3000 CUPS OF TEA

This is the story of Greg Mortenson, his mission to bring about peace through education, his meteoric rise, and the scandal that brought him to his knees. It is the story of the difference his work is making in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. The film explores the brilliance and the blindness of a great but sometimes flawed human being

2016 / United States
Runtime 00:59:00

Director: Jennifer Jordan
Producer: Jennifer Jordan
Co-producer: Jeff Rhoads
Editor: Jennilyn Merten, L. Matthew Kjar
Cinematographer/s: Jeff Rhoads

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Tuesday at 12:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 3:20 PM


ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ, THE

In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed “The Accountant of Auschwitz”, went on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in 1944. Gröning’s trial made headlines around the world as a frail old man took the stand to face his former victims. The Accountant of Auschwitz is a gripping look at the race against time to prosecute the last living Nazi war criminals before it’s too late. Gröning’s trial reflects not only one frail bookkeeper’s penitence, but the world’s responsibility to hold the worst of human horrors forever to public view. Bringing war criminals to justice, with no statute of limitations, asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers. From Nuremberg to the new alt-right, The Accountant of Auschwitz constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:18:00

Director: Matthew Shoychet

Producer: Ricki Gurwitz, Ric Esther Bienstock

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Wednesday at 12:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Thursday at 3:00 PM


AGATHA CHRISTIE – QUEEN OF CRIME

Agatha Christie is mostly defined by superlatives: she is the world’s most translated writer with a circulation of more than one billion copies and the founder of the modern British crime novel. Her heroes Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are known worldwide and her play “The Mousetrap” keeps breaking its own records year after year in terms of longevity and audience numbers.

But who is the woman behind the records? The film embarks on a biographical search for clues, portraying an iridescent personality whose biography and work were shaped by world events of the 20th century. For Agatha Christie was not only a disciplined worker, who wrote 66 novels, just as many short stories and 33 plays. She was also a woman who didn’t care about conventions, who loved music, dancing and international travel, and who liked to roller skate on the pier in Torquay. With the help of films and photos from the private archive of Agatha Christie, some of which she photographed and developed herself. Janet Morgen, Agatha Christie’s only authorised biographer and Agatha Christie expert Dr. John Curran tell of the most important stations in Agatha Christie’s eventful life.

2018 / Germany
Runtime: 00:52:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 11:40 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 3:10 PM


AGAVE – THE SPIRIT OF NATION

Here, in Mexico families have been passing down the tradition of distilling agave for generations. Discover how this once obscure Mexican drink has grown into the fastest growing spirit in the world. This expressive documentary takes viewers beyond the spirit to discover how one delicate plant can carry the weight of a nation and the people trying to protect it.

2017 / Mexico-United States
Runtime: 01:18:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Wednesday at 5:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Thursday at 6:40 PM


ALPHAGO

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity?

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:30:28

Director: Greg Kohs
Producer: Gary Krieg

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Wednesday at 11:50 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Friday at 3:00 PM


AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: INTO THE AMAZON

Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey in 1913 into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon River. Along with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano Da Silva Rondon and twenty other adventurers, Roosevelt spent eight eventful weeks in one of the most remote places on earth, battling tenacious insects, deadly rapids, hunger and exhaustion—all to descend an unknown river in one of the wildest and most beautiful places on our planet. More than an adventure story, Into the Amazon shines a light on two of the western hemisphere’s most formidable men, and the culture and politics of their nations, and a golden age of exploration.

Runtime: 01:39:54

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Tuesday at 4:50 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 10:20 AM


ANOTE’S ARK

Kiribati faces the unstoppable rise of the sea, which will engulf the nation before long. The people of Kiribati will soon be the world’s first “climate change refugees.” Can these people survive as their country disappears?

2018 / Canada
01:16:41

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Tuesday at 5:20 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Wednesday at 3:30 PM


BIAS

The toxic impacts of bias make headlines everyday: sexual harassment, racial profiling, the pay gap… As humans we are biased, yet few of us are willing to admit it. We confidently make snap judgements, but are shockingly unaware of the impact our assumptions have on those around us. The documentary feature bias follows filmmaker Robin Hauser on a journey to uncover her hidden biases and explore how unconscious bias affects relationships, workplaces, our justice system, and technology. bias contemplates the most pressing question: can we de-bias our brains?

