2019 American Documentary Film Festival Official Selections (T thru Z)

 

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Tasting Wild Alaska

USA / Liz McKenzie / 8 min. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Weds., April 3, 11:00 m, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 58

Wild salmon are one of nature’s most perfect foods. Follow the salmon trail from a batch of tiny eggs nestled in a stream bed, to the hook and line fisherman at sea, to the expert care in processing, and finally to your dinner plate. Every bite of wild salmon connects us to a unique way of life…and to the pure, pristine environment of Alaska.

Tears Of The Olive

GERMANY / Johannes Ziegler / 15 min. WEST COAST PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 1:30 pm, Camelot  PROGRAM 8

On the Podere Usignolo, in Tuscany, sustainability and harmony with nature are practiced and a special olive oil is produced together with diligent helpers. Exactly this unique atmosphere and this beautiful piece of earth presents this film. In the soft glow of the autumnal sun, olives are picked with bare hands.

The American War

USA / Bruce Donnelly / 52 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Thurs., April 4, 12:00 pm, Palm Sprngs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 60

A look back in time and a focus on the future from the perspective of six Vietcong veterans: a soldier, an officer, an informant, a guerilla, a My Lai survivor and the leader of the Long Hair (all women) army. The American War gives voice and character to Vietcong veterans. Directed by an American veteran of the Iraq War, we experience Vietcong memories of the TET Offensive, of the My Lai Massacre, of torture at the ends of the South Vietnamese army, of PTSD, building the Ho Chi Minh Trail - and of forgiveness.

The Battle For Ranked Choice Voting

USA / Scotty Vercoe / 16 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 2:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 4

Facing increasingly divisive politics, citizens across America are coming together to change the way we vote. Maine leads the way, fighting entrenched interests to enact a reform that reduces negative campaigning, eliminates the “spoiler effect,” and opens races to minority & third-party candidates.

The Beeman

AUSTRALIA / Frances Elliott, Samantha Marlowe / 8 min. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 33

This conservationist isn’t like the other bee men in the area, he has a deep, spiritual connection to the local honeybee population, who he believes once ruled planet earth. The Beeman is a character profile of a man left of centre, with a wealth of knowledge about honeybees and a bigger message of their importance to the fragile ecosystem of the backyards they choose to call their home.

The Carpenter

USA / Austin Meyer / 7 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 11:00 am, Palm Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 1

After becoming a double amputee, David Miti, a carpenter living in Zambia, starts building devices for children with disabilities. Then, after 18 years of helping others walk, Mr. Miti gets prosthetics of his own, taking his first steps since the amputation.

The Face Of The Millennial Anti Abortion Movement

USA / Brianna Pressey / 8 min. WORLD PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 2:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot), PROGRAM 50

“The right to abortion is not a real right,” says Lila Rose, the founding president of the pro-life organization Live Action, in a new documentary from The Atlantic. Rose first attracted national media attention in 2008, when, under the tutelage of James O’Keefe—the conservative provocateur who brought down ACORN—she orchestrated multiple undercover sting operations at Planned Parenthood. In a statement, Planned Parenthood said, “Live Action has a history of doctoring video [and] making false claims, and has no credibility.”

The Family In The Sinkhole

CHINA / Zubiao Yao / 70 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 11:00 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 18

DMZ International Feature Doc winner- an epic and visually stunning portrait of a world gone by trying to survive in society's ever-changing environment.

The Frank Capra Story

USA / Gene Koprowski / 29 min. WEST COAST PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 4:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot), PROGRAM 24

Based on 570 historic production stills from the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood, most never seen by a modern TV audience, and in his own words, from archived interviews unheard for generations, this film is a masterpiece in its own right.

-- Viewers will learn that Capra was nearly ruined by his early success in winning Oscars. That he views "love and compassion" as the key elements in a successful film.

-- That Jimmy Stewart was unemployed and flying kites with Henry Fonda when Capra approached him to play George Bailey.

-- And that the Washington DC establishment tried to shut down distribution of Mr. Smith -- as a threat to their power -- as FDR's Ambassador to London Joseph P. Kennedy led the hostilities.

The Game Of Life

INDIA / Sameer Shanishchar / 3 min. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 37

One fine Diwali night somewhere in India an old and tattered cardboard was depressed about his state of being. He gazes at a  beautiful gift box, the object of his desire, through a window pane of a gift shop.  Suddenly a ray of hope emerges for him when he see a recycling truck moving on the road. To board the truck he needs to face numerous struggle and face the biggest enemy of his life while fighting for his survival. Will he have a happy ending or will his hopes be crushed?

