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ULTRASOUND (USA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE
Directed by Rob Schroeder
West Coast Premiere

After a strange sexual encounter, Glen and Cyndi become unwitting test-subjects in a mind control experiment. They search for answers as their own memories become tools for manipulation.

Run Time 103 min

OPENING NIGHT FILM

Wed. Sept 22 @7pm

Sherwin Plaza

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I'M AN ELECTRIC LAMPSHADE (USA)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by John Clayton Doyle

An offbeat, heart-warming portrait of the world’s least likely rock star. This documentary-narrative hybrid feature tells the story of Doug McCorkle, a buttoned-up, mild-mannered corporate accountant. After retiring at age 60, Doug puts his marriage and life savings on the line to chase his wildest dream. Shot in the United States, Mexico and the Philippines.

Run Time 96 min

Thurs. Sept 23 @5:30pm

Minaret Cinema

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HISTORY OF THE OCCULT (ARGENTINA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Cristian Ponce
North American Premiere

It’s the final broadcast of ‘60 minutes to Midnight’, the most famous journalism show on TV. Tonight’s guest is Adrian Marcato, who might expose a conspiracy that links the government with an actual Coven. Meanwhile, a group of journalists race against time to locate the mysterious object that will allow Marcato to make his on-air confession.

Spanish with English Subtitles

Run Time 82 min

Thurs. Sept 23 @8:00pm

Sherwin Plaza

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EVERYONE WANTS TO BE THE NEXT WEISMANN (SPAIN)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Alberto Triano

Contemporary art collector and first to discover the great Richard Weismann, Martín Solo, takes on the challenge of introducing the world to his unique vision of art by opening his private museum to the public. To do this, Martín prepares a retrospective of his latest discovery: Mu Pan, a Taiwanese, Brooklyn based artist whose fantastical works criticize and reflect the violence and brutality of society. Martín feels he failed with Richard Weismann but this time he is prepared to lay all of his cards on the table.

Spanish with English Subtitles

Run Time 65 min

Fri. Sept 24 @11:00am

Minaret Cinema

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LIGO (USA)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Les Guthman

“LIGO" is the riveting inside story of the discovery that topped NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC's list of “The top 20 Scientific Discoveries of the Decade," the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of gravitational waves from deep space, 2015-1017, which launched a radical new era in astronomy. Director Les Guthman witnessed this dramatic peak in the lives of the 1,000 scientists around the world who risked their careers on a $1 billion search for these exquisite messengers from the “warped side” of space.

Run Time 83 min

Sept 24 @1:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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HURRAH, WE ARE STILL ALIVE! (Poland)
NARRATIVE FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Agnieszka Polska
West Coast Premiere

An artistic commune is working on a film about Rosa Luxemburg, but the mysterious Director disappears as they set out to start filming. Although the crew are fascinated by the Director, they also loathe him. The question is - where has he gone and who really is the man, who has so strongly influenced the life of this community? The dynamics of relationships between people living in an artistic and emotional symbiosis turns out to be equally explosive and toxic.

Polish with English Subtitles

Run Time 85 min

Fri. Sept 24 @4:00pm

Minaret Cinema

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FEARLESS (USA)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Wojciech Lorenc
Screening sponsored by
Mammoth Lakes Lions Club

In small-town Texas, a non-profit boxing gym is the location where Nancy Wagoner and James Reyna provide a space where participants “have a safe, educational and encouraging place to learn their skills.” Dispelling the myth of lifting oneself up by one’s bootstraps, FEARLESS is an observational documentary focused on the difficulties facing people of color and immigrants in the United States today by unpacking the concept of American optimism and the unrealistic expectations that accompany it.

Run Time 89 min

Fri. Sept 24 @4:00pm

Sherwin Plaza

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THE RENEGADES (Germany)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Lisa Maria Hagen and Mariam Noori
US Premiere

Meral is looking for her baby brother Ferhat, a missing ISIS member. Oliver, a convicted terrorist, is trying to find his way back into western society. They are connected through one fateful photograph - can Oliver help Meral to find some answers? The documentary deals with one of the most disturbing events in recent history, as more than 5,000 young people left Europe to join ISIS. How did we lose them, and how do we treat those who come back? (A social drama about the allure of extremism, the question of guilt and the power of new beginnings.)

German with English Subtitles

Run Time 76 min

Fri. Sept 24 @6:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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WHAT JOSIAH SAW (USA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE
Directed by Vincent Grashaw
West Coast Premiere

Everyone in town knows about the haunted Graham Farm on Willow Road. Josiah and his son, Thomas, are all that remain of this estranged family. After experiencing terrifying visions, Josiah decides they must change their ways to right a great wrong. Eli and Mary, Josiah's eldest children, are enticed to reunite at the old farmhouse to sell the property, in hopes of closing this haunting chapter of their lives for good. Sins of the past will be paid in full.

