8/20/20 | John Was Trying to Contact Aliens
7/31/20 | The Fight
7/14/20 | Animation Outlaws
JOHN WAS TRYING TO CONTACT ALIENS
Directed by Matthew Killip
John Shepherd spent 30 years trying to contact extraterrestrials by broadcasting music millions of miles into space. After giving up the search he makes a different connection here on Earth.
Directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, and Eli B. Despres
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union prosecute four key cases against the Trump administration.
Directed by Kat Alioshin
An interview style documentary film in the style of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films about two hippie friends who set out to create a first of its kind animation festival and end up helping to start the rise of the animation industry and launch the careers of the artist and directors who run it.
Directed by Michelle Ferrari
One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
Directed by Dawn Porter
Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.
Directed by Martha Shane
Narrowsburg tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a French film producer and her mafioso-turned-actor husband who attempt to turn a tiny town into the “Sundance of the East.”
WELCOME TO CHECHNYA
Directed by David France
Activists risk their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ Chechens.
I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
Directed by Liz Garbus, Elizabeth Wolff, Myles Kane and Josh Koury
Michelle McNamara lived a quiet life, but as her family slept, she spent the night investigating and writing a book about the Golden State Killer, delving into the world of online chat room and crime blogs.
Directed by Sam Feder
An in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stories on transgender lives and American culture.
FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO
Directed by Daniel Karslake
From the director/producer of For The Bible Tells Me So comes a new film that continues the conversation about the impact of religious belief on the lives of LGBTQ people. It challenges the far-right’s use of the Bible and the U.S. Constitution to fight against equality for LGBTQ citizens and takes on the horrors of reparative therapy. Over the past few years, there’s been a great deal of progress towards fairness for LGBTQ people. Since marriage equality became the law of the land in 2015, however, the backlash from the right has been swift and severe. By telling the stories of families caught up in this conflict and informed by the wisdom of a number of religious and constitutional thinkers, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO shows the way forward through love, reconciliation and acceptance.
BELLY OF THE BEAST
Directed by Erika Cohn
When a courageous young woman and a radical lawyer discover a pattern of illegal involuntary sterilizations in California’s women’s prison system, they take to the courtroom to wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. With a growing team of investigators inside prison working with colleagues on the outside, they uncover a series of statewide crimes – from dangerously inadequate health care to sexual assault to coercive sterilizations – primarily targeting women of color. But no one believes them. This shocking legal drama captured over seven years features extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated women, demanding our attention to a shameful and ongoing legacy of eugenics and reproductive injustice in the United States.
Directed by Sara Hirsh Bordo
Alexis Jones leads an all-star athlete lineup in ProtectHer, a feature documentary about redefining manhood and preventing sexual assault, one locker room at a time.
SPELLING THE DREAM
Directed by Sam Rega
Following four hopeful competitors’ journeys, this documentary explores the trend of Indian Americans ruling the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 1999.