2017 Program Selection T-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.)  

The Sunflower Inn (UK, 40 min.)

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Sun., April 2, 7:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Miriam Ernst, UK, 40 min.

“La Locanda dei Girasoli” (The Sunflower Inn) in Rome serves great food. But there is one difference from other Roman pizzerias: most of the staff have Down’s Syndrome.

This 40-minute film observes a special corner of the Italian capital where ordinary human beings achieve the extraordinary.

The Surrounding Game (USA, 98 min.)



Mon., April 3, 4:00 pm, Camelot (AmDocs Film Fund Winner!)

World Premiere

Cole Pruitt, Will Lockhart, Kate Sanford, USA, 98 min.

In East Asia, the game of Go is hailed as one of mankind’s great cultural treasures. For millennia, masters and disciples have passed the game down as a window to the human mind. Now, for the first time, a group of Americans enter the ring, in search of a prodigy who will change the game forever. As chess grandmaster Edward Lasker said, “the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical, that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go.”

The Underground Traveller (MEXICO, 15 min.)

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Mon., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot (NSDN – DocsMX)

International Premiere

Chantal Rodriquez Anguiano, MEXICO, 15 min.

Mexico City is considered the third largest city in the world. The metro is one of its biggest modes of transportation with an average of 3.9 million passengers per day. But the metro is more than just a conduit of bodies, it also contains the emotions of the thousands of riders deep below the city.

There Goes The Neighborhood (USA, 27 min.)

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Mon. April 3, 11:30 am, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Angelique Molina, USA, 27 min.

This film intimately follows an extended black family in View Park, California, as they experience demographic changes and reflect on their shifting community.

There Will Be Water (DENMARK, 59 min.)

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Fri. March 31, 11:00 am, Camelot

US Premiere

Per Liebeck, DENMARK, 59 min.

The idea is simple – bring saltwater into the desert –evaporate it by means of the sun and create freshwater, food and energy in desert areas, thus creating the potential to change the lives of millions. But it’s 50 degrees in the sun and it seems that every drop of fresh water requires a drop of sweat.

This Is For You, Older Sandy (USA, 21 min.)

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

World Premiere

Sandford Reed, USA, 21 min.

A young man sets out to travel by himself after graduating college. A six week adventure throughout Central Europe turns out to be the best gift he could give himself. He documents these adventures through film, and dedicates the film to his future self. Little did he know how much other people would care to experience his adventure with him. His journey has taught him the sacredness surrounding youth, the importance of authenticity, and the wonder in self discovery.

Through The Thick - Preserving The Rhino In South Africa (AUSTRIA, 14 min.)

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Mon., April 3, 9:30 am, Camelot

Palm Springs Premiere

Nino Leitner, AUSTRIA, 14 min.

With over one thousand South African rhinos killed every year by illegal poaching, their numbers are dwindling fast. Their horn is a valued commodity in the far east, with healing properties that are as miraculous as they are unproven. THROUGH THE THICK takes us not only into the dense South African bush, but also into the thick of an issue that spans continents, cultures and generations.

To Be A Teacher (GERMANY, 100 min.)

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Sat., April 1, 4:00 pm, Camelot

US Premiere

Jakob Schmidt, GERMANY, 100 min.

Three trainee teachers caught between idealism and desperation, educating and being educated, theory and practice. A tense and emotional look at a system from inside.

Toxic Hot Seat (USA, 91 min.)

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Sun., April 2, 6:30 pm, Camelot (Jaime Redford in attendance)

Redford Retrospective

Kirby Walker, Jaime Redford, USA, 91 min.

Chemical flame retardants are everywhere. Our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. But do they work as promised? And are they making us sick?  To answer these questions, TOXIC HOT SEAT dives into a deadly nexus of money, politics and power – and introduces us to a few brave citizens willing to stand their ground and demand an answer to an essential question: Why have we let 84,000 chemicals go largely unregulated in this country?

Tourism! (CROATIA, 51 min.)

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Mon., April 3, 2:30 pm, Camelot (NSDN – DokuFest)

North American Premiere

Tonci Gacina, CROATIA, 51 min.

Every summer, towns and cities on the Croatian coast double their population through the influx of tourists from all over the world. Nowadays, tourism is the most important industry, and in Croatia it often seems to be the only one. Numerous events and facilities appear, at times seemingly out of nowhere, throughout the Adriatic with the aim of enriching the professed tourism offerings. TOURISM! traces the fragments of various stories along the Croatian coast.

Train (FRANCE, CROATIA 13 min.)

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Sun., April 2, 7:00 pm, Camelot

US Premiere

Olivier Chabalier, FRANCE, CROATIA, 13 min.

Take a voyage through dark and surreal landscapes of the imagination. Governed by its tracks it passes different stages of life: from affection, knowledge and dreams to loneliness and death.

Trapped By Law (KOSOVO, GERMANY, 92 min.)

