2023 Festival

Documentary Shorts

The Fledge Lansing / 1300 Eureka St, Lansing MI 48912 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Documentary Short, Narrative Short, Short Film, Subtitles

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Kojak: A Fuller Life

Former high school basketball star, Kojak Fuller, uses his life’s tragedies to help the youth in his community flourish.

Darien Taylor / 9 minutes / English / United States

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One Never Kills For Love

They meet in the dark of the night. Women, sisters, friends : a feminist group gathering to leave writings on the walls of Montreal. Their challenge : raise awareness to end systemic violences endured by women and minorities. Plain collages for a strong message : feminicides must stop

Manon Testud / 2021 / 15 minutes / French / Canada

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Lydia Emily's Last Mural

Lydia Emily, an LA based mural artist who is living with progressive Multiple Sclerosis, paints her last mural in downtown LA.

Christoph Johannes Superstar Green / 2021 / 21 minutes / English / United States

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Alex Anna’s body is a canvas : her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal.

Alex Anna / 2020 / 10 minutes / French / Canada

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A tattoo artist who experiences a radical transformation uses his gifts to help others turn their lives around.

Grace Zander / 2021 / 9 minutes / English / United States

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The Net Makers

In rural Southern Indiana, two men carry on the tradition of crafting hoopnets and commercially fishing in the White and Wabash Rivers. Despite the threat of invasive species, climate change impacts and the shifting dynamics of commercial fishing and social norms, Larry and Danny spend countless hours hand-tying thousands of knots to create the intricate hoopnets that have been used in the area since the Great Depression. While they take their own approaches to crafting their nets, both recognize the precarious state of this tradition, and hope that the culture of hoopnet making will be picked up by future generations before it becomes lost to time.

Hannah Myers Lindgren / 2021 / 17 minutes / English / United States

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Never Again Para Nadie

A peaceful demonstration in August, 2019 coordinated by a Jewish-led organization, Never Again Action, attempted to shut down a for-profit prison holding ICE detainees, only to be met with violence by correctional officers. In the smallest and poorest city in Rhode Island, citizens took a stand and learned how difficult it is to challenge the status quo.

Anna Feder, Dan Frank, Justin Reifert / 2021 / 20 minutes / English, Spanish / United States

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Amato is about the diversity of polyamorous models in the Quebec portrait. Three unique and interrelated stories are staged through performing arts.

Romy / 2021 / 8 minutes / French / Canada

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Win(d) Over Cancer

Last summer the world was closed, but our waters were open.

This crew took the opportunity to make a difference – More Kids On Sailboats, a 501(c)(3) organization is proud to present our first short film – WIN(D) OVER CANCER

“You don’t want to compare something you love to something you hate. You learn on a boat that goals change, unexpected things happen and you need to have a change of plans. Same thing with cancer.”

Follow our crew of kids as they compete in an offshore sailboat race to raise awareness & money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

A race against all adults, professionals, and mother nature herself.

Andrew Jowett / 2021 / 9 minutes / English / United States

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The Year of Haydn - Covid Can't Stop the Music

When a talented teen string quartet has their International performance dreams abruptly thwarted by the Pandemic, they are presented with the opportunity through the Flint School of Performing Arts to be mentored for a year by the acclaimed Grammy nominated Dover Quartet. This awe inspiring journey, chronicles their hopes and fears and anticipation of the final Live Concert.

Nicole Bowers Wallace / 2021 / 28 minutes / English / United States