Films, Workshop, Q&A with film makers, Happy Hour, Awards Ceremony
April 22, 23, 24th 2022 South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre, Augusta St. Greenville
Opening Night Reception
Friday April 22 6-7:15 pm
Celebrate opening night of the 2022 Reedy Reels Film Festival with our reception and VIP Party to kick off this year’s festival. Our kick-off party will have cocktails & hors d’oerves available at SC Children’s Theatre Lobby. Get your tickets today
After losing her father, a sixteen year old Muslim girl must convince her Hindu neighbors to provide her refuge for one violent night during the Partition of India.
John Henry is most recognized as an African American Man who worked on driving spikes into the rails or building the rail tunnels in West Virginia during the late 1800’s.
Sacred Waters: The Okefenokee in Peril takes viewers into the heart of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, showcasing its mystical natural beauty, cultural importance, and incredible ecological value. But, as the title of the film sets forth, the sacred waters of the Okefenokee are in peril. The threat of a proposed mineral mine near the edge of the Okefenokee looms large, putting the natural integrity of the Swamp at risk. As Sacred Waters brings us deeper into the Okefenokee, we understand how great this threat truly is.
When a couple goes shopping before their wedding day, they learn there are some things they’re just not ready to share.
Style Dayne, the Pizza Guy from Deadpool stars as a foreign extremist from Amadajiya, who accidentally chooses Halloween to enact a moment of terror. To his surprise, he discovers that North American life and culture is truly special, unique and sweet.
A young man is transformed through his addiction to technology.
A remote corporate employee seeks to land the deal of her career while facing persistent imposing interruptions from those who think she has loads of free time working from home.
It’s 2001. Mabel has a place inside her that you can’t get to in a car.
Saturday April 23 | 10:00 AM
Session 1 | Q&A following 11:30 a.m.
After a kid in his science class is the victim of a car accident, Tyler who sat behind him, undergoes a bizarre realization of mortality.
A neurologist (Harold) learns how to view the memories of the deceased and becomes obsessed with learning about the lives of others; so much so that he sets out to murder innocent people to be able to study them. One night while on a run, Sophia catches Harold in the act. She then devises a dangerous plan with Harold’s assistant (Emma) to hold him accountable and find justice for those that have passed on.
Teenagers Olivia and Eloise, desperate for an adventure and an escape from their difficult lives, embark on a journey together. After ditching school, the two run away in a bid to find themselves and finally experience true freedom. Meanwhile, Olivia’s mother grows worried for her safety and attempts to find her and Eloise.
A lonely axolotl child draws pictures of their absent parents and dreams of happier days. Through their art, they find that a loving family may not be that far away.
A thousand-year-old couple from the planet Curia spends their yearly vacation traveling through the classic Milky Way galaxy in their vintage space car. After making stops at tourist favorites like Pluto Slurp and Spinning Saturn, disaster hits, causing the couple to decide the outcome of their trip quickly.
A man asks for directions and ends up running for his life.
After receiving a mysterious DM Savvanah was skeptical to go to this hiking trail but after hitting a rut in content what could she lose. After getting deeper in the forest, she feels someone watching her. Her fears are confirmed when she find her own missing persons flyer in the forest. Deep in the forest she must make her way back but this time knowing that she is not walking alone.
A witch gets less than she bargains for when she tries to summon Satan on her ex-boyfriend. An occult comedy.
Amy, the kind of person who would steal your vodka and replace it with water, moves into a haunted house for the great rent. She finds herself surrounded by ghosts whose personalities are suspiciously similar to her own. These beings don’t want justice or eternal rest. They want Hulu. They want potato chips. And they expect Amy to help. When Amy can no longer take their harassment, she decides to exorcise them…on a budget, of course.
This is a fabulous film that confronts the cultural backdrop of the Chinese taboo that forbids dialogue about poverty or financial want, in this tale of love, learning, enlightenment, creativity and growth, two children discover a way to give a Mother’s Day gift beyond the value of money.
When a bride and groom separately roll ones on their twenty-sided dice (indicating a critical failure), they decide to call off the wedding. Help comes in the form of a kind priest who hopes to use his misguided nerd knowledge to change their minds and get the wedding back on track.
This is a short film about the anxiety of a young woman who fears being forgotten and tries to find her place in the world.
Saturday April 23 | 12:30 PM
Session 2 | Q&A following 2 p.m.
Can a mound of dirt represent the buddha, the path to enlightenment , a mountain and the universe all at the same time. It can if it is a stupa.
The Stupa is a 2021 non-narrative documentary presented in a new age video journal vlogging style. Presented by the juxtaposition of images and music, It tells the story of the dome shaped Buddhist shrine called Stupa which is the monument of peace, harmony and love and its presence in the mountains of Nepal. It then explores the theme of natural events, human conditions, historical activities and cultural mythologies surrounding the Stupa.
David Whitten lost his wallet and passport hours before his trip to Amsterdam. Something incredible and unexplainable happens – but was it for his benefit… or someone else’s?
Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 frames of a flip book when he died in an accident. Using the remaining blank sheets, his father continued drawing the film.