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Fri., March 31, 12:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Sami Mustafa, KOSOVO, GERMANY, 92 min.

Kefaet and Selami are two rap artists who grew up in the hip-hop culture in Germany. Kefaet was born in Kosovo and taken by his parents to Germany at the age of four. He is married with two children. Selami was born in Essen and has never been to Kosovo. During a dramatic night in March 2010, they are deported to Kosovo, a completely unknown country to them. Separated from their families and friends, they try to cope with their situation and do everything in their power to return to Germany.

Two Worlds (POLAND, 52 min.)

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Mon., April 3, 1:30 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Maciej Adamek, POLAND, 52 min.

Three people, two ways of perceiving reality, one family. This a portrait of deaf parents and their 12-year-old daughter Laura, who takes on the role of her parents’ mouths and ears to help them in everyday activities such as buying coal. She is also the medium that introduces the viewer to the daily life of people with disabilities. Not only is she the narrator, but also the transmitter of emotions.

Untamed (FRANCE, 8 min.)

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

California Premiere

Juliette Viger, FRANCE, 8 min.

Sally, an introverted 15 year old girl, lives and bears with her wolf-father in the city of New York where Wolf is slipping more and more into his world of wilderness.  Sally still remembers the man he used to be; a brilliant and talented jazz trumpeter. Where did her father go? And can he still be found somewhere within the Wolf?

Vorticity! (USA, 6 min.)

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Fri., March 31, 11:00 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Mike Olbinski, USA, 6 min.

I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totaling 18 chase days. And when the chasing was done, wondering… was it all worth it?

Walk On (IRELAND, 9 min.)

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Sat., April 1, 11:00 am, Camelot

California Premiere

Rachel Lattin, Michelle Sahlin, Brett Melnick, Peter Heres, IRELAND, 9 min.

A fourth-generation sheep farmer in rural Ireland struggles to keep his family’s traditions alive despite modern times.

Washed Away ( USA, 17 min.)

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

Southern California Premiere

Dana Nachman, USA, 17 min.

There are many days Brandon Anderton cannot get out of bed. But on the days he can, he creates sand mosaic masterpieces only to see them enveloped by the tides hours later. He captures the scope and beauty of his art from a drone he flies overhead. In the hours while he is creating his art, his chronic pain fades into the background and sometimes vanishes all together. Washed Away chronicles the transformation of a person who goes from one of the darkest places to a place of hope & inspiration.

Watershed (USA, 56 min.)

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

Redford Retrospective

Mark Decena, USA, 56 min.

Sweeping through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to expanding populations and booming urban centers that demand water for drinking, sanitation and energy generation. And with 70% of the rivers’ water supporting agriculture, the river already runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken, the river will continue its retreat – a potentially catastrophic scenario for the millions who depend on it.

Welcome Home Dick Van Dyke (USA, 24 min.)

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Sun. April 2, 12:00 pm, Camelot

International Premiere

Logan Sekulow, USA, 24 min.

A rare look into the life of Hollywood Legend, Dick Van Dyke. Follow Mr. Van Dyke’s return to his hometown of Danville, IL as he tours the city and visits his recently condemned childhood home for the first time in over 60 years. Hear stories about his youth, Walt Disney, the efforts to save his home and so much more. Dick may be 91, but his childlike wonder and charm has not even begun to fade.


When We Were Apollo (USA, 7 min.)

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Fri. March 31, 1:30 pm, Camelot

World Premiere

Zachery Well, USA, 7 min.

In 1968, the world was tearing itself apart. From the Tet Offensive in Vietnam to King and Kennedy’s assassinations to the riots at the Democratic convention, hope was lost and nothing on earth seemed capable of restoring it. But on Christmas Eve, the first human beings to venture beyond earth’s orbit returned images of our entire planet for the first time, revealing a world fragile and small but very much alive hanging between the lifeless horizon of the Moon and emptiness.

Where We've Been (USA, 4 min.)

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

California Premiere

Ashley Brandon, USA, 4 min.

A woman dedicates her life to remembering the past, but now as dementia fogs her memory her life’s work bears the risk of being forgotten.

Windshield: A Vanished Vision (USA, 47 min.)

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


Elissa Brown, USA, 47 min.

One of the best docs on Modernist Architecture.  Originally screened as an AmDocs-Modernism Week Special Event in February, we are pleased to screen a reprisal of this unique work.

In the mid-1930’s an idealistic patron of architecture boldly embraces modernism and sets out to change society by commissioning Richard Neutra’s first building on the East Coast.

You Never Had It - An Evening With Bukowski (ITALY, USA, 45 min.)

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Sat. April 1, 9:00 pm, Camelot

California Premiere

Silvia Bizio, ITALY, USA, 45 min.

A long night spent drinking, smoking, and talking about sex, literature, childhood and humanity with  irreverent writer/poet Charles Bukowski in his California home  in 1981. A story of video tapes lost, then found, and brought back to life.