PBS Online Film Festival to Feature 25 Independent Films for Online Streaming

Release Date: 06/12/2014

Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), the Connecticut affiliate network of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), is pleased to announce that 25 short films will be part of the third annual PBS Online Film Festival, June 16 to July 31, 2014. The PBS Online Film Festival showcases diverse films from Independent Lens and POV and collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and Vision Maker Media.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful stories from filmmakers across the country while providing an opportunity to reach an engaged and digitally savvy audience. Attracting more than one million video streams and more than 50,000 votes in its first two years, the PBS Online Film Festival has become a popular annual online event.

This year’s selections feature several locally produced short films from PBS member stations, including Alaska Public Media, Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton), KLRU (Austin, TX), KQED (San Francisco), Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Vermont PBS, Wisconsin Media Lab and WCVE (Richmond, VA).

“PBS and member stations are committed to experimenting with new platforms to reach diverse audiences with high-quality and engaging content,” said Ira Rubenstein, senior vice president and general manager, PBS Digital. “PBS is the home for independent film, both online and on-air, and we’re proud that the Online Film Festival has become an annual celebration of films representing a diverse array of voices and viewpoints.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to share the film festival with our viewers,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, parent company of CPTV. “Each of the films offers a unique perspective on the world we live in today, offering online audiences another way to experience the tradition of community engagement so vital to PBS.”

The films will be available for streaming across all PBS digital platforms, including PBS.org, Roku, Xbox, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

Short films featured in the PBS Online Film Festival include:

Independent Lens
“Tryouts”
Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim American girl who wants to join her high school’s cheerleading squad.

“Border Bedazzlers”
Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States, an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas.

POV
“The Jazz Ticket”
Vince Womack has built a high school jazz powerhouse in one of L.A.’s toughest districts.

Center for Asian American Media
“Why We Rise”
Three brave young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status.

Latino Public Broadcasting
“El Doctor”
Worlds collide when an Arizona family hires an undocumented day laborer.

“El Reloj”
Experience a day in the life of a Zapotec grandfather and his city-born granddaughter.

National Black Programming Consortium
“You’re Dead to Me”
A mother and daughter revisit issues with each other on a tragic anniversary date.

“My Dear Americans”
An Indian American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.

“7 Day Gig”
A young man sits Shiva and mourns for his father’s death with strangers from the Internet.

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)
“Dog Save the Queen”
The Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to the Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

“Islands”
Vaine escapes her brutish “protector” and shares a daily, wordless love play with Tamatoa.

Vision Maker Media and Wisconsin Media Lab
“Lady Thunderhawks”
The Lady Thunderhawks varsity basketball team has become a pillar of hope for an entire community.

Alaska Public Media
“I Am an Aurora Hunter”
Alaskan Todd Salat is one of the best aurora borealis photographers in the world.

Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)
“Westland”
Explore the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Arkansas, artist Tim West.

“Diamond John”
John Wesley Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold.

CET & ThinkTV
“Overpass Light Brigade”
Overpass Light Brigade tells the story behind Wisconsin’s Holders of the Lights.

“Sorry About Tomorrow”
Baldwin is using time travel in hopes of undoing everything that has recently been done to him and those he loves.

KLRU
“Yellow Wallpaper”
A woman descends into insanity as she struggles against the patriarchal institution that confines her.

“Digging for Water”
When a well drill becomes stuck at 225 feet, a Haitian community must dig it out by hand in order to get water.

KQED (Film School Shorts)
“Will”
Set during the attacks of 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time.

“First Match”
A teenage female wrestler on an all-boy wrestling team faces her biggest challenge.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting
“A Part of Me, A Part From Me”
Lawrence goes to an old house by the lake and relives painful memories of his lost love.

Vermont PBS
“North Star”
Witness a haunting, poetic recreation of a slave escaping from the South to New England.

“Mad River Rising”
An aging farmer escapes his retirement home and finds himself back at his boyhood farm.

WCVE PBS
“Calls from Home: Prison Radio in Appalachia”
From the heart of Appalachia, a radio station broadcasts hip-hop and shout-outs behind bars.

About PBS

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About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television.
The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org.

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