A City Symphony Underground provides a view of the New York City Subway as never seen before. Blending footage shot in 1905, six months after the subway opened, with present day subway scenes, the film evokes the magical moments that occur daily underneath the sidewalks of New York.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
The path of true love never did run smooth... especially if you're a milk bottle. Follow these star-crossed lovers from factory to fridge and beyond.
Saturday, , SLC 120
Aki Ra was handling weapons by age five. By age ten, he was shooting people. Kidnapped as a child and conscripted to serve in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army, it was kill or be killed for the young boy. After surviving two decades of wartime soldiering, Aki Ra is now living a very different life. Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Somsen Auditorium
Aki Ra was handling weapons by age five. By age ten, he was shooting people. Kidnapped as a child and conscripted to serve in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army, it was kill or be killed for the young boy. After surviving two decades of wartime soldiering, Aki Ra is now living a very different life.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Somsen Auditorium
Almost Home is a feature-length, cinema verité documentary chronicling a year in the life of a retirement community in America's Midwest. Reckoning with aging is no easy task for Americans steeped in denial about getting older and frightened by the specter of dependency. Media only deepens the denial by proffering images of "positive aging" like 90-year-old parachuters, while shunning images of frailty and dementia. Almost Home rescues real stories of aging—frightening, tender, funny . . . and honest—from an exile of denial.
Deep in the vibrant jungle, a little, hungry, green frog is having some trouble finding a meal. Enter a fat, blue friend to help him out, some big scary predators, and a twist at the end to make everything all right again.
What is the true call of the wild? Here we travel down a very special river and are introduced to a wide variety of animal kingdom members, each of whom contributes their name for the sake of music. Look for the monk-ey.
“The worst thing a man can do is live for nothing.” So says James Armstrong, a barber in
In Person: George Gage
“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero, BUCK is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.
In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea. A Colorado native, McBride hails from a ranching family that depends on the Colorado for irrigation, and this is the story of his backyard. His simple desire is to find out where the irrigation water of his youth went after his family used it, and how long it took the water to reach the ocean.
Ascending an 8,000-meter peak is never easy. In winter, with temperatures plummeting to 30 below and colder and with snowstorms raging, it is nearly unthinkable. In fact, of the seventeen efforts to ascend an 8,000-meter peak in Pakistan in winter only one has been successful. That winter ascent of Gasherbrum II by Simone Moro, Denis Urubko and Cory Richards is the subject of Cold.
In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller awoke from a dream in which 38 of his Dakota ancestors were hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Four years later, Jim and a group of riders decide to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback across the great-plains to arrive at the hanging site in Mankato, Minnesota on the anniversary of the execution. This is the story of their journey, the blizzards they endure, the communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.
Surf photographer Mickey Smith artfully crafts and narrates an immensely powerful and brooding glimpse at some of
Sweetgrass Productions offers a poetic ski film set to the haunting Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes song, “Desert Song.” The film provides a glimpse into the beauty of late season skiing in Haines, Alaska, as well as the extreme turns that still can be had as evenings deepen with long spring shadows.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance' and, far from the old institutions of power, they're starting to forge a very different future.
Simple, balanced and richly shot, this short film is fully consonant with its theme of nature’s timeless cycles, unchanging truths and abundance. Watch the Delaware River as it flows around, past and through an ancient stone weir designed by a decidedly old-school fisherman to catch migrating eels. The moving river creates a sound like applause—a rippling, bubbling, liquid ovation—for the virtues of patience, acceptance and devotion.
For the past 12 years, Club Náutico Escualo (Escaulo = Shark), a youth kayak club in the remote Patagonian town of Cochrane, Chile has taught kids between the ages of 4 and 18 to kayak on the emerald waters of the nearby Baker River. In the process the club has fostered integrity, community, and love for the environment. Now the Baker is threatened by the construction of two mega dams that would destroy the river and one of the last four-great wildernesses on earth, while forever altering the town of Cochrane and the lives of the Escualos.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Miller Auditorium
Fjord is a personal interpretation of the landscape in Naeroyfjord in Western Norway, included in UNESCO's world heritage list in 2005. The film is poetic and rhythmic, following the shifting light and the turn of the seasons in this unique and dramatic landscape. The film has no dialogue or commentary. Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
Fjord is a personal interpretation of the landscape in Naeroyfjord in Western Norway, included in UNESCO's world heritage list in 2005. The film is poetic and rhythmic, following the shifting light and the turn of the seasons in this unique and dramatic landscape. The film has no dialogue or commentary.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
On September 11, 2001. 343 New York City firefighters died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The bravest of the brave; they were fathers, sons, brothers, and most were husbands. "FROM THE GROUND UP" is the story of their widows. It is the story of trying to make sense of madness, of comforting their children and mourning their losses while the world watches. It’s the journey, taking two steps forward and one step back, through tears, depression and laughter, to triumph through tragedy. It’s the story of honoring their heroes in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.
The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Leopold remains relevant today, inspiring projects all over the country that connect people and land.
Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution?Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us HAPPY, a film that sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of
Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
Sunday, 1:00 p.m., SLC 120View Trailer...
