2018 Films

Film Festival Schedule 2018


Saturday March 17th

*Filmmakers Q & A may vary Showtime’s as much as 10 minutes

10:00 am

Into the Green, "A slice-of-life narrative following the story of Eleanor, a high school principal in rural Arkansas. She is a queen in her

kingdom of concrete walls and vinyl floors. One morning a teacher is missing and Eleanor must decide how to carry on as both a woman and a queen in the absence of someone she loves."

00:15:00 Mary McDade Casteel, Rashada Fortier Arkansas Filmmaker

10:15 am

Alfred J Hemlock, "When Emily’s, boyfriend abandons her in the night, her only way home is through an alleyway where she is terrorized by the mysterious entity Alfred J Hemlock"

00:15:00, Edward & Melissa Lyons, Lucas Newton, Robert Raymond"

10:30 am

Happy Birthday, Mango! "Young Almara tries hard to reach her son far away in the Philippines but everything goes wrong. The busy Mettler family doesn’t seem to care and neither old Harold nor young teen Alex seem to even notice. But with ingenuity, Almara may just find a way to connect with her birthday boy back home. 

00:15:00, Eva Colmers, Eric Spoeth

10:45 am

Zebrafish: Practically People, Transforming How We Study Disease is a new film that provides an overview of the benefits of Zebrafish as a biomedical research model, in an easy-to-understand, visually-stunning documentary. Though viewed by many in the biomedical community as relatively new research model, Zebrafish have been helping scientists effectively investigate and fight human disease for over 30 years. 

00:10:00, Jennifer A. Manner, Sue O'Hara

11:05 am

August In Berlin, “The chance meeting of a German and a Canadian in a Berlin cafe unravels their carefully constructed lives.”

01:30:00, Becky Smith, Olivia Charamsa 

Q & A with filmmaker

12:35 pm

Cocktails for Two, “Forbidden love at the Hotel Restaurant.” 

00:03:00, Michelle Crandell Arkansas Filmmaker

12:40 pm

WOMEN ARE THE ANSWER, "Population growth has been left out of the climate debate because it is seen as controversial, yet it is one of the most important factors. The global population has passed the 7 billion mark and India is overtaking China as the most populous nation in the world, but one state in southern India has found the solution. 


2:15 pm

Hearts of Steel, "Hearts of Steel is a fun, inspiring, compelling documentary film that follows a group of Toronto teenagers as they prepare and practice rigorously for a musical competition for steel bands."

00:21:00, Gayle Wilmot, Kim Davidson

2:40 pm


3:00 pm

Keynote Speaker Sandra Luckow.

Sandra Luckow’s First film was a documentary entitled Sharp Edges, made when she was an undergrad at Yale University, about a 15 year old unknown figure skater going to her first National Championship. Eight years later, Tonya Harding was part of the biggest sports scandal in history. The feature-film I, Tonya draws heavily on imagery from Sharp Edges, particularly in Allison Janney’s award-winning portrayal of Tonya’s mother. She has worked for various icons in the filmmaking industry including Frances Ford Coppola, Bonnie Timmerman, Paul Schrader, and Eleanor Bergstein. In 1996 she made Belly Talkers for Miramax and directed numerous documentary shorts including A World Within. Luckow frequently shoots documentary footage for others and teaches film production at Yale University, Columbia, University and Barnard College. Her fictional work includes the script Blind Man’s Bluff, based on a WWII Memoir. More information on That Way Madness Lies... can be found at www.madnessthemovie.com to inquire about education and outreach screenings. That Way Madness Lies...  will screen at 4:35 pm on Sunday

3:30 pm

Nasty Woman, "Combining poetry, dance, and cinematography in a campaign against gender inequality; ""Nasty Woman"" is a response to social injustices while advocating for change."

00:04:25, Hayleyann Evers

3:35 pm

A Year with Betty Gold, “Betty Gold is about to turn 80 with no plans on retiring. From her early days as Miss. Texas to installing large scale sculptures around the world, some things have not changed; her tenacity, humor and philosophy of yes. A Year with Betty Gold follows this abstract California artist as she shares her insights on love and life while pulling back the curtain on the struggles of a contemporary artist.”

01:00:00, J. McMerty,J. McMerty

4:35 pm

Me Too, "Even in 2018 women are often seen as objects. High Expectations sheds a very real light on what many women face when trying to succeed professionally. In this instance she is auditioning for a role, which her acting ability is not enough on the surface. She feels the need to bare everything. Which is something that women automatically feel is part of their job, roles and may assist in allowing them to move forward, in any industry."

00:05:00, Tony Paulley,"Ayeshah Rose

4:40 pm

CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA & LOUISE, "Catching Sight of Thelma & Louise‚ takes the viewer on a dramatic and exciting ride beginning with Thelma and Louise taking off for the weekend and continuing until they fly off the cliff at the end. Clips from the original film serve as a catalyst for intimate, personal stories of women experience in the real world.

01:30:00, Jennifer Townsend

6:10 pm

The Things They Left Behind, "Based on a Stephen King short story, "The Things They Left Behind" is a horror/love story set one year after 9/11. When World Trade Center worker Scott Staley survives 9/11 but his girlfriend Sonia D'Amico doesn't, her red glasses magically return to haunt him -- along with two other objects belonging to 9/11 colleagues. Scott's unrelenting attempts at getting rid of them don't work, and he ultimately must figure out what they want. he travels through a supernatural portal to the day of 9/11, to the office where he and Sonia worked together. He is reunited with the woman he loves."

00:30:00, Sara Werner, Duba Leibell, Missy Jenkins, Xinyue Chen

6:45 pm

LEFT ON PEARL, "In 1971 classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women's shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and married women couldn’t open a bank account without their husband’s permission. LEFT ON PEARL is about the movement that changed all that. This fast-paced 55 minute documentary focuses on a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women‚ Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood, embodied within it many of the hopes and glories - as well as the conflicts and fault lines ‚ All of what came to be known as Second Wave feminism. One of the few takeovers by women for women, this radical action proved life-changing for the participants, and led directly to the founding of the longest continuously operating Women's Center in the U.S.

00:55:00, Susan Rivo

7:40 pm

Intermission ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE outside theater on Central Ave

8:40 pm

Black Wake, "Specialists gather in a top-secret facility to investigate a series of strange deaths on beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. One of the team's scientists (Nana Gouvea) examines video evidence to uncover a possible parasitic explanation for the fatalities. But when a determined detective (Tom Sizemore) sends her the crazed writings of a mysterious homeless man (Jonny Beauchamp), the scientist slowly learns that the actual threat may be more dangerous -- and far older -- than anyone ever imagined. Can she convince her colleagues (led by Eric Roberts) of the true danger before an ancient force rises from the sea to bring madness and death to all of humanity?"

01:31:00, Jeremiah Kipp, Carlos Keyes, Nana Gouvea 

Q & A with filmmaker

10:15 pm

Fattitude, "Fattitude is a feature length documentary that exposes how culture, particularly media culture - encourages weight bias and then offers alternative ways of thinking that embrace body acceptance at all sizes. Informed by a post-modern, post-colonial, feminist background, Fattitude is very conscious and attentive to the idea that fat hatred crosses the lines of race, class, sexuality and gender. The film features a diverse variety of voices such as academic scholars, activists, Hollywood types (directors, writers and actors) and psychologists, including the likes of Rebecca Phul, Jackson Katz, Marilyn Wann, Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Jen Posner, Lindy West, Ricki Lake, Winne Holzman, Guy Branum, Tess Munster, Andrew Walen and many others."

01:30:00, Lindsey Averill, Viridiana Lieberman

11:46 pm End Saturdays films


Sunday March 18th

*Filmmakers Q & A may vary Showtime’s as much as 10 minutes

10:30 am

The Scarecrow, "A Farmer has something buried beneath his scarecrow. Over time, its features become more human. His days and nights are plagued by sourceless sounds and maddening visions. Soon his entire concepts of reality and fiction blur."

00:03:00,Leah Pollack, Missy Lupo, Sara Moore Arkansas Filmmaker

10:35 am

LIVING COLORS, “Violet Cassatt; a depressed young artist struggles to survive inside a fractured relationship with her grieving father after the tragic and untimely death of her mother. She discovers an escape through painting that she least expects.” 

00:21:00, Alicia Hayes

11:00 am 

Fighting to be Free, "Fighting to be Free' documents the the heroic stories of young female freedom fighters in Ethiopia during the 20th century. These women left their families and homes to join the struggle to bring freedom, peace and democracy to their country. They serve as role models for leadership and courage for women."

00:30:00, Cheryl Halpern, Mitchell Stuart

11:30 am

Cracking Aces, A Woman's Place at the Table, "CRACKING ACES: A WOMAN'S PLACE AT THE TABLE documents the pioneering women who broke through the glass ceiling of professional poker. Long considered a game exclusively for men, poker is changing. Starting in the 1970s, a handful of women challenged perceptions about gender in this unique niche of the high-stakes world of gaming, and some of the top-ranked players in the world are now female. But challenges remain, as many poker rooms present a hostile environment where women are often mistreated, insulted, and sexually harassed by male players

01:06:00, H.James Gilmore, Tracy Halcomb 

Q & A with filmmaker

1:00 pm

Melody Makers, An Award Winning Rock Documentary. People with a love of classic 60s and 70s rock' n roll will not want to miss this. In telling the history of England's most influential rock newspaper, and the people who wrote and shot photographs for it, director Leslie-Ann Coles has unearthed a veritable treasure-trove of rare photos and incredible first-hand tales of all of your favorite rock legends from that era from Keith Moon to Jimmy Hendrix to The Who and Cream and more

01:35:00 Leslie-Ann Coles, Richard Harnet, Mark Sanders 

Q & A with filmmaker

2:55 pm

Erase and Forget, "An investigative documentary by one of Britain’s‚ leading woman filmmakers, she explores and exposes the decades of militarism, gun culture, toxic masculinity and social unrest that led to the age of Trump. Lt. Col. James Gordon‚ Bo Gritz‚ the American Soldier‚ for the Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam War is one of the most decorated combatants in US history. He is a man of 'a thousand faces' and the media turned him into the inspiration behind Rambo, Colonel John 'Hannibal' Smith (The A-Team) and Brando, Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now), Gritz was at the heart of American military and foreign policy ‚both overt and covert - from the Bay of Pigs to Afghanistan.

He was financed by Clint Eastwood and William Shatner, who supported his deniable‚ missions searching for American POWs in Vietnam. He has exposed US government drug running, turning against the Washington elite as a result. He has run for President, created a homeland community in the Idaho Wilderness and trained Americans in strategies of counter-insurgency against the incursions of their own government.

Filmed over ten years, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s, portrait is an artist's perspective of an individual and a country in crisis. 

01:22:00, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Ameenah Ayub Allen

4:15 pm


4:30 pm

WEIRD, "Weird" is a short animated film about the diversity.

It is a shout of a girl usual to be judged like weird and different.

She express in the monologue her sufferance and her dream to make possible to delete the concept of weird. She thinks that in the end weirdness is only a point of view and that we are all the same.

00:02:00, Fausto Montanari 

4:35 pm

That Way Madness Lies...,

"Duanne Luckow begins a scary, dangerous and ever-escalating cycle of arrests, incarcerations, mental institutional stays including Oregon State Hospital and with an inability to aid and assist in his own defense and releases to the streets without a plan. Until court ordered, he exercises his right to refuse treatment. HIPPA laws intended to protect his privacy, inadvertently cuts off his most ardent advocates from access to him, leaving him vulnerable to an overburdened system. Serendipitous events and coincidences gave documentary filmmaker, Sandra Luckow, access to intimate and illuminating footage because Duanne is her brother. With their cameras, they expose an ineffectual and inhuman system as well as themselves."

01:41:00, Sandra Luckow 

Q & A with filmmaker

6:45 pm

Straight from the Pen, "Twenty-four prisoners--mostly lifers--sat across from a dozen college students on a maximum security prison yard in southern California as part of an innovative and inspiring creative writing class. For 14 weeks, prisoners learned to express themselves openly and honestly, many for the first time in their lives, to a group of strangers, in a setting where survival often demands alienation, disaffection, even violence.

And the students--at first apprehensive, even hateful--discovered that the men across from them were far from the callous and unfeeling monsters they had expected to meet. Though their often intimate collaboration, both groups found hope and humanity in a place where they had expected neither."

00:52:00, Paul Sutton, Lori Sutton 

Q & A with filmmaker

8:00 pm

Days of Power, "On their 2010 tour, an International Pop Star and band mates mysteriously disappear. As past and present merge, they find themselves searching for answers and fighting for more than just their own lives when a concealed industry is revealed, the film pulls back the curtain and sheds a light on the dirty and violent world of puppy mills. These facilities are compounds of moral decay within human nature and are a dog's equivalent to a concentration camp. A provocative and hard hitting film that melds fact and fiction in a way that these atrocities can be exposed to a larger audience.

01:41:00, Michel Grey, Jason Pagnoni, Alysia Reid

Q & A with filmmaker

10:10 pm

In Lorton's Darkroom, "The story of a group of inmates in DC's infamous Lorton Correctional Facility during the 1980's who transform their prison experience, and themselves while participating in a photography program."

00:40:00, Karen Ruckman, Emma Pearce

10:50 pm


11:30 pm