2019 Festival schedule

Thursday - October 3rd

10:00 am

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: Before the Streets

Canadian drama from director Chloé Leriche set among the Atikamekw people of northern Quebec. Before the Streets is the story of Shawnouk (Rykko Bellemare), a man who initiates the process of restorative justice after accidentally killing someone while committing a crime.

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10:15 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Adulthood

A young girl finds out on her thirteenth birthday that the monster under the bed isn't just a tall tale made up by parents.

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10:15 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Anamnesis

Dive into a man's conscious and unconscious mind as the physical and imagined world blend in front of him through his struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

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10:15 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: I Think She Likes You

When Justine (Christine Medrano) and Julia (Teresa Lee) pick Jake (Josh Fadem) up at a bar, it’s not quite the threesome he was expecting.

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10:15 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Snaggletooth

An unusual girl (Jolie Ledford) needs to get her teeth fixed at midnight.

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10:15 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: The Co-Op

A robber's plan quickly goes awry when the store he has marked turns out to be full of people with disabilities who turn out to be far from easy marks.

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11:00 am

Art Academy

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Event Details: Coffee and a Donut

The story of a young immigrant who knows no English, and his trials in....ordering breakfast at the local diner.

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11:00 am

Art Academy

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Event Details: Cold Season

Todd and Emilia, two incomplete people, look for completion in each other, but they find that not all missing pieces fit together.

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11:00 am

Woodward

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Event Details: How Do You Type a Broken Heart

How close to the abyss would you go to save another person? New mother Becky is awakened at close to midnight by Justine, an alcoholic who is on the brink of self-destruction. In order to reach Justine, Becky must open her own padlocked past.

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11:00 am

Woodward

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Event Details: Life Lakota

A glimpse into the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the challenges they face as a nation, a cultural enigma, and a piece of American heritage, too often forgotten.

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11:00 am

Art Academy

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Event Details: One-to-One

The story of particular meeting between Jesus and a young man close to losing his faith. This confrontation with Jesus leads to insidious and persistent questioning about the hard injustice of sickness, loneliness and helplessness in face of seemingly insurmountable pain.

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11:00 am

Woodward

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Event Details: The Spirit Seam

The animated story of Pap-Paw and his granddaughter, Pollywog takes place in 1950s Appalachian mining country. The two are inseparable until an illness threatens to fracture their family.

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12:30 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Exit Music

Twenty-eight-year-old artist and musician Ethan Rice has coped with cystic fibrosis since birth. Living with his family in upstate New York, Ethan has surpassed the grim medical forecasts of dying at four months old, at four years old, and at best barely becoming a teen. Now an adult who is acutely aware of the bittersweetness of surviving only to live in constant pain and being utterly dependent on others, Ethan seeks to address the terms of his palliative care, with repercussions for his family—in particular his father, Ed, a Vietnam veteran and stay-at-home dad who is himself coping with an insidious affliction.

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12:30 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: F/11 And Be There

F/11 and Be There beautifully renders Burk Uzzle’s vision as a photographer in a career spanning almost 70 years. Uzzle begins his mornings with a peaceful bike ride, part of his routine of physical and mental meditation that informs his working relationships with his subjects. Guiding us through his extensive archive, Uzzle shares some iconic photos from history. In his most recent project, documenting African Americans in the South, Uzzle employs his camera to sweep away the mundane to expose the profound. 

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12:45 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Chubby Café

Chubby is the boss of Chubby Café. She has four lovely employees: Lazy, Petty, Anger and Simple. Each of them has distinct personality. One day they saved a mysterious woman named Illusion from a suitcase. Illusion lost her memory and tried to find out who put her in the suitcase and delivered her to Chubby Café.

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12:45 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Man in the Camo Jacket

As front man for The Alarm, Mike Peters has written some of the most rousing anthems of our day -- “68 Guns,” “The Stand,” and “Strength.” But when diagnosed with cancer, his songs and life took on new meaning, igniting his indomitable spirit. Channeling his music in the global fight against cancer, Mike enlists renown musicians to trek and play fundraising concerts atop the most elevated spots on the planet - Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro & Fuji. With a contagious zeal for life, Mike – a husband, dad and rock star - saves lives one concert at a time, one hike at a time, one song at time.

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2:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Becoming Incurable

Becoming Incurable highlights a growing narrative behind the diagnoses of chronic, incurable illnesses. Through intimate storytelling, the film uncovers provocative arguments surrounding isolation, societal treatment, and personal views of our current healthcare system.

