DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL – June 3rd

Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

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DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

11:00 AM – New Haven Free Public Library, Community Program Room, 133 Elm Street, New Haven (entrance on corner of Temple Street)

The Last Pig (Allison Argo, 2017) – 60min – REPLAY of a favorite from NHdocs2018

Winner of the NHdocs Audience Award for Best Feature Film of 2018!

Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.

It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our society’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion.

Q&A with director Allison Argo follows screening.



12:00 PM – Videotheque, New Haven Free Public Library, Philip Marrett room, 133 Elm Street, New Haven (use main entrance, take a left at the large information desk)

2 Documentary Shorts

A second Chance to see two of the amazing short documentaries from this year’s lineup.

The Dog Healers (Karina Flomenbaum, 2019) – 29min – North American Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Inspired by the theme of the award-winning novel, The Dog Healers is a journey that leads us to discover a magical spirit that dogs and humans share. Is it a dog’s unconditional love or the affection in their eyes that creates this special connection or is it a humans soothing tones or warm touch that completes this circle of love?  This film explores our intuitived nature, expressed by life changing stories that will touch your heart.  Gifts of joy given by service, companionship and therapy dogs that lift the human spirit each day and in times when we need them most.  Perhaps, we have much more to learn from these amazing creatures?

Flying Fur (Alicia Wszelaki, 2019) – 36min – New England Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Welcome to the friendly skies of animal rescue. Saving dogs and cats one flight at a time is the mission, but changing the fate of these lovable creatures is no easy task. Lives are at stake and failure is not an option.



1:30 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, Community Program Room, 133 Elm Street, New Haven (entrance on corner of Temple Street)

4 Documentary Shorts

A second chance to see four of the amazing short documentaries from this year’s lineup.

The Guy: The Brian Donahue Story (E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, 2019) – 19min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Stuntman. Actor. UPS employee. Former WWF wrestler, Disney World performer, and NFL nose tackle. Brian Donahue has seemingly done it all. Yet he’s still searching for that elusive Hollywood spotlight.

The Island Man (Alex Morelli, 2019) – 20min – World Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

A family struggles to reconcile the multiple identities of their husband, father, and grandfather. A film about memory, loss, and being caught between two homes.

Hebo (Kevin Wells, 2019) – 11min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Hebo explores the work of Sam Ezell, an outsider folk artist in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Sam has been a maintenance worker at the Daniel Boone Village since 1970, and is a lifelong collector of folk art and antiques. If he isn’t working or junk hunting, Sam is painting.

Lost Weekend (Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb, 2019) – 14min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

In 1984, two friends from small-town Pennsylvania win an MTV contest and the chance to party with Van Halen for 48 Hours.



2:30 PM – Videotheque, New Haven Free Public Library, Philip Marrett room, 133 Elm Street, New Haven (use main entrance, take a left at the large information desk)

Sickies Making Films (Joe Tropea, 2017) – 85min –  REPLAY of a favorite from NHdocs2018

A love letter to the movies, Sickies Making Films looks at our urge to censor films and asks why? We find reasons both absurd and surprisingly understandable. Using the Maryland Board of Censors (1916-1981) as a lens, as well as archival materials, classic film segments, and interviews with filmmakers and exhibitors who were subjected to censorship, this documentary examines the recurring problem of censorship in America.

Q&A with director Joe Tropea follows screening.



4:00 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, Community Program Room, 133 Elm Street, New Haven (entrance on corner of Temple Street)

Riplist (Mike Scholtz, 2019) – 67min – Connecticut premiere 

A celebrity death pool is an unusual game in which players pick famous people they think will die in the next year. Riplist follows seven friends over the course of a year as they make their selections and live with the consequences. Because playing the game of death teaches each of them about the value of life.



Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

(But if you want guaranteed seating and a chance to party with the filmmakers, pick up a Fast Pass or Fast Pass Deluxe HERE.)