Inertia explores how people react physically to unfamiliar environments. Throughout the film, the audience is taken on a tour through an abandoned building, experiencing the physical and emotional process of three young people set out to explore. Guided by an apparition, the explorers are encouraged to look beyond the rubble into the soul of a space once unarguably beautiful, but now neglected and forgotten. The story is illustrated through choreographed movement married with film technique built on the foundation of an original score. Through the blending of these mediums, the film challenges the audience by asking: does our environment determine our movement or can we determine our movement from within, and by doing so, shape the environment? The film examines conquering fear, finding comfort in the unknown, discovering beauty in the abandoned, and cultivating the confidence needed to navigate foreign surroundings. Above all, it asks one to move and be moved by the unknown.
Amazing what wonders can lead from an unassuming hole in the ground: crystal spires, cathedrals of calcite, gypsum cascades. To access this magical cave, however, a certain suffering must be endured and one must overcome more than a little fear. For the cavers of Into Darkness, this means squeezing through impossibly constricted spaces, exhaling everything in their lungs to make their bodies improbably flat, feeling their heartbeats thud into intractable rock, or holding themselves up by nothing more than their armpits.
Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., Salvi Lecture Hall, SMU
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
"Kadoma" was a nickname for Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of
Wednesday, , Salvi Lecture Hall, SMU
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., SLC 120
The story of what happens when "the Mighty Cheetahs," an undefeated third grade girls soccer team, competes in the boys division.
A 4th grade class called STEM4 created stop animation movies with laptop computers, webcams and loads of creative fun! The goal of their work was to make a video that showed their learning in either the monarch butterfly unit, or solar system unit of study in the STEM program at
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad professor and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m., SLC 120
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Miller Auditorium
A young American sculptor visits
Sunday, , SLC 120
Johnny Barnes is one of the happiest people in the world, and his main goal in life is to share that happiness. This humble and lovable Bermudan wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning and heads to one particularly busy intersection to stand, wave, blow kisses and shout “I love you!” to passersby. Crazy or not, Johnny has a lot to say about what it takes to be optimistic and happy. And he has brought smiles to the faces of thousands who would have an otherwise dreary morning commute.
The Goldman Environmental Prize is perhaps the most important—and generous—environmental tribute of its kind with an annual financial award that goes to grassroots environmental heroes from each of the world’s six inhabited continents. is about one of the winners, Hilton Kelly, who saw a need for someone to take a stand in his community of
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Performing Arts Center
In an empty and dystopian war-torn world a new hope arrives in the form of a seed.
For 12 years, Judith Selby and Richard Lang have collected plastic trash along a one-kilometer stretch of beach near their home in
In a remote corner of the West of Ireland sits Broadhaven Bay. It is the perfect picture postcard, where the high cliffs of Erris Head and the Stags of Broadhaven stand sentry at the mouth of the bay against the mighty Atlantic, as if protecting the delicate golden sands of Glengad beach and the tiny village of Rossport, which nestles behind the dunes. However, this peaceful tranquility belies the turmoil that lies beneath, and the unique nature of the coastline which has sustained generations of farmers and fishermen, has also delivered to Shell Oil the perfect landfall for the Corrib Gas Pipeline.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Miller AuditoriumView Trailer...
Animation, as a medium and an art form, can be powerfully profound, especially when it delivers a universal message through an intensely personal story. Dustin Grella’s short film about September 11 achieves just such a synthesis. His sad story, sparely told, is perfectly complemented by the simple beauty of his drawings that are, at once, both ephemeral and unforgettable.
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Somsen Auditorium
Jim Tittle grew up in Red Wing, and has worked as a freelance director of photography for twenty years. Last spring, when he learned about plans for an open pit silica mine near his mother's house, he joined a group that was determined to stop it. Over a five month period, he made twenty short videos about silica mining for YouTube. He is currently shooting a feature-length silica mining documentary, "The Price of Sand". Here we'll see clips from the documentary and interact with a panel discussing silica-sand mining.
In the Summer of 2010, 12-year-old Alpinist Matt Moniz and his father, Mike, attempted to climb to highest point of every U.S. state to raise awareness for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, a condition that Matt's best friend Iain Hess lives with.
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together an unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
Accompany musician Bruce Cockburn as he returns to Nepal after 20 years away. He finds a land where much has changed, with a Maoist government recently elected, women newly empowered and fresh initiatives to deal with the grinding poverty of the majority of the Nepali people. But it's also a land where, in some of the remotest areas, life is lived in much the same way it has been for centuries -- salt caravans, subsistence farming, and off-the-grid villages connected by an ancient network of footpaths.
Winter. Brian Ward discovers an unexpected and new-found love for water in its frozen and expanded form.
Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., Salvi Lecture Hall, SMU
Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Lourdes East
The film's title, a play on words for people whose language is American Sign Language, is about a group of Deaf breast cancer survivors (the Pink Deafies) who struggle with communication in the hearing-dominated, health-care system, where patient/provider communication can mean life or death. The film provides a glimpse into the diversity within the Deaf community through the stories of five women and follows the inspiring story of Anita, a two-time cancer survivor and founder of the only support group for Deaf women in the country. During filming, Anita and her family unexpectedly learn the real truth of her prognosis some 25 years ago and also must face the realities of a previously unknown genetic mutation that will change their lives forever.
