First Look at Sarasota Film Festival Announcement for 2023, 25th Anniversary Edition

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On Tuesday March 14 Sarasota Film Festival President and Board Chairman Mark Famiglio, along with other members of the Sarasota Film Festival community welcomed the press and community for exciting announcements regarding the celebration of the milestone 25th Anniversary of the Festival.
The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced today the full slate of programming for the 25th anniversary edition of the festival, taking place in-person across Sarasota March 25 through April 2, 2023, with complementary virtual programming to open March 24.
The festival is set to open on Saturday, March 25 with a screening of Dawn Porter’s CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WITHOUT A NET at The Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota with a reception to follow. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look into “O”, Cirque’s flagship production, on its journey back after the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is a fitting choice for the festival’s milestone anniversary, as it celebrates the remarkable success of this world-famous production.
“I am thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival this year with a robust slate of films from an internationally renowned group of artists,” said Mark Famiglio, SFF Chairman and Board President. “We at SFF feel so proud to commemorate a quarter of a century of bringing dynamic lineups of films to the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast and the arts-loving community that calls it home. In the years to come we hope to continue showcasing emerging young talent from this generation and beyond, especially through our wonderfully curated annual youth programs.”
As part of the festival lineup, newly announced Documentary Centerpiece titles include BEING MARY TYLER MOORE from director James Adolphus, a revealing look at the trailblazing career and private life of actress Mary Tyler Moore; Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng’s INVISIBLE BEAUTY, which follows Hardison, fashion revolutionary and model turned agent and activist while she reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer; Barbara Kopple’s GUMBO COALITION, a film chronicling the work of national social justice leaders Marc Morial of National Urban League and Janet Murguía of Unidos as they join forces to fight structural racism amid a troubling resurgence of white supremacy; and Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok’s JUDY BLUME FOREVER, a Prime Video release which profiles trailblazing author Judy Blume’s radical honesty and the way it changed how millions of adolescent readers understood themselves, their sexuality, and what it meant to grow up.
Additional Documentary Centerpiece film includes the previously announced IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL, directed by Alexandria Bombach. Maxim Pozdorovkin’s THE CONSPIRACY will also screen as a Documentary Centerpiece selection. The documentary is an animated film about the biggest lie ever told: Jews plotting to take over the world. Behind the torch-bearing chants of “Jews will not replace us” is an age-old myth, and as this myth is followed from the fringe to the mainstream, three Jewish families are made into scapegoats, their names forever linked to the notion that Jews are a monolithic group set on world domination. The film will screen on Friday, March 31 and will be immediately followed by a panel conversation featuring producer Caroline Hirsch and local leaders in the Jewish community.
SFF also announced Spotlight screenings of Andrew Durham’s FAIRYLAND, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and stars Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy, and follows a young girl raised by her single gay father in San Francisco, set against the backdrop of the city’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s; A24’s SHOWING UP, directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams and Hong Chau, which is focused on a sculptor preparing to open a new show who must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends; Daniel Goldhaber’s heist film, HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE, distributed by NEON and following a crew of environmental activists who plot a daring plan to disrupt an oil pipeline; Magnolia Pictures’ MASTER GARDENER from director Paul Schrader, a crime thriller about a meticulous horticulturist devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by a wealthy dowager; and Sophie Barthes’ THE POD GENERATION, starring Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofo, which follows a couple living in a not-so-distant future where technology provides ever-more convenient living.
Overall, the Sarasota Film Festival’s 25th anniversary edition promises to be a cinematic feast, with an impressive slate of programming that showcases the best in film. From behind-the-scenes looks at world-famous productions to powerful documentaries and compelling spotlight selections, this festival truly has something for everyone.
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Sarasota Film Festival Announces Initial Programming for 25th Anniversary Event,

Running March 24th through April 2, 2023

 

Festival to Close with Sean McNamara’s ON A WING AND A PRAYER

 

Grammy Award-Winning Folk-Rock Duo Indigo Girls and

Emmy-Nominated Actress-Producer Roma Downey to Receive Festival Honors

 

Musical Documentaries Spotlighting Little Richard (Lisa Cortés), Indigo Girls (Alexandria Bombach), and Donna Summer (Roger Ross Williams, Brooklyn Sudano) Announced

 

Tickets & Passes On Sale March 14, 2023

Sarasota, FL (March 8, 2023) – The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced today the initial slate of programming for the milestone 25th anniversary event, including the Closing Day presentation, and selections for the Music Sidebar feature program. Live and in-person screenings and events will take place across Sarasota March 25 through April 2, 2023. The complementary virtual platform will launch on Friday, March 24 offering exclusive, pre-opening access to select titles.

 

On Sunday, April 2, the festival will close with a special presentation of Prime Video’s ON A WING AND A PRAYER, a film from Sean McNamara and starring Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham, and Jesse Metcalfe, which tells the true story of a pilot who dies unexpectedly while flying and a passenger who’s forced to land the plane safely in order to save his entire family. Producer Roma Downey will also be in attendance to receive the Sarasota Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. During the festival, Downey will also host a book signing and intimate conversation in support of her newest devotional, “Be An Angel”, at Bookstore1 in downtown Sarasota on Saturday, April 1.

 

Downey is an Emmy-nominated actress, producer, and New York Times bestselling author who has been creating inspirational content for twenty-five years. Best known for her role as the kind hearted angel Monica on the popular network show Touched by an Angel, Downey is also the founder and creative head of LightWorkers—the faith and family division of MGM/Amazon. Their productions include The Bible series, A.D., Son of God, The Dovekeepers, Woodlawn, Ben-Hur, Resurrection, and On a Wing and a Prayer. Downey has been bestowed with an OBE for services to the Arts, Drama, and to the Community in Northern Ireland and was honored for her career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is a longtime supporter of Operation Smile and Compassion International, and she received a Sally Award from the Salvation Army for her contributions to entertainment and helping those in need. Past recipients of the Sarasota Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award include Jacqueline Bisset, Rita Moreno, and Virginia Madsen.

 

“The more things change, the more they stay the same. With great enthusiasm, we are once again welcoming our film-loving community back to the Sarasota Film Festival in celebration of our 25th anniversary,” said Mark Famiglio, SFF Chairman and President. “For this special anniversary edition, it is our privilege to host a number of distinguished storytellers and artists in our idyllic Gulf Coast community. Our 10-day event in beautiful Sarasota will highlight the change-makers of the past 25 years and showcase industry voices that will carry us into the next 25.”

 

Indigo Girls band members, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will attend the festival to receive the Sarasota Maestro Award. Ray and Saliers are published authors, community activists and top-selling, Grammy-award winning recording artists. SFF will honor the duo’s decades of contributions to music, social good, and beyond. Past recipients of the award include Kenny G and David Amram. SFF will also screen Alexandria Bombach’s IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL, which offers an intimate portrayal of the Indigo Girls, as the festival’s Documentary Centerpiece film.

 

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL will also screen as part of this year’s Music Sidebar program. SFF confirmed the program will include Lisa Cortés’ LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and tells the story behind the one of a kind rock ‘n’ roll icon who shaped the world of music, distributed by Magnolia Pictures; as well as the HBO Documentary Film LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER, co-directed by Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano (Summer’s daughter), which premiered at the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival and is an in-depth look at the iconic artist’s life. Donna Summer was a longtime resident of Manasota Key and received the Keys to the City of Sarasota in 2006.

 

The festival is also proud to welcome back guest programmers, Tom Hall and Holly Herrick. Hall is the Artistic Director and Co-Head of Montclair Film and The Clairidge Cinema in Montclair, NJ. Herrick is the Head of Film & Creative Media at Austin Film Society. Both return to this special 25th edition of the Sarasota Film Festival after previously serving as the festival’s Director, Artistic Director and Director of Programming from 2005-2014 and Programmer and Director of Programming from 2006-2011, respectively.

