From These Hands

6 films in this block • 55 minutes

The Films


  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Rachel Weinberg

Filmmaker in Attendance

Ibach follows the escape of a Jewish family and their piano from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s to
the piano’s restoration in Philadelphia four generations later. Weaving an in-depth look at the
restoration process alongside perspectives from the surviving family members, Ibach is a visual
love letter that shares the heart-rending story of generational trauma and reconciliation.

Like A River

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Jim Aikman

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere

Artist and climber Jeremy Collins has had a long and loving relationship with the desert canyons of the American southwest. In this short film, he describes his passion for three canyons in particular as he creates a new mural that combines them on paper. Captured with cutting edge robotic technology and featuring stunning timelapse imagery of Grand Canyon, Black Canyon, and Zion Canyon.

Taste Of Work: The Cooks' House

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Mia Hagerty

Filmmaker in Attendance, Michigan Premiere, World Premiere, Adult Language, Staff Pick

The chef-owners of Traverse City’s celebrated restaurant, The Cooks’ House, speak to the struggle of attaining a healthy work life balance and to the changing nature of restaurant work.

Out of the Woodwork

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Brody Kuhar

Michigan Premiere

For Dan Baker, passion came at a cost. Out of a deep connection with nature, he built a life working with wood. His dedication to his craft, his home state of Michigan, and to all that the land provides is novel. At old age, a journey is just beginning. He’s a Sawyer now. His sustainable, environmentally conscious, small-town approach to the sawmill makes his work one of a kind and he largely does it alone. While many get old of age, they slow down and fail to try new things thinking that it’s simply too late in life to shake things up. Dan’s young heart keeps him going every day, every time of year. His message to the world, “That which grows, never grows old.”

Saltless Sea Creamery

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Nick Loud & Chris Loud

Filmmaker in Attendance, Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere, World Premiere

This film, by The Boardman Review, features cheesemaker Dave Omar and his wife Joy, who specialize in Mediterranean-style cheeses crafted from Michigan ingredients. They use traditional techniques to create artisan cheese that is uniquely Midwestern: down to earth and surprisingly complex. The film follows them as they look to expand their production and find a more permanent home for their business.

The Boardman Review is the creative culture & outdoor lifestyle journal of Northern Michigan.

Charro & Steed (A Story of Mexican Rodeo)

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Matthew Wagner

Filmmaker in Attendance, First Time Filmmaker

The “Charreria” or Mexican Rodeo, while often misunderstood, is really the roots of American Rodeo. This documentary explores the history, culture, and impact that Mexican Rodeo has as a tradition.