Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

(But if you want guaranteed seating, admission to both Cafe Nine screenings/performances, and a chance to party with the filmmakers, pick up a Fast Pass or Fast Pass Deluxe HERE.)



Filmmaking Workshop

11:00am to 12:30pm

Screening Room B-04, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven  (basement of the Humanities Center)

The Art of the Documentary Interview

Three veteran documentary filmmakers, Karyl Evans (6 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and Yale Fellow), Allison Argo (6 time National Emmy Award winning filmmaker), and Jennifer Boyd (Emmy Award winning director of over 25 documentaries), talk about the art of the documentary interview from the process of finding the right people to interview, how to technically shoot an interview, how to get the best possible interview, and the ethics of editing the interview.

Karyl Evans (left), Jennifer Boyd (center), Allison Argo (right)


1:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Student Film Competition

Congratulation to the 11 films being screened

120 Years (Matt Nadel &–Lukas Cox, Yale University) – 37min  

Playing with Fire (Benjamin Allen, Southern CT State University) – 8min

From Court Room to Dark Room (Isadora Shannon, Yale University) – 11min

Father Larry Elwand (Emily Navarro) – 5min

DJ Yedi (Trevor Palmer, Emily Burke, Jeff Lamson, Scott Lafontaine, Southern CT State University) – 5min

Jazz Men (Julia Weiner, Yale University) – 29min

America the Resilient (Gianni Setu Vora, East Lyme Middle School) – 6min

Cruelty to Circus Animals (Olivia Mendoza, East Lyme Middle School) – 3min

Vietnam War Interview (Jasmine Deeble, East Lyme Middle School) – 3min

Polution, Don’t Do It (Maya Garrow, East Lyme Middle School) – 1min

Since 1843 (Grace Bartlett, Yale University) – 11min

PLEASE NOTE: the film Monumental: The Bears Ears Story (Cayley Geffen & Beau Bown, Yale University) – 35min – is also in the competition, but will be screened on Tuesday, June 4th at 9:00pm and again on Wednesday, June 5th at 2:30pm

A group Q&A immediately follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Lindsay Thompson

Following the Q&A, we will announce the winners of the 2019 NHdocs Student Competition, and hand out cash award and prizes from Zacuto, ThinkBag, and Western Digital



3:00 PM – Courtyard, Whitney Humanities Center, corner of Church Street and Wall Street, New Haven

Stop by the Compassionfest table. Vegan food with Royal Vegan, Hardcore Sweet Cupcake Truck, and Dignity Of Dar-es-Salaam



4:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Melody Makers (Leslie Ann Coles, 2017) – 78min – Connecticut premiere

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 (1965-1975) and the stories behind the images.



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

CompassionFest CT presents

Do Animals Feel Pain(Archna Singh, 2018) – 4min – New Haven premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

A humble attempt to bring forth to the world the fact that animals are sentient beings and feel pain and undergo emotions just like us.

The End of Meat (Marc Pierschel, 2017) – 91min – New Haven premiere

In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves. He meets Esther the Wonder Pig, who became an internet phenomenon; talks to pioneers leading the vegan movement in Germany; visits the first fully vegetarian city in India; witnesses rescued farm animals enjoying their newfound freedom; observes the future food innovators making meat and cheese without the animals, even harvesting “bacon” from the ocean, and much more.

A panel on the vegan lifestyle, with Stacy Attenberg and David Brensilver, moderated by Tabitha Logan of CompassionFest, follows screening.



6:00 PM – Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven

Doors opens at 6:00pm / Movie starts at 7:00pm / Live Performance at 9:00pm

Boy Howdy: the Creem Magazine Story (Scott Crawford, 2019) – 71min – New England premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

NOTE: This is a ticketed event, which includes film screening & live performance.  Tickets are available here.  Admission is also included with the  Fast Pass Deluxe.

Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse – spotlighting iconic features, interviews, and anecdotes along the way – then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

Q&A with director Scott Crawford follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Gorman Bechard

After the screening stay for a performance by Boy Howdy & The Vomitorium All -Stars performing songs from artists who have graced the cover of CREEM Magazine



6:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Places: New Haven-Texas- China

Three short films from Yale Master of Fine Arts students

Front de Mer (Waterfront) (Solène Gautron, 2019) – 12min – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

A loving, nine-month encounter with New Haven’s waterfront and the US91/US95 Interchange

A House of One’s Own (Liyan Zhao, 2019) – 16min – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

A house in Texas become the site for a Chinese immigrant family’s drama and reflection.

Everything in the past has life (Zhongkai Li, 2019) – 13min – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Short Film

In the era of China’s One Child Policy, a mother had three children and the youngest lived to tell the tale. 



7:30 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Balian (the Healer)  (Daniel McGuire, 2017) – 85min – New Haven Premiere

BALIAN (The Healer) depicts the rise and fall of a traditional Balinese healer after being ‘discovered’ by Western tourists. A fable of globalization that Alan Berliner calls ‘a magical portrait of a one-of-a-kind Indonesian trickster/healer…It’s funny, too.”

Following the screening Yale Professor of Anthropology Joseph Errington will discuss the film with director Daniel McGuire and producer Dr. Injil Abu Bakar.



Admission To All Screenings & Workshops Is Free

(But if you want guaranteed seating, admission to both Cafe Nine screenings/performances, and a chance to party with the filmmakers, pick up a Fast Pass or Fast Pass Deluxe HERE.)



8:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter will be in the lobby accepting food & supply donations to help the shelter dogs of New Haven

CompassionFest CT presents

Linchpins of Dead Dog Island (Aja Nikiya, 2019) – 81min – New England premiere – presented by CompassionFest – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Linchpins of Dead Dog Island is a film showcasing the lives of six women working together in Puerto Rico to save animals from the streets, abuse, and confinement. 

These wonder women will stop at nothing to rescue these animals. Through this documentary we will show the realities of Hurricane Maria, how it has impacted the lives of people and animals on the island and how these women are working to make a difference. 

Linchpins of Dead Dog Island will show the world the animal crisis in Puerto Rico but also show the courage and passion of these six women giving their lives to the cause. Through the tears, laughs and messy adventures they have, this film will showcase the amazing work they are doing to save lives. They are real life wonder women.

Q&A with director Aja Nikiya and producer Kim Mniece follows screening, moderated by NHdocs’ Katherine Germano and Tabitha Logan from CompassionFest

Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter will be in the lobby accepting food & supply donations to help the shelter dogs of New Haven