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2017 FILM GUIDE

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WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU

  • Section: Special Screenings
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 59 minutes
  • Directed By: Perri Peltz
  • Country: USA
Warning: This Drug May Kill You takes an unflinching look at the devastating effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., profiling four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers. Through the personal and emotional stories of people on the front lines of this epidemic, this filmis an eye-opening look at a terrifying epidemic that is devastating communities across this country, and the toll it has taken on its victims and their families.

After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research Collaborative Brandeis University, Gail Cole, film subject and co-founder, Hope and Healing After an Addiction Death, film subject David Cayce and producer Sascha Weiss. Moderated by the film’s director Perri Peltz. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary
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WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Anna Chai and Nari Kye
  • Country: USA
Each year, $218 billion—or 1.3 billion tons—of food is thrown out. With nearly a billion people worldwide facing starvation, food conservation is a more urgent issue than ever before. Executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, Chai and Kye’s fast-paced and forward-thinking food doc takes viewers on a tour of inventive new ideas for recycling waste and maximizing sustainability from innovative chefs like Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber and Danny Bowien, who turn scraps into feasts before our eyes. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), First Time Filmmaker, Food, Asian American Director(s)
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THE WEDDING PLAN

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Directed By: Rama Burshtein
  • Country: Israel
Spirited bride-to-be Michal is dumped by her fiancé a month before their wedding. Undeterred, she keeps her wedding date, leaving it to fate to provide a suitable groom. With invitations sent, venue booked, and the clock counting down to the big day, Michal goes to increasingly elaborate lengths in her search for Mr. Right, in writer-director Rama Burshtein’s (Fill the Void) funny and poignant romantic comedy. | Read More
Female Director(s), Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)
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WHEN GOD SLEEPS

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Till Schauder
  • Country: USA, Germany
“My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. | Read More
Documentary, Music, TFF Alumni
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WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME”

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Directed By: Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal
  • Country: U.K.
Whitney Houston was the most awarded female recording artist of all time, with more consecutive number one hits than The Beatles, and on top of that she was America’s Sweetheart. Yet despite her fame, talent, and success, she died tragically at the age of 48. Featuring largely never-before-seen footage and Broomfield and Dolezal’s moving documentary tells the story of the girl behind the voice. | Read More
Documentary, Music
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YEAR OF THE SCAB

  • Section: Spotlight Documentary
  • Runtime: 79 minutes
  • Directed By: John Dorsey
  • Country: USA
During the 1987 NFL strike, teams scrambled to assemble temporary replacements to fill in for their boycotting players. The Washington Redskins were notable for their "scabs," a collection of cast-offs who nonetheless rode a surprising wave of momentum against all odds. Year of the Scab revisits this ultimate underdog story and the men whose ordinary lives were interrupted. Those so-called “scabs” helped break the strike and bring their team to victory, only to struggle for their place in the sports history books. | Read More
Documentary

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