2014 POEFF Best of Fest Winners

Under the Same Sun (Israel, Palestine, USA, 75 min)

  • Directed by Sameh Zoabi
  • Executive Producer, John Marks
Shaul, an Israeli, and Nizar, a Palestinian, seem to have little in common, but for a shared spirit of entrepreneurship. They create a solar energy company with plans to bring renewable energy to communities in the Palestinian territories. Support is beyond difficult, until they take their story to the Internet and inspire others.

A Step Too Far? A Contemplation On Forgiveness (UK, 72 min)

  • Directed & Produced by Paul Moorehead
Most of us at some time in our lives feel that we have been wronged by others in some way. It may be as a result of malicious gossip or maybe a violent act or even worse. How do we react in such situations? Do we lash out at the offender, are we eaten up with the desire for revenge? “A Step Too Far?” investigates an alternative to revenge – the idea of forgiveness.

dress (USA, 20 min)

  • Directed by Henry Ian Cusick
Shot against the stunning backdrop of Hawaii, ‘dress’ is a poetic and emotional tale of Ben and his two children as they struggle to cope with the death of his wife Maile. This genuine and thoughtful story explores how this family deals with their loss.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (USA, 40 min)

  • Directed by Edgar Barens
  • Produced by Edgar Barens & HBO
A moving cinema verite breaks through the walls of one of Americas oldest maximum security prison. Shot over a six-month period the film takes us behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary entering the personal lives of the prisoners as they build a prison-based, prisoner-staffed hospice program from the ground up.

The High Five Apprentice (USA, 8 min)

  • Directed & Animated by Tom Kanter
  • Produced by Mar Elepano & Sheila Sofian
After Ray, a well-meaning but wimpy man, loses his job as well as his girlfriend, he encounters Blotto, a cat who is the self-proclaimed Cat-God of High Fives. Blotto whisks Ray off to the High Five Realm, where he teaches him the joys of high fives, and in turn, reveals to Ray the true meaning of paying it forward.

The Ghosts of Jeju (USA, 80 min)

  • Directed & Produced by Regis Tremblay
A shocking documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, S. Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea. Exposé Award: to recognize the achievement of filmmakers in short and/or feature length, whose film exposes significant and life-altering issues that have previously been given little attention or notice in the world.

Stepping Toward the Lion: Finding My Story (USA, 30 min)

  • Directed & Produced by John Lyden
Stepping Toward the Lion: Finding My Story chronicles the journey of a young African-American Muslim named Alaudeen as he ventures through an interfaith storytelling group and gains a new perspective on life after dealing with years of prejudice and bullying. Storytelling enables Alaudeen to better understand and overcome the one major obstacle that stands between him and his future: his fear.

Ravi & Jane (Australia, 14 min)

  • Executive Producer & Director, Stuart O'Rourke
10 year old Ravi, recently arrived from Sri Lanka, is shy on his first day at an Australian school. Ravi and his family have just moved into Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and school is the only time he is allowed outside its fences.
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