Documentary Shorts

Dir. Various | Run time: 90 mins | Rating: Explicit Content

THE DEAN SCREAM (USA, 11 min) – Dir. Bryan Storkel
2004 U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean and his fateful “I Have a Scream” speech becomes the first viral moment in American politics.

DEAD SITES (USA, 10 min) – Dir. Jason Outenreath
A conceptual artist, Alvaro Enciso, travels to remote regions of the Sonora Desert to lay crosses at the exact coordinates where undocumented immigrants have died in pursuit of the American Dream.


*THE SECRET TRUTH OF THE UNIVERSE (USA, 4 min) – Dir. Sai Selvarajan

A girl rides home at night in the dark.


STARRING AUSTIN PENDLETON (USA, 19 min) – Dir. Gene Gallerano and David H. Holmes
Actor Austin Pendleton and his peers talk about his work, his life, and what it takes to define yourself and stand out in a world driven by celebrity, Twitter followers, and the A-list jawlines of People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

THE DOG (USA, 8 min) – Dir. Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari
When Sony stopped manufacturing replacement parts for its Aibo pet robot, owners scrambled to save the robot-dogs that had become part of their families.


THE BOATMAN (USA, 13 min) – Dir. Zack Godshall

In Yscloskey Beach, Louisiana, with the support of his wife of 71 years, Joseph Gonzales navigates the onset of blindness and painful memories in hopes of finishing the boat he started building decades ago.


WHEN AIDS WAS FUNNY (USA, 7 min) – Dir. Scott Calonico

Recordings of press conferences at the Reagan White House reveal the shocking indifference, and sometimes outright derision, which the administration dealt with the growing AIDS epidemic.

HI, HOW ARE YOU DANIEL JOHNSTON? (USA, 18 min) – Dir. Gabriel Sunday
Iconic musician/artist Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging artist coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.