Milwaukee Film Festival

Flick by Flick, Part 1

We break down the festival's first weekend of movies, with every trailer available.

By - Sep 17th, 2012 11:27 am
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This year’s Milwaukee Film Festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 11. Photo credit CJ Foeckler.

The fourth annual Milwaukee Film Festival begins next week, bringing cinema of all shapes and sizes to Cream City. With 15 days of screenings and over 100 films, it can be a challenge to decide what to see. That’s where this Flick by Flick guide comes in, breaking down the festival’s films by their opening night and providing a summary and trailer (when possible) for each. After all, there’s at least one film for everyone in the festival – it’s just a matter of figuring out which is for you.

This is Part 1 of our guide, covering the first weekend of premieres (Sept. 27-30). For the remainder of the festival, check out Part 2, which spans the month of October. In both guides, we’ve chosen to simplify most of the MFF’s official film categories, although films in their “Spotlight Presentations” series are noted with asterisks (*). For more information on any of these films, click through to their official websites or stop by the MFF website. And don’t think this is the extent of our festival coverage – we’ll be reviewing a variety of films in the weeks to come, as well as covering the MFF opening night party at Discovery World.

Films will screen at one or more of the festival’s three theaters: Fox-Bay Cinema, 334 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay; Downer Theatre, 2589 Downer Ave.; or the Oriental Theatre, 2230 N. Farwell Ave. For tickets, visit any of their box offices, call (414) 727-8468 or check the MFF website.

Thursday, Sept. 27

*Starbuck

Format: Feature
Synopsis: After discovering that his girlfriend is pregnant, “loveable loser” David Wozniak also discovers that through sperm donation that he has also fathered 533 other children. Starbuck tells the story of Wozniak trying to connect with his children while simultaneously attempting to figure out his own life. In French with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

Friday, Sept. 28

Ethel

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: Directed by Emmy-award winner Rory Kennedy, Ethel pays homage to her mother, Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy. This documentary features never before seen photos, intimate family interviews and more to tell the story of the incredible and strong-willed woman.

Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 2:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPAzvDnEyYs

Come As You Are

Format: Feature
Synopsis: This Belgian film follows three handicapped young men who fear they will die virgins. After hearing of a brothel in Spain that specializes in serving the needs of handicapped males, the trio attempt to travel there in search of gratification. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Friday Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

The Imposter

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: An adolescent boy is discovered in Europe three years after disappearing from his Texas home three years prior. After returning home, his family starts to raise the question – what happened in those three years and why is he so different?

Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2:15 p.m, Downer Theatre

Trailer:

Mourning

Format: Feature
Synopsis: Accidentally left behind by his feuding parents, a young boy and his deaf aunt travel to Tehran to find them in this Iranian film. In Persian with English Subtitles.
Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

5 Broken Cameras

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: This documentary follows a farmer in Palestine over the course of five years, refusing to sit idle and watch his home and land be demolished. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.
Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

Shorts: Out of this World

Format: Shorts
Synopsis: This off the wall series of shorts aims to confuse and perplex with bizarre visuals and strange subjects.
Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct 8, 9:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct 10, 7 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Step Up to the Plate

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: French culinary artist Michel Bras trains his son Sebastian to follow in his footsteps and take over as head chef at his restaurant, presented with delicacy and grace. In French with English subtitles.
Showtimes: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.,Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 4:45 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct 4, 5 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

Chasing Ice

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: National Geographic photographer James Balog heads north with the innovative Extreme Ice Survey in this gorgeously photographed documentary about climate change.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.,Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct 6, 4 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct 9, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: The highly controversial nature of Chinese visual artist Ai Weiwei’s work has resulted in everything from the shutting down of his blog to physical violence and destruction. This documentary gives the viewer an in-depth look into the life and creative process of Weiwei and his work.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.,Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Saturday, Oct 6, 12:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct 8, 5:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

An Affair of the Heart

Format: Documentary
Synopsis: This documentary follows singer and former General Hospital star Rick Springfield as he encounters his rabid fan base at virtually every corner.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 5:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

Nobody Else But You

Format: Feature

Synopsis: After a Marilyn Monroe lookalike is found dead in a French village, a crime novelist attempts to solve the mystery himself.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 9:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct 9, 9:45 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct 11, 5 p.m., Downer Theatre

Trailer:

Shorts: Date Night

Format: Shorts

Synopsis: Pretty self explanatory – a collection of shorts about love, lust, heartbreak and just about everything in between.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 7:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 7:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Saturday, Oct 6, 7:15 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct 11, 8 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to breast cancer research? This film takes a closer look into a darker side to the world of breast cancer awareness that many of us would have never thought existed.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 12 noon., Downer Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct 7, 2 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

Summer Games

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Two troubled pre-teens find comfort in each other at a campsite as they try to make sense of their dysfunctional families. In Italian with English subtitles.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 8:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct 9, 8:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Bones Brigade documents the rise of the “greatest skateboard team ever”, including the legendary Tony Hawk.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Saturday Oct. 6, 6 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

