Thursday, May 30th, 2019

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.)


5:30 PM – Room 108, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Opening Night Filmmaker Reception

Sponsored by Modern Apizza, the New England Brewing Company, and Foxon Park Soda.

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

Opening Night Feature Film

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

The Sweetest Land (Jeffrey B. Teitler, 2019) – 63min – Connecticut premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

Beyond the bloodshed and bullets, in urban America, there are communities where unprecedented courage resides, extraordinary families are tested and improvement is difficult to find…until now.

Envision Films, in collaboration with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, The Hartford Police Department, The Guardian Angels, Mothers United Against Violence, WDRC’s Brad Davis and a community on the front lines of hope and sacrifice presents: THE SWEETEST LAND – a documentary film about recovery, engagement and politics – where complacency can no longer be an option.

A panel with the director Jeffrey B. Teitler, Dr. Linda Degutis (CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control), James Dodington, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) at Yale, and special guests, follows screening.

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

Questions of Justice (Aaron Peirano Garrison & Clark Burnett, 2019) – 42min – World Premiere

Questions of Justice unpacks complicated relationships between police and marginalized communities. Following officers of color in the era of Black Lives Matter, we start nationally and focus in on the city of New Haven. Co-directors Aaron Peirano Garrison and Clark Burnett are excited to bring this documentary film, which highlights the work of forward-thinking individuals improving a culture of fear around policing and working to eradicate policies and practices of systemic racism.

A panel with directors Aaron Peirano Garrison and Clark Burnett, former New Haven Chief of Police Anthony Campbell, Ken Barone of the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy Central Connecticut State University, and New Haven Police Sgt. Shayna Kendall, moderated by Erik Clemons of ConnCAT, follows screening