Shorts Block

Well Crafted Local Documentaries

Goshen Theater • Thursday, 7 p.m. (98 min)

The Showalters


Director: Taylor Stansberry

When a medical emergency happens, time is of the essence. The Showalter family recounts the harrowing emergency and the life saving care that they received from their small town, community healthcare system.

RBFF | Creepy City | Songbird

Blosser’s Park: The Social Gathering Place of Goshen


Director: Jackson Steinmetz & Courtney L. Templeton

After it opened in 1909, Blosser’s Park drew people in from across northern Indiana. It hosted boats, beaches, picnic grounds, and even a skating rink. After it closed in the 1940s it was largely forgotten and today only a few traces of its past remain on the island.

RBFF | Creepy City | Echoes

Vital Passage

(70 min)

Director: Kyle Hufford

The discovery of a lockbox buried in the basement of a former Jewish midwestern merchant’s store would unlock a half-century-old secret. The papers inside would reveal a family’s story of rescue, sacrifice and courage. In the late 1930’s, David and his son Sidney Plaut owned a small shop in Goshen, Indiana. The Plauts witnessed firsthand the persecution of the Jews in Germany. They decided to take action by sponsoring and assisting 28 Jewish refugees immigrating to the United States. 

RBFF | Creepy City | Askin’ For It

Goshen Theater

216 South Main Street, 2nd Floor

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