Fern Film


Disability not Inability    May 27

Disability not Inability’s focus is educating people about the experiences of people living with disabilities and mental health issues. Films are a great way to creatively raise awareness about the experience of living with a disability, either physical or mental, which we feel isn’t talked about enough. We are featuring shorts and feature films from filmmakers of all ages to highlight many different perspectives. Disability not Inability will include special guests, who will share their stories and experiences, as well as the filmmakers, who can share about their film and their personal stories. 

See below for tickets! 
Fern Film Festival Presents: 

High Flying Jade

9:30 a.m.       30 mins  

Walking the line between mindfulness and adrenaline rush, an American, bipolar, aerialist tries to reconcile her suicidal inclinations, her past life as an air traffic controller and the pressures of training for opening night at the Vietnamese circus.

Director      Katherine Sweetman                                                                      Starring       Jade White

Q&A with Katherine Sweetman and Jade White following screening. 

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

Sign At All Times

11:00 a.m.      8 mins

Sign At All Times tells the story of how 18-year-old Brian Estrada overcame his personal adversity and found pride in his identity. Although Estrada is well known in the local Minnesota skateboarding scene, few individuals understand what his life is really like. Even those who see him on a regular basis often have no real communication with him. A simple fist bump hello or goodbye are often the extent of his interactions. While lacking any audible dialogue, this film gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Brian Estrada and gives the answers to why so many have immense respect for him.

                                                                    Producer      Andrew Leibman                                                                                                   Leibman Productions

               Q&A with Andrew Leibman following the screening

Fern Film Festival Presents: 


11:00 a.m.         19 mins

Diagnosed at 19 years old with schizoaffective disorder - which has been described as the ‘unhappy marriage of bipolar and schizophrenia’ - Kevin Nolan began writing music to regain some of the freedom he’d lost due to his illness. ‘Hum’ is an intimate and music-fueled tour of Kevin’s world.

Director                                  Nathan Fagan                                                    Executive Producer              Ben Murphy                                                        DoP                                         Simon O'Neill                                                    Location Sound                    Caimin Agnew                                                      Editors                                  Cara Holmes/Nathan Fagan                                Additional Camera             Tommy Fitzgerald/Eimear Ennis Graham        Post-Production Audio      Nikki Moss                                              Additional Sound Design  Chris Barry

Fern Film Festival Presents: 


1:15 p.m.          6mins

Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.

Director       Gil Goletski 

Q&A with Gil Goletski following the screening 

Fern Film Festival Presents: 

What Did You Do Today?

2:30 p.m.        7 mins     

A young girl recounts memories and stories through the entries of her four journals, which were written over the course of ten years. These authentic journals follow a young girl's transition to adolescence, and entail the struggles of self-love, mental illness, and overcoming trauma.

Director/Writer                 Britney Bautista                                                    Assistant Director             Michael Keller                                                          9-Year-Old Britney            Lily Ann Schechter                                              12-Year-Old Britney          Chloe Landau                                                      15-Year-Old Britney          Selina Piros

Q&A with Britney Bautista following the screening.