The Lights. Camera. Help. team has made its decisions!
Out of the 235 documentaries, PSAs and short films, we have narrowed down the pool to the 33 very best films to show you on July 29 through July 31. Passes are now available and single-day tickets will go on sale tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you at the festival.
Thursday, July 29
Pisco Sin Fronteras (10 min)
After an 8.0 Earthquake destroyed 80% of Pisco, Peru, a group of resourceful travelers designed a disaster reconstruction project to rebuild the community.
Just Married (44 sec)
This PSA, from Transform, aims to make the Bay Area’s public transportation system a better option.
Gloria’s Story (3 min)
A short documentary, by Farm Sanctuary, presents one example of the work the organization does to rescue abused farm animals.
Friday, July 30
EcoViva & Their Environmental Programs (6 min)
This film demonstrates the breadth of EcoViva’s environmental protection programs in El Salvador.
Homewood Children’s Village (20 min)
The Pittsburgh Foundation created this film show how they are attempting to raise the quality of life in poor urban neighborhoods.
Including Samuel (59 min)
This film chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel, a child with cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives.
Follow the Money (90 sec)
An animated short by Oxfam America, Follow the Money points out where the money we spend on gas and oil really goes.
Saturday July 31
16 Blades of Grass (42 min)
A documentary about the lack of educational opportunities for young women in rural India.
The Line (47 sec)
A PSA from the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline that indicates the fine line between a safe and unsafe relationship.
Shelter (17 min)
A short documentary from Austin Pets Alive about Austin’s animal shelter and the city’s mission to become a no-kill city.
Together We Can Make It (13 min)
Bicycles for Humanity of Colorado submitted this short documentary to demonstrate the difference basic transportation can make in an African’s life.
Voices From the Field (2 min)
This vignette documents the progress of the Globaloria program, established by the World Wide Workshop Foundation, at an East Austin school.
Voices From the Gulf: Shell Beach Fisherman (3 min)
Global Green USA had this film made to raise money to combat the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Future of Education (2 min)
A PSA from the Ann Richards School, this animated film shows what improvements we need in our educational system.
Unseen Tears (31 min)
This documentary is an exploration of the impact of residential boarding schools on the American Indian community.
EcoViva: An Introduction (3 min)
An Introduction to EcoViva, whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency, sustainable development and community organizations in El Salvador.
MISSED: Stories of Young Adults with Cancer (13 min)
Livestrong put this short documentary together to draw attention to the unique experiences of young adults with cancer.
Bitter Memories (14 min)
A short narrative by Scenarios USA that focuses on domestic violence through the eyes of a young Hispanic male in Pharr, Texas.
The Other Child (12 min)
From the Dan Marino Foundation comes a short documentary about the siblings of children with Autism.
Return to San Marcos (10 min)
This short documentary shows Cape Cares’ effort to bring medical and dental care to the impoverished villages of rural Honduras.
Funny Crazy Big Cat Sounds (3 min)
Big Cat Rescue produced this film to show their mission to rescue big cats and educate the public about the plight of these animals in the wild and in captivity.