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5:30PM - 7:30PM



Saturday, October 22, 2016

5:30pm-7:30pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Hamilton Stage


Preceded by Short Documentary:

"A Job I Can Enjoy" directed by Milena Velis (PA, USA)


Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "Life is Short" directed by Antoine Allen.


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

5:30pm-7:30pm: Screening + Filmmakers Q&A

Fazioli Room


Preceded by Short Film:

"Another Empty Space" directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro (Brazil)

Rahway International Film Festival Feature Film Presentation: "Journey to Love (Lakbay2Love)" directed by Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.

Following the films, there will be a Filmmakers Q&A with the attending Filmmakers.  


*All festival tickets & day passes include free admission to the Opening Night After-Party & Saturday Lobby Networking Hour, which will offer a complimentary light buffet and cash bar. Come join the fun!


"Daddy Don't Go"


Feature Documentary |  Runtime: 1:28:00

Country of Origin: New York, USA

Language: English

Synopsis: Captured over two years, “Daddy Don’t Go" follows four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.

Director: Emily Abt

Selected as one of Variety Magazine's 'Top 10 Directors to Watch', Emily Abt is a critically acclaimed filmmaker dedicated to creating fiction and documentary projects with social issue themes.  She has produced and directed documentaries for PBS, OWN, MTV, Showtime, Starz and the Sundance Channel. Her first narrative feature "Toe to Toe" (which she wrote and directed) premiered in the Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was lauded by New York Times critic A.O. Scott.

Co-Producer: Omar Epps

Co-Producer: Malik Yoba



"A Job I Can Enjoy"


Short Documentary  |  Runtime: 9:09

Country of Origin: Pennsylvania, USA

Language: English

Synopsis: The first time Shymara Jones, a Popeye’s worker, went to a protest, she didn’t know where she was supposed to stand. The second time she went on strike, she brought 6 of her coworkers with her. As a leader in the growing movement for $15 and a union for fast food workers, Shymara is making a way for her two-year-old son Jaden to have a better future. They’ve come a long way, but they know the movement won’t stop when they win the fight for $15.

Director: Milena Velis

Milena Velis, Media Production Director at Media Mobilizing Project, coordinates the telling of untold stories by everyday people building a movement for our human rights. Previously, she has worked with Al Día, the Prometheus Radio Project, Temple University and as an interpreter. Originally from Chile, Milena calls Philadelphia home.


Journey to Love

"Journey to Love (Lakbay2Love)"


Feature Narrative |  Runtime: 1:41:41

Country of Origin: Philippines

Language: Filipino (with English subtitles) | English

Genre: Romantic Drama

Synopsis: The film opens with Typhoon Haiyan, the worst storm to hit the world and the Philippines, juxtaposed with French-Filipina videographer Lianne’s own devastation from a break-up. Assigned to do a video feature on biking, Lianne crosses paths with Jay-R, a forester whose life seems to be worlds apart from Lianne’s own reality, but unknowingly affects the course of her journey. Starring Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff and Kit Thompson.

Following the film, there will be an Audience Q&A with Director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil traveling in all the way from the Philippines! 

Director | Producer: Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil

A veteran and award-winning writer, producer, and director from mainstream film and television but had gone independent to create works which provide new ways of experiencing life meaningfully. Her first self- produced film Mga Pusang Gala (Stray Cats), a story of friendship between a middle-aged single woman with her gay landlord, won the First Feature award at the San Francisco Frameline Film Festival. Her second feature, Boses (Voices), about a battered boy who finds his voice through music, continues to screen locally and internationally on its 8th year. Believing that we can only broaden the cultural landscape of film if it is a community endeavor, she has taken on film distribution as well, always looking for kindred communities. 

Writer: Layeta Bucoy

Layeta Bucoy is a professor of playwriting in the prestigious University of the Philippines Los Baños. She is a four- time recipient of the much-coveted Don Carlos Palanca award for acclaimed writers, having successfully written for various mediums such as cinema, theater, and publication. She has also won multiple awards for a wide array of stage play genres: social realism, political drama, even a children’s musical. 


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"Another Empty Space"


Short Narrative |  Runtime: 8:06

Country of Origin: Brazil

Language: English

Genre: Romantic Drama

Synopsis: In the winter of Berlin two ex-lovers meet for the first time since parting ways.

Director | Writer | Producer: Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro

Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro is a writer, producer and director. Davi produced the documentary feature series Boundaries of Thought (2008) and on-line series Think Thank (2008). His feature debut as a director was Beyond the Grave (2011), winner of 15 international awards.

Co-Writer | Co-Producer: Leo Garcia




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