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Documentary Shorts 1: Portraits (102 mins)

The people, their passions, and their hardships.

This program has been generously sponsored by Keli Massey and Misty Mountain Floral.

SAT 9/28 - 12:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

SUN 9/29 - 9:30 AM - Majestic Theatre #2

 

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BROKEN    

Simon Perkins    
(USA, 2019, 7 mins)    

Jon Wilson struggled with feeling broken after losing his leg to cancer. Crutching up and skiing down mountains at night serves as a backdrop for him to explore the idea of "brokenness," leading to an honest connection with life.

AKUNA    

Jess Colquhoun
Lindsey Hagen, Executive Producer (in person) Chris Naum, Cinematographer (in person)    
(USA, 2019, 6 mins)    

We may not be able to outrun our problems. But what about outwalking them? Will Robinson returned from Iraq a broken man. 3,800 miles later, he’s firmly on the road to healing his traumas.
 

CHASING MONSTERS    

Krystle Wright, Toby Pike   
(Australia, 2018, 5 mins)    

Monster storms snap power lines, topple buildings, flood roads, all with cool indifference. This short, intense film follows storm-chasing photographer Nick Moir, cutting straight to the heart of what fuels his obsession.

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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME    

Troy Edige    
(UK/Pakistan, 2019, 7 mins)   

Deep in northern Pakistan, polo is more than a sport--it’s a way of life. As the storied rivalry on the world’s highest polo field approaches, a local legend reflects on his long career.

LIFE OF PIE    

Ben Knight, Travis Rummel    
(USA, 2019, 12 mins)  

Singletrack shredders and pizza chefs Jen Zeuner and her partner Anne Keller have helped transform the high-desert town of Fruita, Colorado from an agricultural hub into a mountain biking hotspot. Their Hot Tomato Café is the “living room” of the Grand Valley’s outdoor recreation and alternative community.

LIFE OVERTAKES ME    

John Haptas (in person)
Kristine Samuelson   

(USA, 2019, 40 mins)  

Hundreds of traumatized refugee children in Sweden suffer Resignation Syndrome, lapsing into coma-like states for months, or even years. Heartbroken and facing deportation, their parents appeal for asylum and hope for recovery.

ON A WING AND A PRAYER    

Dominic Gill   
(USA, 2019, 10 mins)  

Louisiana’s barrier islands, swamps, and bayous are disappearing. Ben Dapp photographs the damage from a hand-built contraption, flying low, capturing the beauty and the loss.

OSAMA & AYMAN    

Chris Cresci & Ben Mullinkosson Sam Price-Waldman (in person)
(USA, 2019, 8 mins)  

Two brothers tackle Islamophobia on the streets of Washington, D.C. with hard work, kind-hearted smiles, and skateboard tricks.

THE LITAS    

William DeSena Lindsey Hagen, Executive Producer (in person) Chris Naum, Cinematographer (in person)   
(USA, 2019, 7 mins)  

With 5,000 members in 200 cities, The Litas is the largest all-female motorcycle collective in the world. For Gevin Fax, and many women like her, The Litas is the only safe space to be herself.


Documentary Shorts 2: 99% Water (110 mins)

What we all have in common: We're 99% water.

SAT 9/28 - 9:30 AM - Majestic Theatre #2

SUN 9/29 - 6:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

 

99 PROBLEMS  

Ross Killeen
(Ireland, 2018, 13 mins)  

Colorado Premiere  

Want the inside scoop on the murky world of the Irish ice cream business? Rival drivers will stop at nothing to protect their livelihoods.

ALL INCLUSIVE    

Corina Schwingruber Ilić    
(Switzerland, 2018, 10 mins)  

Colorado Premiere  

Come aboard a cruise ship, a microcosm of society in a confined space: wealth and poverty, nature and artificiality, culture and commerce. Shot without commentary, often with a sense of the absurd.

BARE EXISTENCE    

Max Lowe, Director (in person) Lindsey Hagen, Executive Producer (in person) Chris Naum, Cinematographer (in person)    
(USA, 2019, 19 mins)  

US Premiere  

A behind-the-scenes look into the plight of the polar bear and the biologists on the front lines protecting these species as they battle against the effects of climate change.

NEAR MISS    

Josh Berry Ron Elliott    
(USA, 2018, 12 mins)    

Off the Northern California coast, a man dives alone with great white sharks. In cold, unforgiving waters, he enters a transcendent space and reflects on his life and his unforgettable encounters with these mysterious creatures.

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SANTUARIO    

Pilar Timpane Christine Delp    
(USA, 2018, 26 mins)  

Colorado Premiere   

Juana Ortega immigrated to the U.S. more than 25 years ago, seeking asylum. She married, and had a family. Given 30 days to leave or be deported, Juana took sanctuary in a church. After two years, Juana is still there…

SAVE THE HEARTS    

Brett Marty Josh Izenberg    
(USA, 2019, 11 mins)    

In the U.S., 95% of children born with congenital heart defects are expected to live. In India, 90% of them are expected to die. Two families in rural India refuse to accept these odds. 

