Dark Money - Opening Night: Film Screening at Colligan Theater followed by Opening Night Party at Hotel Paradox
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Dark Money - Opening Night: Film Screening at Colligan Theater followed by Opening Night Party at Hotel Paradox

“Dark Money with its focus on the personal stories of how individuals are impacted by the flood of campaign money in the system, is an example of how 'storytelling matters when you are trying to raise awareness of the issues,' Chuck Todd (Meet The Press) said.” —Ted Johnson, Variety

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).

Directed by: Kimberly Reed

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 99 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Dark Money (repeat)
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Dark Money (repeat)

“Dark Money with its focus on the personal stories of how individuals are impacted by the flood of campaign money in the system, is an example of how 'storytelling matters when you are trying to raise awareness of the issues,' Chuck Todd (Meet The Press) said.” —Ted Johnson, Variety

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).

Directed by: Kimberly Reed

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 99 mins.

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Goshen
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Goshen

Thu, Oct 4; 12:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

Directed by: Dana Richardson and Sarah Zentz

Country: Mexico, USA; Language: English, Spanish; Genre: Documentary Feature;

Runtime: 85 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

GOSHEN is a powerful award winning documentary depicting the plant based diet and active lifestyle of the indigenous Tarahumara, a light-footed running tribe, who are striving to maintain their ancient culture. The Tarahumara are renowned for their incredible long distance running endurance and prevention of modern chronic diseases. For centuries, the Tarahumara have found a safe place of refuge in the remote regions of the Copper Canyons and Sierra Madre mountains in Chihuahua, Mexico. GOSHEN takes you on a journey in the huarache-clad footsteps of these endurance athletes, highlighting the health benefits of safeguarding their way of life.

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Golnesa
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

Golnesa

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GOLNESA

Thu, Oct 4; 12:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

Golmammad and Golnesa, a young Afghan couple, are illegal immigrants who are working in a traditional brick making kiln. Following the events happening to them, their lives undergo changes.

Directed by: SATTAR CHAMANI GOL

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Language: Persian; Genre: Narrative Feature;

Runtime: 95 mins.

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3100: Run and Become with Cry of the Loon
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

3100: Run and Become with Cry of the Loon

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3100: Run and Become

Thu, Oct 4; 12:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

California Premiere

What if running could lead to enlightenment? Follow a Finnish paperboy and a female Austrian cellist in their attempt to complete the Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler – the world’s longest race. Their quests take viewers not only to the heart of this astonishing event but to the ancient cultures that have held running sacred for millennia.

Directed by: Sanjay Rawal

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 80 mins.

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Cry of the Loon

World Premiere

Set in the lake country of Northern Minnesota, Cry of the Loon is an elegy to the filmmaker's grandfather, a lyrical mediation on life, death, and the beauty of the natural world.

Directed by: Kai Carlson-Wee

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 4 mins.

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Santa Inocencia with Tell me Something
Oct
4
2:30 PM14:30

Santa Inocencia with Tell me Something

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Santa Inocencia is a journey into the inner self. In the frame of a small Italian village, eight characters atone themselves through the structure of the station drama. The film investi-gates in the spirit of the absurd the neurosis and fears of the everyday life, it’s constant projections into the past or the future and the inability to experience the present.

Directed by: Meritxell Campos Olivé

Country: Germany, Italy; Language: Italian; Genre:

Experimental Feature; Runtime: 66 mins.

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Screens with: Tell Me Something, Experimental Short; Runtime: 3 mins.

A girl shares a recurring dream she’s been having.

Directed by: Olivia Treynor

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Filmmakers expected to attend

Youth Work

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At Capacity screening with Burning Van (Thursday screening)
Oct
4
2:30 PM14:30

At Capacity screening with Burning Van (Thursday screening)

At Capacity

Thu, Oct 4; 2:30 PM (Hotel Paradox Ballroom)

Santa Cruz County is currently the fourth least affordable housing market in the world. Santa Cruz home values have shot up 8.6% in the past year and on track to reach an average price of $892,000 by January of 2019. Collectively produced by a group of 19 UCSC student filmmakers, At Capacity is a timely look at the housing crisis in Santa Cruz. Documenting the local rent freeze campaign from signature gathering to city council vote, high end real estate tours, Santa Cruz’s growing homeless tent encampment, tiny home dwellers, new construction, housing lawyers at work, and much more, At Capacity weaves together a complex portrait at the issues that affect local housing.

Directed by: Jazmine Corona; Joshua Cosbey; Andrea Diaz; Bianca Galeana; Jiaxun Gao; Carlos Gonzalez; Alexis Guzman; Michelle Hua; Tess Jagger-Wells; Noel Kabe; Enrique Labrada; Kelly Leonardson; Kathy Liang; Juliette Perrault; Bojun Qiu; Collette Quach; Tatianna Stapleton; James Tanjuatco; Hui Zhang

Country: USA; Language: USA; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 73 mins.

Santa Cruz Local Work

Student Work

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Burning Van

Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, a festival for the nomadic working elderly, provides a stark look into a future where financial instability has rendered the concept of comfortable retirement a cruel dream.

Directed by: alex/casey sammon/friedman

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 15 mins.

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Saving the Dark with UMUNUNHUM
Oct
4
2:30 PM14:30

Saving the Dark with UMUNUNHUM

80% of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and what we can do to combat light pollution.

Directed by: Sriram Murali

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film;

Runtime: 56 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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UMUNHUM Documentary Short; Runtime: 12 mins. 

Umunhum sweeps you off your feet and places you on top of a mountain that was not accessible to the public for over 60 years. The mountain is Mt Umunhum which stands 3,486 feet tall between San Jose, California and the Pacific Ocean. To restore the top of Mt Umunhum and open it to the public, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District collaborated with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band with an open mind and open arms. This film will inspire you to think about the land under you and how you can contribute to its restoration and healing.

Directed by: Andy Miller

Country: USA

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Pursuing the Monarchs
Oct
4
2:30 PM14:30

Pursuing the Monarchs

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World Premiere

Pursuing the Monarchs examines the social and biological factors causing a rapidly waning monarch butterfly population across North America. This succinct yet poignant documentary traverses viewers across the American heartland from the vast plains of Iowa to the jungles of Michoacán. It is an intrepid journey across the front lines of one of Earth’s most chaste and treasured species’ battle for survival against rampant deforestation and the devastating practices of industrialized agriculture.

