PJIFF Programming Schedule

POPPY JASPER INTERNATIONAL  FILM  FESTIVAL | #PJIFF2019 | April 3-7 | Morgan Hill & Gilroy, CA POPPY JASPER INTERNATIONAL  FILM  FESTIVAL | #PJIFF2019 | April 3-7 | Morgan Hill & Gilroy, CA

2018 Highlights - Day I

Block One: 12pm – 2pm

Gone – Vicki De Mey

Hillbillies – James Myrick

Turning Tables – Hilary Davidson

Slackers In Paradise – Gabriel Medeiros

Headwind – May Yam

Panic Attack – Eileen O’Meara

Taking Flight – Reid Martin Basso

 

Block Two: 2pm – 4pm

Heading Down South – Paul Aspuria

 

Block Three: 4pm – 6pm

Cold Pressed – Vikneswarra Silvalingam

 

Block Four: 6pm – 8pm

Float. – Maxfield Biggs

All Quiet on the Homefront – Harjus Singh

Boxes – Aaron Blas

Memento Mori – Stuart Creque

Temperamental – Tristan Padron

Last Standing – Trevor Rock

Up Up and Away – Grant Richards

 

Block Five: 8pm – 10pm

Making Of A Gangster – Adam Ybarra – Best Local Night Film

Free Food – Greg Tennant

The Last Song – 40 & Up Filmmaker Workshop – PJIFF

Looking For Me – Marcell Hertz

Watu Wote: All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen – 2018 Oscar Nominee (Best Live Action Short Film)

2018 Highlights - Day II - Juried & Invited Films

Block One: 1pm – 3pm

The Inevitable Fate of Mr. Tourani – Dark Comedy – Iran
Khosrow is preparing for a ceremony. An unusual ceremony. A dark comedy about waiting for someone to die.

I Think I Have a Crush On You – Drama – Sweden
A film that reveals the dangers of online dating. Thirteen-year-old Nadja has met her soulmate, William, online. Even though she hasn’t met him in real life it feels like real love.

4242 Avant Garde – Student Film – Portugal
A creative movie about a young girl’s feelings about moving away, happiness, and loss.

The Tournament – Drama – Student Film – Florida
An audacious chess champion is undermined by a wunderkind who succeeds at everything.

Golden Bream – Drama/Comedy – Russian Federation
A young woman named Elena makes a pilgrimage to holy places in Russia hoping to heal her mental disorder. However, on Christmas Eve in the cold, mystical city of St. Petersburg, she encounters a mysterious chain of events.

Karma – Drama – Spain
What happens when you do not pay for parking.

The Bump – Drama – Canada
A young real estate agent is forced to make a difficult choice after an unusual drive home

 

Block Two: 3pm – 5pm

Black Head Cow – Documentary – Tanzania – 2017 Berlinale Selected Film
In a remote Maasai village in rural Tanzania, a bright young school girl is suddenly confronted by an arranged marriage.

Q&A with filmmakers
Moderated by Chike Nwoffiah, Executive Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Sue’s Story – Documentary – California
Sue Berghoff never asked to be the Face of Dementia. She was cast in the role by her doctor’s diagnosis. She stepped into the spotlight with courage and grace, and now the world is her stage.

Q&A with Dr. Kathleen Poston, Stanford Medical Center, and Special Guests

 

Women in Film, 5pm – 6pm (free)

Moderator: Kim Bush, photographer and former festival director, and Special Guests

 

Block Three: 6pm – 8pm

Kindergarten Reunion – Documentary – California/Seattle
Gilroy’s own kindergarten teacher Sharon Albert reunites with her students.

In The Waiting – Comedy – California – Best Short Comedy
Lisa, an insecure actress, meets Mina, a confident YouTuber, in the waiting room of a production company in order to audition for a part in the new ‘Fight The Stains’ laundry detergent ad. As Lisa and Mina wait for their turn to audition, competition gets the best of them both.

Eternal Recurrence of a Deep Sleep – Drama – Iran – Director’s Circle
The film follows random people in the streets on a strange night.

Changyou’s Journey – Animation/Documentary – California
This animated short film portrays a twelve-year-old Chinese-American boy’s tribute to his father. Scene by scene, he recreates bits of family history and shares them with his father, to give him hope during the final stages of his battle with cancer.

With My Own Two Hands – Drama – France – Director’s Circle, Best Foreign Drama
A French documentary that chronicles some of the most relatable and poignant moments in one person’s life, from birth to death, as expressed by his hands.

The Secret Nobody Knows – Drama – New York – Director’s Circle, Best Short Drama
Inspired by an e.e. cummings poem, “The Secret Nobody Knows,” is a story of romance set in 1952 during the Korean War. Kate and Tom spend their last few hours together before his military deployment. When Kate gives Tom a message hidden within a poem, we glimpse a moment in their uncertain future.

My First Time – Dark Comedy – Israel – Director’s Circle, Best Foreign Comedy
Tonight, Maggie is “doing it” for the first time. She meets Kobi, a guy cute enough for her purposes. But Kobi discovers Maggie’s real intentions while she is en route to his apartment…

Mirror – Drama – Portugal
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers. But what she’s about to find can change her life.

