Thank You for Attending the 2022 Oceanside International Film Festival, Presented by Visit Oceanside. OIFF 2022 took place Tuesday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 27th, 2022 at The Brooks in Oceanside, CA. See You in 2023.

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OIFF 2022 Schedule – Tuesday, 2/22/22

OIFF 2022 will Kicked-Off this Year with a Special Red Carpet Ceremony on Tuesday, February, 22, 2022 at the Amazing Oceanside Museum of Art! The Red Carpet Mixer was Followed by our 2022 Special Opening Night Event:

OIFF Presented An Official 20th Anniversary Screening of BLUE CRUSH

Ticket is Required to Attend This Special Screening

Schedule of Events

4:00 pm – Red Carpet Ceremony at The Oceanside Museum of Art

6:00 pm – 20th Anniversary Screening of BLUE CRUSH at The Brooks Theatre

7:50 pm – Special In-Depth Q&A Discussion with BLUE CRUSH Director John Stockwell & Special Guests


Tuesday, 2/22/22 – 6:00pm at The Brooks Theatre – located at 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054. Join the OIFF staff as we present an official 20th Anniversary Screening of John Stockwell’s 2002 feature film, BLUE CRUSH at The Brooks Theatre. In attendance is Blue Crush Director John Stockwell & Stars Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake who will be providing an in-depth conversation with the audience after the screening on the film’s massive cultural impact.
ABOUT OUR RED CARPET CEREMONY: The screening at the Brooks Theatre will be preceded by a Red Carpet Event at the Oceanside Museum of Art from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, located at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054. This Outdoor Event will come with a networking mixer for our local and out of town filmmakers & community members to meet & greet one another prior to our festival screenings. The Oceanside Museum of Art is located at Walking Distance from our Screening Venue, The Brooks Theatre.
ABOUT BLUE CRUSH: An ambitious film to shoot amidst the elements & against the complexities of water, BLUE CRUSH was a milestone achievement in both filmmaking technique and subject matter for its time. A production that sent cultural ripples through its landscape, the film empowered & spoke to millions of young women across the planet & entire industries were born as a result. Young women targeted apparel lines were developed by all the major surf industry brands and tens of thousands more people signed up to learn to surf. Even global surf brands that focused for decades on young men started their own female targeting brands. To this day the sport’s inclusiveness and image experiences changes brought upon by this film’s release. You will hear behind the scene stories and much more for the first time in this post-screening panel discussion with Director John Stockwell & Special Guests on how art can spark progress & change an entire industry forever. The film starred an emerging cast featuring a young Kate Bosworth as Anne Marie, Michelle Rodriguez as Eden, Matthew Davis as professional football player Matt Tollman, Sanoe Lake as Lena, Mika Boorem Penny, Faison Love as Leslie and a whole host of actual surfers from Hawaii and Australia. It featured the amazing work of DoP David Hennings & Legendary Water Camera directors/operators – Sonny Miller & Don King.

John Stockwell

ABOUT JOHN STOCKWELL: John Stockwell is an actor director producer and writer; His most well known performances include his roles in “Losin It” (’82) “Top Gun” (’86) and John Carpenter’s “Christine” (’83). As a director he is well known for Turistas (2006), Crazy/Beautiful (2001) Into The Blue (2005) Band, Blue Crush (2002). More recently Stockwell has worked on “Armed Response” with Wesley Snipes (2017), and directing and writing on“Kid Cannabis” (2014).

Kate Bosworth

ABOUT KATE BOSWORTH: Kate Bosworth is an American actress and model. Following minor roles in the films The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Remember the Titans (2000), she rose to prominence with her role as a young surfer in the box-office hit Blue Crush (2002). She also had roles in independent films, playing Dawn Schiller in the true crime film Wonderland (2003) and Sandra Dee in the Bobby Darin biographical drama Beyond the Sea (2004). She portrayed Lois Lane in Superman Returns (2006), and had roles in 21 (2008), Straw Dogs (2011), And While We Were Here (2012), and Still Alice (2014). She starred in the horror films Before I Wake (2016) and The Domestics (2018). Recently, she starred as KC in the Netflix science fiction miniseries The I-Land (2019). In 2018, Bosworth was included in People magazine’s list of 25 Women Changing the World.

Sanoe Lake

ABOUT SANOE LAKE: An actress, model & surfer born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii, Lake was the face used to launch the brand Roxy. The early Roxy campaigns that featured Sanoe were shot by the New York fashion photographer Dewy Nicks and are credited for helping to create a new genre within the surfing industry for females by broadening their representation outside of competitive surfing. From 2003 to 2013 Sanoe was contracted to be a face of Billabong Girls and during the decade with Billabong she was featured in numerous international print campaigns and commercials for the company.  Lake was one of the first female surfers to come out of the surfing industry and cross over into mainstream media, becoming known as the “Princess of Surf” throughout the surfing industry due to her multidimensional career.

