F. John Outcalt Award Winners

Bully Me
Bully Me by Louric Rankine
6:37

Bully Me

Louric struggles with issues of confidence and in the process is confronted by a monster — bulimia. In this horror story, Louric battles this monster in order to gain back the person he was again

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Fall 2015 Lab Documentaries
Identity
Control
Control by Amber Picon
7:23

Control

Amber shares her personal struggle of lacking control in her life and finding her source of happiness. Mentor: Becky Nordesnsten.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Women in Parallel
Women in Parallel by Gianna Gomez
6:27

Women in Parallel

Gianna discovers an intersection between her life and Sandy Warshaw’s, an activist that took part in the Feminist Movement of the 60’s, to find that problems from decades ago are still prevalent in society today. Mentor: Max Gardner.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Spring 2016 Lab Documentaries
The Evolution of Hezekiah
The Evolution of Hezekiah by Hezekiah De La Rosa
7:44

The Evolution of Hezekiah

How art made me who I am today and how anyone can do anything and fulfill anything if you put your brain into it.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Dreamers
Dreamers by Esther Romero
8:37

Dreamers

This is the story of a family’s struggle after coming to the U.S. in order to give their children a better life. The American Dream lives within the family, and together they work hard and accomplish their dream — obtaining a pushcart that brings both sadness and happiness to them all.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Immigration
Run
Run by Joey Schweitzer
7:15

Run

A young man suffers from an eating disorder while his mom struggles to accept the truth about her son’s illness.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Setting the Table
Setting the Table by Georgia-Rae Lyken
8:40

Setting the Table

Cooking is connection – with culture, with family, and yourself.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
The Happiness Project
"The Happiness Project" by Doris Liang
6:26

The Happiness Project

Does money buy happiness?  Doris doesn’t think so.   Join her as she tries to understand her mother’s obsession with finding happiness through spending money.

Mentors: Corinne Colgan

Family, Divorce & Loss
Was It All Worth it
Was It All Worth it by Jharol Aguirre
10:32

Was It All Worth it

The story of a journey and how the obstacles and limitations created by that exact journey have shaped who I am.

Identity
Action & Reflex
"Action & Reflex" by Martin Vasquez
8:28

Action & Reflex

Having moved from New York to Texas and back again in less than one year, Martin struggles to find a place that he can truly call home.

Mentor: Amanda Madden

 

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Memories of Us
Memories of Us by Tayana Brumaire
8:38

Memories of Us

A young girl in foster care prepares for a new life with an adopted family. With the help of her foster sister and a special story, she prepares to move on.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
#I Can't Breathe
#I Can’t Breathe by Javon Peters
5:48

#I Can't Breathe

Disheartened and worried by the stories of young black men in the media, Javon searches for ways to speak out against racially-motivated hate crimes.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Society & Politics
Life Ain't Promised
"Life Ain't Promised" by Dimitri Tucker
9:08

Life Ain't Promised

Dimitri Tucker Directed By
Dimitri Tucker

A film inspired by the deaths of two people close to the filmmaker. A devastating look at the senselessness of gun violence and the people it leaves behind.

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Life As Cinema
"Life As Cinema" by Alex Casimir
8:28

Life As Cinema

Alex Casimir Directed by
Alex Casimir

Living life can be fun especially if you

embrace the fantastic. Alex talks about his love for film, and his desire to be a director.

Mentor: Luke Francy

 

Identity
Frontiers
Frontiers by Kristine Hoessel
9:00

Frontiers

This film takes a look at racial stereotypes, family history, and the ties that bind a girl to heritage all with the help of a special book.

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
Hush
"Hush" by Vlada Pimenova
7:28

Hush

Unable to hold on to her cheery exterior, Anya withdraws into an emotionless abyss. And after keeping everybody out for too long, she becomes aware of what haunts her.

Mentor: Par Parekh

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Rouge Blood
"Rouge Blood" by Stephanie Cherng
9:30

Rouge Blood

Stephanie Cherng Directed By
Stephanie Cherng

A stirring portrait of a father’s escape from Cambodia and how it shaped his life forever.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Immigration
Los Fuertes
"Los Fuertes" by Catherine Cruz
7:07

Los Fuertes

What makes a strong woman? Catherine takes us into her world, where strength and love have helped her and her family members overcome difficult challenges.

Mentor: Emily Batista (Fall 2011 Lab)

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Strength
"Strength" by Asta Cummings
5:37

Strength

Asta Cummings Directed by
Asta Cummings

A film about a young woman who fights to overcome her struggles of being born with Cerebral Palsy as well as coping with the death of her mother.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Identity
Made in Amerika
"Made In Amerika" by Orges Bakalli
10:24

Made in Amerika

How do you maintain tradition while attempting to assimilate? Ilir Bushati, a recent Albanian immigrant struggles with this question as he attempts to maintain his position as breadwinner of the household. When he is scammed out of his family’s savings, he is sent on a journey to reclaim what he has lost.

Mentor: Joseph Di Mattia

F. John Outcalt Award Films
This is: Connections
"This is: Connections" by Dexter Dugar Jr
8:12

This is: Connections

The New York subway system provides Dexter a means to escape the world above, connecting him to a difficult past and a promising future.

Mentor: Ben Lawal

Family, Divorce & Loss
Trio from the Industrial Elite
"Trio from the Industrial Elite" by Vlada Pimenova
8:15

Trio from the Industrial Elite

Vlada Pimenova Directed By
Vlada Pimenova

An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?

Spring 2012

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
Temporary Home
"Temporary Home" Julianna Negron
6:53

Temporary Home

Julianna Negron Directed by
Julianna Negron

In this moving documentary, Julianna shows us what it’s like to be a teenager without a permanent home.

Fall 2012

Family, Divorce & Loss
Forever Young
"Forever Young" by Janil Santana
5:05

Forever Young

Remember those days when life was care-free? A young woman writes a letter to childhood, telling it not to leave her because she is not ready for adulthood.

Mentor: Nicole Opper

F. John Outcalt Award Films
Identity
The Hope Of My Life
"The Hope Of My Life" by Giselle Diaz
12:09

The Hope Of My Life

Coping with a parent who has cancer is tough. For filmmaker Giselle Diaz, making this film was a way to understand, cope, and bring her family together while dealing with her father’s condition.

Family, Divorce & Loss
LIRI
"Liri" By Orges Bakalli
10:30

LIRI

“LIRI” focuses on life after the Serbo-Croation Conflict. Among many problems was the inability to give you the right to go to school. At a time where you would go to prison for expressing yourself through art, one man escapes communist Albania to pursue his passion.

Spring 2011

Family, Divorce & Loss
Immigration
My Skin
"My Skin" by Emily Batista
6:54

My Skin

Emily Batista was born with a rare skin disorder that caused her to grow up experiencing bullying, shame and profound depression. Surrounded by love from her family, and friends she has been able to turn that pain into strength – as she shares with us what it’s like to live in her own skin.

Fall 2011

Equality & Discrimination
Identity
On My Way
"On My Way" by Faith Robinson
8:05

On My Way

Faith has dreams of one day moving to California for college. She dreams of becoming an actress, director, and producer, but will he family stand in the way of that dream?

Identity
Schmeducation
"Scmeducation" by Max Bayarsky
9:28

Schmeducation

A student skeptical of the education he has undertaken, filmmaker Max Bayarsky interviews subjects that may be able to enlighten him with reasons as to why school is so important.

Mentor: Carl Deal

Identity

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