The 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will take place from March 24th through April 2nd, greatly appreciates the support of its personal and corporate sponsors, including the Famiglio Family Foundation, Sack Family Foundation, Wallach Family Fund, CMX CinéBistro, BMW of Sarasota, SRQ Airport, METV, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Indigo, Westin, Netwurx, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine, Sarasota Film Society, Sarasota Out, Visit Sarasota County, Michael’s on East, National Awards, Scene Magazine, Bookstore 1, Sande Caplin & Associates, The Observer Media Group, Sage Restaurant, Art Avenue, Senior Blue Book, Family Beautiful Magazine, Intermedia Studios, Ft. Myers Magazine, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, Westcoast Woman, Venice Art Center, WSLR, and iHeartMedia. The festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenues as well as the Community Foundation of Sarasota.

 

Tickets for the festival will be available for purchase beginning March 14, 2023. Visit https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/ for further information on the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival and all year-round programming.

 

2023 Sarasota Film Festival Highlights

***CLOSING NIGHT***

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

dir. Sean McNamara (USA), 2023

After a small-town pilot mysteriously dies during flight, passenger Doug White is forced to land the plane to safety and save his entire family on board.

 

MUSIC SIDEBAR PROGRAM

 

***DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE***

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

East Coast Premiere

dir. Alexandria Bombach (USA), 2023

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

 

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING

dir. Lisa Cortés (USA), 2023

The film tells the story of the black queer origins of rock n’ roll. It explodes the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians and cutting edge black and queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself. Throughout his life, Richard careened like a shiny cracked pinball between God, sex and rock ‘n roll. The world tried to put him in a box, but Richard was an omnibeing who contained multitudes – he was unabashedly everything.

 

LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMEREast Coast Premiere

dirs. Roger Ross Williams & Brooklyn Sudano (USA), 2023

“Love to Love You, Donna Summer” captures a richly complex picture of the woman, the artist, the wife, and mother whose iconic voice changed music forever. An archive of exclusive, previously unseen film, home video, photographs, artwork, personal audio, and other recordings form the film’s vibrant exploration of the life and career of one of the most extraordinary performers ever to shake a room to its timbers.

About Sarasota Film Festival

Held annually in Sarasota, Florida, the Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with hundreds of films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. SFF brings the best new and established independent filmmakers to the Festival with local programs that showcase its idyllic community. The Sarasota Film Festival is a 501©3 non-profit arts organization. It is the largest film fest in the Southeast, one of the largest in North America, and draws over 50,000 ticket holders annually. The festival regularly hosts industry attendees and media and has been covered by The New York Times, Variety, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, IndieWire, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The New York Post, and The New York Daily News, among others. For more information, please visit: https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/

 

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Sarasota Film Festival Announces Full Slate for 25th Anniversary Edition

Festival to Open with Dawn Porter’s CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WITHOUT A NET

Additional Centerpiece & Spotlight Films Announced;

Feature & Short Competition Lineups Unveiled

Artist Maria Elena Diaz’s Original Piece Selected for this Year’s Poster

Sarasota, FL (March 14, 2023) – The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced today the full slate of programming for the 25th anniversary edition of the festival, taking place in-person across Sarasota March 25 through April 2, 2023, with complementary virtual programming to open March 24.

The festival is set to open on Saturday, March 25 with a screening of Dawn Porter’s CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WITHOUT A NET at The Circus Arts Conservatory in Sarasota with a reception to follow. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look into “O”, Cirque’s flagship production, on its journey back after the COVID-19 pandemic. The world famous production will also celebrate its grand 25th anniversary later this year, solidifying the show’s remarkable success.

“I am thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival this year with a robust slate of films from an internationally renowned group of artists,” said Mark Famiglio, SFF Chairman and Board President. “We at SFF feel so proud to commemorate a quarter of a century of bringing dynamic lineups of films to the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast and the arts-loving community that calls it home. In the years to come we hope to continue showcasing emerging young talent from this generation and beyond, especially through our wonderfully curated annual youth programs.”

As part of the festival lineup, newly announced Documentary Centerpiece titles include BEING MARY TYLER MOORE from director James Adolphus, a revealing look at the trailblazing career and private life of actress Mary Tyler Moore; Bethann Hardison and Frédéric Tcheng’s INVISIBLE BEAUTY, which follows Hardison, fashion revolutionary and model turned agent and activist while she reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer; Barbara Kopple’s GUMBO COALITION, a film chronicling the work of national social justice leaders Marc Morial of National Urban League and Janet Murguía of Unidos as they join forces to fight structural racism amid a troubling resurgence of white supremacy; and Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok’s JUDY BLUME FOREVER, a Prime Video release which profiles trailblazing author Judy Blume’s radical honesty and the way it changed how millions of adolescent readers understood themselves, their sexuality, and what it meant to grow up. Additional Documentary Centerpiece film includes the previously announced IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL, directed by Alexandria Bombach.

Maxim Pozdorovkin’s THE CONSPIRACY will also screen as a Documentary Centerpiece selection. The documentary is an animated film about the biggest lie ever told: Jews plotting to take over the world. Behind the torch-bearing chants of “Jews will not replace us” is an age-old myth, and as this myth is followed from the fringe to the mainstream, three Jewish families are made into scapegoats, their names forever linked to the notion that Jews are a monolithic group set on world domination. The film will screen on Friday, March 31 and will be immediately followed by a panel conversation featuring producer Caroline Hirsch and local leaders in the Jewish community.

SFF also announced Spotlight screenings of Andrew Durham’s FAIRYLAND, which premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and stars Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy, and follows a young girl raised by her single gay father in San Francisco, set against the backdrop of the city’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s; A24’s SHOWING UP, directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams and Hong Chau, which is focused on a sculptor preparing to open a new show who must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends; Daniel Goldhaber’s heist film, HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE, distributed by NEON and following a crew of environmental activists who plot a daring plan to disrupt an oil pipeline; Magnolia Pictures’ MASTER GARDENER from director Paul Schrader, a crime thriller about a meticulous horticulturist devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by a wealthy dowager; and Sophie Barthes’ THE POD GENERATION, starring Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofo, which follows a couple living in a not-so-distant future where technology provides ever-more convenient living.

The Narrative Feature Competition will showcase BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE, directed by KT Curran; GODLAND, directed by Hlynur Pálmason; OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski; and THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY, directed by Morrisa Maltz.

The Documentary Feature Competition will include AUM: THE CULT AT THE END OF THE WORLD, directed by Ben Braun & Chiaki Yanagimoto; HUMANITY STOKED directed by Michael Ien Cohen; INVISIBLE BEAUTY, directed by Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng; and THE CONSPIRACY, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin.

The festival will also screen LATE BLOOMERS directed by Lisa Steen; PERFECTLY GOOD MOMENT directed by Lauren Greenhall; SHUDDERBUGS directed by Johanna Putnam; THE OTHER WIDOW directed by Ma’ayan Rypp as part of the Independent Visions Feature Competition.

In the features lineup, the festival will host the World Premiere of PERFECTLY GOOD MOMENT and the East Coast Premieres of LATE BLOOMERS and HILMA. In the documentary lineup, the festival will screen the World Premieres of HIDDEN MASTER: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE PLATT LYNES, LOSING GRIP and UNFILTERED: THE TRUTH ABOUT OYSTERS; and the East Coast premieres of AUM: THE CULT AT THE END OF THE WORLD, BEING MARY TYLER MOORE, FAIRYLAND, IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL, KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER, PIANOFORTE, RIDERS ON THE STORM, and A STILL SMALL VOICE.

Narrative films in the 2023 slate also include: François Ozon’s EVERYTHING WENT FINE, Lasse Hallström’s HILMA, Emanuele Crialese’s L’IMMENSITA, Lola Quivoron’s RODEO, Ray Romano’s SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS, and a restoration screening of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC.

Documentary films in the 2023 slate also include: Luke Lorentzen’s A STILL SMALL VOICE, Lisa Cortés’ LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING, Sam Shahid’s HIDDEN MASTER: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE PLATT LYNES, Matthew Mishory’s IT AIN’T OVER, Randy Martin’s KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION, Lynn Marvin Dingfelder LA GACETA: 100 YEARS AND 3 GENERATIONS BEHIND AMERICA’S ONLY TRILINGUAL NEWSPAPER, Steven Nye’s LOSING GRIP, Brian Lindstrom and Andy Brown’s LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS JUDEE SILL, Jakub Piqtek’s PIANOFORTE, Jason Motlagh and Mark Oltmanns’ RIDERS ON THE STORM, Michael Rainin’s RUN, RAVEN, RUN, Hassan Amini’s STARTING FROM ZERO, Alejandro Alcala’s THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER, Durand Adams & Charles Clapsaddle THROUGH THE TUNNEL, Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow’s TOWN DESTROYER, and Mystysalv Chernov’s 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL.

In addition to the previously announced Music Focus Sidebar, SFF will also program an African American Focus Sidebar, an LGBTQ Focus Sidebar, a Jewish Focus Sidebar, and a sidebar on films Directed by Women. Additional programs announced include SFF Focus: Environment, SFF Focus: Architecture, and SFF Focus: Education. The festival also unveiled this year’s short film programs, including Narrative Competition Shorts, International Narrative Competition Shorts, Documentary Competition Shorts, Comedy Shorts, Coming Together Shorts, Family Connections Shorts, Nature/Environment Shorts, Late Night Shorts, LGBTQ Shorts, and Sarasota and Florida Shorts.

The theme for this year’s poster is The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same. The poster art was created by Bulgarian artist Maria Elena Diaz of Sofia Design Studio. The official poster for the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival can be viewed HERE.

The festival is also proud to announce the lineup for this year’s Narrative and Documentary Juries. The Narrative Jury includes IndieWire’s Executive Managing Editor Christian Blauvelt and director and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alexandria Bombach. The Documentary Jury includes entertainment lawyer and partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz Victoria Cook, Hamptons International Film Festival Executive Director Anne Chaisson, and veteran Public Relations Executive Katie Martin Kelley.

As previously announced, the festival will honor members of the Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers with the Sarasota Maestro Award, as well as Emmy-nominated Actress-Producer Roma Downey, who will attend with Closing Night’s ON A WING AND A PRAYER and receive the Sarasota Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. During the festival Downey will also participate in events including a book signing and a luncheon conversation on Saturday, April 1.

The 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which will take place from March 24th through April 2 with in-person events across Sarasota and complementary virtual programming, greatly appreciates the support of its personal and corporate sponsors,  including the Famiglio Family Foundation, Sack Family Foundation, Wallack Family Fund, CMX CinéBistro, BMW of Sarasota, SRQ Airport, METV, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stella Artois, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Indigo, Westin, Netwurx, Sarasota Magazine, SRQ Magazine, Sarasota Film Society, Sarasota Out, Visit Sarasota County, Michael’s on East, National Awards, Scene Magazine, Bookstore 1, Sande Caplin & Associates, The Observer Media Group, Sage Restaurant, Art Avenue, Senior Blue Book, Family Beautiful Magazine, Intermedia Studios, Ft. Myers Magazine, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, Westcoast Woman, Venice Art Center, WSLR, and iHeartMedia, Molinari Models & Talent, Gurley & Associates, LJ Event Production, The Realm Restaurant Group, Bijou Garden Cafe, Rosemary & Thyme, Tamiami Tap, Sarasota Orchestra, Siesta Sand, 530 Burns Gallery and others. The festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenues as well as the Community Foundation of Sarasota.

Tickets and passes for the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival are available for purchase now online at https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com and at the festival’s in-person box office locations. The box office will be open at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium from March 14th through March 27th from 10AM to 5PM, and from March 28th through April 2nd from 9AM to 8PM; at CMX CinéBistro Siesta Key from March 25th through April 2nd from 5PM to 8PM; and at Burns Court Cinema from March 25th through April 2nd from 12PM to 7PM.

Visit https://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com for further information on the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival and all SFF year-round programming.

2023 Sarasota Film Festival Lineup

OPENING NIGHT FILM

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WITHOUT A NET

dir. Dawn Porter (USA), 2022

When the world shut down, its greatest Circus went into freefall. Within 48 hours Cirque du Soleil closed all its 44 shows; within a week it let 95% of its workforce go. Now, more than a year later, a group of world-class artists, athletes and crew at “O”, Cirque’s flagship production, face uncertainty as they prepare to bring their show back to life. With unprecedented access, this film documents their extraordinary journey as they attempt a return to stage after one of the world’s greatest crises.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Feature

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

dir. Sean McNamara (USA), 2023

In this extraordinary true story of faith and survival,On a Wing and a Prayer follows passenger

Doug White’s (Dennis Quaid) harrowing journey to safely land a plane and save his entire family

from insurmountable danger, after their pilot dies unexpectedly mid-flight.

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE FILMS

GUMBO COALITION

dir. Barbara Kopple (USA), 2022

GUMBO COALITION takes us on an intimate – and sometimes humorous –  journey into Marc Morial, NUL, and Janet Murguia, UnidosUS, lives, homes and the family histories that motivate their mission to achieve a more just and equitable country.

*Please note this film is also screening in the African American Focus Sidebar and the Directed by Women Sidebar

BEING MARY TYLER MOORE

East Coast Premiere

dir. James Adolphus (USA), 2023

With unprecedented access to Mary Tyler Moore’s vast archive, BEING MARY TYLER MOORE chronicles

the screen icon whose storied career spanned sixty years. Weaving Moore’s personal narrative with the

beats of her professional accomplishments, the film highlights her groundbreaking roles and the indelible

impact she had on generations of women who came after her.

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

dir. Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng (USA), 2023

Fashion revolutionary and model turned agent and activist Bethann Hardison knew that Black is beautiful well before the fashion industry acknowledged the truth. From walking runway shows alongside Iman to discovering supermodels like Tyson Beckford and mentoring icons like Naomi Campbell, Hardison has been at the epicenter of major representational shifts in fashion. Catalyzing change requires continuous championing, and as the next generation takes the reins, Hardison reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Feature Competition selection, and in the African American Focus Sidebar and the Directed by Women Sidebar

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

East Coast Premiere

dir. Alexandria Bombach (USA), 2023

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar, the Directed by Women Sidebar, and the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar

JUDY BLUME FOREVER

dir. Davina Pardo & Leah Wolchok (USA), 2023

Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone unleashes a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers — and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THE CONSPIRACY

dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin (USA), 2022

An animated film about the biggest lie ever told: Jews are plotting to take over the world. Behind the torch-bearing chants of “Jews will not replace us” is an age-old myth. As we follow this myth from the fringe to the mainstream, three Jewish families are made into scapegoats, their names forever linked to the notion that Jews are a monolithic group set on world domination.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Documentary Feature Competition and in the Jewish Focus Sidebar

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES

FAIRYLAND

East Coast Premiere

dir. Andrew Durham (USA), 2023

Following the sudden and tragic death of her mother,  young Alysia is uprooted by her father Steve in the hopes to restart his life. They move to 1970s San Francisco where Steve develops his poetic and personal writing and begins to openly date men. Steve’s bohemian lifestyle clashes with the expectations of parenthood from both the outside world and Alysia herself, who occasionally wishes for less of the independence her father gives her. As Alysia grows into a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, their bonds and duty to each other are tested in painful and sudden ways.

*Please note this film is also screening in the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar

HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE

dir. Daniel Goldhabar (USA), 2022

A crew of young environmental activists execute a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline, in director Daniel Goldhaber’s taut and timely thriller that is part high-stakes heist, part radical exploration of the climate crisis. Based on the controversial book by Andreas Malm.

MASTER GARDENER

dir. Paul Schrader (USA), 2022

A meticulous horticulturist is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by a wealthy dowager. When he’s told to take on her troubled great-niece as an apprentice, his life is thrown into chaos and dark secrets from his past emerge.

