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Friday, October 5
 

5:00pm

Red Carpet Arrivals

The change agents, filmmakers, artists, and industry leaders walk the red carpet at the 1st Annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival! Come check out the glitz and glamor!


Friday October 5, 2012 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

6:00pm

Opening Night Speaker, Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Kartemquin Films

Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 45 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary." With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. At Kartemquin, Gordon created a legacy that is an inspiration for young filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries. Kartemquin’s best known film, Hoop Dreams (1994), executive produced by Gordon, was released theatrically to unprecedented critical acclaim. The film follows two inner-city high school basketball players for five years as they pursue their NBA dreams. Its many honors include: the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Chicago Film Critics Award – Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association – Best Documentary and an Academy Award Nomination. Other films Gordon has made include Vietnam, Long Time Coming, Golub, 5 Girls, Refrigerator Mothers and Stevie. Gordon executive produced Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita and The New Americans (he also directed the Palestinian segment of this award winning, intimate, seven-hour series). Recently he produced a film that deals with the human consequences genetic medicine, In The Family, and executive produced two films, one about community based conservation in Africa, Milking the Rhino, and At The Death House Door on a wrongful execution in Texas. In the role of director, he recently completed Prisoner of Her Past, about a Holocaust survivor suffering from late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder, and co-directed the 2011 release A Good Man, about the dancer Bill T. Jones.


Speakers
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Gordon Quinn

Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 45 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) \"an extraordinarily moving documentary.\" With Home f


Friday October 5, 2012 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

6:15pm

SPECIAL SNEAK PEAK: The Homestretch + Q&A Panel + CISCFF ACTION

Produced by Kartemquin Films and Spargel Productions

 

On the first day of school each year, Chicago Public School administrators and teachers struggle to identify the growing number of students who are homeless and without adult support. This is the first critical step in providing homeless kids with what they need to stay in school and get to graduation. Last year, a record 15,580 students in Chicago Public Schools were known to be homeless. The population of homeless children and youth is growing at staggering rates all across America. Statistics from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) state that the number of homeless students identified in public schools has increased by 41% over the past two years alone, to roughly 1.6 million nationwide. Schools across the country are struggling to cope with the needs of more and more young people who have no homes or adult support. These kids turn to school for food, a warm place, and some sense of structure. In Chicago, the problem has become so pervasive in recent years that each school is now required by law to have a Homeless Coordinator. The list they create is a constantly shifting document, and far from complete. Many young people, especially teens, do not want to be identified, do not want to be in the system, and do not ask for help. Like most kids, in this adolescent time of their lives, they just want to be normal.


The Homestretch (working title) focuses on a number of these adolescents as they navigate the treacherous journey into adulthood. The film will be a haunting depiction of the intimate, often unexpected details of what it means to be young, homeless and trying to build your future in America today. Using the youth as guides, the viewer is invited inside the day-to-day lives of young people in Chicago searching for a warm place to sleep, a quiet place to study, the privacy to shower, any way to feel normal under the most abnormal circumstances. The Homestretch focuses on the adolescent years, a crucial time in any young person’s life when they are going through the final years of school and learning the life skills necessary to become successful adults.


Speakers
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Anne

Before dedicating herself to documentary film, Anne was an award-winning playwright, producer and director. Her original plays have been presented in Chicago, London and New York, where she was a five-year resident artist with Richard Foreman’s legendary
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Beth Cuningham

Youth attorney Elizabeth (Beth) Cunningham joined the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless staff in October 2007. A 2005 graduate of University of Denver Law School, she worked 18 months as a Guardian ad litem for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, w
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Kirsten Kelly

Kirsten Kelly 
Alongside of her film work, Kirsten is an award- winning theatre director and educator. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Roots&Branches Theatre, a company that works with senior citizens and builds bridges between generations, and


Friday October 5, 2012 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

7:00pm

CISCFF Fashion Show

Opera singers performing ON the runway, creating a theatrical experience that has never been seen before!

American Chamber Opera & OperaModa, along with Miss Chicago Marisa Buchheit, and Jeff Conway of NBC's 24/7 are hosting a fashion fundraiser to benefit the Merit School of Music and the American Chamber Opera.

Producer- Benjamin Cottrell Designs 
Venue Sponsor- InterContinental Chicago (Grand Ballroom)
Official Media Sponsor- Chicago SunTimes Cause & Event
Food Sponsor - Whole Foods

Designers Borris Powell, Fraley Le, Rachel Frank, Anastasia Chatzka, and Stix & Roses, will be featured on the runway.

Entertainment provided by American Chamber Opera and the Merit School of Music.


Friday October 5, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Intercontinental Hotel 505 North Michigan Avenue

7:00pm

Dreams In Jay-Z Minor: New Works by Amanda Williams and Krista Franklin

Statement by Amanda Williams:

For this exhibition, Krista Franklin (www.kristafranklin.com) and I have been exploring notions of excess, value, and altered states of reality in American culture. Our evocative title doesn't do justice to just how far reaching our exploration has been! We've enjoyed the collaborative process, and are excited about the results . We have the thoughtful and astute eye of independent curator, Camille Morgan, as a third voice who will bring our sometimes disparate vantage points into a singular focus! This show will be FUN!

As many of you know, my family members and their related ephemera are often source material for my work. This series is no different.

The unexpected loss of my father last year and the need to use my art making as a way of processing, healing and honoring have served as the undercurrent for this work. While the vibrant, textured oil paintings I've become known for will be a part of the show, I've focused much of my efforts on other media, including paper, acrylic and ice as tools for visually expressing my thoughts about VALUE. 

