Film Fest 52

7:00pm Wed July 3

"Sweet Caroline"
A Twisted Mind Bender

105 min. Dir. Jorge Xolalpa Jr. - Life for a happy couple descends slowly into madness after a very raw tragedy strikes them.

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7:00pm Wed July 10
Documentary Shorts BCI 2019

Anyone Like Me 26 min. Dir. Mimi d'Autremont - Anyone Like Me explores the intersection of Deaf culture and America's favorite pastime: football. The Gallaudet University Bison of Washington, D.C. are the world’s only collegiate deaf and hard of hearing football team. 90 percent of deaf and hard of hearing individuals are raised in families with no prior knowledge of American Sign Language or Deaf culture. This project follows coach Shelby Bean, 25, a Hard of Hearing man and former Bison team captain. Shelby, along with his players, say before they came to Gallaudet they shared the experience of marginalization for their perceived ‘disability,’ and sports was often the only place they ever felt normal. When Shelby came to Gallaudet as a freshman he didn’t know anything about Deaf culture or ASL, but through the football team he found his place within the culture and his Hard of Hearing identity.

The NBA, The White House, Child Abuse and Hitler 25 min. Dir. John Follis - Few people get honored at The White House, or The UN. This is a true story about how I got honored at both … thanks to Hitler.

120 YEARS 36.75 min. Dir. Keerthana Annamaneni - 120 YEARS tells the story of Scott Lewis, a citizen of New Haven, Connecticut who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he never committed. Over the course of two decades, Lewis built his case from behind bars, poring over legal texts, writing to attorneys, and holding out hope that one day he might walk free.

The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting 19.25 min. Directed by: Julie Mallozzi. This is a beautiful and compelling story about what the People can do. Against all odds, the people in Maine force the politicians to listen. If only "as Maine goes, so goes the Nation"! —Lawrence Lessig. Facing increasingly divisive politics, citizens across America are coming together to change the way we vote. Maine leads the way, fighting entrenched interests to enact a reform that reduces negative campaigning, eliminates the "spoiler effect," and opens races to minority & third-party candidates.

 

7:00pm Wed July 17
General Magic

Spun out from Apple in 1990 to create the ‘next big thing’, General Magic shipped the first handheld wireless personal communicator in 1994.

From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emoji, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic.

But this was before the Web, before 3G, before Google, before everyone had a mobile phone in their pocket. The world was not ready in 1994 to hold the world in its hands. And though General Magic died, those concepts and the people who pioneered them went on to change almost everything.

Combining rare archive footage with contemporary stories of the Magicians today, this documentary tracks the progress of anytime, anywhere communication from a thing of sci-fi fiction in 1994 to a reality in our pockets today. This is the story of one of history’s most talented teams and what happens when those who dream big fail, fail again, fail better and ultimately succeed.

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SUBJECT BIOS:

