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#AFF20th Documentary Shorts Lineup

10.25.13 | HUNTER ROWE

Hunter Rowe is an intern in the film department and an aspiring documentarian himself.  We asked Hunter to preview the short documentary films playing both in and out of competition.

BLINDE LIEFDE (Blind Love)    

Writer/Director: Jenny van den Broeke

Is it possible to love someone you’ve never seen?  Does that matter if you’re blind?  If there’s one thing to be learned from BLINDE LIEFDE, it’s that love is complicated—whether you’re blind or you can see.  Florian, Merel, and llse, show us that sometimes looks do matter; sometimes relationships don’t work out; and sometimes the future of one’s love life is just plain scary.  Come watch these three inspiring individuals navigate their way through the confusing world of love at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 5:30 p.m.


Director: Ira Chute

After facing discrimination at a cattle sale, one man decides that instead of quitting, he’ll simply build his own cattle town.  The world needs more people like Ed Keeylocko.  He’s essentially someone who laughed in the face of adversity, built his own popular western cattle town, and yet still somehow retains humility and humor.  Director Ira Chute provides a captivating look into the life of Ed Keeylocko and his conception of the western Cowtown Keeylocko.  Come check it out Friday October 25th at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 5:30 p.m.


Director: Jessica Yu

As children, almost all of us dream of our future professions.  For Tonga Torcida, the dream was to be a tour guide for his beloved Gorongosa National Park in war-torn Mozambique.  When biologist E.O. Wilson arrives at the park to conduct several studies, Tonga is presented with a rare opportunity to study under one of the world’s most famous biologists.  Wilson provides Tonga with a renewed outlook on his childhood home and the gravity of the measures that must be taken to save it.  Tonga must decide between pursuing the simpler path of his dreams, or pursuing the more difficult path that could help save the park.  Come watch Tonga’s journey at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 12:00 p.m. or Tuesday October 29th at 3:00 p.m.


Director: Peter Dowd

In THE KING OF SIZE, director Peter Dowd provides a personal look into the life of a man who defies the limits of his own body.   Tony Natalie has been bodybuilding since the early 90’s, and continues to do so today, despite several serious injuries that would cause most people to abandon their pursuits.  Natalie shows us that pursuing your dreams, being the best—or the biggest—doesn’t come without sacrifice.  Check it out at the Hideout Theatre on Friday October 25th at 2:15 or Tuesday October 25th at 5:30 p.m.


Directors: Steve Abruzzese, Jennifer Suwak

Equestrian dentist John Baker has worked on horses’ teeth for over forty years.  Still unimpressed? Baker has never once used sedation to subdue even the most troublesome of horses.  PULLING TEETH demonstrates that empathy, patience, and building trust are qualities that both animals and humans equally value.  Come watch John work his magic in the doc shorts program 13 at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 12:00 p.m. or Tuesday October 29th at 3:00 p.m.


Director: Jacqueline Christy

Have you ever found yourself so deeply in concentration that you lose focus of the world around you?  Director Jacqueline Christy provides an observational look into the mind of a man completely focused on perfecting his One Minute Magic Act.  At only seven minutes long, this short documentary manages to fit in the madness, humor, and intense dedication that go into one of Scot Baker’s rehearsals.  Come watch the inception of the One Minute Magic Act at the State Theater on Friday, October 25th at 12:00 p.m. and the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Monday, October 28th at 1:00 p.m.


Directors: David Darg, Bryn Mooser

For New Yorker Timmy Brennan, the ocean is more than just a daily respite from the city; it’s the one thing that grounds him—that allows him to interact with the natural world that the city masks.  Ironically, that same ocean is what destroyed his family home when Hurricane Sandy provoked fires that burned down his entire neighborhood.  Timmy and his family search through the ashes to find what’s left of their lives—and in the process Timmy is provided with a new chance to connect with the same ocean that almost destroyed everything.  THE RIDER AND THE STORM screens at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 5:30 p.m.

WIN OR LOSE        

Director: Daniel Koehler

WIN OR LOSE is a documentary that brings into question what it really means to win or lose when fighting for equality.  Photographer Curtis Brown sets out on a monumental task to show that a discriminatory amendment in North Carolina affects real families in a devastating way.  Who’s really winning when an entire group of people are discriminated against for who they love?  Come watch Brown use his talent to show that every vote for amendment fifteen is a vote against a real person from his photos.  WIN OR LOSE screens at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 2:15 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 5:30 p.m.

Out of Competition Doc Shorts


It’s safe to say bugs of every variety are on the shortlist of people’s top fears—often without any concrete explanation.  Both budding entomologists and people with arachnophobia alike should definitely check out this documentary short that sheds light on the misunderstood nature of bugs.  Perhaps afterward you may even want to try one of the many tasty recipes found in this playful, yet educational doc short.  BUG PEOPLE screens at the hideout theater on Friday October 25th at 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 3 p.m.


It’s Colo the gorilla’s 55th birthday—a landmark date that celebrates her reign as the oldest living gorilla in captivity.  Coco is one of many elderly animals in the zoo that require specialized care to combat the effects of aging we all face: arthritis, dental and heart issues, etc.  PAST THEIR PRIME is a heartwarming doc short that provides a look into the compassion that zookeepers share for these animals.  It’s an important lesson that demonstrates whether you’re human or animal, we can all use a little help as we age.  PAST THEIR PRIME screens at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday October 29th at 3 p.m.


If you thought you knew how to sharpen a pencil, think again.  Ex political cartoonist David Rees takes us through the delicate process of artisanal pencil sharpening in this witty, yet dead-serious do-it-yourself doc short.  If you still find yourself overwhelmed by the process after watching, no need to worry.  David offers a pencil sharpening service that provides one personally sharpened pencil, the shavings, and a signed certificate of authentication.  As David’s website states: “No, this is not a joke. You pay David Rees money and he sharpens your pencils. It actually happens.”  Come watch the chief expert on pencil sharpening at the Hideout Theater on Friday October 25th at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday October 27th at 6:45 p.m.


Writing a letter to someone you haven’t seen in a while is difficult enough.  Writing a letter to someone who ruined your life?  That takes some time.  DEC 25 is a prime example of how a powerful story can be told in an exceptionally short amount of time.  Come watch this difficult letter unfold at the Hideout Theater October 27th at 4:30 p.m. and Monday October 28th at 5:30 p.m.