Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.

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YoungFilmmakers Winter 2017 schedule

Wednesday / January 4th - Deren

YoungFilmmakers present a Red Bull produced documentary about extreme sports

6:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
Sarah Gambles ARMOR: BIRACIAL IN THE DEEP SOUTH (2016, 65 minutes, digital)
Four women share their experiences of being biracial in the post segregationist American South.

7:15PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FIRST SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Mark Perro & Brian Chillemi SUBURBAN JUNGLE (2016, 15 minutes, digital)
Pedro Carmo WAY (2016, 15 minutes, digital)
Guilherme Fernandes EXCUSE ME LISBON (2016, 18 minutes, digital)

8:15PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SECOND SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Anders P. AMERICAN BAKER (2016, 10 minutes, video)
Jacqueline Gallagher RISE AND SHINE (2016, 17 minutes, video)
Madelyn Beaird DAUNTING (2016, 31 minutes, video)

9:30PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FEATURE PRESENTATION
Sandra Lahnsteiner BETWEEN (2016, 83 minutes, digital)
Shades of Winter’s BETWEEN, a Red Bull Media House co-production, is the latest film by Austrian pro skier and filmmaker Sandra Lahnsteiner who keeps redefining women in action sports movies since her first release in 2010.

Sunday / January 8th - Courthouse

YoungFilmmakers presents two Local features and Crime and Punishment

6:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FIRST SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Animation
Yukari Akaba Rockmuller, Shannon Lee, Daniela Lobo Dias, & Sandra Rivero Ortiz
THE PERFUMIST (2016, 3 minutes, digital)
Peter Mueller ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (2016, 3 minutes, digital)
Puthima Wongdeeprasith THE JOURNEY (2015, 3 minutes, digital)
Nicole Antebi THE TELLING OF THE BEES TELLING (2016, 6 minutes, digital)
Michael Scherrer HOPE (2016, 7 minutes, digital)
Matthew Wade PLENA STELLARUM (2016, 12 minutes, digital)
Andrea Schmitz DOOR (2016, 10 minutes, digital)

7:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SECOND SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Crime and Punishment
Aidan Hamell CHICKEN (2016, 3 minutes, digital)
Adam Hada DAMNED SOULS (2016, 10 minutes, digital)
Junshu Huang THE PLACE FINDER (2016, 12 minutes, digital)
Aguendia-Kevin Fotabong YOUNG BLOOD (2016, 15 minutes, digital)
Lucas Camusso 6PM (2016, 18 minutes, digital)

8:15PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FIRST FEATURE PRESENTATION
Mariya Somova FAIL (2016, 78 minutes, digital)
A group of lost and troubled dreamers, wasting their youth on the streets of New York, have decided to shoot a movie. But little do they know this experience will change their lives forever.

9:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SECOND FEATURE PRESENTATION
Scout Tafoya DIANA (2016, 88 minutes, digital)
Diana is about a woman who goes hunting night after night, looking for someone, anyone, to satisfy her hunger in an alienating urban landscape.

Wednesday / January 18th - Courthouse

YoungFilmmakers presents a night of YoungWomen, High School, and Art Film directors

6:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FIRST SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Shorts by women
Erica Kennedy MELON HEADS (2016, 5 minutes, digital)
Amy Pellouchoud FREE (2016, 6 minutes, digital)
Priyanka Patil WONDERS OF LOVE (2016, 11 minutes, digital)
Allison Davidoff CHALK (2016, 14 minutes, digital)
Moe Myat May Zarchi MY LOVER NEVER CAME (2016, 17 minutes, digital)

7:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SECOND SHORT FILM PROGRAM
High School program
Felipe Marinheiro de Oliveira MY BROTHER’S ADVICE (2016, 5 minutes, digital)
Yoni Azulay AGAIN (2016, 6 minutes, digital)
Patrick Neafsey POOL (BAGGAGE NOT INCLUDED) (2016, 7 minutes, digital)
Charlotte Cooper RYE BREAD (2016, 14 minutes, digital)

7:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS THIRD SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Jeremy Colvin 1HUNNIT (2016, 7 minutes, digital)
Michael Fader ROHAC (2016, 12 minutes, digital)
Michael Flax GOOD PEOPLE (2016, 10 minutes, digital)
Ana Mancera LOLA STILL DANCES (2016, 25 minutes, digital)

9:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FOURTH SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Art Films
Stephanie Cherng SACRED ONES (2016, 3 minutes, digital)
Simon Chong HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT COLOR? (2016, 3 minutes, digital)
Partho Gupta PIGEONHOOD (2016, 5 minutes, digital)
Nathan Dethlefsen JUJU (2016, 5 minutes, digital)
Harris Gurny MARINA (2016, 7 minutes, digital)
Brandon E. Kamin MUSIC (2016, 7 minutes, digital)
Evgeniya Kazankina THE MELODY OF UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTERS (2016, 13 minutes, digital)

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YoungFilmmakers Fall 2016 schedule

Tuesday / October 18th

YoungFilmmakers presents night of Student Shorts

6:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SPECIAL PROGRAM

Nick Martinez LATCHKEY (2015, 8 minutes, video)
Camden Landis VERTICAL (2016, 8 minutes, video)
Siyang Zhang TRUTH IN LIFE (2014, 11 minutes, video)
Stefan Pavlovic PEARL & WERTHER (2016, 10 minutes, video)
Lily Weisberg HUDSON (2016, 17 minutes, video)

7:15PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SECOND SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Matthew Puccini SOLO (2016, 18 minutes, video)
Devin Muckley FURK (2016, 13 minutes, video)
Maximillian Remmler SCREENBREAK (2016, 13 minutes, video)
Thomas Emmet Ashton SOLO (2016, 15 minutes, video)
Mary Beck SOMNAMBULISM (2016, 18 minutes, video)

8:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS THIRD SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Andrew Garbus A SONG FOR DANNY (2015, 13 minutes, video)
Thomas Morelli AMOR FATI (2016, 15 minutes, video)
Maria Gagas LE CIRQUE MENTALE (2016, 19 minutes, video)

9:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FOURTH SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Syed Shadan THE EPIPHANY (2016, 12 minutes, video)
Lauren Young BEATRICE BROUGHT DESSERT (2016, 12 minutes, video)
Ana Ledesma DEAR GOD (2016, 17 minutes, video)
Dalton Uibel STEADFAST (2016, 36 minutes, video)

Wednesday / October 26th

NewFilmmakers & YoungFilmmakers present a Halloween Program

8:15PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Patrick Adley PLASTIC (2016, 7 minutes, video)
Anastasia Yaroslavna Hussar RECOIL (2016, 10 minutes, video)
Miguel Chavez THE VOICES THEY HEAR (2016, 12 minutes, video)
Matthew Simonis FRAME OF MINE (2016, 12 minutes, video)
Trey Chapman THE GROUNDSMEN (2016, 14 minutes, video)

Wednesday / December 14th

YoungFilmmakers presents Docs and a Heist Feature

6:00PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

Talia Cohen-Vigder HOLIDAY OF HOLIDAYS (2016, 5 minutes, video)
Zachary Sharma GRANDMA (2016, 10 minutes, video)
Maria Luskay CUBA’S CROSSROADS: HOPE, ROCK, AND [R]EVOLUTION (2016, 23 minutes, video)
Cade Huseby PROJECT SOCIALIZE (2016, 33 minutes, video)

7:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Daniel Mahon & Greg Peduto MOBSPEAK INSTITUTE (2016, 8 minutes, video)
Luke Smithers BLESS THIS HOME (2016, 15 minutes, video)
Madison Krol HE CALLED ME GLORIA (2016, 20 minutes, video)

8:45PM YOUNGFILMMAKERS FEATURE PRESENTATION

James Moore LIFE HEIST (2016, 72 minutes, video)
In Manchester, Vermont, security is minimal...real minimal. Folks don't even lock their doors when they go on vacation. When two Manchester high schoolers John (Harrington) and Alex (Finaldi) learn that a loved one has a rare kind of cancer, not covered by insurance, they take advantage of Manchester's minimal security by robbing the local bank. With the help of a janitor from their high school (Ferguson), and a crew of fellow high schoolers, the boys embark on a journey that entails excitement, love, betrayal, and redemption. Feel your heart beating and breaking in a chaotic harmony of life and death. Feel the desperation, perspiration, and redemption while laughing the whole way. This is Life Heist.

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