Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Admission To All Screenings Is Free (including the NHdocs Rocks/Cafe Nine program listed at the bottom of this page)

(But if you want guaranteed seating and a chance to party with the filmmakers, pick up a Fast Pass or Fast Pass Deluxe HERE.)

The NHdocs Videotheque

Philip Marrett room, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street

Screenings at 12:00 and 2:30 PM

Full schedule HERE.


Admission To All Screenings Is Free (including the NHdocs Rocks/Cafe Nine program listed at the bottom of this page)

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

Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes (Sean Durant, 2016) – 82min

Narrated by veteran actor and voice artist Keith David, “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes” follows the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. (Yale’s Beinecke Library holds the only surviving first edition of his autobiography, Life of William Grimes, The Runaway Slave  [New-York: 1825]).

Produced by Your Media 2, the film is based on the Afterword of the authoritative edition of the book, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, written by Regina Mason and published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. The Afterword, “My Long Road Back to William Grimes” reveals Mason’s 15-year path to authenticate her ancestor’s story and the intense personal sacrifices that made editing and publishing a new edition of the Grimes narrative possible.

In making the film, Director and Producer Sean Durant sought to convey not only Mason’s long road to uncover her past, but also the unimaginable conditions that faced William Grimes as he struggled to free himself from slavery. To this end, Durant chose to use artfully-crafted re-enactments combined with current-day Mason reflecting on her own story and a masterful narration by Keith David. The result is a compelling and provocative documentary film from first time feature filmmaker Durant.

Q & A with the director and Regina Mason, moderated by Rise Nelson, Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center, follows screening.

8:30 PM – Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven

Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower (Roxana Walker-Canton, 2013) – 75min

LIVING THINKERS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE IVORY TOWER examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today. Through their diverse narratives, from girlhood to the present, Black women from different disciplines share experiences that have shaped them, including segregated schooling as children, and the trials, disappointments and triumphs encountered in Academia. Though more than 100 years have passed since the doors to higher education opened for Black women, their numbers as faculty members are woefully low and for many still, the image of Black women as intellectuals is incomprehensible. And while overtly expressed racism, sexism and discrimination have declined, their presence is often still often unacknowledged. Through frank and sometimes humorous conversations, this documentary interrogates notions of education for girls and women and the stereotypes and traditions that affect the status of Black women both in and out of the Academy.
Director Walker-Canton, who lives in the Greater New Haven area and taught filmmaking in universities for many years, brings her own personal and remarkable insights to this investigation.

Q & A with director, moderated by Rise Nelson, Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center, follows screening. follows screening


8:00 PM – Cafe Nine, 250  State Street, New Haven – doors open at 7:00 PM, film starts at 8:00 PM, music starts at 10:00 PM – FREE admission

The Bottle Never Lets Me Down (Gorman Bechard, 2018) – 4min

The music video for the next single from Sarah Shook and the Disarmers new Bloodshot Records album Years.

What it Takes: film en douze tableaux (Gorman Bechard, 2018) – 78min – Connecticut Premiere

Longtime New Haven resident and NHdocs co-director, Gorman Bechard has brought rock icons The Replacements, Hüsker Dü’s Grant Hart, Archers of Loaf, and Lydia Loveless to life in documentaries.  Now comes an intimate glimpse at songwriting and the balancing act of life versus passion as vegan, bisexual, civil rights activist Sarah Shook and her band of seasoned vitruosos, The Disarmers, head into the studio to record their new album and prove they have what it takes to shake up the country/western world.

Website: www.DisarmersDoc.com

Q & A with director Gorman Bechard and co-editor Chloe Barczak follows screening

Following the screening, stay for a very special performance from local alt-country darlings Stefanie Austin and The Palomino Club.