SHOWING UP

dir. Kelly Reichardt (USA), 2022

A sculptor preparing to open a new show must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends, in Kelly Reichardt’s vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art and craft.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THE POD GENERATION

dir. Sophie Barthes (USA), 2023

A New York couple, Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor) live in a not-so-distant future where technology provides ever-more convenient living. A rising tech company executive, Rachel lands a coveted spot at the Womb Center, which offers couples a convenient (and shareable) maternity by way of detachable artificial wombs, or pods. But Alvy, a botanist with an affection for nature, prefers a natural pregnancy. And yet, as Rachel’s AI therapist puts it, why is that “natural”? So begins the tech-paved path to parenthood.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE

dir. KT Curran (USA), 2022

In a world that’s falling apart, a widow struggling with her own grief and self-destruction, fights to save young people struggling with a mental health crisis. Embedded with the fire department, she’s battling the men who don’t want her there, the clients who fight her tooth and nail, and her own wounded psyche. She wants to save the world, if the job doesn’t kill her first.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

GODLAND

dir. Hlynur Pálmason (Estonia), 2022

Lucas is a nineteenth century Danish priest who makes the perilous trek to Iceland’s southeastern coast with the intention of establishing a church. There, his resolve is tested as he confronts the harsh terrain, temptations of the flesh, and the reality of being an intruder in an unforgiving land. What unfolds is a transfixing journey into the heart of colonial darkness attuned to both the majesty and terrifying power of the natural world.

OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN

dir. Rebecca Zlotowski (France), 2022

A dedicated teacher forms a bond with her boyfriend’s young daughter, loving the family she’s found but fearing becoming an extra in her own life.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY

dir. Morrisa Maltz (USA), 2022

An unexpected invitation rushes a grieving young woman into a lonely road trip through the American Midwest towards the border between Texas and Mexico.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

AUM: THE CULT AT THE END OF THE WORLD

East Coast Premiere

dir. Ben Braun & Chiaki Yanagimoto (USA), 2023

Aum Shinrikyo is a doomsday cult that became infamous for carrying out a deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995

HUMANITY STOKED

dir. Michael Ien Cohen (USA), 2022

World-famous skateboarders, scientists, artists, musicians, activists and educators, share experiences and perspectives shaped by their love of skateboarding.

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

dir. Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng (USA), 2023

This documentary profiles fashion revolutionary and activist Bethann Hardison, who championed the idea that Black is beautiful long before the fashion industry caught up.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection

THE CONSPIRACY

dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin (USA), 2022

An animated film about the biggest lie ever told: Jews are plotting to take over the world. Behind the torch-bearing chants of “Jews will not replace us” is an age-old myth. As we follow this myth from the fringe to the mainstream, three Jewish families are made into scapegoats, their names forever linked to the notion that Jews are a monolithic group set on world domination.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection

INDEPENDENT VISIONS FEATURE COMPETITION

LATE BLOOMERS

East Coast Premiere

dir. Lisa Steen (USA), 2023

An aimless 28 year-old Brooklynite lands in the hospital after drunkenly breaking her hip being stupid. An encounter with a cranky elderly Polish woman who speaks no English leads to a job caring for her. Neither likes it, but it’s time to grow up

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

PERFECTLY GOOD MOMENT

World Premiere

dir. Lauren Greenhall (USA), 2023

This erotic, psychological revenge fantasy asks the question what happens when the things that make your relationship passionate and exciting are the same things that make it toxic

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

SHUDDERBUGS

dir.Johanna Putnam (USA), 2022

Shutterbugs is a meditative and well-acted film focused on a woman’s pursuit of the mysteries that abound in her childhood home after her mother suddenly dies.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THE OTHER WIDOW

dir. Ma’ayan Rypp (Israel), 2022

Israeli filmmaker Ma’ayan Rypp’s debut feature is a poignant and elegant film about a theater costume designer Ella who learns her lover, the playwright of the play she is part of, has died suddenly.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Jewish Focus Sidebar and in the Directed by Women Sidebar

NARRATIVE FEATURES

EVERYTHING WENT FINE

dir.  François Ozon (FRANCE), 2021

Everything Went Fine finds veteran director François Ozon tackling a complex subject, assisted dying, with intelligence and sensitivity.

HILMA

East Coast Premiere

dir. Lasse Hallström (Sweden), 2022

A story about Hilma during her early life and ends today; when her art connects with people of all religions and cultures. Just as she intended.

L’IMMENSITA

dir.  Emanuele Crialese (Italy), 2022

Clara (Penélope Cruz) and Felice struggle to raise their three children in 1970s Rome. Their trans son Andrew yearns for another life, escaping into his own imagination to defuse family tensions in this creative and moving film about growing up and breaking the mold.

*Please note this film is also screening in the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar

HINTERLAND

dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky (Austria and Luxembourg), 2021

When an ex-prisoner of the Great War returns home and finds his comrades brutally murdered, he decides to bring the serial-killer to justice.

PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

dir.  Carl Theodor Dreyer (France), 1928

Danish master Carl Theodore Dryer’s great silent masterpiece portrays the trial and execution of French martyr Joan of Arc, using real transcripts from her trial, shown in a stunning restored version.

RODEO

dir. Lola Quivoron (France), 2022

After a chance meeting at an illicit ‘Rodeo’ where riders show off their bikes and stunts, Julia strives to prove herself to a volatile, ultra-masculine clique, performing cons and surviving by her wits.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

SOMEWHERE IN QUEENS

dir. Ray Romano (USA), 2022

When his son’s chance at a life-changing basketball scholarship is jeopardized, Leo risks everything, including ties with his overbearing Italian-American family, to give his son a shot at a different life.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

HIDDEN MASTER: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE PLATT LYNES

World Premiere

dir.  Sam Shahid (USA), 2023

George Platt Lynes began his career photographing celebrities, and it’s those portraits along with his extravagant fashion work that he’s best remembered for today. However, George’s heart, his passion, and his greatest talent lay elsewhere, in his work with the male nude. This work, sensuous and radically explicit for its time, has only recently begun being fully discovered and appreciated for the revolution that it represents — a man capturing his fantasies as a gift, a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else. From visionary art director Sam Shahid, HIDDEN MASTER features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s-50s, uncovering the life of Lynes less known: his gifted eye for the male form, his longterm friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, and his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists.

*Please note the film is also screening in the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar

A STILL SMALL VOICE

East Coast Premiere

dir.Luke Lorentzen (USA), 2023

Mati is a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency. Through her experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Jewish Focus Sidebar

THE GRAB

dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite (USA) 2022

The director of award winning doc Blackfish returns with a killer story about the next frontier of

international conflict — the fight for dominance over the world’s diminishing food and water supply.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

FIORETTASneak Preview

dir. Matthew Mishory (USA), 2023

An evening with Randy Schoenberg featuring a sneak preview screening of Matthew Mishory’s FIORETTA. Randy Schoenberg (grandson of the famous composer) and his 18-year-old son Joey journey through Europe and the centuries to reclaim 500 years of family history.

*Please note the film is also screening as a Jewish Focus Sidebar

IT AIN’T OVER

dir. Sean Mullin (USA), 2022

An intimate portrait of a misunderstood American icon, this emotional and uplifting documentary about Yogi Berra takes us beyond the caricatures and “Yogisms,” and into the heart of a sports legend.

KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION

East Coast Premiere

dir. Vivian Kleiman (USA), 2021

 This new documentary provides new insight into pop superstar Karen Carpenter’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar

LA GACETA: 100 YEARS AND 3 GENERATIONS BEHIND AMERICA’S ONLY TRILINGUAL NEWSPAPER

dir. Lynn Marvin Dingfelder (USA), 2022

For the past 100 years, Tampa has been a melting pot of latin cultures and La Gaceta has preserved and chronicled all of it.

LOSING GRIP

World Premiere

dir. Steven Nye  (USA), 2023

Losing Grip details Shane Wiskus’ gymnastic journey to his Olympic goal, trying to overcome challenges with injuries, COVID, and Title IX-related program cuts.

LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL

dir. Brian Lindstrom & Andy Brown (USA), 2022

The tragic story of the very talented spiritual musician Judee Sill who didn’t make in LA’s 70’s music scene while other talented musicians did.

PIANOFORTE

East Coast Premiere

dir. Jakub Piqtek (Poland), 2023

An intimate coming-of-age portrait of young pianists taking part in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition.

RIDERS ON THE STORM

East Coast Premiere

dir. Jason Motlagh & Mark Oltmanns (Austria), 2023

Riders on the Storm captures a pivotal moment in Afghan history offering a rare and visceral look at a ruthless sports culture where champions become marked men.

