Monday, November 09, 2015

AIFF2015: From The New Yorker Cartoons, Political Brainwashing, Afghanistan, Mt. Marathon Race, Transgender Dad

There are lots of documentaries at the Anchorage International Film Festival.  I'm still working on a post about the ones in competition.  But just because a film doesn't get into competition, doesn't mean it's not terrific.  Here's a quick look at a few of the docs to show you the breadth of topics covered this year.  Including two very dramatic parental transformations.  In both cases, the filmmakers' dads.  I haven't seen any of them so I can't tell you for sure if they are good.  But even if they aren't great cinema, the topic might be of interest.  And I'm betting they  are all good cinema.

The links will take you to more information about the films including when and where they'll play so you can put them on your calendar now.  The festival begins Friday Dec. 4, 2015.

Very Semi-Serious -
New Yorker cartoons

Janey Makes a Play
A 90 year old playwright writes and
directs her play
No Greater Love
An American military chaplain in

3022 Feet
Historic look at Seward's
Mt Marathon race.
From This Day Forward  - The filmmaker
examines her parents' marriage and how
her transgender dad and straight identified
mom kept it together
A Courtship 
An evangelical Christian arranged
*The Brainwashing of My Dad 
Filmmaker examines the forces that
helped her Democratic dad transform into
"an angry right wing fanatic."
"Brainwashing" unravels the plan to shift
the country to the Right over thelast 30
years through media manipulation"

Harry and Snowman
Post WW II Dutchman in US
rescues Amish plow horse from glue
factoryand soon they win the
triple crown of show jumping.

*Note:  Brainwashing is a film in progress and the filmmaker is looking for audience reactions before final editing.

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