This innovative collection plays in the gray, showcasing works on the cusp of multiple genres. Beyond mere documentary, these works astutely blend aspects of narrative, animation, comedy, or the avant-garde into markedly nontraditional frameworks.
- All Inclusive (Corina Schwingruber Ilić, 2018, Switzerland, 10:00 minutes)
Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.
- Carlotta's Face (Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, 2018, Germany, 5:00 minutes)
Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.
- Cuba Scalds His Hand (Abby Sun & Daniel Garber, 2019, USA, 4 minutes, World Premiere)
Behind the scenes of the annual high school rodeo championship, Naudy Exposito, a.k.a. 'Cuba,' feeds the bucking horses and bulls. When an accident befalls him, he does what cowboys do best: work through the pain.
- Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews (Meghan Fredrich, 2019, USA, 17:10 minutes, World Premiere)
Blondie’s Debbie Harry endures years of superficial, tedious, and demeaning questions from journalists until she devises a brilliant way to turn interviews on their head.
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) (Scott Calonico, 2019, UK/Germany/USA, 11 minutes)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the amazing origin story of one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created. In color.
- Gone Sale (Matt Meindl, 2018, USA, 5 minutes, Super 8)
Faceless forms inhabit the shadow-sprayed remnants of an electronic shopping mall board game. Slumber party capitalism, now a bargain bin of lost dreams.
- Pelourinho: They Don't Really Care About Us (Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2019, Ghana, 9 minutes, Super-8)
Pelourinho: They Don’t Really Care About Us (2019) is freely inspired by a letter in 1927 from Pan Africanist W.E.B. Du Bois to the American embassy in Brazil.
- pink carnations (Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib, 2018, USA, 10 minutes, 16mm & HD, World Premiere)
An experimental reflection of a Japanese American family's history at an internment camp during World War II.
- Quarterbacks (Jason Giampietro, 2018, USA, 6:00 minutes)
On the eve of the 2018 NFL draft, a conversation about the top quarterback prospects available turns toward the league's tendencies of racial bias at its most prestigious position.
- Safari Video (Artemis Shaw, 2019, USA, 6:35 minutes, World Premiere)After returning home from a family safari, an aspiring filmmaker turns her lens away from wild animals and onto her mother.