2017 Program Selection Q-T

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.)  

Raised By Krump (SWEDEN, 22 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., April 5, 11:30 am, Camelot

International Premiere

Maceo Frost, SWEDEN, 22 min.

Krumping has helped the people of the Compton/South Central neighborhoods deal with the emotional issues that come with growing up in one of L.A.’s toughest neighborhoods — a place where showing emotion is often considered a sign of weakness.

Rakijada (SERBIA,SWITZERLAND, 19 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 11:30 am, Camelot 

U.S Premiere

Nikola Ilic, SERBIA, SWITZERLAND, 19 min.

A portrait of a sleepy village that shines a new light on the Serbian soul, while
never losing sight of the typical humor of the Balkans.

Rebels On A Pointe (CANADA, 90 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 4:30 pm, Camelot 

Palm Springs Premiere

Bobbi Jo Hart, CANADA, 90 min.

Rebels On Pointe is the first cinema verite film ever made about the notorious Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all male, drag ballet company founded in 1974 after the Stonewall riots.

Red Ochre - the Last Guards of the Holy Fire (GERMANY, 31 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 2:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Tim Drabandt, GERMANY, 31 min.

The centuries-old culture of the Himba tribe in northern Namibia is rapidly dying. For hundreds of years these nomads have lived in widespread collectives in the region around the Kunene River. Many Himba are trying to keep their traditional way of life, but climate change, governmental development projects and the pursuit of westernization by the younger generation are working against them.

Rehearsal (SWITZERLAND, 11 min.)

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Screenings:

Tue., April 4, 6:30 pm, Camelot

Wed., April 5, 9:30 am, Camelot

U.S Premiere

Elie Grappe, USA, 11 min.

A choir teacher, pupils of the Lyon Conservatory. Their face-to-face confrontation: a rehearsal, the second to last before the end of the year show.

Requiem For My Mother (USA, 57 min.)

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Screenings:

Tue., April 4, 6:30 pm, Camelot,

Wed., April 5, 9:30 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Stephen Edwards, USA, 57 min.

Composer Stephen Edwards mourns the loss of his mother.  In his grief, he writes a new major choral work, and gets invited with a large chorus  to perform at a music festival in Rome. How will they pull of this performance?

Riding The Highline (USA, 16 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., March 31, 1:30 pm, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

Kai Carlson-Wee, USA, 16 min.

Follow poet brothers Kai and Anders Carlson-Wee as they hop freight trains across the northernmost railroad line in the country, from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The film begins with the brothers waiting for trains in the Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, and follows their journey across the American West, using photographs, poetry written by the brothers, and blues country music to tell the story.

Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices (USA, 71 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 1:30 pm,  Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Stephen Edwards, USA, 71 min.

Conductor Robert Shaw stunned America and the world with the sound he coaxed from the human voice. Self-taught, without formal musical training, Shaw became first a national star of popular music at a very young age. He then became America’s most celebrated choral conductor and would help build one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, taking bold steps for civil rights and international diplomacy along the way.

Robin's Road Trip (NETHERLANDS, 53 min.)

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Screening:

Fri., March 31, 1:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Simeon De Vries, NETHERLANDS, 53 min.

With just 2 camera’s as luggage Dutch Robin de Puy gets on a motorbike and sets off on a road trip. Despite her rocketing career, she wants to reignite her initial fascination with photography. Once in the US fear grips her troath. We see how she finds the people she really wants to photograph- with her unique, sometimes unrelenting, but always open and honest style. The film closely shows how Robin struggles with her insecurities, but also how she learns about herself through her photo’s.

Ruben's Elevator (USA, 4 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 7:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Dan Covert, Andre Andreev , USA, 4 min.

Seventy-five year old Ruben Pardo is the oldest elevator manual operator in Los Angeles. For six days a week over the past 40 years, he has helped the patrons of the Art Deco marvel at 5514 Wilshire Blvd “up and down” while enlightening them with positive musings on the simple joys of life. Congrats on 40 years Ruben!

Safe Zone (AUSTRALIA, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Jodie Livingston, Marco Bollinger, AUSTRALIA, 8 min.

