Woodstock Museum
19th Annual Film Festival 2018
Labor Day Week:

This Year’s Theme: “IMPACT”

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7 PM 1st Day & Next Minute Animation adventure into a person’s zone of desires where lust and responsibility is divide and demand.

Director Biography - Sara Koppel, Director & Animator Started in the Danish Animation industry as 14 years old. Creator of "Koppel Animation & Naked Love Film" 2002 Made 20 small hand drawn animated independent art film. Currently working on a new 12 minutes Hand drawn Erotic Animation film: “We got lost on the other side of wilderness”
Filmography: “1st day & next minute” November 2017 “CLITORISSIMA” - 17th December 2015 “Seriously Deadly Silence” 2015 “Memories of an absent presence” 2013 "Little Vulvah & her clitoral awareness" 2013 - Shown at 100 International Festivals & received 9 Awards during 2014. "Naked Love - Ea's garden" 2012 - Shown over 80 International Film Festivals & received 9 International Awards. “Appetizer for Naked Love” 2012 "Walking between each other and itself"
2011 “Moving Women” 2010 “Love Sucks” 2009

7:20 The Silent Glow-Recovering the Present
Unusual insight into mindfulness training changes lives of children & teens as learned in programs including the Max-Planck Institute.

New forms of manipulation and the permanent inundation of stimuli from new media environments pose a great risk to children’s mental health. Unnoticed by political institutions, society has long since started to respond. A secular culture of consciousness is arising: meditation and new forms of resilience and mindfulness training have formed part of the curriculum in many of Europe’s schools for some time now. The French Football Federation, for example, was the first governing sports body in the world to include “consciousness” and “self-awareness” as a central component of its training programme.
The film shows the experiences that children and teenagers – many from refugee and migrant families – have had in training programs that combine classical mindfulness meditation, social self-experience and body awareness with schooling in a global perspective and with activism. Can openness, compassion and an ethical attitude in children be increased by mental training? The film also offers unusual insights into current scientific research programs at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany where one of the world’s largest studies of various forms of mental training was conducted.
A cultural trend, the origins of which lie both in antiquity and Asia's wisdom traditions, is currently enjoying a true renaissance: a new culture of consciousness is emerging in many places across Europe. At the same time, a secular practice of mindfulness without any connection to doctrines of salvation or religious dogmas is finding its way into our education system. The outcome of this development remains open, however. Can the systematic inner development of young people actually enable them to take on responsibility – for their own lives, for society and the world?

Director Biography - Anja Krug-Metzinger was born 1966 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied Film, Television and Theatrical Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt in addition to German studies and Philosophy. After graduating as a Master of Arts, she worked as a freelance writer and director, among other things in television, for various ARTE documentary productions, as well as for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Today, Anja Krug-Metzinger primarily works as a producer, director and screenwriter. Her films are characterized by philosophical reflection by means of the documentary and aesthetic treatment of a topic, which is often highly relevant to the self-understanding of people in our time. Anja Krug-Metzinger’s documentary films have been shown and distinguished many times at international and national film festivals.