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:28:00

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Wednesday at 5:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Thursday at 3:30 PM


BIRD OF PREY

In 1977, world-renowned cinematographer Neil Rettig captured the first filmed images of the Philippine Eagle in the wild, transforming the bird into a national symbol. Found only in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle is the world’s largest and rarest eagle. Fewer than 700 remain today, and the future of these iconic birds is tied to the fate of the Philippine’s last fragments of old-growth forest. With a rapidly expanding population facing serious political, economic, and environmental battles, the eagle’s plight has fallen out of public consciousness. Neil returns to the Philippines to embark on a grueling expedition alongside the next generation of Filipinos determined to save the eagle. The team follows a family of nesting eagles from hatch to fledge in hopes of re-establishing the species not as a vanishing relic, but as a living symbol of the Philippines’ future.

2017 / Philippines
Runtime: 01:35:00

Director: Eric Liner
Producer: Eric Liner, John Bowman
Editor: Tom Swartwout
Cinematographer/s: Eric Liner, Neil Rettig, Skip Hobbie

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Wednesday at 10:00 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Thursday at 11:40 AM


BOMBSHELL

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr. What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

United States
Run time: 01:28:30

Director/Producer/Writer: Alexandra Dean
Producers: Adam Haggiag, Katherine Drew, Susan Sarandon

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Wednesday at 5:20 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Friday at 6:50 PM


CALL US ISHMAEL

Call Us Ishmael is an intimate look at the world’s obsession with Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; the “Great America Novel.” In this film historians, artists, philosophers, and fanatics explore the novel’s artistic and cultural legacy and the impact it has had throughout America’s history. Filmmaker David Shaerf, takes us on a journey to meet these enthusiasts as they reveal their personal fascination with Captain Ahab and the most famous whale of all time. The film will shows us how the novel has affected not only their lives, but also created a community of people who have been brought together by the power of Melville’s masterwork, Moby-Dick.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:18:00

Director: David Shaerf
Producer: Jamie Buckner

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Wednesday at 10:10 AM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Friday at 12:00 PM


CHASING CORAL

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:33:00

Director: Jeff Orlowski
Producer: Larissa Rhodes

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Wednesday at 6:30 PM – Expert Panel follows this screening

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Friday at 10:00 AM


CHASING PORTRAITS

Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. It was his great-granddaughter Elizabeth who sought to rediscover his legacy, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten…

The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community depicted in Moshe Rynecki’s paintings blended into the background of Elizabeth Rynecki’s life when she was growing up. But the art transformed from familiar to extraordinary after her grandfather, Moshe’s son George, left behind journals detailing the loss her ancestors had endured during World War II, including Moshe’s art. Knowing that her family had only found a small portion of Moshe’s art, and that many more pieces remained to be found, Elizabeth set out to find them. This touching documentary is a compelling narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:17:33

Director: Elizabeth Rynecki
Producer: Johnny Symons
Editor: Josh Peterson, Tina Nguyen
Cinematographer/s: Slawomir Grunberg

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Tuesday at 5:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Thursday at 10:00 AM


CLEANERS, THE

Enter a hidden third world shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the Internet rids itself of what it doesn‘t like. Here we meet five “digital scavengers”, among thousands of people outsourced from Silicon Valley, whose job is to delete “inappropriate” content of the net. In a parallel struggle, we meet people around the globe whose lives are dramatically affected by online censorship. A typical “cleaner” must observe and rate thousands of often deeply disturbing images and videos every day, leading to lasting psychological impacts.

Yet underneath their work lie profound questions around what makes an image art or propaganda and what defines journalism. Where exactly is the point of balance for social media to be neither an unlegislated space nor a forum rife with censorship? THE CLEANERS struggles to come to terms with this new and disconcerting paradigm. Evolving from a shared social vision of a global village to a web of fake news and radicalization, the film charts the rise and fall of social media’s utopian ideology.

2018 / Germany
Runtime: 01:28:00

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Wednesday at 12:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Friday at 5:20 PM


DOUBLE TAKE: THE ART OF ELIZABETH KING

Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King illuminates the aesthetic and engineering questions sculptor Elizabeth King puzzles over with an acute sensitivity to both life, and the life-like. She has created her own genre at the intersection of the classical and automata. An accomplished artist with an eye for the intimate meaning of gesture, King obsessively manipulates her materials to produce pieces that both approximate and challenge the viewer. Newly retired from 40 years of teaching, King is now more than ever able to focus on her work, and examine her motives and making. In studio visits, conversations with peers and art world figures the viewer is invited to consider what looking and seeing one another means in our increasingly visual world.

2017 / USA
Runtime: 01:00:09

Director: Olympia Stone
Producer: Olympia Stone

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Tuesday at 10:00 AM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Thursday at 3:00 PM


DREAMS OF THE BLACK ECHO

Dreams of the Black Echo is a co-production with Duy Tan University in Vietnam and DSU film students, faculty and staff. It is the story of the Vietnam war, told through the reminiscences and experience of veterans from both sides of the conflict and the battle of Khe Sanh. It is a true co-production where film students at Duy Tan University produced half the film from the perspective of their veterans and DSU film students produced half the film at Dixie state using U.S. veterans as the story tellers.

Dreams of the Black Echo is not a sweeping 14-year saga but rather the story told through one event – the battle of Khe Sanh which took place January to July 1968. Everyone in film gives eyewitness testimony of what they saw and experienced in that battle. Although there was plenty of propaganda pumped out on both sides, these veterans were completely oblivious to the propaganda because they were living the reality of war on the ground. It comes down to a basic shared experience told from both sides of the front lines.

2018/ USA & Vietnam
Runtime: 01:20:00

Executive Producers: David Hansen (USA), Le Nguyen Bao (Vietnam)

Producer/Directors: Phil Tuckett (Dixie State University), Tran Anh Tien  (Duy Tan University)

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Monday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Friday at 6:40 PM


FATHER’S KINGDOM

In the early 1900s, an African-American man named Reverend M.J. Divine began a religious movement that would reach over a million followers at its peak, crossing racial divisions and advocating for gender and economic equality. Despite his influence and achievements, Father Divine is little remembered today, dismissed by detractors as a con man and a fraud. The reason: Father Divine claimed to be God. Lenny Feinberg reveals his fascinating story, and that of his last few remaining followers, who are on a mission to keep Father Divine’s legacy alive.

2017 / USA
Runtime: 01:34:00
Director: Lenny Feinberg
Producer: Nancy Cutler, Claire Chandler, Kevin Koltz, Lenny Feinberg, Chris Foster

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Tuesday at 10:20 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Wednesday at 4:50 PM


FIFTH SUN, THE

Is traveling a form of vagrancy, or is it more of an inner journey that completes you when you finally reach the end of the road? This is one of the questions that directors pondered, deciding to follow Finnish traveler and former fire-fighter Panu on a road trip from Finland to Australia.

The Fifth Sun is a glimpse into a lifestyle where your whole life fits into a backpack, trying to make you consider your own ideas about freedom.

2017 / Finland
Runtime: 01:30:00

Director: Cristiana Pecci and Matteo Maggi
Producer: Matteo Maggi and Cristiana Pecci

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Wednesday at 5:10 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Friday at 10:20 AM


FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY

“From Baghdad to The Bay” is a raw and deeply personal look at one man’s harrowing journey to be true to himself amidst extreme adversity. The film follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military and ostracized from family and country, Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area while coming out as an openly gay activist.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:08:00

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Thursday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Friday at 3:00 PM


GENESIS 2.0

The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. The archaic landscape in which these people are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths looks like primordial earth. There is a kind of gold rush fever in the air, because the prices for this white gold have never been so high. But the thawing permafrost unveils more than just precious ivory. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue on which arctic foxes gnaw.

Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning.

Worldwide, biologists are working on re-inventing life. They want to learn the language of nature and create life following the Lego principle¹². The goal of synthetic biology is to produce complete artificial biological systems. Man becomes the Creator. The resurrection of the mammoth is a first track and manifestation of this next great technological revolution. An exercise. A multi-million-dollar game. The new technology may well turn the world as we know it completely on its head…and all of this has its origin in the unstoppably thawing permafrost at the extreme edge of Siberia.

