Friday, May 10, 2019

Brittany Runs A Marathon Opening Night Film of Greenwich International Film Festival

NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2019) - The Greenwich International Film Festival is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 5th annual festival running May 29th - June 2nd, 2019 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Amazon Studios’ Brittany Runs A Marathon, a feature film about a woman living in New York who takes control of her life – one city block at a time, will serve as the Opening Night Film. Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, the film will screen on May 31st at the Bowtie Cinema followed by a Q&A with the Director and Opening Night Party at Gabriele’s of Greenwich featuring music by DJ Dinero. Additionally, the documentary The Map To Paradise, directed by James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan, will screen in partnership with The Nature Conservancy of Greenwich.

Other highlights of the festival weekend include:

Centerpiece Films include: Blinded by the Light, Brian Banks, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Safe Spaces, Auggie, Any One of Us (Sponsored by Performance PT), Luce, Cold Case Hammarskjöld.
The Changemaker Award Gala honoring Eva Longoria Bastón for her work to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship on May 30th.
A performance by Kesha at the Epic Anniversary Party Concert on Saturday, June 1st at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY.
The Ability in Disability panel moderated by Secretary Tom Ridge, will be held at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00pm. Millicent Simmonds (Deaf Actress - A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck) to receive the Make an Impact Award.
Storytelling to Inspire Change panel sponsored by J.P. Morgan, to be held at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library on Friday, May 31st at 1:30pm.

As previously announced, The Changemaker Gala will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019. This year’s Changemaker Award honors an artist who has used his or her public platform to further positive social change. This year, actress Eva Longoria Bastón, will be honored for her work to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Bobby Walker Jr., the Community Changemaker honoree at the 2019 festival, will be recognized for his work in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. Past honorees include Ashley Judd, Renée Zellweger, Christy Turlington Burns, Freida Pinto, Trudie Styler, Abigail Breslin, Harry Belafonte, and Mia Farrow.

About Greenwich International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The fifth annual festival will take place May 29 - June 2, 2019, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus. The five day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, engaging panels, an honoree gala, and more. For additional information, please visit

The following panels will take place during the festival:

Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
Have you ever wondered what gold medalists must sacrifice to achieve their dreams? Be it on the world stage at the Olympics, the Stanley Cup, or the World Series, athletic success starts with dedication and passion at a young age. Hear from a panel of award-winning athletes who share their journey to the gold, including the highs and lows, wins and losses, and countless hours of training. Presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and in partnership with ESPN.

Featuring: Dr. Sam Taylor, Physician HSS, Mark Teixeira, ESPN Major League Baseball Analyst, and Becky Lynch, Professional Wrestler, WWE. Additional panelists TBA.

JP Morgan: Stortytelling to Inspire Change
Friday, May 31 at 1:30pm at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
Featuring Melinda Arons, SVP of Social Impact at Participant Media, Abigail Disney, Founder, Partner & Producer at Level Forward, and Laura Lewis, Founder, and CEO of Rebelle Media.
Description: Filmmakers have the power to enact positive social change on a national and global level, enabling conversation, audience engagement, and empathy through storytelling. Join us for an important discussion with female trailblazers about lessons learned and best practices for using film to inspire change.

The Ability in Disability
Saturday, June 1 at 1:00pm at Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
We often hear that Hollywood films lack diversity, but rarely do we hear about the lack of representation of people with disabilities in the movies. When sexual orientation, race, and gender are always at the forefront of this matter, what can we do to celebrate the actors who have overcome incredible obstacles and have achieved prodigious careers in entertainment? Meet actors and key figures from this world who will shine a light on disability inclusion in entertainment and what we need to do about it.

Featuring: Millicent Simmonds (Deaf Actress - A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck), Carol Glazer from The National Organization on Disabilities, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security and Board Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, Tom Ridge, Chris Lopes and Kathy Lopes (subject of short film to be played in advance of panel, A Different Script, and Mr. John H. Hager, the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia from August 2007-May 2008. He also served as the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, and as an assistant secretary within the United States Department of Education from 2004 to 2007. This panel will be generously underwritten by The Stapleton Foundation in honor of former President George H. W. Bush and the critical legislation he passed to create a more equitable world for the disabled.

Behind the Scenes With Blue Sky Studios
Sunday, June 2 At 12:30pm Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library
This fun panel event will provide a sneak peek at the different stages of animation - from the designing of characters to the recording of voices, and will share how movies are made from script to screen. It will feature a mix of animators and executives from the studio that has brought you some of the best animated features to hit the big screen. Featuring Steve Martino, Director (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who, Ice Age Continental Drift, The Peanuts Movie), Lisa Fragner, VP of Development, Sabine Heller, Head of Characters, and Tom Cardone, Production Designer.

