2013 Online New England Film Festival
This is a short fictional narrative about a young girl who struggles to speak. As a selectively mute child, Sydney retreats to her vivid imagination during class and other situations where she may be expected to verbally communicate, as a way to escape her anxiety. Sydney begins to see a Speech Therapist, who decides to take an empathetic approach in therapy. As therapy progresses, Sydney discovers her love for ballet, and uses that as an outlet for communication.
Cambridge, MA. Home to Harvard and MIT. Birthplace of breakthrough technologies. Gates and Microsoft. Zuckerberg and Facebook. Who’s next? What’s next? Enter Becker and Subscription. Entrepreneur Ian Becker builds Subscription, “an interactive platform that controls the world,” trapping a young girl, Molly Dineen, in his futuristic social network that enables participants to subscribe to human beings. But, when subscribership grows and revenue pours in, what becomes of Molly?
A distraught young pitcher finds himself alone on the mound; it’s the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, no outs. With his team only up by one, and the crowd roaring in disapproval, the pitcher stares at one empty seat… this was never about a game.
Two filmmakers discuss the principal understanding of filmmaking and find themselves questioning their own understanding of the subject.
This film save lives. The Story of Cholera is an engaging, educational animation in which a young boy helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.
The Story of Cholera has been used extensively to educate populations in cholera epidemics in both Haiti and West Africa. The film “went viral” among aid agencies in West Africa, experiencing one of the worst cholera epidemics in recent times in summer of 2012. Aid workers said in 4½ minutes the animation brought more understanding and empowerment to local villagers than hours in community meetings. The film has been seen in more than 190 countries and is now narrated in 23 languages with more in the pipeline.