Short Documentary (10 Minutes)
Director: David Lindblom and JoAnne Tucker
*This film is a part of the Shorts Program
Cheyanne’s Story’ expresses a high school student’s experience with date/teen violence. It examples the boyfriend’s domination of a young girl isolating her from friends and family. She shares how she was at first attracted to the bad boy image. As he becomes more and more abusive she breaks off the relationship. Cheyanne relates the difficulty in getting a police order from the tribal police but is able to from the county police. Through the help of her mother and a teacher she is able to regain her self confidence. She takes on a project about domestic violence in school, giving local and state wide speeches telling her personal story.
Animated Short (9 Minutes)
Director: Wouter Bongaerts
In this Animated Short, Seven year old Mia tries to liberate her overworked Mother from the grasp of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn.
Narrative Short (7 Minutes)
Director: Neysan Sobhani
‘Passages’ follows two consecutive days in the life of a young child who is experiencing inner turmoil as he tries to cope not only with a recent major life event but also with an on-going daily personal struggle. Powerfully presented with an original score in a modern silent film format, we encounter the conflict, both within and without, that the sole character is faced with, and the passage of emotions he must experience in order to move towards self-actualization.
A Chinese store owner is robbed after arguing with a customer he racially profiled. Shortly after the argument the store is being robbed by a masked assailant and the owner is shot and the customer must then decide if he will intervene. When the thug begins to assault the wife the black man takes action, and after a tussle with the thug it is revealed that the thug is also Chinese.
Narrative Short (16 Minutes)
Director: Daniel Wahlen
The Hideout Trailer
The Hideout follows the story of a young girl named Holly whose life is thrown upside down when she is molested by her favorite teacher. Through the support of her best friend, Sam, she finds the strength to tell her mother.
“The Morning of Everything”
Narrative Short (13 Minutes)
Director: Jeff Stern
The Morning of Everything Trailer
The Morning of Everything is a fever dream about fatherhood. Shot on Black Betty (a one-of-a-kind 16mm digital cinema camera) and starring real-life father and son Jeff and Leo Stern, The Morning of Everything is a lyrical short film in which a father envisions the world through the eyes of his three year-old son. As the boy traverses strangely beautiful and increasingly dangerous lands in search of his lost owl, the father drifts deep into a fever dream, confusing his identity with the boy’s, the owl’s, and his own younger self. The Morning of Everything is a meditation on growing up, being young, pushing things too far and pulling them close again. But most of all, it is a story about a father and a son.
Animated Short (4 Minutes)
Director: Celia Bullwinkel
The Sidewalk Trailer
*This film is a part of the Women’s Program
A woman walks through life, but the real journey is deeper within as she confronts her changing body and learns to love herself.