How to Talk to Girls at Parties – 9/18 – 7pm

Co-presented by Wicked Queer Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, comedy, 102 minutes, USA, 2018. Worlds collide when Enn, a shy teenager in 1970s London, meets the beautiful and rebellious Zan at a party. They set in motion the ultimate showdown between their rivaling worlds and test the limits of how far they will go for true love. Discussion led by faculty to follow. F, LGBTQ

Leave No Trace – 9/20 – 7pm

Directed by Debra Granik, drama, 109 minutes, USA, 2018. A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Ore., rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. Discussion with producer and VMA Senior Distinguished Producer…

BLIFF: Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) – 9/27 – 7pm

Co-presented as part of the Boston Latino International Film Festival Directed by Carla Simón, drama, 97 minutes, Spain, 2017. Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother’s apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle and younger cousin welcome her with open arms, Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new home in the Catalan…

Generation Wealth – 10/2 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Boston Jewish Film Festival Directed by Lauren Greenfield, documentary, 106 minutes, USA, 2018. Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously photographic journey, memoir, and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism…

Sadie – 10/4 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston Directed by Megan Griffiths, drama, 96 minutes, USA 2018. SADIE is the story of a 13-year-old girl who lives at home with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. Sadie is extremely attached to her father despite his prolonged absence, and when her mother begins dating a new man, Sadie takes extreme measures to end the relationship and…

Black Memorabilia – 10/9 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Roxbury International Film Festival, and part of HubWeek Open Doors Directed by Chico Colvard, documentary, 63 minutes, USA, 2018. Our modern global economy connects disparate individuals in unexpected ways. At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, this story follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary…

The Limits of My World – 10/11 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the ReelAbilities Film Festival Directed by Heather Cassano, documentary, 70 minutes, USA, 2018. The Limits of My World tells the story of a severely autistic young man facing the challenges of entering into the adult world after his “high school” graduation. Because of state policy, Brian is forced out of the education system after his 21st birthday. Now officially an adult,…

Recovery Boys – 10/16 – 7pm

Directed by Elaine McMillian Sheldon, documentary, 89 minutes, USA, 2018. In the heart of America’s opioid epidemic, four men attempt to reinvent their lives and reenter society sober after years of drug abuse. Recovery Boys, is an intimate look at the strength, brotherhood, and courage that it takes to overcome addiction and lays bare the internal conflict of recovery and the external hurdles of an unforgiving society. Discussion with director…

First Reformed – 10/18 – 7pm

Directed by Paul Schrader, drama, 113 minutes, USA, 2017. Reverend Ernst Toller is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock….

BPFF: The Judge – 10/23 – 7pm

Co-presented as part of the Boston Palestine Film Festival Directed by Erika Cohn, documentary, 76 minutes, USA/ Palestine, 2017. A unique portrait of Judge Kholoud, the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s Shari’a (Islamic law) courts—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, it presents an…

BAAF: Drawn Together – 10/25 – 7pm

Co-presented as part of the Boston Asian American Film Festival and  the Roxbury International Film Festival Directed by Harleen Singh, documentary, 52 minutes, USA, 2017. With a lively backdrop of superheroes, comic books, and animated comics, this film brings together three talented artists—a Sikh, a woman, and an African American—who are challenging the racist stereotyping currently endemic in America through their work. The documentary provides the rare opportunity to explore the…

Good Manners – 10/30 – 7pm

Co-presented by the Boston Underground Film Festival and Wicked Queer Directed by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, fantasy/ horror, 135 minutes, Brasil, 2017. Clara, lonely and desperate, arrives at an upscale apartment building to attend an interview for the job of a live-in nanny. The interviewer is Ana, a heavily pregnant young woman who is also very isolated. Although the difference in these women’s classes and backgrounds are undeniable, Ana…

Dawnland – 11/1 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, documentary, 86 minutes, USA, 2018. For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and…

Thunder Road – 11/6 – 7pm

Directed by Jim Cummings, drama/ comedy, 92 minutes, USA, 2018. Officer Arnaud raises his daughter as a love letter to his late Mom. Based on the 2016 short film. Discussion with writer, director and star Jim Cummings (‘08) to follow.

The Tale – 11/8 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Boston Jewish Film Festival Directed by Jennifer Fox, drama. 114 minutes, USA, 2018. Jennifer has it all, with a loving boyfriend and a great career as a journalist and professor. But when her mother discovers a story – “The Tale” – that Jennifer wrote when she was 13, detailing a special relationship Jennifer had with two adult coaches, Jennifer returns…

Half the Picture – 11/13 – 7pm

Co-Presented by the Roxbury International Film Festival Directed by Amy Adrion, documentary, 94 minutes, USA, 2018. HALF THE PICTURE is a documentary about the dismal number of women directors working in Hollywood, using the current EEOC investigation into discriminatory hiring practices as a framework to talk to successful women directors about their career paths, struggles, inspiration and hopes for the future. Discussion with director Amy Adrion to follow.W, SJ, POC

A Fantastic Woman – 11/15 – 7pm

Co-presented by Wicked Queer, the Boston Latino International Film Festival and part of Trans Awareness Week Directed by Sebastian Lelio, drama, 100 minutes, Spain, 2017. Marina’s life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. Discussion led by faculty to follow.LGBTQ, I, F, POC

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – 11/27 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston Directed by Morgan Neville, documentary, 94 minutes, USA, 2018. For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There…

RBG – 11/29 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Boston Jewish Film Festival Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, documentary, 98 minutes, USA, 2018. At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even…

306 Hollywood – 12/4 – 7pm

Directed by Elan Bogarin and Jonathan Bogarin, documentary, 82 minutes, USA, 2018. 306 Hollywood is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. They embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Discussion with directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarin to…

Eighth Grade – 12/6 – 7pm

Co-sponsored by the Independent Film Festival of Boston Directed by Bo Burnham, drama, 94 minutes. USA, 2018 Kayla is a 13-year-old who must endure the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through her last week of middle school — and the end of one disastrous year of eighth grade. Discussion led by assistant professor and clinical psychologist Eileen McBride to follow. F