2020 FILMS T-Z Go to DocsNow+ Sept. 25th

Talkey - Amazon On Fire

18 min. |  Brazil  |  World Premiere


Caio Guatelli

In July 2019, the Brazilian Amazon deforestation has increased by 278% when compared to the same period of 2018.  Despite the fact society has found the cure for environmental blindness, Brazilians have been blindfolded, and are still walking on a land of darkness & here we see criminal fires and nature exploitation ideology spread by the Brazilian right wing party. 

Terra Nostra ("Our Earth")

31 min. | USA | SoCal Premiere


C. Chagnard, C. Spears

Terra Nostra shows the story of the earth from its creation to present day. The goal of the piece is to use the emotional power of the arts to help people commit to action in the face of the urgent crisis of climate change.

This Is My Heaven

7 min. | Australia | US Premiere


Rhys Jones, Luna Laure

Dimas was born to a very traditional Muslim family in a small village in Central Java. Although forbidden, Dimas knew he was gay from a young age. It wasn't until his world turned upside down that he went in search of his heaven. The wildly remote West Australian town of Broome is now that.

Talking About Adultery

72 min. | Czech Rep | California Premiere


Bara Jichova Tyson

This is an eye-opening documentary and unexpected love story about the
challenges of monogamy and what it takes to create a trusting relationship. Hidden subjects reveal their most intimate stories of sex, love, lies, marriage, and adultery sharing frank truths about trust and human desire.

That Click

90 min.| USA | Palm Springs Premiere


Luca Severi

This is a documentary about legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland, who -- with his camera -- portrayed 60 years of pop culture, ranging from photojournalism to celebrity portraits, from film photography to global events documentation.

This Is Our Time

15 min. | Portugal | US Premiere


Paulo Ferreira

The selfish hand of humankind is leaving scars of destruction. Inflicting wounds on the host of life itself. Respect yourself. Protect your one and only home. Let land and life live free of our pollution and waste.

That Was Ray

18 min. | USA | Palm Springs Premiere


Brandenburg, Gorman, Singh

Reverend Raymond Broshears was at the forefront of the San Francisco gay rights movement in the late 60s to mid-70s. While he preached peace & acceptance, he also founded a militant group, “The Lavender Panthers," which curbed hate crimes with the threat of violence. Polarizing to many due to controversial methods, Ray and the Panthers were largely forgotten, until now.

This Land

10 min. | USA |  SoCal Premiere


Chelsea Jolly, Whitt Hassett

Conservationists are no longer reading Walden and hanging on the words of John Muir. Women, people of color, indigenous peoples and their knowledges and perspectives have been ignored in the conservation conversation. That is changing.


While packing away her deceased grandmother's affairs, Pauline discovers that one of their stained glass sculptures has come to life. As the lights in the house go out and their memories together begin to dim, Pauline realizes there is joy in celebrating the legacy of those who have been lost.

6 min. | USA | West Coast Premiere


Christina Christie

Toyo & Seytsu: Executive Order 9066

Mark Takahashi talks about both his grandparents, Toyo and Seytsu, and their experiences at Japanese Relocation Camps during World War II

9 min. | USA  | Palm Springs Premiere


Richard Kuras

Trophy Hunter

A little boy with a BB gun fantasizes of being a big game hunter.

4 min. | USA | California Premiere


Sean Burns

To Keep As One

Climate change has pushed erosion within feet of the remote Alaska Native community of Newtok. Albertina Charles and the rest of the village residents know that relocating Newtok is the only option. Will Federal funding arrive soon enough or will this community be separated forever?

12 min. | USA | California Premiere


Katrina Basile

The Tree

An animated short about a daughter’s relationship with her father and the tree that they return to throughout their lives. The film focuses on the themes of life, death and the passage of time, and is a celebration of the people and places we love. 'The Tree' is dedicated to Samantha’s father, Raymond Sylvers, who passed away in 2016.

