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A Program of 3 Short Films:
Knocking Down The Fences | Tree #3 | Red Horizon

Screening Saturday, July 10, 2021

Followed by live filmmaker Q&A conversations

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Knocking Down the Fences shows an incredible black, softball player flying through the air, catching balls clearly out of reach. A.J. Andrews is the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, recognizing her amazing athletic talent. Yet, she faces the same financial difficulties as other professional female athletes, earning significantly less than professional male athletes.


Female athletes are speaking up and saying it is time for equality. They are starting to be heard and seen for their talent and they are inspiring young girls who will be the next generation of superstar athletes!

“Women need to be loud about their achievements, and this film was another way for me to use my voice.”
-A.J. Andrews

Filmmaker: Meg Shutzer
Run time: 12 minutes

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Tree #3 is Itai’s story of living in Texas as an immigrant from Israel. This boy dreams of having the lead role in a school play, but is repeatedly cast as a bush or a tree. Undeterred by blatant discrimination, he makes the most of being Tree #3 and finds his moment to unexpectedly shine.


Despite hurdles and discrimination, immigrants continue to believe in the American Dream and enrich our communities.

Filmmaker: Omer Ben-Shachar
Run time: 20 minutes


  • 2019 Student Academy Award (Narrative Bronze Medal)
  • 2019 UrbanWorld Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize – Best Young Creator)
  • 2019 Palm Springs International ShortFest (Audience Award – Best Student Short)
  • 2019 Student Emmy Award (Nominee, Best Comedy)
  • 2019 AFI Fest (Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award)
  • 2019 March On Washington Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
  • 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival (Selig Audience Award – Best Short Film + Kids Jury Award)
  • 2019 Coronado Film Festival (Best Student Film + Audience Favorite + Female Filmmaker Award)


  • 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival
  • 2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • 2019 LA Shorts International Film Festival
  • 2019 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  • 2019 San Diego International Film Festival
  • 2019 Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Moebius Showcase

And many more…

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Red Horizon is a documentary about an amazing group of young African-American men and women being trained as pilots, looking to help diversify the pilot profession. Less than 3% of pilots are black, and less than 1% are black women. These men and women are carrying on the legacy of the black Tuskegee Airmen, who served with distinction in WWII and returned home to face the same racism they had before.


These intelligent young pilots are paving the way for more like them to be trained as airmen and women to create an aviation culture of people from all different walks of life.

Filmmaker: T.C. Johnstone
Run time: 34 minutes

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Carterland Poster

Thursday, July 8, 2021

River City Drumbeat Film Poster

River City Drumbeat
Friday, July 9, 2021

3 Short Film Program Poster

Short Film Program
Knocking Down The Fences, Tree #3,
and Red Horizon
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Rising Phoenix Poster

Rising Phoenix
Thursday, July 15, 2021

film to be announced

To Be Announced
Friday, July 16, 2021