2021 FILMS C-E Go to DocsNow+ March 26

Calibrate

Steven Pasvolsky

Former Mr. Universe Ken Ware does not have any medical qualification, but he’s found an astounding link between Chaos Theory and the body’s ability to heal itself from catastrophic injury.

55 min. |  AUSTRALIA  | Documentary Feature

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Catfinement

Javier Seisdedos

A portrait of the human world from the point of view of the experience of a couple of cats that live in an apartment with two foreign students in the city of Madrid

17 min.  |  SPAIN  | Documentary Short

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Charlie Surfer

Pia Strømme

Charlie is 10 years old and diagnosed with Aspergers. He is proud of his disgnosis but sometimes he wishes he could be more like the other boys in his class. Feeling different makes him feel left out at times. Because of his Aspergers Charlie struggles with team sports. But he has found two things he loves to do, surfing and dancing. We follow Charlie through ups and downs at this years surf camp.

18 min.| NORWAY | Documentary Short

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Call Sign Chaos

Carl Colby

Film Film Title:  Call Sign CHAOS: Gen. Jim Mattis And The U.S. Marine Corps

Marines served heroically in the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the World War II predecessor to C.I.A and the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the career of General James Mattis, the recipient of The OSS Society's 2019 William J. Donovan Award®.

12 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short

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AmDocs 2021

AmDocs 2021

Check out all of the great titles, available virtually this year.

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Cheyenne

Rich Underwood

Facing kidney failure at the age of 20, Cheyenne's options for a donor are dwindling until an unexpected turn of events presents love and a lifesaving gift. A set of skilled caregivers operate on Cheyenne and her living donor to give her a second chance at a life that had only begun to blossom.

9 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Carving Joy

Shane Matthews, Joe Ventura

Ellen Moore speaks to her husband’s ability to inspire and connect a mountain community through his art. Self-taught artist Scott Harrison, a Marine wounded in Vietnam, reflects on his decades-long effort to restore a historic wooden carousel and spread joy in his small mountain community by building a lasting memorial to the tiny music box that helped him escape the horrors of war.

10 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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AmDocs 2021

AmDocs is now recognized by filmmakers and audiences alike as one of the world's favorite festivals!

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Children Of The Night

Behrooz Nouranipour

A child soldier, craving heroin, with a Kalashnikovs in hand has been involved in more than fifty ISIS wars and conflicts. Balanche is among the first child soldiers to tell his stories and observations of one of the most terrifying wars in the world in full detail, along with his four other companions.

87 min. |  IRAN  |  Documentary Feature

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Chinese Worker

Following the forced closure of his factory, a former CEO immigrates to America where he faces harsh conditions and frustrating bureaucracy in pursuit of a better future for himself and his family.

21 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Jack Mullinkosson

Colorful Fears

A filmmaker fears of his own creative tools, fake affection, betrayal, abstract imagination, and the cycle of the fears. Animated with watercolor on paper, the creative tools symbolized by a "hand" take on a journey of hurting and getting hurt.

3 min.  |  USA  | Animation

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Will Kim

Covid Bach

The fully hand drawn images weave in and out between abstract and nightmarish visions. Then the dream ends......but does it?

2 min. |  CANADA  |  Animation

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Elizabeth Lewis

Clash Of Clans: Lost And Crowned

The very first Clash of Clans short film has made its debut! It’s Larry’s first day on the job, guarding the Red King’s crown with his big brother Peter on a late-night shift. What could possibly go wrong?

12 min. |  SPAIN |  Animation

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Borja Peña Gorostegui

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Danielle

Danielle chooses not to focus on the disease itself but instead on the person who has the disease, their life and how they choose to live it, despite the obstacles.

15 min.  |  UK  |  Documentary Short

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Gareth Warland

Clean Slate

Striving to stay sober, best friends Josh and Cassidy write their traumatic life events into a short film screenplay. The project is jeopardized when Cassidy relapses and has to leave their Southern, faith-based recovery home. The aspiring filmmakers struggle to restore faith in their friendship, their families, and themselves, all while making their short film about the turbulent road of recovery.