2018 / Switzerland
Runtime: 01:54:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Tuesday at 4:30 PM – Informational Meet & Greet for the St. George Biotech Coalition follows this screening. 

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 10:10 AM


GOING SANE

Going Sane explores major cracks in the mental health system including:
Most mental health patients receive either disproven treatments, treatments without scientific backing or evidence based treatments done incorrectly. There are proven treatments, and they work most of the time. But these are not the treatments patients usually receive.

Therapy for mental health is not regulated nor standardized so practitioners chose what therapies to use based on intuition and not on science.

Decades of research indicate that the most effective therapy (from assessment through treatment) includes family. Yet family inclusion is the exception and not the rule.

Over the last thirty years America has more than quadrupled its mental health spending and significantly increased the number of mental health professionals, yet many of the most common mental illnesses are on the rise. It seems strange that increased spending on mental health treatment is correlated with the growth of mental illness. But what if it’s not just a surprising correlation? What if the mental health industry is part of the problem?

Witness the state of mental health care in America through our new 65 min documentary Going Sane.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:06:01

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Tuesday at 3:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 12:30 PM


HELLO GIRLS: THE ARMY’S SPECIAL WEAPON IN WORLD WAR I, THE

Told through 100-year old letters, photos, and archival footage; and interviews with family and historians, the “Hello Girls” reveals the relatively unknown story of 223 American women who served overseas during WWI as telephone operators. They served with distinction, wore Army uniforms, were subject to military law, and swore Army oaths. Several received military awards and decorations. They also served during the occupation of Germany and the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The last of the Hello Girls returned home in 1920, only to told they were never soldiers.

For 60 years they fought the US government for recognition. In 1977, they won, unfortunately only 30 were still alive. This is the story of American’s First Female Soldiers and General Pershing’s secret battlefield weapon.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 00:56:04

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 11:40 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 3:10 PM


HOW THEY GOT OVER

The story of how African American gospel quartets like the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds and the Blind Boys developed a spirit and style that were hugely influential on early rock and roll.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:26:45

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Friday at 7:10 PM


ILLUMINATORS, THE

The story of a Baltic German refugee who became the father of light to Lapland.”

Filmmaker Antti Haase takes us on a personal journey, learning about his fathers’ legacy. Baltic German refugee Gunnar Haase arrived in Finnish Lapland in 1945 to repair the destruction left by his compatriots after World War II. Antti’s father Hannu continued grandfather Gunnar’s mission to bring electricity to Lapland – the powerlines finally reaching the very last Lapland home on the 23th July,1987. Rural electrification was an enormous undertaking; it brought modern life and equality to people still living in the harsh nature. And while the undertaking took a heavy toll, it also illuminated the way forward. THE ILLUMINATORS is an inspiring story about courage and social progress as well as sons following in their father’s footsteps.

2017 / Finland
Runtime: 01:08:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 3:10 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 5:20 PM


ISLAND, THE

An intimate glimpse into the rich human mosaic of the St. Louis French Hospital- a Hospice for terminally ill patients, situated on the tense border between East and West Jerusalem across from the walls of the Old City. For two years the Director accompanied patients and caregivers – each one and his own story. In the film moments of humor and sadness from life itself between the hospital walls.

2017 / Israel
Runtime: 00:59:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 4:40 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 6:50 PM


JUDGE, THE – WOMEN. JUSTICE. ISLAM

Religious courts in the Middle East had historically banned women from adjusdicting domestic and family matters – in both Shari’s courts of Islam and the Rabbinic courts of Judaism – until Kholoud Al-Faqih date to challenge that history. With the support of a progressive Sheik, Kholoud becomes the first woman judge with her appointment to a Palestinian Shari’s court in the Wet Bank, bringing a subtle new perspective garnered from her early professional life working with battered women as an attorney in both the criminal and Shari’a courts. With unparalleled access and a critical cinematic eye, The Judge follows Kholoud in and outside the courtroom as she asserts her right to equality and redefines how Shari’s law perceives, treats and respects women./strong>

Director: Erika Cohn
Runtime: 01:22:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Wednesday at 12:20 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Friday at 5:10 PM


MINDING THE GAP

Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:36:00

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Tuesday at 10:00 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Thursday at 5:10 PM


MODIFIED

Modified is an award-winning first-person documentary that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s relationship with her mother, a passionate gardener and food activist. Their intimate mother-daughter investigative journey, fueled by a shared love of food, ultimately reveals the extent to which industrial interests control our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.

