2016

Best of Fest
Documentary Feature
Egypt, United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
20 minutes
Director:
Anna Kipervaser

Every day people are being replaced by machines worldwide. After 1,400 years, thousands of muezzins in Cairo are no longer calling people to pray as wireless receivers replace them in reciting the adhan. CAIRO IN ONE BREATH unfolds as the Adhan Unification Project takes hold and as Egypt undergoes Revolution and regime change.

Special Jury Award for Truth in Storytelling
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
35 minutes
Director:
Chris Brown

THE OTHER KIDS follows six teenagers as they struggle through their final days of high school in the small, gold rush town of Sonora, CA. ISAAC, a Mexican national abandoned as a child by his family, barely treads water in a culture hostile to non-whites. Poor and living on his own in an abandoned trailer, Isaac works three jobs (landscaping, dishwashing and metalworking), studies hard, and dreams of someday becoming a diplomat. Isaac's girlfriend, SIENNA, a stable-hand and natural cowgirl, is forced to cope not only with the brutal dissolution of her family, but with her parents' violent objections to her relationship with Isaac.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
28 minutes
Director:
Colby Holt

When he cant afford a retirement community, a nursing home, or a caregiver, Rudy Hendricks and his husband are forced to move back to his hometown in Kentucky to care for his ailing conservative father. Along the way, he grows closer with his single mother, sister and his gay but repressed best friend who never left home.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
34 minutes
Director:
Zach Bandler, Kelly Blatz

A moving performance by Anthony Heald (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Boston Public) highlights THE STAIRS, as an older man who hires a male escort for company on Christmas Eve. Faced with the realities of his own loneliness, he finds a strange kinship with the young man in this late-night exploration of solitude, intimacy and the basic human need for connection.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Short
Serbia
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Luka Popadic

Two fishing buddies, Big brother and some fish stew. BAITS AND HOOKS is a black comedy inspired by the style oft he Czech New Wave about how two workers of an old factory face the transition from socialism to capitalism. A short and sweet film about friendship and cooking, but also about a generation of workers who have to deal with the changed system.

Animation
Germany
Runtime:
4 minutes
Director:
Daniel Ahrens

For the past two years my dad has been suffering from a rare kind of blood cancer. After witnessing how horrible cancer is for patients as well as everyone around them, I wanted to visualize, through film, this awful disease that has plagued so many individuals and families.

Animation
Cyprus
Runtime:
20 minutes
Director:
Alexis Chaviaras

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Narrative Short
France
Runtime:
30 minutes
Director:
Wilhelm Kuhn

Sam Porter usually follows his older brother Ned. They ride together and rob banks. One night mysterious bounty hunters capture Sam. They offer to keep him alive, but only if he turns his brother in. Treading through the vast landscapes of the American Frontier, he discovers that the price of redemption goes far beyond that of betrayal.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
47 minutes
Director:
William Taggart

Staged against the backdrop of one of North Americas wildest and most remote areas, is the story and history of Box Canyon of Clarks Fork of Yellowstone river, and the desperate battle to protect it. Adventurous kayakers began exploring the depths of the canyon just as a massive dam development project began to unfold, threatening the very existence of this pristine national treasure.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
54 minutes
Director:
Remington Smith

RUBBERTOWN is Louisville, Kentucky's heavy chemical manufacturing neighborhood, which features synthetic rubber plants, a toxic landfill site and a coal burning power plant. It's also next to residential housing. With residents suffering higher cancer rates and regular leaks or spills, resident and advocate Monika Burkhead aims to move her entire home to another county to escape Rubbertown. This documentary reveals what is hiding behind lush Louisville summers are higher cancer rates and insidious environmental hazards.

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