2010 | Czech Rep | NR | 100 min.
TCFF’s favorite mastermind Czech mischief-makers are back with the story of Star Wars, the Cold War and the War on Terror converging on a small Czech village. The US military wants a radar base in a former Soviet rocket site, despiteprotest from locals who fear they’ll once again fall victim to the foreign policies of an international superpower. Featuring a uniquely Eastern European brand of absurdist humor, this rollicking doc is an incisive portrait of the Czech Republic 20 years after communism’s fall. International Premiere. In Person: Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda
Showtime: Friday, July 30, 2010, 9 pm, State Theatre Buy Tickets Now!
The Miscreants of Taliwood
2008 | Australia | NR | 93 min.
Guerilla filmmaker George Gittoes spent two years in a Taliban-controlled area of northern Pakistan near the Afghan border, where a cottage film industry dubbed “Taliwood” thrives in spite of constant pressure from local mullahs to shut it down. Gittoes agrees to act in one of their over-the-top, low-budget action films, shot just a cave or two away from where Osama bin Laden is purportedly hiding. Utterly fearless and bizarrely comic, the film exposes one of the world’s most dangerous locales. Adults only: scenes of graphic violence. In Person: Director George Gittoes
Showtimes: Friday, July 30, 2010, 3 pm, Old Town Playhouse and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 9 pm, City Opera House Buy Tickets Now!
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
2009 | USA | NR | 94 min.
In the 1960s, ex-Marine Daniel Ellsberg was a committed Cold Warrior — as a top Defense Dept. analyst, he played a crucial role in shaping America’s Vietnam strategy. But the more he learned about the war in Southeast Asia, the more his support wavered. In a life- and country-changing act of defiance, Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971, effectively blowing the whistle on five administrations worth of lies about American policy in Vietnam. A top-notch political thriller and a Best Documentary Oscar nominee. In Person: Directors Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Showtimes: Friday, July 30, 2010, 9:30 am, Milliken Auditorium and Saturday, July 31, 2010, noon, Lars Hockstad Buy Tickets Now!
2010 | Iran | NR | 72 min.
In this deceptively simple doc, Mohammed Shirvani sets up shop in the kitchens of six Iranian housewives, all his relatives, as they prepare meals for their families during Ramadan. The women share their love for food and a few trade secrets (one hasn’t washed her hands for two years, explaining: “Imagine all the vitamins they must contain!”), but what begins as a series of cooking lessons for traditional Persian cuisine subtly evolves into a deeply pointed look at the relationships between men and women. This smart doc tackles issues of domesticity that carry far beyond its national borders.
Showtime: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 3 pm, Milliken Auditorium Buy Tickets Now!
His & Hers
2009 | Ireland | NR | 80 min.
Inspired by his mother’s life experiences, Ken Wardrop brings his cinematic eye into the Irish home, building one of the most original and moving films we saw this year from interviews with seventy Irish women, shown sequentially fromyoung to old. The women’s stories of the men closest to them—fathers, sons, husbands and lovers—are a breath of fresh air blowing in from the midlands of Ireland. No one has ever made a documentary like this one. It’s charming, sweet,amazing and hilarious; you’ll leave the theater with a smile on your face, and want to call your mother.
Showtime: Saturday, July 31, 2010, noon, Milliken Auditorium Buy Tickets Now!
Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suess
2008 | Germany | NR | 99 min.
Acclaimed German director Veit Harlan’s 1941 film “Jew Suess” stands as one of the most infamously viscous pieces of anti-Semitic propaganda ever produced for the Nazi party. After World War II, Harlan was the only film director to stand trial for crimes against humanity. He was twice found not guilty, and left to continue his film career until his death in 1964. In this stirring doc, Felix Moeller tells the story of Harlan’s life, career and legacy, and explores the effects of Harlan’s lasting notoriety on his family.
Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 6 pm, Old Town Playhouse Buy Tickets Now!
How to Fold a Flag
2009 | USA | NR | 85 min.
Upon returning to their native soil after a 15-month Iraq tour together, four U.S. Army veterans take different paths in readjusting to civilian life: Jon runs for Congress in upstate New York; Javorn works at a plant while attending college inNorth Carolina; Michael pursues a career as a traveling cage fighter in Texas; and convenience store clerk Stuart plays in a heavy metal band in Colorado. Meanwhile, they all struggle with the sense that their sacrifices in an unpopular war areundervalued by their communities and countrymen.
Showtime: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 12:15 pm, Milliken Auditorium Buy Tickets Now!
South of the Border
2009 | USA | NR | 78 min.
Three-time Oscar winning director Oliver Stone offers a controversial look at our Central and South American neighbors, shedding light on the misunderstood, often misrepresented world of Latin American politics. Focusing primarily on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a man famous in America more for his outspoken criticism of the U.S. than for his efforts to improve the lives of his citizens, Stone gets up close and personal with the leaders of 7 countries as they explain their plans to regain control over their countries’ resources and achieve economic independence.
Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6 pm, Mlliken Auditorium and Friday, July 30, 2010, noon, Old Town Playhouse Buy Tickets Now!
The Tillman Story
2009 | USA | NR | 94 min.
Following 9/11, Pat Tillman quit his lucrative NFL career to enlist as an Army Ranger, and was instantly embraced as a modern American patriot and hero. His death while on duty in Afghanistan, purportedly while protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban ambush, elevated his heroism to near-mythical status. But Tillman’s family refused to accept the military’s“official” story or to let their son become fodder for the pro-military propaganda machine, investigating the cover-up of Pat’s death, and fighting for the right to a fitting legacy for their son.
Showtimes: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 3 pm, City Opera House and Saturday, July 31, 2010, 6:30 pm, Old Town Playhouse Buy Tickets Now!
Waiting for “Superman”
2009 | USA | NR | 102 min.
A TCFF 2010 Must-See, this blood curdling examination of the state of public education follows a handful of students as their families struggle to find quality education. With brilliant animation and access to fascinating people, it puts faceson the statistics, traveling to “academic sinkholes” in states across the nation where dropout rates are over sixty percent. Whether you agree with the film’s take on unions and teachers or not, it’s certain to get the debate going. Sundance BestDoc Audience Award. In Person: Director Davis Guggenheim, Producer Lesley Chilcott
Showtimes: Thursday, July 29, 2010, noon, Lars Hockstad and Saturday, July 31, 2010, noon, City Opera House Buy Tickets Now!