Directed by: Anna Chahuneau

Country: Mexico, USA; Language: English, Spanish;

Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film;

Runtime: 52 mins.

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STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War
Oct
4
4:45 PM16:45

STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War

Two filmmakers stop their lives to make a film about the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. Carving out six months for the project, the women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imag-ined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later.

Directed by: Susan Scott

Country: South Africa,USA ; Language: English;

Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film;

Runtime: 120 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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The Beaver Believers
Oct
4
4:45 PM16:45

The Beaver Believers

The Beaver Believers

Thu, Oct 4; 4:45 PM (Colligan Theater)

California Premiere

The Beaver Believers is the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - five scientists and a hairdresser - who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. A keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the complexity and resiliency needed to absorb the impacts of climate change. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm of land management, and will inspire you to take a bite out of the challenges we face, one stick at a time.

Directed by: Sarah Koenigsberg

Country: Canada, USA; Language: English; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film;

Runtime: 55 mins.

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From the Ripple Tank
Oct
4
4:45 PM16:45

From the Ripple Tank

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From the Ripple Tank

Thu, Oct 4; 4:45 PM (Courtyard Theater)

World Premiere

In 1863, the oldest theatre company west of the Mississippi began a journey to stake their claim ... only to lose it 150 years later. University of San Francisco's plucky College Players landed on a battleground: the intersection of Haight/Ashbury and Jesuitical traditions. 59 alums tell the tale, from investment banker (“It led me to the founding of Rolling Stone magazine”) to Cardiologist (“Communicating in that little exam room...”), to exploring the state of the arts with entertainment professionals, (“We’ll never worry that Sciences won’t have enough microscopes, right?”), revealing how the arts touch souls and infuse careers.

Directed by: Tom Blank

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature;

Runtime: 73 mins.

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Coalesce: A City Composed with Elizabeth Sees
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Coalesce: A City Composed with Elizabeth Sees

Coalesce: A City Composed

Thu, Oct 4; 7:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

California Premiere

Set in Phoenix, Arizona. A visual artist and a musician search for beauty and inspiration in the alleyways, intersections, power lines, and utility poles of a sprawling desert city. An intimate portrait of creation and collaboration as painter Megan Jonas and composer Jordan Ignacio create four new works. Featuring groundbreaking animation that brings painting and music to life in ways never seen before.

Directed by: Joshua Provost

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 70 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Elizabeth Sees

This hand drawn animation is a portrait of a true character, a blind woman with only a tiny pinhole of vision. The story focuses on how she uses her limited vision, her sketchbook, and technology to piece together the world around her, one piece at a time.

Directed by: Val Magarian

Country: Canada; Language: English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 8 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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She Is The Ocean
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

She Is The Ocean

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She is the ocean

Thu, Oct 4; 7:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

World Premiere

An in-depth exploration into the lives of nine astonishing women from all four corners of the globe. In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women, ranging from the ages of twelve to eighty three, in order to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s Ocean life through all her ages.

Directed by: Inna Blokhina

Country: Germany, Indonesia, USA

Language: English

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 101 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Screens with: Poco A Poco

A look at the World Surfing Reserve of Bahia de Todos Santos in Baja Norte, Mexico, and how the local community is working together against environmental threats.

Directed by: Kyle Buthman, Perry Gershkow

Country: Mexico; Language: Spanish;

Genre: Documentary Short;

Runtime: 10 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend, Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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Afghan Cycles
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Afghan Cycles

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Afghan Cycles

Thu, Oct 4; 7:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.

Directed by: Sarah Menzies

Country: Afghanistan; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 90 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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American Relapse
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

American Relapse

AMERICAN RELAPSE

Thu, Oct 4; 7:00 PM (Hotel Paradox Ballroom)

California Premiere

AMERICAN RELAPSE is a feature documentary about the ripped-from-the-headlines heroin epidemic and the corrupt underground rehab industry that has sprung up around it in Southern Florida. This, on-the-ground documentary follows the day-to-day struggle of recovering addicts Allie and Frankie attempting to place addicts in treatment, but can they stay clean themselves?

Directed by: Pat McGee, Adam Linkenhelt

Country: USA; Genre: Documentary Feature;

Runtime: 105 mins.

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Up to Snuff
Oct
4
9:15 PM21:15

Up to Snuff

Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. Friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to become one of the most beloved composers in television history. Featuring Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Lawrence O’Donnell, Steve Lukather, Eric Burdon and Snuffy Walden.

Directed by: Mark Maxey

Country: United Kingdom, USA

Language: English

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 80 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head screening with One Small Step
Oct
4
9:15 PM21:15

The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head screening with One Small Step

The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head

Thu, Oct 4; 9:15 PM (Hotel Paradox Ballroom)

World Premiere

A quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between Peter, a low level theme park employee, and the frozen head of Walt Disney.

During his yearly thaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy, Walt demands to be allowed up to see his final project, Walt Disney World. When management scoffs, he recruits Peter to kidnap him for a day in the Magic Kingdom.

Directed by: Benjamin Lancaster

Country: USA

Language: English

Genre: Narrative Feature

Runtime: 80 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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One Small Step

Directed by: Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

Country: China, USA

Language: Chinese, English

Genre: Animation

Runtime: 8 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Original Sin
Oct
4
9:15 PM21:15

Original Sin

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Original Sin

Thu, Oct 4; 9:15 PM (Courtyard Theater)

World Premiere

An absurdist, Spanish-language rom com about a sexually frustrated woman, her uptight husband, and a freewheeling artist who form an unlikely love triangle with unpredictable results.

Directed by: Jean Lee

Country: Paraguay, USA

Language: Spanish

Genre: Narrative Feature

Runtime: 75 mins.
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Leaf of Life
Oct
4
9:15 PM21:15

Leaf of Life

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Leaf of Life

Thu, Oct 4; 9:15 PM (Corridor Theater)

US Premiere

The story of a documentary filmmaker who wants to make a film about the dangers facing the growth of Saffron in Iran.

Directed by: Ebrahim Mokhtari

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran;

Language: Persian;

Genre: Narrative Feature;

Runtime: 84 mins.





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AMERICAN RELAPSE
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

AMERICAN RELAPSE

AMERICAN RELAPSE

Fri, Oct 5; 12:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

California Premiere

AMERICAN RELAPSE is a feature documentary about the ripped-from-the-headlines heroin epidemic and the corrupt underground rehab industry that has sprung up around it in Southern Florida. This, on-the-ground documentary follows the day-to-day struggle of recovering addicts Allie and Frankie attempting to place addicts in treatment, but can they stay clean themselves?

Directed by: Pat McGee, Adam Linkenhelt

Country: USA

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 105 mins.

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Monger screening with Difference
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

Monger screening with Difference

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Monger

Fri, Oct 5; 12:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

An explosive look at the lives of three men who take part in the world of sexual tourism in Buenos Aires that gives an insight into the motivations and attitudes that fuel the sex trade and the reactionary wave of global misogyny that has reached a boiling point.

Directed by: Jeff Zorrilla

Country: Argentina

Language: English, Spanish

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 72 mins.

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Difference

US Premiere

A few young men are in a very weird situation with each other, insofar as each one does not see the other one and denies his existence.

Directed by: Ali Asadollahi

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Language: Persian; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 14 mins.

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The Beaver Believers
Oct
5
12:00 PM12:00

The Beaver Believers

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The Beaver Believers

Fri, Oct 5; 12:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

California Premiere

The Beaver Believers is the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - five scientists and a hairdresser - who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West. A keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the complexity and resiliency needed to absorb the impacts of climate change. The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm of land management, and will inspire you to take a bite out of the challenges we face, one stick at a time.

Directed by: Sarah Koenigsberg

Country: Canada, USA

Language: English

Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film

Runtime: 55 mins.

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Leaf of Life
Oct
5
2:30 PM14:30

Leaf of Life

Leaf of Life

Fri, Oct 5; 2:30 PM (Colligan Plaza Theater)

US Premiere

The story of a documentary filmmaker who wants to make a film about the dangers facing the growth of Saffron in Iran.

Directed by: Ebrahim Mokhtari

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran

Language: Persian

Genre: Narrative Feature

Runtime: 84 mins.


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Up to Snuff
Oct
5
2:30 PM14:30

Up to Snuff

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Up to Snuff

Fri, Oct 5; 2:30 PM (Courtyard Theater)

Northern California Premiere

Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. Friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to become one of the most beloved composers in television history. Featuring Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Lawrence O’Donnell, Steve Lukather, Eric Burdon and Snuffy Walden.

Directed by: Mark Maxey

Country: United Kingdom, USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 80 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend


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The True North Project screening with Seen/UnSeen: Stories into Creativity
Oct
5
2:30 PM14:30

The True North Project screening with Seen/UnSeen: Stories into Creativity

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The True North Project

Fri, Oct 5; 2:30 PM (Corridor Theater)

The True North Project, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, is a celebration of Canada’s multi-ethnic society and its ongoing process of reconciliation with the indigenous community. In this celebration of diversity, artists from vastly different backgrounds are brought together to create a collaborative work for orchestra. The documentary focuses on national identity and the idea of “home” in a country where 20 percent of the population is foreign-born. The film offers insights into the creative processes of artists from different cultural backgrounds and from different regions of Canada, as they work together towards a common goal. The documentary is about hope for the future, and brings attention to the enrichments brought by the coexistence of different peoples and cultures within the framework of a nation.

Directed by: Emil Agopian

Country: Canada

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 50 mins.

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Seen/UnSeen: Stories into Creativity

The artists in Seen/UnSeen: Stories into Creativity are Doyle Foreman (sculpture), Edward Ramirez (photography) and Claire Thorson (painting). In Seen/UnSeen you will get to hear each artist explore their studio or “in the world” process and how it shapes an artwork coming into being.

Directed by: Wallace Boss

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 13 mins.

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Balian (the Healer) (Friday Screening)
Oct
5
4:45 PM16:45

Balian (the Healer) (Friday Screening)

Balian (the Healer)

Fri, Oct 5; 4:45 PM (Colligan Theater)

California Premiere

Balian (the Healer)

A film shot over 20 years, BALIAN (The Healer) depicts the rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being 'discovered' by Western tourists. A fable of globalization that Alan Berliner calls 'a magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer...It’s funny, too.”

Directed by: Daniel McGuire

Country: Indonesia

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 85 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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She is the ocean screening with Poco a Poco
Oct
5
4:45 PM16:45

She is the ocean screening with Poco a Poco

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She is the ocean

Fri, Oct 5; 4:45 PM (Corridor Theater)

World Premiere

An in-depth exploration into the lives of nine astonishing women from all four corners of the globe. In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women, ranging from the ages of twelve to eighty three, in order to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s Ocean life through all her ages.

Directed by: Inna Blokhina

Country: Germany,Indonesia,USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 101 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Poco a Poco

Directed by: Kyle Buthman, Perry Gershkow

Country: Mexico; Language: Spanish; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 10 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Afghan Cycles
Oct
5
4:45 PM16:45

Afghan Cycles

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Afghan Cycles

Fri, Oct 5; 4:45 PM (Courtyard Theater)

Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.

Directed by: Sarah Menzies

Country: Afghanistan

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 90 mins.

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Ritoma screening with Last Dance at Johnson's Barn
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ritoma screening with Last Dance at Johnson's Barn

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Ritoma

Fri, Oct 5; 7:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

California Premiere

As tradition and modernity collide high on the Tibetan plateau, the nomads of Ritoma have a new passion — basketball. Leaving their old way of life behind, they battle to keep their culture alive while embracing the modern world.

When they play against former professional players from the US and other Tibetan teams in their region’s first tournament, will their team win?

Directed by: Ruby Yang

Country: Hong Kong

Language: Tibetan

Genre: Documentary Feature

Runtime: 57 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Last Dance at Johnson's Barn

Since 1952, generations of North Dakota families have attended dances at Johnson's Barn. The barn is an icon on the prairie - so integral to the community fabric that scarcely a family in the region can't trace a courtship or marriage back to the barn. But when the farm's owner, Brian Johnson, falls ill, he and his family face a heartbreaking decision.

Directed by: Clay Haskell

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 18 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war (Friday screening)
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war (Friday screening)

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war

Fri, Oct 5; 7:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war

Two filmmakers stop their lives to make a film about the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. Carving out six months for the project, the women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later.

Directed by: Susan Scott

Country: South Africa,USA

Language: English

Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film

Runtime: 120 mins.

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Barbara
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Barbara

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Barbara

Fri, Oct 5; 7:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

An actress, Brigitte, is preparing to play famous French songstress, Barbara in a new film. Brigitte works on her character, studying Barbara's voice, her songs, gestures,and the way she carried herself. Eventually, the character of Barbara starts to take her over. As things progress, Yves, the director, becomes infatuated with her- but does his infatuation lie with Brigitte the actress, or Barbara?

Directed by: Mathieu Amalric

Country: France

Language: French

Genre: Narrative Feature

Runtime: 98 mins.

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Shorts Program: Alternative Cinema
Oct
5
9:15 PM21:15

Shorts Program: Alternative Cinema

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Shorts Program: Alternative Cinema

Fri, Oct 5; 9:15 PM (Corridor Theater)

A collection of experimental and animated films from around the world, Alternative Cinema illustrates the vast possibilities of cinematic expression. These provocative films will make you experience the world in a new way.

Total runtime: 57 mins

Hi-Five the Cactus

California Premiere

A small desert town suffers a devastatingly-disastrous-drought.

Their only hope is an old-cactus, for whom this story is about.

His selfless-sacrifice could keep the dusty-town alive.

Let me introduce you to a cactus named Hi-Five!

Directed by: Christopher Allan Thomas

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 9 mins.

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White Trash

US Premiere

Cinematic Graffiti. A defacing of the image of normality sold to the public en masse. We manipulate these images to express our visceral reaction as filmmakers and artists to the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the disastrous yet logical conclusion of a system that is finally imploding before our eyes.

Directed by: Jeff Zorrilla

Country: Argentina; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 3 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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The Pattern

This short film is inspired by the real events pertaining to the 1988 chemical attack of Halabja, Iraq. The film captures the last moments of a traditional rug being woven, as the rug weaver reflects on her feelings and what she has been through; although in reality not all the patterns in her mind have made it to the rug.

Directed by: Azad Jannati

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Language: English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 7 mins.

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IN THE FURY! (If a Peacock Screams)

Due to its inherent intangibility, one can only guess at the ultimate capabilities and limitations of weaponized sound. Manic browser tab surfing, from fox news pundits to youtube vlogs to grainy sonic conspiracies of the past, triangulates an unknowable truth. IN THE FURY! is a collage less concerned with reporting than with stalking the lingering paranoia provoked by sinister sonic invasions.

Directed by: John Fireman

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 13 mins.

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The Train

A person rides a flying bicycle in the sky, full of happiness. Gradually we realize all is not as it appears.

Directed by: Javad Matouri

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 3 mins.

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Girasoles

California Premiere

The form of the sunflower divides our view of city life, juxtaposing three moments in time that create a dialogue with one another.

Directed by: Jeff Zorrilla

Country: Argentina; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 6 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Mermaids and Rhinos

Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino. The acts of present and the past are in constant metamorphoses and transformation. The characters overstep their own and the surrounding world’s physical borders. Tilda’s life is full of grotesque, bizarre characters hungry for love. The atmosphere of wistfulness, desire, passion and sorrow frame the story.

Directed by: Viktória Traub

Country: Hungary; Language: English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 16 mins.

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Shorts Program: Friday Night Laughs
Oct
5
9:15 PM21:15

Shorts Program: Friday Night Laughs

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Shorts Program: Friday Night Laughs

Fri, Oct 5; 9:15 PM (Courtyard Theater)

Comedy with a kick. These comedic films take risks as only independent film can.

Total runtime: 97 mins.


Snaggletooth

North American Premiere

All Mary-Alice wants is a puppy. But first needs to get something straight.

Directed by: Colin Bishopp

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 9 mins.

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HILLBILLIES

Joe searches for a mysterious item that was left behind by an old friend when she recently moved away. She assists him throughout this little journey from the other end of a video call on his phone. Songs are sung and whimsical adventure is had in this colorful musical tale!

Directed by: James Myrick

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 23 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Sticks and Straw

World Premiere

A disgruntled witch attempts to curse an unscrupulous broom repair shop owner.

Directed by: Gino Vincelli

Country: Canada; Language: English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 3 mins.

Student Short

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Night Journey

Two young men discover the true meaning of friendship.

Directed by: David Marroquin

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 15 mins.

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Stand Up Santa Cruz

World Premiere

Three days in the life of a group of Santa Cruz comedians.

Directed by: Matt Kazee

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 47 mins.

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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Funny Story screening with Juliet
Oct
5
9:15 PM21:15

Funny Story screening with Juliet

Funny Story

Fri, Oct 5; 9:15 PM (Colligan Theater)

After years of being a neglectful father, a womanizing TV star decides to crash his estranged daughter’s vacation in Big Sur. FUNNY STORY is a tragicomedy you never saw coming. Filled with memorable characters and top-notch performances by Matthew Glave, Emily Bett Rickards and Jana Winternitz, FUNNY STORY teaches us about the destructive power of narcissism, the healing power of forgiveness, and our willingness to do karaoke after drinking enough tequila. A comedy about good people who do bad things.

Directed by: Michael Gallagher

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Feature; Runtime: 85 mins.

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Juliet

California Premiere

Juliet grew up under the strict rules set by her religious and tyrannical father. Locked inside and deprived of a normal life, Juliet developed a secret love for the music video dancer Simon Jack. Juliet sees her quiet life turned upside down the day Simon Jack appears in her room and convinces her to escape.

Directed by: Yaelle Amar

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 11 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Shorts Program: Portraits of Life on Earth
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Shorts Program: Portraits of Life on Earth

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Shorts Program: Portraits of Life on Earth

Sat, Oct 6; 12:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

This trio of contemplative films depicts the imprints of humanity on diverse settings: a remote village in Iran, a small town in Oklahoma, and bustling European cities. In addition to crossing national borders, this program crosses generic boundaries of narrative, documentary, and avant-garde filmmaking to create a stirring portrait of life on Earth.

Total runtime: 95 mins

Life Here

World Premiere

here life still floats; 
colored and pleasant. 
here, despite basic amenities 
There is smile, air, life, & a school. 
here you can breath as deep as life itself. 
you can stare ahead for hours. 
here one can study and fulfill dreams 
here life is real 
a sacrificing teacher would walk miles to arrive in a small school. 
a school with four students with the least facilities 
the teacher with only a few months left to be retired, still has a passion to teach 
he has realized one of his students has great dreams 
So he decides to step forward to help her fulfill that dream

Directed by: Hossein Fatemian

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Language: Persian; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 27 mins.

