The Jocunda Film Festival

THE JOCUNDA FILM FESTIVAL

May 21st through May 27th
Virtually on Zoom
Tickets: $25.00

OUR GRET DAY: A BOND with
HOUSTON BLUES

Directed by Ruben Duran
(Documentary)

Our Great Day: A Bond with Houston Blues pays tribute to the African American blues heritage of the largest city in Texas. The story reveals the unlikely relationship between a grand cast of characters from that music community and James Fraher, a Chicago-born photographer who resides in County Sligo, Ireland. The primary focus is a 1998 reunion of over seventy musicians for Fraher to make their group portrait, an event staged in Houston’s Third Ward in a rotunda originally built for the state’s first Jewish congregation.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 9pm
TALK BACKS after screening

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Sunday, May 23rd at 9pm
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Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm
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BRICK BY BRICK

A Film by Tina Chapman Decosta
(Short Film)

Based on a true story, screenwriter and director Tina Chapman DaCosta tells the compelling story of her father, young Elza “Buddy” Cannaday, who leaves his small town to find his father, presumed dead after a riot. Experience an after-hours smoky abode, jazz music of the time, and a cameo appearance by jazz pianist Johnny O’Neal, who resurrects his role as Art Tatum from the film Ray. Based on true events.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening

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Saturday, May 22nd at 4:30pm
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Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm
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(This film is shown with a series of Short Films.)

SERVICE TO MAN

Written and Directed by Seth Panitch
(Feature Film)
Subtitles


It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 4pm EST
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Sunday, May 23rd at 1pm EST

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Thursday, May 27th at 7pm EST
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THE PARKING SPOT

A Film by Mario Corry
(A Short Film)

Peter thinks he’s finally found a parking spot – unfortunately for him, it belongs to a local mobster. Will the two parties be able to find common ground in time for lasagna dinner?

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening
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(This film is shown with aseries of short films.)
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(This film is shown with a series of short films.)

RAISING NIA

A Film by Kevin Starks
(A Short Film)

Raising Nia takes place in Harlem New York. This film is about a father and daughter relationship. Angelo, an ex stick up kid that turned his life around after the birth of his daughter is forced to make a decision that could affect the lives of them both forever.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm
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Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm
(This film is shown with aseries of short films.)

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(This film is shown with a series of short films.)

KEEP YOUR FLOWERS

A Film by Sekou Browne
(A Short Film)

Fleeing her abusive husband, a woman musters up strength and decides to face her abuser head on.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening.


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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm
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Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm
(This film is shown with aseries of short films.)

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LET ME HOLD SOMETHIN'

A Film by Ricky W. Jean-Francois

Juice and Noelle have dreams of living the good life together, but in order to reach their goals they are forced to set up Marion to be robbed.Let the games begin.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening.


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Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm
(This film is shown with aseries of short films.)

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(This film is shown with a series of short films.)

PERPETUAL ANAMNESIS

A Film by Joseph Villapaz

As a man makes a routine video call to his wife, the reality of their relationship becomes clear. Story inspired by the COVID-19 global crisis.

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening


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Saturday, May 22nd at 4:30pm
TALK BACKS after screening.
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Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm
(This film is shown with aseries of short films.)
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TORI

A Film by Eric Cotton

A successful type A security expert has to have a home monitoring system installed and realizes that her biggest problem maybe what happens in her own home.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm
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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
This film is shown with aseries of short films.)
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THE CURE

A Film by Robert Short

Qwick, a hip-hop loving tech geek, must find a way to get a secret cure to his late grandfather's restricted lab. Just one thing... there's some people who'd kill to get that cure... literally.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
(This film is shown with a
series of short films.)
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BALLET AFTER DARK

A Film by Barbara K. Asare-Bediako

Real people. Real stories. Real lives. This short documentary combines the realness of cinema verite and videologue with the sometimes imaginary world of social media and animation content to follow the journey of a trauma survivor’s attempt to create a healing space in present day Baltimore.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm
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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
(This film is shown with a
series of short films.)
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(This film is shown with a series of short films.)

INNVERVERSE

A Film by Stacey Larkins

Innerverse presents various characters, and explores how their personal life experiences shape their belief systems and perception.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
(This film is shown with a
series of short films.)
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(This film is shown with a series of short films.)

