Movies Selected for the 2018 Sioux City International Film Festival

Over 60 Films from the USA, Australia, France, Greece, India, Iran, Kosovo, Germany, Macedonia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

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PLUS - Ron Clements (Co-Director and Co-Writer of Moana) will discuss his 45 Years at Disney, and present a special showing of Disney's Moana

At The Stoney Creek Hotel:


Wednesday, 7PM  Salon A

Thursday, 12 Noon  Salon A

Little Fiel, Irina Patkanian, Mozambique, USA

A stop-motion animation documentary loosely based on Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos who grew up during the 16-year civil war.

The Secret to Longevity, Nikolia Apostolou, Greece

On Ikaria, one of the poorest and remotest Greek islands, life expectancy is over 90.

Jerusalem Voices, Marc Kornblatt, Madison, WI

An intimate look at the City of Peace and conflict as seen through the eyes of people who live and work there.

Children of the Dust, Dan Sadgrove, New Zealand

Following the staff and social workers of Blue Dragon Children's Foundation as they navigate the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam, where kids are thrown into a life of poverty, violence and slavery.

Marieke, Thomas C. Johnson, Wisconsin

Marieke explores the life and craft of Marieke Penterman, acclaimed Dutch Gouda cheesemaker from Thorp, Wisconsin.

This Land is Our Land, Ryan Borts and David Poyzer, Des Moines, IA

Explore the largest Niobrara Chalk formation set in the heart of a region that's seen the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

The Happiness Machine, Rebecca Blumhagen, New York, NY

Carl, a philosopher, inventor and farmer shares the intricate workings of his projects and how they are connected to his land.

Father, Imogen Kate Hopper, Australia

James' father wanted him to be a great musician, However anger, violence and abuse filled his childhood.

Portrait: A Ballet Film in Four Movements, Jack Meggers, Des Moines, IA

A four-part film of musical vignettes with Ballet Des Moines.

Tailing Pond, Saurav Vishnu, India

The effects of uranium extraction on an indigenous population in India, who's human rights have been violated by the their government.

Infection, Sean McGarry, Sioux City, IA

A young man and his sister try to survive in a zombie outbreak.

Hidden Treasurers Among Us, Sue Headley, Sioux City, IA

Seven people, 90-105 years-old talk about the key to living a long life.

The Captain and Me, Justise Brundage, Wayne, NE

A college student with a drinking problem is guided by a Pirate on meeting the girl of his dreams.

SCCM Documentary, Brendan Smyth, Wayne, NE

An overview of the Sioux City Conservatory of Music.

Outlaw Trail: An Old West Music Video Documentary, Tom Schoening, Sioux City, IA

Music is used to illustrate the true life story of the famous Nebraska outlaw D.C. “Doc” Middleton.

Sandhills Cowboy, Brigitte Timmerman, Omaha, NE

A working cowboy who's poignant story-telling and poetry reflect on the traditional cowboy way of life.

Local and Regional Showcase

Wednesday, 1:30
Salon C

Encore: Wednesday, 7:30
Salon C


Thursday, 6PM  Salon A

Friday, 12 Noon  Salon A

Snapshots  (Out of Competition Special Feature-Length Movie)

Matriarch Rose has made her Table Rock Lake house her home for over 50 years. When her daughter Patty and granddaughter Allison arrive with an old camera they've found and show the pictures from the 50-year-old film that they had developed, Rose is transported back to the early 1960s when Louise and Zee entered her and husband Joe's life.

Haircut: The Musical!, Jason Phillips, USA

Brian Mills must come to terms with his sexual orientation and be honest with himself after some guidance from his trusted barber.

Uniform, Ellie Foumbi & Michael Niederman, New York, NY

Parents are at odds with what to do after their 6-year old son is sent home from school for wearing a dress.

Work, Sam Griffin, USA, Los Angeles, CA

A young mom questions her choices and identity while raising her daughter on a farm.

Best of Luck, Natalie London, USA

Tovah is a lonely girl who lives with her best friend Ellie, a border collie. When Ellie gets sick, Tovah's visit to the vet may change her hopeless love life in an unexpected way.

EVOKE, Asia LeMasters, USA

After their relationship ends, Hailey goes to a desperate length to be with Emma again.

Heather Has Four Moms, Jeanette Buck and Rani Crowe, USA

When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”.

Summer, Pearl Gluck, USA

Two teenage girls in a Hasidic sleep-a-way camp explore a forbidden book which leads them to a sexual awakening.


Friday, 7PM  Salon A

Rag Dolls, Justin and Kristin Schaack, Richfield, MN

A child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls' real-life doppelgängers, self-control is out of their hands.

Old-Men, Jordan Inconstant, France

Captain Justice and his team of super heroes were once the protectors of Cosmopolis. Now at 70-years old, this old hero intends to resume service proving that age is not an obstacle.

Fifteen, Kara Hakanson, St. Paul, MN

Fifteen-year old Elise believes that you have to be in love before having sex. However, she struggles to figure out what her head, heart, and hormones are all trying to tell her.

