Social Disparity Shorts

By confronting the lingering inequities of life in the South head on, the shorts in our Social Disparity block aggravate the activist impulse in all of us, inciting action and inspiring optimism among audiences hungry for social progress. Indie Grits alum Nicholas Pilarski returns with I, Destini, a melancholy, hallucinatory animated short that commits Destini Riley’s memories of her brother’s incarceration to film. Small town Eureka Springs, AR, divided by a vote for a historic LGBT rights ordinance, provides the backdrop for our next documentary short, Peace in the Valley–­­from Indie Grits newcomers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.

2014 Helen Hill Award winner Kelly Gallagher returns to this year’s festival with her latest From Ally to Accomplice, a handcrafted herstory of white anti-racist activism. Indie Grits newbies Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan round out Social Disparity with their documentary The Curse and the Jubilee, about a once-blooming industrial town reckoning with its steady, post-industrial decline.




I, Destini, directed by Nicholas Pilarski


Peace in the Valley, directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher


From Ally To Accomplice, directed by Kelly Gallagher


The Curse and the Jubilee, directed by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan