Documentary Short Film Programs
Documentary Shorts 1: America, Here and Now
Seven great films bring us face-to-face with the new America.
This program has been generously sponsored by Mel Brody; and Lauren Dix & Steve Thompson.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 7 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
Amanda Zackem, in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 15 mins)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges discusses modern-day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power, and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion - in other words, America.
Dan Holz & Evan Kay | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 13 mins)
Tucked away in southeastern Oregon, the Owyhee is a beautiful wilderness. It’s a place of solitude, exploration and ecological value. It’s also the largest conservation opportunity remaining in the lower 48 states – and it’s at risk.
LOVE THE SINNER
Jessica Devaney & Geeta Gandbhir | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 17 mins)
Love the Sinner is a personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the murders at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. For queer filmmaker Jessica Devaney, who grew up immersed in Evangelical Christianity in Florida, Pulse served as a wake up call - had she missed opportunities to challenge homophobia in her own community?
CHINA: A SKIER’S JOURNEY
Jordan Manley | click for director bio |
Laura Yale, producer, in person
(Canada, 2016, 17 mins)
What does skiing in China have to do with America...? Skiing as a sport is in its infancy in China - a phenomenon of the country’s exploding middle-class. As a means of survival however, it is thousands of years old - a stone age hunter-gatherer technology born in the Altai mountains. As one segment of the population rapidly expands, the other is at risk of disappearing. Produced by Crested Butte resident, Laura Yale, and CBFF alumni Jordan Manley.
THE WILD PRESIDENT
Will Stauffer-Norris | click for director bio |
Sinjin Eberle, producer, in person
(USA, 2017, 8 minutes)
Unsung environmental hero Jimmy Carter grew up inspired by nature’s wonder. But not until he first paddled the Chattooga River did he understand the true power of wild rivers. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, President Carter urges all Americans to protect our rivers.
THROUGH THE WALL
Tim Nackashi | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 6 mins)
Abril is living undocumented in the United States with her two year-old son, Julián, whose father Uriel was deported back to Mexico. In order for the family to be together, they must journey to the US/Mexico border, where they spend time together communing through holes in the fence, the only way that Julián has ever known his father.
Documentary Shorts 2: Portraits
Private glimpses into fascinating people.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 10:30 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 4:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
THE WIZARD OZ
Danny Yourd | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 24 mins)
Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, known simply as "OZ”, is a self-described wizard who created a life for himself that is truly stranger than fiction. This spiritual tale conjures stories of unicorns, mermaids, a serial killer and the most cryptic magic of all, love. By CBFF alumni Danny Yourd.
Joshuah Melnick | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 2 mins), World Premiere
Big dreams start small, as Crested Butte native and World Champion skier, Aaron Blunck, reminds us. Starring 4 year old local boy, Ira Drucker, and directed by local CBFF alumni Joshuah Melnick.
Joyce Chen & Emily Moore | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 27 mins), Colorado Premiere
Refugee tells the story of Aicha Diop, a West African mother who made the biggest sacrifice of all when she departed for the US, leaving her 5 children behind. The film shows how hope can propel you through anything - even after losing everything.
Brendan Leonard | click for director bio |
Gregory Crichlow, in person
Ian McLeod, composer, in person
(USA, 2017, 6 mins)
Gregory Crichlow left his architecture job in 2011 to start a bicycle shop in Five Points, a traditionally African-American neighborhood in Denver. Servicing residents’ bikes keeps the doors open, but hand-building steel frames… that’s what inspires him. By CBFF alumni Brendan Leonard and music composed by CBFF alumni, Ian McLeod.
THE SNOW GUARDIAN
Morgan Heim| click for director bio |
billy barr, in person
(USA, 2016, 5 mins)
An intimate and fascinating portrait of local legend, “billy barr”, who for the last 40 years has been tracking every snowfall in the Crested Butte Valley.
THE HIGH FIVE
(USA, 10 mins)
On October 2nd, 1977 Dusty Baker hit his 30th homerun of the season, making history as the 4th player on the Dodgers to hit 30 or more home runs. As Baker rounded the bases, an excited rookie named Glenn Burke met him at home plate, raised his arm high in the air and slapped Baker five. It was the first high five recorded in the history of sports. A year later, Burke was forced about of baseball amid rumors of his sexual orientation. The film takes audiences back to the spontaneous moment between the two men and tells the story of how the celebratory gesture spread throughout the sports world at same time Burke was being forced from the game he loved.
Andrew Michael Ellis | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 5 minutes)
An interview with a former African American slave accompanies a powerful dance vignette of an urban man in extremis. The juxtaposition of past and present raises questions about inherited trauma and the possibility of regeneration.
Dana Romanoff, in person | click for director bio |
Noah Patton, in person
Pastor Robert McCathern, Director of Urban Renaissance Center of Flint, in person
(USA, 2017, 9 mins), World Premiere
Noah, a young man from Flint, Michigan, was going down a one-way street backward. With a gun on his hip and many enemies, he was living on borrowed time. However, like Flint itself, Noah is striving to rise from the ashes and positively shape the future of his community. By CBFF alumni Dana Romanoff.
