The first partnership of its kind for the Festival, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, each screening event will present residents with the opportunity to view award-winning short and long films by local filmmakers followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and crew.
More details on offerings for the first two screening events, on June 8 and July 13 respectively, can be found below.
Wednesday, June 8:
Short film: Tom in America (directed by Flavio Alves), winner of the Best Short 2015
- Description: For 50 years, Michael and Betty have been united by one guiding principle – no secrets. But when a provocative Tom of Finland doll triggers Michael’s long-buried desires, Betty discovers that secrets have been part of their life all along.
- The film stars Academy Award-nominated actors Burt Young and Sally Kirkland.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eHAtHdCEdc
Long film: Subways (directed by Dane Joseph), winner of the Harlem Spotlight Award 2015
- Description: A dark comedy about a disgruntled casting assistant named Caleb who is coping with the taboo feelings towards his half-brother and the tragic loss of a young friend to whom he made a special promise.
- The film features 100 local actors.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3OsYTYLmg
Q&A with the filmmakers to follow
Monday, July 13:
Short film: Welcome (directed by Javier Fesser)
- Description: 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.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj5lD6GUuKE
Long film: Zemene (directed by Melissa Donovan), winner of the Best World Documentary 2015
- Description: An inspirational documentary about a young Ethiopian girl’s bravery in the face of enormous odds. Living in a remote village with a rare curvature of the spine, Zemene struggles with poverty, poor education and potentially life-threatening illnesses. But a chance encounter in the streets of Gondar with Dr. Rick Hodes sets in motion a series of events that will change Zemene’s life and the future of her village forever.
- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9kMhjFE4v4
Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.
Photo credit from Everfest.