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  • ''TO KID OR NOT TO KID' 'Q&As with Director/special guests at the 7:10pm & 9:10pm shows on 11/15

    ''TO KID OR NOT TO KID' 'Q&As with Director/special guests at the 7:10pm & 9:10pm shows on 11/15

    ''TO KID OR NOT TO KID' 'Q&As with Director & special guests in attendance at the 7:10pm & 9:10pm screenings on November 15.
  • ''CROWN VIC'' Q&As following the 7:00pm shows on Friday 11/08 and Saturday 11/09

    ''CROWN VIC'' Q&As following the 7:00pm shows on Friday 11/08 and Saturday 11/09

    Q&As following the 7:00pm shows on Friday 11/08 and Saturday 11/09   During one night on patrol, a veteran cop (Thomas Jane) and his rookie partner (Luke Kleintank) chase down violent suspects while searching for a missing girl and hunting two cop killers on the loose in Los Angeles.
  • Q&As with Writer/Director/Star - Mark Blane & special guests for both shows on 11/1, 11/2, 11/3

    Q&As with Writer/Director/Star - Mark Blane & special guests for both shows on 11/1, 11/2, 11/3

    CINEMA VILAGE CUBBY Q&A's   FRIDAY 11am Introduced by Mark Blane & Ben Mankoff (No Q&A)   FRIDAY 3:20pm Moderated by Mike Doyle (TV/FILM Actor and Director of SELL BY) with Guests: Director Ben Mankoff, Director/Writer/Actor Mark Blane, Actor Joseph Seuffert ("Milo"), Violet Tinnirello ("Penny") Sarah Dooley ("Muriel") and Carly Blane("The New Babysitter") Special Musical Performance by Sarah Dooley (Singer featured on the CUBBY Soundtrack)   SATURDAY 11am Conversation with Ben Mankoff, Mark Blane and Cubby Cast (TBD)   SATURDAY 3:20pm Moderated by Jesse Wakeman (Actor/Co-Writer Donald Cried) with Guests: Director Ben Mankoff, Director/Writer/Actor Mark Blane, Casting Director Henry Russell Bergstein, CSA and Actors Peter Y. Kim ("Charles") Jeanine Serralles ("Annie") and Matthew Shear ("Lars")     SUNDAY 11am Moderated by Liz Zimiles (Nitehawk Cinema Shorts Festival Programmer) with Guests: Director Ben Mankoff, Director/Writer/Actor Mark Blane   SUNDAY 3:20pm Jill Hervey (Musician "Lion Babe") In Conversation w/ Director/Writer/Actor Mark Blane
  • ''MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL'' Q/A on 12/1 with Directors Ewa Banaskiewicz & Mateusz Dymek!

    ''MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL'' Q/A on 12/1 with Directors Ewa Banaskiewicz & Mateusz Dymek!

    MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL Opening Weekend Q/A Directors Ewa Banaskiewicz and Mateusz Dymek will host a brief Q/A after the 11am screening of MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL on Sunday, December 1. The filmmaking couple have been married since 2009, after meeting at the National Film School in Poland. MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL is their feature length debut.
  • WCFF Series 27 - Panel discussion with Producers Andrea Walji and Vince Marucci on Thursday 10/24

    WCFF Series 27 - Panel discussion with Producers Andrea Walji and Vince Marucci on Thursday 10/24

    Series 27 | 6:00-8:00 pm Red Ape, Surviving Orangutan Friends of Split Oak Not a Pet Pangolins: Scale of the Trade *Panel discussion with Producers Andrea Waljiand Vince Marucci**Special guests from  World Animal Protection
  • TO BE OF SERVICE Q&As with Director Josh Aronson on Friday(11/1) & Saturday(11/2) after 7:00pm show.

    TO BE OF SERVICE Q&As with Director Josh Aronson on Friday(11/1) & Saturday(11/2) after 7:00pm show.

    Josh Aronson is a director and producer, known for Sound and Fury (2000), To Be of Service (2019) and The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story (2004).   TO BE OF SERVICE is a feature-length documentary film about war veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives. Returning home for these vets is often plagued with depression and a wrenching disconnect from the world they once inhabited. Family, old friends and jobs seem foreign, and newly returned warriors struggle to function and return to a normal civilian life. Service dogs offer a miraculous ray of hope in helping them come back to an independent, feeling life. The viewer learns it is the fragile life of young warriors, changed forever by combat that is the true cost of war.
  • Daniel Isn't Real Q&A with star Miles Robbins on 12/6. Josh Rothkopf (Time Out) will be moderating!

    Daniel Isn't Real Q&A with star Miles Robbins on 12/6. Josh Rothkopf (Time Out) will be moderating!

