Essential Tremors: 9/10 @6:30pm
Director: Jaret Martino
Two special needs, middle aged people hungry for love finally find it in a quirky musical romp.
Essential Tremor is eight times more common than Parkinson's Disease.
Story of Rock: 9/11 @6:35pm
Director: Mary Piller
Patrice "Leaping Deer" Donnelly (Shoshone) does the Native American healing Story of Rock
Director: Paola Saslow
Somewhere in Northern California, a construction worker finds a large sum of money while excavating a job site and when he learns that it is 'blood money' from a drug lord, he decides to take justice into his own hands, with unexpected consequences.
2 Soft Things, Two hard things:
Director: Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa
Category: LGBT documentary
As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.
Amar: Deaf is an identity
Director: David Ng
Amar Mangat, a queer South Asian person, shares his journey as someone who is also deaf.
Silo, a spritual path: 9/10 @3:20pm
Director: Pablo Lavin
Silo, a Spiritual Path, tells the inspirational story of Mario Rodriguez Cobos, a revolutionary from Argentina who overcame censorship and persecution to propose a radical system of self realization leading to nonviolent social change. .
I am Borderline:
Director: Betsy Usher
BPD is probably the most widely misunderstood and stigmatized mental health disorder. Individuals with BPD struggle to regulate their emotions and have interpersonal relationships.
True Colours: 9/10 @3:20pm
Director: BEN CROKER
Category: Short, LGBT
An increasingly desolate teenage schoolboy creates a coded language using paint colour sample cards to express his secret desires and feelings for the object of his affection.
Pesum Parai (The Talking Drum): 9/11 @11:30am
Director: MAHARAJAN SHANMUGA SUNDARAM
Pesum Parai (The Talking Drum) is a short film which revolves around the life of an autistic child and his struggles to communicate with people around him on a daily basis.
Majesty Girls: 9/11 @4:30
Director: Veronica Robinson
Category: Short, Documentary
Majesty Girls is a short documentary series about a older trans woman, who's the wise and mature age of 59. The story talks about her struggles growing up in one of the roughest projects in Miami.
2016 Official Selections
Garden of Hope (O Jardim da Esperanca)
Director: Laurence Guenoun
Category: Documentary, Feature
30 minutes away from Copacabana, Jardim Gramacho, a true ecological wound, used to be South America's largest open air landfill. Before shutting down, families of the workers belonging to the community lived precariously but fittingly by hand-picking garbage. As a promise of a better tomorrow, the closing was supposed to give them a new life away from the dump.
A Brilliant Genocide: 9/11 6:35pm
Director: Ebony Butler
Category: Documentary, Feature
A documentary film revealing untold stories from the 20 year long war in Northern Uganda between Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government Under Current President Yoweri Museveni.
Everyone in Between: 9/11 @4:30pm
Director: Whitney Skauge
Michael Siebert and Shay Sullivan are two very different individuals with a very common goal: to advocate for truth and justice by helping society come to the realization that gender does not equate to identity.
The Process: 9/11 2:00pm
Director: Folleh S. Tamba
Art is a weapon. Gary, Indiana activist and performance artist N. Davina Stewart is one of many continuing the tradition of using performance art and teaching to combat social injustice. This is her process. What's yours?
Losing Everything: 9/10 @1:30pm
Director: Leila Ciszewski
When a stressed out single mother is evicted from her home she learns to let go by embracing the fantasy world of her young daughter.
Dragon Dreaming- Life of Kushia Young
Director: Amy Pysden and Daniel Clarke
Meet Kushia Young. She can’t hear you. But she can draw you a mystical character in under 10 minutes. This profoundly deaf 21-year-old artist from the remote APY Lands in the north-western deserts of South Australia is being recognised for her unique contemporary indigenous drawings.
Growing Resistance: Drought oil & Climate Change in California: 9/11 6:35pm
Director: Shadia Fayne Wood
In California’s Central Valley, there is a crisis. Not only are communities running out of water, but over the last few years, they’ve seen an increase in dangerous forms of drilling for oil and gas.
A Hero in All of Us:
Director: Travis Lupher
A loving mother, trapped in a violent relationship must overcome her fears to provide a better future for her and her young son, whose courage and strength inspires her to do for them what he can not.
Being Seen: 9/11 @11:30am
Director: Paul Zehrer
“Being Seen” explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with "developmental disabilities." These individuals' candid and articulate self-awareness quickly shatter preconceptions of who they are and how they think about themselves and the world — leaving us with existential questions about the meaning of "disabled" and "normal”.
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Ben & Ara: 9/11 2:00pm
Director: NNEGEST LIKKE
Ben, a passionately agnostic PhD student, falls behind in his dissertation and is surprised to find a muse in Ara, a devout Muslim. Ben and Ara soon fall in love but grapple with differences in their core beliefs and lifestyle choices.
The Deportation of Innocence:
Director: Francisco Alarcon
What happens to children when their parents are deported to Mexico? The Deportation of Innocence takes us on a journey into the experiences of four U.S.-born children and their immigrant families as they come to terms with deportation and the long-lasting effects this has had on their lives.
Susy Enamorada 9/11 @4:30pm
Category: Short, LGBT
A gay teen tries to cope with her sexual orientation and her parents conservative expectations. Susy Enamorada is a story of forbidden love between two extra ordinary young women.
Meet some of the cast & crew on some of the films! . Tickets will also be available at the door, however pre sale tickets are recommended.
American Dynasty: 9/11 @4:30pm
Director: Oscar Seung
Author Evelyn Han was America's favorite Chinese tiger mom. Her readers savored her charming memoirs, putting her four children in front of a national audience. Unfortunately for her children, The Hans: An American Dynasty wasn't a series of memoirs, but works of fiction. The world is stunned when Evelyn commits suicide, and the siblings must now clarify their identities.
My Identity: 9/10 @8:05pm
Director: Yasmin Mistry
Ashley, a young Native-American girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed.