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THE FIFTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL

Our jury has chosen 16 innovative shorts on the burning topics of today: Civic Engagement, Justice, Sustainability and more. STREAM > CLICK > ACTION

Battleground Minnesota

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All That I Can Be

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Pizza Surveillance Feature

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The News Is What We Make It

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Laptop

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A Girl Named Kai

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Homecoming

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Bad Choices

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Happy Ending

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System Failure

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Fast and Reliable

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Neglected Sky

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Young Agrarians

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World On Fire

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The Luckiest Nut In The World

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Something Other Than Other

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Battleground Minnesota

8:00 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Jury Award Sponsored by Netflix

Hip-hop activist Shakademic proves that if Walter Mondale can learn how to scratch, young voters can get schooled in election politics.

All That I Can Be

8:30 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Economic Justice Award

William, like many young Americans, feels that joining the military is his only way out of a dead-end job and a rough life.

Pizza Surveillance Feature

2:20 min
Public Service Announcement
Winner of the Civil Liberties

Want some privacy infringement with that? If the Patriot Act continues to grow in scope, you may get more than mushrooms with your next pizza order.

The News Is What We Make It

8:21 min
Animation
Winner of the Media Reform Award Sponsored by Utne magazine

When the same company owns all the TV stations in town, where can you turn for an alternative perspective? A high-schooler gets burned and turns insult into action.

Laptop

0:30 min
Public Service Announcement
Winner of the Digital Divide

A computer is only as advanced as the person behind the keyboard. Laptop reminds us that the digital divide still resides within our borders.

A Girl Named Kai

8:00 min
Experimental
Winner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Award

Through a stirring poetic mix of video and sound, Kai appeals to her traditional Taiwanese parents for acceptance in spite of her untraditional take on life and love.

Homecoming

5:30 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Peter Yarrow Peace in Our Classrooms Award Sponsored by Frank Marshall

When coming out makes Ron a target for attack, he finds a school where respect and acceptance are taught alongside Math and English.

Bad Choices

3:00 min
Youth Digital Story
Winner of the Youth Voice Award Sponsored by Paola Freccero

Without a support system, it’s hard for a teenager to stay out of trouble. Aderian reflects on the lessons he has learned from his bad choices.

Happy Ending

8:00 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Family and Society Award

Drugs have taken Chris’s mom out of his life but not out of his heart. In this personal travelogue, he goes to Philadelphia in search of a happy ending.

System Failure

8:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Criminal Justice Award Sponsored by Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation

Physical abuse, sexual harassment, inadequate education for incarcerated youth – if a society can be graded by how it treats its prisoners, then the state of California gets an “F.”

Fast and Reliable

7:53 min
Documentary
Winner of the Against the Odds Award

Nothing can stop Dexter the bike messenger — not homelessness or even a close encounter with a ten-ton truck.

Neglected Sky

1:36 min
Youth Animation
Winner of the Environment Award Sponsored by Loreto Bay Company

In this fast-paced animation, youth producer John Cooney shows us that a little effort can go a long way in reversing global warming.

Young Agrarians

8:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Nourishing Change Award Sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Young people plant the seeds for a sustainable future in this portrait of organic farming in California.

World On Fire

4:20 min
Music Video
Winner of the Citizen Engagement Award Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation

$5,000 could cover the cost of hair and make-up for one day on set in LA or pay for one year’s schooling for 145 girls in Afghanistan. Sarah McLachlan does the math and encourages you to join her.

The Luckiest Nut In The World

8:00 min
Musical
Winner of the Global Justice Award Sponsored by Oxfam America

A singing peanut and his gang of shelled friends explain that sometimes free trade is just nuts.

Something Other Than Other

7:05 min
Experimental
Winner of the Tolerance Education Award Sponsored by Third Millennium Foundation

New parents Jerry and Andrea have endured their own share of discrimination growing up. They hope their newborn son can grow up identifying as something other than “other.”


The Media That Matters Film Festival is a project of Arts Engine Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization