Jury Award Winner

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Sanjiban

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2012 | Directed by Ben Pender-Cudlip

After his diagnosis with terminal cancer, eccentric filmmaker Sanjiban Sellew spent his final days at home with family and friends. Choosing to be as open with death as he was with life, he narrated on camera the extraordinary changes happening to him: “I feel myself becoming less of a human being daily, by the cancer in my brain that’s still chomping away at my electronics, my circuit boards.” After two and a half months, he died at home in rural Massachusetts. This short documentary takes place in the space and time between the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. With his twin brother John as our guide, we ferry Sanjiban’s body from home—a makeshift shrine in the dining room—to the furnace that will consume his earthly remains. “Sanjiban” is an intense, life-affirming story about the profoundly human experience of saying goodbye.

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Neighbors

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

Neighbors
2012 | Directed by Judd Cherry

Have you ever been in a competition with a friend or neighbor? Well Timothy Longshanks has been for years. And now he’s on a mission to win that competition no matter what the cost. But his unaware, gentle-giant of a neighbor, Big Al, always has what Tim just got, or better. A journey of one-upmanship ensues, leading Tim to the far corners of the world and back again. His mania ultimately leads him down a path of no return, ending in hilariously disastrous results. Heard the expression “Keeping up with the Joneses”? For Tim, it’s “The Joneses can suck it.”

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Dirty Night Clowns

Sep 2012 | Posted by:

2010 | Directed by Ryan Gibeau

Dirty Night Clowns is a wonderful tale of curiosity, danger and pursuit. Although its never known what the path ahead has in store, Chris takes a journey driven by his nervous curiosity to find the nefarious character who roamed about his house while he slept. What seems scary and evil from a distance might end up as something unexpected as a cast of characters lures Chris in for a special ending.

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The Other Way Out

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Tristan Dyer

The Other Way Out is the story of how one woman escaped a 15-year addiction to opiates. Narrated by herself, she recalls the experience of her addiction and the use of a controversial method of recovery called Ibogaine, which is illegal in the United States. Her tale is illustrated through stop-motion animation and time-lapse photography.

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The Reality Behind Closed Doors

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2009 | Directed by Curtis James Salt

Nine young gay men are interviewed in this unconventional documentary short. All nine men come from various areas across the country (Massachusetts, California, Texas, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, & New Jersey). However, none of the men are seen on screen, instead nine straight actors portray and lip-sync their appearances. The majority supports the minority in this film, as topics range from stereotypes to coming out, civil rights, and personal opinions.

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John

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

John
2009 | Directed by Sara'o Bery

John is the heart-rending tale of a budding infatuation that leads to a heady and emotional high school hookup that tumbles forth into a tragic and painful rejection. A young boy comes of age and finds love and companionship in an unexpected place.

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Penumbra

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

Penumbra
2008 | Directed by KImberly McLaughlin

Through a series of interviews conducted with several members of the filmmaker’s family, this film investigates a traumatic event that her mother experienced when she was six-years old. The length of time my mother was there, when this occurred, and if it even occurred are constantly being debated throughout the piece. While memory can be one way of attempting to compile ourselves into coherent individuals, this piece seeks to explore how the boundaries of “who we are” are shaped not only by our own memories but how we negotiate them with others.

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Stalk Much?

Sep 2009 | Posted by:

2008 | Directed by Bill Baykan

After a crushing breakup, Michael journeys through the five stages of grief. With the help of psychologist Dr. Lieber, he conquers his demons, stops obsessing and finally finds true happiness. Kind of. Sort of. Maybe.