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Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a unique and deeply personal rendering of life in small-town Oklahoma. An unknown priest (Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men), whom townspeople seem to be awaiting, suddenly enters their lives. A dying cancer patient confesses that she’s grown mad at God, a Ku Klux Klansman that he’s hoping for redemption, an expectant father that he’s afraid for the future of his child. Unscripted, woven from a dozen real life stories, Thy Kingdom Come reveals life to be alternately precious and harsh, wanting and hopeful.

Directed by: Eugene Richards

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 42 mins.

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Cycle - Kreislauf

World Premiere

An avant gardist visual poem on nature, civilization and decay, set to music by Beethoven and Ravel.

Directed by: Alexander Tuschinski

Country: Germany; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 26 mins.

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At Capacity screening with Burning Van (Saturday Screening)
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

At Capacity screening with Burning Van (Saturday Screening)

At Capacity

Sat, Oct 6; 12:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

Santa Cruz County is currently the fourth least affordable housing market in the world. Santa Cruz home values have shot up 8.6% in the past year and on track to reach an average price of $892,000 by January of 2019. Collectively produced by a group of 19 UCSC student filmmakers, At Capacity is a timely look at the housing crisis in Santa Cruz. Documenting the local rent freeze campaign from signature gathering to city council vote, high end real estate tours, Santa Cruz’s growing homeless tent encampment, tiny home dwellers, new construction, housing lawyers at work, and much more, At Capacity weaves together a complex portrait at the issues that affect local housing.

Directed by: Jazmine Corona; Joshua Cosbey; Andrea Diaz; Bianca Galeana; Jiaxun Gao; Carlos Gonzalez; Alexis Guzman; Michelle Hua; Tess Jagger-Wells; Noel Kabe; Enrique Labrada; Kelly Leonardson; Kathy Liang; Juliette Perrault; Bojun Qiu; Collette Quach; Tatianna Stapleton; James Tanjuatco; Hui Zhang

Country: USA; Language: USA; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 73 mins.

Santa Cruz Local Work

Student Work

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Burning Van

World Premiere

Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, a festival for the nomadic working elderly, provides a stark look into a future where financial instability has rendered the concept of comfortable retirement a cruel dream.

Directed by: alex/casey sammon/friedman

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 15 mins.

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Balian (the Healer)
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Balian (the Healer)

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Balian (the Healer)

Sat, Oct 6; 12:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

California Premiere

Balian (the Healer)

A film shot over 20 years, BALIAN (The Healer) depicts the rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being 'discovered' by Western tourists. A fable of globalization that Alan Berliner calls 'a magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer...It’s funny, too.”

Directed by: Daniel McGuire

Country: Indonesia; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 85 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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The End of Weed

Set amidst the rugged mountains of Northern California, THE END OF WEED, is a short homage to a passing California way of life, that of the independent dope grower. Fires, heavy rains, and endless physical toil fill the days of the small grower over the agrarian year in which filmmaker and farmer document his crop. Spanning backwards from winter to spring, the result is ruminative and close to the ground.

Directed by: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 15 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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Find Me
Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

Find Me

Find Me

Sat, Oct 6; 2:30 PM (Colligan Plaza Theater)

US Premiere

An emotionally wounded accountant decides to break away from routine and find his missing friend, who has left clues for him of her whereabouts in National Parks across the West.

Directed by: Tom Huang

Country: USA

Language: English

Genre: Narrative Feature

Runtime: 102 mins.

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Shorts Program: The BODY: Movement and Media
Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

Shorts Program: The BODY: Movement and Media

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Shorts Program: The BODY: Movement and Media

Sat, Oct 6; 2:30 PM (Courtyard Theater)

This Shorts Program features a collection of works that verge on the experimental. The human BODY is examined in fragmented detail. It is built up and broken down; it is left out. Thoughtful montage begs questions of comparison between figures: consider differences in ability and age. Popular media shapes our perception of the human body in ways that are critical, dishonest, revelatory, and beautiful. Which body is privileged? Which body is valued?

Total runtime: 84 mins.

Body of Your Dreams

A short film exploring the ballet "A Body of your Dreams" by Myles Thatcher featuring the Joffrey ballet dancers. Using athletes in a gym setting the film looks at body issues and pop culture in conjunction.

Directed by: Quinn Wharton

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 10 mins.

Stations

A transistor radio serves as a conduit for messages from beyond the grave. A kaleidoscope of recycled memories ensues.

Directed by: Jane Terry

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 10 mins.

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Paloma

World Premiere

PALOMA tells the story of a woman who has lost her creative self. In present day, she is depressed and alone, combing through the deepest and darkest parts of her memory in search of an answer for her loss. It will take an act of faith to allow Paloma to recognize that she is still the woman, dancer and mother she was always destined to be.

Directed by: Sophia Conger

Country: USA; Language: Spanish; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 16 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Student Short

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.Gif: The Film

California Premiere

An homage to a new visual dialect that has become a symbol of the virtual forms of communication and at the same time - due to its fascination with the fundamentals of the moving image - a memento of the birth of cinema. The continuous flow of disperse images works as a glimpse into the unconscious of the visual consumer in the age of social media, while the use of film creates a dialogue between the digital and the analogue that crafts a new texture of the real.

Directed by: Jeff Zorrilla

Country: Argentina; Language: Spanish; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 15 mins.

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Dance on Budapest with BANDALOOP

US Premiere

Based in Oakland, California, BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world. Although it appears effortless, it’s a demanding process that requires tremendous commitment, preparation, vision, and athleticism. Shot in collaboration with GoPro, we present a celebration of the human spirit.

Directed by: Daniel Sherer

Country: Hungary, USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 10 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Stim

World Premiere

Stim is a short documentary film featuring Autistic people telling in their own words what the act of "stimming" (self stimulatory, repetitive behaviors) means to them. Education programs often attempt to "extinguish" (limit or erase) stimming because it looks strange to the neurotypical eye and is considered a "deficit" or "symptom" of autism. Autistic adults offer an alternative perspective: one that celebrates the many functions and joys of stimming, taking up the call of neurodiversity instead of deficit. Open Captioned.

