Do The Work

7 films in this block • 68 minutes

The Films

Awakenings: A Revolution of Love

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Weyni Mengesha & Lucius Dechausay

“A Revolution of Love” is a short film that follows a young Black woman as she grapples with the histories of her ancestors, the present-day violence ravaging her community, and begins to imagine what her future looks like through dance. Awakenings is a new programming philosophy within Toronto History Museums that will feature art projects that explore untold stories, awaken a new perspective and invite the public to join the conversation.

The Waterbird Counter

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Rusty Malkemes

Tim Baerwald talks the importance of collecting data to establish patterns. The data is essential to have informed discussions on how development can effect our environment. His focus is typically on waterbirds. In this video we get a glimpse into the effort it takes to collect data during the fall waterbird migration in southwest Michigan.

Tim gathered data at Tiscornia Park in St. Joseph, MI for the years of 2012-2014 and 2016-2018.

To access reports and find out more information visit:

Chad Crouch - Algorithms
Pictures of the Floating World - Bumbling
Mocke - Tu connais Babar

EDITING CONSULTANT Puddingstone Multimedia Pat Noyes


  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Mike Call

Subject in Attendance

North Face athlete and Michigan native Sam Elias is on fire, but fire needs fuel.

Mission Mountain

  • Year 2020
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Andrew Bydlon & Kody Kohlman

Filmmaker in Attendance

Raising cattle doesn’t usually rate as an earth-friendly practice. Amy O’Hoyt, a first-generation rancher, can confirm. So she bucked the standard way of producing beef to finish her cattle on the grass growing in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, rotating pastures, and proving there’s a way forward that’s connected with the earth, the animals, and, ultimately, a better future.

Venture Out

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 14 min
  • Director Palmer Morse, Jamie DiNicola, Matt Mikkelsen

Venture Out is a story of overcoming odds, the power of resilience, and ultimately, the ever-lasting effects of LGBTQ community building. The Venture Out Project, founded by Perry Cohen, is a non profit organization that brings LGBTQ folks together outdoors on wilderness trips. In sharing Perry’s story, and hearing from the other TVOP participants, we get a glimpse into the healing qualities of nature and life-saving community bonds that are being forged as a result of Perry’s work.

Rural Runner

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Forest Woodward

Rural Runner is a short film about finding purpose and common ground in rural America as Chloe Maxmin makes a bid to be the youngest woman in the Maine house of representatives and Canyon Woodward balances his lifestyle with running rural trails and running political campaigns. Join us for the journey.


  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 13 min
  • Director Tom Deschenes & Andrew Bydlon

Filmmaker in Attendance

Chisholm, Minnesota is barely a dot on the map. But this small town on the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota once provided the ore to build the tanks and planes of World War II and the skyscrapers of New York. Chisholm built America and the people of the town prospered. But as time went on, the demand for Chisholm’s ore declined. Although mining continues to thrive in this region, the people of Chisholm are looking to reclaim this abandoned landscape of the past. Now, the community and the industry that built this town are banding together to revitalize a forgotten piece of America. Can Chisholm make the leap from mining town to outdoor capital?