2017 / Canada
Runtime: 01:27:00

Director: Aube Giroux
Producer: Aube Giroux, Camelia Frieberg
Editor: Aube Giroux, Mike Munn

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Thursday at 12:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Friday at 5:00 PM


MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN

More Human Than Human is a film about the rise of AI and its effects on our lives. Artificial Intelligence was once the realm of science fiction and futurist visions, but it is already with us. Self-driving cars, autonomous drones seeking their next target or government agencies mining our personal data, we are surrounded by smart machines already. Increasingly, we expect machines to know what we want and understand us when we talk – just ask Siri.

The complexity of tasks that smart machines can perform is increasing at an exponential rate. Where will this ultimately take us? If a robot can learn to fold a towel on its own, will it someday be able to cook you dinner, perform surgery, and even conduct a war? This film instigates this debate between futurists and sceptics, about the potential of Artificial Intelligence. The filmmakers take us on a quest of understanding these innovations, opposing views and challenging our aspirations for the future of man and machine.

Runtime: 01:18:41

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Wednesday at 3:10 PM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Friday at 5:00 PM


MURDER IN MANSFIELD, A

12-year-old Collier stepped onto the witness stand in 1990 during the most explosive murder trial in the history of his Ohio hometown. Most in the area still well remember the boy’s dramatic testimony, resulting in the conviction of his father, a prominent doctor, in the murder of Collier’s mother Noreen. Twenty-six years later, Collier returns as a grown man seeking to heal lingering trauma associated with the crime and confront his imprisoned father, who continues to withhold his admission of guilt in the events that changed so many lives.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:28:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Wednesday at 7:10 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Friday at 12:20 PM


MY COUNTRY NO MORE

Between 2011 and 2014, oil drilling in rural North Dakota reached an historical peak, setting off a modern day gold rush of Wild West proportions. With billions of dollars to be gained, the state mandated very little regulation and soon the oil companies took over. Towns became overwhelmed by an influx of workers and hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland were repurposed for industrial development. Trenton, North Dakota (pop. 278) is at the epicenter of this boom. My Country No More paints an intimate portrait of a rural community in crisis, forced to confront the meaning of progress as they fight for a disappearing way of life.

2017 / USA
Runtime: 01:10:12

Director: Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling
Producer: Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling
Executive Producer: Alexandra Johnes
Editors: Jeff Consiglio, Rita Baghdadi

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Tuesday at 3:20 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 12:20 PM


NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER

He was one of Hollywood’s greatest writers and directors. Original footage of Wilder, conversations with his colleagues, archive and new film material document an eventful century in history and present a portrait of a man who was anything but boring.

Born Samuel Wilder in Galicia, Billy Wilder fled from Berlin as a young reporter via Paris and New York when the Nazis rose to power. He lived in many places; but it is in Hollywood that he ultimately settled. “NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER” offers the viewer an intimate portrait of the star director and invites to take a glimpse at the machinery of the dream factory and Billy Wilder’s films, at their inner workings and mechanisms.

NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER The film takes us to the places where these memories were formed.

2017 / Germany
Runtime: 01:30:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Wednesday at 3:20 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Friday at 4:50 PM


OSLO DIARIES

In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication punishable with jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered in Oslo – secretly and against the law. Although the meetings that came to be known as The Oslo Accords changed the Middle East forever, they were never officially sanctioned and were chronicled only by the negotiators’ diaries.

