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Documentary Shorts

Life is Live

Life is Live follows the journey of a live-streaming celebrity in China, Danny, whose life is built on today’s digital entertainment culture of instantaneous user-generated content. We dive deeper into his relationship with his fan, uncovering the impact of technological advancements on human interactions in this new age.



As my eyesight is deteriorating I seek guidance from my dad, Nino Herman. At the age of two Nino contracted polio, but alongside the disability, he chose the freedom to move and touch the beauty he sees in humanity through his camera lens. He believes that nothing but our conceptions and beliefs limit us and he keeps holding this view even when his son, my brother, died in a car accident on his way home while he was in the Israeli mandatory military.


Louie (KR.ONE) Gasparro 5POINTZ

A short documentary featuring Louie (KR.ONE) Gasparro and when his love for graffiti was rekindled at the legendary 5Pointz graffiti mecca in Long Island City, New York. Louie reminisces about what 5Pointz means to him and to the wider graffiti art world.


Margarita of the River

A documentary paper cut-out animation in Spanish showcasing moments in the life of a woman from Honduras who immigrated to the United States in order to support her family back home.


9999 Florentine Memoirs (The Story of the 9999 Group)

The story of the 9999 Group, one of the more influential and lesser known groups of the Radical Architecture movement.




Filipino swimmer named Ernie Gawilan. Since his birth, he has faced unimaginable hardships that forced him to battle his insecurities and strive toward success. In 2015, he satisfied the Olympic qualifying time that allowed him to compete for the 2016 Summer Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Beyond Babel in NYC

"Beyond Babel" is a critically acclaimed new theatrical dance show created by world renowned choreographers Keone & Mari Madrid, and Hideaway Circus, that recently concluded a six month 125 show run in San Diego. The production is inspired by the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet and current social stories from all over the world.

In this film, Keone & Mari bring the cast of "Beyond Babel" to New York City in an effort to present their show in front of Broadway’s most influential directors and producers. Following the completion of this film, "Beyond Babel" was approved to do an Off-Broadway run in early 2020.


Her Turf: The Untold Story about Three Female Football Refs

This short documentary follows three female football referees as they claim access to a powerful role in a male-dominated industry. Annice Canady was the first female football referee to officiate a NCAA game in 2001. She is revered as a trailblazer, opening the door for other women to call the shots. The three-time cancer survivor doesn’t shy away from reporting harsh realities on what it was like being the first female on the field. Tangela Mitchell has the “it” factor in officiating with intangible qualities to succeed. She’s ambitious and has the talent to officiate in the NFL someday. Tangela carries Annice’s baton with grace as she continues to advance in the pipeline. Mary Podesta officiates for the love of the game and being part of the football community. Her sound bites are self-deprecating, entertaining, and funny. 

This timely and engaging film reveals the struggles and triumphs of three referees who didn’t set out to be trailblazers but are, by their very presence, opening doors for women who will arrive after them. Viewers will get to know each ref as they pursue professional excellence and chase their love of the game.


Run the Meter

In a time when their livelihood is threatened by the proliferation of app cars roaming the streets, New York City’s yellow taxi drivers are being driven to do whatever it takes to cope with an unexpected turn after decades of riding their own American Dream.


Earlier Event: August 13
The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence
Later Event: August 13
The Last Witness