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2019 Official Film Selections!

We have a great soup a'brewin, we have selected the perfect ingredients! Check out the awesome films screening at this year's Cinema Soup Film Festival!


CHOOSE LOVE

When two people love each other it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Clint must choose between his love for John or a woman.

 

THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE

The story of Sorsie, a young sex-trafficking victim, and her attempt to regain her freedom. 

 

GUARDIAN ANGEL

Olivia confronts the biggest barrier in her life as her mother is in hospice and is slowly dying. She must face her mom and say her final goodbye to receive the closure she has been needing for the last ten years.

 

ALONE

In a desolate world, two people cross paths by means of a old tape recorder.

 

BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER

This documentary is a response to the lack of women’s voices being heard on commercial radio stations across the United States. For its nearly one-hundred-year history, radio has been an industry dominated by men, from station ownership and management, to on-air work. Currently, only about 25% of on-air talent in radio are women. This documentary highlights the realities of gender and its impact on career trajectory in this industry. The documentary gives voice to the women breaking barriers in this male-dominated field, and shines a light on their struggles as well as their accomplishments. Air talent, programmers and consultants from across the U.S. were interviewed for this project.

 

AND THEN WE'LL BE HAPPY

A young man is faced with the decision of robbing a restaurant or losing a friend in need.

 

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

"Freedom is Not Free" is a film that captures the true meaning of Memorial Day through the story of Jesse Dietrich. This inspirational story provides the historical significance of Memorial Day, while inspiring Americans today to remember what we have lost, so that we may fully appreciate what we have gained.

 

TELLING PEOPLE YOU'RE NATIVE AMERICAN WHEN YOU'RE NOT NATIVE IS A LOT LIKE TELLING A BEAR YOU'RE A BEAR WHEN YOU'RE NOT A BEAR

An animated informational video explaining that telling people you're Native American when you're not Native is a lot like telling a bear you're a bear when you're not a bear.

DOLL IT UP

Feeling his marriage with Natalie - a sex doll he has been with for 3 years - has grown stale, Gunther decides to purchases a new doll, Dorri, that he adores and esteems as “true love.” However, true love never lasts. When he finds out his new wife isn't as innocent as she looks, Gunther is faced with the fact that he has lost both of his wives.

BURNING  GRIEF

Three sisters deal with grief in their own different ways during a journey to a heritage railway station.

HOPE

Based on a true story. When a widow with mental illness attempts suicide, she survives only to find herself homeless and unable to reconnect with her son. After a year of living in a shelter with no hope of overcoming her situation, she has a chance encounter that changes her life.

FATHER OF LIES

A fantasy-horror story based on Norse mythology. On Odin's orders, Thor, Balder, and Tyr have kidnapped Loki's children and locked them away to prevent them from fulfilling their destiny.

In a fit of rage over the loss of his precious little ones, Loki murders Odin's favorite son Balder. As punishment, he is bound to a tree on Earth with the keys to his children's prisons dangling just out of reach. There he will stay hidden from the eyes of mankind until the trees lose their memory of Balder...

TRAVELING SOLDIER

After a shy, lonesome soldier strikes up a conversation with a young waitress, they find themselves wrapped up in an unexpected romance while he’s at war.

LOST AT SEA

A wealthy widow grapples with the disappearance of her son, trying to piece together what happened at the cost of her waning sanity.

THE SAVIOR & THE SAMARITAN

This modern day examination of the parable of 'The Good Samaritan' finds two very different people at a moment of crisis and in need of intervention. One, a wealthy Wall St. investor is moments away from taking his own life, but changes his plan in order to intervene on behalf of the other, a prostitute being abused by her pimp.

Ripe with symbolism, the film juxtaposes biblical allegory against the gritty language and texture of New York City, while raising questions about the complexity of faith as well as notions of 'good and evil' or 'right and wrong'

SAC DE MERDE

Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

TEA PARTY

A Southern belle hosts a twisted tea party for the very classmates who tortured her in high school.

PROP WARS: PROP HARDER

The battle for Prop supremacy rages on, an eternity old fight continues - just sadly now it's down to these 3 geeky fools

A SON INHERIT

Cary finds comfort, advice, and conflict through unexpected conversations that may mend more than just his troubled relationship with his boyfriend.

WILLIAM'S WORDS

An animated film about young William Shakespeare finding the words for his future plays

MALIGNANT

At a hotel for the super-elite, Scott's 30 year wait to confront the ghost of his childhood pushes his sanity to the edge, provoking a drastic course of action with profound consequences.

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and Found is a short animated film that demonstrates visually and through music, the impact complex trauma may have on the development of a child as she progresses into young adulthood.

 

WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires.

BULLY

BULLY is a new dramatic musical about Sam Bradley, a young man who commits suicide after being repeatedly bullied in school. The story follows Sam and the lives of those around him in the days leading up to and following his suicide.

TOASTED

An intoxicated bottle of bourbon, fearful of being recycled, relies on the ingenuity of his household appliance friends to devise an escape plan.

 

A MOTHER'S WILL

A mother takes the stage in a rock opera based on her son's suicide. She shares her story to enlighten others about the struggles teens face today and to prove it is never too late to reach out and get help.

SUMMER OF '67

Two sisters live in the shadow of their mother's suicide, struggling to live their lives and protect their loved ones in the face of the Vietnam War.

CARL AND THE CHAINSAW

Carl's life is in turmoil as he works his way through issues of his past.

BELOW A DARK WOOD

A missing woman. A troubled man. A dark wood full of mystery. What moves among the trees? What secrets lie buried? And what comes creeping in the dead of night?

SQUEE! IDENTIFYING AS A FANGIRL

The Squee Project explores topics of womanhood, feminism, representation, creativity and production, body image, race, sexuality and more. As fangirl creators, we attempt to cover the full fandom experience including cosplay, conventions, comic books, movies, podcasts, fanfic, episodics, and creating spaces for women, girls and femmes to collaborate and network in geek-nerd culture. 

MY LIBERATION

My Liberation tells the story of (fictional) 101st Ariborne veteran private first class Garnett returning to Heeswijk Castle, the site of his miss-drop during Operation Market Garden. At the memorial erected at the site, he reflects on the events of that day and takes us back in time.  Based on true events.

MERAKI

From poverty on the streets of Greece, to a self-owned business in America, Christos Soillis is a man who's story holds more than the typical "rags to riches" theme -- it carries a message that has been echoed down for generations. To help, love, and uplift.

MENTIS

All Frank Anderson wanted to do was put his puzzled life back together, but little did he know he was missing a few of the pieces right from the start. Seeking a new life and a fresh start, Frank packed his bags and never looked back. With a dead end job and no friends in a strange town, life gets lonely pretty fast, until a series of disturbing messages forces Frank to put his life and his sanity on hold. 

THIS IS MY LOVE SONG FOR YOU

A short film about love. If love is unconditional then to be able to love openly must be a given. Yet, somehow, this expression of love eludes many only because who we love is not what the majority would consider acceptable. The pain of love lost is perhaps even more excruciating if it is a forbidden love.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Helena walks in the gardens of the Versailles palace, photographing statues of antique gods. Through her camera, she perceives the presence of a male statue who has come to life and is lurking around her. She runs away, but the statue finds her. Helena decides to face it.

 

I AM BIRGER

One man's obsession with his belief he's related to a famous 1920's Illinois gangster leads him to act upon his urges.

 

AND SHE RODE FORTH...

A Bard recounts the tale of the Archetypal Heroine, called forth by necessity to begin her journey and fulfill her destiny. A silhouette animation, this is a "song without words", the tale being told solely through visuals and instrumental music.

I WILL CRUSH YOU & GO TO HELL

At their father’s funeral, Colorado and Louise Fox discover the 
existence of an exclusive and mysterious heiress: Apple Pie. 
Together, they set out to find who she is and hit the road to get the money back…

I Will Crush You & Go to Hell is a feminine and psychedelic road 
movie telling the journey of two sisters running away from their past to give their lives a new meaning. Raw, violent and poetic at the same time, the film is a quest about deliverance and freedom.

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