DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL – June 5th

Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

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DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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

Blue Breath (Rodrigo Areias, 2018) – 78min – New England Premiere

Crushed by a volcano against the ocean, Ribeira Quente is a fishing village in S. Miguel Island in the Azores facing the last days of a fishing activity as they know it. Everyone fights for normal days while life has to continue even with the fish’s scarcity.



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)

Beatrix Farrand, Landscape Architect: Yale University (Karyl Evans, 2018) – 5min

A short documentary about landscape architect Beatrix Farrand’s pioneering  campus work for Yale University from 1922 – 1945 including her plans for Marsh Botanic Garden, the residential college courtyards, the president’s garden, and the medical school among many others.  Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) was the only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  She also designed gardens for the White House, the New York Botanical Garden, many private estates, as well as a number of college campuses.

The New Haven Green: Heart of a City (Karyl Evans, 2015) – 30min – REPLAY of a favorite from NHdocs2015

Narrated by Paul Giamatti, this documentary explores the rich history of the New Haven, Connecticut Green which continues to be the center of civic, religious, educational, and commercial life in the city. The film reveals unique stories including the presence of over 5,000 bodies buried on the Green, and the fact that a witchcraft trial took place on the Green 50 years before the Salem witchcraft trials. The Amistad captives trial, the British invasion during the Revolutionary War, President John F. Kennedy’s speech, and Glenn Miller’s music on the Green are also featured. With a treasure of rarely seen archival photographs and paintings from the Yale Archives, and rare film footage of the May Day Protest, along with interviews and an original score, this film brings to life New Haven’s remarkable history.

Q&A with director Karyl Evans follows screening



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

Who Took Johnny (David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, & Suki Hawley, 2014) – 81min –an early film from one of NHdocs’ favorite documentarians

WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into the infamous thirty-seven year old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened that morning when Johnny never returned from his paper route.  Over 4 decades there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny. His story has spawned countless theories and has instilled intrigue in the millions who remember the kid on the side of a milk carton. At the same time, the exhaustive advocacy work by his mother has helped change laws and raise awareness for child endangerment. According to Director John Waters, the films is “an amazing, lunatic documentary that will leave you creeped out excited and surprised.” 

Q&A with co-director Suki Hawley 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)

Monumental: The Bears Ears Story (Cayley Geffen & Beau Brown, 2019) 35min – in case you missed the screening last night

Monumental: The Bears Ears Storyinvestigates the struggle around the designation of Bears Ears as a National Park and its radical shrinkage under the Trump administration.

The Black Mountain (Anton von Heiseler, 2018) 49min – U.S. Premiere – in case you missed the screening last night

The Black Mountain is Delhi’s largest landfill, dominating the lives of those who live from it and in close vicinity. In a thoughtful, creative and moving way the film tells the stories of the people evicted from their homes and transferred to the fringes of the landfill, forced to eke a living by collecting waste from it. It shows how they live without safe water, shelter or drainage and examines the effect of the polluted environment on their mental and physical health.

Q&A with filmmakers follows screening



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

Bungalow Sessions (Nicholas Droic, 2018) – 69min – New England premiere

Drolc wanted to make a film about contemporary American roots, folk and gospel music – however, he didn’t want to leave his home base known as “the bungalow” in North Eastern France.  He solved the geographical problem by inviting his favorite musicians to visit him, play in a local dive bar and subject themselves to improvised questioning and field recordings the next morning at Drolc’s dwellings.  The result is a loose, yet intimate discourse on a variety of issues ranging from the creative process to day to day life in this rather confused era we refer to as the 21st century. 

The Bungalow Sessions feature Alabama troubadour Andy Dale Petty, Detroit legend Danny Kroha, the one-eyed soul-saver Reverend Deadeye, California folk prophet Willy Tea Taylor, Texas-based folksinger and teacher Possessed by Paul James, and the grand seigneur of basement-gospel known as the Dad Horse Experience.



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.)