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

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

Short Films: Our World

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The Other End of the Earth
2017. USA. 5 min. Director: Jacob W. Madness. Featuring: Diane Lane.

In 1889, Nellie Bly traveled across the world in just 72 days, setting a world record and achieving a feat she was told only a man could accomplish. This film celebrates both Bly’s unprecedented success and the fantastic natural beauty of the earth.

Hive Mind
2018. USA. 8 min. Director: Nolan Zunk.

Despite the great benefits honeybees reap for both humans and the environment, they face grave threats. Often taken for granted, there are many actions humans can take to prevent the endangerment of these small but important insects.

Zaza Rising
2017. Rwanda. 12 min. Director: Lena Strothe. Featuring: Christine Nyirahabimana.

In Rwanda, Christine Nyirahabimana starts a new business and hires ten HIV-positive single mothers. Though the business is an instant success, it faces the challenges of rising commodity prices, drought, and death.

Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming the Study of Disease
2017. USA. 10 min. Director: Jennifer A. Manner.

For over 30 years, Zebrafish have been helping scientists effectively investigate and fight human disease. Though they are a relatively new research model in the biomedical community, they are already making a difference in the fights against diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Person of the Forest
2017. Indonesia. 17 min. Directors: Melissa Lesh, Tim Laman. Featuring: Cheryl Knott, Richard Wrangham, Tim Laman, Robert Rodriguez Suro.

In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, researchers seek to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Photographer Tim Lama, researcher Cheryl Knott, and young explorer Robert Suro shed new light on the similarities between ourselves and our ancient ancestors.

Walter’s Walk
2018. USA. 9 min. Director: Stephen Bydal. Featuring: Walter Wright.

Meet Walter Wright, a 21st century pedestrian on his way to conquering Manhattan Island’s bridges, one step at a time.

2018. USA. 8 min. Director: Matt Rath.

For Native American tribes in Tidewater Virginia, Werowocomoco is a sacred site of leadership and power. As Werowocomoco is placed in permanent protection through the National Park Service, Virginia’s tribal communities prepare for the site’s future and remember its past.

Unstuck: An OCD Kid’s Movie
2017. USA. 23 min. Director: Kelly J. Anderson.

For many, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is viewed as a minor annoyance, or perhaps even an asset. But for a group of six resilient kids, OCD presents much more complex challenges that affect both the brain and their behavior.


Thursday, November 1


3:00 PM


Vinegar Hill Theatre

Film Info

Runtime: 89 min.

Genre: Shorts