Neon Craftman

Doc Shorts: Honest Work

110 minutes 8 Films

Glimpses of labor in its many forms and the sense of catharsis it can bring.
In this program
Broken House

A Broken House

Directed by
Jimmy Goldblum
2020
19 minutes
Arabic & English
When Mohamad Hafez received a single-entry visa to study architecture in the United States, he realized if he couldn't return home to Syria, he could make a simulation by sculpting life-like renditions of his Damascus neighborhood.
Eric and the Bees

Eric and the Bees

Directed by
Erin Brethauer & Tim Hussin
2020
8 minutes
English
When Eric Grandon, a former soldier with PTSD, returned to his family farm and discovered beekeeping, he had no idea that the bees would give him the power to transform both his own life and the lives of many others.
Joakim

Joakim

Directed by
Tobias Ohlsson
2021
13 minutes
Swedish
A small-town gay florist who grew up in the conservative Swedish countryside, Joakim struggled for acceptance from his peers, his society, his family, and ultimately himself.
Lines of Exile

Lines of Exile

Directed by
Eric Patrick
2021
7 minutes
English
In this animated portrait, Hamid Naficy intimately recounts the evolution of cultural theory over the last decades through his drawings.
Mutha

Mutha & the Death of Ham-Ma-Fuku

Directed by
Daniel Suberviola
2021
25 minutes
English
Mutha faces death every day as she searches for antipersonnel mines in the Western Sahara Desert.
Neon Craftsman

The Neon Craftsman

Directed by
Jason Knade
2021
3 minutes
English
The history and art of neon seen through the prism of Tom Wartman, one of the country's last remaining neon professionals.
Seeker

The Seeker

Directed by
Lance Edmands
2020
19 minutes
English
A lyrical portrait of an excommunicated Amish woodworker struggling with spirituality, poverty, and life as an outcast from his strict, insular community.
Takeaway

Takeaway

Directed by
Victor Giner
2021
16 minutes
Mandarin
Xiao works 15 hours a day seven days a week delivering food in Beijing.