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Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

The Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival planners included: front row from left, Scott Fieber, Rob Meszaros, Cynthia Lake, Joe Brown, Melanie Farmer and Dale Oprandy. In the back are Bob Bender, Rick Davis and Lili Marsh.

All films screened at the Fox Theater, 2001 H St; see accompanying box for ticket prices, other information


9 a.m., "Clothes Time" (animation)

9:05 a.m., "Right Now: Living with Mountain Lions" (music video): Designed as a wakeup call to spotlight public apathy towards mountain lions.

9:10 a.m., "Movie Junky, The Bakersfield Run" (short, local): A unique "run" through Bakersfield with stops at some of its most recognizable landmarks.

9:30 a.m., "Breakthrough" (short, local): A patient and his therapist have a breakthrough during a session.

9:40 a.m., "Emily's Pizza" (short): Single dad Roger loses his job but wants to give daughter Emily pizza -- her favorite -- for her birthday. He decides to panhandle on the streets, but is robbed. Can Roger bring a pizza home for Emily?

9:50 a.m., "Grace" (short): The day of a prostitute and a ballet dancer are juxtaposed against the strains of "Amazing Grace," illustrating the way in which we ultimately persevere with grace.

10:10 a.m., "The Devil Goes Down" (short): A young man is challenged by the devil to a game of basketball. The stakes? What is in the Devil's bag against the young man's soul.

10:20 a.m., "Through the Blades" (short): A numb teenager has trouble coping with the pressures at his father's funeral. On this darkest of days, one encounter gives light.

11 a.m., "Families are Forever" (short documentary, local): Tom and Wendy were devout Mormon parents living in Bakersfield: Attending church, raising five children and knocking on doors to promote an intiative banning same-sex marriage. Then one day, Wendy read 13-year-old Jordon's diary and discovered he was gay. What happened next changed their lives forever.

11:30 a.m., "The Therapy Killings" (short): The story of Dorie's life and how she is coping one year after her husband's murder.

Noon, "For the Love of Food" (short): When food journalist Mary meets Freegan Graham, the two embark on a crafty food adventure that leads to hilarity and possibly something more.

12:30 p.m., "Missed Connections" (feature): Marc Reid, a romance novelist, is set up on a blind date by his sister. Marc ends up picking up the wrong girl from the apartment complex.

1:50 p.m., "The Fight for Water" (documentary): A farm working community unites when their water is cut off.

3:20 p.m., "Milwood" (feature): After a fatal car accident, Nathan Perry is assigned to the Milwood facility for young adults. During his time at Milwood, Nathan becomes a victim of unforeseen terror and unusual behavior.

8 p.m., Joey Travolta premieres "Through the Heart of Tango": A film by Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films about three young men with autism, and one with Down syndrome, who were paired with four strangers to learn the art of connection by practicing tango with strangers.

9 p.m., "Choc'late Soldiers from the USA"

Directed by Emmy award-winning director Noel Izon and co-produced by author Gregory Cooke and actor Joe Mantenga, the film tells the story of 140,000 black American soldiers and thousands of British civilians who cross a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond.


8 a.m., "Hannah Lost Her Smile" (short animation): Autistic teen animator Dani Bowman presents this animated short about a little girl who woke up one morning and discovered that she lost her tooth. Hannah then goes on a journey to try to get her smile back.

8:10 a.m., "Wendell's Spiral Bound" (short animation): A fantasy about a boy's journey to find his way back home.

8:20 a.m., "Driven: The Story of Tanner Godfrey" (short documentary): Tanner Godfrey, a member of the Nitro Circus family, was a sponsored motocross racer at the age of 18. But his promising future was taken from him after a crash in 2007 left him paralyzed from the waist down. This is the inspiring story of how Tanner has defied the odds.

8:30 a.m., "Walking in My Sleep" (short documentary): Michael Cooney, a man with cerebral palsy, describes his journey to adulthood while his current life evolves in a series of adventures in which he's sometimes the hero, sometimes the loser, and sometimes a little in between.

8:50 a.m., "Well Played" (short): A soccer coach is challenged by a kid on his team who has Attention Deficit Disorder.

9:10 a.m., "Wheelchair Diaries" (short documentary): The film introduces viewers to three Europeans with disabilities.

9:50 a.m., Kitty Kitty Bang Bang (short, local): Skizzy Capone wasn't born...he was built by a mad scientist/psychiatrist. Skizzy is half dog, half cat and all crazy.

