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The filmmakers of the PBS Short Film Festival take us behind the scenes, sharing the inspiration behind their stories, the process that goes into the production of their films, new projects and more.

Behind The Lens Blog

Meet the Artist Behind 'Monograph: Lo Harris'
Meet the Artist Behind 'Monograph: Lo Harris'
by Kelsey Harrison | July 15, 2022
Kelsey Harrison, the director and editor of "Monograph: Lo Harris" catches up with the subject of her film, illustrator Lo Harris.
Mitchel Merrick and Lopaka Kapanui Share the Inspiration Behind 'Ka Ho'i'
Mitchel Merrick and Lopaka Kapanui Share the Inspiration Behind 'Ka Ho'i'
by Megan Hearst | July 12, 2022
Director Mitchel Merrick and Producer Lopaka Kapanui discuss the making of "Ka Ho'i," and the stories which helped to inform this short film.
Filmmaker Q&A: Stevie Cavalier Looks Back on the Childhood Experience Which Inspired 'The Piñata'
Filmmaker Q&A: Stevie Cavalier Looks Back on the Childhood Experience Which Inspired 'The Piñata'
by Jonathan Nickens | July 12, 2022
Filmmaker Stevie Cavalier reflects upon the creative process and the real-life inspiration behind her short film "The Piñata."
The '17 Year Locust' Team Reflect on the Conversations That Inspired Their Film
The '17 Year Locust' Team Reflect on the Conversations That Inspired Their Film
by Jonathan Nickens | July 12, 2022
Filmmakers Logan LeBlanc, Allison Bohl DeHart, and Peter DeHart share their experience making "17 Year Locust," and the value of sharing such stories with the world.
'The Dig: Bmore Club' Q&A with Ducky Dynamo
'The Dig: Bmore Club' Q&A with Ducky Dynamo
by Amy Oden | July 11, 2022
Bmore club mainstay Ducky Dynamo (Meagan B) sits down with Director Amy Oden to discuss the short film, "The Dig: Bmore Club," and the vibrant Baltimore musical scene it spotlights.
A Story Almost Left Untold: Dan Bigbee and the Osage Murders
A Story Almost Left Untold: Dan Bigbee and the Osage Murders
by Vision Maker Media | July 11, 2022
When Dan Bigbee Jr. and Lily Shangreaux learned of injustice which befell the Osage during the oil boom, they knew they needed to tell this story, inspiring their short film: "Osage Murders."
Filmmaker Q&A: Dan Bigbee Jr. Discusses His Film 'Osage Murders'
Filmmaker Q&A: Dan Bigbee Jr. Discusses His Film 'Osage Murders'
by Emma Goddard | July 11, 2022
Director/Producer Dan Bigbee Jr. discusses the years-long journey producing his film "Osage Murders" and what he learned while working on this project.
Filmmaker Vashni Korin Finds Courage in Herself and Other Baby Dolls in 'You Can't Stop Spirit'
Filmmaker Vashni Korin Finds Courage in Herself and Other Baby Dolls in 'You Can't Stop Spirit'
by Nicholas Price | July 11, 2022
Filmmaker Vashni Korin introduces the audience to the Mardi Gras Baby Dolls, a group of empowered Black women playing upon New Orleans masking traditions, in her short film, "You Can't Stop Spirit."
Jeanette Lam Highlights the Creative Communities Behind 'Amplified Voices'
Jeanette Lam Highlights the Creative Communities Behind 'Amplified Voices'
by Danielle Sanzone | July 11, 2022
Jeanette Lam discusses her new film, "Amplified Voices," Youth FX, the community organization that inspired it, and the importance of telling BIPOC stories outside of the dominant cultural narratives.

About the Festival

Now in its 11th year, the PBS Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent films and filmmaking. Join us in exploring an incredible selection of captivating films about identity, society, culture, family, race, and humanity in this annual showcase of powerful and unexpected stories.
About the Festival