PBS launches its Online Film Festival

05:00 AM, Mar 04, 2013

PBS' Online Film Festival kicks off today. PBS.org/


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Today PBS kicks off its Online Film Festival, an annual event that spotlights notable independent filmmakers.

The fest features 25 short flicks, both scripted and unscripted. All of them can be seen for free on PBSofficial site and YouTube channel. Check ‘em out before March 22, and you’ll be able to vote on which should win a People’s Choice Award.

All of the flicks are worth perusing, but here are a handful I think would be of particular interest to Pop Candy readers:

- Ars Magna. You may have read about this documentary short on the blog before; it delves into the fascinating world of anagrams.

- Hoverboard. This scripted flick follows a girl who dreams of making her own Back to the Future-inspired hoverboard.

- Heel. This doc follows a woman’s unusual dream to become a professional wrestler.

- Noc na Tanecku (Night at the Dance). Director Annie Silverstein visits one of the last Czech dance halls in Texas, where seniors gather to get down.

- Honor the Treaties. This flick profiles photographer/Native American activist Aaron Huey and features an appearance by Shepard Fairey.