Friday, June 1st, 2018

Admission To All Screenings 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.)


The NHdocs Videotheque

Philip Marrett room, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street

Screenings at 12:00 and 2:30 PM

Full schedule HERE.

 



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

IRIS (Integrated Refugees and Immigrant Services) presents

This is Home: A Refuge Story (Alexandra Shiva, 2018) – 91min – Connecticut Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Winner of the Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, THIS IS HOME is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested. It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak, about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles.

After surviving the traumas of war, the families arrive in Baltimore, Maryland and are met with a new set of trials. They attend cultural orientation classes and job training sessions where they must “learn America” – everything from how to take public transportation to negotiating new gender roles – all in an ever-changing and increasingly hostile political environment. Their goals are completely relatable: find a job, pay the bills, and make a better life for the next generation.

We witness the families’ struggles and triumphs up close through the drama of everyday life. Through intimate access, this cinema vérité film takes a fresh look at the classic American immigration story and challenges us to see past differences to find common ground. THIS IS HOME goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis.

A panel discussion with director Alexandra Shiva, IRIS Executive Producer Chris George and New Haven-based Refugees follows the screening



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

Through the Windmill (Amanda Kulkoski, 2018) – 80min – New England Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Structured around the development of Matterhorn Miniature Golf in Canton, Connecticut, THROUGH THE WINDMILL is a feature-length documentary which looks at the history of miniature golf in the USA, and how it has evolved over the last 100 years. The film explores these unique, family-friendly roadside attractions through the voice of the talented, often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.  

Q&A with director Amanda Kulkoski and Autumn Sutherland, owner of Matterhorn Mini Golf, follows screening



Admission To All Screenings 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.)

 



9:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Grandma Lill: Internet Celeb  (Kevin Droniak, 2018, Western Connecticut State University) – 5min – Student Film Competition Entry

Will Work for Views (Joseph Litzinger & Eric Michael Schrader, 2018) – 87min – New England Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Way ahead of his time – before Youtube, before Snapchat, before Facebook and even before the internet itself – Paul Petroskey starting filming himself performing song parodies, music videos, unboxing videos, video blogging, sharing reviews and telling jokes. Now, thirty years and two thousand videos later, in the age of overnight YouTube sensations, Paul’s “overnight” still has not come.

Will Work For Views (Trailer #1)

At age 13, Weird Paul Petroskey started making videos of himself. 30 Years, 2000 videos, 750 songs, 42 records, 11 cameras and now 1 Documentary Trailer later – Paul's still working for views.

Posted by Will Work For Views on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Q&A with co-director Eric Schrader follows screening



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

Trap Fishing (David Helfer Wells, 2018) – 7min – Connecticut Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Get up close and personal with one of the last remaining trap fishing families in Rhode Island. Meet Corey Wheeler Forrest, her father Alan Wheeler and brother Luke Wheeler. Learn the art of trap fishing and what it takes to make a living on the water.

Family Meal (Jim O’Connor, 2018) – 51min – World Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Three New Haven restaurant families put it all on the table to find harmony in one of the most cut throat industries of all time. The long hours and late nights lend a delicate balance between family and business…all in efforts to find time for a Family Meal.  FAMILY MEAL celebrates the families and flavors from Caseus, Zuppardi’s Apizza, Ricky D’s Rib Shack, Ordinary, & Black Hog Brewing Co.

Website: www.familymealdocumentary.com

Q&A with director Jim O’Connor, moderated by author/chef Priscilla Martel, follows screening