Washington, D.C. • Greenbelt, MD • October 17-26, 2020 The 2020 Utopia Film Festival is happening!
2009 Films: A-M
American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee Directed by Jason Kushner
We may not realize how important a player bees are to our environment and economy until the mysterious problem of Colony Collapse Disorder started to decimate the numbers of honeybees. This films looks at the world of bees from the perspective of scientists, beekeepers, and other experts and how we can bring them back for the sake of our food supply and global economy. Screening is free, but a vegan buffet dinner may be purchased beginning at 6:30 pm. Presented in partnership with Reel & Meal at the New Deal.
Autism: Made in the USA Directed by Gary Null and Manette Loudon
What is autism and why is it on the rise? What environmental or genetic factors could be contributing to the epidemic increase in childhood autism and how are both orthodox and non-traditional therapies being explored?
Black Soldiers in Blue Directed by Warren Bass
The hardships, heroism, and enormous contribution made by African-American soldiers to the Union victory in the Civil War. Screening with Inside Buffalo
Basket Bronx Directed by Martin Rosette
Alex dreams of following in his idols' footsteps by becoming a basketball star. Will a new friend help him reach that goal?
Dandelion Will Make You Wise Directed by Jack Ofield
An animated take on how life never truly ends, as seen from the perspective of plants who experience perpetual rebirth from season to season.
Docs In Progress Work-in-Progress Community Screening - FREE SCREENING
Ever wished you could help a filmmaker make a film? Now you can without having to have any technical expertise beyond your critical thinking skills. This special program will feature Adrian Muys' unfinished 67-minute documentary, Hands of Harvest about the interdependence between Maryland crab fishermen and Mexican immigrant workers on the Eastern Shore. Following the screening, staff from Docs In Progress will moderate a workshop-style session in which the audience can provide constructive feedback to the filmmaker.
This program is presented in partnership with Docs In Progress and is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Doggie Drill Team By Kristin Holodak
It's morning and the marchers have begun to assemble. Groomed and practiced and ready for action, they greet each other with a wave and smile, and - for the more intimate of the group - a sniff of the behind.
Euforia Directed by Alfonso Corona A washed up rock star has all but given up on life until he meets a mysterious woman who asks him to take her to her ancestral home of Guanajuato, Mexico. This road trip becomes a journey full of lessons and revelations.
In Spanish with English subtitles. Mature themes.
The Fugue Directed by Paul Awad
A struggling artist desperately tries to recover from a childhood trauma, but her life is turned upside down when she is haunted by the vision of a long dead childhood friend. Is the sprit a hallucination or a foreshadowing of something worse to come?
Green Towns USA: A New Deal Directed by June Finfer
Planned and built near major cities in the 1930s as alternatives to inner city slums, Greenbelt, Maryland, Greenhills, Ohio, and Greendale, Wisconsin were Depression-era experiments in federally-directed suburban planning. But when the federal government withdrew its support, each of these towns had to make it on its own. A look at how these three green towns have taken different paths with varying success as they dealt and continue to deal with issues of urban sprawl, ecological awareness, governmental leadership, and community identity. Screening with Whitehall.
Incubator Directed by David Reiss
Two aliens from the future are sent back to the past to save Earth from carbon burning by destroying all the planet's technology.
Inside Buffalo Directed by Fred Kuwornu
Nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers, the 92nd Division was an all African-American combat unit which fought in Italy during World War II. These men fought two wars at the same time, one against the Nazis, the other against the racial discrimination which forced their unit to be segregated from white American soldiers. Includes an interview with Vernon Baker, the last living African-American WWII soldier awarded the Medal of Honor. Screening with Black Soldiers in Blue.
Jeannot le Fou Directed by Benoit Thomassin and Francis Pinard
If Jeannot Caron has his way, Saint-Hyacinthe on the banks of a river will be the site of the first ever "Hospital of Love," a place where anyone in need can sign themselves in to receive "care, shelter and hugs." The local authorities are less than thrilled and have dug in their heels to block this stubborn visionary, who has given up everything to make his messianic dream come true. Screening with No Good Reason
Jessie Brown Show 5 Directed by Alan Haley The latest installment of the animated series brings a popstar to Jessie's talkshow.
Kevin's Friend by Karen Lavender
Kevin is a quiet 7-year old who walks home every day by cutting through the park. One day he meets a girl at the park and they soon become friends. But something is different about her.
Li Tong Directed by Nian Liu When eight-year-old Li Tong wakes to the cartoon sounds of her new alarm clock, she believes it will be a day like any other. With her father away on business and her mother working the nightshift at the hospital, she gets herself ready in her own special way and hurries out to catch the city bus. Little does she know that she is starting a journey that will take her far beyond the gates of school through the old and new streets of a changing Beijing.
Luck of the DRAW Directed by Mitchel Resnick
In the midst of the Vietnam War, you are 18 years old and tonight your fate will be decided by the one lottery you don't want to win.
Marathon Beirut, For the Love of Lebanon Directed by Deborah Harse
In 2006, after years marred by war, Beirut was set to host its own marathon. But what happens when violent political turmoil threatens the race?
Mugs Directed by Ronnie Cramer
A new way to look at celebrity mug shots.
My Mother's Journey Directed by Sam Hampton
The story of an African-American woman who moved from the South to the North and became an unlikely community activist during the civil rights era.
My Sixteenth Summer Directed by Savvy Lorestani
When his two best friends start dating, Samir withdraws from his teenage world and befriends a couple of 20-somethings. But is the other side of 20 all it's cracked up to be? And if not, will Samir find his way back to 16?
No Good Reason Directed by Michael Mierendorf
Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs) has less than three days to arrange and record a song written and performed by musicians who have experienced homelessness. Screening with Jeannot le Fou