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6th Annual Greenwich International Film Festival

May 2 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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New Canaan Library is a proud partner of Greenwich International Film Festival 2020

 

You are invited to join the

6th Annual Greenwich International Film Festival

and first ever VIRTUAL Viewing

May 1 – May 3, 2020

 

This is a very special opportunity to experience 29 films from 8 countries – an exciting selection of Narrative Features, Groundbreaking Documentaries, as well as, the Connecticut Shorts Program. You have access to interviews with award winning filmmakers and a chance to vote for the JP Morgan Chase Audience Award Winner.

Use our unique link below to make 20% of your ticket purchase come back to New Canaan Library to support our digital and in-house movie library, programming and adult & children’s collections.

Virtual Ticket passes $175 – 24 hour access May 1 – May 3, 2020.

Discounted Virtual Ticket passes $100 exclusively available for Health Care Workers, Seniors, Students, Military, First Responders

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For more information and to express interest in becoming part of a post – film community video discussion, please email Brooke Moore at bmoore@newcanaanlibrary.org

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

WOMEN OF EARTH

Mayara grew up in Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and Latin America. She was a teenager surrounded by millions of people, technology, and everything the modern world can offer but she still felt empty. In search of someone who could answer her questions, she went back to the roots of Brazil, to indigenous quilombolas and rural communities. On this journey, she met women who showed her how the wisdom of the past can heal the future. They are traditional midwives, healers, and community leaders. They are keepers of an ancient knowledge that we can’t afford to lose. She calls them Women of Earth. DIRECTORS: Mayara Boaretto, Isadora Carneiro, Katia Lund

BULLIED

Bullied tracks the causes and consequences of bullying, along with programs and solutions that have had an impact on mitigating bullying in schools. Through interviews with family members, victims of bullying, and an array of the most notable experts on bullying in America today, Bullied takes the audience on an unflinching journey into the lives of those who suffer bullying, while focusing on how bullying can be reduced around the world. DIRECTOR: Thomas Keith

THE HOY BOYS

Working class twin brothers Tom and Frank Hoy hustled up copyboy jobs in 1953 and eventually become White House News Photographers for two major DC papers. Frank shot pictures for The Washington Post, and Tom did the same for The Evening Star. They were affectionately known as “The Hoy Boys.” They were never famous, but their story is the story of American journalism when it mattered most, and ‘The Hoy Boys’ provides a lens through which we view the chaos of the current media landscape. Tom and Frank Hoy stumbled into a golden era for photojournalism and ‘The Hoy Boys’ introduces audiences to the once great newspaper The Evening Star (1862 – 1981). It was the leading paper in DC in the 1950s and one of the top newspapers in the country. The Evening Star is brought to life by alumni Carl Bernstein, John Hoge, Rupert Welch, Jack Sherwood, Arnold Taylor and others. Tom and Frank’s iconic photographs graced the pages of competing Washington DC newspapers in the 1950s and 60s, and as we rediscover their images, we gain a fresh perspective on the past and new insights into our collective future. DIRECTOR: Dave Simonds

DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION

Driven to Abstraction unravels a mutating tale of self-delusion, greed, and fraud – the $80 million forgery scandal that rocked the art world and brought down Knoedler, New York City’s most venerable gallery. Was the gallery’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist who showed up with an endless treasure trove of previously unseen abstract expressionist masterpieces? Or did she eventually suspect they were fakes, yet continue to sell them for millions of dollars for fifteen years? Whatever the truth, two women from very different worlds crossed paths in what would become the greatest hoax ever of Modern American Art. DIRECTOR: Daria Price

