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OPENING NIGHT: RESIDUE (USA)

Director Merawi Gerima

Narrative Feature

West Coast Premiere

A young filmmaker returns home after many years away to write a script about his childhood, only to find his neighborhood unrecognizable and his childhood friends scattered to the wind.

Screening only available til midnight

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16

Time: 7 pm

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Mojave to Mammoth: ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER (USA)

Director Steven Oritt

Documentary Feature

Geo Blocked - CA only

Jim Geiger, a retired forest ranger and amateur mountaineer, attempts to become the oldest American and first great grandfather to climb Mt. Everest, but things don't go as planned.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time: 2:30 pm

SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: THE REASON I JUMP (UK)

Director Jerry Rothwell

Spotlight Feature

Documentary

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time:  5:00 pm

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MARLENE (Germany)

Director Andreas Resch

Narrative Feature

N. American Premiere

This nightmarish film tells the story of a woman, Marlene, who moves to Berlin in order to begin a new life and soon meets her upstairs-neighbor Flo, seemingly a nice guy. After starting a job as a restorer, Marlene quickly forgets about Flo. She finds new friends while simultaneously being drawn back into her past. It’s almost too late when Marlene finally realizes how dangerous Flo really is ; she gets wrapped up inside a game of life and death.

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Date:  Thursday Sept. 17

Time: 8 pm

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THE WIND. A DOCUMENTARY THRILLER (Poland)

Director Michal Bielawski

Documentary Feature

Geo Blocked - US Only

 

Poland’s Halny wind comes in cycles, every spring and autumn, sometimes turning into a destructive gale that creates a
setting for a wild performance of human struggle against the destructive forces of nature.

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Date: Fri, Sept. 18

Time: 10:30 am

 

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FEATHER AND PINE (USA)

Directors Star Rosencrans, Michael James Beck

Documentary

West Coast Premiere

A poetic, visually stunning portrait of a northern California logging community and a young couple being pulled apart by conflicting ambitions in in the wake of the Great Recession.

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time: 8:00 pm

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DESIRE PATH (USA)

Director Marjorie Conrad

​​Narrative Feature

World Premiere

Desire path: a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot-fall traffic. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination.A young woman walks down a desire path next to her house and invites a demonic figure into her life. A vampire film with an elliptical plot, minimal dialogue, and characters that are defenseless against their drives.

Date: Friday, Sept. 18

Time: 10:00 pm

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SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: ACASA (Romania)

Director Radu Ciorniciuc

Spotlight Feature 

Documentary

English Subtitles

 

In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, an abandoned water reservoir just outside the bustling metropolis, the Enache family lived in perfect harmony with nature for two decades, sleeping in a hut on the lakeshore, catching fish barehanded, and following the rhythm of the seasons. When this area is transformed into a public national park, they are forced to leave behind their unconventional life and move to the city, where fishing rods are replaced by smartphones and idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms.

 

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time: 5:00 pm

 

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REVOLUTION LAUNDERETTE (Japan)

Directors Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen

Narrative Feature

N. American Premiere

In Tokyo, Tomo plots to undermine the next punchline of his existence and
is drawn deeper into another side of the city, together with a young woman who obsesses over a stranger’s old scrapbook. In a maze of subcultures and surreal lingerings in the air, he finds his answers at the bottom of something entirely bizarre.

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19

Time: 7:30 pm

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DEMOCRACY ON THE ROAD OF SAVEH (Iran)

Director Turaj Kalantari

Documentary

N. American Premiere

An up-close, humorous look at the campaigns of three local candidates, and the grotesque political maneuvering in the run-up to council elections in Robat Karim, a small city in Tehran province.

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Date: Sunday, Sept 20

Time: 10:00 am

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TAPEWORM (USA)

Directors Milos Mitrovic, Fabian Velasco

Narrative Feature

West Coast Premiere

A dry comedy about a tenuously linked group of nobodies trudging through their woeful existence in dreary Winnipeg. A sickly middle-aged man in a failing marriage, a stand-up comedian whose sets are met by utter indifference, a stoner couple who share only trivial exchanges, and a young loner unsympathetic to his caring mother are each living lives lost in translation.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 20

Time:  3 pm

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PIER KIDS (USA)

Director Elegance Bratton

Documentary Feature

IKrystal LaBeija, a transgender woman, returns to her Missouri home seeking the acceptance of her mother, who doesn’t fully embrace Krystal’s identity. Casper and Desean go from being homeless to housed while carving out their place in the world. Along the piers at the end of Christopher Street, transgender youth navigate the precarities of a complicated and vibrant lifestyle.

Date: Sunday, Sept 20

Time: 6:00 pm

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