2017 Film Schedule

We have 115 independent films for your enjoyment this year! Browse them here by category or view/download the film schedule (PDF).

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    A Day at Woodward Tahoe
    Grant Gibson
    USA | 2016 | 5 min
    Showing as part of the Reel Learning Program
    Sunday, March 05 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 2

    A mountain bike video made while at Camp Woodward in Tahoe, California.


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    A Way Forward
    Isaac Seigel-Boettner
    Pedal Born Pictures
    Kenya, USA | 2016 | 6 min
    http://www.pedalbornpictures.com
    Showing with Jungle Sisters.
    Thursday, March 02 - 2:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Sunday, March 05 - 5:30PM - Gaslight 2

    How the power of bicycles enables and inspires women across three generations.


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    A Worm Who Loves Winter
    So
    Japan | 2016 | 3 min
    Showing as part of the Reel Learning Program
    Sunday, March 05 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 2

    A story about a worm who lives under a frozen lake in northern Japan and yearns for sunlight.


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    About Last Night
    Edward Zwick
    TriStar Pictures
    USA | 1986 | 113 min | Not in competition

    John Rubano will interview Jim Belushi following the screening
    Saturday, March 04 - 11:30AM - Animas City Theatre

    A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.


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    Across Antarctica
    Stéphanie and Jérémie Gicquel
    France | 2016 | 30 min
    Showing as part of the Adventure Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 5:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Saturday, March 04 - 2:30PM - Animas City Theatre

    Stéphanie Gicquel and husband Jérémie cross Antarctica skiing through the South Pole, setting a world record for the longest ski expedition made by a woman in Antarctica without kiting (2,045 km, 74 days). Their journey is not only one of adventure, but an invitation to live life to the fullest without fears or regrets.


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    Almost Home
    B.J. Golnick
    B.J. Golnick Pictures, Inc.
    USA | 2016 | 15 min
    Showing as part of the We're All In This Together Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Animas City Theatre
    Friday, March 03 - 3:00PM - Animas City Theatre
    Saturday, March 04 - 9:00AM - Gaslight 2

    An American Marine returns home to a dying father, bringing not only the hope to mend their broken relationship, but his memories of the war.


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    As Far As The Eye Can See
    David Franklin
    As Far As The Eye Can See, LLC
    USA | 2016 | 88 min
    Friday, March 03 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 1:00PM - Gaslight 1

    Jack Ridge is a former piano prodigy living on a North Texas farm he has let go to seed. When the local corporate farm pressures him to sell his land, his only allies are Phillip, the elderly owner of the local Mexican restaurant, and Alyssa, a teenage spitfire girl. Jack is living in the past, but the future is coming for him.
    Starring Jason London


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    Aviliaq: Entwined
    Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
    Unikkaat Studios, Inc.
    Canada | 2014 | 15 min
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema #2 Program
    Friday, March 03 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 12:30PM - Gaslight 2

    Set in a 1950s arctic outpost camp, this is the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.


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    Bastards y Diablos
    A.D. Freese
    RadioactiveGiant and Pico y Placa
    USA | 2015 | 99 min
    Friday, March 03 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 2

    Ed and Dion, estranged half-brothers, are brought together by the unexpected death of their Colombian father. Reunited for the first time as adults, they travel to Bogota to fulfill their father’s will — a set of directions leading them on a journey across Colombia to spread his ashes in the places that meant the most to him. As the brothers progress on their quest, each location takes on a mythic importance, revealing the identity of their father, their homeland, and themselves.


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    Black Guitar
    Devin Casario
    Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
    Canada | 2016 | 11 min
    Showing as part of the Wild Hare Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 1:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 5:30PM - Animas City Theatre

    Anton, a distraught father and musician, struggles to confront his demons.


Features

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    About Last Night
    Edward Zwick
    TriStar Pictures
    USA | 1986 | 113 min | Not in competition

    John Rubano will interview Jim Belushi following the screening
    Saturday, March 04 - 11:30AM - Animas City Theatre

    A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.


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    As Far As The Eye Can See
    David Franklin
    As Far As The Eye Can See, LLC
    USA | 2016 | 88 min
    Friday, March 03 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 1:00PM - Gaslight 1

    Jack Ridge is a former piano prodigy living on a North Texas farm he has let go to seed. When the local corporate farm pressures him to sell his land, his only allies are Phillip, the elderly owner of the local Mexican restaurant, and Alyssa, a teenage spitfire girl. Jack is living in the past, but the future is coming for him.
    Starring Jason London


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    Bastards y Diablos
    A.D. Freese
    RadioactiveGiant and Pico y Placa
    USA | 2015 | 99 min
    Friday, March 03 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 2

    Ed and Dion, estranged half-brothers, are brought together by the unexpected death of their Colombian father. Reunited for the first time as adults, they travel to Bogota to fulfill their father’s will — a set of directions leading them on a journey across Colombia to spread his ashes in the places that meant the most to him. As the brothers progress on their quest, each location takes on a mythic importance, revealing the identity of their father, their homeland, and themselves.


