2016 Program Selection U-Z

Tickets are available for all shows by looking on this list then, after you mark your pick(s), purchasing (on-line) HERE (by) using the day/time individual program list, or (by) purchasing at the theater (with no service charge.  If purchasing at theater, we recommend that you arrive no later than twenty (20) minutes in advance of screening.)  

Under African Skies (USA, 108 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 2, 12:00 pm, Camelot

Retrospective

Joe BerlingerUSA, 108 min.

Travel with Paul Simon back to South Africa on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his historic Graceland album. Paul reunites with the original band to give a reunion concert and to explore the story of the turbulent birth of the album. The musicians travel from far and wide to recount their journeys from those first days in the recording studio all the way to the international stage and also reflect on how the album impacted the course of their lives 25 years later. Despite its huge success, and despite it being the first popular example of fusing American and African musical styles, Graceland was initially met with tremendous political crossfire, as Paul was accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime. Paul revisits these ghosts and comes to some new revelations as his musical journey is explored. Examining both the political and artistic sides of the controversy and featuring interviews with key anti-apartheid activists of the time and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, the film is both an anatomy of a profound artistic achievement and a meditation on the role of the artist in society.

Veruda: A Film About Bojan (CROATIA, 34 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4,12:00 pm, Camelot (NSDN – DokuFest)

North America Premiere

 Igor Bezinovic, CROATIA, 34 min.

Bojan is 24. He spent four and a half years of his life in prisons in Turopolje, Sisak, Glina, Remetinec, Pula, Zagreb and Rijeka. And he spent 20 years of his life in the Pula neighbourhood called Veruda.

We Did It On A Song (FRANCE, 82 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 7:30 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

 David André, FRANCE, 82 min.

This film follows a group of high school students and their parents, most of them working-class from a small French town. During a year, we follow their hopes and dreams, which are finally converted into songs and films by the dreamers themselves. The result is unique, captivating, and highly entertaining.

We Love Cows (GERMANY, 24 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 a.m, Camelot

International Premiere

 Uta Seibicke, GERMANY, 24 min.

Barren is the land around Jessen, dry as well. A cow eats a hundredweight in kilos every day, and there are almost one thousand of them. People work summer, winter, Easter, Christmas and New Years Eve for the cows, with knowledge, experience, passion and understanding.

Welcoming Arms (USA, 9 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 2:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Rosanne Ma, USA, 9 min.

It’s time to feel good.  92 year old Johnny has been blowing kisses to traffic 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 30 years

What's So Good About Dead People's Stuff (AUSTRALIA, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot

North American Premiere

 Paul Butler, AUSTRALIA, 25 min.

“Let’s face it, people think this is a load of old rubbish!” Tongue in cheek, certainly, but is this right? Are antiques and collectibles mostly a bunch of old junk? This quirky tale looks at the antique and collectable trade not from the hackneyed What’s It Worth? type point of view, but turns the camera from the object d’art back onto the motley crew of dealers whose obsessions bring this stuff to us. Examining their motivations reveals a tale of the spirit world to sustainability from history to the intense competition between these gloriously addicted odd-bods.

When A Song Begins (GREECE, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 5:00 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

Yannis Pothos, GREECE, 8 min.

A young, disabled, blind woman trying to find inner peace through the healing world of music. Away from her lonely, isolated life, follow Maria’s final moments before her star shines on stage.

When Spirit Calls (CANADA, 4 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 11:30 am, Camelot

United States Premiere

 Terrie McIntosh, CANADA, 4 min.

This is an experimental film examining a young woman’s spiritual journey. Highlighting themes of intuition, faith and perseverance, within an original camera work, Terrie takes the viewer on her personal spiritual path.

Where The River Widens (CANADA, 5 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 12:00 pm, Camelot Theatres

Southern California Premiere

 Zach Greenleaf, CANADA, 5 min.

Inspired by the friendship and the work of fishermen, Zack Greenleaf sings the mig’mag culture of his Gesgapegiag village.

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (USA, 107 min.)

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Screenings:

Sat, April 2, 4:00 pm, Camelot

Sun., April 3, 3:00 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Retrospective

Joe BerlingerUSA, 107 min.

Berlinger’s work captures the sensational trial of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, using the legal proceedings as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement. Embedded for months with Federal Prosecutors, retired FBI and State Police, victims, lawyers, gangsters and journalists, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger examines Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice that allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Pulling back the curtain on long-held Bulger mythology, the film challenges conventional wisdom by detailing shocking, new allegations. With unprecedented access, Berlinger’s latest crime documentary offers a universal tale of human frailty, opportunism, deception, and the often elusive nature of truth and justice.

Why Spoken Word Matters (USA, 6 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 1:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

 Vincent Sassone, USA, 6 min.

Why is it vital for students to be able to read, write and speak about the human experience…their trials, triumphs, fears, loves and losses?  In the words of their poet mentors, and the student poets themselves, they speak to why the performance of spoken word matters in our schools. This film also features footage from a Spoken Word event to give evidence and courage to schools thinking about beginning their own program.

Winds Of Change (United Kingdom, 22 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 3, 4:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Alex Bak, United Kingdom, 22 min.

Cristobal is a cotton farmer in the northern coastal desert of Peru. He lives in a small village that has no continuous supply of water or electricity. The water that he does have is being threatened at its source in the Andean mountains by climate change… While the electricity grid won’t ever reach his village, Cristobal chooses to invest his savings in a wind turbine, which will allow his family to have light at home to see at night. In the very remote Andes renewable wind energy has enabled a school in the village to rival that of any urban environment; unlike most rural communities in the world, this one is growing.

You Better Take Cover (AUSTRALIA, 30 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., April 1, 5:00 pm, Camelot

North America Premiere

 Harry Hayes, AUSTRALIA, 30 min.

Men At Work’s 1983 hit single, ‘Down Under’ is deeply rooted in Australian culture. Labeled the de facto National anthem, it undoubtedly resonates with a nation. Though the song itself is familiar to most, not commonly known is that 35 years after the band’s success, they were sued for copyright infringement by music publishing company, Larrikin Music.

Zoe (AUSTRALIA, 3 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 4, 11:30 am, Camelot

North America Premiere

 Lou Quill, AUSTRALIA, 3 min.

Age doesn’t matter, maybe even age is a benefit when innocence knows no boundaries in this story of a little girl who thinks big.

Zuluhoops (USA, 56 min.)

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Screenings:

Wed., March 30, 3:30 pm, CSU Palm Desert

Mon., April 4, 5:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

 Kristin Pichaske, USA, 56 min.

At the height of a successful career at an elite LA high school, Ken Mukai embarks on a year-long teaching exchange in South Africa full of hope and good intentions. But his assignment turns out to be more than he bargained for. Located in a destitute rural outpost, Ken’s new school has no electricity, toilets, or running water. His signature teaching style – so effective in LA – elicits blank stares from his Zulu students, who speak very little English and come from a community that values cattle over education.