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Alum Film Festival

Tentative schedule:


Screening and Q and A, Carbon Nation
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
4 p.m.
Carbon Nation is about solutions to climate change. It’s about the people working on the ground installing wind turbines; figuring out which type of algae would be the best for airplane fuel; inventing new ways to capture geothermal energy; working hard on how to implement a price on carbon; and reinventing farming and grazing practices to sequester massive amounts of carbon from the air. (86 minutes)

  • Craig Sieben 77S and
  • Artemis A.W. Joukowsky, III 81F, producers


Shadows and Illuminations
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
4 p.m.
Shot over 12 years in Bali, Indonesia, Shadows and Illuminations follows the life of an old Balinese man, Pak Kreta, as he struggles with the continuous intrusion into his consciousness of what he terms “shadows” or spirits. The film documents his painful personal history of trauma, loss, and exposure to toxins; and draws on his other family members' memories and interpretations of his struggles and distress. Central questions of how to interpret his experiences, what a psychiatric diagnosis means, and what role it has, are explored. (40 minutes)

  • Rob Lemelson 79F, Ph.D., documentary filmmaker, C.E.O., and founder of Elemental Productions; founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research;  and research anthropologist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the Center for Culture and Health




Dog Genius
10 a.m.
National Geographic Television (50 minutes)

  • Leslie Schwerin 81F, producer


A Great Wonder
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
10:30 a.m.
A Great Wonder traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans who spent the majority of their lives either in flight from war or in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Northern Kenya. Their arrival and resettlement in Seattle, WA, is not your average immigration story. Over the course of 18 months, these youths recorded their own experiences in their own words, using digital video cameras. (62 minutes)

  • Kim Shelton 70F, producer, director


The Heretics
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
11 a.m.
The Heretics reveals the inside story of Heresies, a feminist art collective at the epicenter of the 1970s art world in lower Manhattan. Director Joan Braderman, who joined the group in 1971 after moving to New York to become a filmmaker, charts the collective’s story for the first time in a feature-length film, revealing its pivotal role in the “second wave” of the Women’s Movement. (92 minutes)

  • Joan Braderman, director, writer, co-producer
  • Crescent Diamond 95F, producer
  • Lily Henderson 02F, cinematographer
  • Sarah Clark 04F, digital motion graphics
  • Rhys Ernst 01S
  • Jeff Striker F06
  • Molly McLeod F05


…All Our Lives
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
A documentary on the lives of several women who actively participated in the social revolution during the Spanish Civil War. These women are as dynamic now, in their eighties, as they were in their youth at the height of their work. (54 minutes)

  • Elizabeth Berger 78F, producer, co-director


The Unidentified
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
Estlin is a passionate young journalist scraping by in New York City. As his frustration with his entry-level job at a local newspaper peaks, his disgruntled best friend, Brooke, leaves Brooklyn for Ohio. Set adrift, Estlin falls for Sophie, an elusive artist with an optimistic view on life. But as their romance blossoms, his high ideals and dogged pursuit of truth come into conflict with her tightly guarded secrets. In a climactic scene shot at a real anti-war protest in Washington, D.C., Estlin must come to terms with what has been lost, what still remains, and where he must go from here. (109 minutes)

  • Rebecca Arndt 99F, director of photography
  • Shawn Dempewolff-Barrett 99F, associate producer
  • Stephen Gifford 00F, producer
  • Mitchell Kase 01F, associate producer
  • Tim O'Neill 01F, producer and editor
  • Skyler Schrempp 01F, costume designer
  • Kevan Tucker 01F, writer and director
  • Owen Granich-Young 02F, sound editor
  • Jay Sgroi 02F, assistant director


Short Shorts Program
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
1 p.m.
A compilation of short alum films. Click here for the film list >>


Screening and Q and A, The Toe Tactic
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
2 p.m.
Mona Peek is jarred by delayed grief for her dead father when she finds out her childhood home has been sold. Her emotional plight is the subject of an esoteric card game played in another dimension by four animated dogs. The Toe Tactic uses live action and animation to explore the interaction between the human and magical realms as Mona finds her way to reconnect with her world. (84 minutes)
  • Emily Hubley 76F, writer, director, animator
  • Xander Berkeley 73F, actor
  • Eugene Mirman 92F, actor
  • Tara Knight 96F, compositor
  • Conor MacCallan-Finkelman 06F, intern
  • Elizabeth Buchanan 05F, intern


It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School
Johnson Library Center, Basement Screening Room
2 p.m.
This groundbreaking film explores how teachers can include discussions about lesbian and gay people in their elementary and middle school classrooms. It’s Elementary has won numerous educational and film festival awards, aired on over 100 PBS stations, and fueled a tidal wave of activism and advocacy around these controversial issues. The film laid the groundwork for Groundspark’s Respect for All project, which has had an enormous impact in the field of anti-bias education and violence prevention. (78 minutes)

  • Helen Cohen 77S, producer


Screening and Q and A, work by Ken Burns 71F
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
Limited seating; pick up tickets at noon outside the Robert Crown Center
3 p.m.
Screenings from his most recent projects The Tenth Inning and Prohibition, followed by a question and answer session.


