Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen 2014, 1 hr 25 minutes
Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness
Activist filmmaker Ryan Vance presents his short documentary film about 78-year-old bodybuilder Jim Morris. Jim was a professional bodybuilder for nearly 30 years and won many major titles including Mr. America, Mr. USA, and Mr. International. In 1996, Jim won the Mr. Olympia masters at age 61 as a vegetarian. In 2000, Jim became a vegan for health and ethical reasons. He continues to train regularly and works as a personal trainer in Venice, California. The film will explore Jim's amazing story and his fascinating thoughts on life and personal fulfillment.
Ryan Vance, 15:00
The Goat Triology
A short film trilogy about a goat. Yes, a goat.
The Goat - A Short comeday 2:21
The Goat's Christmas 4:11
The Goat's Birthday 6:23
Committee's Choice Award at Screentest, London, March 2014
Nominated for Best Comedy at Screentest, London, March 2014
Official Selection at BFI Future Film Festival February 2014
James Button, 2013,
Great Britain (Wales)
EXPOSED: USDA's Secret War on Wildlife
A misnamed agency within the USDA called " Wildlife Services" has been getting away with just the opposite for almost a century: killing, maiming, and poisoning over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, and harming humans and pets in the process. In this documentary, whistle-blowers go on the record showing Wildlife Services for what it really is-- an unaccountable, out-of-control, wildlife-killing machine that subsidizes corporate agriculture with taxpayer dollars. This is a must-see film for lawmakers and anyone who cares about wildlife.
Paul Garrett, Brooks Fahy 2013, 31:14 USA
The Imperiled American Wolf
Wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction 35 years ago when they gained federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Today, the American wolf is once again in grave danger. Since President Obama removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list in April 2011, and turned management of these majestic animals over to state agencies, 2,768 wolves have been senselessly slaughtered by sports hunters and trappers in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The situation is dire, because U.S. Fish & Wildlife intends to remove protection for wolves across the country. This will be disastrous for gray wolf recovery.
Brooks Fahy, Paul Garrett, 2012 9:27 USA
Sea the Truth
Leading scientists such as Daniel Pauly suggest that if we continue to catch and eat fish at the current rate, the oceans and seas will be empty within 40 years. Under the guidance of Dutch MP Marianne Thieme, two young marine biologists Marianne van Mierlo and Barbara van Genne, are searching worldwide for scientific information about the condition of our biggest ecosystems, which cover more than two thirds of our planet. Underwater photographer Dos Winkel shows them the beauty of marine life and the enormous threats to which it is exposed. Authorities offer the solution of sustainable fisheries projects while scientists say that every fish that is taken now, is one too many.
Claudine Everaert, 2010; 1 hr
Joaquin Phoenix panics underwater in a video that asks people to try to relate to fish who die an agonizing death out of the water. Fish are smart, interesting animals with unique personalities, and just like humans, they feel pain. Go vegan.
PETA, 40 sec.
Created by top ad agency BBDO and award-winning CGI (computer-generated imagery) production company The Mill, this thought-provoking spot illustrates the tragic lives of animal actors.
When Cat, a borderline crazy cat lady, sees a pet neglected she turns into AdvoCat!, a kick-ass, middle-aged, vigilante super hero (sort of).
Created by writer/director Michael Oosterom and actress Zachary Barton, AdvoCat! is a dark comedy web series with a mission. As the series follows AdvoCat's exploits the webisodes share a moral and a lesson on how to keep pets safe and happy. Think of it as an edgy comic strip with an aim to right wrongs - one pet at a time.
Zachary Barton, Michael Oosterom, April 2014; 10:00
A Life of Your Choosing
A spoken word film, portraying the life of a dog through the medium of slam poetry. Created by 19 year old filmmaker Miles Levin. Original score by Jackson Rosenfeld.
Miles Levin, May 2014; 2:55
The Orange Gunny
A part of a little boy's life who collects garbage and his relationship with a cat.
It's about sharing, humanity and poverty.
Mehrdad Zahraei, 4:46
Iran, Islamic Republic of
HEAL! Veterans Speak about PTSD
The short film 'HEAL! Veterans Speak About PTSD' is the first in a series of videos produced as an integral part of a larger project entitled HEAL! by visual artist Vicki Topaz. This film features five veterans speaking about their personal challenges with coming home, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the ways in which their service dogs assist them. The project illustrates the difficulties our military personnel face upon returning home, while also highlighting the important benefits a service dog can provide to those suffering with the invisible wounds of PTSD. As the suicide rate among veterans continues at an alarming rate, HEAL! encourages veterans to seek help. The full project of photographs, interviews, videos, and links to relevant information is online at HealVeterans.com.
Vicki Topaz, 4:49, USA
This short film is about a little boy who loses his fish and how an old man comes to the rescue in a dramatic way .
Hossein Keshavarzi, 1:40, January 2013
Iran, Islamic Republic of,
An animated short about a curious Pug and a robotic vacum cleaner.
Michael Fritzsche, 8:00
A comic strip dog travels around the world to track down his runaway nose.
Jeremy Galante, June 2012, 2:05
Christian and his wife, Karin, run a dog shelter in Germany. Most of their dogs come from Spain, and often arrive with unpleasant former histories. Christian takes great care and puts in a lot of effort to nurture these dogs so that they are ready to be placed into a new German family. In this regard, Christian challenges himself to find the perfect match between man and dog.
Claire Andreae, 10:00, completed December 2014
Tales of the Sand
The Sand ... we look at it without paying any attention. Yet it is an amazing world of life of adaptations and behaviors as unique as they are varied! Burying, hiding, digging, covering, crisscrossing, and resting: an apparently ordinary world inhabited by extraordinary animals.
Elodie Turpin, 19:30, completed December 2014
Perhaps the intention is to create a thin line in which a human being can feel abandoned as a pet ... Or maybe simply I try to capture a moment of reality through the imagination of a cinema camera.
Roberto Chinet, 3:30, completed February 2014
Sit, Stay, Ride: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs
Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in the open air of motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the highway. Sit Stay Ride: the Story of America's Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.
Eric Ristau, 30:00
Struggle for Existence
This is the story of the last Wildlife Rescue Centre standing in London. Barry and June dedicated their life to the centre they founded more than 20 years ago, but due to the lack of funding every day becomes a battle. The film investigates the relationship Barry and June have with the animals they rescue, and looks at the struggle for survival of both the animals and the centre.
Giulio Gobbetti 11:00
Death for a Trophy
A short documentary film in which Marta interviews a game ranger who works with international trophy hunters and exposes the market as well as the truth within this hidden industry.
Marta Ariza, 7:00
Kindness: It's Super Smiley
Special treat, a 1 minute film by Megan Blake and Super Smiley from Pet Life Radio, the Animal Film Festival offical radio sponsor.