2021 FILMS L-P Go to DocsNow+ March 26th

Ḻärr

Four men from Ngukurr travel to their traditional homeland Ŋilipidji to document bush skills for younger generations.

Nicola Bell

17 min. |  AUSTRALIA  |  Documentary Short

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Light Side Up

Three adventurous filmmakers travel to the Alaskan Arctic in pursuit of a never-before-filmed sight: the aurora borealis from the edge of space. Doing something that's never been done means confronting hurdles, both known and unknown, head-on.

Nate Luebbe

29 min.  |  USA  | Documentary Short

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Man In The Arena

An inside look at Roger Ailes, the iconic and controversial founder of FOX News, told with his never-before-revealed private archives, and insightful interviews with leading political and media figures of the past decades.

Michael Barnes

115 min. | USA | Documentary Feature

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Metro6

Today is an important day for Zak, but everything is going horribly wrong. During his adventurous bus ride, Zak goes through a deeply personal metamorphosis.

Geoff Hecht

8 min.  |  USA  |  Animation

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Last Meal

Capital punishment simmers in a boiling pot of controversy. Amidst the political and religious debate surrounding the issue one thing sets tongues wagging more than the others - what do the condemned eat before their execution?

Marcus McKenzie, Daniel Principe

18 min. |  AUSTRALIA |  Documentary Short

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Lines Of Exile

Hamid Naficy’s fifty years of drawings of prominent scholars, philosophers, and theorists form a unique index of the evolution of cultural theory over the last decades. In this portrait, Naficy intimately recounts this evolution through his drawings.

Eric Patrick

7 min. |  USA  |  Animation

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Meltdown In Dixie

In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. The film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

Emily Harrold

40 min. | USA | Documentary Short

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Misfit

A piece of a jigsaw puzzle gets separated from the other members of his puzzle so he attempts to join other puzzles.

Steve Segal

5 min. | USA | Animation

Lessons From Jeju

For centuries the Haenyeo have shattered norms in Korea as working mothers, and Kimi, now eight months pregnant, seeks a deeper understanding of what it means to be both a professional free diver and mother.

Nicole Gormley

13 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Metamorphosis

A butterfly is resurrected from a rare specimen collection and explores the ruins of an ancient civilization that leads to a mysterious underground frozen cave. In the cave, the butterfly meets the Butterfly Man, who is an amalgamation of many other butterflies. The two dance and transform between the human and butterfly shapes.

Xi Wang

4 min. |  CHINA  |  Animation

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Moustafa & Maram

An intimate portrait of an Egyptian-American father and daughter in New York City. Through their eyes, this documentary short explores what it means to be Muslim in America.

Malcolm St-Pierre

31 min. | CANADA  |  Documentary Short

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Mister Candid Camera

An in depth history of one of America's great TV personalities.

Peter Funt

89 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Feature

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My Babuska Smokes A Pipe

Memories of the guts it took to defeat facism during World War 2.

Ivan Pavlov

3 min.  |  RUSSIA  | Animation

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Namoo

Follow the journey of a man from his beginning to his end. As a young man, he falls in love with painting and as an adult, he falls in love with another person. Nothing lasts forever. But what if he leaves the things that truly matter to him behind?

Erick Oh

10 min. | SOUTH KOREA | Animation

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Nine

A history of the one of the first Women’s Crew teams to petition for the right to organize in 1973, after the passage of TITLE 9.

Jane Musky

9 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Ms Diva Trucker

A long-distance trucker copes with the strain driving places on her finances and relationships — through YouTube. As “MsDivaTrucker,” she learns to thrive out on her own.

Dana Reilly

13 min. |  USA |  Documentary Short

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My Friend Artemis

Follow Artemis, a Norwegian trans woman who wants to complete her transformation, with the challenges this brings in an early phase of the gender correction process. (Adult Themes)

Mads Sterri Nilsen

25 min. |  NORWAY  |  Documentary Short

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Napo

John, unable to understand the illness that drives his grandfather between past and present states, stumbles into an old album full of photographs and then let the images guide his imagination, transforming his grandpa's memories into drawing interpretations.

