Saturday, June 3rd

Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

11:00 AM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven – ROOM 208

Workshop on Documentary Cinematography
with Adrian Peng Correia

Adrian Peng Correia is an award-winning cinematographer, who has lensed projects all over the world. Over the last decade he has shot dozens of feature films, commercials, documentaries and short films.

Adrian’s website


12:30 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

New Haven Health and Digital Media  

The Pediatric Patient Directs: Videos from the Arts for Healing Program (with Laki Vazakas) -20min

Followed by Q&A with Laki Vazakas & young patient-filmmakers.

Recovery Is… (Lucile Bruce, 2016) – 15min

Recovery is Friendship

Recovery Is Being A Mother

Recovery is…Having a Dog (Recuperarse es Cuidar a una Mascota)

Followed by a panel discussion with Lucile Bruce, Al Gamble,      Laki Vazakas, Noah Golden


2:15 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

SHORTS BLOCK #1

Maniac Unmasked (Biagio Nicholas Gufino, 2017) – 7min – World Premiere

A short documentary about a local activist who roams the streets of New Haven, CT helping those in need. 

Prysia’s Garden (Mišo Suchý, 2017) – 11min -East Coast Premiere

An intimate meditation on exile and home, Prysia’s Garden documents the quiet life of aging Ukrainian refugee Prysia through the detailed photographic lens of first-generation Ukrainian-American Lida Suchy. By confronting Prysia’s story, Suchy reflects upon her own roots, looking to understand what makes a new place a home. 

Chessy Pizzone Meets Bernie Sanders (Mike Nagy, Grady Hearn, Kilian Appleby, 2017) – 15min – World Premiere

Up and coming television personality Chessy Pizzone explores the realities of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He attends a Bernie Sanders rally in New Haven, CT, and has an encounter with the man himself that will change his life forever.

My Name Is Joan (Margaret Costa, 2017) – 30min

‘My Name is Joan’ tells the story or Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949. While the documentary chronicles Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Ir

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening


3:45 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

SHORTS BLOCK #2

Fig’s Representation (Jonathan Napolitano, 2017) –  6min

Artist Joe Fig, documents his visits of other artists’ studios by recreating them in miniature sculpture form. Fascinated with how other artists create their work, within the space around them, Fig examines each studio with an open mind and uses his art form to capture a moment of time of how each artist worked during his visit.

Troll: A Southern Tale (Marinah Janello, 2017) – 12min – Connecticut Premiere

Troll: A Southern Tale takes the viewer on a journey through the mind of a oddball artist. The testimonies revealed in this short range from accounts of class issues to homicide. Each story culminates in the subject’s unique artistic view of his home state of Mississippi and its misrepresentation by out-of-town filmmakers…a perspective of the South that may otherwise be overlooked.

Blind Sushi (Eric Heimbold, 2017) – 17min – New Haven Premiere

A man who lost his eyesight refuses to pity himself and becomes an adventure writer. An environmentally conscious chef, New Haven’s Bun Lai of Miya’s, changes the paradigm of sushi cuisine. Together, they plunge into the murky waters of the New England coast in search of enlightenment.

A Shared Stage (JJ Sereday, 2017) – 32min – World Premiere

Picture a world where people see people. Not anything else. Not religion. Not race. Not disability. How do you create human connections? You may think you have heard this story before. But you haven’t. When you see a person as a person, all biases, conscious or otherwise, fall away and the possibilities are endless. ‘A Shared Stage’ documents the experiences of people over a four-month period of time that culminates with the musical production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and tells the story of what is possible when people truly get to know people through a common experience.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening


7:00 PM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Deaners (David Garry, 2016)  – 20min – East Coast Premiere

‘Deaners’ are proud, dedicated fans of the legendary actor, James Dean. This documentary film gives a candid glimpse of Deaners during the annual festival that is held in James Dean’s honor in his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana. With the backdrop of a small-town carnival, parade, and events tailored to celebrate the icon, we get to know intimately from a handful (including budding musicians James and Dean, famous rock groupie and bestseller Pamela Des Barres, and international Deaner from Japan, Naomi Yamada) why they are drawn to James Dean, and how they demonstrate their fascination and loyalty.

Oma, Mom, and Amanda (Jennifer Royka, 2016) – 10min

Three generations of women explore their thoughts on motherhood and one another.

To Have or Have Not  (Dev Banerji, 2017) – 30min – World Premiere

Through interviews with journalists, friends and family, the filmmaker interrogates a core assumption of premodern society and reflects on his own ambivalence towards one of the most significant decisions humans make during their lifetimes. 

Leaving God (John Follis, 2017) – 47min

The largest and fastest growing religion in the US isn’t a religion, it’s the absence of one. Leaving God explores this trend and relates it to the filmmaker’s own shifting beliefs. As award- winning writer John Follis shares his story you’ll ride along on a wild, challenging, and occasionally comical, search for Truth.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening


7:15 PM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven – ROOM 208

The Carousel (Jonathan Napolitano, 2016)  – 12min

In the small town of Binghamton, New York there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling and has since become a portal into…the Twilight Zone.

Twenty Questions (Gorman Bechard, 1987) – 59min – World Premiere

In 1987, filmmaker Gorman Bechard set out to make what would have been his first documentary. Never released and long believed to be lost––until now. Twenty people, from all walks of life, are each locked alone in a room for the length of one 400-foot roll of 16mm film (11 minutes). They are each given the same set of twenty questions, which they can answer at random…if they’re not completely distracted by their surroundings. It’s about life. It’s about death. It’s about everything . . . well, sort of.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening


9:30 PM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven 

(I Just Died) Like An Aviator (Gorman Bechard, 2017) – 3min – Theatrical Premiere

A Matthew Ryan music video in which all is not what it seems.

Off Stage: Last Reach (Chris Schnabel, 2017) – 18min – World Premiere

Follow Last Reach lead singer, 14-year old Kacie Grenon, as she plays a benefit show in Rochester, NH at the Governor’s Inn. We get to see what it’s like to juggle both school and singing along with what she does to get ready for their big show.

The High School That Rocked  (Christopher Casey Denton, 2017) – 27min – New Haven Premiere

The story of how six legendary bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame all performed at a CT school from 1966-68, creating indelible memories for local students. 

Sounds of resilience (Xuban Intxausti,  2016)  – 61min – East Coast Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

An amazing piece of filmmaking, Sounds of resilience is a documentary filmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the framework of Europa Transit, one of the San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture travelling embassies. Mursego and cellist Vedran Smailović, famous for playing his cello in the middle of the shooting during the siege of Sarajevo, star in this documentary that San Sebastian 2016’s Europa Transit travelling embassy filmed in Bosnia-Herzegovina last May.

The film, directed by Xuban Intxausti, focuses on the value of music for promoting resilience. During her stay in Sarajevo, Mursego met with intellectuals, journalists, people who lived through the war and figures from the music scene of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to talk about the history of the city, the post-war period and the current situation in the country. Inspired by the testimonies and sounds collected in these meetings, and accompanied by local artists, Mursego gave a concert in Sarajevo.

Q&A with filmmakers Christopher Casey Denton, Fred Cantor, Chris Schnabel, and Gorman Bechard follows screening