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Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Narrative Short
15 minutes
2017
Director(s): Jeannie Donohoe
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
AJ Green makes an instant impression at varsity basketball tryouts. Coach (former NBA player Rick Fox) takes notice, and so do the other players—especially the point guard, whose starting slot is threatened. the high school team is second best in the state, but this year Coach plans to win it all. AJ has talent, heart, and drive... as well as a big secret. Will AJ make the team once the truth is discovered? 
Director's Statement

I wanted to tell a story about pursuing dreams and playing at the top of your game. Sometimes this requires pushing past limitations and expectations. AJ challenges the rules and takes risks and Coach ultimately acknowledges the talent and drive unconditionally. the relationship between Coach and AJ speaks to a willingness to reward ambition, hard work, and equal talent with equal opportunities. 
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Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Documentary Short
9 minutes
2017
Director(s): Benjamin Rosen
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

Growing up in Brooklyn, Kenji learned from his father how liberating and powerful the act of riding a bicycle can be. The family tradition continues today, as Kenji accompanies his young children (eight-year-old Enzo and five-year-old Akira) on their daily ride to school. City streets can be a challenge, but in an age of environmental decay, this family is trying to do things differently. 
Director's Statement

Growing up a dedicated bicyclist in NYC, I’ve always wanted to capture the empowering nature of an activity that is so much more than a mode of transportation. When I came across an old friend’s Instagram account documenting the urban bike riding adventures he takes with his family, I knew a poetic, lyrical film could be made. 
Short Docs 1: About Work
Documentary Short
10 minutes
2017
Director(s): Jessica Kingdon
China, USA
 
Thu 12:20 PM Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 AM Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 PM Varsity 2
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Yiwu International Trade Market— aka Commodity City—is the largest wholesale consumer market in the world. Christmas decorations, fake flowers, and other cheap merchandise leaves China to end up in dollar stores everywhere. is documentary observes the daily lives of vendors who work in the Yiwu Markets, exploring moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them. Subtitles 
Director's Statement

When I read about Yiwu Market, I was attracted to the scale, aesthetic, and contextual layers operating there: all of these things were both distant yet relevant to my life. As an American consumer I give little thought to my relationship to the people producing the goods I buy from abroad, and being of mixed Chinese ethnicity, my relationship to China poses an open question. 
Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Documentary Short
13 minutes
2017
Director(s): Wes Hurley, Nathan Miller
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
An autobiographical  film about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom, and their adventurous escape to America. Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of perestroika, Elena and her son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to discover America for herself. 
Directors’ Statement 

Life in Russia, especially for gay people, is still very much a mystery to the rest of the world. Now more than ever the story is relevant with its themes of immigrant quests for the American Dream, government corruption, social oppression, Russia-U.S. politics, violence against women, and gay/trans rights. But despite the heavy subject matter, the story of my mom and I coming to America is as hopeful and positive as any Hollywood happy ending. 
Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Documentary Short
9 minutes
2017
Director(s): Elizabeth Lo, R.J. Lozada
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

Mother’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of motherhood and the influence of mothers on society. But for too many American children, the holiday serves as a bitter reminder that their mothers are locked behind bars. This poignant film follows a program that buses low-income children to visit their mothers in remote, rural California prisons and spend a few precious hours with them on Mother’s Day. 
Directors' Statement

We shot this project over many overnight bus rides to the Folsom Women’s Facility and the California Institution for Women in Corona. We made Mother’s Day to remind us of the steep price an entire generation of youth—and by extension, our nation—has to pay because of systems that remain broken across America. 
Short Stories 1: In the Light of Day
Narrative Short
10 minutes
2017
Director(s): Erica Milsom
USA
 
Thu 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Fri 6:30 PM Varsity 5
Sat 3:30 PM Varsity 5
Sun 12:30 PM Varsity 5
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Mon 6:20 PM Varsity 2
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere 

Set in Northern California in the late 1960’s, So Much Yellow depicts the car ride that changes a family forever. is heartbreaking story follows a young girl’s perspective on the day her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is taken away from her to live in an institution. Featuring real-life brother and sister Kayline and Otto Gavenda. 
Director’s Statement

The story evolved many times over 10 years until I thought what that day would be like from the point of view of a young sibling. As I wrote down one of that girl’s thoughts, “I didn’t want you to think that nobody fought for you,” I realized why I hadn’t been able to let this story go. This was the core of our  film. If a story is hard to find, then it’s probably the most important one you can tell. 
Short Docs 1: About Work
Documentary Short
35 minutes
2017
Director(s): Ben Knight
Nepal, USA
Thu 12:20 PM Varsity 2
Sat 09:50 AM Varsity 2
Sun 9:20 PM Varsity 2
Mon 3:00 PM Varsity 1
Synopsis
In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around the god Rongkemi. Here you will find a wiry, unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting. Subtitles
Directors' Statement:

This project was a dream come true for me, honestly. In this age of freakishly short attention spans and reality TV-style editing, it was really important to me to tell this story in a way that was (hopefully) immersive for a willing audience and respectful to the Kulung culture. I felt a sense of responsibility to the people who gave us their trust to tell their story in a way that didn’t feel exploitive or overly dramatized. 
Short Docs & Stories: About Family
Narrative Short
9 minutes
2017
Director(s): Mark C. Smith
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Fri 3:40 PM Varsity 3
Sat 9:40 PM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Synopsis
Made in Portland, Oregon, this stop-motion animated film tells the story of two adventurous lemurs who navigate their handmade dirigibles around the world. Eventually they return to each other—to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the center of everything—to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion. 
Director's Statement

My wife and I spent a winter refitting a sailboat and then sailed to Grenada. On one of the passages I saw a funnel cloud for the first time and that’s when the idea for Two Balloons happened. We made clouds from dry ice and wool, captured lightning from a Tesla Coil, and constructed a 350 square-foot ocean that undulated via push-rods and a step motor. It took four winters to reach Grenada and four years to reach the last frame of Two Balloons. 
Short Docs and Stories: About Family
Documentary Short
24 minutes
2017
Director(s): Kelly Anderson
USA
Fri 10:10 AM Varsity 3
Sun 12:40 PM Varsity 3
Synopsis
Oregon Premiere

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often viewed as a minor annoyance, but it is a serious disorder that traps those who have it in a vicious cycle of worries and rituals. To uncover what OCD is—and isn’t—the  film focuses on an unlikely group of experts: kids. As six resilient kids and teens map their road to recovery, we are inspired to believe it is possible to fight our worst fears. 
Director's Statement

Producer Chris Baier and I met at a support group for parents of children with OCD. I had wanted to make a film about how devastating it is for families, but worried about sensationalizing it and showing kids as “victims.” Then I overheard our 10-year-old daughters sharing how OCD impacts their lives, and thought, “Why not make a film featuring these kids as the OCD experts they are?” 
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