Past Films

Below you will find an alphabetic list of all films from past years. Click on the more information links to see cast, production information, and film media!

20 Meters of Love in Montmartre

Narrative Short

Four lonely women in Paris find a secret connection between them, through their hearts and through their arts…

Film Info:

France
• 5 minutes

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3 Ladies

Narrative Short

In 1951, Danville, Kentucky was a picturesque, peaceful small town and it still is today thanks to the grit and determination of three special ladies. Edna L. Toliver, Mary G. Hogsett, and Jennie Rogers weren't handed a place in Kentucky educational lore; they earned it. When the government cheese supply went missing in their elementary schools, the ladies had to get to the bottom of the mystery and fast. Their search led them to Jarvis P. Woodlawn, a nutcase hell bent on the creation of a county school. Edna, Mary, and Jennie had to put their lives on the line to protect their town, their schools, and the future.

Film Info:

• 13 minutes

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6 Love Stories

Narrative Feature

Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia.

Film Info:

United States
• 1 hour 15 minutes

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7 Years Underground: A 60's Tale

Documentary Feature

In 1964, after spending a one year protracted legal battle, co-club owners, Howard and Elly Solomon were finally granted a 'unique' cabaret license and the Cafe Au Go Go opened its doors on February 7. Six weeks later with mounting legal bills and depleting funds the couple were quickly going out of business. With few options, Howard and Elly made a desperate, late minute attempt to keep the club open and reached out to popular comedian, Lenny Bruce. Two days into Lenny's performance he was arrested and booked for obscenity charges, alone with Howard and Elly. THat historic arrest, and the international press it garnered would put the Cafe Au Go Go on the tnertainment world map.

Film Info:

United States
• 1 hour 27 minutes

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778 Bullets

Documentary Short

In November 1970, university, state and local police shot 778 Bullets into an off campus rental house in Carbondale, IL. The residence was rented to a handful of university students, some were assumed to be associated with the local Black Panther Party. Unlike other police raids of known Black Panther residences across the country, the Carbondale Panthers shot back. Using archive material, newspaper accounts, witness testimony and experts in the field, 778 Bullets recovers a little known history of resistance and resilience of the human struggle for self-determination. The dominant memory of the Black Panther Party would have us believe that the Panthers existed only in major urban cities; this story documents a more rural presence of radical politics and the struggle for civil rights.

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• 18 minutes

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A Far-Off Cry

Documentary Short

A Far-Off Cry is a story of parallels, of opposites--two planets forced off course by the filmmakers. The parallel Pakistan worlds of the untouchables (street children addicted to solvents) and the intellectuals. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime publication "Solvent Abuse Among Street Children in Pakistan," there are more than 140 million street children in the world, most of whom are victims of solvent abuse. Their needs, their feelings, their hopes for survival are nonexistent. The goal of this documentary is to give Karachi's street children a platform, to give them a face, a voice, a way to reach out for help. But more than that, it puts them in the same room as Pakistan's doctors, psychiatrists and government officials in an attempt to address this crisis--if not actually together in the same room, at least together on screen through the magic of film making.

Film Info:

United States
• 38 minutes

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A Finger, Two Dots Then Me

Narrative Short

'A Finger, Two Dots Then Me' is a spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by renowned modern poet Derrick Brown. The film takes a dramatic look at death, life and love through the eyes of Brown, a beat poet who has performed around the world for the last decade both as a headliner and with bands such as the Flaming Lips and the Cold War Kids.

Film Info:

United States
• 7 minutes 40 seconds

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A Place in the World

Documentary Feature

Right outside Atlanta, Georgia is a small charter school that brings together refugee children from war-torn countries all over the world and teaches them alongside local American children. 'A Place In The World' follows three families with ties to the school, a first year teacher, and the principal of the school over the course of two school years, as they adapt to, and learn from, this diverse and complex social environment. The film asks the question of whether we can all live together in this rapidly changing world.

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• 1 hour 29 minutes

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A Salute to Honor

Documentary Short

The story of three men, from West Michigan, who sacrificed personal dreams to fight a common enemy in WWII.  A SALUTE TO HONOR shares how the war in Europe permanently altered the course of their lives.

Film Info:

• 32 minutes

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A Solitude at the Golden Gate

Experimental

We all have seen an iconic Golden Gate Bridge in a normal day from the distant. In this poetic experimental film, the filmmaker present the audience with the close-up view of the bridge in the foggy and windy day. This film is a director's love letter to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.         

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• 3 minutes 30 seconds

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A Way of Life

Narrative Short

Carl Reed, a 27 year old single father and recently released ex convict, struggles to find work before the week is up in order to pay his overbearing grandmother rent money before she kicks him out of the house. As his crunch for time nears its deadline, he is forced to choose between doing the right thing and doing what put him in jail in the first place.

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• 25 minutes

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Achante'

Experimental

An introduction to Haitian Vodou as told by Vodouisants, Achante is an immersive image-driven portrait of spiritual practices in Haiti.

Film Info:

United Kingdom
• 35 minutes

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Adventures of Miss Fit

Documentary Feature

Professional bodybuilder Denise Masino has spent her life striving for the physical perfection of a superhero. When she discovers there are people calling themselves real-life superheroes (dressing in costume and fighting crime!) she embarks on a journey across the U.S. to get to the bottom of this incredible story.

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• 1 hour 29 minutes

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Agrinoui

Animation

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Film Info:

Cyprus
• 20 minutes

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All Systems Go, Neil Armstrong

Experimental

A mysterious oblong television set is your personal guide through outer space as it guides us through a series of animated scenes. Along the way, this guide presents a number of downsized robots whose purpose and functions are unknown.

Film Info:

United States
• 3 minutes 10 seconds

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Allen Stares at Thrift Store Paintings

Experimental

A man tests his mettle when he passes through a gauntlet of second-hand artwork.    

Film Info:

• 5 minutes

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AM800

Narrative Short

Clyde Thompson lives a completely isolated, lonely existence in his crumbling New Orleans apartment. With no family or friends, he spends his days listening to conspiracy radio programs and studying the unexplainable. When he discovers a mysterious tunnel running beneath his living room, Clyde suddenly becomes the subject of his own studies. What he finds at the end of that passageway will change his life forever.

Film Info:

• 18 min 3 seconds

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America's Last Hitchhikers

Documentary Short

In 2008 my friend Michael and I hitchhiked from San Fransisco to New York. That trip forced me to challenge many of my perceptions of this country. This film follows me as I decide to go hitchhiking again, to help work out exactly what it is about hitchhiking that I found so useful and enjoyable in 2008.

Film Info:

United States
• 11 minutes 28 seconds

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American Sock

Narrative Short

A girl finds her soul mate on a social media site, but he turns out to be a sock puppet.    

Film Info:

• 8 minutes

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Another Dress, Another Button

Animation

The spare buttons are forever waiting for someone to use them...time to go for a little spin.

Film Info:

United States
• 2 minutes 45 seconds

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Another Earth

Narrative Feature

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident. Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 32 minutes

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Apocalypse Meow

Narrative Short

A young couple about to embark on their dream vacation discovers they have over packed more than just socks. Weighed down with baggage full of desire, sin and ignorance, they find weakness and obsession are items you can't just leave at home. Winner of the 2012 Paducah 48 Hour Film Project Audience Award and Best Musical Score.

