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  • -1287

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    Director:  Ian Thomas Ash
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 5:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  70 minutes

    Country: Japan

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Nippon Connection Film Festival (Germany)


    Synopsis:  Directed by Ian Thomas Ash. Challenging Japanese cultural and social norms by speaking candidly about her own life and impending death, Kazuko’s observations about love, money, and marriage reveal the deepening intimacy of Kazuko’s relationship with the filmmaker and with the viewer, providing an opportunity for us to consider our own lives … and deaths.  Japan/ US, Documentary, 70 min.


  • 33, The

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    Director:  Patricia Riggen
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 4:50

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  120 minutes

    Country: USA / CHILE

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Patricia Giggen, written by Jose Rivera and Mikko Alanne – starring Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, and Martin Sheen – “The 33” is an ensemble drama detailing the daring real-life rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in the San Jose Mine for 69 days in 2010 USA/CHILE, Narrative, 120 min


  • A Quest For Meaning

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    Director:  Nathanael Coste & Marc De La Menardiere
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 12:20

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  107 minutes

    Country: France

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  1st Prize – Terra Festival – 1st Prize – Festival Curieux Voyageurs – Best Documentary – Ram Dam Festival – ADEME Award – Festival Atmosphères


    Synopsis:  Directed by Nathanaël Coste and Marc de la Ménardière, A Quest For Meaning follows two childhood friends travelling around the world to meet the great thinkers of our time. This initiatory travel full of doubts and joys, questions the collective beliefs that shape Western civilization. It reflects a change in consciousness motivated by the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world. France, Documentary, 87 min.


  • A Reasonably Good Bloke

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    Director:  Omar Ismail
    Showing on 11/11/2015 at 5:15

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes

    Country: Britain

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Omar Ismail, a young paralegal in a criminal law firm is fired from his job and, along with his colleague, embarks on a reckless quest to ‘wine and dine’ London’s criminals, with the aim of getting his job back. As they gather together an assortment of petty crooks and gangsters, they descend further and further into the underworld, and the line between criminal and lawyer becomes increasingly indefinable. Great Britain, 99 minutes.


  • According To Ben Adams

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    Director:  Dan & Bramwell Noah
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 5:30

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  105 minutes

    Country: Australia

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Actor, ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Dan & Bramwell Noah, ‘According To Ben Adams’ is about the Devil. But he’s bored. Very bored. Evil’s still his thing, but it’s all been done. So he gets himself arrested just to see what happens. He even lets slip that he’s the Devil and plays along when they commit him to a hospital. That’s where he meets a man claiming to be Jesus. AUSTRALIA, Narrative. 105 min.


  • Adopt – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Beibei Liu (Xiaoke Liu)
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 2:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  105 minutes

    Country: China

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  The Most Popular Film and Best Actress-Hainan Film Festival (China)


    Synopsis:  Directed by Xiaoke Liu, Yuxing Ye, is sent to Dabao Man (who can not bear children) in her early postnatal days by her biological parents. Later she is abandoned by Dabao Mao again… The poor little experiences ups and downs in her life, finally, she surprisingly finds that the person who initially forsakes her is her biological mother. China, Narrative, 105 min.


  • Akron

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    Director:  Brian O'Donnell & Sasha King
    In attendance: Executive Producers Ellen and Tim Kollar will be attending
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 4:55

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  87 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  LGBT Best Narrative Award- Columbus International Film + Video Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Brian O’Donnell & Sasha King, college freshman Benny and Christopher meet playing football and begin a relationship.  As their love grows a past tragic event involving their mothers comes to light that tests their love.  Throughout this reflective love story, with the beauty of rural Ohio as backdrop, Benny travels an emotional journey examining his feelings and his close-kit family’s ability to come to terms with the past.  USA, Narrative, 87 min.


  • All These Flowers

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    Director:  Kevin Bryce
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    Showing on 11/11/2015 at 5:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  85 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Kevin Bryce, All These Flowers is about Bipolar Disorder. The film is a witness of the life and struggle of those who have been diagnosed with the illness. It is the story of their triumph over the stigma, maltreatment, and the identity associated with it. USA Documentary, 85 min.


  • And When The Night Turned Black

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    Director:  Risha Gorig
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 5:20

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  91 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Risha Gorig, “And when the night turned black” is a film which creates a fully -realized world of  surreal, lyrically poetic and abstract images that follow Ms. Gorig’s characters through personal stages of decay and rebirth that mirror the state of our environment-urban and pastoral, modern and ancient. By the use of uniquely provocative imagery and intimate voice and unflinching eye take the viewer on a mind blowing journey of passion and elegiac beauty in all forms. USA, Narrative, 91 min.


