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Uncertain

Director: Anna Sandilands, Ewan McNicol

Uncertain

A keen observation of a sun-dappled and still-watered swamp, Uncertain contemplates a frequently overlooked and enigmatic town whose lake, and only real source of income, comes under threat from an aquatic nuisance of the botanical variety. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a site so-named, there is a lack of consensus about the Texas town's origin: whether the result of a surveyor's confusion when marking an early map, or steamboat captains' belief that docking there was an unknowable, impossible task, an auspicious beginning is offered for the unsettled and yearning inhabitants.

With beautiful, vivid imagery and a haunting mood, this observational documentary presents the particulars of the town as seen through the eyes of residents that include a fishing guide with a thick, southern drawl and a dangerous past; a former addict with a vendetta against a local wild boar; and a young man decrying small town decay, but ultimately trapped by it. Uncertain offers a nuanced look at a quirky town and its residents during tumultuous change.

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The Birth of Sake

Director: Erik Shirai

Birth of Sake

Erik Shirai’s atmospheric ode to the 2,000-year-old art of sake introduces audiences to the Tedorigawa brewery and the small brotherhood of highly dedicated and painstakingly trained artisans who bring the ancient spirit into existence year after year. Spending six months away from friends and family, the team of men live and work together under the tutelage of the Brewmaster, a respected leader who is also like a surrogate father or brother to them. Facing the evolving tastes of a new generation of sake drinkers, Tedorigawa remains steadfast in its commitment to creating the highest quality product.

Exquisitely shot over the period of a year, Shirai takes us on a rare tour of the Tedorigawa brewery to reveal a culture and tradition that finds a quiet and natural beauty in its delicate process.

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