F. John Outcalt Award Winners
Louric struggles with issues of confidence and in the process is confronted by a monster — bulimia. In this horror story, Louric battles this monster in order to gain back the person he was again
Amber shares her personal struggle of lacking control in her life and finding her source of happiness. Mentor: Becky Nordesnsten.
Women in Parallel
Gianna discovers an intersection between her life and Sandy Warshaw’s, an activist that took part in the Feminist Movement of the 60’s, to find that problems from decades ago are still prevalent in society today. Mentor: Max Gardner.
The Evolution of Hezekiah
How art made me who I am today and how anyone can do anything and fulfill anything if you put your brain into it.
This is the story of a family’s struggle after coming to the U.S. in order to give their children a better life. The American Dream lives within the family, and together they work hard and accomplish their dream — obtaining a pushcart that brings both sadness and happiness to them all.
A young man suffers from an eating disorder while his mom struggles to accept the truth about her son’s illness.
Setting the Table
Cooking is connection – with culture, with family, and yourself.
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
Was It All Worth it
The story of a journey and how the obstacles and limitations created by that exact journey have shaped who I am.
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
Memories of Us
A young girl in foster care prepares for a new life with an adopted family. With the help of her foster sister and a special story, she prepares to move on.
#I Can't Breathe
Disheartened and worried by the stories of young black men in the media, Javon searches for ways to speak out against racially-motivated hate crimes.
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.
Life As 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
This film takes a look at racial stereotypes, family history, and the ties that bind a girl to heritage all with the help of a special book.
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
A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.
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)
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.
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
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?
In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.
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
The Hope Of My Life
Coping with a parent who has cancer is tough. For filmmaker Giselle Diaz, making this film was a way to understand, cope, and bring her family together while dealing with her father’s condition.
“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.
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 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