An American Ascent by Andrew Adkins and George Potter (2014, 67 min.). An American Ascent is a feature documentary about the first African American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali. In June 2013, nine African Americans set out to build a legacy and become role models for inner city kids and people of color all over America to encourage them to get outside. They did so by taking on the grueling, 20,320-foot summit of the continent’s biggest mountain.
A Short Visit by Miki Benyamini (22 min.). Ben, a young author in the throes of his book tour, returns to his parents’ home for a short one-week layover. At the behest of Michelle, a warm mother and astute wife, Russell, Ben’s caring but much-reserved father, takes his son on a daytrip to his old Brooklyn neighborhood for the day. This sojourn reveals old friends, stirs loose tucked-away memories and challenges the two to reexamine their strained intimacy, all that was left out of their relationship, and those things that can still be rediscovered