Gustavo Ribeiro

16 min. |  BRAZIL |  Animation

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Mudminnow Channel

 

Explore intersections in screens, sounds, isolation and biology

Patrick Moser

7 min.  |  USA  |  Animation

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My Name Is Lopez

Born in Dallas of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Trini Lopez fought his way out of the ghetto with a guitar to become a true American rock and roll legend, one of the first Latino rock stars, and an honorary member of the Rat Pack.

P. David Ebersole, Toddy Hughes

96 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Feature

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Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance

Home to much of the world’s precious freshwater resources, Minnesota is the site of expanding oil industry infrastructure. Follow indigenous activists and non-indigenous allies in their resistance to the pipelines traversing native lands and essential waterways.

Jan Haaken, Samantha Praus

60 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Feature

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One All The Way

Three elderly New Jersey men search for the world's greatest Hot Texas Weiner, but along the way, discover what has happened to their hometown, Paterson, New Jersey.

25 min.  | USA |  Documentary Short

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David Baram

Our Bed Is Green

Realm, a virtual reality facility, is quite transparent about the erotic potential of its services. Wall to wall, Realm is lined with tempting previews from its menu of stock experiences. But it also offers something more: with the help of powerful data-mining technology, customers can create virtual facsimiles of real-life places and people.

7 min. |  USA  |  Animation

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Maggie Brennan

Ocean Souls

Cetaceans, despite looking so different to us, are possibly our closest relatives in terms of cognitive abilities and family ties.

58 min. |  UK |  Documentary Feature

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Philip Hamilton, Scott Wilson

Only A Child

A visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and colour to the original words spoken by Severn Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet.

6 min. |  SWITZERLAND  |  Animation

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Simone Giampaolo

Our Law

Deaths in police custody, racial profiling and a national incarceration rate more than a dozen times higher than non-Indigenous people have all contributed to a mistrust of law enforcement among Aboriginal people. But in Warakurna, residents’ wave at the police as they drive past. This community in Western Australia is now policed by two Aboriginal officers, a first step on a long road to changing a troubled relationship.

27 min.  |  AUSTRALIA  |  Documentary Short

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Cornel Ozies

On The FenceLine: A Fight For Clean Air

After a bankrupting explosion in June, the future of the largest and oldest oil refinery on the east coast remains unknown. Philly Thrive, an organization of frontline residents and environmental activists, escalates their actions as they fight to keep the refinery closed for good.

 25 min. | USA  |  Documentary Short

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Eng, Harrison, Klein, Tamarchenko

Operation Wolf Patrol

Watch eco-activisit Rod Coronado work to redefine his activism in an era– post 9/11, where some have called him an “eco-terrorist.” Coronado's "Wolf Patrol" is met with a tightening of "hunter harassment" laws that prohibit photography on public lands. Now Coronado has to ask himself is he willing to go back to prison to fight a law that some are calling "unconstitutional."

86 min. | USA | Documentary Feature

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Joe Brown

Oxygen

On a far away planet, home to Bobtors, an astronaut-doctor suffers from a lack of oxygen. To survive she has to pay the highest price as a human and as a doctor...

11 min. |  BELGIUM  |  Animation

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Rocky Grispen, Violette Belzer

Do You Have Your Tickets Yet?

10th Annual Film Festival, March 26-30

Palm Springs, CA

AmDocs 2021

Tickets for all 250+ films for #AmDocs2021 are on sale now. We have a variety of  festival passes from which to choose, and a number of ticket plans that will suit any of your needs. Individual film screening tickets are available by clicking here.  (PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Covid crisis, AmDocs 2020 shall be virtual.  Go to DocsNow+)

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Pant Hoot

21 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Richard Reens

As the world’s chimpanzee population dwindles in the wild, one-man risks everything to care for a group of mistreated animals rescued by Jane Goodall’s Chimp Eden Sanctuary in South Africa.

