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Active Cinema Hike

Get some fresh air and fresh ideas with filmmakers, friends, and cinephiles during this hour-long hike to the ocean through beautiful terrain. Join Festival staff and guests and exchange ideas and wisdom on filmmaking, filmmaker resources, and strategies for action. Bring water, sunblock, and wear good hiking shoes. All are welcome!
Sat, Oct 12 10:00 AM
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The Dog Doc

In a small Westchester town, the unassuming offices of Smith Ridge Veterinary Center are a last hope for many of the animals that walk through its doors. The practice is the vision of Dr. Marty Goldstein, a pioneer of integrative veterinary medicine who has built a career on treating beloved pets, particularly dogs, holistically for 45 years. Goldstein boldly goes against the grain of conventional medicine by incorporating alternative therapies and cutting-edge techniques, combining the best of Eastern and Western treatments. The result is a haven for humans and their canine companions other vets have deemed beyond hope. Sundance Award winner Cindy Meehl (Buck) followed Goldstein and his patients for nearly three years, charting ups and downs and joy and heartbreak along the way. The Dog Doc is an admiring portrait that showcases the high stakes and dedication of veterinarian work while posing serious questions about conventional veterinary practices and how they might be
Fri, Oct 4 5:00 PM
Mon, Oct 7 11:30 AM
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Rewind

More than 15 years since Capturing the Friedmans transfixed audiences with its groundbreaking chronicle of childhood sexual assault, Rewind is its natural successor. Sifting through troves of home videos, 30-year-old director Sasha Joseph Neulinger delves into his own victimization and the complex generational trauma wrought upon his family. A director serving as his own subject can cut both ways, but Neulinger threads the needle as both a riveting protagonist and a filmmaker interrogating his interviewees—from those in the justice system to his childhood therapist and parents. But it is the years of archival footage that resonates, as a peppy boy without a care in the world transforms into an angry and isolated youth. The little moments of birthdays and picnics come to feel sinister, as the footage unspools like a haunting mystery. Neulinger’s brave, no-holds-barred feature serves to both educate viewers who might find childhood sexual assault unthinkable and validate th
Sat, Oct 5 3:00 PM
Sun, Oct 6 5:15 PM
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Right to Harm

We’ve all had difficult neighbors. But what do you do when a breeding barn of 26,000 pigs moves in next door? This riveting exposé reveals the extreme effects of factory farming on five rural communities across the United States. Filmmakers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher focus on the real-life stories of people taking on corporate farming interests. In addition to raising questions about animal cruelty, these Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations produce large amounts of untreated waste, leading to dirty water and polluted air for the surrounding areas. Right to Harm chronicles the grassroots efforts of everyday people battling big money companies and local governments, while raising awareness of the devastating health risks that come with these jam-packed animal farms. Disturbing, illuminating, and inspiring all at once, this doc exposes an under-the-radar national crisis and celebrates a diverse collective fighting for their right to have healthy lives in their own homes.
Tue, Oct 8 6:15 PM
Thu, Oct 10 2:45 PM
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The Story of Plastic

Depicting a world rapidly becoming overrun with toxic material, The Story of Plastic brings into focus an alarming, manmade crisis. Striking footage illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations and archival material from the 1950s and ‘60s augment the far-ranging insights of contemporary activists, scientists, and farmers in this timely documentary. These perspectives along with forays to sites as far-flung as China, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines, in addition to US locales, point to the disastrous impact of the manufacture and use of plastics. The Story of Plastic forcefully identifies a pressing global challenge first identified around 15 years ago—one that threatens the life expectancy of animals, humans, and Earth itself.
Sun, Oct 6 11:15 AM
Tue, Oct 8 3:00 PM
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This Little Land of Mines

Erin McGoff intense and illuminating This Little Land of Mines delves into the lingering dilemma of unexploded bombs—80 million of them!—dotting Laos’ countryside. Dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War, this ordnance has injured or killed tens of thousands of people, 40% of them children, in accidental detonations over the last 40 years. McGoff blends news footage with real-life stories of Laotians fighting for solutions to the crisis and somehow thriving despite the overwhelming, life-threatening gravity of the situation at hand. Touching personal stories of everyday people like Phetsamay, a mother of two who risks her life on a daily basis to detect and safely detonate the bombs, put a human face on this politically charged story. Gorgeous photography of the Laotian countryside combines with the optimistic spirit of the people to create an inspiring and educational snapshot of a resilient community.
Fri, Oct 11 4:45 PM
Sat, Oct 12 2:00 PM
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