1PM - Community First, a Home for the Homeless
USA, 2018, 65 mins, Director: Layton Blaylock
Community First! Village is transforming the lives of homeless people in Austin, TX, through the power of community. You’ll hear about heartbreaking events that cause homelessness, and heartwarming stories of being welcomed into a nurturing environment where dignity and self-worth are restored. You will witness what can be achieved when a community comes together. This flourishing model hopes to inspire other cities and towns throughout the US to use the blueprint offered in the Community First! Village to create their own versions.
3PM - Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook
USA, 2019, 79 mins, Director: Michael Kasino
What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote”? What if they hatched and pursues that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in Rigged. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, and filmed during the 2016 election, the film identifies and unpacks a shrewd ten-part strategy developed by Republicans to suppress votes that would be cast against them. In the wake of the 2018 elections, our democracy is in peril. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) states in the film, “I fear for our younger people. I fear they will not have the kind of democracy I experienced… Somebody’s got to say, ‘This is not right.” Somebody’s got to say, ‘We can do better.’”
6PM - Decade of Fire
USA, 2018, 75 mins, Directors: Gretchen Hildebran & Vivian Vazquez
In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Abandoned by city government, nearly a half million people were displaced as their close-knit, multi-ethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Puerto Rican residents bore the blame. This story of hope and resistance exposes the truth about the borough’s untold history and reveals how the embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild. Decade of Fire tells the story of the South Bronx that has not been heard before – and offers a roadmap for building the communities we want and truly deserve.
The Robo Con
USA, 2019, 16 mins, Director: Candice Delevante
With an unexpected turn of events at the end of this short film, Wall Street emerges victorious in its quest to turn the foreclosure process into a for-profit business. Along with the big banks, they have been quietly foreclosing on homes across America with no oversight from local, state or federal authorities by using a process called robo signing.
8:30PM - SHORTS PROGRAM - 4 short films (65 minutes total, with at least 2 filmmakers in attendance)
Blue Goes Green: Net Zero Police Station
USA, 2019, 26 mins, Director: Laure Quinlivan
A police station in Cincinnati is the first Net Zero Energy police station in America. The project saved taxpayers money and included a surprising benefit – improved police-community relations: a sustainability and community engagement success story.
Keepers of the Future: La Coordinadora of El Salvador
USA/El Salvador, 2017, 24 mins, Director: Avi Lewis
In a fertile floodplain in El Salvador, where the great river meets the sea, a peasant movement puts down roots – growing resilience in the scorched earth of exile and civil war. They soon discover new challenges: climate crisis exacerbated by an economy of ruinous extraction. The solutions they come up with will be a revelation for audiences in the prosperous north: in their model may lie the key to the future.
Planting Seeds, Growing Justice
USA, 2018, 13 mins, Directors: Kinsley Gerks & Renee Sang
Farmworkers are often more adversely affected by climate change than others; an altered environment alters their source of livelihood. The Farmworker Association of Florida gives voice to farmworkers and climate justice advocates who are on a mission to utilize indigenous agricultural practices to save our environment, replenish local lands and empower the farm-working community.
The New Gatherers
USA, 2019, 2 mins, Director: Frank Weaver
People from all walks of life are picking up trash. They are spreading out across trails and parking lots, rivers and beaches. Their dream? To stop the tide of litter. They hope to prevent 8 million metric tons of plastic that enter our world’s oceans each year by collecting it, one piece at a time. Will you join them and gather the garbage before it reaches the sea?