  • Backroads

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    Director:  Candy Fox
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  15 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Candy Fox.  This powerful documentary testimonial by Camillia Stonechild, who relates her upbringing on a Saskatchewan reserve, sheds light on the strength of survivors of family abuse. Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 15 min.


  • Bar Songs

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    Director:  Ryan Collins
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Musical-Manhattan Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Ryan Collins, “Bar Songs” is a tale of a hapless alcoholic who embarks on a musical quest for love and acceptance, through the bars and streets of Queens, NY and the trenches of his booze-addled mind. USA, Narrative, 80 min.


  • Be it ever so humble, there’s no place; Cosmic Collaborations and Kansas City Jazz… From the Brush to the Mop

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    Director:  Anthony Ladesich
    In attendance: Anthony Ladesich will be attending
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  2001 – Emmy Award, 2001 Best Documentary Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, 2001 Best Student Film Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee


    Synopsis:  Curated by Filmmaker Anthony Ladesich, this program features the re-release of Ladesich’s films, “Be It Ever So Humble, There’s No Place…” and “Studio A,” paired with a conversation between Ladesich and renowned jazz historian Chuck Haddix. Ladesich’s films will be presented alongside historic short subject jazz films selected from the archives of the American Jazz Museum as well as a showcase performance from The Grand Marquis with special guests. Sponsored by The American Jazz Museum and Visit KC.


  • Becoming Bulletproof

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    Director:  Michael Barnett
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 12:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  CINETOPIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Festival Director’s Award for Best Documentary, SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Grand Jury Winner, Best Documentary Film , VAIL FILM FESTIVAL – Best Documentary Winner , CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Choice Award, Best Film; FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Film; Winner, Cleveland Clinic Center’s Global Health Competition,   BELOIT FILM FESTIVAL – Best Documentary Winner, HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL – Audience Choice Winner,  NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL- Grand Jury Award, Best Documentary , HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL – Cinecause Winner, Best Documentary  


    Synopsis:  Directed by Michael Barnett, BECOMING BULLETPROOF documents the making of an original Western film called, Bulletproof. Bulletproof features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year at Zeno Mountain Farm to write, produce, and star in original short films. Inside the whirlwind filmmaking process of mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and grappling with high expectations, “Becoming Bulletproof” chronicles the genesis of a riveting film and a personally and socially transformative experience. USA, Documentary, 82 min.


  • Brooklyn

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    Director:  John Crowley
    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  105 minutes

    Country: Ireland / UK / Canada

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    Synopsis:  Directed by John Crowley, written by Nick Hornby and based upon Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name, “Brooklyn” tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s New York.  Lured by the American promise, Eilis gives up the comforts of her mother’s home and departs Ireland for a new life in Brooklyn.  Once, freed from the shackles of homesickness and finding happiness in the intoxication of a fresh romance, Eilis is once again haunted by the specter of these two homelands, these two lives.  Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. “Brooklyn” premiered at Sundance — 2015 and has been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.


  • Crocodile Gennadiy- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Steve Hoover
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 2:50

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  96 minutes
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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Documentary-Little Rock Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Steve Hoover. Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless Drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, ennadiy’s center has evolved into a more nebulous institution. USA, documentary feature, 96 minutes.


  • Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck

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    Director:  Olympia Stone
    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 5:40

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  68 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Audience Award for Best Feature–SF Doc Fest, Best Documentary Feature Award– Fine Arts Film Festival  


    Synopsis:  Directed by Olympia Stone, Curious Worlds pulls back the curtain on the singular artist David Beck: a master sculptor, carver, and miniature architect who works in a fantastical genre all his own. Beck’s pieces have been shown at the MET and Guggenheim, but to the larger public he is virtually unknown.  Curious Worlds examines what it takes to create a masterwork: extraordinary ideas, an almost eerie ability to focus on the work, and patience. USA, Documentary, 68 min.


  • Did You Bring Protection

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    Director:  Kyle Kelley
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  3 minutes

    Country: USA


    AWARDS RECEIVED:  2nd Place Winner, Winner Best Actor & Actress


    Synopsis:  Part Of KIFF LOCAL 1 showing on Monday, November 9th at 7:35.  Directed by Kyle Kelley. A girl has a talk with her father regarding her VERY first time.


