Documentary Shorts Block #1
Screening Friday, September 8 at 8:00 pm
89 min. running time
4m, U S A dir. by Jeffrey Teitler
In an urban trauma room, bullets change over 280 lives every night. On this evening, Hartford Police officer, Michael Bodner will be one of them.
45m, Canada, Germany, by Julia Dordel & Guido Tölke
Trees talk, know family ties and care for their young? Is this too fantastic to be true? German forester and bestselling author Peter Wohlleben ('The Hidden Life of Trees') and scientist Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating the communication between trees over decades. And their findings are most astounding. Trees are so much more than rows of wood waiting to be turned into furniture, buildings or firewood. They are more than organisms producing oxygen or cleaning the air for us. They are individual beings that have feelings, know friendship have a common language and look after each other. This documentary explores the various ways that trees communicate with each other- from a forester's observations as well as through the microscope of a scientist.
screens with For Flint...
It's Not Just Me
60m, Australia, by Jonathan Messer
To Fold Paper
6m, Canada, by Clayton Arnall
This is the story of Quentin Trollip, who is a world renowned origami artist. What makes Quentin unique is his ability to design and create complex origami that fully represents the nuances of a particular subject, using only a single square piece of paper.
10m, USA, by Brian Inocencio, Nottapon BoonPrakob
After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.
The UnAmerican Struggle
104m, USA, by Ric Osuna
The UnAmerican Struggle is a feature documentary film that offers a new perspective on a very controversial subject. In 2016, some 62 million American voters elected a presidential candidate whose views were rooted in multiple forms of bigotry -- racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia.
To the dismay of many across the world, Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. This film is not a profile about Trump; rather it’s about the resurgence of bigotry that he brought about with his words, his actions, and, now, as president, his policies.
The results of the election have made so many diverse groups more vulnerable in America. People of color face increase threats and hate speech; some being told they should leave the country, simply because they are different. The UnAmerican Struggle provides a voice to these groups affected by the bigotry sweeping the nation like a cancer. The film pays close attention to the struggles Immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, Blacks, Women, and Transgender people experience in today's America.
The film's participants are subject matter experts and activists that represent key civil rights organizations including, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Diversity Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and local groups, such as Black Lives Matter. These individuals share very personal stories; other times, they speak on what Americans need to do to preserve its values and the dangers of remaining silent.
Screening Friday, September 8 at 6:15 pm
10m, Australia, by Angie Jones
From good girl to derby girl.
The Synchronicity Theatre
1545 Peachtree St. NE
We offer validation tickets for $5 parking in the Peachtree Pointe deck ($12 without validation). The parking deck is behind the building.
Friday, September 8, 2017
18m, by Brian Schulz
The city of Flint is in crisis mode. A federal state of emergency has deemed its drinking water unsafe for consumption. This adds to an already decaying city infrastructure and dizzying crime rate. In the face of this adversity, citizens of Flint rally together to forge a new and powerful narrative that flows with hope and optimism. The city’s resiliency is emblematic of the can-do spirit of its residents. This is "For Flint."
Screening Friday, September 8 at 3:15 pm
Saturday, September 9, 2017
4m, USA, by Quinn Wilson
After coming out to his parents as gay, this young black man has been surviving homelessness on the streets of Chicago for years. We learn about his story, life, and aspirations to be a message therapist.
20m, by David Garry
A pilgrimage to the annual James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana as seen through the eyes of the cultural icon's die-hard fans, affectionately known as ‘Deaners’.
Bound In Beat
9m, Russian Federation, by Gleb Torubarov
For Li Erkun, a boy with disabilities from Chengdu, beatboxing not only uplifted his spirit but also helped to find true friends. This is a story of friendship and belonging which is promoted by an emerging art of Beatbox.
77 m, USA, by Tomas Leach
Forrest Fenn sits in his museum-like home plotting another clue in his $3 million treasure hunt. The search for the gold he hid in 2010 is spiralling out of control. The Lure weaves an ensemble of hunters as they match wits against Fenn. Each driven by their own search for something more than just riches, turning this quixotic quest into an act of redemption. But is the treasure real, or just a hoax?
Screening Saturday, September 9 at 4:30 pm
My First Drag Show
5m, U S A, dir. by Brian Graves
'My First Drag Show' captures the experiences of first time drag performers as they take the stage at Florida State University's Amateur Drag Show.
E.T. CONTACT: They are Here
94m, USA, by Caroline Cory
"ET CONTACT: They are here" documents the jaw-dropping stories of individuals from around the world who share similar accounts of extraterrestrial and otherworldly encounters. Producer and host Caroline Cory, who has her own extensive history with the supernatural, takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey to uncover whether these seemingly independent yet parallel reports may actually be scientific evidence of a greater phenomenon at work.
Screening Sunday, September 10 at 5:30 pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017
WHITNEY Can I Be Me?
