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Archive: G-FEST XXII Film Festival

Three years ago, when the time limit for the G-FEST video contest was capped at 10 minutes, an idea was born. If independent filmmakers had creations that were full length features and short films, we could create an avenue for their films to be shown to an appreciative audience. With that, the G-FEST Film Festival was born. The first two years saw Sunday acting as an encore presentation of the films from the day before. This year saw almost a full two days of films and a “Midnight Movie” on Saturday night. All Film Festival presentations were screened in the Midway room.

Saturday, July 11th

(9:00 AM - 10:30 AM)

Space Monster Numagirasu

(Takayuki Hosonuma) - An “old-school” man-in-suit tokusatsu undertaken as a graduation project by students at Tokyo Polytechnic University. Join director Takayuki Hosonuma for this special screening.

Zella: Monster Martial Law

(Shingo Maehata) - Created by students at Osaka University and directed by Shingo Maehata, this film features three kaiju. Zella, a good kaiju Zen, and a cyborg named Isoroku. A big hit at G-FEST XXI, Zella returns this year for an encore presentation along with director Shingo Maehata.

(10:30 AM - 11:00 AM)

Madzilla!

(Maddex) - When a little boy faces a life-threatening medical condition, his wish to become a monster comes true. Courtesy of Make-A-Wish Illinois and Maddex’s family.

(11:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Godzilla and His Amazing Friends: Gathering of the Kings Special Preview

(John Drooney) - Godzilla and friends team up for a battle of royal proportions. A sneak preview of the film that will debut at G-FEST XXIII.

Godzilla Forever: Rise of the Darkness

(Kyle R. Joe) - Kaiju from across the universe face off in this preview of Kyle R. Joe’s next feature film.

(11:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

Godzilla: Heritage Preview

(Greg Graves) - A preview of the Godzilla: Heritage fan film that is currently in its Kickstarter Phase 2 campaign. Since Godzilla’s first attack in 1954, mankind has been under constant threat from gigantic creatures known as “Superfauna” - animals mutated by the coming of the nuclear age and man’s abuse of the atom‘s destructive power. Humanity was united against a common foe and for almost 60 years, worked collectively to study and combat the creatures as millions died, cities crumbled and the world’s economy continued to collapse.

(12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Monsters That Should Have Gotten a Sequel But Didn’t!

(Michael W. Aguilar) - Stop Motion film features monsters who we only ever saw one time on the big screen but wish we had again and again.

The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb

(Mat Landour) - A man, a monster costume, a scared community, a tragic end.

(1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction

(Kyle Yount) - An independently produced documentary about Godzilla’s impact on Japan and the King of the Monster’s legacy. Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction is currently in post production. The film was funded thanks to the generous donations from the “Hail To The King” kickstarter campaign.

(2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)

Godzilla: The Return of Space Godzilla

(Chris Cuypers) - A fully CG film featuring Godzilla and his most fearsome doppelganger.

Sharkosaurus

(Spencer Estabrooks) - Tremors meets Jaws. A creationist vs. paleontologist vs. Sharkosaurus. Faith, facts and fins. An epic battle in the badlands of Drumhellor.

(3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

Kaiju Gaiden Preview

(Mark Jaramillo) - A special preview of Kaiju Gaiden, a documentary film focusing on independently produced kaiju/tokusatsu movies and those who create them. Produced via a successful Kickstarter campaign.

(5:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

Extinction

(Pinanacle Media) - Deep in the Amazon jungle, a research team lead by a respected professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.

Monsura is Waiting

(Kevin Newbury / Principe Dynamics) - After an eye-opening night out with a friend, a cabaret performer must decide whether to save her sister, or save herself.

(12:00 AM - 1:30 AM) - Age 17 and over.

Insectula

(Mike Peterson / Digital Melies) - A giant alien mosquito-type insect is drawn to earth from the CO2 pollution in search of blood. Del, a government agent, loses loved ones to the creature and is on a personal vendetta, while Dr. Kempler is captivated by it and attempts to help the creature cleanse the earth.

Cargols!

(Pipo Jori) - Three friends are partying in a park when, suddenly, Joey sees his first girlfriend, Eva. Joey decides to go talk to her, and when he finally tells her that he’s still in love with her, the typical stupid boyfriend and a King Kong-size snail appear to ruin his night. This short film is about everything Joey will have to do to get the love of his life back.

Sunday, July 12th

(9:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Peter and the Colossus

(Mitchel Viernes) - A quiet young boy struggling with the loss of his parents and the broken relationship with his older sister, finds comfort in the friendship of a giant that lives in the forest near his home.

It Grows

(Ryan Cauchi) - Zac has a problem. He suffers from ‘cyberchondria’ - he contracts every disease he ever reads about online. His long-suffering girlfriend Jan has had enough. But that‘s not his only problem. Something is growing in his garden… and it’s growing fast! Is it just a cute little plant, or could it be the harbinger of something more sinister? Can Zac and his trusty canine companion Rip, nip it in the bud before it’s too late, or will they be pushing up daisies before it’s through?

(11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

Kaiju Gaiden Preview (Encore)


(12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)

Giant Spider

(Christopher Mihm) - When radiation left behind by atomic weapons testing creates a gigantic killer mutant arachnid, it’s up to a trio of scientists, an Army general, and a newspaper reporter and his fiancée to figure out how to stop the hungry beast from devouring the entire county, in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s ode to the giant bug films of yester-year!

HellyFish

(Patrick Longstreth) - America’s only missing nuclear weapon is leaking radioactive material into the ocean just off the coast of Tybee Island, GA. The trifling existence of a hapless cast is disrupted by a vicious force of nature that shows no mercy.

(2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

Gila!

(Jim Wynorski) - A giant lizard terrorizes a rural mid west community, with a group of heroic young people led by Chase Winstead attempting to destroy the creature.

Running the Gammatar

(Joe Kramer / Engagement Studios) - A comedy about a group of self-centered 20-somethings trying to navigate their way through relationships in a city that’s under constant attack from a giant, fire-breathing Japanese monster.

(3:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction (Encore)