Documentary Short Film Programs


Program #1: "Kids Say the Darndest Things"

Total Running Time - 82 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 3 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 1:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2

RABBIT ISLAND

Ben Moon
(USA, 2015, 6 min)

One man's quest to protect an island he loves leads him to ponder great questions: Is there an opposite to development? An antonym to subdivision? This film is a brief study of an island set on the majestic Lake Superior, and the artists who gather there for inspiration.

SEAN

Ryan Reichenfeld
(USA, 2014, 11 min)

Sean chronicles one teenager's struggles and philosophies about growing up in an odd spring break destination: Lake Havasu City, AZ.

THE WORLD IS AS BIG OR SMALL AS YOU MAKE IT

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
(USA, 2015, 12 min)

The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It explores an innovative program where North Philly kids, ages 12-15, use their phones and iPads to forge friendships with peers around the world. For children who have never left their neighborhood streets, these exchanges prove to be both touching and surprising.

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BRICOLAGE

Michael Schwartz
(USA, 2014, 5 min)

In this new film by CBFF alumni, Michael Schwartz (The Moped Diaries) artist and best-selling author, Keri Smith ("Wreck This Journal") poses the question: “How can we care about something if we don't notice it?”

THE CINDER CONE

Foster Huntington
(USA, 2015, 17 min)

In 2014, a small group of friends broke ground on a building project in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house - but also included a skate bowl and a wood-fired soaking tub.

TEEN PRESS

World Premiere

TC Johnstone, director (in person)
Kristen Johnstone, producer (in person)
(USA, 2015, 30 min)

Today’s media is filled with stories of America’s struggling education system—but this is a story about one school that is doing it right. Teen Press chronicles one semester of the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press Program and features interviews—with celebrities and unknown heroes alike—throughout the United States.


Program #2: "Rivers and Tides"

Total Running Time 75:00 plus 16 minutes for A WOLF'S PLACE (9/25 only) with additional 30-minute presentation

This program has been generously sponsored by Mel Brody, High Country Conservation Advocates, and Monica Ariowitsch and Suzanne Pierson.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 5 PM - CENTER FOR THE ARTS*
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 7:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2

*As part of our ACT Now program, there will be a special presentation by Mission: Wolf at the Friday, September 25 screening of "Rivers and Tides". Attendees for this screening must be 12 years and older.

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DENALI

Ben Knight
(USA, 2015, 8 min)

There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times. Denali celebrates the human-dog bond and illuminates the resilience we find with the help of friends.

THE IMPORTANT PLACES

Gnarly Bay + Forest Woodward
(USA, 2015, 9 min)

In 2013, filmmaker Forest Woodward took his 77-year-old father, Doug, on a Grand Canyon river trip - Doug’s first time back on the Colorado since he paddled it 43 years ago. He hoped the trip would help him learn what his father was like as a younger man.

DELTA DAWN

Peter McBride
(USA, 2014, 17 min)

The Colorado River hasn't kissed the sea in almost two decades. A team of river runners follow its course to witness an unprecedented restoration effort, and attempt to float, on padlle board, the Colorado River to the sea.

XBOUNDARY

Ryan Peterson
(USA, 2015, 6 min)

An open-pit mining boom in northern British Columbia has downstream Alaskans worried over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These fears are heightened when a catastrophic tailings dam fails at nearby Mt. Polley Mine.

THE SKATER

Celin Serbo director, (in person)
(USA, 2014, 3 min)

In January of 2014, Will Mayo established several of the most difficult mixed climbing routes in North America at The Fang Amphitheater near Vail, CO. This short film examines the concept of risk through excerpts of Soren Kierkegaard’s writings, "Two Ages."

RIVER OF EDEN

Peter McBride
(USA, 2014, 5 min)

Join filmmaker Pete McBride on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and turned to tourism to conserve one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

THE STORY OF PLACE

Sinuhe Xavier
Justin Clifton producer, (in person)

(USA, 2014, 8 min)

Edward Abbey called Canyonlands “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth — there is nothing else like it anywhere.” Yet there are 1.8 million acres of hoodoos, buttes and red-rock walls next to it that remain threatened by oil and gas development. Time for a new National Monument.