  • Marc Porat - The 'visionary' founder of General Magic, Marc Porat began his career at the Aspen Institute researching the third era of industry; the digital age. A self declared ‘time traveller,’ Marc imagined a future in which we would all carry a super computer in our pockets, a device that would enable communication anywhere at any time. After Porat convinced the Apple board to fund the development of this magical device inside a separate company, General Magic was born. Leading the secret startup as its CEO, Marc was responsible for delivering the vision and collecting an extraordinary Alliance of global consumer electronics, telecommunications and content partners in order to facilitate it. He led the company to go public and raised 100 million dollars on Nasdaq. Departing the company when its share price was tumbling and its future was in doubt, Marc retreated from Silicon Valley and began work in creating greener technologies for construction and manufacturing. Today, Marc is an angel investor and advisor to startups and political groups aiming to combat the increasing extremism of bipartisan politics.
  • Tony Fadell - Straight out of University and wanting to work directly with his heroes, the creators of the Macintosh, Tony slept outside of General Magic’s offices until he was finally accepted in for an interview. Joining General Magic at 22, the ‘college kid’ was the youngest employee of the company. Refusing to be classed either as a hardware or software engineer, Tony instead straddled both departments, learning while doing. Tony spent four years working at General Magic before leaving to head up his own hardware team at consumer giant Phillips. After the dot.com crash, Tony was invited to Apple to lead the iPod hardware team before joining the iPhone team as a co-creator. Leaving Apple shortly after the iPhone launch, Tony headed back into the garage to create Nest Labs, later acquired by Google for $3.2 billion. Today Tony runs Future Shape, investing in green technology ventures around the world.
  • Andy Hertzfeld - Widely referred to as Yoda across Silicon Valley, Andy Hertzfeld began his career at Apple in the early 1980’s. Having bought an Apple II in the late 1970’s, Andy began independently writing software packages for the legendary machine. When Steve Jobs learned about the software he asked Andy to meet with him. Shortly afterwards, Jobs made Andy the lead software programmer on the Macintosh project. A co-founder of General Magic, Andy’s reputation as one of the world’s greatest software engineers attracted the best and brightest to the fledgling company. After leaving General Magic, Andy founded Eazel and Folklore.org before joining Google as a key designer of the Google Circles user interface.
  • Megan Smith - The daughter of a family of engineers, Megan graduated from MIT before joining Apple Japan. After meeting Macintosh co-creator Bill Atkinson, 24 year old Megan was persuaded to join General Magic as employee number 7, working in the mechanical engineering and hardware departments. After General Magic, Megan became CEO of Planet Out, the leading LGBT online community, before joining Google.org as General Manager. She became the United States’ 3rd Chief Technology Officer, serving under President Obama. A dedicated humanitarian, she is today the co-founder of shift7 and The Malala Yousafzai Fund
  • John Sculley - Former President of Pepsi (1977-1982) and CEO of Apple (1983-1993), he famously ousted Steve Jobs in 1985. He bought Marc Porat’s vision about spinning out General Magic in 1990 to create the world’s first smartphone. Internally storm clouds were gathering as General Magic’s popularity and early success looked to be overshadowing Apple. The Newton, a direct competitor to the General Magic device, was announced in 1993, causing General Magic to cease co-development work with Apple. After poor sales of the Newton, John Sculley was later fired by Apple. Today John Sculley is an angel investor in med tech companies, working especially with Founder CEOs.

 

7:00pm Wed July 24 "Sea of Change"

In a historic self-shot adventure, eight GoPro cameras capture the harrowing 6,689 mile journey of Afrikaners, Vasti Geldenhuys and Riaan Manser as they attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to New York in a rowboat. Over 133 days at sea, they battle the elements and each other on an epic adventure of survival, self-discovery and transformation while risking everything from their relationship to their lives.

Director Biography - Dana Schwartz
Dana Schwartz is a documentary film producer, writer, and director. Sea Change is Schwartz’s directorial debut. Schwartz has produced four documentary feature films: Paper Tigers, Resilience, California Typewriter, and The United States of Detroit.

 

7:00pm Wed July 31
"The Dog Walker"
A "Whodunit" Thriller With Very Crooked Twists And Turns That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat.
6:00pm Meet n' Greet With Producer And Lead Actress: Robyn Babina. Complimentary Wine
7:00pm Film And Q&A

Written & Directed by: Australian native, Kylie Hitchcock-Garcelon 75 min. An investigative journalist, crippled with an anxiety disorder, retires from the field after a traumatic assignment on a dogfighting ring but is forced to confront the unresolved story when a psychotic stalker causes her new life to unravel.

 

7:00pm Wed Aug 7
"King BiBi"
Post Film Discussion

90 min. Israeli Documentary, Director: Dan Shadur. The remarkable and controversial story of Benjamin Netanyahu's rise to power, reflected through four decades of public appearances that changed Israel forever.

Director Bio: Dan Shadur is an Israeli filmmaker and writer, a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. His debut documentary "Before The Revolution" was funded by Yes Docu and ITVS, premiered in Hotdocs 2013 and featured in dozens of other international festivals. It was the first ever Israeli documentary to be broadcast inside Iran. Shadur also directed short films, music videos and commercials. His articles and stories have been featured in Israel's leading newspapers and magazines.

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