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

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'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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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.

Austin Unbound 
44 minutes
Director: Eliza Greenwood
Year: 2011
Country: USA

The reflections of Austin, a deaf transsexual, are documented during a pivotal stage in his transgendering process — undertaking “top surgery.” While Austin is comfortable with his deafness and refuses to “fix” his hearing, he is adamant about discarding the binder he has long used to flatten his breasts.

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Austin’s female anatomy did not match his mind, heart or spirit. “I felt like I was wearing a Halloween costume,” he signs. James, Austin’s childhood friend, accompanies him to San Francisco (with a stop in Ashland) for his surgery and recovery as Lola, Austin’s girlfriend, lends love and support. Unbound at last, Austin is eager to get on with life. His journey is an inspiration to his community and beyond as he shares his intimate insights with self-awareness and humor. Sign-interpreted Q&A to follow screenings. [subtitles]

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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.

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.

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