Documentary Feature Films


A SOLITARY MANN

Loic Zimmerman, director in person | click for director bio |
Jeremy Mann, artist in person
(USA, 2015, 40 mins)

Step into painter Jeremy Mann’s studio and you will wish that every film was made this way.

Artist Jeremy Mann's world is a place where pain, desire, and lust combine to project the realest parts of the human spirit. He embodies the grit and character of the urban landscape with a tone and color quality rivaled by few. Supported by a massive global following, his approach is a combination of menacing attack, fused with bolero romanticism. Los Angeles based French director Loic Zimmermann combines a strong cinematic aesthetic with a cinéma vérité approach to capture the visceral parts of Mann, while humanizing the experience in an effort to bring the viewer behind the paint. A Solitary Mann combines a strong cinematic aesthetic with a cinéma vérité approach to capture the visceral parts of Jeremy Mann, while humanizing the experience in an effort to bring the viewer behind the paint.

This film has been generously sponsored by Peggy Brody; and by Happy Fowler and Bert Phillips.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 7 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 4 PM MALLARDI CABARET

Artist Reception/Book Signing following both screenings to experience Mann's landscape paintings. Oh Be Joyful Gallery, 409 3rd Street.


HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN'T CHANGE

Josh Fox | click for director bio |
Deia Schlosberg, producer in person
(USA, 2015, 125 mins)

One of the most important films of the year. With climate change a proven reality, fIlmmaker Josh Fox asks, what are those essential parts of us that nothing can change?

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

This film has been generously sponsored by Smithworks Natural Homes and Paradox Footwear.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 6 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 1 PM MALLARDI CABARET


JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY

Brian Oakes
(USA, 2016, 111 mins)

Come meet James Foley, the man behind a passionate life and public death, as retold by family and friends.

The public execution of American photojournalist James Foley captured the world’s attention and instilled terror in all of us, but he was much more than a man in a orange jumpsuit. Told through the eyes of his close childhood friend, Jim is a moving drama of a family caught up in an unbearable crisis, one that moves from the adrenaline-fueled front lines and devastated neighborhoods of Syria to Foley’s imprisonment and death at the hands of ISIS.

Winner of the Audience Award for best documentary at Sundance Film Festival.

This film has been generously sponsored by Mel Brody; Chad and Shelby Mauldin of Blind Faith Custom Window Design.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 10 AM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 7:30 PM  MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


LOVETRUE

Alma Har’el
(USA/Israel, 2016, 80 mins)

One of our favorite films of the year. A three-part documentary that demystifies the fantasy of true love.

This genre-bending documentary brings Alma Har'el's signature poetic imagery to three complimentary stories that demystify the fantasy of true love. Using an atmospheric blend of follow-along footage, Har'el follows three complicated, real-life relationships as they unfold in distinct corners of the country. Alaskans Blake and Joel pursue a promising romance, in spite of her stripping career. In Hawaii, free spirit Coconut Willie discovers another side of love after realizing his son is not biologically his own. And singer/songwriter Victory philosophizes on faith and faithfulness as she and her siblings perform in the streets of New York City accompanied by their father John, who recently left their mother.  All set to a hypnotizing score by Flying Lotus, these revelatory stories bring about a deeper definition of love. Come and see. 

This film has been generously sponsored by Carolyn Niesman; and by Jennie and Sean Reilly.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 3 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4:30 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #2


MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE

Bob Hercules, Rita Whack Coburn
(USA, 2016, 112 mins)

Overcoming trauma and a period of silence, Maya Angelou becomes one of America’s greatest voices.

Iconic writer, poet, performer and activist, Maya Angelou overcame the Jim Crow South and devastating abuse to become one of our culture’s greatest voices. In this first-ever documentary, Angelou’s public and personal life intersect with some of the most profound moments in recent American history. Championed by former president Bill Clinton, Angelou overcame trauma that forced her to stop speaking and become one of the America’s greatest singers, poets, and original voices. As friends from Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, the filmmakers have been granted remarkable and unmatched access to Dr. Angelou’s life, one in which she became a global symbol of peace, humility, and freedom.

This film has been generously sponsored by Jan and Gary Friedland, Barbara Goldburg, and Bob Rottman; and by David J. Rothman, Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Western State Colorado University.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - 6 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 1 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS


NEWTOWN

Kim Snyder
(USA, 2016, 85 mins)

Rising from unimaginable horror, this film becomes a fierce call-to-action to love...everyone.

Filmed over the course of three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never-before-heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose and healing. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience. The film is a fierce call-to-action to love - not only our own families and neighbors - but the outsiders who perpetrate such acts.

This film has been generously sponsored by Doug and Terri Haack.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 9 PM  MALLARDI CABARET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - 4 PM MAJESTIC THEATRE #1


SONITA

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
(Germany, 2015, 86 mins)

Imagine being a 16 year old girl sold into marriage to satisfy a family debt.

In many ways, Sonita is like any teenage girl: She loves singing and rap music, and dreams of being famous. But Sonita, who grew up in a strictly Muslim household in Afghanistan, faces challenges no girl should have to face. Her mother wants to sell her as a bride, to satisfy a family debt, in a tradition that has long trapped Afghan girls. Sonita flees to Iran and mounts a musical campaign against child brides and forges a new identity for herself. Sonita offers a triumphant portrait of a modern-day hero who risks it all and can rap with the best of them.

This film has been generously sponsored by The Patty Figel Family; and by Donna Kindervatter, Berek Novak, and Kathy Cox.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - 12 PM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - 10 AM  CENTER FOR THE ARTS