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2016 FILM GUIDE

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ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Tracy Droz Tragos
  • Country: USA
In 1973, the US Supreme court decision Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri. Award-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue by focussing on the women and their stories, rather than the debate. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary
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A.C. GREEN: IRON VIRGIN

  • Section: Shorts Out of Competition
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Directed By: Isaac Feder
  • Country: USA
A.C. Green, Showtime Laker and reigning Iron Man of the NBA, did the dirty work every night for 1,192 straight games—more consecutive games than any player in NBA history. But it wasn't just his durability that separated AC from his NBA brethren: he was a proud virgin, who was saving himself for marriage. | Read More
Comedy, Documentary
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AFTER SPRING

  • Section: Viewpoints
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching
  • Country: USA
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp: from a pop-up pizza shop to a school where a taekwondo master teaches martial arts to the children. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Latino Director(s), Asian American Director(s)
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ALL THIS PANIC

  • Section: Documentary Competition
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Jenny Gage
  • Country: USA
What is it like to come of age in New York City? First-time director Jenny Gage follows vivacious sisters, Ginger and Dusty, and their high school friends over the course of their crucial teen years. In this sensitive and cinematic documentary, Gage captures all the urgency, drama, and bittersweetness of girlhood as her subjects grapple with love, friendship, and what their futures hold. | Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)
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AUSCHWITZ

  • Section: Shorts In Competition: Documentary
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 15 minutes
  • Directed By: James Moll
  • Country: USA, Poland
Auschwitz is synonymous with the Holocaust, but it’s also a place on the map with a surprising history preceding World War II. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this short documentary tells the story of Auschwitz, from its construction to its infamy. | Read More
Drama, Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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The Albert Maysles Award for Best New Documentary Director goes to Untouchable, directed by David Feige.

When a powerful Florida lobbyist discovered his daughter was sexually abused, he launched a crusade to pass some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country. Today, 800,000 people are listed in the sex offender registry, yet the cycles of abuse continue. David Feige's enlightening documentary argues for a new understanding of how we think about and legislate sexual abuse. | Read More
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AWARD SCREENING: AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY - FIRST PLACE: THE RETURN

  • Section: Awards Screenings
  • Release Year: N/A
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
Award Screening: Audience Award, Documentary - First Place: The Return

How does one reintegrate into society after making peace with a life sentence? California’s controversial and notoriously harsh three-strikes law was repealed in 2012, consequently releasing large numbers of convicts back into society. The Return presents an unbiased observation of the many issues with re-entry through the varied experiences of recently freed lifers. | Read More
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Award Screening: Audience Award, Documentary - Second Place: Midsummer in Newtown

Midsummer in Newtown is a testament to the transformative force of artistic expression to pierce through the shadow cast by trauma. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, one grieving couple honors their daughter through music, while community children find their voice through a rock-pop version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. | Read More
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The award for Best Cinematography, World Documentary Competition goes to Contemporary Color, with cinematography by Jarred Alterman.

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an unprecedented event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center to celebrate the art of color guard—synchronized dance involving flags, rifles, and sabers—by pairing regional color guard teams with performers, including St. Vincent, Nelly Furtado, and Ad-Rock. More than a concert film, the TFI-supported Contemporary Color is a cinematic interpretation of a one-of-a-kind live event, courtesy of visionary filmmakers Bill and Turner Ross. | Read More
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AWARD SCREENING: BEST DOCUMENTARY: DO NOT RESIST

  • Section: Awards Screenings
  • Release Year: N/A
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
The award for Best Documentary goes to Do Not Resist, directed by Craig Atkinson.

In Do Not Resist, director Craig Atkinson, through keen and thoughtful observances, presents a startling and powerful exploration into the rapid militarization of police forces in the United States. Filmed over two years, in 11 states, Do Not Resist reveals a rare and surprising look into the increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture. | Read More
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