Narrative Feature

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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The Clown

Bruce Gorman, Jr. | United States | 2017 | 1:26:45 Website Barnaby Hatchett, a corporate working stiff whose life is a mess, is harassed every day as he goes in and out of work by a dark clown that lives in the parking lot, and that only he can see. Writer Bruce Gorman, Jr. Producer… Read more »

Bennett’s Song

Harley Wallen | United States | 2018 | 1:47:53 Two very unique families on a collision course find laughs, music, and love, and a few answers about what it means to be an American family in the 21st century. Cast Tara Reid Dennis Haskins Aphrodite Nikolovski Calhoun Koenig Harley Wallen Writer Nancy Oeswein Producer Nancy Oeswein… Read more »

A Host of Sparrows

Kevin Alexander Boon | United States | 2018 | 1:22:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter A Host of Sparrows is a crime thriller about a recently paroled ex-con who is forced to put aside plans to rebuild his life when his former boss uses the man’s daughter as a ploy to recover a fortune in… Read more »

The Broken Rose

Matthew McClelland | United States | 2018 | 1:51:21 Facebook Rose is a young girl who has grown up in foster care. Desperate to escape an abusive situation, she is saved by an older man named Shaka, but at what price? Cast Monee’ Brehaut Evan Jo’elle JD Scalzo Mariana Aroxa Wynton Odd D’Artanasha Bibb Writer… Read more »

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The Maestro

Adam Cushman | United States | 2017 | 1:36:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter “After the Second World War, budding film composer Jerry Herst moves to Hollywood to study with infamous master teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Cast Xander Berkeley Sarah Clarke Leo Marks Jon Polito Mackenzie Astin William Russ Jonathan Cherry David J. Phillips Alex Essoe… Read more »

The Astronot

Tim Cash | Canada | 2017 | 1:12:15 Website | Facebook | Twitter Daniel longed to touch the moon; with Sandy’s help, he’d reach the stars. It was 1969 and America was embarking on the biggest adventure known to humankind with its voyage to the moon. Daniel too was pursuing the unknown; leaving the path… Read more »

Gross Century

Adam Samuel Cuttler | United States | 2018 | 2:18:25 Through the lens of fictional film, Gross Century takes viewers on a year by year chronological stroll across the entire 20th century. Writer Adam Samuel Cuttler Producer Adam Samuel Cuttler Kristiana Cuttler

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Ambition’s Debt

Devin E. Haqq | United States | 2017 | 1:40:00 Adapted from William Shakespeare’s epic tale of honor, ambition, betrayal, hubris, and the supernatural. Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the downfall of Rome’s most honored citizen, Marcus Brutus, as he conspires to assassinate Julius Caesar, in order to forestall… Read more »

Livingston Taylor – Life Is Good

Tracey Anarella | United States | 2017 | 1:23:40 The film portrays Livingston Taylor as the unique one-off that he is. One part Mark Twain, one part raconteur, one part iconoclastic professor giving back to the music that nurtured him, and most importantly, one part musical icon- an icon who is a large part of… Read more »

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Just A Fling

Gorune Aprikian | France | 2016 | 1:25:00 French with English Subtitles Website | Facebook Paul and Vanessa have just had sex. It’s unlikely they’ll meet again. She’s funny, pretty and witty. He’s still just a boy at heart. Intrigued by this young mischievous and mysterious woman, he does his best to hold onto her…. Read more »