Snow Day; Life, Death and Skiing

Snow Day; Life, Death and Skiing follows a group of senior skiers on their weekly trip up to the Colorado Rockies. Full of life and frequently facing profound adversity, these men and women share stories of love, loss, and personal growth that play out in high contrast to the athleticism, freedom and joy they exhibit on the mountain.

Real Boy

Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager navigating the ups and downs of gender transition. As he seeks his true voice — as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man — the boy is taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons. The film explores the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the importance of family, both given and chosen.

Minka

In 1967, an American journalist and a Japanese student rescued an ancient house from the snow country of Japan, and their lives were forever changed. Minka is a short documentary about a remarkable Japanese farmhouse and the memories it contains. Nominated for both IDA and Cinema Eye Honors awards and featured on NYTimes.com.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Legendary prankster protesters Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum chronicle their latest efforts to expose corporate greed and political malfeasance – while in the midst of their own midlife crises. Their new priorities and responsibilities start to have a noticeable effect on their creative partnership. That does not, however, stop them from continuing to make trouble — and news.

The Royal Women Association

“The Royal Women Association” tells the story of a group of South Asian women in Calgary who banded together to overcome the isolation and loneliness so common among older members of their community. The women break out of their shells and overcome their demons by sharing songs, poetry, food, and laughter at the group’s monthly meetings. As they plan an event that calls attention to domestic violence in the community, one member, Sarbjit, tries to come to terms with the trauma of her own past.

In Punjabi with English subtitles

Ghost Town to Havana (2016 Audience Award Winner)

SDFF 2016 Audience Award: Feature Documentary

“Ghost Town to Havana” is a heartbreaking, funny, and inspirational story about mentorship, kids, and baseball in Oakland and Havana today. Two youth baseball coaches, Nicolas from Havana and Roscoe from Oakland, meet on video and decide they want to play each other. When they meet in Cuba, it’s joy and baseball versus murder and poverty. Fascinating cross-cultural and personal stories are woven together by director Eugene Corr.

Birds of a Feather

The British Seagull once touted as ‘The best outboard motor in the world’ is now famous for being hopelessly unreliable. “Birds of a Feather” ​is the story of seagull racing on New Zealand’s Waikato River where competitors from all walks of life battle 130km downstream, subjecting themselves to an arduous challenge that will test their patience, tempers and humor. Director Nina Wells introduces the competitors and takes us along for the race.

Part of our “Women Filmmakers” special program.