Washington, D.C. • Greenbelt, MD • October 17-26, 2020 The 2020 Utopia Film Festival is happening!
2009 Films: N-Z
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
Of Course to America! Directed by Pieter Jan Smit and Nino Purtskhvanidze
Ketevan has dreamt all her life of visiting the USA. When the 50-year-old Georgian woman is refused a visa, she decides to take matters into her own hands and enter the USA via Mexico by wading through the Rio Grande and the sewers of El Paso. Will her enchantment hold?
One of the Miracles: The Inge Meyring Smith Story Directed by Clay Stafford
A life that Hitler sought to destroy became the light of learning for thousands of children as Inge Meyring Smith and her family recount her journey from German Holocaust survivor to American civil rights activist and early-education pioneer.
The Order Directed by Paul Dalio harnessing the power behind people's desire for conflict. In the process, he unveils a hidden force that controls us all.
Out in the Silence Directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
A controversial announcement of a same-sex marriage in Joe Wilson's hometown of Oil City, Pennsylvania leads him back to his town to see whether gays and lesbians can find acceptance in small town America.
Peace It Together
In the summer of 2008, thirty Palestinian, Israeli, and Canadian teenagers gathered in Vancouver, Canada to learn the art and craft of filmmaking. In the process, they broke down barriers and created eight short films about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This program features those eight films.
Prayers for Peace Directed by Dustin Grella
Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in Iraq.
Shorts Program 1
The Silent Conversation (6 minutes) Dandelion Will Make You Wise (5 minutes) The Spam Job (13 minutes) Winger (10 minutes) Tree of Knowledge (14 minutes) Prayers for Peace (8 minutes) The Snallygaster Tale (18 minutes)
Shorts Program 2 Late Night Shorts
Mugs (5 minutes) Jessie Brown Show 5 (5 minutes) Kevin's Friend (13 minutes) Luck of the Draw (16 minutes) The Order (11 minutes) Un Café pour l'Amérique (20 minutes)
Shorts Program 3 Family-Friendly Tooth Fairy (5 minutes) Basket Bronx (14 minutes) Doggie Drill Team (16 minutes)
Signs of the Time Directed by Don Casper
Imagine watching one of baseball's earliest games without the benefit of hand signals for strike, safe, out, or foul. No announcer to interpret the game. The only signal was the umpire's voice, drowned out by the screams of thousands of excited fans. The arm signals that have become such a colorful part of the game were not yet invented. Who was responsible for these signs becoming a big innovation in the game. Was it big-league baseball's most revered umpire or its most celebrated deaf player? This documentary, narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, unravels the mystery. Captioned in English.
The Silent Conversation Directed by Elizabeth Weissenborn
"Tango" may evoke images of drama, flare and roaring passion, but, at its heart, this Argentine dance form is a melding of movement, music and energy.
The Snallygaster Tale Directed by John Baldino
During the Great Depression, a young boy befriends a white hen on his father's chicken farm, only to discover that his affection for the animal may be at odds with his own survival.
The Spam Job Directed by Padraic Culham
Four friends. Three suspects. One can of meat. The unbelievably true story of a prank that started at Montana State University, traveled the world, and ended almost a decade later.
Starship Farragut: For Want of a Nail Directed by Mark Hildebrand
An hommage to the original Star Trek TV series, this original story follows the crew of the Starship Farragut as they encounter a race of scholars and historians and America's past.
Tooth Fairy Directed by Susan Ee
In the heart of suburbia, a little boy sets a trap for the Tooth Fairy and discovers that even innocence has a dark side.
Tree of Knowledge Directed by Gregory Walsh
An outdoor winter display on the lawn of a courthouse in Philadelphia draws discussion and debate over the right to express secularism.
Un Café pour l'Amérique Directed by Jossy Mayor
A shy man in his 60s faces the prospect of retirement without family or friends.
Waiting for Hockney Directed by Julie Checkoway
To draw the impossible: that is what Baltimore-based artist Billy Pappas set out to do in the early 1990s as he embarked on a single work, a portrait of Marilyn Monroe. After five years of painstaking detail work on the portrait, Billy's family and friends feared for his sanity. But his obsessive pursuit of excellence was matched only by his obsessive pursuit of an audience with artist David Hockney once his opus was complete.
Whitehall Directed by Jordan Torres
A slice-of-life look at the residents of the oldest co-op in Texas. It explores the members individually and their interactions with each other. "Whitehall" demonstrates how an alternative lifestyle can create a feeling of unity and family between strangers living in the heart of a city.Showing with Greentowns USA: A New Deal