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… Continue reading HIGHLIGHTS – JUNE 2021 DOCUMENTARY Feature Film Festival

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

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

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

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… Continue reading Director Biography – Gwen Isaac (TOKYO WOMAN)

Director Biography – Caitlyn Hynes (BEHIND THESE WALLS)

Caitlyn Hynes is a Los Angeles filmmaker who specializes in investigative research and has experience in producing, directing, editing, international archival research, and private investigation. She was the co-producer on ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary LANCE (2020), and has credits on CNN’s The History of Comedy (2018), HBO’s Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018),… Continue reading Director Biography – Caitlyn Hynes (BEHIND THESE WALLS)

Short Film: BEHIND THESE WALLS, 21min., USA, Documentary

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,… Continue reading Short Film: BEHIND THESE WALLS, 21min., USA, Documentary

Director Biography – Brandon Tauszik (LOSS IN LODI)

Brandon Tauszik is a photographer and filmmaker living in Oakland, California. Melding visual art and social science, his bodies of work address key issues of contemporary American life. His work has been recognized by The Washington Post, TIME, VICE, and many more. He pursues personal projects as well as commissions and is the recipient of… Continue reading Director Biography – Brandon Tauszik (LOSS IN LODI)

Short Film: LOSS IN LODI, 3min., USA, Documentary

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… Continue reading Short Film: LOSS IN LODI, 3min., USA, Documentary