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CAUTION CODES – A – Adult Themes, D – Drug Use, N – Nudity, P – Profanity, S – Sexual Issues, V – Violence, W- War, M – Medical Procedures

4 Little Girls: Moving Portraits of the Civil Rights Movement

4 Little Girls deepens the audiences’ understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement by using the universal languages of photography, song and dance to depict stories from the era.

2018, US

Run time:  :25

Director:  Kerri Edge, Katherine Fisher, Saiku Branch, Brice D Vick, Eddy Marrero

Producer:  Kerri Edge, Nadia Rush

Trailer:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#search/4+little+girls/FMfcgxwJXCDmkWbwlNvVmJwKFDWCvZML?projector=1

Contact:

Kerri Edge

kerriedge@gmail.com

347-321-5873

Al Imam

Despite controversy and threats, a Muslim woman takes a stand for justice through activism and a progressive practice of Islam.

2017, US

Run time:  :19

Director:  Omar Al Dakheel

Producer:  John Palmer, Sara Fenton

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW0302W3T2E

Contact:

Omar Al Dakheel

aldakhee@usc.edu

786-972-9922

All the Possibilities…

How do you make a documentary about one of the most important American paintings that no one has ever heard of? All the Possibilities… is a documentary meditation on artist Vernon Pratt’s 1,450 square foot systematic abstraction painting, All The Possibilities Of Filling In Sixteenths (65,536).  The painting was completed in 1982, but was recently exhibited for the first time posthumously. With a percussive score composed by Rich Holly, All the Possibilities… immerses viewers in Pratt’s world of systematic abstraction, a symphony in black and white.

2019, US

Run time:  :16

Director:  Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry

Producer:  Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/354015272

Contact:

Marsha Gordon

marshagordon99@gmail.com

919-247-2443

Animal Calling

An intimate portrait following a recently-graduated veterinarian as she enjoys a rare, relaxing morning in her blissful country home. While Dr. VanRooy quietly prepares for her day, she reflects on the mental health crisis currently impacting the field of animal care revealing the emotional and psychological challenges faced by those dedicating their lives to veterinary medicine. (Animal euthenasia)

2020, F-Canada

Run time:  :06

Director:  Candice Dixon

Producer:  Olivia Chafe, Samantha Yabut

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHtpIsrX3fM

Contact:

Candice Dixon

candice_dixon@outlook.com

905-975-9256

Attention at Tension

The tension of going through a pandemic shifts my attention and creates anxiety within me. As many questions bubble up in my mind, I reflect on what I have been going through by creating a journal entry in the hope of finding answers.

2020, F-Indonesia

Run time:  :09

Director:  Azalia Muchransyah

Producer:  Azalia Muchransyah

Trailer:  https://youtu.be/Lr0rxXyMysI

Contact:

Azalia Muchransyah

azaliapr@buffalo.edu

Burnt Toast

Galen Paul Dively III lives on a remote mountaintop in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and makes his living selling “novelty toast art”. This documentary follows Galen on a day in the life and explores the evolution of his company Burnt Impressions from the Jesus Toaster to the Selfie Toaster, while he entertains a future beyond the world of toast. (D)

2019, US

Run time:  :17

Director:  Timothy Racca Morrish

Producer:  

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/428790400

Contact:

Timothy Racca Morrish

timothyraccaphoto@gmail.com

802-338-7712

Dance with Me

Where was I on your wedding day? That was the question I asked my mother when I was a child, and my mother’s usual answer was “you were not yet born”. Dance with Me is a film about acquaintance, marriage and the decision to have a baby.  After the death of Abbas Kiarostami, a workshop was held at Karnameh Institute, named “Life and Death”.  In the works of Master Kiarostami, his students made a decision to produce a film which he named “Life and Death”.  This is the film.  (A)

2019, UF-Iran

Run time:  :28

Director:  Hamidreza Hosseinian

Producer:  amidreza Hosseinian

Trailer:  TBA

Contact:

Hamidreza Hosseinian

hosseinian.hamidreza58@gmail.com

Desert Mourning

This film takes a deep, personal dive into the ongoing conflict over the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument in Southern Utah.  Learn how the Monument’s 2017 reduction has affected the lives of three people who live on the monument’s edge: Harlan Featherhat, a Paiute man who helped determine the monument’s original boundaries in 1996; Lonnie Pollock, a Mormon rancher and retired schoolteacher; and Megan Smith, a former backcountry ranger on the monument and advocate for public lands.  When landscapes and economies change around us, whose values do we prioritize, and who gets left behind?

2020, US

Run time:  :19

Director:  Henry Kinder

Producer:  Albert Tholen, Marsha Holland

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/401729163

Contact:

Henry Kinder

henrykinder@me.com

510-333-6246

Fighting for Survivors

The story of the 2018 Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and how a group of determined and brave people under the direction of the UN fought political violence, disinformation and a deadly infection to save a nation.

