Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to remarkable effect.
Running time: 13 minutes | Northern California, USA
Just outside Grants, New Mexico, is a 200-acre pile of toxic uranium waste, known as tailings. After 30 years of failed cleanup, the waste has deeply contaminated the air and water near the former uranium capital of the world. Tailings is a cinematic investigation into the pile that is gravely shaping the lives of those who are stuck living in its shadow.
Running time: 12 minutes | New Mexico, USA
WHAT I HATE ABOUT MYSELF
In Chengdu, China, 18-year-old Christine enters a competition for free plastic surgery, aiming to become more “western.” After winning the competition she must make life-altering decisions that will affect her future forever. This personal, yet globally relevant film takes a cinéma vérité look into the heart of China asking: what does it mean to want to look “white”?
Running time: 33 minutes | Chengdu, China
WHY WE CLIMB
A connection to nature, a place in the world, an artistic outlet, and a need to constantly push our limits. For this group of Southern California climbers, rock climbing isn’t just a sport, it’s an outlet, an escape, and a way of life. “Why We Climb” explores this raw passion and commitment through its poetic and cinematography-driven aesthetic.
Running time: 12 minutes | Southern California, USA
THROUGH THE STATIC
In northern Germany, Tony Samara tries to step away from a technology-driven society by reviving an ancient meditation practice. Mixing vérité cinematography and experimental scenes, the film takes a deep, quiet look at what it really means to be happy.
Running time: 10 minutes | Northern Germany