2018

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
3 minutes
Director:
Sarah Okerson

REIFF 2018

This piece was created to showcase the Columbia Theatre, art, and community.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
12 minutes
Director:
Scott Stafford, Allen Martin, Todd Sheene

REIFF 2018

A semi-accurate telling of the story behind Kenny Rogers' hit song, Coward of the County.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
34 minutes
Director:
Jonathan Fred Schneider

REIFF 2018

Cultural mosaic Brooklyn. When a young Hasidic Jew gets caught listening to his bohemian neighbor through the air vent, his carefully planned future threatens to unravel. Should he follow his curiosity for the world behind the wall, and miss his engagement party, shutting the door to the only world he knows?

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Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Shanden Simmons

REIFF 2018

A short film following one character through a particular morning scenario that expresses the casual darkness of his human psyche.

Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
5 minutes
Director:
Georg Koszulinski

REIFF 2018

On January 20, 2017, protestors took to the streets of Washington DC to disrupt the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. America is Waiting presents a chronicle of the day's events, employing affective approaches to observational documentary coupled with on-the-street interviews with protestors and pro-Trump alike. By presenting the day's events in reverse chronological order, the film reflects on the nature of constructed memory, image making, and the production of meaning across an historic event, calling into question the ways in which historical events become narrativized and condensed within popular discourse.

Narrative Feature
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
47 minutes
Director:
Chris and Robert Smellin

REIFF 2018

18-year-old Ally meets 19-year-old Sara, when she moves in next-door. Quickly they form a strong relationship as Ally finds solace with Sara. Soon Sara discovers Ally's secrets and she manipulates and convinces her to participate in an act of naive revenge against Ally's abuser.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
14 minutes
Director:
Greg Chwerchak

REIFF 2018

Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
37 minutes
Director:
Anthony Pedone

REIFF 2018

An angry, crackling and defiantly disordered underclass of nowheresville punk- rock kids, see their band Surgeon Generals Warning (SGW) as their ticket out of small town Texas, as 1990 comes to a close. The band drops acid, plays gigs and carries out calculated acts of vandalism around town to the television soundtrack of 24-hour newscasts about Operation Desert Storm and devotion to country at any cost. Faced with the reality of a dead end job at the plastic plant, a life in the oil field, or fighting a war that has no meaning to them, the group's chaos and imminent adulthood leaves them completely vulnerable for what ensues.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
56 minutes
Director:
Mark Stoffel & H.D. Motyl

REIFF 2018

The 2017 total solar eclipse was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events in recent history, with Carbondale, Illinois smack in the spot of longest duration. Students, staff and faculty of Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts taped hundreds of hours of eclipse-related planning and interviews even before they captured this natural wonder above Southern Illinois. The resulting documentary, In the Shadow, highlights the history, the science and, above all, the sublime human experience of witnessing a total solar eclipse in Southern Illinois on August 21, 2017.

2020

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
11 minutes
24 seconds
Director:
Alizé Carrère

REIFF 2020

Despite the growing persistence of environmental change, human resourcefulness remains alive and well as people across the globe experiment with adaptive methods on the ground. In ADAPTATION: Kentucky, scientist and National Geographic Explorer Alizé Carrère travels to a small town in western Kentucky to meet Angie Yu, a Chinese-American woman who is turning the Mississippi River’s invasive Asian Carp problem into an environmental and economic triumph. While Americans may want nothing to do with this bony fish, other parts of the world consider carp a resource – one to be cherished and celebrated. Can Americans learn to do the same?

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