Sacrifice

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Two infants are switched at birth to protect the sole survivor of royalty in this re-visitation of the classic Chinese play The Orphan of Zhao. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Thursday, Oct 4, 4:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct 10, 8:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

I Want My Name Back

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” became an international chart topper in 1979, yet the group saw none of the benefits of the song’s success. This documentary follows two of the group’s members in an attempt to seek out what is theirs.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 9:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct 1, 9:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct 2, 4:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

Gayby

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Best friends Matt and Jenn attempt to have a child after failed attempts at finding their respective soulmates, the only catch being that Matt is gay. Based on the short film by Jonathan Lisecki. In English.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 9:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct 2, 9:45 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Saturday, Oct 6, 7:00 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

http://youtu.be/Z3tVMYfut5Q

V/H/S

Format: Feature

Synopsis: A group of criminals are given the simple assignment of breaking into a remote home to steal a single VHS video tape, but quickly discover that the task at hand is not as easy as they initially thought. In English.

  • Friday, Sept. 28, 12 midnight, Oriental Theatre

Trailer:

http://youtu.be/Iv6S3RGMGw8

Saturday, Sept. 29

Kids Shorts: Size Small

Format: Children’s shorts

Synopsis: A series of seven shorts targeted to kids ages 3+ with a global angle. One particular stand-out: The Gruffalo’s Child, which just picked up the audience award at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Kids Shorts: Size Large

Format: Children’s shorts

Synopsis: A series of eight shorts for kids ages 8+, including one 3-D flick: Magic Piano.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Sunday, Oct. 7,1 p.m. Fox-Bay Cinema

The Milwaukee Youth Show

Format: Children’s shorts

Synopsis: A series of twenty shorts, all by Milwaukeeans 18 or younger. Films run the gamut from stop-motion animation to documentaries.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m., Oriental Theatre

Kids Shorts: Size Medium

Format: Children’s shorts

Synopsis: A series of ten shorts targeted to kids ages 6+.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 12:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre

*Last Day at Lambeau

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Debut documentarian Michael Neelsen explores the dynamic of star quarterback Brett Favre’s fan base, divided by his retirement from Green Bay and return to football with the Jets and Vikings.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 20, 12 noon, Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

Trailer:

The Invisible War

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Director Kirby Dick’s latest work makes a startling statement: a U.S. female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Interviews with officials, politicians and survivors reveal how these crimes are concealed, and how the military can stop this hidden tragedy.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m., Downer Theatre
Trailer:

Tales of the Night

Format: Children’s feature

Synopsis: Three silhouetted narrators (two children and a cinema tech) frame six fables from around the world in this animated feature, suitable for kids age 10 and up.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 1:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Shorts: Let’s Get Animated

Format: Feature shorts

Synopsis: This compilation gathers animated films by 11 different artists in as many styles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 6:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

11 Flowers

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Wang Xiaoshuai directs this autobiographical story of a young boy caught up in China’s Cultural Revolution when he crosses paths with a fugitive from the city. Part of MFF’s Passport: China series, the film is in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 3:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 2:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

We’re Not Broke

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: This timely documentary takes the simple soundbite – “America is broke” – and actually looks at it, revealing how U.S. corporations can dodge paying their income tax and following one grassroots movement’s attempt to expose their methods.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Sans Soleil

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: This documentary/essay-film, one of the late Chris Marker’s most well-known, blends actual documentary footage, stock images and fictional sequences into an unmatched reflection on the fallibility of human memory and the consequences it has on history. In French, no subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKOJUgTqFtY

Planet of Snail

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: This South Korean (with English subtitles) films centers on the lives of Young-Chan, a deaf and blind writer, and his wife Soon-Ho, who works past her own spinal disability to help him experience the world.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

Tey (Aujourd’hui)

Format: Feature

Synopsis: In a Senegal town, one man wakes up knowing today is his last day alive, and sets out to experience his home for the last time. In Wolof and French, with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 5:15 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 9:30 p.m. Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Bad Brains: A Band in DC

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: The history of Bad Brains, the band credited with the invention of hardcore punk, as told through concert footage, animation and interviews.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 9 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

Dead Weight

Format: Feature

Synopsis: In a post-apocalyptic Wisconsin, survivor Charlie journeys to meet his girlfriend in Wausau. To get there, he must overcome both the physical obstacles in his way and memories holding him back.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Las Acacias

Format: Feature

Synopsis: An unlikely trio – a male truck driver, female hitchhiker and her five-month-old baby – slowly develop a relationship over the course of one trip from Paraguay to Argentina. The film features minimalist dialogue, and is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 2:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fK1fKMEA4

Shorts: Quiet Riots

Format: Shorts

Synopsis: A collection of seven shorts, focusing on underdog stories and emotional tales.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Me @ the Zoo

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: YouTube star Chris Crocker (“Leave Britney alone!” guy) is the primary subject of this film, which explores his rise to Internet fame and the broader implications of digital celebrity.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

King Curling

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Upon discovering his coach is dying, former curling star Truls Paulson returns to the ice with his team – without the OCD medication keeping him stable. This absurd sports comedy is in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:15 p.m. Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

