AFI DOCS 2018 Unveils Full Slate of Films
SHORT FILM SELECTIONS
THE ARTIFACT ARTIST: DIR Russ Kendall. USA. An urban archaeologist unearths 300 years of New York City garbage to create 21st-century art.
BABY BROTHER: DIR Kamau Bilal. USA. Chaos ensues when the youngest sibling moves back in with his parents.
BROTHER: DIRS Daniel Klein and Hunter Johnson. USA. An American soldier befriends the Afghan translator who helped save his life.
LOS COMANDOS: DIRS Joshua Bennett and Juliana Schatz-Preston. USA. In El Salvador, gang violence has overrun the country. Los Comandos de Salvamento is one of the few institutions standing up to the gangs’ reign of terror.
CRISANTO STREET: DIR Paloma Martinez. USA. These are the moments that shape a childhood.
DEAD. TISSUE. LOVE: DIR Natasha Austin-Green. UK. A female necrophile recounts her life experience and sexual awakening.
THE EARTH IS HUMMING: DIR Garrett Bradley. USA. In Japan, earthquake preparedness is a way of life — and a full- blown industry.
EARTHRISE: DIR Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. USA. In 1968, the first image of Earth was captured from space. The world would never be the same.
EVERYTHING IS STORIES: REVILED AND MALIGNED: DIR Daniel Navetta. USA. A Massachusetts mortician finds himself in the center of controversy over an infamous decedent.
FANTASY, FANTASY: DIR Kaspar Astrup Schröder. Denmark. A charming look at the crucial years of development for autistic twin sisters Molly and Smilla.
FOOTPRINT: DIR Sara Newens. USA. A contemplative view of how visitors experience and interact with the World Trade Center Memorial.
GIVE: DIR David de Rozas. USA. A reverend seeks to preserve the monumental visual archive he has created, which displays centuries of black achievement.
GRAVEN IMAGE: DIR Sierra Pettengill. USA. An exploration of the history of Georgia’s Confederate Memorial Carving and the memorial’s close ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
JULIUS CAESAR WAS BURIED IN A PET CEMETERY: DIR Sam Green. USA. Visit the final resting place of some legendary companions.
KOKA, THE BUTCHER: DIR Bence Máté. Germany. A young pigeon flyer leads his birds into a battle for the skies over Cairo.
MINI MISS: DIR Rachel Daisy Ellis. Brazil. Amid the sparkle and the glamour, five preschoolers compete to be crowned Mini Miss Baby Brasil.
MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES: DIR Charlie Tyrell. Canada. A filmmaker seeks to connect with his late father through the personal belongings he left behind.
ONE TWO ZERO: DIR Anna Pawluczuk. Poland. Enter the intense world of Justyna, a nine-year-old girl training in rhythmic gymnastics.
PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE.: DIR Rayka Zehtabchi. India, USA. In a rural village in Northern India, a group of local women acquire a new skill that helps them gain independence in more ways than one.
PERSONAL TRUTH: DIR Charlie Lyne. USA. A look at how “fake news” and conspiracy theories emerge — and why they linger in the imagination.
PRACTICE: DIR Iyabo Kwayana. USA, Guyana. Students near the Shaolin Temple engage in simple yet rigorous rehearsals.
QUIET HOURS: DIR Paul Szynol. USA. A poet laureate lives in the fragile space between loneliness and welcome solitude.
REBUILDING IN MINIATURE: DIR Veena Rao. USA. A displaced Iraqi artist makes incredibly detailed dioramas of places he has read about but has never seen.
ROOM 140: DIR Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz. USA. Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in an Oakland motel, paid for by one of the motel workers.
SKYWARDS: DIR Eva Weber. UK. Filmmaker Eva Weber’s latest meditation on urban environments features striking scenes of pigeon enthusiasts in Delhi, India.
THEY JUST COME AND GO: DIR Boris Poljak. Croatia. A Croatian beach town plays host to aging regulars and raging revelers in this sly observational study.