Run Time 120 min

Fri. Sept 24 @8:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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ISAAC (LITHUANIA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Jurgis Matulevičius 

The film starts in 1941 when the main character kills a Jew, Isaac, at the Lietukis garage massacre in Lithuania. Years later he is haunted by images of the past and an increasing burden of guilt. The film discusses themes of friendship, love, regret and self-liberation in the difficult historical context of the Holocaust and the post-war Soviet era in Lithuania.

Lithuanian with English Subtitles

 

Run Time 104 min

Sat. Sept 25 @12:00pm

Minaret Cinema

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MAN UNDER TABLE (USA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE
Directed by Noel Taylor
West Coast Premiere

A beleaguered man trying to write a movie gets pulled into everyone else's projects as he hallucinates his way through a bizarre indie film scene.

Run Time 81 min

Plays with Short - ELECTRONIC_NIGHTMARE_STORY_1.avi Director: Noel Taylor / USA / 4 min

It’s the future, or present, or something, and two “people” meet in a normal area to talk about it.

Sat. Sept 25 @2:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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A CASTLE WITH RED WALLS (Iran)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Abbas Raziji
International Premiere

A film about Iranian filmmaker Davoud Roustaee, who made more than 100 movies that have all been banned from being screened, both before and after the Islamic revolution. He is the only director who ever succeeded in making a movie in the red-light district of Tehran, in spite of laws that strictly forbid it.

Persian with English Subtitles

Run Time 72 min

Sat. Sept 25 @5:00pm

Minaret Cinema

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SOCIAL (USA)
NARRATIVE FEATURE
Directed by Miles Triplett
West Coast Premiere

Gary, who’s been diagnosed with social anxiety, lives a lonely lifestyle suffering mild panic attacks. In a brash attempt to make a friend, he meets Alexis, who has been diagnosed with ADD. Through a series of events, together they attempt to find the one person who Gary has never had anxiety around, his high school girlfriend Kayla.

Run Time 110 min

Sat. Sept 25 @5:00pm

Sherwin Plaza

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LARRY FLYNT FOR PRESIDENT (USA)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Nadia Szold
West Coast Premiere

“Larry Flynt for President” chronicles the wild ride of the Hustler Magazine publisher's campaign for president in 1983. It’s the story of a quintessential outsider, whose fight to expose hypocrisy and bigotry nearly cost him his life.

Run Time 90 min

Sat. Sept 25 @7:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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A TRIP TO THE MOON (Iran)
NARRATIVE FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Mohammadreza Shayan-Nejad

Sounds are mechanical waves remaining in the space without disappearing. Zoya has gone to the Moon. Now, Farid needs to build his device to recover those sounds.

Persian with English Subtitles

Run Time 85 min

Sun. Sept 26 @10:00am

Minaret Cinema

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FAYA DAYI (USA/Ethiopia/Qatar)
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Jessica Beshir

A sublime work of trance-state cinema, the debut feature by the Mexican Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir is a hypnotic immersion in the world of rural Ethiopia, a place where one commodity—khat, a euphoria-inducing plant once prized for its supposedly mystical properties—holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life. As if under the intoxicating influence of the drug itself, Faya dayi unfurls as a hallucinogenic cinematic reverie, capturing hushed, intimate moments in the existences of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from the region’s political strife.

Ethiopian with English Subtitles

Run Time 120 min

Sun. Sept 26 @12:30pm

Minaret Cinema

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BEAUTIFUL IDIOTS (Greece/Austria)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Michael Ginthoer
World Premiere

He came to Greece looking for a revolution. But all he got was metaphors“: Beautfiul Idiots is many things: A socio-economical expertise, a moebius looped soul odyssey, a cunning foray into numerical obscurantism, but at its core it’s an accurate portrait of middle aged David Auerbach who, in order to see a future, must overcome the demons of the past.

English and Greek with English Subtitles

Run Time 82 min

Sun. Sept 26 @2:45pm

Minaret Cinema

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EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF (Venezuela, United Kingdom, Italy, USA)
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE INTERNATIONAL
Directed by Mo Scarpelli
West Coast Premiere

A young film director returns to Venezuela, inspired to make a film based on his father's life in the Amazon jungle. He casts Father to play himself. What starts as an act of love and ambition — filmmaking to more deeply understand the self, and the other — spirals into a process which confronts Father’s struggles with addiction and his life devoid of his son. EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF holds a steady lens to the way the act of cinema unearths, binds, heals and destroys.

Spanish with English Subtitles

Run Time 105 min

Sun. Sept 26 @5:00pm

Minaret Cinema

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THE FIRST STEP (USA)
SPOTLIGHT SCREENING
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directed by Brandon Kramer
West Coast Premiere

In a divided America, Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes him deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

Run Time 89 min

Sun. Sept 26 @7:30pm

Sherwin Plaza

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