CROSSING THE LINE

A Film by Andre Fuad Degas

Tension mounts when Khadijah, a Muslim High School track runner falls for Terrence, an all American Football player, setting the stage for a dramatic ending during the college championship meet in Queens, New York.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 4:30pm
TALK BACKS after screening.
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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
(This film is shown with a
series of short films.)
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THE DAY OF WRATH

A Film by Jack Baginis Kroliewicz

During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jew, a refugee from a nearby ghetto, appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish Poles for hiding Jews with death. Monks face the most difficult dilemma. An SS squadron-leader, responsible for the liquidation of the ghetto and the extermination campaign against the Jews, comes to the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend ofa war thriller and a morality play.The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 7pm
TALK BACKS after screening.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 4:45pm
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Monday, May 24th at 9pm
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Thursday, May 27th at 9pm
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THE TRUE HISTORY OF TWITTER

A Short Film by Pablo Valez

SHOWTIMES

Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.
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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm
(This film is shown with a
series of short films.)
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BREAK THE CHAINS

A Music Video with Lryrics
By Kim Palzes
Artists: Rita Weyis & Johnny
Walker


A Film by Rita Weyis
This is a music video about civil rights and social injustice.This Music Video will be shown with the Documentary

OUR GRET DAY: A BONDwith HOUSTON BLUES
Directed by Ruben Duran

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 9:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening
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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm
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Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm
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ALL FOR YOU

A Music Video by Simon Ross
This Music Video will be shown
with the Documentary

OUR GRET DAY: A BOND with HOUSTON BLUES
Directed by Ruben Duran

SHOWTIMES
Friday, May 21st at 9:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening
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Sunday, May 23rd at 9pm
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Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm
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THE TALE OF THE DOG:
The Untold Story of Denver’s Greatest Music Venue:
The Family Dog, Denver
1967 - 1968

A Film by Dan Obarski & Scott Montgomery
The Tale of the Dog unearths, for the first time, the lost story of the origins of Denver’s transformation to its modern identity as a hip city. This 109-minute documentary film charts the struggles and triumphs of a pioneering hippie rock club trying to establish a foothold in Denver, and of the police, parents and city, who were frightened of it and determined to shut it down.
Open from September 8, 1967, through July 19, 1968, the Family Dog brought to Denver, for the first time, such legendary bands as the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Cream, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Canned Heat. It also hosted one of the era’s greatest psychedelic light shows – Diogenes Lantern Works. Along with this came original art from the world-renowned psychedelic poster artists, who did posters for the shows.

SHOWTIMES
Saturday, May 22nd at 9:15pm
TALK BACKS after screening.
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Tuesday, May 25th at 8:30pm
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Friday, May 21st at 4pm EST

(Feature Film)

SERVICE TO MAN

Written and Directed by Seth Panitch


It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

There will be a TALK BACK after the screening with the Writer/Filmmaker, SETH PANITCH.

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Friday, May 21st at 7pm

Panel Discussion with Filmmakers

  • Sekou Brown, KEEP YOUR FLOWERS
  • Kevin Starks, RAISING NIA
  • Mario Corey, THE PARKING SPOT
  • Tina Chapman-DaCoata, BRICK BY BRICK

(Short Films)

  • KEEP YOUR FLOWERS: A Film by Sekou Browne
  • RAISING NIA: A Film by Kevin Starks
  • THE PARKING SPOT: A Film by Mario Corry
  • LET ME HOLD SOMETHIN’: A Film by Ricky W. Jean-Francois
  • PERPETUAL ANAMNESIS: A Film by Joseph Villapaz
  • BRICK BY BRICK: A Film by Tina Chapman Decosta
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Friday, May 21st at 9:15pm

OUR GRET DAY: A BOND with HOUSTON BLUES
Directed by Ruben Duran
(Documentary)


Our Great Day: A Bond with Houston Blues pays tribute to the African American blues heritage of the largest city in Texas. The story reveals the unlikely relationship between a grand cast of characters from that music community and James Fraher, a Chicago-born photographer who resides in County Sligo, Ireland. The primary focus is a 1998 reunion of over seventy musicians for Fraher to make their group portrait, an event staged in Houston’s Third Ward in a rotunda originally built for the state’s first Jewish congregation.

BREAK THE CHAINS: A Music Video with Lryrics By Kim Palzes

Artists: Rita Weyis & Johnny Walker

A Film by Rita Weyis


This is a music video about civil rights and social injustice.