Schoolyard Blues – Drama – Sweden – Director’s Circle, Best Film by a Woman Director
It’s John’s first day at school. His eleven-year-old big brother Mika shows up unexpectedly to follow him to assembly. Mika’s plans go beyond just taking John to school. He’s on mission to teach John the hard facts of life, starting with the merciless demands of the schoolyard.

 

Block Four: 8pm – 10pm

F**k It, It’s Over – Documentary – England – Director’s Circle, Best Feature Documentary
Artist Henrietta Sophia Wallace Dunlop was raised in early 1970’s Soho when it was a hub for artists—a place with a unique vibe and character. We see through her life story how Soho has changed and follow her attempts to save it while coming to terms with a difficult childhood.

The Brown Colors – Drama/Fantasy – Spain – Director’s Circle
A birthday party, a girl from Saturn, and a forgotten color palette. (LGBTQ)

The Devoted – Comedy – Iran
A short film about faith and honesty.

 

Block Five: 10pm – 11pm

3000 Cups of Tea – Documentary – Utah
This is the story of Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea,” his mission to bring about peace through education, his meteoric rise, and the scandal that brought him to his knees.

Poisoning Paradise – Documentary – Hawaii
Although Kauai’s plight might seem like a local issue, the debate about pesticide use is in fact raging around the world as country after country grows more concerned about their effect on the future of food, and sustainable farming practices.

2018 Highlights - Day III – Juried & Invited Films

Block One: 10am – 12pm

Blame – Drama – California
After seven years of marriage, a young husband fights with his wife about having children, not realizing that their lives are about to change forever.

Grace – Drama – California
A single woman struggles to accept the responsibility of caring for her elderly father who suffers from early signs of Dementia.

POP – Comedy – Canada
In this offbeat comedy, Carol has to face the one thing she fears the most. It lies in wait behind a mysterious door at the end of the hall.

Almost Together – Documentary – Ukraine
Ivan and Olya were always together until one day when Olya travels alone to the Czech Republic. Due to a trauma, Ivan stays behind, while Olya accepts a three-month post as a housemaid in Prague.

Cain’s Shadow – Thriller – Italy
It’s November 5th, 2025 in a Western metropolis. Young inspector Abel is grappling with another disappearance; Angela, a nine-year-old girl, of whom there has been no news for two days. At the same time, Ada, a young woman of thirty, is conducting a personal investigation to find the truth about her daughter’s disappearance several years earlier.

 

Block Two: 12pm – 2pm

Healing Hands – Documentary – California
This Documentary chronicles an annual medical mission to Namibia where an international group of medical doctors provides orthopedic services to underprivileged families. Follow along as the film covers the story of a woman and two infants as they undergo medical procedures to correct physical deformities.

Story of a Pawn – Stop Motion – Croatia
This is a short stop-motion movie about a little pawn and his life struggles.

100 Proof Musical Theater – Documentary – Canada
This is a behind-the-scenes look at a unique one-night-only performance of the musical, Ragtime. The audience doesn’t know what play they’re seeing. And the actors have just met. No rehearsal, no sets, no orchestra. No kidding. What could go wrong?

Mr. Director – Comedy/Drama – Iran
A group of boys and girls five to ten years of age are playing in an alley. Sina, who is ten, is holding a box as if it were a camera, and directing the others, when someone shows up unexpectedly.

Normal – Drama – Venezuela
Despite their differences and political intolerance, a young Chavista man helps his former girlfriend, a member of the opposition rioting in Caracas, when she must hide from the National Guard.

 

Industry Spotlight, 2pm – 3pm (free)

Moderator, Chike Nwoffiah, Director, Silicon Valley African Film Festival
Panelists: Randy Spendlove, Grammy winner and President of Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures; Kevin Rubio, Emmy winning animator and filmmaker; Victor Miller, Emmy winning director; and other Special Guests

 

Block Three: 3pm – 5pm

The Last Song – Thriller – PJIFF
Created by the participants of the 40 & Up Program. This modern-day Film Noir style film that includes a Femme Fatale, a Hitman, and a Victim (or is he?).

The Biggest Game In Town – Comedy – California
Some people fold their dreams, others go all in. A landscaper, a realtor, and an old mob boss chase down a dream and embark on a one-of-a-kind poker adventure in search of a legendary card game. A dream turns into a premonition and the hero must face his fears against the best poker player you’ve never heard of.

 

Block Four: 5pm – 7pm

Schoolyard Blues – Drama – Sweden – Director’s Circle, Best Film Directed by a Woman
It’s John’s first day at school. His eleven-year-old big brother Mika shows up unexpectedly to follow him to assembly. Mika’s plans go beyond just taking John to school. He’s on mission to teach John the hard facts of life, starting with the merciless demands of the schoolyard.

Climate Change – Animation – Student – New Jersey
A poignant little animated video on climate change.