Director Statement Interview with director Anja Krug-Metzinger:
What is going wrong in schools today?
Disputes over educational policy have once again become inflamed, with questions such as: Is it sufficient to evaluate performance solely on measurable results? Do we need a deeper pedagogical reform, and if so, what kind? What type of school education is really contemporary? There are naturally many varying opinions on this topic. One thing is certain however: in the next few decades, our world will change more quickly than ever before in the history of humanity. We face problems like climate change, migratory flows and increasing social inequality, but also the rebuilding of economic structures, the emergence of new, more authoritarian tendencies, the disintegration of social security systems, and the rapidly changing world of work, particularly the rise of artificial intelligence. The challenges for new generations have become radically different, as have those faced by education. With the help of concrete examples, I would like to demonstrate in my film that these current challenges are in part already being met with new ideas at certain forward-thinking educational institutions.
What exactly distinguishes these forward-thinking educational institutions?
In addition to an education, which, as is customary, focuses on the outside world, the children in these schools are learning that a better trained sense of self perception and the cultivation of consciousness in everyday life lead to more truthfulness and an inner sense of honesty with oneself. In addition to the ability to realistically evaluate things in the outside world, these skills are the most important prerequisites for becoming a responsible citizen. This type of school education is entirely new, while at the same time having roots in humanity's oldest teachings of wisdom that are already deeply embedded in human culture: in essence, it concerns the ethics of internal actions. Cicero, for example, said that a love for wisdom is really a cultura animi, the cultivation of the soul, a culture of consciousness. In contrast, the Indian philosophers have always said that a real change in the external world is only possible if you become conscious of your own internal thought processes beforehand and have investigated them in earnest.
Why did you want to make a film about this topic in particular?
I have occupied myself with these questions for some time now, and personally benefit from regularly practicing meditation. I find it remarkable that this movement has now emerged in mainstream society and have researched possible causes for this current development: almost every fifth child in Germany shows signs of school-related stress, such as problems with sleeping, headaches and nausea. Paradoxically, social media also leads to feelings of loneliness and depression. In the meantime, there have been many studies which prove that this so-called mindfulness practice works against worry, depression and stress. As a philosopher of consciousness, my husband Thomas Metzinger, who acted in an advisory capacity during this project, has long been a proponent of introducing secular meditation classes in schools. I was surprised that there has yet to be a film that views this important topic through the lens of the children themselves. My documentary is the result of four years' intensive research and extensive filming at just under ten educational institutions located in Germany, France and Switzerland.
Are teachers not overburdened and under enough stress already, without having to incorporate mindfulness exercises into their lessons?
There is absolutely no question that teachers today are under enormous pressure. However, I would not see this as an additional burden, as ultimately this is something that helps teachers unburden themselves; it is something liberating and beautiful. Many teachers have assured me of this. In fact, studies show that the traditional practice of mindfulness, body scan, or the cultivation of compassion not only have a positive effect on the working and learning environment, but also constitute an effective prevention against burnout for the teachers themselves.
What role does self-optimization play here?
This is precisely what interested me also. What was revealed during the research and the filming was that the children become more in touch with themselves through this practice and thereby gain a better grasp of what could do them good and what would be harmful to them. It is thus conceivable that children who are grounded in this way are less vulnerable to all types of manipulation. It is important that these techniques not fall victim to the context of an exploitative capitalist logic; indeed, the ethical context from which they originate must be preserved. Positive secondary benefits, such as improved concentration, are clearly far from being superficial self-optimization.
Why should children learn to control their emotions?
These exercises primarily help to create a conscious awareness of those processes which previously took place automatically. Children and young people must no longer blindly follow their impulses; control allows them to obtain a greater level of inner freedom. I got the impression that particularly restless children benefited from this. While filming, I was surprised at how enthusiastically the children got involved; many were very keen to take part.
Who initiated this movement in the first place?
It is definitely a movement that comes from "below" and is borne by many thousands of individuals. Educational policy remains idle. If so many teachers, carers and parents had not advocated for this movement, it would not now, after several decades, have emerged into mainstream society. The pioneers of mindfulness for children and young people are in the USA, where countless projects have begun in schools. But "Mindfulness in Schools" has also found its way onto timetables in Britain and the Netherlands, with parliamentary initiatives in many other European countries too. Meanwhile, in sport, there are large-scale programs, which have even been promoted by UEFA, and this has also happened at universities. Furthermore, within the British, Swedish, Dutch, French and Estonian parliaments, implementation of social programs is being considered and some members practice mindfulness themselves. We are now seeing the benefits of what many teachers and parents have long had to fight for. My film shows that society is further ahead in this area than institutions concerned with educational policy.
What was your overall cinematic approach to this very abstract topic?
The film is not concerned with conveying concrete answers, but rather how the children and young people feel and think, and how they themselves are actually developing. My wish was that a partly open style would evolve, which would very naturally be accompanied by music approximating calm. Alongside the visuals and what can be conveyed by speech, I wanted to explore the topic which is navigated in the film itself through a cautious awareness, which time and again turns into deep calm. Beyond words and images, the viewer is thus afforded a genuine, somewhat more intensive entry into the topic. In this sense, it is not the beauty in the young faces, in the scenes of everyday life, or in nature that I am looking for, it is the moments of mindfulness, the instances of wakefulness, preciseness and tranquility within the internal perspective that I am attempting to perceive on an external level.
Do you believe that this movement has promise for the future?
There is a potential that we have too long failed to exploit as a society: through heightened consciousness and self-perception, the young generation could cultivate an internal strength, which would perhaps enable them to set a new course for themselves in the external world

