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Sunday, August 27 • 5:50pm - 7:39pm
Sunday Alabama Documentary Shorts

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A Slam That Saves 
Directed by Bene Meadows
11 minutes * USA
Deep in the foothills of the Appalachians, there are four species of bass found nowhere else on Earth. The Coosa, Cahaba, Warrior, and Tallapoosa bass are all genetically-distinct, environmentally-imperiled bass in dire need of help. And thankfully, a community has rallied around them with a unique idea. Instead of gating off the species, why not champion them? Why not create a new grand slam in fly fishing for the sake of a national treasure? Join Matt Lewis and Mary Beth Meeks as they attempt to catch a “Redeye Slam” in one day.

Pilot At the Bottom of the Lake
Directed by Robert Clay
5 minutes * USA
Local filmmaker, Robert Clay, explores a Lake Martin urban legend of a mysterious plane and pilot stuck at the bottom of the lake.

Revolution of Joy 
Directed by McKinnon Maddox
23 minutes * USA
"Revolution of Joy" is a thought-provoking short documentary that illuminates the struggles of historic Selma, Alabama’s past during the civil rights movement while also delving into the challenges that persist in the present day. Through a powerful and inspiring exploration of the unifying and healing power of art, the film showcases a new initiative in the black belt community that aims to bring together and empower individuals and communities that have been torn apart by racism and division. Featuring heartfelt interviews with both the artists and the residents of Selma and the Black Belt, "Revolution of Joy" offers a unique and inspiring perspective on the power of creativity to effect change. The documentary boldly demonstrates that even in the face of adversity and ongoing social challenges, there is still hope for positive change and meaningful progress. If you're looking to connect with the human spirit and discover the transformative power of art and empathy in bringing communities together, this documentary is a must-watch. Experience the transformative power of joy in 'Revolution of Joy,' a captivating short documentary. Join us on a heartfelt journey as we explore stories of resilience, hope, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of adversity. Discover the joy that can ignite a revolution within us all.

Rosenwald: Toward A More Perfect Union
Directed by Charles Poe
10 minutes * USA
The extraordinary story of a forgotten philanthropist, a Jewish son of immigrants from Chicago who became a champion for black education in the Jim Crow South.

Monograph: Abadir's
Directed by Lisa Cordes
4 minutes * USA
Can you smell what Greensboro is cooking? Demopolis native, Sarah Cole, fuses her Egyptian heritage with her Southern roots to make delicious treats in the Black Belt. Watch how Sarah and Abadir's peel back the importance of sharing the culture baked into your community.

Monograph: Liza Butts
Directed by Kelsey Harrison Ianuzzi
6 minutes * USA
The work is dealing a lot with origins and me coming home and returning to this place that I grew up in and seeing it with fresh eyes as an adult. The landscape becomes this sort of record and document for history and layers of time. Alabama native Liza Butts is a painter and printmaker producing work in Birmingham, AL. Drawing on inspiration from her local environment, she uses color and translucency to synthesize composite images. What richness and complexity do you notice on a walk around your neighborhood?

Happy Trails 
Directed by Erin Herron
20 minutes * USA
From raising Alabama Crimson Tide football legends to constructing a billion-dollar motorhome empire, Bob Tiffin has firmly left his mark upon the Heart of Dixie. Beginning fifty years ago, Bob transformed a small Alabama town into an economic powerhouse with a loyal fanbase that rivals the likes of Apple and Coca-Cola. Yet, when a worldwide pandemic threatens to bring down his life's work, will Bob's playbook of the past be enough to save his company and legacy?

Trashy Waters 
Directed by Randal Crow, Ingrid Pfau
13 minutes * USA
Alabama is not a dumpster. Litter washing into our waterways is an enormous issue not only affecting our pocketbooks and well-being, but it also spoils our enjoyment of Alabama’s great outdoors.

Directed by Ilya Blokh, Daniel Blokh
15 minutes * USA
A short documentary about the DIY punk scene in Birmingham, Alabama and how it has reinvented itself post covid as a community that combines the violence and self-expression of moshing with inclusivity and diversity.

Sunday August 27, 2023 5:50pm - 7:39pm CDT
BJCC Theatre