Wednesday / February 26th
6:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SPECIAL PROGRAM
TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION, A COMING OF AGE, SELFIE FILM
(2019, 12 minutes, digital)
Two traumatic events structure the ‘Girl’s’ high school year: a Lock Down and a family secret. She is shocked yet manages to recover and to understand the importance and value of family and the complexity of truth.
Barbara Holstein THE SELFIE PROJECT (2019, 23 minutes, digital)
A pilot show, designed to air weekly, in which teens share their thoughts and concerns via Selfies and discussions with experts.
7:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS SHORT FILM PROGRAM
Michele Melani INSOMNIA (2019, 4 minutes, digital)
Rui Niu ABORTION MARY (2019, 6 minutes, digital)
Charlotte BeBenste BYE BODY (2019, 10 minutes, digital)
Rachael Sonnenberg PLEDGE IT (2019, 14 minutes, digital)
8:00PM NEWFILMMAKERS FIRST FEATURE PRESENTATION
Ruth Somalo HOSPITAL ROOM 32 (2019, 61 minutes, digital)
Living with chronic pain and with the impediments of the associated symptoms of fibromyalgia (FMS) is nothing compared to living in shame. Woman affected by FMS are often distrusted, misdiagnosed or not at all diagnosed. This documentary journeys into the biographies of several women affected by FMS and the narratives they have constructed around the development of their illness and the medical pilgrimage they were subjected to until finding Dr Palop and his team of medical experts in Valencia.
9:15PM NEWFILMMAKERS SECOND FEATURE FILM PRESENTATION
Ana Barredo THE YEAR I DID NOTHING
(2019, 75 minutes, digital)
Set in 1985, Manila, this coming-of-age story follows 15-year old Christina who convinces her parents not to send her and her younger siblings back to school after being notified by the US Immigration Office that their 10-year old application is about to be processed. But apparently, there was more waiting to be had as their papers inch at a snail’s pace through the US immigration process. With nothing to do and all the time in the world, see how these kids creatively kill time during the longest summer vacation of their lives – the same year a revolution is about to erupt as the exasperated Filipinos attempt to oust 20+ year dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.