TUESDAY
JULY 26, 1:15PM 
PROGRAM 31

SHORTLIST
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Innocence.
USA / Documentary / 23 minutes

Director/Writer: Goran Zaneti, Skyler Glover

Producer: Goran Zaneti

Cast: LaToya Fernandez, Beija Gonzalez, Laurie Valdez, Derrick Sanderlin

A group of Black and Latin women activists in San José, California drive a grassroots movement to remove police from their children's schools. LaToya Fernandez, Beija Gonzalez, and Laurie Valdez join a chorus of voices across the country that has been growing since the murder of George Floyd to demand that their local government “defund the police” and allocate resources to their communities.

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Nasir
USA / Documentary / 17 minutes

Director: Jackson Kroopf, Nasir Bailey

Writer: Nasir Bailey

Producer: Jackson Kroopf

Cast: Nasir Bailey

A transgender musician comes out to several family members over the phone, as he recounts the steps towards his decision to transition, and composes a song to himself. What begins as a day-in-the-life evolves into a mix of storytelling, re-creation, and intimate conversations. Nasir is not your typical coming out story and his family’s response may surprise you.

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The Picture Taking Experiment
USA / Documentary / 14 minutes

Director: Patrick Shen

Producer: Patrick Shen, Jim Gohrick

Cast: Richard Grumm

An elderly man living in obscurity in the suburbs of Los Angeles tells the story of when he produced the world’s first up-close photograph of another planet in the summer of 1965.

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Kylie
USA / Documentary / 5 minutes

Director: Sterling Hampton

Producer: Sterling Hampton

Cast: Kylie Jefferson

A ballerina from Los Angeles speaks her truth about passion and pain in the dance industry.

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After Skid Row
USA / Documentary / 22 minutes

Director: Lindsey Hagen

Producer: Lauren Todd, Amelia Rayno

Cast: Barbara Carter

After Skid Row documents the journey of Barbie Carter as she navigates the transition to housed life following the brutal reality of a decade on the streets. The film illuminates the intimate humanity behind homelessness as Barbie rediscovers parts of her identity that she had been forced to stifle in order to survive. Her unique story and compelling character help to both demystify and deeply personalize a homelessness epidemic that continues to swell across the US.

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We Are Like Waves
USA / Documentary / 12 minutes

Director: Jordyn Romero

Producer: Leah de Leon

WE ARE LIKE WAVES is an intimate look into how surfing changes Sanu’s life, documenting the struggles and breakthroughs of becoming a female Sri Lankan surfer.

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The Beauty President
USA / Documentary / 10 minutes

Director: Whitney Skauge

Producer: Caley Fox Shannon

Cast: Terence Alan Smith

In 1992, at the height of the AIDS pandemic, activist Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid for president of the United States as his drag queen persona Joan Jett Blakk. Today, Smith reflects back on his seminal civil rights campaign and its place in American history.

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ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught)
USA / Documentary / 9 minutes

Director: Brit Hensel

Producer: Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavita Pillay, Tracy Rector

Cast: Thomas Belt, John Henry Gloyne, Ernie Tiger, Elwood Gloyne

This film is part of a series and multimedia platform, made in partnership with Indigenous storytellers and their communities worldwide, invites learning from time-honored and current Indigenous ways of being. Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the beginning of time. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance for millennia.