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2011   FILMS  -  SOAPIFF   FILMFEST   at   PELLISSIPPI    STATE


African


Appalachian


Art/Experimental


Gender/Women's/GLBT


Cultural Minorites


Horror


Documentary


Independent   Feature


Environmental


Shorts


Foreign Language


Student Films



African


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A Screaming Man (Jury Prize, 2010 Cannes Film Festival) (Chad, Belgium, France)

Website: A Screaming Man

In present-day Chad, fifty five year old Adam, who was a swimming champion, is now a pool attendant at an upscale hotel. The hotel gets taken over by new owners, and changes follow. Adam's son Abdel is given the pool attendant job and Adam is reassigned to the unrelated and humiliating position of gate attendant. On top of this Adam is harassed constantly to provide money he doesn't have for the war effort to support forces fighting an ever encroaching battle against rebel insurgents. The country is in the throes of a civil war that comes closer every day and Adam is in a personal crisis at which point he makes a regretful decision with consequences beyond his imagination. 92min

Forerunners: South Africa's New Middle Class (South Africa)

Website: Forerunners

The film soulfully explores what it means to be black and middle class in South Africa today. Miranda, Mpumi, Karabo, and Martin are part of the first generation of black South Africans to join the country’s ‘middle class’. Pursuing fast paced, western careers, their lives appear to be far removed from the poverty of their childhoods. Yet the traditional values instilled in them, and the presence of their ancestors, linger in their new lives. 52min

Girl With Big Eyes [A Menina dos Olhos Grandes] (Cape Verde)

A free adaptation of a Cape Verdean folk tale, about a creole girl returning from Europe to her homeland of Cape Verde. 83min

Tagnawittude (France)

Gnawa music has been a ritual for many centuries in the Maghreb, in Northern Africa. This music is increasingly practiced in France by young musicians. This is the case of Amazigh Kateb and his group “Gnawa Diffusion”, which launched this style in 1992. 80min

Awa O Gbe, an African Adventure (Canada)

Website: Awa O Gbe

Rene Dupere, musical creator for Cirque du Soleil, and his partner Elise Velle, have been involved with a humanitarian aid project in Benin for the past 7 years. The aim is to help women escape conditions of extreme poverty and put them on the road to greater autonomy. Rene and Elise initiated, financed and continue to supervise this project. They have much to tell us about their experience in the field. The film provides a privileged opportunity to penetrate to the heart of clans and communities, sharing in the intimacy of families and women’s lives. It is their great sensitivity of Elise and Rene and their desire to invest time and energy that have made them project a success story. 50min

Taxiphone (Switzerland)

Website: Taxiphone

Oliver and Elena are crossing the great desert of Mali Timbuktu, in a truck they’re trying to return to a client. When a breakdown forces them to stop at Tar, their stay becomes interminable. While Oliver works on repairing the truck, Elena ventures out and discovers an oasis. She meets Aya at a pay phone, and one thing leads to another, beginning a new adventure for Elena. 94min

Cultures of Resistance (U.S.A., South America, Africa, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Burma)

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? 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, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promote change. This is their story. From IRAN, where the graffiti and rap became tools in fighting back the regime, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women’s movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon’s refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more... 73min

Moolaadé (Burkina Fasso, Senegal, France, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia)

When a woman shelters a group of 4-9-year-old girls who are to be circumcised from suffering female circumcision by invoking the magical protection of Moolaadé, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.... 124min


Horror


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The School in the Woods


Official Website: The School in the Woods
In the fall of 2009, a group of college students ventured into the backwoods of Louisiana to find an abandoned school. For a class project, they were to film the school and find evidence of the paranormal.
To hunt for ghosts. They found what they were looking for. 102min

An Evening With My Comatose Mother


Official Website: An Evening With My Comatose Mother
Dorothy Pritchard thought she had it easy; house sit for the wealthy Poe’s on All Hallows Eve while collecting a cool paycheck. That was, until, she was introduced to the Poe’s rotting, comatose mother living upstairs. As the dark of the night comes, and as the approaching storm blacks out the neighborhood, Dorothy soon finds herself on a nightmare ride through hell that she can only beg to be woken up from. 33min

Betania [Bethany] (Italy)


Serena is a doctor in a city hospital. Her life is quiet and systemic until the day she has a call from Betania. The priest of this small village where Serena was born, tells her that her grandpa has passed away. Serena moves to Betania in a symbolic journey that makes her emotive side came out. Serena realizes that in this village some dead people come back to ‘life’ apparently will-less. Also Serena has this ‘gift’ of a second chance with her grandpa but she can't manage this until the final emotive breakdown. 24min

Delusions

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Renowned child psychiatrist Judith Morgan lives the perfect life in the perfect house with her perfect daughter and is perfectly unaware that she is losing her mind. When an unexpected visitor on their doorstep breaks the facade of perfection, Judith thinks she has no choice but to demand complete control over her daughter…No matter what it takes. 17min

The Romantic Killer (Denmark)


A serial killer on a romantic date. The plan is like always. To seduce and kill the victim. But perhaps this time it will turn out different. Romantic Killer is a short film with a high production value. Production design, cast, photo, editing style and music are carefully developed with classic noir story telling in mind. Still it has a contemporary look and references to the most recent films in that genre. 15min
Official Website: The Romantic Killer


Appalachian


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The Ballad of Frankie Silver


One of the most famous female murders in US history. In 1831 Frankie Silver was charged with the murder and burning of the remains of her husband Charlie. She was hanged in 1833. This is Frankie’s story….
A Docudrama based on the true story of the most notorious murder trial in antebellum
North Carolina history. 98min
Official Website: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

An Appalachian Dawn

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Nestled in the mountains of Central Appalachia, Clay County, Kentucky has long been at the nexus of history. For over 200 years, the people who followed Daniel Boone into this secluded corner of America generated enough heroism and infamy to salt the headlines of virtually every major newspaper in the land. Sadly, much news was dark – vicious feuds, crushing poverty, pervasive corruption, and epic drug abuse.
By the early 2000s, the situation was so bleak that many families fled to greener pastures. Those who remained battled hopelessness as illicit drugs threatened to consume an entire generation.
And then it happened. As a desperate band of believers cried ‘Enough!’ the Presence of God descended on the town of Manchester, and transformed it into the City of Hope. 122min

Rothstein's First Assignment

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An artist/filmmaker goes to Shenandoah National Park to trace the route of photographer Arthur Rothstein's first assignment in 1935 to explore notions of documentary truth. The project starts as an experiment, investigating the aspects of surveillance and representation in documentary photography. The initial goal is to demonstrate how documentaries work.

Rothstein's assignment is chosen because it marked the beginning of what would become the FSA Photographic Archive, where Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and others, would produce the most important photographic record of the American Depression. The FSA photographers were the first to be called "Documentary Photographers."

The official story behind the assignment is that Arthur Rothstein in 1935 photographed residents of what is now Shenandoah National Park, before they were to be moved to new government homes in the Shenandoah Valley. A Washington Post article, with Rothstein's photographs, writes that mountain residents were being moved from the 19th to the 20th century.

But there are problems with Rothstein's account of his assignment. Why did he photograph an apple vendor, yet not photograph an eviction nearby? His assignment was to photograph residents being moved from the Park. Why did he not label his photograph of a social worker, who was well known for having worked with his subjects for years? Why does he create a myth around the assignment that couldn’t possibly be true?

When it's discovered that an obscure film in the National Archives documented Rothstein's subjects before his arrival, another story emerges. We come to find that Rothstein's subjects had been documented by other photographers and filmmakers for years before his arrival. Eventually it's revealed that the true fate of Rothstein's subjects is connected to an institution in Virginia once called "The Colony." An institution with a dark secret that would later inspire Hitler.

With archival footage, an oral interview with Arthur Rothstein, archival documents and photographs combined with original interviews of former park residents and descendants of Rothstein's subjects; Rothstein's First Assignment takes us on a journey to reveal what happened to the people Rothstein photographed. Along the way it questions our belief in the nature of documentary truth. 72min

Divide


In the midst of a divisive election, retired miner Sebert Pertee confronts an obscured legacy of racial politics in the Appalachian coal fields. Will his organizing efforts be enough to counter a slew of race-baiting pundits and politicians? Will anything change two years later?

Co-directed by West Virginia native Michael T. Miller and featuring United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts. 22min
Official Website: Divide The Movie


Independent Feature


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Paradise Recovered


Esther Harris, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt's Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime – to attend Vanderbilt's Kingdom Bible College and to marry Phillip Sawyer, the son of a minister and a Kingdom student being groomed for the ministry.

When the fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther looks for employment at a local health food store to supplement the group's income.

At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher's kid, and his roommate, Mark, a college drop-out who finds Christian television to be great entertainment.

When Phillip's father, David, excommunicates Esther for committing a terrible sin, Gabriel's constant challenges and Mark's playfulness open Esther's mind to new experiences and new questions. The friendship with Gabriel and Mark help Esther determine her human worth while helping her reframe her faith in a whole new light.

Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing hard questions involving faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture. 95min
Official Website: Paradise Recovered

Where I Begin


A decade after a tragic event, Jacob decides to return home to his small southern roots, only to find that the past is not really the past and that people may change but they never forget. His unexpected homecoming once again intertwines him with the family, friends and the town he left in his wake. Jacob searches for his way back home, but can you ever really go home? 77min
Official Website: Where I Begin

A Wake (Canada)


In this intense drama, six former members of a theater company assemble for their infamous director’s wake. Gabor Zazlov (NICHOLAS CAMPBELL) has died suddenly. His widow, Hanna (TARA NICODEMO), welcomes the thespians to her country home but soon loses control of the proceedings when old rivalries and jealousies erupt. As members of Gabor’s last ill-fated production of Hamlet four years ago, the characters they played continue to haunt their lives. Tyler (GRAHAM ABBEY) who played Laertes then Hamlet, is now a minor Hollywood star and secretly in love with Maya (KRISTA SUTTON), the quiet, new-age Ophelia. Raj (RAOUL BHANEJA), now a successful real-estate agent, is still resentful of losing the part of Hamlet to Tyler. However it is sexy, troubled Danielle (SARAIN BOYLAN), whose presence causes the most controversy. Sabina (MARTHA BURNS), the company’s patron, demands to know why ‘this whore was invited’ and the party erupts. The unexpected arrival of Gabor’s son Chad (KRISTOPHER TURNER), ratchets up the tension further. Traveling in Europe, he knew nothing of his father’s passing and accuses his stepmother of killing him. Another Hamlet joins the fray.

When Hanna can’t fulfill Gabor’s deathbed request to mount a final reading of Hamlet, Chad takes on the role of director, exacting shocking truths from the actors. As secrets are revealed, the players must come clean: To thine own self be true. With morning hangovers, they all leave altered by this tumultuous night. But there remains one last shocking truth that none would suspect. 93min

Snatch 'N' Grab


A hilarious tale from the front lines of the battle of the sexes. Tired of being treated poorly by men, Selina enlists three of her friends and devises a game of conquest and fun to regain control of their destinies. Pushed beyond their comfort zones by the competition, each woman is challenged to learn about herself and her relationships while also banding together to battle a jealous psycho and a sexist boss. 90min
Official Website: Snatch 'N' Grab

The Ballad of Frankie Silver


One of the most famous female murders in US history. In 1831 Frankie Silver was charged with the murder and burning of the remains of her husband Charlie. She was hanged in 1833. This is Frankie’s story….
A Docudrama based on the true story of the most notorious murder trial in antebellum
North Carolina history. 98min
Official Website: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

The Deposition


When a man accidentally causes a car wreck that kills his former lover, his life is derailed and his mind is splintered with guilt and the subsequent uncertainty about what exactly happened. Now, a shell of his former self, he must piece together his identity, escape the harsh judgment of the community, and reconcile conflicting court testimonies of others involved in the events that lead to that tragic night. 80min
Official Website: The Deposition


Cultural Minorites


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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden (U.S.A., India)

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.

But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.
Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.

It examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education ‘aid’ projects; looks at the failure of education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty; and, finally, calls for a "deeper dialogue" between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach from these ancient sustainable societies. 65min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3388344601/
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The Dog in the Manger [El Perro del Hortelano](Peru)

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El Perro del Hortelano is a shining example of a completely new way of producing socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international volunteers joined forced with local indigenous youth to make a film about the most pressing social and environmental conflicts in the region. No shoes, no shirt, no script, no problem!

Living and working together every day for three months, our team produced ‘El Perro del Hortelano’, a feature narrative fiction about the threats of foreign development in the Amazon, the dangers of oil drilling interests, and the power of art and culture to lead a community. 90min

After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands (U.S.A., Mexico)

In a recent survey of small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over two-thirds said they were unable to maintain their normal diet for three to eight months of the year. These are The Thin Months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating less expensive foods, or borrowing against their future earnings from coffee.

This short film brings the day-to-day challenges of The Thin Months to life through the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the success of creative projects designed to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity. 22min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAhlRxcbic
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Fatakra (Firecracker)

Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Today, three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. 19min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4AvkpIFBZY
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Gender/Women's


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My Brother's War

Grace Kieler finds her family and fiancé divided on political matters. Her beau joins the Union army and her brother fights for the Confederacy. Upon her father’s death she decides to disguise herself as her brother, Henry and join the rebel army. Along the way she meets Virginia Klaising, a widow and a mother grieving the death of her only son. As they travel the backwoods trying to get home Virginia begins to fall for Henry. By the same turn Henry finds himself comforted by Virginia. As love blooms the secret becomes harder to conceal. When Henry is shot and nursed back from certain death, the secret is revealed. And yet their journey is brief as each must reach a destination without the other. 100min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waqQD6_MYtU
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Square One [Rooz Az No] (Iran)

Fariba, a four-month pregnant woman, is having problems with her husband. He comes home late at night, doesn’t return her calls, and they talk to each other through a tape recorder. She records her feelings and how she talks to the baby inside her belly, and the man comes home answering to her. One night Fariba is thinking of the future with her baby, she comes down and listen to her husband’s words recorded on the tape. Fariba has earlier said that a new gynecologist is introduced to her and that they have an appointment tomorrow morning with her. The husband snaps at her saying millions of doctor have stated she can’t bear up children, and yet once someone introduces a new doctor, she gets back to square one. She gets furious and gets a feeling that he doesn’t want the baby anymore. So, she decides to leave him, and raise the baby alone. 20min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1828363545/
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Tell Me You Love Me

Based on the true life story of lead actress Sharon Wright, a woman is constantly reminded of an act of violence in her recent past. After an ex-boyfriend attempts to beat her to death, she much come to terms with the inner struggle she is going through and decide the best way to silence the memories. 5min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3015154969/
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The D-Monster

When a young, idealistic, aspiring screenwriter lands her first Hollywood job assisting a tyrannical producer, she must face the question: does one moment define a person? 20min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3338705433/
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Winter Rose

IN THE WINTER OF 1944, ROSE GIVES ANA THE STRENGTH TO SAY GOODBYE. 6min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3308978713/
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Union

A woman takes on the identity of her brother in order to serve in the ranks during the Civil War. When the war is over she searches for the widow who saved her life during the battle of Antietam. Once she is reunited with this woman she is plagued by nightmares and must confront her demons and reconcile her war experiences in order to liberate herself to feel love fully. The widow must let her go in order to see if love will come back to her. The compassion each has for the other results in a deep and fulfilling intimacy. 21min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2137103641/
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Snatch 'N' Grab

A hilarious tale from the front lines of the battle of the sexes. Tired of being treated poorly by men, Selina enlists three of her friends and devises a game of conquest and fun to regain control of their destinies. Pushed beyond their comfort zones by the competition, each woman is challenged to learn about herself and her relationships while also banding together to battle a jealous psycho and a sexist boss. 90min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi505190681/
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Wycinanki

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The story of a woman in Poland and the three animals she rescues. Based on a true story. 3min

After the Shearing

The story of Maggie, a young girl living on a sheep farm who is struggling to cope with and understand her mother’s battle with cancer. Using the rural surroundings she knows so well as her anchor to a world turned upside down, Maggie devises a plan and makes a heroic attempt to save her mother’s life. 10min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jYP-yZ-KCc
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Terms of Employment

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On her first day of work a woman gets stuck in the elevator with a man hell bent on revenge. She's in for the ride of her life….. 18min

My Name is Anna

Follows a young teen on her journey into the darkness of an eating disorder. The film is designed to open up a dialog between teens & their parents to discuss topics which can often trigger eating disorders. This film, though fictional, is filmed in a believable narrative style and gently educates the viewer on the dangers of anorexia nervosa. 7min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi852756761/
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The Sticky Chocolate Kingdom

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A young woman severe life changing consequences after having a chocolate muffin. 18min

Paradise Recovered

Esther Harris, a young woman praised for her virtue and devotion to Warren F. Vanderbilt's Prophetic Watchman Ministries, has been given the opportunity of a lifetime – to attend Vanderbilt's Kingdom Bible College and to marry Phillip Sawyer, the son of a minister and a Kingdom student being groomed for the ministry.

When the fundamentalist Christian sect falls on hard times, Esther looks for employment at a local health food store to supplement the group's income.

At the store, Esther gets a chance to share her faith with her new manager, Gabriel, a devout skeptic and preacher's kid, and his roommate, Mark, a college drop-out who finds Christian television to be great entertainment.

When Phillip's father, David, excommunicates Esther for committing a terrible sin, Gabriel's constant challenges and Mark's playfulness open Esther's mind to new experiences and new questions. The friendship with Gabriel and Mark help Esther determine her human worth while helping her reframe her faith in a whole new light.
Shot entirely on location in Southern Indiana and Austin, Texas, Paradise Recovered attempts a modern-day retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan while addressing hard questions involving faith, tolerance, and spiritual abuse in modern culture. 95min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2504300825/
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Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

American Rebel: The compelling life story of the author of "Gone with the Wind" in commemoration of the book's 75th anniversary. Through dramatic reenactments and interviews with top Mitchell scholars, Margaret Mitchell emerges as a complex and fascinating woman who had much in common with her most famous character, Scarlett O'Hara. 57min http://www.gpb.org/margaret-mitchell/multimedia
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GLBT


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Marathon (U.S.A., India)


Based on a true story. MARATHON is a tale of courage, endurance, and finally, the triumph of love. Director, Biju Viswanath, brings to life Richard Harteis’ non-fiction work of the same title.

MARATHON explores the relationship between Richard Harteis and William Meredith, former US Poet Laureate and winner of virtually every major American award for poetry including the 1988 Pulitzer Prize.

