Woods Hole Film Festival

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Liberty and Justice: A Cautionary Tale in the Land of the Free

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

2018 | Directed by Salley Mavor and Rob Goldsborough

What happens when a pair of lost citizens wander in the deep dark woods in search of a leader? In this satirical take of the traditional folktale, “Hansel and Gretel”, the wordless story follows protagonists Liberty and Justice as they negotiate the challenges of today’s unique political landscape, while being shadowed by a persistent Twitter bird.

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Unteachable

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

2017 | Directed by Anthony Sherin

Imagine you can’t read this. Imagine the only way you can tell if a book is right side up is by the pictures. Imagine believing it is all your fault and you are afraid to tell anyone. You become a troublemaker. You are expelled over and over. You reach fifth grade but you have yet to read a two syllable word. You can’t spell your name. You are unteachable.

Now imagine a teacher who changes everything.

In the buildings of an abandoned military base near his home on Cape Cod, Daniel enters Mrs. Gott’s fifth-grade classroom. She is kind and gentle and allows Daniel to work at his own pace, and it becomes clear that Daniel’s struggle is not his fault. Slowly, Daniel’s shame and anxiety diminish and he begins to learn. And learns he is good at it.

Unteachable is the true story about the moment Daniel’s life changes.

Now, forty years after entering Mrs. Gott’s classroom, Daniel is a distinguished educator. He graduated from Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, MA as class President, attended Harvard University and earned his PhD from UCLA. He has never told anyone he was crippled with dyslexia until this film.

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Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

2018 | Directed by Bob Burnett

Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House is a short visit through five generations of a family’s history, focusing on the artist who captured their home one sunny Fall morning in 1932. Edward Hopper revolutionized the illustration of light for artists in the 20th century. His painting of the Marshall house in South Truro, MA., Cape Cod is perhaps the most telling instance of his technique. A meditative short film, Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House presents how the concept of family and an artist’s work can reach beyond the confines of a period.

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To the Editor: Consider Crow’s Point of View

Sep 2018 | Posted by:

To the Editor: Consider Crow’s Point of View
2018 | Directed by Matthew Sandager

A counterpoint to the usual ‘Save the Piping Plovers’ argument.

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Game

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Game
2017 | Directed by Jeannie Donohoe

A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?

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Imagine Kolle 37

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Imagine Kolle 37
2017 | Directed by Michele Meek

“Imagine Kolle 37” is a short documentary/narrative hybrid film about two girls who imagine their way to Kolle 37, a real adventure playground in Berlin, Germany.

Recently called “the mother of all Berlin playgrounds” by The New York Times, Kolle 37 enables children to build and climb three-story wooden structures, make fire, and use hammers, saws and axes. Founded in 1990, Kolle 37 invites young people ages six through sixteen, without their parents, to embrace risky play in the “adventure playground” under the loose supervision of playworkers.

Although about 1,000 adventure playgrounds exist in Europe, there are only a few in the U.S. where the concept of “free play” is becoming an endangered concept. But adventure playgrounds not only encourage young people to play outdoors in all seasons, they also provide children a chance to face risk, learn skills, and build confidence.

Ultimately, “Imagine Kolle 37” poses the question—can we, as Americans, imagine Kolle 37, which in fact is a real children’s playground in Berlin?

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Spoken Word

Sep 2017 | Posted by:

Spoken Word
2017 | Directed by Ilan Muallem

Race, perception and consequence become the center point of three lives, as Judge Matthews realizes that he can no longer overlook his actions from the bench.

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Crest Of The Hill

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Amanda Kowalski and Samantha Broun

As his Alzheimer’s progresses, Greg O’Brien prepares to sell his family home.

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Signing

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

2015 | Directed by Gina Catalfo Nelson

A heartwarming, teenage love story about trust and accepting others for exactly who they are. Noah begins to fall in love with his new neighbor Becky, only to find out she has a secret.

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Ribbons

Sep 2016 | Posted by:

Ribbons
2016 | Directed by Brandon Cordeiro

Provincetown, a small harbor village at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was already a home to the LGBT community for a few decades when AIDS devastated its population in the mid-1980s. Ribbons is a short film that explores an episode in the life of a second generation Portuguese boy when his mother brings him to a community memorial service by the sea. The boy experiences firsthand the loss incurred by the epidemic, but also his community’s inspirational response to it; an event that as an adult helps him understand the power of forming a bond with a kindred tribe.