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24 Weeks (24 Wochen)

FOCUS: KINOWERKS A powerful drama about a woman facing a moral dilemma when, deep into her pregnancy, she learns that there are problems with her baby, 24 Weeks avoids cliché and judgment with a tender, multi-faced exploration of choice. Star Julia Jenstch forcefully portrays the conflicting emotions of a woman facing a difficult decision.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 2:00 PM
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5@5 My World

“My world—the one thing I defend. She’s my friend and best of kin.” These diverse tales about women, all directed by women, are as eclectic and perceptive as they are entertaining. She Collage (Kate Lain, US 2015, 10 min), Step 9 (Leonora Pitts, US 2015, 13 min), What Happened to Her (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, US 2016, 16 min), Bluey (Darlene Johnson, Australia 2015, 14 min), As If to Say (Kerry Bishe, US 2015, 4 min), Another Time (Autumn McAlpin, US 2016, 7 min).
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 9:00 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 5:30 PM
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The Archer

A work-in-progress screening shown in conjunction with the panel Master Class—The Filmmaker as Heroine

Archery champion Lauren Pierce lands in a corrupt juvenile correctional facility in the wilderness. She escapes with Rebecca, a fierce but alluring inmate and together they must survive a desperate warden who is bow-hunting his prey to make sure his secret stays buried.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 2:00 PM
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Baden Baden

In Rachel Lang's impressive feature film debut, 26-year-old Ana returns home to Strasbourg in a purloined Porsche to hang out with her grandmother, inefficiently reconstruct a shower, possibly find some work, attempt to weave together the loose strings of her love life, and, eventually, find her particular path towards adulthood.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:30 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 2:00 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 12:00 PM
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The Ballad of Fred Hersch

MVFF alumna filmmakers Charlotte Lagarde and Carrie Lozano present an intimate, music-rich portrait of an incomparable artist, jazz pianist Fred Hersch: his career, his journey as a gay man living with AIDS, and his process of staging a multimedia performance inspired by his miraculous survival of a two-month, AIDS-related coma.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 8:00 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 6:00 PM
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Certain Women

Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Lily Gladstone sublimely bring to life the emotional valence of several Montana women coming to a personal or professional crossroads in Kelly Reichardt's rich and stunningly cinematic adaptation of three Maile Meloy stories.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 2:15 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:00 AM
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Company Town

Local filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow take to the streets of San Francisco to track last year’s supervisor race between incumbent Julie Christensen and former supervisor and lefty firebrand Aaron Peskin. The film's real focus, however, is the way in which every resident is affected by Airbnb and the influx of tech workers. PRECEDED BY CRESCITE US 2016, 14 min Director Will Agee
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:00 PM
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Daughters of the Dust

TRIBUTE TO JULIE DASH: Exquisitely cinematic and profoundly imagined, Julie Dash's lyrical story of family migration is unlike any other, establishing her as a strikingly original artist in the pantheon of American cinema. This seminal, award-winning work continues to inspire (notably, Beyoncé's homage, Lemonade); its newly-restored digital print reveals the gorgeous visual palette. Not to be missed.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 7:30 PM
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Death by Design

Do you love your phone? Can’t imagine life without your trusty digital sidekick? After watching Death by Design, we all might pause before our next upgrade. Written, produced, and directed by filmmaker Sue Williams, this intense and illuminating documentary uncovers the nasty global underbelly of electronics manufacturing and disposal. PRECEDED BY I DON'T CARE US 2016, 5 min Director John Sanborn
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:15 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 6:15 PM
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Devil's Bride (Tulen morsian)

This riveting historical drama is set against the backdrop of widespread 17th century Scandinavian witch hunts. The film’s painterly cinematic beauty belies an underlying horror as women healers, midwives, and guardians of plant-based knowledge are mercilessly persecuted by a governor dead-set on eradicating the feminine roots of “evil.”
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 3:30 PM
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 9:15 PM
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Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse

Hollywood has been rough on Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine, partners on the comedy stage and in life. And now this: the apocalypse. As they attempt escape, they battle looters, religious zealots, and potential cannibals. Can they (and their relationship) survive? Cameos by Barry Bostwick, Janet Varney, and other familiar faces keep the laughs coming.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 5:30 PM
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:15 AM
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Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table

FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA A household name to foodies, Ella Brennan redefined American cuisine through her impeccable palate and unrivaled joie de vivre, ushering in cocktails at breakfast and jazz bands in the dining room. Acolytes from Emeril Lagasse to Paul Prudhomme celebrate the nonagenarian who combined French fine dining with soulful Louisiana creole.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 7:00 PM
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Fukushima, Mon Amour (Grüße aus Fukushima)

FOCUS: KINOWERKS Two women—one European, one Japanese—bridge cultural and generational divides while forging an unlikely bond in the shadow of Fukushima’s post-tsunami wasteland, in this beautiful film from the director of Enlightenment Guaranteed (MVFF 2001) that dives deep into the power of memory, loss, and resolve in the face of tragedy.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:45 PM
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Girl Flu

A fresh, funny, and compassionate mother-daughter coming-of-age story, Girl Flu centers on the tumultuous and often hilarious series of events that unfold after precocious 12-year-old Bird becomes a woman, and her immature mom must finally grow up.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 6:00 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 11:00 AM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 4:45 PM
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The Groove Is Not Trivial

Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser has worked for years to revive Scottish cultural traditions through his multi-generational music camps. This freewheeling, joyful, and inspiring documentary invites us to join his “unruly, rabble-rousing anarchistic” musical community. PRECEDED BY JOE'S VIOLIN US 2016, 24 min Director Kahane Cooperman
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 5:45 PM
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 6:15 PM
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Icaros: A Vision

This gorgeous, immersive experience accompanies Angelina and her fellow ‘passengers,’ as they seek healing with shamans in ayahuasca sacred plant medicine ceremonies in the Peruvian Amazon. The dreamlike nature of the healing journey is enhanced by on-point visual effects and grounded by the soothing rainforest sounds and icaros plant medicine songs.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 8:00 PM
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00 PM
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Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

FOCUS: CULINARY CINEMA This documentary is a feast for the senses as the meteoric rise of this father of California Cuisine and Bay Area culinary legend is chronicled through a wealth of interviews and archival footage. Settle in for multiple courses of history, high drama, incisive character study, and lots and lots of food.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 8:15 PM
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 5:00 PM
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Kepler's Dream

In this artful family drama, based on an acclaimed novel, 11-year-old Ella is sent to stay with her intimidating grandmother (Holland Taylor) while her mother battles leukemia. The theft of a precious book sets events in motion that reveal secrets, betrayals, and sorrows that have shaped the family for generations. Ages 8+
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 6:30 PM
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 3:00 PM
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:00 AM
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