DOC SHORTS Showcase – Sat. June 19th (Stream for FREE)

WATCH THE FESTIVAL NOW:

LOSS IN LODI, 3min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Brandon Tauszik

Maria Miranda and her family live in Lodi, a small agricultural city in California’s Central Valley. Latinos make up 39% of Lodi’s population, yet account for 75% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations there. As the U.S. passes 500,000 Coronavirus deaths, communities of color continue to see cases and deaths exceed that of white communities. The Latino population bears the brunt of this imbalance and Maria has experienced this ongoing tragedy first hand.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


BEHIND THESE WALLS, 21min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Caitlyn Hynes

Behind These Walls is a documentary short that offers an unprecedented lens into a South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood’s arduous five-year campaign to end operations at their neighborhood oil drilling site – a site that is part of the largest urban oil field in the nation. Told through the perspective of local residents and community activists, this documentary explores the harsh realities and health consequences of urban oil drilling, while highlighting the perseverance of these activists in the face of adversities and setbacks.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


TOKYO WOMAN, 11min,. New Zealand, Documentary

Directed by Gwen Isaac

Tokyo Woman encounters three working women in the midst of a tumultuous time in Japan’s gender relations. With a brief glimpse into their lives, these intimate exchanges allow for connection and understanding.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


POWER FOR POLLINATORS, 19min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Mathew Schmid

“Power for Pollinators” explores how large land managers have a unique opportunity to turn tens of millions of acres into healthy pollinator habitat. In particular, power companies with right-of-way corridors and buffer zones are uniquely positioned to create large pollinator highways. These untapped areas have the potential to become one of the largest pollinator projects in history. If power companies and other land managers choose to work together planting flowers and reducing chemical use across the landscape, we can bring back pollinators and—with them—a host of essential food and ecosystem resources. As electricity flows through the landscape, power companies can help pollinators flow through the ecosystem.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


MUSIC AND DEMENTIA, 13min., Japan, Documentary

Directed by Shota Fujii

A professional pianist was diagnosed as an early on set dementia when she was in her 50’s and forgotten how to play the piano. She was depressed since then. Her husband wanted her to get back her meaning of life and they started practicing piano together. After 3 years practice and her husband support, she was able to play the piano again although her symptom progresses.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


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HIGHLIGHTS – JUNE 2021 DOCUMENTARY Short Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Short Film: POWER FOR POLLINATORS
Best Direction: MUSIC AND DEMENTIA
Best Cinematography: BEHIND THESE WALLS
Best Sound & Music: TOKYO WOMAN

Theme of night: Connecting in a unique way

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterLOSS IN LODI, 3min., USA, Documentary



festival posterBEHIND THESE WALLS, 21min., USA, Documentary



festival posterTOKYO WOMAN, 11min,. New Zealand, Documentary



festival posterPOWER FOR POLLINATORS, 19min., USA, Documentary



festival posterMUSIC AND DEMENTIA, 13min., Japan, Documentary



The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday July 1st (Stream for FREE all Day)

Bookmark this page and come back at midnight EST on July 1st to watch this amazing festival. Then you’ll have 30 hours to watch. Then the link shuts down.

A showcase of the amazing DOCUMENTARY Feature Film….

TUNE INTO THE FUTURE, 72min., Luxemberg, Documentary
Directed by Eric Schockmel

One hundred years before the internet, a self-declared tech guru started preaching the future to his flock of outsiders. Meet the most influential nerd you may never have heard of: Hugo Gernsback. Decades in advance he foresaw Skype, jetpacks, space mining and drones. But even though he would accumulate over 80 patents throughout his life and befriend the likes of Edison and Tesla, his most influential invention remains Science Fiction. Gernsback planted the seeds for pop-culture phenomena such as Superman, Star Wars and a whole nation’s obsession with UFOs.

Director Biography – Eric Schockmel

Eric Schockmel is a Museographer at Luxembourg’s National Museum of Natural History, designing exhibitions and learning experiences about science. From 2013 to 2019 he directed a documentary about Hugo Gernsback, the father of science fiction, entitles Tune Into The Future. His past work includes commercial motion design work, graphic design, as well as a personal visual art practice involving 3D animation and installations. Eric holds an MA in Communication Design (Digital Media) from Central Saint Martins in London and an MA in Graphic Design from the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels. Twitter: @Schockmel / http://www.ericschockmel.net

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL – Thursday June 3rd (Stream for FREE all Day)

A showcase of the amazing DOCUMENTARY Feature Film….

VERDINGER, 87min., Switzerland, Documentary

Directed by Saschko Steven Schmid

The 90-minute documentary film features re-enacted scenes and tells the life story of Alfred.

The 72-year-old was born in Achern bei Frutigen. Alfred and his five siblings were raised by their parents in a loving and caring environment. Their father worked the odd job as a jobbing farmhand; they were poor, but they had each other – and that was all they needed.

Alfred was sent away to work as a “contract child” at seven-and-a-half years old, when his mother became seriously ill and his father was no longer able to provide for all the children. It marked the start of his time as a child laborer, an experience that has stayed with him throughout his life. Even today, he still feels the hunger, the beatings, the cold and what it was like to be taken away from his parents.

