Relaaaaaaaax.

13 films in this block • 77 minutes

Block Description

Relax on the final day of the festival with these mellow films.


The Films

A Sense of Wonder

  • Year 2017
  • Country France
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Mathieu Le Lay

Family Friendly

A vast silence swallows the sound. A kingdom of mountains rise majestically toward the heavens. A call of the wild to a wandering soul.

Joe Graci Wood Sculptor

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Josh LeClair

Marquette native Joe Graci show us the process around his passion: Wood sculpting.

Lost in Light

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Sriram Murali

Family Friendly

Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies, beautifully illustrates how the view gets progressively better as you move away from populated areas.

Ski the World - Candide Thovex

  • Year 2018
  • Country France
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Candide Thovex

Ski innovator Candide Thovex has been busy searching the globe for gorgeous, otherworldly, and undiscovered places to shred. If you assume that means wintry wonderlands, you’re mistaken.

tomnoddy

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 13 min
  • Director Charles Poekel

Family Friendly

A look at pioneering soap-bubble entertainer Tom Noddy.

Surface

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director John Rodosky

Surf photographer Ben Thouard spends his days underwater, floating on blue-green Tahitian waves. In a quest to find an original angle for ocean photography, he waits on a weather window for perfect conditions that happen just a few times a year. Sometimes it’s a lot of preparation for nothing. But occasionally, a rare compression of waves on the reef offer a fleeting window to a new and crystal-clear perspective of the place where sea becomes surface.

Insect Guardian – Butterfly Paradise

  • Year 2019
  • Country Netherlands
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Tim Visser & Sander van Iersel

Subtitles, Family Friendly

Back in 1980, Willem bought a remote potato farm and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. He has worked the land with shovel and scythe for almost 40 years in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem’s paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties, but there is a problem. Due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, a monoculture of grass slowly drives away this flower-rich butterfly paradise. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days, or have completely disappeared.

Water II

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Morgan Maassen

Family Friendly

A gorgeous ode to the serenity and movement, the power and moods of the sea. Let it (wink) wash over you.

Carving Landscapes

  • Year 2018
  • Country Canada
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Agathe Bernard

Atypical for her time, Mary Vaux defies all gender roles, mountain weather, and traditions to spark the first glaciology study in North America. Her perseverance brings her back to the same glacier for five decades.

Shots from Above

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Chris Burkard & Renan Ozturk

Sometimes the greatest risk is to not follow your passion. Part pilot, part artist, this is the story of Chris Dahl-Bredine who built an experimental aircraft in his garage to help immerse himself in the landscapes he loves. For Chris the ‘ultralight trike’ isn’t just a tool for exploration, it’s a way of filtering a complicated world. Through his camera Chris has been able to bring us visions of earth seldom seen by way of aircraft or helicopter.

Chasing the Sublime

  • Year 2018
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Amanda Bluglass

Loch Hourn on the Knoydart peninsula in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the last wildernesses of Europe. Access to sea lochs is difficult. Salt water mingles with fresh water as it runs off the mountains, icy even in high summer. This mesmeric film immerses us in the physicality of cold water swimming, asking why we put ourselves in the path of discomfort and risk; why does the search for adventure take us to ever more remote and inhospitable places? Join the originators of the UK’s Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, as they set out to chase the sublime.

Pictured Rocks

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Jack Cronin

Family Friendly

With a perspective at once granular and cosmic, this gorgeously shot, immersive tone poem cpatures the ebb and flow of seasons along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula lakeshore.

Morning

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Corey Rich

Family Friendly

The concept of this film was born out of the idea that so many of us really try to make our mornings count. Whether we’re writers or artists using those early hours to tap into our creativity, or we’re parents or spouses who are trying to make the first moments of our day really count, mornings are a sacred time of day.