Family Program Films

Big World
Family Program 2019
Directors: David Morton, Fitz Cahall
USA, 2018, 13m

As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne on a week-long SUP journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”

Birds of North America: The Ward Brothers and the Mourning Warbler
Family Program 2020
USA, 2019, 6m
In Birds of North America, Jason Ward travels the country delighting audiences with his contagious curiosity about the natural world.  When he and his younger brother, Jeffrey, head to Central Park, they discuss their “spark” birds, compare notes on birding while black and inevitably their competitive instincts get triggered.

Bobtails + Bacteria = BFF
Family Program 2019
Director: Luke Groskin
USA, 2018, 5m
“If you’re a cephalopod, you’re super easy to eat,” says Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist. “You’re basically a swimming protein bar.” McAnulty studies a species of cephalopod called the Hawaiian bobtail squid. While most cephalopods have flashy adaptations to stay off predators’ dinner menus this particular squid relies on something that many other cephalopods don’t—its bacteria BFF. 

Break on Through
Family Program 2018
Directors: Matty Hong, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
USA, 2017, 26m
In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. By pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.
Hear what a young audience member thought about Break on Through here!

Margo Hayes

Breakthrough: The Killer Snail Chemist
Family Program 2018
Directors: Emily Driscoll, Luke Groskin
USA, 2017, 9m
For millennia, cultures from around the world have looked to nature to treat various ailments. Mandë Holford, chemical biologist at the American Museum of Natural History, travels to the shores of Papua New Guinea, Madagascar and Panama to collect snails, whose venom could kill people in minutes, in her quest to fight diseases such as cancer, HIV and diabetes.

Danny Daycare
Family Program 2020
Director: Stu Thomson
Scotland, 2019, 4m
In his latest film Danny MacAskill takes on some child care the only way he knows how… by taking them for a wee bike ride around Scotland!

Dave Matthews + Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
Family Program 2019
Director: Ami Vitale
USA, 2018, 4m
Nothing prepares you for the searching curiosity of a baby elephant’s trunk, nor the heartbreaking story of how each orphan arrived at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. Reteti is the first elephant orphanage in Africa completely owned and operated by the local community. Renowned photographer Ami Vitale, performer Dave Matthews, and Conservation International teamed up to take a stand for the elephants and for community based conservation.

Dear Mr. President
Family Program 2019
Director: James ‘Q’ Martin
USA, 2017, 4m
A virtual letter to the current generation from the next generation. The film highlights the opinions of several children as they write letters to President Trump about the importance of Protecting the Paris agreement, and that human caused climate change is a reality. 

Dedicate: Diving Free
Official Selection 2018
Directors: Shams, Alex Aimard
Norway, 2017, 8m
Jacques de Vos is an underwater photographer who spends most of his time freediving with orcas. Helped by his crew, this South African became an expert in finding these extraordinary creatures in the ocean and spending a few seconds swimming with them underwater, north of Norway.

Gajah Borneo
Family Program 2020
Director: Shervin Hess
USA, 2019, 8m
Inspired by real events, the story of a Borneo elephant family comes to life in a stop motion world made out of recycled paper.

Gloop
Official Selection 2015
Director: Gaby Bastyra
UK, 2011, 4m
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today.‘Gloop’ is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in Leo’s gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brother’s Grimm fable, ‘Gloop’ offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

Imagination
Family Program 2018
Director: David Mossop
Canada, 2017, 5m
Have you ever been that little kid sitting in the backseat of your parents car, wishing you were somewhere else? So you imagine a skier on the side of the road, your fingers commanding back flips, roof drops and improbable rail slides.  Join us as we travel through the eyes of a young boy who brings professional urban skier Tom Wallisch to realization. Together, they turn an otherwise drab winter commute into a ski adventure for the ages.

Intersection
Official Selection 2018
Director: Lacy Kemp
Canada, 2017, 5m

Mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto rides in and out of her own painted landscapes.

Life of a Plastic Cup
Family Program 2020
Director: Alan Terrell & Students of Blaenau Gwent Film Academy
UK, 2019, 4m
We follow the journey of a plastic party cup, from shop shelves to sandy beaches.  While trying to make friends with marine life, he unwittingly harms all those he encounters. Our students created a film that fights against the plastic pollution problem and the effects it has on our environment.

Owl Dance-Off: Part II
Official Selection 2018
Director: Megan Lorenz
USA, 2017, 2m
Wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz returns to Florida to film burrowing owls. Having already witnessed some peculiar “dancing” behavior in her 2014 visit, which led to the original Owl Dance-Off video, this time Megan is fortunate enough to catch a tandem owl routine.

Remixing Madagascar
Family Program 2019
Director: Drew Fulton
USA, 2018, 9m
Remixing Madagascar follows sound artist and acoustic biologist Ben Mirin on an expedition to record the voices of endangered wildlife in Madagascar. Working with local musicians and scientists, Mirin transforms these voices of nature into original music that celebrates the biodiversity and conservation of one of the most unique places on the planet. 

Sirocco: How a dud became a stud
Best Student Film 2016
Director: Ashwika Kapur
New Zealand, 15m
Sirocco, how a dud became a stud, is the delightful rags-to- riches story of a parrot catapulted, by a strange chain of events, to phenomenal fame and recognition. This quirky New Zealand bird has a PR team to manage his public image. He has a social media following bigger than many human celebrities. He even gets his own VIP seat in the airplane that flies him on official tours. This is unforgettable and heart-warming story of his life.

Sounds of Survival
Family Program 2020
Director: Katie Garrett
USA, 2018, 8m
Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog” (Plectrohyla exquisita). What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

Wee Day Out
Family Program 2018
Director: Stu Thomson
UK, 2016, 7m
Want to see what Danny MacAskill does on his day off? Wee Day Out explores the rural landscape around Edinburgh, Scotland,  in a film that sets out to capture the simple fun of a ride in the country, with moments of thrilling riding and a touch of humor. Danny pulls off never-seen-before tricks. Keep an eye out for a cameo from Danny’s dad, Peter.

Young Guns
Directors: Brett Lowell, Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
USA, 2016, 30m
Fifteen-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner are the leaders of the next generation of climbers, and have sent shockwaves through the sport. Now, the two prodigies travel to Norway to take on the toughest climbs of their lives.