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PBS Short Film Festival

Knocking Down the Fences

PBS Short Film Festival

Knocking Down the Fences

12m 15s

The story of AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove.

8m 47s


An old man spends his final days fixing machines until he finds a robot who wants to fix him.

10m 11s

All Inclusive

Stunning, surreal, and precisely composed, the views of life on board a palatial cruise ship in Corina Schwingruber Ilic's documentary yield a pointed commentary on luxury, excess, and what some people consider fun.

9m 17s

Happy Hounds

Linda Domer facilitates Happy Hounds prison dog program at Roxbury Correctional Institution in Maryland.

4m 27s

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb touches on the dangers and possible outcomes of texting while driving.

7m 10s

Birth of Afrobeat

Birth of Afrobeat, tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

16m 0s

Quilt Fever

Quilt week in Paducah, Kentucky draws all walks of life and the main show in town creates patchwork of stories ready to be shared.

12m 12s

You Know the Drill

As combative active shooter drills unfold in rural Wyoming, a child psychologist implores her community to consider the consequences.

8m 50s


Edwin Debrow Jr. murdered a cab driver when he was 12. He was sentenced to forty-years.

4m 55s

Paddle Together

Breast cancer survivors find support and friendship in a unique sport: Dragon Boat Racing.

15m 4s

Standing Above the Clouds

Standing Above the Clouds follows Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists as they stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea from the building of the world’s largest telescope.

3m 29s

One Way

A man decides he needs to get away from his overheated office to a colder climate.

10m 37s

The Seed Saver

Explore the philosophy and appreciation of cooking and the art and science of growing food. In this standalone episode, we will follow our young agricultural innovator, Kristyn Leach, as she dives deep into the process of growing grains and explores her Korean heritage with other Korean American farmers. Along the way, Kristyn will help us discover the challenges young agriculturalists face.

8m 23s

We Gon' Be Alright

Jeff Chang visits East Palo Alto, a historically Black and Latino community in the heart of Silicon Valley, to hang out with rapper, dancer and performer Isaiah Phillips a.k.a. Randy McPhly, who appeared in Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” video. They talk about the domino effects of gentrification.

8m 55s


Two boys in trouble at school face a racist high school administration.

7m 2s

A Night at the Garden

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A Night At the Garden uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this gathering and shine a light on the disturbing fallibility of seemingly decent people.

5m 1s

The History of White People in America

In the decades after Bacon's Rebellion, an African man and an English woman - husband and wife - sing of their fate, their future as law by law, edict by edict, their family, their marriage, their love made illegal. "How America Outlawed Interracial Marriage" is a part of the series THE HISTORY OF WHITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA, which examines how skin color has come to define race in our country.

6m 29s

Celestia Morgan

Birmingham-based conceptual photographer Celestia Morgan uses image to exercise and amplify her voice. Morgan's latest project draws on family experiences with redlining, inspiring her to create work that challenges assumptions about the communities around us.

10m 15s

Preston's Gone

Preston Thornton, an Army veteran, was experiencing paranoid delusions at his home. After calling the Veteran’s Crisis line, deputies arrived to transport Preston to a hospital, and tragedy followed. The film asks how a veteran ended up dead and what could have been done to prevent his death. The answers lead to broken mental health care system that’s failing Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents.

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