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CineYouth Program

Free Verse: Experimental

 9 shorts | 50 minutes

Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

Available to stream globally April 24 @ 12:00pm CT through April 30 @ 11:59pm CT for a 72-hour watch window.


Cinematic poetry comes to life in this stunning and thought-provoking array of films that break boundaries and inspire creativity.

Note: Films in this program contain themes or language that may not be suitable for all ages.


She Flies Heavy

Grace Conrad, Julia Barlow | New York | Ages 19-20

When a pair of lovers retreats to the woods to reignite their fading feelings for one another, they find themselves drawn to the healing power of nature.

Lavender Menace

Venus Evie Jefferies | Chicago | Age 17

In the late 1960s a queer woman questions her own sanity in the face of the pervasive belief that to be gay is to be mentally ill.

Esperando al viento

Emiliano Reyes | Spain | Age 21

Amidst the monotonous daily grind of factory work, a young man finds liberation in the movement of his body.

Chorus of the Sun

Xavier Axl Boreta Roncesvalles | Philippines | Age 22

Hoping to rekindle a spark that once shone brightly, a poet reflects on his life and relationship with writing at the onset of the pandemic.


Jaerlene C Quinto | Washington | Age 15

An immersive and hypnotic depiction of a downward spiral.

Earth Hum

Soah | New York | Age 19

Dedicated to Rachel Martin’s drawing “Family Tree,” this experimental documentary invites the audience to hear directly from Martin about her art and her purpose.

Red Flavor No.1™

Malik Clyde Terrab | New Hampshire | Age 19

A “human” finds themself in a room with nothing but a plate of red jello.

time’s ticking

Alicia Yu | New York | Age 18

A filmmaker’s intimate exploration of the concept of time, reflections on the current moment, and their own identity.

The River

Janay Kelley | Tennessee | Age 19

This impassioned, poetic expression of a community’s response to the loss of a young girl addresses sexual violence, grief, and trauma.