The massive quantities of paper and financial documents my brother and I inherited after closing down my father's 37 year accounting business and cleaning out our childhood home, became a point of departure for a number of the pieces that will be on display.

WARNING: Please note that in fully exploring the messages of contemporary hip-hop, several of the works Krista and I have created have extremely ADULT content that some might not find appropriate for children. These include language, sexuality and drug use. Much of it is presented in a way that questions the intrinsic value of these topics, but it is there nonetheless. I will have my own daughter present, but felt it was important to provide a heads up so that others could make their own decision. 

Our exhibit is part of an exciting number of events occurring in October as part of Chicago Artist Month! 
http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/dreams-jay-z-minor-new-works-amanda-williams-and-krista-franklin


Exhibitors
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Amanda Williams

Professor Williams’ practice explores potentials for the synergy between art and architecture to act as catalysts for socially sustainable cities. She maintains a studio in Bridgeport. Not bound by a single medium, she uses painting, photography, archite


Friday October 5, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Blanc Gallery 4445 S. King Drive| Chicago IL | 60653 www.blancchicago.com

7:15pm

OPENING NIGHT FILM: The Microlending Film Project + Q&A PANEL + CISCFF ACTION

The Microlending Film Project is an independently produced feature documentary centered on the current state of global microfinance to women as a tool for alleviating poverty. It was conceived as a passion project by Futures Trader turned Director/Producer Rachel Cook after reading a Nicholas Kristof op-ed in The New York Times about how empowering women with tools like microfinance can bring about positive, sustainable change (Savings the World’s Women). The project has been undertaken with the best interests of women at heart, as the film seeks to show a balanced, comprehensive picture of microfinance through the lens of the personal stories of the women it impacts. The issue of transparency and its paramount importance to the industry is a key focus, as is showcasing best-practices and suggesting how microfinance can most effectively be used as one development tool in a larger box, both domestically and abroad. Interviews with experts within the field of microfinance and development thought-leaders will ground the narrative, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof, CEO and Founder of Microfinance Transparency Initiative Chuck Waterfield, Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery, and experts at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also included are interviews with political and economic thought-leaders in the locations in which we film. The filmmaking team includes a Director of Photography with more than 50 studio Hollywood films on his resume, including Terms of Endearment and Courage Under Fire, a Producer/Second Camera with 16 studio Hollywood films on her CV, an Editor who has cut several films for Oscar-nominated documentarian Jon Alpert, and a composer who has produced for the Grammy-nominated Shiny Toy Guns. When premiering the film we’ll launch Seeds (Foursquare meets Kiva) a social game for mobile microlending as part of our social outreach initiative. Moviegoers will receive a free credit to make a loan through the game with the purchase of their tickets, and will be encouraged to download the game as they leave the theater. Seeds will connect lenders and borrowers through direct mobile money transfer. The initiative will launch in Nairobi, Kenya with later domestic lending opportunities in cities like Canton, Ohio, the Director’s hometown. Game design and marketing research are being completed in conjunction with Duke University and the iHub, a shared startup space in downtown Nairobi. Collaborators include award-winning game designer Brad Wiggins.


Speakers
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Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook is a 2006 graduate of Duke University and the director and producer of The Micolending Film Project a feature documentary chronicling the impact of microloans on the lives of real women around the world. Research done during filming has led he


Friday October 5, 2012 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

10:00pm

Opening Night Party

From Metromix: "Fedora Lounge, the bar and eatery features TVs airing classic movies -- from westerns to love stories -- and kitchen that churns out the full menu till close. A craft beer list is on had to wash down salty bar snacks such as artichoke fritters and more filling fare such as turkey burgers, steak sandwiches and honey-glazed pork medallions. A basement lounge is open serving a special cocktail menu on weekend nights and is available for private parties otherwise. On weekend nights, look to the small corner stage for performances from burlesque performance artist Lady Jack; on Monday nights, the floor is yours for open mic night."

(21 and over)

 


Friday October 5, 2012 10:00pm - 2:00am
Fedora Lounge 712 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654
 
Saturday, October 6
 

10:00am

Marriage Equality: Is the Time Now or Never? The Activist Within (62 min)

THE ACTIVIST WITHIN (62MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: RACHEL LACK
WORLD PREMIERE

In an attempt to document an unbiased account of both sides of the gay marriage debate, filmmaker Rachel Lack discovers her own Activist Within. She documents the journey of two grassroots civil-equality organizations, one from her home state of Arizona and another from California, in their struggle for marriage equality from November 2008 to the present. Through this process, she discovers her own drive to fight for marriage equality

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/22919340


Saturday October 6, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

10:00am

Shattering Stereotypes & Social Change: Found (3min), I Am The Standard (6min), The Bully Trap (4min), Kids' Games (7min), American Imam (20min), Love, Sex and Disability (50min)

FOUND (3MIN, CANADA)
DIRECTOR: GABRIELA ESQUIVEL
CHICAGO PREMIERE

A girl goes through life facing rejection, only to find out it is because of her skin colour.

 

I AM THE STANDARD (6min)

I AM THE STANDARD is a collaboration of thirteen inspirational shorts shot in New York City. This film showcases diversity utilizing scenes surrounding politics, gender, race, sexuality, impairment, mental illness, religion, and body image.  I AM THE STANDARD is a celebration of individuality. Celebrating your individuality is the first step towards becoming the best you you can be. To reach your highest level of self you must revert back to the basics. Basic: Love of Self.

