Five Short Films to Make You a Better Person (or at least a better filmmaker)

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Five Short Films to Make You a Better Person (or at least a better filmmaker)

These shorts will remind you of the goodness in people and the power of choices.

Here is a list of incredible short films that bring us closer to the beauty of the human spirit. These five short films will remind you of the goodness in people and the power of choices that are available to us all. The beauty of this 21st century is that our interconnectedness teaches us how we are really all the same beneath our differences and that the forces of good in our world work the same way across cultures. These short films are both uplifting and real and while they might help you be a better person, they will definitely make you a better filmmaker.


1. Shelter from the Storm

This is a short film about children in an East L.A. classroom and their extraordinary teacher Ms. Reifler. It reminds us that our children grow up with the messages we instill in them.


2. Why This Road: Chris Yacoubian

Why This Road is a short film of three about learning that we can live in extraordinary ways and at the same time give back to the world. Are you a filmmaker? Take notes!


3. Kai

Kai is about transcending overthinking and learning to create with the spirit of spontaneity, a beautiful lesson for every filmmaker.


4. Rudimental: Not Giving In

Rudimental is about the power of choice and the huge difference a choice about what to focus on can make in life.


5. Across the Sky

This short documentation of an epic slack line crossing in Utah. It reminds us of the intrepid nature of the human spirit and beauty and virtue of teamwork that often goes on behind the scenes. A must-see if you are a documentary filmmaker.


Bonus: Tashi and the Monk

Here is a trailer for what can only be described as incredibly human and affirming story.

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