In Short Episode Breakdowns

“In Short: Student Films from Across Colorado” is a series of new documentaries Rocky Mountain PBS produced in partnership with Colorado College to support and promote the work of up-and-coming filmmakers. 

Learn more about the filmmakers here.

In Short: Student Films from Across Colorado
Season 2 - 2018

201 - Creative Healing
Premieres October 1, 2018 at 10:30pm

This episode features stories about exploring and navigating various traumas through creativity. In this collection of films, we see people from different walks of life make beautiful things and build community around art while bettering themselves along the way. 

  • “Just Paint” - A community heals through art therapy. By Geoffrey Hartley
  • “A Moment” - A single moment instigates a personal change. By Tom Crandall
  • “Potter” - Peace comes with creating an art piece start to finish. By Ben Bacher
  • “The Flux” - A DIY space provides a haven for the underground heavy metal community of Colorado Springs. By Celestine Manno, Grace Coomaraswamy, and Griffin Mansi
  • “You Can’t Fall Off the Sidewalk” - Gonzo, a formerly homeless artist in Denver, helps a marginalized community explore artistic storytelling. By Kai Cintorino

202 - Growth
​Premieres October 8, 2018 at 10:30pm

This episode features coming of age stories: stories about learning from your mistakes, going through hard times, and embarking upon the unknown. 

  • “Lifted” - A short documentary about a girl and her family taking part in the Colorado Springs “Teen Court” non-profit organization. By Ben Bacher
  • “No Strings Attached” - A piece of bacon leaves his refrigerator to explore the outside world. By Tom Crandall, Nathan Gelfand-Toutant, Caroline Andryc, and Adam Gerken
  • “Alteration” - Two women work through their romantic relationship. By Meron Afutu
  • “May” - May, an 8-year-old detective, investigates the neighborhood and learns that her world is far more mysterious and consequential than she thought. By Charlie Theobald

203 - Found Family
​Premieres October 15, 2018 at 11pm

These two films show what it is to find intimacy and love in your community.

  • “In the Meadows” - Three individuals struggle to break the cycle of poverty and addiction in their lower-income Colorado Springs neighborhood. By Esther Chan
  • “Happy Cats” - Happy Cats Haven, a non-profit in Colorado Springs, changes the lives of more than just cats. By Mary Sorich

204 - Crossroads
​Premieres October 22, 2018 at 10:30pm

This episode features stories about people or landscapes at a crossroads. A single decision can have serious consequences.

  • “Tendencies” - A young woman in the 1940s ruminates over a traumatic morning from her childhood - a memory she hasn’t been able to escape. By Sophia Capp and Celestine Manno
  • “The Confluence” - The at-risk physical landscapes of the Grand Canyon shape the cultural, emotional and spiritual landscapes of the Navajo people who inhabit it. By Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds

205 - Dedication
​Premieres October 29, 2018 at 10:30pm

This episode brings you stories about unique people dedicated to equally unique pursuits.

  • “Bishop Castle” - The man behind the Bishop Castle project tells his own story. By Cameron Boyd
  • “Barreling Through” - The town of Fountain has a hidden treasure: one of the nation’s great women barrel racers. By Lily Green
  • “Beyond the Pole” - Balance is important. By Eliza Densmore and Louisa Rich

206 - Space and Spirit
​Premieres November 5, 2018 at 10:30pm

A collection of films about places that define our spirits and vice versa.

  • “The Sergeant” - A war veteran spins signs in Colorado Springs. By Alex Suber
  • “Red” - An animated mock opening title sequence with a twist on the classic Red Riding Hood narrative. By Tristan Amond
  • “Shumei” - Shumei International Institute helps people of the world realize that they are world citizens able to act for the common good. By Mari Young
  • “Baheya” - A young person faces the challenge of gender transition. By Mari Young

207 - Family Ties
​Premieres November 12, 2018 at 10:30pm

This episode shows the ways our family can affect every part of our lives. 

  • “Welcome to China Town” - A documentary about a restaurant in Colorado Springs run by a Chinese immigrant family. By Esther Chan and Angelica Florio
  • “God’s Country” - A Colorado ranching couple and their grandson struggle to protect their family ranch in the face of competition from industrial feedlot operations. By Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds
  • “Estamos” - Ana and Sergio are not only immigrants, but also parents to a teenage son and a growing daughter with Dandy-Walker Syndrome. By Clara-Aya Blanco

208 - Untold Stories
​Premieres November 19, 2018 at 10:30pm

Two films that showcase unusual perspectives.

  • “Corrected” - A story about the transition prison guards have experienced in the American prison system from one way of treating prisoners to drastically different way. By Emmett DeMaynadier
  • “And Now Sofia” - A transgender woman searches for acceptance and meaning as she undertakes a changing life. By Aaron Patterson

209 - Dramatic Impact
​Premieres November 26, 2018 at 10:30pm

Powerful films that showcase the vitality of the human spirit.

  • “Jaiel” - Jaiel Mitchell will sing. By Lila Schmitz
  • “From the Top” - A young woman attempts to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. By Noelle Edwards
  • “Impact” - A lonely astronaut's mission goes awry when danger strikes. In memory of star Shawnan Banus, 1992-2015. By Robert Mahaffie and Isabella Egizi
  • “Solo” - A female dancer is unsure how to respond to a new partnership. By Tom Crandall, Andrew Deslauriers, Elle Gannon

2010 - Distilled Existence
​Premieres December 3, 2018 at 10:30pm

Sometimes, life takes on a special clarity.

  • “River Speech” - Three young rookies shine a light on their fly fishing obsession. By Ben Shumlin
  • “Barkley 100” - Once a year in late March, 40 athletes from around the world attempt the Barkley Marathons, one of the toughest and most secretive ultramarathons in the world. By Brendan Young
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