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    Death on a Rock
    Scott Ballard
    Scott Ballard Films
    USA | 2015 | 82 min
    Friday, March 03 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Sunday, March 05 - 10:00AM - Animas City Theatre

    Lillian loves her job and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend, but her bright outlook is soon rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This tale follows Lillian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness.


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    June Falling Down
    Rebecca Weaver
    Silver Leaf Films
    USA | 2016 | 115 min
    Friday, March 03 - 9:30AM - Animas City Theatre
    Saturday, March 04 - 5:00PM - Gaslight 1

    After wandering aimlessly for the year after her father’s death, June Larson is returning home for her best friend and love-that-could-have-been, Harley’s wedding. Now, lost in grief over her father’s cancer, she’s not quite ready to let Harley go so easily.


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    Lluc Sky Walker
    Jaume Fargas
    About a Bicycle Productions
    Spain | 2015 | 73 min
    http://www.llucskywalker.com
    Showing with Let's Catch a Movie
    Friday, March 03 - 12:00PM - Stadium 9
    Saturday, March 04 - 8:00PM - Animas City Theatre

    Lluc is a gray and bitter man. Friendless and fine with that, he goes out of his way to spread his personal misery around, until the day his doctor tells him he has three weeks to live and he starts planning his own funeral. In the hopes of drawing an audience for the funeral, he befriends his neighbors and finally discovers some joys in life. This dark comedy frequently references a certain space saga in telling a tale of redemption.


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    Lost in Paris (Paris Pieds Nus)
    Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
    Courage Mon Aamour
    France, Belgium | 2016 | 83 min | Not in competition

    Subtitled
    Thursday, March 02 - 5:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:30PM - Stadium 9

    Fiona’s orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 93-year-old Aunt Martha who lives in Paris. Fiona takes the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters she encounters Dom, the affable but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. A wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.


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    Soft Voice
    Afshin Hashemi
    Iran | 2015 | 60 min
    http://www.afshinhashemi.com
    Showing with Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan
    Thursday, March 02 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 1

    A transgender leaves his life in the city and locks himself in a house in the middle of the woods, willing to be alone and trying to find her new voice and life. Different people come to her door with different agendas: an ex-girlfriend, a rag man, another transgender, and a post man. Finally, she comes to peace with her total being and with a new voice, a soft voice, goes back to life and people.


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    The Happys
    Tom Gould and John Serpe
    The Happys, LLC
    USA | 2016 | 87 min

    Thursday, March 02 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 7:00PM - Animas City Theatre

    Tracy walks in on her newly-minted “movie star” boyfriend Mark having sex with a man. After assessing her limited options, she returns to make a deal with Mark. He accepts her terms, but neither of them fully understands the sacrifices they have to make. Their relationship quickly deteriorates, but Tracy’s world blossoms when she befriends the quirky residents in her neighborhood. As she discovers her sense of self and true passion for cooking, Tracy becomes a catalyst that forces everyone around her to grow and connect in unforeseen ways.


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    The Tiger Hunter
    Lena Khan
    Red Sea Media
    USA | 2016 | 94 min | Not in competition
    Wednesday, March 01 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 2:30PM - Stadium 9

    Sami Malik is a young Indian who relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in the hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is…or perhaps ever could be.


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    Wichita
    Matthew Ward and Justyn Ah Chong
    Faraway Features
    USA | 2016 | 85 min
    Thursday, March 02 - 10:00AM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 3:00PM - Gaslight 2

    A deep and suspenseful psychological thriller, Wichita follows a voyeur down a path so dark it leads to horror. Trevor Peterson plays Jeb as he struggles to find dignity in a cruel world that has alienated him to the point of no return. Leading a writing retreat in the mountains intended to save his failing kids’ TV show becomes a new opportunity and stage for his hidden cameras. Woven by themes of nature and nurture, this provocative play on the horror genre leads to a disturbing, emotional climax.


Documentary Features

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    Call of the Ice
    Mike Magidson
    Multimedia France Productions
    France, Greenland | 2015 | 100 min

    Subtitled
    Friday, March 03 - 5:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Sunday, March 05 - 1:00PM - Animas City Theatre

    Mentored and outfitted by the local community of Uummannaq, Greenland, Call of the Ice chronicles the journey of an American filmmaker as he attempts to survive on the sea ice with only a pack of dogs, one fishing hook, and a rifle. How hard could it be?


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    Here Come the Videofreex
    Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin
    Moldy Tapes, LLC
    USA | 2015 | 79 min
    Thursday, March 02 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1
    Friday, March 03 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 2

    In the 1960s and 70s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of media as they deployed the first hand-held video cameras to report and observe the world around them. It’s a story about artistic and political creativity, where the concept of innovation had nothing to do with making money. It was all about making change.