Rene and I
Johnson Library Center, Basement Screening Room
4:30 p.m.
The story of young twins who spent years in Auschwitz under the notorious Dr. Joseph Mengele. A true tale of miraculous chance encounters; high-risk rescue; a dramatic reunion as the iron curtain is closing; and incredible lives forged from Auschwitz to America, Rene and I is the story of two resilient souls who, against all odds, triumphed. (55 minutes)

  • Gina M. Angelone 81F, producer and director


The Incident at Tower 37
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
6 p.m.
A 3D animated short film about the high cost of ignorance. When one party unwittingly steals the home of another, the victims are forced to execute a desperate plan to reclaim what was theirs. The film was made through collaboration among members of the entire Hampshire community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) and within the context of an innovate classroom structure. (11 minutes)

  • Chris Perry, assistant professor of media arts and sciences, writer and director


Screening and Q and A, Proud Flesh
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
6 p.m.
This experimental Western shot in the Badlands of South Dakota features a 70-year-old female gunslinger, three lines of dialogue, and an original score by the filmmakers (members of Metalux, Harrius, Animental, and other projects). In this film, silent human interactions, staged as abstractions, function as ritual gestures, invoking reflections on the symbolism of the characters rather than the psychology of drama. (36 minutes)

  • Jenny Graf Sheppard 88F, writer, director and sound design


Medal of Honor
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
6 p.m.
In Medal of Honor, powerful stories of those who have received our nation's highest military honor beg fundamental questions about the nature of the human spirit and what it means to have the courage of a hero. The film traces the history of the Medal of Honor from a profile of Sgt. Paul Smith, the first soldier to receive a Medal of Honor in the Iraq war, back to its creation during the Civil War. (86 minutes)

  • Roger Sherman 73S, director and producer


Grasping the Sparrow's Tail: A Taiji Journey
Johnson Library Center, Basement Screening Room
6 p.m.
Inspired by an article Dennis Willmont wrote in The Journal of Martial Arts, titled "Sacrifice, Ritual, and Alchemy: the Spiritual Traditions of Taiji Quan,” this film documents his journey as he travels through China for the first time. Accompanied by his son Jud, Dennis sets out to find the historical and philosophical origins of Taiji Quan. (90 minutes)

  • John Bruner 94F, producer
  • Jud Willmont 92F, director


Screening and Q and A, Sleep Dealer
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
6:15 p.m.
The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates. (90 minutes)

  • Alex Rivera 91F, writer and director


Windows onto Montebello Road
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
7 p.m.
A lyrical meditation on personal space and the pre-millennial political landscape. This is the second film in a series of observational works exploring domestic space and the intersection of the public and private spheres. (21 minutes)

  • Paul Turano 87F, filmmaker


The Top of the World
Johnson Library Center, Basement Screening Room
7:30 p.m.
A one-man film crew consisting of Bill Kern 75F embarks on a Himalayan trek carrying only what can fit on his back. The film captures the adventure and beauty of trekking in the Himalayas and climbing Mount Everest. (70 minutes)

  • Bill Kern 75F


Object One
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
7:30 p.m.
This work is about a way of seeing the world, a perspective that is outside the mainstream. It’s conceptual while engaging with formal elements and with the medium itself. It is minimalist. (13 minutes)

  • Evie Leder 86S, artist


An Act of Conscience
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
7:30 p.m.
For Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner of Colrain, Massachusetts, their life-long commitment to pacifism led them to risk losing their home. For 14 years, they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. As a consequence, their home was seized by U.S. marshals and IRS agents. Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, this feature-length documentary chronicles the couple’s five-year struggle to resist nonviolently the seizure of their home, in which they are joined by hundreds of supporters from across the country, including noted author and activist priest Fr. Daniel Berrigan and long-time folksinger Pete Seeger. (90 minutes)

  • Robbie Leppzer 76F, director, producer, interviewer, videographer, editor, and sound recordist


Team Human Beings
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abraham Ravett Screening Room
8 p.m.
A film exploring individuals and organizations that are finding creative media solutions to the social, economic, and spiritual crises that face our society today. (32 minutes)

