The contagious energy of film festivals makes them the ideal environment to experience new films. If you’re in New York, Los Angeles, DC or beyond, please check out these upcoming events, as well as the Cinereach-supported films that are screening at them. The links below will take you to more information about the festivals, films and screening details.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
June 8th – 12th
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making. In addition to a wealth of inspirational documentary films, Doc/Fest offers pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses. Cinereach is excited to have several grantee projects involved in this year’s Doc/Fest, in various ways including a world premiere for one!
Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws
Winter 2011 Grantee
Director: Emily James
Producer: Lauren Simpson
For a year the filmmaker submerged herself in documenting the secret activities of environmental direct action activists in the UK. The result is a behind the scenes portrait of a community of actively engaged citizens who aren’t prepared to sit back and allow the destruction of the world’s ecosystems and climate.
Just Do It Screening Information – World Premiere!
Sheffield Doc/Fest will also screen If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (screening information). See the Human Rights Watch Film Festival section below for more information about the film.
Several Cinereach-supported projects are also participating in the MeetMarket. Look for Gardens of Paradise, Teenage, When Two Worlds Collide and Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grantee God Loves Uganda.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
New York, NY
June 16th – 30th
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people. In presenting this work, the festival creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Supported through The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute
Directors/Producers: Marshall Curry & Sam Cullman
Daniel McGowan was arrested for being part of the Earth Liberation Front, a group responsible for arsons against timber companies and SUV dealerships. Through his story the film sheds light on two of our most important and timely issues–terrorism and environmentalism.
If a Tree Falls screening information. Discussions with filmmaker Marshall Curry will follow both screenings.
Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
June 16th – 26th
The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting independent films and filmmakers. In the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the festival connects the movie-loving public to emerging talent, through FREE screenings of films. Included in the festival:
On the Ice
Winter 2010 Grantee & Supported through The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute
Writer/Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Producer: Cara Marcous
On the snow-covered Arctic tundra, two teenagers try to get away with murder.
The Bully Project
Summer 2009 Grantee
Director: Lee Hirsch
Producer: Cynthia Lowen
“A year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis that offers an intimate look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families.
June 16th – 26th
Now in its third year, BAMcinemaFest collects dynamic and innovative new work from recent festivals. It has been called New York’s “best independent-film showcase” by Richard Brody of The New Yorker. Four films supported by Cinereach will be included in this year’s lineup, including a short nurtured through the Reach Film Fellowship.
2010 Reach Film Fellowship Project
Director: Nadia Hallgren
A young mother from the Bronx reaches out to the incarcerated father of her children, via Lockdown Love, a popular late-night radio show.
Winter 2010 & Summer 2010 Grantee
Director: Tristan Patterson
Producer: John Baker
The transmissions of a lost kid, falling in love, in the suburbs of Fullerton, California. Featuring skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty.
BAMcinemaFest will also screen On the Ice (screening information) and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (screening information). Please see previous festival sections for more information about those films.
Silver Spring, Maryland
June 20th – 26th
The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival has been called “Non-Fiction Nirvana” by Variety, the “Pre-eminent documentary Festival in the US” by Screen International and the “premiere showcase for documentary film” by Hollywood Reporter. Silverdocs is a festival and conference that promotes documentary film as a leading art form, supports the work of independent filmmakers and fosters an atmosphere for public dialogue and civic engagement around the issues and ideas explored in the films. Included in this year’s Silverdocs are:
Winter 2010 Grantee
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Producers: Hilary Durman & Al Morrow
A twenty-first century tale of identity and genetic inheritance, and perhaps the family of the future.
Silverdocs will also screen Dragonslayer (screening information), The Bully Project (screening information) and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (screening information). Please see previous sections for more on these three films.