Five film nominees are going head-to-head for the Jake Euker Stubbornly Independent Award. Winners may receive a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Barry and Paula Downing, and a one-of-a-kind Stubbornly Independent Tap Handle Award from Van Chase Studios. The finalists are listed below:
Directed by H.P. Mendoza
Synopsis: Christmas takes a dark turn when a Filipino-American family decides to murder an abusive family member.
Directed by: Will McFadden
Synopsis: A white couple’s relationship is put to the test when the wife gives birth to a black child.
Eleven Hundred to Lubbock
Directed by: Sara Radle
Synopsis: A group of friends pay tribute to a recently-deceased loved one by relay-running his ashes across the country.
Directed by: Adam Cushman
Synopsis: After WWII, a film composer moves to Hollywood to study with an infamous master teacher.
A Scientist’s Guide to Living and Dying
Directed by: Nitzan Mager & Shachar Langlevm
Synopsis: A scientist finds out she is pregnant is with her dead husband’s baby and becomes suddenly absorbed into a realm of mystical female consciousness.