WEST COAST PREMIERE - In this delightful new web series, Nicole Bergere and Grace Colucci, proprietors of Nicole's Divine Crackers, reveal aspects of their long and fascinating creative partnership. In the pilot, Nicole and Grace give a tour of their home, which is a work of art in itself. Featuring music by Chicago blues great Art Hodes.
Genre: Short Doc, Human Interest
Djinns, the Spirits of Patras - 14min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - At the heart of a ruined factory in Greece, Wahid and Morteza, among fifty other Afghans who have escaped the atrocities of their country, try their luck to get to Italy in hopes of a better life in Europe. While waiting, they hide from a repressive police force and confront the "Djinns", the spirits that haunt this old abandoned factory.
Genre: Documentary, Refugees
Food + Water/Earth - 9min30sec
BAY AREA PREMIERE - This film documents Winona LaDuke -- native leader and Harvard trained economist -- side by side with her fellow Anishanaabe (Ojibwe) to harvest indigenous rice and defend her community from a series of tarsands oil pipelines threatening her native food supply. Travel with her as she battles the largest pipeline company in the world to spare one of America's largest freshwater resources.
Genre: Documentary, Investigative, Environmental
Peace March San Francisco - 10min
WORLD PREMIERE - A Russian American woman with no prior experience in politics decides to take a stand and organize a political march in support of Ukraine. She depicts the background of the Ukrainian conflict and describes the fate of opposition in Russia in local director Milla Spivey's debut film.
Genre: Documentary, Politics, Local filmmaker
Portrait of the Artist: John DeMarco- 10min
WORLD PREMIERE - An in-depth look at the creative process and artistic vision of Northern California-based John DeMarco; painter, writer, musician and philosopher.
Genre: Short Doc, Artist Profile
Song In A Day - 14min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Uncovering the mechanics of collaboration and the creative process under pressure. With no preparation, 5 Portland musicians are challenged to write, compose, record and mix an entire song in one day. A process that typically takes weeks or even months. Can constraints actually benefit the creativity?
Genre: Documentary, Music
The Edge of the WIld - 60min
SOUTH BAY AREA PERMIERE - For over 30 years, residents of the small town of Brisbane, California just south of San Francisco, have fought to save rare butterflies on private land planned for luxury housing. This epic battle between private property rights and the survival of a species has resulted in a major shift in national environmental policy. The Edge of the Wild tells the story of this struggle both past and present, through the eyes of a life-long resident of Brisbane who is determined to save the last population of these butterflies before they are gone forever.
Genre: Documentary, Local filmmaker, Environment
The Inner Way - Meditation in Rebibbia - 60min
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - The zen buddhist monk tells through the testimonies of prisoners of Rebibbia prison house, the benefits of meditation. The discipline helps guests of the prison, some with heavy sentences, to face with greater confidence the condition constrictive and guide them on a path to deeper inner knowledge.
The stories of prisoners of their past, of how to deal with the daily reality, are contrasted with the actions of the staff working in the prison and collaborators of Dario that together they pursued the path of meditation.
Genre: Documentary, Spirituality
Tom Wolver - Out of the Darkness - 30min
WORLD PREMIERE - Tom Wolver “Out of the Darkness” is a short documentary of Tom‘s philosophies and art that he has created throughout his life. Director Dale Poor looks at Tom’s journey from the darkness and his discovery of the light within himself. It is a rare and extremely intimate look at the journey of one man and the creative talent used to comprehend one's being.
Genre: Documentary, Artist, Personal Bio
WEST COAST PREMIERE - Artist and life-long nerd Johannes Grenzfurthner is taking us on a personal road trip from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA, to introduce us to places and people that shaped and inspired his art and politics. Traceroute wants to chase and question the ghosts of nerddom's past, present and future. An exhilarating tour de farce into the guts of trauma, obsession and cognitive capitalism.