Shorts I: School’s Out!

This family-friendly collection of short films explores the student in all of us, the awe and wonder of discovering new relationships with the natural world...

Pollinating Connecticut

Directed by Tahria Sheather. CT, USA, 5 min.  

A portrait of a local Connecticut beekeeper's passion for his hives.

The Rein of Mary King

Directed by Lucy Walker. United Kingdom, 10 min.  

A tribute to the distinguished reign of one of Britain's longest-serving Olympic equestrians, and to the horses who got her there.

Director Lucy Walker is an EFFY alumna, having previously directed Waste Land, and Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.

Common Ground

Directed by Chandra Simon (FES '12). USA, 4 min.  

A portrait of a young couple's new farm in the Hudson Valley.

School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten

Directed by Lisa Molomot. Switzerland and New Haven, CT, USA, 36 min.  

No classroom for these kindergarteners. In Switzerland's Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age, go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out... 

Followed by a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Lisa Molomot.

Young Filmmaker Contest Finalists

Parks and ReCreation: One man's relentless mission to civilize nature leads to the discovery of his own savagery. (Brent Sievers)

Magician's Favour: A curious, young boy wonders if a magician can make a bag of trash disappear. The result is deception that is unfortunately reflective of many people's regard for trash. (Jeremy Hung)

Trespassing Nature: An observation of the relationship between natural and unnatural in an urban context. (Javier Storch)

The Immigrant: What's a polar bear doing in New Haven? A look at the challenges of adapting to a changing world. (Omar Malik)

To learn more about the contest, click here.


Watch the Trailer for School's Out:

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