 

THE BULLY TRAP (5MIN, SINGAPORE)
DIRECTOR: SANGEETA NAMBIAR
WORLD PREMIERE

THE BULLY TRAP is a short film that hopes to end the vicious cycle of bullying that seems so prevalent amongst kids today.

 

KIDS' GAMES (7MIN, AUSTRALIA)
DIRECTOR: BARRY GAMBA
WORLD PREMIERE

Nine-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.

 

AMERICAN IMAM (20MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: DONYA RAVASANI
WORLD PREMIERE

Imam Siraj Wahhaj is one of the most prominent and controversial Islamic clerics of the United States. He leads a Muslim community in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. His daughter Hujrah Wahhaj works along side him, reaching out to the Facebook generation in search of its soul. The Imam's longtime companion Ali Abdul Karim has helped him lead the Islamic community where they settled in the 1980s when the neighborhood was Brooklyn's roughest ghetto. This is a look behind the scenes of the African-American Muslim community in the United States today.


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.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9bI25bsalQ


Speakers
DL

Dr. Lynn Todman

CISCFF SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) at the Adler School of Professional Psychology - DR. LYNN TODMAN\n\nCISCFF is so happy to have Dr. Todman share her knowledge Saturday morning after the \"Shattering Ster


Saturday October 6, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

10:00am

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION CENTER

Showplace Icon is a prestigious movie theater in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The parent company, Kerasotes is proud of 100 years of excellence and continues to provide the ultimate entertainment experience for all guests. Showplace Icon are serious about making every presentation a premier event and giving guests the magic of the movies. Cutting edge digital cinema projectors—capable of displaying 35 trillion colors allows each frame to appear exactly how the director imagined it. The projectors produce the brightest images available with unparalleled accuracy on large, wall-to-wall, giant screens.


Saturday October 6, 2012 10:00am - 6:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

11:15am

"Waiting for a Movement: Apathy & the US Educational System": Maestras (30 min) and The Mountain Between Us (12 min) + Q&A/Panel Discussion

MAESTRA (33MIN, CUBA)
DIRECTOR: CATHERINE MURPHY
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Maestra 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 Pigs invasion took place, 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.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6ujoBMasc8

 

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (12MIN, NEPAL)
DIRECTOR: MARIA FORTIZ-MORSE
WORLD PREMIERE

The Mountain Between Us is a documentary exposing the challenges that girls face in pursuit of education in rural Nepal. This short film tells the compelling story of two Nepali girls who set out to defy the odds and become the first in their families to attend higher secondary school. Despite societal pressures, these remarkable girls show their determination and desire to reach their highest potential. Child marriage is one burden the girls must face. UNICEF estimates that 51% of children in Nepal face early childhood marriage, 60% are married by age 18. The Mountain Between Us brings light to this situation and displays the lives, hope and aspirations of Nepalese girls, through their own stories.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL2bhkJxMRE


Saturday October 6, 2012 11:15am - 12:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

12:30pm

Money Over Rights? The International Fight for Quality Working Conditions: The Sweatshop (12 min), Carriere (13min), A Little Revolution (59min)

THE SWEATSHOP (12MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: CHIN TANGSAKULSATHAPORN
WORLD PREMIERE

The story about Lee (7, boy) and Mimi (11 girl) who struggle with their imprisonment in an illegal sweatshop and hope for a way out. Ahong (the sweatshop owner) confines the group of children workers in a depressed basement. When Lee finally discovers a chance to get away, he will make a decision that could change both of their futures forever.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/46211315

 

CARRIERE (13MIN, BELGIUM)
DIRECTOR: GUIDO DE CRAENE
WORLD PREMIERE

A CEO of a multinational has a particular way to decide which one of his employees can save his/her job. He thinks of himself as a Roman emperor who rules over life or death, as in an arena.

 

A LITTLE REVOLUTION- A STORY OF SUICIDES AND DREAMS (59MIN, INDIA)
DIRECTOR: HARPREET KAUR
CHICAGO PREMIERE

A Little Revolution- A Story of Suicides and Dreams, follows the remarkable journey of filmmaker Harpreet Kaur, who travels from the rural villages of Punjab to the capital of India with children of farmers, who've committed suicide. She confronts the government's highest officials with the hope that they will understand the effects of their policies and avail the opportunity to help these children.

 

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7sDBLDdk_Q


Saturday October 6, 2012 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

12:30pm

Healthcare in America: Gone Too Far or Not Far Enough? The Healthcare Movie (86min) + Q&A + Panel Discussion

THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE (86MIN, CANADA, USA)
DIRECTOR: LAURIE SIMONS
WORLD PREMIERE

The health care system in the United States is “broken”. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation not to provide universal health care to all its residents. The government in the United States has been trying to introduce comprehensive health care for over a century, and has experienced one failure after another. Lindsay Caron, college student in Portland, Oregon, travels to Vancouver, Canada, with a video camera and asks people on the street what they think of their health care system. She is shocked by what she hears. Almost everyone loves their system in Canada. Passionately. On the street interviews back in Portland, Oregon, reveal that people in the U.S. know little or nothing about Canada’s health care system. In Weyburn, Saskatchewan, actor John Nolan explains why he wrote a play about Tommy Douglas, the Greatest Canadian. “A lot of people did great things for Canada, but nobody had the kind of vicious opposition that this guy had to face, and accomplish all those things”.The Honorable Allan Blakeney and others describe the turmoil when Medicare was introduced in Saskatchewan in 1962, and the defining moment that ended the strike. Fast forward to the present, where four Canadian families (three from Edmonton) experience the benefits and peace of mind of Canada’s universal health care system. Meanwhile, in the U.S.,the forces against change are now much stronger and have much more at stake financially. It is easy to “wallow in despair”. Is there hope for the United States?

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rae0PIlv0Ng


Speakers
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Julius E. Rhodes

Julius E. Rhodes, a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, is a life-long resident of Chicago’s Southeast Side. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resources Management from Roosevelt University and a Master’s of Science in Human Resources and Industrial


Saturday October 6, 2012 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

2:45pm

Featured Speaker: DAVID E. TOLCHINSKY, CHAIRMAN OF NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S DEPARTMENT OF RADIO-TV-FILM

Dave Tolchinsky is a screenwriter, sound designer, producer, curator and academic. He wrote and associate produced the feature film Girl which is distributed by Sony and has been seen internationally. As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned by various Hollywood studios to write feature screenplays. As a sound designer, he has designed the sound for interactive computer environments and video installations that have been exhibited internationally. He was nominated for two Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild Golden Reel Awards for his sound work on the short films Dolly and Lucky. In 2009, he co-curated The Horror Show at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in New York City which was featured as The Village Voice “Voice Choice for Art” and on The Village Voice’s blog, Runnin’ Scared. Most recently he was one of the producers of the feature documentary, Fast Talk (fasttalkthemovie.com), winner of Best Documentary at La Femme Film Festival and Iowa Film Festival. He is Chairman of Northwestern University's Department of Radio-TV-Film and Founder/Director of Northwestern University's MFA in Writing for the Screen+Stage, a graduate of Yale (BA) and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (MFA).


Speakers
DT

David Tolchinsky

Dave Tolchinsky is a screenwriter, sound designer, producer, curator and academic. He wrote and associate produced the feature film Girl which is distributed by Sony and has been seen internationally. As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned by variou


Saturday October 6, 2012 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

3:00pm

Reaching for Peace: Perspectives on the Middle East: Admissions (21min) and The People and the Olive (70min)

ADMISSIONS (21MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: HARRY KAKATSAKIS

Admissions is a short film starring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell that tells a transformational tale about what it takes to find lasting peace, even in war-torn places like the Middle East. Featuring an Israeli couple and a Palestinian man, this modern parable is set in the Admissions Room for the afterlife. Its purpose is to start a conversation that heals.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BWT4jXLOGBc

THE PEOPLE AND THE OLIVE (70MIN, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES)
DIRECTOR: AARON DENNIS
WORLD PREMIERE

To raise awareness about the struggles of Palestinian fair trade olive farmers — and to replant uprooted olive trees — six Americans set out in February 2012 to run 129 miles in five days across the West Bank of Palestine. The Run Across Palestine was organized by the Traverse City, Michigan-based nonprofit On the Ground, which works to support sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. Joining them was a media team comprised of a filmmaker, two journalists and a musical ambassador. The runners faced many barriers in the endeavor - barriers that represented a microcosm of what their Palestinian friends face every day. Along the way, they forged deep bonds with their hosts while witnessing the harsh political reality and uplifting beauty of life in the West Bank. The run was supported by the Palestine Fair Trade Association, a collective of over 1700 small-scale farmers in the West Bank who have embraced fair trade practices to sustain their future and to sell their products worldwide. During the run, filmmaker Aaron Dennis and journalist Jacob Wheeler created a daily web series that told the story of these farmers. The videos have received over 10,000 views worldwide. Dennis and Wheeler have since created a feature-length documentary, The People and the Olive, which narrates the drama of the run and the challenges and uplifting stories of the farmers.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/46262890


Saturday October 6, 2012 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

3:00pm

Redefining the Average American Family: UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward (74min) and Project Hopeful (13 min)

UNFIT: WARD VS. WARD (74MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: EDWIN SCHARLAU III, KATHERINE CARMICHAEL, PENNY EDMISTON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Who is more fit to raise a child: a convicted killer or a lesbian? According to one judge in Florida, the convicted killer. UNFIT: Ward vs Ward follows the true story of Mary Ward who lost custody of her eleven year old daughter because she was a lesbian. The judge decided that the father was a more fit parent even though he had served nine years for murdering his first wife, did not know what grade his daughter was in or what school she attended, and had only spent four consecutive days with his daughter in the previous five years. No one could have imagined the firestorm that would ensue and the tragic consequences the judge's decision would have on the lives of everyone involved.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5nxQHxDUoU&feature=player_embedded


DIRECTOR: KELSIE KILEY
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Carolyn 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.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zISGrflcrQ


Saturday October 6, 2012 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

5:30pm

When Sexual Orientation & Religion Collide: Love Free or Die (82min)

LOVE FREE OR DIE (82MIN, USA, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: MACKY ALSTON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

LOVE 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.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/39888349


Saturday October 6, 2012 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

5:30pm

The Sustainable Community Centered Business Model: Bartertown: A Vegan Manifesto (6 min), Nothing Like Chocolate (67 min), Child 31 (32 min)

BARTERTOWN: A VEGAN MANIFESTO (6 MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: HEATHER DEKLEINE, BLAINE REINSMA, DAVID B. WITWER
WORLD PREMIERE

Bartertown Diner, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is setting out to change the restaurant world. Going against the traditional lines of capitalism, their focus is on being sustainable in every aspect of their business. The workers form a collective, where everyone makes the same amount of money and has equal say in what they do within the restaurant. Everything in the restaurant is reused or was bought pre-owned. All of the food is fresh and local, an important part of their view of sustainability. They offer cooking class to teach their customers how to both shop local and eat healthy. At first glance, Bartertown appears to be a normal restaurant, but once you dig deeper, you realize it is much more.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4REob1pgfw

 

NOTHING LIKE CHOCOLATE (67MIN, GRENADA)
DIRECTOR: KUM-KUM BHAVNANI
WORLD PREMIERE

From 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.

Trailer:http://vimeo.com/38528342

 

CHILD 31 (32MIN, UNITED KINGDOM, INDIA, KENYA, MALAWI)
DIRECTOR: CHARLES KINNANE
WORLD PREMIERE

Follow one of CNN's Heroes, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as we get a glimpse into his simple, yet groundbreaking, idea that is working to lift the developing world out of poverty. Hailed by Gerard Butler and Anderson Cooper, Mary's Meals' life-changing work helps to give a face to hunger's deadly numbers.

 

 


Saturday October 6, 2012 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

7:15pm

Kartemquin Presents: Special Sneak Peek of Unbroken Glass (10min) and Launch of InterruptViolence.com

Kartemquin Presents is a special look into Kartemquin Films, one of the most celebrated film houses in the nation after producing films like: Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and Allen Iverson 30 for 30 story. 

Unbroken Glass is a documentary about filmmaker Dinesh Sabu's journey
to understand his parents, who died 20 years ago when he was six years
old. Traveling to India, Lousiana, California, and New Mexico, Dinesh
pieces together the story of his mother's schizophrenia and how his
family dealt with it in an age and culture where mental illness was
often misunderstood, scorned and taboo.
  Unbroken Glass is more than
a story about immigrants or mental illness, it is a nuanced story of
one family and their struggles.

 

INTERRUPT VIOLENCE, a transmedia community engagement campaign inspired by the Independent Spirit Award-winning documentary film, THE INTERRUPTERS, launches at http://www.interruptviolence.com.  The campaign contains educational outreach tools aimed at reducing the corrosive persistence of violence in American cities. Using HTML5 and popcorn.js technology, it marks the cutting-edge in online community engagement around documentary. When acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz set out to make the documentary, their goal was to change the conversation around violence.  “We hoped THE INTERRUPTERS would play some role in communities-in-need and be part of the solution to these issues, and in over hundreds of screenings we have seen that occur,” said James. "  But  we were always aware of the new opportunities available for social issue media projects to integrate film  with user-generated content, on platforms like the web and mobiles, and to engage audiences in a different way."

 

INTERRUPT VIOLENCE was developed by Kartemquin Films with The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and The Mozilla Foundation through The Living Docs Project, an innovation lab that brings together filmmakers and technology developers to create interactive cinema online using HTML5 and popcorn.js technology.  The initiative also gained support from Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Fund and subsequently won an Empowerment Grant from Motorola Mobility Foundation to leverage mobile technologies.


Saturday October 6, 2012 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

8:00pm

Sex Addicts: How the Culture of Sex Breeds Abuse & a Market for Trafficking: The Price of Sex (73min), What I Have Been Through Is Not Who I Am (22min)

THE PRICE OF SEX (73MIN, RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
DIRECTOR: MIMI CHAKAROVA
WORLD PREMIERE

An unprecedented and compelling inquiry into a dark side of immigration so difficult to cover or probe with depth, THE PRICE OF SEX sheds light on the underground criminal network of human trafficking and experiences of trafficked Eastern European women forced into prostitution abroad. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova’s feature documentary caps years of painstaking, on-the-ground reporting that aired on Frontline (PBS) and 60 Minutes (CBS) and earned her an Emmy nomination, Magnum photo agency’s Inge Morath Award, and a Webby for Internet excellence. Filming under cover with extraordinary access, even posing as a prostitute to gather her material, Bulgarian-born Chakarova travels from impoverished rural areas in post-Communist Eastern Europe, including her grandmother’s village, to Turkey, Greece, and Dubai. This dangerous investigative journey brings Chakarova face to face with trafficked women willing to trust her and appear on film undisguised. Their harrowing first-person accounts, as well as interviews with traffickers, clients, and anti-trafficking activists, expose the root causes, complex connections, and stark significance of sexual slavery today.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZGPEclrEEM

 

WHAT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH IS NOT WHO I AM (22MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: KELLY MATHESON, ANA MORSE, CAROL SMOLENSKI, CHRISTINE FANTACONE
CHICAGO PREMIERE

The commercial sexual exploitation of children is one of the worst forms of child abuse in the U.S. It traps children of all backgrounds in an endless cycle of violence. Despite their abuse, victims are frequently arrested and prosecuted as juvenile offenders. In this documentary we meet Katrina, whose childhood abruptly ends when she is manipulated and sold for sex by a trafficker. Her compelling story proves that with understanding and support, victims can become survivors. Experts, from juvenile justice, law enforcement, and service providers, explain the trauma these youth endure. They also share examples of approaches that shift our response from punitive to restorative. The first step is to see survivors in terms of their humanity, value and potential, and not their past.

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


Saturday October 6, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

8:00pm

Water, Health & Social Change: The Story Of Cholera (4 min), Ru: Water Is Life (19 min), Carbon For Water (22 min), Watershed (54 min)

THE STORY OF CHOLERA, (4MIN, ISRAEL)
DIRECTOR: YONI GOODMAN
WORLD PREMIERE

The Story of Cholera will save lives. Developed in response to the devastating cholera epidemic that began in Haiti in fall of 2010, the animation helps affected populations around the world better understand cholera and how to prevent it from spreading. It's an engaging, educational animation in which a young boy helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.

