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38-39p C 
Shorts
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.


ETHEL 
Documentary
97 minutes
Director: Rory Kennedy
Year: 2011
Country: USA
ethelthemovie.com

A relatively untold story of the Kennedy family – the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy – unfolds through many never-before-seen images, and intimate interviews only a daughter or sister could conduct. Rory, the Emmy Award-winning director, paints a portrait of her mother’s political awakening, the life she shared with attorney general, senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own. The campaigns, the Cuban missile crisis, the assassinations and numerous stories come into focus.

 Recounted memories of this famously private widow and her children combine with rare film footage to tell of a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds and reveal the challenges of withstanding grief over the deaths of so many loved ones. Ethel’s compassion and wisdom forged through triumph and hardship are unveiled in this personal portrait of public family.


Gayby 
Feature
88 minutes
Director: Jonathan Lisecki
Year: 2012
Country: USA
gaybyfilm.com


Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their 30s. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching Bikram yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer's block and can't get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together— the old-fashioned way.

Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? In between yoga and comic books they give it a try. The challenges of creating today’s contemporary family unfold in this sweet, irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness and the family you choose. Based on an award winning short film that has screened at over 100 film festivals. [adult content]

 


Little Horses 
Shorts
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 
Documentary
39 minutes
Director: Leslie Iwerks
Year: 2011
Country: USA
pipedreamsdoc.com


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 
Shorts
5 minutes
Director: Drew Christie
Year: 2011
Country: USA
drewchristie.com


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.


Tchoupitoulas 
Documentary
80 minutes
Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Year: 2011
Country: USA
rossbros.net


Last week in New Orleans from rossbros on Vimeo.

This sensual, impressionistic documentary follows young William, two older brothers, and their dog Buttercup on a journey of discovery to a forbidden land – New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. Sometimes surreal, sometimes observational, the film evokes a world of exotic dancers, street preachers, fire-eaters, musicians, drag queens, and revelers of every stripe. Without interviews or narration, the film conjures a rich, atmospheric tapestry of America’s most unique city and the people who make it so.

As they grow from innocence to experience, the three brothers provide a diverse, running commentary on themes as hysterical as they are philosophical. (“Do women have Adam’s apples?”). Viewers who enjoy Quest Myth motifs will appreciate the flights from chaos, river crossings, and nightmarish descents to the underworld. Taking its title from a local street name, this uniquely refreshing film reveals certain truths and beauties of New Orleans that the recent deluge of Katrina documentaries totally misses. [adult content]

 

 


The Universal Language 
Documentary
29 minutes
Director: Sam Green
Year: 2011
Country: USA
esperantodocumentary.com


'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]


Valley of Saints 
Feature
82 minutes
Director: Musa Syeed
Year: 2012
Country: USA, India
valleyofsaints.com


Valley of Saints : Teaser Trailer from People's Television on Vimeo.

Shot in Kashmir, an Indian state often in the throes of rebellion, this is a lyrical, vibrant film about a poor, young boatman, Gulzar, and his best friend, who plan to escape the perils of their city.  Thwarted by a week-long curfew, they take on the job of guiding a beautiful environmentalist, Asifa, as she goes about her research on the pollution of the once beautiful and thriving Dal Lake.  As the week goes on, Gulzar learns about the environmental threats to his beloved surroundings and develops an unlikely relationship with Asifa. With the curfew ending, he is torn between fleeing to a new life or rebuilding his homeland with a new love.

Stunning cinematography captures the wonder of this region.  Offering a rare look into Kashmir’s contemporary concerns in counterpoint to its traditions and myths, it is a film about the value of home in a changing world. [subtitles]

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