OIFF Thanks our 2022 Presenting Sponsor, Visit Oceanside – the official tourism marketing organization in Oceanside, CA, promoting travel to the city for both leisure and group visitors. Visit Oceanside also operates one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers. Visit their Website to Learn More about our Beautiful Town, as well as Where to Eat and What to See and Discounted Rates on Where to Stay During your Attendance of our Event!

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OIFF 2022 Schedule

February 23, WEDNESDAY

5:00pm – 10:00pm – Screening of Films at The Brooks Theatre, 217 North Coast Hwy, O’side, CA 92054 (est. in 1936!)

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm – Doors Open at the Brooks Theatre.

5:30 pmEXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE Shorts Block Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)
7:20 pmTHE WHALE OF LORINO Feature Presentation Begins. (See Below for Program Details)
8:30 pmOUR SUSTAINABLE PLANET Shorts Block Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)


  1. very unusual or remarkable.

5:30pm – DOC: LOWMAN

Director: Andrew Rowley

Cast: Tim Lowman

Origin: San Diego, CA

Runtime: 7:12

Framed for murder and sentenced to the electric chair in the 1920’s, traveling gospel singer and musician James ‘Doc’ Lowman endures the wrath of an organized mob murder cover-up. Hear his voice on a recently discovered 100 year old record and witness the life, legend and lore of James ‘Doc’ Lowman, great grandfather to San Diego’s own traveling musician Tim ‘Low Volts’ Lowman in this mini ‘Doc’umentary by Andrew Rowley.


Director: Juan D. Aguirre

Cast: Pollo Del Mar

Origin: Pacifica, CA

Runtime: 9:28

Exploring wrestling and drag, A Night at the Opera follows the former empress of San Francisco.

5:47pm – YOU ARE ME & I AM YOU

Director: Melissa Kirkendall

Cast: Carmen Cumba Morales, Dr. Jose Patricio, Jose Farinango, Margarita Morales

Origin: Ecuador

Runtime: 14:38

A documentary about Carmen Cumba, an indigenous midwife in the High Sierras of Ecuador who despite many hardships and obstacles has dedicated her life to helping the women of her community both as an Ancestral medicine practitioner and as an advocate for equality for her fellow midwives in Ecuador.

6:02pm – YOUNG & THE RECKLESS (Trailer)

Director: Johnny Agnew

Origin: New Zealand

Runtime: 28:52

‘Young and the Reckless’ chronicles the lives of a group of teenage runaways in Auckland City, New Zealand. Shot from 2014 to 2021, the film documents their uncertain journeys as they try to find their feet in the world.

6:31pm – BUNDINI (Trailer)

Director: Patrick Green

Cast: Drew “Bundini” Brown, Muhammad Ali, Todd Snyder, Drew Brown III

Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Runtime: 22:00

Drew “Bundini” Brown was the source of Muhammad Ali’s spirit who stood by the champ during his triumphs, trials and tribulations both inside and outside the ring. “Bundini” is the first ever documentary on Ali’s beloved trainer/Svengali that explores the extraordinary life of the man whom Ali said made him “The Greatest” through archival footage, family photos, and narration by “Bundini” biographer Todd Snyder and Bundini’s only son, Drew III.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)

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7:22pm – THE WHALE FROM LORINO (Trailer)

Director: Maciej Cuske

Origin: Russian Federation/Poland

Runtime: 59 minutes

Whale From Lorino is a film about the descendants of the oldest of Siberian tribes on the far away land of Chukotka. For them, the yearly hunt for the endangered whale is not only a tradition, but a necessity for surviving winter in a fragile place devastated by Soviet influence. The clash of two disappearing worlds; Chukchis civilisation and the universe of monumental and majestic whales in a story about the paradox of history and a harsh fight for survival. (Extraordinary People Headliner, 10 Minute Intermission to Follow)


  1. 1.
    able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
    “sustainable fusion reactions”
    • conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
      “our fundamental commitment to sustainable development”


Director: Ryan Joseph Perez

Writer: Ryan Joseph Perez

Origin: Brawley, CA

Runtime: 3:00

A young girl struggles with the declining condition of the Salton Sea and the issues it causes to it’s air quality.

8:34pm – COLD WATER

Director: Ida Åberg

Cast: Linda Vagnelind

Origin: Sweden

Runtime: 7:44

Why do some swim in ice cold water? How can it make us stronger in life? Linda swims in 6 degree cold water on a cold Swedish day.

