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Category: Voices of Local Film

Heath McKnight, Jason Galotti, Nicole Rankin, Juan Diaz, Tashi Dhondup

Voices of Local Film 2014 Winners: 

Best Director – Jason Galotti, They Live. sweded
Best Film – Butter & Cheese, Tashi Dhondup, director
This marked the first year the Palm Beach Film Society teamed up with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission to present the 2014 Voices of Local Film and Student Showcase of Films. We had an excellent line-up of local indie films, and student films from around the state. Voices this year had a great mix of comedies, drama and a documentary, and many of the local filmmakers spoke with the student filmmakers, discussing their films and production techniques. I look forward to many more years of working with the Film Commission and Student Showcase of Films (click here)!

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Update! Our poster, by Jossette Simo, is now available for purchase at the Palm Beach Film Society store!

The 2014 Voices of Local Film line-up has been released, and we have a terrific mix of drama, comedy, documentary and a film from a young filmmaker. Also, check below for the time, date, location!

In alphabetical order:

  1. Butter & Cheese; director: Tashi Dhondup; 12:22. A short documentary film about a nomadic family who live in the highlands of Sikkim, India, against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan mountains. It follows the unique lifestyle of the yak herders the process of making yak dairy products such as butter and cheese.
  2. Destroy All Spiders; director: Juan Diaz; starring: Jamie Normand, Martin Hovsepian; 19:05; comedy. A send-up of classic b-movies, as a hitman teams up with a scream queen to battle alien spiders.
  3. Goodfellas, Sweded; director: Wally Lurz; starring: Cheese & Crackers Improv Group; 3:22. A Swede from Cheese & Crackers that lampoons the classic “How Am I Funny” scene from Goodfellas.
  4. The Happy Hooligan; director: Bruce Feigenbaum; starring: Douglas Rill, David Ausem, Christi Berlane, James Hook and Ian Cooper. An adaption of a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, in the year 2116, Americans live in a Utopian society. There’s only one catch.
  5. Spread My Wings; director: Nicole Rankin; starring: Nicole Rankin; 3:16; drama. A sensitive look at the effects of bullying on a teenager named Faith.
  6. They Live, Sweded; director: Jason Galotti; starring: Doug Hansen, Jason Galotti; 14:20; comedy. A spoof on the classic 80s film about alien invasion and wrestling star Roddy Piper.

Cobb Theatre, Downtown at the Gardens
Sunday April 6, 2014
7 pm

This year, we are teaming up with the Student Showcase of Films, presented by the Palm Beach Film and Television Commission, and there will be great films from local filmmakers, and up-and-coming directors.

Please spread the word! Tickets can be bought here. And we encourage you to go to other Palm Beach International Film Festival events and films.

Submissions are now open for the 2014 Voices of Local Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival! Early deadline is February 7, 2014 and final (late) deadline is February 21, 2014! We’re looking for local, South Florida and Treasure Coast filmmakers and their short films, documentaries and music videos!

Download the submission form here!

It was a great night at the 2013 Voices of Local Film, celebrating 10 years of this annual event at the Palm Beach International Film Festival! We also announced two winners during the closing night of PBIFF. They are:

Best Film: Ares 11, from director Robert Goodrich

Best Director: V. Alex Marquez for his film Kundalini

Thank you everyone for coming out and showing your support for locally-produced movies in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. We’ll see you soon for our next big event! Check out some photos below.


The 2013 Voices of Local Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival marks our 10th year, since our humble start in 2003. We have selected six films — four shorts and one feature, plus a special short film to debut outside of competition — to screen on Saturday evening April 6, 2013 at 7 PM, at the Cobb Theatres at Downtown Gardens, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Ticket information coming soon. Thank you to all who submitted!

1. Kundalini, directed by V. Alex Marquez (07:49): Strange things happen when friends meditate too hard.

2. Billy Has a Dark Side, directed by Christopher Fernandez (03:15): A practicing psychotic with his favorite carving knife.
3. Death and Life, directed by Michael Chasin (28:18): Just as he is about to be exucted, a killer learns he’s the only bone marrow match for a young girl dying of leukemia. He’ll donate to save her life, IF the governor commutes his death sentence.
4. Ares 11, directed by Robert Goodrich (feature, 1 hr. 27 mins.): Four crew members of the Ares 11, a military surveillance spacecraft, are faced with an unimaginable dilemma when their ship is attacked, leaving only enough air for two of them to return to base alive.
5. Sixty-Nine Shades of Almost Funny, directed by Jared Kaufmann and Aaron Wells (short, 5 mins.): A man gets a surprise gift from his girlfriend on his birthday: ‘Fantasy #8’. Will it be all that he’s dreamed of?
6. Caught in the Middle, directed by Talina Adamo (17:24): Screening outside of competition, this film was written by two young Palm Beach County filmmakers and students. A brainiac pre-teen boy and a stunning, popular, and trendy girl come to the realization, with the help of his friends, that they are not too different after all and that being true to your heart will take you further than you ever imagined possible.
7. Critical Care, directed by Frank Eberling (14 mins): Carol and her daughter, Theresa (mid 20s), are keeping each other company during the graveyard shift at a 24-hour diner near a local hospital, where Carol’s brother-in-law is in the critical care unit. Critical Care explores the complex relationship between two sisters as revealed through this comical mother/daughter two-hander in a dramedy about envy, grieving, and unconditional love.