Film Info:

• 7 minutes

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Apsis

Narrative Short

A caped demon lost in the limitless expanse of another world realizes his existence through the brief encounter with another.

Film Info:

• 16 minutes

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Architect to the Sky

Documentary Short

Discover the art of tree house design and creation through the heart, mind and music of Roderick Romero, one of the great visionaries in his field. Roderick has pushed the boundaries of tree house aesthetics and has redefined what it means to be living with nature. Set to the music of Roderick's longtime band Sky Cries Mary & Futruo, the soundtrack expresses the man behind the architecture. Follow Roderick from start to finish on one of his most pinnacle projects to date, the Moroccan Lantern Tree House. Observe fundamental techniques in tree house construction while exploring the thoughts that shape Roderick's sculptural dwellings. Choosing to use almost 99% all reclaimed materials, Roderick has been a long time supporter of sustainable architecture. This level of consciousness invites a deeper understanding of the spaces we live in and connects us to the beauty of the natural world. His unique perspective illuminates this exciting new art form and translates across disciplines to give elevating insights into the art-making process.

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• 34 minutes

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Arithmetic Lesson

Narrative Short

Arithmetic Lesson is a 15-minute dramatic film that illustrates the courage of the human spirit for survival through the eyes of a seven-year-old Chinese American girl, Gracie. Gracie's mother, Mei, is comatose in the hospital. Gracie's father, Yong, hires an au pair from Taiwan, Ah San, to take care of Gracie. Ah San provides the daily care for Gracie, which includes overseeing Gracie as she does her homework and taking care of all domestic chores. Unknown to Yong, Ah San becomes impatient with the care-taking of Gracie and becomes abusive to the young child.

Throughout many events in the course of the film, Gracie finds the courage to tell her father that Ah San has hurt her physically, which results in the eviction of Ah San. Gracie learns to comfort herself instead of constantly seeking comforts from the emotionally unavailable adults around her.

Film Info:

• 15 minutes

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Atlantic

Documentary Feature

Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor BRENDAN GLEESON, ATLANTIC follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges.  Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, ATLANTIC will bring the very personal stories in the vital resource debate to the fore, exploring how three modern day communities must learn from the past, in order to secure a brighter future.

Film Info:

Ireland
• 1 hour 15 minutes

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Atroz

Narrative Short

Awful is a singular teddy bear, a worn and curmudgeon one, whose owner is Luna, a little girl who has taken him as her best friend. She doesn't stop harassing him with hugs, kisses and cuddles. Awful itself will tell us in first person all the misfortunes that he will have to live to flee from Luna's ceaseless petting, endearments and games. This short film treats, in a reality and animation blending, classic issues present in children's tales.

Film Info:

Spain
• 9 minutes 50 seconds

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Awaken

Narrative Feature

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• 1 hour 28 minutes

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Baits and Hooks

Narrative Short

Two fishing buddies, Big brother and some fish stew. BAITS AND HOOKS is a black comedy inspired by the style oft he Czech New Wave about how two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism. A short and sweet film about friendship and cooking, but also about a generation of workers who have to deal with the changed system.

Film Info:

Serbia
• 10 minutes

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Banjo Bill, The Ballad

Documentary Short

Banjo Bill, The Ballad is a look at a unique Kentucky native. Come listen to this Hindman, Kentucky banjo player who served as a state Representative in the 1950's.

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• 9 minutes

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Baraboo

Narrative Feature

Set in bountiful rural Wisconsin, Baraboo follows six people who have each carved a life out at Petersen's Cabins, a rundown motel/resort. Some are there by choice, others by circumstance. They circle one another with caution, desire, anger and compassion, inching their way toward understanding.

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• 1 hour 39 minutes

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Beatboxing - The Fifth Element of Hip Hop

Documentary Short

It was in the late 70s that a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York which combined several disciplines under the name of Hip Hop. Apart from the four classic elements of Graffiti writing, DJing, Breakdancing, and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called 'Beatboxing'. From the hardship of poverty and the lack of instruments, a pioneer was inspired to imitate drum rhythms with his mouth - his brilliance creating the term 'Human Beatbox'. The documentary integrally covers a variety of musical technical abilities. Beatboxing has become a multilingual and diverse instrument applied in all genres of music. The documentary shows how this modern style of music has spread and how it continues to enrich the entertainment world.

Film Info:

United States
• 55 minutes

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Beine Brechen (Breaking Legs)

Experimental

Everything seemed to go wrong from within and without. The never-ending official arbitrariness was oppressing, the examining glance outside. But lately, resistance has formed here. With excuses and blinders, the protagonist achieved in building his own world without reacting to the events taking place. But when fate tried to force him into making a decision, he chooses again a facade constructed of lies and spectacle. Breaking legs is a silent movie. It makes room for the linguistic incapability of the protagonist, but the inter-titles try to explore this format.

Film Info:

Germany
• 14 minutes 50 seconds

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Being Seen

Documentary Short

BEING SEEN will change the way you see people with developmental disabilities. A combination of funny, acerbic, and heart-wrenching, these people’s candid and articulate self-awareness quickly shatter preconceptions of the disabled.  BEING SEEN explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with "developmental disabilities."

Film Info:

• 15 minutes

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Being the Diablo

Documentary Feature

Crippled with bipolar disorder, Mickey Mahaffey, a Baptist preacher, abandons his family and faith to search for mental and physical healing and for the strength and honesty needed to repair the wounds left behind in the wake of his childhood. During 12 years of long distance walking, sleeping outside in the wilderness and on the streets among the homeless, Mahaffey thinks he’s found a way to cope with what ails him--living a simple life in direct contact with nature.

An epic walk from North Carolina brings him to Mexico and thus begins an intimate, decade-long relationship with the indigenous Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons. This rarely documented Native American tribe has lived in the remote canyons for centuries, isolated and largely uninfluenced by the world around them. Mahaffey's genuine interest in their culture resonated with the Tarahumara and he was, in turn, welcomed into their community and invited to participate in their rituals -- a cultural bridge rarely crossed by outsiders.

Mickey’s daughter Stephanie has spent most of her life defending and justifying her father's choices. His quest for a deeper, yet simpler, spiritual life was constantly at odds with what Stephanie's family and friends expected from a father. But Mickey’s search for himself could not be derailed by what people thought of him. His path went from being a preacher to living homeless, to being committed to a mental institution, to finally dancing with Tarahumara Indians at the bottom of a remote canyon in Mexico's Sierra Madre.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 1 minute

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Belittle

Narrative Short

The Little brothers have big problems. Charles Little desperately wants to be an artist, but he's made a comfortable living writing trashy romance novels for his publisher/brother Samuel Little. To add insult to injury, Samuel forces Charles to write under the pseudonym, 'Charlene Little.' When Charles is late on his next draft, Samuel holds him hostage in the hopes that he will write another romance blockbuster. Charles, however, sick of being under his brother's thumb, has plans of his own.

Film Info:

• 16 minutes

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BEST OF THE FEST

Join us as we highlight some of the festival winners.

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Between Two Rivers

Documentary Feature

Between Two Rivers is a new documentary film about Cairo, Illinois, a historic town with a dark and troubled past, located at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, in the heartland of America. Filmed, edited and directed by artists Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan, Between Two Rivers offers a remarkable insight into a community struggling with severe economic, social and environmental pressures.