4 min. | USA | Palm Desert Premiere


Samantha Sylvers

The Troubles With Brexit

After 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland, the Good Friday agreement ushered in a period of relative peace and stability in the northwest corner of Europe. But the unintended consequences of the UK leaving the European Union have threatened to reignite a sectarian fire that many thought had been extinguished long ago.

41 min. | USA | US Premiere


Tom Glynn

Tobi And The Turbobus

You fly with no seat! That's the rule in the Turbobus. To get one is a hard day job for a young wolf on his turbo-journey to find real friendship.

7 min. | Germany | US Premiere


Verena Fels, Marc Angele 

The Tree Of Lost Souls

'The Tree of the Lost Souls' is a story of tenderness and fantasy that really make us reflect on our lives and the parts of ourselves that we have lost. It is the story of Lili, an introverted 11-year-old girl who uses her imagination as a refuge from the world around her;

4 min. | USA | Palm Desert Premiere


Laura Zamora

Trudie's Goose

When a young girl preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ritual, befriends a Holocaust survivor elder, both lives are changed forever as they journey from darkness to healing through the power of art.

5 min. |  USA  |  World Premiere


Gaulke, Hutman, Kapel, Ericsson

The Tunnel Theory

10 min. |  USA  |  World Premiere


Shawn McDonald

What happens when a Google Maps search and a conspiracy theorist combine forces? What lies beneath our oceans? Is there a separate Earth on Earth?


36 min. | USA | West Coast Premiere


Stacey Souther

Legendary actress Valerie Perrine lit up the screen in some of the most iconic roles and films of the 20th century. From her Academy Award-nominated turn as Honey Bruce in the film LENNY, to her iconic role as Eve Teschmacher in the original SUPERMAN, this legend has inspired a generation. Now age 76, we go behind the curtain as she enters a new health battle -- Parkinson's.

Vote Neil

19 min. | USA | California Premiere


Honora Talbott

Years ago, Neil joined the Marines during the Don't Ask Don't Tell era as a way of ensuring that his partner wouldn't have to go to war alone again. Now, Neil is trying to become the first openly gay man elected to the Alabama State Legislature, and we follow his attempt to make history as election day quickly approaches.


8 min. | Brazil | Palm Desert Premiere


Helena Hilario, Mario Pece

While visiting a home for children, a little girl meets Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella. This unexpected encounter awakens his memories of the past. Inspired by true events, 'Umbrella' is an homage to empathy, hope and love.

Vanishing River

7 min. | USA | California Premiere


Eric Lynch

Flying high above scenic landscapes, this documentary follows the Colorado River’s water through the Grand Canyon, to Lake Mead, down through the Central Arizona Project (CAP), and then to Arizona farmland and municipalities, where it sustains an ever-growing population amid a rapidly changing climate.

Walk With Pride

6 min. | USA | California Premiere


Kaela Waldstein

Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting over 115,000 attendees each year. It culminates with its Haute Couture Fashion Show. The show highlights Indigenous fashion designers who look to their cultural past to create clothing, jewelry and accessories that embody the essence of ancestral memory and creative designs of today.

Until ...

5 min. | USA | World Premiere


Khrishna Grace

It's our individual, daily decisions that determine the global future.


4 min. | USA | California Premiere


Melody Gilbert

Every day for the past 23 years, Michael has taken a picture with a film camera. Each of the more than 8,000 images carries special meaning & is organized by date & stored at his farm in rural Minnesota. He has never shown them to anyone, but now, as he is starting to lose his memory, he ponders his obsession & wonders: Who will care when he’s gone? 

War For Keyboard Warriors

3 min. | USA | Palm Springs Premiere


Lam Can-zhao

The Keyboard Warrior seeks to use the power imbued in his 'weapon' to effect death and destruction upon his foes. In essence, the keyboard allows the keyboard warrior to manifest his true warrior nature in a safe and removed environment, from which no real-life repercussions ensue.

Wasteland Weekend

14 min. | USA | World Premiere


Mike Darling

'Wasteland Weekend: The Party At The End Of The Earth' gives us a look at this unique festival for Mad Max and Apocalypse fans. Since 2010, wastelanders have gathered in the Mojave Desert to celebrate the end of the world.

