Five Top Documentary Short Films on Audience Awards

June 18, 2018

Documentaries allow us to learn. They give us access to experiences that are barred from us because of how we live our lives. Out of more than 7,000 short films, our staff has identified these five documentaries as some of the best on the Audience Awards platform. Do yourself a favor and explore the world with these five awesome documentary shorts!

Our Voices Are Rarely Heard by Cali Bondad

A visceral snapshot of how inmates survive solitary confinement. With rare access inside Pelican Bay State Prison, filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle Canon captured a day-in-the-life inside one of the most notorious supermax prisons in the US. The film shows a cinematic glimpse of the personal anguish and monotony described by inmates living in long-term isolation.

Jessica Clark Racing by Ellen Houlihan

The story of a 21-year-old race car driver from Ventura, California. She dreams of racing in NASCAR one day and is a confident and driven woman in a male-dominated career field. Jessica Clark is an empowering example of a woman defying the odds.

Cowgirl Up by Nathan Willis and Sherry Anderson 

A cowgirl from Natchez, Mississippi who pursues her dream to be the first African-American woman in the National Finals Rodeo. Driven by her passion and with the support from her family, Labrelah Hutchins will stop at nothing to make her ambition a reality.

Sanctuary by Ashley Seering 

An abandoned church that receives an unexpected second chance as a makeshift skate park. The church now serves as a rallying place for people to come together and find both safety and support.

Phenomenality by Lucas Jatoba

The story of a man who drowned and came back big wave pioneer. Ric Friar has “died more times than Jesus” and constantly risked his life to find the edge of reason and overcome it.

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