December 21st, 2015

THE GNOMIST streaming now for the holiday season

CNN Digital Studios and CNN Films add story of hope during season of peace to digital film series

THE GNOMIST, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese’s short film about the mystical power of kindness, and produced by Herizon Productions and Cynthia Wade, is streaming now, here: Watch The Gnomist.

The documentary short, which clocks in at just under 18 minutes, is the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy dwellings in the suburban forest of Overland Park, Kansas. Visitors to the park began noticing the miniature homes along Tomahawk Creek Trail in the summer of 2013, lovingly decorated with interior furnishings, and even signs of life of their inhabitants – tiny kettles and tea cups, small-scale gardening tools, clothing, and even notes of love and welcome affixed to the diminutive doors of the abodes.

Dubbed “Firefly Forest,” the small community brought joy to its visitors with an immediate mystery: who had erected the gnome homes – and why did they do it? Resplendently presented as a true fairytale, THE GNOMIST explores the psychic healing power of a magical experience shared by three former strangers.

“I love that the film is being released now because its message is a powerful counter balance to recent disturbing events that jeopardize our faith in humanity. I am grateful that I can now share this with the world,” said Liese.

THE GNOMIST premiered in the U.S. at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, and internationally at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. For a preview of THE GNOMIST, please visit:

CNN’s inaugural series of short films launched in March and currently includes the films UBAH!, about the uncommon life of Somalian supermodel and philanthropist Ubah Hassan, directed by Joe Berlinger; RAISING RYLAND, a journey inside the transgender experience as lived by a six-year-old boy, directed by Sarah Feeley; and THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS, about a small, talented group of Milwaukee teens who hacked into dozens of prominent computer systems – including the Los Alamos National Laboratory – during the early days of the Internet, directed by Michael T. Vollmann.

Doc shorts streaming across CNN’s digital platforms this fall include films from Andrew Jenks (MTV’s World of Jenks) and Roger Ross Williams (GOD LOVES UGANDA).

About CNN Films

CNN Films produces, acquires, and commissions documentary feature and short films for theatrical and festival exhibition and distribution across CNN’s multiple platforms.  Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, oversees the strategy for CNN Films and CNN Films Presents.  Courtney Sexton, senior director of program development, manages the day-to-day operations for CNN Films and works directly with filmmakers to supervise original projects.  For more information about CNN Films, please visit and follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.  Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media.  Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world.  CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.