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APRIL 8 - 9, 2011
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2011 Davis Film Festival Preview Party

Join us at the 2011 Davis Film Festival Preview Party on Saturday, April 2 at the International House, 10 College Park in Davis. Doors open at 7 p.m. for cake (donated by Nugget Market), socializing, a history of the Davis Film Festival, and a preview of what's to come the following weekend at the Veteran's Memorial Theatre. We'll also watch two documentary films plus selected shorts. This is a free community event.


Death by Medicine - Gary Null (93 min)

The film takes a hard look at the dominant medical paradigm contributing to America's health crisis. Based on Gary Null's groundbreaking book on the hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths caused by conventional medicine, the documentary looks at the medical industrial complex, the pharmaceutical industry's usurpation of the nation's medical schools, research, falsified drug clinical trials, peer reviewed scientific journals, and the complicity of federal health agencies to permit this to happen.


Locked Out - Joan Sekler (60 min)

The story of how small town miners stood up and faced down a multibillion dollar global corporation


Friday April 8th - 7:00 pm - Doors Open 6:30 pm

A.L.I.C.E. - Dawn Westlake (15 min)

Trying to forget someone makes you think of nothing else....


Sleeping Awake - Manav Yadav (23 min)

Having given up her passion for dance, Rosiana now suffers from insomnia and an emptiness towards life. When the rare slumber does descend, it is plagued by a recurring dream- a face, a tune that weighs down on her days and suffocates her nights until she meets Ishaan.
Ishan encourages Rosiana to dance again.. And rosiana finds herself smiling again, sleeping again! But that dream still lingers...


Post-Nup: CSI, Dinner Party - Sandeep Sood (5 min)

An animated rollicking romp about the battle between the sexes.


Folsom Prison Blues - Andy Andersen (55 min)

Folsom Prison Blues ranks as the most controversial testament of a ruthless life ever captured on film. A life of hardcore drug abuse, ferocious crime, and severe punishment. But perhaps Tony's greatest sin is that of shattering his own mother's heart.




Afghan - Pardis Parker (12 min)

Afghan is an award-winning short film about hate crimes, humour and friendship, starring Pardis Parker (Halifax Comedy Festival) and Mark Little (Picnicface).


Blame it on the Alcohol - Palvinder Jagait

Three different groups of people collide on a drunken Friday night.


In The Wings - Sarah Cathryn Barbulesco

Fourteen years ago, a tragedy occurred when dance champion and inspiration Serene Williams died falling from a lift in a dance performance. Now, Serene's daughter Angie and friend Erica are trying to do their best to stay away from the dance world and move on with their lives. However, they soon find that the only way they can be true to themselves is by returning to dance and the dreams they still hold dear.


Saturday Shorts April 9th - 12:30pm - Doors Open 12:00 Noon


Remember Your First Bike - Chad Berkley (9 min)

The story of Portland's Holiday Bike Drive.


Susan's Horses - Elizabeth Henry (6 min)

An exquisite short documentary about life in the saddle.


Countdown - Stephen Studyvin (3 min)

Davis filmmaker! An animated short about a schoolkid's dreams.


In (Sam) niac - Shannon Cholakian (13 min)

The Lifestyles of Overachievers.


Smart Machine - Jane Sablow (4 min)

This short animated film captures a little boy's unusual encounter with a vending machine during a family trip.


Art for the Living - Cara Hagan (22 min)

Jan is a visual artist who explores her experiences with grief through her work. Featured in this film is a sculpture made in essence of her husband Dan, who died of cancer four years prior to the making of this film.


Sproot - Loring Robbins (5 min)

A Davis filmakers short animated film about a family.


An Interview with Cathy Speck-ALS Advocate and LGBT Activist (15 min)

In a powerful, moving interview, Davis High School Students from a Racial and Social Justice class capture Speck's love of laughter and life, and her zeal for LGBT rights, despite the terminal illness, ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) that is killing her and other members of the Speck Family.


Q and A with the filmmaker

A portion of proceeds from the 2011 Davis Film Festival will go to help find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).



Out on a Limb - Daisy Yu-Chuan Lin (5 min)

Birds, birds, birds and more birds. A feathery fantasy!


Stepping Into the Stream - Barbara Klutinis (43 min)

Fly fishing women reflect on their connection to rivers, life's experiences, and each other through their favorite sport. An ode to fly fishing.


Butterscotch - Judith Plank (10 min)

Many of you have asked if I would show some of my own films. Well, here's a short that I wrote, produced and directed last summer.


Wishful Thinking - Jane Sablow (4 min)

In this animated short, Wishful Thinking, an imaginative three year old changes the theme of her traditional birthday party when she makes a wish and blows out the candles on her cake, much to the delirious delight of her seven tiny guests.


Zwischen Licht Und Schatten(Fading Away) - Fabian Giessler (14 min)

A memorable and poignant tribute to everlasting love.


Your Wedding - Matthew Mercer (17 min)

Twelve year-old Connie desperately wants to play an important role in her older brother's wedding. A film about holding on and letting go.


Beatboxing - The Fifth Element of Hip Hop - Klaus Schneyder (55 min)

It was in the late 70s that a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York which combined several disciplines under the name of Hip Hop. Apart from the four classic elements of Graffiti writing, DJing, Breakdancing, and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called 'Beatboxing'.

Beatbox artist Butterscotch Clinton will be in attendance.


The Greater Good - Leslie Manookian Bradshaw, Kendall Nelson
Chris Pilaro (84 min)

The Greater Good looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.


Saturday Night April 9th - 7:00 pm - Doors Open 6:30


This year we are collaborating with the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival www.unaff.org to bring this evenings works.

About United Nations Association Film Festival:
Conceived in 1998 at Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) screens documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human rights, environmental themes, women's issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. By bringing together filmmakers, the academic community and the general public,  UNAFF offers a unique opportunity for creative exchange and education among groups and individuals often separated by geography, ethnicity and economic constraints.


Tesfaye - Brent Gudgel (5 min)

Ethiopia suffers from some of the worst environmental damage the world has ever seen. Over-deforestation has left tracts of land in ruin-driving away animals, sapping the ground of nutrients, and even drastically altering precipitation patterns. This short documentary follows Tesfaye, a middle-aged native Ethiopian who has witnessed over the past thirty years the consequences of such environmental abuse, and his search for hope in restoration.


Climate Refugees - Michael Nash, Justin Hogan (89 min)

A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term "climate wars" is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington DC. The UN currently states that more refugees are now displaced by environmental disasters than by war, more than 25 million climate refugees (ecologically induced migrants), and experts have projected that number will double within the next five years to over 50 million.  Several organizations like the IPCC, Red Cross and The Christian Monitor estimate between 150 million and 1 billion climate refugees will be displaced within the next four decades, yet not one single international law gives asylum, or even a helping hand to environmental refugees.




Which Way Home - Rebecca Cammisa (83 min)

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the US on a freight train they call "The Beast." The filmmaker tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center. The film focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the ones you never hear about-the invisible ones.


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