He talks about his wishes, his hopes and fears, and describes how he has been able to carry on with life, despite all the suffering he had to endure.

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HIGHLIGHTS – JUNE 2021 DOCUMENTARY Feature Film Festival

VERDINGER Feature Film – Audience FEEBACK from June 2021 Documentary Film Festival

Winner BEST FEATURE FILM

Directed by Saschko Steven Schmid

The 90-minute documentary film features re-enacted scenes and tells the life story of Alfred.

The 72-year-old was born in Achern bei Frutigen. Alfred and his five siblings were raised by their parents in a loving and caring environment. Their father worked the odd job as a jobbing farmhand; they were poor, but they had each other – and that was all they needed.

Alfred was sent away to work as a “contract child” at seven-and-a-half years old, when his mother became seriously ill and his father was no longer able to provide for all the children. It marked the start of his time as a child laborer, an experience that has stayed with him throughout his life. Even today, he still feels the hunger, the beatings, the cold and what it was like to be taken away from his parents.

He talks about his wishes, his hopes and fears, and describes how he has been able to carry on with life, despite all the suffering he had to endure.

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DOC SHORTS Showcase – Sat. June 19th (Stream for FREE)

WATCH THE FESTIVAL NOW:

LOSS IN LODI, 3min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Brandon Tauszik

Maria Miranda and her family live in Lodi, a small agricultural city in California’s Central Valley. Latinos make up 39% of Lodi’s population, yet account for 75% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations there. As the U.S. passes 500,000 Coronavirus deaths, communities of color continue to see cases and deaths exceed that of white communities. The Latino population bears the brunt of this imbalance and Maria has experienced this ongoing tragedy first hand.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


BEHIND THESE WALLS, 21min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Caitlyn Hynes

Behind These Walls is a documentary short that offers an unprecedented lens into a South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood’s arduous five-year campaign to end operations at their neighborhood oil drilling site – a site that is part of the largest urban oil field in the nation. Told through the perspective of local residents and community activists, this documentary explores the harsh realities and health consequences of urban oil drilling, while highlighting the perseverance of these activists in the face of adversities and setbacks.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


TOKYO WOMAN, 11min,. New Zealand, Documentary

Directed by Gwen Isaac

Tokyo Woman encounters three working women in the midst of a tumultuous time in Japan’s gender relations. With a brief glimpse into their lives, these intimate exchanges allow for connection and understanding.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


POWER FOR POLLINATORS, 19min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Mathew Schmid

“Power for Pollinators” explores how large land managers have a unique opportunity to turn tens of millions of acres into healthy pollinator habitat. In particular, power companies with right-of-way corridors and buffer zones are uniquely positioned to create large pollinator highways. These untapped areas have the potential to become one of the largest pollinator projects in history. If power companies and other land managers choose to work together planting flowers and reducing chemical use across the landscape, we can bring back pollinators and—with them—a host of essential food and ecosystem resources. As electricity flows through the landscape, power companies can help pollinators flow through the ecosystem.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


MUSIC AND DEMENTIA, 13min., Japan, Documentary

Directed by Shota Fujii

A professional pianist was diagnosed as an early on set dementia when she was in her 50’s and forgotten how to play the piano. She was depressed since then. Her husband wanted her to get back her meaning of life and they started practicing piano together. After 3 years practice and her husband support, she was able to play the piano again although her symptom progresses.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!


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Short Film: MUSIC AND DEMENTIA, 13min., Japan, Documentary

A professional pianist was diagnosed as an early on set dementia when she was in her 50’s and forgotten how to play the piano. She was depressed since then. Her husband wanted her to get back her meaning of life and they started practicing piano together. After 3 years practice and her husband support, she was able to play the piano again although her symptom progresses.

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Short Film: POWER FOR POLLINATORS, 19min., USA, Documentary

“Power for Pollinators” explores how large land managers have a unique opportunity to turn tens of millions of acres into healthy pollinator habitat. In particular, power companies with right-of-way corridors and buffer zones are uniquely positioned to create large pollinator highways. These untapped areas have the potential to become one of the largest pollinator projects in history. If power companies and other land managers choose to work together planting flowers and reducing chemical use across the landscape, we can bring back pollinators and—with them—a host of essential food and ecosystem resources. As electricity flows through the landscape, power companies can help pollinators flow through the ecosystem.

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Director Biography – Gwen Isaac (TOKYO WOMAN)

Gwen Isaac is an experienced producer and director of factual television, documentary and short-form content. Gwen specializes in issues-driven, human-centred story-telling. She won Best First-time director at the London Independent Film Awards for her NZ Film Festival feature, ‘Where There is Life’ and her short documentary, ‘Siouxsie and the Virus’ has won multiple short-film awards around the world. With directing credits from NBC, ITV London and BBC Scotland, Gwen self-shoots, crew directs and is interested in capturing the human spirit up-close and under pressure.

Director Statement

I believe we are all connected through common themes and seek to bring communities and individuals together through powerful yet gentle story-telling.

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Short Film: TOKYO WOMAN, 11min,. New Zealand, Documentary

Tokyo Woman encounters three working women in the midst of a tumultuous time in Japan’s gender relations. With a brief glimpse into their lives, these intimate exchanges allow for connection and understanding.

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