2019 Documentary Film Festival Trailers
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2019 Film Selection
the Biggest little Farm
Echo in the Canyon
"the Biggest little Farm"
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.
Rated PG Run Time: 1hr, 33min
Awards: 11 Wins, 8 Nominations
WINNER: Audience Award for Best Doc, Sarasota Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Audience Award for Best Doc, Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival 2019
Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. Created from a combination of Pavarotti’s genre-redefining performances and granted access to never-before-seen footage, director Ron Howard gives audiences around the world a stunningly intimate portrait of the most beloved opera singer of all time.
Rated PG13 Run Time: 1 hr, 54 min
"Pavarotti" paints a simple picture of a complicated man, but it hits the high notes: the performances, the cheers, the adulation.” Detroit News
"Echo in the Canyon"
Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.
Rated PG13 Run Time: 1 hr, 22 min
“And those talents featured in this look-back, will have you tapping your toes, laughing, beaming, and savoring music that never grows old.” Featuring Film
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
& Student Award
In 1989, the very idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was nearly inconceivable to the manly world of open-ocean yacht racing. They’d never make it to the start of the Whitbread Round the World Race, much less survive to the finish. They’d never find funding. They didn’t have the strength or skill. They’d die at sea. Did that many professional female sailors even exist? Tracy Edwards proved them wrong.
Rated PG Run Time: 1 hr, 37 min
WINNER: Audience Award, Best Film, Dublin Int’l Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Audience Choice, International Film, Northwest Fest 2019
A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, For Sama tells the story of Waad as-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her. Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice--whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter's life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
Rated NR Run Time: 1hr, 40 min
Awards: 21 Wins, 6 Nominations
Winner: Golden Eye Award, Cannes 2019
Winner: Audience & Grand Jury Awards for Feature Documentary, SXSW 2019
"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, history, America and the human condition.
Rated PG13 Run Time: 2 hrs
WINNER: Audience Award, Cinetopia Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Best Documentary Feature, Wisconsin Film Festival 2019
The Serengeti Rules
Set in a desolate corner of the Balkan Peninsula, Honeyland is an unforgettable vérité character study and an intimate look at an endangered tradition. That tradition is wild beekeeping, or bee hunting, and the film's central character is said to be the only woman in Europe still carrying on the practice in the old-school way — which is to say, in harmony with the insects. This Macedonian documentary explores tradition, loneliness and the relationship between humans and nature.
Rated NR Run Time: 1hr, 27 min
Awards: 11 Wins & 5 nominations
WINNER: Grand Jury Prize-Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2019
WINNER: Special Jury Prize-Documentary, Sarasota Film Festival 2019
"The Serengeti Rules"
Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Immersed in some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth, they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these five unsung heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to re-imagine the world as it could and should be.
Rated NR Run Time: 1 hr, 24 min
“An upbeat nature documentary about the birth of the "keystone species" theory, and how bringing such species back heals ecosystems.” Movie Nation
Best Director Award
A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR's far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it's affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits.
Rated NR Run Time: 1hr, 47min
“Wherever you may land on the ethical issues of gene manipulation, Human Nature, is a fascinating watch.” Film Threat