Film Info:

United Kingdom
• 1 hour 35 minutes

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Birthday

Narrative Short

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

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• 13 minutes

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Bizarnival: Tuxedos in the Attic

Narrative Short

A brainstorming session for three indie filmmakers turns into a trip down the rabbit hole. Their journey starts in the attic with a magical suitcase full of tuxedos and it only gets weirder from there. An encounter with a confusing puppet and a mysterious mime are some of the obstacles the trio will have to clear if they want to make it home to a notebook full of new ideas.

Film Info:

United States
• 11 minutes 34 seconds

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Blood & Curry

Narrative Feature

Moments before an anniversary party at his house, an Indian man sits in his back yard in a state of shock. His wife lies dead at his feet. He pulls it together enough to call 911 but the doorbell rings. Family and guests are here for the party. He makes a split second decision, hangs up on 911 and scrambles to hide the body. Reminiscent of Hitchcock's ROPE, guests fill the house not realizing the deceased hostess lies in their midst. Her desperate husband seems willing to go to any lengths to conceal the truth. In the process, significant, sometimes darkly comic differences emerge between his Hindu family and western culture. How long can he possibly keep his morbid secret and why?

Film Info:

Canada
• 1 hour 20 minutes

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Blood on the Coal

Documentary Feature

Written in the blood of mineworkers and their families, Blood on the Coal tells the story of Australia’s Queensland coalfields – one of the world’s richest energy resources and for 150 years a bitter industrial battleground.  The film opens with a journey to Mt. Mulligan, a remote and now abandoned mining community in outback Queensland. In 1921 Mt. Mulligan was the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster, when 75 men were killed in a coal mine explosion. A retired coal miner and his two daughters make the long journey in search of their family’s past and to pay their respects to their lost loved ones.  Wiping out two thirds of the town’s male population, Mt. Mulligan sent a shock wave throughout Australia’s mining industry and began the long and bitterly fought path to improved safety and working conditions. But it would be decades before improvements began to filter through to the coal face. 

Film Info:

Australia
• 1 hour 43 minutes

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Blood Shaped Hole in My Heart

Narrative Short

A forlorn woman searches for truth in her mother’s eclectic sayings, blurring the line between memories and home movies as she reflects.

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• 6 minutes

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Bloodline

Narrative Short

The heir of a serial killing dynasty has trouble overcoming his own psychosis while trying to carry on the legacy of his ancestors. Cam Trepard, once a sweet innocent boy, has been urged into the serial killing business by his psychotic, albeit caring, father. There is one problem, Cam's ventures of death are always thwarted by myriad physical health problems that his Doctor swears are all in his head. Upon reflection while buried in tomb of depression, Cam tries to overcome his fears and become the man of which his father knew he was capable. The new, reinvigorated Cam shakes off his neurosis and finally has a potential victim in his grasp only to fall dead of a heart attack, effectively ending his murderous bloodline.

Film Info:

• 7 minutes

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Blue

Animation

A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend.

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• 8 minutes 27 seconds

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Bones

Narrative Feature

Heartwrenching coming of age film set in 1989 blue collar New York. Four teens meander through love and tragedy, bonded by a secret that would seal their fate. Outstanding performances from all drive the film that will engulf the audience in tension and the brutal reality of teenage life from the opening credits.

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• 1 hour 40 minutes

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Bongo

Narrative Short

A curious looking boy named Bongo sits at a table and watches a couple dance.

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• 4 minutes

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Book Club

Documentary Feature

Through work, war, love, loss, birth and death, a group of women have shared life's journey bonded by a little book club formed more than 60 years ago.

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• 1 hour 10 minutes

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Boom Varietal

Documentary Feature

The buzz among wine connoisseurs and novices alike is one word - Malbec. Originally from France, Malbec found its perfect home, its perfect territory in the dry Argentine climate. Its booming popularity has swept through the U.S. and the world, reviving a varietal that had been nearly lost. Boom Varietal will inspire not only your pallet but also a love for the rich Argentine culture.

Film Info:

Argentina
• 1 hour 12 minutes

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Boule a' Facettes

Narrative Short

In the space of a few minutes, this short film confronts us with the broken puzzle of a life of a young woman in psychological distress, victim of a sufferance that she is trying to control.

The watchful eye of her psychologist and the love of her partner help her, reluctantly, to accept her problems. A pure love that will help her finally to find a path, a direction, a new start…         

Film Info:

France
• 22 minutes 18 seconds

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Boys Will Be

Narrative Short

Eighteen-year-old Jack gets kicked out of school after an extreme attempt at fitting in. But back at home he doesn’t quite fit either. Against the backdrop of his father’s death, Jack must navigate the expectations of his family and his friends to discover, on his own terms, what it really means to be a man.

Film Info:

Canada
• 19 minutes

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Breakfast at Ina's

Documentary Short

Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the “Breakfast Queen,” she has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years. Faced with the late stages of polio, Ina has decided to close the doors of her beloved breakfast nook. An outstanding chef and businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She's a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality - but most importantly, she's the rare sort of person who's found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends across an entire city, and beyond. The documentary, Breakfast at Ina's gives audiences a glimpse into Ina's extraordinary life, all while chronicling the last days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up its final meals. 

Film Info:

• 50 minutes

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Brethren Arise

Experimental

A meditation on physical space and solitude, Brethren Arise is an abstract narrative tone poem in which environments engulf characters in various circumstances. A pilot stranded on a mountain, a grade school custodian and the people at a public park in Brooklyn are featured in this atmospheric assemblage of images and sounds that explores location, isolation and human perception.

Film Info:

• 24 minutes

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Bucksville

Narrative Feature

In a small, wooded town, a young man struggles to leave a secret militia started by his father. With an eerily beautiful tone, Bucksville touches on the timely topics of ethics and the militia movement, within the context of family conflict. It is also a film about love, loyalty, and the loss of innocence.

Film Info:

United States
• 1 hour 44 minutes

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Cactus

Animation

A lonely cactus in the middle of the southwest wants nothing more than a simple hug.

 

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• 4 minutes

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Cairo in One Breath

Documentary Feature

Every day people are being replaced by machines worldwide. After 1,400 years, thousands of muezzins in Cairo are no longer calling people to pray as wireless receivers replace them in reciting the adhan. CAIRO IN ONE BREATH unfolds as the Adhan Unification Project takes hold and as Egypt undergoes Revolution and regime change.

 

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• 1 hour 20 minutes

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Can't Stop Me Leavin'

Narrative Short

Getting out of town always seems to be such a big deal in Hollywood movies. Characters are constantly trying to escape the town they grew up in, for example, The Last Picture Show, The Postman Always Rings Twice and Stand By Me. I guess, getting out of town is some kind of a myth. This, I suppose, is why it needs to be so tricky and agonizing. Can't Stop Me Leavin' is a comedy about one desperate couple's escape that challenges this very myth. The irony here is that this is Japanese town and the couple's escape doesn't look very hard nor painful. Will their escape succeed? Or will it fail as in other movies? Either way, you'll witness a new myth born in Higashiayamato city of Japan.

