2017

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
11 minutes
Director:
Adam Roffman

REIFF 2017

Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.

Narrative Short
Rwanda
Runtime:
20 minutes
Director:
Rebecca Ocampo

REIFF 2017

After being abandoned by his mother at the village medical clinic, a young boy spends his days making the best of his new living arrangement. A volunteer nurse takes interest in him and fights local bureaucracies that force patients to stay if they cannot pay their bill.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
55 minutes
Director:
Steven Middelton

REIFF 2017

BETWEEN THE ROCK AND THE COMMONWEALTH examines the tale of Indian Head Rock, a 6-ton boulder that resided in the Ohio River near South Shore, Kentucky, hidden 16 feet below the waters surface for 87 years. The rock earned its name from the crude carving of a face on its surface. From some of the earliest media documentation it appears the rock drew travelers from far and wide to witness the local landmark. The creation of the lock and dam system on the Ohio River in the 20th century caused the water levels to rise and the rock to disappear. In 2007 a team of Portsmouth Ohio historians located the rock and removed it from the river with hopes that its rediscovery would celebrate the history of the region. To their surprise many Kentuckians felt as though the rock belonged to them, thus beginning a battle between two states, which captivated the nation, over the ownership of Indian Head Rock.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
29 minutes
Director:
Brenna Malloy

REIFF 2017

ROCKET tells a bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950's dirt track racing. With a legacy traditionally passed down from father to son, Annie Pankratz strives to build a destiny all her own.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
13 minutes
Director:
Elijah McKenzie

REIFF 2017

Square dancers keep an old rural tradition alive in the big city.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
29 minutes
Director:
Sandra Pfeifer

REIFF 2017

NOT THROWING IN THE TOWEL is an inspiring documentary about being a gay couple in America. Ginny and Debbie are a lesbian couple living in Western Kentucky. This film is a personal success story, and a call to action. Ginny and Debbie's story is told around the historical framework of gay America, making it possible for the viewer to gain a deeper understanding of what it means and has meant to be gay in America.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
18 minutes
Director:
Dinh Thai

REIFF 2017

First place winner of HBO's inaugural APA Visionaries contest. What can I get to you? Thats the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, hes forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
25 minutes
Director:
A. Troy Thomas

REIFF 2017

Our Founding Fathers were yearning for a nation of individual liberty. But, the origins of America were already overflowing with a deep-seeded paradox; our Founding Fathers were rallying the colonists to liberty, while simultaneously owning slaves.

Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
43 minutes
Director:
Fredrick Johnson

REIFF 2017

A shiftless malcontent teams up with a shady Eastern European con artist to make some quick cash, but ends up becoming an unlikely, and reluctant, Robin Hood when he discovers his new partner-in-crime has traveled halfway around the world to free a victim of human trafficking.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Heather Tom

REIFF 2017

In a story that confronts the prescription opiate-to-heroin epidemic head-on, one man recounts his tale of addiction, recovery, family and regret during a Narcotics Anonymous meeting that is anything but ordinary.

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