Documentary Shorts 2021


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In-person Q&A with filmmakers Jason Willis (We Were There to Be There) and Andy Volk (Coffee & Sugar) following the program!

Previous iterations of the Loft Film Fest’s Documentary Shorts have highlighted eventual Oscar-nominated short films. This year’s collection of offers a diverse range of films, with windows into the way people live across the world.

Since You Arrived, My Heart Stopped Belonging to Me Central American mothers journey by bus through Mexico, searching for their children who migrated north towards the United States but disappeared en route. (Dir. by Erin Semine Kökdil, 2021, USA, 21 mins.)

Coffee & Sugar In conversation with her grandson, 93-year-old Carol goes on a vibrantly animated journey as she reflects on her unbelievable marriage of 62 years. Combining a fantastic mixture of hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques, “Coffee & Sugar” explores the memories of love that transcend time and all conventions. (Dir. by Andy Volk, 2021, USA, 8 mins.)

Black Canvas Mohamed, a refugee from Guinea who has fled his country due to his opposition to the Guinean government, is seeking a new life in Germany. He tries to forget his past by learning how to paint. While everything seems to be going well, some obstacles are being placed in the way of his stay by the German government. (Dir. by Shirin Ekhlasi, 2021, Iran/Germany, 17 mins.)

The State of Being a Father Three friends talk about the past, present and future of black masculinity. (Dir. by Diante Singley, 2021, USA, 8 mins.)

We Were There to Be There On June 13, 1978, the punk bands the Cramps and the Mutants played a free show for psychiatric patients at the Napa State Hospital in California. (Dir. by Mike Plante & Jason Willis, 2021, USA, 27 mins.)

Mission: Hebron In Israel, soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. Six ex-soldiers face the camera and recall their recent service. Including rare cell-phone footage, captured by local witnesses, Mission: Hebron offers an unflinching guide to the most troubled city in the West Bank. (Dir. by Rona Segal, 2020, Israel, 22 mins.)