The Girl And The Serpent

CHINA / Jinyue Wan / 6 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 37

In Eastern China, a serpent lives in the low lying land at the base of a tall mountain. Every year, a young girl is brought to the serpent's den as a sacrificial offering to protect the villagers - until one day, a female warrior challenges him.

The Guardians

USA / Billie Mintz / 104 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 5:00 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 53

A revealing investigative documentary set in Las Vegas, Nevada that exposes allegations of corruption within the Nevada Guardianship and Family Court systems involving the legal kidnapping of elderly people. The film shines a light on a lucrative business that drains seniors’ life-savings and robs them of their freedoms.  Victims and their families are caught in a scheme that has allowed corrupt court-appointed guardians to take total control over their healthcare and financial decisions. Armed with court-orders obtained under dubious circumstances, guardians are able to forcibly remove elderly wards from their homes, isolate them from their families and systematically empty their bank accounts.  In an unfolding saga that reaches to the top level of government, a growing number of Las Vegas victims come together to seek justice, restitution and freedom.  Through their fight, the film exposes the scope of the systemic abuse of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

The Horns Of Kolkata

NZ / Andrew Scott / 6 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 1:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 8

A sensory exploration of a city, its people and a sound that unites them.  Working its way from very quiet to a raucous crescendo the horn and its honk are the lead characters in this short observational documentary. Intimate moments are captured as horns are recycled before taking their ever-present place within the soundscape of Kolkata.

The Interpreters

USA / Sofian Khan, Andres Caballero / 73 min. WEST COAST PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 1:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 21

Follow the story of an Afghan interpreter who worked with the US military, and their struggle to find safety after completing a term of service that technically makes them eligible to receive a visa (but which in practice is very hard to get.)

The Last Reel

USA / Christopher Lange / 22 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Weds., April 3, 2:00 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 62

In Minnesota, a small discount movie theater’s doors are shuttered, as its passionate owner, dedicated employees, and a group of movie-goers watch their community fade into memory. Change is evident in the light projected through celluloid, in the buzzes and clatters of the projection booth, and in a farewell screening of the Evil Dead trilogy on 35mm. The owner turns on the house lights for the last time, as a neighboring megachurch takes over the business to bring the theater into a new era of digital projection.

The Last Storm

UK / Liam St. Pierre / 21 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 12:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (CAMELOT) PROGRAM 7

Mark, a 60-year-old fledgling storm chaser recently diagnosed with lung cancer, sets out across the Midwest with his friend's nephew in search of a tornado before the two month season comes to an end.

The Mayor

USA / Taylor Horky / 22 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 11:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 19

A small mountain town elects a dog for mayor.

The New Klan, Heritage Of Hate

USA / Elenor Bingham & Leslie Shatz / 59 min. REMASTERED, CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 5:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) Program 13

With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the KKK in the 1970’s, the film presents frank and startling insight into the Klan’s involvement in the murders of two black and white freedom fighters in Alabama.  A filmed debate between David Duke and Rev. Jesse Jackson in
Chicago highlights Duke’s strange approach to twisting American history to justify his belief in the divisive concept of “separate but equal.”  There are many parallels between “The New Klan” and the growing license to express intolerance in the current political climate. This beautifully preserved film allows us to look at our past to inform our future.

The Petition In Boots

USA / Gleichenhaus / 7 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 2:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 4

The first march on Washington, animated style.

The Power Of Waste Water

CANADA / Dominic Cutrupi / 7 min. U.S. PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 47

All around the world, cities and countries are developing ways to harness the power of wastewater and reduce the rise of ocean temperatures.

The Pull

USA / Paul Szynol / 16 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 12:00 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 2

After serving time in a New Hampshire jail, a freed inmate faces the pull of addiction.

The Quiet Rebel

FRANCE / Carole Cassier / 48 min. U.S. PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 7:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 29 (ADULTS ONLY)

Observe the controversial story of radical feminist artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame, and shame after a performance where she knitted with wool that she inserted in her vagina.

The Raven And The Seagull

DENMARK / Lasse Lau / 70 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 12:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot)  PROGRAM 20

The relationship between Greenland and Denmark is shaped by a history of colonialism, subjugation and dependence. Now, Greenland looks to forge a communal sense of independence.

The Return

USA / Amy Claire Nelson  / 12 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 2:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 50

Every year, millions of people from around the world leave their homes to visit, pray and connect at the burial sites of Prophets and their successors, the Imams, in Iraq and Iran. This journey is known as ziyarat. This first-person, experimental travelogue takes place in two parallel worlds: on land to the shrines of the Prophet Muhammad’s family, including his grandson Husayn who was infamously martyred by the caliph Yazid; and in the inner world of a pilgrim as she questions her spiritual progress and readiness for the visit. 

The Still Life Of Harley Prosper

MEXICO / Juan Manuel Sepulveda  / 65 min. U.S. PREMIERE Weds., April 3, 2:30 p.m., Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) Program 63

As a child, Harley Prosper was chosen and trained to be the Shaman of a Cree community in
Canada. Growing up, Harley rejects this responsibility and flees to Vancouver, defying the spirit
that chose him. Confined in a hospice for the terminally ill, the film follows the life of a man
willing to desecrate his sacred mission.

The Unconditional

USA / Dave Adams / 30 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 1:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 3

An unflinching look into the lives of two undiagnosed special needs kids and their parents as they grow older with no answers in sight.

Under Exposed

USA / Doug Walker / 10 min. WORLD PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 4:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 51

From 1971 to 1981, Alvan Meyerowitz photographed the best of what Bill Graham brought to San Francisco. Armed with 36 exposures and backstage access, Alvan documented the most influential bands and musicians of his time: The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan to name a few.

The Weight Of Success

USA / M. Douglas Silverstein / 40 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sun., March 31, 6:30 pm, Camelot  Program 27 & Thursday, April 4, 4:30 pm., Camelot Theatres,Program 77

The brutal truth about one controversial woman who has built a self-help book empire while trying to prove that life coaches aren't a scam.

This Changes Everything

USA / Tom Donohue / 90 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 7:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot), PROGRAM 15

An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.

To Be In Moab

USA / Eamon Downey, Stuart Ruston / 20 min. WORLD PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 12:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot)  PROGRAM 2

Moab, Utah is known for its breathtaking scenery, mountain climbing, hiking trails and roaring rivers. But for members of The Phoenix, a sober active community, the isolated landscape represents much more… Traveling from across the country, 200 members gather for an annual rejuvenating weekend of exercise, recovery and gratitude as they share their stories of what led them to be in Moab.

To Return A King

USA / Daniel M. Order / 16 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 4:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot)  PROGRAM 11

In 2017, the local government forcefully evicted Otodo Gbame, a community of 30,000 people, from their homes in Lagos, Nigeria. The police burned the community's belongings and bulldozed their homes so a Nigerian king could commercially develop the waterfront property.  Follow Elijah, an evictee of Otodo Gbame, as he works tirelessly to bring his family and community back home.
 

Triumph

USA / Kreshnik Jonuzi, Luftar Von Rama & Charlie Askew / 128 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Fri., March 29, 11:00 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 1

On October 14, 2014, the two Eastern European countries of Albania and Serbia faced off on the soccer field in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. With Albanian fans not permitted to attend the game due to purported safety concerns, the stadium full of Serbian fans echoed racist chants and death threats. Tensions rose to a boil when a drone carrying an Albanian flag flew above the players and onto the field. Angered fans rushed the field, attacking the Albanian players, forcing the match to end. A history of political tensions, war, and sport is explored as we follow the journey of the Albanian national team on their first appearance in a major tournament.

Unaccountable

USA / Stacey Stone / 10min. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon. April 1, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 33

An enormous blue void at the north end of the Imperial Valley, the Salton Sea once attracted more visitors than Yosemite. A series of unfortunate events has created an intense cycle of ecological collapse.

Under Her Wings

USA / Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath / 34 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 11:00 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 32

Compassion can take you by surprise. Toni Lance came to St. Croix as a young artist, expecting to discover and express the beauty of the island. She could not have anticipated the heart connection with the island birds that was coming into her life, and how many she would take under her wing. This short documentary explores Toni's passion as an artist and her life as a caretaker for wild birds.

Unfiltered: Chicago's Water Crisis

USA / Nathan Ouellette / 16 min. WORLD PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 4:00 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 11

 For over 100 years, lead service lines have delivered water to Chicago's homes and families. Today, numerous homes remain connected to lead water-service lines.  Follow three sisters from Chicago's Lower West Side bonded by a love for their family and community, and the adversity they face in the wake of Chicago's lead crisis.

Uniontown

USA / Colin Fraser Jones / 16 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 12:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center, Camelot PROGRAM 7 and Thurs., April 4, 1:30 pm.