Directed by: Marrok Sedgwick

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental Short; Runtime: 7 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Student Short

CUE JANE

California Premiere

Failed to balance her acting career and taking care of her father who has Alzheimer’s, Jane Lee, a struggling middle-aged actress accidentally takes her father’s laxative pills whose effect hits her when she is on the way to an important audition.

Directed by: Qianzi Gao

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 16 mins.

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Student Short

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The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head screening with One Small Step (Saturday screening)
Oct
6
2:30 PM14:30

The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head screening with One Small Step (Saturday screening)

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The Further Adventures of Walt's Frozen Head

Sat, Oct 6; 2:30 PM (Corridor Theater)

World Premiere

A quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between Peter, a low level theme park employee, and the frozen head of Walt Disney.

During his yearly thaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy, Walt demands to be allowed up to see his final project, Walt Disney World. When management scoffs, he recruits Peter to kidnap him for a day in the Magic Kingdom.

Directed by: Benjamin Lancaster

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Feature; Runtime: 80 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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One Small Step

Directed by: Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

Country: China, USA; Language: Chinese, English; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 8 mins.

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Marisa in the Woods screening with Gloria Talks Funny
Oct
6
4:45 PM16:45

Marisa in the Woods screening with Gloria Talks Funny

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Marisa in the Woods

Sat, Oct 6; 4:45 PM (Corridor Theater)

Marisa feels that she is taking a backseat role in her own life. With nothing in the pipeline, no job or future, she puts herself to one side to focus on supporting her best friend, Mina, who’s inconsolable after breaking up with her boyfriend, Salvador. Marisa is lost in a jungle of other people’s drama while postponing hers. She wakens from this lethargy after an unexpected event completely overturns all her ideas and she wanders through the streets of Madrid, until she is forced to face what is worrying her.

Directed by: Antonio Morales

Country: Spain; Language: Spanish; Genre: Narrative Feature; Runtime: 83 mins.

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Gloria Talks Funny

When struggling voice actress, Gloria, discovers her agent failed to tell her that her claim-to-fame cartoon is being remade, she sets her sights on reprising her role as the famous BioBoy.

Directed by: Kendall Goldberg

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 18 mins.

Student Short

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Shorts Program: A Crucial Connection
Oct
6
4:45 PM16:45

Shorts Program: A Crucial Connection

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Shorts Program: A Crucial Connection

Sat, Oct 6; 4:45 PM (Courtyard Theater)

A figure appears on the horizon, a phone rings from an unknown number, a vague message arrives. While humans yearn for connection, we are also wary of intrusion. These short films tenderly explore the emotional journeys of characters making connections in dramatic circumstances.

Total runtime: 81 mins




Whoever Was Using This Bed

A married couple is woken in the dead of night by a mysterious phone call. Unable to sleep, they are drawn into an unsettling examination of their fears and desires. Based on a story by Raymond Carver (Birdman), WHOEVER WAS USING THIS BED is a multi-award winning short psychological drama starring Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue), Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) and Jane Birkin (Blow Up).

Directed by: Andrew Kotatko

Country: Australia; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 20 mins.

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BLiP

World Premiere

Georgia spends her days battling her own demons, until she accidentally wakes a discarded cardboard robot whose needs outweigh her own. As she promises to return it home, BLiP becomes her guide on a journey she’s reluctant to take, but one guaranteed to leave her changed.

Directed by: Cheryl Isaacson

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 14 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Man's Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend is the story of a lonely software engineer named Martin, who lives life through his smartphone. That is, until a rebellious dog walker interrupts his pattern of avoidance. It poses the question: is “app culture” really making life convenient or is it making us passive and alone?

Directed by: Natasha Blass & Alex Mallonee

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 11 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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A Snow Day in April

A biology graduate student confronts anxiety and grief as her father is about to go into dangerous surgery on the opposite coast of the country.

Directed by: Capri Kuliopulos

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 13 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

Student Work

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Sunflower Soup

A relapsed alcoholic in a post-pandemic world experiences the visions of his late wife and daughter and attempts to pave a lifestyle with whatever seems to be left.

Directed by: Marissa A. Martinez

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 10 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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Guardian (2018)

Manuel (Carlos Flores, Jr) is a gay Latino teen who lacks guidance and support. Even though his mother, Anna (Virginia Blanco) deeply cares for him, she is only able to prove and instill her love through video tapes made from afar. Keeping his sexuality and boyfriend (Connery Morano) a secret from his homophobic father (Roy Manzanares), Manuel must decide the life he wants to live or end.

Directed by: Nicolas Jara

Country: USA; Language: English, Spanish; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 15 mins.

Student Short

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin screening with Lotte that Silhouette Girl (Saturday Screening)
Oct
6
4:45 PM16:45

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin screening with Lotte that Silhouette Girl (Saturday Screening)

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Sat, Oct 6; 4:45 PM (Colligan Theater)

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 88.

Directed by: Arwen Curry

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 67 mins.

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Lotte that Silhouette Girl

Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the oldest surviving animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.

Directed by: Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 10 mins.

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Rodents of Unusual Size
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Rodents of Unusual Size

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Rodents of Unusual Size

Sat, Oct 6; 7:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

A story about giant swamp rats invading coastal Louisiana and the defiant people on the edge of the world, who are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected invasive species

Directed by: Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 71 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Sat, Oct 6; 7:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

Using their independent Chicago retail store and label named Wax Trax! Records, the two founders take a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 1980s underground. This accidentally creates a new kind of dance music that begins to gain global recognition. As the underground label grows in reputation a series of unfortunate events cascade through Wax Trax! and its two creators, almost causing the label's influential history to be lost forever.

Directed by: Julia Nash

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 95 mins.

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Float
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Float

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Float

Sat, Oct 6; 7:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

Sun, Oct 7; 12:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

World Premiere

Follows several years-in-the-life of one of the few remaining, all-volunteer, 'self-built' Rose Parade float crews.

Directed by: Karl Preusser

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 100 mins.

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RISE: The Story of Augustines
Oct
6
9:15 PM21:15

RISE: The Story of Augustines

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RISE: The Story of Augustines

Sat, Oct 6; 9:15 PM (Courtyard Theater)

US Premiere

The heartfelt journey of two men, persevering through tragedy and adversity, to become one of the most critically acclaimed indie bands in the world.

Directed by: Todd Howe

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 80 mins.