ALL FOR YOU: A Music Video by Simon Ross

Panel Discussion with Filmmakers

  • Ruben Duran, OUR GREAT DAY, A Bond with Houston Blues
  • Simeon Ross, ALL FOR YOU
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Saturday, May 22nd at 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Panel Discussion with Filmmakers

  • SIMON BOWLER, TV Producer with BBC America, Filmmaker, Screenwriter
  • LIZ LARSON, Broadway Star, Film and TV Actress
  • ELLYN LONG-MARSHALL, Casting Director ORPHEUS GROUP CASTING, Co-Owner of LIBERTY FILMS COMPANY
  • MAGGIE MCCOLLESTER, Actress in Film, TV and Stage, FILM PRODUCER
  • ELIZABETH FLAX, Actress on 10 Seasons on Law&Order SVU and Stage Director
  • MICHAEL BURGESS, TV, FILM and THEATER ACTOR
  • KEVIN STARK, Filmmaker, RAISING NIA
  • TINA CHAPMAN-DACOSTA, Filmmaker, BRICK BY BRICK
  • MARIO CORRY, Filmmaker, THE PARKING SPOT
  • BARBARA K. ASURE-BEDLAKO, Filmmaker, BALLET AFTER DARK
  • MACKENZIE RASMUS, FILM and TELEVISION ACTOR
  • NATHAN HALE WILLIAMS, FILMMAKER and PRODUCER, BURDEN
    Topics:
  • Financing your film?
  • Have opportunities improved for people of color during the Pandemic?
  • What was the biggest challenge in getting your film made and what did you do to overcome that obstacle? and
  • What is your next film going to be about?
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Saturday, May 22nd at 2:15pm

TALK BACKS after screening
(Short Films)

  • TORI: A Film by Eric Cotton
  • THE CURE: A Film by Robert Short
  • BALLET AFTER DARK: A Film by Barbara K. AsareBediako
  • INNERVERSE: A Film by Stacey Larkins
  • THE TRUE HISTORY OF TWITTER: A Film by Pablo Valez
  • THE PARKING SPOT: A Film by Mario Corry
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Saturday, May 22nd at 4:30pm

TALK BACKS after screening
(Short Films)

  • BURDEN: A Film by Nathan Hale Williams
  • CROSSING THE LINE: A Film by Andre Fuad Degas
  • BRICK BY BRICK: A Film by Tina ChapmanDeCosta
  • PERPETUAL ANAMNESIS: A Film by Joseph Villapaz
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Saturday, May 22nd at 7pm

TALK BACKS after screening

THE DAY OF WRATH
A Film by Jack Baginis Kroliiewicz


During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jew, a refugee from a nearby ghetto, appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish Poles for hiding Jews with death. Monks face the most difficult dilemma. An SS squadron-leader, responsible for the liquidation of the ghetto and the extermination campaign against the Jews, comes to the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend of a war thriller and a morality play.The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

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Thursday, May 23rd at 1pm

SERVICE TO MAN
Written and Directed by Seth Panitch
(Feature Film)


It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 3:15pm

TALK BACKS after screening (Short Films)

  • KEEP YOUR FLOWERS: A Film by Sekou Browne
  • TORI: A Film by Eric Cotton
  • BALLET AFTER DARK: A Film by Barbara K. Asare-Bediako
  • CHASING NIA: A Film by Kevin Starks
  • BREAK THE CHAINS: A Film by Rita Weyis
  • BURDEN: A Film by Nathan Hale Williams
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Sunday, May 23rd at 4:45pm

THE DAY OF WRATH
A Film by Jack Baginis Kroliiewicz


During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jew, a refugee from a nearby ghetto, appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish Poles for hiding Jews with death. Monks face the most difficult dilemma. An SS squadron-leader, responsible for the liquidation of the ghetto and the extermination campaign against the Jews, comes to the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend of a war thriller and a morality play.The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

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Sunday, May 23rd at 7pm

THE JOCUNDA BOOK CLUB
Book Selection:
LOVING YOU: A Novel By Van Dirk Fisher

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Sunday, May 23rd at 9pm

OUR GRET DAY: A BOND with HOUSTON BLUES
Directed by Ruben Duran
(Documentary)


Our Great Day: A Bond with Houston Blues pays tribute to the African American blues heritage of the largest city in Texas. The story reveals the unlikely relationship between a grand cast of characters from that music community and James Fraher, a Chicago-born photographer who resides in County Sligo, Ireland. The primary focus is a 1998 reunion of over seventy musicians for Fraher to make their group portrait, an event staged in Houston’s Third Ward in a rotunda originally built for the state’s first Jewish congregation.

BREAK THE CHAINS: A Music Video with Lryrics By Kim Palzes

Artists: Rita Weyis & Johnny Walker

A Film by Rita Weyis


This is a music video about civil rights and social injustice.

ALL FOR YOU: A Music Video by Simon Ross

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Monday, May 24th at 7pm

SERVICE TO MAN
Written and Directed by Seth Panitch
(Feature Film)


It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

Buy Ticket

Monday, May 24th at 9pm

THE DAY OF WRATH
A Film by Jack Baginis Kroliiewicz


During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jew, a refugee from a nearby ghetto, appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish Poles for hiding Jews with death. Monks face the most difficult dilemma. An SS squadron-leader, responsible for the liquidation of the ghetto and the extermination campaign against the Jews, comes to the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend of a war thriller and a morality play.The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

Buy Ticket

Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm

OUR GRET DAY: A BOND with HOUSTON BLUES
Directed by Ruben Duran
(Documentary)


Our Great Day: A Bond with Houston Blues pays tribute to the African American blues heritage of the largest city in Texas. The story reveals the unlikely relationship between a grand cast of characters from that music community and James Fraher, a Chicago-born photographer who resides in County Sligo, Ireland. The primary focus is a 1998 reunion of over seventy musicians for Fraher to make their group portrait, an event staged in Houston’s Third Ward in a rotunda originally built for the state’s first Jewish congregation.

BREAK THE CHAINS: A Music Video with Lryrics By Kim Palzes

Artists: Rita Weyis & Johnny Walker

A Film by Rita Weyis


This is a music video about civil rights and social injustice.

ALL FOR YOU: A Music Video by Simon Ross

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Tuesday, May 25th at 8:30pm

THE TALE OF THE DOG: The Untold Story of Denver’s Greatest Music

Venue: The Family Dog, Denver 1967 - 1968

A Film by Dan Obarski & Scott Montgomery


The Tale of the Dog unearths, for the first time, the lost story of the origins of Denver’s transformation to its modern identity as a hip city. This 109-minute documentary film charts the struggles and triumphs of a pioneering hippie rock club trying to establish a foothold in Denver, and of the police, parents and city, who were frightened of it and determined to shut it down.

Open from September 8, 1967, through July 19, 1968, the Family Dog brought to Denver, for the first time, such legendary bands as the Grateful Dead, the Doors, Cream, Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Canned Heat. It also hosted one of the era’s greatest psychedelic light shows – Diogenes Lantern Works. Along with this came original art from the world-renowned psychedelic poster artists, who did posters for the shows.

Buy Ticket

Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm

TALK BACKS after screening
(Short Films)

  • KEEP YOUR FLOWERS: A Film by Sekou Browne
  • RAISING NIA: A Film by Kevin Starks
  • THE PARKING SPOT: A Film by Mario Corry
  • LET ME HOLD SOMETHIN’: A Film by Ricky W. Jean-Francois
  • BRICK BY BRICK: A Film by Tina Chapman-DeCosta
  • PERPETUAL ANAMNESIS: A Film by Joseph Fuad Degas
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Wednesday, May 26th at 8:30pm

TALK BACKS after screening
(Short Films)

  • THE CURE: A Film by Robert Short
  • TORI: A Film by Eric Cotton
  • BALLET AFTER DARK: A Film by Barbara K. AsareBediako
  • INNERVERSE WEB SERIES: A Film by Stacey Larkins
  • CROSSING THE LINE: A Film by Andre Fuad Degas
  • THE TRUE HISTORY OF TWITTER: A Film by Pablo Valez
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Thursday, May 27th at 7pm

SERVICE TO MAN
Written and Directed by Seth Panitch
(Feature Film)


It's 1967, and Meharry Medical School has just admitted its first white student. Now Eli Rosenberg and Michael DuBois, a black student struggling to live up to his father's mighty legacy must work together to survive the turbulent 1960s.

Buy Ticket

Thursday, May 27th at 9pm

THE DAY OF WRATH
A Film by Jack Baginis Kroliiewicz


During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jew, a refugee from a nearby ghetto, appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish Poles for hiding Jews with death. Monks face the most difficult dilemma. An SS squadron-leader, responsible for the liquidation of the ghetto and the extermination campaign against the Jews, comes to the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend of a war thriller and a morality play.The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

Buy Ticket