A Clean Slate
This uplifting documentary follows Shanyeill McCloud’s work helping the formerly incarcerated expunge their records and start their lives again.
Director: Tran Hoang Calvin
Producers: Kristi Kendall, Rob Pfaltzgraff, Lana Link, Nick Reid
A little Utah
A little Utah is an experimental short film using tilt-shift timelapse photography to take viewers on a journey through some of Utah’s most iconic and scenic locations and travel destinations.
Director: Dave Lindsay
Producer: Jason Conforto
A Winding Path
“Being an urban Indian is really complicated because you have this geographic disconnection from your land and your community.”
Director: Alexandra Lazarowich, Ross Kauffman
Producer: Robin Honan
Baseball Behind Barbed Wire
Baseball Behind Barbed Wire tells the story of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, through the uncommon yet popular lens of baseball, America’s national pastime.
Director: Yuriko Gamo Romer
Producers: Yuriko Gamo Romer, Marc Smolowitz
Inspired by hours of in-depth interviews by Humans of New York creator, Brandon Stanton, and directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Nicholas Mihm; ‘Bubjan’ chronicles the journey of Parwiz Zafari – an Iranian man who has been living in exile in the United States since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.
Director: Nicholas Mihm
Producer: Lisa Rudin, Nicholas Mihm
‘Colonel Kalsi‘ is a documentary film about an American Sikh army officer’s struggle to serve his country with honor and dignity.
Directors: Geeta Gandbhir, Anand Kamalakar
Producer: Steve Alpert
“Why does your dad act so weird?” This may be innocent or asked in malice, but my son, Eric, will be confronted with the neon sign of my disability. Eric’s dad has cerebral palsy. Yet, Eric will only see his dad who plays with him, holds him, and takes him on rides in my motorized wheelchair.
Director: Andrew Justvig
Producer: Andrew Justvig
Flying A Kite Off A Cloud
Ed Brown went to war when he was a young man. The experience changed him forever. Years later, he found himself in Utah, still haunted by what he saw, and still possessed of a skillset for which he no longer had any use. That is, until he learned to dance on ice.
Director: Dane Christensen
Producer: Tim Slover, Doug Fabrizio
Humor Doesn’t Retire
A short comedic documentary about an improv group for senior citizens trying to stick together.
Director: Max Louis Rasmussen
Learning to Dance
What does the last period of our lives bring us, age 70 and beyond? What do you call this period and what are the challenges and joys it brings? Learning to Dance explores the topic of aging and the challenges we will all face if we are lucky enough to live a long life. Filmmaker Cat Ashworth explores the loss of identity as she transitions to a new period of life. Using her own story and first person voice, she explores these topics with the help of other “wise women” who guide her in this “performance art as ritual” film.
Director: Cat Ashworth
How can you understand a violent past? Somali-born Abdi is furniture designer and support worker. He reenacts his life, marked by war and criminality, with the help of his neighbour and filmmaker Douwe. Through playful reconstructions in a special effects studio, Abdi and Douwe embark on a candid and investigative journey through a painful history, focusing on the creative process throughout.
Director: Douwe Dijkstra
Producer: Richard Valk
Noah’s Latter-day Dilemma
Noah Van Sciver is a nationally recognized cartoonist. His work is praised for its personal nature and its honesty. So, it makes sense that when he set out to reconcile himself with the Mormon faith of his childhood, inherited by a devout father and a mother who no longer believed, Noah looked to his art for answers.
Director: Dane Christensen
Producer: Tim Slover
The Art Whisperer
An intimate portrait of an outspoken woman who loved art, lived in a glass house but did not want to be seen. In her lifetime Ginny Williams went under the radar. She reinvented herself when she got divorced at 60. She intuitively bought work by women artists. Some of them she befriended – many she championed.
Director: Flemming Fynsk
Producer: Elle Payne Williams
‘The Bee’ is the first short film in the series ‘In Their Nature’ and it highlights Bill Perkins, a beekeeper in Boston who shares his knowledge and love of bees with his community, much like a bee spreading pollen. And sometimes that means riding through a busy city with 10,000 bees on the back of your bike so you can share them with second graders who are learning about pollination.
Director: Kim Lowe
Producer: Kim Lowe
The Orchestra Chuck Built
In 2016, the League of American Orchestras conducted a study that revealed a shocking statistic: only 1.8% of the professional orchestra workforce in the US is Black. From an old church rec room in the inner city of Los Angeles, former lawyer-turned-conductor Chuck Dickerson is on a mission to change that.
Director: Christopher Stoudt
Producers: Maryann Garger, Ryan Suffern, Bob Logan, Ainz “Brainz” Prasad
The People There To Catch Us
Documentary highlighting the importance of patient advocates in cancer research Cancer treatment is changing, and for the better.
Director: Luke Brabazon
Producer: Ronan Cassidy
The Story of Michael Carbis
This work was commissioned by Silver Reef Historical Society and Arts to Zion in telling the story of Michael Carbis. A mine foreman in Silver Reef, UT and his tragic demise in 1880
Director: Dan Fowlks
Producer: Bobbi Wan-kier
Then Comes The Body
THEN COMES THE BODY is a short documentary about underdogs, globalism, and dance. It starts with Daniel Ajala, a self-taught ballet dancer who discovers the European dance form in the American movie SAVE THE LAST DANCE. With no ballet schools in Nigeria, he opens Leap of Dance Academy in his front yard: humble, rigorous, and free to anyone with dedication.
Director: Jacob Krupnick
Producers: Damilola Aleje, Jacob Krupnick
Unredeemable. It was this single word on a Ukrainian state document in the 1990s that would attempt to define and condemn the life of a seven-year-old boy. But through adoption and perseverance, adaptive golfer Alex Fourie overcame trauma and found his purpose. Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber narrates Alex’s story.
Director: Todd Kapostasy
Producer: Jarrod Ficklin