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Rank: Eight More Seconds
Directed by ​Jenifer Hughey, Lindsay Kappius, Mad​​ison Martin, Allyssa Blake, Zoe Berlin 8 minDocumentary, Sports

A young bull rider picks the bull that nearly broke his neck to ride at the end of the season.

Undermine: Beneath Canada's Ghost Towns
Directed by Francois Desrocher 17 minHistory, Documentary

An abandoned mine explorer visits two of the largest ghost towns in Canada and enters the long abandoned mines under them to see what remains.

Directed by Rachael Morrison 16 min

In late winter, along the coast of Maine, millions of baby freshwater eels called “elvers” float up tidal rivers and propel a highly lucrative international seafood trade. Consumption of freshwater eel in Asian cuisine has risen in popularity despite worldwide decline of the species. In 2012, global demand for eel caused the price for a single pound of elvers to skyrocket to over $2000. ELVERS follows an eclectic cast of characters who describe what happened when this small-town Maine fishery exploded into a gold rush and blackmarket. Local fishermen made big profits and illegal activity was rampant, but is the high price of elvers worth the high environmental cost? 

Ray's Spot
Directed by Ethan Payne 4 minDocumentary, Biography

Celebrated storyteller Ray Christian invites us to his sacred spot by the creek. 

The Hutmaster
Directed by Tim Kemple 8 minDocumentary

For over a century, a small network of alpine huts have operated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Run by off-the-grid teams called “croo”, they span 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail and serve up home cooked meals each day to the many guests. Its hard to make food without ingredients, though, so Mack Brewer and her team at the Lake of the Clouds Hut hike in 70 pounds of supplies a few times a week because they know a full belly can also feed the soul.

Directed by Tim Kemple 7 minDocumentary, Action & Adventure

Born in a camp on the Thai-Cambodian border before immigrating to the U.S., Piseth Sam wonders what makes her different: “Am I what a refugee looks like?” She finds answers in climbing and teaching other women to climb. “Allowing myself to get stuck, allowing myself to not know it all, that was like the biggest change for me … Now all the things I used to be insecure about, those things are my power now.”

Stories Happen in Forests
Directed by Amanda Rodriguez 29 minDocumentary, Family

12 people. In the woods. Telling their stories... I hiked out into the forests of the Southeast to listen. What I found in the power of story and in our connections to the forests is more important now than ever. Forests hold our stories. Our history. Our dreams. Our strength. Our future. Humanity happens in forests. Stories happen in forests.  

Mrs. Buck in Her Prime
Directed by Erick Yates Green 11 minDocumentary, Family

This short documentary film tells the story of an irrepressible 104 y.o. pianist who, despite her many infirmaries, determinedly plays at her small town church services.

Pink, White & Blue
Directed by Ash Malone 19 minDocumentary, LGBTQ

After years of transitioning in front of a camera, Aydian Dowling discusses how allowing his transition to be visible via YouTube has helped the trans community as a whole grow in pride and allyship.

A Different Side...
Directors, Writers, Producer: Connor, Corey, Lewis, Travis 6 minDocumentary, Biography

​A skateboarder, an art school grad, a filmmaker, a basketball player, a trumpeter, a pianist, and so much more - this group of inspiring young black men from Charlottesville, VA won't let racial stereotypes define their aspirations. ​​

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Kids Fest! Poster

We are all children at heart. You’re invited to rediscover that childhood (and maybe even find out something about your present and future) with the Real to Reel Film Fest official selections for this year’s Kid’s fest. Varied styles of animation from around the world are featured in this Kid’s Fest block of films. A sci-fi story of friendship; environmental awakening, and anti-bullying are a few of the themes you’ll find this year.

 Narrative Shorts Poster

Drama, action, dark comedy, coming of age & horror are all on display for the official short films of the 21st Annual Real to Reel Film Fest. Since the inception of the festival over two decades ago, the film short has been a staple of this multi-category film fest. You’ll find works from professional filmmakers w/ connections to the Hollywood industry, student projects from film schools & amateur filmmakers with a love of the art of cinema.

Beyond Dreams Poster

Beyond Dreams

Documentary Features

Beyond Dreams follows Roman Romancini, one of the most important Bazillian mountaineers, as he deals with possibly never climbing again after being hit by a car, how he fought cancer & how he kept his dream to climb Mount Everest alive as motivation to heal. 



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