In the 17th year of their friendship, William sustains a debilitating stroke. Richard stands by his partner, fighting for the right to care for him, despite the inevitable restrictions on his own life, and against the wishes of William’s family. Though the path they have chosen is not an easy one, their love and compassion see them through days of illness, therapy, and healing.

The strength to overcome disability with dignity becomes a lesson in physical and spiritual endurance, hard won knowledge indeed. MARATHON displays the resolve, discipline and courage of two human beings running for their lives, qualities that can sustain us all in life’s marathon. In this moving account, we see how two fellow runners have joined the course, and just how far our dreams can take us before we cross the finish line.90min

Official Website: Marathon

Friends & Lovers


After a failed relationship with a waitress, a young gay man is challenged by his love for a straight mechanic. 90min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1486986009/
Official Website: Friends & Lovers

Winter Rose

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IN THE WINTER OF 1944, ROSE GIVES ANA THE STRENGTH TO SAY GOODBYE. 6min

Passing


In human history, there have always been outsiders – those visibly different. The strange. The unlike. And there have always been those outsiders who slipped through unnoticed. The ones who passed, walking among the crowds – unlike and unnoticed. But when an alien anthropologist is discovered on Earth, passing for human, the definitions of like and unlike have to change. When does observation become surveillance? And what secrets lay in the shadows, visible only to the Passing? 15min

My Brother's War


Grace Kieler finds her family and fiancé divided on political matters. Her beau joins the Union army and her brother fights for the Confederacy. Upon her father’s death she decides to disguise herself as her brother, Henry and join the rebel army. Along the way she meets Virginia Klaising, a widow and a mother grieving the death of her only son. As they travel the backwoods trying to get home Virginia begins to fall for Henry. By the same turn Henry finds himself comforted by Virginia. As love blooms the secret becomes harder to conceal. When Henry is shot and nursed back from certain death, the secret is revealed. And yet their journey is brief as each must reach a destination without the other. 100min

Union

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A woman takes on the identity of her brother in order to serve in the ranks during the Civil War. When the war is over she searches for the widow who saved her life during the battle of Antietam. Once she is reunited with this woman she is plagued by nightmares and must confront her demons and reconcile her war experiences in order to liberate herself to feel love fully. The widow must let her go in order to see if love will come back to her. The compassion each has for the other results in a deep and fulfilling intimacy. 21min
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Hollywood to Dollywood


On the fumes of a dream, twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum role for their idols, Dolly Parton. Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her. They set off from Dolly's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading East for Pigeon Forge, TN. Driving an RV they (named Jolene) is friend and partner Mike Bowen. All along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair salons our intrepid band of travelers meet every day Americans, as the encounter everything from Floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma Tornado. The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the bigotry they've encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance and the joy of realizing their biggest dream handing their screenplay to Dolly Parton. Featuring appearances by Leslie Jordan, Chad Allen, Beth Grant, Dustin Lance Black, Ann walker, and maybe even Dolly herself! Hollywood to Dollywood is a documentary of chasing dreams down the road of life. 81min

Official Website: Hollywood to Dollywood

How Could She?

A young man struggles facing the truth in his relationship. 4min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi917674009/
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Documentary


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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and Walled In! (Germany)

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall is a documentary about the inception, erection, and subsequent destruction of the Berlin Wall. The film uses stock footage and interviews, beginning in the 1940s, and going all the way up to November 11, 1989. "Walled In!" is a short documentary, showing through the use of animation, specific incidences and events during the Wall's history. 26min and 10min Respectively

Beatboxing-The Fifth Element of Hip Hop (Germany)

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. 55min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtop6MCENsY
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The Day Carl Sandburg Died

The Day Carl Sandburg Died is a dynamic exploration into the life and work of the iconic American, Carl Sandburg.

From an impoverished youth on the prairie of Illinois to the halls of Congress and the Ed Sullivan Show, it was a tale of perseverance and success. During his lifetime he was revered, becoming one of the most successful writers of the 20th century. But when he died, in 1967 his legacy suffered an unusual an inexplicably fast decline. His work was disparaged and his remarkable life all but forgotten. But if Sandburg was forgotten, he is now being remembered and rediscovered by writers, artists, scholars, performers, taking a new look at the complex and truly unparalleled life of Carl Sandburg. 82min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi158571033/
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Edgewood: Stage of Southern History

Built in 1829 for secessionist governor Francis W. Pickens, Edgewood has been the stage for many important periods in Southern history. The house was home to two remarkable women, Lucy Holcombe Pickens and Eulalie Chafee Salley. Lucy was known as the Queen of the Confederacy. Eulalie was a leader in the suffrage movement and one of South Carolina’s first female realtors. In the documentary, Edgewood: Stage of Southern History, the house tells the stories of the people who lived, worked and visited the house. On screen, these stories are reenacted, including dramatic and beautiful stories of the antebellum era in South Carolina, War Between the States, Pickens visit to Czarist Russia, the suffrage movement, the Winter Colony settlement in Aiken, and the Civil Rights Era. 56min http://www.edgewoodfilm.com/
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Nathan Davis Still Lives

With his trademark fedora hat, intensely raw lyrics, and his amazing awe-inspiring live performances, Nathan Davis was a musical sensation waiting to happen. The fascinating and ultimately touching portrait by director Dean Garris, traces Nathans story from his early years of musical prodigy and struggles with inner demons to his ultimate rise as a singer songwriter on the edge of greatness.

Interviews with Grammy nominated producer John Custer, indie-music.com Assistant Editor Jennifer Layton, plus fellow musicians, friends, colleagues and fans are complemented perfectly with an astonishing archive of video, performance footage and photos that reveal someone who was not inspired to play music but driven to play as a way to save himself. 97min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1281427225/
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Rothsteins's First Assignment

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An artist/filmmaker goes to Shenandoah National Park to trace the route of photographer Arthur Rothstein's first assignment in 1935 to explore notions of documentary truth. The project starts as an experiment, investigating the aspects of surveillance and representation in documentary photography. The initial goal is to demonstrate how documentaries work.

Rothstein's assignment is chosen because it marked the beginning of what would become the FSA Photographic Archive, where Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and others, would produce the most important photographic record of the American Depression. The FSA photographers were the first to be called "Documentary Photographers."

The official story behind the assignment is that Arthur Rothstein in 1935 photographed residents of what is now Shenandoah National Park, before they were to be moved to new government homes in the Shenandoah Valley. A Washington Post article, with Rothstein's photographs, writes that mountain residents were being moved from the 19th to the 20th century.

But there are problems with Rothstein's account of his assignment. Why did he photograph an apple vendor, yet not photograph an eviction nearby? His assignment was to photograph residents being moved from the Park. Why did he not label his photograph of a social worker, who was well known for having worked with his subjects for years? Why does he create a myth around the assignment that couldn’t possibly be true?
When it's discovered that an obscure film in the National Archives documented Rothstein's subjects before his arrival, another story emerges. We come to find that Rothstein's subjects had been documented by other photographers and filmmakers for years before his arrival. Eventually it's revealed that the true fate of Rothstein's subjects is connected to an institution in Virginia once called "The Colony." An institution with a dark secret that would later inspire Hitler.
With archival footage, an oral interview with Arthur Rothstein, archival documents and photographs combined with original interviews of former park residents and descendants of Rothstein's subjects; Rothstein's First Assignment takes us on a journey to reveal what happened to the people Rothstein photographed. Along the way it questions our belief in the nature of documentary truth. 72min

Way of the Morris (U.K.)

As quintessentially homegrown as a game of cricket or a plate of fish-and-chips, Morris dancing is one of England's most ancient roots traditions. And yet to your average man on the street, it's seen as little more than a national joke. And a bad national joke at that. Something to ridicule. Something to be embarrassed about.

Things have always been a little different for actor and filmmaker Tim Plester. Tim hails from a family of Morris dancers, and was raised in the North Oxfordshire village of Adderbury; an community with a proud and fertile dancing history stretching back through the centuries. The tinkling of the shin-bells is part of his heritage. Part of his legacy. Part of his very folklore. And yet, despite the connections, Tim doesn't dance. Never has.
A heartfelt docu-ballad in praise of birthplace, bloodline and rural brotherhood, WAY OF THE MORRIS follows Tim on a deeply personal journey from the barleyfields of his childhood to the killing fields of The Somme – as he traces the poignant link between the spirited folk revival of the mid-1970's and the true story of the young Adderbury Morris side so decimated by the carnage of the First World War.

Featuring contributions from iconic singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, and utilizing treasured home-movie footage and rare village archive, what emerges is a timely and evocative exploration of the origins and impulses behind the Morris, and an attempt to understand its curious place within enchanted Britannia's ongoing story. 64min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi4251950361/
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Certain Proof

A Question of Worth: Over the course of two and a half years, ‘Certain Proof’ follows the struggles of Kayla, Josh and Colin, three children living with cerebral palsy. Despite significant disabilities, they fight within the school system to prove that they are able to learn and deserve to be taught. Facing relentless barriers to a meaningful education, their mothers fight to give them a voice. Between the question of worth and the quality of their future, three young lives hang in the balance. 60min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ2qzMZDzoE
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FBI KKK

The story of the film maker’s father, Dargan Frierson, an FBI agent in Greensboro, NC during the civil rights movement, and how he recruited George Dorsett to be a KKK informant. With racial violence simmering in NC, home to the largest klan membership in the United States, my dad worked closely with Dorsett to disrupt klan activities. Dorsett was the highest ranking member of the klan who secretly provided information to the FBI under a program called COINTELPRO WHITE HATE.
"The documentary became an important vehicle for me to understand where my racial attitudes came from, as a white boy from the city that launched the Sit In movement, and that legacy of racism is a significant thread in the film." –Michael Frierson82min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIZX_VAnmJM
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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden (U.S.A., India)

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.

