My Life with Rosie
RT: 64 MIN
Director - Angela Sadler Williamson
Embark upon this amazing journey through the life of America’s beloved heroines, Rosa Parks, as her family introduces a side of Parks few people knew. Her cousin, personal caretaker and assistant, Carolyn Williamson Green, along with Parks’ researcher, Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, gives us a glimpse behind the stoic icon who was indeed a rebel against discrimination not only in the South, but also in the North. Follow Green’s passion as she keeps her cousin’s memory alive through a lifetime of public service in the city of Detroit.
BEST DIRECTOR DRAMATIC SHORT ANYA ADAMS
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While waiting for a show to start at a theater, two strangers start a conversation–Lee (the great, 4-time Emmy-award winning actress Michael Learned of The Waltons) and Ben (John Wesley). Both Lee and Ben are elderly and alone and are surprised to discover an easy and immediate connection to each other.
After the show, Lee and Ben decide to spontaneously continue their evening together. As they talk into the night, the two septuagenarians open up about their pasts. They are shocked to discover how a long-ago act of racism has drastically altered the course of both of their lives but also profoundly grateful to have lived long enough to have a second chance at righting some painful wrongs.
Anya Adams is an American director who has worked extensively in television, most notably The West Wing, The Mindy Project and Black-ish. Her first short film was “Lemonade Mafia” (2016). “Second Acts” (2018) is her latest short film.
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Filmmaker Andrea Meyerson charts Jennifer Leitham's rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and he decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.
"Watch Jennifer Leitham perform and it's obvious the striking redhead is an original. When this world-famous jazz bassist takes center-stage, her entire body dances with the bass as her long, fiery hair whips and bobs to the blistering pace set by her fingers. She's a special talent made all the more unique because Jennifer Leitham began her life and career as John Leitham. I STAND CORRECTED charts Leitham's rise as a virtuoso of the upright bass and reveals how she risked everything with her decision to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. An intimate study of Leitham's life, the film explores the fears she wrestled with as she rose through the ranks of the jazz world, and celebrates the joy she discovered after embracing her female identity."
Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming as well as a successful producer of concerts and live comedy shows. As founder and president of StandOut Productions she has produced and directed more than 25 feature films, television specials and series episodes which continue to air on Showtime and Viacom's Logo Network.
A chronicle of the career of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his death in 1989 at the age of 42.
"ONDI TIMONER has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice - for her 2004 documentary, DIG!, and her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC. Other award-winning features include: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (1994), JOIN US (2007), COOL IT (2010) and BRAND: A SECOND COMING (2015)."
Director - Meg Duncan
Lavender tells the story of Poppy, a seventeen year old girl who, when confronted by her sister’s sadness, and the disappointing reality of finally kissing her crush, learns to find empowerment in sisterhood.
Director - Danielle Culletorn
Inspired by the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements, the "No Means" video features a diverse cast of women speaking out about sexual harassment and how it affects their lives. It's expressionistic style delivers a heart felt message for women to speak up, say 'no' and stand together.
The Bachelors of Broken Hill Farm
RT 1 HR 13MIN
Director - Erika Yeomans
The true life soap opera of Frank Provo & John Pickard. Actors, writers and gentlemen farmers, their greatest success would not be found on the boards of Broadway or the hills of Hollywood but in a closeted relationship that spanned 4 decades. This is their love story.
Breaking The Sound Barrier
RT 1 HR 18 MIN
Directors - Patty Williamson, Eric Limarenko
This documentary is a response to the lack of women’s voices being heard on commercial radio stations across the United States. For its nearly one-hundred-year history, radio has been an industry dominated by men, from station ownership and management, to on-air work. This documentary highlights the realities of gender and its impact on career trajectory in this industry. The documentary gives voice to the women breaking barriers in this male dominated field, and shines a light on their struggles as well as their accomplishments. Air talent, programmers and consultants from across the U.S. were interviewed for this project.
Director Biography - Bettina Kee
In order to fix technical problems that keeps her from shooting her music video with her band, a singer seeks help from a very bizarre and inefficient maintenance team that makes everything worse.
Director - Gwenmarie White
In her CalArts thesis, SKJEMT BLOD (which translates to “bad blood” or “tainted blood” in Norwegian), Gwenmarie White uses what she has coined “girl kvlture” as a vehicle for meditation on American brutality. The orchestral black metal adaptation of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” takes advantage of the tension between the sounds and images of pop culture and metal culture to call attention to larger aspects of violence and pleasure. “My goal is to always straddle the line between critique and complicity,” says White, “because it is a critique…but it’s also a love letter.” The line in SKJEMT BLOD is always moving, digging stubbornly and disturbingly deeper into tropes and stereotypes rather than dismantling them. Suburban whiteness rears its ugly (but also, like, really, really pretty) head, proving that “trve” brutality takes many forms, and moves with an insidious ease throughout the institutions of late-stage capitalism.
Director - Marcella O'Sullivan
Exactly as the title of the songs says - Where have all the women gone? We walk in to galleries, we see mostly male artists... We study art history or music history - it is mostly male artists... We read any history book - we only hear about men (his-story)... Geography.... Science.... The world of film.... Etc. Etc. Etc. Where have all the women gone?
RT 1:33 MIN
Director: Vanessa Rodrigues
By crossing six Portuguese emmigration generations in Rio de Janeiro throughout the years this film rescues oral memory by telling inspiring stories concerning diaspora but it also creates a visual document about the Portuguese identity in wonder city, making it a character, and inspiring itself on the book "Emigrantes" by the Portuguese writer Ferreira de Castro.