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    Jungle Sisters
    Chloe Ruthven
    Taskovski Films
    India, UK | 2015 | 80 min | Not in competition
    http://www.taskovskifilms.com
    Showing with A Way Forward
    Thursday, March 02 - 2:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Sunday, March 05 - 5:30PM - Gaslight 2

    In 2008, the Indian Government launched an initiative to train the rural poor to work in the industrial sector. This is the story of two village girls, Bhanu and Bhuntu, whose induction into the working world is overseen by the filmmaker’s sister. After the girls complete their training course, the reality of life on the factory floor forces them to face questions of social justice, family loyalty and the role of corporate responsibility.


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    Learning to See: The World of Insects
    Jake Oelman
    Barcode Films
    USA | 2016 | 69 min
    http://www.learningtoseefilm.com
    Showing with Gardeners of the Forest and Remember When?
    Friday, March 03 - 7:00PM - Stadium 9
    Sunday, March 05 - 10:30AM - Gaslight 1

    Photographer Robert Oelman left his psychology career in the early 1990s and traveled through the rain forests of the Amazon Basin taking striking photographic images of undiscovered insects. After more than 20 years of photographing, his quest culminates with a New York City gallery show. He learns that these tiny life forms may be at the bottom of the mammalian food chain, but they are critically important to all animal species including mankind.


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    Left on Purpose
    Justin Schein and David Mehlman
    Shadowbox Films
    USA | 2015 | 85 min
    http://www.leftonpurpose.com
    Showing with Keeping Balance and Seasons//"Fall" (featuring Nikki Kimball)
    Friday, March 03 - 2:00PM - Stadium 9
    Sunday, March 05 - 3:00PM - Gaslight 2

    Mayer Vishner may be the most important 1960s radical that you’ve never heard of. In this intimate portrait of the relationship between filmmaker and subject, Vishner declares that he is dying of loneliness and that his last political act will be to commit suicide. Now, the director must decide when to turn off the camera, or find a way to use it to keep his friend alive.


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    My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond
    Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan
    Luna Productions
    USA | 2016 | 61 min
    Friday, March 03 - 10:00AM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2

    How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant, flowery hat box? As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond has changed science in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began in an era when so few women entered science at all.


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    Putuparri and the Rainmakers
    Nicole Ma
    Sensible Films
    Australia | 2015 | 86 min
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1

    Filmed over 20 years in Western Australia, Tom “Putuparri” Lawford navigates the chasm between his traditional Aboriginal culture and Western upbringing. He and his grandfather go on a series of epic journeys to their family’s country, and each trip marks a different stage in his passage from rebellious young man to inspirational leader. This is a story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.


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    Real Boy
    Shaleece Haas
    USA | 2016 | 72 min
    http://www.realboymovie.com
    Showing with Mezzo and The Typist
    Thursday, March 02 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1

    As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given,
    but chosen.


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    Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World
    Nicholas Edwards
    Splendid Entertainment
    USA | 2016 | 80 min
    Wednesday, March 01 - 8:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 8:00PM - Stadium 9

    The vessel is Infinity, a 120-ft. hand-built gypsy boat. The journey, an 8,000 mile Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia with a stop in Antarctica. No silver spoon-fed deck hands here, only a band of miscreants fueled by courage, sweat, blood, a dash of disdain for authority, and a penchant for reckless adventure! Underlying Infinity’s journey is the crew’s insatiable quest for wonder and awe, tempered only by the raw power of the natural world.


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    SEED: The Untold Story
    Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
    Collective Eye Films
    USA | 2016 | 94 min | Not in competition
    Friday, March 03 - 11:30AM - Gaslight 1
    Sunday, March 05 - 5:30PM - Stadium 9

    In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.


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    The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin
    Yves Montmayeur
    Brainworks
    France, USA | 2015 | 65 min | Not in competition
    Friday, March 03 - 5:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Sunday, March 05 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 1

    Film director Guy Maddin, nicknamed the Canadian David Lynch, unveils his methods, techniques and inspirations of filmmaking. Despite living in the digital age, this unorthodox director has spent 25 years summoning the light-and-shadow techniques and experimentations of the Golden Age of film to resuscitate a unique cinematographic language which plays with the spectator’s unconscious by means of visual trickery that borders on the absurd.


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    The Anthropologist
    Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger
    Ironbound Films, Inc.
    USA | 2016 | 78 min
    http://www.ironboundfilms.com
    Showing with From the Bronx to Yale: the power of high school 'speech'
    Thursday, March 02 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Friday, March 03 - 4:30PM - Stadium 9

    This inspiring story considers the fate of our world from the perspective of an American teenager. Over the course of five years, she travels the planet with her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities. The lessons learned about how people adapt to catastrophic change may serve to save us all.


Shorts

Documentary Shorts Showing with Features

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    A Way Forward
    Isaac Seigel-Boettner
    Pedal Born Pictures
    Kenya, USA | 2016 | 6 min |
    http://www.pedalbornpictures.com
    Showing with Jungle Sisters.
    Thursday, March 02 - 2:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Sunday, March 05 - 5:30PM - Gaslight 2

    How the power of bicycles enables and inspires women across three generations.