But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.

It examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education ‘aid’ projects; looks at the failure of education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty; and, finally, calls for a "deeper dialogue" between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach from these ancient sustainable societies. 65min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3388344601/
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Hollywood to Dollywood

On the fumes of a dream, twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum role for their idols, Dolly Parton. Having had no luck getting the screenplay into her hands, they embark on a cross-country journey to personally deliver it to her. They set off from Dolly's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame heading East for Pigeon Forge, TN. Driving an RV they (named Jolene) is friend and partner Mike Bowen. All along Interstate 40 at rest stops, RV parks, bars, and hair salons our intrepid band of travelers meet every day Americans, as the encounter everything from Floods in Nashville to an Oklahoma Tornado. The journey is also one of discovery for the brothers, as well: their relationship with their parents; their hopes, fears and ambitions; the bigotry they've encountered; as they search for tolerance and acceptance and the joy of realizing their biggest dream handing their screenplay to Dolly Parton. Featuring appearances by Leslie Jordan, Chad Allen, Beth Grant, Dustin Lance Black, Ann walker, and maybe even Dolly herself! Hollywood to Dollywood is a documentary of chasing dreams down the road of life. 81min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi373005593/
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2012 Change, Apocalypse and the End of the World (U.S.A., Mexico)

Will 2012 mark be the end of the world? Have we been warned? Is the Mayan calendar a warning sign?

In this riveting documentary, filmmaker Shaahin Cheyene explores the mysteries of 2012. This extraordinary film contains a rare and never before seen interviews with renowned Aztec medicine man Ehekateotl, about the true meaning of 2012.
2012 Prophecy explores the truth, lies, myths and possibilities that surround this date. Learn from the source and find how you can discover what you can do to not only survive in challenging times, but to thrive. Contains interviews with experts like Shaahin Cheyene and Daniel Pinchbeck. http://www.aztecsecretpower.com 52min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA65h7AdtEs
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Cultures of Resistance (U.S.A., South America, Africa, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Burma)

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? 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, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promote change. This is their story. From IRAN, where the graffiti and rap became tools in fighting back the regime, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women's movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more… 73min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nptGxlSFxY4
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What's "Organic" About Organic?

Organic farming has evolved from a grassroots movement into a multi-billion dollar international industry. As a result, people are asking: Is there still a difference between organic and industrial agriculture? Can farmers and environmental activists maintain a high environmental standard with rapid market expansion? What might a sustainable food system look like?
While many people readily endorse all things "organic," What's Organic About Organic? takes the discussion beyond "eco-label shopping." Through the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film reveals what’s at stake in creating and maintaining meaningful standards for organic production to protect citizen interests, the environment, and the livelihoods of family farmers. 59min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1946157593/
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YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip

A groundbreaking adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us – Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans – upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: ARE WE DOOMED? 102min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb1ohS8buws
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Kevin

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Austin musician Kevin Gant is seen undergoing a transition, from his stable role as spiritual solo artist in the nineties to frustrated UPS employee before finally winding his way back to the microphone. A simple, focused portrait, the movie efficiently outlines Gant's role in Austin's music culture, particularly the iconic showcasing of local artists at the now-defunct Chicago House, where he often played. Director Jay Duplass, now firmly entrenched in Hollywood with sibling director-actor Mark, narrates the deeply personal 50-minute project, recalling how he became a fan of Gant while attending film school in Austin in the early 1990's. In 2009, Duplass contacted Gant to figure out why he had dropped off the map, and discovered an alienated man fallen on hard times. "Something inside me switched off," Gant says, recounting how a misguided trip to L.A. ended with his return to Austin in 1995 in bad spirits. 50min
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I Was Meant To Do This: The Story of Chris Jobe

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A documentary telling the inspirational story of local musical prodigy, Chris Jobe, and how he has overcome Cerebral Palsy. 6min

After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands (U.S.A., South America)

In a recent survey of small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over two-thirds said they were unable to maintain their normal diet for three to eight months of the year. These are The Thin Months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating less expensive foods, or borrowing against their future earnings from coffee.

This short film brings the day-to-day challenges of The Thin Months to life through the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the success of creative projects designed to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity. 22min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAhlRxcbic
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Divide

In the midst of a divisive election, retired miner Sebert Pertee confronts an obscured legacy of racial politics in the Appalachian coal fields. Will his organizing efforts be enough to counter a slew of race-baiting pundits and politicians? Will anything change two years later?

Co-directed by West Virginia native Michael T. Miller and featuring United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts. 22min http://dividethemovie.com/
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A Gift for the Village

Documents a cultural bridge built between the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the severe Himalayas of western Nepal. It tells the story of the connection between a Virginia artist and a prominent Buddhist lama and healer from the culturally Tibetan region of Western Nepal.

In 2007 a team carried a large painting, called a thangka, to a village in the Himalayas, and the village held a festival to celebrate its arrival. They also carried the blessings of the Dalai Lama, who wrote that this project ‘will bring about greater awareness of the rich cultural heritage of people living in places like Mustang, in the mountains of west Nepal.’
The film follows the painting from Blacksburg, Virginia – a community reeling from the deaths of 33 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech, where Jane Vance, the artist featured in the film, teaches. Vance and the rest of the film team were affected by the killings, as was Amchi Tsampa Ngawang Lama, Vance’s friend in Nepal. Tsampa, as he is known, once taught at Virginia Tech, and the film includes a ceremony he conducted in Nepal to honor the dead and wounded.

The film also journeys to the Cave of the Snow Leopard, a recently discovered cache of ancient paintings, and into the remote region of Lo, where the modern world is only just beginning to arrive. The film documents a way of life that is rapidly disappearing with the advent of roads and electricity. 59min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1754204441/
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The Triangle of Death

The story of the riflemen of Echo company 3rd platoon; they went through a life changing experience; through the hellishness of war innocence is shattered. Mission accomplishment is the number one goal under all circumstances they endured. Boys are broken and men are made in the mist of war. This is the story of marines in Iraq’s forbidden triangle of death. Join the Marines of 2/24 as they take you on a journey through one of Iraq’s deadliest regions known as The Triangle of Death. Feel what it feels like to survive through a tour of duty during the largest combat engagement since the Vietnam War. Struggle through all the hardship of daily life in a combat environment through a country without law and order as the Marines struggle to keep order. They must survive all that is thrown at them fire fights, car bombs, roadside bombs, snipers, the Marines are relentless. They will only expect mission accomplishment of securing The Triangle Of Death for the first Iraqi election. The Marines of 2/24 have bolted the hardships of their deployment onto the Corps ethos of unremitting toughness, they secured The Triangle of Death for Iraq’s first election. 70min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3063126809/
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Beard & Moustache Experiments nos. 1-4

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Four vignettes allow a glimpse into a seemingly trivial aspect of common culture: facial hair. 10min

Shelter Health Services

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This student documentary deals with the problems of health care for homeless women and children. Shelter Health Services provides the foundation of health and wellness that enables these homeless women to become independent and live a self-reliant and self-sufficient family life. If access to the free clinic did not exist, the only option for these women and children would be 911 to the ER. The clinic's location within the Center of Hope provides significant opportunity to make a significant impact. Health care and wellness enable the ability to become self-sufficient. When one feels well, one can do well in looking for a job, keeping a job and gaining control of one's life. 7min

Awa O Gbe, and African Adventure (Canada)

Rene Dupere, musical creator for Cirque du Soleil, and his partner Elise Velle, have been involved with a humanitarian aid project in Benin for the past 7 years. The aim is to help women escape conditions of extreme poverty and put them on the road to greater autonomy. Rene and Elise initiated, financed and continue to supervise this project. They have much to tell us about their experience in the field. The film provides a privileged opportunity to penetrate to the heart of clans and communities, sharing in the intimacy of families and women's lives. It is their great sensitivity of Elise and Rene and their desire to invest time and energy that have made them project a success story. 50min http://www.awaogbe.com/
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Tagnawittude (France)

Gnawa music has been a ritual for many centuries in the Maghreb, in Northern Africa. This music is increasingly practiced in France by young musicians. This is the case of Amazigh Kateb and his group "Gnawa Diffusion", which launched this style in 1992. 80min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsgejuSm914
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Forerunners: South Africa's New Middle Class (South Africa)

The film soulfully explores what it means to be black and middle class in South Africa today. Miranda, Mpumi, Karabo, and Martin are part of the first generation of black South Africans to join the country's 'middle class'. Pursuing fast paced, western careers, their lives appear to be far removed from the poverty of their childhoods. Yet the traditional values instilled in them, and the presence of their ancestors, linger in their new lives. 52min http://forerunners.co.za/promo
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What's "Organic" About Organic?

Organic farming has evolved from a grassroots movement into a multi-billion dollar international industry. As a result, people are asking: Is there still a difference between organic and industrial agriculture? Can farmers and environmental activists maintain a high environmental standard with rapid market expansion? What might a sustainable food system look like?

While many people readily endorse all things "organic," What's Organic About Organic? takes the discussion beyond "eco-label shopping." Through the stories of farmers who steward land from Harlem to the foothills of the Rockies, from upstate New York to Florida, the film reveals what’s at stake in creating and maintaining meaningful standards for organic production to protect citizen interests, the environment, and the livelihoods of family farmers. 59min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1946157593/
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YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip

A groundbreaking adventure and a celebration of the American spirit in the face of adversity – a thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious, documentary about the courageous and creative individuals, groups, businesses and leaders of this country who are tackling the greatest environmental threats in history. Called into action by the ever increasing threats of planetary catastrophe (from climate change to toxic pollution, from water scarcity to habitat destruction), the three of us – Mark Dixon, Ben Evans, and Julie Dingman Evans – upended our lives, pooled our collective life-savings, and set off on a first-of-its-kind, 50-state, year-long journey of discovery to personalize sustainability and to answer a critical question: ARE WE DOOMED? 102min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb1ohS8buws
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The Dog in the Manger [El Perro del Hortelano] (Peru)

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El Perro del Hortelano is a shining example of a completely new way of producing socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international volunteers joined forced with local indigenous youth to make a film about the most pressing social and environmental conflicts in the region. No shoes, no shirt, no script, no problem!
Living and working together every day for three months, our team produced ‘El Perro del Hortelano’, a feature narrative fiction about the threats of foreign development in the Amazon, the dangers of oil drilling interests, and the power of art and culture to lead a community. 90min

Community Harvest

Community Harvest celebrates the natural and cultural harvests of our community, documenting the dramatic transformation of a forgotten vacant lot in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, into a majestic, public garden and collaborative green space.
Created by an inspiring recipe of community volunteers, neighborhood youth, local non-profit organizations and city government support, the North Columbia Heights Green is ultimately a story about reconnecting people to the land. A longtime abandoned vehicle dumping ground, now the North Columbia Heights Green is a vibrant, sustainable and beautiful natural oasis nestled within the diverse urban fabric of Columbia Heights. Located in the alley space behind Red Rocks Pizzeria, off the east side of the 3300 block of 11th Street NW, the Green features dozens of community gardening plots, an orchard, a berry patch, a rain garden, butterfly gardens, a greenhouse, public learning and demonstration spaces, a stage for music and artistic performances, and an outdoor movie screen.

The story of the North Columbia Heights Green creation offers a powerful example, demonstrating how dark alleys and abandoned lots across the city could also undergo a similar transformation, using public gardens and green spaces to build and strengthen communities. 9min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi819371289/
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Save the French Broad: A Paddling Adventure

Chronicles the paddling trip of Jamie Higgins and her fellow ‘river rats’ as they paddle their way down 122 miles of the French Broad River in North Carolina. The river is explored through the experiences of these paddlers and the French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson. Along the way, they learn about the river by taking water, sediment and fish tissue samples, participate in a raft race, and Hartwell explains the environmental problems facing the river. 20min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4FHNTRZ5Eo
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After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands (U.S.A., South America)

In a recent survey of small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over two-thirds said they were unable to maintain their normal diet for three to eight months of the year. These are The Thin Months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating less expensive foods, or borrowing against their future earnings from coffee.
This short film brings the day-to-day challenges of The Thin Months to life through the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the success of creative projects designed to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity. 22min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAhlRxcbic
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Picking Up America

Winner of the Social Change Award at the 2011 Ivy Film Festival at Brown University, Picking Up America tells the story of grass roots environmental group Pick Up America as they travel across the country on a mission to inspire change. Starting in March of 2010, Pick Up America left their respective homes in Maryland and began what will be a three year journey, picking up roadside trash every day as they travel from East Coast to West. Life on the road isn’t easy, as each member lives off less than $20 per day. They depend on the kindness of others not only help pick up trash, but also offer their homes and food so that Pick Up America can keep going.
Filmmakers Michael Burke and Marie Wicht joined the group for a week during the fall of 2010, during which they captured the challenges of a job that provides little recognition and virtually no signs of inspiring the level of change they strive for: a zero waste America. ‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll hopefully be inspired to pick up some trash’ as you witness an amazing initiative that has already managed to remove over 110,000 pounds of trash from America’s roadways. 17min http://pickingupamerica.com/
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What's Up?

A small film crew looks up at the sky and contemplates what’s really going on with our environment. This film was created as part of the 2010 International Documentary Challenge, in which a short non-fiction film had to be written, filmed, and produced within a five-day period. First-time documentary filmmaker Kim Sheridan accepted this challenge, but took it one step further. She chose to do it all with a crew of only two: herself and her husband. Kim wrote, directed, produced, co-edited, co-filmed, narrated, and even created the musical score for ‘What’s Up?’ It is her intention that the film will encourage viewers to open their eyes and their minds, and to take action to make a positive difference in the world around us. 8min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi305569049/
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Mosaic in the City: The Making of "Life Patterns"

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Chronicles the design, fabrication and installation of a 456 square foot tile mosaic created by artist Jill Gussow for the city of Rochester, NY. During the 2 1/2 years of taping, this video also chronicles the ‘life patterns’ we develop as we undertake large, challenging projects. Beginning on the first day of putting tile onto sheet rock boards, Jill talks about the creative process, the ways artists overcome problems in design and production and, as a single mother, how one juggles the largest art commission she’s ever undertaken while making time for family commitments. 30min

Hot Mud: The Work and Thoughts of Daniel Johnston

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Daniel Johnston was raised on a farm in Randolph County, North Carolina. In his early teens his family moved to Seagrove, the center of a three-century-old pottery tradition. He left high school at 16, worked for local potteries and later completed a four-year apprenticeship with Mark Hewitt. His desire to make large pots led him to Phon Bok, Thailand where he worked intensively with traditional Thai potters absorbing their unique method of making large storage jars. After returning to the US he built his own shop and kilns where he now produces his highly distinctive works using local stoneware clays and natural glaze materials including clay from the ground outside his studio and ashes from the wood stove that warms him as he works. 61min

Sixty in 60

Sixty in 60 is an experimental art film featuring sixty one-minute works of many types. Genres represented include abstract, animation, documentary, experimental, narrative, stop-motion, time-lapse and video art. 60min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oz5uhmggxQ
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Kaziah the Goat Woman

Goat rancher Kaziah Hancock lives close to the Earth, and every day, experiences the meaning of life and death. On her ranch, in a remote valley overlooking a mountainous landscape, she owns a hundred head of goats…and fifty of them are ready to give birth. But she's known as an American hero for her extraordinary and gifted work as an artist.
While many talk about supporting our troops, Kaziah actually does. She has found a way of salving the wounds of war, and has painted over 800 portraits of our soldiers killed in action as a gift to their families. Born into a polygamist sect, Kaziah knows the meaning of freedom, because she had to fight to gain hers. Armed with oils and brushes, the story of a complicated survivor unfolds, as she brings new life into the world, and adopts a nation…of fallen soldiers. 27min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkUTP1fnNc
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All Systems Go, Neil Armstrong

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A mysterious oblong television set is your personal guide through outer space as it guides you through a series of animated scenes. Along the way, this guide presents a number of downsized robots whose purpose and functions are unknown. 3min

Of a Feather

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By Rob Yeo, this is an 11-minute lyrical portrait of the vibrant force of life, filmed over the course of a year in Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh. 11min

Wycinanki

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The story of a woman in Poland and the three animals she rescues. Based on a true story. 3min

A Gift for the Village

Documents a cultural bridge built between the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the severe Himalayas of western Nepal. It tells the story of the connection between a Virginia artist and a prominent Buddhist lama and healer from the culturally Tibetan region of Western Nepal.
In 2007 a team carried a large painting, called a thangka, to a village in the Himalayas, and the village held a festival to celebrate its arrival. They also carried the blessings of the Dalai Lama, who wrote that this project ‘will bring about greater awareness of the rich cultural heritage of people living in places like Mustang, in the mountains of west Nepal.’

The film follows the painting from Blacksburg, Virginia – a community reeling from the deaths of 33 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech, where Jane Vance, the artist featured in the film, teaches. Vance and the rest of the film team were affected by the killings, as was Amchi Tsampa Ngawang Lama, Vance’s friend in Nepal. Tsampa, as he is known, once taught at Virginia Tech, and the film includes a ceremony he conducted in Nepal to honor the dead and wounded.

The film also journeys to the Cave of the Snow Leopard, a recently discovered cache of ancient paintings, and into the remote region of Lo, where the modern world is only just beginning to arrive. The film documents a way of life that is rapidly disappearing with the advent of roads and electricity. 59min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1754204441/
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Our Mother the Mountain

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A submersion into the viewer’s consciousness, using Carl Jung’s theory of the duality of all things, and presenting it in a new light: one that shows man versus nature and the need to balance those opposites. 9min


Foreign Language/International


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The Dog in the Manger [El Perro del Hortelano] (Peru)

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El Perro del Hortelano is a shining example of a completely new way of producing socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international volunteers joined forced with local indigenous youth to make a film about the most pressing social and environmental conflicts in the region. No shoes, no shirt, no script, no problem!