  • Kyle Brodie 05F, filmmaker
  • John Chao F05
  • Molly McLeod F05
  • Kevin Cline 97F
  • John Gunther 84F
  • John Bruner 94F


Martin and Orloff
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
8 p.m.
After a failed suicide attempt, advertising man Martin Flam has to clean up his own blood while his boss cheerfully welcomes him back from the “loony bin.” Enter Dr. Eric Orloff, a psychiatrist who doesn’t just blur the line between doctor and patient, but obliterates it. This wild comedy stars Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, David Cross, Kim Raver, and Amy Poehler. (86 minutes)

  • Lawrence Blume 81F, producer, director


The New Mother
Johnson Library Center, Basement Screening Room
9 p.m.
Division III from Spring 2010. Suspense. (40 minutes)

  • Jacob Schuchman Falk 05F


In My Genes
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
9 p.m.
Agnes, a woman with albinism, overcomes the odds of being born with no pigment in a society that discriminates against the condition. Seven other individuals share their compelling experiences of being members of one of the most hyper-visible and yet invisible groups in the predominantly black society of Kenya. (78 minutes)

  • Lupita Nyong'o 03F, director and producer
  • Coire Williams 03F, composer


The Amazing Bulk
Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Bill Brand Screening Room
9:30 p.m.
A scientist working on a secret government project accidentally turns himself into a giant purple creature and must destroy an evil doctor who is hell-bent on blowing up the moon in order to win the girl of his dreams. (80 minutes)

  • Lewis Schoenbrun 77F, director, producer, editor



Alumni Film Festival

Short Shorts Program

Saturday, 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Film, Photography, and Video (Liebling Center), Abe Ravett Screening Room

  • Fin Hirschoff 04S, director, editor, and actor


  • Sara Maria Salamone 01F, director, producer, editor, and performer
  • Joshua Smith 91F, photographer and director


Dancing in Miracles

  • Michael Samstag 85F, director


Diplomatic Immunity: A Primer for the Enthusiast

  • Holen Sabrina Kahn 90F, director, producer, and creator


Ellos Tienen Otros Sueños/They Have Other Dreams

  • Hira Nabi 07F, director, producer, cameraperson, editor, and narrator


The Fighting Cholitas

  • Kenny Krauss 82F, director of photography, and producer


First Love

  • Joshua Smith 91F, photographer and director


  • Wilder Konschak 98F, web design and hosting
  • Benni Pierce 98F, additional camera
  • Shaun Boyle 99F, director
  • Michele LaVigne 99F, unit production manager
  • Stephen Gifford 00F, additional camera


Hunchback Kombucha: Jism of the Gods

  • Steve Shavel 80F, co-writer, co-director, and co-editor
  • Jon Shere 82F, actor
  • Katie Otey 84F, actor
  • Jenna Wikler 84F, co-writer, co-director, and co-editor


Inside Death Row

  • Mark Mannucci 74F, producer, director, and writter


Lessons for the Living

  • Lily Henderson 02F, director and editor
  • Leslie Koren 02F, producer


  • Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain 04F, screenwriter, director, producer, and editor


  • Aaron Rudelson 88F, director and actor


Outline for an Elemental Feature of the Ground

  • Tasha Goldthwait 05F, performer
  • Jeff Garneau 05F, performer
  • Kate Harmatz 05F, performer
  • Todd Lerew 05F, performer
  • Abe Drimmer 05F, performer
  • Jeff Striker 06F, director, writer, editor, and producer
  • Kaylyn Gatto 06F, performer
  • Remy Zbel 06F, performer
  • Lizzie Dolan F07, performer


The Pink Whale

  • Shana Barry 93F, multimedia artist


  • Christina Choe 98S, director and writer


Roger Dodger

  • Michael Samstag 85F, director


Trans-America Bike Tour

  • Kaitlyn Millen 02F, filmmaker


Valerie June: Manifest

  • Eileen Meyer 00F, editor


Vladimir Guerrero

  • JM Dobies 80F, director, director of photography, and songwriter


Voice on the Line

  • Kelly Sears 96F, writer, director, and animator


The Vowels: A Film by Ken Burns

  • William Morey 03F, filmmaker
  • Sam Cherington 04F, filmmaker
  • Andrew Flanagan 04F, filmmaker
  • Daniel Inkeles 04F, filmmaker
  • Benjamin Smith 04F, filmmaker


We have a Beautiful Cosmos:
Poems and Music from Ivor Cutler's Jammy Smears

  • Peter Moser 74F, director and animator


  • Eileen Meyer 00F, editor


  • Andrea Pallaoro 00F, director, co-writer, and editor



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