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20 Years of Madness

Friday, 9/25 @ 8:00pm – Delta College Planetarium
Sunday, 9/27 @ 4:30pm – Masonic Temple

Documentary, 90 minutes

Guided by friendship and creative inhibition, a group of Detroit teens brings their own brand of youthful irreverence to public access television in the early 90s. 20 years later a member of the clan seeks to recapture the magic by bringing everyone back together for one more episode, but differences in opinion force him to reflect on his image of the past, and the realities of adulthood force everyone to confront their teenage selves. Moving expertly between then and now, this well-constructed doc is an affecting look at the unstoppable energy of youth.

Cast: Jerry White Jr., Joe Hornacek, John Ryan, Jesus Rivera, Matt Zaleski, Susan Pipper, Andy Menko

Director and Producer: Jeremy Royce

Producers: Jerry White Jr., Kaveh Taherian

Recently Screened At: Slamdance Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival

SF Doc Fest

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A Dog Named Gucci

Sunday, 9/27 @ 2pm – State Theatre
Special Discussion following the film

Documentary, 85 minutes

Gucci was a 10 week old puppy when he was horrifically tortured in Alabama in the mid-90s. Like most states at the time, Alabama had no laws against animal cruelty until Doug James, along with Gucci always faithfully by his side, would fight for years to see the “Gucci Bill” passed. But Gucci was just one of many dogs whose stories of abuse helped changed how we see, and treat, “man’s best friend.” This documentary looks at the stories of the dogs and the humans who stood up for them, behind the animal abuse laws in the United States. A hard subject that’s a must-see for any animal lover.

Cast: Doug James

Director and Producer: Gorman Bechard

Producer: Kristine Bechard

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A Rising Tide

Saturday 9/26 @ 3:30pm – Delta College Planetarium

Narrative, 98 minutes

An inspirational story of redemption, A Rising Tide tells the tale of a young chef, Sam Rama (Hunter Parrish). After the destruction of his family’s well-established Atlantic City restaurant during Hurricane Sandy, Sam must grow up quickly, taking the biggest risks of his life, both in business and love. When Sam comes to the aid of a wealthy patron (Tim Daly) and then falls for the newly separated Sarah Bell (Ashley Hinshaw), a chain of unexpected events unfolds for all of them, as they discover the only way to achieve their dreams may be to acknowledge what they owe to others, and realize that the greatest investments take more than cash.

Cast: Hunter Parrish, Ashley Hinshaw, Jonathan Togo, Victor Slezak, Nana Visitor, Tim Daly

Writer, Director and Producer: Ben Hickernell

Producers: Kristin Fairweather, Daryl Freimark, Andrew Greenblatt

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Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play

Friday, 9/25 @ 2pm – Masonic Temple
Sunday, 9/27 @ 12:00pm – Delta College Planetarium

Documentary, 76 minutes

Jerome Thelia spans the world and the centuries in this meditation on one of humankind’s most underrated inventions.  Thelia follows the bouncing ball through history to shed light on humans’ unique capacity for collaboration, our creeping modern alienation, and our deep need for play.  Essential viewing for anyone interested in the evolution of sport, play, and society.

Director and Producer: Jerome Thelia

Producers: Anne Carkeet, David McLain, Bill Merson, Phil Mershon

Writer: John Fox

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Diamond Tongues

Friday 9/25 @ 6:00pm – State Theater
Sunday 9/27 @ 12:00pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 100 minutes

Edith Welland dreams of being a successful actress in Toronto, but just can’t seem to make things happen. Things get worse when the ex-boyfriend she broke up with to focus on her career takes up acting on a whim and immediately books a leading role. When Edith can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she decides to do everything wrong. A dramatic comedy about insecurity, uncertainty, unhealthy competition, and just about everything else between the lines.

Cast: Leah Goldstein, Nick Flanagan, Leah Wildman, Adam Gurfinkel

Writer, Director and Producer: Pavan Moondi

Director: Brian Robertson

Producers: Sarah Haywood, Brian Robertson

Recently Screened At: Slamdance (World Premiere), Nashville Film Festival

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Dirty Weekend

Saturday, 9/26 @ 11:30am – Masonic Temple
Sunday, 9/27 @ 4:30pm – State Theatre

Narrative, 93 minutes

Matthew Broderick has come a long way since Ferris Bueller.  In this understated sex comedy from Neil LaBute, Broderick plays Les, a middle-aged fuddy-duddy with a corporate job, a nice family, and a few dirty little secrets that even he’s not sure about.  Les and his coworker Natalie get stuck on a layover in the Albuquerque airport and decide to do the town, but Les has a history there, vaguely remembered but encrypted on a tattered slip of paper in his wallet.  So goes the setup for this pair’s proverbial journey of self-discovery in a romp that’s as funny and brutal as anything from LaBute since In the Company of Men.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, Phil Burke

