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THE INVENTOR  (1:29:00)

Director: Jim Capobianco & Pierre-Luc Granjon

France/Ireland/United States • 2023

The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor/artist Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court where he can freely experiment, invent flying contraptions and incredible machines, and study the human body. Joined in his adventure by the audacious Princess Marguerite de Navarre, Leonardo attempts to uncover the answer to the ultimate question: "What is the meaning of life?" Featuring the voices of Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley, Marion Cotillard, Gauthier Battoue and Matt Berry, and directed by the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of "Ratatouille," Jim Capobianco.


BEYOND  (0:03:10)

Director: Raquel Salvatella de Prada

United States • 2023

The history, in animated form, of Taiwan's White Terror, possibly the darkest period in Taiwan.


Director: Travis Sheflin

United States • 2023

Washed-up detective Frank Falcon takes on the case of a missing boy, in this animated puppet Noir.


Director: Mia Albanese

United States • 2024

A student film from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


Director: Erwan Le Gal

France    • 2024

Isabelle is a violinist-beekeeper on Ouessant Island, protecting her bees and inspiring her daughter with stories and the legend about honeybees.

THE LAST SET  (0:07:20)

Director: Aisling Conroy

Ireland • 2023

In the space between life and death, a man's spirit is given one last chance to dance.



Director: Melissa J. Davey

United States • 2024

Dierdre Wolownick is the oldest woman to ascend El Capitan in Yosemite. Never an athlete, she began running and climbing out of curiosity. Dierdre proves that we are never too old to try something new.

DEFECTORS  (1:23:47)

Director: Hyun Kyung Kim

Republic of Korea • 2023

An emotional and personal portrayal of the impact of the Korean War on several generations while revealing the weight it still exerts to this day.


Director: Ed Foster

United States • 2024

The story of one of the oldest triathlons in the world. Through interviews with eight of the participants and archival photographs of the race, viewers are taken back to Wrightsville Beach, NC in 1979 when a group of endurance athletes decided to put on their own Ironman contest.


Directors: John Rash & Melanie Ho

United States • 2024

The story of a rural community that inspired an international environmental justice movement by fighting the state of North Carolina's toxic landfill.


Director: Paul Thomas

United Kingdom • 2024

As Russia continues to destroy Ukranian cities, Ukraine's leading architects are already building upwards, and advanced buildings are rising again as symbols of hope. Follow leading Ukranian architects as they independently spearhead a range of crucial war-related projects.


Director: Ben Judkins

United States • 2024

An impassioned surfer creates a functional surfboard with 10,000 littered cigarette butts collected from California beaches, sparking ocean stewardship and becoming the symbol of a grassroots campaign to hold Big Tobacco accountable for their toxic, plastic waste.


Director: Francine Strickwerda

United States • 2023

As a guidance counselor in Seattle, Jamshid's best work takes place out of the building and on a playing field with "his kids," the children of refugees and immigrants. He is the first to show that "love wins" on the field, off the field, at home with family, or bolding forging a new community, in a new country.



Directors: Amy Heller Zimmerman & Bethany Berg

United States • 2023

As Amy contemplates motherhood, she faces her Body Dysmorphia and increasingly strained relationships with her boyfriend and friends. After a self-deprecating sketch she wrote for her comedy troupe misfires, Amy is sent down into a surreal, Renaissance fanfare-filled path.

SENDERO  (1:39:53)

Director: Michael Flores

United States • 2022

After losing his wife Gina in a school shooting, Sol desperately tries to hold onto her memory by taking to the open road, a big dream they both shared. Lost and in search for answers along his own personal odyssey, Sol realizes through helping others and rediscovering lessons from his Mestizo heritage that his true path has been laid before him all along.

THE KEEPER  (1:41:08)

Directors: Angus Benfield & Kendall Bryant Jr.

United States • 2024

The true story of a special group of military veteran hikers who help "The Keeper," an Army veteran battling depression, PTSD and suicidal tendencies, as he attempts to hike the Appalachian Trail while carrying 363 military name tapes on a mission to prevent Veteran suicide.


A SEAT AT THE TABLE  (0:13:38)

Directors: Sophia Abolfathi & Rob Bailey

United States • 2023

Food, health and nutrition divide two sides of a town in Gainesville, Florida. How the movement to bring Black culture, history and knowledge back to the table is healing the community.


Director: Dina Jane Rudick

United States • 2023

An intimate exploration of the lives and convictions of four extraordinary newspaper reporters. The film illuminates the profound motivations that fuel their work, as well as the indelible stories that continue to resonate within them, in hopes of compelling viewers to transcend the superficial label of "The Media" and, instead, embrace a deeper appreciation for the individuals who propel it forward.


Director: James 'Q' Martin

United States • 2024

A deeply personal and inspiring story about Danny, a compassionate climber who faces a life-changing ordeal in the Dolomites. Danny is propelled to invent a revolutionary type of crampon, transforming the outdoor industry but also marking his journey of self-discovery and resilience.


Director: Cole Gibson

United States • 2023

After a life-altering injury in college led to an end to her basketball dreams, art changed DeNeer Davis' livelihood, starting her on a journey of self-realization and healing through self-guided spirituality. This is Davis' transformation from violence and drug abuse to someone bettering her community through art, education and kindness.


