2019 festival films
#FEMALE PLEASURE is a plea for female sexuality in the 21st century. Questioning millennial patriarchal structures as well as todays omnipresent porn-culture, it accompanies five extraordinary women around the globe, fighting for a self-determined, joyful female sexuality.
This beautiful bio-documentary film reveals the life and work of Eric Bransby, a respected and admired artist known for his dozens of extraordinary public murals in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Utah. Bransby is an authority on the history and technique of mural painting and one of the few living painters qualified to work in the Buon Fresco medium. Instructing well into his 102 years, Eric is a dedicated, inspiring and caring teacher and an integral part of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s rich history.
Winfred Rembert, the only living survivor of a lynching, a Star Wars fanatic and leather artist, collides and develops a friendship with Doctor Shirley Jackson Whitaker who is on a mission to memorialize the forgotten 4,000 African Americans lynched during the Jim Crow era. Together, their journeys of healing intertwine.
EASY LESSONS is a poetic journey of a beautiful, young girl, Kafia who on the brink of adulthood breaks up with everything she grew up with in Somalia. Cultural values, taboos and dogmas fall apart in the most casual situations while trying to adapt to a new life in Europe, Hungary.
ERNIE & JOE is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s 10-person Mental Health Unit.
A young, hardworking journalist is forced to leave her job producing TV news in Washington, DC when her liver starts to fail. While she’s back at her parents’ house in Michigan seeking a transplant, she discovers something unexpected that changes the course of her treatment.
MOONLIGHT SONATA is a deeply personal memoir about a deaf boy growing up, his deaf grandfather growing old, and Ludwig van Beethoven the year he was blindsided by deafness and wrote his iconic sonata. Their lives weave a story about what we discover when we push beyond loss.
In his film LONELY HIGHWAY, 18 year old filmmaker Andy Kwiatkowski shares what life was like growing up with autism. In TWICE EXCEPTIONAL, 14-year-old filmmaker Samuel Faux introduces his audience to apraxia of speech which has affected him since he began speaking.
Alka Pradhan, James Connell and Sterling Thomas are lawyers for Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five men facing the death penalty for plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks. THE TRIAL provides a window to reflect on the impact of a rarely seen part of the war on terror: a lack of accountability for the legacy of torture and the build-up to the largest criminal trial in American history.
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ+ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice.