Documentary Shorts Program

The Documentary Shorts Program will screen twice as a series during the 2018 Festival.

Date: 6/1 |Location: Bow Tie – Theater 2 | Time: 11:30am  | BUY NOW

Date: 6/3 |Location: Bow Tie – Theater 3 | Time: 8:45pm  | BUY NOW


Directed By: Jessica Congdon
Run Time: 24 mins
Location: USA

Crista Luedtke is a serial entrepreneur. She was born into the restaurant business but didn’t follow her calling right away. She moved to San Francisco, came out as a gay woman, and eventually left behind a safe corporate job to pursue her passion of opening a hotel in the sleepy vacation town of Guerneville, two hours north of the city. A restaurant, a market, and a bar soon followed, and the town began its transformation into a thriving destination. Along the way, she weathered a flood that severely damaged her hotel, saw her marriage fall apart, and faced local resistance. A final project pushes her to the brink and changes her perspective on life, love and empire.


Directed By: Mari Bakke Riise
Run Time: 33 mins
Country: Norway

In the capital of Ghana, 10,000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets – called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little and some end up in prostitution to make ends meet. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home two years ago to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.


Directed By: Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Run Time: 9 mins
Country: USA

Palm Beach International Airport’s newest snowbird has become one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.


Directed By: Todd Kapostasy
Run Time: 20 mins
Country: USA

This was a film that was supposed to be the inspiring story of ultra marathoner, Robert Young… a man who endured unspeakable physical abuse as a child and went on to run a marathon a year. Rob would also run across the United States faster than anyone before him. What started off as an incredibly moving and emotional journey takes an unexpected turn as his story becomes marred with cheating allegations.


Directed By: Dana Nachman
Run Time: 16 mins
Country: USA

There are many days that Brandon Anderton cannot get out of bed. But on the days he can, he creates sand mosaic masterpieces only to see them enveloped by the tides hours later. Washed Away chronicles the transformation of a person who goes from one of the darkest places a human can go to a place of hope and inspiration. The driving force behind his change is art.

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