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Angst

Anxiety in teenagers and adolescents is an epidemic on the rise, affecting more youth and families than ever before, yet it is still deeply misunderstood and too often disregarded. Angst is the timely and powerful resource we need to spark important conversations about what we can do about it. Deeply personal interviews with children and young adults facing the challenges of managing their own anxiety—and its effects on their physical, emotional, and social lives—provide critical insight for adults to better understand how to help. Additional perspectives from mental health experts and researchers shed light on the causes and damaging cycles of stress. Eye-opening and empowering, Angst is a must-see documentary that gives voice to those suffering and shares tools for parents, teachers, siblings, medical professionals—truly everyone in the community—to address the anxiety affecting so many people we love. Screening followed by a community discussion featuring a panel of fi
Tue, Oct 9 6:30 PM
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Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny

For its first 30 years of publication, Playboy magazine’s eye-popping design and illustrations were the work of Art Paul, the graphic artist and trendsetter whose sketch of the iconic tuxedoed bunny came to define the brand. As Playboy’s founding art director, Paul’s visionary ideas and dedication to creative freedom were radical in the conservative 1950s, mixing fine art and pop art, and even experimenting with interactive graphics. Prolific in multiple art forms until his passing in 2018 at age 93, Paul was a renaissance man who, at the height of his influence, commissioned works from the likes of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí. Director Jian Ping’s exuberant and heartfelt documentary peels back the curtain on the unsung innovator and visual architect of a national institution, whose creative contributions not only elevated the magazine’s caliber and reputation but helped usher in a new cultural revolution.
Fri, Oct 5 9:00 PM
Sat, Oct 6 5:00 PM
Tue, Oct 9 12:00 PM
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...As If They Were Angels

Two months after Pearl Harbor and the US entry into World War II, a pair of destroyers escorted a supply ship through the treacherous North Atlantic to a base in Newfoundland. A nasty storm, combined with an officer’s reluctance to trust his experienced navigator and newfangled radar, ran two of the ships aground on the rocks of adjacent coves. More than 200 sailors on the Pollux and the Truxton lost their lives, but nearly as many were rescued by local miners and townspeople. Director Terry Strauss, whose father was one of the survivors, plumbs a trove of photographs, documents, drawings, and interviews to recount a moving story of sacrifice, endurance, and heroism. The film hits an emotional peak with footage of the 1988 reunion between the American survivors and the Canadian townspeople who saved and cared for them. Peter Coyote narrates this remarkable saga with a blend of tender empathy and palpable amazement.
Sat, Oct 6 2:00 PM
Thu, Oct 11 2:30 PM
Sun, Oct 14 8:00 PM
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Bathtubs Over Broadway

This joyous romp through a musical history you never knew existed will have you singing along to discarded musical masterpieces that were, in their time, even bigger than Broadway. Comedy writer Steve Young rarely felt compelled to pursue hobbies outside of his happy 25-year career on The Late Show with David Letterman. Little did he know that the Late Show segment “Dave’s Record Collection” would lead him to discover an almost entirely secret golden age of mid-20th century industrial musicals, an entertaining and engaging world of lavish Broadway-style shows. Dava Whisenant’s directorial debut accompanies Young in his quest to not only build the definitive record collection of these eccentric gems, but also to connect with equally obsessive collectors (Sport Murphy, Jello Biafra, Don Bolles), as well as the talented collaborators, both known (Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Florence Henderson) and unknown, who provided their ample talents to these idiosyncratic theatrical de
Thu, Oct 11 2:30 PM2:30 PM
Sat, Oct 13 5:30 PM
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Bias

A thought-provoking (and blood-pressure-spiking) documentary precisely matched to this moment of political and social upheaval, bias takes an incisive look at the nature of unconscious human bias and its long-reaching effects on social, professional, and cultural norms. Filmmaker Robin Hauser (CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, MVFF 2015, Audience Award) dives deep into the science and sociology around implicit bias and searches for answers as to how we can de-bias our brains. Beginning with the personal, Hauser takes—and is stunned by the results of—the Harvard-based Implicit Association Test (IAT). She then casts a wide net to explore how modern science, technology, and woke individuals and businesses are working to reveal, understand, and reshape the forces of bias that have ruled for too long. An energetic mix of interviews, experiments, data, and pop culture clips shed light on a fascinating topic that touches everyone, no matter how free of bias we believe ourselves t
Sun, Oct 7 2:30 PM
Sat, Oct 13 2:00 PM
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The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm renders a heartfelt portrait of Los Angeles couple who flee the detritus and stress of LA for a new life managing (or attempting to manage) a farm just north of the city limits. Director-cinematographer John Chester and his food blogger wife Molly created Apricot Lane Farms to reconnect with nature, and live an eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Filmed over the course of eight years, The Biggest Little Farm joyously recounts the struggles and successes of their inspirational endeavor with none of the sort of eco-panic one might expect. Putting his camera skills to good use in the service of rural California’s breathtaking natural splendor, Chester creates an autobiographical scrapbook, enlisting writer Mark Monroe (The Cove; MVFF 2016 Audience Award winner Finding Oscar) to help shape the story. What emerges is a life-affirming tale of one family who followed their hearts and turned their dreams into a flourishing, sustainable reali
Sun, Oct 14 11:15 AM
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Charm City