9:05 Tapferkeit A German sniper and a U.S. combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle.

During the WWII North African campaign, a German sniper of the AfrikaKorps and a U.S. Combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle. They must reluctantly join forces to escape a marauding band of desert nomads and the unforgiving desolation of the Sahara desert. During their odyssey, the German relates the destruction of his country due to following their corrupt politicians. He regrets not stopping them before it was too late. It's a specter from the past that sadly parallels many aspects of our society today. The German soon realizes his own government is the real enemy of his people and struggles to find the courage (Tapferkeit) to stop them.

Director Biography Joseph Quinn was born Jan 1, 1966 in Chicago Illinois. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera on multiple feature films and documentaries. Tapferkeit was his directorial debut.

9:30 Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps Local commentator talks to himself as two personalties. Q&A

Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps is Marty Korn’s first film in the “Meeting of the Mind” film series. This innovative series features a single person playing out the various and sundry personae inhabiting one’s individual psyche. Through this dramatic vehicle, the duality and psychic tensions within our minds and lives are compellingly depicted. In “Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps”, the poet Sparrow meets his psychic opposite the “Eminent” Dr. Worraps (Sparrow spelled backwards). Sparrow wrote the script & plays himself as well as Dr. Worraps. The drama, tension and fun unfold as the battle of wits evolves between them.
Sparrow characterizes himself as a “multi-level anarchist anti-poet” who is well known in the Catskills for his one-line letters to the Woodstock Times. He is a regular contributor to the Chronogram. His works have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review. Sparrow is the author of seven books including How to Survive the Coming Collapse of Civilization (And Other Helpful Hints). He has run for the Presidency seven times. His most recent book, On certain nights everyone in the USA has the same dream, recounts his 2016 election campaign.

Producer/Director Marty Korn is the producer & host of the podcast/web show Conversations over Cappuccino www.conversationsoc.com and founder of Woodstock Dreams Media www.woodstockdreams.com. Sparrow Meets Dr. Worraps is Marty’s first film and marks the start of the innovative “Meeting of the Mind” film series. In addition to film Marty is a stone artist www.martybstone.com and ecology activist. He is currently organizing a 2019 Woodstock Ecology Festival to help establish a compelling artistic “voice and vision” of ecology www.woodstockecology.org.


7PM Still I Rise Maya Angelou's poem visualized and set to music to forge unity.

A visual and musical interpretation of American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou’s electrifying poem "Still I Rise." Juxtaposing Angelou's timeless words with imagery of struggle and change from the past to the present, "Still I Rise" prompts us to ask ourselves: What side of the divide do you stand on? Where will you forge common ground?

Director Biography Gabriel Diamond, Patrick Nelson Barnes, Phil Collis

Gabriel Diamond started working in video at age 13 at KDOL-TV in Oakland, CA. Now he travels the world making films about people who make things better.
Along with Ken Ikeda he co-founded The Factory, a filmmaking lab for Bay Area youth. Works created under his mentorship won top prizes at dozens of national festivals including an Emmy. His first feature “Less”, follows and idealistic and troubled a man who has chosen to live on the streets in San Francisco. It received honorable mention for the grand jury prize at Dances With Films Festival.
He shot and acted in “How To Cheat” which premiered at the LA Film Festival and won best acting ensemble and best narrative at Bend Film Festival.
In 2011 he shot a short documentary in Nepal entitled “We Are In The Field: Adventures of a 3rd World Environmental Activist.” It’s now being developed into a feature length film “All Living Things” with Jane Goodall.
He’s now the staff filmmaker & photographer at the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto.

