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Biography

Southern Features

17 BLOCKS

Film

17 BLOCKS

Directed by Davy Rothbart
The Sanfords struggle with addiction, poverty, and gun violence when an unexpected tragedy leads to a journey of…

ARTIKO

Film

ARTIKO

Directed by Jesus Mari Lazkano, Josu Venero
Renowned Spanish Basque painter Jesus Mari Lazkano journeys to the Svalbard archipelago, near the Arctic Circle, to find…
Short Films

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

Film

BETTY FEEDS THE ANIMALS

Directed by James P. Gannon
Twice a day, the elderly Betty places bowls of food out for the stray cats, raccoons, foxes, possums,…
US Features

CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Film

CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Directed by Rachel Mason
Karen and Barry Mason are the typical American parents — with the exception of operating an infamous LA…
Short Films

CODE RUTH

Film

CODE RUTH

Directed by Caroline Voagen Nelson
A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path and family during WWII.
Short Films

DANI

Film

DANI

Directed by Lizzy Hogenson
Featuring intimate stop-motion animation, Dani provides an update on her breast cancer treatment in an emotionally fraught call…
Short Films

DISTANCING

Film

DISTANCING

Directed by Miko Revereza
An undocumented Filipino filmmaker decides to leave the U.S. for Manila, contemplating the family and identity that he…
Southern Features

ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

Film

ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS

Directed by Jenifer McShane
Two San Antonio police officers challenge long-held police practices for dealing with the mentally ill.
Galas & Centerpieces, Southern Features

OPENING NIGHT GALA: FLANNERY

Film

OPENING NIGHT GALA: FLANNERY

Directed by Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco
Ground-breaking iconoclast and jewel of the American South, Flannery O’Connor is given a loving tribute in this biographical…
International Features

FOR SAMA

Film

FOR SAMA

Directed by Waad al-Kateab
A harrowing and unforgettable autobiographical portrait of a woman’s life during the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as told…
US Features

FUNNY YOU NEVER KNEW

Film

FUNNY YOU NEVER KNEW

Directed by Andrew Hunt
The pioneering comic genius of 1950s superstars Imogene Coca, George Gobel, and Martha Raye take center stage in…
Short Films

GREYKEY

Film

GREYKEY

Directed by Enric Ribes
A woman details the legacy of her quiet father, a Spaniard who survived internment by the Nazis at…
Southern Features

GUEST HOUSE

Film

GUEST HOUSE

Directed by Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak
Three women overcome their opioid addiction with the support of a re-entry house in this inspiring and hopeful…
Southern Features

JADDOLAND

Film

JADDOLAND

Directed by Nadia Shihab
A young filmmaker returns to her mother’s dazzling artistic haven to explore three generations of their Iraqi family…
US Features

JUMP SHOT: THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

Film

JUMP SHOT: THE KENNY SAILORS STORY

Directed by Jacob Hamilton
Meet Kenny Sailors, inventor of the jump shot, whose “leaping one-hander” changed the game of basketball forever.
International Features

KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

Film

KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL

Directed by Amy Goldstein
An unvarnished, behind-the-scenes look at the creative life and professional struggles of British singer-songwriter Kate Nash.
International Features

THE KINGMAKER

Film

THE KINGMAKER

Directed by Lauren Greenfield
Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos made headlines in the 1980s when they were ousted after two decades of presiding...
US Features

LOVE, ANTOSHA

Film

LOVE, ANTOSHA

Directed by Garret Price
The sterling talents and mercurial spirit of the late actor Anton Yelchin are remembered by his closest friends…
International Features

MEETING GORBACHEV

Film

MEETING GORBACHEV

Directed by André Singer, Werner Herzog
The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union, is carefully explored in…
Southern Features

MEN & WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE

Film

MEN & WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE

Directed by Kathryn Francis Tucker
This profile of the commendable public service of former Governor Mike Beebe charts his efforts to create lasting…
International Features

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Film

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
The Ochoa family operate an independent for-profit emergency ambulance within Mexico’s shockingly underserved healthcare system.
US Features

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

Film

MIKE WALLACE IS HERE

Directed by Avi Belkin
An unflinching look at the legendary reporter Mike Wallace, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures during his…
International Features

MR. JIMMY

Film

MR. JIMMY

Directed by Peter Michael Dowd
Rock out to the music of the mercurial Japanese Jimmy Page impersonator and superfan who moves to California…
US Features

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

Film

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

Directed by Richard Lowenstein
A bold collage of electrifying performance footage and intimate home videos paint an illuminative portrait of the INXS…
US Features

NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY

Film

NOTHING FANCY: DIANA KENNEDY

Directed by Elizabeth Carroll
Diane Kennedy is a legendary chef and author, whose razor sharp intellect, and cutting wit are beautifully captured…
Galas & Centerpieces, International Features

CENTERPIECE FILM: OBJECTOR

Film

CENTERPIECE FILM: OBJECTOR

Directed by Molly Stuart
A window into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the perspective of a Jewish woman making an uncommon sacrifice.
International Features

ONE CHILD NATION

Film

ONE CHILD NATION

Directed by Jialing Zhang, Nanfu Wang
After becoming a mother director Nanfu Wang explores the ripple effect of China’s devastating One Child Policy.
Southern Features

QUALIFIED

Film

QUALIFIED

Directed by Jenna Ricker
Inside the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie — the first woman to attempt Indy —…
Southern Features

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

Film

RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS

Directed by Janice Engel
Few journalists have left a legacy so profound and sharply funny as Texas' Molly Ivins, whose acerbic insights…
US Features

RUNNER

Film

RUNNER

Directed by Bill Gallagher
Guor Marial’s difficult and triumphant journey from refugee to world-renowned athlete, as he strives for athletic greatness.
International Features

SEAHORSE

Film

SEAHORSE

Directed by Jeanie Finlay
When a transgender man decides to carry his child himself, the pregnancy prompts a reckoning with conventions of…
International Features

SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Film

SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Directed by Kim Longinotto
Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia spends her career documenting the life and crimes of the Mafia with intimate details…
Shorts Programs

SHORTS PROGRAM: HSDFF SCREENING COMMITTEE PRESENTS

Program

SHORTS PROGRAM: HSDFF SCREENING COMMITTEE PRESENTS

Favorites from the Screening Committee of 2019 In Person: Film Subject, Bruce Franks Jr. with St. Louis Superman 
Short Films

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Film

ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Directed by Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra
Battle rapper turned activist turned state representative Bruce Franks Jr. uses his own harrowing experience with gun violence…
Southern Features

STATE OF THE ART

Film

STATE OF THE ART

Directed by Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud
Here are the stories of seven of the artists from the groundbreaking exhibit at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville,…
Short Films

STAY CLOSE

Film

STAY CLOSE

Directed by Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan
A reflective mix of home videos, archival interviews, and animations unveil the extraordinary story of an unlikely Olympic…
Short Films

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

Film

THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING

Directed by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Adapting her own popular memoir of the same name, the director tells an warm story of existentialism and...
US Features

TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS

Film

TRIXIE MATTEL: MOVING PARTS

Directed by Nicholas Zeig-Owens
Trixie charmed audiences and judges on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, but the pressure of the title proves…
International Features

VARDA BY AGNES

Film

VARDA BY AGNES

Directed by Agnès Varda, Didier Rouget
Agnès Varda’s final feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to…
International Features

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Film

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED

Directed by Mariam Ghani
The story of Communist-era Afghanistan and lives under fire are told through a recently uncovered treasure trove of…
International Features

WHAT WILL BECOME OF US

Film

WHAT WILL BECOME OF US

Directed by Steven Cantor
A self-made billionaire makes the biggest decision of his life: sell the company he’s built since 1953 or…
International Features

YOUR TURN

Film

YOUR TURN

Directed by Eliza Capai
With kinetic energy and infectious empowerment, three young Brazilian activists fight for education and affordable transportation.