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...

Alaskan Nets2

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.

The Ants & The Grasshopper3

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.

At the Ready4

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.

The Badger5

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION

Vermont



SYNOPSIS

Right before Soodeh Sharifzadegan’s second marriage, her 11-year-old son, Matiar, is kidnapped. After considerable effort, Soodeh is forced to ask for the ransom money from her ex-husband, Peyman. After Matiar’s release, Soodeh comes to the sudden realization that the entire event was her son’s plan to lay the groundwork for his father’s return.

Best Summer Ever6

By Matt Heywood

SYNOPSIS



Sage and Anthony have had the best summer ever after falling in love at a dance camp in Vermont. Not expecting to reunite until the following summer, Sage arrives unexpectedly at Anthony’s high school. Now faced with high school cliques, an evil cheerleader, and an illegal secret keeping Sage’s family on the move, they must reevaluate their relationship as Tony struggles to be both a high school football star and the dancer he’s always wanted to be.

Burning The Village7

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION


New England





SYNOPSIS


Burning The Village delicately weaves the stories of three families struggling after the births of their children. Delving beyond “baby blues,” the film illustrates the challenges sparked by new parenthood. Psychologists, authors, and educators highlight the lack of social and policy supports. Burning The Village raises awareness and offers guidance to those suffering, all in the hope of building stronger villages.

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters8

By Matt Heywood

SYNOPSIS

Beginning in 1980s New York City, this film chronicles the love story between dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, the diverse dance company they founded, and the painful devastation of AIDS on the arts community, as told through the company’s signature performance piece D-Man in the Waters.

The Celine Archive9

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION

New England



SYNOPSIS

Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her Filipino community in Northern California. This film digs up her story. The filmmaker, a grieving mother with a long-term commitment to exploring race, gender and immigration, exhumes Celine Navarro’s story, exposing silences that haunt Filipin@x American communities today, along with Celine Navarro’s family, community members and scholars who know different details about this largely untold event in American history.

Chinese Box10

By Matt Heywood

SYNOPSIS


Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons stars as John, a British journalist living in Hong Kong. John has John, a British journalist living in Hong Kong, has fallen in love with Vivian, a bartender with a jaded past. Vivian is eager to secure her position in Hong Kong society and wants her successful boyfriend Chang to marry her. When Chang proves to be indecisive about their relationship, Vivian turns to John. Starring Jeremy Irons and Gong-Li.