Film Info:

Japan
• 25 minutes

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Cannonball

Narrative Feature

Tony Dedman and his friends are set adrift when their backyard wrestling careers are brought to an abrupt end. A despised former classmate reveals his goal to live on a Mexican beach, and Tony finds misguided purpose in beating him to the punch. The funding for this trip proves elusive. A veterinarian obsessed with a creature of local legend may hold the key, offering to pay for an expedition into the Kentucky backwoods. Dedman will go to any lengths to make this happen, including being led by Bass Adkins, a recluse farmer who has already used the creature as a homicide defense. It's a coming-of-middle-age tale as their raucous adventure leads to many discoveries, including what it truly means to live.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 39 minutes

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Capriole

Experimental

Sometimes when you change, the world doesn't - it continues.

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• 16 minutes

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Charged

Animation

A young bee comes to the aid of his energetic friend in a time of crisis.

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• 2 minutes 7 seconds

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Chasing Water

Documentary Short

Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family's Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river.

Film Info:

United States
• 18 minutes 18 seconds

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Chi Sei? (Who Are You?)

Experimental

Chi Sei? is an experimental film consisting of re-constructed and stylized images from Italian demonic possession and exploitation films of the 1970's. Its influences are the experimental films of Kenneth Anger, Ken Jacobs as well as European Trash Cinema.

The 17th Century... The Inquisition. A witch is about to be burned on a stake. She looks deep into the eyes of the hooded Inquisitor about to burn her...

Yesterday...Pregnant Jessica is in bed, possessed by the spirit of the Witch. Her son and daughter run around the house unsupervised, and their toys have a life of their own. The children run to check on their mother but...Mommy isn't home...

Film Info:

• 17 minutes

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Children of the Arctic

Documentary Feature

Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska - the northern-most community of the United States. As they embark on their journey into adulthood in and outside of Barrow, they wrestle with their roles as inheritors of a jeopardized culture. Their decisions are inseparably tied to the fate of their community. Who will carry the Iñupiat torch? Who will choose a more individualistic path? And what hangs in the balance? 

Film Info:

Switzerland
• 1 hour 34 minutes

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China: The Rebirth of an Empire

Documentary Feature

China's unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world's preeminent power. Meanwhile, Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire, argues that America's preoccupation with militarism has all but sealed its fate as a nation in long-term decline. But if China surpasses the United States, what type of power will it become? In today's interconnected and globalized world, the answer affects each and every one of us.

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, China's humanitarian activities and investment in infrastructure have won it the hearts and minds of the people. Yet in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is reviled as an imperialistic abuser of human rights. Despite trumpeting its vision of an ethnic unity at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government has gone to great lengths to silence dissenting voices such as Rebiya Kadeer, de facto leader of the Uyghur people. Kadeer has replaced the Dalai Lama as Beijing's number one public adversary.

Will China follow in the footsteps of history's other great powers and use its strength to dominate its neighbors, trample ethnic and religious minorities, and become a 21st century empire? Or will a wealthy Chinese youth lead the country towards democracy, much like Taiwan? The international community shares responsibility in this outcome, but is it too dependent on Chinese trade to care? Whether it's a peaceful rise or potential threat, China's 21st century emergence as a great world power will change the lives of everyone.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 26 minutes

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City of Trees

Documentary Feature

CITY OF TREES tells a deeply personal story about the struggle to implement a high-stakes, stimulus-funded green job-training program at the height of the recession. CTY OF TREES follows the point-of-view of three long-term unemployed DC residents hired by the program — Charles, Michael, and James; and Steve, the director tasked with managing the multi-million dollar stimulus grant. When local racial tensions and a marginalized community’s entrenched distrust of outsiders complicate a seemingly simple goal of putting unemployed people back to work by planting trees, CITY OF TREES thrusts viewers into the inspiring but messy world of job training and the paradoxes changemakers face in urban communities everyday.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 16 minutes

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City Strays

Narrative Feature

Two twenty-something childhood friends, Liza and Elliot, reunite and spend a day together with the mission of finding a lost golden retriever in their hometown. Along the way, the bumbling gumshoes discover unsaid feelings for each other, confront confusion about the current state of their lives, and rekindle a kinship that can only arise in quarter-life crisis commiseration. The mystery of the golden retriever takes them all the way from the dark alleys of their hometown to the shady depths of their unsung feelings and desires for each other. City Strays examines what it is to feel lost and the many ways we avoid being found.

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• 1 hour 10 minutes

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Clara: Angel of the Rockies

Documentary Short

After growing up and living under slavery, Clara Brown was freed in 1859 when her owner, George Brown, died in Kentucky. After coming to Colorado, which was not even a state yet, she amassed a savings of $10,000 through her own business as well as investments in real estate and mining. Often referred to as 'Aunt' Clara Brown, she gained a reputation of kindness as she searched endlessly for her daughter.

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• 26 minutes

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Clarissa's War

Narrative Short

After completing his medical training at Harvard, Phillip Burke becomes engaged before leaving to serve in the Army during the Civil War. He is captured early in the war, and as a Confederate prisoner he serves as a surgeon in a southern mansion owned by Josiah Wakefield. Josiah's son Malcolm has married Clarissa Giles and has provided an heir to his family, but he doesn't treat his wife with respect and prefers the comforts of his favorite slave instead. As war rages on, Malcolm leaves to join the fight. When the Union prisoner, Captain Burke, is brought to the Wakefield home hospital as a surgeon, he meets Clarissa. An immediate spark between the two causes Clarissa to insist on staying to help Captain Burke with the wounded soldiers. Although bound to other people on opposite sides of the war, Clarissa and Phillip can't help falling in love.

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• 58 minutes

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Clemency

Narrative Short

Arthur Poe (Cris D'Annunzio) is a sadistic killer who likes to torture his victims. In 1993 he was captured and subsequently convicted by the state of Virginia for several gruesome murders. Poe received a sentence of death. Years later and days before his execution, the newly-elected governor granted Poe clemency based on the testimony of a forensic psychologist at Poe's murder trial. The testimony convinced the governor that Poe deserved psychiatric care rather than death. Many are outraged by the governor's act of leniency. A reporter (Maury Morgan) confronts Poe in an interview seeking to shed light on the emotionally charged topic. What she learns can never be forgotten.

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• 19 minutes

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Clippings

Narrative Short

Four individuals from various walks of life, desperate for cash, become entwined in the enigmatic plans of a cunning recluse.

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• 19 minutes

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Cloning Kevin

Narrative Short

Kevin and his roommate start making clones of Kevin to pay the bills around the house. Things take a turn for the worse when neither of them can remember who the real Kevin is. Winner of the 2011 Atomic City Student Film Festival.

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• 4 minutes

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Coffin Cruisin'

Documentary Short

Death is a taboo subject in American culture. We try not to think about it. People don't like to talk about it. And it's definitely not normal to embrace death. Except for during Halloween, that is. For one month of the year, it is totally ordinary and mainstream to celebrate our fears with cartoonish skeletons, ghouls, ghosts, and zombies. Come November first, it's less socially acceptable to display your rubber dead body props and plastic skull decorations. Coffin Crusin' is about a small club of Carolinians that refuse to conform to cultural norms by not putting away their caskets for the other 11 months of the year. 

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• 16 minutes

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Cultures of Resistance

Documentary Feature

In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promote change. This is their story.

Film Info:

United States
• 1 hour 13 minutes

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Cybergenesis

Experimental

What if we were the creator gods that a future cyber consciousness mythologized when imagining its origins? Or perhaps, we ourselves are blasting off into some currently unimaginable next phase of our evolution, one that transcends a purely physical existence.   

