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On the Slope

On the Slope

Pianist Beyza Yazgan takes a surreal journey to imagined landscapes and feelings that are evoked by the music she is performing. The story represents transformation, freedom and the circle of life.
Hand

Hand

The weird hand creatures undergo different transformations in synchrony with the music.
How (not) to Build a School in Haiti

How (not) to Build a School in Haiti

Development, history, and colonialism collide when a seemingly simple aid project spirals out of control in Haiti. Headstrong American Tim Myers clashes with Haitian leader Anselme Saimplice, forcing a reckoning on privilege and power.
HELLO SUNSHINE

HELLO SUNSHINE

Roz Pichardo is more than a domestic violence and gun violence survivor, she’s a warrior. Despite of - or because of - being thrown off a bridge by an abusive ex-boyfriend, the unsolved murder of her brother, and the suicide of her identical twin sister, she’s able to channel her trauma into service by helping the often-forgotten people of North Philadelphia.

From giving comfort to families of murder victims to saving the lives of over 500 men and women in active opioid addiction, Roz knows that her healing and her survival depends upon healing others.

Black Before Blue

Black Before Blue

To be Black and a police officer in the United States' third largest local law enforcement agency, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), is to take an oath to serve while facing racial disparities within the department itself. Black Before Blue holds space for a forum of intimate conversations between twenty-one Black retired and active police officers as they unveil racial and gender discrimination they've experienced in the department.

Their assimilation into the blue brotherhood came with hurdles that were setup by their counterparts, and anchored by bigotry. As a result, these Black officers struggled in the hiring process, experiencing disproportionate promotion opportunities despite having qualifications in alignment with their colleagues, and they frequently experienced increased disciplinary sanctions when compared to their peers. Black women in particular often experienced careers riddled with discriminatory consequences related to both their gender and ethnicity— a "double-edged sword."

As the officers' stories of the past parallel those of present day, they express their frustrations about recent viral incidents of police brutality and the resulting worldwide civil unrest, concerned that history could repeat itself. From recalling the days before squad cars were racially integrated to anecdotes about their white colleagues' frequent use of the n-word, these emotionally honest stories expose the truth about what concerned them about the department, and give insight into what inspired them to see their journeys through.
Death and the Winemaker

Le Vigneron et la Mort

Death and the Winemaker

A winemaker creates a wine so exquisite, that even Death asks to taste it. As he learns the truth about his bride’s fate, he captures Death in a barrel, ignoring the consequences on the natural order.
Incomplete

Incomplete

Has the future already happened?

This may be a reverie of our increasingly virtualized world that is submerged into a directional flow of information and disparate impressions that takes shape as a slow-burning anxiety; a rupture in linear time.

Conceptually using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and composed of a single take, «Incomplete» invites us to traverse an endless choreography of bodies in perpetual free-fall and updating images that reflect a world in constant change.
The Last Descent

The Last Descent

Ethiopia Blue Nile has flowed wild and untamed through the landscape. It is the life blood of the local tribes and a haven for all the wildlife. But this powerful force of nature is under threat. The impending completion of Africa's largest hydro electric dam is about to flood 280 kilometres of the river. We join explorers Charlie Head and Ben Peters will travel these waters facing the dangers and splendour to record and forever preserve 'The Last Descent'. Starring Benjamin James Peters and Charlie Head
Frank & Emmet

Frank & Emmet

Two life-long friends sit together to have a much-needed conversation. Their friendly dialogue takes a turn when they address head-on the one thing they’ve never talked: one of them is a puppet.
All That Glitters

All That Glitters

A desperate teenager snatches a rich woman's handbag but in a bizarre twist of fate discovers her life is not as rosy as it seems and that they have more in common than he realizes.
U-Trip

U-Trip

U-Trip is the story of a day in the life of Berlin’s metro. Trains and stations become the meeting point of a vast array of characters drawn from the rich and tattered fabric of 21st century Berlin.
Pretty Metal

Pretty Metal

Pretty Metal is a dramedy about a rising female pop group who reinvent themselves as a heavy metal band to achieve stardom. The film explores the themes of redemption, control, and family.
Mate