Writer and Director: Neil LaBute

Producers: Duncan Montgomery, Tiller Russell, Joey Stewart

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Funny Bunny

Saturday, 9/26 @ 1:30pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 85 minutes

A hapless anti-childhood obesity crusader and a maternally neglected trust-funder bond as they vie for the heart of a troubled animal activist. The three form bonds and help each other find the elusive path to happiness they thought was all but lost, and it is an absurd but authentic journey. Like a lo-fi early Wes Anderson film, Funny Bunny explores the delicate inner lives of children of privilege and the activities they find to stave off boredom.

Cast & Co-Writers: Kentucker Audley, Olly Alexander, Joslyn Jensen

Writer & Director: Alison Bagnall

Producer: Mark Shlomchik (EP), Ted Speaker, Laura Heberton, Vinay Singh

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The Keeping Room

Saturday, 9/26 @ 8:30pm – Delta College Planetarium
Sunday 9/27 @ 2:00pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 95 minutes

In this stunning suspense drama, three women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru) left alone on an isolated farm during the last days of the American Civil War are besieged by a pair of murderous Yankee scouts. This feminist western is beautifully shot, authentically set, and transcends its trappings to deliver a pitiless confrontation that’s damned satisfying.

Cast: Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru, Sam Worthington

Director: Daniel Barber

Producers: David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Jordan Horowitz, Judd Payne, Patrick Newall

Writer: Julia Hart

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Saturday, 9/26 @ 6:00pm – State Theatre

Narrative, 96 minutes

When a middle-aged man meets a young girl in a parking lot he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. What results is an uncomfortable relationship that is dangerously compelling and quietly terrifying to watch. Blurred lines present themselves along their trip. Superbly shot and movingly acted, especially by young Oona Laurence, this film should prove a potent conversation-starter.

Cast: Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Tom Bower

Writer and Director: Ross Partridge

Producers: Mel Eslyn, Taylor Williams

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Naz & Maalik

Friday, 9/25 @ 8pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 86 minutes

An impressionistic film, it explores the ancient pilgrimage across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. The images and sounds of the adventure gradually unfold with music by Andy Reed, revealing unique experiences and inspiring and encouraging you to travel the Camino Frances or The Way of St. James.

Cast: Kerwin Johnson Jr., Curtis Cook Jr.

Writer and Director: Jay Dockendorf

Producers: Margaret Katcher, Jacob Albert, Lacey Dorn

Recently Screened At: SXSW, Outfest Los Angeles, frameline39 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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Sunday 9/27 @ 7pm – State Theatre
Closing Night Film

Documentary, 88 minutes

Tom Lenk is one of those talents who has spent much of his career trying to convince audiences he can do more than the role he’s most famous for (that of Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  Most recently Lenk’s gone on the road with a hilarious hybrid of storytelling and standup exploring his coming of age as a first-order nerd.  Deftly directed by HHM veteran Andrew Putschoegl, Nerdgasm follows Lenk’s trek to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, documenting his meetings with fans and idols, his neurotic rehearsals and backstage shenanigans, and his climactic festival show.

Cast: Tom Lenk

Director and Producer: Andrew Putschoegl

Producers: Courtney Andresen, Tom Lenk

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Saturday, 9/26 @ 8:30pm – State Theatre
Sunday, 9/27 @ 4:30pm – Delta College Planetarium

Narrative, 85 minutes

Agoraphobia makes surprisingly fresh material for filmmaking in this provocative drama.  We’re thrust into the world of John (played by John Painz, who also wrote and directed this gem), a neurotic advertising copywriter who hasn’t left his New York apartment for years.  His cramped living space provides the backdrop for an intimate portrait as John lovingly cooks his own meals, picks up freelance gigs from colleagues via Skype, endures visits from old friends who can’t do a thing for him – and, finally, encounters a house-calling therapist who promises to lure him back to the outside world.

