2017 Festival Films

Feature Films

Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Big Sonia

2016, USA, 93 minutes
Directors: Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 4:15pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Rated PG-13

Contemporary Color

2016, USA, 97 minutes
Directors: Bill and Turner Ross

Legendary musician David Byrne became fascinated by the phenomenon of the color guard – high school (and college-level) dance groups who perform during half time at football games, then compete amongst themselves later in the school year. “They are, in my way of looking at them, a sophisticated… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 11:30am
Putnam Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Rated PG-13

I Am Not Your Negro

2016, USA, 95 minutes
Director: Raoul Peck

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House”. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 4:30pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Rated R

I, Daniel Blake

2016, UK, 100 minutes
Director: Ken Loach

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and recent winner at the 2017 BAFTA Awards for Outstanding British Film, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Thursday, April 20th, 2017, 7:00pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Paper Lanterns

2016, USA, 61 minutes
Director: Barry Frechette

In the summer of 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. On August 6th, “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima, and three days later, “Fat Man” was dropped on Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. What few people know is that 12 American POWs were on the ground… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 11:30am
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Political Animals

2016, USA, 90 minutes
Director: Jonah Markowitz

Political Animals tells the story of the civil rights struggle of this century – the gay rights movement – through the eyes off our elected women, a group often left out of gay histories until now. Emotionally charged like its subjects, the film follows four ground-breaking lesbians who took the… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 6:45pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

The Guys Next Door

2016, USA, 75 minutes
Directors: Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk

The Guys Next Door is an intimate portrait of a real "Modern Family:" Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family. Spanning… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 11:30am
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

The Hanji Box

2016, USA, 60 minutes
Director: Nora Jacobson

Hannah, a recently divorced art historian has decided to downsize. She is selling the house in the country that she has lived in for 18 years. Her adopted daughter Rose is helping her pack up the house. But Rose, to her mother’s dismay, resists cleaning out her own room, despite the fact that she… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 2:30pm
Putnam Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

The Idol

2015, Palestine, 97 minutes
Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It’s where they, along with their best friends play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 8:30pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

The Islands and the Whales

2016, UK, 83 minutes
Director: Mike Day

In their remote home in the North Atlantic the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on the table. The land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting whales and seabirds kept them alive for generations, and gave them the… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 2:30pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

What Tomorrow Brings

2015, USA/Afghanistan, 90 minutes
Director: Beth Murphy

With unprecedented access, What Tomorrow Brings goes inside the very first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated, and they aren’t sure they even want to now. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduation… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 7:45pm
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Short Films

Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Draft Gratitude

2016, USA, 6 minutes
Directors: Liz Klein and Bob Pierce

Draft Gratitude is a short film about a small all-volunteer nonprofit in Winchester, NH that rescues aged farming horses. Founded in 2014, they save draft horses from slaughter by providing a second chance and a place to call home. The film is designed to be both educational and promotional, capturing… Read More

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program A)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

Good Cop, Good Cop

2014, USA, 5 minutes
Director: Keagan Karnes

Officer Lane is a dedicated but not-so-bright police officer who just can’t seem to understand the concept of good cop bad cop.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program B)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands

2016, USA, 7 minutes
Director: Patrick Johnson

Honk! is a festival of activist street bands who reclaim public spaces with their brash sound, political messages, and outrageous community oriented performances. Originating in Somerville Massachusetts and celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival has spread to cities throughout the world through their music and activism.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Joe’s Violin

2016, USA, 24 minutes
Director: Kahane Cooperman

In this award-winning documentary short film, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old school girl from America’s poorest congressional district, and unexpectedly, changing his own. Joe’s Violin poignantly illuminates… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program B)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

La Laguna

2016, USA, 38 minutes
Director: Aaron Schock

Set within the rainforests of southern Mexico, La Laguna tells the story of a Mayan boy’s remarkable journey from childhood to adolescence. While Yu’uk and his younger brother José enjoy a childhood of uncommon freedom in the jungle, Yu’uk’s family’s problems begin to mount and leaving his… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

Monty and the Runaway Furnace

2016, USA, 34 minutes
Director: Joe Taranto

A kind, old maintenance man is in love with the furnace that powers the factory he works at because he thinks it’s his deceased wife. He has to save it from the new owner who wants to replace the furnace and everything else that reminds him of the previous owner, his dead father.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program B)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Animation
Unrated

Noise of Licking

2016, Hungary, 9 minutes
Director: Nadja Andrasev

A woman is being watched every day by the neighbor’s cat as she takes care of her exotic plants. Their perverted ritual comes to an end when the cat disappears. Next spring a peculiar man pays her a visit.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

Parchment Wings

2016, USA, 14 minutes
Director: Fernando Medina

A journey into a fairytale brings comfort to an unlikely pair in the wake of a tragedy.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Seven Days a Week

2016, UK, 10 minutes
Director: Tal Amiran

From his paper stall, Paul’s watched the world around him change – seven days a week, for 36 years.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program B)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop

2016, USA, 28 minutes
Director: Derrick L. Middleton

Filmed in Harlem, NYC, this short documentary sheds light on the nuanced experiences of gay men in the hyper-masculine setting of black barbershops. Shape Up: Gay in the Black Barbershop premiered at The White House in 2016, where it was awarded the grand jury prize at the March on Washington Film Festival.… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program A)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

Snowgirl

2016, Estonia/Bulgaria/Germany, 28 minutes
Director: Ilina Perianova

A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles, but also about trusting the divine forces at work.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Animation
Unrated

Splash

2016, USA, 4 minutes
Director: Gavin Lankford

Adventures at bath time! Bath toys band together to save themselves after being left behind by the boy.

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 1:15pm
(Shorts Program C)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

The Beautifully Drowned

2016, Canada, 24 minutes
Director: Jon Dewar

Adapted from a short story by Robert W. Gray, Beautifully Drowned is a maritime fairy tale about a woman who longs for the day when her husband will drown at sea.

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program A)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

The Orange Story

2016, USA, 17 minutes
Director: Erika Street

February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation" of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S. Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program A)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Documentary
Unrated

The Song of the Broad Axe

2016, USA, 30 minutes
Directors: Erin Murphy and Nina Schmir

The poetic documentary film, The Song of the Broad Axe, uses an iconic object to explore the lives of people who have chosen to live a more purposeful life – one that involves using an axe on a daily basis. The film consists of a series of vignettes structured around the theme of building a life for… Read More

See IMDB entry

Showtime:
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program A)
Colonial Theatre, Keene


Film Poster
Drama
Unrated

Welcome

2016, Spain, 28 minutes
Director: Javier Fesser

An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what’s happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.

Showtime:
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 9:30am
(Shorts Program B)
Colonial Theatre, Keene