Mate

In a world without human beings, stray shopping carts search for purpose and companionship. This is a story about a cart, a scrap metal flower, and its search for a mate.
Ourselves, in Stories

Ourselves, in Stories

In the last 25 years, the independent comics community made deliberate efforts to be inclusive and elevate under-represented voices. This is the story of how the community has changed over those years and evidence that if you want to change a culture, you need to change its stories, starting with the storytellers.
What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto

What Travelers Are Saying About Jornada del Muerto

Residents of and visitors to the Tularosa Basin, site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb, contribute to the production of public memory as they offer advice, reckonings, and plaintive cries about making "the journey of the dead." Made in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the detonation of nuclear weapons in Japan and the US and the 340th anniversary of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Made in resistance to nuclear colonialism.

Roll It

Roll It

A music video for the song "Roll It" by Handsome Jack where the band's touring van has broken down and they decide to give it one more ride, as they "roll it" to the junkyard.
Feels

Feels

A 7-year-old girl in a wheelchair feels very lonely sitting in her room. Her only friend is a little ant in a formicarium. She falls asleep and gets into an alternative reality with the four elements superheroes. Her abilities become limitless here. She enjoys life, flies and fight with the enemy. She returns home happy, strong and self-confident.
CHINA DOLL

CHINA DOLL

After her abduction, Amelia Chen fights to stay alive against an insatiable captor with a fetish. Created for the Asian American Film Lab 2021 72 Hour Shootout under the theme: Be a Hero.
"Oliver & the Pool"

"Oliverio y la Piscina"

"Oliver & the Pool"

Oliverio se sienta en la tumbona junto a la piscina, acomoda en su regazo la urna con las cenizas de su padre y googlea en el teléfono la palabra: “Aneurisma”. Pasa la noche ahí, en el camastro, y su madre, Lily, le pregunta si no piensa moverse de ahí nunca más. Al detectar que aquello la molesta sobremanera, decide volver esa su declaración de intenciones y no volverse a mover de esa tumbona nunca más. ¿Para qué tanto esfuerzo si en cualquier instante estás frito? Desde esa tumbona, aprenderá a perdonar y perdonarse, y también se enamorará por primera vez. Y al final es eso lo que le pone nuevamente en movimiento, salir y pedalear su bicicleta en busca del amor.
Nickel & Diming

Nickel & Diming

The seller decides to sell his three-wheeler, but when the buyer arrives, he quickly realizes the unit is destined for greater adventures.
Our America

Our America

"Our America" is a short-form, non-narrative meditation on American 20th century industrial promises gone awry. The film explores the dreams of World War II America through imagery based on 1943 teacher aid posters called Our America which were distributed to schools throughout the U.S. From the vantage point of nearly a century later, the film examines how the innocent, celebratory intent of American ingenuity has led us on a path of unintended consequences. "Our America" follows "140 Characters" (2017), a short non-narrative film about the unfulfilled promises of internet technology.
YONLU

YONLU

YONLU is a fiction film based on the real story of a 16 year-old boy who, aided by the internet, won over the world with his talent for music and art. Fluent in five languages, YONLU had a network of virtual friends on all continents. However, no one suspected he was also taking part in a forum for potential suicides.


Forgive Me

Forgive Me

Forgive Me, an animation by Michael Covello and Elizabeth Schneider, is a darkly-comic fever dream born out of the current ecological anxieties of our times. Constructed of traditional and digitally drawn imagery, it depicts the struggles of the emotionally vulnerable and socially adrift Sherman as he quests to overcome a toxic, sinister force in his life that could be real or imagined.
The Erie Situation

The Erie Situation

In 2014, the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, had to go without running water for three days when a bloom of toxic algae entered the drinking water plant from Lake Erie. This should have been a wake-up call for politicians, big agriculture, and citizens everywhere that freshwater resources are at risk of becoming toxic worldwide. THE ERIE SITUATION explores the confluence of science, public sentiment, politics, and the powerful farming lobby as Ohio wrestles with how to confront the drivers of toxic algae. What's at stake? Who's at risk? And will volunteer measures be enough to confront this growing crisis, both in Ohio and beyond?
Routine