8:42pm – CAN YOU HEAR HER?

Directors: Alicia Carter, Lucas Pruitt

Origin: Belize

Runtime: 7:44

Belize’s barrier reef is vital to the country’s future, but it faces the looming threats of climate change, an uncooperative government, and an invasion of foreign developers. Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have already died, and without significant intervention, UNESCO projects that Belize’s reef will be almost entirely gone by 2050.

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8:50pm – THE DARK HOBBY (Trailer)

Director: Paula Fouce

Writers: William Haugse, Paula Fouce

Cast: Kimokeo Kapalehua, Ben Williamson, Teresa Telecky, Gail Grabowsky, Ph. D., Jessica Wooley

Origin: United States – Hawaii

Runtime: 55:46

In Hawaii, a group of Native Hawaiians and conservationists struggles politically to protect the exotic fish being looted from the reefs. Turtles, whales, and dolphins are all protected, but not the fish. Now many verges on extinction. 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline at any given time. They undergo bladder piercing, fin cutting and starvation for shipment and reach the mainland dead or dying. They would have lived up to forty years on a reef. Fish species are in crisis worldwide and many are caught with cyanide and dynamite.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew)

February 24, THURSDAY

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – screening of films at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054.

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm – Doors Open at the Brooks Theatre.

5:30 pmTHRILLS + KILLS Shorts Block Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)
7:00 pmHUMAN RESOURCES Feature Presentation Begins. (See Below for Program Details)


  1. 1.
    (of a living human being, often in contrast to a divine being) subject to death.
    “all men are mortal”


  1. a human being subject to death, often contrasted with a divine being.
    “capacities only possible of God rather than mortals”


Director: Eric Leja

Writer: Jeffrey K. Golden

Cast: Teresa Huang, Ruby York

Origin: Los Angeles, CA

Runtime: 9:43

Excited to be auditioning for a major role in a film, an actress soon realizes that the audition may be a life or death situation.

5:40pm – AUDITION 

Directors: Matej Herceg

Cast: Joey Heyworth, Grady Fiorio, Reid Schmidt

Origin: United States

Runtime: 12:00

This short film portraits an ambitious young actor and director during an unorthodox audition. It’s a film about the inner fight between the strong desire to achieve something great and knowing when it’s OK to stop the pursuit and move on to the next thing.

5:52pm – DELIRIUM

Director: Benji Lopez

Writers: Fran Mendez, Keicha Salamanca

Cast: Fran Mendez, Omalik Rosado, Grisell LoFuentes

Origin: Puerto Rico

Runtime: 9:00

A man kidnaps a drug dealer believing he might be his girlfriend lover.


Director: John Freeman

Writer: Dan Thale

Cast: Randy Davison, Caroline Amiguet, Robert Nixon

Origin: san Diego, CA

Runtime: 10:54

Early in the 21st Century, Man has developed the technology to create humanoid androids with short, fixed lifespans. Ema, returns to Earth with the hope of extending her lifespan. After discovering her creator has been murdered, she meets a new visionary poised to continue the fateful experiments.


Director: Mitchell Allan Boyce

Writers: Mitchell Allan Boyce, Jerico Olivari

Cast: Drew Leatham, Antoine Perry, Amber Moran, N’Dea Miles

Origin: United States

Runtime: 20:00

A heartbroken young man thrift shops an old walkie talkie in which he finds written instructions for a ritualistic radio game gambling his life in exchange for his lovesick memory erased.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)

7:05 PM – HUMAN RESOURCES (Trailer)

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Director: Braden Swope

Writers: Evan Swope, Braden Swope

Cast:  Hugh McCrae, Jr, Anthony Candell, Sarah José, Tim Misuradze, Michael Kammerer

Origin: Mission Viejo, CA

Runtime: 108 minutes

After starting a job at an eerie hardware store, Sam Coleman uncovers a shocking mystery involving a missing employee. With the help of Sarah, a cynical coworker, Sam plunges into the dark corners of the store and is forced to confront the terrifying forces that lurk just behind the walls.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew)

February 25th, FRIDAY

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Screening of Films at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054                  

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm – Doors Open at the Brooks Theatre.

5:30 pmTHE SEEKERS Shorts Program Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)
7:00 pmTHE LOCAL FILM BLOCK Shorts Program Begins. (See Below for Program Details)
8:10 pmSIGN MAN Feature Presentation Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)


noun: seeker; plural noun: seekers
a person who is attempting to find or obtain something.
“a tenacious seeker of the truth”


Director: Nate Riedel

Writer: Nate Riedel

Cast: Christine Chan, Vanessa Eagerton

Origin: San Diego, CA

Runtime: 6:30

A woman isolated in quarantine ventures into the monotony of daily life in her apartment. She breaks free from the repetitive boredom and begins to appreciate the ordinary through a new lens. After quarantine she hopes to keep that appreciation as a new normal begins.