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    From the Bronx to Yale: The power of high school ‘speech’
    Ruth Sewell
    Dauntless Pictures
    USA, UK | 2016 | 14 min |
    http://www.dauntlesspictures.com
    Showing with The Anthropologist
    Thursday, March 02 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Friday, March 03 - 4:30PM - Stadium 9

    High school students from across the U.S. compete in a “speech” competition at Yale University in a form of competitive acting.


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    Gardeners of the Forest
    Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber
    Smile Back Studios
    Laos | 2016 | 15 min |
    Sunday, March 05 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 2

    For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, around 600 elephants remain. What’s causing their decline? Can anything be done to save them?


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    I Want to Fly
    Maria Ibrahimova
    Cinex Azerbaijan Film Production
    Azerbaijan | 2016 | 21 min |
    http://www.augohr.de/catalogue/i-want-to-fly
    Showing with My Love Affair with the Brain
    Friday, March 03 - 10:00AM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 6:00PM - Gaslight 2

    Paragliding may seem like an impossible dream for a man in a wheelchair, but inspiration is an unrelenting force.


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    Keeping Balance (Gleichgewicht)
    Bernhard Wenger
    Filmakademie Wien
    Austria | 2015 | 5 min |
    http://www.filmakademie.wien/de/film/gleichgewicht
    Showing with Left on Purpose and Seasons//"Fall" (featuring Nikki Kimball)
    Friday, March 03 - 2:00PM - Stadium 9
    Sunday, March 05 - 3:00PM - Gaslight 2

    A young woman with a difficult past finds balance at an amusement park.


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    Mezzo
    Nicole Opper
    Nicole Opper Productions
    USA | 2016 | 14 min |
    http://www.facebook.com/mezzoshortfilm
    Showing with Real Boy and The Typist
    Thursday, March 02 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1

    Breanna Sinclaire is a 25-year-old African American opera singer, and the first openly transgender woman to graduate from a major music conservatory.


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    Overwhelming Majority
    Joseph Irvin
    USA | 2016 | 11 min |

    Showing with The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin
    Friday, March 03 - 5:30PM - Animas City Theatre
    Sunday, March 05 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 1

    Director’s statement: “I am first and foremost a composer and consider Overwhelming Majority to be a composition of images, as much as it is a film.” An experimental documentary dealing with issues of loneliness, alienation, and social anxiety.


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    Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan
    Faizan Fiaz
    Pakistan | 2016 | 29 min |

    Showing with Soft Voice
    Thursday, March 02 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 1

    With unprecedented access, this film lifts the lid on the unreported experiences of transgender men and lesbian women while dissecting the legacy of British colonialism in Pakistan


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    Remember When?
    Jenny Nichols, Andy Maser and Hayden Peters
    Maser Films, Pongo Media Productions and King Tide Motion Pictures
    USA | 2016 | 3 min |
    http://www.pongomediaproductions.com/film/rememberwhen
    Showing with Gardeners of the Forest and Learning to See
    Friday, March 03 - 7:00PM - Stadium 9
    Sunday, March 05 - 10:30AM - Gaslight 1

    Re-imagining the conservation conversation through questions asked by a young girl.


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    Seasons//”Fall” (featuring Nikki Kimball)
    Nic Davis
    Universal Vision
    USA | 2016 | 2 min |
    http://universalvisioninc.com
    Showing with Keeping Balance and Left on Purpose
    Friday, March 03 - 2:00PM - Stadium 9
    Sunday, March 05 - 3:00PM - Gaslight 2

    A World Cup gold medalist explores the use of running to treat depression.


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    The Typist
    Kristine Stolakis
    Paper Bridge Films
    USA | 2015 | 7 min |
    http://www.paperbridgefilms.com/
    Showing with Real Boy and Mezzo
    Thursday, March 02 - 9:30AM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 2:30PM - Gaslight 1

    The forgotten history of a gay Korean War veteran tasked with writing the military discharges of outed gay seamen.


International Documentary Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Wednesday, March 1 – 6PM – Gaslight Theatre 1
Friday, March 3 – 9AM – Gaslight Theatre 1
Sunday, March 5 – 6PM – Gaslight Theatre 1

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    Continental Drift (La Deriva Dei Continenti)
    Pietro Novello
    UK, Italy | 2016 | 15 min |

    The Italian island of Lampedusa receives hundreds of African migrants each year, most of them rescued by the coast guard.


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    Gatekeeper
    Yung Chang
    Field of Vision, Inc.
    Japan | 2016 | 40 min |

    Overlooking the Sea of Japan, the jagged Tojinbo Cliffs are known as a suicide hotspot. In response to this epidemic, a retired police detective is on a mission to help.


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    Soy Cubana
    Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov
    Exile Entertainment
    Cuba, USA | 2016 | 17 min |

    The Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.


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    The Block (Der Block)
    Nadine Boller
    Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan | 2015 | 10 min |

    Out on the steppes of Kyrgyzstan, an old foundation from the Soviet era gains new importance for the locals.


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    The Learning Alliance
    Muhammad Umar Saeed
    Pakistan | 2016 | 9 min |

    The resilient power of hope in the face of adversity is seen through the lens of three brothers who collect garbage to pay their school fees.