2019, US

Run time:  :35

Director:  Melonie Kastman

Producer:  Melonie Kastman, Igor Kovalik, Pamela Griner

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/441511397

Contact:

Igor Kovalik

ikovalik@me.com

310-600-9461

Forever Voters

Why do only 36% of 18-25 year olds vote? Many high school seniors are eligible to vote and have very strong opinions about what needs to change, but they don’t really know much about the voting process or how to register. The league of Women Voters is stepping in to educate high schoolers to prepare them for voting, because they know that people who vote early, vote forever.

2019, US

Run time:  :07

Director:  Sky Bergman

Producer:  Sky Bergman

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/368395833

Contact:

Sky Bergman

skybergman@gmail.com

Fowl Claims

For years, prospectors staked their claims with hollow pipes, which inadvertently became bird traps. Thousands of pipes are scattered across Nevada’s landscape.  Jim Boone’s mission is to save birds from dying in these claim markers.  

2020, US

Run time:  :12

Director:  Fred Bell

Producer:  Fred Bell

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/user6035345/fowlclaimstrailer

Contact:

Fred Bell

vegasbell@cox.net

(702) 526-6116

Greenlander, A

A Greenlander follows Pierre Auzias (66) a French Painter fully integrated in Uummaanaq, a settlement 450 miles north of the arctic circle in Greenland.  Pierre speaks Greenlandic, travels by dog sled and teaches art therapy to neglected children. After 14 years in Greenland, Pierre’s partner retires from her position as the town Doctor and returns to France. Pierre spends an agonizing 9 months in limbo, waiting to find out if the Danish Authorities will grant him citizenship. (Animal Cruelty/hunting, p)

2020, F-United Kingdom

Run time:  :37

Director:  Nicholas Jones

Producer:  Nicholas Jones

Trailer:  TBA

Contact:

Nicholas Jones

nick@pictureimperfect.co.uk

In the Same Direction: Jeff Pifher & Socrates’ Trial

From the inception of a musical idea, through the recording process and live performance, this short documentary tells the story of Jeff Pifher and his band Socrates’ Trial and their idea of what jazz can be today.

2020, US

Run time:  :17

Director:  Alexander Craven

Producer:  Jeff Pifher, Merlin Showalter

Trailer:  https://youtu.be/6oYmhgCLSG0

Contact:

Jeff Pifher

jeffpifher@gmail.com

310-259-2169

Intentions

Noa’s prayers are full of questions. In an attempt to make her peace with some of them, Noa befriends two young women, a Christian and a Moslem, who are also Jerusalem residents. Together the three explore the challenges and reservations they have about their respective religions, but the best intentions in the world cannot paper over the chasm of differences that exist between them. The film itself becomes a prayer.

2019, F-Israel

Run time:  :27

Director:  Noa Anikster Oren

Producer:  Noa Anikster Oren

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ll81XSocxug&feature=youtu.be

Contact:

Katie Green

festivals@maale.co.il

Keeper of the Fire

Keeper of the Fire explores the life and work of activist poet Alejandro Murguia, a writer passionately involved with the struggles of his times. Following in the footsteps of the Beat poets and inspired by the rich tradition of Latin American literature, Murguia fights for social justice with his words and his deeds. One of the celebrated Mission Poets, he has championed revolutions in Latin America, led cultural and educational programs in San Francisco and campaigned against rampant gentrification nationwide all while winning two American Book Awards and becoming the first Latino to serve as Poet Laureate of San Francisco.

2020, US

Run time:  :33

Directors:  David L. Brown, Louis Dematteis

Producer:  David L. Brown, Louis Dematteis, Raymond Telles

Trailer:  TBA

Contact:

David Brown

Docmaker1@aol.com

15-468-7469

Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses

Heroic World War II veterans vividly share their liberation journeys, drawing parallels between the past and present.  These powerful eyewitness accounts from Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive®, share a cautionary tale and compelling reminder of what can happen when insidious hatred remains unchecked. (A, N, V, W)

2019, US

Run time:  :41

Director:  Vanessa Roth

Producer:  Andy Friendly, June Beallor

Trailer:  https://youtu.be/K5qhiRVzp_w

Contact:

June Beallor

nancy@cinemacollet.com

323-708-5737

Little Patch of Earth, A

As the focus of early childhood education in America becomes more centered around academic achievement, Sally Swiatek is trying to preserve the one thing that allows children to develop holistically: play.

