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Sunday, October 7 • 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Locked Closets: How Government, Culture & Status Affect Coming Out: IL Love Marriage (3 min), Shabbat Dinner (15 min), Gvarim Bilti Nirim (68 min)

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LOVE MARRIAGE IN ILLINOIS: IT'S JUST TIME (3MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: LESLIE VON PLESS
WORLD PREMIERE

From Chicago to Springfield, Peoria to Champaign, our 16 plaintiff couples and their children share a dream of being part of a married family. It's just time, Illinois. Meet the brave families fighting for marriage equality in Illinois!

 

SHABBAT DINNER (15MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MORGENSTERN
WORLD PREMIERE

Shabbat Dinner is boring as usual for William Shore. His mother has invited two crazy hippies and their son and is doing her best to show off, his father is drunk and berating their oddball guests, and he doesn't have much in common with their son Virgo. That is, until Virgo tells him that he has just come out as gay. In William's room, the boys speak directly to each other about themselves, while just a few feet away the adults discuss trivialities about prep school, marrying Jewish, and nonfat ice cream. Shabbat Dinner opens a window into the world of Upper Middle Class New York society, with its myriad rules and tensions. In telling the coming out story of two boys, it addresses universal issues of finding acceptance and truth as a teenager.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_uc6IzCqV4

 



ILOVE MARRIAGE IN ILLINOIS: IT'S JUST TIME (3MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: LESLIE VON PLESS
WORLD PREMIEREFrom Chicago to Springfield, Peoria to Champaign, our 16 plaintiff couples and their children share a dream of being part of a married family. It's just time, Illinois. Meet the brave families fighting for marriage equality in Illinois!
IT'S A GIRL THING: MKA, TWEEN QUEENS AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF GIRLHOOD (59MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: SHANNON SILVA
WORLD PREMIEREUsing expert interviews, historical research, animated reenactments and found footage, this feature length documentary looks closely, and critically, at the tween markets evolution and the role of Dualstar (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's company) in the markets explosion. Interviews with Jean Kilbourne, Gail Dines, Sharon Lamb, Terrill Bravender, Lisa Machoian, Diane Levin, Susan Linn, plus various mothers, teachers, tweens and MKA fans highlight the impact Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have had on the girls tween market since they first hit the scene in 1987.
KIDS' GAMES (7MIN, AUSTRALIA)
DIRECTOR: BARRY GAMBA
WORLD PREMIERENine-year-old Dylan wants his Dad's attention but must compete with the TV. A prime-time current affairs show holds Dad's attention and peddles fear and loathing about refugees and 'boat people', while Dylan's big sister would rather be left alone on the phone. It all comes to a head for Dylan and his family in the playground.
KINDNESS BOOMERANG (6MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: ORLY WAHBA
CHICAGO PREMIEREOpportunities for kindness surround each of us on a day to day basis. On this specific day a man begins his morning by assisting a child who has fallen, little did he know that the simple act of kindness he did for that young boy would touch the lives of 10 strangers on that same glorious morning, eventually finding its way back to him.
LOVE FREE OR DIE (82MIN, USA, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: MACKY ALSTON
CHICAGO PREMIERELOVE FREE OR DIE is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historical traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. LOVE FREE OR DIE follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North County to Washington's Lincoln Memorial to London's Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality--inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.
LOVE, DAD (20MIN, USA, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: RONNIE REESE, KRISTOFOR HUSTED
WORLD PREMIERE'Love, Dad' is the story of career criminal James Gardner, who estimates that between 1970 and 1999, he committed over a thousand burglaries and stole close to $4 million in property. Gardner felt at the time that his life was one big adventure, but he soon found out that it was hardly an adventure to the family he left behind during his 30 years in prison. To them, it was nothing short of abandonment and embarrassment. This documentary short takes a trip through Gardner's past as he visits family and the mentor who helped turn his life around, and examines the impact of his absence on loved ones, and his attempts at reformation, reconciliation and making up for lost time.
LOVE, SEX & DISABILITY (50MIN, CANADA)
DIRECTOR: CARLO BASILONE
WORLD PREMIERELove, Sex & Disability is a film that follows several individuals as they explore their thoughts on sex, disability and their own desires. They explain the challenges and pleasures of their own bodies, relationships and the battles to tear down the modern stereotypes of body image and beauty.
MAESTRA (33MIN, CUBA)
DIRECTOR: CATHERINE MURPHY
CHICAGO PREMIEREMaestra is a 33-minute documentary that explores the experience of nine women who, as young girls, taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961.The film begins with archival footage from the UN General Assembly in September 1961, when Cuba announced that they would eradicate illiteracy in one year. Over 250,000 citizens volunteered. Interviews, recorded testimonials, and powerful archival footage that took years to compile, tell this story. The volunteer teachers lived with the families they taught, working alongside them in the fields during the daytime & teaching classes (often by kerosene lantern) at night. In the midst of the campaign, the Bay of Pics was invades, and in spite of the dangers and difficulties, their eyes sparkle as they share their stories. And each of them insists this was the most important thing they had ever done.
NI UNA MAS (17MIN, MEXICO)
DIRECTOR: ANGELA AGUAYO
CHICAGO PREMIEREFor over a decade, women throughout the State of Chihuahua, Mexico have been disappearing; their unidentified bodies violated and systematically dumped near maquiladoras and other deserted locations. Over 430 young women have been found raped, tortured, murdered and predominantly discovered in the US/Mexico border of El Paso/Ciudad Juarez as well as the state's capital, Chihuahua City. Since 1993, over 1000 women are still missing. NI UNA MAS was filmed during visits to the cities of Juarez and Chihuahua. Having met with delegates, state and federal officials, volunteers, and most importantly the families of the missing women, NI UNA MAS attempts to give voice to the pain, urgency and women who suffer unjustly because of violence directly targeted at them simply because they are women.
NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE (67MIN, GRENADA)
DIRECTOR: KUM-KUM BHAVNANI
WORLD PREMIEREFrom currency to candy chocolate reflects a rich history saturated with sacredness, endorphin highs, hip anti-oxidants, exotic sensuality and high quality luxury ... and enslaved children. Anarcho-visionary Mott Green makes a deliciously radical difference with chocolate, to challenge the industrial giants who often use cocoa harvested by exploited and trafficked child labour. NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE (narrator Susan Sarandon) tells the compelling and intimate stories of anarchist chocolate-maker, Mott Green, founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company Co-operative and independent cocoa farmer, Nelice Stewart. This tiny tree-to-bar factory co-operative turns out luscious, organic and ethical creations. In a world saturated with industrial chocolate, often made with cocoa harvested by child labour in West Africa, this factory, working alongside farmers like Nelice, turns out a deliciously radical experience.
OPENING OUR EYES (61 MIN, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, NEPAL, PERU, POLAND, THAILAND, USA, UGANDA)
DIRECTOR: GAIL MOONEY
WORLD PREMIEREHow many people does it take to change the world? Mother/daughter filmmakers, circle the globe on a 99-day journey seeking people who are making a positive difference in the world . They find ordinary people who are changing the world and making the impossible - possible, through the power of ONE.
PAPER PLANES (15MIN, AUSTRALIA)
DIRECTOR: STORM ASHWOOD
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIEREPaper Planes tells the story of Alier, a young boy who is forced to flee his home in Africa when civil war breaks out. He befriends a UN soldier and is subsequently kidnapped by rebels. A boy confused for a father figure, he soon finds himself trapped between African militia, UN peacekeepers and a country being torn to shreds.
PROJECT HOPEFUL (13MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: KELSIE KILEY
CHICAGO PREMIERECarolyn and Kiel Twietmeyer from Joliet, IL, have chosen to double the size of their family in a most inspiring way. The Twietmeyers started their non-profit organization, Project HOPEFUL in 2007. Project HOPEFUL advocates for the adoption of children with special needs. Two student filmmakers document the everyday lives of three not-so-typical American families: the Twietmeyers, Heims, and Allens. Their unique story has been a topic for discussion worldwide. As they challenge the common conceptions of disease and disorders, they encourage viewers to redefine the average American family.
RU (WATER IS LIFE) (19MIN, SUDAN)
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Sunday October 7, 2012 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
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