5:36pm – JUNK

Director: Amanda Rosa

Cast: Jenise Morgan

Origin: Brooklyn, NY

Runtime: 14:43

To move on from trauma, a young woman tries to sell her junk.

5:51pm – MAR & CIELO

Directors: Roberto Zamora, Rocío Huerta

Writers: Juan Pablo Zamora, Roberto Zamora

Cast: Claudia Monardes, Roberto Zamora, Juan Pablo Zamora

Origin: Chile

Runtime: 19:26

One day before the Chilean National Referendum gives each voter the possibility to approve or reject the drafting of a New Constitution, Oscar and Marcelo, two brothers with opposite views, will share a trip along the desert coast of the country. Suspicious of Marcelo’s reckless involvement in the protests against the local coal plants, Oscar is constantly confronting his brother’s position as an environmentalist. On the way, the emotional complexity of their relationship will trigger a revelation that will end up influencing both their future and that of an entire nation.


Director: Carly Miller

Writer: Carly Miller

Cast: Cast: Oyemen Ehikhamhen, Nicholas Jarnot, Tanner Vydos, Steven Pappas, David Macy-Beckwith, Kelsey Brinkman

Origin: Oceanside, CA

Runtime: 17:50

1870s New Mexico, an African-American saloon girl plots her escape from her backwater town and devious employer. Her plans are complicated when an old flame rides into town asking for help — and she witnesses an act of violence that makes her question her decision to leave.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)


  1. belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood, typically exclusively so.
    “researching local history”
    nounlocalplural nounlocals
    1. an inhabitant of a particular area or neighborhood.
      “the street was full of locals and tourists”

7:00pm – CRUSOE

Director: Shane Acker

Writer: Shane Acker

Cast: Aflamu Johnson

Origin: United States

Runtime: 7:25

This Sci-Fi action comedy follows the adventures of Crusoe, an astronaut stranded on an alien planet teeming with hostile life.


Director: Mark Atkinson, Tony Olmos

Writer: Mark Atkinson

Cast: Mark Atkinson, Randy Davison, Elliot Branch

Origin: San Diego, CA

Runtime: 14:00

The lives of two roommates and a mysterious man intertwine in a tale of conflict and clashing within close quarters.


Director: Griffin Douglass

Writer: Griffin Douglass

Cast: Griffin Douglass, Marcel van Werkhoven

Origin: La Mirada, CA / Oceanside, CA

Runtime: 6:00

A young man slowly turns into a puppet after he is bitten by an evil sock puppet.

7:27pm – WE ALL DIE ALONE (Trailer)

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Director: Jonathan Hammond

Writer: Jonathan Hammond

Cast: Brian Patrick Butler, Frank DiPalermo, Joshua Alan Jones, Patrick Mayuyu, Carla Nell, Suzan Norberg,
Durwood Murray, Alexandra Slade

Origin: San Diego, CA

Runtime: 13:35

The hubris of an inept conflict negotiator leads two warring gangs into an 8-way standoff. The consequences are both comical and tragic in this whipsmart short featuring strong comedic performances, rapid-fire dialogue and a genre-bending story that honors, subverts and re-contextualizes films of its established tradition.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)

8:10 PM – SIGN MAN (Trailer)

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Director: Reuben Guberek, Luc Hollywood

Writer: Reuben Guberek, Luc Hollywood

Cast: Hazel, Luc Hollywood, Chopper Bernet, Sionne Elise, Sapna Kumar, Blake Dean

Origin: Encinitas, CA / San Diego, CA

Runtime: 76 minutes

The man who gives direction has none.

When the sign spinner for a pizza restaurant loses the van he lives in, he has no choice but to move in with his coworker, the pizza delivery driver. The sign spinner’s plans to leave town and start a more meaningful life are derailed when he becomes tangled up in the pizza driver’s escalating personal war against a local congressional candidate.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew)

February 26, SATURDAY

10:30 am to 10:00pm – Screening of films at The Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Schedule of Events

10:30 am – Doors Open at the Brooks Theatre.
11:00 amMAKE CHANGE Program Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)
1:30 pmFAMILY DYNAMICS Shorts Program Begins. (See Below for Program Details)
3:20 pmTHE ART BLOCK Shorts Program Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)                                               


6:50 pmSKATE & SURF Shorts Program Begins. (See Below for Program Details)
8:40 pmKEEP IT A SECRET Feature Presentation Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)