2020, US

Run time:  :17

Director:  Celine Francois

Producer:  Celine Francois

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/418740740

Contact:

Celine Francois

celinesfilms@gmail.com

425-691-6885

Mochitsuki

The ancient tradition of preparing Mochi to celebrate the Japanese New Year goes back centuries. Join one close-knit intergenerational community in the ceremonial pounding of the cooked rice, the forming of the warm Mochi cakes, and, of course, eating the yummy results!! Elders and kids alike reflect on what Mochi means to them, leaving not a cheek untouched by rice flour.

2019, US

Run time:  4:49

Director:  Sky Bergman

Producer:  Sky Bergman

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/382224727

Contact:

Sky Bergman

skybergman@gmail.com

Rosa Porto Beyond the Box

A Cuban immigrant family creates a beloved foodie destination in their new home of Los Angeles, California.

2019, US

Run time:  :22

Director:  Tabatha Laanui

Producer:  Tabatha Laanui, Hana Kawabata

Trailer:  TBA

Contact:

Tabatha Laanui

tabathaproducer@gmail.com

Simple Things

When Maya, who was raised on a secular kibbutz, decided to become ultra-Orthodox, she couldn’t have imagined how complicated it would be to search for a life partner. Dating might be a “simple” matter in the Western world, but in the world that Maya has embraced, dates are only with men you have never met, and they are arranged by a matchmaker.  Maya is a doula who has helped women bring their babies into the world over one hundred times. But going on over one hundred arranged dates in nine years has not brought her any closer to love, marriage, and having a family of her own.  (S)

2019, F-Israel

Run time:  :31

Director:  Liel Sharon Gur

Producer:  Liel Sharon Gur

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuwGasTOlYc&feature=youtu.be

Contact:

Katie Green

festivals@maale.co.il

Take Me To Prom

Featuring the high school prom stories of queer people aged 17 to 88, Take Me To Prom captures 70 years of LGBTQ social progress through this adolescent milestone. (A, D, P, S)

2019, Canada

Run time:  :20

Director:  Andrew Moir

Producer:  Andrew Moir

Trailer:  trailer https://youtu.be/IQy3pxI-UX8

Contact:

Andrew Moir

moir.j.andrew@gmail.com

416-797-2894

Trial By Fire

During the devastating Thomas Wildfire, inmate firefighters relish the opportunity to emerge from their restraints and find serenity and a sense of purpose through the work that they devote their lives to.

2018, US

Run time:  :14

Director:  Alex Astrella

Producer:  Carissa Moore

Trailer:  TBA

Contact:

Alex Astrella

alex.astrella@gmail.com

949-374-7781

Vasectomy Doctor, The

Dr. Andrew Rynne was the first doctor to perform vasectomies in Ireland and has performed over 35,000. This is a distinction that did not come without controversy in the extremely Catholic Ireland of the 1970s and ‘80s, but Dr. Rynne persevered in the face of opposition from the church. In the ‘80s, he challenged the restrictive laws on contraceptives by selling condoms without a prescription. He got his day in court and forced the government to change policy. In 1990, Dr. Rynne was about to perform a vasectomy, when a gunman entered his surgery and shot him. After surviving the attempt on his life, he would later meet with his assailant and forgive him.  (S)

2018, F-Ireland

Run time:  :11

Director:  Paul Webster

Producer:  Ronan Cassidy

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/300375336

Contact:

Carbonated Comet

info@carbonatedcomet.com

0035387-773-7804

Veterans Journey Home: Kalani’s Story

This is the first in a series of short documentaries telling a different story of soldiers returning from war. American veterans struggle to transition back to civilian life with PTSD, addiction, and suicide rates much higher than the general population.  The film focuses on these new brands of American bravery: bravery to face anguish and loss, fear and rage, paralyzing self-doubt, shame, and even self-hatred. The series highlights the best people, practices, and programs doing the work necessary to support vets in this healing.  (P, V, W)

2020, US

Run time:  :30

Director:  Frederick Marx

Producer:  Frederick Marx

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIOIJvdEMtU

Contact:

Frederick Marx

frederick@warriorfilms.org

510-338-6727

War Inside Me, The

A short documentary that follows one refugee on her search to find her missing family members while taking a journey through her troubled past.

2019, US

Run time:  1:08

Director:  Stephanie Neumen

Producer:  Stephanie Neumen

Trailer:  https://vimeo.com/338359237

Contact:

Stephanie Neumen

stephanie.neumen@gmail.com

323-449-5080

We Eat Socca Here

On the sun-soaked Côte d’Azur, a local food specialty reigns. Socca is just four simple ingredients: chickpea flour, water, salt, and olive oil. But what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in rusticity, history, cultural significance, and, most importantly, an incomparable crispy, fluffy, and delicious flavor. How Nice!

2019, US

Run time:  :09

Director:  Scott Petersen

Producer:  Scott Petersen

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWTwRu_cGSI&t=6s

Contact:

Scott Petersen

scrabylon@gmail.com

(818) 642-6301