Weekend Schedule

Friday Night Party | 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Celebrate opening night of the 2019 Reedy Reels Film Festival with an exciting premiere VIP Party to kick off this year’s festival. Our kick-off party will take place at The Eighth State Brewing Company with live music from Canaan Peeples

Saturday | 10:30 AM

Session 1: Family Friendly

Coming of Age
By: Eric Rodgers, Hailie Gold
Category: Student Film | The Fine Arts Center
Runtime: 00:07:56

The Body
By: Eric Rodgers, Galen Cunningham
Category: Student Film | The Fine Arts Center
Runtime: 00:02:47

Dinner Time
By: Eric Rodgers, Isaiah Edwards
Category: Student Film | The Fine Arts Center
Runtime: 00:06:43

Higher Law
By: Zachary Johnson, Chandler Goodrich
Category: Student Film 
Runtime: 00:13:21

Gifts of the heart
By: Chris Craymer
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:22:10
Description: This sensitive portrayal of a young woman’s emotional journey is both thought provoking and moving. It is an emotional tour de force as Lucy experiences love, loss, happiness, anger, and passion over three turbulent years.

Happy Birthday Holden
By: Noah Marger
Category: Student Film | Chapman University, Dodge College
Runtime: 00:10:00
Description: Holden, a man with no friends, tries to make a friend to celebrate his 25th birthday with.

Penny Press
By: Anil Dhokai
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:04:55
Description: Tyler Tyson is a collector and designer of elongated coins, a.k.a pressed pennies. He owns and operates his own penny press machines. In this short documentary, he discusses what drew him to the craft and how he does it.

By: Jamie Gelzleichter
Category: Student Film
Runtime: 00:15:00
Description: Unleashed is a documentary about facility dogs and child life services, created in partnership with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in Greenville, SC. 
Unleashed shows many moments we don’t usually see in hospital systems and it shows the incredible impact these dogs and their handlers have on children and families in the hospital. This story follows each of the four facility dogs: Vivitar, Kalle, Kenzie, and King. Each dog has a certain role at the hospital, and this film focuses on their four specific jobs and their roles at the children’s hospital. Kalle and King work on the floor at the children’s hospital, Vivitar works in pediatric radiology, and Kenzie works at a child abuse crisis center called the Julie Valentine Center.

By: Zachary Johnson, Joe Butler
Category: Student Film
Runtime: 00:19:05
Description: A wounded union soldier stumbles upon a group of brothers in the confederate army, but things don’t go the way he expected.

Wayne: My Grandpa’s Story
By: Andrew Snow
Category: Short, Documentary
Runtime: 00:27:35
Description: From growing up in an orphanage, through addiction, trials, and eventually finding redemption, and the love of a Father – the story of my Grandpa, Ralph Wayne Koceja, will captivate, move, and inspire you.

Saturday | 1:30 pm

Session 2: Wildlife Conservation, sponsored by The Greenville Zoo

Poachers and Protectors:
The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras
By: Levi Novey, Christi Lowe
Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:08:16
Description: In the dangerous La Moskitia region of Honduras, poachers seek out the chicks and eggs of wild scarlet macaws. Their goal: sell them in the lucrative illegal pet trade. To counter the traffickers, brave community members have united to patrol and protect the nests, recognizing that in some ways, their own fates are tied to those of the birds. Poachers and Protectors: The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras puts a spotlight on the wildlife trafficking crisis in Latin America, but introduces us to some of the heroes who are willing to risk it all for these iconic birds.

Save the Frogs
By: Keri Kriger
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:01:51
Description: Frogs are among the most rapidly disappearing animals on the planet. Fortunately kids can help save the frogs by building wetlands and restoring habitat at their schools. This is not only good for the frogs, but also gets kids and teachers outside, is great exercise, creates an outdoor classroom for science education, and is an easy environmental win for kids living in a world filled with doom and gloom reporting.

Discovering Whale Sharks in St. Helena
By: Marcy Hendryx

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:04:35

We are all tigers
By: Sydney Thompson

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:02:33
Description: “We Are All Tigers” is a short film created on behalf of the Tigers United University Consortium by Graphic Communications students at Clemson University. Tigers United University Consortium is made up of four universities; Auburn University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Missouri. This film stresses the importance of wildlife conservation for Tigers in the wild, emphasizes the need for support for these endangered animals, and provides information on how anyone can become involved with the initiative. The goal of this film is to convey that people should care just as much about wild tigers as they care about their tiger mascots. “We say go tigers every day, what do we say when they’re gone?”

