A Sea of Troubles Director: Jack Ofield (USA, 3 min., animation)
Why do shark attack us? These soldiers of the sea have figured it out: Their watery empire has been under siege for eons. The situation has reached critical mass…
A Bold Peace Director: Mattjew Eddy USA, 90 min.
In his famous "Cross of Iron" speech in 1953, President Eisenhower critiqued the military-industrial complex while asking, "Is there no other way the world may live?" In Costa Rica today, we glimpse another way to live. In 1948, Costa Rica dismantled their military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they used the financial savings to invest in their people.
After finding a golden rock in her garden, a girl goes off on an unexpected adventure…
Diary of a Terrorist Director: Atiq Rahman (USA, 22 min., narrative short)
Ali Akkad is a loving, single father to his six-year-old son. Together they swim, visit a park, and offer devotional prayers. On the surface, he doesn’t appear to be an “extremist.” But as we hear his thoughts develop, it seems he may be up to something nefarious…yet all may not be what it appears to be.
What happens when you fall in love before you're grown up?
Fallow Land Bears Sweet Fruit Director: Andrew Francisco (China, 23 min., documentary)
Tang Guanhua and Xingzhen are luminaries of a Chinese “back to the land” movement. Is their vision an important new direction for Chinese society or a self-indulgent escape for a privileged few?
Fish Director: Richards Ye (USA, 5 min., short doc)
A film for - and about – the filmmaker’s elderly grandfather in China.
The Forest's Edge Director: Luke Fisher (USA, 24 min.)
A documentary that explores the social and cultural ramifications of deforestation in the Amazon rain forest of Peru.
Fracking Western Maryland? Director: Mike Wicklein USA, 68 min.
A compelling documentary about a controversial fracking bill passed in 2015 by the Maryland legislature.
Hanhan's Summer Diary Director: Max Wu USA, 11 min.
Faced with endless stress and a seemingly hopeless future, a Chinese teenager struggles like many others in her country to find a way.
Hoa Director: Ji-hyung Park (South Korea, 10 min., animation, drama)
A fox with mystical powers heals a child.
Insecurity Director: Jonah Saesan (USA, 6 min.)
Insecurity finds a way of getting between us and our desires. Hannah is dealing with exactly that when her insecurity drops in on an otherwise average second date.
Light-Gulper Director: HE Wan-Yu (Taiwan, 5 min., animation)
One day, a lightning bug travels into a forest full of mushrooms. At the entrance, local tribes warn him about the danger that lies within. But he ignores their advice. A dramatic – and divine? – series of events ensues, resulting in the legend of mushroom forests.
Living With Fire Director: Claire Andreae (USA, 14 min., documentary short)
How will climate change affect the behavior of California wildfires?
Losing has Never Felt so Sweet Director: Suzanne Nuttall (Canada, 3 min.)
Animated short featuring longing, lapsteel and Scrabble letters
Man Up Director: Lauren Loesberg (USA, 7 min., drama)
In this adaptation of true events, several teenage girls experience sexism for the first time.
Manufacturers of Dreams Director: Juraj Horniak (Spain, 49 min., documentary)
About a community renaissance in southern Italy, as social and cultural changes rip up the conservative fabric of the status quo.
Maybe Today Director: Leo Christopher Sheridan (USA, 21 min)
Lifestyles cross at the intersection of music and silence. When London is searching for inspiration for an unfinished piece of music, he finds it in a place he would least suspect. (of GLBT interest.)
Mississippi Cold Case [FREE SCREENING] Director: David Ridgen (Canada, 42 min., documentary)
Acclaimed documentary about the Ku Klux Klan murders of two 19-year-old African-American men in 1964. As a result of this powerful film, the case was reopened in 2007 and ultimately resulted in a murder conviction for the perpetrator.