Living and working together every day for three months, our team produced ‘El Perro del Hortelano’, a feature narrative fiction about the threats of foreign development in the Amazon, the dangers of oil drilling interests, and the power of art and culture to lead a community. 90min

Cultures of Resistance (U.S.A., South America, Africa, Iran, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Burma)

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? 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, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promote change. This is their story. From IRAN, where the graffiti and rap became tools in fighting back the regime, to BURMA, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to BRAZIL, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in PALESTINIAN refugee camps in LEBANON, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.
Featuring: Medellín poets for peace, Capoeira masters from Brazil, Niger Delta militants, Iranian graffiti artists, women's movement leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's refugee filmmakers, U.S. political pranksters, indigenous Kayapó activists from the Xingu River, Israeli dissidents, hip-hop artists from Palestine, and many more… 73min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nptGxlSFxY4
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The Coffee Project (Israel/Palestine)

A cinematic collaboration between young Palestinian and Israeli filmmakers, who together created a series of 8 short films, all dealing with the project title—coffee. 108min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi151689497/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDlOAWaFTBc
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A Wake (Canada)

In this intense drama, six former members of a theater company assemble for their infamous director’s wake. Gabor Zazlov (NICHOLAS CAMPBELL) has died suddenly. His widow, Hanna (TARA NICODEMO), welcomes the thespians to her country home but soon loses control of the proceedings when old rivalries and jealousies erupt. As members of Gabor’s last ill-fated production of Hamlet four years ago, the characters they played continue to haunt their lives. Tyler (GRAHAM ABBEY) who played Laertes then Hamlet, is now a minor Hollywood star and secretly in love with Maya (KRISTA SUTTON), the quiet, new-age Ophelia. Raj (RAOUL BHANEJA), now a successful real-estate agent, is still resentful of losing the part of Hamlet to Tyler. However it is sexy, troubled Danielle (SARAIN BOYLAN), whose presence causes the most controversy. Sabina (MARTHA BURNS), the company’s patron, demands to know why ‘this whore was invited’ and the party erupts. The unexpected arrival of Gabor’s son Chad (KRISTOPHER TURNER), ratchets up the tension further. Traveling in Europe, he knew nothing of his father’s passing and accuses his stepmother of killing him. Another Hamlet joins the fray.

When Hanna can’t fulfill Gabor’s deathbed request to mount a final reading of Hamlet, Chad takes on the role of director, exacting shocking truths from the actors. As secrets are revealed, the players must come clean: To thine own self be true. With morning hangovers, they all leave altered by this tumultuous night. But there remains one last shocking truth that none would suspect. 93min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZxAAlq1bMU
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and "Walled In!" Germany's Inner Border (Germany)

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall is a documentary about the inception, erection, and subsequent destruction of the Berlin Wall. The film uses stock footage and interviews, beginning in the 1940s, and going all the way up to November 11, 1989. "Walled In!" is a short documentary, showing through the use of animation, specific incidences and events during the Wall's history. 26min and 10min Respectively

Beatboxing-The Fifth Element of Hip Hop (Germany)

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. 55min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtop6MCENsY
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Way of the Morris (U.K.)

As quintessentially homegrown as a game of cricket or a plate of fish-and-chips, Morris dancing is one of England's most ancient roots traditions. And yet to your average man on the street, it's seen as little more than a national joke. And a bad national joke at that. Something to ridicule. Something to be embarrassed about.

Things have always been a little different for actor and filmmaker Tim Plester. Tim hails from a family of Morris dancers, and was raised in the North Oxfordshire village of Adderbury; an community with a proud and fertile dancing history stretching back through the centuries. The tinkling of the shin-bells is part of his heritage. Part of his legacy. Part of his very folklore. And yet, despite the connections, Tim doesn't dance. Never has.
A heartfelt docu-ballad in praise of birthplace, bloodline and rural brotherhood, WAY OF THE MORRIS follows Tim on a deeply personal journey from the barleyfields of his childhood to the killing fields of The Somme – as he traces the poignant link between the spirited folk revival of the mid-1970's and the true story of the young Adderbury Morris side so decimated by the carnage of the First World War.

Featuring contributions from iconic singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, and utilizing treasured home-movie footage and rare village archive, what emerges is a timely and evocative exploration of the origins and impulses behind the Morris, and an attempt to understand its curious place within enchanted Britannia's ongoing story. 64min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi4251950361/
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2012 Change, Apacalypse, and the End of the World (U.S.A., Mexico)

Will 2012 mark be the end of the world? Have we been warned? Is the Mayan calendar a warning sign?

In this riveting documentary, filmmaker Shaahin Cheyene explores the mysteries of 2012. This extraordinary film contains a rare and never before seen interviews with renowned Aztec medicine man Ehekateotl, about the true meaning of 2012.

2012 Prophecy explores the truth, lies, myths and possibilities that surround this date. Learn from the source and find how you can discover what you can do to not only survive in challenging times, but to thrive. Contains interviews with experts like Shaahin Cheyene and Daniel Pinchbeck. http://www.aztecsecretpower.com 52min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA65h7AdtEs
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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden (U.S.A., India)

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?

You would change the way it educates its children.

The U.S. Government knew this when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.
But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s way of learning and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.

Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist Wade Davis, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO, USAID, and the World Bank.

It examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education ‘aid’ projects; looks at the failure of education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty; and, finally, calls for a "deeper dialogue" between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach from these ancient sustainable societies. 65min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3388344601/
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After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands (U.S.A., South America)

In a recent survey of small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over two-thirds said they were unable to maintain their normal diet for three to eight months of the year. These are The Thin Months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating less expensive foods, or borrowing against their future earnings from coffee.

This short film brings the day-to-day challenges of The Thin Months to life through the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the success of creative projects designed to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity. 22min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAhlRxcbic
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Square One [Rooz Az No] (Iran)

Fariba, a four-month pregnant woman, is having problems with her husband. He comes home late at night, doesn’t return her calls, and they talk to each other through a tape recorder. She records her feelings and how she talks to the baby inside her belly, and the man comes home answering to her. One night Fariba is thinking of the future with her baby, she comes down and listen to her husband’s words recorded on the tape. Fariba has earlier said that a new gynecologist is introduced to her and that they have an appointment tomorrow morning with her. The husband snaps at her saying millions of doctor have stated she can’t bear up children, and yet once someone introduces a new doctor, she gets back to square one. She gets furious and gets a feeling that he doesn’t want the baby anymore. So, she decides to leave him, and raise the baby alone. 20min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1828363545/
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Quirk of Fate (Germany)

‘Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles isn’t a realist!’ – Billy Wilder

A quirk of fate leads Luke Hallow to risk violating his parole and losing his newly won freedom. He has to save the life of his nine-year-old daughter, Noel, who urgently needs a donor heart. Only a miracle keeps him from losing everything forever. 45min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZdLLQ6wbA
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Betania [Bethany] (Italy)

Serena is a doctor in a city hospital. Her life is quiet and systemic until the day she has a call from Betania. The priest of this small village where Serena was born, tells her that her grandpa has passed away.
Serena moves to Betania in a symbolic journey that makes her emotive side came out.
Serena realizes that in this village some dead people come back to ‘life’ apparently will-less.
Also Serena has this ‘gift’ of a second chance with her grandpa but she can't manage this until the final emotive breakdown. 24min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1176673561/
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The Romantic Killer (Denmark)

A serial killer on a romantic date. The plan is like always. To seduce and kill the victim. But perhaps this time it will turn out different. Romantic Killer is a short film with a high production value.
Production design, cast, photo, editing style and music are carefully developed with classic noir story telling in mind. Still it has a contemporary look and references to the most recent films in that genre. 15min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBrfXcEVI5Y
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Wycinanki

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The story of a woman in Poland and the three animals she rescues. Based on a true story. 3min

Two Lives for Antonio Espinosa (Brazil)

Alberto Espinosa and his younger brother Antonio belonged to a decadent country family. One day Alberto, Antonio and some friends found a Native family while they were hunting and decided to come back later to terrorize them, but things got out of control. That night’s reflex is the appearance of a mysterious figure which ruthlessly looks for payback. ‘Two Lives for Antonio Espinosa’ it´s a tribute to the westerns movies specially the ones of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. 16min http://www.poeirafilmes.com.br/duas_vidas.html
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Harry's Hairy (Canada)

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A young, inquisitive lab employee, Harry, drinks a mad scientist’s hair-growth formula. He loves the results until he finds himself getting a little too hairy! 3min

Tagnawittude (France)

Gnawa music has been a ritual for many centuries in the Maghreb, in Northern Africa. This music is increasingly practiced in France by young musicians. This is the case of Amazigh Kateb and his group "Gnawa Diffusion", which launched this style in 1992. 80min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsgejuSm914
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Girl With Big Eyes [A Menina dos Olhos Grandes] (Cape Verde)

A free adaptation of a Cape Verdean folk tale, about a creole girl returning from Europe to her homeland of Cape Verde. 83min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmrAqNv44fI
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Awa O Gbe, and African Adventure (Canada)

Rene Dupere, musical creator for Cirque du Soleil, and his partner Elise Velle, have been involved with a humanitarian aid project in Benin for the past 7 years. The aim is to help women escape conditions of extreme poverty and put them on the road to greater autonomy. Rene and Elise initiated, financed and continue to supervise this project. They have much to tell us about their experience in the field. The film provides a privileged opportunity to penetrate to the heart of clans and communities, sharing in the intimacy of families and women's lives. It is their great sensitivity of Elise and Rene and their desire to invest time and energy that have made them project a success story. 50min http://www.awaogbe.com/
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Taxiphone (Switzerland)

Oliver and Elena are crossing the great desert of Mali Timbuktu, in a truck they're trying to return to a client. When a breakdown forces them to stop at Tar, their stay becomes interminable. While Oliver works on repairing the truck, Elena ventures out and discovers an oasis. She meets Aya at a pay phone, and one thing leads to another, beginning a new adventure for Elena. 94min http://www.film-taxiphone.com/trailer.html
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Forerunners: South Africa's New Middle Class (South Africa)

The film soulfully explores what it means to be black and middle class in South Africa today. Miranda, Mpumi, Karabo, and Martin are part of the first generation of black South Africans to join the country's 'middle class'. Pursuing fast paced, western careers, their lives appear to be far removed from the poverty of their childhoods. Yet the traditional values instilled in them, and the presence of their ancestors, linger in their new lives. 52min http://forerunners.co.za/promo
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La Metaphore du Manioc [The Metaphor of Cassava] (Cameroon)

Dawn in Yaounde. Coco, a pretty, twenty-something Camerounian is riding in a taxi. On the way to the airport, ET, tries to chat her up, but she seems to be absent. She's watching with melancholy, the streets of the town she's leaving. 15min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_R661FSY7Y
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Shorts


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Square One [Rooz Az No] (Iran)

Fariba, a four-month pregnant woman, is having problems with her husband. He comes home late at night, doesn’t return her calls, and they talk to each other through a tape recorder. She records her feelings and how she talks to the baby inside her belly, and the man comes home answering to her. One night Fariba is thinking of the future with her baby, she comes down and listen to her husband’s words recorded on the tape. Fariba has earlier said that a new gynecologist is introduced to her and that they have an appointment tomorrow morning with her. The husband snaps at her saying millions of doctor have stated she can’t bear up children, and yet once someone introduces a new doctor, she gets back to square one. She gets furious and gets a feeling that he doesn’t want the baby anymore. So, she decides to leave him, and raise the baby alone. 20min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1828363545/
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An Evening With My Comatose Mother

Dorothy Pritchard thought she had it easy; house sit for the wealthy Poe’s on All Hallows Eve while collecting a cool paycheck. That was, until, she was introduced to the Poe’s rotting, comatose mother living upstairs. As the dark of the night comes, and as the approaching storm blacks out the neighborhood, Dorothy soon finds herself on a nightmare ride through hell that she can only beg to be woken up from. 33min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi745970969/
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Kevin

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Austin musician Kevin Gant is seen undergoing a transition, from his stable role as spiritual solo artist in the nineties to frustrated UPS employee before finally winding his way back to the microphone. A simple, focused portrait, the movie efficiently outlines Gant's role in Austin's music culture, particularly the iconic showcasing of local artists at the now-defunct Chicago House, where he often played. Director Jay Duplass, now firmly entrenched in Hollywood with sibling director-actor Mark, narrates the deeply personal 50-minute project, recalling how he became a fan of Gant while attending film school in Austin in the early 1990's. In 2009, Duplass contacted Gant to figure out why he had dropped off the map, and discovered an alienated man fallen on hard times. "Something inside me switched off," Gant says, recounting how a misguided trip to L.A. ended with his return to Austin in 1995 in bad spirits. 50min

Kaziah the Goat Woman

Goat rancher Kaziah Hancock lives close to the Earth, and every day, experiences the meaning of life and death. On her ranch, in a remote valley overlooking a mountainous landscape, she owns a hundred head of goats…and fifty of them are ready to give birth. But she's known as an American hero for her extraordinary and gifted work as an artist.
While many talk about supporting our troops, Kaziah actually does. She has found a way of salving the wounds of war, and has painted over 800 portraits of our soldiers killed in action as a gift to their families. Born into a polygamist sect, Kaziah knows the meaning of freedom, because she had to fight to gain hers. Armed with oils and brushes, the story of a complicated survivor unfolds, as she brings new life into the world, and adopts a nation…of fallen soldiers. 27min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkUTP1fnNc
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Quirk of Fate (Germany)

‘Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles isn’t a realist!’ – Billy Wilder

A quirk of fate leads Luke Hallow to risk violating his parole and losing his newly won freedom. He has to save the life of his nine-year-old daughter, Noel, who urgently needs a donor heart. Only a miracle keeps him from losing everything forever. 45min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZdLLQ6wbA
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Community Harvest

Community Harvest celebrates the natural and cultural harvests of our community, documenting the dramatic transformation of a forgotten vacant lot in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, into a majestic, public garden and collaborative green space.

Created by an inspiring recipe of community volunteers, neighborhood youth, local non-profit organizations and city government support, the North Columbia Heights Green is ultimately a story about reconnecting people to the land. A longtime abandoned vehicle dumping ground, now the North Columbia Heights Green is a vibrant, sustainable and beautiful natural oasis nestled within the diverse urban fabric of Columbia Heights. Located in the alley space behind Red Rocks Pizzeria, off the east side of the 3300 block of 11th Street NW, the Green features dozens of community gardening plots, an orchard, a berry patch, a rain garden, butterfly gardens, a greenhouse, public learning and demonstration spaces, a stage for music and artistic performances, and an outdoor movie screen.

The story of the North Columbia Heights Green creation offers a powerful example, demonstrating how dark alleys and abandoned lots across the city could also undergo a similar transformation, using public gardens and green spaces to build and strengthen communities. 9min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi819371289/
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Save the French Broad: A Paddling Adventure

Chronicles the paddling trip of Jamie Higgins and her fellow ‘river rats’ as they paddle their way down 122 miles of the French Broad River in North Carolina. The river is explored through the experiences of these paddlers and the French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell Carson. Along the way, they learn about the river by taking water, sediment and fish tissue samples, participate in a raft race, and Hartwell explains the environmental problems facing the river. 20min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4FHNTRZ5Eo
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Betania [Bethany] (Italy)

Serena is a doctor in a city hospital. Her life is quiet and systemic until the day she has a call from Betania. The priest of this small village where Serena was born, tells her that her grandpa has passed away.
Serena moves to Betania in a symbolic journey that makes her emotive side came out.
Serena realizes that in this village some dead people come back to ‘life’ apparently will-less.
Also Serena has this ‘gift’ of a second chance with her grandpa but she can't manage this until the final emotive breakdown. 24min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1176673561/
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After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands (U.S.A., South America)

In a recent survey of small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, over two-thirds said they were unable to maintain their normal diet for three to eight months of the year. These are The Thin Months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating less expensive foods, or borrowing against their future earnings from coffee.

This short film brings the day-to-day challenges of The Thin Months to life through the voices of coffee farmers themselves, and shares the success of creative projects designed to eliminate this annual period of food insecurity. 22min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnAhlRxcbic
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Tell Me You Love Me

Based on the true life story of lead actress Sharon Wright, a woman is constantly reminded of an act of violence in her recent past. After an ex-boyfriend attempts to beat her to death, she much come to terms with the inner struggle she is going through and decide the best way to silence the memories. 5min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3015154969/
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A Mind Beside Itself

Love that lasts the longest is love that is never returned. Tristan Ashling knows this all too well. Love is just beyond his reach. Soon he’s faced with an important decision. Stay with Maya no matter the cost or take a different path and lose her forever. 19min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3_XS8dbUJ0
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The D-Monster

When a young, idealistic, aspiring screenwriter lands her first Hollywood job assisting a tyrannical producer, she must face the question: does one moment define a person? 20min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3338705433/
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Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle

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Starring Tony-nominated actress Nancy Opel and Academy Award Winner Olympia Dukakis, "Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle" is a holiday comedy with an edge. When Dottie takes it upon herself to satisfy the tastes of her demanding husband and mother-in-law she comes face to face with a very frozen adversary, the turkey she's named…’Pickle’. Dottie curses like a sailor and smokes like a chimney as she cuts every corner and frantically tries to put together an impossible meal. In the end, Dottie's dreams of crawling out from under the shadow of her mother-in-law are pinned on a single, unforgettable, bite. 11min

All Systems Go, Neil Armstrong

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A mysterious oblong television set is your personal guide through outer space as it guides you through a series of animated scenes. Along the way, this guide presents a number of downsized robots whose purpose and functions are unknown. 3min

The Romantic Killer (Denmark)

A serial killer on a romantic date. The plan is like always. To seduce and kill the victim. But perhaps this time it will turn out different.

Romantic Killer is a short film with a high production value.

Production design, cast, photo, editing style and music are carefully developed with classic noir story telling in mind. Still it has a contemporary look and references to the most recent films in that genre. 15min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBrfXcEVI5Y
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The Blanket Theory

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A young man breaks into an apartment and discovers a homemade transporter. 12min

Winter Rose

IN THE WINTER OF 1944, ROSE GIVES ANA THE STRENGTH TO SAY GOODBYE. 6min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3308978713/
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Bright

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A surprisingly contemplative drama centered on a blind man (Robert Wisdom) who must guide a quirky young man (Eric Nenninger) through a desperate fear. This carefully crafted film is rich with imagery, cryptic dialog, and a superb cast chosen from The Wire and Generation Kill to include Robert Wisdom, Eric Nenninger, Glynn Turman, Andre Royo, Marc Menchaca, David Barrera, Rich McDonald, and Benjamin Busch. BRIGHT pulls us into its world, demands our fascination, and keeps us in wonder. It is a truly artful experience. 40min

Fatakra [Firecracker]

Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Today, three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. 19min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4AvkpIFBZY
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Delusions

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Renowned child psychiatrist Judith Morgan lives the perfect life in the perfect house with her perfect daughter and is perfectly unaware that she is losing her mind. When an unexpected visitor on their doorstep breaks the facade of perfection, Judith thinks she has no choice but to demand complete control over her daughter…No matter what it takes. 17min

Passing

In human history, there have always been outsiders – those visibly different. The strange. The unlike. And there have always been those outsiders who slipped through unnoticed. The ones who passed, walking among the crowds – unlike and unnoticed. But when an alien anthropologist is discovered on Earth, passing for human, the definitions of like and unlike have to change. When does observation become surveillance? And what secrets lay in the shadows, visible only to the Passing? 15min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3241647385/
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What's Up?

