May 31 - June 3, 2018

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

The Documentary Shorts Program will screen twice as a series during the 2017 Festival. 

Thursday, June 1st
Bow Tie Cinemas – Theater 3
5:30PM

Saturday, June 3rd
Bow Tie Cinemas – Theater 2
10:45AM

CLOSE TIES


Directed By: Zofia Kowalewska
Run Time: 19 mins
Country: Poland

Barbara and Zdzislaw are soon to celebrate their forty-fifth anniversary. It would have been quite the occasion if not for the fact that Zdzisław spent eight of those years living with another woman. Now he’s back with his wife, although she claims that if it were not for her husband’s infirm legs, he would still be chasing skirts around Cracow. In spite of everyday bickering, somewhat inexplicably, their relationship perseveres.

DEER SQUAD

Directed By: Pipus Larsen, Kenneth Gug, & Scott J. Ross
Run Time: 5 mins
Country: USA

Kelvin Peña, a charismatic high schooler from rural Pennsylvania, went viral in 2016 after befriending a group of wild deer and posting his adventures with them on Snapchat and Instagram. In this short documentary, he discusses his life philosophy, describes his experience with sudden internet fame, and takes the filmmakers on a trip to meet his deer friends.

FISH STORY

Directed By: Charlie Lyne
Run Time: 14 mins
Country: U.K.

A search for the truth behind a fishy tale.

GIVING BIRTH IN AMERICA

Directed By: Clancy McCarty
Run Time: 14 min
Country: USA

Maternal health non-profit Every Mother Counts presents a new three-part, short documentary series, GIVING BIRTH IN AMERICA to examine some of the key reasons that the U.S. is falling so far behind in maternal healthcare. Each short film follows pregnant women and their healthcare providers in Florida, Montana and New York in the days leading up to delivery. Together, they navigate challenges of race, poverty, chronic illness, overuse of medical interventions and other inequalities that impact maternal health outcomes in America.

REFUGE

Directed By: Matthew K. Firpo
Run Time: 20 mins
Country: USA

A small team of filmmakers, photographers, and storytellers travel to Greece to document human stories from the Refugee Crisis. This film explores the answers to the universal questions, ‘Why did you leave your home?’ and ‘What do you hope to find where you’re going?’.

TEN METER TOWER

Directed By: Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck
Run Time: 16.5 mins
Country: Sweden

People on a ten-meter diving tower have to choose whether to bravely jump or climb down. This dilemma is an entertaining study of the human in a vulnerable position.

THE ILLUMINATION

Directed By: Tom Scott
Run Time: 19 mins
Country: USA

In a remarkable twist of fate, it was the decades-long effort of one blind person, Gordon Gund, that made it possible for another, Yannick Duwé, to see. After more than 45 years, the journey of Gordon and Lulie Gund to find a cure for blindness can only be described as an act of love.

THE RABBIT HUNT

Directed By: Patrick Bresnan
Run Time: 12 mins
Country: USA

In the Florida Everglades, rabbit hunting is considered a rite of passage for young men. THE RABBIT HUNT follows seventeen-year-old Chris and his family as they hunt in the fields of the largest industrial sugar farms in the US. The film records a tradition by which migrant farm workers in the communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee have been hunting and preparing rabbits since the early 1900s.

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Jury

Nannette Burstein – Director

Nanette Burstein began her career directing the award-winning documentary, On The Ropes, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, and received the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement while she was still attending NYU Tisch School of Film.

Shortly after, she co-directed the Robert Evans biography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, which became one of the most talked about movies of the year. She produced and directed a five-part documentary series with Quincy Jones and VH1 called Say it Loud: Black Music in America. She executive produced VH1’s Rock Doc NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell, which was nominated for two Emmy awards, and Film School, a ten part series for IFC.

Continuing her success in the documentary field, her film, American Teen, followed the lives of five teenagers through their senior year of high school in a small Indiana town. The film earned the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Nanette directed the feature romantic comedy Going The Distance, which starred Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Christina Applegate. She has also directed episodic television comedies, such as Fox’s hit show New Girl and CW’s Carrie Diaries.

Following it up with, The Price of Gold, a documentary for the ESPN 30 for 30 series about figure skater Tonya Harding. The film won Best Television Documentary at the Cinema Eye awards and a Sports Emmy.

Her most recent film, Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, opened at the Toronto Film Festival and is currently airing on Showtime.

Nanette has been a prolific commercial director, winning several awards including an Emmy nomination for best commercial of the year and most recently a Lion Award at Cannes.

Rachel Boynton – Director

Rachel Boynton is an award-winning independent producer of documentary films. Her work is known for its authenticity and a phenomenal depth of access. Most recently Rachel produced and directed the feature documentary Big Men, which was executive produced by Brad Pitt. The film played at numerous festivals around the world including Tribeca, HotDocs, Locarno, CPH:DOX, and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Big Men was theatrically released in the United States in 2014, broadcast in multiple countries and aired in the US on the PBS series POV. For her work on the film, Rachel won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, honoring the year’s best TV or video interpretation or documentary on international affairs. Big Men was also nominated for three News and Documentary Emmy Awards including Best Documentary.

Rachel produced and directed the feature-length documentary Our Brand Is Crisis, filming for three years on two continents. Winner of the International Documentary Association’s Best Feature Documentary Award and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, the film followed a group of American political consultants as they traveled to South America to help Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada become President of Bolivia. George Clooney’s company, Smokehouse, recently remade Our Brand Is Crisis as a fiction feature; Warner Brothers released the film in October 2015.

Rachel is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She received an M.S. from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and a Certificate of Political Studies from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Matthew O’Neill – Director

Matthew O’Neill is an Emmy® Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated director who’s been working with Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV) in NYC making documentaries for the last fifteen years. For his 2006 HBO documentary Baghdad ER, he was recognized with a Columbia DuPont Award, a Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards for Nonfiction Programs (Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Programming). His other HBO documentaries include the Academy Award® nominated Redemption (2013), the Academy Award-nominated China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (2009), the Imagen Award-winning The Latin Explosion (2015), the Emmy-nominated Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, the Emmy-nominated Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (2008), the Academy Award® short-listed and Emmy-winning In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution (2012) and Wartorn: 1861-2010 (2010) – winner of the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize. His other documentaries have aired on PBS, ESPN, Channel 4, NHK and broadcasters worldwide. In 2005 he was awarded a Pew Fellowship for International Reporting and his filmmaking overseas since has taken him from the steppes of Siberia to the scrap mines of Potosi in Bolivia and on to Russia, Turkey, China, Cuba, Iraq, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Bolivia, Mexico, Haiti, Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Venezuela and North and South Korea. His work closer to home has been recognized with five New York Emmy Awards and a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service Television Journalism. Matthew grew up on Long Island in New York, graduated from Yale College with a degree in Theater and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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