Baltimore’s Eastern District is best known as the setting of HBO’s fictional series The Wire, but to its inhabitants, high unemployment, drug use, and poverty are all too real. In Marilyn Ness’ intimate, often heart-wrenching documentary, we meet the community leaders, police officers, and city council members who are trying to stem the tide of violence that has engulfed the city in recent years. Clayton “Mr. C” Guyton runs the Rose Street Community Center, providing services the city can’t (or won’t), while his protégé Alex Long coaches kickboxing for kids. Although Alex calls the community a place with “too much police and not enough justice,” the police officers we meet act as social workers, marriage counselors, and more, while Councilman Brandon Scott advocates a holistic approach to the “disease” of gun violence. The humanity of these individuals, who clearly care deeply about their community, offers hope in a place that has little to spare.
Fri, Oct 5 8:45 PM
Sat, Oct 6 12:00 PM
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Earth, Our Home: The New Environmentalists

These three documentaries provide valuable perspective on the beauty of the Earth and the responsibility we each have in celebrating its grandeur and safeguarding its welfare
Tue, Oct 9 6:45 PM
Wed, Oct 10 10:30 AM
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Effortless French (Bitcoin Big Bang, l'improbable épopée de Mark Karpelès)

The rise and spectacular fall of Mark Karpelès, CEO of the bitcoin digital currency exchange Mt. Gox, is a lesson in how easily the digital universe can be manipulated and how quickly its promises can come crashing down. This engrossing documentary examines Karpelès’ life and career, providing a fascinating look at a cryptic personality. Often hailed as the future of money, bitcoin became a worldwide sensation, and Mt. Gox, launched in 2010, became the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange. But by early 2014, the company reported the loss of 850,000 bitcoins (currently valued at more than $800 million), “seemingly out of nowhere.” Is Karpelès—a Frenchman living in Tokyo—a con artist or victim, clueless or cunning? Directors Vincent Gonon and Xavier Sayanoff interview the impassive Karpelès (on trial in Japan for embezzlement and other charges), Mt. Gox clients, and financial and tech experts, in a riveting attempt to get to the bottom of the scandal.
Sun, Oct 7 12:45 PM
Wed, Oct 10 12:30 PM
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Free Solo

Free climbing, the mountain climbing subculture which involves scaling sheer vertical walls without the use of ropes or harnesses, has one monolithic goal nobody has ever achieved: ascending the 3200-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Sacramento native Alex Honnold wants to be the first, and so begins this hair-raising documentary as Alex trains methodically, analyzing every foot in a climb where death is always a fraction of an inch away. But what happens when, beset by injuries and relationship pressures, someone with such phenomenal focus starts to psych himself out? And how does a perfectionist find a semblance of normalcy in his life while still in the thrall of such a dangerous obsession? Using his support system of climber friends and a touch of gallows humor, Honnold must decide if he’s up to the challenge of accomplishing an unbelievable physical feat of mind-blowing intensity. What happens next, you’ll never forget.
Sat, Oct 6 12:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 11:30 AM
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From Baghdad to The Bay

Wrongfully accused of being a double agent due to his family ties to the Ba’ath Party, Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi translator for the US Army, winds up detained, tortured, and interrogated by US Military Police. Under great duress, Alsharif confesses to a truth that has been hiding in plain sight for his entire life: He is gay. Unable to stay in Iraq due to the danger his position brings upon himself and his family, he seeks political asylum in the US and lands in San Francisco. Despite newfound liberation and an exciting career as a chef, the loss of connection to his family and homeland is felt throughout the narrative. Utilizing nearly a decade of footage that is vulnerable, candid, intimate, and at times humorous, From Bagdad to The Bay touches upon themes easily recognizable to those who have had to flee their homes to save themselves: alienation, post-traumatic stress, despair, hope, and rebirth.
Sat, Oct 13 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 2:15 PM
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The Great Buster: A Celebration

Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich explores the legacy of comic genius Buster Keaton, celebrating the innovative and visionary career of “The Great Stone Face” through archival footage and interviews with friends, family, and artists who have been deeply influenced by his timeless work.
Sat, Oct 6 2:30 PM
Sun, Oct 7 5:00 PM
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Grit