RUN, RAVEN, RUN

dir. Michael Rainin (USA), 2023

Despite a historical legacy that dealt the dark cards of slavery, holocaust and poverty, music has always been the winning hand for Gypsy survival.

STARTING FROM ZERO

dir. Hassan Amini (USA), 2023

Following the plight of 3 refugees escaping the Taliban after the U.S. military’s sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER

dir. Alejandra Alcala (UAE), 2022

desperate vacant lives are changed by joining a group focused on reading and telling stories. Asmaa the leader of the group is a “neighborhood storyteller” who like the young girls she guides was destined to a life of desperation before she found the courage to become a unique educator.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

THROUGH THE TUNNEL

dir.  Durand Adams & Charles Clapsaddle (USA), 2010

Through the Tunnel gives a glimpse of the transition from the segregated to integrated school systems of the 1960’s in Manatee County Florida.

TOWN DESTROYER

dir. Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow (USA), 2022

A high profile battle erupts over images of African American slaves and Native Americans in New Deal-era murals at George Washington High School in San Francisco, leading to a passionate outpouring of activism and opinions about art, history, and racial reckoning in America.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL

dir. Mstsylav Chernov (Ukraine), 2023

20 Days in Mariupol is a gripping documentary that follows a team of Ukrainian journalists from The Associated Press as they document the atrocities of the Russian invasion in the besieged city of Mariupol.

AFRICAN AMERICAN FOCUS SIDEBAR

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

dir. Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng (USA), 2023

Fashion revolutionary and model turned agent and activist Bethann Hardison knew that Black is beautiful well before the fashion industry acknowledged the truth. From walking runway shows alongside Iman to discovering supermodels like Tyson Beckford and mentoring icons like Naomi Campbell, Hardison has been at the epicenter of major representational shifts in fashion. Catalyzing change requires continuous championing, and as the next generation takes the reins, Hardison reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the Documentary Feature Competition.

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING

dir. Lisa Cortés (USA), 2023

This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Through archival and performance footage, the revolutionary icon’s life unspools with all of its switchbacks and contradictions.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar, the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar, and the Directed by Women Sidebar

LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER

East Coast Premiere

dir. Roger Ross Williams & Brooklyn Sudano (USA), 2023

Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar and the Directed by Women Sidebar

THROUGH THE TUNNEL ANNIVERSARY

dir.  Durand Adams & Charles Clapsaddle (USA), 2010

Through the Tunnel gives a glimpse of the transition from the segregated to integrated school systems of the 1960’s in Manatee County Florida.

GUMBO COALITION

dir. Barbara Kopple (USA), 2022

GUMBO COALITION takes us on an intimate – and sometimes humorous –  journey into Marc Morial, NUL, and Janet Murguia, UnidosUS, lives, homes and the family histories that motivate their mission to achieve a more just and equitable country.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection

FAUBOURG TREME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NEW ORLEANS

dir. Dawn Logsdon (USA) 2008

One community’s epic struggle for racial equality – from

slave revolts and underground free black antebellum resistance, through the challenges of post-Katrina rebuilding today – all set to a fabulous soundtrack of New Orleans music through the ages.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

MUSIC FOCUS SIDEBAR

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

East Coast Premiere

dir. Alexandria Bombach (USA), 2023

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING

dir. Lisa Cortés (USA), 2023

This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Through archival and performance footage, the revolutionary icon’s life unspools with all of its switchbacks and contradictions.

*Please note this film is also screening in the African American Focus Sidebar, and the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar, and the Directed by Women Sidebar,

LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER

East Coast Premiere

dir. Roger Ross Williams & Brooklyn Sudano (USA), 2023

Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

*Please note this film is also screening in the African American Focus Sidebar and the Directed by Women Sidebar

LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL

dir. Andy Brown & Brian Lindstrom (USA) 2022

The tragic story of the very talented spiritual musician Judee Sill who didn’t make in LA’s 70’s music scene while other talented musicians did.

PIANOFORTE

East Coast Premiere

dir. Jakub Piqtek (Poland), 2023

An intimate coming-of-age portrait of young pianists taking part in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition

THE SECRET SONG

dir. Samantha Campbell (USA), 2022

Story of an inspiring music teacher Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching children in San Francisco.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

RUN, RAVEN, RUN

dir. Michael Rainin (USA), 2023

Despite a historical legacy that dealt the dark cards of slavery, holocaust and poverty, music has always been the winning hand for Gypsy survival.

KAREN CARPENTER: STARVING FOR PERFECTION

East Coast Premiere

dir. Vivian Kleiman (USA), 2021

 This new documentary provides new insight into pop superstar Karen Carpenter’s tragically short life and enduring musical legacy.

LGBTQ FOCUS SIDEBAR

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

East Coast Premiere

dir. Alexandria Bombach (USA), 2023

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the Music Focus Sidebar, the Directed by Women Sidebar

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING

dir. Lisa Cortés (USA), 2023

This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Through archival and performance footage, the revolutionary icon’s life unspools with all of its switchbacks and contradictions.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar and the African American Focus Sidebar

FAIRYLAND

East Coast Premiere

dir. Andrew Durham (USA), 2023

Following the sudden and tragic death of her mother,  young Alysia is uprooted by her father Steve in the hopes to restart his life. They move to 1970s San Francisco where Steve develops his poetic and personal writing and begins to openly date men. Steve’s bohemian lifestyle clashes with the expectations of parenthood from both the outside world and Alysia herself, who occasionally wishes for less of the independence her father gives her. As Alysia grows into a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, their bonds and duty to each other are tested in painful and sudden ways.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Spotlight Feature

L’IMMENSITA

dir.  Emanuele Crialese (Italy), 2022

Clara (Penélope Cruz) and Felice struggle to raise their three children in 1970s Rome. Their trans son Andrew yearns for another life, escaping into his own imagination to defuse family tensions in this creative and moving film about growing up and breaking the mold.

HIDDEN MASTER: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE PLATT LYNES

World Premiere

dir.  Sam Shahid (USA), 2023

George Platt Lynes began his career photographing celebrities, and it’s those portraits along with his extravagant fashion work that he’s best remembered for today. However, George’s heart, his passion, and his greatest talent lay elsewhere, in his work with the male nude. This work, sensuous and radically explicit for its time, has only recently begun being fully discovered and appreciated for the revolution that it represents — a man capturing his fantasies as a gift, a window to a future his camera saw coming before anyone else. From visionary art director Sam Shahid, HIDDEN MASTER features a stunning collection of photography from the 1930s-50s, uncovering the life of Lynes less known: his gifted eye for the male form, his longterm friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alfred Kinsey, and his lasting influence as one of the first openly gay American artists.

JEWISH FOCUS SIDEBAR

A STILL SMALL VOICE

East Coast Premiere

dir.Luke Lorentzen (USA), 2023

Mati is a chaplain completing a year-long hospital residency. Through her experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.

THE CONSPIRACY

dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin (USA), 2022

An animated film about the biggest lie ever told: Jews are plotting to take over the world. Behind the torch-bearing chants of “Jews will not replace us” is an age-old myth. As we follow this myth from the fringe to the mainstream, three Jewish families are made into scapegoats, their names forever linked to the notion that Jews are a monolithic group set on world domination.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the Documentary Feature Competition

FIORETTASneak Preview

dir. Matthew Mishory (USA), 2023

An evening with Randy Schoenberg featuring a sneak preview screening of Matthew Mishory’s FIORETTA. Randy Schoenberg (grandson of the famous composer) and his 18-year-old son Joey journey through Europe and the centuries to reclaim 500 years of family history.

THE OTHER WIDOW

dir. Ma’ayan Rypp (Israel), 2022

Israeli filmmaker Ma’ayan Rypp’s debut feature is a poignant and elegant film about a theater costume designer Ella who learns her lover, the playwright of the play she is part of has died suddenly.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Independent Visions Feature Competition

DIRECTED BY WOMEN SIDEBAR FEATURES

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WITHOUT A NET

dir. Dawn Porter (USA), 2022

When the world shut down, its greatest Circus went into freefall. Within 48 hours Cirque du Soleil closed all its 44 shows; within a week it let 95% of its workforce go. Now, more than a year later, a group of world-class artists, athletes and crew at “O”, Cirque’s flagship production, face uncertainty as they prepare to bring their show back to life. With unprecedented access, this film documents their extraordinary journey as they attempt a return to stage after one of the world’s greatest crises.