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3:00 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: The Land

Sixty-something farming couple John and Mary Lou Martin come face-to-face with mistakes from their pasts and an uncertain future as they strive to hold onto the only life they've ever known. Inspired by those set adrift by circumstances that leave them too old to start over and yet too young to give up, the film explores the question: "Are we more than what we do?"

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3:15 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Flawless

Three 17-year-old girls (Stav Strashko, Netsanet Mekonnen, and Noam Lugasy) navigate the daily indignities of high school using razor-sharp wit to shield their vulnerabilities. Envious of their picture-perfect popular classmates, the trio make a secret pact to raise the funds for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. They embark on an impulsive adventure that ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery, shaping these self-conscious high-schoolers into adults. 

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5:00 pm

Cincinnati Museum Center

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Event Details: Ancient Law

Baruch Mayr, son of an orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl in Galizia, decides to break with the family tradition and leave the shtetl to become an actor. Due to this behaviour his father bans him from his family. Baruch, who joined a small burlesque troupe is discovered by an Austrian Erzherzogin (archdutchess) who introduces him to the director of the most important Theater in Vienna, the Burgtheater. Baruch receives a contract there and becomes more and more an assimilated jew. But his relation with the Erzherzogin isn't approved by the Austrian court, so they have to end it. When an old friend of his father, who is always traveling from one Jewish community to the next (and has told him first about the theatres in the world), Baruch becomes a little bit homesick and returns for a holiday to his old shtetl to see his folks and to pick up his childhood sweetheart. But his father wants him not to enter his house, so he returns to Vienna, with his bride. But his old friend does not stop trying to convince his father of his errors.

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5:00 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: Our Time Machine

Chinese artist Maleonn creates elaborate photo tableaus that blend the real and the surreal in ways that echo his own memories. He follows in the artistic footsteps of his parents: his mother was an actress and his father, Ma Ke, was a long time director of the Peking Opera Theater. Maleonn is excited to collaborate with his father on his new project, a theater production of an intricately-designed father and son machine puppet. His father, however, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and slowly forgetting his past. Through the lens of a father-son relationship, Our Time Machine is the story of what it means to be an artist in China in the 20th century and today. Using evocative imagery and with haunting, yet universal, moments, Our Time Machine is about the consolation and mystery of art against the ravages of time.

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5:30 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Close Your Eyes and Fly

Blind people can’t fly airplanes, but no one told Sabrina, sightless from birth, who with great perseverance learned to pilot. She heads to France where she attends a workshop organized by Les Mirauds Volants, the European Association of visually impaired pilots. Beyond overcoming disabilities, this story focuses on the strength of those who live up to their own dreams and come to realize there are no barriers up in the clouds.

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5:30 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows shares the individual experiences of LGBTQ+ members of staff at P&G's Cincinnati office in 1993 - when the business was far more conservative than it is today and homophobia was prevalent.

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5:30 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Words Matter

The film celebrates the 25th anniversary of sexual orientation inclusion at P&G. It centers on the determined efforts of LGBTQ+ activist and retired P&G lab tech Michael Chanak, who worked tirelessly in the 1980s to add sexual orientation to P&G's equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement of diversity. Words Matter recounts the story of one man's fight and the legacy he left behind not only at P&G but in changing the private sector forever.

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6:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Drawn Together

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes looks at the pervasive culture of racist stereotyping in U.S. society through the lens of comics and their dynamic creators.

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7:00 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: As a Man (L'Afrance)

A young Senegalese man, El Hadj, is a student in Paris. Confronted with a problem of papers, he faces the dilemma of either extending his stay illegally or returning to his home country without graduating. Alain Gomis' impressive feature debut looks at the theme of uprooting both on an existential and emotional level.

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7:00 pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: Santuario

In May 2017, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, a quiet, unassuming grandmother from Guatemala, took refuge in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, to avoid deportation. Nearly two years later, she’s still there. She knits, cooks, and prays in anxious limbo, awaiting either a favorable court ruling or seizure by federal agents. Fifty miles from her home in Asheboro, she’s near enough to her husband, four children, and two grandchildren for regular visits, but she’s painfully removed from the daily rhythms of a house that feels empty without her. Filmmakers Christine Delp and Pilar Timpane sensitively capture the struggles of a woman caught in a political tug-of-war. 

