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Announcing our Official Selections for 2018

Our judges have spoken! The Colony Short Film Festival is pleased to announce our Official Selections for 2018. The Twelfth Annual Colony Short Film Festival will take place at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta, Ohio, March 1–3. Our detailed screening and workshop schedule will be released on February 9. Tickets and VIP passes are available at the Peoples Bank Theatre website or by calling 740-371-5152.

The Designer
(Powell, TN)
Directed by Kevin Wines
Tom Godett suffers from needing a life. Spend a day with him to find out what a little mystery can bring him.

(Huntington, IN)
Directed by Benjamin Crane
After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, mankind is forced to colonize mars, and mine the earth of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life.

A Tickle Tale
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Directed by Terry O’Quinn
The Founding Fathers can’t write amendments because it’s too hot.

Leaves of Fall
Directed by Marc Wiskemann
Even a man made of metal and wire feels the effects of time on his heart.

The Scary Ham
(Chicago, IL)
Directed by Sue Mroz
Two middle-aged sisters sorting through 50 years’ worth of family memorabilia reconnect, as they contend with their late father’s beloved ham.

The Widow Cleans House
(St. Paul, MN)
Directed by Jared Reise
When a recently widowed woman sets about to clean and purge her house, she discovers something in the basement that changes her life forever.

(Rome, NY)
Directed by Mark Casadei
Tom never had a chance to hold his son before he passed. Haunted by the decision to leave early that week, tom struggles to come to terms with his decision and the death of his infant son. But when another man interrupts his conversation at his sons grave, he finds it hard to concentrate and is determined to confront the man who is ruining his moment with his only son.

Human Kaleidoscope
(Winston-Salem, NC)
Directed by Thomas Espy & Huiying Wang
Stephanie struggles with body image, mood, and eating disorders. Human Kaleidoscope captures her journey as she meets with professional bodypainter Cheryl Ann Lipstreu and considers experiencing something she would have never thought possible.

Castle on a Cloud
(San Ramon, CA)
Directed by Joshua Cavalier
Wes, a loving father, is attending his daughter Felice’s school play with his wife Alice. During intermission, Wes learns on a phone call that Felice is not his biological daughter. When Alice comes looking for him, Wes must determine whether family means something more to him than a bloodline.

Mickey’s Pets
(Evanston, IL)
Directed by Ashley S. Brandon
With a trusty peacock in tow a young taxidermist must overcome her insecurities to win first place at the U.S. National Taxidermy Championships.

Yuna’s Lunch
(Jersey City, NJ)
MyeongJin Park
Yuna makes lunch box meals and then eats these with her customers. Her most customers are lonely and share a feeling that there is something lacking in their life. One day, She meets Anthony who is delusional and suffers from multiple personalty disorder, and is forced to face her own troubling memories of the past.

(Holt, MI)
Directed by Scott A. Magie
A pardoned ex-con reluctantly returns to prison as a visitor, but the hardest prison to escape is a hateful heart.

Touching Kids – The story of a conservative children’s show
(Columbus, OH)
Directed by Peter John Ross
Peter Politowski saw that there were no children’s shows that represented his conservative values, so he took it upon himself to create a series that got cancelled.

Musicians & Magicians
(New York, NY)
Directed by Ben Williams
Meet Henry – a flustered screenwriter who stages his life like a movie, while struggling to hold down a relationship with his girlfriend, Dorry, a down-to-earth therapist.

Imaginary Friends
(Los Angeles, CA)
Directed by Jason C. Brown
A short comedy about a woman, her imaginary friend and the strained relationship between them.

(Athens, OH)
Directed by Brian MacNeel
When Jace’s cousin, Dakota, visits for the weekend, Jace is more than a little annoyed. If his group of roughhousing friends discover that Dakota is transgender, the damage to Jace’s reputation would be irreparable. When Dakota’s transgender identity is finally revealed, Jace is confronted with a decision: betray his cousin or stand up to his friends and lose face in this small community.

The Train
(Lowell, OH)
Directed by Aaron Dunbar
An animated tale of love, solitude, and artistic obsession.

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

(São Paulo, Brazil)
Directed by Diana Chao
Happy hour. A guy walks into a bistro and starts swiping left and right on a dating app.A girl goes in and sits by a table next to him. They exchange looks, there’s something real between them. She’s on the same app that he is but then… they match on it.

Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming the Study of Disease
(Bethesda, MD)
Directed by Jennifer A. Manner
Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming How We Study Disease is a new film that provides an overview of the benefits of Zebrafish as a biomedical research model, in an easy-to-understand, visually-stunning documentary.

Announcing our Official Selections for 2017

Our judges have spoken! The Colony Short Film Festival is pleased to announce our official selections for 2017. The Eleventh Annual Colony Short Film Festival will take place at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta, Ohio, March 2–4.

The Bouquet
( Belgium )
Directed by Julien Segard, Romain Carciofo
Written by Julien Segard, David Brenot
Produced by Cédric Delannoy, Pierre-Yves Bronsart, Antoine Levi, Jesse Salto, Louie Salto, Jacques Ballard

( United States )
Directed by Zach Daulton
Written by Zach Daulton
Produced by Zach Daulton, John Adrian Riley

Don’t Think About It
( United States )
Directed by Niv Klainer
Written by Niv Klainer
Produced by Victoria Aleksanyan, Jessica Caldwell

About the Boy who ate an Oakwood Chair
( Belgium )
Directed by Pieter Goethals
Written by Pieter Goethals
Produced by Pieter Goethals, Jimi Abidts

Murky Water
( United States )
Directed by Carl T. Rogers
Written by Carl T. Rogers
Produced by Alex White

( Switzerland )
Directed by Michael Scherrer
Written by
Produced by Samuel Scherrer

Four Day Weekend
( United States )
Directed by Nicole Jones
Written by Nicole Jones
Produced by Dan Asma, Nicole Jones, Jesse McClung

( United States )
Directed by Olivia Peace
Written by Olivia Peace
Produced by Ethan Senser

Destroy Madrid
( Spain )
Directed by Joseba Alfaro
Written by Joseba Alfaro
Produced by Joseba Alfaro

Pushing Buttons
( United States )
Directed by John Kerfoot
Written by John Kerfoot
Produced by John Kerfoot

( United States )
Directed by Ethan Roberts
Written by Ethan Roberts

Gardening At Night
( United States )
Directed by Shayna Connelly
Written by Shayna Connelly
Produced by Wendy Roderweiss

( Canada )
Directed by Lella Satie
Written by Lella Satie
Produced by Alona Metzer

( United States )
Directed by Mark Gerstein
Written by Mark Gerstein

In The Thicket – The Tony Bosco Story
( United States )
Directed by Nick Czerula
Produced by

Lonely Kingdom
( Japan )
Directed by Thom Southerland
Produced by Naomi Uechi, Thom Southerland

( Cyprus )
Directed by Alexis Chaviaras
Written by Alexis Chaviaras, Christiana Vasiliou

State Inspection
( United States )
Directed by David Smith
Written by David Smith
Produced by Justin Litton, Ben Berry

Drew Gets It!
( United States )
Directed by Konrad Norris, Bryce Norris
Written by Katherine Leurck, David Leurck
Produced by Drew’s Rainbows Foundation, Inc.

Heather’s Painting
( United States )
Directed by Freddie Connor
Written by Freddie Connor
Produced by Freddie Connor

Hearts of Steel
( Canada )
Directed by Gayle Wilmot
Written by Gayle Wilmot
Produced by Gayle Wilmot, Kim Davidson

( United States )
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Written by Ryan murphy

( Canada )
Directed by Carmelo Zucco
Written by Carmelo Zucco
Produced by Carmelo Zucco

The Kings
( United States )
Directed by Max Romanowski
Written by Austin Yoder
Produced by Ryan Avery

( United States )
Directed by Carey Kight
Written by Carey Kight
Produced by Carey Kight, Nikhil Shukla, Tim Simek

( United States )
Directed by John Cantine
Written by John Cantine
Produced by John Cantine

In addition to our official selections, the Colony Short Film Festival will feature a collection of seven award-winning short films from Another Kind of Girl Collective, a group of Syrian teenage girls living in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp, documenting their everyday lives, on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 4, the festival will feature workshops on lighting and drone photography, as well as special guest Michael Lipton, and a screening of his recent short documentary: West Virginia My Home: Musicians and the Mountain State Experience. View the festival schedule. Tickets and VIP passes are available at the Peoples Bank Theatre website or by calling 740-371-5152.