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Watch: PBS Online Film Festival Unveils Lineup With a Sweet Montage of Entries

Watch: PBS Online Film Festival Unveils Lineup With a Sweet Montage of Entries

PBS has released a trailer and the lineup for their upcoming Online Film Festival. Check them out below. Featuring 25 shorts from filmmakers across the United States, the festival will run from June 16th to July 31st. 

In a statement, Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of PBS Digital, said the films would represent a commitment “to experimenting with new platforms to reach diverse audiences with high quality and engaging content.”

The films will be available for streaming across all PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, Roku, Xbox, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. 

For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter. The short trailer below displays a montage of clips from various films from festival. It’s sure to excite, but don’t miss the full lineup listed underneath for further details on the entries.

The short films featured will include:

  • “Tryouts” (Independent Lens) – Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high school’s cheerleading squad.
  • “Border Bedazzlers”(Independent Lens) – Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas.
  • The Jazz Ticket” (POV) – Vince Womack has built a high school jazz powerhouse in one of L.A.’s toughest districts.
  • “Why We Rise” (Center for Asian American Media) – Three brave young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status.
  • “El Doctor” (Latino Public Broadcasting) – Worlds collide when an Arizona family hires an undocumented day laborer.
  • “El Reloj”(Latino Public Broadcasting) – Experience a day in the life of a Zapotec grandfather and his city-born granddaughter.
  • “You’re Dead to Me” (National Black Programming Consortium) – A mother and daughter revisit issues with each other on a tragic anniversary date.
  • “My Dear Americans” (National Black Programming Consortium) – An Indian-American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.
  • “7 Day Gig” (National Black Programming Consortium) – A young man sits Shiva, mourns for his father’s death with strangers from the Internet.
  • “Dog Save the Queen” (Pacific Islanders in Communications – PIC) – The Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to the Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
  • “Islands? (PIC) – Vaine escapes her brutish “protector” and shares a daily, wordless love play with Tamatoa.
  • “Lady Thunderhawks” (Vision Maker Media and Wisconsin Media Lab) – The Lady Thunderhawks varsity basketball team has become a pillar of hope for an entire community.
  • “I Am an Aurora Hunter” (Alaska Public Media) – Alaskan Todd Salat is one of the best aurora borealis photographers in the world.
  • “Westland”(Arkansas Educational Television Network- AETN) – Explore the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Arkansas, artist Tim West.
  • “Diamond John” (AETN) – John Wesley Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold.
  • “Overpass Light Brigade” (CET & ThinkTV) – Overpass Light Brigade tells the story behind Wisconsin’s Holders of the Lights.
  • “Sorry About Tomorrow” (CET & ThinkTV) – Baldwin is using time travel in hopes of undoing everything that has recently been done to him and those he loves.
  • “Yellow Wallpaper” (KLRU) – A woman descends into insanity as she struggles against the patriarchal institution that confines her.
  • “Digging for Water” (KLRU) – When a well drill becomes stuck at 225 feet, a Haitian community must dig it out by hand in order to get water.
  • “Will” (KQED – Film School Short) – Set during the attacks of 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time.
  • “First Match”(KQED – Film School Short) – A teenage female wrestler on an all-boy wrestling team faces her biggest challenge.
  • “A Part of Me, A Part From Me” (Louisiana Public Broadcasting) – Lawrence goes to an old house by the lake and relives painful memories of his lost love.
  • “North Star” (Vermont PBS) – Witness a haunting, poetic re-creation of a slave escaping from the South to New England.
  • “Mad River Rising” (Vermont PBS) – An ageing farmer escapes his retirement home and finds himself back at his boyhood farm.
  • “Calls from Home: Prison Radio in Appalachia”(WCVE PBS) – From the heart of Appalachia, a radio station broadcasts hip-hop and shout-outs behind bars.

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