Films with Class – Middle School Shorts

This collection of short films shows the great films we get each year for young audiences. Made up of five short films, both animated and documentary, this program
was specifically curated for middle school-aged students for the RiverRun Films With Class program. Titles in this shorts program include: The Extinction of Up; Generation Impact: The Coder; Get What You Give; Junior; and Our Future, Our Fight.

Extinction of Up, The

Director: Randy Boyum
In the near future,when people only recognize each other by their shoes, two boys discuss weird things that are happening in their lives, including a sibling’s accidental weight gain, and a great-grandfather’s bizarre revelations about the past.
5 min / USA / 2020 / English
Rating: FM

Generation Impact: The Coder

Director: Samantha Knowles
Jay Jay Patton was only 13 when she designed and built Photo Patch, a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to parents who are incarcerated, inspired by her own experience. Jay Jay and her dad ended up founding Unlock Academy, a school that teaches coding and provides mentoring to enable young people of color to have careers in STEM fields. This is a true story of drive, hope and ingenuity.
7 min / USA / 2021 / English
Rating: TN

Get What You Give

Director: Lucas Pruitt
Carter Schutte is a young motocross racing prodigy with his eyes set on one goal, a Loretta Lynn’s MX National Championship title. With dreams this ambitious, the whole family has to work toward this goal together. This short documentary follows Carter’s journey as he works toward the highest achievement in amateur motocross.
19 min / USA / 2021 / English
Rating: TN


Director: AJ Wilhelm
Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group “Racine Mapou de Azor” and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future for himself and his legacy.
11 min / Haiti / 2020 / Hatian
Rating: TN

Our Future, Our Fight

Director: Beth Murphy
We all know Greta but it’s time to get to know the other young activists leading the climate justice movement! Our Future, Our Fight is an upbeat, fun, fact-filled documentary that brings audiences into the exciting world of teens leading the climate action movement.
21 min / USA / 2021 / English
Rating: TN
*program total runtime 63 min



4:00 PM — Reynolds Place Theatre


, 12:00 AM — , 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)



RUN TIME: 63 Minutes