Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Competition

Sponsored by The Albrecht Family

A juried competition that awards a $5,000 prize to a feature documentary that focuses on people working to make the world a better place and that inspires audience members and leaves them with a sense of hope for the future.

Day One

Saturday, November 3 at 7:00pm

“Day One” follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they are resettled in St. Louis and enrolled at Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique school in the St. Louis Public Schools system for refugees only. Traumatized on their... Read more

Intelligent Lives

Friday, November 2 at 7:30pm

“Intelligent Lives” corrects the misconceptions that many hold about people with intellectual disabilities — a population that is perhaps the most systematically segregated in America. Intellectual disability often means a life sentence of isolation, but the three... Read more

Inventing Tomorrow

Saturday, November 3 at 12:00pm

“Inventing Tomorrow” follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today — right in their own backyards. The student are preparing original scientific research... Read more

Personal Statement

Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Karoline, Christine, and Enoch are Brooklyn high-school students who are determined to get their entire senior class to college, even though they aren't sure they’re going to make it there themselves. “Personal Statement” follows this inspirational trio through... Read more

The Providers

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, "The Providers" follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the... Read more

The Push

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm

Just five months after marrying the love of his life, Grant Korgan burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada backcountry. In an instant, this Lake Tahoe native, nanoscientist, and extreme athlete had added spinal-... Read more

The Pushouts

Saturday, November 10 at 4:00pm

“I was in prison before I was even born.” So begins the story of Dr. Victor Rios, who, by 15, was a high-school dropout and gang member with three felony convictions and a death wish. But when a teacher's quiet persistence, mentor Martin Flores' moral conviction,... Read more

Stay Human

Sunday, November 11 at 6:00pm

In a quest to find a path to stay human in an increasingly crazy world, musician Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) goes on an experiential journey, traveling the globe to tell the stories of people who have chosen to overcome cynicism... Read more