People Documentary Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Thursday, March 2 – 9:30AM – Animas City Theatre
Saturday, March 4 – 12PM – Gaslight Theatre 2

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    Fairy Tales
    Rongfei Guo
    Crossfade Productions
    USA, China | 2015 | 29 min |

    Fairy Wang may be a working-class girl from rural China, but she imagines herself the next Coco Chanel. After her designs go viral, the ensuing fame has unexpected results.


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    George
    Mary Gerretsen
    USA | 2016 | 7 min |

    One man’s life and journey through love, loss and illness.


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    Pickle
    Amy Nicholson
    Myrtle and Olive
    USA | 2016 | 15 min |

    Pickle is an ode to our capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted existence until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate demise.


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    The Margaret Lambert Story
    Nina Horowitz
    Vice Media
    USA | 2016 | 25 min |

    At the age of 102, Margaret tells the story of how she was barred from competition during Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games despite being the best high-jumper in Germany.


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    The Special One
    Lamin Oo
    Tagu Films
    Myanmar | 2015 | 7 min |

    For a local fishmonger at the San Pya fish market in Yangon, Myanmar, there is only one thing that gets him through the day: football.


River Documentary Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Friday, March 3 – 12:30PM – Animas City Theatre
Saturday, March 4 – 9AM – Animas City Theatre

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    Counter Balance
    Gordon Klco
    USA | 2016 | 6 min |

    A group of veterans on a rafting trip experience the restorative power of wilderness as they face the challenges of returning to civilian life after deployment.


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    Kickass Katie Lee
    George and Beth Gage
    Gage & Gage Productions
    USA | 2016 | 10 min |

    The story of Katie Lee, the 96-year-old activist who opposed the Glen Canyon Dam and has forever been its immutable warrior and outspoken foe.


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    The Elwha Undammed: What’s a River For?
    David Fox and Jeff Gersh
    Fox Wilmar Productions
    USA | 2016 | 25 min |

    The Elwha River is the stage for the largest dam removal in American history. Behind the dynamite and bulldozers is a saga of competing ideas about the purpose and meaning of a river.


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    The River of Sorrow
    Cody Perry
    Rig to Flip Productions
    USA | 2016 | 44 min |

    Weaving together historic high-water footage with the memories of river folks, The River of Sorrow is an impassioned plea to rescue the declining Dolores River.


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    The Wild President
    Will Stauffer-Norris
    USA | 2016 | 6 min |

    President Jimmy Carter grew up in awe of the natural world and, after he paddled the Chattooga River’s Bull Sluice in an open canoe, he began to truly understand the power of a wild river.


Expect The Unexpected Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Friday, March 3 – 8PM – Animas City Theatre
Sunday, March 5 – 4PM – Animas City Theatre

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    Catseye
    Kevin Huang
    USA | 2016 | 2 min |

    A kitten and a red dot.


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    MAGOS: An Impossible Door
    Juan Castañeda
    Human Pictures
    USA | 2016 | 32 min |

    Rafaela, a photographer struggling to keep her sanity, mourns the passing of Oliver, her partner.


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    Reed
    Benjamin Allred & Spencer Allred
    Jumping the Green Productions
    USA | 2014 | 8 min |

    While on a nightly walk a man searches for his dog through a maze of reeds with nothing but a flashlight to see.


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    Rose
    Claudio Franke
    cgFrankeFilm
    Germany | 2016 | 17 min |

    When Rose is released from prison, her former guard offers her a place to stay.


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    Sticks
    Mark J. Parker
    Cali Boy Productions
    USA | 2016 | 17 min |

    Four college students reunite on a summer night at a house in the woods.


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    The Backwater Gospel
    Bo Mathorne
    Animation Workshop
    Denmark | 2011 | 10 min |

    Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker, and its dwellers blame a tramp.


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    Variable
    Chris Valenziano
    Maurice Whitfield Productions
    USA | 2015 | 12 min |

    A scientist working to discover the secrets of time travel gets a visit from a familiar face — himself, one day in the future.


We’re All In This Together Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Thursday, March 2 – 8PM – Animas City Theatre
Friday, March 3 – 3PM – Animas City Theatre
Saturday, March 4 – 9AM – Gaslight Theatre 2

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    Almost Home
    B.J. Golnick
    B.J. Golnick Pictures, Inc.
    USA | 2016 | 15 min |

    An American Marine returns home to a dying father, bringing not only the hope to mend their broken relationship, but his memories of the war.


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    Coming to Terms
    David Bertran
    Red Quasar
    Spain | 2015 | 12 min |

    Having to face their father’s failing health, Eddie and Sally try to understand the concept of death.


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    Four Day Weekend
    Nicole Jones
    Lornamoon Productions
    USA | 2016 | 20 min |

    A couple married for 23 years takes a four-day break from each other. The aftermath leaves their relationship shaken and tested, but not broken.


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    Handsome Girl
    Matthew F. Smith
    The Kitchen Sync
    Denmark, Germany, Spain, USA | 2016 | 14 min |

    Sex. Love. Jealousy. Travel. Music. Two friends travel from Los Angeles to Berlin to launch their new musical project, Handsome Girl.


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    Killed in Action
    Christine Weatherup
    Weatherlow Productions
    USA | 2016 | 13 min |

    A WWII widow is visited by a troubled veteran who served with her husband.


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    The Beach Boy
    Hannes Rall
    Singapore, Germany | 2015 | 8 min |

    An animated short designed in a style inspired by Vietnamese brush painting and traditional art about two star-crossed lovers from ancient Vietnam.


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    The Orchid (La Orquídea)
    Ferran Navarro-Beltrán
    Amoros Producciones
    Spain | 2016 | 3 min |

    A surprising father-son tale played across an answering machine.


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    Trouble Brewing
    Timothy Heath
    Cogswell College
    USA | 2016 | 8 min |

    Eager to see the world, a rambunctious baby goat falls into the hands of a reclusive troll.


No Shortage Of Laughter Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Wednesday, March 1 – 8:30PM – Gaslight Theatre 1
Thursday, March 2 – 12PM – Animas City Theatre
Saturday, March 4 – 3PM – Durango Stadium 9

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    Eden Hostel (Hostal Edén)
    Gonzaga Manso
    Películas Pendelton
    Spain | 2015 | 14 min |

    Hanging in a room in the Eden Hostel is a statue of the Virgin Mary who narrates the stories of the various guests who stayed there through the years.


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    Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day
    Jeremy Dehn
    Project DU F.I.L.M.
    USA | 2016 | 14 min |

    Valentine’s Day provides the backdrop for this comedy short that asks the question: How can trying to do something so good turn out so f-ing wrong?


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    Oh-Be-Joyful
    Susan Jacobson
    Pistachio Pictures
    UK | 2015 | 14 min |

    Potty-mouthed old Rita will stop at nothing to drag her granddaughter, Sophie, kicking and screaming out of the closet.


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    Rye Manhattan
    Michael Goldburg
    Home on the Range Productions and Navy Yard Films
    USA | 2016 | 7 min |

    What happens when a young man is waiting for his dream date...in the wrong bar!


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    Swipe Right
    Kendall Goldberg
    Kendall Goldberg Films
    USA | 2016 | 9 min |

    After Katie is stood up, she resorts to an impromptu bar hookup which goes horribly wrong.


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    The Children
    Douglas A. Hill
    Hallmark Studios
    USA | 2016 | 4 min |

    Reminiscent of 1980s charity commercials, this satirical exploration of a unique solution to the world’s problems would make Jonathan Swift proud.


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    The Retriever
    Nicholas Thurkettle
    Interface Productions
    USA | 2016 | 5 min |

    A man is on a simple walk through the woods with a destination plugged into his smart phone...and a shovel.


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    WelcomeMatt
    Mukul Gadde
    Signal One Three Media
    USA | 2016 | 18 min |

    Matt loses his job and his girlfriend. Amazing how much getting a new job and a new girlfriend have in common.


Wild Hare Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Thursday, March 2 – 1PM – Gaslight Theatre 2
Saturday, March 4 – 5:30PM – Animas City Theatre

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    Black Guitar
    Devin Casario
    Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
    Canada | 2016 | 11 min |

    Anton, a distraught father and musician, struggles to confront his demons.


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    Bootwmn
    Paige Gratland and Sam McWilliams
    PGSM Productions
    Canada, USA, UK | 2015 | 11 min |

    Deana McGuffin is a third-generation New Mexico boot maker, hand-crafting wearable pieces of art. When she is approached to create a gay-themed cowboy boot, a story unravels of a unique collaboration.


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    Buddy
    Niels Bourgonje
    Goldman Film
    The Netherlands | 2016 | 11 min |

    When a young man supports his ex-lover during an HIV test, he sees an opportunity to find out if there’s a chance for reconciliation.


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    HeadStrong
    Daniel Sterlin-Altman
    Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
    Canada | 2013 | 1 min |

    Who needs hands when you have a head?


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    Hi-Glow Retro
    Alex Morsanutto
    Silvermine Productions
    USA | 2016 | 14 min |

    Tommy Ashby, a high school senior with social anxiety, decides to step out of his comfort zone to learn ‘70s disco dancing.


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    Let’s Catch a Movie
    Emma Penaz Eisner
    USA | 2015 | 1 min |

    When everyone in town tries to catch a movie, she desperately reels away!


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    Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
    Vlad Aksenov
    Californista Films
    USA | 2016 | 11 min |

    A young gypsy girl journeys to the enigmatic mountain summit assured that an ancient legend can resurrect her beloved mother.


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    Monster Slayer
    Kjell Boersma
    Astronaught Media, Inc.
    USA, Canada | 2015 | 20 min |

    In this contemporary retelling of the Navajo story of the Hero Twins, teenagers Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie battle monsters summoned by the mysterious Coyote with the help of their medicine man grandfather and metalhead uncle.


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    Nuts
    Theo Sena
    USA | 2016 | 4 min |

    A man wakes up and things aren’t what they appear to be...or so he thinks.