  • Dinner Time

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    Director:  Alexander Mainwaring
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  10 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Alexander Mainwaring.  A bloodthirsty wolf-man is challenged by a not-so-innocent Little Red Riding Hood, in this subversive and creative twist on the famous tale. Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 10 min.


  • Dream On

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    Director:  Roger Weisberg
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 12:15

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:   Remi Special Jury Award, Political/International Issues, Worldfest-Houston                    Leigh Whipper Silver Award,    Philafilm: Philadelphia International Film Festival


    Synopsis:   Directed by Roger Weisberg, DREAM ON investigates the perilous state of the American Dream after decades of rising income inequality and declining economic mobility.  In an epic road trip retracing the nearly two hundred-year-old journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, political comedian John Fugelsang explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville popularized is alive and well in twenty-first century America. USA, Documentary, 99 min.


  • dream/killer- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Andrew Jenks
    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 7:40

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed Andrew Jenks,“dream/killer” tells the story of a father’s journey to free his best friend and son, Ryan Ferguson, from a 40-year prison sentence for a brutal murder based on somebody else’s dream.  The cast of characters reveals the very best and worst of the American judicial system. USA, Documentary, 109 min


  • Dreams Rewired

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    Director:  Manu Luksc, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  88 minutes

    Country: Austria, German and UK

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode and with Tilda Swinton’s hypnotic voiceover and a treasure trove of rare archival footage from the 1880s through the 1930s, “Dreams Rewired” traces the anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back 100 years. It appears that fears over the erosion of privacy, security and morality prove well-founded… Winner, Best Feature Film – Asia Pacific International Filmmaker Festival. Austria / Germany / UK, Documentary, 85 minutes


  • Eddie Moore And The Outer Circle

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    Director:  Daniel Banks
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  10 minutes

    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL 2.  Directed by Daniel Banks.  Eddie Moore goes in depth about jazz and his band.  USA, Shorts, 10 min.


  • El Canto del Colibri

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    Director:  Marco Castro-Bojorquez
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  45 minutes

    Country: USA

    Synopsis:  This film is part of KIFF LOCAL playing on Monday, November 9th at 7:35. The Film El Canto del Colibri is a short documentary exploring the relationships between Latino immigrant fathers and their LGBTQ family members. El Canto del Colibri, is a story of Latino fathers dealing with issues of immigration, faith, marriage equality, machismo, culture, and the process of their LGBTQ children coming out. Responding to requests from Tres Gotas de Agua audiences around the world, the filmmakers are taking this journey by inviting Latino men to speak frankly about delicate and deeply personal topics. This film will address political issues about LGBTQ families, social oppression, shared responsibility and acceptance of LGBTQ people as members of Latino families.


  • Elpis

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    Director:  Akreta Saim
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  9 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Akreta Saim.  Prior to her death during childbirth, Akreta Saim’s cousin Ruby wrote a series of letters to her unborn child. Elpis is an experimental, moving adaptation of a mother’s words of hope. Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 9 min.


  • Evidence Of Harm

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    Director:  Randall Moore
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    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 5:05

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  75 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Randall Moore, Evidence of Harm follows the lives of three health advocates as they struggle to inform the federal government that large amounts of toxic mercury vapor are released  from “silver” amalgam dental fillings during routine dental procedures. The film presents a haunting portrait of a dental industry all too willing to turn a blind eye to science while placing profits and politics ahead of patients health. USA, Documentary, 75 min.


  • Fallow

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    Director:  Breanna Cheek
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  2 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Breanna Cheek.  The slow-moving life in a pastoral village is exquisitely rendered in these animated tableaux by director Breanna Cheek, who finds beauty in the ordinary, from local homesteads, to a diner, to an isolated laundromat.  Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 4 min.


  • Fight Like A Girl

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    Director:  Jill Morley
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    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 7:15

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:     Best Documentary – Other Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary- Artemis Film Festival, Best of the Fest- American Documentary Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Jill Morley, Told from a first person perspective, “Fight Like A Girl” is about women overcoming their demons through boxing, while telling a larger story about abuse, trauma, mental illness and healing. USA, Documentary, 82 minutes


  • Final Mission, The

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    Director:  Dusan Hudec
    Showing on 11/11/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  59 minutes
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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  First prize, One World Festival-Bratislava


    Synopsis:  Directed by Dusan Hudec, The story of the American airmen shot down over Slovakia in WW2 struggling for survival in an unknown country. It tells about their refusal to admit the hopelessness of their situation, as well as their determination to confront it with dignity and self-respect. The Slovaks took care of the airmen as if they were their own children. They didn’t do it to gain any advantages, but considered it to be their humane duty, a matter of honor. Documentary, 59 min.


