The 2017/18 MNFF Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater began in December 2017 and concluded in May 2018, featuring a specially curated film each month by a prominent first or second time filmmaker.

Six films in all, the Series kicked off on Sunday, December 3 with a 2pm screening of the powerful drama “Menashe,” directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein. The January selection was the luminous documentary “California Typewriter,” directed by Doug Nichol, screening Sunday, January 7, also at 2pm. Following thereafter – “I Am Evidence” on February 18 at 2pm, “Novitiate” on March 11 at 2pm, “Lady Bird” on April 7 at 7pm and “The Judge” on May 11 at 7pm.

Individual tickets to the films are $12.  At the beginning of each season, a Series Pass is sold which offers a discount off the individual ticket price.

Both the Pass and the single tickets are always sold through Town Hall Theater, either on the THT website, at the box office in the Jackson Gallery or day of show at the THT lobby.For the 2018/19 season, MNFF expects to expand the Winter Screening Series yet again to seven films beginning with a pre-Thanksgiving film in mid-November. Details forthcoming in the fall.We deeply appreciate the support of our Winter Screening Series sponsors: the Addison Independent, Farm Fresh Radio 102.9, IPJ Real Estate, Brennan, Punderson and Donahue and Marble Trail Financial.

2017/18 PROGRAM

The Judge

Friday, May 11, 7:00 pm

A captivating and stirring documentary that chronicles the story of the first female Sharia judge in the history of the Middle East, the extraordinarily intelligent and charismatic Kholoud Faqih, and reveals the nuances of Palestinian life and culture.

Lady Bird

Saturday, April 7, 7:00 pm

Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, this brilliant drama portrays the humor and pathos in the turbulent but loving bond between a mother and her teenage daughter, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, and sharply observes the relationships and beliefs that shape and define us.


Sunday, March 11, 2:00 pm

In the Vatican II era in the early 1960’s, radical changes in the Catholic Church threaten the course of nuns’ lives. As Cathleen progresses from postulant to novitiate, her faith is repeatedly challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.

I Am Evidence

Sunday, February 18, 2:00 pm

A riveting and timely documentary of four sexual assault survivors whose rape kits went untested for years, following them as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system and learn that so often, the system is broken.

California Typewriter

Sunday, January 7, 2:00 pm

A documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse, this intriguing and beautiful film features Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, Sam Shepard, and others.

It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines, as the digital age’s emphasis on speed and convenience redefines who’s serving whom, human or machine?


Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm

Within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox and quite insular Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish [with English subtitles], the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Beautifully directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein, “Menashe” provides a window into a world that few outsiders will ever know.

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