We will announce all of our selected films in the coming days. In the meantime, we are thrilled to share our film program themes for 2016.
2016 Program Themes
Young and old com together in this program that juxtaposes the wise nature of the elderly with the spirited vulnerability of youth. And oftentimes, vice versa.
Total Program Runtime = 71 minutes
Not your children’s fairy tales. These films are twists on old parables, exploring themes for a mature audience that include grief, the loss of innocence, and the blurred lines of dreams giving way to unfettered fantasy.
Total Program Runtime = 73 minutes
Immigration and climate change are two of the biggest issues facing the world today. This collection of inspiring films delve deep into some of our current problems and show that human compassion, curiosity, and a little mobilized action can go a long way to making the world a better place.
Total Program Runtime = 82 minutes
the work we do
Does our work define who we are? And how does that identity affect our community and the people around us? In this program, we learn lessons from a prize fighter, a half blind photographer, an aging steam plant worker, a determined composer, a teenage refugee, and a depressed psychiatrist about the work we do and how personal legacy can inspire more than just individual success.
Total Program Runtime = 71 minutes
We all we got
We as a people live on top of each other and next to each other and yet so often we are defined by our differences and desires to remain divided. “We All We Got” explores this division, highlighting the importance of community and the infinite strength we can only build together.
Total Program Runtime = 77 minutes
“Birthday” is a about a severely wounded Marine and his wife coming home for the first time following months of surgeries and rehabilitation. It is a powerful, realistic and dignified depiction of what it is like for our severely wounded soldiers and their spouses as they face enormously difficult times ahead.
Runtime: 12:30 minutes
“Think outside the box” is an old cliché that asks us to discover and challenge our boundaries of perception and experience. These vivid and imaginative films certainly do that as they push beyond the confines of narrative filmmaking to explore the complexities of the human condition, leaving the viewer wondering why but wanting more.
Total Program Runtime: 80 minutes
Out of Erasers
Directed by Erik Rosenlund
Synopsis: A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work. While struggling to find a cure she also discovers that desperate times require hard choices.
Runtime: 14:59 minutes
Directed by Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc
Synopsis: A metaphorical tale of adversity. A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.
Runtime: 8:40 minutes
House on Its Head
Directed by Adam Palenta
Synopsis: This unusual documentary shows the family life of Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967), an architect, set designer and eminent poster artist. The film was made thanks to the private archives of the artist who loved to record his family life, meetings and trips with friends. Graphic works and experimental materials, never published before, complement the documentary material. The film provides not only an interesting perspective on the artist’s everyday life, but also a rare opportunity to find out about the life in communist Poland of the 1950s.
Runtime: 19:00 minutes
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Synopsis: During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.
Runtime: 11:34 minutes
Directed by Grainger David
Synopsis: The is the story of a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in a small town and one boy’s attempt to understand his mother’s death, his grandmother’s obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange, and inexplicable plague.
untime: 12:09 minutes
Directed by Kyle Armstrong
Synopsis: A short documentary film contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba. "Magnetic Reconnection" touches on the regenerative power of nature and the futility of mankind’s struggle against natural processes of decay and features likely some of the best footage of the aurora borealis ever captured.
Runtime: 12:31 minutes
Our nations are divided along invisible lines and sometimes even our communities within. But why? In an ever more globalized world, invisible borders decrease in meaning but have perhaps never contributed to more human strife.
Total Program Runtime = 86 minutes
Directed by Brian O’Malley
Synopsis: Having survived the massacre of her family, a young girl must make the long journey through the horrors of the Burmese jungle to the Salween river, beyond which lies the freedom of Thailand.
Runtime: 20 minutes
Directed by Mahdi Fleifel
Synopsis: Aided by smugglers, Palestinian refugees flee across Syria and Turkey to Greece, a place of projected hopes and paradise rolled into one. But Greece is stuck in a serious economic, political and social crisis and their dreams are soon stifled by a brutal reality that only permits a hand-to-mouth existence.
Runtime: 12:21 minutes
Directed by Terence Heuston
Synopsis: The film follows a 13 year old boy from Tijuana as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the “Devil’s Highway,” a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border.
Runtime: 13:03 minutes
What About Me?
Directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
Synopsis: An absurd depiction of bureaucracy gone awry. A man and his donkey are separated at a checkpoint; the man doesn't have the right to pass...though funnily enough, the donkey does.
Runtime: 4:10 minutes
Le Puits (The Well)
Directed by Philippe Vaucher
Synopsis: An adventurous girl lives in the rich world above, while an inventive boy lives in the desolate world be- low. They exchange gifts and quickly become friends through the well that separates both of their worlds. But adults chase them away and seize the well, transforming what was a fair exchange into a terrible industry that risks to destroy the two worlds.
Runtime: 12:09 minutes