TRUE LOVE/TRUE CRIME ON AN AMERICAN BUS: DIR Nicholas Coles. USA. A couple on a bus are helping to save historic Los Angeles one crime scene at a time.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND PLAYED AT MY HIGH SCHOOL: DIRS Robert Pietri and Tony Jannelli. USA. An animated remembrance of a legendary band’s not-so-legendary gig.
THE WATER SLIDE: DIR Nathan Truesdell. USA. Tragedy strikes the world’s tallest water slide.
AUTHENTICALLY US: SHE FLIES BY HER OWN WINGS: Lead Artist: Jesse (Jesus) Ayala. USA. Driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” Shannon Scott urges freedom and justice for all — from the marbled halls of Washington, DC, to the hallowed ground of those who championed equality before her.
DINNER PARTY: Lead Artists: Angel Manuel Soto, Charlotte Stoudt, and Laura Wexler. Puerto Rico. Based on the true story of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple who in 1961 reported the first nationally known UFO abduction, DINNER PARTY dramatizes with dazzling immersive intensity the radically different accounts that each of the Hills recalled through hypnosis.
GREENLAND MELTING: Lead Artists: Catherine Upin and Nonny de la Peña. USA. In September 2016, NASA scientists went to Greenland to better understand what’s causing the ice to melt so fast. Experience what it’s like to be in Greenland: stand in the water in front of a glacier, fly at low altitudes over some of the world’s most stunning scenery and dive beneath the ocean’s surface to see what NASA’s studies are revealing. East Coast Premiere.
THE HIDDEN: Lead Artist: Lindsay Branham. India. Ten years ago in southern India, a family took out a loan of $70 U.S. dollars. When it wasn’t repaid, the creditor enslaved them, and their very bodies became a promissory note in an illegal debt scheme. When the Indian government discovered the case, they set out to free the family.
MY AFRICA: Lead Artists: David Allen, Dr. M. Sanjayan. Kenya. MY AFRICA is a virtual-reality journey to Northern Kenya, where the futures of wildlife and humans are intertwined. Stand amid a thundering wildebeest migration, witness a lioness snatch her prey, go nose-to-trunk with an inquisitive baby elephant and meet a community dedicated to saving Africa’s wildlife.
MY AFRICA: ELEPHANT KEEPER: Lead Artists: Adam May and Elliott Round. UK, USA. Learn more about the remarkable work undertaken at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya as you become an elephant keeper. Audiences can welcome and feed the baby elephant, Dudu, at the sanctuary, with real-world props creating an innovative and photorealistic interactive VR experience.
SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE: Lead Artists: Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. USA. Silence just might be on the verge of extinction, and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE, join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.
THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FEAST: Lead Artists: Danfung Dennis and Eric Strauss. USA, Brazil. Witness the beautiful expanse of Brazil’s ecologically valuable rainforest, threatened by loggers as massive trees are cleared to make way for sprawling industrial cattle ranches. Can the Amazon survive the growing global demand for beef?
THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FAMINE: Lead Artists: Danfung Dennis and Eric Strauss. USA, Somalia. Audiences are transported directly into the arid expanse of Somalia, where crushing drought caused by rising temperatures has made once-fertile lands into a year-round desert, and has put the survival of a generation of malnourished children at great risk.
THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE: FIRE: Lead Artists: Danfung Dennis and Eric Strauss. USA. In just the last three decades, changes in climate have doubled the amount of land burned by wildfires in the western United States. Experience the scorching California fires of 2017, and follow the dedicated fighters — by air and on the ground — whose jobs have turned into year-round battles against these catastrophic blazes.
WHERE THOUGHTS GO: Lead Artist: Lucas Rizzotto. USA. An intimate, social VR experience, WHERE THOUGHTS GO is set in a world where all human thoughts exist as sleeping creatures, each holding a voice message left by a previous visitor. As they awaken, they reveal the dreams, experiences and fears of other people, and give the participant the opportunity to leave their own for others to find.