2019 UFFyc Lineup Announced

Take a trip around the world without leaving your seat! Over four days in March, the Underexposed Film Festival yc showcases the best in Independent filmmaking from around the world. In its eighth year, the UFFyc screens films that are as diverse in storytelling as they are in origin. Running March 27 – 30, 2019 Underexposed Film Festival yc, presented by Morton & Gettys, welcomes filmmakers and movie lovers to Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center and Plowden Auditorium at Withers Building on the campus of Winthrop University in Old Town Rock Hill, SC.

Established in 2012, the Underexposed Film Festival yc focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions that follow the screenings, giving festivalgoers a glimpse into their vision and process.

Hollywood may have tried to turn its back on short film projects at the Oscars this year, but the stars have doubled down on their commitment to this art form. The 2019 UFFyc features projects with notable artists including: Nick Cave (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babylon 5), Adria Tennor (Mad Men, Bad Moms, The Mindy Project), Olivia Washington (Mr. Robot, Madoff, The Butler), Jessica Paré (SEAL Team, Mad Men, Hot Tub Time Machine), JJ Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Shogun’s Samurai, The Street Fighter), Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls, Better Call Saul, 13 Reasons Why), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Drunk History), and Tom Cullen (Orphan Black, Knightfall, Downton Abbey). In addition to the deep Hollywood involvement outside the studio system in this year’s festival, the UFFyc is thrilled to be able to announce that for the first time, half of the films screening over the 4-days were directed by women – a great achievement, especially in a time when less than 7.5% of films made by the major motion picture studios are helmed by women.

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2019 UFFyc screening times and event locations:

Winthrop University | Plowden Auditorium at the Withers Building

611 Myrtle Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Block A | Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 7 - 9 PM

There will be a question and answer session immediately following Block A.

Winthrop University | Dina’s Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29733

Block B | Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7 - 9 PM

There will be a question and answer session immediately following Block B.

Block C | Friday, March 29, 2019 | 3 - 5 PM

There will be a question and answer session immediately following Block C.

Block D | Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7 - 9 PM

There will be a question and answer session immediately following Block D.

Block E | Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 2 - 4 PM

There will be a question and answer session immediately following Block E.

Block F + Awards Ceremony | Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7 – 9:30 PM

Winthrop University | Johnson Hall Actors’ Studio

1920 Alumni Drive | Room 103 | Rock Hill, SC 29733

Masterclass with Rob Adler | Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 10 AM – 12 PM

Wrap Party | Location to be announced.

Saturday, March 30, 2018 | 9:30 – 12 AM

Awards will be announced immediately following Block F on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The 2019 awards include: Grand Jury Award; Best Animated Film; Best Documentary Film; Best Experimental Film; Best Narrative Film; Woman to Watch; Cinema Carolina; Best Student Film | Collegiate; Best Student Film | High School; and the Terry Roueche Audience Choice Award. 2019 awards partners include: Cinematiq, Final Draft, Samsung, and Toon Boom.


THEME | Changes


Animation | 2018 | 4 min. 21 sec.

Language | Silent Film

Director | Greg Holfeld

Suggested Rating | G

A short story about art and work, giving and receiving, life and death, and things made from lumps of clay.

Grace in Training

Narrative | 2019 | 9 min. 37 sec.

Language | English

Director | Andy Heck

Suggested Rating | G

A loquacious server meets a mysterious customer. They strike up an intriguing conversation that leads to a fulfilling outcome.

Who’s With Me?

Experimental | 2017 | 4 min. 30 sec.

Language | English

Director | Darryl Dillard

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Multi-medium spoken work video with music and imagery.

Sono Pippa

Narrative | 2017 | 28 min.

Language | Italian, Swiss German

Director | Yasmin Joerg

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Former telenovela star Pippa is in her forties and struggling to reestablish herself as an actress. Chasing after her dreams, she hurries from one audition to another, constantly being confronted with the role of the mother. After an unexpected meeting with her estranged daughter Luna, the role Pippa has been denying suddenly becomes her reality.

Live from the Double Door Inn

Documentary | 2016 | 29 min. 34 sec.

Language | English

Director | Chuck Bludsworth

Suggested Rating | PG

The Incredible True Story of the Legendary Music Club. For 43 years, rock, blues and jazz legends performed in a converted house called the Double Door Inn. Music royalty, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Spongetones, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, Long John Hunter & Gigi Dover have graced the stage. The film traces the history of the club, from humble beginnings to international fame. The club was demolished in 2017, but prior to that, our documentary crew preserved some of the soul, stories and seriously good music performed live at the Double Door.


THEME | Ladies Who Lens


Experimental | 2017 | 14 min. 3 sec.

Language | English

Director | Christine Papalexis

Suggested Rating | PG

"Amaterasu" is based on an ancient Japanese tale about Amaterasu, the sun goddess, and her difficult relationship with her brother Susanowo. The sets and marionettes in this film are made of found objects. Heather Henson executive produced this project.


Narrative | 2018 | 12 min.

Language | English

Director | Kimmy Gatewood

Suggested Rating | PG

A singer ignores her fan's consent in this romantic comedy gone wrong. An allegory about sexual assault with absolutely no sex.

The Call

Animation | 2018 | 10 min.

Language | Romanian, English

Director | Anca Damian

Suggested Rating | PG

A phone call, a bathroom and a woman are at the intersection of the worlds.

The Gift of the Red Fern

Documentary | 2018 | 11 min. 50 sec.

