THE SCHEDULE 
 

All Access Passes are good for all films and events of the festival, (except when by invitation).

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

The Chocolate Case | New York Premier | Netherlands | 90'

Based in Amsterdam, Benthe Forrer qualified from the Dutch Film Academy and has since worked on a broad range of dramas, documentaries and children’s television programmes. Since 2002 she has been the creative producer/co-owner of Dahl TV. In that time she has developed, directed and produced several successful television series, including Keuringsdienst Van Waarde, which has become one of the most popular programs on Dutch television with more than 250 episodes.

BENTHE FORRER

Screens on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00 pm

Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winner. After evading his military service in Israel, Guy Davidi started making documentaries on political and controversial subjects: "In Working Progress" dealt with Palestinian workers forced to work on their own stolen lands. "High Hopes" about Bedouin displacement with music by Pink Floyd. His first feature "Interrupted Streams" from 2010 was shot in a Palestinian village, as well as his following acclaimed film "5 Broken Cameras".

Mixed Feelings | New York Premiere | Israel | 77'

Screens on Friday, March 17, at 7:15 pm

ANTHONY DIFRANCO

Anthony DiFranco is a national prize-winning fiction writer as well as a filmmaker. His earlier credits as a writer-director-narrator-editor include "The Dollar-A-Day Boys," a documentary about the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression, and "My Grandma's American Dream," a documentary about the great wave of immigration from Italy to the U.S. in the 1900-1915 period.

Roll Call: A Dance Story | New York Premiere | USA | 43'

Screens on Saturday, March 18, at 4pm

MARTA HOUSKE

Ms. Marta Houske has produced, directed and written in the television industry for over twenty five years, working on hundreds of productions. She is a twice nominated Emmy Award winner for her writing, directing and producing, and has won dozens of national awards recognizing the excellence and effectiveness of her work including a New York Festivals World Gold Medal and two CINE Golden Eagles.

Crows of The Desert | New York Premiere | USA | 61'

Screens on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:15 pm

The documentary film team began with an exceptionally rare family vision. The crew is Naomi Sophia Call and her two sons, LA based filmmakers Auston Call and Loghan Call. Loghan has won two Emmy’s as a producer and social impact storyteller. He co-directed this film with Naomi Call. 

Called to Rescue | New York Premiere | USA | 74'

Screens on Saturday, March 18, at 5:30 pm

THE STOLEN CHILDHOOD

ARMEN GASPARYAN

Film Director, Screenwriter, Writer, Producer. Screenplay of "Last November" - the winner at BALTIC EVENT forum of co-
productions at the award ceremony of the European Film Academy. Tallinn,

Estonia, 2012

 Jury Prize "For high cinematic skill in showing the Armenian people's historical

memory" for the film "White Day". International Film Festival Magnificat, Minsk,

Belarus, 2015

The Stolen Childhood |  USA Premiere | Armenia | 52' 

Screens on Wednesday, March 15, at 5:45 pm

Straight From The Pen | World Premiere | USA | 52' 

PAUL SUTTON

Sutton has published numerous books, articles, and studies on prisons, prison conditions, and prison life in the U.S. He has appeared frequently in local, regional, and national print and broadcast media as an expert on a host of criminal justice issues. Producer, Director, Writer, Editor. "Prison Through Tomorrow's Eyes" (82 min.; 2010) feature documentary chronicling life-changing experiences of 24 university students who come face-to-face with California's prison system in an intensive, weeklong immersion into the world behind bars.

Screens on Wednesday, March 15, at 4 pm

Vincent De La Torre, Director and Editor has been working on film projects since he first operated a studio camera at a community cable network at age twelve. He is currently completing his MFA in film at CalArts.

Trails Of Hope and Terror | New York Premiere | USA/Mexico | 53' 

Screens on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 pm

KETERMAYA

Lucas Jedrzejak’s films have taken him from the Arctic Circle (In Expectation of the Thaw, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 in front of Prince Charles) to China (a 7-episode series for Epic TV, 2013) and the USA (Talking Machines, currently in post-production, and The Preacher and the Hitman, 2008, delving into the boxing world). Lucas’ atmospheric aesthetic, attested by his 2005 Sony Award, can be seen in latest film, Ketermaya, featuring close up the extraordinary resilience of a group of Syrian refugee children. 

Ketermaya | USA Premiere | UK | 78' 

Screens on Thursday, March 16, at 6 pm

WILFRIED KOOMEN

The Voice of Egypt, The Alphen Columbine Drama – 5 years after  (both films as director, writer and cinematographer).  In this film I want to show the dramatic consequences of the worldwide illegal traffic of chemical waste.

The Toxic Circle | North American Premiere | Italy/Netherlands | 53' 

Screens on Friday, March 17, at 4 pm

It Ain't Pretty | New York Premiere | USA | 69' 

Having surfed my whole life I am deeply passionate about the ocean and the lifestyle. I was frustrated with the films that are out on women surfers because they all just seem to portray this stereotype of a beach bunny. I decided to make this film because I wanted to share the truth about who we are as female surfers and show the ability, skill and determination it takes to surf here in Northern California. I have been filming IAP since March 2013. My photography and film segments have been featured on OutsideTV, Comcast GameON, CBS, ABC, Mode TV and local San Francisco news papers and radio.

Screens on Friday, March 17, at 5:30 pm

American Socialist | New York Premiere | USA | 96' 

Yale Strom is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (“The Last Klezmer”, “L’Chayim, Comrade Stalin!”, plus eight more). He is also one of the world's leading ethnographer-artists of klezmer and Romani music and history. He has been conducting extensive ethnographic research throughout Eastern Europe since 1981. Yale’s fifteen recordings with his ensemble, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, run the gamut from traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish jazz.

Screens on Tuesday, March 14, at 9:15 pm