Cuban Earth

2020 | USA | 24 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 3:30PM Shorts Program: Together is PossibleCuban performing arts often play an important role in engaging citizens with a sense of history and place, and in addressing environmental and cultural challenges. In far Western Cuba, in the city of Pinar del Rio, a…

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B.U.T.T.S.

2020 | USA | 5 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 6:30PM Saturday, March 28 | 5:15PM B.U.T.T.S. (Better Understanding Through Trash Service) is an ever growing group of Dentonites who traverse the downtown Denton scene every Monday night to pick up cigarette butts. In this documentary short the audience is introduced to…

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This Is The Way We Rise

2019 | USA | 12 MIN | World Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PMShorts Program: Opening Doors This Is The Way We Rise is a nonfiction film on exploration into the creative process, following Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred indigenous lands against development atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii reinvigorates her work…

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The Visit

2019 | Canada, Tibet | 4 MIN | United States Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PMShorts Program: All Around Us An impressionistic haiku-like film, illustrating a man’s first visit to his father’s occupied homeland Tibet, the second most repressed country on earth. Assembled using 16mm hand-processed film of personal road trip footage and mainstream archives,…

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The Most Ideal Place

2019 | Spain | 10 MIN | North Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PM Shorts Program: Opening Doors When preparations were being made for the historic Apollo 11 moon mission, three space stations around the globe were needed to keep track of the spaceflight. One was in California, one in Australia and the third…

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The Silence of War: Damascus

2019 | Spain, Syria | 29 MIN | North America Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 1PM Sunday, March 29 | 12:30PM How does Damascus sound? In this 29-minute intimate portrait of the Syrian capital, full of nuances and hidden spots, we enter into the streets and the culture of Damascus with the writer and war…

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Short Films

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( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) )

2019 | Mexico | 18 MIN | Texas Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PM Shorts Program: Together is Possible A sonic portrait of a Chiapan village focused on architecture and public space. Filmed over six years, ( ( ( ( ( /*\ ) ) ) ) ) is a sensory ethnography of culture and communication…

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489 Days

2019 | USA | 16 MIN Friday, March 27 | 9PM Shorts Program: All Around Us 489 Days is an animated documentary that tells the story of Egyptian‐American Mohamed Soltan, who survived 16 months of hunger strike in an Egyptian prison. It is also the larger story of an estimated 60,000 political prisoners currently held…

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A Line Birds Cannot See

2019 | USA | 9 MIN Thursday, March 26 | 8:15PM Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert with only a plastic sack for protection from the cold, survives starvation on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a…

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Activized

2019 | USA | 36 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 3:30PM Shorts Program: Together is Possible Activized is the story of ordinary citizens who have gotten off the sidelines and become involved in gun violence prevention, voting rights, and immigrants’ rights. These passionate political newcomers never saw themselves as activists, but something…

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B.U.T.T.S.

2020 | USA | 5 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 6:30PM Saturday, March 28 | 5:15PM B.U.T.T.S. (Better Understanding Through Trash Service) is an ever growing group of Dentonites who traverse the downtown Denton scene every Monday night to pick up cigarette butts. In this documentary short the audience is introduced to…

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Baba’s Next Chapter

2019 | USA | 10 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 10AM Jamie is a Chinese film student studying abroad, and her father (Baba) is a philosophy professor living in China alone. Once a rebellious youth, he had to abandon his artistic pursuits due to social and family pressures. The only creative passion…

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Betty and the Bullet

2019 | USA | 14 MIN | World Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PM Shorts Program: Circle of Time Three passionate musicians at different stages in life and career discuss what it means to be an artist in a smaller town. By sharing their love for music, Betty, Michael and Davey reflect on their life…

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Changing Landscapes: Wauters Farm

2019 | USA | 19 MIN | Texas Premiere Friday, March 27 | 3:30PM Shorts Program: Together is Possible Los Angeles based art collective Arthur King travels to rural Iowa to gather audio and visual samples from a small family farm in order to reuse them creatively in a large-scale, improvisational visual art and music…

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Code Ruth

2018 | USA | 4 MIN | Texas Premiere Sunday, March 29 | 3:30PM A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path during WWII. Code Ruth blends stop motion techniques and archival materials to share a family’s history of connecting through technology. Director/Animator/Editor: Caroline Voegen NelsonSound Design: Chris BurkeLanguage: EnglishWebsite: https://www.cvoagen.com/coderuth…

