DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 6—16, 2018

Documentary

Zero Gravity

Documentary

An 11-year-old Mexican-American girl competes in a middle-school program to control robotic satellites aboard the International Space Station, as part of a nation-wide competition to inspire marginalized youth.

To Breathe Free

Documentary • United States • 16 minutes

To Breathe Free follows the 5-year journey of a Syrian family fleeing the war in Homs to the refugee camps in Jordan and starting a new life in Washington, D.C. Using home movies, phone video, family photos and interviews with family members and former refugees, this short documentary gives an intimate and unique perspective not seen in current media reporting on the refugee crisis.

The Road Between Us

Documentary • United States • 14 minutes

A father and son bicycle 2,701 miles across America, on Route 66. They discover that the road between them is the life path that connects.

The Red Tree

Documentary • United States • 20 minutes

Narrated by renowned Italian actor Leo Gullotta, The Red Tree is short documentary that tells the little known history of Italian gay men being arrested and exiled to a remote island during Mussolini’s Fascist regime. In the film, an elderly man returns to the island of San Domino where 60 years before during the Fascist era he was imprisoned with hundreds of other men for being homosexual.

The Likes And Dislikes Of Marj Bagley

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 14 minutes

In this innovative documentary, a family recreates itself using stop-motion animation. The film tells the lifelong struggle of Marj, the matriarch of the Bagley clan, to find happiness. Marj battles infidelity, broken noses, dysfunctional relationships, giant birds, and a fateful game of cards with her grandchildren. Through a combination of interviews and recreations, her family reflects on the legacy of a woman who they realize they may not understand.

The Edge Of Daybreak

DocumentaryMusical • United States • 10 minutes

It doesn’t take a seasoned musician, engineer, or producer to marvel at The Edge of Daybreak and their sole record, Eyes of Love. Though rightly acclaimed for soulful melodies and passionate vocals, said record is ultimately infamous for having been recorded in one take at the Powhatan Correctional Center’s recreational area by a six-inmate group, each member — then serving sentences ranging between six and 60 years — whisked back to their cells as soon as they’d hit the last note on the final track.

The Driver Is Red

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 15 minutes

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

Teeth

ComedyDocumentary • United Kingdom • 11 minutes

Every crooked lateral incisor or overzealous premolar tells a story, and Teeth is short film exploring the relationship we have with these dental companions and how they impact our lives. Based around the story of my own troublesome teeth, the film is about more than just my little enamel tormentors. It explores our need to conform and our obsession with appearance in this age of the selfie, and questions how far should we go to look normal?

Six Miles Out

Documentary • Palestinian Territories • 11 minutes

Gaza fishermen sail into to the Mediterranean for the night to bring in a catch to eat and sell–and act of bravery, since the Israeli Navy prowls nearby ready to shoot.

Sidelined

Documentary • United States • 40 minutes

In 1978, several NFL cheerleaders posed in Playboy magazine after receiving approval from team management. But when the issue hit newstands, cheerleaders were fired, the San Diego Chargettes were disbanded, and the story made it to newspaper headlines, talk shows, and TV news around the country.

Shad Run

Documentary • United States • 26 minutes

By the 1970s, shad fish numbers were so low that even the most seasoned anglers went home from a day on the river empty-handed. Overfishing, pollution, and a loss of habitat brought on by the construction of dams, threatened American shad not only in the Potomac but all over the east coast. This short documentary film chronicles the abundance, demise, and triumphant return of a native fish, highlighting the citizens who refused to let them fade away and those who are still united by the quest to fish the Potomac’s renowned shad run.

Saber Rock

Documentary • United States • 30 minutes

A flamboyant, fiercely loyal interpreter named Saber Rock helps turn the tide of Helmand Province, Afghanistan against the Taliban and towards the support of coalition forces. As his successes mount, so do the threats against him.

Remembering Port Chicago

Documentary • United States • 9 minutes

In California’s Bay Area, a painful memory lingers of the Port Chicago disaster of WWII, when hundreds of the Navy’s first black sailors perished.

Queens In Training

Documentary • United States • 15 minutes

Two young African-American girls learn to play chess competitively and apply those skills to obstacles of race and gender as they prepare for a citywide co-educational tournament in Washington, D.C.

Pot Of Gold

ComedyDocumentary • United States • 20 minutes

Why are Japanese so obsessed with bidet toilet? Are they weird? A curious filmmaker goes on a journey to answer these questions.

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