Thematic Shorts Program #1: Stories We’ve Told – 72 mins
Wed, July 22 | 6:30 PM CDT | On GFF Live Stream w/ Filmmaker Q&A
July 22 – 26 | Streaming on GFF On Demand

From institutional archives and cultural traditions to family histories and personal tragi-comedies, an exploration of how and what we remember and whose version of events is sanctioned. 

Spanning moods, settings, and styles, this collection of documentaries situates the personal within the cultural, inviting us to a totem pole-raising celebration in 1969 Haida Gwaii via archival footage and the recollections of the now renowned carver (Now is the Time), to Louisiana’s mythic Crawfish Festival (Acadiana), to Santa Rosa county in the aftermath of the devastating Tubbs Fire (One Thing in Nothing), and a Manitoba summer bible camp (Bible Camp Memories).


Now is the Time
dir. Christopher Auchter
2019 | Canada | 16 mins

When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he carved the first new totem pole on British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii in almost a century. On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village of Old Massett gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.


dir. Guillaume Fournier / Samuel Matteau / Yannick Nolin
2019 | Canada | 10 mins

May 2017: the city of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is the theatre of the mythic Crawfish Festival. It’s just another day in America.



Bitter with a Shy Taste of Sweetness
dir. Saif Alsaegh
2019 | United States | 9 mins

The film take an experimental approach to navigate the meaning of fate in Baghdad and the concept of survival in Southern California. I contrast my fragmented past growing up in war-torn Baghdad with my surreal California present. The camera tilts or spins, making the beautiful Southern California beaches and mountains jarring while the sound distorts the bright colors of the landscape.


One Thing in Nothing
dir. Whitney Legge
2018 | United States | 4 mins

October 8, 2017: Tubbs Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in California history, ripped through Santa Rosa county. Over 2,800 homes were destroyed and twenty people lost their lives. What was once a neighborhood is now turned to black and white ashes. What remains are the memories of home and a child’s perspective of what was.


No Crying at the Dinner Table
dir. Carol Nguyen
2019 | Canada | 16 mins

Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her family to craft a portrait of love, grief and
intergenerational trauma.



No Backsies
dir. Sara Bulloch
2018 | Canada | 3 mins

Straight-up angsty break-up montage, featuring cucumber.




Bible Camp Memories
dir. Damien Ferland
2020 | Canada | 14 mins

Damien revisits his experiences at Bible Camp from the ages of 11 to 13. He couldn’t fit in at school, but maybe he might fit in at camp? Watch Damien dive back into past traumas with oblivious camp counselors, fresh air, nature, evangelical Christianity, and worst of all, a cabin full of five other thirteen-year-old boys