Joshua Tree International Film Festival

a Black Lotus Production

indie films in the Hi-Desert

GULMARG PARADISE ON EARTH- (00:14:43)- A portrait of a small once war-torn mountain village that has been discovered as a new frontier for western ski tourism.  TRAILER

Shown with: PATAGONIA TREASURE TRAIL

MTJP| JOSHUA TREE- (00:05:15)- The culmination of nearly a month spent exploring Joshua Tree National Park. This short film was shot entirely in 4K. TRAILER 

Shown with: NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL and DESERT WILDFLOWERS|A JOURNEY THROUGH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

MYTHOS- (00:28:47)- In a college town, a man goes out for the night. After having a good time at a bar with two guys he just met from the University's beloved football team, things quickly go a different direction. TRAILER 

Shown with: THRILL KILL

SEND HOLLYWOOD MY LOVE (or the pressures of success in eight parts)- (00:29:34)- Set in Palm Springs but pokes fun of Hollywood and the pressures of success.

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​Shown with: DANE GRANGER

DESPERATE MANNY- (00:25:44)- In the middle of the night, Manny wrestles with his demons, trying to find the answers that will save his young son and himself. Having drawn two others into his plight, an old friend and a stranger, he’s not sure whom he can trust. TRAILER

Shown with: JASMINE

ATTACHED AT THE SOUL- (00:11:06)- Donald Kline recalls the 1950’s when he first met his wife, Margie, and the struggles of two teenagers growing up in the racially divided South. 

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Shown with: DOEVILLE

DOEVILLE- (01:37:00)- Farmer Gail Rose struggles to keep a promise made to her late husband, to keep his beloved deer farm alive. Set in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Gail's journey is one full of spirit, determination, courage, humor, heartache and hard work.

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​Shown with ATTACHED AT THE SOUL

WISDOM OF THE GRANDMOTHERS- (01:00:00)

Inspired by an indigenous teaching that states, "There won't be peace on earth until the voices of the grandmothers are heard," this documentary set out to find out why. In interviews with grandmothers and elders from Siberia to Patagonia, "The Wisdom of the Grandmothers" is a powerful testimony to the importance of the voices of elder women in today's world. Love, community, creativity, family, faith and spirituality, respect and caring for our Mother Earth are just of a few of the important topics shared.

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THAT’S OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING- (00:22:01)- Two wanna-be thugs attempt to rob an apartment; everything goes awry when the owners show up early for a little late-night sex. A game of cat and mouse ensues.

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Shown with (IM)MORAL

SONG FROM THE FOREST- (00:96:00)- 25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. Fulfilling an old promise, Louis returns to America with his pygmy son, only to realize he is not part of this globalized world anymore. TRAILER

H- (00:22:16)- A homeless man named H does his good deed for the day and washes the car windows of a woman named Linda that's in an abusive relationship. The story takes a compelling twist when Linda doesn't tell H her real plans for a new beginning.

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Shown with: SANCTITY

FEATURES

BLOOD LION- (00:01:24)- Blood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa. TRAILER

CURSE OF THE MAN WHO SEES UFOS- (01:31:12)- Christo Roppolo claims to have been videotaping and communicating with UFOs around Monterey, CA for several years. When a crop circle appears in Monterey County and becomes international news, Christo is validated in his belief of alien contact. 

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THRILL KILL- (01:20:00)- A dark cautionary tale exploring the cynical relationship between three lost teenagers left drifting alone in a foreclosed corner of America, wondering how would it feel to kill somebody.

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Shown with MYTHOS 

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(IM)MORAL- (00:09:30)- A comedic look at what the cost of success. Offered an audition with a big network for actors with disabilities, what is first declined for moral reasons, is reconsidered for egotistical reasons. What ensues tells the tale of integrity and success.

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Shown with: THAT'S OPPORTUNITY

KING OF GUANGZHOU- (00:18:00)- Set during the height of racial tensions in China, a Nigerian man fights to stay with his pregnant wife.

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Shown with: IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

PATAGONIA TREASURE TRAIL– (01:25:10)- A mother/daughter road trip on horseback into the environmentally delicate and politically volatile territory of southern Arizona. Their past issues come to the surface as they encounter classic western and present dangers.

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​Shown with GULMARG PARADISE ON EARTH

DESERT WILDFLOWERS|A JOURNEY THROUGH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK- (00:04:46)- During the the height of wildflower season, the filmmaker spent almost every day and night in JTNP. TRAILER


Shown with: NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL and MTJP| JOSHUA TREE

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CRACKING YOUR CREATIVITY CODE- (01:15:00)- A journey designed to unlock your creative powers. This program guides one through the mental, intuitive and spiritual states of creativity.

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PROMISED LAND- (02:00:00)- A social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied.

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DANE GRANGER- (01:18:13)- Dane Granger returns to her hometown for a funeral of a friend, and must face the demons of the past. Stuggles with being an openly gay in a small town, causes the anti-hero to spiral out of control with alcohol, sex, and madness.

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SANCTITY- (00:17:04)- Abortion is illegal in America. DANIEL McCAFFREY, a U.S. Reproductive Services Administration agent, spends his days busting shadow clinics and street dealers that peddle the abortion drug M.

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Shown with: H

BONDAGE- (00:460;06)- An amusing evening in the House of Bondage with dominatrix Mistress Terri, where anything is possible and everything is unexpected.

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Shown with (IM)MORALL

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK- (0021:00)- A young man becomes homeless when his mother becomes terminally ill. In a shelter he meets other homeless youth and discover a strong bond in their love for creating music. TRAILER

Shown with: KING OF GUANGZHOU

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: TOM BRADLEY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE- (00:57:00)- Thirty-five years before Barack Obama’s election as President, the question of race and the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test. It is the story of the challenges of diversity facing cities and nations, and the decisions we all must make.

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NOCTURNES: THE PAINTINGS OF ERIC MERRELL- (00:05:29)- Take an overnight trip with the artist to Joshua Tree National Park, where night falls and the desert takes on a surreal and mysterious beauty. TRAILER

Shown with: MTJP| JOSHUA TREE and DESERT WILDFLOWERS|A JOURNEY THROUGH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

JASMINE- (01:20:00)- A year after his wife's murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is still reeling from the tragedy. Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife's grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.

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Shown with DESPERATE MANNY