Five of the bravest international filmmakers working today tell thoughtful, compelling stories in this year’s documentary short film program. These films will be shown consecutively in two programs, with a brief intermission. You can view them in one sitting or separate nights.
Program A 80 min
Heroine(e) Three women — a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary — battle West Virginia’s devastating opioid epidemic. 39 min
Knife Skills What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before? 40 min
Program B 102 min
Traffic Stop In June 2015, a 26-year-old African-American elementary school teacher named Breaion King was pulled over by a white police officer for a routine traffic stop. The incident escalated into a violent arrest, followed by a conversation about race in America between King and another white officer while he drove her to the station. 30 min
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 Artist Mindy Alper has spent almost all of her 56 years combating depression and anxiety. Art has always been her most effective outlet. Through interviews, reenactments, and the creation of an eight foot papier-mache’ bust of her beloved psychiatrist, we learn how she has emerged from darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support. 40 min
Edith + Eddie In 2014, 96-year-old Edith Hill and 95-year-old Eddie Harrison are married, unconcerned that one is African American and the other is white. Their December romance is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. If you like your love stories with a side of social justice (who doesn’t?) Edith + Eddie is the documentary for you. 29 min