2019 PROGRAM

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Dipson Theatres Eastern Hills Cinema
4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY

All Q&As are tentative and subject to cancellation.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

Block 1 @ 1:00

Animation Shorts 
(96 mins)

Twelve of the best animated short films from around the world. Our strongest animation lineup yet!

Ferry (USA, 1 min)
Lily and the Baby (Canada, 6:31)
Aripi (Moldova, 8:11)
Filth (Canada, 14:45)
5th and Main (USA, 1:43)
Food of the Gods (USA, 2:37)
Unified Theory (USA, 4:34, student)
Starvation (Iran, 7:31)
Night-Riders (USA, 4:48)
Flytrap (USA, 6:55, student
Undersee (Canada, 7:47)
Anna (Kidnapper) – (France/Japan, 27:04)

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Block 2 @ 3:00

 One Short & Two Short Features 
(116 mins)

Half Cocked (USA, Horror Comedy, 15:31) – NY Premiere      
The Quick and Dirty (Canada, Crime, 45:02) – World Premiere

A Gunman’s Curse (USA, Western, 55:22) – World Premiere

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Block 3 @ 5:15

Reborn 
(USA, 80 mins) – New York Premiere

Sixteen years after a stillborn baby girl is brought back to life by a morgue attendant using electrokinetic power, she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake. Starring: Barbara Crampton, Michael Pare, Kayleigh Gilbert, Rae Dawn Chong, Chaz Bono, Monte Markham, Peter Bogdanovich. Director: Julian Richards.

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Block 4 @ 7:00

Parallel 
(Canada, 105 mins) – New York Premiere

Internationally acclaimed director Isaac Ezban (El Incidente, The Similars) returns to Buffalo with his first English language feature, a science fiction thriller straight out of The Twilight Zone.  A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a “multiverse,” but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences. Q&A with Isaac Ezban!

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Block 5 @ 9:45

Nefarious
(UK, 78 mins) – World Premiere

A gritty, hallucinatory home invasion horror thriller with a twist, drawing on the socio-economic divide which permeates modern society and tapping into our distrust of the “other.”Violence, nudity, gore, drug use. Q&A with director Richard Rowntree! Short: Old Mrs. Jenkins (USA, Horror, 6 mins).

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Block 6 @ 12:00

Max Topas: The Book of the Crystal Children
(Germany, 82 mins) – US Premiere

FREE family film! For fans of Harry Potter, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Neverending Story. Nine-year-old Max goes on a fantastical quest through Dreamland and around the world to find a magical book which will reunite him with his family. Q&A with the director, Dr. Michael W. Driesch, and the film’s young star, Max Driesch!

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Block 7 @ 2:00

The Tangle 
(USA, 105 mins) – WNY Premiere

A brilliant science fiction noir thriller with excellent acting and visuals. In the near future, the Tangle connects the world. A secret government agency watches over the Tangle from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots that make up the Tangle. When field agent Margot Foster is murdered in one of these rooms, it’s the first murder in California in three years. Written and directed by Christopher Soren Kelly, who co-stars.

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Short: Unregistered (USA, Sci-Fi, 15:22)

Block 8 @ 4:30

The Final Interview
(USA, 90 mins) – New York Premiere

An intense thriller from indie horror icon Fred Vogel, recipient of this year’s Indie Genre Spirit Award. A journalist desperate to salvage his career conducts a live interview with a notorious killer hours before the man’s execution. Q&A with Fred Vogel!

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Block 9 @ 7:00

Widow’s Point 
(90 mins) – World Premiere

Craig Sheffer (Nightbreed) stars in local filmmaker Gregory Lamberson’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed supernatural novella by Richard Chizmar and Billy Chizmar. An author desperate for a hit spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse as a publicity gimmick for his next book and comes face to face with cosmic horror. Filmed in Dunkirk, Buffalo, and Clarence. Q&A with Lamberson!

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Preceded by the fantasy short Mirror Mirror (WNY, 7 mins)

Block 10 @ 9:45

Echoes of Fear
(90 mins) – New York Premiere

The scariest movie we have ever screened! After inheriting her grandfather’s house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside. If you like movies like The Conjuring and Insidious, you will love this! Q&A with co-director Brian Avenet-Bradley!

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Block 11 @ 12:00

Farm Days 
(80 mins) New York Premiere

FREE Family Film! A charming take on “Old McDonald’s Farm” incorporating live action animals with virtuoso cinematography and a smart sense of humor for parents. Old McDonald had a farm and on his farm, he and his wife, along with their family of farm animals and their two brave dogs learn the true meaning of home. Q&A with director Ryan Moser!

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Block 12 @ 2:00

The Mongolian Connection
(USA/Mongolia, 98 mins) – Sneak Preview

Exciting, action packed crime drama. One Fugitive, two cops – three strangers with nothing in common, no one to trust, and 48 hours to stay alive. Working undercover on a human trafficking bust, maverick FBI agent Wade Dalton (Kaiwi Lyman), captures Serick Ibrayev (Sanjar Madi), a mysterious operative from the Mongolian underworld. With time running out, Wade must escort Serik back to Mongolia, and team up with hard-boiled police detective Ganzorig (Amra Baljinnyam), to deliver Serik to court to testify against a crime Syndicate that will do anything to stop them. Q& with VFX artist Chris Cosgrave!

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Short:Anna, Kidnapper(France/Japan, 27 mins) with director Kaichi Sato!

Block 13 @ 5:00

Animated Shorts Encore (90 mins)

We repeat the Animated Shorts from Friday, August 23rd while hosting our Dreamer Awards presentation in the WBBZ-TV studio located in the Eastern Hills Mall.

Ferry (USA, 1 min)
Lily and the Baby (Canada, 6:31)
Aripi (Moldova, 8:11)
Filth (Canada, 14:45)
5th and Main (USA, 1:43)
Food of the Gods (USA, 2:37)
Unified Theory (USA, 4:34, student)
Starvation (Iran, 7:31)
Night-Riders (USA, 4:48)
Flytrap (USA, 6:55, student
Undersee (Canada, 7:47)
Anna (Kidnapper) – (France/Japan, 27:04)

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Block 14 @ 7:00

Reed Unbound: The Joel M. Reed Story 
(83 mins) – World Premiere

Award-winning filmmakers Adrian Esposito (Diffability Hollywood, Greetings from Tromaville) and Jerry Landi (Batratticus) joined forces for this profile of NYC exploitation director Joel M. Reed (Bloodsucking Freaks). Clips from Reed’s movies contain violence, nudity and fore. Q&A with Adrian Esposito!

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Block 15 @ 9:00

Animal Among Us
(86 mins) – New York Premiere

Fifteen years ago, two teenage girls were murdered at Merrymaker Campgrounds. The case was filed an animal attack, the camp was condemned and the killer never found – but something horrific still waits in those woods. “This is a monster story.” Q&A with director John Woodruff!

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Preceded by short: Withorwithout (Horror 7:15) starring Milla Jovovich

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26

Block 16 @ 2:00

Comedy, Musical & Documentary Shorts
(87 mins)

Highway Tea (USA, Comedy, 2:28)            
Drip (USA, Comedy, 9 mins)
The Avant Gardener (USA, Musical, 36:29)
My Body is Not a Weapon (USA, Doc, 38 mins)

 

Block 17 @ 3:50

Two Documentaries from Iran
(100 mins) – US Premiere

Learn about Iranian culture and geography in these two dos, one dramatic and the other educational, both fascinating.

Asheng (30 mins)
Mysteries of the Lake (70 mins) 

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Block 18 @ 5:50

Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
(74 mins) – New York Premiere

George Arrow bequeaths his only son, Henry, a mansion filled with insane women. A hilarious comedy with indie sensibilities, and the third feature we’ve shown by Oklahoma City auteur Mickey Reece (Mickey Reece’s Alien; Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart).

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Block 19 @ 7:15

Catcher in the Rye with Diamonds
(85 mins) – Festival Premiere

A high concept experimental drama from our Filmmaker of the Year, Greg Sterlace, which explores the psyche of Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to his murder of John Lennon. This screening is exclusive for All Festival Pass and Monday Day Pass/ticket holders. No separate admission. Q&A with Greg Sterlace!

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Preceded by the short film Umbulicus Desidero– (4 mins)

Block 20 @ 9:30

Volition
(93 mins) – New York Premiere

A pulse pounding, mind bending science fiction thriller anchored by a powerful lead performance by Adrian Glynn McMorran. A man afflicted with clairvoyance tries to change his fate when a series of events leads to a vision of his own imminent murder. Directed by Tony Dean Smith.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

Block 21 @ 12:30

Iranian Shorts
(95 mins)

Six short films from Iran, including animation. Buffalo Dreams supports artists in oppressed countries, and encourages our audience to experience their culture to reach a better understanding of our differences.

Tangle (7:36)
Nemesis (6:30)
Burning Smell of Stone (17:40)
Pupil (14:38)
The Stain (student, 12:42)
26:32 (animated, 26:32)

Block 22 @ 2:30

House of Beasts
(Spain, 114 mins) – US Premiere

Kitty Hole, an amateur porn actress, is tired of her job. Kiko is a youtuber with agoraphobia. Sergio chases a mysterious girl through the city. Estrella lives alone and always has company. Their lives will crash in a city full of beasts. Works for us! Some sexual situations. Subtitled in English even though the trailer isn’t.

