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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Juneteenth: A Letter From Roma Texas

Nick Taylor | United States | 2018 | 6:45 Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves residing in Texas. The date is important because African Americans residing in Texas were emancipated a full 2 years after the Civil Wars conclusion. In that 2 year window, African American troops (known at the time as, United States Colored… Read more »

Finding Peace

United States | 2019 | 15:00 Website A story about a childhood filled with abuse, neglect, sexual assault and living with a mother that was paranoid schizophrenic Cast Maylo Epperson Producer Dena Hildebrand

Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance In The American Heartland

Joanna Bosse | United States | 2017 | 18:49 A documentary film about the transformative power of dance in the lives of average, everyday midwestern Americans. Writer Joanna Bosse

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Children Of The Dig

Joshua A Branstetter | United States | 2018 | 19:43 Website | Facebook In 2009, a 500-year-old artifact was discovered on the beach outside of Quinhagak, Alaska, opening the door to the most productive archaeological dig in Arctic history with 60,000 artifacts recovered so far. In 2009, the site was 50 feet from the ocean…. Read more »

Aldrich, Henry’s Hometown

Jay Cofield | United States | 2019 | 21:42 This is the story of Aldrich, a sleepy little former coal mining camp in central Alabama. It is the home of a unique coal mine museum and the man who runs it, Henry Emfinger. Henry tells the story of the mine and the hidden history in… Read more »

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Active Voices: Gun Reform Activism In Rochester, NY

Jeremy Sarachan | United States | 2019 | 14:44 Website | Facebook This documentary considers the motivations and methods of individuals driven to political activism, focusing on calls for gun reform that arose after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018. The film focuses on activity in one city… Read more »

Photos in the Rain

Thomas F. O’Brien | United States | 2017 | 10:00 James Belsanti was a prominent photographer from the 60’s – 80’s in Chicago. In 2000 he moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and after his death a box of his photographs would be left at the curb for trash pickup. This is the story of the… Read more »

Made with Love

Nathan Agin | United States | 2019 | 10:27 Made with Love is a ten minute documentary about Lipstick Lex, an ambitious unconventional artist that only uses lipstick to create her art. She creates art by kissing canvases and painting with lipstick. In this documentary, we step into Alexis Fraser’s life in Sarasota, Florida. We… Read more »

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They Soon Forgot Their Words

Karen Paulk | United States | 2018 | 25:40 Facebook| Instagram They Soon Forgot Their Words is a telling story of the struggle to maintain the Kaqchikel Mayan language of Guatemala. Kaqchikel is in a state of ‘shift’ a process of combining with Spanish in speech, considered by scholars the first step in language loss…. Read more »

HOME: Stories of Newcomers to NL

Produced by the Association for New Canadians and filmed by Conor McCann and Rodrigo Iniguez, HOME presents familiar local images, scenes, and recognizable landmarks alongside the ever-changing cultural landscape of modern day Newfoundland & Labrador. Exploring overarching themes of language, community, culture, and work, this 25-minute documentary features firsthand accounts of arrival, integration, and settlement… Read more »