  1. forward or onward movement toward a destination.
    “the darkness did not stop my progress”

11:00am – ABOUT HER 

Director: Wagner Cinelli

Writer: Wagner Cinelli

Cast: Dimitri Michelsen, Pauline Prevost De Blois, Quentin Delanoe

Origin: Brazil

Runtime: 5:00

ABOUT HER deals with a sad and unfortunate issue: domestic violence against women. It is the story of a relationship marked by inequality and violence in which the male partner abusive behavior grows daily. Besides physical and psychological aggressions imposed on women, death could be one of the outcomes. At the end of the day, these abusive men frequently become killers in their own homes. Due to the alarming numbers of feminicide worldwide, it is urgent: we must talk about it.


Director: Lisa Gold

Writer: Terry Rossio

Cast: Jeff DeCrosta, Jill Saunders, Jared Lotz, Olivia Costanho, Taylor Cross, Marilyn Sanabria, Tatiana Steensma, Jentzen Ramirez

Origin: United States

Runtime: 3:46

To do today: Eat breakfast, go to work/school, get shot. Yawn.

11:09am – THE 5TH OF APRIL 

Director: Michael Lewis Foster

Writer: Elinor McKenzie

Cast: Elinor McKenzie, Eddy Lee, Eric Casalini,
Beth Gallagher, Adam Lau

Origin: San Diego, CA

Runtime: 13:22

When a young woman seeks advancement in her corporate career, she comes face-to-face with the gender and racial biases of her workplace. All the while, she must live her life within a broader climate of hate that has only been growing worse over time.

11:22am – FAILURE TO PROTECT (Trailer)

Director: Jeremy Pion-Berlin

Origin: United States

Runtime: 98 minutes

Failed by a system that unfairly tears apart low income, marginalized families, four parents – Anna, Trish, Ernst and Rosa – fight to reunify with their children. But what does it take to get your children back after they’ve been taken by the Child Protective Services? Failure to Protect is an in-depth look at the child welfare system through the forgotten lens of parents, further contextualized by experts in the field to unpack a pressing socioeconomic issue that affects hundreds of thousands of families everyday.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)


  1. 1.
    (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.
    “a dynamic economy”
  2. 2.
    (of a person) positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas.
    “she’s dynamic and determined”

1:30pm – MALIHINI

Directors: Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker

Cast: Henrylyn Auwae

Origin: United States

Runtime: 6:32

An introspective look into Hawaiian identity and living on the mainland, filmmaker Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker uses a candid conversation with their mother to dissect and deconstruct where they come from and how their family has lived in diaspora.



Director: Krystal Dawkins

Writer: Jiarui Bai

Cast: Larry Poole, Grace Rice, Mickey Faerch

Origin: Oceanside, CA

Runtime: 16:00

In an effort to understand his wife’s actions and his grief, an elderly man recalls events from their life together.

1:52pm – COMA

Director: Aaron Adrian

Writer: Aaron Adrian

Cast: Cordelia Watson, Jared Rayment

Origin: North Hollywood, CA

Runtime: 16:45

Amidst an important business day, Isabelle unexpectedly finds herself in a hospital when she received news about her father, who was absent for most of her life, in a coma. There, she meets her brother, Scott, with whom she has lost contact with since the passing of their mother. The siblings reunite but continue to argue about their father; Isabelle shows apathy while Scott tries to forgive.

2:09pm – CHERRY LEMONADE (Trailer)

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Director: Aisha Ford

Writer: Aisha Ford

Producers: Women in Media, Jane Hare

Cast: Eris Baker, Skylan Brooks

Origin: United States

Runtime: 10:33

Cherry Lemonade is a story about a young girl learning how to hold her own in a world that contains tough (and sometimes violent) men, even when those men present themselves as her protectors.

2:20 pm – EARTHSHINE

Director: Theresa Katharina Eschbacher

Writer: Theresa Katharina Eschbacher

Cast: Oula Al Khatib, Khalid Moubaid, Sham ShaarKey,
Ahmed Shaar

Origin: Austria

Runtime: 13:16

Nura and her family have been relocated multiple times since fleeing Syria. They are now welcomed by a social worker to their newly assigned shelter – an isolated cabin hidden amidst the Austrian alps. When Ali, the father, heads out to run errands in the village, Nura has to face the consequences of her resistance to accept her new reality.

