2022 Santa Monica Film Festival

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  • Who's Driving Doug

    Movie

    A sheltered, intelligent college student DOUG (RJ Mitte of "Breaking Bad") changes his life forever when he hires an underachieving driver SCOTT (Ray William Johnson of "Equals Three"). In order to escape his oppressively loving MOTHER (Daphne Zuniga), Doug agrees to go on a spontaneous road trip...

  • Turf Valley (season 1)

    Movie

    TURF VALLEY is a short-form comedic web series that follows three stay-at-home dads who, after ushering their kids onto the school bus, hang back to shoot the existential breeze. These trivial conversations take them to the heart of their collective anxieties about life in Turf Valley, a cushy su...

  • Walks

    Movie

    An older man, faced with a difficult diagnosis, chooses to deal with the news in his own way.

  • There You Are

    Movie

    After the death of her mom several years ago, Su feels estranged from her father. In honoring their traditional family camping trip on his birthday, she hopes to reconnect with him. But when her father cancels it in deference to his new girlfriend, Su is forced to deal with her unresolved grief.

  • The Pey

    Movie

    A social media obsessed teenager is haunted by a terrifying monster after posting a mysterious GIF online.

  • Shutter The Doors

    Movie

    "Shutter the Doors, starring Ian Buchanan and Billy Wirth, captures a moment in time of a man struggling to deal with an unimaginable loss in his life."

  • MidLife

    Movie

    Follow Brad, a middle aged advertising executive as he is thrust into new adventures. He is forced to face his many shortcomings as he tries to deal with the relationships in his life.

  • In The Event Of My Death

    Movie

    Jeremy. Just. DIED. So, in the event of his death, he leaves behind a series of clever clues and witty video messages for his best friend and bandmate Sam, and his brash sister Mandy, which sends them on an adventure through their shared past. They get to experience one last day with Jeremy after...

  • Dr. Mania

    Movie

    Evil genius Dr. Mania and his motley crew of super villains are confronted by their arch nemesis.

  • A Bird Flew In

    Movie

    When lockdown is imposed, the cast and crew of a film are taken from the set and sent home – alone. Actors without an audience. Directors without a script. Couples who fall apart. While others come together.

    A film composed of six interlinked narratives, 'A Bird Flew In' explores what happens wh...

  • Living Years

    Movie

    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, me...

  • Alexis

    Movie

    A woman finds herself uncontrollably weaving between three parallel lives, and must find out why this is happening and how to stop it before she loses her mind. ALEXIS is an exploration of identity and resilience, and what it means to fully be “oneself”.

    Alexis, a woman in her 30s, wakes up floa...

  • The River: Flow of Life

    Movie

    An introverted girl, Hazuki, happened to take a trip to India. As experiencing interaction with locals, something has started to change.

  • Ligo
    Movie

    Ligo

    Movie

    The thrilling inside story of the discovery that topped NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC's list of “The top 20 Scientific Discoveries of the Decade" -- the discovery of gravitational waves from deep space, 2015-2017. Two discoveries two years apart, first the detection of two colliding black holes and then th...

  • Tell Me Something

    Movie

    A woman driven to a deep depression by isolation during the COVID-19 quarantine finds an unexpected human connection when she makes a video call to a suicide prevention hotline.

    Director Curtis Webster
    Director Leanne Melissa Bishop

  • Vodník Many Years After the Rainstorm

    Movie

    In San Francisco, many years after his hideous crimes, the fiendish water creature Vodník emerges from Czech folklore to recount his beguiling tale.

  • Jared Was Here

    Movie

    When a narcissistic businesswoman commits a hit-and-run crime, strange occurrences and faces haunt her - all in the name of the victim.

  • In Spite Of You

    Movie

    Eager to know more about her lover's girlfriend, a young woman begins to spy on her competition, taking us inside her inner turmoil and a painful addiction to unrequited love.

  • YONLU

    Movie

    YONLU is a fiction film based on the real story of a 16 year-old boy who, aided by the internet, won over the world with his talent for music and art. Fluent in five languages, YONLU had a network of virtual friends on all continents. However, no one suspected he was also taking part in a forum f...

  • Taming Kate

    Movie

    When the family pressure at her younger sister’s birthday party gets the best of her, Kate is forced to reckon with her past.

    Growing up, Kate lived in the perfect house, with the perfect family, and the perfect sister. The expectations this perfect family had for Kate were enormous, but the exp...

  • The Fox

    Movie

    World's first black and white one shot film LOMAD(THE FOX) is a story about a boy and a girl who had an affair in school and reunite via social media after more than a decade. Things are not the same as they were once. Both are married and almost strangers. They meet to create some magical moment...

  • We Want The Airwaves

    Movie

    Filmed over the course of 10 years, "We Want the Airwaves" chronicles the journey of a trio of first time TV makers as they set forth on a daring adventure. The group creates, bootstraps, and films an activist focused docuseries ("Manifesto!") in the year 2005, with the ultimate goal of launching...

  • Noah
    Movie

    Noah

    Movie

    Through Noah, we see firsthand what life is like as a black boy in America in the wake of George Floyd's murder, national protests and civil unrest. Noah recalls moments throughout his life that he and his father have personally experienced with racism, while also negotiating his place in society...

  • The Fly

    Movie

    A man dealing with isolation thinks he has his life together until he begins dealing with a pest.