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

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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.  


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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.

11 minutes
Director: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper
Year: 2011
Country: USA

Meet the Aquadettes, a group of young-at-heart women on Leisure World’s synchronized swim team. 75-year-old member Margo is fighting multiple sclerosis and using medical marijuana to ease her pain and to keep on swimming in this beautifully paced meditation on life, death, and water sports.

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Hold On Tight 
13 minutes
Director: Anna Rodgers
Year: 2011
Country: Ireland

Holding hands or kissing in public isn't for everyone. In Ireland, when it comes to same sex relationships, showing your love outside of the home is sometimes a complicated personal choice. Moving between public and private spaces, this short, sweet film explores the small gentle gestures of human connectedness.  

8 minutes
Director: Laura Green
Year: 2011
Country: USA

This visual poem explores the boundaries between art and industry as it documents the construction of renowned minimalist artist, Richard Serra's 235 ton, building-sized sculpture “Sequence.” This beautifully composed meditation captures riggers, truckers, and construction workers in moments of unexpected grace.  


Little Horses 
18 minutes
Director: Levi Abrino
Year: 2011
Country: USA

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.

Smoke Songs 
20 minutes
Director: Briar March
Year: 2012
Country: USA

The godfather of punk, Joey Ramone, declared them “fire punk-rock.” Three siblings comprise Blackfire, a Dine`(Navajo) rock band from Flagstaff, Arizona. Both on the road and at home, their angry and redemptive, traditional and modern music provides a dynamic insight into the contemporary issues facing a generation of Native American youth.

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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