7:20 Enough White Teacups examines sustainable designs that embrace social, economic & ecological sustainability.

The documentary “Enough White Teacups” highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX) and the film explores their history as an international design competition and highlights the most innovative INDEX award winners. Enough White Teacups showcases how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent of blindness, to destroy landmines, to deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, to clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. “Enough White Teacups” examines sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

Director Biography Michelle Bauer Carpenter is an Associate Professor of Digital Design in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries. Her 2016 film “Klocked: Women with Horsepower” recently won a National Academy of Arts & Sciences Heartland Chapter Emmy for Excellence in Journalistic Enterprise. 

“Klocked: Women with Horsepower” was also awarded three national awards including an Award of Excellence Feature Documentary, an Award of Recognition Women Filmmaker from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Winner in the category of Best Sports Documentary at the Louisville International Festival of Film and Winner Best Action Sports Film at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver. It has screened at numerous national and international film festivals including the Breckenridge Film Festival, Louisville International Festival of Film, The Motorcycle Film Festival in New York, NY, ACTION! International Film Festival in La Jolla, CA, The Madrid Motorcycle Film Festival in Madrid, Spain, Toronto Motorcycle Film festival among others. “Klocked: Women with Horsepower” began National PBS distribution in October 2016. It was featured for Women’s History Month on KCET, Los Angeles and KQED San Francisco, California. 
Carpenter’s 2014 film, Driven to Ride has telecast 533 times on PBS, played on 222 channels in 93 markets, in 32 states, with a market penetration of 58% of United States households. 64% of Driven to Ride’s broadcasts have been in the top 25 US broadcast markets.

In 2012, her film about the catastrophic Fourmile fire titled “Above the Ashes” was awarded two prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary and best program editing. The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry.
Carpenter’s creative research consists of two distinct styles of art making: traditional narrative video and experimental video documentary. The content of her work is driven by and created in response to primary experiences in her life. She draws from personal experiences to develop documentaries, experimental single-channel videos or video installations that encourage discourse on difficult subject matters, including the Fourmile fire, domestic violence, women’s body issues, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s.

Director Statement
“For a writer, it’s a word. For a composer or a musician it’s a note. For an editor or a filmmaker, it’s a frame.” -Quentin Tarantino
Digital art and especially video, provides valuable contributions to the discourse on political and social issues of our day, and transforms the way people confront those issues. Utilizing the medium of video and installation, I address personal memories, loss and the construction of romantic and social mythologies about women, aging and even everyday heroism. In my work I seek to relate the complexity of human emotions and response. Often using personal narrative and gathered experiences, my work discusses the manifestation of violence, social constraints, personal loss and individual triumphs. Combining techniques of montage and collage, I combine original footage with found footage and dialog. Metaphor and implied meanings are the basis for my image selection and fuels the content of my work. My film and artwork asks the viewer to critically examine humanity and tour de force of life.

8:35 One A traffic stop and police altercation gets a re-do. Q&A

Director Biography - Carlos Carrasco – Director, Producer
Born in Panama City, Panama, Carlos is an actor, director, writer and producer. He has appeared on Broadway, Off‐Broadway and at many of the country’s regional theatres. Mr. Carrasco has co‐starred in the feature films Parker, Speed, Blood In ... Blood Out, One Man’s Hero and HBO’s The Burning Season, with featured appearances in Double Take, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and The Fisher King. He has been a guest on many prime time television series. His directing credits include the award winning documentary Art Galleries and Back Alleys, and the narrative short films Honesty, Pencil, Rose and Let Me Finish,

9:15 Escaping Stars tells a story of a girl whose world falls apart when her lover leaves her. She sinks into madness and loses herself in an imaginary world.

