Documentary Short

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Fire Photo 1

Brian Kaufman | United States | 2015 | 34 m Fire Photo 1 tells the story of unassuming, affable Bill Eisner, who has amassed a visual history of the Detroit Fire Department that’s been described as a priceless museum. His archive is gargantuan: hundreds of thousands of photographs, Super 8mm film reels, boxes of video… Read more »

The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes

Griffin Olis | United States | 2016 | 6 m The 1% explores the dangerous future (and present) of our nation’s most precious natural resource: the Great Lakes. Viewing Instructions

Not X Sight: The Story

Brandon Jones, Alexander Somoskey | United States | 2015 | 20 m Facebook | Twitter A film that recalls the true events of Daniel Strunk, an avid bowhunter who falls victim to a terrible hunting tragedy. With only 12 days before his wedding, Daniel puts his full trust in God in order to overcome these circumstances. Cast… Read more »


Suez Taylor | United States | 2015 | 9 m Facebook | Twitter “The first water that a baby knows is in the womb of a woman.” This film documents Winona LaDuke — native leader and Harvard trained economist — as she travels with her fellow Anishanaabe (Ojibwe) to harvest indigenous rice and defend her… Read more »

My Identity

Yasmin Mistry | United States | 2016 | 10 m Facebook | Twitter Ashley, a young Native-American girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed. Viewing Instructions