Gotta Be Me! (PCFF Shorts Collection)

Director(s): Multiple
Country: Multi-national
Language: In English or w/English subtitles
Multiple Film Types | 2015, 2016 | 68 min
Recommended for ages All

As Henry David Thoreau stated in Walden: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” GOTTA BE ME! has stories of people and animals trying to figure out just who their drummers are. Often, the search is as much fun as the beat.

Film lineup is subject to change without notice.

WOLF  
A wolf tries to conceal his passion for dance until he realizes it’s better to express yourself than pretend to be someone you’re not. And you might just make a new friend, too!
Germany, 2016 / No dialog / Julia Ocker  / 4 min
Animation

WAVES FROM THE SKY  
Pedro, a bird who flies out of sync with his flock, decides to branch out on his own. Who would have thought a sea turtle could help him learn rhythm and harmony?
Mexico, 2015 / Spanish w/English subtitles / Gildardo Santoyo del Castillo  / 8 min
Animation

JONAS AND THE SEA
From the time he was a small boy, Jonas dreamed of exploring under the sea. After a lifetime of beachcombing and collecting what ocean waves provided, Jonas creates the craft of his dreams.
Netherlands, 2016 / No dialog / Marlies van der Wel / 12 min
Animation

DRIVEN
The true story (as recited in a StoryCorps segment), of a determined man who fervently wants to be a NASCAR racer. The only problem: it’s 1952 in the South, and he’s African-American. His mantra? “When it’s too tough for everybody else, it’s just right for me.”  
USA, 2016 / English / Julie Zammarchi / 12 min
Animation

UKA
A young painter, dissatisfied with the limits of her paint colors, uses bright bottles and sunlight to create the colorful masterpiece she is looking for.
Spain, 2016 / No dialog / Valle Comba Canales  / 3 min
Animation

THE TRUMPTEER
A soldier in the military band has a difficult time suppressing his creative side during drills. What some see as disobedience can also be an encouragement to question authority. The platoon awakens when it becomes clear that power is earned and not forced.
Mexico, 2015 / No dialog / Raul “Robin” Morales Reyes  / 10 min
Animation

The BOOKMOBILE
The true story (as recited in a StoryCorps segment), of a young Indian girl working as a seasonal laborer picking crops in Washington State. Surrounded by abuse and wishing there was more to life, a bookmobile arrives and changes her life forever.
USA, 2016 / English / Julie Zammarchi / 12 min
Animation

MOLE & EARTHWORM  
A mole pursues an earthworm to be his tasty treat. Except it’s only a treat if you catch it. And if you can’t catch’em…befriend’em?!
Germany, 2016 / No dialog / Johannes Schiehsl / 4 min
Animation

LOST IN SPRING
A shy third grader is given an assignment in school: “What do you want to be when you grow up and why?” To answer this question, she discovers a confidence she never knew she had.
United Kingdom, 2016 / English / Fred Wall  / 12 min
Live Action

I AM NOT A MOUSE
Every time Lucy is called ‘Mouse’ by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What can Lucy do? The answer lies in what she doesn’t do.  
United Kingdom, 2016 / English / Evgenia Golubeva / 2 min
Live Action

TRIAL & ERROR
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they solve a simple problem like mending a shirt button. When the attempted solutions include an arrow, a birdhouse, a stuffed animal and a parrot, the problem might be more than a missing button!
Germany, 2016 / English / Antje Heyn / 5 min
Animation