5th Annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival

NHdocs wants to help filmmakers find audiences for their documentaries. This year this will include historical documentaries; music docs; portraits of artists; documentaries about social issues such as immigration, animal rights, and LGBT students in New Haven schools; and others that grapple contemporary realities such as the war in Afghanistan and computer geeks seeking to undermine the world of government secrecy. Our line up is filled with remarkable surprises. Come and find out what your neighbors have been doing.

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NHdocs: May 31

Opening Reception

Pizza, A Love Story
Director: Gorman Bechard
There are only three pizza places in the known universe. This is the new film from Gorman Bechard that tells their story...

Thu, May 31, 2018, 6:00pm  Details

NHDocs: June 1

This is Home: A Refugee Story
Dir. Amanda Kulkoski
7:00PM-8:31PM @ Whitney Humanities Center at Yale
Four Syrian families struggling to find their way in America.

Through the Windmill
Dir. Amanda Kulkoski
7:15PM-8:35PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center
THROUGH THE WINDMILL is a feature-length documentary which looks at the history of miniature golf in the USA, and how it has evolved over the last 100 years. The film explores these unique, family-friendly roadside attractions through the voice of the talented, often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.

Will Work for Views
Dir. Joseph Litzinger
9:00PM-10:27PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center
Way ahead of his time - before Youtube, before Snapchat, before Facebook and even before the internet itself – Paul Petroskey starting filming himself performing song parodies, music videos, unboxing videos, video blogging, sharing reviews and telling jokes. Now, thirty years and two thousand videos later, in the age of overnight YouTube sensations, Paul’s “overnight” still has not come....

Fri, June 1, 2018, 7:00pm  Details

NHDocs: June 2

Short Film Block #1

1:30 PM – New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

All For This
Dir. Eric Jenkins-Sahlin
2:34 min
Melissa finds her voice by invoking early blues women: “They sang their stories and they were always just so heart-wrenching.” She’s not afraid to let it all out, and laughs about singing “hateful songs” like “God May Forgive You (But I Won’t).”

Arrested (Again)
Dir. Dan Goldes
4:33 min
Activist and Rhode Island native Karen Topakian has been arrested dozens of times for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest nuclear proliferation, human rights abuses, environmental issues, and war. What drives her to repeatedly put her body on the line? In turn lighthearted and moving, Karen's story speaks to the need for Americans, now more than ever, to exercise this important First Amendment right.

Dripping Identity (Nasty Women FF winner)
Dir. Ina Chen
who am I? where do I come from? who's my family? do I know them anymore? how far am I away from home? what is my identity? from a self point of view...

Sat, June 2, 2018, 1:30pm  Details

NHDocs: June 3

Filmmaking Panel #2: Crowdsourcing Your Film
Gorman Bechard, Michael Galinsky
Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center 

Student Film Competition
Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center 
Q&A with award presentation

Compassionfest presents: The Last Pig
Dir. Allison Argo
Whitney Humanities Center
THE LAST PIG is a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill. Immersive, experiential, with sparse inner reflections, the film follows a pig farmer through his final season of slaughtering pigs.

Our Family Album
Dir. Therese Serana and Charles Musser
Therese Serana and Charles Musser reflect on the construction, nature and meaning of the family album. Beginning with their own family photographs, this intimate portrait gradually move outward to engage scholars, archivists, and fellow filmmakers.

Punk Band
Dir. Bradley Pontecore
PUNK BAND is the chaotic story of a politically...

Sun, June 3, 2018, 11:00am  Details

NHDocs: June 4

Life on Parole
Dir. Matthew O'Neill
6:30PM-7:25PM @ Whitney Humanities Center

Cooler Bandits
Dir. John Lucas
8:00PM-9:40PM @ Whitney Humanities Center
The Cooler Bandits follows four friends in four stages of incarceration, struggling to confront their future in the old neighborhood, after 20 years in prison.

Mon, June 4, 2018, 6:30pm  Details

NHDocs: June 5

Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes
Dir. Sean Durant
6:30PM-7:50PM @ Whitney Humanities Center
A woman's journey to discover and trace the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first slave narrative in U.S. history.

The Bottle Never Lets Me Down - music video
What it Takes: film en douze tableaux
Dir. Gorman Bechard
8:00PM-9:28PM @ Café Nine
Sarah Shook, a vegan, bisexual, atheist, civil rights activist singer/songwriter, and her band of seasoned vitruosos, The Disarmers, prove they have what it takes to shake up the country/western world by taking it back to its kick-ass roots.

Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
Dir. Roxana Walker-Canton
8:30PM-9:45PM @Whitney Humanities Center
LIVING THINKERS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE IVORY TOWER examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today.

Tue, June 5, 2018, 6:30pm  Details

NHDocs: June 6

North Pole, NY
Dir. Ali Cotterill 
6:30PM-7:39PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center
North Pole, NY is a documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a conman who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.

Dir. Adam Mazo
7:00PM-8:30PM @ Whitney Humanities Center
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

Dir. Mary Healey Jamiel
8:30PM-10:00PM @ Whitney Humanities Center 
SEARCHDOG is the story of Matt Zarrella, a Search Specialist who...

Wed, June 6, 2018, 6:30pm  Details

NHDocs: June 7

Works in Progress Screenings
3:00PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center

Best Video presents: The Village: Life in New Haven's Little Italy
Dir. Steve Hamm
The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy, tells the story of the city’s Wooster Square neighborhood, which for many years was a tight-knit Italian-American enclave.

Out of My Head
Dir. Susana Styrom
7:00PM-8:17PM @ Screening Room 208, Whitney Humanities Center
When a filmmaker investigates the devastating migraines which have her daughter in their grip, she discovers migraine is not just the terrible headache she always thought it to be, but a mysterious, deeply stigmatized neurological disease afflicting nearly a billion people worldwide. So she decides to make a film and trace the journey, as mother and daughter seek understanding and ever-elusive treatment.

Sickies Making Movies
Dir. Joe Tropea
8:30PM-9:45PM @ Whitney Humanities Center
A love letter to film history, Sickies Making Films looks at our urge to censor movies and asks, Why? By focusing on the...

Thu, June 7, 2018, 3:00pm  Details

NHDocs: June 8

Deliver Us From Evil
Dir. Amy Berg

West of Memphis
Dir. Amy Berg

Janis: Little Girl Blue
Dir. Amy Berg

Fri, June 8, 2018, 3:00pm  Details

NHDocs: June 9

Some of Sheila Nevin's Favorites
Reel of Sheila's Documentary Highlights (10min), The Number on Great Grandpa's Arm (Amy Schatz, 2018, , 19min), Saving Pelican 895 (Irene Taylor Brodsky, 2011, 40min), God is the Bigger Elvis (Rebecca Cammisa, 2011, 37min)

Class Divided
Dir. Marc Levin
Followed by a Q & A

Dir. Kristi Jacobson and Julie Goldman
Followed by a Q & A

Awards Ceremony
Screening of the top 3 student films, and the audience award winner for best feature.

Sat, June 9, 2018, 12:30pm  Details

NHDocs: June 10

Sink and Swim & Seeing Red
Dir. Su Fredrich

Gut Renovation
Dir. Su Fredrich

Panel: What Constitutes a Documentary
with Su Fredrich and Charles Musser

The Ties That Bind & I Cannot Tell You How I Feel
Dir. Su Fredrich

Sun, June 10, 2018, 11:00am  Details