2014 PBS ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16 - JULY 31

"My Dear Americans" is the winner of this year's People's Choice Award. You can still enjoy all 25 films in the festival. Watch and then share your favorites.

"My Dear Americans" is the winner of this year's People's Choice Award. You can still enjoy all 25 films in the festival. Watch and then share your favorites.

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7 Day Gig | National Black Programming Consortium

9:01 mins

7 Day Gig | National Black Programming Consortium

9:01 mins

About the Film

When he looses his father a young man decides to follow traditional Jewish tradition and sit Shiva, or mourn his passing. The only problem is he has no one to sit with him – after some failed attempts in his neighborhood, he ultimately finds a motley crew of “friends” on the Internet willing to take on the gig, with various subtly humorous intentions and motivations.

A young man sits Shiva (mourns) for his father’s death with strangers from the Internet.

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A Part of Me, Apart From Me | Louisiana Public Broadcasting

12:42 mins

A Part of Me, Apart From Me | Louisiana Public Broadcasting

12:42 mins

About the Film

A Part of Me, Apart from Me is a beautiful and moving representation of the emotional turmoil involved in losing the person you love most. The film follows one man's emotional journey at a run-down vacation shack filled with memories of a lost romance. Played by Dustin Reno, this man's struggle takes a turn towards delusion and carries its audience beyond reason into the depths of hopeful despair.

Lawrence goes to an old house by the lake and relives painful memories of his lost love.

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Border Bedazzlers | Independent Lens

3:40 mins

Border Bedazzlers | Independent Lens

3:40 mins

About the Film

Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas.

Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas.

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Calls from Home: Prison Radio in Appalachia | WCVE Richmond

6:08 mins

Calls from Home: Prison Radio in Appalachia | WCVE Richmond

6:08 mins

About the Film

Produced by WMMT in Whitesburg, Kentucky, "Calls from Home" is a weekly radio show that broadcasts messages from friends and family of those incarcerated in the prison system of Central Appalachia. Seven penitentiaries have been built in the region in the last 20 years. "Calls from Home" gives family members - many of whom live hundreds of miles away - a chance to connect with their loved ones.

From the heart of Appalachia, a radio station broadcasts hip-hop & shout-outs behind bars.

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Diamond John | Arkansas Educational Television Network

15:06 mins

Diamond John | Arkansas Educational Television Network

15:06 mins

About the Film

John Wesley Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold and precious minerals, but the ground has consistently turned up dry. When faced with the news that his family's farm is facing imminent foreclosure, John is forced to decide between getting a respectable job, or continuing his passionate prospecting with unlikely hopes of striking it rich.

John Wesley Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold.

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Digging for Water | KLRU Austin

11:47 mins

Digging for Water | KLRU Austin

11:47 mins

About the Film

Tiga Norelia’s village of Creve has a single water source: a bacteria filled cistern at the bottom of a steep mountain. When a Texas based NGO tries to drill water wells for the community the drilling rig becomes stuck at 225 feet in the ground, threatening any hope of clean drinking water. In order for drilling to continue, the men of the village must dig it out by hand, a near impossible task.

When a drill becomes stuck at 225 feet, a Haitian community must hand dig it out.

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Dog Save the Queen | Pacific Islanders in Communications

14:16 mins

Dog Save the Queen | Pacific Islanders in Communications

14:16 mins

About the Film

The idyllic Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands is abuzz with the news of ‘the Million Dollar Corgi Quest’, a competition run by Buckingham Palace. They are in search of the direct descendant of the Queen's corgi, who visited the shores back in ‘74 and got loose and busy with some of the local mutts.

The Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to the Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

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El Doctor | Latino Public Broadcasting

11:37 mins

El Doctor | Latino Public Broadcasting

11:37 mins

About the Film

In an Arizona Home Depot parking lot, a married couple - 'Andrew' and 'Jen' – hires undocumented day laborer Carlos and his buddy to repair their deck. As Carlos washes up in the family’s bathroom, 7-yr-old 'Jonah’ interrupts him. A tragedy of errors puts Carlos’s and Andrew’s lives at risk, leaving everyone caught between their individual consciences and the law.

Worlds collide when an Arizona family hires an undocumented day laborer.

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El Reloj | Latino Public Broadcasting

6:46 mins

El Reloj | Latino Public Broadcasting

6:46 mins

About the Film

Like every Sunday morning, a Zapotec grandfather goes to the city of Oaxaca to visit his granddaughter for the day. Their ritual consists of attending mass and window-shopping throughout the city. On this particular Sunday, their routine is disrupted when they pass by a stand selling watches.

El Reloj shows a day in the life of a Zapotec grandfather and his granddaughter.

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First Match | KQED San Francisco & Film School Shorts

15:29 mins

First Match | KQED San Francisco & Film School Shorts

15:29 mins

About the Film

Fourteen-year-old Mo is the only girl on an all-boy wrestling team. Her divided world is a challenge even off the mat, as her single father, a working class ex-wrestler, takes a cautionary stance to his daughter’s involvement in the sport. But even amidst the headlocks and grip holds, there are things that even Mo couldn’t predict and emotions still left to wrestle.

A teenage female wrestler on an all-boy wrestling team faces her biggest challenge.

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I Am The Aurora Hunter | Alaska Public Media

6:11

I Am The Aurora Hunter | Alaska Public Media

6:11

About the Film

Todd Salat was born an Iowa country boy, making his way to the mountains as often as possible. Once he came of age, it didn't take him long to find his way to Alaska. Over the past 20+ years, mostly by trial and error, Salat has become one of the best photographers of the aurora borealis – the Northern Lights – in Alaska, and the world.

Alaskan Todd Salat is one of the best aurora borealis photographers in the world.