  • Foreign Puzzle

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    Director:  Chithra Jeyaram
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 5:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed by Chithra Jeyaram. Suspended between life and death, a Mexican-American mother explores her uncertainty and fear of death through dance. A documentary about love, dance and breast cancer. USA, Documentary, 69 min.


  • Fu Manchu Ch. 13 Watch Your Step

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    Director:  Kyle Kelley
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  4 minutes

    Country: USA

    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL 1.  Directed by Kyle Kelley.  Mr. Dirk & his female friend are in a lot of trouble once they are caught on Fu Manchus property.


  • Game Face

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    Director:  Michiel Thomas
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 5:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  95 minutes

    Country: USA / Belgium

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Frameline: Audience Award “Best Documentary” , Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival: Audience Award “Best Documentary Film” , FilmOut San Diego: Programming Award “Outstanding Emerging Talent”, QFlix Philadephia: Jury Award “Best Documentary”, OUTeast Halifax: Audience Award “Best Feature”, Translations: The Seattle Transgender FF: “Best Documentary Feature”, Kaleidoscope Film Festival: Audience Award “Best Documentary”, Kaleidoscope Film Festival: Cheryl Maples Award


    Synopsis:  Directed by Michiel Thomas, Game Face tells the parallel story of Fallon Fox, MMAs first transgender pro fighter, and Terrence Clemens, a college basketball player in Oklahoma who happens to be gay. The film follows both athletes during their coming out process, and sheds light on the obstacles LGBT sports players deal with throughout their career. Former NBA star Jason Collins shines as a mentor for Terrence in this inspiring documentary.. USA/Belgium, Documentary, 95 min.


  • Gnomist, The

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    Director:  Sharon Liese
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    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  21 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Jury Award for Best Short Documentary –Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival , Jury Award for Best Short Film – Free State Festival, Audience Award for Best Short Film – Free State Festival, Best Documentary at the LA Shorts Fest which qualified it for Oscar consideration.  


    Synopsis:  Directed by Sharon Liese, The Gnomist tells the true story of the mysterious appearance of fairy homes on a suburban walking trail and the magic it creates for three women.  USA, KIFF LOCAL short, 21 min.


  • House On Pine Street, The – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Aaron Keeling and Austin Keeling
    In attendance: Natalie Jones, Aaron & Austin Keeling, Tisha Entwistle and Robert Jones will be attending
    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 7:45

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  112 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Actress – Emily Goss – Fargo Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature – Fargo Film Festival, Best Actress – Emily Goss – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Best Sound – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Best Effects – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Promising Filmmakers – Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Aaron and Austin Keeling, The House on Pine Street is a psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house. Shot entirely in the Kansas City area with a cast and crew comprised mainly of local talent, the THOPS team is ecstatic to bring the film back ‘home’ as a part of KIFF 2015. USA, Narrative, 112 min.


  • I Saw The Light

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    Director:  Marc Abraham
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 2:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  123 minutes

    Country: USA

    Synopsis:  Directed, written and produced by Marc Abram, the new film biography of country music legend Hank Williams is scheduled to be released nationally on November 27, 2015. Based upon the book Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William (Bill) MacEwens, “I Saw the Light” stars Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife, Audrey and Maddie Hasson as the 19 year-old Billie Jean who became his second wife and widow.  Country music stars Ray Price (Von Lewis) and Faron Young (Fred Parker Jr) also figured significantly in Williams’ rise to fame – prior to his tragic death at age 29 on January 1, 1953.  “I Saw the Light” was recently selected as a Special Presentation at the 2105 Toronto International Film Festival.


  • IFCKC Presents: Terror On The Plains IV

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    Director:  Various Directors
    Showing on 11/11/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  R  •  Running Time:  90 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  The Terror On The Plains Festival returns for its 4th year, with another chilling selection of horror shorts from the Kansas City film community. USA, 90 min.


  • Jasmine

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    Director:  Dax Phelan
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    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 5:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes

    Country: Hong Kong

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Narrative Feature – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Actor in a Drama – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Cinematography – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Editing – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Best Sound Design – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Dax Phelan, Jasmine tells the story of Leonard To (Jason Tobin), a formerly successful Hong Kong businessman, who’s struggling to come to terms with his wife’s unsolved murder.  Having lost his job, his friends, and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger who he sees at his wife’s grave and suspects is responsible for her death.  Hong Kong, Narrative, 80 min.


