Rainier.Film List of Films Accepted for 2017

A War Within

Short Documentary | 19 min | Directed by Jarrad Henderson, USA

This USA Today Network Investigation looks at the ever present battle against post-traumatic stress disorder, Brandon's fight against depression and the challenges facing the VA when dealing with the unprecedented rate of suicide among America's young veterans.

Bayard & Me

Short Documentary | 16:07 min | Directed by Matt Wolf, USA

Bayard Rustin was the organizer of the March on Washington and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement. In the 1980s Bayard adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable. 

Beggar Girl

Short Narrative | 19 min | Directed by MaryLee Herrmann, USA

A veteran war photojournalist is confronted by her harshest critic.

Cain's Shadow

Short Narrative | 29 min | Directed by Antonio De Palo, Italy

On the night of November 5th, 2025, a child called Angela disappears. Around this umpteenth case of disappearance will intertwine the lives and stories of a young inspector, Ada, a young woman in search of her little sister who disappeared many years before; and finally Eddi, a transsexual speaker of a late night radio program.

Circus City, USA

Student Film | 30 min | Directed by Adam Michael Wright, USA

Since the early 1940s, more than 20 circus companies have made their home in Hugo, Oklahoma. It's unique history has earned the town the nickname Circus City, USA, and this film spends time with both the eccentric circus characters of the road and the people back in Hugo who keep it all going.

Clown Art

Short Narrative | 7 min | Directed by Walter DuRant, USA

An inmate hopes that his recently discovered painting talent will lead to a ticket out of the lockup

Cocked and Locked

Short Narrative | 7:30 min | Directed by May Elbaz Belschner, USA

A female solder fights enemies other than the most obvious.

Concrete Canvas

Short Narrative | 19 min | Directed by Gary Lundgren, USA

Ex-boxer Evan Sanchez lives on the streets, haunted by headaches and failure. But, when he runs into his ex-girlfirend, desperation drives him to get his life back. While hesitant to fight again, his street buddy sets up a winner-takes-all-bout at the local gym against the bullying homeless punk Ray.

Conquering the Cycle

Documentary | 72 min | Directed by Josh Eisenfeld and Dan Finegold, USA

Pittsburgh Youth Leadership takes low-income, at-risk youth on all expenses paid cycling trips across Americas most challenge terrain. The mission? Challenge them to succeed. On the bike and in their lives.

Counter Act

Short Narrative | 15 min | Directed by Heath Affolter, Jon Affolter, Nathan Affolter and Thomas Affolter, Canada

When Alice, a naive young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their sit-in protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in.


Short Narrative | 4 min | Directed by Jean-Luc Julien, Germany

A man struggles to overcome his nervousness with women in a bar when he stumbles upon words of wisdom in the bathroom.

Cowgirl Up

Short Documentary | 5 min | Directed by Nathan Willis, USA

A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream to be the first African-American woman in the National Finals Rodeo.

Diane from the Moon

Short Narrative | 11 min | Directed by Marco La Via and Hanna Ladoul, USA

Shortly after a hurtful breakup, Diane, a transgender pagan priestess, finds refuge in Palm Springs. While engaged with her own inner demons, an enigmatic sociopath starts to stalk her.

Dog Power

Short Documentary | 33 min | Directed by Kale Casey, USA

An introduction to the world's fastest sprint sled dogs, their human teammates, and the incredible variety of dog-powered sports they are involved in.


Short Narrative | 6 min | Directed by Michael Peer, USA

A personal fitness trainer has an unhealthy relationship with dolls.


Documentary | 55 min | Directed by David Hildreth and Silas Kyler, USA

Felled is a story about finding worth and beauty in something most consider to be trash. The film chronicles the journey of an urban pine tree downed by a summer storm and saved from the landfill by two woodworkers who give the tree new meaning as a family dinner table.

Filling In

Short Narrative | 22 min | Directed by Bradley Hawkins, USA

A gentle giant of man, down on his luck, considers a risky and covert career path. To help him learn the ropes, a grizzled vet in the field takes him under his wing.

Ghostly Assemblage

Short Documentary | 4:58 min | Directed by Austin LaChance, USA

A cadet dressed in Full Dress pays homage to four tokens that symbolize four of the five souls that the Long Gray Line lost within a 4 month window in 2016.

Gonna Be a Soldier

Short Narrative | 6 min | Directed by Jonny Lewis, USA

Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. Will Joey's innocence prevail? Or will his parents' indoctrination finally wear him down?

Halfway to Zen

Narrative | 95 min | Directed by  John Adams & Toby Poser, USA

A fractured family comes together to raise its collective middle finger at their crappy odds. 