*Please note this is screening as the Opening Night selection

INVISIBLE BEAUTY

dir. Bethann Hardison & Frédéric Tcheng (USA), 2023

Fashion revolutionary and model turned agent and activist Bethann Hardison knew that Black is beautiful well before the fashion industry acknowledged the truth. From walking runway shows alongside Iman to discovering supermodels like Tyson Beckford and mentoring icons like Naomi Campbell, Hardison has been at the epicenter of major representational shifts in fashion. Catalyzing change requires continuous championing, and as the next generation takes the reins, Hardison reflects on her personal journey and the cost of being a pioneer.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the African American Focus Sidebar and the Documentary Feature Competition.

IT’S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL

East Coast Premiere

dir. Alexandria Bombach (USA), 2023

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the Music Focus Sidebar

JUDY BLUME FOREVER

dir. Davina Pardo & Leah Wolchok (USA), 2023

Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone unleashes a flood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radical honesty has comforted and captivated readers — and landed her at the center of controversy for her frankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her own coming-of-age story.

*Please note the film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection

LITTLE RICHARD: I AM EVERYTHING

dir. Lisa Cortés (USA), 2023

This celebration of Little Richard reveals the Black queer origins of rock ’n’ roll, finally exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music. Through archival and performance footage, the revolutionary icon’s life unspools with all of its switchbacks and contradictions.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar, the African American Focus Sidebar, and the LGBTQ Focus Sidebar

LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER

East Coast Premiere

dir. Roger Ross Williams & Brooklyn Sudano (USA), 2023

Shaped by Summer’s own reflections, the memories of close family, friends and colleagues, and filled with the sounds of Summer’s songs, LOVE TO LOVE YOU, DONNA SUMMER is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era. A deeply personal portrait of Summer on and off the stage, the film features a wealth of photographs and never-before-seen home video footage – often shot by Summer herself – and provides a rich window into the surprising range of her artistry, from songwriting to painting, while exploring the highs and lows of a life lived on the global stage.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar and the African American Focus Sidebar

OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN

dir. Rebecca Zlotowski (France), 2022

A dedicated teacher forms a bond with her boyfriend’s young daughter, loving the family she’s found but fearing becoming an extra in her own life.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Narrative Feature Competition

SHOWING UP

dir. Kelly Reichardt (USA), 2022

A sculptor preparing to open a new show must balance her creative life with the daily dramas of family and friends, in Kelly Reichardt’s vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art and craft.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Spotlight Feature

THE POD GENERATION

dir. Sophie Barthes (USA), 2023

A New York couple, Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor) live in a not-so-distant future where technology provides ever-more convenient living. A rising tech company executive, Rachel lands a coveted spot at the Womb Center, which offers couples a convenient (and shareable) maternity by way of detachable artificial wombs, or pods. But Alvy, a botanist with an affection for nature, prefers a natural pregnancy. And yet, as Rachel’s AI therapist puts it, why is that “natural”? So begins the tech-paved path to parenthood.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Spotlight Feature

BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE

dir. KT Curran (USA), 2022

In a world that’s falling apart, a widow struggling with her own grief and self-destruction, fights to save young people struggling with a mental health crisis. Embedded with the fire department, she’s battling the men who don’t want her there, the clients who fight her tooth and nail, and her own wounded psyche. She wants to save the world, if the job doesn’t kill her first.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Narrative Feature Competition

THE GRAB

dir. Gabriela Cowperthwaite (USA) 2022

The director of award winning doc Blackfish returns with a killer story about the next frontier of

international conflict — the fight for dominance over the world’s diminishing food and water supply.

PERFECTLY GOOD MOMENT

World Premiere

dir. Lauren Greenhall (USA), 2023

This erotic, psychological revenge fantasy asks the question what happens when the things that make your relationship passionate and exciting are the same things that make it toxic.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Independent Visions Features Competition

RADIOACTIVE: THE WOMEN OF THREE MILE ISLAND

dir. Heidi Hutner & Martijn Hart (USA), 2022.

A riveting dramatic telling of the long term devastation as a result of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Accident of 1978, the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history, focusing on four women.

*Please note the film is also screening in the SFF Focus: Environment program

SHUDDERBUGS

dir.Johanna Putnam (USA), 2022

Shutterbugs is a meditative and well-acted film focused on a woman’s pursuit of the mysteries that abound in her childhood home after her mother suddenly dies.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Independent Visions Features Competition

THE SECRET SONG

dir. Samantha Campbell (USA), 2022

Story of an inspiring music teacher Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching children in San Francisco.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Music Focus Sidebar

STARTING FROM ZERO

dir. Hassan Amini (USA), 2023

Following the plight of 3 refugees escaping the Taliban after the U.S. military’s sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER

dir. Alejandra Alcala (UAE), 2022

desperate vacant lives are changed by joining a group focused on reading and telling stories. Asmaa the leader of the group is a “neighborhood storyteller” who like the young girls she guides was destined to a life of desperation before she found the courage to become a unique educator.

THE OTHER WIDOW

dir. Ma’ayan Rypp (Israel), 2022

Israeli filmmaker Ma’ayan Rypp’s debut feature is a poignant and elegant film about a theater costume designer Ella who learns her lover, the playwright of the play she is part of, has died suddenly.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Jewish Focus Sidebar and in the Independent Visions Features Competition

KING COAL

dir. Elaine McMillion Shelton (USA), 2023

The cultural roots of coal continue to permeate the rituals of daily life in Appalachia even as its economic power wanes. The journey of a coal miner’s daughter exploring the region’s dreams and myths, untangling the pain and beauty.

TOWN DESTROYER

dir. Deborah Kaufman & Alan Snitow (USA), 2022

A high profile battle erupts over images of African American slaves and Native Americans in New Deal-era murals at George Washington High School in San Francisco, leading to a passionate outpouring of activism and opinions about art, history, and racial reckoning in America.

GUMBO COALITION

dir. Barbara Kopple (USA), 2022

GUMBO COALITION takes us on an intimate – and sometimes humorous –  journey into Marc Morial, NUL, and Janet Murguia, UnidosUS, lives, homes and the family histories that motivate their mission to achieve a more just and equitable country.

*Please note this film is also screening as a Documentary Centerpiece selection and in the African American Focus Sidebar

RODEO

dir. Lola Quivoron (France), 2022

After a chance meeting at an illicit ‘Rodeo’ where riders show off their bikes and stunts, Julia strives to prove herself to a volatile, ultra-masculine clique, performing cons and surviving by her wits.

THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY

dir. Morrisa Maltz (USA), 2022

An unexpected invitation rushes a grieving young woman into a lonely road trip through the American Midwest towards the border between Texas and Mexico.

*Please note this film is also screening in the Narrative Feature Competition

LATE BLOOMERS

East Coast Premiere

dir. Lisa Steen (USA), 2023

An aimless 28 year-old Brooklynite lands in the hospital after drunkenly breaking her hip being stupid. An encounter with a cranky elderly Polish woman who speaks no English leads to a job caring for her. Neither likes it, but it’s time to grow up

*Please note this film is also screening in the Independent Visions Features Competition

FAUBOURG TREME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NEW ORLEANS

dir. Dawn Logsdon (USA) 2008

One community’s epic struggle for racial equality – from

slave revolts and underground free black antebellum resistance, through the challenges of post-Katrina rebuilding today – all set to a fabulous soundtrack of New Orleans music through the ages.

*Please note this film is also screening in the African American Focus Sidebar

SFF FOCUS: ENVIRONMENT

EARTHBOUND: NZAMBI MATEE

dir. Farhoud Meybodi (Japan), 2023

Ms. Matee, is a dynamic Nairobi native who takes plastic waste and produces building blocks. Her sheer enthusiasm, faith and ability to forge forward in the face of adversity is a revelation of positive energy.

PATH OF THE PANTHER

dir. Eric Bendick (USA), 2022

An incredible story of the efforts taken to protect the panther and other wildlife environments in the Florida Everglades areas.

