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.

Storm Lake3

By Matt Heywood

PREMIERE DESIGNATION






Vermont













SYNOPSIS






The people of rural Storm Lake, Iowa confront a changing and precarious existence. Enter Art Cullen and his family members who deliver local news and editorials on a shoestring budget for their 3,000 readers of the Storm Lake Times. This paper offers a fighting chance for their beloved hometown, and by hook or by crook, the Cullens make the most of it. There’s simply too much at stake.

The Ants & The Grasshopper4

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 Ready5

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 Badger6

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 Ever7

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 Village8

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 Waters9

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 Archive10

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.