    Q&A with star Miles Robbins on December 6 Josh Rothkopf from Time Out will be moderating the Q&A for Daniel Isn’t Real on 12/6.    Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind -- and his soul.
  • Documentary Review: One woman’s AIDS activism rattles the People’s Republic in “Ximei”

    Documentary Review: One woman’s AIDS activism rattles the People’s Republic in “Ximei”

    If the Chinese government isn’t careful, the world will give Liu Ximei the Nobel Peace Prize. And if there’s one thing the Hollywood and NBA-coddling one-party dictatorship hates, it’s having another version of its greed, incompetence, repression and aggression exposed to the world. “Ximei” is about a genuine social justice warrior fighting the lonely fight on behalf of  AIDS patients in China. Liu Ximei is one of them, and the documentary “Ximei” recounts how she was infected, how society and her own family treated her and how the sunglasses-wearing thugs of the “People’s Republic” keep coming down on her for speaking out, garnering attention and demanding justice. She and millions of Chinese like her are victims of China’s “Black Blood Economy.” A peasant in a nation that rarely acknowledges it has them, she was gruesomely injured doing farm work — at age 10 — in Xinoa County, Henan Provice. But “child labor” wasn’t the worst of it. While in the hospital, she can given a transfusion of hospital-provided and sold HIV positive blood. For years, China callously and carelessly exploited peasants, getting them to sell their blood. They didn’t bother to test it until much later. They didn’t bother to keep the blood gathering and dispensing gear disinfected. AIDS exploded in Henan Province. Ximei contracted it, and in a culture built on family, she became a prime example of the shunning families did to members who contracted the disease. She shows us the hospital where she grew up, living for eight years with no family or friends, with only reluctant staff and animals that roamed the courtyard for company. In “Ximei,” we follow her as she visits other victims, old farm women, younger women like herself. “Have some pig feet soup,” they insist. She leads the film crew into the chaos of “clinic day” in town, where medicine that these patients need to survive is delivered and sold. Everybody asks her advice, even as they’re getting the same drugs she needs, even as they’re facing the same impossible bills for a deadly disease official policy and cutthroat shortcuts gave them. There’s supposed to be government reimbursement (the LEAST they could do) for this massive, shadowy government screw-up. But the bureaucracy demands that patients prove it was their fault, and bury illiterate peasants under paperwork that would qualify them. Ximei and her friends talk about this, as she visits them in their homes or in the house in town where she provides food and shelter to those coming into town for treatment. With a mop-top (possibly a wig) and pronounced limp due to her long-ago accident, Ximei is a local celebrity. “Everybody knows the AIDS girl who can’t walk properly,” she says (in Chinese, with English subtitles). And that’s the other burden she must carry. Hand-weaving plastic AIDS ribbons is one thing. Being summoned to international conferences for consultation, and followed by a film crew is an altogether different thing. We see her stroll past a Chinese-hosted health and justice event past government sanctioned posters (in English) decrying the state of women’s rights and ecological rights — in India. The cops and hired thugs who rough her up and take her phone? Just the Chinese making sure the focus is on India’s scandals, and not those of the People’s Paradise. Ximei makes a quietly compelling heroine, and the filmmakers — who can be seen questioning the men in sunglasses following her around — do her their greatest service in just letting her tell her story, just letting their camera capture the indifference, fear and fury that has been officialdom’s knee-jerk reaction to her cause. But I don’t know. She’s just one woman and it’s just one documentary, even if it a pretty good one with limited prospects for release. Ximei still looks like one of those solitary heroes who doggedly lead by example until others help her move mountains. And those others just might live in Sweden.
  • Q&As with Director Jaye Fenderson, 10/18 after the 7:15 and 10/19 after the 5:15 & 7:15 screenings!

    Q&As with Director Jaye Fenderson, 10/18 after the 7:15 and 10/19 after the 5:15 & 7:15 screenings!

    Q&As with Director Jaye Fenderson on Friday (10/18) after the 7:15pm and on Saturday (10/19)after the 5:15pm & 7:15pm screenings!  
  • WCFF Series 23 - Panel discussion with World Animal Protection Society on Wednesday, October 23

    WCFF Series 23 - Panel discussion with World Animal Protection Society on Wednesday, October 23

    Series 23 | 6:00-8:00 pm The Queen of Taru Otters and the Exotic Pet Trade Now or Never *Panel discussion with World Animal Protection Society
  • WCFF Survival of the Sun Bears - Q&A with Jocelyn Stokes, Aaron Sandhu & Jane Alexander on Wed 10/23

    WCFF Survival of the Sun Bears - Q&A with Jocelyn Stokes, Aaron Sandhu & Jane Alexander on Wed 10/23

    Panel discussion with Jocelyn Stokes, Aaron Sandhu** Special guest; author, wildlife conservationistJane Alexander; Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy Award winner. Producer/Director" Jocelyn StokesCountry: Malaysia | World Premiere When an orphaned sun bear cub is rescued from illegal captivity she must learn how to survive in the wild before she can finally be set free. Filmed on the island of Borneo, in a rainforest older than the Amazon, this short documentary follows the journey of a rescued sun bear called Natalie Conservation is brought to life as we experience the journey of rehabilitation and release. This film leads us to realize that just as we need the rainforests, these rainforests need sun bears; so what threatens sun bears also threatens us.   As we examine our own life choices in regard to consumerism and career paths, we discover we all have a role to play in reducing these threats and keeping sun bears alive, wild and free.
  • WCFF Stolen Apes - Q&A with Bradley Schiefelbein, Editor of Stolen Apes on Tuesday, October 22

    WCFF Stolen Apes - Q&A with Bradley Schiefelbein, Editor of Stolen Apes on Tuesday, October 22

    Producer & Director: Colin SytsmaWood Grain MediaCountry: USA |World Premiere After a sting operation in Bangkok for two trafficked Orangutans leave those accountable with no consequence, Daniel stiles, a detective in the illegal wildlife trade, thinks of new ways to combat illegal great ape trafficking.