Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
The sole bank indicted by the New York D.A. in the wake of the 2008 subprime mortgage scandal was a tiny Chinatown institution. Steve James (Hoop Dreams) captures the fierceness with which the familial owners defend their honor.
And Then They Came for Us/Brillo Box (3¢ off)
In this duo of art-centric films, explore a trove of Dorothea Lange photographs of Japanese-Americans interned during WWII and follow the 40-year journey of an Andy Warhol sculpture from a family living room to the auction block.
Big Waves, Big Mountains, Big Winds
From surfing to mountain running, these shorts will take you on a gripping sporting adventure around the world.
Brimstone & Glory
This visual extravaganza of light and color captures the pyrotechnic festival in Tultepec, capital of Mexico’s fireworks industry, and its twin attractions of beauty and danger. Made to be seen on the big screen.
Call of the Ice
Can a Californian-Parisian tap into the wisdom of Inuit hunters and learn to control a pack of sled dogs, carve a fishing hole, shoot a seal, and juggle his cameras? Not without the guidance of the community of starkly beautiful Uummannaq, Greenland.
Cloud Forest (Bosque de Niebla)
A small community in the Mexican state of Veracruz struggles to maintain one of the country’s most biodiverse and at-risk regions. Immersed in its natural beauty and serenity, they work cooperatively to achieve a sustainable way of life.
DocPitch is designed to connect filmmakers and their ideas to distributors, nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers-and future audiences. Five film projects currently in development have been pre-selected to present their pitch. The audience will get to vote for their favorite, which will receive a cash award provided by the Filmmaker Fund.
DocTalk: Sustaining a Career in Filmmaking
Given the ease and accessibility of today’s technology, it is a great time to be a filmmaker. It is also one of the most challenging times to sustain a documentary filmmaking career. But all successful documentary filmmakers have ways of bringing their passion projects to fruition. Join us for coffee and conversation with visiting and local filmmakers, who will share their diverse strategies for survival in an ever-changing industry.
Freedom Under Load (Sloboda pod nakladom)
The porters of the High Tatras are an endangered species. Ascending rugged peaks with 120 kilos on their backs, these indomitable men serve remote mountain huts regardless of weather conditions, enjoying solitude, freedom amid nature’s stark beauty.