2020

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
15 minutes
52 seconds
Director:
Olivia Loomis Merrion

REIFF 2020

Once a year, 30,000 quilters descend upon Paducah, Kentucky for its annual quilt competition-- doubling the town's population. "Quilt Week" or “the Academy Awards of quilting” is a huge, adorable spectacle featuring quilt celebrities (including the Quilt Queen herself), a nonstop local TV channel (aptly named The Quilt Channel) and other women passionate about their craft. The film weaves through quilter stories, backboned by the exciting competition. Even though almost everyone has a smile on their face, the film pays tribute to deeper, more serious motivators that make people quilt.

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
23 minutes
Director:
David Light

REIFF 2020

A freak accident pushes two low-level suburban carpet store employees to their breaking point.

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
53 minutes
3 seconds
Director:
Steven Middleton

REIFF 2020

The Show Starts At Dark examines the last remaining operating Drive-In Movie Theaters in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Meet the owners, fans, and Roadtrippers who still take the time every weekend to make sure the movies still start at dark.

Official Selection
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
32 minutes
Director:
Zach Schlapkohl, Jacob Kiesling, & Ethan Cartwright

REIFF 2020

A mockumentary about rehabilitated zombies (or necro-sapiens, to be politically correct) facing the adversities that come with living in a time when they aren't yet considered socially equal to homo-sapiens (aka, human beings).

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
13 minutes
34 seconds
Director:
Cody Joel

REIFF 2020

A young father tries to protect his daughter from the pitfalls of Eastern Kentucky, the epicenter of America's opiate crisis and crippled coal industry

Official Selection
United States
Runtime:
19 minutes
2 seconds
Director:
Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci

REIFF 2020

Lizbeth Mateo is an attorney in Los Angeles—one who started a law practice, hired four employees, and took an oath to uphold the U.S. constitution. She also has no legal options to stay in the country. Lizbeth is undocumented.

Since crossing the border at age 14, Lizbeth hasn’t let her immigration status hold her back. Frustrated by an unjust system, she’s drawing from her own experiences to fight for immigrant rights in the streets and in the courts.

Her latest client is Edith Espinal, a woman avoiding deportation by taking sanctuary in a church. As the months turn to years, Lizbeth is running out of legal options to help. Lizbeth returns to her activist roots and teaches Edith to fight back—because sometimes you need to ignore the law in order to change it.

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
22 minutes
Director:
Nick Natalicchio

REIFF 2020

People have been sending messages in bottles for hundreds of years, in search of everything from romance to scientific data. Once found, a message in a bottle can capture the imagination and ignite a feeling of adventure. No one understands that more than Clint Buffington, who has found over 90 messages in bottles. Even more impressive, Clint has been able to track down many of the senders, which usually takes some detective work. Clint never knows where each message might take him, and he’s made some unlikely friends along the way.

Official Selection
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
10 minutes
Director:
Karla Murthy

REIFF 2020

Among the industrial ruins of America, a new generation is rebuilding home.

When the steel mills shut down in Youngstown Ohio, it shattered a way of life. Over half the population left. Thousands of empty blighted homes were left behind, eroding the social fabric of this once mighty industrial base. Like many post industrial towns, persistent joblessness, crime and poverty plague the city.

Filmed over the course of 2 1/2 years, this film weaves the lives of a new generation of residents who have grown up in a world of post industrial decline. Unlike their parents generation, haunted and traumatized by watching their way of life crumble around them, this generation is able to envision a new future, and they are working to make a life for themselves in their hometown.

This film is an inspiring testimony to the modest but profound resilience and dedication it takes to transform a community. A crucial story to be heard at a time of extreme inequality, divisiveness, upheaval and uncertainty, "The Place That Makes Us" is a meditation on the meaning of home in America today.  

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
20 minutes
19 seconds
Director:
Rachel Bickert, Emily Tapanes

REIFF 2020

A young queer woman in the American south comes to terms with her sexuality, shattering her deep-rooted religious beliefs and cultural stereotypes within her conservative community, family and self.

Official Selection
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
25 minutes
Director:
Selina Miles

REIFF 2020

In 1970s New York, photographer Martha Cooper captured the some of the first images of graffiti appearing on the city’s subway carriages. Decades later, she realises she’s become an unexpected icon of the street art world. Now, at age 75, must navigate her way through this vastly

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