A grassroots group of modern day freedom fighters in rural Alabama bands together to take back their town from the hands of industrial polluters and passive politicians, in the midst of high stakes local election.

United Skates

USA / Tina Brown, Dyana Winkler / 90 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 4:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 12 (FILM FUND WINNER)

Credited with incubating East Coast hip-hop and West Coast rap, America's roller rinks have long been bastions of regional African-American culture, music and dance. As rinks shutter across the country, a few activists mount a last stand. (Festival Favorite)

Untravel

SLOVENIA, SERBIA / Nikola Majdak, Ana Nedeljković / 12 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Thurs., April 4, 2:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 74

The girl lives in a gray, isolated country, enclosed by a huge wall. She has never travelled anywhere, but all her life she has dreamt of leaving forever for a perfect world called “Abroad”.

Urban Inferno: The Night Santa Rosa Burned

USA / Steven Seagar / 40 min. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 12:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theatres,) Program 7

On October 8, 2017, a hot and windy Sunday night, while the city of Santa Rosa, California slept, a massive wildfire erupted twelve miles East of town. Driven by hurricane force winds of 85 to 100 MPH the massive inferno took aim at Santa Rosa- the largest city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. In the span of six hours - the six hours we cover in this film - the worst disaster in California history and the most destructive fire in modern American history struck Santa Rosa. Before it was over, 7,000 homes, hundreds of businesses - large and small - and 43 people were incinerated. The "Santa Rosa Fires" were world-wide news for weeks.

Waahi

PAKISTAN / Arsalan Majid / 5 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 6:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 14

Wheat farming in Pakistan, planted and farmed by women.

Waterfolks

IRAN / Azadeh Bizargiti / 30 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 47

a poetic and minimal slice of the everyday life of a fisherwoman from Hengam island in Southern Iran in Persian Gulf. Accompanied with a family member or a friend, she goes to the sea every day for fishing in order to provide her family with the income she brings back home.

Water Town

USA / Maya Craig / 24 min. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Tue. April 2, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 47

The current and three former mayors of the City of Weed, California fight to win their spring water back from a web of multinational corporations they believe are stealing it from them.

Weather and Chaos: The Work Of Edward N. Lorenz

USA / Josh Kastorf / 12 min. WORLD PREMIERE Sat., March 30, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 6

Why is it that we can predict a solar eclipse centuries in advance, but we can only predict the weather about a week or two in advance? Can a small-scale movement, like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, influence large-scale systems like hurricanes? In the 1960s, an MIT meteorologist exploring these questions with the help of early digital computers made a discovery that would change the way we understand not only weather but nearly everything in our universe. His work suggested there are certain systems we may never be able to predict, not because they are too complex, but because “chaos” is built into their underlying math. Years later, this idea would enter popular culture as “the butterfly effect.” This is the first film about Edward N. Lorenz and his role in Chaos Theory produced with the participation of scientists who worked alongside him. With their help we take a closer look at what the “butterfly effect” actually meant in the context of Lorenz’s work, and why it should make all of us rethink our understanding of our universe.

When Pride Comes To Town

NORWAY / Julia Dahr, Julie Lunde Lillesæter/ 18 min. INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 2:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 49

A provocative yet heartwarming story about the clash between conservatism and sexual freedom in one of Europe’s most liberal countries. We meet 52-year old Norwegian Bjørn-Tore, who fled to the big city in order to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced in his rural hometown. When the very same village is hosting Norway's first rural Pride parade, Bjørn-Tore is filled with mixed emotions about returning. Tension rise as a local church group organize an anti-LGBTQ rally, just weeks before the parade.

Where Are The Stars?

USA / Muhammad Asif Islam / 4 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 11:30 am, Camelot PROGRAM 33

We are losing our connection with the night sky, which provided us with wonders like Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and the Mayan calendar. It also keeps our overworked, politicized lives simple, and makes us kind, thoughtful. Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson said: “When you look at the night sky, you realize how small we are within the cosmos,” “It’s kind of resetting of your ego. To deny yourself that state of mind, either willingly or unwittingly, is to not live to the full extent of what it is to be human.”

While I Breathe, I Hope

USA / Emily Harrold / 75 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 2:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 36 (Program moderated by Geoff Kors.)

