A New York couple, Rachel (Emilia Clarke) and Alvy (Chiwetel Ejiofor) live in a not-so-distant future where technology provides ever-more convenient living. A rising tech company executive, Rachel lands a coveted spot at the Womb Center, which offers couples a convenient (and shareable) maternity by way of detachable artificial wombs, or pods. But Alvy, a botanist with an affection for nature, prefers a natural pregnancy. And yet, as Rachel’s AI therapist puts it, why is that “natural”? So begins the tech-paved path to parenthood.
Arriving in San Francisco at the age of two, just after the death of her mother in a car accident in 1973, Alysia Abbott is raised by her father Steve Abbott, a poet and activist who comes out as gay. As a teenager, she gradually discovers a world of artists and writers, but also the effects of the AIDS crisis when people around her contract the virus to which her father also falls victim.
In Attendance: Andrew Durham, Director.
In a small, seaside town, a young mental health worker, struggling with her own grief and self destruction, fights to save people grappling with mental illness in her new job as head of a crisis response team. Embedded with the fire department, she’s battling her partner who doesn’t want her there, the clients who fight her tooth and nail, and her own wounded psyche. She wants to save the world – if the job doesn’t kill her first.
In Attendance: KT Curran, Director; Jerry Chambliss, Producer.
In this extraordinary true story of faith and survival, when a small-town pilot mysteriously dies during flight, passenger Doug White is forced to land the plane to safety and save his entire family on board. Directed by Sean McNamara and starring Dennis Quaid, Heather Graham, and Jesse Metcalfe. Produced by Autumn Bailey, Roma Downey, Karl Horstmann.
Q&A with Producer ROMA DOWNEY and Director SEAN MCNAMARA follows the film
Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll. It explodes the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions.
In Attendance: Lisa Cortes, Director
An artist (Oscar-nominee Michele Williams) on the verge of a career-changing exhibition navigates family, friends and colleagues in the lead-up to her show and finds that the chaos of life becomes the inspiration for more great art in Kelly Reichardt’s vibrant and captivatingly funny portrait of art and craft.
Love to Love You, Donna Summer captures a richly complex picture of the woman, the artist, the wife, and mother whose iconic voice changed music forever. An archive of exclusive, previously unseen film, home video, photographs, artwork, personal audio, and other recordings form the film’s vibrant exploration of the life and career of one of the most extraordinary performers ever to shake a room to its timbers.
In Attendance: Brooklyn Sudano, Co-Director
A meticulous horticulturist (Joel Edgerton) is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate owned by a wealthy dowager (Sigourney Weaver). When he’s told to take on her troubled great-niece as an apprentice, his life is thrown into chaos and dark secrets from his past emerge.
Atlanta-based singer-songwriters Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing together in high school before becoming the acclaimed folk-rock duo Indigo Girls. After playing local clubs for years, Indigo Girls and their distinctive vocal harmonies slipped into mainstream consciousness in the late 1980s and early ’90s with a Grammy win and hit song “Closer to Fine.” Over the years, Ray and Saliers have maintained musical careers on their own terms with their resolutely political lyrics and commitment to LGBTQ rights and visibility. Since 1993, they have also found purpose in partnering with Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke in the fight for environmental justice.
Narrated by Mayim Bialik and directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin, THE CONSPIRACY is an animated documentary that shows how a centuries-old myth has moved from the fringe to the mainstream, becoming a pillar of modern anti- Semitism. To tell this story, the film uses the first-hand accounts of three prominent Jewish families. We follow the Dreyfuses, Warburgs, and Bronsteins as the conspiracy develops and the lives of these families are woven further into its net. Alternating between the stories of a French soldier, a German banker, and a Russian revolutionary, the film spans centuries to show the recurrence of the same conspiracy theory. This conspiracy that ravages the lives of our characters is set against the backdrop of a larger story about the Jewish people. From Simonini’s letter blaming the French Revolution on a Jewish conspiracy to the poisonous Protocols of the Elders of Zion, conmen and forgers spin an elaborate web of lies blaming Jews for the ills of the world. Disaffected citizens conjure up alternative explanations for democratic progress, and delusional nationalists pin the failures of their country on Jewish residents. Antisemites attempt to justify their hate with pseudo-scientific race theory. All the way up to the present day. The Conspiracy ends by returning to Robert Bowers in his Pittsburgh apartment. Convinced that an aid society, with ties to the Warburg family, is conspiring to replace the white race by bringing in refugees, Bowers commits mass murder at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Generations of readers have found themselves in a Judy Blume book. Her name alone launches aflood of memories for anyone who’s gripped one of her many paperbacks. For decades, Blume’s radicalhonesty has comforted and captivated readers – and landed her at the center of controversy for herfrankness about puberty and sex. Now the beloved American author candidly shares her owncoming-of-age story.Emmy-winning filmmakers Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok trace Blume’s journey from fearful,imaginative child to storytelling pioneer who elevated the physical and emotional lives of kids andteens, to banned writer who continues to fight back against censorship today. Playful and poignantanimations celebrate the magic and awkwardness of being young, while intimate conversations withacclaimed authors and artists reveal Blume’s profound impact on readers. Long-standing fans shareopen-hearted letters they wrote to Blume over decades.With humor, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of adolescent cringe, Judy Blume Forever tells the story ofthe woman whose trail-blazing books changed the way millions of readers understand themselves, theirsexuality, and what it means to grow up
Driven by a mutual determination not to be “the generation that allows progress to slip,” national social justice leaders Marc Morial of National Urban League and Janet Murguía of UnidosUS join forces to fight structural racism amid a troubling resurgence of white supremacy. Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple takes a vérité approach to examine the experiences that have shaped Morial and Murguía into leaders of their diverse African American and Latinx American communities as they navigate the complex arc of racial justice in the pandemic years.
In Attendance: Barbara Kopple, Director.
Tells the story of when the world shut down, its greatest Circus went into freefall. Within 48 hours Cirque du Soleil closed all its 44 shows; within a week it let 95% of its workforce go. The show seemed over for the billion-dollar brand. Now, more than a year later, a group of world-class artists, athletes and crew at “O”, Cirque’s flagship production, face uncertainty as they prepare to bring their show back to life. With unprecedented access, this film documents their extraordinary journey as they attempt a return to stage after one of the world’s greatest crises. Opening night film.
In Attendance: Dawn Porter, Director.
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