Thursday, June 6th, 2019

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.)



DAYTIME DOCS at the NHFPL

11:00 AM til 4:30 PM

New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven


We will be screening three films at the library today: Battle for Brooklyn; Balian (the Healer); and Will Work for Views.

For times, locations and information on each film, click here.



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.)



2:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Works-in-Progress screenings

We will be presenting segments from 6 documentaries in various stages of production. The films’ directors will be present to take your criticism and comments. Directors include: Lorna Johnson, Gorman Bechard, Haley Copes, John Lucas, Fred Uhter, and David Pilot.



5:30 PM – Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 70 Audabon Street, New Haven

Rooftop Filmmaker Reception at the Arts Council

Sponsored by Mezcales de Leyenda and  Elm City Market

NOTE: this is an invitation only event: only filmmakers, invited guests, and Fast Pass/Fast Pass Deluxe holders will allowed access to the reception.



EVENING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM



6:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

The Ballad of Fred Hersch (Charlotte Lagarde & Carrie Lozano, 2016) – 74min – Connecticut premiere

The Ballad of Fred Hersch is an intimate portrait of one of today’s foremost jazz pianists. With more than 30 albums and 8 Grammy nominations under his belt, Hersch is internationally revered in jazz circles as a master improviser. A maverick in music and in life, he was the first jazz musician to come out as gay and HIV-positive in the early 1990s, and he miraculously survived a two-month AIDS-related coma in 2008. Both exacting and full of love, our unfettered cameras capture Hersch’s creative process as he does double duty as a workaday jazzman and first-time theater producer—turning his tragedies into triumphal art.

Q&A with director Charlotte Lagarde and Fred Hersch follows screening, moderated by filmmaker John Lucas.

After the screening stay for a very special solo performance from Fred Hersch.



6:30 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Errol Flynn’s Ghost: Hollywood in Havana (Gaspar Gonzalez, 2018) 51min – New England premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

In late 1958, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, found himself in the middle of a real-life adventure more improbable than the plot of any film he ever made: the Cuban revolution. The episode was a fitting climax to mid-20th century Cuba’s obsession with American movies — a fixation that led Havana to boast of more movie theatres than New York City and Cubans to worship Gone with the Wind and Casablanca. Sixty years later, many of Havana’s iconic movie houses are still standing, and the Cuban love affair with Classical Hollywood still haunts the collective imagination.

Q&A with director Gaspar Gonzalez follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Lindsay Thompson.



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.)



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

The Earth Remains is an 11 minute 3-screen documentary installation which can be viewed at any time during the following hours:  7:00pm until 10:00pm

For more information please click here.



8:30 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

The 10th Anniversary Screening of I Need That Record!  (Brendan Toller, 2009) 77min

The debut feature film that landed Brendan Toller’s (Danny Says, NHdocs 2015) filmmaking journey. I Need That Record! was an ambitious college thesis project that bloomed into an indie tour-de-force.

Greedy record labels, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, Ecommerce, shoddy “stars” pushed by big money, and the digital revolution all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite record stores and the music industry at large. Will these stores die? Will they survive?

Featuring: THURSTON MOORE of Sonic Youth, IAN MACKAYE of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat, activist/author NOAM CHOMSKY, MIKE WATT of the Minutemen, LENNY KAYE guitarist of the Patti Smith Group, CHRIS FRANTZ of the Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club, guitar composer GLENN BRANCA, PATTERSON HOOD of Drive-By Truckers, PAT CARNEY of the Black Keys, punk author LEGS MCNEIL, rock photographer BOB GRUEN, BP HELIUM guitarist from Of Montreal, and many indie record stores across the U.S. of A!

Q&A with director Brendan Toller follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Haley Copes.



9:00 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart  (Tracy Heather Strain, 2017) 118min

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view.

With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Lorraine Hansberry lived much of her 34 years guided by a deep sense of responsibility to others, proclaiming: “One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”

Q&A with director Tracy Heather Strain, moderated by Babz Rawls Ivy, follows screening.