RADIOACTIVE: THE WOMEN OF THREE MILE ISLAND

dir. Heidi Hutner & Martijn Hart (USA), 2022.

A riveting dramatic telling of the long term devastation as a result of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Accident of 1978, the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history, focusing on four women.

*Please note the film is also screening in the Directed by Women Sidebar

UNFILTERED: THE TRUTH ABOUT OYSTERS

World Premiere

dir. Joshua Bryan McLawhorn (USA), 2023.

This Florida documentary focuses on Oyster development, demise and its latest efforts of resurgence in Apalachicola Bay. Well documented, in no ways “preachy”, the filmmakers give us an honest view of the ecological reality surrounding us in our waterways here in Florida through the oysters story. Elizabeth Moore involved in production.

SFF FOCUS: ARCHITECTURE

CONCRETE LANDSCAPE

dir. Luiz Ferraz & Laura Artigas (Brazil), 2022

Concrete Landscape presents the portuguese architect alvaro siza through his relationship with brazil, including his family roots in belém and investigating his only work in the country, the building of ibere camargo institution, located in Porto Alegre.

LA CLARIDAD

dir. Dave Simonds (USA), 2023

A recent restoration of a 1924 Spanish Revival house reveals an amazing history of Palm Beach and the wider South Florida region.

SFF FOCUS: EDUCATIONS

SENTENCED

dir. Connor Martin & Mark Allen Johnson  (USA), 2023

Sentenced is an effective and riveting focus on childhood illiteracy and the devastating future life it produces.

THE SECRET SONG

dir. Samantha Campbell (USA), 2022

Story of an inspiring music teacher Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching children in San Francisco

US NARRATIVE COMPETITION SHORTS

BAILA CONMIGO

dir.  Tristan Anthony Ortiz (USA), 2023

Teenage Puerto Rican-American, Daniel Rosa, discovers a tragic truth about his family his world and identity gets flipped upside down, posing the question of who he wants to be and who he should be.

BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES

dir. Lisa Cole (USA), 2023

The timely story of Imani, a Nigerian single-mother living in Los Angeles, who offers to help a perfect stranger reunite with her son. In doing so, Imani learns this simple act of kindness threatens to jeopardize her own path to citizenship.

INÉS UNFORTUNATELY

dir. Anna Salinas  (USA), 2023

After getting her heart broken, Inés decides she must end it all… that is, until her perfectly planned suicide is interrupted by the ghost of her chatty Cuban neighbor.

SPARRING PARTNER

dir. J.J. Kandel (USA), 2023

When a long flirtation between two co-workers comes to a head durning a revealing lunch break in the park, who gets to walk away with their head held high?

THE LAST RUNG

dir. Styles Summerlin (USA), 2023

In this Stephen King story adaptation, Larry deals with his sister’s disappearance, and discovers what he is, and isn’t responsible for, as he searches for her.

SOUVENIRS

dir. Andrew Theodore Balasia (USA), 2022

A friend-for-hire balances his time with this eclectic clientele as he prepares for his most involved assignment to date: becoming a father.

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION SHORTS

ALL THAT YOU LOVE

dir. Warren Duncan (Australia), 2023

Two young, unemployed actors prepare for a career- changing audition. Their opposite personalities clash when they find out they are both auditioning for the same part.

ASTROMAN

dir. Alistair Simpson (Canada), 2022

A highly competent and skilled astronaut Lukas, is fighting for his chance to pilot the final space shuttle mission. When his deaf nephew is left at his home, Lukas must find common ground between finishing his project and reconnecting with his family, which he has neglected.

A ROADSIDE BANQUET

dir. Peiqi Peng (USA), 2023

One day in 2016 China after the abolishment of the One Child Policy, 11-year-old Mai attends her baby brother’s first birthday party and learns a crushing truth: her parents never really wanted a girl. What’s worse–she starts turning into a feather duster.

HUMAN

dir. Khachatur Vasilian (Armenia), 2022

A man wakes up naked in a field. There is nothing and no one around, just a lonely lighthouse and a tree. The man runs there for answers.

THE RED SUITCASE

dir. Cyrus Nsdhvad (Luxembourg), 2023

An Iranian girl decides to remove her Headscarf/Hijab in a life changing situation.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SHORTS

DISPLACED

dir. Gil Cates Jr.  (USA), 2023

The heartbreaking story about the Kovalchuk family, who were among the first refugees to arrive in America after fleeing Ukraine at the start of the Russian invasion.

HIDDEN GEMS

dir. Marquis Dawsey (USA and France), 2023.

Hidden Gems delves into the unique challenges of African American male business owners, highlighting their resilience and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

IMALRIJIT

dir. Vincent L’Hérault & Tim Anaviapik Soucie (Canada), 2021.

The inspired journey of a young Inuit community researcher.

SAVED BY LOVE

dir. Valentyn Arden & Zack Furnari (USA, Ukraine), 2023.

To create a family, an American couple must navigate the process of adopting a child from the Ukraine while also overcoming societal pressures surrounding their sexuality.

WAVES APART

dir. Josh Greene (USA), 2023.

After moving from a Chicago Jewish community to a small California surf town, Josh faced bullying and anti-semitism as a middle schooler, prompting him to find an escape in surfing.

IN FLOW OF WORDS

dir. Eliane Esther Bots (Netherlands), 2021.

Placing their voices and experiences center stage, IN FLOW OF WORDS follows the narratives of three interpreters of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

COMEDY SHORTS

CLINICAL

dir. Lauren Ciaravalli (USA) 2023

After meeting in their therapist’s office, two women battling their own mental health issues form an unlikely friendship when one helps the other confront a pregnancy scare.

CONTAGIOUS SWAGGER

dir. Calvin Callins Jr.,(USA), 2023

Contagious Swagger is a romantic comedy film about a Black young man visiting his Asian girlfriends’ parents house for dinner for the first time. His Air Jordan footwear could be the answer to solve a dramatic forbidden love story.

ICE CREAM, SLADOLED

dir. Steve Spermo (USA), 2021

A Day in the Life of a recent immigrant, where no one understands anyone else, and a trip to buy ice cream triggers a series of absurd misadventures.

SCAM

dir. Julie Sharbutt (USA), 2023

When a phone scammer makes one last late night call, the woman on the other end gives her much more than she bargained for.

THE SPERM DONOR

dir. Alana McNair (USA), 2023

Edwin, a middle-aged high school English teacher, finds some excitement in his mundane existence when he discovers through a DNA website that his sperm donations in college have resulted in a son.

FAMILY CONNECTIONS SHORTS

A BROTHER STORY

dir. Hunter Sansone (USA), 2022

In this coming of age drama, 10 year old Max evades the harsh realities of the world around him by escaping to his hidden oasis in the woods with his older brother Jack.

COUNSELING

dir. Colin Konstanty (USA), 2022.

A boy mourns the loss of his departed sister as her spirit remains his only sense of comfort or friendship as he navigates a tumultuous home life and adolescence. He imagines her as Lucy from Charlie Brown offering the counseling he desperately needs.

DARK MOON

dir. Katie Mathews (USA), 2023.

A daughter comes home for the weekend to look after her father, ailing with dementia. The appearance of a mysterious woman shines a light on their changing parent-child power dynamic, threatening to throw their world out of orbit.

KAY’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT

dir. Brian Bolster  (USA), 2023.

Kay’s doctor’s appointment was routine. The drive home wasn’t. But, what may not be remembered about the route home, was offset by the insights gained…and the comfort of knowing that guardian angels, may just be looking out for us all.

OCTOBER MOURNING

dir. Frederick Thorton (USA), 2022.

Henry, a black man grieving the unexpected loss of his father, finds himself regretting all the conversations they never had, when an opportunity arises for them to talk one final time.

THE HOPE CHEST HAS A SECRET DRAWER

dir. Laura Frenzer (USA), 2023

What happens when you forget to forget? A stressed daughter working tirelessly to reach her mother lost in an Alzheimer’s haze accidentally uncovers a dark family secret.

THOSE WE CARRY

dir. Rachel Borders (USA), 2023

A snapshot of a mother and daughter’s last 24 hours together as they travel to the wilderness of California so the mother, who’s terminally ill, can die with dignity.