Waters Of March

4 min. |  CANADA | Palm Springs Premiere


Elizabeth Lewis

Waters of March is the classic written by Tom Jobim and performed by jazz singer Stacey Kent. The delicately rendered animated drawings move at a rollicking pace, transitioning back and forth from real to abstract images, telling the everchanging story of loss and hope.

When Planets Mate

12 min. | USA | Palm Springs Premiere


Chakram, Riley Thompson

Explore the origins of life and humanity's quest for transcendental knowledge while voyaging through a psychonautic world melded from biology and Hindu myth.  Includes a spellbinding original composition from Viraj Gandhi (Chakram), the film's creator, co-writer, and Executive Producer.

Whispers In The Dark

25 min. |  USA  |  World Premiere


Lily Qi, Valerie Chen, Clara Lee

A cinéma vérité story of the sex worker community on Chicago's South & West sides, revealing the world of sex workers through their encounters with danger, their views of law enforcement & efforts to bring changes to the justice system. Directed by Lily Qi, Valerie Chen & Clara Lee, it's part of AmDocs' Northwestern University Medill Documentary Program series.

We Began To Sing

23 min. | Canada | SoCal Premiere


Polly Wells

The power of singing together is at the heart of this story of the grassroots songbooks that changed the face of community singing, and harnessed the regenerative power of songs to change the world. Featuring Annie Patterson, Peter Blood, and the legendary Pete Seeger.

When The Light Comes

5 min. | UK | California Premiere


Siqi Cai, Hang Xu

Saying goodbye is one of the more common things we experience in daily life. This short animated film aims to visualize the farewell, to strike a chord, to trigger deep thoughts among the audience. 

Water Is Life

24 min. | USA | Palm Desert Premiere


Sam Vinal

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight — to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. In 'L'eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life): From Standing Rock To The Swamp',  they are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

Whale People: Protectors Of The Sea

13 min. |  USA  |  Palm Springs Premiere


Jason Jones

'Whale People: Protectors of the Sea' tells the story of today’s environmental emergency through the figure of the orca.  Killer whales, or orcas, are a “miner’s canary” for the ocean. Their health indicates the health of the seas, the salmon stocks, the ancestral waters and lifeways of coastal Indigenous communities, and the well-being of future generations.

Where Is Nancy?

82 min. |  USA | SoCal Premiere


Thiago DaDalt

The heartache begins when Nancy Paulikas, 55, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, wanders away on a family trip to an L.A. museum in October 2016. The constant search for her uncovers the gaps in the USA's social and health systems. Is Nancy still alive? If so, where is Nancy?

Whispers Of The Lake

12 min. | Mexico | US Premiere


Adán Ruiz

A p’urhépecha fisherman meditates on his last days. In the lake that surrounds his home, different times coexist, the moon rises the tide, and with its light reveals secrets that are not visible through the day. Little time remains before the fisherman is trapped forever in the mystical waters where all the voices whisper.


3 min. | Australia | US Premiere


Nicolette Axiak

After suffering a loss, the inundating sympathy flowers echo a young woman's emotional passage.

White Male Shooter

6 min. | USA | SoCal Premiere


Andrew Norbeck

A father processes his beliefs on gun ownership by creating an unorthodox sculpture.

A Woman In Motion

95 min. | USA | West Coast Premiere


Todd Thompson

The true story of Nichelle Nichols' daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Winter's Blight

14 min. | New Zealand | US Premiere


Claire Campbell

This film tells the story of a reclusive elderly man named Bill, who lives in a remote forest in Central Otago. 


65 min. | Serbia | US Premiere


Andrijana Stojković

Serbian-Australian writer Wongar lives a secluded life in the suburbs of Melbourne taking care of his 6 dingoes. His latest novel is about to be published but at the same time his long time companion, dingo Timmy, has fallen sick. Not listening to the vet's recommendations to put Timmy down, Wongar looks for help for his loving dingo through other means.

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