2015 Features

ALMOST_THERE

Almost There

Screening: 11/5 at 7:30pm with short film The Night Smokers of Chicago – 93 min – TRAILER

Sponsored by Ifinder Antiques

Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 83-year-old Peter Anton, an “outsider” artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Shot over eight years, ALMOST THERE documents Anton’s first major exhibition and how the controversy it generates forces him to leave his childhood home.

 

 

Porch StoriesPORCH_STORIES

Screening: 11/6 at 10:00am – 73 min – TRAILER

Each of the three tales in writer-director Sarah Goodman’s thought-provoking comedy/drama is spun from a different porch in the same multicultural neighborhood. The common thread is how life’s unpredictable twists and turns can make us rethink even our most cherished goals and relationships.

 

 

 

The Other OneTHE_OTHER_ONE

Screening: 11/6 at 12:30pm – 94 min – TRAILER

A drama with supernatural influences, The Other One follows a young woman named Amber who has returned to her childhood home, caring for her mother now in the throes of dementia and haunted by the death of her young son who drowned mysteriously 30 years prior.

 

 

THE_OVERNIGHTThe Overnight

Screening: 11/6 at 4:00pm – 80 min – TRAILER

Newcomers to Los Angeles Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) think they have found new friends when an eccentric couple invites them over to their house for a playdate between their sons. After the children fall asleep, passion ensues in an increasingly humorous and zany series of encounters.

 

 

The WolfpackThe Wolfpack

Screening: 11/6 at 8:30pm – with short film Nesting Grounds – 98 min – TRAILER

Sponsored by Mitchell Hardware & the Sons of Mitch’s

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed.

 

 

 

BEYOND_THE_DIVIDEBeyond the Divide

Screening: 11/7 at 10:00am – 88 min – TRAILER

Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. In Missoula, Montana, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, BEYOND THE DIVIDE illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building.

 

 

They Will Have To Kill Us FirstTHEY_WILL_HAVE_TO_KILL_US_FIRST

Screening: 11/7 at 4:30pm – 105 min – TRAILER

In 2012 Islamic extremists took over Northern Mali imposing harsh sharia law and banning all music. In Mali, music is the fabric of society, its lifeblood and the most revered citizens are musicians. This story follows Mali’s musical superstars as they fight to get their country, livelihoods and freedom back.

 

 

 

ME_AND_EARL_AND_THE_DYING_GIRLMe and Earl and the Dying Girl

Screening: 11/7 at 8:30pm – 105 min – TRAILER

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg, a high school senior who is trying to avoid deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield of teenage life. But when Greg’s mom insists he spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

 

 

The Sandwich NaziTHE_SANDWICH_NAZI

Screening:11/8 at 10:00am – 72 min – with short film Sandorkraut

Sponsored by Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ

Salam Kahil runs La Charcuterie, a Scandinavian deli in the Port Kells area of Surrey, British Columbia. He is an art collector, an amateur piano player, and a strong supporter of the homeless in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside but his true passion is talking about his life as a former male escort.

 

 

 

Songs My Brothers Taught MeSONGS_MY_BROTHERS_TAUGHT_ME

Screening: 11/8 at 4:00pm – 98 min – TRAILER

Sponsored by Driftless Appetite

Set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME is a compelling and complex tale that explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.

 

UnexpectedUNEXPECTED

Screening: 11/8 at 6:00pm – 90 min – TRAILER

Sponsored by Gad & Pick

When Samantha Abbott begins her final semester teaching science at a Chicago high school, she faces some unexpected news: She’s pregnant. Soon after, Samantha learns that one of her favorite students, Jasmine, has landed in a similar situation. “Unexpected” follows the two women as they embark on an unlikely friendship.