Call Me Kuchu, co-directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhall Worrall

Call Me Kuchu posterIn Uganda, a  new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – along with retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no  one, not even the filmmakers  can be prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhall Worrall stop by to talk about one of the most inspirational human rights activist in recent history.

Opens Friday, 6/21 – Los Angeles – Laemmle Music Hall [Buy Tickets] *Q&As with the filmmakers*

FRIDAY 06/21 through MONDAY 06/24
Following the 1:30pm & 7:10pm shows Friday to Monday – Q&A with Filmmakers Malika Zouhali-Worrall & Katherine Fairfax Wright

TUESDAY 06/25 through THURSDAY 06/27
Following the 1:30pm & 7:10pm shows Tuesday to Thursday – Q&A with Filmmaker Katherine Fairfax Wright.

 “What makes Kuchu work as taut agitprop, and ultimately to devastating emotional effect, is that Wright and Zouhali-Worrall allow the enormity of the film’s political concerns to be telegraphed through the stories, experiences, and astute analysis of ordinary queer folk and their hetero allies.” [Read more] – Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice

“An urgent story, intelligently and poignantly rendered, honoring the life and courageous example of an everyday hero while exposing shocking human rights violations. Its message resonates globally and issues a call to action.” [Read more] The Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival 2012

 “Simply one of 2013′s best films, documentary or not.” [Read more] – Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast


Code Black, director Ryan McGarry

Code Black posterWhen do ideals die? When do our  hopes fade into the  realities of the system?  For most everyone, we give up at least some of our naïve dreams in the steady march of our daily  grind. But what of doctors, the people entrusted  to help save our lives and protect our health?  What happens when the will to heal and serve meets the  frustrating realities of American health care? Ryan McGarry, a first time filmmaker, who is also a doctor at the hospital, directs the film. He provides a personal account of the residents who train and work at LA County Hospital as they are forced to confront the unexpected realities of life and death in a safety net, and a healthcare system at the brink of overload. Doctor and director McGarry joins us for a lively conversation on seeing his film play at the Los Angeles Film Festival and what can be done to save our failing health care system.

Code Black will premiere at the 2013 Los Angeles International Film Festival – June 13 – 23

Tue, Jun 18th 7:10pm – Only Rush Ticket Available
Fri, Jun 21st 7:10pm – Only Rush Ticket Available
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Code Black website

Welcome to Pine Hill – director, Keith Miller

Welcome to Pine Hill posterWELCOME TO PINE HILL is an extension of Keith Miller’s earlier short film PRINCE/WILLIAM about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, PINE HILL follows that short’s protagonist Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City. Miller joins us for a conversation on his mesmerizing and powerful film on the search for redemption and meaning.

“Shannon Harper never once seems like he is acting. Harper (who had never acted before in his life) essentially pulls off something that most seasoned actors have been trying to do for their entire careers. He never allows the camera (technically, three cameras) to compromise his amazing presence, and his resulting performance is one that I will probably never forget.” – Don Simpson, Smell Like Screen Spirit

“Welcome to Pine Hill” is partly a work of socially aware realism, attentive to how black and white Brooklynites share and contest public space, and to the different selves Shannon assumes with friends, co-workers, strangers and his mother (Mary Meyers). But it is at least equally concerned with the metaphysical dimensions of his experience, and with the haunting philosophical question of how a mortal individual can understand his place in the universe. – A. O. Scott, New York Times

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie – director, Seth Kramer

The Evocateur posterIn the late ‘80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” Was his show a platform for the working man or an incubator for Snooki and The Situation? Ironbound Films’ ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. Co-director Seth Kramer stops by to talk about his insightful and entertaining look at one of television’s most polarizing personalities.

 “Though this riveting doc tries to focus solely on the man, our minds can’t help wandering to the initiators he spawned, who seem to have permanently soured our national civility. A word to Messrs. Beck, Limbaugh and Imus: When even your friends say you’d make a great serial killer, it’s not a compliment.” – Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times