Festival Year: 2019

Kolmas Punkt
Alina Taalman

In this experimental short film, dark landscapes provide a mysterious counterpoint to words torn from letters as the filmmaker traces the movements of her grandfather, a sailor from Estonia, in her journey to connect with the past.

Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi is a ravishing visual symphony that explores the reaches of modern decay. Glorious cinematography that captures the beauty of uninhabited landscapes before plunging into the frenetic constructions of contemporary life is set to an original score by Philip Glass.

La Jetée
Chris Marker

This work of science fiction unspools the mysterious story of a man haunted by an image from his childhood. Composed of black-and-white still photographs, La Jetée presents a dystopian future where scientists conduct time-travel experiments on prisoners.

Last Reel
Steven Bognar

The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs, Ohio, faces a fundamental shift. Grappling with changes in technology and film distribution, the theater, to survive, must convert to a digital projection system and relinquish its beloved 35mm projectors.

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

In 2008, General Motors closed their doors in Dayton, Ohio, leaving 2,500 stunned and saddened workers. The Last Truck chronicles the plant’s final months, until the very last day, from the point of view of the women and men on the assembly line. How does a good job impart dignity and build community?

Le Quattro Volte
Michelangelo Frammartino

This beautiful work of fiction begins with an aging shepherd in a medieval Calabrian village who tends his herd of goats. A lush visual portrait, Le Quattro Volte offers four meditations on the soul of a man journeying through his natural habitat.

Life Overtakes Me
John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson

Facing deportation, three refugee children sink into an unresponsive sleep state. This Resignation Syndrome, triggered by a decidedly non-childish existential despair, affects a disproportionate number of refugee children in Sweden.

A Lion in the House
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

Filmed over six years, this unflinching film lays bare the experiences of five young people who are battling pediatric cancer. We witness the toll of weeks spent in the hospital and the wrenching side effects of treatment, but also how the children, their families, and caregivers are living with humor and grace.

Los Reyes
Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

This artful and measured vérité dives into the daily lives of two stray dogs in a Chilean skatepark.

The Magic Life of V
Tonislav Hristov

In the wake of a traumatic childhood, Veera turns to live action role-playing as a method of empowerment and escape. This luminous Nordic film accompanies her into wondrous worlds, the most uncanny of which may ultimately be her own.

Meeting Gorbachev
Werner Herzog, Andre Singer

In this reflection on the legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev, archival footage and interviews with his contemporaries enhance an intimate conversation between the politician who transformed the Soviet Union, thus the world, and director Werner Herzog.

Midnight Family
Luke Lorentzen

Midnight Family follows one family’s high-speed nights as they earn a living driving their privately owned ambulance in Mexico City, combating rival for-profit EMTs in a city where the government provides 45 public ambulances for a population of 9 million.

Mike Wallace Is Here
Avi Belkin

Composed entirely of archival footage, with no narration, this penetrating portrait of the storied 60 Minutes journalist—a man for whom interviewing was an aggressive artform and an enduring search for truth—charts Wallace’s highs and lows both on and off the air.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Stanley Nelson

Navigating his professional and personal lives, this remarkable study of the jazz musician unfolds through reflections from musicians, scholars, lovers, and friends. Davis’s own reflections—and the music itself—narrate his extraordinary genius and sometimes turbulent life.

Moment to Moment
Mike Attie

After he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Carl finds purpose in removing the copper wiring from televisions. His wife, Susan, lovingly creates sculptures with the delicate coils, holding on to the profound connection that remains in their lives.

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Alexander John Glustrom

Striking and urgent, this harrowing account of environmental racism follows Stacey Ryan, one of the last remaining residents of a historically African American community, as he fights an influx of petrochemical plants into his town.

Emily Mkrtichian, Jesse Soursourian

In this eloquently crafted film, women in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory between Azerbaijan and Armenia, courageously work to clear land mines in the wake of a brutal war, combating traditional gender roles and forming close bonds in the process.

Mysterious Object at Noon
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

The filmmaker embarks on a collective storytelling process, asking participants to embellish a narrative from the point where the last person stopped. The construction of the story becomes a catalyst for revealing deeper truths as details about the tellers’ own lives emerge.