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Michael Barnett
(USA, 2019, 88 mins)

Meet Mack, Sarah and Andraya: teenagers, athletes, trans.

There’s an explosive fight for trans rights occurring on high school athletic fields across the U.S. Trans athletes have to work harder than their cisgender peers in order to thrive in their field while also having the courage and resilience to face daily harassment and discrimination. These three athletes have found sports as a way to channel the negativity around them into a positive and the unlikely allies and advocates who rally fiercely by their sides.

SUN 9/29 - 3 PM - Majestic #1


Brian Ivie
(USA, 2019, 90 mins)

What is Forgiveness, and should this be Forgiven?

In a senseless act of terror, a 21 year-old white man enters a church in Charleston, SC and murders nine black churchgoers. Forty-eight hours later, their families face the killer in court and offer words of forgiveness. EMANUEL tells a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness.

This film has been generously sponsored by Elisabeth Burch; and by Mel Brody.

FRI 9/27 - 6 PM Center

SUN 9/29 - 6 PM Center


David Charles Rodrigues
(USA, 2019, 100 mins)

The things that divide us - faith, politics, and sexual identity - are overpowered by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws and the divisive 2016 presidential election, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus embarked on a tour of the Deep South. They performed in hopes of uniting us in a time of difference. The journey also challenged Chorus members to confront their own fears, pain, and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation.

This film has been generously sponsored by Tony Barnard & Rick Barnhardt; and by Terry Wayne Jones & Jay Jones.

THU 9/26 - 5:30 PM Center

SAT 9/28 - 9 AM Center


Pete McBride
(USA, 2019, 84 mins)

Go Take A Hike. How about a 750 mile through-hike of the Grand Canyon?

Filmmaker Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko set out on a 750-mile journey on foot through the entire length of the Grand Canyon, encountering every kind of challenge. INTO THE CANYON is an urgent warning about the environmental dangers that are placing one of America’s greatest national treasures in grave peril - as well as a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.

This film has been generously sponsored by Annie & Tom MacFarlane; and by Cathy & Peter Dea.

FRI 9/27 - 9 AM Center

SUN 9/29 - 12 PM Center


Nova Ami, Velcrow Ripper
(Canada, 2018, 85 mins)

An environmental, artistic, love letter to the planet.

Through a tidal flow of stunning images and artistic creations, METAMORPHOSIS carves a path from the present to the future. Creative, systemic solutions for our planet, and for our communities, are woven together by stories of creativity and reinvention from artists, scientists, thinkers, and young children. METAMORPHOSIS delves into how humanity is being transformed by the environmental crises we have created.

This film has been generously sponsored by Peggy Mintz Brody; and by Elizabeth & Don Smith SmithWorks Natural Homes.

SAT 9/28 12 PM Majestic #1


Daniele Anastasion, Catherine Yrisarri (in person), Josie Swantek, Courtney Hutchens, Writer (in person)

(USA, 2018, 72 mins)  

Women! Take Back The House!

Not content to stand by and watch the political process be taken into total degradation, these three tireless, feisty, remarkable women enter the political fray during the elections of the 2017-2018 - a period that forecast the future of American post-Trump politics. From Virginia to Pennsylvania and Colorado, these first-time candidates put their identities and reputations on the line as they crash the old boys’ club and demand a seat at the table. Put your seatbelt on. It’s quite a ride.

FRI 9/27 - 6:30 PM Majestic #2


Ben Berman  
(USA, 2019, 91 mins)    

Can you trust anything a magician does?

What begins as a documentary about “The Amazing Johnathan,” a magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, becomes a bizarre story about the unraveling of his documentarian - one of his three documentarians - in a film that asks, "is anything you see real?”

SAT 9/28 - 9 PM Majestic #1


Michael Brown (in person)   
(USA, 2018, 78 mins)    

Kayaking the Grand Canyon is epic. Imagine doing it blind.

Having summited Mt Everest, blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer doesn’t shy from challenges. Kayaking without sight requires a leap of faith: shooting rapids with only verbal cues from a guide. Gorgeous cinematography captures this expedition, including Lonnie, the first blind man to kayak the entire length of the Grand Canyon, returning to do it with Erik. While using other senses to compensate, Erik still experiences fear and anxiety as the trip – and the challenges – continue.

This plays as part of Outdoor Adventure I
SUN 9/29 9 AM Center


Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
(USA, 2019, 120 mins)    

An artful and intimate portrait of the recently deceased, legendary storyteller.

TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM honors its acclaimed subject with a comprehensive and illuminating overview of her life and work in racially-divided America. We know Morrison as a Nobel Prize-winner, a staple on high school reading lists, and the occasional target of a book ban. Morrison faced almost impossible barriers in her career, including the literary establishment who undervalued her abilities. Her legacy is more than titles on a reading list, and this documentary proves just how monumental her accomplishments remain.

This film has been generously sponsored by Kathryn and Luke Kissam; Julie and Andy McNeill; and by Marlene Jaffe.

FRI 9/27 - 12 PM Center

SAT 9/28 - 6 PM Center


Daniel Ferguson    
(Canada, 2019, 47 mins) 

And you thought YOUR dog was cool.

These six special dogs, and their human partners, brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species, and help people with special needs. It's all in a day's work for these SUPERPOWER DOGS.

The first lucky 10 people who have well-behaved dogs can bring them inside and to the screening! Email michael@cbfilmfest.org to reserve your spot.

SUN 9/29 - 2 PM Center


Penny Lane
(USA, 2019, 95 mins)

Some sympathy for the devil.

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining hammer blow to the hegemony of white, male culture. When media-savvy members of The Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.

SAT 9/28 - 3:30 PM Majestic #2