Peace Of Her Mind

20 min. |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Brynne McKee

One woman in the farming community of Gujarat, India attempts to find Peace of Her Own amidst economic struggle, climate pressure and patriarchal oppression.

Painting By Numbers

4 min. | AUSTRALIA | Animation

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Radheya Jegatheva

A child's encounter with classic masterpieces triggers a confronting epiphany

Panacea

25 min.  |  USA  |  Documentary Short

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Laiqa Hitt

At five years old, Caroline Sheridan knew she wanted to be a ballerina.  Driven by her love for the art, she persevered through discrimination and hardships in the world of ballet.  A global pandemic strikes, stopping the production. Caroline, however, finds inspiration in the shutdown and discovers how love, passion, and resiliency can overcome all.

Paris Callagrammes

129 min. | GERMANY | Documentary Feature

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Ulrike Ottinger

Be a part of the resurrection of the old Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Latin Quarter, with their literary cafés and jazz clubs, and revisits encounters with Jewish exiles, life with her artistic community, the worldviews of Parisian ethnologists and philosophers, the political upheavals of the Algerian War and May 1968, and the legacy of the colonial era.

Perfect Chaos

37 min. |  USA | Documentary Short

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Scott Randolph

Burnt out and desensitized - Scott Randolph, Steve-O’s Producer and Tour Manager rides a motorcycle 2600 miles around India to find whats missing.

Pam

12 min. |  ISRAEL  |  Documentary Short

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Amit Lerner

Pam, a 73-year-old retired NYC teacher, defies stereotypes of growing older as she prepares for her annual tap, ballet and jazz recital.

Pangu

6 min. | CHINA | Animation

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Shaofu Zhang

Based on the ancient Chinese creation myth, Pangu is a modern tale about parenthood and the differences between generations. Pangu creates a rigid world of straight and square shapes, but there’s just one problem: his son sees the world as curves and circles.

Do You Have Your Virtual Pass Yet?

10th Annual Film Festival,March 26-30

Palm Springs, CA

AmDocs 2021

The pass for over 200 films for #AmDocs2021 is on sale now. With the pandemic we are forced to stream films this year- you won't be disappointed as the quality is as impressive as ever.  Let's all strive to keep the arts alive!

Petra & Peter - A Tale Of Two Siblings

74 min. |  SWEDEN  |  Documentary Feature

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Johanna Aust

Follow Petra, who is adopted from Guyana, and her Swedish brother Peter parallelly for five years. They are grown up and now living separate lives, dealing with separate struggles. But they have one thing in common - both want life to be something else.

Planet Blue - Journey To Eco

6 min. |  USA | Animation

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Ricky Boyd

Pondering how to save the rainforest, Frazzie suggests asking Planet Blue, who appears outside the space station with Sunny Sun. Warning them that the rainforest is disappearing at rapid rates, Planet Blue asks everyone to help

Pretty Vacant

20 min. | TURKEY | Documentary Short

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Cigdem Slankard

See how an art project in the Slavic Village Neighborhood in Cleveland, transforms abandoned and blighted houses slated for demolition.

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Portrayal

90 min. |  CANADA |  Documentary Feature

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Billie Mintz

Since he was a child Roman Lapshin has been haunted by a secret his late grandfather revealed to him when he was only 12 years old. A personal disclosure regarding the mysterious and troubling origins of thousands of pieces of missing artwork his grandfather had painted over his lifetime.

Prince Of Dreams

90 min. | SWEDEN | Documentary Feature

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Jessica Nettelbladt

Erik was born female, but from an early age he felt trapped in the wrong body. When he was 18, he began his transition with hormone treatments and surgery. After meeting Martyna, the love of his life, thoughts of what makes a person a real man weigh on his mind. He struggles with body dysphoria - would he ever be able to accept himself?

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Preserving The Holocaust

11 min.  |  USA | Documentary Short

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Jane Wells

75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau a dedicated group of young Polish conservators are preserving artifacts that refute Holocaust denial and honor those killed there.

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