37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Short Films: Block A


Focusing on family ties, new approaches to community building, and old traditions meeting with modern viewpoints, these short documentary films offer a heartfelt look at how we interact with, pay tribute to, and rewrite our individual histories and that of our neighbors.

Adrian’s Story

2016. USA. 3 min. Directors: Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren. Featuring: Adrian Swearengen.

Adrian is a barber-in-training. Today, after years of incarceration, he is bravely, slowly moving forward. Adrian sharpens his skills while offering haircuts to folks who cannot afford a trip to the barber shop.


2016. USA. 16 min. Director: Tyler Trumbo.

A boy idolizes his father, whose stories are larger than life. Yet with his father, a former frogman and Navy SEAL, frequently away on secret missions for unknown periods of time, anxiety grows within the family. Only a frightening diagnosis presents the possibility of reconciliation.

Holistic Life Foundation: breathing love into a community

2015. USA. 22 min. Director: Chris Farina. Featuring: Ali Smith, Atman Smith, Andres Gonzalez.

The Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore brings the benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and love to an impoverished inner-city neighborhood. Ali and Atman Smith (brothers who grew up in this neighborhood) and Andres Gonzalez created the Foundation to change the world through their efforts working with underserved children in local schools.

The Sign

2016. USA. 14 min. Director: James Lantz.

After their homemade “Trump 4 President” sign is run over twice, a Vermont filmmaker travels to Virginia to interview his parents to understand their support for presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Tally Ho!

2016. USA. 16 min. Director: Scottie Byrd. Featuring: Dennis Downing, Sara Baker, Crofton Held.

This short documentary examines contemporary American fox hunting and its traditions. Follow along with the Bedford County Hunt in Bedford, Virginia.


Thursday, November 3


3:00 PM


Downtown Mall : Violet Crown B

Film Info

Runtime: 72 min.

Genre: Shorts