Schedule: Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Powerful Women: Shorts + Feature
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 12:00PM
At Asian Arts Initiative

Feeling a little low, let these women lift your spirits and touch your soul.

 

Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light | USA | 13.5 minutes
Directed by Martha Wheelock
This short documentary is a window into the Women’s Suffrage Movement through the sacrifice of an American Amazon who will inspire today’s woman as much as she did 100 years ago. sdfsdhsfghnsfnhfgfnsfnsfnsfnhnnsfsfhghgn 
Women are the Change | USA/Africa | 24 minutes
Directed by Linda Stout
Sub-Saharan Africa is poised for sweeping change. Educated women are the agents of this change. They are the mothers of a new Africa. This is the story of African girls and how educating them can change everything.
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Rigoberta Menchú: Daughter of the Maya | USA/Guatemala | 61.5 minutes
Directed by Dawn Engle

In 1959, a little girl was born into a poor family, in one of the most remote, mountainous areas of Guatemala. One year later, civil war broke out in Guatemala, and her tiny village was soon swept up in a tidal wave of violence. What could one woman do to stand up for their rights, in a time of such great change? This is a story about a family, a people, and a destiny — “Rigoberta Menchu: Daughter of the Maya”.

The Lighter Side Shorts Program
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 2:00PM
At Prince Theater

 

A Children’s Song | USA | 26.5 minutes
Directed by Shayna Cohen

The year is 1937. Alfred, a young German Jewish boy, and his father flee from Germany during the outbreak of WWII, finding a haven in Shanghai – the last port of refuge. When he befriends a doctor’s daughter, Meizhen, she shows him a glimmer of hope through music and play during the darkest of times.

Lemonade Mafia | USA | 9 minutes
Directed by Anya Adams

Kira’s Organic lemonade dynasty becomes in jeopardy when new comer Shantel Osgood sets up an extremely successful competing pink lemonade stand that encroaches into her territory. Starring Marsai Martin from the hit show Blackish.

Home Invasion for the Holidays | USA | 7.5 minutes
Directed by Teddy Robinson

A freshly divorced mom and her daughter foil a dimwitted burglar’s plans by using prescription drugs and excellent listening skills.

Violet | USA | 8 minutes
Directed by T.C. De Witt

Stephen has a sister-in-law that he really, really does not care for.

 

One Day Home | USA | 12.5 minutes
Directed by Drew Denny

Shattered from the implosion of her marriage, Frida embarks on an epic shopping quest: finding the perfect mattress to launch her new life.

 

La Maisonette | Canada | 8.5 minutes
Directed by Jack Carr

Agnes, a charming, agoraphobic woman living vicariously through her noisy neighbors is tested when she has to break through her fears to rescue those who have come to mean so much.

The Pitch | USA | 9 minutes
Directed by Rebekka Johnson

When two young screenwriters pitch their screenplay to a television executive they receive a hilarious lesson in the hard business of Hollywood.

Choices | USA | 9 minutes
Directed by Rick Hamilton

Deborah relies on chance to avoid making any choices in her life, but then faces a decision that can’t be left up to fate.


Fun Fatales: Short + Feature
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 4:00PM
At Prince Theater
 
When you know something ain’t quite right…

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In Their Eyes | USA/South Africa | 13 minutes
Directed by Gina Levy
In this tense thriller, shot on location in South Africa, a confident young African-American woman on her way to conduct a research project in Africa finds herself alone, not sure whom she can trust.
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Quarries | USA | 85 minutes
Directed by Nils Taylor

“The jungle is neutral, it builds on what you bring it. If you’re weak, it will break you.” So says group leader Jean as a group of women embark on a wilderness expedition that quickly turns into a fight for survival in this Deliverance style thriller. Cue the banjos. Starring Leisha Hailey from “The L Word”.


Marzia, My Friend + Short
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 6:00PM
At Prince Theater

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Counting Stars | India/Czech Republic | 10 minutes

Directed by Maanavi Bedi

A heartwarming story about a complicated relationship, showcasing a bond between a nine year old girl; grown before her time; and her mother.

 

 

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Marzia, My Friend | Finland/Afghanistan | 80 minutes
Directed by Kirsi Mattila

Marzia, My Friend is the story of an Afghan woman in her twenties who – just like all young people – dreams of love, freedom and an interesting job. Marzia dreams of peace and independence. But because she lives in Afghanistan, her dreams are revolutionary. Ultimately Marzia’s story becomes a symbol of the wider struggle of Afghan women: It is about the right to make decisions about your own life. The film follows Marzia’s life from spring 2011 to the end of 2014, when international troops were supposed to leave Afghanistan.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Night Film: MAD for Madonna | Switzerland | 80 minutes
Directed by Matteo Maccarinelli
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 8:00PM
At Prince Theater

 

Since 1982 Madonna has been on the scene, pushing boundaries and delighting her fiercely loyal fans. Nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary at the World Music and Independent Film Festival, this entertaining documentary focused on not just the Material Girl, but those who devote their lives (and bodies) to her. From the U.S.A to Israel, France, Italy, Australia and The Netherlands, this exciting and informative documentary uncovers the charming and fierce fandom of Madonna, Queen Of Pop.


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