MUSIC GOT ME HERE

In a snowboarding accident, Forrest, age 18, suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves him trapped inside himself, unable to speak or walk for nearly two years. Desperate to connect with her son, Forrest’s mother contacts Tom Sweitzer, a music therapist with a troubled childhood whose own life was “saved” by music. For months, Forrest doesn’t acknowledge Tom. Gradually, Forrest starts responding to the music, starting with a little movement of his finger or smile. Tom uses a music therapy method to teach Forrest to breathe, then hum, and find his “pitch”. After many months, the hums turn into Forrest’s first words, “Good Morning.” Soon, he’s singing entire songs and speaking in sentences. Forrest’s finally getting his voice and life back when he’s faced with one medical setback after another. A serious infection requires surgeons to remove the prosthetic implant that is protecting his brain, where a large part of his skull was removed after his accident. Without any protection for his brain from atmospheric pressure, Forrest’s ability to survive is uncertain. A groundbreaking surgery is Forrest’s last hope. This is a story about the power of music to heal and transform lives, often in miraculous ways. DIRECTOR: Susan Koch

MEDICATING NORMAL

One in five Americans is taking a psychiatric medication, including antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and/or anti-anxiety medications. While these drugs can provide effective short-term relief for emotional distress, pharmaceutical companies have hidden dangerous side effects and long-term harm from both doctors and patients. Combining cinema verité and investigative journalism, “Medicating Normal” follows the stories of five diverse Americans who were harmed by prescribed medications they took to feel better. The film exposes a larger story of medicine infiltrated by pharmaceutical companies seeking to expand markets. DIRECTORS: Lynn Cunningham, Wendy Ractliffe

THE EUPHORIA OF BEING

Éva Fahidi was 20 years old when she returned to Hungary from Auschwitz Birkenau. She was all alone, 49 members of her family were murdered, including her mother, her father and her little sister. 70 years later, aged 90, Éva is asked to participate in a dance-theatre performance about her life. Director Réka Szabo imagines a duet between Éva and the internationally acclaimed dancer, Emese, juxtaposing these two women on stage, young and old, to see how their bodies and their stories can intertwine. Éva agrees immediately. Three women— three months—a story of crossing boundaries. Whilst key moments of Éva’s life are distilled into theater scenes, a powerful relationship forms between the three women. DIRECTOR: Réka Szabó

FOR WALTER AND JOSIAH

Montana has the highest suicide rate in the U.S., and on Native American reservations that rate is 22% higher still. The Flathead Indian Reservation was shaken to the core by 22 Native suicides in a single year – including two beloved members of the local high school basketball team. ‘For Walter And Josiah’ follows the team’s surviving members during their most recent basketball season, as they attempt to honor their fallen brothers while coping with staggering grief and the daunting challenges of everyday life on the reservation. The documentary examines the historical trauma and other factors contributing to the Indigenous suicide epidemic, while exploring the impact of cultural resurgence as an alternative to escaping the reservation. ‘For Walter and Josiah’ is a story of heartbreak, pain, redemption, and hope in a community pushed to extremes – looking for the inspiration to push back. DIRECTOR: Jamie Elias

BASTARDS’ ROAD

Like many Combat Veterans, transitioning back to civilian life was very difficult for Jon Hancock. After years of struggling, Jon decided to take an epic journey across the country – on foot. Walking nearly 6,000 miles alone, Jon confronts the demons that had overtaken his life. Visiting his fellow 2/4 Marines – a unit known as the The Magnificent Bastards – and families of their fallen along the way, Jon finds a mission greater than his own redemption. With remarkable honesty, insight and humor, Jon’s journey gives a uniquely positive approach to the post-war topic. It’s about changing the ways one relates to traumatic memories. It’s about beginning the healing process. DIRECTOR: Brian Morrison

A PELOTON OF ONE

A Peloton of One follows a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Dave Ohlmuller, as he conducts a solo bicycle ride from Chicago to New York to raise awareness of this scourge. Along this 700-mile journey, Dave meets other Survivors abused by coaches, teachers, family members, and like Dave himself, Catholic priests. Through these interactions and common stories, Dave tries to find a way to connect and heal, mile by mile, as he heads east towards his hometown. Dave also meets high-profile advocates like Senator Joe Vitale of New Jersey, Kathryn Robb of New York, and Marci Hamilton of Pennsylvania, who each scored major victories in 2019 by reforming their states’ long-standing Statute of Limitations laws that favored the abusers. Dave Ohlmuller begins this trek as a lone Survivor. Today, he realizes he is part of a movement bigger than just the sum of its victims. Co-Produced by Greenwich filmmaker and fellow Survivor, Joe Capozzi, this film aims to inspire others to tell their stories and to educate the masses on the personal and legal obstacles victims often face alone during their long road to recovery. DIRECTORS: Steven E. Mallorca, John Bernardo

