About this program

Environment takes the foreground in this eclectic collection of short films — from the traditions and traumas of the Atlantic Ocean to inland America’s political fissures to an Amazonian rainforest town founded by Henry Ford.

At-home viewing: This program is available for streaming in all locations.

After the program

On Saturday and Sunday, Freep Film Festival Shorts Program Director Inney Prakash talks with some of the filmmakers.
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Sept. 25, 2021
3:30 p.m.

Sept. 26, 2021
12:30 p.m.

Sept. 22-29, 2021


‘The Captain’

Michigan native Greg Kohs profiles 27-year-old Sadie Samuels, the youngest and only female lobster boat captain in the Rockport, Maine harbor—equal parts beauty and badass. Despite the long hours and manual labor of hauling traps, Samuels is in love — obsessed even — with what she calls the most beautiful, magical place on the planet.

Director: Greg Kohs, Cinematographer: Clair Popkin, Editor: Steven Sander, Composer: Ben Dickey, Producer: Clint Caluory, Year: 2020, Runtime: 8 minutes, website, watch trailer

‘1619: The Long Road Home’

Former Free Press staff photographer Jarrad Henderson follows Wanda Tucker, a 61-year-old African American, to Angola to try and document an audacious claim: that her family, the Tuckers of Tidewater, Virginia, are directly descended from the first child born to the first Africans to arrive on the mainland of English America 400 years ago.

Director: Jarrad Henderson, Producers: Andrew P. Scott and Chris Powers, Editor: Jarrad Henderson, Cinematographer: Jarrad Henderson, Year: 2019, Runtime: 14 minutes

‘Civil War Surveillance Poems (Part 1)’ 

This is the first installment in a five-part project of experimental and hybrid-form short films contemplating a second American civil war. It does so via lyrical nonfiction, call-in radio, robots and 20 years of verité footage from the archive of filmmaker and metro-Detroit native Mitch McCabe.

Director: Mitch McCabe, Cinematographer: Mitch McCabe, Editor: Mitch McCabe, Sound Artist: Kevin T. Allen, Year: 2020, Runtime: 15 minutes

‘Fordlandia Malaise’

Blending archive imagery, testimony, drone footage, myths and songs, filmmaker Susana de Sousa Dias explores the memory and breathing present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rainforest in 1928.

Director: Susana de Sousa Dias, Producer: Ansgar Schaefer, Editor: Susana de Sousa Dias, Cinematographer: Susana de Sousa Dias, Year: 2019, Runtime: 41 minutes