PBS Online Film Festival Reveals 2014 Selections

/ May 29, 2014


The third annual PBS Online Film Festival will take place this June 16 to July 31, 2014. Today, PBS revealed the 25 short films that will make it into this year’s festival. Collaborating with Independent Lens and POV (Point-of-View), as well as some public television producers like the Center for Asian American Media and National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), PBS will showcase strong stories from filmmakers all over the nation, appealing mostly to an audience that’s savvy with digital media.

All of the films featured in the festival will be available to stream online via PBS digital platforms such as PBS.org, PBS social media channels, Roku, Xbox, and YouTube. The “People’s Choice” award allows viewers to vote for their preferred online films. If you’re interested in voting yourself, here’s a list of the options at this year’s PBS Online Film Festival:


Independent Lens


Being a teenager isn’t easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high school’s cheerleading squad.

“Border Bedazzlers”

Hoping to heal the divide between Mexico and the United States an inspired group of artists turn the border wall into a giant canvas.



“The Jazz Ticket

Vince Womack has built a high school jazz powerhouse in one of L.A.’s toughest districts.


Center for Asian American Media

“Why We Rise

Three brave young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status.


Latino Public Broadcasting

“El Doctor

Worlds collide when an Arizona family hires an undocumented day laborer.

“El Reloj”

Experience a day in the life of a Zapotec grandfather and his city-born granddaughter.


National Black Programming Consortium

“You’re Dead to Me

A mother and daughter revisit issues with each other on a tragic anniversary date.

“My Dear Americans

An Indian-American husband and wife adjust to immigrant life in an American suburb.

“7 Day Gig

A young man sits Shiva, mourns for his father’s death with strangers from the Internet.


Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

“Dog Save the Queen

The Million Dollar Corgi Quest comes to the Island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands.


Vaine escapes her brutish “protector” and shares a daily, wordless love play with Tamatoa.


Vision Maker Media and Wisconsin Media Lab

“Lady Thunderhawks

The Lady Thunderhawks varsity basketball team has become a pillar of hope for an entire community.


Alaska Public Media

“I Am an Aurora Hunter

Alaskan Todd Salat is one of the best aurora borealis photographers in the world.


Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)


Explore the life and art of reclusive Winslow, Arkansas, artist Tim West.

“Diamond John

John Wesley Huddleston tries to support his wife and five daughters by digging for gold.


CET & ThinkTV

“Overpass Light Brigade

Overpass Light Brigade tells the story behind Wisconsin’s Holders of the Lights.

“Sorry About Tomorrow

Baldwin is using time travel in hopes of undoing everything that has recently been done to him and those he loves.



“Yellow Wallpaper”

A woman descends into insanity as she struggles against the patriarchal institution that confines her.

“Digging for Water”

When a well drill becomes stuck at 225 feet, a Haitian community must dig it out by hand in order to get water.


KQED (Film School Shorts)


Set during the attacks of 9/11, a young girl wishes she could go back in time.

“First Match

A teenage female wrestler on an all-boy wrestling team faces her biggest challenge.


Louisiana Public Broadcasting

“A Part of Me, A Part From Me

Lawrence goes to an old house by the lake and relives painful memories of his lost love.


Vermont PBS

“North Star

Witness a haunting, poetic re-creation of a slave escaping from the South to New England.


“Mad River Rising

An aging farmer escapes his retirement home and finds himself back at his boyhood farm.



“Calls from Home: Prison Radio in Appalachia

From the heart of Appalachia, a radio station broadcasts hip-hop and shout-outs behind bars.

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