Dare To Be Different
Directed by Ellen Goldfarb
When WLIR 92.7, the independent radio station in Long Island, New York, changed their music format in 1982 to a unique modern rock mix of punk and new wave, they ended up creating a musical revolution that had ripple effects throughout the country and a lasting musical influence around the world. As the first radio station in the U.S. to play such ground-breaking bands as U2, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, even Prince and Madonna, these pioneering taste-makers inspired other radio stations to create similar experimental formats as well as broadened America’s musical tastes. More than just a nostalgic trip down musical memory lane, this documentary is a fascinating glimpse into a sub-cultural zeitgeist and also an entertaining primer to the politics of radio regulations and the F.C.C. Features interviews with Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Debbie Harry, Nick Rhodes, and other artists and DJs who made the revolution happen.
Featuring a post-screening Q&A with director Ellen Goldfarb and former W.L.I.R. DJ Scott “DJ Bird” Peacock.
The Key to Dali
Directed by David Fernández García
The Key to Dalí unfolds the exceptional story of Spanish scientist Tomeo L`Amo, who bought an unknown painting in 1989, which he strongly believes is an original DALÍ. A 25 years-long journey begins, where he investigates, invests enormous amounts and follows experts around the world until he meets the one in Paris that changes his life.
In Person: David Fernández García (director)
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
Directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye
Chef, author, and travel show host Anthony Bourdain takes us on a whirlwind journey around the world to see how various countries are dealing with the issues of food waste and sustainability. From chefs who create unique recipes using reclaimed ingredients to governments that charge residents for throwing away their food, this illuminating film presents some creative solutions to this global environmental crisis. Once you find out how long it takes a head of lettuce to decompose in the landfill, you too will start a compost bin at home.
Directed by Stefan Avalos
A documentary about a backwoods dreamer, living in rural Ohio with an unlikely obsession for “Stradivari” and all things violin, who, through the magic of socialmedia, convinces a famous European concert violinist that he can make a copy of one of the most famous and valuable violins in the world. This film won both the Audience Award and Jury Award at the Slamdance Film Festival and also won the Audience Award at the Florida Film Festival.
Brimstone & Glory:
Directed by Viktor Jakovleski
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their echnical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lofi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. For the people of Tultepec, the National Pyrotechnic Festival is explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. This film won the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Directed by Jack C. Newell
42 Grams is an intimate portrait of how chef Jake Bickelhaupt evolved from running an illegal restaurant out of his home to being a culinary celebrity in less than a year and the toll it takes on his personal life.
Video Mass Presents: Omni: Verse
Short Films/90 Min/USA/English
Produced by Grier Dill and Tessa Greenberg
A Sci-Fi Anthology Feature Film Featuring Damian Young (House of Cards, The Comeback, Birdman) Showcasing 15 short ﬁlms from NYC’s most innovative emerging ﬁlmmakers, OMNI:VERSE explores alternate realities, sci-ﬁ themes, and worlds that could have been if only the rules of the universe were altered just a bit. OMNI:VERSE is a speculative-ﬁction, omnibus style feature ﬁlm that addresses the many different outcomes for the question “What If…?”. Created by the New York based ﬁlm collective, Video Mass, which prompts independent ﬁlmmakers to create ﬁlms around a central theme. Each short ﬁlm is connected by a throughline story that follows Dr.S (Damian Young), an eccentric parapsychologist who seeks a new employee to help “manage” the oddities and curiosities in the multiverse. Written, produced, and edited in under 8 weeks, OMNI:VERSE is a community based ﬁlm experience that challenges the DIY approach to ﬁlmmaking and Hollywood, as well as the overlooked sub-genre of speculative-ﬁction.
Video Mass Presents: Video Massacre
Short Films/90 Min/USA/English
Following in the bloody footprints of the recent revival in anthology horror ﬁlms (V/H/S, The ABC’s of Death), ﬁlm collective Video Mass presents: VIDEO MASSACRE, Vol. 1 Welcome to 82 minutes of gruesome, blood-curdling original horror shorts, created by 20 of Brooklyn’s most talented, twisted filmmakers, condensed into one unforgettable program! After multiple sold-out screenings in New York City, Video Mass can’t wait to share our gospel of horror with the rest of the country! THE PREMISE: After stumbling upon a cursed videotape in an abandoned cabin, an adventurous couple unwittingly release the spirit of Belphagor, a charming ghostdemon. Under the guise of sharing some of his favorite scary movies, “Belphy” attempts to scare his guests, and ultimately, break the curse that has trapped him in the tape for thousands of years. Films included in VIDEO MASSACRE have screened at festivals all over the world, including: Slamdance, New York City Horror Festival, Malta Horror Film Fest, Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest, Rhode Island International Film Fest, Morbido Film Fest, and more!
Directed by Christopher Valdes and Theodore Griswold
When a song he writes angers a dangerous drug cartel, Manuel is forced to flee his home in Honduras to go to the United States. From a radio cabin in North Carolina, Manuel recounts his narrow escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant.
Directed by Nicholas Schrunk
The mysteries surrounding her father’s death in the Vietnam war lead ultra-endurance mountain biker Rebecca Rusch on an emotional journey as she pedals 1200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail.