Block Island Film Festival
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – “Coffee Time”- BIFF 2022 host Amber Wegner & Henry LeBlanc will discuss the day’s program
9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (Narrative Student Short Film)(”Name to the Face”) — 15 mins. — Written & Directed by Quinn Quinlan, Starring Maddie Groff, Hillel Rosenshine, and Mack Ford [Filmed on an iPhone 13Pro] / Story (Drama/Thriller): A young woman doubts her own sanity when confronted with circumstances that are seemingly beyond her control.
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Q&A panel with filmmakers
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — *BREAK
10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. — (Narrative Short Film)(“Penny”) — 16 mins. — Written & Directed by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid, Starring Charlie Carr, Alyson Muzila, Paul Kandarian, Ava Muzila, Shahjehan Khan, Brian McDonald, Michael Zuccola, and Joseph Bell / Story (drama/Psychological Thriller): A female chef attempting to make a romantic connection fights dark impulses as memories of her mentally ill mother bleed into current day life.
10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. — Q&A panel with filmmakers
11:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — *BREAK
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. *(Screenwriting forum – Meet the finalists as they discuss their scripts and the screenwriting process. The finalists discuss their approach to the screenwriting process.
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — *BREAK
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (SPOTLIGHT FILM)[*BIMI BLOCK] “Ghosts of New York” — Documentary — 1 hour — Written, Directed & Produced by Craig P O’Connell / Story: Armed with never-before-seen shark technology, Dr. Craig O’Connell and the local community join forces to solve the mystery surrounding Montauk’s three week long thresher shark aggregation. Are they here to breed, pup or feed – no one knows. But with some of the world’s most notorious catch-and-kill shark tournaments coinciding with this aggregation, will Craig and his team be able to uncover the secrets of nature’s most elusive shark before it is too late?
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Q&A panel with filmmakers
3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. — *BREAK
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – (SPOTLIGHT FILM)[*BIMI BLOCK] “Beneath the Polar Sun” — Documentary — 1 hour — Written & Directed by Diana Kushner & Stephen A. Smith / Story: Five hundred nautical miles from the North Pole, inside the Arctic Ocean’s “Last Ice Area”, a research team has set out to measure the world’s largest and oldest sea ice floes. Steve is an expedition leader who has led projects in the High Arctic for 40 years. Chris is a polar oceanographer who studies ice floes from a Harvard lab. They know the data, the models, the science. None of that has prepared them for the truth on the ground. The floes around them are crumbling, collapsing – jumbled slabs of sea ice closing in from every corner. There is no way forward, there is no way back, they are tiny specks in the Arctic wilderness. Caught in a frozen maelstrom, something has to give.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Q&A panel with filmmakers
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – *BREAK
6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. – (Narrative Short Film)(“Hazardous”) — 18 mins. — Written & Directed by Peter Filardi; Produced by Alec Asten & Roger Clark; Doug Lively, Cinematography; David Lively, Composer; Jillian Noyes & Doug Lively, Editors; Starring Roger Clark and Kellari Crispin / Story (Drama/Psychological Thriller): Smoking may be hazardous to Roger’s health, but treating him with hypnosis can be deadly.
6:50 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Q&A panel with filmmakers
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — *BREAK
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Narrative Feature Film)(”The Walk” — 1:45 mins — Written & Directed by Daniel Adams, starring Terrence Howard, Jeremy Piven, Justin Chatwin, and Malcolm McDowell / Story (Drama): In 1974, a Boston Irish cop confronts fierce social pressure after being assigned to protect black high school students as they are bused into all-white South Boston High.
10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Q&A panel with filmmakers