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7:30 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Flesh Out

In keeping with the traditions of her Mauritanian home, the announcement of Verida’s (Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche) impending arranged marriage brings with it the beginning of gavage—the ritual of over-eating in order to attain a fuller figure more desirable to her future husband. As the obedient daughter of two loving parents, Verida at first accepts the intense physical strain of gavage with little resistance. But as the ritual’s requirements like eating upwards of six times a day and middle-of-the-night meals become increasingly all-consuming, Verida feels her resistance to the intense expectations of both her mother and culture push toward a breaking point. 

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Friday - October 4th

10:00 am

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: The God Given Talent: The Creative Life of Charles Curtis Blackwell

Charles Curtis Blackwell: the Oakland poet, painter, playwright and teacher -- takes us on an intimate journey into his past and present. From his challenging upbringing in both California and Mississippi, to his current creative life -- we follow as he discusses loss, love, pain, and redemption -- all through the prism of his artistic endeavors.

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10:15 am

Woodward

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Event Details: They Look Like Trees

Chuck Guy suddenly lost his sight after 60 years of perfect vision, with retinal surgery as his only hope. Having recently buried his mother and now living alone in Nashville, Tennessee, he forges an unlikely friendship with his next-door neighbor Eddie Cox, a blue-collar retiree and neighborhood busybody who couldn't be more different. In this cinéma-vérité exploration of blindness, fortitude, and friendship, Chuck reflects on wide-ranging subjects such as queer history, literature, and his own life, while facing a very delicate surgery and its aftermath.

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10:30 am

Art Academy

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Event Details: Pearl

Pearl is Elsa Amiel’s directorial debut, and stars Julia Föry in her first role as Lea Pearl, a French bodybuilder. The film follows Lea and her trainer in the lead up to a bodybuilding competition where she will compete for the coveted title of Miss Heaven. The rules are strict, and her trainer keeps her nose to the grindstone. This is all put at risk when Lea’s ex (Arieh Worthalter) shows up with their six-year old son, Joseph (Vidal Arzoni)—a son that Lea never wanted. In a world where every millimeter and every ounce is controlled, and every angle and sequin is scrutinised, Joseph comes in like an unpredictable whirlwind, upsetting Lea’s delicate balance between past and future.

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12:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Burned

A young LDS woman struggles to find her place in the world under the abuse of the person she most adores: her father. She must question family, faith, and love.

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12:15 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: Free Slave

Mehmet, being an idealistic man of principle, has decides to leave his job as an Imam to become a movie director. But now, he finds himself unable to raise the money he needs to fund his new film project. What happens when principle runs headlong into the practical realities of the profit motive?

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12:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: A Brave One

The true and inspiring story of a medical student, who volunteered to save the lives of those on the front-lines against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi during the Libyan revolution in 2011. While collecting and tending to the injured, he was accidentally shot by on the freedom fighters. This mistake may have cost him the ability to walk, but his courage and resilience did not stop him from moving forward.

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12:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Izan

Although his arms were lost in a work accident, Germán never surrendered. Nowadays he has become a man tormented and close to madness. Izan, his 9 years old little boy, suffers a cancer with little hope of a cure.

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12:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: The Man of the Trees

Daniel Balima is a 67-year-old senior horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town in Burkina Faso, where he lives with his large family. As a child, Daniel contracted polio and, although growing without the use of his legs, he followed his father in the family nursery, walking on his hands into a life’s calling.

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1:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: The Artifact Artist

Urban archeologist Scott Jordan unearths 300 years of New York City's garbage to create 21st century art work.

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1:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: The Fifth Mode

A group of international college students from the University of Cincinnati have a chance to qualify for the first ever SpaceX-Hyperloop Competition. To become one of the coveted 30 finalists, they will spend over 18 months competing against 1200 teams from across the globe.

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2:30 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Jay Myself

The life and art of photographer Jay Maisel radiates from this intimate character piece that follows Maisel as he moves out of his longtime Manhattan studio and home, the graffitied Germania Bank building on the Bowery.

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3:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Instrument of War

When U.S. B-24 bomber pilot Clair Cline is shot down and captured in northern Germany, one war ends and another begins -- to keep hope alive. Now behind Nazi barbed wire and oppression, Cline and his fellow POW's must find a way to bond together to not just survive but transcend their captivity. Inspired by true events.