Director: Parker Roth

United States • 2024

Generations in the making, experience stories of origin from a tenth-generation potter who discovers his craft, a painter who uncovers lineage through his art, and a sculpture artist who generates legacy in everything she creates.

SCHOOL OF FISH  (0:19:03)

Directors: Colin Arisman & Oliver Sutro

United States • 2023

An intimate portrait inside one family's seasonal salmon rituals and their connection to the Bristol Bay Guide Academy, where local youth are empowered through flyfishing to serve as guides and conservationists. Can the next generation step up to defend the most prolific salmon run left on earth?


Director: KT Curran

United States • 2024

A short documentary about the illegal fentanyl abuse in Sarasota/Manatee counties in Florida.

YOUR CADENZA  (0:23:57)

Director: Chen Zheng

United States • 2023

The journey of a Ukrainian violinist who is teaching in a non-profit music education program in Winston Salem, North Carolina. While teaching students how to play violin from a very basic level, Ms. Alex is also studying nursing due to an injury caused by an assault incident.


175  (0:21:50)

Director: Kasra Karimi

United Kingdom • 2024

Inspired by true events, Ruth and Juliet are waiting for the British Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage so they can get married. But Juliet suffers from a terminal illness and does not have long to live. They are racing against time.

ARE YOU HERE?  (0:28:20)

Directors: Jordan Stephenson & Kunal Bhardwaj

United States • 2024

During a camping trip, a Boy grapples with his memories of a Girl and their past relationship while his Friend tries to pull him to the present.


Director: Parker Croft

United States • 2024

The story of a grieving mother who battles her addiction to a black-market drug that gives her life-like dreams about the son she lost. Presented by Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin.

BORN THIS WAY  (0:12:49)

Director: Sky Dexter

United States • 2024

A student film from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

CLOCKED OUT  (0:14:32)

Director: Marco Greco

United States • 2024

A student film from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

DISCHARGE  (0:14:17)

Director: Ryan Metcalf

United States • 2023

As his world begins to crumble around him, a troubled police detective, who has tried to ignore the effects from trauma he suffered, must finally confront his past in order to begin healing and reclaim his present.

GHOST HOTEL  (0:29:01)

Director: Stanley Sievers

United States • 2024

A workplace buddy comedy set in a haunted hotel where the ghosts are commonplace, and the guests are psychotic. It is a fast-paced, half-scripted, half-improvised horror comedy pilot.

GOOD DAUGHTER  (0:19:28)

Director: Rachel Annette Helson

United States • 2023

A small-time con artist rips off elderly dementia patients by pretending to be their daughter - before the con catches up with her. Starring Samantha Sloyan from "Midnight Mass" and "Grey's Anatomy."

LOST IN THE WAVES  (0:38:39)

Directors: Joss Berlioux & Franck Marchand

France • 2024

Adam, a struggling writer, is returning to his family house for isolation, but has the unpleasant surprise to find his estranged stepsister Sophie already being there. Soon, their past resurfaces, awakening memories that should have remained forgotten.

LYRICAL  (0:17:35)

Director: Carter M. Stewart

United States • 2024

A privileged, Black law student, trying to escape pressure from his dad, finds himself in a potential police violence situation with a group of adjudicated youth on probation, led by a talented spoken word artist.

MY BEST NUT  (0:21:47)

Director: David Bradburn

United States • 2023

Jude isn't the life of the party; he is the party. But this is only after he's forced to spend his days in the hospital fighting cancer. Soon the patients around him look forward to seeing him as much as they don't look forward to their next round of treatment.

POWER  (0:16:27)

Director: Emma Grosklos

United States • 2023

Nine months after her assault, Jane attends a therapy session. By opening up about the long-term mental and emotional repercussions this event has had on her, she learns to face her trauma in order to heal.

PUCKS IN DEEP  (0:13:24)

Director: Emily Doran

United States • 2024

A student film from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

SISTER WIVES  (0:28:56)

Director: Louisa Connolly-Burnham

United Kingdom • 2024

A multi-layered love story that tells the tale of young women living in a strict, fundamentalist polygamous society in 2003 Utah. A vital perspective of female friendship, allyship and exploration, as together they find courage to dream in tandem of a world beyond the walls.

THE BIG BOOK  (0:19:43)

Director: Daniel Maggio

United States • 2023

Darwin works as a fraud surveillance investigator, spying on those with workers' comp claims to see if they are faking their injury or not. His strict code of conduct gets thrown for a loop when his next surveillance target is his own Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.


Director: Bishen Sen

United States • 2024

An army veteran turned counselor must reconcile her grief or succumb to an addiction fueled existence meant to numb the guilt of lying to her husband.


Director: Sizhuo Li

United States • 2023

Xiaodie, a novelist, returns to the house where she lost her mother years ago. As her sister is dying, she comforts Lei, her niece, with stories of the Hmong Deity - 'Mother Butterfly' - and confronts her fear of the death of her loved ones.


Director: Luke Baker

United States • 2024

Two college students, who on the outside could not be more different from each other, happen to meet at a party and form a deep connection where they find self-discovery, forgiveness and hope for the future.