Festival Schedule

Below you will find an alphabetic list of all this year's films. You can also use the controls below to find out which films are playing when, and where. Click on the more information links to see cast, production information, and film media!

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Format: 2016-09-29

Allen Stares at Thrift Store Paintings

Experimental

A man tests his mettle when he passes through a gauntlet of second-hand artwork.    

Film Info:

• 5 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 5:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 11:00am


Awaken

Narrative Feature

Film Info:

• 1 hour 28 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm


Birthday

Narrative Short

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

Film Info:

• 13 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Blood on the Coal

Documentary Feature

Written in the blood of mineworkers and their families, Blood on the Coal tells the story of Australia’s Queensland coalfields – one of the world’s richest energy resources and for 150 years a bitter industrial battleground.  The film opens with a journey to Mt. Mulligan, a remote and now abandoned mining community in outback Queensland. In 1921 Mt. Mulligan was the site of Queensland’s worst mining disaster, when 75 men were killed in a coal mine explosion. A retired coal miner and his two daughters make the long journey in search of their family’s past and to pay their respects to their lost loved ones.  Wiping out two thirds of the town’s male population, Mt. Mulligan sent a shock wave throughout Australia’s mining industry and began the long and bitterly fought path to improved safety and working conditions. But it would be decades before improvements began to filter through to the coal face. 

Film Info:

Australia • 1 hour 43 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 1:00pm


Bloodline

Narrative Short

The heir of a serial killing dynasty has trouble overcoming his own psychosis while trying to carry on the legacy of his ancestors. Cam Trepard, once a sweet innocent boy, has been urged into the serial killing business by his psychotic, albeit caring, father. There is one problem, Cam's ventures of death are always thwarted by myriad physical health problems that his Doctor swears are all in his head. Upon reflection while buried in tomb of depression, Cam tries to overcome his fears and become the man of which his father knew he was capable. The new, reinvigorated Cam shakes off his neurosis and finally has a potential victim in his grasp only to fall dead of a heart attack, effectively ending his murderous bloodline.

Film Info:

• 7 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 1:00pm


Breakfast at Ina's

Documentary Short

Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the “Breakfast Queen,” she has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years. Faced with the late stages of polio, Ina has decided to close the doors of her beloved breakfast nook. An outstanding chef and businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She's a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality - but most importantly, she's the rare sort of person who's found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends across an entire city, and beyond. The documentary, Breakfast at Ina's gives audiences a glimpse into Ina's extraordinary life, all while chronicling the last days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up its final meals. 

Film Info:

• 50 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 1:00pm


Cactus

Animation

A lonely cactus in the middle of the southwest wants nothing more than a simple hug.

 

Film Info:

• 4 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Children of the Arctic

Documentary Feature

Children of the Arctic is a year-in-the-life portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age in Barrow, Alaska - the northern-most community of the United States. As they embark on their journey into adulthood in and outside of Barrow, they wrestle with their roles as inheritors of a jeopardized culture. Their decisions are inseparably tied to the fate of their community. Who will carry the Iñupiat torch? Who will choose a more individualistic path? And what hangs in the balance? 

Film Info:

Switzerland • 1 hour 34 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Friday, November 6 - 5:00pm


Clarissa's War

Narrative Short

After completing his medical training at Harvard, Phillip Burke becomes engaged before leaving to serve in the Army during the Civil War. He is captured early in the war, and as a Confederate prisoner he serves as a surgeon in a southern mansion owned by Josiah Wakefield. Josiah's son Malcolm has married Clarissa Giles and has provided an heir to his family, but he doesn't treat his wife with respect and prefers the comforts of his favorite slave instead. As war rages on, Malcolm leaves to join the fight. When the Union prisoner, Captain Burke, is brought to the Wakefield home hospital as a surgeon, he meets Clarissa. An immediate spark between the two causes Clarissa to insist on staying to help Captain Burke with the wounded soldiers. Although bound to other people on opposite sides of the war, Clarissa and Phillip can't help falling in love.

Film Info:

• 58 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 11:00am


Clippings

Narrative Short

Four individuals from various walks of life, desperate for cash, become entwined in the enigmatic plans of a cunning recluse.