Director Biography
Herbain Laëtitia
Je suis née en région parisienne et dès l’enfance j’ai eu un gout prononcé pour la narration. Je me suis tournée vers une formation de montage après des études de lettres. Mais j’avais besoin de raconter mes propres histoires. J’ai réalisé deux courts métrages : Les suaires de Véronique et Les étoiles fuyantes, tous deux emprunts du même univers assez sombres à l’esthétique travaillée visant à ce que chaque plan soit tant descriptif que narratif.

I needed to tell my own stories. I made two short films: ‘Véronique's Shrouds’ and ‘Les étoiles fuyantes', both borrowed from the same rather dark universe, with a worked aesthetic aiming to make each plan both descriptive and narrative.

9:30 At the Park By the Creek A drug peddler must choose to pull out or go deeper into the mud.

When Germany's kid brother disappears and his drug pedaling doofus of a best bud is slowly getting deeper into the misty, small town underworld... he's left to either pull himself up by his bootstraps or fall deeper into the mud. Shot in and around Chicago, IL on a non-existent budget by passionate, diy influenced filmmakers.

Director Biography Ryan Ohm, Jeremy Marsan
Fun is fun, and fun is forever. Without fun, don't make a film - is what they should teach you in film school. Jeremy (Jerry) and Ryan (Reynolds) believe in challenging themselves and simultaneously playing by their own rules when it comes to filmmaking. Thus, obscurity meets originality in their creations... from film to music to late night ramblings over a bonfire, several pulls of whiskey, a 12 case of old style light and a pack of everlasting American Spirit smokes.
Director Statement
Long time creative pals, Jerry & Reynold accidentally set out to make a feature on a shoe string budget in their childhood small town. By accidentally I mean they didn't realize one day of shooting just for the hell of it would evolve into a three year passion project that encapsulated them in the best way possible.


7PM Work A young mom questions her choices while raising her daughter on a farm.

Director Biography
Sam Griffith grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a film degree in 2007. After graduation, he moved to California and is now pursuing his own directing projects. He lives with his wife, a screenwriter, in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of LA and is currently developing a feature set in his home state. His favorite cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats. www.samgriffithfilms.com

Director Statement Shared work is intimacy. Intimacy is shared work. That's what the film is about but also what made the film possible: In a beautiful moment of shared work, a small group of people on a farm in Paso Robles, CA made this project a reality. We're so thankful to everyone who worked on it and couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

7:30 Standing Rock Take Me From the River Like minded activists traveled over 800 miles in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin camp to protect water. Q&A

A glimpse into our future. Like so many others, an overwhelming sense of unfairness being perpetrated led to a small group of like minded activists from "Brew City" (aka Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to travel over 800 miles to Standing Rock's Oceti Sakowin camp where protecting the water interfered with powerful oil interests. Support grew from hundreds to thousands of folks from around the world. From arresting journalists to silence their voices to excessive and violent attacks on the peaceful resisting water protectors, these actions are documented in this raw and emotional film. This journey into water protecting documents the Standing Rock Sioux struggle in North Dakota to protect their water and sacred sites based on Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and 1868. The story of Standing Rock is our future. How we treat the environment and each other is our destiny.

Director Statement We are nothing without clean water and this issue has the ability to bring us all together. This is a glimpse into our future. Standing Rock was an all out effort to place clean water above the interests of the powerful oil industry. In the end over 850 were arrested during this resistance to protect our water. It was a loss for the environment and humanity as today the oil flows through the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe. Native Americans are leading the important challenges to protect our environment and thanks to the Standing Rock Sioux the wakeup call is being heard as new groups like Water Protectors of Milwaukee are now in many of the cites around the country. #Waterislife

Director Biography
- Denny Rauen
Filmmaker, activist, environmentalist and internationally renown Luthie, Denny Rauen began making short films to bring attention to the many decisions and actions around environmental and health issues. His award winning unvarnished "guerrilla" short films continue to shine a light. "Being there is the best and sometimes the only way to understand an issue", raising social consciousness is the target.