  • KIFF Animation Part 1

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    Director:  Various Directors
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 12:45

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes

    Country: USA / Australia / Mexico / United Kingdom / Turkey

    Synopsis:  The Kansas International Film Festival is proud to present another outstanding collection of animated films from around the world. Thirteen original works explore various themes and animation styles in this highly entertaining showcase of creativity. Q&A with visiting animators after the screening. 80 min. KIFF Animation Part 1 : A WARM PLACE by Max Hiscock (Australia); LEAP by Susan Shay Brugger (USA); DARK NEBULA A 268 by Craig Oty (USA) ; SOAR by Alyce Tzue (USA); ENHEBRADO by Tatiana Pinzon (Columbia); HANZEL + GRETEL by Soyeon Kim (USA); NICE DAY AT THE PARK by Trent Coffin (USA); CHASM by Joel Benjamin (USA); NOIR by Soyeon Kim (USA); HER NAME WAS by Annie Nguyen (Australia); EL REGRESO-THE HOMECOMING by Nadia Islas (Mexico); THE SCREAM by Qing Yin (United Kingdom); GOLDEN SHOT by Gokalp Gonen (Turkey).


  • KIFF Animation Part 2

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    Director:  Various Directors
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes

    Country: Germany / USA / Turkey / Canada / United Kingdom

    Synopsis:  The Kansas International Film Festival is proud to present another outstanding collection of animated films from around the world. Thirteen original works explore various themes and animation styles in this highly entertaining showcase of creativity. Q&A with visiting animators after the screening. 80 min.    KIFF Animation Part 2  :  DAEWIT by David Jansen (Germany); OH, THOSE KITTENS! By Joel Benjamin (USA); THINK INK by Wally Chung (USA); GOLDEN SHOT by Gokalp Gonen (Turkey); LAST DANCE ON THE MAIN by Aristofanis Soulikias (Canada); CHINESE PRINCESS by Tomas Bases (Spain); HAPPY BOY EPISODE 2 by Trent Coffin (USA); THE SCREAM by Qing Yin (United Kingdom); FAMILIAR by Joel Benjamin (USA); MAMOCHKA by Eddy Van Hamersveld (Netherlands); NOIR by Soyeon Kim (USA); TEAR OF INGE by Alisi Telengut (Canada); SOAR by Alcye Tzue (USA).  


  • KIFF LOCAL Part 1

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    Director:  Various Directors
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes

    Synopsis:  KIFF LOCAL is a collection of shorts from local filmmakers.  Here are the shorts for part 1 (in no particular oder):  The Gnomist, El Canto, The Delivery, Oh Well, Fu Manchu Watch Your Step, Did you Bring Protection, Moving Mary Sue and Sketchbook.


  • KIFF LOCAL Part 2

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    Director:  Various Directors
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  99 minutes

    Synopsis:  KIFF LOCAL is a collection of shorts from local filmmakers.  Here are the shorts for part 2 (in no particular order):  Voices Of Hope, Robin Hood, Once Crazy, Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle, Rich Soil-Rich People, The Tipping Point and Door To Door


  • Last Dance On The Main

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    Director:  Aristofanis Soulikias
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  3 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Aristofanis Soulikias. This animated short documents the demolition of a row of historic Red-Light District buildings on Montreal’s Saint-Laurent Boulevard, and the response by the colourful citizens who fought back. Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 3 min.


  • Lesson, The- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Andris Gauja
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 7:05

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  108 minutes

    Country: Latvia

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Andris Gauja, the film tells the story of Zane, a devoted teacher mentoring the senior class in a Latvian high school. She tries to live her life in the most meaningful way possible. Even so, as for many younger teachers, it’s hard for Zane to keep her distance from her class — the students soon become a sort of family for her. When one of the students falls in love with her, she faces a stark choice between her personal happiness and the pressures of society. Latvia, Narrative, 108 min.


  • Lifers

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    Director:  Joel Salaysay
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  10 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Joel Salaysay.  A young dishwasher observes his eclectic co-workers in a busy kitchen as he contemplates future career options. Director Joel Salaysay serves up an entertaining and honest slice of culinary life.  Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 10 min.


  • Light

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    Director:  Yassmina Karajah
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  13 minutes

    Country: Canada/Lebanon

    Synopsis:  Directed by Yassmina Karajah.   Devastated by the death of his newborn son, a Lebanese man living in an adoptive country is challenged by his mother’s request that he perform Islamic pre-burial rituals in the hospital.  Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 13 min.