10:20 a.m., The Buddy League (documentary): The story follows a baseball league founded for children with physical or mental impairments through the 2011-2012 season.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., industry lunch (special guest Joe Mantenga)

1 p.m. -- "Gangs of Bakersfield" (short, local): Shot entirely in Bakersfield, the film highlights the fantasy realm of humans, cats and dogs carrying out a way of life together while showcasing the trials, tribulations and survival of life for beings that don't fit into one specific mold.

1:30 p.m., "Holiday Anonymous" (short): Greed and chaos fill the screen on the local news as Black Friday is just around the corner. For Nick it marks the end of traditional family values. Mrs. Claus sees Nick's time of need and agrees he needs a break. Will Nick give up Christmas forever?

2 p.m.: "Bicycles, Ice Cream and Passion" (short documentary): A young man quits his stable job as a chef to follow his passion and starts a liquid nitrogen ice cream shop.

2:20 p.m., "Sun Flower" (short): Single and pregnant, Young-Hwa Kim just moved into a sanatorium. She has lost her sense of reality, doesn't care about herself and lives with various addictions until she feels the baby move.

2:50 p.m., "Frank" (short): At an academy where exploding cupcakes and shrinking heads are the norm, one experiment yields surprising results. Can Mary and her unexpected lab partner restore things as they were in time?

3:10 p.m., "David & Zach's Quest to Sac" (documentary, local)

David Mensch and his son Zach set out to ride 300-plus miles to Sacramento from Bakersfield -- David in his wheelchair, Zach on his bicycle -- to build awareness for possible budget cuts.

7 p.m., "Wounded Warriors" (short documentary)

A film documenting the return to Ramstein Air Base in Germany of Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn. He visits with members of armed forces stationed there as well as those in transit from Iraq and Afghanistan.

7:30 p.m., "Honor Flight Kern County Movie" (short documentary): World War II veterans and their guardians journey to Washington. D.C. on the maiden voyage of Honor Flight, Kern County.

8 p.m., "Honor Flight the Movie" (documentary): A film about four World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime.


8 a.m., "In the Battle" (short, local): A girl finds herself in the middle of a spiritual battle between good vs. evil.

8:10 a.m., "Purpose" (short, local): A tyrant is trying to take over and rid the land of prayer and the God that gets in his way. But there is a bigger plan that is unfolding.

8:20 a.m., "2020" (short): In the not-so-distant future, America has fallen prey to domestic terrorism and civil war. The U.S. forms a band of elite soldiers, including James Harrison,who must act quickly to save the day.

8:40 a.m., "A Tweet from Heaven" (short): A story about the forgiveness and love that God has for us.

9:10 a.m., "Art is the Tree of Life" (short documentary): At 95 years, Wilma Daubenspeck Cliff is an undiscovered American artist with a life well lived. The artist narrates her journey.

9:40 a.m., "Don't Give up on Me: The Rick Copus Band" (music video, local): This video is about abortion and Down syndromed, and the choices two women make.

9:50 a.m., "Foster Care" (short): Bridgette, a street smart foster child, needs a home while her mother recovers.

10:20 a.m., "Indelible LaLita" (feature): The story of a beautiful woman whose resilient spirit survives her body's transformation by cancer, heart failure, and a dramatic loss of skin pigment.

11:30 a.m., "Jewtholic" (short): A woman raised Catholic learns that her biological mother is Jewish, sending her on a journey to reconnect with her family and spirituality.

11:50 a.m., "The Coming" (short): As the world begins to self-destruct, a group of friends begins to turn on one another.

Noon, "The Saxon New World" (short documentary): The film tells the story of 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri and how they persevered to sow the seeds for one of the world's largest bodies of Lutheranism today.

12:30 p.m., "Parkour Race" (animation): A stop-motion animation film made completely with Legos by an 11-year-old.

12:50 p.m., "Posey" (short): The story of Posey (Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland), a woman with Alzheimer's who is headed to a retirement home but escapes. While her loved ones search for her, Posey finds herself in the middle of a situation that will change her outlook on her future.

1:10 p.m., "Six Days on a Raft" (short documentary): The true story of how Bill Harrison survived six days and nights, with no food or water, on a raft in the Pacific Ocean after his World War II mine sweeping ship was sunk in a typhoon in 1945.

1:30 p.m., "Bury My Heart with Tonawonda" (documentary): The story of John Harrison, a developmentally disabled boy with Down syndrome, who is rejected by his own family, but accepted and nurtured by the Tonawanda Seneca Nation.

2:50 p.m., "Balloonhead" (short): The breakaway tale of an ordinary man who becomes something extraordinary.

3 p.m., "Fading Away" (documentary)

A series of never-before-told stories from a group of Korean War veterans and refugees through a series of interviews and rare historical film footage, photos and other archival material.