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    Phobia
    Chris Barron
    Barron Pictures
    USA | 2016 | 3 min |

    A woman gives into fear and kills an innocent spider. Now she faces the grave consequences of her fear.


Adventure

Program shows as a group:
Thursday, March 2 – 5:30PM – Animas City Theatre
Saturday, March 4 – 2:30PM – Animas City Theatre

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    Across Antarctica
    Stéphanie and Jérémie Gicquel
    France | 2016 | 30 min |

    Stéphanie Gicquel and husband Jérémie cross Antarctica skiing through the South Pole, setting a world record for the longest ski expedition made by a woman in Antarctica without kiting (2,045 km, 74 days). Their journey is not only one of adventure, but an invitation to live life to the fullest without fears or regrets.


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    Dodo’s Delight
    Sean Villanueva O'Driscoll, Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer
    Reel Rock
    USA | 2016 | 28 min |

    Pack your penny whistle and batten down the hatches for a madcap sailing adventure in the Arctic Circle aboard the good ship Dodo’s Delight. Join Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Ben Ditto, and brothers Nico and Olivier Favresse for a rollicking musical journey across open seas and up unclimbed big walls.


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    Out There
    Greg Cairns
    Cairns Film
    USA | 2016 | 4 min |

    Is it time? Are the mountains calling you? Step away from the desk and immerse yourself into the Montana backcountry.


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    Pursuit of Beauty
    Kassia Binkowski and A.J. Oscarson
    One Thousand Design
    USA | 2016 | 5 min |

    Plein air painter Lisa Martin ventures to summit Colorado’s 14ers not only to capture beauty on canvas, but to inspire and challenge us all to change our perspective.


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    The Accord
    RC Cone
    Tributaries Digital Cinema
    Iceland, USA | 2016 | 19 min |

    Iceland has waterfalls, glaciers, pristine landscapes of unimaginable beauty and a North Atlantic wind that is wicked and downright belligerent. Heiðar Logi Elíasson and friends have wanderlust for Iceland’s beauty and a mission to surf at the beckoning of the wind.


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    The First Day of Summer
    Zak Emerson and Pete Coombs
    Auntie Productions
    UK | 2016 | 5 min |

    Arriving on the first day of summer, a national holiday in Iceland, Pete Coombs and his splitboarding friends head back into winter.


Native Cinema


Native Cinema Program #1

Program shows as a group:
Friday, March 3 – 1PM – Gaslight Theatre 2
Saturday, March 4 – 5:30PM – Durango Stadium 9

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    Nowhere Land
    Bonnie Ammaaq
    Nunavut Film Development Corporation
    Canada | 2015 | 15 min

    Subtitled
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema #1 Program
    Friday, March 03 - 1:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 5:30PM - Stadium 9

    When Bonnie Ammaaq was small, she and her family moved from the government-manufactured community of Igloolik, Nunavut, to the vast interior of Baffin Island. For 11 years they lived like many past generations of Inuit, and now look back on a way of life lost not only to them, but also to the entire world.


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    Power Lines
    Klee Benally
    Indigenous Action Media and Outta Your Backpack Media
    USA | 2016 | 75 min
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema #1 Program
    Friday, March 03 - 1:00PM - Gaslight 2
    Saturday, March 04 - 5:30PM - Stadium 9

    Halee is a 16-year-old Diné relocation refugee who uses poetry to escape from her painful past and present. When Halee’s abusive father crosses a line, her best friend helps her run away. Their journey to Halee’s homeland takes a turn when she discovers her father has been hiding a secret that has the power to change Halee’s life forever.


Native Cinema Program #2

Program shows as a group:
Friday, March 3 – 3:30PM – Gaslight Theatre 2
Sunday, March 5 – 12:30PM – Gaslight Theatre 2

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    Aviliaq: Entwined
    Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
    Unikkaat Studios, Inc.
    Canada | 2014 | 15 min
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema #2 Program
    Friday, March 03 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 12:30PM - Gaslight 2

    Set in a 1950s arctic outpost camp, this is the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.


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    Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
    Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa
    MKW Productions, Inc.
    Canada | 2016 | 70 min
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema #2 Program
    Friday, March 03 - 3:30PM - Gaslight 2
    Sunday, March 05 - 12:30PM - Gaslight 2

    As a small group prepares for a seminal LGBT Pride celebration in the arctic of Nunavut, Canada, the film explores how colonization and religion have systematically shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure, and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively “unshaming” their past.


Native Cinema Shorts Program

Program shows as a group:
Thursday, March 2 – 8PM – Gaslight Theatre 1
Saturday, March 4 – 12PM – Gaslight Theatre 1

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    Harvest: Quyurciq
    Andre Lewis and Michael Dempster
    Quyana Productions
    USA | 2015 | 21 min

    Showing as part of the Native Cinema Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1

    Peter Williams respectfully harvests and crafts the fur of the sea otter and aims to potentially reconnect Alaska Natives to their traditional subsistence roots, restoring a rich cultural identity that is severely endangered.


