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16 minutes
Director: Josh Izenberg
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Sun 12:00 PM , Mon 10:10 AM

Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his successful career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach, CA. There, he undergoes a radical transformation, changing his name to Slomo and trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades. Some think he’s crazy. Others think he’s a genius. Either way, it’s impossible not to be taken with Slomo’s charisma and unique approach to the puzzle of existence.

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Bite of the Tail 
9 minutes
Director: Song E Kim
Year: 2012
Country: USA

Four characters — Wife, Doctor, Husband and Sister — all yearn to solve their problems. Wife is suffering from stomach pain and firmly believes Doctor can cure her. Doctor has no idea how. Husband is secretly hunting for a snake in an empty lot, wearing a beekeeper’s hat. Sister talks a lot, but is she speaking the truth? Life is a constant struggle to find the right answer.

10 minutes
Director: Riley Hooper
Year: 2012
Country: USA

FLO documentary trailer from Riley Hooper on Vimeo.

Photographer Flo Fox has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now in her sixties and battling multiple sclerosis, lung cancer, and visual impairment, Flo still maintains her feisty spirit and sense of humor. No longer able to hold a camera, she instructs her attendants how to take photos for her. As a hot, young “chick,” she never minded using her looks to get what she wanted; these days she leverages her disability.

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings 
56 minutes
Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Year: 2012
Country: USA

What’s it like to be a virtuoso ukulele musician? Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is the compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument. A fourth-generation Japanese American, Jake was born and raised in Honolulu. His mother played the ukulele and began teaching him at four — as soon as his fingers were big enough to form the chords. Jake and the ukulele have been inseparable ever since.

Through intimate conversations with Jake and archival footage of his performances, we follow his evolution as an artist. When Jake performed a soulful rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in NYC’s Central Park, he became a YouTube phenomenon and was catapulted to fame. The film captures his life on the road from Hawaii to Los Angeles, New York, and Japan — the exhilarating peformances, the wonders of newfound fame, and the loneliness of being away from home and family.

Juried and Audience Award Winning Shorts 
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The Other Side 
23 minutes
Director: Khen Shalem
Year: 2012
Country: USA & Israel

Alienated from his friends and haunted by his brother’s death, a young Israeli boy sparks an unusual friendship with a Palestinian boy from the other side of the West Bank separation wall. However, as the political divide intensifies, can this wordless, and unseen, relationship overcome the seemingly inevitable escalation of conflict manifested by the wall’s towering presence? [subtitles]

The River 
13 minutes
Director: Sam Handel
Year: 2013
Country: USA

On a sweltering hot day, a very pregnant Maria (Lauren Ambrose), desperate for a cooling swim, encounters obstacles on her path to the river. Work schedules, mechanical failures, and complex human relationships all seem to be conspiring against her. Maria must rely on her “loving-kindness practice” to improvise the path to a much-needed swim. Featuring Jay O. Sanders, Adam Driver, Michael C. Hall, Kate Skinner, and Ron McLarty. [language]
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