2021 festival films
The number of women in U.S. prisons has grown by 800% over the past 40 years. And the vast majority are mothers. In a Midwestern state caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration for women, three unforgettable mothers—Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda— return home from prison and rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women, run by Malika, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison.
In PROGNOSIS – notes on living maverick Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer and faces down injustice as always, with her camera. With the help of her wife Nancy and their LGBTQ+ family, she traces a journey through the twists and turns of living with cancer. What emerges is a raw, intimate portrait of shifting relationships and identities—a story about holding onto people we love, as we prepare to let them go.
Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times — even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large — come hell or pandemic.
A lyrical love letter to both weed and wine, WEED & WINE peeks behind the curtain at two oft-hidden professions—that of a French vintner and a California cannabis grower—who face converging uncertainties as they bring their children into their business and their wares to market.