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Session 11

  • SONG SPARROW (Austria/Denmark/Iran, 12 min)
  • MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY (Mexico/US, 77 min)


Two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the vast ranch lands of Brooks County, Texas, the site of more migrant deaths than anywhere else in the country. On their journey, they meet vigilante ranchers, humanitarian activists, Border Patrol search and rescue teams, and others locked in a proxy version of the national immigration debate.


Lisa Molomot has been working in film for over 20 years, directing, filming and editing documentaries. Her award-winning feature The Hill tells the story of an immigrant neighborhood in New Haven, CT and aired on America Reframed. Her award-winning shorts “School’s Out” and “Teaching in Arizona” have had hundreds of screenings and been featured on Slate.com, in The Atlantic, and on NPR. In the spring of 2019, Lisa was a Fulbright scholar at The International Migration Research Centre at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Ontario where she worked on Safe Haven, a documentary about U.S. war resisters who apply for asylum in Canada, and Soledad, a short documentary mixing live action and animation about an asylum case.

Jeff Bemiss is an Oscar-shortlisted writer and director who has worked on shorts, features, and documentaries. Jeff recently directed the dramatic web series pilot “Dream House,” based on a screenplay by David Lally. He wrote and directed The Book and the Rose, which won 27 festival awards internationally and was one of ten semi-finalists for the Academy Award for Best Short Film. The film aired on PBS and plays annually on network television. Jeff shot and directed the award-winning short documentary “Coaching Colburn,” a film about a young man with Fragile-X Syndrome. He also produced and edited the short documentary “Recovering Lives” and produced the feature film Rites of Winter.

Jacob Bricca, ACE is an award-winning documentary editor who has worked on over a dozen features, including Lost in La Mancha (IFC Films) and the 2016 Sundance award winner The Bad Kids, now streaming on Netflix. He last worked with Molomot on her feature The Hill, which was broadcast on PBS. A member of the American Cinema Editors, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Theater, Film & Television.

  • Runtime
    77 minutes
  • Country
  • Premiere
    West Coast
  • Director
    Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss
  • Producer
    Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss, Jacob Bricca, ACE