Documentaries,  Short Documentaries

Short Documentaries

Since AMP Media’s founding in May 2020, we have crafted dozens of award-winning short-form documentaries, video features, music videos and more. Below are some of our short-form pieces (20 minute or less) that have won awards and been juried into film festivals worldwide.

“100 Days of Badass Women”

THE FEMALE GAZE: How a West Virginia Artist Captured 100 Badass Women: Overwhelmed by the headlines, Donald Trump, a pandemic and winter coming, West Virginia artist Sassa Wilkes couldn’t get to her easel. Then, RBG died and Sassa found she wished to get to know the legal legend by painting her portrait. She kept on going with 99 more portraits of badass women in the final 100 days of 2020. Our 19-minute documentary showcases Sassa’s passion to depict women, both famous and little-known, contemporary and historic, whose lives deserve notice.

1) Official Selection in 13th annual 2021 SiciliAmbiente Festival, in Sicily, Italy.
2) Official selection in the 2021 Montreal Independent Film Festival.
3) Official selection in the monthly Chicago Indie Film Awards in March 2021
4) Official selection in the 2021 Best Shorts Competition in “Best Short Documentary” category.
5) Official selection in the 2021 Venice California Shorts Festival in “Best Documentary” category.
6) Official selection in the 2021 Venice California Shorts Festival in “Best Documentary” category.

“WHAT’S IN A NAME: A West Virginia Community Confronts a Confederate Legacy”

“What’s In a Name?” The Deeper Story Behind a WV Confederate Legacy: The removal of a Confederate general’s name from the former Stonewall Jackson Middle School in West Virginia’s capital in 2020 was more than cosmetic. In 2020, America confronted wounds that have haunted the country’s existence. Renaming the school laid bare that history. This 16-minute documentary dives into the institutional racism and unhealed wounds of the Civil War that continue to resonate in America.

1) Official Selection in 2022 Dunedin International Film Festival
2) Official selection in2021 Black Star International Film Festival in Accra, Ghana.
3) Honorable Mention in “Short Documentary” category in 2021 Black Truth Film Festival.
4) Award Winner in the 2021 Phoenix Shorts Festival in the “Black Lives Matter Short” category.
5) Official Selection in 2021 ‘I Will Tell Festival‘ that runs in London, Florida and Trinidad and Tobago.

“LADY D: In Her Own Words”

“LADY D: In Her Own Words”: On the occasion of the release of her 2021 CD, “Disturbing My Peace,” Lady D, one of West Virginia’s finest singer-songwriters, talks about many things: waiting at the coal mine’s mouth as a child to see if her Dad would reappear after a roof fall; growing up on “Shindig” and “American Bandstand’ and the release of her powerhous fifth CD, “Disturbing My Peace.” RELATED: “Disturbing My Peace” music video by Bobby Lee Messer.

“Climate Common Sense”

“CLIMATE COMMON SENSE: Follow the science to a safer future”: WV Climate Alliance co-founders Perry Bryant and Angie Rosser, director of the WV Rivers Coalition, along with WV House of Delegates member Evan Hansen speak of the importance of rooting climate action in science, as laid out by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Using imagery from around West Virginia and beyond, this video underscores what is at stake, locally, nationally, and globally.

“When Earl Went to War”

When Earl Went to War:” Men of Earl Goodall’s generation are famously not forthcoming about their psychological states or what it’s like to go to war with people dying all about you. But 90-year-old West Virginian Earl Goodall, a veteran the Korean War frontlines, tells all you need to know about that ‘Forgotten War.’

1) Runner Up in “Best Documentary/News Story 14 to 30 minutes” and Runner Up in “Best News Story/Public Information” the 2021 NewsFest — True Stories International Film and Writers Festival,

In Pursuit of Climate Justice”: Communities of color and low-income families have long suffered from living on the front lines of the dangers posed by the climate crisis and environmental catastrophe. ‘Fairness’ and ‘justice’ are two words central to climate activism. They speak to the need to look out for front-line communities, whose health and well-being are often most at-risk.

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