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The films of 2016

Day 2, August 27th

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

*red indicates the films screening block, buy your tickets here!

Grief Sleeps

B1 - 12:30pm

"Grief Sleeps” centralizes around a Gold Star family dealing with the aftermath of losing their loved one who was killed in action. The main focus is on a mother who struggles to maintain her grasp on reality while trying to support her family emotionally.  dir. Timothy Marc Hopper

Dear Santa

B1 - 12:30pm

When Ann Dunham asks Santa Clause to turn her into a boy for Christmas, her request throws her conservative mother into a tailspin.   dir. Maura Smith

Everything

B1 - 12:30pm

To save her daughter’s life, a mother is forced to take desperate actions: To find and confronting the bone marrow donor who backs out.

[solitary]

B1 - 12:30pm

An inmate endures long-term isolation within a prison's solitary confinement unit.   dir. Derek J. Pastuszek

Figs for Italo

B1 - 12:30pm

A world at war. A brother and sister. A day that changed their family forever.
Figs For Italo is based on a true story and inspired by actual events.
Dora is about to enjoy yet another family gathering at her home.
A simple question from a journalist who is about to interview the next door neighbor, takes Dora back to a significant day in her life: It is autumn, 1943, in Dora’s small hometown in the hills of Italy. WWII is raging all over Europe and is about to change her and her family forever.
Figs for Italo shows how the past ripples into the present and how it is often very much alive and very close to the surface.   dir. Bob Celli

Filmmaker in Attendance

The Anchor

B1 - 12:30pm

A middle-aged widower takes in a homeless teenage girl in an attempt to manipulate her into a copy of his dead wife.    dir. Harry Anderson

Sideshow of the Absurd

B2 - 3:00pm

After the death of her husband, lifelong artist Pamela Joseph was left creatively frozen, searching for meaning and struggling to find her identity. Seven years later, an explosion of ideas culminated in a fantastical exhibition inspired by 20th-century freak shows. SIDESHOW OF THE ABSURD is a cinematic exploration of this work. dir. Tina DiFeliciantonio, Jane C. Wagner

MA Premiere

I Wish I Was That Bird

B2 - 3:00pm

A self-taught artist struggles with mental illness and family trauma. dir. Jeffrey Krolick

World Premiere

Filmmaker in Attendance

From Grief to Gratitude

B2 - 3:00pm

Inspired by Debbie Savigliano's book of the same name, this new documentary examines how one woman's grief over the sudden and tragic death of her niece turned into a life mission that has ended up helping so many others. dir. Jason O'Brien

Filmmaker in Attendance

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Medic

B3 - 5:00pm

Sentenced to community service, a privileged and self-consumed young woman encounters a war veteran at a soup kitchen and realizes that she has the potential to support him on his road to wellness, while doing the same for herself.  dir. Kelly Ruth Mercier

Nina

B3 - 5:00pm

Nina's (32) mother died in her bed a year ago and left a will that read: “I regret a lot in my life. I don't care about my grave. You can scatter my ashes in the Hawaiian sea”. Nina decides to keep the will to herself because she is worried about her sister, Emiri (26) and their mother's favourite child, being hurt. Nina begins feeling presured to decide on a grave for their mother and also find a job when Emiri gets engaged with her boyfriend. However, Nina is unable to decide on a suitable grave or job. She gets into an argument about the grave with Emiri's fiance and later feels humiliated at a job interview because of lack of her skills. She ends up staying in her own shell and not listening to other people's advice. Nina also finds herself caught between Emiri, who wants to stick to her idea of “not to have a proper wedding ceremony”, and her mother, who “wants Emiri to have a wonderful wedding ceremony” and gets into argument with Emiri, who is the most important person in her life. To make matters worse, it turns out that Emiri already knows about the contents of the will. Nina realises that her only secret has been taken away and finally decides to go on to her own life.      dir. Kaori Nakazawa

Zaar

B3 - 5:00pm

Zaar is a suicide bomber who enters a random diner to bomb himself in a terrorist attack but listening and interacting with the innocent people around him makes him question his intent. Will he be able to do it?!!     dir. Ibrahim Nada

The Chalet

B3 - 5:00pm

Somewhere in Seoul, North korea man and south korea women meet in the room. Their timeshare is alloted day and night. 2 sharers who don’t know each other leave post-it notes when they vacate their room. and they get closer only by the memo. Finally they decided to meet.    dir. So-Jin Park

Filmmaker in Attendance

The Palooka

B4 - 6:30pm

“The Palooka” is based on one of Tennessee Williams’ long-lost short plays, in which an up-and-coming fighter meets an older palooka before his fight. The washed-up fighter takes the rookie boxer under his wing and regales him with stories of his childhood hero, Galveston Joe. Will either man get to live those storied dreams?    dir. Zack Kron

MA Premiere

Filmmaker in Attendance

Healed

B4 - 6:30pm

After all life-threatening disease and illnesses are suddenly cured, a priest and his flock struggling to reconcile their faith with this new reality.   dir. George O'Connor

Recently, Long Ago

B4 - 6:30pm

A man stands at the edge of a wood. He hesitates, then walks up a little-used path, hoping to find a woman he once knew. He loves her. He wants her to come home. Now living in isolation, she wants to sever her ties to him, and to the world. As they confront their past and their present, do they have a future?

Inspired by Anton Chekhov's short story 'The Huntsman' and anchored by beautifully nuanced performances from Justin Campbell (THE HURT LOCKER) and Allison McLemore, RECENTLY LONG AGO offers a moving portrayal of two people at a crossroads.

   dir. Daniel Kramer

Jasmine

B4 - 6:30pm

A year after his wife's murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To (Jason Tobin) is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife's grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.          dir. Dax Phelan

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