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calm before... the rising storm

In June of 1967, a group of six high school seniors at Phillips Academy Andover, (an all-boys Prep School), went into a tiny recording studio in Framingham Massachusetts and recorded an album called 'calm before...' that was to become a Vinyl collector's classic in the decades to follow. The album was 'bootlegged' in Europe and suddenly the band was unwittingly thrust back into the spotlight. In this 30 minute documentary, filled with animations, re-creations, and interviews with experts, fans, and band members we piece together the story of the Rising Storm's unlikely rise to fame.

Directed by: Andrew Brier

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 30 mins.

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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The Drinking Life screening with Pour 585
Oct
6
9:15 PM21:15

The Drinking Life screening with Pour 585

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The Drinking Life

Sat, Oct 6; 9:15 PM (Corridor Theater)

THE DRINKING LIFE focuses on a community of drinkers in an early-morning bar in Newfoundland. It is the first feature length documentary film from Canadian Screen Awards nominee, Kenneth J Harvey.

Billy: "I was born in a house of prostitution... Did that grab you?"

Naomi: "I met him when I was eleven. He was in jail. He killed my mother. I was only a year old."

Mick: "Why do I drink? I told you, to forget things in the past."

Gerry: "I had a stroke. The stroke didn't take a feather out of me. It didn't change me. Unless a stroke can cause cancer."

Directed by: Kenneth J Harvey

Country: Canada; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 72 mins.

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Pour 585

A timid character with a wine glass for a head grows larger than his numbered peers while participating in a prosaic cycle of pouring.

Directed by: Patrick Smith

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Country: USA; Genre: Animation; Runtime: 5 mins.




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Monger
Oct
6
9:15 PM21:15

Monger

Monger

Sat, Oct 6; 9:15 PM (Colligan Theater)

An explosive look at the lives of three men who take part in the world of sexual tourism in Buenos Aires that gives an insight into the motivations and attitudes that fuel the sex trade and the reactionary wave of global misogyny that has reached a boiling point.

Directed by: Jeff Zorrilla

Country: Argentina; Language: English, Spanish; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 72 mins.

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Difference

US Premiere

A few young men are in a very weird situation with each other, insofar as each one does not see the other one and denies his existence.

Directed by: Ali Asadollahi

Country: Islamic Republic of Iran; Language: Persian; Genre: Narrative Short; Runtime: 14 mins.




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Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (Sunday screening)
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records (Sunday screening)

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Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

Sun, Oct 7; 12:00 PM (Courtyard Theater)

Using their independent Chicago retail store and label named Wax Trax! Records, the two founders take a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 1980s underground. This accidentally creates a new kind of dance music that begins to gain global recognition. As the underground label grows in reputation a series of unfortunate events cascade through Wax Trax! and its two creators, almost causing the label's influential history to be lost forever.

Directed by: Julia Nash

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 95 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Float (Sunday Screening)
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Float (Sunday Screening)

Float

Sun, Oct 7; 12:00 PM (Colligan Theater)

World Premiere

Follows several years-in-the-life of one of the few remaining, all-volunteer, 'self-built' Rose Parade float crews.

Directed by: Karl Preusser

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 100 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin screening with Lotte that Silhouette Girl (Sunday Screening)
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin screening with Lotte that Silhouette Girl (Sunday Screening)

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Sun, Oct 7; 12:00 PM (Corridor Theater)

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 88.

Directed by: Arwen Curry

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 67 mins.

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Lotte that Silhouette Girl

Before Walt Disney, there was a trailblazing woman at the vanguard of animation. Influenced by folktales and legends, Lotte Reiniger was a tour de force of creativity and innovation: she invented the multiplane camera and created the oldest surviving animated feature. This stunning film explores the life and times of a woman who is finally being given her due.

Directed by: Elizabeth Beecherl and Carla Patullo

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 10 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Shorts Program: Increase the Peace
Oct
7
2:30 PM14:30

Shorts Program: Increase the Peace

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Shorts Program: Increase the Peace

Sun, Oct 7; 2:30 PM (Courtyard Theater)

These short films profile individuals and groups who are reaching out to bring peace and justice to their communities.

Total runtime: 90 mins.

Music in May

Be uplifted and inspired as this work takes you on a journey through the genesis and heart of Music in May, a music festival started by violinist Rebecca Jackson in her hometown of Santa Cruz. Live music reaching beyond the concert hall, experience music in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall, and a special needs class, all demonstrating the incredible power of music to build bridges and unite people of all backgrounds.

Directed by: Elizabeth Jackson

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 7 mins.

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work

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Making Waves: Rebirth of the Golden Rule

In 1958, four Quaker peace activists set sail for the Marshall Islands-- the US nuclear testing zone--to call attention to the devastating effects of the bomb on people and the environment. When the crew was arrested and jailed in Hawaii, public outcry for their release sparked a movement that led to the signing of the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963. Sixty years later, Veterans for Peace has restored this historic wooden boat and embarked on a global mission to end the arms race. Shot on board the Golden Rule during a protest of the Navy's Air and Sea show in San Diego Bay, the film features interviews of veterans whose stories illuminate the true costs of warfare.

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Directed by: James Knight

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 25 mins.

Build Ramps Not Walls

California Premiere

Shown through the eyes of an 8 year old American-Mexican boy, Build Ramps Not Walls documents a bi-national skate community in Mexico seeking a positive response to the negative rhetoric between Mexico and the USA after the 2016 presidential elections.

Directed by: Brian Adamkiewicz

Country: Mexico, USA; Language: English, Spanish; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 14 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Holy Week: The Story of the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk

A documentary about the 2016 Sacred Peace Walk, an interfaith walk across Nevada in spiritual protest of the extremes of governmental violence.

Directed by: James Knight

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 40 mins.

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Directed by: Liam Price

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 4 mins.

Youth Work

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Shorts Program: Claiming Power, Transforming Culture
Oct
7
2:30 PM14:30

Shorts Program: Claiming Power, Transforming Culture

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Shorts Program: Claiming Power, Transforming Culture

Sun, Oct 7; 2:30 PM (Corridor Theater)

Claiming Power, Transforming Culture brings together inspiring films about women and girls who have used their creativity, grit, and passion to make a difference. Though you may not yet know their names, their impact on the world will stay with you.

Total Runtime: 81 mins.

Inclusion On the Air

This documentary is about the life and work of Emily Perl Kingsley, a former Sesame Street writer and longtime activist for children with disabilities and their families.

