7PM, Friday, March 6, 2020

DAY THREE

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

10AM

NORTH AMERICAN SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARY

DICK PICS!

directed by Hannah McSwiggen and Russell Sheaffer 

This stop-motion animated documentary gathers men from all walks of life and asks them one of the most important questions of the modern era: “What in god’s name compels you to send pictures of your penis to non-consenting others?” (CP, Animation/Documentary, 12:18, 2019, USA)

TECH BETTYS

directed by Kathleen Davison

In this comedic web series, a fiery, feminist QA engineer and an aimless yet searching office manager are the first female employees at a stealth-mode startup, VD-ME.com, in NYC’s Silicon Alley. Quickly disillusioned by the underdeveloped product, the oblivious sexism, and the rampant waste, Cass and Bailey join forces to survive the social ineptitudes of their male co-workers and ultimately expand the horizons of the company. (WP, Comedy, 22:27, 2019, USA)

GURUCOOL

directed by Sangita Iyer

This conversation among Indian educators is an attempt to identify gaps in the 21st-century education system globally. It delves into the past, discusses the present, and ponders the future to understand the true purpose of learning in this age of digital revolution, where technology is put before people, in an effort to focus on humanizing education rather than standardizing it. (CP, Documentary, 32:50, 2019, Canada/India)
Total running time: 68 minutes.  Audience Q&A with filmmakers follows screening.

Total running time: 68 minutes. Audience Q&A with filmmakers follows screening.

 

BEST IN THE BIZ TRIBUTE & RETROSPECTIVE FEATURE 12:15PM 

Join us for a Best in the Biz Tribute to award-winning director Deborah Kampmeier, beloved and much-celebrated by FeFF. Deborah’s first feature, Virgin, starring Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in 2004: the John Cassavetes Award and Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss. It won Best Feature Film at FeFF in 2006, and Elisabeth received an inaugural Honorary Best Actress Award for her performance.

Deborah’s second feature, Hounddog, starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Her third feature, Split, won Best of Show at FeFF in 2016. Deborah made her television directorial debut on Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed series Queen Sugar in 2019 and followed immediately with two episodes of DuVernay’s new series Cherish the Day. Two new projects are currently in development: a feature called Dirt Rhapsody and a limited series called Pilgrim’s Wilderness.

 

Moderated by Leslie Ann Coles, FeFF Founder, Executive and Artistic Director.
 

Intermission (15 minutes)

2:00PM 

RETROSPECTIVE FEATURE
 

HOUNDDOG

directed by Deborah Kampmeier

In this drama set in the American South, a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley and, ultimately, in the healing power of her own voice. Starring Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright, David Morse, and Piper Laurie. (2007)

4:30PM
NATIONAL AND FOREIGN SHORTS

Program Host, Christine Argyris, FeFF Board

HER STORY (IN THREE PARTS)

directed by Camille Hollett-French

NO. 1: A SIMPLE ACT. On an evening of perpetual waiting, the repetition of an uninspired relationship leaves room for Katherine to find what she needs in the most unexpected way during a post-abortion ER visit with her boyfriend. (Drama/Anthology, 19:28, 2018, Canada)
NO. 2: HUSH LITTLE BABY. When young mother Lacey visits her father in jail, where he’s serving a sentence for attempting to have sex with a child, she’s faced with the most profound realization of all, one that speaks far more truth about herself than she’d ever expect. (Drama/Anthology, 14:47, 2018, Canada)
NO. 3: IN THE ABSENCE OF ANGELS. In the brutal aftermath of being raped in broad daylight, Crystal, a streetwise community mentor, is forced to make a decision that will shape the person she’s about to become. (Experimental/Drama, 23:24, 2018, Canada)

 

BAYA

directed by Alice Gadbled

For her graduation project in photography school, Baya decides to exhibit herself in the nude as a way of confronting herself as an artist and a woman. (NAP, Drama, 8:26, 2018, Belgium)

BABY BLUE

directed by Alina Vita Kulesh

Kane is caught off guard when Reese says, “I love you,” forcing the couple to explore their own definitions of love, time, and monogamy. Discovering that they have polar views, they break apart and come together while learning the thin line between compromise and self-sacrifice. In these sacred, intimate moments, Baby Blue offers comfort in the universal heartbreak of breaking up. (WP, Experimental Drama, 8:42, 2018, Canada)

IT’S ME

directed by Helen Randag

Over the course of an evening, a mother remembers moments from a game she played with her son throughout his childhood. Tragedy strikes when he unexpectedly returns. (NAP, Drama, 14:35, 2019, United Kingdom)

Total running time:  90 minutes. Audience Q&A with filmmakers follows screening.

7PM
RETROSPECTIVE FEATURE 

VIRGIN

directed by Deborah Kampmeier, with special guest, Elisabeth Moss

When teenage Jessie, raised very religiously, finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God.

Deborah’s first feature, Virgin, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards in 2004: the John Cassavetes Award and Best Actress for Elisabeth Moss. It won Best Feature Film at FeFF in 2006, where Elisabeth received an inaugural Honorary Best Actress Award for her performance. (2003)

Elisabeth Moss is an American actor best known for the AMC series Mad Men (2007–2015), the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale (2017–present), the film The One I Love (2014), and most recently The Invisible Man (2020). 

 

Elisabeth will be presented with the Honorary Maverick Award. Join us for an intimate conversation with Deborah Kampmeier and Elisabeth Moss after the screening. Moderated by Leslie Ann Coles, FeFF Founder, Executive and Artistic Director.
 

10PM
FOREIGN FEATURE

Program Host, Sara Popovski,  FeFF Project Coordinator

THREAD

directed by Yuri Jang

An experimental animated documentary about a Korean woman who is abducted in the 1930s by Japanese soldiers and forced to become a “comfort woman.” As an elderly woman, she shares her trauma with the world. (WP, Animation, 8:00, 2019, USA)

DOING MONEY

directed by Lynsey Miller

A young Romanian woman is snatched in broad daylight from a London street, trafficked to Ireland, and used as a sex slave in a series of pop-up brothels. Her shocking true story is a tense and thought-provoking thriller that exposes how, in modern Britain, slavery can hide in plain sight. (CP, Drama, 89:00, 2019, UK)

Total running time: 97 minutes. Audience Q&A with filmmakers follows screening.

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