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Block 23 @ 4:45

US & Canada Sci-Fi/Horror Shorts
(113 mins)

Terrordactyl (Horror, 11:23)
Kill Al (Sci-Fi, 21:51)
Sky So Blue (Horror, 15:12) Canada
Regulation (Sci-Fi, 12:02)
Plasmid (Sci-Fi/Horror, 13:50)
Boo (Horror, 15 mins)
Giltrude’s Dwelling (Horror, Canada, 14:30)
Mirrror Mirrror A Tale of Blood (Horror, 8:30)

Block 24 @ 7:00

Exit O
(USA, 96 mins) – WNY Premiere

 

Excellent performances by Gabe Fazio and Augie Duke highlight this atmospheric psychological / supernatural thriller. A young couple goes on a weekend getaway to repair their struggling relationship. Things soon go bad when the man discovers a videotape of a murder that occurred in the very same hotel room. Supporting performances by Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos) and Peter Greene (Clean, Shaven). Written and directed by E.B. Hughes.

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Block 25 @ 9:15

Local Shorts 1
(113 mins)

 

Nine of the best shorts from Western New York.

500+ Ride of a Lifetime (doc, 12 mins)
Eyes Like Mine (9:04)
Mindflip (15)
I Saw Red (11:24)
Murder Creek (16:33)
Last Trip (24:20)
Re-Rehab (10 mins)
Cravings (9:13)
Malign (6:25, PA/WNY)

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

Block 26 @ 12:30

Three Edgy Shorts
(105 mins)

In the Mind’s Eye (Sci-Fi, 16:22)
The Hand (Crime, 36 mins) – WNY Premiere
The Night Hunter (Horror, 52 mins) – WNY Premiere

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Block 27 @ 2:40

After the Lethargy
(Spain, 82 mins)- WNY Premiere

When Sara travels to the hot spot where one of the most extraordinary contacts with extraterrestrials in history supposedly took place, she and a forest ranger and a villager are forced to take refuge in an abandoned military barracks when they are attacked by a creature that lives in the depths of the forest.

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Block 28 @ 4:40

International Shorts
(115 mins)

Eleven great shorts of all genres from Spain, the UK. Ukraine, the Netherlands, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Norway and Spain.

Culprit (Taiwan, 2:34)
Pleased to Eat You (UK, 7:06)
Your Last Day on Earth (Spain, 12:40)
Synthetic Love (Ukraine, 14:45)
Boys Club (Australia, 4:32)
Let’s Play (Mexico, 9:10)
Short Calf Muscle (Netherlands,13:30)                                                     
Mens Sana (UK, 14:30)
Damian (Mexico, 15 mins)                                                                 
Creaker (Norway, 4 mins)
Marta (Spain, 15 mins)

Block 29 @ 7:00

Lake Artifact
(NYS, 96 mins) – WNY Premiere

Bruce Wemple (The Tomorrow Paradox) returns to Buffalo with a new genre bending thriller. Five friends go on a three-day weekend getaway to a cabin in Upstate New York where time and space begin to function without rhyme or reason, only to slowly turn them against each other one by one. Bruce will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening. Q&A with Bruce Wemple!

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Block 30 @ 9:15

Local Shorts 2

10 of the best shorts from Western New York.

The Land of the 3 Drink Minimum (animated, 4:22)
Night of Reflection (6:10)
Rust (7:13)
The Cure (10:41)
Franko (27:46 mins)
An Alienated Man Comes to Terms with His Past (4:18)
To Have and to Hold (7:11)
Spiritus (29:57)
Unearthed (9:32)
Days Away from Suicide (11:08)

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

Block 31 @ 12:45

Student Shorts
(110 mins)

Five student films from the USA, Iran, Ukraine, and Western New York.

Power (USA, 12:12)
Nausea (Iran, 19 mins)
A Time Before Forever (USA, 21:23)
Eternity (Ukraine, 23:49)
Pastrami Sandwich (WNY, 32:37) 

Block 32 @ 3:00

The Final Ride
(Canada, 78 mins) – US Premiere

Horror anthology directed by Mike McMurran (Secret Santa) tells three frightening tales involving the ghost of an 80’s fitness guru that haunts a couple’s new home, a Tattoo that won’t stop spreading, and an Uber Driver that picks up her final customer for the night, not knowing that she’s in for the ride of her life. Q&A with Director Mike McMurran

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Block 33 @ 4:40

Haven’s End
(USA, 92 mins) – New York Premiere

When major cities across the globe fall under attack by unknown forces, a surgeon and her friends flee Atlanta for her family property in the countryside of South Georgia. As they work together to survive, strange lights and unusual activity in the surrounding forest lead them to believe they are not alone. Starring Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Q&A with director Chris Ethridge!

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Block 34 @ 7:00

Depraved
(USA, 114 mins) – WNY Premiere

Our Closing Night Feature: NYC filmmaker Larry Fessenden’s (Wendigo, The Last Winter) critically acclaimed, modern take on Frankenstein. A disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD makes a man out of body parts and brings him to life in a Brooklyn loft. Indie arthouse horror done right!

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Block 35 @ 9:15

Vortex
(France, 84 mins) – World Premiere

We end this year’s festival with our annual “WTF” selection, a crazy artsploitation film not for the easily offended. A desperate killer leaves the city behind and meets a mysterious witch with a symbiotic connection to nature, beginning a strange organic relationship between life and death. Violence, nudity, blood, sexual situations. Q&A with director Christophe Karabache!

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