KNEE DEEP

Aly Nicklas & Ali Geiser
Aly Nicklas director (in person)
(USA, 2015, 17 min)

In September of 2013, Colorado was hit with the most destructive natural disaster in its recorded history—torrential rains flooded hundreds of square miles along the Front Range, sweeping away infrastructure and leaving thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. Knee Deep examines the role that citizens can play in response to natural disaster, through the story of an unorthodox group of friends and strangers who took recovery into their own hands using social media and shovels. Powerful aerials and raw documentary footage immerse viewers in the experience of disaster hitting home, while the story of brokenness and the growth it enables lifts them to a vision of a stronger, more resilient community.

On Friday, September 25th, we will add as part of ACT Now program:

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A WOLF’S PLACE

Annie White
(USA, 2013, 16 min)

Gray wolves stand on the edge of a precipice. Throughout the Northern Rocky Mountains wild wolves have made a remarkable comeback, but now widespread hunting seasons are taking a heavy toll and many politicians are pushing for the removal of all protections for wolves across the United States.

And a very special thirty minute presentation on wolves by Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks of Mission: Wolf. Joining them onstage will be three live “ambassadors” from Mission: Wolf, Zeab, Magpie, and Abraham.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a workshop with Kent and Tracy on Saturday, September 26th.

No food is permitted in the theater during this program,. All attendees must be twelve years or older.


Program #3: "From Around the World"

Total Running Time - 84 minutes

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 12:30 PM - MAJESTIC THEATRE 2
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - 10 AM - MOUNTAINEER MEDIA THEATER

ISLAND OF DHARMA

Piotr Wancerz
(Poland, 2015, 3 min)

"To travel is to live twice." We encourage you to watch this beautiful travel video and try to determine which country it's from.

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OUR CURSE

Tomasz Sliwinski
(Poland, 2013, 27 min)

Our Curse is a personal statement by the director and his wife who have to deal with a rare and incurable disease in their newborn child, Leo. Ondine’s Curse is a congenital hypoventilation syndrome in which a child stops breathing during sleep and requires a lifetime on a respirator. The story is presented on the blog: www.leoblog.pl

THE THOUSAND YEAR JOURNEY: OREGON TO PATAGONIA

Kenny Laubbacher
(USA, Peru, Bolivia, 4 min)

Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. One might ask, "Why?" Jenkins’ answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage creating a plan for “turning your 100 years on this planet into 1,000.”

THE CINDER CONE

Foster Huntington
(USA, 2015, 17 min)

In 2014, a small group of friends broke ground on a building project in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house - but also included a skate bowl and a wood-fired soaking tub.

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CHAU, BEYOND THE LINES

Courtney Marsh, director and producer (in person)
Jerry Franck, producer (in person)
Marcelo Mitnik, executive producer (in person)
(USA, 2015, 33 min)

Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, struggles with his dream to one day become a professional artist.

Produced by CBFF alumni Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck (Zari.)


SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES

Play at various times throughout the festival.

LA HIJA

Jazmín Rada
(Spain, 2015, 5 min)

Fátima wants to play, but her father is too busy. She has imagination and some magical balloons... and something very spooky happens.

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MILK

Joshuah Melnick director (in person)
Oz Scott, assistant director (in person)
(USA, 2014, 2 min)

A trip to the market gets interesting for some Crested Butte boys.

NATURE Rx I, II, III

Justin Bogardus director (in person)
(USA, 2015, 2 min)

Feeling tired, irritable or stressed out? Try nature. This harmless prescription has been shown to relieve the crippling symptoms of modern life and produce feelings of confidence, spontaneous euphoria, or being in a good mood for no apparent reason

THE IMPORTANT PLACES

Gnarly Bay + Forest Woodward
(USA, 2015, 9 min)

In 2013, filmmaker Forest Woodward took his 77-year-old father, Doug, on a Grand Canyon river trip - Doug’s first time back on the Colorado since he paddled it 43 years ago. He hoped the trip would help him learn what his father was like as a younger man.

THE THOUSAND YEAR JOURNEY: OREGON TO PATAGONIA

Kenny Laubbacher
(USA, Peru, Bolivia, 4 min)

Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. One might ask, "Why?" Jenkins’ answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage creating a plan for “turning your 100 years on this planet into 1,000.”

ISLAND OF DHARMA

Piotr Wancer
(Poland, 2015, 3 min)

"To travel is to live twice." We encourage you to watch this travel video and guess which country it's from.