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United States
• 13 minutes

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Daybreak

Experimental

Opening our eyes each new day, we stare for a few minutes into space, seeing the first sights, hearing the first sounds. It is neither night nor day but something in-between. Fragments of dreams refusing to expire, the grip of the day not yet upon us, memory and desire hovering around the edges.

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Canada
• 7 minutes

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Death$ in a $mall Town

Narrative Short

A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office.

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• 7 minutes

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Dislecksia: The Movie

Documentary Feature

About one in seven Americans has some degree of dyslexia. It's a condition that makes it hard to read the way other people do. But by using special techniques, taught or self-invented, most dyslexics can learn to function normally. A lot of dyslexics are brilliant, talented, and successful. The documentary 'Dislecksia: The Movie' will present the latest scientific knowledge about dyslexia, and the experiences of dyslexics. Viewers will come to know dyslexics — and those who teach and study them — not just as statistics or talking heads, but as people. They'll also learn a lot about dyslexia: its causes, its effects, and what can be done about it.

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• 1 hour 21 minutes

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Donnie Vincent's The River's Divide

Documentary Short

The documentary film of Donnie Vincent's bowhunting journey in to the Badlands of North Dakota, chasing a whitetail deer known as 'Steve'.

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• 46 minutes 39 seconds

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Door God

Narrative Short

On Chinese New Year, a little girl learns reality is not what it seems as she discovers how betrayal can be done out of love.

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China
• 23 minutes

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Down Home

Narrative Short

When he can’t afford a retirement community, a nursing home, or a caregiver, Rudy Hendricks and his husband are forced to move back to his hometown in Kentucky to care for his ailing conservative father. Along the way, he grows closer with his single mother, sister and his gay but repressed best friend who never left home.

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• 28 minutes

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Down Home

Narrative Short

When he can’t afford a retirement community, a nursing home, or a caregiver, Rudy Hendricks and his husband are forced to move back to his hometown in Kentucky to care for his ailing conservative father. Along the way, he grows closer with his single mother, sister and his gay but repressed best friend who never left home.

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• 28 minutes

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Dreamworld

Narrative Feature

Oliver Hayes, an aspiring animator whose confidence is at a low point, meets the captivating and impulsive Lily Blush, who encourages him to drop everything and go with her to Northern California in the hopes of fulfilling his fantasy of working for Pixar Animation Studios. As they travel up the coast, Oliver falls deeply in love but upon making certain startling discoveries he must decide if he wants to face reality or stay in dreamworld.

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• 1 hour 33 minutes

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Driving While Black

Narrative Feature

Ninety five percent of my police experiences have not been amicable. I've been pulled over numerous times, but I can count on one Ninja Turtle hand how many of those cops were cool. The first thing they ask me is: do you have any warrants or are you on probation?  License and registration comes second. 
When I'm driving I'm always on the look out for cops.

1. Buckle seat belt. 
2. Check mirrors. 
3. Nigga watch out for cops. 
As a black man I have my guidelines and rules that I live by to navigate through most interactions with 5-0. Driving While Black will show you these rules and techniques. But in a satirical way cuz this movie is a comedy. Comedy is the best way to get through to people, and this is important because there's a lot of young niggas who get shot for no good reason by trigger-happy cops. 

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• 1 hour 35 minutes

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Durant's Never Closes

Narrative Feature

Tom Sizemore plays Jack Durant, a dynamic and dangerous gentleman who runs the most famous steakhouse in the city. He caters to movie stars, politicians and mobsters. He knows all their secrets but does anyone really know the man they call Jack Durant?

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• 1 hour 20 minutes

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Educating Cooper

Narrative Short

A young man returns from his mother's funeral expecting to resume the daily high school routine only to have the direction of his life changed by learning lessons in the power of both love and truth.

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• 15 minutes

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Empty Cache

Experimental

Empty Cache adopts archival footage of Alaskan big game hunts, weaving together an ironic eerie aura of humans hunting for the mount, not for the meat.

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United States
• 7 minutes 15 seconds

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Extinction II- Quadrature of the Circles

Narrative Short

A married couple dresses up to attend a ceremony.

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Spain
• 12 minutes

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Fanny, Annie & Danny

Narrative Feature

Filmmaker Chris Brown has been compared to director John Cassavetes for his ability to peel back the skin of his characters in a way that feels both disturbingly intimate and deeply real. In Brown's latest, finely-crafted feature, Fanny, Annie & Danny are three troubled adult siblings brought together by their horrific mother for the Christmas holiday. Like just about everything in Brown's work, what seems commonplace on the surface becomes riveting in the details. We first meet Fanny, an obsessive-compulsive who lives in a group home and works at a candy factory about to go bankrupt. Fanny brings this secret to the Christmas dinner, where she reconnects with her self-absorbed sister Annie and their too-perfect-to-trust brother Danny. Mother Edie hosts the party with an iron fist, insisting at an ever-increasing pitch that everyone have fun. Their Vietnam vet father may act like his emotions died with his friends on the battlefield, but director Brown continually lets his audience glimpse the last few pulses of compassion the broken man has for those around him. As with a tsunami building strength silently offshore, we sense the impending climax without knowing exactly when or where it will hit--or how hard.

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• 1 hour 22 minutes

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Farewell to Factory Towns?

Documentary Short

What can residents of communities that have been devastated by deindustrialization do to improve their condition during a time of austerity, war and anti-labor attacks? The film focuses on the introduction of a massive museum of contemporary art in the same buildings that housed Sprague Electric Company in a typical New England mill town. Billed as an engine of economic development, the museum hasn't produced the jobs it promised and the city's downtown is semi-deserted. The film argues that national policy must change and that vibrant unions and social movements are needed to bring about a new 'New Deal' to deal with the social and economic crisis facing U.S. cities today.

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United States
• 1 hour 1 minute

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File Save Print

Narrative Short

FILE SAVE PRINT is the story of a man who loves technology. After his beloved printer goes missing, he embarks upon a quest to find it. His search uncovers the dangers of loving material possessions and how easily one can be driven into a world of isolation.

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• 13 minutes

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Finding Jenua

Narrative Feature

Finding Jenua is about love, loss and finding your place in the world. A drama with mystery that's told in an unconventional way, unraveling like a memory and tying us back together with the simple beauty of human connection.

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United States
• 1 hour 10 minutes

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Five Cups

Narrative Short

A woman’s encounter with a horrifying entity is chronicled over a series of weekly breakfasts with her best friend.

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• 9 minutes

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Friendship

Animation

Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend?

Created during a 48 hour animation challenge, Ocean Demuth, Medina Dennie, and Zaiyah Dennie (ages 7, 8 and 6) used cut out animation and their own voices to bring Ocean's imaginative story to life.         

Film Info:

Canada
• 4 minutes 11 seconds

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Fully Loaded

Narrative Feature

A dark comedy that follows Lisa and Paula, cool single moms out for a night on the town. When Paula's sexy hook up with a total stranger turns out to be a sketchy confrontation with reality, the women hit the road a little drunk, but very high on love/lust and what could have been. This 'vancentric' indy comedy offers a rare opportunity to spy on susceptible people in absurd circumstance. The banter is quick, the sound track is killer and the women are real.