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3:00 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: Island of the Hungry Ghosts

The burning of ghost money perfumes the air on far-off Christmas Island where Poh Lin Lee, a trauma therapist, lives with her husband and daughters. While Lee helps detained immigrants work through their trauma, migrating crabs freely move from the jungle to the ocean, coddled by locals who gently rake them from the path of oncoming vehicles. Lee’s therapeutic work, which is filmed in a uniquely intimate way, and her mediation between the unhappy spirits and the detainees take a toll on her relationship with her family. Director Gabrielle Brady conjures a poetic darkness that evinces a confrontation of nature and human suffering. 

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3:15 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Leftover Women

China’s one-child policy has created an untenable situation for many stigmatized single women who are under immense pressure from society, from families afraid of losing face, and from a government desperate to maintain population numbers. Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia explore this phenomenon, from the spectacle of awkward public dating contests and government sponsored matchmaking festivals to parents' marriage markets and excruciating family encounters. Leftover Women is a poignant and ultimately hopeful profile of three brave women seeking to define life and love on their own terms.

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5:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Charon

Sofia, a victim of school bullying who wakes up alone in a strange forest and proceeds to get in a car with a mysterious old man.

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5:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Face Rape

For many years these questions have appeared now and then: “Do you want to feel what I look like?”.  NO! I don’t want to put my hands in your dirty face! I don’t want your conception of the world in my face. Now is payback time. Here you have a mash up of your twisted fantasy. Welcome to Face Rape.

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5:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: In Colors

Lauris, a Latina immigrant adjusting to life in an Arizona border town with her new husband Noah, finds her values tested when Julieta, a young, undocumented immigrant on the run, seeks shelter on their property. Will Lauris do what she believes is right and help Julieta? Or will she choose self-preservation?

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5:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Matilde's First Day

Today is Matilde's first day of school. Due to a pivotal choice, her father Claudio wasn’t able to walk her to school, so her grandfather does. As they arrive, Claudio joins them and gives Matilde some advices to face this important day of her life. 

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5:15 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: The Kid's Table

Clare’s Mum and Dad are not really talking….again. Clare is left to have dinner by herself…again. She comes up with a great idea to bring them to the dinner table. Her table. Her rules.

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5:30 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Man of the People

Man of the People is a political thriller surrounding the legacy of Chicago mayor Harold Washingston. A complex unfolding of his two campaign runs leading to his sudden and mysterious death during his second term.

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5:30 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Metronome (In Time)

In this wordless fable, an ailing elderly maestro (David Patrick Kelly) and a young piano prodigy (Gabriel Gurevich) venture out of their musical isolation in hopes of selling their beloved piano.

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5:30 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: Otto Neurerer: Hope Through Darkness

In May 1940, Catholic priest Otto Neururer suffered an agonizing death in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Decades later, Heinz Fitz, an aging actor whose father was a Nazi, goes in search of the traces left behind by the blessed priest, together with juvenile delinquent Sofia and Fr. Anton, who is suffering from Parkinson's disease. Each these disparate pilgrims seek peace that can only come from a journey such as this.

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5:30 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Rogers and Tilden

Fresh out of prison in a Brooklyn he barely recognizes, Marcus (Gbenga Akinnagbe) is looking to seize his second chance. But first, he needs that driver’s license.

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5:30 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: The Dishwasher

A chef (Elisha Yaffe) at a fine dining restaurant in New York City asks a Mexican dishwasher (Kevin Balmore) to find good tortillas.

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5:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: A Regular Woman

Inspired by tragic real-life events, A Regular Woman introduces audiences to Hatun "Aynur" Sürücü (Almila Bagriacik), a vibrant young Turkish woman and mother who was coming into her own in Berlin when she was murdered at 23 by her youngest brother in an honor killing. Forced into an abusive arranged marriage with a cousin in Istanbul at 16 by her devout Muslim family, Anyur escapes to Berlin and gives birth to a son. She is considered a disgraceful burden by her parents and siblings, so Anyur soon leaves her family and attempts to start a new life.  Director Sherry Hormann’s unflinching film captures Anyur’s point of view, giving her a voice she never had. Blending stark cinematography with beautiful still imagery (with some pictures featuring the real Hatun "Aynur" Sürücü), A Regular Woman is a unique non-fiction narrative anchored by Bagriacik’s riveting performance.

