Left Behind, But Not Forgotten
Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. We strive to engage our audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.
In addition to showing informative and inspiring short movies, Wandering Reel’s mission is to engage its audiences in ways that many other film festivals cannot do. A community-centric format is designed to maximize audience participation and cultivate community building. “By exposing communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema,” remarks Mike. Thusly, after each screening, he facilitates conversations with the audience and, when available, with the filmmakers, as well.
Here is the short film line-up:
Directed by Pawel Ziemilski
Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) there is a lot of problems and not a lot of prospects. Young people face the path of crime, but some of them manage to escape into an unusual hobby.
Ireland - Documentary ~ 29 minutes
Directed by Elizabeth Lo
Over 850,000 children in California have a parent in prison, nearly one in ten of the state's children. Once a year on Mother's Day, a charity buses children to remote prisons to visit their mothers.
United States - Documentary ~ 8:15 minutes
Directed by Nils Caneele
From one dose to another. The unpretentious and humanistic portrait of a man subject to his dependence.
Documentary ~ 16:24 minutes
Fantassut (Rain on the Borders)
Directed by Federica Foglia
11,000 refugees have been stranded for months in the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek/Macedonian border. This short documentary is a glimpse of their lives in a forgotten twilight zone, as they wait for the European borders to open.
Canada - Documentary ~ 15 minutes
Love The Sinner
Directed by Jessica Devaney & Geeta Gandbhir
A personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
United States - Documentary ~ 16:30 minutes
Note: These films are different from those played in February when the festival played at the Lyric.