Festival Year: 2018

In Cold Blood
Richard Brooks

Mixing elements of reality and fiction, In Cold Blood delves into the real-life murders of the Clutter family at the hands of Perry Smith and Dick Hickock in this scripted true-crime cinematic narrative based on Truman Capote’s novel.

Inventing Tomorrow
Laura Nix

Six young scientists from around the globe compete in the largest international high school science fair—with their ingenious solutions to environmental problems, they don’t just aim to bring home the top prize, they hope to change the world.

The Issue of Mr. O’Dell
Rami Katz

The work of Jack O’Dell, who once worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., is revealed through a conversation with the 94-year-old activist, who delves into his historical involvement in the civil rights struggle as well as the movement’s contemporary incarnation under the stewardship of groups like Black Lives Matter. World Premiere

The Jazz Ambassadors
Hugo Berkeley

During the Cold War, the U.S. government deployed some of its greatest jazz musicians around the world to promote democracy, even as many of them suffered Jim Crow racism in their own country. Rich archival material and powerful interviews delve into the deep conflict at the heart of the story. World Premiere

The Judge
Erika Cohn

Devoted to the law and unwilling to mince words, Kholoud Al-Faqih is the first female judge in the family court system of the West Bank, navigating its bureaucracy and providing a rare glimpse into Islamic courts and gendered justice.

Kings of Pastry
Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker

Concocting all manner of sweet delights, from gold foil-bedecked chocolates to towering sculptures of blown sugar, sixteen chefs compete for the French pastry world’s highest honor–the Meilleur Ouvrier de France–in a contest of unbelievable artistry and tension.

Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story
Tiffany Bartok

In the 1980s, Kevyn Aucoin redefined the role of the makeup artist. Home movies and recollections from family, friends, and an impressive roster of famous clients retrace his meteoric rise and his lasting impact.

Las Nubes
Juan Pablo González

As a father drives through an unidentified countryside, his car becomes a space for reflection as he recounts the impact of cartel violence on his home and family.

Love Means Zero
Jason Kohn

Tennis coach Nick Bollettieri trained some of the sport’s greatest champions, but his volatility and harsh methods came at a price. Conversations between director and subject revisit moments of triumph and anguish, including Bollettieri’s infamous falling out with Andre Agassi.

Lovers of the Night
Anna Frances Ewert

Seven elderly monks at a Cistercian abbey in Ireland humorously muse on their spiritual experiences, way of life, and the inevitable end to it all.

Maj Doris
Jon Blåhed

Ever-able, 74-year-old Maj Doris Rimpi is a renowned Sámi artist who lives alone in Sweden and tends to her home and herd of reindeer, but after another long winter she wonders, is it time to consider a new way of life? North American Premiere

The Mauritania Railway: Backbone of the Sahara

In this expansive, gorgeously composed short, ride atop the railway car that serves as a 704-kilometer-long lifeline that supplies goods and iron ore to people in different towns in the Sahara Desert. World Premiere

Sam Pollard

Interviews with family, friends, and political luminaries combine with archival footage and photographs in this captivating portrait of Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first black mayor, whose extraordinary influence spanned three terms in office.

François-Xavier Destors

This exquisitely photographed portrait documents a remote Arctic city centered around a metal refinery, where residents endure extreme, subzero temperatures to survive on the resource that lies beneath the tundra. North American Premiere

Messenger on a White Horse
Jayson McNamara

This homage to the fearless investigative reporting of the Buenos Aires Herald during the disappearances and murders of Argentinians between 1976 and 1983, utilizes impeccable archival footage and testimonies from surviving members of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo as well as lead newspaper editor Robert Cox. North American Premiere

Minding the Gap
Bing Liu

Skateboarding and strained family relationships bond three friends together in this introspective saga about the journey from youth to adulthood.

A Murder in Mansfield
Barbara Kopple

Twelve-year old Collier Boyle’s testimony put his father in jail for the 1989 murder of his mother. Still imprisoned more than 25 years later, the father maintains his innocence, and Boyle returns to his Ohio hometown, in this sensitive examination of reconciling with the past.

Of Fathers and Sons
Talal Derki

With rare and chilling insights, this film takes us into the lives of a Syrian family, led by an Al-Nusra fighter, where we observe how swiftly the innocence of childhood can fade.