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7:00 pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: Free To Rock

The film explores how Rock & Roll affected social change behind the Iron Curtain between the years 1955 and 1991, while telling the story of how the power of the music helped end the Cold War.

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7:30 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Burning Cane

A worried mother (Karen Kaia Livers) caring for her mange-ridden family dog; her unemployed, alcoholic son (Dominique McClellan) and the wife (Emyri Crutchfield) who supports him; and a preacher (Wendell Pierce) whose wife’s recent death has pushed him toward the bottle are a few of the characters who make up the beautifully rich world of Southeastern Louisiana in Phillip Youmans’ extraordinary debut feature. The poetic lyricism of the film’s handheld camerawork calls to mind a Terrence Malick-like interest in the influence of place on the people who inhabit it, and how deeply the beauty of the natural world can contrast with the brutality of human acts.  

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7:30 pm

Woodward

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Event Details: Happy Cleaners

When the Choi family lose their dry cleaning business, they learn to love each other to survive the crisis and heartaches that they cause each other.

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Saturday - October 5th

10:00 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: A Different Script

Enter the lives of two actors with Down syndrome, a TV network star, Jamie Brewer, and a big dreamer, Chris Lopes, as they use acting to transcend their limitations. The film illuminates their place in a larger movement to include people with Down syndrome in the entertainment industry.

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10:00 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Tea Time for Lions

The bond of two sisters growing up in an abusive home.

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10:00 am

AMC Newport

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Event Details: Tito and the Birds

Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity.

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10:15 am

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: For They Know Not What They Do

Can the love between two people ever be wrong? Does the Bible really condemn transgender people? Is “religious freedom” really an excuse to discriminate? And after so much progress, can the rights of LGBTQ people in America really be taken away? Through the experiences of four very normal, Christian, American families, discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization that they have a gay or transgender child. A follow-up to the multi-award-winning feature For The Bible Tells Me So, For They Know Not What They Do offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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12:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Moment to Moment

Carl and Susan met as teachers and their chemistry was palpable during their first date, a picnic lunch. After years of marriage, their lives change when Carl is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The film beautifully renders the tenderness and resiliency of their love story as Susan creates sculptures from copper wire Carl removes from televisions, thus holding on to the profound connection that remains in their lives.

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12:00 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: The Invalid Corps

In July 1864, a surprise Confederate raid reaches the very gates of Washington DC, almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union has already been sent south for a siege, more than 100 miles away. The primary defenders remaining are the Invalid Corps, made up of men injured in battle or by disease. These "hopeless cripples" must hold out for a desperate 24 hours until reinforcements can arrive. This is the story of that holdout.

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12:15 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Boys in the Boat

A crew of young rowers with intellectual disabilities thrive on the companionship and routine that come with being part of a team. While some train hard to compete at a prestigious regatta, others face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they head toward adulthood.

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12:15 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Slug Watching

A teenage boy deals a rare disease that causes him to move slower than the average human. Ostracized by society, the boy reaches a point of total hopelessness and attempts to end his own life. However, his disease restricts him from even that freedom.

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12:15 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Tempo

A short film about a young man named Jason who faces a world full of hearing people who refuse to see him as anything but deaf. Jason battles family, friends, and coworkers in pursuit of his dream; but at what cost?

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1:00 pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: Like Harvey Like Son

On May 30th, Ultrarunner Harvey Lewis set out to conquer the Appalachian Trail in record breaking fashion. Together, he and his 78-year old father-turned-crew chief navigate remote wilderness and unpredictable weather on their 2,190.9 mile journey to the top of Mount Katahdin, encountering a cast of colorful characters along the way.

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1:00 pm

AMC Newport

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Event Details: Lil' Buck: Real Swan

On the streets, parking lots, and slippery floors of the Crystal Palace Roller Rink in Memphis, Tennessee, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley learned the smooth art of Memphis jookin, igniting a lifelong passion for dance. From the time he was 12 years old, Lil Buck worked to perfect the intricate footwork of jookin, a fluid street dance style that evolved from the Gangsta Walk, as well as the eye-popping isolated jolts of bucking. Quickly, he became one of the most admired street dancers of his generation. Lil Buck won a scholarship to study ballet and took his dancing to a whole new level, merging street-style jookin with classical technique. After a breathtaking video taken of him dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” accompanied by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral, Lil Buck’s career exploded. 