Language | English

Director | Robyn McSheehy Hartman

Suggested Rating | G

The true story of how a teacher’s act of kindness changed a lonely boy’s life. Now a District Attorney in South Carolina, Kevin Brackett, Esq, narrates the letter he sent to his teacher in 2017, sharing the events she set in motion with her caring gesture.


Animation | 2018 | 7 min. 18 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Shadi Adib

Suggested Rating | PG-13

A mousetrap snaps shut, a market place awakens. A group of men heatedly discuss how to kill the animal in the little box. One after the other, they try to trump each other’s sadistic fantasies, and even a stranger’s suggestion to let the creature loose, turns out to be a sick manipulation. But as the macabre game unfolds and spirals out of control, both victim and tormentor suffer the same fate.

Shakespeare in Tokyo

Narrative | 2018 | 20 min. 34 sec.

Language | English

Director | Genevieve Clay-Smith

Suggested Rating | G

An Australian Shakespeare fan with Down Syndrome, sets off on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo in order to get away from his over-bearing older brother. Along the way he uses his knowledge of the Bard, his sketchbook and his wits to win the hearts of the people he meets.


Narrative | 2018 | 10 min. 44 sec.

Language | English

Director | Adria Tennor

Suggested Rating | PG-13

Carol invites Annette over for homemade pie and after much prodding divulges her special secret and scandalous ingredient. It’s Thelma and Louisemeets Sweeney Toddvia Stepford, Connecticut.


THEME | To Be Young


Experimental | 2017 | 8 min.

Language | English

Director | Christian Kozlowski

Suggested Rating | G

George fears his phone calls are being tapped. Listen in as he tries to reach his sister to tell her this news, only to reach her voicemail. Cellular is an interactiveshort film, please take out your cellular devices and participate in making George’s nightmare a reality.

After the Rain

Animation | 2018 | 8 min. 42 sec.

Language | Silent

Directors | Valérian Desterne, Rebecca Black, Céline Collin, Juan Olarte, Juan Pablo De La Rosa Zalamea, Carlos Osmar Salazar Tornero, Lucile Palomino

Suggested Rating | G

In a valley, a dog lives happily with his master, an uncommon shepherd. This shepherd doesn’t only shear his sheep’s wool, he creates clouds out of it, to make rain, thus preserving the cycle of life. But if the shepherd wasn’t everlasting, what would happen to the valley ? The young dog would have to be creative and persistent to avoid the worst.

Rachel’s Pitch

Narrative | 2018 | 12 min. 33 sec.

Language | English

Director | Julia Fulmer

Suggested Rating | G

In this satirical portrayal of the entertainment industry, join Rachel Jensen, a quirky but ambitious young filmmaker, as she attempts to pitch her ideas to Mr. McKnight, an intimidating big-time producer. Make-A-Wish South Carolina served as Executive Producer of this project.

Wifi Plaza Cuba

Documentary | 2017 | 3 min. 20 sec.

Language | Spanish

Director | Adrian Kelterborn

Suggested Rating | G

The Cuban soprano singer Maria Dolores Garcia no longer has an audience. These days, the residents of her town San Antonio de los Banos prefer to spend their evenings in the central plaza, where they have access to Wi-Fi. Since the audience won’t come to the theatre, Maria Dolores Garcia decides to go to the Wi-Fi plaza and sing a song for the people gathered there.

Easy Money

Narrative | 2018 | 10 min. 45 sec.

Language | English

Director | Jackson Little

Suggested Rating | PG

Two boys are given the opportunity to make some money by retrieving a brief case. Little do they know what they're getting themselves into...

Kitwana's Journey

Animation | 2019 | 5 min. 45 sec.

Language | English

Director | Ng'endo Mukii

Suggested Rating | PG

This is the story of a boy named Kitwana,

A boy who laughed and played, and went to school,

and did all the things that children do.

One day Kitwana’s life would change and not for the better,

This however, nobody knew.

This short film is based on a true story, and was commissioned by HAART (Awareness Against Human Trafficking) Kenya.

The Afterbirth

Animation | 2018 | 4 min. 0 sec.

Language | English

Directors | Ignacio Rodó, Blanca Bonet

Suggested Rating | G

Two twins discuss, while still inside their mother's belly, what they might find once they are born.


Animation | 2018 | 15 min. 0 sec.

Language | Japanese

Directors | André Hörmann

Suggested Rating | PG

Akiko Takakura is one of the last survivors of the atomic bomb explosion of Hiroshima. During Obon she receives the spirits of her parents and is haunted by memories. Akiko’s childhood consists of constant rejections and beatings. Finally, Akiko experiences fatherly love in the midst of Hiroshima’s ruins.


Documentary | 2017 | 5 min. 40 sec.

Language | English, Swahili

Director | Samuel Wanjohi

Suggested Rating | G

Samuel Mwangi, a young professional Kenyan cyclist, is faced with the challenge of undertaking his career with one leg after the other one got amputated as a result of a tragic crash he encountered during the Tour du Rwanda 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. However impossible it seems, Samuel keeps his dream alive to become a world cycling champion as he also seeks to inspire a new generation of dream chasers among people living with disability. Currently he is aiming at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan.

Novela Picaresca

Narrative | 2017 | 24 min. 58 sec.

Language | Japanese

Director | Kenji Qurata

Suggested Rating | G

Yoko wishes to become the “bad kid” but she is trapped in her little book store. One day, she falls in love with a phrase written by a novelist and starts to plan a very innocent and mindless crime, which becomes an everyday prank towards a joyful life.