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Little Horses 
18 minutes
Director: Levi Abrino
Year: 2011
Country: USA
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A bittersweet comedy about a small-town postal worker who tries to win back his family. His efforts, centered on an unusual gift to his eight year-old son, highlight the tension in his relationships with his ex-wife and her new boyfriend.

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38-39p C 
8 minutes
Director: Kangmin Kim
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Displayed in colorful stop-motion animation, a man enters a public bathhouse where a dream is induced by the intense heat and steam. He relives a memory of his father. Surrealistic objects and patterns reappear, provoking a desire to rid his father of a birthmark they share. Their past relationship ignites.

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My Best Day 
75 minutes
Director: Erin Greenwell
Year: 2011
Country: USA

While at her job as a refrigerator repair dispatcher, Karen’s world is rocked when she takes a call from a customer she suspects might be the father she never knew. She enlists Megan, a coworker, to pose as a mechanic, and together they embark on a hilarious “service call” in search of the truth about her past. Meanwhile, Megan must choose between the stability of her longtime girlfriend and the thrill of a new love.

In the course of one exceptional Fourth of July, Karen encounters her father's closeted lover, a sister addicted to betting, a brother struggling with adolescence and, if she can get out of jail in time, her father. The provisional nature of families is the theme that drives this quirky, funny, sweet-hearted film. As Karen muses: “I believe the journey you take earns you your name. And you can create that name any day.” [language]

Pipe Dreams 
39 minutes
Director: Leslie Iwerks
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Across the heartland of America, farmers and landowners are fighting to protect their land, their water, and their livelihood in what has become the most controversial environmental battle in the U.S. today: the Keystone XL Pipeline. Routed from Hardisty, Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, this tar sands pipeline is set to cross the country's largest freshwater resource, the Ogallala Aquifer, and the fragile Sandhills of Nebraska, posing devastating consequences to human health, livestock, and agriculture. 

Farmers whose families have worked the land for generations realize the potential personal and environmental disaster they face from the pipeline. They devote their lives, individually and collectively to stopping the project from proceeding. Kitchens become planning rooms for an effort to bring their story to their Nebraska neighbors and the world.  


Song Of The Spindle 
5 minutes
Director: Drew Christie
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Song of the Spindle Official Trailer from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

In this humorous minimalist animation, a surreal conversation between a man and a sperm whale takes place. Each one is trying to convince the other that he is smarter. They go through the upsides and downsides of each other's thought patterns until the two finally come to an understanding.

The Universal Language 
29 minutes
Director: Sam Green
Year: 2011
Country: USA

'The Universal Language' - excerpt from Utopia on Vimeo.

Esperanto, an artificial language created in the late 1800s, was created out of the belief that if everyone in the world spoke a common tongue, we could overcome racism and war. This is a portrait of the language and of those who speak it –humorous, poignant, stirring, and ultimately hopeful. [subtitles]

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