Heart, Baby

Narrative | 118 min | Directed by Angela Shelton, USA

Heart, Baby is the true story of Doc and George, best friends from reform school to life in prison. George becomes an unbeatable prison boxer, with songwriter Doc as his cornerman. George turns down an opportunity for freedom, fighting in the 1984 Olympics, to protect the one thing he cannot live without. 

Horseshoe Theory

Short Narrative | 12 min | Directed by Jonathan Daniel Brown, USA

 story of love blooming on the battlefield. After arranging a weapons deal over the internet, a white supremacist named Bobbo and a Jihadist named Abdul meet behind a diner. Over the course of a magical evening they both discover they have much more in common than either of them could have possibly imagined.

I’m in Here

Student Film | 12 min | Directed by Willy Berliner, USA

When a man finds a family of strangers in his house who claim to have bought the place, he agrees to let them stay until they can get to the bottom of the mix-up. They never leave.


Short Narrative | 6 min | Directed by Slater Dixon, USA

Anything can happen in the world of online dating, and everything does when a mismatched couple meets on an ill-fated blind date. Sparks fly and passion erupts; but will they kill each other, or fall in love trying?

In the Hills and Hollows

Documentary | 76 min | Directed by Keely Kernan, USA

“In the Hills and Hollows” investigates the boom and bust impacts that mono-economies based on fossil fuel extraction have on local communities. It provides an intimate look inside the lives of several West Virginia residents living in the middle of the boom and how their quality and way of life is forever changed by this industry.

Jello Underground

Short Documentary | 9:44 min | Directed by Gracie Garnet, USA

Nightlife wrestling a la female, a la gelatin.

Kaden & Angelina

Short Documentary | 3:18 min | Directed by Stuart Getty, USA

This film was a collaboration between Basic Rights Oregon, Swaim Strategies and The Getty Brothers, creating change-making stories while promoting trans justice in Oregon. (Hopefully)

Keep Moving Forward

Short Narrative | 25:22 min | Directed by Brent Bandemer, USA

A documentary on Guy Spagnoli, a Vietnam veteran who finds peace from his PTSD through Disney.

Light Sight

Animated Student Film | 8 min |  Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei, Iran

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way. 


Short Narrative | 15 min | Directed by Will Cuddy, USA

While his less-than-faithful girlfriend sleeps in the car, Theo watches two young lovers fondle each other in the parking lot of a gas station. As his tank fills, he is forced to reflect on a relationship gone wrong, and the unique position in which he now finds himself. He’s stuck, and it’s nobody’s fault but his own.

Love the Sinner

Short Documentary | 15:39 min | Directed by Geeta Gandbhir & Jessica Devaney, USA

Love the Sinner is a cinematic short docu-essay exploring the Evangelical roots of homophobia in the wake of the gun massacre in Orlando.

Mile 19

Short Documentary | 10:10 min | Directed by Vincent DeLuca, USA

Some people run for exercise and others for competition, but Johnnie Jameson runs to heal. Whether it’s the barista at your coffee shop, the valet parking your car, or the mailman who comes to your door, there are extraordinary people behind every ordinary job. Johnnie is one of them.

Molasses & Lemon

Short Narrative | 4 min | Directed by Robert Sickels, USA

The interviews in Molasses & Lemon vividly reveal the ways people talk about their experiences with love and heartbreak are often eerily and intimately related. Could it be that we simply can’t have one without the other? 

My Irnik

Short Documentary | 14 min | Directed by Matthew Hood and Francois Lebeau, Canada

"My Irnik" is a short documentary film about a father and son’s relationship and the passion of shared adventure. Set in Arctic Canada, Conor, a young father and a native of Montreal fell in love with the northern way of life and with a woman from there. 

Nathan East: For The Record

Documentary | 85 min | Directed by Chris Gero, USA

For the past five decades, Nathan East has come up through the ranks and shared the stage and studio with Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins, Phil Collins, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, and more. This film showcases not only East's legendary history, but it also captures the magic in the studio during the making of his first solo album

One Penny

Narrative | 90 min | Directed by Michael Devita, USA

A young boy - tragically abandoned - gets taken in and raised by a homeless man known as 'Professor.' Dylan, now a street-smart maverick yearns for a better future, but a dark secret could shatter his world forever.

Out of the Rough

Short Documentary | 30 min | Directed by Rudy Horn, USA

Out of the Rough pays tribute to the lives and stories of some of the oldest surviving members of The Fir State Golf Club, which operates out of Jefferson Park Golf Course in South Seattle. 

Panic Attack

Short Narrative | 3 min | Directed by Eileen O'Meara, USA

You know the nagging thoughts that start with 'did I leave the coffee on?' and turn in to 'what if I give birth to Satan's baby?' This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.