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Cowboy Town

2018 | USA | 9 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PM Shorts Film Program: Express Yourself A decaying roadside attraction with automatons in rural South Dakota becomes a metonym for America’s violent and contradictory past and present. Director/Camera/Edit/Sound: Jennifer BolesLanguage: EnglishWebsite: https://www.jenboles.net/

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Cuban Earth

2020 | USA | 24 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 3:30PM Shorts Program: Together is Possible Cuban performing arts often play an important role in engaging citizens with a sense of history and place, and in addressing environmental and cultural challenges. In far Western Cuba, in the city of Pinar del Rio,…

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Days of My Life

2019 | USA | 7 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PM Shorts Program: Opening Doors Growing up, Bonnie Roseman was a Philadelphia girl with a dream to travel and a passion for fashion. Her career as a fashion designer and stylist over 30 years has been a wild ride. From being featured…

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Dominique

2019 | USA, Brazil | 19 MIN | North American Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PM Shorts Program: All Around Us Dominique, whose mother raised all by herself three transgender daughters, invites us on a journey back home on a small island at the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil. Directors/Producers: Tatianna Issa, Guto…

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Edwin

2020 | USA | 8 MIN | World Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 1:30PM Sunday, March 29 | 3:30PM Edwin Debrow, Jr. murdered a cab driver when he was 12. He was sentenced to forty-years in prison. Today he’s walking out. Director – Ya’Ke Smith Cinematographer – Carlos Estrada Principal Cast: Edwin Debrow, Jr. Language:…

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Falcon, Mutha-Falcon

2019 | USA | 15 MIN | World Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PM Shorts Program: Express Yourself This short documentary follows the local Denton band, Mutha-Falcon, as they record their first full length album and make a name for themselves in the city’s local rock scene. Director/Producer/Sound/Editor: Hayley Knight Camera: Samantha McDaniel, Kaarthik Tharmiya,…

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Fraser Syndrome & Me

2018 | USA | 15 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PMShorts Program: Express Yourself At the time of her birth, filmmaker Kyle Anne Grendys, was only the 75 person to be born with the rare, recessive gene disorder called Fraser Syndrome. Having always felt alone in the world, she set out on…

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He’s Still Fast

2019 | USA | 21 MIN Friday, March 27 | 8:30PM Saturday, March 28 | 1PM Tolassa was an elite runner in Ethiopia before being thrown into prison for speaking out against abuses to his ethnic group. When he was released from prison he fled the country to save his life. 12 years later, he’s…

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Knocking Down the Fences

2019 | USA | 12 MIN | Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 6:30PM Friday, March 27 | 1:30PM This is the story of a superstar athlete- and why the sports industry hasn’t put her on your radar. AJ Andrews is the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, an award given to the…

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Ladylike

2019 | USA | 20 MIN | Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PMShorts Program: Circle of Time A young queer woman in the American south comes to terms with her sexuality, shattering her deep-rooted religious beliefs and cultural stereotypes within her conservative community, family and self. Director: Rachel Bickert, Emily Tapanes, Emma Wang, Lidieth…

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Lowland Kids

2018 | USA | 22 MIN Friday, March 27 | 9PM Shorts Program: All Around Us As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations. Director: Sandra WintherProducer: William CrouseDirector of Photography: Todd MartinEditor: Laura…

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Mentor

2019 | USA | 21 MIN | Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PM Shorts Program: Circle of Time Tre Singleton spends an average of thirty hours a week mentoring a group of young Black men in Savannah, Georgia where he exposes them to other mentors and new skill sets. He wants to change the…

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Motherland

2019 | USA | 20 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 7:45PM In this eloquently crafted film, women in a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan courageously work to clear land mines in the wake of a brutal war. Directors – Emily Mkrtichian, Jesse SoursourianExecutive Producers – Fuliane Petikyan, Nazeli Kodjoian, Sebu SimonianLanguage:…

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My Brain is Bigger: The Rise and Fall of Elektro the Smoking Robot

2019 | Canada | 10 MIN | United States Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PMShorts Program: Express Yourself Built by Westinghouse, Elektro was the sensation of the New York World’s Fair of 1939. Employing cutting edge technology, the robot could walk, talk and respond to questions. Oh, and he also smoked! But his fame was…

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Mydolls: A World of Her Own

2019 | USA | 11 MIN | World Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PM Shorts Program: Opening Doors Mydolls: A World of Her Own highlights Houston’s legendary female-fronted punk rock band, Mydolls. The short documentary explores their activism and their inspiration behind their music. The documentary follows the band over the course of a year…

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On a Wing and A Prayer: Documenting Louisiana’s Disappearing Wetlands

2019 | USA | 9 MIN | Texas Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PM Shorts Program: All Around Us Ben Depp, a landscape photographer, has set out to chronicle the wetlands in a series of high-art aerial photographs that he captures with the help of his 21-foot paragliding wing and 200HP motor driven propeller that…

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Paper Thin Lines

2020 | USA | 8 MIN | Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PMShorts Program: Circle of Time Simon Flory’s poetry film, Paper Thin Lines, documents a rural Texas family’s day like a home movie of shared memories we can all recall when-and if-we want to, finding common ground and community in today’s divided America.…

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Portraits of My Mother

2019 | Mexico | 11 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PM Shorts Program: Opening Doors Through her narration, Tavo Ruiz’ mother confesses to him what she remembers from the moment she was raped as a child. By painfully recalling this traumatic event, she reflects on the sexual abuse of children and the…

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Quiet Flows the River

2019 | USA, Bangladesh | 18 MIN | World Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PMShorts Program: All Around Us Quiet Flows the River explores the lives of two families living in the coastal area of Bangladesh. Every year Sayeeda and Jamal’s families prepare themselves for severe flooding. Affected by the consequences of climate change, they…

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Rewild

2019 | Malaysia, Indonesia | 4 MIN | Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PMShorts Program: Circle of Time Rewild shows a new forest restoration site on the borders of the Leuser Ecosystem and reveals a Rewind symbol carved into a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. The narrative runs in reverse, rewinding the clock…

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Stan

2019 | USA | 9 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PMShorts Program: Express Yourself Stan is an experimental documentary based around the life of former heroin addict, Stan, who was among several thousand New York City teens in the 1940s who made up the world’s first teenage opioid epidemic. Using contemporarily shot…

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The Cheech

2019 | USA | 12 MIN | North Texas Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 8:45PM Shorts Program: Circle of Time Through the palette of the Los Tejanos Art Exhibit, The Cheech explores Cheech Marin’s lifelong advocacy of the Chicano Art Movement, and his journey to develop the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and…

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The Most Ideal Place

2019 | Spain | 10 MIN | North Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PM Shorts Program: Opening Doors When preparations were being made for the historic Apollo 11 moon mission, three space stations around the globe were needed to keep track of the spaceflight. One was in California, one in Australia and the third…

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The Silence of War: Damascus

2019 | Spain, Syria | 29 MIN | North America Premiere Thursday, March 26 | 1PM Sunday, March 29 | 12:30PM How does Damascus sound? In this 29-minute intimate portrait of the Syrian capital, full of nuances and hidden spots, we enter into the streets and the culture of Damascus with the writer and war…

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The Visit

2019 | Canada, Tibet | 4 MIN | United States Premiere Friday, March 27 | 9PMShorts Program: All Around Us An impressionistic haiku-like film, illustrating a man’s first visit to his father’s occupied homeland Tibet, the second most repressed country on earth. Assembled using 16mm hand-processed film of personal road trip footage and mainstream archives,…

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This Is The Way We Rise

2019 | USA | 12 MIN | World Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PMShorts Program: Opening Doors This Is The Way We Rise is a nonfiction film on exploration into the creative process, following Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred indigenous lands against development atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii reinvigorates her work…

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We Are The Prototypes

2018 | USA | 15 MIN | Texas Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 8:15PM Shorts Program: Express Yourself Ah-Yes, Hans von Kleinenberg, and Hans Gambino are The Prototypes: the trailblazing founders of I.F.E. (Intelligent Feline Electronica). But they weren’t always on top of the world, bringing cat music to the masses. In fact they used…

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Worthy Of More

2020 | USA | 19 MIN | World Premiere Saturday, March 28 | 12:30PMShorts Program: Opening Doors Seen. Known. Loved. These are the desires of every human, regardless of class, race or background. The Net, a non-profit organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, is working with survivors of sex trafficking to help them rebuild and…

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