103 m, USA, by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal
Directors Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal weave never before seen video, candid interviews and behind the scenes performance footage into a raw and uncensored portrait of Whitney Houston, who died suddenly at age 48 after years of struggling with addiction. Exploring her far-reaching impact, the directors focus on Houston's central dilemma: even though she had made millions of dollars and was recognized as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still couldn't do what she wanted, either professionally or in her personal life.
Screening Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 pm
This Cold Life
88m, USA, by Darren Mann
Welcome to Longyearbyen, the only settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Situated 300 miles from the North Pole, where polar bears outnumber humans, and bearing the distinction of being the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen is a community with an unforgiving climate, dreary isolation and an uncertain economic future. Like many small towns, Longyearbyen was once a bustling industrial hub that’s now struggling to find innovative ways to sustain itself. Meet Pastor Leif, hospitality expert Anna Lisa, coal miner Linda, artist Olaf. Take a sip of “Polar Beer”—the local brew. And then take a boat to meet Sasha, the only resident and sole guardian of Pyramiden, a frozen museum to the good/bad old days of the Soviet Union. THIS COLD LIFE is filmmaker Darren Mann’s visually stunning portrait that illuminates a tight-knit group of colorful and resourceful residents who are dedicated to preserving the land they call home.
Screening Sunday, September 10 at 7:15 pm
7m, USA, by Larissa Loeffler
Alexandra Haynes has yearned for an exciting life since childhood. Her greatest fear was to be trapped in a normal, boring life working a 9-5 in a cubicle. After pursuing professional photography for several years, Alex realized that what she wanted was a life filled with danger, mystery, and the thrill of the chase. Now, she has finally found her dream. And never looks back.
5m, U S A, dir. by Sarah Hanssen
'The artist who takes on a second job becomes, in a sense, his own patron: he decides his work is worthy of support, just as the patron does, but then he himself must go out and raise the cash.” - The Gift” by Lewis Hyde. This is a short documentary about a comic strip artist who finds a way to support his own work.
Drop the Mic
4m, Australia, by James Blannin-Ferguson
A wrestling announcer must summon the will to keep his body moving after he is thwarted by a rare, muscle weakening disease.
10m, USA, by Andrew Franks
Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.
5m, USA, by Chiel Aldershoff
'Canvas' is a film about the power of imagination. Outsider artist Jake McCord from Thomson Georgia, lives in a world he himself has created.
I Was Always Alex
6m, Spain, by Roberto Ruíz Céspedes, Sancho Ortiz
A day in the life of Alex, a boy who dreams like everyone else. He dreams of driving, flying dreams, and dreams of boosting the wolf carries inside.
11m, USA, by Adam Roffman
Two friends stumble upon the holy grail of movie memorabilia in the most unlikely of places.
85 m, USA, by by Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell
GOOD FORTUNE is the rags to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, “JP” spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. A modern day Robin Hood, JP’s motto is “Success unshared is failure.” The son of immigrants, JP defies the stereotype of 'the 1%' and is the poster boy of the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit.
Screening Saturday, September 9 at 6:00 pm
The Moving Camera Project
5m, United Kingdom, Poland, U S A, dir. by Chelsea Moynehan, Andrew Moynehan
Experience the mind of artist Maciej Markowicz as he embarks on his latest work, a giant camera of New York proportions.
The American Skin
24m, by Christy Rose , Elana Meyers, Woody Tucker
The American Skin is an observational documentary about a taxidermist, tattoo artist, and ex-stripper, and their search for meaning.
16m, Canada, by Francois Lebeau, Matthew Hood
A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.
This film explores the lives of four Australian transgender men. We meet two of them on the first day of their gender transition as they begin their hormone treatments. The film explores the various aspects of gender transition, including the 'transitions' that those around them have to make as well.
Bathrooms, relationships, family and employment are all explored and the stories are told in different creative narrative ways such as; ethnographic and 'fly on the wall' as well as 'question and answer'.
Screens with The Fourth Kingdom....
Ink, Cocks & Rock'n'Roll
14m, United Kingdom, by Matthew Harlock
Controversial graphic artist Steve Martin is being interviewed about his alter ego - the perverted lounge lizard monster that is Krent Able. But where does Krent stop and Steve start...and who is in control?
Featured in Vice, NME, Stool Pigeon and the Guardian Guide, Krent’s work is violent, sexually explicit, satirical and to some, extremely funny…A fascinating portrait of a renowned artist...and the terrible evil that lurks within.
Manson: The Voice of Madness
104m, USA, by Buddy Day
Director JAMES BUDDY DAY spent a year interviewing CHARLES MANSON by phone from his cell in California State Prison. The production tracked down members of the so-called MANSON FAMILY many who have been in hiding since the early seventies. These compelling new interviews reveal never before heard details that unveil the true story and motives behind the grisly murder spree.
