BIFF 2016 – Day 3


BLOCK 7 (10am-10:30am)

Spark Media Project/BIFF Kids Workshop

Spark Media Project

Sesame Street


(Directed by Jack Ofield) (6 min)

In the human love affair with food, what could possibly go wrong? How did the simple act of eating to stay alive go so far off the rails?

FREE PROGRAM (10:45am-11:00am)

A performance by Compass Arts’ Pompatom Ensemble

Beacon children bring a world rhythm-filled performance of poetry and song on drums, xylophones, recorders and hand made instruments.

BLOCK 8 (11am-3pm)

Landfill Harmonic

(Directed by Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley) (90 min)

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical youth group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of their music director, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out concerts. However, when a natural disaster devastates their community, the orchestra provides a source of hope for the town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

Let’s Get The Rhythm

(Directed by Irene Chagall) (54 min)

Let’s Get The Rhythm supplies a strong sample of girlhood savvy mixed with astute observations by experts of all ages while exploring the worldwide hand clapping game tradition. This uplifting film pays tribute to the beauty of the beat, to the inherent human attraction to rhythm, and to the emergence of the budding social mind.

BLOCK 8B: 2FREE PROGRAMS (2:15 pm-3pm)

A Rhythm Roundtable hosted by Compass Arts

Join Compass Arts to craft instruments out of recycled materials and take part in a hand-clapping hootenanny.



(Directed by Susan Rockefeller) (40 min)

Susan Rockefeller’s new film, Bach Star Café, follows a group of college students as they learn and perform Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” around Boston. From nursing homes to coffeehouses, they delight audiences with the modern take on Bach’s irreverent and timeless cantata and show that classical music – and even opera – can be engaging, humorous and lots of fun.

This delightful film gives a wonderful peek into the process of staging an operatic piece, and the logistics of bringing an ensemble (with harpsichord!) into untraditional venues. Audiences will be inspired to revisit classical music, and see what a forward thinking rock star Bach was in his time. 

Produced in association with Longy School of Music of Bard College.


BLOCK 9 (3:30pm-5pm)

A Box Came to Brooklyn

(Directed by Jason Cusato) (27 min)

A lifelong Brooklynite struggles to convince his ridiculous neighbors that a mysterious box left in the middle of their street doesn’t prove one of them is a dangerous terrorist.

I, Destini

(Directed by Nicholas Pilarski) (14 min)

Developed through a series of creative workshops with a family’s youngest member, I, Destini is an animated film that explores the poignant and imaginative illustration of a youth’s perspective on the effects of having an incarcerated loved one.

Black Belt

(Directed by Margaret Brown) (11 min)

In September 2015, the state of Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every Alabama county to issue voter IDs.

This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer

(Directed by Robin Hamilton) (27 min)

A poor, Mississippi sharecropper escapes debilitating abuse to become an indomitable force against the political elite and a voice for millions fighting for the right to vote in 1964. This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer reveals the power of the human spirit and proves that every voice matters.


BLOCK 10 (5pm-6pm)

 FYD (Follow Your Dreams)

(Directed by Chad McCord) (17 min)

Daniel Reese has one big dream… to become a successful actor. In the meantime he makes a living as a clown. One sunny afternoon Daniel receives the great news that he has booked an acting job on the hit television series, DOCTOR TOWN! He immediately freaks out and questions his own talent. Only after some tough love and inadvertently saving a man’s life does Daniel realizes the importance of following your dreams.


(Directed by Emily Hamilton) (7:18)

SEX|ED is a documentary piece that investigates the impact of modern sex education on four subjects. It explores how access to sex education has positively or negatively shaped each individual’s sexual orientation, relations, and beliefs.

Visit 57

(Directed by Kate Phelan) (10 min)

A loop of hope & disappointment every 28 days- Kat’s been at fertility for 3 years. Today will be different. She’s sure.


Clinica De Migrantes: Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness

(Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin) (40 min)

An unprecedented look into the workings of one of the only health clinics that serves America’s untouchable class: undocumented immigrants.


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