Waking the Sleeping Giant – 10:00 am SID – 93 min

Waking the Sleeping Giant – 10:00 am SID – 93 min

Waking the Sleeping Giant

Saturday 10:00 am SID

93 min.

2017

Director: Jacob Smith, Jon Erikson, Kathryn Goldman
Consulting Producer: Velcrow Ripper

Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolution is the story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the US. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics against the backdrop of an extraordinary 2016 presidential race. From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the US Capitol steps to racially-charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this moment in American politics, probing widespread discontent during the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those building a re-energized progressive movement. In crisis, there is also opportunity.

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Denial – 10:00 am UNS – 92 mins

Denial – 10:00 am UNS – 92 mins

Denial

Satuday 10:00 am UNS

92 min.

McNabb /Connolly, 2016

Filmmaker: Derek Hallquist

Every day our changing climate pushes us closer to an environmental catastrophe, but the problem is easy to ignore. We often find it difficult to face change. We’d rather be in denial.

David Hallquist, CEO of a Vermont utility, has made it his mission to take on one of the US’s largest contributors to this global crisis, the outdated and vulnerable electric grid. But when his filmmaker son, Derek, tries to tell his father’s story, the film is soon derailed by a family secret that can no longer be denied. David is a trans-woman. With stunning access to intimate family moments and behind-the-scenes energy deals, and with unique humour in the face of overwhelming events, Denial manages to present insights into two important topics - one global and one personal - and at the same time to throw light on the messy business of change.

Audience Award, Yale Environmental Film Festival

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True Conviction – 10:00 am LNS – 84 min

True Conviction – 10:00 am LNS – 84 min

True Conviction

Saturday 10:00 am LNS

84 min.

Film Collaborators, 2017

Director: Jamie Meltzer

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by three exonerated men, with decades in prison served between them. True Conviction is a character-driven documentary that follows these change-makers as they rebuild their lives and families, learn to investigate cases, and work to support one another. The gripping storyline celebrates the indomitable spirit of these men and highlights the challenges and roadblocks of investigating and proving another man’s innocence.

Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival; Best Documentary, Oak Cliff Film Festival

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Pre-Crime – 10:00 am FFR – 88 min

Pre-Crime – 10:00 am FFR – 88 min

Pre-Crime

Saturday 10:00 am FFR

88 min.

Rise and Shine, 2017

Directors: Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder

What if tomorrow’s murders could be prevented today? To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data; our every move, message and purchase is tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong or biased? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done? Who is, or isn’t, protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our freedom for the promise of total security. Pre-Crime is a chilling wake-up call.

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Footprint: Population, Consumption and Sustainability – 11:35 am LNS – 82 min

Footprint: Population, Consumption and Sustainability – 11:35 am LNS – 82 min

Footprint: Population, Consumption and Sustainability

Saturday 11:35 am LNS

82 min.

Women Make Movies, 2017

Director: Valentina Canavesio

Footprint takes a dizzying spin around the globe, witnessing population explosions, over-consumption, limited resources, and expert testimony about what a world straining at its limits can sustain. We spend time with indigenous health workers, activists, and the ordinary people in the Philippines, Mexico, Pakistan and Kenya. All of them challenge the idea that our world can continue to support the weight of humanity’s footprint on it. Footprint offers unprecedented access to the people on the ground who are challenging the status quo. It is time to ask critical questions about our shared future on the planet.

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