For our 6th and final day, from NHdocs 2019, we proudly present 4 of our best short films, including Audience Award winner The Dog Healers.
The Dog Healers (Karina Flomenbaum, 2019) – 29min – Inspired by the theme of the award-winning novel, The Dog Healers is a journey that leads us to discover a magical spirit that dogs and humans share. Is it a dog’s unconditional love or the affection in their eyes that creates this special connection or is it a humans soothing tones or warm touch that completes this circle of love? This film explores our intuitive nature, expressed by life changing stories that will touch your heart. Gifts of joy given by service, companionship and therapy dogs that lift the human spirit each day and in times when we need them most. Perhaps, we have much more to learn from these amazing creatures?
Drift (Chris Ward, 2017) – 20min – 43 years after completing the longest raft-trip in history, Tom Ward shares his life and journey with his filmmaker son, Chris. By tracing out the motivations and choices made by his father during his epic voyage, Chris investigates how his father’s vision has shaped his own worldview. Using journal entries and vivid archival footage, Raft-Trip juxtaposes the freedom of the ocean with the struggle for human connection.
12 seconds of gunfire: The true story of a school shooting (Suzette Moyer & Seth Blanchard, 2019) – 8min – The short film recounts what happened to Jacob Hall and Ava Olsen, who were first-graders at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on their school playground at recess. Jacob was killed and the movie follows Ava as she struggles to deal with the aftermath of the shooting — from her friend’s funeral to the anguished letter she sends to President Donald Trump asking him to keep kids safe from guns.
Carlotta’s Face (Valentin Riedl & Frédéric Schuld, 2018) – 5min – As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around here to have faces. She even doesn’t recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.
Click this link to watch the films any time between Noon and Midnight, on Sunday, June 7th.