SPACE TO EXPLORE    

Katherine DuBois (USA, 2018, 14 mins)   

Natalie Panek has devoted her life to be among the first people to set foot on another planet. Will that be enough? Or will she have to settle for the planet that’s already within her reach?

WATER 2    

Morgan Maassen (USA, 2019, 5 mins)   

Morgan Maassen, the filmmaker behind this humble and imaginative short, describes WATER 2 as "an ode to the sea, which I revere most." For five fanciful minutes, immerse yourself in the wonder of the wave.


Documentary Shorts 3: Our Neighbors (101 mins)

The amazing people, and others, who make up our world.

SAT 9/28 - 6:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

SUN 9/29 - 3:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

 

ALL IS SEE IS THE FUTURE    

Nancy Dionne, Director (in person) Bryant Pearson, Subject (in person)
(USA, 2019, 14 mins)    

Colorado Premiere   

Bryant, a newly-released felon, asks an optometrist for a job. She takes a leap of faith. He’s rough around the edges, but determined. But then the past intervenes…

AWAKENING: AFTER PARKLAND    

Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster    
(USA, 2018, 18 mins)   

Before the Parkland shootings, teens—including students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS—were rehearsing the play “Spring Awakening.” The show went on, but its theme now took on a whole new resonance.

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COUNTER MAPPING  

Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee Jim Enote, Subject (in person)    
(USA, 2018, 10 mins)   

Jim Enote works with Zuni artists to create maps that bring an indigenous voice and perspective back to the land, countering Western notions of place, and challenging the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni world.

DULCE    

Guille Isa, Angello Faccin   
(Colombia/USA, 2018, 11 mins)    

In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim so that she may go to the mangroves and harvest the 'piangua' shellfish with the other women in the village.

 

 

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HELEN    

Mark Allen Davis    
(USA, 2018, 14 mins)    

Colorado Premiere   

An eccentric member of a New York lake community mysteriously vanishes without a trace. A cautionary tale of what happens when good intentions collide with a rigid and unaccepting world.

 

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EDGECOMBE    

Crystal Kayiza    
(USA, 2018, 15 mins)    

Welcome to the predominantly African-American Edgecombe County. Meet its three regular, yet extraordinary, denizens. Hear their stories of heritage, struggle, and joy that transcend the personal experience and make up the unique mosaic of this community.

STAY CLOSE    

Luther Clement-Lam, Shuhan Fan    
(USA/China, 2018, 19 mins)    

Colorado Premiere   

En garde! No athlete’s journey to the Olympics is easy. This underdog fencer from Brooklyn has a particularly difficult road ahead of him. But that won’t stop him from trying.


Documentary Shorts 4: Big Country (96 mins)

Big in heart, big in size, and big in tradition, these films show us the wonder and the Oneness of our world.

This program has been generously sponsored by Ursla and Matthew Null.


FRI 9/27 - 12:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

SAT 9/28 - 9:30 PM - Majestic Theatre #2

 

CHU BIEN   

Kaare Iverson
Dan Holz    
(USA, 2019, 8 mins)    

Colorado Premiere

For a few lucky visitors to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, its otherworldly beauty is complemented by the subtle wisdom of their tour guide.

GRIZZLY COUNTRY    

Ben Moon    
(USA, 2018, 12 mins)    

We bring you Vietnam veteran, legendary eco-warrior, and grizzly bear expert Doug Peacock (the man who inspired Ed Abbey's iconic character Hayduke). He has made it his life’s work to save the habitat of these majestic animals. "Saving the wild is the mother of all things."

LITTLE MISS SUMO

Matt Kay   
(UK, 2018, 18 mins)    

Hiyori wants to become a professional Sumo wrestler, but, because she's a woman, her career is cut short at the age of 21. She grapples with what it means to be a woman in Japan.


 

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TREELINE    

Jordan Manley Laura Yale, Producer (in person)   
(USA, 2018, 40 mins)   

TREELINE will surprise, inform, and comfort you. It's about our oldest living companions on earth: trees. Extraordinary forests in British Columbia, Japan, and Nevada are illuminated through cinematic exploration of the playful yet powerful experience of communing with each forest. We accompany scientists who translate what the oldest trees have to teach us, highlighting the reciprocal bond between humanity and nature — a relationship without which we won't survive.

WALLACE    

Delaney Buffett, Director (in person)
(USA, 2019, 18 mins)   

Colorado Premiere

In the tiny mining town of Wallace, Idaho, Old West brothels were open and tolerated until 1991. Be transported to this community's past where prostitution was deeply ingrained for over a century.


Film & Beer Tasting Event

Join us for a special event to watch the film and hear a Q&A with the filmmaker, followed by a beer tasting with Irwin Brewing Company.


FRI 9/27 - 12:30 PM - Public House - FREE EVENT

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AMERICAN CRAFT: WHAT BEER CAN TEACH US ABOUT WELL-CRAFTED LAWS

Matt Wood (in person)
(USA, 2019, 9 mins)

Why did craft brewing explode and shower us with so much great beer? Discover the crazy story of how laws changed to favor craft breweries--a story where Jimmy Carter (yes, Jimmy Carter) is a hero.