Ohio Documentary Shorts

Mar 24, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM EDT

Drexel Theatre

2254 E Main St,, Columbus, OH 43209, United States

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Event Description

Explore human trafficking, crises of faith, music, murder, mental illness, and more in this selection of short documentaries from Ohio.


Films include:


Caught in Columbus
Director: Matt Hermes
Runtime: 16 minutes, 6 seconds

Caught in Columbus examines the issue of human trafficking in Columbus and the rise of CATCH Court, a pioneering, specialized legal docket aimed at restoring the lives of women who were trafficking victims.


Herbert, Mom and Me
Director: Olga Wagner
Runtime: 8 minutes, 4 seconds

Even decades after his death, a cult leader still has an effect on those who used to believe.


Director: Olga Wagner
Runtime: 8 minutes, 45 seconds

Naveed tells the story of a young man’s struggle to balance faith, culture, and sexuality.


The Builder
Director: David Kuznicki
Runtime: 6 minutes, 30 seconds

A father recalls the two weeks he spent in Montana building a cabin with his son. The Builder is a short documentary about the construction of a memory and the legacies we leave behind.


Breaking the Grade
Directors: Alix Korda, Sam Korda, and Austin Bening
Runtime: 21 minutes, 19 seconds

Breaking the Grade is a documentary following a group of students in Columbus, Ohio, who are given a second chance. Though the system was ready to give up on them, a determined educator willing to try a bold new program wasn’t. What followed was proof past events can’t define the future.


Director: Wendy Dean
Runtime: 17 minutes, 3 seconds

Emily is about a young mother murdered in front of her twin six-month-old daughters by her estranged husband. Her family and friends share Emily’s story of abuse, details about the night she was murdered, and their life without Emily.


Down & Dirty
Director: Ori Segev
Runtime: 13 minutes, 34 seconds

Down & Dirty follows the three-part music group, New Thousand, as they travel and perform around New Orleans, shedding light on street performance and busking culture of this rich and historic city. From street corner politics to vibrant live concert footage, Down & Dirty captures the spirit of New Orleans street performance through the eyes of a band that risked everything for their musical dreams.


Lingua Absentia
Directors: Kate Raney & Jeremy Bessoff​
Runtime: 10 minutes

A mother helps her schizophrenic daughter, Abby, through severe cancer treatment. Simplified cut-paper animation versions of the world implode into colorful blotches where teeth fall from the sky and faces peel apart as Abby’s mental illness overwhelms her ability to comprehend what’s happening to her.

Talk to my son
Director: Sangsun Choi
Runtime: 14 minutes

Kyung-hee, a barista in South Korea, is a North Korean defector who left her son in China 13 years ago. With the help of a filmmaker, she records her voice to explain the story of his birth for her son and why she had to leave him. In this situation, the filmmaker (Sangsun) tries to build a unique relationship with Kyung-hee and her son by making a film about their lives.


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Drexel Theatre
2254 E Main St,, Columbus, OH 43209, United States
Columbus International Film & Animation Festival

Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.

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