  • Love The Coopers

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    Director:  Jessie Nelson
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 2:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  106 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Jessie Nelson, written by Steven Rogers and starring: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde – “Love the Coopers” is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy leading to a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the Season. When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn their night upside down. USA, Narrative, 106 min.


  • Many Beautiful Things

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    Director:  Laura Waters Hinson
    Showing on 11/06/2015 at 5:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  70 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa, Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who won the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin.  But with her legacy on the line, Lilias made a stunning decision that bids us to question the limits of sacrifice.  Featuring the voice of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey). Directed by Laura Waters Hinson (As We Forgive). USA, Documentary, 70 min.


  • Never Stop Cycling

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    Director:  Colin Lepper
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  4 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Colin Lepper. In this brilliant, Tim Burton-inspired stop-motion animation, a creature in search of a vital organ must journey from his dreary apartment to a strange, exotic world. Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 4 min.


  • No Greater Love- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Justin D. Roberts
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 5:15

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  94 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Active Duty Army Chaplain, Justin D Roberts, explores his combat deployment with his unit, No Slack. Chaplains are not allowed to carry weapons, so he carried a camera and captured the stories of his men as they fought their way through a hellish tour in one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan. After reuniting with some of his soldiers a few years later, Justin and his men talk about their time together, but also have real conversations about the struggle to reintegrate home. USA, Documentary, 94 min.


  • Oh Well

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    Director:  Kyle Kelley

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  2.15 minutes


    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Short Film at the Art’s and Crafts Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL #1. Directed by Kyle Kelly.  After meeting at a club these strangers move very quickly. 


  • On Her Own

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    Director:  Morgan Schmidt-Feng
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 5:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  80 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Morgan Schmidt-Feng, ON HER OWN tells the gripping story of a young woman’s struggle to save her family’s farm and keep her embattled family together. Shot over a five-year period, this dramatic, devastating, and ultimately inspiring portrait represents the plight of family farms around the world as they fight for their survival in an increasingly hostile economic environment. USA, Documentary, 80 min.


  • Once Crazy

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    Director:  LeeAnne Lowry
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  14 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Writing – Valentines Day Film Festival Best Actor – Valentines Day Film Festival Best Technical Achievement – Valentines Day Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by LeeAnne Lowry, Once Crazy isolates itself with inmate Daniel Santino. This psychological drama examines the human need for relationship through collision of fantasy and reality. USA, Narrative, 14 min.


  • Out Of Print

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    Director:  Julia Marchese
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:25

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  86 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Programmer’s Award for Best in Festival – Sidewalk Film Festival, Alabama


    Synopsis:  Directed by Julia Marchese. In a world where multiplexes playing digital are king, Out of Print celebrates the unique revival and single screen cinemas around the world that are passionate about film, and explores why 35mm and digital should be allowed to co-exist forever.  Includes interviews with Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon Patton Oswalt, Mark Romanek, Joe Carnahan, Seth Green and many more.  USA, Documentary, 86 min.


  • Outermost Radio

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    Director:  Alan Chebot
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    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 3:00

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  60 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Winner of the 2015 John Schlesinger Award for Directing, Provincetown International Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Alan Chebot, Outermost Radio, is an award-winning documentary that takes an intimate look at a community on the tip of Cape Cod far from the mainland and out of the mainstream, committed to keeping their freedom of expression alive, and their non-profit community radio station on the air. Meet the colorful and quirky characters who bring their passion for music, controversial points of view, and authenticity to the airwaves.  USA, Documentary, 60 min.


  • Poet Of Havana

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    Director:  Ron Chapman
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 5:10

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  97 minutes
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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Audience Award Best Documentary Feature –  Gasparilla International Film Festival,     Award of Merit – Accolade Global Film Competition:  


    Synopsis:  A moving documentary highlighting the cultural, political and social significance of renowned musician, singer-songwriter Carlos Varela, one of  Cuba’s most influential artists.  Discover how he was influenced by his country, politics and people, his struggle for individual freedoms, and his efforts to build bridges between Cuba and the people of the world.  Shot in Havana with stunning concert performances, insider backstage moments,      featuring Jackson Browne, Benicio del Toro, Ivan Lins, Luis Enrique and more.


