Past screening

DocHouse Shorts #2: American Liberty

Directed by: Various
Year: 2023


Directed by: Various
Year: 2023
Topics: Personal Stories
Last Screened: Sun 14th Feb 2021

Join us for a collection of beautifully crafted short docs, cherry-picked by DocHouse for the second in our new strand dedicated to small but perfectly-formed nonfiction.

An Amish woodworker leaves his faith and his family. A solitary lobster fisherwoman works her catch off the coast of Maine. This selection of lyrical portraits explores freedom and individuality in America today, from a best-selling author inspiring young people towards self-expression, to the quiet wisdom of a fire lookout, keeping watch over the wilderness.

Seeking out lives entwined with the land and the sea, this programme ultimately explores what happens when external forces – from climate change to technological unemployment – threaten our way of life and liberty.

Dear Dreamer – Dir Kristian Melom / 2019 / 10 mins
Best known as a New York Times Best-Selling author and mentor to young adults, this short documentary finds rising literary star Jason Reynolds in the writer’s room preparing for the release of his next book. Kristian Melom is a director and cinematographer with an emphasis on documentary film and social justice.

The Seeker – Dir Lance Edmands / 2020 / 19 mins
A lyrical portrait of an excommunicated Amish woodworker struggling with spirituality, poverty, and life as an outcast from his strict, insular community.Lance Edmands is a Brooklyn based writer, director and editor who graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

The Long Haul –  Dir Chloe White and Will Davies / 2015 / 11 mins
We follow a Maine lobster fisherwoman as she heads out to sea. In the eerie night or under the still bright sun, it’s not always clear where or when this is. It appears as a dream and in her melancholy narration she might not just be describing her own life, but also ours .Chloe White and Will Davies are the directors of Whalebone Films, an award-winning production company based in London and Hastings, specialising in nonfiction.

Ode to Desolation – Dir Lindsey Hagan / 2020 / 13 mins
Ode to Desolation shares the story of Jim Henterly, a naturalist, illustrator and fire lookout as he contemplates the dwindling days of Fire Lookouts in North America. Lindsey Hagen is an Executive Producer, Story Producer and Director with a focus on cause related storytelling.

Lowland Kids – Dir Sandra Winther / 2019 / 22mins
As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations. Sandra Winther is a New York-based film director from Copenhagen, Denmark whose work focuses on the stories and pulse of vibrant youth culture.