 

RU (WATER IS LIFE) (19MIN, SUDAN)
DIRECTOR: SHAWN SMALL
WORLD PREMIERE

In 2010, we traveled to South Sudan weeks before its referendum for independence. We went to shoot a documentary following the day in the life of a child profoundly affected by her community’s lack of access to clean water. We met and fell in love with Jina Teji, a twelve-year-old girl from Hai Village outside of Yei, Sudan. Jina is the primary caretaker of five younger siblings and a sickly grandmother. Three times a day, Jina made a two-mile circuit to the local water source, a tepid, green hole filled with gray water. The groundwater hollow is the primary source of water for 3000 villagers. Jina’s daily treks to the water hole dominated her life. We filmed in Hai village because of the incoming well. During our filming week, Water is Basic drilled Hai's first well, which allowed us to see the profound difference one well can make in the life of a child. That one child is the story of water in South Sudan.Ru (Water is Life) is a story about the strength, joy and resilience of the people of South Sudan, seen through the eyes of a young girl, who have somehow adapted to a nation plagued with the threat of civil war. Two months after filming Ru, South Sudan became a free nation. The doors to bring fresh water to the world's newest country are wide-open. For most in South Sudan, the trek for water is an arduous daily journey. For every Sudanese, water is life.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/48664087

 

CARBON FOR WATER (22MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: EVAN ABRAMSON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

In Kenya's Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated. The wood many Kenyans use to boil this water to make it safe is increasingly valuable. Women and girls, who bear the responsibility for finding water and fuel, often miss school or work while seeking both fuel and water. Some even encounter sexual violence. Yet waterborne illness remains a daily--and life-threatening--reality for them and their families. Carbon For Water introduces audiences to the inspiring people who face these hardships, and explores one company's innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans and the environment in which they live.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/30365384

 

WATERSHED (54MIN, MEXICO, USA)
DIRECTOR: MARK DECENA
CHICAGO PREMIERE

“Whiskey is for drinkin’. Water is for fightin’,” says Jeff Ehlert, a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, recalling a well worn saying heard throughout the Colorado River Basin. As the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world struggles to support thirty million people across the western United States, the peace-keeping agreement known as the Colorado River Pact is reaching its limits. Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water? In Watershed, Ehlert joins rancher Dan James, Delta restoration worker Edith Santiago, Navajo Council member Glojean Todacheene, Rifle Colorado Mayor Keith Lambert, and a group of Outward Bound teens rafting down the Colorado River as they reflect a compelling new water ethic- one that illuminates how letting go of the ways of old can lead to a path of coexisting with enough for all.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/44008229


Saturday October 6, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

10:00pm

FESTIVAL PARTY @ Fedora Lounge
Saturday October 6, 2012 10:00pm - 2:00am
Fedora Lounge 712 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654
 
Sunday, October 7
 

10:00am

"Reading the Fine Print: The Side Effects of War ": Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives (68 min), You Bring Something Back (8 min), Dear Brother (5 min)

SCARRED LANDS & WOUNDED LIVES--THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR (68MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: ALICE AND LINCOLN DAY
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives is a recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war. The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity – all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources and ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed. In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war’s “silent casualty. Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives breaks the silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is “inconvenient” or “callous” at a time when human life is so endangered. If we cannot eliminate war Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives demands a fuller accounting of war’s costs and consequences on our vulnerable planet. It points to the change in values and actions required to heal the planet from war and promotes a plan to cleanup the mess we have created.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/21574312

YOU BRING SOMETHING BACK (8MIN, UNITED KINGDOM)
DIRECTOR: MICHELLE ARBON
CHICAGO PREMIERE

On her return from active duty in Afghanistan, CMT Sarah Simpson is unaware that an incident whilst on duty, has left her with much more than physical scars. As everyday life quickly becomes a nightmare, Sarah begins to suffer the horrific symptoms of PTSD. As her life begins to spiral out of control, Sarah must come to terms with the fact that she could not save a comrades life after an IED explosion and accept that she did all that she could to save him.

'You bring something back' was produced by ITV Fixers to promote the awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Female Soldiers. This film hopes to show that for some soldiers returning from active duty, everyday civilian life can become a nightmare whilst suffering the symptoms of PTSD.

 

 


Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

10:00am

How Communities Can Bring Justice to the Criminal Justice System: American Colter (23 min), Love, Dad (20 min), A Read On Inside Books (9 minutes), Close Ties (26 minutes)

AMERICAN COLTER (23MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: WESLEY CULVER, CHLOE FITZMAURICE, VANESSA DELGADO
WORLD PREMIERE

American Colter follows the compelling story of Colter White, a 41-year-old felon soon to graduate from Santa Clara University. After having spent 15 years in some of the highest security prisons in California, Colter was released and made a complete transformation. Colter's fruition is rare, especially for felons who spend nearly half of their life behind bars. American Colter focuses on this anomaly. The short documentary highlights the monetary, familial, and educational hurdles that felons must leap over as they reintegrate back into society through a unique story of how one man breaks the status quo.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKxiD9GMVGE

 

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.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/37221102

 

A READ ON INSIDE BOOKS (9MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: BARBARA KOONCE
CHICAGO PREMIERE

A short film about Inside Books Project, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that provides free books to people in Texas prisons. The film features volunteers of the organization who explain how the organization works and why its purpose is so important.It also raises the question of who has the most to gain by not allowing an offender the opportunity to educate himself.

