Additional Screenings Announced

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous

NEW SCREENING: Mon (4/10) 09:50 am
Varsity Theatre
Documentary | 92 minutes | Director: Barbara Kopple

Are there limits to your love for your family? One family’s acceptance is tested when a champion diver, destined for the Olympics, announces he’s transitioning into a woman—and invites his YouTube followers along for every moment. A story about unconditional love and finding the courage to be yourself from Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple (AIFF2014 Lifetime Achievement Award).

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NEW SCREENING: Mon (4/10) 12:40 pm
Documentary | 86 minutes | Director: Thomas Lennon

Directed by Academy Award-winner Thomas Lennon and shot around the world by 40 filmmaking teams, Sacred immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures and religions. At a time when religious hatreds dominate the headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience and shows how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of life. Lennon commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries and a wide range of religious traditions, each team contributing a single scene. The film, sweeping in its global reach and yet intensely intimate, unifies these scenes into a single work, told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.

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Following Seas

NEW SCREENING:  Mon (4/10) 6:40 pm
Varsity Theatre
Documentary | 85 minutes | Director: Araby Kelley, Tyler J. Kelley

How to be free—free from bosses, rent, and red tape: In 1960, Bob and Nancy Griffith set out on their 53-foot sailboat to chase that freedom, literally to the ends of the earth. They spent decades navigating the relentless pull of family and adventure and traveled to some of the most remote places on earth without the aid of GPS, support vessels, or communication with the outside world. Combining recent interviews with exquisite archival 16-millimeter film shot by Nancy on location from Antarctica to Polynesia, Following Seas is not only a story of world records and sailing feats, but of a family driven by self-determination and a dream.

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Acts and Intermissions

NEW SCREENING: Mon (4/10) 6:30 pm
Varsity Theatre
Documentary | 56 minutes | Director: Abigail Child

Abigail Child’s documentary explores the resurgence of protest in the 21st Century through a refracted observation of the life and works of anarchist revolutionary Emma Goldman. The work is hybrid and prismatic, utilizing contemporary and archival footage and re-enactment to expose the continuing conflicts between labor and property, revolutionary purity and personal freedom. Once considered the “most dangerous woman alive,” Emma was also passionate and sexual; beauty, art, and humor were integral to the freedoms for which she fought. The film performs a time travel, weaving industrial-era factory labor and contemporary computer data centers with excerpts of Emma’s prescient speeches and intimate diary entries to explore human vulnerabilities, compromises, and choices.

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