New England Underground Film Festival


2012 Festival Award Winners

Best Picture: Hit and Run

Best Director: Luke McKay, Hit and Run

Best Documentary: Spirit First

Best Short Film: Anecdote


October 7, 2012 @  La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106


The 2012 festival schedule: 



12:00 pm Introduction of the program


12:05 pm World Without End (directed by Christopher Husta, Connecticut). A college student adjusts to a new isolation after surviving a plague that decimated the human population.


12:20 pm Spirit First (directed by Ryan Ondriezek, Connecticut). A documentary on the under-the-radar career of folk rock singer/songwriter Levi Weaver.


12:35 pm Checkmate (directed by Daniel Kuriakose, Connecticut). This short drama, directed by a 13-year-old filmmaker, details a young pickpocket’s road to redemption via a chessboard.


1:00 pm Genevieve Goes Boating (directed by Lucy Gray, California). Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton narrates this fable of a girl who overcomes her inner fears during a solo boat ride on a stormy lake.


1:20 pm Hit and Run (directed by Luke McKay, Australia). A pregnant woman’s frantic taxi ride to a hospital takes an unexpected detour.


1:30 pm His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz (directed by J. Farrell McDonald, California). A rare screening of the 1914 silent classic, produced and written by L. Frank Baum – the only Oz story that Baum created exclusively for the screen.


2:30 pm Intermission


2:40 pm Working Stiffs (directed by Michael Legge, Massachusetts). A newly restored presentation of the 1988 underground comedy classic – shot in glorious Super 8 on a $1,000 budget – about a personnel agency that offers zombies as office help.


3:40 pm Anecdote (directed by Ahmed Ziari, New York). A gay young man turns to prostitution to support himself, only to encounter a client with a devastating secret.


4:00 pm Parrot (directed by Craig Foster, Australia). A family is torn apart when a young adult son rejects his parents’ Catholic faith.


4:25 pm Off Season (directed by Eugene Ioannou, New York). An emotionally needy real estate agent finds herself in a shaky relation with an ex-cop who is trying to start a bodybuilding career.


4:50 pm Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast (directed by Thomas Edward Seymour and Jonathan Gorman, Connecticut). Debbie Rochon and Ellen Muth star in a horror film about the guests of a New Year’s party who disastrously encounter members of a mysterious religious cult.