Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

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.)


11:00 AM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven – ROOM 208

The Art of the Documentary Interview

Hear from those who treat the documentary interview like an art form: Gorman Bechard (Color Me Obsessed, Pizza A Love Story), Sandra Luckow, (Sharp Edges, Belly Talkers), Lorna Johnson (Freedom Road, Our Family Album), and Charles Musser (Before the Nickelodeon, Our Family Album).  You will learn the secrets of good interviewing techniques, and how to get your subjects to tell you everything you need to know, and more.



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

Student Film Screenings and Awards Ceremony

Full schedule is HERE.



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.)


4:00 PM – Whitney Humanities Center Courtyard on Church Street (off the corner of  Wall Street), New Haven

Vegan Cupcakes & Guitar

Join us as CompassionFest CT brings the vegan Hardcore Cupcake truck to NHdocs, with musician Shawn Persinger performing a variety of guitar selections from the soundtrack of Regarding Gravity, as well as soundscapes and improvisations to compliment the day.  



5:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

CompassionFest CT presents

The Last Pig (Allison Argo, 2017) – 60min – Connecticut Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Through this personal journey, THE LAST PIG raises crucial questions about equality, the value of compassion and the sanctity of life. Comis’ soul-bearing narrative carries us through his final year of farming pigs, the struggle to reinvent his life, and the ghosts that will haunt him forever.

It is our hope that THE LAST PIG will help propel a shift in our society’s relationship to non-human beings and our capacity for compassion.

Website: www.thelastpig.com

Q&A with director Allison Argo and CompassionFest CT founder Tabitha Logan follows screening



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

Our Family Album (Threese Serana and Charlie Musser, 2018) – 104min – Special Work-in-Progress Screening

A reflection on the construction, nature and meaning of family photography.  In an era of globalization, filmmakers Maria Threese Serana and Charles Musser carry out a romance as they move back and forth between two countries whose relationship was forged by war and a half century of colonization—the Philippines and the United States. How they and their son John Carlos negotiate their lives between these two cultures is some of the work done by and through the family album. This intimate portrait moves outward to engage scholars, archivists, and fellow filmmakers who have different perspectives and even conflicting views on the nature of family photography and how they deploy it and use it in their personal and professional lives.

Q&A with directors and co-director Lorna Johnson follows screening



8:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Punk Band (Bradley Pontecore, 2018) – 80min – World Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

PUNK BAND is the chaotic story of a politically rebellious Chicago punk-rock band self-destructing on the road, as the country self-destructs during the US Presidential debates of 2016.  A road movie in the classical Hollywood style, the documentary follows the tour-driven whirlwind of misadventures and ultimate implosion of veteran Chicago punk trio Voice of Addiction. “You’ve gotta have itchy feet to want to tour, because you’re constantly on the move,” says bassist and frontman, Ian Tomele.  “You need a deep love for traveling because it’s really rough. It’s not for everybody. A lot of people cannot handle being on the road.”

Website: www.punkbandthemovie.com

Q&A with director Bradley Pontecore, moderated by filmmaker Brendan Toller (DANNY SAYS, NHdocs2016), follows screening