“People keep looking at our shoes and boards in a weird way. They think that they are attached to the boards through some sort of magnetic field.” So says 17-year-old Afghani Murza, a young teenager from
Saturday, 1:00 p.m., SLC 120
A warning to all ophidiophobes: close your eyes now! This short film–made from over 70,000 still images taken by Joel Sartore–has the slimy scary creatures in nearly every single frame.
This film follows the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Gitga'at First Nation people of British Columbia in their search for the illusive spirit bear. All white, but not albino, and more rare than the panda, the spirit bear lives only in the Great Bear Rainforest on the north coast of British Columbia, a place that is at risk from a proposed oil pipeline. In an effort to oppose the pipeline, the iLCP's mission is to create images of this rare bear and the unique ecosystem that it relies on. At risk is an intact and rare-in-the-world temperate rain forest that is home not only to the Gitga’at, but also to a host of animals, from the spirit bear and genetically distinct wolves to an array of marine mammals.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Miller Auditorium
A brief glimpse into the effects of time and our place on this earth. Winds blow over the plains, waves crash against the rocky shore and clouds streak across the sky while mankind is barely a flash in the universe's eye.
Renan Ozturk (Mountainfilm 2009, Samsara, which won the Charlie Fowler Award) now heads to the remote and sun-flattened landscape of the Ennedi Desert in northeastern Chad. It’s a hot, sand-scoured and unfriendly place, but from its vast belly rise clusters of spires, towers and rock formations that are breathtakingly lovely.
Forty-eight minutes may seem awfully long for a film about a truck farm. After all, how much can a filmmaker say–that is interesting–about a truck that has been converted to grow plants in the back of it? This skepticism is warranted but unnecessary, as filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis are top of their game (they are also starting the Food Corps and have another terrific film in the festival called The City Dark). They show us how to make a truck farm–drill holes in the bed, plant stuff, park on the streets of New York City and let it grow – who knew?
Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Miller Auditorium
Most people come to New York City to see the sights, and understandably they look up. Steve Duncan, a historian and self-described urban explorer, looks down–way down–into the maze of tunnels that run beneath the city. Directed by Andrew Wonder, Undercity, is a short documentary that follows Duncan as he shows us some of the city’s secrets and introduces us to some of the peculiar characters that that lurk below the streets. Not content to explore underground, Duncan sets his sights on some hard-to-reach landmarks above -way above- ground.
Urban Explorers plunges into the world of urban exploration, a growing international subculture of adventure-seekers who explore and photograph places where most people would never dream of going, as they infiltrate abandoned government sites, faded tourist attractions, aging lunatic asylums, sewers, drains, and even the forbidden Catacombs of Paris.
In Person: Mark Vollrath
Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Miller AuditoriumView Trailer...
On stage, wearing a vinyl corset and stiletto boots, s/he's Venus, lead singer of the glam rock band All The Pretty Horses. At home in Minneapolis with Lynette, her wife of twenty years, s/he's Steve. Born male, Venus is transgender. S/he's "in between" — taking female hormones, but not planning to have sexual reassignment surgery. To some, Os/he's a pioneer, courageously exploring a brave new world of gender identity, free of categorization. To others, s/he's a freak. Venus of Mars is both the unique coming out story of Venus' gender-redefining journey, and the truly contemporary love story of a couple weathering dramatic changes in uncharted relationship territory.
Waila music is the best-held secret of the desert southwest. Waila, also called Chicken Scratch, is the contemporary dance music of Native American tribes in southern
Sunday, 10:00 a.m., SLC 120
Waiting for a Train is the lovely story of Japanese-born Toshio Hirano, who took the road less traveled by following a unique and encompassing passion for the music of Jimmie Rodgers. The moment he discovered Rodgers was a transcendent epiphany that inspired him to immigrate to the United States through Appalachia and Texas, after which he finally landed in San Francisco. As a man who is truly following his bliss, Hirano chases a passionate dream for over 40 years and is rewarded with a life well lived, one that is filled with music, song and dance.
With trial bike in hand, Danny MacAskill returns to the old country to try a few new school tricks. Filmmaker Kris Moyes captured MacAskill at play in his hometown of
If you’re like me and think that bikes can save the world–or at least have a hugely positive impact–then this film is for you. With My Own Two Wheels tells the story of four people whose lives have been deeply changed by bikes. In Africa we meet a visiting nurse who sees infinitely more patients after he acquires a bike; we also meet a remarkable woman who overcomes serious physical handicaps to become the best bike mechanic in her town.
This short film’s full title is Yelp (With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”). Directed by Tiffany Shlain and narrated by Peter Coyote, it is a brief essay (really a rant) about technology and how we need to–as Peter Coyote shouts to the world–“unplug, unplug, unplug and revisit the present tense.”
Filmmaker Renan Ozturk shows us a new angle on slack lining as Dean Potter attempts a perilous crossing at Upper Yosemite Falls.