Three Syrian refugee girls dealing with PTSD illustrate the empowering nature of education, the healing power of music, and compassionate bond of friendship as they struggle with the reality of becoming a young woman in a refugee camp.

Sand Men (UK, 15 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot

U.S Premiere

Tal Amiran, UK, 15 min.

Neculai, Aurel and Raj all left their homes in Romania for the same reason–to seek a better life for their family. Now, in Britain, with their loved ones depending on them, they survive by creating sand sculptures on London’s streets, while thoughts of their children’s futures keep them going.

Say Something (SWEDEN, 73 min.)

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Screening:

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

U.S Premiere

Asa Ekman, SWEDEN, 73 min.

Say Something is a coming of age documentary in which we meet 19 year old Isabell who has grown up seeing her stepfather abuse her mother. We follow the relationship between daughter and mother as they struggle not only to communicate but also to understand each other. The child’s relationship with the victim of intimate partner violence is at heart of the story, portraying the process of reconciliation. Say Something is the sister-film of award winning My life my lesson (2015).

Seabank: Nature's Dividend (USA, 9 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 9:30 am, Camelot 

World Premiere

Liz Mckenzie, USA, 9 min.

Southeast Alaska’s exquisitely wild and spectacular seacoast produces millions of pounds of seafood every year—arguably the highest quality protein humans can consume. This visually compelling film shows that the environment is an incredibly productive natural bank that pays enormous dividends every year through the harvest of wild fish like salmon and halibut.  This harvest is highly sustainable, but only if we fish responsibly and protect the environment from damaging development and overuse.

Sebastián Errazuriz: Monologues in the Artist's Studio (USA, 35 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., April 5, 1:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Palu Abadia, USA, 35 min.

An intimate portrait of the Chilean-born, Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz, and a master class on the creative process. From installations to public art, furniture to functional sculpture, even shoes and motorcycles, his work blurs the boundaries of art and design, challenging us to see the everyday in surprising ways. The film presents the artist and his process as a constant work in progress, asking viewers to pause and rethink the everyday, confront any preconceptions, and look again.

Sicvic (USA, 6 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 12:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Xac Branch, USA, 6 min.

Filmed the night before the New York primary in Bethpage, New York, SICVIC is a surreal look at the Wrestlemania-type fan base of Donald Trump.

The next generation, grandson and son Nick, is in the process of building a multi-structure complex on the Honduran island of Roatan.

Sisters In Neverland ( USA, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 4:30 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Nicole Pacheco, USA, 8 min.

Three little sisters live a secluded yet enchanting life in a cottage by a pond. We share their precious childhood through dreams, fears and daily life.

Skywriters (GERMANY, 27 min.)

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Screening:

Fri. March 31, 11:00 am, Camelot

International Premiere

Nils Otte, GERMANY, 27 min.

The sky is their canvas, the airplane is their paintbrush. For more than 90 years, the Stinis have been making history in skywriting. We go behind the scenes of their flying cloud factory and are  carried up in the air, where exhilaration and despair take turns — for skywriting is a daily struggle against weather, time and nerves, even for the most experienced pilots.

Sleeping With The Devil (USA, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Wed. April 5, 4:00 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Alisa Yang, USA, 25 min.

Based on a recorded Skype exorcism and found footage, the filmmaker confronts her past growing up in the Evangelical prophetic and deliverance ministry.

 

Small People, Big Trees (RUSSIA, 45 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 2:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Vadim Vitovtset, RUSSIA, 45 min.

In the Central African Republic rain forest lives a tribe of the shortest people on Earth — the Baka pygmies. As they have done for hundreds of years, they hunt for meat and gather the gifts of the big trees. They pray to the spirits of the forest and teach their children to respect the forest, to take from it only what is of need. But little by little their traditional way of life is changing under the pressure of Big World culture.

Stan Bitters Modern Primitive (USA, 9 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 12:00 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Francesca Di Amico, Claudia Unger, USA, 9 min.

Local locations like the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs show how Stan’s work is a staple of the Mid Century Movement from an artist working since the 1950’s to today.  More people have seen Bitters work than they have famous pieces of art, because they grace the walls of our churches, banks, and schools. We pass by them everyday.   The film is a study of contrasts, Stan, a  reserved man,  whose work, much like Jackson Pollack’s,  is the culmination of physical battle  with his preferred medium, clay.

