Thursday, June 8th

Admission To All Screenings Is Free

3:00 PM – Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven – ROOM 208

Works in Progress Screening

Join 6 documentary filmmakers as they present a short excerpt from a feature film in progress. They are looking for comments and criticism.  It’s a chance to have your voice heard before the film is complete.  

Expected to screen:

Tom Ficklin – Sanctuary of the Soul – A glimpse at the sacred music performed in New Haven’s Black churches.

Tom Ficklin

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Aaron Peirano Garrison/ Clark Burnet – Questions of Justice, officers of color in the era of #BlackLivesMatter  – This film unpacks complicated relationships between police and marginalized communities. We follow officers of color in the Era of Black Lives Matter, starting nationally and narrowing to New Haven, CT. 

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Carolyn Jacobs – Sounds of Silents – An immersion into the world of musicians who play for sIlent films, with a focus on Connecticut resident Donald Sosin.

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Charles Musser – For John Carlos: Your Family Album – An investigation of family photographs and the family album as documents of the human experience.

Producers Maria Threese Serana and Charles Musser film a Filipino-American Christmas party

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Gorman Bechard – What It Takesa peek at the 5th rock documentary from Bechard.  This time he focuses his camera on Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, a band from Chapel Hill, NC, who just signed to Bloodshot Records.

Sarah Shook

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Richard Wormser & Gilles Carter – Hard Travelling: Hoboes in America  – The struggles of transient workers (the reserve army of labor) and their efforts to liberate themselves from the economic system that oppressed them.


Prepare your tastebuds for an epicurean extravaganza. Ride to food destinations featured in the documentary Food Haven – including Geronimo, Thali and Miya’s – and meet local entrepreneurs, chefs, and culinary artists that make New Haven a true Food Haven.

The final destination for the Ride is the Whitney Humanities Center, and a free screening of Food Haven as part of NHdocs.

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

Farm Time (A Year on the Farm with Red Planet Vegetables) (David Wells, 2017 ) – 11min – World Premiere 

Follow Rhode Island farmers, Catherine Mardosa and Matt Tracy of Red Planet Vegetables, through all four seasons as they face the challenges and rewards of artisanal farming, while discussing their hopes and fears, motivations and misgivings as they put a face to the farmers who are at the core of the farm-to-table movement.

Food Haven (Jim O’Connor 2017) – 67min – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

A look into the ever-evolving food culture of New Haven Connecticut. A city that at one point was considered one of the most dangerous in America, has focused its efforts into becoming a diverse culinary mecca. Narrated by New Haven’s award winning chefs and diverse locals, enjoy a deeper look into a city that’s national recognition often gets left on the back burner. Small city, big flavor.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening

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

Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei (Martha Gorzycki, 2015) – 11min – Connecticut Premiere

Karen People of Burma believe no one hears their pleas for help as their country remains ravaged by a war that has lasted more than six decades. Over 10,000 photos animate a landscape over which Voices from Kaw Thoo Lei may be heard.

The Lavender Scare (Josh Howard, 2017) – 77min – New Haven Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening