|LOWLAND KIDS (USA, 22 mins) – Dir. Sandra Winther
As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations.
|NORMAN NORMAN (Canada, 7 min) – Dir. Sophy Romvari
A young woman grapples with the declining health of her beloved dog in this film about mortality, cloning, and Barbra Streisand.
|EDGECOMBE (USA, 15 mins) – Dir. Crystal Kayiza
Through the deeply personal truths of three local residents, this is an examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.
|A LINE BIRDS CANNOT SEE (USA, 10 mins) – Dir. Amy Bench
Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert with only a plastic sack for protection from the cold, survives starvation on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a place where they can be safe again.
|EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDDEN BIRTH* (*BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK) (Germany/UK/USA, 11 mins) – Dir. Scott Calonico
The amazing story of how the Berkeley police department, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, an Academy Award winner and Mr. Spock from TV’s Star Trek are all connected by “Sudden Birth,” one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created.
|LOST WEEKEND (USA, 14 mins) – Dir. Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb
In 1984, two friends from small-town Pennsylvania win an MTV contest and the chance to party with Van Halen for 48 hours.