How to radicalize a teenage girl and fire her ambition to become a human-rights lawyer? Destroy her family's home and over a dozen neighboring villages in a 2006 mud volcano that killed 16 and displaced 60,000 in East Java, Indonesia. Expected to continue until at least 2030, this ongoing eruption was probably caused by faulty drilling for natural gas by the Lapindo Company. But the corporation's own paid researchers cast the blame on an earthquake 180 miles away, absolving Lapindo of responsibility, along with the obligation to compensate victims for their losses. In response, teenage Dian studies diligently, determined to win compensation for her buried village and her father, a Lapindo employee who died a year after the explosion from cancer linked to toxins in the mud. This grandly poetic documentary serves both as a memorial to the disaster's victims and as the story of a young activist battling a formidable alliance of big business and corrupt politicians.
Sun, Oct 7 8:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 6:00 PM
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The Guardians

A society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members, including its elders. Investigative filmmaker Billie Mintz joins family members, activists, and journalists in Las Vegas to expose a nefarious system designed to defraud and abuse senior citizens—and get away with it. A scheme targets wealthy retirees, coercing them into leaving their homes and surrendering to the custody of rigged, for-profit, court-appointed guardians. The victims lose control of their finances, living situations, medical records, and healthcare. Their very lives are stolen. Exhausted families who want to care for and protect their kin are desperately trying to stop this waking nightmare. Despite continual stonewalling by corrupt judges, doctors, and guardians, the families win some small justice. Yet this Vegas-style racketeering is just the tip of the iceberg, a cautionary tale. Be informed, be enraged, and keep your elders close.
Fri, Oct 5 3:00 PM
Sat, Oct 6 5:15 PM
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Harvest Season

Meet the people who prune, bud, harvest, sample, press, and blend grapes from wood vine to bottle and bring together the extraordinary tastes of some of the world’s great wines produced in our neighboring Napa Valley. Director Bernardo Ruiz explores all the stages of wine production as seen and sensed by the individuals who contribute to the journey of these grapes from vine to vintage. Three storylines illustrate the passions of harvesters and winemakers in search of “the heart of the grape:” A migrant worker travels to Napa from Mexico to work the fields; Sonoma-born Vanessa Robledo embodies a proud heritage of three generations of Latino viticulturists through her leadership of Robledo, Black Coyote, and Mi Sueno wineries; and veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila—whose story, in part, inspired the film Bottle Shock—produces his own label. Their stories converge during the all-important harvest season, dramatically affected by the 2017 wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Sat, Oct 13 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 2:45 PM
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I Am Maris: Portrait of a Young Yogi

After a childhood of mounting anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, Maris' parents check her into a hospital to help her confront her illness. Still struggling to cope once she is released, Maris begins exploring various methods of therapy, using art, poetry, and eventually yoga. Finding herself instantly drawn to its healing power, Maris begins studying to become a yoga instructor at only 16 years old. Through her teaching and her blog, Maris strives to inspire by speaking openly about her struggles and promoting self-acceptance. I Am Maris does not indulge in the horrors of mental illness but instead focuses on the path to healing. PRECEDED BY Period. End of Sentence. US 2018 – 25 mins Director Rayka Zehtabchi Banding together to help destigmatize menstruation, a number of determined women and girls install a sanitary pad machine in their rural village in India. Manufacturing and selling the pads, they work to help educate and to improve feminine hygiene in a country whe
Sat, Oct 13 11:30 AM
Sun, Oct 14 11:30 AM
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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

If you’ve ever experienced history through a punchy headline or simply picked up a newspaper to find out about the world, you have Joseph Pulitzer to thank. A Hungarian immigrant, the young Pulitzer was hired as reporter in St. Louis in the late 1800s; he’d eventually move into publishing, purchase the New York World, and set the pace for covering news in the 20th century. Narrated by Adam Driver (and featuring Liev Schreiber as the voice of Pulitzer), this portrait from director Oren Rudavsky (The Treatment, MVFF 2006) recounts the life and times of modern journalism’s founding father as he evolves into both a crusader for the common man and a wealthy, influential political donor. Voice of the People presages today’s fight for truth in the “fake news” era as seen through the eyes of an American legend who helped shape our nation, one 36-point headline at a time.
Fri, Oct 5 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct 6 8:00 PM
Tue, Oct 9 12:15 PM
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Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story

This stirring, deeply emotional documentary explores how one ball game transformed a group of kids and offered hope for a country struggling with racial tensions and inequality. In 1955, two Florida teams squared off in a contest with historic ramifications. One of the first integrated Little League games, the Pensacola Jaycees vs. the Orlando Kiwanis wasn’t just a simple battle on the diamond; it offered hope that a color-blind world might be right around the corner. Of course, that didn’t happen. Six decades later, players from both dugouts talk about the impact of that game and their complicated journeys, as filmmaker Jon Strong puts human faces on the festering problem of American racism. Beautiful, tragic, and optimistic, Long Time Coming features diverse voices of civil rights leaders; Hall of Fame ballplayers, including Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken Jr.; and a handful of men who’ve lived through turbulent times and found hope.
Wed, Oct 10 8:45 PM
Fri, Oct 12 3:00 PM
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