VIRAL: ANTISEMITISM IN FOUR MUTATIONS

Antisemitism in the US and Europe is spreading. It mutates and evolves and is seemingly unstoppable. It appears as vandalism, social media abuse, assault and murder. Director Andrew Goldberg examines its rise, traveling through four countries to follow antisemites and their victims, along with experts, politicians and locals. DIRECTOR: Andrew Goldberg

NARRATIVE FEATURE

FAMILY MATTERS (Hemelrijken)

When Kelly (Jennifer Welts) comes out of jail, she returns to her birthplace Hemelrijken. Although her sister Samantha (Esmée van Kampen) can barely make ends meet herself, she is ready to help. She takes Kelly home and arranges a job for her at a package delivery company. As an old acquaintance (Maarten Heijmans) reclaims a large sum of money from Kelly, the financial problems pile up and Kelly sees no other solution than to go and deal for him. When Samantha hears that, she doesn’t want to know anything about her. Until things really go wrong… But family doesn’t abandon each other, right? DIRECTOR: Stanley Kolk

HIGH TIDE

Laura has lost control. After she sleeps with Weisman, the lead contractor building a barbecue shed in the backyard of her beach house, the other two workers on the job cross a boundary, making Laura feel that her space has been encroached upon. As Weisman disappears, sheltered and privileged Laura must manage the laborers herself. Her admonishments fall flat, forcing her to retreat behind the pristine glass windows—keeping watch and being watched simultaneously. Tensions churn, the workers become more unruly, and Laura ignores calls from her husband while downing bottles of red wine, waiting for Weisman to reappear. DIRECTOR: Verónica Chen

THE BLACK EMPEROR OF BROADWAY

Charles S. Gilpin was the most famous Black man in America. In 1920, his portrayal of Brutus Jones in Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Emperor Jones, was hailed as “revelatory.” He became the first African-American dramatic star in a lead role on Broadway, and was named one of its finest actors. Gilpin immediately became the darling of the theater world, receiving accolades and recognition no other Black actor had ever gotten—even being invited to the White House. But by 1930, while O’Neill went on to become a legend, Gilpin was lost to history. DIRECTOR: Arthur Egeli

WOMAN OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS

A gynophobic photographer discovers for the first time in his life the joys of loving a woman, this one confused about her self-identity and self-esteem, by helping her in her perceptions of herself with his photographic retouching skills. DIRECTOR: Takeshi Kushida

TEAM MARCO

Screen time alert! Marco, 11, is obsessed with his electronics and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced…to go play outside. “Nonno” (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, “Marcolino,” as his grandfather calls him, finds connection to other people “in real life” and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals. DIRECTOR: Julio Vincent Gambuto

THE BELLMEN

When the charming bell captain at a popular Arizona resort decides that becoming a manager is the only way to win the girl of his dreams, he must navigate a crazy group of guests, allies, and rivals to earn the promotion and affection he covets. DIRECTOR: Cameron Fife

TIME IS PRECIOUS (Un Tiempo Precioso)

Miguel, an actor suffering a decline in his profession, faces his last voyage caused by an incurable illness. His son Carlos is in a dilemma about whether he should help a father who abandoned him years ago. Sandra, Miguel’s partner and Carlos’s aunt, tries to rebuild the father-son relationship and also recuperate her own, almost lost, romantic relationship. Agapito, an invisible friend, appears and accompanies Miguel through tender and dramatic scenes till the end of his days. Miguel’s tragicomic life in Madrid, filled with his weaknesses, fears and ghosts, takes an important turn when he arrives on the island of Ibiza. It is there that that he rediscovers his childhood memories, old friends, a rekindled love and his very being. Throughout this dynamic voyage we find ourselves caught up in the human struggle between debility and nobility and sympathise with these characters who have found out that “time is precious”. DIRECTOR: Miguel Molina

