2016 | Netherlands | 93 minutes
Director: Robert Jan Westdijk
Screenwriter: Robert Jan Westdijk
Producers: Maarten van der Ven, Robert Jan Westdijk
Cinematographer: Alex Wuijts
Editors: Ruben van der Van, Robert Jan Westdijk
Principal Cast: Leopold Witte, Tim Linde, Helen Belbin, Julie McLellan & The Waterboys
Waterboys tells the humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between crime novelist, Victor (Leopold Witte), and his cello-playing son, Zack (Tim Linde). When Zack is dumped by his girlfriend and Victor is dumped by Zack’s mother on the same day, the two men grieve and briefly console one another before heading off on a trip to Scotland. It is here where Victor hopes to promote his latest book and spend some bonding time with Zack. However, Victor’s selfish tendencies nearly alienate the fragile relationship he shares with his son, and the trip becomes increasingly turbulent as the reasons for the pairs’ domestic troubles come to light.
2017 | USA, Canada, Honduras, India, Cameroon, UK | 100 minutes
Director: Nick Taylor
Screenwriter: Nick Taylor
Producer: Joey Carey
Cinematographers: Nick Taylor, Joey Carey
Editor: Nick Taylor
The Organizer is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of the much maligned and misunderstood occupation of community organizing.
Before it’s infamous demise following several highly publicized scandals, ACORN had been the largest community organization in the US. Rathke, a former anti-war and welfare rights organizer, founded the organization in Little Rock in 1970, and over the following decades shepherded its growth into a national political powerhouse for the poor. His entrepreneurial vision helped build ACORN, but internal conflict and external pressures would lead to its tragic downfall.
Undeterred, Rathke is now building new organizations around the world and trying to rebuild at home. With a wealth of archives and interviews, The Organizer is a film about people who have dedicated their lives to the often hidden, usually messy, and always controversial job of building power for the powerless.
2017 | USA | 35 minutes
Director: Ben Knight
In a remote corner of Nepal, Maule Dhan Rai had a vivid dream as a young man. The elders determined that because of his dream, he alone would be granted safe passage onto the jungle cliffs in pursuit of a rare and toxic honey. This was many years ago. Even in these forgotten corners of the Himalayas, the world is changing quickly and unpredictably. No one else in Maule’s village has since had the dream.
2017 | USA | 32 minutes
Directors: Tom Scott, Daniel Honan
In a remarkable twist of fate, it was the decades-long effort of one blind person, Gordon Gund, that made it possible for another, Yannick Duwé, to see. After 45 years, the journey of Gordon and Lulie Gund to find a cure for blindness can only be described as an act of love.
2017 | USA | 93 minutes
Director: Michael Venn
Producer: Karlina Lyons
Post Production Supervisor: Michael Bernard
Every day, 144 people in the United States die from Heroin and other opioid overdoses, and every day, others take their first steps toward recovery. Dean, Sandi, and Eric, all having battled addiction, share their journey to long term recovery. Daniel, in the midst of a crippling addiction, shares his video diary to serve as the most personal of warnings. This is our community and our crisis, and only as a community, and with a shift in our perception of addicts and addiction, can we begin to tackle this epidemic.
2017 | USA | 19 minutes
Director: Danielle Katvan
Based on the original short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., The Foster Portfolio is an offbeat, mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is hiding a million-dollar inheritance in order to conceal a strange, double life.
2017 | Switzerland | 96 minutes
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Screenwriter: Petra Biondina Volpe
Producers: Lukas Hobi, Reto Schärli
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Principal Cast: Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli Bettina Stucky, and Marie Leuenberger
The Divine Order is set in Switzerland in 1971, where despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women were still denied the right to vote. When unassuming and dutiful housewife Nora (Marie Leuenberger, winner of a Best Actress award at Tribeca) is forbidden by her husband to take a part-time job, Nora’s frustration leads to her becoming the poster child of her town’s suffragette movement. Nora’s newfound celebrity brings humiliation, threats, and potentially an end to her marriage. But, refusing to back down, she convinces the women in her village to go on strike, and in the process makes a few startling discoveries about her own liberation. Uplifting and crowd-pleasing, this charming, captivating film is a time-capsule that could not be more timely.