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    Shiloh
    Mark D. Williams
    Native Boy Productions
    USA | 2015 | 32 min

    Showing as part of the Native Cinema Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1

    Follow Native American female boxer Shiloh LeBeau as she competes for the 2016 Ringside World Championship.


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    Stolen
    Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
    Canada | 2016 | 7 min
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1

    This film is about the issue of over 1,200 documented cases of missing and murdered Native American girls and women in Canada.


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    The Confluence
    Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds
    Redstone Collective
    USA | 2016 | 16 min

    Subtitled
    Showing as part of the Native Cinema Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1

    The Confluence focuses on the controversial Escalade resort development which would take a gondola to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet.


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    The Thunderbird Over the Whale
    Nicole Acevedo, Zach Shucklin and Steven Weitrich
    USA | 2015 | 13 min

    Showing as part of the Native Cinema Shorts Program
    Thursday, March 02 - 8:00PM - Gaslight 1
    Saturday, March 04 - 12:00PM - Gaslight 1

    An accident prevents Spencer McCarty from fishing and whaling regularly as his ancestors once did.


Family

Program shows as a group:
Saturday, March 4 – 10AM – Durango Stadium 9
Sunday, March 5 – 12PM – Durango Stadium 9

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    Calm Quiet Strength
    Michael Cullen
    Angry Turtle Productions
    USA | 2016 | 4 min |

    For this Appalachian Mountain native, strength is a way of life and a mindset where one perseveres through harsh times and great adversity by calm, quiet, dignified means.


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    Change
    Isaac Kerlow
    Earth Observatory of Singapore
    Singapore | 2016 | 5 min |

    Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, but the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly.


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    Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Time (Feuer, Wasser, Erde, Luft und Zeit)
    Maria Reinhardt-Szyba
    Germany | 2015 | 4 min |

    In a slightly surreal scene, two figures move through time: one forward and the other backward.


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    Forms in Nature: Understanding Our Universe
    Kevin Dart, Stéphane Coëdel, David Kamp and Nelson Boles
    USA | 2016 | 2 min |

    An audiovisual meditation on mankind’s scientific achievements and the wonders of the natural world.


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    Monty and the Runaway Furnace
    Joe Taranto
    Media-Over-Matter Productions
    USA | 2016 | 34 min |

    Monty is in love with the furnace in the basement of the factory where he works. The new owner has alternative plans, and Monty must find a way to protect his love.


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    Supermom
    Jason Honeycutt
    Urban Jungle
    USA | 2016 | 15 min |

    A daughter thinks her mother is a real life superhero. She might be right.


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    Taking Flight
    Brandon Oldenburg
    Moonbot Studios
    USA | 2015 | 5 min |

    A boy and his grandfather take an imaginative journey with a Radio Flyer wagon.


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    The Sled (Belchonok i Sanki)
    Olesya Shchukina
    Soyuzmultfilm
    Russia | 2016 | 4 min |

    The little squirrel finds something he has never seen.


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    To Scale: The Solar System
    Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet
    USA | 2015 | 7 min |

    On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits.


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    UKA
    Valle Comba Canales
    Instituto del Cine de Madrid
    Spain | 2016 | 3 min |

    Uka lives in a grey, abandoned building. As she paints, she discovers a new way of seeing the world.


School

“Reel Learning” School Program
Shows as a group:
Sunday, March 5 – 9:30AM – Gaslight Theatre 2

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    A Day at Woodward Tahoe
    Grant Gibson
    USA | 2016 | 5 min |

    A mountain bike video made while at Camp Woodward in Tahoe, California.


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    A Worm Who Loves Winter
    So
    Japan | 2016 | 3 min |

    A story about a worm who lives under a frozen lake in northern Japan and yearns for sunlight.


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    Gardeners of the Forest
    Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber
    Smile Back Studios
    Laos | 2016 | 15 min |

    For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, around 600 elephants remain. What’s causing their decline? Can anything be done to save them?


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    Groomed
    Samantha Armiger
    Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
    USA | 2016 | 3 min |

    A schnauzer is taken for a haircut.


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    Johanna Under the Ice
    Ian Derry
    UK | 2016 | 4 min |

    Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice.


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    Ronnie Dickson: The V10 Project
    Alton Richardson
    Alton Richardson Media
    USA | 2015 | 14 min |

    A young adaptive climber chases his dream to become the first “above the knee” amputee to climb a V10 graded boulder problem.


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    Supermom
    Jason Honeycutt
    Urban Jungle
    USA | 2016 | 15 min |

    A daughter thinks her mother is a real life superhero. She might be right.


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    The Most Wicked Storm
    John Beckham
    Shifted Industry
    USA | 2016 | 3 min |

    From acorn to adult, a family of trees fight the elements to avoid nature’s most vicious attack


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    The Present
    Jacob Frey
    Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
    Germany | 2014 | 4 min |

    A boy receives a special gift from his mom.


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    Wave Arp
    Animation by Andres Restrepo
    King Deluxe
    Colombia | 2016 | 4 min |

    Creative animation and music.