From the Frontline
By: Emile Fick

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:09:52
Description: The last decade, poaching across Africa has been rising like a bloody tide over the continent. The world reacted to the gruesome images and the extent of the death toll – on average three rhinos are killed per day for their horn — every single death, bringing the species closer to the ultimate and final end.
In response, a few brave, self-sacrificing individuals risk everything to stand between the powerful international criminal gangs who exploit Africa’s natural resources.
One of those is, Wicus Diedericks, founder of Rockwood Conservation, the largest private, rhino conservation of its kind. Employing an innovative, strategy of ‘aggressive conservation’ he and his dedicated rangers and veterinary scientists guard the second largest rhino population in the world. On the frontline of this silent war, despite the tragedy, there are still glimmers of hope among the barrage of cruelty driven by greed. This is the story of Rockwood’s rhinos and the men and women who protect them – the rhino guardians who, Live For A Change.

By: Keith Sahm, Robert Whitney

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:14:56
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: In June 2019, Special Operations veterans from FORCE BLUE partnered with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon Florida, the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Inwater Research Group and Florida Atlantic University to embark on a first-of-its kind mission to study the spread of Fibropapillomatosis (FP) amongst the Green Turtles of Florida.Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a disease that affects sea turtles around the globe, but which has been particularly prevalent in the waters around Florida. The disease causes tumor growth in affected turtles, with the tumors often spreading to the eyes, blinding the turtles and making them unable to feed themselves or avoid boat strikes. RESILIENCE is the story of that 10-day mission and the healing experienced by all who took part.

Bringing Back a Butterfly
By: Ryan Thackray

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:03:33
Description: Bringing Back a Butterfly: For the first time in nearly a decade, Dakota skippers are making a comeback at The Nature Conservancy’s Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie preserve in Minnesota. In the first-ever reintroduction of this federally-threatened species, the Minnesota Zoo released more than 150 butterflies that had been bred in captivity onto the preserve in the summer of 2017.

Saving Amazon Tapirs
By: Laurie Hedges

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:07:23
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Across Brazil, scientists from the lowland tapir conservation initiative have been working to protect Lowland Tapirs from extinction for the past 23 years. Now, with global attention firmly on earth greatest rainforest – the Amazon, they are now undertaking their largest challenge yet. Embarking on an epic 10,000 km journey, they crossed the southern arc of deforestation to gather information to set up a long term program addressing the plight of tapirs in this unique and complex region.

Operation Sahel Giraffe
By: Stephanie Fennessy

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:13:23
Description: In November 2018, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Sahara Conservation Fund helped the Niger government to move eight giraffe over 800 kilometres to establish a second population of West African giraffe in Niger. As a result, there are now two populations of these highly threatened giraffe in the world.

Giant Armadillo Conservation Program
By: Arnaud Desbiez

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:06:37

The Forgotten Panda
By: Red Panda Network (RPN)

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:15:24
Trailer: Watch Here
 The future for the “most beautiful mammal on earth” (Cuvier, 1876), is far from secure. It is my hope that this documentary will help by bringing plight on this, often forgotten panda, into the public consciousness. As my friend and red panda expert, Dr. Angela Glatston, recently said to me: “If we aren’t careful they could just disappear in a generation. …So I am not positive about the red panda’s future.”
I think public awareness could be an important tool in reversing this trend – which is why I made this film. And hopefully it becomes widely distributed in the Himalayas, the “Kingdom of the Red Panda”.​

Aiden’s Butterflies
By: Lindsey kayman / Brad Mays

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:13:37
Meet 11 year old Aiden Wang, who ​has been growing milkweed and harboring and releasing Monarch Butterflies since he was 6 years old. We join Aiden in a journey ranging from nature preserves to city streets as he meets new friends and asks us all to help preserve the endangered beautiful monarch butterfly with it’s dependence on the diminishing supply of milkweed. 14 minutes, 2018

The Return of the Panther
By: Tim Tetzlaff

Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:08:33
Once on the verge of extirpation in the state, Florida’s panther population has been steadily increasing since a genetic restoration effort was carried out in the 1990s. The natural systems we depend on do better with top predators, yet living with predators is a complex issue requiring meaningful discussions between people of diverse viewpoints – like those represented in this 8-minute video.

