Tuesday, June 4th, 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 6:00 PM

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

We will be screening five feature films at the library today: Pas Sage / The mischief makers; Melody Makers; The Millionaires’ Unit — U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War; Twenty Questions; and Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?.

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.)



EVENING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM



6:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Shift Change: The Future of Community Policing in New Haven (Steve Hamm, 2019) 55min – World Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

At a time when the United States is sharply divided over the use of force by police, New Haven practices an approach called community policing. The goal is to foster trust and open communications, and to avoid excessive force. At its core, community policing is about attitude—police officers who have a public service mentality, who empathize with the people, and who exhaust all alternatives before making arrests and using force. There are lessons here for police—and the people—in cities all across the country.

A panel discussion featuring Steve Hamm, Interim Police Chief Otoniel Reyes, Project Longevity New Haven Director Stacy Spell, and Community Activist Barbara Fair, follows screening, moderated by Paul Bass of The New Haven Independent



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

3 Seconds Behind the Wheel (Jennifer Boyd, 2019) 56min – New Haven premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

3 Seconds Behind the Wheel is a groundbreaking documentary that follows the lives of eight drivers over 6 months using in-car cameras and tracking technology to monitor the often-hidden behavior of distracted drivers. While these drivers’ habits will shock you, this is a very honest and intimate look at human nature. 

Q&A with director Jennifer Boyd follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Karyl Evans.



7:00 PM – Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven

Waiting – The Van Duren Story (Greg Carey & Wade Jackson, 2019) 79min – New England premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

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

Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell & Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the 70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham then started managing Van Duren. Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity.

Forty years later, two friends from Australia (a band manager & musician), chance upon the mysterious musician’s lost album. They fall hopelessly in love with the music and set out to discover why Van Duren isn’t a household name. Self-taught filmmakers, their journey takes them across the world and sees them cross paths with rockstars, Scientologists, con men and a host of talented musicians some who made it… and others that didn’t.

Van Duren’s lost career is a parable of the trials and tribulations of the music industry – an industry that leaves countless broken dreamers behind in its wake. Waiting – the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.

Q&A with Van Duren follows screening, moderated by Robert K. DeRosa.

After the screening stay for a very special performance from Van Duren & Friends.



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

Cover Band: the making of an independent pilot (Joe LaDore, 2019) 93min – World Premiere – in competition for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film

This documentary is a story about Joe LaDore’s journey from TV show junkie to TV show creator! Loosely based on the shenanigans of Mean Carlene, a rock and roll cover band out of New Haven, CT from 1994-2014, Joe wrote and directed a TV Show pilot called “Cover Band”. This documentation of that experience takes on you on that fun-filled journey with two very important messages: 1. Chase your dreams…and 2. Don’t quit your day job!  Words to live by. Words we lived by!

Q&A with director Joe LaDore follows screening, moderated by filmmaker Lindsay Thompson.



9:00 PM – Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Monumental: The Bears Ears Story (Cayley Geffen & Beau Brown, 2019) 35min

Monumental: The Bears Ears Storyinvestigates the struggle around the designation of Bears Ears as a National Park and its radical shrinkage under the Trump administration.


The Black Mountain (Anton von Heiseler, 2018) 49min – U.S. Premiere

The Black Mountain is Delhi’s largest landfill, dominating the lives of those who live from it and in close vicinity. In a thoughtful, creative and moving way the film tells the stories of the people evicted from their homes and transferred to the fringes of the landfill, forced to eke a living by collecting waste from it. It shows how they live without safe water, shelter or drainage and examines the effect of the polluted environment on their mental and physical health.

Q&A with the filmmakers follows screening.