*3, 2, 1…Frankie Go Boom

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Frankie’s brother Bruce has a habit of recording Frankie’s most embarrassing moments and slapping them on YouTube, but when his latest video, a drunken one night stand captured without Frankie’s knowledge, goes viral, Frankie has no choice but to do everything possible to shut it down.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Andrew Bird: Fever Year

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: This concert film depicts the performance and preparation for the last show of Bird’s 2009 tour, so rigorous he developed a perpetual fever and ended up hobbling on stage using crutches from an earlier injury. Notable both as the first film to record Bird’s multi-instrumental looping method and because that last stage is Milwaukee’s own Pabst Theater.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

The Rif Lover

Format: Feature

Synopsis: This Carmen-influenced film follows Aya, a 20-year-old girl in Morocco who finds herself drawn into romance with the local drug baron – only to have her illusions shattered when her brothers sell her virginity to the baron for a marijuana field. In Arabic and French, with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 10 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

Shorts: The Best Damn F*#@ing Midnight Program Ever. Sh*t.

Format: Shorts

Synopsis: The festival’s midnight shorts compilation returns for another year, with 11 edgy films for your consideration. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Showtimes: 

  • Saturday, Sept. 29, 12 midnight, Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 9:15 p.m. Oriental Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 10 p.m., Downer Theatre

Sunday, Sept. 30

Le Tableau

Format: Children’s feature

Synopsis: This French film (with English subtitles) takes place inside an incomplete painting, where the completed Allduns lord over the “inferior” Halvies and Sketchies, unfinished characters. Suggested for kids ages 9 and up.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

Alfie, the Little Werewolf

Format: Children’s feature

Synopsis: When Alfie turns into a fluffy werewolf on his seventh birthday, he suddenly faces the unexpected challenge of reconciling two distinct elements of his identity, and discovering how to fully be himself. In Dutch with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Old Dog

Format: Feature

Synopsis: This Tibetan drama focuses on a rural family’s mastiff, considered an exotic prize dog in China. When the family’s son sells the dog to a trader, the father sets out on a quest to retrieve his faithful companion that becomes an allegory for the Tibetan culture’s struggle to resist contemporary influences.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 7:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Inland Empire

Format: Feature

Synopsis: David Lynch’s latest (and, allegedly, last) film depicts an actress whose life begins to develop uncanny parallels to that of her latest character – who’s fated to have her life dramatically unravel.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Downer Theatre
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DlYCvxvPZY

Cairo 678

Format: Feature

Synopsis: Three Egyptian women take a stand against a culture that silences sexual assault victims and their champions. The film (in Arabic with English subtitles) was released only a month before Egypt’s January 25 revolution, and provoked nationwide controversy.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 4:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 9:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Goodbye

Format: Feature

Synopsis: A young female lawyer in Tehran, Iran plans to flee the country for her own safety after her law license is revoked for anti-government activities and her husband is exiled to the desert. In Farsi with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miBdfRKduaM

*Shorts: With a Little Help From My Friends

Format: Shorts

Synopsis: These seven shorts in the spotlight are all about friendships, be they between supermarket employees, the newly dead or old acquaintances bumping into each other again.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre

Beauty is Embarrassing

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Wayne White is probably most famous for his work as the designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, but this documentary tracks his broader career path, including his experience as a Pop Art master.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Big Boys Gone Bananas!

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: When Dole Corporation tried to silence Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten after he released his 2009 documentary Bananas!*, about a lawsuit filed by 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers against the company, he responded the only way he knew how: by making this documentary, a depiction of the tactics employed by one meganational corporation to quash free speech.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 6:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

Little Red

Format: Feature

Synopsis: This retelling of the “Red Riding Hood” fable by Milwaukee filmmaker Tate Bunker follows a young girl who meets a wolfish man (played by TCD’s own Mark Metcalf) on her way to Florida’s Cumberland Island.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:15 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:15 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
Trailer:

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: It sounds like a fantasy: the frontman of a Journey cover band gets an email from the original band, asking if he wants to join them in the studio and on the road. Such a fairy tale happened to Arnel Pineda, whose replacement of his legendary sound-alike Steve Perry is documented in this film.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Monday, Oct. 1, 6:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

http://vimeo.com/9421893

Shorts: It’s All Relative

Format: Shorts

Synopsis: Family is the subject of these nine shorts, with the adult-oriented program tackling its many complications.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Friday, Oct. 5, 4:45 p.m., Oriental Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 8:45 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema

China Heavyweight

Format: Documentary

Synopsis: Chinese boxing coach Qi Moxiang scouts out rural talent to mold into Olympic champions, in this documentary by award-winning director Yung Chang. In Chinese/Sicheanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m. Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4:30 p.m., Downer Theatre
Trailer:

17 Girls

Format: Feature

Synopsis: When a 16-year-old girl in a French port town gets pregnant, she takes the unexpected stept of convincing her friends to get pregnant as well – 17 of them in total. This French film (with English subtitles), is based on actual events in a Massachusetts town.

Showtimes: 

  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 9:45 p.m., Downer Theatre
  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Fox-Bay Cinema
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 noon, Oriental Theatre
Trailer:

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