Cast: Melanie Ryan, Britt Genelin, John Painz

Writer and Director: John Painz

Producers: Lynn Mancinelli, John Painz, Julie Sisson

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They Look Like People

Friday, 9/25 @ 10:15pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 80 minutes

The story centers on two thirtyish men: Christian (Evan Duchoumel), a New York up-and-comer, and Wyatt (MacLeod Andrews), his alienated out-of-towner friend.  While Christian is stuck in his own head, nurturing his career while listening to esteem-boosting tapes on seemingly infinite rewind, Wyatt’s stuck on saving the world, haunted by an irrational fear that all those around him are malevolent shape-shifters.  What at first glance seems like an exercise in scary fun on a small budget ends up finessing some subtle mood changes and finding its way to big themes of how sanity and its opposite are defined in an age of terror.  A thoughtful, quietly chilling film that is sure to put writer-director Perry Blackshear on the map.

Cast: MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel, Margaret Drake

Writer, Director and Producer: Perry Blackshear

Producers: Kimberly Parker, Evan Dumouchel, MacLeod Andrews

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Too Late

Thursday, 9/24 @ 8:15pm – State Theatre
Opening Night Film

Narrative, 107 minutes

Gangster, strippers, a dame in distress and one wayward P.I. Sounds like a classic noir film, but Too Late is contemporary L.A. noir that explores the tangled relationship between Samson (John Hawkes), a troubled private investigator, and the missing woman he’s hired to find. Like our leading man Samson, director Dennis Hauck takes big risks in his feature debut by telling the story in five continuous shot vignettes and in non-linear fashion, resulting in an unconventional and tension filled film with nods to Tarantino, Altman and P.T. Anderson.

Cast: John Hawkes, Crystal Reed, Natalie Zea, Dichen Lachman

Writer & Director: Dennis Hauck

Producers: Alexandra Barreto, Taylor Feltner

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Uncle John

Friday, 9/25 @ 8:00pm – State Theatre
Saturday, 9/26 @ 3:30pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 113 minutes

A small town Wisconsin murder and a love story set in Chicago build different kinds of tension in this beautifully shot and directed film.  No one’s sure what happened to Dutch, a small-town bully who got religion and confessed his sins to everyone he’d wronged. John (John Ashton), a kindly but haunted man, comes under suspicion from Dutch’s brother after the small town rumor mill churns out scenarios. Meanwhile, John’s computer jock nephew Ben (Alex Moffat) is dealing with a recent breakup and potential new workplace crush. The film jumps brilliantly between the lives of uncle and nephew, as it subverts our images of city and small town life, but holds fast to the character of two men trying to minimize the effects of their actions.

Cast: John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Writer and Director: Steven Piet

Writer and Producer: Erik Crary

Executive Producer: Gary Jesdanun

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Friday, 9/25 @ 6pm – Delta College Planetarium

Narrative, 71 minutes
Foreign Language Film

Luciana (Kattia González) and Pedro (Fernando Bolaños) meet at a party, steal a kiss in the bathroom (once he removes his ridiculous costume head), and share a cab along with some intimate talk on the discontents of marriage and procreation.  Over breakfast she agrees to join him on a trip to an idyllic national park where he’s doing his graduate fieldwork.  Soon enough they’re sharing a sleeping bag and more.  This lovely Costa Rican drama from director Paz Fábrega traces what happens when mutual sexual discovery gets mixed up with the equally euphoric discovery of nature’s beauty.

Cast: Fernando Bolaños, Kattia González

Writer & Director: Paz Fábrega

Producer: Paz Fábrega, Kattia González

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Friday, 9/25 @ 6:00pm – Masonic Temple
Sunday, 9/27 @ 2:00pm – Delta College Planetarium

Narrative, 78 minutes

There are offbeat comedies, and then there’s Wedgerino. Best friends and roommates Carl and Larry have no job prospects and a new landlord demanding rent, when a charismatic stranger comes up with a plan to help the pair with their financial woes. The brilliant idea, fight each other in a boxing match so they both get paid. But will fighting in the ring drive a wedge between friends? Unique characters, sharp dialog, and a distinct brand of humor not seen since “Flight of the Conchords” may split a crowd, or cause you to split your sides in laughter.

Cast: Kenny Zimlinghaus, Aaron Wertheimer, Anthony Mascorro

Writer and Director: Aaron Wertheimer

Producer: Min Soo Kim, Rachel Whelan

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Friday, 9/25 @ 4pm – Masonic Temple

Narrative, 104 minutes

Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska, but distressing circumstances forces her to run. Trying to make her way back to Seattle to her mother, Mackenzie only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bartlett, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier.

Cast: Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Nolan Gerard Funk

Writer, Director and Producer: Frank Hall Green

Producers: Julie Christeas, Schuyler Weiss, Joseph Stephans, Christine Vachon

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