4 Little Girls1 ·

By Matt Heywood

By Matt Heywood

SYNOPSIS4 Little Girls powerfully portrays the people and events leading up to the violent bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, that took the lives of four young Black girls. SPECIAL NOTEThis screening is part of a tribute to MNFF Honoree Sam Pollard, who produced and edited the film. Read More...

6FT.2

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION
United States

SYNOPSIS 
6FT is a surreal fever-dream of a short film, in which an isolated creature struggles to break free from the safety and suffocation of its forced seclusion. Created as a collaboration between artists in Brooklyn and London, 6FT. is about loneliness, connection, and our separate-but-shared quarantine experiences.

A Beautiful Nightmare3

By Gorilla Web

PREMIERE DESIGNATION
New England

SYNOPSIS
Daniel, a highly accomplished but troubled dancer, comes home from college only to find himself entangled in a psychological battle between himself and his concerned father.

The Act4

By Gorilla Web

PREMIERE DESIGNATION
Vermont

SYNOPSIS
It’s 1965, the eve of decriminalization of acts of male homosexuality. Matthews, a young gay man at odds with the world, discovers love, sex and a family in the backstreets and underground bars of London’s Soho.

Alaskan Nets5

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION


New England





SYNOPSIS


Off the coast of Alaska lies a remote island that’s home to the Tsimshian Indians of Alaska’s last native reserve, Metlakatla. For more than a century, two sacred traditions have defined Metlakatla: fishing and basketball. In an improbable journey, two cousins lead their team and town in search of their first state championship in more than thirty years—the only thing that will bring life back to an island that has been rocked by tragedy.

Amuse Bouche6

By Gorilla Web

PREMIERE DESIGNATION
United States

SYNOPSIS
A peculiar relationship develops between a mukbang Youtuber and her entranced editor.

Annah la Javanaise7

By Gorilla Web

PREMIERE DESIGNATION
Vermont

SYNOPSIS
In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model. They called her Annah la Javanaise. This is a reimagining of her story.

The Ants & The Grasshopper8

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION





Vermont











WINNER





Gaia Prize for Environmental Filmmaking











SYNOPSIS





How do you change someone’s mind about the most important thing in the world? Anita Chitaya has a gift – she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge – persuading Americans that climate change is real.

An Occurrence At Arverne9

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION


Vermont





SYNOPSIS


A man arrives at an unknown home with an unknown agenda.

At the Ready10

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION

Vermont



SYNOPSIS

Ten miles from the Mexican border, students at Horizon High School in El Paso (many of whom are Latinx) train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents. As they discover that the realities of their dream jobs may be at odds with the truths and people they hold most dear, they grapple with their place in their communities at the intersection of identity, immigration, and personal politics.