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Islands | Pacific Islanders in Communications

16:06 mins

Islands | Pacific Islanders in Communications

16:06 mins

About the Film

Islands is a dialogue-free fable that tells the story of Vaine - a beautiful young woman trapped on an island with Putu, her brutish 'protector'. Each day, she briefly escapes his attentions and goes to the strait that separates their island from Tamatoa’s island; Tamatoa stands on the opposite shore and they share a gentle, word-less love play until Putu finds out.

Vaine escapes her brutish 'protector' and shares a daily word-less love play with Tamatoa.

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Lady Thunderhawks | Vision Maker Media & Wisconsin Media Lab

3:33 mins

Lady Thunderhawks | Vision Maker Media & Wisconsin Media Lab

3:33 mins

About the Film

The Lady Thunderhawks varsity basketball team is a pillar of hope for an entire community.

The Lady Thunderhawks varsity basketball team is a pillar of hope for an entire community.

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Mad River Rising | Vermont PBS

13:11 mins

Mad River Rising | Vermont PBS

13:11 mins

About the Film

An aging farmer escapes his dreary retirement home and finds himself back at his boyhood farm. Looking out from the loft of his decrepit barn, he is inundated with memories of a day in 1927 when the Great Flood reshaped his world forever.

An aging farmer escapes his retirement home and finds himself back at his boyhood farm.

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My Dear Americans | National Black Programming Consortium

7:05 mins

My Dear Americans | National Black Programming Consortium

7:05 mins

About the Film

An overly excited husband tries to cheer up his wife as they prepare to celebrate Fourth of July in their brand new home – complete with matching American flag T-shirts; but as the Indian-American couple adjust to life in the ‘burbs they are soon exposed to local ignorance and prejudice that threatens to dampen their spirits.

An Indian-American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.

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North Star | Vermont PBS

4:37 mins

North Star | Vermont PBS

4:37 mins

About the Film

Using real text from fugitive slave memoirs from the 1830s, “The North Star”, is a haunting, poetic recreation of a slave escaping from the south to New England.

A haunting, poetic recreation of a slave escaping from the south to New England.

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Overpass Light Brigade | CET Cincinnati & ThinkTV Dayton

6:12 mins

Overpass Light Brigade | CET Cincinnati & ThinkTV Dayton

6:12 mins

About the Film

'Overpass Light Brigade' tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights using innovative time-lapse photography and interviews with founding members and other activists. The film showcases OLB's simple, beautiful approach to performance art and action that beckons any who want to creatively join public discourse and voice concerns an elitist political system clamors to quiet.

Overpass Light Brigade tells the story behind Wisconsin's Holders of the Lights.

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Sorry About Tomorrow | CET Cincinnati & ThinkTV Dayton

8:22 mins

Sorry About Tomorrow | CET Cincinnati & ThinkTV Dayton

8:22 mins

About the Film

One would think traveling through time would be fun, but it’s not. It hurts. A lot. And sometimes, people die because of it. Meet Baldwin. Haunted by the actions of his past and hunted by men from the future, Baldwin attempts to stop the tragic state of events by going back in time to break up with the love of his life.

Baldwin goes back in time to break up with the love of his life and avoid tragedy.

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The Jazz Ticket | POV

6:35 mins

The Jazz Ticket | POV

6:35 mins

About the Film

Vince Womack has built a high school jazz powerhouse that’s helping kids from some of the toughest Los Angeles neighborhoods go to college.

A high school jazz teacher helps kids in LA's toughest neighborhoods go to college.

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The Yellow Wallpaper | KLRU Austin

3:23 min

The Yellow Wallpaper | KLRU Austin

3:23 min

About the Film

The Yellow Wallpaper is an experimental animated adaptation of the eponymous short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The story is about a depressed woman who descends into insanity as she struggles against the patriarchal institution that confines her. Through expressive movements and visual symbols, the animation captures the intersection between gender and mental health.

A woman descends into insanity as she struggles against the institution that confines her.

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Tryouts | Independent Lens

14:23 mins

Tryouts | Independent Lens

14:23 mins

About the Film

Being a teenager isn't easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high school's cheerleading squad.

Being a teenager isn't easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high school's cheerleading squad.

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Westland | Arkansas Educational Television Network

10:18 mins

Westland | Arkansas Educational Television Network

10:18 mins

About the Film

This film explores the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Ark., artist Tim West. Filmed over a period of six years, the film details Winslow’s active career – which spans more than 60 years – from his early success to his battles with personal demons and return home.

This film explores the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Arkansas artist Tim West.

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Why We Rise | Center for Asian American Media

13:36 mins

Why We Rise | Center for Asian American Media

13:36 mins

About the Film

Three young New Yorkers reveal what it's like to grow up without legal immigration status.

Three young New Yorkers reveal what it's like to grow up without legal immigration status.

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Will | KQED San Francisco & Film School Shorts

4:48 mins

Will | KQED San Francisco & Film School Shorts

4:48 mins

About the Film

A father gives his young daughter a yo-yo and waves goodbye as he shuts the door. Later, home alone, the girl swings her toy while her father leaves an alarming answering machine message. His voice attempts reassurance. Set during the attacks of 9/11, Eusong Lee’s visually arresting short animation is a stark examination of the unstoppable nature of time.

Set during the attacks of 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time.

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You're Dead to Me | National Black Programming Consortium

12:49 mins

You're Dead to Me | National Black Programming Consortium

12:49 mins

About the Film

As she prepares to receive family members on an important anniversary a mother cooks, cleans, and fights with her teen over unresolved differences that left them estranged. The argument reveals some rifts in their relationship and resolves itself in an unexpected and touching climax.

A mother and estranged teen revisit issues with each other on a tragic anniversary date.

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