Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Film times below
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival is an intimate, international and inspired film festival that aims to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories from around the globe through cinema. RIFF runs May 19-21, with screenings all day long at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, May 20th. More info and passes available at www.riff.website
7p.m. What Children Do (USA – narrative feature) – Marquee Screening + Afterparty
A comedy about two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other’s lives by the impending death of their grandmother and forced to try to repair their feral relationship. Screening followed by a Q&A with writer/director Dean Peterson, actress Grace Rex and others from the cast and crew and a post-screening party. (Program N)
4:30p.m. Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites (Australia – narrative feature): A debut feature film that is simultaneously intriguing and enjoyable, surreal and funny. Imbued with magical realism that recalls the whimsy and verve of Michel Gondry as well as the creative imagination of Spike Jonze, all while depicting a world that seems familiar yet somehow very, different, this is one of the most striking and original films to come out of Australia in years.
Woman Versus (USA – narrative short) Dance film about a woman’s awakening to the machines or systems that she is forced to take part in.
What The People Want (USA – animated short)
2:45p.m. Cold Breath (Iran – narrative feature): Beautifully shot story of a nontraditional family in Iran and their struggles with class, gender and illness.
The Other Side (USA/Spain – documentary short): The story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.
After the Wine (France – narrative short)
1p.m. Two Worlds (Poland – documentary feature): In this inspiring family portrait, 12-year-old Laura is our guide through life with her deaf parents, which is unusual, challenging and surprisingly ordinary.
My Identity (USA – documentary short): Ashley, a young Native-American girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed.
Pool (Germany – narrative short)
11a.m. The Buddy System (USA – documentary feature): Wilton, Connecticut-based filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris will present her heart-warming new documentary film about the extraordinary bond between specially trained assistance dogs and children on the autism spectrum. Screening followed by discussion with Smith-Harris and some of the documentary’s subjects.
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