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Shorts Programs

Documentary and Narrative

Feature Length Films


Directed By: Ofra Bloch
Run Time: 95 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

Ofra Bloch, a New York-based psychoanalyst specializing in trauma, was born in Jerusalem to a Jewish family that emigrated to Palestine in the 1920s. Disturbed by the resurgence of fascism and anti-Semitism around the world, Ofra travels to Germany, Israel, and Palestine to confront her own deep-seeded feelings about Germans and Palestinians, and the tensions between the Holocaust and the Nakba. In the process, she explores the nature of resistance and the possibility of hope.

Q&A with Director Ofra Bloch

6/1 | 5:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW
6/2 | 2:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW

Any One of Us

Directed By: Fernando Villena
Run Time: 87 mins
Type: Documentary Feature
Produced by: Red Bull Media House
Charity Partner: Wings for Life – Spinal Cord Research Foundation

Q&A with Director Fernando Villena, Subjects Paul Basagoitia and Nichole Munk, and Community Leader Stephanie Cowie.

Presented by: Red Bull Media House and in partnership with Wings For Life – Spinal Cord Research Foundation

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia suffers a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralyzed, Paul begins a grueling battle against his own body and mind, in the hope of one day being able to walk again. After years of relentless hard work, intense physical therapy, and even controversial stem cell treatments, Paul slowly begins to build a new life for himself.

6/1 | 3:00 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Josh Murphy
Run Time: 79 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish that explores the high cost—ecological, financial and cultural—of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries, and the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery, pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon.

6/2 | 2:30 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Matt Kane
Run Time: 80 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

Forced into an early retirement and feeling ignored by his wife and daughter, Felix (Richard Kind) finds himself falling in love with Auggie, an augmented reality companion only he can see, and slipping out of touch with reality. In a virtual world that feels too good to be true (and too real to let go of), Felix struggles to recognize his growing addiction to the technology, its impact on his real-world relationships, and the increasingly blurred lines between the two.

Q&A with Actor Richard Kind, Director/Co-writer Matt Kane and Co-writer Marc Underhill

5/29 | 7:00 PM | The Avon Theatre 1 | BUY NOW
6/1 | 12:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Daniel McGuire
Run Time: 85 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

The rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being ‘discovered’ by Western tourists.

Q&A with Director Daniel McGuire

6/1 | 3:45 PM | Bow Tie | BUY NOW 
6/2 | 4:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Blinded by the Light

Directed By: Gurinder Chadha
Run Time: 114 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Date: 5/30 | 3:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

Brian Banks

Directed By: Tom Shadyac
Run Time: 99 mins
Type: Narrative Feature
Charity Partner: The California Innocence Project

The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL.

Q&A with Brian Banks

5/31 | 2:45 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 
6/2 | 1:15 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

Brittany Runs A Marathon

Directed By: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Run Time:  103 mins
Type: Narrative Feature
Brought to you by: Hospital for Special Surgery

Brittany Forgler is a funny, likeable, 27-year-old hot mess of a New Yorker whose trashy nightclub adventures and early-morning walks of shame make her late for work every day. But when she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor’s office in an attempt to score Adderall, Brittany gets handed a series of diagnoses instead—elevated heart rate, high blood pressure … the list goes on. Suddenly forced to get a grip, Brittany laces up her Converse sneakers and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction—but is she on the right path?

Q&A with Director Paul Downs Collazio

5/31 | 5:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Ben Hackworth
Run Time: 106 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A renowned opera diva who retired early to live on a crumbling estate in the rainforest is set to return to the stage for her final performance.

Q&A with Director Ben Hackworth and Actor Radha Mitchell 


6/1 | 12:45 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 
6/2 | 1:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Directed By: Mads Brügger
Run Time: 128 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

6/2 | 7:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Community First, A Home for the Homeless

Directed By: Layton Blaylock
Run Time: 65 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

A truly unique community transforming the lives of homeless people in Austin, TX.

Q&A with Director Layton Blaylock

5/31 | 12:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 10:00 AM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 

I Want My MTV

Directed By: Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop
Run Time: 86 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

A touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their frequently offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions on August 1, 1981. Via a combination of the scrappy handful of young adults serving as hosts, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants production style, and the music mini-movies that were the foundation of the original channel, MTV was like nothing Americans had ever seen before.

6/2 | 4:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

Les Invisibles

Directed By: Louis-Julien Petit
Run Time: 103 min
Type: Narrative Feature

In three months a homeless shelter for women is set to close as the result of an administrative decision. The social workers running the center will do whatever it takes to reintegrate the women back into society. They have no protocol, everything is permitted… but time is running out.

6/2 | 8:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3| BUY NOW


Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk

Directed By: Jason Baffa
Run Time: 80 mins
Type: Documentary Feature
Sponsored by: CAIS

Centuries old and enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, golf is seen by many as more than a sport. Yet what do we know about the “other” person on the course? The man or woman behind the player carrying the bag? It is often said that a good caddie does three things: show up, keep up and shut up. But a great caddie wears many hats. They’re the player’s psychologist, mother/father figure, technical adviser and confidante. Whether familiar or new, these are stories that will make you rethink how you look at golf, and especially the job of the caddie. Narrated by Bill Murray.

Q&A with Producer Jim Packer

6/2 | 5:00 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Julius Onah
Run Time: 109 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

6/2 | 7:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW

Mack Wrestles

Directed By: Erin Sanger and Taylor Hess
Run Time: 25 mins
Media Partner: ESPN

ESPN 30 for 30 followed by a Q&A with Director Erin Sanger

The sport is brutal enough. There are the demands for strength and speed and stamina, the hours bathed in sweat, the knowledge that your opponent wants to wipe the mat with you. Those were the very reasons, though, that Mack Beggs loved wrestling—it gave him a sense of purpose and a sense of self. Mack Wrestles takes the audience behind the scenes as this gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes. Despite all the turmoil, this poignant film makes one thing perfectly clear: If life were a wrestling match, the referee would be raising Mack’s arm at the end.

6/1 | 11:00 AM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW

Making Montgomery Clift

Directed By: Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon
Run Time: 88 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

Montgomery Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, bucking traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented.” Now, nephew Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon rigorously examine the flawed narratives that have come to define Monty’s legacy. Drawing on interviews with family and loved ones and a rich collection of unreleased archival materials from Monty and his brother, Brooks Clift, this fresh portrait of the actor’s passions, contributions and commitment to living and working in his own way gives one of Hollywood’s underappreciated legends his due.

6/2 | 11:00 AM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Midnight Family

Directed By: Luke Lorentzen
Run Time: 81 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

In Mexico City’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the Ochoa family runs a private ambulance, competing with other for-profit EMTs for patients in need of urgent help.

Q&A with Director Luke Lorentzen

5/30 | 8:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 8:15 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 

Mike Wallace Is Here

Directed By: Avi Belkin
Run Time: 90 mins
Type: Documentary Feature
Sponsored by: First Republic Bank

Q&A with Alison Pepper, Co-Producer of the film and a former Senior Producer at ’60 Minutes’ and Warren Lustig, Editor/Producer at ’60 Minutes’

For over half a century, 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the world’s most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, the film interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike’s storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point.

5/30 | 6:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Directed By: Stanley Nelson
Run Time: 115 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis.

Q&A with Producer Nicole London

5/31 | 6:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 6:00 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Alejandro Landes
Run Time: 102 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

In a remote mountaintop setting somewhere in Latin America, a rebel group of teenage commandos bearing noms de guerre like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner (Julianne Nicholson) and a conscripted milk cow for a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, fracturing their intricate bond, the mission begins to collapse.

Date: 5/30 | 8:45 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

Ms. White Light

Directed By: Paul Shoulberg
Run Time: 95 mins
Country: USA
Type: Narrative Feature

Lex Cordova’s business is dying. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients that are terminally ill. It’s just everyone else that she has a problem with. Valerie is a no bullshit woman who loves living her life. Her only way out is thru Lex.

Q&A with Director Zachary Spicer

5/31 | 2:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Pizza, A Love Story

Directed By: Gorman Bechard
Run Time: 80 mins
Sponsored by: The Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media
Type: Documentary Feature

Most everyone has a passion for pizza, but only New Haven lays claim to the Holy Trinity of pizza joints with Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern. They are not only a cornerstone of New Haven’s Italian-American heritage, but also the establishments that set the bar for this immediately recognizable comfort food. National polls agree: these are the pizzas by which all others are measured. From the rusted wheels of Frank Pepe’s bread cart to the black charcoal on your very own fingertips, take a journey from old world Italy into present-day New Haven.

Q&A with Director Gorman Berchard

5/31 | 12:15 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 6:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Safe Spaces

Directed By: Daniel Schechter
Run Time: 91 mins
Type: Narrative Feature
Sponsored by: Inspir

A New York City professor (Justin Long) spends a week re-connecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college.

Q&A with Director Daniel Schechter, Actor Justin Long, and Eleonora Tornatore-Mikesh, Chief Experience & Memory Care Advisor from Inspirer’s

6/1 | 3:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW
6/2 | 11:00 AM | The Avon Theatre | BUY NOW 


Sister Aimee

Directed By: Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann
Run Time: 87 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events. Mostly made up.

Q&A with Directors Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann 

5/30 | 12:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Storm Saulter
Run Time: 114 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A Jamaican teen, burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother, hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.

5/30 | 8:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 12:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 

The Last Color

Directed By: Vikas Khanna
Run Time: 90 mins
Type: Narrative Feature
Community Partner: India Cultural Center Greenwich

Nine-year-old flower seller and tightrope walker Chhoti befriends Noor, a 70 year old widow living a colorless life of abstinence. Chhoti promises hope to Noor as this poignant story of love, friendship, commitment and victory of the human spirit unfolds on the banks of River Ganges.

Q&A with Director Vikas Khanna, Moderated by: Aroon Shivdasani.

6/1 | 11:00 AM | The Avon Theatre | BUY NOW 

The Tomorrow Man

Directed By: Noble Jones
Run Time: 94 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.

5/31 | 7:15 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

The Witch Hunters

Directed By: Rasko Miljkovic
Run Time: 86 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

10-year-old Jovan is often escaping reality to immerse himself into a fantasy world. It all changes when he befriends his new classmate Milica and the adventure to hunt her ‘witch’ stepmother starts.

5/31 | 5:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

The Map to Paradise

Directed By: James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan
Run Time: 95 mins
Type: Documentary Feature
Sponsored by: The Nature Conservancy Connecticut

Q&A with The Nature Conservancy’s Melissa Garvey, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Global Oceans, Nathan M. Frohling Director, Connecticut Coastal and Marine Initiatives, Michael Sutton, Exec. Director of Goldman Environmental Prize. Ira Flatow, Host of ‘Science Friday’ (WSHU) to moderate.

An adventure-filled and spectacularly gorgeous tale about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. From underwater worlds of ice to glistening coral sanctuaries, discover what it takes to build a movement and to create positive change. Mixing colorful character-driven stories and hand-rendered animations, this film is a rare urgent environmental wake-up call that retains a sense of awe and wonder for the kind of beauty that is still possible.

5/31 | 7:00 PM | Cole Auditorium | BUY NOW 

Them That Follow

Directed By: Brittany Poulton and Dan Madison Savage
Run Time: 88 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition.

5/31 | 8:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 8:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Then Came You

Directed By: Adriana Trigiani
Run Time: 97 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A lonely widow plans a trip around the world with her husband’s ashes, to visit the places they loved in the movies. The first stop on the journey changes her life forever.

Q&A with Kathie Lee Gifford – Writer/Producer/Composer & Director/Producer – Adriana Trigiani

5/30 | 1:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 

Touching the Sky

Directed By: Ilanit Bauman, Enav Shenhar, Idan Shavit and Tamar Tal-Anati
Run Time: 65 mins
Underwritten by: Simon and Eve Colin Foundation
Type: Documentary Feature
Community Partner: Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University

Female Israeli soldiers have had the right to apply to flight school for over twenty years. But only few have earned their wings, with the issue of gender still a major topic for cadets, officers and within society at large. We follow the young women who made it to the IAF’s most exclusive program, during the first six tense and intense months. From their first day at the academy through the ruthless cuts – some will stay the course but most will have to leave.

*Community Partner: Rebecca Colin, Chair of the Leadership Cabinet, Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Strassler Center at Clark University will do an introduction to the Thursday evening show.

5/30 | 6:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 
5/31 | 10:30 AM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Will Dennis
Run Time: 87 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A freewheeling comedian determined to save her family business invites an uptight entrepreneur on a road trip to sell a van with a complicated history. Romance ignites on their three day trip south, but is tested as they discover each other’s secrets. When the van sale deteriorates, they must decide if their very new connection is worth more than a very old van.

Q&A with Director Will Dennis

5/31 | 3:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 6:00 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 


Directed By: Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson
Run Time: 76 mins
Type: Documentary Feature

Filmed over one fire season, Wildland is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons. What emerges is a rich story of working-class men — their exterior world, their interior lives and the fire that lies between.

5/30 | 4:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 3 | BUY NOW 
5/31 | 10:30 AM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 

Wild Rose

Directed By: Tom Harper
Run Time: 100 mins
Type: Narrative Feature

A rebellious country singer dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville.

5/30 | 6:15 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 2 | BUY NOW 
6/1 | 8:30 PM | Bow Tie – Theater 1 | BUY NOW 

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