No More Thoughts & Prayers
RT 20 MIN
Director - Angela Lamb
No More Thoughts And Prayers is a short film featuring interviews by Moms Demand Action Leaders, Student Organizers, Students, Teachers, Social Workers and More at the March for Our Lives from coast to coast who are fed up with the gun violence and school shootings in this country and demand change.
You Me And Gasoline
Director - Jenna A. Rice
An angry 17-year-old's struggle with grief leaves her stranded in the Colorado wilderness alone and on the edge of a much needed breaking point.
House of Bricks
Director - Hannah Silver
‘House of Bricks’ is set in a world in which the boundaries are blurred between fairytale existence and real life. Twelve friends between the ages of 18 and 25 are meeting at Alex Wolf’s recently inherited house in Devon for the final party of the summer. Pete and the Lost Boys are the first to arrive. Pressure from his peers and a longing for acceptance leads Pete to experiment with the recreational drug Pixie Dust. Tension with Wolf is unresolved; Pete wakes up with his head in White’s lap, relieved nonetheless.
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Director - Kire Godal
Skypaths - a 4 part documentary series - directed & filmed by American Kire Godal, follows Swedish / Danish conservationist & writer Natasha Illum Berg as she retraces her pioneering conservationist and natural history filmmaker Swedish grandfather Bengt Berg's 4 most important wildlife film expeditions 100 years after him. From Sweden, to Ethiopia, Tanzania, India & Nepal - a lens into the past is opened and a parallel adventure story begins.
An Aspirational Space
Director - GG Hawkins
After her relationship abruptly ends, a woman isolates herself in a new apartment and attempts to rebuild her life. Her sister recommends a pop-wellness, self-help guide that focuses on organizing, tidying, and simplifying life, written by an artist-turned-newsletter writer-turned influencer. As she falls deeper into the world of the book, the woman finally feels in control of her life for the first time in years - but nothing can stop her as she attempts to obtain, and maintain, An Aspirational Space.
Stardust & Moonbeams
RT 17 MIN
Director Terri Farley-Teruel
It's the Jazz Age, and Beth is tired of seeing only male viewpoints everywhere she looks. Female nudes don't cut it for her. So it's lights, camera, lose your clothes, Will – the very antithesis of traditional artistry. Taking their artistic activism another step, they have a cocktail-party surprise for their friends. Cary, Janet, Matt, and Cherilyn get to be a test audience. With gender norms upended, lively debate ensues because images of men created by women are far from the norm – and still are today. Stardust & Moonbeams is a smart, sexy film and novel highlighting women's empowerment and equality -- written, directed, shot, produced, edited, composed, and based on a novel by women, with parity in cast and crew. Isn't it about time?
Director - Adam Csoka Keller, Natalia Evelyn Bencicova
The opening track of Melentini’s new album, "ZRSHA; Fundus Uterus" (released 23 February 2018 by United We Fly), the music video “Asana/Metamorphosis" — created in collaboration with 6th Finger Studio — alludes to / teases out / draws upon the existential themes of creation, being, and the agony of existing in the world while feeling powerless
Director - Samantha Joia
Mia is shadowed by a mysterious girl determined to take over every aspect of her life.
Director - Saffron Cassaday
“Returning Citizens” focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance – or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Taking place in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration. From freshly returning individuals struggling to rebuild their lives, to community leaders working to end the on-going cycle of crime and violence, the stories unveiled in “Returning Citizens” offer proof that change is possible when the right opportunities are presented.
The Last Doll Lady
Director - Taryn Hough
In the 1950s a program called Dolls for Democracy was started. Women known as "doll ladies" would travel to local schools and teach children, through the use of hand carved wooden character dolls, about why racism and intolerance is wrong. Over the decades the program has faded into obscurity, but one woman has made it her life's mission to reignite a nations passion for the programs hopeful message. Selma Bukstein was one of the original doll ladies, now 60 years later and at the age of 91, she's the last doll lady.
Director - Emily Izquierdo
At Vassar College in 1933, Elizabeth Bishop and Margaret Miller spend a night in a tree discussing rebel literature and loneliness.
Director - Michelle C. Yu
An ambitious woman struggles with the decision of pursuing a career over motherhood and balancing desire and obligation.
RT 1HR 30 MIN
Director - Lillian Glass
Rosalee Glass, a Holocaust survivor taken prisoner to a Russian gulag in Siberia during WW2, shares her story of survival and transforms her destiny by living her life to the fullest. In her 80's, she started an acting career, in her 90's, she won 'Miss Congeniality' in a Senior beauty pageant, was seen by millions in a Super Bowl commercial, wrote a book sharing her secrets to a long life, and dares to ride Alaskan Sled Dogs at 100.
The Sit Down
Director - Laura Harris
Three years later a daughter tries to rid herself of a burden she carries. This intimate nonfiction portrayal at mental health captures a reveal that leaves a young woman wondering where she stands with her family. Conversations with her mother and father turn confrontational, as her biggest secret is revealed. Supported by loved ones, this family works out real problems in real time. The pain she holds onto becomes the family’s pain as they try to face the unknown future together.
RT 20 MIN
Director Andrea Meyerson
GETTING STARTED will open up your heart and mind as Tori and Joy's encounter reveals their vulnerabilities and strengths.