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1:45 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: Last Year at the Crossing

An alternative school in small-town Indiana is the last, best chance for struggling teens to earn a high school diploma. For Devin, Hannah, Zariah and Keegan, just getting an education has been an uphill battle. All four fell through the cracks of the public school system. 

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2:00 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Rush to Judgment

A special work-in-progress documentary about a brief encounter at the Lincoln Memorial that resulted in a viral video and social media mayhem.  It brought death threats and hate directed at teenagers from Covington Catholic High School who came face-to-face with adult protesters.  What can journalists and media consumers learn from this case and what does it tell us about the current divide in American politics?

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3:45 pm

Art Academy CE STUDIO

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Event Details: The Beginning and Ending of Everything

Angelita returns home from prison in hopes of reuniting with the young child she left behind. When she discovers the child is nowhere to be found, she goes on a quest to find the baby, her hope, and her reason for living.

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4:15 pm

AMC Newport

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Event Details: Top End Wedding

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

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5:45 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: I Am Human

What it means to be human will soon be drastically altered with advancements in neurotechnology, leading to an incomprehensible cohesion between man and machine. I Am Human offers a glimpse of what this technical evolution entails, following three individuals with neurological disorders: one rendered tetraplegic after a bike accident, one battling Parkinson’s Disease, and one with late-onset blindness. Each subject undergoes experimental brain interface treatment, which involves direct stimulation from surgically inserted electrodes. Progress is slow but the picture is clear: as disease and disabilities fuel innovation and expanded capabilities, the ethical quandaries of a cognitive revolution are imminent. 

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6:00 pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem shines a spotlight on the NFL and its practices around wage theft and illegal employment of cheerleaders. Director Yu Gu follows several former cheerleaders, sharing both their legal and personal struggles as they fight for minimum wage and end 50 years of inequality inflicted by the NFL. The film takes us on a journey focusing on an historic class-action lawsuit that cheerleaders were finally able to bring against the NFL. The subjects of the film inspire each other to take on this seemingly insurmountable battle. Their fight for wage and gender equality epitomizes many of the challenges faced by working women in all sectors today.

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7:15 pm

AMC Newport

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Event Details: All the Gods in the Sky

30-year-old factory worker Simon lives a solitary existence on a decrepit farm in the remote French countryside. Devoting his time to caring for his sister Estelle, who was left severely disabled when a childhood game went horribly wrong, Simon is plagued by guilt and depression. But he sees a way out, looking to otherworldly forces as a means of liberating both himself and his sister from the corporeal prisons in which they are confined.

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8:15 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Ethan

Filmed over 12 years, Ethan is a funny, poignant coming-of-age story of a young man with autism. This thought-provoking, intimate portrait is the specific story of one imperfect and wonderful family that speaks to the larger issue of young people with disabilities transitioning to adulthood.

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8:30 pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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Event Details: Always in Season

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins as the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

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Sunday - October 6th

3:30 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

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Event Details: America

América is a story of brothers confronting the chasm between adolescent yearning and adult realities when brought together to care for their ailing ninety-three year old grandmother.

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10:00 am

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: Hearts of Glass: A Vertical Farm Takes Root in Wyoming

Hearts of Glass plunges into the critical first 15 months of operation of Vertical Harvest (VH), a highly innovative, but risky, experiment in growing crops and providing meaningful employment for people with disabilities. VH is a vertical farm built on 1/10 of an acre at an elevation of 6,237 feet, located in Jackson, Wyoming, a mountain town with extreme seasonal fluctuations in weather, population and demand for goods and services. Business drama is interwoven with the personal journeys of individuals who are part of an underemployed and underestimated group, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Plants and people grow together in this intimate portrait of one community's attempt to address timely and pressing issues around local food production, inclusion and opportunity.

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2:30 pm

Garfield Theatre

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Event Details: The Butterfly Trees

The Butterfly Trees captures the transcontinental journey of the eastern monarch butterflies on their epic migration from the forested shores of Southern Canada to the rare and ancient oyamel fir trees of Central Mexico.

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12:15 pm

Art Academy

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Event Details: The Journey - A Story of Love

A man and a woman travel through the world in a camper van: Niggi, a passionate photographer, and Annette, the love of his life, paralysed from the neck down for the last 20 years. With courage, wit and charm they hold on what makes life worthwhile. But what happens to love, when the circumstances of life change so drastically?  Full of curiosity and wonder the filmmaker (and daughter) Fanny Bräuning goes in search of answers.

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