1:30 PM - This program includes a feature film that will be preceded by a short film. The feature film is a fiction film. The director and some of the cast plan to attend. Total running time of the two films is 92 mins.
Wendy’s Shabbat, 2018, USA, 10 mins
Director: Rachel Myers
A group of Jewish senior citizens celebrate the weekly Sabbath (Shabbat) at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant with Hebrew blessings accompanying their burgers and fries. This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community in older age and in the longing for ritual – however unorthodox it may appear.
Nothing to Do, 2017, US, 82 mins
Director: Mike Kravinsky
A story of the family bonds that never die. What happens when you can't stand the way your sibling does just about anything, but you're forced to be with them during your father's last days? Nothing To Do is the story of 50 year old Kenny, an aimless DJ at an oldies station. He's called to a hospital where he’s informed his father Irv is at the end of his life – something Irv has kept from his children. Hospice is suggested. But Kenny's younger sister, a much more accomplished person, tries to intervene. She wants to send her father back to the hospital to "get better."
Nothing To Do - Director and some cast will attend the festival
4 PM - May I Be Happy, 2017, France/US, 77 mins
Directors: Eric Georgeault & Hélène Walter
May I Be Happy brings awareness to the benefits of mindfulness as a way out of violence and suffering, and as an attainable solution for younger generations. It captures the very real challenges American children face, whether in elite private schools, public schools, on the streets or in juvenile detention centers. Hearing the frustration of dedicated educators who find ways to teach from the heart and seeing their optimistic work with youth is an uplifting experience. Interviews with teachers and leaders in the field of mindfulness research and education, including Dr. Dan Siegel and Vinnie Ferraro, offer insight into the growing practice of mindfulness in education.
6:30 PM - The Serengeti Rules, 2018, UK, 84 mins
Director: Nicolas Brown
Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the remote and spectacular places on Earth – from the majestic Serengeti to the Amazon jungle; from the Arctic Ocean to Pacific tide pools – they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.