Gilded Age Gladiator (animation, documentary) - 12 minutes Brad Lambert; Jamestown, NC
GILDED AGE GLADIATOR is an 11-minute documentary that recounts the career of 19th century boxer John L. Sullivan. Using animated characters, the film details Sullivan's rise from barroom brawler to America's first sports celebrity. The film highlights Sullivan's 1889 battle for the Heavyweight Championship of the World, an epic 75-round bout that was covered by the international press despite the fact that it was an illegal bare-knuckle fight. It was the last title bout fought under bare-knuckle rules, marking the turning point in boxing's transition from outlaw entertainment to respectable sport.
The Shrimp (food, documentary, short) - 15 minutes Keith Wilson; San Francisco, CA
Tracing an environmentally threatened seafood from source to plate and back again. The Shrimp is a meditative documentary film that follows the life, death and rebirth of one shrimp from the murky marshes of Savannah, Georgia. Beautifully etched images and a lush audio soundtrack create a rich observational work about coastal foodways, Southern culture, human folly and the interplay of natural and built environments.
Please Remember Me (documentary) - 19 minutes Lisa Danker; Milwaukee, WI
This personal documentary is about Javier Navarrete, arrested in Cuba as a political prisoner in 1962 and who remained in prison for 18 years, told by his granddaughter, the filmmaker. Javier's letters from prison to his exiled family in Miami are read over contemplative, carefully composed images of present-day Miami. Interviews with family members explore the hardships of exile in Miami; re-creations of old photographs raise questions about the impact of permanent uprooting and of Javier's extended absence from the family.
Wilbert and Vern (documentary, short) - 9 minutes Kenneth Price; Raleigh, NC
Wilbert & Vern is the story of two life-long friends from Rural Hill, N.C. Wilbert is a blind organ player and Vern is an organic farmer for more than thirty years. The film provides a slice of their lives and explores the friendship of these unique and entertaining men.
Between the Sheets (documentary) - 6 minutes Warren Cockerham; Bennington, VT
After 10 years of service, associate 2569 documents his last day of labor at Wal-mart Distribution Center 6020. Part roller-coaster ride, part Marxist critique (on consumerism & dogmatic Marxism), BTS is a study on the concept of 'alienation'.
Nickelodeon - Friday, April 20 - 6 pm
New Nick - Saturday, April 28 - 6:30 pm