The following films will screen as a part of the festival. For screening dates, times, venues please visit:

Narrative Shorts

AMERICAN MARRIAGE (Directed by Giorgio Arcelli) Leonardo, a New York Italian immigrant facing deportation fakes a marriage with Hispanic single mother Nikki to get American citizenship.

BRISTLED (Directed by Scott Farrell) After countless blind dates, a man swears that his next date will be the one. But could her flaw be too much for him to overcome?

CARMEN (Directed by Raúl Gutiérrez) Carmen is pushed to go to a farm with the mission of cutting the hair of a group of paramilitaries. Despite the injustices witnessed by Carmen in the camp, she must concentrate on finishing her job as fast as she can in order to get back home and take care of her sick mother.

DINOSAUR DAY (Directed by Juliette Kempf) Marthe has to face a dragon, edit a bride and avoid blows. Because today Simon is turning 6, and she decided to organize everything for his birthday party. But Marthe is tired...

ONE MUTUAL FRIEND (Directed by Max Azulay and Marc Philippe Eskenazi) While internet “stalking” his ex-girlfriend, Eddie suspects she’s dating some new mystery man. In a panic, Eddie Facebook messages their one shared “mutual friend”—a guy named Nick, whom Eddie hasn’t known since Jewish summer camp 25 years ago. Eddie invites Nick to coffee under false pretenses. From there, awkwardness, adventure, and bonding ensues.

THE ANIMAL (Directed by Sebastian Kass) Siri, 15, receives a call from child protection services who have heard that she might be facing problems in her family. Alone and flanked by an unmanageable big brother, Siri, guided by a stubborn love, rebels against the community, the child protection services and the animal lurking deep inside her.

Kids Shorts

"A" My Name Is (Directed by Sarah Schwab) A young girl with early stage cancer has a late-night adventures in a hospital that culminates in the consideration of her mortality. With subtle and playful grace, the film explores the transition from childhood into adulthood through the eyes of a sick youth.

Cosmic Light (Directed by Niraj Pancholi) An aspiring astronomer tackles the fate of humanity when the greatest discovery of all time comes into question­ - a mysterious cosmic light.

Loser Leaves Town (Directed by Mark Nickelsburg) An 11-year-old luchador uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life.

Tapping Tango (Directed by Nancy Snipper) Meet Henry and Abigail, two pay phones in a Montreal metro station who tap dance and tango their way into love.

The Blues Crab (Directed by Ari Rubenstein) An old gnarled crab tells his story of loss and sorrow, hoping to save a couple young crabs from the life of blues he’s led.

Two Balloons (Directed by Mark Smith) Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Documentary Short

Against the Wall (Directed by Kyle Saylors) Kevin Foster became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bicycle atop the length of the Great Wall, despite being told by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child.

GRATEFUL, The Jenni Berebitsky Story (Directed by Paul Nethercott) A courageous young woman with ALS finds beauty and humor in life and keeps moving forward.

La Guerra (Directed by Erin Nene-Lee Ramirez) A young, Mexican American woman from Southern California has taken on a much greater role for her family in the face of her parents' deportation. Growing up in a mixed status family, 19-year-old Angelica Guerra has seen both of her parents leave the United States with no real hope of return. Angelica chose to make the best of the situation by continuing to study, work, and take care of her siblings to keep the American Dream alive, despite her family's separation.

Mack Wrestles (Directed by Erin Sanger and Taylor Hess)
In partnership with ESPN
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. ESPN 30 for 30 series

Small Family, Happy Family (Directed by Annie Munger and Zoe Hamilton) Mitilesh, a young woman from Central India, is recruited by local health workers to get sterilized in a mass surgical ‘camp’. As she decides to undergo the surgery, her narrative is situated in the larger context of population control in India - one that has for decades sacrificed women’s health and reproductive rights in the name of economic progress.

Still Plays with Trains (Directed by Ross Kauffman) By recreating his 10th birthday with a 3000 square foot replica of the old Lackawanna Railroad in his basement, one man gives us a nostalgic glimpse of what it was like growing up in the 1950’s.

Best Connecticut Short

120 Years (Directed by Matt Nadel and Lukas Cox) Scott Lewis, a citizen of New Haven, Connecticut, was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he never committed. This story traces the ramifications of his wrongful conviction on a family that lost 20 precious years together, on a community shaken by corruption, and on an exonerated man desperately making up for lost time.

A Different Script (Directed by Francesca Carter and Eva Andersen) Twenty-year-old Chris Lopes from Fairfield, Connecticut is finally on the pathway to his dream of becoming a professional actor, but as a young man with Down syndrome, he is still struggling to achieve independence in his personal life. Chris lands a Hollywood agent and auditions for one big role that he hopes will be his big ticket to fame. All the while, his family worries about the practicality of his dreams and his desire to move to LA and live on his own.

Happy Little Fly (Directed by Justin Fargiano) A fly enters the kitchen of a man who doesn't want him there.

Memory Lane (Directed by John Denton) A young woman signs up for a trial of a new experimental drug called "Memory Lane", which allows its user to relive their past memories.

Placeholder Title (Directed by Jaden Boland) A nihilistic high school graduate looks for meaning in his meaningless existence after his untimely death. When he’s hit and killed by a car, he reflects on the interactions he’s had with people throughout his life, pertaining to what he wanted to do with his career.

Two Balloons (Directed by Mark Smith) Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Narrative Features

Auggie (Directed by Matt Kane) 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.

Blinded by the Light (Directed by Gurinder Chadha)
Starring: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Hayley Atwell, Dean-Charles Chapman
A joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit, Blinded by the Light is an inspirational drama set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s timeless songs. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Brian Banks (Directed by Tom Shadyac)
Charity Partner: The California Innocence Project
Starring: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd, Sherri Shepherd, Tiffany Dupont
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.

Brittany Runs A Marathon (Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo)
Presented by: HSS
Starring: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery
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? Feeling inspired, Brittany sets her sights on the New York City Marathon. This lifelong partier finally has direction, but is she on the right path?

Celeste (Directed by Ben Hackworth)
Starring: Radha Mitchell and Thomas Cocquerel
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.

Les Invisibles (Directed by Louis-Julien Petit)
Starring: Patricia Mouchon, Khoukha Boukherbache
In three months a homeless shelter for women is set to close as the result of an administration 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.

Luce (Directed by Julius Onah)
Starring: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
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.

Monos (Directed by Alejandro Landes) Starring: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero
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.

Ms. White Light (Directed by Paul Shoulberg) Starring: Roberta Colindrez, Zachary Spicer, Judith Light
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.

Safe Spaces (Directed by Daniel Schechter)
Presented by: Inspir
Starring: Justin Long, Fran Drescher, Richard Schiff
A New York City professor spends a week reconnecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college.

Sister Aimee (Directed by Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann) Starring: Michael Mosley, Amy Hargreaves, Julie White, Macon Blair, Lee Eddy, David Born, Anna Margaret Hollyman
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.

Sprinter (Directed by Storm Saulter) 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.

The Last Color (Directed by Vikas Khanna) 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.

The Tomorrow Man (Directed by Noble Jones) Starring: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, Eve Harlow, Wendy Makkena
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.

The Witch Hunters (Directed by Rasko Miljkovic) 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.

Them That Follow (Directed by Brittany Poulton and Dan Madison Savage)
Starring: Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Colman, Thomas Mann, Lewis Pullman, Jim Gaffigan
Inside a snake-handling church deep in Appalachia, a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition.

Then Came You (Directed by Adriana Trigiani)
Starring: Kathie Lee Gifford and Craig Ferguson
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.

Vanilla (Directed by Will Dennis) 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.

Wild Rose (Directed by Tom Harper)
Starring: Julie Walters and Jessie Buckley
A rebellious country singer dreams of trading the working-class streets of Glasgow for the Grand Ole Opry of Nashville.

Documentary Feature

Afterward (Directed by Ofra Bloch) 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.

Any One of Us (Directed by Fernando Villena) 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. (Sponsored by Performance PT).

Artifishal (Directed by Josh Murphy) 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.

Balian (Directed by Daniel McGuire) The rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being 'discovered' by Western tourists.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Directed by Mads Brügger)
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.

Community First, A Home for the Homeless (Directed by Layton Blaylock) A truly unique community transforming the lives of homeless people in Austin, TX.

I Want My MTV (Directed by Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop) 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.

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk (Directed by Jason Baffa)
Sponsored by: CAIS
Bill Murray narrates this documentary which chronicles the centuries old sport of golf, enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide. Yet what do we know about the “other” person on the course with the golfer- 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.

Making Montgomery Clift (Directed by Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon)
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.

Midnight Family (Directed by Luke Lorentzen) 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.

Mike Wallace Is Here (Directed by Avi Belkin)
Sponsored by: First Republic Bank
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.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Directed by Stanley Nelson)
Starring: Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Flea, Herbie Hancock, Lee Konitz, Carlos Santana
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.

Pizza, A Love Story (Directed by Gorman Bechard)
Sponsored by: The Connecticut Office of Film, Television, & Digital Media
Starring: Lyle Lovett, Michael Bolton, Bill Pustari, Rick Nielsen
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.

The Map to Paradise (Directed by James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan)
In partnership with The Nature Conservancy Connecticut
Starring: Prince Albert of Monaco, Paul Watson, Tommy Remengesau
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.

Touching the Sky (Directed by Ilanit Bauman, Enav Shenhar, Idan Shavit and Tamar Tal-Anati)
Sponsored by: The Simon and Eve Colin Foundation
Community Partner: The 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.

Wildland (Directed by Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson) 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.

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