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September 10th, 2022
Fanciful Short: This imaginative hybrid between animation and live action showcases the breakdancing of a talented Barcelona artist as it portrays a human being—and, symbolically, a democracy—falling to pieces, then pulling it all back together.
Lotte Reiniger: The Unsung Heroine of Animation
Animated Documentary: Though overshadowed by Disney Studios, it was Charlotte (Lotte) Reiniger who created the first animated feature film in 1926, using her own camera technique. Disney studied it and released “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” 11 years later. (England)
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Documentary: Yes, Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous Hollywood movie star, but she was more than a pretty face. Lamarr came up with the idea for the technology that would later be used in WiFi and BlueTooth. We can thank her for our current connectivity.
Q & A
A conversation with Hedy Lamarr’s daughter, local artist, Denise Loder-DeLuca, following the film.
Documentary Shorts: Three trailblazing women find ways to make the world a better place by providing bicycles to help East African girls get to school safely; supporting Syrian children as they deal with the trauma of refugee camps; and helping Rwandan women lift themselves from poverty through gardening.
From on High
Short: Filmed in Spain, this is the story of a Syrian refugee girl and a European boy who find a way–despite the prejudices that surround them–to nurture a friendship as they create a bright, high-flying kite that brings together both their religious traditions.
Spin the Barrel
Narrative Short: A troubled teen gets hold of a gun and leads her friends into a potentially deadly game.
Nellie Bly Makes the News
Animated Documentary: The story of legendary investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who famously got herself locked up in an asylum for a sensational expose, then traveled around the world in a record-breaking 72 days. She changed the game for women in reporting before they even had the right to vote.
Perfect 36: When Women Won the Vote
Documentary: Riveting story of the final chapter in the struggle for U.S. women’s suffrage. All eyes were on Tennessee in 1920 as the last hope—though a very long shot–to ratify the 19th Amendment.
Narrative Short: An entertaining portrayal of an Iranian woman’s efforts to learn to drive, despite the bossy backseat comments of her traditional husband, who must ride along since it’s against the law for her to be alone with the instructor.
Sophie and the Rising Sun
Feature: Set in 1941, a young Japanese man mysteriously arrives in a small South Carolina fishing village, where a shared interest in art leads to a friendship with a local woman. As their relationship deepens, and anti-Asian sentiment rises around them, they must make courageous decisions.
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