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These are the films of the 2017
Naperville Independent Film Festival


Films will be shown in groups in two different seatings per evening. Each film was reviewed by our five jurors and determined to be of good quality and interesting subject matter. We encourage you to read the selections and choose which films you'd like to see.


6:00pm SEATING

Cup of Tea

Narrative Short

3 minutes

A young photographer stands at the edge of a lake as she takes pictures of the beauty surrounding her. A young delinquent picks up her bag and makes a run for it. Just when hope seems to be at an end, she finally finds the kid, and what she sees overwhelms her and melts her heart.

Jitendra Rai, Director.

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Secondhand Hearts

Narrative Feature

95 minutes

A photographer on a trip to Japan meets a fellow American woman and they quickly fall in love. However, when he returns home to the US, he discovers that she is his girlfriend's older sister.

Austin Everett, Writer & Director. Connie Alcino, Producer. Ben Isaacs, Mallory Corinne, Allie Rae Treharne, key cast.

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8:15pm SEATING

Albedo Absolute

Narrative Short

15 minutes

ALBEDO ABSOLUTE is a fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent’s warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.

Vlad Marsavin, Director. William Brookfield, Writer. Elena Baranova, Kirsten Wagner, Producers. Gabriel Olds, Boti Bliss, Hannah McCloud, Lyliana Wray, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Short

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The Test of Courage (S/T)

Narrative Short

19 minutes, subtitled.

During WWII, a bunch of children, with 11-year old Anton and his younger brother Rudi in the middle, meet up at a wall at the cementery. They regulary have tests of courage. As it is Rudi´s turn, he makes his way, armed with a knife, to the grave of a child murderer, where the night ends in terror.

Rena Dumont, Director, Producer, Screenplay. Thomas Bresinsky, Director of Photography.

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Hard to Believe

Documentary Feature

56 minutes

IT’S HAPPENED BEFORE: Governments killing their own citizens for their political or spiritual beliefs. But it’s never happened like this.
It’s happened so often that the world doesn’t always pay attention. But is economic influence the reason, that this time, it’s going largely unreported? It’s hard to believe that doctors would carve up innocent people so their organs could be sold. It’s even harder to believe that major media are not investigating. Yet it happened tens of thousands of times, and may be happening still.
Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber.

Ken Stone, Director. Ken Stone, Irene Silber, Writers. Ken Stone, Irene Silber, Kay Rubacek, Producers. Ethan Gutman, David Matas, Enver Tohti, Key Cast.

Nominated for Best Documentary

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All Films Shown at Hollywood Palms Cinema

Come see our films in the luxurious seats and whimsically decorated theatres of Hollywood Palms (map, directions).
Enjoy a drink beforehand and full food service during the show in big, comfy recliners.
The festival films are shown in one of the main floor theatres. The ECU films are shown in the upstairs theatre.
An usher will direct you to the proper theatre for your choice of seating.


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