Saturday | 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Happy Hour sponsored by Constellation Brands

Rick Erwin’s Nantucket & live music from Darby Wilcox
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Saturday | 6:30 pm

Session 3

Yard Sale
By: John Sexton
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:17:38
Description: In the 1800’s “romage sales” began in US shipyards to sell unclaimed cargo. Over time, “romage sales” became “rummage sales” and eventually “yard Sales”. YARD SALE – a chorus of life’s memories for sale.

By: Geoffrey Gunn
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:12:47
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: After a falling out with his granddaughter, a grandfather tries to reconnect with her via video message.

By: Khalil Gamble
Category: Student Film
Runtime: 00:10:00
Description: A job interview gets weird.

By: Cameron Voris
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:07:37
Description: “They woke him up. Now they’re gonna milk him for all he’s worth.”After being activated as a sleeper agent, Mark, a boxer-clad father with a mysterious past, is put through a series of trials that test his resolve.With life hanging in the balance, Mark has to struggle to fight against the voice in his head.

A Brief History of the Origins of Lacrosse
By: Joanne Storkan
Category: Short Film, Documentary
Runtime: 00:12:35
Description: Even seasoned lacrosse players and coaches don’t often know that the origins of the game of lacrosse has its roots in North American Indigenous nations. A Brief History of the Origins of Lacrosse provides a brief history of the sacred, cultural history of this sport, originally played for the Creator of the universe as well as for the health and welfare of the people.

The Arrow Falls
By: Jeremy Garcia
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:12:22
Description: In a desolate future a mother and daughter try not just to stay alive but keep their relationship in tact.

The Farmhand
By: Michelle Elise Harding
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:42:12
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: “The Farmhand” takes place during the height of Prohibition in South Carolina where lawlessness prevailed. Hired assassin Grayson Livingston is on a mission by a kingpin bootlegger to execute Sheriff Henry Lloyd, a small town sheriff who makes alcohol shipments moving through his county difficult. In his attempt, Grayson makes a grave mistake in judgment. Now an outlaw on the run, Grayson finds shelter on a farm where he is discovered by the owner, Everett James (EJ) Sawyer. Hired as a farmhand, Grayson crosses paths with EJ’s wife, Constance (Connie) Rose Martine-Sawyer, who quickly takes a liking to him. A relationship blossoms but it soon leads them both into danger. As Sheriff Lloyd relentlessly hunts Grayson, no one is safe.

Therapy, Bro
By: Francesco Nuzzi
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:20:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: A bartender and his friend decide to embark on voyage of self discovery when they decide to give each other therapy.

Saturday | 9:00 pm

Session 4

The Ebbing
By: Jennifer Trudrung
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:13:17
Description: A desperate mother is haunted by nightmare visions and clues as to what happened to her missing daughter.

By: Justin Robinson
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:10:00
Description: A devout Nazi oversees a group of taste testers for Hitler.

Screaming soup
By: Dead West
Category: Animation
Runtime: 00:09:05
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Deadwest, the web’s #1 animated horror host, is a gas guzzling, ray gun slinging cowboy skeleton who has to rescue his favorite drinking hole from a voodoo chicken named Papa Kaka.

By: Ian Kent
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:17:25
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: A young artist struggling with his identity meets a elderly blind man who offers a way out of restricting one’s soul.

Black Dispatch
By: Chip White
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:19:01
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Sable, a Confederate engineer’s house slave, risks everything by stealing military plans, in hopes of delivering them to the Union Army and earning her and her family’s freedom.

Two Peas In A Pod
By: Collins Abbott White
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:17:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: After an accident, an estranged family must reunite and reconcile to find a way forward.How do you make the right decision for someone else’s life? Is there even such a thing? Patrick and Lori struggle to do just this for the most important person in their lives.They soon discover that while life pulls us apart, love brings us back together.

