozge Ozpirincci, Arda Kavaklioglu


(Interrobang Film Festival | Indie Fest USA International Film Festival | San Francisco Frozen Film Festival | Costa Rica International Film Festival | Fear No Film Festival | Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival | Treasure Coast International Film Festival)

‘The Loss’ is the story of a man’s grieving uncomplainingly after the loss of his love and a woman’s awareness of her own loss as she gets older. Their ways cross time after time at the old Greek cafe. A lifetime passes by, changing them both spiritually and physically, while trying to cope with their pain.

Le Train Bleu

Narrative | 2012 | 18:00 minutes


Country: France

Director: Stephanie Assimacopoulo

Cast: Camille Figuereo, Daniel Duval, Etienne Fague


(Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner | Jaipur International Film Festival | Festivus Film Festival | Pineapple Underground Film Festival | AsterFest International Short Film Festival | Bootleg Film Festival NYC)

Paris - Gare De Lyon. Elie behaves as a true bounder, Selena, evermore in love, still wants to pick up the pieces. At the bar of 'Le Train Bleu', where they stop to have a last drink, neither one cannot imagine what will happen...

Locker 13: Down & Out

Narrative | 2009 | 15:00 minutes


Country: USA

Director:  Matthew Mebane

Cast: Tatyana Ali, Victor Campos, Rick Schroder, Steve Eastin


(Phoenix Film Festival)

Tommy Novak, an aging boxer in the twilight of his career, wants nothing more than to go out with a win. When a mysterious old janitor gives him that chance, Tommy's conscience suddenly becomes his main combatant.

Mosaic 33

Narrative | 2013 | 25:06 minutes

Country: USA
Director: Robert W. Filion
Cast: Brett Gentile, Jennifer Russoli, Vanessa Ore

(Festival Premiere)

For three years Dr. Sarah Alexander has lived with the memory of what happened to her and her colleagues at the Mosaic Research Facility. Sarah and her fellow scientist were working on something completely off the grid with no approval from Mosaic, something that could cure millions of people if things hadn’t gone terribly wrong. Sarah destroyed all of the research that night and Mosaic is tracking her down to find out exactly what they were working on.

The New, True Charlie Wu

 Narrative | 2009 | 30:00 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Bob Pondillo

Cast: Janard Cross, Cissy Crutcher, Leslie Ellis


(Real to Reel International Film Festival)

Charlie Wu's stuck in a rut! He's an accountant who dreams of being something more, something he truly loves, but he can't (or won't) quit his job to become his 'authentic self.' One night, Charlie has a dream that changes his entire life.

The Painter

Narrative | 2013 | 9:55 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Nate Townshend

Cast: Ron Himes, Christopher Cross, Jack Mahaney, Madalyn Hintz


(St. Louis International Film Festival)

Obsessed by events that changed his life decades ago, an amateur artist finally returns to the farm where it all began. One man's journey in search of redemption, closure, and peace.


Narrative | 2012 | 21:37 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Billy DaMota

Cast: Sally Kirkland, Erica Rhodes, Jason Stuart, Ray Wise


(Idyllwild CinemaFest)

Posey is the story of Linda Flemming, who must make the heartbreaking decision to take her grandmother, Posey (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland), to a retirement home. Posey suffers from the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease, and in a desperate move to avoid the inevitable, she escapes. While her loved ones desperately search for her, Posey finds herself in the middle of a unique situation, one that will change her outlook on her future profoundly.

The Puritans

Narrative | 2012 | 24:12 minutes


Country: USA

Director: Sean Robinson

Cast: Eileen Kearney, Tyler Burke, Nikki Dillon, Louisa Ward


(San Francisco Frozen Film Festival | The Boonies International Film Festival | Hollyshorts Film Festival | Studio City Film Festival | Columbia Gorge International Film Festival)


The Puritans is a short suspense drama that revolves around a soldier who returns home from a war to discover that his family has eerily returned to a late-nineteenth century life-style in a desperate attempt to escape from the "perversions" of the modern world.