Saturday, June 9th, 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.)

12:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

A tribute to Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins reflects on her extraordinary career as President of HBO Documentary Films during which time she produced over 1,000 documentary films and transformed the nature of nonfiction programming on television. We are screening a selection of her favorite and recent work.

12:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Some of Sheila Nevins’ Favorites:

Reel of Sheila’s Documentary Highlights (10min)

The Number on Great Grandpa’s Arm (Amy Schatz, 2018, 19min)

A conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, is woven with historical footage and animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, sharing lessons from the Holocaust with a new generation.

Saving Pelican 895 (Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2011, 40min)

Presents the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this one life.

God is the Bigger Elvis (Rebecca Cammisa, 2011, 37min)

Dolores Hart left a successful Hollywood acting career to become a nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. A true story. Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary (Short Subject)

Followed by a Q & A with Sheila Nevins, Mother Prioress Dolores Hart, and The Number on Great Grandfather’s Arm animator Jeff Scher

3:15 PM – 
Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Class Divide (Marc Levin, 2016) – 74min

The thought-provoking documentary Class Divide is a timely look at the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots.” Young people on both sides of the gap offer unique and honest insights that challenge common perceptions about inequality today.

Followed by a Q & A with Sheila Nevins and Rosa Vasquez

5:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Solitary (Kristi Jacobson and Julie Goldman, 2016) – 81min

SOLITARY is a daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America’s most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8×10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years, and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.

Followed by a Q&A with Sheila Nevins, Kristi Jacobson, and Julie Goldman

7:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven


We will present the audience awards for Best Feature Documentary and Best Short Documentary, then screen both films along with our first place winner in the Student Documentary Award-Winning Short Film contest.

If there’s a film you loved and want to see again, make sure to vote in the Audience Awards. If there’s a great film you missed, now might be your chance to see it.

But there’s more: there will be number of great local prizes given out to audience members who come to the awards ceremony.  But you have to be there that night.  It’s our way of saying thank you for the support.