 

CLOSE TIES: TYING ON A NEW TRADITION (26MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: GEMAL WOODS
WORLD PREMIERE

Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. The ceremony at this New Orleans barbershop was created by Dr. Andre Perry and Wilbert 'Chill' Wilson as a way to strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and alarming high school drop out rates. Cultural traditions have been the cornerstone of African communities for centuries. Close Ties examines the impact of this new tradition and shows us how tying a necktie --- an act associated with men who embody professionalism and prestige -- can inspire high school boys to commit to a life of achievement and success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Rxp8gUC_c


Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

10:00am

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION CENTER

Showplace Icon is a prestigious movie theater in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The parent company, Kerasotes is proud of 100 years of excellence and continues to provide the ultimate entertainment experience for all guests. Showplace Icon are serious about making every presentation a premier event and giving guests the magic of the movies. Cutting edge digital cinema projectors—capable of displaying 35 trillion colors allows each frame to appear exactly how the director imagined it. The projectors produce the brightest images available with unparalleled accuracy on large, wall-to-wall, giant screens.


Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00am - 6:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

12:30pm

Women's Empowerment & Social Change: Graceland Girls (29 min), It's A Girl Thing (59 min), The Director (1 min)

GRACELAND GIRLS (28MIN, KENYA)
DIRECTOR: JORDAN SALVATORIELLO
WORLD PREMIERE

Educating its adolescent girls has proven to be the cornerstone of Kenyan development, yet so many are denied equal access to education, social and economic equality and respect. The half-hour documentary Graceland Girls provides an intimate look at how the high school students at Graceland Girls School in central Kenya have, so far, defied the odds. Using a combination of video and digital photographs - taken by both the subjects and the filmmaker - the girls express the beauty and pressures of empowered Kenyan girlhood and share their personal struggles to find hope for a better future.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/43142691

 

IT'S A GIRL THING: MKA, TWEEN QUEENS AND THE COMMODIFICATION OF GIRLHOOD (59MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: SHANNON SILVA
WORLD PREMIERE

Using 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.

http://vimeo.com/43684204

 

THE DIRECTOR (1MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: DESTRI MARTINO
CHICAGO PREMIERE

One director attempts to make a statement. In a dress.


Speakers
AT

Allison Tibbs

Allison Tibbs is an entrepreneur, international author, and speaker who has worked with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, celebrities, and entrepreneurs and trained over 1500 small business owners on marketing and social media. She is the owne


Sunday October 7, 2012 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

12:30pm

Unions: Change Agents or Defenders of the Status Quo?: Brothers On the Line (80 minutes)

BROTHERS ON THE LINE (80MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: SASHA REUTHER
CHICAGO PREMIEREBrothers On The Line is a provocative documentary feature exploring the legacy of the Reuther brothers, labor and civil rights champions, whose leadership of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union transformed the social, economic, and political landscape of a nation. Comprised of never-before-seen footage from the UAW internal archive, stirring first-hand accounts and narration by Martin Sheen, this film takes an in-depth look at a controversial history. It not only weaves a striking personal narrative of one family's commitment, but provides timely commentary on issues that resonate far beyond their era, from the virtual collapse of the 'Big 3' automakers to current debates over workers rights, trade agreements, national health-care, and the Occupy movement. A tour-de-force sure to engage and inspire.

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


Speakers
JD

John Drew

John Drew is a Regional Representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW). His duties include negotiating contracts, handling grievances and serving as an adviser for UAW locals in southeast Wisconsin. Drew began his career as a member UAW Local 72 as an a


Sunday October 7, 2012 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

2:45pm

Locked Closets: How Government, Culture & Status Affect Coming Out: IL Love Marriage (3 min), Shabbat Dinner (15 min), Gvarim Bilti Nirim (68 min)

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.
  • Theater Theater 1

2:45pm

Youth & Social Change: Delta 180 (28 min), Art Against Abuse (5 min), Deconstructing Black Males... (5 min), Mainstream Media...(5 min), Stories of TRUST (42 min)

DELTA 180: CHANGING LIVES IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA (28MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: ANNE RAYNER
WORLD PREMIERE

Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta is a documentary film which tells the still evolving story of despair turned into hope, about at-risk youth in Greenville, Mississippi, and about their journey towards a more hopeful future made through an innovative, grass-roots mentoring and life skills program that is 'changing lives, one degree at a time.'

 

STORIES OF TRUST: CALLING FOR CLIMATE RECOVERY (22MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: KELLY MATHESON
WORLD PREMIERE

Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, is about the perfect trifecta of youth, law and justice. This 10-part series of short documentaries features the voices of daring youth from across the country who went to court to compel the government to protect our atmosphere, in trust, for future generations.

Deconstructing Black Males in Dance
This documentary is about black masculinity in dance and explores the stereotype of black males dancers and their masculinity. Society has created this image that black males have to be hard, dominant, and aggressive. This documentary explores the stereotypes that impact black male dancers and glorifies the ones who are breaking or have broken these stereotypes.

Art Against Abuse
Every year, an astounding number of women and girls are abused domestically and sexually. Because of their traumatic experiences, these survivors are at risk of shutting themselves out of the world and from their family and friends, unwilling to express themselves or tell others how they feel because something dear and precious was violated. Art therapy, a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art, can help these survivors find their voices by improving their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This documentary explores what art therapy is and how it can help heal victims of gender-based violence.

Mainstream Media, I'm Looking at You
This documentary explores the negative "isms" of the mainstream media and how it impacts the community and one's identity.  People need to know that they are their own person. Television and negative images shouldn't affect their lives dramatically. 

 


Sunday October 7, 2012 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

5:00pm

The Risk & Rewards of Industrialization: Frente Al Mar (20 min), After The Factory (45 min)

FRENTE AL MAR (21M, PUERTO RICO)
DIRECTOR: ADRIANA GONZALEZ-VEGA
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Frente al mar (Oceanfront) is about a poor family in 1980, who lives on the oceanfront of Loiza, Puerto Rico where their only support is the ocean and their surrounding. As they raise six children the family faces a problem that threatens their way of living.

 

AFTER THE FACTORY (45M, USA, POLAND)

DIRECTOR: PHILIP LAURI

CHICAGO PREMIERE

The global economy is in crisis. More and more businesses are outsourcing their manufacturing. And former industrial towns-- whether they’re in Ohio, Mississippi, or Poland-- are left asking the question, ‘What comes after the factory?’ For questions like this, the best answers come from the people who have been there.

Detroit, Michigan has been running on fumes since the fall of the auto industry and Poland’s textile industry in Lodz has been hanging by a thread since the fall of communism. In both cities, their populations have fled, their unemployment has spiked, and now, they’re both on the front lines of re-building their economies.After the Factory presents an opportunity to learn from these two diametrically different cultures as their entire way of life transitions to something new. Stories from the citizens are inspiring. Ideas from community leaders are thought-provoking. Free-thinking entrepreneurs are putting a new spin on traditional concepts of growth. Change is inevitable. And as the people in each city propel Detroit and Lodz into the future, this trans-continental dialogue allows communities worldwide to see how these fallen giants, troubled as they are, just might be the innovators writing the new rulebook for next generation cities.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/34660991


Sunday October 7, 2012 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

5:00pm

The Key to Community Renewal: Lending Practices?: Bonsai People (67 min)

BONSAI PEOPLE (67min, INDIA)

What if you could harness the power of the free market to solve the problems of poverty, hunger, and inequality? To some, it sounds impossible. But Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is doing exactly that. Yunus' extraordinary humanitarian work, began by lending $27 to 42 people out of his own pocket and has now grown to helping 1 out of every 1,000 people on Earth. Yunus has created a mirror image of conventional banking-loan small not big, loan to women not men, loan rural not urban, loan to the poor not the rich. But he didn't stop there. Whenever he sees a problem he starts a business, in a mix between business and social work, which he terms "social business." Yunus tackles some of the world's most vexing problems from healthcare to education to alternative energy and demonstrates to the world that complex problems sometimes do have simple solutions. A free market with a social conscience- Microcredit is just the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDA_EGUHTOM


Speakers
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Ted Gondor

Ted is the co-founding Executive Director of Moneythink, a White-House-recognized social venture helping millenials make and manage money. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Department of Homeland Security, advising the Obama administration on


Sunday October 7, 2012 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 2

6:45pm

Dying for Access to Healthcare & Dying to Be Free: Refugees & Immigration: Born In Goma (48 min), Paper Planes (15 min), Ni Una Mas (17 min)

BORN IN GOMA (48min, CONGO)

DIRECTOR: CHRIS CARPENTER

CHICAGO PREMIERE

Dr. Chris Carpenter travels to Goma, a war-ravaged city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to work at the HEAL Africa hospital. Each day, he cares for the sickest and most desperate children in the region. During his journey, he meets three special patients, each trying to survive in the midst of extreme poverty and violence. Born in Goma follows Isaac, Gisele and Dieume as they work against remarkable odds to regain their health and build brighter futures.

 

PAPER PLANES (15MIN, AUSTRALIA)
DIRECTOR: STORM ASHWOOD
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

Paper 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.

http://vimeo.com/13382944

 

NI UNA MAS (17MIN, MEXICO)
DIRECTOR: ANGELA AGUAYO
CHICAGO PREMIERE

For 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.

 


Sunday October 7, 2012 6:45pm - 9:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.
  • Theater Theater 1

7:15pm

The Power of One: How Ordinary People Change the World: Opening Our Eyes (61 min), Kindess Boomerang (6 minutes), Blindspot (27 min)

OPENING OUR EYES (61 MIN, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, NEPAL, PERU, POLAND, THAILAND, USA, UGANDA)
DIRECTOR: GAIL MOONEY
WORLD PREMIERE

How 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.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/21598761

 

KINDNESS BOOMERANG (6MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: ORLY WAHBA
CHICAGO PREMIERE

Opportunities 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.

 

BLINDSPOT (27MIN, USA)
DIRECTOR: JUDD EINAN
CHICAGO PREMIERE

A homeless man tries to quiet the painful memories of his severed past by chasing the very distractions that were his undoing.

http://vimeo.com/29189498


Speakers
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Megan Kashner

CISCFF Speaker Profiles: Chief Executive Officer of Benevolent Megan Kashner.\n\nWe are proud that the Chief Executive Officer Kashner will lend her expertise as a panelist during CISCFF\'s Sunday evening movie block “The Power of One: How Ordinary People Ch
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Jim LoBianco

CISCFF Speaker Profiles: StreetWise Executive Director Jim LoBianco.\n\nWe are honored to have Executive Director LoBianco offer his wisdom as a panelist during CISCFF\'s Sunday evening movie block “The Power of One: How Ordinary People Change the World.”\n\nE


Sunday October 7, 2012 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Showplace Icon Theater 150 West Roosevelt Road. Chicago, IL.

10:00pm

FESTIVAL PARTY @ Fedora Lounge
Sunday October 7, 2012 10:00pm - 2:00am
Fedora Lounge 712 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654