8:30 Malka An art video and song dedicated to refugee children.

Director Biography Stefan Freedman & Lois Cordelia - Growing up in East London, Stefan's grandparents were refugees from Poland and Romania. This is Stefan's first short film, in collaboration with multi-media artist Lois Cordelia.

Director Statement The story untold by a refugee is the one you need to hear. A vital key to understanding. But recalling it is too painful; to find words to express it is impossible. This short video tells the story of a journey into the unknown through the eyes of a child. Fear and hope journey with them.

8:40 Scenes from a Visit An aging dad's artistry is captured in his home. Q&A

After being away for several months, a documentary filmmaker visits the remote home his aging parents bought. During the visit, he comes to realize that the years are catching up to his octogenarian father, an artist with a vivid imagination.

9:20 The Best of All Worlds A true story of a child's life with a heroin addicted mother and their love for each other.

Director Biography
In 2012 Adrian Goiginger founded the film production company “2010 Entertainment”. As director and script writer he was responsible for many short cuts, commercials, image films and music videos. In 2013 he started his studies in directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His debut movie THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS (with the financial support of ORF, SWR, ÖFI, MFG amongst others) had its premiere at the Berlinale 2017.


12PM School Me College for prisoners with its causes and effects.

12:30 21 years-A Folded Flag Son's journey to discover who his father was after Vietnam War. Q&A

50 years ago the small town of Abington, Massachusetts not only lost a Vietnam war hero, but a young child lost his father. Before he went missing in action during a classified mission with his Special Operations Group, Sgt. Richard A. Fitts sent home his Green Beret and a voice recording with a truly special message to those left behind. Decades later his remains were discovered and returned to his hometown for a heroes welcome and funeral where a folded flag was presented to his only son. Now, a half -century later this Special Forces soldier’s story is told through a son’s cathartic journey to discover who his father was.

2:15 My Golden Rule Young spirited woman enters a portal into a post-apocalyptic world.

This film was made as a tribute to the wonders of our earth and the importance of protecting them. Follow a young woman, armed with her banjo and her spirit, as she enters a portal from a post-apocalyptic world into a realm of rhinoceroses, gorillas and ancient trees to recover magical seeds and make the world wild again!

Director Biography - Sally Sherwood
After an experimental childhood filled with many adventures and misadventures, Sally studied Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz. There she studied painting, photography and digital art. This led her on a path to the film industry, where working on big budget Hollywood films, she was able to learn a craft she could apply to her personal projects. Her goal with art and film is to inspire a shift to clean renewable energy, preservation of forests, reforestation, an end to industrial animal abuse, and a general appreciation for the wonders of nature. Her art is a prayer for the planet and a love letter to all that is wild and free. She hopes to remind people of where we came from and where we can go.

Director Statement I started doing art mostly as a form of therapy, to heal from trauma, and to try and create something magical out of something painful. I was fortunate enough to travel to places like India and Brazil and be inspired by everything from ancient cultures to old growth rainforests. Now my art is a prayer for the planet and a love letter to all that is wild and free. I hope to remind people of where we came from and where we can go.

2:20. Major "Doc" Brown Oldest survivor of WWII’s Bataan Death March speaks out. Q&A

The extraordinary, true story of World War II’s oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March, Major Albert N. Brown. This moving biographic documentary exposes the horrors of war and remarkable strength of the American spirit. Produced, directed and edited by JC Barone (40 min.)

Director Biography JC Barone has been an active producer/director/editor for over 20 years. He is a member of the Television Academy and recipient of numerous awards including the Communicator Award of Distinction, the Videographer Award of Distinction, and five Telly Awards.

Director Statement. Five years, a shoestring budget & local talent, it's been a labor of love. Working on this project is an honor. I hope we've done right by Major Brown, an American hero.

3:30 Look Animation explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals.

This short animated film Look explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals. Dare to look and change the world.

Director Biography Meinardas Valkevičius has been interested in animation since childhood. In 2010, he graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts BA Animation coursein Lithuania. During that period, he created many animated films, one of them “The Impossible Moon” has been sent to many global animation festivals.
In 2012, he established animation studio “MeinArt”. The company created various animated films, one of them “Hunt” traveled around the globe to many animation festivals and has been viewed online for more than 2 million times. “MeinArt” and its directors vision is to invest part of its profits to create memorable animated films with a deeper meaning.

3:35 Superhouse Step inside one of the most energy efficient homes in the world.

Matt Bowers designed and built his Honeoye Falls, NY home to the Passive House standard -- ten times tighter than building codes require. Step inside one of the most energy-efficient homes in the world.

3:40 It's the Dystopian Future A giddy jaunt through the future that may come to pass.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 6, 1979, Ben Folstein Is a filmmaker, actor, musician, producer, and carpenter living and working in New York City. He attended film school at College of Santa Fe, after which he moved to San Francisco, California in 2001. There he made about 80 short films, while studying and working with filmmaker Craig Baldwin. Upon moving to New York city in 2006, he turned towards music and performance, playing with his band, Level 2. In 2010, he wrote and produced "Love is like Mud", a puppet rock opera. By 2013, he was working for Sleep No More, and producing a serial science fiction radio drama entitled "Neon Sun". In 2016, he turned his attention to children's education and entertainment. In 2017, his band, Peppermint Teabag, produced their first record.

3:45 Mama Qota Native Peruvians illuminate the importance of lakes in their culture.

Mama Qota is a seventeen minute documentary interviewing Aymaran men (native Peruvians) in their own language (subtitles in English). These community representatives (the women wouldn’t speak on camera) illuminate our understanding of how this culture relates to the lakes in their home land as an extension of thier own bodies, and as a spiritual source as well as ending ground. Marina Morikawa is a modern day environmental scientist who has been miraculously successful cleaning the pollution of these water bodies using natural methods. He is also interviewed, revealing a similar understanding of how we are mirrors of our Earth.

Director Biography Marianne Asher, Rodrigo Otero, Maja Tillman
Rodrigo Otero Heraud was born in 1978. He studied filmmaking at the Lima Film School, and acupuncture at the Nei Jing School. He is also a participatory video facilitator. As an author in cinema, he has produced a variety of genres in short, medium length and one feature film since 1999. His interest in Andean cultures and traditions introduced him to matters such as Andean cosmovision, sacrality of nature, and the spirituality of peoples.

4:15 Smacked! Addiction & Recovery in Rural America A town in the Catskills aid opiod & heroin addicts. Q&A

Addiction is easy. Recovery is not. Rural America has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but hope is alive as well. SMACKED! tells the story of how law enforcement and the health care community are coping with the heroin epidemic that has swept the rural Western Catskill mountains of New York State. The film features stakeholders primarily located in Delaware and Otsego Counties in mid-state New York. Through the creativity of the law enforcement and recovery communities, unique education, awareness and prevention programs have been created despite the scarce availability of funding. By focusing on recovering addicts and health professionals, SMACKED! humanizes the addict and addresses the dangerous stigma around addition and recovery.

Director Biography Award-winning filmmaker, Jessica Vecchione, is the owner of Vecc Videography, a full service video production and marketing company based in Hamden, NY.
With 20 years experience in advertising and marketing, Jessica has carved out a niche for herself in the Catskills, helping non-profits define themselves by telling their stories on film.
In 2009, she made a film called, “Bienvenidos a Fleischmanns”, about the growing Hispanic population in a mostly rural mountainous region. The film went on to screen in several film festivals, including the Black Earth Film Festival, where it won first prize in documentary, the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, where it won second prize in documentary, the Boston Latino Film Festival and the Buffalo Niagra Film Festival. In 2011, she made “Robert, Portrait of an Art-er”, a film about an infamous local hermit and stone artist, which also went on to win awards on the film festival circuit

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