Indie Films

PBS Short Film Festival

The PBS Short Film Festival elevates the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2022 festival features “Stories that Stick” to highlight the impact of powerful storytelling.

On All Fronts

10m 40s

The Moss family, a biracial Black-Indonesian family living in Minneapolis, open up about how they moved through the chaos of 2020. In intimate conversations, each family member reveals personal experiences never shared before with their loved ones, and navigate through the difficult issues that have haunted them.

Episodes

  • On All Fronts: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On All Fronts

    S2022 E27 - 10m 40s

    The Moss family, a biracial Black-Indonesian family living in Minneapolis, open up about how they moved through the chaos of 2020. In intimate conversations, each family member reveals personal experiences never shared before with their loved ones, and navigate through the difficult issues that have haunted them.

  • Twice as Likely: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Twice as Likely

    S2022 E26 - 6m 18s

    While the White infant mortality rate is 4.6 per 1,000 U.S. births, the Black infant mortality rate is 10.8. Longstanding, systemic inequities result in racial disparity in every facet of maternal and infant health, studies show. Dr. Renee Canady shares her intimate experience of the painful loss of her newborn son.

  • Amplified Voices: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Amplified Voices

    S2022 E25 - 5m 34s

    Amplified Voices is a community collaborative public mural project spearheaded by artist Jade Warrick to amplify the voices of local artists of color while also providing youth mentoring opportunities.

  • The First Monument: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The First Monument

    S2022 E24 - 15m 7s

    The First Monument explores the commission of a bust of Mr. Newton. Until 2021, there was not a single official monument erected for the legendary Black Panther Party. This finally changed when Fredrika Newton, the widow of former Minister of Defense Huey Newton, worked with the city of Oakland to commission a bust of Mr. Newton that now stands on the block where he was killed.

  • Osage Murders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Osage Murders

    S2022 E23 - 13m 22s

    “The Osage Murders” is a historical documentary focusing on the events that occurred on the Osage reservation in the 1920s.

  • I'm Free, Now You Are Free: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    I'm Free, Now You Are Free

    S2022 E22 - 15m 9s

    A story about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie Africa — a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9.

  • Disrupted Borders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Disrupted Borders

    S2022 E21 - 19m 13s

    A coming-of-age story about two best friends living on the US-Mexico border.

  • Ka Ho'i: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ka Ho'i

    S2022 E20 - 20m 22s

    A Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the struggles of growing older, the nightmares of his past, and the even scarier thought of being forgotten as the world around him seems to leave him in the dust.

  • Ala Moana Boys: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ala Moana Boys

    S2022 E19 - 20m 42s

    Five young men must consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences of inaction versus action. Their dedication to truth and stoicism in the face of violence has a dire cost, but the decision will stoke solidarity among Hawaii’s residents and reverberate through the islands for generations.

  • 83 and Alone: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    83 and Alone

    S2022 E18 - 12m 42s

    Bhutan, despite being one of the world’s two carbon negative countries, suffers from a changing climate that has led to a disastrous water shortage. After his children leave him, Daw, an elderly Bhutanese villager, must fend for himself. 83 AND ALONE explores a community made empty because of water.

  • My Chinatown, With Aloha: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    My Chinatown, With Aloha

    S2022 E17 - 10m 5s

    A fourth-generation Chinese American, filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu's Chinatown. She also examines the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague in Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.

  • Senior Prom: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Senior Prom

    S2022 E16 - 14m 16s

    At Triangle Square, a haven for LGBTQ retirees in Hollywood, California, the idea of a “senior” prom has taken on a new meaning. Senior Prom joins the celebration of an LGBTQ generation that spent a lifetime fighting for the right to live and love openly, and via rich personal archives retraces lives lived in resistance that helped change the course of civil rights.

Extras + Features

  • Official Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Official Trailer

    S2022 - 1m 4s

    The PBS Short Film Festival elevates the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers from across the country. Since its inception in 2012, hundreds of films celebrating love, acceptance, family, strength, equality, friendship, loyalty and more have been presented under the festival’s banner. The 2022 festival features “Stories that Stick” to highlight the impact of powerful storytelling.

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