CHARLES MANSON continues to be a beacon of public fascination. How could a no-account drifter and ex-con become a charismatic leader of what prosecutors called a diabolical murder cult? Why did the killers target the home of a Hollywood sex symbol? And where did the prosecution come up with the theory that CHARLES MANSON aimed to start a race war called HELTER SKELTER based on the music of THE BEATLES?
Some have proposed that the prosecution made-up the race war theory in order to more easily convict CHARLES MANSON through a sensational conspiracy narrative. If the prosecution did construct the Helter Skelter Theory, is convicting a man like CHARLES MANSON so essential that any means of achieving it is acceptable?
The film uncovers shocking new details, never before seen materials and digitally restored audio recordings from the original investigation to reconstruct a path of events that led to the brutal murders of movie star SHARON TATE and four of her friends on August 8, 1969.
Exclusive interviews include accused MANSON FAMILY members BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL, BARBARA HOYT and CATHERINE “CAPPI” GILLIES, prosecutor STEPHEN KAY, defense attorney GARY FLEISCHMAN, music producer PHIL KAUFMAN, as well as other investigators and authors. The film also features rare footage and audio recordings of LESLIE VAN HOUTEN and SUSAN ATKINS.
But the most riveting elements come from CHARLES MANSON himself through never before seen pictures, documents, artwork, writings and recordings from inside California State Prison. Recordings that include eerie conversations about modern society, justice and his decades behind bars. Recordings that will help you get to know the man they call simply, CHARLIE.
Screening Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 pm
7m, France, by Hugo Lemant
Niofar tells the story of a young French girl who went to meet the Senegal and its inhabitants in the hope to become integrated.
The Good Fight
16m, United Kingdom, Brazil, by Ben Holman
One man's work to transform the future of his Brazilian favela community through boxing.
Documentary Shorts #3
Screening Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 pm
77 min. running time
2017 ATLANTA DOCUFEST FILM SCHEDULE
The Fourth Kingdom
14m, USA, by Alex Lora-Cercos & Adan Aliaga
The Fourth Kingdom is the kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes possible indeed. Through the stories of Rene, a Mexican immigrant who can't go back to his country as a loser; Pier, an African-American guy who has found happiness in the social stigma; Eugene, a disabled man who has spent 40 years in the streets; and Walter, a mysterious person who came walking from El Salvador... we revisit this particular planet and their inner worlds.
Screening Sunday, September 10 at 4:00 pm
20m, USA, by Garrett Coyte, Grey Clawson
A documentary about a boy's struggle with a terminal disease and a cross country cycling team's attempt to raise awareness to save him.
The Disunited State of America
88m, Italy, by Luis Prieto
In 2016, Americans elected as president the underdog candidate that defied every single poll from the start on his route to the White House.
THE DISUNITED STATE OF AMERICA is an insight into the lives and minds of hardcore Trump supporters as well as his fiercest opponents. A portrait of their fears and beliefs in the months leading up to the unparalleled 2016 election. As we travel across the country we tell the story of America, a country unified by a democratic system, but also divided by discord, racism and misunderstanding.
This is the story of the 2016 Presidential Election through the eyes of the people that elected Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump, a candidate defined by populist racist and antiestablishment rhetoric, brings America towards the unknown.
Screening Friday, September 8 at 4:30 pm
6m, Netherlands, dir. by Yuki Ogura
A portrait of a guy who is following his passion, collecting stamps.
5m, by USA, Dan Goldes
Activist Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line?
7m, Canada, by Lesley Johnson
Princess Jack is a short documentary about an 11 year old boy with high functioning autism, whose world is filled with fairytales and make believe. The story follows Jack as he sews his first princess ballgown, tailored for a debut at the Royal Ball. This film is an intimate portrait of a unique and intelligent child, immersed in his own world, and fully supported by his caring family, dance instructors and sewing teacher.
83 m, Canada, by Nimisha Mukerji
“Tempest Storm” is a feature documentary that tells the controversial life story of an 85-year-old American sex icon, who after decades of estrangement from her family is ready to set the record straight. While the film is a celebration of Storm’s remarkable career — she was a self-made career woman at a time when women had very limited options — at the heart of the film is the struggle for self-forgiveness and acceptance.
Screening Saturday, September 9 at 7:35 pm
Documentary Shorts Block #2
Screening Friday, September 8 at 9:30 pm
89 min running time
Dust & Dirt
5m, U S A, by Chris Stanford
Mason Massey dreams of one day making it to the top level of racing but with a lack of big money sponsorship he knows that it is going to be a long, hard road.
6m, U S A, dir. by Sandra Itainen
A Brooklyn hair stylist takes us on a close exploration of Black hair culture as he weaves a woman’s hair.
Hispanics Afraid to Breathe
4m, USA, by Nacho Corbella
Inhabitants of the heavily Latino neighborhood of Wilmington, in Los Angeles, California, live surrounded by toxins. To the west is the Phillips 66 refinery, to the east is Route 110 and to the south is the L.A. port, the most active port in the United States. In most families, at least one person suffers from respiratory conditions, asthma and even cancer.