Countdown to the PBS Online Film Festival
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What is the PBS Online Film Festival?

For the third annual PBS Online Film Festival, PBS is featuring 25 short films online from June 16 - July 31, 2014. The PBS Online Film Festival showcases diverse films from Independent Lens and POV, as well as collaborations with public television producers, including the Center for Asian American Media,Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and Vision Maker Media.

The festival highlights powerful stories from filmmakers across the country, while also providing an opportunity for producers to reach and engage a digitally-savvy audience. In its first two years, the festival garnered more than one million video streams and more than 50,000 votes.

This year’s selection features several locally produced short films from a variety of local PBS stations, including: Alaska Public MediaArkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton),KLRU (Austin, TX)KQED (San Francisco),Louisiana Public Broadcasting,Vermont PBSWisconsin Media Lab and WCVE (Richmond, VA).

“PBS and member stations are committed to experimenting with new platforms to reach diverse audiences with high-quality and engaging content,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital. “PBS is the home for independent film, both online and on-air, and we’re proud that the Online Film Festival has become an annual celebration of unique films representing a diverse array of voices and viewpoints.”

The films will be available for streaming across all PBS digital platforms, including, AppleTV, Roku, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter. 

Which films are featured?

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.