Now in its ninth year, the PBS Short Film Festival continues its mission to increase the “reach and visibility” of independent filmmakers, featuring 25 short films created by PBS member stations; Latino Public Broadcasting; ITVS; POV and a wide variety of public television producers.
Each year, the films showcase potent and much needed topics such as social injustice, religion, addiction, love, and public policy.
One of particular interest is Joyride, the digital short that embodies healing and facing the past throughout the guise of a road trip. Presented by Latino Public Broadcasting, Joyride, follows teenage Latinx sisters, Marina and Karina who go on one last road trip with their abuelita, Juana, after breaking her out of her senior living facility.
Written and directed by Edwin Alexis Gomez, a queer Nicaraguan-American multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work blends the resounding beauty and exquisite pain of love and life while interrogating what we inherit from our bloodlines.
“‘Joyride’ is a testament to the lives & legacies of his foremothers. Joyride’s narrative trajectory reminds viewers that regardless of the pain and hardship we endure, intergenerational dialogues are critical to our healing. Juana, the abuelita, in Joyride was inspired by my mother and grandmother, two strong Nicaraguan women that remained kind and loving despite the trials and tribulations life threw at them,” Edwin Alexis Gomez shared in a press relase.
“My time as a domestic violence advocate allowed me to hold space for women and families from all walks of life on their journeys from victims to survivors. I wanted to make a film that reflected their beauty and resilience as well as served as a voice of reason for anyone living something parallel to what Juana lived in her youth.”
Audiences can watch, share and vote for their favorite film to win the “Most Popular” award. In addition, a panel of seven jury members will select their favorite film of the festival for the Juried Prize.
The festival also received a 2015 Webby Awards nomination for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).For more information and updates on the PBS Short Film Festival, visit www.pbs.org/filmfestival. Viewers are also encouraged to engage in online conversation by tagging @PBS and using #PBSFilmFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.