Film Info:

• 19 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Coffin Cruisin'

Documentary Short

Death is a taboo subject in American culture. We try not to think about it. People don't like to talk about it. And it's definitely not normal to embrace death. Except for during Halloween, that is. For one month of the year, it is totally ordinary and mainstream to celebrate our fears with cartoonish skeletons, ghouls, ghosts, and zombies. Come November first, it's less socially acceptable to display your rubber dead body props and plastic skull decorations. Coffin Crusin' is about a small club of Carolinians that refuse to conform to cultural norms by not putting away their caskets for the other 11 months of the year. 

Film Info:

• 16 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm


Cybergenesis

Experimental

What if we were the creator gods that a future cyber consciousness mythologized when imagining its origins? Or perhaps, we ourselves are blasting off into some currently unimaginable next phase of our evolution, one that transcends a purely physical existence.   

Film Info:

United States • 13 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 11:00am


Daybreak

Experimental

Opening our eyes each new day, we stare for a few minutes into space, seeing the first sights, hearing the first sounds. It is neither night nor day but something in-between. Fragments of dreams refusing to expire, the grip of the day not yet upon us, memory and desire hovering around the edges.

Film Info:

Canada • 7 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm


Driving While Black

Narrative Feature

Ninety five percent of my police experiences have not been amicable. I've been pulled over numerous times, but I can count on one Ninja Turtle hand how many of those cops were cool. The first thing they ask me is: do you have any warrants or are you on probation?  License and registration comes second. 
When I'm driving I'm always on the look out for cops.

1. Buckle seat belt. 
2. Check mirrors. 
3. Nigga watch out for cops. 
As a black man I have my guidelines and rules that I live by to navigate through most interactions with 5-0. Driving While Black will show you these rules and techniques. But in a satirical way cuz this movie is a comedy. Comedy is the best way to get through to people, and this is important because there's a lot of young niggas who get shot for no good reason by trigger-happy cops. 

Film Info:

• 1 hour 35 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Market House Studio Theatre
Friday, November 6 - 1:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Get Away

Narrative Short

To pull off this heist, they needed the best driver in the business... he wasn't available.

Film Info:

• 4 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Market House Studio Theatre
Friday, November 6 - 1:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


How to Get a Girl/Friend

Narrative Short

Kelsey has gone her whole life without needing female friends. Now that she's engaged to the man of her dreams, she must confront her fear and awkwardness around women. Due to her innately competitive nature, she vows to make five female friends in time to have bridesmaids for her wedding.

 

Film Info:

United States • 12 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 1:00pm


I Miss You

Narrative Short

Two people who have suffered a mutual loss get to know each other better and look to one another for comfort.

Film Info:

• 8 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm


JKTV

Documentary Short

A short documentary about webcam performance artist Joey Kim, who communicates with her audience through an adult chat site.

Film Info:

• 9 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm


La Marcheuse (She Walks)

Narrative Feature

Aiyu Lin is an illegal Chinese prostitute in the streets of Belleville in Paris. She lives with Cherry, her teenage daughter in the apartment of Kieffer, a septuagenarian bedridden in her care in exchange for accommodation. She carefully hides her business from her daughter. 
Their life changes when one night, a stranger suddenly enters the home. Injured Daniel is pursued by men to whom he owes money. It forces Lin Aiyu to stash the money without the knowledge of the old owner. Sometimes abductor, now prisoner, Daniel started as a threat, but Aiyu Lin now sees an opportunity to seize. Lin Aiyu offers him a proposal. A struggle starts between them in which power and desire mingle. 

 

Film Info:

France • 1 hour 20 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm


Lilly Gets a Pet

Animation

Lilly, a ten-foot tall orange monster, ventures into Wanda's Pet Shop in search of a friend. Lilly's escapades get her kicked out of the store but not before falling in love with a cute Fluffle. Lilly must undertake an epic journey to reunite with her true friend.  Created during a 48 hour animation challenge by The Bum Family, this group of cousins use cut outs and children’s logic to create an odd and hilarious story.

Film Info:

Canada • 5 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 1:00pm


mary

Narrative Short

mary explores the struggles of solitude and change, the known and the unknown, the human relationship to place and the challenge of expectation and need.

Film Info:

United States • 4 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Metcalf South Memories

Narrative Feature

After almost 50 years in business, the time has come to say goodbye to the Metcalf South Shopping Mall. In its last days of operation former employees, customers and hangers on are invited back to relive what were the best years of their lives. Featuring interviews with Gus, The Mer-Man, Dr. Randy The Puppeteer and a virtual Who's Who of Metcalf South denizens throughout its years on this planet. This is the story of the greatest mall ever built...but in some ways it is the story of us all. This is Metcalf South Memories.

 

Film Info:

• 1 hour 28 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 5:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 11:00am


Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman

Documentary Feature

Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman is a unique film following an international cast of three generations of women artists who are all forging their careers in the heat of the London art scene.  From the studio to the gallery, candid conversations infused with humour and zeal give us a rare insight into the lives of ten artists working across a diverse a array of mediums, united by an enduring belief in themselves and their work.  Featuring artists aged 22-82, the film forms a compelling collective biography, telling a cross-generational coming of age story. Act 1 sees three young artists at the start of their careers. Act 2 finds artists balancing the conflicts of middle age, and in Act 3, four artists are experiencing new-found freedom as their work becomes more active than ever. 

Film Info:

United Kingdom • 1 hour 18 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 20 - 3:00pm


My Voice, My Life

Documentary Feature

My Voice, My Life, a Hong Kong documentary directed by Oscar winner Ruby Yang, chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of under-privileged middle and high school students as they undergo six months of vigorous trainings to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker in Hong Kong to reflect on our way of nurturing our young.

Film Info:

Hong Kong S.A.R., China • 1 hour 31 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 1:00pm


noted.

Narrative Short

Sometimes you can’t have the things that you want in life, even if they’re just paper. After a young lady runs out of room in her notebook she sets out to find more paper. The simple task quickly turns into a madcap and surreal adventure as her efforts are thwarted at every turn.

 

Film Info:

• 19 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Our Kentucky River

Documentary Short

Our Kentucky River follows our Commonwealth’s namesake river from its headwaters in the mountains of eastern Kentucky through the historic river town capital of Frankfort and finally to the watershed’s confluence with the mighty Ohio River at Carrollton. This 250-mile journey provides a unique look at the historical significance of the watershed and the current problems it faces, while highlighting the many roles that the river continues to play in the lives of Kentuckians as it flows across the state. 

Film Info:

• 24 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm


Pinky

Narrative Short

In rural California, pink-haired Michelle Laswell, and her teenage brother, Clay, navigate their stark community in search of a stolen bike. When Clay spots his bike in a neighbor’s backyard, Michelle breaks in to retrieve it. Back home, Michelle and Clay are bombarded by their neighbors who demand the bike back. Diane (neighbor) reveals the bike was not stolen but sold to her by Michelle’s mother - done behind Michelle and Clay’s back. Michelle negotiates to keep the bike. Clay lashes out by trashing their mother’s room. Amid the mess, they discover hard drugs and paraphernalia with their mother’s possessions. 

Film Info:

• 23 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Possessed by Paul James - Hurricane

Experimental

Hurricane looks to capture the overwhelming chaos and inspiration of children, the creative process, and the crossover between the two    

Film Info:

United States • 4 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 3:00pm


Reparation

Narrative Feature

Reparation is a powerful psychological thriller that swirls like a funnel cloud around Bob Stevens, a small-town vegetable farmer with a three-year hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger, Jerome, shows up claiming to be his best friend in the Air Force Police, Bob's peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Bob's entire family are caught in the storm, but none more than his eight- year-old daughter, Charlotte, who discovers she might hold the key to conjuring Bob's forgotten past. 
As Charlotte comes to learn, 'every time something happens that knocks us out of balance, we try doing something that will knock us back in...' That universal theme of balance is the soul of Reparation.

Film Info:

United States • 1 hour 44 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm


See Seven States from Rock City

Narrative Short

A cancer scare compels a frustrated musician, whose life is in a rut, to turn off her phone and take a spontaneous road trip. Features original music by Bobby Long.

Film Info:

United States • 14 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 3:00pm


Smalltown

Narrative Feature

A recent college graduate in the midst of depression must decide if he will pursue his passion or stick to the protective bubble of his small town life.

Film Info:

United States • 1 hour 33 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm


Surface to Air

Narrative Short

A story of conquering anxiety through love and the confrontation of fear.  

Film Info:

• 8 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 7 - 5:00pm


Test

Narrative Short

Film Info:

• 10 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm


The Baby Shower film

Narrative Short

Zoe Parker, fresh off the plane from Los Angeles, decides to crash her childhood BFF's baby shower, but discovers that her former college nemesis, Noel, has taken her spot as Elizabeth's new bestie. After some help from some tasty libations, Zoe attempts to take control of the party. Yet, unfortunately for Zoe, sisterhood is stronger than a few unknown STDs. With her pals back on her side, Noel gathers enough nerve to speak her mind and call Zoe out for being selfish and self absorbed. But Zoe being Zoe, she scares Noel back into submission until she finally snaps. Noel fights Zoe to the death and for a chance to win the position as Elizabeth’s new BFF. Growing up is so hard to do, even when you’re pregnant. 

Film Info:

• 20 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 1:00pm


The Happiest Place on Earth

Narrative Feature

When Jonah, recently fired from his newspaper job, goes mysteriously missing, his young wife Maggie has to weigh the hopes of his return against impending financial breakdown. The anxiety of the following days threatens to tip her over the edge, yet she hopes any moment could provide the answer to the puzzle of what happened to her husband.

Film Info:

• 1 hour 21 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Saturday, November 7 - 3:00pm


The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (and his annoying little sister Avila)

Narrative Feature

The story of Jojo and his annoying little sister Avila is an adventure story filled with ravenous wolves, raging rivers, and a crafty old hobo. It’s a story where little Jojo is thrown into the woods and is forced save his little sister, but at the same time he also learns to get along with her.  It starts when their mother decides to take her two children to go visit Grandma in the woods. During the trip to Grandma's, Jojo starts to realize that he is no longer the sole center of love and affection in the family and that he grudgingly might have to share some space with his baby sister Avila. 

Film Info:

• 1 hour 19 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 3:00pm


The Kitty League: Hometown Heroes

Documentary Short

From 1903 - 1955 The K.I.T. League or “Kitty” League brought professional baseball to Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. This minor league sent more players to the Majors than any other Class D league in history. Including Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals Albert “Red” Schoendienst and Edd Roush.  This documentary will take you on a journey throug

Film Info:

• 55 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm


The Longest Short: 36 Years in the Making with Al Jacobson

Documentary Short

The Longest Short is about Al Jacobson and his short film that he's been working on for over 36 years. Al's film, Friends and Fast Times, began in the early 70s in suburban Chicago with Al and his friends filming incessantly as young teenagers. Over the next several decades, he began editing the footage together as well as filming new scenes.

This short doc features clips from the film and let's Al explain his compulsive labor of love. The Longest Short is a glimpse into one person's passion and their life captured on film.

Film Info:

• 7 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 11:00am


The Mother

Narrative Short

When a hardened widow receives an unexpected visit, she is given the chance to shed light on her husband's death.

Film Info:

• 11 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm
Saturday, November 14 - 5:00pm


The Safe Side of the Fence

Documentary Feature

Today's nuclear industry was born in a world of secrecy during World War II, as America searched for a way to create the world’s first self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, a process that would allow for the creation of the most powerful bombs ever built. The Manhattan Project was the code name for the mission, and it would lead to a search for someone who could refine massive amounts of uranium. 
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr, who ran a small chemical company in St. Louis, Missouri, would agree to take on the job. The Mallinckrodt workers would become some of the most contaminated nuclear workers in history, and the city of St. Louis would be left dealing with the fallout of creating some of the world’s first nuclear waste 70 years later. The questions of how to best keep workers and the public safe from these dangerous materials is as challenging today as it was in the past. 

Film Info:

• 1 hour 48 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm


The White Coat Phenomenon

Experimental

The body holds secrets confessed in examination rooms through expert techniques. Truth-telling clinical media has the authority to objectively answer what is found within physical bodies and processes. The White Coat Phenomenon uses found material from a distressed VHS training series on how to give examinations and the first ten questions of The Sexual I.Q. Test (LP 1973) to shed light on our understanding of sexuality and clinical subjectivity.

Film Info:

• 3 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm


The Woods

Narrative Short

A quiet post-apocalyptic drama, The Woods follows a lone woman struggling to survive in a desolate snowscape, while on a quest to take care of personal business.

 

Film Info:

• 9 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Market House Studio Theatre
Friday, November 6 - 7:00pm


Threadbare

Experimental

A fever-dream processes childhood memories of medical exploitation. Back and forth flash the clinical gaze, which holds tight to the profitable conjuring that vulnerable bodies make possible. Patients unravel into material to support a billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry driven by commercial interests and the fear of our fragile physiology.

Film Info:

• 5 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

National Quilt Museum Classroom
Maiden Alley Cinema
Saturday, November 7 - 1:00pm
Sunday, November 8 - 3:00pm


Welcome

Narrative Short

An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.

Film Info:

Ecuador • 28 minutes

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Scheduled Showings

Maiden Alley Cinema
Friday, November 6 - 3:00pm