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Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees
This film tells the story of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (recently renamed The Center) as they help newly arrived refugees navigate life in their adopted city of Utica, New York. The film won Gold Medal Honors from the Robert F. Kennedy Speak Truth To Power Video Contest and Best Documentary at the Rod Serling Film Festival. It was a joint project of the Cooperstown Central School Lit Mag and Media Team, JoAnn Gardner, advisor. (Kara Gildea, Rainer Gardner-Olesen, Eric Kukenberger, Sam Lytel, Ellie Pink, Lola Thompson, Peter Weil, 2019, USA, 4 min.)
With breathtaking overhead shots of Cambodia and intimate portraits of the people who live there, filmmaker Kalyanee Mam documents habitat destruction and a vanishing way of life in Cambodia’s mangrove forests in the short film Lost World. Singapore, in order to expand its land mass, has become one of the largest sand importers in the world, bringing in over 80 million tons of sand from Cambodia in the last 12 years. In order to supply that sand, islands and mangrove forests in Cambodia are being dredged at an alarming rate. Mam, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2013, makes this large-scale issue personal by following one woman, Phalla Vy. (Kalyanee Mam, 2018, Cambodia, 16 minutes)
Moment to Moment
Mike Attie’s tender short Moment to Moment follows Carl and Susan, a scientist and an artist who first met (and fell in love) as teachers. Susan recalls her memories of their romance—the first time she saw Carl, their first date, Carl’s love of physics. When Carl was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he was no longer able to pursue his career. He found new purpose dismantling electronics in search of the copper inside—as Susan made sculptures from the copper coils. (Mike Attie, 2019, USA, 14 minutes) A short Q&A with Mike Attie follows this film.
The Atomic Soldiers
The Atomic Soldiers is an astonishing yet poignant account of recollections from a few surviving witnesses—all former military personnel, silenced for fifty years—at American nuclear test sites during the 1950s. “Getting to know these men was an experience I will never forget. I realized that my own generation seems to have become numb to what nuclear war could do to humanity. The accounts of the atomic soldiers helps us understand that horror,” says filmmaker Morgan Knibbe. (Morgan Knibbe, 2018, USA, 22 minutes)
Above Us Only Sky
A beautiful, meandering, thoughtful film essay that starts with the filmmaker recalling the 2010 Icelandic volcano eruption that halted air traffic over Europe, then digresses over time to discover the haunted majesty of the decomposing Kladno steelworks in the Czech Republic, once owned by the family of philosopher Wittgenstein and now overgrown and returning to the land. “A cool, ruminative, and calming exercise in intellectual and sensual stimulation, quietly profound in its implications.”—Neil Young. (Arthur Kleinjan, 2019, Netherlands, 28 minutes)
La Dernière Tournée
Christophe Leraie tells the story of Jerome, a father who spends his nights driving around in his old station wagon to deliver the local newspaper. When his son is denied a job because he does not have a vehicle, Jerome decides to give his son the station wagon so he can get the job. This small sacrifice shakes the foundation of the family in unforeseeable ways. (Christophe Leraie, 2019, France, 22 minutes)
MIKE ATTIE’S feature documentary, In Country, had its world premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto. His award-winning short documentaries have shown at major film festivals. Prior to receiving a MFA from Stanford University’s Documentary Film program, he worked as an assistant editor for Academy Award-winning filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond. He worked extensively as a producer and cinematographer for clients including Facebook, Pinterest, CNN, PopTech, and Seattle Children's Hospital. He is a 2014 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow and was named as one of The Independent's "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014". He is an assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and program director of the Film + Video department.