2:33pm – LOVE, DAD

Director: Emma Asson

Cast: Ken Asson, David Asson, Sarah Asson, Matthew Asson, Maureen Asson

Origin: Chicago

Runtime: 19:20

An intimate portrayal of one family’s dynamic while navigating relationships with parents, spouses, and children.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)


  1. a person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or hobby.
    • a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a sculptor, novelist, poet, or filmmaker.
    • a person skilled at a particular task or occupation.
      “a surgeon who is an artist with the scalpel”

3:22pm – SEA TO SCULPT

Director: Gage Dean Hingeley

Cast: Casey Parlette

Origin: United States

Runtime: 6:15

This film showcases Casey’s journey blending sculpture and his appreciation for nature to create his new series, “Migration”.

3:28pm – SOUTH

Director: Kyle Gibbins

Origin: Dallas, TX

Runtime: 12:45

South is an 18 year old boy from Arkansas with an amazing gift for sculpture.


Directors: Victoria Fistes, Masashi Nozaki

Cast: Yoshinori Ishii

Origin: United Kingdom

Runtime: 32 minutes

When Japanese chef Yoshinori Ishii is dismayed by the quality of fish in London, he takes it upon himself to investigate why. Through skill, ethics and passion, he sparks a fish revolution in the United Kingdom.

4:13pm – RESURRECTION ARTIST (Trailer)

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Director: Scott Fitzloff

Cast: Matthew Wetschler

Origin: San Francisco, CA

Runtime: 22:11

If you died and came back, what would your art look like? Matthew, a doctor and artist drowns during a bodysurfing accident, 10 minutes later he is resuscitated by strangers but is paralyzed from the neck down. After surgery and rehabilitation, he walks out of the hospital. Once home, he must navigate a return to life with a changed body. Matthew explores the significance of his harrowing death experience through creating art, mounts a comeback to his work as an ER doctor, and sets an audacious goal to surf within a year of his death experience.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)


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Director: Donna Serbe-Davis

Writer: Donna Serbe-Davis

Origin: France / Italy / United Kingdom / United States

Runtime: 67 minutes

GIANNI BERENGO GARDIN’S TALE OF TWO CITIES tells the story of the Italian photographer’s controversial exhibition that triggered debate, protests and an international outcry. Tensions explode in the ensuing climactic events over the impact of the cruise ships in Venice.


Hosted by The Osider Magazine’s Zach Cordner, this on stage talk features a panel of renown San Diegan photographers as they continue on the important discussion showcased in Donna Serbe-Davis’ Feature Documentary, GIANNI BERENGO GARDIN’S TALE OF TWO CITIES, with an in-depth discussion of photo journalism. Be apart of the conversation, as the panelists discuss how to to create a world shaking dialogue through the power of image as an artform for change.

Zach Cordner (HOST)
(Via – Zach Cordner has seen it all, and we mean that quite literally. In his almost two decades shooting professionally, he’s snapped the portraits of a good portion of Hip-Hop and Hollywood’s elite, and he’s got the stories (and memories) to prove it. To be fair, what he does can’t be categorized as “snapping.” That makes it sound too easy. In this age of digital crutches, photoshop and insta-filtering, Zach is old-school. Meticulous. A self-confessed perfectionist. He lights everything through the lens and does minimal post work. No smoke and mirrors or cheap magic tricks. What he sees is what you get. — Jane Helpern,
Don Bartletti 
Don Bartletti is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist dedicated to creating photo essays, videos, exhibits, lectures and guest teaching to promote a greater understanding of causes and consequences of illegal immigration into the United States from Mexico and Central America. (Don’s Website)
Charlie Neuman
Charlie Neuman is a San Diego based award-winning freelance still and video photographer with many years of newspaper experience, having worked with many publications including The Oceanside Blade, Vista Press and San Diego Union-Tribune. (Charlie’s Website)
Vladimir Medvinsky
Vladimir Medvinsky is a long-time North San Diego County local living in Oceanside. Vladimir inherited the love of photography from his father, Efim, who gifted his first Canon AE-1 in the 1980’s. During the pandemic, Vladimir began to spend more time with his passion of photography, his wok beloved by thousands of members of the North County community and beyond. (Vladimir’s Website)
(This Program to Be Followed by a 10 minute intermission)


With Thanks this Program is Presented by SHOOTZ FISH & BEER
The Search


  1. try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly.


  1. an act of searching for someone or something.

6:50pm – SOLACE

Director: Amanda Prifti

Writer: Amanda Prifti

Origin: Concord, MA / Sri Lanka

Runtime: 8:00

A short, poetic surf film reflecting on navigating the COVID pandemic in Sri Lanka. It was a year that presented challenges and opportunities for everyone, despite our unique circumstances. But there was always something to find solace in. For us, it was the sea.