Winner of 24 international film awards!
During her third trimester, a soon-to-be single mother is forced to face her anxiety and fears in her own personal hot pink hellscape
An employee receives a passive-aggressively worded email and responds accordingly.
It’ll take an extra ordinary agent to save this day.
Inspired by his own mother’s battle and ultimate loss to cancer, “just let go (the ballet)” is a 13 minute contemporary dance work by Thomas Shoemaker that shares the final moments of a young mother’s life, her memories of love, and the journey her family must make as they all “just let go.”
Special Event | 2:45 - 3:30 pm
Special Event Saturday: Workshop & panel discussion | FREE ADMISSION
Title: The Face of Your Film: Designing Your Movie Poster Effectively
Description: Learn the fundamentals of effectively marketing your Indie-film, short film project, documentary, or TV/Studio film through one iconic image – the Movie Poster.
The event will be hosted by award-winning filmmakers Geoffrey Gunn and Jean-Baptiste Chuat, who will share insights from his professional experience working as a concept designer and marketing illustrator on films like Johnny Mnemonic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and David Cronenberg’s CRASH.
Reedy Reels Happy Hour | 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Happy Hour sponsored by Constellation Brands
Looking for a chance to socialize with Film Makers and Film Lovers over cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres? Join us between film blocks on Saturday in the lobby of the SC Children’s Theatre for the Reedy Reels Film Festival Happy Hour. Admission is free to festival ticket holders and participating Filmmakers. This event is sponsored by Constellation Brands.
Saturday April 23 | 5:30 PM
Session 3 | Q&A following 7 p.m.
In this whimsical study of ambition gone awry, a disgraced South Carolina congressman surveys the wreckage of a once promising political career from his palatial seaside home in Myrtle Beach.
To the world, Louis Armstrong is iconic — a symbol of musical genius, unparalleled success, and unassailable character.
To Sharon, he was simply Dad.
Armstrong’s wholesome, non-threatening image preserved his singular career as a black performer with unfettered access to a white man’s world. Yet he was more than a caricature; he had desires, he had longings, and in private, he held tightly to the things he loved. Perhaps closest to his heart was a child whom he hid from the world: a daughter sworn to a life of secrecy until now.
Two hit-men have an intimate conversation while having a killer day at work.
Guilia is a stay-at-home mom and wife, or so her family thinks. This is the story of a woman who like many others in the world lives a double life.
Saturday April 23 | 7:30 PM
Session 4 | Q&A following 9 p.m.
Myles Berrio shares how a car accident changed his life and how his outlook shaped his journey through recovery.
Alpenglow is the story of a woman, Mia, caught between her devotion to protecting the Earth and providing for her son. Set in the palpable angst of the late 90s, Mia and a small group of fellow environmental extremists execute the protest of their lives, targeting a destination ski resort set for expansion into a nearby national forest. Mia’s life is thrown into a spiral when their act of arson results in the accidental death of a local boy. When a future of incarceration proves inevitable, it forces Mia to collide with grief and wrestle with her responsibilities as a mother.
Anne Summers is an aging, former actress whose career was derailed before its prime by the loss of her infant son. Having recently lost her husband, she too lives a lonely life devoid of purpose–that is, until she meets Eli.
In a heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship, Good Men and Unicorns tells the story of two souls searching for happiness in a world of loss and isolation. In each other, one finds a mother, and the other a son.
Michael returns home from work one day to find his wife, Rachel, has disappeared. Michael’s comical search for Rachel and his interaction with neighbors ultimately ends in a bizarre and supernatural thriller, which will leave the audience on the edge of their seats and scratching their heads.
Mahogany is a talented black engineer working in the not so subtly racist south.She’s been working at TLS for five years, but her boss continually gives the two new guys preferential treatment. As a coping mechanism Mahogany creates Liquida, a wild and expressive reflection of her self-consciousness. There are three versions of Liquida who, in their own way, try to get Mahogany to speak up for herself. When her boss embarrasses Mahogany in front of the new guys as well as a very important client, Liquida finally takes over Mahogany’s body. And she holds nothing back.
Sunday April 24 | 10:00 AM
Coffee and Pastries Breakfast Sponsored by Methodical Coffee
Lobby SC Children's Theater before the show
Sunday April 24 | 10:30 AM
Session 1 | Q&A following at noon.
Gary the Duck is an animated music video about a duck with dreams of becoming an astronaut. In the film, Gary leaves his home town and journeys to NASA, eventually overcoming adversity and traveling to space. Up amongst the stars, Gary discovers himself and so much more!
Gary the Duck features a mix of 2D digital, 3D CG, and traditional hand-drawn animation, and was produced over the course of more than three years, from 2018 to 2021.
Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity.
“Full Circle” is a film that celebrates one woman’s triumph in conservation: the Great Gull Island Project, Helen Hays’ 50-year quest to save two species of threatened seabirds. During her long term study, she vastly increased the numbers of nesting Roseate and Common Terns on a small, uninhabited island in Long Island Sound.
