“Once upon a time, a genius of science, a chemist called Leo, stumbled on a substance, a curious gloopy mess, that molded into any shape the genius cared to test.” While his marvelous gloop seemed to have unlimited uses, it also had a darker side that no one could foresee.
Don’t Frack Our Future
A tenth grader asks what is fracking and decides that it's not so good for kids.
Human Rights Are for Everyone
What are human rights? This short documentary created by youth producers in Baltimore, Maryland, tells us why they are important for everyone.
Secrets of Winter
Shocking behind-the-scenes footage reveals the secrets of how to make your quaint, little mountain cabin look "wintery."
The Pencil that Didn’t Know How to Write
Anything can have a personality, including a colored pencil. Created by primary-school students from Portugal, this film is about a family of pencils who come to life through stop-motion animation, and one particular pencil learns how to draw the world
The Squeakiest Roar
A lion’s roar is supposed to be deep and loud, but Bapoto, the smallest cub in his pride, is worried about the sound of his roar. The lovely animated short The Squeakiest Roar shows us that being different can be beautiful.
The Scared Is Scared
Bianca Giaever asked a 6 year old what her movie should be about, and this is what he told her.
In the plant kingdom, carnivorous organisms hold a certain allure. Despite their viciousness, they are beautiful, complex creations that have inspired in some people an interest that verges on obsession. Well-Fed takes a look inside the unusual world of carnivorous plants and its devoted collectors — from a man in California who houses one of the largest collections in the world to a young man who was forced to construct a greenhouse when he started with one plant and quickly amassed more than 200.
Part documentary and part modern-day fable, Watermelon Magic is a collection of tens of thousands of still images that tells the story of a season on the family farm as young Sylvie grows a patch of watermelons to sell at the market. We witness the life cycle of plants from seed to flower to fruit and the hard decision for a new gardener to part with her precious plant babies.
Rock Wall Climbing
Jason Houston and Hal Clifford have delivered short gems of films to Mountainfilm for the past several years — vignettes that offer slice-of-life glimpses into unusual characters. This year, the character is not so unusual: She is a quite normal, if beguiling, little girl. In fact, she’s Houston’s daughter, and she’s something of an authority on climbing, especially as it relates to climbing walls and, even more specifically, a wall in her garage that she helps to build. Her goal in climbing? To get to the top.
Joy of Air
“From the youngest age, we are taught to believe that safety is our greatest need. We created Icarus and his dream of flight, and then we walled ourselves in with cubicles tight.” So begins the poem in Joy of Air, which demonstrates that safety does not necessarily mean “no fun.”
A snowboarder shreds a sick line in this sweet stop-motion animation film.