A small film crew looks up at the sky and contemplates what’s really going on with our environment. This film was created as part of the 2010 International Documentary Challenge, in which a short non-fiction film had to be written, filmed, and produced within a five-day period. First-time documentary filmmaker Kim Sheridan accepted this challenge, but took it one step further. She chose to do it all with a crew of only two: herself and her husband. Kim wrote, directed, produced, co-edited, co-filmed, narrated, and even created the musical score for ‘What’s Up?’ It is her intention that the film will encourage viewers to open their eyes and their minds, and to take action to make a positive difference in the world around us. 8min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi305569049/
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Divide

In the midst of a divisive election, retired miner Sebert Pertee confronts an obscured legacy of racial politics in the Appalachian coal fields. Will his organizing efforts be enough to counter a slew of race-baiting pundits and politicians? Will anything change two years later? 22min http://dividethemovie.com/
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Possum

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A short film about a Southern outlaw. A used car dealer’s criminal side catches up with him when a routine operation goes awry. It’s a dark comedy set in the Appalachian Mountains, giving audiences a glimpse of a gritty and hilariously tragic criminal underbelly of the South. 13min

Union

A woman takes on the identity of her brother in order to serve in the ranks during the Civil War. When the war is over she searches for the widow who saved her life during the battle of Antietam. Once she is reunited with this woman she is plagued by nightmares and must confront her demons and reconcile her war experiences in order to liberate herself to feel love fully. The widow must let her go in order to see if love will come back to her. The compassion each has for the other results in a deep and fulfilling intimacy. 21min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2137103641/
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After the Shearing

The story of Maggie, a young girl living on a sheep farm who is struggling to cope with and understand her mother’s battle with cancer. Using the rural surroundings she knows so well as her anchor to a world turned upside down, Maggie devises a plan and makes a heroic attempt to save her mother’s life. 10min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jYP-yZ-KCc
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The Sticky Chocolate Kingdom

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A young woman severe life changing consequences after having a chocolate muffin. 18min

Just Another Thing

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A music video for the band The Grayces. 2min

Walter

A widower feels obsolete and finds friendship in an unlikely place. 4min http://screamingfrog.com/films/walter/
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Our Mother the Mountain

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A submersion into the viewer’s consciousness, using Carl Jung’s theory of the duality of all things, and presenting it in a new light: one that shows man versus nature and the need to balance those opposites. 9min

Beard & Moustache Experiments nos. 1-4

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Four vignettes allow a glimpse into a seemingly trivial aspect of common culture: facial hair. 10min

La Metaphore du Manioc [The Metaphor of Cassava] (Cameroon)

Dawn in Yaounde. Coco, a pretty, twenty-something Camerounian is riding in a taxi. On the way to the airport, ET, tries to chat her up, but she seems to be absent. She's watching with melancholy, the streets of the town she's leaving. 15min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_R661FSY7Y
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Student Films


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Shudder House

On a rural estate in 1951, a boy named Robby trudges through a meaningless childhood. Training on classical piano is his only chore dictated by unloving parents. But when a Southern farmhand named Emma returns to the farm with a guitar in hand, Robby faces his only opportunity to grow and feel beyond his boyish blues. 15min http://www.shudderhousefilm.com/#9c3/vimeo
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Alpha Class

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This is a story about low-income high school students caught in a struggling school system during a time of economic crisis. It chronicles the power of an idea born in the face of injustice to transform the lives of a group of bright youth.
Elon University President Leo Lambert was shocked to learn of the potential closing of a nearby, low-performing high school. Assisted by Professor Deborah Long, Lambert founded the Elon Academy. Twenty-six of the most academically talented but socially and economically troubled students in Alamance County were made an offer: trade one month of summer and one Saturday a month for the next three years in return for the opportunities and training necessary to launch a promising college career.

Under the direction of Long, the Elon Academy aimed to equip these students with the means and motivation to overcome barriers, including under-sourced and over-crowded classrooms. Now, the first Elon Academy class is graduating from high school. Their stories are both compelling and heart wrenching. While twenty-two students are heading to prestigious colleges and universities, four are not. Their stories are cautionary tales, balancing exuberant hope with the stark realities of being poor in America today. 25min

A "Good" Documentary

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We say it all every day. ‘Good job.’ ‘Good day.’ ‘Good person.’
Yet, what exactly do these even mean? Do they mean anything at all? What exactly is the role of the word ‘good’ in U.S. life, language, and culture? The Norton Brothers explore, and seek the answer. 10min

Wycinanki

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The story of a woman in Poland and the three animals she rescues. Based on a true story. 3min

One for Sorrow

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12-year-old Calvin steals his mother’s bracelet to impress his friend Sarah, but discovers that his actions come with risks and compromises. 13min

Missile Crisis

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South Florida. 1962. While the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to incinerate America, divorce looms over the Shaw family. Thirteen-year-old Miles Shaw must protect his little brother, Danny, from the fallout, and he has it all figured it. The mission? To blow up the Soviet Missiles. The weapon? Model Rockets. There are always casualties in War-even the cold ones. 15min

Two Lives for Antonio Espinosa (Brazil)

Alberto Espinosa and his younger brother Antonio belonged to a decadent country family. One day Alberto, Antonio and some friends found a Native family while they were hunting and decided to come back later to terrorize them, but things got out of control. That night’s reflex is the appearance of a mysterious figure which ruthlessly looks for payback. ‘Two Lives for Antonio Espinosa’ it´s a tribute to the westerns movies specially the ones of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone. 16min http://www.poeirafilmes.com.br/duas_vidas.html
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Look What the Lord Has Done

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Dealing with the struggles of transitioning jobs, a 27-year-old devout Christian turns to faith for comfort. 17min

How Could She?

A young man struggles facing the truth in his relationship. 4min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi917674009/
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I Was Meant To Do This

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The Story of Chris Jobe: a documentary telling the inspirational story of local musical prodigy, Chris Jobe, and how he has overcome Cerebral Palsy. 6min

Harry's Hairy (Canada)

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A young, inquisitive lab employee, Harry, drinks a mad scientist’s hair-growth formula. He loves the results until he finds himself getting a little too hairy! 3min

Honest, Abe.

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History has recorded the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln to be somewhere in Kentucky, but family legends in Rutherford County tell a different birth story for the great leader, with roots in Western North Carolina. HONEST, ABE tells the story of Nancy Hanks, Lincoln’s mother, from childhood through her marriage to Tom Lincoln. As it was with the legend, this story is told with multiple voices, an homage to the oral tradition. Preserved for over 150 years, the legend awaits DNA proof of its veracity. 12min

Of a Feather

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By Rob Yeo, this is an 11-minute lyrical portrait of the vibrant force of life, filmed over the course of a year in Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh. 11min

Eye for an Eye

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A film about what happens when an unknowing blind boy is followed by a mischievous thief. 6min

Picking Up America

Winner of the Social Change Award at the 2011 Ivy Film Festival at Brown University, Picking Up America tells the story of grass roots environmental group Pick Up America as they travel across the country on a mission to inspire change. Starting in March of 2010, Pick Up America left their respective homes in Maryland and began what will be a three year journey, picking up roadside trash every day as they travel from East Coast to West. Life on the road isn’t easy, as each member lives off less than $20 per day. They depend on the kindness of others not only help pick up trash, but also offer their homes and food so that Pick Up America can keep going.
Filmmakers Michael Burke and Marie Wicht joined the group for a week during the fall of 2010, during which they captured the challenges of a job that provides little recognition and virtually no signs of inspiring the level of change they strive for: a zero waste America. ‘You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll hopefully be inspired to pick up some trash’ as you witness an amazing initiative that has already managed to remove over 110,000 pounds of trash from America’s roadways. 17min http://pickingupamerica.com/
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Terms of Employment

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On her first day of work a woman gets stuck in the elevator with a man hell bent on revenge. She's in for the ride of her life….. 18min

My Name is Anna

Follows a young teen on her journey into the darkness of an eating disorder. The film is designed to open up a dialog between teens & their parents to discuss topics which can often trigger eating disorders. This film, though fictional, is filmed in a believable narrative style and gently educates the viewer on the dangers of anorexia nervosa. 7min http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi852756761/
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Shelter Health Services

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This student documentary deals with the problems of health care for homeless women and children. Shelter Health Services provides the foundation of health and wellness that enables these homeless women to become independent and live a self-reliant and self-sufficient family life. If access to the free clinic did not exist, the only option for these women and children would be 911 to the ER. The clinic's location within the Center of Hope provides significant opportunity to make a significant impact. Health care and wellness enable the ability to become self-sufficient. When one feels well, one can do well in looking for a job, keeping a job and gaining control of one's life. 7min