ANOTHER YEAR TOGETHER

Another Year Together chronicles three different romantic relationships in the same family during the Holidays in New York City. Jonathan and Sophie, 30s, on the fence about getting married. Jonathan’s sister, Julie, 40’s, newly single and starting anew with her brother’s best friend David. Jonathan’s parents, Barbara and Eddie, 70’s, married for almost 50 years and on the precipice of divorce. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, each couple goes through their own evolution as they become face to face with the realities of what it means to be in love. DIRECTOR: Daniel Hendricks Simon

CONNECTICUT SHORT

MOMMY’S NIGHTMARE

While my mother filmed my Kindergarten Halloween parade, a monster waited for her back at home. DIRECTOR: Jonathan Napolitano

GRETA

Armed with self-loathing, hopelessness and existential dread, 22-year-old Greta tries to find one thing about adulthood that doesn’t suck. Despite the support of her family, the vague impression of a job, and a place of her own, Greta still struggles to get out of bed. Every day. Good thing she lives in New York City, where everything seems twice as hard. Greta’s world looks pretty bleak… until she meets a woman named April. DIRECTOR: Sparkman Clark

ELVIS

While grieving for the loss of his basset hound named Elvis, Doug gets robbed and looks to his neighbor for help in finding the last memory of his late best friend. Through perseverance and courage, Doug must rise to action. DIRECTORS: Matt Valade, Connor Rog

WAX PAUL NOW

After a visit to Madame Tussauds Times Square, three New Yorkers answer the museum’s call for ideas on which celebrity to en-waxify next. The girls propose Paul Giamatti and start an online movement to get the actor a statue of his own. The “Wax Paul Now” movement goes viral, featured by Vulture, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The girls plot to create their own statue and to sneak it inside the museum. But after they are forcibly removed, the girls decide to work outside Madame Tussauds once and for all. They rent out the souvenir shop directly across the street and open a pop-up wax museum for one night, celebrating an unveiling truly worthy of Paul Giamatti. DIRECTORS: Val Bodurtha, Sophie Mann, Rebecca Shaw

THE OLD MAN

Alan, a 70-something widower, lives a dull and quiet life in his house, which he rarely leaves. When his daughter pitches him the idea of moving into an assisted living community, he begins to recognize that he is no longer the young man that he thought he was. Just as this happens, a 20-something named Naomi moves in next door, forcing Alan’s reflection on his age to become even more apparent. DIRECTOR: Devin Peluso

CONVICTION

At 16 years old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school classmate. His fight for freedom sheds light on the shortcomings of the American justice system and is a testament to the human spirit. DIRECTOR: Jia Wertz

CARO IN 10 MINUTES

Caro is sick. Well, she thinks she might be, but everyone around her, including her doctor, believes that her pain is all in her head. Left unsatisfied by her traditional outlets of support, Caro meets a mysterious woman who not only listens to her, but sees her as well. Shot on Super 16mm film, CARO IN 10 MINUTES evokes the restless, meandering energy of the New Wave, but it is very much a snapshot of a woman today: anxious and alienated by conventional structures of support, and yet undeterred in her search for the meaning behind her pain. DIRECTOR: Caroline Crawford Johnson

MORNING MOURNING

Morning Mourning follows two outrageously odd sisters, Pearl and Zelda, as they mourn their mother’s death at Greenwood Cemetery. Rating the lives of her deceased lady neighbors on the level of sexism they experienced in their day, the girls distract themselves from the grief of their mother’s passing through morbid humor and satirical commentary. DIRECTOR: Dana Greenfield

THE OTHER SIDE

Days before his 18th birthday, Abel (Ethan Herisse, “When They See Us”) finds himself about to age out of his orphanage and leave his younger brother, Kiya, behind. But when a prospective adopting couple threatens to break their relationship apart, the brothers wrestle with the reality of never being adopted. Inspired by a true story. DIRECTOR: Josh Leong

THIS BODY HAS NO TEXT

A study of retroactive catharsis through nature, spoken word, and skin. DIRECTOR: Sophie Bardos

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May 2
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