Documentary | 73 min | Directed by Juan Palacios, Spain

A Spanish filmmaker living in Denmark travels back home to Basque Country to follow three friends on a surreal nautical voyage. Riding a second-­hand paddle boat, they pedal over 150km along the entire Basque coast from Hendaia (French ­Basque), to Bilbao (Spanish ­Basque), in an attempt to rediscover their country’s shoreline. The journey becomes a delirium with unforeseen accidents, folkloric parties, hangovers, a shaman, a funeral...

Places Like This

Short Documentary | 9:30 min | Directed by Nick McNaughton, USA

Places Like This is the story of a group of veterans embarking on a six day winter expedition into the Colorado wilderness hoping to use nature to nurture old wounds.


Short Documentary | 7:53 min | Directed by Ashley Seering and Cory Byers, USA

An abandoned church is given an unexpected second chance.

Speaking is Difficult

Short Documentary | 16 min | Directed by AJ Schnack, USA

Speaking is Difficult always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos and disbelief. As the film rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a story about a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.

Puget Sound

Student Film | 10 min | Directed by Jack Nordstrom, USA

Teenagers find inspiration to make a super 8 movie in the summer of 1980.


Music Video | 3:30 min  | Directed by Dan Lesser, USA

A young boy competes in a challenging tennis tournament, only to come to the realization that he’s not playing for himself.

Shoot Me Nicely

Short Narrative | 19 min | Directed by Elias Plagianos, USA

Shoot Me Nicely starring John Behlmann, William Sadler, Linda Hamilton and Tasie Lawrence, is the story of a fashion photographer who loses his elite magazine job, plunging him into a downward spiral of odd jobs and celebrity chasing. 


Short Documentary | 6 min | Directed by Leigh Burmesch, USA

The Seattle SuperSonics were an American professional basketball team formed in 1967. On April 13, 2008, they played their last game. SUPERFAN is the story of one man’s quest to bring basketball back to Seattle. For the last seven years, longtime SuperSonics fan Kris Brannon has been advocating for the return of his team.

The Autumn Waltz

Short Narrative | 14 min | Directed by David Golden, USA

It was fifty years ago that Woody and Carol Ann went on their first date. They fell in love on the dance floor that night, the beginning of a lifetime of memories that they’ve shared together. But all that changes when Woody realizes that the woman he’s loved for all these years doesn’t remember him anymore...

The Dunning Man

Narrative | 90 min | Directed by Michael Clayton, USA

Connor Ryan, out of a job and dumped by his girlfriend, returns to Atlantic City to try to rebuild his life with the last source of income that he has -- a few apartments in a low-rise condo complex that sits in the shadows of AC's newest and most expensive casino. Unfortunately, Connor's tenants don't want to pay him. 

The Endless River

Short Narrative | 3 min | Directed by Mohammad Mohammadian, Iran

A young boy is sitting next to a droughty river, watching the barren land while fantasizing about fishing. Drown in his daydreaming, he coughs and comes back to his senses, gets up and walks along the river.

The Lavender Scare

Documentary | 78 min | Directed by Josh Howard, USA

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

The Tables

Short Documentary | 15 min | Directed by Jon Bunning, USA

A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gang bangers.

The Tent Village

Student Film | 27 min | Directed by Nilima Abrams, India

The Tent Village is, on its surface, a film about the lives of road-side dwellers in S. India, who sell hair or pick through garbage to survive. The teen-aged filmmakers provide rare, nuanced, and unflinchingly honest perspectives on child marriage, alcoholism and caste stigma.

Time is the Longest Distance

Student Film | 15 min | Directed by Bryan Powers, USA

A bittersweet tale of an estranged son's journey to reconnect with his Alzheimer's-stricken father, and an unexpected meeting with a teenaged boy along the way.

Two Bellmen Two

Short Narrative | 19 min | Directed by Daniel Malakai Cabrera, USA

Marriott’s two bellmen Christian & Gage embark on their next adventure, set in Dubai.  When Laila loses a valuable flash drive essential to her business presentation, Christian and Gage go to amazing lengths to retrieve it.

Undue Burden

Short Documentary | 17:17 min | Directed by Gina Pollack, USA

Women speak from the waiting room of an abortion clinic…in a pro-life state.

Welcome Home

Short Documentary | 7:45 min | Directed by Luke Broyles, USA

Five Vietnam veterans describe their personal stories after they returned to the United States. Transparent perspectives, ideas, and struggles give a deep look of their lives after the war. 

White Face

Short Narrative | 21:16 min | Directed by Mtume Gant, USA

White Face is the story of New York actor Charles Rodgers, a man who hates his Black skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems - change his appearance to embody "Whiteness"...

Wintery Spring

Short Narrative | 16 min | Directed by Mohamed Kamel, Egypt

Every change in our reality has its own impact on our lives, can we understand it and accept it or collide with it?