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United States
• 1 hour 16 minutes

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Game of Checkers

Narrative Feature

Following Marta’s wake, her five best friends decide to spend the night at a rural tourist getaway that Marta never got around to opening. That long night becomes a maze-like journey through their interconnecting friendships, where each reveals herself as it was the last day.  On the eve of the burial, the talk is about life and a friendship that survived it all. But will this friendship be able to survive death?

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Portugal
• 1 hour 26 minutes

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Game Reset

Narrative Short

Andy, a 30-something video game buff, eagerly anticipates the release of the new shoot 'em up INDESTRUCTIBLE. When he makes plans to play the game with his best friend Mick, a massive power outage sends the two friends on a DIY sci-fi mission to build an electrical generator that will give them enough juice to experience the latest and greatest digital war fantasy.

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• 9 minutes

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Gardening at Night

Narrative Short

The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid.

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• 13 minutes

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Georgia Howl

Narrative Short

A boy lives on a plot of forgotten land with his hermit father in rural Georgia. Hoping to reconcile his father's pain about the past, the young boy leaves for town to buy him a gift.

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• 7 minutes

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Get Away

Narrative Short

To pull off this heist, they needed the best driver in the business... he wasn't available.

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• 4 minutes

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Green Acres

Animation

A parched tortoise wanders through a vast desert desperately in search of water. He comes across an oasis only to find that trespassers are unwelcome. Somehow he must slip past the defenses to quench his thirst.

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• 6 minutes 4 seconds

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Guerrillas

Narrative Short

A cancer scare compels a frustrated musician, whose life is in a rut, to turn off her phone and take a spontaneous road trip. Features original music by Bobby Long.

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• 14 minutes

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Gunner Jackson

Narrative Short

My name is Jason Gunner Jackson, and I know, without a doubt, that I am a target of a multi-agency program that intends to surveil, track, and document my life.

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• 9 minutes

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Hamarkiv Hadodi (The Secret Ingredient)

Documentary Short

Uri and Neta, the owners of the Indian restaurant 24 Rupee in Tel Aviv, and Lilach, a photographer, decided to travel to India, in search for the Secret Ingredient in Indian food.

This simple search after the secret ingredient in Indian food, leads them to encounters and experiences that only magical India can provide.
The journey transforms itself to a surprising life adventure for all of them in the appearance of repressed memories, old wounds of betrayals, marriage, death and even madness, and becoming a search for the secret ingredient in their own lives.

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Israel
• 1 hour 5 minutes

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Hank Cochran: "Livin' for a Song"

Documentary Feature

Livin' for a Song is a feature length documentary on the life and music of legendary Nashville songwriter Hank Cochran. A remarkable story that starts in the cotton fields of Mississippi then moves on to California where he partnered with Rock legend Eddie Cochran for much of the 50s then on to Nashville in 1960 where he wrote classics such as 'Make the World Go Away', 'I Fall to Pieces', 'She's Got You' and many more. The film includes intimate performances by Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap and others as well as appearances by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Jeannie Seely to name just a few. After watching this film you will understand why they called Hank: 'The Legend'.

Film Info:

United States
• 1 hour 35 minutes

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Hardwater

Documentary Feature

What's more 'Maine' than lobster, rocky coastlines, blueberries, or moose? Ice fishing! HARDWATER chronicles quintessential Mainer Bob Foster, the last in a dying breed of winter anglers. Through rich, on-ice storytelling and reflection on a long outdoor life, 77-year-old Foster paints a picture of Maine's ice fishing history, while introducing us to key players in the tribal community today. His anecdotes illuminate controversial environmental issues, and in between stories he tends traps and attempts to catch the storied landlocked salmon - Maine's official fish and the species most susceptible to the changing environment. Ultimately, HARDWATER is a film about a treasured Maine tradition, shared passion for storytelling, and the ways in which ice fishing brings people together during the harshest of seasons.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 15 minutes

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Hare, There and Everywhere

Narrative Short

A man, a gigantic stuffed bunny, a helicopter. A five-minute silent film with an original score.

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• 5 minutes

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Hear Our Voices: Transforming the Children's Mental Health System

Documentary Feature

HEAR OUR VOICES tells the inspiring stories of nine children and young adults who are fighting to overcome their mental health issues. Their stories are framed by some of the nation's top mental healthcare experts, who contend that children's mental health issues are real and treatable, occurring with much greater frequency than most people imagine. A film by award-winning filmmakers David and Patricia Earnhardt, in association with Tennessee Voices for Children, HEAR OUR VOICES reveals the high cost society pays when young people with mental health issues do not receive the help they need. The film makes the case that all children need access to treatments and supports that will make a profound difference in their lives.

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United States
• 1 hour 33 minutes

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Hip Hop Maestro

Documentary Short

Hip Hop Maestro begins with an overture of kinetic concert footage that reveals linebacker sized maestro, Geoff “Double G” Gallegos, his symphony, Reepus II in A Minor, and the young, vibrant Los Angeles musicians who willingly give their time and talent to this orchestra known as daKAH. Told in first person narration, Double G chronicles his amazing journey as a young composer whose epic vision of bringing elements of hip hop, jazz, funk and reggae into the symphonic audience despite great odds- a.k.a no $. In three movements, this ‘daKUMENTARY’ shall demonstrate how Double G’s unique leadership and single- minded determination propels daKAH from the Los Angeles nightclub scene to the magnificent stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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• 40 minutes

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How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song

Narrative Feature

An award-winning movie musical that critics are calling “a crowd-pleaser”, “witty and extremely well performed” and “utterly fantastic”. When Joe (Joe Schermann) lands an opportunity to write for an Off-Broadway show, he is forced to cast either the love of his life, Evey (Christina Rose) or his newly discovered muse, Summer (Debbie Williams). The realities of show business prove to Joe that writing is easy, living is hard.

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• 1 hour 44 minutes

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How to Become a Criminal Mastermind

Narrative Feature

A desperate man hires a crime coach to turn him into the perfect criminal.

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United Kingdom
• 1 hour 23 minutes

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How to Get a Girl/Friend

Narrative Short

Kelsey has gone her whole life without needing female friends. Now that she's engaged to the man of her dreams, she must confront her fear and awkwardness around women. Due to her innately competitive nature, she vows to make five female friends in time to have bridesmaids for her wedding.

 

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United States
• 12 minutes

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Hsu Ji Behind the Screen

Narrative Short

Hsu Ji, 6 years old, always forget that when the police is at the school, her father can't pick her up. No more school, he said...
Bored in the old house where she is locked, Hsu Ji looks at a silent movie. 
When 3 slapstick characters leave the movie to join her world...
they have so much in common!     

Film Info:

France
• 23 minutes 50 seconds

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I Don't Know Alaska!

Narrative Short

Trapped in suburban limbo is Maggie, a recent college grad with dreams of greatness on the stage. However, a degree in drama doesn’t pay the bills, as Maggie’s mother, a righteous community leader, won’t let her soon forget. Instead of applying for jobs, Maggie gets cast as the lead of a controversial new musical -- about abortion! -- in hopes of pleasing her mother. But when her mother vows to shut down the leftist parade of sin, Maggie must choose between her responsibilities and her dream.

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• 20 minutes

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I Miss You

Narrative Short

Two people who have suffered a mutual loss get to know each other better and look to one another for comfort.