90 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Feature

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Jared Callahan

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Dark Is Not Black

As the surreal darkness of night engulfs a Wuhan in lockdown, a kaleidoscope of characters emerges and then disappears, leaving us with unexpected insights about fear, agony, love, and hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

40 min. |  CHINA  |  Documentary Short

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Jian Fan

David Mirisch

(Full Film Title:  David Mirisch, The Man Behind The Golden Stars)

With over a 50-year career in entertainment, David carved out a name for himself as a key publicist for some of Hollywood’s most elite stars.  In addition to his professional acumen, David Mirisch is equally known for his philnathropy.

84 min. |  BRAZIL  |  Documentary Feature

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Marcela Mariz

Deep Fears

A sea otter who is afraid of the ocean is challenged to face his fears when he loses his precious pink shell necklace at sea.

3 min.  |  USA  | Animation

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Ryan Chu

Do You See What I See?

From illustrating for Sesame Street to exposing the New World Order, this is the story of the controversial personality David Dees, unofficial artist of conspiracy theory culture. What sent him down the rabbit hole, and is there a path out?

13 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Brad Abrahams

death. everything. nothing

Separated by distance, time, and a pandemic, a daughter wrestles with her mother's impending death.

6 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short

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LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant

Dennis: The Man Who Legalized Cannabis

The story of veteran, LGBTQ+ and cannabis activist, Dennis Peron, who fought to get cannabis to HIV/AIDS patients in 1990s San Francisco.

20 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Brandon Moore

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Deck The Halls

It's Chuck's first Christmas and, for an ornament, that can be a very daunting time.

2 min.  |  USA  |  Animation

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Andrew Frechette

Digging For Life

When a young Cameroonian man attempts to pursue the dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.

14 min. | PORTUGAL | Documentary Short

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Joao Queiroga

Dreaming Of Jerusalem

An intimate look at the Jewish community in Gondar, Ethiopia, where people have been waiting for 20 years to emigrate to Israel and continue to face discrimination from all sides as they cultivate their Jewish identity.

25 min. | USA, ETHIOPIA |  Documentary Short

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Peter Decherney, Sosena Solomon

Driven

17 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Cody Wilson

In a world of adrenaline and speed, a quadriplegic race car driver pushes to keep his dream of racing alive.

Eddy's World

19 mins.  |  USA  | Documentary Short

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Lyn Goldfarb

An intimate portrait of a 98 year old working toy inventor whose creativity and curiosity keep him young and healthy. This documentary short brings together stories of toys and stories of life in one engaging personal journey.

Equality Tea

6 min. |  USA  |  Animation

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Jaime Sunwoo

Throughout America, women organized tea parties for meetings and fundraisers to support the suffrage movement. The Woman’s Suffrage Party sold ceylon, young hyson, gunpowder, and oolong tea under their charitable brand “Equality Tea.”

Drum, Don't Dwell

22 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short

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Kyle C. Goings

After struggling intensely with his illness over a number of years — going through a divorce, turning to drugs and alcohol, and becoming distant from his family — Jim finds renewed energy in his life as he begins to play again.

Elmore Leonard: Don't Try To Write

94 mins. |  USA  |  Documentary Feature

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John Mulholland

Elmore Leonard's career spanned more than half-a-century, this mere genre master created an indelible and timeless America; an America as real as the London of Dickens, the Missouri of Twain, the Monterey of Steinbeck.

Etched In Bone

73 min. |  AUSTRLIA  |  Feature Documentary

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Martin Thomas

When the Smithsonian Institution agrees to repatriate stolen human bones from northern Australia, an Aboriginal elder creates a ceremony that restores his ancestors’ spirits to their homeland.

Dump Matsumoto

9 min.  |  JAPAN  |  Documentary Short

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Chen Herng Shinn

Dump Matsumoto is a legendary female professional wrestler. At 60, she is still active. But before she retires, she has to wrestle the spectra of her past before she can face her future, and her father.

Equal Under God

26 mins. | USA | Documentary Short

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Andersen Xia, Evan Garcia, Abigail Hodgson

Peter Ogik is a 26-year-old African man with albinism, a skin condition resulting in white hair and pale skin. He’s survived three attempted kidnappings in Uganda, where witchcraft-related rituals threaten the lives of albinos.

Every Day Burns

5 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Aidan Jung, Tyler Murgo

Award winning pole dancer, Sada Velasquez, addresses the familial and social stigma she must overcome in order to pursue her passion for dance.