Limit – Drama – Iran
A man in a quiet neighborhood asks for help from people on the street, until someone suddenly enters his home…

My First Time – Dark Comedy – Israel – Director’s Circle, Best Foreign Comedy
Tonight, Maggie is “doing it” for the first time. She meets Kobi, a guy cute enough for her purposes. But Kobi discovers Maggie’s real intentions while she is en route to his apartment…

With My Own Two Hands – Michael Barocas – France – Director’s Circle, Best Foreign Drama
A French documentary that chronicles some of the most relatable and poignant moments in one person’s life, from birth to death, as expressed by his hands

Kampung Tapir – Drama – Malaysia – Director’s Circle
Migrant worker Anne and her husband leave their five-year old daughter from Kampung Tapir. On the way to Singapore their bus hits a wild Malayan Tapir trying to make its way across the road, but no one is eager to save it. In the struggle of choosing a country in which to settle down, Anne feels like the Tapir, an endangered species, drifting from place to place trying to find a better life.

Void – Drama – Australia – Student Film – Director’s Circle
An orphan gets a mysterious camera that defends him from the physical abuse he suffers, but it ends up destroying his loved ones and himself.

Don’t Open The Door! – Thriller – Romania – Student Film
A young teenager is home alone at night with a serial killer on the loose.

The Last Embrace – Drama – Iran
A little girl wants to show her drawing to her family, but everybody is busy with their cell phones. When she tries to show her grandpa she realizes that he has just passed away and nobody noticed.

Plastic – Animation – France – “Best Animated Short”
A bird leads us into a world of “plastic” colors.

 

Block Five: 7pm – 9pm

Cesar’s Last Fast – Documentary – California – 2014 Sundance Premier
This powerful documentary chronicles the unwavering conviction and personal sacrifice of Cesar Chavez in his decades-long struggle for the humane treatment of U.S. farm workers.

 

Block Six: 9pm – 11pm

Major Tom – Drama – Egypt – Director’s Circle
Thomas’s loneliness diminished his communication skills, so he turned to his Walkman to describe his feelings. All this stood in the way of his hopes of traveling to Outer Space. (may not be appropriate for audiences under 17)

Grey Matter – Documentary – Oklahoma
Grey Matter explores an advanced writing cohort inside Mabel Bassett, Oklahoma’s largest maximum-security prison incarcerates more women than any other prison in the country. This program is helping to give a voice and hope to the voiceless women inside.

Without Papers – Documentary – Minnesota
This film provides a personal glimpse into the immigration debate. Johana was brought to the US by her parents, who were traveling on legal visas, when she was still a child. The family overstayed their visas in order to give Johana and her sister a better life.

Iku Manieva – Documentary – Mexico
Filmed in the municipality of Concordia, Sinaloa, in northwest Mexico, this film shows an idyllic landscape wrapped in a rare atmosphere of peace, in contrast to the threatening presence of the drug cartels that have operated in the area for decades.

Old Bloo – Comedy – California
Idaho teenagers start an unconventional rock band in their garage.

Gun Fingers – California
Guy does gun fingers at a bar and gets a serious surprise.

Good Business Sense – California
Tonight, businessman Bartholomew Braniff is making the biggest boardroom presentation of his life: a proposal of marriage to the equally industrious Claudia. Everything is perfect, the numbers have been crunched, the projections have been double-checked, and even the ring has been market-tested.

 

Block Seven: Midnight Movie,
midnight – 2am

La Mission – Peter Bratt – USA

2018 Highlights - Day IV - Youth & "Best of" Films

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS

Young Filmmakers Workshop, 10am – 12:30pm (PJIFF/CMAP)

The Stunt Man

To Benefit Mankind

The Mean Apocalypse

Most Cast Members

The Jewelry Store

The Alien Attack

The Big Chase

 

Juried Youth Films, 10am – 12:30pm

Wheels – Mikkel Arffmann – Denmark

Sucker – Mikkel Arffmann – Denmark

Blanche’s Bichon Buzz – Isabella Caroline Sharp – California

Dwayne The Spooky Rock – Kate Manning – New Jersey

A Hidden Gem – Jack Sanders – New Jersey

Looking For Me – Marcell Hertz – Florida

The Search For The Lost Family – Isolde Asal – Germany

Stupidly Happy – Jonathan Rome – Idaho

Three Sights and a Sea – Mahdiye Sandiyani – Iran

Muscle Memory – Flo Miles – France

Hey Siri! – Elijah Short – Alabama

Something Special – Julia Forsyth – New Jersey

Seriously Good Donuts – Wei Loh – Australia

 

PJIFF “BEST OF FESTIVAL”

Film Screenings, 1pm – 3pm

Best Feature Documentary – F**k It, It’s Over – England

Best Short Documentary – Grey Matter – Oklahoma

Best Comedy Short – In The Waiting – California

Best “Local Night” Film – Making of a Gangster – California

Best Foreign Comedy – My First Time – Israel

Best Foreign Drama – With My Own Two Hands – France

Best Youth Film – The Search for the Lost Family – Germany

Best Short Drama – The Secret Nobody Knows – New York

Best Animation – Plastic – France

Best First-time Director – Eternal Recurrence of a Deep Sleep – Iran

Best Film by a Female Director – Schoolyard Blues – Sweden

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April 3 - 7, 2019
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