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• 8 minutes

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I'm Harry Clark

Narrative Feature

I'm Harry Clark comically deconstructs the discrepancies between a small time politician's politically correct sound bites and his politically incorrect lifestyle.

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• 1 hour 30 minutes

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Ice Cowboys

Documentary Short

Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope. ICE COWBOYS is a documentary about the sport of skijoring as demonstrated throughout the Rocky Mountains. This high-adrenaline, time trial sport captivates spectators with natural, raw power.  ICE COWBOYS follows competitors of the open class during the 2015 season as they travel from one small mountain town to the next fighting for glory.

Film Info:

• 49 minutes

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Illumination

Narrative Short

Alex, a flawed family man, is forced to endure a personal journey of enlightenment under extraordinary circumstances.

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• 22 minutes

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In Search of America

Documentary Short

In the midst of the U.S. presidential primaries, a man travels across the country asking people from all walks of life to address the issues of the day.

Film Info:

• 58 minutes

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Into the Silent Sea

Narrative Short

Alexander, a lone cosmonaut, is adrift in orbit around Earth. He has lost communications and life-support systems are dwindling fast. At the same time in Italy, a radio engineer is working the night shift. He discovers a voice amidst the empty static. Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.         

Film Info:

Sweden
• 25 minutes

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Jack & Amelia

Narrative Short

Parallel lives intersect when Jack, a nostalgic sci-fi enthusiast, serendipitously connects with the wistful Amelia over a misdialed number in dashed hopes of procuring a relic from his favorite childhood franchise. Their isolated existence and underlying need for friendship is further brought to light by the seemingly mundane circumstances of a stoic cab driver, who volunteers most of his free time in support of a failing neighborhood movie theater and the old man who tenuously owns it, and a young woman under pressure to forsake her dreams in favor of returning home to care for her aging parents.

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• 27 minutes

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Jasmine

Narrative Feature

A year after his wife's murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife's grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.

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Hong Kong S.A.R., China
• 1 hour 20 minutes

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Jean Marie

Documentary Short

Jean Marie Dubrul is a French ballet dancer, he danced in the biggest companies of the world and came to Brazil in 1979 to work as a choreographer. Since then he lives in Rio de Janeiro. Currently he gives stretching classes and teaches classical ballet He is well-known for teaching people of all types and ages. Stefania Fernandes attends his classes for 8 years now. In the movie she talks about the transformation process she experienced and presents some of the concepts passed by him in class.       

Film Info:

Brazil
• 13 minutes 34 seconds

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Jingle Bell Rocks!

Documentary Feature

From The Flaming Lips to The Free Design, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! is a trippy, cinematic sleigh-ride through the subculture of alternative Christmas music.

Featuring hardcore collectors, legendary DJs & musicologists, record producers and Xmas obsessives like cult film auteur John Waters, director Mitchell Kezin's intimate & quixotic search for the SOUL of Christmas music, tells the stories behind twelve of the most profound Christmas songs ever recorded...Many of whom you've likely never heard, until now!

We'll hear irreverent insights from Irwin Chusid, Wayne Coyne, Joseph (Rev Run) Simmons, bebop legend Bob Dorough, Clarence Carter, Doctor Demento and many more.

Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! confronts the Christmas music mainstream, re-inventing the seasonal soundtrack for the 21st century.

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Canada
• 1 hour 33 minutes

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JKTV

Documentary Short

A short documentary about webcam performance artist Joey Kim, who communicates with her audience through an adult chat site.

Film Info:

• 9 minutes

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Joy Kevin

Narrative Short

Kevin (Jordan Clifford) is a stand-up comedian struggling to refine his act as his wife Joy (Tallie Medel, 'The Unspeakable Act') faces her own challenges in crafting a new dance performance. As the couple share the ups and downs of co-habitation and the professional and creative problems that plague them, they try to find peace and comfort in their marriage. Caleb Johnson’s JOY KEVIN is a charming and funny romance, the story of two creative people looking to find their way in the world without losing their sense of themselves and their longstanding dreams of doing what they love.         

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• 1 hour 2 minutes

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Jules and Candy

Narrative Short

It's the mid-1970s in rural upstate New York, and idealism crashes head on into practicality in the form of Jules and Candy. The artistic and esoteric Jules is out for a ride in his bitchin' muscle car, enjoying a couple of brews with his more down to earth girl, Candy. Jules recounts tracking down money owed to him by a less than reputable employer, Larry Craig. All is well for the self-satisfied Jules with his tale of payment, until the car runs out of fuel. Candy, on fire with a couple of beers under her belt, berates Jules for their "broke down" situation. Making light of their plight, Jules suggests a respite down by the riverside. Together at the scenic water's edge, Jules pontificates on his world view, contrasting himself with the slimy local contractors upon whom he depends for income. Candy, frustrated by his 'head in the clouds' smug self imagery, stalks off, leaving Jules with some stunningly dismissive personal criticisms. Candy hitch-hikes away in anger. A helpless Jules watches his girl ride off with a seemingly more upscale other guy. Knowing she would end up in only one place, Jules tracks her down to the local watering hole where her now inebriated driver attempts to wow her by making some hilariously inept attempts at billiards. Jules approaches Candy, unsure of his present standing. Candy faces the choice of going back to the same old, same old or going with something new and possibly far worse.

Film Info:

• 9 minutes

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Jungle Warfare College

Documentary Short

When people think of India they think of spiritual awakening, “the world’s largest democracy,” lush jungles and the towering Himalaya. But inside this country of 1.1 billion is an ongoing insurgency that tests the limits of India’s constitutional democracy. Chhattisgarh, a new state formed in 2000 is the center of a Maoist uprising that has continued since the 1960’s. “Jungle Warfare College” is a documentary short that shows a cross section of this conflict and Brigadier BK Ponwar who vows to fight it.

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India
• 9 minutes 56 seconds

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Just Grate

Narrative Short

Just when you think things can't get worse........ Life tosses you in the blender! Just Grate is a quirky short comedy about a young girl finding first love in the midst of a family gathering.

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• 7 minutes

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Kane

Narrative Short

After losing what meant most to him, the man behind the masked hero KANE decides to let the people he protects fend for themselves.

Film Info:

• 25 minutes

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Keep It Rolling

Documentary Short

In a short period of time, film production has become a significant part of the culture in North Carolina. The Film Tax Incentive created a remarkable increase in major motion picture production, tax revenue for the state, and jobs for local industry workers. Unfortunately, this incentive is set to expire January 1, 2015. Keep It Rolling highlights the North Carolina Film Tax Incentive's contribution to a healthy economy, but more importantly focuses on the hardworking crew members, actors, and other individuals in the film industry who will be affected most if the incentive is not renewed.       

Film Info:

• 11 minutes 50 seconds

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Keepers

Agbo, a previously-deported, Nigerian immigrant, runs the streets of downtown LA after smuggling her way back into America. From a church to a shelter to a bus station, she tries to stay hidden while being pursued. When she is finally cornered, Agbo is forced to make a decision that will alter her future like none before.

Film Info:

• 8 minutes

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Kidnap

Animation

A little chicken is late to school, but her excuse is too wild to believe: getting kidnapped on the way to school. Believe it or not, this chicken is a really good actress and Kung fu master! After her explanation, you have to believe that her adventure is actually true. She was kidnapped by chickens first, then gunmen, then aliens and finally Jesus saved her life and sent her to school.

