FILM GUIDE + TICKETS

Opening Day Special

Thursday September 29, 2022
5:45PM - 8:30PM
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Opening Night Special

Thursday September 29, 2022
8:30PM
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GOODBYE, PETRUSHKA

Director: Nicola Rose

USA

1hr 38 min

Claire moves impulsively from NYC to Paris, where she nannies for the family from hell, battles wacky French bureaucrats, embarrasses herself in front of her Parisian crush and navigates a toxic relationship - among other faux pas.

Friday Opening Day Special 

Friday, September 30, 2022
1:00PM
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THE UGLY TRUTH

Director: Krishna Ashu Bhati 

Germany

1hr 36 min

Mona, her husband Theo and daughter Hanna live in an idyllic villa on the outskirts of Berlin. When the attractive 18 years old daughter of a friend comes to visit, the profound problems and fragility of the small family reveal, as a tragic downward spiral takes its inevitable course

DOCUMENTARY BLOCK A

Friday September 30, 2022
2:40PM
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FAMILY REWRITTEN

Director: Yasmin Mistry

USA

13:15

Despite battling Cystic Fibrosis, Camilla, age 16, identifies as a typical middle-class American teenager until the thread that holds her family together suddenly snaps. Just months before her 18th birthday Camilla finds herself in foster care, but instead of being ashamed, she makes a conscious decision to not let her situation define her.

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FREE MOTHERHOOD

Director: Miguel Angel Herrera

Brazil

26min

The documentary "Free Mothers" tells the stories of motherhood in and out of prison through the eyes of five women who had their lives marked by the selectivity of the criminal justice system in Brazil. Today, 63% of imprisoned women in the country are black, and only 34% of them have completed elementary school. The vast majority, 64%, answer for trafficking, a crime without victims and without violence.

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HEALING TOGETHER: VETERANS EQUINE PROGRAM

Director: Tyler Mendelson

USA

05:20

A short documentary about the power of Equine Therapy in helping Veterans.

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FINDING ELIJAH

Director: Yolonda Johnson-Young

USA

24:58

Told from a mother’s perspective, Finding Elijah follows a young man’s journey from home; into mental illness, to homelessness, and ultimately to suicide. It explores how a search for answers leads a mother to action.

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Director: Naeema Jamilah Torres

USA

18:24

In this short essay-style documentary, a Black filmmaker reflects on present-day struggles of marginalized people on a tour devoted to challenging conventional historical narratives through the legacy of a slave revolt.

SHORT FILM BLOCK A
(EXPERIMENTAL FILM)

Friday September 30, 2022
4:25PM
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FIG TREE

Director: Elizabeth Mealey & Yessenia Rivas

USA

04:26min

Inspired by the poem by Sylvia Plath, this short dance film featuring original music and choreography explores the psychological effect of an abundance of choice when coupled with indecision or doubt.

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IN BETWEEN THE WHITE SPACE

Director: Tyler Mendelson

USA

15:00min

In Between the White Space is a short film drama set inside the virtual space of a text conversation. Two veteran friends come "face to face," detailing the struggles of life after the military, loss of identity, and the often tragic circumstances of our warfighter's fighting their battles alone. The film delves into a largely misunderstood topic, set amid the most internationally connected, yet emotionally disconnected age in human history.

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UNDER THE SUN AFTER THE WIND

Director: Patrice D. Bowman

USA

05:00min

An isolated Black woman mentally –– and physically –– struggles against the news of COVID-19 and police brutality she sees online. An experimental adaptation of the Book of Ecclesiastes.

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UPSIDE DOWN PLAIN FACE

Director: Mike Hayhurst

USA

06:00min

A spoken word dance film that asks us to face and love our scars.

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REFLECTIONS

Director: Laura Lewis-Barr

USA

03:54min

Seven stop motion characters tell stories of their mental health challenges and the physical actions they used to change their lives.

SHORT FILM BLOCK B
(COMEDY/ACTION/YOUTH)

Friday September 30, 2022
5:15PM
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RETRIBUTION'S CHILD

Director: Cary Patrick Martin

USA

05:04min

Wreaking havoc on the city, a gang of thieves make their score all too easily, until they’re taught a hard lesson they’ll never forget.

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THE SHALLOW END

Director: Cynthia Silver

USA

10:21min

Set during the summer of 1984 at a suburban community swimming pool, The Shallow End centers around Addie, a bookish 14-year-old who is torn between the popular clique and the lone oddball. When the girls are unexpectedly confronted with some very grown-up challenges, Addie discovers the meaning of true friendship as she struggles to cultivate the courage to break away from the shallow end.

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PURRRFECT INTERVENTION

Director: Juhi Sharma

USA

08:50min

Sarah loves cats, but her friends think she's taken it a little too far? What happens when they decide bring some outside help?

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BIFF & ME

Director: Nicola Rose

USA

14:15min

Charlotte, 14, is a genius — hotheaded, nerdy, and brilliant. 
But what she secretly wants, deep down, is to be a beauty queen.

Biff, 14, is the school bully — big, burly and (seemingly) brainless. 
But what he secretly wants, deep down, is to be a beauty queen. 
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When Charlotte is forced to tutor Biff in math, the pair discover their shared secret, and Biff eagerly helps Charlotte prepare for the upcoming Princess Teen Queen Pageant. There's only one problem: they have to keep it all a secret from their parents.

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GAME BRUNCH

Director: Christina Raia

USA

12:35min

More than eating is in store when a couple invites friends over for a Sunday brunch.

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SUBURBAN FANTASY

Director: Peter Mancuso

USA

28:40min

Tonight is the last night for Rocco in his Rhode Island hometown before leaving to study photography in New York, and he and his girlfriend Sofia have decided that they will continue dating in a long distance relationship. But as the night drags on, Rocco begins to second guess what he really wants - is he willing to give up everything that he's ever known in order to follow his dreams? Through music, Rocco's struggle comes to life around him, making this choice all the more real and terrifying.