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BLOCK B - DOCUMENTARY

SUNY Cortland - Old Main, Brown Auditorium

Saturday, April 21st at 9:00am

Free & Open to the Public

A FATHER'S DREAM

Directed by Anne Ward & Chip Williams

Runtime - 6:54

Synopsis:

“A Father’s Dream” is a seven minute documentary about the family influences that inspired fine-woodworker David Finck, based in Western North Carolina, to move his career from fine woodworking into violin-making. Today, Finck's violins are played by professional musicians, advanced students, dedicated amateurs, and his daughters.

AMERICA HEARD: REFUGE OF HOPE

Directed by Yasmin Mistry

Runtime - 5:00

Synopsis:

Syracuse, New York is an unlikely home to over 10,000 former refugees. Two women at the forefront of this community reflect on what their presidential vote means to those whose only true home is the American town that took them in.

EMPIRE ON MAINSTREET

Directed by Jessica Congdon

Runtime - 23:45

Synopsis:

A tireless entrepreneur jump-starts the transformation of a neglected vacation town, until her ambition pushes her to the brink.

EVERY GHOST HAS AN ORCHESTRA

Directed by Shayna Connelly

Runtime - 7:10

Synopsis:

Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

LIFE IN STRIDES

Directed by Patrick Foust

Runtime - 18:28

Synopsis:

Jake, a young man with autism, has become a champion in therapeutic horseback riding. Jake’s mother Joanne has been by his side throughout his riding career, helping her son stay calm on his horse. Now, Jake is put to the test as he enters his first non-therapeutic riding competition, where the circumstances are outside Jake and Joanne’s control.

SCENES FROM A VISIT

Directed by Neil Ira Needleman

Runtime - 8:35

Synopsis:

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.

STILL HERE: 200 YEARS ON THE ERIE CANAL

Directed by Jake Coulter, Kristen Carton & Tonya Coulter

Runtime - 5:00

 

Synopsis:

This short documentary celebrates the beginning of The Erie Canal's bicentennial period by taking a brief look at its history, as well as its modern day relevance.

SUMMER SALT

Directed by Kit Vinsick

Runtime - 16:43

Synopsis:

Every August, ten writers from across the U.S. assemble in Cape Cod to practice a unique Improv-to-Script style of play and screenplay development. Sponsored by ANDTheatre Company in Manhattan and hosted by Andy and Bob Dodds, the retreat has birthed Off-Broadway plays, jump-started the biennial Without-A-Net series and furthered many burgeoning screenplays.