2018 / Israel
Runtime: 01:30:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Wednesday at 10:20 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Friday at 11:50 AM


PROVIDERS, THE

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, “The Providers” follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of their ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:25:00

Director: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green
Producer: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Wednesday at 3:00 PM – Expert Panel follows this screening

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Friday at 7:00 PM


QUIET HEROES

The fight against stigma, shame, and ignorance through the height of the hiv/aids crisis in the heartland of america’s west. In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from—or were cast into exile by—the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their “affliction,” counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV. In the entire state and intermountain region there was only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. This is the story of her fight to save the lives of a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:08:00

Director: Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, Amanda Stoddard

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Screening 1: Eccles Main Stage, Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 5:30 PM


RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR, THE

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:30:00

VIEW TRAILER

Screening 1: Electric Theater, Thursday at 10:00 AM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Friday at 6:00 PM


RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE

The residents of Louisiana never know what will attack them next: floods, hurricanes, or monstrous swamp rats. Gigantic orange-toothed nutria are eating up the coastal wetlands, destroying the landscape, and threatening the very existence of the human population. This invasive South American species breeds faster than the roving squads of hunters and trappers can control them. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who let their land and their livelihoods recede into the Gulf without a fight. Meet fisherman turned bounty hunter Thomas Gonzales and a pack of colorful diehards as they defend their land, culture, and way of life against the unforgiving forces of nature. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:11:00

Director: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, and Quinn Costello
Producer: Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer, and Quinn Costello
Cinematographer/s: Neil Barrett & Joe Ramos

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 7:00 PM


SEA CHANGE

In a historic self-shot adventure, eight GoPro cameras capture the harrowing 6,689 mile journey of Afrikaners, Vasti Geldenhuys and Riaan Manser as they attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to New York in a rowboat.

Over 133 days at sea, they battle the elements and each other on an epic adventure of survival, self-discovery and transformation while risking everything from their relationship to their lives.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:15:25

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Tuesday at 12:10 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Thursday at 10:30 AM


SERENADE FOR FANNY, A

“A Serenade for Fanny“ is a modern, inventive and entertaining documentary film about personal identity and sense of belonging, the bond between generations and the power of big dreams.

Together with the charming Fanny (90), who was resettled from former Yugoslavia at the beginning of the Second World War and her ambitious granddaughter Alex (30) from Germany, we invite the audience on a journey through the life of two powerful ladies of totally different generations. They will learn about female role models, and how they have changed in the last century. They will get a feeling about what it means to loose home, family and to be forced to build up a new existence in a foreign country. And they will be inspired by how strong your personal impact on life can be when you have the strength to carry on. “A Serenade for Fanny“ should encourage everyone to show persistence in hard times, to break free of social conventions and to believe in dreams when they come to you – no matter how old you are!

2018 / Germany
Runtime: 01:25:00

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Screening 1: Electric Theater, Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Friday at 10:00 AM


SNIPER’S WAR, A

A Sniper’s War is a story of a sniper, whose anti-US views led him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict—a primary source of tension between the United States and Russia. When social media becomes a communication platform to schedule sniper duels, Deki’s rival threatens to kill him.

The New York-based filmmaker, Olya Schechter, obtains unprecedented access to military bases and front line battles to paint an intimate portrait of the complex and fascinating nature of a man walking the tightrope that often comes to the morality of war: is Deki a solder or a killer?

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:20:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Friday at 12:10 PM


STEP WITHOUT FEET, A

A Step Without Feet is a documentary about connecting and sharing each others’ cultures through universal themes like music, art, family, and friends. Within the backdrop of Berlins beautiful, winter landscape, we captured the daily lives of seven extraordinary Syrians exiled from their home country.

2018 / Germany
Runtime: 00:45:00

Directors: Lydia Schamschula, Jeremy Glaholt

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Tuesday at 12:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 2, Thursday at 3:20 PM


SURVIVORS

If you suddenly lost every single member of your family, how would you manage to live on? In this film we meet four individuals who share an unthinkable tragic experience: losing their loved ones in the 2004 tsunami, but each one has a different way of coping with their loss and grief. In this observational documentary we meet the main characters in everyday life situations. Part of the filming was made in the first year after the tsunami. However, the focus is on the 10th year after the disaster. What does it take to continue to live – even though everything worth living for is gone?