Directed by: Eli Canter

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice FIlm; Runtime: 9 mins.

Youth Work

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Si-G

US Premiere

Cansu is a 13-year-old rapper from Molenbeek, Brussels. Her rap name is Si-G. She dreams of fame but never actually believed she could possibly make it. When rapper Omar -G decides to make a track with her, her dream unexpectedly comes closer.

Directed by: FREDERIKE MIGOM

Country: Belgium; Language: Dutch; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 16 mins.

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Freedom Fighters

California Premiere

Pakistan is routinely ranked as the third most dangerous country in the world for women. Much of the nation is extremely conservative, religiously and culturally, and women are often subject to violence at the hands of men. “Freedom Fighters” follows three brave women who are speaking out against inequality and pushing for equal rights. The documentary features verité sequences along with 2D animation to tell the stories of these powerful women as well as the victims they have helped in their journey to challenge the status quo.

Directed by: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Country: Pakistan; Language: Urdu; Genre: EarthVision Environmental and Social Justice Film; Runtime: 33 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Nellie Bly Makes the News

NELLIE BLY MAKES THE NEWS' presents the story of Nellie Bly, a muckraking investigative journalist who changed the game for women in reporting before women even had the right to vote. Taking the style she established in 'NUTS!' a step further, director Penny Lane creates an entirely animated documentary. This short film investigates the porous line between reporting facts and telling stories, while creating a dynamic portrait of a woman who refused to accept the status quo.

Directed by: Penny Lane

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 23 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Fireland Dogs
Oct
7
2:30 PM14:30

Fireland Dogs

Fireland Dogs

Sun, Oct 7; 2:30 PM (Colligan Plaza Theater)

US Premiere

In Tierra del Fuego (Fireland) feral dog-packs have been attacking the island's economic mainstay- sheep-flocks- and are affecting wildlife and the general ecological balance. The origin of the problem: urban dwellers abandoning their pets. Thus 'man's best friend' becomes a growing menace, now threatening man himself- who doesn't seem to find answers to the serious imbalances he himself has created.

Directed by: Juan Dickinson

Country: Argentina; Language: Spanish; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 67 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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I Can Only Be Mary Lane screening with Homo Feminus
Oct
7
4:45 PM16:45

I Can Only Be Mary Lane screening with Homo Feminus

I Can Only Be Mary Lane

Sun, Oct 7; 4:45 PM (Colligan Theater)

California Premiere

At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary Blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. Although Mary is widely respected in Chicago, she has never gotten the wider recognition she deserves. I Can Only Be Mary Lane follows Mary as she records just her second studio album and first in over 20 years. Her producer thinks it could potentially win her a grammy, if only they can get it done.

Directed by: Jesseca Ynez Simmons

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 60 mins.

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Homo Feminus

Delving into issues around gender biases, inclusivity, and women's representation in popular media, 'Homo Feminus' explores the social and cultural aspects that shape the way we understand gender, through a series of metaphorical vignettes and intimate stories told from the female perspective. Carried through the intense poetic narrative that is all too relevant today, 'Homo Feminus' challenges the viewer to peel off the layers of myth and collective memory to find the elusive truth at the core of female consciousness, and celebrates women of all ages, races, sizes, and types.

Directed by: Rita Solomko

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 6 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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I Am Maris screening with Inner Beauty with Lamura Latae
Oct
7
4:45 PM16:45

I Am Maris screening with Inner Beauty with Lamura Latae

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I Am Maris

Sun, Oct 7; 4:45 PM (Courtyard Theater)

Tormented by mental illness and hospitalized for life-threatening anorexia nervosa, a teenage girl confronts her buried emotions through yoga. Maris’s recovery story is told in her own words and those of her friends, parents, and therapist. Her journey from despair to self-acceptance is illustrated through vivid animation based on her haunting artwork and writing.

Directed by: Laura VanZee Taylor

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Feature; Runtime: 54 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

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Inner Beauty with Lamura Latae

World Premiere

A Santa Cruz local who grew up during the Great Depression shares her wisdom about seeing the inner beauty in people and in life.

Directed by: Michelle Ortega

Country: USA; Language: English; Genre: Documentary Short; Runtime: 6 mins.

Filmmakers expected to attend

Santa Cruz/Monterey Local Work



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The Undecided screening with Chakham
Oct
7
4:45 PM16:45

The Undecided screening with Chakham

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The Undecided

4:45 PM (Corridor Theater)

US Premiere

Set in Sri Lanka. The Undecided explores the life of Sasitha, 27, a delivery person employed by Giftnet, an Internet based business which accepts gift orders from customers living outside Sri Lanka. His spare time is spent on the office computer when his boss isn’t looking, in the company of women befriended on Facebook and Skype. Seeing each “relationship” as a potential asset in his many schemes to reach greener pastures, Sasitha picks Sri Lankan women living abroad as his virtual friends. When his real and virtual relationships cross and his plans come crashing down, Sasitha returns to cyber space and surfs the net in search of new relationships.

Directed by: Malaka

Country: Sri Lanka; Genre: Narrative Feature; Runtime: 90 mins.

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Chakham

US Premiere

This film is about the Korean social atmosphere and structure which forces us to be good natured. The film reveals how I felt in Korea while living and working, sometimes I had to give up to raise my voice and sacrifice myself to pretend to be good people, as many Korean young generation did. We were taught to be obedient, follow the rules, which makes us powerless. I hope my work could get sympathy from Korean young people and also make us them to think about their feeling and status.

Directed by: Yoon su Lee

Country: Republic of Korea, USA; Language: English; Genre: Experimental; Runtime: 3 mins.

Student Short

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Closing Film and Party: The Ark of Disperata
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Closing Film and Party: The Ark of Disperata

Closing Film and Party

The Ark of Disperata

Sun, Oct 7; 7:00 PM (Colligan Plaza Theater)

In a small godforsaken town in southern Italy called Disperata, Filippo, the melancholic mayor, feels terribly inadequate in fulfilling his duties. The only glimpse of light in the overall gloom is his love for poetry and teaching literature to prison inmates.

Directed by: Edoardo Winspeare

Country: Italy; Language: Italian; Genre: Narrative Feature; Runtime: 110 mins.

Sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz

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  Join us after the film for a closing party at Hotel Paradox in downtown Santa Cruz

Join us after the film for a closing party at Hotel Paradox in downtown Santa Cruz

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