By: John Niespodzianski
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:13:46
Description: John Micelli sits in a hospital room, his mind and soul fractured after returning from Vietnam. His loving family is shattered as he tries to pick up the pieces and return to the man he once was. TRUCE tells the story of our wounded warriors – the horrors they faced in the thick jungle, as well as the day to day struggles upon returning home. The film examines the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time when doctors and soldiers were mostly unaware of what it was.

Swipe Right
By: Draekul Films, John Draekul
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:19:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Ian tries to leave his social awkwardness behind. How far will he go to not be alone? Stacy wants to fill that longing that we all have. Can she find someone to fill that void?

By: Phyllis Jackson, Chris White
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:10:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: He’s just your average, middle-aged divorcee looking for his first fix. Today he meets Molly.

Sunday | 12:30 pm

Session 5

Mocking bird
By: Katherine Crossan, David Donar
Category: Student Film | Clemson University, Animation, SC Local
Runtime: 00:02:30
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: A mocking bird and walnut tree experience the change of seasons.

By: Sofia Alvarez
Category: Student Film | Chapman University, Dodge College
Runtime: 00:17:06
Description: When teenage Shea inexplicably sprouts a flower on her head and her friends and family become obsessed with her rare and unexplained beauty, her twin sister Ava becomes envious, wondering why her value is suddenly so much lesser to her sister’s.

Here’s Your Flag
By: Jonny Lewis
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:06:06
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: An Army officer arrives at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s door to inform her that a new algorithm predicts that her son Eddie will die in battle. Not “did” die, but “will” die. Since Eddie just enlisted yesterday, she feels this is hardly fair. The officer reminds her that the possibility of death was mentioned in the recruitment contract: “Page 12, in the fine print, at the bottom.” Mrs. Cavanaugh persists until she finds out Eddie will die a hero. “Will he be getting any medals? We can put them with his football trophies!” And then it just gets weird. By the way, there really is such a thing as a “death gratuity” when a loved one dies in battle, and yes, it really is $100,000. This is a comedy. (No, really.)

Magnolia & Clementine
By: Ashley Shelton
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:16:22
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Most of her brilliant ideas end up in the bathroom trash, deleted, or left unfinished all thanks to her wonky computer that crashes at the most inconvenient times. Struggling writer, HER, tosses out a story that gets turned into a published successful piece of work. By her more famous husband. Frustrated and jealous, HER, heads to a local coffee shop for a for a change of scenery to work where she sees some unexpected familiar faces. That event sparks some unwelcomed but much needed changes to HER life. Confronting her past and making peace with her expectations of the future, we see a women consciously stepping out of her own way and into her destiny.

By: Sofia Alvarez
Category: Student Film | Chapman University, Dodge College
Runtime: 00:09:16
Description: A year after giving away her baby for adoption, Ally attempts to reconnect with her daughter despite her mother’s disapproval

By: Dan Hale
Category: Student Film | Clemson University
Runtime: 00:01:19
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Disconnect is an animated social commentary piece about the shortcomings of our new digital reality.

Closely Detached
By: Gail Shields
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:09:52
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Closely Detached is a PSA about Erick Johnson, who struggles from PTSD after coming home from war.

By: Jack Orr
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:06:30
Description: Exploring the minds of a whitewater kayaker, and an artist, through two parallel interviews. Though these activities seem drastically different, the resemblance in how those who partake in these activities think about their discipline is uncanny. Even their differences have their similarities.

By: Patrick Rutledge
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:08:51
Description: Chase Ivandale is an aspiring local-rapper. His journey and struggles during the film are heavily-influenced by the real-life experiences of artists Cole Connor (acting as “Chase”), and Patrick Rutledge (Director).

Long Roads
By: Ashleigh Chavis
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:22:08
Description: In search of a cure for his fatal illness Mickey takes a cross country road trip with his best friend Natalie in hopes of gaining a medical miracle from an old Cherokee medicine man.

The Lost Weekend
By: Ryan O’Leary
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:14:00
Description: After a rough breakup, Charlie Monahan dives headfirst into the world of online dating. Guided by his charismatic best friend, Rufus, Charlie meets the charmingly complicated Maggie Mae. Quickly learning the differences between expectations and reality, Charlie’s forced to confront the challenges of maintaining a relationship in the digital age. In an era where everyone’s connected, Charlie’s never felt more apart.

As Advised
By: Quinn Halleck
Category: Student Film | Chapman University, Dodge College
Runtime: 00:18:59
Description: This film was made with the strong message that in order to truly be happy with your life, you must embrace who you really are. I wrote and directed this piece in a time where my college was ending and I was attempting to answer the question of where I see myself in this world. How can I fit into society while also staying true to myself. I was faced with the task of finding myself.The world created around this story is a device used to illustrate this struggle that everybody goes through many times in their life. A rediscovery, if you will. A world where technology knows you better than you know yourself. Set in an 80s distopia, this world boxes everybody into their assigned categories, much how careers, friends, and colleagues can label you.Through the world, you’ll see the power of trying to fit a square into a round hole. Ultimately pushing Reed, the main character, to do something nobody would have expected.

Sunday | 3:00 pm

Session 6

Passive Aggressive Dads
By: Jim Picariello
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:04:46
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Two middle-aged dads just want to spend a quiet day with their daughters at the park. But when an obnoxious group of teens drive by, too fast and too loud, it spurs these aging, disgruntled dads into a self-righteous act of passive-aggression.

And With Him Came the West
By:​ Mike Plante​
Category: Documentary
Runtime: 01:17:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Famous in the wild west for winning a gunfight at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp saw the best and the worst from fame in the late 1800s. Desperately wanting to write his own legend in his old age, he went to Hollywood in the 1920s and asked filmmakers to make a movie about him. And it freakin’ worked.
A non-fiction film about Wyatt Earp and the Hollywood Western.

The Lossen
By: Colin Skevington
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:26:02
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: In the dead of night an other-worldly visitor forces a successful business woman in the final moments of her life, to confront her lost dream before it’s too late.

Tin Can
By: Pat Battistini
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:20:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: J.C. came to America as an illegal immigrant when he was just a child. Now, as an adult, he’s still an illegal alien but has managed to persevere and prosper working as a rodeo clown. However, after a series of unfortunate events, J.C. finds himself down on his luck and in search for a new happiness. He eventually finds it near the Mexican border but the price he pays could get him kicked out of the only country he knows.

By: Cortometraje Manuel
Category: Foreign Film
Runtime: 00:08:23
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: Manuel lives far from his family, immersed in a routine from which he can´t escape.

Sunday | 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Indie Grants Work-in-Progress Screening

Check out the 2019 Indie Grants short films before they start their run on the international film festival circuit at this exclusive work-in-progress preview screening. Indie Grants fund and produces short films by South Carolina filmmakers, bringing in top-notch production professionals to help them make their movies. Recent collaborators include DP Russell Carpenter (Titanic, Avatar 2), actress Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, Good Girls Revolt), actor A.J. Bowen (You’re Next, The Sacrament), DP Peter Simonite (Tree of Life 2nd Unit, Song to Song) and writer Brad Land (Goat).

Check out for more info. Next year’s funding cycle opens March 2020.

Free to attend

Sunday | 6:30 pm

Session 7

The Unusual Suspects
By: Jaclyn Gorman
Category: Student Film | Chapman University, Dodge College
Runtime: 00:04:56
Description: When an avant-garde artist is robbed, she perplexes the police with her drawing of the burglars. 

The Wight Christmas
By: Levi A. Taylor.
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:30:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: After their father presumably committed suicide, a dysfunctional family comes together for the holidays to unwrap skeletons from their closet. Adapted from a feature screenplay written by Levi. A Taylor.

By: John Niespodzianski
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:11:00
Trailer: Watch Here
Description: A man wants to enjoy one final perfect day before his memories fade away forever.

A Nun’s Curse
By: Tommy Faircloth, Horse Creek Productions
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 01:15:00
Trailer: Watch Here
While on a weekend trip, a group of friends are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time at the prison, Sister Monday was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences but before she could be questioned, she disappeared. Once inside the prison, terrifying childhood memories and family conflict come to the surface for the group where they are forced to face their fears. Don’t CROSS Sister Monday. She will PREY for you!
Starring horror icon Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) as Sister Monday, Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night, “Man in the Mask”, Haunt), Kristi Ray (Pieces of Talent), Erika Edwards (Family Possessions), and Gunner Willis (Dollface). Makeup by Tony Rosen (The Conjuring, Halloween Kills, Creator of the Annabelle doll).