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November 18, 2021 · 8:00 pm$10 – $12
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love every minute of this year’s program. This lineup is loaded with compelling documentaries from renowned film festival around the globe, including Sundance, Tribeca, and South by Southwest, and an Oscar Nominated Short that will take your breath away.
Length of Program: 120 minutes
A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION
Directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers. 13 minutes.
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject. The story of virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers as he tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Executive Produced by Academy Award Nominee Ava DuVernay.
Directed by Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alex Wolf Lewis. 12 minutes.
This fan fave from Sundance Film Festival lands in Key West, from co-director Kaitlyn Schwalje and KWFF alumni co-director Alex Wolf Lewis, and producers Rebecca Stern and Justin Levy. SNOWY centers on a happiness intervention in the life of Snowy, a 25-year-old pet turtle.
THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE
Directed by Ciara Lacy. 12 minutes.
Director Ciara Lacy follows Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as her calling to protect sacred sites atop Maunakea, Hawai`i reinvigorates her art.
Directed by Amar Chebib. 16 minutes.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2021 South By Southwest Film Festival. Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboard legend. He’s also a survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro. From Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib.
IT’S ROCKET SCIENCE
Directed by Rachel Rose Knoll. 5 minutes.
Ky Michealson is a regular guy from Minnesota. he likes sushi, he loves fast cars… and he has built more rockets than anyone else on this planet. He is the “Rocketman,” and KWFF Alum Rachel Rose Knoll is ready to introduce you to him.
VOICE ABOVE WATER
Directed by Dana Frankoff. 11 minutes.
Indonesian fisherman Wayan Nyo, 90, has spent his life on the ocean, listening to the waves, tracking fish and learning the rhythms of the sea. These days though, he is occupied with another task: removing endless boatloads of plastics from the water. His story reminds us of how starkly humans have changed the planet.
Directed by Alexandria Cree and Kristen Hilkert. 4 minutes.
Ohio filmmakers Alexandria Cree and Kristen Hilkert bring us the story of Aine, a magical, feisty young girl with Down syndrome.
IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
Directed by Bianca Rondolino. 15 minutes.
The fourth generation in his family to be born intersex, Jewish Rabbi Levi was assigned the female gender at birth and grew up thinking he was sick and defective. This is the story of his struggles and transitions, culminating today in a life as a religious leader and an LGBTQI+ activist. From Italian director Bianca Rondolino.