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Day 3, August 28th

Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA

The films of 2015

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

Facing the Pitcher

D3B1 - 12:15pm

A young man struggles to find a job after he graduates from college

 

dir. Samuel Alfred

 

World Premiere

 

Filmmaker will be in attendance

Leaves of the Tree

D3B1 - 12:15pm

Patrick Messina (a once powerful patent lawyer sidetracked by a life threatening disease) attempts to regain his professional identity and career after being pushed out of (Max Medica) a major Pharmaceutical Firm. At a meeting with his last client, Joe Buffa he unexpectedly comes across the case of a Doctor studying the possible medicinal value of leaves from a centuries old Olive tree. Patrick's journey to identify 'the tree' in Sicily uncovers an ancient biblical myth or miracle of science? Past, present and future intersect through the ongoing struggle of doubt, belief and faith for all that come in contact with what may or may not be a living symbol of religious lore.

 

dir. Ante Novakovic

 

Alight

D3B2 - 2:15pm

A couple arrives home in the midst of a blackout and, without distractions, learns some new things about each other.

 

dir. Paul Anthony Speziale

Voluntary Paralysis

D3B2 - 2:15pm

Stephen is a nice guy whose life begins to unravel after a night of heavy drinking with friends. With his memory of the evening gone, he wakes up the next morning haunted by the feeling of having done something horrible.

 

dir. Matt Relstab and Billy Wirasnik

 

World Premiere

 

Filmmaker will be in attendance

Slow Burn

D3B2 - 2:15pm

Stan Bukowski struggles with the release of his son's murderer from prison. Wanting revenge is a given....seeing it through is not.

 

dir. Stephen Martin

 

 

 

Wander, Wonder, Wilderness

D3B2 - 2:15

Wander, Wonder, Wilderness is a documentary project that explores the urban wilds and parks of Greater Boston. This hour long essay film chronicles the filmmaker's engagement with green spaces in an urban environment and explores the complex notions that they reveal about human ecology. One part history lesson, one part ecological perspective, and one part poetic rumination, this long form essay film chronicles a range of ideas around landscape, evolving notions of wilderness, historical layers of human experience with nature and its resources, and personal meditations on the environment. The film also contains extensive on-site interviews with visitors to these locations to capture and share a collective understanding of Boston’s relationship to natural spaces in their otherwise artificial setting. The human experience of nature through these green spaces is multifaceted, as it can involve not just our appreciation of plants, trees, animals, birds, and phenomena of light and weather, but the more personal interactions and internal ruminations that these environments inspire.

 

dir. Paul Turano

 

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

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Postpartum

D3B3 - 4:35pm

Good intentions lead to disastrous results when a woman visits a new mom.

 

dir. Izzy Lee

 

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

 

Rabbits

D3B3 - 4:35

When her father tries to teach her a hard-edged lesson before going away to prison, twelve-year old Dani must choose between submission and revolt and decide what kind of person she will become.

 

dir. Merlin Camozzi

 

MA Premiere

Sidewalk Traffic

D3B3 - 4:35pm

When Declan, a 30 year old husband and new father is squeezed out of a promotion, he finds himself wracked by internal crises, including career envy, bitterness over bad breaks and the still-lingering fallout from the suicide of his former creative partner. Searching for salvation, Declan surrenders to the role of stay-at-home dad, and is forced to face his demons while pushing strollers, changing diapers and heating up bottles all the while working to resurrect his dreams.

 

dir. Anthony L. Fisher

 

MA Premiere

 

The Taking of Ezra Bodine

D3B4 - 7:00pm

Hawkes is sent by God to take the mysterious Ezra Bodine, but an encounter with Dean may hinder his Heavenly mission.

 

dir. Lance R. Marshall

 

World Premiere

 

*Filmmaker will be in attendance

 

 

 

I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

D3B4 - 7:00pm

On the first day of shooting, James Franco, David Shields and Caleb Powell throw out the script when a real life argument breaks out between the three of them about what can and can't be used in the film. Shields and Franco browbeat Powell to sacrifice everything for the sake of the film; Powell threatens to leave; Shields feels guilty about betraying Powell and Franco hopes for all this to be resolved and focus on the film. A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art.

 

MA Premiere

 

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