SATURDAY, October 13, 1 p.m., Watson Auditorium
OC87 by Glenn Holstein/Scott Johnston/Bud Clayman – 90 min, documentary – USA
Director Bud Clayman documents his struggle with OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome and how it derailed his plan to become a filmmaker. But the film is not a singular vision. Clayman has difficulty making decisions, so shares director’s credit with psychologist Scott Johnston and documentarian Glenn Holsten. They alternate interview segments with inventive scripted sequences.
WAR’S DAUGHTER by Lana Hijazi - 9 min, documentary – Gaza/USA
A powerful look at the consequences of chemical warfare on innocent children, and one child in particular,now a young woman.
SATURDAY, October 13, 3 p.m., Watson Auditorium
DISLECKSIA: THE MOVIE by Harvey Hubbell – 85 min, documentary – USA
Harvey Hubbell V and crew explore Hubbell’s own experiences about growing up as a dyslexic while also looking into the latest scientific research and educational developments regarding the condition. They examine how the education system in the US handles students with learning disabilities, and explore ways in which this treatment can be changed to improve the social status of dyslexics.
ME TOO by Lilat Mooisyan – 20 min, fiction – Armenia
A powerful film about a strong but distressed character, fighting against his fears, love, hope and pain in a psychological hospital. Sounds of incredible music, played by a girl with no musical instrument, come to his ear making him much more helpless. Is he really insane?
SATURDAY, October 13, 5:15 p.m., Watson Auditorium
PRINCESS by Arto Halonen – 100 min, fiction – Finland
Inventive, funny, and beautifully acted Princess is based on real-life events and a real person. Cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen, drifting from one foster home to another, ends up in psychiatric care and soon suffering from severe delusions. She claims to be “Princess”, a member of the English royal family from Buckingham Palace.
AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN by Shawn Alex Thompson – 10 min, fiction – Canada
A simple street sweeper goes unnoticed by the people around him, but things aren’t always what they seem.
SUNDAY, October 14, 3 p.m., Jazz Central
GIRLFRIEND by Justin Lerner – 94 min, fiction – USA
The film depicts the evolution of a friendship between a young man with Down’s Syndrome and a single mother in a small town in Massachusetts. Evan Sneider, who actually has Down’s plays the lead. When Evan’s mother dies, she leaves him an inheritance of cash in a box. Evan tries to help his neighbor, a single mom, Candy, by dumping cash gifts in her home.
SUNDAY, October 14, 3:30 p.m., Palace Theater
MARY AND MAX by Adam Elliott – 92 min, animation – Australia
This is a masterpiece claymation. Mary is a poor, unloved little girl from Australia and, Max is a heavyset middle-aged New Yorker with Asperger’s syndrome. They become penpals. Their exchange of letters swiftly emerges as the emotional lifeline for their unhappy existences. Mary is taunted by children at her school for the birthmark on her forehead. Her only friend is a WW11 veteran who lost his legs in combat and has developed agoraphobia.