DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL – June 4th

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.)



DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

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

Pas Sage / The mischief makers (Laura Taubman, 2019) – 75min – U.S. Premiere

Pas Sage / The mischief makers is a year long dive into a public, but self-managed high school in the south of Paris, France. Throughout the academic year, the movie follows the efforts of the teaching staff to motivate their students to work, the students’ anxiety about their end of the year exam, and the political dramas playing out in the high school. At the end, it is a perspective on the difficulties of being a teenager in France in the modern era.

A discussion lead by Lauren Pinzka, senior lecturer from the Yale French Department, follows the 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)

Melody Makers (Leslie Ann Coles, 2017) – 78min – Connecticut premiere – a REPLAY in case you missed the screening on Sunday, June 2nd.

MELODY MAKERS chronicles the birth of music journalism when Melody Maker magazine – the worlds first music press (est. 1926) – was revered as the bible of rock during the zeitgeist of rock n’ roll. At the heart of the story is an iconic classic rock photographic archive by photographer, Barrie Wentzell and the stories behind the images (1965-1975).



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

The Millionaires’ Unit — U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World Wars (Darroch Greer and Ron King, 2015) – 117min – Connecticut Premiere

A group of Yale college students form a private air militia and become the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve, some of them making the ultimate sacrifice in World War One.

A Q&A with Marc Wortman, author of the book The Millionaires’ Unit, follows screening



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)

Twenty Questions (Gorman Bechard, 1987) – 59min – REPLAY of a favorite from NHdocs2017

NHdocs co-founder, Gorman Bechard, has directed 16 feature films in his long career, and even he would be quick to name Twenty Questions as the oddest of them all.

In 1987, he 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 director Gorman Bechard follows screening.



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

Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? (Zachary Stauffer, 2018) – 80min – Connecticut premiere

Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family’s tragedy, as well as a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.



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.)