6:58pm – DANDOY

Director: Christian Rosillo

Cast: Dandoy Tongco, Chris Gonzaga, Ering Ricablanca, Epos GN Santilmo

Origin: The Philippines / Spain

Runtime: 20:00

Lapu-Lapu city is located in Cebu, the Philipinnes, the place where everything starts. Dandoy shows us how his surf boy dreams were not hindered by growing up in an island with no surfing. Dandoy is a story about how sports can help a community to grow and positively influence others around.

7:18pm – WAITING FOR WAVES (Trailer)

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Director: Jacob Zaoutis

Writer: Jacob Zaoutis

Origin: New England

Runtime: 20:45

A look inside the raw world of New England east-coast surfing through the eyes of three men who have dedicated their lives to the ocean.


Directors: Jesse Barron, Zach Hagy

Cast: Adrian Ortega, Cory Smith, Brent Hyden, Chris Weissman, Jakey Sparkle

Origin: Oceanside, CA

Runtime: 4:47

Everybody starts skating for different reasons, but one thing is universal: Once you start it’s pretty hard to stop. Jesse Barron, Zach Hagy, and Brent Hyden’s short film ‘Nothing in Return’ explores the economics of skateboarding—an inherently high-risk/high-return investment—to remind us that bravery and persistence will pay huge dividends. But remember: Skating doesn’t owe you anything.


Director: Shin Aoki

Writer: Shin Aoki

Cast: Tom Wegener

Origin: Japan / Australia

Runtime: 15:39

The urushi Alaia Project is based on a foundation of appreciation and respect for both nature and surfing. Surfing enthusiasts from Japan, Australia and America are working together to establish and maintain a beautiful world, a sustainable environment and a responsible society that can be passed on to the next generation.

8:00pm – WE ARE LIKE WAVES (Trailer)

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Director: Jordyn Romero

Origin: Sri Lanka / Santa Fe, NM

Runtime: 12:00

WE ARE LIKE WAVES is an intimate look into how surfing changes Sanu’s life, documenting the struggles and breakthroughs of becoming a female Sri Lankan surfer.

Along the South Coast of Sri Lanka, surfing is everywhere. Yet only foreigners and local men fill the lineups. Surfing is not seen as a sport for girls. This is a result of cultural and societal expectations that place women inside the household, particularly in rural areas. Young girls are expected to follow certain standards: be kind, look nice, and smile. Attend school, get married, and start a family. Be a housewife, cook, and clean. Most importantly, stay at home and put family first. Sanu must decide if she wants to continue a typical life as a housewife, or risk carving her own path as a surfer. This is a story of finding one’s voice in a sea of expectations.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)
8:43pm – KEEP IT A SECRET (Trailer)

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Director: Sean Duggan

Cast: Kevin Cavey, Davy Govan, Roger Steadman, Harry Evans, Vivienne Evans, Kevin Naughton, Martin Lloyd, Bo Vance, Alan Duke, Ann Cavey

Origin: Ireland

Runtime: 59 minutes

Keep It A Secret recounts the inspiring true story of the dawn of Irish surfing and how the sport’s brave pioneers found peace in the surf during the most violent years of The Troubles conflict.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew)

10:00 PM – CONCLUSION – Doors Open Sunday, February 27th at 11:30 AM.

February 27th, SUNDAY

11:30 am to 6:00 pm – screening of films & Award Ceremony at The Brooks Theatre, 217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Schedule of Events

11:30 am – Doors Open at the Brooks Theatre.

12:00 pmI AM HERE Shorts Program Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)
1:45 pmRETROGRADE Program Begins. (See Below for Program Details)
5:05 pmOIFF 2022 AWARD CEREMONY Begins. (Q&A to Follow, See Below for Program Details)



Director: Mitchka Saberi, Francisco Lopez

Origin: United States

Runtime: 15:00

Following several different subjects including international disability rights activity Judy Heumann (featured in Crip Camp) and award-winning author Richard Louv, The Accessible Outdoors explores the importance of nature connection, and the lack of access to nature for people with disabilities.

12:15 pm – GO JOSIE

Director: Tobias Ohlsson

Cast: Josie Fouts

Origin: Charlotte, NC / San Diego, CA

Runtime: 12:00

An overachieving Asian-American woman quits her dream job to pursue a career as a paracyclist, single-handedly.


Director: Faith E. Briggs

Origin: United States

Runtime: 10:10

Vasu is not seeking to inspire you to feel good. His trauma doesn’t exist solely to benefit the education of others. He is seeking to inspire you to move mountains. To take action. Skiing is the method, but the real mountains are the “isms” that fail to support Disabled communities, communities of color and so many others for whom access has not been a right. Through his personal journey and the attempt of a new objective, the famed line “The Skillet” on Mt. Moran, and through over 40,000 “dips to Nirvana,” we hear his truth and begin to comprehend what it might look like to be in solidarity.

12:37pm – LIVING YEARS (Trailer)

Director: Brenda Gillis

Cast: Gale Williams

Origin: Woodland Hills, CA

Runtime: 38 minutes

Gale Williams had a happy, normal childhood in Santa Monica California. Then, in 1956, on the eve of his 18th birthday he crashed his car in a remote area of California and became a quadriplegic. In those days people with such severe injuries were only expected to live 10-15 years. To survive, mentally and physically, Gale set his mind to tackling small goals, focusing only on what he was able to do, and through a supportive family and church community, he rebuilt his life. He studied computer programming at UCLA in the 1960’s, worked for an air defense company, married and adopted two children. After the disappointment of divorce and suffering discrimination by employers, Gale gradually became involved in disabled rights activism. He attended demonstrations in the 1970’s to recognize the needs of the disabled community that were being neglected, and became state president of California’s Association for Physically Handicapped. He remarried, had two more children, and continued to inspire and educate a new generation of young people, both disabled and able-bodied. At 82, and most likely the longest living quadriplegic, Gale’s life story shows us that there are no limitations to what we can accomplish if we set our minds to it.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)


  1. directed or moving backward.
    “a retrograde flow”
    • reverting to an earlier and inferior condition.
      “to go back on the progress that has been made would be a retrograde step”


Director: Dane Liberatore

Writer: Dane Liberatore

Cast: Ryan Ruffing, Luiza Castellucci, Ingrid Safranek

Origin: United States

Runtime: 6:40

A man tries to catch an urgent last-minute flight but is delayed due to an ongoing storm.

1:51pm – BELIEVING

Director: Yi-Lie HONG

Writer: Yi-Lie HONG

Cast: Yan Li

Origin: China

Runtime: 14:57

Recycling worker Wang Jinshui is obsessed with Buddha statues, hoping they can bless him to win lottery. Convinced that everything depends on the statues’ condition, his obsession starts to go out of control.


Director: Jordan Hidalgo

Writer: Jordan Hidalgo

Cast: Jamad Mays, Talia Doval, Elijah Reichert, Guiliana Carr

Origin: Midland Park, NJ

Runtime: 15:20

A day in the life of Martin, a homeless man attempting to keep his individuality despite being dehumanized by everyday society.

2:21 pm – VLADA GOES TO LONDON (Trailer)

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Director: Arti Savchenko

Writer: Arti Savchenko

Cast: Shely Nave

Origin: Isreal

Runtime: 22:00

Vlada is a pizza delivery girl who lives in Haifa and dreams of becoming a famous DJ. Within a five-hour shift, we get a glimpse into her world full of pressure where she’s willing to do whatever it takes to find the money for a flight to perform at a festival in London.

(This Program to Be Followed by a Short Q&A Session with Attending Cast & Crew & 10 Minute Intermission)

3:15pm – THE UGLY TRUTH (Trailer)

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Director: Krishna Ashu Bhati

Writer: Krishna Ashu Bhati, Eva Habermann

Cast: Marcus Grüsser, Eva Habermann, Caroline Hartig,
Lilly Liefers, Emma Schweiger

Origin: Germany

Runtime: 100 minutes

Mona, her husband Theo and daughter Hanna live in an idyllic villa on the outskirts of Berlin. When the attractive 18 years old daughter of a friend comes to visit, the profound problems and fragility of the small family reveal, as a tragic downward spiral takes its inevitable course.

(This Program to Be Followed by a 10 minute intermission)

5:05 pm – OIFF 2022 Awards Ceremony

Note: Our 11th annual awards ceremony will present 20 awards that have been determined by the OIFF 2022 Grand Jury. The awards show will take place at The Brooks Theatre, Admission is granted with a festival pass or a single day admission pass for Sunday, 2/27/22. The full collection of award categories is listed below:

– Best Narrative Feature
– Best Narrative Short
– Best Feature Documentary
– Best Short Documentary
– Best Best Animation (Any Length)
– Best Student Film (Any Length)
– Best Picture (Any Length)

– Best Direction in a Feature
– Best Direction in a Short
– Best Actor in a Lead Role
– Best Actress in a Lead Role
– Best Actor in a Supporting Role
– Best Actress in a Supporting Role
– Best Cinematography in a Feature
– Best Cinematography in a Short
– Best Screenplay (Any Length)
– Best Editing in a Feature
– Best Editing in a Short
– Best Original Score
– Best Art Direction (Any Length)

6:00 pm – CONCLUSION OF OIFF 2022

See You at the Movies!