Short Films, Streaming Free
Welcome to our Second Annual UnLonely Film Festival! Over 40 short films that will inspire, enlighten, elevate, and inform you. Our goal is to provide a sense of “connectedness” through creative expression between you, the filmmaker, and others viewing the films. This is a core principle of our work at The UnLonely Project.
That’s why this is an Interactive FilmFest. When you visit each film’s page, we encourage you to do even more than simply view the film, including:
- Explore content-related activities to try afterward
- Share what you saw with your friends on social media
- Join in the discussion with other viewers
- Check out suggestions for other films that might interest you.
Thanks again for visiting our Film Festival and we hope what you discover you’ll share with a friend. After all, that’s the power found in our UnLonely community.
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What to Do:
Easily Filter Over Forty Films by Areas of Interest
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Addiction: As much as the national epidemic of substance misuse is becoming more widely known and addressed, isolation and loneliness are common for those experiencing the disease as well as for their families and friends. These films help foster understanding of addiction and fight the stigma often associated with it that can make those touched by addiction feel alone. They also show the powerful role of social supports and sharing stories of recovery and growth.
Campus: Increasing numbers of college students, young adults, and adolescents, struggling with so many physical, emotional and even geographic changes, report feeling lonely and isolated. Such feelings are also associated with anxiety, depression, substance use and other at-risk behaviors. These films offer a view on these challenges for youth and solutions, too.
Caregivers: Caring for those who are physically or mentally ill can be consuming, confusing and isolating, whether those in need are loved ones or even clients. These films depict this reality and offer surprising insights into improving life for caregivers.
Creativity & Connection: Expressive outlets like drawing, swimming, woodworking, surfing, telling jokes or just saying “hello,” — put us in touch with others and with ourselves in all kinds of affirming ways that keep loneliness at bay. Watch these films for a boost and some ideas for how you might want to regroup and reach out.
Everyday Life: At work and at home, with family, colleagues, neighbors, friends or folks we seek to know better, we are always navigating the hurdles of relationships. Social media, remote and virtual employment adds distraction, distance and even distortion: it seems like everyone else (online) is having fun! These films help us see each other and how we might connect a little more clearly.
Health Challenges: Decreased mobility in older age, or the consequences of autoimmune and other deteriorating diseases, can take individuals and their families out of the loop of life. These films depict stories of managing these obstacles, with love and support.
Immigrants: Homesickness for a far-away land and the family left behind, concern about a family member’s status here, prejudice and bias related to one’s country of origin or religion, difficulties working and supporting a family and communicating in a new language — these are stumbling blocks for so many in our country, as they were for so many of our family members in this country’s rich history. These films portray remarkable people at great risk of loneliness and isolation, despite their remarkable fortitude and desire to be good citizens and friends in their new country.
LGBTQ: Gender identity can create a daunting minefield and the basis for social barriers. Those who are perceived as different, as well as their families, friends, and colleagues, can struggle. These films show how greater understanding and recognition of these differences, and appreciating just how much we all have in common, can help break these barriers down.
Military: These films remind us that the call-to-duty can take its toll on those protecting our country, as well as their families. Trauma, disability, difficulties transitioning back to civilian life and employment, grief and loss, substance misuse — these conditions can create a sense of alienation but help is available.
Minorities/On The Margins: Our identities are sometimes defined by others or by our society in ways that don’t seem to reflect or respect just who we are. These films illustrate how individuals, labeled by and discounted by race, immigration status, economic class, or different abilities, can feel apart and struggle to establish the footholds and friendships we all need.
Older Adults: Though a growing segment of our society, older adults can still find themselves too often on their own and unseen. These films depict how situations like the death of a spouse, the loss of independence due to illness, as well as removal from the structure and social aspects of work in retirement, are facts of life for many if not most older adults. At the same time, there is greater recognition of the liberating benefits of this time of life, when we might have more time to pursue interests and relationships if we can stay engaged and connected.