TODD KAUMANS

FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER

"Each year I am blown away by not only the quality of the films submitted to NFFTY but also the depth of the stories told. These filmmakers are tackling the current issues of our world, creating characters and plots that are a representation of their own life experiences and showing the world that despite their age, they can have just as much of an influence as the pros. Here are just a few of my favorite films from this years lineup. Films that I identified with, films that gave me goosebumps and films that broadened my perspective."

TODD'S PICKS:

MARY MOTHER
Sadam Wahidi - 24 | Afghanistan
A Globe Less Traveled
"It's hard to imagine living life in a war torn country. This film will give you a glimpse into that life and comes complete with a little adventure."

MY BABY YOU'LL BE
Charles Frank - 24 | New York
A Guide To Growing Up

"An tribute to a mother that we should all aspire to create. Call your mom. Just do it."

ELEGY
Solstice Harris - 19 | Utah
Come As You Are
"Letting go of someone you care about is a reality we all face sooner or later. The million dollar question is if you've got the guts to say something before it's too late."

STÉLOUSE - SHIVERS N GOLD
(FT MASCOLO)

Kody Kurth - 20, Kate Lowell - 20, Andrew Han - 23 | Colorado
Centerpiece

"Electric visuals. Addicitng beat. I promise you'll be tapping your shoes and nodding your head within seconds."

ROUGH WATERS
Claire Imler - 17, Troy Charbonnet - 18 |
California
Friday Night Shorts

"It’s easy for many of us to hide the things we struggle with internally. Katie's story will give you a small glimpse into what it's like to live with depression."