Film Info:

• 4 minutes

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La Marcheuse (She Walks)

Narrative Feature

Aiyu Lin is an illegal Chinese prostitute in the streets of Belleville in Paris. She lives with Cherry, her teenage daughter in the apartment of Kieffer, a septuagenarian bedridden in her care in exchange for accommodation. She carefully hides her business from her daughter. 
Their life changes when one night, a stranger suddenly enters the home. Injured Daniel is pursued by men to whom he owes money. It forces Lin Aiyu to stash the money without the knowledge of the old owner. Sometimes abductor, now prisoner, Daniel started as a threat, but Aiyu Lin now sees an opportunity to seize. Lin Aiyu offers him a proposal. A struggle starts between them in which power and desire mingle. 

 

Film Info:

France
• 1 hour 20 minutes

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La Salle de Jeux (The Play Room)

Narrative Short

Two tortured souls spend a leisurely afternoon lamenting life, cheese and their mere existence, unaware of the imminent danger of their predicament.

Film Info:

• 5 minutes

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La Selva Tranquila (The Quiet Forest)

Documentary Short

La Selva Tranquila presents an original look at conservation in the Peruvian Amazon, interweaving three stories of locals who must cut, capture, and sell anything they can to survive.

Katu, a hunter-turned-conservationist, struggles to fund his eco-tourism business in a wilderness surrounded by hunters and lumberjacks.

Trapped in a world of desperation in the city slums of Iquitos, Chepa must illegally sell sloths, baby monkeys, and turtles to support three generations of her family.

After the Peruvian government imposes strict resource management laws on the Mishana community's native land, this jungle village of eighty must find a future in conservation or lose its population to the pull of city industry.

Governments and activists speak of the importance of conservation, but we rarely hear the voices of people at the ground level. When locals struggle to survive each day at the jungle’s expense, how can they protect the land they love so deeply?         

Film Info:

Peru
• 52 minutes 31 seconds

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Lamp - a ghost story

Documentary Short

A 70 year-old Kentuckian loses sleep after buying a second-hand lamp.

Film Info:

• 17 minutes

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Last Night

Narrative Short

'Last Night' is a thriller about a seemingly perfect newly wed couple that are terrorized by two strangers in the middle of the night. The couple wake up tied to chairs they soon discover their hosts for the night are not strangers at all, rather a pair of vengeful psychopaths that are intent on unearthing the dark secrets of the couples past.

Film Info:

Australia
• 24 minutes

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Last Rain

Narrative Short

He arrives in a discotheque confused and without so much conviction. Suddenly, he sees Irene. He realizes that while he observes her he experiences unique and indescribable feelings. The young guy will predict a succession of events which will gradually become true, intriguing Irene more each time.

Film Info:

Spain
• 20 minutes

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Lazy

Narrative Feature

LAZY is an honest look at dealing with adolescence, tragedy and the transition from youth to adulthood while growing up in a small town. Filmed on the edges of Kentucky and Tennessee, a recent high school graduate must revisit a journey from his past after the suicide of his best friend.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 34 minutes

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Le Train Bleu

Narrative Short

Paris - Gare De Lyon. Helie behaves as a true bounder, Selena, evermore in love, still wants to pick up the pieces. At the bar of 'Le Train Bleu', where they stop to have a last drink, neither one cannot imagine what will happen ...

Film Info:

France
• 17 minutes

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Leave No Trace

Narrative Short

A chemistry professor hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail in his retirement, but during a last-minute physical he receives news that he is unfit to hike. As he prepares for his retirement reception, he realizes that his life has had little impact, and this journey may be his last chance to give his life meaning.

Film Info:

• 19 minutes

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Light Me Up

Animation

Meet the Wattsons. They're spending some quality time together. In this short film, animation and live-action are combined to tell a story about a family of light bulbs.

Film Info:

United States
• 8 minutes 30 seconds

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Lilly Gets a Pet

Animation

Lilly, a ten-foot tall orange monster, ventures into Wanda's Pet Shop in search of a friend. Lilly's escapades get her kicked out of the store but not before falling in love with a cute Fluffle. Lilly must undertake an epic journey to reunite with her true friend.  Created during a 48 hour animation challenge by The Bum Family, this group of cousins use cut outs and children’s logic to create an odd and hilarious story.

Film Info:

Canada
• 5 minutes

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Lilly's Big Day

Animation

Lilly, a 10 foot tall orange monster, steps out for a special day at Wilma's Super Salon. What could go wrong? Everything! Patrons gasp and drown in the hair sinks as the affable giant bumbles her way through a beauty ritual like no other.

Cut out animation created during Quickdraw Animation's 48 hour Animation Lockdown by The Bum Family, 6 Canadian cousins ages 4 to 11.          

Film Info:

Canada
• 4 minutes 42 seconds

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LIN

Narrative Short

A woman arrives at a port town in an unknown country at dawn. Her recounted stories begin to contradict themselves as she travels across the landscape. She is searching for something, a shape or a structure, which we are not even sure exists. Along the road she is eventually forced into initiating the process of self-reckoning. As her artifice begins to fall away she finds herself continuing her journey but now with a sense of resolution.

Film Info:

United Kingdom
• 25 minutes

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Lino Tagliapietra: Glass Magician

Documentary Short

This film documents the creative process of maestro Lino Tagliapietra, widely considered to be the world's best glass blower, through a playful nonlinear narrative.

Film Info:

United States
• 12 minutes 47 seconds

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Living With the Dead

Narrative Feature

Max McLean is eighteen years old and can't get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself over a year ago, Max has been using sex, drugs, and parties to ignore the pain until one day she wakes up in a hospital, haven taken a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. While being haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away from home and ventures into the forest with a bizarre but endearing boy named Ish.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 33 minutes

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Look to the Cookie

Documentary Short

A baker prepares the daily goods at his family's one hundred year-old business as he reminds us of the past, the importance of community, and to appreciate the simple things in life.

Film Info:

United States
• 5 minutes 40 seconds

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Lost Harmony

Documentary Feature

Taka grew up in the countryside of Japan, always dreaming of living in America--the land of freedom and opportunities. But after living in the U.S. for more than a decade, he realizes Japan has its own unique qualities. When he traveled back home, he discovered that Japan is losing some of its culture due to outside influences. The film captures his journey in search of Japan's lost identity.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 10 minutes

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LowerTown Paducah

Documentary Feature

Not long ago, artists from faraway places moved to the unlikely town of Paducah, Kentucky. Down by the river, its LowerTown district is a close community of artists who moved into beautiful old houses, transforming a troubled neighborhood, pioneering the largest artist relocation program in U.S. history. From an egg carver, to a print maker, to a sculptural ceramicist, to an art quilt master, this feature-length documentary profiles the life and work of some artists showing that great art can come from the most unlikely of places.

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• 1 hour 20 minutes

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Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

Documentary Short

Marion Stoddart lived next to one of America's most polluted rivers and transformed herself from a 1960s housewife to a citizen leader and environmental hero honored by the United Nations. The Work of 1000 is the documentary film chronicling her life, achievements, setbacks, and unwavering belief that one person can make a difference in the world.

Film Info:

United States
• 30 minutes

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mary

Narrative Short

mary explores the struggles of solitude and change, the known and the unknown, the human relationship to place and the challenge of expectation and need.