Our Films

Congratulations to the Winning films from the 4th Annual Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival.

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Our Pangaea Award is given to the film our jury, curator and audiences felt best exemplified the mission of wandering reel, by inspiring conversation around an important topic and demonstrating how the art of film can truly effect positive change.

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25 Short Films participated in the 4th Annual Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival, showcased in the following programs.

Program A: gender blender

Encounter stories of people who disrupt (or uphold) traditional gender roles and who represent the juxtaposition and sometimes every day interplay between toxic masculinity and the struggles of feminism in the modern world. 


Directed by Jeannie Donohoe


Synopsis: A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 15 minutes

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The Beep Test

Directed by Maxime Aubert

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Synopsis: Wojtek is a mysterious new student at school. This is why he is a prey designated for Thomas and Philippe, two students in search of entertainment. Not finding the words to confront of his assailants, Wojtek turns to his physical education course to express the substance of his thoughts.

Country: Canada

Narrative ~ 16 minutes

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I Think I Have A Crush On You

Directed by Maria Eriksson-Hecht


Synopsis: 13-year-old Nadja has met her soulmate, William, online. Even though she hasn’t met him in real life, it feels like love. But when talking evolves into a sharing of nude images William doesn’t seem as cute and sensitive anymore.

Country: Sweden

Narrative ~ 9 minutes

The Gunfighter

Directed by Eric Kissack


Synopsis: In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 9 minutes

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Directed by Hannah Cheesman


Synopsis: Buying cheese becomes a struggle of wits, strength, and maybe even begrudging respect for one young woman who has put herself in the game.

Country: Canada

Narrative ~ 5 minutes


Directed by Ben Bruhmuller

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Synopsis: A man battles his way through the rounds of life.

Country: Canada

Stop-motion Animation ~ 15 minutes


Counterfeit Kunkoo

Directed by Reema Sengupta

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Synopsis: In a city that houses millions, Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange pre-requisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. She would make an ideal tenant - except for one glaring flaw. She is an Indian woman without a husband.

Country: India

Narrative ~ 15 minutes

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Program B: outsiders

Identity can put you in a box, and it can also set you free. Discover the hidden stories of being an outsider in a society stuck on its definition of “norms.”

Death Metal Grandma

Directed by Leah Galant

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Synopsis: Inge Ginsberg is many things. She is a grandmother, Holocaust survivor, talented composer, and avid poet. Behind her floral-colored shirt and light blue baggy pants lies something unsuspected - a Death Metal singer.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 13 minutes

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Directed by Anna Barsan


Synopsis: A private company purports to help people held in immigration custody secure bail. In exchange for this service, its clients are forced to wear ankle monitors until their debts are paid in what might be a modern form of indentured servitude.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 12 minutes

Born In The Maelstrom

Directed by Meryam Joobeur


Synopsis: An impressionistic journey of a young biracial woman who struggles to find her identity in a world shaped by her black mother's painful past.

Country: Canada

Narrative ~ 28 minutes

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Schoolyard Blues

Directed by Maria Eriksson-Hecht


Synopsis: It's John's first day at school. Unexpectedly, his eleven-year-old big brother Mika shows up to follow him to assembly. But Mika has plans other than just taking John to school.

Country: Sweden

Narrative ~ 17 minutes

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Little Potato

Directed by Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

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Synopsis: An autobiographical short about a boy growing up gay in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom, and their adventurous escape to America.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 13 minutes

Program C: our basic assumptions

What happens when we leave our assumptions at the door? These seven shorts challenge stereotypes around poverty, race, integrity, sexuality, gender, age, and more.


Directed by Logan George and Celine Held

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Synopsis: In the middle of a hot Texas summer, plans for a babysitter fall through and six-year-old Caroline is left in charge of her two younger siblings.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 12 minutes

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Directed by Carey Williams


Synopsis: Faced with an emergency, a group of young Black and Latino friends weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 11 minutes

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Directed by Christophe M. Saber


Synopsis: Money has gone missing in the mosque of Saint-Etienne. Saoud the gang leader is suspected.

Country: Switzerland/France

Narrative ~ 14 minutes

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Directed by Christopher Stollery


Synopsis:  A six-year-old boy brings home a piece of schoolwork that provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation. And their own.

Country: Australia

Narrative ~ 9 minutes

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For Nonna Anna

Directed by Luis De Filippis

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Synopsis: A trans girl is left to take care of her Italian grandmother overnight. She grows more confident in her womanhood, while Nonna is stripped of her identity through the aging process and her impending move to a senior’s home. The women’s bond strengthens and coalesces in a celebration of intersectional womanhood.

Country: Canada

Narrative ~ 13 minutes


Directed by Elodie Dermange


Synopsis: As she is showering, dressing, putting on her make-up, a woman bares her soul. She speaks of her fears, her complexes, and the process of accepting – even loving – herself.

Country: Switzerland

Animation ~ 5 minutes

Coffee Time

Directed by Maria Fredriksson


Synopsis: A quartet of refined elderly ladies gets together for a good ol’ coffee klatch. Neatly dressed in houndstooth and pearls, nothing’s off the table as they reminisce about the past and revel in the sexual revolution that’s come up around them, empowering their pleasure well into their twilight years.

Country: Sweden

Documentary ~ 14 minutes

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Program D: moments in time

Take a peek at portraits of the seemingly mundane moments, memories, and dreams that play meaningful parts in our lives through the unique styles of six visionary storytellers.


Directed by Zoel Aeschbacher


Synopsis: When the elevator of their public housing breaks down, the fates of Felix, a disabled pensioner, Ana, a single mother struggling with her move, and Seydou, a young man passionate about dance intertwine towards an explosive ending where their limits will be tested.

Country: Switzerland

Narrative ~ 18 minutes

Into The Blue

Directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic


Synopsis: Thirteen year old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic Croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. Ana’s mounting rejection re-ignites Julija’s wounds and family history, awakening the monster of violence she thought she’s left behind.

Country: Croatia

Narrative ~ 22 minutes

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Three Red Sweaters

Directed by Martha Gregory


Synopsis: A short documentary about how our memories are changing now that we can document every moment of our lives.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 10 minutes

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The End of Time

Directed by Milcho Manchevski

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Synopsis: That one hypnotic moment on a regular, unassuming Tuesday when you realize that time has stopped and the universe has been sucked into a single smile.

Country: Cuba/United States

Experimental ~ 5 minutes

The Boatman

Directed by Zack Godshall


Synopsis: In Yscloskey, Louisiana, with the support of his wife of 71 years, Joseph Gonzales navigates the onset of blindness and painful memories in hopes of finishing the boat he started building decades ago.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 13 minutes

End of the Rainbow

Directed by Laszlo Papas


Synopsis: A bittersweet musical drama centered around a dejected jazz musician who is on the edge. He perceives a cold, black and white existence.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 15 minutes