2021 Film Selections

NOTE: Tickets are available at the box office and can be purchased online in advance! All films subject to availability. Substitutions will be made where appropriate. Additional films will likely be added to the schedule. All times listed are approximate. The order in which films will appear is subject to change.

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Session-1: Quarantine/Covid19 films. Thursday, October 21. Doors open at 7pm. It seems that 2020 is destined to be recognized as a defining event, shaping our world in a way that has not been seen since WWII. Recognizing this importance, we have chosen to open the festival with works created during and about the Coronavirus crisis. In a way they are uniquely Ostrich, these films, being far more likely to rely on creativity and raw talent instead of money and resources.

Creatures in my House. The Fuzzies. Paperweight. Broken. The Disparity. When Life Resumes. Afterify. Impreggnable. The Pandemic Artist. Difference/Indifference. It Takes a Little Time. Another Father. Did I Have Covid? The Mutation. Change of Course. Temporary Regression. The Bird Feeder. Hinterland – Election Night. Blue. Bandwidth.

Session #2: Hollywood on the Charles. Friday, October 22, 7pm at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St, Newton MA. There’s no special theme here just really good films. I can promise you a roller coaster of emotions bringing you everywhere from SciFi to serious Documentary, all of it good.

WELCOME TO FOREVER. Pulp Fishin’. Behind the Glass. Take the Vax. Happy Moments. The 44 Scarves of Liza Minnelli. Last Time at Liam’s. Gaydream. My Life Was the Size of My Life. A Journey to the Moon. A Tale of Redemption and Regret with Sunny the Heat. Being Young Men – Trailer. Cutting Room Floor. Garage Romantic. Frederick Von Scholar’s How-to Series.

Session #3: Midnight Madness in the Afternoon. October 23, 1:30pm at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street West Newton. All Horror/Halloween appropriate but not all scary, the session includes some light subject matter and even a killer music video. Scheduled for an appearance will be our Special Guest, Producer Chet Turner, whose films not only demonstrate wonderful production values but one of them, “Paying Up,” has to be amongst the most shocking & artistic films I have ever seen. Joining Chet will be Lynn Weissman, a talented cinematographer who owns her own equipment!

Night of the Devil. Streamer Stalker. Nesting Grounds. The Next Stop. Viviana Triumphant. Numbers Call. Purgatory. Wee Shadows. Absence. Geneva Jacuzzi’s Casket. Luna, the Witch. Sleep Well. Amy. 

Session #4: Stand Strong (from Japan) & shorts. October 23, 5:45pm at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton Ma. A live action Anime were a team of amateur skateboarders is torn apart after two of their numbers turn pro. This one is fascinating for it’s glimpse of American culture as seen reflected within the eyes of Japanese skateboarders. Joining it will be a number of shorts making this a truly international session. Or at least as international as all our other sessions.

 STAND STRONG. Soiled Shorts: THE SERIES. On/Off. Your 6 String Gospel. Encased. CAPTIVITY. I Think He Knew. 

Session #5: Mick Cusimano & Friends. October 24, 2:30pm at the West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington Street, West Newton MA. Mick Cusimano is a prolific poet, surrealist artists, filmmaker and friend to many. We wanted to dedicate an entire session to Mick this year to honor him and his withering struggle with cancer but Mick would have none of it. He wanted to be in a session with his friends and soon to be friends, and this is that session.

Lockdown Lust. Mindful Dating. Orion 1925. A Hero’s Quest. Rise of the Dead: The Undead Heart. 21st. Sabrina and the Zoom-DeLorean. Head in the Clouds. 1962. STORY. Searching for a Friend. First Rock and roll played on Moon. Fools, Gold. You Don’t Have to Take Orders From The Moon. (We will likely be adding a few films to this and perhaps other sessions) AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FOLLOW SCREENING

Screenplays: Leaf Blower Armageddon, Avalon Farms Academy, AT THE MERCY OF FAITH – Alternative Horror. Half Day, Ace of Cups, One Man Army, Death Offers Life – last moments of Vincent Van Gogh, Veil, Hobgoblin Gennel, Ho-Ho-Kus Pocus Episode 2, Mismatch, Anti Social

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