Busker Kid, Kevin Durr and Kristy Walsh, Philadelphia, PA

Arlo Abernathy attempts to follow in his late grandfather’s footsteps by becoming a marionette performer on the Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk.

Baggage, Andi Behring, USA, Los Angeles, CA

A comic tale of a small town girl who moves to New York City and stumbles head first into the grip of it’s charming low life’s.

Sac de Merde, Greg Chwerchak, New York, NY

Mazel Mankewicz is an unlucky-in-love yet optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. Based on a true story.

At The Orpheum Theater:


Saturday, 1pm


Animation Shorts

Immediately Following a Disney HomecomingSome of these animated films might contain themes and stories not suitable for younger children















Disney's MOANA, part of A Ron Clements Homecoming

with introduction and Q&A with Ron Clements, the Co-Director and Co-Writer of Moana

An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.


NOTE - Some of the animated Short films After the Intermission contain themes and stories not suitable for younger children:

Panic Attack, Eileen O'Meara, USA

An exploration of the nagging thoughts of "did I leave the coffee on?" to "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?”

Negative Spaces, Michaela Wadzinski, Lincoln, NE

What if your sketchbook drawings came to life?

Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge, Aaron Johnson, Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular for suicides.

Icons, Ronnie Cramer, USA

Made up of 2,500 individual drawings and a musical soundtrack created by the artist, Icons is five hundred years of world art in five minutes.

The Pattern, Azad Jannati, Iran

A rug weaver reflects on her feelings and what she has been through during the last moments of a traditional rug being woven. Inspired by real events from the 1988 chemical attack of Halabja, Iraq.

Sonder, Neth Nom, San Francisco, CA

For years, Finn and Natalie walked the same path. But when their time together comes to an end, Finn finds himself lost in a mysterious land.

A Night in Gotham with Director John Behring

Director John Behring breaks down an episode of TV's Gotham live on stage beginning at 7pm.  

Horror/Sci-Fi shorts immediately following 'Gotham' presentation.

Candlelight Witch, Becca, Studio City, CA

To pass the time during a blackout, three siblings tell a scary story that proves to be more dangerous than legend.

Painted Skin, Leiqi Lin, China

A sinister spirit steals a painting of a beautiful woman from a young artist.

FlyTrap, Connor Bland, Los Angeles, CA

Charles falls into a germaphobic hysteria living under the unsanitary habits of his roommate.

Quiet Room, Sam Wineman, Los Angeles, CA

Michael's attempt at suicide awakens a psych ward demon. Now he must stop her before she kills everyone in the hospital he connects with.

Operation Safehouse, Alex Sitnik, London, UK

A Salon called "Safe House" is run by a double agent, four Superagents and support from an overseas hacker. Based on actual events.

Goodnight Gracie, Stellen Kendrick, Los Angeles, CA

After mom gets hacked to pieces by her latest lover, a devout child fights to escape the same fate.

In Her Image, Nikoloz Kevkhishvili, Atlanta, GA

A desperate mother descends deeper into the labyrinth of virtual reality, willing to sacrifice everything to rescue her son from a familiar kidnapper.

Witches of Wonder, John Gigrich, Minneapolis, MN

Two young witches must figure out how to rescue their younger sister after they accidentally send her back in time.

Last Tree Standing, Agnes Peck-McGregor, Australia

In a bleak, dystopian world, Last Tree Standing tells the tale of a young girl named Lexie, who befriends a peculiar being - half- man, half-tree.

Mi-Fi, David Mair, USA, Vadnais Heights, MN

A very lazy man invents a teleportation device to maintain his lazy lifestyle.

Mr. Pointy, Dominic Wieneke, Sioux Falls, SD

A young girl convinces her father there is a monster in her closet.

Chateau Sauvignon, Terrior, David E. Munz-Marie, Brooklyn, NY

An isolated adolescent son of a storied vintner family finds himself torn between obeying his father’s callous restrictions and preventing his ailing mother from deteriorating further.

Horror / Sci-Fi

Saturday, 7pm

Meer Bei Nacht (The Sea at Night), Kim Fabienne, Hertinger, Germany

An aging theater actor readies for the premiere of his new play but his anticipation of renewed glory is replaced by a sudden awakening.

LA Fadeaway, Meg Sutton, Los Angeles, CA

A young female musician in 1970s Los Angeles finds herself up against an industry of sellouts, heartbreak and disillusionment.

Spinosaurus, Tessa Hoffe, UK (Scotland, director from New Zealand)

A young girl cares for her younger brother at home, while she awaits her mother’s return.

Je Suis (I Am), Faith Strongheart, Los Angeles, CA

With her inability to meet mounting expectations, a working mother struggles to find balance.

The Scary Ham, Sue Mroz, Chicago, IL

Two middle-aged sisters reconnect as they contend with their late father's beloved ham.

What Remains of You, Kevin Dresse, France

Two lovers who don’t dare to think about their future are surprised when fate intervenes.

A Month, Zgjim Terziqi, Kosovo

A 40-year-old, unmarried, blind women lives with her four sisters at their respective homes for a month each. Based on a real life events during post-war Kosovo.


Sunday, 3pm