  • Private Revolutions – Young, Female, Egyptian

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    Director:  Alexandra Schneider
    Showing on 11/09/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  98 minutes

    Country: Austria

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Audience Award-This Human World Film Festival, Social Awareness Award Local Artist-Crossing Europe Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Alexandra Schneider and shot over two years, “Private Revolutions – Young, Female, Egyptian” is a documentary about four young Egyptian women with different social background who are sovereign, eloquent and determined. Their fight for justice and gender equality leads to constant clashes with their men-dominated surrounding. Nevertheless they keep going and that’s what the movie wants to show: Their courage, sensitivity and their willingness. Austria, Documentary, 98 min


  • Right Footed- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Nick Spark
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    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 7:45

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Documentary 2015 Mirabile Dictu Film Festival, Vatican City Rome


    Synopsis:  Directed by Nick Spark, a portrait of Jessica Cox who was born without arms.  Cox overcame many challenges to become fully independent, learning to type with her toes and drive with her feet.   After she learns to fly an airplane with her feet, Cox pursues a new dream: to become a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad.  USA, Documentary, 82 min.


  • Robin Hood

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    Director:  Yohei Ishihama
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  19 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Audience Choice Award 2015 Topshorts Online Film Festival  


    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL 2.   Directed by Yohei Ishihama.  Dark comedy about a man who wanted to be a hero and believed he deserved it. One day, he met a deaf girl, and this event challenged his consciousness. USA, Shorts, 19 min.  


  • Running Season

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    Director:  Grayson Moore
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  20 minutes

    Country: Canada

    Synopsis:  Directed by Grayson Moore.  Anxious to sell his late father’s seaside house on Prince Edward Island after severed feet in running shoes start washing up on the shoreline and devaluing the property, Arthur must contend with the vultures circling to snap it up.  Part of STUDENT CANADIAN SHORTS / 20 min.


  • Sandwich Nazi, The

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    Director:  Lewis Bennett
    Showing on 11/12/2015 at 5:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  72 minutes

    Country: Lebanon / Canada

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Lewis Bennett, The Sandwich Nazi explores the life of the profane and profound Lebanese-Canadian deli owner Salam Kahil. Kahil is an art collector, a former male escort, an amateur musician, and a sandwich maker to the homeless in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood but his true passion is talking about hummers.  Lebanon / Canada, Documentary, 72 min


  • Show Business

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    Director:  Alexander Tovar
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 12:55

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  84 minutes

    Country: USA

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best feature comedy film at the North Hollywood Cinefest 


    Synopsis:   Directed and written  by Alexander Tovar, “Show Business” follows screenwriter Guy Franklin as he moves from NYC to LA with his fiancé Cassandra. Hollywood producer Darvey Brillstein offers Guy a lucrative deal to adapt a kid’s book. Although Guy has major reservations about the project, he accepts. Finding the work on the screenplay tedious, Guy becomes disillusioned with the project and his relationship with Cassandra. Guy goes into therapy and starts taking medication. Both seem to help but as he begins to feel happier, his progress on the screenplay suffers. Fearing the medication has made him mediocre; he believes he has to choose between having a happy life and being a successful screenwriter. USA, Narrative, 84 minutes.


  • Shunned- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Janice Villarosa
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    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 5:30

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  70 minutes

    Country: Philippines

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Documentary-Long Island International Film Expo, Best Documentary – Laughlin International Film Festival , Spirit of the Independent Award – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival , Opening Film – Cebu International Film Festival , Van Gogh Awards-World Cinema: Documentary Feature – Amsterdam International Film Festival, Award of Excellence – Canada International Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Janice Villarosa, SHUNNED, award-winning documentary about the trauma and struggles faced by a group of Trans women in the Philippines as they compete in a pageant and find strength in their convictions and one other.  Philippines/USA, Documentary, 70 min.


  • Si-o-se Pol – JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Henrik Peschel
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 2:40

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes

    Country: Germany

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Festival Grand Prize at Arizona International Film Festival, Best Cinematography at Harlem International Film Festival, Best Actor at Bridge Film Fest (Mitrovica), Best Indie Feature at IndieCork Film Festival, Best Actor at Film Festival of Tamil Nadu (Chennai), Best Feature at Cardiff Independent Film Festival


    Synopsis:  Directed by Henrik Peschel.  Released from prison and terminally ill, Parvis Karimpour is determined to be reunited with his daughter Nasrin, who fled Iran for Europe many years before. Crossing the Mediterranean, Parvis makes for Madrid in search of his only child. Along the way he meets failed Italian pianist Fabrizio and spoilt German dreamer Almut – fellow migrants struggling to make their way. The unlikely threesome take up her trail.  Germany, narrative, 82 min.