SOIL

dir. Sam Lembeck (USA), 2023

A young man tries to grow an oak tree by combining soil, an acorn, and the ashes of his dead father.

LGBTQ SHORTS

HOW TO CARRY WATER

dir. Sasha Wortzel (USA), 2023.

This punk rock fairytale doubles as a portrait of Shoog McDaniel — a fat, queer, and disabled photographer working in and around northern Florida’s vast network of freshwater springs.

HUMAN

dir. Khachatur Vasilian (Armenia, Ukraine), 2022.

A man wakes up naked in a field. There is nothing and no one around, just a lonely lighthouse and a tree. The man runs there for answers.

LAVENDER

dir. Jorge Garcia (USA), 2023.

Lavender follows Willi, a young queer man living in central Florida. Willi’s world is shattered by the mysterious disappearance of his love, Hector.

INÉS UNFORTUNATELY

dir. Anna Salinas (USA), 2022.

After getting her heart broken, Inés decides she must end it all… that is, until her perfectly planned suicide is interrupted by the ghost of her chatty Cuban neighbor.

COMING TOGETHER DOCUMENTARIES

AN ISLAND DRIFTS

dir. Vivian lp (Singapore), 2021.

Set in Singapore, a young teacher presses for the truth from a maladjusted student, the act leads to devastating results and they suffer the ignominy of losing everything that matters to them. The story holds a mirror up to society, where a mistake can derail a life in an overly pressurized world.

BELOW SURFACE

dir. Lukas Hauser (USA), 2023.

Below Surface gathers numerous moving stories of a multicultural and multigenerational Aquafit class to demonstrate how kindness and caring for others, combined with exercise, can be an antidote for grief, stress, and physical illness.

GOOD THINGS WILL COME / NO HAY MAL QUE POR BIEN NO VENGA

dir. Janelle Bosek (USA), 2023.

Faced with immigrating to the US from Cuba alone as children – via a sprogram called Operation Pedro Pan – this documentary follows two former “Pedro Paners” who agreed to share their insights and contemplations on the impact this event had on their lives.

BEYOND THE ROPES

dir. Jalen Robinson  (USA), 2022.

Taking a “break from adulting” to play old childhood games can be an exciting, affordable way to improve physical, mental and spiritual health, while encouraging and inspiring women in an often overlooked age group to relive positive childhood memories and create new ones.

THE CAMP POPLAR CANNON

dir. Karl Edgar Swingle (USA), 2023.

A young Sioux woman, a local history enthusiast, and an antiques weapons expert, work together to restore a Civil War era cannon and build a small museum exhibit.

NATURE/ENVIRONMENT SHORTS

FINDING PEACE: THE STORY OF CLIFF KENT

dir. Drew Rasmus (USA), 2022

This film recounts the harrowing story of Cliff Kent, Michael Caligiuri and Joesph Breck and their fateful night off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

LET’S MAKE IT

dir.  Caleb Matthew Duplain (USA), 2023.

A nashville based designer explores parenting creativity into his children with woodworking projects.

PAGOSA IS MY NAME

dir. Darryl Saffer (USA), 2021.

A documentary the eyes of the San Juan Mountains, and in particular, Pagosa Peak.

THE WHEAT HARVEST

dir. Paul Dechant  (USA), 2022.

The rhythms of a typical day during the summer wheat harvest in Kansas.

LATE NIGHT SHORTS

BEROOK

dir. Andreas Johansson (Sweden), 2023

Berook, a man in his fifties, whose life as a homeless person in Stockholm’s inner city is largely characterized by a search for identity.

CHIPPER

dir. Shaun MacLean (Spain), 2022.

After receiving a mysterious letter, a wayward son returns to his childhood home to wrestle with a dark family secret.

GUTTER

dir. Theodore Drusba (Canada), 2023

While in the crosshair of a thunderstorm, a pregnant woman, a businessman and a widower find shelter in a bowling alley.

MICKEY DOGFACE

dir. Zach Fleming (USA), 2021

Halloween night, three friends high in a van, and an urban legend surrounding a cult singer’s mysterious death in a fire – what could go wrong?

MICKS OUT

dir. Keenan Q O’Reilly (USA), 2022

A Boston ICE Agent is forced to choose between the law and his community.

SOMEWHERE HIGHER

dir. Mohammad Gorjestani (USA), 2022

In this vibrant anthology, cannabis users tell us that the perspective and clarity offered by cannabis far outweigh the vague, supposed risks.

FLORIDA AND SARASOTA SHORTS

A WORLD I NEVER KNEW EXISTED

dir. Daniel Darby (Italy, Switzerland, USA) 2023

A Woman’s look into the world of skydiving, BASE jumping, and wingsuit flying.

IT’S A DOG

dir. Eli Shapiro (USA), 2023

He’s bald. Well, no, he’s *going* bald. He still has hair. On like, the sides. Does that count? It counts, right? Maybe? Either way, he’s pathetic. And he’s getting old.

THE ANNA MARIA ISLAND PLAYERS

dir. Lucas K. Piety (USA), 2023

The Island Payers is a community theater organization that operates out of the oldest theater in Manatee County. Discover The Players’ origin as well as the 150-year history of the building they occupy.

STOOD UP

dir. Maggie Perrotta (USA), 2023

Christina and Sara find themselves stood up while they wait for their online dates to arrive. What happens during the course of the evening surprises them both. It’s a story about connection, self-empowerment, and the joy of spontaneity.

WARRIORS OF SARASOTA

dir. Yoleidy Rosario-Hernandez (USA), 2023

Stories of local women of color in Sarasota who are leading the way as educators, community organizers, cultural practitioners, activists, and advocates.

WAITING

dir. Stephen Lehman (USA), 2023

A young woman wanders the city as she waits for an important phone call.

ARTIFACE

dir. Chris Hall (USA), 2023

When a young convict is caught by law enforcement, his only way out is to infiltrate and deceive his own team as they gear up for their biggest score yet.

CONNECTION

dir. Jennie Jarvis (USA), 2023

In the distant future, the climate crisis forces mankind to evacuate Earth and head to space with the hopes of colonizing a new world. Lauren, a self-made woman, uses the dating system to find a connection that might save more than her heart.

DANCE FOR ME

dir. Robin Hofmann (USA), 2023

When a 15 yr old boy does not get the support he needs from his parents he finds an unexpected friendship with a lonely, elderly neighbor.

FLORIDA MOVES

dir. Damon Maulucci (USA), 2023

A Florida Dad searches for a lifeline to his daughter during a divorce.

GLOSS

dir. Benjamin J. Murray (USA), 2023

When a new “love drug” is released, two seemingly compatible people decide if dating is worth the risk to find true love or if all their problems can be solved in one little pill.

INÉS UNFORTUNATELY

dir. Anna Salinas (USA), 2023

After getting her heart broken, Inés decides she must end it all… that is, until her perfectly planned suicide is interrupted by the ghost of her chatty Cuban neighbor.

CLOUDS

dir. Kody Austin Trent (USA), 2023

After the loss of her unborn son, Amy creates an artificial intelligence to cope and learn with.

BAILA CONMIGO

dir. Tristan Anthony Ortiz (USA), 2023

Teenage Puerto Rican-American, Daniel Rosa, discovers a tragic truth about his family his world and identity gets flipped upside down, posing the question of who he wants to be and who he should be.

HIDDEN GEMS

dir. Marquis Dawsey (USA), 2023

Hidden Gems delves into the unique challenges of African American male business owners, highlighting their resilience and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

HOW TO CARRY WATER

dir. Sasha Wortzel (USA), 2023

This punk rock fairytale doubles as a portrait of Shoog McDaniel — a fat, queer, and disabled photographer working in and around northern Florida’s vast network of freshwater springs.

MAKE THE CALL

dir. Chelsea Gonzalez (USA), 2023

Two former best friends reunite in a changed world, finally confronting the demons that ripped them apart.

THE LAST RUNG

dir. Styles Summerlin (USA), 2023

In this Stephen King story adaptation, Larry deals with his sister’s disappearance, and discovers what he is, and isn’t responsible for, as he searches for her.

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