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Corbin Donnelly

2024  WINNERS

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Whales of the High Desert
Director / Joseph Adam LeBaron
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Whales of the High Desert explores the story of James Wickham; an Englishman who was reported to have brought whales to Great Salt Lake in the 1870's.
Though his story was reported as 'true' in newspaper articles in 1888, the truth of this local Utah legend no longer matters as the debate around its veracity has uncovered a greater truth—the Great Salt Lake is dying—and if we want to keep legends alive, we have to keep the very real Lake alive that can support the legends.

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Out and About
Director / Peter Callahan
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Inside the mind of a middle aged man as he tries to come to terms with his life over the course of an afternoon walk through his hometown.

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Last Train from
New Orleans

Director / Jacob Hamblin
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A group of outlaws unknowingly hijacks a train carrying dangerous cargo destined for anywhere but the corrupted swamps of New Orleans, where an insidious evil is slowly seeping out from the Bayou.

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In The Arena
Director / James Winegar, Alexander Kramer
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Taking the quote from Theodore Roosevelt "The Man In The Arena", this film reminds us to dare greatly, to strive valiantly and to push to achieve.

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Shawn Bradley: Strangely Grateful
Director / Angie Denison
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At 7’6” Shawn Bradley is one of the tallest men in the world, and his 12 seasons in the NBA brought him fame and fortune. His height and athleticism have always defined him. A bicycle accident stole that from him, leaving him paralyzed. Confined to a wheelchair, his colossal size is now a challenge without medical precedent. His years as an athlete helped prepare him for the physical hardships he now faces, but it is his faith, family and friends that give him the courage he needs to push forward. While his life has been altered in ways he never could have imagined, he and his wife Carrie are carving out a new life together. Their new normal is anything but ordinary, and through it all they remain strangely grateful.

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Das Pickle
Director / Eric Treml
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A German immigrant pickle-making family and their pursuit of the American Dream is challenged by the ever changing world affected by climate change,  gentrification, and covid. The pursuit of happiness served sweet & sour.

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Thabo and the Rhino Case
Director / Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt
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Thabo (11) wants to become a private detective. If only his home, the small African village, was not the most peaceful Savannah paradise. But things take a sudden turn when a rhino is murdered in the safari park because of its horn.

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He Never Left
Director / James Morris
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After hearing strange noises coming from an adjoining motel room, a federal fugitive and his girlfriend inadvertently become targets of the notorious "Pale Face" killer, whose legend has consumed and haunted the local community for decades.

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The Ghost In The Road
Director / Andy Matthews, Aaron Tharp
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On Halloween night, a troubled man receives a visit from a mysterious trick-or-treater who delivers more tricks than treats.

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Chicken Coop
Director / Joseph DeGolyer
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On the day before Christmas Eve, a young lawyer and his wife are heading to the countryside to help his estranged father do some projects around the house as an opportunity to patch things up.

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Social AnnXiety
Director / Jason C. Brown
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For Annie, a social gathering is an opportunity to live out every worst-case scenario before stepping foot through the door. Really, what's the worst that could happen?

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Cycle Vérité
Director / Adam J. Graves
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When Don’s beloved vintage bicycle—a gift from his now-estranged father—is stolen off its rack, his carefully-managed life is thrown into chaos. As he sets out to recover the stolen bicycle, he finds himself drawn into a cycle of truth and deception, giving and forgiving, in which he is forced to confront his troubled relationship with his wayward father.
Cycle Vérité, which was itself created by a father (writer/director) and son (editor/producer) team, explores the paradoxes of forgiveness, and how familial wounds can echo across generations.

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Phase III
Director / Numark Ricafranca
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In a dystopian nation where people's lives are determined based on 3 phases, a 13-year-old living in the monotonous, coercive, repressive, and repetitive life cycle of phase II attempts to progress to phase III hoping for a better life.

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Low Fidelity
Director / Jason Conforto
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A young man in a record shop is bombarded with relationship advice from an unexpected source.

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Fed
Director / Michael Bartolomeo
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In this stop-motion fantasy tale, a talented chef meets her match when a mysteriously implacable food critic visits her restaurant.

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Fleeting (Back in Time)
Director / Derek Romrell
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An accidental meeting causes former lovers to relive the entirety of their relationship; all within the confines of an elevator.

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Last Train from
New Orleans

Director / Jacob Hamblin
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A group of outlaws unknowingly hijacks a train carrying dangerous cargo destined for anywhere but the corrupted swamps of New Orleans, where an insidious evil is slowly seeping out from the Bayou.

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Pickles
Director / Ben Vasion
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Tobias, a recluse, wakes up one morning to the sounds of an intruder in his home.

Awards to People

Marc Bracich
in Chicken Coop
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Jessica Staples
in He Never Left
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Ebrahim Ghaeini
for the Time Machine
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Emma Schmitt
in Phase III
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