F. John Outcalt Award Films
Action & Reflex
Having moved from New York to Texas and back again in less than one year, Martin struggles to find a place that he can truly call home.
Mentor: Amanda Madden
Remember those days when life was care-free? A young woman writes a letter to childhood, telling it not to leave her because she is not ready for adulthood.
Mentor: Nicole Opper
Unable to hold on to her cheery exterior, Anya withdraws into an emotionless abyss. And after keeping everybody out for too long, she becomes aware of what haunts her.
Mentor: Par Parekh
Life Ain't Promised
A film inspired by the deaths of two people close to the filmmaker. A devastating look at the senselessness of gun violence and the people it leaves behind.
“LIRI” focuses on life after the Serbo-Croation Conflict. Among many problems was the inability to give you the right to go to school. At a time where you would go to prison for expressing yourself through art, one man escapes communist Albania to pursue his passion.
Living in Cinema
Living life can be fun especially if you
embrace the fantastic. Alex talks about his love for film, and his desire to be a director.
Mentor: Luke Francy
What makes a strong woman? Catherine takes us into her world, where strength and love have helped her and her family members overcome difficult challenges.
Mentor: Emily Batista (Fall 2011 Lab)
Made In Amerika
How do you maintain tradition while attempting to assimilate? Ilir Bushati, a recent Albanian immigrant struggles with this question as he attempts to maintain his position as breadwinner of the household. When he is scammed out of his family’s savings, he is sent on a journey to reclaim what he has lost.
Mentor: Joseph Di Mattia
Emily Batista was born with a rare skin disorder that caused her to grow up experiencing bullying, shame and profound depression. Surrounded by love from her family, and friends she has been able to turn that pain into strength – as she shares with us what it’s like to live in her own skin.
On My Way
Faith has dreams of one day moving to California for college. She dreams of becoming an actress, director, and producer, but will he family stand in the way of that dream?
A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.
A student skeptical of the education he has undertaken, filmmaker Max Bayarsky interviews subjects that may be able to enlighten him with reasons as to why school is so important.
Mentor: Carl Deal
A film about a young woman who fights to overcome her struggles of being born with Cerebral Palsy as well as coping with the death of her mother.
In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.
The Happiness Project
Does money buy happiness? Doris doesn’t think so. Join her as she tries to understand her mother’s obsession with finding happiness through spending money.
Mentors: Corinne Colgan
This is: Connections
The New York subway system provides Dexter a means to escape the world above, connecting him to a difficult past and a promising future.
Mentor: Ben Lawal
Trio from the Industrial Elite
An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?