In 2014, Bakari Sellers–one of the youngest sitting members of the South Carolina House–campaigns to be the first African American elected to statewide office since the 1870s. He runs for Lieutenant Governor, the second highest office in the state. The son of Cleveland Sellers, a prominent 1960s Civil Rights activist who was a leading member of SNCC, Bakari understands the difficult race relations in the American South. “Our race is not about what South Carolina was, it’s not about what South Carolina is, but it’s about what South Carolina can be,” he says. But as a Democrat in a red state, Bakari has a tough race ahead. News media consistently place Bakari behind his Republican opponent, Henry McMaster. Bakari doesn't help his electability among white voters when he makes removing the Confederate Flag part of his campaign platform. But he refuses to give up. “I can’t win if I don’t run,” he states.

Whisper Rapture

USA / Ken Paul Rosenthal / 36 min. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Mon., April 1, 11:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 32

An intensely intimate portrait of cellist-vocalist Bonfire Madigan Shive, who transforms her lifelong experiences with hearing voices and suicidal despair into punk-influenced chamber music. Featuring six original Bonfire music compositions vividly animated by luminous images from natural and urban environments, this visually inventive doc-opera radically re-frames the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress in today’s chaotic world.

Wolf Spirit

USA / Julia Huffman / 10 min.  NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Tues. April 2, 4:30 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 52

Most who are unfamiliar with wild wolves, don’t realize filming a wolf up close, as done by world-renowned National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg, is extremely rare. Wolves are elusive and avoid contactwith humans, generally remaining out of sight. Brandenburg describes a deeper understanding of wolves, along with a despondency in their decline, as they continue to be hunted. 

“BEAUTIFULLY and sensitively filmed with commentary from people who not only admire but understand the role of the wolf in the American landscape.  Dr Jane Goodall. 

Woman Of Steel

USA / Chris Violette / 8 min. PALM SPRINGS PREMIERE Tues., April 2, 2:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 50

Ashley Mae Sherman, a self-proclaimed human cyborg with a bionic right arm, recounts her childhood with a missing limb and her subsequent turn around in becoming a bionic role model for limb different children. Born without her right arm below the elbow, Ashley endured bullying as a young child and hopes to mentor limb different children and inspire them with her confidence, personality, and resiliency

Woolworld

POLAND / Joanna Polak / 10 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Mon. April 1, 2:40 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 37

The life of some sheep, couldn't get any better in this edgy animated work.

Written In Stone

KOREA / Sangsun Choi / 18 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Sun. March 31, 11:00 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 18

There are two five-year-old children, who have an unrealistic dream at the quarry in India. The boy named Kumar wants to be a teacher even though he always goes to the quarry to break up stones with his family. The girl named Uma lost her father a year ago, so she lived with her disabled mother. Unfortunately, her mother started to be sick after she delivered her. These unhappy memories made Uma dream of becoming a doctor although she could not go to the school due to her house chores. The parent of both children doesn’t want to inherit any financial difficulties, but they need to hold their children’s hand to lead them to a quarry.

Yours For The Revolution

USA / Benjamin Yates / 14 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Sun. March 31, 2:00 pm, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 48

American author Jack London struggles to fight his way out of poverty and becomes determined to change the political system in the United States and around the World.

Yellow Hair

USA/ Lee Lynch / 25 min. CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Tues. April 2, 1:30 pm, Camelot PROGRAM 48

Throughout Kevin Gilger's years living with his wife in a storage facility apartment as an on-site manager, customers remarked on his resemblance to Duane Lee Chapman star of Reality TV's Dog the Bounty Hunter (the once popular show followed Chapman's real-life exploits as a bounty collector, but became a focus of controversy after a tape surfaced of Chapman voicing stridently racist views). In response to this happenstance, Gilger -- a part-time artist, 'lightworker', and self-described reincarnated Native American -- undertook a transformation, appropriating Chapman's image in hopes to trick the public into thinking he’s actually the reality star. However, unlike Chapman, who uses fame to market a cynical worldview, Gilger sees it as a platform for his own spiritual voice.

Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming The Study Of Disease

USA / Jennifer Manner / 8 min. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Mon. April 1, 11:30 am, Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot) PROGRAM 33

Though viewed by many in the biomedical community as relatively new research model, Zebrafish have been helping scientists effectively investigate and fight human disease for over 30 years. The scientists who work with Zebrafish are passionate about its benefits, and have had amazing success using Zebrafish to develop and test therapies for some of the most prevalent and devastating human diseases. Zebrafish: Practically People shares the areas where biomedical research using Zebrafish is making a difference, from cancer to Alzheimer’s to spectrum disorders such as autism.

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