Routine

Five next-door neighbors eavesdrop on pedestrians passing outside of their apartments. One morning, they overhear something that disrupts their daily routine.
A Heartfelt Change

A Heartfelt Change

"A Heartfelt Change" tells the story of Jake Lewis (Charles Wetzel Jr.) who is having relationship troubles with his girlfriend, Kara (Callie Bussell). A chance encounter with a trio of creepy puppets at the county fair changes everything, and now it's up to Jake, with the help of his best friend Deven (Vincent Migyanko), to prove his love for Kara before he's doomed to eternity... as a puppet!
Dear Nanay

Dear Nanay

A love letter to her grandmother, this experimental documentary explores the filmmaker's early memories in the Philippines and her search for refuge from pandemic anxiety and domestic claustrophobia.
OLEG

OLEG

Based on his soon to be published autobiography, OLEG tells the incredible life story of Oleg Vidov. Born in communist Russia to a teacher, by the age of 25, Oleg had become one of the Soviet Union’s most celebrated actors of his time. However, no amount of fame could save him from the political system that tried to control his life. He married into General Secretary Brezhnev’s inner circle only to wind up blacklisted, threatened with death, and forced to defect to the West. Reinventing himself in Hollywood, his efforts to counter anti-Russian stereotypes were attacked by the same forces that ruined his career decades earlier. Finally, in October 1991, with Oleg’s fears of persecution calmed by rise of perestroika, he returned to Moscow to star in a Danish film. Two months later, on Christmas Day 1991, President Gorbachev resigned from office and the USSR collapsed.
Last and First Woman

Last and First Woman

A passionate astronomy student disengages from her college curriculum upon the discovery of an illusive artifact.

Shot and produced on location in Columbus, Ohio
TRT: 36 min | Color | Digital | 2.35:1 | 23.98 fps | English
Format: ARRI Alexa Classic
 | 5.1
Genre: Live Action Short, Narrative Drama, Science-Fiction 

The Shadow Between Us

The Shadow Between Us

Nehemiah, a Black dancer trapped in a pandemic lockdown in Cleveland, receives a call to join a mostly white dance troupe to create a silhouette-based dance seeking solutions to police brutality.
One Elevator Apart

One Elevator Apart

Yuli and Pavel are failing police students in the big city. Liliya, their rich and imperious landlord is the first person, who take them seriously by forcing them to start a secret investigation. Her winning lottery ticket is missing and the suspects are all of the neighbors. When the boys start investigating they find that a bigger theft is in the making. Suddenly they receive another offer.
Slow Moving Houses

Slow Moving Houses


While a man is in the midst of an existential crisis, a mysterious young girl appears and leads him into a future he can’t imagine for himself, forever altering the course of his life.
Unforgotten

Unforgotten

"It doesn't matter if I die. I will say what I want to say."

During World War II, numerous girls and women were lured by fake promises to the Comfort Stations around the world where they were forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army. Half a century later, the surviving victims in South Korea decided to give their testimonies to the world telling their horrible memories in the Comfort Stations and life-long traumas. The film shines a light on the atrocious sexual violence that occured around the world during this period, while employing metaphorical and fairytale-like visuals so as not to perpetuate violent imagery and revictimize the survivors.
Hopper's Day

Hopper's Day

A cricket wants to achieve the dream in an abandoned quarry.
Otonashi

Otonashi

Otonashi a philosophical
journey through inner and outer worlds of experience of the human being - an audio-visual
meditation of futuristic transmutations on the Japanese Hannya Shingyō.
Waiting in the Wings

Waiting in the Wings

A short documentary that follows Five Star Theatricals and Teatro Frida Kahlo, two non-profit theaters in southern California as they attempt to reopen amidst the Covid19 pandemic. With the threat of surging coronavirus cases and bureaucratic hurdles, how will they save the art form that has sustained them both financially and emotionally?
Boxer Blood and Sweat