Stronger Than Bullets (USA, 88 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 9:00 pm, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

Matthew Millan, USA, 88 min.

When filmmaker Matthew Millan traveled to Libya to document the bloody revolution to overthrow brutal tyrant Moammar Gaddafi, he was floored by what he discovered. Amidst its crumbling walls, a high octane, defiant music scene erupted out of Benghazi. Hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, and blues take center stage in “Stronger Than Bullets”, as the musicians become the leading voices of the revolution…but their hard-earned victory proves fragile as Libya descends into post-revolutionary chaos.

Territory (ECUADOR, 66 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 7:30 pm, Camelot (NSDN-EDoc)

California Premiere

Alexandra Questa, ECUADOR, 66 min.

Shot in Ecuador, the journey opens in the ocean, crosses the mountains, and descends into the jungle. A stationary camera portrays images of the landscape and of people waiting to be observed.  Inspired by the travels journals of Henri Michaux, a Belgian avant-garde poet who travels to Ecuador in 1926.

The Afghan Bruce Lee (AFGHANISTAN, 8 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 4:30 pm, Camelot

North American Premiere

Jayga Rayn, AFGHANISTAN, 8 min.

The Afghan Bruce Lee chronicles the life of Abbas Alizada, a member of the Hazara minority, and his attempts to escape grinding poverty and persecution through martial arts and acting.

The Arkansas Wild Man (USA, 19 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 6:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Nathan Willis, USA, 19 min.

An 87-year-old rock and roll pioneer who lives a life of obscurity in his small Arkansas hometown travels overseas to England to play one final concert for his passionate and loyal fanbase there.

The Bill Murray Experience (USA, 84 min.)

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Screening:

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

World Premiere

Sadie Katz, USA, 84 min.

At a crossroads in her life, actress Sadie Katz embarks on a year long quest to have a magical experience with legendary comedian Bill Murray.

The Boatmaker (USA, 37 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 7:30 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Casey McGarry, USA, 37 min.

For 25 years, architect Ken Minor was building a 30’ wooden sailboat in a barn next to his house in a California canyon with the dream of sailing around the world… There isn’t one square inch of the boat that Ken hasn’t constructed by hand, helped design, or installed himself. Everything is custom. There are parts and materials on the ship from around the globe. See what it takes for a man to fulfill a life dream.

The Desert Walkers (USA, 6 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Jason Outenreath, USA, 6 min.

Jeff is a volunteer with No More Deaths, a controversial aid organization based in Tucson Arizona. Tasked with hiking deep into the Sonora Desert, which borders Mexico, Jeff and his team leave water at remotes points called way points in an effort to mitigate the deaths of migrants occurring in the sweltering heat of summer.

The Extra Mile (USA, 7 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Courtney Ross, USA, 7 min.

A day in the life of Patrick Kato, a Ugandan immigrant and dedicated caretaker at an assisted living home for adult men with mental disabilities.

The Family Whistle (ITALY, 66 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 11:00 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Michele Russo, ITALY, 66 min.

The famed Coppola family of filmmakers and musicians descends from Agostino Coppola, a poor immigrant from an impoverished village in Southern Italy. Interviews and archival footage portray how the family history has inspired these artists, and how they continue to renew their ties to the land of their origin.

The First American (USA, 94 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 9:30 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Kevin Knoblock, USA, 94 min.

George Washington is central to understanding America’s founding. He was the crucial figure in winning the American Revolution, in creating the Constitution, and in establishing the precedents for effective self-government as our first President. In this documentary film, The First American, Newt and Callista Gingrich, in collaboration with the Gingrich Foundation and Peace River Company, explore the life and legacy of George Washington.

The Flight (BRAZIL, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 5:00 pm, Camelot (NSDN – EDoc)

United States Premiere

Manoela Zigglatti, BRAZIL, 11 min.

At the age of 3, Vitor wears his cape and is ready to fly. In a dialogue between mother and child, we witness the birth of child consciousness. Love mediates the passage between the infinite world of desire and fantasy and the finite world of fear and rationality. Only love is able to connect these two worlds never to separate them. All that is possible after these two worlds are connected is almost equal to what we call impossible.