Sunday April 24 | 12:10 PM
Session 2 | Q&A following 1:30 p.m.
The morning after a party, three college roommates wake to discover a truly horrible situation with major consequences.
Top Coffee is an immersive narrative about the craft of coffee – told through the stories and experiences of coffee professionals. Each episode explores a single shop: the cultures, people, and places that shape their aesthetics, methods, and ideals.
A writer struggles to find the subject for his next book.
Sunday April 24 | 2:30 PM
Session 3 | Q&A following 4 p.m.
Everything we know about moonshine and moonshiners is wrong. From the Beverly Hillbillies to Thunder Road, moonshiners have been portrayed as lazy, drunk outlaws who are unable to hold a regular job, wear long beards and have longer arrest records with few redeeming qualities except for their entertainment value. “Spirits” re-looks at moonshine history by chronicling the life of the Appalachian farmer, the resilient life they lived and the role liquor production played in helping them make a living.
The film follows the story of main character Alanna, a young girl who after losing her father goes on her annual trip to Lone Pine, California with her mom. While there, she’s led to a few of her favorite places in the area for some unexpected adventures and heartfelt experiences.
When Lucy Boland gave birth to premature triplets, caretaking seemed to consume her life. Yet it was in that chapter that she rediscovered her lifelong passion to create. Until then, fear of judgement kept her silent. Lucy reveals how her paths to becoming an artist and a mother are intertwined, and what it took to accept her creative voice.
Local Takes is a documentary film series from Spartanburg, SC spotlighting southern artists.
A man finds himself bored with his regular forms of entertainment and his friends are not available either. When his mind takes over to create imaginary duplicates of himself to battle his boredom.
A young girl finds a beautiful shell on the beach which holds a mysterious power over her.
Sunday April 24 | 5:00 PM
Session 4 | Q&A following 6:30 p.m.
Missy goes to school all day, bartends nights, and raises Kalamiti in between. Chuck chose the wrong day to skip work and toy with his rat rod. Internal combustion sparks a sudden separation.
Set in pre-war France during the late 1930s, four young and adventurous women attend a cocktail party in the French countryside. One of them doesn’t know it, but she’s about to meet her true love.
After 25 years in prison, an ex-con must adapt to the changes in life that have left him behind.
Last Laugh is a noir mystery comedy about a young man who moves into a slummy New York City apartment with an unexpected occupant, the intolerable ghost of Maury Zuckerman, a legendarily bad stand up comedian.
A burglar gets more than he bargained for when he invades the home of an elderly couple.
Set in the 17th century, a young girl enters into a dangerous ceremonial trial.
A successful artist begins to lose her touch as mental illness tears her life and relationships apart.
Cal is confronted by the entity, The Universe, after he complains that the Universe is out to get him.
Sunday April 24 | 7:00 PM
Session 5 | Q&A and Award presentations after this showing
After finding a mysterious VHS tape in a yard sale, a young man goes searching for answers and finds himself trapped on replay.
Every day is a new series of performances for Trevor, because he believes that the only way to be valued is to be, at all times, the most perfect version of himself possible. It’s a gargantuan task. One that requires so much work, it’s as if he has stagehands to assist in building the facades in his apartment. Throughout the day, his world reorganizes as the people around him come and go. But the exhaustion of performing starts to erode at the perfect illusion he’s constructed.
An unfamiliar smell on Gustavo’s shirt causes his wife Lupe to grow suspicious. Then when he arrives home late that night for dinner her fears are all but confirmed: he is a lying rat! Lupe tells God that night that it would be easier if Gustavo was a rat… and the next morning she wakes up to a big surprise! Gustavo is gone and there is a rat in his place!
Lupe tries everything she can to turn her husband back to normal. But from praying to the Virgin to asking Gustavo to speak to her by marching around on a Ouija board, Lupe grows more and more frustrated. Ultimately, she learns that a vow is a vow, for better or for worse, and sometimes you just have to have faith!
Written and directed by Bob Celli, The Keeper follows a lonely widow yearning for connection, meets an art collector at a speed dating event. Surrounded by a world of desperation, they make a palpable connection, but what they are looking for in each other is vastly different. Starring: Betsy Adkins Johnson and Bob Celli.
A world at war. A brother and sister. A day that changed their family forever. Figs For Italo is based on a true story and inspired by actual events. Dora is about to enjoy yet another family gathering at her home. A simple question from a journalist who is about to interview the next door neighbor, takes Dora back to a significant day in her life: It is autumn, 1943, in Dora’s small hometown in the hills of Italy. WWII is raging all over Europe and is about to change her and her family forever. Figs for Italo shows how the past ripples into the present and how it is often very much alive and very close to the surface.
BROOKLYN IN JULY is the story of Frank Walker, an African-American WWII veteran working as a chauffeur. It is the summer of 1945. The War is all but won. The U.S. is riding a wave of triumph even as the undertow of unresolved issues roils beneath. Frank, like so many other African-Americans of the time, is drawn to New York by the promise of better life only to be confronted by the same realities, fear, and hatred he hoped he had left behind. He is a man scarred by a past that is lurking skin deep.