2021 FILMS A-B Go to DocsNow+ March 26
A Roblox Story - CJ Oyer
7 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
From his early childhood, Christopher “CJ” Oyer struggled to find a place where he could be himself. The day he discovered Roblox changed everything. With the power to make games of his own and share them online with people all over the world, a young autistic man with boundless energy and imagination found the chance to express his creativity
About Your Father
16 min. | USA | Documentary Short
When Ruth was 15, her mother gave her an envelope with three documents: her father’s obituary, the program from his funeral, and a letter written by her father’s his best friend after he died. As she approaches the end of college and the start of a new chapter, Ruth revisits these documents and what they have meant to her as she has tried to process the loss of a man she loves and misses deeply, but never even really knew.
76 min. | USA | Documentary Feature
To right the wrongs of his all-American sex education, a 36-year-old goes on a quest to uncover naked truths and hard facts — no matter how awkward it gets. (ADULT THEMES.)
A Long Walk To The Moon
14 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Former Grumman engineers share the challenges and successes of being part of the historic construction of the Lunar Module for the Apollo program.
A Thousand Words Unspoken
26 min. | Australia | Documentary Short
Unpack the reunion of two brothers Derek & Jeremiah, who are seven years in age apart, and took radically different paths in coming to terms with their sexual identities as gay men.
Africa's Business Heroes
53 min. | CHINA | Documentary Feature
witness the grand gathering of ANPI entrepreneurs so as to let more people know this major change in the African continent. It uses true and nature manners in filming to express equality, tolerance and care of ANPI values and promote the entrepreneurship of progressing, pioneering and self-improvement.
AJ x Mari: A Remote Romance
AJ and Mari decided it was time to turn their budding romance into an official relationship. This short documentary follows two young, queer Filipinx-Americans living in the Chicagoland area as they attempt to maintain connection in the face of social distancing. Through digital dates, emotional uncertainty, and limited opportunity for physical interaction, they endure this unprecedentedly lonely time, together.
9 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Michael del Rosario
Testifying before Congress was the last thing that Kelly Martin wanted to do. Still, she went to Washington in 2016 to shed light on the discrimination and harassment women suffer as wildland firefighters. With grit and determination, the women of ANCHOR POINT are band together to forge a news place for themselves in wildland fire protection.
89 min. | USA | Doc. Feature(FILMFUND Winner)
After 10 years of living in the street and alcohol, Jesus tries to reintegrate himself into society through a social program. After two years of obligations, rules and living in a shared apartment with other users, he begins to realize that he will never have an independent life again. His way of headlong rush and feeling freedom is running.
20 min. | SPAIN | Documentary Short
Octavio Guerra Quevedo
Alexandre The Fool
Alex, a sensitive, refined and schizophrenic man is at a crossroads. His grand-mother and confidante, who would like to die with peace of mind, insists that he tries to find a girlfriend. His encounter with a young psychotic woman gives birth to an ardently passionate relationship, making him slowly drift away from his usual emotional boundaries.
65 min. | CANADA | Documentary Festure
Animating Aeroplane Jelly
Through a casual conversation Eric Porter found himself commissioned to make an animated cinema commercial for local entrepreneurs Bert Appleroth and Albert Lenertz who wanted new and exciting ways to promote their very successful Aeroplane Jelly, a brand of brightly packaged crystals that was famous for a catchy song they used to promote the jelly on radio.
18 min. | AUSTRALIA | Animation
In this musical journey, a brave group of astronauts and a determined little girl try valiantly to bring a spark of life back to our dying planet.
4 min. | USA | Animation
Patrick Tiberius Gehlen
From the time she was 3, Leanna knew what her cousin did to her body behind closed doors was wrong. Still, shame kept her from telling anyone for many years. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, the startling response caused Leanna to choose silent torment for several more years to come.
61 min. | USA | Documentary Feature
Leanna Borsellino, James Headrick
Angel and Elmer are among the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers who in recent years risked everything -- their own lives and the lives of their loved ones -- to claw their way from Central America to the U.S., carrying dreams that their children will live a life away from the corruption and violence that have “burnt” their hometowns.
40 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Emily Taguchi, Jake Lefferman
Autism: One Man's Story
35 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Scott Michael Crumb
Currently an unprecedented number of autistic young people will be making the transition to adulthood. But what if you are autistic and never diagnosed as a child? What if you are entering adulthood without the benefit of early diagnosis, intervention and support?
2 min. | USA | Animation
Matthew B. W. Sheehan
The Barbell Snatch is an Olympic-style weight lifting move, which many people think of as just a big man lifting a big thing in the air. But I think of it as a combination of beauty and explosive power.
Behind the Mask: Voices from the Frontline
14 min. | USA | Documentary Short
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States last spring, New York City - with its tight quarters and high population density - soon became the epicenter of the crisis. As the virus spread and millions went inside to shelter-in-place, first responders experienced the pandemic head on, risking health and safety to protect their city and do their jobs.
Bajo: Guardians Of The Reef
5 min. | UK | Documentary Short
Alice Colfox , Boris Thompson-Roylance
Sulawesi is at the epicentre of worldwide marine bio diversity. Bajau people have lived and hunted in these waters for centuries with communities made up of some of the most renowned natural free divers in the world.
Before I Die
14 min. | SPAIN | Documentary Short
In a small island of Lake Victoria, Kenya, fishermen believe that they are entitled to everything. Meanwhile, women and girls are forced to carry the weight of their silence. In a close journey through her childhood memories, a young woman decides to tell her story to lighten her burden and find hope...
3 min. | USA | Animation
Don't blink as 3,475 individual masks from all over the world rhythmically are animated, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.
Beyond The Mauna
28 min. | USA | Documentary Short
Carter Lau, Duncan Heger
Thousands of years ago, Polynesians navigated by the stars to reach the island of Hawai’i. Mailani views astronomy as a way to live out their legacy. Wong-Wilson regards the TMT as a desecration of her people’s sacred land and a continued perpetration of colonialistic will. Inspired by their ancestors, both fight for what they believe charts the best path for the Hawai’ian future.
Billy The Elephant
Billy, a Malaysian elephant, who was captured in the wild over 30 years ago, has been the center of controversy for decades. Living a solitary existence at the Los Angeles Zoo since 1989, this film continues an ongoing conversation of whether zoos are educational institutions or in fact harmful for large animals.
8 min. | USA | Animation
A scrappy little earthworm decides he wants to be a caterpillar. He runs away from his family but soon learns he can’t eat leaves, he can’t walk on legs, and he definitely can fly. When a scary monster arrives in the woods, he’ll have to save the day and learn being a worm is not so bad.
10 min. | USA | Animation
The man from the border has spent his entire life searching for the biggest fish that the blue Danube hides. Every sunrise sees the old fisherman attempt to lure the river giant in an ancient fishing way by clapping on the river surface with a hand-carved piece of wood. Two rivals - one on the surface of the water and the other concealed within the depths of the mighty river are waiting to finally meet.
20 min. | SERBIA | Documentary Short