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Documentary
15 minutes
2009
Director(s): Aideen O'Sullivan, Ross Whitaker
Ireland
 
Thu 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Fri 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 12:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
The Irish "phone box", aka phone booth, has gone from the center of society to the verge of extinction. Until the 1980s, most houses in Ireland were without telephones. The humble phone box was the chosen method of instant communication— at the heart of many lives. However, evolving technology led the way for the demise of the phone box which is now on its way out. A road trip around the country leads us to wonderfully quirky characters who recount their memories of the small concrete structure that was so important in rural Ireland—in this lighthearted tribute to the recent past.
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Documentary
15 minutes
2011
Director(s): Robert James, Ondi Timoner
USA
Thu 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Fri 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 12:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Synopsis
A tour of the Oregon State Hospital involving the local press and a State Senator was conducted to uncover the deplorable conditions of the facility, filming location of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. What they didn't expect to find were thousands of corroded copper urns containing the cremated remains of unclaimed psychiatric patients, some dating back to the late 1800's. Over the century, the canisters were exposed to water, resulting in a wildly colorful corroding effect on the cans. Artist David Maisel captured beautiful photographs of these enigmatic vessels in an art exhibit and book. See [page 19] for the Gallery Show "Library of Dust" at Bohemia Framing and Fine Art where six of Maisel's stunning color photographs will be displayed from April 1, First Friday throughout the festival.
 
Documentary
39 minutes
2011
Director(s): Irene Taylor Brodsky
USA
Thu 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Fri 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 12:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 3:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Audience Award Best Short Film: Documentary

Through the story of a single bird rescued from the oily waters of the Gulf Coast following BP's Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 - we are offered a glimmer of hope in the midst of an unprecedented ecological disaster. Nearly 9,000 birds were picked up in the four months following the spill. One of them was bird number 895, a young Brown Pelican found orphaned in the water, covered in oil. Pelican 895 is delivered by wildlife biologists to an emergency bird rehabilitation center where he is monitored 24 hours a day by a dedicated staff of both ordinary people and wildlife experts, many of whom travel the world responding to oil spills. 895 must be thoroughly and painstakingly cleaned of oil and must learn to feed himself before his release - or there will be little hope for his survival back in the wild.

 
Documentary
26 minutes
2011
Director(s): Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday
USA
Thu 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Fri 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Sat 12:20 pm Varsity 2
Sun 3:20 pm Varsity 2
Mon 3:40 pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Juried Best Documentary: Short Subject

Mr. James Armstrong is a rank and file "foot soldier" and the proud proprietor of Armstrong's Barbershop, a cultural and political hub in Birmingham, Alabama, where hair was cut, civil rights marches organized and battle wounds from police truncheons iced. This film follows 85-year-old Mr. Armstrong as he experiences the manifestation of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. This colorful and courageous activist of the Civil Rights era casts his vote, celebrates Barack Obama's victory, and proudly unfurls the American flag he carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 as he is inducted into the Foot Soldiers Hall of Fame. Mr. Armstrong links the magnitude of the present paradigm shift with challenges he faced in the past: from his sons' integration into an all white school to the Bloody Sunday march for voting rights.

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