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.
29 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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
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.
7 min. | USA | Animation
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.
40 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
4 min. | CHINA | Animation
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?
10 min. | SOUTH KOREA | Animation
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.
16 min. | BRAZIL | Animation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Do You Have Your Tickets Yet?
10th Annual Film Festival, March 26-30
Palm Springs, CA
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+)
25 min. | USA | Documentary Short
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.
129 min. | GERMANY | Documentary Feature
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.
6 min. | CHINA | Animation
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
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
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.
90 min. | CANADA | Documentary Feature
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
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?