The Great Forest (AUSTRALIA, 11 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:00 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Marli Lopez-HopeAUSTRALIA, 11 min.

An ancient Australian forest invites us into her rapidly changing world, where rare life is discovered and inevitable death unfolds.

The Neon Struggle (USA, 38 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 12:00 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Bert Simonis, John C. BrownUSA, 38 min.

Rio Score III is a fourth generation “tube bender”. His family has been making neon signs since the 1940’s in Southern California. Rio started learning the craft from his father when he was 13. He now has two grown sons, and he has not taught them the business. As he says, it’s a dying art and there isn’t enough work to feed everyone and keep the shop going. Also featured are neon experts from the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, and Alan Hess, author and architect.

The New Man (URUGUAY, 79 min.)

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Screening:

Wed., April 5, 5:00 pm, Camelot (NSDN: EDoc)

California Premiere

Aldo GarayURUGUAY, 79 min.

Stephania is a transvestite born in Nicaragua. As a boy, he was adopted by a couple of Uruguayan leftist activists in the midst of the Sandinista revolution. At the moment, Stephania earns her living watching parked cars in Montevideo. The film follows Stephania in her journey to rediscover her home country, where she was once a son, a brother and a boy who taught literacy and where she now wants to be accepted as the woman she is.

The Nine (USA, 99 min.)

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Screening:

Mon., April 3, 2:00 pm, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Katy GrannanUSA, 99 min.

An intimate and unflinching portrait of a devastated community living on a street known as “The Nine.” The film’s central character, Kiki, is an effervescent and childlike drifter whose only means of escape is her imagination, and whose precarious sense of self worth hinges on the film.

The Oppenheimer Park Ballad (MEXICO, 70 min.)

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Screening:

Tue., April 4, 5:00 pm, Camelot (NSDN – DocsMX)

California Premiere

Juan Manuel SepúlvedaMEXICO, 70 min.

Celebrate the every day life of a group of First Nations, exiles from the Canadian reserves, who, over a fleeting summer, occupy a municipal park in Vancouver. Through direct participation in the filmmaking process, the day to day becomes a ritualistic space in the struggle to overcome historical and ongoing hardships.

The Other Side (USA,MEXICO, 6 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Griselda San Martin, USA, MEXICO, 6 min.

Just like every other weekend at Friendship Park, dozens of people have come to meet and greet one another on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border fence, an experience that many describe as being “bittersweet”.  Among those present is Jose Marquez, a 67 year old Mariachi singer, who has come to see his daughter Susanna. Although they live just a few miles apart, they have been separated by the U.S.-Mexico border for almost 15 years.

The Poacher (UK,12 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 11:30 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Nicolas Jones, UK, 12 min.

John collects wild produce that has recently become in demand through the gentrification of East London and the influx of trendy restaurants. These popular restaurants are after the freshness of locally handpicked food and John ‘The Poacher’ knows where it’s to be found.

Witnessing John walking through London with a string of rabbits is as if we we are looking at an image of the past. John has the skills to identify wild food, trap animals and fish, skills most of of us have long forgotten.

The Question (UK, 3 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 2:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Darion Leigh, UK, 3 min.

Why are we here? We all try to justify our own existence. In all infinity and space, is this really how we should spend our single shot at life? This short film answers life’s big question.

The Roots Of Ulu (USA, 35 min.)

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Screening:

Sun., April 2, 11:30 am, Camelot

Southern California Premiere

John Antonelli, USA, 35 min.

The Roots of ‘Ulu transports the viewer from the Polynesian voyaging canoes that brought ‘ulu from Tahiti to Hawai‘i, up through the present day efforts of native practitioners, medical specialists and agricultural experts who have a shared vision of the ‘ulu tree playing an important role in Hawai‘i’s cultural preservation, health restoration and food sustainability.

The Soloist Of The Orchestra (SPAIN, 25 min.)

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Screening:

Sat., April 1, 1:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Arantxa Echevarría, SPAIN, 25 min.

The uniqueness of Antonio is his absolute pitch. Only one in 10,000 people have it. This is the ability to recognize a note just hearing it. Mozart and many great musicians had it. But in another facet Antonio is more common: One in 80 people have autism.