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Walking Backwards

Documentary / USA / 14 min.

Maria Planchart once lived comfortably in Caracas and had

aspirations of being a lawyer. Now jobless, she struggles to feed her

children in a collapsing Venezuela.

Director: Robert Libetti
Producer: Maolis Castro, Maya Tippett
Writer: Robert Libetti
We Became Fragments

Documentary / USA / 13 min.

After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that

left him injured, Syrian

teenager Ibraheem Sarhan and his father make a new life for

themselves in Winnipeg,

Canada despite the heartbreak of leaving their home


Director: Luisa Conlon, Lacy Roberts, Hanna Miller
Producer: Luisa Conlon
Writer: Ibraheem Sarhan
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For the Lucas Brothers, Comedy is Therapy

Animation / USA / 3 min.

Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, the Lucas brothers were

surrounded by violence and drugs. Amidst the chaos of public

housing and abject poverty, television was a constant and laughter an

escape. In a recent interview with The Atlantic, animated above, the

twins said that at an early age, they learned the power of comedy.

Now, the successful comedians see their work as more than simply a


Director: Tynesha Foreman, Nicolas Pollock
Producer: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr Von Baldegg, Ashley Kenny
Writer: Nicolas Pollock

Documentary / USA / 31 min.

In the late 1980s, Boston faced unprecedented levels of street violence and tension between the largely white police force and the African-American communities at the center of the violence. But, 10 years later, the city had lowered its homicide rate dramatically and at the same time improved the relationship between the police and minority neighborhoods. It's been called the "Boston Miracle".

Director: Scott Michels
Producer: Kyra Darnton
Writer: Scott Michels
Do or Die

Documentary / USA / 7 min.

From Peabody-Award winning director Dan Klores (Crazy Love, Black Magic), in collaboration with award-winning producer Chris Isenberg (Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No) and award-winning animator Andy Baker, this hilarious short film recreates the last night of the 1978 NBA season, when basketball legends George "Iceman" Gervin and David "Skywalker" Thompson competed in the most dramatic scoring title battle in NBA history.

Director: Dan Klores
Sonic Break

Documentary / USA / 21 min.

An exploration of the sports psychology and mental psyche training that aided Felix Baumgartner in jumping from the earth's stratosphere.

Director: Stevan Riley
Producer: Christopher Leggett
Notes From Dunblane Lessons From A School Shooting

Documentary / USA / 22 min.

Following the Sandy Hook Massacre, a priest from Dunblane, Scotland reaches out to Father Bob offering support 16 years after a school shooting in his own town. The men bond over personal trauma and responsibilities ...

In the aftermath the UK reformed its gun laws; the US responded with inaction.

Director: Kim A. Snyder
Producer: Kim A. Snyder, Maria Cuomo Cole, Olivia Klaus
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