Documentary Shorts 3: The Human Condition
The things we get ourselves into...
This program has been generously sponsored by Joel and MJ Vosburg; and Paradox Footwear.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 10 AM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
(USA, 2016, 5 mins), Colorado Premiere
Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line? A lighthearted and extremely moving film.
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger | click for director bio |
Ann Talman, in person
(USA, 2017, 16 mins), Colorado Premiere
For the first time, actress Ann Talman performs her solo show for its muse: her brother with cerebral palsy.
WELCOME TO CANADA
Adam Loften & Mary Fowles | click for director bio |
Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee, in person
(USA, 2016, 19 mins), Colorado Premiere
Mohammed Alsaleh is a young Syrianee granted asylum in Canada. After fleeing torture and imprisonment, he is rebuilding his life and counseling newly-arrived Syrian refugee families. They all have loved ones left behind and are struggling to adapt to a new land, a new beginning. Produced by CBFF alumni Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.
RUN MAMA RUN
Daniele Anastasion | click for director bio |
(USA, 2016, 34 mins)
After the best track season of her career, elite runner Sarah Brown became pregnant when her IUD failed. Run Mama Run follows Brown as she trains through her pregnancy and attempts to make the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team — just 16 weeks after giving birth. Featuring Crested Butte native and World Steeplechase Champion, Emma Coburn, in person.
IRAN: A SKIER’S JOURNEY
Jordan Manley | click for director bio |
Laura Yale, producer, in person
(Canada, 2016, 12 mins)
Cautioned not to travel to Iran, skiers Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots go anyway. They find comfort in Tehran’s bustling bazaars, Isfahan’s dazzling mosques, and the powder-filled slopes of the Alborz mountain range. Iran is a culture not easily understood, but profoundly welcoming. Produced by Crested Butte resident, Laura Yale, and CBFF alumni Jordan Manley.
ANDY WOOFF'S BIRTHDAY
William Bentley, in person | click for director bio |
(UK, 2017, 7 mins), Colorado Premiere
Andy Wooff has been stuck in a cycle for nearly 4 decades: rest, panhandle, shoot up heroin, repeat. Today is his 51st birthday. He reflects on his life thus far, as memories of family and what could have been form a cacophony in his mind.
Documentary Shorts 4: One Giant Step
A leap into the other side of fear.
This program has been generously sponsored by Ganesha Cookstove Project; and the dZi Foundation.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 1:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
RAM DASS, GOING HOME
Derek Peck | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 31 mins)
Ram Dass is one of the most important figures in the countercultural movements of the 60s and 70s. A pioneer in both the psychedelic and spiritual movements of that time, he is also an outspoken advocate for death-and-dying awareness. Now in his late eighties, Ram Dass is approaching the end of life.
Since suffering a life-changing stroke twenty years ago, he has been deepening his spiritual practice and preparing for death. The film is a lyrical meditation on life, death, and the soul’s journey “home”.
TEN METER TOWER
Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck | click for director bio |
(Sweden, 2016, 16 mins)
Ten Meter Tower is a fascinating study of humans in a vulnerable position.
It involves a ten meter diving tower with people who have never been up there before - and they have to choose between the instinctive fear of taking the plunge, against the humiliation of having to climb back down.
THE LAST HONEY HUNTER
Ben Knight, in person | click for director bio |
(USA, 2017, 35 mins)
In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around the god Rongkemi. There you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting.
SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES
A WAY FORWARD
Isaac & Jacob Seigel-Boettner | click for director bio |
(USA/Kenya, 2016, 6 mins)
A Way Forward tells the story of how the bicycle empowered two young women to not only pursue their own dreams, but inspire others to do the same. By CBFF alumni Jacob Seigel-Boettner.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before BENDING THE ARC)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before THE WORKERS CUP)
YOU CAN DO THIS
Hunter Brothers and Paul Brothers, in person
(USA, 2016, 6 mins)
One family's journey to Crested Butte took them through a life-changing injury during a fire and the birth of a child with a disability. Their relationship with the Adaptive Sports Center has been transformational for the Dryers, the Adaptive Sports Center family, and Crested Butte.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 9 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 1 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
(Plays before THE GUYS NEXT DOOR)
PUBLIC HOUSE SCREENINGS
YOUTH V GOV
Christi Cooper, in person | click for director bio |
Kelsey Juliana, in person
(USA, Work in Progress, 18 mins)
In a groundbreaking civil rights lawsuit, 21 youth take the US government to court for creating a climate emergency that threatens the future. Experts will testify. Whistleblowers will talk. The youth will share their testimonies. And the weight of this court’s decision, and possibly humanity, hangs in the balance.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 10 AM PUBLIC HOUSE
*ONE SHOWING ONLY
BODEGA DE EDGAR
Edgar Torres, in person
(USA, 2017, 12 mins) - World Premiere
Edgar Torres came to this country at age five. Illegally. Forgoing college, he instead put all his family's money into four barrels of wine and started a vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. Please join Edgar for the remarkable short film that dramatizes his life, Bodega de Edgar, then join him afterward for conversation, and best of all, some hearty pours of his exquisite wine.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3 PM PUBLIC HOUSE
*ONE SHOWING ONLY