Boxer Blood and Sweat

Although he never really got to know him as his father served during the Iran Iraq war and died when Amir Ali was a newborn, the 12 year old Amir Ali still seems to suffer from the loss of his father.
In the meantime, there has been a truce between the two fighting countries since 1989. The only thing reminding him of his father is a wrestling medal which he clings to until this day. Amir - Ali's father – won it in a tournament before the war.
To support his mother (Shirin), Amir Ali works at a carpet cleaning company with his best friend Said. He feels like he must be the man in the house. And so he violently defends his mother against immoral approaches by strange men.
After Shirin feels overwhelmed by Amir Ali's upbringing, she signs Amir Ali up for boxing lessons. Amir Ali finds his true calling in this sport. And at the same time, he finds a new father figure in his trainer. Amir Ali becomes a passionate boxer, aiming to become a champion. And of course, winning a medal just like his late father.
Years pass by and despite graduation and military services, the lives of the two friends Amir Ali and Said seem very hopeless. Amir works as a day laborer and lives in a shared apartment in Tehran. The only thing Amir Ali clings to, is his passion for boxing. Unfortunately, this sport is neither supported nor promoted in Iran as it is an American sport.
When Amir Ali is persuaded by Said to accompany him to a "forbidden party" to meet the girl of his childhood dreams again, Amir Ali makes a mistake. This costs him his boxing license.
Although he finds his true love and they have a common child, this doesn’t make life easier for him. He desperately takes every opportunity to support his family. He seems to have come to terms with his life situation.
But when a chance arises to regain his boxing license and to take part in a tournament. He must decide. The winner is given the opportunity to be signed by a German boxing association. Amir’s big chance comes to life.
Determined and full of strength, he faces the challenge. It seems as if the tides are finally turning. But then a stroke of fate throws Amir Ali off track again…
The only question that remains for him is: how will things continue and how far is he willing to go for a change? And above all: can he live with the consequences?
[Emptiness crossing us]

[O vazio que atravessa]

[Emptiness crossing us]

Crossed by greed, two hundred and seventy-two people were buried by tailings from the Vale mining company in Brumadinho (MG), Brazil. Emptiness now crosses those who try to carry on.
9 Brief Films from Suburban Zen

9 Brief Films from Suburban Zen

This film presents only a small portion of what can be found in the poetry collection titled Suburban Zen: Tiny Stories, Poems, Humorous Reflections & Deep Thoughts.



The Heroes of Baseball

The Heroes of Baseball

Two childhood friends freely explore their suburban town until a bizarre and unsettling encounter fractures the duo, leaving them alone to cope in dissonant ways.
The Grand Bolero

The Grand Bolero

In this Covid-era Italian thriller, Roxanne, a gruff middle aged pipe organ restorer struggles to control her obsessive attraction to her new 20 years old mute assistant.
The God of Internet

Bóg Internetów

The God of Internet

While an eternal student will do anything to become famous on socials, his witty sister seems to think that her celebrity wannabe of a brother might be a topic better suited for her own documentary.
Dawn

Dawn

Five unique individuals take us on a journey where their achievements shine beyond preconceived ideas of what is possible.
Chicken Skin

پوست مرغ

Chicken Skin

When guests abandon Maryam's mother's funeral reception due to power outages, she finds herself overwhelmed and discovers a life-changing truth about her own origin.
Unnecessary things

Непотрібні речі

Unnecessary things

Could a robot adopt a pet in the near future? – Sure, why not. – Could this pet be a human? – Well, it could be possible in the future. – Could they become friends? – Probably yes. - And what further?
Training for Freedom

Training for Freedom

A 40-minute documentary that captures the transformational story of how idealistic college students and black activists teachers came together in a small Midwestern town to find their humanity and the common ground to fight as one in the freedom struggle that would define a nation and alter the course of history.
Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
The Box Station

The Box Station

The scenery seen from the window from the running bus makes you escape from your daily life for a while. The moment the scenery looks different, we travel to a new world.

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