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As always, we bring you a whole host of trailers for features at our fantastic local film festivals. This weekened it’s the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, which celebrates the films and achievements of women filmmakers from around the world.
–Ahead of Time by Zeva Oelbaum tells the story of Ruth Gruber. Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world at that time age 20. “A feminist before feminism,” she became a photojournalist at 24 and covered everything from the rise of Hitler to the Nuremberg trials with many other historic adventures along the way. Click HERE for showtimes.
–Bag It by Director Susan Beraza tells the story of Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who, though far from a tree hugger, begins to wonder about where all our plastic bags come from and where the end up. Along the way, he realizes that the “disposable” bags are just a small fraction of the plastic that surrounds us everywhere.
–Google Baby by Zippi Brand Frank tells the story of the “baby production industry in the age of globalization” in which egg donors, sperm donors and embryos can be parsed into stages of production by increasingly specific technology for eager parents to be who want to make a baby “independent of sex.” Click HERE for times, tickets and venues.
–In 500 Words or Less by Molly Fowler and Amanda Zinoman tells the story of four high school students applying to college and the myriad stresses, social pressures, and tests they must face as they ultimately try to sum up their brief lives in an essay of “500 words or less” to get into college. Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–In My Hands: Marfan Syndrome by Brenda Siemer Scheider, Emma Joan Morris and Ann Reinking tells the story of “individuals and families learning to live with a little-known and potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, Marfan Syndrome. People with the condition are frequently tall, with disproportionately long arms and legs” and a choreographer who works with two young women struggling with their difference. Click HERE for times, tickets and venues.
–Mississippi Queen by Paige Williams “charts the mission of a prodigal daughter returning home to find much-needed answers” as she, a lesbian, confronts her homophobic family and their ex-gay ministry, raising questions about the cost of her life as a lesbian and her connection to family and culture. Click HERE for times, tickets and venues.
–The Most Dangerous Man in America by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg’s heroic decision to copy and distribute the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Click HERE for times, tickets and venues.
–Mugabe and the White African by Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson follows Michael Campbell, one of the few hundred white farmers left in Zimbabwe after President Robert Mugabe “began his violent ‘Land Reform’ program in 2000” and his 12-month courtroom battle to save his farm. Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–My Year Without Sex by Sarah Watt is an independent family comedy about a year of falling apart at the seams as Nathalie and Ross try to hold onto their family, faith and love life. Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–Surviving Hitler: A Love Storytells the love story of Jutta a young girl who discovers she’s Jewish and joins the German resistance where she “meets Helmuth, an injured soldier. The two become sweethearts and coconspirators in the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler.”
–The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club by Amanda Pope and Nick Spark is a documentary about “Florence ‘Pancho’ Barnes was one of the most important women in 20th Century aviation. A tough and fearless pilot, Pancho flew on Amelia Earhart’s wingtip, performed as a barnstormer throughout California, and made a name for herself as Hollywood’s first female stunt pilot in the 1920’s and 30’s.” Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–The Oath by Laura Poitras looks into the lives of “Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals. Filmed in Yemen and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, THE OATH is about two men whose fateful encounter in 1996 set them on a journey that would lead to Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo Bay Prison, and the U.S. Supreme Court.” Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–The Principal Story by Tod Lendig “portrays the challenges principals face in turning around low-performing public schools and raising student achievement. This intimate, emotional one-year journey is seen through the eyes of two dynamic principals: one in only her second year in the Chicago Public School System; and the other, a seven-year veteran in Springfield, IL….” Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls tells the story of the world’s only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of entertainment has helped change New Zealand’s social landscape. In the process they have become well-loved cultural icons. Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–Two Spirits by Lydia Nibley recounts “the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at the largely unknown history of a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders. Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen.” Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.
–Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Click HERE
–Which Way Home by Rebecca Cammisa “shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the U.S. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Click HERE for tickets, times and venues.