2016 / Sweden
Runtime: 01:19:00

Director: Folke Rydén
Producer: Folke Rydén

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Wednesday at 6:40 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Friday at 10:10 AM


TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton

This stunning documentary tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done.

Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Niño storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Mixing never-before-seen archival footage, with contemporary verité scenes shot in Southern California, Bermuda and Kauai, Take Every Wave weaves the past and present into an intimate and compelling portrait of a superstar athlete at the top of his game. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well conversations with the family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

Take Every Wave provides an intimate, uncompromising look at a lifetime devoted to riding giant surf—and the price an athlete pays for greatness.

Runtime: 01:58:00

Director, Producer: Rory Kennedy

Writers: Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson

Producers: Paul Speaker, Mark Bailey, Jack Youngelson

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Tuesday at 11:20 AM

Screening 2: Electric Theater, Thursday at 4:30 PM


TEST & THE ART OF THINKING, THE

Each year more than 3 million high school students take the SAT or ACT, the college entrance exams required by most four-year colleges in the United States. For decades there have been questions about exactly what these tests measure, what role they play in the admissions process and how predictive they are of academic success. The anxiety-provoking exams, and the multibillion-dollar test-prep industry that has grown up around them, have also become lightning rods in the ongoing national debate over equity in educational opportunity. Filmmaker Michael Arlen Davis examines this controversy through interviews with students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals and academics, to provide a fascinating look at this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues in our educational system and our society as a whole.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:25:00

Director: Michael Arlen Davis
Producer: Michael Arlen Davis, Jyll Johnstone

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 1, Wednesday at 3:00 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Thursday at 4:40 PM


TRIBAL JUSTICE

Tribal Justice is about a little known, underreported but effective criminal justice reform movement in America today: the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative justice systems based on their traditions. In California, the state with the largest number of Indian people and tribes, two formidable Native American women are among those leading the way. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribe on the northwest coast, and Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribe in the southeastern desert, are creating innovative systems that focus on restoring rather than punishing offenders in order to keep tribal members out of prison, prevent children from being taken from their communities, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people.

2017 / United States
Runtime: 01:27:00

Director: Anne A Makepeace
Producer: Anne A Makepeace
Executive Producer: Ruth Cowan
Editor: Russell Greene
Cinematographer/s: Barney Broomfield

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 10:10 AM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 4, Friday at 12:00 PM – Expert Panel follows this screening


TUACAHN: MIRACLE IN PADRE CANYON

From ancient Anasazi hunting grounds to a world-renowned outdoor amphitheater, this film tells the history of the Tuacahn Center of the Performing Arts woven through the development this year’s musical production, Shrek. A behind the scenes look at the 2017 theatrical season of Tuacahn Amphitheatre interwoven with the story of how it came to be.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:36:34

Director: Benjamin Braten
Producer: Dave Pugsley, Nanette Pugsley, Phil Tuckett, Ryan Norton, Scott Anderson
Editor: Benjamin Braten
Cinematographer/s: Benjamin Braten

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 4, Tuesday at 3:30 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Thursday at 12:10 PM


UNDERWATER CARNIVAL

Inspiration is everywhere. So when witnessing the fashion carnival in Jember, Indonesia, it reminded Edi Frommenwiler of the colours and shapes that can also be seen in the ocean.

For 25 years, the underwater world has always been a fashion carnival for Edi. He has documented life beneath the surface for years and is always in awe of what he sees.

So what does a fashion carnival somewhere in Indonesia have in common with life underwater? Lets find out!

2017 / Indonesia
Runtime: 00:49:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 2, Tuesday at 4:40 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 1, Thursday at 6:50 PM


UNITY

Narrated by a cast of 100 celebrities, UNITY is a documentary about the root of all conflicts: why we can’t get along with each other, even after thousands and thousands of years together on this planet.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:39:00

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Screening 1: Kayenta, Thursday at 7:30 PM


VIRGIN BLACKTOP: A NEW YORK SKATE ODYSSEY

A human-interest film spanning 50 years about boys skating across boundaries to become men.

2018 / United States
Runtime: 01:23:00

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Screening 1: Red Cliffs 3, Thursday at 7:10 PM

Screening 2: Red Cliffs 3, Friday at 10:30 AM