  • Sketchbook

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    Director:  Lisa Marie Evans
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    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  3 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Part Of KIFF LOCAL 1 showing on Monday, November 9th at 7:35.  Directed by Lias Marie Evans.  Artist Minnie Valero travels the world with sketchbook in hand. USA / Shorts / 3 min.


  • Solo-Out Of A Dream

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    Director:  Jos de Putter
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 5:20

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  90 minutes

    Country: Netherlands

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Jos de Putter; In 1994, 11 year-old Leonardo, was portrayed in the Award-winning documentary Solo –the law of the favela. As a result of the film, he made his dream come true: he was a professional player for various European football clubs. Now 31, rich and famous, he travels back to Rio de Janeiro to meet old friends. The film tells the story of a life destined by the camera. Netherlands, Documentary, 90 min.


  • Thule Tuvalu

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    Director:  Matthias von Gunten
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 12:50

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  96 minutes

    Country: Switzerland

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    AWARDS RECEIVED:  Best Swiss Film 2014 – Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland


    Synopsis:  Directed by Matthias von Gunten, employing impressive images the film describes the lives of the inhabitants of Thule in Greenland and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, lives that due to climate change are being altered forever since the ice in the north is retreating whilst sea levels are perpetually rising in the south. Switzerland, Documentary, 96 min.


  • Tipping Point

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    Director:  Meagan Flynn
    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  PG-13  •  Running Time:  5 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL 2.  Directed by Meagan Flynn.  On the scales of justice where is the Tipping Point? A young girl and ADA Liz Brooks are both about to find out.  USA / Shorts / 5 min


  • Voices Of Hope – A Prison Documentary

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    Director:  Nicole Amelio-Casper
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    Showing on 11/10/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  PG  •  Running Time:  42 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Part of KIFF LOCAL 2 playing on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:35.  Directed by Nicole Amelio-Casper, Voices of Hope – A Prison Documentary highlights the Brothers In Blue – Re-Entry program and theToastmasters International Club at Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas and their effects on inmates there.  Voices of Hope also chronicles Lansing inmates insights and experiences both before and after participating in these positive programs.   USA, Documentary, 41 minutes


  • Warsaw By Night- JURY AWARD NOMINEE

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    Director:  Natalia Koryncka-Gruz
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  104 minutes

    Country: Poland

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz, Warsaw By Night is set in a vibrant, mysterious and sexy city. It’s a story about the search for love and the roles we play in life. Each of the four women pretend for one night to be someone else. Through this experience they learn something new about themselves. Their lives will never be the same. Poland, Narrative, 104 min.


  • What’s Left Of Life

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    Director:  Isaias San Martin
    Showing on 11/08/2015 at 7:00

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  88 minutes

    Country: Spain

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    Synopsis:  Written and directed by Isaias San Martin, WHAT’S LEFT OF LIFE  is the story of a boy named Bruno who lives with his mother Carmen far from the city in a house in the middle of the forest…the best place for a child with some kind of mental disorder. His mother tries to carry on a normal life for Bruno but her husband constantly blames them for his failures in life.  He mistreats Bruno and Carmen. Finally, Carmen is forced to leave him and start a new life with her son. She lands a job as a maid for a widow, Marta Dominguez, but thing will unfortunately get no better for Bruno.  He is older now and finds himself facing the world alone while trying to lead a normal life. Fate constantly puts him to the test, leaving him before an imaginary line he should have never crossed.


  • Woke Up This Mornin’ In The Arkansas Delta

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    Director:  Benjamin Meade
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    Showing on 11/11/2015 at 7:30

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  82 minutes

    Country: USA

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    Synopsis:  Directed by Benjamin Meade who actually wakes up in West Memphis Arkansas and spends and entire year going from the north to the south of the delta region experiencing what many would think is a third world country. Racism, the KKK, great food, great music-all in one film.  USA, Documentary. 82 min.


  • Youth

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    Director:  Paolo Sorrentino
    Showing on 11/07/2015 at 7:35

    Rating:  NR  •  Running Time:  118 minutes
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    Synopsis:  Directed and written by Academy Award-winner Paul Sorrentino – and starring Michal Kane, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda, with American singer-songwriter Michael Kozelek, “Youth” (“La Giovinezza”) is a 2015 English language/Italian film that premiered (and competed for the Palm d’Or) at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  Shot in Switzerland, Rome and Venice, “Youth” is the story of a retired orchestra conductor, on holiday in the Alps with his daughter and film director/best friend, who unexpectedly receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.  “Youth” has been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.