The "Health" Theme




Runtime: 11:50

Sofia Wickerhauser

Afterglow is a sensorial movie about finding the joy of living again. David discovers that his boyfriend Allen is suffering from depression and, on the course of a day, makes him see the beauty and pleasure of the most mundane things.

Bio: Akira Kamiki is a Brazilian director born and raised in Sao Paulo. In 2013 graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography, with a focus on audiovisual production. An activist of the Brazilian LGBT community, Akira is currently studying at Academia Internacional de Cinema (International Film Academy) in the pursuit of a career on Queer Cinema.


Me And My Thoughts


Runtime: 15:00

Martin Devek

What we do inside our house when we are alone is kept to ourselves, like most of our inner thoughts. 

We are all striving to look normal, to fit in. What happens inside the mind of an obsessive/depressive/paranoiac person who is struggling to look normal, to be in control? 

This fictional short film portrays a modern woman who masks her mental health problems, yet outwardly she appears unexceptionally normal.

Bio: Martin Devek is a multidisciplinary artist, creator of original music, film and fine arts. His work in film stems from his need to express ideas and emotions in more than one artistic medium. He is interested in the interrelation between film, visuals, rhythm and sound, taking always care of the visuals, which, according to him, must always please the eye, whatever the context.

He composed music for many theatre pieces including Bubleloon (Belfast Children Festival, 2013) and a Spoon full of Jelly (Down Arts Centre, 2016) among others. He composed the score for the short films ‘None’ and ‘The last battle’. More recently he has composed and performed live in ‘I-Reflexes’ recently performed at Brunel University, London and at the Black Box, Belfast.

Martin holds a BA in Music, piano and Choral Conducting form CONSUDEC, Argentina, a Masters Certificate in Composing music for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music USA, and an MA in Computer Music from Maynooth University, Ireland.


The Baths

Runtime: 12:28

Anouska Samms
United Kingdom

Tucked away in the corner of an industrial estate in the East End of London is a steam baths where men meet to wash, eat and chat. Visited daily by culturally diverse groups, it’s where bathing rituals intertwine and collective memories are forged.

Made by two female filmmakers, ‘The Baths’ explores masculinity in a unique setting and invites us to observe often unseen cultural traditions and social interactions. As the film unfolds, the transcultural nature of the baths is revealed – while each group of bathers may at first sight appear separate from one another, it becomes clear that in sharing the same space they are also sharing wider cultural histories.

Bio: Anouska Samms and Sofia Pancucci-McQueen first started working together while studying Film Production at the University of Westminster in London. Since graduating in 2014 they have continued to collaborate, producing work that explores the transcultural nature of contemporary society. Focusing specifically on British culture, they are interested in how collective memory reveals itself at the level of the corporeal.


The Magic Bracelet

Runtime: 19:02

Stacy Goldberg


Make A Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Our current project is the short film "The Magic Bracelet". It fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away of Mitochondrial disease just after her 15th birthday and some of her final words to her mom were, "Promise to take care of my film."

Make A Film foundation (MAFF - is a non-profit organization that teams children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions with noted actors, writers and directors who help them to create short film legacies. Our current project, The Magic Bracelet, fulfilled the wish of 15-year old Rina Goldberg whose final words to her mom before she died of mitochondrial disease were 'Promise to take care of my film’. To date "The Magic Bracelet" has screened at 40 film festivals and been awarded best short film at 3 festivals, among many other accolades and awards. A screening at your festival would be the West Virginia premiere.

The film script was adapted by Diablo Cody (Academy Award Winner-Juno) with story by Rina Goldberg. Its star studded cast includes Bailee Madison (Just Go With It), Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2, Academy Award nominee - True Grit), J.K. Simmons (Academy Award Winner - Whiplash), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight Franchise), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek) and Kaitlin Doubleday (Empire).


We R The World/Mold

Runtime: 6:45

Dawn George

Up close, mold is an intricate mass of branching filaments and fruiting bodies creating a connected web. When viewed from a distance mold loses its complexities and a more destructive nature is realized.

Bio: Dawn George is a Canadian independent media artist working in film, video and installation. She is a graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts Program and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Ms. George received her film and media arts training through the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (One-Minute Film Program) and the Centre for Art Tapes (Media Arts Scholarship Program). She is an advocate for film co-ops and artist run centres. Her DIY approach to filmmaking reflects her appreciation and respect for movement, nature, and sound. She often uses the recorded moving image in combination with time-based and computer generated effects to explore ideas of the environment and social science fiction. Currently, she is experimenting with eco-processing techniques to create a small gage film about weeds. Her works have recently screened at Antimatter [media art], FLEX Fest, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery.